Yuki x Kyo1st person – Yuki- 11 -

Kyo and I never got along, but we were fighting less and less. We got to the point where we could have a normal conversation without raising voices. I had heard somewhere that best friends didn't always get along. I had always hated the cat, Kyo, more than anything. The question was, "Why do we hate each other so much?" I scared Ms. Honda and Kyo when I asked it at dinner one night.

"I was wondering when you would ask that," Shigure said, sipping his tea.

"Uh..." Kyo said, making other stammering noises to try to find something to say.

Ms. Honda was blushing. "Um, I think it has to do with you wanting what the other has."

I blushed and looked down at my food. She was right. I had told her that I wanted to be able to attract people, the way Kyo does. I wasn't sure if Kyo wanted to be left alone, since that's what I am. I pushed people away from me. Who would want that?

"... The hell with this!" Kyo yelled. I heard him march out of the room.

I ate for a few more minutes and went up to my room.

The next morning, I dressed in my half-conscious state. I trumped downstairs and walked into the kitchen, my body slumped over and my head down.

"Oh, not again," Kyo said, after sipping from the milk carton. "Can't you ever wake up?"

I mumbled something that was even incoherent to me. I continued through the kitchen into the dining area and sat at the table. The smell of breakfast woke me up. I ate Ms. Honda's wonderful meal, silently. Shigure talked with Ms. Honda about something. Kyo seemed to watch me when he was not eating. I felt very uneasy with him there. I ate quickly and left the room. Since it was Sunday, I went out to my secret base. I went into town afterwards and bought some more seeds to plant as spring came closer. Every time I saw the color orange, I thought of Kyo. I couldn't bring myself to be angry, however.

Lunch was ready when I returned to the house; I could smell it from the front hall. Kyo was coming down the stairs as I took my shoes off. He blushed and just stared at me. I blushed in return and averted my eyes. His reaction to me was embarrassing.

"Uh, Yuki..." Kyo started.

"What?" I asked trying to sound irritated, but failed. I looked at him. Kyo looked as if he wanted to scream out his deepest, darkest secret and then run away, hiding. He did neither. "Whatever," I said, walking into the dining room.

He tried again at lunch, embarrassing himself in front of Shigure and Ms. Honda. I slammed down my chopsticks. "What do you want, Kyo?" I said, angrily.

He didn't reply. He simply blushed.

I stood up and went to my room. I don't need to continue to stay around him. He's embarrassing me, now. After a few moments in my room, there was a knock on the door. I opened it, hoping it was Ms. Honda or Shigure. It was neither. Kyo stood there. He looked surprised. I slammed the door and locked it. Why can't he leave me alone?

The next day at school wasn't any easier. On the way, he would walk in front of me, looking back periodically. It was annoying. At school, he would watch me during lectures of the different teachers. I tried not to look at him, but whenever I saw his face, I found myself looking back at him. One time, after I had accidentally fallen asleep during the class, I think I smiled at him. He blushed and looked forward. (Kyo sat to the front and left of me.) I was hoping he quit this little game he was picking up. Maybe he would just come out with what he wanted to tell me. After dinner, he finally did. I was about to go upstairs, after finally eating an entire meal, and Kyo was just leaving the kitchen.

"What do you want to say, you stupid cat?" I asked, annoyed.

"I don't... I don't hate you, Yuki," he said, blushing.

I was surprised. He doesn't... "What?"

"I don't hate you. Actually, I really..." He gulped. "I really like you." He blushed and looked down. "I... don't want you to hate me."

I felt the oddest sensation to want to hug him. I smiled instead. "I..." Say it! "I... never really... hated you." My face went warm.

The next few days went quickly. Kyo and I never talked much after that. In the middle of the week, I felt up for a fight. The quiet also seemed to disturb Ms. Honda and Shigure. Kyo just so happened to have tripped through the paper door leading to the outside hall.

"You're so stupid," I said, in my usual calm mood. "Why do you always have to ruin everything?"

"What you talking about?" he screamed at me. He wasn't listening, as usual.

"Not listening either," I said. "You really can't do anything right."

"Alright, you sissy rat-boy," Kyo yelled. "Let's take this outside."

"If you feel you can beat me..." I smirked. I stood up and undid the first button on my shirt.

"Tohru, why don't you come with me?" Shigure grabbed Tohru's arm and dragged her into the kitchen.

Kyo threw punches and kicked at me. I dodged masterly and rushed in to surprise him. I came very close to him, my favorite move to use on him. (AN: He uses it in the second episode against Kyo to send him flying through a door and into the yard.) However, I was the one who was surprised. Kyo grabbed my head and pulled it towards him, kissing me. I was so shocked I couldn't move. When I regained myself, I punched him in the face. I ran out of the house, all together, and took a breather at my secret base. I fell to my knees. Why did he do that?

"Actually, I really... I really like you," Kyo said in my mind.

Is that what he meant? Did he like me that way? Maybe... I like him in return, I thought. I thought about it. I slowly returned to Shigure's house. Kyo seemed to have locked himself in his room and Ms. Honda was fixing the door he had broken.

"I was wondering where you went, Yuki," Ms. Honda said. "Kyo was standing here stunned. He went up to his room almost as soon as I walked in. I didn't know where you were. Shigure's gone to the main house to talk to Akito for some reason."

I looked down. "Oh," I said, unable to say anything else. I went up to my room. I stopped at Kyo's door and heard something from the inside. He seemed to be punching something and talking.

"I can't believe I did that," he was saying. "He really does hate me. He hit me before running away." He hit something extremely hard and I heard snapping. "I don't want him to hate me." Pause. "Why did I have to kiss him?"

I continued to my room.

Kyo left before I had awoken fully. Ms. Honda and I left as we usually did. Kyo continued to look back at me during the class. I looked back each time. He snuck out of class early. I found a note in my locker, next to my shoes. It was addressed to me from Kyo.

"Are you coming, Yuki?" Momiji screamed from behind me. He was walking to Shigure's house to have dinner with Ms. Honda.

I turned to him. "You and Ms. Honda go on ahead," I told him. "I'll be home a little later." Momiji and Ms. Honda left. I opened the letter:

"Yuki,

I don't know what's come over me, but I don't know how you felt about what I did yesterday. It was uncalled for. If you want to beat me, again, meet me at the small pond on Shigure's property.

Kyo"

I put the note back in the locker, took my shoes out, and closed it. I should just leave him there to wait, I thought. It didn't feel right to think about that. His words were still in my mind and his tongue was still in my mouth. I put my shoes on and put my inside shoes into the locker. I walked to the house and up to my room, ignoring Momiji and Ms. Honda. I changed out of my uniform and walked through the woods. I found the small pond. Kyo was throwing stones into the pond. He looked angry and sat down.

"He's not going to come," he said to himself. He picked up another handful of rocks and skipped them. "I would rather him not come than to reject me flatly."

I smirked, looking as angry as I possibly could. "Why don't we just fight and find out that way?" I asked.

Kyo jumped up, frightened. "H-how long have you been standing there?"

I ran towards him, throwing a punch. I guessed he would take it, but he moved out of the way instead. He punched and kicked at me, missing each time. I drew in close to his face in my "finishing move." He looked like he was expecting me to kick him. I leaned in closer than normal and kissed him. I pulled away and started back home.

"Dinner will be ready shortly," I said. "Let's not waste time" I walked back to Shigure's. I was smiling. I looked behind me. Kyo wasn't too far behind. He was staring at me and blushing. I slowed until I was walking next to him. He looked away as I smiled at him. "If we don't fight, we're going to worry them?"

"We... uh... don't have to fight right now, do we?" Kyo asked me, shoving his hands in his pockets.

I shrugged and entered the house. "We'll see," I said, smiling at him.

He smiled back.

Ms. Honda decided she wanted Ms. Uotani and Ms. Hanajima over, her two best friends. Kyo and I decided to wait in the dining area. While we were waiting, Kyo leaned his full weight on me. I nearly fell over.

"What are you doing?" I asked him in a whisper.

"Flirting, what else?" he whispered back.

"Wake up, you stupid cat," I said, hearing Ms. Honda come towards the door.

"I am awake," Kyo yelled in response.

"Then, stop leaning on me."

"I'm not leaning on you," he continued to yell.

By the time Ms. Honda and her friends walked in, Kyo was clutching his head in feigned pain. I didn't really hit him hard. I had merely placed my hand on his head and pushed up gently up. I smiled at Ms. Honda.

We started playing Rich Man, Poor Man. Kyo and Ms. Uotani began yelling at one another. After one round, Ms. Honda started making dinner. Kyo grabbed my hand under the table. Ms. Hanajima gasped, but remained silent.

"Tohru's doing better," Ms. Uotani said. "She hasn't gotten sick in a while. Are you still helping her study, Prince Yuki?"

"She asked me to let her study on her own," I said, squeezing Kyo's hand in embarrassment.

That night, a knock came at my door. I had been asleep. My clock said it was almost six in the morning. I got out of bed, half-asleep. Kyo was standing there in his clothes already.

"I want to show you something," he whispered. I grunted. He grabbed my hand and pulled me to the ladder.

"It's cold," I muttered after waking up fully.

"Here." Kyo took off his aqua-colored jacket and put it on my shoulders. I stuck my arms in the sleeves and climbed up the ladder. Kyo sat on the roof, having climbed up after me. I sat next to him.

"Why did you drag me up here?" I asked, rubbing my eyes.

He pointed to a small band of light on the far horizon. He was showing me the sunrise. "Every morning, I came up here and watch the sunrise. I... I thought you would like to see it."

I smiled at him, taking his hand. He watched the sunrise. Shortly after the sun was up, I fell asleep.

I woke up late morning. Kyo had brought up a blanket. He had his arm under my head. He was on his side, looking at me.

"Good morning," he said to me. "I think Tohru knows. I told her you were up here and fell asleep. She's just now making breakfast."

"Shigure knows, too, doesn't he?" I asked, fearing what he'd say to Akito.

"I'll go ahead and make the way clear," Kyo said, standing up. He jumped off the roof onto the balcony. "It's clear," he yelled up to me shortly afterwards.

I climbed down the ladder and walked quickly to my room. I deposited the blanket onto my bed. I dressed. I noticed Kyo's jacket among my pajamas. I took up and hugged it. What's wrong with me? For years I thought I hated him. Now, it seems like we're going out. I folded up the shirt and walked out of my room. Kyo wasn't in his room. I went downstairs and walked into the ding room. Kagura sat there, glomping Kyo, who was trying to get away.

"Aw, come on, Kyo," Kagura said, "just one kiss hello?"

"Hello no," Kyo screamed. He stopped struggling when he saw me. "What are you looking at?" He looked angry again.

I threw his shirt in his face. "You left that in the hall, you stupid cat," I replied. He looked hurt when the shirt fell to his lap. "I'm going it town." I turned around.

"You're not staying for breakfast, Yuki?" Ms. Honda asked.

I shook my head. "I'll be back for lunch."

"Oh," Kagura started, "but I won't be here for lunch. Akito wants to have lunch with me, Tohru, Shigure and Momiji. Please stay for breakfast." My older cousin looked pleadingly.

I gave Kyo an angry glance. He seemed to want me to stay, too. "Fine," I said. I sat down across from Kyo. I ate quietly, letting Kyo know I was angry. After eating, I locked myself in my room. I wrapped myself in the blanket Kyo had brought for me while I had slept on the roof. I recognized it from Kyo's bed. I skipped lunch and dinner.

When the sun was about to set, Kyo dropped his head into my open window. "Yuki, come to the roof," Kyo said, angrily.

I unwrapped myself, went to the window and slammed it shut. Kyo disappeared back onto the roof. A few minutes later, he was pounding on my door.

"Yuki, open the door or Ill break it down," he screamed.

"Leave me alone, you foolish cat," I yelled back. My voice cracked.

"I may be a fool," he screamed, "but I've been a fool for you since I came back from the mountains. You told me not to run away anymore. Does that mean it's okay for you to run?"

I walked across my room and stood in front of my door. I tried desperately to hold back tears. I slowly reached towards the door handle. I opened the door. Kyo and I stared into each others eyes. Tears streamed down my face as I wrapped my arms around his neck.

"If we're not running, we have to tell them," I whispered.

Kyo wrapped his arms around me in return. "That's fine with me," he whispered back. He pushed me away. "Tohru is staying at Hanajima's house. I made dinner for the two of us. It's on the roof." He grabbed my hand and pulled me all the way onto the roof. The food was sitting on the roof, steaming. It was just a bowl of soup. I sat down and took up a bowl.

"I can't say much for the presentation," I said, smiling.

He glared at me for a moment and then smiled. "You know there isn't much I can do about that. Just be glad that I made you anything, you damn rat,"

We laughed. It was weird. Kyo got me to laugh. The last time I laughed was when Ms. Honda missed the ping pong ball at the hot springs. I blushed and ate. The food was good. Kyo taught himself how to cook. Every time I tried to cook, it got burnt. Every time I burnt the food, I wanted to scream. Kyo took the dishes downstairs, making me stay on the roof. He brought the blanket back up.

"You went into my room?" I asked him.

He blushed. "It is my blanket," he replied. He sat down next to me and put it over the two of us.

"Kyo," I started, feeling embarrassed. "Do you really want people to leave you alone?"

"It's more that I want to be smart and good-looking the way you are," he said, blushing. "Everyone always looks up to you. You don't even have to try to get what you want. Do you really want to be treated horribly?"

"I want to get out of Akito's cage," I said. "I want to attract people instead of pushing them away. I don't want to believe everything that Akito says, but a part of me does. Ms. Honda proved that people who knew about our secret won't turn away. She didn't. She didn't turn away from you when she found out that you were the cat. I didn't turn away from you when I found out that you turned into a monster."

He looked away. "You didn't know?" he asked me.

I shook my head. "I knew, but I didn't know what it looked like," I said. "I'm sorry, I sound rude."

"No," he said. "You don't hate me and I don't hate you. It's really all Tohru's doing. She showed me the good things in myself and in others. She made me feel comfortable about my feelings, feelings I want... I want to share with you." He blushed and looked away.

I put my head on his shoulder. "Me, too," I said, smiling. I fell asleep shortly afterwards.

I had taken Kyo's blanket to my room and have had it since that night. Every morning, he wakes me up and we watch the sunrise together. I hadn't given his blanket back. One night at dinner, he decided to bring it up.

"Can I have my blanket it back, Yuki?" he asked, calmly.

"No," I said, just as calmly.

"What do you mean, 'No'? You've had it for over a month," he yelled. "Why do you insist on keeping it?"

I shrugged. "Because it's yours and it bugs you that I have it."

"You damn rat," he yelled, "I'll beat your pretty-boy face in."

"No, you won't," I said. My calmness was getting to him.

He stammered not knowing what to say because he wouldn't "beat my pretty-boy face in." Ms. Honda seemed a little frightened at our interaction.

"Seems like Yuki's got you whipped, Kyo," Shigure said.

"You're so full of it," Kyo yelled, blushing. I blushed too.

Kyo and I kept up our little charade. We didn't hide that we liked each other, but we didn't come out and say that we did. Kyo told me that we shouldn't lie if someone asked us. I agreed with him there. After about a month of this, Kyo started to distance himself from me. I didn't understand why he did it, but it made me upset. We fought a lot more. He stopped waking me up in the morning. I dragged him out of the house, one day, to the little pond where I had first kissed him.

"What the hell is this all about?" he yelled at me.

"What the hell is wrong with you?" I yelled back. "Why are you avoiding me? What's going on?"

He blushed. "Um..." He looked down. "Shigure told me Akito knows. I didn't want you to get hurt by him if we continued."

"I understand if you worry about me, Kyo," I said, still fairly angry, "but you're not doing any justice this way. I..." I paused. Do I really? What if he doesn't? What if he rejects that and leaves again to go "training"? He doesn't... He can't...

"You what?" Kyo demanded. "If you have something to say, just say it!" I blushed and didn't answer. "I'm not dealing with this right now!" He turned and started back towards the house.

I ran after him and grabbed his arm. He stopped and turned towards me. "Kyo, I..." I gulped. I was scared and nervous at what he would respond. "I love you." I closed my eyes.

"Why would anyone love a stupid cat like me?" he asked.

I opened my eyes. Kyo was looking down and blushing. I smiled. "For the same reason you love a damned rat like me."

Kyo looked at me, surprised. "How...?" He shook his head. "But Akito—"

"I don't care about Akito," I interrupted. I wrapped my arms around him. "He doesn't want me to be happy and you do. Now, stop being stupid because I know you can be smart."

He wrapped his arms around me. "We're an odd pair," he muttered. "So, does that mean that we're going out now?"

"If that's how you want to put it," I replied. I let go of him and kissed him. He didn't seem as surprised as when I last did it. After a moment, we pulled away.

"Now, can I have my blanket back?" he asked me.

"No," I said, smiling. I took his hand and we walked back to Shigure's house.

Shigure was surprised to see us. I was surprised to see him in a suit. "Akito wants to see you two," he said, "right away." He took us to the main house and we sat in front of Akito. Kyo remained outside the main building.

"You think sneaking around me will bring you happiness, Yuki," he said. He stood up and stood in front of me. I didn't look at his face. "You will not see him again!" He remained silent for a few minutes, as if waiting for a reply. I gave him none. He slapped my face hard and I fell off my knees. He knelt next to me and wrapped his hands around my neck. I tried to take a breath in, but found no air. I could only see Akito's angry face. Someone pushed Akito off me. I remained still, still unable to breathe. I starred at the ceiling until everything went black.

I woke up and I was back in my room at Shigure's house. Hatori was sitting next to my bed. His eyes were closed. He opened them as I sat up. "How are you feeling, Yuki?" he asked me.

"B..." I coughed until I was able to speak again. "Better," I replied.

"Why they hell can't I see him?" Kyo yelled outside the door.

"Because Yuki hasn't woken up yet, Lucky Kyo," my older brother said, loudly.

"They hell you're going to keep me out of there! And stop calling me that!" Kyo yelled again.

"Let him in, Ayame," Hatori said.

The door opened and Kyo ran in. He had a bandage around his right upper arm and his left hand. "Are you feeling better?" he asked me, worry filling his face.

"It seems Lucky Kyo has a crush on my younger brother," Ayame said.

"Shut up!" Kyo screamed, turning to him and blushing.

"Yuki and Kyo sitting in a tree—" Ayame sung.

"I said shut up!"

"Leave them alone, Ayame," Hatori said, "Tohru's serving dinner."

"Oh, goodness me, food," he said, leaving and going downstairs. Hatori left with him.

"What happened to you?" I asked him. I put my hand on his.

"I snuck into the main house and watched what was happening," he said. "When Akito tried to strangle you, I ran in and pulled him off you. He scratched at me. He cut rather deep, but Hatori said I didn't need stitches. That damn Akito tried to go after you again! Shigure and Hatori held him back. You were passed out by the time they got Akito out of the room. I'm sorry. This was my fault. I couldn't protect you." He raised a fist in the air. He was yelling at that point, too.

I smiled at him and forced him to sit on my bed. "You did protect me, you foolish cat," I whispered, wrapping my arms around him. "You're the reason I'm still alive."

There was knocking at the door. "Kyo, Yuki, I brought you're dinner up," Ms. Honda said. I let go of Kyo, who sat further down the bed to allow room for the food. Ms. Honda placed the food on the bed and walked out, closing the door behind her.

I smiled at Kyo. "Thank you, Kyo," I said.

He smiled and blushed at me. "Anytime," he said. "Anytime..."