Another scent has arrived! Now begins the travel for Nerissa and the Taguri siblings! Enjoy!
Scent 16: To Aquila
After everyone took the time to get ready, they had all gathered in the living room. Nerissa quickly explained how they were to reach her hometown and what it was like. Then, everyone gathered what they were taking with them and checked over how much Cita they had left. Kazuka, Kazia, and Nerissa had 33,000 Cita from their travels earlier. Combining this with the 30,000 that Kizuna, Anora, and Anuki had, they estimated how much it would cost to travel to Aquila.
"It costs 10,000 per ticket to get there." said Nerissa as she remembered the cost from her first flight there. "Wow, we cut it really close didn't we?" added Kazia, who had calculated the cost. Kizuna, realizing that this may be a one-way trip, asks "We won't have enough to get back will we?" Nerissa assures her by saying "My mother said that she would cover the return costs. We just have to remember what they are." "Sounds like we're good to go then." says Kazuka in response to this information. He then uses his PDA to store all their belongings and says "Let's get going then. There's an air station in the city right?" Kizuna responds "It's by the train station that you came from." Eager to finally meet Nerissa's mother, everyone heads outside and makes their way to the air station.
Once inside, Kazuka pays the 60,000 Cita for their tickets and hands over a ticket to each person. Then, everyone headed towards the airship bound for Aquila. A little nervous about flying, Anora and Anuki each grab hold to both of Kazuka's arms. Both of them looked at Kazuka and said "Onii-chan, we're scared…" Kazuka smiled and looked at them both saying "It'll be alright. Your sisters and I will be here with you." Feeling a little comforted but a bit scared, both Anora and Anuki held onto each of Kazuka's hands as they boarded the airship.
Kizuna watched all of this as they got on saying "Aww… that's kinda cute…" Kazia, deciding to joke around with Nerissa, whispers in Nerissa's ear "You'd love to hold hands with him too don't you Nerissa?" Nerissa gets a bit red and flustered at the comment as she boards the airship with Kizuna and Kazia. Kizuna whispers in Kazia's ear "That's not very nice onee-chan…" Kazia just smiles and responds "Maybe, but it may help her out too…"
Once in the air, Kizuna takes Anora and Anuki out of the cabin to explore the airship with them. Kazia sees this as an opportunity for Nerissa to confess, so she gets up saying "I guess I'll join them." walking out the room while giving Nerissa a glance. Nerissa, understanding what Kazia was doing, moved beside Kazuka. Wondering what was going on, Kazuka decided to ask "Why did they all just leave?" Nerissa responds "I'm not sure, but it does give me a chance to talk to you."
Remembering last night, Kazuka responds "That's right… we never did finish that chat last light…" Nerissa shakes her head in agreement thinking "Okay, I'm gonna do it this time!" Kazuka then says "We were talking about what we think of someone before. It made me wonder what I thought about everyone…" Nerissa then asked "Really? Well… what do you think of them?" Kazuka looks at the ground and says "Well… when it comes to twin-chan, I want to make up for the time we've been separated. As far as it goes with the others, it's kind of the same way… I just want to be a great Onii-chan like they deserve." Nerissa thinks at that moment "So he feels that he should be more of a great brother to them… even more so because he wasn't there as often as he should have been…" Kazuka then continues his statement, saying "I've even started addressing each of them in a similar way that I address twin-chan. I started calling Kizuna as imo-chan, Anora as twimo-san, and Anuki as twimo-chan. It made them happy to be given those nicknames too." Nerissa responds to this saying "Of course. They're all happy that you care about them so much. Anyone would…" Kazuka gets a little curious and asks "What do you mean?" Nerissa then says "At first glance, you kinda look like one of those tough, bad-boy types… But after getting to know you a bit, you're actually a really sweet, kind, and caring person… Anyone would like that about you." Kazuka agrees with this saying "I guess… But that's just the kind of person I am. I try to be a bit friendly and a bit social with others. I'm not so sure how I'm doing on the social part." Nerissa puts her hand on Kazuka's and says "I think you're okay how you are. Besides, it's your true self that counts… It's that side of you that everyone wants to see…" Kazuka looks up at her and says "Thanks, that really means a lot hearing that…"
Realizing that their hands were touching, Kazuka and Nerissa pulled away from each other, exclaiming "Sorry!" as their faces turned red. Blushing and embarrassed, Nerissa thought to herself "I can't believe I did that… I just got caught up in the moment and did that without knowing!" At the same time, an equally embarrassed Kazuka thought "I didn't expect something like that to happen… Still, I wonder what she thinks about that?" Realizing that he never got an answer to his question last night, Kazuka then says "You… never did answer my question last night…" Nerissa gets a bit flustered and asks "Wh… What brought that up all of a sudden?" Kazuka then explains himself saying "What just happened is kinda something that would happen out a story or a show or something… It reminded me that you never told me about this boy that you liked…" Nerissa then gets even more nervous and says "Th…that boy… He's kind… sweet… he's supportive… he tries to be strong for others…" Kazuka, not realizing that he's being described says "He sounds like the ideal guy for you… But… just who is he?" Nerissa gets more nervous than she ever has saying "He's… he's… he…" Just then, she faints again from the pressure. Kazuka catches her before she could hit the ground. Worried about her, Kazuka exclaims "Nerissa! Nerissa! Not again…!" Laying her down on the cabin's long seat, Kazuka thinks to himself "Why does she keep doing that? Just when she tries to tell me, she faints… Is it too embarrassing for her, or does she have a medical problem?"
About thirty minutes later, Kazia walks in and asks what happened. Kazuka explains everything that happened both last night and in the cabin, then asks "Do you know why she keeps fainting?" Kazia feigns ignorance and says "No, but maybe it'd be best for her to let you know. At the moment, let her rest and don't worry about it…" Kazuka then calms down a bit more and says "I guess you're right. All we can do is take care of he until she wakes up like last time." Kazia then says in response "But you were the one who really took care of her last time. It makes me wonder what you think about her…" Kazuka gets curious at her comment and asks "What do you mean? You mean as a person right?" Kazia then says "Well, why don't you tell me about her first?" Kazuka then looks at the floor and says "Well… she's nice, sweet, charming, supportive… I can tell that she tries to cheer others up when they're down…" Kazia gets suspicious of how he feels and asks "Is she cute?" Kazuka unknowingly answers "I can't deny that she is… In fact… I think she's really beautiful at times. Although, she's very cute normally…" Realizing what he was saying, Kazuka gets flustered and says "Wait! Why am I telling you this twin-chan?" Kazia chuckles a bit and teasingly says "I don't know onii-chan… I just asked what you thought of her…" Kazuka catches onto Kazia's behavior and asks "What are you up to twin-chan?" Kazia puts a finger on her lip and teasingly says "Nothing onii-chan." Kazuka sighs and then says "You really haven't changed since you've been gone… Still, why are you asking me that?" Kazia stops trying to tease Kazuka and says "You've been thinking about her a lot haven't you? I wanted to know how you truly felt about her since I noticed how you act around her at times…" Kazuka then realizes that Kazia is telling the truth, making him think to himself "She's right… I've been trying to be extra nice towards Nerissa… But I never truly asked myself how I truly feel about her… Honestly, any guy would want her… but why haven't they? Did they do something wrong trying to approach her? I just can't wrap my head around it…"
Kazia notices Kazuka deep in thought and says "Onii-chan, I'll be blunt about this… Do you love Nerissa?" Kazuka then gives that question serious thought, thinking to himself "Do I love her? There's been times that I've really thought about her, like last night when I thought she looked incredible in the moonlight with the rose around her like that… Just thinking about moments like that seems to make my heart race… Now that I think about it, she really does make my heart race… like I can take on the world or something…" Noticing Kazuka deep in thought again, Kazia says in a soft voice "Onii-chan…? You do love her don't you?" Kazuka then looks up at his twin sister and says "I… guess I do… I think I am in love with her…" Kazia just smiles at this and says "Then it's okay with me. I wasn't sure if the two of you were a couple or not at times, but in the end… I just want the both of you to be happy. She's become a dear friend to me already… and you're my onii-chan, even though we wasn't around each other as much as we wanted to be…"
Kazuka gets amazed at the statement saying "Kazia… you really feel that way don't you?" Kazia realizes something and says "Yes, I do… Besides, you only call me by my name when you're serious or truly taken by something I said… Still, all I did ever want was two things… I wanted you back, and for you to be happy. So accept how you feel about Nerissa, so my second wish can come true."
Kazuka smiles at this and says "Thank you… I'll try to make your wish come true… and I'll try to be happy as well…"
Lot of character development going on! Still, character development is key throughout the story!