Disclaimer: I don't own Rurouni Kenshin, hence why I am writing fanfic…
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"Maa maa," said Kenshin placing a hand on both of their shoulders. "Sano didn't make me do anything."
"But he could've done it himself," she protested stubbornly. "If he wasn't such a lazy…"
"But then it wouldn't be a surprise for you."
"I guess, but…"
"Alright then," Kenshin said stepping passed the two and into the hallway.
"Where are you going?" Yahiko asked seeing as Kaoru had gone back to glaring at Sano.
"I'll be in my room."
Without knocking, Kaoru walked straight into the redhead's bedroom. Over the past few months, she had grown accustomed to and comfortable with Kenshin and she no longer bothered to knock, seeing as he never seemed to get angry at her. The first thought that came to mind was 'clean.' Kenshin's room was very clean, spotless even and possibly cleaner then her own room. He was one unusual boy. The redhead was once again lying on his bed, his ipod headphones in his ears, eyes closed, and his heel resting on the skateboard beside his bed. That's all he ever seemed to do on his free time. Sleep. He wore a grey hurley shirt and dark blue shorts that hung low on his waist revealing checkered boxers. Like always, his red hair was tied up in a ponytail and hung loosely over his shoulder and his ever present band-aid on his left cheek.
Silently shutting the door behind her, Kaoru quietly made her way over to the boy and plucked a headphone out of his ear. Placing it into her own ear, she promptly took a seat on his stomach eliciting a soft grunt from the boy and causing his eyes to snap open.
Bobbing her head slightly, Kaoru ignored the glare coming from the redhead below her.
"Was there something you needed Kaoru-dono?" he asked lowering the volume on his ipod so that it wouldn't destroy the girl's eardrums.
"Nope," she said continuing to bob her head to the music.
"Then was there a particular reason for you to wake me up?"
"Nope," she grinned and began to bounce on his stomach.
"Do you mind getting off?" he asked starting to get annoyed and struggling to get her to stop.
"Nope," she said happily once again.
Seeing that she wasn't about to get off of him anytime soon and because his chest was starting to ache with her constant bouncing, Kenshin decided to take matters into his own hands. Seeing no other option, Kenshin resorted to the best way he knew to get the girl off. Raising his hand, he poked her once in the stomach causing her to squeak and grab his finger with a determined look in her eye. Letting go of his ipod, he poked her with his other hand making her flinch forward. Taking advantage of the opportunity, Kenshin rolled off of the bed so that Kaoru slipped off of his stomach and landed with a loud thud on the ground.
"Meany," she pouted getting off of the floor.
Rolling his eyes, Kenshin pulled himself up onto the bed and sat with both feet planted firmly on his skateboard, elbows on his knees. Walking over the desk on the other side of the room, Kaoru looked down at the college books thrown carelessly onto its surface. Come to think of it, Kaoru couldn't remember Kenshin ever opening those books, let alone reading them.
"Kenshin," she said in an inquiring tone as she carefully opened up the anatomy book on the top of the stack.
"I never see you study," she said flipping through the pages.
"So…" he said raising an eyebrow.
"Well…wouldn't your uncle get mad if you got bad grades in school?" she asked turning towards him.
"Who said I was getting bad grades?" he replied as he pulled his hair-tie out of his hair and began to fix his slightly mussed ponytail.
"Well if you don't study, how are you supposed to get good grades?" she said grabbing the book and taking a seat in front of the redhead as he combed through his hair with his fingers. She couldn't help but to be amused by his slightly girlish tendencies.
He shrugged. "I don't need to study. I already know it."
"You mean to tell me that you know every single thing in this book without even reading it."
"Of course," he smirked arrogantly.
"Yeah right," she said rolling her eyes and throwing the book at the boy while his hands were still occupied with tying up his ponytail.
"Oi!" he protested before letting go of his hair and grabbing a hold of his book before it could collide with his chest.
Kaoru's eyes widened slightly before she smiled sheepishly at him. "…hehe…my bad?"
"Yeah whatever," he said getting up and putting his book back on his desk. Seeing the boy with his red hair down, Kaoru was once again surprised at just how long his hair was. It had been a while since she had seen his hair down and it went to about the middle of his back, nearly longer than her own hair.
"So…What are you doing here anyway Kaoru-dono?" asked Kenshin as he pulled the chair out from his desk and brought one of his legs over it so that he sat with the back of the chair in front of him.
Sighing dramatically, Kaoru pulled herself up from her position on the floor to sit on the twin sized bed. "I don't know. I'm bored."
"Sano and Yahiko?" asked the redhead raising an eyebrow and crossing his arms across the back of the chair in front of him.
"They left to go to the arcade again," she responded. "So, I thought I would come over and see if maybe you wanted to do something since it is a beautiful Saturday afternoon."
"I don't know…" she said looking into the lavender eyes of her best friend's roommate. She wondered how the Japanese boy could have possibly inherited such an exotic look, but quickly brushed the frequent thought aside as she saw the boy sigh. Glancing down and seeing the roughed up skateboard, an idea came to mind. "How about teaching me how to skateboard? I've always wanted to learn. You any good?"
Raising an eyebrow, Kenshin eyed the girl in front of her trying to decide whether she was being serious or not. Shrugging slightly, he said, "Uhh….sure, why not."
"Really? Alright, I know of a small skate park near here," she said getting up and pushing the skateboard with her foot towards the redhead.
Sighing once again, Kenshin slowly got up from his chair and pushed it in towards his desk. For once, he had hoped that he would be able to sleep the afternoon away without being disrupted, but he was quickly learning that with his new 'friends,' that was nearly impossible. Once again, he was being pulled into one of the blue eyed girl's random activities. While he could refuse, he knew that it was only a matter of time before she came back to drag him into one of her other activities. He found that by appeasing her and satisfying her, he would have more time to relax afterwards. Besides, Kenshin hated to admit it, but he found the girl somewhat intriguing with her random mood swings and tomboyish, yet at times girly tendencies. Although her eyes seemingly revealed her every thought and feeling, there were times, very little times of course, when Kenshin would be thrown for a loop by the girls bipolar personality. Her innocence and willingness to trust everybody often times frustrated the redhead, and brought about a set of even more frustrating emotions he hadn't felt in a long time and which he tried to suppress and ignore.
How could somebody her age possibly still be so naïve and trusting?
Kenshin blinked as Kaoru touched his arm and snapped him out of his thoughts. Giving him a confused look, Kaoru said, "You alright? You kind of just zoned out there…"
"Yeah…sorry about that. Just thinking," he said clearing his throat and shrugging nonchalantly.
"Like what?" she asked her sapphire eyes showing curiosity and concern.
"Uhh… Don't worry about it. Ready to go?" Kenshin asked kicking the skateboard into his hands in an attempt to distract her. A bright smile appeared on Kaoru's lips as she nodded and led them out of his dorm room and into the hall.
"So…what do I do?" asked Kaoru uncertainly eyeing the skateboard below her and placing a foot unsteadily onto the shaky board.
"…Get on," said Kenshin as if it was the easiest thing in the world.
Sighing slightly, Kenshin stepped forward. "Here, I'll show you." The redhead easily stepped onto the board with little difficulty and spread his feet out so that it was balanced. "You want to have your feet on top of where the wheels are."
Stepping off of the skateboard, he moved back so that Kaoru could give it a try. Stepping up cautiously towards the wooden board, Kaoru once again gingerly placed her left foot onto the board. Deciding to put aside her inhibitions at making a fool out of herself, Kaoru placed her right foot towards the back of the board. Unfortunately, her left foot had been placed near the center and by placing her weight towards the back of the board, it lifted the front and Kaoru stumbled back bracing herself for a very painful fall. The fall never came, however, as Kenshin's quick eye had immediately detected the misbalance and his reflexes reacted so quickly that Kaoru had barely got onto the board before Kenshin's firm grasp was on the sides of her arms keeping her steady.
Blinking and feeling her cheeks heat up, Kaoru wondered how the boy had reacted so quickly, but rather than dwell on the subject, hastily fixed the position of her feet. Once Kenshin was sure that the girl was steady on the board, he slowly released her. Kaoru stood on the board waiting for her thrumming heart beat to slow and trying to ignore the tingling sensation from Kenshin's hands.
For the next hour, Kenshin coached her from the side, giving pointers only when he felt she needed it, and by the end of the hour, Kaoru could move and turn decently enough. As soon as Kenshin found the girl comfortable enough on the board that she wouldn't fall so often, Kenshin sat on the side with his knees drawn up and arms resting loosely on his knees. The redhead watched as Kaoru pushed herself slowly around in front of him. He had to admit, she was a quick learner and needed very little from him. She practically learned on her own through trial and error and he was impressed by her resourcefulness. She really was a very pretty girl, with her bright blue eyes and dark black hair flowing freely behind her from her high ponytail. As his eyes dropped further down her back, Kenshin suddenly looked away as he began to feel a pulsing between his legs.
No! I can't get attached. I won't. Think about something else, Himura.
Looking around the skatepark, the redhead observed as young boys steadily pushed themselves around the park while laughing and trying to perform tricks on their boards. That's when he felt it. Someone was watching him, and he couldn't recognize the presence. Narrowing his eyes, Kenshin's eyes scanned the park, but he just couldn't detect where it was coming from because the ki was slightly masked. He wasn't just dealing with an amateur. This was someone trained and dangerous. And this wasn't the first time either. He had been feeling this same ki watching him so many times throughout the month that he's had to circle around to make sure he wasn't still following him before heading home.
Time to go…
Hesitating slightly, Kenshin wondered whether he should just leave Kaoru to draw the attention to himself and away from her, or if leaving her will prove to be more dangerous for the young girl. He decided that by now, whoever was following him had probably already seen him interacting with the blue eyed girl and leaving her behind may end up being a fatal mistake. Getting up slowly so as not to raise suspicion in whoever was following him, Kenshin casually approached the girl who had stopped upon seeing him rise. "What's wrong?" she asked seeing his eyes slightly narrowed.
"Nothing," said Kenshin relaxing his features to hide his worry. "We should head back."
"Okay…" said Kaoru suddenly feeling a slight sense of urgency.
Quickly kicking the skateboard into his hands, Kenshin grasped Kaoru's elbow and began to lead her to his car, when all of a sudden, a tall man dressed in black jumped out at them from behind. Senses screaming, Kenshin pulled Kaoru to his side, eliciting from her a slight gasp, just as a fist came sailing through the air where she had been standing. Reacting purely on instinct, Kenshin swung his skateboard around lightening-quick and just barely hit the man's hand as he jumped back to avoid the attack. This was definitely no amateur.
Before his attacker could recover, Kenshin quickly pushed Kaoru towards his car, and kicked back into the man's chest effectively shoving him off balance. He swiftly rounded his car and got into the driver's seat. Without even bothering to buckle up, he shoved his keys into the ignition and backed out of the parking spot. Vaguely, he noticed Kaoru fumbling with the seatbelt before it clicked.
"What's going on? Who are they?" cried Kaoru looking out the window anxiously for a sign of pursuit.
"I don't know," he replied, eyes narrowed and concentrated on bringing the girl away from the danger.
Of course, of all the times they could have attacked me, they choose to attack me when I'm with a civilian. I'm so stupid! I should have known better!
"What do you mean you don't know?! Why would they attack us?" she cried out somewhat hysterically.
"I don't know who they are," said Kenshin raising his voice slightly higher. "Calm down! They're not following us." Despite his reassurance, however, Kenshin could still feel his accelerated hearbeat and the adrenaline pumping through his veins. He could also sense the slight fear and uncertainty surrounding the girl beside him.
"Where are we going?" she asked as she realized that they were not heading in the direction of their dorm.
"Circling around to make sure we don't lead them home," he said calmly, eyes focused on the streets in front of him and quickly changing gears to accelerate through the roads.
"I thought you said they weren't following us?" she said quietly so as not to cause him to lose focus.
"Just a precaution." Kaoru gripped her seatbelt tightly, but said nothing more. She just couldn't understand why somebody would attack them. Was it just a random mugging? Just a random thief thinking he could get some quick cash from a girl and a man who was small enough to be mistaken for a girl. That was the best explanation she could come up with. But how had Kenshin known that the man was there? There was something that the redhead wasn't telling her and she knew it. His secrecy bothered her and frustrated her, but she pushed aside her thoughts.
"I guess it would not be a good idea to tell the others of this?" asked Kaoru cautiously.
Kenshin blinked in surprise. He had been pondering on that same question for the past few minutes. "Why do you say that?" he asked glancing over at the girl.
Her eyebrows furrowed, "Well, I mean, the guy was probably just trying to rob us right? I mean, I see no other reason for him to attack us. Sano and Misao will only over react and try to track the guy down or something."
Nodding, Kenshin turned a corner.
So she thought it was a thief. Better to keep it that way I guess…but what if he attacks her alone next time…
Gripping the steering wheel tighter, Kenshin's eyes narrowed in anger and frustration. If he told Sano, the fighter may grow suspicious of him and cause unnecessary trouble, but in the end, may possibly bring the girl more protection than Kenshin himself could provide considering his background and duties. Pulling his cell phone out with one hand, Kenshin quickly texted "Need to talk" to Aoshi before finally pulling into the parking lot of their dorms.
AN: Sorrry for the extremely long wait. Junior and Senior year of high school is sooo busy. Anyways, here's the next chapter. Some action has finally begun and some romantic feelings possibly? Well, let me know how it was, and i'll try my best to update my other stories as well as this one in a more timely manner, though i can't make any guarantees. Please Review!