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Chapter 10- Chrysanthemum
章10 - 菊
Following the kiss, I was happy and cheerful for the rest of the week but was also worried at the same time. Kura-chan didn't come to school after the day we kissed and the whole tennis club was also very concerned about their captain.
It wasn't till Thursday when I heard the news that Kura-chan caught the flu and couldn't come to school for the rest of the week. I sent a few texts and phone calls to Kura-chan, but none of them was answered so I figured that he must have being extremely sick.
Now Friday, the last day of a school week but still no signs of Kura-chan returning. I've asked Chitose during my science class and Oshitari during my sport lessons to notify me if any message about Kura-chan are heard. They both nodded in response and we made an agreement.
~Last Period- Science~
"Any messages from Shiraishi?" Chitose asked me in a quiet voice, hoping not to be heard by the old science sensei.
I shook my head lightly "Nope, you?"
Chitose turned and grinned at me "Yep, he texted me just a minute ago."
"What!" I exclaimed a little to loudly
Suddenly, I realized that the whole class was staring me along with the science sensei giving me a disapproving glare.
"Was there a question Hanamaru-san?" the sensei questioned
I shook my head "N-no."
The old sensei scowled at me before continuing with his lecture
Sighing, I said in a low voice "What he send you?"
Chitose shrugged "That he is dying of sickness and won't be able to take training today"
I nodded "Sounds like Kura-chan to me."
Grinning a Cheshire grin at me, Chitose urged, "Check your phone as well, he might have sent you a text too."
Hoping no one as looking, I took my phone out and flipped it open. Chitose was right; I did receive a text from Kura-chan
Shiraishi Kuranosuke: I am sorry I've left you for 5 days, but you may have heard that I am dying of sickness which is true and it might take me a while to get better soon. I miss my racket and my team, but I miss you the most and I hope to see you soon…
Always your love…
I swear I was going to burst into tears the next minute. But I controlled myself as Chitose leaned over my phone and scanned read the text.
"Why doesn't he send me a text like that?" Chitose muttered to himself "That bastard Shiraishi…" and flipped open his phone as well
Both of us spent the rest of the lesson texting and reading sweet messages from kura-chan (Well mine were sweet, but not sure about Chitose's messages as he growled and scowled every time his phone buzzed.) and that's when the room lost its signal…
I got pissed and tried my best to re-find signal, Chitose did the same by moving around on his seat.
"WHY ISN'T THERE ANY SIGNAL!" Both Chitose and I suddenly shouted out in synchronicity
Chitose and I looked at each other and then rest of the class whom all stared back at us with confused faces.
"Ahem, Hanamaru-san and Chitose-san." The science teacher grumbled out "Would you care to explain your sudden out bursts?"
"Um…" I began
"We're just…excited about science." Chitose replied
I nodded in agreement "Yes, how signal can travel through rooms with messing up psychical connections and other lines in work."
"Yes, yes. That's it." Chitose concurred
The science teacher stared at us curiously before turning back around again.
We both sighed and sunk into our chairs.
"I hate you Shriaishi…" I heard Chitose mutter under is breath
Hearing from Oshitari and Gin, Tennis training was cancelled today due to the sick Kura-chan who was bedridden. That's when I decided to visit him and bring along a bouquet of freshly cut Chrysanthemum.
Waving goodbye to Oshitari and Chitose, I briskly walked to the family's flower shop and arranged a bouquet of yellow and white chrysanthemums. Once again hurrying out the door, I left a text on mum's phone explaining that I was going to visit Kura-chan and will be back shortly.
~10 minutes later~
Huffing and puffing from the tiring walk to Kura-chan's house, I pressed the doorbell and a soft 'ding' was heard from inside.
A few moments later, Eri-san greeted me "Ara, Kagami-chan." She exclaimed in surprise "What brings you here today?"
I smiled at her "I heard that Kura-chan is unwell, so I've come to visit him today."
Eri-san looked happy "Oh how kind of you Kagami-chan!" she ushered me into the house "Kuranosuke is upstairs in his room."
Taking my shoes off, I nodded "How has be being lately?"
A small beam came upon Eri-san's face "Oh his doing fine dear, although his fever keeps on coming back."
"Poor Kura-chan." I muttered as I stepped inside
"Now if there's anything you need, let me know." Eri-san winked at me before disappearing back into the lounge room
Slowly trotting up the stairs and knocking on Kura-chan's door lightly, I ducked my way into his room.
"Kura-chan…" I mumbled softly, but to find him sleeping peacefully
Kura-chan looked terribly ill, even in his sleep. His face was pale and the rosy lips I kissed on Monday were also anemic and bloodless. My heart insanity started aching when I saw him in that shape and all I wanted to do was give him a hug and a kiss.
Placing the bouquet of chrysanthemums onto a medicine filled dresser, I hopped onto the other side of Kura-chan's double sized bed and quietly watched him sleep.
"Kura-chan." I whispered
A short grumble was the reply. I smiled to myself and gently stroked the strands of sandy blonde hair away from his restful face.
~45 minutes later~
After watching Kura-chan sleep like sleeping beauty, he finally woke up and spotted me sitting there staring at him with tender eyes.
"Kagami." He said in a croaky voice which made my heart hurt even more
Hearing his voice like that was painful. I hated seeing people sick, especially people whom I love deeply.
"Kura-chan." I whispered and pulled him into a hug
"Kagami…" he started "I am sick, you shouldn't hug me."
I shook my head "That's nonsense, I don't care if your sick. I am still showing my love and care for you and only you."
"B-but you'll get sick as well." He rasped
I pulled away from him "I said it's ok Kura-chan, I don't mind getting sick."
He tried his best to smile at me, but it ended into a cough. I smoothly patted his back "There, there."
Kura-chan looked up at me and said "I missed you.."
I serenely grinned at him "I missed you too, it's strange not seeing you for some time."
Kura-chan looked away "I am not in the best shape as you can see."
I nodded "But you can always get better."
He smirked at that comment "Hopefully," he muttered "My worst state was that I couldn't even walk without falling over…"
My hand reached out and stroked his cheek "Your going to get better now, trust me."
Kura-chan leaned into my hand "If you're here, anything is possible."
A knock suddenly interrupted our conversation and Eri-san walked in with a tray of food
"Ah, Kuranosuke, your awake." She smiled at her sick son then at me
"Mum." Kura-chan cleared his throat "Can you get me a class of water?"
Eri-san grabbed a glass cup from the tray and handed it to Kura-chan, "Thought you're going to need it."
Kura-chan sighed "Thanks mum." Before drinking down the class of water at once
"Get well soon baby Ku-chan." Eri-san said and kissed her son on the cheek "Its going to be a tough weekend when no one is home…"
My ears twitched "How come no ones home?"
Eri-san sighed "My husband and I have a meeting in Tokyo tomorrow and won't be back till Monday morning while Yuki-chan will be at a friends place for a sleepover." She explained "And Kuranosuke is home all alone and I am kind of worried."
"Well I could always come over and look after Kura-chan." I suggested
Her eyes lit up "You would?"
I nodded "Of course, Kura-chan is someone who I deeply care for."
Eri-san spoke again "So you don't mind staying over?"
"I'd love to stay over." I remarked "I could stay over tonight if you want me to."
"Oh what a lovely future daughter in law I have!" she cried out and pulled me into a hug while Kura-chan watched with amusement
"So you don't mind staying over tonight as well?"
I shrugged "Sure, I'll go home and get my belongings now."
Happiness was all written over Eri-san's face "How kind of you!" she remarked "But where are you going to sleep?"
I thought for a second before replying "I can just sleep on the floor here."
Kura-chan shook his head "No, I won't let my own girlfriend sleep on the floor."
"How about you sleep in the guest room?" Eri-san offered
"Na, too much of a bother for you." I said, "I am fine just sleeping here."
Eri-san stared at me with a worried expression "Are you sure?"
I nodded "Yep."
"What do you think Kuranosuke?" Eri-san asked her son
Kura-chan replied, "If Kagami is willing to stay in my room then, I am fine with it. But she is not sleeping on the floor."
"Then where am I going to sleep?"
Kura-chan grinned at me "Next to me."
~30 minutes later~
"Are you sure that you won't mind me sleeping next to you Kura-chan?" I questioned as I thumped my bag filled with clothes onto the floor
Shaking his head, Kura-chan answered "Nope, not at all."
I smiled and gave him a small hug "Thanks Kura-chan."
Kura-chan stroked my hair "No problem."
"Just get better soon…" I muttered
He chuckled at that commented "I can't someone healthy like me could get sick."
"You be better soon." I comforted
"If you're here with me, I can get better anytime."
~2 hours later ~
The house was now dead quiet. Kura-chan went back to sleep and I watched him, occasionally smoothing out his sandy colored hair.
Everything was peace and phlegmatic until I suddenly felt Kura-chan body heat up next to mine. Reaching forward and feeling his forehead, I was shocked to find that his whole body was shaking and trembling
"Kura-chan…" I whispered into his ear
Getting out of bed and preparing a paracetamol tablet for Kura-chan, I quietly returned to Kura-chan's side and gently nudged him on the shoulder to wake him up.
"Kura-chan, wake up…"
A soft grumble was heard
"Kuranosuke." I said a little louder
Still no answer…
I took in a deep breath "Shiraishi!" I called out
Now that woke him up.
"W-what?" he gasped and sat up but wobbled
I sighed and handed him the tablet "Here, take this. Your fever his coming back again."
Kura-chan felt his forehead, "Really?"
"You're shivering." I declared
He exhaled before taking the tablet I offered and gulping it down with a glass of water.
"I am never going to get better…" he groaned and flopped back onto his pillow
Climbing in next him, I consoled him "You will." And played with is hair
~30 minutes later~
I am scared, terrified even. Kura-chan's body was shaking and trembling and felt like it was one fire.
Pulling him close to me, I encircled my arms around him in hope to calm him down a little but only to find Kura-chan curling himself into a tight ball.
Gently I smoothed down Kura-chan's back and kissed him on the cheek
"It's ok Kura-chan, I know you fill terrible, but it'll be over soon." I whispered
A short whimper came back as a response
I sighed and continued to soother down Kura-chan's back. Not long after, my eyes suddenly felt heavy and tired to close themselves. But knowing the state Kura-chan was in, I couldn't let myself sleep and forced my eyes back open.
Nonetheless, I finally gave up and fell into deep slumber with Kura-chan still in my arms…
End of chapter 10
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