Ch. 1- Suprises, suprises!

"Ayuki!"

I heard someone calling my name.

"Ayuki!"

My eyes flashed open and I sat up in bed. My bed covers were thrown off and I was drenched in sweat. I had on a light blue tank top and black silk shorts.

"Ayuki. . . You were tossing, turning, and screaming your head off! Again. . ." said Kiba.

"Sorry. . . again. . . I do not know why I keep having the same dream every year… I know its coming and I know the dream like the back of my hand. . . but it still surprises me. . ." I said while wiping the sweat off my forehead.

"What time is it?" I asked, lying back down on my bed with a sigh.

"It's a little after nine in the morning." said Hige, looking at his watch.

"Well at least I can get some stuff done before the party and the festival. And how long have you guys been up?" I said turning my face towards them.

"Not long. Toboe was cooking breakfast and Hige, Tsume, and I were watching TV when we heard you screaming." said Kiba, who was standing at the foot of the bed, leaning against the bed post.

"Ok. Uhmmmm. Well Toboe had better get back down stairs and check on the food. Something smells like its burning." I said.

"Oh Crap!" said Toboe, who was sitting beside me on the bed, and gave me a quick kiss, then bolted out of the room.

Toboe and I have been together for about two years now. We met when I was walking through the woods collecting berries and herbs for the hospital and stores. It was about sunset and I was on my way back to the village. When out of nowhere, comes this small brown blur followed by a grey and darker brown blur. They were at least ten feet in front of me. I followed them and realized that they were heading for the cliff!

"Hey! Wait! Your heading towards a~" but before I could finish the sentence, the grey blur suddenly stopped and faced me. The other blurs stopped just on the edge of the forest. I then realized that they were wolves. I was shocked to see wolves because there has not been a wolf sighting in more than 100 years . . . Before I could finish the memory, Kiba interrupted me.

He was waving his hand in front of my face. I shook my head.

"Huh? Sorry . . . I went of in memory lane . . ." I said, feeling embarrassed.

"Its ok. But I was talking about how since you have a lot of stuff to do to get ready for the party and after the festival . . . we, meaning all of us, can get the house ready while you go shopping and do some errands. Just think of it as a. . . thank you present from us. . . for letting us stay here for the past two years and since we don't really do anything around the house. . . this will be a start." Kiba said standing up.

"Ok. Thanks that will help me out a lot. You guys can stay here as long as ya'll see fit." I said getting up from the bed and going to the dresser. I pulled out a yellow tank-top and light blue jean shorts.

"Ok. Well we will see you down stairs." Said Kiba.

They all left except for Hige. I figured something was really eating at him, for him to stay behind and he barely said a word a while ago, which is saying something because he always talks..

"Is there something wrong Hige? Whatever it is its been bothering you for quit a while . . ." I said, going into my bathroom.

"Uhmmmmm. I don't know were to begin . . ." he said sounding really nervous, "You already have enough on your plate . . ."

"No. Its fine. I would love to help you. So what is the problem? You can sit down if you like . . ." I said setting my clothes on the bathroom floor, and going and standing in front of my dresser.

"Thanks. Uhmmm. Remember that girl I told you about when we first moved in?" he said sitting on the edge of my bed.

"Yea. I can't remember her name . . . It started with something like a "B" or something like that . . ." I said.

"Yea. Her name was Blue. . . Well anyways, I have been hoping to find her. . . See. . . She came here with Tsume, Toboe, and I. We slept in a cave the first night . . . and when we had awakened the next morning, she was gone. We looked and looked but we couldn't find her scent or even a clue as to where she had gone. . . It was as if she was never there to begin with but we kept on coming across this weird smell. . . It kind of smelt like roses mixed with a fish or something . . ." he said having this confused look on his face.

'Orochimaru!' I thought to myself.

But aloud I said, "Ok. Well something had to of happened recently for you to be telling me all this. . ."

"Well. . . I was out walking in the woods early in the morning a few weeks ago and I suddenly smelt her! It smelt of fear and confusion. . . I tried to follow it but I kept losing the trail. . ." he said very worriedly.

"Soooo. You want me to see if I can pick up her trail and follow it . . . How soon do you want me to go in the woods and look?" I said crossing my arms and sighing.

"Uhmmm. Yea. . . I don't know. . . I guess when ever you can. . ." he said sounding a little bit happier.

"Ok. In a couple of days I have to go out in the woods anyways to collect some berries and herbs for some stores and the hospital . . . You can come along but we will have to get up before dawn and it will take almost all day…" I said.

"Ok. Thanks." He said standing up and giving me a hug.

"No problem. It's what I'm here for." I said hugging him back.

After Hige left, I finally got in the shower and was downstairs eating my breakfast, which was three perfectly golden-brown pancakes (which is my favorite food), when the phone rang. Grudgedly, I answered it.

"Hello?" I asked.

"Hi Ayuki. It is Sasuke. What are your plans for today? Besides, the party and festival." Sasuke asked.

"Uhmmmm. I'm going to be doing some errands." I said sitting back down and taking another bite of my pancakes.

"Ok. Do you mind if Kiba and I come with you?" Sasuke asked.

"No. I would not mind at all. Actually. . . It would be great to have someone to talk to instead of just talking to myself. . ." I said taking another bite of my pancakes.

"Ok. Well I'm going to call Kiba and tell him and then I'll meet him at his house and then we will come to your house." He said.

"Ok. Well I guess I will see you guys in a few." I said.

"Ok. Bye." He said.

"Bye." I said hanging up the phone and taking another bite of my pancakes.

I was done eating in about ten minutes so I went upstairs to my room and started cleaning it. About another thirty minutes later, the doorbell rang. Tsume came up to my room.

"Sasuke and Kiba are here." He said somewhat angrily.

"Ok. Thanks. Can you please tell them to come up here?" I asked still cleaning my room.

"Sure." Said Tsume, leaving.

I just rolled my eyes. Tsume has never trusted Sasuke since they got here two years ago. I was making my bed when Sasuke and Kiba came in.

"Hi guys. I'll be done in just in a minute." I said.

"Ok. Take your time. We're not in a rush." said Kiba, leaning against the wall beside my dresser. Akamaru laying beside his feet.

"I know. I just want to get out of here before the yelling starts." I said hurriedly.

"What yelling are you talking about?" asked Sasuke.

Then, as if on cue, we heard some yelling going on downstairs. I could tell one of them one Tsume; I did not know the other voice. It was rather muffled.

"That yelling." I said, rolling my eyes and heading out of my bedroom.

"Oh." Was all Sasuke said as he got up to follow me.

I looked over the balcony of the staircase and saw Tsume and Hige arguing with each other.

"Let's go. Now." I said going down the stairs.

I let Sasuke and Kiba go in front of me. As I went past, Tsume grabbed my arm.

"Where are you going?" Tsume growled pulling me face to face with him.

"I'm going to do some errands. And you can go and take a chill pill!" I said wrenching my arm from his grip and stepping back just a little bit.

"Well you're not going with them!" He said spitting 'them' and making a grotesque face like he at something bitter.

"Now listen here! No one is going to tell me whom I can and cannot hang out with! Now. . . we are going to leave. In addition, I do not want to hear another word about this. Understand?" I said crossing my arms and through clenched teeth. Tsume just stood there for a few seconds looking between Kiba and Sasuke, and then back to me.

"Fine. See you later." He said sighing and going upstairs.

Kiba, Sasuke, and I left the house. It took us about a couple of hours to do all the errands. Sasuke went into a store and told Kiba and I to go on ahead to the house, so we did.

We were almost back to my house when my phone started ringing.

"What the—Oh! Hello?" I said answering it.

"Hi Ayuki. (It was Toboe) The guys and I are going out into the woods. We don't know when we will be back." He said.

"Ok. Well I'm almost home. Be careful if I don't see you guys by the time I get home." I said.

"Ok. We will. Love you!"

"Love you too! Bye." I said hanging up the phone.

"Who was that?" Kiba asked.

"Toboe." I said putting the phone back in my pocket.

"Oh. Cool." said Kiba, shuffling his feet.

A few minutes later, we reached my house. We went in. The lights were off so I turned them on. We put up the groceries and headed to my room. I went out on the balcony (and yes, my house is huge and my parents are rich but I inherited all the money when they died. I was about four or five year's old.), it overlooks the village. But in front of my house and balcony are a patch of woods. A light breeze started to blow. It felt good. It was a hot day. Then all of a sudden, I felt arms go around my waist and a chin on my shoulder.

"You're so short. But I think its cute." Kiba said.

"I know I'm short. I'm almost as fast as everyone else and I can squeeze into smaller spaces (at this part. . . he smiled). So, anyways, what do you want to do while we wait for everyone to get here?" I said turning around to face him, his hands still on my waist.

"I don't care as long as I'm beside you." He said in this sexy, yet sweet voice.

Then he bent and kissed me. Then Ryan walked in.

"Hey Ayuki. I banged on the—" Ryan said.

I pulled away and stared at Kiba in shock. I then looked around Kiba and saw Ryan standing there, also with a shocked look. His hair was a dark brown, almost black, and green eyes. He had on a dark pair of blue jeans, a plain red shirt, and brown boots on. He usually has a hat, which when I looked down at his hand, there it was— all camouflaged with a "G" on the front. I pushed Kiba away and went out of my room, blushing and mad at myself for even letting it get that far with Kiba. I had just sat down on the couch, about to turn on the TV, when I heard yelling coming from my room. I then went outside to go for a walk around town to try to calm down a little bit.

'I shouldn't have gone that far with Kiba. What is worse! Is that Ryan walked in on us! Anyways, I cannot let what happened with Kiba happen with anyone else! Ever!' I thought rounding a corner.