"You're What?" Tsukushi's screech tried to echo out across the huge room, but, absorbed by the deeply plush carpets, trailed off into a fading whisper.

"I'm dumping you." Tsukasa replied implacably.

"But why?! You. . . You said you'd follow me to the ends of the earth, that. . . I was the only one you'd ever love."

Tsukushi trailed off, uncertainly, as she gazed up into Tsukasa's cold eyes.

"You dare ask why? You bitch! Get out of my sight! I never want to see you again!" The harsh words flew forth, cruelly detonating little bursts of pain in Tsukushi's head with each dread syllable.

"Asshole, how can you say such things! You're not making any sense as usual!" With this pathetic attempt at a comeback, Tsukushi spun on her heel and stalked out of the room. The second the door had slammed behind her, she started running through the vast halls of the Doumyouji mansion seeking escape.

(I. . . don't understand. What has that bastard got on his mind now? How can he do this to me now, after all we've been through?) Tears rose, unnoticed, in Tsukushi's eyes, as she fled.

Once in the street outside, she managed to slow her headlong flight into a slightly more dignified walk. Still, she failed to notice the tall menacing figure of Tsukasa watching her from the upper floor of his mansion.

(That'll teach her), Tsukasa thought. (By the time she comes back to me, seeking my forgiveness, she'll be willing to do anything I want.) His lips slowly curved up in a dreamy smile as he imagined their eventual reunion and make up. ( 'Oh Doumyouji, I'm so sorry, what can I do to make it up to you?' -Tsukushi prostrate before him, tears in her eyes, as he magnanimously bent down in forgiveness, enfolding her into his hot embrace . . and then. . . comforting her with kisses . . . slowly undressing her . Here, at least, he imagined her resistance, but with a subtle reminder, 'You promised you'd do anything to make it up to me' she'd surrender that sweetest of things, to him, the almighty Tsukasa Doumyouji! This brilliant plan could not fail!)

Out in the streets below, however, Tsukushi was steadily getting Angrier . . One could almost see the steam coming out her ears as she fumed

(Just what the FUCK does that stupid bastard think he's up to now? I'm so fucking sick of his lame assumptions and how he never listens to a Thing I say. He wants to dump me, then FINE. Fuck him. I don't need this shit all the time anyway. I know I didn't do anything wrong, so why couldn't he explain, just once, what the hell he's talking about before he blows up in my face like that?)

The near silent plop, almost overlooked in the crackling of the hot pyre of her anger, was the sound of her heart breaking.

The next day, at school:

"Hey, what's up with Makino?" Soujiro asked Akira as they wandered the gardens of Eitoku. "There's a veritable storm cloud lurking over her today- I almost got hit by lightening as she walked by!"

"Fuck if I know," Akira replied, "I saw Tsukasa earlier, and he seemed to be in a good mood, so it can't be anything to do with him."

"Unless of course he acted like his usual stupid self and pissed her off again."

"What did you say?" Tsukasa's angry voice boomed out behind the pair as he grabbed Akira in a choke hold. "What have I told you about talking about me behind my back?"

All Akira could do was make pathetic choking sounds.

"Geh! You're useless," Tsukasa threw Akira to the ground, "I said, don't do it!"

"So what did happen, Tsukasa?" Soujiro dared ask,

"Yeah, what's all the commotion?" Rui sauntered up behind the trio. "Did I hear Tsukushi's name earlier?"

"Oh, That. It's nothing," Tsukasa replied airily, "I just dumped her, that's all." And, with this incomprehensible statement, he strode off, leaving the stunned trio staring at his retreating back.

Soujiro and Akira started talking almost at once.

"He dumped. Tsukushi?"


"You know what he's like without her; we gotta get them back together."

"No wonder she's so upset."

"You gotta wonder, why he's in such a good mood, then?" Rui lazily ventured, "I mean normally when they fight he's intolerable to be around, but this time. he's cheerful. Something's not right."

"You call what he did to my neck, being in a good mood?" Akira yelped

"Eh, he does that to you guys all the time anyway."

"He's got a point," Soujiro intervened in the impending argument.

"I think I'll go find Tsukushi," Rui turned to leave, with a thoughtful expression on his face.

.to be continued..

I've got a midterm Tuesday, maybe I'll finish this after then. Or maybe not. Who cares anyway about such a piece of fluff?!