Chapter 17: Time to go Home

Hoo boy. I was an exhausted mess between crying and telling Teiru all about my ridiculous (and in hindsight, quite childish) scheme. Like, I thought I could sleep for 3 days straight or straight up hibernate, haha. But, I can't complain too much, 'cause I got kissed by Len yesterday and that was the single greatest moment of my entire life.

I couldn't stop replaying the moment in my head. It was so sweet, so tender, so KYAA! I would love to just relive it all over again.

Anyways, after I had talked to Teiru, he insisted that I go apologize to everyone that I dragged into my childish scheme, which I did. I truly felt bad for my actions, and for someone who's trying to become a better person, I did the exact opposite of what I should have done when I thought Len was in love with Miku… I'm truly ashamed, really. Although I did apologize to everyone, most of the Vocaloids seemed like they weren't too keen on forgiving me. But, Miku was open to forgiving me, and so was her friend, Gumi. Of course, Len and Rin forgave me, too.

Rin's an odd one though, she said that she was disappointed that "that was the best" I could do and that she "wished there was more action". Uh, sorry, I guess?

I was just going about my usual morning business—obsessing over Len, writing about him in my diary, and then sitting down to the table to eat breakfast with Teiru—when suddenly there was a knock at the door.

Who could that be this early in the day? No one I know…

I went to the door out of curiosity and looked out the peephole to see… my parents?! W-what were they doing here? They weren't here because they'd heard about what I did the other day, right…? As far as I know, it didn't make the news (thank goodness) and I don't think Teiru would've told them about it…

I reluctantly opened the door and looked up at my parents.

"Hey, Mom and Dad…" I said, grinning sheepishly.

"Hello, honey," Mom said.

"Hi, sweetie," Dad said.

Oh. OH! "Honey"? "Sweetie"? Oh, man. I was in deep trouble wasn't I?

"Uh, what're you doing here?" I said, chuckling nervously.

"We're here to take you home. Your brother told us about what happened, and we thought it would be best if you came back home with us…" Mom said.

She… she had to be kidding, right? There's no way they'd make me come home! I mean, surely Teiru told them how much better I was doing here and how much I liked it here, right?

I shot a glare at that damn traitor of a brother. I couldn't believe he'd actually tell them about what I did. I was absolutely furious with him, and he's so lucky that Mom and Dad were here, otherwise I would've said some very nasty things to him.

He tossed me a cheap "I'm sorry" look and avoided any further eye contact.

"But… I don't want to go back home…" I meekly protested.

Knowing that there wasn't much I could do to change my parents' minds, I just went upstairs to pack my bags and let my friends know I'd be leaving town.

To: Rin, Len, Miku, Teto

From: Tei

Hey guys, sorry to break the news, but I'm leaving town today to go back home. It's been really fun getting to know you, and I can't wait to come back to visit again! I'll be leaving from the train station at 3:00.

.:Len's POV:.

I looked at Tei's text with complete shock. She… she was leaving town? But, she can't leave town now! I was just about to finally ask her out!

I ran downstairs and directly to Rin.

"Rin! We gotta go! This is an emergency!" I said.

"Yeah, it is! We've got to stop Tei from leaving town! She belongs here with her friends—and her boyfriend," she declared. She tossed me playful wink.

I blushed as Rin spoke the word "boyfriend". I really liked the idea of being in a romantic relationship with Tei, but romance still feels so new and awkward to me, so being called Tei's boyfriend makes me feel kinda embarrassed.

But! There was no way she could just leave town! She had so many friends here, and… I don't know how to handle a long-distance relationship… Ugh! Is romance always this difficult?

I ran out the door and as fast as my legs could carry me to the train station, not even bothering to wait for Rin. I needed to get there to see Tei before she leaves!

Maybe if I went and talked to her in person, I could convince her to stay! There's still so much for us to do together and we still don't even know each other that well! We were just starting to get close, and now she's leaving?!

"Man," Rin sighed as she finally caught up with me. "You sure run fast. Hoo… I need to catch my breath…" I stopped for a moment so Rin could catch her breath, but, like, could she catch her breath a little faster? This is an emergency!

"Still can't believe she's leaving, and it really sucks 'cause she kinda felt like an older sister to me…" Rin frowned and I pulled her close for a twin hug. It's what we do when the other feels down! 'Cause hugs make everyone feel better, right?

Rin looked up at me and grinned. "We'd better get going. You have a girlfriend to go see." I blushed embarrassedly as Rin's grin turned into her teasing, devious smirk.

"Let's go," I said, trying to ignore Rin's teasing remark.

It took all the strength I could muster to keep running despite my legs going numb, but we'd finally made it to the train station. Luckily, it looked like Tei was still waiting for the train because she looked irritated and impatient… until she saw me.

"Tei!" I called out, waving to her and smiling the biggest smile I could muster.

Her eyes immediately got all watery the instant she saw me, but, she looked really happy.

"Len-kun?" She said with complete surprise in her voice.

.:Tei's POV:.

I couldn't believe it… Len-kun had come all this way just to see me before I go? And, Rin-chan came, too…

I craned my neck and saw a few more figures in the distance. Was that…? It was Miku and Teto! Oh, and my brother was there, too!

I couldn't believe all of them came out here just to see me off! For some reason, it was just really touching that they all came. I felt like I could cry because of all the sweetness!

"Tei-chaaaaaaannnn!" Teto shouted, running up to me and wrapping her arms around me. Miku giggled as she watched the whole scenario unfold.

"Hee hee. I would've done that myself, but I don't think we're close enough yet!" She smiled sweetly.

"Y-you all came! Thanks!" I said.

"Like, duh!" Miku said, hands on her hips.

"Yeah! Did you really think we were actually gonna let you just leave?" Rin added.

"Do you even know how much we'd miss you?!" Len chimed in.

"We'd miss you, like, a ton!" Teto exclaimed.

I smiled at the wonderful friends I had made, and seeing them filled me with courage and determination. I was going to stand up to my parents. There was no way I was going to let them make me leave this town. Not after everything I've been through with my friends, and everything I've worked so hard towards.

I inhaled a deep breath and turned to face my parents. "Mom, Dad. I'm not leaving."

They turned to look at me in shock and looked into their eyes with my own steely eyes.

"I don't want to go back home. I've made a lot of really nice friends and I'm just a lot happier here. For once, I'm around some people that understand me, and I just started down the career path of being singer… please let me stay…"

I turned to Teiru, who I expected to protest, but instead it seemed for once he was on my side.

"I think you should let her stay as well and she can continue to live with me. She really has done quite well for herself here, and it'd be a shame for her to go be somewhere around people that call her insulting things…" he said.

Mom looked at me and smiled.

"Alright. If you're truly happy here, I don't want to be the one to force you to leave. And, from the looks of it, your friends and your brother would really miss you," she said. She turned towards Len and looked him in the eyes. "And, you've got this nice young man right here who really seems to like you…"

She gave me a knowing yet teasing look. Len and I just exchanged glances and blushed at my Mom's comment. I guess she could tell that Len and I really like each other. Ehehehehe…

"I agree with your mother on this one. You should stay here if you're happiest here," Dad said.

In that moment I felt so relieved. I was going to get to stay! Oh, thank goodness. I was actually really, really nervous that they weren't going to let me stay! Hey, maybe they won't even punish me for my actions. Hehe. Wouldn't that be something?

"But don't think you're not going to face repercussions for your actions. You're still in big trouble, young lady."

Well, shit. I guess I spoke too soon. Ah well. I guess I can't complain too much.

"Oh, alright..." I sighed.

My friends broke out into excited cheers and then pulled me in for a group hug. Geez. What did I ever do to deserve such awesome friends?