I do not own Love Hina, if I did… well I'd want more of "Love Hina Again" because I just like it XD Enjoy this little fic spur of mine! :D
It was a normal day for Hinata Sou, the birds were chirping, the sun was shining and the Inn manager, Keitaro Urishima had been cleaning out the hot springs for the use of the houses' tenants. He was scrubbing has hard as he could, getting leaves out of the hot springs and scrubbing it clean of any dirt that may have been present on the rocky area. He sighed and wiped his forehead, taking in the sight he had just finished. "Well, now that's taken care of!" He gave a warm smile and walked out of the hot area.
Keitaro was heading towards his room, his mind absent of almost anything until he saw his long haired crush walking down the hall way. It was too late for him to react as they both unwittingly bumped into each other, crashing onto the floor. "A-Ah! N-Naru!" He looked up and rubbed his head. "I-I'm—"
She fell over on her bottom and slid a few inches back. She growled and rubbed her head as well, standing up and giving him an angry look. "Keitaro you baka!" She shouted, throwing her fist up in anger. She wanted to hit him, send him flying, teach him a lesson she knew he didn't deserve. But something insider her stopped her. She sighed, "Just watch where you're going next time, ok you idiot?" She helped him up and smiled lightly.
Keitaro watched as she smiled and walked away from him. "N-Naru-san?" He thought to himself. He rubbed the back of his head wondering why she hadn't beaten him into a pulp. He shrugged his shoulders and suddenly heard the phone ring. The phones at the Hinata Inn had begun to ring. Naru Narusegawa walked over to the phone and patiently picked it up.
"Hello?" She began.
"N-Naru?" A shaky voice began. "Is that you?"
It took her a moment to remember who it was, but she soon smiled and answered. "Mei? It's been awhile since I've talked to you!" Naru suddenly heard sniffle over the phone and had a bad feeling something was wrong. "Mei… Is… something wrong?"
Naru could hear her quietly sobbing over the phone, but Mei pulled herself together enough to speak with her sister. "N-Naru… Mom… S-She…"
Naru's pupils shrunk as Mei mentioned her mother. "W-What? What happened to mom? Is she ok?" She said distressfully.
Mei couldn't hold it in any longer, "Mom just… sh-she… Died last night…" Naru's body froze, she didn't know what to say, she didn't know how to react. She just stood there, frozen in place. "I-I'm sorry Naru… I-I have to go… I'll call you when I get to my aunt's…" There was a clicking sound and the phone call ended. Naru heard another click before she slowly placed the phone back onto the holder.
"M-Mom is…" Naru was frozen where she stood. She didn't know what she was supposed to do. How was she going to deal with this kind of information? Should she tell anyone? Should she just leave? It suddenly dawned her. Naru would deal with it the only way she knew how. She didn't cry, she didn't sob and she began dashing up the stairs and up to Keitaro's room.
The manager turned around and looked at her, she was writhing with rage and the poor manager knew what was coming. "N-Naru! If this is for what happened in the hall, I-I'm sorr—" But finishing that sentence was a luxury that Keitaro wasn't allowed to have for as soon as he started saying 'sorry' the brunette bashed his face in with her fist, sending him flying out of the window. "NAAAAaaarrrrrruuu….." Could be heard shouting as the manager flew away.
The brunette breathed heavily as she watched him fly, she didn't feel any better and couldn't understand why. Beating up on Keitaro always made her feel better, even though she knew it was wrong she couldn't help herself.
This kind of thing continued for over a week, Keitaro was being beaten around, left and right by his crush who had no other way to cope with her mother passing away. No one knew about it but her and she refused to talk about it with anyone. She knew it was wrong to beat up on Keitaro for the small things that he messes up on, especially now. When those small things are so insignificant that could easily be fixed in just a few moments.
This kind of thing started to eat at her as well. "Why… Why is he putting up with this?" She began to think. "Why doesn't he speak up? Why doesn't he say anything? Beating him up before was one thing… now I'm just bullying him…" Her guilt was eating at her conscious; her mother recently passing away wasn't helping either. Usually Keitaro would at least speak up about this kind of thing. She knew it was wrong but she couldn't think of any other way besides talking about it and that was something she refused to do.
She was walking towards the bathroom when she heard the zipping up of a zipper. She knew what was happening, she knew what he was doing and she knew plain and simple that what she was about to do was wrong. But she swung open the door anyway. She Looked as Keitaro had just finished using the bathroom. She acted as surprised as she could. "K-Keitaro?" She shouted.
The manager turned towards his crush and cringed. "N-Naru?"
Naru clenched her fist, "Why don't you just lock the door you idiot?" She grabbed him and threw him out of the bathroom and walked towards him. "RAAAH!" She smashed her fist in his face and he rolled over on the ground. Keitaro stumbled onto his feet and rubbed his face.
There was a long silence between the two before Keitaro turned to face her. Naru's back was turned and her arm was shaking. "W…Why Keitaro?" She began to say.
He cocked his head to the side. "Wh-Why what Naru?"
She turned around with tears in her eyes. "Why do you put up with me?" She shouted. "I've been horrible to you for the past week and a half Keitaro!" She continued to shout at him as they both made their way into Keitaro's room. "I've been nothing but a bully to you! Beating up on you for a bunch of STUPID reasons!" She clenched her hair. "Why…" Tears were streaming down her face and she began to frown. "Why aren't you telling anybody how awful I've been to you…? Not even Motoko attacks you this much… And all the reasons I've been doing it… Are stupid!" She rubbed a few tears from her eyes. "Why Keitaro?"
There was a long pause between the two once more. Naru's eyes were filled with tears as she was beginning to break down, her mother passing and beating up on Keitaro, a person she doesn't even hate was something she couldn't bear. "Why Keitaro?" She shouted once more to him. He looked her in the eyes with a warm smile on his face. "Because I heard the phone call Naru…"
Naru's pupils shrunk and she took a step back. "For a whole week? He knew?" Her hand was over her mouth. "W-What?" Naru was taken aback at what Keitaro had just told her. "Wh-what do you mean you heard the phone call…" She growled and got angry again. "Why didn't you say anything? If-If I had known that… you knew about the phone call I…"
Keitaro smiled at her again. "I didn't say anything because I knew what you needed… I had a feeling that as soon as the call was finished, you'd want to… you know…" He scratched the side of his head.
Naru's cheeks were wet with tears as well as her eyes. She ran over to him and fell onto his chest. With the little strength she could muster up she began to lightly hit Keitaro in the chest. The hits didn't hurt at all no matter how many times she hit him. Each hit was weaker than the last as she sobbed harder and harder. It went to the point where she stopped hitting him and just laid her hand on his chest, sobbing into his shirt. "I-It's not fair Keitaro…!" She sobbed. "She was all I had left! My mom was the last piece of family I had left… besides my sister…" She sniffled. "Now she's gone!" she lightly hit his chest again.
Keitaro wrapped his arms around her and held her close as she cried harder into his shirt. "Y-You Idiot…" She began, "Why didn't you say anything… I wouldn't have-have beat on you all that time if you had just said something… M-Moron…" She muttered as she sobbed.
They stayed like that for almost an hour; Keitaro rubbed her back as she cried into his chest. She let out a week of anger, frustration and sadness all in that long hour that seemed to last for an eternity. When she finally stopped crying they stayed hugging for another fifteen minutes before Naru finally spoke up.
She sniffled and began to speak. "K-Keitaro…?"
There was a slight pause. "I… I'm sorry for beating up on you… You know I don't hate you right?"
Keitaro nodded as he still hugged her. "I know you don't…" He squeezed her for a moment before she spoke up again.
"Um… K-Keitaro… would you mind if I…" She stopped for a moment to think about what she was about to ask. "Would you mind if I spent the night in your room tonight?"
Keitaro was shocked at the sudden question. "U-Um…"
"Please… I… I don't want to be by myself tonight Keitaro." She sniffled in his chest once more. She squeezed him tightly. "Please…"
Keitaro was stunned for the moment. He was afraid of letting her into his room for the night, but "it's not like it would hurt anyone right? Besides, she needed someone to stay with tonight and I'm the only one who knows about her mother's death…" Keitaro sighed and leaned away from her for the moment, looking her in the eyes. "Sure thing Naru." He smiled warmly at her.
Naru smiled back at him, "Thank you so much Keitaro…"
She felt so vulnerable right now. She never thought that after meeting him the way she did in the hot springs that she'd end up in this situation with him. "Thanks a lot…" She hugged him again and sniffled into his shirt again.
The rest of the day felt as long as the week before it. Naru had unintentionally been clinging to Keitaro for the rest of the day. Luckily for them no one had been around to notice it too much. The night had finally rolled along and it was time for everyone to go to sleep. Keitaro was setting up an extra bed for Naru to sleep on. Just like in the hotel room that they spent the night in the beds were kept separate so that Naru would be sure that Keitaro wouldn't try anything.
But that was then and now Naru was upset and could hardly contain herself. She walked into Keitaro's room seeing the separate beds. They weren't at other ends of the room, just side-by-side. She walked over to her bed and then looked at Keitaro's. She frowned and looked up at him.
"I know you don't like sleeping near me… so I made sure to get a separate bed for you… is… that alright? I mean if you want them farther apart…" He began.
She nodded her head no and smiled. "No, no… this is fine Keitaro…" She walked over to her bed in her favorite pink pajamas and slid into it. "Thanks again for letting me stay here tonight Keitaro… it really does mean a lot to me." She smiled and turned to her side.
"No problem Naru…" He turned out the light and slid into his bed. "You can spend the night in here anytime you want." He suddenly realized what he had said and sat up quickly. "N-No! I mean- it's not like I mean you can stay with ME any time you want! I-I meant if you wanted to stay in my ROOM without me in it—I… oh nevermind…" He sighed. He heard her giggle softly, causing him to smile. "Good night Naru…" He lied back down and slowly fell asleep.
"Good night Keitaro." Naru closed her eyes and tried to fall asleep. But try as she might, her body refused to accept the fact that she wanted to sleep. She tossed and turned in her bed but try as she might she couldn't fall asleep. She sat up and looked over to the silently sleeping Keitaro. She looked at her bed and then over to his. "Keitaro…" She said silently. She crawled out of her bed and slid in next to him. She hesitated at first; afraid she might wake him up and then dealing with the consequences of his questions. She wanted to be next to someone and didn't want to sleep by herself. She put her arm around his waist and laid her head onto his pillow, luckily the bed was big enough for them both to sleep in. She yawned and slowly began to drift off into sleep. "Kei…tar…o…" she murmured before slipping into unconsciousness.
And so ends chapter 1 of this small little fic of mine. I hope you all enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it! PLEASE REVIEW! I LOVE reading your reviews of ANY of my fics! Thanks a lot for reading! :D