Me: Hello everyone! It's ya man Mike here, and I'm giving you the next chapter of my awesome new series "A New Life"!

Primula: I've heard that this chapter is going to be intense. Is that true, Michael?

Me: Yeah. A lot of things are going to happen. We get to see just how much I care for Kaede.

Primula: And how much would that be?

Me: You just gotta read and find out!

Disclaimer: I do not own Shuffle!. Shuffle is owned by Navel. Although, owning this anime WOULD be interesting.

Chapter 3: The Confrontation & Michael Snaps

"Kaede-chan, hurry up! If you don't, then we'll be late!" I called to her from the family room.

"I'm coming!" she called back, running down the stairs.

If you're wondering what's going on, well today is the day that I have to take a test in order to get into Verbana Academy. It has been a week since Kaede got sick, and during that time she was helping me with my Japanese. In return, I was helping her with her English a bit more. Now, she is able to talk English without a flaw. As for me, I can speak Japanese, although I can do better.

Anyways, right now I'm just wearing regular clothing. It consists of a red T-shirt, black skinny jeans, and my red and black sneakers. I am also wearing my watch I had gotten from my grandmother on Christmas.

As for Kaede, she was in her usual school uniform. I have already described it, and I still think it's beautiful on Kaede. She was also wearing it because she still had classes to go to today.

"So, we ready to go?" I asked her, making sure I had my iPod with me and my pencils for the examination.

"Almost. Rimu, are you ready?" Kaede called.

"Yes." Primula said from behind me, causing me to jump from being startled.

"Rimu-chan, please don't do that." I said with a sweat drop.

"Gomenasai." she said in Japanese. Since I've seen anime, I already knew it meant "I'm sorry".

"Well, let's be on our way!" I exclaimed as I got my shoes on and opened the door. As I opened it, two familiar figures were in front. It was none other than Nerine and Sia.

"Ohaiyo, Kae-chan! Rimu-chan! Michael-kun!" Sia greeted.

"Yes, good morning everyone." Nerine added with a small bow.

"Mornin' people!" I greeted the two princesses.

"Good morning." Kaede and Primula said at the same time. I looked over to them and chuckled a bit.

"So, are you ready for the test, Michael-kun?" Sia asked me.

"I guess so. Kaede-chan's been teaching me a lot of Japanese for the past week. And since I'm a good listener, I can remember all of the stuff she taught me." I replied to her.

Kaede blushed as I said that. "O-oh, it was nothing. I just wanted to help you study for it."

"And you did. And I'm still grateful for it." As we walked up the hill, two new figures appeared in front of us. One, being the girl I just met last week, Asa. The other one was...

"Ohaiyo, Rin-kun!" Sia called to him.

My eyes widened as I now faced the man behind all of the stuff going on. But, I didn't wanna make a bad first impression. Yet.

"Ohaiyo gozaimatsu!" Rin called back to everyone. Then, his eyes laid on me. "Hey, who's that? I've never seen him before."

I stepped up so that I can face the bastard. "The name's Michael Quinones. Nice to meet ya." I greeted him, holding out my hand.

"It's nice to meet you as well. My name's Rin Tsuchimi." he greeted me back and took my hand to shake it. During our handshake, I had squeezed his hand as hard as I could so that it could hurt him. He pulled his hand away quickly and looked up to see an angry expression by me.

"Is there a problem, Rin-kun?" Kaede asked him when she saw his crept out expression.

"Yeah. IS there a problem, Rin?" I said, still having that angry look on my face.

"N-no. I'm fine." he said and then turned over to Asa and then walked with her. We all then followed the two.

"Michael-kun, are you okay?" Kaede asked me with worry in her tone.

"Don't worry about me. I'll be fine." I said as kindly as possible. She then gave me her signature smile and walked up to where Rin was.

I didn't want to start thinking of anything bad, so I put on my iPod and started rocking out. The song I was rocking out to was "Never Too Late" by Three Days Grace. Suddenly, without realizing, I started to sing it. I was really into the song. I was literally singing it and acting as if I was playing the guitar. By the time I finished it, all eyes were on me. I blushed out of embarrassment.

" long was I singing?" I asked the group.

"The whole time." Asa answered. I blushed even more deeper. Then, everyone started to laugh. I looked at them, and then I laughed as well. At least they weren't laughing AT me.

We have finally made it in front of the school. I can see many students walking into the huge building that was Verbana Academy. We walked over to where the lockers where we parted ways with Asa and Primula.

"Have a good day, Rimu-chan! Asa-sempai!" I called to them.

"You too! And good luck with the exam!" Asa replied as she went to her class.

The test was tough at first, like all tests normally are. But, I finally finished the damn thing and asked the teacher what period this was.

"It's lunch period. If you'd like, you can walk around the school until lunch is over." he replied to me.

"Thanks. You know what? I just might do that." With that said, I decided to go over to Kaede's classroom.

"I wonder if Kaede would like to have lunch with me today." I thought to myself.

I had finally reached her classroom. As I open the door, I notice that Kaede, Sia, and Nerine were crowding Rin's desk.

"Did you forget your lunch Rin-kun?" Kaede asked him.

"Yeah, I did. Sorry." he sighed.

"Why that lying son of a bitch." I growled quietly to myself, making sure nobody heard me. Didn't he have Asa make lunch for him?

"If you want some of my lunch, then take it." Kaede said as she put her lunch on his desk. I clenched my fists as my anger was increasing exponentially.

I had expected Rin to say "No thanks, Kaede. Asa-san made me some for today". Instead, I heard this: "Thanks, Kaede. I'm starving."

And he's not even concerned about her - well, that finally did it. My anger finally got the best of me, as I ran over to him and punched him dead in the face, knocking him out his chair.

"Ow! What did you do that for?" He yelled in shock, rubbing his cheek.

"You bastard!" I snapped, letting out all the hatred I've been building up inside me. "Inconsiderate jackass! You have a fucking girlfriend, yet Kaede STILL sacrifices time out of her life to show you her feelings! You never gave a fuck about her feelings, did you!" While saying this, I was on top of him, punching him repeatedly in the face. Blood started to gush out of his mouth. "Did you ever ONCE think of what the meaning is behind Kaede's beautiful smile, huh!"

"Finally, somebody is kicking Rin's sorry ass for once!" shouted one of the male students in the classroom. He was cheering, and so were half the students in the classroom.

After I felt like I've done enough to the asshole, I got up from his badly beaten body. "Low-life scum of the earth." I turned around to see Rin's so-called "harem" staring me down with looks of shock, surprise, fright, and confusion. But, when I looked at Kaede, she was on the verge of breaking down.

"M-Michael...why..." she shakily said. She didn't put the honorific for my name like she always does...

"K-Kaede..." I started, walking over to her. She started to back away in fright. I tried to put my hand on her shoulder, but she had already turned around and ran out the classroom. "Kaede!" I then ran as fast as I could to try and find her. I searched for about 10 or so minutes, but had no luck of her whereabouts.

"Kaede probably hates me now." I thought unhappily to myself, punching a wall subconsciously. "Dammit! Where the hell could she be?" I looked at my hand, and it was starting to bleed a little bit.

I ignored the pain and continued searching for her until at last I found her up on the rooftop, crying. I stood at the doorway for a while, thinking of what to say. But, I was also thinking if she didn't wanna say anything to me.

"Why? Why did you do all that to Rin?" Kaede asked, startling me.

"You know I'm here?" I asked her, sounding confused.

"Hai." she said with a tone of melancholy in her voice. She then turned around to face me. When she did, all I saw was despair and sorrow. "Why?"

"Kaede," I started, staring into those beautiful sky blue eyes of hers, and they were filled with tears, "I'm gonna be completely honest with you. The reason why I had kicked Rin's ass was because...well...I was just furious at him. The fact that he hurt you so much and never even realized it made my anger boil inside. It still confuses me to this day as to why he never chose you. You're such a beautiful, amazing, smart, fun, and caring young lady, yet he never took your kindness and love into consideration. If you don't wanna talk to me anymore cause of what I did, then that's understandable. I'll leave you to your business." After letting that out, I turned around and headed for the door.

"Michael-kun, wait!" Kaede cried out, putting back the honorific she always uses. Next thing I knew, Kaede ran up to me and wrapped her arms around my waist, catching me off guard.

"K-Kaede-chan!" I exclaimed in shock.

"You're so sweet for caring about me like that. Arigatou." she said, putting on her trademark smile.

I turned around and wrapped my arms around her, holding her close to me. "I'm really, really sorry Kaede. I hope you can forgive me."

"It's okay Michael. I forgive you." she said as she wrapped her arms around my neck this time. We stood there on the roof for a few minutes before we both decided to go downstairs to the classroom to clear things up. The whole entire time we were walking, we were holding hands.

"Guess I gotta apologize, huh?" I asked Kaede with a small chuckle.

Kaede giggled a little bit. "I'm afraid so. You kinda left the whole classroom a mess, and the students were also stunned." she said.

"The hell they were stunned! Everyone was cheering me on, not even TRYING to stop me. What a bunch of wussies." I said to her, making sure she didn't hear the last part.

"I'm guessing they were too afraid to stop you."

"Probably. But, whatever. I'm just gonna do what I have to do." As soon as I finished saying that, we arrived in front of the classroom. I was a bit nervous at first to open the door, seeing as how my hand was shaking in front of it. Kaede laid her hand gently on mine, making me look at her. She just gave me a nod and smile, making me smile as well. I then opened the door, making all the noise going on in there cease to exist.

"Uhh..." I started, looking down a little bit. I then looked up at all the students, having the confidence to talk to them. "I am SO sorry for the way I acted before. I let my emotions take control of me, and I did something that was unforgivable. I wish to apologize for my behavior, and thank you for your time." I then bowed to show them I truly meant it.

"It's alright." I looked up and saw Rin standing in front of me. I gasped in shock as he just held out his hand. I noticed the damage I did to his face. He was missing a tooth, his face was all bruised up, and his nose kinda looked broken. And after all that damage, he still forgives me?

"R-Rin..." I am speechless at this guy.

"I understand why you did what you did." he continued, looking at me with a small smile. "You were willing to do anything to make sure Kaede's happy. I was an idiot, and didn't once consider Kaede's gratitude. All I was focused on was making sure Asa got better and that SHE always smiles. Heck, I even cut my own wrist so that she can use her magic and become healthy again. Thankfully, it worked."

" really are a crazy man." I had a eager expression on my face as I grabbed his hand and shook it. I then took my other one and smacked his face, but not too hard. "You dead ass cut your wrist? What if Asa-sempai couldn't use her magic, even if she tried? You would have died, baka!" I yelled at him, still keeping that same smile I had on.

He chuckled a bit. "Yeah, I guess you're right."

"Rin." I addressed him in a serious manner. "I would like to apologize very deeply for what I did to your...face. Guess I went too far and let out all my anger on you." I told him. I then held out my hand again. "Truce?"

He was surprised at first, but then put on a smile and grabbed my hand. "Truce." This brought a bit of tears to Kaede's eyes.

There was an awkward silence for a little bit. Well, until my stomach broke it with its grumbling. All faces turned to me, and I blushed out of embarrassment. "Looks like this baby needs some food, ya know?" I said, tapping my stomach. This made everyone laugh, surprisingly.

"Here ya go!" Sia appeared out of nowhere and handed me the lunch that Kaede made for me this morning. I gave her a confused look. "If you're wondering how I got it, it's pretty simple. You dropped it as soon as you charged at Rin-kun."

Now I was really confused. But, right now, I didn't really give a damn about anything. I was freaking hungry!

"Arigatou, Sia-chan!" I exclaimed with joy as I grabbed the food, opened it up, and went straight for the target: food! Everyone, one again, laughed at the sight of me. It felt pretty good being accepted for once.

As soon as I finished my food, I totally forgot something. I clap my hands together. "Itadakimatsu!" I called out.

"Michael-kun, I think it's a little too late for that, don't you think?" Sia said with a giggle.

"True that. But, since I forgot, I might as well say it, am I right?" Everyone nodded at my statement. As if on cue, the next bell rang, signaling the students to get into class. "Well, there's my cue. My works seems to be done here. See ya everyone!" I called out to my new friends.

Everybody had said their goodbyes to me, except for Kaede. Instead of a normal "goodbye", she walked up to me and gave me a really loving hug, which I happily returned.

"I'll see you when I get home, okay?" I said to her, looking at her angelic face.

"Okay." She then kissed me on the cheek, which made me blush a really deep shade of red. She just giggled and went into her classroom.

"That girl is something else." I thought to myself as I got out of the building and walked home.

Third-Person POV:

Kaede walked into the classroom and was automatically stared at by all the students in the class. Even Sia and Nerine were staring at her.

Mayumi had popped right next to Kaede. "Kaede-chan, you don't have to hide it from us anymore."

Kaede blushed instantly when she heard that. "H-hide what?" she asked nervously.

"Isn't it obvious?" Sia asked her with a smirk. "Wou have a relationship with Michael. Why didn't you tell us Kaede? We're your friends right?"

"Yes, but..." Kaede was now blushing nervously.

"Then why didn't you tell us?" Nerine asked.

"Michael and I are just really good friends. We don't have a relationship."

"For now." Mayumi said with a chuckle. "I can tell that you two will become a couple eventually."

"You're lucky Kaede." said Sia as she walked over back to her desk. Kaede didn't say anything else after that - she looked down to her desk, trying hard to hide her face. Reason was because she was blushing a deep shade of red. 'Am I really in love with Michael-kun?' She thought to herself the rest of the day.

Michael's POV

When I got home, I realized that I really had nothing else to do for the rest of the day. So, I went upstairs to my room and turned on my computer. While it started loading, I was just thinking of my birthday, which was next week. I was wondering what I might get for my birthday, since I usually get something every year.

During my train of thought, which was about 30 minutes, my phone started to ring. I went to check it and saw that the number that was calling me was one that came from New York. But, I didn't know who was calling. So, I decided to pick up.

"Hello?" I asked.

"Hey Mike, how's it going?" The voice answered. I automatically knew who it was as soon as I heard the voice.


"The one and only." Should have known.

"Yo dude! It's been way too long, bro. How you been doing?" I asked him.

"Eh, everything is so-so. Nemu's mad at me, so I gotta behave myself, ya know?" he said in a funny tone.

"Yo son, Nemu is always mad at you. You always annoyin' her." I can hear him chuckle a bit.

"Anyways, how's life in Japan? And how's that girl you kept telling me about, what was her name, Kadae?" he asked while pronouncing Kaede's name so wrong it wasn't even funny.

"Her name is Kaede, not Kadae. And she's doing good. And so am I." I answered.

"Whatever. So, you kept saying that she was cute. Just how cute is she, eh?" What's with all the damn questions?

"Saddiq, she's more than just cute. She's so sweet, shy, adorable, all of those things. It's like looking at an angel from Heaven, ya know?" I said with a blush on my face, along with a smile.

"Really now? Well then, you are one lucky man, bro." He had that attitude that sounded as if he accomplished something.

"Michael-kun, who are you talking to?" I heard a voice call from the walkway of my room. I look over to the door and saw Kaede standing in front of it.

"Kaede-chan, what are you doing here so early?" I asked her, putting my hand on the phone.

"Well, I didn't really have anymore classes today. Why?"

"Just wondering. Give me a sec." I then turned my attention to the phone. "My bad, Saddiq. You were saying?"

"Yo Mike, who's that with you? It sounds like a girl." Saddiq asked me.

"It is a girl. Well, Kaede to be exact. Hey Kaede, come here real fast. I wanna introduce someone to you." She complied and walked over to where I was. I then put my phone on speaker. "Kaede, say hello to my friend Saddiq."

"H-Hello..." she said, blushing a bit. God damn, she is so adorable.

"Hello there. The name's Saddiq." he told her. He then said something, but I couldn't really hear him.

"Did you say something else?" I asked.

"No. Anyways, it's nice to meet you. Well, hear your voice I suppose."

"I-it's nice to meet you as well." she replied, still blushing.

"Nii-san, hurry up with your call! You're gonna make our phone bill sky rocket!" I heard a voice call through the phone. My guess was that it was Nemu.

"Fine. I'll hurry up." He said that with such a disappointed tone. I actually chuckled at his sorrow.

"Yo dude, was that Nemu? Let me say hi to her!" I called out.

"Dude, she's pissed as hell right now. Did you not hear her tone just now? Anyways, put Kaede back on the phone. I wanna say something real fast."

"Fine." I then handed over the phone to Kaede. "Here. He wants to tell you something."

She took the phone. "Hello?" she asked.

"Hey Kaede, Michael probably told you this like a million times, but you have a really sweet voice. He also told me that you're very beautiful. Maybe we can-" Before he could finish the sentence, I heard a yell and then his phone hung up.

"What in the hell..." I thought out loud as I took my phone. He hung up. Wow.

"Michael-kun, was that the boy you always mentioned whenever we talked on the chatroom?" Kaede asked me, making me look up at her.

"You know it. He's like a brother to me. We've known each other ever since I moved into the house. His dad is my landlord, just so you know." I explained to her.

"Ah, okay. And who is that Nemu girl both of you mentioned?"

"Well, Nemu is Saddiq's adopted sister. She's like, only a few months younger than him. I've known her since I had moved into our apartment." I then looked at the time.

"What time is it, Michael-kun?"

"Eh, it's only 1:30. Well, we've got nothing to do. Wanna play a game with me?" I asked her, turning on my PS3 and handing her one of the controllers.

"O-okay." With that settled, she gladly took the controller. I then popped in "Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2".

During the time we were playing, I had taught her how to play the game and how to use different moves for the characters. After about 20 minutes of teaching, it was time for her to test her skills. For beginners, they would usually choose Goku. So, she chose Goku. As for me, I decided to use a beginning character as well. So, I chose Vegeta on normal.

She had gotten the hang of it, and we had fought for a while. In the end though, the score of wins was 10-8. I was amazed by how quickly she learned how to play. And I'm amazed that she was almost up to my score.

"I'm impressed, Kaede. You're just like me when I started. It took me 15 minutes to learn how to play, and 5 minutes to kick William's ass." I told her with a chuckle at the end.

She giggled. "Well, I had a lot of fun playing this. Now, if you'll excuse me, I gotta get started on cooking." With that, she put the controller on my bed and walked out. But, not before I took her hand.

"Kaede, thanks for playing with me. It gets kinda boring playing by myself." I told her with a big smile on my face.

"It's nothing. Now, you just relax and I'll get started on making our food. Okay?" I then let her hand go and she walked out of my room.

"That girl is just amazing." I said to myself. Since it'll be a while before we eat, I decided to practice my singing. So, I put on my iPod and started to sing "Iridescent" by Linkin Park. This song is really good.

After singing the song for about half-an-hour, I decided to go on my computer and see what I got in my email. Sadly, nothing popped up. I sighed in disappointment. God, I'm so bored!

I then went to YouTube and just looked at some videos that I liked. I watched the new episode of "Dragon Ball Z Abridged", and let me tell you something, that shit will make you crack up. I was almost on the floor cause I was laughing so hard.

When the video ended, I got up and turned off my computer screen and then decided to walk around the house for a bit. As if on cue, Kaede was calling me to come down for dinner.

"Wow, that's creepy." I thought as I walked downstairs into the kitchen. I can see Kaede serving our food. I didn't wanna be mean, so I decided to help her dish out.

"Arigatou, Michael-kun." she said with a blush on her face.

"No problem." Primula was walking into the kitchen just now. "There you are." I said to her.

"Huh?" she questioned in a confused way.

"Oh, I was just wondering where you were. I didn't hear you come in." I then sat at my spot on the table.

"Oh." she said quietly. Primula is a mystery. I'll just have to talk to her so that I can know her even more.

Once again, the dinner was amazingly cooked by Kaede. After the food, I decided to clean up the dishes again. I walked into the family room and saw that she was alone again.

"Primula went to sleep?" I asked her.

"Hai." she replied. I then sat right next to Kaede.

"So, what you up to?"

"Oh, nothing. I'm just a bit tired." She then let a yawn that almost made me wanna grab her and kiss her cause of how adorable she was. I blushed deeply when she yawned.

"Ah. Well, I hope you don't mind if I ask this, but do you think we can sing a duet?" I nervously asked her.

"A-a duet?" she asked, shocked and nervous as well.

"Well, yeah. I mean, I never really heard you sing before. So, do you wanna try to sing with me?" I then scrolled through the on-demand section of our television. Surprisingly, there was country music on it. I decided to check it out.

"W-well...I guess so. But, I don't think I can sing very good." she was still blushing and looking down during this time. I finally found a good song for the both of us.

"Trust me, you'll do just fine." I then played the song. The song was called "Two Is Better Than One" by Boys Like Girls and Taylor Swift. Luckily for me, there was Japanese subtitles so that Kaede can learn the song. For me, I already knew it.

I remember what you wore on the first day
You came into my life and I thought hey
you know, this could be something

'Cause everything you do and words you say
You know that it all takes my breath away
And now I'm left with nothing

So maybe it's true that I can't live without you
And maybe two is better than one
But there's so much time to figure out the rest of my life
And you've already got me coming undone
And I'm thinking two is better than one

I remember every look upon your face
The way you roll your eyes, the way you taste
You make it hard for breathing

'Cause when I close my eyes and drift away
I think of you and everything's okay
I'm finally now believing

That maybe it's true that I can't live without you
And maybe two is better than one
But there's so much time to figure out the rest of my life
And you've already got me coming undone
And I'm thinking two is better than one
Yeah, yeah

I remember what you wore on the first day
You came into my life and I thought, hey

Maybe it's true that I can't live without you
Maybe two is better than one
There's so much time to figure out the rest of my life
And you've already got me coming undone

And I'm thinking, ooh, I can't live without you
'Cause, baby, two is better than one
There's so much time to figure out the rest of my life
But I figured out with all that's said and done
Two is better than one, two is better than one

Two is better than one

That felt amazing. Kaede and I were getting so into the song, at the end we were just holding each others' hands.

"How was that, Michael-kun?" Kaede asked me, blushing really deep and looking down.

"Kaede-chan, your voice is so amazing!" I yelled with glee. She looked up surprised. "I had no idea that you can sing that well. And an English song at that."

She blushed even more and out on a small smile for me. "A-a-arigatou." She then yawned one more time. And, like the last, I was in LOVE with that cute ass yawn of hers.

"Well, I guess we'd better go to sleep. After all, you still got school tomorrow." I then took her hand and started to walk. But, before that, I looked back at her with a smile. "Shall we go?"

She looked down in nervousness. "H-hai." We then walked up to her room and I had been by her side until she said goodnight to me.

"Goodnight, Kaede-chan."

"Goodnight, Michael-kun."

After that, I walked into my room and then decided to listen to music so that I can go to sleep. So, I played "Falling Inside The Black" by Skillet and drifted to sleep in like, 10 minutes.

I'm not gonna out any extra dialogue here for now. I just wanted to get this chapter over with as soon as possible. This has to be one of the fastest updates I have ever done. And I hope that I can update like this for this story.

So, until next time, see ya! Oh, and tell me what you thought of it. Am I rushing, or am I keeping it good? Any feedback is welcome.

Mike :)