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Touken Ranbu: Pair of Flowers

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They said history shouldn't be change. But what if it already did?

**Original Timeline**

"Huh?"

"Is something the matter?"

"Something is off..."

"Ah! Yamatonokami-san!"

"He disappeared!"

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"What a strange thing to happen."

Imanotsurugi and Iwastoshii had an agreement while looking at the photo where Yamatonokami Yasusada should be.

It has become a ruckus in citadel due to this weird phenomenon. "Yeah you are right." Added by Ishikirimaru with his hunch. "I have a bad feeling about this."

Before he looks over to Mikadzuki Munechika who had a serious look at his face. "What do you think?"

Mikadzuki narrowed his eyes and focus his vision to the photo where Yamatonokami is nowhere existing. "This probably means that something is happening at the Ikeda Inn." He says. Kogitsunemaru couldn't get the gist of it so he asks. "What could it be?"

"Yamatonokami," Mikadzuki specified the possible source of the problem. "If he were to try and alter the history..." he trailed off with a darkening voice.

"Alter the history? What will happen?" Iwatooshi was a bit impatient and so is everyone.

They waited for him to finish even though they wanted him to hurry.

Mikadzuki refuses to look at everyone instead he kept his gaze beyond as he tells them partly the truth from alternating the history. "A new assassin will appear, though I hope my suspicions are wrong..." he did sound concerned.

The Sanjo swords echoed his name. "Yamatonokami..."

But Kogitsunemaru tried to cheer everyone up by positive thinking.

"Guys, do not worry! Shinsengumi swords have strong bonds." Imanotsurugi perk his head and agreed.

"Yeah right! Whatever happens,Kashuu-san is there!" Iwatooshi laughs and says too.

"That is right! Kashuu-dono will take care of him!" Ishikirimaru nods and joined their positivity.

"He is the most veteran member of this citadel. We can depend on Kashuu-san." The Sanjo swords started to laugh at eachother but not Mikadzuki.

Mikadzuki Munechika is still not confident on that, he had doubts but he pretended to chill with them regarding this matter.

"Let's pray for their safety then."

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Meanwhile, evening of june 5th 1864 - Kyoto.

"Yasusada...!" Kashuu was frantic as he is covered in bruises.

He never doubted him at all. He trusted him because they had an agreement about it before arriving here in Ikedaya Inn. To stop the retrograde army yet...

"What do you think you are doing?!"

On the second floor, the distance between them is the staircase itself. The familiar blue haori with a mark of sincerity, slowly he turned around and softly said the other's name. "Kiyomitsu." To let him know that he can still converse. Kashuu did not hesitate to ask, but he was fearful that the answer will be just there...

"These corpses...did you slay them?" However the other did not respond fast. Kashuu's voice began to plead in denial and being unable to call his name to be listened on to. "...Answer me, idiot!?" For him to shook his head in desperation, Yamatonokami Yasusada frowned a little before he became emotionless as he shared his sincere confession.

"Kiyomitsu...I...I did it for Okita-kun." Taking a look at his bloodied hands with his sword itself.

Yamatonokami was not even shaken by the sight, because he always missed this sensation...the battlefield with uncalled deaths.

"He..he needed help. It cannot be helped. He..he was coughing blood. He may get slashes on if I did not..." That's it. Kashuu snaps and made his battle cry.

"Yasusada!"

About to go up stairs, a voice interrupted him to pause for a second. "What's going in here?!" It was Izuminokami Kanesada with Nagasone Kotetsu, Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki and of course Horikawa Kunihiro. Hesitant, Kanesada approached Kashuu whose visibly bloody angry. "H-Hey..."

Nagasone who can tell what will Kashuu do any moment now, he leap to Kanesada's side to pull onto Kashuu's angry wrist with his tightening grip onto his own sword. Kashuu growled darkly. He knows Nagasone is trying to stop his bloodlust. "Let me kill him." He said it.

Horikawa tried to snap him out from anger for some logic. "But Kiyomitsu-san! That is Yasusada-san! Your partner-" Kashuu is so done with it that he shouted at his other friends. "Not anymore Horikawa!" He pointed above the staircase with the cold blooded Yasusada who just broke the rule. "That person betrayed Aruji for our dead master! Now the history is messed up!"

Yasusada flinched on his harsh statement and he decided to descend a bit on the staircase while his voice was dark yet same time unreadable if he would hurt him back. "So you don't agree with me Kiyomitsu...?" Somehow it sounded like the original Yasusada he know. Kashuu's heart were suffocating, he once again tried to plead for him to come back by reminding him that he was his sword partner. They should be protecting history!

'Didn't we made an agreement?' His head echoed. The rest watch the drama unfolds between the Okitagumi. "Of course not! Did you not promise to me before this sortie?!" Kashuu took out the pink flower pin on his pockets and lifted it to show it to Yasusada with a broken smile, as he tried to make him remember what was suppose to be the right thing.

"The...the hairpin...the charm...the seashell..." Yasusada's eyes widen a bit when he spot the broken hairpin that he had put to his bangs earlier before it was slashed off. When it was broken the spell of his rational thoughts disappeared with it. He couldn't deny that. So Yasusada clench his fists, he cannot waver from Kashuu's chihuahua face now. So he thought to brainwash him. "Even if I had refrain your blade to be broken...you still don't?" This time Kanesada couldn't keep his mouth shut to react on that revelation!

"What on earth Yasusada?! Did you seriously just done the unthinkable betrayal to the Saniwa?" This time he was angry, more angry than Kashuu who had been holding his frustrated tears.

"You are out of your mind!?" Nagasone had let go of Kashuu's hands and cup his chin into thinking out loud for everyone to realize this is out of hands. "Ah I see, no wonder Kebiishi had appeared, it was your doing..." his eyes narrowed and glared up to their assigned captain on this mission. He literally ditch them by messing the history here. "Explain yourself Yamatonokami!" Nagasone demand answers. Meanwhile the non Shinsengumi sword, Mutsunokami added. "That's right! Why did you do it?!" Horikawa crossed his fingers and prayed that Yasusada is joking. But Yasusada smirks with mockery and it triggered everyone as he said like it was normal.

"Isn't obvious...?" Then he started to chuckle before it turned into a sweet giggle.

"Hehe.." and he laughs shortly. "Haha!" It was laughable to him he was been ask with an obvious answer. He breaths, "...it is for my love to Okita-kun and..." he smiles at the red sword, his mirror. "Kiyomitsu...please join me." He lifted his open palm for invitation that Kashuu's tears ended up spilling..."Hahh...?" Kashuu bit his lips and he trembled.

"You lied to me."

Shaking. "What do you mean 'look into my eyes'?" So pissed. "That you do not need the protection anymore...turns out you tricked me! How, just how could you?!" He started to scream again, Yasusada shrugs and almost annoyed that he was scolded. So he corrected him as he somehow stop halfway on descending the stair to have a proper gaze down with his fellow swords.

"I didn't tricked you. It was not a lie that I wanted to move on with Okita-kun's death...to protect the history with everyone in the citadel."

Yasusada clutches his haori,or more like where his heart is placed. "However...something snapped at me,I just saw him in that state my heart and blood went so wild. Human body is a pain, it is not my fault." The next thing he did made everyone felt stupid. It is how Yamatonokami Yasusada had a gentle smile on his face when he declared his official betrayal.

"In the end...I can't stay a blind eye if such opportunity is in front of me to save you and Okita-kun's fate. My fate of being alone..." somehow there is also sadness can be heard from the tone of his voice. Not Kashuu, he was offended and hurt.

"Alone...? Don't make me laugh!" To think his presence enough is still lacking to make his sword partner happy is totally insulting! Kashuu poise to charge an attack, his blade and his red eyes had become identical, he will kill him. "Grr...YASUSADA!" Without effort Yasusada leaps down to use his sword and slice Kashuu.

CLANG!

Their swords had met and started to spark a fire of fight.

Blades shaking, teeth clenching, Yasusada narrowed his eyes with disappointment and a frown. "Do we really have to fight Kiyomitsu? You'll break." He warned him. Kashuu glared more instead, as he tried to overcome the strength of Yasusada's pushing blade. "Shut up!" Freeing from the clashing sword, like how they spar, that's how their sword had met and awed the rest. Though there is a difference now because they had the real intent to kill!

"Guys!" Mutsunokami panics as he noticed a blue fire is surrounding the whole Ikedaya Inn.

"The kebiishi is spreading!" He said and used his gun to fire some bullet.

*Bang! Bang!*

Nagasone also started to defend himself along with Kanesada and Horikawa.

"Look!" Horikawa points up."The roof of the inn is gone! The space is wrapping?"

"Kashuu! Yamatonokami stop fighting!"

Mutsunokami shouts for attention, he was ignored of course.

'Why?why?why!?' All Kashuu can yell inside his head is the never ending question of why Yasusada betrayed him. They looked at each other's eyes that day, beneath the cherry blossoms. Like a romantic day, Yasusada even showed him that he cherished the hairpin that he gave him. Even though he just gave it to him in a whim, he never thought Yasusada would treasure it just like how he treasured the seashell he was given.

"WHY...!" he cries out, Yasusada responded his battle cry.

"Ora! Ora!" He can tell Kashuu's unstable on his emotional stress, so he took advantage of it.
He did not mean to swung his sword that hard. Kashuu did not mean to also block that hard.

*SHATTERS*

Everyone froze when the tip of Kashuu Kiyomitsu's sword. It was separate. "Eh...?" Everyone was horrified. "Kashuu Koyomitsu!" They screamed. Kashuu however had a late response of what is actually going on. He blinks and felt wet beneath his red scarf.'Huh...?' The reflection of his earrings to the tip blade flying in front of him...he started to notice who owns it. It was him. 'My blade broke...?'

As if history repeated itself.

Meanwhile Yasusada is also shock that his attack broke Kashuu. "Kiyomitsu!" He pulled him to an embrace, that is where the blood had spilled from his neck and drench his whole body a crimson red.

"Yasu...sada...?" He tried to speak but he was choking from his own blood. Yasusada press his back to comfort before they had curled into shaking finger nails. "I'm sorry," he whispered and kept his tender embrace to the broken Kashuu. Slowly their knees fell onto the wooden floor, everything seems to be muted. Only hearing the pair of heartbeat and pair of inhaling the air. Kashuu cannot feel anything but confusion.

His face was confused at the sudden kind action of his partner who just basically killed him. 'Did he just catch me when I fall?' As he rested his head to his partner's chest, Yasusada said something again. It boomed in his ears.

"...Kiyomitsu, do not worry I will prevent this future. Because I love you and Okita-kun, we won't be separated again." He pulls away from the hug and cups Kashuu's cheeks so dearly, so loving he smiled for him. "Goodbye for now."

Kashuu Kiyomitsu's lips were trailing blood and his tears had mixed up with his oozing blood. Yasusada started to glow in blue...?

'No...please don't.' The child beneath the river wished inside his heart. "Hey look! Yamatonokami is burning up!" Mutsunokami said and everyone had the same shocked reaction. "Holy hell, this is a lie right...?" Kanesada almost staggered, Horikawa goes to his side to support him before he muttered in disbelief.

"Noway, does this means...Touken Danshi are..."

Nagasone said the last sentence. "Actually the same as History Retrograde Army?"

Horikawa felt disgusted and so is everyone else. "So they are the swords who had fallen? Or swords without a story to protect...?"

As they ponder and kept themselves busy on being safe from enemies popping here and there.

Kashuu's eyes widen that Yasusada is burning in blue like the Kebiishi.

"Eh?"

Yasusada is not even surprised. He instead stood up and is ready to leave, seeing the time clock on his hands.

Kashuu Kiyomitsu used his last strength to cuddle on him."I won't let you go Yasusada!" Getting forced to put in place, Yasusada tried to break free from his tight hug.

"Let go! Kiyomitsu...!"

Kashuu swore to him with his hoarse voice and bleeding neck.

"Not this time...!"

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**Secondary Timeline**

Here is the autumn season. Just some random scouting in a timeline to see if there is any history retrograde army lurking.

Kashuu Kiyomitsu and Yamatonokami Yasusada were walking their way to get back to others.

Surrounded by trees of the autumn, the sound of grass getting stepped on. Kashuu heard the other stops.

"Yasusada..?"

He looked behind him and there is that sad face again from the distance. The autumn leaf fell onto Yasusada's hand. He catch it before he realize his name was been called. "Ah huh...?" He responded absent mindedly. 'Again...'

Kashuu is annoyed every time this emo, obsessed Okita fan boy does not seem to be happy even though he was with him.

"Don't 'ah uh' me, stop dozing off!" Kashuu put his hands to his waist. "Let's go back. Were done scouting." Getting grumpy. He was waiting for Yasusada to stop being all gloomy to move his feet, unfortunately Yasusada did not smile to hide his loneliness but he did nod to follow his order.

"...yeah." a little bit of movement, Kashuu is about to turn his back but then Yasusada mumbles. "Why are you always so grumpy...?"

Oh damn, he is so sure he heard it and it gives him vein pops. "Excuse me?" He glared at Yasusada. Yasusada meanwhile decided not to do any eye contact, instead he gaze above the sky and ponder out loud with the usual longing from their dead master Okita Souji. It makes Kashuu sad and same time angry because Yasusada thinks he was left alone like a puppy and that Kashuu was a cat who can replace their master as long as he will be taken care off by anyone whose willing to feed him with love.

Well it is kind of true...but...it doesn't mean he didn't suffer, especially when Okita abandoned him. It must have been a misunderstanding however it still scarred his confidence if he was truly been loved. "Say...Kiyomitsu, what if Okita-kun didn't die?" Yasusada let out a wishful smile. "Let us say his illness was cured before hand at Ikedaya Inn...then maybe, you wouldn't also-" Kashuu decided to interrupt him rather coldly.

"Past is the past." This time Yasusada looks at him with furrowing eyebrows. Seeing he was confuse and hurt, 'But who cares? he has to know...'

Kashuu is being mean. Instead of comforting him, he crossed his arms and said so straight with no hesitation. Nevertheless cared if it hurt the other.

"Quit it and move on." It is getting totally annoying you know is left unsaid. He tap his boots. Yasusada did not like the sound of it, he drop his small wishful smile from earlier into pouting. "Why do you hate Okita-kun so much..?"

Ahh so annoying, it was very annoying. He knows Yasusada is missing Okita so much, to even open the old story.

"Is it because at that time, when you broke you were"

"OKITA IS DEAD!"

Kashuu snaps, making Yasusada hold his tongue. Kashuu began ranting, Yasusada is such an ungrateful brat.

"Can you not be happy we are living in present with our new master...?" Yasusada thought to say sorry, but hearing how much Kashuu had little lingering feelings for Okita. He was mad. So he retorts back with a sarcastic response.

"Am loved? Am ungrateful?" Smirking. "Or...aren't you just being too happy in the present Kiyomitsu? I mean look at you...you changed your clothes, you do not bare any traces of the Shinsengumi uniform when we were still bodiless entity." Kashuu froze in spot, Yasusada did bulls-eye him about that one.

Yasusada huffs a short laugh as he continued. "I forgave that because you were happy." The next thing he knew, the eyes of Yasusada were getting crystal.

'Hey,hey now...not those eyes...!'

Yamatonokami was about to cry, Kashuu did not mean to bully him so he kept his mouth frozen in place. "However...What's so wrong looking back at the past...? Isn't the reason we were bound together because it was with Okita-kun?" until he give up. "I tried." Surprise that Kashuu did not argue back, instead the wind blows.

Whoosh~

"Huh?"

The autumn leaves fluttering around them two as they stand still. Kashuu debated if he should share it, he clench his fist to gain courage as he said with a rather dread confession.

"During the time you haven't arrive the citadel...I tried to read books about medicine." Peeking any reaction from Yasusada whose expressionless at the moment. "Apparently during those days were we lived, tuberculosis is incurable. Only modern medicine can heal him." Yasusada's eyes widen and his mouth open but he did not speak his thoughts yet. "Basically even if you change the past, Okita will still die...because any medicine on that era is not a fitting medicine for his illness." When Kashuu was finished.

Yasusada stutters as he gain composure, he was delighted to hear that Kashuu made an effort.

That he was not alone who thought about it! This proves they both love Okita Souji right?

"R-really?" He was smiling now, and Kashuu didn't like it at all but he let it be. Because that smile of his means hope. He had hopes to change Okita's fate.

"You researched to heal Okita-kun? Does that mean you were also...!" Forcing himself to smile back hoping this topic closes, he let it off the hook and distracted himself by checking his clothes. "Yeah."

Yasusada marches forward to capture his shoulders and starts to shake them.

"Woah!" Getting off guard. Kashuu had a small blush when his face got too close to the other. Yasusada is sparkling.

"Why didn't you told me? I mean you even acted up angry every time I try to tell you my ideas for him!" having a dizzy eyes, Kashuu pulls away from captivity and looks away. "I-It is because it is futile! Gee, what is the point to talk about a plan that is never going to work?" He grimace for them to get going. "Come on...everyone is waiting." Then he turned his back and started to walk away.

Still on his spot, Yasusada looks at him. Seeing how Kashuu just recovered like that...it pains him again.

He whispers. "...unfair."

Kashuu heard it and like a deja vu he looks behind him, the difference was Yasusada had tears spilling from his cheeks. He panics,"W-why are you crying?!" Running back to get a closer look at his crying partner sword. Yasada tried to smile but tears wont stop as he wipes them.

"T-that is my line...why aren't you crying Kiyomitsu? If you had truly cared about our past, about Okita-kun...how come I never saw you cry? How come am the only one who keeps saying this and that? I don't get it Kiyomitsu...am really that strange? Or is it because you were..." Kashuu sucks at comforting since he was never honest with himself. All he thought of is to shake him, he was insulted that Yasusada doubted his existence as the original sword.

Sure he broke...possibly his personality changed and his feelings for Okita may have changed because he was revive from being broken.

Still...

"Am me! The Saniwa put me back in piece! Am not alike to Nagasone or Honebami! Am Kashuu Kiyomitsu the child of the riverbank! Stop making ideas that will just make you cry more...! Get a grip of yourself!" Seeing how childish Yasusada is with sobs, and faint struggle.

"B-But..." Kashuu can only give out a heavy sigh. "Listen Yamatonokami Yasusada, the age of sword had ended in Hakodate. You do know that! Even if Okita had outlived his illness...modernity will still come and the samurai's...they will still lost their purpose. It is not our fault...Not Okita's fault either!" he tried his best. Yet his partner still whimpering, feeling bad about it...he mutters the last statement.

"Not even your nightmares." Distracted, Yasusada stared at him in silence. Magically the tears had stop, then there it is... his usual clear smile. "...I guess you are right." With small red cheeks that is done crying. "I'm sorry Kiyomitsu." He apologized with sincerity." For being emotional. Thank you." Blushing from the gratitude of the latter,Kashuu pulls away and cross his arms once more. "Wipe your face,fix yourself. Let us go back home."

Wiping the traces of his tears, Yasusada echoed the peaceful word of... 'Home...'

Running to catch up the walking away Kashuu, he reverted back to calmness.

"Ok then!"

But then it happened.

GONG...))

His head hurts.

"Urgh...!" Clutching his head in pain, for the third time Kashuu looks behind him.

"Eh?"

Not aware that in the original timeline, Yamatonokami had committed a crime that affected the other him on each different timelines.
"Yasusada...? What's wrong?"

Yasusada is not far from him, the blue sword's eyes turned upside down.

"K-Kiyomitsu..." he said weakly. "C-catch me, I'm falling..." then he did fainted in Kashuu's arms. That was totally uncalled for.

What is this?

"YASUSADA?!"

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Before he collapsed.

Horikawa Kunihiro is done with his own scouting area, Kanesada was not part of this team.

The ones that was chosen were him, Tonbokiri, Tsurumaru Kuninaga, Imanotsurugi, Kashuu Kiyomitsu and Yamatonokami Yasusada. Even without Izuminokami Kanesada, Horikawa inspires himself to be still happy despite feeling a bit lonely.

"It's time to go back to the meeting place!" Spotting already Imanotsurugi playing with Tsurumaru and there is Tonbokiri just arrived too.

The Okitagumi were missing. "Oh?" Deciding to excuse himself to look for the two, he kept walking in the forest. Unaware that something is going on, he just accidentally heard it.

"I wonder where Kiyomitsu-san and Yasusada-san went-"

"OKITA IS DEAD!"

Automatically his head moves to the location of the yell. "E-eh?" It belongs to Kashuu. 'What's up with them?' Going near and hiding behind the available trees, indeed it was the Okitagumi. 'E-eh are they fighting?! I need to stop them-' however the looks in the eyes of the two looked rather serious. It felt so personal.

So Horikawa convince himself. 'B-but wait...! This is their problem, maybe I shouldn't be too involved or it is rude.' Though he was hesitant, slowly he hides to the bushes instead of the tree since he can be spotted easily there if time passes.

'...But peeking won't be bad? Am a bit worried..' gulping. Horikawa decide to eavesdrop.

He heard some parts of the conversation exchanged between the two dramatic swords of Okita Souji. But same time he barely hear it. So he focused to try and translate the situation by their body language and facial expression. 'Is this about...their former master that they are arguing-'

"Horikawa-dono? Why are you hiding there?"

Instead of jumping, Horikawa hushed Tonbokiri whose happen to stalk him when he went away. "Shh!" Seeing how Horikawa is busy in the bush, Tonbokiri glared at his surroundings. "An enemy?" He guessed, Horikawa pointed beyond the bushes sneaky parts to see what he is looking at. "No, no! Tonbokiri! Look!"

"Oh it's Kashuu-dono and Yamatonokami-dono..." pulling the dense Tonbikiri to crouch down.

"Get down!"
"Eh...!?"

Tonbokiri blinks, Horikawa knows he was confuse so he told him what's up with this hiding. "I'm watching over them." Giving him a face. "Isn't eavesdropping bad?" Horikawa kept his eyes on the Okitagumi. "It is, but this is important...it is rare for Kiyomitsu-san and Yasusada-san to really argue like this. In the past they do argue, but that was for getting attention to their master. However...it does not seem to be the case today." He explains. Tonbokiri scratches his cheek.

"Then, if things get bad we will stop them?" A nod from Horikawa Kunihiro. "Yes, that is the plan."

It was just a little second that they look at each other. They heard Kashuu screamed.

"Oi! Yasusada!? What the hell happen? Wake up! Don't just faint like this...!"

Seeing Yasusada already fainted in his arms, Horikawa and Tonbokiri forgot the fact that they were eavesdropping.

Jumping out of the bushes and running towards the two.

"Kiyomitsu-san!"
"Yamatonokami-dono!"

Kashuu didn't even have the time to question how long they had been there. "Eh? Tonbokiri and Horikawa?"

Horikawa checks on the unconscious Yamatonokami that Kashuu is supporting to hold onto while standing. "What happen to him?"

Tonbokiri decided to take him away from Kashuu's arms.

Kashuu was afraid to be exact, to think a simple argument will stress Yasusada this much...he thought it was his fault.

"I-I don't know...he suddenly fainted..."

Watching Tonbokiri carefully that he just took Yasusada to a princess cradle, rather than a piggy back ride.
Tonbokiri assured him that he will be in his care. "Let me carry him."

Gaining a bit relief that he was not alone to take Yasusada to safety, Kashuu let out a cute smile.

"Thank you Tonbokiri."

With that they all went back to the citadel with the scandalous news of Yamatonokami Yasusada collapsing for no reason...

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"Yamatonokami has a fever."

Is what Yagen Toushiro said. Earlier it was frantic to find Yamatonokami unconscious carried by Tonbokiri. Definitely Tsurumaru is surprise, he debated if this surprise should make him happy or disturb.

Either way, the others who heard the news echoed their thoughts that... "Woah, so we swords do get sick like humans...? That's a first." It's not like they never felt fever.

But this is the first time other than Saniwa who really had a bad fever.

The sight of Yasusada he was gritting his teeth, his body was trembling with his reddening cheeks. He will make short whimpering's, indicating he was in pain and somewhat delusional state.

Heshikiri Hasebe whose in charge to decide in behalf of the Saniwa declared the instructions for today.

"Since he has a fever, everyone please refrain from getting close contact as you might caught it and it might spread." Looking at the other Okita sword whose frowning and lips sealed tight, Hasebe can sense he was guilty about something but he decides not to pry onto the Okitagumi's personal problems. "As for you Kashuu, you may temporary move to another room so that you are also protected." Kashuu let out a small smile. "Hasebe...That's..." that smile feel's like he was been look down even though he knows that Hasebe just cares for his well being.

Horikawa piped up the situation "Kiyomitsu-san! There is plenty of space between me and Kane-san! Though he tend to kick in his sleep! But well, I can catch it for you!" However Izuminokami did not like the proposal and tug him by the elbow for attention, also the fact that he just revealed his secret. "Oi! Kunihiro! You b-bastard...! I'm not like that...?!" Embarrassed, Horikawa cheers him up with the usual smile he displays for him.

"Alright, alright..it was suppose to be between you and me?"

Flustered.

"Hey!"
"Hehe!"

Kashuu decided to cut them off with assurance in his voice. "No. I'm fine Kanesada, Horikawa and Hasebe...I will stay with Yasusada, nobody will look after him but me. Also it is my job to take care of everyone in citadel..." seeing he look calm now rather than earlier.

Everyone eyed each other before they respected his decision specially Hasebe.

"I see. Ok then, just keep your body healthy."

But then again Izuminokami is a bit concern and tried to be kind. "You sure?" Only to receive a teasing remark from Kashuu Kiyomitsu. "I don't want to be in the same room with Vice Demon Commanders~" and he left to go back to Yasusada and his room.

"What?!"

Horikawa pulls Izuminokami's arms to calm down and shouted as Kashuu slowly disappeared from their sight.

"Then if you need help, just do please call me! See you later Kiyomitsu-san...!"

Inside the Okitagumi's room.

Kashuu frozed when he heard the familiar coughs. (*coughs coughs*)

Opening the sliding door in a hurry he perk to ask if Yamatonokami is conscious or what. "Yasusada...?" Seeing he was tossing on the futon with a hard coughing.

"Are you awake?" He ask even though Yasusada's eyes are closed, he closed the sliding door and carefully approached him.

Crouching down in attempt to pat some sweaty hair strand's cause by the damp clothing in Yasusada's forehead, Kashuu's heart stopped when the blue muttered. "...Okita...kun *coughs!*" and starts to shiver again.

Kashuu couldn't pick what emotion to feel.
He decided to smile but he was hurt inside.

"Seriously...even in fever only his name you can utter...?" He chuckles, 'What about me...? Am not important...?' Touching the towel that is already dried up, "Time to change his towel-" Kashuu noticed his fingers, they were not in beautiful crimson red anymore.

"My finger nails!" Almost, he almost drop the towel to go ahead and grab his make up box but stopped. "No, no...This isn't the time. Yasusada needs me." Glancing at the pathetic Yamatonokami who awfully resembles Okita Souji when he was getting sick.

How Ironically sickening this sight.

"Yasusada...get well soon, dummy." Bakasada too much?

Kashuu when ahead and replaced the towel to his partner's burning forehead.

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Everything was dark, there was not even a single dream...finally Yamatonokami Yasusada slowly opened his heavy eyelids and found a familiar ceiling, even though he has a guess what the place he is of course confuse.

He ended up asking out loud not realizing someone else is actually with him at the moment. "...where am?" Hearing the whiny yet comforting voice of Kashuu Kiyomitsu, Yasusada blinks twice to see his partner's clear image in his casual clothing.

"You finally woke up sleepy head~ to think even at this state you still sleep a lot. That is no different when you are in good shape~" noticing his own body had been replace with pajamas.

"Kiyomitsu...? What happen? Why am at bed? My battle armor has been replaced...Did I get injured at the battle?" He tried to sit up but fooled miserably, Kashuu tried not to be so showy how worried he is so he simply answered back with his own questions included.

"Noway, you do not remember?"

"The what...?"

Recalling they that dramatic argument about Okita Souji, maybe it is best not to open it..."Its not important..." Kashuu lied and added,"...but when we were talking you suddenly collapsed. Apparently you caught yourself a hot fever."

Yasusada looks doubtful that he got himself in such state, "Fever...? You mean like...Okita-kun's...?" Damn, so quick and natural he said their former master's name as if that person still exist. Kashuu narrowed his eyes but he remained calmed and understanding.

'Let him be, let him be. This isn't the first time he say it. Calm down Kashuu Kiyomitsu...!'

Poking Yasusada's pink-ish nose he put his usual whiny face. "Yeah. Exactly, so drink this, eat this and rest again." Then smiled.
Ashamed of being weak, Yasusada returned his smile with his own.

"T-thank you..."

The moment Kashuu stops poking his nose, Yasusada notice Kashuu's index finger...something is off.

"Wait up!" He grabbed his wrist, almost scared from the sudden pull he looks at Yasusada with confusion. "W-What?" Yasusada forced himself to sit up and eventually he did.

He went ahead and touch Kashuu's cold cheeks, contrast to his hot palms from fever. It never fails to make Kashuu's tsundere heart to pump at such caring eyes that Yasusada is capable of displaying even if he was over obsess with Okita.

"You have eyebags, does this mean you are not wearing your make up...? Wait, you don't have your nail polish or whatever you call it...Kiyomitsu, do not tell me you had been looking out for me without sleep and grooming yourself-" jerking away, "Argh! You are so irritating! If you feel bad then get well soon! Compensate me for ruining my cuteness just to babysit you! You are a big burden you know?! We have to return so suddenly...! This is all your fault!" He points at him.

Yasusada simply shook his head with a sad puppy face and admitted too fast. "...I'm sorry."

Crossing his arms, Kashuu huffs to look strong and authoritative.

"If you understand just do what you have to do. Get better."

With the obedience, Kashuu gave him the meal and Yasusada happily eat it while his partner spoon feeding him.

"...thank you for the meal. It was really good! It felt like forever~" he yawns and laid down, Kashuu covers him properly and put's the brand new wet towel to his forehead "Well you were asleep for 3 days."

Yasusada snap his eyes totally bewildered at the revelation.

"What?! 3 days...are you serious!?" And shakes Kashuu.

"Hey! Stop shaking me!"

Yamatonokami is forced to be in bed for more days.

Kashuu will keep an eye in him...properly?

Chapter Text

**Original Timeline**

"A new assassin will appear...is what Mikadzuki said to us. Is this what he meant? For...Yamatonokami to become our enemy?" Ishikirimaru shared with everyone. Right now they are all back to the citadel with urgent assembly. Especially the ones who went to Ikedaya and the mission is totally ruined by the Okitagumi's.

"The sword of Kashuu Kiyomitsu is under repair." Says Kogitsunemaru. Mutsunokami repeated in disbelief. "Woah? The Saniwa can still repair him?!" It is not like they doubted the Saniwa's power...it is just...

"The tip broke." Added by Nagasone while having a serious look. "Again, as if history repeated itself."

The Saniwa whose busy using her magical abilities to heal the sword body of Kashuu Kiyomitsu told them her resolve. "I revived him once when he died in Ikedaya Inn. I can...do it again! I swear!" Hasebe is worried for the health of the said Saniwa. "Aruji!" Then Kanesada scratched his head without hiding his deepest questions for this situation.

"But..Kiyomitsu's human vessel is not here."

Nodded by Nagasone and said, "Yeah...It went away with Yamatonokami when he turned into a Kebiishi."
Horikawa meanwhile is still disturb at the truth that has been unfolded before them and dared to raise it up.

"Aruji, is it true that we...Touken Danshi are actually the same as our enemy?"

For a moment everyone is silent, until the Saniwa responded with honesty. "Yes...and no. Only Touken Danshi whose corrupted enough to be so against the true history may become a lost sword. Another thing, usually the Retrograde Army are the souls of samurai sword whose legacy ended so quickly. Those sword who was not important in the history yet died for the history."

Basically swords without a story to tell yet they were there. Swords that were forge but not well known at all. Pretty much they weren't appreciated.

"..."

After hearing that nobody said a thing before Mutsunokami suddenly wanted to know more. "Then what will become of Yamatonokami Aruji?" The Saniwa still focusing to forge back Kashuu's sword tip as she answered. "He will surely use his ability to interfere on other timeline to make sure that Kiyomitsu will not be killed by him. Or...what I fear he will try to convert the rest of the other him to join his desires."

Iwatoshii also joined to check some clarifications. "What we mean is can he still return back to normal...?"
The Saniwa paused before a nod was seen and then she tried to explain further but she was fearing a bit the next words she must tell them. "...It's possible but, it still depends on the inner wish of Yamatonokami."

Imanotsurugi raised his hand too to share his opinion. "The only person who can convince him might be the other Kashuu-san right?"

The Saniwa did not hesitate to answer it for Imanotsurugi's concerns. "If only of course...Kiyomitsu of different timeline will notice the difference. Since...every one of you has your own selves on other timelines."

Ichigo Hitofuri made his own conclusion. "That means, there are other Saniwa's? Is that right Aruji?"

Everyone eyed him and the Saniwa and then again...it was still a "Yes."

The whole citadel was spooked when a voice of the old man whose always chilling is here, it sounds out of place to act like that.

"Aruji~" it was..

"Mikadzuki...Munechika." Hachisuka says his name with a frown because Mikadzuki still smiling despite such thing has happened.

Mikadzuki ignored their stares and confidently declared the final solution for the history been alternate like this. "I do not understand why you intend to save both when clearly there is no saving soul for Yamatonokami. Death is only his option."

"You! How can you say that to our comrade?!" Growled by Kanesada, Mikadzuki looks at him with deadly eyes yet his lips are still curving up.

It was like a threat actually.
He was scary.

"He isn't our comrade anymore remember? He betrayed the Saniwa and is now a leader of Retrograde Army. Yamatonokami is corrupted. Eventually the different versions of him will be infected if we do not find his sword soon."

Honebami did not like his attitude and did not hesitate to accuse him. "Why do you talk like that? As if...as if it happened before you? Isn't this the first time we discovered it?"

"No."

The one who answered was the Saniwa.

"Aruji?" Namazuo tilt his head and so is the rest followed.

Finally the Saniwa confess another shocking revelation. "Mikadzuki Munechika is actually...the very first Touken Danshi who tried to change history."

Everyone gasp and the one who really overreacted was Izuminokami Kanesada. "WHAT?! HOW!?" Shot a look to Mikadzuki who is chuckling softly. "Haha, to make the long story short I was on a rebel phase those days but am now reborn and loyal to keep the history as it is...changing them is not healthy for an old man anyway~"

Saniwa chuckles too as she still doing her job to fix Kashuu's sword body. "Yes, he succeeded and was beyond saving. Then miracle happens...Yamanbagiri helped me to return him back."

Yamanbagiri arched his eyebrows in confusion. "What? Me? I do not have that memory Aruji, please explain."

Saniwa tells the story. "The Yamanbagiri who witness the transformation of Mikadzuki Munechika was forced to make a choice to either save Mikadzuki and let everyone die or...choose Tsurumaru to take his stead. By the end Yamanbigiri made a decision not to harm Tsurumaru and protected the rest against the Retrograde Mikadzuki."

Tsurumaru whistled and cooed. "Now that is a surprise! I also do not have such memories as that~haha!"

Mikadzuki cuts him off by saying the reality "To make it simple. A sacrifice is needed if you all really want to return Yamatonokami Yasusada to citadel..."

Yamanbagiri is having a headache though, he still did not want to drop the topic by glaring a little to Mikadzuki. "I'm still confuse, how come only you has the memory of history changing and how I save you is beyond my wildest abilities Mikadzuki Munechika. Explain yourself."

Mikadzuki walks in circles as he carefully observed everyone's mental state. He made sure there are no other traitor than Yamatonokami and did not mind to answer Yamanbagiri,it is just that he rather not reveal the details directly to avoid giving them idea what else is going to happen once you successfully change the history. "Ahh~ well you cut me off by your sword. The moon has become a half crescent and then it just happen to return to it's full shape."

Everyone had question marks in their heads. "Huh?"
Mikadzuki smirks. "Only swords from Heian period will get it."
The Sanjo swords immediately shake their heads and tsukkomi him.

"NO WE DON'T GET IT EITHER!"

"The repair is successful!" The Saniwa declared in victory. Horikawa claps, "Really?! Then Kiyomitsu-san's human body whose with Yasusada-san should be ok now!"

The Saniwa nodded and everyone gulps in anticipation.

"Let me try to see if we can reach him..."

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**Past Timeline**

"Okita...I will do my best in battles, because I love you!"

The spirit said to his master.
They are called Tsukumogami, tool gods.

When the Shinsengumi was formed, Okita Souji has been using the red sword that he bought to the river side. It was hard to handle but he mastered it to be part of his skilled body and it makes the tool god very happy for such dedication to keep using him despite the struggle sometimes.

Happily he was maintaining it up, "Stay clean and pretty~" Okita hums as he finishes the maintenance of red paint covering some war scratches from it. Lifting it's blade to make sure it was not shed in red. Okita is delighted. "Good." Putting the sword to the sheathe. "What a beautiful sword you are..." reading the carved named of it's sword smith that becomes the name of the sword itself. "Kashuu Kiyomitsu."

The one who bares the name Kashuu Kiyomitsu childishy blushes and nods beside Okita despite being invisible. "Hehe...!"

'It was fun...Me and Okita forming the Shinsengumi with Hijikata and Kondo. With their respective own swords too...Nagasone-san and Horikawa. I was happy enough of this number. I do not need new company. I thought it would stay that way...but...'

"Oiii Kashuu!" Kashuu looks behind him, it was the spirit residing in Kondo Isami's sword. "Oh, Nagasone there you are." With an innocent look and eyes that never cried before he is about yet to do so, Nagasone whistled. "Wow you are pretty calm about it..." Kashuu has no idea what was up, so he frowns. "Huh? About what?"
Nagasone looks left and right before he looks down to Kashuu whose smaller on his view because he was taller. Even if nobody can see them Nagasone is still cautious of his surroundings.

And...Nobody is around so he finally said. "Well, Okita Souji and Hijikata Toushizo bought new swords. Actually Hijikata forge a sword in the image of Horikawa. But Okita...he bought a sword from a market with a cheap price. But the sword itself has a fine material." When he finished, Kashuu crosses his arms with a confident grin.
"So what? It is normal for a samurai to have two sword right? Plus he will be just a back up sword. I'm still the main leading sword of Okita Souji!"

He proudly stated.
Nagasone is ready to press the doubt button if he even knew what it was...because, on the meeting Okita declared.

"From now on this is my main sword and..." fixing Kashuu's sword as the second one to be pulled incase he looses the new sword. "You will be my spare sword!"

Betrayal.

"NOOOO!" Kashuu cries at the floor, Nagasone covers his ears and Horikawa looks at him with puzzled look why he was so worked up with it.

'I didn't need him, I did not need a new company other than Okita!' Angry because he is basically replaced.

When Okita unsheath the sword for the first time, a soul emerges from it but not seen by the human naked eyes.

"No, no, no..." still chanting and denying it. "This isn't happening. Am Okita Souji's favorite sword even if I came from the child of rivers-"

But it was too late. The new Tsukumogami has arrived with the same shinsegumi uniform Nagasone, Horikawa and Kashuu wears. All of them as well wearing a white headband to their foreheads like matching dolls.

His soul forms that way to have scarf like his and long hair too, it is vexing.

"Hi, I'm Yamatonokami Yasusada. From now on I will be the front liner. Nice to meet you and I hope to get your support Kashuu Kiyomitsu "

He was greeted with a rather dull introduction. "W-what?" He expected a friendliest smile because of so called finest material forge are usually proud ones like Hachisuka, to make him puke of such brilliance but...that did not seem to be the case.

The new sword Okita bought has cold eyes like an ice. No emotion at his face as if he is the legitimate tool sword and the rest of them are fake.

'Well...that is un expected...' Kashuu felt dumb for a second that the other is not alike to them. "O-ok..." awkward nodding.

Meanwhile another Tsukumogami stood besides Yamatonokami. He was the youngest but for some reason he looks tall for his age. "I'm Izuminokami Kanesada. Nice to meet you!" He was pretty cocky actually, however Horikawa's eyes twinkled. "Waa! Kanesada, you look great! Can I call you Kane-san? Right! I will be happy to support you!" Shaking hands.

Nagasone whispered with intend to teased Kashuu the news was not fake. "There you go. How will you cope with?" Kashuu thought it won't make him jealous now because the new tsukumogami is emotionless and boring, but the adorable sight in front of him...this Yamatonokami has a undeniable cute face and it looks like his sword is sharper than his!

It clicked to him to be worried a bit that he just panics. "THIS ISN'T HAPPENING! AM OKITA'S FAVORITE SWORD! GO AWAY!" He was simply jealous that he pushed him off. "ah!" Stumbling backwards, Nagasone catches Yamatonokami whose blinking his eyes and not understanding why he was rejected already.

"Now,now Kashuu don't be mean to Yamatonokami. He just arrive here and look? Horikawa is also a permanent back up sword...you are in the same boat but he respect Hijikata's decision." Kashuu whose also shock by his own hands moved on its own accord, he grips his fist as he did saw Horikawa and Kanesada already getting along...maybe indeed he should be mature like Horikawa and Nagasone.

"...Fine." he pouts though Yasusada doesn't mind, he even held up his hand for a shake with short words such as, "I'll be in your care Kiyomitsu." He cannot understand why his expectations betrayed him. Kashuu twitch his eyes. "Let's work together for our master." Still no emotion, Yasusada said that. Kashuu took the hand shake but he was not ready to warm up yet.

"Yeah! Duhh! B-But do not expect me to babysit you just because I will become a backup sword from now on! Bakasada!"

But then, the stoic face of Yasusada giggles a bit before he agreed to his demands. "Hehe, Roger."

Maybe he was not that...much of a tool?

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'I was...forge rather something already involves blood.'

The blade of Yamatonokami Yasusada, mostly his sword smith will test his forge swords to criminals and punish them.

By means of punishment, it is to test if the blade is sharp enough to pierce someone's heart, to slice someone's body and definitely to see if it's metal can shatter bones.

His sword smith is a former executioner after all.

Yes...Yasusada, even before a swordsman can wield him to slay flesh and blood he is already soaked with blood to begin with unlike other sword. They get forged, their first blood bath is if a swordsman uses them as their first mission to become a real samurai.

It was not that case in Yasusada's birth.

SLICE!

His first birth was test out to a lot of criminals.

"It is sharp but it is hard to handle." His very own sword smith says, then he was now been input a sword handle to finally call him a finished product.
"Yamatonokami Yasusada~" his swordsmith was proud and carve his name to his. "I cannot wait to see who will be able to handle you to your fullest potential."

That was it.
Yasusada went to travel to store by store for someone to buy him and own him.

Unfortunately, nobody can use him properly every time they test him.

'It is just the same as those criminals in trials...' Yasusada said inside his mind. 'In the end am just for testing...I was never meant to be use in battlefield. How...how boring.'

Until...
Kring...))

His heard snaps when a potential samurai touches his frame to attempt on buying him. "Really?! You will sell it to me this cheap!?" The person was excited. "Even though it's material is very well done nobody likes to buy it, so I will sell it to you for a cheap price so that I can stop stressing when it can sell to have an owner!" Says the merchant.

"Alright! I will buy it!" Okita Souji bought him.

'Eh...?'

"Oii Soujii hurry come back were are leaving!"
"Okita-san hurry indeed! We will leave you behind!"
"Hey! Wait up!"

Yasusada whose mouth never spoke words finally opens when he looked at his fated master. "Okita...Souji."

Yasusada never felt curious, especially when he met the other sword that this person Okita Souji had been using in battles.

It was... "Kiyomitsu." He calls him and meets the red eyes that looks like the color of blood, they weren't friendly but they look...entertaining.

Yasusada remember while being forge how blood is part of his completion before he was even considered as a real sword.

That is why...blood...

Blood or red...

Yasusada loves that color.

'I like him just like how I like Okita-kun.'

"Why are you staring at me? It is annoying!" But the person who resembles blood in his eyes seems to dislike him.

"Um.." but Yasusada actually wanted to know more about his new master and his partner from now on. So he dared to try making a connection. "I would like to spar..." he says.

Kashuu is bewildered.
Yasusada thought he will be rejected again, it was not fear to be rejected...he was used to it. Every swordsman has rejected to buy him despite being sold to the cheapest price.

Only Okita Souji took that bait, to hear how Okita praises his materialize sword body is enough to make him interested to keep going as a tool god.

"Spar? Hehh~" to hear the red sword sounds playful, Yasusada dared to meet again his eyes whose hinting bad things to do against him like..."I guess I'll get serious~" Kashuu teased and draw his fake sword to fight since their real sword is under Okita's possession. "Come at me Yamatonokami Yasusada~!"

And attacks him.
"Oh!" Yasusada dodges and of course he draw his fake sword too and they engage to fight.

CLANG!
CLING!
SWOOSH!

"Opening!" Is Kashuu's victorious assumption. Yasusada grins at the excitement to be in pain.

'Yes...I was looking for this thrill! Not the days that am used to punish criminal's...But to battle! To be in war!'

"Opening!" Yasusada copied him and before Kashuu can balance his stance his ass was whoop same time Yasusada falls off and-

BUMP!

"OW!"
"OUCH!"

They hit their heads and found themselves panting and sweating and staring with stupid faces to one another.

"I won?" Yasusada assumes. Kashuu huffs and points. "Idiot, nobody won. Look." Yasusada looks at his body and found the fake sword almost stab his heart.
"I see. It is a tie."
"Yeah..."

Yasusada pouts though and Kashuu cannot help but find that interesting and funny.
Yasusada is a frustrated looser like him.

That is a first to be a bit close.

'Ahh~ to think I got worked up on his arrival and...I guess he has a lot to learn.'

"Yasusada."
"Kiyomitsu?"

Kashuu offers his hand for a shake. This time willingly given. "We can spar more, for Okita's sake."
He was not smiling so Yasusada was hesitant but...It shock Kashuu's eyes when the supposed to be still doll Yamatonokami happily took his hands with blushing cheeks and a sweet giggle.

"Yes please!"

Yasusada showed his sweet happy side, the rest were glad that he wasn't that much of a cold steel since his background was rather bloody before even sold to start his own sword legacy.

Many days they had been together...spending time with other shinsengumi swords.

They became good company.
Kashuu eventually forgot he was inferior to him, but there is also times that he still get jealous and he picks a fight at Yasusada who doesn't get why he was acting up.

'Because am the first sword and hard to handle...I should understand that Okita did not meant to replace me. He...he wanted to take care of me right? Am precious right? After all Kondo Isami decided to put Hachisuka Kotetsu as a display instead of bringing him as a back up sword or whatever...So I tried to accept Yasusada as he is. However...I never thought he was weird enough to make me off guard.'

Yamatonokami Yasusada is strange and scary even if he smiles...you cannot trust it.

"Hey, your eyes are pretty like blood."

Out of nowhere he said while zooming his face to Kashuu's whose disgusted. "Hahh?" Yasusada from sitting he stands up and points at Kashuu's eyes with a clear smile. "Say...do you think blood is beautiful?" It was a question? Kashuu furrowed his eyebrows and he thought to swat the pointing fingers.

"What? What are you saying...you creep!" Yasusada laughs and kept on somewhat praising him about his appearance or specifically the red eyes.

"Kiyomitsu! What am saying is you are pretty!" Kashuu stops being a tsundere he is and has visible blushing cheeks. He tried not to grin happily but he ended up doing so.

"R-really?"

Yasusada nods and explained. "Yeah! Every time Okita-kun will polish you...I envy he doesn't really do that to me." Thinking with his head, Kashuu tried to comfort him with boasting included. "W-well you are somewhat black so the scratches from war is not that visible to your sword body...maybe that is why Okita does not need to polish you much as I did. Also because am loved by our master~!" He teased him, Yasusada does not accept it as a tease instead an agreement. It was not a compliment but..."Yeah! And I love him too! You love him too right Kiyomitsu?" Taken back, Kashuu looks at him up and down.

The formerly stoic Yasusada is now expressive about his love for them.

It feels out of place.
As if it was not love but possessiveness or obsession?

Kashuu cannot put them together.

'I always notice he was weird, dense, his crystal blue eyes that looks like it can stare right through my soul yet something about them is heartless too.'

"A-aren't you mad at me?" He asks, Yasusada just made a sound in his throat to wonder. "Hm?"

Kashuu walks near him. "You are just talking to me but I always sound bossy to you. Yasusada...dont you feel rejected?"
Yasusada chuckles for a short moment before he said with mockery. "Rejected...isn't that for humans only?"

"Eh?"

Yasusada is smirking.

Kashuu blinks and he made sure he was listening to him. "We are not humans so I wont care about that. We do not need those. We do not need other feelings except to love Okita-kun, to kill for him...and to see the beauty of blood and flesh whenever he wins at his samurai battles...I really enjoy it Kiyomitsu."

Off guard, Yasusada came close to him and pulled him close by capturing both of his cheeks. His blue eyes contrast to the red eyes they met. "Kiyomitsu, I really like your color. You are beautiful. From all of the color of blood...yours is the best. "Deciding not to struggle, he was sure it made him blush because those are such embarrassing lines yet Yasusada plainly drops it out of his mouth without effort, Kashuu played along with a grin to hide how that made him real vulnerable.

To be complimented like this is embarrassing yet he was happy, same time it just feels strange when it comes to this angel face yet deadly killing tool. "It cannot be helped that you really like me this much!"
That was him, Yamatonokami Yasusada a simple very loyal tool god to his master and doesn't need anything else. He does not need to think and be needy for anything else.

Kashuu is...not like that.

'Ahh...as I thought I would hate him, Yasusada is not like me. We are mirrors in terms of battle skill because we have one master and we are both Uchigatana. But Yasusada is definitely...a monster in war.'

"ORA! ORA!" The cry battle of Yasusada echoed as Okita uses him to slay down their enemies.

"This is how the shinsengumi fights!" Kashuu roared even though he was not being used at the moment. "Hehe! The killing spree starts!" Then Yasusada giggles that.

It was disturbing.

Nagasone pause a moment when Kondo is done slicing some people, specifically looks at Yamatonokami with sweat drops. "...He is laughing?" Horikawa stops fighting with Kanesada when Hijikata is also done with his fight.

"I see, Yasusada-san is working hard to keep his position as the main fighting sword of Okita." Horikawa says, But Izuminokami points at the fighting Yasusada as Kiyomitsu does nothing but watch since he isn't used.

"Are you sure? What I see is he likes...bloodshed." Horikawa perk his thoughts. "Doesn't everyone of us likes battle? Err am wrong?" For the first time he doesn't know what else to say. Scratching his cheeks, Nagasone observes the Okitagumi group. "Its true we like to be in battlefield because we are swords to cut humans. But something indeed off with Yamatonokami's behavior in battlefield."

When Okita was over, Yasusada is busy catching his breath with a happy smile on his face as he praises Okita. "Okita-kun! Good work!" But not Kashuu, he walks away to join the other shinsengumi swords. He actually wanted to share it to them that lately it was uncomfortable for him.

Even though they argue less nowadays.

"Yasusada he...he said he likes the color of my eyes, he called them beautiful." Horikawa smiles. "Isn't that the truth though? Hm? Kiyomitsu-san?" But Kashuu has a serious look and really it makes them worried now.
"He compared me to the color of blood...and he said it was beautiful. He is the real tsukumogami than the rest of us. He is a tool that kills without a heart."

The shinsengumi sword said nothing and just watch Yamatonokami Yasusada afar on his own world adoring Okita Souji's achievements.

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'I'm Yamatonokami Yasusada,one of Okita Souji's precious sword. Am hard to handle but am very useful! And yet...For some reason my partner does not think of me highly enough. But it is okay, were partners. I know we got out backs together for Okita-kun's sake!'

Yet that said partner out of blue confess his humane feelings and wishes. It is not like a sword god at all.

"I want to be human."
"Kiyomitsu?"

Kashuu said to the mirror he was looking at his shinsengumi uniform, his read scarf and his white bandana at his forehead.

He looks human enough but not really human.

He was wishful. "If am human...I will be able to touch and feel Okita."

Yasusada made a face. "What do you mean? Dont you feel him touch you everytime he polish you?" Kashuu turn his head and continued to tell him his deepest wanting's, "Yes, I feel it but it was not deep enough for me to grasps. I...I want to know if I was really loved. I want to touch Okita and feel his warmth."

Well, that is strange for Yasusada...he never had such idea. He was happy enough to be by Okita's side and fight every single day.

"Yasusada, dont you like to be warm?" Kashuu pulls him close by his shoulders, eye to eye they speak with them and Yasusada is not liking it. "You...you are too cold, even though you smile so bright. I cannot feel your warmth."

Remaining in place and allowing the child of river to grip on both side of his shoulders, he tried to put up his own opinion. "Kiyomitsu...who cares about that? Isn't enough we are treasured by Okita-kun? Asking to be human, I don't see the necessary." He wasnt getting it and it makes Kashuu really sad.

'It depends on each person how they wanted to be loved after all.'

"Right..."

A lie of smile.

'Yasusada and I are opposite. He never doubted Okita, he never seek to be human like him. All he want is to literally stay by his side. What I want is to actually eat and sleep like Okita does. That is how I want to be closer...to live in the same world he walks. To feel the same breeze he breaths in and out. I want to be closer to Okita Souji.'

Kashuu just wanted to be closer, his wish betrayed him.

'Maybe I shouldn't have ask more...because I... wouldnt...that...that day...'

"Ikedaya Inn, Am looking forward! The meeting said its a narrowed space to fight. What a new thrill could that be!" The blue sword is powered up.

Kashuu chuckles, they had recently stopped bickering as mention they are getting in good terms. More like Yasusada never actually fought back when Kashuu blames him for everything. "Yasusada, you really like to battle huh..." Yasusada nods and shakes him. "How come you aren't you enjoying it Kiyomitsu? It is fun!" Kashuu laughs and bop Yasusada's nose to correct him. "Am a back up sword remember? There is nothing for me to look forward since I'm rarely used." Yasusada widen his grinning to tease back. "Oh come on, do not be like that-"

Their ears sharpens up when Okita just said something unusual. "I will use you. Time for battle." Dropping Yamatonokami's sword to the display handle and Kashuu's sword to be at his waist as the main sword to be used. "Okita...kun?"

Yasusada was troubled by it, he thought he did something wrong but kept his mouth shut. However Kashuu on the other hand is surprised and doubt if this was the right decision, he voiced up to protest.

"H-huh? M-Me!? But why?" Knowing they cannot be heard, Yasusada drops a sad smile but he was willing to support and respect this decision.

"Oh you are leaving your other sword behind Okita-san?" Some random member of shinsengumi asks him. Okita laughs it off, "The weight of the other sword kinda puts a toll on me." Kiyomitsu and Yasusada did not hear that because they were focused at each other.

"Ahh...it looks like Okita-kun chooses you for this mission. I'm a bit sad but its ok, please get the job done and take care of Okita-kun."

Kashuu whose suppose to be happy to be finally back as the main sword, he was this disappointed? But why? He had this uneasy feeling in his chest but covered it up by returning an awkward smile to the other.

"Yasusada...sure."

They fist bump.

"Its a promise."

And laughs it off too.

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"THIS IS THE SHINSENGUMI!"

It was this moment that Okita was coughing blood, he was in danger.

"OKITA WATCH OUT!"

*SHATTERS*

He wield Kashuu to defend himself but his tip broke. Kashuu Kiyomitsu's soul drops dead at the floor when Okita as well collapses.

'Huh...?'
Thud...))

As for Kashuu his final thoughts were very lonely. Seeing Okita sleeping at the floor too, 'Okita...?' Then the image of his waiting sword partner flashes before his eyes, who seems lonely too. 'Ahh...Yasusada...?' His vision went watery. Blood drips out from his lips and his shinsengumi uniform from blue to red like his eyes. How...how shocking is that.

Because they are not humans, they shouldnt be bleeding if slain off.

They are spirit after all.

'...why do I see myself drench in blood?' He heard Okita coughs. 'Ahh yes, He...coughed blood at me...am so dirty. Thanks to that am this red. But wait...Am bleeding in my neck too? What happen again? I cannot speak...is that a humane thing? Do Tsukumogami has blood like human when they die? If so...It sucks, I wanted to fight un broken till the end.' His vision darkening, the last thing he saw was his own sword broken at the tip.

He now understood he is dying.
He wonders if Yamatonokami Yasusada will cry for him.

"I'm s...ssorry..."

His red eyes went blank. Only regret echoes in his heart as he dispates.

'Ahh...I wanted to return home and tell Yasusada that am glad he was my sword partner. But...I guess I won't see him anymore. Okita...Am sorry for being useless...but even so please do not leave me...!' Somehow even though he was gone he saw a vision that his broken sword was left behind when Okita seem to be walking up with his feet, though he got support to walk by Kondo...still Kashuu Kiyomitsu felt so abandoned.

"Dont...leave me."

'Because I love you.'

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**Second Timeline**

Another 3 days past...Finally our Yamatonokami recovered and thankfully nobody else especially Kashuu Kiyomitsu did not caught the fever.

"Look whose recovered!" Says Izuminokami Kanesada with a proud stand beside of course his assistant Horikawa Kunihiro. "Sorry for making everyone worry."
Yasusada scratch the back of his head. Horikawa beamed. "It's ok! As long as you are fine now." Kashuu thought to add a sarcastic joke when he stood by Yasusada's side. "Also thanks to what happen to you, we now know we Touken Danshi can get sick like humans!" Only for Nagasone to put that into thinking as he cup his own chin. "So~ if we get too sick we might die just like humans who succumbs to their illness?"

*badump*

Yasusada unconsciously clutch his heart. He felt a small throb on it but it disappeared without any trace. Noticing that Yasusada seems to have frozen for a short second, Kashuu eyed him suspiciously. "Yasusada?" But they were all lied onto.
"Ahaha...well, I got to get back in shape! I'm gonna be at the dojo! Later everyone!" He run off.

The Shinsengumi swords are not that dense though, Kanesada doubted.

"Is it just me or he acted so weird?"
Everyone let themselves contemplate. "Hmm..."
Horikawa tried to lighten up the mood by pointing out. "But isn't he always strange like back then? He used to say color of blood is beautiful like Kiyomitsu-san's eyes!"

'Yasusada...'

While walking to the hallway, even though it is a bright morning of peace...Yasusada is not at peace. He wasn't smiling at all, in fact he look so sad that he rather not meet someone in the hallway to try and greet him right now.

'Being a human is a pain and inconvenient.' How he wish to return back to a cold steel. He recently remembered how Kashuu wished to be a human, he still doesn't find it very helpful. Indeed he was ungrateful as what his sword partner accused him. 'But thanks to this human body I learned to appreciate food.'

That is the good part for him. "Ghh..."

Clutching again his heart as he kept using his feet to move forward and forward to every corner till he would reach the dojo.

'Illness like Okita-kun's...?' His eyes reflecting wanting to go to where the other must be. 'If so...am closer to him now?' Stopping on his tracks as he reach the front of the dojo, fortunately nobody was there. He look at the sky above him, it look so blue and happy yet...'Am gonna be with you if that happens...Okita-kun?'

Now that he is human, he is seeing the same scenery what Okita sees and feels the breeze that Okita experiencing.

He is warm.
This is what Kashuu told him back then.

"I..."
Then he felt a smack on his head.
WHACK!
"OW!"
Behind him is Kashuu Kiyomitsu who actually followed him and he did not notice it at all! "Caught the dumb." Just a flat response, now Yasusada rubs his head.

"Hey! What was that for Kiyomitsu?! It really hurt!" Gaining a humane reaction from his dramatic partner, Kashuu like that better before he pointed out.

"You are thinking about him again weren't you?"
Yasusada rolled his eyes. "...who knows?"

That was it, silence...before-"Suit yourself!" Kashuu acted like a girl who got upset for no reason. Still not getting what Kashuu went here for to just leave like that.
Makes no sense. "...why is he always angry?"

Drip...drop...
Kring...))
His ears are ringing.

Yamatonokami forgot what on earth had happen afterwards.

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'Something is not right but I cannot put my thoughts to complete it.'

The next thing he sees is his own hands reaching out the ceiling with a sudden jolt of his body jerking up to twist in panic and sweat.
"...wait Okita-kun!"

Panting, 'T-that d-dream again...?' Hearing the bird chirps and seeing the reflection of sun rays, a voice invited him to wake up completely from his usual nightmares being ignored. "You awake already, get dressed. We have a lot to clean at the horse barn." Blinking, Yasusada tilt his head to Kashuu whose already dressed up to his casual clothes.

Yamatonokami Yasusada is completely clueless why they had such promise to wake up early for a job. Normally that will be assigned when the bell rings, not like this.
"...we did?" Kashuu Kiyomitsu arch an eyebrow while fixing his red scarf that matches his red clothes.

"Yeah, last night we were told in advance. Do you not remember?" He eyed him knowingly with doubts, Yasusada scratches his cheeks with a forced smile.

"...I, I actually do not remember anything last night."

'What is going on with him?' Echoed by Kashuu in the back of his head before he points at him. "Huh? Are you serious? Geez...Stop thinking about him for once!"

Pulling Yasusada to get up which he did, "Uwah! Hold it!" Though he allowed Kashuu to lull him out of bed. Kashuu makes him stand up with straight chin. "If you don't fix yourself am going to put make up on you." It was suppose it be a teasing threat.

However Yasusada did not buy the joke and took it seriously. "...But, Kiyomitsu I can't help it."
"Am...am sad."

Silence.

"I felt abandoned even though it cannot be helped when it happened. When...when I was not picked that day."

Kashuu steps forward with a painful glare.

"Are you blaming me?"

Seeing the hint that he offended the other, Yasusada tries to take it back with his excuses.

"No, that's not it."

It was too late, Kashuu will not tolerate him this time.

"Oh yes you do! That's how it sounds!"

"Kiyomitsu I-"

He snaps at Yasusada.

"DID YOU THINK I HAVE A CHOICE?! YOU DO NOT KNOW EVERYTHING THAT DAY AND HOW I FELT! WHY ARE YOU SO...SO SELFISH!?" The rest was mentally said.
'I broke, I was covered in blood...and my body is full of fainted scars especially my decapitated head. My neck with this ugly and horrifying scar beneath my scarf...! I was not truly loved by him. He only loved me for being pretty and useful. I wanted to fight un broken till the end because I love him...yet..!'

However, Yasusada's gotten himself loose temper as well and yelled back.

"AM NOT SELFISH! IT IS YOU WHO IS ALWAYS SELFISH YOU KNOW! ALWAYS...ALWAYS, I HAVE TO FOLLOW YOU AND CHECK YOUR TEMPER OR ELSE YOU WILL THROW YOUR ANGER ON ME AGAIN! IT WAS LIKE WHEN WE FIRST MET...! YOU ACT LIKE YOU DO NOT LIKE ME AT ALL! YOU BEING KIND, IT FELT FORCED. IS IT FOR THE SANIWA? Such desperation...!"

The hell these two are screaming at each other.

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"Yasusada and Kiyomitsu are late! Didnt we all agree to woke early and get this horse dump finish?" Scowled by Izuminokami in his casual clothes. Horikawa nods. "I will check on them Kane-san." And starts to walk away, not wanting to be left behind Izuminokami runs to his side and grinned. "Nahh! I will go with you, can't stay in this smell...!"

Smiling back. "Hehe, righty! Then let us go!"

When they reach the room of the Okitagumi, hell broke loose.

They were fighting by their voice so loud that some other Touken Danshi was frighten.
Nobody dared to knock at their room at all to stop them.

As if they also want to eavesdrop.

"YOU ARE INSENSITIVE YOU KNOW THAT!? ALWAYS FIXIATE ON YOURSELF TO GROOM, YOU NEVER CARED IF YOU HURT MY FEELINGS EVERYTIME I OPEN UP! IM SO VENT UP OF YOUR ATTITUDE!"

Yasusada says to Kashuu.
Kashuu retorts back.

"THAT IS MY FREAKING LINE! EVERYSINGLE DAY, EVERYSINGLE NIGHT YOU DONT LET ME SLEEP IN PEACE! YOU DONT ALLOW ME TO BE HAPPY IN MORNING BECAUSE OF YOUR SULKING TO HIM, AM TIRED OF HEARING IT OKAY? WHAT PART OF IT YOU CANNOT GET OVER?!"
Yasusada's sharp rebuttal made Kashuu silent.

"I WASNT CHOSEN!"

Oh no, not this again...the Ikeda Inn incident.

This time Yasusada faintly said as he and Kashuu's heart beating fast from screaming rapidly not a long ago. He always, always felt jealous that day. He was excited that time yet he was not picked that day. Even though Kashuu deserves to be use since he was originally his first sword and not him...still Yasusada cannot stop his selfish desires on that night when he was forced to stay and wait for them to return. "I wanted...to fight with Okita-kun till the end, and yet he picked you! Then you had been revive and all you think of is our new master! You want to be loved but you do not know how to keep loved at all Kiyomitsu!"

They will both cry, they just knew it...their eyes are both getting watery as they exchange a heart to heart talk.

"What did you-"

Their room door slides open with the laughing Izuminokami.
"KYAHAHA!"
"Eh? Kane...san-"
Horikawa tried to stop him but...Izuminokami went inside the room and declared out of blue. "Okita Souji maybe a skilled swordman but Hijikata Toushizo is the real hero!"

Yasusada and Kiyomitsu looks at eachother and then to Izuminokami. "What?"

Kanesada knowingly mocks them. "Am saying you guys are arguing on someone whose not even have done so much extent for samurai's!"

The two twitches.
"What did you say?"

Kanesada laughs and crosses his arms proudly. "I said Hijikata, our master is better!" Horikawa whose behind holds behind him to ask him to go outside but he wont budge. "S-stop it Kane-san...! This is a very bad idea-"

Yasusada and Kiyomitsu invites with dark voice. "Get out. Let's settle this."

Kanesada thought he won.
"Agreed."
Horikawa doesn't like where this is going.

"Ehhhh?!"

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In the barn of horse, like a battle field...the wind blows and there are audience like Tsurumaru and Shoukudaikiri watches the Okitagumi side then the Hijikata swords standing there and staring at each other.

What a lovely morning.

Kiyomitsu started. "Hijikata Toushizo is an awful human being." Sticking out a tongue, Kanesada was dumb enough to get triggered by that. "What did you said!?" Yasusada adds on. "He is the Vice Demon Commander yet he failed to protect Kondo Isami. So he isn't amazing, he had failures too!" Kanesada forgot this was an act to make them stop fighting but he...himself dug his own grave. "I'm so pissed...!"

Yasusada points at him with death glare. "You started it! You take it back!" Kanesada laughs his ass and insist to be persistent to piss them off.

"Noway! I will make you count the ashes!" Kicking the ground to intermediate the Okitagumi duo... Yasusada marches forward, their faces are so near each other with the given threats.

Yasusada makes a promise. "I see. I'll make you eat dirt...!"

Kanesada did not expect Yamatonokami to duck down and throw a horse poop at his mouth. "Augh!"

Having a taste of literal dirt, Kanesada falls off. "Kane-san...!" Worried Horikawa, Kanesada spits the horse poop and had a piss off evil grin. "You...bastard...!" Grabbing also a horse dirt and throwing it, Yasusada dodges and says rather so deadly. "Take it back, shinsengumi sword or anyone who bad mouths Okita-kun, I will never forgive them!" Jumping to attack Kanesada, Kiyomitsu suddenly locks his arms from behind. Kashuu isnt mad anymore after seeing Izuminokami pathetically looses to eat a horse dirt so fast. But he isn't liking either how Yasusada is very...mad.

"Stop it Yasusada! Seriously you are always violent with your enemies! Calm down!" Yasusada jerking his legs and arms but unable to escape.

"Let me go Kiyomitsu! Let go!" Kashuu puts more force to lock his own elbows to his. "Idiot! Stop causing trouble!" Yasusada glances behind with frustrated teary eyes. "Aren't you mad? He bad mouthed Okita-kun...!" Kashuu still making sure he puts him in place. "We did bad mouth Hijikata as well so it is fair! Now stay put!"

As for the Hijikata combi, Kanesada coughs and continues to spit the remaining taste of horse poo. "It taste so bad that am gonna die...!" Horikawa patting his back and apologizing. "Kane-san! I'm sorry I couldn't catch that for you...!"
Annoyed, "That is not the point Kunihiro...!"

"ALL OF YOU STOP THIS FIGHT IN INSTANCE!"

Heshikiri Hasebe warns. Behind him is Tsurumaru and Shoukudaikiri who seem to have reported this fight.

"H-Hasebe...!" Kashuu went pale.

"What is going on here? Your ruckuss is hear out through all over the citadel! The master is disturb!" Hasebe looks at each of their faces with dirt.

"Aruji is...?!" Kashuu started to panic. "T-tell Aruji it is nothing! Please tell...Aruji-" Kanesada stood up for him.

"Calm down Kiyomitsu! This isnt your fault! It is mine-" but Kashuu was trembling and denied him off. "No! It is my fault Hasebe-san! Please allow me to explain to Aruji-sama about the fight!" Hasebe shuts them all by one command. "No need." Then he talked to Yasasuda whose face still looks deadly enough.

"Yamatonokami Yasusada."

Yasusada slowly move his eyes to meet Hasebe's "...what is it?" He was actually pouting already.

"You are grounded."

They all jumped except Yasusada himself who already knows he will be punish but didnt particualry cared enough.

"Eh?! For real!? Aren't we all suppose to be grounded!?" Kashuu asks in disbelief, how come only him yeah?

Hasebe counts them by his eyes as he explained. "The Saniwa, no...Aruji wants to talk to all of you, however you...Yamatonokami, I heard your reasoning earlier what is the source of your anger. Therefore you are grounded." Again Kashuu cannot understand why.

"N-no way...why only Yasusada?"
Yasusada stomp his feet but he did not protest at all.

His anger is still visible in his face. "Fine. I got it. I will be on my room then..." walking away, Hasebe echoes. "Before you do, please wash yourself. But after that immediately go back indeed to your room until further notice. I will be asking Aruji for your corporal punishment of such violent behaivor towards your comrades." Yasusada did not look back but he did answered. "Understood."

Seeing how things ended up so awkward, Kashuu tried to chase him. "Wait...Yasu...sada...sorry..." but he was unable to move his feet further.

"Kashuu Kiyomitsu, Horikawa Kunihiro, Izuminokami Kanesada. Come with me to master's office." Hasebe says. Izuminokami covers his mouth not wanting the Saniwa to smell it. "E-even me? I smell bad...!" He blushes, Hasebe ignores him though. "Its fine Izuminokami. This is not my order, it is the master's even Yamatonokami's suspension. Hurry up."

Kanesada,Horikawa and Kashuu look at each other unsure how to feel.

"O-ok..."

...Inside the Saniwa's room.

"I have an idea what the fight is, I just want you guys to promise me one thing shinsengumi swords." The Saniwa says.

Kashuu Kiyomitsu fears the love to decrease from her the most. "We will do anything Aruji! Just forgive us!" Izuminokami fears punishment too and joined the pleading session. "R-right! It won't happen again!" Kashuu dogeza at the floor and thoughts. 'Please do not abandon me...!' Saniwa opens her mouth with a request instead.

"Please keep an eye on Yamatonokami Yasusada."
"Eh?"

Everyone has the puzzled faces.

"Keep an eye?" Horikawa repeated. Hasebe whose watching joined in. "Sorry were not getting your point Aruji?" The Saniwa was calm as usual and kind, but knowing their master sounds serious...something is going on? "I can't tell you all the details,but do please watch over him. Especially his health." Kashuu thought it was about how lately Yasusada is not feeling well...in fact he just recovered. "Is...Yasusada sick again Aruji?"

The Saniwa does not do any eye contact and answered.
"I can't tell."

Kashuu cannot drop his curiosity when it comes to Yasusada. "If this is too much to ask, I can ask another-" but Kanesada stops him with a hand and politely bows his head. "No. We will accept this, since were are shinsengumi swords...we should look after our own groups for the sake of the peace in the citadel."
Horikawa thought he looks cool because of that gesture and maturity. "Kane-san!"

Kashuu smiles at the two and maybe he shouldn't get too concern and just agree, so he tells the Saniwa. "Aruji, you do not need to ask me~ I'm already looking after everyone! Especially Yasusada is my roommate! That is given!" The Saniwa smiles.

"Thank you everyone. Now please take a bath and enjoy the rest of the day."

"Understood!"

After the meeting with Saniwa and scolding session with Hasebe. All of them took a bath and here is Kashuu opening the door to their room where they almost broke their relationship as room mates.

((Sighs))

Taking a deep breath, Kashuu puts an act to start a rather unusual topic.
"...How did bath go?" He asks and closes the door and proceed to grab the mirror to check his face if no horse poo remained.

It is not a brand new sight to see Yasusada curling himself in a ball of yarn at the corner with his casual clothes.

Instead of answering how was his bath, Yasusada throws back a question.
"Is Kanesada perhaps very angry with me? Say...Kiyomitsu?" By the mirror held above, Yasusada can see Kashuu's reflection that he is again trying to take care of his face to be pretty. It is the same of Kashuu, he can see the gloomy face of Yasusada.

The guilt was there. 'So he had calm down his anger...'
Kashuu puts down the mirror and starts to brush his hair gently. "Well, he is piss off but he had calm down and got scolded by Horikawa. To answer your question he isnt mad at you."

Yasusada watches him brush his long wet hair. "I see." Yasusada rested his chin to his knees. Kashuu saw his finger nails had dirt but they do not smell bad anymore at least. "Ahh~my nails are ruined. I guess I need to cut them and let them regrow...the edges still dark from the mud fight~"

Yasusada whispers. "I'm sorry."
Glancing at his roommate.

"For what?"

Yasusada refuses to make an eye contact, he was breaking again in his throat. "For...dragging you to a dirty place now your precious finger nails are dirtied...and such...Also about our argument-" Ahh, as always it is annoying. "Listen, Yasusada. I'm angry but, am not angry anymore...okay? Shape up. Let us forget about it, I dont want wrinkles in my face!" He went ahead and pinch Yasusada's cheek. "Nn...ouch."

Then he finally smiled a little.
Kashuu smiles back then grabs his nail kit.

"Regarding about you being grounded, it is actually one week." Eyes widen. "One week?!" Yasusada stops curling himself like a yarn, he crawls closer to Kashuu as he did not like the punishment to be that hard. "I can practice at the dojo right...?" Kashuu hums and unlocks the brand new nail red polish he bought recently.

"One week in this room. So no, you can't. Even meal time you are not allowed to go out and eat with the rest. Worry not,I will bring you food~ or I'm sure Horikawa will bring us food to apologize~!"

Coloring his nails, Yasusada stares at him and is worried he may have dragged him to suffer too. "Does this mean you are also grounded?" Kashuu laughs and gave him a silly look. "No. Just you." Yasusada does a relief sighs. "Ah ok...that's good." Kashuu frowns and points at him. "No! It is not good! You better cool off your head soon so that I dont have to see your moping face at the corner of our room every single day! Ok?"
Ahh...It felt dumb when they fight earlier.

Yasusada decided to stop moping and cheerfully responded. "Ok!"

Watching how Kashuu makes himself presentable is always entertaining and it always take so damn long.

It is not like he can go anywhere.
He just thought to appreciate his beauty.

'Kiyomitsu looks happy.'

"Ah right I remember."
"Hm?"

Kashuu throws him a book "Catch!" It was flying towards him "Wah!" Catching it. "..Huh? A thick book...this is..." Flipping the book it was like about herbal or plants. "Medicine book." Kashuu cleared it up for him. "Eh?" Still doing nail polish, Yasusada flips the pages as he listens to him. "It is the book where I had read about how to cure his illness." Hearing that makes him enlighten.

"Kiyomitsu!" He was sparkling like an idiot that Kashuu had to scowl at him.

"Don't give me that stupid wide smile! Listen! I didn't show you that book to change history! But for you to understand how it is impossible to change it...! Ok?"
Yasusada sense Kashuu just wants to cheer him up and it did work. Like a dork he is he thanked him. "Alright! Thank you Kiyomitsu...!" Blushing..Kashuu looks away and tries to focus to make his nails redder. "Geez..."

Yasusada sits beside the table Kashuu is using.
"Hey, you are too close Yasusada."
"I want to read next to you. Is that bad?"

It is like they both want to fix their relationship...it is just.

*ACHE*
((Gasp))

Yasusada whose suppose to read the book to have peace his head suddenly throbs and his vision went inside his own realm of consciousness.
"Huh?"
He wasn't sure if he fell asleep wile reading. He was in the darkness yet his feet has some ripple of water.
He saw his reflection yet he saw another figure across the water.
'Me...?'
Looking up, a duplicate of him stood there.
The difference was he was wearing his dark blue casual clothes but the other him is wearing his warrior outfit.
The shinsengumi armor.
['Ahh, you are Yamatonokami Yasusada from another timeline.']

He was greeted by his own voice.

Not able to response, the other him gave him an evil smirk.

['Oh well, it does not matter...I will be the one to take care everything. Goodnight.']

And dashes to stab him in the chest.

STAB...!
Gasping, the stab felt real and it did not even look like a dream when he heard his flesh gets a donut hole.

"AAaaaughh!"

Yasusada screamed in pain. Startling the other "Gaaah?!" The nail polish bottle splattered to Kiyomitsu's face like blood. "What? What?"

Thud.

"Yasusada...!?"
Yasusada just fell backwards unconscious. The thick book drops and got some red polish stains on it as if a murder happen.

Immediately shaking him, "Hey! Dumbass what the hell happened to you? What was that screaming for? Oi! Yasusada! This isn't funny-" when he touch his face and the pulse...it was cold and..."What the...he isn't breathing!"

Already forgotten that they had an ugly fight earlier, Izuminokami and Horikawa happens to be walking at the hallway. They have their new clothes and is ready to head to their room when...

"Help!"

Kashuu runs towards them with Yasusada on his back in a piggy ride.
What catches alarm is that Kashuu's face...

"K-Kiyomitsu! Is that blood?!" Kanesada jumps forward. "Are you hurt Kiyomitsu-san!" Horikawa checks on him.

But Kashuu doesn't give a damn on that, those are not important.

Like his life is loosing as well he told them what he needed now as he carries Yasusada on his back.

"Hurry! Yasusada he's...! G-get the Saniwa! Yasusada is dead!"

This is just the start to invade other timeline...to his vision.

Chapter Text

((I wonder who the person who loves me the most is?))

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'Wrong, wrong, wrong.'

Chanted by Yamatonokami Yasusada as he leap through time to time.

((Am I that odd?))

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'This isn't the right timeline I belong.'

Eversince he became a kebiishi, ever since he broke his promise...his memories had shattered piece to piece.

His good and bad side no longer co exist. Only one should remained.

To possess something he yearn so bad that he cannot put it on words.

'Why it feels so wrong...? What did I do?'

His reason to betray and to fight had been lost in history ever since he tried to change it and it changed drastically.

Abnormally.

Some random broken hairclips he saw,

someone else's tears.

What is it?

'Where is it? Where do I belong?'

Flashes of Okita Souji whose healthy with the rest of the 'still alive' Shinsengumi crew.

Then flashes of coughing blood of his Okita.

'To be closer to Okita-kun?'

A glimpse of the citadel where a smiling Kashuu is with him and the rest of his so called 'friends.'

'Or...to get back to Kiyomitsu?'

He felt a heavy burden in his soul.

His sword is falling and falling deep down the abyss as it keeps going to burn him to blue flames.

'I can't even tell what I want anymore.'

((Is changing history really is the right thing?))

That's what his other mind echoes however as said...because he mess with it, it punish him as well.

It was a price to disappear, to revert back to something that is heartless.

Yasusada fell and fell, until he reach a open worm hole.

It reminds him of who on earth he was.

'Right...am Yamatonokami Yasusada, not easy to handle but a good sword.'

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**Second Timeline**

Unconscious Yamatonokami, Kashuu is afraid of everything.

His negative thoughts stops when the Saniwa spoke as they are currently in the repair room, even though there isn't anything seems to be repaired physically.

"May I see the sword of Yamatonokami? His real body."

Horikawa is the one who moved first. "I'll go get it!" He runs off. Kashuu thought it is time to know what is going on to his sword partner whose cold and basically stiff like a corpse would be.

Gulping down he really tried his best. "Aruji..is Yasusada even alive?" The Saniwa contemplates at the situation, she was not in any panic but more like...disturb at the sight of Yasusada seems dead indeed. "We will see by his sword. According to you he suddenly screamed like he was pierced by something then he collapsed."

Kanesada whose just beside Kashuu frantically asks. "C-can you fix him?" The Saniwa looks at them both. "I will do everything I can."

The loud footsteps of Horikawa disrupts the intense silence, on his hands is the sword of Okita's favorite sword.

"Aruji! This is bad! Yamatonokami's sword is painted black!"

The Saniwa gasps. "This is...! Sword corruption...!"
Kashuu whose not liking this outcome. "What do you mean Aruji? Please explain?!"

The Saniwa carefully took away the body sword of Yasusada away from Horikawa to the sword stand.

"Yamatonokami Yasusada had been tainted. He will become a fallen sword if not cured."
Horikawa covers his mouth in realization.

"Wait...does that mean..."

The Saniwa reveals to this timeline the truth.

"A Kebishii."

The said Kebiishi Yamatonokami Yasusada is just standing at the cherry blossom tree, he knows what happen here and is no longer interested to stay.

He smiles with sweetness in his lips as he marches forward to teleport again.

"Now off to the other timeline where I can blend in. Wait for me Kiyomitsu.."

He cannot help but get excited. Yasusada giggles to perish his own thoughts. 'The main performance... is yet to come!'

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**Before the Timeline.**

((Was I... loved until the end?))

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'The last thing I saw is how I was left behind, because I was broken already. A sword in half is technically useless to any samurai...So I shouldn't wonder why he abandoned me. Who knows if he did tried to repair me? I wouldn't know...He won't be alone anyway, he has Yasusada with him. Yasusada...he is Okita Souji's favorite sword...and am just...'

In the darkness a single light glows to approach him as he was in deep slumber.

'...Right, I Kashuu Kiyomitsu is the child of the river bank.'

A voice called his name from the depths of death. Wondering who it was since it was echoing so much in his supposed to be dead ears...he opened his eyes and found himself summoned from an altar like sword stand.

A short pinked haired who looks like a boy but apparently female spoke to him with the most welcoming smile.

As if the person was relief that he woke up.

"Kashuu Kiyomitsu! I thank you for being able to exist on my very first attempt to rebirth a broken sword...!"

It sounded like he was some kind of a successful product. Kashuu blinks twice before he was able to produce sound in his throat, "...Eh?" and shock to hear his own voice was there. Instead of questioning that, he decided to think about the present person before him. "Who are you?" His red eyes scanned the room while he stood still and finally looks down to see he had physical toes, legs, body, arms and...

"What is this...?" Especially his head is back to his neck.

Freaking out..."Aren't I...broken?"

The Saniwa chuckles softly and introduce herself. "I 'am the Saniwa, from now on am your new master. Kashuu Kiyomitsu, I summoned you for a purpose." She offers her hand to help him take his first step. Kashuu still wonder if he move his feet if there will be a solid feeling.

'Is this a human body?'

Speaking up, "You have a purpose for someone like me?" Moving his right foot first then followed by the other, his hands unconsciously grabs the Saniwa's offered support in fear that he might stumble. "...I...I was abandoned...I was not needed, because am not..." getting a help to stand straight, Kashuu met the kind eyes of the Saniwa, those eyes that cares and most of all...they look understanding. "You are very beautiful in your human body Kashuu Kiyomitsu. Like I said I need you."

It confirms it is indeed a human body!

'Am human now...?'

He wish for this before and it is happening for real?

The Saniwa says as she cups his cheeks before letting go from his face and the hand support. "You were serious?" Kashuu had doubts, also he notice he was wearing his blue shinsengumi uniform, similar red scarf and white headband...as if he was never shed in red during that incident.

The Saniwa looks at him knowingly with pity but a smile on her lips to assure him that she isn't joking. "Will I revive you piece to piece if it was a lie...? I understand you are confuse, but please do trust me. I want you to help me protect the history against the Retrograde Army."

The Saniwa began explaining things to him of what year it is now, how the age of swords had ended and that some dark entity known at Retrograde Army is trying to mess with the past.

Kashuu just thought to accept it since he was been reborn.

'If it ended a very long time ago...then surely he is dead.'

Those where his thoughts for Okita Souji. His attention went back to reality when the Saniwa took his hand and, "Since you have a human body now, it is up to you how do you wish to look like. Here..." she put a bag to his palms. Kashuu felt them in his fingers, its a heavy pouch of .."Money?! This huge!?" He jaw drops when he peeks inside the said money bag.

The Saniwa giggles and push his back gently to get out of the room where he was summoned. Still not getting why everything seems like yesterday he had to cope with so called history enemy and stuffs...the Saniwa smiles dearly. "Enjoy and get used to your body first. Meanwhile I will call the souls of the other swords to join our battlefield against the history retrograde army." She turns her back to grab some weird human shaped paper that Kashuu can guess it is the tool that was used to awaken him.

"You are going to call other swords...?" Hearing that it clicked to him, if he was repaired as brand new then perhaps the other sword who stayed with Okita would be also..."Does that mean even him...?" he faintly mumbles. The Saniwa did not seem to hear him asking that question so he changed it to something he should be actually saying now.

With sweat forming at his cheeks to doubt himself yet he wanted to be thankful since he is needed.

"I-I do not know why you picked me first, but I will not disappoint you! Aruji!" He bows.

The Saniwa just wave and so Kashuu left the Saniwa's room.

'Ahh...am alive?' Walking down the stairs till he reach the hallway...the place was nothing so modern as he thought it would. It is still a Japanese home style he knew except he did saw some stuffs displayed that seem unusual.

He guessed those are so called modern tools. 'The Saniwa mention am the first to be summon...so am all alone right?' By strolling around the whole place, every room was empty. It confirms the Saniwa's words were true. "Nobody is here except me and..." gulping to make sure he did had throat this time and not beheaded. "My new...master."

Kashuu stops when he encountered a rather human height mirror somewhere around the hallway.

"I feel it...I have what they called s-skin...um flesh...? And.." Shock that he is indeed in a form of a human not a soul...his hands travelled to touch his body crawling up to his face then it landed to his neck. Curiosity within him that the scarf must be the only reason why he had a head. So he dared to removed them a bit to peek on his flesh and saw a faint scar marked on his neck.

"Aahh!?" He screams as he thought his head will fall off but it didn't. "H-hhuhh..?" Taking a closer look by zooming to the mirror, his pinkish fingers teased his own neck and felt his pulse there.

He was breathing. When he exposed his own neck, his hands also decided to expose his chest then his arms and legs.

There are faint scars on it.
Thousands of evidence that he was broken and very unlikable.

So many battle scars from Ikedaya Inn.

"My neck...and my body there are lingering scars!" Almost feel like he is going to get angry at his reflection, a footstep stomps to stop at his side and found the Saniwa watching him. "Forgive me if am not able to undone the evidence of that day." She says apologetically.

Kashuu pauses a moment and suddenly puts back his shinsengumi clothes to cover his almost stripped body.

"N-no! I'm just glad am needed...Will you still love me even if am beaten?" There was fear in him that he cannot quench. Without shame he asks the Saniwa that issue he had, no matter how funny it may sounds.

Kashuu thought the Saniwa will mock or laugh but she instead gave him assurance and that smile melted Kashuu's doubtful heart. "Of course I would, but I will mostly appreciate if you take good care of yourself. Well then I got to get going. Later~"

Saniwa lefts.

It was just a praise for him to get a boost of trust and confidence.
Little did the Saniwa knows that made Kashuu got heart strike like a cupid stab an arrow to his human heart.

It was his goal now.

"Ahaa..haaa!" Kashuu becomes red in his cheeks and covers them in embarrassment yet joy. "A-Aruji wants me to take care of myself...so meaning I has to be pretty all the time?" Looking at the mirror again and saw how he look old. By means old is that he is stuck at the past and that doesn't sound pleasing if this is a modern era and such. Raising his fist with a goal in his mind.

Kashuu Kiyomitsu thought to adjust to his new life and master. "Alright! Let us use this money for make over!"

And went out to the market.

It was fantastic sight, Kashuu had never explored the market with life. "Wwoah...is this for real?" He was like a kid when he goes window sighting shops and stalls and decorations. The shinsengumi was feared and therefore whenever they patrol the market site, everyone hides or closes their stores.

Worst nobody is around.

But now it is different.

'Am indeed no longer in Bakamatsu Era!' Before Kashuu went outside he saw a calendar with year charts displayed one of the citadel rooms.

It shows him year charts like Heian, Edo and etc.

That is why Kashuu is very amazed that those chart box were real.

His fantasies stops when he thought to buy clothes as a fresh start. He quickly found what he wants, a casual red clothes. "T-they look cute." And purchased them. Another thing he found was a French uniform with leather and fancy golden lines. "I'm gonna buy this!"

Then some boots. "So unique!"

Some merchant tricked him to buy what they called earrings. "Waa so pretty!"

Till his eyes landed to a blue kimono. "Hmm? Blue..." he pauses as he thought it would look good to the other if he was even here. "Looks cute...but not my color." Without facial reaction he admits."...More like...it reminds me of him." Deciding to buy it as well. "Right I can use this too as spared clothes." Is what he tried to convince himself.

He bought other flashy things like make up, nail polish and lipstick.

Kashuu didn't question himself why he bought it, all he know is that when he ask the people in market to give him something to make him pretty...the vendors starts to offer this and that.

Since it all looks cute and curious enough he bought them for himself.

After that Kashuu went back to the citadel.

It wasn't odd for him to perform art since Okita Souji always polish him so he knows how to stroke the brush and make himself beautiful.

Knock, knock.

The Saniwa looks up and found the Okita sword wearing a new outfit for battle.

"Kashuu Kiyomitsu?"

Kashuu enters the room with rather needy offering. "Hi Aruji~" somehow his voice crooked at the end that he had to clear his throat. "E-Ehem." And smiles at his new master.

"I'm Kashuu Kiyomitsu, Uhh. I'm the child beneath the river. I may be difficult to handle, but my performance is good."

The Saniwa blinks twice before she laughs and purely grins.

"Haha, of course! I will be in your care as well Kiyomitsu."

Meanwhile the other...

"K-Kondo...san..." Okita Souji said while he was dying at his bed.
("Okita-kun...?") Yamatonokami Yasusada heard it but he was not able to see the last day of his master.

'I was kept in a box eversince Okita-kun failed to slay the black demon cat at his yard...He cannot wield me anymore.'

All Yasusada can hear is the weakening breath patterns of Okita Souji. "Hiji...kata...san..!" Followed by harsh coughing.

"*COUGH! COUGH!*"

Yamatonokami flinches at the sound while he was in darkness.

By this time they heard Kondo Isami will be executed, Okita tried to get out of his bed but...it was all fruitless effort.

'Okita...kun, please...please do not die like this...Because I-'

Until he can no longer hear him.

'Okita...kun?'

...

'Okita Souji...He died a lonely death. And I was...trapped in eternal darkness, before I even realize that the age of sword has ended. That am...just a part of a history.'

Yamatonokami Yasusada had gone to a deep slumber. His loneliness killed him, nobody is able to use him properly so nobody dared to inherit his sword. His last was the one and only master Okita Souji who just disappeared like that.

'Just like how Kiyomitsu...left me behind.'

Somehow, the tsukumogami was angry.

They should have ended like a warrior.
You know, die in a battle field.

But no...

'Okita-kun perish from an illness.'

It was a lame death and it hurts the pride of samurais. It cannot be helped, he was so skilled yet such illness defeated him. Yasusada finds it insulting for Okita, how he wish he can slice the illness and spit on it.

'My existence is no longer needed...hurry and I want to go to the place where Kiyomitsu had dissipate.'

His wish came true when a light reaches out to him.

'Huhh...?'

It was so bright that when he open his eyes, the beautiful red eyes he admired was staring at him.

Both of their eyes widens.

Yamatonokami Yasusada is finally summoned to the citadel and who greets him was... "Eh...? Kiyomitsu...? Is that you?"

It was hard to tell if this is the after life for tsukumogami's. The gods themselves does not know if even their souls will go somewhere. All they thought they just cease to exist and yet...here they are reincarnated? Kashuu laughs and looks proud as he introduce himself to him.

"Who else would be the pretty cute Kashuu Kiyomitsu? You are not dreaming Yamatonokami Yasusada~"

'Ehh...he was fix?'

It got to be a lie but, if it's true...then, then...!

Unable to control his loneliness, Yasusada jumps to embrace Kashuu with tears.

"Kiyomitsu!"
"Uwah?! Y-Yasusada? Hey-"

Blushing from the sudden contact, Kashuu cannot argue that he did miss him too.

But he cannot say it in a straight face so he just kept quiet without hugging back.

Yasusada sobs and tightens his embrace to his whole body, to make sure that he wasn't split apart unlike the last he saw his blade.

"You are back in piece...! I..I..Uhh you broke at Ikedaya Inn. You were unrepairable!" However Yasusada is being overly dramatic that Kashuu thought it was ugly.

"A-and then...Afterwards Okita-kun-"

"Alright stop!"

He pushes him away by grabbing Yasusada's shoulders and staring at his soul. "Eh?" Not understanding why Kashuu did not seem to be attach from this reunion, his partner even ordered him around. "Fix yourself, you will have to speak to our new master! The Saniwa in this citadel!" Yasusada made a confused face. "New...master? Saniwa? Citadel..?" Kashuu pats his shoulders with confident smile that he will like it here. "That's right~! So save your reunion tears later okay?"

Yasusada is shock how cold is this?

It does not sit well for him this new Kiyomitsu.

Kashuu did not expect Yasusada to even question him. "Are you...really Kiyomitsu? Why do we have bodies anyway? Where on earth is this?"

Damn, three questions.
But it is okay, everyone is always confuse whenever they were summoned to life.

Kashuu Kiyomitsu thought Yasusada will be happy like him when he reveals to him what era they were in and what the hell had happened since eons ago.

"This is year 2250."

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When he was summoned here it was actually night time already. No Touken Danshi are awake to see him. So Kashuu took the opportunity to tell him about everything what he was also been told when he first came, Yasusada still on his shinsengumi warrior attire nods as he followed Kashuu through the hallway.

"I see. So Okita-kun is really long dead..."
Kashuu chuckles, "Why do you even question that? Weren't you by his side till he died?" Yasusada bit his lips.

"I was! B-but a-at the same time not really...when he failed to kill the black cat at the yard, he hid me in a box. That was the last time I saw Okita-kun. The next thing I know I was still in the box in the darkness...unused."

Kashuu stops walking and opens the sliding door to reveal how the world looks like in the night. "Well not anymore~" a bright moon and the sound of nature shared its breeze of wind to Yasusada's. "Eh?" Both of their scarf waves and somehow it felt brand new light despite the darkness. "Welcome to Citadel, Yasusada." Kashuu smiled at him, a blank look before Yasusada manage to smile back.

"Yeah me too."

Yasusada had talk with Saniwa and was told to make himself at home.

Kashuu tour him to the whole citadel even though it is night time. He actually showed him the basic like kitchen, bath, living room, dojo.

As they move forward room to room, Yasusada cannot help but stare at Kashuu's quiet flashy armor. "So...uhh, how long have you been here?" Kashuu who did not notice the stares just hummed. "First." Yasusada tilting his head. "And when was that?"

"Aahh When~?" Kashuu yawns as a sign of getting sleepy. After all he just came back from a mission that is why when he got home and was told a new sword has arrive he forgot to change clothes. "I forgot already, took you long enough to come that I stopped counting~" he mumbles a bit, Yasusada perk his ears. "What?"

Embarass, Kashuu looks away aggressively. "I said nothing! Sheesh! Your questions are annoying!" Yasusada arch his eyebrows.

"Didn't you told me to ask you freely for things am not aware of and now you are taking back your statement?" Kashuu stops walking and faced him. "My goodness! You are giving me a headache!" Yasusada frowns. "...That is my line. You have changed drastically while am asleep." Seeing how Yasusada looks disappointed,disturb Kashuu in a way he felt anxious.

"Huh...? What do you mean?"

Yasusada points out. "Where is your shinsengumi uniform? And what is up with those flashy earrings and colored nails...it looks strange. Is that a requirement to fit within 2250?" Hurt, Kashuu thought of himself as ugly or more like super offended. "Huuuhh!? You think it is strange? I cant believe out of all swords, my own partner will call my fashion ugly!" Yasusada argues though. "Hey, I didn't call it ugly. I just said it is strange-" Hushing the blue sword by one finger to his lips.

"Forget it! Ahh~ahh! I lost my good mood now! Here I thought were gonna have some fun but you are an old school!"

Yasusada blinks and thought Kashuu's fingers were indeed solid to his human lips till it moves away ,he smile sheepishly.

"...I guess you had a point. Please do introduce me to everyone tomorrow, Kiyomitsu." Blushing, Kashuu cannot help but thinks of Yasusada attacking his fragile heart. "Stop smiling like that idiot!" Yasusada starts to walk before him and even gestured.

"Lets go, Kiyomitsu."

Pouting as he followed, Yasusada slowed his phase when he saw a rather mysterious blue haired man wearing an ancient armor like them.

His eyes were crescent irises and glows differently.

"Ahh Are you Yamatonokami Yasusada?"

Feeling cornered, Yasusada stutters. "Y-yes? May I know who you were...?"
Behind Yasusada, Kashuu making a face as the taller man introduce himself.

"My name Mikadzuki Munechika. Nice to meet you."

Mikadzuki and Kashuu were in one team when they got back here that is why he also still had his armor on, he probably took tea first before getting ready to bed.

"Same here."
Yasusada says with a small polite smile, Mikadzuki smiles wider too but he added something out of blue. "Were alike."

Wondering. "Huh?"

Mikadzuki chuckles and waves his hands. "Hehe, just your old man speaking to himself. Do rest for tonight and have some fun for tomorrow. Goodnight."

Awkward and strange... "O-ok...? Goodnight!" Yasusada waves back. Mikadzuki knowingly teases Kashuu a sweet smile and says his goodnight. "Also you too."
Kashuu shrugs.

"Yeah, yeah-" suddenly Mikadzuki whispered in his ears. "Keep an eye to Yamatonokami...Kashuu."

Then he left.

"Eh..? Hey wait Mikadzuki!" Late reaction, Mikadzuki is already gone in sight.
Yasusada moves closer to where Kashuu stands and chuckles. "He is a peculiar one don't you think Kiyomitsu?"

Uneasy, Kashuu nods. "Yeah...he is." Then he change the mood. "Alright! Lets get to our room."

Yasusada is surprised. "Our room? I don't have my own room?" To think Yasusada expect a solo room, it makes Kashuu angry. "Hah? Were you planning to have your own room?" Yasusada whose dense that he must have hurt his feelings just simply reasoned out. "I mean, isn't natural to have own rooms like how we got our own sword stand back then? So were roommates?"

Facepalm, "...Just shut up and follow me!"
Grabbing his wrist and pulled him to walk faster. "Eeehhh!"

Arriving their room.

"Here change." Kashuu shoves him his pajamas. "Woah, I have my own clothes already? Did the Saniwa magic them as well?" Kashuu shyly plays with his own hair tail while hiding his small blushing cheeks as he confesses. "I brought it." Again Yasusada is surprise that Kashuu is so thoughtful of him now. "You what?" Kashuu fidgets at his own hair. "I had extra money, I brought it. In case you suddenly get summoned without advance notice. So I got them in advance while they are on sale in market...d-dunno if it will fit you though. I-I originally have them as my spare clothes."

He finally finishes.
Yasusada is overjoyed.

"Thank you Kiyomitsu...!" Pointing at his roommate to put some distance. "Stop being so thankful just get dress to pajamas already!"

Yasusada starts to follow the command and undresses, but he notice it too...Kashuu was, "What about you? Aren't you going to change?"

Kashuu grabs the mirror at the table to look at his worn out make up. "I will, once you are done. I will have you to go outside for my turn!" Upset. Yasusada doesn't get it. "Eh? Were both male. Its alright for me, you can strip. Lets strip together-"

Kashuu blushes hard and hiss at him. "That sounds totally wrong in all angels Yasusada! Just hurry!"

Yasusada rolled his eyes.

"Fine..."

After that Yasusada went out of the room and waited till Kashuu was finish dressing to pajamas but...he heard a sound inside.

CRASH!

Not knowing it was Kashuu's make up kit falling to the floor, Yasusada urgently opens the door. "WHAT HAPPEN?!" It was just plainly instinct for him to be worried...

Hearing some kind of shattering sound reminds him of what if Kashuu broke again?

Kashuu whose visibly all red that Yasusada saw him half naked, his blue eyes drops to the neck of his. "Kiyomitsu that wound!" Charging in, Kashuu covers them.

"Don't look idiot!"

Yasusada gently touch his cheeks to face him before they goes down to the nape. "So...you were indeed decapitated...then how are you even back in piece?" Kashuu not liking this caring hands of Yasusada...he shoves him away. "How should I know! Stop asking it, the important thing is am me." Yasusada was just glad that's all.

"Yeah...I believe you."

After cleaning up the make up stains at the floor, the two laid at their futons and stared at the ceiling.

Kashuu Kiyomitsu has never been happy.

"Hey..."
"Hm..?"
"Goodnight."
"Oh...yeah, good night to you too Kiyomitsu."

Hoping that Yamatonokami Yasusada will feel the same as him.
If only...

If...only.

While everyone is asleep, the one who represents the moon still awake and still haven't gone to his pajamas.

A threatening glare in the darkness, Mikadzuki calls out. "Who are you? This isn't your timeline."

Emerge there was Yamatonokami from the original timeline with an evil look despite having a gentle smile traced on his whole face. "Fortune slips, right?" Yasusada say, it was his greetings to him, rather daring for a fight. Mikadzuki simply observes him with eyes. "Hm? Are you Yamatonokami from a different timeline? Are you here to keep changing the history?"

Yasusada from the original timeline stopped smiling.

Mikadzuki chuckles, "Well, well, I won't let you touch a finger to our innocent Yamatonokami here. He just arrive after all and you are planning to kill him and steal his existence."

He assumes.
Surprise, surprised.

Yamato whistled, "Medium luck. Well, it's not bad. Also...You sound like you did this. Did you?" Mikadzuki smirks at him. "Who knows?"

Not liking him a bit, Yamato uses his ability to time travel again. He flares with blue while having am annoyed look. "Did you think you could win the duel?"

Mikadzuki said nothing but widen his fake smile.

Clicking his tongue, Yasusada turns his back. "I'm out of here...!" And disappears.

"Good. Go back to your timeline." Mikadzuki says.
It just happen Kogitsune whose with them on the mission earlier already in pajamas notice Mikadzuki still wasting time outside of their rooms.

"Mikadzuki who are you talking to?" Mikadzuki laughs and lied so easily. "A ghost."

"Ehh!?"

...

**Future Timeline**

[Dear Master,

I left on a journey to become stronger, but in the end, I ended up at the place of my previous master...Okita-kun. I wonder if you're angry at me.
But, please forgive me. I think that, even now, I have been placing myself at a standstill. In order to move forward, I have to sort things out in my heart, about Okita-kun.]

He wrote letters actually, but his letter's where never shared to his comrades in the citadel. Yamatonokami Yasusada whose doing his kiwame, he thought to try and move on by facing the fact how Okita Souji dies from his illness.

Yasusada didn't really wanted to betray his promise to Kiyomitsu, he thought he could trust himself but his body moved on his own to betray everyone in the citadel.

Especially Kiyomitsu who grapples him to the floor. The moment Kiyomitsu shed tears and told him how he really felt at the second floor.

(("I love him too! I did not want to break till the end...!"))

It was desperation, and Yasusada's dark thoughts regains light.

'I had to fix myself... That's right. If I keep looking backwards, it will be of no benefit to anyone. That's why... I will forget about Okita-kun. Because that's what he wants. When I forget him and become a sword that only belongs to you, I'll come back. Definitely.'

Is what he thought so then he ask the Saniwa a favor to let him go back to the past to face his darkest desires.

To torture himself in sadness and regret till he get bored with it.

'I didn't thought it will take long. All I did is after watching Okita-kun die, I repeat the cycle where he lives. Always, always the restart button. One time I got curious what lies beyond and saw the modern era called Hesei and so fort...the story of Shinsengumi, especially Okita-kun's were highly treasured and pass on generation to generation. To think even though he died a lonely death, people appreciates us. To think I had been trying to trample that sacred history I suddenly feel bad. I finally realize how important it is to protect history...I...I want to see more of it.'

Actually, Yasusada doesn't have plans to go home yet. Because he wanted to re visit Okita's grave to bid his last farewell before he returns.

However his time device malfunction and thrown him to the timeline where the Saniwa has yet to summon more swords.

He thought indeed it was weird that the citadel is empty...until he reach the point of realization where he is.

"Is...this place...is the very begining of citadel?"

He stop on his tracks to hide when a familiar voice whines. It was Imanotsurugi.

"Ahh so lonely! Only the three of us! I wonder when Iwatoshii will come here!"

Hasebe laughs then proceed to scold him a bit.

"Now, now Imanotsurugi...Aruji had a lot of work to do to be able to revive the rest of the ancient swords. Right?"

The moment Hasebe looks down at his gaze, Yasusada followed and found Kashuu Kiyomitsu sitting and staring above the moon."Kashuu?" Yasusada's heart skips a beat when Kashuu from this timeline turned to his head to Hasebe with a smile.

'It's K-Kiyomitsu...' Yasusada knows that Kiyomitsu also had sharp eyes, he may spot him on the corner of his eyes so duck his head to the darkness yet remained unmoving from his stance. "I mean you were the first summoned so..." Kashuu chuckles and checks his nail polish.

"Yep~ Aruji is amazing, yet I still do not understand why she picked to revive me first! Maybe am loved!" He teases the two. However Imanotsurugi was too innocent to even take that as an offensive challenge. He instead cooed. "Does Kashuu-san waiting as well for a partner like me?"

For a second Kashuu pauses;his face was unreadable...but he did mumble.

"Partner..."

(Gulps.)

Yasusada doubt that Kashuu even cares about him. Because if he did he wouldn't have avoided to talk to him regarding their past relationship. Doing his own assumption already, Yasusada sighs for himself. 'Nahh, I bet he didn't miss me...after all he acted like he hated me all the time-'
But he was wrong.

"Yamatonokami Yasusada. That is his name and yes am waiting for him." Kashuu said in a lonesome voice but he still had the relax smile as he shared to Hasebe and Imanostsurugi. "In fact I cannot believe that he is not yet summoned back to life~" Kashuu stretches' his arms and pouts. "~is Aruji teasing my patience?"

Yasusada's lips parted in shock. 'Patience...? Wait, so he was waiting for me?!' Yasusada finally realize he was indeed selfish and Kiyomitsu...the reason why he was always angry at him because he was dense and ungrateful to the present.

Gritting his teeth, Yasusada finally knows what he has to do. This adventure and reminiscence should end right now! 'Then you mean...by the present him, he is probabbly...still waiting for me. I need to get back-'

Moving to run away, he made his slippers make a sound which was the biggest mistake.

CLACK.

It bounces a creak.

Alerted the three, Kashuu narrowed his eyes along with his threatening voice "Whose there?" as Hasebe glares to the darkness and Imanotsurugi bracing himself if it was a monster. 'Ah oh!' Unable to move.

Before he can even feel his presence, the shadow of Kiyomitsu reflected at the wooden floor.

He was about to see him fully.
Yasusada decided to run real quick towards outside. To the three he is a unknown individual. "Ah! Bugler! Catch him!" Hasebe says.

With that everyone runs after him. Hearing their fast footsteps, Yasusada refuses to look back to see if how much they were catching up against him...because if he distract himself or he his face get seen by them it may... 'Eeehh! No, no, I shouldn't bother to explain! In fact am not suppose to meet them or it will change the history!'

He so screwed.

Reaching the Sakura tree, Yasusada grabs his time device and press it's button multiple times. As expected it is acting abnormal. "Dammit why are you malfunctioning on me?!" Cursing, a hand took his wrist from behind to twist. It was Kashuu himself.

"GOT YA!"

Screaming inside his head. 'No...!'

Kashuu's eyes widen.

"...huh?" The clothes of this person...under the dark blue striped cloak...there was a nostalgic haori in sky blue.

Kashuu began to tremble. "That haori...shinsengumi?"

Imanotsurugi whose behind is worried. "Kashuu-san?" Speaking of which this person hiding himself to his hat.

Kashuu thought it was too good to be true, but there are other shinsengumi swords...so maybe his wish was answered earlier. "You...are you perhaps!"

Pulling him roughly, Yasusada kept his mouth shut as he refuses to be turned around. Needy, Kashuu shouts at him.

"Face me!"

Yasusada shuts his eyes, he messed up.

That is not good.

There was no escape anyway...might as well, 'I'm sure Aruji on this timeline will understand that it was an accident. Maybe I can even ask her to bring me back to my own timeline...'

(Gulps)

Slowly he turned around, removing his hat and cloak. Indeed he was like that person.

The face of gentle winter yet deadly.
"Okita Souji...no, Yamatonokami Yasusada...?"

There was no answer from the other except a somewhat guilty staring contest.

Imanotsurugi happily claps though. "Eh!? So he's your partner! How envious! He already appeared!" Hasebe whose super shock panics and runs away. "Aaaahh! I need to tell this to Aruji a new sword has arrive out of nowhere!" Yasusada didn't like Hasebe's fast action to report.

'Wait! Hasebe...! As if I can shout that...' biting his lips, Yasusada cannot interfere or say much to them...he just cannot mess up more than he did.

But his name was called with a rather relief excitement. "Yasusada!" He found himself getting hug by Kashuu!

Unable to react from the sudden closeness...he blinks multiple times, his nose can smell Kashuu's perfume to prove that indeed he just jumped to embraced him with warmth and yearning to be with. Eventually his tensed up body relaxes and it finally sinks in where he was. Seeing an honest Kashuu like this... 'Kiyomitsu is hugging me? This defintely proves am not on my own timeline...!'

Yasusada was tempted to hug back but he decided to stop himself. He shouldn't be attach to this timeline, any movements of words he spills can alter the history more than it did already when he was caught.

Thankfully Kashuu pulls away from hugging to only have his shoulders locked to Kashuu's hands.

He was shaking him. "I'm glad you arrive early! I was really bored you know! Guess what! Am pretty loved by our new master-" visibly he was overjoyed tonight. "Ah right! You aren't aware of the situation...Leave it to me I will explain-"

Kashuu stops talking when he saw Yasusada's cold act.

Usually a reunion involves a hi and hello but Okita's favorite sword is not even smiling, not even looking at him.

He isn't even responding to him.

"Yasusada?" Suddenly a crazy thougth crossed Kashuu's mind. "Could it be...you don't recognize me?" Cracking up a smile, Kashuu is indeed afraid. "I-Its me Kashuu Kiyomitsu..." pointing at himself. "..." Yasusada still did not look at him.

Sad, Kashuu goes back a little step to put distance and touches his own arm for comfort as the cold wind blows.

"Ahh...right Am not wearing the shinsengumi uniform." When he said that, he spotted Yasusada's eyes lit some reaction. That was enough to make him a bit confident again."B-But am the same Kiyomitsu you knew back then! B-believe me! I may have broke that day...but I was been revived!" He cheerfully says.

Yasusad blurts out an order in return.
"Let me see the Saniwa."
"Eh?"

Gripping his fist.

Imanotsurugi is not understanding one bit of this drama.
"Kashuu-san...who on earth is Yamatonokami-san?"

Kashuu thought the moonlight was pretty but...maybe it was nothing but a gloomy night, he answered him rather unsure and bit his lips.

"I...I don't know."

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At Saniwa's office.

As per Yasusada's request he was introduce to the Saniwa. He immediately confessed his sin and summarize everything for the Saniwa in this timeline to understand quickly. "What am saying? Basically am not suppose to appear yet in citadel. I was the 75th to arrived but I ended up time leaping here by mistake. I did not meant to change history. Please forgive me Aruji."

The Saniwa had a blank face.
Meanwhile Kashuu is actually eavesdropping with Hasebe and Imanotsurugi behind the door. They cannot control themselves with human ears yet.

If they hear something, they get so curious to use more of this hearing ability as a human being.

The fact Kashuu heard the truth of how long he will suffer, he hated it.

'What...he isn't the Yasusada meant to be with me? You mean I have to freaking wait that long before he arrives...?!'

"ARUIJI...!"

Barging inside the room.

"Kiyomitsu?"

Yasusada and Saniwa turned their head to the door. Spotting Hasebe and Imanotsurugi still bothering to hide even though Kashuu just opens the sliding door wide open. "I'm sorry for eavesdropping but..." It frustrates him to the core. "B-but I don't want to wait that long! If this Yasusada now is not the supposed to be Yasusada for me, then please hurry up and summon the real Yasusada!"

Yasusada is again surprise that Kashuu needs him much. "Kiyomitsu..." all he can utter.

It is surprising to see a Kashuu whose not trying to behave himself to change the history. Because...'R-right, they just recently got born so the Kiyomitsu in front of me is still immature...like I was.' keeping himself behave here, The Saniwa sighs and explained with a calm tone. "I understand you need him however if this future Yamatonokami said that he is suppose to appear as the 75th sword, we need to follow the flow of that history to avoid changing further."

Kashuu clench his fist. "No..way..."
Yasusada smiles and tried to convince him to calm down. "Kiyomitsu please do not be angry. "But Kashuu closed his eyes and grit his teeth.

"Unfair."
"Eh?"
Kashuu revealed his red eyes were in tears.

"How selfish can you be? How much do you plan to make me suffer than it is Yasusada...? When we finally have human bodies..." then quickly he runs away while screaming the lines he wanted to tell him.

"Can't you understand that I needed you that day! Idiot!"

"Eh! Wait up! Kiyomitsu!"

Yasusada can tell that Kashuu was referring he was needed at Ikedaya where he broke.
Glancing to the Saniwa whose did not bother to stand up to her sit.
"Aruji...forgive me, let me talk to him." The Saniwa smiles in understanding.

"Of course."

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Running after Kashuu who reaached the cherry tree, he kicks the tree out of anger. "You terrible!" He kicks it again.

Not knowing behind Yasusada already catches up while panting. "Kiyomitsu...I'm sorry if I had to make you wait for me."

Shoulder stiffens,Kashuu looks back slowly with a dark voice. "Is this a revenge?"

Yasusada blinks. "Eh?"

Kashuu frowns but his lips were showing a mocking smile for both of them. "You...you perhaps waited for me to come back from Ikeda Inn yet my corpse was bought back instead. Are you doing this out of spite to hurt me?" Yasusada didn't like that so he snaps to defend himself, even though he shouldn't say more to this timeline.

"W-why would you even think of that way Kiyomitsu!" Kashuu childishly yells back. "Its true! Because...you are here instead of being by the Kiyomitsu you are suppose to be with. You are very cruel you know?" He was crying. 'Ahh...he is so broken.' That what Yasusada could tell by his out of control emotions.

'It cannot be helped, this Kashuu is the 'past' before he had grown to rational thoughts when I was summoned.'

Getting serious, he vowed to the Kashuu Kiyomitsu to this timeline. "I...I promise I will return to your side. Please wait a bit more."

Kashuu of this timeline felt dumb by Yasusada's straight forward promise, he wipe his tears and gained composure. Yasusada who notice Kashuu will be fine now, he walks to the cherry tree where he got teleported earlier.

Kashuu stops him by a random question.

"Before you go answer me this. Do you love me Yasusada? Or...do you only love him?"

The wind blows.

Yamatonokami Yasusada fix his kiwame cloak and hat as he declared with confidence and a gentle smile, making Kashuu of this timeline heartbeat skip a line.

"...Of course I love you Kiyomitsu."

But he wanted to hear more and to make sure that Yasusada is not lying to him...he put him to a tight spot.

"More than him?"

Yasusada did not expect that question but he tried not to be silent. "I...I cannot pick." He admitted as he clutch his chest, then again he regain the courage to keep moving forward. In order to return to the citadel where the real Kashuu Kiyomitsu waits for him.

"...But I will pick the present rather than the past if that is what you are asking me now."

The Sakura tree glows magically.
Kashuu and Yamato were shock but then again...the child of river chuckles.

"I see. Then you know what go back to your timeline! Take care."

Patting the back of Yasusada to go ahead and jump to the light, Yasusada cannot help but to happily grin by that treatment.

"You too."
"Byebye."

So he went back to his original timeline.

'Because I finally realize we love each-other even without Okita-kun tying us together. I should hurry and return to the citadel with everyone is waiting for me.'

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**Original Timeline**

The Saniwa whose trying to find where Kiyomitsu got thrown off to whose timeline, she saw the records.

1st -The Kiwame Yasusada is going back to the citadel after accidentally getting found by the Saniwa there.
2nd -The Yasusada in casual clothes is comatose due to his sword corruption. The Saniwa there also discovered the unbalance of the timelines and history records, she was trying to help.

'Not here, he is not here...where are you Kashuu Kiyomitsu...?'

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**Yamatonokami Yasusada's POV timelines**

Yasusada of the original timeline admit he shouldn't have killed him like that the 'Yasusada in blue casual clothes.'

He screamed like that, he was definitely hurt to the deepest by using Okita Souji's best strike.

'Okay, calm down...' It was a failure that movement he made, should have broke his sword instead so that he can replace him. But as said that plan failed! So he went to another other Yasusada who recently arrive citadel and discovered the scar beneath Kashuu's neck is well guarded by Mikadzuki on that timeline. He had to run away because Mikadzuki Munechika knows too much. 'I have to take it easy.'

So once again Yamatonokami Yasusada who broke the law, in his Shinsengumi uniform arrives the perfect timeline he thought to stay forever.

["I found it, where I can stay and call home."]

Becoming a Kebiishi is a very bad thing. He himself did not realize he was loosing his treasured memories with Okita Souji ever since he alter the history on Ikedaya Inn. When the flames catches him, he fell to a timeline where Okita Souji did survived his illness but that did not become part of the real history.

Instead it became a mere parallel outcome.

But then again, it affects his memories.

He even forgot what he said himself, it was like a broken radio he heard on the back of his mind.

[["...Kiyo...itsu, do not wry I will event this future. caue I love youan kia-ku, e wn't be sparatd for ow."]]

It pains his head so he shunned it away. Yasusada who feels a very deep disappointment, he eventually forgot the main reason why he even become a Kebiishi and why on earth he wanted to leap through time and times. Everything he did was out of possessiveness, a story he cannot remember how it even started.

This Corrupted and evil Yasudada set foot to this new timeline.

Now here is a a timeline where after 'Yamato' arrived at citadel...it was a few months before he will raid the Ikeda Inn again.

Something whispered to him that he apparently made a promise to be by his side this time.

'That person. He needs love, he was always needy...'

It was a very beautiful sky.

"Indeed this is perfect to blend."

Eyeing the citadel under the un bloomed cherry blossom at night, Yasusada is about to start his greatest mistake.

"Kiyomitsu...I will be here soon."

It was the remaining memory left in his head before he completely becomes some entity you cannot return to normal.

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**Original Timeline**

'Hurry and save him Kiyomitsu!'

The Saniwa prays strongly. Hoping wherever the Kiyomitsu she repaired is alive on someone else's timeline.

'You are both a pair of flower...do not drought!'