Chapter 6

Airi left Bando to sleep in her mother's bedroom and told him to leave early, so that he wouldn't meet with Takiko who would come in the morning. She couldn't even imagine what kind of a fuss Takiko would make over Bando sleeping over.

"Don't worry, I had that in mind.", he told her.

Airi went to sleep in her room. But she couldn't fall asleep no matter how much she shifted in bed. And she was pretty sure that Bando couldn't sleep too.

And she was right. He was just lying in the spacious bed and looking at the ceiling. Bando felt disappointed by the fact that he just got rejected. But he also knew that it was better not to push it. She'll do it with him when she's ready. But still he couldn't sleep.

Airi finally started feeling sleep overcoming her. She was lying on her side and facing the burgundy wall (her mother was in the mood for some burgundy that month). But then, she heard someone entering the room and she was pretty sure it was Bando. She decided to just pretend to sleep.

Bando lifted the sheets and just stared at her sleeping form in the dark. Everything was blurry since Kazuya made sure to break Bando's glasses. He then decided to lie next to her and so he did.

When Airi felt him lying next to her, she turned around and placed a hand on his chests.

"I told you, I'm not…", she started, but was interrupted by him.

"If you don't want to do it, then I don't want to do it either.", he said.

"Then why did you come?", she asked.

"I felt kind of chilly in your mom's room.", he answered.

Airi was sure that the heat was the same in each room, but she somehow didn't mind him being in the same bed as her.

"Fine, you can stay.", she whispered.

"Why are you whispering, there's only the two of us."

"I know, I'm just a little paranoid."

"A little, huh? More like a lot."

"Shut up!"

She pushed him a little and he laughed. Airi turned around to face the wall again and he pressed his body against hers and wrapped his arms around her.

"C'mon, don't be mad. I was joking.", he whispered into her ear.

"I'm not mad.", she said.

"Oh, good. I thought you were."

Bando removed her hair to expose the skin of her neck and then he kissed it.

"Make sure you leave early.", she added.

"Yeah, don't worry about it."

And soon they fell asleep.

Bando and Airi were awaken by the sound of something shattering. Both of the raised themselves to look at Takiko who dropped a cup of tea and was covering her mouth with her hands. She looked at them in disbelief.

"Takiko, I…", Airi started, but Takiko quickly went out of the room.

"Wait!"

Airi then looked at Bando, who looked back at her.

"I told you to leave early.", she said.

"Whoops.", he managed to say.

"Whoops? Whoops?!"

"Okay, I overslept. The damage has been done."

Airi pushed him and he fell back onto the pillow. She then quickly got up and stormed out of her room. Airi then quickly went to the kitchen where she found Takiko standing over the sink and covering her mouth with her hand. She was obviously thinking about what she just saw.

"Takiko.", Airi said and Takiko turned to face her.

"Airi, what have you done?", she simply asked.

"Listen,", Airi started, "nothing happened, okay? He was just sleeping there we didn't have sex."

"It doesn't matter whether the two of you made love; it's just the matter of principles. You can't let a boy sleep in your bed."

"But, I'm 16 years old. I think I can decide for myself. And, seriously, it's not that big of a deal."

"Not that big of a deal? Have you seen his face? He looks like he was in a fight."

"So what? He wasn't that one who started it. Hideto only came to me because he didn't want for his mother and sisters to see him like that. So I offered him to stay over. And while we're at it, he was really considerate about my wishes."

Takiko just stared at her and then sighed.

"I guess it can't be helped. I'm calling your mother.", she said.

"What? No, please, Takiko. Don't call her. She's already worrying about grandma, I don't want her to worry about me, too.", Airi panicked.

Takiko looked down and sighed again.

"You're right. But as soon as your mother comes back, I'll tell her.", she said.

"Takiko, why are you like this? I never had a boyfriend before. I was always a good student and I always did whatever I was asked to do. And now I do something, that isn't even that bad, and you make such a fuss."

"I'm just worried about you, Airi. Who is that boy? Where does he go to school? You didn't tell me anything about him. I feel like you don't trust me anymore."

"But, that's not true! I just thought that Hideto and I wouldn't get this far, so I didn't think that I should tell you. And when I brought him home yesterday, I thought that you would understand."

"Understand what, Airi?"

"Understand that I really like him."

"Do you really like him that much?"

"Yes."

"Fine, then. I won't interfere anymore."

"Don't misunderstand, please. It's not like I don't want you to interfere, it's just that I have to do this on my own. I've always been the rich, protected girl and I always had help when doing something, now I just want to do something alone, without anyone helping me."

"I understand."

Bando was standing outside and listening to everything Airi said. He felt happy, because she said that she liked him a lot and that she referred to him by using his first name(which he absolutely hated, but it sounded cute coming from her).

He then quickly returned to her room so that she wouldn't find out that he was eavesdropping.

TO BE CONTINUED…

Finally! New chapter! Sorry it took so long and I know that it still isn't much, but this is the best I can do at the moment. Special shout-out to silvermist1116 because she (or he, never stated her/his gender, I think she's a girl, nevertheless XD) reminded me to update this story. So here I am, updating!

Anyhow, I started reading Crows the manga. It's awesome and there's a bit of Bando and I kind of came to know his character a little bit better. Also, there's a manga called Crows Zero:Suzuran X Housen, it's awesome too. Read it!