One Step Too Far Chapter 1:

Prologue

Soon after Kisshu came to Earth, he found a girl named Emiko, who had been turned into a Cyniclon by some evil scientists. She killed the scientists after they killed her parents and older brother.

Emiko was more than willing to cooperate and work for Kisshu and Deep Blue, now that she believed all humans were evil. Emiko had a lot of powers that normal Cyniclons didn't have. One of these powers was the ability to heal others.

Soon after Kisshu discovered Emiko, Pai and Taruto, Kisshu's brothers, were sent to Earth as well. Kisshu, Pai and Taruto were all very skilled warriors. Emiko had never had any battle training before she met Kisshu, although she knew how to summon her weapon, and was actually a good fighter. However, since she didn't know as much about fighting as the others, she was told by Deep Blue to act as back-up, and use her healing powers rather than her fighting powers. This lasted until the Cyniclons realized that Emiko could actually cast an illusion over herself to appear human.

Since she was close in age to Mew Ichigo, the leader of the group opposing the Cyniclons, Emiko was given a new mission. Her job was to befriend Mew Ichigo, and get information on the Mews from her. Emiko had the ability to read minds, so it wasn't a hard task to get information. However, there was another part to the mission, that only she and Kisshu knew about. Kisshu was in love with Mew Ichigo, but she hated him. Kisshu wanted Emiko to find some way of getting Mew Ichigo to fall in love with him.

Knowing she didn't have much of a choice, Emiko agreed, and swore not to tell anyone. Still, Emiko wasn't happy about this. Though she hid it well, she was actually in love with Kisshu herself. Trying to get someone else to fall in love with him was hard, but she did it, in hopes that she could at the very least get him to be less depressed over the fact that Mew Ichigo didn't love him.

Emiko set out to find Mew Ichigo. Her instructions were clear: Don't let on that you know anything about her. Find out all you can, and don't get caught. And from Kisshu: Don't let her get hurt.

Emiko agreed to all this, and went to Earth, casting an illusion spell over herself to appear human. Kisshu had told Emiko where Ichigo lived, so Emiko decided to start nearby.

As luck would have it, Emiko ran into Ichigo almost right away- literally. Ichigo was obviously in a rush. The two girls crashed to the ground.

"I'm so sorry!" Ichigo cried. She held out a hand, and helped Emiko up.

"Um… that's okay. But why are you in such a rush?" Emiko asked.

"I'm late for work!" Ichigo wailed. "Ryou is going to KILL me!"

"Ryou?" Emiko asked, puzzled.

"My boss," Ichigo moaned. "I HATE him!"

"Why are you working for someone you hate?" Emiko asked. "If he's that bad, why not find another job?"

"I can't! And I'm sorry, but I really have to go," Ichigo said. "Hey, do you want to come with me? Then I'll have an excuse for being late; I bumped into you!"

"If it'll keep you from getting killed," Emiko said, while thinking, She's taking me to the Mew's base? This is better than I hoped for. I'll have to be really careful, though. They can't find out my identity!

"Let's go!" Ichigo said excitedly. "By the way, what's your name?"

"I'm Imamura Emiko, but everyone just calls me Emiko," Emiko replied. "What's your name?"

"Momomiya Ichigo, but you can call me Ichigo," Ichigo said. "Let's get going!" Emiko nodded, and they ran off. Emiko was a fast runner, and so was Ichigo. Emiko slowed as they reached their destination. It was a very pink building that looked sort of like a cupcake.

"This is Café Mew Mew," Ichigo explained. "It's owned by Shirogane Ryou, who's a complete jerk, and the chef is Akasaka Keiichiro, who's the exact opposite of Ryou. Come on in."

Emiko and Ichigo entered the café, and saw a very annoyed looking blonde boy standing in the doorway. "So, baka strawberry, why are you fifteen minutes late, and who's your new friend?" the boy asked in a stuck-up sounding voice. Emiko already didn't like him, but she remembered to be polite, and said, "I'm Imamura Emiko. Ichigo-san and I bumped into each other, and we sort of talked for a while. It's not her fault."

"Hmmph," Ryou said. "Well, you two are in luck, cause we're not opening today. Pudding has a sick sibling to take care of, Mint never works, and Zakuro had a photoshoot. Lettuce was the only other one here before you came. I guess you can have the day off, since there's nothing to do right now."

"YAY!" Ichigo shouted. "Thanks Ryou!" Then she said, "Emiko, would you like to go to the park?"

"Sure," Emiko said. They left Café Mew Mew, and went to the nearby park. Ichigo led Emiko over to a bench, and the girls sat down.

"So what school do you go to, Emiko?" Ichigo asked.

"I'm actually being homeschooled," Emiko said.

"Wow, your parents must be really nice, to homeschool you," Ichigo said.

Emiko looked down. "I actually don't have parents," she said. "My oldest brother is homeschooling me and my other two brothers."

"Oh, I'm sorry!" Ichigo said. "Isn't there someone who would adopt you? It must be hard on all of you."

"Not really," Emiko said. "The parents of my oldest brother and my youngest brother took me and my other brother in after my parents were murdered, and his parents died in an avalanche. Unfortunately, they also passed away, about a year ago. My adoptive mom had cancer, and my adoptive dad died of a heart attack when he heard she had died. My oldest brother was 18 at the time, and my youngest brother was 7. I was 12, and my other brother was 13. My oldest brother is 19 now, and he takes care of us. He's a scientist, and he makes some money off of that. We've all learned to cope, and divided up the tasks. I'm the only one who can actually cook, so I do that and the shopping, and any sewing that needs to be done. My oldest brother works full time, so he doesn't get much done besides homeschooling us. My second oldest brother and my youngest brother do the dishes and any other cleaning that needs to be done. We're all in charge of our own rooms though."

"Is it hard being the only girl?" Ichigo asked.

"Sometimes, but I really appreciate my brothers, they always protect me. My oldest brother can be overprotective at times, but that's just because he cares," Emiko replied. Then she looked at her watch. "Oh, is that the time? I better get back before my brothers start worrying."

"It was nice meeting you, Emiko," Ichigo said. "We should get together again sometime."

"I'd like that," Emiko said. "What about Saturday at 1? I could meet you here again."

"Sounds good to me," Ichigo said. "Do you have a number I could call to reach you?"

"Actually I don't," Emiko said. "My oldest brother has a cell phone, but he doesn't like me to give out the number. And we don't really have the money for all of us to have a cell phone."

"I have a bit of a problem with being late," Ichigo admitted. "Are you sure it's okay?"

"Sure, and I don't mind waiting," Emiko said. "The weather's really nice this week."

"If you're sure…" Ichigo said.

"Yep. I have to go," Emiko said.

"Bye!" Ichigo said.

The girls met at the park, as promised. And they kept doing that. Each time, they learned more about each other. Ichigo actually introduced Emiko to Aoyama. Emiko thought he was creepy, but kept that to herself.

During the time they spent together, there were never any alien attacks. Deep Blue had decided to lay off until Emiko gained enough information on the Mews to destroy them.

Emiko was continually looking through Ichigo's memories in order to gain more info on the Mews. She learned all their weaknesses, likes, dislikes, family situations, and took all the information she learned to Pai.

Ichigo eventually trusted Emiko with the 'secret' that she was a Mew Mew. She told Emiko about the aliens, and about Kisshu. Emiko did a little searching, and learned something interesting. Ichigo had some feelings for Kisshu, but didn't want to admit it. She wanted to be faithful to Aoyama forever, and she was convinced that this was the only way that she could live.

Emiko told Kisshu this, and saw that he was sad. This made her feel bad too. She loved Kisshu with all her heart, and she didn't like seeing him sad.

As time went on, Emiko started to think of Ichigo as a friend. Kisshu, Pai and Taruto had begun attacking again by that time, and Emiko had to stay away. She and Ichigo still met occasionally, and everytime they did, Emiko noticed that Ichigo's feelings for Kisshu were fading.

This was what ultimately led to the end of everything.

I apologize for such a long chapter. I know It's a cliffie, and I promise to post more soon. Please Review! I NEED you guys to review!