Aya Hoshino x Rei Otohata
It is one of the hardest thing to do, especially when you have to let go of something you love so dearly. But then, why is it so hard to do when you know that it wasn't yours in the first place?
Aya Hoshino and Rei Otohata were walking along the streets of Shibuya.
Some may see it as a date, some may see them as a couple. But both parties knew it was far from that. Aya knew it wasn't like that, and she had to learn it the hard way.
The beautiful woman with long jet black hair walked behind the ice prince of Shibuya. These so-called dates, soon turned out to be a routine, a regular thing to do. It doesn't necessarily mean that it has to have a deeper meaning besides the fact that they are just, walking.
She sighed. Gone was the girl who had high hopes of love, gone was the girl brimming with optimism that sooner or later she can make him fall in love with her. Gone was the girl brave enough to state that she would just stop if he told her to. Gone was the old Aya Hoshino. And before her courage to let go fades, she knew what she had to do.
It was something they both needed.
It was something that will set them both free.
She stopped walking...
The ice prince soon stopped and turned around to face her, as if silently questioning why she suddenly stopped.
"Let's break up." There, she said it. She actually managed to slip those words out of her lips.
The wind blew silently. She was answered with silence. She smiled sadly. Who was she kidding? What was she expecting? Him begging her to not break up with him? Yeah right, as if that would happen. If anything, he could care less. He was only forced to go out with her. For him, she was an obligation. Something entrusted to him by their friends. Right? After all, this, this setup that that they have, wasn't this because he pitied her?
She sighed. Leave it to the ice prince to not say anything. She should have expected that.
"I want you to be happy Rei…" She started, trying to explain to him why she was doing this, trying to get her point across, even though it seemed like he had no interest in knowing.
"…that's the reason I'm letting you go… I've come to accept the fact that you don't love me, and that all this, everything we did was all out of pity…"
She did her best to smile, a sad smile "…You're free now, Rei."
"You're kidding, right?"
Leave it to him to think that it was all a joke. Wasn't he aware how much it hurts for her to say those words? To let him go? Wasn't he aware of how many days she cried herself to sleep thinking about this!? And he's telling her now that this was a joke she made. Well, that was cold.
She shook her head. "No. I'm serious." She answered flatly. Trying to sound emotionless as she can, knowing that her tears may come anytime now.
The ice prince sighed. "Isn't this what you want?"
This. Their relationship. To have a relationship with him, yes, yes she wanted that. But she was done pretending, she was done from running from the truth that he could never return her feelings.
"You have no idea how much I want this to work Rei. But not like this, not when you're doing it out of pity. Not when it's obviously not working out…" and there and then, her tears fell…
"What the hell are you talking about Aya?" Rei asked, somewhat irritated by the sudden drama. This was supposed to be just their normal walk to the park. Peaceful and quiet.
She has finally reached her limit.
"I'm talking about us Rei… I'm talking about you. I sometimes wonder if you even see me or look at me as who I really am. I wonder if you ever think of me or if ever you could ever love me…"
"You're being way too emotional Aya. You want to break up?" he sighed "Fine. I'm done."
With that, he walks away.
Sooner or later, this was bound to happen.
I love you Rei, but I have to sacrifice…