Natsuki lead Shizuru to the couch and gently held her close. She began to run a hand from the top of Shizuru's head to her shoulder. Shizuru sighed as she laid her head on Natsuki's shoulder.
I miss her scent...
"Shizuru...please tell me what's going on." Natsuki kissed Shizuru's forehead.
She hesitated for a moment as Natsuki continued to comfort her. Natsuki felt the hesitation and waited patiently for Shizuru to respond.
"Natsuki...I trust and love you...so please listen. It's a secret of mine I've kept for a very long time."
"Oh, no...your really straight aren't you?"
Shizuru chuckled at the comment.
"I'm as straight as a spiral."
"Then what is it?" Natsuki asked.
"The truth is...I..."
"Hey Mai! Two bowls please!" Nao entered the ramen shop.
Mai looked towards Nao's direction and saw her as well as another girl who looked almost like Kisara.
"Oh wait, is this Hinata?" Mai asked as she pointed to Hinata.
"Yes she is...wait how'd you know? Did Natsuki squeal?" Nao raised an eyebrow.
"No Kisara came in earlier and told me about you two." Mai smiled.
"Well anyway this is Hinata Minamoto, my girlfriend." Nao blushed.
"Nice to meet you." Mai bowed.
"Nice to meet you too." Hinata bowed.
"So can we get some food or what?" Nao guided Hinata to two empty seats.
"Sure coming right up."
"Wow, this place is nice." Hinata looked around the ramen shop.
"Told ya, Mai's cooking is the best." Nao smiled.
Mai watched the couple talking away as if no one else was in the room. She saw a smile come to Nao's face, one she had never seen before. She smiled to herself as she prepared the bowls. Nao took a hold of Hinata's hand. Hinata smiled at her as their faces came closer together. A cough prevented a kiss from progressing. The couple looked up at Mai who put two bowls of ramen in front of them.
"Dinner is served."
Kisara arrived back at her apartment and crashed down on her couch. She sighed as she put an arm on her forehead and looked up at the ceiling.
The only problem with getting a day off is that I don't know what to do with myself. Not to mention I don't get paid...this sucks...
Reaching for her purse, she took out her wallet and picked out a picture. She smiled a the picture as she held it up for her to see.
But the sooner I pay off this debt, the closer we can be a family again.
Kisara smiled at this thought as she tucked the picture back in its spot. A piece of paper fell out and she raised an eyebrow. She read the piece of paper and remembered what it was.
"The truth is I'm looking for someone who means a lot to me." Shizuru said.
"Um..." Natsuki hesitated.
"My little sister."
Natsuki felt somewhat relieved, before the confusion set in.
"You have a little sister? Why haven't I met her?"
"Because she was taken away from me."
"It happened some time ago. I was about 16 when my father separated us."
"Your father separated his own daughters? Why would he do that?"
"He thought it was the best thing for us. My sister and I are about 10 years apart."
"She was an accident, but my mother and I loved her anyway."
"That's a bit harsh."
"Yes...when my mother died I was her only protector from father. She was really young when my father took her away from me. I've been trying to find her since then."
"Wait, is that why you would sometimes disappear when we were in high school?"
"Yes, I hired a detective to find clues about where she might be . My father hid her very well, I've been searching for her for 7 years."
"What's her name?"
"Takara...that's a beautiful name. What does she look like?"
"She has black hair with eyes like mine."
"About the carnival...was Kiyohime a mix combination of your emotions for your sister and me?"
"The destruction, that anger you had..."
"Yes, it was both for you and Takara."
Silence took over for a moment.
"Is this why you wanted to break up with me?" Natsuki asked.
Shizuru slightly nodded her head.
"I don't know how long this search may take, but I won't stop until I find her. I was afraid that you wouldn't- "
Natsuki let go of Shizuru and stood up. Shizuru watched her as she slightly paced in a back and forth motioned. She saw Natsuki's brows come together in frustration and anger.
"Shizuru I don't know whether to be pissed or not," Natsuki said, "Do you really not trust me that much? You really think I would just walk out on you for this? How could you do this to me Shizuru? Why did you think that I wouldn't have helped you?"
"Kanin na, Natsuki. I was scared. I was being selfish." Shizuru responded.
"Damn right you were." Natsuki knelt down and put her hands on Shizuru's knees. Shizuru looked into those jade eyes and saw the determination in them.
"Why would you ever think I would leave you because you want to go find your sister?" Natsuki asked, still looking into those crimson eyes.
Shizuru looked down, but Natsuki picked up her chin and grew a smile on her face.
"So...where do we start? We won't find your sister like this."
Shizuru tried to blink away the tears but failed as some fell on her face. She smiled and leaded forward to kiss Natsuki's lips.
"That was the best ramen I ever had." Hinata smiled as they exited Mai's ramen shop.
"Yeah..." Nao held Hinata's hand.
"Okay what's on your mind?" Hinata asked.
"You look like you want to ask me something."
Nao blushed but smiled.
"I...I want you to meet my mother."
"Nao has a mom?"
"Yeah, I mean everyone does, right?"
"I wish I did."
"I was an orphan when I was 3. I never really knew my parents."
"Oh...sorry to hear that."
"It was a long time ago, no worries."
"So...you wanna meet my mom?"
Hinata kissed Nao on the cheek.
"I'd love to."
Nao smiled as she walked alongside Hinata.
Shizuru woke up in the naked arms of Natsuki who had a small smile on her face. Shizuru smiled and gently wrapped her arms around Natsuki's naked waist.
She forgave me...again...I don't deserve someone like you. So beautiful...and much too kind...
"You're crying again."
Shizuru looked up and saw Natsuki awake and smiling at her. She leaned down and began to lick away Shizuru's tears.
"I love you so much Natsuki." Shizuru began to kiss Natsuki.
"I love you too."
"Natsuki...why would you forgive me? This is the second time you had the right to hate and push me away. So why?" Shizuru asked.
Natsuki ran her finger's through Shizuru's chestnut hair.
"Maybe I'm just an idiot, but I'm a happy idiot so long as I have you."
Shizuru smiled as she began to kiss Natsuki again.
"So this is what the detective gave you?" Natsuki asked as they were refreshed and looking at the information.
"Aren't these women a little bit older than what Takara should be?" Natsuki raised an eyebrow.
"Yes but I figured my father was going to be tracking my every move so I asked my detective to find people that Takara might have encountered when she was growing up. It didn't really work as he somehow found out I'm searching for her."
"And these ladies somehow actually looked like her?"
"I was surprised about that too," Shizuru smiled, "But they were in families that came from Tokyo and had adopted children."
"My detective found out that she was adopted somewhere in Tokyo and that her new older sister had black hair and crimson eyes."
"What a coincident."
"Indeed, I have two targets left to interrogate. I need to find them before my father takes her away from me again."
"Okay, who are they?"
"Hinata Minamoto and Kisara Sakuragi." Shizuru laid out the two pictures.
"Wait, did you say Hinata and Kisara?"
"I know those two! Hinata is Nao's girlfriend and Kisara is my new friend."
"Can you get them to meet me?"
"Yeah, just let me call them." Natsuki said as she brought out her cellphone.
Kisara gulped as she played with her cellphone.
"Kisara! Back so soon?" Mai looked up from her ramen.
"I just wanted to ask a question."
"Sure, what is it?"
"Do you know a guy named Reito Kanzaki?"
Kisara began to tell Mai about her encounter with Reito.
"WHAT? Well then go on and call him."
"I don't know, I'm not really into dating right now."
"Trust me, he's a really good guy. You'll like him." Mai smiled.
Kisara slowly began to dial the number on her phone. She put the phone to her ear and listen to the rings.
"Hello, Reito here."
"Um, hi. This is Kisara. The Kisara who ran into you."
"So you decided to call? I'm glad, so how about dinner?"
"Um, yeah sure."
"So I'll pick you up..."
"We could meet at the Star Atlas."
"Alright, say about 8?"
"Yeah sounds great."
"Great, I'll see you then."
Kisara hanged up the phone and laid back on her sofa. She blushed as the thought of going out on a date. She smiled at the thought. Her phone began to ring. She picked it up and brought it to her ear.
"Hey Kisara, can you do me a big favor?" Natsuki asked.
"Yeah sure, what is it?"
"Can you meet me at my apartment? Like right now."
"Uh, sure but I have somewhere to be at 8."
"Okay, it might not take that long but please come. Grab a pen I'll tell you the directions to our apartment."
Kisara quickly jumped off her couch and searched for a pen.
"So when Nao was little, she wet the bed almost every night. Cried every time, poor thing was wet but so cute."
"Aw..." Hinata smiled.
"MOM!" Nao blushed a deep red
"Sorry Nao, couldn't help it. She is your girlfriend anyway she might as well know."
Nao was glad that her mother and Hinata liked each other the moment they met, but now she realized why. Her mother and Hinata could be twins, personality speaking. She was almost regretting it. Almost.
"Don't worry Mrs. Yuuki, Nao doesn't wet the bed anymore." Hinata smiled.
"Well that's good, another thing to watch out for though is her cuddliness."
"But I like her cuddliness."
"Hinata, seriously." Nao blushed.
Hinata smiled as she placed a quick kiss on her forehead. Nao smiled but the ringing of her phone interrupted the mood. She groaned as she picked it up.
"Excuse me, the mutt's calling me." Nao walked out of the room.
Hinata and Mrs. Yuuki were alone. As much as Hinata liked Mrs. Yuuki, she couldn't help but feel a since of uneasiness.
"Nao seems happy." Mr. Yuuki broke the silence.
"I hope so."
"She's really the only family I have left."
"I really like your daughter Mr. Yuuki."
"I would hope so. You seem to really make her happy."
"I hope so."
"So please, take care of my daughter. Her happiness is my happiness."
"What is it Mutt?" Nao sounded annoyed.
"I need you to bring Hinata over to my apartment. And don't call me mutt."
"Okay, I like you, but I don't think I'd like to have an orgy with-"
"Look its not what your perverted mind thinks. I'm here with Shizuru and Kisara's coming over. Just bring Hinata over here, please."
Nao could sense the urgency in Natsuki's voice and sighed.
"Alright fine, I'll bring her over. You owe me."
Nao hung up on Natsuki and walked back to where Mr. Yuuki and Hinata were.
"Okay I called them, they'll be here in a few minutes." Natsuki turned back to Shizuru.
Natsuki smiled and hugged Shizuru.
"Don't worry, we'll find her."
A man lit a cigarette and puffed out a smoke cloud. The doors opened and a man came into the room.
"Mr. Fujino, we have information about your daughter."
"The older one."
The man turned around in his chair and faced the information man.
"Well, what is it?"
"You eldest is looking for your younger daughter."
"She's getting pretty close."
"Well then just relocate the other one. That shouldn't be a problem."
"Actually that will be a problem sir."
"A lawyer by the name of Noriko Aono is tampering with the current situation."
"She has the right documents and-"
"I don't care! Where's the damn phone? I got to make a call."
The information man quickly grabbed a phone and handed it to the man. The man dialed a number and began to wait for the other person to answer.
Damn it all to hell!