Ever on the Move

Prologue

"Are you nearly done?" Hisana asks me as she sits at our table sipping her morning coffee. I can't understand her liking for the drink myself; I much prefer juice with my breakfast, but to each their own.

"Yes," I reply heavily, a hint of annoyance colouring my tone. Honestly, if she's asked once, she's asked a whole bunch of times. Normally I wouldn't mind, but when I'm already feeling agitated, the last thing I need is anything compounding it.

She seems to notice for she looks at me with hooded eyes. "There's no need for that tone," she says sharply, taking her toast in her hand. I merely roll my eyes in response. "I was simply expressing my concerns; concerns that I feel completely justified in expressing considering you're most likely going to be late."

I look at her in alarm before glancing at the clock in our kitchen. "Shit," I curse, scrambling for my belongings.

"Language, Rukia," Hisana says with amusement.

"Oh, well, I am so very pleased I can be a source of amusement for you," I grind out, stuffing pens and books into my bag speedily. "For pity's sake."

"I'm sorry I can't take you to school, Rukia," she continues with an apologetic smile. "You know how it is when we move…"

Yes. I know far too well. Yet another new house; another new neighbourhood; another new school.

"How many times is this now, Hisana?" I ask with a hint of aggression. "Six? Seven?"

Her eyebrows furrow.

"I know it isn't easy to move to a new place, but you understand what my work is like. Where the work is, I have to go. Unfortunately for you, that means having to keep changing where we live."

I sigh heavily.

"I understand; I really do. It's just…difficult."

Her eyes soften.

"I know. I'm sorry."

"Okay," I say unconvincingly. "Shit!" I curse again as I recall the sudden need for speed. "Gotta go. See you later?"

"I'll be here," she says earnestly, waving me away as I rush to the door and head for my new school. My fourth new school in a year.

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Author's Notes: Hello to you all. This is quite possibly the least I have written for a 'chapter.' Still, I don't want to spoil it by rushing too far ahead. I'm not going to put any sort if timescale on this; my regular readers will know that I am totally notorious for failing to keep to my timings :P
Can you believe it's been over a year since I became a member of this community? I know. Time simply flies. In that time, I've corresponded with a bunch of really cool people. You know who you are, and you have my eternal gratitude for your support and friendship :) Here's to another year of - hopefully - enjoyable stories.

~FDQ~

12/12/11