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A Bloody Rose - Part 3 - "The Melting Heart"


"Zero?"

She didn't struggle. She never had. More than anything I think she was surprised that it, for once, was me that initiated physical contact.

"Zero?"

"..." I came back to myself and hurried to release the girl. What's going on with me today?!

"Are you sure you're alright?" Yuki turned and felt my forehead with the back of her hand; the worry seen in her eyes had increased.

"Stop that," I pushed her away, desperate to get away from the sweet liquid in her. "I told you that I'm fine. Stop bugging me, it's annoying."

I could see how the words hit her. She did her best to conceal it, but for a slight moment, I could see a dark shadow on her face.

"Ah! I know what you're up to!" The energy injected in her voice was forced; I could easily hear it. However, just as she probably wished, I wanted the two of us to act normally. "You just want to be sick so that you can stay in bed without having to patrol the school!" She pointed an accusing finger at me. "No way! I'm not letting you get away with that. If I'm to be up half the night, then you will as well."

Before I could open my mouth to protest, Yuki grabbed me by my wrist and dragged me out of the bathroom, across the hallway, and into my old bedroom.

"Y-Yuki, wait. Stop!" As the door closed behind us, I jerked my hand back and turned to leave the room again.

"Zero, please."

Harsh words lay in my mouth as I looked over my shoulder, but as I saw her, I forgot all about them.

Yuki was standing over by the window, and the moonlight shimmering through it bathed her silhouette in a white glow.

"I-"

"I know," Yuki continued before I could say anything more. "I know that you don't like being here..."

"..."

"By moving out of this room you wanted to stand on your own two feet, right? To be able to be something more than the foster kid of the headmaster? I thought I understood, but recently… It's like you don't want to have anything to do with us... Is that how you feel?"

"..." I couldn't answer her. How could I? Most of what she said was true. The reason I had decided to move in with the other male students was so that I could get away from the overly including headmaster. It was nice of him - I would be ungrateful if I didn't realize that, but I had never felt comfortable playing his game of 'happy family'. I had moved out, but I had not meant to distance myself from them - not to that degree - and especially not from Yuki…. That was, until my hunger grew to the extent that I feared for her safety - as well as my sanity, every time we were together.

"We're not your family. I get that. We can't replace your parents or your brother. Even though they're dead, you still cherish them. I'm not telling you that you should forget about them, just… just that you are someone that I consider family. I know my situation is nothing like yours. I never had a family. At least not any I can remember. For me, the headmaster is all that I have. Him, and you, Zero."

If my heart had been of ice, it would have turned into nothing but a puddle of blood. How could I expect myself to turn around and stay away from her like that. It was too hard and too harsh - not only towards her, but to myself as well. Even though I had been the oldest one and I was expected to be watching over her, she had been watching over me. Whenever the days were hard or lonely, she would be there. She would look after me and warm me up with a smile as bright as the sun. Even though most people thought of the headmaster as my savior, I knew that she had been the one to save me. The one to rescue my soul and heart and the one that always would bring out the best in me.

But...

"Well, I'm not like you. I'm not planning to stay here for the rest of my life. It might be your plan, but don't include me in like that. Sure, we lived together, but personally I can't wait to get away from this place." I couldn't look at her. There were many bad things that I wouldn't flinch to do, but I knew that I would never be able to lie to her while looking into those big pools of chocolate.

"I know but-." Yuki cut herself off, hesitation gleaming in her eyes. She was thinking, I knew. Debating with herself about what to say. "Sorry," she looked in my direction, but her eyes didn't seem to see me. "I'm selfish. I know that I don't - that nobody has the right to make that decision for you. But, I just… I know that you will leave someday, but I really miss having you here - and the headmaster does too. I'm not asking you to move back in, but…" She lifted her gaze and our eyes met. "Couldn't you just stay here… just for a little while?"

I could not say no. Inside me I felt as if I should have made her stay away, but I couldn't. It was impossible. All that she wanted was to help me, and wanted me to be there, to have me close to her. I realized then that I might actually needed her to be by my side - if only just for a little while longer...


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