Man, this is the longest time I've gone without updating a story… Well, kinda. Anyway, updates are a little slow because my interest in this story is dwindling…but not to fret! I don't like starting a story without ending it, so even if updates are slow, I will eventually get around to finishing this.
Also, to answer Andmeuths question again, I was basing Ayame closer to Kimidori than Asakura. I'm not the best with OCs, but I just kinda added Ayame in because I needed another person from the DTIE that wasn't already a character.
Chapter Six: The Discoveries of Yuki Nagato, Itsuki Koizumi, and Kyon
Kyon wasn't sure how this was possible.
There was a cabin all the way up this mountainous forest.
It was Friday. The SOS Brigade had taken a train a few miles up north to a small town near where this supposed Abominable Snowman has been spotted. Supposedly.
Before the group of six had headed up the mountain, some townspeople had warned Haruhi of the dangers of the mountain and seeking out the Snowman; such as, well…it a mountain, it was dangerous anyway. But of course Haruhi ignored the warning a decided to trek the path toward the mountain anyway.
The rest of the group expected nothing less from her. But Kyon was not expecting a conveniently placed abandoned cabin out here where no one should be.
"Perfect! We can spend the night here!" Haruhi shouted, rushing toward the cabin, flipping up the snow on the ground.
"What the hell were you going to do if this cabin wasn't here? Huh, Haruhi?" Nagato scoffed. "We've traveled a long way and it's starting to get dark. If we hadn't of found this, what would we have done?"
"Oh, that doesn't matter, Yuki!" Haruhi smiled. "It's here, and we don't have to think 'what if?' Isn't that great?"
Nagato balled her hand into a fist. "I swear I'm going to hit her…"
"That won't be tolerated, Yuki Nagato." Sakurakoji said simply.
"Maybe I'll hit you," Nagato threatened. "And will you stop calling me by my whole name? It's annoying."
"What would you prefer?"
"For you to go away."
"I'm not going back. Not until you have returned to normal."
"If I'm screwed up, why don't I screw you up!"
"Nagato!" Kyon grabbed Nagato's shoulders from behind her, preventing her from leaping forward and pummeling Sakurakoji. "Stop! Please."
Nagato gritted her teeth so she couldn't say anything else. She shrugged Kyon off of her and stormed through the thick snow toward the cabin.
"…This is going to be a long weekend…" Kyon sighed.
"Kyon, at some point very soon, I think you should try talking to Haruhi…" Koizumi suggested.
"Why do I have to talk to her?" Kyon questioned. "Why don't one of you guys do it? Seriously? You gotta leave everything up to me…"
"K-Kyon…" Asahina spoke quietly. "Suzumiya is more inclined to listen to you than any of us…"
"Asahina's right," Koizumi said.
Kyon frowned. "Whatever. Right now, we should figure out what we're going to do about dinner 'cause I'm starving."
"Yes. It's also starting to get pretty cold," Koizumi pointed out. "Let's head inside."
Everyone nodded and headed inside the cabin.
"Phew! We've had a long day, huh?" Haruhi asked as she plopped down on the couch.
The cabin was small but cozy. There were two rooms; the main living room area with a couch, a fireplace, and refrigerator and the bedroom area, which had a queen size bed and a ladder leading up to a very small second floor with another queen sized mattress. By the looks of this cabin, someone may have possibly visited here or even lived here for a time. If that was the case, though, it was obvious that no one had been here for awhile. Dust blanketed the place and it was quite stuffy. Asahina decided to crack open the only window in the living room. It was cold, but the air was nice to breathe in.
"Well," Koizumi said as he sifted through the group's bag of food. "We've got some canned food and some ramen cups. We might be able to look for some firewood…"
"I don't feel like getting any firewood," Haruhi sighed. "If you guys want to go get some, be my guest."
"Lazy ass…" Nagato muttered. "We should probably get some for the fireplace, considering it will probably get really cold in here at night. I'll go look for some if someone wants to come with me."
"Take the guys with you," Haruhi said.
"If you're not going, why are you even nominating people to go fetch some firewood?" Nagato folded her arms. "I don't think so."
"I-it's okay, Nagato," Kyon said. "Koizumi and I will help you out."
"…Thanks." Nagato zipped up her jacket and opened the door. "Let's hurry before it gets too dark."
Kyon, Nagato, and Koizumi were walking back into the forest, carefully stepping through the foot-deep snow. Nagato carried a flashlight, considering the dense forest made it seem a lot darker than it actually was.
It had been silent the whole way through the woods so far. Kyon figured this was a good time to talk to Nagato while neither Haruhi nor Sakurakoji was around.
"Nagato… What are you going to do now that Sakurakoji is in the picture?"
"Maybe punch her lights out."
"Nagato! You shouldn't do that…"
"Maybe not. But I want to. She has no reason to be here."
Kyon wasn't sure what else to say. Sakurakoji was here to watch over Nagato, but when would the Data Overmind suddenly give up and just decide enough is enough with Nagato? It didn't make sense and it was frustrating him. He needed to discuss this with Haruhi soon, but figuring how to go about that was a whole other ordeal.
But as for Nagato…if Kyon were to find a way to return Nagato to normal, how would she take it? She wouldn't be able to express her feelings about the situation and she wouldn't be able to go against it either, if she were to begin following the rules of the Data Overmind again.
And Kyon would feel terrible for that. Putting Nagato in a situation where she wouldn't be able to put up a fight.
…And Nagato could do anything.
Kyon figured that when the time comes, he would discuss it with her wholeheartedly. And hopefully, she wouldn't be too upset with him.
Kyon frowned. This was rough.
Once Koizumi and Kyon found a sufficient amount of logs and sticks to use for a fire, they picked them up and began walking back to the cabin.
Suddenly, Nagato flinched.
"What the hell was that?" she spun around, flashing the flashlight behind her. Kyon and Koizumi paused.
"What is what, Nagato?" Koizumi asked.
"I just heard some shuffling or something behind me."
Just then, all three of them heard a low, growling noise. And it wasn't their stomachs.
"What the hell…?"
"C'mon, Nagato!" Kyon grabbed Nagato's wrist with his free hand. "Let's go!"
Now they were running through the forest, Kyon dropping some wood in the process. The snow was making it very difficult to run, and Kyon almost tripped, but Nagato held onto his arm to keep him balanced.
"There's the cabin! Up there!" Kyon said. They finally reached the wide area outside the forest where the cabin was and stopped to catch their breath before walking inside. If Haruhi saw them out of breath, she would be curious as to why they had been running, which in turn would cause them to explain themselves. With Haruhi being Haruhi, she would want to go check it out. This was not the time to go seeking…whatever that was out.
"W-what…was that?" Koizumi asked, still gasping for breath.
"I-I don't know…" Kyon said. "But if I were to take a guess…"
"It wasn't human," Nagato said. "Or animal."
"Huh? What do you mean?" Kyon was just going to say a bear. Was it something else?
"I mean exactly what I said. Whatever that was wasn't either a human or an animal, but rather…both."
This chapter's a little shorter than I would like, but I figured this was a good place to end it.
I know it seems like Nagato's letting up on her personality, but she only acts like her 'delinquent' self when she's really pissed off. And towards Haruhi and Ayame, because they annoy her. Other than that, she always talks with a scowl on her face but that's just how she is.
So…not sure when I'll update again, but hopefully it won't be over a month like last time. Maybe I'll get motivated to finish this up soon. I'm not even sure how many chapters are left… Just hang tight! :D