So far up to this point, all my stories in this series have been based on stuff happening in real life. Well… the last story wasn't. Basically, the story line is becoming too set in itself for that to work. So, unless I say so, all the rest of the stories in this series are going to be completely made up for the sake of forwarding the story line. I hope you all enjoy!

1 "Advice"

2 By Michael Treiber

Haruka grit her teeth in irritation.

'What the hell is wrong with me?' She thought to herself. 'I have a problem, and I need advice. Why cant I just ask her?'

"Damn it!" she blurted out loud.

"Haruka! Watch your language!" Her mother, seated across from her at the dinner table, scolded. Then she noticed how troubled Haruka looked, how she was listlessly picking at her food.

"What's wrong dear? You've been mopping around for two days now…"

'Yeah…' A soft voice whispered in Haruka's head. 'Ever since you and Michiru decided to go for a little drive…"

"Ok mom… here's the deal. I need some advice, and I'm sure that you could use what I'm about to ask you to embarrass me forever. You're good at that. But I'm begging you to let this drop after this conversation."

Curious now, Haruka's mother agreed to her strange request.

"All right. There's… someone that I think I'm interested in. And this person, well… I'm pretty sure that they're interested in me."


"Yeah. But here's the problem. We're friends, and there are… complications. I have no idea what to do."

Haruka's mother thought for a moment.

"Ok… you need to test the waters. Set up something that could be a date, but could also be played off as just a friendly evening out it things go wrong."

Shaking her head, Haruka told her mother,

"I already did that. We went out for dinner. I think that we're both interested in a romance, but…"

"But you're not sure. Well, what you need to do is up the ante. Set up another date that could be played off as friendly, but only with a pretty big stretch."

"That's great!" Haruka said. "There's a dance at the school next week… It's not too uncommon for friends to buy couples tickets to save a bit of money, and try to meet someone there. I'll go buy a pair of tickets tomorrow, and then I can ask her to go with me."

"So Haruka…" Her mother asked softly. "What's her name?"

A needle of ice buried itself in Haruka's chest.

"I… what…."

"Its Michiru, isn't it?" Her mother pressed.

"…Yeah… I… she's all I can think about anymore. Every time she looks at me… all I can think about is telling her how I feel."

Still in a neutral tone of voice, Haruka's mother asked,

"And how do you feel?"

"I think I'm in love. I've never been in love before, so I can't really compare it to anything else, but…"

Her mother sighed.

"Well Haruka… I can't really say that I approve…"

Haruka's face, along with her heart fell.

"… But if you feel this strongly, Ill support you. I love you, and just want you to be happy. Even if it is in a way that… I just don't really understand."

"That means a lot to me mom. Half the time that I felt like I could say something to her, I was afraid to, because I didn't want to alienate you."

"Well… now that you don't have that to deal with, let's talk about this dance…"

Ok… that one was extremely short, but I think it was an "about damn time" story. Sorry it took so long to get out… I'm getting down toward the last part of an insanely intense school, so I don't really have a lot of free time. Thank the powers that be for three day weekends!