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12 October 2009 @ 09:56 am
Akai Ito - Six  
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Title: Akai Ito
Characters: Sho Sakurai, Ninomiya Kazunari, Aiba Masaki, OCs
Pairings: Sho/OC, Nino/OC
Status: Ongoing
A/N: Yay. I think being back in my quiet hometown was good, in a way. I was able to write more than I expected. Maybe next time though it'll be better with my old PC there. Heh. In case it would cause confusion, every chapter of this fic starts with a flashback. Comments are much ♥ (Originally posted: April 12, 2009)

Previous Chapters: One // Two // Three // Four // Five


This is the worst birthday ever.

Natsumi frowned as she sped away on her bike. It was supposed to be her special day, but her parents decided to have a fight and ruin it all. Hanako had been sick with flu so she wasn’t at school that day. Daichi, on the other hand, accidentally broke her art project due that day. She felt like no one seemed to care that it was her birthday.

She pedaled faster until she was almost outside their town. By the border of the town was a small convenience store. Natsumi was already feeling thirsty so she stopped by to buy something to drink.

The store was quiet since there were usually no customers at that hour. There was only a short young man behind the counter whose face was hidden by the manga he was reading. Natsumi didn’t mind him and just went straight to the beverages section.

She easily found her favorite drink, which made her feel a little better. When she opened her purse though, she frowned again. She just remembered that she had to buy extra materials for her project that Daichi ruined and she had to finish in a rush.


Just a few more coins....

She tried to look for extra coins her pockets and even inside her bag. Before she knew it, she was crying. Natsumi knew how embarrassing it was, but she really felt bad at how things had turned out that day. She tried to keep her sobs down, but soon, she heard footsteps heading to her direction.

The young man in charge of the store that day clicked his tongue as he looked down at Natsumi.

“Ne, what’s a high school girl bawling here for? Lost your Okaa-san?”

Natsumi was thankful that she wasn’t her usual self that time or she might have smacked him on the face. She didn’t say anything and stayed crouched down while clutching the bottle of juice she was supposed to buy. She heard him sigh in exasperation.

“What’s wrong with you?”

Natsumi tried to stop her tears, but more streamed out of her eyes.

“Everything’s going wrong today... and it’s my birthday.”

The young man was silent for a moment and then he spoke again.

“Well, it happens,” he said in a low voice. He noticed the bottle of juice she was holding. “Do you want that?”

She nodded and wiped her tears.

“Sounds pathetic, but I even can’t buy this,” she scoffed.

“Then I’ll pay for it,” he suddenly said.

“Eh?” she looked up to him, but she was not able to see his face well through the blur of tears. “But—”

He looked toward the entrance of the store and smirked.

“Just pay me back next time,” he said. He turned around and walked back toward the counter. “You can go now. I hate it when someone disturbs me when I’m already at the best part.” She saw him pick up the manga he was reading and cover his face with it again.

Natsumi tried to compose herself and stood up. She didn’t like this person at all, but somehow she owed him one.

“A-arigatou gozaimasu,” she said in a cracked voice.

“Don’t thank me,” he said rather grumpily from behind the manga. “You’ll be paying me back, you know.”

She said nothing and just walked to exit the store. As she was about to open the door, she heard him mutter something.

“Eh?” she looked back to him with a questioning look.

“Otanjoubi omedetou, I said.” He didn’t look up at all from what he was reading.

She smiled and bowed towards him. She didn’t forget about that night, and decided to return again at the same day the following week.

“Ah... well, I just asked my cousin to cover for me that night,” the guy behind the counter said when she asked about the young man she met the previous week. “He lives in another town. Why do you want to see him, anyway?”

“N-nothing,” she said with an uncomfortable smile.

Without looking back, she left the store and never returned again.


***

“It’s really great to see the children doing their best,” Hanako said happily as she and Sho walked out of the hall.

Shoichi was supposed to go with them, but he went back into the daycare to get something he forgot. The boy just asked them to wait for him outside.

“It kind of makes me feel glad we moved here,” Sho said as he stopped by the daycare’s main doors. “I think he’s coping well.”

Hanako nodded and smiled as she watched the other children running around or walking home with their parents or guardians.

“Well, I think he’s the type who adjusts well to a new environment.”

She glanced to her right and saw Shoichi’s friends walking toward their direction. She was reminded of the incident that took place when she met Sho’s son for the first time. She looked away and tried to hide her face, but the children had seen her already.

“Ah! It’s Shoichi’s mother, right?” the plump boy said. She was too much at a loss that day that she wasn’t able to remember the children’s names.

Hanako was hoping that Sho did not hear, but when she glanced at him, she saw that he was giving her a confused look. Contrary to what she had wished to happen, the children walked up to them and greeted them.

“Good day. You are Shoichi’s mother and father, right? I am his friend, Maki,” the pretty girl with curly hair said politely with a bow.

“Oh yes, I’ve meet you before,” Hanako said with a fake chuckle as she patted the children’s heads. She hoped Sho wouldn’t speak up suddenly. She knew it was wrong for Shoichi to lie to his friends, but she also don’t want the child teased or hurt by his peers for not having a mother.

The other children introduced themselves as Shin, Takeru, and Yuuki. Sho didn’t say anything, but he’s acting rather stiff than his usual self. Hanako wished Shoichi won’t be back so soon.

“I really thought Shoichi was lying the last time,” Takeru, the plump boy, said in a low voice. He looked to his right, smiled, and waved. “Shoichi!”

Shoichi was running, but he suddenly stopped on his tracks when he saw his friends with his father and Hanako. He looked at his friends’ jolly faces, Hanako’s nervous expression, and his father’s grim look.

“Well, we have to go now. Bye bye!” Hanako smiled and waved to the children and pulled Sho with her toward Shoichi’s direction.

As they walked towards him, the boy looked more like he was going to cry. With her free hand, Hanako took his hand and led them out of the daycare. The last thing she wanted was for the boy to be humiliated in front of his friends.

When they were a few blocks away from the school, Sho gently removed Hanako’s hand from his arm. He then took Shoichi’s hand and took him aside.

“What were they saying back there, Shoichi?” he asked the boy in a calm tone as he bent down to his level.

“I just—”

“Ano... Sho-san I think I can—”

“Shoichi.... I want you to speak honestly.”

Sho’s tone suddenly changed. Shoichi knew that his father was already angered by what happened.

“You wouldn’t understand,” he said stubbornly as large tears fell down his cheeks. “You just wouldn’t.” He wiped away his tears with a swipe of his arm and suddenly ran away.

Sho was about to run after the boy, but Hanako stopped him. She felt it was her fault that it all ended up this way. She thought that she should have told Sho about it after it happened.

“I’ll go after him,” she said and ran after Shoichi-kun before Sho could even say anything.

She didn’t expect Shoichi to run away so fast. She lost him for a while and just found him again after a few minutes. He was quietly sitting by himself besides a sandbox in an almost deserted playground. Hanako thought of sneaking up on him, but she accidentally kicked a stone which rolled to the boy’s left foot. He looked up and saw her smiling.

“You run so fast,” she said, still a bit out of breath. She walked up to him and sat beside him. “Maybe you should train to be a runner or something.”

“Gomen nasai,” he suddenly said in a low voice. He sniffed and looked at Hanako with teary eyes. “Papa must be angry at you too now.”

Hanako gave the boy a comforting smile and wrapped an arm around his shoulders.

“That makes two of us then,” she said, chuckling a bit to change the atmosphere around them. “Well, I think it’s also my fault for not talking to him about it.”

She handed Shoichi her handkerchief with which he wiped his tears. When she thought the boy has already calmed down, she stood up and offered her hand to him.

“Shall we go back now? I’m sure he’s waiting,” she said.

It seemed as if the boy was still afraid of his father’s reaction, but knowing that he and Hanako were together in this gave him some reassurance. With a small smile on his lips, he reached out and took her hand.

They have already started to walk back to where they were earlier when Shoichi suddenly stopped. Hanako stopped too and gave him an inquiring look.

“You’ll always be by my side, right?” he asked with an unreadable expression.

Hanako smiled and nodded.

“Yakusoku?” He held up his pinky to her with an expectant look.

She knew in herself that she might not be able to keep the promise, but at least for that day, she wanted to think that she could. She crouched down beside him and entwined her pinky with his.

“Yakusoku.”

***

“So what did he say after that?” Daichi asked curiously as he raised a spoon of ice cream to his mouth.

Hanako sighed and looked at the melting ice cream in her cup.

“Well... nothing. He said nothing,” she answered worriedly. “Just took Shoichi-kun’s hand after I apologized and left.” She looked at Daichi, Natsumi, and Masaki who were also eating ice cream with her in the living room. “Do you think he’s really angry?”

“Maybe he is... but just give him time,” Masaki said rather cheerfully as he finished his ice cream. “Sho-kun isn’t really the type to get angry for a long time.”

“You really know him a lot, don’t you Aiba-san,” Daichi said in amazement. “I think you could just let him cool his head off and call him or something after a few days.”

Hanako gave the two men a small smile and happily scooped more ice cream into their cups.

“I’ll do that. Thanks.” She looked at Natsumi who was quietly eating in the corner and frowned a bit. “Are you alright, Na-chan?”

Natsumi looked up with a dazed expression.

“Oh... um, sorry. I’m just thinking about something,” she said with a nervous laugh. She then decided to change the topic so her friends wouldn’t ask further about what she was busy thinking about. “Are we going out on Wednesday?”

Hanako gasped, Daichi almost spit out the ice cream inside his mouth, and Masaki suddenly started coughing.

“Oh no! I’m really sorry, Na-chan,” Hanako said apologetically. “There’s something we have to finish at work on Wednesday. It might take until midnight.”

“Me... I’ll be away from Tokyo on Wednesday and Thursday,” Daichi said wincing. “I’m sorry, Na-chan. I had to go back home then.”

“Eh... so that means no one will be here on Wednesday night?” Masaki glanced at his cousin and apologized. “Gomen ne, Na-chan. I’m going back to Chiba for two days too.”

The disappointed expression on Natsumi’s face suddenly disappeared when her cousin talked about going back to Chiba.

“What? Did Ojisan forgive you already?” she asked with concern.

Masaki shrugged.

“He said he wants to talk,” he said nonchalantly. “But I’ll be back here on Thursday, whether he forgives me or not. There are still a lot of things I want to do here.”

“Hope things will go well then.” Hanako then turned to Natsumi with a smile and scooped more ice cream into her cup. “We’ll make it up to you on Friday, ne?” She gave Daichi and Masaki a meaningful look, and the two men nodded without hesitation.

“Arigatou,” Natsumi said with a weak smile. She then frowned and placed her spoon back into her cup. “I just hope it won’t be like... well, that birthday. You were all not with me then, right?”

Her friends and cousin looked at each other and nodded.

“But I don’t think it’ll be like that at all,” Masaki said with a dismissing wave. “Besides, Hanako will still be here in the morning.”

Hanako nodded and gave her friend a reassuring smile. Despite their words and smiles though, Natsumi still had a foreboding feeling regarding her twenty-second birthday.

***

Otanjoubi omedetou, Na-chan! I’m sorry but I suddenly had to meet someone for breakfast. Anyway, I hope you enjoy what I prepared. See you tomorrow! –Hanako

Natsumi read the note and wasn’t sure whether she should smile or cry. She looked at the spread on the table and thought that her friend could really go overboard once she gets too excited over something.

“How am I going to finish all of this Hana-chan?” she said gently as she sat down to eat.

She picked up her chopsticks, but her phone suddenly beeped to signal an incoming message. She quickly ran back to her room to get her phone and saw that there was a birthday message from Daichi. She wasn’t even back in the dining table when her phone beeped again with Masaki’s message.

Thanks. Hope the talk with Ojisan turns out well.

Natsumi reread her reply for her cousin and added a smiley at the end of the message before sending it. After replying, she started to quickly eat breakfast. Despite that day being her birthday, she was expecting a mountain of jobs to do at work. She just hoped that part of her day would pass by quickly and smoothly.

She was almost finished eating what she could finish of the breakfast Hanako prepared when her phone rang. She picked it up, expecting something from work. A gentle smile spread across her face though when she saw that the caller was her mother.

“Moshi moshi, Okaasan?” she said to answer the call.

“Natsumi! Otanjoubi omedetou.”

She could tell from her mother’s voice that she was smiling when she said that.

“Arigatou,” Natsumi said, trying to fight tears of joy. “So how are you doing? Can you make it to Tokyo on Saturday?”

“We’re doing fine, don’t worry,” her mother replied. Natsumi heard some cluttering in the background, which she assumed came from their restaurant’s kitchen. “But we might not be able to make it this Saturday. Maybe next Saturday we could visit you instead.”

Natsumi was quite disappointed. She almost thought her parents could also join their celebration on Saturday. She tried to smile though and make sure she doesn’t sound too disappointed to her mother.

“That’s alright. Um... I think I have to go and prepare for work now. I’ll try to call you tonight. Take care.”

After hanging up, she sighed and looked around the quiet apartment. Despite everyone’s greetings she still felt lonely.

***

“I’m sorry to have called you out here very early,” Sho said with an apologetic look as Hanako took a seat on the chair across the table from him.

She shook her head and smiled.

“It’s fine,” she assured. “I think I have to apologize again for what happened the other day.”

Sho called her early that morning and invited her to have breakfast in a café near her workplace so they could talk. His father arrived the previous day so he was able to leave Shoichi with him.

“I should be the one apologizing,” he said seriously after they placed their orders. “This is an unnecessary burden to you.”

“What are you talking about?” Hanako said with a chuckle. “You guys... are like family to me. Anyway, is Shoichi-kun already at the daycare?”

His faced relaxed when he heard her laughter.

“Otousan came to visit us, so he’s the one bringing Shoichi to daycare today,” he answered. “He’s been insisting on doing it since last night, so I thought I’d also take this opportunity to talk to you.”

“It’s good then. I mean, I’ve been worried,” she said. She looked out the café’s glass window and smiled. “I was quite scared of you the last time, you know.”

He laughed and looked down shyly.

“Must have reminded you of how I was in high school,” he said amusedly. “Sorry about that.”

They started eating soon after that. They talked about different things, including the plan to celebrate Natsumi’s birthday on Saturday. Halfway through the meal though, the person seated on a table nearby stood up and approached them.

“Yoshida-san?”

Hanako stopped laughing when she looked up to the person who called her name.

“S-sasaki-san?” she said in shock and unconsciously stood up. “W-what are you doing here?”

Toshi glanced at Sho and then smiled at Hanako.

“I usually come here for breakfast,” he said. “I should be the one asking you that question, right?”

“I suppose you’re right,” Hanako said, laughing nervously. “Well, my friend here invited me to talk. Sasaki-san, this is my friend, Sakurai Sho. Sho-san, this is Sasaki-san, one of my co-workers.”

Sho also stood up and bowed to Toshi in greeting. There was a stark difference between the two men—with Sho wearing a suit and Toshi in casual clothing.

“Hajimemashite,” he said with a smile.

Toshi also bowed in greeting. He then glanced at Hanako.

“I’m sorry for disturbing your talk,” he said. “Well, I better get going. I’ll see you later. Nice meeting you, Sakurai-san.”

He walked back to his table and took his things then gave Hanako a wave before disappearing out of the café. When he was finally outside, she collapsed back onto the chair.

“That was so embarrassing,” she muttered rather loudly to herself. Sho’s laughter snapped her out of her trance. She looked at him and frowned. “It’s not funny, Sho-san.”

“It’s just amusing to see the Hanako-san I knew from the past,” he said as he lifted a cup of coffee to his lips. “Is he the one? The guy you were dating, I mean,” he asked rather seriously after a while.

She looked out of the café window again and sighed.

“Well... it’s not yet that official, but yeah, maybe I could say we’re dating,” she answered uncomfortably.

Sho looked at her and tried to smile.

“I think I should apologize if this would cause some misunderstanding.”

“Sasaki-san will surely understand... besides, it's not like it's official.” She paused for a while before continuing. “And I'm just having breakfast with a good friend.”

“Of course,” Sho said and nodded as her words started to sink in. As an excuse, he glanced at his watch before he disappointed look inevitably settled on his face. “I think I have to go now, Hanako-san. Maybe I'll just contact you again within this week if we could make it on Saturday.”

Hanako set down her cup of coffee and looked at him.

“Alright. I'll be waiting for your call.”

He really still had thirty minutes to kill, but he feared doing something drastic after what happened. He just couldn't trust himself to sit still and act like everything was normal. In the end, they left the cafe together. After thanking him for the meal and the invitation, she crossed the street and walked towards her workplace. He, on the other hand, just watched her from afar, as he always had.

***

“Shimizu-san, I know it’s your birthday, but that doesn’t give you the right to mess up.”

“H-hontouni sumimasen!”

Natsumi bowed low in front of the greasy-faced man she calls her boss. The day might have started well for her at home, but as soon as she left the apartment, things had gone for the worse.

The man clicked his tongue and turned to walk back to his office.

“Just make sure everything’s in order before I leave,” he said angrily.

Natsumi only lifted her head up when she heard the slamming of the door leading to her boss’s office. She hurriedly went back to her desk and tried to redo the important document that was lost.

After leaving the apartment that morning, she was met by a swarm of people in the subway station. There had been a defect in one of the trains, which caused delay. Because of this, she was late for work. To make matters worse, her favorite bag was also damaged by all the hustle and bustle during the rush hour.

She was able to finish redoing the document within an hour while it was originally done for almost two days. The last thing she wanted was to get fired that day just because technology and fate suddenly decided to gang up on her.

During her break, she left her workplace after feeling suffocated there. She ran to the nearest convenience store so she could buy her favorite drink. It was one of the things that never failed to calm her down and lighten up her mood.

When she got there though, she saw a kid take the last bottle out of the fridge. She tried other stores, but it seemed as though someone was hoarding it. She sighed and simply settled for another drink when she saw that she only had little time left from her break.

She was back to work before she knew it. Unfortunately, time started to slow down more while she was working, or at least that was how she felt. Natsumi simply held on and prayed for the day to be over.

She was already in a daze as she walked back home. She felt as if she was having the worst day of that year. The thought of being back home, inside the warm, peaceful, and quiet apartment, somehow brought her hope. When she was in front of the door though, she realized that she could finally call this day the worst... ever.

Natsumi dumped her damaged bag to her left as she slowly slumped down onto the floor. Of all the days, she had to forget her keys now. Now when Masaki, Hanako, and Daichi weren’t around.

She sighed and felt a tear slid down her cheek.

How pathetic.

***

“Oh, um, thanks,” Hanako said with a weak smile after Toshi handed her a cup of coffee.

After the incident that morning, it was the only time Hanako talked to him again. She was just thankful that they were both busy with different things. It was only during the evening break that he had the chance to approach her.

“It’s your first time to do this type of work here, right?” he asked as he walked closer to her by the counter.

She nodded in reply and took a sip of coffee. She usually preferred black coffee with sugar, but since he gave it to her, she didn’t mind drinking the one with cream.

“So that’s him... the friend you were telling me about.”

“Uh... yes.”

He set down his half-empty cup on the counter and then looked at her.

“I was a little jealous down there earlier, you know.”

“Why would you be?” She couldn’t help smiling after his unexpected confession. “I’m just having breakfast with a good old friend.”

“Well, I have a feeling that he likes you.” Toshi turned around and leaned with his back to the counter.

Hanako almost spit out the coffee when she heard what he said.

“That’s ridiculous,” she said with a chuckle. “I can’t believe I’m hearing this from you.”

“Well, I can’t believe I’m saying this either,” he replied as he ran a hand through his wavy hair. He suddenly moved closer to her and started to talk in a lower voice. “I just want to spend more time with you... tonight, if that’s just fine.”

She suddenly realized that she was holding her breath. After making sure that she could give a proper reply, she cleared her throat and slowly inched away from him.

“I... I’m sorry, but I have to say no,” she answered. “Um... I—”

“No, I should be the one apologizing,” he said with a chuckle as he threw away his empty cup. “It’s way too early to be asking this. Sorry.” He glanced towards the working area and their busy co-workers, and gently placed a hand on her shoulder. “Just tell me if you’ll need help.”

She tried to steady her breathing as she watched him get back to work. It wasn’t the first time that she got such an invitation. This time though, she couldn’t believe that she almost said yes.

***

Natsumi was about to wipe the tears from her cheeks when she suddenly felt something cold on the side of her face. She turned and saw Nino holding two cold bottles of her favorite juice drink.

“Otanjoubi omedetou!” he whispered with a small smile on his lips.

“Eh?”

He crouched beside her and frowned as he handed her one of the bottles.

“It’s Wednesday today, right?” he said, furrowing his brow. “Don’t tell me I heard it incorrectly because I can’t be wrong.”

“Well, you’re right... but after not talking to me for a few days, I just found it strange that you’re here,” she explained as she stared at the bottle. After a rather tough day, she slowly stared to feel better.

He opened his bottle and took a swig. He’d rather not talk about his sudden change of mood for the past few days.

“What are you doing out here, anyway?” Nino asked, changing the topic.

“I forgot my keys this morning,” Natsumi answered. “I was just about to call Hanako, but you came.”

He kept himself from laughing. The last thing he wanted then was to annoy her.

“So I just came on time,” he said with a smirk.

She nodded and smiled as she opened her bottle.

“By the way, where did you find this?” she asked. “I’ve been looking everywhere, but they seemed to be out of stock.”

“Well, I am the man behind its latest ad, you see,” he answered rather arrogantly. “So it’s no wonder the sales are this high.”

Natsumi would normally feel irritated when he acts and talks that way, but this time, she just laughed.

“So it was your fault,” she said and then started drinking.

“But I still got you your favorite drink, right?” he replied in defense.

She stared at Nino in surprise.

“How did you know it was my favorite?” she asked curiously.

“Natsumi... you’ve been my neighbor for four years now. So it’s just natural for me to know these things,” he answered coolly.

She bit her lip and looked at him guiltily. They had been neighbors for four years and yet, she barely knew him.

“Ano....”

“Let’s go,” he suddenly said as he stood up.

“Where are we going?” she asked in surprise as she looked at his hand, which he offered to her.

“You were the one who asked me to cook for you today,” he replied impatiently. “Come on. The food will get cold.”

She suddenly felt like crying in gratitude. But before the tears could spill, and before she made a fool out of herself in front of him, she took his hand and pulled herself up from the floor. He continued to hold her hand as they walked to his apartment. It was only when they were in front of his door that he released her hand. Nino straightened up and fixed his tie before he dramatically held the door open for her.

“Stop that!” she said, chuckling as she walked into his apartment.

After removing their shoes at the genkan, he asked her to stay at the entrance to the living room. Natsumi did as she was told and didn’t say anything even when the lights were suddenly dimmed. He later came back carrying a small birthday cake brightly-lit by candles. When he started to sing “Happy Birthday,” she couldn’t help crying.

“You’re such a crybaby,” he said amusedly after he finished singing. He held the cake closer to her. “Blow the candles and make a wish.”

She quickly wiped her tears and blew the candles.

“What did you wish for?” he asked curiously when they were already in the dining area.

“Why would I tell you?” she asked back with a smirk. She looked around and saw that the apartment was cleaner than usual. She knew that it’s not as organized during normal days.

“Fine, don’t tell me.” He pulled out a chair for her and then started to serve the appetizer he prepared after she was seated.

Natsumi felt as if everything made a hundred and eighty degree turn all of a sudden. After such a stressful and lonely day, she was treated to a good dinner and a good conversation with Nino. Of all the people she knew, she didn’t expect him to do this much for her.

“So I guess you can no longer question my cooking skills now,” he said after she tasted the steak he prepared.

“Fine, you win this time!” She didn’t like seeing the arrogant and triumphant look on his face, but she saw his effort to prepare the delightful dinner for her birthday. “For all of this... arigatou, Nino.”

“Dou itashimashite.”

After eating dinner, they continued talking and ate some cake. He even repaired the broken handle of her bag. She secretly wished that it wasn’t the middle of the week so she didn’t have to worry about work the next day. It was one thing she couldn’t understand—why after fighting almost non-stop for four years, she would unexpectedly feel so at ease with him.

When the clock finally struck one, they heard the door in the next apartment open and close.

“You should go and take a rest now,” Nino said, standing up and offering his hand to her.

She nodded with a sleepy look and took his hand.

“I think the others are also planning a party on Saturday,” she said as she walked to the door. “You should definitely come.”

He thought for a while and then nodded.

“I’ll make sure I’m free for that,” he replied. “Well, I hope you had a good birthday.”

“I had a great one,” she said happily. “Thanks to you.”

He frowned and looked at her disappointedly.

“Eh? That’s it?” he asked as he opened the door.

“Well, there is something I wanted to give you,” she told him with an unreadable expression. “Why don’t you close your eyes while I look for it?”

He leaned on the wall by the door and promptly closed his eyes in anticipation for his “reward.”

She took a deep breath and took a step closer to him. After mustering more confidence, she moved much closer and wrapped her arms around his neck.

When he realized what was going on, he kept his eyes closed and smirked.

“Why, you naughty girl. What are you planning?”

She giggled, but didn’t answer his question. When the smirk finally faded from his lips, she stood on her toes and gave him his “reward”—a kiss... and her heart.
 
 
 
tokidoki_sama: Sho: Ichigo scantokidoki_sama on October 12th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
Kya!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Toki-chan is pleased yet again by your wonderful fic-ness!!!! =DDD On one hand it's sorta sad for Sho... but then that last bit at the end... *dies* SO CUTE! I can't wait to see more!

adriennelouise: hanabiadriennelouise on October 16th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you're pleased, toki-chan. ^_^
I'll try my best to have the next chapter posted next week. Thanks again for the comment!
Ana: Misukareyuae on October 15th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! I wonder if that man was Nino or Aiba cos Aiba likes mangas that much but I hope it was Nino... ;_; and Sho not going after a girl he likes is weird... I do like angst so waiting for more <333
adriennelouise: hanabiadriennelouise on October 16th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
Hello, there!
The guy in the flashback's Nino. Aiba is Natsumi's cousin here. Hehe.
As for Sho, well... he's got his reasons for now. xD
Hope to see you again next chapter. Thank you for the comment! ^_^