denotaros (denotaros) wrote in 3751_musebox,

[Den-O & Yuri]

Ryoutarou skidded to a halt in the doorway of the hospital room just in time to see the last of the shining green light fade as the two halves of the man in the bed rejoined. The Imagin's contract holder lay stunned and gasping, and the heart monitor was going wild.

*Aaargh, crap! It already flew!*

*Ryoutarou, hurry, the nurses will be here any moment to check on him with the way that alarm is going off. As much as I'd love to stay and sink my hooks...*

*Never mind that, perverted turtle! If you don't go now I think that old bastard's gonna die!*

It was true, the man in the bed was in very poor health. He was so elderly his skin was a translucent mass of age-spotted wrinkles, and his silver hair so thin Ryoutarou could see his scalp. As he hurried to the bed and held out a blank ticket, the stranger opened shockingly blue eyes. Startled, Ryoutarou realized the man wasn't Japanese at all.

The ticket flashed and writing formed on it, showing the date of the memory the Imagin had flown to. "Do you remember anything about this... eh?" Ryoutarou broke off in the middle of his usual question, staring at the numbers on the card. 1914/08/23. "So long ago?"

"That day..." the man's voice was hardly more than a whisper, cracked and wavering, his eyes distant as he remembered. "That day, I saw the demon of Domremy. We were supposed to invade the town, but when I saw that monster flying over the church, I turned and ran. I have been running ever since, but by God's grace I had never seen another demon - until today."

*How strange. He ran away from an Imagin? But it can't be the one that just went back, that doesn't make any sense.*

*Either way, it is our duty to stop all the Imagin from rampaging!*

"We'll worry about this one first, and then check and make sure there isn't another one hanging around," Ryoutarou declared. He slipped the ticket into his Rider Pass and flipped it closed. With a roar the DenLiner sped past in the hallway, and Ryoutarou turned and threw himself back through the hospital room's door.

When he emerged he was standing in a forest of unfamiliar trees, on the edge of a valley were a small Western town was nestled. Rising above the rest of the buildings on a hill was a church - and soaring above it there was indeed a massive black winged monster, completely unlike the red-armoured crab Imagin he'd been chasing.

Speaking of which - screams sounded from nearby in the forest, and a moment later an explosion rocked the earth. More screams followed, and Ryoutarou ran towards the sound of the fight. In a clearing nearby he found the Imagin, and a troop of terrified German soldiers. Presumably one of them was the contract holder whose memory they were in.

Never mind that, now. If he didn't stop the two Imagin from rampaging, it would be a disaster. This far back in time, they could potentially do a lot more damage than just destroying a few buildings or causing some people to disappear.
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"Yuri Hyuuga?" Ryoutarou repeated, a little surprised. Shouldn't it be the other way around? Why would the man introduce himself like a Westerner?

Speaking of which, if this was 1914, and a Western village of some kind... what was a Japanese man doing here at all?

He shook his head and returned to the issue at hand. "This is my Rider Pass," he explained a little shyly. "It lets me tr..."

*Oi, Ryou-chan, best not to give away our weaknesses, don't you think?*

"Um." Ryoutarou blinked, momentarily sidetracked by Urataros, then he tried again. "It lets me ride the DenLiner, so I can go back and defeat the Imagin that come to destroy the past," he said instead. Urataros had a point. They didn't know that this man was an ally, not really. Telling him that he couldn't transform without the Pass was probably not smart.
Yuri blinked at him when he seemed to stumble and change what he said halfway through. "Yeah?" he said. "Wow, that's pretty cool. So you go back and forth from the future to the past to stop time-travelling demon...Imagin...thingies?"

The hill heading up to the church was fairly steep and Yuri lengthened his stride as he headed for it. Normally he didn't walk, but he thought the guy might piss himself if he transformed into Amon and carried him up to the belltower.
"Mm." Ryoutarou nodded, and moved a little faster to try to keep up. The guy had long legs! And this hill was really steep. He was rapidly getting out of breath, which made it harder to keep explaining. "Imagin want to... change the future by... destroying the past. So they make... a contract with someone... and in return, they can travel... to that person's most important memory."

He stopped halfway up, leaning over with his hands braced on his knees, panting.

*Oi, Ryoutarou! Why are you such a wimp, anyway?*

*Truly, you need to train harder. Here, let me!*

*Kintaros, no!*

Too late. When Ryoutarou straightened again, his hair came to halfway down his back and had a gold streak in it to match the gold colour of Kintaros' eyes. He put a thumb on his chin and cracked his neck with a grunt, then started trotting up the hill.
Yuri was about to pause and give the kid a break, when suddenly he looked different again. This time it was pretty damn obvious to anyone that he'd changed, and Yuri looked at this new person with interest. But he tried to take it in stride.

"I get it. So the demon - ah, Imagin - make a contract with someone and go back and possess them. And you just use this train thing to travel back and kick them back out again."

He frowned. "Wait, does that mean that when I killed that crab thing I fucked up the future?"
Kintaros showed no evidence of the breathlessness that had plague Ryoutarou's earlier attempt at explaining. "Just the opposite," he said, nodding. "You stopped it before it had a chance to do much damage. Your strength is truly enough to make one cry. Ryoutarou would do well to follow your example."

*But it does mean there's something here and now important enough for the Imagin to want to destroy. If there is a second one out there, we'll need to be on our guard.*

"Something in this place is important to the future," Kintaros repeated for Yuri's sake. "Something, or most likely someone. I will protect it to my dying breath!"
Yuri hesitated. "Well, there ain't much here," he said casually, grabbing the handle of the door and pulling it open. The church wasn't exactly homey, but it was inside, and he led the way up the aisle between the pews.

"Just me, really. And I keep things safe from the soldiers and demons. Maybe one of the people in the village is special somehow, but I dunno how you'd tell."

He really didn't want to get involved in saving the world again, and he told the voice in his head whispering that "he'd already saved the world once, so maybe he was the guy", to shut up.
Now that they were on level ground again, Kintaros released the body and Ryoutarou took over once more. He was still out of breath and staggering a little; just because Kintaros had made the climb didn't mean Ryoutarou's body didn't suffer for it.

But he managed to follow Yuri, and even to speak relatively normally. "If you're a Singularity Point like me, then it probably is you they're after," he said, unaware of Yuri's own inner monologue. "Even if the past is destroyed, as long as a Singularity Point remembers the way it should be, it will return. But obviously I don't remember anything this far back!"
Yuri noticed the change and frowned faintly. This was just fucked up. But he supposed it was no different than if one of his demons was injured. He was always sore afterwards.

"You really think I'm like you?" he asked skeptically. "But I mean... my demons don't look like me. And yours are pretty human looking, even if they do have funny hair and eyes."

Nox snickered in the back of his mind, and Yuri told him to shut up. He was just a weird exception.
"Oh no, they don't look anything like humans," Ryoutarou said, shaking his head. "It's just that when they possess me, it's still my body. Their own bodies aren't like that at all. I guess your demons aren't Imagin, so maybe it's a little different. Normally an Imagin takes physical form after making a contract, like that crab. But Momotaros-tachi can't, because I haven't actually made a contract with them. So they only way they can affect the world is through me."
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