Koizumi leaned over the toilet and dry heaved for the third time in the last fifteen minutes.

She felt awful, and barely had enough energy to make it between her bed and the bathroom in between the crippling vomiting episodes.

She groaned as she toppled over sideways, exhausted. Koizumi had absolutely no clue where she picked up the bug from, but it was something nasty...

Shuffling to her feet with more groans, she took a drink from a cup of water beside the sink and immediately spewed it back down the drain. She couldn't keep anything down, it just came right back up again.

Koizumi knew that was bad, she should go to the hospital...

That was her last coherent thought before she was on the ground again, her vision going black.

...

When Koizumi woke again, it was to the sound of her phone ringing. She stumbled out of the bathroom and grabbed her cell from where she left it on her bed.

"H'lo?"

"Yo, Amazon. it's Otani"

"What do you want?"

"You sound terrible"

"Thanks"

"Hey listen. I need the homework assignment for today"

"Chapter 36 with an essay"

"Cool, bye"


As Otani closed his phone, he wondered why Koizumi was so spaced out. She didn't even tease him for losing the homework. Something must be wrong...

His forehead creased as he hit the number buttons.

Meanwhile, Koizumi had to make another dash for the bathroom as her stomach spasmed violently.

She groaned and laid on the bathroom floor, only to sit up again as her phone buzzed, signalling that she had received a text.

From: Otani

You okay?

Koizumi flopped back down and texted him back, her eyes shutting.

...

Otani anxiously snapped open his phone the second it buzzed.

From: Koizumi

I'm really sick

Some random shiver of panic shot down his spine. I mean, he didn't like her or anything, but if she was really sick, then someone should take care of her...right?

He was about to text her back when his phone rang. He looked at the caller ID.

Koizumi.

"Hello?"

"O-Otani...I need to ask you a-a favor"

"What is it?"

"Can you take me to the hospita- ughhh" Otani felt another stab as Koizumi groaned in pain. He could hear the tears in her voice.

"I'll be there in five"

With that, he hung up.


Koizumi shut her phone and winced in pain. The ache in her stomach had intensified to a returning cramp, making it almost impossible to move.

Slowly, she moved down her hallway to the front door, practically falling headlong when she opened the door. It was raining out, and she didn't have a coat. Oh well.

She sat down in an effort to calm her spinning head, and leaned against the door.

Without knowing it, she fell asleep.

"Koizumi" Otani's voice jolted her awake. She looked around to see Otani wheeling his bike up to the porch.


Otani walked his bike up to Koizumi's house, surprised at how...sick she looked. Her face was pale with huge dark circles under her eyes, and she looked much thinner.

"Hop on" He said over the noise of the rain. Koizumi struggled to her feet and stepped off the porch, wobbling uncertainly. Otani noticed she didn't have a jacket on.

He climbed off his bike and walked over, taking off his own jacket and wrapping it around her shoulders.

Then, they were off, leaving a trail of water behind them.

While Otani pedaled, he wondered why he was being nice to her. I mean, come on. She wasn't usually nice to him, but then again, she was sick, so he could cut her some slack.

HIs train of thought was interrupted by Koizumi tapping his back to get his attention.

"What do you want, can't you see i'm trying t-"

He stopped mid-sentence when he saw that Koizumi's face had gone a sickly shade of green. He the brakes on his bike and Koizumi leaped off, launching herself behind a bush.

Otani waited for a good five minutes until she finally emerged from behind her bush, looking like she was going to pass out.

Slowly, she climbed on the back of the bike, and leaned into him. Otani decided that he could go a little faster, Koizumi was getting worse.

By the time they got to hospital, Koizumi was shivering, even with his jacket on. She got off the bike and swayed a little on the curb. She thanked him and started up the stairs to the emergency room.

"Hey Koizumi" Otani called, wheeling his bike to meet her. She turned back to him.

"Do you have someone meeting you here?" He asked. It would be kinda stupid to leave a sick girl alone at the hospital.

Koizumi shook her head. "My parents are in Hokkaido on a business trip, and they took my brother with them"

Otani looked at her warily.

"I'll be fine, I owe you for the ride"

With that, she turned and went the rest of the way up the stairs and through the door.

Otani stood there for a second, then pushed his bike away down the sidewalk.