Chapter 6: Hearts

An ambulance arrived at the scene shortly after Yamato called for help. Yuuya was immediately taken to the hospital. Ran, Miyu, Aya, Rei, and Tatsuki rode in the ambulance to stay with Yuuya and make sure he was going to be okay (Yamato had to go back to work).

Once they arrived at the hospital, the others were sent to the waiting room while Yuuya was being taken care of. Everyone sat down, except for a pacing Ran and a standing Tatsuki, who was trying to calm her down. Miyu was reading a magazine while Aya was watching Rei worriedly. She had always known him to be calm and cool under pressure, but this was the first time she ever saw Rei looking more than just worried. She put a hand on his shoulder gently.

"Rei, everything is going to be okay," assured Aya. "You don't need to be…"

"Scared?" asked Rei, still looking at the ground. Aya frowned as Rei sighed. "Yuuya is my best friend, and even though I don't always show it, I worry about him. And with everything that's happened to him lately, that worry has turned into fear. I got scared when I heard he was kidnapped, and I got even more so when he passed out earlier."

"Miyu thinks Second Place will be okay," chimed in Miyu. "He's a strong person, and he'll pull through."

"Besides, nothing looks life-threatening," added Aya. Rei looked at her, then smiled slightly. He put a hand over the one that was on his shoulder and nodded to her.

"Thanks, Aya, Miyu," thanked Rei. He then looked over at Tatsuki, who was still trying to calm Ran down. "I think you should be worrying more about those two than me, though." The girls looked at the scene and listened.

"Ran Baby, I said I was sorry!" apologized Tatsuki. "I had no idea!" Ran finally stopped pacing and turned around, putting a hand on her hips and glaring at Tatsuki.

"The bandages on his head weren't enough of a clue, Monkey Boy!?" yelled Ran. "Things have been really hard on Yuuya lately, and you putting him in the hospital isn't helping!"

"I'm so sorry, Ran! Believe me!" pleaded Tatsuki. Ran just put a hand up to silence him.

"You've really been getting on my nerves lately, Tatsukichi!" scolded Ran. "This is just the tip of the iceburg!"

"Wait, Ran, you're not saying what I think you're saying, are you?" asked Tatsuki, starting to sound hurt.

"I've had enough of you, Tatsukichi!" shouted Ran. "I want you to get out of my face and out of my life!" Aya and Miyu's eyes were as wide as saucers when they heard those words come out of Ran's mouth. Tatsuki's eyes were just as wide as he backed away from her.

"Ouch! That—that hurt! I felt that one go in deep!" choked Tatsuki. Ran was starting to lose her patience.

"Enough with the dramatics!" screamed Ran. "Get out of here!" Tatsuki stared at Ran, her image turning wavy due to the tears in his eyes. He quickly turned around on his heel and darted out of the hospital. Ran let out a frustrated sigh, then flopped down into a chair. Miyu and Aya went over to their best friend.

"Ran, are you okay?" asked Miyu. Ran sighed.

"Yeah, I'm fine," replied Ran, finally calming down. "But seriously, he was getting really annoying. And putting Yuuya into the hospital was the last straw for me!"

"Miyu is noticing that you aren't calling him 'Second Place' that much anymore," noted Miyu. Ran blinked in surprise.

"Seriously?" she asked. Aya, Miyu, and Rei nodded. "I wasn't even paying attention to that." Rei then looked over at the doctor that was coming down the hall.

"Speaking of Yuuya…" spoke Rei, slowly getting up. The girls joined Rei and walked over to the doctor. "Is he okay?" The doctor nodded.

"That fall he took reopened his wound, but we got him patched up again," explained the doctor. "We ran some tests and he has a mild concussion, but he should be fine in a week or so. He just needs to take it easy for a while." Everyone sighed in relief. "He'll be down in about a half hour to go home."