This picks up right where the manga ends, which is 2 years later from the start of the series. Many Spoilers! Be careful! M Rating for future Ayumu X Hiyono loving scenes.
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SPIRAL Suiri no Kizuna
All That You Can't Get Over
The piano tune ended sweetly and was followed by calm. Narumi Ayumu looked up from his fingers on the keys to the young woman at his bedside. She wore a green summer dress and a white jacket, her long hair following over her shoulders and not in pigtails as when they first met. Her hands were folded over her chest and her eyes closed, as though the melody had continued playing and she was savoring every moment.
"Oi-" His voice trailed off. He didn't know what to call her, since he found out that HiyonoYuizaki wasn't even her real name. "You…"
Her brown eyes flickered open. "Hiyono is fine. I've always wanted you to call me that. Not 'that person' or 'Hey you!' - just Hiyono."
"Ok... Hiyono… What did you think?"
"It was beautiful, Narumi-san. I'm glad you played for me, after so long."
Her smile was genuine, and she looked happy. Still, he deflected it and tried to keep cool. Despite being confined in a hospital for the past 3 months, he'd at least stayed cool and kept a strong mind. He wasn't going to let this girl ruffle him that easily.
"Honestly then, I could've played you anything and still get the same result." he sighed, running a hand through his spiky brown hair. He stopped to watch her move the table away off to the side. She had his curiosity. "…What are you doing?"
"Earlier you accepted my proposal – 'To listen to Narumi-san play the piano, at whatever cost.'" she said sitting on the edge of his bed, "Ne, Narumi-san, what would you like me to do?"
She was up close now and he could examine her in detail. He could even smell what kind of shampoo she used - which he was sure was Asience, because Madoka-neesan had gone through a stage of using that shampoo brand for half a year. Ever since he found out the truth of her, and since she had changed her pigtail hairstyle, he'd realized that he was attracted to her. Since that time they parted, he'd been aching to see her again.
"I'll think about it," His gaze concentrated downward, still on the hands that had stopped moving and were folded on her lap. "Are you still working?"
"Yes! I'm still with the same company as before."
"Right," he mumbled remembering how it was this job of hers and her secretive life that had kept them apart for the last two years. Thinking about it made him feel a bit bitter. "Aren't you going to tell what exactly is it you do?"
"You know I can't do that. I'd have to kill you if I did. It's a big secret remember!" she said with a sigh. Even as she said it, he could tell she actually did want to tell him.
She'd want me to beg her to tell me. That would make her day now wouldn't it?
"Narumi-san?" she called, when she noticed the change of expression in his face.
He blinked and shook his head. "Ah, it's nothing… So, just how long are you staying in Japan?"
"I'll stay as long as I can. I just finished a large project in Germany, but I'm still very busy. To tell the truth I'm always busy, but my boss said I could take some time off for a while."
His eyes scrunched with doubt. Whatever this girl's doing is dangerous, especially if it had involved my brother at some point. Will she be taking off again, without coming back?
The disease in me is progressing. Already I can't use my right hand, and I could barely walk. It's only a matter of time before I end up like Mizuhiro. Will I die, without ever telling her my feelings?
Finally her voice woke him from his thoughts. He turned to see her concerned face. "Wha-?" he started to say, but as he opened his mouth she caught it with her own. Ah…
Her hands were on his face, but he couldn't even lift his. He just melted in her hold, tasted her, and wished it would never end.
A full minute after they separated, they sat in the room, foreheads touching and eyes concentrating on each other. And that was when the famous Narumi Ayumu lost his composure.
"You…Wha… why'd you… that…?"
"That's my own thanks for playing the song you composed. I'm just glad you took up music again. Please let me know what you want me to do later." she said softly, her breath still mingling with his. "But I'm afraid I cannot stay long today."
"…Where are you going?"
"Well I have to meet with a real estate agent; you know I have to stay somewhere. I was thinking about a place near the hospital. That way if something was to happen, I'd be within an earshot…" her voice trailed off for a moment as she caught his eye. "By chance were you worried that I might not come back or something?"
"Of course not." was his answer, and he lifted his left hand to shoo her out the door.
She smiled; he was back to normal. "You needn't worry. Even though I'm so busy, I'll come visit you. For as long as you like, Narumi-san."
He watched her walk out the door, and as soon as he heard it close with a click, he buried his head into his pillow with his heart pounding wildly. He looked to his bedside table at his silver hoop earring that she had returned. Without fail, she had returned it to him after 2 years. With it, she'd awakened something inside of him that he could hardly comprehend.
In the middle of summer came my first kiss… a sweet first kiss…
It came so unexpectedly…like this girl named Hiyono…
And eventually, disappeared into thin air…
End of Chapter 1