Hello, here's my next RahXephon fanfiction.  This piece is switching point-of-view between Haruka and Ayato, and takes place during episode 13, after the dinner scene in which, on Haruka's recommendation, Ayato tries sugar in his nato.  Sentences in quotes are dialogue, those not are thoughts and observations.  This story will likely be either 2 or 3 chapters.  Enjoy!

Disclaimer: RahXephon and its characters are the property of their respective owners.  This piece is not for profitable purposes.

A Moment in Time

Chapter 1: In the Evening

I sit on the edge of my bed, absently flipping through the sketchbook that Haruka-san bought for me soon after I started living here.  I move towards the desk and sit down and pick up my pencil.  I turn to a fresh page, but am unable to begin drawing.  An image of Haruka-san comes to mind, and I find myself wanting to see her again.  As I tap the pencil against the open page, I remember my earlier conversation with Megumi.  I shouldn't have been, considering all the wonderful qualities Haruka-san has, but I was still surprised to hear that she had a boyfriend at one time.  Who was he?  What could have broken them up?  Is it possible that they could re-unite?  I shake my head no, trying to clear my mind of these thoughts.  Why am I thinking like this, anyway?  I'm sure Haruka-san sees me as a kid, she wouldn't even consider me, would she? 

I turn on my laptop and stretch before I begin.

"Here I go!" I shout.

As Megumi walks by my room, she says, "Onee-chan, don't be so loud!"

I blush and say, "Sorry, Megumi."

She peers in and says, "Onee-chan is weird, getting excited about doing work!"

I laugh in response.

She sighs and shakes her head as she says, "I'll be in my room if you need me."

I nod my head and watch as she walks away.  After she has gone, I sit down at my desk, and start to look through my files.  I still have some data to input about the Dolem that reappeared near Christmas.  I use the remote control to turn on my stereo and begin.

I am startled when, not too long afterwards, I hear my name called from outside the door – by Kamina-kun.

I turn to the door and say, "Come in, Ayato-kun."

I hear her say that it's all right, so I slowly open the door to her room.  As I stand there, I can't help but feel somewhat out of place.

She swivels her chair so that she is facing me and says, "Hello, Ayato-kun.  Is there something I can help you with?"

Embarrassed, I place my hand behind my head and say, "No, I'm fine, I was just – curious what you're up to, Haruka-san."

She turns her face to her computer screen and rests the fingers of her right hand on the keyboard for a moment before turning back to me. 

"I was just catching up on some work."

Worried that I have bothered her, I say, "Oh, I didn't mean to interrupt you, I – I can leave."

She smiles and slowly shakes her head no.

"Don't worry, I don't mind taking a break."

She motions with her hand and grins as she says, "Come in, come in."

Still slightly unsure, I step through the doorway.  Noticing that the only remaining thing to sit on is the bed, I quickly decide to use the floor.

Uncomfortably, I continue, "So – how is your work going, Haruka-san?"

Happy to have Kamina-kun here with me, I answer, "Well, thanks, it shouldn't take too much longer."

He smiles broadly and responds, "Really?  That's good to hear."

I nod my head and smile.  I involuntarily straighten as Katun no Sadame begins to play on my stereo.  He must notice it as well because he turns his face away from me and towards the stereo.

He looks back at me and says with a thoughtful expression, "Isn't – isn't this Katun no Sadame?"

Overcome with emotion, I can only nod in response.

With a faraway look in his eyes he says, "I still don't know where I've heard that song before, I – I don't even know if it's a real memory or not."

Saddened, I say, "Ayato-kun."

I am surprised when a smile plays across his face and his eyes brighten.

"But, even if I can't remember the past, there's still the present, isn't there, Haruka-san?"

I give him the thumbs up sign in response and he laughs.

Curious, I say, "Ayato-kun, what are you laughing about?"

He stops but grins, "Nothing, nothing."

I give him a suspicious look but he continues to grin silently.

"Ah, you're not going to tell me," I answer as I shrug.

I'm too embarrassed to say the truth, that I thought, when she had given me the thumbs up, that it was very cute.  Silence fills the room, and Haruka-san starts to swivel her chair slightly, she almost loses her balance at one point.  I stifle laughter, Haruka-san can be clumsy, but that's one of the things I like so much about her.  She stops suddenly and quickly gets out of the chair.

Concerned, I get up as well and say, "Haruka-san, is something wrong?"

She covers her mouth with her hand and I approach her.

I stop as she uncovers her mouth and says, "I forgot!"
"Forgot – forgot what?"

She points to herself and says, "It's my turn to do the grocery shopping today!"

Relieved that that is all, I say, "Well, some of the stores might still be open."

She nods her head yes and I watch as she grabs for her wallet.  I start to exit the room, knowing I shouldn't be here when she isn't, when I hear her call out to me.

"Oh, wait, Ayato-kun."

I turn around, confused, and say, "Yes, Haruka-san?"

She looks down slightly and then back up at me as she says with a smile, "Since you have some free time, why don't we go together?"