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Everyone was gathered in Rei’s room with Reo and Takeshi being the last to enter. Rei was still on the bed lying on her stomach with a towel covering her butt. Alice was sitting by her bedside with Zeke right beside her while the others were scattered about the room. The room was a little crowded, but was accommodating enough to fit all of them without it being uncomfortable.

“I don’t see why everyone has to gather around here.” Rei complained.

“You can barely move. What else can we do?” Takashi replied.

Shizuka was the only other one among the group in a chair. She wore a baby blue turtle neck sweater with white capris and was currently peeling a banana. “So, what are we talking about?”

“That’s what she’s going to tell us.” Saya answered as she turned to the brunette.

Reo crossed her arms and leaned against the wall next to the door she entered. “I promised Saya-chan that I would answer any questions you guys had for me. So go ahead and ask me anything.”

Saya pushed up her glasses and crossed her arms. She was finally going to get a proper explanation and wasn’t about to let this opportunity pass her by. “Then let us address the ‘elephant in the room.’ How did you save us?”

“Before I get to that, can you tell me what you all witnessed during that moment?” The brunette asked.

“We were surrounded by ‘them’ and as they were closing in on us, we were enveloped by a bright light. Once it faded, we noticed all of ‘them’ were gone and that’s when we spotted you in the distance.” Saya responded keeping her explanation as brief as possible.

“I see…” Reo took a moment to process the new information. She deduced that amidst all the chaos, her group didn’t notice her presence until she used her awakening skill. “I guess that makes sense considering the desperate situation you found yourselves in.”

Saya impatiently tapped her index finger on her arm. “Can you get to the point already? Just tell us how you were able to wipe out so many of ‘them’ at once.”

“I’m with her.” Takashi agreed.

“I’m a fighter trained in the ways of Nen. What all of you saw was my awakening skill, Nen Flower.”

Everyone looked understandably confused by her statement.

“I guess ‘seeing is believing’ as they say.” Reo said as she backed off the wall and stood up bringing her fists to her hips. She took a deep breath to focus her Nen and a golden aura suddenly appeared around her and Floating Nen Flowers swirled around her mid-section. The petals of which seemed to wash over the room and fade when they contact with the surface. “Like I said before, I’m trained in the ways of Nen. You can think of it as Ki or spirit energy.”

“Such a warm pleasant light…” Saeko said sensing the change in atmosphere.

“Amazing…” Alice gasped as she stretched out her hands to one of the petals only to have it disappear with a harmless spark.

Kohta shared the young girl’s sentiments.

Saya knew Reo wasn’t normal, but seeing it up close just cemented that fact. This was a real live person with special abilities. “Just what is this world coming to?”

Seeing their reactions, Reo ended her exhibition and her golden aura gradually faded away. “I know it can be kind of flashy, so I usually try to suppress it.”

“I can’t believe it!” Rei exclaimed.

“What’s wrong, Rei?” Takashi asked.

“The pain… it’s gone.”

Shizuka stood up and checked on Rei only to be surprised as well. “That’s impossible. There’s no sign that she’s been injured at all.”

Everyone stared at Rei’s back and sure enough her road rash was gone.

“How long is everyone going to stare at me? It’s embarrassing.” Rei blushed.

“I think I overdid it with the demonstration. ‘Nen’ basically allows me a variety of abilities that include, but are not limited to throwing energy projectiles, create explosive clones, build a protective shield around myself, as well as harness my inner spirit to heal the injured, so yeah…” Reo said listing some of things she was capable of.

A moment of silence passed.

“So you’re like the female version of Ryu.”

Everyone still dumbfounded by what the brunette said, turned their attention to Kohta.

Upon realizing he became the center of attention Kohta cleared his throat before continuing. “You know the main character of the ‘Street Fighter’ series.”

“I didn’t think anyone would get the reference, but yes. That’s basically it.” Reo replied excitedly thinking she found a kindred spirit. “You’re a second year right? I think we could’ve become good friends if I was born a couple of years later if you know what I mean.”

“You think so?” Kohta laughs nervously as he scratches the back of his head.

Saya scowled at the fat otaku shutting him up and then turns towards the brunette. “If you’re both done flirting, I would like to get back to the topic at hand.”

Reo simply smiled at her. “What else would you like to know?”

Saya adjusted her glasses and recollected herself, she was finally getting some answers, but the ones she got only raised more questions on top of the ones she already had. “This ‘Nen’ seems like it’s a fantastical power. I’m surprised I’ve never heard of it before now.”

“The ability to harness ‘Nen’ takes years of training and even then they’re only a handful of people on the entire planet who have mastered it including myself. Aside from that they’re a few select parties who’ve known about ‘Nen’ for quite some time, but they’re all fellow practitioners of their own fighting styles in one way or another.” The brunette explained.

“When you say ‘select parties,’ does that include my parents as well?”

“Well yes, but how did you know?”

“I’ve noticed how overly familiar you are with my mom. It was an easy deduction to make.”

“I see, but while we’re on the subject of parents, yours aren’t the only ones.” The brunette pointed her index finger at Saeko. “You’re father also knows.”

“I’m not surprised.” The purple-haired girl smirked.

Reo then turned her attention towards the boy she had her eye on. “You’re parents also knew.”
Kohta seemed perplexed by this and awkwardly pointed herself. “Are you talking about my parents?”

“They never told you?”

“Told me what?”

“Suffice it to say, your parents are really amazing people in their own right. I don’t really mind telling you why, but well… how do I say this? It’d take way too long to explain and I’m sure you have more questions for me on top this. So if it’s all the same to you, we can file this under deleted scenes and come back to it later if you want.” The brunette suggested.

“Whatever you all decide is fine with me.” Kohta stated without so much as hesitating.

“Are you sure?” Takashi asked.

“My mind was made up when we left the school. Even if I knew, it wouldn’t do me any good considering they’re not even in the country. Besides, I’m sure we have more important questions to ask.” He answered.

“I agree with Kohta. I still have more questions that I need answers to. Everything else can come afterwards.” Saya added.

They were about to continue their conversation when suddenly they heard the sound of vehicles in the distance.

“To be continued, I guess.” Reo shrugged.

“We’ll continue this later.” Saya sighed before going out to the balcony.

One by one everyone else followed suit with Shizuka helping Rei out of the bed just to be safe. The group looked on as several vehicles arrived at the estate which included two cars, one truck, and one van.

“Is that…?” Kohta started.

The group looked on as a very important looking man in a black suit stepped out of the van. He had black hair and orange eyes, the same color as Saya’s. He was tall and had the intimidating gaze of a predatory animal and despite being a fair distance away, the group could still feel his overwhelming presence as if he was standing right next to them.

“That’s right! He’s the former head of Tokonosu and the current head of the Takagi family. He’s the type of man who does everything as he sees fit. That’s my papa!” The pinkette exclaimed.

“That’s a nice introduction. Uncle Souichiro would be proud.” The brunette said giving her two thumbs up.

Saya wasn’t surprised when Reo took whatever serious mood they had and shattered it in less than a second, but it was starting to grate her on her nerves. “You know something? I thought your brother’s reaction was odd when shit hit the fan back in our high school, but I’m starting to see where he gets it from.”

“Speaking of Ryu, he’s down there right now.”

Just below the balcony, Ryuji and Chihiro were walking hand in hand on the front porch of the estate. Since they were in their own little world, they hadn’t noticed they were being spied on from above.

Saya glared at the would-be couple as they walked away from the estate. “It makes me sick just looking at them. The world as we know it has ended and here these two are having a budding romance. The worst part is they haven’t even noticed each other’s feelings yet.”

“Is there something wrong with that?” Kohta asked.

“It’s annoying!” The pinkette snapped.

“Well, I think they’re cute together. They remind me of how Takeshi and I used to be when we were kids.” Rei stated as she leaned on Shizuka’s shoulder.

“Now that you mention it, I think you’re right.” Takashi agreed.

“I hate to ruin the good mood we have going, but we should get back on topic. It seems like something important is about to start.” Saeko stated.

It was at this moment when Ryuji and Chihiro came to a stop. Separating them from the huge gathering of refugees was a small terrace consisting of a stone fence, stairs on either side leading to a central platform with a couple more staircases either side of that leading to the giant water fountain displayed in front of it.

Chihiro looked concerned as she nervously tightened her grip around her Senpai’s hand. “What’s going on?”

Sensing her obvious worry, Ryuji reciprocated by gently tightened his grip as well. “I’m not sure.”

A forklift carrying a locked cage drove through the middle of the crowd and came to a stop in front of Souichiro who stood on a raised platform. Yuriko and the rest of his entourage stood nearby while he gave the speech. “This man’s name is… Doi Tetsutaro! He used to be a retainer of the Takagi family. He is also my best friend.” Inside the cage, they could clearly see the man he was referring to, but he had already turned into one of the undead. “And today, in the midst of a rescue, he was bitten while helping his comrades! Self-sacrifice is the noblest act we humans are capable of doing! But, he is no longer human! He died and turned into a very dangerous thing!” The moment he said that, the creature shook the cage with enough force to startle the crowd. “And that’s why…” He unsheathes his katana and with a two-handed grip holds the blade over his head. “I shall carry out my duty as a man of the Takagi family!” One of the fellow members of his organization took the padlock off the cage and the infected immediately charged towards him.

The killing intent coming from the former head of Tokonosu was so intense it even put the demon knight of Fujimi on edge. If it wasn’t for the familiar sound of rattling chains, he wouldn’t have noticed his demon arm reacting to him. Reflexively, Ryuji tightened the muscles in his left arm balling his hand into a fist to stop it from shaking.

Putting the full weight of his body behind his swing, he swiftly decapitated the undead and its head flew into the fountain. “This is our reality! Whether they were a good friend, beloved family members, or a former lover, you must be ready to kill them! If you wish to live, you must fight!” After finishing his speech, he stepped down from the platform and shared a glance with his wife before the both of them started walking back to the mansion.

It was around that time Ryuji got his demon arm under control, but it took a considerable amount of effort as evidenced by his heavy breathing and the beads of sweat on his forehead. If his arm reacted that violently despite being bound in chains, he could only conclude that the man it reacted too must be really strong.

“Are you alright?” Chihiro asked thinking he might be in pain.

He stared at his left arm for a moment before turning his attention back to her. “This sort of thing happens sometimes. Never mind me, how are you holding up? I mean we just witnessed something really gruesome.”

“It was shocking, but I’m okay. I’m just glad my sister wasn’t here to see this. It’s a good thing Sensei decided to have children play inside today.” She stated.

“That’s true especially after the lengths Kokonoe-sensei went through to protect their innocence.” Ryuji responded as he recalled the uncomfortable memory of shadow elementals cleaning his body.

Chihiro looked out at the refugees who seemed to be shocked by what happened with a somber expression on her face. “Besides, it’s like he said. Like it or not, this is our reality now. I can’t protect my sister if ignore it.”

“That was well said.”

The both of them immediately tensed up upon hearing the commanding voice call out to them. The man who just gave that shocking speech to the refugees was approaching them now with Yuriko Takagi following closely behind him. He noticed Ryuji’s arm and smiled to himself before extending his hand. “You must be Arisawa’s son.”

It wasn’t until Ryuji was being personally addressed that he understood exactly who this man was. “And you must be one of my old man’s friends.” Since his right arm was currently in use by his speechless kouhai, he grasped the man’s hand with his left and gave it a firm shake. It was a wonder how he was able to keep his demon arm in check despite making direct contact with this monster of a man. “I guess I have you to thank for sheltering us and allowing us to stay inside your mansion.”

“Your father and I used to ‘party’ together all the time. I owe him a lot, so think nothing of it.”

“You ‘partied’ together?” The third year wasn’t sure what to think, so he just said the first thing that came to his mind. “You mean like you had a wild party at a bar or something?”

“HUAHUAHUAHUA…” Much to everyone’s surprise, Souchiro let out a hearty laugh.

Unsure of how to respond, Ryuji looked to his kouhai, but she seemed just as confused as he was. “Did I say something funny?”

“You’ll understand one day.” Souichiro answered before one of his entourage walked up to him and whispered something. “If you’ll excuse me, I have some business to take care of.”

“Please enjoy the rest of your stay here.” Yuriko who remained silent up to this point politely bows to the pair before following her husband.

Ryuji and Chihiro waited till they were out of sight before breathing a sigh of relief.

Meanwhile, back up on the balcony, Reo and Takashi’s group had witnessed everything.

“I guess I should go meet up with Uncle Souchiro and Auntie Yuriko now. I have some things I need to discuss with them.” The brunette stated.
Their meeting was interrupted by her father’s sudden arrival, but Saya wasn’t about to let her only source of answers leave. “Wait, we’re not done yet.”

“I think I explained myself pretty well unless you had questions about more than just my powers. I kind of have an idea what you want to ask, but I need to discuss those same things with your folks too.”

“So you were just going to leave in the middle of our conversation while you go talk to my parents?” Saya asked pressing the issue.

“No, I was hoping you’d all come with me so I won’t have to explain myself a second time. That’s unless of course you’re scared.” Reo teased seemingly looking at no one in particular.

“Who’s scared!?”

“Then we’re all in agreement.”
HOTD Demon of the Dead CH10

AN: Now that I look at it, this whole chapter basically took place all in one room. I’m going to start to differentiate this story from the anime and manga and we’ll slip into some DFO territory real soon whatever that entails. Not sure when I’ll update this story, but it won’t be for yet another while. I don’t know about you, but I have to save Seria Kirmin from her weird Gothic Lolita wonderland kingdom. I’m playing too much DFO. Don’t ask.

Previous Chapter…
Day four…

I figured you guys could use a change of clothes. Pretty sure I got your sizes right. Oh, I also managed to get your sword back. Try not to give it up so easily next time. I did come a long way to bring it to you after all. You can’t say I never did anything for you.

Ryuji sighed as he finished reading her sister’s note. He was thankful for the clothes, especially after he had just taken a shower and it would’ve been more than inconvenient to change back into his school uniform which he’d been wearing for the past three days now. That still didn’t explain why this new set of clothes all happened to be the same shade of blue. He was wearing blue pants with a pair of blue boots which had a white stripe trailing down the middle of each leg and a plain blue sleeveless shirt with a blue headband around his head. All things considered, he was thankful that it was just an ordinary pair of clothes with just a plain blue and white color scheme.

Ryuji’s single-edged zanbato leaned against the side of the red couch. He had to give up his sword as soon as he entered the Takagi Estate not that he minded. This place seemed secure enough and to be honest he was too busy babysitting the children with his kouhai to even notice its absence. Though, he supposed if his sister deemed it necessary to return it to him, he wouldn’t complain. He picked up the blade by the sword belt it was still sheathed in and donned it once more.

“Senpai, can you help me with this?”

Ryuji redirected his attention to his kouhai who happened to be changing in the bathroom. When his sister had left him alone them alone together, he was so caught up in the moment that he hadn’t realized the room had a private bathroom till he woke up the next morning. Oddly enough if it wasn’t for his sister’s interference, they probably would’ve ended up sleeping through the day again. “I’m coming in.”

Chihiro was wearing a pink kimono which had a simple floral pattern on it. She practically had the whole thing on already, but was having trouble putting on the obi which was a belt that tied the kimono together and also happened to be a darker shade of pink than the rest of the garment.

He took the obi from her and began to wrap it around her waist. “Couldn’t sis have found something more casual for you to put on?”

“I don’t have a problem with it. I’m just grateful to have some fresh clothes to wear, but it’s been a while since I’ve worn something like this.”

“You don’t have to be so polite all the time. It’s okay to complain every now and then too.” Ryuji suggested as he tied both ends of the obi together for her.

“If I did that, it would be like I was taking things for granted and that wouldn’t be fair to the people who weren’t as fortunate as I was.” Chihiro responded as she made some final adjustments to her garment.

“I’m sorry. That was thoughtless of me.” The third year apologized.

Chihiro turned around and faced her senpai for the first time today. “Please don’t apologize. You’re the reason I even managed to get this far after all.”

Ryuji was at a loss for words now that he got a good look at his kouhai. Maybe it was the fact that they spent so much time together over the past few days or being awkwardly pushed by his sister into spending last night alone with her or even just her recent change in outfit being what finally made him stop and notice just how special she was. Even before this, he had been catching himself stealing glimpses of her a lot lately without really meaning to.

“Is something wrong?” The first year asked.

Realizing he was just staring at her without saying a word, Ryuji decided to say what was on his mind. “I wouldn’t say that, but… you’re cute. I mean that kimono looks cute on you.”

Chihiro blushed at the compliment. “Oh, um… thank you.”

“Yeah, so… are you ready to leave?”


Meanwhile, in another part of the Takagi Estate…

Saya walked through the hallways of her home with a lot on her mind. She was wearing a new outfit consisting of a white short-sleeve buttoned blouse and a long black skirt with a pair of black boots.

“Good morning, Saya-chan.” Reo greeted.

The focus of all her thoughts was none other than the brunette smiling at her without a care in the world. “How can you be so cheerful this early in the morning?”

“What’s the matter? Not a morning person?”

Saya wasn’t in much of a mood for the brunette’s teasing, but she decided to endure it for now. Recomposing herself, she attempted pick up where they left off from last night. “Well putting that aside, I’m still waiting for an explanation.”

“I suppose just saying I’m a guardian angel isn’t going to cut it.”

“Are you trying to piss me off?” The pink-haired teen snapped as she seriously started to lose her patience.

“Oh, lighten up. I’m just messing with you.”

Feeling like she was getting nowhere, Saya decided to make her intentions as clear as possible. “Just so we’re on the same page, I’m not going to take no for an answer. I expect you to seriously explain yourself not just to me, but also to the group of people I came here with otherwise I won’t be satisfied.”

Reo knew all too well just how stubborn the girl standing before her could be, so she did the only sensible thing one in her position would do. “Alright, you win. I promise to tell you everything I know.”

Saya was surprised by her answer and even more so her sudden change in tone when she said it. She almost couldn’t believe it was that easy, but as long as she was going to get some answers then there was nothing more to say on the subject. She almost felt embarrassed getting so worked up about it. “Well, as long as you understand then it’s fine.”

Reo figured she’d leave it at that for now, until she noticed the slight tinge of red on the pink-haired teen’s cheeks. A golden opportunity had presented itself and she wasn’t going to waste it. “Saya-chan…”

“What is it now?”

Everything was set. It was now or never. “Your tsun is showing.”

It took a few moments for Saya to process Reo’s words, but once she understood exactly what was said, any trace of her brief moment of weakness was gone replaced only by a seething anger. Saya didn’t exactly understand herself why she was so irritated, but the way the brunette teased her in such a casual and carefree manner was really starting to get under her skin. Much like last night, she was this close to telling this cocky woman off.

“Good morning, Auntie Yuriko.” Reo greeted with a smile.

“Good morning, Reo-chan.” The Lady of the Takagi Household responded with the same amount of enthusiasm. She had long, light purple hair and eyes of matching color. She was dressed in typical aristocratic attire which consisted of a very expensive and tight-fitting red dress with a plunging neckline, a white cloth wrapped around her arms and mid to lower body, and silver necklace with a small charm on the front.

“I can see you two have a lot of catching up to do, so I’ll take my leave.” Reo stated taking a slight bow, before leaving.

Saya couldn’t believe it. That was the second time that the brunette not only made a fool of her, but the second time she got away with it as well. “Did she just say, Auntie Yuriko? Does she know my mother? Just who exactly is she?” Saya wondered as she was able to calm herself down and think rationally about the situation. As much as she hated to admit it, there was some truth to what the brunette said. Steeling herself, she attempted to start the conversation. “Good morning, Mama.”

Having had her fun for the morning, the brunette decided to check up on Saya’s friends. Reo thought it best to check up on Rei Miyamoto first, since she was recovering from a back injury. Being somewhat familiar with the layout of the mansion, she came to the guest room with relative ease.


Under the impression the girl she came to check on was under attack, Reo took a combative stance as she thrust opened door. She thought she was ready for anything only to be silenced by what was actually happening. A fully nude Rei was being ‘assaulted’ in a manner of speaking, by Shizuka who was rubbing some kind of ointment to her back while Takeshi held her down on the bed. It took a few moments for Reo to process what was actually happening and as the three of them noticed her presence, she came to a conclusion. “Oh, I get it. You guys are having a threesome.”

“We are not having a threesome!” Rei yelled clearly distraught by the brunette’s assessment of the situation.

“I’m applying some medicine to the road rash on her back to prevent it from getting infected.” Shizuka clarified as she continued to thoroughly spread the oily substance over the infected area.

“It hurts!” Rei screamed as she squirmed under Takashi’s hold.

The male teen was completely focused on keeping her from moving till the blonde nurse finished the application.

“I guess I’ll leave you guys to it then.” Reo stated before backing out of the room and closing the door behind her. Having nothing better to do for the moment, she casually crossed her arms and leaned against a nearby wall.

A few minutes later…

“Get out you traitor!” Rei yelled effectively kicking Takeshi out of the room and slamming the door closed.

“Lover’s spat?” Reo asked.

“I guess you could call it that.” Takeshi sighed.

The brunette playfully punched his shoulder. “Oh, cheer up. Things could be worse, right?”
He couldn’t argue with that especially considering everything that’s happened so far. “Thanks again for what you did yesterday. I’m not sure what would’ve happened, if you hadn’t shown up when you did.”

“Don’t mention it.” She responded.

“Fine, you’re always right!”

Directing their attention to the source of the yelling, they saw Saya storming down the hallways. She was clearly in a foul mood and it wasn’t hard for Reo to figure out exactly why.

“What’s wrong, Takagi?” Takashi called out her.

“Didn’t I ask you to call me by my given name?”

“Oh, right. I’m sorry.” The male teen apologized.

“You’re a man, aren’t you? Don’t apologize for every little thing!” Saya shouted.

Takashi wasn’t sure why he was being yelled at, but for fear of pissing her off even further he stayed silent.

Noticing he wasn’t going to say another word, Saya took a deep breath and calmed herself down. Taking her frustrations out on him wasn’t going to get her anywhere.

“I know I’ve said this before, but you really are cute when you’re angry especially now that I get good look at you in broad daylight.” A familiar voice chimed in.

“What was that!?” Saya furiously looked around for the perpetrator who dared to poke fun at her. “Where are you!?”

“I’m right here.” Reo answered as she stepped out from behind Takashi.

The male teenager was sweating bullets as the atmosphere grew tenser by the second. He couldn’t tell if Reo was brave or just plain crazy to intentionally antagonize Saya like that.

Saya balled her hand into a fist seemingly struggling to contain her anger, before resolving to point as threateningly as she possibly could at the brunette. “You better keep your promise!”

“Of course I will, Saya-chan.” Reo smiled.

The pinkette sighed once more before taking her leave. At least the brunette was using her given name even though she didn’t give her permission too which was another issue entirely.

Seeing she was walking away without so much as explaining what was wrong, Takashi once again attempted to call out to her. “Hey, Ta… I mean Sa…”

“Enough already!”

Takashi expected that sort of response, but he figured it didn’t hurt to try. “Geez, what’s her problem?”

When Saya was completely out of sight, Reo dropped her smile. “Why won’t you call her by her first name?”

The male teenager was caught off guard by the serious question especially since the person asking has done nothing, but joke around so far. Seeing the usually carefree brunette being unusually serious all of a sudden was jarring to say the least.

“Is it really that hard to do, even though she wants you too?” She pressed him for an answer.

“It just felt like the right name to call her by at the time.” He meekly responded.

“So basically you’re intimidated by her because of her wealth or family background or some ridiculous reason like that.”

Takeshi couldn’t really deny it, when it was so said so plainly to his face like that. This was the first time he had come to Saya’s house and it was like he stepped into an iron fortress. There’s no way he couldn’t be intimidated to some extent. “What about you? Why do you address her so casually?”

“Isn’t it obvious? It’s because we’re childhood friends.”

“Are you serious?” He asked to confirm whether or not she was messing with him.

“I can assure you Reo-chan is speaking the truth.” Yuriko said reaffirming the brunette’s response as she approached them.

“Auntie Yuriko, I guess things didn’t go so well between you and Saya-chan.” Reo stated as casually as ever.

“Unfortunately no, I really upset her this time. I’m sorry if my daughter troubled you.”

“It’s fine. I’ve known her since kindergarten, so I’m used to it.” Takashi said hoping to reassure the lady of the house.

This was news to Reo as she had no idea Takashi and Saya were childhood friends as well. “You’ve known her since kindergarten and still address Saya-chan by her last name? No wonder you have so much trouble with women.”

Takashi didn’t really know how to respond to that. Without even trying the brunette had basically verbally defeated him. If there was a fork nearby he was sure it would be stuck in him because he was done. “No comment.”

“You’ll have to forgive Reo-chan. She’s always been blunt when it came to stating what’s on her mind. Even my daughter has a hard time dealing with her sometimes.” Yuriko explained.

Reo placed her hands on her hips and puffed her chest out with confidence. “I’m proud to say that Saya-chan has never once beaten me in an argument.”

“If I didn’t see it for myself, I wouldn’t have believed it. I’ve never been able to win an argument against her once since kindergarten.” Takashi stated.

“That’s just sad Takashi.” Reo responded.

Yet another blow to the male teenagers pride. It might as well have been a punch to his stomach.

“Maybe I went a little too for with that last remark. I can see you’re struggling with this so I’ll give you some advice on how to handle Saya-chan. It’s guaranteed to work or your money back.”

“Achoo!” In another part of the house Saya sneezed. Someone must’ve been talking about her behind her back.


Stopping what she’s doing, the pinkette went towards the scream. Looking around the corner, she spots Ryuji and Chihiro down the corridor. From her perspective, it seemed like he had caught the first year before she tripped and was helping her up.

“That was close. Are you alright?” He asked.

“I forgot how hard it is to walk in a kimono. I’ll be fine if I take it step by step.” She responded.

Seeing his kouhai struggle more than she was trying to let on, Ryuji did the only thing he could think of and extended his hand to her. “Would it help if you held onto me?”

“If it’s not too much trouble then I’d like to take you up on that.” Chihiro hesitantly took his hand before quickly closing the distance and practically started clinging to his arm.

Ryuji was surprised to say the least. He figured they’d just be holding hands like they usually did. It felt strange thinking of something like that as normal to him or the idea that he’d get used to holding hands with his kouhai. However, this was on another level. “Chihiro…”

The first year realized how bold she was being and this was extremely embarrassing for her, but she couldn’t take it back now.  “I’ll be in your care, Senpai.”

Realizing she was counting on his help, he accepted, “Leave it to me.” He slowed his walking speed to match her pace as they continued onward. It was a little tricky walking like this, but it was nice in its own way.

Saya who happened to be spying on them from around the corner couldn’t help getting frustrated at what she just witnessed. “It’s like watching one of those awkward high school romance anime otakus seem to rave about. It’s obvious to anyone they like each other, just hurry up and confess already.”

“Saya, what are you doing?”

Saya turned her attention from the idiot couple to the fat gun otaku standing in front of her. He carried a large bag of all the weapons they acquired from Rika’s house some of which happened to be partially showing. “It’s nothing worth mentioning. What have you been up to? Messing around with your guns again?”

“How did you know? I guess that’s our group’s genius for you.” Kohta responded genuinely impressed by her deduction.

“Are you complimenting me or making fun of me?” She asked with a slightly annoyed expression.

“It was supposed to be a compliment.” He clarified hoping she wouldn’t go into another one of her moods.

“That so…”

Feeling like he dodged a bullet with the pinkette’s mood swings, Kohta decided to change the subject since he had some good news of his own to share. “Anyway, you’ll never guess who I ran into.”

Saya wasn’t expecting much from the gun otaku to be honest, but she had a few minutes to spare and it wouldn’t hurt to at least hear him out. “It must be someone amazing if you’re bringing the topic up.”

“I just talked to my teacher from Blackwater USA.”

“What’s a mercenary from an American contractor doing here?” She asked as her interest was finally piqued.

“He said he was escorting a school full of elementary school girls to a shelter when he and the class he was with got separated from the others by a group of ‘them.’ Long story short they took a detour and ended up here.” Kohta explained.

That certainly sheds some light on why a whole class of children were staying at her house, but it couldn’t have been a coincidence that a mercenary was sent to assist with evacuating the same school Ryuji and Chihiro were at. More importantly why was he even sent to an elementary school in the first place? She needed more information. “I suppose you wouldn’t know who ordered him to do such a thing, huh?”

“He said Reo asked him to do it as a favor.”

It was surprising to hear Reo’s name come up, but even more so that a mercenary would give up their employer’s name like that so easily. She had to wonder if Kohta was really good friends with him or this ‘mercenary’ was just an idiot. Either way, she got a lot more out of this than she was hoping for. “That was some really useful information, I’m actually impressed.”

Now it was his turn to be confused. Words of praise were a rare occurrence from this girl, so he just had to make sure he wasn’t misunderstanding anything. “Was that supposed to be a compliment or-”

“It was a compliment!” She shouted in frustration.

“Thank you.” He responded hoping his words of gratitude would smooth things over.

Saya took a deep breath to calm to herself before walking away. “Just shut up and follow me.”

A bewildered Kohta followed closely behind her. “Where are we going?”

“We’re going to hold a meeting with the others and finally get some answers from Reo.”

“Achoo!” Meanwhile, Reo and Takeshi having finished their conversation with Yuriko were walking toward Rei’s room. “I wonder if Saya-chan is talking about me.”

“I admire your confidence.”

Reo could tell Takeshi was nervous. Who wouldn’t be after hearing out what Yuriko had to say? Things were only getting worse in the city and it was only a matter of time before they lost electricity and water. So Yuriko and her husband planned to the power plant with anyone who has the will to survive and take full responsibility of water and electricity for the city. All she wanted Takeshi to do was persuade their daughter to trust them hence his nervousness. “There’s no need to be so worried. I’m sure you’ll be fine if you follow my advice.”

The male teenager couldn’t tell if she was joking around or being serious. The supposed ‘advice’ she gave him was likely to get him killed or worse. “I’m pretty sure you’re the only person who could actually make that work.”

“You think so?”

Before the brunette could get anymore strange ideas, Takeshi changed the subject. “Still I was surprised to learn that you two were childhood friends as well. I wonder why she hasn’t said about it anything yet.”

Reo actually wondered this herself, but figured that between how long it’s been and the world ending that recognizing an old childhood friend was very low on the Saya’s priorities right now. “Well it has been a few years since I last visited. She probably doesn’t recognize me.”

“I see…”

Having made it to their destination the both of them stopped in front of the door to Rei’s room.

“Do you mind keeping this between us for now?” The brunette asked.

It seemed like a simple favor and Takeshi saw no reason to refuse her. “I don’t mind, but may I ask why?”

Reo took a deep breath as if mentally preparing herself to say something awkward and embarrassing. “I’d prefer it if Saya-chan remembers on her own and it’d just be embarrassing to tell her at this point.”

“Your secret is safe with me.” The male teen responded hoping the clichéd phrase would set her mind at ease.

Reo playfully hit his shoulder, before placing her hand on the knob. “Well look at you. Let’s go inside, everyone is waiting for us.”

HOTD Demon of the Dead CH9

AN: It’s been over a year since I updated this story, but in honor of DFOG making a comeback here is Chapter 9 of Demon of the Dead. It sort of covers the first half of episode 10 of Dead House Rules. I’m actually overflowing with ideas now, but organizing them and making them flow is a different issue altogether. If any of you still reading this have an idea on how you want the story to flow or something you’d like to see I’ll take it into consideration. That being said, bonus points to anyone who can guess who Kohta was talking to in the garage. It should be self-explanatory. Till then, Highschool of the Dead belongs to Daisuke Sato and Shoji Sato and DFOG belongs to Neople thank God.

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Kintaroo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Artist
Thanks so much for the fav/s I really appreciate it and many more to come friend :hug: :heart:
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Well I am a huge Kirby fan so that had alot to do with it, but I thought it was an amazing piece of work. You did a great job with it.
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