'I don't understand. What happened? We were just talking, and all of a sudden we were...Kissing. How did this come about? Do I really like him that way? Does he like me that way? What the hell is going on?' Kari thought as she laid down in her bed staring at the ceiling. 'Why is this so complicating.'

"WHY CAN'T I UNDERSTAND WHAT I'M FEELING?!?!?" She yelled out loud.

"Kari? You ok?" Tai asked through her closed door.

"Yeah, sure. I'm fine." She said sarcastically.

"Kari, let me in."

"Fine." She said, and got up and opened the door and sat back down on her bed and stared at her broken mirror.

"Hey." Tai said as he sat down beside her. "What's going on with-Woah, what happened to your hand?" He said as he took her wrapped up hand in his.

"I punched the mirror." Kari said blankly.

"Why would you punch the mirror?"

"Because I didn't like the person who was looking at me through it." Kari said, turning away from Tai's face.

"Kari...What happened that day at school? I know something did." Tai said as he held her in his arms.

"Tai...Ok, meandTKwerepushedintoanautomaticlockdoorand-"

"Woah, woah, woah. Slow down. And besides, I know what happens until you guys are in there together." Tai said.

"Ok. He...We...We kissed." Kari said, her eyes filling with tears. "I don't even think he likes me. I just think he's trying to hurt me, or is and doesn't know it. God, men are oblivious." She chuckled dryly.

"Kari, I think you need to talk to him." Tai said quietly.

"I can't. Do you know what that would do to me? I can't stand to be near him. It hurts, Tai. it really does."

"You have to at least try. For all you know, he could be madly in love with you and is feeling the same way that you are."

"I doubt it."

"Just give it try. Please?" Tai said, nudging her.

"Ok, ok. I'll give it a try." Kari, pushing Tai to the ground and laughing.


TK walked around the streets of Odaiba pondering his thoughts.

'How could that have happened? What was I thinking? I could've sworn I saw in her eyes that she wanted me to kiss her. If that's true, why was she crying? She had to be crying because of what I did. I hurt her. She must be more confused than a baby hanging out with a dog. God, I just seem to keep hurting her.' He thought. "I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND!!" He yelled, not noticing the other people around staring at him.

"What don't you understand?" A familiar voice asked TK. He turned around and found Davis walking beside him.

"It's nothing. Really." TK said quickly.

"Sounds like it is if you're yelling like you just did over it." Davis said with a smirk. "C'mon, you can tell me. I swear I won't tell anyone. Does it have to do with Kari?"

TK's head shot up at the sound of Kari's name. He looked at Davis, then turned away.

"It is about her. I knew it. So what's the dil-e-o?" Davis asked, jumping onto a bench and back off.

"You're very energetic, Davis. What's up?" TK asked as he turned a corner onto a new street with new scenery.

"Well, here's what I'll do. I'll tell you what's up if you tell me what's up first."

"Fine." TK sighed. "I suppose you heard about us getting locked into the janitor's room?"

"Yeah, I did."

"Ok. While we were in there, I...I kissed Kari." TK sighed.

"You KISSED her? Way to go man! What'd she say?"

"She didn't. She didn't have to. Her eyes said it all." TK said in a sad tone.

"Oooh, that had to hurt." Davis said, rubbing the back of his neck.

"Thanks for rubbing it in, Davis." TK said harshly.

"Sorry, 'keru." Davis apologized.

"It's ok." TK said.

"So what are you going to do about it?" Davis asked.

"I dunno. I just hope it goes away."

"That's not gonna happen. You need to talk to her."

"But I-" TK started, but was interupted by Davis.

"No buts, TK. You talk to her, tell her what was going through your head, and just let it all out. The truth will set you free, dude." Davis said.

"You know that came from the Bible, right?" TK asked, chuckling.

"Who cares where it came from, all that matters is that it's right." Davis said. He looked around, and noticed he was walking in front of Kari's apartment building.

"Here's the perfect time. Go up and talk to her." Davis said, pointing out that they were in front of her place. "Go, go, go, go, go." Davis said, pushing TK towards the elevator.

"Fine. I'll go." TK said as he went into the elevator. "Hey wait. you never told me why you were so energetic."

"I'll call you later and tell you all about it." Davis said, grinning as the elevator door closed.


"Tai, I'm going out for a while." Kari yelled as she put her coat on. She slid her fuzzy pink socks into her white and pink sneakers and opened the door to find TK with his fist up as if he were about to knock.

"TK...What are you doing here." Kari whispered, looking at him then looking away, eyes starting to fill with tears.

"I needed to see you." TK whispered back, trying to look into her eyes.

"TK...We...I can't. I can't do this." She said shaking her head, stepping back into her apartment and closing the door. TK stuck his foot inside the door, not allowing her to close it on him.

"Kari...Please. I need to talk to you." TK said quietly. Kari sighed and opened the door for him. He walked in and closed the door, and followed Kari into her room.

"Kari, about yesterday. I need to explain myself." TK said as he sat down on her bed.

"TK, please don't. I'm not sure if I can handle this." Kari said while shaking her head and holding herself.

"I have to. Kari, I kissed you because I love you. You have to know that it wasn't because I wanted to hurt you or anything. I really and truly meant it." He gently said. Kari let her tears fall down her face and put her hand over her mouth while the other hand still held her.

"Kari, please don't cry." TK whispered, opening his arms for her. She sat down next to him and leaned against his chest and sobbed while he wrapped his arms around her and stroked her hair.

"I don't...Understand. I...Love you too, but I don't...know why." Kari said between sniffles.

"I guess it just happens to people who let their relationships grow for so long." TK said, rocking Kari back and forth. "But I want to give this new feeling a chance. I want us to try to work with it." TK said while looking into her eyes.

"But I'm scared, TK. I'm scared it won't work and we'll be too hurt to be able to talk to each other anymore." Kari whispered in his arms.

"I'm scared too. But I want this. It wouldn't feel right to me if I didn't have you to wrap my arms around." TK said, smiling down at her.

"I...I'm willing to try this if you are." Kari said.

"I am willing. In fact, I'm more than willing." TK chuckled as he wiped Kari's tears away.



"I love you."

"I love you too." TK said. He put his hand under Kari's chin and lifted her face up towards him, then he leaned down and kissed her. Kari kissed him back, and after a couple of seconds then broke away.

"Now tell me that didn't feel good." TK joked.

"I couldn't do that, TK." Kari giggled as she kissed him on the cheek. All of a sudden TK's cell rang.

"Hello? Davis? Oh yeah. We're fine, we fixed everything up." TK said over the phone. "What? Yeah, we are." He said, looking at Kari and smiling. "So why were you so happy and stuff anyway? You what? Who is she? You sly dog." He smirked. "Yeah. Ok, I'll see you later. Yeah. Bye." TK hung up the phone.

"What was that all about?" Kari asked.

"Davis got a new girl." TK grinned.

"I wish her the best of luck. She'll need it." Kari giggled and kissed TK again.

"Hey Kari?" TK said.


"Happy birthday."