Beach Day

Beach Day

Part 2

I do not own Sailor Moon or Ronin Warriors.

**Serena's House, 7:11 AM**

Luna was amazed that Serena was already up. "Serena, you're awake early for once and school's over. Have I died?" She raised her eyes up to her owner, dressed in pink shorts and a white shirt tucked in and combing her hair.

"No, Luna," Serena said.

"Then I must be sleeping," Luna said.

"No, Luna," she repeated.

"Why are you up so early?" Luna asked.

"I'm breaking up with Darien…Today!"

"You what?" Luna demanded, "Serena, it's important that you and Darien end up together!"

"I don't care," Serena said, "I have to do it. Besides, Luna, I met this wonderful guy at the beach yesterday!"

"You don't have to do this now," Luna said, "give yourself time to think it over. You woke up quite early today so you have enough time."

"I have thought about it!" Serena snapped at her cat. "Oh, I'm sorry, Luna, I didn't mean to snap at you. I'm just nervous. I don't think I can even eat breakfast!"

"Now that's something I don't hear very often," Luna said, watching Serena get up.

"I have to hurry up and get this over with!" Serena jumped up and ran down the stairs to put on her shoes.

"Honey, how do you want your," Serena's mom began.

Serena left.

"Eggs?"

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**Mina's House, 8:00 AM**

"Don't hang up," Mina shouted, running out of the shower with a towel wrapped around her. She stepped on Artemis' tail, "Oh sorry, Artemis! Don't hang up! It's probably Kento! I'm coming!" she cleared her throat before answering the phone and putting it up to her ear, "Helloooo?" she answered cheerfully. "Kento!"

"Is this a bad time?" he asked.

She looked over at Artemis, who was meowing in pain and smiled, "of course not!" She sat down on her bed and ran her fingers through her wet long blond hair.

"Good," he said, "You're not busy today, are you?"

"What do you have in mind?" Mina asked teasingly.

"Thought we'd go and paint whole the town red," he said casually.

"Red?" she mumbled, "no, yellow is a better color. But anyway, I think you'd get arrested for something like that."

There was a pause on the other end.

"Kento?"

The pause was replaced with a chuckle, "No babe, that's not what I meant. But if you really want to paint the town, we can paint it all colors of the rainbow!"

"Oh," she said, her cheeks turning pink.

"We can stop at every hot spot here in town," he said, "eat at the good restaurants, go to the arcade, bowling, we can go back to the beach and then we'll return back home at 4:00 in the morning!"

"Sounds like fun," Mina said. "I know a lot of good places."

"Awesome," Kento said, "I'll come by your house in five."

"Um, can you come pick me up in an hour in a half? I was in the shower."

"That's okay, babe," Kento said, "Just come as you are!"

"Hey!" she cried, now turning scarlet.

"Make it 30."

"One hour!"

"Forty-five minutes."

"For--okay!"

"Don't take too long," Kento warned, "It's gonna be a long day!"

"Bye," she whispered and hung up. She let out a sigh, followed by high-note giggling.

"Remind me not to nap by the bathroom door anymore," Artemis said and hopped up in the windowsill.

"I have to finish my shower!" Mina shouted and went back to the bathroom."

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**Darien's Apartment, 8:01 AM.

Serena paced back and forth at Darien's door, trying to find the words, "Darien, we've been together for a while and…" the door opened a little too soon.

"Serena, what are you doing here?" Darien asked. He wore a bathrobe and pajamas. "Isn't it a little early for you?"

"Um, um," she looked down at the mat and picked up the newspaper, "here's your paper!"

"Thanks for saving me a trip," he said, "but I could have gotten it myself."

"I came here to talk," Serena said, "it's kind of important."

"Sure, I was just making some hot chocolate," he opened the door for her. "What's on your mind?"

She walked it, "I've been thinking, Darien and," she turned around as he was closing the door. "I don't want to go out with you anymore!"

"You're a little too late for April Fools," he ignored her and walked to the kitchen, "how man marshmallows do you want in your hot chocolate?"

Serena groaned and fell on the couch face first, "I was serious!"

"What? Ow!" he scalded himself with the hot water.

She stood up and sighed, "I came here to break up with you." She didn't seem to care that he hurt himself.

Darien didn't say anything for a while. He held his hand under the cool water of the running faucet "I guess that explains you didn't grab my arm or start searching my apartment for another girl."

"Yeah," she said.

"How long have you been thinking about this?" he asked.

"Since yesterday," she replied.

"You met someone at the beach, didn't you?"

"I did. I really like him, Darien."

"Look, Serena," Darien said, "I'm sure this guy seems nice and everything but you know what's supposed to happen in the future. Think about Rini." He turned the water off after feeling the burning went away.

"I can't believe you're telling me this," Serena said, "and I thought you forgot about the future! For crying out loud, Darien, you never treat me right!"

"Of course I do," Darien said, "I'm making you some hot chocolate right now!"

"But I need more than hot chocolate," she whined. "You don't give me what I need…you don't even know what I need!"

There was a knock at the door. "Let me get that."

"Go ahead," she muttered and sat down.

He went to answer it to see Mia holding a white bag, "Hi, Darien," she said. "I was in the neighbor hood and thought I'd bring you some breakfast." She held the bag up higher. She spotted Serena on the couch, "Hi, I'm Mia." She wore blue jeans and a blue button-down blouse.

"Serena," she said.

"I'm sorry," she said to Darien, "I didn't know you had a guest."

"It's all right," Serena said, getting up, "I was just leaving." She started walking out of the door and patted Mia's arm, "He's all yours now." She left, without knowing Darien noticing the tear in her eye.

"What was that all about?" Mia asked, setting the bag on the counter and taking out the contents.

"She's my girlfriend," Darien replied and closed the door, "well, she was."

"I'm sorry," Mia said. "Maybe I should go."

"Don't be, Mia," he said, "I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later."

"Want to talk about it?" she asked.

"Thanks for bringing me breakfast," he said.

"I thought we could study a bit more," she said, "if that's all right with you."

"Sounds great."

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**Mina's house, 8:37**

Ding-Dong

"He's early!" Mina gasped, looking at the clock. She peeked outside her window to see Kento standing outside on the porch. "And my hair's still wet!"

Kento rang the doorbell again.

She looked in the mirror to double check herself. She wore navy slacks, white sneakers and a white top. "I hope I'm not too overdressed," she said, grabbing her purse. She hurried to the door, "You're early."

"I knew you really didn't need 45 minutes to get ready," Kento said, wearing sunglasses, a black hat, white shirt and orange-brown overalls, white tennis shoes and a big, flirtatious grin.

"Liar," she teased, "my hair's still wet!"

He took a lock of her hair and smelt it, "that's okay; I can still smell your shampoo."

She blushed slightly and closed the door. "Well, where to first? I haven't had breakfast yet."

"Breakfast," he moaned, "okay, let's go have some breakfast then!" he grabbed her arm and took off with amazing speed.

"Whoa!" Mina cried, "Slow down!"

They went to have breakfast at the closest restaurant. While Mina had just milk and French toast, Kento had almost everything on the menu.

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**Raye's House, 10:30 am**

'Oh no,' thought Raye's grandfather as he saw Ryo coming up the hill, 'not another wondering has been musician. "Can I help you, son?" he asked.

"I'm here to see Raye," Ryo said. He wore a white T-shirt and black jeans and black high-tops.

Raye's grandfather was a bit surprised, "how do you know Raye?"

"We met at the beach yesterday."

"You're not a musician, are you?" he demanded, raising an eyebrow.

"No sir."

"Then what do you do?"

"Well, I uh--," Ryo muttered.

"Spit it out, young man!" he shouted.

"Oh, hi Ryo!" Raye cried, dressed in a black skirt and red top.

"Do you know this young man, Raye?" her grandfather asked.

"Sure I do."

"Well, then," he said, "I guess I'd better get back inside." He sighed as he passed Raye, "I can't take this heat! I don't know how you young people take it!" He went inside woozily.

Raye poked Ryo's ribs, "I told you to meet me at the little restaurant, mister!"

"Sorry," Ryo mumbled, "I couldn't find it." But that wasn't entirely true; he wanted to come straight to Raye's home, hoping to get a word with Chad.

"Come on," she said, tugging on his arm. "I'll go show you where it is. We'd better hurry before Chad sees us!"

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**Ami's House, 11:00 AM**

"Hi is Ami home?" Sai asked, "We're going to start lifeguard courses together." He wore his swimming trunks underneath his sweatpants and he wore a blue tank top and a white baseball cap turned around.

"Lifeguard courses," Dr. Mizuno said, "I remember her saying something about that. Come inside. Ami will be down in a minute."

"By the way, madam," Sai said, "my name's Sai."

She smiled, "nice to meet you."

"Ami tells me you're a doctor."

"Yes," Dr. Mizuno said, "Ami's studying to be one too. I think these lifeguard courses will help her prepare for that."

"You're all right with her becoming a lifeguard?" he asked.

Dr. Mizuno nodded, "I'm sure she'll be great."

"Did you tell her that she saved someone from drowning at the beach the other day?" he asked.

"No," she laughed a little, "I guess she's one already!"

Ami came down in the living room, "Hi Sai." She wore khaki shorts and light blue shirt, underneath; she had on a black one piece.

"Hey," Sai said, "ready?"

"Yes," she replied. "Bye mom."

Sai opened the door for Ami and they left. "Looks like it's going to be a pretty nice day," he commented, "what do you think?"

'He kisses me yesterday and now he comments on the weather?' Ami thought to herself. "Uh, yeah, it's great."

They walked in silence for a while, still a bit shy with each other. Halfway to the beach, Sai finally took her hand. "Thanks for deciding to do this with me, Ami."

"You're welcome," she said, squeezing his hand, "It will be nice to spend the summer with you."

He smiled, "sure it is."

They made it to the beach and saw some other teenagers dressed for the job. "I guess this is where we sign in," Sai said.

"Sign here," a girl wearing a red bathing suite with a white tank top, and sat in the chair, "last name first."

"Hey, I know you two," the one behind her, a manager, said, "didn't you save a little boy who was drowning yesterday?"

"That was us," Ami replied modestly. "Sai took him out of the water and I preformed CPR."

"Have you had any prior lifeguard experience?"

"No, but my mother is a doctor and I know quite a bit of first aid."

He looked at Sai, "how about you?"

"I can swim real good," he said and smiled, "and I always tell my friend not to swim after eating. If that counts as experience, then I guess so!"

He smiled, "I like your attitude!"

"Thanks."

"Well," the manager said, "let's get started, shall we? Okay everyone come up here and get in a circle. He picked up the manual and looked at the first chapter, which was a little bit about how to swim, Okay, I'm sure you all know how to swim," he flipped the pages, "so we'll skip that part. Let's go on to CPR! Does anyone know how to do CPR"

At first, Ami was the only one with her hand up and a few girls giggled as they raised their hands.

"Kissing isn't the same thing as CPR, ladies," they put their hands down and Ami was the only one with her hand up, she pulled it down, surprised that she was the only one in the whole group that knew how to do CPR. "Okay, everyone, pick a partner!"

"Looks like it's me and you, love," Sai said to Ami. "You've done this before so let me try."

She nodded, unable to answer.

She nodded and the instructor began showing how it was done on a dummy. Some girls were giggling like crazy as they lay down on their backs but Ami was the only one that was mature, though she felt like giggling deep inside.

'Sai is so cute,' she thought, 'especially from this end! Ami, what's wrong with you? It's a good thing you didn't say that out loud!'

"Now tilt your partner's head back and pinch their nose." The lead lifeguard instructed. "See how their chest is rising up and down? If someone isn't breathing, their chest will not be going up and down."

"Stop staring at my chest, Gary!" A girl said to her partner. Everyone laughed except for Ami and Sai. But both of their cheeks turned red.

"Check for a pulse," he went on, "take your fingers and put it right here. Feel that? That's their pulse. If you drag someone out of the water without either of those, you begin CPR."

"What if they are breathing but don't have a pulse?" A guy asked.

"It's not possible to breath if your heart's not pumping," the lifeguard replied sourly.

"Oh."

"How about they do have a pulse but they're not breathing?" His partner asked.

"You do rescue breathing instead," Ami answered, sitting up. She blushed, "Oh, sorry."

"That's all right," the lifeguard said, "I'm glad someone except me knows."

She lay back down.

"Now, if they're not breathing or have no pulse, you immediately give them two breaths. But please, don't really blow into your partner's mouth. They're alive." He said, "just pretend until you get the feel of it and then you'll practice on the dummy."

"I'm not a dummy!" A girl shouted.

He groaned and ignored her, "Continue."

It seemed to go in slow motion when Sai bent down to her. 'I hope he doesn't think I have bad breath,' she thought.

'I hope she doesn't think I have bad breath.' Sai thought.

Both of their mouths were still fresh from whatever toothpaste they had used to brush their teeth. Both of them had a feeling that they would either kiss or learn CPR today.

When Sai's mouth covered hers, Ami closed her eyes and remembered the kiss he gave her last night. She knew then, somehow, their lips would touch again.

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**Lita's House, 2:30 pm**

After coming home from finding the perfect dress, Lita plopped down on the couch, "Now I know why people like to shop in the morning," she groaned.

The phone rang and she let it ring for a while.

"Can't I just sleep first?" she mumbled, falling asleep and her eyes opened wide, "It could be Sage!" she answered the phone. "Hello?"

"Hey, Lita, everything okay?"

"Yeah, fine! When do you want to go dancing tonight?"

"7:00," he replied, "I'd thought we go for a movie or something before then."

"What time?"

"I can come over in just ten minutes."

"Great," she said, forcing her yawn back.

"See you then."

"Bye."

Lita put the phone down. "I'll just sleep until he gets here."

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Serena had tried to go back home to sleep but that didn't work. So she went to drown her worries in as many ice cream sundaes as she could eat.

'Study finals?' she thought, 'Did more than just that, did you, Darien?'

"Serena?" said a familiar voice.

She looked up, "Rowen."

"Can I sit here?" he asked.

"Of course," she looked back down and took another bite of ice cream.

"Did you tell Darien?" he asked, "How did it go?"

She burst into tears.

"That bad, huh?"

"Uh-huh!"

"I'm sorry, Serena," he sympathized, "but you'll feel better."

She finished her dish of ice cream and put it to the side. "I think I have an ice cream headache."

"Would you like another one, Serena?" Elizabeth asked.

"No thanks, Elizabeth," Serena said, "give me a glass of water instead…and some aspirin."

"Will do," she caught sight of Rowen, "Hey, I haven't seen you here before."

"He's my new boyfriend, Rowen," Serena said.

"Is that right?" Elizabeth said, "Well, you treat her right. If your hurt her, I'll put rat poison in your food the next time you come in!"

"That won't be a problem," Serena told her, "he's not like Darien at all."

"Good," Elizabeth smiled and walked away. "I'll be right back with your water and aspirin, Serena."

Rowen took her hand, "so what happened?"

"I spent the whole night tossing and turning," Serena replied. "I couldn't sleep at all last night. I had so many nightmares. I left to talk to Darien earlier this morning. He thought I was kidding!"

"You've been here this whole time?" Rowen asked.

"Yes," she answered.

"Here's your aspirin and water, Serena," Elizabeth said, "anything for you, Rowen?"

"No thanks," he said.

Elizabeth went back to check on her other customers.

"Listen, Serena," Rowen said, "all that's over now. You don't have to worry about a thing. You did the right thing."

"I feel awful though," she admitted, popping the medicine in her mouth and rising it with water.

"How many sundaes did you eat?" he inquired with a smile.

"About 7," she answered.

"That's why."

"I guess so," she said with a sniff.

"You were relieved after you told him, right?" He asked.

She nodded.

"It would just take some time."

"Darien met a girl," she informed. "I guess he's ready to move on too."

"How do you know this?"

"I saw her," she answered, "she came up to his apartment this morning and brought him breakfast!"

"Ouch."

"I felt like crying but I just told her my name and left," she said, "then I cried all they way here and while I was eating all of these sundaes. I think her name was Mia."

"Mia?"

"Yeah, why, do you know her or something?"

He nodded.

"And how is that?" she interrogated.

He blushed slightly, "listen, Serena, she's just my friend."

"Elizabeth, come bring him a poisoned hamburger!" she shouted, standing up and Rowen made her sit down.

"Serena, listen to me," he whispered, "If there was something going on between me and Mia I would have told you already. I'm not like Darien at all. I wouldn't play games with your head like that."

"You haven't even met him," she said.

"But I know enough."

"All right, mister," she leaned forward, "Tell me everything about this Mia person!"

"She's just my friend."

"Yeah, friend," she said, rolling her eyes, "I can tell you're holding something back Rowen so tell me everything about her. I'm not leaving until you tell me what I need to know!" her stomach gurgled, "Hold that thought!" she ran to the bathroom, holding her stomach.

Rowen made a sigh of relief, "saved by the ice cream."

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"I've never done this before," Mina told Kento nervously.

"You've done everything else," he replied.

"Yes, but that was nothing like this," she told him.

"Are you afraid?" he asked.

"What do you think?" she snapped.

"Relax, Mina," he said, "everything will be fine."

"Are you sure this is safe?"

"Yeah," he said, "There's nothing to be worried about."

"Have you ever done this before?" she inquired.

"Sure, lots of times," he replied.

She wanted to smack him, "you have? Are you crazy?"

"Well, once," he said, "actually, never. This is my first time too."

"I'm not really sure what to do. How about you?"

"Should be easy to figure out, Mina," he said and wrapped his arms tight around her. She pushed herself against him. "Just close your eyes and let me count okay? 1---2---3!"

Mina let out a blood-curdling scream. Kento let out a lung-bursting holler.

They hung dangling, holding each other, afraid to let go, with a rope tied to their feet that connected to a bridge. Mina was making soft, scared whimpers and Kento was laughing.

"I told you bungee jumping would be fun!" he teased, "Want to do it again?"

"No!" she shouted, "let's go bowling, that was fun!"

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"Hi Rowen," Ryo said, entering the candy shop, "What're you doing here?"

"I'm seeing Serena," he replied.

She came out of the bathroom, "Boy, I feel much better." She smiled at Raye and Ryo. "Hi."

"Are you okay, Serena?" Raye asked.

"She ate one too many sundaes," Rowen explained.

"Funny," Raye said as Serena slid into the booth, "that's never bothered her before!"

"Be quiet, Raye!" Serena shouted, "I just broke up with Darien this morning!"

"Oh, gee, I'm sorry, Serena." She slid down next to her. "What happened?"

"You know how Darien is," she told her. "He's a jerk!"

"Ah, you don't mean that," Raye said.

"Yes I do!" she muttered, "He just won't treat me right."

"The point is that it's all over now," Rowen said.

"Oh, yeah," Serena said, "I almost forgot, who's Mia?"

"What does Mia have to do with this?" Ryo asked.

"She came over before I left Darien's apartment," she said.

"She's just a friend of ours," Rowen said, "and she never liked me anyway. She liked Ryo!"

"Rowen!" Ryo growled.

"Oh, okay!" Serena said, "That's all I needed to know!"

"Ryo, is there something you want to tell me?" Raye demanded, sliding out of the seat and walking up to him.

Serena smiled and got out of her seat to hug Rowen, "thank goodness! Come on, let's leave them alone!" she took her hand and the couple left. "Wow, you're one smart guy, Rowen. You just know exactly what to say."

"All right, Ryo, spill!" Raye shouted.

"What's the matter, Raye?" Elizabeth asked.

"Get me the yuckiest thing on the menu," Raye ordered, "I think we're going to be here for a while."

Ryo pouted, I knew I should have stayed home yesterday!

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After lifeguard training, Sai and Ami went surfing.

"You've gotten better, Ami," Sai complimented.

"It's only been one day," Ami said.

They continued to surf the waves for a while.

"Hey, Ami, look," Sai said.

"What?"

"See those rocks?"

"Yeah."

"I heard there's a really cool under water cave over there," he said.

"You've never been there?" she asked.

"No, the last time I went surfing was with Kento. He got a cramp in his leg so I couldn't come see it."

"How can you get a cramp just from surfing?" she inquired, wrinkling her nose.

He shrugged, "I have now idea." He smiled.

"Let's go," she said, "there's no time like the present."

They surfed over there and left their surfboards on the rocks. Then they dove into the water and swam down. They soon found the underwater cave. It was beautiful. When they went inside it, there was a little air pocket.

"Wow," Ami said, "It's nice down here."

"Yeah," Sai agreed.

There was just a two-foot distance between the top of the water and the ceiling. On the ceiling were water droplets that were glimmering.

"Ami," Sai whispered, "Don't take this the wrong way, but I think you're very beautiful."

"What made you think I would?" she asked.

He sighed, "I don't know. Maybe because you're shy?"

"And you're not?" she teased.

"Well, it's true," Sai said.

"Thank you," she said, "and I think you're probably the cutest, most mature guy I've ever met." She swam closer to him and kissed him on the cheek.

He kissed her back and took her hand, "hold your breath," he informed. "There's more."

"I thought you'd never been here before," she said

"I haven't," he said, "I just know people who have."

Hand in hand, they went back under water and began swimming again. The cave got larger further down and the roof got higher. It just got more beautiful by the minute. There was some light coming in from the other side and some of the rocks looked like they were glowing. They found some dry land in the cave and went to lie on it for a rest.

"What do you think?" Sai asked. He was lying on his stomach with his arms crossed. She lay down next to him on her back and looked up at the water drops.

"I think I'm tired," she replied, letting out a breath.

"Need rescue breathing?" he inquired with a grin.

"I might," she said, blushing slightly as she looked at him and back up. "It is sure beautiful down here."

"Let's make this our secret spot," Sai said, "we can come here whenever you like."

"Thanks. I'd really like that."

Sai pushed himself up on his hands, "Ami, can I ask you something?"

"What is it?"

"Well," he blushed, "you want to, um…"

"Yes."

"What?"

"You were about to ask me if I wanted to go steady," she said, "right?"

"How did you know?"

"Just do."

"I never a girl as smart as you," he said, "You knew what I was going to say before I even said it."

"And I answered you before you had to say it."

He leaned down, about to kiss her.

"Don't nibble my lips this time," she said, "That is not how you do CPR."

He blushed, "You felt that?"

"Well, I really didn't drown," she told him, "don't worry, I don't think the instructor noticed it."

He cleared his throat, "Well, class is over and this is not CPR." He smiled and kissed her gently on the lips. Ami reached her hands to his hair, the water drops falling down on them.

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After their movie, Sage and Lita split up to change for the dancing they were unable to wait for that evening.

Lita wanted to surprise him, so she was making him dinner, as she was getting ready. She had never worn that dress again, the black shiny dress with a red rose on it. She didn't have very nice memories in that dress. How come she didn't notice that the guy at that dance was actually Tiger's Eye and he was only looking for the dream mirror that had Pegasus?

Wiping away the memory, she got dressed in her new dress and got everything set up by the time Sage came.

"It smells nice in here," he commented.

"Well, I thought you'd be hungry," she said. "Here, sit down." Over her nice dress, she wore a pink apron.

"Good thing I didn't make any dinner reservations."

They ate a nice fancy dinner of meat, potatoes and mixed veggies with ice cream for desert.

"Ready?" he asked when he finished eating.

"Yeah," she said, "let me just clear the table and get ready," she picked up her plate.

"I'll take care of that," he told her, "you go and finish whatever else you got to do."

"Thanks, Sage," she said. She went in her room to freshen up and came back without the apron. "Let's go, hey, you really don't have to do the dishes."

"That's all right," Sai said, turning around, "I--I--I---"

She smiled, "you like my dress? You don't think that it's too, um, too much do you?"

"It's beautiful, Lita," Sage said.

She wore a beautiful green spaghetti strap dress that went down to her knees and golden gloves. On her feet were black flat dress shoes.

"We'd better hurry or we'll be late!" he stopped what he was doing and hurried her out of the door.

That night was all Lita needed. Sage danced with her every single song that played and didn't keep her waiting for him once.

This day was better than the first and there still were many days of summer yet to go. The sailors and ronins spent the whole summer together and knew that it wouldn't have happened had they not all bump into each other that one day at the beach.

The End. Had you guys all going there for a second with the Mina/Kento part, didn't I?