Yori looked at herself in the mirror for a long time, not able to look away. Eventually, she turned back around and walked into her room.
'Yes…' she thought. 'I remember now! I remember everything! This is my room; Rensen and I would always listen to Mom's stories in here when we were younger. Mom and Dad… They changed after they banished Tenzo from the kingdom… They grew cold and distrustful, and they always seemed to disapprove of whatever I did… Especially loving Yoko… They hated me after I started seeing Yoko… And then… Yoko is Kurama and Sen is my brother… I wonder why Kurama kept that a secret from me, I thought we were closer than that… He must have had a good reason… I-I miss him… I always feel safe when I'm around him…' Yori shook her head, 'No, I can't think of things like that right now, I have to find a way out of here…' She looked over to the window and thought for a moment, "That's it, I've got it!"
Yori walked over to the window and looked over, seeing the tall tree she had climbed down to meet with Yoko in her demon life. Taking a deep breath, Yori slid the old bracelet onto her wrist and stepped out onto the closest branch and jumped down, branch by branch, until she reached to ground. Looking to the side, she saw the huge maze to her left and Yori entered the maze.
Kurama was waiting on the outskirts of Endona with his three friends… and Rensen. Looking at them, he saw Hiei was standing with his arms crossed, eyes closed, and his back against a tree. Yusuke and Kuwabara were squabbling as usual. Rensen stood next to him with his arms crossed and his eyes narrowed into slits, looking at the kingdom he knows as home. Now, he had his fox ears and tail back, he was apparently using a new demon device that hid them. He felt a wave of sympathy for his old friend; his sister had been taken away by a man he used to look up to.
"It must be hard for you, Rense-"
"Be quiet. I don't need pity from the likes of you."
Kurama clenched his fists and glared at the Kitsune Prince. "It doesn't have to be like this anymore. We used to be close friends, and you let everything slip away."
Rensen turned to look at the demon fox. "I let everything slip away? You're the one who turned your back on me and started hitting on my sister!" The rest of the group looked at the two demon foxes, who looked like they were ready to rip each other's throats out. "You used to be my best friend, but you left me for Yoriana!"
"I didn't leave, Rensen. You pushed me away, and I don't know why." Kurama looked at the ground, looking truly sad. "I don't understand why you pushed me away after you found out I cared for her, but I would think that as her brother, you would want her to be happy," he said, looking knowingly at Hiei who just looked at the ground.
Kurama looked back up at Rensen when his old friend said, "I do want her to be happy! It's just… It seem like you were leaving our friendship behind to go after her…"
Kurama smiled, "You know very well that I can be friends with you and be there for Yoriana as well. I don't want things to be like this anymore, my friend."
Rensen looked up at Kurama and smiled, "Yeah… Let's just save Yoriana, I need my sister back…"
"Jeez this sounds like a big soap opera!" Yusuke said, laughing.
Kuwabara punched his shoulder, "What would you know? Do you watch them? Huh? Huh?"
Hiei snickered, "He probably has to if Keiko is his mate."
"Haha that's true!" Kuwabara laughed.
"Oh? And what about you? Do you watch soaps with Yukina?" Yusuke said, appearing behind Hiei who glared at him. "Or do you watch them with your cat?"
"Hey don't bad mouth Eikitchi!"
The gang laughed at Kuwabara who soon joined in the laughter. Soon, a rumbling noise sounded, making them stop their laughing. Turning around, they saw a big group of demons running towards them.
"Uh-oh!" Kuwabara yelled.
Kurama smiled, "Don't worry, Kuwabara. They are all friends."
The wave of demons came closer and soon they came to a stop in front of them. The demons were Jin, Toya, Chu, Rinku, Shishi, Suzuka, Mukuro, Yomi, Yomi's son, Enki, Enki's wife, and all the monks and demons from Raizen's old fighting gang.
"Holy hell," Yusuke murmured. He then smiled and laughed, "This is gonna be fricken sweet!"
"Who are they?" Rensen asked.
"Let me introduce these guys," Yusuke said. After pointing and naming each demon, Rensen nodded his head. Yusuke started to explain the situation to his demon friends, "Ok so here's the deal, there's this girl named Yori whose really a demon named Yoriana. She's the Princess of Endona, you might of heard of her."
"Ay, Yusuke," Jin said. "She's a real beaut, no doubt about that!"
"Right," Yusuke said. "So like I said, she fled to Human World, lost her memories, got kidnapped by that damn Tenzo of Dandara, and now we have to rescue her, any questions?" Everyone raised their hands and Yusuke sighed, "This is going to be a long day."
"Yusuke." Yusuke looked over his shoulder at his friend, Hiei. "I thought I would tell you that I located her. She jumped out of a window and went into a maze."
Kurama nodded his head, "Yes, I know of the maze you're speaking of, Hiei. It was always Yoriana's favorite place to go to."
"Great job, Hiei! Ok so we need a plan, I didn't really think of one."
Kuwabara sighed, "Jeez, Urameshi, some leader you are."
Kurama cleared his throat and everyone turned to him, "I've already thought of a plan. Since Hiei has already located Yoriana, I'll go ahead and get her. Meanwhile, Tenzo still needs to be taken down," Kurama turned to face Rensen. "Rensen, it'll be your job to sneak into the castle, find the Endona soldiers and tell them of the plan. After all the soldiers are aware of what's going on, everyone excluding Yusuke, Kuwabara, Hiei, and Rensen will storm the castle and break through the Dandara soldier's defenses. Once the enemies have been eliminated, Yusuke, Kuwabara, Hiei, and Rensen will attack Tenzo and hopefully take him down."
Everyone nodded, and then Yusuke added, "Yeah, that was totally the plan I had going on in my head, I just thought it'd be better to let Kurama say it."
"Right," Kurama said. "You must all remember to not attack any Endona soldier unless they attack you, which is highly doubtful. They don't want Tenzo as their leader at all. Endona soldiers wear black and red armor while Dandara soldiers wear white and blue." Kurama turned back to Rensen and nodded his head, signalling him to go. After Rensen started to run to the castle, Kurama turned to his friends, "Once I get Yoriana to safety, I will join you in the battle against Tenzo." Kurama started running to the castle, heading to the east wing where the maze was at.
Tenzo began to climb the stairs that led to the seventh floor of the castle. About an hour ago, he had finally found his soon to be Queen hiding in Human World; she had escaped his grasps about a month prior. Yoriana seemed to think he was a fool, pretending to not know who he was or where they were at. It was ridiculous. Once he reached the seventh floor, he walked over to the third door on the right, where one of his men was standing, and opened the door.
"Yoriana, are finally ready to admit that-" Looking around, Tenzo saw that the girl was not in the room. He went and opened all the doors in the room, but she was nowhere to be found. Clenching his fist, Tenzo walked back out of the room, grabbed the soldier by his collar and shoved him against the wall.
"W-What is the matter, L-Lord T-Tenzo?" The guard asked, stuttering out of fear.
"Where is the girl?!" Tenzo screamed.
"S-She should be in the room, sir! She n-never c-came out!"
Throwing the guard onto the floor, Tenzo looked back into the room and saw the window open. "You idiot! She escaped through the window!" Tenzo punched the wall next to the door, leaving a large dent in the wall. "Find her!" He yelled.
"Y-Yes sir!" The soldier stood up and ran away from Tenzo. Growling, Tenzo stormed away.
Yori finally made it through the long maze. Despite the long flashbacks she had, she found it hard to make it through the maze. Sitting down on the edge of the fountain, she began to think of everything that had happened to her. Her true form was a demon fox, like how Kurama said he was. However, she didn't feel… demon-like at all. She didn't have ears or a tail like how she did in her memories, her heart was still beating unlike how demon's hearts don't beat, she's not cold or uncaring like how Yoriana seemed to be after Yoko left, and unlike Yoriana, she feared blood and death from when Ms. Shizuna had died.
Lifting her head up to the sky, Yori said, "I'm not Yoriana, I can't be her. We're too different."
"But that is where you are wrong. You are me and I am you. You just need to learn to accept it like I have."
Yori looked around her, but there was no one there. "Who's there? Come out now!"
The voice sighed, "Believe me, if I could come out I would." Yori stood up and continued to look around. "You can stop searching; you won't be able to see me. I'm inside of you."
"I-Inside of me? Then you're… Yoriana?"
"Yes, but so are you."
"No I'm not!" Yori said, holding her head in her hands. "I am not you; I'm a human, not a demon!"
"Don't yell. You're being immature. It's hard to believe you're me."
"We are not the same person! Kurama said that he's different from Yoko Kurama, so I'm not the same as you!"
"That's completely different. Yoko started his life over as a human; they are not the same being. And it's a good thing that he isn't Yoko, Yoko is a traitor!"
"What? But I thought you loved Yoko?"
"I used to love that fox, but he betrayed me! He swore that he would return to me once I became the ruler, but he never returned! He left me for good!"
"I'm sorry…" Yori whispered.
Yoriana laughed, "Don't apologize, he left you as well, remember? You're me."
"For the last time, I'm not you!"
After a few minutes of running, Kurama finally reached Yoriana's maze. He was about to enter the maze, but he hesitated. What would he say? It's all his fault that she was kidnapped and brought here. He was supposed to be keeping an eye on her, but instead, he had made her run away from him. Kurama sighed and began to walk into the maze, he would just have to play it by ear, something he was not used to doing.
It had been ten minutes since Rensen and Kurama left for the castle. He and the rest of their fighting army had to wait for Rensen to come back before they could raid the castle. Yusuke sighed and crossed his arms, tapping his finger against his arm impatiently.
"He's here." Hiei stated.
"It's about damn time," Yusuke said.
Rensen ran up to him, panting from the run. "All the Endona soldiers were in the barracks so it didn't take long. They said that once the attack on the castle begins, they will help drive out Dandara and Tenzo as much as they can."
"Good," Yusuke said. Turning to face his demon friends, he said, "Alright guys, go kick some tail!"
"Rightio, Yusuke!" Jin said before flying towards the castle.
"That impatient fool," Toya said while chuckling. "We'll do what we can."
"Knowing these demons, the battle shall be swift," Yome said and Mukuro nodded her head.
They demon party ran off towards the castle.
"Ok Hiei, it's your job to watch them. Once Dandara's soldiers are almost completely beat, that's when we'll head in to give Tenzo a visit," Yusuke said and Hiei nodded his head, his jagan eye starting to glow.
As Kurama maneuvered through the maze, he started to grow anxious. What if Yoriana didn't want to talk to him after what happened on the roof? What if she hated him? Kurama stopped walking. 'Maybe I shouldn't go…' he shook his head. 'No, that's not an option, I have to go. She can't be here right now.' Continuing to walk, he heard Yoriana yell.
"For the last time, I'm not you!"
Really anxious now, Kurama broke into a sprint and headed to the end of the maze. Once he reached the garden, he saw her standing up with her head in her hands. The first thing he noticed when he saw her was that she was wearing the bracelet Yoko had given her before he left; she knew about her past. Yoriana looked up to the entrance and saw Kurama standing there.
"Kurama!" She ran over to him and hugged him, "Please help me, get me out of here, I don't want to be here!"
All of his worries gone, Kurama hugged her back, "I came to take you back, it'll be alright, Yoriana."
She pushed him away, "Don't call me that! I'm not Yoriana; I'm Yori Ichijo, not Yoriana!"