A/N: Hi there~ I've finally found the time to rewrite this chapter, since this was written a few years ago, and it was awful. Okay, I didn't really change much, just bits here and there, but it might be better to read it again~ Or not, if you don't want to~ Anyways, hope you enjoy this nonetheless.
Disclaimer: I don't own Prince of Tennis. I only own my OCs~
A woman in her early forties was seen sitting by her desk in her office. She was wearing a gray suit with matching slacks, and her brunette hair tied in a bun. She pushed her reading glasses up the bridge of her nose when she heard a knock on her door. "Who is it?"
The door opened, and a tall girl with dark hair and golden eyes entered the room. "Rika Echizen, Year 11 from Scott House," she answered, at the same time closing the door behind her.
"Have you any idea why you were called, Rika?" the headmistress of Cranbrook School, Mrs. Frances Kingsley, asked.
Rika didn't answer; instead she just stared down at her hands on her lap. Mrs. Kingsley took Rika's muteness as a yes, and continued talking.
"Unfortunately, our meeting this evening is not of joyous occasion," stated Mrs. Kingsley. She sighed, "It pained me to say this to one of Cranbrook School's most brightest and talented student, but you left me with no choice. You are hereby expelled from Cranbrook School for breaking more than three of our rules, and endangering another student in the process."
"Okay," Rika mumbled, still refusing to look up.
"Miss Rika, I know the things that happened was not entirely your fault. You assorted yourself with the wrong crowds and made the wrong decisions. However, every choices came with consequences, and the only thing we could do is deal with the consequences bravely."
A sniffle escaped from Rika, and the only thing Mrs. Kingsley could do for her charge was smile in pity. With a gentle voice, she said, "Hold your head up, Rika." After awhile of coaxing, Rika looked up; puffy red eyes, met with amber eyes. Mrs. Kingsley gave an approval smile this time. "In life, we will always make mistakes. However, Cranbrook produces young ladies who will face their trials in life bravely and smartly. I know, no matter where you go, you will always have the Cranbrook spirit in your heart. So, I know I won't have to worry about you even if you're no longer here."
After that, Rika broke into a cry, and Mrs. Kingsley went to the teenager's side and took Rika in her embrace. Mrs. Kingsley whispered soothing reassurance as Rika mumbled 'I'm sorry' repeatedly.
When Rika's cries have died down, Mrs. Kingsley returned to her seat. "Miss Rika, I've informed your guardian, Mr. Nanjiroh Echizen about your expulsion. He will arrive tomorrow morning to deal with the paperwork's and to take you home. Therefore, you will have tonight to pack and say your goodbyes to your housemates."
Rika nodded, "I understand."
Mrs. Kingsley looked at her wristwatch and said, "Well then, you may take your leave." She held out her hand, and Rika took it. "It was an honor to have you as a student here, Miss Rika," she smiled.
Rika sighed, thinking about what happened three days ago. She chuckled grimly. 'I can't believe I'm expelled.' Just like Mrs. Kingsley told her, Nanjiroh arrived from Japan to the school the day after her expulsion to deal with the paperwork's. Then, after saying one last goodbye to everyone, Nanjiroh took her home to her parent's mansion, her home. Of course, no one was staying there except for their most trusted but butler, the head housekeeper, the kitchen maid, and two housemaids.
Nanjiroh has informed Mr. Carson, the butler about Rika's situation as soon as he arrived in England, and in turn, the butler relayed it to the rest of the staff. Upon hearing the news, Mrs. Dawson, the head housekeeper, immediately instructed the kitchen maid and the housemaids to prepare for Rika's arrival while she packed some of the stuff Rika will need for her journey to Japan.
Rika has spent her last three days in Kent by sitting in her father's library, her mother's garden, and her brother's room, reminiscing. She had also spent some of her times with the staffs, the few people who were there to watch over her since she was born.
Before her departure, all the staff wept for her. It will be months, maybe years, before they could see her again. Rika said goodbye, and hugged each one of them personally. The last one was her butler. The Scottish man in his early sixties gave Rika a peck on her forehead.
"I am going to miss you, lassie," he said affectionately.
Rika couldn't help the tears that rolled down her cheeks. "I'm going to miss you too, Carson."
Suddenly, Rika was snapped out of her thoughts when someone beside her said, "Ah, nice, sexy girls in bikinis." It was then followed by a loud snore.
The word 'disgusting old man' was clearly written on her face. "I can't believe my parents made him my guardian. Don't they know my cousin is a pervert.' She was about to say more about her 'perverted-old-cousin' when a stewardess snapped her out of another string of thought.
"Do you want any juices, miss? Tea or coffee perhaps?"
Rika kindly smiled at the stewardess, "No, thank you."
"Come on, Echizen," Momo said, quickly changing into his tennis uniform. "We better hurry before buchou gives us more laps."
Echizen yawned. "Mada mada dane, senpai," he said.
"It's easy for you to say," Momo muttered under his breath as he walked out the changing room. "Tezuka-buchou has a soft spot for you, being the new pillar and all."
Unfortunately for Momo, Tezuka was within hearing range.
"Momoshirou, 50 laps," Tezuka yelled.
'Kuso,' Momo thought as he started running his laps.
"Rika, welcome to Japan," Rinko said, hugging her husband's cousin.
"I'm hurt," Nanjiroh said when he entered the house. "Why does Rika-chan get a hug?"
"You'll get more than that when I tell Rinko nee-san what you were reading during the flight," Rika said with a mischievous smile.
"I'll get you for that, brat," Nanjiroh glared. Rika just stuck out her tongue at him.
"Let's have breakfast first," Rinko told the two childish Echizens'.
Remembering something important, Rika immediately asked, "So, Rinko nee-san, have I been enrolled into Seishun Gakuen?"
Rinko nodded. "I've taken care of everything." After a short pause, she said, "But because I didn't foresee your flight's delay, now you're officially late for your first day."
Rika groaned. "But I could still attend today, can't I?"
"Well, yeah," Rinko shrugged, "you should still be able the third or fourth lesson, but," she gave Rika a look, "aren't you tired?"
Rika shook her head. "I've got enough sleep on the flight," she answered. "Besides, I wanted to give the little guy a surprise." She gave Rinko her puppy dog eyes, "Please?"
"Alright," Rinko sighed, finally giving in. "When are you planning to go?"
"Right after breakfast," Rika answered. She took a sip of her tea.
"Well then, Rika-chan, you don't mind taking this to Ryoma? It seems like he forgot his obento again."
"Sure, nee-san," Rika smiled.
While everyone was busy copying the notes from the blackboard, Tezuka noticed an error made by the teacher, so he walked to the teacher and whispered, "Fukuda-sensei, you mixed up 'there' with 'their'."
The teacher, Fukuda, blushed a little. Pushing up his glasses on the bridge of his nose, he said, "Thank you, Tezuka-san."
Tezuka nodded and returned to his seat.
"Now, I want everyone to open your text-" before Mr. Fukuda could finish what he was about to say, the door to the classroom opened.
"Hi, sorry I'm late. My flight from England was delayed," a tall black-haired girl entered the classroom. "However, the homeroom teacher told me I could just join the class immediately."
"Alright, then," Mr. Fukuda said. "Come in and introduce yourself. Since we're in the middle of English class, please speak in English."
The girl nodded. She closed the door behind her, and went to the center of the class. The girl has waist-length black hair, white fair skin, and golden cat-like eyes.
'A very familiar golden eyes,' Tezuka thought.
"Hi everyone," she said, speaking fluently in English. "My name is Rika Echizen, 15 years old. I just arrived in Japan this morning. I live in England almost all my life, although I do visit Japan once in awhile when I was younger," she said.
There was a chorus of 'Oh' but soon was hushed up.
"Alright, Echizen-san, there's an empty seat behind Tezuka-san," Mr. Fukuda said. "Tezuka-san, please raise your hand."
Rika walked towards her seat. When she passed Tezuka, she said, "Thanks." Tezuka just nodded his head in reply.
"Okay class, please open your textbook to page 109," Mr. Fukuda said.
English was the last class before break time. When the bell rang to indicate the end of the lesson, Rika said, "Finally."
"Hi, I'm Oishi Syuichiro," Rika heard someone said.
Rika looked up and saw the guy who sat next to her standing just in front of her desk.
"Hi," Rika said. "I'm Echizen Rika."
"Nice to meet you," Oishi said. When Tezuka stood up, Oishi said, "This is my best friend, Tezuka Kunimitsu, and the student council president."
"Nice to meet you," Rika said, smiling to Tezuka.
"Aa," Tezuka replied.
"He doesn't like me much, does he?" Rika whispered to Oishi.
He laughed, "Ah, don't worry about it. Tezuka…he doesn't really smile much." After an "Ah" was heard from Rika, Oishi continued, "Do you want to have lunch with us? We could also show you around after."
"Thanks, but no thanks," Rika answered. "I'm meeting someone for lunch."
"Alright," Oishi said, and before he and Tezuka went out of the classroom, he said, "It's nice meeting you, Echizen-san."
"Likewise, Oishi-kun," Rika grinned.
"Do you think she is related to Echizen?" Oishi asked.
"Probably," Tezuka answered, "but it is not wise to assume."
"Yeah, you're right," Oishi said. He was about to say something else, but he was cut in when Eiji, his doubles partner appeared from nowhere and glomped him.
"Oishi nyaaaa~," he exclaimed. "Fujiko was being mean to me."
"Maa, Eiji, you didn't have to go that far," the culprit, who had just came out of their classroom, said.
'Damn, I should have asked for directions to Ryoma's classroom,' Rika groaned. She was now wandering around the freshmen's floor, but she had no idea which class Ryoma was in. She grinned widely with hope in her eyes when she saw a freshman passing by. "Excuse me, my name is Rika, and I'm new here. Could you show me where Echizen Ryoma is?"
"M-M-My name is Katsuo," the freshman said. "I'll show you where Ryoma is."
Rika smiled. "Thanks."
They walked to classroom 1-3. Katsuo opened the door.
Suddenly, a boy with brunette hair ran towards Katsuo and said, very loudly, "Where have you been?" When he realized Rika was there, he asked, "Who are you?"
"I'm Rika, third year," she answered. Then, she saw a sleeping freshman at the second last table. Slowly, she crept towards him.
"What she's doing?" one of the freshman trio asked when they saw Rika going towards Ryoma.
"I have no idea," Katsuo answered.
At that same time, Sakuno and Tomoko entered the classroom. When Tomoko saw the scene, she angrily said, "How dare that girl disturb Ryoma-sama without my permission?
"Calm down, Tomoko," Katsuo said. "Rika-senpai is new here."
"I don't care!" Tomoko said, stomping off towards Ryoma. Sakuno and the others sighed as they followed the mad fan girl.
When Rika saw the sleeping Ryoma, she thought, 'Perfect chance.' She took a feather from her pocket and tickled Ryoma's nose. Ryoma stirred. Rika did it again. Ryoma stirred again. The third time Rika tickled Ryoma's nose, the boy opened one of his eyes. At that time, Rika had her face only a few inches from Ryoma's face.
Surprised, Ryoma yelled, "Nee-san!"
Rika smiled. "In the flesh."
Before Ryoma could say anything else, Tomoko and the others arrived. "Who gave you the right to talk to Ryoma-sama?"
Rika gave Ryoma a confused look. "Just ignore it," the boy told her lazily.
Sakuno apologized. "I'm sorry about Tomo-chan, that's just the way she is."
"Sakuno, you're supposed to back me up," Tomoko scolded her friend.
Rika laughed. "Don't worry about it." She returned her gaze at Ryoma. "Come on, Ryo. I've brought your obento. Apparently, you forgot it at home again."
Ryoma's eyes sparkled when he saw the obento. "Thanks, nee-san."
"Come on, let's eat on the roof," Rika said, and both of them exited the classroom.
"Wait, did Ryoma/ Echizen said onee-san?" all five freshmen asked, looking at each other with surprise.
A/N: I know there are still lots of grammatical errors and so on, but hopefully this is better than the original first chapter~ Anyways, please read and review~ :D