Author's Notes: Natsume request. Supposedly humorous but we all know I can't write humor to save myself. XD

Karma Slave

"You shouldn't be so hard on yourself," Kite said, putting a hand on Natsume's shoulder. It was a brave move for someone who was usually so awkward about comforting people. "It couldn't be helped."

Off to the side, BlackRose tried and failed to keep her eyebrow from twitching.

Natsume sniffed. "That's nice of you to say, but I was completely horrible! How could I have been beaten so easily?"

BlackRose opened her mouth but Kite glanced at her before she could say anything and she shut it with a grimace.

"Bad luck?" Kite offered, but even he didn't sound convinced. Natsume, on the other hand, perked up a bit.

"Yeah, maybe that was it! Surely I can do better next time." Hopping up from her semi-crouch, she flashed a wounded smile at the two and saluted. "I'll be sure and get stronger. Just watch me!"

Once the girl had hurried off, BlackRose turned on her partner, poking a finger into his chest. "I can't believe you! Talk about giving her false hope!"

Kite shifted uncomfortably. "It's not exactly falseā€¦"

"She was beaten by a grunty, Kite," she said flatly. The Twin Blade scratched the back of his neck. BlackRose sighed.

"Well, I just hope she manages to stay on this time," his partner said blithely, watching as the grunty racers lined up in front of her. "If she falls off, what are you going to say to her then?"

Kite felt a headache coming on. "Karma?"

The End.