A Mulan!Yuunoa AU
I don’t know where this Yuunoa AU idea came from but here it is.
The Hiiragis are one of the most prestige families in the country. Not only do they have a history of bring forth some of the most powerful warlords, like the current head Tenri Hiiragi, they are also well known merchants.
Due to the long period of peace Tenris sons grew up to being excellent merchants, even the adopted son Shinya. He was adopted in hopes to bind Mahiru to the Hiiragi family who had fallen in love with Guren Ichinose.
The Ichinose while they themselves are also a powerful family, didn’t have the same history as the Hiiragis and Tenri wouldn’t allow his excellent daughter to marry into such ‘lowly’ house.
As an act of humiliation Terni said he would allow them to marry if Guren married into the Hiiragi family, to which Guren agreed.
Enter Shinoa. She was the shunned daughter no one was supposed to now of except those living in the Hiiragi house. Unlike Mahiru she didn’t adapt to be the pretty lady everyone expected her to be. Being a tomboy and not hiding it she was deemed unfit of being married off.
So when a letter arrived at the Hiiragi house asking Terni to retune to active duty or send one his sons, he chose Guren. Having married into the Hiiragi house Guren was technically also one of Tenris sons.
Knowing it would break Mahirus heart if Guren died in battle, Shinoa decided to move from the shunned daughter to the shunned son.
Shinoa stole the letter, a military uniform form Kureto when he was younger and cut her hair short.
In training camp she met him. General Yuuichiruo Hyakuya. Having enrolled when he was fifteen to support the orphanage he grew up in, he climbed the carrier latter in mere 6 years to general. (Yuu is 21 and Shinoa is 20)
Yuu and Shinoa hit it off really bad. First Shinoa hadn’t thought of any fake name and stumbled over her own word until she introduced herself as Shin Hiiragi, the secret son. Things escalated when Yuu said that: it was no surprise why the Hiiragis hid ‘him’ away. Being rubbed the wrong way she called Yuu a cherry boy which got her food rations shortened.
The training in the begging the training was hellish. She didn’t mind it but still lacked the stamina and strength men possessed. Things became better when she befriended Kimizuki and Yoichi and Mitsuba a nurse. (Though she doesn’t possess a nurturing bone in her body)
Time past and Shinoa became better and better. Soon surpassing some men and in the end she was the top soldier of Yuus battalion.
Seeing what Shinoa was capable of Yuu publicly apologized to her.
After the apology their relationship changed and they became equals.
The day to move out came. During their battles they saved each others backs numerous times they became close. One night Yuu told Shinoa that back at the orphanage someone named Michaela was waiting for him. He took the orphanage over. Mika would have joined the army as well but he was of mixed blood and wasn’t allowed. When Yuu asked Shinoa what her story was she was tempted to reveal everything but didn’t. Instead she told him that she didn’t feel comfortable telling him yet. She could see the disappointment in his eyes but didn’t push the subject.
In the next battle was the final one. in that battle Shinoa shielded Yuu with her body and nearly died. This also revealed to Yuu that she was a woman. Yuu hadn’t been angry that she deceived him, he was angry that she didn’t trust him enough to tell him. As he walked out of the tent he told her that: Shin Hiiragi died honorably in service of his country.
The army moved on and Shinoa was left behind. Which was a blessing in disguise, because they battalion they fought against was a decoy and the main unit was moving unhindered to the capital. She made her way to the capital as fast as she could. She knew that the capitol wouldn’t be able to hold off an attack because they would be celebrating. In the crowd she found Yuu. It wasn’t easy getting his attention because he was still mad at her. He wouldn’t believe a word she said but it all changed when he saw an enemy spy in the crown. Shinoa rounded their battalion up again and took command.
A fight broke out in the capital but thanks to Shinoas excellent leadership the damage was held to a bare minimum.
After that day she became a legend, not only was she a woman that led thousands of men successful in battle but the emperor had bowed down to her in gratefulness and respect. No Hiiragi had managed that ever.
A few years later Tenri was forced to name Shinoa the next head of the house, but she declined. Instead she married into Yuus family; which was nothing more an orphanage.
I really don’t know where this came form but here you have it. if anyone wants to have a Mushu. Imagine Shikamdoji, just not helpful. like not event trying to be helpful, at least in the beginning towards the end he would be fully supportive of Shinoa.