Wolf Children Fanfiction: The Day She Came to Me - 6. A Warm Winter Day
Hi everyone! Sorry this update is so late, I’ve been so busy with school and applying for college. This chapter was originally going to be longer, but I really wanted to publish as soon as possible. Thanks for 50 followers! I hope you enjoy the chapter!
Ame quietly pulled off his boots and jacket, relishing the freedom, while Haru chased the twins around, trying to get their shoes off. The house looked like his own for the most part.
It simply had more toys and less space.
Haru finally wrestled the twins out of their snow gear and they took off into the house chasing each other with unrelenting energy.
Haru gave an exasperated sigh and led Ame into the kitchen. She pulled out five mugs and began to make the hot chocolate.
“Five mugs? Is Asuka-san home?”
“No, Asuka is away at work. My mother is in her room. She’s the one I want you to meet.”
Ame immediately felt anxious at the thought.
Then something occured to him.
‘Why is her mother staying in her room on such a beautiful day when her kids are playing outside?’
Sayuri and Hayato ran in, and he dismissed the thought. He must be overthinking it.
The twins ran and danced around Haru as she put the finishing touches on the hot chocolate. She sat them at the table, gave them their hot chocolate and kissed them both on the top of the head in a motherly way.
She reminded him of his mother and he felt a dull ache in his heart when he remembered running away from that kind, never ending love Hana gave him.
Haru gave Ame his mug and then led him away to another room. The room was dimly lit, with paintings lining the walls and a bed over by the window. One painting was drying over some newspapers in a corner.
‘So she’s a painter…’
He was about to turn away, but something made him do a double take.
In the painting there was a wolf. A wolf that seemed to be Ame. The fur coloration was exactly the same. How did she paint this? Did Haru describe me to her? No it’s way too exact.
As Ame’s thoughts reeled, Haru walked over to the bed. Ame snapped out of it. Now was not the time to be thinking about this, he’d have to ask Haru later.
A woman was sitting up in bed staring out the window. She had long brown hair and blue eyes. Except for her eyes, she looked just like Haru.
She smiled when he looked over and Haru gave her the hot chocolate. Ame awkwardly stood in the doorway, unsure of whether to walk over or not. Haru beckoned him over and he inched his way to the bed.
“This is my mother, Mizuki. Mom, this is Ame. He lives up the road with his mother, Hana.”
“It’s a pleasure to meet you Ame.”
“N-nice to meet you too, ma’am”
He abruptly bowed and nearly spilled his cup of hot chocolate. Haru and Mizuki giggled while Ame tried to fight down the blush on his face.
He looked over the bedside table and noticed several medications lying there. His natural assumption was that Mizuki was sick. But another thing also caught his eye. Haru’s camera was on the table also.
Ame was pulled out of his thoughts when he realized Mizuki was talking.
“So Ame, how long have you lived here?”
After answering several questions, Haru insisted that he must leave before his jaw starts to ache. He said goodbye and Haru led him the front door where he put on his boots and coat.
“I’ll walk you to the end of the driveway.”
“Oh! Sure, that’d be gr-ice”
‘Did I really just say ‘grice’?’ Ame mentally kicked himself, but Haru didn’t comment. She got a grave look on her face as they walked away from the house.
The atmosphere was tense, and Haru kept her gaze on the ground. Something seemed to be bothering her. Her drastic change from cheerful to depressed put Ame on edge. Haru began to speak and Ame tensed.
“My father…died when Mom was 5 months pregnant. He was a martial arts instructor. He was walking home from work when he saw a mugging. He intervened and got shot. He was rushed to the hospital, but he didn’t make it.”
Ame was silent. Haru’s sudden outburst left him speechless. Should he say something?
“The birth of the twins was really hard on Mom’s body and she fell ill afterwards. We moved in with Asuka and she has been taking care of us ever since. I was looking after the kids and Mom was resting. It was okay for a while, but the doctor said her body was under too much stress. He suggested that we move away from the city and live in a more rural area with less crowds and noise. So…here we are.”
Ame stared at her, still processing what she said. He felt a strong connection to her story and wanted to offer some sort of comfort.
“My father died when I was a baby. My mom was left to take care of two rambunctious kids all alone. We encountered some…problems in the city so we decided to move here. It was tough on my mom, but…she managed to pull through. She’s a lot stronger than she looks.”
When he stopped talking, he realized Haru had stopped walking and was several feet behind him. She she stared at him in shock and awe. Then, she gave him her brightest smile.
“Thank you Ame.”
Ame felt like the wind got knocked out of him when he saw her smile. He had difficulty breathing and his heart rate sky rocketed. He felt warm all the way to his toes. Haru walked right by him like she didn’t just cause an apocalypse in his brain.
As he was trying to catch his breath, a snowball slammed into the back of his head. He whipped around to see Haru grinning mischievously at him, holding another snowball in her hand.
Ame glared at her in slight annoyance. She was totally oblivious to her affect on him. He hurriedly made a snowball and pegged her with it. She gasped and they playfully glared at each other.
Then…it was all out war.
They ran and dodged, trying to hit the other. As Ame was gathering up snow, Haru dumped an armful of snow on his head. In return he chased her, while throwing snowballs at her.
Eventually, they both collapsed in the snow, gasping for breath and giggling.
“I don’t know how the twins keep this up”
Haru said in between breaths. Ame laughed at her and relished in the cold feeling penetrating his whole body. He felt something he couldn’t quite describe…something he hadn’t felt in a long time.
Ame blushed at her words and then it hit him what the feeling was…
He felt light and unburdened. In that moment, the world was perfect and he wanted to stay like that forever…lying in the snow, breathless, next to the girl that was the whole reason for his smile.
Suddenly, a horn blared and they jumped out of their skin. They both looked up to see Asuka slyly grinning at them from her car.
“Am I interrupting something?”
Thank you for reading! The next chapter should be up soon. This is my first fanfiction and I’m not much of a writer, so critiques, recommendations, and reviews are appreciated! Thank you to those who are supporting me and writing reviews. It’s a little late but, Happy New Year!