Truthfulness, Honesty, and Tasuku

Truthfulness, Purity, and Tasuku

A/N: OK, I am going to finish this chapter before I return to Beijing on the 15th. That's my goal. I won't update anymore in Beijing. Too busy. I will need to wait until I get back to the U.S. Then we'll see... but hopefully by then I will have finished this story. Phew...

For all the mosquito bites I've gotten down here, Buddha better get me into an Ivy League school. After all, I'm a pretty devout Buddhist and a pretty good student. And I've done a whole lot of praying lately. Not to brag or anything...


Ryou was happily counting his ceiling tiles when there was a knock at his bedroom door.

He was immediately kicked out of his ceiling-tile Lala Land. "What?" he screeched.

"It's me," a young male voice came from outside of the door.

Too young to be Keiichiro... not annoying enough to be Aoyama... Ryou figured it out. It must be Tasuku. "Come in," the blonde boy said, a little unwillingly.

The door opened and Tasuku walked in. Ryou somehow felt a bit of relief. "What is it?" the older boy asked.

"I've come to help you with your problem," Tasuku stated straightforwardly.

Ryou sighed and motioned the younger boy to sit down at his desk. "OK. Shoot," the blonde boy said and sat down on his bed.

"I know that the rest of the Mew Mews have come in and visited you today, and they've given you a lot of really good ideas. But I don't think any of their ideas are just right."

The blonde boy moaned inwardly. Here we go again...

"You see, Shirogane," the younger boy continued, "I have a lot of experience with this type of thing. When it comes to love, purity is the most important thing."

Ryou stared at Tasuku. "What do you mean by that?"

"What I mean is, everything the Mew Mews have made is really nice. But I don't think any of it is necessary. What Midorikawa will like the best is for you to show your true person, without the laces and frills. You don't need fancy drawings or expensive CDs to express your love for a person. Just go up to her and be yourself. Tell her in your own natural words how you feel about her. That will make her the happiest, and it will let her know that you really do love her. Girls don't need to be wooed with lots of expensive things to love a man. All they need is pure, undying love from one special person. Besides, Midorikawa doesn't look like a gold digger."

Ryou felt a bolt of enlightenment jolt through his body. He felt as if the younger boy's words really did have meaning. He sat in silence for a long time, chewing on Tasuku's words. At last the blonde boy muttered dazily, "Thank you, Meguro."

Tasuku looked surprised at first, but then he smiled. "You're welcome, Shirogane. Any time."

The two boys sat in silence for a few moments. Then Tasuku stood up and walked towards the door. "I have to go, Shirogane," the younger boy said. He opened the door and stepped out, but before he completely walked away, he said, "Remember, the purest love is the best one. Good luck!"

Ryou sat on his bed, lost in thought. Fragments of Tasuku's "speech" ran like a blur in his mind. Without the laces and frills... show your true person... don't need expensive things... just be yourself... the purest love is the best one... That last sentence really stuck to him. That's when he made up his mind. His thoughts returned back to the letter he had been writing before the Mew Mews had barged in. He was going to finish that letter.

With that, the blonde boy took a clean sheet of paper from his printer and grabbed a pen. He promptly began to write. The words came onto the page in a smooth flow, as if they were destined to be there. Soon, he was finished. He folded the paper neatly and gently placed it into an envelope he had nearby. He closed the seal carefully and got ready to visit Lettuce. After all, even though it had been a tiring day, it still wasn't very late yet. He grabbed the envelope and walked out the door.