^ I wish I would of replied sooner. I LOVE that drawing, it's so adorable! I thank you X1000000 for drawing that!
And after a long, long, long while, here is a new chapter. Please ignore the roughness, as I am slowly getting back into this fic~!
Chapter 05: New Beginning Of The Past
“Coming!” Yuko shouted loudly as she pulled the last corners of the comforter over the king size bed, before fleeing out of the newly decorated room to answer the front door.
“Hello, come in!” She welcomed the new tenants. Both Risa and Eri entered their new home for the summer, each hauling a small suitcase behind them. Yuko couldn’t help but secretly chuckle, as she noticed Eri’s suitcase being abnormally stuffed to the point where its zippers had been clearly opening up on its own.
“If you girls would come this way, I will show you to your room.”
Upon entering their rented room, the girls saw that it was better than what they had imagined. It was fully furnished with a bed, a bed side table, a couch, a dresser, a desk equipped with pen and paper, lighting and on top of that, two brand new pair of slippers could be found below the bed.
“You may put your bags down and I’ll give you girls a tour of the rest of the house,” Yuko announced.
“Wait, I have something for you!”
Risa unzipped the small front pocket located at the bottom of her suitcase and pulled out something that resembled a tube of cream, and passed it to Yuko.
“Miracle foot cream,” Yuko read the bold label written across the tube to herself.
“I’ve been told that it helps relieve foot cramps!” Risa explained excitedly.
“I-- uh, thank you.”
I guess it‘s the thought that counts. Looking down at the tube awkwardly, Yuko slipped it down the back pocket of her jeans, before leading the girls out of the room.
“I’d like you girls to meet your other house mate.”
Yuko gave Reina’s room door a couple of quick knocks, before turning the doorknob. She didn’t bother to wait for an answer from the girl because she knew she wasn’t going to get one. The door appeared to be locked. Reaching into her pocket, Yuko retrieved a key and began to unlock it . The door was now unlocked and yet it still would not budge. She pushed at it.
“Tanaka-chan, open up!” She called.
“Maybe she is busy?” Risa suggested.
“Or reluctant…,” Yuko mumbled under her breath.
“Here, let me help!”
Stepping aside, Yuko allowed Eri to take her place.
“There’s something in the way!” Eri mentioned through grinded teeth as she pushed at the door with the side of her body. Taking a deep breath, she took a step back and gave the door one last harsh thrust. Like a clumsy infant, Eri went tumbling into the room, knocking over whatever was in the way-- Reina to be precise.
“Ow, wha--” Eri blinked, “It’s you!” She felt as though she had experienced déjà vu all over again. Reina stared back at the all too familiar face looking down at her. She began to sit up, forcing Eri to quickly move away.
“I’m sorry-- again! I’m not usually--”
“Kame is usually this clumsy, but please forgive her,” Risa joked, as she extended both hands to assist the two off the ground. Eri pouted.
“No…it’s fine…,” Reina answered uneasily.
“Oooooohhh, so you three already know each other? Must be fate, ay?” Yuko sang, slowly turning her head away, as to dodge Reina’s glare.
“I’m Niigaki Risa,” Risa introduced herself with a bow.
“And I’m Kamei Eri!” Eri announced cheerfully, holding her hand out for Reina to shake. Reina responded by shaking it, but pulled away shortly.
“I’m Tanaka Reina.”
“Tanaka-chan, mind giving the girls a tour of the house? I just remembered I have some bills to take care of.”
Before Reina could refuse, Yuko waved to the trio and shot off, leaving the girl in a stressful position.
“Just…follow me,” Reina directed, walking around the two, but only to stop as she felt something at her leg. Looking down, she found Yuuki nudging at her leg with the side of his head, while glancing up at her with big hopeful eyes. Seeing that he had gotten Reina’s attention, he made his way towards Eri and meowed softly, gazing up at her with the same hopeful eyes. Reina smiled.
“This is Yuuki.”
Eri and Risa surrounded the cat in awe. Yuuki had not forgotten Eri, nor memories of the times he spent with both Reina and Eri together.
“Kame, I think he likes you,” Risa pointed out, as she watched Yuuki raise his paws at Eri as though looking for a hug. Eri responded and lifted him up into her arms.
“You may take him along on the tour if you’d like,” Reina suggested.
Securing Yuuki by her shoulder, Eri and Risa proceeded in following Reina into the living room.
“We’re not strict people, so many rules around this house are self explanatory. Cleaning after yourself would be an example,” Reina paused, giving Eri a moment to process that important information. “This is the living room, to your left is the kitchen. Let me show you guys the bathroom.”
“Thanks for giving us the tour, Tanaka-san. We’re sorry if that took up your time…,” Risa apologized, as she had sensed a bit of impatience from Reina during the tour. Reina shook her head.
“No, it’s alright,” she reassured. Sure she wanted to get it over with, but she had nothing better to do with her time anyways.
“I guess we will call it a night, Tanaka-san.”
“Good night, Reina.”
Reina simply nodded and shuffled slowly after the pair back into her own room, and they into their’s.
“I’m so tired!” Eri groaned, kicking off her socks and jeans, before carelessly tossing them onto the floor. Shutting the door behind herself, Risa wrinkled her eyebrows. Out of the kindness of her heart, she began picking up after the messy girl-- only to have a blouse tossed over her head.
“Kame, would you have the decency to be a little neater? We ARE staying over at someone’s home after all,” Risa scolded.
Unconsciously ignoring her friend, Eri dug through her suitcase for her pajamas. Finding a bottom, but not the top, she frowned.
“Hey, Gaki-san, can I barrow a t-shirt?” Eri asked, tossing herself onto the back of a bent over Risa as she was folding Eri’s pair of jeans. Risa shook Eri off as she stood upright.
“Geez, Kame, yes! Just go through my suitcase,” Risa answered, annoyed by Eri’s “friendly” actions.
“Gaki-san, are you okay, you‘re sort of red?” Eri asked, as she pulled a large t-shirt over herself with a cute drawing of a bean plastered on the front.
Risa rubbed her cheeks.
“What? I’m fine,” she answered. Her heart began to pound. Red? What? “Remember to fold your clothes next time,” she reminded, shoving Eri’s clothes back into her arms. “Your mother wasn’t kidding when she told me to not be afraid of showing my motherly side around you-- such a mess.”
Tossing her folded clothes over her suitcase, Eri hopped into bed.
“That’s why you’re here, Gaki-san!” She cheered. Slipping on her pajamas, Risa made her way into bed as well.
“Move in more, your thunderous thighs are taking up too much space,” she joked, pushing Eri over with her hands.
“You know you love them!” Eri teased. Risa rolled her eyes, but couldn’t help but giggle. Looking up at the pale ceiling, she sighed.
“I remembered when I first met you. You were so shy and air headed-- now you’re annoying and air headed. I wonder what fueled you to become so loud…,”
“I got it from you, Gaki-san,” Eri replied with a pout.
“Lies,” Risa simply answered.
“Was it me or did Reina seem unhappy about us?”
“Well, she didn’t seem thrilled, but I think it was mainly because we broke into her room-- and Kame, try being politer and refer to her as Tanaka-san, I mean you might be coming off as kind of rude calling her Reina like that,” Risa lectured.
“Sorry,” Eri apologized. “I don’t know why, but I just feel so familiar with that name. “Tanaka-san” actually feels quite awkward,” she explained. She had simply felt like she was greeting an old friend and not a mere stranger. It was like instinct.
“You’re a strange one, now good night.”
With that, Risa leaned to her side and switched off the table lamp, leaving Eri to wonder on her own in the dark.
“Shhh, Kame, go to bed.”
That night felt a lot warmer than usual. Laying on her side, barely conscious, Reina kicked her legs downward, dragging her blanket towards the end of the bed and off of her shoulders. Merely seconds past, before she realized it had made no difference. As she regain consciousness, she noticed there was something extra. On top of the heat, there was something else that was causing her inability to drift back to sleep. That something was breathing down her neck, that something was pressed firmly against her back and had its arms wrapped around her waist. Twisting her neck back, she was shocked to find that something to be Eri. Putting a hand over her mouth, she let out a gasp. What. The. Hell?! Loosely taking Eri’s arm, Reina slowly began to pull it away from herself. Her body twitched when Eri’s arm suddenly escaped and latched even tighter around her waist, linking one hand with the other, making Reina’s task seem impossible now.
“Don‘t leave me…,“ Eri began to murmur. “…Just a note…no goodbye…don‘t leave…”
Eri must be dreaming-- or having a nightmare. Reina’s heart sank. When Eri is awake, she doesn’t remember her, but when she is remembered in a dream, she is remembered as a irresponsible heartbreaker.
“I’m sorry, Eri…,” Reina whispered. “I didn’t mean to…”
“It’s okay…I still love…you…,” Eri trailed off.
“I love you too.”
Reina did not think twice before she had answered. She could only hope that Eri was honestly asleep and would have no memories of this when morning arrives-- or maybe just a little. She had also wondered how it would seem once Eri found herself in her bed-- or worse if Risa and Yuko were the first to make that discovery. Nonetheless, she found comfort in being held so closely by Eri. Without realizing, Reina closed her eyes and before long, she was asleep again.
7:30am sharp. That was when Risa discovered Eri wasn’t in bed. Shaking her head to remove the blur in her tired eyes, she proceeded out of the bedroom. At the almost exact moment, Reina had done the same. The two tired girls raised their heads to look at one another, both awkward, both confused. Reina had been dragged out of bed for the same reason, though she was sure Eri had wandered back into her own room and had only wanted to make sure of that.
“Tanaka-san, have you seen Kame?”
Before Reina could answer, Risa chuckled, waving a hand in front of herself as if to say, “never mind”.
“Sorry, that was a stupid question. You just came out of your room.”
Reina glanced away.
“So, Kamei-san is missing?”
“Yeah, she’s not in bed.”
“Maybe she went to the bathroom?”
Though it was logical, Reina couldn’t bring herself to believe her own comment after Eri had appeared next to her out of nowhere.
“I don’t know how to say this…but Kame has a condition that causes her to sleep walk. It’s a long story,” Risa explained solemnly. Reina knew just exactly where that condition came from. A sense of self hatred that she haven’t felt in a long time was slowly coming back to her. Taking a deep breath, she placed a hand on Risa’s shoulder.
“Lets split up,” she said. Risa nodded.
Their search ended quickly, when Reina found Eri lying belly down in the middle of the living room.
“Is she alright?!” Reina asked. Risa simply put a finger to her own lip.
“She’s fine,” she whispered. “Do you happen to have an extra blanket?”
Reina nodded and retrieved a large blanket from the closet.
“I’m going to stay out here with her if that is alright?” Risa asked.
Making her way back to her room, Reina looked back at the resting pair. Eri had found herself a truly good friend.