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The next day, I waited for Kina outside Ms. Pamplemousse's class. I watched the blond jerk walk into class. Oh, I didn't mention that before. He came to school late the first day, so we never saw him. But yes, he's in our french class. My eyes followed him, and he knew it. He smirked. I would have gone after him, but I saw Kina walking down the hall, looking bright, though... emo. I noticed before, but she was wearing more black and reds than normal. She didn't seem sad, exactly. She seemed more... spacey. There was never a day when she wasn't fingerless gloves or long sleeves or arm warmers, either. At the time, I didn't think much of it because we'd moved from a colder climate. Other than summer, sleeves and armwarmers were perfectly acceptable. Later, I was mad at myself for not noticing.

"Good morning, Hikaru!" she said.

"Uh, hi..."

"What's wrong?" she said smiling.

"You tell me. How'd it go with your dad?" I asked.

"Oh, he hates you." she said nonchalantly.

"And you're happy, why?"

"Because my mom's still up in the air because she hasn't met you, and, as much as my dad would like to think that he's the man of the house, my mom wears the pants in their relationship."

I smiled, genuinely happy.

Until we went into class.

The blond guy's eyes seemed to devour Kina as she walked into the room, and needless to say, it kinda pissed me off, but Kina didn't want me to do anything about it (I'd asked her already), so all I could do was glare... while she was present.

Later, while I was waiting for Kina to buy lunch, I saw the blond guy sitting at a table. I walked up behind him, deciding I wanted to have a... chat. His friends all looked up at me disdainfully. He asked them what was wrong, jokingly, while turning around to see me. His face got defensive.

"May I have a word with you?" I asked politely.

He gestured for me to speak.

"Alone." I added.

He rolled his eyes and started to stand.

"You don't have to go with him, Drew." one guy, wearing a Northface jacket said. The rest agreed by nodding but remained silent.

"So, your name's Drew..." They all ignored me.

"I'm not afraid of this chink." he said replying to his friend. (why do people keep frickin' calling me that here? God!)

"You should be, but I don't plan to fight you." I cut in.

"See? You guys are being pussies for nothing."

"Fine, get your ass kicked for all I care. He's gonna turn on you." Northface jacket guy said.

"Yeah, yeah, Aaron." Drew said.

I started walking, Drew following me. I got to a fairly hidden hallway and did exactly what Aaron warned I would do. I turned on him, shoving him against a wall. I put my lips right up next to his ear and quietly said, "Mess with Kina again, and we'll have issues. Neither of us wants that, Drew."

"That's Andrew to you." he said indignantly.

"Andrew, it is, then." I said right before kneeing him in the balls. Drew sank to the floor as I walked back to the cafeteria. Kina had probably already gotten her lunch and was looking for me.

I arrived to find Kina standing by the exit of the lunch line looking around for me. She spotted me and walked over. She asked where I'd gone. I gave her some kind of vague answer and we went outside to eat.

Outside, I decided it would be better to tell her a piece of information I'd been withholding until now, than have her find out later.

We sat at an outdoor table next to a very orange japanese maple tree. It was one of many outdoor tables that no one sat at. It was too cold for them, but it was nothing to us. We probably looked odd outside wearing regular clothes while everyone else was wearing jackets. "I can't believe they still have irises in October..." she said eyes locked on some purple flowers a ways away from our table.

"You know..." I began," I have a little sister."

Kina looked over at me, tearing her eyes away from the flowers that seemed to fascinate her. "That was random. Really? What's her name?"

"Kaoru, she's an eighth grader at the jr. high school a block over." I said, starting to play with an red-orange leaf that had fallen next to me.

"That's cool... Why did you feel the need to talk about her?"

"I don't, actually." I replied.

Kina waited for me to clarify.

"My sister isn't related to me by blood."

"So, what? Your dad remarried? What are you getting at, Hikaru?"

"Well, yeah, he remarried, but uh... he married a guy."

"Okay..." she looked at me trying to figure out where exactly I was going with this.

"Okay?" I asked.

"Okay." she asserted.

"Okay..." I dismissed.

After a moment of eating in silence, Kina asked a question. "Where's your mom now?" she asked, but when she edited, "If you don't mind talking about it."

"Uh... b-back home..." I lied... sort of.

Kina gave me a weird look.

"Do... you want to... talk about it?" she asked sensing something was off.

"No...Not right now."

So we didn't.

The next day, we went to the library. She tried to explain something about conics, but I kept getting distracted. By her.

I'd noticed it at school. Something was off about her. Her skin tone around her eye was slightly discolored and puffier than normal.

"And if b is equal to - what are you doing?" she said as I reached to touch her face. She flinched when I pressed on the purpley area.

"What happened?" I asked.

"Oh, you noticed? I thought I covered it with concealer well enough..."

"What happened?" I asked again, noticing that she was stalling.

"It's funny, actually. I hit myself with a badminton racket yesterday."she laughed awkwardly, looking anywhere, but at me.

I was not amused.

"Kina, for real, what happened?"

"I just hit myself. Calm down, Hikaru! Geez, you're acting like someone frickin' hit me!"

"Shh..." the librarian reminded us as she walked past.

I raised my eyebrows, "Did someone hit you?"

"Yes! Me!" Kina exclaimed.

"You're being too loud, miss." the librarian came back to tell Kina.

"We're sorry" I replied.

After she walked away, I continued. "So, you hit yourself with a racket?"



"Yesterday, during PE"

"Why didn't I notice yesterday when we were here?"

"You might've just not noticed."

"Believe me, I would have noticed."

Kina smiled weakly, "Really, I'm fine."

I growled. I looked away, anywhere, but her.

"Back to the problem at hand," Kina began, I looked up to watch her, " what is b in this problem?"

As I was driving her home from the library, Kina told me that her parents would be out of town again this weekend, trying to sell the house.

"My mom's sentimental, and she wants to do all the stuff herself. She wants to make the house open house ready and everything. She wants to meet the people that want to buy the house. There's really not much of a point, but it's amusing. There spending a lot of money flying back and forth, but she says it's worth it."

"Do you want to go on a date or something on Saturday?"

"Yeah..." she said blushing.

"Do you want to just go over one of our houses and watch movies or something?"


"Your house or mine?"

"Will your family be there?" Kina asked.

"Actually, no. They're going to be at Kaoru's tournament. She hates for me to go to them, which is why I'm not going." I told her.

"Okay, then my house, I suppose. I'll surprise you with the movie." she said.

"Should I be scared?"

"Yes!" she said as we pulled up to her house.

"Bye, Kina." I said while placing a chaste kiss on her cheek. Kina smiled at me as she got out of my car.

A/N: Edited! whew! Okay NOW I'll officially apologize. I kind of abandoned this story because I was having writer's block, I was gonna come back to it after I did other stuff... and then I kinda... forgot about it. Sorry! I didn't mean to! But I have a new chapter written up all I have to do is edit it and we'll be back on our merry way.

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