Chapter One: I spend my summer vacation at the mountains (Kris's POV)

"No!" Hiro's voice bounced off the palace walls.

"But why not?" I heard uncle whine.

"No means 'no'. Get it through your thick head, uncle!" Hiro yelled at the top of his lungs. I cringed at the sound. What's eating him today? And why does he have to shout so early in the morning? My fucking ears hurt like hell!

"Hear me out for once, will you?" uncle begged.

"Why should I?" Hiro inquired.

"What's so bad about hiking?" uncle asked. "I mean… it's a fun sport!" uncle tried explaining but Hiro wouldn't let him for some reason.

"Say no more." Hiro waved his hand dismissively.

"Oh come on!"

"Don't exhaust my patience, uncle."

"Hiro-"Hiro gave Uncle Gray a death glare. I'm guessing Hiro's lid is not on tight today, is it?

"My word is law and if I say no one will go hiking this summer – no one will. Now, I have to get back to my office. I still have work to do." He walked off. That has to be one of the weirdest conversations I have ever heard in the history of our clan. Everybody seemed to agree with Hiro's decision. I turned to my aunt with a silent question in my eyes.

"About that…" my aunt fidgeted slightly. "Your uncle had a near fatal accident the last time he went on a hiking trip alone."

I flinched. "No wonder."

"Anyway," my aunt decided to change the subject. "Don't you think it's about time you get packing, Kris? You'll be spending the summer at Kina's summer house, am I right?"

I nodded. "Hai."

"Best get going now, dear. You don't want to be late, do you?"

"Alright, aunt Gracia." I ran off to my bedroom to get ready for the long trip to the mountains.

Once inside my room, I slammed the doors shut and rushed to my closet. I fling the doors aside and rummaged around my stuff. I packed everything I'll need for the entire summer at Kina's house in my favorite pink traveling suit case. The thing I love about this baby is that it can fit almost just about everything. It's as if I brought my entire room with me. Once I'm done, I shut my suit case close and straightened my back.

I can't wait to go to the mountains!

"Well, you look excited about something." Someone said behind me. Looking over my shoulder, I see Suzaku leaning against the wall with his arms crossed in his usual lazy posture.

"What's there not to be excited about, my dear shikigami? It's the summer holidays!" I chirped like a school girl.

"Wow," Suzaku said in a nonchalant tone. "That sounds like fun."

I pouted. "You're no fun at all, Suzaku."

"I'm just like that, I guess." He shrugged. I crossed to him and rested both of my hands on the sides of his face. Suzaku was taken aback at my sudden action. Then I pulled his cheeks hard. "The fuckin' shit…!" he hissed.

I smile ear-to-ear. "Try and smile for once, will you?" the guy smacked my hands away in annoyance.

"I don't smile, mind you, Domanashi." Way to sound grumpy so early in the morning!

"Come with us to Kina's summer house, then. It'll be loads of fun."

"I'm not going."

"Why not?" I pouted.

"Because I said so." You've got to be kidding me!

"As your mistress, I command you to come with me to my cousin's summer house." I pointed an accusing finger at him.

"Oh Hahaha! Very funny, Kris. But as you have pointed out before, I am a god and I can do whatever I want. There is absolutely no hell way you can make me go to your little summer house." Suzaku looked away in a huff.

"It's just for the entire summer break. And Kina cooks great food." I should at least just give it a try to see if he's coming.

"I'm still not going." My shikigami insisted stubbornly.

"Mr. grouchy." I grumbled.

"I'll take that as a compliment." At that moment, a car sounded its horn. I quickly ran to the window to see who it is. I saw Kina slide out from the car and locked eyes with me. Seeing me, she waved to me. "You should get going now, Kris." Suzaku beckoned me.

"Okay, Mr. grouchy." I grabbed my suitcase and went for the door. I looked back at him one last time before I went out.

"Ready to go, Kris?" my cousin asked.

"Yup," I answered.

"I bet you lost some sleep because of your excitement."

"Not really."

"Why don't we head inside now? Yura and the others are waiting at the summer house."

"Ok, Kina." I told her as we slid inside the vehicle. The driver cranked up the car and pulled out of the road. Our vehicle slowly drove out of sight. We reached the summer house at around ten in the morning. Yura was at the gate to greet us at our arrival.

"Hey there!" he waved to us.

"Yura!" I slid out from the car and ran straight into his open arms.

"Hello, Kris. It's good to see you again." he said with a smile.

"Get a room, you two." Kina joked. We both looked at her indignantly.

"We're cousins." We pointed out. First cousins – as a matter a fact. And it's just disgusting to think about that sort of stuff.

"I was only kidding around, you two."

"That was a pretty mean joke." I muttered.

"And you guys didn't have to take it seriously." Kina said defensively. "Now, let's all head inside and have a nice cup of tea, shall we?"

"Okay." We both said.

After we had a cup of chamomile tea, my cousins gave me a tour around the manor. They were even kind enough to show me their rooms. And I have to say, their bedrooms are awesome! Kina's chandelier is made of carnations! I didn't think that such a thing is possible. Maybe I should ask Aunt Gracia to get me one of those. [No, Soren. I am not a spoiled brat.] Yura got himself a waterbed. That is so totally unfair! I've been getting Uncle Gray to purchase me one but he wouldn't agree to it.

Finally, we have reached mine.

"This is your room, Kris." Yura held the door ajar for me to see my room. Gingerly, I stepped inside. Compared to Yura's, my Rosewood Victorian bed is nowhere near a window. It's on the opposite side of it in the corner with white bed sheets, white pillow covers, and a blue comforter. Beside it is a wooden counter with a clock that says it's already ten-thirty in the morning. Not too far from my bed and counter is a Shoji door that leads to my walk-in closet and only a meter or two away is the door to my bathroom. It's interesting that the room has a small Asian room accessory when this room is mostly European design. It almost appears that everything is clustered together. Except the light oak desk and three bookshelves which are placed right next to each other is on the corner in the opposite side of the bed on the other side of the room, directly across from my bedroom door and placed right next to the window. Like Yura's room, I also have a white marble balcony with a big glass door leading to it and I have a fireplace in the center of the wall the desk and the shelves are up against. My blue and white curtains are usually closed when I wake since I always close them before I go to bed. But now, they're wide open for me, allowing the morning light of orange, red, and yellow to come shinning in. It almost certainly brightens up my room and caused my navy blue and white walls to appear purple and orange.

"I hope it's to your liking. And sorry if the room's not pink." Kina added.

"I love the room. Thank you." I bowed to them. I was expecting my room to be pink, but… oh well! This will do. At least the room looks nice. [Yes, I am a pink fanatic. Now stop interrupting and let me finish!]

"It's good that you like the room. Why don't you take a rest? Your butt must've hurt from the one hour drive here." Then they left, just like that. I was left on my own to unpack my stuff and once I'm done with that, I jumped on the bed and spread my arms like a baby. This bed is so comfortable! It's even more comfortable than my bed back at the palace. I better ask Yura and Kina where they got this bed. When I stared at the ceiling, I was surprised to see a huge Japanese dragon painted on the ceiling. I thought the only Asian accessory in the room is the Shoji door.

I love the Japanese dragon painted on the ceiling it brought back memories of my childhood. I have always been interested in dragons because they're the symbol of power and fertility. And they're considered one of the most powerful creatures in mythology. My dad told me long ago that our clan had a deep connection with the dragons but he never told me what sort of connection we had with them.

After a few minutes, I fell asleep on my bed. I missed dinner that day but I didn't care much. There's always breakfast the next morning.