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A/N: Tomato bath – no, rain, here we come. Go on, let them pour.
No excuses. I sincerely apologize for the very late update. I know that it's been so long already. Like I said before, life's been pretty hard and busy lately and inspiration hasn't visited me that much. Hay… I miss having those visits. How I wish I had more time simply for thinking purposes.
Again, thank you so much to everyone who read, followed, and reviewed my story. As of this moment, this story has 229 reviews already. Wow. I honestly never expected it to become this popular. Thank you very much everyone! I promise to continue this story 'til the very end. I just hope you still bear with me despite my not-so-frequent updates.
Anyway, enough with the blabbing.
On with the story!
Chapter 16: Me and my Savior
"Now, is everyone ready?" Akira asked while adjusting her life vest.
It's their second day at the Kijou beach house and the lady-of-the-house has officially declared it as their 'watersports day'. All the Kijou watersports equipment are displayed out on the bright sunny beach for all five of them to use.
First order of business: Jet Skiing.
"We only have three Jet Ski's though. So two pairs will have to ride in two skis while one person will get to ride solo," she explained as she pointed at the vehicles, leaving the four to consider their arrangement.
From the looks of it, she can tell that all three boys are quite uncomfortable having to share their personal space with a fellow man, although none dared to say it out loud.
A smirk suddenly appeared on Akira's face, a plan obviously brewing inside her head. But before she can put her plan to work, Miyu suddenly raised her hand shyly, effectively catching her attention.
"Is it alright if I sit this one out, Akira-chan?" she asked unsurely, not really comfortable going against the hostess' plans. "I hope you don't mind," she added.
"But why, Miyu-chan?" Akira asked, slightly sad that her new friend doesn't want to join in on the little excursion. "You'll miss out on all the fun!" she added with her normal enthusiasm.
As Miyu nodded an affirmative, "It's really okay, Akira-chan," the blonde assured. "I'm just feeling a little bit under the weather today."
Seeing the girl so adamant about staying, Akira sighed defeatedly and agreed to let the blonde stay behind. During the exchange, the group then noticed a certain brunet suddenly walking away from them and heading towards the beach chairs.
"And just where do you think you're going, Saionji-kun?" Akira asked, knowingly annoying her childhood friend by addressing him so formally.
Without turning to look at her, the brunet replied nonchalantly, "I'm not really in the mood to do something exciting. Maybe later," he said.
Now, being friends with that oh-so-indifferent person (read: insensitive jerk) for almost all her life, Akira knew that this was Kanata's own way of saying that he will stay behind to accompany his maid rather than to go have fun with them.
"Well, it might not be sweet, but at least that's a start," Akira said, as she sighed contently. "You better not mess this up, Kanata."
"Okay. Suit yourself then," she said. She then motioned for the other two to follow her towards the jet skis.
As soon as the three have gone off into the deep blue, the blonde on the shore let out the deep sigh she was holding. As she was about to turn for the beach chairs, she was surprised to see her young master standing right in front of her.
"Why don't you go inside?" he asked coolly, his hands tucked in their usual manner in his shorts pockets, his gaze directed somewhere else.
"Huh? Do you want me to fetch something for you, young master?" the blonde asked, trying to guess what the brunet is trying to say.
Kanata sighed. Somehow, he knew that this girl is the type who always takes her job too seriously. He finally turned to look at her, "You said you weren't feeling well, right?" he asked in an almost reprimanding tone.
From the looks on her face, he saw that realization had suddenly dawned on to her, "O-oh, right. I was feeling, a little… uh… under the weather," she answered, all the while looking anywhere else but his face. "But I'm feeling much better now, though," she added, as she flashed him a slightly strained smile.
"This girl is hiding something," the brunet thought amusingly. "You didn't want to go jet skiing, didn't you?" he asked, as he grew amused to the red tinge starting on to the blonde's face.
"N-now, why would you think that?" Miyu answered nervously, as she giggled her answer to him. The brunet just scowled and crossed his arms in front of his chest.
Seeing as her young master is refusing to back down, Miyu couldn't help but let out an exasperated sigh as she prepared to tell the brunet the truth.
"I can't s-m," she mumbled.
Subconsciously, Kanata leaned forward to try to catch what the blonde had said. "What?"
Sighing again, the blonde took a deep breath before finally getting the courage to look the brunet in the eyes. "I can't swim," she said more clearly. She immediately turned her gaze away, as if expecting to get some form of dissatisfied reaction from the young man in front of her. But surprisingly, she heard nothing of the sort.
Miyu brought her gaze back to the brunet in front of her and noticed that he had closed his eyes – seemingly in deep thought, unclasped his arms, and brought one hand up to grab the back of his neck.
As he opened his eyes, he then brought them down to stare her green ones in an amused manner – a smirk playing on his lips.
"Would you like me to teach you, then?" he asked.
Miyu could only wonder if maybe it was her young master who was feeling under the weather.
"Y-you don't have to do this, young master," Miyu stuttered, as she was being pushed out into the deep blue; her hands clutching for dear life on the floater around her. The brunet remained silent as he pushed behind her.
"Ok. I think this is far enough," Kanata said, disregarding her babbles as he stopped pushing.
Miyu then turned around to glance at just how far the brunet has taken her. She's never good at estimating distances, but she's guessing they're about 10 meters away from the shore. Luckily she can still feel the sand at the ends of her feet.
Blood suddenly drained from her face as she clutched the floater even tighter around her. Just a step away from where she was standing is a sudden drop of around 3 feet, she is guessing.
"Once I cross from this spot, there's no way for me to get back to the shore," she thought.
"Now," Kanata said as he swam around her floater. "Show me what you know first."
Miyu looked at him confused. "Master, I know nothing about swimming," she said as-a-matter-of-factly, doing her best not to let the current take her farther from the shore as it is.
Without warning, Kanata snatched the tube away from her, effectively making Miyu sink like a rock down the ocean.
After seeing the girl flail around for a few seconds, the brunet brought the tube back down while he caught the girl's arm with his free hand.
"Wow, you really don't know how to swim, huh?" he asked, as if some realization just dawned on to him.
"That's exactly what I've been telling you earlier!" Miyu semi-screamed/semi-grumbled as she tried to catch her breath. "I know you're stubborn but for once, would you please just listen to me?" she ranted, as she managed to recover from what will soon be dubbed as the 'first phase of the demon young master's swimming tutorial'.
She then noticed that the brunet had been silent since his earlier commentary. She turned to face him, only to be met by seemingly uninterested eyes.
"Well excuse me for being stubborn," he suddenly said he turned away from her. "And I guess learning from a stubborn person is just impossible," he said as he then swam off farther into the deep ocean, leaving her alone in her spot.
At first she could still see the brunet's head on the surface. But after a few more seconds, she noticed that she couldn't find any traces of her young master anymore. Deciding that the silence has become too unbearable, she decided to call out to the brunet.
"Master?" she said loudly.
"Young Master?" her voice becoming louder, a tone of panic riding on it
"Master Kanata?" she yelled, fearing that something might have happened to the young man.
"What should I do?" she said to herself, all the while imagining all the possible things that could have happened to her young master.
"Maybe he's drowning?! Even swimmers sometimes drown," she panicked. An idea suddenly popped into her head. "I know! He needs a floater."
"Here!" she yelled with all her might as she threw her floater as far as she can. But because of the force she exerted, she ended up losing her footing and stepping over to the deep side.
"Oh no…" Miyu thought, as she flailed her arms around, trying her best to resurface. But it seems that her body is just too heavy and it sinks deeper and deeper into the water.
"Stupid me…" she thought. And then everything went black.
"Someone's calling me," Miyu thought. Slowly, she can feel her senses coming back to her; the heat of the sand, the sound of the crashing waves, and the brightness of the sun. She started to blink her eyes, trying to get used to the light she was directly under. And she wondered if it is normal to feel a certain pinching feeling on your nose after nearly drowning.
"She's awake!" Akira exclaimed, as she helped the blonde sit up. "You scared us half to death, Miyu-chan!"
Recovering from her daze, Miyu turned to look around the group. Akira, Seiya, and Mizuki were hovering above her. She immediately realized that they were still missing a certain brunet. Panic suddenly rose in her.
"W-Where's the young master?!" she said in a panic. The last thing she recalls is losing him in the deep blue. As she was about to sit herself up some more, she suddenly heard the deep voice that was missing.
"You idiot!" Kanata yelled.
Miyu turned around and was immediately greeted by a fuming brunet behind her. "Master Ka-"
"What kind of idiot will throw her own floater away in the ocean when she doesn't even know how to swim?" the brunet scolded, his fists clenching tightly at his sides.
"Hey," Miyu started, "You were the one who suddenly went missing in the water."
"Yeah, that's called swimming, idiot," Kanata countered.
"Young master," the blonde said, a vein ticking at her forehead. That was the third time he called her an idiot. "Need I remind you that it's rude to call a person an idiot."
"Well, if you can find a better word to describe yourself, then let me know what I should call you," he countered.
Before things can go any further, Akira decided to cut in between the two.
"Now now," she started, "You've both been through a lot today. Why don't you two go inside and take a rest?"
The blonde and the brunet both had to glare at each other for a few more seconds before angrily turning their heads away, with an indignant "Hmph!" directed to each other.
And with that, the brunet made his way back to the mansion, leaving the other four staring after his retreating back.
"Miyu-chan," Akira started, her voice soothing, like a mother trying to calm her child down.
"Kanata was actually the one who saved you," she said, making the blonde turn her head rapidly towards her. "When we got back, he was already trying to revive you." Miyu remained silent.
"He was really worried," Mizuki added, making the blonde turn to look at him.
He had known the young man since he was still a boy and he had never seen him lose his composure as much as today.
"Yeah," Seiya added, "he was really giving you some really intense mouth-to-mouth resuscitation," he added in a humorous tone.
"Oh, I see," Miyu said, realization dawning on to her. "So that's why he was so upse- Wait, hold on!" the blonde suddenly exclaimed.
"Y-you're joking, right?" Miyu said to Seiya, dreading his answer to her question.
All three gave each other unsure glances.
"Well," Seiya started, "Maybe not as intense as I made it seem," he said, as he scratched his cheek.
But the pain in the blonde's nose is proof enough as it is.
The rest of the day after that became uneventful. Everyone figured they've had enough adventure for one day and decided to spend the remainder of the day just lazing around the mansion, or just having some fun in the shore.
The sun had finally set and all four had decided to go back into the house to wash-up for dinner.
Since their little argument in the beach, not once did the brunet leave the comforts of the boys' room. He couldn't help but brood at how irrational the blonde could act sometimes.
"She should know when to prioritize herself," he thought exasperatingly. "Giving up her floater for another, how stupid can she be?" He closed his eyes again, trying to calm himself down.
He already knows that she has and will always put others above herself for the simple fact that that's just how she is. And this is what upset him so much.
As he was lying down on his bead, staring at the wall, Kanata suddenly heard a meek knock from the door.
"Master Kanata?" his blonde maid started. He didn't look at her but he can imagine her peeking through the small opening at the door.
Not hearing any response from the brunet, Miyu decided to enter the room cautiously.
"Master Kanata," she said again as she stood at the side of the bed. Being met with silence yet again, the blonde gave out a tired sigh and bowed her head towards the resting brunet.
"I would just like to apologize for my actions earlier," Miyu said, her head still bowed down. This made the brunet finally acknowledge her presence. Kanata slowly sat up and rested his weight on his elbows, silently urging her to continue.
"I admit that my actions weren't exactly… wise," she continued, struggling to find the word that would best describe what she had done. "Still, I just did what I believed was best at that moment."
"Again, apologies for worrying you," Miyu then proceeded to bow down even lower, "and thank you for saving me."
The room became silent once again with neither moving from their positions. After basking in the silence long enough, Kanata let out heavy sigh making Miyu look up from her current bow.
"You know, I really can't stand you," he said, as he rubbed the back of his head.
Miyu smiled after hearing his overused line. "And yet you still saved my life."
The blonde couldn't help but shake her head humorously, "And so things are back to the way they were," she thought contently. She then straightened her back up and gave the brunet a genuine smile. "And you haven't changed a bit as well, young master."
"Secretly caring for everyone around you," she silently added to herself.
"I guess I'll just have to look after you," Kanata thought to himself. "Like always…" he thought amusingly.
After basking for a few more seconds of, this time, comfortable silence, Miyu remembered the second reason for why she had gone up to the room. "Dinner is almost ready," she said. "Let's go join the others downstairs, young master." She then turned around and made her way to the door.
Before she could even grasp the handle, the brunet suddenly spoke up, "Do you… uh…" he said obviously uncomfortable.
Miyu turned to look at the brunet, noticing that color seemingly crept on to his face. She couldn't help but tilt her head to the side, as if hinting him to continue. Unknown to her, the gesture just made the brunet even more uncomfortable as he turned he gaze away from her, clearing his throat at the same time.
"Do you… uh… remember anything that happened… uh… earlier?" the brunet finally managed to say, or rather stuttered out loud.
Realizing why color rose up to the brunet's cheeks, blood also managed to creep up on the blonde's face the same way. Doing her best to avoid looking at him, she decided that it would be best to just be honest with her young master.
"N-not really," she stuttered. Before Kanata could let out a sigh of relief, the blonde decided to continue with what she knows.
"B-but I heard how you… uh… gave me… uh… brought me… back," Miyu stuttered again, dancing carefully around the right words so as to avoid having to embarrass both of them.
Her efforts had gone to waste though, since both of them turned a brighter shade of red after they both heard what she said. After another moment of silence, the blonde decided to break it.
"W-well, thank you again for saving me… y-young master," Miyu said as she hurriedly bowed down to the brunet and rushed out of the room, shutting the door rather enthusiastically.
Kanata couldn't help but roughly lie back down on to his bed. "Things will definitely become awkward after this," he thought exasperatedly.
He ungracefully rubbed his hair with his hands, as if doing so will calm him down.
Subconsciously, he then brought a hand up to his lips.
He couldn't help it. All that talk made him remember feeling her lips against his.
Unknown to him, the blonde was doing the exact same thing opposite the door.
"I guess this means you win in this round," Akira said, as she stood beside her best friend.
Dinner was delicious, as usual. The two masters were outside in the porch, savoring the feel of the night sea breeze.
Kanata couldn't help but chuckle at what his childhood friend had said. He then shrugged his shoulders and walked away from her, not bothering to reply to her little commentary.
"I forgot all about that stupid bet today, actually," he thought.
-Chapter 16 End-
A/N: For those who remember from the previous chapters, Kanata always tells Miyu that he 'can't stand' her, but Miyu's gotten too used to it to know that he means nothing by it.
Just to be clear, Kanata and Akira are now even with two points. Do you think the characters were OOC?
And I hope you all enjoyed the fluffiness of this chapter. As a present to all my very loyal readers, this is a pure MiyuxKanata chapter. And yes, I made them 'kiss', although it's up to you guys whether you will consider it as a kiss or not. ;)
To be perfectly honest with everyone, I really had a hard time writing this chapter. I apologize for any inconsistencies with the previous chapters. I didn't have time to review the facts that I've written. :S I know what I want to happen in the chapter; I just didn't know how to start it and write it so fluently and continuously like before. Oh inspiration, I miss you sooooo much! I hope you come visit me soon: :((
I take no credit for the floater scene. I used "Oresama Teacher" as an inspiration for that. I just felt that it would suit Miyu and Kanata. Since they're in a beach, why not plug it here? But I gave Miyu more credit than the main character in Oresama Teacher. Btw, OT is a nice manga. Barely has any romance on it but the drawings are nice and I like the relationships of the different characters there. You guys should read it sometime. :)
As usual, I'll do my best to get the next chapter out as soon as possible. I am having ideas again for some future arcs but I still have to finish this one first. A little exasperated about it but, that's just how life is. How do you guys feel about me splitting the story and just publish each arc as a separate story?
That's all for now. :)
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And so Day 2 ends.