Tale of a Dragon
Chapter 2: The snake in the garden
“Ryuu, sweetie it’s time to get up!”
Groaning Ryuu rolled out of bed as Ryuga opened the door to her room. “Dear you have a bedhead again,” said Ryuga pointing at Ryuu’s hair.
“Ugh why did you wake me so early?” asked Ryuu.
“Because Yuki wanted to talk to you before you go,” said Ryuga, “come down stairs after you get ready.”
Ryuu yawned as she started to get ready for the day. She wondered what Yukiko wanted considering she doesn’t like waking up early. With only one way to find out she went outside to the courtyard behind their manor to meet Yukiko. She was surprised to see Yukiko with her Zanpoktou considering Yukiko retired a long time ago.
“Hey you, what took you so long?” asked Yukiko.
“I was sleeping,” answered Ryuu. “So what’s up? Getting up this early isn’t like you.”
“Listen up Ryuu, you’ve been going to the Academy for a while now and I’m sure you noticed there are a lot of common people there,” explained Yukiko. “There is also gonna be a bunch of high class dick sucking-“
“Mind you language!” shouted Ryuga from inside.
“Err people,” continued Yukiko. “Now these guys are going to think they’re better than you so you have to be strong enough to shut their mouths.”
“What do you mean?” asked Ryuu.
“It’s time for you to start learning the Kurosawa no Jutsu,” said Yukiko.
“Really!?” asked Ryuu excited.
“Yep,” said Yukiko, “Now honestly the best person to teach you it is the head of the Kurosawa family herself but she won’t because-“
“I ‘m not turning my daughter into a warrior when she should be a lady!”
“She can be both! I mean look at you!” yelled Yukiko.
“She’s too much like you to be both!”
“The hell that supposed to mean?!”
“I love you!”
“Don’t think that will work this time!”
“I picked you out of everyone else!”
“And you love me too!
“Um guys? Remember me?” said Ryuu.
“Right, back to what I was saying,” Yukiko cleared her throat before speaking again. “The Kurosawa no Jutsu consist of fifty techniques all suited for certain situations.”
“Yep and today I’ll be teaching you the base technique for all of the other techniques, the Kuro-Ken,” said Yukiko.
“What do you mean by base technique?” asked Ryuu.
“You’ll get it when I show you,” answered Yukiko, “Kurosawa no Jutsu, Kuro-Ken!” Her yellow reiatsu erupted around her body seemingly blending in with her skin. “Now watch this.” Drawing her Zanpoktou she took a crouching stance. Slashing skyward she released a large wave of yellow energy for her blade. The force of the energy was so powerful it knocked Ryuu off her feet as she watched the attack ascended higher still.
“Wow! That was amazing!” yelled Ryuu. “My turn right?! Right?!”
“Slow down there,” said Yukiko. “First we have to see if you can use the Kuro-Ken before trying other techniques. I wouldn’t sweat it though you’re a Kurosawa after all.”
“Right Kuro-Ken I got it,” said Ryuu as she started to focus.
“Hold on a sec you don’t know how to do it yet!”
“Kurosawa no Jutsu, Kuro-Ken!”
In an uncontrolled rush of power Ryuu’s black reiatsu covered her body blending with her body just as Yukiko’s did. The force of the power echoed around her surroundings as she fought to control it. “Ugh, man this is harder than it looks,” said Ryuu.
“Damn…you’re a Kurosawa alright,” said Yukiko.
“Alright so what’s next?” asked Ryuu.
“That’s it for today,” answered Yukiko.
“WHAT?!” Ryuu's concentration slipped as the Kuro-Ken ended.
“Yeah, time for you to go,” said Yukiko. “Did you forget already?”
“Go? Oh crap I forgot!” Rushing through the kitchen grabbing a rice ball Ryuga prepared she sprinted out the house. Ryuga chuckled before coming outside to hand a rice ball to the exhausted Yukiko. “You shouldn’t show off like that you know,” said Ryuga as she sat next to her.
“You didn’t see how excited she was,” said Yukiko. “I had to show her something amazing but perhaps I over did it.”
“The Kuro-Ken is the most difficult technique to master and is required for the other forty-nine,” said Ryuga. “Even if you can’t use it for a long time you should still be proud you can.”
“What makes blood related Kurosawa able to use it so easily I wonder,” sighing Yukiko fell back looking at the sky. “But still to be able to do it on the first try…Ryuu’s really amazing.”
“I know someone else able to do it on their first try too,” said Ryuga, “and if I remember correctly she’s not a blood related Kurosawa.”
“I did it for like ten seconds,” said Yukiko.
“But you still did it,” said Ryuga.
“Shut up you.”
“I love you Yukiko.”
“I know I know! So stop squeezing me!”
“You look happy Ryuu-sama, did something good happen?” asked Orie.
“Hell yeah it did,” answered Ryuu.
“Perhaps you’ll enlighten us, huh Ryuu-Chan?” said Hero.
“I guess I can.”
“Excuse me, you are Kurosawa Ryuu correct?” While the trio walked through the halls they were stopped by a young man with long blonde hair. He was quite tall with blue eyes and a gold pendent around his neck.
“Yeah, what do you want?” asked Ryuu.
“My name is Hebimaru Draco heir of the Hebimaru clan,” said the young man. “I just wanted to meet you Kurosawa.”
“Oh, well then see you,” Ryuu walked around him until she heard him click his tongue. “Did you want something else?” asked Ryuu as she turned around.
“If you asking I’d prefer you to be more feminine,” said Draco. “After all my wife can’t behave and dress like a man, it chips away at my image.”
“What the hell are you talking about,” asked Ryuu suppressing her anger.
“Well when I heard about you I figured you’d never get married,” explained Draco. “So I thought this would be a good opportunity to mix the Hebimaru clan and Kurosawa clan’s bloodlines don’t you think?”
“Not really,” answered Ryuu.
“Really? It sounded like a good plan to me,” said Draco.
“It is, the only problem with that is you’re dead,” said Ryuu.
“Yeah, you are!”
Before Ryuu could began her anger filled rush Hero had grabbed her arm, “You shouldn’t Ryuu-Chan, he could mess you up big time,” warned Hero.
“I wouldn’t harm her face,” said Draco, “just a few bumps to let her know who’s in charge.”
“Then maybe you should demonstrate on me,” said Elji appearing out of nowhere.
“Is that a challenge? From a commoner of all people?” asked Draco.
“I know about you,” said Elji, “and I can tell you right now I won't be easily beaten.”
“Oh really?” spinning on his heels Draco aimed a punched towards Elji but his attack went straight through his target. “Momoku Senjutsu…I see, so that’s your trump card after all. Very well then you win this time…your name is?”
“I see, well Inoue using Momoku Senjutsu has its drawbacks y’know,” said Draco.
“I was dealt that penalty already,” said Elji.
“Inoue…I’ll remember the name.” With that Draco left just as casually as he arrived.
“Whoa, geez Elji your just full of surprise this mourning huh?” said Ryuu.
“What do you mean?” asked Elji.
“Don’t play dumb with me!” yelled Ryuu. “Where were you this morning? You weren’t waiting for me.”
“Oh, I…was busy this morning,” said Elji.
“Doing what?” asked Ryuu.
“Nothing really,” answered Elji.
“You’re lying,” said Ryuu. “It has something to do with that ‘Momoku Senjutsu’ stuff Draco was talking about isn’t it?”
“No and don’t worry about it,” assured Elji but Ryuu wasn’t letting up on her interrogation. “Someone has to worry about you because you won’t do it,” said Ryuu.
“Excuse me Ryuu-Sama, I would like to speak to Elji if you don’t mind,” surprised by Orie’s interruption she backed away as Orie pulled Elji aside.
“Does she not know?” asked Orie.
“No, and I can’t tell her,” said Elji.
“If she finds out what Momoku Senjutsu is then she’ll eventually catch on,” said Orie.
“I know but…”
“Very well, however I don’t believe knowing that you’re blind would affect her opinion of you,” said Orie.
“Of course it wouldn’t…she’s not that kind of person but for me, please don’t tell her,” pleaded Elji.
“Relax Elji I won’t,” assured Orie. “However do you mind if I ask why does telling her bother you so much?”
“You see how she depends on me?” asked Elji to which she nodded. “I’ve been a burden on the Kurosawa family for years. Her mothers are aware that I’m blind and took care of me ever since I was young considering my family is…gone.”
“So looking after their daughter is your way of repaying their kindness?” asked Orie.
“No, I can never repay that debt but looking after Ryuu gives me a sense of purpose,” said Elji. “I want to be someone she can depend on not someone she worries about.”
Orie couldn’t help but smile. “I see, perhaps it was you after all Elji-Sama.”
“What was me?” asked Elji.
“It’s nothing,” said Orie as they returned to the group.
“What was that all about?” asked Ryuu.
“Nothing you should worry yourself with Ryuu,” assured Orie.
“Why did you drop the -Sama all of a sudden?” asked Ryuu.
“I believe that your guess was spot on about Elji-Sama,” answered Orie.
“I knew it! Wait, then that means…oh no you don’t not Elji take Hero no one like him,” said Ryuu.
“But everyone loves Hero…”
“What are you guys talking about?” asked Elji.
“N-Nothing! Shut up!” yelled Ryuu as she blushed.
“Anyway the Senpai have that demonstration today,” said Elji. “We should hurry or we’ll be late.”
Gathering with the other students around the sparring ring they watched as the instructor introduced the five students with the top grades. The instructor explained that each of the top students will challenge whoever they want to a sparring match. The top student was choosing his opponent when Ryuu heard her name. The top student was Draco and he was challenging Ryuu to a sparring match.
“Alright Draco let’s play.”
As Ryuu made her way to the center of the ring she could here students murmuring rumors about her and Draco. The rumors she was hearing was making her angry and she was about to take it all out on Draco whether he beats her or she beats him. “Kurosawa, shall I educate you?” asked Draco tauntingly.
“I’ll teach you something myself,” said Ryuu. “Don’t underestimate me! KURO-KEN!” As Ryuu’s reiatsu formed the clinging aura that was Kuro-Ken she dug her heels into the ground. Charging with her fist cocked Draco went for his Zanpoktou. However due to his surprise his reaction was too late as Ryuu sent him flying through the multiple hallways behind him.
“Hey Draco! When you wake up we can try that again you bastard!” taunted Ryuu. The crowds of onlookers were in shock as they looked at the destruction caused by Ryuu’s single attack. However when Draco’s reiatsu spiked everyone waited to see what would happen. Draco wiped the blood of his mouth as he walked towards Ryuu. He held a twin kusarigama in his hands as the sliver handles and red gems shined in the sun. Swinging one blade by the chain he laughed as he faced Ryuu whose face didn’t change at all.
“Devour your victim…Futago-ju,” said Draco. The relaxed demeanor he had at the beginning faded as she swung his sickle by its chain. “I won’t underestimate you again…Ryuu.”
“Damn right you won’t,” said Ryuu, “anyway I surrender.”
Draco dropped the sickle his was spinning as he heard her announce these words. “You can’t do that! Can she do that?!” The instructor laughed as he told Draco she could surrender. “But the fight was just starting you can’t quit!”
“Fight? This was gonna be a one sided ass whooping with me being on the receiving end,” said Ryuu. “I just wanted to punch you in the face once.” She couldn’t help but grin at the angry and confused Draco.
“If she surrendering can I chose another opponent?” asked Draco. The instructor nodded as Draco grinned. “Inoue! It’s your turn!”
In a flash Elji had appeared in the sparring circle. “Let’s us begin.”