As I watched the sun rise form my spot atop the Nishizawa Tower, I began noticing things I hadn't before. Natsumi was up early today and she seemed very…energetic. The frogs were gathered in the yard, conversing, and Momoka had been spying on Fuyuki with Paul for some time now. I couldn't help but wish I wasn't alone up here. I wanted to be with them, but that wasn't much of an option. No one knew anything about me, except for Kururu. Then again, even he didn't know everything…I hated being so alone…
The sunrise was so beautiful, and I had plenty of energy for the day. I don't know why, but I felt very happy as I watched the frogs, Mois, and Fuyuki playing in the yard. "Master Natsumi!" the green keronian called, "Why not come join us?" he asked joyfully. I couldn't help but smile at this and decided to join them. Dashing down the steps and towards the front door, I didn't have enough strength to stop myself as I ran right into Saburo. Crashing head on, both of us fell to the ground. "Saburo-sempai! I'm so sorry!" I shouted with embarrassment. Saburo only stared at me as he lay on the ground. A blush escaped onto my face a s I couldn't help but stare back.
She just stood there, staring at me. I had never noticed before just how beautiful she truly was. Her pinkish-red hair was still not tied back and her caramel eyes still had a hint of sleep in them. Without realizing it, my arm extended on its own, waiting for acceptance. She was blushing madly as she pulled me up, even more so when I pulled her in close to me, embracing her in a hug. "Thank you, Natchi" I said. She practically melted in my hands. It's funny how I never realized her feelings for me. It made me wonder what my feelings were towards her. It wasn't that I didn't like her, it was just something I could never answer without complications. I held her in my embrace for a little longer to enjoy her presence, to enjoy not being alone.
'He's holding me so close to him…' I thought. I couldn't believe he was holding me for this long. I melted. I didn't push away in embarrassment, but truly melted. Our skin met, and I could smell his body. Roses and trouble intertwined and drew me in. Suddenly he let go and the look on his face almost made me believe he read my mind. His face was flushed red, his eyes were gentle and surprised. I stared at him for a while before I spoke. "I'm sorry," I told him. I didn't know what I would apologize for, but it seemed right. His eyes stared in surprise and now confusion as well.
'Why was she apologizing?' I wondered. She had felt so warm in my arms. Her sweet scent of honey and rosemary stuck to her so vividly that it almost drove me mad with emotion. I began yearning for her embrace again. But, I couldn't react in time to grasp her. I had almost forgotten that we weren't as alone as we thought…
He hugged her…he hugged her so close and had the nerve to stare at her lovingly…I could tell he wanted more and I couldn't stand it. I would never forgive him for this. He stared at me in shock. Natsumi followed his gaze, flushing red. How beautiful she always looked to me…and of course, I couldn't blame her for not wanting anyone to see what happened. I didn't want to see that. I couldn't even blame her for breaking my heart right there. Flames burned behind my eyes, my throat quickly dried and made any attempt at speaking hoarse. I was shocked, angry, and heartbroken. 'Natsumi, it's not your fault,' I kept thinking to myself. Of course she'd pick him, he was here first. He was who she wanted for so long…she loved him, not me. She didn't even know my feelings for her. But Saburo, he knew. I glared at him with stinging eyes, but I couldn't say anything. I clenched my fists, turned, and took off running. I'd be leaving by the end of the day to be alone. I needed nothing more than to be alone…
I forgot we weren't alone. But all reality slipped from me when I was embracing Saburo. The look on Giroro's face thought, broke my dreamlike state. I had never seen him so hurt, so…heartbroken before. I didn't know why, but I found myself racing after him. I had dodged Saburo's attempt to pull me back and dashed out the door in pursuit of the red keronian. I called out his name countless times, trying to get him to at least look back, but he never stopped running. I could hear Saburo's footsteps coming up from behind me as I ran after Giroro. He was madly sprinting away with tears flowing from his eyes. I was confused, but I kept chasing, kept calling out to him.
Why…why was she so determined to stop me? Then again, why was I running away from her…I'm a soldier. A soldier never runs, especially from the enemy. But, my feet wouldn't stop, the tears couldn't halt and my heart couldn't help but hurt. I should of at least put up my ant barrier and watched where I was going. It was dangerous for someone like me to be this careless. Foolishly, those thoughts manifested into trouble as I and my pursuers met with her at that moment…