Well here is our next chapter. I think I will type one more really long chapter and this will be done. I have things I need to fix for this story to end right. But I do hope you all enjoy this chapter. It took me a while for it because I was typing my other story: You Make Me Retch
So if you want to read a good story go check that one out. But I do think this one will end soon. I have also finally cleared up Cagalli's past in this chapter. Everything will make sense now. So please bare with me. XP Bad writing skills are killing me.
I don't own any songs in this chapter! Or any characters and all that good stuff.
"Mom! And Dad!" Kira said shocked as both parents entered the house. Lacus who was sitting quietly in the living room made herself known by walking into the entry way. "Kira, why don't you let them in, it is snowing." she remember him smiling.
"Oh right!" Kira said still shocked as to why his parents were here.
"Oh what a nice home. Uzumi's no doubt." Kira's mother said smiling. Kira nodded. "Please Mrs. and Mr. Yamato, come in. Please sit." Lacus said softly showing them to the grand living room. "Sorry about the mess." Lacus said as she went to pick up the trash.
"It's okay dear." Mrs. Yamato said smiling. Lacus nodded and placed her self in a chair while the Yamato's, the whole family, took the couch.
"Hey, did I hear we have guest?" Cagalli's voice called from the stair case, she entered the room with Athrun not too far behind, she changed into a long sleeved dark green turtle neck and was wearing a red checkered skirt, no thanks to Athrun who begged her to wear it, it was after all Christmas. And it was a gift after all. Also she was wearing her gold locket over the turtle neck so it shimmer against the dark green top.
The older Yamato gasped when they saw her. Cagalli scanned over the parents and showed no emotion. "Kira? Who are these people?" Cagalli asked confused at the older people sitting in her home.
The older and even the younger Yamato looked crest-fallen at her statement. Mrs. Yamato began to cry. "My baby…" she said and ran to Cagalli and gave her a big hug.
"Umm lady… I think you have me confused." Cagalli said simply. "Cagalli, this is Kira's mother and father. Your parents." Athrun said with a raised brow.
Cagalli blinked at bit as the lady hanging off of her was now chocking her. "I-I…I-" she started ."Yes…?" Kira asked excitedly. "I-…I-… I can't breath!" Cagalli finally spit it out. Mrs. Yamato gasped and let her go. "Are you okay Cagalli, sweetie?" Mrs. Yamato asked kissing her forehead.
"Listen, Mrs. Yamato. I had a mother, her name was Via Nara Attha, your not her. And I'm sorry even if you are my real mom I just can't think of you like that." Cagalli said holding onto the shoulders of the older women who looked like she was happy yet crying tears of sorrow at the same time.
"I understand. I didn't think it was going to go this smoothly anyways." Mrs. Yamato said crying more. "Look, I'm really, and I mean this, really sorry," Cagalli said looking at the women crying more "But I can try… mother." Cagalli said smiling softly.
Mrs. Yamato cried tears of joy at hearing her, her baby girl, call her mother, for the first in a long time. Mr. Yamato stood and pulled both of his girls into a big hug. Athrun smiled at the happy family in front of him. Mrs. Yamato noticed the ring on her finger and the locket around her neck.
"Cagalli, who gave you these?" Mrs. Yamato asked looking at her hand. "Oh well that would be, Athrun." Cagalli said looking at Athrun.
"A-Athrun?" Mrs. Yamato asked shocked. Mr. Yamato looked at Athrun who was trying to sneak away. "Athrun!" Mr. Yamato shouted. Athrun winched at his voice. "Yes sir?" Athrun asked turning. "I want you to listen to this before you get married." Mrs. Yamato said handing over a CD from her purse.
"Cagalli isn't allowed to see it." Mrs. Yamato said into his ear. Athrun nodded and looked at the CD. Cagalli who was confused to Athrun and then smiled softy. "So when are you getting married?" Mrs. Yamato asked carefully.
"In 3 days." Cagalli said smiling. "Well then we'll have to stay that long." Mrs. Yamato said smiling. Cagalli smiled at her now mother, well step mother to her. Athrun nodded and wrapped an arm around Cagalli's shoulder.
"Whoa! Mr. Yamato!" Dearka's voice called from the top of the stairs. The next thing they knew Dearka was riding the rail to the stair case down to the bottom. "I always wanted to do that." Dearka said laughing. Everyone gaped at him with a shocked face.
"What?" he asked confused. Cagalli just slapped her forehead and grumbled something about idiots and stair case banisters. Athrun smiled at her and started to laugh. Soon the laughter erupted through out the whole room leaving only Cagalli in a grumpy mood. "I don't this on Christmas day." she grumbled and slinked back up to her room for a cat nap.
"Athrun, you know I always worry about her. Please take care of her." Mrs. Yamato said softly. Athrun just nodded as he followed Cagalli's figure up the stairs with his eyes.
"If you don't mind mother, May I ask a question?" Cagalli asked softly coming down from her room. "What is it sweetie?" Mrs. Yamato asked. "How long did you look for me?" she asked softly. "What?" Mr. Yamato asked confused.
The whole group sat in the living room telling stories to another. That's when Cagalli came in.
Kira and the others became confused. "Well, I mean if we were separated after the fire then why wouldn't you look for me? I am your daughter right?" Cagalli asked with a slight showing of tears in her eyes, though she held them back. "Cagalli…" Athrun said softly.
He had watched the CD the Yamato's gave him. He knew the reason and he didn't like it. He wrapped an arm around her shoulders and gave her shoulder a tight squeeze. "Don't do this Athrun. I need to know." Cagalli said looking into his eyes. "HOW LONG?" Cagalli demanded strongly. The Yamato family, all but Kira that is, looked the other way.
"You DIDN'T look for me did you!" Cagalli shouted. Mrs. Yamato's eyes winced at Cagalli's words. "You left me to die!" Cagalli shouted as tears streamed down her face more. "Don't you dare say that!" Barked Mr. Yamato. "Then what did you DO dad?" Cagalli said in a mocking tone.
"Uzumi wanted the best kid in the Natural Nation. He wanted Kira. We couldn't let him have Kira. So we gave him you." Mrs. Yamato said crying. "You did WHAT!" Cagalli screamed. She glared at Kira. This was the first time in a long time has she felt hate toward Kira. Kira mouthed an 'I didn't know'.
"The Zala's were in on this whole thing too." Mr. Zala said in a harsh manner. Cagalli looked at Athrun who looked away. "The Zala's! They wanted a female as well. They knew they where having a boy. Uzumi wanted power so he knew he they all sighed a contract so you two would get married. And have all the power in Orb!" Mr. Yamato shouted.
"Your wrong! Athrun he didn't! He wouldn't! And my father! Uzumi! He doesn't believe in that!" Cagalli shouted. "Right?" Cagalli asked looking at Athrun. He could look at her. She broke from his grasp and slapped his face. "SCREW YOU! SCREW ALL OF YOU! YOU CAN TAKE YOUR FUCKING RING BACK! I DON'T WANT IT! I HOPE YOU BURN IN HELL ZALA!" Cagalli cried at him throwing the ring at his face. He winced at the pain of the ring hitting his face. "AND YOU! LEAVE MY FATHER'S HOUSE! LEAVE ME ALONE!" Cagalli shouted and ran up to her room.
Athrun took a deep breath so he could hold his tears back. Of course he loved Cagalli. Just it's not like he didn't know about the contract. Of course he knew about. That's why it all started. "I think we should leave." Ms. Yamato said grabbing her coat and both parents left without another word.
"I think I should go say something." Kira said softly. "I don't think it will work Kira. She's hurt. Badly. I couldn't imagine if it were you." Lacus said softly. "I think she needs us." Milly said softly. "Right." Lacus said staring up the stairs but stopped half way. "What if she wants to be alone?" Lacus asked not sure. "I think she is going to be alone a lot now. Maybe she just needs us now." Milly said softly. "Right, let's go." Lacus said as the girls finished going up the stairs.
Cagalli sat in her room laying with her back to the door, crying no-less. The door made a creaking sound as it opened and bodies stepped in Cagalli's room. A body placed it self down and laid next to Cagalli. She could tell it was a girl by the way the bed sank in. A soft hand came across her face and pulled back her bangs back so her tears wouldn't wet her bangs.
"Shhhhh, now Cagalli." Milly's voice came soothingly. Milly laid her head on top of her hand which held back Cagalli's hair. Lacus walked slowly in front of Cagalli and saw her tear strained face and crawled in front of her. Pulled Cagalli's arm over her shoulder and hugged it tightly. Milly pulled her other arm over and the three girls where in a warm hug, though the middle one was crying.
It was the next day and Cagalli didn't want to leave her room. "I think I should go." Athrun said softly as he was packing his things. Cagalli's room was right next door next he couldn't bear to enter it. At night he couldn't sleep at the sounds of her crying kept him awake. "Where are you going?" Lacus asked. "I don't know." Athrun mumbled feeling the tears come to his eyes again.
"I-I don't know Lacus…I'm so confused. I can't cry because of what she said to me…what she did to me… I did something much more worse to her. I can't…" Athrun said tough his eyes let out tears as he sat in his bed. "It's okay to cry Athrun." Lacus said softly going to his side. "No! It's not okay Lacus! I can't make up what I did to her. Her heart will never be the same. I can never look at her happy face again." Athrun mumbled.
"How much?" a quivering voice called from the door way. Athrun and Lacus looked up to see Cagalli being supported by Milly in the door way. Athrun's eyes held more tears. "How much of it was fake!" Cagalli demanded. "The first 5 months." Athrun said looking away. Cagalli shut her eyes painfully and looked away as if looking at Athrun hurt her. More tears streamed down her face.
"That's all I needed." Cagalli said turning to leave. Athrun couldn't face her. "DAMMIT!" Athrun shouted punching the wall as more tears fell down his face. He screamed out in pain as he let out more punches till he let his head fall towards the wall and the tears streamed down his face.
The only song that could sooth Athrun at this point was the song "Yesterday."
Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they're here to stay
Oh, I believe in yesterday.
Athrun sat in a hotel room. He had moved away from the Attha house hold and did not return once. The only person who would visit was Kira.
Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be,
There's a shadow hanging over me.
Oh, yesterday came suddenly
He told him things about Cagalli. The New Year soon came and Athrun sat alone in his room crying. He didn't want to face a New Year without her. He knew what he did was wrong but how could he repent. He loved her, wasn't that enough?
Why she had to go I don't know she wouldn't say.
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday.
Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play.
Now I need a place to hide away.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.
Cagalli had spent some time thinking as well. She left her room more now. Lacus and Milly had even forced her to go shopping with them. She didn't buy anything, because she had no one to impress.
Today was another day that Cagalli was forced to shop downtown. She sighed another lifeless sigh. "Hey look! It's Cagalli!" a familiar voice shouted. Cagalli's back became rigid. "F-Fllay?" Cagalli asked turning around fast as she saw Fllay hanging off a man's arm. The man…
"YUNNA!" Cagalli shouted in shock. "Hi Cagalli-chan." Yunna waved at the girl as both of them closer.
Where were Lacus and Milly when you needed them?
The "couple" ended pulling Cagalli away to have lunch with them. Lacus and Milly weren't seen for the rest of the day.
"So Cagalli…," Fllay started a conversation while mixing her ice cubes around in her cup. "Yes?" Cagalli squeaked. Was it possible that the two people she hated most, well use to hate most, were actually here being nice to her and buying her lunch. And maybe even…dare I say it…together?
"Where is Athrun? I haven't seen him lately." Fllay questioned. "Oh him well, he's around somewhere." Cagalli said soft looking at her hands. Fllay took a look at her hands a ring was still present. "I see what it is." Fllay said smiling.
Cagalli blinked at her in a questionable way. "You and him are getting married and you have cold feet." Fllay said smiling. "Oh…" Cagalli said looking her feet. "Or maybe he did something he shouldn't have and you aren't with him anymore." Yunna thought aloud.
Cagalli's eyes got wide. "Ya think?" Fllay asked looking back at Yunna. "Well by the look in her eyes then yes." Yunna said looking at Cagalli more. Cagalli closed her eyes again. "She must have been crying for days…" Fllay said softly. "I think her real problem is that she knows Athrun loves her and that whatever he did couldn't have been so bad, well compared to love that is." Yunna said taking a sip of his water.
"Wow! Yunna baby your so smart!" Fllay said giving him a kiss on the cheek. "Thankyou Fllay." Yunna said kissing her back. Cagalli closed her eyes and stood. "Sorry to burst this bubble but I must get going." Cagalli said and stalked away. "So?" Yunna asked. "I think she isn't going to forgive him." Fllay said softly. Yunna looked sadly after Cagalli's figure.
Cagalli entered her house and found Uzumi home. "Oh father, welcome back." Cagalli said softly. "Cagalli, I've been told what has happened here while I was gone. I must request you listen to the truth." Uzumi said softly looking at his daughter. "What truth? I know about the whole contract. I don't care anymore." Cagalli said looking away.
"Just because there was a contract does mean it was about what your think." Uzumi said stopping Cagalli in her tracks. "Huh?" Cagalli questioned confused.
"Please Cagalli, sit down." Uzumi said patting a chair next to him. Cagalli complied and took the seat.
"You see Cagalli, I am not real father, but you knew that as well," Uzumi started the tale. "Most stories are lies webbed together to seem like one big story. (A/N: Mostly because I can't get a single story down)"
"It is true there is a contract, not for power, you know me better then that Cagalli." Uzumi winked at her. Cagalli smiled. "You are the daughter of Ulen and Via, Hibiki. Kira really is your brother of course. They were close friends of both the Yamato's and the Attha's. Via, your mother left you father and came to live with me, taking you with her. Ulen who was in such pain killed himself leaving Kira with the Yamato's. All of us both talked it over and thought it was best to change your names and never bring up what happened between the Hibiki's." Uzumi continued. "But My mother was a Hibiki! How could she forget about the man she loved?" Cagalli asked troubled.
"Because Cagalli, you are allowed to fall in love again. She had me and she had you most importantly. She didn't care if the whole world ended, as long as she had you with her." Uzumi said smiling.
"This is where the contact comes in. Close friends of the Hibiki's are the Zala's. They of course were heart broken at the loss of Ulen and didn't want to be apart of the family that took them apart, us." Uzumi said softly, "The contract was that if you, Cagalli weren't going to take hold of the Attha name, that the Yamato's would take over the Orb union and all forces were the same. It didn't matter to me at that time because Yamato's believed in the same thing we did. Then they moved to the PLANTS thinking it was best for Kira."
"So that's how we were apart…" Cagalli said softly. "Yes, but your mother soon died due to past problems with her heart. And you were left alone. The last thing she asked from me was to make you happy. Her request for death was to be buried next to Ulen. No matter what she said I knew she still loved him. So I did what I was told. Those graves you visit every year are the graves of your parents, don't you ever forget that." Uzumi said strongly. Cagalli nodded and grabbed his hand.
Uzumi cleared his throat and started to talk again, "when you where still little the Yamato's came back to live in Orb. They ask for you to live with them, fearing I would take my life as Ulen did. I was afraid of my own hands as well so I handed you over in your sleep. You lived with them for a while. Then the fire happened. You ran from your house to Lacus's. There is were Sigel gave you back to me. I was so happy to have you back in my life. You soon forgot all about the Yamato's and of course Via. I was happy. But then the Zala's found out and I guess Patrick wanted power and tricked Athrun into making you love him, taking the Zala name and leaving the Attha power to the Yamato's. But you pulled back because of them. You are a strong girl."
"I just wish I knew this all before…" Cagalli said softly. "Poor Athrun…Must have fallen in love with you after all." Uzumi said smiling. "I would guess so…" Cagalli said softly.
"I feel sorry for him. I know I was crushed when I lost Via. But then again I knew she wasn't around to come back to me. Athrun is lost out there in Orb, not even his hometown wondering if the girl he loves is still hurting because of him." Uzumi said softly.
Cagalli's eyes watered. "I said bad things to him daddy…" Cagalli said softly. Uzumi smiled at the word 'daddy'. "That my little darling is all up to you. How strong you want to be. Maybe you should break apart a bit, date other people see if you really want to live with Athrun forever…" Uzumi faded as the door opened ad closed showing Lacus entering the room.
"Did I miss something?" she asked with a bright smile, her head cocked to the side in a slight confused look. "A lot…" Cagalli said smiling. "Oh…" Lacus said softly.
Athrun sat lazily on his bed. Another boring day staring at the ceiling and sat in loneness. The door opened quickly and shut quickly. "Athrun! Athrun! I have good news!" Lacus called happily, making Athrun sit up. "What is it Lacus?" Athrun asked not interested in what she had to say. "It's Cagalli--" Lacus started happily but was cut off as Athrun shot up from his bed.
"What! What is it Lacus?" Athrun asked grabbing her shoulders. "She--she's going to come a talk to you--!" Lacus said shocked at Athrun. "R-Really?" Athrun asked shocked. Lacus only nodded.
Athrun was so happy he lost control of himself and pulled Lacus into a big hug. He was spinning her around.
"Calm down. She's going to have a baby remember?" a voice called from the door. Athrun looked over to the door and saw Cagalli in the doorway. "C-Cagalli--?" Athrun asked as he dropped Lacus. Athrun gasped for air as he started his speech, "Cagalli, I want to say how sorry I am! I should have told you! I'm really sorry! I do love you! A lot! I could-"
"Don't say that!" Cagalli shouted not stepping into the room. "What?" Athrun asked. "I've never had a relationship with anyone before. Not with anyone other the you Athrun. I need to see what it feels like, to not be on one person forever." Cagalli said softly.
"You can't mean that!" Athrun shouted. "I was explained everything Athrun. I need you to believe me." Cagalli said finally stepping in. Lacus watched quietly as Cagalli walked right up to Athrun and looked up into his eyes. "Meet me tomorrow at Ruby's at noon. And wear your hair life before." Cagalli said moving his hair back into the place were it was placed when she last saw him, "It looks cuter."
Athrun gaped at what she had to say. Cagalli slowly walked out of the door. She closed the door and silence filled the room.
"Well I never said it was a good thing she was talking about…" Lacus said breaking the silence.
Soon Athrun started to laugh at the way Lacus said what she just did. "I can't believe it's over." Athrun said softly sitting back on his bed. "It isn't over yet Athrun. Cagalli needs space and time. I have learned that about her. She is over due on book reports and essays because she can't pick what she wants, when she needs too, over looking every aspect of it." Lacus said softly.
"Is it true?" Athrun asked blankly. "About what?" Lacus questioned back. "About not being with another man." Athrun whispered. "Yes. It's true. Cagalli believes in true love. So I have no doubt in my mind that she is going to come back to you." Lacus said softly. "I see." Athrun mumbled.
Athrun was wearing a normal white shirt and dark blue pants as he entered Ruby's to meet Cagalli. He sat down at his normal table. A swirling skirt caught his eye. He looked and saw Cagalli wearing a light green dress and had orange flowers in her hair.
"Hi Athrun." Cagalli greeted taking a seat. "You look nice." Athrun said smiling at how happy Cagalli looked. "You do to. You kept your hair that way, I'm happy." Cagalli said smiling. "Now let me tell you the real story…" Cagalli began retelling the story Uzumi told her.
"I see." Athrun said softly hearing the whole story. "But there is more…" Cagalli mumbled looking at her coffee cup that was still full. "Really?" Athrun asked confused. "Yes. It was when Lacus walked in--"
"I see. But I wonder why the Zala's wanted to keep Cagalli away from Athrun…" Lacus wondered aloud. "They did?" Uzumi asked shocked. "Maybe, it's because they wanted the Attha's to stay in power. I mean Orb is still withheld neutral and still on full control over the past few years. Maybe they believe in us?" Cagalli questioned. "I would hope so." Uzumi said thinking. "Or they knew you two would fall in love anyways." Uzumi said smiling.
"What do you mean? We met before?" Cagalli asked shocked. "Of course. A long, long time ago." Uzumi said telling the story.
Uzumi and Via had a meeting in the PLANTS and had a picnic with the Zala's. The hyper 5 year old Cagalli was playing around a tree with Athrun, also a hyper 5 year old. "Cagalli dear please look out for the roots, you could trip." Via warned. "You know they will never listen." Lenora said laughing. Via smiled and joined in the giggles.
Cagalli who heard what they said just rolled her eyes. Athrun who was 'it' ran around the tree thinking Cagalli was going to run and then he tripped over a tree root that was sticking up. "Ahh!" "Eeeep!" the both children called out as they both fell, Athrun on top.
Via and Uzumi gasped at the sight. Lenora giggled softly and Patrick looked a bit upset. Athrun had landed, his lips planted on Cagalli's own lips. Athrun pulled away quickly and Cagalli ran crying to her mommy. "My knee is bwleeding!" Cagalli cried to her mother.
All of the adults started to laugh at the fact that Cagalli was not all worried at the fact Athrun kissed her. "Hey!" Cagalli shouted kicking Uzumi's leg with her not hurt leg. "My lweg, is bwleeding and your laphing!" Cagalli shouted. (Note that it is a baby kind of talk)
"Oww, Cagalli. Baby that hurt." Uzumi said rubbing his leg.
End of the Flashback
"Oh my god!" Cagalli cried out and Lacus giggled happily.
Athrun blushed at that memory. "Wow. I never knew." Athrun said blushing. "I know. Neither did I." Cagalli said smiling. "I just think you know, it might be better. Like my dad said." Cagalli mumbled taking a sip of her coffee, finishing it up. "I got to be going now." Cagalli said standing.
"Watch out. It looks like it's going to rain." Athrun warned. Cagalli smiled. "I'm not under your protection anymore Athrun, just a friend." Cagalli said softly. "Well then, as a friend can we meet again. Like in 2 weeks or something?" Athrun asked hopeful, "And you know, it's not like I can't be careful over my friends too."
Cagalli smiled a sly smile. "Fine, as friends we can meet again. And I know. Thanks for your concerns." Cagalli said walking out the door.
Shiho sat thinking in her room. "What are you doing?" Yzak asked while he worked out things on her computer. It crashed and she asked Yzak to fix it. "Nothing. I'm just thinking about Cagalli and Athrun." Shiho said softly. "You know Athrun is an idiot. He will do something stupid and she will forgive him." Yzak said looking at the screen.
"I don't know. Cagalli can hold grudges for a while. Most likely, well if Athrun was smart he would just do nothing and let her cool her head for a bit." Shiho said softly. "It's like I said to Cagalli, Athrun only believes in true love. So he will do nothing and then She'll come back and they will be happy and then we'll have to live with the love stories of how they have a great family and so and so…" Yzak said in a monotone way.
"I guess." Shiho said softly looking at the window. Rain drops hit them lightly and made streaks down the window. "Huh? Rain." Shiho said softly. Yzak looked out the window and shrugged. "I hate the weather here. So unpredictable." Yzak mumbled. Shiho who got up to shut her window all the way shrugged, "I like it better."
Dearka sighed again, for the millionth time that day. Milly who was board as well sighed along with him. "How are things with Cagalli?" Dearka asked. He knew Milly had been there for Cagalli every step of the way. "Well we have gotten things straightened out. I just don't know if Cagalli actually thought this through. She normally pulls through with half ass ideas, but this one doesn't even seem half ass, it's more like no ass." Milly said looking at her finger nails.
"I see…" Dearka said softly thinking as well. Heavy rain drops pelted the window and caught the couple's attention. "Huh? Raining in January. That's different." Milly said looking out of the window. "I guess so." Dearka commented thinking.
Lacus was flipping through a baby book she had made for her own baby. "What do you think? Boy or girl?" Kira asked sitting on her bed. "I hope a girl." Lacus said smiling. "I hope so too." Kira said kissing Lacus's temple.
"Kira…" Lacus said softly thinking aloud. "Yes?" Kira asked as he looked out the window to see rain coming. "I was wondering… if we could…" Lacus trailed off. "What is it Lacus?" Kira asked concerned at her tone. "This may be a lot to ask Kira, but I don't want the baby to meet your parents." Lacus said looking at her stomach that had grown a small pouch since Christmas.
"What?" Kira asked confused. "Kira. I'm sorry about this, but if the Zala's wanted to keep Cagalli away from that family then I don't know what there really up to. Uzumi was even afraid of there plans. I live by what I know. And I know my families don't trust your parents. They even warped Cagalli's memories. I don't think I want my baby around that." Lacus said think more.
"When did our baby become 'your' baby?" Kira asked sharply. "Kira! Don't do this!" Lacus shouted scared. "Don't do this to me Lacus!" Kira shouted. A crack of lighting cracked right outside of the window. "I'm sorry Kira. I knew it was too much to ask." Lacus said softly. She got up and left the room as Kira sighed. 'Way to go Yamato!' his mind shouted.
Cagalli sat in her room. The rain hadn't stopped for the past 2 weeks. Her and Athrun had stayed apart for that long. Not even a phone call. Cagalli noticed how board she was without him and how much she missed him. She sighed. "It's almost noon." Lacus's voice called from the hallway. Cagalli knew it had been rocky for Lacus and Kira the past two weeks. They were always fighting. Maybe it's because of the weather, who knew.
Cagalli smiled to her self. She had her first date later that day. They would meet at 3. She only hoped Athrun wouldn't hold her over any. Cagalli wet to her closet and pulled out a blue rain coat and slipped it on, grabbing her rubber boots and her umbrella she headed for the door.
"You're actually going out in this weather?" Shiho asked shocked at seeing how sure Cagalli was. "Of course. I'm going to meet Athrun." Cagalli said smiling. "Idiot! No matter how hard you try to forget him you are never going to get him out of your life! Give up Cagalli! Be with him! Your killing us all here!" Shiho screamed at her best friend, "I wish…I wish we could help you more, but we can't! And I just want you to be happy!" She cried into Yzak's chest.
Cagalli smiled sadly. "I'm sorry Shiho. I-I can't." Cagalli muttered and threw her self out into the storm. "The reason we have been so sad, the reason you two have been fighting," Milly said pointing at Lacus and Kira, "Is because our family is missing and we can't get on with our lives without Athrun." Lacus only looked away and nodded.
Cagalli sighed as she finally made her way into Ruby's. "I'm glad you made it." Athrun said kissing her cheek as she took of her coat like it was nothing. "Athrun!" Cagalli hissed. "I'm sorry Cagalli." Athrun said with a small blush.
Cagalli shrugged it off and sat down. "So how is life?" Cagalli asked smiling. "Well My rent is due and I can't afford it. I'm afraid I'm done with here." Athrun said smiling. "How can you smile?" Cagalli demanded. "Well because I know, no matter how far I go, I know that you'll always be here for me Cagalli." Athrun said smiling. Cagalli blinked at him then smiled. "I see…" she mumbled softly.
"No matter where I am…you are always here." Athrun said placing a hand over his heart. "I see." Cagalli said smiling. The two talked and Cagalli had actually yearned to reach out and hug him or kiss him that much. "Cagalli. It's almost 3. When do you have that date?" Ruby asked from the back walking in on the only couple in her restaurant. "Oh yeah I do." Cagalli mumbled looking at her hands. "Go on then." Athrun said standing. "You want to try things place, stuff." Athrun said looking out at the rain still going down the window.
I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
Cagalli placed her hand on the window. It wasn't like a normal rain, it was a cold and dark January rain. The clouds covered the sun so it looked more like sundown then the afternoon. "It's so cold…" Cagalli mumbled looking at her shaking cold hand. "Well idiot! That's hat you get for putting your hand on the cold glass." Athrun said taking her hand in his and rubbed it to keep it warm.
Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah
Cagalli blushed at how Athrun held her hand, his hands were bigger and warmer then her own, though her hands were softer. Cagalli didn't show her face to Athrun, but she was smiling. No matter how hard she tried to forget him, Milly and Shiho were right.
She could never, ever live without him.
Maybe I have been here before
I know this room, I've walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah
Athrun saw Cagalli's head fall a bit, her bangs blocking his view of her face. She knew that he was sad to see her go. Athrun slowly stopped rubbing her hands and let them settle in his warm hands and cool a bit, maybe. Cagalli made no move to leave his hands either. Both stood still and didn't say a word.
There was a time you let me know
What's real and going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved in you
The holy dark was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah
Ruby sighed at the couple a grabbed her jacket and set out of the place saying to Cagalli, "The keys are in the back. Lock up after your ready." Then she was gone. Cagalli and Athrun stood still. Both of there bangs shaded there eyes from another, still hand in hand thinking.
'This is stupid!'
'Remember, for Cagalli.'
'Why can't I just say something!'
'Speak up stupid'
Maybe there's a God above
And all I ever learned from love
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
And it's not a cry you can hear at night
It's not somebody who's seen the light
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah
Both spoke at the same time. Cagalli blushed and pulled her hand away from Athrun's. "You better hurry. That date at 3 will be pissed if your late." Athrun said tuning to grabbed his coat. Cagalli looked at her feet, water boots still a bit damp.
"Sorry to break the song, but there has been a flood watch advised. We ask that everyone stay inside. Do not leave your home." the warning said. Cagalli reached the door and turned to see the same face on Athrun's that she had on her own on face…
Lacus paced around her room. She was worried about a lot of things. One was Kira, two her baby, three Cagalli, fourth Athrun, fifth was her own family, sixth- "Lacus" a voice called out. Lacus turned towards the door and saw Kira standing in the door way. "Hi Kira." she said softly still thinking about her troubles.
"You really should stop pacing before you dig a hole in the floor." Kira said grabbing something from her dresser. "Well I wouldn't be doing that if Cagalli was home." Lacus paced more. "I never knew you cared about my family.." Kira said in a cold way. "Kira! Don't you dare do that!" Lacus dared. "WHoOoO aggressive!" Kira said in a cocky way.
"DAMMIT KIRA! Don't you fuck with me!" Lacus said, her hormones taking control, PMS times 10. Kira's attitude quickly dropped as he saw Lacus get so stressed out. "Okay, Lacus. Calm down. If you stress out to much, the baby-" Kira started but Lacus cut him off by falling to her knees and she started to cry into her hands.
"Lacus!" Kira screamed and ran to her. "Baby. I'm sorry." Kira said pulling her into a big. Lacus wrapped her arms around him and sniffled into his hair and cried more. "I-I just can't keep this family together anymore." Lacus cried hard into Kira's shoulder. "I'm sorry…" Kira said softly.
Cagalli munched on some of the chips they kept in the shop. Athrun was fixing the broken radio, as Cagalli had thrown it through a table when a song she hated came on. Cagalli was utterly board, started humming her favorite song, "The reason."
About half way through the song Athrun sighed. "What? You don't like that song?" Cagalli asked munching on another chip. "No, no I don't mind the song at all." Athrun said softly, "I was just wish you weren't always so violent. The flood warning could be over and you could go home." Cagalli threw away the empty bag of chips, angered by what Athrun said.
"Ya know! You don't have to be so rude about it! And I'm not letting you stay here alone. Never!" Cagalli shouted. "Cagalli…" Athrun whispered. Cagalli fell back on a chair and thought about what she just said. Soon the sound of a flicking radio caught her attention.
Late at night when all the world is sleeping
I'd stay up and think of you
And I'd wish on a star
That somewhere you are thinking of me too
Cagalli looked into Athrun's eyes. "Please, may I have this dance, Princess?" Athrun begged. Cagalli closed her eyes and took a deep breathe, thinking. Cagalli opened her eyes and nodded.
Cuz I'm dreaming of you tonight
Till tomorrow, I'll be holding you tight
And there's nowhere in the world I'd rather be
Then here in my room,
Dreaming about you and me
Athrun took Cagalli's hand and she had her head against his chest. Athrun took in a deep breathe. They slow danced, barely moving there feet.
Wonder if you even see me
And I wonder if you know I'm there
If you looked in my eyes
Would you see what's inside?
Would you even care?
Cagalli heard Athrun's heart beat at a steady beat with the music. She felt her cheeks rise in color. She buried her face deeper into his shoulder so he wouldn't see it.
I just wanna hold you close
But so far, all I have are dreams of you
So, I wait for the day and the courage to say
How much I love you
Athrun wondered why Cagalli buried her head in his shoulder and saw her red cheeks. Athrun smiled at her and laughed to himself. He let out a soft sigh that Cagalli didn't even pick up on. 'Wow Zala. Talk about stupid. You can't even make the girl you love smile anymore.' Athrun thought to him self.
I'll be dreaming of you tonight
Till tomorrow, I'll be holding you tight
And there's nowhere in the world I'd rather be
Then here in my room,
Dreaming about you and me
"Athrun…I lo-" Cagalli started but was cut off by Athrun's lips on hers. "Don't…" Athrun said pulling back. Cagalli looked a bit lost. She was about to confess her love to him, take Athrun back into her life and he wouldn't let her?
Late at night when all the world is sleeping
I'd stay up and think of you
And I still can't believe that you came up to me
And said, "I love you; I love you too"
"Cagalli, you want a good life, with everything going on, I don't know if I could give you that." Athrun said with a frown. Cagalli looked at his chest then laid her head back down. "Athrun…?" Cagalli mumbled. Athrun stayed silent.
"Yes?" he asked as he held her in a soft hug. "Do you still love me?" Cagalli asked softly.
Now I'm dreaming with you tonight
Till tomorrow, and for all of my life
And there's nowhere in the world I'd rather be
Then here in my room,
Dreaming with you endlessly...
Lacus sat in her room thinking about what just happened to herself.
"I can't do this Kira. I just can't keep this family together anymore. It's killing me." Lacus cried still in his arms. "I'm sorry Lacus. I'm not helping any…am I?" Kira asked. Lacus shook her head softly. "You are one of the things that keeps me going Kira. I need you." Lacus said looking into his eyes. Kira smiled and kissed her. "Let me get everyone and then we can work through all of our problems so we all can be happy." Kira said then ran off.
Lacus smiled to herself. Thought the weather was farthest from beaming, she was.
"Lacus, were all ready to talk." Kira called. Lacus smiled and left the room smiling.
"I always have…" Athrun said softly. Cagalli felt like crying. "Athrun! Your such an idiot!" Cagalli cried and beat on his chest crying. "What did I do?" Athrun asked shocked. "You-Your not suppose to tell someone to go away and leave them when you then tell them you love them!" Cagalli screamed. "Well you wanted the truth. I don't know what you want from me Cagalli." Athrun said still in a stupider mode.
"I don't want anything from you Athrun!" Cagalli shouted angry at him. "I just want-" Cagalli started but got caught off by Athrun's lips again. "Do you? Do you really want to believe I love you and that I wasn't faking it? That I still am?" Athrun asked looking deep into her eyes.
Cagalli blinked back more tears and thought about what he said. "I-
Milly sat with Dearka and Shiho and Yzak. Lacus and Kira had asked for a meeting. She really wasn't sure what was going on but no doubt if they didn't talk Lacus would go into her crazy 'I must take care of everything myself, even at the coast of my life' mode. She sighed when she thought about it. Lacus could go a bit over board sometimes.
"What makes you think this has to do with Lacus's I must take care of you phases?" Shiho asked whispering behind her hand to Milly. "I have no doubt in my mind that it is." Milly said loudly.
Dearka and Yzak who were spacing out at the moment were thinking to themselves not saying anything. Kira came back soon after with Lacus and everyone sat up. "Yes?" Milly and Shiho asked as Lacus sat down. "Well I am just worried about things. So is there anything you guys want to get off your chest?" Lacus asked rubbing her hands together.
Milly looked to Shiho then to Dearka and shrugged. "Nope. Nothing I can think of." she said smiling. Shiho looked a Milly then at Yzak. "I have a question." Shiho said raising her hand like a school student. "Okay?" Lacus asked.
"What's really happening with Cagalli's past and what's it really have to do with Athrun?" Shiho asked confused. "I see." Lacus said softly and began telling Cagalli's story.
Athrun kissed Cagalli's temple traveling down her head and found her lips. "Athrun…" Cagalli mumbled breaking her lips from his. Athrun just planted more kisses on her neck making her giggle.
"This is the alert that the flood warning is now over. You may all go back outside if needed."
"What time is it?" Cagalli asked pulling away to gather her jacket and putting things back in place. "Umm 11 pm." Athrun said looking at his watch, buttoning up his jacket. "Your coming home with me Mr.!" Cagalli warned. Athrun sighed in defeat and looked at Cagalli who pulled over her hood on her jacket. "Come young Jedi." Cagalli joked. Athrun smiled and pulled over his hood as well.
Both stepped out into the dark cold night. They guessed it got colder at night. Some water was a bit frozen over in the road. Other water was rushing over flooded gutters and trailing down the road. Cagalli quickly locked up and Athrun drove them home.
"So that's it." Shiho said softly thinking over everything she had just heard. Yzak and Dearka who fell asleep during the time made twitching movements and woke up. The door opened and shut quickly. They all turned to see it was Cagalli.
"Welcome home Cagalli. What took you so long to get back?" Lacus asked looking at the clock wall. "Oh well. I got, umm held up." Cagalli said thinking with a smile. "Oh?" Kira asked. "Yeah"
"Athrun?" Lacus asked shocked. "It was really late so we came home together." Cagalli said heading for the stairs. "What are you doing?" Milly asked confused. "I need a bath. Today was…urgh." Cagalli said and ran upstairs.
"Well that was different." Yzak said thinking aloud. "Athrun!" Lacus said happily hugging Athrun. "Hi Lacus. Kira, Milly, Shiho." Athrun said nodding at each person. "Hey what about us!" Dearka and Yzak shouted. "Your nothing to mention." Athrun said waving his hand. Yzak and Dearka gritted their teeth and started to yell at Athrun.
Lacus who looked up at the stair case looked up and say Cagalli smiling. Lacus smiled back and all of her worries floated away, out of her mind.
Well now this chapter is overI am ready for another chapter then I want to start a new story. Preview will be in the next chapter for you. So please have fun with this second to last chapter. Enjoy it everyone!