Little Brother, You Scare Me: Yusuke
Little Brother, You Scare Me: Yusuke
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He was exhausted, and had every right to be after the past few days. First it was Buffy's birthday party, followed by the Judge, his talk with Raizen and then the appearance of Angelus. It all sort of blurred together in his tired mind and all he wanted was to sleep. A nice natural sleep that is not one forced by demon touching. Unfortunately bed didn't look like an option. Yusuke was sitting on the front steps with Marshal lounging in his lap.
Yusuke looked up at him and merely shifted to the left, leaving plenty of room on his right for Xander. Xander sighed and sat beside him. “This couldn't wait till morning could it? I kinda feel like crap.”
“So do I.” His older brother stared straight ahead, his jaw clenched. “I felt when he touched you.”
“Jesus. I'm sorry Yusuke.”
Yusuke pushed Marshal off his lap and stood in a fluid motion. “Sorry! I don't care that I was hurt. I've been in pain before; I've been beaten to a pulp till I could barely move! I've died! Twice! You! You shouldn't have been in that kind of pain! What I felt was an echo and you...it was worse for you wasn't it?”
Xander shrugged. “For a bit.”
Yusuke couldn't believe. The kid could have died and all he did was shrug and say the pain only lasted for a moment. “What the hell Xander?”
“The pain was bad, I screamed, and then it stopped because according to Raizen I have an inner panic button.”
Yusuke blinked. “What? What does Raizen have to do with this?”
Xander rolled his eyes and Yusuke resisted the urge to smack him. “Evidently I've got this bond with Pops, whenever my soul ends up in a limbo state he gets dragged along for the ride. Believe me he was not happy about that, on account of he was hanging out with his lady friend. You know the one he fell in love with. They got reunited and everything. So we had a nice little chat and you'll be happy to know that the whole Judge thing didn't kill me.” He grinned at Yusuke and held up a hand to stall any comments. “Not even a little bit. See, the whole Hyena thing is handier than we ever thought. What was left of her merged with my hidden Mazoku parts and shielded me from the Judge's power.”
Yusuke grimaced and folded his arms, staring down at his little brother. “So...inner panic button, huh?”
“Basically...okay Raizen didn't call it that, but that is the gist of what happened. So, you felt that huh. How bad did that scare Keiko? How is she by the way? The baby should be due soon right?”
Yusuke didn't hold back, he cuffed his little brother. “Don't change the subject; we're not done talking about this. Because this crap with the coms not working and Reikai being out of reach could happen again.”
Xander rubbed his head, but froze at the last bit. “Say what now? Again? Why?”
Yusuke looked down at the kid and felt nothing but worry. “The Fates are still pissed about that Prophecy you broke. This whole thing with the Judge was a trial to see if your people could survive.” He watched as the information sunk in. Xander's eyes grew wide in shock, then narrowed and glowed green with rage. The boy snarled and shot to his feet.
“Where do I find these Fates and how the hell do I kill them?”
“You can't kill them. Believe me Botan and I both wanted to, Koenma forbid it.”
“And that stopped you how?”
Yusuke gave him a look. “We wouldn't be much good to you or anyone if King Yama locked us up in prison for trying to go after someone as powerful as the Fates. Look I didn't get it at first either. But these gals...they're something different than the demons either of us knows. Even Botan's folks are careful around them.”
“Botan...parents, right. Tor mentioned that.” Xander took a breath as he calmed down, his eyes returned to their normal color. “Who are they anyway?”
“Merlin and Nimue.”
“I guess that means more to you than it did me. She had to explain it all to me; I really didn't want the history lesson.”
“You said that already.”
“Sorry. It’s...just...my brain, doesn't want to work anymore. I'm overworked, underpaid, and overloaded.” He ran a hand through his hair and Yusuke caught sight of something that shouldn't be.
“On your shoulder.”
Xander looked down, blinked in surprise and met his eyes as he lifted up the sleeve on his t-shirt. “I keep forgetting about that. The whole Judge thing made me a little bit more demony. Got my first Mazoku mark and everything.
Yusuke looked at the green crescent tribal mark in shock, and a little fear. He could control when the marking appeared on his body. But Xander's mark...it was different somehow, and not just the color. Raizen's had been black, and Yusuke's were blue while Xander's was green. That creepy Hyena green. Yusuke wondered what exactly his little brother was going to become.
“Kid...sometimes you scare me.”
“Niisan, you have no idea how much I agree with you.”