Chapter Thirty-Three: End Game:
Kohakuï¿½s whole body went stiff.
ï¿½Mama?ï¿½ it asked. The Mother narrowed her eyes at her child.
ï¿½So, this is where you ran off to,ï¿½ she said sternly. ï¿½Having fun with your little vessel, huh?ï¿½
ï¿½How did you find me?ï¿½ Kohaku asked. The Mother smirked and chuckled.
ï¿½It took a lot,ï¿½ she answered. ï¿½I must say, that was rather clever of you hiding in a shinigamiï¿½s subconscious. Feeding of his negativity from his partner and his wife,ï¿½ she let off a loud whistle. ï¿½I must admit, well done.ï¿½ Hisoka gave her a long blank stare.
Kimoto-san? However, he looked closer and shook his head. No, thatï¿½s not her. The shinigami tried to understand the scene unfolding before him.
ï¿½What do you want?ï¿½ Kohaku asked. ï¿½Are you going to take me back?ï¿½
ï¿½Of course,ï¿½ the mother said with a grin. Kohaku shook its head.
ï¿½I wonï¿½t!ï¿½ the child hissed.
ï¿½But I must,ï¿½ she told him. ï¿½You had your fun.ï¿½
ï¿½No!ï¿½ Kohaku snapped. ï¿½I wonï¿½t go back!ï¿½ The mother raised an eyebrow at him.
ï¿½Are you telling me no?ï¿½ she asked. ï¿½Are you really telling your mother no?ï¿½
ï¿½Yes!ï¿½ the child barked. The Mother shook her head with a twisted smile.
ï¿½Iï¿½m curious,ï¿½ she spoke. ï¿½Your tsukai is dead; why do you linger around here?ï¿½ Kohaku put its arms around Hisokaï¿½s shoulders.
ï¿½Because I love him!ï¿½ the child declared. Its mother all but laughed at such a confession.
ï¿½You, in love?ï¿½ she asked.
ï¿½Well, yes,ï¿½ Kohaku replied.
ï¿½Since when?ï¿½ the Mother challenged. ï¿½You donï¿½t what love is, youï¿½re a parasite.ï¿½
ï¿½Parasite?ï¿½ the child asked.
ï¿½Thatï¿½s right,ï¿½ the Mother said. ï¿½You are a parasite.ï¿½ Hisoka watched Mother and child argue back and forth. He noticed something rather strange. Kohakuï¿½s body became less visible in his eyes. The shinigami blinked and rubbed his. Whatï¿½s happening to Kohaku?
The child took a step backwards.
ï¿½Iï¿½m aï¿½ parasite?ï¿½ it asked.
ï¿½Thatï¿½s right,ï¿½ the Mother cooed. Kohaku trembled as it shook its head.
ï¿½But I love him,ï¿½ it whimpered. The Mother took slow steps towards her prey.
ï¿½How can you?ï¿½ she asked. ï¿½You donï¿½t even have a physical body anymore.ï¿½
ï¿½What?ï¿½ Kohaku asked.
ï¿½Havenï¿½t you noticed it?ï¿½ the Mother asked. She pointed over at Hisoka. ï¿½Why do you think only he can see you?ï¿½ she asked. Kohaku tried to think of the answer.
ï¿½I will tell you!ï¿½ she said loud enough to reach the sky, ï¿½Your soul attached itself to his subconscious!ï¿½ The shinigami and the kitsune looked at her in shock.
What?! Hisoka thought. Kohaku shook its head beside of him.
ï¿½That canï¿½t be!ï¿½ it muttered, ï¿½Iï¿½ Iï¿½.ï¿½ The Mother turned her attention to Hisoka.
ï¿½I apologize for the inconvenience my son had caused,ï¿½ she said. Hisoka blinked at her uncertain of how to respond.
ï¿½Here,ï¿½ the Mother addressed him. ï¿½Let me cut the tie between you two. You would want that, wouldnï¿½t you?ï¿½ Hisoka gave her a blank stare.
ï¿½Heh,ï¿½ the Mother said. ï¿½Iï¿½ll take that as a maybe.ï¿½ She turned back to her child. ï¿½You donï¿½t get it, do you?ï¿½ she asked. ï¿½Fine by me.ï¿½ The Mother held up her right hand. ï¿½Iï¿½ll have to make you see the truth,ï¿½ she declared. The Mother forced her right hand onto Kohakuï¿½s forehead. Its heart went into shock when the truth unloaded in its mind.
Thatï¿½s right, the child thought. I did die. Kohaku saw the moment Haruka cut open Shichiroï¿½s chest and ripped out his heart. A chill ran through the kitsuneï¿½s body as its former master fell dead at his motherï¿½s feet. Kohaku gasps as it felt a rip to its chest. The child looked down to see blood seeping through its white and gold clothes.
ï¿½Donï¿½t you see?ï¿½ the Mother asked. ï¿½There is no point to hang around this world anymore.ï¿½ Kohaku looked up at her with big, shocked eyes. She removed her hand from its forehead. ï¿½Stop this game,ï¿½ she ordered it. Kohaku shook its head as it huddled into a ball on the ground. The Mother sighed and rolled her eyes.
ï¿½Whatï¿½s the point?ï¿½ she asked. ï¿½I already severed your tie to the shinigami. You will die again in five days if you donï¿½t feed.ï¿½
ï¿½Then let me stay until then,ï¿½ Kohaku pleaded. The Mother gritted her teeth.
ï¿½Oh come on!ï¿½ she snapped. ï¿½Stop delaying the inevitable!ï¿½
ï¿½Please?ï¿½ Kohaku pleaded. Its child-like grin always annoyed her so much. The Mother sighed and rolled her eyes.
ï¿½Fine,ï¿½ she grumbled. ï¿½But I am taking your powers.ï¿½ The Mother Kitsune placed her hand to her childï¿½s chest and chanted an incantation. Kohaku gasped as it felt all of its youth and power drained from its body. The child collapsed to the ground as a withered old person. The Mother smirked at her work.
ï¿½Goodbye,ï¿½ she cooed. Hisoka watched really pale-faced as she vanished into thin air. He couldnï¿½t be sure it he imagined the whole thing in those early morning hours.