Chapter 5

Tomoe opened his eyes and looked around. It took a few seconds for his eyes to adjust to the bright light, but as soon as they did he realised he was at the shrine.

"Are you ready to go?" Mizuki asked, putting a cold hand on Tomoe's shoulder. He suppressed a shudder, and nodded.

"Yes. Let's go," he replied, shrugging the other familiar's hand off and stepping forwards. Mizuki smiled.

"Just remember, Nanami can't see you-" Mizuki started, but before he could finish his sentence Tomoe had already run off.

"Stupid fox." Mizuki muttered to himself, and took off after him.

Tomoe didn't want to hear what that idiot had to say. He could hear Nanami crying, and that was all he could think of. He burst into the shrine, and quickly located her.

She was in his room. Tomoe didn't even find this strange. He slid open the door, and looked in. He felt his heart wrench when he saw the girl curled up in his bed crying. He walked over and held his hand out to her.

"Nanami..." He whispered, reaching out. She ignored him, and continued to cry. Tomoe was taken aback.

"Idiot. I told you, she can't see or hear you." Tomoe whipped around and saw Mizuki crouched by the door. Tomoe turned around and blushed slightly.

"I knew that," he replied under his breath. Mizuki opened his mouth to say something else, but he quickly closed it when he saw himself walk into the room.

"Rise and shine, Nanami!" He cheerfully called, walking over to where Nanami was curled up.

"Go away." Nanami bluntly replied. Mizuki looked down at her, and did a double take when he realised she was crying.

"Nanami!" He exclaimed "You're crying! Why are you crying?"

Mizuki placed a hand on her shoulder, but she roughly shrugged him off and buried her head further into Tomoe's blankets.

"Idiot!" She replied in a voice that made Tomoe's heart break in two "Don't you know well enough? Tomoe's gone! He's gone!"

Mizuki's hand froze in mid air.

"No he's not," he said, cocking his head to one side in confusion. Nanami looked up at him and shot him a look that would make anything turn to stone.

"Do you honestly think I would be in this state if he was still here? They came for him, while I was asleep. They took him away, and I didn't even say goodbye properly."

Mizuki kept looking at her, his confusion growing more and more by the second.

"But..." Mizuki trailed off "I can feel two presences in here... I can feel yours, and his, although I must say it's weak..." Mizuki thought about it for a few moments, and then his eyes widened slightly. He stood up, and began to pace the floor.

"What is it, Mizuki?" Nanami asked through her hiccup-sobs.

"N-nothing..." He replied, not looking her in the eyes. Could it be true? Was it possible? Was that the reason he had been taken away? Because he did that?

"Mizuki! What's wrong?" Nanami stood up, and Mizuki went to leave the room. Nanami crossed her arms.

"Mizuki!" She said loudly "I command you to tell me what's wrong!"

Mizuki swallowed, knowing he would have to speak now.

"Well. You say Tomoe's gone. And I can still feel him here," Mizuki blushed slightly "Did you two... you know... do anything together? Like..." Mizuki waved his hands around. Nanami suddenly got what he was trying to say and nodded.

"Yes," She replied, her tone sad but serious. "We had sex."

"Oh. Oh. Okay." Mizuki was blushing as red as a tomato now "Oh. OH."


"Forgive me for asking, but how long ago did you do it?"

Nanami counted on her fingers.

"Three weeks." She said.

"I can't believe she actually did that without blushing" Mizuki whispered to Tomoe. Tomoe looked away from him, blushing bright red himself. Mizuki left it at that and the two went back to listening to what the other Mizuki and Nanami were talking about.

"And your menstruation cycle..?"

Nanami looked up sharply.

"Are you saying what I think your saying?" She said, her eyes filling with fresh tears. Mizuki noticed this and tried to calm her down.

"I don't know if you are or not, but it seems logical. I mean, I don't know how that works for humans and such, but if you want to see a doctor I can come too, you know!" By now Mizuki was flailing his arms around in a panic trying to calm down the crying girl. Nanami just flung herself sideways onto Tomoe's bed. Mizuki sighed in defeat and left the room.

Tomoe turned to the future Mizuki.

"Is this how she was when I was taken?" he asked, his face blank. Mizuki nodded.

"She was like this until she finally agreed to go see a doctor."

"How long was that?" Tomoe looked back to the sobbing girl. Mizuki looked away.

"About a month." He closed his eyes "It was terrible. She refused to move from your bed. She wouldn't eat, drink or go to school. It was really hard keeping her in good health."

"I... I had no idea..." Tomoe started, his face still blank. Mizuki frowned at him. He had never seen Tomoe act in such a way.

"It's not your fault." The snake offered "Well, I'll take you forward a month."

Tomoe nodded, and closed his eyes. White rushed around under his lids, and when he looked out, the two were in a doctors room. Tomoe look around, and saw Nanami was talking with the doctor.

"The tests came back positive. You are indeed pregnant." The doctor said, smiling. Nanami looked like she was about to burst into tears.

"P-pregnant?" She said in a small voice. The doctor frowned.

"Is there a problem?" she said "You know you can tell me anything. By law I have to keep anything you say between just us two."

Nanami looked down, and then burst into tears. Tomoe felt his heart being squeezed again.

"The- the father isn't around any more... He left..." Nanami swallowed "And I have my f-friend to help me, but he's just not the same..." She trailed off, sobbing. The doctor laid a hand on her shoulder.

"There are a lot of routes we could take. You are not so far in your pregnancy, so terminating your pregnancy is still an option. However, if you don't want to do that, you can always put baby up for adoption when it's born..."

The voices went funny, and the image started to fade. Tomoe looked sharply to Mizuki, who shrugged.

"Time's up for now."