Long Forgotten

Chapter 20

“K-Kaoru...?” I croaked again.

He froze and stared at me as though I had grown two head, which I’m pretty sure I didn’t.

“Arisa!” He quickly wiped away the tears that had stained on his face.

I struggled to sit up, Kaoru quickly reached out to help me and handed me some water as I took a sip.

“How long was I out?” I placed my hand on my forehead when my head started to spin a little.

“Two weeks. Are you ok? Do you need me to call the doctor? Wait, how many fingers am I holding?” He panicked, brows pinched, face pale.

I sighed, “Chill down Kaoru... I’m fine so there’s no need for doctors. Two fingers.”

He sighed in relief and sat next to me on the bed and tugged the loose strand of hair behind my ears.

“Have you been sleeping?” I muttered and frowned, holding onto his hand which his fingers had stayed behind my ears. He looked pale, dark circles surrounding his eyes making him look like a panda. His hair was fuzzy too, kind of like a teddy bear.

“It’s not easy to do so you know.” He frowned, looking slightly guilty.

“Kaoru...”

“If I had followed you then, you wouldn’t have...” I immediately covered his mouth and glared at him.

“Kaoru, listen.” my eyes softened a little. “It wasn’t your fault, alright?”

He nodded meekly.

“I’m sorry for sleeping so long...” I smiled, wiping off the tear on Kaoru’s face that had been left unwiped. “I was going through the passage of lost memories...” I joked.

“Are you ok Arisa?” He held my hands.

I nodded and looked down at our hands. “Just isn’t very pleasant like I’ve expected...”

He patted my head softly and hugged me. I snuggled into his chest and began telling him about my past.

“Kaoru... What should I do if I were to meet them?” I asked when I’ve finished with my story.

“Well, you can choose to pretend you don’t know them, that you’re still having a memory loss~” he chuckled. “Or, you can just face them and let them know that without them, you can still have a wonderful life.”

I closed my eyes and smiled as Kaoru gave my hand a tiny squeeze.

“We’ll still be with you no matter what.”

I looked up and gave him a kiss on his cheek. “Thank you Kaoru. It means alot.”

“Anytime.” He gave me his usual cheshire grin and I laid on his shoulder.

Footsteps could be heard drawing closer to my room. In seconds the door opened and the Hikaru came in first.

“Kaoru, has your princess...” He froze too and so did the rest when they came in right after.

“Erm... Hi?” I broke the silence.

“Ari-chan!” Honey reacted first and hopped onto the bed, giving me an almost bone-crushing hug.

“My darling daughter! I’m so glad you’ve finally woke up!” Tamaki came to my right and followed Honey-senpai, giving me a bone-crushing hug too.

“Erm senpai, I think you’re suffocating her.” Haruhi suggested.

They quickly released me and I heaved. “T-thanks Haruhi.”

Kaoru chuckled silently as he patted my back lightly.

“How are you feeling?” Kyoya asked.

“Much better already.”

“I guess all it really takes is for the prince to wake his princess huh?” Hikaru teased as he smirked.

“Hikaru...” Kaoru blushed a little while the rest of us laughed.

“So sorry for causing so much trouble.” I looked down apologetically.

“It’s alright Arisa-chan. So long if you’re ok.” Haruhi patted my hands.

“Haruhi’s right! What matters is your well-being!” Tamaki announced, as though it was the most important thing in the world.

“Thanks senpai.” I grinned.

“You should be able to be released from the hospital after you’ve gotten another check-up, most probably this Saturday.” Kyoya stated.

“Then we can have cakes together again!” Honey cheered and I giggled.

“Yap! We’ll have a cake eating spree!”

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“You’re early today.” I looked up from what I doing and at Kaoru who just entered the room, holding a bouquet of blue roses.

“Kyoya-senpai let me come over first before Tono crashes in here,” he snickered.

He walked over and handed me the roses and gave me a kiss on the forehead before sitting down beside me.

“Thanks, these are really pretty,” I beamed.

“What are you doing?” He raised his brow and peered to look at the scrapbook that I had left open, but I snapped it shut.

“Something...” I mumbled, keeping my hand on the book so that he wouldn’t see what’s inside.

“Aww, come on, let me see.” he looked at me with puppy eyes and pouted, but I looked away.

“I can’t. If I tell you, you would be upset.”

“What is it about? Why would I be upset?” His hand cupped my chin to turn my face to look at him, but I kept my gaze at the book.

“It’s for you... There are others for the rest too...”

“Really?” he gave me his usual cheshire grin. “Then let me see!”

I took it away before he could attack it again.

“It’s not yet done. And you would only see it if...if...” I struggled to say with the lump at had formed in my throat. “If... s-something happens to me.”

“W-wait, what are you talking about?” he leant back and stared at me in disbelief. “Are you not feeling well? I better call the doctor.”

“No! I’m fine!” I shouted, holding onto his arm before he could leave. “It’s just... just to make sure if.. if something happens to me, I don’t want anyone of you to feel guilty like you did before.”

Hugging onto him, I mumbled, “I just want you guys to laugh and smile like you always do. I don’t want you all to feel depressed and...”

He kissed me before I could continue, leaving me in shock for a moment before my heart fluttered and I started kissing him back.

“Nothing’s going to happen ok Arisa?” He said, after we separated, both hands holding my cheeks and tilting my forehead gently to meet his as he rubbed my tear on the corners of my eyes. “Promise me Arisa, no matter what, promise me that you’ll never give up and fight on to live. I don’t want to think that I might lose you again.”

I smiled and nodded, then he hugged me tighter, “I promise. I’ve you all now. I’m not alone anymore.”


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