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Chapter One

The girl was obviously tired. The head covered with long light brown hair would drop and then pop back up. This happened over and over. The five guys also in the room looked on this in humor.

"Aine," the long-blonde haired Towa said. "Why don't you take a nap? You've been working really hard. We all understand."

Aine looked up through heavy lidded sleepy eyes and shook her head.

"I'm fine," she said while her head dropped again.

A jacket was tossed and landed on Aine's head.

"Aine," a stern voice said. "Sleep."

She looked over at the black-haired man.

"Yes Sakuya," she said and balled up the jacket for a pillow and laid down.

"Stupid, now you'll get cold and catch a cold," Sakuya muttered. "Hey Towa, give Aine your jacket thing so she won't get cold. Yours is the longest, so it would work best for a blanket."

Towa nodded and covered Aine with his jacket.

"Hopefully she doesn't snore loud enough to beat my drumming," the brown-haired Santa joked.

Four faces turned and gave him a stern look.

Shamefaced, Santa sheepishly laughed and said "Joking, heh heh heh."

"Not funny," the red-haired Atsuro said.

"Hey, we've all been working hard as well," the long purple-haired Yuki said. "Let's take a fifteen minute break."

Murmurs of agreement rose.

"I'll go get drinks," Santa said.

"I'll come with you," Atsuro volunteered.

Aine made a small sound.

The three men left in the room looked over at her.

She made another sound combined with a grimace, and tightened into a ball.

"Looks like she's having a bad dream," Yuki said.

Sakuya got up and walked over to the couch Aine was sleeping on. He sat down next to her and started petting her hair. Aine's face calmed and her body relaxed.

Yuki and Towa grinned a sly grin at one another.

"Hey guys, we're back," Santa said, a little quieter than usual because of the fact that Aine was sleeping.

"Huh, is something wrong?" Atsuro asked.

"Aine looked like she was having a bad dream. Sakuya was comforting her."

"Ah well, let's start practicing again. My hands are itching to play again."

Sakuya started to get up when Aine grabbed his leg and would not let go.

"No, don't go," she said, pain in her voice. "I don't want it to happen again. I don't want to betray or hurt anyone, especially Sakuya. I didn't want to in the beginning." Tears rolled from her eyes.

The five others in the room looked at each other before looking back at Aine.

"Aine, what are you talking about?" Yuki asked.

Aine lightly snored and rolled over.

The others looked at each other again.

"She must have been talking in her sleep," Santa said.

"Seemed too… real for it to be just a dream," Towa said quietly.

Sakuya clenched his fists.

"Someone's doing something to her, and she doesn't like it. She wants it to stop. Who is the bastard that is doing this to her." He punched the wall next to him.

Aine opened her eyes.

"Mm, what's wrong, Sakuya? Your hand!" Her eyes opened wide.

The black-haired man looked at Aine's concerned face. "Nothing," he replied coldly and stormed out of the room, slamming the door behind him.

"Is there something wrong?" Aine asked, a confused look on her face.

"Aine, is there something going on? You were talking about some serious stuff in your sleep," Atsuro said.

Her eyes widened for a bit, shocked, then shook her head.

"No, there's nothing going on," she started to say before her cell phone cut her off by ringing. She looked at who was calling and a brief look crossed her face before she looked up.

"I'm sorry, but I need to take this," and she walked out of the room.

Santa and Atsuro walked over to the door to see if they could hear Aine's side of the conversation.

"…no, I'm sorry….no I haven't said anything…no they haven't suspected anything…sniff…okay, I'll be there…what time….5 p.m.? That's only ten minutes from now… I'll never make it….okay, I'm sorry…no I'll be there…"

Once they heard her hang up the phone, they scrambled away from the door.

"Sorry guys. I have to go. I'll see you tomorrow. When Sakuya gets back, tell him I said… bye," Aine said, gathering her stuff, regret in her voice.

"Uh…" Santa said.

"Should we follow?" Atsuro asked.

"Hmm maybe. Which one of us would attract the least amount of attention?" Yuki asked.