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CHAPTER FOUR - PART II.
by Shuuichi (darkfox)
at July 31st, 2007 (10:29 pm)
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Story Title: The Secret of the Bluemooon Gemstone
Author: darkfox
Chapter: 4 - II.
Summary: Cross Academy. A boarding school where vampires and humans can coexist.
Yuki Kurosu and Zero Kiryu, acting guardians of the school now have a new partner... Kiren.
Who is this mysterious girl? Will she be accepted by Kiryu, Yuki, and the Night Class?


The chapter here is featured as a flashback. In the previous chapter Kuroran was beginning to tell the story about how he and his brothers met Kiren. So this will be told as a flashback. The chapter will be entirely in italics. (In this case, it will represent a flashback, but on regular chapters it represents a thought to the character’s self.)

Please note that I changed Kuroran’s brother’s names. Gwendel has become Sensetsu, and Soubi has become Sozatsu. This is going to be a four-part chapter, due to length.

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In no time, they reached Kiren’s house. Kiren stared at the ground, which made Sensetsu ask,

“Do you not like it here?”

Kiren turned to face Sensetsu. There were traces of tears building up in her eyes. Sensetsu brushed his hand against her eyes gently, wiping the tears away.

“If you need to talk, you can find me in that forest. Just call my name, I’ll be there.” Sensetsu told Kiren. He tried to make her feel better by smiling. “Now go home, and tomorrow come back to the forest.”

Kiren let go of Sensetsu’s hand and started to walk back to the house. She turned around to look at Sensetsu’s face one last time, but he was already gone.

Kiren stared into the darkness, and started walking again toward the house.

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“Kiren!” a woman shouted, leaving her place from in front of the fireplace, running to hug Kiren as she walked in through the doorway.

Kiren just stood there, letting the woman hug her tightly, without moving.

“I’m home.” Kiren said, blankly.

Sadame was in the house, sitting in a chair at the table, reading a book.

“I thought you were going to be home before it got dark out! I was so worried!” the woman continued to babble as Kiren just stood there. Once the woman was done talking, Kiren pulled away from her and sat at the table with Sadame.

The woman walked over to Kiren, and started to comb through her hair with her fingers.

“Where were you?” the woman asked.

“In the forest.” Kiren said to the woman. “I wasn’t too far,Tsura.”

The woman hugged Kiren again.

“Can’t you call me ‘mom’ or ‘mother’ Kiren? Something more endearing?” the woman (Tsura) bellowed.

Kiren wasn’t one who called anyone by a nickname, or something ‘endearing’. She always stuck to formalities or their names (first or last, if she knew them). She never called Sadame, ‘brother’, or Tsura, ‘mom’. She definitely didn’t call her father, ‘dad’ or anything like that either.

“I’m sorry.” This was all that Kiren said.

Tsura stepped away from her daughter once she heard the door slam open.

“Tekii!” Tsura shouted, running to the door.

There, stood a tall man, about six feet tall, with light golden yellow hair that went down to the tip of his chin in length, and steel blue eyes that could make anyone feel as though their heart had been pierced with ice. He embraced Tsura.

“Hello, Tsura.” The man (Tekii) said.

“Father!” Sadame stood up from his chair and walked over to where Tsura and Tekii stood. The only one that didn’t rush over from where they were at was Kiren.

“Aren’t you going to come over and hug your old man, Kiren?” Tekii asked. He was sarcastic of course; he really didn’t want Kiren to come near him. She knew this.

“Do you wish me to, Tekii-sama?” Kiren said. Kiren didn’t call her Tekii ‘father’, or even ‘Tekii’. She added ‘sama’ to the end of his name to try to avoid being yelled at by him; or worse, beaten by him.

Tekii laughed.

“Yes, why don’t you come over here and join in the group hug Kiren.” Tekii said.

Kiren pushed her chair off and walked over to where Sadame, Tsura, and Tekii all stood. She didn’t participate in the hugging aspect though.

Tekii then pushed his way out of everyone’s (sort of) embrace and sat down in the chair that faced the fire. Everyone followed his lead and stood around him once again.

“I’ve killed and disposed of 15 beasts, 5 of them vampires, from nearby towns.” Tekii began. “But my pockets still seem spacious. How on earth do they expect a man to feed his children, his family, if he doesn’t get paid properly for his righteous acts to protect his fellow townspeople?”

Kiren laughed to herself, silently. She found the ‘righteous’ comment funny.

“It’s amazing what you do, my husband.” Tsura said.

“Yes, it is awe-striking about your abilities to perform the duties that you are faced with father.” Sadame said.

Kiren said nothing.

“It is,” Tekii said. “I’ve come back home to see my family, and also to keep tabs on what is going on with the village for awhile. I think that there might be some of those blood-suckers near the village.”

Kiren listened more attentively to her father. Kiren was quite interested in vampires.

“Really father? Near us?” Sadame exclaimed. He was really frightened.

“You can’t be serious, Tekii?” Tsura shouted. She too, was afraid.

“I’m afraid that I am.” Tekii said. “So I will be staying here in the village for awhile to make sure none of those damned beasts come near anyone here.”

Sadame and Tsura clung onto Tekii, knowing that he would keep them safe.

Tekii just smiled.

“May I be excused to bed now. I don’t feel well.” Kiren asked.

Tekii got out from out of his chair, and walked over to Kiren. Kiren prepared herself so that she wouldn’t cry once he it her. Tekii reached out a hand toward her face. Kiren tensed. Tekii stopped, and ruffled her hair.

“Of course Kiren.” Tekii said. “Please go and rest up.”

Kiren looked at Tekii, analyzing his facial expression, trying to figure out what he was thinking, what he was plotting, but discarded that and walked away to her room. She shut the door behind her.

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Kiren stood in front of the door of her room that she closed.

She was scared, scared even more now because of how Tekii just acted. He didn’t yell, nor scold her; he actually tried to act like a father, which he hadn’t done for the past 6 almost 7 years now. He had to be up to something, he couldn’t have just changed so suddenly. At least, that is what Kiren was thinking.

Kiren walked over to the window of her room and looked to the moon. It was full tonight, nice and bright too. The moon, the night, the stars, all calmed Kiren down. Normally, because it signified that it was the end of a day and onto a different on shortly. She smiled.

“Sensetsu…” Kiren said, the name slowly running off of her lips. She blushed.

Kiren stared out the window for a few moments more, before climbing into her bed and shutting her eyes to go to sleep.

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It had been almost a month since her father had returned to the village. It had also been about a month since she met Sensetsu.

Kiren got up once it had gotten light out, and started running into the forest, which she had done everyday since she had met the boy. Kiren was blushing again, thinking about Sensetsu.

Once she had run far enough into the forest, to where she could see the pond’s beautifully sparkling waters, she stopped.

“Sensetsu!” Kiren shouted. “Where are you?”

Soon a gust of wind blew around Kiren. She giggled. Once the breeze had stopped, she saw a boy with long dark violet hair, which had been pulled into a ponytail, and pale violet red eyes that seemed to sparkle with a ‘welcome’ aura about them. Kiren smiled and ran over to hug the boy.

“Sensetsu!” Kiren cried happily, hugging tightly onto the boy, who returned her embrace.

“Kiren.” Sensetsu said. “How are you today?”

“Better, now that Sensetsu is here.” Kiren said, smiling.

“I’m glad.” Sensetsu said.

Kiren giggled.

“It’s been a month since I met Sensetsu here, in this forest. It’s been a month since Sensetsu bestowed upon me kindness, something that I have not had in a very long time, since Kiren had turned 3 years old. I wanted to thank you for that Sensetsu.” Kiren said. She then presented him with a short blade. It was about 6 inches or so in length. It shined brightly, for the metal was brand new, it was sharp (so much so that if one were to run their finger along the edge, that their finger would be bleeding instantly), and the hilt of the blade was in the shape of dragon, with a violet-red gemstone embedded at its eye.

“Do you like it Sensetsu?” Kiren asked. “I made it just last night.”

Sensetsu smiled, kissing Kiren on the forehead.

“It’s beautiful, Kiren.” Sensetsu said. “I thank you.”

“No! It is I who should be thanking you Sensetsu. You’ve saved me, my soul.” Kiren told Sensetsu. She started to cry. “If it weren’t for Sensetsu, I would be… I would be lost. Lost in a world of thought, thought that Kiren wasn’t important, that nobody cared and-“

Sensetsu, pulling her into an embrace, stopped Kiren short of her sentence; Kiren was shocked but closed her eyes, enjoying being in his strong arms.

“Kiren is important,” Sensetsu said. He hugged her tighter. “She is an important girl. Because if Kiren were to disappear, I would be at a loss.”

Kiren’s eyes grew wide with surprise.

“Sensetsu…” Kiren whispered, and returned his embrace.

“I love you, Kiren.” Sensetsu said. “Since that day, and from then on, I’ve come to realize that.”

“I love you too,” Kiren said. “Sensetsu.”

Sensetsu and Kiren continued to embrace. Until Sensetsu pulled away, turning his back to Kiren. Kiren stared at Sensetsu in question.

“Kiren,” Sensetsu said, looking at the pond. “There is something that I neglected to tell you.”

“What is it?” Kiren said.

“I’m afraid if I let Kiren know, she’ll hate me.” Sensetsu said.

Kiren walked up to Sensetsu and grabbed his hand, and held onto it tightly.

“Nothing… nothing would make me hate you.” Kiren said. Her eyes glowed fiercely with understand and purity of her words. Sensetsu saw this, and sighed.

“Kiren,” Sensetsu began. “What if I told you that I’m not normal? What would you say?”

“I knew that already.” Kiren said. “No ‘normal’ being can control wind the way that you do.”

Sensetsu looked Kiren in the eyes for a moment and then looked away.

“I…” Sensetsu was starting to say. “I am… I’m a vampire. I’m a vampire Kiren…”

Sensetsu turned to look at Kiren’s reaction. He thought that she would have a look of terror on her face, and she would let go of his hand and run. But what he found was her beautiful smile.

“Is that it? You were worried that I would hate you, because you’re a vampire?” Kiren said. Laughing. “That just makes me love you even more.”

Sensetsu was awe-struck. This reaction was definitely different from what he had expected, but that didn’t erase the fact that it had put his heart at ease. He really did love her.

“I’m glad, that Kiren didn’t run.” Sensetsu said, smiling.

Kiren returned his smile and looked around.

“Oh no! It’s dark already! I have to get back home.” Kiren yelled frantically.

“If you must get back, then go. I don’t want Kiren getting into any trouble.” Sensetsu said. “I will see you tomorrow. Just come back into the forest, and call my name I’ll be here.”

“Yes. I know.” Kiren said, kissing Sensetsu on the cheek and running out of the woods.

Sensetsu placed a hand on the spot that Kiren had just kissed him and smiled. With that he disappeared.

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It had been a few hours since Kiren stepped foot into the house. Everyone was quite. Sadame was at the table, reading, and Tsura was in the kitchen, washing dishes. Kiren looked about the room. She knew that her father wasn’t home. But her heart told her that something was terribly wrong.

How right her heart was.

“Tekii has caught another beast! Though, this one looks human! He plans to execute it! Everyone, please stay in your homes!” This was shouted by a few of Tekii’s men.

Kiren’s heart stopped.

“Sensetsu!” Kiren said to herself, and ran out the door.

“Kiren!” Tsura shouted, following her daughter outside. “It’s dangerous! Come back inside!”

Sadame followed his mother and sister out the door.

Kiren ran as fast as she could. Following some of the town’s people. She knew that her father was up ahead. She only hoped that what/who he caught wasn’t who she thought it was.