Wow…Thanks so much for the reviews, first of all!! You guys are awesome and have kept me from giving up on this story altogether. I seriously don't know what's going to happen with the Kent/Nora pairing, but we'll have to see, no? XD


Four

"Ai!" Kent yelled a few seconds after the noise of a phone ringing, "It's for you!"

Ai put down the magazine she was flipping through and walked over to the phone to pick it up, wonderingly. She had been on Earth for two weeks now, yet had never gotten a call. Mostly she just worked on songs with Kent, bickered with Hikaru, avoided Nora, moped around and read magazines. It had seemed almost pointless coming to Earth if she wasn't allowed to do anything, and Nora seemed to have forgotten his mission entirely.

"Hello?" she said, picking up the phone.

"Princess!!" said an excited voice that was girly, but male.

Ai nearly screamed into the phone. "Oh my god! Yoshi?!"

"Princess, it's so good to hear your voice! I missed you!" he yelled back.

"Me too. How did you know I was here?"

Yoshi paused for a moment. "You mean you don't know?"

"What?"

"The whole city's buzzing with a rumor that you've come back! So I decided to call Kent to see if he knew anything—and here you are!"

The whole city? Ai gave her heart-shaped box a squeeze from her nervousness. How did they know…? Then she remembered—she and Nora had been chased by those fan girls on her first day back. They must have told somebody…

"…sing for H.T.A.?" Yoshi was saying as she tuned back into the conversation.

"Sorry, what?"

"Takeshi wants to know if you'll still sing for H.T.A," he said again, patiently.

So that's why Yoshi called. She thought about his request. "I'll be happy to sing for you guys…as long as I'm not locked up again or anything."

Yoshi laughed at what he thought was a joke.

"Wait a sec," Ai said, "who's the president of H.T.A. now that Hayabusa's gone?"

Yoshi sounded happy as he said, "Takeshi took over for him! And I'm his personal assistant."

"Wow," she said, truly happy for him. "How about we meet sometime this week for some coffee? I'll tell Kent to bring his guitar—he's going to be part of my band, if that's okay."

"That's perfect! I'll ask Takeshi about the coffee thing, but I'm sure it'll be fine."

"Alright! Bye, Yoshi!"

"Good-bye, Princess."

Ai put the phone receiver down and rushed to tell Kent. Nora, who had been on the roof stretching his wings, heard her yelling with excitement and came to listen, as well as Hikaru.

"Are you sure you want to be a diva again?" Nora asked after hearing the news. "We may not stay that long on Earth."

Ai glared at him. He had lost the Ai-lander look and was now wearing just jeans and a t-shirt. His wings were always folded carefully and hidden in a trench coat whenever he went out. Somehow, this made him seem less human than usual. He had that strange aura that both attracted and repelled people. And his beauty was still inhuman.

"We already spent most of our time here doing nothing. If we don't have that much time, then why haven't you even begun your mission yet?" Ai demanded.

Nora looked at her impassively. "I haven't begun my mission for you."

"Well you can just go off and do it! I don't need your protection!" Ai told him.

His eyes were still unreadable as he said, "I will only complete my mission if you wish for me to, Princess."

"Then go."

"As you wish." Nora climbed out the window and disappeared from view.

"You shouldn't do that," Hikaru said quietly, "He might get jealous."

"Nora…jealous…? Of what?" Ai inquired. It had never occurred to her that jealousy could be one of his emotions.

"Of you and Kent," Hikaru replied, not looking into Ai's eyes. It was obvious that he related to these feelings.

Kent looked up sharply. "Ai…Hikaru could be right. I see the way that Nora looks at you..."

Ai closed her eyes and fell backwards onto the couch. "Look, I don't want to talk about this."

"Alright," Kent said, softly.


A crowd had gathered outside one of H.T.A.'s buildings where Kent was setting up his guitar. It was three days after Nora left and he hadn't come back. Every time somebody mentioned him, Ai reassured herself that he was fine. But she only believed it half of the time.

Now she was testing her voice and giving Takeshi a small performance. Except that almost everybody in the Shinjuku area had heard about it and their "coffee" had been ruined.

Ai wore her average outfit—a wine-red Victorian corset with a torn black skirt, torn stockings, fishnet gloves and a dog collar around her neck. People were screaming and even a news crew came, asking her if she was back in the recording business. She ignored all of this while still trying to be as nice as possible.

Takeshi was lounged back in a chair, flaunting as many tattoos as possible with Yoshi by his side.

It felt like a concert.

Kent warmed up on his guitar, playing a few chords as Ai tapped her foot, smiling out into the audience. She'd forgotten how much she loved performing.

"Are you ready to rock, Shinjuku??" she yelled at the top of her lungs, not having a mike.

The crowd roared in approval.

She hummed a measure with the guitar, and then began to sing.

"Please, please forgive me,
But I won't be home again.
Maybe someday you'll look up,
And, barely conscious, you'll say to no one:
"Isn't something missing?"

You won't cry for my absence, I know -
You forgot me long ago.
Am I that unimportant...?
Am I so insignificant...?
Isn't something missing?
Isn't someone missing me?

Even though I'm the sacrifice,
You won't try for me, not now.
Though I'd die to know you love me,
I'm all alone.
Isn't someone missing me?

Please, please forgive me,
But I won't be home again.
I know what you do to yourself,
I breathe deep and cry out,
"Isn't something missing?"
"Isn't someone missing me?"

Even though I'm the sacrifice,
You won't try for me, not now.
Though I'd die to know you love me,
I'm all alone.
Isn't someone missing me?"

As she sung, she closed her eyes and thought of Nora. She realized that she really was worried about him. Where had he gone?

"And if I bleed, I'll bleed,
Knowing you don't care.
And if I sleep just to dream of you
I'll wake without you there,
Isn't something missing?
Isn't someone...

Even though I'm the sacrifice,
You won't try for me, not now.
Though I'd die to know you love me,
I'm all alone.
"Isn't something missing?
Isn't someone missing me?"


Short, I know. The song is Missing by Evanescence. Feel free to criticize; I haven't written in a while. Thanks to all who read this!! Aishiteru!!

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