Nope, don't own Fruits Basket, either. For Vixi, if I remember correctly.


Blame it on the weather.

After all, it wasn't her fault that the power had died. And she hadn't insisted he walk her to her room, despite how exhausted the rain was making him. And if there was no flashlight to be found, well, that was that damn dog's fault, right? Not hers. And if that lightning hadn't struck with a thunderous crash, she certainly wouldn't have latched onto him with a small shriek of terror. And the curse that turned him into a small orange cat was absolutely not her fault.

So why was she apologizing so profusely?

It wasn't her fault. And yet, there she was, bowing and scraping, apologies falling from her lips like the rain outside the window.


"I'm sorry."


"I'm so sorry, Kyo, I didn't mean to."

"Tohru, it's okay."

"I'm sorry, Kyo, I'm--"

"Tohru!" He nudged his head against her leg, startling her. "Tohru, listen to me. It's okay."

"But Kyo, I should know better by now, I'm so--"

"You were frightened, right?" She gave a small nod, her head hung in embarrassment. "Then it's okay. It was an accident. They happen." He sat up on his haunches and reached out with a soft paw. "Sit down. I don't like talking to you when you're up there and I'm down here."

"Oh, Kyo, I'm so sor--" Just then, there was another blinding flash, and Tohru curled into a shivering ball, eyes squeezed tightly shut.

Kyo rubbed up against her. "Shh, it's okay. Pick me up."

She blinked at him, her eyes round and glimmering with unshed tears. "Kyo?"

"You're still frightened, aren't you? Listen, Tohru, we don't know how long the storm's going to last, but with that damn rat and dog both at the main house, they probably won't be back anytime soon. It's just the two of us."

"I'm sorry, Kyo, I don't mean to cause you so many problems… I'll be alright." Somehow, she didn't manage to look at all convincing.

"If you were a bother, I'd tell you." If a cat could smile, Kyo was smiling now. "Pick me up, Tohru. I'll stay with you, in your room, just like this." He looked at her wryly. "Nothing more reassuring than a nice kitty to cuddle when there's a fierce storm raging outside, right?"

Tohru sniffled a little, sparing him a tiny smile. "You're sure, Kyo?"

"Yeah, I'm sure. Just grab me a yukata, would you? You know," he said diffidently, "Just in case."

"Oh!" A light blush tinted her cheeks. "Sure. Of course."


Shigure smiled at the sweet sight of their sleeping angel, her arm curled lovingly around the small orange feline. Yes, he fully intended to tease the redhead mercilessly about it tomorrow, but for now, he was relieved that Kyo had been there for her. And if the cat could find two brain cells to rub together amidst his embarrassment, he'd be smart to just blame it on the weather.