FINALLY, the last chapter. I hope you enjoy and I'm really sorry for not updating in a long time.
The Great Kouhai Exchange
Day 3: Plans, Broken Dreams and Whips
Tachibana looked sadly at Ryoma who was sleeping under a tree. The brat was cute like this, and this was going to be the last day he and the regulars can ever be close to the brat again. This day was going to be memorable, and he thought of just the thing that will make Ryoma part of the family forever.
"No means no." said Ryoma flatly, sipping his Ponta.
Tachibana and the regulars minus Kamio felt sad. Tachibana said: "Why don't you want to marry An-chan? She's beautiful, she's nice, she's talented, she's athletic, she's skinny and-"
"She's your sister." said Ryoma once again.
Kamio was secretly glad that Ryoma didn't want to marry An since he had a bit of a crush on An and wanted to marry her, but Ryoma not wanting to marry An made him rethink things. Was An... unattractive? What did this Horio (or was it Fuji? They both looked alike, so it didn't matter.) have that made him so desirable to Echizen Ryoma?
An, who was glaring at Ryoma, poked his chest. "What, I'm not good enough for you?"
The regulars looked at Ryoma who shrugged.
"Mada mada dane."
'What now? Ryoma-kun doesn't want to marry An-chan!' said Mori, like it was the end of the world.
'Yeah, he doesn't want to. So he shouldn't.' said Kamio.
'But-' protested another regular.
'We can't force him. And maybe An-chan has someone she likes.' said Kamio again.
Ishida sighed. 'It's because of Momoshiro-san from Seigaku. We all know how An-chan feels for him and how he feels for her.'
'I agree!' said a random freshman.
'Let's kill Momoshiro-san!' said everyone else.
Kamio twitched. 'Have any of you ever thought that maybe the one An-chan loves is me?'
'It doesn't show.' said Ishida.
'She loves Ryoma-kun.' said Tachibana quickly.
Kamio rolled his eyes. Clearly, his teammates were idiots. An-chan loved him. She just... didn't know it yet.
'I have a plan!' said a random regular.
'We're not interested.' said Kamio.
'Oh, tell us!'
'You see, this is what we'll do...'
"Marry An-chan or he takes the blame!" Ishida pointed at Karupin who looked at Ryoma innocently.
Ryoma thought Fudomine was heartless for using a nice, cute little kitty (his kitty, mind you!) to blackmail him into marrying their... vixen... or whatever you called her, anyway. "Che."
Ryoma looked at An. Well... she was kind of cute. Kind of. (He was still cuter, obviously.) An was tolerable.
The Fudomine regulars were quick, though Ryoma. Just a few seconds after agreeing, a regular was already sprinting towards him while holding a tuxedo with a big, goofy grin. Those bastards knew he was going to agree because of Karupin. Damn them. Damn them all.
But he didn't look half bad, reflected Ryoma as he looked at himself in the mirror.
"Do you, Echizen Ryoma, take Tachibana An as your lawful wedded wife?" said Tachibana's uncle, who conveniently happened to be a priest.
"Fine." said Ryoma gloomily. He was too young to get married... but he really loved Karupin and so he did what a normal twelve year old boy wouldn't have done.
Everyone ignored Ryoma's annoyed response and the priest continued on: "Do you, Tachibana An, take Echizen Ryoma as your lawful husband?"
"I... no, not really." said An honestly, and she felt her brother look at her sadly. "I mean, I do." said An quickly.
"Will you love, respect and honor him throughout your years together?" said Tachibana's uncle.
An and Ryoma looked at each other. "I make no promises." said Ryoma, holding Karupin tightly. An nodded along.
The crowd frowned, but the priest went on: "You may kiss the bride."
Ryoma and An looked at each other. An blew a kiss at Ryoma who dodged it. They were a rather unlikely couple, thought half the crowd who never really knew An and Ryoma well but were invited anyway because Tachibana was so eager to see his sister get married.
Ryoma and An ended up falling in love after the wedding (Ryoma also managed to ignore the fact that she was taller than he was) and lived happily ever after...
Until Fuji asked Ryoma why he had a ring on his finger, and Ryoma couldn't answer and Fuji said: "Bring out the whip."
I apologize for the wedding part. I've been to one, but that was ten years ago and I was, like, a flower girl then. So yeah.
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN THIS FAR AND HAVE SUPPORTED ME ALL THE WAY! YOU GUYS ARE WORTH THE CAPS AND EXCLAMATION POINTS, YEAH. 'CAUSE YOU'RE ALL AWESOME AND I LOVE YOU. (: (And look, a smiley!)