Note: Inspiration – Vampire Knight DS Game – Shiki Senri's Part


60) Ichijou-san

Shiki knew something was wrong. It was instinctive. An attuned reaction to her. There was no change in Rima's expression or body language, but he could feel something was off.

"What's wrong?"

"You went out and bought a present for Ichijou-san."

"Yes, the statue." Shiki nodded. "It's called the Thinking Cat."

There was silence.

"Are you upset?" He asked, a puzzled expression on his face.

"I'm not upset."

"...it doesn't seem that way." Shiki stated cautiously. "Will you tell me?"

"You went out and bought a present for Ichijou-san." She repeated again, this time accusingly.

"...Did you want a cat too?" He asked, tilting his head to the side slightly. She glared at him with those brilliant sapphire eyes. Rima sighed, obviously Shiki didn't understand.

"Shiki...do you like Ichijou-san more than me?" The question was asked hesitantly.

"Eh?"

"It doesn't matter." Rima muttered, unsure if she wanted to hear the answer.

"I like Ichijou-san in a way different from the way I like you, Rima." The brunette answered, still quite confused at the question.

"I should hope so." Came the terse reply.

"I respect Kaname-sama, I admire Ichijou-san and I adore you. Is that a problem?"

"No." Rima said, breaking out into a smile at his response. He blinked, surprised at her sudden change but grateful she was no longer unhappy.

"Rima?"

"Hm?"

"Why were you upset?" Shiki asked a while later. Rima smiled slightly to herself.

"Next time when you go out, buy me a present too."

Eh?