Chapter 1:

"You're a worthless rag doll!" Akito shouted, "One that has had its heart ripped out and re-sewed in a thousand times!"

Kisa sat and held her head and was on her knees crying.

"Hiro-san was a fool for even liking you!" he said coming down to her level.

He held up her quivering chin and studied her. Tears stained her cheeks, and there was a fresh rip in her school uniform.

"I'm… s-sorry." She whimpered.

"Don't be dear," he said smirking, locking eyes with her, "It's not your fault you're easy to use."

He practically threw her away as he got up to eat some soup. Kisa lay curled up on the floor staring out onto the lawn. It was so green; it had so many flowers. How could something so beautiful grow on such an evil place?

"What do you see?" he asked.

She was silent.

"What do you see?" he asked again, getting up and towering over her.

"I see…" but she trailed off.

"You can't see anything." He said turning away, "There's nothing there, Kisa. It's all in your imagination."

Now he was making fun of her. She placed a hand to her cheek where a bruise was forming. She slowly cried as Kureno came to retrieve her and take her to Shigure's house.

0o0

"Kisa-chan!" Tohru cried as she saw Kisa coming up the driveway.

"Onee-chan!" she exclaimed and hugged her as strongly as she could.

Kureno smiled and said to Tohru, "I guess that it'll be safe to leave her here?"

"Of course." She said nodding and taking her inside.

Kyo plunked Kisa on the counter as he opened the fridge.

"Hello Kyo-san!" she said merrily.

"I swear," he said looking at her from over the top of the milk carton, "You're turning into Tohru-kun more every day."

"Who's turning into me?" Tohru asked coming in from talking to Kureno.

"Kisa-chan here," he said taking out a glass.

"And you're turning into Mr. Politeness," Shigure said and then pinched his cheek, "Taking out a glass to drink from, just for Tohru-kun!"

"Eh?" she panicked.

"I don't know what you're talking about." He said calmly and then walked out with a package of Swedish Fish in hand.

'I'm always in the way,' Kisa thought sadly.

"Kisa-chan," Tohru said smiling, "would you like to help me with laundry?"

Kisa smiled and nodded, and Tohru led her out into the yard.

"Yuki-kun is at college-greeting meeting." She told her, anticipating Kisa's question. Yuki was now a sophomore and was attending the local college; he had become fairly poplar quickly.

"Well that's good for Kyo-san, then isn't it?" she said quietly. "He won't have to deal with Yuki-kun all day long."

Tohru laughed, "That was funny Kisa-chan! I love it when you're funny!"

Love. Kisa winced as the thought of what had happened minutes earlier flooded back to her. Kisa couldn't be loved… not by any one.

She turned to hide the tears from Tohru, but she saw them anyway.

"Kisa-chan, what's wrong?" she asked concerned.

"N-nothing." She said.

"C'mon," she said, "the laundry can wait a day."

"Where are going?"

"We're gonna go into town." Tohru said handing her a small list.

"What're we getting?"

"Stuff."

"What kind of stuff?"

"That's a surprise." Tohru said smiling and leaving a note for Shigure and Kyo so that they wouldn't worry.