Happiness and Sorrow

She...she really doesn't remember me. I prepared myself for this. I knew there might have been the slightest chance that she wouldn't remember me...but...

"Who are you?"

The words took a blow at Shizuru's heart. She tried to smile anyway as she looked at the young confused girl.

"Takara its me...Shizuru. Your onee-chan. Don't you remember me?"

Takara still gave Shizuru a confused look but she took a few step closer to her. She looked into Shizuru's crimson eyes and studied her. Takara took a step back and inspected up and down Shizuru's body.



Takara raised an eyebrow as she took out a picture from her pocket. She lifted up the picture and compared the chestnut hair teenager in the picture with the chestnut haired woman that stood before her. Her eyes widen at the similarity and dropped the picture. Natsuki looked at it and noticed it was Takara and Shizuru from the past.

"O-onee-chan..." Water began to build up in Takara's eyes.


Takara suddenly punched Shizuru in the stomach. Everyone was taken taken aback by the young girl's action. Shizuru grunted in pain as she looked up at Takara. She felt her eyes sting as she saw the hurt expression on Takara's face.

"What took you so long onee-chan?"

Shizuru saw the tears fall down Takara's face. The tears then began to fall down her own face as well. She wrapped her arms around Takara who in turn hugged her back.

"Kanin na Takara. Kanin na!"

Natsuki rubbed the back of her neck as she watched the two sister's embrace.

Back together again...

Kisara put on her clothes in the bathroom and thought about the past week and all that had transpired. It was good, it was bad, and it was all messing with her head.

It's good that Takara and Shizuru get back together. I mean Takara was waiting for her, I was just there to ease the pain. It's not fair if I act selfish and keep Takara. They deserve to be together again...

Kisara sighed as she began to button up her shirt. Her mind began to wonder on its own.


"Onee-chan..." Takara looked worried.

"Hey don't worry about me. Go on and have a good time."

"But what about you?"

"Takara, Shizuru came back for you and she wants to bond with you. Isn't this what you wanted?" Kisara asked.

"Yeah...but I don't want to leave you alone."

"Reito should be visiting me today. I think Miss Maria is coming to."

"Ara, first name bases?" Takara smiled.

"Whatever Kara," Kisara rolled her eyes, "Now go bond with Shizuru."

Kisara felt two arms surround her and she looked down and Takara. With a smile Kisara returned the hug.

"I'll be back okay?"

"Its a promise." Kisara smiled.

"Bye." Takara waved as she walked out of the door.

Kisara waved until Takara disappeared. Her hand slowly dropped to her bed and the smile that was on her face dropped as well as her head. She leaned back onto the pillow and looked blankly up at the ceiling.

"A promise..."

Shaking her head a little, Kisara finished buttoning her shirt and proceeded to her pants. Kisara finished putting her clothes on and opened the door to her room. The past few days her room was filled with a few visitors but now it was empty. She looked around just in case someone was hiding but no one was there. She sighed and was about to sit down in a near by chair when she saw something catch her eye. As if time had turn back, she saw herself as a little girl before Takara entered her life. She watched the little girl wrap her arms around her knees and hold herself. The little Kisara began to cry as she held herself.

Something fell on to her cheek and Kisara reached up and wiped it away. The little girl disappeared as she tired to wipe away the continuous falling tears.

"Stop it, your too old to cry." Kisara told herself as she wiped away the tears.

The tears disobeyed her and continued to fall from her eyes. The more she tried to stop them the more they fell and drenched her cheeks.

"Why...why? It's not fair..."

Kisara sat in the chair and placed her face in her hands and let go. The tears fell willingly and freely.

"I'm alone again."

She let the tears fall down when suddenly she heard the door open. She looked upand quickly tried to wipe away the tears.

"Sorry you have to see this. Pretty pathetic huh?" Kisara hid her face away.

Arms lifted Kisara up from the chair and made her stand up. The arms then embraced her and laid her head on the shoulder.


"Just Reito." Rieto held her closer.

"Reito...you don't have to do this. I'm fine now." Kisara pushed Reito away.

"I want to." Reito held Kisara and put a hand on her head.

"But I'm not-" Kisara tried to get away

"Stop denying it."

Kisara stopped moving and tried to keep herself from crying again. Reito sensed this and rubbed her back with his hand.

"It's okay to cry once in a while. It makes everything feel better."

"I don't want to ruin your suit."

"I don't mind." Rieto held her closer.

With that she leaned her head into his shoulder and let out all of the pain she had held inside for so long.

"You not alone. I'm here with you."

Kisara wrapped her arms around Rieto and never wanted to let go.

"So now what?" Natsuki asked.

"Why are you asking me?" Nao responded.

"I don't know, guess I was stupid to ask you for help."

"Whatever, are Shizuru and Takara out again."

"Yeah they should be back soo-"

The doors to a room in the orphanage opened and Shizuru, Takara and Miss Maria walked out. Natsuki smiled when she saw Shizuru and Takara were holding hands.

"Congratulations, you have another Fujino living with you." Miss Maria smiled at Natsuki.

"Wait what?" Natsuki felt her heart skip a beat.

"I'm gonna live with onee-chan!" Takara responded.

"Wait, with us?" Natsuki pointed to her and Shizuru.


"Hehehe, good luck with two Fujinos mutt." Nao snickered.

"Shut it, don't call me mutt spider." Natsuki growled.

"If you don't mind, I'm going to walk Kisara back to the orphanage." Miss Maria began to walk away.

"Miss Maria can I go with you?" Takara asked.

"You don't have to ask."

Takara was about to go but hesitated and looked back at Shizuru.

"Go on, I'll wait for you here." Shizuru smiled.


"I promise."

Takara smiled and waved goodbye as she took off after Miss Maria. Shizuru sighed happily as she turned back to Natsuki.

"Uh you know I'm gonna go see if Hinata has the surprise ready." Nao quickly left the room.

The room was silent as Natsuki tried to find her words.

"So...she's coming to live with us?" Natsuki asked.


"Is that the other reason why you wanted to break up?"

"Yes...I don't know whether or not you will like her. Either way I want to take care of her. Natsuki...will you stay with me, even though Takara will be around?"

Natsuki gently placed a hand on Shizuru's cheek and smiled.


"What?" Shizuru felt her heart drop.

"No, I won't ever leave you. Because I love too much."

Shizuru smiled and wrapped her arms around Natsuki and placed her head on her shoulder.

"Okini Natsuki."

"Speaking of which, where is Takara going to stay at our apartment?"

"Ara, I didn't think about that."

Natsuki sighed but had a smile on her face.

"You think onee-chan is okay?" Takara asked Miss Maria.

"Which one are we talking about?" Miss Maria asked.


"I'm sure she's fine, that boyfriend of hers is walking her out of the hospital."

"Actually I meant about me and Shizuru onee-chan."

Miss Maria thought about it and looked down at Takara. She saw worry on the young girl's face. She lightly tapped Takara on the head.

"Ow, what was that for?"

"That look of worry isn't good for your face."

"But what about Kisara onee-chan?"

"...Things will work out. Don't worry too much about it. That's always been a flaw of yours."

"Ara? How?"

"You once worried so much, you actually fell ill one time because of it."

"Eh? When was that?"

"When you were young. You probably don't remember."


They arrived at the hospital and waited for Kisara and Rieto to come out. Takara looked around and turned her head towards the direction of a bell ring. The elevator door opened and the pair came out. Takara smiled and ran towards Kisara with open arms.

"Onee-chan! Your finally back."

"Yeah I'm back." Kisara patted Takara's head.

"Let's go, you two are making a scene." Miss Maria stated.

"Where are the others?" Reito asked.

"They're at the orphanage getting their things packed. They leave this afternoon."

"Oh...I see." Kisara sighed.

Reito grabbed her hand and walked with her. She had a slight blush appear on her face.

"Hey let go."

"Relax, we still have that date to go on." Reito smiled.


"Ara, onee-chan your face is turning red."

"It's the sun."

"In the middle of fall?" Miss Maria raised an eyebrow.

"Like I said, its the sun." Kisara repeated.

Reito smiled as he watched the blush on Kisara's slightly grow.

"What are you looking at?" Kisara asked.

"At something cute."

"Yeah Takara is cute." Kisara smiled.

"No I'm not." Takara blushed.

Miss Maria sighed as they approached the orphanage.

I didn't think we would ever make it back

Opening the door Miss Maria ran into Nao.

"Ow, what the hell?" Nao rubbed her head.

"Your apologizes please." Miss Maria said.

"Sorry lieutenant." Nao gripped.

"Hey where is-" Kisara began.

"Welcome back."

Kisara stared at Natsuki, Shizuru and Hinata who came out of no where and presented a cake to her. She stared at the cake with the frosting letters that said 'Welcome Back'. Kisara smiled and rubbed her neck.

"Um...thanks guys."

"No problem." Natsuki said.

"It's just a small token of my gratitude." Shizuru smiled.

"Uh huh...so can we eat this?" Kisara asked.

"Course silly." Hinata smiled.

For that brief moment in time, everything was prefect.

Absolutely everything.

"This is what you want?"

"Yes...I'm going to live with Shizuru onee-chan."

Kisara and Takara were sitting on the porch and looking up at the sky. Takara worried as Kisara remained silent. She was about to say something when she felt a hand pat her head. Kisara smiled at her as she riffled her hair.

"Just make sure you visit me, okay?"

"Will do."

"I...I just remembered Miss Maria asked me to do something. You better go get your things packed." Kisara stood up and began to walk away.

"Onee-chan wait!" Takara ran after Kisara.

Kisara turned around and stopped for Takara. They stared at each other for a moment before Kisara coughed.

"Don't worry, I'll be back before you know it." Kisara turned her head around.

Takara grabbed Kisara's hand. Kisara turned back around and looked at Takara.

"Thank you...for everything."


"I really messed up everything for you," Takara said, "A lot of parents wanted to adopt you, but you turned them down to take care of me. You really shouldn't have, but you did keep your promise. Okini...onee-chan."

Kisara wrapped her arms around Takara and hugged her.

"If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't change anything."

Takara smiled and hugged Kisara back. Kisara smiled as well.

"So don't forget to visit me okay?" Kisara said as they let go of each other.

"I won't. When I'm finally able to get a job, I'll help pay of that debt mom and dad left us."

"No worries, Reito payed off my medical bill and the debt our parents left behind."

"Ara, you said his name again." Takara smiled.

"Don't you mock your onee-chan." Kisara blushed and ruffled Takara's black hair.

Takara laughed as she tried to get Kisara to stop ruffling her hair.

"So this is Fuka?" Takara asked as the stepped off of the train.

"Yup, you like?" Kisara asked.

"I like."

"We'll see you guys later." Nao waved at the group.

"Take care you two." Natsuki waved back.

"We'll try." Hinata held Nao's hand.

"Good bye." Shizuru smiled.

"So where do you live Shizuru onee-chan?" Takara asked.

"We're actually going over here now." Shizuru smiled.

"Is Natsuki chan coming with us?" Takara asked.

"Don't call me chan." Natsuki responded.

Takara smiled as she walked in between Shizuru and Kisara. Shizuru extended her hand for Takara to take. Without hesitation Takara took Shizuru's hand and grabbed Kisara's hand. Kisara slightly blushed as they walked on.

"And this I home." Natsuki opened the door and let Kisara and Takara in.

"Wow...this is better than my apartment." Kisara noted.

"Isn't this a one bed room apartment?" Takara asked.

Shizuru somewhat froze at Takara's question. She turned around to face Takara.

"Yes, but we'll get a two bed room apartment soon."

"But where will Natsuki-chan stay?"

"Please don't call me chan." Natsuki requested.

"Ara, but then what do I call Natsuki-chan?" Takara asked.

"Um, just call me Natsuki."

"Okay Natsuki-chan." Takara smiled.


"Natsuki will sleep with me." Shizuru wrapped her arms around Natsuki's waist.

"Oi! Not in front of your sister." Kisara covered Takara's eyes.

"Oh, is Shizuru onee-chan and Natsuki-chan on that side of the street?" Takara asked as she tried to uncover her eyes.

"Um...ask Shizuru." Kisara removed her hands.

"Takara...um...well..." Shizuru let go of Natsuki and slightly panicked as she tried to talk to Takara.

"It's okay, I still love you." Takara smiled.

"Takara!" Shizuru smiled and wrapped her arms around her little sister.

"She still keeps calling me chan." Natsuki slightly growled.

"Yeah, but don't worry if she likes you, she teases you." Kisara smiled.

"Kind of like someone I know." Natsuki looked at Shizuru.


"Natsuki-chan, take care of my sister okay?" Takara asked.

"I will, stop calling me chan."

Shizuru smiled as Takara smiled at Natsuki.

"It still feels kind of weird." Takara said at the dinner table.

"Really? Well its only been a week." Natsuki responded.

"Ara, do you want me to ask Kisara over again."

"I'm not a baby onee-chan." Takara sighed.

"How old are you again Takara?" Natsuki asked.

"I'm 10."

"So I guess you'll be going to the Fuka middle school."


"You can't not just go to school." Natsuki responded.

"I'm a first year in high school." Takara smiled.

Both Shizuru and Natsuki almost choked on the food they had in their mouths. Takara was a bit surprised when the started to calm down. Natsuki looked at Takara with a raised eyebrow. She then laughed and patted Takara on the back.

"Good one Takara."

"No I'm actually a high school student."


"Yup, they said I was too smart so they made me take the high school entrance exam which I passed."

"Oh...wow your really smart."

"Not really, I just like to study."

"Want to do my homework then?" Natsuki smiled.

"Ikezu Natsuki." Shizuru smiled.

"You were the student council president in high school right onee-chan?" Takara asked.

"I was."

"Hmm...okay, I'm going to be the student council president too."

"Looks like someone's following your footsteps Shizuru." Natsuki sighed.

"Ara, let's hope not." Shizuru smiled.

"Why not?" Takara asked.

"That would be a bad thing." Shizuru winked.

"Aw come on, no it wouldn't."


Natsuki just smiled as she watched the two sister's bond together at the dinner table.

This is a nice change of pace.

Hinata had already fallen into a deep slumber as she was wrapped around Nao's naked arms. Still awake Nao watched Hinata sleep. She smiled to herself when Hinata slightly opened her eyes. She moaned and closed her eyes.


Nao kissed Hinata's head and rubbed her back.

"It's okay, go to sleep."

Hinata didn't respond but laid still and went back to sleep. Nao felt her eyelids grow heavy so she wrapped her arms around Hinata and kissed her softly on the lips. Nao blushed as she tried to stay awake for a little longer.

"One day...one day I'll tell you. So just wait a little longer, okay?"

Unable to stay awake any longer, she rested her head on the pillow and fell asleep.

"T-Thanks for the meal." Kisara blushed.

"No problem." Reito smiled.

Kisara smiled as they walked hand in hand away from the Star Atlas.

"Is there any where you want to go?" Reito asked.

"No...well.." Kisara hesitated.


"Um...follow me."

Kisara guided Reito as they walked passed people. Reito noticed she was looking as if someone was following them.


"Just making sure my little sister or her sister isn't following us. Them or Natsuki, Nao and Hinata."

Reito just smiled as their fast walk slowed down. He looked at the building she had brought him to.

"You have to go to work now?" Reito raised an eyebrow at the coffee shop.

"No, I just really like this place." Kisara opened the front door.

"So you tell me, what's good here?" Reito asked.

"Just don't get the Miracle Drink." Kisara smiled.

Reito smiled but then he noticed Kisara taking out her wallet.

"Now, now I got this."

"But you pay for everything, makes me feel like a free loader." Kisara complained.

"But if I'm happy and want to do it, then your not a free loader."

"But still." Kisara sighed.

"Don't worry, just relax."

Kisara smiled at him for a moment before turning her attention to the door.

"Is something wrong?" Reito asked.

"I think I saw red hair, run." Kisara grabbed the drinks and quickly walked out of the coffee shop.

Reito just smiled as he followed her. They stopped at a bench near a the park. Kisara sat down and smiled.

"I think its safe."

"If you say so. Who are we running from?" Reito sat besides her.

"The group that promised they ruin our first date." Kisara sighed.

"Ah, the group. Is that what you call them?" He smiled.

"More or less. What did you get?"


"Huh, so you like tea like Shizuru."

"Not at all. She has, how would you say, a major craving for it."

"Eh, how?"

"She can take it to the unhealthy level." He smiled.

"Oh...I didn't think that was possible."

"It is."

"So your the head of Viola Industries?"

"That's right."

"But how? I mean you only 2 years older than me."

"It's my father's company. I've worked in it since I was 13 so I know the ropes of it."

"Do you like your job?"


"Huh...I'm out of subject to talk about." Kisara sighed.

"Well what about you?"

"I...I don't...I don't know what I'm going to do."


"I've had three jobs since my adoptive parent's died. The money was for their debt and for Takara's schooling. Now that Takara is with Shizuru and you covered the rest of that debt, I don't know what to do with myself."

"I see."

Kisara sighed and looked up at the sky.

"If I'm not intruding, can I ask about your real parents?"

"Um...let's not."

"Alright then."

"What about yours?"

"They like to travel a lot, so I don't really see much of them much."

"...Is it lonely?"

"Yes, I know what it feels like to be alone." Reito smiled at her.

Kisara blushed for a moment before she sat closer to him to where their shoulder's touched. Reito slowly wrapped an arm around her and she leaned her head on his shoulder.

"I think I like you." Kisara said.


"...I...like you...a lot."

Reito smiled and brought his hand up to her chin to make her face him. She was blushing as he came closer to her face.

"I like you a lot too."

Kisara closed her eyes and pressed forward a little.

"So you've reached first base? Congrats."

Kisara looked up and pushed Reito away.

"Nao how could you? They we're going to kiss." Hinata sighed.

"Please I wasn't the one who planned this." Nao said.

"W-W-W-What are you guys doing here?" Kisara blushed.

"Actually the ring leader is over there. You might want to talk to her." Nao pointed to a bush close by.

Kisara looked and Takara popped out and waved at her.

"Kara..." Kisara slightly glared.

"This idea was Shizuru onee-chan's." Takara pointed back to Nao.

"Ara, ara. This was my Natsuki's idea." Shizuru smiled as she brought Natsuki out from their hiding place.

"How is this my idea? I didn't even want to come in the first place." Natsuki said as she was being dragged.

Kisara sighed and tired to hide her face.

"Now, now ladies. Kisara and I are going now." Reito grabbed Kisara's hand.

Takara chuckled as Kisara walked away with Reito.

"Your evil you know that?" Nao said to Takara.

"I'm not evil, I'm just playfully teasing her." Takara smiled.

"Is she like that home too?" Nao asked Natsuki.

"Uh-huh." Natsuki sighed.

"He,he,he, just like Fujino. You two really are alike." Nao smiled.

"I suppose so." Shizuru smiled at Takara.

Takara smiled and winked back.

"So its just you and me today?" Takara asked.

"Yup, Shizuru had something to do today." Natsuki responded.

"I wonder where she went." Takara looked worried.

Natsuki noticed this and began to think. She put a hand on Takara's shoulder causing the young girl to look up at her.

"Let's go do something fun."

"Okay, what do you want to do?"

"You get to pick."


"Yeah, anything you want and don't worry about the money, I got it."

"What if I said I wanted to go to a theme park?" Takara asked.

"Um...well...uh..." Natsuki hesitated.

"Just kidding." Takara smiled.

Natsuki sighed but smiled at Takara.

"So no really, where do you want to go."

"I don't know, wherever is good."

Natsuki sighed again as they walked down the street.

Shizuru...I don't know what you're thinking, but good luck.

"So you're the visitor?"

"Yes sir."

"Huh, alright then. Follow me."

Shizuru nodded her head and followed the police officer. She was lead to a room where there were citizen's like her with a plastic wall divideing the prisoners.

"This one ma'm." The officer showed her an open box.

"Thank you." She slightly bowed.

The officer bowed and walked away as Shizuru began to sit down in the seat provided. Her heart was racing as the seconds passed by. She took a deep breath, trying some way to keep calm. She heard a door open on the other side of the plastic wall and looked up. Her heart skipped a beat as the man with crimson eye began to walk towards her. Even though the plastic wall was between them, Shizuru felt that he could attack her at any moment. She felt her breath come in small quiet reps as he sat down. Under the desk she clutched her free hand on her skirt. She grabbed the phone and slowly looked up at the man with all the courage she find.

"I didn't expect this."

"Don't get the wrong idea father. I just came to say a few things to you."

Mr. Fujino smiled and his eyes seemed to mock her.

"Well go on."

"This will be the very last time you ever see me."

"And Takara?"

"I'll never let you see her." Shizuru glared.

"I suppose not, she never was suppose to exist."

Her hand clutched tighter under the desk.

"Is that all you wanted to say?"

"I...want to ask you something."

"Go on."

"Did you ever love mother?"

Mr. Fujino paused for a moment.

"It was buisness."


"Then...what about me?"


"Did you...ever really care for me?"

"Must I answer?'

"I insist that you do."

"Well...at time...but I'm not sure you really want the answer to that question."

Shizuru felt her heart sink, but she stood firm in her mission.

"I just...wanted to say-"

"That you hate me? That I hope you rot in hell? Believe me I've heard all the insults. You saying it wouldn't affect me."

"I forgive you."

Mr. Fujino looked at Shizuru to see is she meant what she said. He looked into her eyes and saw that she was.

"If I said I hate you, it would give you more power so I'm not going to say it. But I don't like you and I most certainly do not love you. Everything you did...I forgive you. I've learned how to do that from someone I care about."

Shizuru hung up the phone and stood up. She gave the man she called father one long last look before she turned away forever. Mr. Fujino sat there stunned as he watched his daughter walk away. Shizuru exited the doors and fell to her knees. She took deep breathes as she slowly unclenched her hand.

"Here let me help."

Kyoko began to badge wrap Shizuru's bleeding hand.

"Is this all you wanted to do?" Kyoko asked.


"You're really brave and a saint to do that kind of thing for him."

"I'm no saint." Shizuru winced at the pain.

"Sorry about that." Kyoko smiled.

"Thank you for letting me see him."

"No problem, any thing you need just ask okay."

"Thank you." Shizuru gave her a small smile.

"Hey...I'm really glad that you have someone to lean on." Kyoko gave her a sad smile.

"Oh...um thank you. But what-"

"You and I are the same. That's the main reason why I wanted to take this case."

Shizuru looked at Kyoko who began to rub her neck. She sighed and moved the hair from her face.

"How...how can you tell?"

"Women like us can see it, the same pain in another eye's. That and well...you know."

Shizuru felt a hard lump form in her throat but she kept it down as she looked at Kyoko.

"It's just a guess but..."

Shizuru sighed as she walked into her apartment. Though she smiled to herself as she walked to the kitchen to make green tea.

Kyoko... I never imagined I would ever get Takara back in my life. And Natsuki likes her, I don't deserve any of this happiness. Not one bit of it. Takara...

Shizuru hesitated as she prepared the tea. She looked into the cup and sighed.

"We're out of green tea..."

The door to the apartment opened and Shizuru put down the cup. Natsuki and Takara had big grins on there faces.

"Where did you two go?" Shizuru asked when she saw Natsuki and Takara had brought back several bags and put them on the table.

"It was amazing Shizuru! You should have been there!" Natsuki smiled happily.

"What happened?"

"There was a huge sale on mayo at the store. Natsuki-chan and I raided the aisle." Takara grinned as she took out a mayo jar.

Shizuru felt her eye twitch when she saw the excess amounts of mayo jars that were piling on the table. They two mayo lovers bought so many bottles that they began to build themselves a pyramid. It was discovered that Takara was as much of a mayo addict as Natsuki. Maybe worse...


"So you're Takara, its a pleasure to meet you." Mai smiled as she slightly bowed.

"The pleasure is all mine." Takara bowed.

"So three bowls of ramen?" Mai asked.

"Yes please." Shizuru responded.

Natsuki looked into her bag and brought out a small packet of mayo. Takara noticed the small packet and her eyes widen.

"You like mayo?"

"Yeah, ever had it?" Natsuki asked.

"Natsuki, please don't get my sister addicted to mayo." Shizuru asked as she began to sip her tea.

"I love mayo!" Takara grinned.

Shizuru spit out her tea at Takara's answer. Natsuki smiled and brought out another mayo packet for Takara to have.

"A sister after my own heart." Natsuki pretended to wipe away tears of joy.

Shizuru sighed as Takara began to squeeze the mayo in her ramen.

"Can I use some of the mayo in the refrigerator please?" Takara asked at the dinner table.

"What for? You only have a bowl of rice." Natsuki raised an eyebrow.

"Trust me, its really tasty." Takara began to squirt mayo on the hill of rice in a spiral until it was covered, "Here try it."

Natsuki was hesitant at first, but after one taste, things were never the same for her.

"I will almost never go back to ramen and mayo if I get to eat this." Natsuki took Takara's bowl.

"Hey that's mine! Make your own."

Shizuru arrived and both Natsuki and Takara were eating a bowl of rice topped with mayo. Since then that hazardous meal was banded from the apartment.

"Exactly how many bottles did you buy?" Shizuru asked as she saw the pyramid grow.

"I think about 80 bottles." Natsuki estimated.

"I thought we bought a 100?" Takara said.

Shizuru felt her stomach cringe.

"Yeah...this should last us about a year, maybe two." Natsuki said.

Shizuru sighed heavily as they began to take the mayo jars away. Takara took out something from another bag and gave it to Shizuru.

"Here you go onee-chan." Takara smiled.

"Green tea, your such a good sister." Shizuru smiled as the took the bag of green tea.

"Natsuki-chan bought it for you." Takara winked.

"Don't call me chan!" Natsuki shouted from the kitchen.

Shizuru chuckled at Natsuki's persistence of Takara not using chan in her name.

"Onee-chan, I'm going to Kisara onee-chan's apartment for a bit. Is that okay?" Takara asked.

"That's fine."

"Okay, bye." Takara began to head out the door.

Good luck Natsuki-chan!

Natsuki felt like her heart was going to pound out of her chest as she began to twirl a ring in her hand. She took a deep breath before stepping out of the kitchen.


"Hey Takara."

"Yeah Natsuki-chan?"

"Don't call me chan." Natsuki blushed.

"Ikezu." Takara smiled

"Anyway...do you like me?" Natsuki asked.

"Well as a friend yes. Natsuki-chan I think your a bit too old for me and this would break my onee-chan's heart" Takara raised an eyebrow.

"Don't call me chan. No that's not what I was going for." Natsuki sighed.

"Okay, what are you going for?"

Natsuki paused for a moment.

"I...I want to stay with your onee-chan."

"Your going to propose?"

"Um...yeah. I already have a ring."

Takara's eyes widened.

"Wow! This means I get three sisters! This is awesome," Takara grinned, "Wait a minute, why are you asking for my permission?"

"Shizuru loves you, it would break her heart if you and I didn't get along. I think that's why she wanted to break up. She was scared I would have walked out on her so she pushed me away first. But I'm not gonna run away," Natsuki pulled out a box from her pocket, "My actions and this ring will prove that."

"Wow, nice ring," Takara examined the open box, "Well if she says yes, then so be it."

"Great." Natsuki smiled.

"But remember Nat~su~ki~chan," Takara teased, "If you break my onee-chan's heart, I'm going to break every bone in your body."

Natsuki felt karma and fear strike her soul when Takara gave Natsuki a familiar cold, fake, evil smile.

"Shizuru?" Natsuki gulped.

"Yes Natsuki?" Shizuru smiled at her.

"Where's Takara?" Natsuki pretended to look for Takara

"She went to Kisara's place. She should be back soon."

"Sounds good."

A moment of silence took over as Natsuki slowly walked over to Shizuru. Wrapping her arms around her body, Natsuki looked up at Shizuru with a smile. Shizuru returned the smile as she leaned in a little closer.

"Shizuru...what do you think about us, being together and all?"

"Well, I'm happy. Are you?"

"Of course." Natsuki captured Shizuru's lips with her own.

Shizuru moaned into the kiss. Natsuki slowly pulled out the ring from her pocket as to not show Shizuru. Finally parting, Natsuki kept Shizuru close as to not show her the ring yet.

"Then...how do you feel about spending the rest of your life with me?"

Shizuru's eyes widen when Natsuki pulled out the ring so she could see it.


"I know we can't legally get married but I just wanted something to show that we're staying together, if that's what you want as well."

Shizuru put her hands to her face as she tried to hide the blush. Natsuki smile as she loosened her grip around Shizuru. She was somewhat surprised when she saw Shizuru's eyes water.

"Natsuki...I really want to say yes."

"What?" Natsuki's heart dropped.

Shizuru wiped a tear that was sliding down her face. She took a deep breath before facing Natsuki.

"There's...there's something you should know. I...I have another secret." Shizuru guided Natsuki to the sofa.

Natsuki sighed as she tried not to let the annoyance of another secret kept from her get the best of her.

"Shizuru no more secrets, okay? I'd like the truth from now on. Otherwise this won't ever work." Natsuki sat besides Shizuru.

"Kanin na, I swear this will be the last secret I keep from you," Shizuru nodded her head, "...the reason why I pushed you away when I was searching for Takara was because I was afraid you would walk away."

"Why would I walk away? I really like Takara."

"I'm glad you do. But..." Shizuru hesitated.

"But what?"

Shizuru took a deep breath before continuing.

"Takara...Takara isn't really my sister."

"Eh? Then why go through all that trouble of trying to find her if she's not your sister."

Shizuru took another deep breath as she rubbed her hands together.

"Takara...is my daughter."

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