IxK: Hello everyone, I'm new to fanfiction

Ikuto: You finally got an account huh?

IxK: Yea, I'm only on deviantART before.

Amu: How about we stop talking about this matter and start the story?

IxK: Of course! I do not own Shugo Chara or any of its character!

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Sitting in the small teacup, he looked up to the shining stars in the night sky. "Time to go home, Amu."

Following his glance, she nodded. "Yea."

Neither of them spoke as they walked down the streets. Amu stole a glance at Ikuto. He was walking with his hands in his pockets, with the usual blank, unreadable expression on his face. Trying to come up with a topic to break the awkward silent, she fumbled with her skirt.

"Ne Ikuto."

"Hmm?" He responded without turning to look at her.

"Are you going to the ball tomorrow?"

He stopped in his track and turned to meet her gaze, looking slightly surprised by her question. "Ball?"

Amu stopped beside him and looked up to his questioning face, her honey-gold eyes shining in the night.

"Haven't you heard? Seiyo is hosting a ball tomorrow starting at 3:00, and it is open to public, I guess it's a kind of promotion. Well all the students of Seiyo must attend as a support to the school, so I must go anyway."

For a moment he just stared at her before he turned and continued his walk.

Amu catched up to him with a few quick steps, her eyes never leaving his back. "Hey! So you are going or not?"

All she got as a respond was a 'hmm'.

Her eyebrows twitched while clutching her hands to a fist. She was just about to yell at him for his lazy response when he pointed to a house a few steps away.

"We're here."

Amu shifted her glance from his back and looked ahead. They were already standing in front of her house. She never expected to arrive at her house that quickly, she hadn't even gotten a proper answer from Ikuto.

A moment of silence passed as they just stood there beside each other, both not exactly sure of what to do. Finally, Ikuto decided to break the silent.

"Guess I'll see you next time than." Ikuto smiled at her.

Suddenly, Amu felt her heart beating furiously as heat began to rush to her cheeks. 'Why is my heart beating so fast?'

"R-right."

He widened his smile ever-so-slightly, almost unnoticeable. Giving Amu a soft pat on the head, he disappeared into the night sky.

Slowly, Amu raised her hand and place it on the spot where Ikuto had just pat her. More blood rushed to her face as an unknown feeling formed in her heart.

'What's with this warm feeling?'

x x x

'Ring-ring'

Amu turned in her bed and pulled the blankets over her head.

'Ring-ring. Ring-ring'

She dug her head under the pillow, attempting to cover her ears.

'Ring-ring. Ring-ring'

"URGH!"

She leaped up from her bed and stormed towards the ringing phone. She flipped it open with such force the poor machine was almost broken.

"WHAT?" She roared.

"Whoa whoa, calm down Amu-chi! What happened?"

Recognizing the voice of the caller, she yelled into the phone.

"What do you mean what happened? What time do you think it is right now Yaya?"

"Uhh… 1:37 in the afternoon?" Yaya answered

Silence.

"1:37 in the afternoon?! Oh gosh Yaya you should've called earlier! I have to get ready for the dance! See you later!"

Amu started to panic as she shut her phone and tossed it aside. Dashing into the bathroom, she quickly brushed her teeth and make herself presentable.

Amu tried different hairstyles. The first thought that came to her mind was a pony tail. She tied her hair into a neat one and studied herself in the mirror.

"Hmmm… It's quite good, but it seems too lively for a ball."

She pulled her hair down again and tried on 3 more different styles. At last, she was satisfied by the fifth one. She tied her hair to a low side pony tail loosely, clipping it with a black rose hairclip. She left her bangs gracing her forehead.

She smiled approvingly at herself in the mirror and danced her way to her room. Sending a glance at the clock, she relaxed and flopped down on her bed.

'Glad that it's only 2:04 right now, I won't be late.'

"Now now, time to pick a dress Amu."

She cheered for herself as she made her way to her closet. Opening it, she dug through and grabbed every dress she found, laying each of them neatly on her bed.

She tossed those unsuitable ones aside and came to two ball gown. One is pink while another is white.

She tried each of them on and studied herself in the full-length mirror. After some mental debate, Amu decided that she would go with the pink one.

The dress was a strapless floor-length ball gown with a black ribbon tied around the waist. The surface of the bottom part of the gown was meshed white, with pink fabric underneath. The gown was elegant, the pink and black theme matching Amu's hair and her black hairclip.

Amu grabbed a silver bracelet and put it on. She swirled in front of the mirror while examining herself. Satisfied by her outfit, she smiled while she undressed herself and threw on casual wear, placing the dress and a pair of black flat shoes inside her bag.

'I can't be dressing like that while walking to school, I might as well arrive there earlier and get change.'

She slipped her phone and wallet inside her pockets and picked up the bag.

2:41 p.m.

"Good job Amu, you made it just in time!"

She exitedd her room and went down the stairs. Her mom was sitting on the sofa reading a magazine, while Ami sat beside her, cheering for something on the television.

'A typical Saturday.'

"I'm leaving!"

Modori looked up from the magazine and smiled sweetly at Amu, "Have fun sweetie!"

Ami turned her attention to her sister and waved, "Good-bye Onee-chan!"

"Bye guys!"

She slipped into her sneakers and blurted out the door, dashing all the way to her school, feeling surprisingly excited.

She arrived at her school exactly ten minutes before the ball began. Without thinking, she hurried into the changing room.

Just as Amu was pulling her gown out from the bag, her phone chose the moment to start ringing. Groaning, she fished it out from her bag and flipped it open.

"Hello?"

"Hello, Hinamori-san!" A cheerful voice answer.

Amu froze upon hearing the voice.

"T-tadase-kun? I-is there anything you need?"

"I was just wondering where you are. Everyone is here in the hall."

"Oh umm…I'm just changing in the changing room. I'll be quick, gimme a few minutes and I'll be there." She answered, struggling to unfold the dress single-handedly.

"Oh it's alright, take your time! We're not in a rush or something. We'll be waiting for you outside the changing room, take all the time you need." He responded.

"All right, see you later."

She dropped her phone inside her bag and slipped into her gown, adjusting to a comfortable position. She pulled out the pair of flats and put them on. Unlocking the door, she fixed her hair a bit in the mirror and stepped out of the changing room.

Her friends were all waiting for her outside. Rima wore a light-yellow gown with her hair decorated by a white ribbon and untied as usual. Yaya had her usual two pigtails and a white ballet dress. Tadase, Nagihiko and Kukai were all wearing black tuxedos. All her friends looked amazing.

Everyone just stared at Amu with their mouth fell open, while Amu stood there awkwardly.

"W-What? D-Do I look that bad?"

Rima was the first one to came back to her senses. "Amu, you look stunning."

Yaya grinned and jumped onto Amu. "Yaya loves Amu-chi's hairstyle! It's pretty!"

The three boys just smiled at her while she laughed nervously.

"Thanks guys. Now lets head to the hall, the ball is going to start."

They nodded in agreement as they made their way to the hall, chatting happily all the way.

Yaya was telling everyone about Amu's reaction when she called her earlier. They all laughed while she just looked away, a faint blush colored her cheeks in embarrassment.

"Speaking of which," Nagihiko turned to Amu, "why did you wake up so late in the afternoon? Stayed up last night?"

Amu's brain was running fast. There's no way she would tell them she slept late thinking about Ikuto, or because a weird feeling was bothering her. Just no way.

Everyone's eyes were on her, waiting for her answer. She gulped.

"Uhh… you could say so. I stayed up because something happened."

Rima and Nagihiko pushed open the doors of the hall while eyeing Amu questioningly.

They entered the crowded hall. Music played by the orchestra filled the giant hall. A few pairs of couple were already dancing on the floor, while the others stood around and have conversations with their friends.

Amu hoped her answer was enough for them to drop the topic, but unfortunately, it wasn't.

"Yaya wants to know what happened!"

"That's right Hinamori! You can tell us anything!" Kukai added as he gave Amu a thumbs-up.

Amu waved her hands frantically in in the air, like an attempt to shoo an invisible fly aside.

"N-No it wasn't something big or important! It's just some r-random things stuck in my mind!"

Tadase smiled at her. "Well if Hinamori-san doesn't want us to know, we shouldn't invade her privacy."

Yaya pouted as Rima and Nagihiko sent suspicious glances towards Amu.

Kukai chuckled. "Anyways, we're here at the ball, why don't we go dancing?"

Yaya cheered and dragged Kukai towards the dance floor, the two disappeared into the crowd.

Nagihiko turned to Rima and bowed politely. "Can I have this dance, milady?"

Rima sent him a glare, but nodded at last. Nagihiko grinned and led her to the dance floor.

Amu smiled as she watched her friends enjoying themselves. Tadase was already surrounded by girls, so there's no way her can ask her to dance with him. She shrugged and wander around the hall. A few guys asked her to dance with them, but she turned them all down as she didn't know any of them.

Having nothing to do, her mind flew back to the conversation she had with Ikuto the previous night. Suddenly realizing that she actually missed that annoying perverted cat, she sighed.

'I wonder if Ikuto is coming here today…'

"Oh? Isn't this Hinamori Amu?"

Amu turned and come face to face with the girly voice's owner, one of her not-so-favorite person, Yamabuki Saaya.

Saaya put on a disappointed face. "If only I knew you were coming, I'd invite you to ride in my limo with my friends and I!"

'Your slutty friends, you mean.' Amu thought to herself.

The gang of girls behind Saaya faked some disappointed sounds. Some put on enjoyable faces and started to praise how comfortable and luxurious the limo was.

Amu knew very clearly that Saaya was just showing off, she knows fairly well that all Seiyo students had to attend. But well, limo or no, she didn't really care.

"Is that so? But I'd rather burn some fat by walking. You know why rich girls have fat butts? Because they're always sitting." She retorted, smirking.

The girls stopped making noises as Saaya narrowed her eyes. She opened her mouth to protest when high-pitch squeaks fill the hall.

"KYAAA"

Amu turned her to find that tons of girls, almost all girls in the hall, had crowded around the entrance of the hall, surrounding someone who had just arrived.

Amu watched as the person being surrounded difficultly made their way through the love-strike girls into the hall. And when that person was clear to her view, she immediately recognized that face.

Tsukiyomi Ikuto.

He wore a dark blue tuxedo, which matched his eye and hair color, and a tie with a slightly lighter blue, with a black shirt underneath. His hair was as messy as usual, with both of his hands in his pockets and his tie around his neck loosely, clearly showing the first button that was undone, and his signature poker face.

Amu blushed. He looked hot.

His mystery dark eyes scanned the hall as if searching for something. Whispers and murmurs spread across the room. Amu couldn't help but eavesdropped on Saaya's gang's little discussion.

"Isn't that Tsukiyomi Ikuto? Sakuya High's number one popular hot guy?"

"Definitely! He is even hotter than what the rumors said!"

"I heard that all students in this area know him because of his sexiness!"

"But he never attended any public events before! Why is he here today?"

Amu stared at Ikuto in awe. She never knew Ikuto was famous and popular among the students, to her he was always the loner who's somehow always there for her when she needed him. But what happened next stopped Amu's heartbeat.

Ikuto's glance met Amu's. They locked eyes for a moment before he started to make his way towards her. The crowd parted and made way, as if he's a king strolling on the red carpet.

Amu heard Saaya squeak. She probably thought Ikuto was going to ask her to dance with him. The hall watched in silence as he made his way across the hall, even the orchestra had stopped playing. Amu and Ikuto never broke their eye contact.

As he was coming closer and closer, Saaya started to clear her throat and straighten her dress, preparing to accept Ikuto's offer. The girls behind her tensed up. Out of the corner of Amu's eyes, she saw Saaya smiled in triumph.

Finally, after what felt like eternity in Amu's opinion, Ikuto was standing in front of her, with a smiling Saaya beside her.

Amu did not expect what was coming. Ikuto flicked her nose. "Yo."

"H-Hey! Ikuto! What was that for?" She yelled, covering her nose while sending daggers through her glare.

Gasps were heard everywhere.

"She called him Ikuto? Hinamori Amu knows Tsukiyomi Ikuto?"

"Aren't they from different school?"

"The intimacy!"

The expression on Saaya's face was priceless. Trying to cover up for making a fool of herself, she made herself visible by stuttering a 'hey'.

Ikuto just stared at her, and without responding turned his attention back to Amu.

Now that Saaya had completely embarrassed herself, she shut up with a red face and watched the pair.

Ikuto only glared at Amu continuously.

"Q-Quit staring! Would you!" Amu blushed.

Ikuto responded without taking his eyes off her. "Nope, you're just too beautiful."

This made Amu's heart skip a beat. Surprised gasps were heard, again.

'Stop showing your true self! Where's your Cool n' Spicy attitude?'

"Well," Amu composed a calm face and cross her hands in front of her chest, "Thanks for that statement, Tsukiyomi."

Upon seeing her slip on her 'Cool n' Spicy' façade, Ikuto's midnight-blue eyes shone with a hint of amusement. He decided to play along.

"No problem my strawberry. Just that I feel like something was missing."

Amu raised an eyebrow and ignored the fact that he just called her strawberry, despite her addressing him with his last name like strangers. "And what wou-"

She didn't have the chance to finish her sentence as Ikuto leaned in. Her 'Cool n' Spicy' mask broke immediately the moment his hot breath brushed across her forehead. A dark blush raised to her cheeks as she stood there frozen, unable to move.

"There. Now you look completely gorgeous."

Amu looked down to see a beautiful necklace around her neck. The chain was silver in color. It was a necklace of a cute blue cat hugging and licking a large strawberry, looking very satisfied. If possible, Amu's blush darkened.

'It must be quite expensive. I've got to return this gift another day.'

The orchestra started to play again, recovering from the entrance of a certain walking perfection. The slow, gentle song played was as if they were still in a daze, under the spell of his charm. Ikuto went down to one knee and extended his hand. "May I have this dance, Hinamori Amu?"

Amu nodded and placed her hand on his. He smiled and kissed the back of her hand, leading her onto the dance floor.

As they danced, couples started to pour onto the dance floor. Ikuto and Amu danced perfectly, gliding gracefully across the dance floor, both lost in their own world.

The crowd had started to do their own things again, finally leaving Ikuto and Amu to relax.

"I never knew you are that famous." Amu said as he twirled her around.

Ikuto chuckled slightly in respond. "Not a good thing at all. I bet you see how difficult it is for me to enter the hall."

Amu laughed at that. "Of course I did Mr. Popular."

Ikuto remained silent at the nickname.

"Hey Ikuto."

"Hmm?"

"I heard that you never went to any public events before, is that true?"

Ikuto nodded ever-so-slightly.

"Then why did you come to this one?" Amu asked, interested by his reason.

That famous mischief smirk of his returned to his lips. "You'll see."

As they glided across the dance floor, Amu spotted all the other guardians standing aside watching them dance. Kukai grinned and give Amu a thumbs-up while Yaya clapped and cheer excitedly beside him, Rima had her usual emotionless face, which was a complete contrast to the smiling Nagihiko, and Tadase didn't look happy. Amu ignored the dark look on Tadase's face and gave them a wink.

The dance came to an end as the music stopped. Everyone clapped as the couples on the dance floor bowed.

"I'll be right back."

"Ikuto?" Amu watched as Ikuto released her hand and walked away. A wave of disappointment washed over her when he disappeared into the crowd.

'It just doesn't feel right when he is not by my side.'

She made her way to her friends, who were standing near a table full of food so that Yaya could eat all she wanted while watching couples dance. And when she saw her, she waved her arms in the air with a mouthful of food.

"That's splendid, Amu-chi! You and Ikuto-kun were just perfect!" Yaya jumped onto Amu, causing her to almost lost her balance. Tadase twitched at the comment.

"A-Ah, ehh…thank you Yaya."

Kukai grinned, "Good job Hinamori! You gu-"

He was cut off by the sound of a violin. Amu turned to find Ikuto standing on the stage playing his violin. His expression was like the first time Amu had saw him play, the look of contentment always managed to make her smile. She liked seeing Ikuto happy.

'I don't know that melody.'

The hall went silent as people closed their eyes and enjoy the heavenly music. The melody was so touching that it sent a few tears down some people's cheeks, even Amu was had urge to sniff.

The song ended as Ikuto drifted his bow across the strings slowly, letting the sound of the last note linger and fade into the air. Claps and cheers filled the hall as Ikuto bowed politely. After a few moment, he silent everyone by speaking into the mic.

"Hinamori Amu."

Every head in the crowd turned to Amu. Amu stared at Ikuto, eyes widen. She didn't expect this coming. They locked eyes once again as Ikuto started to speak.

"Hinamori Amu. The melody I played just now was written for you, only you. I love you. I love you since the day I laid eyes on you. In my eyes, you are the most beautiful girl I have ever met. Being with you was the happiest times I've ever had in my life. Would you be my girlfriend?"

Amu tried to search for a hint of playfulness in his eyes, but she found none. Instead, there were only passion, love and truthfulness.

Then it clicked. Now it made sense why she had felt like that. The warm feelings, the urge to be with Ikuto, and mostly, why she's feeling so happy and touched right now upon hearing his confession.

The hall was dead silent as every attention was on Amu, waiting for her answer.

"No."

Everyone gasps.

Amu lowered her head.

"No, I don't want to be your girlfriend, Ikuto. I hate you. I hate you for haunting my mind, I could think of nothing but you at night. I hate you for always coming to save me when I needed help. I hate you for I'm only able to show my true self in front of you. I hate you for always teasing me and making my heart beat so furiously. I hate you for making me fell in love with you! I hate you, Tsukiyomi Ikuto! I don't want to be your girlfriend, I want to be yours forever!"

The hall burst into whistles and cheers. People danced and celebrated for the new couple. Tadase's expression was darker than anyone else's. The guardians were clapping and cheering the loudest, except Rima, who had her usual bored expression on her face, but anyone could tell the happiness hidden in her eyes.

Ikuto was in great shock. He never knew he had such an impact on this girl. She was too good at hiding her emotions.

'That was a very clever way to confess without saying those three words.'

But then he smirked. 'Guess I should play along.'

"Very well, Amu. I hate you too." He announced to the crowd.

"I hate your everything, Amu. I hate you for being so annoyingly pretty, I hate your cute blush, and I hate your confessions without saying those three words." He smiled, not a smirk, but a true smile, "I hate you so much, Amu."

Amu couldn't help but dashed onto the stage and jumped into his arms as a few tears of happiness slide down her red cheeks. She hugged him as tight as she could while he did the same.

"Don't tell me this is the reason why you came here today."

He smiled as he gently pushed her off slightly to wipe away her tears. "This reason is enough for me to travel around the world just to reach to you."

Amu's face broke into a big smile as she once again snuggled her head into his chest. "You big idiot."

"Yeah. I am an idiot." He cupped her cheeks and gave her a sweet peek on the lips. "Your idiot."

The crowd cheered ever so loudly as Saaya gritted her teeth in jealousy, hands in fists as she stormed out the hall. Tadase looked like all his relatives died, which is not a surprise to the guardians since they all knew Tadase liked Amu. But they decided to ignore the bad-mood prince as they celebrated for their Joker, finally finding her true love.

Ikuto and Amu pushed the ball to its peak. Everyone, all except those upset ones, had enjoyed the party very much. The ball was a huge success.

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"I'm home!"

Modori poked her head from the kitchen into the hallways and smiled at her daughter. "Welcome home, sweetie! Did you have fun?"

Amu smiled. "Much more than fun."

Her mum nodded and watched as Amu went pass the kitchen and into the living room. Something shiny around her daughter's neck caught her eyes.

"Amu-chan, I don't remember you had such a beautiful necklace!"

Amu lowered her glance and carefully clutched the blue cat in her palms. The decoration glittered and shone under the lights.

"Of course! This necklace is very precious to me."