The Quest of a Lifetime
(A Hakuouki : Hajime Saito and Chizuru Yukimura Fan Fiction)
Fan Fiction by: Animedaisuki
Chapter 1 : After the War
Peace and Prosperity reigned once again. The Shinsengumi, with the help of the Aizu Clan and the others, won the war and restored the country's balance.
In Shinsengumi HQ - Kyoto
Chizuru Yukimura, the one and only female member of the Shinsengumi, was sleeping peacefully in her room, when suddenly, someone opened the door of her room, sending the bright sunlight to land on her sleeping face.
"Chizuru!!! It's time for breakfast!", a familiar voice rang through her ears.
Chizuru yawned. Rubbed her eyes and slowly opened them. Right in front of her stood Heisuke Toudo, behind him were Hajime Saito, waiting patiently and Souji Okita, who was smirking as usual.
'Am I still dreaming? Ugh, need…more…sleep', Chizuru thought to herself.
Much to the three guys' surprise, Chizuru suddenly fell back to her futon and went back to sleep.
"Heh? What's this? She still went back to dreamland? Hmm…Chizuru looks really cute when she sleeps, right Saitou, Heisuke?", Okita stated, wearing his world famous smirk.
"Souji-san! Would you stop that, we need to wake her up or else we'll have to answer to Shinpachi-san's stomach.", Heisuke replied, annoyed. He walked around Chizuru's sleeping form and tries to figure out how to wake her up.
Okita laughed. "Saitou, you didn't answer my question. She's cute isn't she?"
Saitou simply looked away, his cheeks showing a faint blush.
"Chizuru! Wake up!!!", Heisuke shouted.
In response, Chizuru threw a pillow, hitting Heisuke square in the face.
"Oy! Chizuru!!!", Heisuke shook Chizuru's shoulders slightly.
Chizuru opened her eyes. Finally. And saw Heisuke staring at her with one of his eyebrow raised. Chizuru rubbed her eyes to get a clear view, and…
"Waaaahhhhhh!!!!", Chizuru screamed in fright.
"Waaaahhhhhh!!!!", Heisuke shouted in alarm.
"Aw man, it's early and the morning and you two are making a big racket!", Okita scolded.
Unfortunately, the screams where heard all over the headquarters. Toshizou Hijikata, who was waiting in the dining room stood up in alarm and went to check where the scream came from. Running towards the scream, he found himself in front of Chizuru's room, where Saitou and Okita stood.
Hijikata raised an eyebrow and walked in the center of the doorway and found Chizuru and Heisuke screaming at each other. Hijikata's eyebrow twitched.
"What is going on here?!", Hijikata shouted.
Heisuke and Chizuru looked over to the person who spoke. At first, the two on,y saw a shadow because the lerson was standing in front if the sunlight. When the person's face cleared. They saw none other than Toshizou Hijikata, the Vice-Captain of the Shinsengumi, wearing an annoyed, irritated, slightly angry look on his face.
"Aaaaahhhhh!!!!", Chizuru and Heisuke screamed together after seeing the frightening face of Hijikata.
Hijikata covered his hears in response, causing a laugh from Okita and a slight snort from none other that Saitou.
"What's wrong with you two?", Hijikata asked sternly.
"S-sorry, Hijikata-san, I was just surprised that Heisuke-kun was in front of me while I woke up. Sorry! Sorry! Sorry!", Chizuru explained and apologized.
"Heisuke, why were you in Chizuru's room? I thought I told you to just wake her up?", Hijikata asked.
"I did, but before the waking up and the screaming…Chizuru, you fell asleep again. And you even threw a pillow to my face.", Heisuke stated, laughing.
Chizuru blushed in embarassment. "Sorry, Heisuke-kun!"
Hijikata sighed. "Alright, let's just go eat breakfast, besides, if we let Shinpachi wait a little bit longer, he's going to eat our shares."
Hijikata, Okita and Heisuke left the room and went back to the dining room while Chizuru fixed herself up and her futon. She didn’t realize that there was still someone outside her room.
"Saitou-san? I thought you went back already?", Chizuru asked as she went out and found Saitou standing outside her door.
"Uhm, no, I decided to wait for you.", Saitou replied flatly, but there was a hint of nervousness in his voice, like it was the first he talked to Chizuru.
"Oh! Thank you, Saitou-san!"
Saitou's cheeks flushed. "Shall we?"
Chizuru nodded and they walked towards the dining room.
In Shinsengumi HQ - Dining Room - Kyoto
"What??! So that's where the shouting came from? I never thought Chizuru can shout so loud like that.", Sanosuke Harada said in awe.
"Heh, she shouted because of Heisuke's not-so-charming face!", Shinpachi declared, much to Heisuke's annoyance and disagreement.
Then, the door opened revealing Saitou and Chizuru.
"Finally! Come on you two, grab your chopsticks and dig in!", Harada exclaimed.
Chizuru and Saitou sat and ate.
It's a normal day, Heisuke and Shinpachi fighting over food, Hijikata getting annoyed with it and stopping their squabbles. Saitou eating silently, Chizuru giggling as her friends fight over food. Okita laughing at Hijikata, and Sanan smiling awkwardly because of Heisuke and Shinpachi. Yes, the usual days for the Shinsengumi.
Then, Sanan whispered something to Hijikata. Afterwards, Hijikata nodded.
"Everyone! Silence! Sanan-san has a very important announcement to make. Sanan-san?", Hijikata said, gesturing to Sanan.
Everyone in the room fell silent. Then, Sanan smiled.
"I've been conducting research about the cure for the Rasetsu. And there was something about a certain water from an oasis. I've also read that the only place where that water can be found is in the Land of the Samurai.", Sanan stated.
Chizuru's eyes widened and she nearly choked.
"Are you alright, Chizuru?", Saitou whispered to Chizuru in concern.
Chizuru waved her hand and said, "Uh, yes. Yes, I'm fine."
Hijikata looked at Sanan in curiosity.
"But Sanan-san, the Land of the Samurai is nothing but an ancient legend!", Hijikata said.
"It was said that the Land of the Samurai was real, it's known to be the birthplace of the first Samurai warrior, that's why it's called Land of the Samurai. But, it is a story that my ancestors passed on to my parents and then to me. I am not sure if it is true.", Saitou spoke.
Sanan sighed. "It's true that it's a mere legend, but we cannot be sure until we find out ourselves right?"
"Sanan-san has a point. Besides, I miss having those adventures!", Heisuke concluded.
'The Land of the Samurai…my…birthplace.', Chizuru thought to herself. Though she didn't notice, she was probably making a very serious face which made everyone in the room look at her with concern.
"Chizuru! Oy, Chizuru!", Heisuke stated, snapping her back to reality.
"You were spacing out. Are you sure you're fine?", Shinpachi asked.
'I was spacing out? What? No, but, I want to help them find the cure, I just, don't know how to say it to them that I was born and raised there. It might seem weird and quite unbelievable, even for them. Ohhh, I don't know what to do…', Chizuru thought to herself.
Chizuru let out a sigh and said with a smile, "Don't worry about me, I'm fine, really."
Everyone in the room nodded. Afterwards, breakfast finished and Chizuru walked out if the room as quickly as she can.
'Still, they will find out soon since…I CAN'T STOP THINKING ABOUT MY PAST!!! This is not good. Fine, I'll just tell them. I'm bound to do it soon anyway.', Chizuru thought as she walked towards the headquarter's front porch.
"Ugh!!!", Chizuru screamed in frustration. She sat at one of the rocks near the small pond and thought about her past.
"Good job today Chizuru-chan. You really are one of a kind, especially when it comes to sword-fighting. Tomorrow, you'll be sparring with Kaidou-kun alright?", an adult spoke.
"Yes Master Shin! But, who's Kaidou-kun?", a 4 year-old Chizuru asked.
Master Shin chuckled, "Kaidou-kun is Master Jiro's student. He's also good with the sword. Like you, Chizuru-chan."
The next day was time for sparring. Kaidou against Chizuru. Although the match ended in a draw, both of their Masters have smiles on their faces.
"Good job you two!", Master Jiro exclaimed.
The 5 year-old Kaidou looked over at Chizuru, her hazelnut hair flowing freely with the wind.
"Uhm…good job, Kaidou-kun.", Chizuru approached.
"Thanks, Chizuru-chan! You too!", Kaidou replied.
They both laughed happily.
After 12 years…
It was raining and two figures stood under it.
"Why do you have to leave, Chizuru?", asked a 17 year-old Kaidou, as silent tears continues to flow down from his eyes.
"Kaidou, I have to look for my father, I have to make sure he's alright.", replied a sobbing 16 year-old Chizuru.
Kaidou let out his sword and said, "Fight me, I'll only allow you to leave if you win."
"And if I lose?"
"We both know the answer to that, Chizuru."
They fought hard under the rain, but the match has to end with a result. Alas, the battle approached its end.
Chizuru yanked Kaidou's sword from his grip and it flew farther to the side. The match ended when Chizuru pointed her sword inches away from Kaidou's neck.
After a while, Chizuru sheathed her sword and bowed in front of Kaidou. Then ran towards the gates of their land and disappeared.
But before she disappeared, as she was running she glanced a bit over her shoulder and saw Kaidou drop to his knees, stream of tears flowing from his eyes.
Before leaving completely, Chizuru heard some words muttered by Kaidou:
"I'll miss you, Chizuru…-chan. Please be back. I lo-
"Chizuru?", a voice spoke to her, cutting off her thoughts.
"Oh! Sanan-san! I'm sorry I didn't notice you. How long have you been there?", Chizuru asked gleefully.
"It's fine. I just arrived. What's the matter? You look like you're about to cry."
Chizuru stiffened. "Uhm…"
'It's now or never…I have to tell them.'
"Sanan-san…I know where to find the cure you are talking about. I know how to get there.", Chizuru said with absolute seriousness and confidence."W-what? How?", Sanan stuttered in shock.