“You look better now that you’re out of the house,” Kyo states, preventing the silence from furthering. I cast my eyes towards him and his face seems to have a stern look. I begin to giggle.
“I feel a lot better, Kyo. Thank you!”
Kyo stops midway through the woods. I peek at him. His orange-red eyes surveys me. He steps closer to me until we’re both centimeters apart. My breathing became ragged.
Kyo glances at my bottom lip then to my eyes. We’re in a situation that we shouldn’t be in. I want to kiss him, I want him to kiss me. Since the day he dropped down from the roof, I’ve always had a special love for Kyo. He’s the only one who can bring me this much joy. There is no one who I’d rather be with than Kyo.
He closes his eyes and leans in. My eyes close, waiting. Our lips meet a split second later. This mouth is warm yet soft. I want more. I don’t know why but I want more. We part, both are breathing rapid and shocked. In no time at all Kyo dives back in with his lips parted. I follow suit, and without hesitation Kyo position in my mouth and we’re french kissing. My body is buzzed. Kyo settles his hands on my hips and I sink into his touch. Please don’t let this end. Time passes and he parts from my lips. I feel disorganized, spacey. I start to giggle.
Kyo examines me with soft orange-red eyes and a grin. Kyo moves his hands from my hips and places them in my hands. Kyo rests his forehead on mine, gazing at my eyes. I gaze back at him. This can’t be real. I must be having a out of this world dream.
A rustling from nearby interrupts. We watch as the tree next to us begins to shake. We gape at, wondering who could be behind the tree. Our silent questions are soon answered.
A person pops out back of tree. The person is wearing a red jacket and black pants. The individual stares at us and I know straightaway who it is. Neo. Neo must have go after us without either one of us from noticing. I didn’t see him, Kyo doesn’t even know who Neo is. Neo’s green eyes becomes full of rage and betrayal. Kyo speaks up with a funny tone, “You should be old enough to know that spying on people isn’t okay.”
Neo’s mouth turns to a scowl. “You should know not to touch what isn’t yours.”
Kyo’s smile turns into a frown. “What isn’t mine?”
“Tohru is engaged. You shouldn’t be kissing someone who has a fiancée.”
Kyo peeks at me, his face full of shock. I have to explain. I have to tell him what’s going on. “Kyo, please listen! I’m engaged, but by force. I didn’t choose to be with Neo.”
Neo opens his mouth, ready to speak. “Tohru wouldn’t be with someone she didn’t love. I know that, I’ve known that.” Kyo states, glaring at Neo. I sigh in relief, glad that Kyo believes me.
Neo walks away, his back turned, like he lost the fight. Kyo let’s go of my hand, mine feels cold without his. Kyo turns towards me, afraid to say something. “Kyo...” I whisper. He understood from the beginning, I need him to understand how any of this happened in the first place.
I talk before I can think too much and back out. “Since before I was born, my future partner was decided for me. Sensei, he wanted what was best for me and Mom and Dad both agreed. When Dad died, Mom decided to move in with Sensei for awhile until she could go back on her own feet. Sensei was married once, they had a son who they both loved. Along the way, his wife didn’t love him anymore and wanted a divorce. After all of that, Mom moved out with me and we lived in an apartment together for until she died. My grandfather took me instead of Sensei because he wasn’t ready to deal with having a female around the house. Then when grandfather was renovating the house, you know what happened after that.” I take a deep breath, I’ve talked too much than what I have been used to. I’m out of breath. I breath heavily, trying to draw in more air.
Kyo’s face is unreadable. I don’t know what he’s thinking. I’m scared that he will run away. I’m scared that the minute all of this sinks in, he’ll say everything was a mistake. “What’s that Neo kid to you?” he asks.
“No one. I hate to say that but he’s nothing special to me Kyo. Neo, he’s Sensei’s son, but I only see him as a brother. Sensei wanted someone with Neo because he’s not good with communicating with others.” I rush out.
“So...Does he have feelings...for you?” Kyo whispers, anxious.
“I don’t know. But he’s not someone I want to be with. I hope you truly believe that.”
Kyo nervousness calms. He smiles, his white teeth showing. This is how I love Kyo, him happy. He takes hold of my hand again and we walk back to the car. He opens up the passenger door and closes it when I step in. Kyo moves over the the driver’s side and secures himself with his seatbelt. He pulls the car out of the parking lot and drives me home. We both are not silent, we fill the air with chatter the whole way back to the house. We drive up and spot Sensei’s car. Dread swells up inside of me, I don’t want to go inside.
The car door unlatches and I step out of the car. I close it and stride to the front door. Before I can even tread inside, the front door swings ajar, revealing Sensei. I turn and tell Kyo my thanks and he drives off away from the house. Rather than turn my head to face Sensei, he yanks me inside the house and the front door shuts.
My back hits the wall. The soreness from the last time awakens. Sensei screams at me but I don’t know what he’s saying. I don’t want to know what he’s saying. Once he stops, silence settles. Everything slows down to a crawl, all I can do is keep my head down.
The front door opens revealing Neo. His face is red, typical of someone who has been crying. Neo doesn’t look at me, but at Sensei.
“Dad, Mom wants to talk to you.”
Sensei sighs and peeks at me. “You’re in trouble, stay where you are until I come back. If you so much as leave this spot, there will be more strife.” He exits the house leaving Neo and I alone.
“I didn’t want to tell him.” Neo mutters.
I slide down to the floor, too tired to stand. “But you did tell him.”
“I had to,” Neo states.
I exhale shaky breathes. “Why did you have to?”
“Because he would have killed you.”
My mouth drops open. “What?”
Neo takes shaggy breathes, his eyes water. “He wanted me to follow you. He told me to have evidence. If I didn’t tell him, he’d hurt you. Sometimes I think he’ll hurt you so badly that you won’t survive.”
I’m bitter. Everything Neo says causes rage to build. I’ve never felt this way towards anyone. I need to leave.
I slowly get off the floor and walk to my room. I grab my school bag and dump the contents onto my bed. I shift through my closet and pull out random clothes and pack them in my backpack. I stride out of my room and spot Neo on the floor, he’s staring at the carpet. Before the nerves gain the better of me, I stride out of the house. I don’t know where I’m going and I don’t care.
I keep my walking pace and continue down the road. I should probably call the Sohmas. Things cannot be any worse, can they?
Something is not right. I want to know what it is. I don’t know where the source is coming from but I want it to stop.
My phone vibrates and sings a song of annoyance. I pull my phone out of my pocket and look at the caller ID. The caller reads Unknown. My gut begins to tighten and I answer the phone. “Hello?”
My breathing slows, it’s Tohru. “Hey.”
Her breathing picks up, like she is running.
“Is there any chance that you can meet me?”
My heart races, “Is everything okay?”
“I don’t know, can you meet me?”
I immediately reply saying I will and Tohru tells me an address of a library so we can meet. Everything in my body is telling me that something is wrong with her. I have to find out from her if something is going on and if I could help somehow.
I yell over to Yuki in our hotel room to let him know that I have something to do. I race out of the hotel room and down the stairs. The host has a face of pure boredom as I pass him.
I dart over to the car and start up the engine. My mind is on high alert. Everything in front of me is passing by quickly as I speed over to the location where Tohru is waiting.
I spot her sitting on the curb with her hands on her lap and her head down. She looks miserable. I stop the car and jump out to get closer to her. I kneel down in front of her and her face tips up. Her face is red, her eyes are glassy. My heart hurts for her.
“Tohru, please tell me what’s going on,” I mutter.
Tohru’s lips wobble and she starts to cry. My heart begins to hurt even more. I move to where I am sitting next to her on the curb. Her crying keeps going, like she’s a baby that’s just been born into this world. I don’t know what to do to make her smile. I want her to smile. I need her to smile.
I pull her up to her feet and drag her into the passenger seat of the car. I run to the driver’s side and start the car. I speed out of the library parking lot. Tohru’s crying slows down to soft whimpers. I view an ice cream shop down the road and head over to the place. I jump out of the car and jog inside. I buy two vanilla with cookie dough ice creams and return to the car.
Tohru’s face is puffy from her tears and I slide into the driver’s seat. I hand her the ice cream and instantly start eating my ice cream. She stares at me and then looks down and beings to eat her frozen dessert. The silence takes over as we both eat. Something in me says to let it be this way, but I want to talk to her. I want to know what made her cry.
“Kyo, I need to tell you something.”
I look over to her, her brown eyes gaze at me. All I want to do is kiss her, but I stop myself.
“Promise me you won’t tell anyone and that you won’t do anything that could get you in trouble.”
What the hell? Fuck this must be serious. “I promise I won’t tell any living soul. I also promise that I will not do anything to get myself into trouble.” Tohru sighs, her breathing comes out unevenly as she tries to compose herself. “You can tell me anything Tohru,” I murmur to her, urging her to talk.
“Sensei, he’s not a nice guy. He’s done things.” I nod my head, persuading in my own way that she can continue. “He hurts me.”
My breathing becomes heavy and then I yell, “HE DOES WHAT?”