Touko turned on her heels. "Gokigenyou, Noriko-chan."
Gokigenyou. What's up with you? You seem preoccupied. I've been calling after you for the last five minutes."
"I guess I cam. Sorry. I've just been thinking something."
Noriko raised an eyebrow quizzically. "Something, or someone?"
Feeling a blush on her cheeks, Touko looked away. "I don't know what you mean."
"yes you do. You're thinking about Yumi-sama. You're always tinking about Yumi-sama."
"N…no I'm not. I don't even know where you get these ideas, Noriko."
Touko nodded. "ok. Fine. I was thinking about Onee-sama. Why is it such a big deal, Noriko?"
Noriko looked at seriously before speaking. Because I need to ask you a question, Touko, and I need you to answer honestly, allright?"
Surprised by the sudden change in tone, Touko stopped walking and nodded once. "Hai."
"Ok. Do you love Yumi-sama?"
"of course I do. She's my onee-sama. Why?"
"I mean, are you in love with her, Touko?"
Touko was silent for a moment. "Hai, Noriko, I am."
"I thought so. That's good. I have to tell you something."
"A month or so ago, before you and Yumi-sama became seours, I was angry at her. I thought that she would just toss you away because of the way you were behaving."
Touko shook her head. "Onee-sama would never do that."
"I know. So I asked her if she liked you. She responded by saying 'I do. I love her'. I thought maybe you should know, since she's all you think about lately."
Touko couldn't breathe. She hadn't heard anything beyond "I love her."