It's been three months since Yusuke's surprise return from Demon World, and all is going as normal as it could for the former spirit detective and friends. Keiko is still going to her all girl school; Kuwabara is going to the school he worked so hard to get into; Shizuru continues to support Kuwabara while lecturing him at the same time; Hiei remains in Demon World but occasionally visits (he mainly visits Kurama and Yukina but he occasionally challenges Yusuke to another match); Kurama attends the Meiou High School. Yusuke didn't bother attending a high school; having Kuwabara go is enough for the both of them. He dates Keiko now, but everyone knew that would happen eventually. They all (besides Hiei of course) go up to Genkai's compound occasionally to visit the old psychic and the ice maiden, Yukina. Today was one of those days.
Yusuke led the group up the long stairs leading to Genkai's compound, listening painfully to Kuwabara rambling on about why the old lady had to live up so many stairs.
"You should be used to them; you practically come up here every week to see Yukina!" Shizuru lectured.
Kuwabara tried shushing his annoying sister and then ran the rest of the way up the stairs. By the time that the rest of the gang got up to the top of the stairs, Kuwabara was chatting Yukina's ear off like always. But of course, she's sweet and kind and never minds Kuwabara's endless chatting. Genkai walked out of the compound, annoyed from the noise.
"What's with all the racket?" Genkai rubbed her head.
"Greetings, Master Genkai. Greetings, Yukina." "Sup, ya old hag." "Hello, Genkai." Greetings came from the gang as they walked inside the compound. Yukina smiled in greetings while Genkai ignored them.
As they walked inside, they noticed that tea had already been prepared for all seven of them. They sat down and started off talking about little things, such as how they were doing in school and such.
Genkai placed her tea cup onto the table and cleared her throat, causing the rest to look her way. "Now, I didn't have you come all this way so we could speak of the weather. You're all smart enough to know that. Well, most of you that is." She said, glancing over at Yusuke.
"Hey! What's that supposed to mean!?"
"Nothing, nothing. Forget it. Now, as I was saying. Koenma has a new mission for Spirit World-"
"HOLD UP, GRANDMA! I quit that job, or has your memory started to fade already? Jeez, I thought you were doing pretty well for an old hag, too," Yusuke yelled while Kurama whispered, "Fired is more like it…"
"Watch your tongue, boy! I am well aware of your failure as a spirit detective. However, this seems to be an important case. Koenma has no time to look for a new detective, you are kind of necessary at the moment."
"I already quit. What could be so important that Koenma needs me to work for his toddler self again?" Yusuke asked, quite annoyed.
Genkai closed her eyes. "It seems a girl has moved into the city three days ago. She entered into Kurama's high school yesterday."
There were a few moments of silence. And then, "SO!? STUDENTS TRANSFER ALL THE TIME YOU OLD BAT!" Yusuke yelled again, while jumping from his seat.
"Stop yelling, Yusuke." Keiko said while placing her hands over her ears, with Shizuru and Yukina nodding in agreement.
"Oh. I forgot you girls were here. Anyways, like I said, students transfer all the time, so what's so special about this one? I mean, this doesn't exactly sound like an important case."
Genkai shook her head. "You haven't even heard the whole case, so shut up." Yusuke sat back down and crossed his arms. "As I was saying before I was interrupted, a new student has transferred into Kurama's current high school. She has no recollection of her past, and there is also no data on her. No date or place of birth, previous schools, no records of her parents or any relatives, nothing at all." She raised a hand to silence Yusuke before he opened his big mouth again. "The reason this is such an important case is because there has been at least three murders in the past two weeks, and they were all in the same city as the school."
Kurama closed his eyes and bowed his head, "Yes, I have heard about these recent events. I have also heard about the new student. Yori Ichijo, if I remember correctly. She entered the school when the day ended, so I and along with the rest of the student body were unable to meet her."
Genkai nodded to the information that was already known to her. Kurama continued, "Koenma doesn't believe that she is capable of murdering those people, does he? The facts do not add up. First of all, she has suffered from amnesia. Second, she arrived at the school yesterday, and came into the city three days ago. If she was not here during the times of the murders, she most likely can't be a suspect. And lastly, she entered into my high school, which is a well known, prestigious school. No criminals have ever come from Meiou High School, not to boast."
"Yes, this is all true. Koenma is no fool, he is well aware of all of this." Yusuke looked confused. Genkai sighed again, "Maybe if you would allow me to finish, you would understand. Kids these days will be the death of me. Koenma requested that you, Yusuke, and you two as well, Kurama and Kuwabara, look after the girl. He also wished that Hiei would also look after her if he decided to return to Human World any time."
"Why does he need us to babysit some girl, exactly? I mean, the job title was 'Spirit Detective' not… 'Spirit Babysitter'. I don't see why I'm needed." Yusuke retorted.
Genkai whacked him upside his head. "Idiot! You are to watch over the girl, not babysit. She may be the next victim to these murders. Each of them has been in the area surrounding the neighborhood in which she is living in. Koenma has his suspicions and concerns about this girl, he wants her to be watched and protected. This is an order from Koenma and it is NOT to be disobeyed under any circumstances." The gang tensed at the seriousness of the psychic's tone.
Yusuke sighed loudly, "Fiiiiiiine, whatever. But it's going to be mainly Kurama's job. He goes to school with her after all. I say that she should be his responsibility."
"Yeah, that's true for during school, but it's not like you do anything all day since you don't go to school you loser! You should watch her the rest of the day!" Kuwabara said while punching Yusuke in the shoulder a couple times.
"You're not helping."
"Enough! It is a team responsibility, so decide how you want to handle it. But do it out of my house. You'll just drive me insane otherwise." She grabbed a piece of paper and handed it to Yusuke. "This is the neighborhood that she is staying in, it's on Nagasashi Street. Koenma said that she is living in the motel, room 301. Now leave before you all annoy me even more."
Everyone, excluding Genkai, walked outside to discuss the new case further. "Damn it. Just when I thought I was done with Spirit World business. Kill me now." Yusuke muttered to himself.
Kurama cleared his throat, "Yusuke, I don't think you complained as much as this when it came to Toguro." Ignoring the glare he was receiving, he continued. "Anyways, I do believe this is a rather simple task. Perhaps we could carry out the first watch as a team and then watch separately."
"It sounds like this is just a boring case so we should just get it over with. Oh I know! Keiko, Shizuru, and the lovely Yukina could watch her too! So then we don't have to work as much!" Kuwabara wrapped his arms around the three ladies while grinning from ear to ear.
"Yes, that could work. They could approach her as well, so they can see what she's like when she's not alone." Kurama said.
"So girls, are you up for the challenge?" The ladies looked at Yusuke and smiled, then nodded their agreement. "Alright then it's settled! Kurama, Kuwabara, let's go! Maybe we can hit the arcade after!" Kurama shook his head and then the guys headed out to Nagasashi Street.