/Author's Note: This is just a short chapter to get things moving faster, to progress Hikari and Takeru's friendship and also to let Catherine showcase her evil more ^^ I actually like that character and one day I'll need to write a fic that features her in a more positive light. I read over the last chapter and I didn't like some parts of it so I'm more than likely going to rewrite some of it. I'll let you guys know when that happens.

Also I severly editied my Author's Note (AKA the first fake chapter) at the very beginning of this story. So anything you guys remembered from there (like the long summary, casting, the item that would replace the traditional glass slipper) is gone. Just have two main points there now: the one on Taichi and Hikari, and my still long explanation on why Catherine cannot be used to dissprove Takari. For those wondering what item will be use as the glass slipper in this story, it's a surprise~


Chapter 6: The Good & the Ugly


"So what do you think is going to happen when you see Takeru in school?" Sora asked her best friend as she pulled up into the school's parking lot.

"I don't know… he probably doesn't even remember me anyway." The petite brunette mumbled softly.

"Hikari! Stop staying stuff like that! Honestly you're the most self-depreciative person I know." Sora reprimanded the girl.

"I concur." Ken said in the background.

"Gee thanks guys," Hikari teased the two, "but honestly. Why would he care about what some nobody like me says when he's got the school's most popular and sought after girl on his arm?"

"Because unlike her, you're a sweet caring girl with a heart of gold. Trust me, if this guy is worth any of your time at all, he'll remember you."

Hikari sat in silence, contemplating the words of her guy best friend. Maybe what he was saying is true. If Takeru was really the guy she though (and hoped) he would be, then he should remember her words right? He should remember her.

"Thanks Ken, that was sweet of you to say."

Blushing under the attention, Ken mumbled an "any time" as Hikari got out of the tomato red VW Bus.

"Wow, that was quite the inspirational speech Ken. So tell me, did you spend your weekend watching sappy romantic comedy chick flicks or something?" Sora asked him with a bemused face.

"Shut up." Ken glared at her then immediately got out of the van as well, Sora following him with a loud laugh.


"So dude, have you heard from Catherine since the Big B?" Taichi asked him, referring to Takeru and Catherine's break-up from last Saturday.

"Ahh… no. That's why I'm so nervous because normally she would've been bothering all weekend about getting back together. She's always like that when we get into a fight or anything because she's so afraid of losing me I guess."

Daisuke gave out a small snort. "Yea TK, that didn't sound conceited at all."

Takeru hit him lightly on the back in a joking manner. "Shut up! Anyway, I'm just surprised she didn't call, text, email, or anything you know? Because if she didn't do anything over the weekend, who knows how she's going to act today when I run into her today you know?"

"I hear you. Well whatever happens, we're behind you one hundred percent man." Taichi said, clasping Takeru on the shoulder.

"Yea definitely!" Daisuke agreed.

"Thanks guys, well I gotta go drop some stuff off at the gym. I'll see you guys later k?"

"Alright, see yea later. We'll let you know if we hear anything on Catherine."

Taichi, Daisuke, and Takeru all said their goodbyes then Takeru headed towards the gym.

'Ugh, I don't know why I'm getting so freaked on this! I mean, this is the reason why I broke up with her in the first place. I guess it's because I know what she's capable of. Still… I don't even know why I put up with her for so long. Being with her for two years has almost made me forget that girls could actually be nice, like that girl I met over the weekend.'

By girl, Takeru had meant Yagami Hikari. For some odd reason, Takeru couldn't really get her out of her mind. His guess had been because he wasn't used to being around someone so sweet in such a long time. She was honestly the sweetest girl he had met in the longest time…

'I wonder if I could talk to her again…' Takeru thought. Not for romantic reasons though at all, that was the last thing on his mind. He had just broken up with his girlfriend for crying out loud! The last thing he needed or wanted was a girlfriend. What he wanted was some change in his life. Some good change. Perhaps the girl could bring it for him.

As if on cue, Takeru had bumped into a petite brunette of whom he recognized the moment he laid eyes on her.

"Oh I'm so sorry! I wasn't watching where I was going." The brunette quickly apologized.

"Oh it's alright. Hey, Hikari right?"

A light flush appeared over the girl's cheek as she nodded and her eyes were wide as if she couldn't believe that he had recognized her.

"Hi Takeru! Sorry for running into you."

"Oh it's alright; I wasn't watching where I was going. You know, we really should work on not running into each other every time we meet." He laughed trying to lighten the mood and poor flustered girl.

It seemed to have work, as she let out a small giggle. He liked the sound of it- it was cute.

"Yea for sure. So how have you been? By the way, thanks again for the coffee on Saturday. You really didn't need to do that."

"Hey, it was no problem at all. Besides that was fun. We should do it again sometime."

A deeper blush than before appeared hard on Hikari's cheek. It could've rivaled Sora's precious bus. "Oh y-yea, most definitely!" She managed to get out before smiling at him and nodding.

The blonde smiled back and said, "Well, I should get going. I gotta get this bag to the gym and head for class. I don't want to make both of us late."

"Oh that's fine. It's my own fault too," Hikari apologized, "I guess I'll see you around?"

Takeru nodded. "Yea, for sure. I'll se you later." The two of them waved goodbye and headed in opposite directions. Just having a simple conversation with her brightened just a small part of Takeru's day. He liked that, and to be quite honest he wasn't all that used to it either.

As rounded the corner to the gym, a hand suddenly grabbed onto his arm and spun him around.

"Oh, geez- Catherine?" The bewildered boy asked wildly. What the hell? Was she trying to give him a heart attack? Was that her plan of revenge, to land him in the hospital?

"Hello Takeru." She replied icily. A cold, hard glare was on her face. It reminded Takeru of Medusa, the snake-haired woman from Greek Mythology that could freeze people with just one hard look. It was a glare that could've made any person shiver.

"Catherine, what do you want? I have to go to the gym and then get to class. You don't want the both of us to be late to class do you?" He let a frustrated sigh. Honestly, could anyone tell him why he put up with her for so long?

"So," Catherine started ignoring Takeru's question as if he hadn't spoken at all (to which he let out another frustrated sigh), "I overheard you talking to that dumb brunette in the hallway. She says you took her out for coffee? When was this? Before or after we broke up? Did you dump me for her?" The last few words came out in a yell as Catherine stomped her foot in anger.

Takeru threw his head back and groaned. "Ugh, no Catherine. I didn't dump her for you. Yes, I took her out for coffee but just as friends. It didn't mean anybody. I can hang out with other girls too you know. I mean, I see you hanging all over other guys all the time!"

Takeru felt a sort of relief saying that. He had heard from several people that Catherine would cheat on him, but he never did anything about it. This time, he wouldn't let her walk all over him. Those days were done.

"TK, what are you talking about? I never cheated on you! All of those guys came after me. It's not my fault they have good taste! At least I tell them I have a boyfriend. Unlike you, taking out that little tramp for coffee!"

"First of all, that girl isn't a tramp. She's a nice girl, more than you'll ever be! And second of all, don't think I'm no fooled for one second. You think I can't tell when you're lying? I know what you do with those guys when I'm not around. It isn't all about you Catherine, so stop playing victim!"

This time it was Takeru who was yelling, and he was surprised for it. Normally he was pretty calm person but his ex was just pushing his buttons.

"Ugh! You know what? I'm glad we broke up if this is who you really are! I can't believe I dated someone I didn't even know for two years!"

"Same here." Takeru replied, his voice as hard as stone.

"I'm going to assume you're not going to tell me the name of the girl you cheated on me with?"

What? Was she serious right now? Did she not just hear anything he had said? Takeru felt his anger flame up. He was so frustrated right now he wanted to pull his hair out.

"No, I'm not so get over it." He would be damned if he gave Catherine Hikari's name. The girl's life seemed like a living hell already, he didn't need to add on to her burden. Besides, he knew Catherine didn't like her as it is because of her dumb step-sisters. If she knew it was her that Takeru taken out to coffee He couldn't even imagine. Though torn limbs did come to mind.

"You know what? You are such a bastard, and don't think I'm not going to let the whole school know that." With that, the she-devil herself spun on her heel and stormed down the hall ready to take down anyone in her way- literally.

When he saw that she was finally out of sight, Takeru let out a huge groan and punched a wall in frustration then finally made his way to the gym in peace. When he later left, he checked his watched to see the time.

8: 45

Great. Catherine had made him late for class. That was his third tardy this month. He imagined his English teacher wasn't going to be too happy about that. Good thing he was her favorite student. Apparently Takeru was showing some talent in the subject and his teacher kept pestering him about pursuing it as a major in college. It's not like he could anyway. As far as he was concerned his future was already decided for him in basketball.

Takeru quickly through the school and sped toward his English class, with high hopes that his teacher was in a good mood and wouldn't give him detention.

But as he ran through one thought kept repeating in his head over and over again- that he could really go for a cup of coffee right now.


/Author's Note: So then, the next chapter, whenever that may come out, is going to focus primarily on Hikari and her past. Don't know how long it'll be. Knowing me probably not that long.

Reviews as usual would be wonderful! I always love getting feedback from you guys and hearing what you have to say. Let me know if there are any mistakes for me to fix. I wrote this very late at night (It's 1:30 am where I live right now) so I'm writing this half asleep. Hope you guys enjoyed!

LightOfHope07

(By the way, isn't my new penname awesome? I took away the annoying dashes! Some other person took the penname I wanted and they haven't done anything on the site! Probably made and account and forget about it -_-

Okay, I'm done ranting now.)