Square one. ■

It had been more than 2 months since I've confessed how I feel about Pucca, and ever since then I thought our relationship would be all uphill from here, but, well…..

Ever since she found out that I secretly liked her all along, she's been even more clingy than ever before! Now I'm just right back where I started.

Running from love.

I knew I wasn't ready.

I'm such an idiot.

As my feet continue to hit the asphalt, with every step, I'm pushed closer and closer to the edge.

One of these days…

No. I can't let myself think that way. I love her. I would never let anything bad happen to her, no matter how much she gets on my nerves sometimes.

Who needs personal space, right?

"Garu! Garu!!"

Her voice. That voice. The voice that had put me through endless turmoil. That adorable, giggly voice that had chased me away for so many years. The voice that had made me feel happy, alive.. complete.

"GARU!!"

Now, she was about to push me way too far.

I stopped rapidly in my tracks, and she ran right past me, crashing into a stop sign. But of course, as usual, the collision left no marks or scratches whatsoever.

"Oh, there you are my little love ninja! Oh, I missed you!" She flung her arms around me and squeezed me so tight that I could hardly breathe.

"Pucca.." I gasped for air, "I've only been gone for 20 minutes."

"I know, but, I just can't stand to be away from you for more than a few seconds!!" She leaned in to kiss me, but I blocked her with my hand.

"I understand you really, really love me, and we are an official couple now, but,"

She looked at me with wide eyes.

How could I word this nicely?? Um.. "Don't you think I could use a little breathing room once and awhile, you know, time away from-"

"Away from.. me? You.. you're breaking up with me??" Her voice shook like a child left out in the bitter cold.

"No, no, of course not! You are my LIFE, Pucca!" I grabbed her and gave her a long, romantic kiss, which I had to abruptly break free from to finish getting this message through her head. "But, I don't want to be.."

"Oh, I KNEW you still loved me Garu! Now we'll be together until this cruel, tormenting world comes to a bitter end!!" I can't believe how positive she made that sound. "Every second of every day for ever and EVER!!"

Every second? Every day?? EVER??

The old Pucca has returned. I really thought she had changed.

Or maybe I was just forcing myself to believe it.

Good bye, personal space..

Good byen honor…

Now, I'm just the love ninja.

"Garu, are you okay?"

I wasn't. I wasn't about to let some stalker ruin my life and my chance of bringing honor back to my family and living a long, happy life, even if I did love her.

An angry force began to take over me. My body began to shake, and pretty soon this force was going to dominate me.
I couldn't control myself.

I took out my sword…..