Hey, people! Sorry for not showing up recently. I had internet errors. So while waiting for the net to come back I wrote this other oneshot that I hope you all will like. Tell me what you people think of it. (Oh, I split it into 2 chapters since it was way too long.)
Early Spring in Christmas!
"Mikan! Come on already, Ruka's waiting outside! The party will start soon!" Hotaru called out to me. Hey there, my name is Mikan Sakura and I'm the manager of the basketball team along with my best friend Hotaru Imai. We're 17 and we used to be neighbors, now we're roommates. Our parents are close so they sent us to this International Sport school, Gakuen Alice of Tokyo together and we both are staying in an apartment quite close to school.
Hotaru and I manage to become the managers since Hotaru has the knowledge and power (not to mention force will) to make the recent Basketball Team a whole lot more powerful, now we're known as the most powerful Basketball Team in the nationals.
As for me, I became the manager since I'm a basketball player myself so basically I show them my moves and they copy me and I get better moves from them as well. I'm also a secret spy. I spy on the opposition's team and find out the way they play and their tactics as well as weaknesses.
Hotaru had this premonition that I somehow let out this whatcha-ma-call-it (pheromones) so the other gender can easily have a crush on me and willingly would do anything for me. So the opposition would never mind a girl like me hanging around them to watch them play.
"I'm coming! Just a minute! These high-heeled shoes are killing my pinky toe!" I shouted back at Hotaru and crashed back on my bed from my room. Right now, our team's having a Christmas Eve Celebration in the school gym. But I don't really feel like going since he's there!
The guy I'm avoiding is Hyuuga Natsume. He's an all-time Slam Dunk champion in our school's history and he always gave sarcastic remarks on me once our team wins. He always said that the team doesn't need me since I practically do nothing.
That guy has tons of girlfriends, more than I can count in my mind! Last year when we had the celebration, he brought 7 of his girlfriends along, and another million of them came into the gym exactly at midnight to give him a Christmas Kiss! How annoying is that?!
And after he kissed all of them, he sat next to me on the bench and said, "You know what, too many of the female kind gets all woozy after they kiss me! Wanna try?" What he was saying meant that he wanted a kiss from me to try and prove to me that girls will become drunk and hallucinate weird imaginations after kissing him. Good thing Hotaru pull me away from his grasp in the nick of time.
"Are you still having problems with the blouse's lace? Come on! Your body is way slimmer than mine! How could you have problems with that kind of dress?!" Hotaru shouted back from the entrance. I have to admit, it's quite true. All of the basketball players like Mochu, Koko and Yuu said I had a body of a model since I'm tall and have long hair and such.
Sure I had problems in buying outfits since my height is way out of proportion, but hey, I got most dresses free since the guys who were the cashier always gave me a 100 percent discount in practically anything! But Hyuuga Natsume's thoughts on me were this, "You have no sense of style! Your body is just like a giraffe hogging onto all of leaves on a tree! May I remind you that your hair made you look like someone from the dead, oh I'm sorry, and I just meant it looks ugly?"
I feel like I want to just crush that guys balls! So much for Hotaru's premonition on me having those watcha-ma-call-it to seduce guys easily. Hyuuga Natsume doesn't give a damn about anything other than his status as a multi-boyfriend and his reputation as the best basketball player.
"Hotaru! You're far shorter than me, well by 3 inches anyway! Your pink blouse lace makes me look fat! This sucks!" I whined and started to strap back my high heel shoes. I'd really rather not go to this party but I had to since Hotaru is chasing the guy of her dreams, Team Captain Nogi Ruka.
Ruka is Natsume's best friend just like me and Hotaru. Don't get me started on Koko and Anna's scheme to get Hotaru and Ruka together as well as me and Natsume. The pair-ups are totally wrong. How could a numbskull like him even have a glint of crush on me?
I'll admit that he's hot with his gorgeous scarlet red eyes as well as his deep raven colored hair and his gorgeous eye-melting body, but him having a crush on me is as if you're asking a lion to eat a tree! Impossible and illogical! Natsume is non other than a notorious playboy whom has succeeded in his life by losing his virginity countless of times!
How do I know this you ask? Well, his mother invited me, the student council and the team for a birthday celebration at his house and all of us slept over, I went into the wrong room and if I'm not mistaken, he was making love to the president of our student council, Luna Hokage. And it wasn't just me who heard their 'happy time', oh no it wasn't just me.
The morning I woke up from bed and went to the garden for breakfast with everyone else, everyone was shooting questions at each other about the infamous playboy of the school. And Luna's face was scarlet red when she realized everyone knows. Since that incident, they both of them are known as the couple who got engaged by force and by Hotaru's premonition; the both of them would probably engage a shotgun wedding. How fabulous is that?!
"MIKAN! I'm going down now!!" Hotaru shouted eagerly so I assume Natsume and Ruka are at the lobby already. I let go of my hair band and left my hair down till my butt, adjusted my 3 strap black high heel sandals and tightened my lace on my waist, Aoi (my step sister) always told me to show off my waist and I just wanted to do it, or do I? I placed my pair of black rhinestone butterfly earrings and set necklace along with my butterfly buckled handbag. I grabbed my red coat and soft 100 percent cotton scarf.
I walked towards the lift and pressed 'Ground Floor' and the lift slips down. I don't understand the reason why I'd even wear this disastrous outfit. I mean, it really shows off all of my curves from top to bottom and not to mention my 'back', the sandals are somewhat annoying since I'm tall and I'm wearing something that'll make me look taller than ever.
"Mikan-chan!" I heard Ruka called out from outside of the lift. I smiled and stepped out and adjusted the lace on my waist.
"OK, be honest! Tell me I'm ugly and I'll go change into a T-shirt pronto!" I placed my arm on my waist and looked at Hotaru and Ruka's reaction. Hotaru gawked at me which looks really suspicious since she's usually the calm and control type but Ruka was totally out of hand. Is…is that blood coming out from his nose?!
"RUKA! Who's the babe?!" The disgusting and unimaginably hot Natsume showed up with his helmet on his right arm, his hair messed up, wearing a black parka jacket along with short beige slacks and sport shoes. "Yo! Hyuuga Natsume!" Natsume went up to me and held out his hands as he introduced himself.
ARGH! Could I get any madder?! While I was in school, with my hair tied in a high ponytail and braided, he insults me and now after showing off my 'stuff', he called me a babe?! What a jerk! A jackass! I slapped his hands and I knew my face turned madly red just eager to punch him.
"YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW ME IN THIS OUTFIT?! HOW THE HELL CAN YOU NOT KNOW IT'S ME?! SAKURA MI…"
"Sakura Amane!" Hotaru interrupted and glared at me. I pouted and stared at her. Fine, so that's it all along! She planned to hook me up with this jackass so she'd also get closer with Ruka!
"Sakura?! No way! You're that giraffe-like bitch's relative? No offence, you're just as tall as her, but I just love annoying her in a way for her to hate me," Natsume eyed in suspicion.
"RELATIVE?! OH GOD! YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! I'M MIKAN-"
"Sister! Mikan-chan's sister!" Hotaru interrupted smiled. Then she stared at me furiously so I crossed my arms and huffed.
"Wait, Hotaru, isn't this Mi-"
"Hush up boy. This is my plan so don't interrupt me!" I heard Hotaru whispered to Ruka.
"So it's your plan?! Thanks a bunch! You hooked me up with the most gorgeous babe in all of Japan! If I have her, I won't need my other 37 girls," Natsume smiled with glee. "So since Ruka has Imai-san, you don't mind if I'm your date right?" He has got to be kidding me! After I've redone my hair, changed my outfit style and re-did my make-up, he falls for me?! What an idiot! He falls for the first girl who has his taste! WAIT! Does that mean I've become someone of his taste?! NO WAY!!
"Sure, I guess. It's not like I have anything else to do. Oh wait! I do! I'm meeting up with my boyfriend, so ta-ta!" I smirked and laughed evilly in Hotaru's ears and started walking towards the lobby's entrance to get into my Porsche.
"Hey, Amane-chan! Since you're wearing that kind of dress, wouldn't it look cooler with your hair flying through the winds?! I've got an idea! Why don't you let Hyuuga-kun send you to your date spot with his bike? That way you'd look hot and marvelous by the streets," I know I see Hotaru smirking behind me. She must've known I'd say something like this.
"Umm…actually, I could just pull down Mikan Onee-chan's rooftop of the Porsche and let my hair fly around. It'd be nicer that way!" I smiled and twitched my eyebrows wondering what Hotaru will say next.
"You WILL become my date for this celebration today! No one ditches me!" Natsume glared at me with mad fires dancing around in his scarlet colored eyes. I faced Hotaru and saw her smirking. She must have definitely known about this crap Natsume's been going through!
I've never been scared of him, so I'll definitely never be scared of him now! I mean, his glares send nothing but odd thoughts throughout my mind. Why does he even bother trying to glare at me even when (I'm as Mikan) it never works?!
"Who made you my god anyway?! I'll do whatever I want whenever I want and that's that! Besides, I'd be caught dead hanging around with someone like you who has no sense of style, becoming a basketball player due to your giraffe-like neck and that messy lice-filled hair! Isn't it humiliating?! I'm a model who's going to be seen with a giraffe hanging over my head! Get out of my sight! It'd be a mercy from god if that happened!"
Somehow I felt that my sarcasm was wasted on him but it felt nice shoving back his words to him. Feels great! I feel like I'm queen of the world! I'm not really lying, honestly. I am a model, pre-professional as Hotaru would call it or a novice in general language. With this long hair down, this is how I look like in teen mags but with my hair up, that is how I look like in my Basketball Team.
Suddenly Natsume grabbed my wrist and stared at me which made me fidget a little. I never knew how beautiful his eyes were this up close! It's tempting me to just hug or kiss him! "I'll repeat myself, no one ditches me!" Then that horrible personality of him appeared once again. How can it not get me furious and mad at him?!
"Really? I'm so honored to be the first girl to have ever ditched you," I smiled playfully and flipped my hair over his face and walked towards my car. I wonder how he could have gotten to be that spoiled. I pressed on the button of my car key and unlocked my car door; I simply trashed in my handbag to the passenger seat and placed my left foot into the car.
"I LIKE YOU! I REALLY LIKE YOU!!" I heard Natsume shouted behind me and heard footsteps of Hotaru and Ruka running out from the entrance. I turned around and saw Natsume huffing and breathing in and out. His breath turned into mists as the cold whether merged with it. He looked funny. This was the first time I saw the infamous playboy confessing to an unknown girl like me. He looks…cute! With his cheeks red and pretending to look cool by placing his hand through his hair to make it look messier, no wonder he has tons of girlfriends… but the thing is, I won't ever be his!
"Sorry. I told you I have a boyfriend already and I'm meeting up with him now, so see ya! Actually probably not, I'm leaving Onee-chan's apartment tomorrow! So, I'm glad to have never had anything to do with you, ta-ta!" I waved and smiled and got into the car and drove it out from the apartment compound. Technically, I'm not lying about this either, only a little. You see, I have a crush on my photographer, in a way.
Reo Hazuki, the model photographer by the gods. His pictures turn people's heads around and make them interested in anything he does, he's…he's my angel. But the thing is he already has a fiancée, so he invited me over for dinner with my model director and his fiancée, Serena Ai. So the date part was true, the boyfriend part was a lie… what have I gotten myself into?!
I drove as fast as I could to drain this horrible thought of mine when he invited me over for dinner! I thought he would've confessed to me or something, but the thing is, his fiancée loves me… so he had to invite me over for the Christmas Eve dinner. The basketball thing will start now but I'll come later, after all, like Natsume said, I've contributed nothing to the club, might as well ditch it in the first place.
But Ruka can't send Hotaru back so I have to fetch her. I heard everyone would be playing fire crackers as well, thank god today wasn't as cold as yesterday when it was hailing with snow, so everyone would have a chance to play our last fire crackers. This would be the last time all of us would see each other.
Next year everyone's going to universities and colleges, most of them would probably try out for the Japan Basketball Association, as for me, I'll take my chances as a model and I aim to be a basketball coach. Hotaru's aiming to go wherever Ruka's going. Love has got nothing to do with it, honestly. It's just that they have the same dreams. As for Natsume, I've got no clue. I bet the top on his list would be being a gigolo in a whore club!
"Mikan-san!" Reo smiled as he greeted me with that adorable smile of his. Did I mention how gorgeous his purple neon colored eyes was?! A whole lot sexier than Natsume's eye chilling glares.
"Reo-kun!" I waved as I parked my car next to the famous Shikita JApaan Restaurant. I placed my car keys into my handbag and walked towards Reo-kun. Oh my god! I never thought a guy like him could have ever been this cute!
Him with his hair uncombed messily, him wearing a black leather jacket along with a white plain silk shirt and long fitted jeans with his black Bally shoes, he should be called the model instead. He looks gorgeous. Thank god humans can't melt or else it'd be me in liquid form on the ground right now!
"Mikan-san. This is my fiancée, Ai Serena!" Reo introduced a long haired woman with cute twinkling blue-green eyes and tight fitting clothing.
"OH. MY. GOD! It's you! It's really you! I can't believe it's you!" Serena suddenly squealed without so much as a warning before I could close my ears. She sounded like those madly ferocious girls who always scream and squealed around Natsume. It's only been a year and a half since I was known as a model and I have never seen anyone who acts like this in my life around me! It's suffocating!
"Serena's a little bit childish but would you believe she has received her PhD for Biochemistry at the age of 27! I seriously adore her!" Reo smiled and hugged Serena from the back. I really felt like I need to puke and punch everyone here. Watching my own crush having his romantic time in front of me, it's like I'm digging my own grave.
"So, come on. We've booked the table and the foods, it should be ready now!" Reo smiled and lead me into the restaurant. This is so humiliating. Where's the director in the first place?
"Excuse me?!" I spat out some of my drink as I gawked at the couple. "The director isn't coming?!" I asked in confusion. Reo nodded in response and smiled at Serena. So basically speaking, I'm in the midst of a whole room of couples and I'm the only one single?! I mean, look at all the other tables; everyone's a couple or at least a group with an even number of guys and girls!
"I'm…I'm sorry for interrupting your Christmas Eve together. My basketball team's having a party and I was to attend. My friend needs a lift back home, so I'll go and get her now!" I smiled and ran out of the restaurant.
I walked fast towards my car and crouched down and leaned on it, how could I have expected a great Christmas this year? It's always the same. I'll always make the wrong decision in everything. The only thing I remember about Christmas last year was when we had the celebration and I drank too much sake and alcohol so I fainted. The next thing I knew, I was in the infirmary of the school.
"What are you doing, idiot?!" A familiar voice said to me, I looked up and saw Natsume staring at me. HOLD ON! Does he know I'm Mikan now since he called me an idiot?!
"What are you doing calling random people idiots?!" I shouted back to him as my tears flowed down my cheeks.
"Of course you're an idiot! You ditched me! If you had me as a boyfriend, you wouldn't be crying like this anyway. What happened? Got dumped?" He chuckled. I buried my face into my legs and crossed my arms over my knees. "Is being dumped that bad?! Of course I've never felt it, I mean; girls would be total idiots to dump a perfectionist like me!" He chuckled again and made me pissed. I stood up and unlocked my car door.
"Oh yeah! Of course you wouldn't! Such a perfect person like you would never feel depressed or sad in under any circumstances!" I mocked and got into my car and start my engine and slammed my door shut. Suddenly Natsume got into the passenger seat without me noticing. "WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN MY CAR?!" I shouted out.
"Your car?! I thought it was that bitch's car! Besides that, you're not that cruel to let a beautiful guy like me ride a bike in the middle of winter are you?!" Natsume smirked. "Now drive straight to the gym. My playoff starts in 10 minutes," Natsume leaned on my beautiful leather seat and starts to mess his hair again. How could anyone have put up with him?! I feel like stomping on the bastard next to me rather than stomping on the oil pedal! ARGH! Whatever! This is a whole lot better than staring at my crush and his future wife getting all cuddly… and romantic… and so in love with each other!! GOD DAMMIT!!
"SLOW THE CAR DOWN!! WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO?! KILLING ME AT AN EARLY AGE OR SOMETHING?! HEY! HEY! YOU'RE GONNA HIT THAT BOY! HEY! ARE YOU LISTENING??"
"SHUT UP YOU ASS!" I shouted to Natsume and cornered a left before I could even touch the boy who was crossing the street a moment ago.
"THE ONLY REASON I'M THIS PISSED IS BECAUSE OF YOU WHO ALWAYS HUMILIATES PEOPLE! THAT PERSONALITY OF YOURS SUCKS! AFTER SEEING MY ONLY CRUSH ROMANTICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY CHIT CHATTING WITH HIS FIANCÉE, I HAVE TO SEE YOU OF ALL PEOPLE! IT'S LIKE I'M SEEING DOUBLE! I THOUGHT I'VE ALREADY GIVEN UP ON A BASTARD LIKE YOU AFTER MAKING OUT AND HAVING SEX AND PUBLICLY ANNOUNCE TO EVERYONE, IT'S AS IF YOU'RE JUST DYING TO GET ME OUT OF YOUR LIFE?! ARGH!!" I screamed out of my wits and hit the break pedal instantly making the car stop with a huge impact. We arrived to Gakuen Alice Gym in less than 10 minutes before this bastard's playoff. I cut out the car's engine and left Natsume in the car bewildered at my reaction.
It was an awkward situation. After being in the gym for around 1 hour, all the guys practically flirted with me like they don't even have a glint of who I really am. Hotaru told everyone that I'm my own sister and they actually said it's like me and I don't have any similarities.
God, I'm confusing myself at explaining this crap. What's more awkward was when Natsume was playing and he kept on staring blankly into space and when he came back to reality he comes forward towards me. And it's been around 9 times since he did that. Within one meter of reach towards me he'll turn back to the court and continue his game.
Everyone whispered to me about how bad Natsume is at being a playboy, LIKE HELL THEY THINK I DON'T KNOW. They say those things so I won't have anything to do with him and get me for their own benefit. I didn't think Koko would flirt with me as well, he even got a huge whack from Anna for flirting and Anna apologized to me for his behavior. They're so cute together.
"Amane-chan. Can I talk to you in private for a moment?" Hotaru asked and smiled as she waved at me to follow her toward the girl's changing room in the hallway. "What happened Mikan?! Ruka is going crazy because he said Natsume was hallucinating things and spilling it all out on my dear boy!"
"How the hell would I know?! I just want to go back home but you had to have no ride to get back!" I whined and sat on the bench nearby. "I just went a little bit too pissed on myself so I let it all out to Natsume who oh-so-happens to be spying on me while I was being crushed."
"You didn't know Natsume is a hard but a sensitive guy didn't you? All his girlfriends' loves him but he doesn't have mutual feelings for them, so in the end he coupled with them so they won't be depressed on anything," Hotaru said and sighed.
"JUST WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS?! AFTER HE DUMPS GIRLS HE ASSUMES THOSE GIRLS WILL BE DEPRESSED OVER HIM?! THAT JERK!!" I shouted and punch the bench I was sitting on. "THAT GUY HAS A LOT OF NERVES! WHEN HE CONFESSED EVEN I COULD TELL IT WAS A FAKE!! ARGH!"
I saw Hotaru shook her head and placed her palm over her chin and I assume she's thinking. "Whatever, Hotaru. I'm leaving now. I'll try to hook up with Mochu or Koko to bring you back to the apartment." I sighed and walked out from the changing room. I can't take it. How could he be sensitive? He's never sensitive over my feelings. Feelings…. Wait a minute…
IT'S LIKE I'M SEEING DOUBLE! I THOUGHT I'VE ALREADY GIVEN UP ON A BASTARD LIKE YOU AFTER MAKING OUT AND HAVING SEX AND PUBLICLY ANNOUNCE TO EVERYONE, IT'S AS IF YOU'RE JUST DYING TO GET ME OUT OF YOUR LIFE?! ARGH!!
ALREADY GIVEN UP ON A BASTARD LIKE YOU…
ALREADY GIVEN UP ON A BASTARD LIKE YOU…
End of flashback…
HE MUST'VE HEARD ME SAY THAT CLEARLY!! SO WAIT! HE MUST'VE GOTTEN CONFUSED SINCE IT WAS MY SISTER (ME) WHO HAD A CRUSH ON HIM! Oh god! I'm getting confuse myself?!
"Sakura-san," Natsume said as I realized he was standing outside of the changing room. "We need to talk!" He avoided eye contact with me and turned around instantly and walked away basically asking me to follow him. Somehow, I realized we were heading towards the Sakura Garden near the gym.
At night, the pink colors weren't as beautiful as the mornings, but tonight it seemed like the blossoms were sad, and overly moody. The clouds were blocking the moon's light, the night was dark and grey.
"To think the whether forecaster said that it's going to be a bright night," I remarked and stared at the sky then suddenly I realized Natsume was staring…I meant glaring at me from afar. His eyes told me he was serious about something, and at the same time he's distracted over something. Either way, I'm not going to let him ruin my Christmas Eve.
"I'd really like to repeat myself again," He started. "I really do like you. Or to say, I really love you," He sighed and turned away again. God! I felt like punching him. How'd you feel if someone was as serious as this and yet avoids you at the critical moment?
"What the hell do you mean?! We just met today!" I shouted.
"DO YOU THINK I'M AN IDIOT?! WOULD I RUSH IN A SNOW STORM JUST TO SAVE YOU LAST CHRISTMAS IF IT WASN'T FOR THE FACT THAT I LOVE YOU?! WOULD I EVEN BOTHER TO CAPTURE YOU WHEN YOU FELL AT THE FALL'S PLAY MONTHS AGO IF IT WASN'T FOR THE REASON THAT I LOVE YOU?! YOU REALLY DO THINK I'M AN IDIOT DON'T YOU MIKAN?!" He shouted out loud and shocked me when I heard my name.
Well, in a way, that's the first half of my story. Let's go on to the next! Wahoo!