I honestly don't know what I think of this one. I guess it adds something to story, but I just don't know. It does show progress, but the last chapter is still my favorite… Meh, oh well.

Read on brave readers!

I stepped into the school, taking in a shaky breath. The walls seemed to close in around me, and I felt as though all of the people in the hall followed my every step. Why was I so nervous?

My 'friends' was walking towards me.

I gripped my hands, but forced myself to smile at them. My lips were shaking. Could they tell this smile was fake? Could they see behind my mask?

Shiro grinned at the sight of my smile and yelled out a greeting.

I guess not.

"Hello." I greet upon their arrival. I got a few nods in return.

"Zera, your not still mad about yesterday, are you?" Shiro asked, the hands hidden behind my back tightened their grasp.

"Of course not!" Even tighter, my throat was tight. At Shiro looked happy. In fact, he looked like he wanted to hug me-

"Eep!" I squeaked as Shiro's arms wrapped around me. My face felt hot, am I blushing?

"I'm glad you'rE not upset about that dumb fight!"

As he laughed, I frowned. Dumb? He thought that fight was dumb? The fight that planted the seed of fear, guilt and sadness in my chest? The fight that made me terrified to be seen, because I knew I would have to talk to these very people. The people who I hoped were my friends. The friends I thought I lost.

My chest was a storm, and my stomach a lava bed, but on the outside, I kept the mask people called a smile glued to my lips.

"Yeah, I guess that was kind of dumb, wasn't it?" I spoke, trying to keep my voice free of the emotions in me. "They probably didn't mean to trip me. I shouldn't have jumped to conclusions."

Every word was forced. Every syllable cut deeper into me, but I kept speaking, that same mask on my face.

"So did you apologize to them for assuming that?" Shiro asked. I froze, and stared at him blankly. Apologize? He wanted me to apologize to them? The people that had made my life a living nightmare at this god forbidden place? Why would I want to apologize to them?

I wanted to yell. I wanted to tell him he was wrong and that our 'fight' wasn't stupid or dumb, or whatever he said. It was one of the most important things that had happened in my life, and almost made me feel like mine would end. His obliviousness was one of the most life threating things I've encountered! Did he not know that people lie? That not everyone is honest as he thinks? Did he not know that everyone isn't perfect and pure like him? Did he know that people would use his innocence, and trusting nature to hurt him? To hurt the people he holds dear? To gain the things they want?

I wanted to speak. I wanted to tell him everything. I wanted to tell him about those girls hurting me. I wanted to tell him what I really thought of both them and the fight. I wanted to tell him to stop being so naive and oblivious. Not just because I was angry, but because I knew he would be hurt if he didn't look away from the light that was blinding him. But I couldn't. I knew it would hurt him. I couldn't take away that obliviousness he held, obviousness I wish I still had.

After all…..

"Not yet, but I will in homeroom."

Ignorance is bliss.

He followed me. Shiro followed me to homeroom because he thought I'd need the "moral support". I've needed it before and I was fine without it, so why would I need it now?

I glanced back at Shiro, he was the only one that followed me here. Eizo had left saying he had something important to do, a club I believe. Karuta had been pulled off by a girl that looked too young to be in this school, and Eto just left. He seemed angry, and glared at me. I wonder if he's mad about something. I hope not.

Shiro gave me a thumbs up, still standing just outside of the hallway. I sighed, and turned back to the group of desks at the front. They were there. All of them, but Arita. She was always late. I took in a deep breath, and walked over to them.

As I drew close, one of the girls noticed me, and leaned over to whisper into the ear of Katori. The 'leader' turned around, and gave me a smirk. That smirk melted as quick as it had appeared when she saw Shiro standing at the door. She glared at me.

"What the hell do you want, Zero?" I took in a shaky breath and released it. I couldn't yell at her in front of Shiro.

"I wanted to apologize-" I began, only to be cut off once more.

"Isn't that funny. I thought I heard the word apologize. Just because you act like some kiss up and say 'sorry', doesn't change the fact that you're still hanging around my Shiro-"

I had it. I was tired of listening to her pointless rambling, and cut her off.

"Look, I don't want to say sorry. I don't want to be your friend. I don't want to be around you, but Shiro is upset that we hate each other, and somehow convinced me to try. Why don't we at least pretend, okay? Once we're alone do what ever you want, I don't care. But if you love Shiro so much, at least act as though you don't hate me around them!" I knew my voice was raising, and I wasn't sure if I could stop it. All I know was that I was already tired of this girl.

Almost instantly, her face changed from one of amusement to a sickly sweet smile. I wanted to gag.

"Oh of course! I'm so sorry! I didn't know you came to apologize! You're completely forgiven!" Her smile grew as I heard a voice behind me.

"See Zera! I told you it would work out!" Why Shiro? Why must you make things worse?

"Oh, hello Shiro! I didn't see you there!" Her smile grew sweeter, and she leaned forward. "Zera and I were just talking!"

I could hear the growing smile in his voice.

"That's great! I know you'll be great friends!" Katori nodded, and turned her gaze to me. I could see the darkness in her gaze, and hear the venom in her voice.

"She seems like a great girl. We'll get along fine."

I could hear it in my voice as well.

"Yeah. We'll get along great."