~~AAAND START!~~

"What happened? Who's Kohei?" Ayase seemed to grasp a bit of the situation, but not enough.

"I suppose it wouldn't hurt to tell you... Kohei's Light Rider-" I'm having a bit of an awkward time explaining this stuff that I've kept secret for so long...

"He's the leech?"

"You just wanted to say that, didn't you... You know who he is."

"Just making sure I had it right." She flashed an innocent enough smile that would have wooed the hearts of a thousand men, including mine, but in this serious situation...

"Anyway, there was a meeting today and Tokyo invaded. People have been shot, including Kohei's uncle... That's really all I know." Sorry, Midinight. I'm pretty in the dark on this as well.

"!" I heard a small gasp. "Why would they invade? Is Chiba in danger now?" All legitmate questions. She's a logical person.

"Something about expanding territories. Chiba's definitely not getting out of this unscathed." At this, Ayase's facial expressions darkened.

"Kirino..." D-Dark aura alert! Whoa! Hey, come back! This level of affection for one person is really... uh... unnatural?

"I know, I want to protect everyone too. Kohei's coming over, he'll be here soon, we should discuss this all." I heard Ayase's phone ring. She looked at a text message and started reading it through and giving me weird glances. "Uh, Midnight?"

She spent the next two minutes texting. The result? Well, she seemed to put a lot more distance between us. No doubt, she was talking to Kirino.

I shook it off, "A-Anyway..." But Ayase spoke up before I could even think of finishing my thoughts.

"Is there something I don't know about Kirino?" Where did this come from? H-Hey! Don't look so worried! You're best friends, right?

"You don't need to know everything, right?" I always thought it was respectful to let people maintain an air of mystery. Apparently, Midnight didn't share that same view.

"I need to know." Whoa, that's a serious look. Is she some crazy stalker lady or something?

"If I were to tell you she's secretly an otaku and a huge brocon, would you believe me?"

"I would appreciate it if you wouldn't lie to me about my best friends." I may be mistaken, but that smile doesn't seem to be a friendly one. Does she perhaps hate lies? But, this isn't a lie. Uh, what's that in your hand?

"I would appreciate it if you would stop holding your phone like a knife. It's scary. If you don't believe any of that stuff, then you already 'know' everything." I wonder if she found that to be a good enough answer.

"..." Ayase seemed to go back into her own world. After about five minutes, the doorbell rang downstairs.

"That must be Kohei. Come downstairs with me?" I pulled up my crutches and made a huge effort getting down the stairs only to have Ayase pass me and open the door before I could get there.

"Woo, who are you?" Ugh, that's definitely Kohei.

"Kohei, Ayase. Ayase, Kohei. Kohei, Ayase's Midnight." Kohei seemed to look at Ayase a little longer before giving a wave.

"This is the lech, right?"

"You mean 'leech'?"

"No, I mean lech." Ayase showed a scary smile again and we all gave her space.

"Don't worry, he's harmless. But, Kohei, I don't think Midnight's all that harmless, so you better contain whatever attitude you came with today unless you want me to tell Sena."

"NOOO! Don't tell her! I'd rather burn in the fires of a million hells before -"

"Yeah, that's what I thought. Anyway, let's get down to business." The mood instantly darkened as Kohei took off his shoes and we all went to the couch.

"Before I get started, where's your shirt?"

"It's a long story."

"Alright..." Kohei looked at Midnight and me a little skeptically, but then returned to the topic at hand. "Anyway, we were at the meeting and then these bastards from Tokyo come in and shot up everyone in the store. Most of us are dead, and now Shin's in critical condition at the hospital."

"You called the cops?"

"I didn't have a choice. Luckily, they don't suspect anything about us... I think."

"What are we going to do?"

Kohei sighed, "Either we hand over Chiba to their crime ring, which isn't nearly as harmless as ours, or we fight back."

"What do you want to do?" I know what I want to do... There is no way I'm letting Tokyo walk all over us.

"We're just going to have to meet their demands-"

"You have to be shitting me. I'm not about to let them take over this city!" I sat up from my laid back position, clearly angered.

"What else are we going to do? I don't want... Any more deaths."

"Don't talk like he's dead."

"But, we don't know if he'll make it or not. And like I said earlier, there aren't even that many of us left..." Kohei's really been depressed about this, huh?

"More people will die if the Tokyo racers come in. Not only that, but the Chiba police aren't equipped to handle people like them. Even if we're the 14th largest city in Japan, our police don't really know what it's like to have real biker gangs around here. Also, what about us? Are you just going to let them walk all over us?" I tried to come up with legit agruements to get Kohei back into the fighting spirit. "Don't you want to protect your sister? I'm going to protect mine at all costs."

"..." Kohei thought over this all seriously. "And, what are we going to do? You're already injured and..."

"I'm going to do whatever I can. I'm positive the three of us can make a difference." Ayase shifted uncomfortably.

"Who said I was in this?"

"You want to protect Kirino as much as I do, right?"

"..."Ayase couldn't answer that.

"Then it's settled. You're with us."

"And what about me?" Kohei spoke up.

"You're with me no matter what."

"Whatever." But we all know it's true. "I don't see how the three us will be able to do much against them..."

"True..." This, I have to think on. After mulling it over for a few minutes in silence, I spoke up. "We'll just have to ask for help."

"Who could we possibly ask? If we go to the police, they'll take us in for sure!" Kohei was dumbfounded.

"I know a place. I used to know a girl who was a streetfighter; she worked at a cafe that only employs fighters. We can start there." I said it like this more for Ayase than Kohei. He already knows about all of this.

"You're talking about her, aren't you?"

"Yeah. I am." Kohei got up.

"Well, we'd better get going, then." Midnight got up as well and we all went to the door before I realized something and asked Kohei.

"Do you mind helping with my bandages?"

"God damn it, kid. You're hopeless." Even though he said that, he sill took off the shoe he had managed to put on and followed me.

/-/-/-/

"I haven't been here in years..." I stared at the small cafe. It took a half an hour to get here on crutches and busses, which is more than I wanted it to take.

"I was in the area a while ago with Sena, but we never stopped by... This place hasn't changed a bit."

"Ready?"

"As I'll ever be..."

/-/-/-/

"Kyousuke?!" I sat, dumbfounded.

"AOI?! Again?! What the heck are you doing here?"

"I live here."

"Oh..." Dang, this lady appears everywhere.

"Kyousuke-kun, welcome back. It's been forever."

"Hey, gramps." I turned to meet the short geezer that walked through the door across the cafe. "Yeah, it has been."

"I haven't seen you since she left! You've sure grown, I'll give you that." He went off on one of his rants again, "You know, she said something about leaving something for you... or was that for someone else... "

"Uh, gramps, actually, I have a reason for coming here today-"

"She's dead, you know. This one here's her sister," the old man pointed at Aoi who bowed.

"Yeah, but... WAIT, WHAT THE HELL?! NEE-SAN'S DEAD, AND YOU'RE HER SISTER?!" I dropped my crutches and fell back against a nearby booth. This seriously can't be true!

~~AAAND STOP!~~

AN: Wow, hey, it's been a very long while! Just a heads up, the end is coming up in like ten-ish chapters. If you'd like to read another of my OreImo works, read "Sakura Girl." You PROBABLY won't be disappointed! Though, you will be if you don't like oneshots or something.

Anyway, have a good one!

ICE-OUT!