Separate Ways

Nao was walking down the street trying to find any easy targets to steal from. She was already rolling in the dough with 6 wallets that she took the green and left the rest. She took a seat on a bench and looked up at the sky.

It's a good night but this is getting kind of boring. I need some action, or at least a better challenge...

She saw something from the corner of her eye and turned in that direction. On the other side of the street was a tall man quickly entering the alleyway. She raised an eyebrow as he disappeared.

That's never a good sign...

She quickly crossed the street and carefully inched closer inside the alleyway. Her eyes widen when she was the man holding a woman against her will on the brick wall.

"Stand still bitch!" A zipper sound was made.

Nao clenched her fist and was about to make a move when something surprised her. The woman chuckled which caught the man off guard.

"What are you laughing at?"

"At this."

The woman kneed him in the groin causing him to gasp and fall to the ground. He grabbed himself in pain and began to breath heavily. The woman smiled and she took his wallet and his money. She kicked him in the face and spat on him.

"Garbage, maybe next time you'll think before raping a-"

The woman turned her head and noticed that Nao was watching. She smiled and pocketed the money save one bill.

"You didn't see anything honey." The woman whispered in her ear.

Nao felt the woman slip the money in her hand as she walked away. Nao raised an eyebrow and the woman. She walked after her.

"Hey wait."

The woman turned her head but didn't stop moving forward.

"Look I may have extra cash on me but that already taken by rent, food and clothes."

"Yeah I know, I do the same thing."

The woman raised an eyebrow at Nao. The red head took out the several wallets she had been saving. The raven haired woman smiled.

"Well a sister in arms," The raven hair extended her hand to Nao, "Name's Hinata Minamoto."

"I'm Nao Yuuki." A slight blush could be seen on Nao's face.

Natsuki let go of Shizuru and looked at her with surprise. She felt her heart drop as the words began to repeat in her head.

I want to break up...break up...break up...

"You...you want to b-break up?"

"Yes...I want to break up." Shizuru repeated.

"B-but...but why?"

"Natsuki please don't make this any more difficult than it needs to be."

"Why? Why do you want to break up?"

"Because I don't want you involved."

"Involved in what? Is there some kind of problem? Shizuru we went through the carnival and all that shit that happened between us. We over came that, what makes you think that together we can't overcome anything?" Natsuki grabbed Shizuru's shoulders.

Shizuru blushed for a moment and her eyes shined, but it disappeared and was replaced by lackluster eyes.

"I just don't want you involved in my life anymore."

Natsuki felt her soul crush into tiny pieces. She let go of Shizuru and sat forward on the sofa . She began to try and deal with the feelings swirling inside her. She felt a hand rest on her shoulder.


Natsuki pushed the hand off her and walked away. Shizuru stood up and followed Natsuki to their bedroom. She watched as Natsuki brought out a bag and started filling it with clothes and bathroom items. Zipping up the bag, Natsuki looked up at the watching Shizuru.

"Was...was that really what you wanted to tell me?" Natsuki asked.

Shizuru nodded her head.

Natsuki felt her heart drop as she grabbed her bag and began to walk to the apartment door. Touching the door knob Natsuki hesitated for a moment. She looked up at Shizuru who still had the same look on her face. Natsuki turned her attention back to the door.

"Where are you going?" Shizuru asked.

"I don't know...somewhere far enough so I don't have to see you again." Natsuki opened the door and slammed it hard in Shizuru's face.

As Natsuki walked out to the apartment buildings the only feeling that was keeping her from crying was confusion.

As soon as she was sure that Natsuki left, Shizuru ran to their bedroom. She fell onto their bed crying in the pillow on Natsuki's side of the bed. The tears flowed endlessly from her crimson eyes.

"Kanin na Natsuki...kanin na..."

The piano was playing and the room was filled with the scent of alcohol. Several shot glasses were near Natsuki's hand's. She felt woozy as she looked up at the bartener.

"Another shot man." Natsuki held up her glass in the air.

The bartender looked at Natsuki with a raised eyebrow.

"I think you've had enough. I'm gonna call a cab for ya."

"Damn it, I've only had 2."

"You've had 8."

"Am I a liar?" Natsuki yelled.

The bartender ignored her as he dialed the numbers on the phone. Natsuki glared at him but laid her head on the table. With her face red she stared at the empty bottles on the tables. A picture of Shizuru came to her mind.

"Shizuru..." Water began to build in her eyes.

The music stopped and Natsuki turned her head to the piano.

"What the hell? I didn't say you could stop!"

The woman looked at Natsuki who looked surprised.


Natsuki raised an eyebrow at the woman. She turned her head to the side, trying to make the three girls into one.

"Do I know you Miss?"

"It's Kisara. Remember you came to the coffee shop and that's where we met."

"The cute one?"

"I guess. What are you doing here?"

"Enjoying myself." Natsuki turned her attention to the shot glass.

"Hmm...I beg to differ."

"Kisara I called a tab. Make sure this drunk get's back to her place safely." The bartender said.

"I'm not damn it drunk," Natsuki glared but suddenly the thought of home struck her heart, "I don't have a place to go back."

"Huh?" Kisara raised an eyebrow.

"Shizuru..." Water began to build up in Natsuki's eye again.

Kisara had a sad look on her face as she watched Natsuki. She then looked at the bartender.

"Hey Shin, sorry but I'm gonna take her back to my place."

"That's fine, see ya tomorrow night." The bartender nodded his head.

Kisara helped Natsuki up as they made their way to the cab. When they reached Kisara's apartment, Natsuki was laid on the couch. Kisara walked to the kitchen and brought a lightly wet towel.

"I'll be right back." Kisara placed the towel on Natsuki's forehead.

Natsuki heard her footsteps walk away. Kisara came back with a pillow and blanket. She noticed that Natsuki had fallen fast asleep. She smiled as she lifted Natsuki's head slightly to put the pillow underneath.

"Good night Natsuki." Kisara laid the blanket on Natsuki.

A few tears dropped from Natsuki's closed eyes.

Shizuru felt something missing. Her hand moved to try and find that something but failed. She slowly opened her puffy eyes and saw that the something her hand was looking for was gone. She sat up in the bed and stared at the empty space that filled half of the bed.


Shizuru slowly rose up from the bed and walked to the bathroom. She cleaned herself up, put on her clothes and took a deep breath.

I have to do this...I can't waste anymore time

Shizuru grabbed the packet she had hidden and began to read the contents. She looked at each picture and read their own description.

Kanin na Natsuki...please forgive me

A woman with long raven hair was unbuttoning her business suit and began to dress herself in dirty overalls. In her backyard she looked at the garden that was growing. She smiled at the various vegetables that were growing.

"Nice, looks like I'll be able to give them out soon."

She looked up at the sky and watched the birds go by. A breeze passed by and she took a deep breath. A content smile showed up on her face.

Natsuki woke up with a huge headache as she tried her best not to throw up on Kisara's floor. Kisara came back from the kitchen with a drink in hand.

"Here drink this, its my miracle drink for hangovers."

"What's in it?" Natsuki looked at the drink.

"It's basically a banana smoothie with vanilla and honey."

"Hmm...taste good." Natsuki gulped the contents.

"And breast milk."

Natsuki's eye widen and felt like she wanted to puke. She slightly glared at the smiling Kisara.

"Just kidding."

Natsuki sighed as she stared at the floor. Kisara took the drink from Natsuki's hand and sat down next to her.

"I'm not usually good at these things but do you want to talk about what your going through?"

"Not really..."

"It usually helps. Don't worry I won't say a word to anyone."

Natsuki bit her bottom lip as she felt the emotion's of her breakup. She kept her head down as she began to speak.

"My girlfriend broke up with me."

"I'm sorry to hear that, you two must have been real close."


Kisara remained silent as quiet tears ran down Natsuki's face. She suddenly felt a hand on her shoulder. She looked up and saw Kisara smiling at her.

"Your girlfriend's an idiot."

"Don't say that abo-"

"But its true. You gave her love and she rejected that. Only an idiot would do that."

Natsuki blushed for a moment. She then got up and looked back at Kisara.

"Can I use your bathroom?"

"Sure, that bag is yours right?" Kisara pointed to a bag that as near the door.

"Hey, yeah...where did that come from?" Natsuki looked confused.

"I brought it when we came over to my place," Kisara rose from the sofa, "Don't take my underwear, but you can use the shampoo and soap in my bathroom."

"Uh, thanks...where are you going?" Natsuki noticed that Kisara was putting on an apron and fixing her medium cut hair.

"I have to go to work. I'll be back late afternoon so help yourself to what's in the kitchen."

"Thanks Kisara..."

"No problem, well I'm off. See you later." Kisara smiled as she opened her apartment door.

Natsuki waved goodbye as Kisara closed the door. She sighed as she gathered her clothes together made her way to the bathroom. Closing the door behind, she gently laid her back on the door.

She's kind...too kind...she has crimson colored eyes...she almost reminds me of Shizuru

She slid down till she reached the floor and hugged her knees. Tears began to flow down again.


"WHOA! Wait a damn minute! Shizuru broke up with you?" Nao was shocked.

"Nao behave." Mai slightly glared at Nao.

"Yeah..." Natsuki stared at the bowl of ramen.

Mai sighed as she looked at her depressed friend. She was trying to find a way to cheer up her friend but nothing had worked. Not even the extra mayo she put in Natsuki's ramen.

"So did she kick you out?" Nao asked.


"I left..."

"Please don't tell me you slept out in the streets! Natsuki you should of called me." Mai gasped.

"No I went to a bar and got drunk." Natsuki sighed.

"Oh...so you stayed at the bar last night?" Nao asked.

"No, remember that Kisara from the coffee shop?"

"You mean the one I tried to get her number?"

"Yeah, she was working there as the pianist. She took me to her place so I was safe." Natsuki picked up her chopsticks.

Mai was slightly relieved of Natsuki finding a place to stay and that she picked up the chopsticks.

"You know if you weren't so damn depressed, I would have cracked a joke about you right now." Nao sighed.

"Yeah..." Natsuki began to play with her noodles.

Nao looked at Natsuki with worry, shock and surprise.

Okay, she never would have let me get away with that! She's definitely off the deep end.

"So are you going to stay over at my place?" Mai asked.

"Yeah I don't want to be a burden to Kisara." Natsuki let the noodle drop from her chopstick.

Nao was about to tell them about Hinata that she had met but kept it to herself.

I better not...not while Natsuki's like this

"I'd like to meet her. You should send her this way." Mai smiled.

"I'll do that." Natsuki's mouth made a slight smile.

"So your really going to do this?" The man asked Shizuru.

"I've wasted too much time." Shizuru put on a long jacket.

The man sighed as she gave Shizuru another packet.

"Don't be too disappointed if none of them are her."

"I'm prepared for that. I'm prepared to keep searching for her."

"Let me ask you this," The man tipped his hat, "Are you doing this because it's the right thing to do? Or is this for your own selfish reason?"

Shizuru remained quiet for a few moments. She then turned to the man and spoke.

"Both. Like I said, I will find her no matter what,."

The man took out a cigarette and lit it. He blew out the smoke and stared at Shizuru.

"...Good luck. I hope that you do find your happiness."

The words struck Shizuru's heart like a knife. She felt a heavy weight fall on her shoulders.

I will make everything right...I have to...

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