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Searching

By Nox

Mystery / Adventure

Dial N for Naru

“Fields of green and plains of gold…”

A flash of red, and a vision of stormy-grey eyes set in a pale face.

“…Seas of blue and hills of old…”

Bright laughter and a melodic voice singing, quickly joined by others to form a harmony.

“…Mountain’s capped with snow, so white…”

Gentle hands, healing bruises and cuts, and scolding at recklessness.

“…Can you see it as you fly...?”

A sense of safety, and arms holding her secure, smoothing down her hair as she cried.

“…Softly, softly, lay down your head…”

Swinging around in a circle, the sky a blue blur, and hysterical laughter.

“…Watching the leaves, drift overhead…”

Running through long, green grass, a hand holding hers, and a sense of being watched.

“…Softly, softly, close your eyes…”

Dancing in the wind, cherry blossoms falling around her, another presence nearby.

“…Spread your wings, and learn how to fly…”

Having a piggy-back ride, perched on someone’s shoulders, very long ways off the ground.

“…Stars up high, shining so bright…”

Sitting on a rooftop, listening to someone pointing out constellations through the pollution.

“…Everything silver in the moonlight…”

Watching the moon come up, with someone holding her steady on the roof.

“…Water cascading over the rocks…”

A trip, somewhere, walking down a track and looking at waterfalls, and the different mosses.

“…Can you see it as you fly…?”

A vision of eyes, this time one a deep, dark indigo, and the other a forest green. Black hair and a cheeky smile.

“…Softly, softly, lay down your head…”

Someone tucking her in, and giving her a goodnight kiss on the cheek.

“…Watching the leaves, drift overhead…”

Autumn, dragging someone taller than her to the park to play in the leaves.

“…Softly, softly, close your eyes…”

Collapsing on the ground, breathing heavily after running.

“…Spread your wings, and learn how to fly…”

Someone pushing her on a swing, answering her plea’s to go higher.

Higher, and higher, before she started falling.

Faster.

Into the darkness.

Absorbed by the black.

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Mai awoke with a start, sitting up in her bed suddenly.

A hot wind drifted through her open window, tousling her hair slightly. She looked at her alarm clock.

First day of summer break, and I wake up at 5:37 in the morning. Why can’t I get up this early during school?’

The necklace that Lin had given her from her mother hung from her neck; it had been there for four weeks, ever since she got it.

She fingered the stone, pushing the blankets off her legs. The flat was silent, indicating that Ayako had finally gone to bed, and that Masako was sleeping at last.

Mai crept out of her room and into the kitchen, hunting for a glass of water. It was too hot in her room; the doors to the small terrace outside would let in some more air.

Even though it’s probably even hotter outside.’

Finding a glass, she stood next to the doors, enjoying the sudden cool breeze that floated through the doors.

That’s so much better!’

Taking a sip of the even colder water, she heard her phone vibrate from where it was plugged in to the wall.

Who the hell is up this early? Oh, wait, Mai is!’

Mai picked up the phone, and started to smile when she saw the caller I.D.

Naru.

R u up?

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Mai

U can use txt language?

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Naru

I’m a tnagr 2, u know.

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Mai

Srry. Y u up @ this ungodly hour?

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Naru

Insomnia.

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Mai

? Seriously?

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Naru

Nope. I just…

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Mai

Nightmares, right? I had 1 b4. Or it wos a mmory. Lin did mention that they mght start cming bck. I’m nt sure.

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Naru

Pretty good guess.

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Mai

Gene? U dn’t haf 2 answr.

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Naru

Sometmes I wonder about the xtent of ur abilities.

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Mai froze, worried that she’d made him angry.

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Mai

Sorry, I didn’t mean 2 bring it up.

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Naru

It’s fine. R u cming in 2 wrk early?

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Mai

Why?

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Naru

Did u 4get about the filing?

.

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Mai cringed, imagining the stack of filing that she had to do, from all the rejected cases, and the few small ones that they had done.

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Mai

Whoops? Yeah, I’ll cme in early.

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Mai froze as she heard movement in the bedrooms, before she realized that it was Masako getting up. Mai checked the clock.

6:00. I’d better go for a run before work.’

She looked at her phone, before taking a deep breath.

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Mai

Did u know about the stakes that Nollene, Monk, Yasu and Ayako r running?

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Naru

I do now. What r they 4?

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Mai blushed as she typed in her answer.

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Mai

How long it takes 4 us 2 kiss.

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Naru

Yeah, Lin told me. I’ve plotted my revenge on Nollene.

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Mai

Tell? Masako dragged John into getting back @ Yasu, and I got back @ Ayako.

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Naru

Oh? How did she manage that? Lene won’t b cming in; I added itching powder 2 her makeup.

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Mai

That’s pretty good. Masako just asked John; I think that he likes her. I put bleach in Ayako’s shampoo. She will b blondeJ!! WB Monk?

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Naru

!!! That should b good 2 c her reaction! Lin and Madoka said that they were going 2 deal with Monk. I shudder 2 think about what will happen.

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Mai

Any ideas?

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Naru

IDK, but Lin knows how 2 hack computers and cellphones. He might get some strange texts at some horrible hour this morning or tonight. He’s done it to Nollene and me once.

Not pleasant.

Madoka’s will be more subtle.

Or not.

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Mai

Ouch. Hey, Monk and Ayako will match 2day!! Both blonde!! :)

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Naru

That they will. Can’t w8 2 c Monk’s reaction!

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Masako walked in, catching Mai’s smile.

“Is that Naru?”

Mai nodded, blushing slightly.

“He got back at Nollene by putting itching powder in Nollene’s makeup.”

Masako blinked.

“Ouch. Tell him to pay close attention to Yasu’s glasses this morning.”

Mai smirked.

“Oh, I will.”

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Mai

Masako says 2 look @ Yasu’s glasses.

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Naru

I definitely will. Should b good. Need 2 go, Nollene is up. Will escape to office b4 she finds out ;) Bye!!

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Mai

C u soon!

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Masako looked at her friends face, and the smile that she still wore.

“You have it bad.”
“Shut up, Masako. We should go for a run and leave before Ayako has a shower.”

Masako frowned.

“Why?”

Catching Mai’s smirk, Masako clicked.

“Dye or bleach?”

Mai sniggered.

“Bleach. She will go blonde.”

Masako exited the kitchen quickly.

“Then let’s leave!”

Mai followed her hurriedly.

“Agreed.”

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The day was just beginning.

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