A/N: Thanks you to those who are reading this story.. I was kind of busy since I'm doing my best enjoying the last remaining days of my semester break.. Hope you enjoy reading.. do tell me what you think of the story thanks.. enjoy reading..


Chapter 11: Ignition…

The sun was sun was brimming as it reaches its highest point; the wind swiftly passes by as the leaves rustles and gracefully danced with its hymn. It was a usual afternoon where the neighborhood is quiet except for this particular gymnasium. Inside there is a huge crowd yelling and cheering for the team or individual each side supports...

"GO Natsume Hyuuga!" yelled a group of girls who sat at the bleachers as they held on a banner with his name written on it... "You can do it!" the yelled again as it was followed by a high pitch squeal...

"These people are so weird..." Mikan thought while glancing at the group of people above her. Quietly she sat at the players bench, her arms crossed and her forehead all wrinkled... "Can't they just let me watch it quietly... seriously... we are already at the climax" Mikan said out loud as she watched the game... Her eyes were focused on a particular person…

The timer was ticking, it is already the fourth quarter of the game with the scores 89 – 93, with the opposing team taking the lead... every player on each team is exhausted, beads of sweat come running down all over their body…

The ball now is Natsume who is the point guard of their team, he glanced on his sides to look for an opening, on his right side his teammate Yuu who signaled that he is open with a quick sidestep Natsume passed the ball to him. The opponent's defender is standing just behind Yuu. Ruka who was positioned near him, quickly cuts by Yuu and looks for the pass.

"Yuu!" Ruka shouted as he ran to make a cut

One of their teammates creates a diversion while Natsume and another teammate rotate to the side. Ruka now heads towards the basket and hook back for the pass from Yuu. As Ruka catches the ball, two of the opponents were in a defense position, ready to block Ruka's move...

"Shit... this doesn't look good" Ruka thought as he was dribbling the ball... suddenly from he side, he saw Natsume who signaled to him to pass the ball to him… with a single step sideward, Ruka passed the ball to Natsume...

"Ohh... this is giving me goose bumps..." Mikan thought as she watched the game "Oh! Master! Catch that stupid ball!" Mikan shouted as she gets overly emotional about the game

Natsume quickly caught the ball and speed towards the three point line, without anyone blocking him; he made a three point shot… The whole gymnasium was filled with loud yells and screams as the ball went inside the basket… The score now is 92-93 with only three more remaining minutes.

"Wuhhooo! Beat the crap out of them!" Mikan shouted who is almost dancing as she rejoiced for that shot...

With the game continuing, the ball now is the opponents hands, without taking any break they speed towards Natsume's team's basket, as the opponent player was about to pass the ball to heir teammate, Yuu cuts by and steals the ball and passes it to Ruka…

"Natsume Fast break!" Ruka shouted as he threw the ball towards the direction of Natsume...

Natsume quickly ran to catch the ball as he was followed by the opponent's defender, with the speed of almost like lightning he caught the ball and made a run towards the basket... He then jumped to throw the ball when all of a sudden a huge defender from their opponent blocked his shot and elbowed Natsume on his side... The referee blew his whistle as Natsume was lying on the floor...

"Foul!" he called towards the opponent's player...

"That man ape! What does he think he is doing!" Mikan shouted from the benches out loud as she raised her fist "and you, YOU stupid scumbag! How could you fall from just that!" she continued

"Can you still go on?" the referee asked Natsume

"Of course he can go on! Are you blind! He's not dead yet!" Mikan shouted along with the crowd "Get up! Get your ass up!" she continued

After a short moment Natsume nod that he can still continue... with a loud whistle from the referee the game continued... the heat is raising as the minutes lessen... the opponent's defense is getting tougher... Yuu, who was holding the ball, passed the ball to Natsume. Natsume then caught the ball and was about to attempt a shot but the huge defender from before blocked his attempt to take a shot...

"What the!" Mikan shouted "That annoying ape!" Mikan shouted "I'll show you not to mess around my master" Mikan thought as she grab hold of her slipper... with full force she threw her slipper

Natsume then glanced on the sides and saw one of their teammate is open quickly he passed the ball to him then ran further from his defender. The ball then was passed to Ruka, it was a man to man defense with Ruka... as he was dribbling the ball he saw Natsume signaled to him to make a run then pass the ball to him...

"Catch!" Ruka shouted to Natsume

With only 5 seconds left, Natsume caught the ball as the opposing defender is running just behind and is about to block his move..

5... the huge opponent was catching up to Natsume

4… Natsume was nearing the ring

3… something sparkly was fast approaching the opponent

2... the hug opponent suddenly lost his balance making an opening for Natsume

1... Natsume made a slam dunk

There was then a loud buzz that signaled the end of the game... the gymnasium was filled with cheers and yells from rejoicing their team's win as bunch of confetti filled the air...

"Natsume! You are awesome! Kyaa!" the girls squealed..

"What was that about" Natsume said to himself as he recalls that sparkling thing that was fast approaching his opponent... he glanced on the bleachers then on the ceiling still wondering what that thing was.. As he was looking at his sides he noticed Mikan who was making a fuss or seemingly rejoicing about something...

"Hahaha serves that ape right" Mikan devilishly thought as she smirked at the opposing teams with her hand crossed on her chest then pulled her tongue out...

All of a sudden something hard hit her head from...

"What's the big idea!" she exclaimed as she turned around to see who it was, to her surprise it was none other than Natsume

"Who were you calling a stupid scumbag?" Natsume asked her in a very cold voice

"Hehe... you must've heard it wrong" Mikan said as she nervously smiled "I would never DARE say you are a STUPID SCUMBAG..." she replied as she was emphasizing on her words

"Are you saying that I have problems with my ears" Natsume replied

"I didn't mean it that way... maybe you just have a lot of earwax stuck there" Mikan replied as it was followed by a loud laugh

His eyebrows began to twitch as Mikan endlessly laugh to her hearts content

"You really are testing me..." Natsume said as he suddenly locked Mikan's head with his right arm...

"Kyaa!" she shouted "Let go of me... Yuck! Your sweat is getting all over my head!" Mikan shouted as she struggles for her freedom

"What did u say? I can't hear you coz my ears are blocked by earwax... ain't it..." Natsume replied as he continued locking his arms

"Wah! Let go of me! I don't want any of your stinky sweat!" she shouted

"Oh you want to bathe with my sweat? Aren't you sweet...?" Natsume replied as he gave a smirk at Mikan "Let me give you some more since you are enjoying this..."

"N-no more... I'm sorry... you win me lose... I'm sorry master... I won't every call you again a stupid filthy scumbag that only knows how to frown and shout all day like an old geezer..." she repented as she struggled "I'm sorry… please let go of me..."

On the other Ruka who was watching the two from afar laughed at them...

"This is a surprising side of Natsume" he said

"they look like some idiotic lovers" he thought to himself as he saw that between those two it is as if nobody is surrounding them and there is only the two of them and none else matters..

"What was disgusting again?" Natsume replied as a vein popped from his forehead

"No... No... I'm head over heels over your stench... I mean your scent..." Mikan said almost crying "Please let go... my neck feels so sticky..."

Finally after some struggle Natsume released the crying Mikan...

"Oi... baba. Stop crying being overly dramatic over it..." he said as he bent down and grab hold of his bag...

"You aren't the one who suffered..." she murmured "huhu... my neck feels so sticky... so oily... so d-d-disgusting" she said to herself dejectedly

"Hey... wait for me here... I'll just change my clothes before going home..." he said "don't do anything stupid..."

He then turned his back from her then headed to the locker room...


At the boy's locker room after taking a shower...

"Natsume what was that all about" Ruka asked as he opened his locker to get his change of clothes

"What was?" was Natsume's calm reply as he we wore his clothes

"Well you know… that err genie of yours..." Ruka whispered as if they were talking about something confidential

"Huh? The idiot?" Natsume replied with puzzled look on his face

"Yeah... you two were giving off some good vibes... you know those that says back off we are inside our own world... kind of stuffs" Ruka answered

"What are you getting at?" Natsume asked as he shut his locker door closed

"Do you like that genie... you know... not that she seems like your type and all" Ruka asked

"Hmm… like huh..." was just Natsume's simple reply

"So do you or you don't?" he eagerly asked

"Well Ruka... see you tomorrow I've got a lot of things to take care of" Natsume replied evading the questing leaving Ruka unable to interrogate more...

As Natsume left the locker room and headed were he left Mikan, He was thinking of what Ruka said... after a few minutes he arrived back to where Mikan who quietly sat there like a small child is waiting...

"Me liking that idiot?" he thought as he stared at her while walking towards her...

"What took you so long?" Mikan said as she was getting bored from waiting

Natsume who ignored what she said noticed that she was only wearing a single slipper

"Where's the other pair of your slipper?" Natsume asked as the thought of that shiny thing from before came rushing inside his head "you didn't do anything stupid while I was playing?"

Mikan then began to sweat drop as she feared that he might get angry with her action from before...

"O-o-h... that... I think I must've left it inside my bottle... you know I was hurrying" she said

Seeing her guilty reaction Natsume just smiled at it as he sat down beside her,

"Aren't we going yet? I'm kind of hungry you know... from cheering out loud" Mikan complained

Natsume just glanced at her then glanced back towards the empty court. He then placed his bag on his lap and began unzipping the zipper...

"I have something for you" Natsume suddenly said as his hands were searching inside his bag

Mikan's eye glimmered as excitement filled her body…

"Ohh... what is it? What is it? I wanna see it..." she said in a gleeful voice

"You got to come closer to see it..." Natsume said as his hands were searching inside the bag

Mikan then came closer to him...

"Ahh... here it is" Natsume said

"Where? where?" Mikan asked as she comes closer to Natsume with only a single inch distance...

"Here" Natsume replied

"Where?" was her excited question

"Here" Natsume said as he suddenly neared his face on hers

Her eyes shot wide open as she felt something soft and warm touched her lips…


A/N: haha don't you just love cliff hangers.. Just joking I know most of you are dying to strangle me now... well I'm going to rest for a bit now... I'll see later in the next chapter... I hoped you liked this one... I know it's full of basketball stuffs but then again I have my own reasons… don't forget to leave reviews... it helps a lot…