If There Is No Sun, There Is No Light

A/N: Rio's POV, just in case you forgot! ^_^

Chapter Six:

Blood Roses



I tried calling Shadow several times, but nobody picked up. My only thought was that he either left his house after I dropped him off, or he was avoiding me. I was getting rather curious about his problem now. Shadow doesn't usually avoid me.

I slid down the stair banisters for fun, then considered doing it again, but found the fun had drained out of me.

There was blood on the floor.

I looked around, alarmed. I mean, blood spots just don't appear out of nowhere, am I right? Of course I am. But, looking around, I saw nothing else. No bleeding person (people?), no weapons, no... nothing. Nothing. I couldn't hear the usual newscast coming from Jed's room. Or the clicking sounds of Blake's fingers on the keyboard. I swallowed hard, expecting the worst, and slowly tiptoed to Blake's room.

I peered around the corner, but saw nothing out of place, or unusual. I shivered a little, looked up, and realized Blake's window was open.

Blake never opens the window.

I walked over to the window and looked around. There was nothing. Except... a small swatch of white fur on the windowsill. I picked it up and examined it, somehow feeling as though it was familiar. I put it in the pocket of my overshirt and looked out the window again. Nothiing. This nothingness was really getting to me. I was starting to feel like I was in a bad horror movie. That's when I heard the shot ring out, shattering the silence, the nothingness.

I ran to the source of the noise, but I felt so full of panic and anxiety, I felt like I was getting nowhere, like a hamster in a wheel. But I finally made it to the side yard, where the noise had come from.

Blake knelt on one knee in the grass, clutching a wound in his side. Blood covered his hands, his sleeves, the whole bottom of his shirt.

"Blake!" I cried, rushing forward, confused and terrified. What the hell had happened?!

"No... Stay back..." Blake cried weakly, looking at me through the hair that had fallen in his face. How could I stay back? My little brother was hurt. I strode forward.

"What do you mean, stay back?" I asked, so scared, I was starting to verge on angry. Why should Blake let me stand there and watch him bleed to death?

That's when I saw the beautiful, almost demonic looking boy standing off to the right, violet eyes glowing like strange coloured embers. He held a large scythe in his left hand, and was watching me with analyzing eyes. His face was devoid of emotion, then he swung the scythe, readying it for combat. Since I was watching his face, I caught the barely perceptible wince of pain as he moved.

"Well, well. The older one decides to defend the younger one. Is that how it will be, my dear Destiny?"

"What?" I cried.

"I see you've forgotten me already, Rio," the boy sneered.

"I--"

There was another shot, and as the boy dodged a bullet, I realized that it was Blake who had shot at this boy earlier. I had pretty much forgotten about that whole thing, sadly.

"Blake, where did you get that?"

Blake didn't answer me. He struggled to stand upright, pointing the gun at the boy.

"You will not have the fortune to hit me again," the boy said, smiling coldly. "I'm afraid you won't even live to try again."

The boy raised his scythe to the sky, smiling wickedly. "Destiny!!"

From the neighbor's tree, I noticed swift movement, and as suddenly as I saw that, I was thrown to the ground unceremoniously by a huge force.

"Oof!" I hit the ground on my back, and I turned to attack my assailant and found myself staring into the amethyst eyes of a large white wolf. "Oh my God."

"Blake! Blake, run!" I cried, as the wolf sank its teeth into my arm.

"Not so fast, you fool!"

I looked around for the source of the new voice, but couldn't find it. My vision was starting to fade as the consciousness was zapped out of me.

* * * * * * * * *

I woke up to hearing birds chirping and the morning sun sifting in through my window. I could hear Mom and Jed talking in low voices. I strained to listen to their words.

"... I don't know... I came up to wake him for school, and he looked like this. And I can't find Blake anywhere."

I sat up at that, alarmed by the meaning behind those words.

"What?"

"Oh, Rio! Rio, honey!" Mom hugged me tightly, as I gasped for air. "We need to know what happened, hun. Can you remember?"

"I--I..." I had a feeling if I did say something, they wouldn't believe me. Even worse, they might think I was mental or something.

Mom burst into tears. "I came home from work and peeked in here, and you were asleep. I didn't think anything of it. When I went to check up on Blakey, he was missing, so I called around, and I was told he had gone on a field trip and wouldn't be back until later. But when I went to pick him up at that time, the teacher said he hadn't been there, and she thought I hadn't given him permission to go. I never even heard of the trip! And now I can't find my baby anywhere, and... and..." Mom sobbed into Jed's chest.

"I--I can't remember what happened," I lied. "And I have no idea where Blake might be..." That part was true. Sort of.

Jed gave me a hard look, then looked down at Mom. "C'mon, sweetie. Let's call the police again."

They left together, but Jed gave me a look that said he'd be back later.

"Great. Just great." I slid a hand through my long hair, wincing in pain as my arm protested the movement. I peered at the wound, surprised to see that I wasn't poisoned or cursed or anything. That I knew of, anyway.

I got out of bed and began dressing. There was no way in hell I was staying here at home, and maybe I'd drop by the school and pick up Shadow. Yeah... That sounded like a plan to me.

* * * * * * * * *

I waited in the parking lot at school, drumming my hands on the steering wheel, waiting for Shadow. I had left home, leaving a note with Mom and Jed that I was out looking for Blake. Which was true. For once.

I heard footsteps approaching my truck and turned, hoping to see Shadow. But it was none other than his evil twin. Literally.

"Oh," I rose a hand in the air. "It's just you."

"Don't roll out the red carpet now."

"Light. What do you want now? I'm not hitting on your brother. I'm not even eying him for crissakes."

Light opened the opposite door and slid in.

"Actually, I heard about your brother."

"What? How?"

Light crossed her arms and ignored my questions. "I may know where to look for him."

"But how?" I pressed.

Again, she ignored my words. "Do you want to find your brother or not?"

"I came here for your brother."

"So, we'll wait. Maybe your pal Kiri can help,too."

"Kiri? What does he have to do with this?"

"Everything."

"What the hell are you talking about?" I cried, frustrated.

"We'll wait till little Kiri gets here. Maybe he can explain."

"I don't understand," I said, trying hard to comprehend all this new, and strange information. I mean, last night had been way weird as it was, what with huge white wolves, and that newspaper kid from yesterday, weilding a scythe and spouting crap I didn't understand. Oh yeah. And how about the fact that he stole my little brother? What was that supposed to prove, anyway?

"Oh, lookie," Light said in her dry voice. I looked up to see Kiri coming over. He looked hot in black leather is all I can say about how he looked that day. DAMN hot.

"Hello, Light," Kiri greeted Shadow's twin, smiling with those beautifully sly eyes, his lips barely curving. It's amazing how this guy can smile without actually smiling, you know? His eyes are like upside down half moons all the time, and his lips are always curled into a faint smile, making him look perpetually amused. "Rio, so nice to see you."

I fought an incredible urge to just kiss the guy senseless, and smiled back. "Light says you know where Blake is."

Kiri gazed sidelong at Light. "Did she?"

"Yes, did she. Er, I mean, she did," I watched Kiri hide a smile behind his fist as I finished what I'd started. "Listen, don't play games, Kiri. Do you know where my brother is?"

"Hmmm... Unfortunately, no. I'm sorry."

"Do you know that bratty kid from yesterday?" I asked, pointblank.

Kiri looked away, then back at me. "Yes. Yes, I do."

I started to say more, but I saw Shadow running over, looking a little worse for the wear. His eyes gave away the fact that he hadn't slept much last night.

"Rio!" He cried breathlessly, clinging to the door on my side. I opened the door and turned to face Shadow.

"Yes?"

"Rio, we-- everyone heard about Blake. They have everyone on the lookout for him. But, I--I gotta tell you something."

"Yeah? Out with it, Sugar!"

"That boy," Shadow grabbed my knee. I have to admit, I wish he were like that more often. He's not the type to touch people carelessly. Like I am. Or Kiri.

"That boy?" I asked. "You mean--"

"Glass, Glass something or other," Shadow said hurriedly. "Yesterday, he said some disturbing stuff. He said he wasn't human, that he had powers."

"What does this have to do with Blake?" I asked, trying to urge him to get to the point already. He took his hand off my leg (damn!) and wrapped it around his waist.

"Well, he's a child prodigy like Blake, right? Maybe..."

I looked at Light and Kiri. Kiri was examining a nail, looking carefully nonchalant, while Light was looking at Kiri with a look of contempt and prompting. It was as though she and he shared a secret, and she was waiting for him to say something first, looking for permission to make a comment. Very unlike the Light I know.

"Kiri?" I said, in a low voice, waiting.

Kiri looked up slowly. "...Yes?"

"Come off it already! I know you know something!"

Kiri waved a hand. "Maybe..."

"Say something useful, dammit!"

Kiri glanced at me, smirking maliciously. My heart dropped. /No. Don't say that./ I thought, panicking. That was the last thing I needed right now, was for him to completely alienate me from my best friend. The guy I was in love with. The one I'd never have. Which was why I'd taken Kiri up on his offer. The day he'd slipped that note into my hand. All that was on it was Call me, and his number. Of course, I'd called. He was hot, he was gay, he was available. Why the hell should I pass that up, you know?

We'd only made out (very heavily), nothing serious... yet. Though if it kept up at the speed it was going at now, we'd have sex by the end of the week. Hell, I'm not objecting. After all, I'm not a virgin, so he can't really take that from me, ya know?

But, if he told all that to Shadow, I might as well just kiss our friendship goodbye. And I'm rather reluctant to do so.

But Kiri said nothing, only looked at Shadow and let his tongue wet his lips. Shadow, naive as ever, didn't notice. He was looking at me when I faced him again. He blushed when I looked at him, which was weird. I hadn't said anything lewd. I looked at Kiri to see if he was being obsene, but he was only gazing at me, as well. I cleared my throat.

"Well, hop in, Shadow. We gotta head out and look for Blakey."

Shadow looked at the small amount of room left, since Light was already in and Kiri had climbed in.

"You can sit in my lap," I grinned.

Shadow blushed furiously at that. "I--I can't do that... I, uh, you're not serious, are you? I-I mean..."

I grabbed his chin in my hand, surprised by the look on Shadow's face. What was going on? It looked pretty obvious, but it seemed impossible at the same time. The heat in his cheeks burned into my palm, and his indigo eyes conveyed his fear, confusion, and-- dare I think it?-- attraction. He was beautiful at that moment, and it was hard not to just let my heart take over and take him passionately in my arms and kiss him right off his feet. Instead, I looked into his eyes, feeling a strange emotion wash over me.

Shadow bit his lip and averted his gaze, trying to hide his blush with his dark hair.

"Are you coming or not?" Light asked, and I knew if I turned to look at her, she was going to give me the ole hairy eyeball.

"I--I guess. But maybe we should take Das Boot?"

"We don't have time," Light said. "And besides, he's out of gas again."

I ogled her. "How do you use up so much fuel, girl?"

"I have a life, unlike some people," she answered me, then turned to Shadow. "Brother dear, get in or walk home."

Shadow went around to the other end and squeezed in next to Kiri, who looked as content as a cat. Shadow, on the other hand, looked fit to kill. What the hell was up with Shadow? I found myself more and more curious as the day went on.

"We can try the bakery shop on Fern Street," Light said finally.

I looked at her sidelong. "Hungry?"

"No, just... trust me."

I caught a strange look passed between Kiri and Light. Their conspiracy was also getting to me. I hate being left in the dark, and it looked like I was in pitch black right now. There was nothing that made sense: Shadow, Light, nor Kiri. Not to mention the mystery behind my little brother's kidnapping.

I drove to the bakery, wondering what could possibly make a bakery so useful. I mean, the doughnuts are great and all, but I wanted my brother, not a box of doughnuts. Although, I hadn't eaten since I'd woken up, and a doughnut was useful in that way. Okay, so we could kill two birds with one stone. Wonderful plan, Rio, I congratulated myself.

* * * * * * * * *

We sat eating doughnuts, Shadow and I, while Light and Kiri conspired some more. I glanced up at Shadow, who was more or less picking at his doughnut, rolling it around on the baking paper and carefully avoiding meeting my gaze.

I plucked the doughnut from his grasp and took a bite, causing Shadow to look up at me.

"Hey! I was eating that!"

"No you weren't," I pointed out.

"S-so... I was going to..." Shadow sulked.

"So, what's up?"

"What do you mean?"

"Why were you avoiding me last night? I know you were home," I chanced a bluff.

Shadow reddened and folded the baking paper up into a tiny square. "I wasn't avoiding you, I was--"

"Oh, c'mon, don't take me for stupid," I said, growing frustrated. "I know were avoiding me. I just don't know why. And I also don't know why you're acting so damn weird."

"Well, you're brother's missing! Of course I'm acting weird."

"You've been acting weird since yesterday, turd-breath! Don't lie to me!"

"Oh, so now you're resorting to name calling, asshole?" Shadow stood up, looking furious. "I'm not in the mood for this right now! I'm going to find my sister and--"

"You found out, didn't you?" I asked softly. I don't know why I didn't realize it sooner. He must've seen Kiri and I, and found out that I was gay.

Shadow paled. "Found out what?"

"Listen, it doesn't mean I'm gonna like you like that--"

Wh-what are you talking about?" Shadow asked.

"You mean, you don't know?" I asked. Then what was wrong with him? It couldn't be what it seemed. That stuff only happens in romance novels. And even then, romance novels are written with heterosexual couples.

"I--I don't know what you're talking about," Shadow said, looking incredibly scared.

"What's wrong?" I asked, my voice soft. Shadow looked at the ground.

"I... I'd rather not say."

"Why? It can't be too personal to keep from your best friend, can it?"

"Well, actually..."

I stood and grabbed Shadow's arm. He immediately tried to pull away. I fought back, keeping his arm in my possession. I felt brave enough to try. If it wasn't what was wrong with him, well, then I'd have a lot to explain. I pulled him forward in a sudden movement, causing him to stumble into my arms.

Shadow struggled to get away, which made me start to doubt my intuition.

"Shadow, tell me," I whispered into his ear. He stopped struggling, stiffened, then shivered. "Tell me what's on your mind..."

"No," Shadow whimpered. "No, I can't..."

I took my hand from his arm and slid it around his back, holding him. He didn't say anything, or do anything. He didn't lean into me, or hug me back. He kept his face low, so I couldn't see his expression.

Maybe he wasn't ready... Maybe I should back off now...

"Oh my!" I heard a voice at the door, as one of the waitresses came in, then beat a hasty retreat. I heard her telling someone, "I don't think you should go in there, sir..."

"Oh, I hardly think it's something I can't handle," I heard a vaguely familiar voice say. I pulled away from Shadow, whose cheeks were flaming furiously.

I turned to face the strangest looking guy I'd ever seen. He had a waist-length cerulean braid hanging heavily down his back, crimson eyes and he was dressed in old chinese style garb. He looked at the two of us haughtily. The waitress loomed behind the blue-haired guy, looking nervous.

"Hello," the guy greeted the two of us, eyeing Shadow's blush suspiciously, then looking me straight in the eye. His head was tilted up ever so slightly, the sign of arrogance.

"Hi," I said shortly. Shadow nodded.

"I understand your brother has been kidnapped?"

This caught my attention.

"Yes, he has," I answered, waiting for the guy to answer.

"So, you're the pathetic person who was beaten by a mere child."

"What?" I cried. "I was unprepared--!"

"A warrior must be prepared always!" the guy barked.

"Whatever!" I yelled angrily. "and who the hell are you to talk?"

"My name is Death. That is all you need to know."

"Death? What kind of name is that? It's as bad as Glass... Wait, you know Glass?"

"Know him? Of course," Death said airily. "He was my student, and he's part of the Ka-Nah Mishin Clan. Of course, he's nowhere near elite. He thinks he is. But he's not."

"The what clan?" I asked. "What the hell are you talking about? Are you all so oddly named?"

"Of course not," Death said. "But, do you want to know where your brother may be or not?"

"Wait, how do you know where he is, anyway?"

Death sighed. "I don't know, not specifically, but I know many of the hiding places of the Clan. I am an Inner Guardian after all."

"What?"

"Never mind. I'll tell you some other day. All I have to say is, the Ka-Na Mishin Clan are vicious, so you're going to need both Kiri's and my protection. Got it?"

"Whatever. Let's go look for Blake."

"All right. But we're going to require a much larger vehicle."

"Oh, yeah that..." I rubbed the back of my head. "Okay, how about Das Boot?"

"Das Boot? What is that?" Death asked.

I grinned, glad to know something he didn't. "Light's car."

"If its large enough for the five of us, then I will use it."

Light walked in. "Hold it. What about Das Boot?"

"We need it," Death said, turning to face her.

Light looked at him like, 'you're not serious are you?'

"Who says I'll let you?"

"Wait," Shadow's voice broke through. "I thought Das Boot was empty."

"It is." Light said. "but even if he was, who says I was letting this moron drive it?" She jabbed a thumb at Death.

"Excuse me?" Death said. "No one refuses Death!"

I grinned. "This is rich. Light refuses Death." I laughed at the irony of their names.

Death scowled. "So she was aptly named..."

"Oh brother," Kiri, who'd appeared with Light muttered. "Let's take my car. It'll take the five of us."

"You have a car?" I rose an eyebrow.

"What, you thought I didn't have a backseat of my own?" Kiri asked sweetly.

I grinned, then wiped the grin away, remembering that Shadow was there.

"Well, off we go..." I said. I was eager to see my brother once again. After that, Id deal with this weird new group of people.

To Be Continued!!

A/N: Doesn't it seem there's a new chara each chapter?! Ack! But that should stop for awhile. There won't be any new people next two chapters. ^^

Reviews:

Requiem Dream: Rio most probably will be paired with Shadow! ...Who the hell am I kidding? I know it, you know it, we all know it. Now... Who to pair Kiri with?

Rayne: I'm glad to see that you saw that Kiri's not really all that evil, just really flirty. ^^ You are very close to the truth, however... Glass is great. He's really quite a dork, once you think about it. He makes me laugh. ^^

StarBurst73: No, no! Like whoever you want! The real antagonist will be revealed.^^ Watch for him. Or will it be a her? Oops, now I may have said too much! Or am I just psyching you out? Who knows? Wait and see!^^

griff drake: Thank you! (Why do I alternate between that and teku?) ANyways, I love Kiri's slyness.^^ He equates to a fox in my mind, and I love foxes. ^^

LiLGrLViCiOuS02: Heheh. Shadow's adorably in denial. I love guys who blush, can ya tell? ^^ They're too cute, and so rare in real life...

Reaper: Yes, Glass's outfit... He's one of the coolest character's and in my opinion has adorable taste. ^^ I HAD to describe his clothes. He was screaming to be noticed. ^^

nanami27: Heheh. I shoulda known your name was from Suikoden! Your email address says it all. ^^ I love Jowy. He's so cute. Throughout the whole game I was crying and yelling at him, "Why are you doing this?! WHY?!" Eheheh. I get very into the Suikoden world. It's my most favie thing in the world. ^^ Oh, and the crack thing... I think humor like that is hilarious. I find the oddest things to be laugh out loud funny. Expect more weird humor. That is, if you catch it. ^^

anime-hyena: Thank you. You saw about Blakey. ^^ Though not quite a direct answer, there will be more hints!

Demented Weesil: Glass was back, though not for long. There will be much, much more of him in the future. ^^



Sgt. Psycho: I just can't leave well enough alone! I have a love of the supernatural and fantasies. ^^ Does it show? But I think I suck at mysteries! You guys are so good at solving them... Maybe i should be less obvious and more subtle?

Akemi3: You are also so very close to the truth! And it is a hella long story! I'm glad you don't mind. I can't seem to write a short story. My shortest was like, 23 pages...

Sea of Crystals: You are ALSO very close to the truth! You guys are good! I need to be more mysterious! ^^ Blake IS very odd, but you'll see why soon enough. I'll drop more hints! Do you have a guess right now? I'll tell you if you're hot or cold. ^^

NotEnough: Oh, go ahead and laugh! I laugh at that stuff, too. It can get kinda corny. ^^ Yes, I love child genius's. They're so cute.

Rainy: Oh, it's okay. ^^ As long as you enjoy what you read, I'm happy.

A/N: Please be kind: R&R!! (BWAHAHAHA! What a corny rip-off of those blockbuster tape warnings... ^^)