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RECAP:

"Could you read everyone else's minds?"

"Yeah."

"Okay then, read mines."

"I can't."

"And why not?"

"I don't know. It's like you're trying to…nullify it. But I could still read everyone else's."

"That's weird…" Mikan whispered.


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Chapter 16: "Behind these Alices!"

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"Nullifying? Cool. What about now? Can you read my mind?" Mikan asked grinning like an idiot.

"Your fly is open." she thought, smirking. Koko, who read Mikan's thoughts, looked down on his pants to see if his fly was really open, but it wasn't. When he turned to look at her, she was laughing, which slightly annoyed him.

"Not funny Mikan-chan." he hissed, but she didn't stop, instead, she continued laughing while holding her tummy.

"You should have seen your face Koko!" she said between her laugh.

"Stop it!" he exclaimed.

"Sorry, it's just…you were funny!" she giggled. But her giggle was stopped when she saw Yuki and Luna came in. They were chatting cheerfully, like what normal best of friends usually do. But when Yuki turned to look at Mikan, her smiled turned up-side-down.

"What's wrong Yuki?" Luna asked, as she saw her so-called 'best friend', frowning. Yuki looked back at Luna and smiled at her before saying; "Oh nothing. I just saw someone who's bound to make my day miserable." emphasizing the last word.

When Mikan heard what Yuki said, she felt a slight pain in her chest. She looked away, hurt. How could Yuki, her sister, treat her that way? She felt like she was just a trash to her and that she needs to get rid of it. It did hurt her, of course. She loved her, but she didn't, or maybe she did, but she changed. thinking about all the memories she had with her sister, was truly unforgettable. They were inseparable, cared for each other, loved each other, and they were like the 'best of friends'. But now, what happened to the bond they shared? Mikan felt like crying because of those memories. But no, she wont cry, definitely not.

"Something's wrong, and I could feel it. She's not Yuki-nee, the sister that I used to know. It's strange, and I ought to find out what has happened." she thought. Fortunately, she still had the chance to nullify the mind reader. Although Koko was a trustworthy guy, she wont share her thoughts with him. She knew he was best buds with Natsume, and she can't afford to let Koko tell Natsume what she feels. Not now. Or maybe not ever. She shook her head and started what checking what her classmates were doing.

"Weird. Don't they have powers as well?" she mumbled.

"Hey, what is that thing?" Koko asked, pointing onto something that hung around her neck. Mikan looked at what he was pointing and she noticed her locket.

"Oh, this?" she said, touching the locket.

"My mom gave me this few years ago. She told me not to open it, I don't know why." she replied. Jus then, she heard a clanking sound coming from Hotaru's place.

"What's she doing?" she asked out of the blue, seeing her best friend holding a hammer, and then later on, holding a screwdriver.

"Hmm…Why don't I let her open this thing?" she whispered. She then stood up and went to her.

"Hi Hotaru!" she greeted her and grinned.

"Idiot. What're you doing here?" she said coldly, not even bothering to look at her because of her inventions.

"Uhm--" she then removed her locket around her, placed it on top of her table and; "I need your help in opening this thing." she whispered.

"In exchange for?"

"$450?"

"$1000."

"$500?"

"$900."

"$600?"

"$800."

"$650?"

"$700."

"Deal." Mikan said and Hotaru took her locket.

"You're so greedy, you know that?"

"Like I care about what you're saying."

"Hmph. Meanie."


--Meanwhile--

"OMG, would you look at that." Luna whispered to Yuki, pointing secretly to where Mikan and Hotaru was.

"Whoa. Trying to open the locket huh?" Yuki said in a low voice, smiling mischievously.

"This is going to be interesting. I wonder what will happen." Luna commented, taking a good look at them.

"We'll see about that. For now let's just watch." Yuki hissed, swinging her right foot over her left, a wicked smile plastered on her face.

Unbeknownst to them, someone read their minds.


Koko's POV

This morning, I totally can't believe that I was able to read my parent's thoughts. Cool. Now I could read other's thoughts, why not use it on class? When I arrived at the classroom, I was disappointed to know that Sumire's absent. I was really looking forward in reading her mind, but fate wasn't on my side I guess. Oh well, I'll just wait till she comes to school. I sat down on my place, in front of Mikan-chan's. She has no seatmate because of Yuki. Somehow, Yuki annoys me. I don't like her attitude towards Mikan. Mikan used to be sitting beside Natsume but Yuki insisted on sitting beside him. I don't even think that they're sisters at all. I was able to refrain myself from reading else's minds, but not when Narumi came in. he started blabbing about the school's event and I accidentally read what Mikan was thinking.

"Ne, where's Natsu-kun? Oh I know. Maybe he's under the Sakura tree, obviously cutting classes. But where's Yuki-nee? Could she be sick? *sigh*" I smirked, she was actually worried for Natsume, and she didn't heard what Narumi said to her. Haha…

"Understood?" Narumi-sensei said looking at Mikan.

"What did he say?!" she said again so I decided to help her.

"He said that there's going to be a party and you're the one who's in charge." I told her but she gave me a questioning look. She maybe curious as to why I knew what she was thinking.

"Any questions Ms. Sakura?" Narumi asked.

"Uh, no sensei." she said.

"Very well then. Self study my lovely students." he said before walking out of the class.

"Just now, what's with that?" she asked me.

"I don't really know, Mikan-chan. It started just this morning."

"What started Koko?"

"I started to hear my dad's thoughts like 'Last night was fun', and for my mom's like 'Very exhausting'. I didn't know what that means and I also thought that they were saying it out loud so I asked them. But they were shocked when I told them and they told me that it was their thoughts." I explained.

"Could you read everyone else's minds?" she asked me again.

"Yeah." I told her.

"Okay then, read mines." She told me and I began reading hers. But now, I can't. it's like she was stopping me from reading her thoughts, like she was nullifying it.

"I can't." I told her.

"And why not?"

"I don't know. It's like you're trying to…nullify it. But I could still read everyone else's."

"That's weird…" Mikan whispered.

"Nullifying? Cool. What about now? Can you read my mind?" Mikan asked grinning like an idiot. I didn't hesitate again to read her mind, so I agreed.

"Your fly is open." she thought, smirking. I was shocked. I mean, all this time, my zipper was open?! I looked down to check if it really was open, and it wasn't. I sighed in relief, at least I wasn't a bit humiliated. But I heard Mikan-chan laughing. I can't believe she tricked me.

"Not funny Mikan-chan." I told her, but she just kept on laughing.

"You should have seen your face Koko!" she said between her laugh.

"Stop it!" I exclaimed. Now I learned my lesson, and that is not to read other's thoughts. I tried reading her mind again but I guess she nullified it. So I just read everyone else's. But then, something around Mikan's neck caught my attention.

"Hey, what is that thing?" I asked as I pointed onto that silver thing. Mikan looked at what I was pointing.

"Oh, this?" she said, touching the it.

"Locket. My mom gave me this few years ago. She told me not to open it, I don't know why." she replied.

"Oh." I thought, not bothering her anymore, but still, I could read her mind and everyone else's.

"What's she doing?"

"Hmm…Why don't I let her open this thing?"

"OMG, would you look at that."

"Whoa. Trying to open the locket huh?"

"This is going to be interesting. I wonder what will happen."

"We'll see about that. For now let's just watch."

Oh my God. I knew it. Yuki's not someone you could really trust. Even her own sister? She'll do something like that? Wait, I don't get it. Mikan said that she can't open the locket so she asked for Hotaru's help. If Mikan was able to open the locket, then something will happen. But what will happen? And these mind reading thing, was it also connected with the Mikan opening the locket? Okay, seriously, something's happening. And what is it? Or maybe it was just my imagination? Or maybe I'm just out of my mind today. I guess I should just leave it to fate. But I'm really going to tell Natsume about Yuki and Luna.

END OF POV


"Are you sure about this?" Hotaru asked, looking intently at the locket she's holding.

"Honestly, no." Mikan grinned.

"Then don't let me open this ghastly thing, baka." the Ice Queen said as she handed the locket back at Mikan.

"Ghastly? It ain't ghastly, stupid." Mikan retorted as she wore the locket back. Hotaru them looked at her coldly and she realized what she just said.

"Oops. Sorry for the name calling." she apologized.

"Frankly speaking, I don't think it's good to open that thing."

"Huh? Why not? It's just a locket."

"Just a locket. Right. You know what, just come over to my house later, bring my cousin along with you."

"Sure. But I thought you'll be having a date with Ruka?"

"He'll be better off without me. Besides, he'll have to take care of his pets. I heard him talking to them once." Hotaru answered as she was doing something.

"That's the longest reply I've ever heard from an Imai Hotaru." Mikan snapped.

"Whatever." the Ice Queen muttered and rolled her eyes.

"I wonder if that's Ruka's power?" she thought, out loud, making Hotaru curious with what she said.

"Power?" she asked, looking suspiciously at Mikan.

"Oops. Uh, Koko, come over here for a second." Mikan called out and Koko didn't hesitate to listen to Mikan.

"Read her mind." Mikan ordered.

"Not again?" Koko thought before reading Hotaru's brain.

"There's a big hole on your butt." Hotaru thought and Koko turned to look at Mikan.

"Is there really a hole on my butt?" Koko whispered at her. Mikan, being dense and all, checked if there really was.

"I don't see a big hole on your pants. Why'd you ask?" Mikan asked out loud, and everyone who've heard what she said, burst out laughing.

"Idiots." Hotaru remarked and rolled her eyes.

"Jeez. What was that for Hotaru?" Kokoro whined.

"Nothing." replied the Ice Queen.


--Unfortunately--

"Ugh, darn it! She was about to open that damn thing!" Yuki whined when she was inside the girl's comfort room. She breathed in and out, obviously annoyed with what she saw back there.

"You'll see, Mikan. Your time's drawing near." she smirked evilly.


-Somewhere-

"Where's the notebook, Leira?" Zyon asked, hoping he'd get a positive answer from her.

"It's in my treasure chest, hidden underground." Leira answered as she sat down on a chair, looking outside the window.

"Zyon, what do you think will happen? The kids from that secret school gained back their alices." she asked, looking back at Zyon.

"How'd you know?" Zyon asked, flabbergasted with what his wife had said. He then took a sit beside her, while Leira looked away from him, gazing at the view outside the window.

"The principal told me earlier." she answered.

"Then that's a good thing. Menllin once said that they won't retrieve their alices if Mikan started writing on the notebook. But I guess it's the other way around, eh?"

"When will she stop, Zyon?" she asked in a low, yet sad voice.

"I…don't know."

"You know, I've been thinking. All these years, we've been hiding from her, it's such a waste. If only…if only you chose to be with her, I guess everyone would have a peaceful and quiet life. If only, you didn't stop Okaylo from killing me--"

"Stop! Just, stop it, Leira! The students had gained back their alices and the only thing we need to do is to train them on how to use it." Zyon said as he stood up. He was about to walk out from the room, but he stopped when he heard Leira asked; "What about the locket and the key?"

"Mikan has the locket, and I know she tried to open it. The only thing she needs now is the key. But, where is the key?" Zyon replied not looking back at his wife.

"The key? It's with her fiancée."


to be continued


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