Rain was pouring down from the deep gray sky. Naoto found herself at her locker, looking around for her umbrella but she couldn't find it. She'd get a cold if she went outside without it. The girl quietly sighed and headed for the door, pulling her hat down slightly as if it would shield her face from the rain.

"You'll get sick going outside like that," said a voice she knew all too well. Naoto turned on her heel and looked straight into Souji's eyes. "You left your umbrella at home, hm?"

"W-what makes you think that, Senpai?" stuttered the girl as she looked away; his smug expression made her nervous. "Th-this was exactly my intention. Yes, my intention…"

Souji chuckled, "To get wet and catch a cold? You're not a very good liar, Naoto. Come, I'll share my umbrella with you."

He took her arm and pulled her outside. He held the umbrella above their heads and wrapped his arm around her shoulder, the rain splashing down on the right half of his body in progress. The corner of his mouth twitched at the cold feeling that spread throughout his clothes.

Naoto noticed this and softly laughed to herself. "That wasn't a very smart move, Senpai." She tried to hide her amusement but failed miserably; her smirk was proof of it.

"Naoto," Souji whispered as he leaned in to her face, his eyes twinkling with mischief, "it's Souji. Sou-ji."

Naoto's cheeks reddened and she attempted to look in a different direction, but his gray orbs held her gaze. "Er, I…"

"Say it."

"S-Sou… ji–"

Naoto was silenced by Souji's lips crashing down on hers. The girl's blush returned only ten times worse as the first time as she stood there, frozen solid. Souji threw his bag and the umbrella on the ground and pulled Naoto closer to him; he wasn't planning on giving up until she'd return the kiss.

Naoto recoiled; the rain had complete drenched her and the coldness was spreading quickly. She shivered and looked at the silver-haired boy with a look of disbelief. "You're risking our health just to get a kiss out of me?"

Souji bit his lip and scratched the back of his head. "I…" He heaved a sigh, looking ashamed of himself. "Yeah… I guess I did… I'm sorry." He crouched down to get both his umbrella and bag, but Naoto stopped him.

"You're a fool," she mumbled as she held onto him, her arms wrapped around his waist. "You could've just asked me…" Naoto buried her face in his soaked jacket as a futile attempt to hide her red face.

Souji chuckled as he patted her head and lifted her chin. "I will the next time."


Nanako rushed toward the front door and opened it. She greeted Naoto with a smile and pulled her inside by her arm.

"So, your big brother wanted me to visit him today, Nanako-chan?" Naoto inquired, following the young girl up the stairs.

Nanako nodded. "Yeah, big bro isn't feeling too well and said it'd make him feel better if you came by."

"I see." Naoto's lips curled up into a smug grin. She said goodbye to Nanako and then entered Souji's room, already knowing what she'd encounter. Without turning away from the door, she stated, "It must be karma."

Souji was lying down on the couch, wrapped in a blanket. He let out a grumble, followed by a cough. "I get it, I get it…"

Naoto made her way toward him and leaned over him, her face close to his. "You really are a fool." Her lips gently met his forehead. "But that's another part I love about you."

NO I'M NOT DEAD. *weeps* I was just, er, hiding under a rock for... very long... yeah, that's it... *cough* ...F-FORGIVE ME. *weeps more*