2: Back to the academy
Yui was walking up the stairs to her apartment. Almost three years had passed since the gods, her friends, disappeared. Every day she had waited and hoped they would come back, but they never did. She was turning 20 next week and nothing would make her happier if the gods showed up on her birthday, alive and well. Her thoughts shifted to Loki, he had kissed her on the cheek before he left and her face started to heat up at the thought of his warm lips.
After Yui had finished school she had started working as an assistant to a man who trained people in swordsmanship. His name was Daiki and was 25 years old. He had short black hair, blue eyes and his body was well built due to all the training. Yui got paid well enough to support herself so she decided to move out from the Shrine and into an apartment of her own.
She opened the door to her apartment and went inside to take a shower. It had been a long day at work, thank goodness she didn't have work tomorrow.
After the shower, she went to the kitchen to grab something to eat before going to bed.
In Asgard, Loki was standing on a balcony, looking at the stars. 'Yui...' He thought.
"Loki." Balder said from behind him. Thor was there, too. "It's time."
The three friends headed towards the great hall where all the gods had gathered, including the Greek, Japanese and Egyptian gods.
"You have all fought well and we have won the war against the rebels! I thank you and I believe that without us all cooperating, we would have lost." Zeus said, standing next to Thor's and Balder's father, Odin.
"You are all free to return to your homes but please, stay and celebrate with us before you do!" Odin spoke.
The gods burst into joy and they all decided to stick around for the celebration.
Loki, Thor and Balder pushed against the crowd as they tried to find their friends. They found them all standing beside a table with food.
"Hello everyone." Balder smiled.
"Bal-Bal! Loki-Loki, Thor-Thor!" Apollon greeted.
"You all look well." Dionysus said.
"We are all fine, just glad it's over." Balder said with a smile.
Thoth walked up to them with Anubis at his side.
"Thoth-sama" Apollon greeted him.
"Zeus has something to discuss with you all." Thoth said.
A moment later, Zeus walked up to them with Odin. "I suggest you all return to your guestrooms after you've eaten, in the morning you're all returning to my academy to continue with your studies." Zeus said.
"What! ?" They exclaimed.
"Even if you know well enough about humans and love, there's nothing better than knowledge. We want you to learn as much as possible and Thoth as agreed to teach you more." Odin added.
"Now get some rest, you're leaving early in the morning." Zeus said before he left with Odin.
"We're going back, huh?" Hades said.
"It seems so." Tsukito said, petting his rabbit, Usamaro.
"What the hell… What are Zeus and Odin up to now?" Takeru sighed.
"They want you to be able to understand humans even better so that you one day might cooperate and mix with them. Odin and Zeus want to create a world where we all can live together." Thoth said before walking away, leaving them to think about it themselves.
"Live with humans?" Loki asked.
Yui woke up to a beautiful morning, she was free today and had planned to go to the park and maybe do some shopping. She dressed herself in a light pink tank top, tight blue jeans and black ballerina shoes, then she grabbed her handbag and headed outside.
She was halfway to the park when she heard someone call her name.
She turned around and saw Daiki running towards her. "Good morning Daiki!" She greeted with a smile.
"Good morning. Where are you off to?" Daiki asked, panting a little.
"To the park and then I'm going to do some shopping." She answered.
"I see, mind if I join you?"
"Sure." She smiled.
When they arrived at the park Yui headed for the spot where she used to meet the gods, by the bench and the tree.
"Looking for someone?" Daiki asked.
"Oh, no, not exactly." Yui said and looked at the ground.
All of a sudden, the sky darkened and it started to get really windy.
"What happened to the nice weather?" Daiki asked as he lifted his arm to cover his face from the wind.
Yui hugged herself as she began to feel cold.
Suddenly, a bright light appeared and surrounded them both.
"Wha-what's happening! ?" Yui shouted.
It was so bright she couldn't see anything in front of her and she started to feel tired, she closed her eyes and soon she was surrounded by darkness.
Yui woke up a moment later on a stone floor. Daiki was there too.
"This place…" She whispered. She looked around and pushed herself off the floor to stand up. "It's-!"
"Welcome back Kutanagi!" A familiar voice said.
"Melissa!" Yui exclaimed as Melissa jumped into her arms.
"I'm so glad you're back!" Melissa cried happily.
"Me too, but I don't know why I'm here exactly."
"Ugh…" Yui and Melissa turned to Daiki who was still lying on the floor.
"What happened? Where am I?"
"Um, it's a little hard to explain." Yui said.
"Zeus will explain, but we need to go now Kutanagi! The others are waiting." Melissa said and jumped out of her arms. "Come on, this way!"
"Come on Daiki, we must follow." Yui said and helped him up.
"What is this place?" Daiki's eyes were wide as he looked around frantically.
"Don't worry, I will explain later."
Yui grabbed his arm and dragged him away, following Melissa to a big door that led to the great hall.
The gods were in their human forms and they were all waiting for Zeus to arrive and tell them the scheme for the day.
"What's taking him so long?" Loki asked, feeling irritated.
"He will come, have patience." Thoth said.
"This is stupid." Takeru said and sat down on the floor.
"Come on everyone, cheer up! Doesn't it feel great to be back?" Apollon said in excitement.
But the smile on his face soon disappeared, everyone was thinking the same thing. They would much rather go visit Yui than staying at the academy. They hadn't seen her in almost three years and they missed their human friend terribly.
"Listen up!" Zeus said as he walked down the stairs. "There's no point in feeling sad."
"Feeling sad! ?" Loki shouted. "Why would you drag us away as soon as the war was over? !"
"Loki…" Balder said.
"Right now Yui is-" Loki began.
"-right here." Zeus said.
The big door began to open by itself.
Yui, Daiki and Melissa stood outside the closed door.
"We must wait until we're allowed inside." Melissa said.
"It's a doll… and it talks." Daiki said, his mouth open and eyes wide. "Rag doll." Melissa corrected him.
"Um, I know this must seem strange to you but please, I will explain everything." Yui tried to calm him.
"... I think I need to use the bathroom." Daiki said.
"This way!" Melissa said and walked in the direction of the nearest bathroom. Daiki followed without a word. 'He must be in some kind of shock.' Yui thought.
When Melissa and Daiki were out of sight she turned her head to the door and waited. Just a moment later she heard the big door give away a crack before it began to open.
"Wha-" She exclaimed.
When the door was wide open her eyes met Zeus's. "Welcome back, Kusanagi Yui." He said.
"Ah, um! Glad to be back, Zeus-san!" She bowed to him. "Umm…" When she looked around the room she spotted all of her friends, they were staring at her with wide eyes.
"Everyone…" She whispers as tears began to form in her eyes.
"Fairy!" Apollon waved and ran towards her.
"Apollon-san!" Yui laughed and hugged him as he threw his arms around her.
The rest of the gods ran up to her as well.
Yui and Apollon let go of each other. "Hello Weed." Takeru smirked as he ruffled her hair. Tsukito stood in front of her. "Are you well, Kusanagi Yui?"
"Yes, I am." Yui smiled and wiped away her tears.
"Yui-san, I'm glad we got to meet again." Balder said and gave her a quick hug.
When they parted Yui's eyes turned to where Loki was standing.
"Loki-san." Yui said.
Loki walked up to her, his bangs covered his eyes. He grabbed her shoulders and pulled her against him, his arms then slipped around her body so he could give her a tight hug. Yui burried her face in his chest and cried.
"I'm glad… you're all safe." She sobbed.
"You can catch up later, right now-" Zeus began but was interrupted by an unfamiliar voice.
"Yui, where did you go?"
All the gods turned their heads towards the door opening to see a young man with black hair and a muscular body, looking confused.
"Ah, there you a-!" Daiki stopped himself and stared at the strange people around him. His eyes meet Loki's, who was still holding Yui in his arms.
"What the-? Hands off of Yui!" Daiki shouted and walked with firm steps towards them.
"Daiki-" Yui tried to calm him.
"Human!" Zeus voice echoed through the room.
Daiki stopped and looked up at Zeus.
"Who are you and how did you get here?"
Daiki looked over at Yui, who by the way wasn't making any attempt to get away from the red haired young looking man.
"Um, this is Daiki. He's my boss." Yui said. "We were at the park when a strange light brought us here."
"Hmm, I see." Zeus said. "Well, it can't be helped. He will just have to stay here and study with all of you."
"Study?" Daiki asked.
"He's your boss, Kusanagi?" Hades asked Yui.
"He is. I'm working as his assistant, training people in swordsmanship." Yui answered him.
"Sword?" Takeru asked.
"Enough already! You!" Daiki shouted and pointed his finger at Loki. "Just how long are you going to hold her like that! ?"
Yui's cheeks turned pink and she tried to break away from Loki, but he only held her closer. "For as long as I want to." Loki smirked at Daiki.
"Why you!" Daiki hissed.
"Enough!" Zeus interrupted. "All of you, go back to your dorms. School will start in the morning." Then he turned around to leave.
Thoth walked up to them. "Kusanagi, boy, come with me."
Loki let go of Yui and when their eyes meet he smirked and winked at her. "See you tomorrow, Kitten."
Yui blushed but smiled at him. "Yes, good night everyone!"
"Good night!" All the gods said in unison.
Daiki put his arm around Yui's shoulder as they headed for the door, turning his head, he glared at the gods behind him.
Loki glared back at him and the others didn't look very happy either.