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CHAPTER SEVEN
by Shuuichi (darkfox)
at July 31st, 2007 (10:40 pm)
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Story Title: The Secret of the Bluemooon Gemstone
Author: darkfox
Chapter: 7
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?


Kiren silently followed Ichijou through the school hallways until they came across what looked like an empty room.

“Ichijou-san, might I ask what we’re doing here?” Kiren asked the Vice President.

“Someone requested an audience with you, Kagikaimetsu.” Ichijou told her as he opened the door. Kiren looked inside and then chuckled. For there sitting on a chair which sat at a table, placed conveniently in the middle of the room, was Kuroran.

“I see,” Kiren began. “So he made an appointment through you I see. Sounds to me that he’s getting used to the way things are supposed to work around here. Thank you, Ichijou-san.”

“My pleasure,” Ichijou began. “I’ll be standing outside of the doorway if there is anything you need. I also thought that it would be easier for me to escort Yakatsuki back to class since he’ll be a little late.” With that Ichijou gave one of his bright smiles and left the room; shutting the door behind him.

Kiren took a seat across from Kuroran. The boy seemed to be deep in though before Kiren broke him from his concentration.

“Might I ask why you summoned for me?” Kiren questioned.

Kuroran looked at Kiren straight in the face, she then knew exactly what he was thinking and what the reason for him calling an audience with her was.

“Don’t tell me that you want to discuss that again Master Yakatsuki?” Kiren said. She knew that it was because of THAT subject that he wanted to discuss. She was just trying to delay talking about it.

“You know very well that topic is what I want to talk about.” Kuroran said.

“If I might speak,” Kiren said. “I do not understand why you want to discuss that when you already know that it will be taken care of properly when the time comes.”

“Properly? What does properly mean? Does properly mean that you give it all in your situation and quite possibly sacrificing your life too? Is that what ‘properly’ means? If that is the case, then I demand that we figure out another solution! Do you think that Sensetsu would want you to-”

Kiren then clenched her right hand into a fist and slammed in on the table as she stood up. This was on of the very few times that Kuroran ever saw Kiren get angry. He knew to keep quiet in times like this to stop it from escalading.

“Sensetsu has nothing to do with this! You know that… that he doesn’t factor into my life anymore. He has a fiancée’ to worry about now; I am merely still around him, and you, as a bodyguard. I’m here to protect you, no matter the cost to my life. And as such, any feelings that I’ve previously had for him must be diminished and forgotten about.” Kiren said. There was a definite tone of hurt in her voice. Kuroran knew that this wasn’t a soft subject with her, and it was hard for her to discuss… let alone talk about.

“Kiren,” Kuroran said, getting up from his chair and walked over to Kiren. “I’m sorry for bringing him into the discussion. That was foul of me to do.”

“No, I’m sorry Master Yakatsuki,” Kiren said, sniffling. “I had no right to get so angry with you. I stepped out of line. Please forgive me.” Kuroran chuckled and hugged Kiren.

“How many times do I have to tell you not to use formalities around me? You’re practically my sister, it’s kind of weird.” Kuroran said.

Kiren laughed.

“I’m sorry Kuroran,” Kiren laughed slightly. “Force of habit.”

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Ichijou waited outside the door. He laughed. Those two… have interesting discussions. He thought to himself. He knew that he shouldn’t be eavesdropping on a personal affair such as this but it was sort of… well, it was just one of those times that he did.

“Something funny, Mr. Vice President?”

Ichijou turned to his left to find a not-so-happy-looking Zero walking toward him.

“Shouldn’t you be in class right now?” Zero asked coldly. Ichijou smiled, covering up the fear that he was feeling at this point.

“You’re right Kiryuu-kun,” Ichijou said calmly. “I should in fact be in class at this time. But you see I’m waiting for a personal meeting between Yakatsuki and Kagikaimetsu to be dismissed. Afterwards I was going to escort Yakatsuki to class, since I figure that the instructor won’t give him a hard time if he walked into the classroom with me.”

Zero gave Ichijou a slight glare and took a spot near him to the right of the door.

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“You know Kiren,” Kuroran began to say as he walked over to the large window a few feet from the table. “I never apologized for… my parents’ behavior a few years back. I am sorry that you had to put up with what you did. I know that they can be a handful sometimes. But… what they did to you, was uncalled for.”

“No, it wasn’t I’m afraid.” Kiren said. She walked over and stood behind Kuroran and looked outside the window too. “They were right, vampires and humans shouldn’t be intermixing with each other; and they especially shouldn’t be falling in love with one another.”

Kuroran looked up at Kiren with a surprised look on his face.

He never had imagined that she would agree with something like that.

“But I thought that you… you did love my brother, Sensetsu, didn’t you?” He asked.

“Of course I did,” Kiren told him. “But there is just a line that humans and vampires just shouldn’t cross. And my love for him was one of those lines that shouldn’t be crossed. On top of that, Lady Kaoru is a much better match for him than I ever was or would be.”

“But Kiren! That’s not true and you know it!” Kuroran shouted.

Kiren smiled.

“I’m sure that if that was the case,” Kiren said. “He wouldn’t have accepted so easily. If he didn’t think that she would make a better match for him, or if he really did love me as well, he wouldn’t have accepted so easily Kuroran. It’s just another one of those things that proves vampires and humans shouldn’t intermingle like that.”

Kuroran took a step back to look at Kiren. He saw that tears were falling from her eyes, yet she was unphased by them; like she didn’t even notice that she was shedding them.

“I think now,” Kiren said, touching her right had to her cheek. “It is time for you to go back to you classes. You’ve missed quite enough time Master Yakatsuki. Come now.”

Kiren walked over to the door and opened it, ushering Kuroran out. He took her lead and walked out of the room. She followed him, shutting the door behind her.

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As Kiren shut the door behind her she noticed that Zero was standing near the door.

“Kiryuu-san,” Kiren asked. “What brings you here?”

“I’m patrolling the inside of the building. I noticed that Ichijou was standing out here instead of being in class. I stopped to ask him what was going on and he informed me that you were here meeting with someone and that is why he snagged you away from your duties earlier this evening.”

Kiren laughed.

“I see,” Kiren said. “Well, I am free to do my duties now. Ichijou-san, please escort Yakatsuki back to class. I know that he won’t get a hard time from the instructor if he is seen with you. Thank you. I’ll be patrolling outside.”

With that, Kiren walked down the hallway and disappeared.

Zero looked at Ichijou, and then at Kuroran.

“Hurry back to class, the both of you.” Zero growled as he too walked off, continuing to walk the hallways.

Kuroran followed Ichijou back to the classroom, the conversation between him and Kiren still fresh in his mind.

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Outside Kiren stopped near a rose bush. She loved roses, she had to admit that, and the roses looked exceptionally beautiful tonight with the moonlight hitting them in the manner that it did.

“Kiren?”

The sudden calling of her name startled her and she turned around to find out who called her name, taking a fighter’s stance; preparing herself to take on whatever or whoever it was.

“Kiren,” Headmaster Kurosu said, stepping out of the shadows. “I didn’t mean to startle you.”

Kiren stepped out of her stance, and bowed her head low; embarrassed.

“Headmaster,” she said. “What brings you out here?”

“I have recently gotten a letter,” Headmaster Kurosu said, walking over to her. “It concerns you.”

“Who sent it?” Kiren said. She had a feeling she knew, but wanted to make sure.

“Someone by the name of Aoi, Aoi Ayamaru.” The Headmaster spoke. He walked over to the rose bush, marveling at the way the moonlight brought out their beauty.

“Ayamaru…” Kiren said. She froze. “Master…”

“He said in his letter that he would like to speak with you. He’ll arrive at the school in a few days. He said that this was an important matter that he must discuss with you personally.” The Headmaster told Kiren.

“I see,” Kiren said, looking at the ground. “It must be important since he is coming out here to talk to me personally.” She laughed silently. He rarely comes out to speak with the person face to face. She thought to herself.

“Was it wrong for me to okay his visit,” Headmaster Kurosu asked. “Kiren?”

Kiren just smiled.

“Not at all Headmaster,” Kiren told him. “You saved my life a few years back, I’m indebted to you. I will not disagree with anything that you tell me.” She giggled.

“You sound more and more like someone who can’t decide for themselves every time I speak with you.” The Headmaster told Kiren.

“I’ll take that as a compliment, since a bodyguard is to serve his/her master with no questions asked.” Kiren said to him.

“But you aren’t my bodyguard Kiren. And even if you were, you’re still a child. You shouldn’t have that sort of attitude yet.” He told her.

“Yes, but, you did want me to watch your daughter did you not?” Kiren said smiling. “If that is the case, watching over you too isn’t going to hurt much.”

The Headmaster gave a sigh.

“You really are difficult sometimes Kiren.” He said.

“Thank you.” Kiren said.

“That wasn’t a compliment.” Headmaster Kurosu said, exasperated.

This caused the two of them to laugh. But little did they know that someone was listening to their conversation from afar. Yuki Kurosu, was hiding out behind a pillar near an entrance to the building. The Headmaster… father saved Kiren’s life a few years back? From what I wonder? Why did he never speak of her before then? I… I want to know more about how Kiren knows the Headmaster… and a few other things as well. Yuki thought to herself.

But what she didn’t know was that this was going to be a little more complex of a matter than what she was hoping for.