Shattered Glass

Just because my life looks perfect on the outside, doesn't mean that it's perfect on the inside.

You think life is all happiness and all that crap? Well, it's not with me. Quite the opposite, actually.

Sure, I have great friends and get half decent grades. But the thing that everyone mistakes are the minor cuts and scratches, the minor bruises.

Luckily for me, I'm able to explain them, since they're nothing that's not explainable.

A fall down the stairs, running into something...those types of things.

I'm pretty sure that everyone believes me...everyone but one certain CEO.

Everyday, when I go to school with a minor bruise and a cut here and there, those blue eyes go over every new thing that scars me.

It's kind of strange to have your enemy look you over like that. I mean, I thought the guy hated me. So why does he look over me like that?

I don't know. Maybe he just does to wonder how clumsy I really am.

Or maybe it's something more than that.

Nah, couldn't be. That would mean he cared about someone.

The only one that guy cares about is his brother. Everyone else can go to hell.

That's the impression he gives me, anyway.

"Hey, Katsuya! Earth to Katsuya!"

"Eh?" I lift my head up. "What?"

Anzu shakes her head. "Seriously, Jou, what the heck were you daydreaming about?"

"I wasn't daydreamin." I mutter, sitting up and rubbing the back of head where it still hurt from last night. "Just...thinkin."

"Katsuya Jounouchi was thinking. That's a first." Honda said, laughing.

"Ah, shut up."

After class was over, my head was pounding something fierce. I could barely stand up and everything was spinning.

When I closed my eyes, someone's arms suddenly grabbed me. It was then I noticed I was on the brink of fainting.

I heard a heavy sigh. "Working yourself to the brink of exhaustion, Jounouchi?"

I didn't reply, just kept my eyes closed and hoped that I didn't faint. Or throw up. One or the other.

A hand was placed on my forehead, and I heard another sigh. "Coming to school when you're sick. Very smart, Jounouchi." the same voice said, sarcasm in the tone.

"I...don't care..." I managed to mutter, opening my eyes. "Who...are you...anyway? Why...are you"

The person just made a 'tch' sound. "Well, it's kind of hard to ignore someone when they're in front of you and about to faint. Or get sick."

When the slight haze cleared up, I recognized the voice as Seto Kaiba.

My eyes widened. Why the hell would rich boy be helping ME?

"You're not staying in here if you're as sick as I think you are." the CEO said, and I was suddenly lifted off the ground. "Hm. You're lighter then you look."

"H-Hey!" I start to say, but realize that one, struggling would be pointless, and two, being carried actually felt nice. So I just shut up and let Kaiba carry me out of the school.

Which earned a lot of shocked stares, but the CEO just glared at anyone that dared to look at him. Which caused the people who stared to hurry off to their next class. Because no one wanted to mess with a pissed off Seto Kaiba. Not even me.

When we got outside, he took a mobile phone out of his pocket and punched in a number. "It's me. I'm leaving school. Now. Get someone here as soon as possible."

He hung up, and his hand went to my forehead again. "That's definitely not a good temperature you have. Probably around a hundred three to a hundred five."

I just glared, or tried to, and closed my eyes. "Yeah, yeah...what's it matter...? I'm just big deal..."

I didn't see what his reaction was to that, but his voice gave some of it away. "Usually no one gets a fever that high or this bad unless it progressed over a period of time. Were you sick beforehand?"

"I dunno...and even if I old man wouldn't give a...damn..." I muttered, coughing lightly.


I heard a limo pulling up, and the CEO said some things before getting into it. Even then, he didn't let me go. Which surprised me, but I had no complainants. Because I was freezing and he was warm. So that felt nice.

I think I fell asleep during the ride, because I suddenly heard Kaiba say, "You have to get out now. I'd take you out myself, know what I mean."

I opened my eyes, and they instantly met sapphire. But they weren't cold. They actually held concern.

I got up, which made every part of me ache, and got out of the limo.

As soon as I got to my feet, I felt dizziness take over me. Luckily for me, Kaiba was close behind me as he got a grip on my shoulder.

All of a sudden, the sick feeling I had took over me, and luck must have been on my side, because there was a bush nearby. So I automatically went to that and threw up.

I heard voices, but I couldn't make them out through the pain I was feeling and the sick feeling that I had. One of the voices was close to me, and I felt a hand against my back. "Take it easy, Jounouchi."

I turned my head for a spilt second then threw up again. Damn, I hated being sick.

When it seemed that my lunch was out of me, I leaned heavily against whatever was closest to me. Which happened to be Kaiba.

"It must have been going on for a while if someone gets that violently sick." an unfamiliar voice said.

"Probably." Kaiba said, and he handed me something. "Here. Drink this."

I took whatever it was and drank the whole thing in two gulps. "Thanks..."

I got up, shaking my head of the remaining sick feeling I had. The hand from earlier was replaced on my shoulder, guiding me to the mansion.

As soon as I reached the front steps, the feeling I was going to faint hit full throttle, and I passed out.

Well, that' s the first chapter. So what did people think? I appreciate everyone's comments on this. CC is welcome, as always. Flames I'll just use to light the fire in the living room fireplace.