Grabbing out his sword, Hiroshi swung it down, cutting a demon in half. With a cry of pain, the creature fell to the ground with a loud crash. "Next time.. just let me enjoy my cake will ya?" the hunter murmured, walking out of the destroyed store. His job here was done, and it was a good thing nobody was around. Not that anyone would like to come to a store that was deserted. Yawning, the teen placed his sword onto his back, and headed back to the city. Come to think of it... why did he even come here anyways? "Gin that bastard.. always giving me such useless jobs." Hiroshi complained.
Gin sneezed as he stopped his car in front of a mansion. "Hmm? Someone mus be talking about me.." he mumbled scratching the back of his head. "Oh well." Getting out of his car, the man walked up the front steps, poking his head inside the large house. "Hiroshi? Yuriko-san?! Anyone here? Hello~" he called out. Gin waited patiently, expecting someone to pop out of nowhere and greet him. A minute passed, and there was nothing but silence. At least until he felt a hand grab his shoulder.
Hiroshi made a face, and covered one of his ears as Gin screamed like a frantic girl. "Would you shut your trap? It's just me..." he muttered, pushing the man aside, clearly not showing any manners or respect, and stepping into the mansion. "Why are you here?" he asked, adding a yawn.
"Oh, it's just you.. phew." Gin smiled following him in. "Well... I just wanted to tell you guys... STOP DESTROYING STUFF!! Do you know how much money I use because of you guys? Geesh. Just a week ago, you broke down a hotel, and two days ago you broke a bridge. I am not your personal bank."
There was a small thud, as Hiroshi layed down on a couch. "Mhmm... is that all you have to say?" he asked, closing his eyes.
"Huh? ... Oh, right. I have another job for you." Gin answered, taking a seat across from him. "I want you--"
"No thank you. You're always giving us crappy jobs." the hunter interrupted. He opened one eye and glared at the man, "Give me another useless job and I'll feed you to a damn demon."
"Yikes... you're so cold~~" Gin whined, with a pout. His head jerked backwards as a pillow smashed into his face. "Uh... so anyways. Listen for five second.." the man continued, rubbing his face. "I want you guys to take care of a girl. She's being targeted by the demons. I'm not sure why, but I'm afraid something terrible is going to happen if they get their hands on her. Recently, little girls had been disappearing."
"So you want us to babysit?" Hiroshi concluded.
"Exac-- No, what?! Dont think of it as that way. This is really important. Please.. for me?" Gin begged, clapping his hands together, before another pillow smashed into his face.
"Get out of here... you're irritating me.. especially the way you're acting." Hiroshi warned through gritted teeth. Did this thirty-two year old man always have to act so childish? It sent weird chills down his back.
Ignoring Hiroshi, Gin answered Takishi's question instead. "The girl? ... AH CRAP!" he yelled getting up. "I have to go pick her up. Hm... we should be here in about an hour. Bye, bye~" he said waving as the two before walking out.
As soon as Gin was out the door, Hiroshi sat up. "Pack your things.. we're moving. One hour is more than enough."
"I heard that..." Gin replied, poking his head back in through the door. "Takishi-kun, if you would please be kind enough.. tie Hiroshi to a chair or something." With a yelp, he closed the door, just in time for a third pillow to fly across the room.
With a dreadful sigh, Hiroshi buried his face into the cushion of the couch.
Whistling delightfully, Gin got into his car. "Now lets see... what was the address?" he muttered to himself as he looked through a pile of junk, and finally finding a piece of paper. "Aha." He started the engine, and drove off. In about twenty minutes, he came across a rich looking house. Tapping his finger on the steering wheel, he pulled his car to a stop. "I wonder if this is the right place.."
The girl approached the mansion's staircase, wearing a blank face which was normal for her. She made her legs go slowly down the stairs that were quite beautiful. Yuriko peered down, seeing there Hiroshi and Takishi. She supposed that Gin had left which was going to be quite true. Thee last step came and she bowed down to Hiroshi and Takishi, standing there. Her eyes starred to the ceiling.
At that moment, however, Sudou heard over the sound of his music, a scream--a very girly scream. Well the only girls here were Akari and Yuriko. Akari was far too tough a person to scream, especially not like that, and Yuriko...well, Sudou knew Yuriko to be perhaps more sensitive than the others, but he doubted she was the kind of person to scream like that. And even if something had made her scream in such a way, the rest of the Hunters would be at their feet at a moment's notice--Sudou not least among them.
But of course, it was Gin. Sudou scowled as he set aside his book and, placing the iPod in the pocket of his coat (yes, he wore his coat indoors. Problem?), Sudou pushed open his door and began stepping--or rather, with his heavy footfalls, stomping--down the stairs. "Oi, what's this, then?" was the greeting his harsh voice issued to those in the room already. "That damn asshole screaming like a girl all over the place...it's a bloody wonder every demon doesn't hear him whimpering."
Meanwhile, as Sudou shook his head, throwing himself onto one of the seats around the room, far far away, as if he had been heard, a wicked voice, deep, dripping with sadism and brutality, growled, "Kill the girl, eh..."
Shikari smiled a smirk full of pointed teeth as he wiped a sticky red fluid from the blade attached to his wrist cuff. The beast's monstrous face was contorted into a twisted grin; held in one hand, beneath a similarly bloody blade, was the demon's mask, a tribal-like helmet with a pair of long, wickedly pointed tusks jutting from the front of it. He had removed it to show his vicious face to his latest victim, who now lay at his feet, slashed and destroyed. Shikari had admitted, the man had done far better than many others Shikari had captured and released for the hunt, perhaps because he had formerly been of this country's military. The demon had released the man into the forest armed with a pistol, two clips, and a combat knife; immediately the man, even without knowing the threat he faced, had scoped out his surroundings, making a note of each landmark. It even took Shikari more than five minutes to track him down, a refreshing change from most of the humans, who simply took off screaming and running. The man, however, was not careful enough--all it took was a single footprint in the mud that had not been hidden well enough, and Shikari had tracked down his quarry within seconds.
But now he had been recalled--and though at first Shikari had been disappointed, angered to be disturbed as he relished the adrenaline leaving his eight feet tall body, he had heard what he was to be going after. A girl--a girl about whom something was very special, apparently...
Shikari's hideous grin widened, and he slowly rose an arm to seal the tusked mask around his head before turning to begin a new hunt back in Japan. No matter how special you could say someone was, when they became a corpse, there was nothing special about them anymore.
Without a second glance towards the others, he walked out of the mansion, wondering what to do. He would go hunt for a demon.. since that was his job, but he liked it better when the demon came to him. It was interesting the way they thought they can challenge him. But before that... he wanted something to eat... something sweet. As Hiroshi walked past an alley, a small cat ran out, jumping onto his shoulders. "Yo, neko." he greeted, as the cat meowed a greeting back.
Gin thought for a second before getting out of his car. "Yay, I think I'm here~" he cheered. The man chuckled to himself and walked towards the mansion. He knocked on the door, tilting his head from side to side. No answer... "Hello~~ anyone home???" he called out. Although he was acting like a fool, his eyes searched the surroundings, for any demons.
A minute after Gin's knock, the door opened with a sudden jolt. In the doorway stood a sturdy looking butler, hair slicked back and a formal but cold look in his beedy brown eyes. "Yes, Sir, someone is home. I apologize for the wait." Though he was apologizing, his voice was just as chilling as the dirty look he gave the young man. "I presume you are Mr. Gin from the agency who is to protect our little Rue. Do take care of her. You seem a little... special, and I wouldn't want her to get into any trouble because of that."
"Oh Jenkins, please try not to be so rude to the man!" came a voice from the shadowed inside of the home. The lights flicked on to reveal a stunning interior and a fine man standing just behind the butler. Like him, his hair was slicked back and he held that cool and superior air to himself. He was tall and lanky and, despite his age, graying at the hairline.
"Forgive me, Master," the butler apologized, this time seeming to actually mean what he said. He bowed deeply to the man before turning and hurrying up the stairs as if going to fetch some runaway dog.
"I'm Jenson Mia, Ruska's father," the orderly man began with a light, relaxing smile. "Thank you for taking her along with you and your companions. I fear that I cannot be the protection she needs any longer. And you seem like a fine enough man to take care of her. She isn't much trouble, I must say. She enjoys a good book and a quiet space and she's happy. A completely normal, educated child." The way the man talked was as if he had something to hide. It was clear that he wasn't used to sending his daughter off with people he didn't know.
A little shuffle behind the man made him pause in his little speech. A small but adorably cute looking girl was standing just a couple feet from the doorway, her face burried in the head of the rabbit she held. Compared to the stuffed animal, they were about the same size and it was a miracle she could carry it without toppling over. "Good afternoon, Mr. Gin. Sorry to keep you waiting. Jenkins forgot to pack my things and I fell asleep. Pardon me..." She gave a little bow, though it was more of a stumble, before dragging the rabbit and herself to stand beside her father. Her cool, piercing eyes watched Gin with a blood-curtling sort of stare. It was as if she was gazing right through him, as if he wasn't there at all.
Gin gave a small bow as the older man appoarched him, "Greetings sir." he said as the man introduced himself. The happy smile remained on his lip, as he listened to the man speak. Gin chuckled, "No need to worry sir. We'll provide anything the young miss will need." His eyes traveled down when a young little girl appeared from behind her father. Gin bent down, just so he was eye level with her. "Good afternoon Ruska-chan." he replied. He blinked as he looked at Rue, feeling a bit uneasy at the way she was looking at him. Shaking the weird feeling away, Gin stood back up, clapping his hands together. "Well, if little Ruska-chan is all ready to go, I'll gladly take her to my mansion, where she'll be safe and sound."
Hiroshi finished an ice cream sundae, and ordered a chocolate cake.
"Wow... it's surprising you dont get fat." Lily muttered sitting across from him. "Ha? This is just... a small snack. Besides, I need the sugar." Hiroshi answered, taking a spoon on the table. "And shouldnt you be working right now?"
The girl laughed, "I'm on my lunch break." she said sticking her tongue out at him as someone placed a plate of chocolate cake on the table. "Hey, there's no cats allowed in here." the girl continued as the animal meowed from besides him.
Though at the sound of the store door opening and closing, Hiroshi's eyes wandered over to a man, wearing a cloak. "And no demons allowed here either.." he said silently to himself.
Her father beside her chuckled lightly. "I'll leave you to her then, my fine sir." The butler scrambled up suddenly and placed two suitcases beside the small child. Without another word, both men curled back into their home and closed the door.
"You don't seem like a goofy man, jijii," Rue said after a moment of awkward silence. "Why do you act like that? It makes you look stupid." She was a child, no doubt. Only children would go for the blunt, straight-forward way of talking to others. "Let's go, I wana meet my new butlers." Dragging the bunny with her, the child abandoned her belongings and skipped down the front steps towards the car.
"You don't seem like a goofy man, jijii," "Why do you act like that? It makes you look stupid." Now those struck him harder.
"Gomenasai.." he wasnt even sure why he was apologizing.. but he felt like he had to say it. He watched as the girl walked off, leaving her stuff behind. The energy in him was drained out, as he grabbed the suit case, and following behind her. Little kids... he didnt know it was this hard dealing with them.
Gin placed the bags in the trunk, before opening the door for Rue. "Actually.. they're not butlers... um.. lets say more like your brothers and sisters?"
Hiroshi looked over at Takishi, wondering when he got here. Seeing the smile on his face, Hiroshi's eyes twitched. "Dont get the wrong idea..." he muttered. Before Takishi can go charging towards the demon, he grabbed him. "Wait.. it's too dangerous to fight here. Wait until that guy leaves." he said licking his lips absentmindedly.
As he predicted, the demon stood up, and hurrily left the store. As soon as it turned the corner, Hiroshi headed for the door.
"HEY YOU DIDNT PAY!" Lily shouted. Hiro looked back at her and shrugged, before leaving. Eh, she can pay for him. Right now, he had something to do.
"What are their names, Jijii?" she asked, now to Gin and not to herself. This would be one of the few times she would speak this much while being brought to the hunters. Rue if anything enjoyed the little world she'd constructed by herself and including nobody but herself. If these people got in the way of her fantasies she'd make sure they understood their boundaries, but only when she snapped was when she really spoke often. So this was odd; only, Gin didn't know that.
Meanwhile, behind the car Gin was driving, which contained the girl named Ruska Mia, a second car revved up, and began to drive after Gin's car had left. With the distance the second car maintained from Gin, it was surely not making it obvious that Gin was being tailed. Behind the wheel of the second car was a rather thin-looking, almost frail young man with light hair and eyes and fairer skin than most in this country--a young man who looked as if a single bump with another car would entirely break him. As this thought passed through his mind, the eyes of Shikari's human form flashed scarlet for a split second. It was useful, if only because no one would ever expect this fragile-looking boy to be a being that could probably break their neck with a flick to the chin. Of course, Shikari was disappointed that he would not be allowed to release the girl into a forest, where the hunt could proceed as always--but then again, urban environments were also very entertaining for the hunt. A malicious smirk, entirely out of place on the innocent looking face of his human form, spread on the demon's face as he gunned the car forward.
Hiroshi shrugged, "It's been a while. But really, I can take care of him on my own." he said with a small grin as he followed his prey into a dark alley.
The demon stopped, and turned around, an innocent smile on his face. "Uh.. may I help you with something?" he asked.
"Oh? Hmm... yeah, answer one question for me. What are you guys doing with little girls?" he asked, eyes narrowing.
"I'm sorry.. I dont know what you're talking about." the demon replied, taking a step back.
"Then, I'll make you answer." with that, Hiroshi pulled out his two guns, while the demon transformed into its real form.
As the demon roared in anger, Hiroshi pulled the trigger. One simply gave a cut on its shoulder, while the other pierced through his stomach. Despite the wounds, it swung its tail at the two hunters. Hiroshi jumped just in time, and the demon's tail smashed into a building wall instead. "Oi, oi, it's not good to break other people's things. Now answer my question." the hunter demanded.
He reached his hands towards his back, to pull out his sword, but blinked when nothing was there. "Crap.. I forgot it back at the mansion.." he swore under his breath. The demon took that time, to slam his hands down onto him. Hiroshi crashed onto the ground, and the demon laughed, swinging his tail once more towards Takishi.
"Tch... damn demon. Get your dirty hands off me." Hiroshi growled, shooting at the demon's huge hands, multiple of times. It roared in pain, letting the hunter go. Its hands were bloody, and pretty much useless now, but the demon continued to stand.