School is boring as it always is. The teachers are boring. My classmates are boring. Nothing seems to catch my eye since she left. I gaze out the window and see nothing but rain. It’s like the weather knows my mood.
A rod is slammed on my desk. I glance up and my face blanches. “Hana and I are coming with you tomorrow. No exceptions.”
“The Prince told us that you and your family are going to go and see Tohru. Hana and I are attending. No buts.”
“You thought I would fight you? Tohru will be glad to see you and Hana.”
“Orange-head, I’m surprised with you.” Ou exclaimed, roughly petting my hair.
“Quit it Yankee!” I yelp, desperate to be let go.
Ou releases me then inspecting me, like I’m an experiment. “You miss her.” I feel like she can see right through me. I sigh, I do not want to have this conversation with this wack job. I got it from that damn rat, I don’t want it with her. Instead of responding I leave the classroom and head to the bathroom. I don’t care that we’re in the middle of lunch, I’m not coming back to class today. If it wasn’t raining, I’d be heading home and packing for the trip.
You should really get your head out of the clouds. You’ll run into someone.”
I jump backwards and look up. It’s Hana. I can’t escape either of them. “So what of it? I’m not allowed to think?”
She regards me with cold eyes, “Just be careful…. Ou and I will be at Shigure’s house at 7.” She stretches her arms and walks back into the classroom. She confuses me even more than I already am. How can Tohru deal with them on a daily basis? I’m already tired of communicating with the both of them.
The Next Day
Stretching my arms, I look outside the window. The sun is shining. I can hear the birds chirping together, excited that the day has begun. I smile, relieved that today I can see her with my own eyes. I can see her and touch her. I head over to the bathroom and wash up.
I head back into my room and open my closet. I pluck my black shirt and my tan cargo pants from the hangers. Putting them on as promptly as I can. I pull open the top dresser drawer and snag my lucky pair of socks. I go to the door and close it. My shoes are held up by overdoor shoe organizer and grasp my favorite pair of shoes. I head over to my bed and sit. I swiftly put on my socks and shoes.
“Kyo, are you ready?” Yuki yells from downstairs.
“Yeah!” I wail. I pull my suitcase from the corner of my room and exit. I head down the stairs, ready to go. I unlock the front door and go outside. I look around. Hana, Ou, Kisa, Hiro, Momiji, Yuki, Shigure, Haru, and for some reason, Hatori. I thought only a few of us were going to go and see Tohru but half of Zodiac decided to show up and increase the numbers.
“You ready?” Yuki questioned. I nodded, heading for one of two of the blue TOYOTA Hiace Vans. As I and a few others piled into one car, I hear Yuki. “Cat, you’re driving. Everybody, the drive to where Miss Honda is at is 5 hours. The more time on the road, more time to see her.”
I grab the driver’s side door and open it. I hop in, ready to see Tohru. Yuki throws the keys through the window, I catch them. Putting the key in the engine, I hear the car come to life.
“Hurry and go Orange Top! Let’s get going already!” Ou shrieked. For once I listen. I push down on the gas pedal and the car moves forward. I smile, knowing that this amazing machine will bring me to her.
2 HOURS LATER
“WILL YOU ALL STOP FIGHTING BACK THERE? I’M TRYING TO DRIVE HERE!” I holler. Ever since we have been on the road, it’s like everyone wanted to fight with each other. I can’t stand it.
“We’re not fighting Kyo, we’re debating,” Momiji proclaimed.
“I don’t care. Can you all keep it down? I don’t want to crash.”
One by one each person agreed, much to my pleasure. “Turn right on Red Maple Drive,” Yuki said, holding the road map between his fingers.
3 HOURS LATER
“Turn right and Antrim Village should be on our right,” Yuki pointed out.
I turn and see the entrance. I stop the car and put it in park. Hatori does the same and meets me. “It seems that the doors in front of us can’t be opened unless someone has a code. You have it, correct?”
“Yeah, it’s Happy Jungle 656.”
Hatori leaves me and enters back into the car. He pulls up in front of the entrance. A gruff voice comes over on a speaker asking what the code is. Hatori recites what I told him and the doors unbolt and opens. I rush into my car and follow Hatori. He pulls up in a hotel parking lot and yells at Yuki to roll down his window. Yuki rolls down his window and Hatori immediately tells all of us that we need to check into the hotel and notify Tohru’s Sensei of our arrival.
I turn off the car. Instead of immediately leaving the vehicle, I continue to sit. The car doors open and slam shut. I breathe a heavy breath. I feel nervous. I don’t get to see Tohru yet but I am already nervous. What’s going on with me?
Shigure opens my door. “Kyo, if you don’t leave the car and check in with us, you’ll be sleeping out here.”
“I’m coming, I just needed to think,” I say, pushing Shigure away from me and shut the door quietly.
We all check in, boys with the boys and the girls with the girls, a total of one room for the girls and three for the boys. We all head over to our rooms, I sadly share a room with Momiji. I hold the card key up to the scanner and a green light appears. I creak the door open and spot two queen beds. I exhale in relief, I did not want to share a bed with that rabbit. Momiji bypasses me and hops on the closest bed. I stride over to the bed close to the window and set my suitcase down.
“Do you think Tohru will be happy that we’re here?” Momiji questioned.
“...I….I believe she will,” I mutter with false hope. I pluck my phone from pant’s pocket and rapidly type in the number of Tohru’s Sensei. My throat is closing at a fast rate. I feel like I can’t breathe. The other line begins to ring and all I want to do is throw up.
“Hello?” comes a rough, irritated voice.
“Um.. Hi. This is Kyo Sohma,” I rush out before my throat closes up completely.
“Oh. You came all the way here to come see Tohru if I remember correctly. You guys can show up whenever you all like.”
“Thanks,” I say. The phone call ends. Something isn’t right but I can’t put my finger on it. I shrug it off and glance at Momiji. “Get everyone into the cars. We can go on and head over to their house.” Momiji perks up at that and dashes out of the room with the door widely open. I close the door behind me and step down the stairs. I push the doors open and head over to the car. I open the car door and sit in the driver seat.
As if on cue, everyone opens their doors and step inside. I look over past Yuki in the passenger seat and spot the other car being packed in as well. I start the car and pull out of the parking lot. Yuki starts giving me directions while Hatori follows from behind. Ten minutes into the car ride I spot the house that Tohru currently resides. My chest feels heavy. My breathing becomes ragged. I yank the car up the driveway and put the car in park. I turn the engine off.
Everyone piles out of the car. It feels like there’s a parade just for her. Without thinking I lead everyone up the front porch step. Before I can get nervous and back away, I press the doorbell.
I hear someone on the other side of the door. The moment the door opens my mouth widens. Tohru is in front of me. The sun is shining and nothing is boring anymore.