Story: Heart's Toll (chapter 2)

Authors: The Eternal

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Chapter 2

Title: Revelations

[Author's notes: Okay some notes for those unaware Kamikurimusi is a bonus character in Soulcaliber 4 created by the character artist from the Mai Hime and Mai Otome animes.

Also Izanagi in japanese myth beheads Kagutsuchi thought it was fitting to name Kamikurimusi's child after it.]

Grace and sophistication were the hallmarks of a Fujino and even as the hospital quaked beneath her feet, the lights flickered above her head and hospital staff scrambled to help their patients Shizuru walked with as much dignity as she could muster. All the while the crimson eyed woman tried hard not to rely on her captures for support as they made their way towards a back exit of the hospital. As the trio walked out into the rear parking lot she noticed that they were heading towards an inconspicuous grey minivan. Her male captor quickly slid open a side door while her female captor helped her in. Once Shizuru was secure the male captor quickly made his way to the driver’s seat while his female companion went to the passenger’s seat. As the group sped away from the chaos behind them Shizuru decided she would risk finding out as much as she could before they reached their destination.

“I take it the associate you mentioned earlier was the cause of that commotion?”

“Yes Miss Fujino and thank you for reminding me.” The female captor said as she lifted her wrist up and began speaking into what Shizuru assumed to be a small communicator of some sort. Kamikurimusi we have what we came for retreat as soon as you are able to.”

A loud and somewhat gruff voice was heard over the speaker and although Shizuru couldn’t make out most of she hear she could recognize the words Kagutsuschi and “defeated”. Who ever her captor was talking to apparently thought they were strong enough to fight Mai. When her captor was done arguing with the person on the comlink she quickly turned around to face Shizuru.

“My apologies Miss Fujino I didn’t mean to interrupt you.”

Shizuru thought a moment before responding there was something in the girl’s voice something she was all too familiar with. Deciding to see if her hunch was correct…

“Please call me Shizuru, Miss…?” The hooded girl quickly faced forward in her seat so Shizuru couldn’t get a read on her but the burgundy haired woman could practically taste the girls blush.

“T-Tomoe, Tomoe Marguerite.”

Shizuru smiled as her hunch proved correct. “Well Tomoe may I ask why you are so interested in me?” Shizuru asked practically sensing the girl’s blush increase.

It was then that Shizuru’s male captor spoke. “I’m sorry Miss Fujino but I must insist on waiting till we reach our headquarters to answer your questions.”

“Very well then.” Shizuru said deciding it would be best not to push the matter. Shizuru turned around in her seat to see Mai summon Kagutsuchi who then began battling the other CHILD. It was a reckless move Shizuru thought, to do something like that so close to a hospital…

“Mai!” Tate yelled as he dodged some falling debris. “We have to move away!”

Mai unleashed a volley of fire aiming for her opponent who was still perched on Izanagi’s shoulder, only to have the beast block it with two of its four arms. “I know! Kagutsuchi go f-“ Before Mai could finish giving her command Izanagi had quickly scrambled over to the dragon and with a pair of arms around its throat and another pair grasping each wing the massive beast slammed the CHILD onto the ground pinning it in place. While Izanagi held Mai’s CHILD down its handler leapt from her perch on its shoulder materializing a large kanabo in her hand she brought the spiked club crashing down on Mai who dodged the blow.

“Whats the matter Hime…” Kamikurimusi taunted. “Can’t fight a real woman?!”

“Hey You wanna fight a real woman? Than fight me!” Kamikurimusi turned to see who would dare interrupt her. The person in question was a blonde haired young woman in a school uniform standing on top of the hospital roof. In her hands was a large two handed mace that nearly dwarfed the girl holding it, but despite her rather flamboyant pose Kamikurimusi sensed a fire in this one.

“More Hime to the slaughter? I’ll enjoy tearing you all apart and watching your keys scream in agony!”

“That’s a no, no.” Yet another person appeared standing behind Haruka and nearly startling her right off the building with his sudden appearance. The young man was dressed in a black school uniform that contrasted perfectly against his white hair and pale skin.

“You again you should be dead?!” Mai yelled as she flew up higher to get away from Kamikurimusi.

“Don’t worry I’ll make sure he never comes back!” Haruka than swung her mace at the young man, but in the end all she did was further damage the hospital roof. Wondering what had happened Haruka looked around only to see her enemy was standing next to the girl who had attacked Mai.

“Hey Musi-Musi the boss wants us back.”

“But there are Hime here who need to be killed!”

“You wanna argue with the boss fine I’ll just-“

“Alright, alright I’ll go…” Kamikurimusi than dematerialized both her CHILD and element and then gruffly grabbed the young man’s hand.

“It was nice to see you again Mai chan do tell Natsuki chan I said hi!” And with that both the white haired young man and Kamikurimusi were gone.

With the help of Tomoe Shizuru managed to get out of the car with little effort. From the look of things their destination was one of the nicer hotels in town, curious but not wanting to annoy her captors Shizuru was led further into the luxurious lobby. Shizuru also noted that not only did anyone mind that two heavily cloaked individuals were leading a young woman through the lobby but the receptionist looked just like the doctor who examined her at the hospital. The person in question caught Shizuru staring and simply winked at the curious girl before Shizuru and her captors entered an elevator.

“We’re almost there Miss Fujino.” Tomoe said as she proceeded to press several buttons on the panel before ending with the emergency stop button. Shizuru made sure to memorize the sequence…just in case.

After a surprisingly long descent the elevator doors opened but Shizuru’s companions made no effort to exit. Just as the former kaichou was about to ask what the delay was the larger of her two captors turned to her.

“Miss Fujino I’m afraid this is your exit Lord Kaiser wishes to speak to you alone his office is just down the hall.” Her captor then pointed down a poorly lit hallway which appeared to be made out of a smooth blue metal with the fluorescent lights built into the smooth ceiling. As Shizuru made her way out of the elevator she heard its doors close behind her leaving her alone to walk down the ominous corridor.

After walking for some time the former kaichou reached what she assumed to be the door leading to Kaiser’s office. The door in question looked to be made of several half circles that grew larger than the one before it leading to a basketball sized orb in the middle. Unsure of how to open it she placed her hand on the orb, which upon contact slid further into the door until it was completely flat at which point the whole thing slid up into the ceiling. Taking this as her cue to enter Shizuru stepped through the doorway into yet another poorly lit room. As she entered Shizuru noticed a masked figure sitting at a crescent shaped desk. The figure’s mask was smooth and silvery and framed by a blue hood trimmed with gold.

“Lord Kaiser I presume?” Shizuru asked making sure to sound confident despite being completely exhausted.

“Correct, I must say Miss Fujino it is an honor to finally meet you and as I’m sure you must be tired from recent events I ask that you please sit.” With that Kaiser waved his hand and a rather uncomfortable looking chair seemingly made of metallic looking crystals swirled into existence near where the burgundy haired woman was standing. Shizuru knew this was less of a courtesy and more of a simple display of power but never-the-less the young woman welcomed the chance to get off her feet. “Now as time is unfortunately a factor I will cut right to the chase. When I asked Reito and Tomoe to escort you here I permitted them to tell you we have some information regarding Natsuki Kuga, well that was the truth but said information also pertains to all Hime. You see Mashiro’s clan has been manipulating the innate energies of the Hime so that they can reactivate their powers should their key die. This comes at the cost of severely limiting the Hime’s power, originally the Hime were far stronger than those that currently exist but when those Hime lost their keys in battle their powers died along with them. Mashiro lets the Hime keep their powers while absorbing the dying essence of their keys.”

“And I assume I have some role in this, hence my reason for being here?”

Kaiser let out a soft chuckle at this. “You perception does not disappoint. Yes you see Miss Fujino Natsuki was meant to be YOUR key!”

For a brief instant Shizuru let a look of shock disrupt her normally calm features. “You mean…”

“Yes Miss Fujino you are a dormant Hime destined to free both the Hime and the Oni from our shackles.”

[End notes: Tryin here but my head is a swirling mass of ideas that genrally die shortly after being born to give way to new ideas that do the same so just bear with me.]

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