Kaori's point of view:
I noticed it. Any person on the planet would notice it. Ani was head over heels in love with Akimitsu. Well, everyone but Akimitsu knew this. She giggled at his every sentence and blushed bright red if he even merely looked at her-All of the signs of flirting plain as day and Akimitsu was as oblivious as ever! It's not that I was annoyed at this, in fact, I was glad. I couldn't bear it if I was no longer the object of Akimitsu's affection. She bit her lip and began blushing deeper. She was going to ask it-I just knew it. "Ummm…..Akimitsu-san will you go out with me?" She asked and my heart sunk to the lowest depths of my stomach. Akimitsu stopped and merely stood for a moment. Then, he turned around and held me close to him with a serious, yet apologetic expression on his face. "I'm sorry Ani-san, but, my heart already belongs to someone and I wouldn't dream of ever leaving her." Looking flushed-from embarrassment instead of affection-she mumbled an apology and quickly left.
No doubt Ani was mad at me and hopefully she'd get over it. Just then I felt a small flicker of heat-almost like an electric shock. I glanced up at Akimitsu and saw that he was disappearing! "Akimitsu, what's going on? What's wrong?!" I asked, but I couldn't make out what he was saying. His voice, sent, and presence were disappearing. Then, he was gone and my hands held nothing but air.
One month later:
Kaori's point of view:
I was going insane! Was I only dreaming about Akimitsu? No, there was no way that was a dream! I couldn't focus on school work and I seldom felt like eating. I was love sick-the worst kind of ailment a woman could ever go through. Often, I'd remembered our first kiss, how he'd protected me and cared about me, and I remembered our first meeting. That's it! The place I ran away to-the place I saw him must be some sort of portal. Forgetting completely about everything else, I raced from my apartment to the woodland area where he and I first got acquainted. I ran all around the woods, but it was to no avail. "Akimitsu!! Akimitsu, where are you?!!" I'd yell, but no one answered. Tears filled my eyes. Feeling utterly frustrated, I punched a nearby pine tree, resulting in a slight surge of pain and reddened knuckles, but who cares? Akimitsu was gone and I had an un-fillable hole inside of me. I fell to my knees and cried tears of sorrow and anger.
School days went by slowly. I became reclusive and seldom talked to even my closest friends. As a result, everyone kept a safe distance from me-even Ani. After school was done with, I dragged my feet along the pavement, my eyes staring at the ground beneath me and my mind full of memories and unanswered questions. I had stayed after for tutorials today, so it was pretty late. A group of men were loitering next to an alley and they seemed to be looking right at me! In order to avoid trouble, I quickened my pace, only to be followed by the men. I walked faster, but they followed me still and eventually had me within their little circle. "Hey, she's pretty good looking." One of the five men stated. They then got a mischievous gleam in their eyes and their mouths twisted into a dark smirk. In a matter of moments they had me penned to the wall and were getting ready to do God knows what.
I struggled as best as I could, but it was to no avail. I was about ready to lose hope when the two men holding me by my hip were knocked down to the hard, concrete bellow. A deluge of happiness ran through me and I quickly looked up, expecting to see the boy I thought was gone forever, but became astonished when I met the face of Ryo-The same person who tried to kill me! He had beaten the remaining three with such ease it only made me feel weaker.
I tried to swallow the dry air that had built up in my throat-Creating a sort of blockade so I'd be unable to speak with him. I gulped it down forcibly. "Ryo, why did you help me?" For a moment he just stood there, his eyes seemingly far away. Then he tore at his hair and rushed up to me, holding me tightly by my arms. "Kaori-chan, I am so confused! I don't know why…I just can't get you out of my mind! I've never forgiven myself for that act of attempted murder and I never shall! I just hope that you'll forgive me Kaori-chan…I still love you and no matter how much I've changed, that never will.