Do you have any Rizumo childhood friends head canons? 👀
Yess always! Let’s pretend Izumo’s family is fine and Illuminati didn’t get them tho right?
- Rin and Izumo going to the same school and start talking bc Izumo is “the weird girl who can see domes” and Rin is “that demon boy Okumura”
- Izumo immediately tells Rin he isn’t a demon bc she knows what real demons look like and that’s kind of how they become friends
- Rin gets into less fights bc Izumo just straight up talks bullies down
- Rin and Izumo learning how to cook together and often both families eat together
- Shirou has to spill the beans a little early bc Izumo accidentally reveals that he’s an exorcist
- Really really accidentally as in she just wanted to know how to get rid of a lot of goblins and he’s a priest so he must be an exorcist, right?
- Rin and Izumo often go outside to play in parks because both rather enjoy being outside then inside
- Izumo’s little sister Tsukumo adores Kuro so when Izumo has to look after her sister bc her mother is busy, Rin and her put her with Kuro
- Rin and Izumo playing pranks together because mischief is fun and yeah their sweet kids and couldn’t hurt a fly but half demon and sb with relations to kitsune?? No way they wouldn’t play pranks
- Surprisingly the more “cruel” one is Izumo who is very sure of herself while Rin has more doubts
- Yukio is kind of terrified and amazed by Rin & Izumo’s friendship and as they grow up he just prays that they will never find a reason to prank him
- Shirou trying to help Tamamo out because he knows that attending your duties and raising kids at the same time is hard. And, when Shirou is out for a mission, Rin & Yukio go over to the Kamikis
- So lots of sleepovers basically
- And lots of game nights
- Mike and Uke don’t like Rin at first simply because he’s a boy
- He grows on them tho
- Yukio and Paku as the Voices Of (more) Reason(able) Behavior
- That one time in which Rin is revealed as Satan’s son and Izumo glares at everyone
I’m sorry this is such a mess I just wrote down everything I could think of :D
hmmm sorry this has been in my inbox forever and I really wanted to do it! But I forgot all about it, super late but I hope you like it!
This boy will literally be the greatest father to ever father
He’ll be super worried about it at first though
He hopes he’ll do a good job but constantly worries about if he’s doing something wrong
He also worries about his child picking up his demon blood
Rin doesn’t want his child to be under threat by the vatican
He’ll have Mephisto seal the kids power in something when it’s still a baby
But he will tell the kid he/she’s a demon because he doesn’t want it to be raised not knowing like he was
When it’s old enough, he’ll decide when they should release the power
Would constantly make his child know that just because it isn’t fully human doesn’t mean it’s a monster
He enjoys cooking for the child
Making it snacks and preparing generally the most awesome food
He would make character lunches for them for school
He wants all the other children to be envious
He would want his child to have siblings so he would try have more then one, or even better, twins
He wants his children to share a very close relationship like he and Yukio had has
He would encourage his child to make as many friends as possible
If the other expires had kids they would all be friends
Rin wants to make sure his child doesn’t go on rampages like he did as a child
Would have Kuro with them at all times he wasn’t there
For protection and observation
Asking Yukio to babysit sometimes
And to help tutor the kid with their studies
He’ll help too of course, but he understands Yukio could do a better job
He wants his kid to turn out just like Yukio
Tries to be the type of father his dad was to him and Yukio
Sometimes cries late at night after putting the kid to bed, because ehe realises he can never meet his grandpa
And because father Fujimoto will never see how much he’s grown
Would be so excited to be a mom
She’ll do so great at it
If she were to have a daughter, she would name it after her grandmother
Her children would have plant/flowers as middle names
She’d have Nee-chan look after them sometimes
And her mom too
If she had to run the supply shop her kids would play in the garden
Probably make flower crowns for their mom
She’d be so happy
Wouldn’t want the flowers to die so she crushes them down and puts them into photo frames to display around the house
She would teach her children to accept everybody for who they are
Shiemi would tell them stories about her grandmother and what a wonderful person she was
And would tell her kids how much she would love them
She would also try not to shelter her kids too much because she wants them to have a full and exciting childhood
They would help her with flower organising around the house
She’d literally just be the sweetest and most adoring mom ever
I don’t even ship RinShi but holy shit they’re so adorable together, they’re kids would be an actual blessing!!
He raises his child with his religion
And within Myō'ō Dhahran
Wants his kids to be friends with the Shima brothers, and Koneko’s kids
And to go on the same adventures he did as a child
He will raise the kid with knowledge of their temple
And he’d make sure his child is doing well in school
Would make sure they study
Is more then happy to help then study if they are struggling, or even if they wern’t and just want the extra support
Will have his own parents very central to the child’s life
If he has an exorcist mission to attend too his parents will be more then happy to babysit for them
The child’s grandmother warns them not to dye their hair or get any piercings
Ryuji says the child is entitled to decorate themselves anyway they like when they’re of age
Because ‘your body is a temple, and a temple would be lame without any artefacts’
He takes his own kid to listen to Tatsuma recite the scriptures
She is probably the most scared about being a mother
Won’t voice her fears though
She’ll want the best for her children
She’ll have more then one, because she wants her child to have siblings
She’ll tell the oldest ones to look out for the younger
Like how she used to look out for Tsukumo
She’ll have her familiars look after her kids
They love her children
And her children love the ‘cute white foxes’
She’ll not want to spoil her children too much
But she wants them to have a comfortable childhood
Will make sure they are constantly under protection
Her favourite pastimes are taking them to the park and eating together
She loves pushing them on the swings and hearing their excited laughs
And she loves making them food from the heart and watching them enjoy it
She makes them kitsune plushies like the one she and her sister had as children
Would raise his child the way he believed his parents would of raised him
He will take the child to their grandparents grave
Tell them how much they would of loved us both
He raises his child in Kyoto
So he’s surrounded by all the others children too
So that his child always has more family around
And Koneko has a community of good people for support
And a babysitter when he needs one
He’ll teach his kids not to judge a book by its cover
He’ll also educate them on general knowledge
Is super proud on parents evening at school
Takes them out to eat at a nice restaurant as a reward
Tells everyone how they’re doing at school because he’s so proud of his child(ren) but he doesn’t do it in a bragging manner
He raises his kids alongside his (many,many, many…)cats
So naturally his kids grow up loving cats as well
Would be the most apprehensive about being a parent
But would also be excited
Loves his kid a lot
Feels bad that he’s not the best father
Tries his hardest for the kid
He wants more kids
He wants a big family, just like the one he was raised in
He’s the sort to be friends with his kids rather then a parent
His s/o would have to be the authority figure because he just doesn’t have the heart to tell his kids ‘no’
If he were looking after them alone they’d either start to death, or eat microwave spaghetti and hotdogs
He’d let them stay up past they’re bedtime
He’d constantly be playing with them
Try make an excuse like ‘Daddy’s tired now, can we stop playing?”
But shuts up as soon as he sees that little pout
He gives them piggy back rides everywhere
Tells them stories about demons he’s battled
Wants them to know how ‘cool’ they’re dad is
The kids would probably pick up his sarcastic/joking nature
So the kids would basically turn out to be that sorta friend we all need
‘the loveable pervert with a good humour’
The kids would play with their cousins
And be loved by their uncles & aunts
When all of the Shima siblings are together with their children, Renzou’s parents couldn’t be happier but also low key done af because they have a billion kids running around their house, especially Shima and Kinzou’s kids which are little cunts
Probably sues Durex
He hires a nanny to look after his kids when he can’t
He doesn’t speak to his kids much
But they still love each other
He’s working a lot and they understand that
He likes putting on puppet shows for them
Or maybe the puppets like putting on shows for them?
He’d make sure his kids have the most comfortable life
Okay, so because of the new season of anime, I’ve been re-reading Blue Exorcist.
And I keep getting reminded of what a sweet little cinnamon roll Rin really is. Seriously, as one fanfic said he’s more likely to try feeding you than killing you.
But to me, it’s super clear in the School Festival arc before everything goes to heck.
Because here’s Rin who, even before finding out Shiemi now went to school fully, just wanted to ask Shiemi to the Dance Party. Partly so he can actually go and also because his crush is on full display here.
Before he can ask her though, she tells him she wants to ask Yukio. (Mainly as a friend but the point remains.)
And what does Rin do? He bows out gracefully, showing his support and wishing her luck. Sure, he mopes about it later around the Kyoto Gang, but he respects her wishes. Even after he finds out that Yukio turned her down, he doesn’t try to butt his way in or anything. Instead he gets mad at Yukio for turning her down.
It makes things a bit awkward for them but they get over it eventually.
Then at the actual party, he does ask her to dance. However, and this is the important bit, he doesn’t force her to choose. He understands her and doesn’t force her. Instead, he drags her over to Yukio and the three of them have a quick dance together.
And this is something I really love about Rin. He respects Shiemi and every other person’s decisions for the most part (he will get pissed off though if he sees you making his mistakes though and urge you not to do it, or see you throw your life away, like with the situation with Suguro and his dad). He is incredibly empathetic and lets people go at their own pace.
You find out he’s Satan’s son and you don’t want to talk to him? Yeah, he’ll be upset but he accepts it. Don’t want to see demons including half-demons like him? He’ll be bummed at the missed friendship but he’ll go on his way. Accuse him of killing your father and try shooting him? He’s actually okay with that (get some self-preservation, Rin).
Choose Yukio over him? He’ll accept it.
Especially in regards to the Shiemi situation, he’s always been aware of and understood that Shiemi probably has a crush on Yukio. It’s pretty clear from the start and that’s part of the reason he held back how he really felt. Her declarations of friendship didn’t help either.
If you’ve fully caught up to the recent manga chapters, you’ll know that even after Shiemi rejected Rin’s confession (mostly because she’s still really confused about how she feels and she wants to focus on becoming stronger), Rin made it clear he’s content with them just being friends.
I love this kid and how he respects others, especially when it comes to romance. I love when protags maturely handle love and rejection like this.
assuming he ever has free time, does Yukio ever get bible-bashy with people/classmates of different christians sects? (it's fannon that they're catholic, but like, what if a lutheran or methodist was talking shit at lunch)
//Thank you for noticing that Rin & Yukio are Catholic!! I hate when people just say their Christian - because its such a big difference! Omfg thank you//
But I don’t think that Yukio would Bible-bash anybody ^^’ Its not his kinda thing honestly. Plus, in his line of work - he’s realized that there’s truth to each religion - and he has to rely on a lot of different religions to get through the day.
But if someone went out of their way to talk trash about Catholicism to him specifically - or if someone was bullying someone else for being Catholic - he’d probably intervene. He wouldn’t bash them - but he would give them a long well thought out lecture (because he’s had to do this before).
Translation: “Ao no Exorcist” Chapter 89 Translation Summary (SPOILERS!!)
Here is your translation summary for this month’s chapter of Ao no Exorcist. As usual, I’m writing this up as I read it, so there could be mistakes or typos. I’m also kind of tired right now as I spent most of yesterday on a plane or waiting in airports, but I wanted to get this out asap so I can get caught up. Here it is:
Blue Exorcist 89:
Happy (Merry Christmas) Birthday
The chapter starts out with Rin cooking as Kuro looks on excitedly. Everyone is doing their part to set up the Christmas party and it looks amazing. They all go to get dressed (although Yukio refuses) and Rin puts on some reindeer ears. Shiemi comes back in full Santa costume with a bag of presents and thanks Nii-chan for his hard work. She says she’ll get him some water but then…everything goes wrong. Nii-chan rolls over, which tips the tree, which catches the decorations…etc etc etc. The tree even catches fire. Shiemi falls flat on her face, and the only thing left untouched is the cake. That is, until Konekomaru trips and knocks it over. Everything’s a mess. Shiemi is beside herself, but Rin and everyone else start laughing. “I can’t believe it…in one moment, everything was gone…!!” Rin says some stuff survived (the food), and that they would have a nabe party instead. So, we see everyone cooking up nabe (which is a sort of community hot pot dish). Mephisto, Shura and Lightning show up. Shima gets a call from Juuzo asking him, Suguro and Konekomaru if they are coming back for New Year’s. He tells them that he and Mamushi are having a baby and they want to celebrate. He then puts them on with Mamushi and she asks if they can come, and when Suguro starts to say he can’t, Lightning interrupts and says he’s “sleeping” for now and to go home because family is important. Everyone congratulates them and then they open their presents. Shiemi then says “Oh, I forgot, I have a present for everyone”. It’s a four-leaf clover. She tells everyone good luck on their tests, and Rin gets upset and asks her if she doesn’t want to become an exorcist because she’s dying. She’s shocked, and says that she’s sorry that she can’t tell them the reason, but she’s not dying, and that she’ll be there. “Even though I can’t fight by your side, I’ll be supporting you with equipment and medicine from the exorcist shop!”
Later on, Rin says he’s really worried about Shiemi. Just then Shura comes in and says she drank too much and wants some water. Rin asks if it’s okay that she hasn’t gone home at this hour and she says she lives there on the second floor. Yukio asks “Didn’t you know?” and Rin replies that he didn’t. Shura says “You guys are 16 years old now” and says that she should give them a present since she’s dressed like Santa. Then she drops a bombshell on them by telling them that she met their mother once…and her name was Yuri Egin. Yukio practically yells at her “How did you know her!? And why did you wait until now…” She replies that it wasn’t a big deal and that she only spent a little time with her. She asks them if they want to hear it, and while Yukio is very adamant that he does, Rin agrees in a very disinterested way.
18 years ago, Shirou had brought her to Yuri asking for a favor. He asked her to do something with Shura (because she stank) and that he didn’t know what to do because she was a girl. Yuri gave her a bath and told her that her red hair was beautiful. She found her some clothes while Shirou grumbled about picking her up during his mission and that Mephisto said he was stuck with her since the institution was full. Yuri makes them food and Shirou asks Yuri if she can take care of Shura, and that if she can’t, he’ll have to put her in an asylum. Shura screams “NO!!” and grabs onto him. Yuri laughs and says that he’ll regret it if he lets her go. Shirou is taken aback but then Yuri asks her if she wants to live there with them. “Shirou would be your father, and I would be your mother…doesn’t that sound fun?” Shirou then says “…that doesn’t sound fun. Don’t make such stupid jokes, you perverted woman” (he’s really kind of cruel here). Yuri just says “I guess you’re right, even though it would be wonderful”. Shura says “your mother was a wonderful, kind, beautiful woman” and that she could never match up with her in her entire life. She says that Rin has her eyes, and that Yukio has her facial moles. That’s the entire story, and she tells them happy birthday and leaves.
Later, Yukio asks Rin if he’s awake, and what he thought of the story. He says he’s glad to know her name and what kind of person she was. Yukio then asks him if he wants to know the details of their birth. Yukio says “I want to know how I was born and why it’s a secret”. He then says to Rin “…you still don’t see any need to find out, do you?” and Rin replies “that’s right”. Rin sits up and says “It’s obviously not a happy story, and nothing good will come out of knowing about it. It’s enough for me to find out on our birthday that our mother was a beautiful and kind person.” He then says he has to pee, and Yukio suddenly screams at him “Don’t fuck around!! What birthday! We don’t even know when we were really born!!! Even though you run off as usual without ever thinking, why…why are you so half-hearted! Which one of us is really afraid!!!!”
And that’s the end for this month. Wow, Yukio really loses it in this chapter. Nice to find out some backstory on their mother, although I feel like Shirou and Yuri have some history going on for him to treat her like that. I’m glad that Rin asked Shiemi straight up if she was dying, but that just leaves us with the bigger question on why she’s leaving. That’s it for this month, I may or may not write up a review of this chapter depending on time constraints. Enjoy!
What kind of people do you enjoy hanging out with, Kai and Tsubasa? ^^
Tsu : -points at Kai- “Someone that isn’t him?” -shrugs- “I don’t know… someone that can be straightforward but is sure to keep out for other’s feelings. Someone that can work on impulse and do fun things. I just want someone to make my day more… fun…”
Kai : “Mou… imouto, you know you’re just describing me, right~?” -chuckles as he pats her head- “You say you don’t want me around, yet you almost cling on me whenever we go out.”
Tsu : -groans- “Stop saying lies… I only do that on the full moon, and you know why…” <.<;; “Izumi, Momo, Juliet, Thomas and Silas… They’re people that I would hang out with. Um… Shin and Ayame would be another, but I have a bad feeling Shin and I would butt heads. Hah…” -smiles slightly- “I would be fine with anyone, as longs as our interests are the same.”
Kai : “She says all that and never says my name… mou…” -murmurs as he rolls his eyes- “Well, I do have to agree with Tsu-tan there~! I would want people that can make a day fun! Someone that I can go out and hunt with without being dragged down, or to a party and mingle~ But I also want someone that is laid back when times is right~”
Kai : “Hmmm~ Oliver-tan, Kanaye-tan, Yukio-tan, Silas-tan and Juliet-tan too even~ I feel like they would fill my day with fun~! Either it be outside or inside, those are the people I would hang out with if we were in the same place at the same time~”
I was reading reactions to aoex ch 91 earlier and someone was asking why there is so much Yukio hate when he is justifiably stressed and has no one to confide in. I think it's a combination of Yukio's issues being so complex and fairly subtle and the narrative makes it easy to pit him and Rin against each other so favoring one means being annoyed by the other as theyhighlight each other's flaws. 'Why the Yukio hate?' is a good question and I wanted to ask your opinion too?
Related to the ask about Yukio hate I have another question about the twins. Why are they so often blamed for their weaknesses? Like, does no one remember Fujimoto raised them both to be the way they are? Or that none of the adults who suspect Yukio is having a crisis have done anything? Has anyone truly tried to assess their mental health? And what happened to the other priests they grew up with? I’m just mystified why no one cares about their environment encouraging their flaws? Thank you
I’ll address both asks at once if you don’t mind!
As I’ve stated before Yukio is a frustrating character, because he’s lashing out at other protagonists it’s easier to dislike him. Unlike the antagonists he isn’t supposed to be hurting or impeding the others, yet he is. Which I think makes him a great character! Complex and not black and white when it comes to who the reader wants to feel for. But I can understand why some readers would decide to dislike him. I think that’s fine, even if I don’t agree. Not all protagonists are likable or sympathetic, just as some antagonist can still garner sympathy despite their role in the story.
I don’t know the answer to your question. My guess is that the adult characters don’t care, haven’t noticed, have other priorities, or maybe (and I’m thinking of Mephisto here) have reasons to push them in dangerous directions for some reason.
I have to wonder about how other characters, especially older ones who have a very different view of Shiro, connect his parenting to the twins.
Some seem to be suspicious of Yukio because of his connection to Rin (and by that I mean Satan) and Shiro (because he apparently disobeyed orders in order to secretly raise satan’s spawn) added with his youth I’m not surprised he hasn’t made any significant allies that he would trust or that would know/care about him enough to notice his current problems. Shura had a complicated upbringing, to say the least, so I’m a bit hesitant to blame her. Though she has noticed and has tried to bring it up with Rin and has told Yukio, more than anyone else, that he has to address whatever is bugging him. So she tried.
As for Rin very few people actually care because he’s the son of Satan. It adds pressure for him to be perfect because even a bout of teenage temper is him being a demon and a danger to Assiah and people constantly remind him that he’s only not being executed because of their good graces/because he’s useful and behaves. So that no adult would notice or help isn’t surprising. Rin is hiding it and what he isn’t able to hide (mostly his impulsiveness/temper) is held against him.
I have no idea about the culture/stigma/problems surrounding mental health in Japan, so I can’t comment on that. Let alone in the Blue Exorcist universe where I’m assuming would have the added complication of demons in the exorcist world. So…idk
Mephisto has been pulling the string a lot too and has his own motivations that don’t take the twin’s well being into account beyond what he needs them for so there’s that. In fact he might have an interest in pushing both of them to the edge in some ways, depending on what his end game is.
We actually don’t know much about the other priests relationship with the twins or the restrictions placed on them via demon contracts. We haven’t seen them be super involved in the twins’ lives since they started True Cross (and, again we might have to keep Mephisto/the higher ups in the Order in mind here) so that they’re unaware isn’t super surprising.
No one cares is a bit harsh. I think their friends care, but no one in significant power cares (or even wants the opposite). And they care about each other. I think the little spat Yukio and Rin had after Shura told them about their mother was actually a significant brother moment. Yukio was trying to connect to Rin on the common ground of their mysterious birth but…sorta gave up half way when he dismissed Rin’s opinion because they think differently.
I thought that was a little uncharitable of him, because for Rin Yuri is just another person, another parent, that’s death was indirectly caused by his birth. The more he knows then the more pain it will bring.
BUT I feel like there’s something else there when it comes to Rin’s reluctance to knowing about his birth parent(s). It’s been brought up twice now by Yukio, in specific contrast to Yukio’s burning desire to know Rin seems evasive on the topic even as a kid which is a little strange. I highly suspect there to be something more there, maybe something Rin found out or suspected or was told as a child that made him shy away from the topic.
Yukio is going down a bad road and fast, and Rin realizes it but feels like he can’t understand him anymore. Every time he tries to reach out Yukio just shoots him down by bringing up Rin’s demon heritage, which might as well be Rin’s Achilles heel when it comes to Yukio, and it derails to conversation completely. No matter how much Rin pushes (or backs off) Yukio isn’t giving anything and Rin isn’t a mind reader and he doesn’t know what Yukio does about Bon and Lightning’s involvement in the priest’s death. It’s tragic because both Rin and Yukio are dealing with problems with the same root cause, one in which they would both benefit from knowing that their twin is on their side no matter what. But Yukio has been sabotaging that.
Yukio is a very difficult place right now but he still needs to be held accountable for his behavior. Namely pointing his gun at places they should never be. At his brother (twice), at himself, at an ally. And for not letting anyone into his head, not even Rin who would be the best person to understand his situation.
I just realized that in the last episode of the season 2 when Rin wanted to talk to Yukio, Yukio asked ‘why here?’. It’s because they are sitting together at the river bank and the people present around are mostly couples.
He was feeling uncomfortable and worried that people might misunderstand that him and his brother are gay couple.
That is the same with what happened in chapter 74 where he was so stressed that the inn keeper thought them as a couple.
He rejected Shiemi and tries so hard to deny it when people think he and his twins have that kind of relationship (mind you they’re fraternal twins and they didn’t look the same). Just…dammit, embrace it and be gay already lol !!
Imagine some random exorcist later asking Rin and Yukio why they as Satan’s kids would celebrate Christmas and Rin just going “We’re religious??? And Jesus is like basically our uncle so why shouldn’t we-” and that’s when Yukio drags him off.
Translation: “Ao no Exorcist” Chapter 91 Translation Summary (SPOILERS!!)
So here is a rough translation summary of Chapter 91. This chapter…wow, shit really hit the fan. It’s been a long time coming, but there’s really no going back now, I think. Anyway, please forgive any typos or mistakes. And spoilers, of course.
Ao no Exorcist 91
This chapter is entitled “Longevity (or Felicitations) - Late Night to Early Morning”
Preparations for the wedding are underway. Sugaro recites a sutra and then helps his father get ready. His father comments that it’s been a long time since they had a wedding there and that he would hold onto the day ‘tightly’. He tells Suguro that he has the appearance of an ‘unsheathed sword’ since he became Lightning’s apprentice. Sugaro is surprised he knew, but Tatsuma says he learned it from Shima’s son (we see a little graphic of the Shimas going crazy over finding out). Sugaro starts to bring up something about Shirou Fujimoto, but thinks better of it and says “nevermind”…just at that moment, Yukio comes in and says that the landlady is calling for him. He starts to say that he’s with his father right now, but then Gouzou says he’ll take over for Sugaro. Tatsuma thanks Gouzou and Gouzou says after the ceremony is over, he would return back to work and mentions the “matter just now”. Tatsuma asks him if they were able to capture something after that, but he replies no, and that they are investigating the underground library at the Endo branch HQ but that they haven’t found a way to forcibly summon Karura when it possesses a person. He says that Karura can adapt to a body, and concludes that they may not be able to exorcise Karura when the time comes. Tatsuma asks him to continue looking into it.
Sugaro joins everyone in the main hall and sits down next to Yukio. Yukio asks him where everyone else is and he replies that he doesn’t know. Yukio replies that he was told to sit there, and Sugaro says that’s because he is their teacher. Suddenly Yukio asks Sugaro what he knows about their father and what Lightning is investigating.
It skips over to Bucharest, Romania, where a man is getting into a car. He hears “Happy New Year, Dr. Dragresk” just as Lightning punches him in the face. He knows who Lightning is by his reaction, and Lightning says “I was waiting for you to go to work alone, you’re the type of person who goes to work early on New Year’s…so am I”. Lightning says he’s connected with the Illuminati. Dragresk asks him if he’s serious, but Lightning replies “You’re going to keep up that act?” Dragresk tries to deny it further, asking Lightning how he could be connected to the Illuminati. Lightning says “if I can figure that mystery out, it’ll be perfect…and anyway, you are very close to the image of the traitor that I had in my mind.” Lightning continues, “There’s no doubt that a person who keeps killing people for more than ten years would continue such a job.” Lightning then starts attacking Dragresk, and asks him “Do you know my other popular name? ‘Head Torturer’…” Dragresk screams “Stop!!” and then we see that there’s a mark across Dragresk’s neck. Lightning says “I knew it, it’s just like I thought.” Then he says “I’m going home, I accomplished my mission”. Dragresk is stunned that Lightning would do something like that and then stop. He yells that he will report him to the top brass, and that Lightning is in danger. Lightning says “Then I’d better hurry, I’ll report you, as well.”
Back at the wedding, Yukio is explaining that an old man named Misumi died immediately after Lightning came to visit the monastery. He asks Sugaro if there’s any connection, and Sugaro says he can’t talk about it. Suddenly Yukio looks normal again and says “I’m sorry for trying to get you to talk against your will. It’s obvious that you can’t talk about the contents of a secretive investigation at a moment’s notice.” Just then Rin and the others arrive and the ceremony begins. We see the wedding and then get to the party afterwards. Suddenly Sugaro gets a call so he takes it outside while Yukio looks at him suspiciously. It’s from Lightning, and he wants Sugaro to come back the next morning.
Suddenly Yukio comes up from behind Sugaro and points a gun at his chin. He says “Excuse me, please tell me about the birth of my brother and me.” Sugaro is shocked, and Yukio asks him what he knows and to ‘please’ tell him (the most unsettling part is how polite he’s being here, honestly). Sugaro thinks “What kind of face is that?” and asks Yukio “Are you going to shoot me…!?” Yukio looks shocked, then looks a bit crazy. He says “What am I doing…” and then says “I’m sorry, I made a mistake…it might be the alcohol. Please forget it” and walks off. Sugaro grabs him from behind and starts yelling at him (I mean, who wouldn’t?). Yukio says “I’m sorry” again, but Sugaro isn’t having any of it. Then Yukio says (with a creepy smile) “I’m your superior, please let me go.” Sugaro does, but he still looks shocked. Yukio keeps walking until Renzou stops him and says “You need to cut this out.” He then tells Yukio to discuss it. Yukio asks “Discuss…with whom? Sugaro? You? My brother? PUHA HA!” “Discussing it won’t lead to a resolution. Because I’m different from everyone.”
Yukio gets a call from Shura, telling him and the ex-wires to come back immediately, and to turn on the tv. Renzou asks him what’s going on, and they join everyone watching something on the tv (btw, Rin gives Yukio a very knowing look when he walks in here). On tv, there’s a cyclops attacking a train station.
The story about Kagome trying to tell scary stories to her children and things don’t go as expected. She finds another way her and Inuyasha’s kids are not normal kids.
Kagome stared outside from her threshold. She smiled. The weather was chilly, not too much but enough for certain people she loved to want something warm.
She was so ready for this, it was finally fall, with it’s soft wind, the warm colors and the sometimes creepy shadows. She couldn’t stay still from the excitement.
Kagome waved her hand as the figures she was waiting for appeared on the road. A few years back she would have jumped in her place, but she had learned to avoid such displays of emotions around her easily excited children.
By the time they washed their hands with the water she had left them outside, and cleaned their feet, Kagome was sitting in her usual place in front of the fire pit, serving dinner.
Hi, everyone! I’m so excited to be participating in BonRin Week this year! I hope you enjoy reading this story as much as I enjoyed writing it.
“I would like everyone to begin memorizing the first four verses of Psalms. Please be ready to be tested over them by this Friday.” Yukio said.
Bon snorted. “Okumura? Learn an aria? That idiot couldn’t learn four words, and he definitely couldn’t learn four verses.”
“Oi! Don’t talk crap, you jerk! I bet I could learn the first ten lines!” Rin shouted.
“Bullshit! You couldn’t learn that in a month!”
“What? You scared I’ll memorize it faster?”
“Like hell you will!”
Yukio sighed as he watched the two boys argue. He was fairly certain Rin couldn’t memorize the aria, and he hadn’t been expecting him to. Making Rin read and speak in front of the class would be cruel and unusual punishment as it stood; his dyslexia often made it too hard and the added pressure of classmates made it twice as difficult. Yet, Yukio decided to stir the pot. Maybe a little healthy competition would make Rin more confident in his ability to read and memorize material.
“That’s enough.” Yukio said.
Bon dropped Rin from the chokehold he had him in and trudged back to his desk. Rin rubbed his throat as he settled into his own seat beside Shiemi, who smiled at him.
“Normally, I wouldn’t encourage this behavior. Exorcists must work as a team, building each other up and tackling problems together. However, other exorcists are also your rivals. They are supposed to push you to overcome obstacles. So, in order for you two,” Yukio gestured to Bon and Rin, “to become better, I am giving you a challenge.”
“Ah, cool! Let’s do it!” Rin exclaimed, eyes wide.
Yukio smiled. “You will both learn the first ten lines of the aria. Whoever can present it correctly Friday will have bragging rights indefinitely.”
Rin nodded excitedly, eyes shining. He was going to win. Maybe if learned this chant, he could learn more. He could be an Aria, like Shiro. How cool would that be?
As soon as he got back to the dorm, Rin promptly hit the books. Yukio believed he might be able to memorize an aria better than Bon. How could he not be motivated? He stared at the page, trying to make the words stick.
It was only a moment later that they began to swim and twirl, becoming unintelligible gibberish.
Rin growled. This wasn’t fair! Everyone else in the class was good with weapons and smart. They could read without a problem and remember information.
No! Don’t get mad, it only makes it worse. If you calm down, the words won’t get so messy, Rin thought, you can do this. Yukio thinks so. And you need to shove it in Bon’s dumb smug face. . Taking a few deep breaths, Rin began trying to make sense of the words again.
“Man, Bon, you’re really into this, huh?” Shima teased.
Bon glared at Shima for a moment from the corner of his eye. “I’m going to beat Okumura by a landslide.”
“Okumura-kun has a lot of trouble with this kind of thing. You could learn that by tomorrow. There’s no reason to be worried.” Konekomaru said.
“I’m not gonna underestimate him. He’s an opponent. I can’t be lazy.”
“Okumura-kun can barely read.”
Bon turned to Konekomaru, frowning. “Don’t make fun of him for that.”
“I-I wasn’t. Sorry.”
Bon closed his book. “It’s fine. I’m going to go to the library to study for a while. I want to have half of it memorized by tonight.”
Shima and Konekomaru watched Bon leaved, sharing a look of confusion. Shima was the first to shrug. Bon had always been rather competitive. Winning was likely the only thing on his mind right now.
For the rest of the week, everything was tense. Bon could be seen around campus muttering to himself and scribbling notes, avoiding all contact that might interfere with his memorization. Rin, on the other hand, had his nose buried in a book, his fingers moving along lines of text that were beneath a sheet of transparent blue plastic. When Shiemi had asked him about the plastic, Rin cheerfully said that it made the words a bit easier to read. That was about as much as anyone got out of him the entire week.
When Friday finally rolled around, the showdown was looming like an impending storm. Everyone was awaiting Bon’s inevitable victory. Konekomaru had heard him recite verses one through fifteen without aid the night before. There was no way he would lose.
Yukio had everyone else recite the assigned verses first. It was painstaking; no one cared about memorizing it for themselves. All the attention was focused on Rin and Bon’s battle.
“Let me go first, Yukio!” Rin shouted.
“You’re pretty upbeat for someone who’s never been able to read out of a book.” Kamiki said.
Rin’s smile faltered at the jab, but he quickly put it back in place. He had worked hard. He deserved to have his moment, didn’t he? Yukio gave a soft smile.
“Of course, Rin. Is that okay with you, Suguro?” Yukio asked.
Bon simply nodded. Yukio nodded at Rin. Standing tall, Rin began to speak.
“Blessed is the one how, I mean, who, does not wake…uhm, walk…in pets - wait, no, step - with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners kate…no, take, I - shit!” Rin snapped.
Kamiki snickered from her seat. Rin couldn’t even get through one verse. Yukio shot her a look, but it didn’t get through. She continued to laugh. Rin felt his cheeks heat up, his eyes stinging. He wouldn’t cry. He knew better. He had done this to himself.
“Oi! Shut up, Kamiki! Okumura did a good job!” Bon growled.
“I could barely understand him. You can’t use a broken aria.” Kamiki argued.
“That ain’t his fault!”
“If he can’t even memorize one line, why should he be an exorcist?”
The words were enough. Rin grabbed his sword and walked out of the room. Kamiki was right. What right did he, an idiot who could barely read or spell, have?
“Rin! Come back here!” Yukio called.
“Let him go! He shouldn’t even be here!” Kamiki called.
“Shut up!” Bon yelled, “We aren’t done, Okumura! I didn’t give you all that help just to watch you quit! How are we going to defeat Satan if you walk away?”
Rin felt a smile tug at his cheeks. He hadn’t expected Bon to admit that he had given him help while studying the aria. He turned to look at Bon, seeing the embarrassed look on his face. It seemed that he hadn’t meant to admit it either.
“Get your ass back in here. I need to recite it and beat you.” Bon mumbled.
“Only this time! I’ll win next time!” Rin promised.