Kaoru: Don't worry about me!
Chapter 3: Scars
Kaoru stood by the door, inside the house, as if waiting for someone. Tina saw him. She suspected something was wrong, but she did not want to bring it up.
"Hey! Kaoru! How about we go to a spa?" Tina asked, walking up to him. Kaoru turned to her, spaced out.
"Just us?" He asked. Tina blushed.
"Of course not, silly! I was going to invite everyone, even that Mayu," Tina said, holding up a fist. Kaoru smiled.
"Sure. I'll go tell Aoi-chan," he said and walked upstairs. Tina frowned. She wondered what was bothering him. Kaoru found Aoi in the hall.
"Kaoru-sama, is something wrong?" She asked, seeing his sad face.
"Tina invited us to a spa. I'm debating on going, because of my back," Kaoru said, smiling sadly.
"I... I'm sure no one will notice," Aoi said. Taeko and Chika walked up to them from the opposite direction.
"Notice what?" Tae asked.
"Oh, Taeko-chan, Chika-chan! How about we all go to a spa?" Kaoru asked. Tae and Chika nodded, confused. After everyone was asked, they all got into a van that Mayu had brought over, and drove to the spa. Everyone got out, even Chika's friends came.
"Isn't this great? We'll all be able to relax since we do so much at home," Tina said, smiling.
"You don't do anything but drink and play games," Miyabi said. Tina laughed.
"Lighten up! We're at a spa!" Tina said, running in. Aoi looked sadly at Kaoru, who was smiling, but Aoi knew he was having a hard time. Everyone went in and went to the women's bath, except for Kaoru, who went to the men's.
Kaoru took off his shirt and put in the locker in front of him. A little boy was standing behind him. He turned his head to see the boy almost crying.
"I'm sorry, did I scare you?" He asked. The boy shook his head.
"Do they hurt?" He asked. Kaoru knelt down.
"Only sometimes. It happened about five years ago," Kaoru said. The boy went up to him and hugged him. Kaoru's eyes widened. The boy ran off to his father. Kaoru stood up and went into the baths.
The girls were all in the main bath.
"Isn't this relaxing? I love spas like this," Tina said, smiling.
"You should try liking some of the chores as well," Miyabi said. Aoi and the others laughed.
Later on everyone gathered in the eating area. Kaoru was sitting at a table already, looking sad. Aoi came up to him.
"Are you okay?" She asked. Both her and Kaoru had a blue robe on. Kaoru blushed a little.
"Yeah, I'm fine. It went better than I thought it would," Kaoru said, smiling. Aoi smiled. Kaoru then took her by the hand and walked her out into a corner area of the place. There was no one around. Kaoru hugged Aoi, she blushed and held onto him tightly. "I love you, Aoi-chan," he said. Aoi almost started crying.
"Kaoru-sama. Did something happen?" She asked. Kaoru closed his eyes tightly.
"A little boy asked me if the scars on my back hurt. I was never expecting something like that," Kaoru said. Tears fell down Aoi's face.
"I'm so sorry, I should have told Tina this was a bad idea," Aoi said. Kaoru almost started crying as well.
"It's okay, Aoi-chan. I'm fine, thank you though," he said. Aoi sobbed. "We better get back, or the others will worry," Kaoru said. He let Aoi go and she wiped her tears away. They went back to the group. After they had eaten, Tina, Miyabi, and Aoi went to the sauna. Chika and her friends did the stamp competition and won some shampoo, and Mayu also went into the sauna. Kaoru decided to try the reserved baths, since he'd never been in one before. He went in and leaned up against the rock that was in the middle of it.
"This is better than the last one," he thought, smiling. Some kids outside the bath came up to the pillar that had the occupy sign on it and started to spin it. They laughed and ran off, leaving the sign to: vacant. Tina and Aoi walked into the bath, Kaoru heard them talking and gulped. "I thought this was a reserved bath, I can't get out, since there's only one exit," he thought. Aoi and Tina went into the bath, Tina sank down.
"Open air baths are the greatest, don't you think?" Tina asked. Aoi nodded.
"Yes, they are quite relaxing," Aoi said. Tina sighed.
"There was something I wanted to tell you about, I've really enjoyed living here with everyone. Every day is precious to me, and I haven't really thanked you properly," Tina said, smiling. Aoi smiled.
"You're welcome, but it sounds like you're going to leave," Aoi said. Tina laughed.
"I would never leave! Silly, didn't I just say that I'm having fun?" Tina asked, putting an arm around Aoi's shoulder. Kaoru smiled.
Everyone got together and got into the van and drove back to the house. Mayu was picked up and so were Chika's two friends. Kaoru smiled at both Aoi and Tina. They looked at him confused.
"What's wrong?" Tina asked. He laughed.
"Nothing, I'm just happy," he said. Aoi smiled.
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