Author's Note: Just to be clear, this is not the beginning of a longer fic; this is it. Written for the 30tortures community on LJ, for the theme "wrong number".


It was a bad idea. He knew perfectly well it was a bad idea, and he'd been telling himself that ever since the thought had popped into his head. He could be a real idiot sometimes, especially when it came to Tohru, but he should really know better this time. She was out of his life now, and it would be better for everyone if she stayed that way. Talking to her wouldn't change anything, and it would only make it hurt that much more by reminding him what he'd lost.

And yet, he had her number and a phone and it had been so long since he'd heard her cheerful voice. He missed her so terribly that it was hard to remember why it was worth the effort to resist the temptation. Could one phone call really do that much damage? And even if it did, wouldn't it be worth it, just to talk to her one more time?

Kyo had never been very good at doing the right thing or the smart thing. Silencing the voice of reason, he picked up the phone and dialed her number.

"Hello?" She sounded exactly the same, perky and energetic. He wondered if she was happy now, or if she was just being optimistic despite her sadness as she'd done so many times in the past. Selfishly, he almost hoped it was the second, but why would she be unhappy now? Unlike the rest of them, she was free.

His mouth went dry suddenly, and he swallowed hard. It was stupid to be nervous. "Hi."

There was a long silence from the other end. Kyo thought that maybe he should keep talking, but he couldn't think of a single thing to say. Finally, her response came, polite but hesitant, confused. "Who is this?"

Kyo's breath caught in his throat and he choked, almost like a sob. "Sorry," he said weakly. "Wrong number."