Game Start!

Chapter 7: Of New Bonds

Author's Note: Contains spoilers about Saya's Route & perhaps other routes as well.

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Original Game: Little Busters Ecstasy

Original Concept: Key

Written by: wrathie

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In the end, both of us ended in the infirmary… Who won?

"… "

I am not saying… but seeing Kurugaya's displeased expression, she wasn't telling either.

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"… Kurugaya-san."

"Yes?"

She answered, suddenly appearing in the same bed as me and I started, squirmed and tried to push her away as she rested her elbows on my chest, cutting me off and staring at me with that same mischievous look on her face.

"Ugh, get off me, Kurugaya-san! I can't speak like this!"

"Ah, kawaii…"

She smiled happily as I struggled against her, this person is definitely in the weird side and I winced when she poked my arm, squeezed it and commented.

"Lean, yet powerful… and beautiful."

"Let go of me, Kurugaya!"

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She let go and I breathed a sigh of relief as I looked at her back. She too, was injured… only at a few places but she was a casualty of our fight. The school nurse was shocked at our injuries and asked what we had been up to.

But, when Kurugaya gave her a look, she just fell silent and tended to us without worry.

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"Honestly… Kurugaya-san, I wish you would play in more, traditional ways."

"Primal ways?"

"Not that."

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They obviously knew one another and she was patched up without further comment. I was, however, much more badly off and after helping out, she went away to call Nuomi-san despite my protests.

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"No no, it's time like these that friends should help."

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She was gone for quite some time and so, it was only the two of us alone now.

I still, have to know, even if I have a rough idea of what she meant, what that meant. I do not judge people wrongly and that expression of hurt was unmistakable.

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"Kurugaya."

"Onee-san is listening."

Sitting on her bed and with her back turned towards me, Kurugaya answered immediately, she was obviously waiting for an answer and I smiled bitterly at her.

"Are you…?"

I left my question unanswered as I knew the answer. I must have hit a nerve somewhere, something that had happened between Riki-kun and her. When I mentioned that all I wanted was to get close to Riki-kun, she was shocked but she recovered.

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She too, must like Riki-kun in some way. Perhaps she had not known it, perhaps she did know it. Perhaps this is the reason she too joined the Little Busters… I don't know.

But, when I mentioned that I wanted to make him remember, her expression completely changed.

It must have been something in Kurugaya's past that made her give me the chance to fight back.

She is a proud woman, just like me, unrelenting and unforgiving to achieve victory. For her to give up a victory, it must be something that is deep on her heart.

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"Who are you, Tokido-san."

"I am a spy, Kurugaya."

I told her softly and I saw her smile as she turned towards me.
"A horrible spy to give up your identity so easily."

"You won, didn't you?"

"It's a draw."

She smiled back as she looked at her shoulder where one of my bullets had struck her and she smiled mischievously.

"If I can't get married due to this scar, you'll have to take responsibility."

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"…"

There was silence between us again before she spoke softly.

"Do not give up… even if he doesn't remember."

I knew that, but why, why did Kurugaya think she understands me, what I am going through?

How could she ever know…

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Before she could offer an answer or I could press her for one, someone else burst into the room with a panicked voice.

"Saya-san!"

It was Nuomi-san and she was panicked as she first jumped into the first bed, wailing and crying and asking if I was alright. That would be fine and touching, but the first bed belonged to Kurugaya…

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"Ah~ Kudo-kun. Onee-san didn't know you cared."

"AH! KURUGAYA-SAN!"

When the dust settled, Kurugaya was hugging Nuomi-san, resting her head on hers as she smiled at me.

"So, you know Kudo-kun as well. Isn't she cute?"

"Wafuu! Kurugaya-san is hurt too?"

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The two of them are in the same class as each other and… they will be a part of Little Busters together as well.

"Tokido-san?"

Kurugaya called my name and when I looked up, I saw Nuomi-san beside my bed, looking at me with concern and I smiled, held her hand and said I was alright.

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"Why did you get hurt, Saya-san? Daijobu desu ka? Alright are you?"

"It's 'are you alright', Nuomi-san. And erm…"

I looked at Kurugaya and when she just shrugged at me, I just covered it up in the easiest way possible.

"We were having a small competition with each other and it kind of got out of hand. I'm sorry of worrying you, Nuomi-san."

"No need to get so formal, Tokido-san, call her Kudo-kun."

She appeared from behind and hugged Nuomi-san as she petted her head like a dog. In some way, I have to admit, Nuomi-san is really like a dog. Her behavior, her energy levels, her attitude towards life is like my pet dog.

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"Kudo?"
"Mm~ If Saya-san wants to call me Kudo-chan, daijobu desu~"

I considered, it was a way to get closer to her and I nodded my head as I squeezed her hand. It felt very weird, but I felt better when there is a friend with me, caring for me, for the first time even.

A spy is never allowed to get close or to develop emotional bonds with another person and this is a first. I actually feel I have a friend, that person cared for me.

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Having a roommate is different from what I have experience in the past, sleeping in a small room, trying to live on sleep shifts that makes me wake up for every 2-3 hours or so.

Being with a roommate would technically mean being more vulnerable, due to me being close to another human being.

And being with a human being creates bonds and with bonds, it becomes harder and harder to keep the contact from being personal, and that would link to it being harder for one to hide their identity from each other.

It just takes one slip for her to know who I really am. But if it's Nuomi-san, perhaps it does not matter.

Perhaps…

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"Then… I'll call you Kudo-chan."

I smiled back at her as I nodded and accepted her hug, which toppled me and caused me some pain. But it was worth it to see her face. As well as to mask the awkwardness of her asking what had happened earlier.

"How do you know about Tokido-san, Kudo-kun?"

It was Kurugaya who asked and I had to marvel at her ability to as the right questions. She, in many sense is the perfect spy, just like me! Ah-Ha-Ha-Ha!

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"Saya-chan is my roommate, Kurugaya-san! She moved in yesterday, but it's her first night staying in our room together!~ I was very excited desu!~"

She then deflated almost instantly as her happy smile turned to one of awkwardness.

"I was waiting for about 2 hours when Nurse-san came to tell me Saya-chan is injured! I was very worried desu! Very very worried desu!"

"You shouldn't be waiting for me…"

Somehow, Kurugaya had the wrong idea as she had suddenly embraced Kudo-chan and buried her between her ample bosoms as she swung her left and right.

"Onee-san is interested in what Kudo-kun prepared for Tokido-san. To have Kudo-kun stay up waiting for you like a newlywed wife."

She flushed, looked at me with a jealous expression and promptly released Kudo-kun and pushed her into the bed, tucking us in with a pleased smile.

"So, do what newlywed couples do. Onee-san is interested to know."

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There was a pause as the both of us looked at her, then at each other and back at her smiling form, which was heading towards the exit and as the lights are turned off…

"Wafuu! I am married to Saya-chan? Happy Happy Marriage Desu?"

"No, don't get confused by her. She'll come back if we make lots of noise."

"What noise, Saya-chan?"

Sighing, I shrugged and slipped out of bed, leaving Kudo-chan behind me before slipping to the door which Kurugaya had closed when she left.

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Tsk, such childish pranks. Perhaps she is not a good candidate to be a spy after all. With tendencies like this, I shudder to think what she would pull if left unsupervised with the arsenal of a spy.

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Wait, perhaps that's a good thing. No one can anticipate such a… spy

I'm having a headache just thinking of the possibilities and of Kurugaya in my position.

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Taking a deep breath, I made some, questionable voices while watching Kudo-chan turn red and stare at me with her mouth wide open. Obviously in shock at what I'm doing, no doubt. Still, it is a necessary sacrifice as the door swung open and Kurugaya came rushing in, tripping over my outstretched foot and falling to the ground on her face with a loud splat!

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"Just as planned."

I smirked as I helped Kurugaya up even as Kudo-chan came running to help.

"Kurugaya-san! Are you okay?"

Worriedly, she helped her to her bed with Kurugaya rubbing her nose all the way with a hurt expression.

"Tsk… I was set up."

"It is easy to guess that you will fall for that ploy, seeing how you implied us doing such behavior for your benefit."

I masked it over as much as I could by confusing Kudo-chan and by the confused expression on her face and how Kurugaya hugged her from behind, muffling her questions, I succeeded in my plan.

"Wafu~ Everything became dark desu!"

"Kudo-kun, you will sleep with Onee-san and Tokido-san in here, alright?"

Smiling as she held her, I looked at her and she stared back before speaking softly back to me, a deep, searching look.

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"Do not give up, Tokido-san. Like how I did."

It was the answer that I was looking for, searching for and I bit my lip, looked down at my hands, which was bruised and had a few bandages on it.

Clenching it, I looked back to see Kurugaya snuggling Kudo-chan like a bear and I nodded to her, replying the only way I know how.

"Roger that. The game has already started."

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We really did what Kurugaya suggested, but instead of sleeping in her bed, Kudo-chan was snuggled by mine. Somehow, she had convinced the nurse to allow her to stay in the condition that we wake up early to prepare for school.

Kurugaya she, was silent the whole time as we chatted amongst ourselves, offering her advice and opinion on various subjects.

Like the feeding of dogs, the ideal dog to get and etc.

It was mostly concentrated around Kudo-chan's love for dogs and my likes and dislikes.

It was like a game of twenty questions but Kurugaya hand waved all questions directed to her easily with short retorts and that annoying smirk. I believe I do have the measure of how she is and who she is now.

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"Tokido."

I heard her voice as I finally was about to sleep, it is difficult for me to sleep as I wake up at the drop of a pin, part of my spy training and I turned to her, seeing her in her bed, her back to me as she spoke again.

"Does Kudo-kun, know."

It was meaningless to ask what she meant by 'know', I knew what she meant and I felt a little upset and angry at myself for knowing. It is mean for me to not tell her my intentions, when she is so obviously infatuated with him as well.

"No, I'm sorry. But I'm not… doing what you think I am doing."

"I said nothing, Tokido."

She replied softly and snuggled in her sheets a little more than before and spoke again.

"You should not take advantage of her, Tokido."

"I am not.. I will tell her how I feel to him… I do not want to hurt her as well…"

"Good"

It seems that the conversation has ended, but I took a big risk and followed up with a whisper.

"I'm sorry, Kurugaya… I'm sorry…"

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She stiffened for a moment, it might be an illusion, but I'm sure for a second, she was hurt as well. But when she turned to face me, there was the same sly smile on her face as she closed one eye, looked at me and whispered back.

"Onee-san won't lose to a girl like you."


Author's Notes: Didn't really like this chapter much.