Disclaimer: I don't own any of the Fruits Basket character's or the anime itself, so please don't sue me, I'm poor enough as it is.
A/N: This story idea came to me after watching a few HaruxTohru videos on YouTube, and reading a few stories about the fan-made couple. I think it's pretty good, but it's really your opinion that matters, so let me know what you thought about this story in a review, please. Thank you.
Tohru was on her way to school, running late for the second time that week because she woke up an hour later than usual and pleaded with Yuki and Kyo to go ahead without her, so that they wouldn't be tardy as well. Now she was racing down the street, desperate to get to class as soon as possible, her long brunette hair flying in the wind, and a panicked expression on her face.
"Please let me make it, please let me make it!"
Though she was already late, she hoped that if she wasn't too late, her teacher would forgive her tardiness.
With that thought in mind, she ran faster, but suddenly saw something, or rather someone, who made her jolt to a complete stop.
The black and white haired cow zodiac was standing in front of a tree, seemingly admiring the firm, rough, branches and the vibrant, emerald leaves. His expression was calm and relaxed, as if he didn't have a care in the world, and wasn't one bit worried about such trivial matters as getting to school on time.
Tohru's timid voice interrupted his silent musing however, and he glanced at the girl, blinking nonchalantly.
"Um…H-hi Haru. Shouldn't you be on you're way to school right now? We're both really late. Let's walk there together, okay?"
"...Hey Tohru. I was thinking about how the leaves stay fresh and green all Spring and Summer, but then they change to brown and yellow, and fall from the trees in Fall."
The rice ball gazed at him with a look of understandable confusion on her face, and then smiled and gave a polite reply.
"That is very interesting, Haru. You've been pondering that all this time?"
"Not really. I was on my way to school and then I saw a child crying because her pocky fell on the ground and got dirty, so I bought her a green tea chocolate ball. Then she thanked me and I started walking again, but I forgot where I was going, so I just wandered around for awhile and came to this tree."
"Oh…I see. That's a very nice story, but we really should get going now before we're even later than we already are."
"Hmm…I suppose that is a good idea. Where are we going again?"
Tohru sweat-dropped at his question.
"To school, remember?"
"You know something, I've got a better idea. Follow me."
He gently took her hand and led her away from the area they were in, ignoring her sputtered protests.
"B-but, what about school?! Haru, where are you taking me? I'm going to be sooo late! I hope everyone forgives me. Oh man, this is bad. What would mom say? Skipping a day of school! This is not good, not good at all!!!"
"Hey, would you calm down already? I'm taking you somewhere nice, so be quiet, geeze."
"Nice? What do you mean? Are we going to a hot spring or something?"
The cow nearly anime fell at her suggestion, and looked at her like she had grown two heads.
"No way. You'll see when we get there."
"Uh…alright, I guess."
Soon they were at the place he wanted to show her.
Tohru gasped in surprise and delight as she gazed upon the most wondrous place she'd ever seen.
A wide lake shimmered brightly in the morning sunlight, seeming to greet the two companions like a beacon of joy, birds flew above the gleaming water, singing warm, friendly notes cheerfully to them.
The young girl stared at the tranquil scene in absolute ecstasy, her face bearing the naturally happy look she always seemed to have.
"Wow, this is a really amazing place! It's very peaceful and serene, not to mention beautiful. Thank you very much for bringing me here."
"Don't mention it."
Haru had his standard neutral expression on, but Tohru could see through it, and was able to tell that he was pleased that she was enjoying herself.
Taking a seat on the grass, Tohru took in the scenery once more and smiled contentedly.
"How did you find this place, if you don't mind me asking."
"I stumbled upon it when I was taking a stroll one evening. I instantly took a liking to it, because I fancy pretty things like this."
"Really? So do I. I never even knew this spot was here until now. I'm lucky to be able to see it."
"Yeah. So am I."
And after that they stayed there in total silence, both of them basking in the calm, still, atmosphere, and enjoying the pleasant sight of the lake and the soothing sound of the twittering birds.