I'M SORRY X INFINITY for updating after SO LONG. The only excuse I can give you guys is that I just did not have time to write. Special thanks to mrs. Zala for the encouraging PM.
Now it's really late so I don't have time to reply to everyone who reviewed last chapter, sorry!
Without further ado, enjoy CHAPTER 7.
Chapter 7: Frustration and Confession
Athrun Zala has always been the perfect guy. He's among the top of his class, excelled at sports, and have the looks and body of a seasoned young male model.
He's the son of Patrick Zala and Lenore Zala. He's especially close to his mother since his father was always away on business trips.
When he first started in Destiny High, he thought that the idea of students choosing different colors to represent their group was odd and unnecessary. Initially, he just wore black and white and so did his friends. However, one morning while he was running late to school, he'd blindly threw on what looks to be a pair of black pants but were really navy blue. He hadn't realized it until he was called into the principal's office. Principal La Flaga had insisted that he just stick with the navy blue color instead of black and that was how the Navy Blue Clique was created.
Athrun Zala was a guy that had many friends, although most of his close friends were made from childhood. He doesn't often try to socialize with many people other than his close friends and is usually reserved. His best friend is Kira Yamato, whom he'd been friends with since pre-school. The rest of the gang met in middle school and they've been together ever since.
Athrun thought his life was good, minus the rabid fangirls. Still, he felt that something was missing from his life.
That changed when he met Cagalli Yula Athha.
He still remembers their first meeting and how he mistook her for one of his fangirls because she had been staring at his eyes. Looking back now, he felt a bit embarrassed because she was the complete opposite of a fangirl.
And then there was their second encounter.
He had been avoiding his fangirls and at the same time trying to get to his class on time when she bumped into him. Even though he was usually a reserved and patient kind of guy, he had let frustration get the best of him and yelled at her. That was also a bit embarrassing now that he think about it.
But her yelling back totally caught him off guard. Other than his mother, no woman has ever yelled at him before. She'd piqued his interest. What he didn't know was that he had been attracted to her since that moment on, that that was what was missing in his life.
Because she made him feel things that he'd never felt before.
She was just so amusing.
She made him blush and even got him to flirt which he never thought he would ever do.
They have been friends for only a few weeks yet he feels as if he's closer to her than his childhood friends, maybe even closer than Kira. He can't describe or label what this relationship is, all he knows is that he wants to be closer, more than what they are now. He wants to be able to hug her the way he did last night whenever he wanted.
'Would that make us a couple?' Athrun mused from his favorite spot under the tree.
Couples do more than just hug, they kiss...
He can't help but blush a little at the thought.
'Where is that girl anyway?'
Athrun pondered as he looked around for the missing blonde. It's already almost time for class to start and they always meet at this spot so they can go to class together.
Athrun takes out his cellphone and texts Cagalli.
[where r you?]
It didn't take long for her to reply.
[already in class]
Athrun felt a little bothered. 'She went to class first and didn't even think to inform me…Oh well, I better go before I'm late.'
When he got to class, Cagalli was just sitting at her desk, staring out the window. She had a look on her face that Athrun didn't quite like, she seemed troubled.
Thinking that it might just be a cranky morning for her, he decided to cheer her up.
He quietly crept up behind her without notice and poked her sides with his index fingers.
Cagalli let out a surprised "EEP!" and almost look like she was about to smack his arm like she usually does but for some reason she stopped herself and just gave a half-hearted shrug before look out the window again.
Now Athrun was really worried.
Cagalli blinked a few times before replying. "Morning Athrun." She smiled a smile that didn't reach her eyes.
Athrun scratched the back of his neck in confusion before taking his seat next to her.
When class was in session, Athrun noticed that Cagalli didn't really pay any attention to Ms. Ramius and was just staring into space.
Athrun couldn't take her weird behavior anymore so he decided to confront her through a text.
[ whats wrong Cagalli? You've been acting really weird this morning]
He heard her phone vibrate and watched as she snapped to her senses before discreetly fishing through her bag for her phone. She glances at the senders name before raising a brow and turning to look at Athrun who pretended to take notes, he felt her questioning stare but didn't look up.
He felt his phone vibrate in his pocket.
[ nothing... I just feel a little tired from all that homework yesterday.]
Athrun furrowed his brows. 'That can't be, she wouldn't be this gloomy just from homework.' He shook his head and sent her another message.
[I don't believe you, we will talk about this during lunch]
His phone vibrated again.
[cant. I'm going to the library today for research so I'm not eating with you and the gang]
[fine then I'll eat with you at the library]
His lips quirked up at her disbelieving stare and gave her a wink.
Just then the bell rang and before Athrun could say a word, Cagalli quickly shot out of her seat and rushed out of the classroom.
"Cagalli wait!" He shouted and followed after her, garnering a few curious stares.
Meer who was observing the couple the whole time smirked. 'Looks like whatever Meyrin did, it made the blonde bitch back off. I gotta say I'm quite impressed.' she laughed in her head.
Meanwhile Kira and Lacus were confused about the way Athrun and Cagalli acted. Usually they would joke around with each other but today, they barely said a few words.
'Hmm did something happen at the group study last night?' Lacus wondered.
Athrun was about to catch up to Cagalli when he was suddenly stopped by Meyrin who latched onto his arms as soon as she saw him.
"Hi Athrun dear!"
"Uh excuse me Meyrin, but can you let go? I'm kind of in a hurry here." He was beginning to feel frustrated.
"What for?" Meyrin pouted.
"Cagalli's been acting weird and I need to talk to her."
"Aw don't worry, I'm sure she's just tired from last night." Meyrin feigned worry, inwardly she was jumping with joy at how her plan worked. 'Cagalli is avoiding Athrun and soon they will no longer be friends, now if only Athrun would stop worrying about that bitch!'
Athrun knew that wasn't the case but he see no point in convincing her otherwise so he just sighed and let her drag him to class. He figured that he can just talk to Cagalli about it during lunch.
Second period was no different, Cagalli was unusually cold and quiet and Athrun wanted to just grab her and shake some sense into her! And Meyrin was being extra extra clingy for some reason.
Finally the bell rang and he released a breath that he didn't know he was holding.
He looked towards Cagalli's seat and noticed that she was already gone.
'Crap, when did she get so fast?'
He gathered his things and began heading to the library when Meyrin latched onto his arms again.
"Where are you going Athrun? It's lunch time!" Athrun had to refrain himself from rolling his eyes in annoyance.
"Oh right. I won't be eating with you guys today, I have to do some research at the library." He quickly fibbed.
"Aw really? Why don't I help you then? I'm really good with research you know?" Meyrin insisted.
"Sorry but teacher said we cannot receive help but thanks for the offer."
"Gotta go!" Athrun cut in before running towards the direction of the library.
'Damn! Don't tell me he's going to go and find that bitch! She most likely won't be eating with the group today.' Meyrin fumed. She decided that she would follow Athrun to make sure that Cagalli stays away.
"Meyrin what are you doing just standing there? Let's go eat already!" It was Luna.
Meyrin groaned, she can't tell Luna about her blackmailing Cagalli so she decided to just follow her sister to not risk suspicion. Besides, 'that bitch should be smart enough to not talk to Athrun if she doesn't want her secret revealed.'
Athrun made it to the library and went inside to look for Cagalli. But she wasn't inside.
'Didn't she say that she needed to do research?' Athrun ruffled his hair in frustration.
'Why is she avoiding me?'
He took a deep breath before walking out of the library, now even more determined to confront her. He checked almost everywhere in the school but there was no signs of Cagalli. He avoided the cafeteria in case his friends were still there, and he knew that Cagalli wouldn't be there.
He was now outside in the school yard catching his breath. Thinking that she might have gone home, he grew depressed so he decided to go to his favorite spot for a nap. However as he neared the tree, he saw her. She had her knees up to her chest and her head was resting on it. He slowly towards her.
3 months ago in Orb.
Cagalli was strolling through her garden looking for her cat when a maid approached her saying that her father wanted to talk about something important with her. When she arrived in his study, he had a very serious look on his face, she knew it was really important from the serious tone and expression, but what could it be?
"Cagalli, are you aware of the tradition of Orb regarding a princess?"
"No father, you've never mentioned it." She replied in a nervous tone.
Uzumi Nara Athha sighed.
"When a princess of Orb turns 18, she will be introduced to the country along with a...Groom to be."
Cagalli stared at her father in confusion until the information finally sank in and her expression turned to one of disbelief.
"What? Are you saying that I will be engaged when I turn 18?"
"I'm sorry Cagalli, but it's been Orbs tradition for centuries, you have no choice."
Cagalli glared at her father with tears in her eyes.
"But I don't want to be Orb's princess! I don't want to be engaged to someone I don't even know!"
Now it's Uzumi's turn to get angry.
"You have no choice Cagalli! You are Orb's princess no matter what! You can't just choose if you want to or not and stop being so damn stubborn!"
"No! Please father I barely got to experience how it like to be a normal person being trapped in this place for as long as I can remember! You never let me do anything I wanted and you never gave me a choice!" She sobbed.
"That's because I'm protecting you! Who knows what'll happen if I let you run free? What if you get kidnapped?"
"But I'm 17 now! I'm not a kid anymore! Father please, if you let me live outside of Orb until I turn 18, I will fulfill the tradition without complaints!"
"Absolutely not! Have you gone mad? You want to leave Orb and live somewhere else until you turn 18? That's unacceptable. Plus you will follow tradition whether you like it or not!"
"But father please!"
"That's enough Cagalli, I will not discuss this any longer. You will not leave Orb and you will follow tradition."
All Cagalli could do was stare at her father in disbelief, how could he do this to her?
"I hate you!" Cagalli sobbed before running out of the study.
Uzumi could only sigh and rub his face with his hands, he knows that Cagalli is mad at him right now, but she will understand soon.
But one month later, she was gone. Without a trace.
When she woke up this morning, Cagalli felt as if she hadn't slept a wink the night before. She'd been awake for most of the night thinking about what Meyrin told her. She knew that if she wanted to keep her secret, she would have to stop talking to Athrun and avoid him.
Just the thought of doing that puts a tight feeling in her chest.
She almost went to meet Athrun this morning under their tree because she's so used to it. However, Meyrin's words rang in her head so she went straight to class instead.
She knew he would be confused with her behavior and question her about it.
When lunch time came around, she decided to hide under their tree even though she told Athrun that she's doing research in the library. Why she picked this spot she didn't know since Athrun would easily find her here if he were to look for her...Okay maybe she's hoping that there's a tiny chance that Athrun would look for her and find her here.
However it would seem that he didn't bother to since it's been 20 minutes since the lunch bell rang.
She shouldn't even feel sad; after all she was the one avoiding him.
But she can't help it; it hurt to know that she can't talk to him like she use to. When she saw him walk into second period with Meyrin clinging onto his arms, she felt hurt. And the smug look that Meyrin gave her only intensified the tightness within her chest.
'Is this what it feels like to like someone? Why do I only realize it when I'm hurting?' Cagalli thought bitterly, wrapping her arms around herself before resting her forehead on her knees.
She was about to drift off when she heard footsteps walking closer to her.
'That's odd; no one comes to this tree except me and Athrun.' Cagalli thought, head still down.
She heard the footsteps get closer until she can feel that there was someone right in front of her. She figured that it wasn't anyone she knew so she just pretended to sleep and hope that whoever it was would just leave. However the person isn't budging, he/she wasn't even saying a word so Cagalli got a little annoyed.
'What's with this person?'
She raised her head preparing to scold the rude person and gasped as she came face to face with Athrun Zala.
He was crouched down to her level and his face was so close that their noses where only 2 inches away from touching.
Cagalli could only blush under his stare.
"What happened to doing research at the library?" Came Athrun voice, Cagalli shivered at how cold it sounded.
"I just finished?"
"Stop lying Cagalli. I went straight to the library when lunch started." Athrun was serious.
Cagalli sighed. "Why are you here Athrun? Shouldn't you be eating lunch?"
"I could ask you the same thing, tell me Cagalli, is there a reason why you're avoiding me?" There was tension in his voice.
Cagalli looked away. "What makes you think I'm avoiding you?"
Athrun narrowed his eyes. "Stop, don't play dumb with me."
He reached out and took her chin in between his thumb and index before guiding her head to face him. "I know there's something bothering you Cagalli." He then continued in a softer tone. "Please don't avoid me, talk to me Cagalli."
Cagalli felt a lump forming in her throat and her eyes were starting to burn. "I can't Athrun." She refused to look him in the eye.
Athrun's patience was running out, he doesn't know why but he just can't seem to keep his composure when he's with this woman, but he does know that it felt good to be near her. But now she's avoiding him and he desperately wanted to know why.
"Why? There must be a reas…" Athrun noticed a small tear escape her eyes and he stopped mid sentence in shock. Instantly he had her in his arms.
Cagalli's eyes were wide with surprise as she sniffed a muffled sob against his neck.
"Please tell me what's wrong Cagalli. We're friend aren't we?" Athrun asked softly but desperately, tightening his arms around her
"I wish I could tell you Athrun...but I can't." She replied in a soft voice.
Athrun suddenly pulled away and cupped her face in between his palms. "Why are you being like this Cagalli? Whatever it is, you can tell me no matter what, you can trust me!" He almost yelled as he stared intensely into her eyes.
"I care about you Cagalli." Then in a softer voice he said. "Don't you care about me too?" Athrun felt a lump form in his throat and a burning sensation in his eyes. He almost never cry, not even when he was young, yet he feels like the most miserable person as he stare into Cagalli's teary and glassy amber eyes.
"Of course I do Athrun! how can you-!" Cagalli let out a gasp when Athrun's lips suddenly came crashing down on her open mouth. Her eyes were wide open as they stared at Athrun's closed ones. She was frozen, Athrun was kissing her! When she finally got over her shock, she didn't hesitate in returning his kiss as her eyelids drifted shut. It was a passionate and desperate kiss as Athrun and Cagalli poured their emotions into it.
Athrun didn't know what took over him when he closed the gap between him and Cagalli and kissed her. His body just acted on impulse when he heard that Cagalli cared about him. He knew he took her by surprise judging by her stiff posture and frozen lips. She remained that way for a few more seconds and he feared that he might have done something she didn't want. When he was just about to pull away and apologize, he felt her responding to his kiss; he let out a sigh as he ran his tongue over her bottom lip.
He gave her bottom lip a final nibble before pulling away slowly. He grinned as he took in Cagalli's dazed expression and flushed cheeks. They were both panting slightly and he blushed when he realized that he just had a mind blowing first kiss with the only girl he ever felt romantically about.
Only when her heart finally calmed down and her cheeks no longer looking like a ripe tomato did Cagalli finally have the courage to look at Athrun. She tries to bite her lip to stop herself but inevitably gave in to the urge to burst out with laughter at his flushed appearance and dorky smile.
To say he was confused was an understatement. Athrun stared at the hysterical girl who had just ruined their after-kiss glow. But he can't help but smile and indulge in her first sincere laughter of the day. He fought the urge to pull her into his arms and kiss her again.
After Cagalli regained her composure, Athrun reached over and tuck a loose strand of blonde hair behind her ear.
"So are you going to tell me what's bothering you now?" He looked worried but there was a solemn edge to his voice.
As expected, Cagalli looked down and avoided meeting his eyes. "It's nothing really Athrun, you don't have to worry about such a small matter."
She cringed as he let out an impatient sigh.
"You know you are technically my girlfriend now right?" The corners of his lips twitched as Cagalli's head snapped up at the speed of light. Her mouth in a disbelieving O shape, eyes wide, and cheeks red as an apple.
"W-w-w-what..Huh?" She blushed harder as she stuttered.
"Don't look so surprised, do I have to kiss you again to prove it?" He leaned closer, her face turned redder.
"Shouldn't you have to ask me to be your girlfriend first?" Cagalli had to mentally slap away her foolishly stuttering self.
Athrun smiled indulgently. "Cagalli Yula, would you like to be my girlfriend?"
"You know your fangirls are going to swallow me whole right?" She rolled her eyes.
"I'm sure you can handle them, plus I'll protect you if you couldn't." Athrun smirked.
Cagalli was having an internal battle. She knew she wanted to be with Athrun but Meyrin's threat wasn't something she can ignore. If she wanted to be with him, she would have to tell him everything. Who she really was and why she was here. Their relationship would have to be a secret because she was being blackmailed. She swallowed hard. I want to be with him, I need to tell him. I hope he'll understand why I hid my identity.
"Before I say yes, I have something I need to tell you Athrun."
Athrun straightened at her serious tone and nodded for her to continue.
Cagalli took a deep breath. "Cagalli Yula is not my full name, its Cagalli Yula Athha. I am from Orb but that's not all, I'm actually the princess of Orb. I came to PLANT because my father was going to engage me to someone I don't even know when I turn 18 and I just couldn't let that happen because I've been locked in that mansion ever since I was born and I've never gotten to see how to world is. So I escaped and came here to experience life outside Orb and I just love it so much that I don't want to go back. But yesterday…yesterday Meyrin told me that she knew who I really am. I don't know how, but she found out that I was the princess of Orb and she told me that she would tell my father if I don't stop talking to you…I didn't want to go back to Orb so I decided that I had to stop talking to you, I'm sorry for avoiding you in the morning Athrun…I had no choice."
She was looking down the whole time she was confessing her secrets, she was afraid of what Athrun's reaction might be.
Athrun sat frozen as her words sank in. He swallowed to ease his suddenly dry throat.
"So let me get this straight, you are actually the princess of Orb?" He stared at her in disbelief, he didn't even know that Orb had a princess.
"And you ran away because you didn't want to get engaged when you turn 18?"
"And Meyrin is blackmailing you?" Athrun couldn't help but feel pissed off. He never thought that his friend would do something like this.
"Yes, I think she's in love with you Athrun…I mean it's pretty obvious."
Athrun always had a feeling that Meyrin saw him as more than just a friend and it became a lot more apparent after he met Cagalli. He had tried to convey that he didn't see her as anything more than a friend but Meyrin obviously couldn't take a hint. When she asked him to go to the movies, he knew she wanted to go alone with him, so when he suggested the idea to the gang, he thought she would understand that he didn't like her that way. Turns out it just made her more aggressive about her feelings.
"I know…I just never thought she would do something like this Cagalli. I guess it's partly my fault. So…does that mean that you'll go with her demands? You're just going to avoid me from now on?"
She winced at the hurt and underlying anger in his voice, but shook her head and smiled shyly.
"Well actually…I want to be your girlfriend Athrun. I was thinking that maybe we can just keep it a secret for now?" She was blushing again.
Athrun instantly brightened up as a grin broke out on his face. "Really? Are you sure?" He sounded so hopeful and Cagalli couldn't help but laugh.
"YES you idiot!"
He instantly cocooned her in his arms and nuzzled her neck in happiness.
"So what should we do now girlfriend?"
"Well I am kind of hungry…"
"Actually I was thinking that we should continue our kiss earlier…"
Cagalli blushed. "I never thought Athrun Zala was such a perv!"
"Hey it's your fault, I'm not usually like this…" He replied before gluing his lips to hers.
Yes. Athrun can only be a perv when he's with Cagalli. I'm really sorry if everyone is kind of OOC...I am an amateur after all.