Chapter 1

Ikuto lay on the roof, his eyes closed. He heard Yoru murmuring things in his sleep.

Tsukiyomi Ikuto was a famous violinist that played in a famous orchestra. His sister was Hoshina Utau, a famous pop singer. So all in all, he was very famous and handsome and rich. At the time, he was thinking about why he had just declined a date with a cute girl that had talked to him at an after party.

She was cute, with long brown hair and a sweet smile. He didn't know her or who she was or anything about her, but she asked him out. He had declined. Why? And it wasn't just this one girl. Many girls had asked him out before in his life. But every time he had declined. He had never dated anyone before, not to mention kissed a girl. And guess what? He was twenty-two.

This disturbed him. If he kept declining girls like this, he would be alone and lonely for the rest of his life, or at least until he was fifty. And what made matters worse was that Utau was younger than he was and was already in a very steady relationship with a kid named Kukai. They even had plans to marry each other once Kukai was finished college. Ikuto was of course happy for them, obviously, Kukai was very good to Utau and she was very happy to be with him, but he had always thought that he would find love before her.

He sighed and went to the edge of the roof of his expensive condo building. He looked down into the streets and sighed again. Maybe it was because he would never know who loved him for him and not just for his money or looks or fame. After waking Yoru, he started to go back downstairs when a thought crossed his mind. He would go into the streets that day, disguised so no one would recognize him. He needed to get some fresh air.

Hinamori Amu raced out of the boutique shop, clutching Ran, Miki, Su, and Dia in her arms. A dog barked behind them, the owner completely confused and trying to restrain the huge dog.

"Dogs can see Chara?" demanded Amu.

"Yes, most animals can," Dia replied.

"That was so close, Amu-chan!" Su squealed.

"I thought that dog was going to eat us!" Miki said through her panting.

"Run, run Amu-chan! Go, go Amu-chan!" Ran cheered. They slowed when they became out of view from the store. Amu let them go and hunched over, out of breath.

She then composed herself, straightening her pink hair and dusting off her ruffled jean skirt.

"Let's go, girls," she said finally. They continued to walk through the stores and crowds, continuing their shopping spree.

"Hey, girls, why don't we go in there?" Amu suggested. When there was no reply, she turned her head to see that her Chara weren't there. "Girls? Girls?" Her eyes searched the crowds frantically, but the four Chara were nowhere to be seen. They had lost each other.

Amu ran to each store, looking all around for where the Chara could've been. She tried to retrace her steps, but found herself lost. She had no idea where she herself was, not to mention her Chara.

She cursed. This area was new to her. If she were back at the boutique shop, she would've easily found her way back home, but she still wouldn't have been able to find her Chara. Now, after trying to search for her Chara, she had become lost herself.

She started to run around the corner when she bumped full speed into a stranger. She fell hard to the ground, hitting her head, and he staggered, obviously surprised.

"I-I'm sorry!" Amu cried out. She didn't realize it until then, but she was crying. She then felt a piercing pain on the back of her head and rubbed it with her hand, wincing at the pain that shot through her body when she touched her head with her hand.

The stranger didn't move, staring at her. He was wearing dark sun glasses and a blue hoodie with the hood pulled over a red hat. She could still see his hair though, dark blue.

"You shouldn't run that fast. Next time, watch where you're going," he said with a smirk.

Excuse me? Amu thought, throwing a glare at the stranger. He was definitely older than she was, but not by much. He must've been in his early twenties, at most.

His smirk vanished when he saw her rub her head once more and wince through the pain.

"Hey…," he said softly. "You okay?"

"Yeah, I'm fine. I just hurt my head when I fell," Amu said, her tone harsh. Shouldn't it be obvious?

He smirked again and stood up, holding out his hand to her.

She took it and got up, muttering her thanks. "I'm sorry, again, for running into you," she apologized uncomfortably.

He shrugged. "What made you run so fast anyway?"

"Oh, u-um…," she couldn't possibly tell him that she was looking for her Chara. He would think she was insane, and it wasn't something you share with the world. "My… cat. My cat, er, ran away from me." He smiled slightly when he heard her say her excuse.

"Cat huh?" He was almost laughing. Maybe I could help you find him.

"No! I mean, you don't have to…" She didn't even have a cat.

"Hmm… why not?" he asked with a sly smile. "I'm pretty good with cats."

"I-I—" Something about him made Amu's heart race. " You really don't have to. It'll probably take a long time, anyway. You probably have something better to do."

"No I don't. What he look like?"

"U-um… brown." He rolled his eyes.

"That's it? 'Brown?' That narrows it down to a few hundred thousand."

Amu glared at him. "Just let me take care of it!"

He raised an eye brow. "You won't let me help? That makes me want to help more."

"Fine!" Amu grouched. If she found her Chara, then she could just tell him that she remembered he was at home or something. But this guy would just slow her down. She started to run again and she found that he was keeping up with her.

"Stop," he said suddenly, putting his hand in front of her. She ran into it, but didn't fall, just blush and stop. He pointed towards a shadow on the other street. She saw a cat emerge from behind it.

It was brown. Great.

"Is that it?" the stranger questioned. Amu walked over to it, pretending to check it out.

"No, it's not," she said after a few seconds. The stranger shrugged.

Suddenly she saw something floating down from the sky.

Was it a Chara? Amu looked up, but frowned. It was a Chara, but not hers. This Chara had cat dark blue cat ears and a black outfit with a cross.

"Ikuto!" it squealed. "There you are-nya!"

The Chara flew towards the stranger and held onto its neck. The stranger nodded slightly.

"Wait… wait, you have a Chara?" Amu exclaimed. The stranger looked at her, shocked.

"You can… see him?" he asked slowly.

"Yes, I have them too!" she looked at him, trying to see his eyes through the glasses but it was almost impossible.

"Hmm… you're staring at me. Could you have fallen for me already?" he asked slyly.

Amu blushed. "N-no! In your dreams!" He laughed. "Anyway," Amu glared, "about the Chara. What's his name?"

"Yoru!" Yoru answered proudly. "Ikuto, why didn't you tell me where you were going-nya? I was worried-nya!"

"You were asleep," the boy, Ikuto, answered, his eyes locked on Amu. "Did you even lose a cat?"

"I lost my Chara. Not my cat," Amu explained. "I didn't know you could see Chara."

"That would explain a few things," Ikuto said. "What's your name?"

"Hinamori Amu," she replied without thinking. She blushed, should she have given her name to a complete stranger? Even if he did have Chara.

"Amu," he repeated. She looked at him questioningly and blushed. He called her by her first name. Only her first name. And they had just met. "I'm… Suzuki… Ikuto."

Amu nodded. "Suzuki-sempai—"

"Ikuto."

"Okay, Ikuto-san, I really—"

"Ikuto."

Amu glared at him. "Ikuto… kun?" She didn't want to call him that, she hardly knew him.

"Ikuto. Just Ikuto."

"But—"

"Call me Ikuto or I won't talk to you and help you find your Chara."

Amu rolled her eyes dramatically. He was making this so much more difficult than it should be. "Fine! Ikuto…" He smiled. "Can your Chara help? Like, can he somehow track or sense where they are?"

"Yes! Um, maybe-nya," Yoru said. He paused and closed his eyes. "I do sense that there were four Chara-nya, but they left a while ago-nya. Then it disappears, out of this range-nya."

Amu sighed. Ikuto looked at her. Suddenly her phone rang. She answered it lifelessly.

"Hello?"

"Amu-chan!" four voices exclaimed on the other line.

"Girls? Where are you?"

"We are back at your house, Amu-chan! We got separated so we decided to meet you back at your house, but you never came!" Ran's voice replied.

"Stay there, okay? I'm glad you're safe!" Amu was relieved. She hung up the phone.

"Thanks," she said.

The boy leaned in towards her and smiled widely. Amu blushed. "You're… welcome," he said slowly.

Amu was frozen, her face bright red.

"Hey, Ikuto, can we get some ice cream-nya?" Yoru asked.

Ikuto looked at Amu. "Sure. Want to come… Amu?"

"I-I—um… s-sure. I mean, sure." Amu looked away, blushing violently.

He knew this wasn't a date. Or at least, an official one. The girl, Amu, didn't know who he was, which was good. Wasn't it? She was laughing with Yoru. Something about her made him… made his heart race. He was watching her closely. She scooped the last bit of chocolate ice cream from her cup and ate it, smiling. So… cute.

She seemed to have slowly opened up to him during their walk to the ice cream store and while they ate. She got along with Yoru wonderfully and he could tell that Yoru liked her. She was different, he could tell. She wasn't like all those other girls that he'd met before. There was something about her, but he couldn't figure out what exactly.

"So… your mom is a photographer?" he asked suddenly.

"Hmm? No, that's my dad."

"Oh. So, how old are you?"

She blushed. "Seventeen. But, I'm turning eighteen soon." He smirked. She had answer that last part pretty quickly. She rolled her eyes, but her face was still bright red.

It was so much fun to tease her. Not to mention, making her blush.

"So, what about you? Your parents?" she said, taking a sip of her water.

He shrugged. Amu glared at him as she sipped her drink. Was it weird that he found it hot when she drank water through a straw? Yes, it was. But it was true.

"Let me have a drink." She stopped drinking.

"But you have your own water," Amu pointed out. Really. She was too easy.

Ikuto leaned over the table and put her straw into his mouth, taking long, slow sips of her water. He watched her expression. She was blushing.

"Ikuto!" she exclaimed. He ignored her.

When he finished he smirked at her. "What? Afraid of germs?"

"N-no! B-but, I hardly know you and—!"

"You talk too much."

"Shut up!" Ikuto chuckled.

He leaned in towards her, now, and looked deep into her eyes. Her face was an unfamiliar shade of crimson.

"Amu… you really should calm down," he breathed. Her eyes were wide. She was at a loss for words. This is fun, Ikuto thought, leaning back. She was staring at her straw. He smirked. "So, Amu… what kind of crowd do you hang out with?"

"I thought you said I talked too much," Amu said in a try-to-be harsh tone, not fully succeeding.

"You do. So, the answer? Or do you not have any friends?"

"Of course I have friends!" Amu yelled. Ikuto smiled. Amu pouted. "Fine. We are just a group. We all have different personalities, mostly, and do different things, but we still hang out when we can. We aren't all in the same year. They all have Chara too."

"So, tell me about your friends."

"Well, there's Rima who's in my year. She's loves making people laugh and, well she's a little picky with her comedy. She doesn't like it when people make jokes that in her perspective aren't funny." Ikuto nodded for her to continue. "There's Yaya, the other girl and she's a first year. She wants to be a baby."

"A baby?"

"Yah, it's a little strange, but she really loves things like attention and being the youngest, and cake and sweets, so she wants to be a baby."

"Oh."

"There's also Nagihiko, he's Rima's boyfriend as well. He's really nice and he's into having his own rhythm. Not to mention really good at sports. But it's Kukai who's the sports star."

Ikuto crinkled his nose. "Kukai?" Coincidence?

"Yeah, he's really energetic and really good at sports too." Sounds just like the Kukai that was… "It might be hard to believe but he's in a relationship with Hoshina Ut—Sorry! I wasn't supposed to say that!"

"Wait, Hoshina Utau?" Ikuto asked. Amu knew Utau's boyfriend.

Amu blushed and nodded. "Please, please, please don't tell anyone."

Ikuto frowned. "I won't. So you know Utau?"

"Well, sort of. I know she's almost the exact opposite of Kukai, except for their appetite." Amu smiled a little. "Anyway, she's a famous pop star so we don't get to see her often, but Kukai tries to keep in touch as much as possible. They text and talk to each other via cellphone. I think it's really sweet…" Amu sighed. That's when she realized that she was in public and sat up, blushing. Ikuto couldn't help but smile.

"What's wrong with you, huh? Just for a moment there, you were acting all lovey-dovey, then you try to play it off, act 'cool.'"

"No I don't!"

"Yes, you do. It's obvious."

"Maybe to you… It's my… outside 'Cool and Spicey' character. No big deal."

"But what about being yourself?"

"I'm myself with my friends… I guess…. It's just… I don't really know who 'myself' is yet…" She looked up at him and blushed, turning her head. Then she whipped her head back, her eyes wide. "I almost forgot! Tadase-kun!" Ikuto stiffened at the name.

"Tadase? Who's Tadase?"

"He's also part of the group and he also has a Chara. He's in my year and is pretty popular, especially with the girls. He hopes to be stronger than he really is."

It was Tadase. Unbelievable. This girl. This girl that he met was friends with not only his sister's boyfriend but also Tadase. Little King." A thought crossed his mind and he knew he could blow it all, but he wanted to give it a shot. See if destiny felt like he should get to know this girl a little better.

"So, anyway… Do you know if Utau has a brother?"

"Hmm?" Amu started to think. "I don't, no, yes. She does a have a brother, Tsukiyomi something. I heard he is a famous musician, but I don't really listen to his music." Ikutp raised his eyebrows.

"Why not?" he asked. "Oh, you probably aren't into classical music, right?"

"No… I know it might seem silly, but I really do want to listen to it one day. Don't get me wrong, I still love pop and rock, but… I have a reputation I can't help but try to keep. Even around my family." This girl just kept getting more and more interesting. "I hear that he's really cute and young to be a famous violinist in a big orchestra like the one he's in, but besides that, I don't know much about him."

"Hmm… don't know much about him?"

"Yeah. It's too bad though. I wish I did though. I heard his music is really good."

Ikuto chuckled. She really had no idea.

"What's funny?" she demanded.

"You… You really… intrigue me," he said. She blushed and he couldn't help but laugh.

"W-why do you like to tease me?" exclaimed Amu.

"You're very gullible. You're fun to tease," he said.

"Ikuto-nya… I'm getting tired-nya...," Yoru said with a yawn.

"Ah! What time is it?" Amu asked, worried.

I checked my watch casually. "Ten-fifteen. Why? Do you have a curfew?" She blushed but she shot up.

"I-I have to go! Thanks, you know for the ice cream," she said in a harsh tone. She started to run towards the door when a thought crossed his mind.

Ikuto stopped her before she could run around the corner. She seemed surprised he got to her that fast.

"I can take you home. Where do you live?" Ikuto said.

"I can get there my—" Ikuto leaned in close to her and put his finger on her lips.

"You'll get there faster if I take you. Where do you live?" She blurted out the address, her face bright red.

"So, where's your car?" she asked.

"Hmm? No, I'm not driving you there." Ikuto smiled slyly and two cat ears and a long cat tail appeared. He picked her up in his arms in one swift movement.

"W-w-what are you doing?" she stuttered, her face bright red. "Put me down!"

"Not until I get you safely home," Ikuto said. "Stop struggling or it will just make it harder." He then started jumping and running across roof tops, against the protests of Amu, until he stopped on a roof. "This is your house right?"

"Y-yes… That's my balcony there." Ikuto leapt down swiftly on the balcony and put her down.

Amu looked at him, her eyes were wide, her face was flushed. She steped backwards and opened the balcony door.

"Thank you…" she said at the door way.

Ikuto nodded. Amu walked inside her room and closed the door. Ikuto jumped back on the roof and then another thought crossed his mind. But he'd have to save it for another day. Besides, he now knew where she lived.