Fortune Teller and Jujutsu Sorcerer Don’t Mix I
Another day means another school. “Good morning….” I yawned at the end of my greeted.
“Good morning… woah! What a scary dark circle.” Yae sweatdropped. “What’s wrong?”
“…I will tell you at lunch…” I mumbled sleepily.
“Okay. I will listen to your complain.” She giggled. ~”~
“So, spill the bean.” Yae said as we eat our lunch in the most inconspicuous spot in the whole school, the rooftop.
“Well… yesterday morning when I read my own fortune. The Fool came out. It signifies the beginning of the new journey. Which can be translated to I will be experiencing of new thing.” I started.
“And, I was curious as to who trigger it. I tried to read it yesterday.”
“The result is?”
“The result is Magician.”
“The meaning is?”
“Someone who is witty and persuasive, they are clever, eloquent and charismatic. In other words, they are capable of anything.” I sighed. ‘…I know who is the card talking about…’ I want to cry.
“Heee… They seem like someone come out straight from novel. I kind of want to meet them.” Yae smiled.
“I don’t want to. He is definitely an annoying guy who doesn’t know what is personal space means.” I shook my head vehemently. Michizane giggles at my denial. He knows who I am talking about.
“You know who the card is talking about?”
“I don’t know. I don’t want to know.” I shook my head.
“[Name], your expression clearly stated that you know.” She mused.
“I really don’t know. I don’t know him personally and I plan to never get to know him.”
“Tsk tsk. He might be your future husband.” Yae smirked teasingly.
“…” A disgusted look etched on my face. “If there is a god up there. I hope you will hear my prayer not to meet him forever.” I looked up to the sky.
“But [Name], you know that your reading is always spot on.” Yae blinked.
“I know. Even if it’s always spot on. There’s no rule I can’t change it.” I pouted.
“I see. The source of your eye bags is the result of trying to find a way to escape from them.” Yae laughed.
“Bingo!” Michizane laughed along.
“Shut up, Michizane.” I grumbled at the vengeful spirit.
“What did the card say?”
“…” I sighed gloomily.
“You can’t escape…”
“No way! I will definitely escape this predicament! I won’t meet him as long as I don’t get involved in cursed spirits.” I said. “Yosh! Starting from today, I will go straight home right after school and won’t get out anywhere.” I declared.
“You are going to do that for the rest of your life?”
“I am thinking to study aboard after I graduated from high school. If I study aboard, there’s less chance meeting him.” I added.
“Good luck.” Yae giggled. ~”~
Few days later
“What’s wrong, Michizane?” I whispered to the unusually quiet on-ryo (vengeful spirit)
“Jou-chan, the cursed spirits are increasing.” He furrowed his brows.
“I noticed. I thought maybe it’s because exam week is near. Stress is accumulating.” I said.
“I have a really bad feeling about this.” Michizane muttered. “Can we take a look after school?”
“…” I don’t want to get involved anymore. But at the same time, if something is inside this school Yae will be in danger. She is the only friend I have. I don’t want to get hurt. And… if Michizane is like this, there’s a chance something is wrong. It’s also better just to make sure nothing bad is happening to ease our mind, lest I also contributed in making cursed spirits due to my paranoia. ~”~
“Sorry, Yae. You go home first.” I smiled apologetically at her.
“Okay. Be careful, okay.”
“Don’t worry. We are just making sure nothing is wrong.” I smiled.
“See you tomorrow.” Yae said.
“Okay. See you tomorrow.” After making sure Yae is out of the school gate. I walk back to the school. “Where should we start?” I asked.
“We are going for a long walk.” Michizane smiled.
“I thought so.” I sighed. Starting from the first floor, I walk around to sense if something is out of a place. But aside from the increasing number of fly heads, I sense nothing, even Michizane is not sensing anything.
“This might be my mistake.” Michizane smiled sheepishly.
“It seems so. Well, as long as there’s no….hm…”
“…Someone is talking…” I whispered. The voices I heard come from the art club room.
“Will this really work?”
“Of course. The senpai that gave this to me said so.”
“Then, we will gather tonight.” They opened the door just as I was about to knock.
“Wh-who are you?” The girl gasped.
“That book.” I looked at the book which is obviously a cursed object.
“Wh-what about this book?” She hides it behind her.
“That book is dangerous. It’s better if you give it to me.” I held out my hand.
“What are you talking about? Are you robbing us?” She glared.
“That’s not it. The book is-“
“Saki, what’s wrong?” Two more girls appeared.
“This girl is demanding our book.” The first girl, Saki spoke to her friends.
“I don’t know what are you planning to do, but that book is not something you should play with. Please give it to me.” I said.
“What are you? Some kind of occult otaku? Gross.” They laughed.
“It’s my book. I can do whatever I want with it, get it you nerd.” They bumped my shoulders as they walked away. ~”~
“Shouldn’t we stop them doing some kind of shady ritual. What if they unleashed the curse inside?” Michizane asked.
“Hmph! They can die for all I care.” I grumbled. “I don’t care what happened to them. It’s not my fault that they die. I have warned them. I have no obligation to save them. Besides, I don’t want to get involved in jujutsu anymore. If something were to happen, the jujutsu sorcerer will handle it.” I ranted as I turned on the television. ~”~
“I thought we are not going to help?” Michizane smiled as he floated beside me using his folded fans to hide his annoying smile.
“Shut up! I am just going to steal the book and burn it!” I yelled as I sprinted to the school. I wear a shorts and black hoodie to cover my face later.
“You can’t burn cursed object.” He sweatdropped.
“But you can.” I replied.
“That’s indeed right.” He nodded. Using the gate bar as a prop, I jumped over the gate with a beautiful flip. The moment I landed on the school ground, the whole space distorted and changed shape. I can feel the suffocating air around me. My senses are telling me this is dangerous and I need to get out of here. "This is…"
"Yes. You guessed right. Domain expansion."
“Most probably has died.” He remarked. “What are you going to do? Should we go home?” Michizane asked.
"...I can’t get out of here without exorcising the cursed spirit anyway." I sighed. “Let’s see if there’s any survivor.”
‘As I thought. Jou-chan, you are…’ ~”~
"Gojo-san, you have an emergency mission." Ijichi's voice transmitted to the snowy-white haired man.
"Again?" He sighed.
"Sorry, Gojo-san. Unregistered special grade cursed spirits suddenly detected in a xxx school."
'Unregistered special grade.' His bandaged eyes narrowed. No wonder they throw this mission to him.
"Your car will pick you up soon, Gojo-san."
"Haaa…. They sure know how to work me like a horse. What a slave driver." Gojo sighed dramatically.
Arriving at the site. His six eyes have determined a domain expansion has been employed. Most likely by the special grade curse. ~"~
"Jou-chan, left left… now go right right. It's right, Jou-chan." He shook his head.
"Shut up! How come your directional sense is a mess?!" I growled.
"It's not mine, it's yours." He rolled his eyes playfully.
The female students I met in the evening were playing some shady ritual which is actually releasing the cursed spirit inside. The newly released cursed spirit devoured every single fly head in this school which then evolved to a special grade. I found their remnants in the unused music room, they are already beyond recognizable. Their bodies have been torn apart by the special grade.
Right now, the special grade is playing chase with me. "Do something about it, aren't you a powerful jujutsu sorcerer."
"I was. But right now I am just a spirit." He lamented.
"You are still the famous vengeful spirit. You should be able to do something." I said exasperatedly.
"I can. But I need to use your body. I am bound to you. As long as you allow me, I think I can manage."
"What did I do in my past to warrant this kind of punishment?" I could only cried.
"Meeting me is a blessing, Jou-chan."
"Sure, meeting a vengeful spirit is a blessing." I repeated sarcastically.
"Jou-chan! Get down!" My body reacted to his command, I squatted down, narrowly missed a punch from the special grade.
"Geh! How come it is here?!"
"It teleported… Jou-chan, this cursed spirit is much more troublesome than expected."
"...tsk.." I rolled once to the side to distance myself from it. "Michizane. How long will you take over my body?"
"I will dispose of it as quickly as I can."
"Okay, 5 minutes." I surrendered my body to him.
Aaaahhh…. I can feel a lot of negative emotions. Every time I surrendered my body to him. My mind and consciousness will be dragged inside this whirlpool of negative emotions. I have to maintain my sense of self otherwise I will be gone forever, swallowed by those emotions.
My surroundings are dark and gloomy. I can hear screams of agony, rage or whatever curses they are sprouting.
"Jou-chan, you alright?"
"I am fine. Take care of that cursed spirit quickly."
"Okay." I can still see and hear what happened outside.
I can see how the cursed spirit feels threatened by Michizane's cursed energy. Michizane told me his cursed energy has been cut, this is just less than half of his full power. Even so, this is enough to intimidate the unregistered special grade, maybe it's because it was newly evolved.
If Sukuna is the opponent, he will probably say he enjoyed this while fighting to death. I can feel how the atmosphere changed. The domain is filled with Michizane's cursed energy instead of the cursed spirit’s.
Michizane's technique also involved space manipulation. Unlike Gojo who can't deactivate his six eyes. Michizane can activate and deactivate six eyes on his will. And Michizane can also create a space storage to store something. Of course this is if he is at his full power. But, activating six eyes consumes so much cursed energy. Not to mention the strain in my body. In other words, right now he is just your less than average jujutsu sorcerer/vengeful spirit with only advantage is overwhelming cursed energy.
Using the overwhelming cursed energy to envelope my body, making it like an invisible super armour. Michizane throws in some punches and kicks to it, and also some basic of space manipulation technique, only the most basic, such as altering incoming attacks by hairbreadth and he can’t use it more than 3 times. If Michizane used a more advanced spell, my body wouldn't hold out. Fortunately, Michizane has his experiences to cover up for the flaw.
Right after he threw the last punch, packed with dense cursed energy, the special grade is finally exorcised. I prepare to take over my body again. "A jujutsu sorcerer is coming." He said.
'Oh damn.' I can think of few who are coming to exorcise an unregistered special grade, if it's not Mei-san, the other will be Gojo Satoru. "What should I do?" I panicked.
"Don't worry, you don't have any cursed energy. He won't feel mine in this state." Michizane referred to him not taking over my body.
"Oya? A survivor?" The voice that used to elicit a squeal when I heard, right now it only brought a sense of dread.
“Goodbye my life.”
“Don't be so dramatic.” Michizane rolled my eyes.
“Shut up, ghost.”
"...Don't tell me you exorcised the cursed spirit?" He is sizing me up and down.
"But you don't have cursed energy. Is it heavenly restriction body? But in that case you need some kind of cursed tool or any kind of weapon. I don't see anything resembling that at all." He stood in front of me. “Or, did you kill the curse with bare hands?” he mumbled.
I can feel the hairs on my neck stand up. He is literally probing me. "I… was caught up inside. There are dead bodies… in unused music room." I tried to divert the topic.
"Oh? Lead the way." His tone changed. Maybe I shouldn't say anything. I think I just made it worse. From someone having heavenly restriction body who had exorcised curse to someone who committed murder.
'That's why I said I am not good in this kind of life. My own stupidity will really drag me to the jail this time.' I cried. I stop in front of the door.
"Why don't you open it?"
"I...can't…" I trembled, deathly afraid this guy will knock me unconscious and isolated me.
"I guess this is too much for a normal human." He hummed. "Stay behind me."
I have half mind to actually bolt away, but if I run away, I will be prime suspect. 'I don't want this anymore.'
“Relax, Jou-chan. If worse come to worst, I will take over your body and run away.”
'And become the hunted curse user. No way. Nuh uh, thank you very much.'
"Hey~" He called me.
"W-what?" I stuttered.
"Did you know these girls?"
"They are from my school. But I don't know them personally." I said.
"Playing a shady ritual." He sighed and closed the door. "So, the question is why are you here? You aren't playing this ritual with them right?" I can feel his sharp gaze and tone.
"I didn't play that… that shady ritual." I mumbled, still refusing to look at him.
I swallow the lump in my throat. He is waiting for my answer. "I...saw them brought a weird book this evening. I was going to stop them doing whatever they want to do tonight. But when I arrived, they already…”
"Hm? How can you know this is a shady book?"
“I feel uneasy when I saw it. It has some kind of black aura.” I decided to tell half-truth. He will notice right away if I was lying.
"Hmm… You are not lying, are you?”
“I am not.” I shook my head.
“Then, what about the cursed spirit? Did you exorcise it?"
"Cursed spirit…?" I tilted my head, playing dumb. "I was searching for them when I was suddenly thrown into some kind of weird place. I kept running and running, and then I was back again."
"...You shouldn't lie. There's no way you can run away from special grade cursed spirit. Especially in its own domain."
'Die you Gojo Satoru!!! Die!! Die!!!' Now I am cursing him to die.
"Tell me, did you kill it?" He whispered.
"Too close!!" I jumped back, holding my right ear, where he whispered.
"Aw!! How cute. You have never been so close with a man?" He grinned.
"Shu-shut up, you blindfolded man! Wh-what are you? A cosplayer?" I pointed out.
"I wear this for a reason. But I assure you I can see very clearly. Like the pretty blush on your cheeks."
'He really should just go and die.'
"So, young lady. Care to tell me how you exorcise cursed spirit?"
"I… don't know who exorcised it. I don't even know what cursed spirit is? Some kind of malicious ghost? I just suddenly back here." I shook my head.
‘Cry, come on cry my eyes. Let out some tears so I can try to fool him.’ But my eyes are being stubborn. ‘Think what will happen if I am going to be executed. Think what will happen to the new creations of sweets that I won’t be able to eat, new mangas I can’t read and new games I can’t play anymore.’ Finally, some tears pooled in my eyes.
"Hmm….Well, let's leave it at that then. There's no evidence you are the one who exorcised it, since you don't have any cursed energy." He sighed.
My shoulders relaxed a little. "Then… can I go home now?" I asked timidly.
"Yep. I will take you home." His big grin came back.
‘Someone, help me…'
The walk home is really awkward, to me at least. The lanky man beside me didn't even feel bothered by the awkwardness.
"Is there anything you want to say to me?" He suddenly spoke up.
"You were glancing at me from time to time. Are you curious about this blindfold? Should I take it off?"
"No, I am more curious as to what kind of milk you drank to make you grow this tall."
"..." The man halted his step.
“Jou-chan, as expected I am also speechless.”
"Sorry, it was rude of me." I bowed.
"Hahaha. What was that? You are so funny!" He laughed. "As for the answer, I just drink normal milk that everyone has been drinking." He laughed.
"Oh… I see…" I nodded, and started walking again.
"By the way, where's your house?"
"We are near. Only 3 minutes more walk." Not long after, we arrived at my apartment.
"You live alone?"
"Yes. My parents are working out of the country, so I told them to just let me stay in an apartment near school."
"I see. By the way, I haven't caught your name." He grinned as he turned to me.
'Ugh…' I am tempted to give him a fake name. But… "Hisaki [Name]." I mumbled.
"[Name] it is then. Mine is Gojo Satoru."
"Thank you for walking me home, Gojo-san." I bowed.
"No worries. I have my own reasons." He dismissed it.
'I know, you were trying to gauge whether I am friend or foe. But I hope I fall in stranger category.' ~"~
I sigh loudly as I fall onto my bed. "Otsukare-sama." Michizane smiled.
"Why do I have to run into him? What did I do in my past lives? Did I destroy a planet?" I moaned and complained childishly.
"Sorry, Jou-chan." He apologised. I know he is not at fault. It’s my fault being soft-hearted even if I have resolved not to involve myself anymore.
"It's not your fault… It’s…mine." I sighed. "I wasn't born a fighter. I was just a normal girl that enjoyed my normal life… maybe this is sort of a karma because I keep wishing if I were born inside anime or something like that…" I mumbled.
"Human creatures are always like that. Wishing for something to happen. But when it really happens, they will wish it's better if something didn't happen." He smiled wryly.
"That's right. I am the living proof." I agreed. "Haaa…" I sighed.
"What will you do then, Jou-chan?"
"Nothing. As long as I didn't do anything. My suspicion should be cleared away. They will be monitoring me for a while, I think."
"Then, as long as we don't show them you can see cursed spirit and be haunted by me. It should be okay."
"That's right. But I just don't know who will be monitoring me…"
"Aahhh…. My descendant is really sharp."
"That's the problem. I might blurt something out."
"Because of his good look?"
"...I am nervous because I am afraid being found out. And he is very preceptive in this kind of thing. When I am nervous, I might blurt something out.” I scowled. “Maybe…maybe his good look plays the part a little…” I mumbled.
"But if that's the case, Jou-chan. How come you dismiss my good look easily?" He whined.
"..." I looked blankly at him. "You...seriously asked that?!"
"What's wrong with me asking. I am the most sought out man in Heian era." He wriggled his brow suggestively.
"First, this is not a Heian era anymore. How many times I have said this? So, the beauty standard is a little different. Two… In terms of looks, that guy can easily take the top spot. Especially when he showed his eye. Wait a minute…” A light bulb appeared in my head. “In the end, maybe he is handsome because of his eyes? Then does that mean I will be okay if I don’t see his eyes?" I blinked.
"I have six eyes too." He pouted
"Used too. There is only one six eyes user at that time. You said you can use it, but we never actually tried it." I remarked.
"Hmm… Indeed. Because I don't know what will happen. There are 2 conclusions. One, I can't use my six eyes. Two, If I managed to use six eyes, I don't know what will happen to your body." He nodded.
"And I prefer not to risk it." I said in agreement. ~"~