A/N: I'm back! Wow. I'm sure everyone thought I was dead. A few people liked the story. You all were probably the only people who read it though...thanks for doing so! 3 Forgive me, I'm a little rusty, so if this chapter isn't good, you know why. XP
After I visited Saibara I soon found myself back at my house, my head buried in my pillow, sobbing. I had to let it all out then, because I didn't want anyone to see me cry. Sometimes my pride can get the best of me, it's a shame really. I fell asleep crying, even though it was only mid-afternoon. The next morning I woke up and managed to slide out of bed and into the bathroom. When I saw myself I wanted to scream loudly. Mascara and eyeliner ran down my face, that was a splotchy red and tear stained. My clothes were wrinkled and my hair was messy and tangled. I sighed and took a long shower. I did the blow drying and make-up thing and got dressed in a long, flowing pale red skirt and a white tank top, pulling my hair back in a low ponytail I went outside.
"I really don't want to do my chores today..."
I mumbled to myself, I guessed I could go ask the Sprites to do it for me. I quickly went back into the house and grabbed some flour for payment and headed through town. I decided to go past the Poultry Farm and the Yodel Farm to avoid the Inn, Gray was probably still there since it was only seven.
On my way through the square I ran into Ann. She looked a bit frazzled and worried, her eyes widened and she looked at me, a bit of relief swept over her.
"There you are! You were the last person I saw with Cliff yesterday. He came back to the Inn looking depressed and flushed. Do you know what happened to him?"
I bit my lip and looked at the ground. I didn't know if I should tell her or not. She really liked Cliff, if she knew that I had kissed him then she wouldn't be very happy with me. Though, she was a good friend so I decided I could tell her.
"Ann, please don't get mad at me, when I tell you this," I started, she looked at me funny but nodded and I continued, "Yesterday when you ushered Cliff and I out of the Inn we went for a walk in the forest over by the church. I don't know what happened but we ended up kissing," I paused, looking at her reddening face, "It was just like a friendly kiss, mind you. That's now what Gray thought though, he saw us. He grew very upset and left. Cliff was probably feeling bad that Gray had come in at the wrong time and that's why he was upset."
Ann stared at me, dumbfounded. I could tell she was searching for the right words.
"Ann, dear, close your mouth." I said, trying to lighten the mood. Her face softened and she let out a small, sheepish chuckle. She took a deep breath and spoke.
"It's alright Jill, you know I understand that sometimes feelings just get in the way and you end up doing things you don't want to do. It's happened to Karen before, plus Cliff is a pretty likeable guy. I guess that I'm not upset, not like Cliff and I are dating or anything," She looked away for a minute and I raised an eyebrow but she continued, "I'm just worried about you and Gray. Do you want me and Karen to go to talk to him?"
I gave a small sigh, it would be nice, but my pride was getting in the way as usual. I shook my head softly.
"No, it's my problem; I'll go fix it myself. Thanks anyways though." I said, giving Ann a big hug and I headed off in town to go talk to the Harvest Sprites.
I went to the Church and went back into the forest a bit and found the small hut, I managed to get in there without getting my skirt dirty. Straightening up I gave a soft smile and greeted the Harvest Sprites.
"Hello there. I was wondering if I could get some help on my farm for this week, if that won't be too much trouble. I'm willing to pay you all."
Chef, the red one, gave a small nod. "Okay! We'll just take a sack of flour a day!"
"Hmm, mind if I pay in advance? I have seven sacks of flour with me." I asked, pulling out two of the seven sacks to show them.
I saw their eyes brighten, I figured they didn't get paid in advance, I giggled softly at their fidgety behavior. They looked like small children waiting for their parents to get up so they could open presents on Christmas day.
"That would be wonderful!" Staid, the purple one, said. I nodded and pulled out all seven sacks of flour and set them on the table, one in front of each small seat.
"Thanks, everyone. I really appreciate it."
"No problem, we'll be by today!" Chef said.
With that over I headed over to the Supermarket, I needed some stuff for dinner tonight, and I wanted to talk with Karen as well. Pushing open the door the small bell rang that hung from the door. Jeff looked up from the counter, he was drawing something, he waved a hand and went back to his picture. Karen came out from the backroom.
"Dad! You need to stop drawing on the job, we have a customer—Oh, Jill it's you. Sorry Dad..." She said, looking over from her father to me. I chuckled a bit.
"Hey there Karen. Can we talk?" I asked, she nodded, "In your room, if you don't mind..." I added, she raised a quizzical eyebrow, but she shrugged it off and we went into the back room, down the hall and into her room.
I really liked Karen's room, it was painted a dark wine color. The large window that looked out into her backyard was framed with beige colored silk curtains and a window seat that was decorated with a couple cute teddy bears and pillows. Her bed spread was a dark forest green and her carpet a light beige color. The dressers and tables were a dark mahogany wood. It was a very simple and sophisticated room.
"What's up Jill? We don't usually come back here to talk." She said, plopping down on her bed.
I sat down on the window seat, pulling my legs up to my chin, wrapping my arms around them I breathed a heavy sigh.
"Well...It's about me and Gray..." I said, and with that I began my story again.
When I finished, Karen had her eyebrows knitted together, soaking everything in.
"You mean, you kissed Cliff, and Gray saw you? How horrible! I hope that we can fix this, do you want me to go get Ann and we can go talk to him for you?"
"Huh? Oh no, Ann already offered the same thing, I turned her down. This is my problem, I just wanted you to know. I figured you would like to hear what's going on in my life." I said, staring out the window, trying to avoid her gaze.
"Jill, Jill, Jill, Jill, Jill. You always let your pride get the best of you. I'm not going to let you continue to do that. I'm going to go talk to Gray anyways." Karen said, starting to get up.
My eyes widened and jumped up and ran over to the door, blocking Karen from getting through. "No! Karen, no. Please, don't." I said, my voice fading from aggressive and demanding to soft and pleading.
Karen had been glaring at me, but her face softened and she let out an aggravated sigh. She crossed her arms and looked at me; her expression grew into a knifing look. It was pretty darn scary. "Okay, fine. Since you're going to be so stubborn, I guess I won't talk to Gray, but I guess you won't mind if I talk to everyone else about it will you?"
I gasped, Karen was being positively horrible today, it was a bad idea to tell her that. I hate blackmail.
"You wouldn't dare! Karen, don't!""Well, then let me go talk to Gray. I'll take Ann with me. She may get aggressive. She's a pretty tough girl, ya know."
I sighed, and caved in. "Fine, have your way, go talk to Gray. I swear though, if you make it worse I'll tell everyone in town what you did on New Years at Popuri's house!"
Ha, maybe blackmail isn't that bad.
Her eyes widened, but she grinned and held her right hand out. "You've got yourself a deal."
I shook her head and with that we laughed, and then we went back into the store where I bought some bread and left, my spirit's lifted a little bit.
Karen's Point of View...
After talking to Jill I headed on over to the Blacksmith's, Gray's shift wasn't over yet so if I made sure to be quick so that I'd make it in time to talk to him. I shoved open the doors and waved at Saibara sweetly, then turned towards Gray and motioned for him to follow me outside. After a long bit of staring he finally moved, sometimes boy's can be so clueless...
"Karen? What's this all about? I was kind of busy you know..." Gray said, as we got outside.
I let out a small sigh, I'd have to choose my words carefully, which isn't a easy thing for me...I hoped I wouldn't mess this up worse for Jill.
"Gray, I need to talk to you about Jill." I stated
"Oh.." His gaze left mine.
"Yeah. You left without giving her a fair chance to say anything! She just wants to say she's sorry!"
"Why should I give her a chance to say she's sorry? I bet she isn't sorry at all! I bet she's out with Cliff again, having a wonderful time with him! She's probably not even thinking about me!"
"Gray...." I didn't know what to say, I wasn't expecting him to blow up this early in the conversation.
"You know, if she was really sorry she would have come over here to say it herself instead of sending you!" He shouted, his face as red as his hair beneath that silly racing hat. He stormed back to the door to the Blacksmith's and slammed the door shut.
"Great...Just great Karen!" I said, scolding myself, "I should have just let Jill cool down and let her go talk to him herself..." I put a hand to my head and rubbed my temples then walked off towards the beach.
Saibara's Point of View...
I was working on a tool for Rick over at the Poultry farm when I saw Karen, the grocer's daughter come in and take Gray outside for a while. I shrugged it off, just thinking that they were talking about some silly thing like kids do now-a-days. Though, not too long after that I heard Karen yelling, then Gray shouting back then he came back into the shop, he looked very angry as he told me he was leaving since his shift was about done anyways and left.
I blinked, I thought it over as I worked then decided that it must have been about Gray and Jill's little incident. I sighed, Gray was so happy when Jill accepted his offer for her to become his girlfriend. Gray was a very blessed boy to have such a wonderful girl like Jill. She's kind, graceful, caring, funny and beautiful. Goddess is she beautiful, the girl has a smile that can light up even the darkest room. She was a fine jewel, indeed.
My thoughts stopped abruptly as I burnt myself on the iron stove. I quickly ran over to the sink and turned on the cold water. Jabbing my hand under the cool, soothing liquid I began to scold myself for thinking such thoughts about someone so much younger than me. This girl was young enough to be my grandchild, but I couldn't help but think such thoughts. It was a sort of fatal attraction that would lead to nothing good, but couldn't be stopped.
Jill's Point of View...
After spending my day reading books at the library I came back home. While I was making dinner and watching T.V. the phone rang. I muted the television and grabbed the phone.
"Jill? This is Karen...I talked to Gray today..."
She didn't sound too sure, I was positive that bad news was waiting on the other line.
"He yelled at me. He said that he thought you were out with Cliff when I talked to him, having a good time, not guilty or upset at all. He said that if you were truly sorry that you would have gone over and apologized yourself and not made me go tell him that you were sorry. He didn't even listen to me though! He just yelled at me, he didn't even give me a chance to speak hardly!"
"Yeah...kind of like he did me. Karen, I'm sorry that he yelled at you."
"It's not your fault, he should've heard me out! Or actually, he should've heard you out!"
"Yes it is my fault. I shouldn't of sent you down to do something for me. I swear, I'm so messed up, sometimes I'm so stubborn and prideful and other times and weak and helpless..." I sighed deeply.
"You are not messed up Jill! No one can be perfect all the time you know! It's completely understandable. Let's just say we're both sorry, okay?"
"Alright! Thanks Karen, you're the best. I'll see you tomorrow okay?"
"It's a date!" She said, I heard giggling on the other end, we said goodbye and hung up.
After dinner I slid into bed and thanked the Goddess for being blessed with such wonderful friends.
Another A/N: Alright, another chapter's done and over with! Sorry it's so short, I probably should have added more but I wanted to update before everyone forgot about my story....I put more hints about the secret relationship. For those who have asked; Cliff is not the forbidden guy. I'm much more twisted than that! D I'd like to thank Mirabelle for helping me with some ideas (the POVs) that really got me going, thanks Miya! And I'd like to thank all my reviewers! You all have really kept me going and I hope that you'll keep reading! I love you all! :D