Depression Chapter 1:

Rejection

Earlier that day: Kisshu was fighting again. But this time, he was only fighting Ichigo. The other Mews were fighting a Chimera Anima he had created, and he was stopping Ichigo from helping them. "Ichigo, WHY won't you go with me?" Kisshu asked desperately.

"Why would I go with someone who's trying to take over the world?" Ichigo asked. "Besides, I hate you. And I know you don't love me, so don't start with that again. I'm just a toy, remember?"

Kisshu's eyes widened. Ichigo took advantage of this to blast him with her attack. "Get out of my life, Kisshu," she called out.

Kisshu gave her a hurt look, and teleported off. Ichigo sighed and turned to her teammates, who had finished off the Chimera Anima, and were watching her. All except for Lettuce and Pudding. They were refusing to look at her. Then they both detransformed, and ran off. Ichigo looked at Zakuro and Mint, but they were just as confused as she was. "I wonder what that was about," Mint said.

"I don't know, but we should go back and tell Ryou the outcome of the battle," Zakuro said. "Let those two cool off, and I'm sure they'll be back."

Mint and Ichigo nodded, then followed Zakuro back to Café Mew Mew.

Back at the Cyniclon's base: Kisshu teleported in to find Pai and Taruto waiting for him. "How'd it go?" Pai asked.

To his surprise, Kisshu just said, "I'm going back to my room. I don't want to talk about it." He teleported off.

Pai and Taruto looked at each other, worried. "Time to go talk with our girlfriends?" Taruto asked.

Pai nodded, and the two Cyniclons teleported off.

With Lettuce and Pudding: The two were sitting in a secluded area of the park. They knew the other Mews were looking for them by now; their pendants had already beeped twice, signaling that someone was trying to contact them. Lettuce, however, had discovered a way to cut off the signal from the pendant, so their teammates would have to search on foot to find them, rather than using Ryou's computer.

Lettuce sighed. "We just have to wait," she told Pudding. "I'm sure Pai-san and Taruto will be here soon. They'll want to know what happened."

"Pudding wants Ichigo-oneechan to love Kisshu-oniichan back, na no da," Pudding said sadly. "She's making Kisshu-oniichan sad."

"We're going to have to find a way to make it work," Lettuce said. "And we both know what's going on between Aoyama and Mint, we could use that in our favor."

Suddenly teleportation sounded nearby, and the girls jumped up. Pai and Taruto stood there, looking worried. "What happened with Ichigo and Kisshu?" Pai asked.

"Can we go to your base? They're searching for us," Lettuce said.

The boys took their girlfriends by the hand and teleported. They landed in the main room, and Pai said, "Okay, what's the story?"

"Ichigo still doesn't get it, and I think today was worse than usual," Lettuce said. "She told Kisshu that she knows he doesn't love her, and then blasted him. Then she told him to get out of her life."

Pai and Taruto looked horrified. "We've got to do something," Taruto said. "Kisshu came back here and wouldn't talk to us. I think he's in his room."

"We know something that might break up Ichigo and Aoyama," Lettuce said. "He's cheating on her with Mint."

"Let's start planning, then," Pai said. "Let's go to my lab, Kisshu won't look in there."

The four of them went to Pai's lab, and locked the door. Then they started brainstorming.

With Kisshu: Kisshu was lying face down on his bed, his head buried in the pillows, and he was crying. Why doesn't she see that I love her more than that bastard ever could? he wondered. Maybe it is my fault for calling her a toy. Too bad she'll probably never love me back. I doubt it would have made a difference, though. Whether I called her a toy or not, she'd still hate me. He sighed. Eventually Kisshu fell asleep, worn out from crying.

The next morning: Kisshu was woken up by someone knocking on his door. He didn't respond, and the person switched to banging. "GO AWAY!" Kisshu screamed after a few minutes of this, and started crying again.

The person outside the door was Pai, and when he heard Kisshu start crying, he got worried. This is getting bad, Pai thought. He didn't come out for dinner last night, even though he's always hungry, and now he's crying. Not good. Pai sighed and said, "Kisshu, it's breakfast time."

"I'm not hungry," Kisshu said. "Now go away."

Now Pai was actually scared. Kisshu, not hungry? This was BAD. "Kisshu, are you feeling okay?" he asked.

"No. Now are you going away?" Kisshu asked.

"Kisshu, at least talk to me," Pai said. "What's bugging you?"

"You wouldn't understand," Kisshu said, his voice shaking again. "I bet the girl you love doesn't hate your guts."

Pai tried the doorknob; it was actually unlocked for a change, so he went in. What he saw worried him. Kisshu was lying face down on the bed, his shoulders shaking while he tried to hide the fact that he was crying. "Kisshu, at this rate you'll make yourself sick," Pai said.

"I don't care!" Kisshu wailed, and started sobbing.

Pai was really alarmed now. Kisshu never acted like this. "Kisshu, try to calm down," Pai said. "This isn't helping."

"Just go away, Pai," Kisshu said. "I just want to be alone."

Pai sighed. "Fine, but promise me you won't do anything to yourself," he said.

"Fine, now leave," Kisshu said.

Pai sighed again and left, closing the door on his way out. He immediately teleported to Lettuce, who was making breakfast. "Lettuce, we've got to bring Ichigo in," he said. "Kisshu's crying in his room, and says he's not hungry."

Lettuce turned off the stove, and said, "Let's go. Do you know where she is?"

Pai closed his eyes and concentrated, then said, "Her room."

"Then we don't have time to waste," Lettuce said. "Go get her, and try to avoid her parents."

"Got it," Pai said, and teleported out. He landed in Ichigo's room, startling her. She reached for her pendant, but Pai knocked it away, grabbed her wrist, and teleported to the kitchen.

Ichigo looked around, then spotted Lettuce, and her jaw dropped as Pai let go of her wrist. "What is going on?" she asked in shock. "Lettuce, why are you here too?"

Lettuce went to Pai and took his hand. That was when Ichigo noticed that Pai looked worried to the point of 'about to panic', and Lettuce looked…. angry?

Before she could ask what was going on, Pudding and Taruto came in too, looking sad. Then they noticed Ichigo, and both of them looked wary. Ichigo was really confused. "What happened?" she asked. "All of you are acting differently."

Lettuce replied, "We're all sick of you treating Kisshu like dirt. I told Pai to bring you here, and we're going to do something about the fact that you hate Kisshu."

Interesting little ending there. Hope you like my new idea, and Review!