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Finally Home Again
So it turns out that my parents and sister were found. The best part is that they were found alive. The sad part is they are terrified of me. Apparently they are having a hard time getting used to the changes I have went through in a course of five years. It's not like my parents don't love me, really it isn't; it's just that they had thought me dead long ago.
"I heard the news," Ikuto says without even wasting breath on a greeting. I almost wanted to slam the door I just opened in frustration of all the new developments.
"So it seems," I answer slowly. There was nothing else I was going to give him—informing him would only bring the dark thoughts to light.
"Well aren't you going to tell me where they were found and what happened to them the day they disappeared," Ikuto asked raising an eyebrow up in expectation. He strode past me into my small apartment and sat on the couch, waiting. I closed the door and sat beside him on the couch.
"My family was captured. They were told I was dead. A year and three months later they escaped. They lived in Kyoto until they were found," I answered in short abrupt sentences.
"They're home, so tell me, what is it that is bothering you about it all," Ikuto asked wrapping his arm around my shoulder and pulling me closer to him.
The movement and closeness is all I needed for my armor to crack. I burry my face into his chest wanting to hear the beat of his heart, to make sure that he would not be taken away from me again. I cry that I hear it beating steadily. I cry that my relationship with my family after being reunited is rocky. I cry because of the joy of seeing everyone I love and care about alive.
As my tears slow to a stop and my sobs turn to sniffles; I pull away from Ikuto's chest to look him in his eyes. "I'm sorry, it's just been rough," I said my voice unbalanced.
"Tell me all about it. Tell me everything that has brought about this pain," Ikuto said brushing some of my hair out of my face.
So I tell him. I tell him everything I am feeling. I tell him why I am feeling that way and silently he listens.
Three days later I was wearing a black dress walking hand in hand with Ikuto in his black formal outfit. Utau and Kukai dressed similar. The four of us stopped in front of a grave and Utau placed the flowers she was holding beside it.
"I'll never understand why she did it. How she could just kill herself and leave us behind," Utau sobbed then leaned into Kukai.
"Utau we will probably never know. She could have been threatened. In the end all we can hope for is that she is in peace now and that we can find our own," Ikuto said squeezing my hand tightly. I squeezed back in support.
"Utau sing. It's what your mother would have wanted," Kukai said hugging her.
"At this moment it's not important why she did it, it's important that you convey your feelings to her," I smiled softly.
"I'll never stop wondering," Utau looks at me daring me to stop her.
"I know," I say barely audible.
Utau then softly sang a delicate, sad song. The three of us silently listened to her song until the last note died on the wind.
I balance three boxes in my arms, while trying and successfully opening the door. I placed them in the back of the truck and pulled down the door—securing all the boxes behind it. Just as I turned my eyes were met by blue ones.
"Ikuto, what are you doing so close to my face! You scared me," I chided.
"You didn't tell me you were moving," Ikuto pouted, "You're going to have to make that up to me later."
"I don't think so! Besides I'm moving forward in my life. I am dealing with what happened to me and accepting it. My family wants to spend time with me even though they know it's going to be awkward." I pushed hair out of my face so he could see I was serious.
"I hope you aren't moving on from me, besides I still need my reward for not panicking and forcibly locking you up in my house so you can't leave me behind," Ikuto smiled letting me know he was serious.
I blushed, "Fine, I admit I should have given you a heads up, but I've been kind of nervous about returning and forgot that I hadn't called you."
Ikuto leaned his forehead against mine and looked down into my eyes, "I believe you Amu. Don't worry too much it will all work out in time. You're parents and sister love you. You love them. That is the most important part. I promise."
Ikuto kissed me lightly on the lips lingering for only a moment. It was a kiss to reassure me everything would be fine. I wrapped my arms around his torso and looked up at him.
"What is it," Ikuto asked.
"I'm just thinking that I've finally found my home again, only this time it isn't really with my family, but with you," I mumbled looking down to avoid his eyes. I could feel the heat rise on my cheeks.
Ikuto slowly raised my face to his, "I as well have finally found my home with you."
This time I kiss Ikuto, but mine lasts much longer than his did.
"Don't worry you'll only have to move one more time," Ikuto smirks. Uh-oh.
"What do you mean," I asked slowly. I examine his face carefully drawing a blank.
"After you graduate from high school this year, move in with me," he purred.
"Don't you think that's moving a little too quick," I squeak in surprise.
"Don't you think that's a long wait," Ikuto grinned.
"Don't you think you're being too pushy," I retort.
"Don't you think you're trying too hard to say no," Ikuto asked clearly amused.
"Maybe," I grin, "Then maybe not."
Ikuto sighs, but smiles. "We'll talk more about this later. I promised Utau that I would bring you to her debut concert. She will kill me if we are late and Kukai will surely take her side!"
"Oh we better get going then," I said, "Last one to the car has to obey three things the winner says!"
"No fair, you got a head start," Ikuto complained as he started the car.
"So, what you cheated on the card game, but I let it go. I was kind of hopping you would make a move with the three orders," I grinned.
"Wait you knew I cheated," Ikuto asked whipping his head to look at me.
"Hey you had your schemes, what makes you think I didn't have mine," I giggle.
Ikuto pulled out of the driveway and onto the road. "I've always known you are amazing, but never have I thought you to be a schemer."
"No one really does. It's my best kept secret so you are going to have to keep it to yourself," I smile.
"I wouldn't have it any other way. Besides I'm the one who knows you best," he smirked.
"Just as I know you best," I smile.
"So, what did you have in mind for your three orders master," Ikuto smirked naughtily.
"You'll just have to wait and see, as for now we have a concert to get to," I laugh at the disappointment on Ikuto's face.
"I love you," Ikuto smiled warmly.
"I love you too," I smile back.
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