So here's a story idea that randomly spurred into my head while reading The Rampage of Haruhi Suzumiya. I thought, "What if Yuki did get tired of putting up with Haruhi's crap? I mean, the Endless Eight would have made me want to ring her neck!" and…this story was born. Enjoy my new take on the quiet Yuki Nagato!
Chapter One: The Changes of Yuki Nagato
"Yuki, why are you so boring?"
"…" the short-haired alien glanced up from her book to eye Haruhi Suzumiya, who was suddenly questioning her personality. Kyon looked over from his game of Othello against Itsuki Koizumi to make a face at Haruhi. Mikuru Asahina stopped pouring Kyon tea and closed the lid of the teapot.
"I mean, you never say anything. Ever," Haruhi shook her head in disapproval. "That's no good."
"What the hell kind of thing is that to say about someone?" Kyon said, defending Yuki Nagato, the quiet, book-loving member of the SOS Brigade.
"I can say whatever I want. Don't go against me," Haruhi remarked.
"I'm not," Kyon countered. "I'm just saying you shouldn't judge Nagato as being boring just because she doesn't talk. She still hangs out with us and does whatever you tell her to. What does it matter if she talks or not?"
"Because she needs to talk more! If I ask her a question, she should respond! If I ask her to do something for me, she should respond!"
"What? That's stupid. If you ask her to do something, wouldn't it be better for you if she just does it instead of respond to it and say something? What if she disagreed with your request and didn't want to do it? Then you'd be pissed."
"No, everyone always does what I say. It'd be more fun if someone tried to go against me. It'd be like a challenge. Challenges are fun!"
"…Nothing you say is making any sense…" Kyon decided to give up and go back to his game with Koizumi. He trapped one of Koizumi's pieces and flipped over the captured pieces. "Your move."
"Don't ignore me!" Haruhi suddenly slammed her fist on the table, causing some of the pieces to fall off the board. Kyon twitched his eyebrow.
"I think Yuki needs to talk more. And that's the way it should be!" Haruhi spun to face Nagato again. "Say something!"
Nagato paused before opening her mouth to say, "Something."
"There you go! See, it's not that hard!"
Kyon didn't understand how Haruhi could get so excited over getting Nagato to talk. Sure, you'd be lucky to ever hear any words of Nagato's to run through your ears, but if you forced her to say something it just wasn't the same as her speaking on her own.
"Say 'Haruhi Suzumiya is an awesome Brigade Chief!'"
"Haruhi Suzumiya is an awesome Brigade Chief."
"Thanks for saying so, Yuki!" Haruhi clapped.
Kyon was starting to feel disgusted with Haruhi's taking advantage of Nagato by forcing her to say things that weren't necessarily true (Kyon wasn't for sure what the Brigade Chief's purpose even was, so who knows if Haruhi was doing a good job at it). Of course Nagato was going to do whatever Haruhi asked. Haruhi was Haruhi, and she always got her way. If she didn't, she would change her surroundings as she saw fit and that would be that, even if it was possibly at the misfortune of others. It wasn't fair.
"Stop," Kyon said simply. Haruhi almost blew up.
"Shut up! If I want Yuki to be my puppet, then Yuki shall be my puppet!"
This was almost the same as when Haruhi would force Asahina into random costumes, then expose her in these costumes to the public whether Asahina liked it or not. Kyon was tired of it.
"Just stop already, okay. Nagato's a human," Kyon knew that was false, but Haruhi didn't, "just like everyone else. She's not a toy for you to play with. Just leave her be."
Haruhi puffed up her cheeks like a little kid not getting her way. "Fine! I'm done!" Haruhi quickly gathered her schoolbag and flew out the clubroom door, slamming it so hard that more pieces from the Othello board fell off.
"Whatever," Kyon said, picking up the fallen pieces.
"I don't think that was a good idea," Koizumi said, actually not smiling that plastic smile of his for once.
"Can it," Kyon didn't care what he had to say. "I'm not going to just sit here and let Haruhi get what she wants all the damn time. She needs to learn that she can't have everything she wants in life and to at least have a little respect for others. Life shouldn't revolve around her because she says for it to."
"I don't care if she's God or whatever else you guys claim her to be, to me she's obnoxious Haruhi and I will treat her as such. I don't like to sit here and watch her push Asahina around," even if Kyon liked the costumes Haruhi forced her in, but there was no point in mentioning that now, "and treat Nagato as if she's a doll you record a message in and then play it back." Kyon put up the Othello game and grabbed his schoolbag. "I'm out," he said as he left the clubroom, not caring to hear any other objections to his actions.
He was right, after all. Haruhi should stop acting like a kid and learn to grow up. Didn't her parents teach her manners?
Whatever. Kyon just wanted to go home, relax, and return to school tomorrow hoping that Haruhi had gone through an attitude adjustment and would apologize for her rashness…
Kyon almost burst out laughing at his own thoughts. Yeah, right. Like that would happen. He would return to school tomorrow and Haruhi would be the same as always.
But…it wasn't Haruhi's attitude that he needed to worry about…
The next day went on like normal. Haruhi acted the same way she always did, as Kyon predicted. She went off on him in the morning about how he should never go against her wishes then proceeded to tell Kyon that he should be the one to apologize. He told her no and that she shouldn't treat Nagato like that again. After some huffing and puffing, Haruhi just dropped the issue and went about her life. The world kept turning and everything went on as it always did.
Then it was time for the club's usual meetings in the SOS Brigade room. Kyon and Haruhi walked there together in near silence, the former being surprised that the latter hadn't suddenly jumped up and rung his throat for no reason. You never really know what to expect with Haruhi.
But when Kyon opened the door to the clubroom, this definitely wasn't something he had ever expected, even with Haruhi supposedly being able to change things as she saw fit.
"Look who decided to finally show up. You're the leader and yet you're always late. What kind of leader are you to keep us waiting?"
Kyon stared in shock, noting that neither Koizumi nor Asahina had opened their mouths. And Haruhi was standing next to him, looking just as shocked as he was.
Nagato was standing by the window with her arms crossed, a stern look of what looked like disgust on her face.
She was the one who spoke.
I love Nagato and I'd like to see a world where she's a little different (besides in The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya). Maybe not with this personality, but this will be so much more fun to write!