A/N: Hi! It's me! So, this is a new story. It's been going around in my head for a while now. It's KokoxMikan!
For those who read Overcoming Obstacles, I am so sorry for not updating for a while now. I can't get any ideas for that story but don't worry, I'm not going to give up on that story! It was my first fic so I want to finish it! I actually wanted to finish that story first before making a new one but you know….
Anyway, hope you guys like this too!
It was a nice sunny day. The birds are chirping. There was no cloud in sight. Yup, it's going to be one of the best days for everyone.
Scratch that. Almost everyone.
"Calm down, honey," Yuka said in a patient tone while doing her best to calm her teenage daughter.
"Calm down? You want me to calm down?" Mikan yelled.
"Yes, we do," Izumi said sternly.
Mikan sighed. It was supposed to be a pleasant day for her but that changed when her mother and father gave her shocking news during breakfast.
"Oh, good! You're awake. Are you going with me to the shop?" Yuka asked her daughter.
"Hmmm? Yes, of course! Anna promised to teach how to bake some cookies!" Mikan cheerfully said.
"Really? I hope you get better results than your mother," Izumi joked. Yuka glared at him.
"Well, since you said that, why don't you tell your daughter the news?" Yuka asked.
"What news?" Mikan asked.
"Mikan, honey, please sit," Mikan obliged.
Yuka gave Izumi the signal.
"Well, um, do you remember Kaoru-san?" Izumi asked.
"She's mom's best friend, right? Kaoru-san is a journalist and she's also Aoi-chan's mother," Mikan said with a thoughtful look.
"That's right. You know that he has a son, right?" Yuka asked.
"Yeah, Aoi-chan mentioned it to me the other day. Why?" Mikan nervously asked.
"Well, since your mother and Kaoru are friends. They decided waaaay back then that they will engage their children if it turns out to be of opposite sex. Do you understand?" Izumi explained carefully,
knowing Mikan is a bit slow.
"Yeah. What does this have to do with me?" Mikan was confused.
"Well, you're a girl and Kaoru-senpai's eldest child is a boy who happens to be your age," Yuka said.
Yuka and Izumi sighed. Their daughter is really slow but they both love her very much.
"Well honey. This is going to be a shock to you, but you're engaged," Izumi said.
Mikan chewed thoughtfully while nodding.
Yuka and Izumi were surprised at their daughter's calm reaction. They were expecting her to go berserk.
They cheerfully went back to their breakfast.
Oh, there it is.
End of flashback.
"Why? Why? WHY?" Mikan asked hysterically.
"It's because Kaoru-senpai and I are best friends. We planned this even before we got married. I'm really sorry, sweetie," Yuka apologized.
"Can't we do anything about it?" Mikan asked.
"You haven't even met Natsume-kun yet. Why don't you give it a try? We're going to meet him tonight. Our families are going to have dinner together," Yuka pleaded.
"Fine," Mikan sighed.
Yuka and Izumi sighed in relief.
Mikan was in a very bad mood. You can practically feel a dark aura coming from her. Yuka was smiling cheerfully, completely oblivious of the fact that her daughter is scaring other people.
They came in the shop and Mikan was engulfed in a hug. Her best friend, Anna, hugged her tightly, not intimidated of her aura.
"If you need anything, I'll be in my office," Yuka said.
"What's gotten you in a bad mood, Mikan-chan?" Anna asked.
"I'm engaged," Mikan sighed.
"Ha ha ha, very funny," Anna said sarcastically.
Mikan stared at her.
"You're serious?" Anna's jaw dropped, "We're too young! We're just entering college! We were both going to be in Alice University!"
"We still are," Mikan said.
"But, you just said"
"I'm going to convince them to postpone the wedding until I graduate college. Maybe then, they will call it off," Mikan said.
"Who's the guy?" Anna asked.
"My brother," a voice said. They turned around to see Aoi coming to the staff room.
"Your brother? You mean that hot guy who doesn't pay attention to girls?" Anna asked.
"That's the one," Aoi giggled the turned to Mikan, holding her hands, "We're going to be sisters!"
"Sorry to burst your bubble, Aoi-chan but I don't think I'm ready for marriage yet," Mikan explained.
"Oh, don't worry, you are sure to change your mind after dinner tonight!" Aoi said in a matter-of-fact tone.
"I doubt that," Mikan muttered.
Aoi heard this and gasped, "Why? Don't you want to be my sister?"
"N-no t-that's not it! It's just that, I really pictured myself to marry a guy that I'm in love with, not because our mothers are best friends. By the way, why haven't I met your brother?" Mikan said.
"He's always with his friends. If he isn't then he's working. He's very dedicated to our company," Aoi sighed.
"Oh," Mikan said.
"Anyway, let's get to work!"
Anna and Mikan were entering college in a week. They were both going to study at Alice University which is owned by Mikan's family. Anna was going to take Culinary Arts while Mikan was going to take a degree in Business.
The rest of the day flew by. Mikan would help Aoi serve customers while Anna and her mother were in the kitchen. Yuka was handling the cash register.
Mikan and her parents were going to a restaurant where they will eat dinner with the Hyuugas. Aoi said that she'll be there so she can have someone to talk to.
She was frustrated that she got engaged to a guy she never even met. She always dreamed that she was going to marry the love of her life, whoever that was going to be. They were going to live in a simple home with a backyard and a garden. That dream was thrown out the window this morning. Heck, it was even thrown out the window even before she was born!
Mikan sighed again. They arrived at the restaurant.
Yuka put an arm around Mikan's back and said, "Are you alright, sweetie?"
"I don't know," Mikan mumbled.
"They aren't here yet. We'll just have to wait for them," Izumi said.
Mikan was seating between her parents.
"Dad, mom, I have a request," Mikan said.
"Yes, what is it?" Yuka asked.
"If and that is a big if I agree to this, let me finish my studies first before I get married," Mikan said.
"Of course! We're very happy that you want to pursue your studies!" Izumi cheerfully replied.
"Don't worry about it. My son will be studying abroad for a few years anyway," a voice said.
The Hyuuga family arrived. Kaoru hugged Yuka and Izumi and Mikan bowed to her. Mikan bowed to Ioran, too and hugged Aoi. Natsume was standing there, not greeting anyone.
After the introductions, they all sat down and ordered food. They started reminiscing about the good old days. Izumi used to be the teacher of Ioran, Kaoru and Yuka when they were students. They called him Yuki-sensei.
"So, Mikan-chan," Ioran said after a while, "Yuki-sensei told me that you'll be getting a degree in Business, is that right?"
"Yes, sir. I want to manage our business someday," Mikan politely replied.
"No need to call me sir. That makes me sound old when in fact, your father is older than me," Ioran teased.
"I am not that old," Izumi replied in mock-hurt.
"Anyway, you really don't have to worry about not finishing your studies. Natsume plans to study abroad for a while. That would give you the opportunity, am I right?" Kaoru said.
"That means if you and Anna-chan go to college, I'll be left alone in the shop!" Aoi gasped.
"Don't worry, we'll come and visit," Mikan said.
"You better! And don't forget to introduce me to hot guys, okay?" Aoi winked.
Mikan giggled while Ioran shook his head. Natsume just ignored them.
"So, Natsume, where are you going to study?" Mikan asked, trying to make small talk.
"Somewhere," Natsume vaguely replied.
"Your mother just said that," Mikan replied, her frustration growing.
"Then don't ask."
"Look, I'm just trying to make small talk here," Mikan replied, her voice rising. It's a good thing they got a private room.
"If you think that that will make me get interested in you, then you're sadly mistaken. You are obviously just trying to get my attention. I don't want to be here so just shut up," Natsume arrogantly replied.
"Why you-" Mikan stood up.
"That's enough, Mikan," Izumi said sternly.
Mikan closed her eyes and took a deep breath, trying to calm herself. When she opened her eyes, everybody was still looking at her in shock.
"I am very sorry Kaoru-san, Ioran-san, but I don't think I'll be able to live happily if I'm married to your son," Mikan bowed.
"Mikan!" Yuka gasped.
"Hn. I don't want to marry an ugly girl like you, anyway," Natsume said.
Everybody's jaws dropped. Mikan was very angry now. And you don't want to see an angry Mikan.
"Listen here, you jerk! You are the most self-centered, arrogant and cold-hearted bastard that I have ever met! I would never ever marry someone like you! Heck, I don't even agree to this arranged marriage! I only met up with you because your mother is my mother's best friend! You have no right and I repeat, no right to talk to anyone like that!" Mikan yelled and walked out. She slammed the door on her way out.
"I am very sorry, Kaoru-senpai. She is really in a bad mood," Yuka replied.
"No, it's not your fault. Natsume just said rude things. We should be the one apologizing," Kaoru said.
"Well, we'll go now. We should just let Mikan cool off. Maybe after graduation, we can try again?" Izumi said.
"Yes, of course. I am looking forward to it. Don't worry, we'll reprimand Natsume for his behavior. Don't scold Mikan. It was a natural reaction. It's about time for a girl to stand up to my son," Ioran replied, happy that someone fought back against his son.
Mikan was calming herself. She didn't want to think about her parent's speech after her stunt there but she was so annoyed. Next week, she'll be going to college. Her parents would not have the chance into talking her to agree to the engagement.
End of chapter.