Chapter III: Ripples

"When a small pebble drops into a serene pool of water, it causes a ripple in the water in every direction, even disturbing distant still waters."

-ScienceDaily (Jan. 29, 2007)


The Aria of a beating heart…

The breeze was soothing and nice as it caressed the cheeks of the young man sitting so peacefully on the swing at the park near the hospital. It was cold but nice nevertheless. The weather was bright and looked so calm. He knew he needed to be at the hospital but the breeze was so nice that the time slipped his mind. The place reminded him of the moment when he saw Hino Kahoko… He was reminiscing the time where he was able to encounter her… Now when he thought of it, it was like the start of magical miracle.

He was favourable in extracurricular activities…

Have a lot of friends…

Excellent grades…

Good relationship with parents…

Favourable family environment… He had no problems at all, nothing at all…

For him, to be able to encounter her, he doesn't know if it was good or bad… She was standing there and he was amazed by her performance and skills. The beautiful sound she possessed is what he truly had longed for… The sound echoed in his heart and a surge of warmth embraced him and etched a vivid mark in his heart… Even then, he encountered her, he saw her… He would like to see her and she would probably laugh at him for wanting to know more about her… Even then, there's something special awaiting for him… That was he felt at that time… And it didn't change a bit…

He even once said to his friends that she was an angel who came from heaven to earth and even said a mermaid princess who came onto land… She was the world that he couldn't get in touched with she was the one he had longed for.

She wasn't angel or a mermaid princess… For him she was a goddess…

The fate had given him a chance to see her when he truly wished for it, he deliberately went to the place where he can saw her, but wasn't able to saw her… Just a moment, he saw her and she was together with the persons whom he truly respected, Ousaki Shinobu and Tsukimori Len. He did even wear a bear costume just to hear their performances, and then he didn't expect her to embrace him, well of course in his bear costume…

Kaji Aoi didn't regret the he was able to be part of her life and any decisions he made for the sake of his beloved person. As long as he can saw the goddess whom he loved deeply from the bottom of his heart, he was willing to make any sacrifice.

It deeply hurts him when his rival, Yunoki Azuma took away the only chance of being together with the goddess whom he fall in love with, at the time he saw her at the park. Yunoki Azuma breaks his engagement and used Hino Kahoko to escape from the clutched of his grandmother. Partly it was his fault. It was his fault for saying unnecessary things to him at the library where he pointed that he should become independent and lived his life without leaving it to the fate all the time, and he will outlived his grandmother. And that was the beginning of the secret war between Yunoki Azuma and Kaji Aoi. As the wise man said, never say unnecessary words that will make you regret later.

He was one of the few people who knew the reasons of Hino Kahoko. Reasons of her sudden disappearance into Yunoki Azuma's life. He didn't know that simple meeting in the park will changed him completely. It was enough for him to be the one who always at her side. Together, they've shared happiness and even in the times of sorrow. They never leave each other, he exists to be her strength and unconsciously, she was also the source of his happiness. In the eyes of other people, he would have seen as a fool. He didn't care as long as he can show his undying devotion to her. He knew from the beginning that it was an unrequited love. The greatest unrequited love, but he just always thought that someday, perhaps she will learn to love him…

He also knew from the start that she still loved and thinking of that person. Aoi was happy with looking at her back figure, and he might have the chance to win her heart. "Perhaps, I might be able to love you…" that was the words that gave him hope. He loved her and he was willing to wait if it takes it a lot of time.

The sole person who took care of her since that fateful day happened was him. He was the one who witnessed and guided the growth of the twins, whom he had loved as his own children; he couldn't hate them even though they were his rival's sons. . Their first walk, their first words and everything. He was the one who watched them, not Yunoki Azuma. There were times those moments made him smile. Like when Akira and Akito were three years old, both of them were curious on his laptop. On the moment he lost his attention, the twins played at the said gadget and the case presentation that he was working for three consecutive nights was deleted, it was good thing that Kahoko had the copy of his file.


Every Sundays and holidays they went out together on amusement parks, concerts, and the twins and Kahoko's favorite place, Morioka. Every year after the winter, they went together and visit the ishiwaki-sakura. Morioka was also the place where Kahoko's father and older brother's memorial place. They also visit the Kaji's main house where his parents welcomed them as a part of their family. His parents were the one who started the violin romance, where both of them fell in love and found the fairy in the Seisou Gakuen. He was surprised when he heard from her that she was able to see it too…

"Daddy, can you please help us on our assignments? Mom needs to work at night at the hospital." Akito plead him with his puppy eye, the eye that he cannot refuse.

"Alright. I will help you."

"Is it alright? You had a morning shift on the hospital?" Kahoko replied.

"It is fine, I'll take them on the main house, my mother wanted to see them."

"Thank you." She replied. Their day ended with the activities that they've enjoyed. Kahoko worked as a nurse on his grandfather's hospital. Mrs. Kaji was the one who guides and teaches Akira on his violin lessons, while Akito was tutored privately on how to play the piano. Both of them were her fascinations, since their only son didn't want to marry anyone besides Hino Kahoko.

Once in an ordinary night, Aoi went out in his bedroom veranda to sought solace. There were times he felt the anxiety and hidden fears in his heart. He heard from one of his sources that Yunoki Azuma arrived in Japan yesterday. He and Kahoko were been happy together for many years, and now there he was again, if Kahoko heard that he was going to married Takashino Ayano this year, he can imagine what would be her reaction. Another pain.

On the cold nights, the early rain of spring pours down on the earth's surface. It was raining in torrents and it seems like a mystery to him on how the heaven know how he felt at that time. He doesn't understand why he really loves the rain and snows. Knowing as it falls and made ripples just like what his heart feeling at that time. The ripples that disturbed the peaceful abyss in his heart.

Perhaps he learned to appreciate it. Because he knew that nobody may seem to know how much pain was killing him gently but he knew that heavens understood him…

'So, you want to play another life's chess game and this time what moves will you make this time?' He thought solemnly and again he wished that the ripples that disturbed him will stop…


Author's Note:

I am thinking if I am going to transfer this story in the Naruto archives, since I do have awaiting readers there. Since, so far, I have only received 2 reviews for the last chapter, it only means that this is has no future in this archive, am I right?...

If you have questions please feel free to ask. Oh, by the way I want to promote my other stories, The League of Extraordinariness and Maple Coloured Love, it is both a La Corda fics...