"Remember, you are mine." He said

"Yes." She simply replied.

Maron stood there in the young man's arm. She didn't know the last time she was in that man's arms. She felt like she belonged her. She felt warmness. She felt trust. She felt everything but the feeling of loneliness.

"Maron. Remember, you are mine." He said.

"Yes, Akemi. I'm yours." She replied. He then pulled her in and kissed her. At first, she was surprised but then she lost herself in the kiss. His lips were soft and warm. Then, they pulled away. He smiled.

"Lets get to your place. Its more private." He said.

"Yes, this way." She said pulling him into the elevator. When they got there he went to take a bath and she cooked for him. Then the door bell rang. She hurried to the door and hid Akemi's shoes in the closet next to the entrance. She opened the door and found Miyako and Chiaki.

"Maron, we smell something good. Can we come in?" Miyako asked.


"What's wrong, Maron? We should eat as neighbors. It'll be fun." Chiaki said, smiling.

"Okay come on in. I'm not finished though. Stay in the living room."

She went and put some away for Akemi. She would heat it up later.

'They had to come. This is the worst.' She thought. She grabbed a basket and filled it with snacks and covered it with a cloth.

"Miyako, Chiaki, can you finish the meal? I have to put this away." She told them, and they agreed.

She went to her room and put the basket on her bed. She went to the washroom and knocked on the door.

"Can I come in?" She asked, whispering.

"Yea, I just finished changing." He replied. She entered and was surprised for he kissed her again. She was losing herself when she remembered her guest.

"Go to my room. I have some nosy guest. I'll tell you when they leave and also I have snacks there." She said, and quickly went to her room with him. He was grinning.

"Leaving me alone so suddenly, how cruel."

"I'll be back."

"Wait!" He said and pulled her to his lips. She blushed and was soon out of breath. He grinned and whispered in her ear, "That's your punishment.", before letting her go. She went to the kitchen and was still blushing.

"Whats wrong?" Miyako asked.

"Nothing. Let's eat."

During dinner, Chiaki noticed that Maron was zoning out. She was staring out the window with a dreamy look on her face, her finger placed on her lips softly and was lightly blushing.

"Maron, whats up? You looked like you want to kiss someone." He said, teasingly. At this, Maron bolted up, and was blushing furiously.

"SHUT UP!" she said, eyes on the table.

"You actually do? In that case, I'm here." He said grinning.

"Chiaki." Miyako said in an angry tone, staring him down. He started laughing. Then he remembered something.

"Hey, have you guys seen the man that's in this apartment complex?"

"There's someone new living here?" Miyako asked, curious, while Maron just stared at the table.

"Yeah, a man in his early 20s? Umm a little taller than me, and dark hair and eyes. Oh and drives a motorcycle. He seems kinda foreign." Chiaki describe the man, while Maron just stared at the table. While Chiaki and Maron, where chatting and such, Maron was zoning out thinking of Akemi. She was his. He was hers. It didn't seem real. At that moment there was a thud from her room and she went there before her guest knew what was wrong.

Akemi had dropped a small box and Maron stared at him. He grinned and she blushed.

'Can I look for it?' He mouthed.

'FINE! But be quiet!' She mouthed back. With that she went back and her friends asked what was wrong.

"I left something on the table and the window was open." She explained. "Umm, i don't feel to well. Is it ok if you guys leave?"

"Yeah, sure." They said. They went to the door while Maron stood in the middle of the hallway. That's when Chiaki saw something, before closing the door. He saw that Maron was in the arms of another man, but wasn't sure.

'I must be imagining things.' He thought as he went home.

See you next time!

Yukina S.

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