Chapter 5

The nurse ended up bringing me back to my bed until my sister came back. I was initially very reluctant. My body still felt like being freed into the large open world that I felt I had not explored enough of yet. This feeling led to me trying to jump out of bed.

Which led to me being giving at least seven different sedatives before I finally gave into resting.

I was not amused.

I leaned back against my bed, the searing pain of the sedatives flowing through my body. Satoshi and Ibara had decided to leave, not being able to take the pain I had seemed to be in. Chitanda, however, was curious as to how the sedatives worked, and had been inquiring about each one, all while I did my best to suppress bursting out into a scream.

I saw her come back through the door, and sit on a stool next to my bed. Although I had been wary of being close to her at all the entire day, I was content to have someone to talk to until my sister came back. Her face was overshadowed by her bangs, her face looking pained. I tried to shrug off the pain. "It's nothing, only temporary pain."

"But what about your everyday life? What if you won't be able to concentrate on anything?"
"There are worse things in life."
"But it goes against your motto!" She yelled.

I was shocked by her forcefulness. If anything, I thought she would be glad that because of a simple spider bite, I would forever be using my energy, just like she did every day. But, she was, upset by this occurrence. For once in my life, I felt completely clueless. She retracted back to her previous position after letting her words hang in the air for a few seconds, and continued. "I mean, it would go against who you are as a person. It just wouldn't be the same seeing this you around school."
"Don't worry. If I feel like it, they'll probably let me use sedatives to keep me down."
"But I couldn't bear to see you on sedatives all day!"
"Quiet down, please. I don't want to break free of my sedatives.

"Oh, sorry," She said, looking sad that she had disappointed me.

"Don't be, I shouldn't spend time pondering on why life moves the way it does."
"That sounds like you, Hotaru-san."
My heart lifted at the compliment, but quickly brushed off the praise. If anything, I did not want to become a school sensation at that moment. I wanted to be like I was for the rest of high school. Just then, I came up with a theory,

"Maybe, my body's getting used to the changes in my body, so it feels like it needs to shrug it off with exercise in order to get it in my system. Which would mean tomorrow, or the day after, I won't have the same rush."
"That could be,"
"'Something wrong with that theory?"
"I don't know yet, I'll have to think about it. But for your sake, I really hope you're right."

"Me to,"

Just then, a nurse walked into the room.

"Your sister is outside the door waiting for you. She was rather calm when she heard the news."

Not surprising.

"Well, that's good," I said, not wanting to let out my sarcasm.

"You can go out to meet her." I stood up from my bed, and took my clothes from the nurse. Before I walked off, Chitanda grabbed my arm, and stared at me.

"Could you promise me something, Oreki?"
I tried to figure out what she was going to say, but I couldn't.

"Yeah, what?"
"Promise me, no matter what, you'll always be yourself; that you'll never want to be anything else besides that, okay?" My eyes widened at this request. I had never really wished that I was different, only briefly considering it in order to please the ones around me. But Chitanda at this moment seemed deadly serious, without a hint of hesitation or embarrassment. Just putting what she had been thinking into words. I considered her offer, and then did something that surprised even me.

I grabbed both of her hands, putting them up towards her face. I stared into her eyes like she had been, in the same way with eyes that seemed to peer into someone's very soul. Her cheek started to change color, but she did not waver.

"I promise," I said, knowing that this was one promise I was going to make sure I kept. Even if I should have left at that moment, I felt no immediate desire to leave this moment.

The nurse tapping my shoulder brought me back to reality.

"Are you ready to go now?" She asked.

I let go of her hands, my cheeks changing color as I did, and walked out the door. Before I walked up to my sister on the opposite side of the hallway, I shifted around, and waved to Chitanda. Hesitating for only a second, she waved back as I closed the door behind me.

Tomoe Hotaru did not look concerned for my health at all. In fact, she seemed completely calm as we walked into the car, and drove back to our house.

But then, something happened that I wasn't expecting.

"What the hell happened to you, Hotaru?" She asked in a fierce tone.

"Some sort of spider bit me, and somehow I got similar abilities to a spider as well."
"How do you explain the jumping out of buildings part?! You could have gotten yourself killed!"
"I don't know. It's almost as if whenever I'm not on sedatives, I have a spider's instincts. Since when have you cared about my healt?"

"Just because I hold it most of the time under sarcasm, doesn't mean I don't love you Hotaru." She then took a deep breath, and re-focused her attention on driving. "So," She said, regaining her composure rather quickly. "How was your friend Chitanda?"
"Fine, curious as usual."
"That's not surprising, it's not every day her boyfriend gets the powers of a spider."
"She's not my girlfriend,"


"We've just been, close, all these years. Like I've been with the rest of the Classics Club."
"How did I know you were going to say that?"
"Sisterly instinct, I guess."
"You're not guessing; you're sure of it."
"I suppose," We drove into our driveway, and we stepped out of the car. I noticed her walk over to a street lamp, and pointed towards the top of the lamp.

"Now," She grinned. "Let's see some of those spider powers."