"…How did it go?"

"I… I'm at a loss for words…"

"What did they tell you?"

"All recruitment for potential new members is… forbidden."

I was angry. Red hot anger that I had felt many times before flowed freely, blocking any rational thoughts from my mind. It was stupid, I guess, to feel fury at something as trivial as that. It had nothing to do with me anyway, and should never have had anything do with me in the first place. Yet, here she is, her eyes sad and unreadable – her expression just as glum. How can I let this go? How can I let the only dream she's ever expressed to me go out the window? The one thing she's always wanted to do. It's such a simple dream, too – nothing big or extravagant. Heck, she isn't asking to be queen of the world or something equally stupid.

She explains to me about how club activities are on hiatus, etc, and I only half listen through the whole thing. Her eyes are downcast to the table, obvious disappointment rearing up silently. I, myself, lean back against my chair, arms crossed against my chest. I'm just frustrated now, the anger dulling to a throb. My fist suddenly collides with the table and I begin countering her explanation almost immediately.

"That's ridiculous! Not to mention unfair! They can't do that, Nagisa. Did you just tell them, 'okay, I understand'?"

"I did my best to convince them… but all they would say was that rules were rules and they can't be bent."

My fingers are now tapping impatiently against the table, urging my mind to come up with a plan before she decides to throw in the towel. We had put so much work into this, and we had to come out on top! It wasn't a question, or a suggestion, or some 'unattainable dream'! No! We were going to win this fight, and I was going to be the one to make sure of it.

"I don't want you to give up. There just has to be a way to get what you want!"

"You really think so?"

"I know so. We'll just have to start one on our own, okay? It isn't right that you would have to give up your dream just because of this."

"Oh… Okazaki…"

She answers me with pure revelation and hope in her voice. Suddenly, everything seems very easy to do as long as she's there, staring at me with those big brown eyes. New energy surges through me, and I give a definitive nod. Yes, this was all going to work out just fine.

Because, if it didn't, I knew that I would be crushed just as much as she was. Friends were friends, right?

Just a little Clannad fanfic for everyone's enjoyment. This is set at the beginning of episode four. It's kind of sweet, so I decided to write out the scene from Tomoya's perspective. Hope you liked it! R & R!

I do not own this scene or any other part of Clannad. If I did, it would never have turned out as awesome as it is, trust me.