Chapter 4

By the time Ryuu arrived at the house with Momosé in his arms, Kuya had everything set up in her room. "Just set her down here." Kuya said. After Momosé was tucked in, Kuya and Ryuu went to the living room. As they sat down at the table, Kuya said, "I want you to tell me everything that happened to her." Ryuu sighed. "Well, I didn't see everything. But when I went to pick up Momosé, that Shirokawa guy. He pinned her to the school building with his body and he had his hands all over her. I asked if he did anything to her, but all Momosé did was shake her head, 'no.'"

Kuya pounded the table. "Damn it! That's it!" Kuya got up. "What do you plan on doing Kuya-san?" Ryuu asked. "What do you think? First, I'm calling the school to suspend him. Then, I'll call his parents." Kuya went to get the phone sitting on a dresser in the corner of the living room. "Hello? Watari-sensei, this is Kuya, Momosé's older brother. I'd like to report and act of sexual harassment. Yes. Okay, I'll be there shortly." Kuya hung up. "Miyazaki-kun, stay here. I don't want to risk Shirokawa trying to get in here somehow. Make sure that she eats later if I'm not back soon." With that, Kuya left the house.

Ryuu sighed loudly, unable to believe all of this happening before the sun even had a chance of setting. 'What did I get myself into?' Ryuu kept thinking. He didn't have to say. He could just move to the next town and leave everything up to everyone else. But he didn't want to leave for some reason. There was something about this place that made Ryuu want to stay.

Suddenly, Ryuu heard some rustling coming from Momosé's room. Ryuu then got up and knocked on her door. "Momosé-chan, are you okay? I'm coming in." To his surprise, there she was, folding small two by two papers into small cranes. She noticed him and stopped what she was doing.

"Better already?" he asked. Momosé nodded. Ryuu looked around Momosé's room and noticed a large box halfway filled with paper cranes. "So you have a wish in mind?" Momosé only smiled. Silence poured into the room, like the sunlight. "If you need something, don't hesitate to tell me."

About six hours later…

"Miyazaki-kun, I'm back."

"Kuya-san, what the hell happened?"

"Let's talk about it in the kitchen. Go and get the saké."

The two sat down, facing each other. Kuya took the bottle from Ryuu and opened it. "Get two glasses, will you?" Ryuu did as he was told and got two glasses from a cabinet. "So how did things go?" Ryuu asked as he sat back down. "What do you think?" Kuya poured the saké. "It took almost six hours of arguing to get it through his parents' thick skulls that he molested Momosé." Ryuu took his glass when Kuya passed it to him. "Is Momosé asleep yet?" Kuya asked. "Yeah. I don't blame her for being tired, though."

"I'm just glad that the punk won't be at that school anymore. Watari-sensei agreed to have him banned from school grounds. And I finally made it official that he doesn't and won't ever have any tie to Momosé."

Kuya took a sip. "The poor kid. She's gone through too much shit for her age." Kuya paused before he said, "I shouldn't be telling you this, but there's something about Momosé you should know." Kuya took a whole shot and poured himself another glass. "Well, I'm listening." Ryuu said.

"Well, she isn't really what people would call 'normal.'"

"What do you mean by that?"

"She has this sickness, or so the doctors say."

"What kind of sickness?"

"She can't stand loneliness. At all. Once she figures out that she's completely alone, she has something bigger than a fit."

Ryuu sat there quietly. "So you're saying that she just absolutely hates loneliness, period?" he mumbled.

"Exactly." Kuya said. "But that's not all." Kuya took a sip from his glass before continuing. "She also acts weird. There are times when she begs for things like a little kid, or she'll just space out completely. It's almost as if Momosé isn't here anymore, like she's in another world."

"But do you know why?"

"I have an idea, but it's not worth mentioning. But one thing I know for sure is that Momosé keeps a diary."

"A diary?"

"Yeah. She's hiding something from me."

"How do you know that?"

"I was cleaning her room one day, and I saw it. Just when I opened it, Momosé came into the room and snatched it from me."

"So what? Diaries are supposed to be for the owner's eyes only unless they give permission to someone else."

Kuya got up from the table. "I guess you're right." He then took his glass to the sink and the bottle to the fridge. "I'm going to sleep now. Too much happened in one day. Lock the door before you go to sleep, okay?"

"Sure."


Okay, I know that was short. Please forgive me. I being forced to study and its interfering(sp? oh well) with my creativity. But I hope whoever read this story continues to read it until the end. Bye for now!