Chapter IV: The one who needed a hero

I slowly put decorations on my cupcakes, making sure to place them perfectly. They need to be perfect for I'm going to give them to nee-sama and Ichika-san. Nee-sama will love them anyways, but I really, truly wish they will please Ichika-san.

Orimura Ichika, my hero.

This man is an enigma that make unknown feelings rose in my chest.

I want to resolve this enigma in front of me.

'I know why I ran from him, the first time.' I thought. 'He... Ichika-san had the smile of nee-san.'

My nee-san was the person I was terrified of, that I tried to hate the most. And her smile... I never knew what she was thinking or what were her emotions when she had that grin, back then we were still close.

I should have run from him like I did with my sister, not permitting him to pass my barriers, but his behavior took me by surprise. He was kind, yet strong and around him was always that aura of coolness; just like a super hero. A flawless one. A powerful, strong, kind, unwavering and upright partner who would follow his own justice until the end. That surprised me so much that I did fall in love with him.

I even confessed my feelings after the Automated IS attacked, even if I believe he didn't understand.

My life was great during several days; I finally found my hero who succeeded to set things right between my sister and me. I had new friends/enemies. Life was good for me, better than what I've ever expected it to be.

Yet... During Cannonball Fast, when M attacked, Ichika seemed so troubled. And so I am now.

I sneaked on him when he was in the infirmary, to see how he was. Laura was already with him and the bribe I'd hear make it seems like an interrogation. Laura was asking, demanding what was his relationship with M. Ichika told her he didn't have a 'relationship' with her and that he wanted to sleep a bit before Orimura-sensei came in. Laura murmured something I couldn't hear, yet the tone she used was so very angry I thought she was going to attack him. Silence fell on them after that, then she suddenly tsked and got out of the room.

I was also going to quit but something caught my ears. "I'm sorry, Madoka." Ichika-san murmured. I was afraid back then, because his tone was so sad: his voice was wavering when he said her name. Who was she? Where was this girl who made Ichika-kun so unIchika-ish?

The rest, I'm not sure if it was my imagination or reality. "Wait a little more, Imouto."

I have the strange impression that I should forget what I heard that evening, for it gave me more questions than answers. What a coward I am... I'm afraid of the truth, of what I might discover about Ichika-san which might destroy his image I've of him.

Who is truly Ichika? What are his connections with M and Task Phantom? Those are the questions that haunt me every time I see Orimura-sensei and him.

But that isn't that important. I, Sarashiki Kanzashi, won't be crushed as long as I have Ichika.

I finally found a hero, someone who had a bright smile. The inexplicable drive rose up within my chest.

Courage—perhaps that's what people call it.

"Orimura Ichika, I promise I won't forsake you; whatever your secret might be!"

Hello there! I decided I will up-date this fanfic every weeks!

Bad? Good? Kanzashi was not too much OOC?

Oh, by the way, do you want Ichika to end with a girl (who)? Or to stay single?