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The three figures bounced, silhouetted against the dark skyline. They made
their way home, hand-in-hand, with occasional light laughter breaking the
awkward silence humming around them. They reminisced about their trip,
each secretly wondering about the other.
The orange-haired boy on one end glared off into the trees. He hated that
damn Yuki. What had he wished for when they dropped their pennies into
that dark abyss? Kyou didn't care so much... except he thought he might
have wished for the same thing as him.
The majestic violet eyes of the opposing boy stared ahead, his head gently
bobbing with the gait their little trio had fallen into. Her lilting laugh
floated up, greeting his welcoming ears with the much-needed sound. He
took a quick glare at the cat-boy's hand, enclosed around such a treasure.
He narrowed his eyes quickly and, catching himself, turned his expression
into a smile. The smile of a prince for his princess.
Her long brown tresses fluttered lightly in the cool of this early spring
evening. They had had such a day together. Although Kyou had decided
early-on that this would be her day with him, Yuki had made plans to take
her out alone. The neko had violently protested, and in the end she had
asked if he wanted to come. Soon, realizing her mistake, she was
apologizing, but was quickly reassured by a surprisingly composed Yuki.
After breakfast, which consisted of heart-shaped pancakes, hot syrup and
tea, Yuki had handed her an envelope with a small pink flower woven
delicately through two holes in the paper. She blushed, smiling quickly
and opening it, only to have a small copper coin fall into her lap.
"Ano... Sohma-kun? What is this?" she looked incredulously at the coin,
flipping it from one side to the other. It had a small carved face on one
side, a little building on the other. "It is beautiful..." she breathed,
her big blue eyes studying it.
Crimson eyes shone and a grimace painted the face of the cat, who wasn't
even trying to hide his intense jealousy. "It is a penny from America,
Honda-san. It isn't worth much, but I need you to keep it for now. I have
one too, see?" that royal face smiled softly, gracefully holding up his.
Kyou rummaged through his pockets for a moment, and finally pulled out a
small silver coin. "What the hell are you doing with coins that is so
important?! What a stupid idea," he hissed, flicking off lint.
"You haven't even heard the idea yet, you idiot," Yuki's face turned
deadpan as he spoke coldly to the carrot-top.
"Damn Yuki..." he muttered, chewing the latter word with venom on his
tongue. Yuki always had to upstage him, and seeing as Kyou hadn't gotten a
present for Tohru, even a penny looked good. He would do something nice
later, he promised himself.
"Ano..." Honda-san's clueless little voice piped up, breaking the silence
that had befallen the room. "What are we doing today?" she asked with a
"We are going for a walk," Yuki replied, which was followed by snorting
laughter from Kyou.
"Take a walk?! You can do that every day!" he exclaimed, bursting into
joyous strings of laughter once more. "What crap!" Tohru stared at him,
not quite understanding his point, and smiled a little.
"Sometimes things are different on Valentine's Day, like your sudden love
of chocolate on the last," Yuki spit out and headed upstairs. Kyou glared
at Yuki furiously, and crossed his arms over his chest. "Honda-san, would
you like to go?"
"Ano... Oh I'd love to go! I didn't mean to imply anything before about
your special walk! Gomen nasai!!" she bowed fervently.
"Don't worry, Honda-san. I'm not angry with you. No need to fret." She
beamed and they headed upstairs.
That damn Yuki. He always knew the perfect things to say to make that
smile shine through again. Damn him. Kyou stood up, glancing down at his
wrinkled shirt and khakis. I'm ready to go, he thought. It is wonderful
being so low-maintenance, unlike that stupid mouse who has to change every
ten seconds. He grinned and headed out the door, running down a path into
"Ano... Sohma-kun, where is Kyou-kun?" her voice was intensely concerned,
and she looked around the room, searching every corner to the last crack.
"Did he go to the roof?"
"I'm not sure... Where did baka neko get to?" Yuki's gaze hardened,
thinking of how their special trip would be delayed by waiting for that
idiot. That stupid cat better show up soon.
The door to the front porch slammed open and Kyou marched in, out of breath
and holding a small box. "Oy," he said between breaths, and shoved the box
into the girl's hands. He blushed slightly and covered himself with a
quick comment about "finally being even for last year's chocolates."
Tohru blushed. "Ano... arigatou gozaimasu, Kyou-kun!" she opened the lid,
her eyes widening as she revealed the chocolate-covered strawberries
concealed inside. "Oh my! Okaasan! What wonderful friends I have!" she
closed her eyes, holding the envelope and the box to her chest and smiling
broadly. She opened her eyes, her face falling. "But I do not deserve
"Of course you do, Honda-san," Yuki gently took her hand. "Or else you
would not have them." He smiled, and shot a look at Kyou. "Shall we go?"
"Hai!" Tohru nodded, and Kyou offered to hold the box for her as he took
her free hand. She smiled sweetly and they headed out the door.
She sprung lightly on her feet as she walked, her steps full of life and
vigor. One would have never known she had recently lost her mother. Yuki
loved that about her. She was such a resilient girl, so caring throughout
her troubles. She smiled brightly, the sunlight lighting the wisps of her
hair curling around her face. The breeze blew gently, causing little
tendrils to float lightly, and her thin dress to waft in the breeze.
"You look lovely today, Honda-san," he said casually, giving her hand a
small squeeze. "Honestly."
"Ah... Uhn," Kyou grunted in agreement and looked at the girl's pink face.
"Arigatou gozaimasu..." she stuttered, trying hard not to turn absolutely
red. "The Sohma's are so kind..." she smiled and continued walking.
"Honda-san, what classes are you taking next year?" Yuki's gray eyes
watched the girl's delicate features rumple as she thought blankly.
"Aah what a stupid topic! Who ever heard of talking about school outside
of school?! K'so nezumi, if you are going to drag us out here, at least be
entertaining!" Kyou glowered at the other boy, silently challenging him.
Yuki said nothing. That idiot shouldn't ever speak, he thought.
The low sunlight filtered through the trees, dappling the foliage-covered
ground. Tohru sighed happily, holding the hands of her friends tightly.
How wonderful it was to be with them. She wished she never had to give
either of them up, and promised herself quickly that she never would. She
took a strawberry from the box, and nibbled at it quietly, enjoying the
sounds of the deep woods.
What crap, Kyou thought. Well, not total crap, because she's here, but
this whole walk thing is a load of crap. What if we run into Kagura?!
Kyou put a hand to his forehead, groaning softly.
"Ano... Kyou-kun? Is there something wrong?" Tohru stared at him with big,
concerned eyes. He looked up, rebutting her comment with a soft grunt.
She brought the chocolate-covered strawberry to her lips and chewed at the
red flesh lightly. She licked her pink lips, and Kyou had to hold himself
back from leaving Yuki in the woods somewhere and having Tohru all to
himself. If only that fat cow were here to be distracting...
Yuki smiled. Tohru was so kind, even if it was that baka neko. "There is
something wrong with his mind..." he muttered casually and quickly began a
conversation about the girl's cooking.
"NAAA?! What did you say, you damn mouse?!" Yuki stared in his direction
boredly, and turned his face away.
He smiled as Tohru's eyes suddenly lit up. The sun had begun to set,
casting a light orange glow on a opening in the woods. It was a meadow
filled with flowers of many colors, a slight breeze tilting their heads
towards Tohru. The trees, which loomed all around the clearing were strung
with small sets of glittering white lights, each twinkling through the
leaves. Tohru gasped, the sunlight glinting in her eyes, and ran over to a
well in the midst of the field, stopping midway to pluck a small pink
flower out of the grass and stick it behind her ear.
Her mouth hung open in awe and amazement, and her eyes roved around the
meadow as she slowly turned, taking all the elements in.
"Well isn't this romantic..." Kyou whispered, and swiped a glance at Yuki,
adding, "you pervert."
"You weren't supposed to be here, baka neko," Yuki replied coldly. "And
don't assume things about me. You know nothing." Kyou harrumphed, and
began walking towards the well.
Tohru leaned far over the side of the well, looking into the dark depths of
it. Her hair hung down in small wispy curls. Everything was so perfect.
The Sohma's had done so much for her, and now this! They were such
beautiful boys, working together to make her happy.
"Arigatou! This is the best present I have ever received, and I'm so happy
you both cooperated together to do it! You are so wonderful!" she
exclaimed, beaming brightly. She twirled again as Yuki stiffened.
"Ah, uhn," Kyou managed to mumble out before being smacked in the back of
"Don't take credit for something you didn't DO!" and with that Yuki kicked
Kyou into a bush and sent the entire scene a look from hell. Tohru stood
dumbfounded for a moment and then realized what she'd done.
"Aah!!! Yuki-kun gomen nasai!! I'm so sorry I didn't realize you did this
all by yourself!! It is sugoi! Probably one of the best gifts I've ever
received!! AAH!! Gomen nasai, Kyou-kun! I didn't mean to imply that your
gift was bad I just love both of them so much and-" Tohru's strain of
apologies was abruptly cut off when Yuki softly put a finger over her lips.
"Honda-san, daijobu. It was an honest mistake. Don't worry, this is your
day, and we are here for you. Just enjoy this with us," he clenched his
teeth over the last word, glancing at Kyou who had picked himself up and
was looking slightly more than startled. Tohru blushed, still a bit
flustered from her mistake.
"Hai..." she smiled. "What shall we do?" she chirruped, bouncing lightly
again to the well. "It is wonderful!"
"Well, why don't we eat the strawberries?" Yuki offered.
"DON'T OFFER THAT! IT ISN'T YOUR PLACE TO OFFER MY GIFT!" Kyou stomped
over to Yuki, and stood nearly nose to nose with him. "DAMN NEZUMI!"
"Shut up," Yuki said simply, and opened the box. He took a small
strawberry and held it by the stem, the red fruit towards Tohru. "Here you
Tohru brought her hand up to take the berry, but Yuki pulled it away with a
playful smile. "Ano... Sohma-kun... what are you doing?" she asked softly,
trying again and being replied to with the same game.
"Use something else to take it," Yuki smiled slightly, ignoring the
redhead's protesting background noise. Tohru lifted a foot, spreading her
toes. "No..." he groaned lightheartedly. She laughed nervously and inched
her face uncertainly towards the strawberry. "Excellent."
Kyou couldn't take the ambiance, the romance, the perversion of it all any
longer! He frantically hurled himself at the happy pair, and as Tohru was
about to bite the end of the stupid strawberry, he threw himself between
Tohru and Yuki. Yuki, using the quick reflexes he possessed, immediately
hit Kyou in the back and sent him flying into Tohru. Suddenly the field
was enveloped in a large cloud of smoke.
"What the hell are you doing on her, you pervert!?" Yuki yelled. A small
orange neko sat on top of one of toppled Tohru's knees, hanging limply.
"NA?!" he stood, his fur bristling. "Me a pervert?! Who's trying to feed
her strawberries?! You hentai nezumi!!" Kyou scampered off into the
woods, dragging his clothes behind him.
Yuki shot the cat a look of ice, and stood. "Perhaps we should make our
wishes, since it seems to be getting late."
"Wishes? What wishes?" Tohru didn't understand. They got wishes? Was
there something about Valentine's day she didn't know? She watched Yuki,
the lights in the trees illuminating his soft expression. The overhead
beauty of the dark sky with twinkling stars extended into the trees, making
it seem like they were enclosed in a universe all their own.
"Your penny, Honda-san. Have you never heard of a wishing well?" Yuki
smiled, watching Tohru's face light up.
"Wishing well! Why, Okaasan told me about them once, but I've never seen
one! Oh how exciting!" She exclaimed, clapping her hands and retrieving
"Okaasan told me about them as well, but I didn't believe her since she
never showed me one! Hah... what a stupid fable," Kyou strolled out of the
woods, crossing his arms over his chest, and smiled smugly.
"Okaasan always told me always to believe in something, even if you've
never seen it! Isn't it amazing, Kyou-kun? A real wishing well!" she
hopped as she spoke, getting more and more excited.
"What you have to do is take your penny, and think very hard about the
thing you most want. Hold it in your hand and wish very hard on it with
your eyes closed, and then throw it into the well. If you hear it hit the
bottom, your wish will come true," Yuki explained, his features softening
at Tohru's speech. How wonderful, he thought.
Tohru pressed her coin into her hand, closing her fingers around it, and
closed her eyes tightly. "Oy," Kyou interrupted. "You can't tell the wish
or else it won't come true."
"Ah, hai!" she said softly, and closed her eyes again. She softly mumbled
to herself, her lips barely moving. Her forehead furrowed and she
tightened her grip on the coin.
Tohru opened her eyes and turned, dropping the penny into the well slowly.
"Sayonara," she whispered. "Ganbatte!" and she turned her ear towards the
ground. Yuki walked next to her, and Kyou, not to be left out, joined
A small plop echoed up from the bottom of the well, and Tohru's face lit up
with a huge grin. "Ara! It hit the bottom! Waii!!" she squealed and
danced around happily.
Yuki was next, and he gently squeezed his coin for a mere moment before
dropping it gracefully into the well. He leaned far over the wall, and
listened. Another splash echoed up from the deep, and Tohru exclaimed,
"Hooray! Kyou-kun, it is your turn!"
"Fine," he muttered, and took the yen out of his pocket. He looked at it
for a moment, studying it is the dim brilliance of the lights. He walked
hesitantly over to the well, and closed his hand around the coin, sitting
nonchalantly on the stone wall.
He shut his eyes. This was so uncomfortable. What would he wish for?
Kyou knew what he wanted. He wanted to wish for Honda's love, but that
wouldn't happen in a million years. He'd wish for the next best thing. He
opened his eyes, glanced at Tohru, who was staring at him by now, and shut
them again, wishing hard and flipping the coin into the well.
Tohru smiled happily and leaned over the well, paying attention to the
slightest sound. Nothing came back up the dark well hole, and she must
have sat there for half a minute until frowning. "I don't think it worked,
Kyou-kun... would you like to try again?" she smiled sweetly and handed
him a yen from her pocket.
"Iie, iie. I don't mind, it is stupid anyway," Kyou tried to mask his
massive disappointment, and shoved the coin back into her hand.
"Arigatou gozaimasu, Sohma-kun, Kyou-kun, for such a wonderful day! I had
such fun!" Tohru chirped when they got inside the warm house. She smiled,
blushing a little, and kissed Yuki quickly on the cheek. He was slightly
taken aback, but smiled softly.
"Arigatou, Honda-san, for a beautiful day," he said quietly, turning and
Tohru turned to Kyou. "Thank you so much for my gift. I'm sorry your wish
didn't come true, but maybe it isn't really a wishing well anyway!
Arigatou gozaimasu, Kyou-kun!" he grunted softly, acknowledging her
presence. She smiled, and leaned up on her tiptoes, giving his cheek a
kiss. "Good night, Valentine." She smiled and turned to the stairs.
Kyou couldn't move. My wish didn't work, he thought. There was no sound.
I wished for her to kiss me, and she did, but my wish wasn't supposed to
work... His eyes squinted for a moment, deep in thought, and then it hit
the poor neko like a sack of bricks. If my wish didn't work... what did
she wish for?!
Author's Note: Happy Valentine's Day, everyone ^_~ 3