Chapter Eleven: Possessed!:
She was dead. Her body hadn't decayed yet. They could still tell she was no more. She looked too stiff to be moving anymore. Alas, here was one of the living "corpses" of the case. Tsuzuki took a step forward.
"Hello there," he said in low voice. The corpse didn't speak. Instead, she leapt away in one huge jump.
"After her!" Tsuzuki yelled. He and his partner took off after the corpse. Anna followed behind, curious. The little girl sailed down the hall. She looked like a marionette on strings.
"Sense anything?" Tsuzuki asked Hisoka.
"Barely," he said. "She moves too quickly."
"Damn it!" the older shinigami snapped. The little girl whipped around the corner. The boys followed after her. However, she disappeared into thin air, well not really. Tsuzuki and Hisoka looked around.
"Now where did she go?" Hisoka asked. Tsuzuki spotted a flash of white on the floor.
"There!" he shouted. The boys looked and saw the corpse laid out on the floor. She looked like she was just thrown there and forgotten. Tsuzuki and Hisoka examined the body.
"No marks on her," the older shinigami said. He looked at the child's wrist more closely. Hisoka gently touched her forehead. His eyes shot wide open.
"There's more!" he yelled. Tsuzuki quickly looked up.
"Huh? Where?" he asked. Hisoka stood up and ran down the hall. His partner followed behind him.
"Hisoka?" he asked. "Hisoka, where are you going?" The boy raced down the hall. He came to a hidden room in the back. Hisoka put his hand to the wall. He and Tsuzuki looked inside. Five men and a woman with corpses quickly looked up at the sound. They seemed to have come from the mainland of Asia. The shinigami guessed China at the most. A big, thin man in the group stepped forward.
"Guys, it looks like we have a couple of party crashers," he spoke up.
"What do we do with them, Fan?" another skinny man asked.
"Hm," the boss said. He turned to the shinigami. "Depends on our guests; they don't look human."
Tsuzuki stepped forward. "We could say the same thing about you," he remarked. "What are you doing with those bodies?"
"Who wants to know?" another man asked. Fan held out his arm to silence him. He turned back to the boys.
"Why? You cops?" the man asked.
"Depends on your answer," Hisoka said back. The woman rolled her eyes.
"This is dumb!" she complained. "Let's kill them and finish up!"
"Easy there, Meixiang," Fan cut in. "Pace yourself." By this time, Tsuzuki drew out his fuda. The leader smirked.
"Now, now," he said. "No need for violence."
"Screw this crap!" Meixiang yelled. "Let's kill them!"
Down the hall, Anna finally caught up to everyone. She peeked around the corner. The situation looked tense. /Better stay back/, she thought. Anna watched as Fan put up his hands.
"Calm down," he said. "It doesn't have to go down this road." The shinigami didn't back down. Fan breathed out.
"Look," he said. "It doesn't have to be like this. You'll have to forgive Meixiang. She gets a little…" As he spoke, the woman drew out her claws to attack and lunged forward. Tsuzuki and Hisoka dodged her just in time. The older shinigami summoned his fuda to fight back. Fan shook his head.
"Oh dear," he murmured. "She's done it again."
"What now?" a younger male asked. The leader sighed.
"Looks like we have to finish this quick," he replied. The boys glanced at him out of the corners of their eyes.
"You don't sound upset by that," the tall skinny one said. Fan shrugged with his smile.
"Hey, this would head in this direction at some point," he said with a sigh. He drew out his juan. "Such a shame, really." He charged forward into battle. The other men charged forward. In the battle, Meixiang happened to look up and see Anna watching from around the corner. The woman tried to stay out of view. One look and Meixiang already had a good idea. She vanished in a flash. Anna felt herself slowly backing away when someone grabbed her by the shoulders. Her eyes trailed behind her to her right. Meixiang smirked at her prey.
"Hope you don't mind me dropping in," she said. The woman descended into the witch's body. Anna cringed and trembled.
"Stop it!" she cried. "This is just creepy! Get out of me!" Meixiang settled in and took over. In the fight, Fan looked up and noticed Meixiang going inside of Anna's body. He drew back his juan and stepped back.
"Well then," he said. "Looks like we're done for now." He turned to his boys. "Get in the bodies and come along!" he commanded. The boys drew back and sank into the stolen corpses. The new bodies began hopping away. Tsuzuki and Hisoka looked around, confused.
"Uh… what just happened?" the older shinigami asked.
Ahead, Anna's body felt stiff once Meixiang had finished taking over. Suddenly, her foot lifted up and stepped forward. /My feet… Why are they moving by themselves? Is she doing this to me?/ Anna's body walked over to Fan. The leader smiled at her.
"Ready to go?" he asked.
"But of course," Meixiang replied. She turned Anna's body and left with her boys. Hisoka happened to look up puzzled when he heard footsteps.
"Why is Anna leaving with them?" he asked.
"Huh?" Tsuzuki asked as he looked up. Anna and the guys had walked out the fire exit door. The older shinigami's stomach dropped as the color drained from his confused face.
"Oh shit…" he mumbled under his breath.
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