A/N: Given I’ve had interest in all three unfinished fanfics, I’ll probably end up posting all of them eventually. But this one, I think I might be able to trim off the later loose ends and make it a complete story in itself, so I’ll start with Through The Cracks.
I have nothing to do with Rurouni Kenshin, concepts borrowed from Inuyasha, or Mercedes Lackey’s wonderful world of Velgarth. Only the plot bunny is mine.
Startled out of a blessedly sound sleep wrapped around Eldan, Kerowyn hit the floor with sword in hand. Her lover was already scrabbling for his own boots, clothes, and weapons – not necessarily in that order. Mindspeech might not carry the full emotional charge of Empathy, but there was no mistaking a Herald in pure, desperate terror.
:“Kaoru-dono!”: A young man’s voice; a flash of red cloth and flame-bright hair, carried on Kaoru’s fear. :“Hold on! You’ve got to hold on, that you do!”:
Projected terror was easing, wearing away with every gulp of air. :I’ve got to hold on… that I do….:
“Kaoru Kamiya,” Eldan identified the young woman’s voice, tossing a stray boot Kerowyn’s way. “You remember, the girl with that odd island style.”
Right; the young Mindspeaker who worked with the Haven City Guard. Good swordswoman, if unseasoned, with a defensive style that suited her well taking down the Yamato idiots she ended up dealing with. “Who’s he? A lover?”
Eldan gave her a quick grin. “Not that I know of. But that accent-”
Straight from Yamato, no question. Though it didn’t sound quite like Kyotoko or Edoko. Yanking on the bare minimum necessary to ride, Kerowyn headed out the door. :Sayvel? What’s going on?: No point in asking the girl herself, not when she was so rattled she was projecting to half the Heraldic Mindspeakers in Haven. There was a feeling of constriction in Kaoru’s Mindspeech, as if the young woman were still fighting for air. :Someone tried to strangle her?:
:Not exactly,: her Companion said grimly. :Hang on, I’m still trying to get some sense out of Megumi. Bastard had her Mindspeech locked down along with Kaoru’s, she couldn’t call for help-:
Kero broke into a run, hearing Eldan match her pace a few steps behind. “Someone blocked a Companion?”
:Seems they’ve had some trouble here while we were with the Skybolts.: