Da Capo (At the Beginning)
I'm trying to forget that
I'm addicted to you
But I want it and I need it
I'm addicted to you
Now it's over
Can't forget what you said
And I never wanna do this again
Meeko: YAY!! Summer school is over! Hong Kong, here I come! But before I go back to HK, I should update this first, so here you go! Oh and thank you so much for all the reviews, they're great! Honest.
Digimon does not belong to me, yet again!
Recap from last chapter
She still didn't know what was going on between Kouji and that Jocelyn girl but when she found out...
Izumi hugged her body once again and began to walk back to her dormitory.
She hoped Elli remembered to bring her something back from dining hall to eat; she was starving.
End of Recap
Chapter 11: Girl Talk
Izumi was still deep in thought when she finally reached the door to her room. Trying to knock out all the seriousness on her face, she turned the door knob and stepped in, revealing a fake smile.
On Elli's bed were Elli herself, who was sitting at the edge of her bed and from the looks of her, talking to Ryuko who was lying vertically on her bed, looking bored and tired at the same time.
"Hey, you're back early," Elli teased. She was trying to act neutral after all the commotion back in the dining hall. Izumi was grateful, but she really needed her friends' advice.
"Am I?" she replied, smiling carelessly and flung on her bed casually.
"Izumi, don't try to be pretend this is just hunky-dory (I really don't know what it means, but I think it means 'don't pretend everything is fine again'; it was from Beyblade, I think) because it isn't," Ryuko started in her would-be-cold voice, "your ex-boyfriend kissed another girl and you can't pretend it didn't happen."
"How-how did you know?" Izumi was surprised, she didn't remember telling Ryuko about her relation problems, or did she? Nope. She was certain.
"Know what?" Ryuko asked, curling and playing with her dark hair.
"Know Kouji is my-" Izumi stopped, and sighed; she couldn't bring herself up to say this.
"Ex-boyfriend?" Elli suggested helpfully. Izumi nodded.
Ryuko pointed at Elli innocently, who was bouncing on her bed at the moment and stopped when both Ryuko and Izumi stared at her. Elli stopped bouncing and winced uncomfortably under her friends' stares, or should one say, glares?
"Wh-what?" Elli asked nervously, "hey do not look at me like that, it was Ryo who told me about you two." She looked over at Izumi.
"Should have known," Ryuko muttered, "stupid Akiyama."
"Ryuko, what have you got against Akiyama anyway?" Izumi asked slyly, stressing on Ryo's last name just to annoy Ryuko. And it worked.
Ryuko blushed lightly, hoping no one would see, but too late, Izumi and Elli's grin grew wide.
"What?" Ryuko was irritated now, her face a flushing red.
"Nothing," Izumi and Elli chanted together in a sing-song voice, which was just adding oil to a fire.
"Just spill it," Ryuko said desperately, messing up her long hair in a frantic action way.
"Ryuko Ishida likes Ryo Akiyama!" Izumi and Elli yelled out, giggling at the same time. Ryuko just stared at them like they had lost it.
"I do not like that stupid pervert," Ryuko argued, folding her arms across her chest.
"A 'stupid pervert' is he?" Elli asked, grinning, "He's head-over-heels for you, Ryuko, and from his point of view, that's saying something!"
"She meant that's really, really saying something, considering it's Ryo Akiyama, the King-of-player-of-them-all, we're talking about," Izumi added, playing around with her blanket.
Ryuko shrugged, "who cares? He's still a pervert and now you've also remind me that he's a god-damn player as well." She turned her back towards them.
"Aw, come on Ryuko," Elli comforted, "we didn't mean to add the insult to your boyfriend-I mean-" She quickly changed what she had said when she saw what Ryuko's eyes looked like, "your male friend." Izumi stifled a giggle. Elli sent her a you're-not-helping-me-here glare.
"Enough about us already," Ryuko snapped," now back to the topic we were discussing earlier, Kouji and you, Izumi." Sometimes, Izumi really do hate Ryuko, in a nice way. (Meeko: Erm...can anyone hate in a 'nice way')
"So now it's 'us'," Elli was still trying to bite Ryuko's head off, "not 'me and him'?"
Ryuko rolled her eyes in exasperation, "oh, Ellison Black, would you give it up already?" Elli just shrugged.
"Ok, so back to where we had started," Ryuko began again, "now where was I? Oh yes, you can't pretend nothing happen between you two."
"What can I do? So Kouji kissed that girl-" she was interrupted by Elli's "that Jocelyn bitch-what-ever-her-last-name-is, 'girl' would be an understatement for her."
"All right," Izumi agreed whole-heartedly, "so Kouji kissed that Jocelyn bitch-what-ever-her-last-name-is, what am I going to do about it? I mean, what the hell can I possibly do?" She was desperate, just damn desperate.
"Talk to Kouji and say 'we're over'," Ryuko replied simply without a second thought. Elli just stared at her.
"Ryuko," Elli exclaimed, "how can you say that? Shouldn't we at least give him a second chance?"
"Second chance?" Ryuko's voice was bitterly cold, "guys don't need second chance because hell, they can have just so many second chances they're not called second chance anymore. It would more be like third chance, fourth chance and on and on..." Ryuko sounded harsher with every word.
Izumi was worried; it wasn't like Ryuko to be this...emotional. She glanced over at Elli, who gave her a knowing a nod and both of them stayed quiet until Ryuko was calmed down.
"Hey Ryuko, are you ok?" Izumi asked uncertainly after a few minutes.
"Hell yes," she replied quietly, "just trust me, Izumi, if you've already given him a second chance, which I know you did, just get rid of him before he hurts you even more deeply." Ryuko turned away from her friends and left the room without another word.
After another minute or two, "so Elli, are you ever going to tell me what's wrong with Ryuko or not?" Izumi wanted to know.
"It's a long story," Elli explained, now lying back on her bed.
"We've got all night," Izumi reminded her.
"All right," Elli sat back up again, "it all started two years ago when Ryuko started dating this boy and well, you know Ryuko, she's always the tomboy and plays tough, and that was the first time she actually fall in love with someone."
"Uh huh," Izumi nodded, asking her to continue.
"They started out pretty well and all," Elli continued while bouncing on her bed again, "and things were pretty warm and cozy between the two. They were so happy together, always taking walks and talking to each other..." She drew off.
"Then...?" Izumi questioned.
"I'm getting there," Elli said, annoyed, "then one day a few months later, Ryuko saw his boyfriend getting close to this other girl and well, closer than what friends should be, and you can guess what happened."
"Cut off from him?" Izumi suggested, thinking what Ryuko would probably do from her personality.
"Not exactly," Elli said, stopped bouncing and looked out the window, "she gave him a second chance and things seemed to be normal once again. Or at least, that's what Ryuko and I thought until..."
"Let me guess," Izumi said, screwing up her face to pretend she was concentrating hard, "the guy got another girlfriend?"
"A cliché, if you ask me," Elli said, feeling sorry for her friend all of a sudden, "and you know who the 'lucky girl' was?"
Izumi shook her head, her blond hair messing with every movement.
"Jocelyn Clarkson," Elli replied, rolling her eyes in disgust.
"No way," Izumi exclaimed, "but from the looks of her and the rumors, I guess it wasn't exactly a surprise." Her face turned dark.
"That's Jocelyn's job, that is," Elli added, "to break up the couples and fuck the guy." Izumi sighed, now she knew how Ryuko must've felt and she was feeling sorry for her. Yet, she didn't how to change her friend's view about love after that first disastrous relationship that she had experienced. It must've been painful.
For a second there, she wondered about Kouji. She wondered if Kouji... Izumi shook herself mentally and scolded herself, "stop it, Izumi Orimoto, he would not do that! He would not!" But what was the proof? The fact was, she had none; and there was a good and bad side of it. She tried not to think about it...the bad side, at least.
"So that's why she was all emotional back there," Izumi wondered out loud.
"I guess so," Elli replied, sighing.
"We can't blame her though," Izumi said, "she was hurt badly and it was understandable that she wanted to be, I guess, protected herself from other people, especially males, for that matter."
"Well, she got used to it," Elli said, shrugging, "I mean, just look at her, she's tough. But I'm having a feeling that Ryo won't give up on her that easily. I think he's serious this time, for once in his life time." She smirked.
Izumi smiled a little, "then let us hope Ryo can influence her, somehow, and hopefully in a good way." Elli laughed out loud and Izumi did the same. Ryo Akiyama? Good influence? The world is ending.
This wasn't exactly how Izumi wanted to end it, the relationship. She didn't want to be always so suspicious about Kouji and giving him lots of 'second chances' which he already got. She could take Ryuko's advice and get Kouji Minamoto out of her damned mind or she could ask him about Jocelyn and their... connection, if one could call it that.
Izumi really wanted to take the second option but she thought about it, deeply. What good would that do? If it was true that Kouji was really, Izumi gulped, in love with Jocelyn and vice versa, then Izumi would be on the highway straight to hell.
But, Izumi thought again, if all of that was a stupid mistake, then...maybe, just maybe, there was a chance to get back together again.
She didn't want to think about it anymore. Izumi was starting to get a headache from all this. A bad one at that.
Meeko: So, you people like it? I made it a bit longer than usual because I'm going back to HK and I don't know if I have time to update as often but I'll try my best, ok? So, in the mean time, give me you precious comments and have fun for the rest of the summer!