A/N: Well, just as I promised, here is part two! I would really love some reviews, but I shall continue without them simply for my love of writing 3 Enjoy!
Don't Lose Heart Pt. 2
Kyo observed her in silence and realized a blush had crept onto her cheeks. She could feel him watching her. She looked over to him. "Is everything alright Kyo? You didn't seem very interested in the party." Tohru looked a bit concerned now for Kyo as she remembered why she had come out here. He looked a bit taken aback by her question.
"I'm fine. I just felt a little claustrophobic in there. Too many people," he said, his hand still fidgeting over the gift. Tohru smiled and a small sigh of relief could be heard as it escaped her lips. Kyo wanted to give her the present more than anything but he wasn't sure how to go about it. He could already see her face as she looked at it. 'Would she even like it?' he wondered.
What a silly question. Of course she would like it, she liked everything she got. She was such a fool sometimes, too grateful for her own good. But somehow Kyo found himself realizing that it was one of the things he liked so much about her. She was so humble, and kind, and caring even to those who he thought didn't even deserve it. She was happy to receive even the smallest of gifts and at times happy even when she received nothing at all. Was in an act? Did she do this out of habit? Was she a different person on the inside that she didn't want to let anyone see? He didn't think she was. He was sure of it. He didn't even think she had it in her heart to be selfish or cruel, even when it was okay to be a little bit, some of the time.
"Ah, well I'm glad to know," she said hugging her arms around herself. The night air was comfortable but the shirt Tohru wore, with its thin long sleeves and light cotton base, did not offer her much protection from the cool night breeze. "I think I'm going to call it a night, Kyo."
She turned away then and began walking toward the house. Kyo panicked a bit inwardly as he watched her back turn to him and begin moving toward the house. He pulled the gift from his pocket and looked at it with courage. 'Now or never,' he thought to himself as he walked up behind her and placed his hand gently on her should.
"Tohru, hold on a second," he said. She turned around and smiled at him curiously.
"What's the matter?" she asked as she had not yet seen the gift he had pulled from his pocket.
"Listen, I…" Kyo began but he just couldn't find the right words. He wasn't good at words, with the connection of intricate sentences that could capture a moment. He couldn't piece things together to fabricate lines that could make a girl swoon or an enemy's heart shiver. He just wasn't the words type. He was the action type and he knew that well.
Without another moment of hesitation he took Tohru's hand and pulled it out opening her hand palm up. She looked surprised but didn't pull away from him. Before she could ask what he was doing he placed a small velvet box into the palm of her hand and closed her fingers around it. She looked down at the box for a brief moment, then up at Kyo. He was looking down at the box and then he too brought his attention to her.
"Happy birthday," he said softly and then, dropping her hand without another word, he walked past her and back into the house. His face was tinged with red and he knew he couldn't stand there any longer without saying something stupid. He knew when it was time to take his leave and this was the moment. He wanted to see the look on her face when she opened it. But if she didn't like it, he figured he was just sparing himself the embarrassment of rejection.
He walked slowly into the kitchen and looked around at the now clean room. Yuki was just closing the fridge. He stood straight and looked over at Kyo with his expressionless face as he usually did when it came to Kyo. Kyo just looked at him a moment longer in the uncomfortable silence before he couldn't stand it anymore.
"What are you looking at me like that for you damn rat?" Kyo asked, not even attempting to hide the aggravation in his voice.
"You know something cat, you are quite possibly the dumbest person I have ever had the misfortune of knowing. That or you are truly quite clueless." Yuki said plainly.
"Clueless? What the hell is that supposed to mean?"
"It's obvious that Tohru has feelings for you. And you ignore them? Or maybe you are just too much of a coward to face them?"
"I'm not a coward!" Kyo said between gritted teeth. "I'm just…"
"Afraid?" Yuki asked. His expression had softened a little, but not by much. "Listen, no matter what you feel, you have to face it, not run from it. You know as well as I do how she feels. And if you hurt her, Kyo," Yuki said coming face to face with the Cat, "I will not hesitate to kill you."
Kyo sniffed with arrogance and turned away from Yuki's threat. "I'd never hurt her," he said as he walked out of the room and up the stairs. "That's a promise," he whispered, mostly to himself. He couldn't have cared less if Yuki heard or not.
Tohru stood in the yard with the small velvet box held tightly in her hand. She didn't turn to watch Kyo go into the house behind her. The box was so important to her in this moment that she knew she must cherish it. A gift from Kyo to her. She opened her hand and looked upon the softness that was the velvet box. She popped the top open and slowly pulled it up to view what it held inside.
Her heart pounded a little in her chest as she beheld its contents. Inside there shimmered a thick gold chain that she supposed must be genuine. But that was not what most shocked her as she moved her gaze down to the trinket that was clasped onto the chain. It was more gold in the shape of a lovely cat, and if that wasn't enough the eyes of the cat held small rubies.
She felt with all her might that this was too much. That she could not accept such a beautiful gift, especially as she guessed at how much it might have cost him. As she turned to run after him into the house an immediate realization made her stop in her tracks. How disappointed would Kyo be if she tried to give it back. He obviously had put a lot of thought into this gift.
She took it gently out of its box, and held it out in front of herself. It shined brilliantly in the pale light of the night moon. She was so taken by it, she had to admit. It was a bracelet and so she undid the clasp and fastened it around her wrist. It was charming to say the least. She imagined Kyo putting it on her, and how lovely the moment would have been.
Her heart quickened at the thought and she felt her face get warm. "Oh, Kyo…" she said to no one but herself as she was alone in the yard. Making her way up to the house she closed the doors behind her and walked to the now empty kitchen. She was a bit thankful for the loneliness of the house now, as she didn't want anyone to notice her blush. She promised herself she would thank Kyo properly in the morning, even though much of her wished he were still with her now and hadn't gone so quickly into the house.
A/N: And there you have it! More to come and hopefully soon! I am really back on a roll with this story. As always, reviews are greatly appreciated =D