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Chapter 5

3rd person POV

Rin swallowed hard and kept her eyes trained on the baseball field in front of her from the rooftop. If you weren't closer to her, you wouldn't think she looked any different then she usually did. However, if you looked any closer, you'd notice her gripping the metal railing on the rooftop (that prevented you from falling off) so hard her knuckles were snow white. You'd also see the railing was at the point of snapping right off where she was squeezing it so tightly.

Rin, also seeming to notice how hard she was holding onto the metal, quickly let go. For a second, she swore she saw her own fingerprints. Her shoulders sagged and she threw herself on the ground, wincing when her leg hit the concrete and plaster.

"I really should be more careful..." She muttered quietly to herself.

Rin hooked her legs over the edge of the roof underneath the metal bars and leaned her chest against the bars, her arms hanging off them loosely in front of her. With a melancholic expression painted onto her face, she stared at the students who hung out on the field during free period. Sighing, she eased herself down so her legs were still hanging off the side, but her back was against the ground.

She stared up at the gloomy gray sky. Earlier that day, it had been a white-clouded blue sky, but now a storm was rolling in and it would be down pouring at any minute. Ah, there it goes. One single rain drop kissed her cheek and rolled down, looking much like a tear. Rin smiled. She liked the rain. The rain continued it's work, dotting all over her body and weaving it's way through her blue locks.

"Sorry for being so late! Oh, wow! It's really coming down isn't it?" Ryuji came panting from out of the roof access door.

Rin sat up and looked towards him.

"I guess it is, but I like the rain, so I don't really mind it." She shrugged.

"I can see that, but what kind of weirdo hangs out in the rain without a coat? You'll get sick you know." Ryuji asked, concerned for her well-being.

"Nah, I'll be fine. I hardly ever get sick." She brushed him off.

"Are you sure?" He questioned.

"Mhm."

Ryuji took off his jacket anyway and spread it over the girl. Rin smiled and thanked him, pulling the fabric a little closer.

"You shouldn't be worrying about me, you should really worry about yourself." Rin muttered.

Suddenly, Ryuji started laughing.

"What?" Rin raised an eyebrow.

Just what was so funny?

"Sorry, I just remembered something." He chuckled.

"Oh? What was it?" Rin asked.

"Okay, you know that girl Izumo you knocked over at lunch? After you left, she walked over to your brother and was like, 'I'm sorry for ever doubting you. Your sister is terrifying.' and Yukio was like 'I know, Izumo, I know.'" Ryuji said, starting to laugh again.

"And why is this so funny to you?" Rin raised an eyebrow.

"I've watched horror movies with the girl, and she never even flinched at the scary parts, but you scared her. That's actually pretty scary that you managed to scare Izumo, that's why we were all staring at you after you went to sit back down." Ryuji explained.

"Oh. Well, I guess I am a scary person, but only if you piss me off. When I'm pissed I can take down men twice my size without breaking a sweat. Seriously, you can go ask Yukio. Usually though, I only get pissed when someone disses my favorite ships in my romance mangas" She replied, making vigorously to emphasize her point towards the end.

"What?" Ryuji furrowed his eyebrows.

"Nothing, it's a fandom thing. You wouldn't get it." She waved him off.

He simply shrugged and shook his head, adding Rin's words to his pile of "Things I may or may not ever understand."

"You know, I didn't think you'd be one to like romance." He suddenly said.

"Considering all your piercings and bleached hair, I didn't think you wouldn't be a delinquent, but hey, learn something new everyday don't we?" She retorted flatly.

"Touche."

"I try. I really do try." Rin nodded, pressing her lips together.

"..." Ryuji said nothing (note the sarcasm)

"So... You wanted to know what happened to my leg?"

"Oh yeah! What did happen?"

"I'm going to tell you this like ripping off a band aid. Just please, don't freak out. Someone tried to kidnap me and I beat them up, but in the process got this cut."

"..." Ryuji sat silently, processing this new information.

"..." Rin simply listened to the jeopardy theme in her head

"...WHAT?!"

Despite the down-pouring rain, Ryuji's scream could be heard all around campus.


Yukio looked up from the book he was reading in the library. He narrowed his eyes and furrowed his brows. He could swear that scream sounded just like-

"Is it just me, or did that sound like Ryuji?" Shiemi suddenly spoke up from besides him.

"No, I'm pretty sure that was Ryuji too. What he did to scream like that, however, is a whole other story I suppose."

"You're right, Yuki-chan. I'm sure we'll find out later..." She said, smiling at him sweetly.

Yukio blushed.

Meanwhile, Shima's hands twitched, just itching to smash their heads together.


One day later...

"Okay, but remember, you have to be outside by 10:00-" Shiro began, speaking to the twins situated in the back seat.

"DAD. WE KNOW. Calm down, we're going to be fine!" Rin interrupted, exasperated.

I mean, who wouldn't be after being told the same thing 6 times already?!

"But-"

"No buts! That's the 7th time you would have told us this! We get it okay?!" Rin finally snapped.

"Calm down nee-san..." Yukio said, choosing his words carefully and putting a hand on her shoulder.

Rin snapped her head towards him and glared. He quickly retracted his hand.

They all pulled into the parking lots of Mickey's Music store.

"Finally!" Rin exclaimed.

She was beyond done with the occupants of this car right now.

"Bye Rin, Yukio, have fun! Love you!" Shiro called as they exited the car.

"Love you too father!" Yukio returned.

Rin poked her head in the car and kissed Shiro's cheek.

"Love you too dad. Drive home safe!" She said.

"I will." Shiro winked at her.

She smiled and waved as he drove away. Shiro shook his head, a fond smile on his face.

"Man, sometimes Rin is so bipolar..." He chuckled.

And he drove home.

And now, back to the twins.

Yukio opened the door for his sister, who was still using the crutches, much to her chagrin ("UGHHH THESE THINGS ARE EVIL!" She had shouted the day before, frustrated beyond belief.) He entered behind her and the two of them looked around for a moment before spotting everyone else.

"What's up losers?" Rin waved, a big smile on her face.

"Hi Rin! About time you two got here!" Shima smiled right back.

"Sorry we're late, as Rin commonly calls him, our father was being a worry-wart." Yukio said, pushing up his glasses.

"You're saying that like you're any better." Rin dead-panned.

"Hey!" Yukio pouted.

But inwardly, everyone (including himself) knew it was true.

"OKAY EVERYBODY!" Somebody shouted from on stage.

The room quieted down and attention was brought to the person.

"Ooooh, big crowd tonight! Well, as most of you know, my name is Mickey, the owner of the shop. If this is your first time here, welcome! Me and my staff hope you have a great night! Now, what you're all probably wondering is why I'm up here. Well, I'm pleased to announce that we now are doing music battles, but here's the catch. You need a partner! This is called "Duet Duel" so enter and in a couple minutes, I'll call out two pairs and they'll go against each other! Sound good?!"

The whole room erupted in cheers.

"I'll take that as a yes! So, write down your name and your partners, and put them in this box! See ya real soon!"

With that, Mickey flourished out of the room.

"Hey Yukio, you should pair up with Shiemi!" Rin said loudly, gaining the attention of all her friends.

"Yes, you two should definitely!" Ryuji exclaimed, catching onto what Rin was trying to do.

"But-" Yukio began, blushing furiously.

"Yukio." Rin's eye was twitching and her tone and smile were sickly sweet.

"Okay... Shiemi, would you like to sing a duet with me?" He asked, swallowing his nervousness.

"Huh? Oh yeah! I'd love to!" Shiemi, who'd been oblivious to what was going on, exclaimed with a big smile.

Meanwhile, Rin was off to the side doing a happy dance and pumping her fist.

"Yessss!" She hissed.

Ryuji laughed at her, rolling his eyes. Suddenly Izumo, surprisingly, pushed him towards Rin.

"You know you want to ask her." Izumo simply said.

She then walked over to Shima and asked if he wanted to sing with her. Ryuji saw Konekomaru go shyly ask Paku. Swallowing his nervousness, much like Yukio, he walked over to the still ecstatic Rin.

"Hey Rin? Do you want to sing with me?" He asked.

She looked up.

"Eh? Oh, yeah! I'd love to do that!" She accepted his invitation, blushing slightly.

The four pairs (Rin and Ryuji, Yukio and Shiemi, Paku and Konekomaru, and Izumo and Shima) wrote down their names on the slips of paper provided and put them in the box just in time for Mickey to come prancing out.

"Alright everyone! It's time for me to pick!" He announced, smiling at the mob of people.

He proceeded to reach into the box, and picked out two slips of paper, reminding Rin horribly of the hunger games. Slowly, he opened the slips of paper and walked to the microphone.

"Here are our two battling pairs! We have Shiemi and Yukio, and Rin and Ryuji!" He exclaimed loudly.

The room filled with cheers from the other patrons.

"Looks like we're up, let's go Ryuji!" Rin exclaimed, grabbing her crutches.

"Come right up!" Mickey called.

The four friends came up on stage.

"So, before we begin, let's learn a bit about you four eh? Let's see, uh, yeah! Do you four know each other!"

"Yeah! I'm actually going against my twin in this." Rin said into the microphone.

"Ooh! Twins! Don't see that everyday! Oh dear, what happened to your leg."

"If I tell you the whole truth, he'd freak out,"Rin said, pointing at Ryuji."...Again, so I'll just tell you the gist of it. I got into a fight."

"Interesting, you don't see girls getting into fist fights everyday. Now, what about you?" Mickey said, impressed. He turned the mic to Yukio.

"So, you look like a smarty, how's your night been going?" Mickey continued.

"I've been having a good time. Though Rin kind of forced me to come up here..."

"Hey, I get things done!" She defended, holding her hands up in surrender.

"The brains and the brawn kind of twins, I like you two. Now, let's begin the duet duel! You'll have three songs to choose from on your box, and we'll flip a coin or something to see who goes first."

With that, Mickey strode off stage.

"You and Shiemi will go first." Rin dead-panned.

"What?! But-" Yukio spluttered.

"If you go first, you get it over with quickly. Logic, Yukio, do you have none?" Rin said like it was the most obvious thing in the world.

"I- Your right." Yukio muttered, defeated.

"I always am." Rin flipped her (short) hair over her shoulder.

Rin and Ryuji took their spots at their box.

"Ooh! Partners in crime! I love that song so much!" Rin exclaimed.

"Really? I like that song too. Do you want to do it?" Ryuji asked.

"Hell yeah!" She exclaimed.

"Alright." Ryuji pressed the button.

Meanwhile...

"The only song I know here is "All of me." Yukio said, bemused.

"I don't know any other song either Yuki chan." Shiemi agreed.

"Alright, it's settled. That song it is." Yukio nodded his head.

"I'm glad I got to do this with you." Shiemi said, with a tiny blush on her face.

"Me too, Shiemi." Yukio gave her one of his rare smiles and pushed the button.

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

Yukio:

What would I do without your smart mouth?Drawing me in, and you kicking me out You've got my head spinning, no kidding, I can't pin you down What's going on in that beautiful mind I'm on your magical mystery ride And I'm so dizzy, don't know what hit me, but I'll be alright

Shiemi:My head's under water But I'm breathing fine You're crazy and I'm out of my mind

Both:'Cause all of me Loves all of you Love your curves and all your edges All your perfect imperfections Give your all to me I'll give my all to you You're my end and my beginning Even when I lose I'm winning'Cause I give you all of me And you give me all of you, oh oh

Yukio:How many times do I have to tell you Even when you're crying you're beautiful too The world is beating you down, I'm around through every mood

Shiemi:You're my downfall, you're my muse My worst distraction, my rhythm and blues I can't stop singing, it's ringing, in my head for you My head's under water But I'm breathing fine You're crazy and I'm out of my mind

Both:'Cause all of me Loves all of you Love your curves and all your edges All your perfect imperfections Give your all to me I'll give my all to you

Yukio:You're my end and my beginning Even when I lose I'm winning'Cause I give you all of me And you give me all of you, ohohGive me all of you Cards on the table, we're both showing hearts Risking it all, though it's hard

Shiemi:Cause all of me Loves all of you Love your curves and all your edges All your perfect imperfections

Both:Give your all to me I'll give my all to you You're my end and my beginning Even when I lose I'm winning'Cause I give you all of me And you give me all of you

I give you all of me And you give me all of you, oh oh

Yukio and Shiemi finished a short slow dance on the stage and stopped with their hands brushing together. The crowd cheered wildly.

"Wow! That was awesome! That's going to be hard to beat!" Mickey's voice rang through the room.

A few minutes later, Rin and Ryuji's song began.

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxxox

Rin:

You'll never takes us alive

Ryuji:

We swore that death will do us part They'll call our crimes a work of art

Rin:

You'll never takes us alive

Ryuji: We'll live like spoiled royalty, lovers and partners

Both:

Partners in crime

Ryuji: This, the tale of, reckless love, living a life of crime on the run, I brush to a gun to paint these states green and red, Everybody freeze,

Rin:

nobody move

Ryuji:

put the money in the bag \

Rin:

Or we will shoot,

Ryuji:

empty out the vault and me and my doll will be on our way,

Rin:

our paper faces flood the streets,

Ryuji:

And if the heat comes close enough to burn then we'll play with fire cause,

Rin:

You'll never takes us alive

Ryuji:

We swore that death will do us part They'll call our crimes a work of art

Rin:

You'll never takes us alive

Ryuji:

We'll live like spoiled royalty, lovers and partners

Both:

Partners in crime Partners in crime Ryuji:

Here we find our omnipotent outlaws fall behind the grind tonight, left unaware that the lone store owner won't go down without a fight,

Rin:

Where we gonna go,

Ryuji:

he's got us pinned

Rin:

Baby I'm a little scared

Ryuji:

Now, don't you quit

Rin:He's sounded the alarm, I hear the sirens closing in, Our paper faces flood the streets,

Ryuji:

And if the heat comes close enough to burn then we're burning this place to the ground cause, Rin:

You'll never takes us alive

Ryuji:

We swore that death will do us part They'll call our crimes a work of art

Rin:

You'll never takes us alive

Ryuji:

We'll live like spoiled royalty, lovers and partners Partners in crime Partners in crime

Rin:

The skies are black with lead-filled rain,

Ryuji:

a morbid painting on display,

Rin:

this is the night the young love died,

Ryuji:

buried at each others side,

Rin:

you never took us alive

Ryuji:

We swore that death would do us part So now we haunt you in the dark,

Rin:

You never took us alive, we live as ghosts among these streets, lovers and Partners in crime

Ryuji:

Partners in crime

Both:

Partners in crime!!!

They finished their song by both dropping their microphones on the table.

The room was absolutely silent before it erupted into deafening cheers and applause for a good five minutes. When the cheering finally calmed down, Mickey spoke.

"WOW. Just WOW. That was absolutely spectacular! I think we all know who won this round. Give it up for the best Partners in crime, Rin and Ryuji!" He yelled.

Rin didn't stop smiling that night, and despite only knowing each other for a few days, that was the night something new sparked in both Rin and Ryuji's hearts.

Question is, can you guess what it was?

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