"What's this?" She examined the notice on the bulletin board. The cream-colored paper read,
"SPRING FLING DANCE – MAY 23
All students of Kaibara High welcomed.
Tickets 580 ¥. Please purchase at the Student Council table.
Refreshments provided. Please dress FORMALLY!"
Tohru Honda, a sophomore, considered this. "It sounds like a lot of fun. I wonder if Yuki-kun and Kyo-kun are planning to go?"
Back in her homeroom, class 2-D, during lunch hour, Tohru sat down at her desk beside her friends Saki Hanajima and Arisa Uotani.
"So, Uo-chan, Hana-chan, are you going to the school dance?" She smiled warmly at her best friends.
"That stuff just doesn't suit me." Uotani leaned back in her chair and folded her arms behind her blonde head."
"I'm sorry, Tohru-kun, but I have something I need to do that day." Hanajima frowned slightly and twisted a black curl around her finger.
"A date?" Uotani grinned suggestively and peered at her friend, teasing her.
Tohru cried, "R-really, Hana-chan?! That's great!"
"Oh, no. Nothing like that." Hanajima replied, fanning herself with her palm, "We're having a family get-together then. But if you're going, Tohru-kun, I could try to go."
"No, not at all!" Tohru responded, arms flailing, "Please don't worry about me!"
Uotani leaned forward on her desk and rested her head on her hand. "So, Tohru, are you planning to go?"
"Well, I think it would be fun, but I haven't yet asked Yuki-kun or Kyo-kun what they're doing."
"I see." Saki sipped her tea. The classroom door slid open and Yuki Sohma appeared. He spotted the group and approached them with his enchanting, princely smile--and, unbeknownst to him, captured every heart of every other girl in the room.
"Ah, Yuki-kun. Welcome back," Tohru smiled. "Have you been busy with student council duties all day?"
"Yeah. I've been looking forward to lunch; the student council members are…. Well…."
"Haha! B-but surely they're good people, Yuki-kun?" Tohru had a sweet laugh, and it made Yuki smile softly.
"I guess so. Still, everyday I wonder what I got myself into when I accepted presidency. But it's not all that bad; just kind of stressful at times." He sighed. Tohru again grinned at him, and he felt refreshed by the simple act of kindness. Uotani and Saki sipped their tea in synchronization, awkwardly outside of the heartfelt moment.
"Do you mind if I sit here?" Yuki asked.
"Knock yourself out, Prince Charming." Uotani said after swallowing some rice.
"Yes, please," Saki insisted.
Yuki pulled up a chair and began bantering with his friends pleasantly, much to the dismay of the Prince Yuki Fanclub. Their eyes seemed to glow with rage over their jealousy of Tohru Honda. But with an electric look from Saki Hanajima, they froze in cold fear.
After lunch, as Tohru was gathering her books from her locker, Yuki came up behind her. "Honda-san?"
Tohru turned on her heel. "Oh, hello Yuki-kun," she smiled and asked, "What is it?"
"I forgot to ask you if you were going to the dance this Friday. So, have you decided yet?" One could almost see a hint of eager expectation in his pale violet eyes.
She thought for a second and replied, "Actually, I was going to ask you and Kyo-kun first. Hana-chan and Uo-chan aren't going, and I didn't want to abandon my house duties and leave everyone behind to have fun by myself…" She stammered a bit, not wanting to sound selfish or impolite.
"I've been thinking. As student council president, I'm sort-of expected to go to school outings like this. But, I couldn't go and leave you, Honda-san." Tohru started to blush, just a little. "If I go alone, I know I'll be asked to dance, and, well…." Tohru nodded knowingly; with all those girls chasing after him, Yuki-kun was sure to transform in a heartbeat!
"Anyways, would you like to come with me, Honda-san?"
The young high schooler smiled sweetly. "Okay."
Tohru mulled over the situation quickly then added, "B-but what about the other girls?"
"Uh.. I was hoping you'd be my… date."
Tohru's cheeks flushed an adorable shade of pink. "E-eh?! Date (is that what you said)?!"
Yuki tried to stifle a chuckle.
"O-of course I'd love to!" Tohru was panicking. Having heard a disturbance, Hanajima and Uotani were watching the scene from a distance.
"What are they saying?" Uo asked.
"I believe Yuki-kun just asked Tohru to be his date to the dance."
"Really?" Uo raised an eyebrow and studied Yuki's satisfied smirk. "I wonder if he really does like her that way… But what will the his fan club think?"
"I don't know, but I'm certain they won't take it well." Hana concentrated on the group of girls crouched behind the corner, trying to eavesdrop. Immediately, they jumped up and shrieked, then bolted without a second glance in the opposite direction.
Hanajima looked the slightest perplexed. "Perhaps that was a bit much…"
"Nice work," Uotani chuckled, offering Hanajima a high-five.