But Yato, Yukine, and Hiyori weren't the only friends the Sayari God had. No, there was one more. “What was her name…?” Haru asked, her feet starting to hurt from walking already. “She’ll tell you.” Sayari responded, walking on. That bastard. She didn’t even look tired. After Haru sighed, that’s when the goddess decided to stop walking. “Wha-” “We’re here now.” She claimed, placing a hand on a large brown gate. She didn’t mind knocking at all, just opening it as though it belonged to her. Inside the large gate, was a garden. A beautiful display of greenery and different blooms, accompanied by a silent and peaceful aptnosphere. Haru looked in awe, and took in the sight. Nearby, the sound of a fountain could be heard. Or, was it a river? Stream? No matter, but the sound added to it’s serene aura. Sayari took a step on to the stone-paved pathway, so Haru did as well.
Noragami doesn’t belong to me. These characters do though.
When they made it to the fountain- yes, it was a fountain, they found an abandoned table with chairs surrounding it. The table wasn’t small, but it wasn’t big either. Just big enough for a nice tea party, which, by what was on it, was what it was being used for anyways. But, now the garden felt a little too quiet. Like the thought of the table being un-used, and a chair empty, meant something bad. Now, Haru didn’t know for sure, but it felt as though this meant…
It wasn’t safe.
The bushes behind her rustled, and she turned around quickly. She could have sworn that she heard-
A girl humming the opening of an anime…?
Haru looked behind the bush and saw a girl that looked to be older than her, tanned skin, brown hair, brown eyes, and in a school uniform. She skipped on different stones in the middle of what seemed to be a stream, and a red ribbon in her hair made the scene that much more innocent. The girl seemed to notice herself being watched, and she turned to face Haru. She gasped. “Ha! Intruder!” She called, then Sayari stuck her head around the bush as well. The girl gasped again. “Ha! Saya!” She called, running over and giving Sayari a big hug. “Hey Kumi! Did you just get out of school?!” Sayari asked happily. The girl, named Kumi, shook her head. “Nah, i’ve been off for at least an hour. But who’s this cute fella?” She questioned, letting go of Sayari and pointing to Haru.
“This is Haru, my regalia.” Sayari stated proudly. “Woah! Saya-chan actually got one! What kind of weapon are ya?” Kumi cheered happily. Haru chuckled awkwardly, not really knowing that herself. “She’s a rifle.” Sayari stated, even more proudly. “Long-distance~? Nice! Now you won't have to use me when you get in a pickle.” Kumi joked, clapping gently. Haru perked up slightly. “Use her?” She questioned. “Is she your-” “Oh, no.” Sayari stated, motioning for Kumi to explain. Kumi smiled, and Haru saw for the first time two teeth that were sharper than all of Kumi’s others. “I’m…” Kumi started, then placed her hands on her hips. “The keeper of the bear spirit.” Haru’s eyes widened in awe, and-
“Wha-” “Kumi! I get it now!” Haru said with a blush, giggling slightly. “Kumi! Just like Kuma, which /means/ bear!” Kumi blushed, pouting. “Yeah, it's super adorable, isn't it~?” Sayari mocked, playing along with Haru. Kumi blushed more, jumping up. “But i’m something to be feared! Fear me!” Kumi demanded, stomping on the ground. Haru shook her head, smiling. “But you’re so cute!” Kumi merely sighed, giving up now. Eventually, Haru stopped with her awe. “Anyway, how can she use you?” Haru asked in all seriousness. “Well,” Kumi started, then took a seat at the table. “The bear represents bravery, and courage. So once these traits have been strongly sensed in someone trusted by the keeper, he decides that he may show himself.” Haru nodded, then took a seat at the table as well. “A weapon is formed by the keeper’s soul merged with the spirit, and it may be taken from the keeper’s body to be used against evil.” Sayari took a seat as well.
“So,” Haru started, but felt a bit bad for interrupting. “What happens if it’s used against good though? As in, by evil?” Kumi’s eyes shone with amusement at the question, and she closed her eyes to produce a wise answer. “As all things are influenced by another, so will it be.” Kumi stared at the fountain, the flow of the water reflecting on her brown eyes. “The bear spirit will become evil, and stay as such until somebody good enough wields it and that changes.” Haru was surprised by the story, looking highly fascinated. “Maybe one day I can show you what he looks like.” Kumi added in, a bit less serious than before. She gained back her playful aura. “Really?” Haru questioned, very curious now as to what he looked like, or his weapon. “Sure kiddo! Only if you let me see your rifle~” Kumi cooed, waving a wave-like motion with her arms. Of course Haru wasn't going to say no to that offer!!!
“So, how’s school?” Sayari asked suddenly, picking up an already poured cup of tea. Kumi picked up the teapot that was sitting on the table, pouring herself a cup as well. “It’s boring without Hikari there~” Kumi whined, then took a sip. “Ah, they still haven't found her…?” Sayari asked a bit sadly, taking a sip. Haru decided just to listen, awkwardly pouring herself a cup as well. Kumi sadly shook her head, staring into her cup of tea. “No…” She said, tracing a finger around the rim of the cup. “Some people are saying she’s dead…” She mumbled, her insides churning at the thought. Sayari reached over and put a hand over her’s, offering a warm smile. Kumi looked up, and blushed slightly. “You’re right, Saya. I shouldn't give up hope. Not yet.” There wasn't a moment of silence before Sayari asked her next question. “And how’s home?” Kumi immediately groaned.
“It’s great!” She said, but then sighed. “Mom’s thinking of getting a different job, so we might move. But it’ll only be a block or two down.” Sayari shook her head, taking an elegant sip from the cup. “Naomi’s not happy with her job at the flower shop?” She asked, not looking up. Kumi shrugged, taking another sip. “She is, but business is slow these days… Mr. Sukino told her if things keep on like this, he’s going to start making pay cuts.” Sayari nodded in understanding. Business was hard at times. “And Miki? How’s that little loli?” Kumi chuckled, leaning back a bit in her chair. “He’s getting more and more like dad every day…” She stared up at the sky dreamily, but then jumped back up quickly with a grin. “I’ll tell ya one thing- his sense of direction is as bad as ever! He got lost in OUR HOUSE, on his way to the bathroom! I mean, he may be six, but that’s no excuse! I swear, I fear for that boy on his own when I go over Yu’s house next week!” Sayari chuckled along with Kumi, then they both burst into laughter. Haru chuckled a bit as well, finding the girl’s story a bit funny. The two other girls noticed her laughter, and they smiled to each other gently. Haru stopped once she realized the other two weren't laughing any more, and instead looking at her. She blushed, patting her chin. “I-Is there something on my face…?” She asked, a bit flustered.
Sayari shook her head. “I’m sorry, it was rude of us to speak about things you don't know of.” She stated, bowing slightly. Kumi nodded. “Yeah, so let’s talk about what you like.” Haru seemed a bit awkwardly placed at the sudden attention, but she went along with it. “So, do you like any animals?” Kumi asked, interested in her answer. “Well, yeah… I like butterflies…” Kumi nodded pretty much at the speed of sound. “Yeah! I love butterflies! And every animal! I love animals!” She stated excitedly. Sayari chuckled to herself. “My favorite animal personally is the deer…” “That’s only ‘cuz your old ass dad walks around with one!” Kumi stated loudly and pointed at her. Sayari gasped. “dO NOT DARE INSULT THE GREAT GOD JUROJIN YOU MORTAL SCUM.” She screeched. Kumi started to laugh, making fun of Jurojin. Then all of a sudden, a baby tortoise fell out of the sky and hit her on her head. Ya know, the tortoise, a symbol of long life? Since Jurojin is the God of longevity- oh forget it. Kumi fell out of her chair and on to the ground, bursting into a fit of giggles. Sayari picked up the baby tortoise and stroked its shell, deciding to keep the bab as her new pet.
Haru started to laugh along with Kumi. Well, this is going to be the start of a great friendship…