As planned, yesterday we gathered at the Temple of Genkai for the .. friendly meeting. It was certain none of us had had seen each other in a long time (with a few exceptions however..), but that is no excuse for the general atmosphere of the reunion. We are friends.. we behave as such, yet I could not prevent myself from noticing how distant we were from each other. It seemed as if we were a group of individuals that happened to be at the same place and at the same moment, lacking of all link between us. We spoke.. but it was a disturbing apathy that hovered amidst us. It was disturbing.. compared to what we were.. used to be. I recall the Ankoku Bujutsukai, when we gathered in the apartment lobby to play cards and palaver, it was so different, and now I feel so awkward.
I attempted to establish a natural conversation with Yuusuke. Inquire where had he been, a more detailed explanation, but he avoided the topic, it was evident. It called my attention he had been in the territory of Mukuro, but he said nothing. I ignore why.. but he only told us he 'had been training in Makai' nothing more.
Juri and Suzuki were there as well, they seemed to keep distance from each other, as if she was um.. 'perplexed' by the Utsukushii Matouka. That was perhaps the most .. comic of all the night. But Juri-san received a phone call and departed soon after arriving. Hiei, also sensing the gathering was going nowhere, abandoned it in silence, he trode away with Yukina. And progressively everyone left. I was the last to depart, I had a genuine interest in .. seeing them even if I did not express it directly.
I mostly omitted to speak of the curse and Karasu, I will do it afterwards.. since the cardinal matter of the gathering had been to re-encounter with Yuusuke.
I feel.. it was a failure
Yukina had tediously polished the floors and prepared exquisite tea, it looks as if she had worked very hard, and I thanked her for it before leaving.
I have never felt so foreign between my own friends.
Juri-san has already announced the first fight. Hiei versus Majari.. I wonder which will be the outcome of this fight. According to what Kuwabara told us before, and the data I recollected from his entries, Majari-san has the skill to emulate the power of his opponents. This will be the first time Hiei will be fighting someone who is imbued in such a skill, it will be like fighting his own self. But the fierceness and the feral battle instinct is something Majari cannot mirror, though I still have my own doubts about the extent of the skill Majari possesses.
I am intrigued .. yet so .. uncomfortable and negatively anxious.