Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
Dan Layman would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Winds of Love

By Dan Layman

Romance

I like your shirt

Hey there, Layman here, bringing you something a little different!

Yotsuba&! is probably my favorite manga of all time. It's just just so offbeat and oddball that it fits my tastes perfectly! It always cracks me up without fail every time I read it.

So naturally it takes me years after I discover it to get down to writing Fanfiction about it.

For this outing, we'll be focusing on the character of Fuuka Ayase, the middle of the three Ayase sisters for those who don't know. (I kinda have a soft spot for her cause she's usually the butt of a few jokes.)

So enough wasting time, on with the fun!

_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/

"Crap, I'm so late!" Fuuka muttered to herself as she furiously peddled her bike back to her home. She and her friends had been hanging out in town and had lost track of time; it was now early evening and the sun had sunk quite a bit below the horizon. "If only Suuko hadn't brought those cards," she continued, "but Sachiko insisted we needed four players and Hana-chan did her 'Neko-chan Onegai' thing (they know I can't say no to that), what was I supposed to do?!"

She turned the corner to her street, still engrossed in conversation with herself, "Though it's not like anyone really cares if I'm a little late getting home, they know I'm a responsible young woman, unlike Asagi... I wonder if Dad'll be home tonight? He's been working late nights recently, so if he's there-"

Which is why she didn't notice the person directly in her path until the last second.

"AACK!" she cried, swerving just in time to miss a boy around her age. To his credit he jumped aside just before she ran him over, even managing to keep his balance with the large gym bag he was carrying. Fuuka on the other hand-

CLANG!

-ran into a telephone poll. (Though to her credit she was thrown off her bike and only had a few scratches and a sore bottom to worry about.)

"Owwwwww," she whined, rubbing her sore posterior, "I'll probably feel that in the morning..."

"Hey, you OK?" She turned to see the boy she'd almost ran over fretting over her, "That looked like a nasty spill you took; you didn't break anything did you? It doesn't look like you broke anything, and you don't have any deep cuts, but internal bleeding and a concussion are always a possibility-"

"I'm fine, I'm totally fine!" she reassured him, picking herself up to prove her point, "See? No worse for wear!"

"Are you sure?" the boy persisted, "How many fingers many I holding up?"

He held up his pointer finger and was slowly waving it from side to side.

"Just one. Um...am I being scolded?" Apparently having answered his question sufficiently, the boy sighed in relief.

"Thank God, you really are fine; I don't think I could live with myself if you got hurt on my account."

"Good to know," Fuuka said, sweatdropping a little at the exaggeration. He takes things so seriously... "I'm Fuuka Ayase by the way."

"Nice to meet you," he said politely, having managed to compose himself, "I guess that explains your shirt then."

"Hm?" She looked down at her t-shirt, which had the character Fuu (Wind) on the front. "Oh, this?" He nodded, and she rubbed the back of her head sheepishly, "I know, so corny, right? Everyone says I have a bad fashion sense..."

"No, I think it's cool."

"Oh...really?" This threw Fuuka for a loop, since normally her family wasn't any better (which included Koiwai-san and Yostsuba next door) and her friends just wondered why she never wore anything but t-shirts.

"Yeah," he said as though it were obvious, then did a double take and saw the confusion in Fuuka's face, "Why, you don't think so?"

"It's not that," Fuuka said as she continued to process this new development, "it's just that no one really complimented my t-shirts before; this is kind of a new experience for me..."

"Really?" Now it was the boy's turn to be thrown for a loop, "Not even your family?"

Memories of Asagi bluntly saying her shirts were dumb (sometimes accompanied with a chop to the head), Yotsuba blindly and exuberantly agreeing with her, and Ena gently driving the point home ran through her head.

Needless to say, there was quite an awkward silence between the two teens that seemed to last for an eternity, Fuuka looking gloomy and the boy looking sheepish.

Somewhere in the distance, a bird cried out.

"I...should probably get going," the boy said, reluctantly turning to leave. He looked back at her once more, "It was nice meeting you Fuuka-san, even if it was my fault you crashed."

"Yeah...," Fuuka said absently, unpleasant memories still running through her mind. However, the fact that the boy was leaving somehow managed to break through the fog and register with the middle Ayase daughter. "Wait, you didn't tell me your name!"she called as he walked up the road.

"It's Hibiki Fujisaki," he called back, waving, "See you around sometime, Fuuka-san!"

Fuuka picked up her bike as she watched Hibiki disappear around the corner (the worst that happened to it was a few small dents and some chipped paint).

"Huh, he also has the Wind in his name...," she said to herself, a tiny smile creeping its way onto her face, "And he liked my t-shirt too, bonus!"

She hopped back on her bike and peddled down the street, humming satisfactorily.

_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/

So, how it is so far? Of course Hibiki doesn't have that much character yet, you only just met him! But rest assured he will not somehow turn into a Mary-Sue! (On that note, it's been a while since I tried my hand at a semi-serious romance fic, hope I don't botch it!) Also, did I get Fuuka's character right? I kinda hope so, since she's going to be the main focus of this story.

Anyways, here's a quick primer for this story. The chapters are most likely going to be short like this, since most of the stories in the manga are fairly self contained and don't last past a single chapter. Also, this is mostly going to focus on Fuuka and Hibiki, though the other characters in the manga will be featured as prominently as the story requires. (In fact, we might see the rest of the Ayase family next chapter!) And lastly, I should be updating this on a fairly regular schedule if I can get enough written beforehand. I'm hoping two weeks between chapters is enough leeway to work with.

So until next chapter, Hasta la Vista!

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Katy Rayne: i really enjoyed this book. i have to say i didn't know what to expect, but with every chapter that came something crucial to keep you reading happened. I was disappointed with the ending if this is for another book i will defiantly carry on reading the next book.

Lynda Keosavanh: very well written. from start to finish. I loved the plot and how it flowed. I enjoyed the characters and was engrossed by the mystery unfolding. I could barely put the book down. and look forward to seeing more

rudyoxborough46: An action-packed, mystical adventure awaits anyone wishing to read this novel. I’m amazed at how well you’ve managed to flesh out the characters in this book, and I hope to read more of your work.I’ve read books about goblins and elves and all that mumbo-jumbo before, and most accounts of these c...

Marijana1: The melancholy present throughout this story has the power to influence and etch into the minds of the readers, to stay there and refuse to leave even after they have finished reading the story. This is a deep, powerful story, making the readers wonder about everything – about love, about their e...

Sandra Estrada: I loved every minute of it and I thank my lucky stars that brought me to the story, it's been a whirlwind of emotions, plot twist after plot twist but I never got tired of them. Abby and Kade's story is a hard one to understand but once you're submerged in their story and love, you can't help but...

the unedited writer: It's a guilty pleasure. The characters are brought to life and you find yourself loving them worrying for them and so on. The plot was serious but at the same time it had a light tone that didn't make you depressed as other drama genres. 5 stars for me

Books17: This is my first book review.I found the story to be very intriguing.The beginning of the story starts and you are immediately thrown into wanting to know what will happen next, The action, or intrigue is established early, so there isn't the feeling of the story dragging on, or thinking about wh...

Ruby0h: Overall I thought your story was really good! It drew me in right away and kept me interested as the story progressed. I loved the character of Kayla being inserted into this story, and the way she affected and shaped the life of the original story into something totally new and interesting. I lo...

diabolka: This book is a fascinating twist on mythology, fantasy and romance genre. The author has done a fantastic job combining Greek mythology with a modern day twist, tying in a plot that offers twists and turns that are both expected and unexpected. The hero, Ross, and heroine, Antara, are complex, ...

More Recommendations

SPepper: I had a hard time putting this book down even to go to sleep. The story is compelling and beautifully character driven. I hope author will make this a series.

Alex Rushmer: Chapter One: Not much is happening in this chapter, but I was absolutely fascinated by the depth of your character development. I love how you just sat there with the reader and explored Eddward. Usually, that sort of thing gets boring very fast, but this was actually really cool! He's so unique ...

Grapes Are Juicy yes!!!: I give this novel FIVE STARS ! This novel is worth reading from the beginning to the end! The plot and conflicts in this story are very smartly integrated. The language facility is a little odd , but i guess this was done on purpose, given the novel's set era. Other than that, this should definit...

annie08c: I really like this story, I can relate to it a lot and with how she feels, the boyfriend and the events that happened but I'm a little bit younger. It was really good plot, really liked how you stuck to the topic and you had a new title for every chapter making me guess what's going to happen. Ma...

Jennifer Sibley Jannise: So, I originally read the book because my daughter asked me to. However, I read it in 2 days and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is well written and thought out. If the author writes and publishes any more books, I would definitely read them.