A/N: Hey everyone! Sorry, the story's going a bit slow, but everything will start to happen around this chapter. Thanks to the people who took the time to review! It means a lot to me! I couldn't describe how excited I got when I saw them (even though it was just two, but that just shows how much I really appreciate it!) Please review and enjoy!

In a Fruits Basket - Chapter 3: The Sohmas


A small shriek escaped my lips. I couldn't believe my eyes. In front of me was the Sohma house!

"Act natural, huh?" Mai said.

I whispered, "I'm sorry, it's just-" I gasped as I fell to my knees. "It's the little figures of the Zodiac!"

"Let me guess..." She sighed.

"They had to be made by-!"

"My word," a voice said softly, "Do my eyes deceive me, or are there two strange young girls standing on my porch?"

I almost screamed. It was Shigure! The Shigure! He was dressed in his big, grey traditional clothes, and holding his newspaper.

"Arya!" Mai hissed, "Get off his porch!"

I moved back, shaken. "I'm so sorry! I didn't mean to!"

"Oh, it's alright. I just set them out here to dry." Shigure smiled, "No harm done. I find it hard to believe these silly little things can attract your interest."

I blushed like crazy as I spoke. "We really enjoy them! Especially the legend of the Zodiac. Our mother used to tell us stories."

"She did?" Mai asked, confused.

"She did!" I quickly replied, elbowing my sister in the gut. I ignored her little, "Ow, dammit!" and remembered what Tohru said. "I don't think they're silly at all!" I smiled. Before Shigure was able to reply, I added, "But, you forgot the cat." I pointed at the table, and tapped the empty space. "You should put it right there."

"The cat?" He mumbled, "Oh, yes."

"That's what I heard, from the old chinese folktale, right?" I asked.

"Yes, you are a smart one." He nodded.

"I'm really year of the rabbit, you see." I explained, "But ever since I heard it, I always wanted to be the cat."

He moved a bit closer. I tried to keep my voice steady, "My name's Arya Nadeshiko and this is my older sister, Mai."

Mai shyly smiled and waved. She didn't know the story all that well, so she let me do all the talking. She watched from afar.

"Nadeshiko? Aah, like the beautiful flower, you both are truly stunning. Oh, but how sad the rabbit would be if he found out that you wished to be the cat!" Shigure sighed.

"He?" I asked, pretending to be confused. I knew he was talking about Momiji.

"Nothing!" He said in his musical tone. I giggled a bit.

"Ah, yes, but really, you wouldn't want to be the cat," he said, moving even closer.

"Why?" Mai asked.

"Let me tell you-"

BAM! A backpack hit the top of Shigure's head. Out from the shadow, emerged Yuki! I thought my heart skipped a beat. I stared back at him, looking at his purple eyes and dark grey hair. I held my breath.

"Quit doing that, you look like a pervert." Yuki sighed, "Sorry about my cousin. Just ignore him."

I smiled a bit, "You're Yuki Sohma! You live here?" Don't scream, don't scream! Just act cool.

"Oh, hello Miss Nadeshiko," he said.

My heart raced. He called me "Miss"! And he even knew my name already?

"You're Yuki?" Mai asked.

"Yes, hello," he answered.

Shigure groaned, rubbing his head, "What do you carry in those bags anyway? A dictionary?"

"I actually carry two."

Shigure sighed, then looked back at us, "So, I can see from your uniforms that you are classmates of Yuki?" We both nodded. He cleared his throat, "Then let me start again! I'm Shigure, Yuki's older and much less violent cousin."

"Hi Shigure!" I said.

"So, what brings you here?" Yuki asked softly.

Mai was about to speak, but I jabbed my elbow into her once again. This time, she stayed silent, and got the hint.

"We live around here too!" I chirped.

"Oh, where?" He asked politely.

"Uh, on the right!" I smiled nervously.

"Right?" he muttered.

"Well, we best be going!" Mai grinned, then was about to walk away.

"Uh, wait," Yuki said, "why don't we just all walk together?"

I smiled, "Um, sure!"

The whole time, my heart was pounding against my ribs, my face burning with embarrassment. My sister just chatted away happily. I stayed quiet, trying to figure out what to say. When we finally got to school, I saw Yuki's fanclub singing their theme song. We just ignored them.

"Go walk around and find some friends!" I called to my sister. She was in a different class, so she left, walking deeper into the halls.

Suddenly, Yuki's fanclub jumped in front of me.

"Okay, start talking! What was that all about, Miss Arya!" One screamed.

"Why were you walking to school with Prince Yuki? Details, and they better be good!" Another yelled.

"No, really, it was just a coincidence!" I choked out.

"It better have been! HA!" The third shouted.

"Please!" I said, "Can't you guys think about anything other than Yuki?"

They all scoffed, "We are Yuki's fanclub and we get first dibs, sister!"

"Hey!" a voice called out.

"What?!" The fanclub shouted back.

Arisa Uotoni stepped in, glaring. "She said it was a coincidence, now get lost... before those big noses of yours gets bruised."

Thank the lord for Arisa! I looked over my shoulder, in hopes of also seeing Saki. I ignored what the fanclub was saying, until I heard Saki's dull, slightly raspy voice speak.

"One more word, and you'll all get -" I heard a bleep go off somewhere, "-ed with electric shocks." That sent the fanclub running.

I wiped sweat off my forehead, "Thanks. I thought they'd never leave!"

"Did those fanclub girls bother you? Oh!" Arisa sighed, and threw her arms around me. I saw Saki out of the corner of my eye. "Hana, don't actually shock anyone, okay?" Arisa said, still stroking my hair.

I smiled to myself. It felt great having them as friends. The morning went by fast. I ate with Arisa and Saki of course, and they told me rumors about Yuki. Then the afternoon flew, and I bumped into Yuki once more.

I gasped. "Yuki, it's you."

He smiled, "This seems to be a habit of ours now."

I blushed as I replied, "Seems so."

We were leaving the school together, but suddenly, Mai popped up, "Hi!"

"Hello Mai," he said.

"What's up?" She ruffled his hair. He moved back a bit, fixing it. I banged my elbow into her ribs. "Ow!" She moaned, "Quit doing that you little-"

"Oops, sorry, my arm fell asleep!" I lied, giving a sarcastic grin.

"I'm doing well, thank you," he replied.

"How's Student Council?" I asked.

"Fine as well," he answered.

I blushed even more as he locked his eyes on mine. Why did I have to be such a fangirl? And why was he so cute?!

"O-kay, let's go!" I began to walk outside.

As we were reaching home, Yuki asked, "Oh yes, I remember you speaking something of wanting to be the cat?"

"Oh, from the Zodiac? Yes, you're cousin Shigure forgot to make one." I replied, "And, it's just a little silly thing I thought of when I was a kid."

"Cats..." he mumbled, "Useless, foolish creatures." He faced us. "So, you girls are familiar with the chinese Zodiac?"

"We know the stories," Mai replied gently.

He began to speak, but I spaced out a little. His words were a blur, as he spoke about how the cat was never included in the Zodiac, how weird the legend and stories suddenly morphed into what we know today.

"A truly foolish animal." He finished.

"What's wrong with cats?" Mai asked casually, destroying the moment.

Yuki gave her a confused look, yet it was very subtle. "I guess I'm not a cat person." He looked down, the wind blowing in his hair. He turned to face me.

"Miss Nadeshiko," He grabbed a leaf that drifted by him, "I've noticed that you're looking awfully pale."

I gasped, "Oh. I didn't notice."

He spoke with a gentle voice, "You should take better care of yourself." He said as he walked away, "Perhaps we'll bump into each other again."

My pulse was still throbbing by the time we got back to the tent.

"So, how was school?" I asked, nibbling on a piece of chocolate I had in my bag.

"Hm? It was good. I have friends. Reina and Sango. They're pretty cool." She replied, then yawned, "So what now?"

"We've got jobs!" I answered.

"Jobs?!" she yelled.

"Yup, yup!" I smiled, "Now let's go!" I grabbed her hand.

"What? No way! I'm not doing any job!" she said angrily.

I shrugged. "Fine, but I'm going. See you, and don't leave the tent!"

She rolled her eyes. "I don't know how the story goes so, okay."

I ran happily towards the Sohma building where I worked. I cleaned and worked until everything sparkled. The women who also worked there admired my hard work. I didn't mind giving them a hand because they were all so kind! I finally got back around nine-thirty. I went inside the tent, seeing my sister asleep.

"Mm? Arya?" She grumbled, half-asleep.

"I'm back. Sorry, did I wake you up?" I asked, then grabbed a towel. "I'll be back, I'm just going to freshen up."

I was already expecting it, but as I opened the tent door, I couldn't help but get startled. I stared back at Yuki and Shigure, who were standing in front of me. My jaw dropped. They looked so shocked! Suddenly, Shigure burst into laughter, pointing and waving his finger at me.

I heard Mai shift as she woke up. She crawled outside, rubbing her eyes. "Who's outside?" she said, her words slurred.

Yuki sighed, "Shigure."

He stuck out his hand, and helped me up. Without another word - with the exception of Shigure's giggles - we walked to his house. Being the character in Fruits Basket, I felt a sudden sadness sweep over me. Usually, if I were reading the book and seeing Shigure laugh, I'd be laughing with him too, but I didn't. I just frowned, feeling embarrassed. Mai sat silently beside me, her hands on her lap, her back hunched.

"So," Yuki said over Shigure's laughter, "How long have you been alone there?"

"I don't know, about a week," I mumbled.

"Ah, that explains it. All this land is Sohma property," he explained.

"Where are we going with this?" Mai whispered in my ear. I forced my elbow not to make contact with her ribs. I gave her a look, which told her "trust me".

"Oh, we didn't know, sorry." I sighed.

Mai did the same. "Yes, we're really sorry."

"Can we just stay a little while longer?" I made my eyes wide, biting my lip nervously, "We don't have much money but we'll pay for the rent and all."

Mai tagged on again. "Please let us stay?"

Shigure's laughter stopped, making the room seem a lot more quiet.

He said very kindly, "Those woods aren't too safe. We've got wild animals, landslides, the occasional weirdo prowling around... It's not too safe for two young, pretty girls like you to be living here."

I couldn't help but blush. Pretty? That's Shigure for you...

"So, you're done laughing?" Yuki muttered.

What would Tohru do? I looked around. Never give up! I stood up. It was so sudden, even Mai flinched a bit. I shoved a fist in the air.

"It's alright! We've got each other! We may be girls, but we can totally handle it out there!"

Then, I felt myself go a bit light-headed. I swayed a bit before I fell back to my knees. I felt my insides go cold, then my skin heat up. Yuki's hand was close to my face.

He asked, "Is it a fever?"

Mai gasped, then shook her head, "She's been working too hard again!"

"Ice! I'll get ice!" Shigure yelled, "It's uh-" He pushed open the door, revealing the mess in their kitchen. "It's uh..." He trailed off.

"And you said the woods weren't safe!" Mai laughed, then plugged her nose, "Why do I smell dirty socks in a kitchen?"

"Very funny but-" Shigure stopped, then raised an eyebrow, as if he heard something we couldn't.

"What?" I asked.

"Ah, did you hear that? Another landslide," he said, suddenly very serious.

"How do you know?" I questioned.

"Mm, just instinct."

"Was it close?" Yuki asked.

He replied casually, "Just by the tent-" My head snapped back as I faced him. "I mean, nothing!" He added in a musical tone.

"No need to worry, my flowers." He smiled, "It only hit the side of our house! The right side to be exact!" He chuckled a bit, "That's no where near... You're tent... On the right... side."

Yuki slapped his forehead.

"Our stuff!" Mai cried, and ran out the door, "Crap!"

I got up and followed her. Soon, we were standing before our tent which was buried under dirt and grass.

"We have to dig it our before our stuff gets ruined!" I said.

I remembered all our clothes and supplies that we had in the tent. I started to scoop the dirt and move it to the side. I ignored the fact that my clothes and hands were getting muddy.

"Please, Miss Nadeshiko! You must rest! We'll try again tomorrow," Yuki insisted, placing a hand on my shoulder.

I sighed, "Okay."

"Tomorrow?! There won't be a tomorrow if we don't have anywhere to stay!" Mai argued.

"Just stay with us." Yuki answered calmly.

"Yes, you'll stay with us! In our house... with us!" Shigure chimed in.

Why is it when Shigure says it, it suddenly sounds really weird?

We all went back to the house. Shigure began to place two futons in the living room, set with pillows, blankets, and a kimono.

"You're too kind, Shigure," I said, bowing.

"Yes, thank you so much!" Mai added.

It was already ten-thirty in the evening. I yawned. After we got ready for bed, Mai tucked herself in.

"Thanks for letting us use your bathroom." She smiled.

Shigure simply waved his hands as he replied, "Get some rest, no need to thank me."

She dozed off. I tried to sleep too, but with Shigure sitting beside our beds, I couldn't help but feel a bit uncomfortable.

"So," he suddenly said, "you're the younger sister?"

"Yes," I simply answered.

"And she's not bossing you around, is she?"

"What," I scoffed, "Mai?" I paused, then admitted, "She can be at times." I remembered I wasn't at home. I was in Fruits Basket, living Tohru's life. I had no parents. I continued, "Ever since Mom died," No, ever since we ended up here. "- she's always been looking out for me, making sure I do things correctly." It's definitely the other way around.

Shigure nodded. "Mm, well, she's just being a good sister."

"Yeah." I replied, "She's always telling me to be safe, like how Mom used to tell us before she went to work."

He rested his head on the palm of his hand. "That's good."

"I would miss how Mom would say it, though," I said. To be honest, I did miss my mom, back in our world. She was at a business trip though, so she didn't have to worry about our disappearance. She wouldn't find out.

Shigure gave me a pitiful look. "I'm very sorry to hear it."

I felt my eyes go heavy. I rolled over on my side. That was enough sad talk for today. "Thank you, Shigure. Good night."

He didn't move, he just whispered, "Good night, Arya."

"You..." I breathed, just before I drifted off to sleep, "You can go now..."

I woke up with a start. I rubbed my eyes and looked around. The doors were open and the breeze was gentle. The sunrays beamed down on the wooden floors of the Sohma house. I was still in Fruits Basket. So I wasn't dreaming!I gasped, and stood up.

"These... are mine?" I said to myself. I bent down to check. In front of me were our bags that were buried under the landslide. I whispered, "Yuki."

"I believe that's everything, Miss Nadeshiko." Yuki stepped in.

"Oh, Yuki!" I gasped in surprise. He sure was fast! "Good morning! Say... Did you do this?"

He nodded and smiled a bit.

"Thanks!" I smiled back, then looked over my shoulder, "Eh, but, where's-?"

"Mai?" he asked. "Oh, she already had breakfast. By the way, she's an excellent cook."

I grinned, then stooped down to check my things. "Yes, this is everything, Yuki. Thank you, but how did you manage to get all of this? It must have taken you all night!"

He simply smirked and whispered, "It's a secret."

I just nodded, a bit confused.

"Oh yes, Mai and I talked about it this morning over breakfast..." He began. Over breakfast? What did she say?

He continued, "If you want, you're welcome to stay with us until you can move back with your grandfather."

I wondered how Mai brought it up. "Wait, what?" I replied, snapping my head up to face him.

"I know living with two boys can be a bit strange, but if you'd like, we have a spare room for the both of you."

He was way too kind! I couldn't accept the offer, but I actually had no choice, but they already did so much for us! I didn't know how to reply.

"I- uh..." I choked out. He slightly cocked his head to the side. "I don't know!" I said nervously.

"We're not that strange, Miss Nadeshiko." He sighed.

I gasped, hoping I didn't upset him. "No, that's not what I meant! It's just, you already did so much for us! How can we-?"

"Well of course, it won't be free." A voice suddenly spoke in my ear. I shivered. "I do intend to pay you for your services."

I turned around, seeing Shigure. I stammered, "Uh- my- my what?"

Then, I remembered what Shigure meant. Before I could beat him to it, he grinned and exclaimed in a musical tone, "As our brand new housekeeper!" He swiftly took our bags and began to walk upstairs.

"So, Mai's okay with this too?" I asked.

Mai appeared from the kitchen and leaned against the wall.

"Yeah, it was Shigure's idea, but heck, I guessed the idea for working for a room isn't that bad," she replied.

She winked at me, and clicked her tongue before she walked passed me. Her hair flowed behind her like a curtain and she ran upstairs. Yuki looked over his shoulder, and smiled at me.

I stuttered, "S-so, we might be a handful! I warned you, Yuki. Also, if my sister ever annoys you, be sure to tell me! I want to make sure we know all the rules of the house and everything. I'm hoping we aren't-"

"It's fine, Miss Nadeshiko!" he said.

It seemed like everyone knew what was going on - even Mai!

"You can do things your own way here," he added.

I knew what he was going to say after. I accidentally said it with him.

"Just be yourself. You'll be fine," we both said in unison. I clapped my hands over my mouth and blushed.

He smiled a bit. "Yes, exactly, Miss Nadeshiko." He looked down at me, staring at the kimono I was wearing.

"You should change. Here..." He passed me a pile of clothing. "Until we can wash yours."

I went to the washroom and changed. I gasped. These aren't mine! I examined the shirt. It was a long, white buttoned up shirt. This is Yuki's! My face instantly heated up. I slipped on the loose fitted pants. I carefully rolled up the ends so they reached my ankles.

"Yuki?" I said, peeking through the opening I made in the door.

"Yes?" His voice called out.

"Is this okay?" I stepped out, holding my arms out. I twirled.

"A bit big for you, but you'll only wear this for a little while. No need to worry," he replied gently. He lead me upstairs, where we found Mai already setting up the room. "I apologize about the smell. We had this room closed up for some time. It's probably best if we open up some windows." He slid the screen open.

Suddenly, I heard a crack in the ceiling. Then another. CRACK! CRACK! The ceiling collapsed. The dust settled, and out emerged an orange head. Kyo!

The orange-haired boy stood up.

"Yo!" he said rather loudly. He fell right in front of me, and cracked his shoulder. Mai was at the other side of the room, staring back in shock. "Time to pay the piper, rat boy!" Kyo snapped, "I'm here to collect."

I scanned the back of him. He wore a black shirt, with loose beige pants, and on his right hand, a black and white beaded bracelet around his wrist.

Yuki leaned on the window and smirked, "Funny. I would've thought he'd send somebody bigger."

Kyo growled, "Yeah, that's right, you better get your tough talking out of the way while you can, 'cause I'm about to wipe that stupid little smirk right off your face!"

He ran up to him, but before he could land a punch, Mai - not me - ran up and shouted, "Why would a robber break in in broad daylight? Stop right there!" She collided with Kyo and both of them yelped.


He transformed.

Really, in the anime, Tohru asked them to stop, then accidentally slid on one of the broken pieces that fell from the ceiling and then landed on Kyo. No, Mai ran up to him on purpose, then smashed into him. She got back up, rubbing her head.

"Mai!" I exclaimed, "Are you alright?"

"I-I'm fine." She groaned. "What about carrot top?"

"Yuki!" Shigure stepped in. "What were all those crashing sounds I just heard? Kyo's not here, is he?"

Then, Mai's eyes widened. She burst out, "Oh gosh, I turned him into a cat!"

She picked up Kyo in his cat form and shook him vigorously. She began to panic and screamed, "I'm so sorry! Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry! I don't know how it happened, but I'm going to help you!"

I was about to speak, but she shot up and accidentally whacked me in the nose. I staggered backwards and was caught by Shigure and Yuki. They both gasped as I stumbled into them.


They transformed as well. When the puff of smoke lifted, in front of me was Yuki as a rat, and Shigure as a dog. I looked back and saw Kyo still in Mai's arms. Her jaw dropped when she noticed the two other animals.

"What!" She choked out. The doorbell rang. Her eyes lit up and she ran downstairs.

"Mai- Mai wait!" I called after her. I sighed in frustration, and picked up Shigure and Yuki, carrying them in my arms. "Wait up!" I shouted.

Mai swung the door open and yelled at the mail man, "Help! They're animals!" She pointed at the three of them. I sighed, set the dog and rat down, then slapped my forehead.

The mail man chuckled, "Why, yes they certainly are! Here's your mail, dear." He handed it over. Mai stood frozen in shock. Shigure, still in his dog form, took it in his mouth. The mail man pursed his lips, then smiled, patting Shigure's head. He laughed, "I wish my dog was as smart! Good day, girls." He nodded, then shut the door behind him. Mai sank to her knees, running her hands through her hair.

"Dammit, how am I supposed to come up with an excuse if you guys transformed too?" A voice hissed.

We both turned around. The orange cat was snapping his teeth.

"Don't you blame this on us, you stupid cat!" The rat replied, pointing.

"Go ahead, say that again!"

"Stupid. Cat!"

"Why you little -"

"Cut it out, both of you!" Shigure shouted.

"It- they... talk?" Mai exclaimed.

Shigure sighed, "Anyways, it's too late for excuses. Might as well tell them the truth." He faced us. "Girls, I'm a dog. Yuki here, he's a rat."

"What?" Mai gasped.

"That's Kyo. Don't let his temper scare you. He's got a bit of a chip on his shoulder," Shigure explained, gesturing his head towards Kyo.

"What?" Mai repeated herself.

"So, you're animals?" I asked.

"Well, we actually turn into the twelve animals of the Zodiac," he replied.

Kyo turned around, glaring.

"Oops, I mean the twelve animals of the Zodiac plus the cat," Shigure corrected himself.

He went on, "The Sohmas have something called the Zodiac curse. If we're hugged by a member of the opposite sex or we're under a lot of stress, we transform. Takes only a little while for us to change back. The only thing is uh-"


"We're naked," he finished casually.

I saw a blur of skin and quickly covered my eyes. Mai did the same, but started to scream. I heard their feet shuffle then they got back in a few minutes dressed in their clothes.

"Heh, sorry." Shigure chuckled, adjusting his robe. His dark hair was messy and fell over his face. "Arya... You don't seem so shocked."

"Oh! Me?" I replied, then scoffed, "Uh, no, I'm pretty shocked!" I bit my lip, gently punched the side of my head, then said through clenched teeth, "In here." Gosh, I suck at lying.

"Also," I added, "Mai was overreacting. That much emotion and shock is enough for the both of us. I don't want to make it a big deal."

"Big deal? They're cursed!" she cried.

I shot her a look.

"Uh - uh- But I guess I was overreacting! Haha!" She nervously laughed.

I slapped my forehead once more. I swear I was starting to get a bruise there.

"Whatever, now they know about the curse!" Kyo snapped.

I already know, bud. I looked at Kyo, then replied, "I thought how you transform is pretty cool."

He frowned, "Cool? What do you know about the curse?"

A lot. "I know enough," I answered.

"No you don't!" He shouted, running his hands through his orange hair, "Dammit, why are you even here?"

"Why are you here, you stupid cat?" Yuki replied, defending us. He sighed, then brushed his hair away from his face. "You don't belong here."

There was a weird glint in Kyo's eyes. I saw this coming. Kyo threw his hand up and karate chopped the table in two. I quickly pushed my sister and I out of the way. Luckily, our faces were spared, but at the last second, I got a cut on my ankle.

I hissed in pain then exhaled. "I'm alright."

Mai gaped, "No you're not! You're bleeding!" She faced Kyo and scolded, "What's your problem?"

"My problem?" He yelled.

Yuki sighed again, the got up and slapped Kyo across the face.

"I'll get some bandages!" Shigure said, then left the room.

"You want some of this?" Kyo shouted at Yuki, shoving his fist in his face. Yuki swatted his hand away. "You've done it now girly boy!" Kyo snapped, then threw a punch.

"Yuki!" Mai gasped in horror. Yuki effortlessly dodged it. "Stop!" Mai yelled.

"It's alright," Shigure said, stepping in. He began to clean my wound. "They're always like this."

"The cat and the rat... They must hate eachother!" I said.

"You're a clever flower." He smiled, wrapping my ankle with the bandages.

I frowned, "Does that mean they're always going to be like this?"


"Who usually wins these kinds of things?" Mai asked nervously.

"We'll see," I replied.

All three of us turned our heads to face the two fighting boys. Yuki kept evading Kyo's attacks, then finally, swung his leg, straight at Kyo's stomach. He went flying, through the paper slide doors, then into the yard. He crashed into the ground, skidding against the dirt before coming to a complete stop.

"Damn!" Mai moaned, covering her eyes. "That's pretty painful."

"Painful?" Yuki looked back. "Miss Nadeshiko, you're hurt." He walked up to me, and examined my ankle. "You didn't twist it, right?"

"From a table? Nah," I said. "It's just a small scratch."

"It's deep though." He sighed. "Stupid cat and his stupid temper."

"Well, he learned his lesson, but we should be worrying about him." I replied nervously, "I mean, he's pretty injured himself, the way you kicked him like that!"

Kyo stood up, and ran into the woods.

"What's his problem?" Mai asked, standing up. "Imagine him at high school."

Then it hit us. We both exchanged looks. "School?!" We both shouted.

"Crap! We're going to be late!" she cried, then ran upstairs to get our things.

"I can't believe it!" I said, running my hands through my hair.

Mai appeared and tossed my uniform. She was already dressed. "Here's your stuff! It's filthy!"

"Whatever!" I replied, running into the washroom. I changed quickly then got ready for school.

"Ugh!" Mai stuck out her tongue, and pinched her nose. "Are you sure you're going out like that?"

I looked down at my clothes, which were covered in mud and grass stains. "Do we have extras?" I said, "We don't have time to clean it."

"I think there's an extra uniform upstairs." Shigure smiled, then took my bag. He came back, and passed me my bag. "It's inside."

"Thanks! Now let's go! But, Yuki, are you coming?" I asked.

"Uh," Yuki began, "I'll get ready as well. You two better get going, I'll meet you there. Make sure you don't forget anything."

"Ah! That's what I forgot!" Shigure said.

"I wasn't asking you, Shigure." Yuki sighed.

"No, not that. It's just, we'll have to tell Akito about this," he replied.

I shuddered. Akito? I remember watching the anime and seeing how cruel he was. I didn't want anything to do with him!

"Akito?" Mai asked, curiously.

"Akito's the head of the family," Shigure explained.

"Oh, we'll be going to school then. Thank you, Shigure." I smiled nervously, pushing Mai out the door.

"Bye, be safe!" Shigure sang then shut the door.

"Since when did we have extra uniforms?" I heard Yuki say.

"I gave her your extra uniforms! Isn't that what she wanted?" Shigure asked innocently.

I heard Yuki sigh, "Idiot."