@DC2805: yes, jurina will save her.
@The Ray: here's the update.
@wmatsui fanfic.: yes, she died.. because atsuko thought that there's something hidden between the headmaster's intention of accepting her in the Rosehouse.
@junchan48: yeah, maeda died.
@phoenix0i: more characters coming... maybe in the next chapters.
@kuro_black29: she didn't kill someone.
@Ruka Kikuchi: she didn't kill anyone, senpai.
and there's nothing sinister about Arika-sama. it was all maeda's imagination.
@luvsidney: yeah, something like that.
@cisda83: here's the update.
here's the update minna-sama
Chapter 3: A Forgotten Memory ~Part 2~(Rena’s POV)
I was crying, but inside my heart I was so happy. This is crazy… I am crazy…
My hands were soaked with the crimson fluid and so my clothes are drenched with them, too… The fluid was so mesmerizing to look at – a rich shade of red color that seems to be glowing under the dim light of my bedside lamp.
I was inside my own ecstatic world when someone banged my door open…
“Matsui-san!” She said as she ran towards me. My vision was a bit blurry because of my tears. She’s the newcomer, right?
“What happened to you?!” She asked me but I didn’t reply… Instead, I just smiled at her.
“Come on, I’ll bring you to the infirmary!” She said as she quickly carried me in her arms.
“What do you think are you doing?!” I said to her with a hint of annoyance.
“Your wound needs to be treated at the infirmary! Before you run out of your own blood!”
Her words pinched my heart, all of a sudden. Why is she showing too much concern about me… when it’s the first day I’ve ever met her in my life? Why doesn’t she just let me—
“Here we are!” She announced as she pressed on the doorbell.
“But Dr. Ohori must be asleep by now—”
My words were cut off when the door next to the infirmary opened. “What’s the matter? Can’t you see it’s still midnight—”
Dr. Ohori went out of her room and towards us with just her sleeping clothes. “Matsui-san, eh? I shouldn’t be surprised.” She said. And she is pertaining to me… “Let’s go inside the infirmary.”
“I—I saw her… like this… inside her room.” The newcomer stuttered.
W—wait… Is she… looking at the doctor’s bo—body?! I glared at her as she laid me atop the soft mattress of the bed.
“What?” She asked me as she noticed my sharp glare.
“Nothing.” It was my brief reply when I saw the doctor wearing her white lab gown.
“Matsui-san…” The doctor said and both of us looked in unison. “I mean Matsui Jurina-san…”
Oh, yeah… I almost forgot that her surname’s same as mine…
“Can you please lend me a hand here?” The doctor said and Jurina agreed quickly.
The two of them brought up some cotton balls, bandages, alcohol, and other things that they’ll use to cure my wound.
“Let me see that wound…” Dr. Ohori said as she brought my left hand close to her, enough distance to check on my wound… “Whoa… The cut’s really deep. But you’ve been lucky because it didn’t damage any vein.”
I didn’t react at what Ohori-san said. She let a cotton ball be drenched in water and wiped it on the now coagulated blood around the wound. It wasn’t painful until she replaced it with one cotton ball drenched in alcohol…
“Ittai kore.” I gritted my teeth as I felt the sharp pain in my hand. I was so pained… but I—I felt so happy! I love the feeling of those sharp pains… and how it tinges in my nerves.
But my sudden feeling of ecstasy stopped…
“Wait, Ohori-san… May I?” Jurina grabbed my hand and she moved her face close to it.
What’s she doing?
“This will ease the pain away…” She blew gently on my wounded hand.
I felt a brush of heat on my cheeks.
“W—what are you doing?!” And even my voice was a bit shaky.
“Blowing the pain away…” She said with air-puffed cheeks. I looked at her innocent eyes and then I don’t feel any pain anymore. “Now… is it still painful?”
I suddenly cannot answer her simple question. It seems that I lost my own tongue…
“That’s great, Jurina-chan. You’d be a great nurse someday…” Dr. Ohori said as she put some ointment on my wound and winded up a bandage to cover it. “Now… It’s done.”
“Yukatta!” Jurina cheerfully said, along with her beaming smile.
“Thanks for your help, Jurina-chan.” – Dr. Ohori
“You’re welcome, Dr. Ohori… and thank you. By the way, sorry for waking you up at this unholy hour of the night…” Jurina bowed before her.
“May I go back to my room now?” I plainly asked Ohori-san. She just nodded. “Thank you, Dr. Ohori…”
I got off the bed… and walked out of the infirmary… annoyed of that new girl.
“Wait, Matsui-san…” She stopped me by gripping my right arm. “I’m Jurina Matsui… Nice meeting you!”
“My name is R—Rena.”
“I—I hope we can be friends!” Jurina smiled at me… I didn’t notice that… I was smiling back at her.
(Third Person’s POV)The next morning…
The girls were called out by the maids for their morning tea… They met up in the garden, with the table and tea cups already set…
They sat up in a large, round table… There were two unoccupied seats.
“Where’s Jurina-chan?” – Milky
“Jurina and Arika-sama won’t be joining you today… I think they have something to talk about…” It was Itsuki-san who just arrived. “For the meantime, I’ll take Arika-sama’s seat. She wants me to tell you something, girls…”
She sat on a vacant seat as the warm tea pots were brought in. The three maids poured everyone a cupful.
It was their own decision whether they’ll add up some sugar on the tea.
Itsuki-san sipped her tea and proceeded to her message. “Girls, the headmaster wanted me to make sure that by now you start getting along with one another…”
“But that’s a bit difficult task, Itsuki-san.” – Milky
“Why do you say so, Miyuki?”
“Because… the girls here… create her own world and a barrier to not let anyone inside their life…” – Milky
“You think so? Then… we’ll be putting those barriers down…” Itsuki-san said with a smirk.
Meanwhile with Jurina…
Jurina headed towards the headmaster’s office. She met Itsuki-san earlier and told her that if she wanted to personally talk with the headmaster then she must go there right now before the headmaster goes to the garden for the morning tea.Knock.
The headmaster opened the door of her office and invited Jurina in.
“I want to talk to you about something, Arika-sama…” The young girl seriously said.
“Have a seat… and we’ll talk…” Arika sat herself on her own seat facing Jurina. “What is it that you would like to talk about, Jurina-chan?”
“It’s about… Maeda Atsuko…”
“M—Maeda… Atsuko?” The name rang through Arika-sama’s head. And certain images of Maeda flashed through her mind… She knew who Maeda is… How come did she temporarily… forget about her… when her memories of the girl are those that aren’t meant to be forgotten?
Arika-sama suddenly broke out in tears… and it caused Jurina a sudden sense of panic.
“ARIKA-SAMA!!” What a nice timing! Someone rushed to the headmaster. “What happened to her?!”
Back to the garden…
“Now… you need to at least talk with someone from the group. I’ll pair you up…”
The girls suddenly feared of how this thing will turn out…
“Let’s see… Haruka and Mayu. Then, Miyuki and Sayaka… And lastly, Yuki and Rena…” Itsuki-san said as she pointed randomly at the girls.
“But what about Jurina-chan?” – Milky
“She’ll be with… Yuki and Rena.”
“What are we going to do?” – Yukirin
“Hm…” Itsuki-san sipped her bitter tea. “I want you to work together with your pair and bake something…”
“Anything?” – Paruru
“Will it really help us?” – Mayu
“I haven’t even touched an oven!” – Sayanee
The girls had different reactions about the sudden plan.
“Well, yes, you can bake whatever you want – cookies, cakes, or any kind of bread…” Itsuki-san soon emptied a cup of tea.
Erena poured in a cupful for her.
“Yes, I believe that it’ll help break the ice between all of you… unless you’ll be baking without talking?”
The girls were silent. There’s no escape to this. Itsuki-san will never break her words. “I’ll be expecting you to bake two days from now… If you have questions, you know where to find me—”
“Itsuki-san!” A girl came rushing towards them. It was the librarian, Matsubara Natsumi.
Itsuki-san excused herself and approached the librarian. “What’s the matter, Natsumi?”
“The h—headmaster…” And just by the look at Natsumi’s eyes… Itsuki knew there’s something wrong.
“Excuse me, girls… but I need to go now… to attend on something. I hope you won’t forget my task to you… Spend the rest of the day to talk with your partner.” Itsuki tried to calm herself as she walked away. Once she was out of sight from the girls, she began firing lots of questions to Natsumi.
“What happened to her? And where is she?”
“I was about to bring her some books that she wishes to read… Then, I walked into her office finding her crying heavily in front of Jurina… I don’t know why. Jurina wasn’t telling me anything… So, we brought her to the infirmary…”
At the infirmary…
“Where’s she?!” Itsuki said as she rushed inside.
“Don’t worry, she’s asleep. I’ve injected her tranquilizer… Itsuki, she keeps on repeating a certain name…” Dr. Ohori said.
“Maeda Atsuko…” Hearing that name, Itsuki’s eyes widened. Her gaze landed upon a certain person.
“Megumi, Tomomi, Natsumi… Can you let me talk privately with Jurina?”
The three mentioned left them alone inside the infirmary.
“What did you tell Arika-sama?” Itsuki was more serious now.
“I asked her about a girl named Maeda Atsuko…” Jurina bit her lip as she answered.
“How did you know about her?”
“Because of this…” Jurina handed her the letter. Itsuki-san read it silently.
“You should’ve told me first… A—Arika-sama is…” What happened was unexpected. The stonehearted Itsuki-san suddenly cried. “She is blaming herself to be the reason of Maeda’s death…”
Itsuki continued the story. “When we found her dead in her room, Arika-sama almost lost her sanity. She was depressed and ate nothing for days. She locked herself in her room… But after a week, she went out of her room. It was as if nothing happened…”
“What happened to her?”
“People have a tendency to forget something that they fear… or some memories that haunt them.”
“Something like selective amnesia?”
Itsuki nodded. She looked at the sleeping headmaster. Somehow, her sleeping face looks peaceful…
“I’m sorry…” Jurina said. Itsuki gave the letter back to her.
“It’s not your fault…”
Then, there’s a moment’s silence between the two of them.
“This is bad… I’m afraid that she might not be able to…” She held the headmaster’s hand tightly. “Manage the Rosehouse anymore…”TBC...
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