All right, everyone, this is my first fanfic for Fruits Basket ever and I'm totally excited. I hope you'll enjoy it. It's full of twists and turns, so just go with it and don't try to figure it out, LOL. :) Anyway, I think I'm going to have a few stories like this, and you'll see what I mean as you read. This story was not written on my own, it's a duel project with my friend, this chapter, however, was written only by me. Enjoy:)


Chapter 1

"Oh, Yuki!" Shigure called in his annoying, sing-song voice.

"I'm coming, Shigure," the silver-haired boy said reluctantly, walking to the door slowly.

"Have fun!" Tohru cried happily, squeaking out her joy.

"I doubt it, Akito rarely allows fun," Yuki sighed.

"Oh," she said sadly, lowering her head. "Wait, where's Kyo?" Her head popped up energetically as she rapidly changed the subject.

"I'm not going," came the dark voice behind her. Tohru whipped her head around to see the orange-haired youth with crimson eyes standing behind her.

"What, Kyo, why not?" she cried.

"'Cause you're not staying here along like you did last New Years, or almost did," he said solemnly.

"Well, in that case I'd better stay home too," Yuki said, flashing a daring look at Kyo.

"Yuki, Akito won't allow you to miss it again, you know that," Shigure reminded him.

"Oh, no, please go, Kyo, I don't want you two worrying about me, I'll be fine," Tohru assured them.

"I can't even go to the banquet so what's the point of going? Akito won't miss me," Kyo said.

"What about Kagura, she'll want to see you," Tohru suggested as Kyo flinched.

"Oh, please, why do you think I'm so opposed to going anyway, if it was just Akito I could handle it," Kyo sighed.

"Oh, so you can't handle Kagura?" Yuki teased menacingly.

"You shut up, you damn rat!" Kyo shouted, his face turning red.

"I can already tell this is going to end in the destruction of my house. Yuki, we're going to be late, you know Akito hates that, so come along," Shigure said, skipping out the door, Yuki followed gloomily.

"Oh, dear, Yuki didn't look very happy, did he?" Tohru asked sadly.

"Ah, who cares, he deserves it," Kyo sighed nonchalantly.

"Well, uh-" she started slowly.

"Hey, you gonna get all the stuff ready for New Years or not?" Kyo asked.

"Oh, of course, I'm sorry!" she cried, rushing off into the kitchen.

"Geez," he sighed, slowly following. His eyes followed her as she rushed around hurriedly, preparing that food. His normally hardened face slowly melted into a slight smirk as he watched her. Her chocolate brown hair glistened under the kitchen lights and her navy blue ribbons waved with every motion.

"Kyo, why don't we turn on the radio, it is the holidays after all," Tohru said happily, turning around to face him.

Did she know I was standing here? Kyo thought.

"Uh, all right," he said softly, going into the living room and flipping on the radio.

"Oh, I just can't wait for the fireworks," Tohru cried happily, walking into the living room with a large tray of food.

"You really think we're gonna eat all that?" Kyo asked, looking at the huge amounts of food as she set it on the table.

"Oh, no, this is also for Shigure and Yuki when they get back," Tohru said, giggling.

"They won't be back for a few days," Kyo said.

"Oh, I know, that's all right," she assured him. He shrugged and sat down at the table as she joined him.

"Thank you for another wonderful year," Tohru prayed as they clapped their hands. They began to eat in silence, the radio music playing softly in the background. "It's been a wonderful year, hasn't it, Kyo?"

"Huh? Oh, uh, I don't know," he mumbled.

"Oh, really, I'm sorry," she said.

"What do you have to be sorry for, it's not your fault," he said.

"Oh, well, uh, I don't know, it just worries me, I hope I didn't do anything to make you question your year, Kyo," she said.

"I told you it wasn't your fault," he repeated. The rest of the meal was silence as Tohru thought about the possibilities of why Kyo's year would have been questionable.

I hope I didn't do anything to make his year questionable and he's just too nice to say anything. What did I do? Oh, no, what if he feels I pried to far when his true form was shown, oh, I didn't mean to do anything like that, I just wanted to help. I want to help all of the Sohmas. I need to cheer him up; there must be something I can do.

"Tohru?" came Kyo's voice, knocking her from her thoughts. He had this confused look on his face.

"Yes, Kyo?" she asked.

"You okay, you're kinda drifting," he said. Suddenly a beautiful waltz came on the radio and Kyo's question disappeared from her mind as she suddenly had a wonderful idea to cheer Kyo up.

"Kyo, let's dance!" she cried excitedly as she leapt up from the table and held out her hand to him.