Ah, this nice demeanor has suddenly changed! ;3 I plan to make it a bit more serious, hopefulllyyyy~! At least, if I rewrite it (it will happen!) it'll be more tense or whatever. Either way, I hope you enjoy! Read, review, suggest, and vote on my profile poll! ;D
Relocating is out of the question. Let alone staying in the forest... Ugh, the Hunters will be scouring every forest they can to find Taiyou...
I could just stay in animal form? No, even sleeping as a small animal I could never keep my energy up for that long.
I hugged my knees to my chest and leaned back, the cold of the headboard hitting my back. I was sitting in Taiyou's room at the moment, having made sure that both Himura and the Hunter weren't around when I snuck back in.
A sigh escaped my lips; it seemed like there was nothing I could do. Where was I supposed to stay? And Taiyou… I really hoped he was okay.
Staying at the apartment was a ridiculous idea. The Hunters would be back soon, I was sure, and they would be going through everything.
What options did that even leave?
I could just sleep even more like a homeless person out on the streets. I chuckled bitterly.
I need a job... Part-time or whatever. There's no way I can get through anything without money, after all. But I suppose that'll have to happen some other time.
I sighed and let my head fall back as I stared at the ceiling. My brain didn't want to cooperate with me, and I found it almost impossible to focus.
I didn't want to move at all. I just wanted to sit there forever. It seemed like all of my energy had been drained in the last few hours.
I guess I could go to someone I know… Despite the awkwardness…
Who do I know again?
My head tilted to my side as I tried to recall my schoolmates.
Himura. … Yeah right. He's right next door, which is weird, and I would never trust him. Ever. Especially after today.
My eyebrows furrowed as I thought about that; a disgruntled mumble escaped my lips and tightened my grip around my knees, pushing the idea away.
There's Ton— No, wait a second. Pft, well that obviously didn't work out considering I'm at Toni's.
I sighed again, the anger towards Himura short-lived as a feeling of guilt rose in my throat.
Gotta focus on the present. The present…
I swallowed and rubbed at my eyes, worn out from all that had gone on. "Back on topic," I mumbled to myself.
Right. There's Hikaru, but that would mean I would be with Hunters. And I had already spent a night there before. It would be too weird… Even if I explained to Hikaru what had happened, he'd know Taitoy—Toni, whatever—was a shifter… Not to mention Seito's there.
Why hadn't Seito asked for me?
The thought struck me suddenly as I ran through the event again. He had been entirely focused on Taiyou.
He... If Himura had called Hikaru, or Seito or whoever, wouldn't Seito have wondered where I was? If Himura didn't call…
No, that was impossible; who else could have notified the Hunters that I, or any shifter for that matter, was here?
I guess after hearing Taiyou's name they simply became too involved regarding him.
They must have been excited. Killing another shifter. Making them even rarer.
I scowled in annoyance. I hated those guys.
A yawn escaped my lips and I glanced around the room, only to realize there wasn't a clock. It was probably getting dark anyway.
I rubbed my eyes and yawned again, stretching out my legs in front of me.
No, wait, I can't fall asleep here. The Hunters will be here tomorrow.
Who—Who else is there? There's Jun... But I would feel so bad just showing up at his place.
"Nn…" I shook my head, as if that would ward of the temptation of sleep and slid off the bed.
Then again, I would probably feel bad for asking anyone… This is when it would come in handy to have more friends. Especially friends that are girls. Ugh…
My feet tingled as they hit the floor, somewhat numb after sitting with my knees to my chest for so long. "Time to go somewhere…" I sighed.
I had no clue where I was heading, sure, but I had to get out of Taiyou's apartment.
"Where to go, where to go…"
I padded over to the door and glanced down at my bags in annoyance. Carrying them would be a pain. With a grunt though, I lifted both my bags from the floor and slung them over my shoulder before carefully pulling open the door and peering outside.
It was almost nighttime, and the sky's color was just between blue and black as the orange glow of the sun faded away.
The cool air stung my face as I stepped out of the apartment after a glance both ways. The coast was clear, thankfully, and I lingered there for a moment more, taking a deep breath of the air before carefully starting down the steps.
I guess I'll just wander around a bit.
The stairs rattled every few steps, and I froze each time they made a loud noise, which, evidently, slowed down my progress.
It probably would have been simpler to have flown down, but even just that would be risky. When I hit the actual pavement though, I sighed in relief and glanced back at the apartment one last time before starting off towards the busier area of town.
It was cool out, and I hugged myself as I walked down the empty path. Not a person was in sight, which I was sort of glad for.
It's so quiet.
As I reached the same sub shop that Taiyou and I had eaten in last night, the activity suddenly picked up, and I found myself caught in the bustle of people as they walked by. My gaze flickered to the inside of the restaurant and a half-smile came to my face.
Was that really last night? I asked myself in surprise, staring at the bright lights inside the shop. It felt like ages ago.
Can so much stuff seriously happen in just one day?
I shook my head and glanced away, passing the store quickly before taking a right, finding myself down a larger street with more people. I hurriedly stepped onto a sidewalk as a few cars passed by, and carefully weaved through the many people who were walking as well.
The bright lights that the shops displayed seemed to eliminate the darkness, and I blinked, continuing on through the night, my mind wandering elsewhere as my feet moved.
It's so busy... I guess this is what a lot of people do on regular nights.
I laughed lightly and shook my head. I never really had the chance to do something like that, though perhaps having eaten out with Taiyou was relatively normal.
At the thought of food, my stomach growled, and I frowned. I hadn't noticed how hungry I was.
Probably should have grabbed something out of his fridge. Unng, why didn't I think of that?
I yawned and rubbed at my eyes again. I was sleepy and hungry, which was reasonable, considering today was all too stressful for me.
Though I guess some people had worse days today, like Taiyou.
The corners of my lips pulled down as I thought of him.
I wish I had been able to do something… Where even could he be? Not— Not dead, surely.
A pang of guilt hit me. There had to have been some way to help Taiyou rather than just… hide.
Maybe had I been a dog, a house pet... Maybe I could've barked at them, or something. Or a snake—though maybe that would resurface the memories of our first meeting when we were younger.
I chuckled to myself.
The sounds around me suddenly began to die down, and soon the amount of people was sparse, and it was a lot quieter.
I glanced around. Where had I even been walking?
The scenery was familiar in a vague sense, and I stopped moving as I took it in. It seemed like I was in an area where all the office workers were. Most of the tall buildings had lots of lights on even at such a time of night, and I shook my head. I wondered how many people had yet to go home.
With a sigh, I continued onwards, still staring up at the many lighted windows. Distracted and looking off to the side, as well as nearly half-asleep and hungry, I was jolted from my thoughts as I ran into a glass door that was opening swiftly.
It slammed into my head and I stumbled backwards with a sharp yelp, clutching at my forehead as my eyes watered.
"Ow..." I croaked, rubbing at my eyes. My head throbbing—but thankfully not bleeding—I straightened up and immediately regretted it. A wave of dizziness seemed to roll over me as I looked at the person in front of me.
Her mouthed moved, but her words were spoken so quickly that I had trouble understanding them. My vision seemed to fade in and out, and as I clutched at my head, she placed a hand on my shoulder.
I found it hard to focus on her face despite the close distance.
She seemed familiar though, and even through my closing eyes did I recognize her.
Her face was the last thing I saw before I blacked out, exhausted and hungry.
I mumbled something incoherent as I felt something being prod into my cheek.
"Nn, stop," I groaned, rolling over to my right and tucking my head down underneath the warm covers.
An unfamiliar laugh was the response, and only then did I pry open my eyes, confused.
I was sleeping on... a bed. A really nice bed, at that. It wasn't Taiyou's for sure, and it was much softer and warmer, letting me sink into it comfortably.
There was also the comforter and pillow, which were way too nice to be anything I owned.
I pulled my head from the covers, ignoring the sudden chill that hid my face, and stared at the wall in front of me. How fancy. Along with a little dresser pressed up against it, there were also some rather ornate decorations.
I had an idea of just where I was as I took in the nice surroundings. A vaguely familiar smell of perfume hit me as well.
Rolling onto my back, I stared up at the unlit chandelier that hung far above my head. I blinked, pushed myself back up against the headboard to sit up.
My stomach rumbled uncomfortably, but I ignored it, instead glancing at the only other person in the room.
As I turned to look at him, he poked my cheek again, and upon seeing my unamused stare, he broke out into laughter.
It was, of course, the all-too overenthusiastic Sasamiyo Rai, and just his presence alone confirmed that I was in the Haradas' mansion.
Great. Now I really had slept over everyone's houses—aside from Chika's and Himura's, thank goodness.
Yeah, that was never going to happen. I was pretty sure Chika hated me with a passion.
Rai's laughter died down though, and the smile on his face became more serious. "Glad to see you're awake Mizunashi-san," he said.
His tone sounded genuine, and he nodded happily.
"Yeah," I murmured back, glancing around uncomfortably. What had gotten me in the Haradas' mansion in the first place?
"Why am I here, if you don't mind?"
He chuckled. "Don't remember, Mizunashi-san?" I shook my head, and he just continued with a smile. "Harada-sama ran into you when she was leaving work. It just so happened you fainted after being hit in the head by a door," he explained, the same amused smile on his face as he spoke of my misfortunes. "She called for me and we brought you back here."
"Wha." I blinked, staring at Rai as I recalled how I had been walking around last night. At least I was probably safe from the Hunters.
"So, that's that, Mizunashi-san."
"Right," I answered slowly, staring at the green-haired butler.
His smile was disconcerting, and he opened his mouth to say something, but the bedroom door opened, leaving me relieved.
Rai was on his feet before I had even glanced at the person entering, but as he bowed, I could take a guess.
"Mizunashi-chan!" exclaimed the woman. Nakaya pranced in, her heels clicking against the tile until she hit carpet. She smiled brightly, straightening out her jacket as she came around to the side of the bed.
"I'm so glad to see you're okay," she said. "How unlucky that I had hit you! Though it really was lucky that it was me who was there!" she laughed.
"Ah, thank you," I replied with a nod, half-laughing with her.
"Now I must wonder what in the world you were doing wandering around that late," she said, carefully seating herself down on the bed beside me. "It's awfully dangerous for a young girl to be walking around alone at night, you know."
I shifted my position, pulling my knees closer and sitting crisscross. "Um..."
How was I supposed to explain that? 'Oh, you know, the Hunters took my friend and are probably about to kill him, not to mention the fact that they're looking for me like prey too, and my life is in danger.'
Yeah, sure. That would go over well.
My stomach rumbled, and I bit my lip.
"Well, I was going out for food," I laughed uncomfortably.
"Ah, speaking of food. I forgot! You must be hungry, after all. Sasamiyo-kun, bring her some food please."
He nodded, and the green-haired butler was gone in a flash.
"Thanks," I said.
Nakaya smiled and nodded, glancing back at me. "I can't believe I forgot," she laughed lightly. "Anyway dear, you had been wandering much farther past the dining area, you know! It was quite the surprise to have seen you at my work place."
"Eh?" I asked, blinking. "I was distracted, I guess." I shrugged and chuckled.
She laughed again and patted my shoulder. "Well, I suppose that it was simply fate for you to have run into me, no? Oh my, oh my, I can tell you that the few spectators were very worried when you had passed out."
"Aha…" I chuckled awkwardly, and she continued speaking.
"I know a few of my colleagues had stepped out, and were looking very surprised," she laughed. "Poor guys, though they did help me prop you up until Sasamiyo-kun arrived!"
"Ah, thank you again," I said, bowing my head.
"It's no problem at all! Sometimes this house can get a little lonely anyway," she added, a mischievous smile on her lips.
Rai returned, and both of our attentions were shifted to him. "Lunch is ready~!" he chirped.
"Wait, what time is it?"
"Hm? I believe it's—" she checked a watch on her wrist "—Ah, it's about one," Nakaya responded.
"Wait, what? Today's Thursday though!" I scrambled up, pushing the blankets off, but Nakaya placed a hand on my shoulder, her grip tighter than I would have imagined.
"Don't worry Mizunashi-chan," she laughed. "I've already gotten that all sorted out."
She nodded happily.
Doesn't change the fact that Seito has a 'date' with me... But wait, he's probably off chasing Taiyou, I doubt he'll be free.
That idiot. I hope Seito gets shot or something.
I grit my teeth together, a scowl on my face until I realized that both Nakaya and Rai were looking at me.
"I think you could use some food now," laughed Rai, pushing over a tray that I hadn't noticed before. It rolled up beside the bed. "Mizunashi-san, care for some breakfast...or lunch?"
I glanced at the tray as my stomach rumbled, eager to eat the food that was laid out. Sure, I was uneasy at the whole Hunter thing―okay, huge understatement, considering I could be killed whenever―but that sure wouldn't stop be from eating when I was hungry. Especially with this kind of food.
The tray full of plates was passed to me, and I seated it on my lap.
A multitude of way too many breakfast foods were on my plate, and I was quick to get to eating, the sweet smell only making me hungrier than ever.
As far as I was concerned, it was just me and the food.
At some point, I heard Rai say something along the lines of, "You'll get a stomachache if you eat that fast," but I was too caught up in the breakfast to pay much attention.
My stomach was filled quickly though, what with all the rich foods. Half of almost everything was still left on the plates, but I grinned as I wiped my mouth with a napkin.
"Good job, Mizunashi-san. I'll assume you're done," laughed Rai, applauding before taking the tray and disappearing with it.
Nakaya chuckled as well. "You were very hungry, hm?"
I smiled sheepishly as I realized both of them had been standing—or sitting—there. "Yeah, I haven't, uh, had a very decent breakfast like that in a while."
She laughed. "No time to eat, huh? My kids sometimes go out without breakfast. It's awfully unhealthy, you know."
Oh yeah, she was Jun and Riku's mother.
I will never get over that fact.
"Yeah..." I said, laughing half-heartedly. More like there wasn't anything to eat.
I rubbed my stomach—eating so fast probably hadn't been the best idea, especially since I had eaten more than my share, but it seemed like a good idea just moments ago.
I leaned back against the headboard and took a breath. The silence between Nakaya and I was weirdly comfortable, and she seemed busy thinking about something.
Rai was quick to return, however, a bright smile still on face as he pranced up to the bedside again.
"Mizunashi-san, I'm sure you'd feel better after a shower and a change of clothes, yes?" he asked, holding out his hand as if expecting me to take it.
"Ah, what a great idea," chimed in Nakaya, pulled from her thoughts and turning to me with a smile. "Why don't you get yourself cleaned up?"
I guess I could go for a nice shower.
"Um, okay," I responded finally, biting my lip as I scooted towards the edge of the bed. Reluctantly, I grabbed Rai's hand to steady myself as I left the warmth of the covers.
Man, it was cold. Winter was always a terrible season.
I could feel the cold floor on my bare feet as I stood, but a sudden wave of dizziness rushed over me.
My legs were numb, but I could feel something supporting me. The blackness that had momentarily taken over my vision cleared as feeling returned to my body. I clenched my fist and blinked away the rest of the dark spots, feeling woozy still.
"You're a bit lightheaded, probably from sitting too much."
As soon as I had gathered my senses, Rai slowly released me, though he kept one hand on my shoulder as if I would fall again.
Maybe this butler wasn't as terrible as I thought he was.
"Have some water," he said, a worried tone in his voice as he picked up a glass and handed it to me.
I stared at it for a moment before taking a sip.
"Yeah, I definitely needed water…"
He laughed, and I gulped the rest of the water down gratefully, my head clearing up more.
"Ah, Mizunashi-chan, are you sure you're feeling well?" asked Nakaya, coming around to my side.
I nodded slowly. "Yeah, I think I'm fine," I mumbled, taking a breath.
"Good then, Mizunashi-san!" said Rai cheerily. "Why don't I show you to the restroom then?"
"Um, yeah, okay."
I really could go for a nice, relaxing hot shower now. The chill of winter was terrible.
Nakaya smiled at me as Rai lead me out of the room by the shoulder and escorted me to another room nearby. After quite a few twists and turns through some halls, that is.
It was large, with a big tub, and a separate shower, as well as a closet holding all sorts of shower items and other bath stuff.
"Right! Here you are then, Mizunashi-san. Take your time, and when you're finished, you can call on me, or someone else, okay?"
I nodded, staring at the giant bathroom. But as he turned to go, I remembered the vital fact that all of my things were... Well, I didn't know, but they were probably somewhere here.
"Um, Sasamiyo-san? Do you know where my bags are?"
He turned again and smiled, nodding. "Yes, I can bring them to you if you'd like!"
He nodded again, and scurried off with a grin, calling; "I'll leave them outside, don't worry!"
I stepped inside and closed the door to the bathroom, sighing. It was so nicely cleaned up that it felt like I was disturbing something.
"Ahh, what have I gotten into this time?" I moaned, padding over to the shower and turning it on.
I pressed my hand to my forehead; a headache was coming on, which wasn't a surprise after all that had happened. I was amazed I hadn't gotten one earlier.
Then again, I had passed out.
I wonder if Taiyou's okay...
The image of Seito being so serious flashed through my mind, and I shivered. Maybe it was good that I ended up at the Haradas'.
"Then I won't have to have that fake date with him, let alone meet him," I reasoned. "Good."
The water was warm to the touch, and I was quick to strip off my dirty clothing and step into the shower.
The headache that had started didn't seem like it was going to get better though.
I stood in the water for a while, letting it run over my body as I rubbed at my temples.
"Un, my head hurts..."
Slowly, I washed myself, glad to be getting a shower. A hot shower was always good.
I took a deep breath, inhaling the steam as I closed my eyes.
This shower is way too nice. So many different kinds of soaps and shampoos too...
I finished washing my hair thoroughly and rinsed out the lather carefully.
A sudden pain pinched at the back of my head though, and I winced as it started to pound.
Alright; I was done with this shower now.
Shutting the water off, I grabbed one of the fluffy towels nearby and wrapped myself in it, carefully stepping out of the warm shower and into the cool air.
I shivered at the temperature change and slowly padded over to the door.
Let's hope that he left them there.
I pulled open the door a bit, sticking my head out.
"Huh?" Bright green eyes met mine, widening in surprise, and I almost shouted as I slammed the door shut again.
What bad timing.
The surprise had only made my head pound worse, and I shut my eyes.
"S-sorry, Mizunashi-san!" called Rai though the door, sounding frantic. "I only just collected your bags! Sorry again!"
"Um, yeah," I said, breathing deeply as I leaned back against the door.
"Er, I'll be going..."
There was literally no end to this insanity, was there?
Waiting a few minutes so I was sure he left, I finally opened the door again and hastily pulled my bags inside.
Something about them was different though, and I stared at them for a moment before realizing what it was.
They were clean!
As in, there was literally no dirt on them.
"What, did they wash my bags?" I murmured in surprise.
Unzipping my backpack, I found a washed set of my own clothing as well.
Wow. That… that is really cool.
I peeked inside my sack and found that everything in there had been washed as well; not to mention there were a few unfamiliar articles of clothing too.
"Umm... I wonder if they mixed some things up."
I pulled out a fresh pair of my jeans and a sweater, as well as pulling the things that weren't mine out.
Grabbing my clothes from yesterday and carefully tucking them away into the sack, I dressed again, and dried my hair with the towel as best as I could.
The headache at the back of my head seemed to reappear though, and I pressed my hand to my forehead.
I hate headaches.
With an annoyed groan, I picked up my bags in one arm and the pile of clothing in the other. Carefully, I pulled open the door and stepped outside, glancing around at the unfamiliar house. I would be easily lost if I tried going back alone.
I probably should have been paying more attention to where I had come from, but Rai had offered to get me back to…wherever.
"Er, Sasamiyo-san...?" I said aloud, looking for a flash of green somewhere.
"Help?" I called again, this time louder.
Maybe he wasn't that useful of a butler after all.
I glanced around one last time, trying to recall which way I had come, to no avail.
There were stairs in front of my, but I knew I hadn't come down them, so that only left the halls on the right and left of me.
Which way to go… Ugh, I'm gonna get lost with a headache too.
Choosing at random, I turned left, down a small hall.
I forgot it, last chapter, but woo! Oct 3 was the two year anniversary! ^w^ Thanks to all who read~ I hope you've enjoyed this chapter, and I just wanna let you know, I will most likely miss the next month's chapter, as I'm going to be attempting NaNo~! Leave reviews/comments/suggestions~ Thanks again, guys~! ;A;
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