Summary: After saving her life, Hatori begins to fall for a young girl named Aimi. Akito is furious and will do anything to get Hatori's attention off Aimi.(contains Akito spoilers)
DISCLAIMER: Much as I hate to admit it, I DUN OWN FRUITS BASKET. But Aimi is my own creation, so HAH. XD
He hated family get-togethers. The happy atmosphere reminded him of her. Watching people dancing and laughing reminded him that he was alone. He would have given anything to have been able to let Kana keep her memories. Hatori sighed and began walking towards the door to his house. What on earth had made him agree to hosting this picnic in his garden? He remembered Shigure's puppy dog eyes and had to smile. That man could get anyone to do anything for him.
When Hatori had asked what the occasion of this picnic was, Shigure had said it was high time the Sohma's had a party, so the big family could get better 'aquainted'. Hatori knew the dog was just trying to get his mind off Kana. But he didn't want to forget her. Not yet.
Just as he reached the door, a flash of color ran in front of him and steered him away.
"Ah-ah-aah! No sneaking away from the party! You haven't danced with anyone yet!" Ayame Sohma said with a grin.
"And I don't plan on it. Do you know how many memories I'd have to erase if I accidentaly transformed?" Hatori sighed.
"Ha-san, you worry too much! Just look at Shigure, he's dancing! Stop being such a worry-wart!" Ayame directed Hatori's attention to where Shigure was dancing with a pretty girl in still in her teens. She looked familiar..
Hatori shook his head. "What an idiot."
But the more he watched the couple dancing, the more he felt alone. Shigure's dance partner was pretty. She had long brown hair and was wearing a beautiful smile.
The music changed to Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog". Both Ayame and Hatori snickered at how fitting that song was to Shigure.
After the music ended, Shigure and his dance partner went off in opposite directions, and Hatori got a better look at the girl. She had big brown eyes and light skin. She was wearing a long white skirt that swirled around her legs as she walked, and a ruffly aqua top that tied around her neck. Perfectly dressed for the warm summertime weather. He realized why she looked familiar - he had treated her the week before when she had been sick with food poisoning. Her name was Aimi Sohma. Aimi was rather shy, but very, very sweet. She had thanked him over and over for taking care of her that day..
"Isn't she cute?" Shigure said elbowing Hatori. The doctor had been so lost in thought that he hadn't noticed that Shigure had joined them. "She's only ninteen! Her name is-"
"Aimi." Hatori finished. Shigure gave Hatori a horrified look. "I treated her last week when she was sick." The dog continued to stare. "I didn't do anything to her. I'm not like you." Hatori rolled his eyes and turned back to look at Aimi. She smiled at him and waved. He nodded to her, and all her friends giggled. Shigure pouted.
"He's so handsome!"
"I can't believe it! He definitley likes you!"
Aimi sighed. "You guys, I told you, I was only being polite. He took really good care of me last week."
"I bet he did." Yuffie, Aimi's best friend, said, winking.
"YUFFIE!" Aimi said blushing.
"But really," Tatsuki, Aimi's other friend began "Those older Sohma men have been all over you tonight! You're so lucky.." She looked wistfully in Shigure's direction.
Aimi was blushing scarlet and desperate to get away. She had told the truth, she and Hatori hadn't done anything together, he was her doctor for Heaven's sake! But that didn't make the teasing any eaiser to bear. "I uh..have to go to the restroom. I'll be back." She said, disappearing into the crowd before her friends could stop her.
As she made her way through the party, she noticed how beautiful Hatori's house was. She hadn't really noticed the first time she'd been there. The garden was weed-less and full of roses and cherry blossoms, and there was a fountain in the middle of it, filled with brightly colored fish.
She went through the garden gates and was about to turn the corner when she heard a strained cry coming from behind her. Aimi whipped her head around and saw a small figure in a pink yukata leaning out of a circular window. The persons face was hidden by its black hair, but Aimi assumed it was a man because the hair was short. She ran to the window and rested her hand on the figure's back.
"Sumimasen, are you alright?" She asked frantically.
The figure looked up at her with its piercing black eyes and said nothing. Aimi was beginning to get nervous. "Are you sick? I-I'll go get Hatori-san! He'll know what to do." She turned to run but made a yelp when she felt whoever it was wrap their freezing hands around her wrist.
"The last thing you're going to do is get Hatori, my dear." The person growled, giving Aimi a look of utmost hatred that made her blood run cold. But what scared her the most was the jagged looking knife the figure held in its other hand.
Hatori was finally beginning to enjoy himself. He'd sat quietly and listened to Ayame and Shigure talk about women and become lost in his own thoughts. He hoped Akito had calmed down by now. She had been in a rage that morning when he'd declared her too sick to go to to the party.
"I want to see Shigure-san!"
"You can barley walk-"
"Damn you! You can't keep me from my own family! Every one of you owes me their life!"
"Akito! You are too sick!"
A glass vase crashed into the wall behind him.
"I know what this is about. You want to see that pathetic girl you brought home with you last week. You didn't think I knew, did you?"
"She was a patient, I was just-"
"Don't lie to me."
Akito smacked him across the face, and he was briefly reminded of the day she'd hurt his eye. The day when Kana was there..
She made another move to hit him but he caught her by the wrist and forced her to the ground. Akito's eyes were wide with shock at how he had manhandled her.
Hatori left without another word.
The Dragon was jerked from his thoughts for the second time that day when he heard a piercing scream echo through the entire Sohma estate. The music died down, and fearful whispers traveled among the guests. Hatori was on his feet in a second and tried to figure out where the scream had originated from. Once outside the garden gates, he heard a quiet sobbing sound coming from behind him. He broke into a sprint towards the figure in the white skirt that was slumped against the wall of a house. Aimi.
He slid to the ground and turned her over. There was a deep cut right above her heart that was gushing blood all down her front. He ripped off the bottom of his shirt and pressed it over the gash. Hatori noticed that several people from the party had followed him, including Shigure, Yuki, and Kyo.
Hatori rounded on Kyo. "Kyo! Go find a wet cloth!." The boy just stared. "Kyo, NOW." The red-haired boy broke off into a sprint.
The doctor finally took in his surroundings and was surprised to find that he was outside the window of Akito's room. Yuki seemed to read his thoughts and stepped over the two of them, peering inside. "Akito isn't in here." Yuki said, shivering.
Damn her, thought Hatori.
A/N Sooooo, what'd you think? Akito's just a little jealous of Aimi..eep! Please review and I'll continue.