Chapter One: Headaches

Disclaimer: The characters do not belong to me, I just enjoy tormenting them for my personal and twisted pleasures.

A/N: Well, this is my first PoT fanfic, so be nice! But don't hesitate to be critical, because I do aim to improve. I am looking to make this either a RyoSaku, TezuSaku, or FujiSaku fanfiction, so please vote on which pairing you would love to see in your comments!

"I have found power in the mysteries of thought,exaltation in the changing of the Muses;I have been versed in the reasonings of men;but Fate is stronger than anything I have known."—Euripides438 B.C.

"So it's up to you, Tezuka. Please look after her for me while I'm gone. I just need you to make sure she gets to school and back home safely, since it's only been 2 weeks since school started, and she hasn't gotten familiar with the surroundings yet. Well, I'll be back in about three weeks, so I'm counting on you!"

Those were the last orders from his former couch, Ryuzaki Sumire, before she left for her trip to Osaka for some extensive training with her new tennis team.

It's been two years since Tezuka last set foot in Seigaku junior high, but he has kept in touch with Ryuzaki-sensei regularly, and by association, her granddaughter Sakuno as well.

The request itself was fine, but it was calm before the storm, for no amount of training could have prepared him for what happened with his team.

Now Tezuka has a headache.

"Hoi, hoi, Tezuka's been ordered to take care of Sakuno-chan!"

The first vein was made visible on Tezuka's head.

" Like a little sister!"

Followed by two more, even greater in size.

"Or maybe even like a little girlfri—"

"Fifty laps now, Kikumaru!" fortunately, he had interrupted before Kikumaru could finish his last comment, which would have erupted a cacophonous chatter among the rest of the regulars.

The old saying "rumors travel like wildfire" could not have been more true. In this case however, it only took him from the time he went to see Ryuzaki-sensei until he came back to discover that the regulars had already found out and were chatting animatedly amongst themselves about it.

He swears he's being stalked, and watched. Everywhere.

Hopefully with Kikumaru occupied with running laps, he won't have the time or the energy to stir up more conversation about the issue. If he does, Tezuka will just have to make sure he runs until he drops.

"Saa, Tezuka, I'm jealous. You'll get to spend more time with Sakuno-chan. Though I'm not so sure what Echizen will think of this, it's a good thing he has clean-up duty and isn't here yet, then? This will be very interesting indeed…" Fuji drifted off with his customary grin and mischievous tone.

Tezuka couldn't help but feel an obvious shudder go all the way down his spine. Fuji was up to something, he was sure of it.

Still, he was a captain, and had a reputation to maintain.

"Twenty laps, Fuji. Now." Stoic as he was, Tezuka definitely understood the perks of being captain of the team.

"Saa, such a touchy subject, ne Tezuka. I just hope you won't be this way when you are with Sakuno-chan."

"Ie, data…" That comment was more than enough to set off Inui's furious scribbling motion on his notepad, while he began to disclose a number of percentages about Tezuka's future love life.

It's a known fact: Fuji always had the last laugh.

"Wai! Tezuka's so mean! Maybe he'll make Sakuno-chan run laps too! How cruel!" Kikumaru exclaimed somewhat out-of-breath, having just finished the laps he was assigned.

A visible twitch was now begin to develop as Kikumaru clung to Tezuka and questioned him about his intentions towards Sakuno, while Inui continued to broadcast every aspect of Tezuka's relationships, friends, and acquaintances, and it was beginning to cross some very uncomfortable boundaries.

Tezuka suppressed the urge to sign, but massaged his forehead gently with his left hand. The headache was back.

Thus, the wheels of fate began to turn, who will it play for a fool next? Nobody knows.

Well, that's all for the first chapter!

Fuji is definitely plotting, and what will Ryoma think?

Comment and vote for your favorite pairing!