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Chapter 1: Realizations
"Hmm. How should I tell her?" Ritsu thought while walking down the streets towards her home. "..Maybe~"
She gasped when she saw the speeding truck coming towards the old man crossing the streets.
Adrenaline rush came upon her and realizes that she already had the man safely beside her while holding onto his arm.
"Are you okay, sir?"
The old man smiled and asked, "Ahh.. Thank you for saving me young girl. How can I repay you?"
"N-No problem! You don't need to repay me anything, sir." She opposed.
"I insist young lady, how can I repay you?"
Ritsu thought that the old man is a bit stubborn. "It's really okay, sir. I should probably get going.." She then awkwardly scratches the back of her head.
"I might be rude to someone who just saved me." The old man held out a blue-gray transparent stone in color, extending his arms towards the baffled girl.
"Please accept it. At least I can thanked you by means of this." He smiled.
Ritsu accepted the necklace, "T-Thank you, sir." She then scratched the back of her head.
"Wear it every time, okay?"
"Why, sir?" she questioned.
"..Because, that is my safety charm." the old man smiled.
Ritsu got confused of the old man's statement, "Uhh.. O-Okay.. so, I better get going now. Thank you again for this, sir. And be careful on your way, sir. " she bowed.
"Where did he~" Ritsu got confused after she found the gone. "..a fast walker? Hmm.." she shrugged it off and continues to her destination.
After taking bath, she dried her hair and then slumps herself onto the bed. Remembering the necklace, "Oh yeah.. Where was it again?" asking herself.
She rummages her bag but success she was not until she remembers her uniform.
"Ahh.. There you are!"
She then sat onto her bed and stared at the necklace.
"It's really a nice necklace." She chuckled remembering the old man's request, "Keeping safe, huh?"
A yawn escaped her lips, "so, I'll tell Mio tomorrow.."
She positions herself for sleeping, "..yeah, I'll tell her."
Well, for all you know Ritsu was I love with her long time best friend, Akiyama Mio. She never thought that the dangerous queen could make her fall in love. Ritsu always admires Mio for her talent in playing the bass, cool, smart, and beautiful.
"Three years.. I've been in love with her for three years, and having this feeling build up inside me yearns for her even more." Staring at the ceiling, "Oh great? Now I'm having butterflies in my stomach.. I can't sleep.. tch." Groaning, "Arghh! Of all the people, why should be you Mio?" she scratches her head in anger.
Tears starts to build up, "Why? I don't want to hold back, at the same time, I don't want to lose you."
"Lately, I've been having this strange feeling towards her."
Mio thought while staring down at her homework. But nothing comes into mind except for the overly energetic drummer, Tainaka Ritsu. A pink hue lit on her face.
"Yeah, I've been wondering.. I think I'm having this feeling for three years now?" she sighed, "It's not like, I'm in love with her."
With that sudden bluntness, her face lit up like a stop light signal.
"Oh no.. Am I?" eyes wide, her heart then quickens.
"N-No! I-I don't want to have this kind of feeling.." she puts down her pen, "..It's so… distracting."
Mio is now at the point of realization of her feelings towards her best friend.
"..To think about it.." she blushed even more. "Arghh!" she stood up and slumps herself onto her bed.
Her long time best friend makes her feel all giddy and tingly every time. Yeah.. the reckless, forgetful, and sarcastic drummer who is in fact her best friend. Even though she finds Ritsu annoying, she felt her heart quickens whenever Ritsu became so caring.
"So, all of those strange feelings for these past three years for her were love?" she blinks, "Would she accept me if I'll tell her my feelings?"
Thinking about Ritsu, getting angry and feeling disgusted, makes her eyes teary.
"..I hope not." She then drifted to dreamland.
Three years ago..
"Ritsuu! Come on, let's go back to the camp. It's getting dark!" a hysteric Mio pulling Ritsu's arm.
"Wait a little bit, Mio."
"You said, you're going to show me something? What is it? It's getting darker!" pouting.
'Oh no.. not that face..'
"Well, come here for a sec." waving a hand to Mio.
"I'll show you something." Ritsu proceeds to the back of Mio's and covers her eyes.
"R-Ritsu?" getting tensed on Ritsu's touch.
"After I let go, open your eyes okay?"
'What is this feeling? It's fluttering against my stomach. Am I that excited to see her surprise? Or.. just the caring way she held me?' Mio thought.
She then started to burst in red complimenting her thoughts.
"Mio, are you okay? I can feel something hot on your face."
A concerned voice filled her ears which makes her heart race.
"N-No, it's okay! I want to see it."
"Okay, ya ready?"
Mio nodded. When Ritsu lets her go, Mio opened her eyes.
"What ya think? Pretty nice, is it? ya like it?" plastering a grin on her face.
"Uhh.. You don't' need to stutter like that if you don't like it."
A hint of disappointment in Ritsu's voice, after seeing her reaction.
"I don't like it."
'Great, Ritsu!' she blamed herself.
"Coz I love it! It's lovely, Ritsu!" giving a satisfied smile.
Ritsu shots her head up and looks at her with disbelief, "Really?"
Ritsu was giving a surprise for Mio which are the illuminating creatures of the night.
"Yes… it's really lovely Ritsu! I really love it!"
Ritsu scratches the back of her head and grins.
After a few minutes of staring into the darkness which were given an illuminating effects, thanks to the fireflies. Ritsu glanced at Mio who looked like she's really enjoying. She doesn't want to end it but needed it to.
"Hey, Mio? Come on, let's go back. They're probably looking for us."
Ritsu first stood up and gives a hand at Mio. After Mio accepted it, Ritsu then pulled her, but too much to make their face only an inch away. Both stared at each other like the time became slow motion for them.
'She is so beautiful.' Ritsu stared.
'..her eyes looks like it's going to..' Mio blushed.
Seeing this, Ritsu first looked away. "Uhh… come on, let's go back."
"O-Okay…" Mio is still blushing but still manages to say, "T-Thank you, Ritsu."
"For what you have shown to me."
"U-Uhh… no problem! haha" scratching the back of her head, "…and you know what? Being sweet like that gives me the itches." She chuckled, but later rewarded by Mio.
…end of flash back.
"Oh my God! I'm going to be late!" Ritsu now jumping off her bed, then directly proceeds to the bathroom.
Reaching inside, she passed by the mirror and took a glance at the necklace.
"Oh yeah? I forgot about this."
She tried to remove it, "Huh? Why wouldn't come off?" irritated, "Arghh.. I'll think about this later. Maybe the lock is jammed."
After rushing, she jogged down the streets going to Mio's.
'…is there something on my face?'
She tries to ignore the people watching her. And later on she reached the Akiyama residence.
Ringing the bell, Mio opens the door.
"Yo! Sorry I'm late!" giving her trademark grin.
"If you'll do this again, I'll go ahead!" Mio said irritably.
"I-I'm sorry! I didn't hear the alarm ring!"
"Whatever.. let's get going."
While they're walking down the streets, Mio pulled Ritsu's sleeves.
"What is it, Mio?"
"Didn't you notice?" Mio whispered.
"Notice? Notice what?"
Even though it's very obvious to her what Mio meant, she plays dumb just to avoid it.
"They're staring at you!" panicked, Mio then froze.
It took Ritsu a while to notice that Mio is no longer walking beside you.
"M-Mio, are you okay?"
"Did you do something again!?" she said angrily.
"Huh? What are you talking about? I didn't do anything wrong… at least not yet?" Ritsu then burst into laughter.
"Alright, alright… I didn't do anything, okay? Maybe they're just caught up by my good looks?" she chuckled.
Mio then realize that Ritsu is not wearing her hairband.
'I didn't notice that earlier!?'
"Hey, Mio? Are you okay?" waving a hand in front of Mio's face.
"Uhh.. y-yeah.." she looked away, '…not good. I'm losing it.'
Suddenly, three girls blocked their way.
'What's this?' Ritsu thought.
"A-Ano.." one girl spoke.
"Y-You're Tainaka Ritsu-san right? From Houkago Tea Time?" slightly blush.
Hearing both parties, Mio's jealousy burst.
"Ritsu! We're going to be late!"
"Oh yeah! We need to go! Ja!" Waving a hand.
Ritsu then grabs Mio's hand and they started to run.
'I wish you'll never let go, Ritsu.' Mio blushed and stares the back of the girl who ran ahead of her.
To be continued…
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