Natsuki looked at her phone with lost eyes after Shizuru hung up on her. After pocketing her phone she leaned her back on the bench she was sitting on. She took a breath before putting on her helmet. She climbed up on her motorcycle and started her engine. A slight glare took over her face.
Sorry Shizuru, but whether you like it or not, you and I are going to talk. I will find you no matter what
"Thanks for the meal." Kyoko slightly bowed to Mai.
"Come back soon." Mai smiled.
Mai looked back at her soup bowl before hearing Kyoko's voice again.
"Oh hey! Twin effect!"
Mai looked up and saw Kyoko smiling at a woman who almost looked like her. Mai recognized the woman as soon as she got closer.
"Kisara you came!" Mai smiled.
"Yeah, my second job gave me a day off so I decided to come visit." Kisara smiled.
"Take a seat please, I'll get you a bowl in a minute."
"Take your time." Kisara took a seat.
"So how was your day?" Mai asked.
"I was working at my first job at the cafe. Oh yeah, I saw Natsuki today."
"Oh, how was she?"
"She seemed better. She said she was gonna go find Shizuru." Kisara reached for a pair of chopsticks.
"I hope she can patch up things with Shizuru."
"How close were they?"
"They've been together since high school. They really helped each other over the years. That's why I can't understand why Shizuru would suddenly break up with her." Mai remembered the times Natsuki and Shizuru went through during and after the effects of the carnival.
"Well then I'll pray for them." Kisara began to twirl her chopsticks.
"Yeah...well here you go. Its on the house." Mai smiled.
"Please let me pay for this." Kisara began to bring out her wallet.
"No think of this as thanks for taking in Natsuki." Mai refused the money Kisara offered.
"Are you sure?"
"Thank you so much. Iktademas." Kisara smiled.
Mai smiled when a content smile came to Kisara's face after she ate some of her ramen.
"Wow this is amazing!"
"Oh yeah, Nao also came by. She came to the coffee shop right after I found Natsuki and took her to work with me." Kisara remembered.
"Really? Please tell me she didn't push Natsuki's buttons."
"No she was good, her girlfriend kept her on a leash."
"What? She never told me this! When did this happen?" Mai got all excited.
"Well she kind of looks like me. A little shorter, longer black hair, same eye color, and she looks like she really likes Nao."
"Yeah, you seem surprised. Natsuki had the same reaction when she saw Nao gave Hinata a smile."
"Nao's girlfriend's name."
"Well you see back when we we're in high school, we knew Nao as bitter and angry. Basically she hated the world and the people that live in it. She somewhat changed after high school but she still had some of that bitterness in her."
"Wow, she must have had a rough childhood."
"Yeah...I got to meet this Hinata. If they show up at the coffee shop next time your working, could you send them my way?"
"Sure no problem." Kisara slurped her noodles.
"Thanks." Mai smiled.
Nao was holding Hinata's hand and had a smile on her face. Hinata blushed but smiled.
"You don't think we're moving too fast, do you?" Nao asked.
"Do you like me?"
"I like you too. I don't think moving fast is a bad thing. If you were planning on purposing that would be moving too fast." Hinata chuckled.
She felt Nao stand still causing her stop going forward. She looked at Nao who had a serious face on.
She watch as Nao got down on one knee. Hinata began to panic as Nao looked up at her with pleading eyes.
"Nao a-are you serious? I-I-I I don't know! I...oh..." Hinata began to blush.
"Would you do me the honor-"
"Of tying my shoe for me," Nao smiled as she pointed to her untied shoe, "It came unlaced when we were walking."
Hinata blushed a deep red due to embarrassment and anger.
"NAO! You jerk!" Hinata punched Nao on the arm.
"Ow! Hey that was a good punch!" Nao rubbed her shoulder and smiled as she rose up from the ground.
"Don't expect anything from me tonight." Hinata remarked.
"Aw, really? Come on it was just a harmless joke." Nao laced her hand with Hinata's.
"I know but for a second there I thought you were serious."
"If I was, what would you say?" Nao asked.
Hinata remained silent. Nao waited for an answer.
"I'm not sure. Nao I like you but I don't think I love you yet."
"Really?" Nao felt her heart break a little.
"Look sit down for a moment." Hinata patted down on the bench space near her.
Nao sat down and looked at Hinata.
"Before I met you, I had two people who were in my life," Hinata began, "I had a girlfriend once, she said she loved me and I fell for her. We had planned to do it but I was nervous and bailed out. She was pretty pissed and broke up with me. On top of that, she told everyone else in high school that I was a lesbian. So not many people liked me after that. Then some time later I grew fond of this guy who liked me back. He later became my boyfriend and I began to fall for him. He even proposed to me. A week before the wedding I caught him cheating on me."
Nao felt strings pull on her heart.
"So to be blunt, for a time period after that I was hateful to everyone I met. I grew up a little and that was when I met you."
"It might take some time for me to really trust you. So if you really like me, please be patient with this abused heart of mine."
Nao grabbed both of Hinata's hands with her own. Hinata blushed when she was Nao lay her forehead on her own.
"I...I was once like that too. Bitter and angry at everyone. So believe me when I say I know how you feel. I'm never going to hurt you like that. I'll wait for you, no matter how long it takes."
Hinata felt water building up in her eyes. She felt them drop on her cheek.
"Sorry, I don't know where they came from." Hinata began to wipe away the tears.
She felt another hand begin to wipe away the tears. She looked up and saw Nao smiling at her. She smiled back as Nao came closer to her face. Their lips met and they shared a soft passionate kiss.
"I like you." Hinata said as they parted.
"I like you too." Nao smiled.
"So how have you been Shizuru?"
"Father, I think we both know you didn't call me to ask me how I am doing." Shizuru's voice was cold.
"Can't I be a concerned father?"
"After that incident, I have a hard time calling you father."
Mr. Fujino sighed before continuing the conversation.
"All right then, if that's how you want to play this game then I accept."
Shizuru took a quick gulp.
"I know what your doing."
"And I have no plans of stopping."
"Let it go Shizuru. That was practically 10, 13 years ago."
"As I have said, I had no plans of stopping."
"You seem to forget what kind of power I have. Shizuru if you continue on this little search of yours, I will take action."
"Aren't you a little too busy in your schedule to play games with me?"
"I promise you that if you keep searching for her, I'll make sure to send her so far away that you'll never be able to see her again no matter how many detectives you hire."
Shizuru remained silent as the light blub went off in her head.
"You have her?"
"I never said that. I just happen to know where she is."
"Where is she?" Shizuru's voice rose with anger.
"Getting angry at me won't get you any answers will it?"
Shizuru calmed down enough for her to have a steady voice.
"Where is my little sister?"
"She's safe, but if you want her to stay that way you'll give up on this mission of yours."
"Let me remind you of something father," Shizuru's voice was laced with venom, "I made a promise to her that I would protect her no matter what. For you to do something like separate us, that is something I will not ever forgive. So no matter how much you may threaten me, I will find her. I will protect her from you."
"You really are determined, aren't you?"
"Well then I wish you the best of luck." Mr Fujino ended the conversation.
Shizuru stared at the phone for a long time. The memories came flooding back to her with those lackluster eyes.
Shizuru was sitting near a young girl with short black hair and eyes that matched her own. The young girl looked up at Shizuru with a look of concern.
"Onee-chan,why is father always so mad and mean?" The girl asked.
"I'm not sure...why did something happen?" Shizuru's heart began to rapidly beat.
"Well father was making a few phone calls and he looked kind of angry."
Shizuru, her heart calmed down, could see the worry in the girl's eyes and gave her a hug.
"Don't worry about it too much." Shizuru smiled.
The young girl smiled back and hugged back. They heard the door open and turned their head's towards the noise. A tall man with slight tints of gray in his nicely cut hair was standing between two men. Shizuru held the girl closer and away from the man with crimson eyes like hers. He snapped his fingers and the two men came closer to the girls. One of them grabbed Shizuru as the other grabbed young girl. The man with the young girl began to walk away with her.
"Onee-chan!" The younger girl extended a hand towards Shizuru.
"NO!" Shizuru began to struggle as the man held her back.
A hand slapped her face. Shizuru felt the sting as she looked up at the man who gave her the blow.
"This is for the best." The man responded.
Shizuru heard the screams the younger girl was making as she was dragged further and further away.
"How can you say this is for the best?" Shizuru screamed.
"I'm transferring you to Fuka High School. You've already been accepted and your ride there arrives in a hour. Get your things packed."
"No! Where are you taking-"
Another hand came across Shizuru's face. She gritted her teeth as she felt the sting burn.
"Just be a good daughter and do as your expected as a Fujino. Do that and I might reconsider letting you have your little sister back."
Shizuru glared up at him with tears rolling down her face. The man let her go and she fell to her knees.
"You better promise, she better be safe. Because I swear if you hurt her, I will kill you."
The older man glanced down at his daughter and saw hate filled eyes that spoke the truth. He turned away.
"You'll thank me for this later on."
Shizuru remained silent as she watched him walk away.
Shizuru glanced at the cup that was nearby her hand. It was filled with cold green tea.
I won't let you get away with this...
Ms. Aono had a stack of files in her hand as she walked to her office. When she put the files on her desk she closed the door. Sitting down she began to read each file she had brought with her. After an hour or so reading, she saw something that caught her eye. She picked up the paper and examined it carefully.
"Thanks for the meal, I'll come back and pay for another one." Kisara smiled.
"Where are you going?" Mai asked.
"I don't know, now that I actually have some free time I don't know what to do with myself." Kisara shrugged her shoulders.
"Well have fun." Mai waved.
Kisara waved back and walked out of the ramen shop. She began to walk no where but she seemed content as could be. A picture of Natsuki crying broke her concentration.
I really hope Natsuki can settle things with her...or at least be happy...without that Shizuru...
Kisara felt pangs of anger in her soul. Suddenly she felt her body crash into another body causing them both to almost fall backwards. Kisara immediately regained her balance and started to bow.
"I'm so sorry!"
"No, the fault is mine." A man bowed to her.
Kisara rose first and was thankful that her embarrassing blush was covering her feelings.
"I hope you can forgive me." The man stood up straight.
Oh, wow...he's handsome. This day just keeps getting better and better.
"Well I do, but I should be the one apologizing."
"As a gentleman I'll take the blame." The man smiled.
"Oh...well if you insist," Kisara blush, "I must be on my way."
"Let me apologize by treating you to a meal or something like that." The man offered.
"Oh, well you see I just ate and I really don't want to impose."
"Well then allow me to treat you to a meal next time. Shall I have your number?"
Kisara raised an eyebrow and her defense rose.
"Sorry but is this some kind of pick up trick?"
The man chuckled as he took out a piece of paper and wrote down something.
"No I assure you this is just me repaying you. Of course I will admit you are cute."
Kisara blushed as the man handed her the paper.
"Call me anytime you feel hungry. I'll be waiting." The man began to walk away.
"Hey wait a minute! What's your name?" Kisara asked.
"Reito, Reito Kanzaki." The man smiled.
Shizuru was back at her apartment and sat at the table. She began to plan again as she knew now that someone was tailing her, watching her every move.
I'll have to be careful...a disguise maybe? No...I'll just have to watch carefully of who's following me.
She began to tap her pen as she thought about what to do next. She had two targets left, she had to reach them without being spotted. She almost jumped out of her chair when she heard a knock at the door. She calmed herself down as she walked to the door and looked through the peephole. She saw a blue haired woman with jade eyes.
"Go away Natsuki." Shizuru tried to sound annoyed.
"Shizuru let me in." Natsuki said.
"Natsuki...please just leave..."
A silent came from the other side of the door. Shizuru thought Natsuki had left when she heard the door knob turn. With a gentle push Natsuki let herself into the apartment.
"How did you-"
Natsuki held up her own pair of keys to the apartment room. Shizuru almost chuckled.
"Shizuru...we need to talk."
"Natsuki please just-"
Natsuki silenced Shizuru's lips with her own. Shizuru quickly gave into the kiss as she moved her arms around Natsuki. When they parted Natsuki could see a couple of tears running down Shizuru's face. She wiped them away with her thumb. She gently held Shizuru close to her.
"We need to talk."
Shizuru held Natsuki tighter to her body.