Story: Heart's Toll (chapter 1)

Authors: The Eternal

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Chapter 1

Title: The Bell Tolls

[Author's notes: A tad short but it takes a real effort for me to sit down and type. I'll try to make the next chapter a little longer.]

The room was rather bleak, coupled with the fact that it was virtually pitch black it made for a uncomfortable meeting to say the least but the two robed figures who stood in the center paid it no mind. For what they where waiting for they had to maintain an aura of “professionalism” as they stood before a blank screen that took up an entire wall. After several more moments of waiting the screen came to life bathing the two figures in light revealing that they both wore brown hooded cloaks that covered their entire bodies. After another moment passed what the two had been waiting for appeared on the screen, another hooded figure whose face was obscured by a smooth metallic mask. Without wasting anytime the masked man spoke; “This is your target Shizuru Fujino.” After he spoke that sentence a small box appeared at the bottom right hand corner of the screen in it was the picture of a beautiful young woman with burgundy hair and piercing crimson eyes.

“So that’s the dormant Hime?” the taller of the two cloaked figures asked. The voice suggesting a young man of high upbringing.

“Yes, since the two of you are essentially walking into the lion’s den I will have Kamikirimusi on stand by if you will end up needing the back up.”

“So you gonna tell us what this is about, I mean we should have enough power on our own there is no need for us to go get some Hime who hasn’t even awakened yet!” The voice came from the shorter of the two cloaked figures and it suggested a young woman with considerably little patience. There was a brief pause after the young woman spoke which caused her to immediately regret voicing her concern in such a harsh manner. Many of the other Oni often chided her for pushing the envelope with their leader but the young woman usually ignored them however right now she could almost feel the pressure from their leaders eyes baring down on her despite the fact she couldn’t even see them.

“Patience Tomoe once Shizuru is here all will be made clear.” The masked man spoke in an unsettlingly calm voice that made both Tomoe and her companion more than uneasy. “Now you both know I will not tolerate failure!” And with that final threat the screen went blank once again.

“Lets go.”


A bell’s ringing echoed throughout the upscale schools halls signifying the end of a period. As students poured out of their respective classrooms and chatted amongst themselves the day seemed like any other at Fuuka Academy the unofficial training ground for Hime. The day was like any other for all but one, as the other students went about the school day one lone student sat at the head desk of an empty room. Fuuka Academy prided itself as school run by students for students, with the school council holding a vast amount of administrative power. The student who was sitting at the desk in the empty room was none other than the council president Shizuru Fujino. One would think that as council president she would be busy or at least maintain the image of a busy council person but it was no secret that Miss Fujino was an exceptional manipulator capable of swaying almost anyone to do her bidding with her charm and looks. However it was the “almost” that was causing her concern. Despite having nearly the entire school in thrall there was one person above all else that Shizuru’s heart sought. The council president was a young woman who could turn the hearts of members of both sexes, one would think that this talent combined with her popularity would give her her pick of anyone in the school. But despite this it was that one person who remained beyond her grasp that Shizuru desired the most…her best and perhaps only true friend Natsuki Kuga. Natsuki however had her eyes on her eyes on her key whom she shared with another young woman namely Mai Tokiha and the two fought over him constantly. For awhile Shizuru was content to quietly cheer on Natsuki from the side lines but lately Shizuru couldn’t ignore the sudden pains she had been feeling in her heart. It was getting harder and harder to put on her usual public face and bare the fact that the woman she had loved for so long barely even gave her a glance anymore. Just when she thought her metaphorical headache couldn’t get any worse the student council door flew open and in stormed a furious Haruka Suzushiro with a usual timid looking Yukino in tow. Shizuru did her best to hide her thoughts behind her public mask but the pain in her chest was beginning to get worse. As Haruka went on a tirade about one thing or another the student council president grimaced a little why was it suddenly so hard to hear Miss Suzushiro? Usually she could hear her from across the school, wondering if Yukino was experiencing the same problem Shizuru turned to look at the younger woman only to see her staring at her with the most horrified expression on her face. Then seemingly out of nowhere it felt as though someone stabbed a large knife into her chest and all went black as darkness consumed her.


Outside of Fuuka the two cloaked figures assessed the situation: their target was currently being shuttled into an ambulance on a stretcher and if one had to guess by the sheer amount of commotion it must be quite serious.

“Well this complicates things. What should we do now?” Tomoe asked turning to her companion.

“We shall go get Kamikirimusi and then head to the hospital I have a plan but it is risky given our targets seemingly bad condition…”


A sound….she could hear a sound it was steady almost rhythmic…beeping. What was it? Shziuru slowly opened her eyes which she found to be like lead, yet she still managed to will them open. The first thing that appeared in her blurry vision was a face, the face was that of a woman whose beauty was comparable to her Natsuki…no not her Natsuki with that thought Shizuru felt the pain return to her chest causing her to let out a pained gasp for air.

“Easy there, Miss Fujino.” The doctors voice was soft and almost musical but as far as Shizuru was concerned it still didn’t hold a candle to Natsuki’s.

“W-what happened?” The council president asked in between breathes.

“You had a mild heart attack and where brought to the hospital.”

“A heart attack?”

“Yes it wasn’t as severe as it could have been but it has weakened your heart considerably. May I ask what it was you were doing at the time that is if you remember of course?”

“I was sitting at my desk in the student council room…” Shizuru debated whether or not to mention what she was thinking about while in said room.

“Student council? Are you a member?” The doctor’s expression that of an annalist.

“Yes I’m the council president.”

“And do you find that job to be particularly stressful?”

“No, I’m sorry may we continue this another time I still feel…” The burgundy haired woman asked a feeling of drowsiness over taking her.

“Of course I will be back to check up on you in a little bit ok?”

“Ok…” Shizuru then felt her eyelids close as their lead like weight returned.


Mai wasn’t a big fan of hospitals especially after what happened the last time she was in one. But Natsuki asked her for a favor and it gave her an opportunity to keep Tate away from her. She looked up realizing that Tate had gotten up looking down the hall she saw the familiar faces of her brother Takumi and his friend Akira.

“Heya sis what are you doing here?”

“Natsuki asked us to check on her friend President Fujino.”

“Oh I heard about that how is she doing?” Takumi asked the concern evident in his voice.

“We don’t know the doctor came out a few moments ago saying she still needs rest and that was all she would tell us. We are going to hang around a bit longer just in case she wakes up.”

“Why couldn’t Natsuki come if its her friend?” Akira asked turning to Mai.

“Ah, who knows what goes through that lunatic’s head!” Tate nearly shouted prompting him to be hit by Mai. “Ow what did you do that for?”

“Because we are in a hospital and you shouldn’t be shouting you dolt!!”

“Umm, sis you’re shouting…” Takumi stated in a vain attempt to contain the situation.

Before the comedic situation could escalate the entire hospital shook for a moment as the lights flickered. A loud roaring and the fact several people were running around shouting something about a monster convinced Mai the hospital was under attack.

“Tate come with me Akira stay here with Takumi!” Mai shouted quickly assuming leadership as she and Tate dashed down the hall.

As Mai and Tate managed to maneuver their way past the screaming hoards of civilians and reach the hospital entrance they saw what was causing the commotion. A massive beast not unlike a child was destroying the area in front of the hospital. It had a reptilian like torso with four arms that connected to a canine like body with four massive legs, a large tail whipped about tossing cars aside with ease. The most unusual thing was the young woman standing on its shoulder. She had tussled hair similar to Mikoto’s and also bore a similar feral aura about her. Her attire was that of a ripped kimono with bandages covering her forearms and shins.
“What is that a Hime?” Tate asked in bewilderment.

“Don’t lump me in with the rest of those weaklings!” The red haired woman shouted back.

“Then what are you why are you doing this?” Mai asked the anger evident in her voice.

“You are Kagutsuchi’s handler? I am Kamikurimusi, and I am here to destroy you, go forth Izanagi tear them apart!!” With that battle cry the woman’ monster charged towards Mai and Tate.


Shizuru sat up in her hospital bed having been woken up a few moments ago by a loud crashing sound was now nervously looking at the door leading out of her room. There seemed to be a lot of commotion going on just outside her door and as she was debating to get up and see what it was the door suddenly swung open. In walked two figures wearing hooded cloaks that hid most of their body.

“Shizuru Fujino I presume?” One of the hooded figures asked as he pushed back his hood revealing himself to be a handsome young man with short black hair and golden eyes.

“Yes, what can I do for you?” Attempting to a maintain the image of high up-bring that as a Fujino she was accustomed to showing despite the situation.

“We come as representatives for our organization, we wish to inform you of an injustice that Mashiro has committed against you.”

“All this commotion over little old me? I’m flattered.”

“Obviously there is more to it than that, however it would probably be best if we where to leave before things spiral out of control and one of my associates is forced to hurt that Hime Miss Tokiha.”

“I take it you being so polite about this is merely a formality?”

“If needed we will subdue and take you with force, but I would rather not do that. I believe you will be quite interested in the information we have especially since it concerns a Miss Natsuki Kuga.”

Upon hearing that name Shizuru’s breath hitched slightly. They had information on Natsuki or so they claimed, then again it wasn’t like she really had a choice in the matter.
“Very well, I shall go with you.”

“Wise decision.” The young man said as he and his companion helped her out of her hospital bed.

[End notes: Please read and review as it will help this humble little writer grow. Thank you.]

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