(The Pro Wizard exam ended at the beginning of Summer Vacation.)
Zero, Ichii, and I laughed as we sat in our favorite cake shop, laughing at various things not really caring that everyone was staring at us. We were all just extremely happy. Zero and Ichii had finally won the Pro Wizard Exam and the crystal pearl was out of my system, so we were celebrating; just the three of us together for one last time. I sighed sitting back in my chair, closing my eyes as I enjoyed taste of a strawberry shortcake. I licked the cream off my lips feeling the fluffy substance quickly slip down my throat; this was amazing.
"Nina, what are you doing for summer?" Ichii suddenly asked drawing my eyes open to look at him. He wore a gentle smile like always as he twirled his straw round the rim of his drink. I thought about it for a moment. Truthfully, I never planned on doing anything during summer. If something turned up then I'd go, but I didn't know ahead of time. "Nothing, I guess. Nothing I planned, that is." I shrugged my shoulders, sitting up.
"Well, how about you come with back with us." Zero inquired with a knowing smirk.
I was speechless. I knew that Ichii and Zero were going back to the Magic World and it really bothered me that I had to return to my normal life, but there wasn't anything I could do. I was so used to them being by my side not really thinking about when they'd leave, but when it was all over it hit me; I was being left alone, but now... I couldn't believe it. Were they were serious? Was I dreaming? Tears streamed down my face, happiness swallowing my other emotions.
"Great Ichii." Zero said, his smirk falling into an annoyed scowl, "You made her cry." I whipped the tears away with my hand, a genuine smile on my face.
"No, it's ok. I'm just so happy." I said between breaths. My eyes were puffy and red, snot most-likely running down my nose; probably not my best look. Though the thing was, I didn't care. I was going to spend the rest of the summer with my two most cherished friends! After I straightened myself up, I grinned at them. "When are we leaving?" I had to ask.
"Tomorrow." They said in unison. I-D-O-I-T-S. I shot out of my chair my eyes wild and frantic.
"We're leaving tomorrow?" I yelled in a panic. I didn't have anything packed yet and we were suppose to leave tomorrow! How did they expect me to pack for a two month trip in a day? They were both insane!
Ichii smiled reassuringly as Zero chuckled at my reaction. "Your mom packed all your backs. We told her you signed up for a summer trip."
Zero took a sip of his drink, his arrogance seeping out from every pore. "Yea, so stop whining, idiot." I glared at him as he stabbed his fork into his cake and ate a piece of his red velvet.
"Don't call me an idiot." I said bitterly. It was typical of Zero to ruin this sweet moment just to call me stupid. He always thought it was amusing and necessary, but frankly it was annoying.
"I can call you idiot as much as I want, idiot." He said with a cocky smirk. I hated that type of smirk with that teasing glint in his eyes; it made my blood boil with rage.
"You're such a jerk!" I yelled at him my fists clenched close to my body. This was already becoming a long summer.
"Bye, Mom. Bye, Dad." I yelled as I dragged my luggage out the door, shutting it behind me. They were really disappointed that they couldn't spend the summer with me. Mom cried, her make-up running down with her tears as Dad tried to calm her down, but I could tell he was disappointed and worried. My sister was probably the only one that was excited for me to leave; for her own selfish pleasures of course. I rolled my eyes; they were a hand full.
When I stepped out the door and onto the steps, I quickly spotted Ichii and Zero with their white car, waiting for me. Zero leaned against the car, his arms crossed over his crest with a smirk plastered on his face. Ichii stood beside him, his own hands in his pockets with a kind smile. I inhaled the summer air and made my way towards them with my bags.
"Ready?" Zero asked beating Ichii, receiving a playful shove. I giggled before nodding as they took my bags and tossed them into their car. We took off in an instant after we settled in comfortably, our seatbelts buckled. The car drove for an hour into town passing familiar buildings as we rode on. I saw the same bridge that Forte and San ran into the first day I swallowed the pearl and the first time I met the two boys that sat into the front seats. I couldn't imagine what my life would have been like if I didn't swalloed the pink pearl. Would I have met Zero and Ichii? Probably not, I concluded.
Suddenly Ichii turned sharply into a deserted alley. At first I didn't understand what he was doing, but once a magical worm hole appeared I relaxed. It was all part of the trip; I smiled. Inside, the walls were covered in beautiful, shimmering colors as we steadily drove past it. I stared in amazement seeing the colors merge together and separate from each other with ease. It was so unworldly and stunning, I had no words.
Zero then turned around and stared at me with a cute little smile, being silent the whole time. I blushed a little feeling his gaze on my face. My heart sped up a notch as I looked into his eyes trying to match his stare. In truth, I did like Zero even if he was rude and obnoxious at times, he could also be a really nice person. Some people disagree with me seeing him as only a hot-headed jerk, but I knew better.
"What?" I asked unable to take the intense stare and awkward feeling I had.
"Oh nothing just I was wondering if you wanted to go to the beach or not." He tilted his head trying to decide his blue hair shifting as he did.
"The beach sounds great actually." I smiled finally able to relax.
I loved the beach, especially during summer. The crystal clear water, beautiful white sand, irresistable shining shells; it all seemed to put me at ease. It would be perfect. Suddenly his cute smile turned into a mischievous one laced with nothing but trouble. I felt my stomach churn with nervousness.
"Well in that case we'll go to the Amusement Park." Zero laughed. My face dropped as those words rolled off his lips. I hated rollercoaster's and Zero knew it; I just didn't see the fun of going 70 miles per hour in a little dainty cart that was ten stories off the ground. It all terrifying.
He turned back around and told Ichii that we should go to the Amusement Park with much excitement. Ichii gave Zero a skeptical look. "Nina hates Amusement Parks, Zero." He said as he glanced at Zero keeping his eyes on the road. I beamed with happiness, at least Ichii understood my pain.
"Come on, Ichii." He pleaded with a childish expression. I couldn't help but laugh getting a quick glare from Zero before he continued to persuade his best friend.
"If it's ok with Nina." I opened my mouth to abject, but when I saw Zero's death glare, I narrowed my eyes at him returning it with the same intensity. He let out a frustrated groan and turned around his arms crossed over his chest in a childish way. Suddenly a pang of guilt stabbed my heart.
'I mean he really loves to ride those deaths traps and I didn't really have to ride any of them.' I thought, talking myself into going.
After I thought it over and decided that it wasn't all that fair to him, I tapped Ichii on his shoulder gaining his attention.
"Ok, we can go." I said with doubt. I could feel Zero staring at me, but I refused to look at him, the blush creeping back to my cheeks.
"Are you sure, Nina?" said Ichii sounding concerned for my well-being.
"Yea, I just won't ride any rollercoaster's." I looked at Zero staring into his eyes. He smiled and suddenly hugged me.
"Thanks." He whispered into my ear. I nodded slowly and quickly pushed him off afraid that he could hear my heart pounding against my chest. He was so close and smelt so good. My body shuddered with delight and discomfort. Zero was my poison.
Once we entered the Amusement Park we were instantly surrounded by hundreds of people rushing to get in line for various rides. They all looked like they were having a the time of their lives. I, however, looked like I would rather be shot than be at this hell hole. We walked through the mass of bodies trying to figure out which rollercoaster Zero should ride when a flashy sign caught my attention. It read 'Jinx Flyer the fastest, highest ride in the world' I looked up and stared at it, terrified from its height; the sign wasn't kidding. The ride was humongous. I felt Zero and Ichii come up behind me reading the sign as well. They looked at each other silently talking to one another as I listened to the screams from the ride. A chill ran down my back.
Suddenly, we heard a gagging sound beside us causing us to looked over and see a 16-year-old girl become green from the nausea before she stuck her head in a nearby trash can to throw up her lunch. A boy the same age as her came out from the ride, his shoulders hunched over as he sobbed into his hands. I looked back the sign I saw the fine print. 'All injuries and/or death are not the parks' responsibility.' I swallowed feeling my mouth become dry as Zero simply smiled. He suddenly grabbed my arm and started to drag me to the monstrous ride. I looked at him shocked. He was actually gonna make me ride that thing! I stared at him with a look of sheer terror. In an instant I felt my fight-or-flight instincts activate, telling me to run as I started to struggle against Zero's tight hold.
"Zero let me go." I commanded. He looked over his shoulder, a teasing smirk playing on his lips.
"No, you're gonna ride this with me." Zero said in a determined voice. He was really trying to kill me.
"Stop! Zero, no don't make me do this." I pleaded.
He stopped and gave a heavy sighed. Was he going to let me go? Was he giving up on me? He turned around to face me with an irritated look painted on his face. I actually thought that he wasn't going to make me ride it, but sadly, I was wrong. He then grabbed me and flipped me over his shoulder with sudden strength. I couldn't believe the nerve of this guy. I kicked and punched him as he walked towards the line to the ride but that only made him more determined. When we were in line he finally put me down.
"What's the matter with you!" I demanded feeling my rage take place of my anger.
Zero looked at me with a smile that made me blush, but I quickly shook it off. Not this time. No sir. "You're gonna ride with me whether you like it or not."
"Do you want me killed? You know I'm deathly afraid of rollercoasters." I screamed throwing my hands in the air. People turned to look at the scene, but honestly I didn't care, my life was at stake.
"Well, now I'm gonna help you get over them." He said with a smug look as he crossed his arms in front of his chest. He was an ass.
"You will not!" I turned around expecting to see Ichii laughing or smiling, but he wasn't there. I knitted my eyebrows together; I couldn't walk all by myself. I had heard many stories about girls who were brave enough to walk alone in parks like this and they either got kidnapped or raped, but the thing that scared me the most was that Ichii left me… with Zero! And a rollercoaster! What was he thinking? Though the thing was I knew exactly what he was thinking. I scowled. He was think 'oh, Nina's with Zero she'll be safe with him.' Well Ichii thought wrong, I was gonna die because of him. I turned back around and looked forward with a stubborn expression.
"What's wrong? I thought you weren't gonna ride the ride." He smirked happily.
I glared at him. I needed to make him suffer for this. He had to pay for what he has done. Zero may have been evil, but I was vicious and sinister. I smirked, the perfect plan forming in my head.
After what seemed like hours, we got strapped in the dangerous cart. By this time I was so scared that I was shaking, my knuckles were white from gripping the bar, and my heart was ready to burst from terror. I glanced at Zero and saw that he was calm and relaxed as a… well, calm and relax person could ever be. It was annoying. I hated how he could just sit there like nothing was going to happen, while I was ready to throw up blood.
"Nina, it's okay relax." He whispered as he placed his hand on top of my shaky one. Suddenly without realizing it, I grabbed his arm and scooted closer to him feeling somewhat safe. My eyes started to water, quickly saying my prayer. I hated rollercoasters.
I didn't know that she was this terrified of rollercoasters, if I knew she was going to cry I would've brought Ichii instead. I looked down at her as she gripped my arm close to her body. What could I do to make her feel better? I sighed as I started to pry her off my arm, but she kept clinging back on. It was starting to get annoying. When she stopped, I wrapped my arms around her tiny body keeping her close. She gripped my shirt and buried her head in my chest. I smiled. She was so small and cute.
"Get ready lady's and gentlemen, we're about to take off," announced a loud voice over the intercom. "Launching in 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5-"
Suddenly the cart shot forward without warning; I loved it when they do that. The ride twisted and turned at extreme speeds. 'Boring.' I thought as I hung my head back again the cart, but then I looked down at Nina. I feel her shaking anymore, but I knew she still was. We went up, down, around and sideways, but nothing excited me or made my heart leap into my throat. When the ride stopped suddenly, I realised we were at the top of the ride as I looked over the front of the car. The drop looked like it was a million feet in the air and it was just a straight shot down. Nina's head rose and looked at the drop. When I looked at her she was as pale as a ghost then the ride jerked forward and we went down. I started to laugh finally having fun on the ride. This was awesome. Next to me I could hear Nina screaming at the top of her lungs. Her nails were digging into my skin and they were starting to hurt. That was going to leave a mark.
Later when the ride ended Nina was unable to walk or move, so I had to cradle her in my arms. It was kind of embarrassing at first having people turn to stare, but soon it felt natural and didn't bother me. I walked away from the Jinx Flyer and found a bench where we could rest for a while. I put her down gently and sat beside her releasing a sigh.
"Nina." I spoke feeling like I had to say something. She had just been through hell the least I could do was talk to her.
"Yea." She didn't even look at me. He frowned guilt stabbing into my gut.
"Sorry." I felt like I had let her down. I was supposed to be her knight in shining armor, but I might as well have been her enemy. We sat there in silence for a while until she broken it. "I don't want to see that ride again." She said it plain and simple; no if's, and's, or but's about it, she really hated the Jinx Flyer.
She finally looked at me, her face looking sad and troubled.
"What?" I asked with concern.
"Your arm. I remembered, when we were riding the ride I was so scared that I hurt your arm." She took it and pulled up my sleeve to reveal deep, red crescent-shaped marks on my arm.
I shook her off instantly regretting it. "It's nothing, really." I breathed, not making eye contact.
"Are you sure?" She asked.
"Yea, I've had worse." I replied.
"Yea." She knew exactly what I was talking about. When I protected her during the exam I had gotten beaten and thrashed around many times, but I didn't matter. If it was Nina I would do it all over again. We sat in silence yet again.
I sighed. "Let's go find Ichii." I said as I stood up holding out a hand for her. She took it with a small smile. "Ok." I hoisted her up and we walked around the park looking for our trusty companion.
Torii: Hey, Everyone! So I said I was going to rewrite this so it is! The revised version. It's not that great because I didn't want to start over so I just added stuff to make it sound better! ^-^
Hamish: -_- I think that was just a waste of time.
Torii: *frowns* No it wasn't. Actually it was quite fun!
Hamish: *scowl* Doing extra work is fun?
Torii: I'm crazy, so sue me. *shrugs*
Hamish: *sighs* Whatever..
Torii: You should try smiling, Hamish.
Torii: I wonder if you're ticklish. *get close to him*
Hamish: O.O Review! *turns off computer*