Double Release! to celebrate the end of my exams! sure there was like a 4hr lag between the 2 chapters but hey im sure u guys still appreciate it! ^-^ btw i recently discovered the review reply button, so if i sent u a pm replying to ur review dont freak out, i'm not stalking u or anything... or am i?


How Can I?

'This is nice... the feeling of her encased in my arms makes me feel so- so… complete. How was I ever able to let go of her the last time? Oh right - we had to save the world. Hmmm… But how can I let her go this time? If I do I don't think I ca-'

"Natsuki, is something the matter? If you need someone to console you, I'm more than happy to listen to your problems." Shizuru said in a quiet voice, it broke my train of thought, I had been holding her silently for some time –my mind having drift off somewhere, but to hear her - a master in hiding her emotions, voice quiver even a little it struck a chord in my heart.

I ignored her comment, keeping her in my arms even though she was gently trying to push away.

'I don't understand why I feel so compelled to keep her where she is, all I know for sure right now is that the moment Mai mentioned Shizuru's name, it felt like this veil that had been obscuring my mind was lifted and when the veil was removed I realized everything was a sham. I still can't tell how I know this but my instincts tell me something was wrong and that something was Shizuru.'

"Stop doing this to us." The sentence came out before I realized my mouth had even moved. It was like an automatic response, even though I don't know what it refers to or how I even constructed that sentence but seeing Shizuru freezing from her slight struggle, her eyes widening for a fraction of a second - I knew I had hit something.

"Ara, I don't understand what Natsuki means but if Natsuki holding me like this is my own doing, then I guess I'll just have to deal with the consequence when we get back to the apartment." she whispered suggestively into my ear.

"Shizuru, I'm serious!" I grabbed her by the shoulders and pushed her away at arm's length, staring sternly into those beautiful crimson eyes. I know that right now may be my only chance to find out the truth to the question I have yet to formulate in my head and that the tease is only to distract me and to push me further away from my goal.

'I wonder if she had done this before.'

She looks taken aback and embarrassed like a scolded child caught with her hand in the cookie jar. Her sight cast to the side on to the pavement beside me.

"Really Natsuki, I don't understand what you are referring to" her voice and her whole posture was as vulnerable as I've ever heard or seen before. My gaze softens - 'Is it wrong for me to feel so comforted at seeing her defenseless?'

"Hmph. Whatever." I pulled her back into a tight embrace, where all she did was stand stiffly, but eventually she softened up and returned my hug, though half-heartedly.

Once again I lost my sense of time, as we just stood there by the cape my thoughts jumped from place to place; from thinking of what had happened in the last few months when I was without her; to the possible reasons as to how and why everything happened in which resulted to the things they are now, but for everyone of those thoughts they all concluded to one thing...

I let her go and turned to look at the sunset once again. I spoke into the wind with confidence -

"I'm not letting you out of my sight, Shizuru. You're not going anywhere."

'Because I don't think I can truly live without you by my side. How can I?


Kuga Natsuki, ice princess of Fuuka Academy, a stubborn delinquent and an instinctual fighter. Known to be blunt and forceful, she would fight against anyone to get what she wants – especially for Shizuru and herself. Even if it meant they, themselves, were her own enemies.


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Author's Note:

K dis is the last ch in Subtle and Blunt. BIG THNX to my readers that stuck with me (u no who u r!), hope u all enjoyed it

though personally I dont reali like the ending cos it abrupt, inconclusive, too many loose ends and it's not really a 'happy happy' ending. also cos Natsuki's feelings for Shizuru isn't properly addressed (whtever those feelings may be).
So y did I end it like this? cos i want the ending to be a bit ambiguous, leave the future to the creative readers to think of themselves, but for those who r too lazy: NEVER FEAR! i intend to make a sequel!

Well till nxt time ^-^ bubye


Omake:

N: Mou! Of all the times there could be a double release why did it have to be this time?! I didn't get to cuddle in bed with Shizuru! (refer to previous omake)

S: *Blushing quite badly*

N: Ne, Shizuru are you ok? Why are you blushing so much?

S: A-ara? N-no I'm not. *takes a small step back from Natsuki*

N: What? Don't tell me you've been all bark but no bite Shizuru. *hand lightly touches Shizuru's face*

S: *shrinks a little while sporting a nervous puppy look*

N: 0.0 ...

S: N-natsuki? *shrinks even more to the point she looks like a chibi in Natsuki's eyes*

N: *eyes turn predatory* S-shizuru, y-you look so... so... *body moves to a pouncing position*

S: Eek *runs away in the most graceful way possible, followed closely by Natsuki who somehow seem very... hungry?*


Edit: Sequel named as 'Ambiguous and Defined' (find it in my user page)