SkyGem: Arara, I've been getting barely any reviews for this. Are people not reading any more? I'm so tempted to just end it here…


Ryoma

As I sleepily opened my eyes, I propped myself up on my elbow, and looked around.

I noticed that the Keigo was beside me, and I couldn't help but blush.

I was still puzzling over why he had lied to me. Would he really go to such extreme lengths to humiliate me? I mean, he had even kissed me for kami-sama's sake!

Suddenly, a little thought wedged itself into my mind, and I shook my head, refusing to believe that it was true. There was no way…

Before I could contemplate any longer, Keigo's eyes fluttered open.

He looked over at me and smiled. Again, I couldn't help but blush.

He chuckled, then got up and leaned in for a kiss. I couldn't help myself, I turned my face away and he looked confused.

"Ryoma?" he asked worriedly. "Is there something wrong?"

I smiled at him and shook my head. "Iie," I said in a voice that just barely hid my embarrassment.

A smirk came onto his face, and he said, "Well, how about we take a shower together? That'll help make you feel better."

My face was way beyond red by now. I leaned back, then planted my feet firmly on his chest and pushed him out of the bed. "Get lost, you damn lolicon!"

He fell to the floor in a tumbled heap and, for a second, his face was so surprised, I couldn't help but laugh.

He then put on a mock outraged expression and said, "How dare you lay your hands on ore-sama!"

I looked away childishly. "It wasn't my hands, it was my feet!"

With a disgruntled sigh, he got up and said, "Technicalities. Anyways, I'm off. If you change your mind, the door's unlocked!"

"In your dreams, old man!" I shouted after him as he left, then flopped back onto the bed, looking up at the ceiling.

In all honesty, I had gotten most of my memories back already, but I was trying to put off going back home as long as I could; I wasn't particularly fond of the idea of moving halfway across the world and losing all my friends. Not to mention that I wanted to find the reasons behind Atobe's actions.

Before I noticed it, Atobe had already finished his bath and was coming out with a towel around his waist, his hair still wet.

"Your turn," he said.

"Hai," I replied and got up and headed to the bathroom. I wasn't paying much attention, so when he grabbed me from behind, I jumped a little, surprised at the contact.

His dripping hair left my shoulders wet, and I tried to pull away, saying, "What the hell are you doing, monkey king?"

"What's wrong?" he asked, sounding worried.

"Nani?" I asked.

"Ever since yesterday, something's been bothering you. Why won't you tell me?"

I was quite for a while, then, in a small voice, asked, "Keigo…why did you lie to me?"

His whole body tensed up. "W-what are you talking about?" he asked.

"I remember," I said quietly. "I remember that you and I were rivals. I remember that we're from rival schools. I remember that we weren't dating. Why did you lie to me?" My voice began to rise near the end, and I could feel the tears pooling in my eyes.

Suddenly, I realized that Keigo was shaking. Then, I felt another drop on my shoulder, though this time it wasn't from his hair. I turned to look at his face, and I saw that there were tears streaming down his face.

He released me from his embrace, and immediately I felt the absence of his warmth. I yearned for his arms to be around me once again.

"Isn't that obvious?" he asked, looking at me with a pained expression. "It's because I love you! Ever since we first met, my world has revolved around you."

I didn't say anything, instead opting to stare at him with a cold expression.

"When I found you that day and brought you home, I was so worried. Then, when I found out that you had amnesia, I knew it was wrong, but I saw an opportunity. I thought that maybe I could get you to fall in love with me before you got your memories back. Looks like it didn't work."

I shook my head, suddenly exasperated. Smirking, I ran quickly up to him and, before he could react, planted a quick peck on his lips.

"Of course it did, ba-ka!" I said, drawing out the last word.

He just looked at me with a dazed expression; his eyes were like those of a lost lamb.

"N-nani?" he asked.

Sighing, I pulled him close, saying, "Listen close, 'cause I won't say it again."

Then, I whispered to him the three words he probably most wanted to hear, "I love you."

He stared at me a moment longer, then snapped out of his dazed state and pulled me into a bone-crushing embrace and captured my lips with his own.

I didn't hesitate a bit, immediately returning the kiss.

When we both pulled away, he smirked a little, though his eyes were still a bit puffy, and said, "I knew you wouldn't be able to resist my charms."

Rolling my eyes, I said, "Whatever you say, monkey king."

I really felt no need to tell him that I had been in love with him long before I had lost my memories; his ego was big enough already.

The End


SkyGem: Yeah, it was a bit rushed, so sorry about that. Anyways, please do review and tell me what you thought, hm? Can't believe this story is finally coming to an end…..no matter how many times it happens, I always feel so lonely…anyways, many thanks to all who have read this far, and if you haven't already, please do check out some of my other fics, ne? Arigatou gozaimasu!

P.S. I will probably be posting a separate omake to this a little later on, about how the whole moving to America thing is settled, but that might take a few weeks. Look forward to it, ne?