Hello and welcome to the first chapter of the revised edition of my first original story. I hope you guys like it and please review. Reviews make me happy. Remember that I write for fun and I'm not trying to write a masterpiece here.
Chapter One: Of Meetings and Truths
A fluorescent alarm clock rested on a wooden table next to a bed. At exactly 6:30 am on a Monday that would also be the first day of the second semester of school the alarm clock blared to life as the latest hit song echoed through the room. At that time there was a dull 'thud' as the person previously laying on the bed fell to the floor in a tangled mess of blankets.
A hand shot out to quiet the infernal contraption, but after failing to reach the clock the hand moved away and unplugged it restoring peace to the room. There was a groan as the person stirred and sat up.
The blankets fell to reveal a girl with black hair that reached past her shoulders and messy bangs obscuring her sharp, yet half closed, blue eyes. She yawned and stumbled away from the bed sheets and towards the restroom. As she walked she gathered random pieces of clothing without paying much attention.
After a while the girl emerged from the restroom wearing a school uniform consisting of a white button up shirt, a black skirt, a blue jacket with the school crest, a red tie and knee length black stockings. The girl walked to her desk picked up her school bag and headed out the door and into the hallway.
"Good morning, Mira."
The girl stopped and looked at the woman standing in front of her. She was tall and thin with short black hair and hazel eyes. She was a young woman in her mid twenties and a sort of older sister for Mira.
The woman's name was Shina and she and her older cousin Yasuo had taken Mira in after her parents had gotten in an accident a few years ago. She didn't really remember much about what had happened. To be honest she didn't remember her parents or her previous life, but Shina and Yasuo told her enough to know that her parents were good people and that she had been happy with them. After a while she resigned herself to not being able to remember anything and accepted her new life. She had always seen Shina and Yasuo as her family and she didn't need anyone else.
Mira yawned and left the woman to search for food in the kitchen. She entered the room and saw Yasuo sitting at the table. He had short messy red hair that never seemed to stay neat no matter how hard he tried to fix it. His eyes were green and he had an aloof expression that never seemed to change. It was the fact that he never seemed particularly preoccupied about anything that annoyed Shina so much.
Yasuo looked up from his breakfast as Mira sat at the other side of the table and served herself some cereal.
"So, looking forward to the second semester?" He said sarcastically.
"As much as you're looking forward to grocery shopping with Shina I suppose." Mira replied smirking.
Yasuo groaned as Shina walked in. She glanced at him and then looked at Mira.
"Did you remind him today's grocery shopping day?"
"Yep, made my day too." She said happily.
Shina sighed and shook her head before turning to Yasuo.
"Yeah, well, he's not running away this time."
"We'll see about that." He mumbled.
"What was that?" Shina growled.
"Nothing!" Yasuo said as he waved his hands frantically.
Mira laughed as she left them to kill each other. Although it was more likely that Shina would kill Yasuo. She slipped on her school shoes and picked up her bag. She sighed as she stepped outside and began her walk to school. It was a dreary morning in which the sky was covered with clouds. It was, as Mira would say, definitely Monday. She sighed and began walking towards her doom, otherwise known as school.
She had never been particularly fond of school and it wasn't because she had to wake up early or because she hated to learn as most people thought. It was because it was boring. She always had a feeling that there was something better than sitting for hours listening to boring lectures out there waiting for her, but she usually just dismissed those ideas as being ridiculous. Nothing was waiting for her, at least nothing exiting.
Two years had passed since she had started living with Yasuo and Shina. It was as if her mind had been cleared. Still, she didn't like to think about it too much as it always seemed pointless to her. She had a family now although she had her doubts about them. As close as they were it didn't look to her as if they could ever be cousins, but as usual she just ignored those things.
She sighed and rid herself of those thoughts as she arrived at the school gate where Rika and Kira Nishimura came up to greet her. The twins had short brown hair and light brown eyes. The only visible difference between the two was that Rika had a red ribbon in her hair.
They greeted her in their usual energetic way before heading to class. She sighed and took her seat. Rika sat to her right with Kira behind her.
"I heard there's a new student coming today." Rika commented.
"I hope the new student isn't boring like the last one." Kira said.
"Yeah, God knows that couldn't have gone worst." Mira muttered.
"I beg to differ, it could have been someone like you we got instead."
Mira turned to see who had spoken and smirked. A girl with light brown hair tied in a high ponytail with a few stray strands on the sides and bangs stood before her. She had dark brown eyes and a smug look on her face. Her eyes carried a sort of lazy arrogance that never failed to irritate people. Of course Mira was an exception. In all her time knowing Fukazawa Leiko those sneering eyes had never bothered her too much. Perhaps it was that fact that made Leiko dislike her so much.
"At least then we wouldn't have you snooping around in random conversations or whining." Mira said cheerfully.
Leiko scowled and gave Mira a glare. Mira just smiled innocently while Rika and Kira snickered behind her.
"Now, Leiko-chan, you shouldn't argue with a classmate. After all, you are the class representative."
Leiko turned to see who had interrupted her and stopped. Mira grinned and waved happily at a boy with wavy blond hair resting close to his shoulders and bangs that covered his brow but were split on his left side. His clear blue eyes shone cheerfully in the midst of his calm face. He wore the boy's uniform which consisted of gray slacks, a white button up shirt, a red tie, and a blue jacket with the school crest. He had a pleasant look on his face as he smiled at the girls.
"Hello Kaito-kun!" Mira said.
"Hello, Mira-chan." He said happily.
"Kaito-kun, you shouldn't associate with people like her, you're a class representative too." Leiko said.
"That's right, and as such I have to get along with the whole class and make sure they get along as well."
Leiko's eye twitched with irritation and Mira and the twins had to stifle a laugh. At that moment Yamada sensei entered the room and everyone took their seats. Kaito sat in front of Mira with Leiko taking the seat before him. He turned around and grinned as she smiled at him.
"Thanks for getting rid of her for me."
"No problem. It's my duty as class representative to keep things in order." He said with a wink.
Mira smiled and Kaito turned back around as Yamada sensei began talking.
After a few minutes Yamada sensei finished taking row and reading the announcements to the class. There was a knock at the door and she opened it to reveal a boy. He had messy brown hair with bangs covering his forehead and slightly shadowing his eyes. His uniform was messy and was worn in a casual manner with the bottom of his white button up shirt hanging out on top of his pants and the top button left undone and in absence of a tie. He glanced around the room as he walked in and paused for a second as his vibrant green eyes rested on Mira. She saw a hint of surprise as his green eyes fixed on her blue ones. It was strange, but it had happened so fast that she wasn't sure if she had just imagined it. Even so, she couldn't deny that there was a sense of familiarity in those eyes.
"Class, this is the new transfer student, Nakamura, Kane. I expect you all to make him feel welcome. Kaito, I'll leave you in charge of helping him with his classes."
Kaito nodded and Yamada Sensei turned to Kane.
"You may take any empty seat."
He nodded and walked towards the vacant seat on Mira's left side. Mira glanced at him, but made no attempt to talk to him. Soon the bell rang and she headed off to class with Rika and Kira.
Math class seemed to last forever as she wasn't able to take her usual nap. The reason for this was that she kept wondering if she knew Kane. She groaned and let her head fall on her book which was opened to a random page to give the illusion of her working. Ms. Omori sighed and shook her head slightly before turning back to the chalkboard. The bell rang and Mira jumped up and almost ran out of the classroom. She always said that Math class seemed to suck the life out of her. Luckily, she had art next and that always put her in a good mood. After all, Kira and Rika were in the same class as her.
The classroom was a rather large room with large windows on one wall. There were large tables grouped together with four chairs each allowing enough room to work. In the back there were tall cabinets filled with paints, pastels, paper, pencils and anything else you could need. The walls were adorned with various works from the students. She walked into the class with the twins and took her usual seat in the back of the class next to a wide window. She had always liked the view she got as they were in the second floor and she often found herself spacing out as she looked out at the school.
Kira sat in front of her with Rika next to her. The class slowly began to fill up and Mira watched with disinterest as Leiko walked in and sat on the other side of the room. She couldn't help but grin and wave as Leiko began with her usual glare before class. Leiko scowled and turned back to her friends. As Mira glanced around the class her eyes stopped for a second on the person entering at that moment. Kane looked around the room and before he turned to Mira she had turned her gaze back to the twins.
"Hey, Kane-kun! You can sit here!" She heard Leiko calling in a nauseatingly sweet voice.
Mira wondered if Kane knew what troubles would await him if he decided to sit at Leiko's table. As she thought about what Leiko would do with the new boy she failed to notice the twins talking to her.
"Mira-San!" Kira said for the fifth time.
Mira turned to her with a questioning look and the twins just sighed and shook their heads simultaneously.
"You were spacing out again!" Rika whined.
Mira laughed sheepishly and rubbed the back of her head.
"Sorry about that. What were you saying?"
Rika and Kira sighed and shook their heads.
"I asked you what you thought about the new student."
"Oh, well, I don't know. We haven't gotten to talk to him anyways. I just hope Leiko doesn't get her claws into him or he'll be doomed." She said jokingly.
The twins laughed and Mira just grinned before standing up and heading to the supply closets. She thought she might as well start with her work as the teacher was usually late. Another reason she liked art class so much was the way it was taught. Everyone was only required to finish five projects per semester which allowed plenty of time for work even with all the fooling around they did.
Mira returned to her seat with a box of oil pastels and some fresh paper. She took out her pencil and began to draw as the twins talked. She continued to work without any disturbances as the twins knew not to bother her when she was working. She was faintly aware of Kitsuhara sensei entering the room but as usual, she paid no attention to the man. She knew he didn't care. He cared about very little and she liked that. That was the main reason she got along so well with him. She sighed as her pencil broke. As she was about to stand up and walk to the sharpener she noticed the new student staring at her intently.
She blinked in confusion and he just turned back to his work calmly not even trying to hide the fact that he had been observing her. She stood up after a moment dismissing the incident as unimportant.
The day passed quickly and without any strange happenings. Although at this point in life Mira didn't expect anything. She stepped out of the building and smiled as Kira and Rika waved at her before entering their mother's car. She watched them drive off before heading home herself. As she walked to the subway station it began to rain lightly. She stopped and gazed up at the gray sky.
As she looked up she had a strange feeling. It was as if she was remembering something that had happened long ago, but she didn't know what. It was as if the sky held a long lost memory or a distant truth. She sighed and continued to walk as it began to rain harder.
She tried to think of what had just happened, but gave up after a while. Suddenly she became aware of a faint noise behind her. She frowned and looked up ahead at a car parked in front. She glanced at it quickly, but she was able to see the blurry outline on the window of someone following her. She was startled by this, but didn't show it. She turned on the nearest corner and began to walk faster. She listened carefully and heard the footsteps behind her speeding up. She tried not to panic, but she could feel her heart speeding up.
She cursed the streets for being so deserted and was about to run when someone appeared walking in front of her. She stopped just in time as she was about to walk straight into Kane. He grabbed her shoulder to stop her and when she looked up at him she noticed that he wasn't looking at her, but behind her. She turned her head to look at the man that had been following her and saw him walking towards them. The man had the hood of his sweater up, obscuring his face. He walked past them, but Kane kept his gaze on him until he turned the corner.
"Are you alright?"
Mira looked up and found herself staring into her new classmate's eyes. Again, she couldn't help but notice the familiar feeling that settled somewhere in her mind. It was a moment before she managed a weak nod. She was starting to feel cold due to the rain, but she found herself unable to leave. Kane glanced back the way the hooded man had gone.
"Come with me."
Before the girl could answer, she was already being pulled by the wrist.
"Where are you taking me?"
"Somewhere safe, that guy is still there, waiting." Kane said quietly without looking back at the girl he was dragging along.
Mira considered pulling her hand away and leaving, but she didn't think the boy would do anything. He had helped her and she could just call Yasuo if anything happened. Besides, she didn't really feel like walking home on her own with someone as shady looking as the hooded man nearby.
They continued to walk until they reached a small apartment complex. Kane led her to the second floor and opened a door with the number 9 on it. He motioned for her to enter and then closed the door after her.
Mira looked around at the small room. There was a television on one side of the room and a small table in front of it with a couch on the other side. There was a large window at the back of the room. There were a couple of doors she guessed led to the kitchen and bedroom.
"You can come in." Kane said beside her as he walked forward after removing his shoes.
She removed her shoes as well and left her bag by the door before stepping further into the room. Kane prepared some tea and motioned for her to sit. She sat on the couch and waited until Kane set a cup before her.
"Thank you." She said.
"Hn." He said with a nod.
Neither one said anything for a while.
"So, why did you help me?" She asked after a moment.
Kane looked at her carefully and then frowned.
"You looked like you needed help. Besides, you don't seem to remember me so I thought I should introduce myself again."
She gave him a puzzled look.
"We've met...?" She asked uncertainly.
"You really don't remember do you?" He said with a sigh.
Mira shook her head slowly while her hands were warmed by the hot cup of tea.
"Well, it was only to be expected." He said absentmindedly.
"What do you mean?"
Kane sighed and slid his hand through his messy hair.
"I don't know what happened to you these last two years, but I can tell you what happened before that." He said seriously.
"I know what happened before that. I lived with my parents until they died in a car accident two years ago."
"Accident?" He said with a puzzled look.
"The one in which I lost my memory." She said impatiently.
"As far as I know you were never in such an accident. Mira, you never even knew your parents." Kane said calmly.
Mira froze and stared at Kane as if he had gone crazy.
"What are you talking about!? Of course I knew my parents!"
"Really? Then what were they like?"
She stopped and thought about it, but couldn't remember.
"I don't know, but I can't remember a lot of things." She protested.
He sighed and shook his head.
"Listen, what I'm going to tell you is going to sound weird, but it's the truth. Just listen and you can ask questions later for now just pay attention."
Mira frowned but nodded.
"You are not Mira Miyake that is an alias given to you by those who kidnapped you two years ago. Your real name is unknown to me, but when I met you your name was Kuroi and you work for a special organization. I work for it as well. Two years ago your memory was wiped to prevent any information from falling into the wrong hands, as you recovered two agents took you and ran away. We've been looking for you for a while to take you back to headquarters. If you come with me your memory will be restored."
Mira stared at him and felt a headache approaching. She raised her hand up to quiet him.
"Okay, slow down! What the hell are you talking about!? What organization? And why the hell would I work for the government? I'm a high school student for God's sake!"
Kane sighed and rubbed the bridge of his nose.
"Look, I told you I'll answer your questions later, for now just come with me. There's no time to explain and it's too risky to stay here and talk. We have to leave now."
"I'm not going anywhere until you answer my questions." She said stubbornly.
Kane growled and stood up pulling her by her arm.
"I don't have time for this. We have to go now!" He said as he pulled the struggling girl towards the door.
"Let go you idiot! Let me go!" Mira said as she struggled to free herself from Kane's grip.
Kane was about to open the door when he stopped and pulled Mira closer to him. He placed his hand over her mouth and walked to the window. He stopped before it.
"Don't say anything, there's someone outside and it they probably aren't here to drink tea with us so just do as I say or you'll never get your memory back." He whispered.
Mira glared at the boy but said nothing. He opened the window after shoving a random sweater into her arms and pushed her forward. She gave him one last glare before putting it on and stepping out the window onto the small ledge outside. Kane followed after her and grabbed her arm again. There was a loud banging noise inside and he pulled her towards him before jumping off.
Mira gave a small shriek of surprise and clung to the boy as she felt the wind around her. She shut her eyes as they fell, but to her surprise they landed safely on the ground. She opened her eyes and blinked in surprise before being dragged away.
"Hurry up." Kane said in front of her.
They ran trough the rain, but Kane suddenly stopped and pushed her into an alleyway. He kept pulling her, but stopped after a while and pulled her closer. He held onto her arm tightly and frowned as Mira heard footsteps growing closer. She gasped when a very familiar redhead appeared from around a corner.
"You know, it isn't nice to drag a girl out in the rain like that." Yasuo said calmly.
Kane glared at the man.
"Yasuo-nii!" She called out.
Yasuo turned to Mira.
"Mira just stay where you are, I'm coming."
She nodded and Kane pushed her behind him.
"You'll have to get past me first." He said.
"I really don't want to hurt you just hand her over."
"Yeah right, like an old man can take me down." Kane said smirking.
Yasuo growled and felt his eye twitch in irritation.
"You little brat. I am not old!"
He charged at Kane, but he just dodged and got behind Yasuo, kicking him in the back. Kane then picked Mira up and ran off before the redhead could regain his balance. The boy turned a corner and dived into an abandoned building. He held his hand over Mira's mouth and waited until he could no longer hear Yasuo. He sighed and let his hand drop. He stood up and pulled the girl up.
"Come on, we have to get out of here before he finds us."
"What the hell do you mean? He's my cousin!"
"Is that what he told you?" Kane said with a smirk.
"Come on, we can't keep wasting time." He said as he dragged her away.
They were inside a building that had burned down earlier that week. Kane frowned as they reached the burned down stairs. He crouched down and put his hand on the ground. Mira watched in confusion when suddenly the ground shot up in an improvised staircase. Kane turned to her with an amused expression.
"How did you do that?" Mira questioned in awe.
"You'll find out later, now come on." He said pulling her along once again.
They hurried up the steps and arrived at the roof of the building. Kane looked around carefully before pulling Mira along across the building.
"Did you really think you could run away that easily?"
Kane growled and turned to face Yasuo. Mira took a step forward but Kane pulled her back. Yasuo glared at the boy.
"Listen kid, just hand her over and I'll let you go."
"I told you already old man you have to get past me."
Yasuo sighed and extended his right arm. There was a bright light and a sword materialized in his hand. Mira stared in disbelief and Kane just pushed her back. He looked back at her.
"Just stay back."
Yasuo glanced at Mira and then looked at Kane. He ran towards him ready to attack, but stopped suddenly and held his sword up in front of him. Out of nowhere a chain shot out and wrapped itself around the sword. Yasuo scowled as he glared at the attacker. Kane turned around and frowned at what he saw. Mira turned to look as well and froze in surprise.
"Looks like you a need a bit of help, Kane-kun."
"Kaito!" Mira said.
Kaito turned to look at her and smiled. He stood there in his school uniform, minus the blue blazer, holding a scythe in one hand and the chain attached to it in the other.
He turned back to Kane.
"Kane-kun, why don't you take Mira-chan away, I'll take care of things here."
Kane scowled but stood up and dragged Mira away.
"Come on, let's go."
Mira just looked back until Kane picked her up and carried her off before she could even protest. Kaito watched them leave and then turned to Yasuo.
"Now, where were we?"
End Chapter One
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