Through a Fox's Eyes

Chapter 4

In the morning, Yusuke walked over to Nagasashi Motel to find Kuwabara sitting up in a tree, looking like he was about to fall asleep. He patted Kuwabara on the back, "Wake up, you idiot. Go ahead and go to bed; I'll take the next watch. Kurama said he'll watch over her tomorrow at school. He took Keiko and Yukina to hang out for the day." Kuwabara nodded groggily and headed home. Yusuke sat where Kuwabara had been and watched the motel.

After about two hours, Yori exited the motel. At the same time, Ms. Shizuna did as well.

"Oh good morning, Yori, how are you?"

"Good morning Ms. Shizuna , I'm doing well. And you?" Yori asked.

"I'm doing rather well. Did your friends manage to find you yesterday?" Yusuke hit himself in the face after hearing Ms. Shizuna's question.

"I'm sorry? What friends?" Yori asked rather confused.

The old lady looked just as confused as Yori. "Well those three boys. One had long red hair and green eyes… The other one had slicked up black hair with a green uniform. The last one had red-orange hair with a blue uniform. They were asking for you and said that they were your friends."

"I'm sorry but I don't know who you're talking about."

"Well that's strange. I wonder who they were… Oh, by the way dear, please take this!" Ms. Shizuna handed Yori a little bag filled with money. "I meant to repay you for all your help yesterday. And seeing how you have no money and after what has happened to you, it's the least I can do, dearie."

Yori's eyes widened slightly. "I… Thank you, …" Yori hesitated before taking the money.

Ms. Shizuna and Yori said their goodbyes and walked in separate directions. Yori starting walking, not knowing where to. She pulled out a piece of pocky and started eating. After walking for about ten minutes, with Yusuke trailing far behind, she came across a mall and walked in.

Yusuke remembered how Kurama had said he'd go with Keiko and Yukina here, so he called him up on his cell phone. It rang for a few moments until Kurama picked up.

"Hello, Yusuke. Is there a problem?"

"Well I wouldn't call it a problem, just a heads up. She walked into the mall so look out for her while you can. Oh, and that old lady mentioned us to her when they left the motel."

"That is rather unfortunate. Hopefully it won't be a problem. I'll look out for her, keep watching her for now."

"Got it."

Yusuke got off the phone and continued walking after Yori.

Kurama's P.O.V.

"What's the problem, Kurama?" Keiko asked, tilting her head to the side.

Kurama smiled. "It seems that Yori Ichijo has entered the mall. It shouldn't be a problem. Nonetheless, I will keep an eye out for her."

"Oh Kurama, I hope that this won't ruin our day… Maybe we should come back another day so we won't hold you back on your job…" Yukina said.

Kurama shook his head, "Nonsense, Yukina. We can all stay here." Keiko and Yukina smiled and the three continued walking around the mall, and they soon came to an ice cream parlor. Keiko got a chocolate cone while Yukina got vanilla and Kurama got mint chocolate chip. They stayed where they were and ate their ice creams. Out of the corner of his eye, Kurama noticed Yori walking up to them.

"Um, excuse me… Do you know where the nearest girls clothing store is? I'm afraid I haven't been here before."

Keiko smiled, "Well yeah, there's one over there," Keiko pointed to a nearby store. "Are you new to the city, then?"

Yori nodded. "I am. I came here a couple days ago. I don't have any spare clothes so I needed to go shopping." Yori looked over to Kurama and tilted her head to the side. "You go to Meiou High School? Or do you just have a similar uniform?"

Kurama hesitated before smiling politely. "Yes, I do go to Meiou."

"Oh, that's nice. My name is Yori Ichijo, nice to meet you." She reached out her hand.

Kurama took her hand and shook it. "My name is Suichi Minamino. Nice to meet you too."

"If you want, you can come with us. We were about to go in there as well." Yukina suggested. Yori smiled slightly and nodded. "My name is Yukina."

"My name is Keiko." Keiko smiled at her.

Yori thanked them for inviting her and then they proceeded to go to the store, which Yori learned that it was called Sunkissed Clothing. A while after looking at clothes, Yusuke walked into the store and pulled Kurama off to the side.

"Yo. I didn't think that we were allowed to talk to her." Yusuke said.

Kurama rubbed the back of his head. "Well, Koenma and Genkai did not forbid it. She came up to us and asked for directions, Yukina invited her along."

Yusuke sighed. "Alright it's fine. At least I don't have to tail her now."

As Yusuke finished talking, Yori walked over to the two of them with a black long sleeved shirt and some white skinny jeans in her hands. She placed them in front of her body. "What do you two think?" Yusuke nodded while Kurama said that it looked lovely. Yori nodded. "Yeah, Keiko and Yukina thought the same. So Suichi, why were you and your friends trying to find me yesterday?"

It seemed that Kurama had already thought of an excuse before Yori had even run into them. He sighed, "Well we were looking for our friend, and she used to be in the room next to your neighbor's, it didn't occur to us that she no longer stayed there and someone else occupied room 301. I do apologize for the trouble." Yori starred at him disbelievingly. She looked over to Yusuke, waiting for an introduction. "This is Yusuke Urameshi, Keiko's boyfriend."

"Nice to meet you, I'm Yori."

"Likewise." He responded.

Yori nodded. "Well I'm going to go look around some more," Yori said and then walked away.

After Yori was far enough away, Kurama looked at Yusuke. "I don't believe this will be a problem. We can still watch without her knowing of it."

"Right." Yusuke nodded. "I guess I should watch over the place during the nights since you and Kuwabara have school. Annoying, but I guess I have to." He sighed loudly.

"Yusuke!" Keiko said, running over to the two of them. She wrapped her arms around Yusuke's neck and hugged him. "When did you get here?" She asked.

Yusuke hugged her back. "Just now, I was talking to Kurama about the case."

"Oh, well come on Yusuke, help me pick out a new outfit!" Keiko pulled him with her while Yusuke said "Do I have to?"

Kurama chuckled at the two of them and walked over to Yori and Yukina. While they were picking out new clothes, Yori questioned Kurama about Meiou High School. He gave her the rundown of the school, explaining the policies, the people, the grade expectations, and things like that.

Soon after, they finished their shopping. Keiko and Yukina both bought a new dress. Yori bout the black shirt and white skinnies, along with a silver dress, another shirt, two tank tops and miniskirts, a new pair of black heels along with a pair of pajamas. She surprisingly still had plenty of money left over. She made a note to go and thank Ms. Shizuna again. Kurama, Yusuke, Keiko, Yukina, and Yori left Sunkissed Clothing and left the mall together.

Yusuke decided to walk Keiko home and said that he'd head home afterwards; Yori noticed that he glanced over to Kurama before leaving without saying anything more. Kurama decided that he would take Yukina and Yori to a nearby coffee shop so they could all get to know each other more.

They walked inside and Kurama ordered a vanilla latte for Yukina, a black coffee for himself, and a strawberries and cream frappuccino for Yori. They all sat down to drink.

"So Yori, tell us about yourself." Kurama said politely while smiling.

Yori took a sip of her drink and then sat it back on the table while looking down. "Well… There's not much to know. More or less, there's not much that I know…"

Although they already knew this, Yukina and Kurama looked concerned while Yukina asked, "What do you mean?"

Yori sighed. "I don't know anything about myself. Around four or five days ago, I woke up outside of this city. I'm afraid I can't remember anything, except my name, that is. No one in the city knows me, though… So I've… given up on finding someone who knows me… I'll just start my life over, I guess…" Yori explained while looking down at her coffee.

Yukina reached across the table and grabbed Yori's hands. "Don't give up!" Kurama and Yori looked surprised at the quiet girl's outburst. "We can help you, just please don't ever give up on something so important." Yori still looked a little surprised but then smiled and thanked Yukina.

"Yes, it might be a little difficult, but we will try to help you as much as we can, Yori." Kurama said while smiling.

Yori looked down and blushed. "Thank you Suichi…"

"So what do you plan on doing until you recover your memories?" Kurama asked.

Yori thought about it for a second. "Hm. Never really thought about it." She pulled out a piece of pocky and started eating it. "Hmm… Eat pocky, go to high school, maybe I'll go get a job. I want to pay Ms. Shizuna back and get out of that motel. Believe me; it's not all that pretty."

They continued to talk for a while but then decided that it was getting rather late and they should get going. Yori said goodbye to her new friends, Kurama said that he'd see her tomorrow, and then they all left. Yori walked back to the Nagasashi Motel, headed into her room, and went to sleep. Yusuke watched the motel throughout the night, unbeknownst to Yori.

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