For the first few months, I didn't know how to take that phone call. Even now, I still have to wonder what Yuuki's intent was on telling me. It didn't seem normal that she would want to tell me…

"It's just... I wanted to tell you first..."

I try to shake that one sentence from my head, and yet it manages to creep back into my mind and echo endlessly. Why would she rather tell me than her own fiancé? Why didn't she tell Cross; he was her adoptive father, so why shouldn't he have known? Why me? I was the one who fell out of her favor nearly three years ago now; I was the one who her brother, her fiancé, was banging on a regular basis instead of her; I was the one who would probably one day end up hunting her down. And yet I was the one who knew first.

She's trying to make you jealous…

No, Yuuki would never do that. She was like a sister to me…

And yet she knows that Kaname favors you over her now…

I know, but she said it was okay with her. If it wasn't, she would have told me.

She lied…

Shut up…

It's only natural for her to lie; she had been lying to you for four years…

Shut up.

There's no denying it, Zero. She's trying to push Kaname out of your life…

I rammed the back of my head against the wall, attempting to push out the thoughts that had driven me insane for a long time.

"Oi, don't do that; you'll break in the wall."

With a sigh, I looked over to Rui. "Shut up," I stated. "I'm thinking of a lot right now."

Rui snarled, rolling over in his bed and pulling the sheets closer to his body. "You wake me up every time you do that. Are you vampires always this emotional?" he asked sarcastically.

"Damatte…" I growled, ramming my foot against his bed and sending it into the other wall. "Don't forget who allowed for your lazy ass to stay here."

That's right… I almost forgot about Rui sometimes. He was still fairly new in the system, so it was easy to forget. We finally found his sister's killer; turned out to Wei had gotten into some bad company who wanted payment for their troubles of raising her. When she couldn't give them what she owed (which ended up to be Cross' head), they tied her to a tree and let the dogs at her, making it appear that Rui was the one that killed her. As for the encounter between Cross and the Wei look-alike, Cross still won't talk about it. So, once we deemed the case 'solved', Rui joined the Vampire Hunter's Association, but because of his strange situation, the association wouldn't provide him with housing. In the end, I gave in and let him stay at my rundown apartment for the past year. We made rules, of course: one wrong move from him, and a silver bullet would soon find its way to his skull.

"Hey," Rui's voice muttered.

"What do you want now?" I asked in an annoyed tone.

He turned around again, his golden eyes staring back. "What's going on between you and Kuran-sama? I haven't seen him around as much as I used to."

I sighed, replying, "That's none of your damn business."

His brow arched, and his pointed ears (yes, I found out later on that his ears were pointed) twitched. "Well, considering that I'm living with you and have interactions with the Kurans, I think I deserve to know stuff that goes on between you guys."

When I didn't reply, he scoffed and sat up, digging around in the desk for something. "What are you doing?" I complained.

"Looking for my cigarettes."

"I told you you can't smoke in here," I grunted.

Golden eyes flashed back at me, narrowed and angry. "You mope around and complain when you get emotional; I smoke. My way is quieter."

"And more deadly."

"Shut up." He sat heavily back on his bed, lighting his cigarette and blowing out a puff of smoke. "So, until you tell me what the hell is going on, I will smoke to my heart's content."

"You bastard…"

"I'm still smoking," he chimed.

"Tch, like I'd tell you." I stood, grabbing my coat and heading for the door.

"Where the hell are you going?"

"To work."

"… at three in the morning?"

"Fuck off."

I closed the door roughly behind me, sighing in relief to cut off that irritating argument. I just stood there in the hall for a while, looking down to my feet. If Yuuki wanted to tell me first of her pregnancy, it could only mean one of two things: either she wanted me to know first because of how close we were, or she was trying to take Kaname away from me. I scoffed, slapping myself in the face. What was I getting so worried about? I knew this would happen one day or another; I mean, Kaname and Yuuki were going to get married! So… did that make me the other 'woman' in the relationship?

Then I shook my head. This made no sense; Kaname wouldn't do that to Yuuki, not when they still weren't married. Besides that, he even told me he wasn't interested in her body.

"I found that I can't do that to her; she's still so innocent, and I don't think she's going to change."

Yes, those were his exact words. On top of that, the only action Kaname was getting… was from me. "So… I am getting jealous…"

"I know you're still out there; I can hear you breathin'," Rui's muffled voice sassed from behind the door.

Then… if Kaname wasn't forcing Yuuki to sleep with him… who did get into Yuuki's pants?

"Well… that is interesting…"

"Hm?" Rui asked. "What's interesting?"

I avoided the question. "Hey, can I borrow your car?" I questioned.

"Eh? What for?"

"I'm paying a visit to the Kurans."

"… At frickin' three in the morning?!"

I threw the door open, looking down on a flustered lycan who had been pushed to the floor. "Just give me your keys, dammit."

Rui pulled his lips back, revealing snarling fangs. "Like hell I'll give you my keys; that's the first car I've ever had, and you don't even have a license!"

"Rui… do you remember our agreement?"

"Ha… hai…"