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Dark Legion: The Nightshade Curse

By Nathalie

Action / Adventure

Prologue

Shadow Ravenswood stood before her father. Her father was a world famous double star blacklist hunter, well-known for taking down very dangerous ruthless criminals. Some were so dangerous that if they wanted to they could take down the whole Hunters' Association in an instant with Chairman Netero gone. Of course, he had been forced to kill them, but it came with the territory.

In fact, pretty much the entire Ravenswood family had killed a ruthless criminal at some point. That is except for her younger nine-year-old twin brothers. They were introduced to the mind-set though. They were well hated in the criminal world and had targets on their backs pretty much all the time. One could say that they had as many enemies as the Zoldycks.

The family consisted of two grandparents, two parents and seven children. The children ranged from ages nineteen to nine. There were her eldest brother Kai, Selena (her eldest sister), Sudan, Rayne, herself, Myles and Matt (the twins). She was the third youngest. Their parents were Kenzako and Maialaine Ravenswood, and their grandparents (Lucifer and Diana) had retired from the business.

Kenzako Ravenswood looked down at Shadow proudly and began to speak. "Now I am sure that you are wondering why I have called you, Shade," her father said, calling her by her nickname.

"Yes father," Shadow answered respectfully.

"Certainly you remember who our focus has been on for the past two years?" he quizzed. It was mandatory for everyone to know; even the twins.

"Yeah. The Dark Legion," she replied without hesitation.

"Good, you remember. Your mother and I and your grandparents agree that we send you on a mission," he began.

"What is it, dad?" she asked, a thrill going through her mind. She hadn't gotten a mission in ages and she had been anxious to escape the manor's grounds, even for a little while.

"Lately the Legion has disappeared without a trace. Either they have become wise to our infiltration or they have chosen to tread cautiously. After all these are tense times, those Chimera ants really did a number on the people's sense of security. Even the hunters are feeling restless, though I hear that may not be the end, but that is besides the point," Kenzako focused himself, "We need to find out what is happening. So do you think that you are up for some investigating?"

Shadow jumped up to her feet, a thrill rushing through her. She had always loved the feeling of exhilaration when her dad gave her an assignment, "Sure, you can count on me," she smirked.

"Now Shade, this is not one of your assignments where you can slack off and have fun. This is a level one class assignment! Something I usually only give Kaisho or Selena to handle. So don't get yourself killed in your search for trouble, do you hear me!" Kenzako shouted at her sternly.

She rolled her eyes, "Yeah, yeah, I know. Don't get reckless. Geez have some faith will you," she reassured him.

Kenzako sighed, "Go get ready. Chanson will fly you to their last location," he shooed her. She ran out of the room.

"Yes!" she said when she had entered her room, "Bout time that he sent me off... I was getting tired of watching the twins," She packed her suitcase quickly and waved a hand in the air. Using nen, she opened a dimensional storage space and stuffed it in there. After she closed it she packed a shoulder bag with stuff she thought might be useful and changed her outfit. She wore a leather black trenchcoat over a dark bluish-purple shirt, black pants and black leather combat boots. She put on a sort of flat leather cap and turned it backwards and wore purple fingerless gloves.

She slung the shoulder bag on and ran outside. She nearly crashed into the twins but flipped over the duo. "I thought dad told you to keep the way clear when one of us heads on a mission!" she reprimanded, hands on her waist as she scrutinized the young boys.

They exchanged a mischievous look and smirked. Which Shadow thought was weird for a pair of nine year olds. "What are you two up to?" she asked warily, narrowing her eyes as she looked down at them.

"We want to come with you!" the one on the left, Myles said. She could tell as Myles was a bit taller than Matt.

"Yeah! It'll be fun sis!" Matt agreed. Both had dark brown hair and mischievous electric green eyes like hers. Her hair had black streaks in it though.

"N. O. Mom will kill me if you two come," she said turning around.

"Please sis!" Matt pleaded while Myles tugged irritatingly on her shoulder.

"NO!" she said firmly.

"But you said that we could come on your next adventure! You're the one who told us about the cool people you've met!" Myles appealed to her. He was the craftier one.

"Well..." they looked at her hopefully. She looked at the both of them and said, "NO! Sorry, maybe next time." she ruffled their heads and made her way on the airship. The two had a look of understanding and smirked.

The airship took off two minutes later, but there were two more people than there should have been.


Kurapika's POV

I had finally decided to meet up with my friends for a reunion. I had just gotten off of the airship. I noticed another airship landing in the private section. Curious, I kept looking as I was wondering who was on it. My thoughts were interrupted when I saw a girl who looked about one year younger than Gon and Killua, jump and flip out of the ship, falling at a rapid speed. I wanted to help her but something told me to stay and watch so I did.

She created a slide out of nen darkness and skidded down the slide on her feet. She landed gracefully and bowed repeatedly to an invisible crowd. She seemed to be speaking to someone using an ear piece but I could just barely hear what she said.

"What do you say Chanson? On a scale of one to ten?" she spoke. Then she laughed. "Oh, Chanson, you underestimate me," Her expression changed. "What do you mean they snuck on?! My parents will kill me if they hear of this!" She kept talking, "Well catch them! This is a very life-threatening situation they're in. They're not ready!" She glanced at the open hatch. "Close it! Keep them aboard! They could get themselves killed!" The airship began to take off. "Whatt! They hopped off! You can't stop?!" It left the runway and two falling figures appeared. "Mum'll have my head if they become stains on the runway! Don't worry! I'll catch them...Okay Bye."

The girl ran after the aircraft until she found something. Looking up in the sky she calculated something and created a huge bed of darkness you could only see if you used gyo. The figures landed on it. I watched as they jumped off and ran towards the girl. She hit the both of them on the head and said something I couldn't hear. She had stopped talking loudly seeing as the ship was nowhere in sight. I was intrigued by these strange people but then I remembered that Gon, Killua and Leorio might be getting worried so I decided to leave the airport.


Shadow's POV

"You complete idiots!" I snapped at the duo, knocking them on the head for good measure. They rubbed their heads gingerly. "I thought I made it clear that you couldn't come!"

"Well we really couldn't wait to get a mission so Myles came up with the idea," Matt said as we walked.

"Hey! Don't deflect the blame! You agreed to it you know!" Myles protested.

"Yeah but I didn't come up with..." and the two began arguing.

"Twits," I grumbled irritably, "Well I can't send you back with Chanson now, so I guess I'm stuck with you two."

They stopped arguing and high-fived each other, "Yess!" they shouted.

"This is not a joke! It is a level one assignment. Dad was reluctant about sending me. So when he hears about you two, you're dead meat. Just stay in the room when I'm out, okay? And don't interfere with my research," I ordered, "Or I'll stuff you with my stuff in that dimensional locker, got it?"

"Yes, ma'am," the two saluted. We walked off.


Nobody's POV

But little did they know there was someone else watching. The man looked at them from beyond. He had seen everything, even Kurapika as he shuffled his deck of cards. "Just wonderful. Three more apples are growing, and soon they shall ripen and fall off the tree. Of course, I shall be there to catch them," he threw a joker into a nearby pole and disappeared.



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