Disclaimer: Pot doesn't belong to me. Too sad, isn't it?
Summary: Everything has come to an end.( part 4)
A/N: English is not my first language; feel free to point out the mistakes I made.
Sorry for the long wait…
Kirihara hoped he had arrived earlier. Maybe he could have prevented everything from happening….
He didn't want to see it. It was just too difficult for him. He hadn't expected both of them to fight. He thought that his sister wanted to intimidate him after her talk with Yukimura. He was wrong and now one of them was kneeling on the floor injured.
Before he could do anything Yukimura rushed towards them with the first aid kit.
"You are really stupid. Both of you!!! Haven't you thought of Akaya's feelings? How do you think he would have reacted if either his sister or his boyfriend were severely injured?"
They didn't answer. Shame could be seen on their face. Sanada stood up and began to walk away.
"Don't you dare go away with that cut!!"
Sanada stopped. Yukimura made him sit on a bench.
"Take off your shirt. We have to clean this wound."
While Yukimura took care of Sanada, Yanagi was helping Soraya to move. She seemed to be paralyzed; the blade of her sword was nearly touching the floor. She was holding her cheek with her hand. A thin trickle of blood was running between her fingers.
He made her sit next to Sanada. He put her hand on her knees and cleaned the blood. It revealed a little cut too deep to be called a scratch and too shallow to need the help of the doctor.
Yukimura was cleaning Sanada's wound. His lips made a thin line. Blood wouldn't stop dripping. He made a sign to Yagyuu and Jackal. One to call a taxi and the hospital and one to make Kirihara leave the dojo. Yagyuu took his cell phone and walked to the other end of the room. Jackal led Kirihara outside and sat with him. He raised his head and questioned him with his eyes before starting to talk.
"Sempai why did I have to leave the dojo? Are Fukubuchou and Soraya badly injured?"
"Your sister has just a cut on the cheek. A band aid will do but Sanada has a deeper cut. Yukimura tries to stop the bleeding."
"Is it bad?"
"Well if it doesn't stop soon we'll have to drive him to the hospital."
"But he will get into troubles. He may have problems with the police, he will go to jail and I won't see him ever again and…."
"Stop it Akaya!!!"
The normally quiet player couldn't help snapping at his teammate. This outburst startled him so much that tears began to roll down his cheeks. Jackal, seeing it, took him in his arms.
"Please, don't cry. I didn't want to snap at you. We all worry. We all want to avoid problems with the police. Yagyuu phoned a taxi and we will go to his father's hospital if needed."
"But a cut made by a katana isn't frequent."
"He teaches kendo in his free time. He could have broken his sword."
"No, it's nearly impossible to do. I tried with my sister's favorite katana."
"In that case buchou will find something and I don't think Yagyuu's father will ask too many questions."
"So everything will be alright?"
"Yes it will."
Sanada was still bleeding. Less than before but blood was still flowing. Yukimura was relieved. Yet it was better to go to the hospital to have this injury checked.
Soraya was silent. She hadn't said a single word since she ended up with a cut on her cheek. Yanagi tried to make her talk but she didn't answer. When asked a question she would nod. The only reaction they got was when she was told to follow them to the hospital. She jumped on her feet and tried to escape. Yanagi had to grab her by the shoulder to make her stay.
"It's just a control. We want to make sure we bandaged it well."
She didn't seem to be convinced.
"You want to have a scar?"
She relaxed and allowed them to lead her in the taxi. Sanada and Yukimura were already in, waiting for them.
Kirihara and Jackal saw them leave. Kirihara wanted to follow them but Jackal told him to wait, that his presence would only worsen the situation. He advised him to go home and to warn his mother.
He took him to the bus stop and then left. But he didn't expect his teammate to disobey. Kirihara ran to the hospital. He asked the first nurse he saw to tell him where he could find Sanada and his sister. At first she didn't want to give him this piece of information but when she saw that he was about to cry she led him to a room.
Soraya was sitting on a chair. A nurse was cleaning her cut. Her eyes were empty. No emotions were visible on her face. She was looking at the wall. Yanagi was next to her. He had his hand on her shoulder as if he wanted to comfort her.
Sanada was on the bed. A doctor was suturing his injury. He wound had started bleeding again during their ride.
When they arrived and when the nurse saw his arm the staff had wanted to call the police. They thought the injury was due to a bullet. But then they saw Yagyuu and they knew it was a school accident.
They called Yagyuu-sensei who came down rather quickly. He ushered them in the nearest examination room. He didn't ask a single question. He only looked at his son giving him his famous "we-will-deal-with-it-later" look.
Kirihara began to panic. A doctor was touching his boyfriend. His sister seemed to be fine but he didn't care. He rushed towards her and shook her.
"What the hell did you do to him? Can't you understand that I love him in spite of his violent behavior? Don't you see that he has always been here for me?... I hate you!!!! You're no longer my sister!!!!!!"
Yukimura tried to make him leave the room but he failed. His kouhai kept yelling. It earned him some glares from the medical staff. Sanada had to order him, through clenched teeth, to run laps around the building to make him shut up.
Once Kirihara was outside Soraya began to cry. The iron captain broke down. The nurse wanted to give her an injection but Yagyuu's father stopped her. He wanted her to evacuate all her frustrations. He asked everybody to leave the room. Only Sanada stayed. He refused to leave. Yukimura accepted his decision.
Sanada stood up and put his hand on her shoulder. She stopped crying. She was really surprised by this gesture. She had expected him to punch her or at least to yell at her. No he was patting her on the shoulder.
"Kirihara-san you should stop crying. I don't think Akaya would like to see his sister in tears."
She looked at him. She didn't understand how the man she injured could care about her.
"He doesn't care. I tried to kill you. He knows it. He knows I hate you, the link you share. He knows I am jealous of your love. I would have given anything to be loved by you."
Sanada couldn't believe what he just heard. Soraya had just said she was in love with him. He didn't know what to say, how to react. She understood this silence as being a sign of contempt and disgust.
"I would understand if you don't want to talk to me or to see me ever again."
"It's not that. I'm just surprised by what you said. Everybody thought you were in love with Yukimura. And you just said you loved me. It's in total opposition with your actions. I mean you said you have feelings for me and yet you tried to kill me…."
"Well I was angry…."
"I know. After all you tried to hurt me. I just want to know why you didn't kill me. You could have done it several times. Your last blow would have been my end if you hadn't changed its direction."
"I don't know why I did it. I guess I thought about my brother…."
It was the last words Sanada heard before leaving the room.
Two weeks later:
Sanada came back to school. Everybody welcomed him with open arms. The story of what happened was well known amongst the students. They were proud of him, proud that he managed to injure the iron Queen.
His return to the tennis club was the best part of the day. Yukimura organized a party and allowed the Regulars to skip practice. They ate, drank and chatted. Everybody was present except Kirihara. It somehow disturbed Sanada.
At the end of the day he was tired and the scar on his arm began to itch. So he decided to take a shortcut through the park.
There he saw Kirihara sitting on a bench. He sat next to him.
"I didn't see you at the party. Where were you?"
"I didn't think you would miss me. You don't love me."
Sanada was puzzled.
"What makes you say that?"
"I saw how you looked at my sister. I know she confessed her love to you. Everybody thought she loved buchou but she used this to get close to you. You'll be better with her. You'll be able to have kids and your parents will be happy."
Kirihara stood up and began to walk away. Sanada grabbed him by the shoulder.
"Akaya stop being stupid! I don't love Soraya-san and I never will. I was being nice to her because I pity her. She doesn't know how it feels to be loved. That's why she was jealous of us. She didn't hate me. She was afraid of our feelings, afraid I would use you. When she realized I really loved you it was already too late. She couldn't cancel the fight. Warrior pride."
"But she nearly killed you and you forgave her."
Sanada ruffled his friend's hair.
"I can't allow myself to in bad terms with my future sister-in-law. Now come with me. I don't want you to be late for dinner."
Kirihara smiled and kissed Sanada on the lips.
Just like the first time they kissed they walked home hand in hand. But this time everything would be alright.
Last A/N:It's over. I don't know where I found the strength to type it. I'm so depressed due to the results of my exam that all I wanted was to stay in bed all day long.
Well I'm really sorry is OOC. I thought it was important to see that he can be more than a silent and cold-hearted person. Moreover I think you might change after being injured like he was.
Thanks to all my readers. A double thanks to my reviewers and to everybody who waited for me to update. It meant an awful lot to me…