Kirei - So Emiya Shirou, you have returned. I take it your mission was successful?
Shirou - Yeah, they're both dead.
Kirei - Oh? So you killed your employer as well?
Shirou - Yep, he was too big of a threat.
Kirei - Hmm...I shall take your word for it. I would celebrate more for your success, but I have a guest to entertain today.
Shirou - A guest? Who is it? Did you end up destroying the fabric of reality and get an actual friend while I was away?
Kirei - No, she is not a friend of mine. She is a superior, part of the Churchs' militaristic branch; the Executioners.
Shirou - Executioners, huh? Well, what do they do?
Kirei - Exactly as they sound, they execute things. Specifically, beings that the Church says does not exist. This particular one mainly hunts vampires.
Shirou - Vampires? They actually exist?
Kirei - Yes Emiya Shirou. You know, you really should learn more about the world around you if you plan to continue this. How would you react if your next target was a vampire?
Shirou - I don't know. How about this; people learn best by doing right? So why don't I kill a vampire or two and find out what to do?
Kirei - This is unlike you, shouldn't you research vampires and find out if they are causing any form of devastation?
Shirou - They're vampires. What else are they going to do? Anyway, give me the name of the person you're, ahem, 'entertaining'. I'll talk it over with her.
Kirei - Fine, I know well enough by now that I can not stop you. Though truthfully, I do not wish to. Her name is Ciel. Oh, and Kariya heard you were back. She is not pleased you haven't visited her.
Kirei - So Ciel, may I ask why you have come to Fuyuki?
Ciel - You may, though I really don't have a reason. I'm just checking up on the few churches around here while I'm in Japan.
Kirei - Oh, and may I ask why you are in our humble little country in the first place?
Ciel - Work. The Serpent slipped through my hands recently, though he has since been taken care of.
Kirei - By you, correct?
Ciel - No, unfortunately he was not.
Kirei - What a shame.
Ciel - Indeed.
Kirei - Ah, I almost forgot. This is an acquaintance of mine, Emiya Shirou."
Shirou - Nice to meet you.
Ciel - You as well.
Shirou - I'll jump straight to the point Ciel-san, I've heard from Kotomine that you are a vampire hunter. Is this correct?
Ciel - I don't believe,
Kirei - Calm down Ciel, he is trustworthy. More so than I, truthfully speaking.
Ciel - ...Yes, I am a vampire hunter.
Shirou - Take me with you on your next mission.
Ciel - And why should I do that?
Shirou - Because in my line of work knowledge is key. If I should ever run into a vampire without knowledge of how to defeat it, I will die and my mission will have failed.
Ciel - And what is it that you do, Emiya-san?
Shirou - I am an assassin.
Ciel - I do not believe a mere assassin,
Shirou - I am not a 'mere assassin' Ciel-san. Though it may not seem like it to everyone, I am a Hero of Justice.
Ciel - A hero of justice? Not only does that sound ridiculous coming from a full grown adult, but I've never even dreamed of an assassin being a Hero of Justice. It almost seems like a contradiction from my point of view.
Shirou - Then it's obvious you've never thought about it logically. You can't save everyone, this is a simple fact. However, by removing the one person who is a problem, you can save one hundred people. By removing ten problematic people, you can save over ten thousand. However, people hate real heroes. They always want to see the make believe third option. Where somehow everyone ends up fine. But, like I said, those don't exist and people will turn on you. That's where I come in. I can do this for everyone, because I can take their hatred. I know what I'm doing is right. So, I need to know how to deal with vampires, and you seem like a good person to learn from.
Ciel - It's not that simple Emiya-san. Vampires are not normal beings, they can not be killed by normal means.
Shirou - Ciel-san, do you know of the Holy Grail War that was held here two years ago? To sum it up, seven Magi summoned seven spiritual beings called Servants. I ended up winning that war using my skills alone. My Servant had died long before the end. I killed a servant using my own weapons. That means they can kill beings that technically don't exist. I believe I can handle a vampire, at least on that level.
Ciel - Is this true Kotomine?
Kirei - Why yes it is Ciel. This boy did just as he says.
Ciel - ...Fine. I can see you are determined about all this. When I get word from the church about any rogue Dead Apostles, I will let you know.
Shirou - Thank you Ciel-san. Now, if you will excuse me, if I don't report in, Kariya will kill me.
Kariya - So you killed them both?
Shirou - I did what was necessary. If I didn't, more people would have died.
Kariya - And what about their families? Won't they come after you?
Shirou - I had Armstrong look it up for me. Gestahl doesn't have family, and most of the Association won't bother coming after me. Schwartz would be a problem, but he's been so cut off from his family recently, I doubt they'll think anything of it. Not to mention no one knows I was the one who killed them.
Kariya - Geeze Emiya, how can you be so calm about all of this? I mean, you just killed two people and don't think anything of it.
Shirou - I just am. Don't think too much about it. Hey, you got a lighter on you? I forgot to buy a new one after I got back.
Kariya - Yeah. When did you start smoking?
Shirou - Armstrong got me hooked. Helps calm my nerves.
Kariya - Whatever. I'm just saying, I want to know why you are...what you are. What happened to you to make you so cold? Wait, no, that's not right. It's not that you're cold, you just...I don't know how to describe it. It's like you stopped caring or something.
Shirou - ...I'm in no mood to describe it to you. If you really want to know ask Kirei. He knows most of the details. Anyway, it's getting late, I'm going to bed. Lock up when you leave."
??? - Senpai...
Shirou - S-Sakura! How are you...but I thought...
Sakura? - I wanted to thank you senpai. If you hadn't killed me, I would have done awful things to people. But you made things better, you always do. So, please, don't feel sorry for me. You made the right decision.
Shirou - ...
Shirou - Heya Fuji-nee.
Taiga - Shirou! It feels like I haven't seen you in so long.
Shirou - It's only been a few months.
Taiga - Yeah, but it still feels like it's been a long time. So, how has everything been going?
Shirou - Good, really good actually. I just got back from Romania with a friend of mine.
Taiga - Romania? What's in Romania?
Shirou - It was a business thing. Me and Gary had a few things to attend to there. We were only there for around a week or so, but it's a nice country.
Taiga - Uh...huh. Whatever. Anyway Shirou, you should start dinner soon.
Shirou - We haven't seen each other in months and the first thing you do is ask me to make dinner. Do you see anything wrong with this picture?
Taiga - Yeah, you're still not making dinner.
Shirou - ...Fine. So how's teaching going?
Taiga - Much better since you left. Nobody calls me Tiger anymore. And Ayakos little brother is doing great on the archery team...
Shirou - It's not like you to get quiet so suddenly. What's wrong?
Taiga - I was just thinking about Sakura-chan...
Shirou - It's been over two years now, right?...I had a dream about Sakura recently. She just kept thanking me...like I did anything for her.
Taiga - Don't get like that Shirou, you know how she felt about you. You made her happy just by being there for her.
Shirou - ...
Taiga - Anyway, so do you have a girlfriend yet Shirou?
Shirou - Hmm? Oh, no, not really.
Taiga - What do you mean not really? Are you hiding something from me? No, you wouldn't be....GAH! Shirou you're so mean! You can't do that to a girl!
Shirou - Woah, woah, Fuji-nee, I think you've got this all wrong. First off, it was just a slip of the tongue. Second, I'm sure Kariya would probably get mad if I said she was my girlfriend. She's the closest to it, but that's still a pretty big stretch.
Taiga - Oooh, Kariya huh? Is that her first name? How long have you known her? What's she like? Is she pretty?
Shirou - Uh...do I really have to answer those questions?
Taiga - Yes, yes you do.
Shirou - Uh...well...geeze, this is so weird. Um, I guess...I guess she doesn't look bad. I've never really thought of her like that though. She's kinda rough around the edges, and a little invasive, but she's a good girl at heart.
Taiga - Girl...so, does she give you a 'little sister' vibe or something?
Shirou - Huh? No, not really, she just acts really immature at times. She'll probably stop by tomorrow if you want to see her that badly.
Taiga - Why not today?
Shirou - I told her I was having company.
Taiga - Ahhh! After all this time you still don't know how to deal with girls Shirou!
Shirou - You know I don't have to make this food for you. I have leftovers, and I'm more than happy with that.
Taiga - Waaah! You're such a meanie Shirou!
Allright, that pretty much wraps up the "in between" time. I'm starting to catch up with myself and the writing I had done before, so I'm not sure when the next update is, but I should get something posted by next weekend. Side Note: Anyone know exactly where Ciel was born?