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A bench in the park by Vulpixi Misa

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Chapter II: Accounter

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'Blah'- Thoughts

Botan woke up early in the morning. It was about 7 or 8 AM. Normally, Botan would wake get up later than that, but her Reikai Tsuushin Compact woke her up. It was Koenma.

"Botan, you have to get back to Reikai right away!"

"What's the rush?" She rubbed her eyes.

"Well, the souls are piling up and we don't have enough ferry girls to guide them to their proper place."

"Why are there so many souls?"

"It doesn't matter, just get back here right away!" Then he hung up.

Botan looked around the room, Keiko's room. Keiko was still asleep. Botan snuck out the window, careful not to wake the slumbering girl. She summoned her oar and flew into the sky. Her pink kimono magically appear on her as she was engulfed by the white light of Reikai.

Keiko woke up and found that Botan was amiss. She somehow believed that it was her fault she left early. The girl felt guilty about the night before and would apologize to her blue haired friend. Keiko cleaned up the mess left from last night.

It was now noon and Botan was flying in the skies of Ningenkai. She had finished her job at Reikai and Koenma had let her have the rest of the day off. Botan intended on going back to Keiko's house to apologize for the night before. When she arrived at Keiko's bedroom window, she found that the room was empty. Botan frowned and headed towards Yusuke's house in hopes of finding Keiko. 'And get the chance to see Yusuke.' she thought.

Botan arrived at the door of the Urameshi residence. She magically changed into a pink T-shirt with blue denim capris and white sneakers. She was about to knock on the door, but the door opened and it knocked her unconscious. Botan let out a small 'mew'. Yusuke looked behind the door to find an unconscious Botan.


Yusuke picked her up. 'Boy, she's so light.' he thought. He stared at her body for a few seconds before he went inside and placed her on his bed. He notices the small bump on her head.

"Better get some ice for that."

Then he left the room to fetch some ice. Botan moaned a bit but she didn't wake up. Yusuke came back with the ice. He brushes her bangs away and tucks it behind her ear. He just sat there holding an ice bag (that was slowly melting) staring at the unconscious beauty that lay before him. 'When did Botan become this beautiful?' He didn't realize he uttered the last word out loud. Botan stirred and she slowly opened her eyes.

"Ow..." She clutches her head in pain. Botan looks at Yusuke. "Um... Yusuke?"


She points at the ice bag. "What's with the melting ice bag?"

Yusuke looks at the bag that's beginning to drip. "Oops..." He runs out of the room and gets rid of the ice bag.

When he returns, she's sitting on the edge of his bed. He runs his hand through his hair again before he spoke up.

"So, why are you here Botan? 'Nother mission for me?"

She doesn't answer immediately. "Oh right, no, I was just looking for Keiko. I thought she might be here."

"So, no mission eh? I actually wanted to go on one, I'm bored."

Botan raised an eyebrow. "Why are you here, you could be outside doing something, you know."

"Yeah I know, but I- Wait, what the hell am I still doing here? Come on, lets go do something." He grabbed Botan's wrist.

"But I'm not bored like you!"

He ignored her. "Where do you want to go?"

"Yusuke!" Botan yelled. He simply dragged he out the door.

"Okay, tell me again why I'm here with you?" Botan crossed her arms in front of her chest.

"Because we barely do anything together." Yusuke put his arms behind his head.

"What do you mean? We do things together."

"Yeah, like fight demons and other things that Koenma throws at us. The only time you're ever around Ningenkai is when there's a mission."

"Well, that is true." She stared at the cement pavement.

"So, where do you wanna go?"

She looked at him. "Hey, you're the one that dragged me along, I thought you knew where we were going."

"Uh... yeah..." Yusuke looks in another direction.

Keiko had gone out to buy some groceries/supplies for her family restaurant. She was taking her time even though her parents really needed the vegetables. She was strolling through the park, when she spotted a familiar redhead.

"Kurama-kun!" She yelled out.

Kurama turns around. "Keiko-san, good to see you."

"What are you doing here in the park?

"Just admiring nature's beauty." Kurama then picks a flower with his slender fingers.

"Oh, of course, I know how much you love plants."

Kurama nods his head and twirls the flower between his fingers. Keiko suddenly remembers yesterday's conversation with Botan about Kurama.

"Um, Kurama-kun, can I talk to you about something?"

He reverts his attention away from the flower and back to the girl. "Sure."

Kurama leads Keiko to a park bench nearby and they sit.

"Well, um... I don't really know how to put this... Um, you are a very attractive young man and you have a lot of female admirers, but you are still single. Do you have your eye on a certain person?"

Kurama turns his head away and he gave out a chuckle.

"You are a very bright girl, Keiko-san. And you are indeed correct."

Keiko smiled, 'Yes!' she thought. "Do you think I can help you and this girl in anyway?

"You can help by saying yes."

Keiko blinked. "Huh?"

Kurama turns to face Keiko. He takes her hands in his.

"Keiko-san, I know you have Yusuke, but I've been in love with you for so long. I might never be able to take Yusuke's place in your heart, but please, give me a chance." His eyes are determined but still pleading.

Keiko's face flushed. 'Wait, what? Kurama-kun is in love with me? But I- Yusuke- and- What?! I'm so confused.' She looks at Kurama's face and she notices how handsome his face is.

"Uh... I- Kurama-kun, I have to go." She stands up.

"Keiko-san just give it sometime..."

Keiko turns around. "I really have to go Kurama-kun. Um... Bye!" She runs off and she realizes her cheeks were still warm.

Kurama sits alone on the bench, sad and dejected. He looks at the flower he was playing with before. Curiosity got to him and he picked it up and plucked a petal off."

"She loves me." He plucks another petal off. "She loves me not."

Botan and Yusuke are sitting in a booth in a cafe. Yusuke started the conversation.

"So what do you want to talk about?"

"Keiko, I guess"

"Besides that..."

Botan looked at him, confused. "Why don't you want to talk about Keiko?"

"Because." He answered simply and look out the window.

She frowns at his answer. "You know you're going to marry her someday."

"Not really."

She raised an eyebrow. "What's that supposed to mean?"

"People are always saying we make a great couple and stuff. I'm not saying I don't love her, but I'm not really thrilled about starting a family with her."

"But I heard you proposed to her before you went to Makai."

"Hey, I was young, and I didn't want her to get another boyfriend."

Botan didn't respond. There was silence for a few moments. The waitress came back with Botan's cake and Yusuke's coffee.

"What about you Botan? You're still single."

Botan felt a strange sense of deja vu. "Yeah so?" She took a bite out of her cake.

"Don't you like someone? Like someone you want to spend the rest of your life with."

"Yeah." She stared at the chocolate icing of her cake.

Yusuke slightly twitched, though he wasn't sure why. "Do you think you and that person would work out?"

"No." She took another bite of her cake.

"Why not?"

"Because that person likes someone." She then looks out the window.

Yusuke stares at Botan for a while then he takes a sip of his coffee.

-------------------------End chapter 2-------------------------

Uh... I could cut it off like this, but it's so weird. I'm actually proud of the KeikoxKurama scene. I hate writing love scenes or whatever. YusukexBotan scenes are so hard to write for some reason. Um... about the Botan going to Reikai, don't ask, it was just because she had to leave and come back. And her clothes magically appearing, she did that once with her kimono, but I'm not sure about her normal clothes. And about Keiko and Botan feeling guilty, well, it was like they got into a little fight. Um... review and more flames please...

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