Sae yawned, literally got sick of this usual routine of the heir already. He used to mock Airi because every time he asked him to play, he had to decline due to his duties. The amount of paper in his desk never reduced, more likely it had increased everyday.
“Geez.. Can I get a day off?” It seemed like he was literally drowned in a sea of paper.
He wanted to close his eyes for a while, then he could feel something inside him.
Sae sense something from Yuki’s side, since he gave her his ruby necklace, he knows that it was the sign when Yuki want to meet him. More likely there is something urgent, since Yuki never use it before. Sae knew Yuki is busy with the daily routine of being the heiress. However, he’s glad that Yuki actually wanted to see him, it’s not a one-sided feeling afterall.
Sae looking around him, just want to make sure that there was no one around his chamber. He locked it, before snapping his fingers, teleporting to the other side.
There he is, the one that she’s been long for. Yuki was staring at the sky again. A smile was plastered on his face, as he keep walking toward the heiress from behind.
“Hey, Princess..” Sae wrapped her waist.
She was surprised, Yuki’s body flinched on sudden skinship. But when she turned her head and found the exact person that she’s been waiting for.
“Mou~ You almost gave me a heart attack.” She made sounded like she disliked what the latter did.
“You don’t like it? Hmm.. okay..” Sae was sulking, and tried to let go his hand on her waist.
Before he completely removed his hands, in a flash Yuki grabbed it and said “I never said, I don’t...like it..” as she keep her eyes down.
“How cute!” Sae pinched one of her cheeks, as once again his hand found the comfort place on her slim waist.
Both of them just stayed quiet for a while, enjoying the moment. Unlike Sae who was enjoying every single moment he was spending with, Yuki was contemplating on whether to tell him what was going on. Little did Yuki knew, Sae could noticed her tensed aura, not to mention she kept playing the hem of his shirt. One of Yuki’s habit that he found, it’s not just about Yuki. Sae was born with an extraordinary observation skills. Like he could immediately noticed if someone move his things, although Jurina always said he put it back at the right place. The youngest always missed by an inch, even millimeters, if that counted.
“Is there something wrong, love?”
“.........” Yuki’s breath hitched when she heard the question
Sae turned her body facing him completely. Now, Yuki can’t lie anymore, since it all written on her face. Sae took her hands in his, lacing them together. Still the heiress wasn’t looking at her prince, she somewhat troubled because of some unknown reason. Therefore, Sae gave a soft grip in the hands, trying to get the heiress’s attention.
“Yuki.. Just tell me..” He said it with a soft voice, trying reassured her along with a simple act of brushing her knuckle.
“I-I can’t, Sae, I-I’m sorry,” She said, continuing to look away from him. The heiress bit her lower lip, but she couldn’t lie to Sae’s eyes. Moreover, the tears that she kept inside, starting to come out without her consent.
“Look at me, Yuki.” Sae was trying hard to make Yuki look at him in the eyes, which is she complied “I’m with you.. Whatever the situation may be.”
After hearing that, it was as if the final effort of her to hold back her tears had failed. She couldn’t maintain her trance anymore, not in front of Sae. Yuki find herself hug Sae, her face nuzzled in the crook of his neck, as her arms now snaking behind Sae’s neck. The tears keep flowing endlessly, because in front of her sisters and others she needed to keep a straight face, but in front of Sae, she can let all of her emotions roam free. On the other side, Sae just hug her back, whilst one of his hand brushing her long-raven hair in soothing manner.
“H-He..i-is…..d-dying…” Yuki was struggling to finish her sentence as her breathing started to fluctuate, her voice and sobbing got mixed into one.
Sae stopped brushing the heiress’s hair, he was just too shocked upon hearing the news. Now, the puzzled Sae started to think about the possible reasons as to how it happened until he remember what Sayaka said to him. He was definitely in torn, whether telling her the truth or not.
“How is he?”
“The physician said….. That we need the heart of a pure-blooded werewolf, before the next moon eclipse.”
Sae knew, the only thing that can cure the werewolves claw is the werewolf’s heart, the pure-blood one. He should’ve known that Yuki was going to ask him about this, perhaps about Sayaka too.
“Where is Airi, Yuki?”
“He should be down in the dungeon, Akane’s looking after him.”
“Dungeon? What did you do to him?” Sae couldn’t hide his worry tone over his brother.
“I-I’m sorry...Sae, after Father has been attack by unknown werewolf. Rena was raging so she kinda… attacked him.”
“Did you know about this attack? Is this your prank again? If so….” Yuki removed one hand from Sae’s neck, trying to gather energy ball inside her palm.
“Wow wow Hold it there! I’m not, I wasn’t there, I don’t know what happen, please, believe me.”
“Are you sure?” Yuki squinted her eyes in suspicion.
“Okay, I believe in you.” The energy ball magically disappear in the blink of an eye. “But, do you have any idea who did this?”
“Hmmm…” Sae speechless, didn’t know what to say nor what to do.
“Please...Sae..” She cupped one of his cheeks
“Listen to me carefully..”
Sae began to tell her about his cousin, Sayaka; The heiress of Yamamoto Clan. He told her everything from A to Z nothing was left unturned. Especially the part when Sayaka said there was someone else who trying to pick a fight first.
“So...That’s all I know about this..” Sae ended his story.
Both of them now sat on the bench in the balcony. There was a long pregnant pause between them. Not because of awkwardness, more likely they didn’t know what to do. Yuki was trying hard to comprehend all of the information that she got. One thing bother her was, Sayaka’s story wasn’t matching with Mayu’s. Even though she trusted Sae, she couldn’t shove away this uneasy feeling.
“Who is telling the truth
?” Yuki mumbled in soft voice
“Are you saying something?” Sae turned his face to his princess
“N-No, it’s fine…”
“Nee Yuki.. Tell me honestly, What are you gonna do to Airi?”
Since earlier, Airi was on his mind, he was just wondering what happened to him. Though Sae himself hadn’t met Yuki’s sisters yet, from Nao and Jurina, her sister who has name Rena is a bit scary, more than he could imagine.
“I-I don’t know myself, but if worse comes to worse, we might have to use his heart.”
“H-Heart? Can you just release him, Yuki?”
“As much as I want to, you know I can’t, Sae… not after that incident.”
“But if you do that…”
“Yeah.. There will be a war between the vampires and werewolves but I have to be precautious.”
“Yuki, promise me you won’t use his heart.. Not when you have another option.” Sae knelt down before his lover.
“What option do I have left? I can’t let my Father die...” Yuki clenched her fist
“I’ll find a way out.. But not Airi’s heart. He’s the heir of my clan. His life is equal to a thousand werewolves.”
Sae intertwined their hand together, put a little strength in it “I swear on my life, I’ll find a away. Just promise me, Yuki…”
Yuki didn’t like the scene that she was involved in, not even a bit. For the first time in her life, she hated being the heiress, hated being the one who will decides everything. But now, her judgement will greatly affect not one person, but an entire clan, perhaps her love as well. Yuki knew if she was in Sae’s shoes, she’ll do the same thing. Seeing Sae kneeling before her, pleading over his brother’s life. How can she ignore him?
Yuki took a deep breath, as her orbs met the prince’s “I promise..Sae..”
“C-Can I see him?”
“Yes.. But not now..”
Yuki still held his hand. Sae couldn’t hide his disappointment, it was showing on his face. She cupped both of Sae’s cheeks and pulled him closer until their warm flesh met. Yuki was trying hard to convey her feeling to the prince. The kisses went slowly, until she felt Sae reciprocated the kiss want to be the dominant one.
Sae deepened the kiss as his hand now in Yuki’s milky neck, as if he made sure Yuki won’t able to escape from the kiss. They keep exchanging the position of their head, switching from left to right or vice versa. The kissing session went too long than they thought it would be. Although they’re both supernatural creatures, too bad they still need an air to breath. Yuki was the one who broke their kissing session.She still trying to catch her breath, so does Sae.
She reached out her hand toward his “Sae.. Later, okay?”
Sae put her hand into his “Okay…” then he kiss the back of her hand, not even a moment divert his eyes from hers.
Then they both heard someone’s voice coming from door
It was Rena’s voice. Both Yuki and Sae rose up immediately, they’re panicking. Though she wanted them to meet, since they’re both important presence in her life. But she can’t, not now. Nevertheless Yuki couldn’t make sure about Rena’s reaction. She didn’t want her prince to become pulp like Airi.
“Sae, I’m afraid we have to say goodbye for now.”
“If you need me, just kiss that ruby, okay?” Sae leaned in to kiss on her forehead, “And one more….It’s see you later, not goodbye.” beaming his infamous smile
Yuki giggled at how easy Sae made her laugh with a simple sentence “See you later, Sae.”
“See you later, princess.” Then he snapped his fingers and magically disappear
Lucky Rena was late for 2 seconds, if she was walking faster. Surely, She’ll caught her older sister with her lover.
“There you are, Yuki-chan! I’ve been looking for you anywhere.” Rena stomped her feet toward the heiress.
Yuki quickly hid the necklace and spoke softly, “Yeah… Just trying to clear my head.”
“She’s in her room right now. I think she needs some space after all that’s happened.”
“Nee, Rena-chan. What are you going to do if you were me?”
Rena stayed quiet, not knowing what to say. Yuki didn’t have to say it out loud, since they’re twins, of course Rena knew Yuki is having a hard time. Not only Yuki, but all of the Kashiwagi clan.
“I don’t know Yuki-chan…. But I’ll be here with you, no matter what happen.” Rena held the heiress hand, tried to reassured her that it’s okay.
Yuki didn’t say anything back but smiled faintly. “Sometimes I hate being me.. I just want to runaway from all of it.
” She talked inside her head
Rena couldn’t help but to see through Yuki’s faint smile and wanted to know what happened to her. She knew that there was something behind her sister’s facade, something that was not only worrying her sister, but worrying herself.
After that conversation, it was all she could think about. What was Yuki hiding and why? It had to be more than just her being tired.
“You are hiding something from me, aren’t you Yuki-chan?”
“Hm? N-No, I’m not….”
“Don’t you dare to deny it. I smell a wolf scent here…” as Rena kept sniffing around, the strange thing was the closer she walked to the heiress, the stronger scent of werewolf is. “Ah.. It came from you…” Rena grinned
“….” Yuki felt her throat tightened, she tried to act like usual but it was useless when rena threw another line.
“You’re not seeing a werewolf right, Yuki-chan?” Rena crossing her arms, clearly demand an answer from her twin.
Yuki knew that Rena already knew, after all they aren’t twins for nothing.
“I don’t have to say anything, Rena-chan”
“Oh My God Yuki-chan! So, is it TRUE
At first, Rena was joking about Yuki seeing werewolf. It was came out of her mouth casually when she noticed a little trace of wolf’s scent in balcony. The twins often joke around when they were younger, Rena thought one joke could help the heiress to relax. Rena grabbed Yuki shoulder, though she had hunch that Yuki was hiding something, but she’s been in relationship is beyond her imagination, moreover she is seeing a werewolf, their nemesis.
“Are you out of your MIND
? You’re the heiress Yuki-chan! The next queen! Remember that!” Rena raised her voice. Clearly displeased by this sudden news.
!? We both know that you are more capable than I am. I’m stuck here because literally I was born like 5 minutes ahead before you.” Yuki shared the deepest thought of her with the same tone.
Rena loosened her grip after the heiress, let her head rest on Yuki’s shoulder.
“I can’t change the past too… I just…. can’t be the heiress…” Rena softly said.
They just stayed in silent for minutes, until Rena spoke first but still in the same position
“If you are so sick of heiress title, why didn’t you tell father about this?”
“Rena….. Deep inside we both knew, I CAN’T
. You know that I-I c-can’t…” Yuki broke into tears, as her walls that she’s been build fall apart.
The heiress covered all of her face with her both hands, she kept sobbing as her chest motion up and down.
“Yuki….” Rena pulled her sister in her arms, patted her back “I’m sorry...I shouldn’t have yell at you..”
“Mm-mm” Yuki shook her head, “I’m sorry too….”
“But now tell me, who’s this guy? Do I know him?” Rena let go the heiress, lift up her chin to face to her. Hesitate, that’s all she can see in her twin’s eyes.
“I don’t think you know him, but I’m afraid that you will hate him…..” Yuki bit her bottom lip
“How can I hate someone if I don’t know about him?”
“Because??” Rena raised an eyebrow, anticipated the next bomb.
“He is the middle son of Furukawa’s family..” Yuki immediately closed her eyes, bitting her lower lip. She was afraid of Rena’s reaction.
But nothing came from her twins, not a single word either. It made Yuki felt more terrified.
Rena facepalmed herself, “Seriously Yuki-chan? Out of all werewolves you chose Furukawa family?”Wait, it means we have an additional werewolf’s heart
“I got a plan.” Rena smirked.
(A/N) Okay, I have to put this fic into HIATUS
for the time being. My brain can't work all of my fics at once
This fiction rather have heavy plot in the next development, and I think it would be wise if I put it on "hold"
to make sure I am not writing half-ass. Thank you for you all who've been reading my fics all these time.
See you on another update