"All right, thanks for coming over to Cross Academy!"
The petite brunette waved her arms wildly at the departing vehicle that both Misaki and Usui were in. Zero stood quietly next to her, not uttering a single word.
She raised a brow and cocked her head in Zero's direction, nudging him with her elbow.
"Come on Zero, wave! Smile!" She whispered fiercely between clenched teeth while still maintaining her cheerful grin. The tall figure beside her sighed in frustration and raised his right arm awkwardly to wave at the van that was disappearing into the horizon.
When the van was completely out of view, Yuki turned to her companion, annoyance crossing her features and gave him a vicious kick in the shin.
"Zero! Why are you always like this? You're like a robot! Be more expressive!"
Zero just looked on at her with disinterest, rubbing his bruised shin wordlessly. Yuki stomped her feet angrily.
"Urgh, I feel like I'm talking to a wall! See you later Zero!"
He watched her walk off hurriedly, kicking a random stone that stood in her pathway and smiled inwardly. It was great to see the old Yuki back in the right body. However, he was never to speak of the body switch with anyone, including Yuki. She was not to know what was done to her memories and her times as Misaki or of the false memories that have been inputted into her brain as a replacement of the time gap.
Zero shook his head slowly and turned to walk back to his class. This sending off had given him permission to skip morning class but it wasn't enough to excuse him for the entire day. The fact that Yuki was already going back to class meant that he had to go back soon too, if not he would arouse the teacher's suspicions and be told to stay back for another round of nightly supplementary lessons.
"Yuki, you'll never know what hell you made me go through during this exchange programme…"
Kaname watched the retreating figure from the side of his window, his beautifully chiseled features emotionless. His lips were set into a firm line and his eyes were guarded.
"You're finally back. My Yuki…"
"Hey Yuki, how was the send off?" Yori asked as Yuki eased into the seat next to her.
"It was fine," Yuki replied nonchalantly as she was once again reminded of Zero's extreme indifference and detachment towards the two exchange students. She narrowed her eyes as the image of Zero popped up in her mind. She pictured two darts flying straight at Zero's forehead and grinned maliciously.
"You're thinking of how Zero should be beat up again aren't you?" Yori looked at her fondly and shook her head, unable to understand the hot and cold relationship that Yuki and Zero had. Yori suddenly remembered something and reached from underneath her table to retrieve a piece of paper that had been torn from a notebook.
"Here's your notes for the other day when you managed to finish all of sensei's questions. You even surprised him with your answer," Yori took a longing glance at the organized and neat handwriting detailing the solutions to the math problems before reluctantly handing it over to Yuki.
"You should keep this up. You'll be a top student of the class in no time you know. You really impressed me that time."
Yuki took the crumpled piece of paper in her hand and stared at it, trying to remember something about the math problems that she had solved a couple of days ago. She could clearly remember the day when the exchange students arrived, how they helped her during her night duties, but somehow her brain was unable to pinpoint the moment when she actually written the math solutions. Nothing registered in her brain.
She stared at the paper and wondered how she could even do such questions without racking her brains for hours.
"I remember this question, but I don't remember figuring out the solution to them," Yuki muttered suspiciously. Was is a once in a lifetime enlightenment that just struck her then and there?
"Impossible…I remember my mind going completely blank when I saw these questions…when did I ever…?"
"Yuki, stop spacing out! You're scaring me again!" Yori stuck out her left hand and waved madly in front of Yuki's face in the library.
Yuki flinched and apologized.
"I'm sorry. I guess something happened on that day and gave me a miraculous IQ boost," Yuki replied absentmindedly. "Though I really don't recollect writing that," she murmured under her breath.
"Oh whatever…" She pushed the annoying thought to the back of her mind.
"It's not important anyway."
A few days later at Seika High in the student council room…
Misaki seized the chance when the rest of the student council members were scurrying around campus to pull Usui into a corner where no one was able to hear or see them from the classroom windows.
Usui looked at her with shock.
"Ayuzawa, I didn't know you were the one who would be so daring…"
However, the Seika High President was too busy making sure that no one was coming to the room.
"Shush. This is really important. I have no time to fool around with you," she berated the outer-spaced alien who began to chew his stick of chewing gum again.
"Nom nom nom nom nom nom…"
She narrowed her eyes at his nonchalance and shook his shoulders violently.
"Did you have any weird dreams after our exchange programme?"
"Nom nom nom nom nom nom no…"
Usui shook his head.
"What's up? What weird dreams?"
Misaki smacked her forehead in embarrassment.
"Urgh, I shouldn't even have brought up this topic at all…How do I explain this to you now?"
"Nom nom nom nom nom nom …"
She collapsed onto the empty space next to Usui and buried her head in her arms.
"I keep having this one weird recurring dream where I am having a snow fight with this boy I have never seen before in my entire childhood. My name in the dream wasn't Misaki either, but Yuki."
"Nom nom nom nom nom nom nom…"
She released a labored sigh.
"I don't know what's wrong with me but do you think it has anything to do with our exchange programme by any chance?"
"Nom nom nom nom nom nom nom…"
"Usui, answer me. I'm serious."
"Well, maybe you and Yuki's memories got switched by some freak accident so when you got back your own memories some of the other person's memories got lodged in your brain," Usui explained absentmindedly.
Misaki stared at him in utter disbelief.
"What nonsense are you babbling about now? It's impossible for memories to get switched. No wonder you're an outer-spaced alien! You utter nonsense!"
Misaki stood up abruptly and dusted the back of her skirt.
"I knew it was the wrong decision to tell you in the first place. Your reply was so ludicrous!"
She stomped her way out of the room, leaving the blonde alien behind.
"But what I said was the truth…"
Usui ruffled his golden hair and sighed.
"I guess I should have just let him brainwash me after all…"
Author's note: Hello! Thanks for reading "The Exchange Programme"! I hope you liked it ^^