Me: Hello, hello! :D Chapter 4! Hooray! So summer vacation is getting ready to leave me once again and Im still freaking depressed! I feel like this story is face-paced. Do you? Oh well on with the story! I dont own anything! ^o^

~xXx~

Reviews

StrawberryDream15 Uh-huh! ^^ I always liked that type of friend who is always jelous of the heroine, yet the still sees them and loves them as their friend. Ayame is my fav character now! XD And the good part of the story is coming! Just read and see! X)

MusicalAnimeFreak: Right! Even though I've never been in a relationship before, the stupid guys in my class, man you just wanna do BAD things to them you know? ;)


~Sacrifice~

Normal POV

"Amano! Is Amano absent again today?" Sensei said while he was taking roll call.

Everyone looked at each other but said nothing.

"Alright then. Continuing with Fujisaki..."

Ayame and Daisuke looked worried. They looked at each other, agreeing that they'd see her after school.

"...Sakurai! Is Sakurai here? Hmm, that's a first-!" Before sensei could mark Ryou absent, the door slid open and Ryou walked in with his hands in his pocket and head down.

"Sakurai! I would appreciate it if you would arrive to class on time!"

"Yes sir," said Ryou taking his seat and putting his head down.

"Okay everyone. Let's begin. Take out your textbooks and notebooks!"

~XxX~

During lunch period, Ryou sat by the tree in the courtyard were all four of them used to eat lunch. At first he was alone, but someone walked up to him.

"Can I have a word, Sakurai?" Daisuke's voice sounded cold as ice.

Ryou shrugged. "Like I have anyone else to yell at me, whatever. Sit." But he didn't.

"What happened? What did you do to Natsume?" Daisuke asked nearly raising his voice.

Ryou felt a sharp pain in his chest. "N-nothing."

"Don't give me that crap," Daisuke yelled. "What. Did. You. Do?"

Ryou stood up and looked him in the eye. "I told you I didn't do anything! She's the one who got into my busness!"

"What kind of busness do you have that she can be so nosiy about?"

"Why are you yelling at me? Ask her! And hey, Im not sure if you know this but me and Natsume are friends! Friends always get noisy about their friends busness! Just thought I should point that out to you!" Ryou backfired.

Daisuke was about to get into Ryou's face when Ayame just came in at the right time.

"Quit acting like little girls you two! NOW!" She said while pushing back Daisuke.

"Sorry to bother you Ryou-kun. Let's go Daisuke!" Ayame, tugged Daisuke by the hand back to the classrooom.

Ryou was at his limit. He's never acted like this before. He hit the tree with his fist, making it bleed.

~XxX~

"This is not going to solve anything if you keep yelling at him! We're gonna see Natsume this afternoon to get her side of the story! After that we'll decide okay?" Ayame said acting like someone's older sister giving out a little brother lecture.

"...Yeah, I know but-"

"Heh, I know. Sigh, oh please!" Ayame sunk into her chair and turned around. "Just calm down alright? We'll get though this and everything will be alright." She said while squeezing his hand. Daisuke slowly slipped out of her grip and let his head rest on his hand as he looked away.

Ayame secretly opened her phone and read the text message she got from Natsume after that "incident" she had with Ryou-kun and ran off crying- again.

Aya, I dont know what to do... -Natsume

Frowning, she quietly whispered, "Oh Natsume..." and closed her phone before the bell rang.


Natsume's POV

I lied to my parents again today saying that the music club is excused form school in order to practice for the culture-fest. Just now, I was working on the song I plan on playing, but stopped after one or two tries. Mom said it's not like me to give up so easily. It's true, music does cheer me up when I'm upset, but in this case, I need some magic- sweet magic.

I went upstairs and but on white shorts, a pale yellow shirt and flip-flops. Then as I went downstairs, while tying my hair into a high pony tail, I said, "Mom, I'll be out for a while."

As soon as I opened the door, Yume, who was sick and was wrapped up in her strawberry printed blanket, tugged on my shirt. "Natsume-chan, where are you going?" She said sounding a little tired.

I kneeled down. "Im heading to mommy and daddy's shop," I said cheerfuly.

"Can I come with you?"

"Sorry honey, I dont think your well enough yet." I patted her head and walked out.

~XxX~

As I was on the train, I flipped my phone open and saw that I had two new messages.

Are you comming to school today? - Ayame

DELEATED.

Were you sick yesterday? Will you be able to come to school? - Daisuke

DELEATED.

I wasn't suprised that I didn't get a message form Ryou-kun. He has every right to be mad at me. I closed my phone and sighed.

When I got off the train, I started to walk around Nijigaoka. I remember this place very well, it's when sis first met Henri Lucas-sensei. I also remember during my compitition, sis cheered for me whan I got nervous. And even though I was surounded by hundreds of people and in the middle of a situation, I felt peaceful.

~XxX~

After a while of goofing off, I finally reached onee-chan's shop, le rêve couleur. The sign said closed. Probably because their making more sweets. Ethier way, I tried knocking on the door. Onee-chan came out of the kitchen to open the door.

"Natsume! What are you doing here?" She said very suprised.

"Can I come in?" I asked.

She nodded. "Sure, Im on break anyway."

When I walked in, the smell of sweets surrounded me, soothing my nerves. "So where's Aniki and Yamagishi-chan?"

"They went out to get more ingridents. Apparently someone screwed up the orders for ingredients and some of them weren't delivered this morning. We nearly made it thought the morning," she responded laughing. I smiled.

"Come on. Let's go to the break room. I'll make us some coffee."

I walked behind her while looking at the mess in the kitchen. Flour was everywhere, dirty tools were piled up in the sink and scraps of dough were scattered on the counter. I wonder if oba-chan had it this hard back then.

As I took my seat, onee-chan said, "So, tell me the real reason why you didnt go to school today."

"H-huh? What do you mean?" Don't tell me she knows everything.

"It's not just to practice is it?"

Yup, that's my sister. She may be a clueless klutz but she knows how people feel. As I slowly out cream and sugar into my cup, I told her, "I got into a fight with Ryou-kun two days ago..."

She look shocked. "What happened?"

Onee-chan sounded upset. "That's the thing, I dont know..."

"Was it that bad enough to make you stay home from school? This isnt like you!"

"Yeah.. I know..." I said feeling a sharp pain in my chest.

For a while it was quiet but then I broke the silence. "Remember that time at your wedding I told you that I would find happiness one day?" She nodded. "And then when Najika was born, I brought Daisuke with me to visit you at the hospital? Then I said to you, 'I found it!' " She nodded again.

"Well for some reason, I feel like that happines is starting to fade away because of..."

"Ryou-kun?" She finished for me.

I nodded. "I dont know what to do..."

*Flashback*

-A Year Ago; Third-year of Middle School-

"Where the heck is she?" Was all I could think about while I, well- Daisuke and I, were waiting for Ayame near the fountain at the park after school.

I mean, sure, I've been friends with Daisuke since our first-year, but I haven't really thought of him more as a friend, right? Other than Aya, he's always been there to back me up, at my recitals and competitions. But now...

I jumped a little as a small drop of water hit my face and I accidentally made eye contact with Daisuke. "Bad" part about it is, it seemed that he was already looking at me, for a while.

"You okay?" He asked, with his gold colored eyes shooting arrows at my face.

I quickly looked away before he could notice my face turning red. "Uh, yeah! Fine! ...So do know what time Aya should be here?"

He shrugged, "I don't know in all honesty, she said the student council meeting shouldn't be that long."

"Oh, okay..." I responded.

"I hear that since you're playing the piano all the time, she's gonna start playing an instrument too."

"Really? Which one?"

"Violin. Maybe because it sounds well with the piano." He said. I nodded but he probably didn't notice anyway.

"Um..." I started to say as he looked at me, but quickly changed the topic. "I'll go get us something to drink! Anything you want it particular-!" As I got up, I didn't realize that my music sheets were hanging out of my folder while I grabbed my wallet, until it floated in the fountain.

Speechless. Mad. Embarrassed. That was a piece that I -surprisingly- took 2 months to master! And I was standing there looking like an idiot with her mouth hung open while Daisuke goes into the fountain to get them.

"Wait Daisuke! You don't have to do that!" I yelled trying to stop him.

"It's okay! Might as well save them before it's gone right?" He said trying not to make them fall apart as he picked them up.

Having no choice, I quickly took off my shoes and socks and went in. "Well, at least let me help then." I said laughing and he smiled back at me.

As I grabbed for the last sheet, the slight touch of his hand as he tried to grab it too, made me stare at him again. His chestnut colored hair that was partially wet, brushed my forehead as we stood up. Realizing what I was doing, I yelped and slipped. Great. Just great. (At least there's no one else but us)!

Daisuke just stood there and laughed. After a few seconds, I gave in and laughed too. He held out his hand to help me up. As I stood up, I was EXTRA careful to not bring us both down- success!

"Well we were able to save most of them!" He said as we were walking to a bench.

"Yeah... Thanks." I said trying not to sneeze. When I sat down, I felt something fall on my head. It smelled like Daisuke... Did he just? I looked up, and thankfully, he was wearing an undershirt. But, still...

"Hey, come on. Put it back on."

"No, you need it more than I do, plus," He looked at me smirking. "You're see though."

I didn't even bother to look down. Stupid Summer uniforms! With a straight face, as if nothing happened, I told him, "Thank you."

After a few more minutes of silence, Daisuke spoke. "Hey Natsume? You wanna hang out this Sunday?"

I looked at him. "Sure, I don't mind! If you're gonna bring this up, we might as well wait for Aya. Where are we going?"

"No, that's not what I mean... Do you wanna hang out this Sunday, with me? ...Will you go out with me?"

*End of flashback*

Sadly, I couldn't completely look back on that moment.

"Natsume?" I heard behind me. I turned around.

"Aya, Daisuke? What are you doing here?"

"We planned on visiting you after school. You're mom told us you went out and we figured you'd be here,"said Ayame smiling at me.

"How are you feeling," asked Daisuke.

"I'm fine," I said, giving them a weak smile. Onee-chan got up and went back to the kitchen. I looked at the clock too. 4:00 already?

"So, Natsume," Ayame said as she and Daisuke sat down. "What happened? Why were you absent for the past 2 days?"

"Well, remember we were practicing for the culture-fest, Ryou-kun and I went to the other music room? We were too into it that we criticized each other too much and got into a fight. And when I got home, I got sick from all the stress." That has probably been the worse lie I have ever told in my life.

"Oh... I see. Well, as long as you're feeling better!" Ayame knew I was lying but didn't say anything else.

"Alright then," Daisuke said getting up. "Why don't we head home now?"

Ayame and I nodded. "'Kay, sure."

~xXx~

"Well, I'll see you tomorrow Aya!" I said waving good-bye.

"Yeah, see ya!" She said running off.

"I'll walk you home then?" Daisuke asked me.

"...Okay, sure. But uh... First... Daisuke can we go to the park real quick? I need to talk to you about something."

"Alright." He said nodding. Okay, this is it.

~xXx~

Is it hard breaking up with your boyfriend in the same place where he asked you to go out with him? For me, the answer is yes. We were sitting on the exact same bench where he asked me out with no one around.

"Daisuke," I begain. "You know that I-!"

"You wanna break up, right?"

Oh God, he already...? "N-no! I-I mean yeah, b-but just let me explain! I don't wanna, i-it's just that- it's not because you-!" I wasn't even close to done when Daisuke pulled me into a hug.

"You idiot! You should have done this sooner!" He said sounding close to tears. Yes, close to tears.

"No! Please let me explain! J-just please-!" Now it was me that was close to tears.

"It's not that!" He yelled. "Listen, earlier today I got into a fight with Sakurai about you. I thought he did something to you so I was worried about you! I called you an idiot because you should have broken up with me sooner! I knew you loved Sakurai after he came back; I knew this was gonna happen. I'm just upset because you waited until now; you waited until you pushed yourself to the limit. You made me worry, me and Ayame!"

I pulled away from him and as I did, he wiped his hand across my face. "Come on, now, don't cry. If you do, I will too."

I laughed and did the same thing to him. "But you already are!"

In all honesty, I'm glad it didn't take that long. "Can I still walk you home?" He asked me, wiping the last of his tears.

I nodded and smiled. "Yeah!"


Normal POV

Natsume woke up like normal this morning. "Okay," She thought. "Act normal, like nothing happened." Then she quickly got ready and left.

"Smile, when you see them! Smile!" She thought again as she walked to school.

"NAT. SU. ME. CHAN~!" She heard someone say the same time she felt someone slap her back.

"Morning Ayame." She said casually. With a smile of course.

"You are finally back! I'm glad! You have to deal with Ryou-kun for me! He won over my last homemade riceball twice! You used to win it all the time, so now, you can take back your title!"

"Ahahaha, y-yeah sure!" Natsume laughed nervously.

~xXx~

When they got to the classroom Ryou and Daisuke were already there, talking but not in a buddy-buddy kind of way.

"With a smile, with a smile!" Natsume thought one last time.

"Good morning!" She said.

"Good Morning Natsume. Ayame." Daisuke said politely.

"Morning my worthless servants!" Ayame cheered as she sat at her desk.

"What do you mean worthless servants?" Daisuke said while trying to give Ayame a playful head-lock.

Finally Natsume turned to Ryou. "Good morning Ryou-kun!"

"Natsume, listen, I'm sorry for what happened. Forgive me." Ryou quickly responded.

"Oh hey don't worry about it! I'm over it!" She said.

"Y-you're not mad?" He said surprised.

"Yeah, you only won Ayame's rice balls twice! I'll win back my title!"

"What? No! That's not what I-!"

"Okay everyone take your seats! Class is starting" Said Sensei as he came in.

Natsume took her seat in front of Ayame. And wrote a quick note saying, "I know what you're saying! Trust me, I forgive you! ;)" and tossed it to Ryou's desk next to her. He read it, smiled and bowed his head in a "Thank you" kind-of way.

"Now before we start, I would like to introduce a new student! You may come in!"

Natsume, Ayame, Daisuke and Ryou all looked at each other with questioning looks, but the girl with long, princess blonde hair, golden honey colored eyes and an insane model-like body figure ANY girl would kill for, walked into the room.

"Introduce yourself please." Sensei instructed.

The girl nodded and faced the class. "Nice to meet all of you! My name is Alice Adjani! I happen to be a classmate of Sakurai Ryou form the school he went to in America and his fiance!" The girl named Alice said, smiling.

A gasp filled the entire classroom: Ayame's jaw dropped, Daisuke and even Ryou's eyes widened and Natsume was in complete, utter shock; and had a face NO ONE has ever seen before.


Me: Hehehe! How was it? I've never done break up scenes before so I'm sorry it didn't satisfy you.

Natsume: ARE YOU INSANE?! HOW COULD YOU DO THIS?! *shakes me violently*

Me: Calm. Down. Nat. Su. Me. Just. Wait. And. See. Now. Let. Go. You're. Kil. Ling. Me.

Ayame: Review please! ^^'


Alice: Do you honestly think Ryou can fall for a girl like you?

~xXx~

Ayame: Don't let your sacrifice be for nothing!

~xXx~

Alice: If I win, Ryou has to come back to America with me.

Next Time - Declaration