It was an ordinary day.

I thought I knew what to expect. I never thought that everything would change, then. I thought it was set, that I would stay as I had always been. I thought I was safe…

"Pleased to meet you. I'm Kana Sohma! I will do my best to assist you."

I looked up.

If he had been there, Shigure – and Aaya, too – would immediately have gone into raptures. "Just imagine, 'Ha'ri! Such an adorable secretary! And here I thought I had chosen the romantic profession…really, you astonish me! I never thought you were that type…"

The young woman straightened from her polite bow. She was smiling, cheerfulness spilling from her like waves. I wondered why, for a moment.

"You know…it's strange. We're part of the same family, yet we haven't spoken before today.

Perhaps, I silently agreed. Then again, maybe not.

"Hatori-san, everyone thinks you're so handsome, you're popular even 'outside.'"

This was too personal. I reached for a file. "I know it's sudden, but I have a job for you…"

She wasn't listening. "Ah! It's snowing! I knew it was going to snow!"

Please, I thought. Please, do not let me be stuck with a flutter-minded idiot who loves weather.

"May I ask you a question?" That was unexpected, and she took my silence as an affirmative. "When snow melts, what does it become?"

Oh, help…I am stuck…"It becomes water, of course."



"It becomes spring!"

And I knew, seeing her smile, that I wasn't stuck after all.

A/N: I don't own anything. Bits of the dialogue are from Volume Two. Would please be so kind as to drop a poor fellow Furuba fan a review?