Chapter 1 - Underneath the Cap

"That guy looks a lot like you, Hikaru," Haruhi said surprised and pointed at the boy that had just entered the classroom. Hikaru stopped his conversation with his friends and turned his head to look at the guy who had just entered.

Hikaru Hitachiin was the guy that everybody knew. All guys wanted to be his friend and all girls wanted to wrap her arms around him. His hair was styled in neat spikes on the back, that somehow always matching the clothes he wore. He was the total opposite of the boy who just walked inside the door; his clothes were baggy, his hair was undone under the blue cap, that made long shadows stretch along his face. His face might have some similar features to Hikaru's, but they were almost hid completely because of the way his head hung.

"What?" Hikaru said with a laugh and shook his head. "How does that guy look like me?"

"Maybe it was my imagination," Haruhi said with a shrug and turned back to double check her homework before the teacher would arrive. Hikaru laughed a little and turned back to the other to continue the conversation, but he couldn't help but side-glance toward the boy.

Unaware of the attention the new boy sat in an empty seat in the back row and pulled up a Gameboy. He smiled while it turned on with a small "bib", he didn't know why, but somehow the Gameboy calmed him down, he felt freer in the small pixelated word.

He knew that a few people gave him glances, because he was the "new kid" and all – of course they were curious, but the faster they learned not to bother him, the better. Naturally it didn't go that easy, someone would always try to break the ice, and this time it was a girl with brown braids and braces.

"Hey," she said cheerfully from the seat next to him and the new boy gave her a quick look from the corner of his eye – no way she was making him lose the game because of small talk. "Are you new? What's your name?" she asked.

"Kaoru," he murmured with a bored voice and shrugged, his eyes never leaving the game. She seemed surprised by my attitude, but tried again regardless.

"What are you playing?" she questioned and Kaoru heard her walk closer to look him over the shoulder. He sighed rudely and moved his game a little away from her, but she didn't seem to notice because she kept standing, looking over his shoulder.

He was about to ask her to leave him alone, but he was saved when the teacher entered and asked them all to take a seat. Quickly he turned the game off, remembering to save and tried to sink into his chair, but his teacher had already spotted him.

"Oh yes, before I forget, we have a new student," he said cheerfully, and Kaoru winced when all heads turned to look at him. He lowered his head so his cap shadowed his face as much as possible.

The teacher gave the students a few moments to stare him down, before he said the dreadful words: "Why don't you come up here and tell us about yourself?"

Kaoru coughed in his palm and looked up slightly, feeling people's interest grow when they saw his golden-brown eyes.

"Um, can I stay here," Kaoru asked and pointed at his table. The teacher shrugged and the shy boy took it as approval. "Okay, my name is Kaoru, um, I just moved here yesterday… nice to met." he said awkwardly. Kaoru heard a spread laughter from his original presentation, but ignored them and lowered his head again.

Hikaru was not among the laughing.


"Hey Kaoru! It's Kaoru, right?" someone called and the new boy turned slowly to see who addressed him. He frowned when he saw the person; he was about his own height, his hair color and actually looked a lot like him, except that his hair was brushed and styled and his clothes were neat.

"Yes?" he asked tiredly and turned around.

"What's up?" the boy asked with a wide smile and a small wave. "I'm Hikaru. Me and the guys are going to the store for some lunch and thought you would want to come along."

Kaoru huffed. He knew this guys type, the one that tried to help him fit in, but he couldn't be less interested. He had stopped trying a long time ago.

"Thanks, but I'm not interested," Kaoru muttered and adjusted his cap a little more down. Hikaru lifted his eyebrows in disbelief and crossed his arms.

"No offence, but you're not shining "sociable", this would be a good way to get to know the guys," he said, sounding friendly, but really not getting the picture.

"No thanks," the other boy mumbled and took a step back before he turned to leave.

"Hey, you don't have to be such a dick about it," Hikaru protested and grabbed his arm. Kaoru made a shocked gasp by his sudden touch and turned so quickly that his cap fell off.

"Wha-" Hikaru spat and widened his eyes, now that he got a look at his face. Kaoru took the opportunity to yank his arm back. He grabbed his cap from the ground and hurried down the hallway with an annoyed groan.

Hikaru just kept standing, staring after the boy that had been the exact copy of himself.

A/N: The next chapter will be up as quickly as possible is someone likes it. : D It will also be longer. : D

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