Tora saw Travis walking toward them. He tried to walk away in hopes that Travis wouldn't get upset, but Ariella caught his hand.
"I don't love him," she said as she pulled him back to her.
"Ella," he whispered with sadness. He was silenced when she rested her head against his chest. Her hear to his heart.
"Ella," he began again, "we can't do this. You are engaged."
"But I don't love him," she replied, "I love-"
He cut her off, "That doesn't matter. It is arranged, you have to marry him. You have to."
"No, I won't do it," she said, a single tear falling down her cheek.
"Stop," he pleaded, "you're only going to make this more painful than it already is."
Her bottom lip began to quivered, and she buried her face into his chest, "You can't leave me. Please don't leave me again."
"What the hell is this?" Travis shouted as he grew closer to the pair.
Tora instinctively threw Ari behind him, and as she was shielded by his body she answered, "It's nothing, Travis. Nothing at all."
"Nothing my ass," he said angrily, "I thought he was 'just an old friend', Ariella."
"He is," she told him as she came out from behind Tora, "just a very close old friend."
"I can see that," he said lunging for her.
"Don't you dare touch her!" Tora shouted at him as he jumped in between Travis and Ariella. "Don't you dare touch my Ella," he repeated his voice shaking with anger.
"She's not yours," Travis argued, "she is mine. That ring on her finger was put there by me."
Tora hadn't even noticed the sparkling diamond ring on her left hand. He stood there in shock just staring at it. Its beauty was captivating. A shining silver band with a diamond in the shape of a heart nestled in the center.
Ari's voice snapped him back to reality, "I don't want your ring!" She pulled the ring off her finger and threw it at Travis.
Travis just stood there, but after a moment of realization became furious. He attempted to punch Tora in the face, but Tora easily dodged. He attempted again and again and again, but with no success. Finally after Travis seemed exhausted, Tora went in for the kill.
Before he knew what was happening, Travis found himself lying on the ground. He tried to get back up, but Tora was too quick. He flew through the air, and his foot landed barley two inches from Travis's face. Tora knelt down, and put his forearm against Travis's throat.
"Protect my Ella," he whispered. He got up and walked to her, "I am sorry, but I must go."
"No, Igarashi, wait!" She begged.
"I can't. You must go be with him," he wouldn't meet her eyes.
"I don't want to," she whined.
"I didn't ask what you wanted," he said fiercely, "please just go. It's what's best for you."
She stood there as he left her alone. She heard his words. She watched him walk away. She saw all of it with her own eyes, but she didn't believe it. Her head was spinning, and soon the world began to spin too. Everything blurred, and she couldn't keep her balance. She tried to call out for help, but only one word escaped her lips, "Igarashi," before the world went black.