Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo Fanfiction: Be With You Forever - 5. Healing
Today is kind of a gloomy day. Gray clouds over the blue sky like a blanket. I’m wondering if it’s going to rain today. But then again, I didn’t even bother to check the weather. And . . . Mai isn’t coming to school again. I’m also wondering when she’ll ever be back. As I proceed to enter the school, a classmate of mine calls my name.
“Reo-sama!” she says. “Good-morning!”
“Oh, uh, good morning,” I say, rather softly.
“Hm? Are you alright?”
Another girl approaches me. “Where’s Mai-sama? Is she not coming again today?”
“Um . . . no. Sorry,” I reply.
“That’s a shame. Maybe she is moving after all.”
“I really wanted so say good-bye to her before she leaves.”
Haaa~ There they go again. Mentioning about Mai’s moving again. I don’t bother to listen as I just walk away from the group and head to the classroom. I bet today will be another boring lesson because we’re reviewing stuff for finals. Once the bell rings, everyone gets into their seats to start the lesson, except for one girl with teal colored hair who is staring at me for some reason. I give her a dirty look and turn away to avoid her. But then, she walks by, sets down a folded piece of paper in front of me. Huh? That’s rare for a person to do that. She must have something important she wants to tell me. Picking up the paper, I glance over to the teal haired girl. She gives me a nod, allowing me to unfold the paper. So I do that before the teacher comes in and I read:
“Meet me in the classroom after school. I have something to discus with you.”
I raise an eyebrow as I look at the girl again. She just waves at me and gets out her materials for the lesson. I crumple up the paper and stuff it in my skirt pocket so that the teacher wouldn’t notice. Why would this girl want to talk to me? I never knew her in my life. In fact, I never really paid attention to anyone in school except for Mai, so that’s probably the reason I never even seen her before.
Throughout the school day, everything seemed uneventful as usual. All there is are reviewing for finals and other stuff we have to study for. Whenever I don’t feel like paying attention, my min is somewhere else, such as filling my mind with my beloved. She usually studies with me whenever we have some tests coming up. I’m not really good with academics since I get lower grades, but with Mai’s help, I feel like I can accomplish anything. My grades have even improved because of her. But since I’ve been without Mai, my grades are slowly declining, but only because I don’t feel like paying attention to anything right now. Haaaa~ I wish she were here right now.
When the school day is finally over, I stay int the classroom with 3 other girls as everyone else leaves. I look over to them while quietly trembling as one of the girls close the door. The girl with teal colored hair approaches me.
“Now that we’re alone,” she says. “Let’s start with first things first. What’s your name?”
“U-um, my name is Reo Kawamura,” I reply timidly.
“And my name is Matsuri Tojo,” the girl with teal hair says. “There. Now we know each other.”
“W-what is it that you want? I-I should be home by now.” I need to get to the bottom of what this girl has to say.
“Oh, it won’t take long,” Matsuri-san assures me. “I just need you to answer one question: how long have you known Mai-sama?”
I gasp at the question. I have a feeling that something suspicious is going on. “I-I’ve only met her a couple days ago,” I answer softly.
“Oh, come on. I know you’ve known her long than that.” She peers in closer to me. “Now, tell me, Reo-sama: how long have you known Mai-sama?”
I hesitate for a bit before staring into the girl’s eyes. “U-um, actually, I don’t . . . remember.”
All of a sudden, Matsuri-san quickly pushes me towards the wall and pins me against it. “Don’t play with me!” she shouts. “You know how long you’ve been with her, so spit it out!”
“I . . . I . . .” I feel like I’m going to regret this. “I’ve known her since second year.”
Matsuri-san calms down and rubs her chin thoughtfully. “I see. And we all know she hasn’t been with you for the past couple weeks. Interesting.”
I glare at her and shout, “What are you trying to say!?”
“I’m saying that I can finally tell you how I feel,” she says while caressing my cheek. “I’ve been interested in you, Reo-sama.I love everything about you: your petite form, the lovely fluffy hair of yours and your high, but cute voice. I’ve been wanting to go out with you, but Mai-sama had to get in the way. So, I had to wait until the right moment to tell you this.”
What . . . the heck did I hear just now? This girl, Matsuri, just confessed her love to me? This is all too confusing.
“W-wait,” I try to protest. “H-how long have you been interested in me?”
“The same time you first laid eyes on Mai-sama. But since she isn’t here right now, do you mind if I do this?” She immediately plants her lips against mine, making me feel very awkward. No one has kissed me other than Mai! No one! Yet, Matsuri-san, just literally kissed me!
“No!” I try to resist her kiss by pushing her away, but her grip is to strong. “Stop! I-I don’t think-Mmph!”
“Shh,” Matsuri-san whispers. “Let’s keep going. I’ve never done this with anyone in my life, but it’s a great feeling.” She continues kissing me while the other girls were “oo”ing and “ah”ing. I try to resist her some more, but it’s no use.
Once we part lips, Matsuri-san stares at me with lovestruck eyes. “I love you, Reo-sama. Please go out with me.” She leans in to kiss me again.
No, I think to myself. If Mai ever sees us like this . . .
“THAT’S ENOUGH!” I shout as I summon all my strength to shove her out of the way. “I . . . I can’t do this!”
Matsuri-san raises an eyebrow. “What do you mean?”
“You can’t force me to fall in love with you when I already love someone else!” I shout at her. “And that some one is Mai! Mai Sawaguchi!”
“Oh, please,” Matsuri-san scoffs. “If she really loves you, then why didn’t she come back for you? Why didn’t she tell you about her absence lately?”
I stop dead in my tracks after she said that. That’s what I’ve been wondering all along.
“Think about it. Since she’s been absent for quite awhile now and didn’t even bother telling you, that reaches up to a conclusion: she must be planning to abandon you.”
Abandon . . . me? “N-no! I don’t believe that! Besides, it’s none of your business to know what Mai is doing!”
Matsuri-san just shrugs. “You’re right. It is none of my business. But if you think about it, Reo-sama, if it were me, I would tell you exactly what I’m doing instead of leaving you worried sick. You’ve been depressed over Mai-sama’s absence for a long time haven’t you?”
I can only nod.
“See? She doesn’t want to see you. You’ve probably relying on her too much and she’s grown tired of your childish behavior. She must not care at all.” She shakes her head as she says this.
“Liar!” I shout while tears are trying to force their way out. “Just stop all this nonsense, you blockhead!”
“No, you’re the blockhead,” Matsuri-san counters. “You are the reason she doesn’t want to be with you.”
“B-but . . . But!” I stutter while trembling. Could she be right? That takes me back to what Yuuna-san told me. Maybe Mai decided not to tell me anything because she was . . . leaving me?
“Face it, Reo-sama,” Matsuri-san says. “Mai-sama is done with you. It’s over.”
I choke a sob as I turn and run out of the classroom, not looking back. I run and run until I reach the school’s entrance and burst out of the doors. Those sky is even darker than it was before, but I could care less about that. “No!” I shout to no one as I continue to run. “That’s not true! None of it is true! That’s gotta be a lie!” Finally, I can no longer run and just stop to catch my breath.
“I don’t . . . want to believe that!” I cry as I breath heavily from the running while tears are starting to come out. “Mai wouldn’t do something like this! In fact, she would never abandon me! Never! She said she would always be there for me! She said that we’ll always be together! Forever!” Matsuri-san has to be wrong! Besides, I’ve known Mai way longer than her! Mai . . . I look up at the sky as I feel a raindrop fall on my face, letting my tears flow like a waterfall.
“Ngh . . . WAAAAAAHHHHH!” At last, I can no longer hold it in and just start crying. Being without Mai is really painful, like a dagger is in my heart. I thought i could handle everything on my own, but in the end, I just couldn’t. It only made things worse.
“Mai . . .” I sob as tears continue flowing. “I don’t care if I’m a nuisance to you or not! I just want to be with you again! I don’t want to be lonely anymore!” I choke on a sob as I shout, “I love you, Mai! I love you very much! Just please . . . let me be with you again.” I sniffle as I look down at the ground. I’m just . . . so lonely without her.
That voice. I can recognize it anywhere. And she’s the only one, next to Eris, that she didn’t add “sama” to my name. I slowly look up to see the beloved standing before me.
“M-Mai?” I’ve got to make sure I’m not just hallucinating or anything. “Is that you?”
“Of course, Reo,” Mai says, gently while approaching me. “What would I be, a ghost?”
More tears well up as I begin to realize that Mai is truly back. I break out into sobs again as I plunge into her chest. “Mai! Mai! I . . . I . . .”
“Yes, Reo,” She wraps her arms around me and kisses my forehead. “I missed you, too.”
I continue to cry in her arms, for I’ve missed her so much.
After about 30 minutes, Mai and I sit at the inside the school’s entrance with Yuuna-san offering us towels to dry ourselves off. She then leaves us alone to have us talk things over.
“Mai . . . you idiot,” I mumble as I turn away, feeling my face go hot.
“Huh? Why are you calling me an idiot?” Mai asks.
“I thought you loved me. You promised that we would always be together.” I turn to her as tears start to force their way out again. “You promised, Mai! But . . . but . . . you broke that promise.”
Mai raises an eyebrow. “What? I would never break that promise with you.”
“Oh, yeah!? Then, how do you explain the fact that you were absent for two freaking weeks because you were planning on moving on me!?”
“Wait, hold it! Moving!?” Mai says, putting her hand up.
Her serious expression catches me off guard, so I simply say, “Th-that’s what I heard.”
“Okay, first off, I am not moving! Whoever started this rumor is just insane. Second, I do care how you feel. It’s just that . . . it was a lot more complicated to try to be with you.”
I frown at her. “What do you mean? Tell me why the heck didn’t you tell me a doggone thing that left me worried sick.”
Mai’s eyes begin to water as she glances at the ground. Both of us sit in silence for about a minute.
“It’s . . . my little brother,” she mumbles.
“It’s my little brother!” Mai shouts, having tears fall from her face this time. “The truth is, we’ve been noticing that he’s been a little ill for the past few days and thought it was a simple cold. But he actually got even worse the next day. He was coughing a lot and had a hard time breathing. It was then that we decided to take him to the hospital. While waiting, I couldn’t help but worry about him. The illness he has could be fatal. Finally, the doctor came and told us about my brother’s condition. It seemed that he caught a terrible virus that led him to be sick like this. During that time, I decided to be with him for a while to keep him company, along with my sister.”
Oh, so that explains why she hasn’t been in school.
“Even though I had fun spending time with my siblings,” Mai continues. “It’s still not same without you around.”
I gasp at what I just heard.
“Every day, I thought about you. How lonely you were and how much pain you were suffering. I was also . . . lonely without you.” Tears were starting to fall. “I’m so sorry, Reo! Please forgive me. When I was with my brother, I only cared about his health and never thought about your feelings. I could just feel . . . how lonely you must have been for the past two weeks. I’m so sorry.”
I immediately wrap my arms around her as she is about to cry.
“I-it’s alright,” I mutter, turning my head away. “Family comes first, you know.”
“Reo . . .”
“So, you’re f-forgiven, Mai.” I look up at her with an angry face. “But if you do something like that again, I’m going to make sure you learned your lesson the hard way.”
Mai smiles with tears of happiness as she tackles me into a hug. “REO~!”
“Ah! Mai!” Both of us fall to the floor as she roughly cuddles me.
“Reo, I’m so happy we’re together again! It’s been so long!”
“Stop it! Don’t you realize that we’re getting ourselves dirty?”
“Don’t worry, as long as we get dirty together, I wouldn’t mind at all!”
“AHHHHHH!” I scream as I try to squirm out of her arms, but her grip is too strong.”
“Mmmmmm! You’re so soft and cuddly, Reo. I would never let you go. She kisses me on the cheek, making me blush even harder. “I love you, Reo.”
Finally, my inner volcano has erupted as I shout at her, “MAI, YOU IDIOT!”
A/N: I apologize for taking super darn long to update. The truth is, my computer broke, so I had to buy an new one to type this chapter. Plus, I was graduating last week, so that’s another reason why, I couldn’t update. Anyhoo, here’s Chapter 5 for you guys. Only one more to go. And I think you’re all going to love it, Mai x Reo fans! Stay tuned. Feel free to give out any suggestions, questions or concerns and don’t forget to review! 🙂