So, I'd like to take a short time to apologize for the slower than normal update. I've been REALLY busy the last few weeks; with the semester coming to a close in about a month, and Wrestlemania weekend just passing. My free time isn't that abundant, so again, I apologize.

Disclaimer: I do not own, nor do I claim to own the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona franchise. All rights belong to the respective owners of said Intellectual Property.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 (Brian's perspective)

I woke up on my ass; leaning against the stand that held the TV we used to go into the Midnight Channel. The Junes was powered down, everything was dark except for a few lights kept on for security purposes. Rise was to my right, and she looked frantic, like she'd seen a ghost or something. Yu was to my left, waving a smelling salt in front of my face. I finally caught a whiff of it, and shoved it out of my way, coughing a bit. 'Damn things always make me wanna hurl…' I took a deep breath as I heard sobbing coming from the girl currently clinging to my cut up chest. My bloody chest. 'Aww hell. I completely forgot how bad they got me… That's gonna sting in the morning.' I ran my fingers through the poor girl's hair, and spoke to her. "Rise-chan, what's wrong? You can talk to me, can't you?"

She sobbed in response. Yu spoke next, and he was pissed. "She was scared to death. We all were. You left the hospital, and no one knew where you were. Teddie couldn't catch your scent, and it was thanks to Rise-chan that we even found you in the first place. What the hell were you thinking, Brian? You'd never been in the TV world of your own volition before! You put yourself, and by virtue, every one of us in danger. What the hell happened?!" Yu was towering over me, a furious look on his face, and Rise wouldn't stop crying. I continued running my fingers through her hair, and I glared up at Yu.

"First off Yu, don't take that tone of voice with me. You may be the leader, and I respect that, but that doesn't give you the right to boss me around. Secondly, What does it look like I was doing? I was training! Your poor cousin Nanako-chan was in the hospital, presumably because of the same idiot that got me, and although I don't know her as well as the rest of you, she doesn't deserve that shit! I went looking for who did it… And I have a hunch that your current suspect ain't the real killer." I looked down at Rise and kissed the crown of her head. I started to speak lowly into her ear. I never realized how much I cared for her in the short span of time that we had known each other. She was purely infectious.

I looked up at Yu, and his posture hadn't changed, nor had the look on his face. I gently removed Rise from my lap and stood up. I walked up to Yu with a scrutinizing look on my face. No change in the ever stoic. We stood at an arms length apart, and I'm pretty sure the rest of the Investigation Team could see the sparks shooting between our eyes. Then, without warning, I saw a punch flying towards my face in what felt like slow motion. I grabbed Yu's wrist and bent it backwards over itself, sweeping his legs out from under him in the process. I pushed away from him and sighed. "You're just like the rest of them. I don't know what kinda scheme you had, but I was in here to get stronger, not to scare anyone, and I get accused and scolded like I'm the fuckin' devil! Go fuck yourself, Yu." I turned on my heel, and walked back to the entrance, where I left Junes. I walked home, and got undressed. I got into my futon, and attempted to sleep.

45 minutes ago (Third person perspective)

Rise had just tackled Brian to the ground, knocking him out in the process while she cried her heart out into his chest. The rest of the team was deliberating on what had just happened. Yosuke was the first to speak. "Dude's a loose cannon! Did you see the damage he was able to do? All those shadows…he killed them all by himself, partner! He may be the ally we need."

"And did you see those moves? He was amazing… I'm almost jealous of Rise-chan!" Chie was practically gushing, and Yosuke just groaned.

"I'm standing right here, Chie-chan…" He hung his head before Chie hugged him quickly, and all was normal again.

"You're right Yosuke… he is a loose cannon. Which makes me wonder if he's truly on our side or not." Yu spoke deliberately, and everyone's jaws dropped when he finished speaking. He couldn't be serious, right? Yu was walking toward Brian when he suddenly stopped and pulled something out of his pocket. He was waving it in front of Brian's face when he got a reaction. He began his diatribe.

Everyone was focused on the interaction between the two, and there was a large, collective gasp when Brian spoke out defiantly against Yu, and Yu made to punch him for it. Brian caught the punch and put Yu on his back in a split second before spitting his parting words out like venom. They stared, jaws hanging, as he walked his way back to the entrance of Junes. They all huddled around Yu, except for Rise, who was just wiping her eyes and recovering from her crying fit.

"Yu-kun, are you ok? Yukiko asked as he stood up, and started swinging his arm around to get feeling in it again. Everyone was bombarding him with questions, except Rise, who was also just standing up.

"I'm fine, Yuki-chan. Just relax, ok?" A quick hug from Yu soothed Yukiko's fears. It was then that the group noticed that something was wrong. They were missing someone in the huddle/group hug. "Rise-chan, what's the matter?"

She looked up at him with fire in her eyes. "You have no idea what you just did, do you, senpai?" He shook his head and replied.

"I figured I'd stop by and apologize after we all left here-" He was cut off by Rise.

"And what makes you think he'll want to hear what you have to say, senpai? You just did to him what everyone else did! I agree, he shouldn't have come here without notifying us or without us, but his intentions were good, and you made it seem like he was the bad guy! I can't believe you, senpai! I thought you were different…" And with that she ran the same way Brian did. She headed for his house, and she'd be damned if she was just going to let him feel the way he did.

"I… I really messed up as a leader, didn't I?" Yu hung his head as everyone put their hands on his shoulders.

"Yeah…" They all agreed that he had screwed up.

"We need to apologize to him… Tomorrow at lunch? I think Rise'll be able to help us more than we know. We should just let things run their course for tonight, and we'll deal with it tomorrow." They all headed home for the night, leaving a very distressed boy, and a very upset girl to their own devices.

45 minutes later (Brian's perspective)

All of a sudden, there was a loud, rhythmic banging on my door. I looked at my phone – 11:45 PM. "I'll just let it be…." More banging, seemingly more urgent than before. "Alright, alright! I'm comin', jeez! Keep your fuckin' pants on…" I threw on a pair of shorts, and a spare t-shirt before making my way to the front door. The banging never stopped. "I said I'm coming!" I opened the door, and was immediately tackled to the ground by a crying girl. The back of my head hit the wooden floor, and I saw stars, then I noticed who it was. "Rise-chan, what's the matter?"

"What's the matter? Do you have any idea how worried I was about you, you knucklehead? Well, do you?!" Cue the sobbing again. I really hoped this wasn't going to becoming a regular thing. I picked her up bridal style and walked over to the couch where I sat down. I figured it'd be better than on the wooden floor. Then I got a good look at her face. She was beet red. I put the back of my hand up to her forehead, and could tell immediately that she had made herself sick.

"Rise-chan, you have a fever. Stay here, you hear me?" She nodded and I gently put her down on the couch. I grabbed a blanket from a chest, and covered her with it. Next on the mental checklist was to grab a pillow to prop her head up on, and a cool, wet washcloth to put on her forehead. I returned back to the couch as quickly as possible, putting the pillow behind her head, and the washcloth on her forehead. I didn't understand exactly what had happened, but as I thought about it, I wasn't feeling so good either. Maybe the TV world was poisoning us? I was thinking about the dilemma when I heard something soft.

"Brian-kun… Don't leave me… Please, don't leave me…" She was mumbling in her sleep. I reached up and brushed her hair behind her ear. Her eyes cracked open, and she looked me dead in the eye before saying; "I'm cold, Brian-kun… please… sleep next to me?" That got me. I blushed harder than I ever had, and began to stutter. I gave up and realized that this was as close as I'd probably ever get to female contact in my life, and she was really sick. If this would help her, I'd do whatever I could.

"Rise-chan, I'm not gonna leave you. But if you really want me to sleep next to you, I've gotta move you to the…futon…" She nodded slightly, and I picked her up as slowly as I could. "I need you to hold onto the pillow and the washcloth, ok?" Another nod. I made my way up the stairs, and put her in the futon, laying the pillow beneath her head again. I dampened the cloth again, and put it on her forehead before kneeling down and getting into the futon next to her. I felt her move closer to me, and wrap my arms around her waist.

"Please, just stay with me tonight, Brian-kun…I don't feel good." I kissed the crown of her head, and replied softly.

"I'm not going anywhere, Rise-chan. I'm not going anywhere."

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Light started to burn my eyes as I slowly woke up. I blinked a few times, and rubbed my eyes to get the nasty stuff out of the creases. After about 2 minutes of procrastinating, I noticed I was on my back, and I tried to get up, but there was something keeping me from doing so. I raised the covers up, and noticed Rise sleeping on my chest, a tiny amount of drool pooling from the corner of her lips. I also noticed that my usual morning issue had arisen, and… This spelled trouble, didn't it?

"Mmmm…" Rise let out a small moan, and licked her lips. When she looked at me, I threw my head back in frustration, and groaned. She giggled. Yeah, I was definitely fucked.

So, I'd just like to say that writing this was very difficult without a muse. I feel bad for making you guys who like this wait, and I'm very sorry. I'll try to keep consistent for you.

Please review, and remember that I'll address any and all constructive criticisms and questions, but if you have something rude to say, I'm only going to ignore it. Thanks again everyone.