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Aka no Oni

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The Higurashis were a small family consisting of a mother, three children, an old man, and an overweight lazy cat named Buyo. Though they lived humbly on a shrine and not by choice, their life was pleasant.

In her young adult life Higurashi Yuriko lived happily with her husband. She had a slightly better-than-decent job and a few good but close friends she always knew she could count on. Everything was alright albeit plain, she loved the simplicity to it. It didn’t take much to bring a smile to the young woman’s face. However, Yuriko’s time of content ended abruptly when on the way home from a late shift at work she was brutalized and raped.

As horrible as the act itself had been what really destroyed the woman’s life was when she found out in the following months that she was pregnant with twins. Yuriko did not wish to carry that monster’s children but there was also the possibility that they belonged to her husband. So with a heavy heart and having already had fertility concerns over the previous year, the desperate woman decided to keep them.

After the birthing of her two daughters, she had their DNA tested -- A weeks passed with much anxious deliberation, and then Yuriko’s fears were realized. One of her daughters was the product of her assault and the other from her husband.

The man named his daughter Kagome, and the other girl, her name would be Akuma to reflect what she truly is — born of evil. She would not take his surname, no she would have to take an old irrelevant one from her mother’s side, but it didn’t change the fact that the girl would have no family, it was only fair afterall.

She haunted him. Her existence brought him only pain, pain that one day he could no longer bare. Yuriko had taken Kagome shopping with her and left him with Akuma, when she returned what she found was not unexpected but it was so gruesome.

He had blown his brains out with a shotgun, there was almost nothing left of his head and blood was everywhere. Her other daughter, Akuma sat in a sea of red, she was covered in it, the girl stared into nothing with unresponsive eyes.

Yuriko quickly shielded Kagome’s eyes and rushed out of the house to puke onto the front lawn.

Yuriko didn't know when it came about, Kagome began to call her sister Aka, red. Lucky for Kagome, the event had been either too brief to be remembered or so traumatizing that the memories of it were repressed.

Yuriko and the girls promptly moved back in with her father and remained there, and she went on to have another child, Souta — and for a short while she was able to pretend that her family held some normalcy.

Kagome grew to be a bright, social girl with a rare sort or resiliency and Souta began to grow into a fine boy. It was her other daughter, Aka that concerned her.

The girl spent almost every waking moment either practicing or sharpening that sword, Aka found on the shrine grounds. Aka talked about it like it was a person.

She found the thing soon after they moved in with her father, Yuriko never pushed because part of her pitied the girl and she assumed that the sword was her way of coping.

But as Aka grew into her teens it became apparent that it was much more than that, it was an obsession.

Aka brought the sword with her everywhere she went, she took it in the shower with her and she slept next to it. The amount of care Aka put into Sounga was more intense than any relationship Yuriko had ever had.

Yuriko had only seen Aka smile twice, both times had been when she happened to observe the girl practicing with the sword.

She moved like a master swordsman within a year of having the thing, it frightened Yuriko.

There wasn't anything she could do, all she could be was thankful for two normal children.

—-

Kagome and her younger brother, Souta were getting ready for school. Kagome smiled at her mother, giving her a kiss on the cheek. “We’re going now.”

Yuriko returned her daughter’s smile, “Try and convince Aka to go with you, she's in the yard.”

Kagome nods at her mother, “I’ll try.” She turns and runs to the door swinging it open, “Honey watch out! Buyo is going to get out!” Yuriko yells to Kagome but the cat is already brushing past the girl's ankles and into freedom.

“Buyo!” Kagome screens after the cat as it runs towards the well house. Aka sprints towards the small shed of a building, Kagome right on her heals.

Aka pulls the door back and she watches the cat jump onto the lip of the well. Aka jumps straight for him but unfortunately so does Kagome, Kagome bumps into her older twin shoving them both down the well.

A purple light envelops the girls and a centipede woman comes straight for them. Kagome shrieks, barely having time to react Aka places her body between the yokai and her sister.

Sharp claws find her back and take from the top of her shoulder to her lower back. Blood spurts of the wounds temporarily blinding the demon, it's just enough time for the two to reach the end of the purple light.

The twins slam against the bottom of the well. Kagome is gasping heavily still in shock. Aka turns her front to the girl, hiding her wounds. She reaches up to her bun and pulls it lose, her mid thigh black hair assures that the other girl will not be allowed to see the damage inflicted by the yokai’s claws.

Aka knows immediately that they are no longer in the well house, open sky is visible at the top of the well.

“Kagome, start climbing the ladder.” She urges the girl. Kagome gulps, “Now.” She orders. If Aka goes first she knows the blood will drip down, and she doesn't plan on chancing her clumsy sister taking a fall.

Kagome waits for her at the top of the well. “Where are we?” Aka doesn't answer but she shrugs Sounga off her shoulder and tosses aside the fabric sleeve for the blade and his sheath.

She discards the material onto the ground and Kagome gulps in response.

“Whatever the case, I’ll protect us, Kagome. Your fear is insulting.” Aka walks forward in a straight line through the forest.

“Is that a boy?” Kagome gasps, pointing at a white haired teen dressed in red who is stuck to a tree by an arrow.

Aka tilts her head, and observes him. He appears to be sleeping, dead maybe? It is irrelevant. “Stay away from Inuyasha.” An old woman speaks as she comes through the trees. “What is ye business here in the forest of Inuyasha? Are ye demons?” She questions.

“We don't know where we are, you have to help us, please!” Kagome gasps out, beginning to cry.

While the old woman, Aka now knows as Kaede was first suspicious of them she warmed up to Kagome quickly, saying that she reminded her of her sister.

Kaede lead them to the small hut she resided in and took turns with her sister explaining the location and situation respectively. Kaede went on to explain demons like the centipede woman Kagome described and half demons like Inuyasha.

At the talk of demons Aka decided to cut in, “I require medical attention. Would you be willing to assist me?” She asks the woman as politely as she is able.

Kaede turns to her in surprise, “Ye are hurt?” Aka nods, “I will help ye, show me ye injuries.” Aka nods again.

“Kagome, go outside and do not come back until I say it's alright.” She orders giving the girl no room to question her decision.

Kagome gives her a weak smile before leaving the hut.

Aka sets Sounga at her side and pulls her hair back up into a bun and pulls off her shirt and and bra. Both articles of clothing had been shredded beyond repair and were now only in the way.

She turns her back to the old woman and kneels, “Why did ye not say anything earlier!?!? Does ye not realize these are death wounds if not tended to in time?!?!” Kaede berates in shock at the amount of damage done to the girl’s back.

“We are in a foreign land it was of greater importance to ascertain whether or not you were a threat.” She solemnly answers.

“Ye are a warrior at heart.” The woman nods, she moves around the hut grabbing supplies. When she has what she needs she kneels behind the teen and strings a thread through a needle.

“These will need to be sewn shut then cleaned.” Aka simply shrugs and absently caresses Sounga.

Upon finishing cleaning the blood from the stitched up flesh of Aka’s back, she politely asks the girl, “Ye needs clothing, what does ye prefer to wear?” Aka thinks for a moment, “Black, men's clothing will do. I do not wish to dress in priestess garb nor a kimono.”

Kaede nods at the odd request and exits the hut. She returns with a black hatori shirt and hakama pants. Aka dresses silently before letting her hair down again.

Kaede looks her over, she's a beautiful girl but it's a shame her skin was ruined, she knows the girl, Aka will not care but for a female to bare the scars she would…

Kaede had only to most utter respect for this young woman even though she is dressed in man's clothing, wields a sword and is showing more cleavage than a common whore would.

Kaede shakes her head, yeah this girl is something.

Aka knows the old woman is appraising her, she's familiar with that look. “Aaah!” Her thoughts are interrupted by a set of loud screams and crashing noises. She leaps into action, throwing herself out of the hut. The yokai from earlier is chasing her sister toward Inuyasha’s forest. Aka rips off Sounga’s sheath, tossing it aside as she sprints after her sister. When she catches up the centipede woman has wrapped around her sister and Inuyasha.

“Give me the jewel!” Aka growls, Kagome is busy talking to Inuyasha but Aka doesn't hear what they're saying. In that moment she could only see red.

“Sounga.” The name let's lose for her lips, the sword pulses and she feels his aura spread throughout her body, oni horns adorn her forehead and her eyes bleed red.

She rushes the youkai in rage, moving faster than possible for a human, Aka slices the youkai into a pile of messy gore.

She slashes air, removing all traces of blood from her sword. “Sounga.” She repeats his name and her features return to normal. All attention is now on her.

The old woman and scared villagers walk into the clearing. “Sheath.” She addresses the woman. Kaede tosses it in Aka’s direction.

She lifts the blade into the hair and catches it perfectly onto the sword.

“Kagome, why has ye freed Inuyasha?” Kaede speaks in worry.

The boy chuckles darkly and rips his claws into the Kikyo lookalike’s hip. Kagome screams as a purple jewel is ripped from her hip, Inuyasha lungs for the thing. Grabbing a hold of it he takes off in a run.

Kaede starts a chant and beads fly at Inuyasha, forming a necklace around his neck. “Quickly one of ye speak the words of subjugation!” Kaede yells.

“Words of subjugation, words of subjugation..” Kagome thinks aloud in panic. “Inuyasha, play dead.” Aka speaks with a hard voice -- the result in instantaneous, Inuyasha smashes hard against the ground.

Aka strides slowly toward the boy, she plucks the jewel from his hand and tosses it to Kagome. “This came from your body, it belongs with you.” Luckily the other girl catches it. Now what to do with the boy… He’s under her control now but he hurt her sister and to Aka, that is unforgivable. “Your name is Inuyasha, isn't it?” She kneels in front of him.

“Keh, what's it to you?” He defends angrily trying to hide his nervousness.

“You have two choices, you can either become mine voluntarily or I'll kill you right here and now. It doesn't matter to me, whatever you choose, your life is mine either way.” She glares down at him.

Inuyasha stares at her face, despite being human she reminds him much of his older half brother. She has an aura of complete resolve, he has no doubt that she would kill him without a second thought.

“You'll kill me anyway, because I'm a half demon. Don't pretend to care.” He spouts off, “I'll kill you because you put a scar on my sister’s body. I do not care what or who you are. Now pick, my patience is running out.” She grits out.

Inuyasha’s eyes widen in surprise, she doesn't care? She was just protecting her sister… Inuyasha doesn't want to die like this, he figures he can get the jewel when she puts her guard down. “I want to live.” She narrows her eyes, “Say it.”

Inuyasha bites back a growl, this girl is just like that bastard Sesshomaru. “I belong to you.”

She turns and walks back towards the village, “Come.” He pushes himself off the ground and follows behind his alpha, as a inuyoukai submitting to her made them pack.

Aka pushes her way into the familiar hut, “I trust you have attended to Kagome’s hip.” She speaks confidently. The damage her sister took angers her greatly. “Yes, the cut was minor.” Kaede speaks knowing it's a matter of pride for the girl. Inuyasha glances at Kagome, she looks so much like Kikyo it hurts.

He catches her eye and she quickly looks away blushing. He sits down by her and tries to make conversation, it's not much like him but he is curious about his stoic leader.

“Aka? Isn't that a weird name for a girl?” Inuyasha asks. “Her name is actually Akuma… Aka is a nickname.” She explains, shifting uncomfortably. Akuma? Inuyasha gets an odd feeling, he glances at Aka, she sits sharpening her sword apathetic to the surrounding world.

“Why'd your parents name her that?” He can't help but ask.

“Ah um, I'd rather not…” The girl speaks nervously.

“Because I'm the product of rape.” Aka answers, her voice monotone almost unphased. Inuyasha stops asking questions after that. But the old women propositions one of her own, “Ye are not human, what are ye?”

Kagome also wondered about what happened to her sister earlier, the girl went demon and slashed up the centipede youkai. “Sounga is a demon, we fight as one being.”

“So when ye fights, ye become a demon?” Kaede responds, Aka nods. “What kind?” Inuyasha asks, he is half inuyoukai.

“I become a flesh eating Oni.” She responds. Kagome shakes, she's still my sister, she won't hurt me -- she has to remind herself. She knows Aka is many things, loyal included. Kaede shakes her head at the situation, it's somewhat of a bad joke. The girl herself is named demon and nicknamed ‘Aka, the red orge’.

Kaede no longer held any suspicions of the twins. She turns to Kagome, explaining the Shikon Jewel and her role as its protector. Inuyasha sits in the far corner of the hut, grunting and bitching to the old woman when she brings up Kikyo, his former love.

Aka remained silent during Kaede’s lengthy recounting of facts, a few things caught her interest.

The following three days move slowly, Kagome spends her time following around the elder priestess and Inuyasha complaining in the background.

Aka does a series of muscle building exercises, sprints laps around the village and sharpens Sounga.

Inuyasha has to admit he is a bit baffled by the intensity of her workout. When the temperature increases the orge girl strips off her shirt like a boy, her chest barely covered by a black chest wrap.

Inuyasha’s face goes red, that attire is less modest than a brothel whore’s. What gets his attention are the large gashes on her back, they are healed over thick scars -- those had to have been serious wounds, another thing that surprises him is the muscle definition of her body. Sure, she is positively female with a nice set of curves but her body is toned like a man’s. She's got more muscle than Inuyasha does.

When Aka finishes her warm up, she goes off to hunt something for her sister and herself to eat for dinner. She moves fast and soundlessly, in search of sizable prey.

“Look a little human, how delicious!!” Aka’s head snaps in the direction of the voice, a talking bear? Hm, sizable enough.

She won't need Sounga for this one, she cracks her knuckles a few times before rushing the bear youkai, she latches her teeth onto the creature throat and bites down.

With a final move she rips away the flesh between her teeth and swallows down the hunk of core. The dead bear lays at her feet.

Perhaps it is too big? She knows it will be difficult to carry, not because of the weight but because of how large it is. With a grunt she grips Sounga in one hand and grips the thick fur of the bear in the other.

She drags the corpse behind her as she begins her journey back to the village.

The effort takes a long time. When she returns the tone of the village is solemn. Her sister sits on the ground in front of Kaede’s hut, the girl is looking down in shame. “What happened.” Aka demands, startling the other girl.

Her head remains down and she puts her face in her hands, “The Jewel, it was my responsibility but I broke it and the shards scattered throughout all of Japan. This is all that's left, Aka we need to get it back. Please help me, I won't ask anything of you ever again.” Kagome looks into her sister's face with tears in her eyes.

The serious of the moment is lost when her eyes land on Aka’s heavy load. “Holy shit is that a bear?!?!” The girl yelps pointing a finger at the furry thing. Inuyasha glances down at the two when he here's Kagome’s yell.

He falls out of the tree, “What the hell? Keh that's a god damn bear alright.” Aka shrugs, “Dinner.” She remarks.

---

“Lord Sesshomaru! Lord Sesshomaru! Lord… Ouch, ouch it hurts!” A green imp calls after the silver haired inu daiyoukai only to be hit with a series of pebbles. “We approach, be silent Jaken.” He speaks in a smooth monotone voice. The two sit atop a giant orge, which clenches another demon in its hand. The orge stomps into Kaede’s village.

Aka exits the small hut when she hears the villagers screaming, again. Inuyasha is already ahead of her and Kagome follows closely behind. She comes up to stand in front of the angry hanyo.

“Sesshomaru you bastard! What are you doing here?!” Inuyasha yells at his brother.

“This one has come to claim what rightfully belongs to him, give me father’s sword. And hurry, lest your human mother with be crushed.” Sesshomaru returns glaring at his filthy half sibling.

Aka regards the situation with a bit of annoyance, the situation is becoming more of a pain in the ass by the minutes. She does admit to herself that the older inuyoukai is quite attractive, unfortunately he poses a threat and therefore she can not allow him to exist.

Sesshomaru’s attention refocuses on a woman dressed in male clothing when he hears the unsheathing of a blade. “Sounga.”

Shock passes through his body, Sounga was his father’s second sword. He watches the blade pulse and the girl’s features shift into that of a humanoid demon. He barely has time to dodge when she slices the giant orge into two, but he is again surprised when she stabs the blade through the demon masquerading as Inuyasha’s mother.

“Aka!” The hanyo screams in rage at the girl not noticing the corpses transformation. Aka lands calmly, her feet cushioned by a chunk of the ogre's face.

“Inuyasha, play dead.” She orders apathetically, in a manner that reminds Jaken of Lord Sesshomaru. Inuyasha slams into the ground, “Inuyasha look she's not your mother! She doesn't have a face!” Kagome points out in astonishment, she turns to her sister, “How did you know?”

In truth, Sesshomaru is also wondering that very question. A vicious smirk works its way onto Aka’s face, “I didn't.” Kagome blanches, “Then why…” Aka chuckles darkly, “This Aka does not like obnoxious things.” She mocks the surprised Daiyoukai. “So how bout it? Want me to rip your head off, fucker?” She inclines her head in Sesshomaru's direction.

Sesshomaru does not know what to think of the girl, he's never met a woman like her. Sesshomaru has lived a long time, he'd met plenty of female warriors but this one was different. Regardless, he had an objective.

He ignores her and lunges for Inuyasha, shoving clawed fingers into one of his eyes.

He smirks at his victory, removing the black pearl from the hanyo’s eye. “What's that?” Kagome asks in the background, somewhat unphased by the violence.

“Don't follow me.” Sesshomaru says to Aka before passing into a portal opened by the black pearl.

Of course Aka leaps after the boy without hesitation. Inuyasha and Kagome leap after her, the three fall from the sky towards a giant pile of bones.

Inuyasha pulls Kagome onto his back, shielding her from the fall. Aka just braces herself, they smash through the skull and into what once was the mouth of the demon.

Sesshomaru reaches out to draw the Tessaiga but the blade shocks him before he can even make contact with it. Enraged, he slams his hand around the swords handle -- he's shot back against the other side of the skull by what felt like a bolt of lightning.

Aka lands in a crouch beside the Tessaiga. This is what he was after? Perhaps the sword is special like her, Sounga. She grasps the hilt of the other sword and pulls it from the ground appraising it for a moment. The sword requires much repair.

“Give this Sesshomaru the Tessaiga.”

“Oh and why should I? This sword had judged you unworthy.” She mouths off to the angry dog demon.

“That was my father's sword, it should go to me. I'm the oldest! Instead he gives it to that worthless half demon and leaves me this sword. This sword can't kill it can only resurrect the dead.” He growls at the woman.

“This sword is not meant for you. I can understand your father’s wishes but I can't forgive him for disrespecting your mother with another woman and, nor can I forgive him for putting himself above the needs of his child.”

“It is my firm belief that: When someone has a child their life isn't about them anymore, the child always comes first. You hate Inuyasha for representing all of your father’s betrayals but I can not condone that either, if you want to blame someone then blame your father.” She clenches her fist and grinds her teeth angrily.

Sesshomaru is completely focused on everything she's saying. She so utterly understood every aspect of the situation.

“If you still want the Tessaiga despite what I've said, then I'll give it to you.” She shrugs, Inuyasha blanches.

“Hey! I thought you just said that you understand father’s wishes and that the sword doesn't belong to that bastard! That doesn't make any sense!” Inuyasha points angrily in her direction, his irritation and the confusion causing his temper to boil over.

Aka shrugs, “I do understand his wishes, but that doesn't mean I’ll respect them. Inuyasha, Sesshomaru -- your father is dead and when he was alive -- sounds like he was a real bastard. As far as I'm concerned, he can go fuck himself.” Aka finishes, sticking her middle finger towards the sky.

Sesshomaru lets out a rumble, he does not have much of a sense of humor, but this girl… He lets out a deep chuckle, and Inuyasha bites his lip in silence. There's a certain level of truth to her words.

She quirks a lip at the two, “Sesshomaru, your free. You don't have to carry on in his shadow, fight with your own strength and live as you please. You’ve already surpassed your father. Your are strong, and because of that you can escape the shackles of the powerless, because in this world there is but one truth: Those who are weak have no fate, the world is cruel and if you do not become strong you will live a meaningless existence awaiting the abyss.” Her words turn cold, and the three observe the girl and begin to understand her.

“You have choices, Sesshomaru, don't you throw them away. If you ever bend your back for anyone then I will never forgive you.” Aka gazes intensely into his eyes, daring him to obey.

There is no question, he words are absolute and they make his chest flutter. His beast rises in contentment, her presence pulls out feelings he did not know he was capable of.

“This sword, Tenseiga is useless to me. This Sesshomaru has no precious people and such a sword serves little purpose. Take it, you are a swordsman, are you not?” He pulls Tenseiga from his side and holds it out to the orge girl. Kagome observes her sister closely,

Aka has talked more than she has ever heard her speak. And she respects Sesshomaru, Aka doesn't respect anyone… Kagome has always been under the impression that Aka simply hated everyone. Aka is… she's blushing?

Sure enough the female oni’s cheeks were stained red as she looked into the face of the inu daiyoukai. “Your giving Tenseiga to me?” Sesshomaru nods once and she strides up to him. Clutching the sheathed Sounga, and dull rusted Tessaiga to her chest with one arm.

She reaches for the sword being extended toward her, her hand lingers over the quiet inu youkai. She smiles genuinely at him, inclining her head slightly.

“I thank you, this sword is beautiful.”

Sesshomaru feels a tingling sensation when the warmth of her fingers pass over his, a shiver runs down his spine when she smiles.

He mentally shakes himself, he will not be intimidated or whatever this feeling is, by a human girl.

“Tenseiga and Tessaiga are twin swords forged from the fangs of my father. What will you do with them now that you wield them both?” He asks the girl seriously.

Aka answers immediately, “Tessaiga requires heavy repair, that I shall see to first. But beyond that, I am going to reclaim all the shards of the Shikon Jewel, and then I'm going to build a better world. With Sounga, I shall cut down those who oppose me. With Tenseiga I shall save everyone who deserves it, and with Tessaiga I will product myself, my way of life, and my younger sister.”

She speaks firmly, her voice getting louder as she finishes her statement. She feels the three swords pulse against her chest in agreement of their master. With her right hand she clutches Tessaiga and Sounga to her chest and with her free hand she grips the hilt of Tessaiga.

The sword transforms into a large fang like appearance, “Show me your power, Tessaiga.” She slashes away from the three bystanders. “Backlash wave.” She utters as the sweep of the sword sends energy hurling in the direction of her strike, blasting a hole straight through bone.

She smirks, in satisfaction at the result. She wills the sword to return to its former appearance before clutching it against her other two weapons.

“I'm going to conquer the world and create a better one, a world in which we can all live free of hatred. I'm going to make a world, that allows you to feel.”

The three stare at the oni in pure shock, the only indication of Sesshomaru’s surprise was the slight widening of his eyes. Kagome has always looked up to her sister, but this is something else…

In front of Kagome’s eyes the girl transformed much like the Tessaiga. The gap between them widened thousand fold and Kagome realized the Aka’s true strength.

Aka will never break, never concede -- Aka is a warrior who has caught their entire life just for the right to pull air into her lungs and let her heart beat.

Aka is no longer just Kagome’s stoic sister, she's her hero.

“A bold statement indeed. This one will leave you with a piece of useful information since you wield all of the swords of my father. A demon named Totosai forged the swords, he will be able to repair the Tessaiga. Inuyasha knows the way.” He moves to leave.

“Just you wait Sesshomaru, I'll prove my words to you.” Aka reinforces as the daiyoukai pauses, his back to her he turns his head.

“Perhaps then you will be worthy of this Sesshomaru.” He smirks, a glint in his eyes.

She catches his meaning, a sly look crossing her face. Inuyasha is lost to what in going on between the two.

“You’ll see, Sesshomaru. I'm going to take over the world and then I'm going to make you my woman.”

Sesshomaru chuckles and begins his return to the portal. He did not get what he came for but this had turned into an interesting turn of events.

“Keh! What the hell?” Inuyasha yells at Aka.

The girl returns to her typical monotone state, “Inuyasha, play dead.” She glances at her sister, “Kagome, we go now.”

Kagome smiles at her twin, “Okay, so what's next Aka? We’re going to the Totosai guy, right?” She speaks happily, following after her big sister. “Yes, Inuyasha stop messing around.” She speaks to them both, Inuyasha still lays in a crater, twitching when she calls his name.

Kagome grew to be a bright, social girl with a rare sort or resiliency and Souta began to grow into a fine boy. It was her other daughter, Aka that concerned her.

The girl spent almost every waking moment either practicing or sharpening that sword, Aka found on the shrine grounds. Aka talked about it like it was a person.

She found the thing soon after they moved in with her father, Yuriko never pushed because part of her pitied the girl and she assumed that the sword was her way of coping.

But as Aka grew into her teens it became apparent that it was much more than that, it was an obsession.

Aka brought the sword with her everywhere she went, she took it in the shower with her and she slept next to it. The amount of care Aka put into Sounga was more intense than any relationship Yuriko had ever had.

Yuriko had only seen Aka smile twice, both times had been when she happened to observe the girl practicing with the sword.

She moved like a master swordsman within a year of having the thing, it frightened Yuriko.

There wasn't anything she could do, all she could be was thankful for two normal children.

---

Kagome and her younger brother, Souta were getting ready for school. Kagome smiled at her mother, giving her a kiss on the cheek. “We’re going now.”

Yuriko returned her daughter’s smile, “Try and convince Aka to go with you, she's in the yard.”

Kagome nods at her mother, “I’ll try.” She turns and runs to the door swinging it open, “Honey watch out! Buyo is going to get out!” Yuriko yells to Kagome but the cat is already brushing past the girl's ankles and into freedom.

“Buyo!” Kagome screens after the cat as it runs towards the well house. Aka sprints towards the small shed of a building, Kagome right on her heals.

Aka pulls the door back and she watches the cat jump onto the lip of the well. Aka jumps straight for him but unfortunately so does Kagome, Kagome bumps into her older twin shoving them both down the well.

A purple light envelops the girls and a centipede woman comes straight for them. Kagome shrieks, barely having time to react Aka places her body between the yokai and her sister.

Sharp claws find her back and take from the top of her shoulder to her lower back. Blood spurts of the wounds temporarily blinding the demon, it's just enough time for the two to reach the end of the purple light.

The twins slam against the bottom of the well. Kagome is gasping heavily still in shock. Aka turns her front to the girl, hiding her wounds. She reaches up to her bun and pulls it lose, her mid thigh black hair assures that the other girl will not be allowed to see the damage inflicted by the yokai’s claws.

Aka knows immediately that they are no longer in the well house, open sky is visible at the top of the well.

“Kagome, start climbing the ladder.” She urges the girl. Kagome gulps, “Now.” She orders. If Aka goes first she knows the blood will drip down, and she doesn't plan on chancing her clumsy sister taking a fall.

Kagome waits for her at the top of the well. “Where are we?” Aka doesn't answer but she shrugs Sounga off her shoulder and tosses aside the fabric sleeve for the blade and his sheath.

She discards the material onto the ground and Kagome gulps in response.

“Whatever the case, I’ll protect us, Kagome. Your fear is insulting.” Aka walks forward in a straight line through the forest.

“Is that a boy?” Kagome gasps, pointing at a white haired teen dressed in red who is stuck to a tree by an arrow.

Aka tilts her head, and observes him. He appears to be sleeping, dead maybe? It is irrelevant. “Stay away from Inuyasha.” An old woman speaks as she comes through the trees. “What is ye business here in the forest of Inuyasha? Are ye demons?” She questions.

“We don't know where we are, you have to help us, please!” Kagome gasps out, beginning to cry.

While the old woman, Aka now knows as Kaede was first suspicious of them she warmed up to Kagome quickly, saying that she reminded her of her sister.

Kaede lead them to the small hut she resided in and took turns with her sister explaining the location and situation respectively. Kaede went on to explain demons like the centipede woman Kagome described and half demons like Inuyasha.

At the talk of demons Aka decided to cut in, “I require medical attention. Would you be willing to assist me?” She asks the woman as politely as she is able.

Kaede turns to her in surprise, “Ye are hurt?” Aka nods, “I will help ye, show me ye injuries.” Aka nods again.

“Kagome, go outside and do not come back until I say it's alright.” She orders giving the girl no room to question her decision.

Kagome gives her a weak smile before leaving the hut.

Aka sets Sounga at her side and pulls her hair back up into a bun and pulls off her shirt and and bra. Both articles of clothing had been shredded beyond repair and were now only in the way.

She turns her back to the old woman and kneels, “Why did ye not say anything earlier!?!? Does ye not realize these are death wounds if not tended to in time?!?!” Kaede berates in shock at the amount of damage done to the girl’s back.

“We are in a foreign land it was of greater importance to ascertain whether or not you were a threat.” She solemnly answers.

“Ye are a warrior at heart.” The woman nods, she moves around the hut grabbing supplies. When she has what she needs she kneels behind the teen and strings a thread through a needle.

“These will need to be sewn shut then cleaned.” Aka simply shrugs and absently caresses Sounga.

Upon finishing cleaning the blood from the stitched up flesh of Aka’s back, she politely asks the girl, “Ye needs clothing, what does ye prefer to wear?” Aka thinks for a moment, “Black, men's clothing will do. I do not wish to dress in priestess garb nor a kimono.”

Kaede nods at the odd request and exits the hut. She returns with a black hatori shirt and hakama pants. Aka dresses silently before letting her hair down again.

Kaede looks her over, she's a beautiful girl but it's a shame her skin was ruined, she knows the girl, Aka will not care but for a female to bare the scars she would…

Kaede had only to most utter respect for this young woman even though she is dressed in man's clothing, wields a sword and is showing more cleavage than a common whore would.

Kaede shakes her head, yeah this girl is something.

Aka knows the old woman is appraising her, she's familiar with that look. “Aaah!” Her thoughts are interrupted by a set of loud screams and crashing noises. She leaps into action, throwing herself out of the hut. The yokai from earlier is chasing her sister toward Inuyasha’s forest. Aka rips off Sounga’s sheath, tossing it aside as she sprints after her sister. When she catches up the centipede woman has wrapped around her sister and Inuyasha.

“Give me the jewel!” Aka growls, Kagome is busy talking to Inuyasha but Aka doesn't hear what they're saying. In that moment she could only see red.

“Sounga.” The name let's lose for her lips, the sword pulses and she feels his aura spread throughout her body, oni horns adorn her forehead and her eyes bleed red.

She rushes the youkai in rage, moving faster than possible for a human, Aka slices the youkai into a pile of messy gore.

She slashes air, removing all traces of blood from her sword. “Sounga.” She repeats his name and her features return to normal. All attention is now on her.

The old woman and scared villagers walk into the clearing. “Sheath.” She addresses the woman. Kaede tosses it in Aka’s direction.

She lifts the blade into the hair and catches it perfectly onto the sword.

“Kagome, why has ye freed Inuyasha?” Kaede speaks in worry.

The boy chuckles darkly and rips his claws into the Kikyo lookalike’s hip. Kagome screams as a purple jewel is ripped from her hip, Inuyasha lungs for the thing. Grabbing a hold of it he takes off in a run.

Kaede starts a chant and beads fly at Inuyasha, forming a necklace around his neck. “Quickly one of ye speak the words of subjugation!” Kaede yells.

“Words of subjugation, words of subjugation..” Kagome thinks aloud in panic. “Inuyasha, play dead.” Aka speaks with a hard voice -- the result in instantaneous, Inuyasha smashes hard against the ground.

Aka strides slowly toward the boy, she plucks the jewel from his hand and tosses it to Kagome. “This came from your body, it belongs with you.” Luckily the other girl catches it. Now what to do with the boy… He’s under her control now but he hurt her sister and to Aka, that is unforgivable. “Your name is Inuyasha, isn't it?” She kneels in front of him.

“Keh, what's it to you?” He defends angrily trying to hide his nervousness.

“You have two choices, you can either become mine voluntarily or I'll kill you right here and now. It doesn't matter to me, whatever you choose, your life is mine either way.” She glares down at him.

Inuyasha stares at her face, despite being human she reminds him much of his older half brother. She has an aura of complete resolve, he has no doubt that she would kill him without a second thought.

“You'll kill me anyway, because I'm a half demon. Don't pretend to care.” He spouts off, “I'll kill you because you put a scar on my sister’s body. I do not care what or who you are. Now pick, my patience is running out.” She grits out.

Inuyasha’s eyes widen in surprise, she doesn't care? She was just protecting her sister… Inuyasha doesn't want to die like this, he figures he can get the jewel when she puts her guard down. “I want to live.” She narrows her eyes, “Say it.”

Inuyasha bites back a growl, this girl is just like that bastard Sesshomaru. “I belong to you.”

She turns and walks back towards the village, “Come.” He pushes himself off the ground and follows behind his alpha, as a inuyoukai submitting to her made them pack.

Aka pushes her way into the familiar hut, “I trust you have attended to Kagome’s hip.” She speaks confidently. The damage her sister took angers her greatly. “Yes, the cut was minor.” Kaede speaks knowing it's a matter of pride for the girl. Inuyasha glances at Kagome, she looks so much like Kikyo it hurts.

He catches her eye and she quickly looks away blushing. He sits down by her and tries to make conversation, it's not much like him but he is curious about his stoic leader.

“Aka? Isn't that a weird name for a girl?” Inuyasha asks. “Her name is actually Akuma… Aka is a nickname.” She explains, shifting uncomfortably. Akuma? Inuyasha gets an odd feeling, he glances at Aka, she sits sharpening her sword apathetic to the surrounding world.

“Why'd your parents name her that?” He can't help but ask.

“Ah um, I'd rather not…” The girl speaks nervously.

“Because I'm the product of rape.” Aka answers, her voice monotone almost unphased. Inuyasha stops asking questions after that. But the old women propositions one of her own, “Ye are not human, what are ye?”

Kagome also wondered about what happened to her sister earlier, the girl went demon and slashed up the centipede youkai. “Sounga is a demon, we fight as one being.”

“So when ye fights, ye become a demon?” Kaede responds, Aka nods. “What kind?” Inuyasha asks, he is half inuyoukai.

“I become a flesh eating Oni.” She responds. Kagome shakes, she's still my sister, she won't hurt me -- she has to remind herself. She knows Aka is many things, loyal included. Kaede shakes her head at the situation, it's somewhat of a bad joke. The girl herself is named demon and nicknamed ‘Aka, the red orge’.

Kaede no longer held any suspicions of the twins. She turns to Kagome, explaining the Shikon Jewel and her role as its protector. Inuyasha sits in the far corner of the hut, grunting and bitching to the old woman when she brings up Kikyo, his former love.

Aka remained silent during Kaede’s lengthy recounting of facts, a few things caught her interest.

The following three days move slowly, Kagome spends her time following around the elder priestess and Inuyasha complaining in the background.

Aka does a series of muscle building exercises, sprints laps around the village and sharpens Sounga.

Inuyasha has to admit he is a bit baffled by the intensity of her workout. When the temperature increases the orge girl strips off her shirt like a boy, her chest barely covered by a black chest wrap.

Inuyasha’s face goes red, that attire is less modest than a brothel whore’s. What gets his attention are the large gashes on her back, they are healed over thick scars -- those had to have been serious wounds, another thing that surprises him is the muscle definition of her body. Sure, she is positively female with a nice set of curves but her body is toned like a man’s. She's got more muscle than Inuyasha does.

When Aka finishes her warm up, she goes off to hunt something for her sister and herself to eat for dinner. She moves fast and soundlessly, in search of sizable prey.

“Look a little human, how delicious!!” Aka’s head snaps in the direction of the voice, a talking bear? Hm, sizable enough.

She won't need Sounga for this one, she cracks her knuckles a few times before rushing the bear youkai, she latches her teeth onto the creature throat and bites down.

With a final move she rips away the flesh between her teeth and swallows down the hunk of core. The dead bear lays at her feet.

Perhaps it is too big? She knows it will be difficult to carry, not because of the weight but because of how large it is. With a grunt she grips Sounga in one hand and grips the thick fur of the bear in the other.

She drags the corpse behind her as she begins her journey back to the village.

The effort takes a long time. When she returns the tone of the village is solemn. Her sister sits on the ground in front of Kaede’s hut, the girl is looking down in shame. “What happened.” Aka demands, startling the other girl.

Her head remains down and she puts her face in her hands, “The Jewel, it was my responsibility but I broke it and the shards scattered throughout all of Japan. This is all that's left, Aka we need to get it back. Please help me, I won't ask anything of you ever again.” Kagome looks into her sister's face with tears in her eyes.

The serious of the moment is lost when her eyes land on Aka’s heavy load. “Holy shit is that a bear?!?!” The girl yelps pointing a finger at the furry thing. Inuyasha glances down at the two when he here's Kagome’s yell.

He falls out of the tree, “What the hell? Keh that's a god damn bear alright.” Aka shrugs, “Dinner.” She remarks.

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“Lord Sesshomaru! Lord Sesshomaru! Lord… Ouch, ouch it hurts!” A green imp calls after the silver haired inu daiyoukai only to be hit with a series of pebbles. “We approach, be silent Jaken.” He speaks in a smooth monotone voice. The two sit atop a giant orge, which clenches another demon in its hand. The orge stomps into Kaede’s village.

Aka exits the small hut when she hears the villagers screaming, again. Inuyasha is already ahead of her and Kagome follows closely behind. She comes up to stand in front of the angry hanyo.

“Sesshomaru you bastard! What are you doing here?!” Inuyasha yells at his brother.

“This one has come to claim what rightfully belongs to him, give me father’s sword. And hurry, lest your human mother with be crushed.” Sesshomaru returns glaring at his filthy half sibling.

Aka regards the situation with a bit of annoyance, the situation is becoming more of a pain in the ass by the minutes. She does admit to herself that the older inuyoukai is quite attractive, unfortunately he poses a threat and therefore she can not allow him to exist.

Sesshomaru’s attention refocuses on a woman dressed in male clothing when he hears the unsheathing of a blade. “Sounga.”

Shock passes through his body, Sounga was his father’s second sword. He watches the blade pulse and the girl’s features shift into that of a humanoid demon. He barely has time to dodge when she slices the giant orge into two, but he is again surprised when she stabs the blade through the demon masquerading as Inuyasha’s mother.

“Aka!” The hanyo screams in rage at the girl not noticing the corpses transformation. Aka lands calmly, her feet cushioned by a chunk of the ogre's face.

“Inuyasha, play dead.” She orders apathetically, in a manner that reminds Jaken of Lord Sesshomaru. Inuyasha slams into the ground, “Inuyasha look she's not your mother! She doesn't have a face!” Kagome points out in astonishment, she turns to her sister, “How did you know?”

In truth, Sesshomaru is also wondering that very question. A vicious smirk works its way onto Aka’s face, “I didn't.” Kagome blanches, “Then why…” Aka chuckles darkly, “This Aka does not like obnoxious things.” She mocks the surprised Daiyoukai. “So how bout it? Want me to rip your head off, fucker?” She inclines her head in Sesshomaru's direction.

Sesshomaru does not know what to think of the girl, he's never met a woman like her. Sesshomaru has lived a long time, he'd met plenty of female warriors but this one was different. Regardless, he had an objective.

He ignores her and lunges for Inuyasha, shoving clawed fingers into one of his eyes.

He smirks at his victory, removing the black pearl from the hanyo’s eye. “What's that?” Kagome asks in the background, somewhat unphased by the violence.

“Don't follow me.” Sesshomaru says to Aka before passing into a portal opened by the black pearl.

Of course Aka leaps after the boy without hesitation. Inuyasha and Kagome leap after her, the three fall from the sky towards a giant pile of bones.

Inuyasha pulls Kagome onto his back, shielding her from the fall. Aka just braces herself, they smash through the skull and into what once was the mouth of the demon.

Sesshomaru reaches out to draw the Tessaiga but the blade shocks him before he can even make contact with it. Enraged, he slams his hand around the swords handle -- he's shot back against the other side of the skull by what felt like a bolt of lightning.

Aka lands in a crouch beside the Tessaiga. This is what he was after? Perhaps the sword is special like her, Sounga. She grasps the hilt of the other sword and pulls it from the ground appraising it for a moment. The sword requires much repair.

“Give this Sesshomaru the Tessaiga.”

“Oh and why should I? This sword had judged you unworthy.” She mouths off to the angry dog demon.

“That was my father's sword, it should go to me. I'm the oldest! Instead he gives it to that worthless half demon and leaves me this sword. This sword can't kill it can only resurrect the dead.” He growls at the woman.

“This sword is not meant for you. I can understand your father’s wishes but I can't forgive him for disrespecting your mother with another woman and, nor can I forgive him for putting himself above the needs of his child.”

“It is my firm belief that: When someone has a child their life isn't about them anymore, the child always comes first. You hate Inuyasha for representing all of your father’s betrayals but I can not condone that either, if you want to blame someone then blame your father.” She clenches her fist and grinds her teeth angrily.

Sesshomaru is completely focused on everything she's saying. She so utterly understood every aspect of the situation.

“If you still want the Tessaiga despite what I've said, then I'll give it to you.” She shrugs, Inuyasha blanches.

“Hey! I thought you just said that you understand father’s wishes and that the sword doesn't belong to that bastard! That doesn't make any sense!” Inuyasha points angrily in her direction, his irritation and the confusion causing his temper to boil over.

Aka shrugs, “I do understand his wishes, but that doesn't mean I’ll respect them. Inuyasha, Sesshomaru -- your father is dead and when he was alive -- sounds like he was a real bastard. As far as I'm concerned, he can go fuck himself.” Aka finishes, sticking her middle finger towards the sky.

Sesshomaru lets out a rumble, he does not have much of a sense of humor, but this girl… He lets out a deep chuckle, and Inuyasha bites his lip in silence. There's a certain level of truth to her words.

She quirks a lip at the two, “Sesshomaru, your free. You don't have to carry on in his shadow, fight with your own strength and live as you please. You’ve already surpassed your father. Your are strong, and because of that you can escape the shackles of the powerless, because in this world there is but one truth: Those who are weak have no fate, the world is cruel and if you do not become strong you will live a meaningless existence awaiting the abyss.” Her words turn cold, and the three observe the girl and begin to understand her.

“You have choices, Sesshomaru, don't you throw them away. If you ever bend your back for anyone then I will never forgive you.” Aka gazes intensely into his eyes, daring him to obey.

There is no question, he words are absolute and they make his chest flutter. His beast rises in contentment, her presence pulls out feelings he did not know he was capable of.

“This sword, Tenseiga is useless to me. This Sesshomaru has no precious people and such a sword serves little purpose. Take it, you are a swordsman, are you not?” He pulls Tenseiga from his side and holds it out to the orge girl. Kagome observes her sister closely,

Aka has talked more than she has ever heard her speak. And she respects Sesshomaru, Aka doesn't respect anyone… Kagome has always been under the impression that Aka simply hated everyone. Aka is… she's blushing?

Sure enough the female oni’s cheeks were stained red as she looked into the face of the inu daiyoukai. “Your giving Tenseiga to me?” Sesshomaru nods once and she strides up to him. Clutching the sheathed Sounga, and dull rusted Tessaiga to her chest with one arm.

She reaches for the sword being extended toward her, her hand lingers over the quiet inu youkai. She smiles genuinely at him, inclining her head slightly.

“I thank you, this sword is beautiful.”

Sesshomaru feels a tingling sensation when the warmth of her fingers pass over his, a shiver runs down his spine when she smiles.

He mentally shakes himself, he will not be intimidated or whatever this feeling is, by a human girl.

“Tenseiga and Tessaiga are twin swords forged from the fangs of my father. What will you do with them now that you wield them both?” He asks the girl seriously.

Aka answers immediately, “Tessaiga requires heavy repair, that I shall see to first. But beyond that, I am going to reclaim all the shards of the Shikon Jewel, and then I'm going to build a better world. With Sounga, I shall cut down those who oppose me. With Tenseiga I shall save everyone who deserves it, and with Tessaiga I will product myself, my way of life, and my younger sister.”

She speaks firmly, her voice getting louder as she finishes her statement. She feels the three swords pulse against her chest in agreement of their master. With her right hand she clutches Tessaiga and Sounga to her chest and with her free hand she grips the hilt of Tessaiga.

The sword transforms into a large fang like appearance, “Show me your power, Tessaiga.” She slashes away from the three bystanders. “Backlash wave.” She utters as the sweep of the sword sends energy hurling in the direction of her strike, blasting a hole straight through bone.

She smirks, in satisfaction at the result. She wills the sword to return to its former appearance before clutching it against her other two weapons.

“I'm going to conquer the world and create a better one, a world in which we can all live free of hatred. I'm going to make a world, that allows you to feel.”

The three stare at the oni in pure shock, the only indication of Sesshomaru’s surprise was the slight widening of his eyes. Kagome has always looked up to her sister, but this is something else…

In front of Kagome’s eyes the girl transformed much like the Tessaiga. The gap between them widened thousand fold and Kagome realized the Aka’s true strength.

Aka will never break, never concede -- Aka is a warrior who has caught their entire life just for the right to pull air into her lungs and let her heart beat.

Aka is no longer just Kagome’s stoic sister, she's her hero.

“A bold statement indeed. This one will leave you with a piece of useful information since you wield all of the swords of my father. A demon named Totosai forged the swords, he will be able to repair the Tessaiga. Inuyasha knows the way.” He moves to leave.

“Just you wait Sesshomaru, I'll prove my words to you.” Aka reinforces as the daiyoukai pauses, his back to her he turns his head.

“Perhaps then you will be worthy of this Sesshomaru.” He smirks, a glint in his eyes.

She catches his meaning, a sly look crossing her face. Inuyasha is lost to what in going on between the two.

“You’ll see, Sesshomaru. I'm going to take over the world and then I'm going to make you my woman.”

Sesshomaru chuckles and begins his return to the portal. He did not get what he came for but this had turned into an interesting turn of events.

“Keh! What the hell?” Inuyasha yells at Aka.

The girl returns to her typical monotone state, “Inuyasha, play dead.” She glances at her sister, “Kagome, we go now.”

Kagome smiles at her twin, “Okay, so what's next Aka? We’re going to the Totosai guy, right?” She speaks happily, following after her big sister. “Yes, Inuyasha stop messing around.” She speaks to them both, Inuyasha still lays in a crater, twitching when she calls his name.