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I don’t own any of the characters. Touken Ranbu is owned by Nitro+.

Chapter 1: The summoning

It was just another evening in honmaru, with the swords busying themselves with chores and expeditions. The saniwa requested Pierre the resident smith to forge a new sword. As she approached, she felt worried that she would wind up with another duplicate. Upon opening the door to the smith, Pierre looked up at her.

"Ah, saniwa-sama! You're just in time—I believe I’ve crafted a new sword. It took three hours and twenty minutes from start to finish. I hope it's to your satisfaction," he said, knowing if he failed to smith a new sword he would certainly not get paid by the Government.

"Good. I was waiting in anticipation for the sword’s unveiling," she walked over to the stand where the sword was and, using a talisman, brought the sword to life. There was a bright light and once it died down, there—standing before her—was a figure dressed in white.

"Yo, I'm Tsurumaru Kuninaga, are you surprised to see someone like me here?" Tsurumaru asked, turning around. That's when the saniwa saw it: unlike other citadels’ male Tsurumaru, this one was female, and very pretty at that. She had her white cloak with golden chains going from one arm to the back and on the other arm, the crest of the crane. Her white undershirt was partly opened, revealing some cleavage. Where there should have been long pants there were instead a pair of shorts. Her boots were blue and green with a hint of gold, with white socks. Her hair was neck length with strands coming over each of her shoulders. Her bangs lightly hung over her round face, her lips were full, and her golden eyes reflected both innocence and mischievousness in them. When she spoke her voice was soft, tone sweet like honey.

The saniwa smiled. She felt like she was looking at an angel in human form.

"Welcome to the citadel, Tsurumaru Kuninaga," the saniwa motioned Tsurumaru to follow her. Together they left the smithy and the saniwa began to speak about the citadel.

"I will introduce you to the others tomorrow, but for now it’s late and I'm sure you’d like to get some rest. If you have any questions you may ask Konnosuke. He will certainly be able to answer them."

After she spoke a fox appeared and looked at Tsurumaru. "Master, is that our new sword?" he asked. The saniwa nodded as Tsurumaru pet Konnosuke, who wagged his tail happily in response.

"Konnosuke, please inform one of the troops to go get some female clothing for Tsurumaru here, and for your hard work you’ll be rewarded with some fried tofu." The saniwa knew that it was late and felt bad to burden her troops with the task, but knew it couldn’t be helped.

Konnosuke nodded and scurried off. The saniwa turned back to Tsurumaru and opened the door to a room. "This will be your room. Tomorrow after introductions you may decorate it to your liking," she said before leaving.

Tsurumaru looked around her new room: it was rather plain. It had a dresser, a bed made with white sheets, and a closet where a futon was placed. There were a few shelves to put items on and above her dresser was a stand to place her sword upon.

"This place looks interesting… I wonder if Mitsu-bo, Kura-bo, and Sada-chan are here yet?" she wondered aloud as she placed her sword on the stand and began changing into a white silk nightgown.

She yawned and crawled into bed. Her eyes widened upon feeling the softness of the cushions. "Whoa, I'm surprised a bed can be this comfy!" she remarked before turning on her side and looking out the window at the moon before slowly falling asleep.

The next morning Tsurumaru woke up to a few things in her room which hadn’t been there the night before. She went over to the closet and saw lots of articles of women’s clothing. She opened one of the drawers and inside she found some bras and underwear. She grabbed one of each and, noticing an eye-catching white sundress with a bird on the bottom, decided to surprise everyone by wearing that instead of her usual clothes. She took off the nightgown she put on last night she placed it on the bed before changing into her new attire.

"Hmm, it's almost time for me to meet the others," she murmured to herself. Then, looking over her room she noticed a mirror. She took a moment to admire herself, amazed by what she saw.

"Is this really me?" she asked herself, smiling. She realized she looked absolutely beautiful. A few minutes later she heard some bells ringing and Konnosuke outside her door.

"Tsurumaru, it's time to go introduce you to the others." Tsurumaru looked at herself one last time before opening the door and walking out of her room. Konnosuke wasted no time leading her to where everyone was waiting to meet her.

Meanwhile Heshikiri Hasebe was standing with Shokudaikiri Mitsutada on one end of the meeting place, addressing an audience of swords who had gathered. Among the swords present were the Genji brothers Higekiri and Hizamaru, the Sanjou swords, the Samonji brothers, Ichigo Hitofuri, the Awataguchi tantou and wakizashi, Nansen Ichimonji, Chiyoganemaru, Shizukagata and Tomoegata Naginata, the Kunihiro brothers, Izuminokami Kanesada, Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki, Kogarasumaru, Shishiou, Ookurikara, the Sadamune brothers, Kenshin Kagemitsu and Azuki Nagamitsu, Oodenta Mitsuyo, Kashuu Kiyomitsu, Yamatonokami Yasusada, the Kotetsu brothers and Nagasone, Kasen Kanesada, Fudou Yukimitsu, Nakigitsune, Koryuu Kagemitsu, Sohayanotsurugi, Aoe brothers Juzumaru Tsunetsugu and Nikkari Aoe, Uguisumaru, the Rai brothers, Sengo Muramasa, Tonbokiri, the ootachi brothers Taroutachi and Jiroutachi, Ookanehira, and Daihannya Nagamitsu.

"Master, you did not need to come all the way out here to make the announcement. I, Hasebe would have gladly done so in your stead," Hasebe began before the saniwa cut him off with a gentle smile and a shake of her head.

"No, Hasebe. This time I must make the announcement, for it is important," At the word ‘important’ all the swords looked at her.

"Last night we had a new addition to the citadel. However, they are different from everyone, so I ask that you please treat them with the utmost respect and care. I will not tolerate any unfair treatment of their person no matter how they look, or what they are. Understand?"

Everyone in attendance nodded.

"Then let me introduce the new sword…"

 

That's all for Chapter 1. Please stick around for Chapter 2! I know I mentioned a lot of swords, however not all of them will be in this fanfiction—they are just the swords that the saniwa has. I hope you enjoyed this!

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Chapter 2: The Competition Begins. Part 1


Last time on Crane and her Heart… we saw Tsurumaru manifest and how she was about to be introduced to the others. Now let's enjoy chapter 2!

"This is Tsurumaru Kuninaga," the saniwa said, which Tsurumaru took as her cue to move to stand beside her.

"Tsuru-san!" Taikogane shouted excitedly before running up to and hugging Tsurumaru. Tsurumaru laughed and hugged Taikogane back. Mitsutada walked over only to stop close by and was about to ask the question on everyone else’s minds, but Hasebe beat him to it.

"Master, why is Tsurumaru a girl?" he asked the saniwa as Taikogane and Tsurumaru parted and Taikogane looked Tsurumaru over and realized that Hasebe was right.

"I do not know. Regardless of how unique this Tsurumaru is, I want you to treat her as you would anyone else," as the saniwa looked over her swords she noticed a few were sizing up Tsurumaru. She quickly turned away to hide a smile. This will be interesting.

"Are you surprised?" Tsurumaru asked, following with a soft laugh, not yet aware that she would soon be the catalyst for fierce competition among residents of the honmaru.

She walked over to Mitsusada and began talking with him to catch up on recent times. Taikogane left momentarily to drag Ookurikara over to join them; when Tsurumaru saw Ookurikara she smiled and waved, only for Ookurikara to look away. When he saw the look in some of the other swords’ eyes as they gazed upon Tsurumaru, he couldn’t help but frown. He didn't like where things were headed, not one bit.

 

Mikazuki Munechika’s POV

When the bell rang, I left my quarters with the rest of the Sanjou swords. Kogitsunemaru and Ishikirimaru were talking about what the meeting could entail. Iwatooshi on the other hand was carrying Imanotsurugi on his shoulders. Not many know this, but Imanotsurugi is actually a female sword. Many mistook her for a male, but none of us bothered to correct them: after all, it is a Sanjou school secret. When we arrived I could tell my brothers and sister were shocked at seeing the saniwa there. Why, even I was a little surprised.

Though what came next was something that even I couldn't imagine happening: out walked the illustrious Tsurumaru Kuninaga. However, the first thing I noticed was that she was female. I saw Taikogane Sadamune run up to her to hug her… And I immediately felt envious. Others think I'm an easygoing old man, but what they don't know is that there is another side to me, one I don't show. Just like the waxing and waning of the moon, I keep people guessing what is going on in my mind. When my eyes met Tsurumaru’s I understood how one might desire her: she was radiant, beautiful with a certain mischief in her eyes. When she spoke I felt another feeling one that I never thought I would have…

I want her to be mine and mine alone. I thought to myself. However I soon became aware that others were looking at her hungrily. It was then I vowed to myself that I will have Tsurumaru fall for me, for she had already captured my heart the instant I saw her. They can try, but not a one of them can compare to the likes of me—well, perhaps Higekiri can. Indeed, perhaps him I can see posing a problem for me. We are similar, and with that he could easily sway Tsurumaru’s heart…

 

Heshikiri Hasebe's POV

When I arrived to the meeting place and saw the master there, I was both happy and shocked that she had taken it upon herself to make the announcement: after all, I'm the attendant and I should be the one to do those types of things, not her. When I asked her why, she didn't let me express my concerns like she normally might and the reason she gave was one I can't say I was expecting. But after hearing Master's announcement and saw Tsurumaru Kuninaga in the flesh, I realized why she had come and said what she did. I had seen other Tsurumaru before in mock fights yes, however the one before me was beyond words… It was shocking to think there was someone more becoming than Master.

Her voice was so soothing; however it also filled me with dread. I know from talking to other citadels’ warriors that their Tsurumaru were pranksters at heart. Even though she was pretty I would have to say on guard: after all, I'm Master’s attendant and must be aware and prepared at any time for battle. Although that is what I told myself, my mind betrayed my sensibilities as the mental image of Tsurumaru by my side in battle flashed through my head… And how comforting it was!

I quickly shook my head to clear that thought from my mind, only to find Fudou looking at me with a smirk on his face, as if he knew something I didn't.

Only once Master left did I see Tsurumaru in all her glory. I thought maybe, just maybe, having someone by my side, even while serving Master as her attendant didn't seem so bad. Who knows, maybe I can even have her as my partner.

I frowned silently at that thought. No, you shouldn't think like that, you are the master’s attendant. Your life revolves around doing what the saniwa wills.

But even if I think that way, why does it that I feel like I'm being torn in two?


Higekiri’s POV

I was shocked when the saniwa made the announcement and Tsurumaru Kuninaga walked up to stand by her. The first thing I noticed was obviously the fact that Tsurumaru was female rather than male. I looked at my brother and it was apparent from his expression that he was truly surprised.

After the saniwa left, I looked around to see the others’ reactions and was not pleased with what I saw. In their eyes I saw the same passion that I felt: the desire to claim her as one’s own.

My brother looked over at me and spoke.

"You okay, anija?" I nodded, knowing he could read me: I wanted Tsurumaru to be by my side along with my brother. I saw my brother shake his head as if he understood what I wanted though I knew he would support me in it even though he shook his head. The only individual who could provide some competition would have to be Mikazuki, we are so alike and yet so different… Jealousy is often an emotion I try to avoid for it might turn me into a demon however I can't help but feel that when I think of them together. I quickly squashed that thought and instead though of how it would be if Tsurumaru was mine and how well she would get along with my brother.

I felt a hand on my shoulder and looking over I found my brother staring at me. He was silently trying to calm me down and draw me away from these new feelings.

The moon and the crane or a demon and the crane… which one would be victorious, I wonder? I looked away and met Mikazuki's gaze and saw the challenge in them and knew he saw the same in mine.

The challenge is on. It didn't matter if we are in the same team, so long as Tsurumaru and I are together. That is all that matters.


Well that’s it for chapter 2. Sorry if some of them were OOC. The next chapter will have more POVs of the swords who will compete for Tsurumaru’s affections. This chapter is just the reaction of the danshi. After the other POVs, the true part of the story will begin. I know this is earlier than a week, but it's been in my mind all day. As always you can review if you like. Till next time.

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Chapter 3: The Competition Begins Part 2


Izuminokami Kanesada’s POV

It was another morning of sparring with Kunihiro when the bell rang, so we stopped momentarily to go see what all the fuss was about. There, I saw the saniwa with Hasebe and Mitsutada. I was confused, why was she here? She never shows up to make announcements. I could tell the others were curious as well.

"Why is the saniwa here, Kane-san?" Kunihiro asked me. I shook my head.

"I don't know. It must be really important if the saniwa herself is here to make the announcement," I replied just as the saniwa began to speak. Some of her words thoroughly confused me: why wouldn't we treat the new sword like we treat each other? It didn't make sense—at least, not until I saw her.

Don't get me wrong I seen lots of Tsurumaru Kuninaga from other citadels, but never one that was female, and suffice to say I was shocked by all this.

"She is really pretty isn't she Kane-san?" Kunihiro asked and I could only nod in agreement. I wonder how the Shinsengumi would react to a female warrior. After all, for it was not common back in those days for women to take up the sword. I can say one thing though; I'm really interested in meeting this Tsurumaru and getting to know her.

And then she spoke and looked at us… I felt something different from a desire for comradery with her stir within me. Though I did not know it at the time, I would soon learn that it was a feeling of want that had awakened in my chest.

 

Kasen Kanesada’s POV

When I arrived at the meeting ground, I had no choice but to stand near Ookurikara which didn't really please me so much, though I was certainly curious to see the new sword. I was positioned by the bells in such a way that I could make out the crest design of a crane.

So we have another Date sword on our hands. I hope Osayo will stay away from this one. Tsurumaru Kuninaga is known to be a trickster, and I don't want him hurt. Just then the sword in question stepped forward and I realized that I wasn’t looking at another man. The way she walked and carried herself it was graceful; she looked like something out of a story book rather than a fellow touken danshi.

I was pushed aside as Taikogane ran past me and up to Tsurumaru in order to hug her. He could have at least said “excuse me” before pushing past me… though as I watched them hug, I was overcome with an urge to write a haiku about her, or maybe some other kind of poem. It's not often one sees a muse standing before them.

At that thought I quickly frowned. Since when was one of the Date a good muse? I asked myself, yet unaware that what I wanted was for her not to be a muse for my work but my girlfriend.

The shock hit me fast and I nearly gasped however was saved from anyone seeing this ungraceful act by Ookurikara grumbling as he was pulled by Taikogane to see Tsurumaru, and let out a sigh of relief. However, when I saw Ookurikara look over the crowd I followed his line of sight and saw, much to my disgust, looks of wanton hunger in most of their gazes, some worse than others. Though I knew many of them wouldn't act on their urges, there are a few who I wasn't too sure could restrain themselves. I do know I wouldn't mind if Tsurumaru was mine; I do get along with Mitsutada quite well, so I don't think it would hurt too much for her to keep me around.

 

Kashuu Kiyomitsu's POV (Because why not?)

When Tsurumaru Kuninaga first appeared before us and I saw he was in fact a she, I became jealous. I bet she thinks that she’s cuter than I am, and she might command more of the saniwa's love, while Yasusada and I are pushed aside. However no sooner did that emotion arise did it go away: perhaps it would be fun to have someone to talk to about cuteness and beauty as well?

Don't get me wrong, I love talking to Yasusada but at times it feels as though he doesn't truly understand what I'm saying. Nonetheless, I love him, just as he loves me for how I am. Our relationship started shortly after I came back from Kiwame training: he just wouldn't leave my side due to his worrying about me. Though what had happened was a total accident….

Anyway, I noticed five other swords in particular who all gazed at her with lust in their eyes—there were others yes, minus of course those who were already taken and the members of the Awataguchi family. Some genuinely appeared to want to forge a friendship with her. However the five individuals I picked out of the group had those ridiculous looks of love in their eyes; I could tell there would be a competition for her soon enough, one that might end up hurting Tsurumaru in the end.

See, I’ve been at this citadel from the start along with Hasebe and Imanotsurugi so I already know about the Sanjou’s secret, but I had a feeling she didn't want the others to find out so I kept quiet about it. I'm glad she is with Iwatooshi because I'm afraid if the word gets out that Imanotsurugi a girl the other tantou might go after her… or maybe not.

After being here as long as I have you come to realize some things. I knew there was a storm coming, and I vowed then and there to help Tsurumaru see it through. Who knows, maybe she’ll find that special someone who she belongs with. I looked over at Yasusada and he shot me a smile, one that said he had a plan. One I had a feeling I would not like.

 

Normal Pov


Tsurumaru watched as the saniwa walked away before looking over at her new allies and friends, before she was gently pulled away by Mitsutada to catch up while Taikogane continued to drag a reluctant Ookurikara along. Once Tsurumaru had left the other swords began to leave to attend to the duties they were assigned to for the day. Mikazuki walked over to Higekiri, fully aware he was watched by the other three would-be competitors and the Sanjou swords.

"I wish you the best of luck with having her fall for you. Don’t think for a moment that such a thing will be easy," Mikazuki said, a smile hiding his true feelings.

"Likewise Mikazuki, though I don't think you and I are the only ones who will be after her.” Higekiri replied, knowing that the others were listening on their conversation. Mikazuki just laughed and hid a smirk behind his usual smile.

Izuminokami and Kasen watched the two of them and Hasebe just shook his head and spoke. "I know you all have feelings for Tsurumaru but I will not allow it to disrupt our focus. Remember we have a job to do, and it’s not fighting over a female sword—"

"You have a thing for her too, like it or not, Hasebe… hic!" Fudou stumbled before he began to walk away, already losing interest in what was going on. "Besides I think the saniwa would agree that you need someone else in your life besides her," He said taking another drink of his sweet sake and heading in the direction of Jiroutachi’s bar.

Hasebe was at a loss for words at Fudou's claim and walked away, determined not to let it bug him. Meanwhile, Horikawa dragged Izuminokami off to finish their sparring session as Kasen walked away on his own, determined to write down the haiku he came up with upon seeing Tsurumaru. One by one the other two groups left as well.

All five of them knew there was a war brewing, one whose outcome would decide Tsurumaru’s fate.

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                                            Chapter 4: A long-awaited reunion

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After the Date-gumi left the meeting point they all gathered near a sakura tree to catch up. Mitsutada had headed to the kitchen to fetch a tasty bento lunch to celebrate Tsurumaru's arrival.

Tsurumaru was awestruck by the tree’s size. "This is a really big cherry tree, I didn't know they could get this big," she said as she extended an arm to grab a flower. She frowned when she realized she couldn't reach it.

 

"Don't worry Tsuru-san, I’ll get one for ya," Taikogane proclaimed before starting to climb the tree.

Mitsutada arrived with the bento and a blanket. "What are you doing, Sada-chan?"

"Oh, I'm getting a flower for Tsuru-san since she wanted one!" he replied, his wild gesturing causing him to slip and fall off the branch. He landed with a thud on Ookurikara and the two collapsed with a shared grunt.

 

"Sorry, Kara-chan!" he apologized, hastening to get off Ookurikara’s back while Tsurumaru laughed at his antics. Mitsutada walked over and offered a hand to Ookurikara.

 

"I don't need your help," Ookurikara murmured, shifting to lean up against the tree before sitting down at its base. Taikogane rubbed his back from the fall.

 

"T-that was so funny!" Tsurumaru giggled uncontrollably for several moments as she struggled to compose herself. Once she calmed down, she took a hold of one end of the blanket and helped Mitsutada lay it out upon the ground.

 

"Today I made a very special bento in celebration of your arrival at the citadel, Tsuru-san. I present to you… Mitsutada’s deluxe curry and rice balls bento!"

 

With a flourish of his hand he opened the lid of the box to reveal its contents to the others. Inside the lacquer container there were curry balls, some baby octopus, pink rice balls, some rice and a few omelets with a stunning crane motif. "Whoa, Micchan that must of been hard to make!" Taikogane said, awestruck, sitting on the blanket with Tsurumaru and Ookurikara.

 

"Not at all Sada-chan; you see, I was woken early this morning by Konnosuke who cryptically instructed me to prepare a big bento for four. I was confused at first, but since I thought it was something the master wanted I went ahead and made it. Only once I saw Tsuru did I realize the reason Konnosuke had asked: clever fox figured that we should celebrate our reunion."

 

Tsurumaru picked up a pair of chopsticks. "It looks good Mitsu-bo, and I'm glad I'm finally here with the rest of you," she said with a smile. They wasted no time digging in, filling in Tsurumaru of various goings-on as they ate.

 

"I'm sure you will get along with people here just fine Tsuru-san, though it may be strange at first. Also, you might have noticed we have a lot of tantou here, the smith often likes making them," Mitsutada said with a wink to Tsurumaru as he picked up a curry ball.

 

"I'm sure I can handle it! After all, surprises are a key part of life, without them it's boring. Though I have to ask… who was the one in red and black standing next to a blue and white guy?" she asked.

 

Taikogane took a quick bite of his rice ball before answering her question. "That’s Kashuu Kiyomitsu, the first sword who came to this citadel. He loves cute stuff. He often can be found arguing with the guy in white and blue, Yamatonokami Yasusada."

 

Tsurumaru hummed and picked up a curry ball. She regarded it for a moment before taking a bite. Her eyes widened. "This is really good Mitsu-bo," she said taking another bite.
The gesture, though small, made Mitsutada smile a little. "Thank you Tsuru-san, the curry balls have some chocolate in them for added sweetness, and the rice balls are cherry flavored."

 

After they were finished eating, Ookurikara rose to his feet and looked sternly at Mitsutada. "I need to talk to you alone now."

 

"Eh, were you going Kara-bo?" Tsurumaru asked. Mitsutada shrugged.

 

"He just needs to talk to me about something, don't you worry," he offered as he hurried to follow after the other man. When he finally caught up to Ookurikara, the former grabbed him by the wrist and led him further away to a clearing.

 

"What did you want to talk about, Kara-chan?" Mitsutada asked.

 

Ookurikara looked back at Tsurumaru and Taikogane before speaking. "It's about Tsurumaru. I'm worried something is going to happen to her." He wasn’t used to showing his emotions but seeing Tsurumaru as a female sparked a sort of “big brother” instinct in him.

 

"What do you mean, Kara-chan?"

 

It took a few moments for Ookurikara to speak. "Today when Tsurumaru was introduced to everyone, I noticed some of the others looking at her with this lustful glimmer in their eyes—five in particular looked downright lovesick. They might try to do something with her."

 

Mitsutada placed a finger on his chin, carefully considering his response. "That would not be good for Tsuru-san. She could end up hurt in the end, or worse...."

 

He shook his head before continuing. "They are our comrades; though I can see where you're coming from: men often have coveted woman because of their beauty. Rest assured, I shall not let the same happen to Tsuru-san."

 

"Yo, what are you guys doing over there?" Tsurumaru called out to them as Taikogane moved to place a flower crown upon Tsurumaru's head.

 

"We’ll be right there, Tsuru-san!" Mitsutada called back before nodding to Ookurikara, knowing full well that his sentiments were shared and that he, too, would protect Tsurumaru.

 


(Back to when Mitsutada and Ookurikara were talking)

 

Taikogane had tried climbing the tree once more and smiled when he reached a branch full of flowers.

 

"I did it; did you see Tsuru-san?" he asked with glee as he began to pick some of the sakura flowers off of the limb. He had a surprise gift for Tsurumaru in mind.

"Yes I did Sada-bo, it was better than your first attempt," she chuckled at the thought as she watched him pick the flowers. She frowned and turned away briefly. "…Sada-bo, why were the other swords acting weird earlier?"

 

Taikogane halted at her sudden question. It was in that moment that he himself realized that the others were eyeing Tsurumaru. However, he couldn't bring himself to tell her that, because he knew that indicated that some desired her in a more-than-friendly manner, so he opted to lie instead.

 

"I don't know Tsuru-san. Maybe they were in shock because they have never seen a female sword before and they didn't know how to act. You did sure surprise them today with your appearance."

 

"I see, so female swords are uncommon, then? I'm guessing other Tsurumaru are male? Hmm, I wonder how they would react if I met any of them…" she wondered aloud. Taikogane almost dropped the flowers as he envisioned how that might go.

 

'That would not be a good thing Tsuru-san: if you meet them and they hit on you, some of the swords might get jealous and try to hurt them... I know for a fact the few that did look at you with longing in their eyes are sort of the deadliest warriors we have.'

 

"Yes, there is no record of a female sword in any citadel, and all Tsurumaru we came across were indeed male," he answered quietly.

 

Tsurumaru looked up at Taikogane in surprise. "Did you hear that?" He nodded. She turned away, spotting Ookurikara and Mitsutada nearby. She decided to call out to them: she dearly wanted them to come back so she could get out of the awkward situation. Taikogane climbed down the tree and gently placed the flower crown on Tsurumaru’s head.

 

(Back to normal time)

 

Soon daylight came to an end. The four took the darkening sky as their cue to pack up the bento and blanket and head back to the citadel. Mitsutada needed to help finish preparing dinner, he explained, adding that they had set up a party just for Tsurumaru.

 

"I had lots of fun catching up," Taikogane said as Ookurikara nodded.

 

Tsurumaru laughed, facing the entrance to her room. "Yes, it was lots of fun. I’ll see you again at dinner, but in the meantime I'm going to take a bath."

 

Taikogane was about to ask if he could help with dinner when he saw Sayo walking by. He quickly waved to the other two. "I'm going to do something, I’ll meet you at dinner," he said quickly, taking off in the direction Sayo was going.

 

Ookurikara and Mitsutada both gazed at each other before Mitsutada cautiously looked around. Seeing no one nearby gave Ookurikara a quick peck on the cheek.

 

"I'll see you at dinner too," he said, waving and walking away, pretending to not to see Ookurikara's blush. Ookurikara frowned and walked towards his room hoping to find a way to get rid of the blush.

 

'Why did he do that?'  he thought to himself not to sure what was going through Mitsuada's mind.

 

Tsurumaru on the other hand had returned to her room and ventured over to her closet. She withdrew a white kimono with sakura flower patterning from within. She then opened one of the drawers and grabbed the basket of hygienic products the Saniwa had given her: it was filled with some different smelling lotions, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash and a quaint little bag. Unable to contain her curiosity, she opened the bag without delay. Inside, she found a few long things that looked like small rolls and note written on pretty colored paper.

 

Tsurumaru, I’m sure you're wondering what these are. As a woman, you will need to use those once a month due to your body’s regular menstruation. I fear you may not know what I mean by that… let’s just say a woman’s body goes through a cycle which allows her to have a baby. If she is not expecting after a time, she will bleed. Being a sword I don’t know if you would or not, nor if you will be able to have a child, but I’d rather take precautions.

 

Sincerely,
The Saniwa

Tsurumaru replaced the note and zipped up the bag, placing it deep inside the drawer. 'Well if that does happen it would be a big surprise for a sword to bleed like that…'

 

And with that, she grabbed her basket and her kimono and headed towards the bathing area, unaware that she was going to have her first encounter with one of her suitors.

 

 

AN: Ok with that we has chapter 4 now for chapter 5 i'm going to let you decided on who she would run into. please leave your vote in the comment below or if your on discord just pm at Xateramusa #7585 if you want to remain private and not let anyone know your vote. I will wait till Thursday before I tally up the vote and get started on Chapter 5. Thank you very much also Im adding a new character into the ring Taroutachi has now been added to the suitor list

The choose are Mikazuki, Higekiri,Izuminokami, Hasebe, Taroutachi or Kasen.

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POV

 

                                                                                         Chapter 5: The First Sutor

 

Not long after Tsurumaru left her room for to the bathing area, she crossed paths with several of the other sword warriors, with whom she exchanged greetings and pleasantries, though she remained blissfully unaware of their lingering stares as she carried on her way. She continued with a spring in her step until she nearly stumbled over a small white tiger.

 

She smiled softly and knelt down to pet it. "You’re a cute one, were did you come from?"

 

The little tiger started purring and moved closer, which allowed Tsurumaru to gently pick up the feline and nestle it between the crook of her arm and chest while shifting her basket into her other hand, against her hip.

She continued with her new companion stopping when she noticed the tiger’s ears twitch and looked over to a nearby parted set of screens. A spare, young boy with white hair peeked out before running over to her.

 

He bowed deeply. "S-sorry about that, they aren't usually this bad,"

 

Tsurumaru couldn’t help but smile as the timid child struggled to speak. "It’s okay! It’s cute,” she began, noticing four other tiger cubs gathering at the boy’s feet. “I'm guessing it belongs to you?"

 

"Y-yes, they are mine," he said as the little tiger pounced from Tsurumaru's arms, eager to join its kin.

 

"What's your name?" Tsurumaru asked.

 

"Um, Gokotai..." the boy brought his hands together and entwined his fingers.

 

"That's a cute name," He’s so timid. I have to try my hardest not to play tricks on him. He might get really spooked. "I’m Tsurumaru. You have excellent timing: you see, I'm sort of lost… can you help me find the baths?" This was of course a lie: she knew exactly where they were thanks to the tour the saniwa gave her, but she thought this might boost the boy’s morale.

 

"Yes," he said, turning to lead Tsurumaru to the bathing area. As they were walking, Tsurumaru looked at the different areas they passed, the setting sun framing everything in a new, comforting light.

 

"Um…" Gokotai started to speak but did not finish. He could not bring himself to ask her what was on his mind.

 

"Is everything okay, Gokotai?" she asked.

 

He nodded as one of the tigers meowed at him and nudged his shin, as though it was trying to encourage him. Gokotai nodded and turned his gaze at the ground. "I w-was wondering if it would be alright if... we hung out again?"

 

Tsurumaru knelt down and pulled the boy into a hug, startling him more than a little. "It's okay, and I would love that," she said before releasing him and standing back up. Gokotai nodded quickly and frowned when he noticed they had arrived at their destination.

 

"Um, here we are..." he motioned to open the door. Suddenly, one of his tiger cubs took off causing him to jolt upright. He gave Tsurumaru an apologetic look. "S-sorry, but I should go after it," Tsurumaru nodded and waved before he sprinted in pursuit, his other tigers at his heels.

 

Tsurumaru watched him turn a corner and disappear from sight before sliding open the bathhouse doors. She looked around at the spacious bathing area, noticing quite a few pools of steaming water scattered about as well as a small waterfall in a far alcove. Tsurumaru smiled to herself and placed her basket down before taking off her robe and putting a towel around her. She took a seat upon a short stool at the cleaning station off to the side and began to clean her hair—

 

—When she heard the voice of another individual directly behind her.

 

"This is quite a surprise; I didn't think we would meet so soon," the voice said as Tsurumaru quickly whipped around and blushed. In one of the baths sat a man with blue hair and a captivating pair of deep blue eyes with slivers of gold in them.

 

Mikazuki’s POV

I just returned from a mission, covered head-to-toe in Retrograde blood. I was not prepared for the slasher interloper. Fortunately, Yamanbagiri Kunihiro and Honebami Toushirou dealt with him swiftly enough, granting me freedom to trade blows with our true enemy: a curious Retrograde unit that that had somehow regenerated by absorbing his ire. We then helped the town out as usual, giving them food and the like. My only wish was to freshen myself up with a relaxing bath. Fancy that the object of my desires and affections was planning to do the very same thing!

 

I watched her look around the bath house with a smile that turned into a smirk when she didn't notice me. I watched her go over to the bathing area and when she started to wash her hair I decided to speak up.

 

"This is quite a surprise; I didn't think we would meet so soon," I said, watching her whip around and focus her attention to where I was reclining in the water. I chuckled a little at this and I waved over to her. What a perfect opportunity for me to acquaint myself with this beautiful crane without interference.

 

I saw her about to leave—no, I couldn't lose my chance. I was not about to let good fortune slip from my grasp!

 

"You don't have to leave, after all this bath is big enough to share. If you’re worried about me looking, I will just turn my head away when you get in," I offered. She hesitated before nodding.

 

Yes, truly the gods were smiling upon me.

 

Tsurumaru's POV

I was shocked to see another person here—I didn’t know the baths were occupied! I was prepared to leave the instant he spoke. As much as I wanted to deny it, he was right: there was enough space. Besides, if he does try anything I can always escape easily. Still… there was this alluring look in his eyes, easy but firm, beckoning me. I just nodded and turned away to finish cleaning my hair.

 

Once I finished I looked back and saw he was true to his word: he was facing away in order to respect my wishes. I tread slowly, carefully, making sure I kept an eye on him in case he tried to sneak a peek. Soon I reached the edge of the bath and slipped in, but not before I made certain my towel was wrapped around my torso. "Okay, I'm done."

 

He turned around. I blushed. Oh my… he was certainly handsome.

 

"What’s so funny?" I asked. He chuckled as I awaited his response.

 

"Nothing is wrong; I just think it’s adorable that you’re blushing. This actually isn't the first time we’ve met. Well, met as a human being,” he laughed. “After all, Gojou was an apprentice of Munechika. Hence my namesake: Mikazuki Munechika."

 

I frowned in confusion. What did he mean? I thought, but before I could ask him, he quickly changed the subject.

 

"How are you enjoying the citadel?"

 

"It’s fine and lively," I said with a smile and closed my eyes, finally allowing myself to relax in the water.

chirabata hoshi wo tsunagete soko ni
mada mienai seiza wo sagashita
omoi doori ni wa naranai
soko ni wa kotae mo nai
demo kimi to yuku ashita wo mitai to omou kara

 

I opened my eyes and faced this Mikazuki fellow. He was singing while looking at the sky, which was full of stars. I closed my eyes again and listened to the song.

te wo nobashite
Endless Night yoru ni egaku
Endless Night bokura no hoshi
nando demo asa wo mukae mata bokura wa aruku
Precious Night

Mikazuki's POV

 

When I saw Tsurumaru relaxing, the song I sang at the concert came to mind and I decided to sing to her, remembering that some girls liked being serenaded. Halfway though my song I noticed her shuffle and turn towards me, curious as to the song’s source. She smiled and closed her eyes again. I gently and silently moved closer to her.

dakedo ima wa
sotto yokaze ni makase
oto no nai hoshizora ni tsutsumaretai
kimi ga waraeba
konna boku ni mo
imi ga aru ki ga shita
fushigi sa
yoake ni wa mada hayai kara
hanashi wo shite iyou
kimi no kore made no toki

 

I was a few feet away from her and noticed she opened her eyes. Reflected in them were countless stars strewn across the night sky above. I knew that this was my opportunity to seize her heart. I sidled up even further and reached up to brush away a stray flower petal that had gotten stuck in her hair. Not for an instant did I stop singing, for I dearly hoped that she could understand the innumerable emotions I longed to convey.

awainai kimochi wo
itsumade demo
Endless Night yoru ni egaku
Endless Night bokura no hoshi
nando demo miushinattara
mata kimi wo mezasu yo
Precious Night
dakara ima wa
sotto yokaze ni fukare
kumo no nai hoshizora ni
omoihasete

 

Her eyes locked with mine and I saw the blush starting to form again; even so I didn't stop singing. I softly smiled and ran my hand through her hair.

Tsurumaru's POV

The song was so beautiful; I could easily fall asleep listening to it. I felt the water move but I didn't pay it much mind—he was probably getting out. However, I was surprised to hear his voice was closer and when I opened my eyes found him regarding me tenderly. His eyes were hard to read, almost as if he was hiding something; I felt his hand in my hair I tensed up only to relax as I saw he pulled a flower petal way. He then put his hand back on my hair and ran it through, gently stroking as a mother would to her child.

owaranai yoru ga sotto
bokura wo tsutsunde michiteku
kimi wo kanjitara kokoro awasete

'Why is my heart beating faster? Why am I blushing?' I looked deeper into his eyes, unable to pull my focus away from those shimmering golden crescents.

zutto
zutto
「soba ni ite ii ka?」

'Wanting to stay by my side, always will search for me?' I was wondering why he was carrying on singing this stuff. I felt like I heard this song somewhere before, but I’m not really sure where.

 

Endless Night yoru ni egaku
Endless Night bokura no hoshi
nando demo asa wo mukae mata bokura wa aruku
Precious Night

Normal POV

 

At the “precious night” part Mikazuki let his hand leave Tsurumaru's hair and gently ran it over her cheek. He smiled when Tsurumaru unconsciously nuzzled into his hand. Mikazuki knew the song was nearing its end made certain not to break eye contact. He allowed his hand to wonder down to her chin and, gently grasping it, leaned in…

dakedo ima wa
sotto yokaze ni makase
oto no nai hoshizora ni tsutsumaretai
Tonight
Itsumade mo
kimi no soba de

 

Each line brought their faces together and as he uttered the last line he descended upon Tsurumaru’s lips.

 

There suddenly came a bang at the entryway door, breaking the spell of the night. He frowned and sat back down.

 

Ah, I was close. Whoever disturbed us will have to take full responsibility for their actions. Mikazuki thought to himself and looked at Tsurumaru, her blushing face turned to look at the water. "I am sorry," he said, apologizing to her even though he desperately wanted to kiss her still.

 

"It's fine. I don't know why I didn't stop it," Tsurumaru said as a new voice rang out.

"There you are Mikazuki," it began, its owner taking a few steps forward only to stop when he saw Mikazuki wasn't alone. The man cursed mentally when he saw just how close Mikazuki was sitting near Tsurumaru; that wouldn’t do at all. He walked over the night air filled with tense silence.

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Im so sorry to the readers waiting for an update. Im currently waiting on my beta to finish betaing a diffrent storie and idk how long it will take, but do know i have the next few chapters written, and once he is finish doing the other beta i will give my beta the new chapters. so sorry for the long wait :( I will update soon as possible. Also I do hope they are ok, and not hirt by all these natural disasters happing throughout the country.

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Hasebe's POV

It was dinner time and for once Master was joining us, something I was both humbled by and excited about. However when we went to join the others, I noticed two swords were conspicuously absent from the mess hall: Mikazuki Munechika, and Tsurumaru. The implications alone sent a chill of unease down my spine.

Master looked at me and spoke. "Can you please go fetch Mikazuki and Tsurumaru?"

"Yes, Master I will find them immediately,"

Fudou piped up. "Hic! Bleh... I saw Mikazuki go to the washroom."

I nodded in thanks. As I headed towards the baths, I found my thoughts drifting back to Tsurumaru. She was unlike anyone I've seen before. She is almost as delicate as a flower, one that needs to be protected constantly. Yet… as a sword, I knew to regard her as such was to slight her and her pride.

Shrewd as ever, Master picked up on my sentiments. I would have never expected her to summon myself and Fudou to her chambers to explain everything and then some. After the discussion she told me that I as much as anyone else deserved to find happiness: she has faith in my ability to continuing serving her and the citadel should I choose to pursue Tsurumaru.

That meeting allayed the pained feelings that had plagued me. Yes, I thought, I will try to court Tsurumaru all while performing my duties for Master! With that conclusion reached and resolve reaffirmed, I made haste to my destination.

When I reached for the doors, I heard singing… a familiar tune, in a familiar voice. Curiosity piqued, I opened the door, bowing as I made to step inside.

“There you are Mikazuki,” I said, stepping into the bathing area and peering upwards as I did. A silence followed as I took in the scene before me.

Tsurumaru and Mikazuki were in the bath together and they were sitting much too close to one another. Something must have happened.

"What are you doing!?" I yelled, blood boiling, as a wave of jealousy ran over me. My eyes met Mikazuki's glare, one I returned in kind. Before I knew it, I began lecturing them out of habit. "It is inappropriate for a male and female to bathe together under any circumstances."

"Haha… don't be angry, Hasebe,” Mikazuki interrupted with a shake of his head. “The bath is large enough for males and females to bathe together. Besides, I invited her to join me when she arrived—of her own volition."

I snorted and grit my teeth. "Tsurumaru, it is inappropriate for a lady to bathe in the company of a man, I hope you will use better judgment in the future so it will not happen again. It would not do if someone would try something despicable with you: after all you're the only female sword here. You should be on guard at all times, as if we were going out to battle."

What came next came as a surprise to me. Without warning or hesitation, Tsurumaru rose from the bath and I looked away to give her some privacy, I heard her walking, then stop right behind me.

"Hasebe, can you look at me for a second?" I heard her sweet voice ask and unable to help it I turned. I was ever so grateful that she had put on her robe…

SLAP!

The noise rang loud in the bath house and I reached up to feel the stinging in my cheek, shocked at what she did.

"How… dare you say such a thing, Heshikiri Hasebe! I am capable of protecting myself from unwanted advances, and I have a good sense of judgment! To say that the others might try something just because I’m a woman is... is… wrong!" she screamed, hastily reaching for her basket and running out of bath house. As she passed me I caught a glimpse of her soft, tear-stained cheeks.

For several moments I was too shocked to do much besides stare off into space at the entrance to the baths. It was Mikazuki’s breezy tone that jostled me out of my daze.

"You’re not doing yourself any favors with her, Hasebe," he said, walking past me in nothing but a towel as he exited the room.

I sighed and stood by myself to collect my thoughts before following after them. When I arrived back at the dining room I spied Mikazuki, fully dressed, and sitting with the rest of the Sanjou swords.

Though when I came through the door everyone immediately stopped what they were doing and looked at me.

Normal POV

Upon Hasebe's return to the dining room it went silent, all the swords looking at him—or more specifically the red handprint on his cheek.

"Hasebe, are you okay?" Ichigo asked.

Hasebe nodded slowly in response. "I'm fine, just a slight disagreement, that's all."

Hasebe took his seat only to look at the door when it opened again, revealing Tsurumaru. Her short, white sleeveless dress swayed as she ignored the looks redirected to her and went over to sit with the other Date swords.

Upon seeing her, Hasebe felt a pang of regret wash over him. He knew he had to make it up to her… somehow.

TIMESKIP

The next morning all the swords were present to hear who was assigned to which task. Before Hasebe could give his morning speech, Konnosuke came running up to his side.

"We have an emergency mission," he spoke up, commanding the attention of those in attendance. "The swords who will be dispatched are Heshikiri Hasebe, Sayo Samonji, Monoyoshi Sadamune, Kashuu Kiyomitsu, Hotarumaru and their leader will be Tsurumaru Kuninaga. You six will be deployed near the Dewa Province during the Sengoku Era. Unfortunately, we do not yet know what the Renegade Army is after…"

"Me, team leader? That's a surprise," Tsurumaru said, looking utterly shocked. She never though she would be assigned to the position so soon.

'I can get a chance to apologize to her,' Hasebe thought to himself before speaking.

"Let's all prepare and meet back here soon as we can."

An hour later the six were gathered about the time travel device. After Kashuu instructed Tsurumaru how to use it, the assembled swords vanished from the citadel grounds in a flash of brilliant gold light. Shortly afterwards they found themselves right outside a forest that led to one of the castle towns.

"We do not know what the enemy has planned, so we should gather information," Kashuu advised.

Tsurumaru put her hand to her chin in thought. "You’re right, we—"

ZIIIIP. She was cut off mid-sentence as she avoided an arrow that was shot at her.

"They are here," Sayo said, glaring over his shoulder as he drew his sword before pouncing atop an enemy wakizashi that had slithered out from the underbrush, poised to strike Monoyoshi.

Soon the battle commenced: the toudan were driving their renegade foes back; victory was within reach. They were however unprepared for the sneak attack by an ootachi, who set upon Monoyoshi and Sayo’s exposed flank.

"Watch out!" Kashuu called out while his blade parried an enemy tachi’s oncoming blow.

Both of them turned only for a clang to sound. Tsurumaru stood before them, holding her blade flat against the ootachi’s.

"Man this is a surprise, attacking us like that!" she said, and with a grunt pushed the ootachi back a little. She frowned as she watched the ootachi swing his blade in the air before running off, his comrades following him.

He must be the leader of the bunch. "No you don't—!" Tsurumaru shouted, giving chase, the team not far behind her.

As they chased the enemy through the thick woods, they came to the realization that the enemy unit was headed for the castle. The Retrograde troops were able to put distance between themselves and the toudan; within minutes, they managed a successful retreat into the dense forest. Monoyoshi looked around as he tried, albeit in vain, to scout their position out. Sayo took the initiative to climb up a nearby tree to see if he could locate them from above.

“There!” he indicated with a finger in the direction of a cliff overlooking the urban heart of Dewa Province. Tsurumaru walked towards the cliff to get a look at the town for herself before turning to her team. It was at that very moment that the cliff Tsurumaru was standing upon crumbled beneath her feet, taking her with it.

"Tsurumaru!" The team yelled in unison. Hasebe scrambled for her hand, only to miss by fractions of a second. He watched, helpless, as Tsurumaru tumbled down the cliff face, eventually disappearing from sight.

Tsurumaru hit the ground hard and let out a small yelp of pain as one of the rocks landed on her ankle before rolling off. She looked up at the cliff and sighed.

She looked around at her surroundings. She made to stand, only to wince and recoil from the searing pain in her ankle; a closer look at it revealed that the area was bruised and swollen, likely sprained. Using her sword as a crutch she was able to get onto her feet, and began to hobble along, using her sword as a cane, towards the town.

(Meanwhile, back with the others…)

"We have to go down and find her," Kashuu urged, pointing down from where the cliff edge once was.

"I agree, however we don't know what the enemy is after, and for that reason it’s dangerous to split up right now. We should send a message to Master asking for help," Hasebe said looking down at the cliff. Despite his words, he was fighting back the urge to jump off the edge to search for her.

All the warriors suddenly sensed a presence to their rear. They quickly turned around with their swords, only to be met with the dazzling sight of sakura petals. A familiar voice rang out.

"It looks like you could use some help!"

The cloud of sakura petals dispersed nearby, and in its place stood another team made up of Izuminokami Kanesada, Kasen Kanesada, Mikazuki Munechika, Hizamaru, Taroutachi, and Higekiri.

"What are you guys doing here?" Sayo asked, his tone rough.

"It turns out that the enemy will send more than one unit to this era. So the master sent us to help you out in turn." A frown formed as Higekiri looked over the other team. "Where is Tsurumaru?"

"She fell down the cliff, when we chased the enemy here. We were trying to figure out where they were heading when the cliff broke taking Tsurumaru with it, I tried to grab her hand but I failed and she went down with the cliff." Hasebe balled his hands into fists and looked at the ground as he spoke.

"We should split up and search," Izuminokami insisted, his expression fierce.

"I agree. Brother, you go with Mikazuki and Sayo to see if you can find any traces why the army is here. Hasebe, Taroutachi, Izuminokami, go check by the river to see if she is there, Monoyoshi, Hotarumaru, Kiyomitsu, and Kasen, you search the forest below," Higekiri explained.

"Why are you splitting us up, anija? And where will you be going?" Hizamaru asked.

"I'm going to the Mogami residence,” he began, smiling. “There is a good chance she might have been taken there, and it's easier to sneak in if I’m alone. I was in their holding for quite some time; I can easily navigate the complex. You’re with Mikazuki and Sayo because I know you will be able to handle the Retrograde Army if they show up."

He raised a hand to stay Hasebe’s reply. "Before you object, know that those were the Saniwa’s direct orders—to split the two teams up how I saw fit."

With reluctance and heavy hearts, the group of eleven agreed and went their separate ways to tackle their twin objectives.

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                                                                        Chapter 7”: Rescue and New friend


Tsurumaru was surrounded by different men, only for them to part when someone new road up on a horse.

 

“Who are you and why are you here?” The man asked holding his blade up making sure the tip was touching Tsurumaru’s neck, making her breath slowly not wanting to get impaled and opened her mouth to speak.

 

“I’m just a traveler on her way to the capital, i was walking when i feel from the cliff and landed in your territory.” She explained leaning more of her weight on her sword.

 

The man looked her up and down before looking at his troops and noticing the sword, frowned before looking at one of the soldiers nodding his head towards Tsurumaru’s direction. The soldier nodded and walked up to her. He held out his hand and motioned for the sword however Tsurumaru frowned at this putting her blade closer to her body.

 

“I won’t let you touch my sword, and please let me be on my way.” She said to him only for the general to frown at that.

 

“You are in the territory of the Mogami clan and unfortunately we cannot  let you go. You are coming back with us to castle, try to resist and we will kill you on the spot.” The solder spoke holding up his blade to prove a point.

 

Tsurumaru can only nod before taking one step and falling to the ground again letting out a painful grunt. It was then that the leader noticed the badly damaged foot and frowned before putting his sword down.

 

“You will ride with me, anything funny and you die.” He said as one of the soldiers picked up Tsurumaru placing her in front of the General on his horse.

 

The General then looked at his men and motioned them forward leading them pack to the castle. Tsurumaru looked at the sword that was strapped to the generals waist trying to see if it was familiar, before looking at her surroundings trying to remember the road back to the cliff. A few hours later they came across a mansion and standing outside was the lord to greet his party. Tsurumaru recognized the man as Yoshiaki Mogami the one who helped during the Sengoku war leading Toyotomi's troop to victory.  The General dismounted his horse before grabbing Tsurumaru and placing her in front of the lord sword held at the back of her neck.


“My lord we found this woman trespassing near our residence, she said she is a traveler however if she was then she wouldn’t be holding that sword which she refuses to give up.” The general said bowing as Tsurumaru glared at him.

 

Yoshiaki walked up to her and grabbed her chin in his hand tilting her head back to meet his eyes before looking her up and down noticing the sheathed sword in her hand. Seeing that she wasn’t that much of a threat let her chin go and walked back to his spot.

 

“Bring her to the meeting room I will join you shortly.” Yoshiaki ordered while  walking away as one of the attendants grabbed Tsurumaru by the arm and gently helping her through the residence.   

 

Soon Tsurumaru was seated on the floor facing a rug that holds the lord of the house, she looked around her eyes drawn to a sword that was very familiar to her nearby. Minding the guards she crawled over to it and touched it rubbing her hand along the black sheath recognizing that it was Higekiri, then a voice spoke up behind her.

 

“A marvous sword isn’t it?” the voice said making Tsurumaru quickly turn her head to face the new person and saw it was Yoshiaki who continued talking. “The swords name is Onimaru and its been in my family for years. It is a good sword that can kill demons.” He continued before taking his seat.

 

Tsurumaru crawled back over to her spot and sat down, she then looked up at the lord wondering what is going to happen to her when she felt someone grab her foot.

 

“I will ask again who are you?” Yoshaki asked.

 

Tsurumaru didn’t answer but looked away from him and when she noticed her foot was bandage quickly lashed out and kick the servant away jumping up and ran as best she could to the exit. Only for her cry out in pain as she felt a cut to her leg making her fall, she looked back and saw that it was Yoshiaki who had Higekiri or rather Onimaru as known to these people drawn and some of her blood dripping off the tip.

 

“Guards take her the holding cells.”  Yoshiaki ordered and a few guards grabbed Tsurumaru.

 

The guards lead her down to the cells before throwing her in one and locking the door making sure to take her sword away with them. Tsurumaru sighed and leaned back against the wall looking up at the sky through the barred window.

 

‘What have I got myself into? All I knew was that I had to get away.’ She thought.


Elsewhere

 

Higekiri walked through the forest on his way to the Mogami residence, when suddenly he grabbed his head as a memory popped up it was him being used to cut Tsurumaru on her leg. He quickened his pace to the mansion and arrived there just as night was falling, he smirked remembering the layout well and thanks to his memory he knew was Tsurumaru was being held at. He then felt light headed as a memory came to his mind;

 

“My lord the woman is put in the holding cell and we present you her sword.” One of the guards said holding out Tsurumaru to Yoshiaki.

 

Yoshiaki smiled standing up and taking up the sword, before drawing it and looking it over in appreciation.

 

“We will keep this beautiful sword and if the woman doesn't answer my questions tomorrow we will kill her.” He said sheathing the sword and placing it next to Higekiri.


Higekiri didn’t like this at all, and knowing this need to act when they fall asleep. He heard footsteps behind him and quickly turning drawing his blade saw that it was the other teams. He sheathed his sword and turned fully to face them.

 

“Why are you here?” He asked not happy about this one bit.

 

“We find out that the Time Renegade goal; To assassinate Yoshiaki Mogami before he can help Ieyasu.” Taroutachi spoke up.

 

Higekiri looked back at the place that held his former master knowing it will be awhile before he goes to join Ieyasu.

 

“The master said once we regroup with Tsurumaru to protect Yoshiaki till he goes and aids Ieyasu.” Hasebe said only for Higekiri too look at them with a frown.

 

“Yoshiaki has Tsurumaru as a prisoner.” Higekiri said and watch the reactions on the swords.

 

At the words spoke each sword held a different reaction, but each one had the same feeling that they need to rescue Tsurumaru. Kashuu opened his mouth to speak when there was a commotion from the house turning their attention to were the noise was only to see the Renegade Army attacking, they all quickly took action each to end the Renegade Army.

 


Meanwhile with Tsurumaru,

 

She felt a shake hit the house and a loud roar she recognized from an Ootach, before she could do ask what was going there was some noise in the hall and the guards were flown back making dents in the wall. Tsurumaru looked from the guards to the person standing in front of cell. The person was a little on the small side, his hair was white and sticking up a few strands looked like ears, his face was pale, his eyes were brown and highlighted with black and pink under them, His outfit was all black, with fur coming off the right shoulder, he had black arm guards with red dots at the top and red string underneath to tie them, he wore black boots and on his back was a black tail and a black jacket that was tied in the front.  

 

“Touken…..Danshi…..” The person said as it sounded like they don’t know how to speak.

 

Tsurumaru knew she was helpless without her sword and when the bars were cut flinched back a little at the noise and crawled back as the figure walked towards her its blade razed.

 

“Your a nue right?” She ask hopping to stall for time and it seem to work as the person now know as a nue put his sword down looking at her in confusion.

 

“Can you help me escape here and find my sword please?” She asked using the wall to stand up to look into the nue’s eyes.

 

“Help…...You….?” The nue asked in confusion not to sure what to think after all, there was no female Touken Danshi.

 

“Yes.” SHe said gently and stumbling over a little reached out to touch him

 

The nue stumbled back and glared at her before seeing how helpless she looked and remembering his former master nodded in agreement. Tsurumaru smiled at this only to let out a gasp as the Nue picked her up bridal style and carry her out of the cells.

 

“If I remember correctly my sword should be in the audience chamber can you take me there to grab it please?” She asked the nue who continued to walk as if he didn’t hear her. There were more shouts as they came to a hall and to the audience chamber and as Tsurumaru said her sword was mounted next to Higekiri’s. She watched as the nue placed her down and walked over to her sword, She watched him pick it up and walk back to her.


“Sword…..Rescue….” He said before picking Tsurumaru again and walking out of the audience hall.


The nue then climbed through a hole in the wall outside and she saw the Time Renegade Armory attempting to attack the house, only to be stopped by the Touken Danshi. Tsurumaru looked at the Nue and was about to ask to be taken over to them when he jumped onto the roof watching the battle going on.

 

“Touken….Danshi…..” The nue said watching them before looking down at the woman in his arms who was staring at the fight that was going on. He put her down and drew his sword ready to join the fray.


A few minutes before




Higekiri’s POV


The Time Renegade Army began their assault upon the home of my former master and as usual we went into action, fighting each wave as they came sadly for them with the 11 of us we manage to defeat them quickly. Thankfully there were no casualties this time and I was about to go inside to get Tsurumaru when I heard the dingling of her chains on her cloak, I looked were the noise was coming from and saw a man carrying her out. When I saw the tail and ears I knew it was no man, I noticed the others had there swords turned and ready to strike.

 

“Touken...Danshi….” His voice called out and I saw him look at us before looking at Tsurumaru.

 

I watched him put her down and jumped into the battle ready to fight us, and I wasted no time and with  my sword in hand I was about to attack when more of the Time Renegade Army appeared in front of us. We began to fight them off while fighting the nue we were winning when all of  a sudden a cry was heard. I looked back and saw Tsurumaru holding off a wakizashi while still on the ground.

 

“Tsurumaru!” we all cried and before any of us could do anything the nue killed the wakizashi, before picking her up and leaving the battlefield.

 

“Higekiri go after them we will deal with these guys.” Kashuu said slashing down an enemy. I nodded and took off when the other Danshi opened a path for me.

 

I jumped over the roof and began to run in the direction I saw him take her.



Normal POV

 

The nue ran through the forest with Tsurumaru in his arms not wanting to give her back to the Touken Danshi. He looked down at Tsurumaru who looked at him and spoke.

 

“Please nue take me back to them.” SHe asked him only for the nue to shake his head.

 

Tsurumaru let a little yelp as she was dropped and looking over at the nue saw him gripping his head pain, she then crawled over to him and patted his head.

 

“It will be ok.” She said to him trying to sooth him.

 

It seemed to be working as the nue looked up at Tsurumaru before quickly standing drawing his blade. Tsurumaru felt a little scared when his blade was drawn, but when he turned around she saw what had his attention it was Higekiri standing a short distance from them his blade drawn.


“Let her go.” Higekiri said as the nue shook his head in refusal.

 

“Wait Higekiri” Tsurumaru said trying to stand but let out a yell of pain as she fell back to the ground due to her ankle.

 

The nue looked back at Tsurumaru and Higekiri took the chance to attack him, only for the nue to stop his attack. He began to fight back against Higekiri but every now and then fell to the ground in pain before getting back up and attacking Higekiri who avoided and blocked his attacks. Soon the nue fell to the ground again and grabbed his head letting out a cry, Higekiri realizing that  this was his chance quickly raised his sword and brought it down only for to be met by Tsurumaru’s blade and Tsurumaru in front of the nue.

 

“Tsurumaru why are you protecting him?” Higekiri asked lifting up his blade not believing that Tsurumaru would protect her kidnapper.

 

“I can’t let you hurt him, he saved me and he is in pain.” Tsurumaru said as the nue looked at the both of them.

 

“He saved you?” Higekiri asked in surprised not expecting that answer.

 

“Yes and I want to bring him home with me, and take care of him. He is scared and lonely also isn’t he like us? We should help him understand that there are other ways than the way the Time Renegade showed him. I know he won’t hurt me.” She said to Higekiri hoping for him to understand.

 

“Stay…..with...you?” The nue asked standing up before bending down and picking Tsurumaru up from the ground and into his arms.

 

Tsurumaru looked at the nue and spoke. “Yes, stay with me.” She said gently reaching up and petting his head.


Higekiri watched the scene and shook his head as he put his sword away.

 

“The others won’t like it, and the choose is up to master, however if he betrays us in anyway I will cut him down myself.” Higekiri said as he walked over to the two of them

 

Looking at the nue he reached his arms out to take Tsurumaru but the nue stepped back a little not fully trusting him.

 

“The others probably returned already, we should head to the village and get some food night will be upon us really soon.  With Tsurumaru unable to fight that will only leave us two, so I will carry Tsuru for a bit that way you can give your arms a rest.” He explained to the nue leaving off the last part of Tsurumaru’s name to see how she would react and smirked innerdly at the blush she had.

 

Tsurumaru blushed at hearing Higekiri use only part of her name and liked how it sounded, before she touched the nue’s cheek.

 

“It will be ok.” She said to him as the nue looked at Higekiri and trusting in Tsurumaru’s words placed her in the other swords hands.

 

“Come on let's go.” Higekiri said once he had Tsurumaru and began walking away with the nue following them.

 

“I don't know what to call you yet so I will call you nue for now.” Tsurumaru said looking over Higekiri’s shoulder to the nue who nodded.

 

Higekiri didn’t like that he had a demon sword with them, but if it would make Tsurumaru happy then he would put up with it. After all Tsurumaru seemed attached to the nue and if possible the nue might be the key to winning Tsurumaru;s heart.


‘This might work out well for me.’ He thought looking down at the girl in his arms with a small smile before looking at the nue with his plan in mind.

Chapter Text

 

At the citadel

 

A light shone in the court yard as the swords had return home minus Higekiri and Tsurumaru and were greeted by the other swords and the Saniwa.

 

“Master forgive me, the enemy had an opponent we were not familiar with and they took Tsurumaru with Higekiri giving chase. We were about to follow when the Chu-Wakizashi and Kunai showed up, however before we could fight them the Kibishii showed up and it turned into a 3 way battle we had no choice but to retreat.” Hasebe said bowing to the master in shame.

 

“It is alright we are searching for Tsurumaru’s and Higekiri’s location as we speak. We will find them and return them home. Do not worry Hasebe you guys tried your best.” The saniwa said worried about the two swords.

 

Sayo walked over to Taikogane and spoke. “I’m sorry I promised to watch her and I failed.” he said looking down at the ground.

 

“Osayo…” Kasen said about to walk over when he froze in spot for what had happen.

 

Upon hearing this Taikogane wrapped his arms around Sayo in a hug, shocking him. “It’s ok, I know you tried.” He said to Sayo who hesitantly wrapped his arms around Taikogane to return the hug.



Sayo was confused as why Taikogane hugged him instead of being mad at him, but decided not to focus on that and hasently wrapped his arms around Taikogane not to sure why he liked that.



Sayo’s POV

 

Taikogane and me were hugging however I don’t know why but I liked the feeling of being in his arms. I can see Kasen staring at us along with the other swords however I didn’t really care what they thought at that moment all my thoughts were focused on Taikogane. I remember last night he followed me to my garden that my brothers made me, he did something strange then too he gave me a banquet of cherry blossoms surrounding a sunflower saying how it reminded him of me.  How I am a sunflower I do not know, though hearing those words made me happy and I felt like I had butterflies in my stomach just like I do now in this hug. I was dragged out of my thoughts when I felt something wet on my shoulder and saw how Taikogane’s shoulders were shaking making me realizing he was crying.

 

“Why are you crying?” I whispered not wanting the other swords to hear me and what was said back made the butterflies multiply tenfold.

 

“I’m worried about my sister but most importantly I’m glad you made it back to me safety.” He told me, however we pulled apart when we heard the time device whirring sound and looking back we saw Tsurumaru, Higekiri appeared with one other person.




Shortly before Higekiri, Tsurumaru, and Nue returned to the Citdeal.

 

Normal POV

 

Shortly after they left the forest they found an abandoned hut near a river and after making sure no one was around entered the hut. Higekiri placed Tsurumaru down watching as the Nue sat nearby watching him.

 

‘If I can get the Nue to trust me and not the others around Tsurumaru I might have more of a winning chance. I’m sure Mikazuki already made one move towards Tsurumaru so I should make mine and if I can show Tsurumaru that the nue really likes me then she most likely will choose me. Though frist I need to make my move but how without the Nue around?’ Higekiri thought to himself and smiled when he got an idea.

 

“We need food can you go see if there are any wildlife near by so we can eat it?” He ask the Nue.

 

The Nue was unsure but upon hearing a growl from Tsurumaru’s stomach tilted his head in confusion.

 

“I am hungry come to think of it.” She said and at thoughs words the Nue walked out of the hut leaving the two of them alone.

 

Higekiri walked over to Tsurumaru and knelt next to her before reaching out and taking her foot in his hand. Tsurumaru watched him closely as he took off the bandage and expected her ankle to see how badly it was damaged, Higekiri frowned at the bruise on the ankle.

 

“It’s not broken so that is good, though until you get to the infirmary I don’t think you should walk on it.” He said before he noticed a cut right above her knee.

 

“What happen there?” He asked gently

 

“It happened when I was chasing down the History Renegade Army.” She said as an explanation.

 

Higekiri hummed at the explanation leaning closer to see how deep the cut was, though the action made Tsurumaru blushed. The cut wasn’t very deep and that alone made a wave of relief flow through him knowing it wasn’t as bad, however instead of pulling away he gently placed his lips right on the cut and gently ran his tongue on it. At this action Tsurumaru felt her blush deepen and her body suddenly felt like it was on fire.

 

“Hige-Higekiri?” She asked

 

“Hm?” He responded as his pulled away leaning his cheek right above the cut and looking at her with darken eyes.

 

“Why?” She asked him trying to calm her racing heartbeat.

 

Higekiri knew he had to answer carefully to not scare her

 

“Because I….” He started but before he could the Nue returned

 

Nue upon seeing the position dropped the rabbits, he then walked over and shoving Higekiri aside placed his own head in Tsurumaru’s lap. Higekiri frowned at the Nue and the feeling of jealousy flared up but he quickly squashed it down.

 

“Did you find any food?” He asked as the Nue just pointed towards the door were a few rabbits layed.

 

Higekiri handed Tsurumaru her sword before walking over to where the rabbits were however a golden light started to envelop them startling the Nue who jumped up and looked around.

 

“Pick up Tsurumaru.” Higekiri told the Nue and watched as the Nue did just that just as he disappeared along with the other two.




The citidel

 

After the bright light disappeared the other swords smiled at seeing there commards return.

 

“Your back! Thank gods you aren’t to hurt!” Higekiri said and walked up but stopped and drew his sword. “You!” he called at seeing the Nue with Tsurumaru in his arms.

 

“Touken…...Danshi…….” The nue growled as he gently placed Tsurumaru’s feet on the ground but still held her close as he drew his sword not wanting to let her go.

 

“Nue please calm down.” Tsurumaru tried to ask it but the Nue ignored her and she saw the other Touden draw their swords and pointed at Nue.

 

Higekiri looked over at the two of them and pulled his blade out as well though pointing it at Hasebe.

 

“Leave them alone Hasebe.” He said wanting to show the Nue that it could trust him.

 

“Why should we? He kidnapped Tsurumaru and not only that but he is with the Time Renegade Army!” Yasusada said remembering the details that Kashuu had told him.

 

The Nue growled louder trying to figure out his chances when he saw a familiar face.

 

“Honebami…..Toshirou….., Mikazuki….Mun...ichka.” He said calling out the two swords making Honebami and Mikazuki to look at the Nue carefully.

 

Mikazuki walked up blade still drawn towards the Nue as he saw Higekiri tighten his grip on his own blade. He stopped an arm distance away from the Nue and Tsurumaru. Knowing he was being watched by the other swords and the Saniwa looked at Hasebe.

 

“Perhaps we should hear Tsurumaru out, I believe to him we are a threat and by the way his holding Tsuru thinks we are going to hurt her.” Mikazuki said to Hasebe.

 

Mikazuki sheathed his own sword and nodded to Higekiri who also put his own sword away, before walking closer to the Nue. Tsurumaru took the chance to reach up and pet the Nue’s head making the Nue look at her.

 

“It will be ok.” She said to him before looking at the swords and the Saniwa before speaking.

 

“The Nue saved me, and helped take care of me with Higekiri after we lost the others. I want him to see what life is at the citadel is like and that the Touken Danshi are not the enemies. He is one of us and I will take full responsibility for his actions,  please let him stay.” She pleaded with them.



The Saniwa hearing Tsurumaru’s reason put a hand to her chin thinking it over. After a few tense minutes the Saniwa came to a decision and walked forward. The swords allowing her to pass them.

 

“Master?” Hasebe asked as she passed him not paying him any mind and stopping next to Mikazuki.

 

“I will allow it Tsurumaru.” SHe said with a small smile before turning to the Nue. “I will let you live here, however you must learn how to live like a Touken Danshi and Tsurumaru pleaded your case for you to stay here, don’t make her regret that chose and you will be rooming with her. I will hold off on giveing you a proper name till after you learn how to be a Touken Danshi and prove your loyalty to me understand?” She asked the Nue.

 

The Nue looked hesitant but slowly nodded agreeing to the terms the Saniwa placed.

 

“Stay….With….Tsurumaru…?” He asked making the Saniwa nod.

 

“Yes you stay with her, however at the moment she needs treatment I will take her to the Infirmary. The rest of you do not attack the Nue and instead tell him the rules.” She said addressing them all and nodded to Honebami once all her swords sheathed there swords.

 

Tsurumaru smiled at this and sighed once the Nue had sheathed his sword before letting his grip on her loosen. The Nue then watched as one of the other swords the one he called Honebami come forward and take Tsurumaru from him.



“Don’t worry she will be ok.” He said before going with the Saniwa to the infirmary leaving the Nue with the others.

 

The Nue looked around wondering what to do now when Mikazuki placed a hand on his shoulders before introducing him to all the swords. The other swords said there greetings back before Kashuu Kiyomitsu walked up to them.

 

“The rules are simple, we all have chores that are given to us at the begging of the day,  and we will get sent out on missions or expeditions to bring back resources or fight the Time Renegade Army. Though I have a feeling a new job will be added to teach you how to be a Touken Danshi.” He said watching as the Nue nodded.

 

“Kashuu….Kiyo….mitsu?” He tried saying and Kashuu nodded.

 

Soon the swords all departed to do there own thing except the Date-gumi, the Genji Brothers, Mikazuki and Sayo who all walked over to the Nue, Mitsusada dragging Ookurikara with them.

 

“Welcome to the citadel, we are close to Tsurumaru as well, we use to be long to the Date clan along with Tsurumaru so I hope we get along.” Taikogane said before grabbing Sayo’s hand and walking off to show Sayo a patch of flowers he found.

 

“Come on we will show you around the Citadel.” Mitsusada said while Ookurikara looked at him.

 

“Why am I being included?” He asked only for Mitsusada to smile.

 

“Because he is dear to Tsurumaru and I’m sure she will be happy to hear that you two are getting along.” He said only for Ookurikara to grunt knowing that Tsurumaru was a soft spot for all the Date swords.

 

The nue nodded before Mitsusada turned and walked around ready to give the tour a relunctlet Ookurikara and a ceriouse Nue following, leaving only Mikazuki and the Genji brothers left. Once they were a distance away Mikazuki turned to Higekiri and Hizamaru.

 

“If your thinking of using the Nue to get close to Tsurumaru then you should think otherwise.” Mikazuki said with a tight smile.

 

“Wouldn’t dream of it. Though I don’t think that will be a problem after all me and Tsurumaru were alone for a little bit. ” Higekiri said to Mikazuki.

 

At hearing these words Mikazuki felt jealousy creep up but hid it behind a fake smile and laughed.

 

“That maybe be so however I already made my intentions to Tsurumaru clear. As I’m sure you have. Good luck with getting the Nue to like you.” He said to Higekiri before walking away to find were the Date-gumi took the Nue.

 

“Anija are you ok?” Hizamaru asked his brother only for Higekiri to shake his head.

 

“I’m fine ummm…” He trailed off forgetting his brothers name

 

“It’s Hizamaru.” Hizamaru said making Higekiri laugh

 

“Sorry, and to answer your question I’m alright I’m just curious how Mikazuki made his intentions clear to Tsurumaru that is all. I made mine clear when I gave her a kiss on the leg.” He said to him as Hizamaru shook his head

 

“From what I head he kissed her on the lips.” Hizamaru said answering Higekiri’s question.

 

“I see. So we both had kissed her that make things difficult.” Higekiri said placing a hand to his chin in thought.

 

“Anija?” Hizamaru asked snapping his brother out of his thoughts.

 

“Come on we need to figure out on what to teach the Nue.” He said walking away making Hizamaru chase after him. Unaware to them the whole conversation was heard by Kansen.


‘This won’t do, I need to make my move soon. I think I will go see her in the infirmary and give her my poem that I wrote for her.’ He thought before heading to the infirmary

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                                                                                                      The 3rd suitor and Nue’s lessons begins 


Kasen walked down the hall to the infirmary with lots of thoughts going through his mind.

 

‘I hope she likes the poem I wrote about her it truly fits her, though I can’t believe that Higekiri and Mikazuki had already made there moves I refuse to lose to them. Tsurumaru is a gem in her own right and deserves to be treasured like a goddess, the other Tsurumaru’s that have come here aren't as graceful as this one.’ He thought as he nodded to the other swords he passed however he stopped as he got an idea.


Quickly he changed his direction and instead went to his room and began to look for an item he got on a mission. Shortly after he had found it and gently picking it up smiled at the gem inside, It was a hair clip with a crystal rose at the end of it.

 

‘This will look beautiful on her.’ He thought and left his room heading back on the path to the Infirmary.


Tsurumaru’s POV

 

I was stuck here in the Infirmary while the Konnosuke’s and the repair smiths worked on fixing my ankle. I don’t know how long time has passed since I was brought in here, however it also gave me time to think on the recent events in my life. It all started back in the bath where Mikazuki and I kissed for the first time only then to be scolded by Hasebe, I wonder if we weren’t interrupted what would of happen? Shortly after the mission started and that's when the next event happened Nue and Higekiri.


They were careing towards me and when Nue when to get food for us Higekiri kissed me thigh right above my knee. The sensations I felt was odd and was the same sensation when Mikazuki kissed me, like I didn’t want it to end. I shook my head to clear my thoughts when I heard the door open up, I looked over and saw Kasen Kanesada there in the doorway.



‘I wonder what he wants? I know he is not injured because I was told earlyer by Sada-bo that Kasen hasn’t been sent out recently.’’ I thought to myself wondering why he would come here, I know he didn’t really care for my brothers Kura-bo and Sada-Bo.


I watch him walk in and sit right next to me before he spoke.


“How is your healing coming along?” He asked

 

“It's coming along fine, after all it's just a sprained ankle.” I answered with a shrug.

 

“I’m glad it’s coming along smoothly. I wanted to give you something I wish it was in a better setting however I feel if I wait, it will be to late.” He said making me confused.

 

I watch as he reached into his kimono and pulled out a beautiful box decorated with flowers and little sparkles. Smiling at me he opened the box and reaching in pulled out a amazing beautiful hairpiece, he then reached over and placed the hairpiece in right above my ear. When he pulled away I looked in the hand mirror that Sada-bo gifted me and was surprised how the gift fitted so well in my hair, reaching up I gently touched it and looked at Kansen.


“It is a crystal flower. I found it on one of my missions that I was given, and seeing its elegance I bought it. Sadly I never found a reason to wear it, but then you came along and it hit me that if anyone deserves such a beautiful peace that it should be you.” He said as he gently picked up my hand and placed a kiss on the back of it.

 

I blushed at the action and quickly pulled my hand away, placing it near my chest trying to calm my pounding heart. In his eyes I saw the same look that Mikazuki and Higekiri had, that look alone made my heart pound.

 

“When I first saw you it was like looking at a goddess and it inspired me to write a poem for you.” He said as he pulled out a peace of paper and unfolding it began to read.

 

The beautiful crane shone like the sun in the sky

The havens in awe at the beautiful smile she wore

Kindness and graceful that makes the moon and stars envy

Laughter soft as flowers floating down

Eyes shining like the sparkling stars

Gentleness as fresh fallen snow

Heart as pure as the crystal clear lake


After he finished I felt like my face was on fire and I didn’t know how to respond to a poem of that kindness. He then placed a hand on my cheek and gently turned my face so it was facing him.

 

“I meant every word in that poem Tsurumaru and I would be honored if you will give me the chance to show you how much you mean to me.” He said to me

 

Before I could say anything Konnosuke spoke

 

“Ok your all set and ready to go.” He said to and taking my chance I quickly got up and ran out of the room not being able to stay there a minute longer.


Normale POV

 

Kasen watched as Tsurumaru ran out the door and sighed before getting up.

 

“Don’t worry I’m sure she has lots of things on her mind, and don’t forget it’s only been a few days since she materialized here.” Konnosuke said to Kasen as he walked out the door.

 

Kasen looked back at the fox and nodded before leaving determined to prove to Tsurumaru how much she means to him.

 

--

 

Nue followed behind the 2 Date swords quietly listening as they showed him around, when he saw Ookurikara brake off from them and enter a building.

 

“Ah that’s the training hall, we train there to get stronger and to improve our fighting styles.” Mitsusada explained as he lead the Nue to another room and opening the door gestured for the Nue to enter first.

 

Nue upon entering the room looked around and saw what appears to be a cabinet, a cutting board, refrigerator, and a stove with a sink nearby.

 

“This is the kitchen were the meals are cooked and today I will teach you how to cook a meal.” He said and the Nue looked at Mitsusada like he was crazy.

 

“Cook….Cooking…?” He asked as Mitsusada nodded and took out some ingredients.

 

“As sword warriors we need food to help this human body of ours from starving and don’t give me that look you will need food as well to survive. Besides I think Tsurumaru would love to have a meal cook by you.” He said as he watch the Nue move towards the counter were the food was on.

 

“Tsuru….eat food...made...by…..me??” Nue asked with a tilt of his head and Mitsusada nodded.

 

“Yes let’s begin.” He said as she started to show the Nue what to do.


Nue followed each instructions given by Mitsusada and placed the rice into the cooker, placing the lid on it. He looked over and saw Mitsusada cutting up some vegetables and. Mitsusada held out a peace of the tomato. Nue looked at the tomato peace and stuck his tongue out at it while his face scrunched up.

 

“Now don’t be like that give it a try, after all you would need to taste your food that you make to make sure it's done correctly and everything is fully cook.” He said as the Nue shook his head refusing to eat the raw tomato.

 

Soon everything was ready to go and it was at that time that Mikazuki came into the kitchen.

 

“That smells good Mitsusada, however if you would allow me  I would like to take Nue to teach him how to eat.” Mikazuki said with a smile.


“Mikazuki...Munechika…..” The nue said as Mikazuki picked up a tray and handed it to the Nue who took it carefully, before taking his own leading the Nue out of the kitchen and into a sitting room.

 

“Just follow what I do.” He said giving no room for the Nue to refuse before setting down his tray at the table

 

Nue frowned and followed Mikazuki’s lead placing his tray across from him and sat down on the mat as Mikazuki did the same. He saw Mikazuki pick up his chopsticks and followed the same way only to frown when he couldn’t pick them up correctly. Mikazuki laughed softly and reached over the table and taking the Nue’s hand in his own helped him placed the chopsticks correctly, before he helped him making the grabbing motion.

 

Nue let Mikazuki lead him in what to do with a tilt of his head and soon he understood what to do and pulling his hand away placed his hand down and picked up some rice with hsi chopsticks only for it to fall off and Nue to frown. It took a few tries but after 5 minutes Nue was able to pick up the food and Mikazuki smiled in pride at the motion before picking up his own food.

 

“Do you like the citadel?” He asked Nue.


The Nue nodded as he picked up some fish and ate it. He tried to remember the words he understood, and then spoke.

 

“Teach…me?” Nue asked trying to say the words correctly.

 

Mikazuki just chuckled into his sleeve before pouring some tea and handing a cup to Nue, who took the cup wondering what to do.

 

“Like this.” Mikazuki said and taiking his own cup of tea put it to his lips and took a few sips.

 

Nue watched closely and lifted the cup up to his lips took a drink only for him to drop the cup and stick his tounge out at the taste.

 

“Haha, I’m guessing you don’t like Jasmine tea, don’t worry we will find you one that you like.” Mikazuki said.


Soon the food was cleared on both trays and Mikazuki standing up motioned for Nue to do the same, as he picked up his own tray. Nue stood up with his tray in hand and followed Mikazuki out the door back to the kitchen where they placed there tray and dishes near the sink.

 

“Tsurumaru?” Nue asked wanting to find his friend however Mikazuki shook his head.

 

“Not at the moment we need to teach you had to say some words properly however I’m not the one to teach that, and I must take you to your next teacher.” Mikazuki told him before heading towards the door knowing that the Nue will follow.


They walked down the hall and through the courtyard to one of the other halls and turning down it Mikazuki lead Nue to another room. Opening the door Mikazuki smiled at the sight inside, as he waved to the Samonji brothers minus Sayo who was asleep cuddled next to Taikogane who had his arms around Sayo in a hug. Nue walked in and frowned at the position not understanding it one bit.

 

“It's called cuddling, two people do it when they care deeply for each other, ether romantically or a close bond like family.” Mikazuki explained as Sazou spoke.


“Welcome Nue, We will be teaching you how to speak and write properly.” Saizou said to Nue and Mikazuki gestured to a seat at the table which Nue took.

 

“After your done here then you may go see Tsurumaru.” Mikazuki said before turning and leaving the group alone.

Chapter Text

Nue was getting tired of sitting around and doing this lesson on how to write it was boaring and not interesting enough, however everytime Nue tried to leave they would manage to get him back sitting.

 

“Are we done yet?” He asked wanting to go explore the citadel

 

“We are almost done your learning well, your writing could use a little more work but for now it will do. I understand you want to explore however till the master says your allowed to be on your own you will have to stay here till another picks you up.” Saizo said to him

 

Nue waited patiently for the time to escape this room, wondering when it would be. A few hours later he saw his chance the 2 brothers were busy with sayo and Taikogane that he was able to slip out of the room, and once outside looked around heading down a left hall. He kept on alert in case he need to find a place to hide  however before he got very far an arm was wrapped around his shoulder, he quickly turned around and was going for his sword when he saw the Touken Danshi that stopped him. The touken danshi was wearing a blueish purple kimono with spots on it, a long obi that had flowers and patterns on the end. His hair was black and tied back, and he had some red eye make-up around his eyes, though what drew the nue most of all was the bottle that the Touden had plus the smell of alcohol.

 

“You look lost don’t worry I know a place we can go.” He said cheerful.

 

Nue didn’t know how to respond to this feminine male but he did know one thing, the male stunk and he didn’t like the smell. He tried to get away but had no luck as the older sword began to walk taking Nue with him. Nue tried to find escape but everywhere he looked he couldn’t find a way, soon the both of them were at a room and Nue saw outside the door a sign that said Bar.

 

‘What is a bar?’ He thought glad that he could finally read, write and pronounce words with out stumbling on them

 

The Touden took Nue into the room, and what the Nue saw left him speechless. Inside the room there was a cabint of liqour, sake, and all sorts of achoal behind a counter that was L shaped with stools sitting in front of it, and on the stools were a few touden he didn’t know.

 

“Your the stray that Tsurumaru brought home huh?” Another male said

 

“Oh Nihongo don’t be like that we must celebrate upon gaining a new friend.” Said the male who dragged Nue here.

 

“Jiroutachi you shouldn’t just bring that thing here, and Nihongo you shouldn’t be at ease around it. Don’t forget he was once our enemy.” Hasebe said  to the two males.

 

Nue guessed the drunk smelling one was Jiroutachi, and the one who called him a stray was Nihongo. Though upon hearing the repmending one talk he frowned knowing that he was the first sword to draw his blade upon him when he arrived and knew for a fact that he and Hasebe would never get along. Jiroutachi walked Nue over to the bar and sitting him down before going behind the bar and pooring him a glass of sake.

 

“Here ya go best drink in the world.” Jiroutachi said

 

“It smells.” Was all Nue said as he took up the cup.

 

He drank the small cup and instantly stuck his tongue out disliking it. Hasebe frowend at this and took a drink from his own cup.

 

‘Master why did you let this being stay here? He might be playing us for a fool.’ Hasebe thought to himself before speaking up.

 

“Jiroutachi I was wondering how to get someone to notice me.” Hasebe asked Jiroutachi

 

“Your talking about Tsurumaru correct?” Nihongo asked as Hasebe nodded.

 

Nue instantly payed attention wanting to gather info on what this man feels for Tsurumaru and how to figure out a way to not let it happen, since he didn’t want Tsurumaru to end up with someone like him. Nue tried to get up and leave but Jiroutachi wasn’t having it, each time Nue tried to leave Jiroutachi dragged him back making Nue frown.

 

“What you need to do Hasebe is show her what she means to you. For example give her a gift to show your love maybe chocolate I think she might like that.” Nihongo told Hasebe trying to give advice.

 

“Your right I will have to show her.” He said with determination in his eyes as he stood up.

 

Nue watched this and imanged flames flowing behind Hasebe and tapped his claw tip on the counter board out of his mind, and wanting to be free. As if his wish was heard a new face appeared in the door and Nue instely perked up seeing Tsurumaru standing there, however he tilted in confusion at what she was wearing. Instead of her usual inner outfit she wore a white mini skirt and a white halter top with the crane symbol around her hip showing off her smooth stomach.  The males in the room was speechless at her outfit, and Hasebe felt the need to lecture her about dressing appropriately however he maintained himself upon remebreing Nihongo words.

 

“You look very beautiful this evening Tsurumaru.” Hasebe said walking over and picking up her hand laid a kiss to the back of it.

 

Tsurumaru blushed at this and pulled her hand away as Nue quickly rushed over shoving Hasebe aside and hugging Tsurumaru.

 

“Eh Nue?” She asked him.

 

“Tsurumaru come for me?” He asked

 

Tsurumaru ran her fingers through his hair and smiled.

 

“Yes I did, I need to go meet Kashuu Kiyomitsu and I wanted to bring you.” She said before looking at the boys. “You surprised by my outfit?” She asked as they all nodded.

 

“What is it for?” Nihongo asked

 

“It's a surprise.” Was all Tsurumaru said and taking Nue by the hand lead him from the room leaving the others speechless.

 

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They soon reached Kashuu room and Tsurumaru opened the door walking in with Nue following behind her.

 

“That outfit looks nice on you.” Kashuu  said as Tsurumaru nodded

 

“Thank you, I couldn’t have gotten it without your help.” She said praising him

 

“What can I say I got good taste.” Kashuu  responed with a smile as Tsurumaru and Nue sat down.

 

“The concert is coming up soon, and the master wants you to sing a duet with Izuminokamui and he picked the song If I’D Reached Out even though it is a duet between Me and Yasusada. I think it would be a good song for the both of you so I agreed to let you and him sing it.” He said with a sigh before pulling out a page of lyrics and handed it to her.

 

Tsurumaru looked over the lyrics noticing it sounded kind of romantic and painful, she placed the paper down and looked at Kashuu.

 

“I will sing it with him, but didn’t the master want me do a few songs with the others?” She asked him as Kashuu nodded.

 

“Yes you will be singing Beautiful Tragedy with me,  and Kimi No Uta with Mikazuki, Izunokamui, Higekiri, Hizamaru, and myself, plus you will have a solo song to sing which is up to you what you want to sing. Also you will sing a solo with Mikazuki and Higekiri.” He explained and laid out another sheet this time with the song order.

 

Tsurumaru picked it up and scanned it over before placing it with the other peace of paper and wrote a song down that would surprise everyone. Once she finished she handed the paper over to Kashuu who looked at the song and smiled a little, for on the paper was the words Error.

“It sounds sad” He said placing the paper down as Nue looked over the 2 papers Tsurumaru had.

 

“Sing?” He asked looking at the two of them

 

“Yes Tsurumaru will be singing at this years concert, and don’t worry I will make her as beautiful as me.” Kashuu said before looking at Tsurumaru.

 

“We need to go clothes shopping for you to pick out an idol outfit.” He said

 

Tsurumaru gathered the papers when she heard the door open and looking up she saw  Yasusada standing there panting.

 

“We have a big issue and I was told to get you.” He said to them as Kashuu stood up with the other 2 and together the 4 of them ran to the court yard and upon arriving were shocked at what they were seeing; in the middle of the court yard was a mess their were paint everywhere and in the center was Taikogane, Sayo, Imanotsurugi, Aizen, Mouri, and Urashima. All 6 of them were covered in paint and on the ground were slingshots.

 

“What happen here?” Hasebe asked coming up with Mitsusada.

 

Taikogane POV

 

When I looked around I saw all the swords looking at the six of us and I quickly stepped up to kind of shield Sayo with my body. You see what happen was that I was at the market with Tsurumaru helping her pick out outfits and I saw a set of gear called Paintball. I asked the store person what it was and they told me it was called Paintball; the goal was to take out all your opponents with paint. I thought it would be fun and since we had lots of gold thanks to the treasure hunt we had I bought a few sets.

 

Once we got back to the citadel I went to look for Sayo and found him by his flower bed. I walked over to him and showed him what I got thinking it would be fun to play with him, however as we were gearing up Imanotsurugi, Aizen, Mouri and Urashima walked up wondering what we were up to. Once I told them they wanted to join it was then I figured out Imanotsurugi was a female due to the fact the armour it came with showed off her chest a little and having an older sister I knew what the bumps were. It was a great game and we all had fun I even saw Sayo smiling a little bit, yet like all fun it had to come to an end.

 

I watched as the other swords gathered during the game and when Mii-chan walked up with Hasebe I knew it would be hard to talk our way out of this one. After a lecture we were almost punished when Sayo said he liked the game, it was thanks to him saying that we got off with no punishment but to clean up our mess, and next time to do it in the field away from the garden  and the citadel.

 

Tsurumaru POV

 

By the time the citadel was cleaned of paint it was time for dinner, and this time it was a BBQ to celebrate the victory the pvp team had against their opponents. I was going over the list of songs that was going to be sung at the concert and looking at the 2 songs I was going to sing with Mikazuki and Higekiri noticed a song with the 3 of them singing. I looked over at the songs and the lyrics the master had given me earlier and knew that I would have my hands full with practice, I made my own list of songs that I was going to sing the order was like this:

 

Solo-Error

Kashuu-Beautiful Tragedy

Group-Kimi No Uta

Mikazuki & Higekiri-Acute

Mikazuki-Magnet

Higekiri-Cendrillon

 Izuminokamui-If I’D Reached Out 

 

I also noticed that most of this concert had me singing and it made me wonder why mostly me.

 

Normale POV

 

As Tsurumaru was looking over the list the Saniwa who was nearby smiled slightly knowing it would be a small concert, however she had heard Tsurumaru singing earlier and was amazed at how well she could sing. That gave the Saniwa the idea of another concert and  insistently made a reservation for a concert to be held. The stair of this attraction would be Tsurumaru, as the Saniwa was giggling a little she was looking forward to the concert and wondered how both 3 of her swords who had feelings for Tsurumaru will do. 

 

'Yes this would be a wonderful concert, I just hope the other 2 don't get jelouse.' She thought to herself 

Chapter Text

     Shopping



The very next day Tsurumaru woke up feeling something in her bed, upon sitting up and looking around she discovered Nue was sleeping next to her. Quietly as possible she slipped out of the bed smiling softly when the Nue shuffled a little bit, and went over to her closet to pick out the outfit for the day. She was reaching for her inner outfit that she worked in when she remembered what she was doing today.

 

‘That's right I’m going shopping with Kashuu to get ready for the concert.’ She thought to herself and reached for a casual outfit instead.

 

Her outfit contained of light blue shorts, and a white low cut blouse, looking over she made sure Nue was fast asleep before walking behind the dressing screen and started to get dress. Nue woke up shortly after looking around for Tsurumaru and upon seeing a silhouette behind a screen went over to it. He was about to look behind it when he heard Tsurumaru’s voice coming from behind.

 

“I should get some outfits for Nue as well, I’m sure the master won’t mind. Maybe get Nue his own room too. I will ask about it later.” She said out loud unaware the Nue was on the other side of the screen.



It was at that time there was a knock on Tsurumaru’s door before it opened up and inside stepped Kashuu. Nue growled slightly not to happy with someone else in Tsurumaru’s room making Kashuu laugh a little.

 

“Don’t worry I’m not going to harm her, I came by to drop you off some clothes and to help you get ready to go shopping. Master thinks it would be in your best interest to experance it.” Kashuu told Nue walking over.

 

Tsurumaru then walked out from behind the screen making Kashuu freeze in shock at how well her new outfit fitted her and showed off her body somewhat. Tsurumaru waved to Kashuu before walking over to the vanity she had gotten as a gift and started working on her hair, while Kashuu took Nue behind the screen and instructed the Nue on how to get dressed. 15 minutes later after some arguing between Kashuu and Nue both of the males walked out from behind the screen Kashuu with a smile and Nue with a frown not liking the clothes one bit.



“Whoa now that's a wonderful surprise, that outfit really suits you Nue.” She said making the Nue blush a little not use to getting compliments.

 

He was wearing a black T-shirt and black jeans that showed off his figure a little his fur seemed to be brushed out and made to look like a fancy scarf, on his feet were black sneakers and his tail was placed like a belt. She then looked at what Kashuu was wearing; Kashuu had black tank-top on with a red line circling the neck line that showed off his shoulders, black jeans that had his symbol on his left hip and on his feet were small combat heeled boots.

 

“Man you both look really good in those outfits.” She told them when she really thought they looked hot in them.

 

“Thank you, we’re going to Shibuya to look for your outfit since apparently it's the fashion district of Japan.” Kashuu exsplaned

 

“Why do I has to come?” Nue asked with a pout glad for once to have that long english and speaking lession.

 

“Because while we’re there we are also finding you some clothes sence you can’t wear the same ones all the time.” Kashuu told him.

 

“Shall we go then?” Tsurumaru asked before running out the door and accidentally bumping into Taroutachi making them both fall to the ground.

 

“Are you ok?” Taroutachi asked her.

 

“Uh ya I’m ok are you alright?” She asked with a blush

 

Taroutachi nodded to say that he is and Tsurumaru quickly got off of him and offered a hand to help him up. Taroutachi shook his head and got up off the ground himself before walking away to hid his blush at seeing Tsurumaru’s outfit. Kashuu and Nue watching from the doorway at the interaction between the two of them, however the moment was short lived as Taikogane and Sayo joined them.  Taikogane was wearing a white shirt, light blue vest that reached his hips, blue jeans and black shoes while Sayo was wearing; a blue shirt with a dark blue jacket that went down to his hips, jeans and blue open toe shoes.

 

“Tsuru-chan can we go to Shibuya with you? I heard there is a great restaurant that I want to take Sayo to.” He asked

 

Sayo blushed and softly grabbed Taikogane’s hand as he was still unsure what to do and why he kept getting butterflies in his stomach.

 

“Sure you can join us.” Kashuu said seeing there was no harm done.

 

So together the five of them went to the transporter and were transported in the back streets of Shibuya.

 

“We should meet back here in a few hours.” Kashuu said as both Sayo and Taikogane nodded before taking off unaware they were still holding hands

 

“Aww they look so cute on their first date maybe we should spy on them you know to make sure things go ok.” Tsurumaru said wanting to record Taikogane’s first date to show to Mitsutada.

 

“We are here for cloth shopping not spying.” Kashuu said as he lead the way to the 104 shopping building.

 

Upon entering the building the 3 of them were in shock at all the different stores that were there as well as the different brand of clothing. They went into the nearest store and began to shop clothes for Nue. A few hours later they reached another shop that Tsurumaru dragged them into fully aware of all the bags they had. Inside this new shop there were lots of different kimonos and Tsurumaru was drawn to one that was on display. Picking it up she smiled at the design and quickly placing her bags down went into the dressing room to try it on leaving the other two waiting.

 

“We almost done yet?” Nue asked Kashuu wanting to get back to the citadel and plan a way for Tsurumaru and Hasebe to never be alone.

 

However before Kashuu can answer Tsurumaru stepped out of the dressing room and what she was wearing made both of their eyes widen while the other males in the store had jaw dropping reactions.

 

“Do you like it?” Tsurumaru asked shly not to sure how to deal with the reactions but secretly was filled with glee that she surprised everyone there.

 

Kashuu walked over and inspected the outfit before giving a nod.

 

“This will be perfect for you to wear to the concert.” He said as Nue walked over.

 

“Tsurumaru….pretty..” He said not to sure what to say in situations like this as he hadn’t gotten that far in his lessons yet.



With both of their approval she went back to the fitting room and changed her clothes back to what she was wearing before. She stepped out of the dressing room and walking over to the register bought the outfit as well as the shoes she found. After paying for the items she gathered up her bags and the 3 of them went back to the back-alley to meet with Taikogane and Sayo, however upon reaching the teleportation sight they were taking back at what they saw. There before them was Taikogane and Sayo engaged in a deep kiss both of them having blushes on there face.





A few hours earlier with Sayo and Taikogane.



Shortly after arriving in Shibuya and departing from the the others both Sayo and Taikogane walked down the street holding hands and looking at the different shops they passed. They soon came to the building were the cafe that Taikogane wanted to take Sayo to, and both looked at the machine that were moving people up and down.

 

“What is that thing?” Sayo asked Taikogane who shook his head.

 

“I don’t know but shall we find out?” Taikogane asked Sayo who nodded.

 

Together they boarded the elevator and pushing the floor 5 button began to ascend to the 5th floor, upon arriving at the 5th floor the doors opened and both of them stepped out of the elevator and looked around spotting he cafe Taikogane wanted to take Sayo to.  Upon entering found a seat next to a beautiful view of the city and they didn’t have to wait long for their waitress to show up.

 

“Hello I’m Jen and I will be your waitress for today.May I interest you in our special today? It is our cake set were you get your choose of cake and a drink all for  1328 yen today?” The waitress asked as she handed them menus

 

“We’re not quite sure what we want yet.” Taikogane answered



“Ok I will be back shortly to take your orders.” She then walked off to another table to help the customers there

 

They looked at the menu and Sayo couldn’t decide what he wanted since there was so many to choose from and Taikogane was having the same issue.  A few minutes later they finally decided on what they wanted and placing the menus down waited for the waitress to come over.

 

“Sorry it took so long are you ready to order?” Jen asked once she came back to the table.

 

“I would like the mango parfait and a chai tea latte. As well as a wasanbon roll.” Taikogane said as Jen wrote the order down before looking at Sayo.

 

“I would like the Hokkaido pound cake and a Iced mocha Latte.” He said

 

Jen nodded and wrote down the order before walking to the kitchen to have there order made.



“Why did you get the parfait?” Sayo asked

 

“Well I thought we could share it together.” Taikogane said with a blush

 

At hearing the response Sayo looked down to hide his blush but Taikogane saw it and thought it was cute.

 

“You look really nice today Sayo.” Taikogane said

 

“Thank you, you don’t look bad yourself.” Sayo responded unaware how to act in a situation like this and just going off what he was told by his brothers.

 

They then talked about how things were on the battlefield and how their are new plants growing in the garden as well as the upcoming concert.  Soon Jen had arrived back with their ordres.

 

“Ok we got one wasanbon roll, a mango parfait and a chai tea latte.” Jen said placing the order in front of Taikogane.

 

“We also have a Hokkaido pound cake, and a Iced mocha latte.”: She said as she placed sayo’s order in front of him. “Enjoy.” She said and walked away.



They both began to eat when they heard a clap and when they looked over saw 2 people kissing and others congratulating them. Taikogane waved their waitress over to them to ask what was going on.

 

“Oh they just got engaged and kissing like that is a sign of love they have for each other.” Jen explained before walking away to clear the now vacant table.

 

Sayo and Taikogane looked at each other then looked away blushing before continuing to eat and half way through began to feed each other some of their own food.  A half hour later they were finished, they got up and Taikogane paid the bill before leaving. They took the elevator back to down to the bottom floor both holding hand and wanting to kiss each other unknown to the other one. They walked out of the building and to the meeting point arriving before the others had, Sayo looked at Taikogane with a blush and taking a chance walked over to him.

 

“Sayo are you-” He was cut off as Sayo wrapped his arms around Taikoganes neck and kissing him.

 

Sayo felt nervous kissing him first however was relieved when Taikogane kissed back. They kissed for a few minutes before pulling away and Sayo recalled what his brothers told him.



Flashback

 

“Nii-San I have a question.” Sayo said to his brothers.

 

Both brothers stopped what they were doing and payed attention to Sayo as they waited for him to speak.

 

“Lately when I’m around Taikogane I feel weird.” He started out

 

“Weird how?” Souza asked.

 

“Like there are butterflies in my stomach, I’m really happy to be around him and often I find myself thinking of him and when I saw Midare kiss Taikogane on the cheek I felt angry. Is something wrong with me?” He asked.

 

“No nothing is wrong with you Sayo. The symptoms you're explaining to us sounds like your in love with him.” Kousetsu said placing a hand on Sayo’s hair and petting his head.

 

“Love is complicated like that and there will be times that being in a relationship will be hard, its normal to feel that way when your in love. You get those feelings and sometimes always want to be around them.” Souza explained as Sayo looked to the ground thinking what his brothers have said.

 

Present

 

Sayo looked into Taikogane’s eyes and saw love and admiration in them, even though he was nervous he took the leap of faith and was shocked at Taikogane’s next words.

 

“Sayo I have strong feelings for you, I want to be there to wipe away your tears, to hold you when your scared, and just be by your side through everything and in a way to always be there for you. I love you Sayo.” Taikogane confessed

 

Sayo looked to the ground for a moment before looking back at Taikogane and speaking.



“I don’t know what love really is, though I do know I want to be by your side through everything, to be there for you. I want us to be together. I have really strong feelings for you and the things you said you want I want them too. I don’t know if I can say I love you just yet sense I don’t know what this love is, but I’m willing to take this leap with you.” He said

 

Taikogane smiled at his words and gently kissed Sayo again only this time the kiss was a deep one, to which Sayo returned just as deeply. However their moment was short live when they heard a soft clap behind them, making them pull apart.

 

“Congratulations you two.” Tsurumaru said to them with a smile.

 

“I’m happy for the both of you.” Kashuu said and looking up saw the portal that would lead them back.

 

They disappeared in a trail of flower petals leaving nothing left to show that anyone was there. Once they were back at the citadel Kashuu went to look for Yatsusada wanting to spend time with his boyfriend, while Sayo and Taikogane walked to the Samonji room to share the news with Sayos big brothers before telling Taikogane’s famliy. Nue and Tsurumaru went back to her room only to find a door next to it and a sign saying ‘Nue’s Room’. Tsurumaru entered her room placing the bags down before helping Nue set up his room.

 

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A few weeks later, the day of the concert had arrived and Tsurumaru was a nervous wreck in her dressing room as she waited for her turn to go on. She looked at her outfit and with a sigh picked it up and started to get ready not knowing that tonight was going to be one that she would remember.  

Chapter Text

Tsurumaru sat backstage waiting for her turn to shine and since it has been a few songs, and at the moment the Sanjo swords were singing Break In The World. After they were done it would be her turn and Tsurumaru was hopping she didn’t make a fool of herself. Looking into the mirror Tsurumaru didn’t recognize herself her dress was white and gold half kimono with a golden obi tied around her waist with red string, underneath the kimono she wore a white skirt while the top cut off like flower petals, her sleeves light and flowing with golden frills around the end stopping just short of her wrist. She sighed and put on thigh high black heels that was picked out before standing up and giving her a once over.

 

‘I can do this, everyone is counting on me.’ She thought as she heard a knock on her door.

 

“Tsurumaru its time for you to get to the stage.” The voice said.

 

“Be right there!” Tsurumaru called back

 

She picked up the crane hair clip that was a gift from her group and walked towards the stage, as she drew near she heard and saw the crowd making her more nervous. She had been practicing all week and now it was time to show it off. The song soon ended and the stage grew dark as the Sanjo group left the stage and walked over to the side to see the next song. A small golden light shone and the music started and out walked Tsurumaru, her outfit making the other swords especially her suitors entranced with how well it fitted her. Tsurumaru looked at the crowd and with a smile began to sing.



Can you see the tears I cry? Slowly falling from my eye

Blurring all the colors of living

Why did you leave me standing alone to drown?

I’m calling and I am falling down



As she song the first verse she placed her hand on the side of her head and trailed it down her face and neck before twirling around. Her hand was held out and at the last line of the first verse she placed it over her heart.

 

This blue and red and white is just blurring in my sight

I am shouting from the world here inside me

I am not really sure what I’m looking for

I’m tired chasing to comprehend



I’m wondering when it will end?

 

Her voice rang out the sadness that the song portrayed and the back up dancers started to spin in there place and mocking Tsurumaru’s movement, Tsurumaru walked down the alie to the center stage and at the last line feel to her knees bring her hands to her face and sang the chorus.

 

Am I breaking down again?

I am breaking just like then!

But I want to know that I am breathing, I’m breathing

I wonder if I just saw you

I am dreaming hoping for something new

The words are stuck that you stand for -ERROR-

 

As she sang the chorus she placed a hand on her heart and reached out to the sky as if she was reacting for salvation. Her voice sounded so sad like she was on the edge of braking and as soon as she sang Error her hand drop to the ground as if she was trapped. She then stood up and looked around as the next verse was sang

 

On distant day I see light swaying away

And it’s overflowing up in the high sky

Can you decided and tell me, what is your choice?

My ears are welling up by your voice

 

The lights were really dim and she reached her hand out again making sure the light was on it before spinning on her heels as she walked to the left side of the stage and reached out a hand to the audience, before spinning again and running to the other side reaching out the other hand as if she was begging for help as the next verse was sung.

 

The consciousness is floating by

Melting all I feel and I see the world inside me get blurry

What are you standing there and comparing to?

I’m sad, I’m failing to comprehend

 

I’m wondering when it will end?

 

The others backstage were mesmerized at the feeling and movement Tsurumaru was emitting even Nue was shocked and was fighting in instinct to run out and hug her.  Kashuu smiled at the effect and power in Tsurumaru’s voice and began to walk to the center stage knowing once the song was finished it would immediately go into their dute once the song began the chorus once again.

 

Is this my distorted soul?

This is my distorted goal

But I want to know that I am breathing, I’m breathing

I wonder if I just saw you

I am dreaming hoping for something new

The words are stuck that you stand for -ERROR-

 

Tsurumaru turned to face the stage as she began the first line of the chorus and began to run up the walkway as she sang only to meet her backup dancers who grabbed her arms and hands and turning her around held her as the next part was sung.

 

Even if I give it all, even if I lose it all if I just forget it all

Can I? No I can’t

I am still restless soul, laughing out with no control, I am killing what is whole

This is ERROR

 

At the beginning of that verse the dancers walked from behind her and placed a blindfold across her eyes and tying it in the back as a staff was placed in her hand. She began to twirl it around her body while moving and as soon as she sang the word mata the lights turned to red as if was showing a darker side of Tsurumaru.

 

Am I broken by your words?

Do you know what “broken” is?

Though you know that tears are only hurting, their hurting

So tell me, are my words reaching

With my words are lining and blurring

They’re just overlapping with colors wrapping

 

Once the chorus began once again Tsurumaru still blindfolded dropped the staff and then began to spin on her heels once again as the dancers try to grab her as if they were simboling her chains. Kashuu walked up to a chair and sat in it and smiled as it rises out to the stage as the last verse was sung.

 

Am I breaking down again?

I’m breaking just like then!

But I want to know that I am breathing, I’m breathing

I wonder if I just saw you

I am dreaming hoping for something new

The words are stuck that you stand for -ERROR-

 

The dancers backed away and bowed as the chair finally showed up and as Tsurumaru knelt on the ground in front of Kashuu, while taking the blindfold off and sang the last word. At the last word the lights changed and new music started to play.

 

As they both began to sing the first part Kashuu stood from the chair and walked down the stairs stopping right behind Tsurumaru as he began the first verse.

 

Kashuu : Overtaking the darkness to avoid it catching up

Inviting you, we’ll overtake it

At the very least, the love that has been shattered

 

As he sang he knelt down and hugged Tsurumaru from behind and as one the stood together as Tsurumaru sang.

 

Tsuru: SHOW ME TRUE LOVE

SHOW ME DESTINY

 

We cannot change things back to how they were

At the very least I want to protect you

If we can meet again, at that time
Forever, together with you

 

During Tsurumaru’s  verse she pulled away from Kashuu and walked forwards before looking back at him and holding out her arms to her side as she was protecting him. She lowered her arms and reaching out to him before turning and walking back to Kashuu as they both sang the next few lines.

 

Both:   Risking my life, this heartbeat that I feel

This beautiful tragedy that continues to spill over and fall

With you, like this NOW & FOREVER

If we can escape, no matter where

Even if, right now, a miracle doesn't occur

 

Tsurumaru : Shielding my wounds, even if my heart crumbles

Even though I know that we cannot

Return to how things were

 

They both reached out their hand and grasped each others, as they sung together the lights went dark and the dancers with black masked showed up grabbing both of Tsurumaru’s and Kashuu’s free hand pulling on it making their linked hand brake and them reaching out for each other as the verses were sung.

 

Kashuu: SHOW ME TRUE LOVE

SHOW ME DESTINY

 

Falling as I throw everything away

It was to protect only you

 

Kashuu broke free of the hands holding him as he started singing Nani mo and running up grabbed Tsurumaru’s hand and pulled her away from the dancers placing them back to back as they faced the dancers and sung as they avoid the dancers attempt at reaching them.

 

Both: Despite this, for some reason, I keep on hurting you

A loop of sorrow

 

Even if I could turn back time

This beautiful tragedy of travelling down the same path

 

Kashuu still holding Tsurumaru’s hand ran down the walkway to the center stage as they sung the 2nd part of the verse, and upon reaching the center stage Tsurumaru began to sing as the lights turned to a white.

 

Tsurumaru: The you who came to my mind in the moonlight

I recall your smiling face

Even if that is an illusion, even then

 

Risking my life, this heartbeat that I feel

This beautiful tragedy that continues to spill over and fall

 

Tsurumaru let go of Kashuu’s hand as she began to sing her part and Kashuu’s hands went to his face covering it as if he was crying as Tsurumaru knelt on the floor. Kashuu then started to sing once again.

 

Kashuu: With you, like this, NOW  & FOREVER

If we can escape, no matter where

Even if , right now, a miracle doesn't occur

 

He crawled over to Tsurumaru and held her in his arms as they sang the last part of the verse.

 

Together: With you like this, NOW & FOREVER

Even if, right now, a miracle doesn't occur

 

The lights dimmed as he sang the final verse making the theater dark, and using that darkness both of them walked down the stairs that was on the side of the stage as the lights turned on and a voice sounded over the speakers singling a short break. Tsurumaru walked back to her dressing room knowing that once the break was over and a few songs were played it would be time for her duets with her fellow swords. She then left her room to go have a break with her

fellow warriors who all were congratulating her on her performance.  

 

“That was really good, the Saniwa thought up a good story for thoughs 2 songs which really payed off.” Yasusada said as he leaned his head on Kashuu’s shoulder and Kashuu wrapped an arm around him.

 

“The woman who questioned her life and fell into a dark place. She tried to get free of that dark place but the chains of her past murders wouldn’t let her go and she fell back into that lifestyle as her own light was taken away. She then met a ruler who was brink of ruin and they fell in lover, however they couldn’t escape their past no matter what they tried. The darkness tore the 2 apart from each other, but the king didn’t give up and fought his own darkness to save the woman he loved. Together they ran away, however it was to late as the woman he loved died leaving the ruler in pain.” Horikawa read from the paper that explained the detail of why the 2 songs were sung back to back.  

 

They all then wondered what would the next part of the duets  will bring, and all of them feeling like the story of the ruler and his lover was far from over in this concert.

Chapter Text

Tsurumaru’s POV

 

As I waited in my dressing one for my time to go on again I took off the current dress  I was wearing and placing it on the rack took another one off. It was a short white dress  ending just above the knees with a skirt like trail going down the side with ruffles in it and ruffles around one of the shoulders, it was one that Mitsu-bou made me for this occasion. To be honest I wanted to surprise Higekiri this session, as for my song with mika I had another outfit picked out to turn heads.

 

The saniwa knew this of course and had giving me permission to wear I want with the songs I sing. I let out a giggle placing a cape around me to hid my outfit I walked out to the others. The others looked at me confusingly and the way I was dressed, however before they could ask the current song ended and soon the shinsengumi team walked back staged.




Higekiri POV

 

I walked out of my dressing room as soon as the song was coming close to the end, remembering the meaning of the song that was going to be sung by Tsurumaru and I; Cendrillon which is a story of a girl gone to a dance to kill the prince but falls in love. Funny enough it reminds me of the current situation I was in the silent battle between others for Tsurumaru. Thanks to Nue I also found out that Taroutachi has feelings for her as well, however he won’t act on them purely because he knows that she has enough of us going after her. I looked over at the other side and smiled when I saw Tsurumaru across from me on the platform. Soon the song ended and it was time for our moment to begin.

 

Normal POV

 

The melody for the song started and both Tsurumaru as well as Higekiri were out on stage. Tsurumaru having discarded the cloak right as she had entered. Upon seeing on what Tsurumaru was wearing he felt a string of desire flow through him but suppressed it as Tsurumaru began the begging of the song.  As Tsurumaru sang ‘ahhhh’ They walked towards each other before Higekiri takes her hand and walks them down to the center stage and Tsurumaru begins to sing the first line of the song.

 

Tsurumaru: After showing me a dream where we dance all night it s eems

The sound of the ticking clock snaps me awake

Fingers leering me away, telling me they can not wait

So I leap down 3 at a time as I make my escape

 

Tsurumaru turned and began to walk back as she sang the last part of her verse. Higekiri grabs her hand as he begins to sing his verse.

 

Higekiri: You tremble from the cold inside the carriage

Dance in these clothes

That will turn back into rags

And you’ll be you by the dawn

 

Tsurumaru walked back with him and he spins her before pulling her towards him embracing her before he lets her go and they walked to the left and right of the stage as they began to sing together.

 

Both: A voice whispers softly and tells me

Find a hidden mask man in the crowd

I te a blade under my dress and devise a plan

To deprive him all of he has.

 

They both walked back to the center and as Higekiri reaches for her Tsurumaru turns her back in a spin before they started to dance together each one mirroring the others move.

 

Both: Orphans gather inside the castle

Each of their smiles, hidden gone or fake

The wings of an angel won’t guide you

To the truth or tell you which path you should take.

 

Higekiri and Tsurumaru then turned to face each other before spinning and walking towards the edge of the stage facing each other and reaching for their hands as they sang the verse.  As the melody plays Tsurumaru walks softly to Higekiri as Higekiri spun once before stepping forward and walked towards Tsurumaru as he sang his verse.

 

Higekiri: The glass slipper, left upon the stair

Slowly burns into ash

And fades into the air.







Tsurumaru walked over to the left side of the stage and did a twirl before going to her knees as she sang the first part of her verse.



Tsurumaru: I know you want to go home

You’re quivering to the bone

You glance at the tower clock,

Check the time

Kicking my glass shoes away

Can’t say what I wanna say

My fingers slowly reach up and wrap around like a vine.

 

Heigkiri walked over as Tsurumaru stood up and turning to face him reached out her arms. Higekiri smiled at her and wrapped his arms around her as he began to sing his verse.

 

Higekiri: I try to remedy her falling sadness

Impulses running up my body like

Electricity Suddenly.

 

Higekiri let go of Tsurumaru and grabbed her hands as they both walked a little away from each other letting their hand’s run down each others arms till only their fingers were touching. Tsurumaru spun around and made a motion of grabbing something off her leg as she sung her part and made a slashing motion as she sung her verse.

 

Tsurumaru:   Hoping that the bell will never ring

I cry out a last pained farewell to you

With the knife in my hand

I slice through your tuxedo

But my feelings I wish you knew

 

Higekiri grabbed her hand as soon as she made the slashing moment and holding it in a grip pulled her back to him .

 

Higekiri: The lone prince in love with the princess

Gunpowder mixed with the scene of perfume

My eye covered mask breaks in two.

Didn’t know it would happen this soon

 

They let go of each other and danced away from one and other. As the 2nd melody begins to play Higekiri and Tsurumaru went back the walk way and grabbed each others hand and Tsurumaru quickly let go and turned back walking to the center of the middle stage and sang as a lone light shone down on her.

 

Tsurumaru:   I still feel his warm breath

Rubbing right up against my skin

But now it feels like a dream from Long ago.

 

At the last part Tsurumaru reached up out with her hands before bringing them over her heart as the light flickered off Tsurumaru and a new one landed on Higekiri with it highlighting Tsurumaru.

 

Higekiri: The silver moon creates a veil

Glowing round your body

Your smile shines like the brighter star

 

As he sang the last line of his verse he walked over to Tsurumaru who turned and faced him both of them grabbing each others hand. Higekiri spun with Tsurumaru before they faced the audience once again and started a dance where they mirrored each other as they sung together

 

Both: Ripped the dress you won’t need it again

Throw off your crown it’s well past its use

I connect with you by gazing into your eyes

And I feel a flame now ignite

 

Both of them faced each other once again and Tsurumaru danced around Higekiri while he tired to follow her in the circle as the lights turned to a midnight looking color as they sung the next verse.

 

Both: You and me now forever truthful

No need to be who you don’t wanna be

As long as I do my duty and stop your tears

I’ll make sure you stay here with me.

 

They then walked back up the walkway to the main stage as they continued sing, and in the middle of the walkway Higekiri grabbed and  kissed Tsurumaru’s hand with a smile.

 

Both: I sometimes wish time would just stand still

So the sweet moment stays in my  grasp

I want to be able to store it deep in my heart

To ensure these memories last

 

They reached the main stage and branching off into different directions as they sang the last part of the song before meeting in the middle.

 

Both: This sensation fills me with such joy

Our deep love now can surely never fail

My whole body feels like it’s been forever changed

Almost like we’re in a fairy tale.

 

They met back at center stage as soon as they sang the words ‘My whole body’ and Tsurumaru wrapped her arms around Higekiri as his wrapped around her waist and as the last verse was sung they had their faces close together to give the image of them kissing.

 

The lights then turned off and still holding Tsurumaru’s hand Higekiri ran off the stage with her and once they were backstage the others congratulated them. Tsurumaru quickly pulled away and with Imanotsurugi went back to her dressing room so she could get into the outfit she was going to sing in with Mikazuki. The new dress was a kimono that clasped around her neck and had slits on the side and was a white with light blue pattern on it, as Tsurumaru was changing into the kimono Imanotsurugi got everything else ready for her to put on. Once she had the dress on Tsurumaru placed the sleeves on which only went up to right below her shoulder and was tied with a ribbon, she then put see through knee high socks, and she slipped on the black heels she got.

 

“Wow Tsurumaru you look really pretty, Mikazuki will have a hard time keeping his hands off you, good thing your song is one with lot of skin contact.” Imanotsurugi said to her.

 

“Yes well lets hope he and the others would be surprised. Though I won’t lie I’m nervous about the song I have to do with Higekiri and Mikazuki. I have a feeling the master picked out that song for a reason.” SHe said with a sigh and smiled as Nue came in.

 

“Tsurumaru here.” He said handing Tsurumaru some flowers making her smile.

 

“Thank you Nue.” She said

 

Nue just nodded as Imanotsurugi finished Tsurumaru hair so now it was now in a bun with a hair ornament sticking out of it. Together the 3 of them left the room and Tsurumaru couldn’t help but feel butterflies in her stomach at this song which had 2 lovers who were in a forbidden relationship. Tsurumaru walked up to stage as the genji brothers finished their song. Mikazuki walked up to the top of the main stage, while Tsurumaru walked to the center stage and Mikazuki began to sing while walking to the center stage..



Mikazuki:   A feeble fire is lit at the edge of my heart

Without my knowing, it spreads into

Burning passion

My butterfly flapped about aimlessly,

Leaving behind some powder on hand.

 

They met at the middle of the center stage and both of them grabbed each other hands intertwining their fingers as they sung together.

 

Both: Pulling apart our intertwined fingers

 

They let go of each others hands and wrapped around each other as Tsurumaru sung a quick line bringing their faces so close that they were almost kissing as she sang her line.

 

Tsurumaru: And I move so I can kiss you

 

Both: What we’re doing might be unforgivable,

And that’s precisely why we’re so fired up.

Pulling away Tsurumaru turned around as Mikazuki’s arms wrapped around her waist and they began to sway back and forth as they sung. Mikazuki’s hand wondering up her stomach and were now resting right above her chest in a back words hug as they sung the next verse together.

 

Both: I want you to embrace me closely and

Gauge my limit.

Please make me believe that this is not a sin.

 

Mikazuki turned Tsurumaru’s head to face his and brought there face close to his.

 

Both: I want you to kiss me and repaint my body.

 

Letting Tsurumaru he twirled her around and pulled her close as they continue to sing.

 

Both: I want to be intoxicated and drowned in your charm.

 

They broke apart and Tsurumaru walked to the stage and placing her hands on her heart sung while looking at Mikazuki.

 

Tsurumaru: It might be necessary for you to tie me up;

If you love me, then show me some fidelity.

I can’t help but like weird things,

So let’s just go as far as we can go.

 

Tunring back around Mikazuki walked up to Tsurumaru and grabbing her hand spun her around before they began to dance mirroring each other moves.

 

Both: With a heart that has gone astray,

 

Mikazuki grabbed her hand again and pulled her to him.

 

Mikazuki: We will melt so easily,

 

Tsurumaru placed her hand on Mikazuki’s chest before walking backwards letting their hands stretch between the two and held each others hand tighter trying not to let the other go.

 

Both: That there’s no free time for us

Even to feel each other’s tenderness.

What has been repeating is not our dream

But the unmistakably realistic we.

 

They let each others hands go

 

Both: I know as soon as we touch, we can’t turn

Back, but that’s fine, for your my one and only love.

 

Tsurumaru went to her knees as she sang

 

Tsurumaru: As dawn breaks, I become uneasy

And end up crying in tears.

 

Mikazuki knelt behind her

 

Tsurumaru: You whispered “It’s ok” to me,

But were you also crying?

 

Mikazuki embraced her from behind again and holding her close.

 

Both: I want you to embrace me close and gauge my limit.

Please make me believe that this is not a sin.

 

They stood up and Tsurumaru turn around and as one they put their faces even more closer to each other.

 

Both: I want you to kiss me , and repaint my body.

 

They broke away.

 

Both: I want to be intoxicated and drowned in your charm

 

Mikazuki pulled Tsurumaru even closer leaving no room between them entwining both of their hands, and as one they raised them above their head.

 

Both: Draw me closer, as if we are two magnets

That even if we separate, we will reunite again

 

They broke apart and walked up to the catwalk to the main stage.

 

Both: Let’s become one: it’s ok not to be able to turn back.

 

They reached the main stage and as one wrapped their arms around one and other as they sung the last line.

 

Both: That’s fine, for you’re my one and only love.

 

The lights dimmed as the music stopped making the crowd applauded loudly at the end and both Mikazuki and Tsurumaru were walking back stage when suddenly the lights went out and a scream was heard.