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Title: Love is blind (UPDATED) [03/29 I'm sorry guys...]
Post by: Kame on April 26, 2009, 11:08:14 PM
Minna-san, domo~

I can't believe it... finally I'm back and I'm even coming up with... A NEW STORY!!! YAAAAAY!!!

First off, I wanna apologize for the lack of updates, I feel totally ashamed that I couldn't come up with anything!

Hontou ni... gomen nasai  :kneelbow:

Now, a short summary:

Tanaka Reina is a normal student who is in her final year at senior high school. With her rebellious and perty attitude she lives through her day. But no one knows that Reina is actually hiding her wounded heart, left by her ex-girlfriend back in Fukuoka. Due to that incident, the yankii stopped believing in love and never trusted another girl again.

One day, Reina meets a girl and suddenly her life changes completely.

Without any further ado, here is my new story! Enjoy~

NOTE: Sorry for possible grammar/spelling mistakes

Love is blind


*beep beep beep*

Oh, how much I hated my alarm clock. It was always waking me in the middle of a nice dream where the best part was just about to come up. Lazily I reached over to the bedside table, turning off the alarm. Luckily there was only one more week before break. One more week in that I had to force myself to stay awake while sitting in the last row of the classroom, listening to the teachers dry lectures with trivial details. I threw back the blanket and got up, stretching my arms over my head. Yawning, I made my way to the bathroom.

Let me introduce myself. My name is Tanaka Reina, I'm nineteen years old and I moved from Fukuoka to Arakawa, Tokyo. I'm in my final year at senior high school, which is because I had to repeat the class after I moved here. The principal said that I might not be able to catch up with the other students, since I've missed a lot of subject matter due to the move. I querulously accepted, knowing I would bore myself to death in the beginning of the year, since I already knew about all the stuff they taught us.

I didn't have much friends at school, most of the students there avoided me. The guys because they heard about one of the reasons why I had to move to Tokyo, attending to that school and the girls because they knew that I was... different. I was not that kind of girl who was squealing over a handsome guy or dressed up like a cute little doll just to catch the attention of a male student. Since I was sixteen I realized that my male fellow men were so not interesting me. It always had been a girl who caught my attention and when I had my first girlfriend back then, it was official that I liked girls. So when the girls at school found out about my sexuality, they were kinda backing away from me as if I had some kind of a lethal, contagious disease. I was still wondering how they found out about that though, I never told anybody except for my family.

When I had my coming-out my mom was completely fine with it, much to my surprise. I've always thought she'd freak out if I told her that she could never expect grandchildren from me. My brother... well as much as I love him, he's still a guy after all. He just said that it's cool and asked me if he could watch me and my future-girlfriend being intimate. I guess he'll never forget the bump on his forehead after it made aquaintance with my fist.
My dad was way tougher. He didn't even talk to me for about two weeks. One day, I could hear him talk to my mom about the whole situation. He said that he's disappointed and that he wished for me to be with a nice guy, getting married and have children. I still can remember the talk my dad and me had and as I told him that he couldn't force me into something I don't wanted and from what I knew I'd be unlucky with, he finally accepted it.

A knock on my door interrupted my thoughts and my mom stuck her head into my room.

„Reina, hurry up! You're going to be late for school!“

„I'm almost finished, mom. Don't worry I'll make it just in time.“

„You know exactly that you can't be late.“

„Yeah, I know. Damn, you don't need to remind me every day. I'm a grown up girl, you know.“

„Watch your language, Reina! No---“

„No swearing in this house, I know. Now would you please leave?“

„Hurry up.“


„Don't be late.“



That's it for now... sorry for the prologue being that short but... aren't prologues supposed to be short? XD More is coming soon~ Stay tuned!
Title: Re: Love is blind [04/26 Prologue]
Post by: strawb3rrykream on April 26, 2009, 11:25:25 PM
OMFG KAME!!!! :w00t:
I like your new story so far. :P Hmm, may I predict that Reina meets Eri and she helps mend the yankii's broken heart? :D
Title: Re: Love is blind [04/26 Prologue]
Post by: Kame on April 26, 2009, 11:30:41 PM
OMFG KAME!!!! :w00t:
I like your new story so far. :P Hmm, may I predict that Reina meets Eri and she helps mend the yankii's broken heart? :D


Guess whose birthday is tomorrow?? Hehe... I know everything XD

Well~ You'll see... Eri will be in that story for sure but... she will be way different from how we know her right now... that's all I say... the answer comes in chapter 1
Title: Re: Love is blind [04/26 Prologue]
Post by: JFC on April 27, 2009, 12:44:38 AM
Love is blind

Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo...want backstory on Reina's old GF. :yep:
Title: Re: Love is blind [(UPDATED) 04/27 Chapter 1 - Shadows of the past]
Post by: Kame on April 27, 2009, 05:26:41 AM

Good news, everyone~

I just finished writing chapter 1 and I'm happy to be able to make an update already! I hope I can make up for the time I really lacked on updating...

Anyways, I hope you enjoy the first chapter of Love is blind
@JFC: In this chapter you will have some backstory about Reina's ex-girlfriend. But I don't have a name for that girl, since the whole story around it is relevant for the rest of the story. Hope you enjoy it though  ;)

NOTE: Sorry for possible grammar/spelling mistakes

Chapter 1 – Shadows of the past

I slumped onto my seat, totally out of breath. I ran all the way to school and luckily made it into the classroom right as the bell announced the beginning of the class. Trying to catch my breath I rested my head on my arms. Damn, I really needed to get up slightly earlier and stop thinking so much in the morning. A giggle caught my attention and I raised my head to look at the girl sitting on the seat next to me.

„Oh, Reina-chan... when will you be able to not enter the classroom in the last second?“

„Hey, I'm here when the bell is ringing.“

„Yeah... but out of breath and tired from all the running.“

„I'll work on it.“

„Yeah, sure...“

„I really will.“

„You said that about your essay too... did you finish it already?“


„See? I told you~“

„Shut it, Aiko-chan~ I'm really working on it but... everytime I'm sitting in front of that essay, I'm just staring at the paper with a blank mind. I can't think of anything.“

„You mean... you're not interested and distract yourself easily with other stuff that's lying around in your room?“

„Mou~ Aiko-chan!“

„I'm right~“

„No, you're not~“

„So why can't you finish it then?“

„I already told you, I can't think of anything to write. Now can we stop this discussion please?“

„Okay, okay... but I won again~“, she said triumphantly and quietly laughed.

„Whatever“, I replied and weakly smiled.

Aiko Minazuki was like the only friend I had in school. She was honest and had no problem with the fact that I liked girls. She wasn't like the other girls who got scared if I touched them, afraid of that I might come too close. Aiko took care of me since the first day I came to that school. She showed me around, told me about the teachers and lessons and also about which guys and girls I should avoid. Many students at school credited us to have a love affair because we were always around each other. I didn't know if Aiko was uncomfortable with that but until now she hadn't said anything. Probably she just ignored those stupid remarks other students made.
I really had to admit that Aiko was a very cute and adorable person, with beautiful long black hair and hazel eyes but she was younger than me and also a little bit too childish from time to time. Spending time with her could be very straining sometimes, so I was just happy about her being my friend.

I remember one of the conversations Aiko and me had. She had been asking me about what kind of girl would be my type. Well, I easily get drawn in by a mesmerizing smile and intense eyes. If that girl also had a mindblowing personality and a great sense of humor, then I would fall for her for sure. I was aware of the fact that I demanded a great deal of my future-girlfriend but to tell the truth, I was very picky in that case. A girl could be the most beautiful I've ever seen but if she was vain or as thick as two short planks – in the worst case even both – I'd rather remain single than having such a girl on my side. I still had my pride after all.

~~~ ~~~

School had been boring as hell. I yawned and stretched my arms over my head as I walked down the street. My thighs were still slightly hurting, since I kept pinching them during classes in order to stay awake. Geez, I really needed to find another way to keep myself awake... one that wouldn't be that painful and that not caused my thighs to get all red.

„Excuse me, young lady.“

A strong male voice tore me out of my thoughts. I looked at him, recognizing that he was a construction worker.

„What is it?“, I asked him politely.

„The street is closed, you can't pass this way.“


„If you want to go to the middle of the town, you can go through the park.“

„Okay, thank you.“

„Have a nice day, young lady“, the construction worker said and winked.

I forced a smile and turned to make my way towards the park. God, his wink nauseated me somehow. I shivered as I thought about it. Somehow I couldn't stand those men who were winking at each woman they see. It looked so... well, I don't know... as if they could get every woman they want with that weak gesture. It's not like a woman's day would turn out better, if a man winks at her. Maybe for some women but definitely not for me. Even if it's meant in a friendly way.

~~~ ~~~

The soft breeze felt just amazing. I took a deep breath and relished the silence. It was like I escaped from all the noisyness around me. No traffic noises, no annoying child's voices, no dog barking... nothing. That was just the way I liked it. Sometimes I wished I had these moments of complete silence more often. It was just perfect to sort out my thoughts. Believe it or not, I was a very thoughtful person. Lately I had been thinking a lot about what time would bring, always asking myself those obligatory questions that started with 'what if'.

What if I'm not able to get used to my new hometown?

What if I'm not able to make friends due to my sexuality?

What if I fall back into my old patterns of behavior?

What if I... can't fall in love anymore?

This question was the only one that I asked myself over and over again. My last relationship ended in– to transcribe it – a disaster. The girl I fell in love with back then had everything I had been dreaming of. When we met each other, she was kind and loyal, her personality was amazing and she made me laugh. The way she had been treating me had always caused my heart to beat faster and my feelings for her grew stronger with each passing day. After a month of a lovey dovey relationship, her behavior changed rapidly and suddenly she was out of all recognition. She neither answered my text messages nor my calls. Soon I couldn't take it anymore so I decided to talk to her about it. I still remembered the painful sting in my heart as I watched her kissing the guy from our school, who had been – what I found out later – also her ex-boyfriend. As I took her to task, she only said that she never really loved me and that she had been only using me to make her ex-boyfriend jealous. With these words, our relationship ended and she left me bleeding after she tore my heart into millions of pieces.

Since that day I stopped believing in love and wasn't able to trust other girls. No matter how much the girls who wanted to be by my side – or at least said that they wanted to be – tried to convince me that they were really meaning it, I always refused. My fear to get hurt again got the best of me and I kinda built up a wall around my heart and also myself. No other girl ever managed to make break down these walls.

„Please... stop it...“

What was that? I could've sworn I've just heard a female voice. I scanned the surroundings with my eyes, but I couldn't see anybody. Hm... maybe I just imagined that I heard something. I shrugged and continued my way back home.

„Leave me alone... please, I just... want to sit here in peace...“

There it was again! So I didn't imagine it. The voice sounded scared and from what I had been hearing, it was trembling slightly. I started to walk faster, determined to find out what happened to that girl who was obviously in trouble. The voice grew louder with each step I was taking. She had to be right behind the bushes next to me. As I reached the end of the plants, I carefully peeked around them and I discovered a girl, standing in the middle of three guys. She looked like she was about my age, dressed in a grey skirt and a light blue t-shirt, sunglasses hid her eyes. But what caught my attention was, that she visibly trembled and tightly pressed her books against her chest. Suddenly one of the guys took a few steps closer to her.

„Come on... you'll have a date with the most wanted guy in Tokyo.“

The most wanted guy in Tokyo? Don't make me laugh, he looked like a complete retard. The fact that he was wearing some good designer clothes didn't make him to the most wanted guy of the town. I was actually wondering why he was that self-confident.

„I... I don't want to...“, the girl said, slightly backing away from him.

„Can you repeat that? I didn't catch that“, the guy remarked, a self-pleased smile on his lips.

„I... said... I don't want to date you“, the girl repeated slightly louder and a look of shock appeared on her face as her back hit the other two guys who were standing right behind her.

„You don't want to date me?“, he stupidly asked, „well, if that's so...“

He snapped his fingers and his minions grabbed her wrists and upper arms, pulling them behind her back causing her books to thud onto the ground. The poor girl tried free herself from their grip but with each try they only held tighter onto her arms. The other guy took another step forward, his face only a few inches away from hers.

„One last time, girl... will you date me?“


„DAMN, HOW DARE YOU?! NO ONE SAYS NO TO ME!“, he yelled, raising his hand.


The girls sunglasses landed on the ground with a clattering sound as he slapped her across the face. Okay, that was enough. I had to do something, I just couldn't stand there watching that idiot slapping an innocent girl just because she rejected him.

„Will you date me now?“

„N-no... I won't...“, the girl replied, her voice trembled as she spoke.


„HEY!“ I yelled, coming out of my hiding.

The three guys jumped slightly, looking into my direction.

„Who the heck are you?“, the guy with the designer clothes asked, giving me a deprecative look.

„My name doesn't matter“, I said as I approached them, „say... don't you think it's amazingly weak to bother a girl in a threesome?“

„That's none of your business.“

„I don't care if it's something of my business or not! How dare you to raise your hand against a woman?“

„So what??“

„The most wanted guy of Tokyo?? You? Oh, please! The most wanted guy of Tokyo wouldn't slap a girl just to force her to date him!“


He made his way over, stopping in front of me, our bodies a few inches away from each other. I suppressed a laugh, the guy wasn't much taller than me. He shot me a glare, obviously trying to intimidate me but I held his gaze. I could see confusion crossing his face as I didn't made any attempts to back away from him. I crossed my arms and sighed loudly, showing him that he didn't scare me at all. He leaned closer to me, so close that I could feel his disgusting breath on my face.

„This is your last chance to get away without any injuries... stop playing the hero and walk away, pretending you haven't seen anything...“

„Tsk...“, I sneered.

„Don't cry afterwards and say I haven't warned you bef---“

Before he could end his sentence, my forehead hit his with a loud thumping sound. He stumbled backwards, holding his forehead as a look of surprise and pain appeared on his face. A mischievous smile formed on my lips while I watched him to collect himself. He seemed to be a man of huge words but in the end there was nothing behind them.

„You filthy, little bitch!“

With these words leaped towards me, ready to punch me into my face with his fist. I've already seen this coming and briskly ducked, ramming my fist into the pit of his stomach. The guy gasped and coughed as I shoved him away from me, watching him fall onto his knees. I glanced over at his minions who just stood there as if they were frozen.

„You... this was just... luck...“, the guy on the ground gasped, clasping his stomach.

„Oh really? How about this?“, I said as I walked over to him, grabbing his wrist and twisted his arm on his back, causing him to fall over.

„YOU...“, I twisted his arm even more and my knee dug into his back, „OW, DAMN! LET GO!! THAT HURTS!!“

„This is only a taste of your own medicine, you moron!“


„And what if? What you've done to that girl is probably even more pain than you feel right now!“

„P-please... let go...“

„If I let go now, you're going to run as fast as you can! Leave this girl alone and if I ever see you around her again... I'll rip you into pieces!“

„You... you wouldn't do that...“

„Oh, trust me... I would!“, I replied, my voice trembled in anger.

„Okay, okay... you've won... just... please... let me go...“

I slowly released my grip on his wrist and carefully watched him as he got up, rubbing his shoulder. Each muscle in my body was tensed, ready to fend off a possible attack. His right leg twitched and our eyes met as if we started an unuttered staring contest. The guy even lost in this one as he looked away.

„Out... of my sight.“, I said, the tone of my voice threatening.

The guy glanced at me once again before... he suddenly started to run. His companions looked at me and as I made a step towards them, they released the girl and ran off like scared little bunnies. After I made sure they were gone, I quickly made my way over to the girl who was sitting on the ground.

„Hey... are you okay?“, I asked, kneeling down next to her.

„Yeah... thank you...“, she replied quietly, staring onto the ground.

„Don't mention it... I'm happy that you're fine“, I said as I got up, offering her my hand.

The girl didn't react to my offer so I cleared my throat to call her attention to my hand, but she remained motionless. Maybe she was still in shock and had to calm down first. I gave her the time she needed while I collected her books and picked up her sunglasses, carefully cleaning them with my shirt.

„Did you see his face as you said no? It was hilarious“, I said, trying to start a conversation to ease the tension.

„No, I didn't...“

„Does your cheek still hurt?“

„A little...“

„I hope this was the first and last time you had to experience something like this.“

„I hope so, too... and I'm really thankful that you helped me, uh...“

„Reina... Tanaka Reina.“

„Well... thank you, Tanaka-san.“

„As I already said, don't mention it... and just call me Reina, okay? No need to be so formal.“

„Okay... Reina... my name is Eri... Kamei Eri.“

„Kamei Eri... a very sonorous name“, I remarked and smiled.

„Thank you.“

„Well, Kamei-san---“


„Eri...“, I repeated and got up, „give me your hand.“

„Eh? Why?“

„Do you want to sit there on the ground forever?“

„No... sorry...“

„It's okay. Here, take my hand.“

„Is... your hand left or right from me?“

Left or right from her? What kind of question was that? My hand was right in front of her face, why didn't she see it? And also... why didn't she look at me for once since we started to talk to each other? Somehow this girl was... strange.



„Where exactly is your hand?“

„It's right in front of you! Geez, are you---“

Suddenly Eri lifted her head and looked at me.

„Blind? Yes...“

I quietly gasped and clapsed my hand over my mouth as I looked into her eyes. Her eyes were hazy and posessed a shade of gray, mixed with a faint white. For a few moments I just stared into her eyes before I realized something... even though her eyes were like this, obviously marked by her blindness... they still had something intense and expressive in it.

To be continued...

Well, that's it for chapter 1. I hope you guys enjoyed reading. Chapter 2 is on its way... don't worry, I was so into my writing I didn't even realize that I already started chapter 2 XD
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [04/27 Chapter 1 - Shadows of the past]
Post by: 0508 on April 27, 2009, 07:17:56 AM
Good to see you back with more stories. TANAKAME FTFW!! Blind Eri? Hrm, interesting.
Keep the updates coming. :D
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [04/27 Chapter 1 - Shadows of the past]
Post by: JFC on April 27, 2009, 06:28:00 PM
That bitch hurt Reina! :angry:

GO REINA!! :rockon:



„Where exactly is your hand?“

„It's right in front of you! Geez, are you---“

Suddenly Eri lifted her head and looked at me.

„Blind? Yes...“
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [04/27 Chapter 1 - Shadows of the past]
Post by: ShikyoxYaiba on April 28, 2009, 01:37:17 AM
Oh man... Blind Eri. Reina probably wants to slap herself now for what she said... But goooo Reina for kickin' those guys' butts!
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [04/27 Chapter 1 - Shadows of the past]
Post by: Michi.Pinku on April 28, 2009, 05:06:46 AM
good job! Reina  :grin:
they're so pathetic  :bleed eyes: ... well
Blind Eri? :shocked  Your fanfic is amazing, continued it . Please  :D
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [04/27 Chapter 1 - Shadows of the past]
Post by: Haruka on April 28, 2009, 06:48:09 PM
OMG Blind Eri  :w00t:

This is NEW *o*
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [04/29 Chapter 2 - Wrong turn?]
Post by: Kame on April 29, 2009, 08:44:11 AM

I'm back with the 2nd chapter! Thanks to my lovely honey bunny for choosing the title <3

Without any further ado... I proudly present you chapter 2!


NOTE: Sorry for possible grammar/spelling mistakes

Chapter 2 – Wrong turn?

„Oh god, Eri... I-I'm so sorry... I... I didn't mean to be rude...“

„It's okay. You didn't know about it.“

„But... damn, now I'm embarrassed...“

„There's no reason why you should be. Really, it's okay. This happens very often to me.“

Amazing, Reina! You just shot yourself into your foot. Now of all times where you just met a nice girl. Very well done, Tanaka. God, how I wished to just disappear right now or at least... that I could rewind the time. Now everything made sense... the sunglasses, the reason why she didn't look at me as we started to talk to each other and her answer from before... that she didn't see his face when she refused him. Oh, Reina you stupid...
I snapped back to reality as I heard Eri moving next to me.

„Oh, sorry... take my hand“, I said, taking her hand into mine. Damn her skin was so soft...

„Thanks“, Eri replied, letting me pull her up onto her feet.

„No... prob...lem...“

I gulped as she stood in front of me. Eri looked... amazing. She had beautiful, long brown hair, that was lying over her shoulders, her skin was flawless and had a slight tan. Her face literally radiated sympathy and her lips were sensual and alluring. If I wouldn't be aware of the fact that I wasn't dreaming, I would have said that she was an angel sent from above. I've seen a lot of girls in my life but no one ever looked as beautiful as Eri did.

„I... should go home now...“, she said, feeling around on the bench for something.

„What are you looking for?“

„There has to be my white cane somewhere... I know I've putted it down next to me.“

I looked around and spotted a white staff lying in the bushes next to the bench. It must've dropped down as those disgusting guys bothered her and she got up in a hurry as panic took her over.

„I found it“, I said and handed it to her.

„Thank you.“

„In which direction do you have to go?“

„From where we are standing... to the right.“

„Oh... me too... do you... mind me to accompany you?“

„I don't mind... I'd be happy about some company“, Eri replied and smiled. Damn, this had to be one of the most mesmerizing smiles I've ever seen.

„Okay, then... I'll carry your books.“

„That would be nice.“

As I picked up her books, I noticed the small bumps underneath the black and white printed title. I ran my finger over it and realized that it was braille. But then the titles of the books caught my attention. Music and harmony apprenticeship, melodic symphonies, music as educational methods. These books weren't the ones a senior high school student would carry around.

~~~ ~~~

We quietly walked next to each other, Eri's arm hooked with mine. To be honest, I had been panicking slightly as she asked me to lead her. I've never led someone who was... well... blind. I was afraid of making her bump into things or that I couldn't stop her early enough on a street. Even though she had told me that she would be fine, I was still nervous. It took a lot of trust on her side to allow me to lead her. I wondered why she actually putted trust in me, since we've just met. And also the silence was killing me. I was still embarrassed from my mistake earlier.

„Do I have something on my face?“, Eri suddenly asked, causing me to jump slightly.


„You're looking at me since a while now.“

Damn, how did she know? I didn't even realize that I was looking at her. It was like my eyes were drawn to her by an invisible force. Sure she was an amazingly beautiful girl and somehow a mysterious aura lingered around her. The more I was looking at her, the more I realized just how amazing she looked. The soft breeze that blew through her hair made her look even more stunning.

Reina, what the heck are you doing? Stop staring at her, you might offend her with that.

That's what I said to myself but I just couldn't take my eyes off of her. I was very confident that she had lots of admirers. Hopefully it weren't such morons like the guys from earlier. I don't wanted to imagine what might have happened if I hadn't been around and what those bastards could've done to her. Would it have been possible for her to defend herself?

„Say, Reina... where are you from?“


„When you were talking before, I could hear that you don't have a Tokyo accent.“

„Oh... well, actually I'm from Fukuoka.“

„Fukuoka? That's not really the next town from here... what are you doing in Tokyo?“

„I just moved here.“

„Any reasons why you had to move from Fukuoka?“

„Let's just say... I had some problems back in my hometown.“

„Well... welcome in Tokyo, Reina“, Eri said and smiled. God, that smile...

„Thanks, Eri“, I replied, smiling as well even though I felt kinda stupid since I knew Eri wasn't able to see my smile.

An awkward silence emerged between us and the tension started to rise. I needed pick up the conversation again. If I was honest to myself, I really wanted to know more about that mysterious girl walking by my side.

„So how about you? Are you from Tokyo?“

„Yes, I was born here.“


„December 23rd, 1988.“

„So you were born in the showa era and you're also a child of winter.“


„Do you like the season?“

„Not as much as spring. I like the soft breezes and the sound of the leaves rustling in the wind. It's so soothing. That's why I'm always sitting on that bench after classes every day.“

„Every day? All on your own?“


„But... isn't that kinda... lonley? What about your friends?“

Eri forced a smile and suddenly I had a feeling that my question hadn't been a good one. Damn, I needed to stop to drop one brick after another.

„I don't have much friends.“

„Do you know why?“, I asked, really surprised about her answer.

„Most of the people I meet start to avoid me after they found out that I'm blind.“

„Why's that?“

„Because they think they have lots of responsibility if they are friends with me.“

„Only because... you're...“ Geez, I still couldn't say it.


„But that's moronic.“

„What do you mean?“ Eri asked, slightly turning her head into my direction.

„What I want to say is that... I don't understand why people avoid you.“

„I already told you why.“

„Eri, just because you're...“, I stopped, trying to find another word for her state, „not able to see... doesn't mean you're not a nice person.“

„Thank you, Reina...“, the girl next to me replied, smiling as she stopped.

„What's wrong?“

„I have to go to the left now“, she said.

„How... did you...“

„I memorized the way from the park to my house, counting each step, orienting myself on the sounds in that area. The traffic light is my indication for going left from here“, Eri explained, her hand gently touched the steel pillar of the traffic light.

„Oh... should I take you back home?“

„No, I'll be fine from here. Thank you for accompanying me, Reina. I really enjoyed talking to you.“

„I enjoyed it too... maybe... we... will meet someday again.“

„We probably won't...“, Eri said, lowering her head.

„Uh... well...“, I stammered, slightly taken aback about her answer, „it was... nice to meet you.“

„Thanks... likewise.“

„Oh... your books.“

„Yeah, right. Thank you for carrying them“, the girl said, taking her books.

„Don't mention it... well... have a nice evening, Eri.“

„You too, Reina.“

With that she walked away from me, moving her white cane from left to right and I watched her disappear as she turned around the next corner. I sighed and leaned against the traffic light, trying to figure out the meaning of what she had said. Why was it so obvious to her, that we wouldn't meet again? Because... I really wanted to.

~~~ ~~~

I kept staring out of the window while I was sitting in the classroom, not even bothering to listen to the teachers lectures. I wasn't able to concentrate anyways, my mind was always drifting off to... her. The sound of her voice, so soft and soothing still echoed in my ears and the way she had been smiling was an image I just couldn't get out of my head. And yet I felt a slight heaviness in my chest as her other words sneaked into my mind. I must've offended her really bad with what I've said and that was probably the reason why she didn't wanted to see... well meet me again. If that was the case, I had to accept it but at least... I wanted to apologize to her for my rude words, even though she said it was okay. Somehow it didn't feel like it. But how should I find her again?

„Hey... Reina“, Aiko whispered, poking my shoulder.


„You should stop staring out of that window and listen to the teacher.“

„Why should I?“

„Because it looks like you don't care about what he says.“

„Well, news for you, Aiko-chan. I do not care about what he's talking about.“

„Oh, Reina... we'll have a test about that topic, you know. Don't forget that.“

„And you don't forget about the fact that I'm repeating the class and I already know about the stuff he's blabbing about.“

„Okay, okay... no need to react that peevishly.“

„Whatever“, I replied and turned my head towards the window again.

I watched the wind grazing through the green leaves of the trees, gently rocking the small  branches up and down. I could feel a smile growing on my face as I thought about what Eri had said.

'I like the soft breezes and the sound of the leaves rustling in the wind. It's so soothing. That's why I'm always sitting on that bench after classes every day.'

„THAT'S IT!“ I blurted out, slamming my hands onto my desk.

„Tanaka-san... do you have something you want to share with the class?“, the teacher asked.

„Eh?“ I blinked a few times in confusion.

„If there's nothing you want to share with the class about the topic, then please sit down again.“

„H-hai...“, I whispered in embarrassment, sitting back down. I hadn't even noticed that I had been jumping out of my seat.

„Damn, Reina... you shocked the whole class with your exclamation.“

„I don't care...“

„What made you that happy that you had to raise your voice like that?“

„Uh... nothing.“

„Yeah, sure... because of nothing you jumped out of your seat in excitement.“

„Geez, Aiko-chan... it's none of your business, okay?“


„Don't 'eh' me... you don't need to know everything.“

„Okay, sorry... I just wanted to participate on your life.“

„I'm sorry but... not this time.“

„Fine“, she said, remaining silent for a brief moment, „do you wanna go to have a coffee after school?“

„Tanaka-san! Minazuki-san! Stop talking in private and pay attention to the lesson!“, the teacher said, causing us to cringe slightly.

Somehow I was happy that he interrupted our small conversation. Aiko could be very persistent sometimes and way too curious. I know that some friends shared everything that happened in their lives but I wasn't that kind of girl. There were still some things I wanted to keep just for myself and the meeting with Eri was one of those things.

~~~ ~~~

„That's it for today, class is dismissed.“

God, how I've longed for that sentence. I jumped up from my seat, grabbing my books and ran out of the classroom, down the hallway to my locker. I quickly entered my combination and unlocked my locker, throwing the books inside and slammed it shut again. I started to jog towards the exit and Aiko flashed me a confused glance as I rushed past her.

„Reina, where are you going?“, she called after me.

„No time, gotta hurry!“, I replied, jogging backwards.

„What about the coffee?“

„Maybe another time, sorry!“

I waved at her and turned around, speeding up. I didn't care about the people who were staring at me as if I was insane, running like I wanted to win a marathon. All what mattered to me right now, was that I was might be able to see her again. If my train of thoughts had been right, then I would find Eri in the park sitting on the bench where we met yesterday.

To be continued...

That was chapter 2! Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed it! Stay tuned for chapter 3
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [04/29 Chapter 2 - Wrong turn?]
Post by: Haruka on April 30, 2009, 04:44:24 AM
I think of that bench too xD
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [04/29 Chapter 2 - Wrong turn?]
Post by: lonewind on April 30, 2009, 11:35:29 AM
 :wub:  lol ur writing is soo good that it deserves to comments x3

i can't wait for chapter 3~ and really happy that u got bak into writing~ ^^ don't worry i'll stay updated on ur stories lol i'll make time to read them cuz they are soo good~ ^^

well bak to school work :(
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [04/30 Chapter 3 - Tough life]
Post by: Kame on April 30, 2009, 07:41:45 PM
Domo, domo~

First of all, I want to thank everyone who read my story and commented! I'll do my best to keep up with my updates!

Well then... ready for chapter 3?

Okay, here comes chapter 3!! Enjoy~

NOTE: Sorry for possible grammar/spelling mistakes

Chapter 3 – Tough life

I was totally out of breath as I finally reached the park. I took a few moments to catch my breath before I started to walk down the same way like yesterday. My stomach tingled in anticipation with each step I was taking. I sent silent prayers towards the heavens to see the person again, sitting on the same bench we've met each other the day before. My heart pounded against my chest as I finally reached the end of the bushes and peeked around them.

A happy smile grew on my face as I spotted Eri sitting on the bench with a book on her lap, her fingers briskly wandered over the pages. Judging from her expression, she seemed to be very concentrated. Once again I caught myself staring at her. She wore a white pullover combined with a light blue shirt underneath it and dark blue jeans which revealed the delicate shape of her legs. I took a deep breath and slowly walked over to her. I was only a few inches away from her as Eri suddenly turned her head into my direction, her lips formed one of those absolutely stunning smiles.

„Hello, Reina.“

„Hi, Eri...“, I shyly replied.

„It's good to hear you again.“

„I... wait... how did you know it was me?“

„I could tell from the sound of your footsteps.“


„You have this special way to walk, I've realized it yesterday.“


„What brings you here?“, Eri asked, putting her book aside.

„Well... Eri, I... w-would you mind me... sitting down next to you?“

„No, I don't mind.“

„Thank you“, I said as I sat down next to her.

I fiddled with my fingers, staring onto the ground. Why was I so nervous all of a sudden? Usually I wasn't like this. I had been talking to a lot of girls but I never had been so nervous like I was now. Probably it was because I don't wanted to mess up this conversation by stupid remarks again. I took a deep breath and thought about how I should start. First of all, I needed to apologize to her.

„Eri... I... wanted to apologize again...“

„For what?“

„For... what I've said yesterday.“

„Oh, Reina... I already told you that it's okay. You weren't aware of it.“

„I know but still... I feel like I've offended you and also... I couldn't stop thinking about what you've said before our paths went seperate ways...“

„That we probably won't meet again?“

„Yeah...“, I replied, pausing for a few seconds, „Eri, I can understand if you don't want to meet me again after I was acting so rude and... I came here to apologize once again and...“

Eri's quiet laugh caused me to stop in mid-sentence. Why was she laughing? What was so funny about what I've said just now? Okay, Eri's reaction was so not what I've had expected and I scratched the back of my head in confusion while I was looking at her.

„You're so cute, Reina“, Eri said, still laughing.

„Wha... Eh?“

„You were really thinking I said that because of your words yesterday?“

„Well... yeah...“

„You totally misinterpreted that.“

„I did?“


„So... what was the meaning of your words then?“

„As I told you... I don't have much friends because of my blindness. I've met a lot of people who said that we would meet again... but we never did, even though they promised.“


„One day, I've met some of those persons again and I asked them why they hadn't kept their promise. They only said that they couldn't handle my blindness and that spending time with me was getting straining after a while.“

„Why's that?“

„Because they always asked me if I've seen this or that... well, of course I didn't and soon they were getting tired me. They said they don't know what they could talk about with me.“

„So... you thought I'd be the same and were afraid of getting disappointed again?“

„Kind of, yes.“

„I see...“

„You know... I'm not that kind of person who keeps up whining because I lost my ability to see. It's just the way it is and that's why I'm not blaming you for saying something like you did yesterday,“ she explained, biting her lip, „but I am the one who needs to apologize.“


„Because I should've not thought the same about you, so... I'm sorry, Reina.“

„No, it's okay. I can understand why you had been thinking like this. You've experienced so much disappoinment and you just couldn't take it anymore.“

Eri smiled but remained silent. I needed to ease the tension between us. I had to find a topic that wouldn't drop the mood even more.

„So... what kind of book were you into before I interrupted you?“

„Oh, it's just a book from the university.“

„You're studying?“



„I don't think that's interesting for you.“

„No, please tell me. I... wanna know more about you.“

„I'm studying music at the Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku university.“

„Wow... how is it?“

„Interesting. I love music.“

„What kind of music?“

„I listen to every kind of music but mostly to classical piano pieces.“

„I've only heard one piano piece before...“

„Did you like it?“

„It gave me a soothing feeling, so... I'd say yes.“

„The piano is an amazing instrument. I often play the piano to relax or when I need to find a way to solve my problems.“

„Wait... you can play the piano?“

„Yes, I taught it myself after I got blinded.“

„But wasn't that hard?“

„Not as much as I thought that it would be,“ Eri said and got up.

„What are you doing?“

„Do you want to join me for a walk, Reina?“

„Yeah, of course.“

~~~ ~~~

„And you already composed some songs?“, I asked her, carefully holding onto her arm while we walked along a small stream.

„Just a few and they're not that great.“

„I bet they are.“

„What makes you believe that they are?“

„Well, you're studying music, you're in your second semester and you've been playing the piano over years now.“

„That doesn't make a good composer out of you“, Eri said and giggled.

God, the more I was talking to her, the more interested I got in her life. What caused me to get clairaudient was the fact that she had said 'after she got blinded'. Did that actually mean, she hadn't been blind since she was born? Had she been able to see before? This question was bothering me and I thought about asking her, but each time I opended my mouth to do so, I lost my courage.

Damn, Reina... she knows that she's blind you don't have to remind her of that.

„What is bothering you, Reina?“

„Uh... n-nothing.“

„I know there is something.“


„Because you keep pulling the sleeve of my shirt.“

„Wha... OH! SORRY!“, I apologized as I saw that I really was pulling on her sleeve constantly.

„You want to talk about it?“

„Uhm... actually...“

„What is it, Reina?“

„Eri... can I... ask you something?“


„It... has something to do with... your... eyes. Is that... okay for you?“

„It is, you can ask me whatever you want to.“

„Were you... always blind?“


„How did it happen then?“

„That's a long story.“

„I've got time“, I shot back but then reminded myself to not force her into anything, „i-if you want to tell me, that is.“

I looked at her, watching her biting her lip. Oh no, it had been a bad idea to ask her something like that. My mind was racing as I feverishly thought about another topic. Eri cleared her throat  and licked her lips. God, why did that look so amazingly alluring if she was the one who did that?

„Let's sit down somewhere“, she said.

„Okay“, I replied, leading her to the nearest bench.

„When I was fourteen, my parents and me had an appointment at my school. As we reached the highway, we were driving behind a truck which carried toxic substances. I remember because I had been asking my mom about the meaning of the sign on the back of the truck.“

„I see.“

„Suddenly the driver of the truck lost control of his car, he probably fell asleep for a few seconds. The truck-trailer slid across the highway and my dad wasn't able to hit the brake in time, so we directly crashed into the trailer. After that... I don't know what happened, everything around me went black.“

„You passed out?“

„Yeah... I still remember how I started to panic when I woke up in the hospital, hearing those buzzing and beeping sounds of the cardiogram. I was calling for my parents as I realized that everything around me remained black.“

„What happened then?“

„The doctor talked to me. He told me that there's no need to worry, since I've only had a bandage around my eyes and that I would be able to see again when they're taking it off. I was really happy about what he had said and I barely couldn't wait to get rid of these bandages. Finally the day I had been longing for was there and I was eager to look into my parents faces. The nurse took off my bandages and I could see... nothing. I've only heard my mom gasping and my dad was mumbling something. Then the sound of a door opening reached my ears and I realized the familiar voice of my attending doctor. He apologized to my parents for giving them a wrong diagnosis and... told them that I would never be able to see again, since acid got into my eyes and destroyed my visual nerve.“

„Oh...“, I weakly said and gulped.

How hard must it have been for her to hear those terrible news. Somehow the image of a fourteen-year-old Eri sneaked into my mind, sitting in the hospital bed with an expression of pure shock and confusion. I had been always wondering why the world had to be that unfair to let happen such tragic incidents to those people who just didn't deserve it.

„Eri, that's... oh, god I'm so sorry...“

„It's okay, Reina... it's okay.“

„So you've been... blind since six years now...“


„Any memory about what you've lastly seen... something you'll never forget about?“

„Yes, there is.“

„And that's what?“

„My mom's gentle face“, Eri replied, a smile appeared on her lips.

I couldn't help but smile too. Just as Eri had mentioned her mom, her whole face lit up with pride. While I was looking at her, I really had to admit that her expression looked amazingly cute just now. I've never seen such a proud expression before. Her and her mom seemed to have a very good mother-daughter relationship.

„Your family seems to be the most treasured possesion you've got... I'm sure you're always looking forward to come back home.“

Eri's lips formed an agonized smile as she lowered her head. Suddenly all the pride that had shown in her face gave way to a sad and upset expression.

„Eri, what's wrong?“ I asked her as concern awoke inside of me.

„Reina, I...“

„Do you have problems at home?“


„What is it, Eri?“

„Reina, I'm... all alone...“


„My parents...“, she started, her voice began to tremble, „my parents are... dead.“

I gasped and clasped my hand over my mouth. Her parents were dead? Wasn't it already enough that she lost her ability to see? I silently execrated the cruelness of this world.

„They... they both died in a fire when I was sixteen...“, the girl next to me quietly said, choking back tears, „my older brother took care of me and my younger sister after our parents died.“

„So you still have siblings?“

Eri shook her head, fighting against the tears that shimmered in her hazy eyes. Her whole body trembled at the force in that her sadness washed over her, her hands that she had been resting on her knees tightly clenched into fists.

„Where are they?“

„They were... both killed by an car accident...“

„Oh, Eri... I'm... awfully sorry. When...?“

„It happened on... my seventeenth birthday... the two of them went out to buy some food but... never came back again... the police... told me about... what had happened and I...“

The twenty-year-old girl bursted out in tears after she had reeled up the whole painful memories again. Tears dropped onto the back of her hands as she let her emotions run free, her heartrending sobs filled the air. I slowly wrapped my arm around her shoulders, carefully pulling her into my arms. Eri's hands clutched my shirt as she buried her face in my chest and soon her hot tears soaked the upper area of my chest. I tightened my grip around her, gently stroking the back of her head, slightly rocking her back and forth in order to comfort her. I gulped to get rid of the lump in my throat that seemed to grow with each passing second Eri was lying in my arms, crying.

A girl who lost her ability to see.

A girl who lost her family.

A girl who had nothing but herself.

That sounded like a drama movie. A movie that someone would watch after preparing lots of tissues on the sofa. But sadly this wasn't a movie. This was the cold and harsh reality. This was Eri's life.

To be continued...

Chapter 3 finished~ Thanks for reading *bows* So then, everyone... what do you think? Chapter 4 is already on its way~
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [04/30 Chapter 3 - Tough life]
Post by: 0508 on May 01, 2009, 02:01:27 AM
Awww. D: Hopefully Reina can bring a bit of luck and happiness into Kame's life. :3
Kudos for the speedy updates. :D
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [04/30 Chapter 3 - Tough life]
Post by: Amarghetta on May 01, 2009, 02:30:56 AM
Reina's got it bad~  :yep: Guess she'll end up straying from the yankii path due to a certain blind turtle.  :oops:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [04/30 Chapter 3 - Tough life]
Post by: ShikyoxYaiba on May 01, 2009, 07:53:56 AM
Ack, I missed commenting on chapter 2!!! Anyway, aw man... Eri!!! :cry: I feel so bad for her... I hope Reina can make her life a little better with some time... <33
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [04/30 Chapter 3 - Tough life]
Post by: JFC on May 01, 2009, 09:19:20 PM
It's quite understandable why Eri's built up a bit of a proverbial shell (no pun intended). Given her past experience it would only be natural for her to do that to keep herself from always getting emotionally hurt.

Hopefully it hasn't gotten to the point where she'll actually start to push Reina away. :O
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [04/30 Chapter 3 - Tough life]
Post by: Haruka on May 02, 2009, 03:26:18 AM
an, you couldn't make it more tragic! and you dare to think about it xD

That was enough .... my god poor Eri T_T... little blind turtle alone in the ocean...

u_u... Come on Cat, time for work =D
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [04/30 Chapter 3 - Tough life]
Post by: strawb3rrykream on May 03, 2009, 06:48:20 PM
Ch. 1
God, Aiko’s annoying. XD But she does seem to be a good friend. Poor Reina, broken-hearted and worried out of her mind~ :( Oh god, the girl is Eri, isn’t it? :shocked: OUCH at the headbutt! :doh: Wow, Reina is kakkoii~~ 8)
Eri’s blind?! Foreal?! :shocked:

Ch. 2
While I admit Reina was kinda rude and stuff, she really didn’t know and Eri’s so forgiving~ Wow, how does Eri know Reina was staring at her?! :w00t: Well, I guess ppl can feel that kind of stuff, whether they can see or not, so I just answered my own question. :oops: I love how they talk about the weather, so Japanese. :lol: Wait…why won’t they meet again?! :huhuh I died at Reina making a scene in her class!!! :rofl: I hope she finds Eri~

She knew it was Reina! :w00t: Eri’s other senses are definitely super sharp! Aww, I misinterpreted Eri’s words too. :cry: But it’s so sad to think that ppl have done that to her. :cry: I know it’s possible, but hard to imagine playing the piano when blind. I’m still amazed that Eri’s so nonchalant about her blindness but I guess you just get used to it. Oh my…so that’s how Eri became blind….*starts crying* And now she’s all alone… :cry:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [04/30 Chapter 3 - Tough life]
Post by: Michi.Pinku on May 05, 2009, 08:21:36 PM
 :shocked   OOH! F##k  :shocked   

Poor Eri T^T   :cry:

I Feel so Sad for her ... well Continued Plz *W*
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [05/10 Chapter 4 - Breaking the ice]
Post by: Kame on May 10, 2009, 10:09:32 AM
O-hayou gozaimasu~

Did you all sleep well? I actually didn't sleep at all yet, I wanted to finish this chapter as soon as possible and come up with an update XD

Minna-san~ I also want to tell you that my updates won't be that speedy as they had been before anymore, since I've started to work again and when I'm coming back home, I'm just happy to see my bed XD But don't worry, I always have a notepad with me at work so I can go on writing on paper!

Anyways here is chapter 4! Enjoy~


NOTE: Sorry for possible grammar/spelling mistakes

Chapter 4 – Breaking the ice

In that night I just couldn't fall asleep. Now matter how hard I've had been trying to fall asleep, after counting one-hundred sheeps and tossing and turning in bed, I finally gave up. I was way too agitated. I couldn't get my mind off of Eri. We had been sitting there for an hour as I let her cry freely in my arms. She told me about how she lived all alone in her house and that a person in charge dropped by every now and then to check on her. Her daily routine consisted of sleeping, eating and studying. Damn, I really wanted to do something for her. Something, that would make her forget about all the terrible things that happened in her past.

I wondered how Eri had been able to deal with this pain all on her own since she never had someone to talk about it. I really looked up to her for gathering the strength to move on even though her past life had been a complete mess. If something like that would've happened to me I'd probably killed myself. I sighed and threw the blankets back, making my way over to the window sill and sat down. My thoughts were revolving around Eri as I stared into the pitch-black night, watching stray cats scurrying across the untraveled street. I wondered if Eri was already asleep or if she had a hard time with falling asleep just like me.

What the... Reina, that's none of your business... stop thinking about her. Don't think of her beautiful face and those alluring lips and the way the wind plays with her hair... SERIOUSLY!!! REINA!!

I shook my head to get rid of those thoughts as I got up from the window sill and started my notebook. Maybe some surfing in the internet would clear my mind from thoughts of... her. While the loading screen on my desktop appeared, I turned on the small lamp on my bedside table. A soft beeping sound from my notebook announced that I've received a new e-mail. Who the heck was sending me an e-mail in the middle of the night? I clicked the small envelope button which opened the message and... my heart stopped. Out of all people I knew I've never expected  that this girl would send me an e-mail. What did she want from me all of a sudden? I gulped as I started to read.

Dear Reina,

how are you? How are things in Tokyo? You're probably surprised about me sending you an e-mail. Without any further ado, I'll tell you the reason why...

I had been thinking about you... a lot! I keep on thinking back about the time you and me had been a couple and the more I thought about it... the more I started to miss you. Breaking up with you and letting you go was the biggest mistake I've ever made... because now I know that you were the best thing that ever happened to me. You can't imagine how much I want you to be back in my arms... how much I want to kiss you... how I long for your touch, even though we never got that far...

Anyways, I'll be in Tokyo this weekend to see my friends band performing an open-air concert. I thought maybe you and me could go together... walking hand in hand like we did when we were a couple... I believe the two of us will be so lost in each other that we even won't realize the stupid philharmonic concert next to us drowning the heavy guitar beats out... which I hope this will not happen, since I can't stand orchestra music.

Tell me where and when we can meet and I will be there...

I look forward to see you


P.S.: Remember when I said that I never really loved you? That was a lie... I really do love you... that's why I broke up with Tetsuya...

I stared at the screen in disbelief. She had been thinking about me? Breaking up with me was the biggest mistake she'd ever made? And she wanted to see me? What the heck was going on? Hanako had been the one who told me that she never loved me with the most serious expression I've ever seen. If she really had loved me like she was claiming now then why did she leave me for her stupid ex-boyfriend? Oh no, I wouldn't let myself getting tricked by her. Not again. Probably things with her boyfriend didn't work as well as she had imagined and now she thought she could have me back. But she was wrong... she was so damn wrong, she... wait... I started to read the part with her coming to Tokyo again and suddenly it clicked in my head. That was the idea! Well... I guess I wouldn't mind to see my ex-girlfriend again. I needed to tell her something.

~~~ ~~~

I barely couldn't keep my eyes open at school. I had been sitting in front of my notebook the whole night to organize everything for the weekend and now I was tired as hell. The teacher went on with his lectures and said something about the upcoming test, but I barely heard him as I rested my head on my arms, feeling tiredness taking me over. I yawned and closed my eyes. Just as I was about to fall asleep, I felt Aiko poking me into my arm.

„Reina! Don't sleep now“, she whispered.

„Shut it, Aiko and stop being a pain in my neck.“

„I'm just trying to help you...“

„I don't need your help.“

„What did you do anyways last night to be that tired?“

I lifted my head and looked at her with an annoyed look on my face. Why did she have to be that curious? That was another point why I would never fall for a girl like Aiko... I didn't like people who were always questioning everything.

„How often do I have to tell you to mind your own business?“

„I'm just worried about you.“

„I'm fine, Aiko-chan... there's nothing to worry about.“

„But you've been like this... since a few days now.“

„Like what?“

„All... spaced out and now you're even sleepy.“



„Shut up.“

„Mou, Reina~“

„Tanaka-san! Minazuki-san! Why are you two always talking in private?“, the teacher asked.

„Uh... sorry, Aiko-chan asked me if I'm okay...“, I answered quickly.

„Aren't you feeling well, Tanaka-san?“

„Uh... no, I... Sensei, can I go home?“

„Is it that bad, Tanaka-san?“

„Y-yeah... my stomach hurts and I feel like... throwing up any minute...“

„Well then, go home and rest. Don't forget about the test tomorrow.“

„Hai! I'll study as hard as I can“, I said as I got up and grabbed my books.

„Get well soon, Tanaka-san.“

„Thank you.“

I bowed to the teacher and glanced at Aiko who looked at me with her mouth agape. I suppressed the urge to laugh, her expression was way too funny and somehow I knew what she was thinking right now. That I was a sneaky girl who just knew too well how to get away from a boring everyday school life.

~~~ ~~~

I was surprised about the size of the university as I walked through the hallway. It wasn't like how I've always imagined a university would look like. Plants decorated the hallway to my left and right. How was Eri actually able to negotiate her way through the many hallways? Was someone leading her or did she memorize it just like the way from here to her house? And also... was she the only one in her group who wasn't able to see? I walked over to a big picture that was hanging on the wall in a golden frame, showing all the professors that were teaching at this university. Wow, so many people who where teaching students about music. I wondered which professor would be in charge of the class Eri was sitting in right now. I looked at the clock hanging on the opposite side of the wall with the picture. In about twenty minutes Eri's class would be over. All I had to do now was finding the auditorium.

I leaned against the wall next to the door and listened to the orchestra music that came through the wooden door of the auditorium. I caught myself humming to the repeating melody, swaying my head from left to right. Actually that kind of music wasn't that bad and I started to understand why Eri liked that music so much, it really was soothing. Once again I glanced at the clock and suddenly my heart beat quickened as I found out that it would be only three more minutes until Eri's class was over. I took a deep breath to calm myself down. Why was I so nervous anyways? I was just visting Eri who probably wouldn't have more than only five minutes before the next class started. But actually it didn't matter to me if we only had five minutes or less, I just wanted to see her... to hear her voice.

The sudden sound of the bell ringing slightly startled me and tore me out of my thoughts about Eri. Soon the door next to me opened and I watched some students walking out of the auditorium, talking to each other. It seemed like they were all still in posession of their ability to see. So Eri was the only one...
The stream of students slowly subsided and still no sight of Eri. I started to panic slightly and checked the room number. It was the right one, I had been looking at the room division and the checked the names of the students who would attend the course. Eri should be one of them.

„Oh, hello. Are you a new student?“, a female voice asked me and startled me.

„Uhm, no... my name is Tanaka Reina“, I introduced myself and bowed to the woman, „I'm looking for someone...“

„And who is that?“

„Her name is Kamei Eri... the list on the bulletin board told me that she would attend to this course.“

„So you're looking for Kamei-san, I see. Well, she's still in the auditorium.“

„Thank you“, I said and bowed again before I walked into the room.

I smiled as I spotted her in the first row, gathering her books. One of them slipped off the table as she moved her hand over it to get her white cane. I walked over to her and picked up the book, giving it into her hands.

„May I help you, young lady?“, I asked.

„Reina? What... what are you doing here?“, Eri asked me, a look of surprise crossed her face.

„I'm not stalking you, if that's what you think!“

„That was actually not what I'm thinking,“ the girl giggled, „but don't you have to be at school?“

„Well... actually... yes... but I... told the teacher that I'm not feeling well and... he sent me home.“

„So why aren't you at home then?“

„Because I feel fine and... I wanted to check on you.“

„Eh? Why?“

„I was worried about you and... I wanted to know how you feel after... your breakdown yesterday...“

„Oh, Reina...“

„So... how are you?“

„I'm fine so far... thank you“, Eri replied and slowy got up.

„Sorry, you're... probably in a hurry...“

„Oh, no I'm not. The last classes are cancelled, the professor is sick.“

„I see... so that means... you're going home now?“


„Oh... well then... I won't keep you from that“, I said and made attempts to go.

„Reina... wait!“


„Would you... join me and... have a coffee?“

„I... if I'm not annoying you...“

„I wouldn't ask you if you were annoying me, silly. I... I really enjoy your company“, Eri said and smiled.

„I would love to accompany you, Eri.“

~~~ ~~~

„So you liked the orchestra music?“, Eri asked, tracing her finger along the cap of the paper cup she was holding.

„Yes, it was actually pretty good. I never thought that orchestra music could sound that amazing.“

Eri giggled, causing me to smile. She sounded so cute when she was giggling.

„You're cute when you're smiling or giggling...“, I said as she got me once again.


„Uh... n-never mind...“, I stammered, quickly thinking about another question to change the subject, „what... what do you like so much about orchestra music?“

„The sound of the instruments playing together in a perfect harmony, sending out the message of the composition.“

„Eh? Message of the composition?“

„Each composition, each song has its own message. You can express your feelings through music. It doesn't matter if you feel sadness, anger, happiness or love... you'll find a song for all of your emotions.“

„Wow, you really know a lot, Eri.“

„Well, it would be bad if I didn't knew that after one semester of studying“, Eri replied and softly laughed.

„True...“, was the only word I managed to say while my eyes were litteraly glued on her again.

I liked the way she was laughing. I totally respected and looked up to her for still being able to laugh and gathering the strength to live on after she went through hell in her past. That was something what really attracted me to other girls. I've never liked those kind of girls who where whining about every single unimportant event in their life, annoying people like me to death.

„You're doing it again...“


„I can sense your eyes on me.“

„Oh... I'm... I'm sorry, I didn't mean to be rude...“

„No, it's okay. I was just wondering why you're looking at me.“

„Well... I...“, I stammered, taking a deep breath, „I just can't take my eyes off of you.“

„Oh... that's...“, Eri said, slightly lowering her head. Was she blushing?

„Uh... yeah...“

„And... why can't you stop looking at me?“

„Eri... you're...“, I sighed, pulling all my courage together, „you're a very pretty girl.“

„Do you think so?“

„Yeah, of course! I wouldn't say something like that if I wouldn't mean it.“

„I... I don't know what to say...“

„You don't have to say anything, Eri. I just... wanted to point that out and... explain why I can't stop looking at you.“

A few moments passed, neither of us dared to say a word. The situation was awkward and I mentally slapped myself for telling her something like that. I totally ruined our conversation we had before and I probably confused her with my statement, she kept on playing with the cap of the paper cup. But I just couldn't help it, it was the truth and I couldn't deny that Eri was a very attractive young woman. I sighed and leaned back, staring at the sky. I watched the clouds chasing each other, changing their shapes in the wind. Suddenly something sneaked into my mind. Something important I've almost forgot about.

„Eri, what did you plan for the upcoming weekend?“, I asked, finally breaking the silence.

„Not much... why?“

„I'd like to take you with me.“

„Eh? Where?“

„I won't tell you.“

„Why not?“

„It's a... surprise, okay? So would you come with me on saturday?“

„Sure... if I'm not putting you out... I'd be happy to come with you.“

„GREAT!“, I exclaimed, causing Eri to flinch, „oh... sorry. I didn't mean to startle you.“

„It's okay“, the girl said and smiled, „but... can't you just give me a small hint?“

„Let's just say... it's something I'm pretty sure about that you'll like it.“

„Mou, Reina~ That's not a very useful hint, you know.“

„I know~“, I giggled as she puffed her cheeks.

We sat in the park for another two hours, enjoying the warm sunlight while we were talking to each other. Eri still tried to steal an answer from me about the upcoming weekend but I remained silent. It was so cute to watch her pouting in a playful disappointment after I told her that she wouldn't get an answer until saturday. I couldn't remember when the last time had been I was laughing so much. Eri never failed to make me laugh or amaze me and I really enjoyed every single minute with her. The more she was around me, the more I wanted to be near her as much as I could. But... why did I feel like this? Once again I was there, asking myself thousands of questions.

Why was Eri on my mind constantly?

Why was the sound of her voice still echoing in my ears even though we've parted from each other hours ago?

Why was her smile always distracting me when we were talking to each other?

Why was she always the last thought before I was falling asleep and the first one when I woke up? 

Is it possible that... I... No! Stop it, Reina! You've sworn to yourself that you'd never give your heart to anyone else again.

No matter how nice that girl seemed to be, no matter how well I was getting along with her, no matter how much she cared for me... I just couldn't allow myself to develop feelings for someone.

I... don't wanted to love anymore...

To be continued...

That's it for chapter 4, chapter 5 has just begun~ I hope that it turned out well and that you liked the chapter though. Let me know what you think~
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [05/10 Chapter 4 - Breaking the ice]
Post by: MayerlingLove on May 10, 2009, 11:40:02 AM
I just couldn't allow myself to develop feelings for someone.

Oh Reina... you already did XD!

Will they go to that concert on saturday ?
I hope they won't meet that Hanako-girl...
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [05/10 Chapter 4 - Breaking the ice]
Post by: Haruka on May 10, 2009, 03:51:51 PM
I guess I have a little hint about what she's gonna do with Tanako...

Mmmm... yeah xD
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [05/10 Official Love is blind Eri pic]
Post by: Kame on May 11, 2009, 12:50:32 AM
Minna-san, konban wa~

Thank you for reading and all your comments! It really makes me happy and with your comments I know that it's worth to go on writing... I mean... why bother and write a story if no one's interested to it XD

Anyways, I'm not coming up with a new chapter (don't worry, I'm already working on it~) but I finally have an official fanfic picture of *drumroll*


I admit that I'm so totally not good with Photoshop, so I'm happy that I could at least edit Eri's eyes!

A very special thanks to kawaii_beam! (on H!O) for doing the last parts on the picture. Thank you a lot, nee-san~

Well, yeah... for everyone who wanted to know what Eri looks like in my story, especially since she's blind... here you go! As you can see I took a picture of the Shouganai Yume Oibito PV. Why? Because she looks stunning (like she always does XD) and it kinda fits my story... remember, Eri is a student at a university! (
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [05/10 Chapter 4 - Breaking the ice/Official Eri pic]
Post by: strawb3rrykream on May 11, 2009, 04:23:31 AM
Oh man, it's bad that I think it's so cute that Reina can't get her mind off of Eri. XD WTF?! Hanako, the bitch who broke Reina's heart?! :tama-mad: Hope she gets a piece of Reina's mind if they really do meet up. Aww, she couldn't sleep at all, huh? :lol: OMG AIKO SHUT UP!!!! :P I'm pretty sure she means well but damn....annoying! :D AWWWWW! She went to go see Eri~~~ :wub: Holy....DATE!!!!! :w00t: I find it kinda funny that Reina's constantly staring at her and Eri's like :huhuh But oh yes, she is gorgeous~ *gasps* Is Reina gonna do what I think she's gonna do....? :w00t: TAKE THAT, HANAKO!!!! :lol:

And great picture, Kame~ kawaii_beam did a great finishing job!
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [05/10 Chapter 4 - Breaking the ice/Official Eri pic]
Post by: JFC on May 14, 2009, 05:43:09 AM
Chapter 4 – Breaking the ice
:mon spit:

Well now...ooooooooooooooooooooooookay. :?

Putting aside the whole "Eri factor", one can't help but wonder just whether or not this is legit. On the one hand, if the ex's email is for real, then she probably only initially broke up with Reina (external influences/pressures notwithstanding) because of her own insecurities about being in a GF-GF relationship. If, on the other hand, it's not...then I really hope that Reina smacks her around.

However, now remembering the "Eri factor", if this is for real then the ex just might have to learn what it's like to mess up and to have to deal with the consequences of it.

Oh Reina, despite your best efforts...the heart wants what it wants. You can't really help that. :yep:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [05/15 Chapter 5 - Denial, Confusion, Realization]
Post by: Kame on May 15, 2009, 03:49:16 PM

Yes, I'm back and you'll get another chapter. Uhm... no, there will be still no Hanako in this chapter... actually I wanted to come up with her in that chapter but then I've decided to focus on Aiko a little bit more and... well you'll see.

I hope you still like the chapter though and enjoy reading~


NOTE: Sorry for possible grammar/spelling mistakes

Chapter 5 – Denial, Confusion, Realization

I couldn't concentrate onto the test. Thoughts of Eri filled my head and instead of thinking about japanese history, I was wondering what she would do right now. Listening to the lecture of the professor? Still wracking her brain as she tried to figure out what I had been planning for tomorrow? I could feel a silly smile growing on my face as I imagined her face, her lips pursing into that cute pout she had shown yesterday after I told her that I wouldn't give her another hint.

„Time's up. Please pass the tests forward“, the teacher said, causing me to snap back to reality.

„EH?“, I exclaimed, looking at the clock.

„Is there anything wrong, Tanaka-san?“

„Uh... no... never mind...“, I replied, quickly scribbling down the answer to the last question.

„So would you please pass your test forward?“

„H-hai“, I replied, passing my test to the girl sitting in front of me.

The bell rang, announcing the beginning of the break. I stretched and yawned before I got up, walking towards the door. Suddenly I felt someone grasping my wrist. I turned around, ready to yell at the person as I looked into Aiko's eyes. Her serious expression caused me to blink a few times in confusion and suddenly I realized that she hadn't been talking to me since that morning.

„What... do you want?“, I asked, trying to free my wrist from her grasp but my attempts to do so failed as she tightened her grip.

„I want to talk to you.“

„About what?“

„In private.“


„Please, Reina...“

„Well... first let my wrist go! I can't stand it if people are touching me without my admission.“

„Oh... sorry...“, Aiko replied and slowly loosened her grip on my wrist.

„Thank you!“

„Can we talk now?“

„Whatever...“, I said and sighed deeply.

~~~ ~~~

„What is it, Aiko-chan?“, I asked her as I sat down in the grass underneath a tree, happy about the cool shade.

„You weren't sick yesterday, right?“, she said, sitting down next to me.

„So what?“

„So what? Reina, you skipped the classes!“

„Actually... no, the teacher sent me home.“

„Yeah, he sent you home! But you weren't at home!“

„Thank you mom but... where the hell did you pick that up?“

„Because I saw you in the park!“


„You were sitting on a bench... with a girl.“

„Wait... how do you know? Did you follow me?“

„I did! And you know why?“

„No but I'm sure you're going to tell me in a few seconds.“

„Reina, could you please stop acting so nonchalant for once?“

„And could you stop to poke your nose into things that are none of your business?“

„I was worried!“

„You worry too much!“

„What if someone else would've caught you?“

„Then I'd have had a good excuse.“

„Like what?“

„Geez, Aiko-chan! You start to annoy me...“

„Reina... I...“


„Who... who was that girl...? Is she the reason why you are like this lately?“


„You're so absentminded and you're always in a hurry after school's over! Is that girl the reason?“

„Aiko-chan... what are you talking about?“

„Just tell me, Reina! Is she the one?“

„Which one?“

„The one who captured your heart!“

„W-what?“, I stammered, feeling my cheeks burning as a blush crept into them.

„Is she the one you love?“

„I...“, I mumbled and gulped before I went on, „I... don't love her! She's just a friend!“

„A friend who seems to get a lot of your attention...“

„What the hell is your problem?“

„Never mind...“

„Aiko-chan... you're confusing me.“

„You're confusing me too, Reina! A lot!“, Aiko said before she got up and quickly walked away.

I sat there, totally lost. First she had said that she needed to talk to me and now she just walked away? What was bothering her so much that she had to act like that? Seriously, I started to so not understand her. Why had she been talking about Eri 'being the one'? I... wasn't in love with Eri...

~~~ ~~~

„The tests turned out very well“, the teacher announced as he handed back the tests, „some of you still need to study a little bit more... Tanaka-san?“


„You did a really good job. I wish I could've given an A to you though.“


„Your answer to the last question was wrong. The emperor of the Showa era was male and his name was Hirohito“, he said, handing me back my test.

Yay, I've had a B at least and that even though I hated the dry subject japanese history. My eyes wandered down to the last question and my heart skipped a beat as I read the name I've written down there.

Kamei Eri

„Well, I hope you all study more in the term after summer break. Remember that your finals are coming up, so please make sure to work hard. Thank you for the good work so far and enjoy your summer break.“

Just as the teacher had finished his sentence, the bell rang announcing the looked-for beginning of the summer break. I quickly gathered my books and jumped up from my seat. From the corner of my eye I could see Aiko looking at me, shaking her head. I sighed and for a brief moment I thought about talking to her but I've decided otherwise. I really wasn't in the mood to argue with her even more and also I didn't wanted to explain myself just because I was seeing Eri every day. For now it was way more important to me to see Eri again.

~~~ ~~~

My heart pounded against my chest as I could see Eri sitting on the bench. She had her eyes closed and seemed to enjoy the warmth of the sun. I slowly walked over to her, feeling nervousness taking me over just like the last few times I had been spending time with her. But why? Why was I always like this when she was near me? Why was my stomach tingling with each thought of her? Her lips formed a smile when I sat down next to her.

„Hello, Reina.“

„Hey, Eri.“

„Happy that you've finished this term?“

„Yeah, I'm glad that it's over.“

„How was your test?“

„Not bad, I've got a B“, I told her proudly.

„Congratulations, Reina“, Eri said with a smile on her lips, distracting me again.

„Actually... it was not that hard“, I replied, staring at her lips.

REINA!!! STOP IT! It's rude to stare at her like this! Remember that she can sense your eyes on her!


„Y-yes?“, I replied, my eyes shot up to hers.

„I really look forward to tomorrow.“

„I'm glad to hear this. I hope you will like it.“

„Well~ Maybe you could give me another hint and I'll tell you if I like it.“

„Eri“, I giggled, „I won't tell you where we're going tomorrow. It wouldn't be a surprise anymore if I told you about it.“

„It was worth a try~“

„You're a sneaky one, do you know that?“

„No, not until you told me.“

Both of us started to laugh and once again I felt so comfortable being with her, the sound of her laugh was heartwarming. I was really happy about her acception to my invitation and I barely could contain my pleasant anticipation.

„Oh, Reina~ What a coincidence to meet you here“, a very familiar voice said, causing me to flinch.


„What are you doing here, Reina?“, she sheepishly asked.

„I could ask you the same!“

„I was just taking a walk in the park in order to get home“, Aiko replied with a smirk.

„Yeah, right...“

„Reina... what's going on?“ Eri asked, her expression obviously confused.

„Nothing. I'll be... right back, okay?“

„Where are you going?“

„I'll just need to talk to my classmate. It won't last long“, I reassured her and gave her hand a gentle squeeze.


„Yes, Eri?“

„Take care, okay?“, she whispered, putting her hand onto mine sending sparks through my body with the gentle touch of her hand.

„I will, don't worry“, I whispered back and got up.

I grabbed Aiko's wrist, dragging her with me. After I made sure that Eri couldn't hear us I stopped and released her wrist, glaring at her. I was more than furious about her sudden appearance, I knew that she just wanted to check on Eri and me.

„What do you think you're doing, Aiko?“

„As I told you... I just took a walk in the park.“

„Don't you take me for a fool!“

„I'm not!“

„So why are you here then?“

„I already told you!“

„Aiko... stop telling lies!“

„Why do you think it's a lie?“

„Because your house is in exactly the opposite direction from here! You never crossed this park to get home! Why the hell did you follow me?“

„Never mind!“, Aiko said and turned around, making attempts to go.

„Aiko! Wait!“

„Why should I? I'm annoying!“

Oh geez, now she caused a scene on me referring to our conversation back at school. There it was again. Another reason why I would never fall for girls like her. I failed to see why I had to explain myself over things that were actually none of her business. And now she tried to get away with it. But not this time. I wanted to know why she acted like she did now. Aiko started to walk away slowly as if nothing had happened.



„I want answers!“

„Answers? You? You're kidding, right?“

„Do see me laughing?“, I asked, my voice thick with sarcasm.

„No...“, Aiko replied, lowering her head.

„See? I'm not kidding!“

„Reina... I don't understand you.“

„EH? Why? I wasn't the one who didn't respect your privacy! I should be the one who has the right to say that.“

Aiko sighed and stared onto the ground, kicking some pebbles away.

„You don't see it, do you?“

„See what?“

„Reina, seriously! Are you blind?“

I flinched at the word. Blind. I immediately had to think about Eri who was sitting just a few inches away, totally confused. I had to get back to her as soon as possible.



„What's wrong?“

„Aiko-chan... the girl sitting over there... is blind.“


„So?? Damn, Aiko! She'll never be able to see again and you're speaking out the word as if it wouldn't be a big deal!“

„Oh, I see... now you want to tell me to never say that word again, because your girl is blind?“

„I'm just asking you to be condsiderated of her blindness!“

„Why? It's not my fault that she's blind!“

„I know that but it's not like she chose to lose her eyesight either!

„Why are you reacting so... aggressive?“

„Because it's rude towards her!“

„Reina... I would understand it if it would be your fate to be blinded... but not if it's someone else's fate.“

„Aiko, she's my friend! Eri had a very hard life in her past and so much things happened to her. I look up to her for being able to go on with her life even though her past was all messed up!“

„And you commiserate with her so much that you have to spend most of your time with her!“

„Eh? No! It's not like that! I'm not with her because I'm taking pity on her.“

„So why then?“

„Because I enjoy spending time with her! I've... never met a girl like her before.“

„Reina, what's so different about her? Oh I know... she's blind!“

„Aiko, don't you dare to make fun of her!“

„Ohhh~ You're getting all protective.“

„You know what? Just shut up and go, leave us alone! I'm tired of your acting!“

„I'm not acting, Reina!“

„You do! You're insulting a girl whose fate is hard enough and you don't even know her!“

„And you don't see what bothers me!“

„Tell me then! What bothers you?“

„Can't you see that... I need to know what she means to you because I...“

„You what?“

Suddenly Aiko took a step forward and the next thing I knew were that her lips pressed onto mine. My eyes widened in shock and my head told me to push her away, but my limbs didn't obey to the command. Aiko broke the kiss and looked into my eyes, which probably were filled with a mix of confusion and anger from before.

„I love you, Reina!!“

I was speechless for the first time since that conversation – well, more fight – had started. Aiko loved me? Since when? She never mentioned anything about being into girls. Was she even sure about her feelings or was it just a simple puppy love? My mind was reeling and I couldn't think straight. Aiko totally caught me off guard with her sudden confession.

„Take your time to think about it... message me... if you've decided“, Aiko said and with that she walked away.

Take your time to think about it? What? There wasn't anything to think about nor a decision to be made. I already knew that I didn't feel the same for her. For me there was nothing more than friendship. I never would fall for her and even less after she had said so many rude things about Eri.

Eri... OH DAMN, ERI!!

I quickly turned around and ran back, hoping that she still would be there. After all I kept her waiting for too long and judging from her expression before, she had been afraid that I wouldn't come back just like the people who didn't keep their promises. A sigh of relief escaped my throat as I could see her still sitting on the bench. Once again I felt that tingling feeling inside of my stomach as I took in her beautiful appearance. My heart beat quickened when she turned her head into my direction as I slowly approached her. Her smile melted my heart in an instant and my knees went weak at the sight of it. What was it about her that made me feel this way?

Stop to act the fool, Reina... you already... know why... even Aiko realized it.

Yeah, I already knew why she made me feel like this. All the time I had been denying it... telling myself that it wasn't true and that it was just my imagination. In those times I started to believe in my feelings, I scolded myself for giving in and took a step back as the painful memories of my last relationship overtook me. I was torn between friendship and love, wrong and right, unsure about what I should do. My feelings for Eri were growing stronger each day and I had to admit that a part of me wanted to be with her. But I was afraid of breaking our friendship and losing her with only three little words that would change everything.

I love you.

To be continued...

Well, that's it for chapter 5. I hope you liked it, please let me know what you think~ Stay tuned for chapter 6!
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [05/15 Chapter 5 - Denial, Confusion, Realization]
Post by: 0508 on May 15, 2009, 04:50:29 PM
Ouch, this is gonna get messy for Reina. She's got an ex who wants her back, massive feelings developing for Eri, and now a love confession from another party. TanaKame deserves a some peace and quiet. :o I've got a feeling the surprise she has for Eri isn't gonna go all that smoothly either. *eyes ex*

Looking forward to the next chapter! :)
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [05/15 Chapter 5 - Denial, Confusion, Realization]
Post by: MayerlingLove on May 15, 2009, 05:38:13 PM
oh my...
poor reina  :lol:
I really feel sorry for her!
but it's funny for some reason  XD
I'm already looking forward to a big catfight
eri will maybe not take part in it... she doesn't seem like that kind of girl... but aiko and maybe reinas ex  :D?
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [05/15 Chapter 5 - Denial, Confusion, Realization]
Post by: JFC on May 15, 2009, 08:53:13 PM
Chapter 5 – Denial, Confusion, Realization

Oh mang...don't tell me Aiko-chan suddenly has green eyes? :?



„You did a really good job. I wish I could've given an A to you though.“


„Your answer to the last question was wrong. The emperor of the Showa era was male and his name was Hirohito“, he said, handing me back my test.

Yay, I've had a B at least and that even though I hated the dry subject japanese history. My eyes wandered down to the last question and my heart skipped a beat as I read the name I've written down there.

Kamei Eri

„You don't see it, do you?“

„See what?“

„Reina, seriously! Are you blind?“
Oh crap...:O

Ooooooooooooooh crap.  :shocked

„Can't you see that... I need to know what she means to you because I...“

„You what?“

Suddenly Aiko took a step forward and the next thing I knew were that her lips pressed onto mine. My eyes widened in shock and my head told me to push her away, but my limbs didn't obey to the command. Aiko broke the kiss and looked into my eyes, which probably were filled with a mix of confusion and anger from before.

„I love you, Reina!!“

„Take your time to think about it... message me... if you've decided“, Aiko said and with that she walked away.

Take your time to think about it? What? There wasn't anything to think about nor a decision to be made.
Why am I suddenly thinking of the movie "Fatal Attraction"?
:mon scare:

Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [05/15 Chapter 5 - Denial, Confusion, Realization]
Post by: YumePouk on May 15, 2009, 08:59:24 PM
Great chapter
Yeah =D I knew Aiko felt in love for Reina ^^
she was really "blind" ^^"
but that situation it's funny and know she know that she LOVEs Eri <3 <3 <3 <3

Can't wait to read u next chapter.
I'm looking forwar for the "Date" and "the fight for Reina's Love" ^_~

keep ur work and Ganbatte~~~

NOOOOOOoooooooo T.T
I will be late..... >_______<
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [05/15 Chapter 5 - Denial, Confusion, Realization]
Post by: strawb3rrykream on May 16, 2009, 12:25:53 AM
Reina's so sprung. XD Hmm, Aiko seems pretty jealous. I think she wants Reina all to herself. :lol: OMG she wrote Eri's name?! :rofl: Aw, TanaKame! :wub: Aiko's such a bitch, foreal. It's one thing to be all annoying and "clingy" but she crossed the line with making fun of Eri like that. :thumbdown: If she was trying to appeal to Reina, she just did the opposite. I knew it, she likes her too. Reina's so popular. :P I'm glad she's not denying what she feels for Eri anymore~ :grin:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [05/15 Chapter 5 - Denial, Confusion, Realization]
Post by: ShikyoxYaiba on May 16, 2009, 01:09:13 AM
Oh man, poor Reina... First an ex, then Eri, and now Aiko. I hope things go smoothly with Eri and the surprise, but I have a feeling it won't... :(
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [05/15 Chapter 5 - Denial, Confusion, Realization]
Post by: Brenda on May 24, 2009, 12:58:11 AM
Great fic! I am really enjoying this story! :k-inlove:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [05/15 Chapter 5 - Denial, Confusion, Realization]
Post by: Michi.Pinku on May 25, 2009, 11:49:35 PM
Ooh! ... I was really sad for Aiko  :-\  I understood her situation...  :(
but thinking now ... She's crazy ¬¬' ( well, not crazy XD , or yes? O_O?)
Hanako? She was Reina's girlfriend ... ¬¬ I don't like her =_= ...
I only want Tanakame  :heart: as all
Chapter Plz I really like your Fic   :oops:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [05/15 Chapter 5 - Denial, Confusion, Realization]
Post by: kRisZ on May 27, 2009, 01:03:06 PM
I find the story so refreshing  :yep: Love it  :twothumbs

Looking forward to the next installment, and I hope soon  :grin:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [05/15 Chapter 5 - Denial, Confusion, Realization]
Post by: chibilolli on May 29, 2009, 07:13:32 AM
*comes out from lurking*

I don't comment on fan fics anymore (heck...I don't really post on here much either), but I just wanna say that this fic is awesome. I've read these 5 chapters through a number of times now, so I'm hoping you'll update with a new one soon. Please *begs*
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [05/15 Chapter 5 - Denial, Confusion, Realization]
Post by: Yankii Heart on June 04, 2009, 07:30:55 AM
:twothumbs  AWESOME FIC!!!!

Blind Eri is really nice and mature but still dorky at the same time XD

Yankii Reina showing her sweet side  :wub:

Yankii will be waiting for an update!!!
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [06/08 Chapter 6 - A summer night's symphony]
Post by: Kame on June 08, 2009, 12:27:33 AM
Minna-san~ Konban wa~~

Finally it's done!! I've finished chapter 6!! YA~~Y!!! Well, I'm sorry for making you guys wait, but I'm kinda busy at the moment since I have to work and also because I'm planning to go to America this summer, so I'm busy with all the paperwork and the stuff I have to do before I can go there.

Anyways~ This chapter is my longest so far, since I've promised to bring Hanako up X3

Okay, without any further ado... enjoy chapter 6!!


NOTE: Sorry for possible grammar/spelling mistakes

Chapter 6 – A summer night's symphony

For the hundreth time this evening I putted on another shirt and eyed myself in the mirror. A huge pile of clothes gathered on my bed. Skirts, jeans, shirts, tops... almost my whole closet was thrown onto the bed as I tried to decide what to wear tonight. I glanced at the clock that was standing on my bedside table and felt nervousness taking me over as I noticed that I only had two hours left. Two hours before I would meet her in the park, ready to take her onto our date. Date... was it even a date?

*knock knock*

„Come in~“

„Hi, Reina“, my mom greeted me as she entered my room.

„Hi, Mom.“

„What are you doing?“

„I'm trying to figure out what I should wear tonight“, I replied, taking off the shirt I was wearing and sighed as I threw it onto the pile.

„Oh, why?“

„I'm going out.“

„With who?“

„None of your business.“

„Your new girlfriend?“


„What? Why can't I ask my daughter if she has a new girlfriend?“

„As I already said... that's none of your business“, I replied and walked over to my closet.

„Fine... but if it's no one special, why are you bothering with choosing the perfect outfit?“


„Reina, that's not an answer.“

„Ever had the idea that I don't want to tell you who it is?“, I snapped.

„I'm only interested in your life. After all you're still my daughter.“

„I know...“

„It... is a girl, right?“

„Don't worry, mom. Guys are still not attracting me.“

„That's not what I meant...“

„What is it then?“

„I just noticed you've been smiling a lot lately.“


„It makes me happy to see that you're able to smile again.“

I smiled and sat down next to her. My mom had been there for me after Hanako broke up with me. She was the one who held me in her arms, the one who had been comforting me and wiped away my tears, telling me that Hanako never deserved me. Suddenly I felt bad for snapping at her. She only wanted to make sure that I was alright. I couldn't remember when the last time was I had been talking to her about the events that happened in my life.

„Her name is Eri...“


„The girl... I'm going out with tonight... her name is Kamei Eri.“

„Oh, not Aiko?“

„EH?? AIKO?? NO WAY!!“

„Why? Aiko seems to be a very nice girl.“

„Yeah... she seems to be a nice girl. But since she knows about Eri, she's completely freaking out and all bitchy.“

„How come?“

„Because she said that she fell in love with me.“

„Oh, Reina. You're quite a player“, my mom said and giggled.

„Mom, I don't know what's so funny about that.“

„Well, it seems like a lot of girls fall for you.“

„They don't...“

„And what about Eri?“

„I... don't know...“

„Eh? Why do you not know?“

„I... just think that... she's probably totally straight.“

„Did she ever mention a guy?“

„Only her dead brother...“

„Oh... I'm sorry...“

„It's okay. Eri is a fighter, that's what I know for sure. Life's been messing with her a lot and still... she lives on.“

„Say, Reina... did you actually tell her that you like girls?“

„EH? NO!“

„Why not?“

„I... I can't tell her, mom. I don't want to risk our friendship only by telling her that I'm into girls.“

„Do you really think she'll turn her back on you for being honest?“


„What I want to say is... it's more likely that she's going to turn her back on you if you're not telling her the truth. And also... how will you know that she's not interested in you too if you don't know how she thinks about the fact that you like girls?“


„Come on, Reina. Give it a shot. Usually you're not a girl who gives up that easily.“

„I know but... I really don't wanna lose her, mom. Eri is... special and different from the girls I've ever met... she's... very precious to me.“

„I see that.“


„You're totally beaming since you've started to talk about her.“

„R-really?“, I asked, feeling a blush creeping into my cheeks at my mom's statement.

„Yes. You like her, right?“


„Oh no, Reina don't deny it. Be honest to yourself.“

„I... love her...“

„So if you're sure about how you feel for her then you should take the opportunity of this date. You'll never find out if she returns your feelings if you're being a coward“, my mom said and got up, „oh and by the way... the shirt you had been wearing before looked very good on you.“

With that she gently kissed my forehead and walked towards the door. She was about to leave as I held her back.



„Thank you.“

~~~ ~~~

I nervously fiddled with the hem of my shirt and bounced my legs up and down, as I was sitting on the bench, waiting for Eri to finally show up. According to my cellphone's watch, she was already ten minutes too late. I didn't know what I was supposed to think of that. Somehow an uncomfortable feeling rose inside of me. What if Eri only agreed to come with me out of courtesy and she actually didn't plan to join me at all? Was she really like every other girl who agreed first and then ditched me? No, it couldn't be... oh please don't tell me that I got fooled again. Not by...


I snapped out of my thoughts at the sound of Eri's voice and relief spread throughout my whole body. So my fears about Eri ditching me had been unsubstantiated. I turned my head to look at her and was about to say something but the words got stuck in my throat at the sight in front of me. Eri wore a black silken dress that caressed her perfectly shaped body, accentuating her womanly curves and her beautiful brown hair was braided into a bun. I gulped as I slowly got up, taking in her graceful appearance. The way Eri looked was exactly what I've always imagined if someone was talking about an elegant lady.


„Sorry for being late... I've been losing track of time while I was getting ready.“

„Don't worry. It... was worth the wait...“


„Y-you look... amazing!“

„R-really?“ Eri shyly asked and a soft blush crept into her cheeks.

„Yes. I've never seen a more beautiful young woman before.“


„W-well then... shall we go?“

„Sure, let's go“, the girl replied and smiled.

Once again I could feel my heart beat quickening and a pleasant shiver ran down my spine as I carefully linked my arm with hers. I really enjoyed being so close to her, it made me feel so secure but also nervous and excited. My heart pounded against my chest vehemently as the soft skin of her hand made contact with mine. If Eri only knew what that simple touch of hers caused within me...

~~~ ~~~

„Thank you, Reina“, Eri said with a smile on her lips as I carefully guided her to the seat, helping her to sit down.

„Don't mention it, Eri“, I replied, taking my seat next to her.

„Where are we?“


„I know“, the girl giggled, „but where exactly? I can hear the voices of many people.“

„You'll find out in a few minutes, just be patient.“

„You still don't want to tell me?“

„No, you'll get it when it starts.“

„So I shall stop asking“, Eri said in a playful way.

„It won't take too long until you'll find out.“

„Okay then, I'll be waiting.“

„Good“, I replied, taking a deep breath.

„What's wrong?“


„So why are you shaking then?“

„Eh? I-I'm not shaking.“

„You are... I can feel it.“


„Are you cold?“

„N-no, that's not it.“

„What is it?“


Suddenly a male voice started to talk and echoed over the place through the speakers, saving me from replying to her.

„Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the annual open air orchestral concert with the title Orchestra Beneath The Stars – A summer night's symphony. Please enjoy the orchestra music performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic orchestra, conducted by Omachi Yoichiro-san.“

Applause roared through the rows and grew even louder as the mentioned conductor appeared, bowing to the audience. Yoichiro Omachi wasn't the youngest anymore, from what I knew he was already in his late seventies but he was still famous for his amazing conducting skills. The applause slowly faded and soon the air was filled with the sounds of timbals, violins, violas, trumpets and flutes, playing together in a perfect harmony.



„This... is...“

„I know, Eri...“

„But... how...?“

„Let's just say... I did some research on the concert and I thought that you might like to go and listen to it...“

„Oh, Reina... that's... I don't know what to say...“

„You don't have to say anything. Just enjoy the music.“

„Thank you, Reina... for everything“, Eri whispered, leaning her head onto my shoulder causing  sparks to shoot through my body.

~~~ ~~~

The last sound of violins and timbals faded, announcing the end of the concert and I decided to wait for a little while before getting up and making our way to the exit as I watched the people practically pushing each other on the stairs. I don't wanted to get us into the crowd and get pushed around by people who were in a rush to get home. Also I was afraid of that something might happen to Eri, since all the other guests seemed to not take care of each other. It made me wonder why they came here in the first place if they were actually in a hurry. A soft touch on my arm caused me to jump and I turned my head to see that it was Eri's hand. My eyes lingered on her hand for a while before I lifted my head and my heart skipped a beat as I found out that Eri's face was only a few inches away from mine. I gulped when my eyes met hers, a shiver ran down my spine. Even though I knew that she wasn't able to see, I felt like she would look right into my soul. Her gaze was kinda insistent and the hazy grayish-white color of her eyes made it even more intense. I tried to force myself to look away but I piteously failed, her eyes totally got me.



„Thank you for taking me here“, Eri said, a smile appeared on her face.

„Y-you're welcome. I hope you enjoyed it.“

„Yes, a lot. I've heard about this concert, but I've never thought that I'd be able to come here and listen to it. How did you get that idea?“

„Well, a friend told be about the concert and since you're studying music I thought it would be interesting for you“, I replied.

„Oh, Reina... that's very sweet of you. And I'm sorry that you had to listen to it too just because of me...“

„Eh? No, Eri... I really enjoyed the music too.“


„Yeah. I totally got interested in that music genre... thanks to you.“

„I'm glad to hear that.“

„I realized that you were right.“

„About what?“

„About the individual messages of compositions... I guess I was able to figure some of them out.“

„Oh, that's great.“

„Well... wanna go home now?“

„Yes, let's go.“

„Okay so... may I take you home, young lady?“

„Reina~“, Eri giggled, „you're acting funny again.“

„Yes or no?“

„Yes, please. And on the way back you could tell me what you've been figuring out on the compositions.“

„Sure... but only if you tell me if my thoughts had been right.“

„I'll try to.“

„So, let's get going now“, I said, taking Eri's hand and helped her up.

„Uhm... Reina?“


„I'm glad that... it was you who took me here...“

„T-thanks, Eri...“

Eri sweetly smiled at me, gently squeezing my hand causing my heart to beat faster and my stomach to tingle. Just because of that simple, innocent gesture that was probably only meant to emphasize what she had said just now. Still... her remark was making me kinda... proud.

~~~ ~~~

„I really liked the way the violins and timbals were playing together. It was so powerful.“

„Wow, Reina... seems like the concert totally drew you in.“

„Yeah, it was. I've never thought that such kind of music would catch my interest though...“

„I'm glad it did.“

„I should listen to it more often from now on... maybe it even helps me studying for my tests after the summer break.“

„You could try and tell me if it worked.“

„Does it help you?“

„Yes, a lot.“

„So I'm sure it will work.“

„Eh? Why's that?“

„I don't know... somehow I have a feeling that it will.“



„You're... strange sometimes“, Eri giggled.

„No, I'm not~“

„It wasn't meant in a bad way... you're... cute strange and that also makes you... even more interesting.“

„Y-you think so?“


„Eri, I...“


I flinched and froze in place as I could hear someone calling my name. The voice of the person who had just adressed me sounded awfully familiar to me. Oh no, please don't... out of all people existing, was that girl the last one I wanted to see. Not now... not when Eri was with me. I slowly turned around and my heart stopped beating for a second as I looked right into her face.


„Reina, what are you doing here? I thought you were sick?“

„Maybe I was... maybe I was not. Why do you care?“

„You know exactly why! I wanted to see you!“

„And who told you that I wanted to see you too?“

„I know that you wanted to see me!“

„Now that you mention it... uhhh... no.“

„Don't lie to yourself, Reina!“

„I'd lie to myself if I said that I wanted to see you.“

Hanako glared at me. I literally could read the enviousness on her face. She obviously did not like it that I wasn't reacting the way she wanted me to. What the hell had she been expecting? That I would run into her arms and start crying like a little girl after I told her how much I had been missing her? Was she really thinking I would just forget about what she had done to me and came crawling back to her? Wow, could a person be even more wrong?

„Reina...“, Eri whispered, her soft voice caused me to snap out of my thoughts, „is everything alright?“

„Yes, don't worry... we'll be moving on soon“, I whispered back, gently squeezing her arm.

„Oh, I see“, Hanako said as her gaze wandered over to Eri, „that girl is the reason why you don't want to see me.“

„What are you talking about?“ I asked her, even though I knew what she was driving at.

„Who is she?“

„I don't know why I should tell you!“

„Come on, Reina. I'm just interested in your new life“, my ex-girlfriend said and took a few steps closer.

„My life is none of your business“, I snapped at her.

„What's your name, girl?“, Hanako asked Eri, causing her to jump at the sudden appearance right in front of her.

„I... I...“, Eri stammered, slightly lowering her head and I knew that she was trying to hide her eyes by doing so.

„No need to be shy. I just want to get to know you.“

„Hanako, stop it!“

„Come on, Reina. Where did you leave your behavior? Why don't you introduce us to each other?“

„Because I don't want you to inject your poison into her! Leave her out of all this, that's a thing between only you and me!“

„You're getting pretty protective towards her... right, girl?“

„Shut up, damn it!“, I growled, instinctively pulling Eri closer to me as Hanako took another step towards her.

„See? That what I meant...“

„I don't care about what you mean or not, just leave us alone!“

„Oh... you want to spend time alone with your new girlfriend? Say, Reina... did you actually tell her about us? About the time we had together when we were a couple?“

„Hanako, I'm warning you...“

„G-girlfriend? C-couple?? Reina, what is she talking about?“, Eri asked me, the tone of her voice bespoke confusion.

„Don't listen to her, Eri...“

„So your name is Eri, huh? I see... and she really didn't tell you about us?“

„T-tell me what?“

„You've been denying our love, Reina? Well, that's not very nice.“

„There is no love anymore between us! My love for you died a long time ago!“

„Stop acting like a fool, Reina! I know that you still love me and you know that too!“

„NO I'M NOT!“, I yelled, feeling my whole body tremble with anger.

„Did you at least tell her about the reason why you had to move to Tokyo?“, Hanako asked a self-pleased smile on her face.


„You didn't? Wow, you're hiding a lot from her... if I were you, Eri I would wonder why.“

„I-it's okay... she doesn't have to tell me if she feels uncomfortable with it.“

My ex-girlfriend blinked a few times, slightly taken aback. She totally did not expect that kind of answer from Eri. I knew that Hanako actually had been planning to get Eri furious about that I hadn't been telling her about Hanako and the reason why I had to move to Tokyo. Well... her plan didn't work out and now it was my turn to put on a self-pleased maybe even a triumphant smile. Even though it was kinda mean, I just couldn't help it but feel amazingly pleased to see Hanako losing all along the line.

„Reina... can we... go now?“, Eri quietly asked, slightly tugging on my sleeve.

„Sure... there's no need to stay here any longer. Let's go, Eri.“

„WHO THE HELL ARE YOU TO TELL HER WHAT TO DO?“, my ex-girlfriend barked at Eri.

„HANAKO! LEAVE HER ALONE!“, I snapped back.

„Say, Eri do you actually know with what kind of girl you took up with? Haven't you seen the meaningful gleam in her eyes since we were talking about our love that is still connecting Reina and me?“

„I... I didn't see... anything...“, the girl standing next to me replied.

„Hanako! One last time... SHUT UP!“

„What? Are you afraid of her finding out that you're still addicted to me?“, Hanako asked and looked at me before her gaze wandered over to Eri, „Reina is only using you to make me jealous! Come on, girl. Look at her and I bet you'll see what I mean.“

„I... I can't...“

„I'm just trying to keep you from a broken heart! Look into her eyes! You'll see that there's no love for you“, my ex-girlfriend teased.

„I... I want to look into her eyes but... I can't...“

„Why not? Afraid of that you see what I've told you?“

Eri sighed and lifted her head, the dim light of the street lamps shone onto her face. Hanako gasped as she finally was able to see what the meaning behind Eri's words was. She stared at Eri in disbelief, her mouth agape. For one brief moment, I've thought I saw a hint of guilt in Hanako's eyes but what she said next made me see once again that she was the devil in person.

„Are you serious, Reina?“, Hanako asked, a smirk on her lips.

„What do you mean?“

„You've really decided against me for a...“, my ex-girlfriend paused and looked at Eri with a deprecative gaze, „blind bitch? How pathetic!“

„HOLD YOUR TONGUE, HANAKO!“, I yelled, feeling my jaw clench and my muscles tensing.

„Well, Eri... I guess you'll never be able to look into those beautiful brown eyes of hers. Too bad... because you're missing something.“

„Hanako? What's taking you so long? We want to leave“, a female voice called after her.

„I'm coming“, my ex-girlfriend called back, looking at me, „it was nice to see you again, Reina... you'll see... you'll come back to me.“

With that, Hanako turned around and left, leaving me trembling in anger. I glanced over at Eri who had lowered her head again, the expression she had right now tore my heart into pieces. Suddenly I felt like an idiot and extremely sorry for having her standing right in the middle of that feud between Hanako and me, especially because she had nothing to do with the whole events that happened back in Fukuoka. I sighed and covered my face with my hands. A thousand thoughts ran through my mind and most of them were rather... disturbing. What if Eri would turn her back on me after what happened... after she heard that I was actually hiding something from her. Great... Hanako just messed up everything. She'd better not cross my way again or I'm going to...



„Are you okay?“

„I am... but I can ask you the same...“

„I'm fine... I was just... worried about you.“


„I thought that girl would... lay a hand on you.“

„Don't worry, Eri... I won't let her and also... I'm strong enough to defend myself.“

„That's good to know...“



„I'm... I'm sorry...“

„For what?“

„For... all this...“

„You don't have to be sorry... you didn't even know that she was here.“

„Eri... I actually knew she was here...“

„What? So... what she said was true?“, Eri asked, turning her head into my direction, the tone of her voice sounded... alarmed.

„No! No, let me explain it... Hanako was the one I got the idea from with the concert... she had been sending me an e-mail, asking me to meet and go with her to the rock concert her friend had been performing not far from here. She had been mentioning that there will be the orchestra concert also...“

„Why... didn't you go with her to that rock concert?“

„I... I rather wanted to be with you...“


„Yes. I've never intended to meet Hanako here... and I've never thought about using you to make her jealous... all I wanted was... to spend the evening with you... that was everything that mattered to me.“

„Oh, Reina...“

The next thing I could think of were Eri's arms around my neck, holding me close in a tight embrace. It took a few moments before I started to realize what was going on but as soon as I did, I could feel my face heating up as I blushed and I felt like my heart was about to burst inside my chest. Thousands of butterflies were fluttering around inside of my stomach, causing my whole body to tremble. I hesitatily lifted my arms to wrap one of them around Eri's waist while I placed my other hand onto the back of her neck to return the heartwarming gesture.

„Reina... since you've stepped into my life... I feel like I can do everything... spending time with you really means a lot to me... and I want to thank you for that... thank you for being there for me“, Eri softly whispered.

„I'll always be there for you, Eri... now and forever... you don't have to walk your way alone anymore...“

„You promise me that?“

„Yeah... I promise.“

Time stood still as we held each other in that tight embrace, neither of us seemed to want to let go. On that evening the moon remained the only witness of this romantic moment between Eri and me, silently approving the beginning of a new chapter in our lives made by the promise, as it shone down on us with its gentle, pale light.

To be continued...

And that's it for chapter 6... I hope you all enjoyed reading and it was worth the wait. Stay tuned for chapter 7
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [06/08 Chapter 6 - A summer night's symphony]
Post by: Brenda on June 08, 2009, 02:05:50 AM
Great chapter Kame!! :k-inlove:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [06/08 Chapter 6 - A summer night's symphony]
Post by: strawb3rrykream on June 08, 2009, 05:16:01 AM
Ah, I remember this heart-to-heart between Reina and her mom. So cute~ :heart: I'm so happy that Eri and Reina are getting so close, it's the beginning of a beautiful relationship. But OMFG...Hanako...the nerve of that bitch, to think that Reina still harbors feelings for her. It's insulting. But I'm glad it didn't get violent or anything. But the ending is so romantic. :inlove:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [06/08 Chapter 6 - A summer night's symphony]
Post by: Michi.Pinku on June 08, 2009, 05:32:15 AM
hooo!!! HANAKO BITCH  :angry:...
Well done Eri  :D , Reina and Eri are getting so close now.
I love Reina's mom *-* yeaah ... She's so sweet

well , Next Chapter *-*
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [06/08 Chapter 6 - A summer night's symphony]
Post by: leyami on June 08, 2009, 07:19:14 AM
That's was a great chapter! :on GJ:
Keep it up
Can't wait for the next chapert
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [06/08 Chapter 6 - A summer night's symphony]
Post by: badsaints on June 08, 2009, 05:03:13 PM
A WOW chapter. Going all mush inside  :heart:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [06/08 Chapter 6 - A summer night's symphony]
Post by: Azumangalicious on June 08, 2009, 11:18:30 PM
I love your stories. <3
Keep writing. :D
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [06/08 Chapter 6 - A summer night's symphony]
Post by: JFC on June 09, 2009, 05:13:52 AM
Chapter 6 – A summer night's symphony

„I'm trying to figure out what I should wear tonight“, I replied, taking off the shirt I was wearing and sighed as I threw it onto the pile.
Don't want to seem mean here, but while it's nice and all that Reina wants to look good for their's not like Eri's going to know. :lol:

„Her name is Eri...“


„The girl... I'm going out with tonight... her name is Kamei Eri.“

„Oh, not Aiko?“
Oh mom. XD

Aiko seems to be a very nice girl.“

„Yeah... she seems to be a nice girl. But since she knows about Eri, she's completely freaking out and all bitchy.“

„How come?“

„Because she said that she fell in love with me.“

„Oh, Reina. You're quite a player“, my mom said and giggled.
Mom = :?

Reina =  :-\

Mom = :huhuh

Reina = :sweatdrop:

Mom = 8)

„What I want to say is... it's more likely that she's going to turn her back on you if you're not telling her the truth. And also... how will you know that she's not interested in you too if you don't know how she thinks about the fact that you like girls?“
While Reina's mom makes a good point, it's not quite that easy. From Reina's POV, it isn't just about the possibility of Eri walking away from her later, but it's the possibility of her walking away NOW.

Gotta say, Eri's mom seems to be totally cool with the fact that Reina likes to "play for the other team."  Way to be progressive mom. 

Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh NICELY done Reina!  :twothumbs



Oshit.  :shocked

Hanako glared at me. I literally could read the enviousness on her face. She obviously did not like it that I wasn't reacting the way she wanted me to. What the hell had she been expecting? That I would run into her arms and start crying like a little girl after I told her how much I had been missing her? Was she really thinking I would just forget about what she had done to me and came crawling back to her? Wow, could a person be even more wrong?
Gotta say, Reina's right. Sure, she made no attempt to hide the fact that she was head over heels of Hanako when they were going out, but seriously, to expect Reina to continue to hold a torch for her all this time, especially after how she broke her heart with the way she dumped her? Puh-leeeeeeeeeeeeeeze.

That bitch.  Even after she finds out that Eri's blind. I'm normally firmly against violence against women, but in this case, fuckin' prima donna needs to get a wonky-eyed smackdown. :angry:

:wriggly: :wriggly: :wriggly:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [06/08 Chapter 6 - A summer night's symphony]
Post by: lonewind on June 09, 2009, 08:38:42 PM
hey kame~!

x3 ur writing's reallly good so i'm going to comment on it again x3

 :wub: tanakame ftw!!

i honestly thought eri was going to do sth when hanko came over, but she didn't x3 can't wait till ur next one~~
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [06/08 Chapter 6 - A summer night's symphony]
Post by: kRisZ on June 14, 2009, 05:04:02 PM
Great chapter indeed  :yep:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [06/08 Chapter 6 - A summer night's symphony]
Post by: Michi.Pinku on June 26, 2009, 05:16:51 AM
oomm ...
I miss your Fic
Chapter please *-*

Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [06/08 Chapter 6 - A summer night's symphony]
Post by: Kame on July 02, 2009, 10:55:52 PM
Minna-san, domo~

I really want to thank everyone who read and commented onto my story

Arigatou gozaimashita~ :kneelbow:

It's interesting and kinda amusing to read all of your reactions to Hanako XD And I'm really happy that you all love Reina's mom X3 You'll get more of her in the next chapter~

@JFC: I see what you mean with the whole dressing thing XD I thought the same while typing it down but since it's an orchestra concert Reina can't go in her casual yankii-clothes, ne? XD And I laughed so hard at you saying "prima donna" to Hanako XD

@lonewind: Thank you X3 I'm glad you liked it~

@Michi.Pinku: I'm glad you like my story and I'm really sorry for taking so long to update lately... I'm kinda busy at the moment, lots of work to do and also I'm in the middle of the preperations for my planned trip to Minnesota, which means lots of paperwork. So my time on working on chapter 7 is kinda short... but be sure I'm already working on it and I'm typing it down whenever I find the time to~

So well, everyone... I really apologize for the slow updates... I hope when chapter 7 is finished it will be worth the wait. And also I'm working on a trailer for this story now, so I hope I can come up with something X3

Thanks again to all my readers~

Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [06/08 Chapter 6 - A summer night's symphony]
Post by: Azumangalicious on July 06, 2009, 04:26:35 AM
I can't wait for the update.  :yep:
And all of your chapters are worth a wait, so its fine. ;D
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [06/08 Chapter 6 - A summer night's symphony]
Post by: Michi.Pinku on July 06, 2009, 11:23:03 PM
I'll waiting for your next chapter *_* aam ...  I really hope to see the Trailer for your Fanfic x3
well well Good Luck for everything  :3
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [06/08 Chapter 6 - A summer night's symphony]
Post by: hiyokokun on July 23, 2009, 10:32:14 PM
Lucky...!!! It looks like i pick the right thread (it's not like the other are wrong or bad)
it's just that i'm looking some fanfic about Kamei or Ai.
at first i'm interesterd with the title Love is Blind ^_^
that why i pick this thread.

I'll commented for every chapter you make, lol

i'm not into Reina, so actually i'm kinda boring read the prologue.
but her "different" makes me interest in her story.
and your "LONG LIVE KAMEISM", so i thought there some story about Kamei here. lol
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [06/08 Chapter 6 - A summer night's symphony]
Post by: hiyokokun on July 26, 2009, 06:20:20 PM
Just finish reading Chapter 2..!!

Kamei : Please... stop it...
Damn, those guys  :angry:
„Okay... Reina... my name is Eri... Kamei Eri.
Here comes Eri !!! YAY... :cow:

EH ?? blind Eri, i'm wondering how those two will be ???
next to the chapter 3...
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [07/28 Official Love is blind trailer]
Post by: Kame on July 28, 2009, 02:03:01 AM
Minna-san, domo~

Mou >< I'm so sorry for the lack of updates...

But to make up for the missing 7th chapter (which I'm still working on) I'm happy to come up with at least a little bit.

Yes, it's done...

I proudly present the official trailer for Love is blind~

I admit that I had a hard time working on it, yet it looks so simple  ^^;

But I hope you guys like it anyways and enjoy watching the trailer~


Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [07/28 Official Love is blind trailer]
Post by: strawb3rrykream on July 28, 2009, 02:04:19 AM
LOL Kame, I had just signed out when I saw your update!! XD Off to watch it now~
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [07/28 Official Love is blind trailer]
Post by: rndmnwierd on July 28, 2009, 09:34:21 AM
Wow, pretty cool. I really like this story.
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [07/28 Official Love is blind trailer]
Post by: badsaints on July 28, 2009, 01:32:51 PM
It's beautiful  :yep: *Gives stamp of approval*
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [07/28 Official Love is blind trailer]
Post by: Michi.Pinku on July 28, 2009, 08:08:14 PM
Oww ... Your Trailer fic it's amazing , I like it very much ;D  *clap-clap-clap*
I want to read the Chapter 7 soon *,* , but I'll for you  :D
Ganbatte *^*   
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [07/28 Official Love is blind trailer]
Post by: Azumangalicious on July 30, 2009, 07:15:29 AM
i love it so much 8D
and i cant wait to read chapter 7 ><

and i also commented on H!O xD
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [07/28 Official Love is blind trailer]
Post by: hiyokokun on July 30, 2009, 09:58:00 AM
I love the trailer, it's amazing how you can think something like that from the pv...  :twothumbs
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [07/28 Official Love is blind trailer]
Post by: Serafis_CZ on July 30, 2009, 02:20:57 PM
I'm new here, so I haven't read many fanfics... but this is such a great story!!!
(I was afraid of lot worse things coming due the possible meeting with Hanako. Luckily, I was wrong.)

Thank you and I'm looking forward to another chapter.
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [07/28 Official Love is blind trailer]
Post by: zay05ohayou on July 30, 2009, 04:26:10 PM
I was browsing and saw your fic. I must say.. I'm really hooked..  :w00t: TanaKame is so cute! I really like how the story is going. Very adorable!  :wub:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [07/28 Official Love is blind trailer]
Post by: Brenda on August 01, 2009, 11:30:48 PM
Great trailer!! Can't wait Chapter 7!! *-*
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [07/28 Official Love is blind trailer]
Post by: Michi.Pinku on August 30, 2009, 01:26:35 AM
Ohh plz I really need to read the next chapter . I'll diee ! XD
please I can't wait more  :roll:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [09/03 Official Love is blind poster]
Post by: Kame on September 03, 2009, 05:42:23 AM
Minna-san~ domo~~

Yeah, yeah I know... you're all waiting for chapter 7... and I'm really, really awfully sorry that I'm lacking with updates lately. Let's just say... I've been having some private troubles lately, that keep me from writing and also having an effect on my focus so... I ask you guys to wait a little longer and I hope you understand.

Anyways... I'm proud to give you the official Love is blind poster~

All the credits to this amazing work goes to Indigo for making this wonderful poster. All I did was sending the pictures XD

Thanks a bunch for taking your time in order to create this poster, Indigo! You're the best! *hugs* (
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [09/03 Official Love is blind poster]
Post by: rndmnwierd on September 03, 2009, 05:46:34 AM
I dig it!  :twothumbs
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [09/03 Official Love is blind poster]
Post by: kRisZ on September 05, 2009, 03:57:20 PM
Whoa! Look at Eri's eyes. Nice!
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [09/03 Official Love is blind poster]
Post by: chibimila on September 07, 2009, 10:59:43 PM
her eyes are scaring me...
but its nice made.  :thumbsup it really looks blind.
hope im no english is bad  :sweatdrop:

Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [09/28 Chapter 7 - Revealing the truth]
Post by: Kame on September 28, 2009, 12:17:56 AM
Domo, domo~~

YES!! IT'S DONE!! WOHOOO!! Uhm... *clears throat* Uh yeah... minna-san... after all that long... looooong waiting, I've finally managed to finish chapter 7! I apologize for making you wait for so long but... uhm... I've had some private troubles in the past few month so... yeah, I'm really sorry for the huge delay. Now enjoy chapter 7~ Oh yeah... this one is even longer than chapter 6 XD


NOTE: Sorry for possible grammar/spelling mistakes

Chapter 7 - Revealing the truth

It was late as I quietly unlocked the door, carefully pushing it open. The house was quiet and dark, making it obvious that my parents and my brother were already asleep. I took my shoes off and tiptoed towards the stairs. It was not because I don't wanted to get caught by my parents but to not wake them up. I kinda knew what would come since my mom knew that I had been together with another girl. I'd have to go through a never-ending river of questions she'd ask me. For now I just wanted to go to bed and let all the hours Eri and me had been spending together happen revue. A smile formed on my lips as I already started to think about it while I walked up the stairs... the way she was dressed, the way she was talking, the way she was leaning onto me... all that caused my stomach to tingle.


„AH!“, I exclaimed and jumped as my mom's voice startled me.

„Shhh... your dad and your brother are already asleep.“

„Sorry... but you scared me!“

„You're easy to scare...“

„Well, I actually did not expect my mom sneaking up to me in the dark“, I said and looked at her, „why are you still up?“

„I've heard you coming home, so I thought I'd go and check on you.“

„Check on me?“, I repeated and frowned.

„Yes, check on you... it's late.“

„I know.“

„I was worried about you, you know...“

„I'm sorry, mom... I know should've called you and tell you that it's going to be late... but I kinda lost track of time because Eri and me had been talking to each other a lot.“

„I see... so does that mean the date turned out well?“

„Yeah... except for that... small incident...“

„Which incident?“

„Come in, I'll tell you about it“, I said and opened the door to my room.

„Is everything alright?“, my mom asked as she sat down on the edge of my bed.

„Depends on how you see it.“

„What happened?“

„I met Hanako.“

„Hanako? What is that girl doing here in Tokyo?“

„She came here to see her friend perform on a rock concert.“


„She had been sending me an e-mail and asked me to meet and go with her.“

„So you and Eri went to that rock concert too?“



„Eri and me went to an open-air orchestra concert held by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. It was in the same area, so she kinda ran into us.“

„Wow, Eri really has taken a shine to you.“


„Reina... you were never interested in orchestra music before.“

„Well... now I am...“

„In the music... or the girl?“, my mom asked and smirked.

„Oh, mom~ Please stop that!“

„No, seriously... is it really because you started to like the music?“

„Yeah... Eri told me a lot of interesting things about that music genre.“

„Hm... maybe I should start to tell you interesting things about green bell peppers and nattou too, so you'll start to like it as well.“

„Mom... that won't work...“

„Aw, why not~?“

„I will never eat that stuff, I hate it!“

„But Eri made you liking orchestra music too.“

„That's different.“

„How come?“

„Because orchestra music doesn't make me feel like throwing up unlike those horrible green bell peppers and nattou...“

„Oh my... it was worth a try“, my mom said, giggling.

„Oh, mom...“

„Did you tell her about it?“

„About what?“

„That you like girls.“

„Well... not... really...“

„Eh? But I thought you wanted to be honest to her.“

„I do... and I think now she probably knows anyways...“

„Why's that?“

„Because of Hanako...“

„Oh right... you met her.“

„Yeah... and she was obviously thinking that Eri is my girlfriend and well... she tried to make her jealous... claiming that I would still have feelings for her and she asked Eri if I ever told her about Hanako's and my past. In the end, Eri was totally confused and had no idea what was going on. And I felt sorry for letting her stand in between the fronts.“

„Reina, it's not your fault that Hanako is jealous because you finally managed to break free from her...“

„Still... that kinda messed up everything.“

„Don't think that, Reina...“

„But what if Eri really is mad at me for not telling her anything?“

„You're thinking too much, dear. I believe Eri isn't that kind of girl who gets mad because you didn't tell her something that takes a lot of courage to speak out especially since you two know each other for not too long. I bet she understands if you explain it to her.“

„You think so?“

„I know it.“

„Thanks, mom“, I said and hugged her.

„Always“, my mom replied and hugged me back, „but still... there's something I want to know.“

„Eh? What is it?“, I asked and looked at her.

„Why did you come back home that late? Are there so many things you and Eri are talking about?“

„Well... yes and I took her back home because I don't wanted her to walk around all alone in the dark.“

„Oh~ You took her home?“

„Yeah... why?“, I asked and looked at her, seeing a smirk forming on her lips, „hey!! What's up with that smirk?“

„So... you and Eri had been standing in front of her house?“

„Uh... yes? We just said goodbye and I waited for her to go back into her house before I went home.“

„Did you two... well you know.“


„Did you two kiss?“


„You know... your lips on hers...“

„WHA...?! N-NO!!“, I exclaimed, feeling my face burning as I blushed.

„Aw~ That's a pity... why not?“

„M-mom, I-I can't do this!“

„What do you mean by 'you can't'? Of course you can, Reina. Everything's possible.“

„Mom, it's... I've told you that Eri does not really know about my... orientation...“

„But you said that you think that she probably knows because of Hanako.“

„Yeah... the enhancement lays on 'I think' and 'probably'. That doesn't mean that Eri did process already what Hanako had said... or that she actually believes her.“

„I see... when will you and Eri meet each other next time?“


„Oh, really?“

„Yeah, we'll meet in the park to have lunch together.“

„So a picnic, huh?“

„Kind of.“

„Well... should I prepare something for you two then?“

„No, thank you... I want to do it on my own.“

„Oh~ You want to impress Eri?“

„I just want to put my own efforts into the... uh... date...“

„I see... well okay, I'll let you sleep then. If you really want to cook you need to be well rested... otherwise you're going to cut off your fingers or burn yourself because you're so tired.“

„I'm not that clumsy, mom.“

„Sometimes you are.“

„Shoo, off to bed and let me sleep.“

„Have a good night, Reina.“

„Thank you, you too.“

„And sweet dreams about Eri“, my mom chuckled as she got up and walked towards the door.


„Good night.“


„Oh and... Reina?“


„I'm happy that you finally found someone“, she said and smiled, „I hope things between Eri and you develop well.“

„Thank you“, I replied and smiled back, watching my mom closing the door.

I yawned and stretched, still smiling about the last words my mom had said. I was also very happy about that I met Eri but yet... things between her and me were still unclear. I mean, we became friends, that was for sure. But I knew that I liked Eri more than a friend... I was in love with her. I've already made my decision. I would clear up things tomorrow, telling her about my orientation and... the reason why I actually had to move to Tokyo. If I don't wanted to destroy what we've built up until now, I had to be honest. Even if that meant... I was going to lose her. With that thought, I slipped underneath my blanket and instantly feel into a deep slumber.

~~~ ~~~

On that morning I woke up very early. I had been up even before my alarm clock started to give its annoying beeping sound to wake me up. After taking a shower and dressing up, I went downstairs into the kitchen to prepare breakfast for my family. They probably would be up in about an hour as well since I knew neither of them was a late riser, unlike me. I usually slept until lunch time, sometimes even late into the afternoon depending on how straining the day before had been. But this morning, everything was different. Even in my sleep I could kinda feel the excitement lingering inside of me caused by the knowledge that I would see Eri again. The more I thought about her, the more I had to admit... that Eri was the only one who ever managed to make me feel like I did. Nervous and excited.


„Yes?“, I replied and turned around to look into my mom's sleepy face, „oh, good morning.“

„Good morning...“

„I'm preparing breakfast for you all.“

„I see that but... you're up very early.“

„I couldn't sleep anymore.“

„Excited about seeing Eri again?“

„Yeah... somehow I am. Do you want a coffee?“

„That would be nice, thank you.“

„You're welcome.“

„Wow, Reina... I can't remember when the last time was I've seen you that cheerful.“

„Well... miracles still can happen“, I giggled.

„Seems so“, my mom chuckled, „what are you cooking?“

„I thought about making some tamagoyaki, rice and the rest of the miso soup over there.“

„That sounds great.“

„Ne? See, I cook very often~“, I said and carefully placed a cup of coffee onto the table before I turned my attention back onto the cooking.

„What will you and Eri do after you're done with the picnic?“

„I don't know... maybe we'll just stay there and talk.“

„Just talk?“

„Yeah... talk.“

„Oh, right. There's still something you have to tell her.“


„Don't worry too much about, Reina. I'm pretty sure Eri won't back away from you.“

„I hope so...“

Even though my mom encouraged me about the whole thing with me telling Eri the truth about my past and also my orientation, I couldn't ignore the slight uncomfortable feeling that was growing inside of me. I would lie if I'd say that I wasn't scared to tell Eri... I was extremely afraid of her rejecting me and if that would happen... I'd lose her as well.

~~~ ~~~

„Here's a nice place to settle down“, I said, gazing up at the crown of the big tree, watching the leaves swaying in the soft cool breeze, „we'd be in the shadow of a tree.“

„Sounds good to me“, Eri replied and gently squeezed my arm, that was linked with hers, to emphasize her agreement.

„Let me spread out the blanket really quick.“


I slowly let go of Eri's arm to spread out the small blanket I've brought with me on the grass, carefully putting down the basket which contained the food I've been cooking for the two of us. Even though I was not that bad at cooking, since I've always had to cook for my younger brother when my parents weren't at home, I couldn't deny that I was slightly nervous about how Eri would like the food.

„Come here“, I said, taking Eri's hand into mine, feeling a tingle in my stomach as I felt her soft skin making contact with mine.

I shivered at her touch, feeling my heart beat quickening. I shyly cleared my throat to cover up my nervousness as I carefully lead her over to the blanket, helping her to sit down.

„Thank you, Reina.“

„Don't mention it.“

„Doesn't the breeze feel good?“, Eri asked, closing her eyes.

I gulped as I watched the wind playing with her beautiful, long hair, her bangs gently swayed in the soft breeze. The sight was just... mesmerizing. I was pretty sure that I've never seen a girl that had been looking so... graceful even though she was just sitting there quietly, enjoying the wind grazing her face.

„Y-yeah... it does...“, I stammered, unable to tear my eyes away from her.

„That's what I like about summer... the soft breezes and the warm sun.“

„T-true, it's... really nice...“

„Doesn't your mood get all cheerful as well when it's like this?“

„Uh... I... don't know... I guess so.“



„You're funny“, Eri giggled and opened her eyes.

I shivered. It was as if she was... looking at me, staring right into my soul. I nervously bit my lip and started to roam through the basket. This was actually only a desperated try to calm myself down, an excuse to myself to stop looking... or more staring at the young woman sitting in front of me. If I only knew why her eyes had such a strong effect on me.

„Did you plan anything else for today?“, Eri asked, breaking the chain of my thoughts.

„Uh... for now... I'm planning on having lunch with you“, I replied, placing a bento box into her hands, „here you go, Eri.“

„Thank you a lot, Reina. I feel bad for causing you so much trouble...“

„No! No, don't feel bad... you're not causing any trouble for me!“


„No buts, Eri... it was a pleasure to me.“

„You're so kind.“

„I...“, I started but didn't get far since my stomach decided to interrupt me with a loud growl, „o-oh... s-sorry...“

„It's okay“, Eri said and softly laughed, „I guess it's time to eat.“

„Yeah... well, dig in~“

„Thank you.“

„I hope you like it though...“

„Somehow I have a feeling that I will“, the girl in front of me replied and amazed me again by how easily she worked with the chopsticks, trying the first piece of food, „whoa, Reina!“


„Say... are you sure you're not a cook or something?“


„This is... wow, it's really good!“

„R-really?“ I asked, feeling some of the tension releasing my body.

„Yes, it is. I can't remember when the last time was I had been eating something that good.“

„Aw~ Come on, Eri~ It's not that special.“

„To me it is...“

„U-uhm... well I... I always had to cook for my younger brother when my parents were gone.“

„Oh? You have a brother?“

„Yeah... but believe me, you wouldn't want him as your brother.“

„Why's that?“

„Because he can be such a nuisance sometimes. He's way too curious and now he starts to get stubborn. Sometimes he'd hide behind the door of my room just to jump out at me, scaring me to death. Also he doesn't respect my privacy that much. I always have to kick him out of my room after I caught him poking his nose into my private stuff.“

„What a nice boy.“

„Wow, Eri... did I hear a slight hint of sarcasm in your voice?“, I playfully teased.

„O-oh... I-I'm sorry... I didn't mean to talk bad about your brother.“

„Hey, calm down. It's okay, I know how you meant it... and to be honest... if it's you saying things like that about my brother... I don't mind...“

„Eh? Why?“

„I... I just do...“

Silence emerged between the two of us as we went on eating. My mind was racing. I tried to figure out the best way how to start my confession, to make it sound less scary for Eri. Suddenly I remembered all those reactions I've got after a girl found out that I was attracted to my own gender. The reactions always had been the same. First, a look of disgust crossed the girl's faces and suddenly they made a big circle around me... as if I'd have a contagious, deadly disease. Oh, please... Eri... prove me again that you're not like the other girls.



„There's something that... kept bothering me since... that incident yesterday...“

Indicent? Oh, right... she probably meant the accident meeting with Hanako. I silently cursed Hanako for showing up, shooting her poisonous arrows at me and especially Eri. Though Eri didn't seem to care much about my ex-girlfriend's words yesterday when we met her, I kinda knew that everything what Hanako's had said would haunt Eri's mind afterwards and that she'd start to wonder about the meaning of those words. Hanako was truly a master of manipulating. I knew that this was the moment I had to put the cards onto the table, to clear up everything. I was determined to tell Eri the truth. Yet I couldn't deny that I started to feel uncomfortable again.

„What is it?“, I asked, placing the bento box next to me.

„I... Reina... that girl yesterday...“



„You... wanna know what she had said is all about... right?“

„Y-yes... I... I know I told her that you don't have to tell me anything if you don't want to... I don't wanted to pressure you by asking you questions that made you feel uncomfortable...“, Eri said and paused, her fingers moved back and forth on the sides of the bento box, „but her words got me thinking and... I was quite shocked as I came to the conclusion that I don't really know anything about you... until now I didn't even know you have a brother.“


„To tell you the truth... I lay awake last night, trying to figure out why Hanako would say such things to me... and about you...“

„Hanako is very good in such things... she saw you with me and that was enough for her to attack.“

„But why, Reina? Why? What was all the talk with love and you being addicted to her about?“

„Eri... Hanako... she...“

„T-tell me, Reina...“

I took a deep breath. There was no turning back now, I had to be honest. I just owed her that. Because of me she faced her painful past again, telling me everything that had happened even though her heart was bleeding with every memory she had been recalling. Now it was my turn... my turn to show her that I was trusting her.

„Hanako... is my ex-girlfriend.“



„S-so... she didn't lie?“

„No, she didn't...“

„I see...“

„Eri... there's something... that I kept for myself because... I... I was afraid of losing you...“

„Losing me? Reina, don't be silly! You'd... never lose me...“

„Even... if I told you that... I... I feel different?“

„F-feel... different?“

„Eri... I don't like guys... I'm attracted to girls.“

„So... you really are...?“

„Yes... that's why Hanako thought that... that you're my new girlfriend“, I said, nervously playing with the hem of my shirt.

„Yeah, I remember her saying something like that...“

„She tried to make you jealous.“


„Yes... since she didn't know that you're not my girlfriend... she intended to make you all furious and break up with me... only to mess up my life again.“

„Oh... had a bad break-up?“

„A very bad one...“

„Who ended it?“


„Then... I don't get why she was trying to make me jealous... what was the point of all that?“

„I guess it's only because things with her boyfriend don't go that well like they should.“

„She has a boyfriend?“

„Yeah, he was the one she left me for and also the one she had before me. I caught her kissing him when I was looking for her. She then told me that she never really loved me... and that she only used me to make her ex jealous...“

„That's horrible... I'm sorry you had to experience that, Reina...“, Eri said and moved her hand, finding my arm, sliding up her hand to put it onto my shoulder.

„I-it's okay... I should've known better and that's what I've got. Serves me right...“, I replied, shivering at Eri's touch.

„But you really loved her, right?“

„Yes, I did...“

„She doesn't deserve you.“


„She doesn't deserve you, Reina. If you ask me... she's pretty stupid.“

„H-how so?“

„Because... she didn't appreciate what she had.“


„She let someone so amazing go... she cheated on you, she hurted you, she kicked your feelings with her feet... enough reasons why she doesn't deserve you?“

„Oh, Eri...“

„I hope you find a girl that treats you the way you deserve it.“


Eri warmly smiled and gently squeezed my shoulder, a jolt shot through my body causing my stomach to tingle. For one brief moment I thought about telling Eri right away that I fell in love with her but I quickly pushed that thought aside. It was way too early for that. I'd catch her totally offguard and also... just because she didn't seem to mind my orientation didn't also mean she liked girls as well. Actually as far as I remembered Eri had been never mentioning anything that went into that kind of direction. Orientation-wise I mean... but okay my guess was that she was absolutely straight anyway. Such a beautiful girl couldn't be attracted to other girls... right?



„Can I... ask you something else?“


„What... what did Hanako mean when she said... that you're hiding the reason why you moved to Tokyo from me?“


„I-it's alright... you... you don't have to tell me if you don't want to.“

„No, Eri... I... I want to be honest to you...“, I said, biting my lip, „she said it because... I did hide it from you...“


„The time back in Fukuoka... is something I'm not very proud of... and I don't wanted to scare you with it...“

„What happened?“

„I... was kind of a troublemaker back then...“


„Yes... I was a rebel... the one who always got into trouble with classmates, teachers and the principal.“

„What... what did you do?“

„I was disturbing the classes, I snapped at my teachers and whenever there was a brawl... I was in the middle of it... maybe even... the cause.“


„Yeah, me... one warning chased the other and soon... I got expelled from school.“

„O-oh... I-I see... c-couldn't you attend to another school?“

„I did attend to two other schools but... I got also expelled from those.“

„T-the same reasons?“


„You... you really were a troublemaker, weren't you?“

„Mhm... after getting expelled from three schools... no other school in Fukuoka accepted me anymore... and that's why I'm here now. I actually wonder why the school here allowed me to attend after reading my file...“

„Well... everyone deserves a second chance... except for Hanako, she's left out of that...“

„Whoa, Eri“, I giggled, „you're right with Hanako but as for school... in the strict sense that would be my fourth chance now.“

„In the strict sense... your first in Tokyo~“, Eri said and smiled.

„Now that you've said it... you're right.“

„See? This is a new part in your life, so it's never too late to show that you've changed.“


„Though... I'm sure you're still a yankii sometimes~“


„I... just remembered the way you... chased away those guys on the day we met.“


„Reina... why did you help me?“

„You not really asked me that just now, right?“

„Please, Reina... I wanna know...“

„I just... couldn't stand there deedless, watching them threatening you... and after that jerk slapped you... I just had to do something.“

„But you didn't know me until then...“

„That didn't matter to me... I can't stand guys who are raising their hand against a woman... especially if it's that type of guy who thinks he can get all the girls by doing so. Who knows what else they could've done to you.“

„I'm glad that you were around...“

„Actually... that was a pure coincidence.“


„On that day, there was a construction site and blocked the way I'm usually taking to go home from school so I went through the park.“

„Nothing happens due to coincidence... there's a reason for everything...“, Eri mumbled, yet it was loud enough for me to hear.

„Y-you mean...“


„You said there's a reason for everything...“

„EH?! I... I said that outloud?“

„Well... you're were mumbling but... I could hear it.“

„Uh... never mind that... s-sometimes I say... uhm... random things.“



„Thank you...“

„For what?“

„For... taking me the way I am...“

„I... should thank you, Reina... You're the first one... who still treats me like a human... there are no awkward moments between us when we spend time together... you're able to make me feel alive and you're not avoiding me because I'm blind...“

„Why should I? You're... a wonderful person, Eri... and I enjoy every single minute I'm spending with you.“

„So do I, Reina... I like you for... you being you.“

„Oh, Eri...“, I softly whispered and hesitatingly wrapped my arms around her, holding her in a tight embrace but still ready to let go of her immediately.

„I'm glad that we met, Reina... because of you... I can live again...“, Eri quietly said and wrapped her arms around my waist, resting her head on my shoulder.


„A little...“, Eri replied and slightly yawned.

„You... uh... can take a nap if you... Eri?“

No reply.


I smiled as I discovered that Eri already fell asleep in my arms. I carefully shifted a little bit to lean back against the tree, gently moving Eri into a more comfortable position. Her head was now resting on my chest, her arms on my stomach. I lifted my arms and almost shyly wrapped them around her waist to hold her tightly.

J-just in case so she won't slip down...

I almost laughed about that weak excuse for myself to hold her like that. Still, the closeness to the young woman resting in my arms was killing me. I glanced down at Eri's sleeping face and felt my heart beat quicken. Even when she was asleep she was the most beautiful woman I've ever seen. The urge to touch her grew inside of me with every passing second I was looking at her. I struggled to resist the temptation and tried to tear my eyes away from her but that turned out to be harder than I've thought... it was merely impossible. She was just... too beautiful. Eventually I gave in and slowly moved my hand upwards, gently stroking Eri's cheek. A soft smile formed on her lips as she sighed contentedly, obviously approving the touch. I continued to caress her cheek, watching her sleep peacefully. How long had she been awake last night to be knocked out like that? Not that I would mind her sleeping in my arms... not at all.

No, really I... I liked it...

To be continued...

And that's it for chapter 7. Again... sorry for the wait, I really hope it was worth it!
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [09/28 Chapter 7 - Revealing the truth]
Post by: rndmnwierd on September 28, 2009, 12:06:37 PM
Totally worth the wait! I love Reina's interactions with her mom, it's nice to read about them being so close. Also, the picnic in the park is so romantic. :shy2:

Ah! The TanKame love continues!  :wriggly:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [09/28 Chapter 7 - Revealing the truth]
Post by: kRisZ on September 28, 2009, 03:07:07 PM
Yay! Super mom right there  :cow:

„Nothing happens due to concidence... there's a reason for everything

True, everything happens for a reason, I’m also a believer. And they are fated to meet to fall in love with one another  :luvluv2:  yay

Very romantic date  :gmon twirl:

Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [09/28 Chapter 7 - Revealing the truth]
Post by: badsaints on September 28, 2009, 03:43:26 PM
No, really I... I liked it...
Really...I liked it too :wub:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [09/28 Chapter 7 - Revealing the truth]
Post by: zay05ohayou on September 29, 2009, 10:07:43 AM
Ngawww~ Glad Reina opened up to Eri..  :wub:

I lifted my arms and almost shyly wrapped them around her waist to hold her tightly.

J-just in case so she won't slip down...

Hahaha~ yeah.. just in case  ;)
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [09/28 Chapter 7 - Revealing the truth]
Post by: lil_hamz on September 29, 2009, 02:12:31 PM
Oh this was definitely worth it :)
I think my fav part was at the end. It was so sweet how the 2 of them were lying together with Reina holding her Eri that :wub:
I like how you keep mentioning that Eri is beautiful. Cuz it's true :heart:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [09/28 Chapter 7 - Revealing the truth]
Post by: cogi_yoshi on October 06, 2009, 05:45:00 AM
Awesome!!! :twothumbs
plus Reina's mom is so COOL!!! and the date... :luvluv1: :shy1: :mon lovelaff:

„So do I, Reina... I like you for... you being you.“
I think it would look better if we remove.. the 'for being you' part.. :mon misch:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [09/28 Chapter 7 - Revealing the truth]
Post by: lonewind on October 06, 2009, 06:41:21 PM
 :luvluv2: tankame love~ ftw x3

reina's mom is the best!!

sweet filled chapter kame~ keep up the great work and ganbatte  :kneelbow: on everything
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [09/28 Chapter 7 - Revealing the truth]
Post by: amEthystx on October 12, 2009, 07:34:05 AM
Finished reading the story in one shot.. Its really great.. Love the interaction of Reina and her mum.. it was so sweet and endearing..

and :twothumbs for Eri for standing up for Reina when confronted by Hanako

„You're funny“, Eri giggled and opened her eyes.

I shivered. It was as if she was... looking at me, staring right into my soul. I nervously bit my lip and started to roam through the basket. This was actually only a desperated try to calm myself down, an excuse to myself to stop looking... or more staring at the young woman sitting in front of me. If I only knew why her eyes had such a strong effect on me.

If only Eri could really see her.. she might faint  XD
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [09/28 Chapter 7 - Revealing the truth]
Post by: Michi.Pinku on October 19, 2009, 03:02:08 AM
aaaaw ... I really love Reina's mum  :wub:   xDD ( I want Reina's mum  :roll:) She rulz!!! :bow:
 I really loved when Reina revealed the truth to Eri  :oops:

 TanaKame moments FTW ~~~~~~  :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [09/28 Chapter 7 - Revealing the truth]
Post by: Fushigidane on October 19, 2009, 10:18:09 PM
Wahh awwwwz!  :shy1: :mon lovelaff:
I gotta admit that when i started reading this and i read that Eri was blind, i tought this was gonna be angsty and not so great but kyaaaa that just makes the fic so cute! :shy2: :inlove: Can't help but love the story just the way it is. X) :heart:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [09/28 Chapter 7 - Revealing the truth]
Post by: pretend_2besome1 on November 03, 2009, 06:49:49 PM
I wish I had a mom like Reina's!
Fushigidane basically said what I wanted to say and I really like Eri here, even with her being blind and all she's still being strong and independent :heart:

GanbaReina!! Go get the girl! :on woohoo:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [09/28 Chapter 7 - Revealing the truth]
Post by: Michi.Pinku on December 22, 2009, 02:46:35 AM
Updated please T_T
I wanna read more about this fic :S
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [04/18 INFORMATION UPDATE! I'm so sorry ><]
Post by: Kame on April 18, 2010, 08:15:59 PM
Hey everyone

No, sadly this is no update for Love is blind. I just wanted to apologize for the lack of updates, I'm awfully sorry for that.

The past few month (and with past few I mean all the month after I've stopped updating) had been very hard for me and I had to worry about a lot more than another chapter for one of my fanfics, especially Love is blind. I've spent nights sitting in front of my laptop to try and finish at least one chapter or another one-shot. But yeah... nothing came out. And I probably disappointed some of you since the first few chapters went up pretty fast >< I'm really, really sorry for that!

Now everyhing's going back to normal and my life slowly goes its usual way :thumbsup

Alright, about Love is blind... I can tell you that I know what will happen in chapter 8 I only have to find the right words to put it into proper sentences  :nervous

But... for chapter 8 you will see Aiko again who suddenly shows up at Reina's house and Reina will have another date with Eri  What Aiko wants from Reina and how the date with Eri turns out... you will find out in chapter 8 ;D

So... stay tuned and... once again, I apologize to all of you!

Thank you for still supporting me!
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [04/18 INFORMATION UPDATE! I'm so sorry ><]
Post by: pretend_2besome1 on April 18, 2010, 10:06:52 PM
 :)  It's okay take your time, I'll be waiting.

Ganbatte ne!  ;)
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [06/03 Chapter 8 - An unexpected change]
Post by: Kame on June 03, 2010, 03:20:43 AM
Minna-san, domo~~

YES, FINALLY!! After making you guys wait for soooooo long, I finally did it! Chapter 8 is finished!! YAY YAY!! I hope you enjoy this chapter and it makes up a little bit for the long waiting time.

Once again, I really apologize for the lack of updates *bows*

And now, without any further ado... here's chapter 8~


NOTE: Sorry for possible grammar/spelling mistakes

Chapter 8 – An unexpected change

„Mmm... shut up...“, I silently cursed as a loudly barking dog woke me up.

When did I fall asleep? I couldn't even remember the slightest hint of weariness before. Maybe the suffocating heat that had been building up in the last few hours had caused me to get all sleepy. I yawned and stretched but as soon as I started stretching, I stopped and felt my face heating up as I blushed deeply. My eyes slowly wandered down only to see Eri who was still sound asleep. I smiled and brushed a strand of hair out of her face. The girl in my arms moved a little, making cute sleeping sounds and I held my breath. I remained in the position I was, not daring to make a move until I was sure that Eri was still asleep. A smile formed on my lips as I watched her sleep so peacefully. I don't think that I've saw her that relaxed before. At least in her sleep she seemed to be safe from her horrible past.

Suddenly Eri twitched in my arms. I blinked a few times and watched her closely, wanting to make sure she was alright. A few moments passed and Eri remained laying still, causing me to sigh in relief. For some reason Eri's sudden movement had been startling me. But now it seemed that I wouldn't have to expect her moving again. Hm... maybe it was just the same twitching I had sometimes when I was dreaming. I leant back against the tree and closed my eyes, taking a deep breath, enjoying the warm rays of sunlight shining onto my face. God, this felt so... nice. A warm summer day and I was here in the park... with an amazingly beautiful girl sleeping in my arms. I could feel a silly grin growing on my face, thinking about how lucky I was. For one moment I gave in to the feeling of pride. Yes, I was proud. Proud to know such a wonderful person like Eri... proud to have a girl like her resting in my arms. Yet the pride I felt was still kept within a limit, since I knew that I would never be with Eri... that I would never be able to call her my girlfriend.

Be happy that you're at least friends with her, Reina! Don't be so ungrateful! You can't always have everything you want! Even... if it's what you wish for the most...

Eri broke my chain of thoughts as she twitched again. This time more forceful. Suddenly her breathing quickened, tears ran down her cheeks and heart-wrenching sobs reached my ears. Okay, now I was totally alarmed and my heart was pounding against my chest. What the hell was going on? Was she having a nightmare? Whatever it was, it seemed to be enough to put her into such a state.

„N-no...“, Eri whimpered.


„Please... don't... mom... dad... no...“

„Eri! Shhh... it's okay!“, I said, rubbing her arm.

„N-nii-chan... imouto-chan... d-don't leave me... I-I'm scared to be all alone... i-it's so... d-dark...“, Eri cried, sobbing harder.

„Eri! Wake up!“

I gently shook her in order to wake her up, but this was harder than it seemed. Soon Eri was tossing and turning in my arms and I was having a very hard time to keep her still. I've tried to calm her down, saying her name over and over again, hoping she would react to my voice. But still nothing. Seriously, I've never felt so helpless like I did now as I watched Eri moving around wildly, her cheeks wet from her tears. I bit my lip and took a deep breath, deciding to do the only thing that came to my mind. I slowly wrapped my arms around her, holding her tightly, rubbing her back.

„Shhh... it's okay... I'm here, Eri...“, I softly whispered into her ear, „you're not alone... I'm here with you...“

As soon as I've finished my sentence, Eri suddenly stopped moving and I could feel her tensed muscles relaxing in my arms. Her breathing slowly went back to normal and her sobbing stopped in an instant. I kept on stroking her back with my heart still pounding. But wait... this pounding was different... it was not the one I've felt before when I started to panic about the situation... this heartthrobbing was... kinda pleasant. Suddenly my cheeks started to burn with heat and I could feel my stomach tingling. What the...?!

Calm down, Reina... you're just holding her... nothing special... god, the closeness is killing me... wait... REINA!!

„Your heart is racing...“



„Y-you're... awake...“



„Why is your heart pounding?“

„Uh... I...“, I stammered, „you... you really scared me...“

„Eh? W-what did I do?“, Eri asked.

„You... were tossing and turning all of a sudden.“

„O-oh... s-sorry about that...“

„No, it's fine... I just... got worried about you.“


„You were... crying in your sleep... calling out for your family... asking your brother and sister not to go...“

„. . .“

„Eri... I...“

„Thank you, Reina.“

„F-for what?“

„For... holding me...“

„O-oh! S-sorry!“

„No... no, don't be sorry, Reina...“

„B-but I shouldn't... have... touched you without your permission!“

„Reina! It's fine... really.“

„If you say so...“

„It... soothed me...“



„Are you okay?“


„Sure? You know... you can talk to me about everything...“

„Actually... I wanna go home now...“

„Oh... sure... should I take you back home?“

„If you want to.“

„Of course, Eri“, I replied and smiled.

„Sorry for... ruining the picnic.“

„It's okay. At least we got to eat together.“


„Don't worry, Eri“, I said and got up, carefully taking Eri's hand into mine to pull her up to her feet.

„Thanks“, she said, gently squeezing my hand, sending sparks through my body.

„Y-you're welcome...“

~~~ ~~~

We quietly walked next to each other, Eri's arm linked with mine. None of us had been saying a single word since we've left the park. My mind was still filled with the images of Eri crying in her sleep. She must've had a horrible dream about her family. The more I thought about it, the more I felt sadness taking me over. So I was wrong with thinking that she was safe in her sleep. No, even in her sleep she was haunted by the cruel incidents that happened to her family members. And if Eri was dreaming things like that often... then she was all alone at night... with no one by her side to comfort her when she was crying. This thought was like a stab with a knife right into my heart. How much I wished I could do something for her.



„Where do you want to go?“

„W-what? Oh...“, I replied, snapping back to reality only to see that we already arrived at Eri's house.

„Thank you for taking me home.“

„Don't mention it.“

„Take care, okay? And... sorry again.“

„Eri~ I told you it's okay.“

„W-well then...“

„Yeah... I hope we'll meet again soon“, I said, already taking a few steps backwards.

„Reina! Wait!“


„What... are you doing tonight?“

„I didn't plan anything yet... why?“

„W-would you...“, Eri began, biting her lip.


„W-would you... Reina, would you visit me tonight? H-here...?“

„A-at your house?“

„No, at the well behind my house.“


„Of course at my house, silly“, she giggled.


„O-only if you're free... if not then... maybe some other time.“

„No... no, tonight is fine“, I said, smiling.

„A-around 7 o'clock?“

„I'll be there, Eri.“

„G-great! Then... we'll meet tonight.“

„Yeah... tonight!“, I happily repeated and looked after her until she disappeared inside the house, „tonight, Eri... you won't be alone...“

~~~ ~~~

I had been smiling like an idiot on the whole way back home. The people I've been passing by were looking at me as if I was someone who just escaped from a mental hospital. But this time it didn't bother me in the slightest. People could think about me whatever the hell they wanted. I mean... haven't they ever seen a very happy girl being in a good mood? I giggled to myself as I roamed through my purse, looking for my keys. God, today was such a damn good day! There was nothing that could influence my good mood, not even the nosy questions my mom always asked whenever I came back from seeing Eri.

„Mom, I'm home~“, I called out as I closed the door and took my shoes off, slipping into my slippers.

„Ah, hello Reina“, she greeted me, stepping out from the kitchen, „you're home already?“

„Yeah, Eri didn't feel well, so I took her back home.“

„Oh... I'm sorry that your date didn't last longer.“

„Mom~“, I whined and blushed, „it wasn't a date...“

„Eh? How do you call seeing a girl you like then?“

„It was not a date! We were just hanging out with each other...“

„I see~ 'Hanging out with each other'... is that how a date is called nowadays?“, my mom said and giggled.

„Oh you...“

„But it's good that you're back now.“

„Eh? Why?“

„You have a guest.“

„What? But... I didn't expect anyone to be over...“

„She's waiting for you in the living room.“

A guest? Now? How was this possible? I didn't invite anyone, especially since I was supposed to be still out with Eri. I slowly walked into the living room and my eyes widened. This... was a bad joke, wasn't it? What the hell was going on? Why was she here?


„H-hey, Reina...“, Aiko greeted, her voice quiet.

„What do YOU want here?“

„Reina, please... listen to me first...“

„I don't know why I should!“, I snapped at her.

„Please...“, Aiko beseeched, biting her lip.


„Can I say something to that?“, my mom interfered, „I don't know what happened between the two of you but you should at least give her a chance, Reina.“

I sighed deeply. Out of all people Aiko was the last one – besides Hanako – I wanted to talk to or see right now. I looked at my classmate who was nervously playing with the hem of her shirt, her expression blank.

„Fine... I'll give you fifteen minutes... I'm short on time...“

„Oh~ Why?“, my mom asked, grinning.

„I'll tell you later, mom“, I replied and turned to look at Aiko, „come with me.“

Aiko got up and slowly followed me as I climbed up the stairs to my room. Seriously, I so wasn't in the mood to listen to her. Guess I was a little overhasty when I thought that nothing could change my mood. It had been dropping as soon as I've seen Aiko sitting on the couch. There was nothing to talk about! At least for me.
I opened the door to my room and walked in, sitting down on my bed. Aiko didn't enter, she was still standing in the doorway, her gaze lowered onto the floor.

„Come in already! The clock is ticking“, I said, the tone of my voice cold.

„Okay, okay...“, Aiko replied and slowly, almost shyly entered my room.

„Close the door, please.“

„Okay...“, she said and did as I told her.

„Now... what is it?“


„What? You don't have to repeat my name every two minutes, I know very well what my name is.“


„Would you just tell me already why you're here?“

„I... just wanted to talk to you...“


„About... what happened... in the park...“

„Oh~ I see~ You mean... you stalking me... kissing me out of the blue... throwing your words of love at me, leaving me all confused?“, I growled, my voice thick with sarcasm, „I really have no idea what's left to say about that!“

Aiko remained quiet, biting her lip and I could see her gulping. I felt anger rising inside me with each passing second as I thought about the whole scenario again. One thing was for sure, that girl had guts to appear at my house after what had happened. I was still mad at her. Not only because of her actions but also for her saying bad things about Eri, making up the reason why I was spending time with her.

„Reina...“ Aiko suddenly said, breaking my chain of thoughts, „I... are you still mad at me?“

„Are you kidding me?!“ I asked, flashing her one of my death glares.

„So you are...“

„Of course I am! What the hell did you think? That I would forget about it that easily? What was going on in your brain anyway?“

„I... I guess... nothing...“

„Yeah! I've noticed!“

„Reina, please... listen to me...“

„Tell me one good reason why I should!“

„Because... I... wanna apologize...“

„Apologize?“, I repeated and frowned.


„You really think it's so easy?“

„Reina... I know it was wrong... to throw you off your guard...“

„That's not all! On top of that you were making up that stupid reason why I spend so much time with Eri! You made fun of her!“

„. . .“

„Do you even have the slightest idea what Eri had to go through already?“


„See?! So what the hell gives you the right to crack such stupid jokes about her?“

„I... I didn't think about it... I didn't know it would affect you that much...“

„Aiko, you know very well... that she's important to me!“

„Yes, I know that! And exactly that's what's bothering me!“


„S-she got so much of your attention!“


„I... I was jealous... I was trying to figure out how to catch your attention...“

„By simply not annoying me!“

„But no matter what I did... everything seemed to annoy you! Suddenly she came into your life and within a short span of time she got all of your attention! Attention that I wanted for so long!“

She has a name! Her name is Eri!“

„Fine, Eri then! Tell me, Reina! What do I have to do to get the same attention as her? Really, sometimes I was wondering if I only could get your attention if I was like her! Blind and helpless!“

My jaw dropped at her last remark. She couldn't be serious. Gee, that woman didn't learn anything from the whole thing, did she?

„Aiko! Do you even know what you're saying?“, I asked, staring at her in bewilderment.

„Yes, Reina! I do!“

„No, you don't... you have no damn idea what you're talking about!“

„. . .“

„Aiko, Eri isn't blind because she wanted it... she's blind because a horrible accident took her eyesight!“

„And that's why you like her so much?“

„No! It has nothing to do with her being blind!“, I snapped.

„What then? Explain it to me, Reina! I want to understand why this woman fascinates you so much!“

„Because... Eri is one hell of a fighter! She got blinded when she was fourteen... two years later she lost her parents in a fire and on her seventeenth birthday, her brother and sister went out to get some food for them... but never came back again...“

„W-what... happened?“

„They died in a car accident...“

Aiko gasped and clasped her hand over her mouth. A look of shock crossed her face at the same time it went all pale.

„Oh my god...“, she quietly said, „that's... horrible...“

„Do you understand now, Aiko? It's not because Eri is blind... it's because I'm fascinated by her strength... even though she already had to face so many bad things in those twenty years of her life... she's still able to live happily through the days.“

„Reina, I...“

„That's why I got mad... because you didn't ask for the real reasons why I...“

I trailed off and blushed deeply, my heart beat quickened.

„Why you fell for her... right?“, my classmate asked, finishing my sentence.

„I... I...“, I stammered, feeling my cheeks flush even more.

„You... really... like her a lot, huh?“

„Yeah... I do... she's just... wow!“

„Wow, that's rare~“, Aiko giggled.


„Speechless Reina~ I've never thought I'd get to see this!“




„A-are we... okay now?“

„Promise me... you'll never crack jokes about Eri...“

„I promise, Reina... I'm really sorry... about what I've said...“

„Come here, you!“, I said as I pulled her into my arms, hugging her tightly.

„Thank you...“

„Don't mention it... I... I'm sorry too...“

„Eh? For what?“

„For... hurting your feelings...“

„No... I should've stopped after realizing that there's no chance for me...“


„Let's not talk about that anymore, okay?“

„Okay“, I said and smiled at her, „what do you wanna talk about?“

„Hmmm... let's see... about... how you can confess to Eri~“, she said, her voice sounded... cheerful.


„I assume you still didn't tell her.“

„N-no...“, I replied and slightly lowered my head to hide the blush that crept into my cheeks.

„I can't believe it...“


„You have to tell her, damn it!“

„I... I can't!“

„Why not?“

„She...“, I started and sighed, „she probably is totally straight.“

„Do you know that for sure? Or is this just one of your wild assumptions?“

„Eh?! That's not a wild assumption!“

„As long as you don't know for sure, I'm going to call it like that.“


„No buts, Reina~“

„Mou, Aiko~“

„Tell me then... what makes you think she's straight? Did she every say anything about it?“

„N-no... but... she's just... too beautiful and smart to be... like me...“

„That's not a reason! Sure... I... have to admit that she's beautiful... but you're beautiful too and you like girls so... where's the difference?“

„Eri is different from me. She's... just the type to be straight.“

„You said that about me as well...“

„Oh... yeah...“, I replied, knowing she was absolutely right.

Yeah, Aiko might was right about that. I didn't think that she could like girls either since she never showed me any signs of liking her own gender... but with Eri it was a whole different story.

„Let's start with the most simplest thing... did she ever mention a guy while you two were talking to each other?“

„No... the only male persons she had been talking about... were... her dad and her brother...“

„Ah, I see... but she never said anything about... liking someone?“

„No... and even if she would like someone, I'm sure she wouldn't tell me, Aiko.“

„Why not? From what you've been telling me about her, she seems to trust you a lot.“


„So~ It would be normal if she told you about that.“

„But she didn't... and also that's not a good proof either. Just because she's not talking about guys doesn't mean she likes women.“

„You're thinking too complicated, Reina.“

„Not complicated... I'm just careful...“

Aiko shook her head and sighed, crossing her arms, a cold shiver ran down my spine as she glared at me.

„Uwah... don't do that, Aiko... you remind me of my mom when she's mad at me.“

Instead of doing how I told her, she just intensified her glare by narrowing her eyes to slits. God, I never knew Aiko could look so freaking creepy.

„Stop that already!“, I whined, turning my head away from her.

„I'm going to keep on glaring at you until you tell me that you confess to her.“

„I told you I can't! If I confess to her... she might freaks out and then I can forget about our friendship as well! I... I just don't wanna lose her...“

„But if you're not making a move soon, then maybe someone else will do so and you'll regret it till the end of your life whenever you see her with anyone but you by her side.“

I bit my lip as I thought about it. The image of Eri being with someone else caused my heart to sink painfully and another shiver ran down my spine. But this time it was an unpleasant one. I sighed and let myself fall back onto my bed, staring up at the ceiling. Now I was even more unsure about what to do. If I confessed to Eri... and she'd get scared by me having feelings for her... then I'd lose her. If I didn't confess to her and kept going on the base of a friendship... then maybe Aiko was right and someone else would be able to be with her and... I'd lose her as well. Ahhh, this was so... confusing and frustrating! Maybe I should really try and see if I could find out a little more about her private life. Tonight was probably the best chance to do so... wait... tonight...

„TONIGHT!“, I suddenly exclaimed, sitting straight up, causing Aiko to jump in shock, „DAMN, I HAVE TO TAKE A SHOWER!“

„W-what?“, my classmate asked, blinking in confusion.

„Eri... she invited me to her place tonight...“

„Oh~ She wants to be alone with you~?“, she teased, nudging my arm with her elbow.

„There's nothing to 'oh~' about, Aiko... She probably just wants to make up for the picnic today...“

„Duh, Reina!“


„Why are you always denying it?“

„I'm not denying anything...“, I grumbled and got up, walking over to my closet, opening it.

„You do! Why don't you accept the possibility of her wanting to be alone with you and that's why she invited you to come over?“

„Because... I just know it's not like that.“

„Another one of your wild assumptions?“

I didn't reply to Aiko's remark. I've had no idea what to say about that. Of course, for a brief moment a part of me thought about the possibility of Eri wanting to be alone with me... but I've pushed that thought aside as soon as it came to my mind. Even the thought was just ridiculous! Why in the world would Eri want to be alone with me? Ah! I know! Maybe she just wants to talk to me without the noises around us and her house should be a nice quiet place. That must be the reason.

„Didn't you say you wanna take a shower?“, Aiko suddenly asked, causing me to jump a little.

„Yes... I did...“

„Then why are you standing in front of your closet and stare at your clothes?“

„I... actually don't know...“, I admitted.

„You're nervous~“

„Am not!“

„Reina... I'm going to tell you something now“, my classmate began, getting up from my bed and walked over to me, putting her hand onto my shoulder, „you should really start with... allowing yourself to trust someone. I know you've had a hard time with your ex-girlfriend... but just because she was a bitch... doesn't mean other girls are like her as well. You should Eri give a chance.“

„I-I do!“

„Yes, you do... but only halfheartedly.“

„It's just...“

„No, Reina!“, Aiko scolded, „stop being so damn doubtful about everything! Don't you see that you're standing in your own way? Break free from the shackles you've chained yourself into after the incidents with Hanako and start a new chapter of your life!“

„Aiko, it's not that easy...“

„I know that it isn't... but you need to live again! And... maybe Eri can help you with that... but only if you let her... that means... you have to tell her how you feel about her.“

I sighed and looked at my classmate. She smiled warmly at me and for the first time I didn't see the girl that had been annoying me like hell lately. Now she looked more like... a caring sister to me and the gentle squeeze she gave my shoulder was obviously a gesture to encourage me. I smiled back at her and took a step forward to wrap my arms around her neck, hugging her tightly.

„Thank you...“, I whispered.

„What will you do now?“

„First... I'll take a shower“, I said and giggled, letting go of my friend to look at her, „and then... I'll think about how I can tell Eri about my feelings... without going like a bull at a gate.“

„That sounds like a good plan“, she replied and grinned, „well I'm going to leave now so you're able to think about it without me interrupting you. Good luck tonight.“


„We'll see each other... whenever you have time“, Aiko said and winked, „but keep me updated about how the things are going with the woman of your dreams~“

I blushed deeply at her remark and simply nodded, watching Aiko walking towards the door. She was about to push down the doorhandle when she turned her head to look at me.



„Don't worry... no matter how it will turn out after you told her about your feelings... I'm sure she'll never turn her back on you.“

Aiko gave me another smile before she opened the door and left my room. I was still standing at the same spot like before, not making a single move. All the things Aiko had said were echoing in my ears and filled me with a rush of confidence. Aiko was right! I had to shake off the past along with the bad experiences I've made and start all over new. Maybe even... with Eri by my side.

To be continued...

Alright, another chapter down! I can't promise you that I'll update again soon since work keeps me very occupied and most of the times I just fall into my bed and sleep when I come back home... but I'm going to write whenever I can!
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [06/03 Chapter 8 - An unexpected change]
Post by: pretend_2besome1 on June 03, 2010, 12:45:05 PM
YES! An update!   :cow:  :D

I'll be back later with proper comment.

Eri’s nightmare was quite unexpected, I thought they’re gonna have a nice peaceful picnic.

„Your heart is racing...“

XD  almost got caught but Reina gave a good answer.

„I see~ 'Hanging out with each other'... is that how a date is called nowadays?“
LOL nice mom

Reina so protective of Eri  :wub:

„Do you understand now, Aiko? It's not because Eri is blind... it's because I'm fascinated by her strength... even though she already had to face so many bad things in those twenty years of her life... she's still able to live happily through the days.“
:yep:  she’s strong, she’s one amazing girl  :luvluv2:

Yay! Reina and Aiko made up and Aiko even helping her with Eri, but that was fast.

I had to shake off the past along with the bad experiences I've made and start all over new. Maybe even... with Eri by my side.
That’s the spirit!  :k-great:

I hope the good vibes I think I’ve seen (read) from Eri are signs that she’s actually developing some feelings for Reina. Can’t wait to see what happen next!

Anyway thanks for the update, I’ve been feeling TanaKame deprived so this is awesome  :twothumbs
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [06/03 Chapter 8 - An unexpected change]
Post by: Serafis_CZ on June 04, 2010, 07:06:38 PM
Oooh... thank you!!! :bow:  That was worth waiting. :thumbsup
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [06/03 Chapter 8 - An unexpected change]
Post by: badsaints on June 14, 2010, 04:49:07 PM
Oooooh yay~ an update! :D

I'm loving the mama with every update. So cool :lol: Waaaaaaahhhhh I want to know what will happen when Reina goes to the turtle's lair :inlove: Oh please update soon :wub:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [11/02 Chapter 9 - One step forward]
Post by: Kame on November 02, 2010, 10:15:29 PM
Minna-san, konban wa~  ^_^

O-hisashiburi ne~?  ^^;

Well yeah, I'm back now... and I have something for you guys :D YES!! I FINALLY FINISHED CHAPTER 9!!! YAAAAAAAY!!!

I'm very, very sorry about the lack of updates and the huge gap in between chapter 8 and 9. First of all I had tons of work, so that means I was working overtime a lot and when I came back home, I ate and fell into my bed just to get up and work again XD And second... something visited me... yes, the writer's worst enemy... WRITER'S BLOCK!! >.> It took AGES until I was able to write again! I bet lots of you know as well how it is to sit there and write something, re-read it... and delete it just to type something new, re-reading that and deleting it AGAIN XD

But yeah, now I'm done with chapter 9 and I hope it was worth waiting for it~

Also I wanna announce that I'm going to open up my own fanfiction blog soon :D As the name says... you'll find all my fanfictions there once I'm done with an "Opening-Oneshot" for this page!

Alright... that's it from me! Once again I really wanna apologize for disappointing the readers with the lack of updates! Please enjoy this chapter ;D


NOTE: Sorry for possible grammar/spelling mistakes

Chapter 9 - One step forward

I nervously straightened my skirt and fixed my hair as I stood in front of Eri's door. Yeah, I know... it's not like she could see my appearance since she was blind... but I still wanted to look alright. In cases like that I could be as girly as hell. My brother really loved to tease me about how I took like ages in the bathroom. Just like before when I was getting ready for visiting Eri. He had been knocking onto the bathroom door constantly, asking me what the hell I was doing in there and if I fell asleep under the shower. Seriously, in moments like this I really wished he was a little baby again, sleeping all day long not even bothering with the thoughts of how he could annoy his sister to hell. Also, I really appreciated Eri's invitation to her house. In that way, we would be able to talk to each other with no interruptions... like my mom banging loudly against the door with the vacuum cleaner or knocking every five minutes to ask if we'd need something. That's what she did whenever I was in my room with another girl. The most funniest thing about it was... that on the days I had a female visitor, she used the vacuum cleaner like eight times.

I sighed and shook off those thoughts of my mom and the annoying little monster that my family and other people used to call my brother. Now I had to concentrate on something... no... on someone else...


I took one last deep breath before I rang the doorbell with a shaking hand. My heart was pounding wildly and my mind was reeling. What if I did something wrong? Like... something I didn't intend to do but still did it? God, please... let this evening be alright with no embarrassing or imprudent incidents. Don't make me let myself look like a fool and regret Eri that she invited me.

Suddenly the door opened, causing me to jump a little. Seriously, I needed to stop getting lost in my own thoughts and concentrate!

„H-hey, Eri...“, I greeted and gulped.

„Hello, Reina~ Sorry for making you wait.“

„N-no, it's fine, don't worry about it.“

„Please, come in“, she said and smiled, stepping aside.

„T-thank you“, I shyly replied and slowly entered her house, „wow, Eri!“


„Your house is... huge!“

„I think it's the average size for a house in that five persons used to live in...“

„O-oh... s-sorry... I didn't mean to...“, I stammered, silently cursing myself.

„Reina~ Don't worry, I've told you it's okay.“

An awkward silence emerged between the two of us. I fiddled with the hem of my shirt, biting my lip. I felt like an idiot! Why couldn't I just keep my mouth shut and stop saying the wrong things all the time?



„Are you okay?“

„Y-yeah... why?“

„You just... became so quiet all of a sudden.“

„Don't worry, Eri“, I said, „I'm just overwhelmed by how beautiful your house looks.“


„Yeah, it gives me a very comfortable feeling.“

„I'm glad you like it“, Eri said and smiled.

„Did you... change anything in here? I mean... s-since...“

Stop it, Reina! Don't bring this topic up!

„Oh... no, I left it in the way my parents arranged it. I'm used to it and I know exactly where the things I need are. It makes living here a lot easier for me.“

„I understand... so you don't feel lost in here all by yourself?“


„No, not at all. I lived in here with my parents and siblings... w-well... until...“

Eri stopped and bit her lip. It broke my heart to see this sad expression on her again. And it's all my fault! Why was it always like this? Whenever we were spending time together, talking to each other, I unintentionally brought up something that reminded her of her dead parents and siblings or that horrible accident that caused her to become blind. Great... just great! If it started out like this how would turn out the rest of the evening? Would it be a disaster? God... please no! I wanted her to enjoy this evening. I quickly had to change the topic!

„Would you... like to see the house?“, Eri suddenly asked, tearing me out of my thoughts.

„Yeah, sure... if it's okay for you.“


„Okay, okay... sorry... I mean... yes, Eri! It would be a pleasure if you'd show me around.“

„Way better“, the girl giggled, „follow me, please.“

I slowly walked behind Eri, amazed by how secure she was moving through the corridor. She didn't even walk in a slow pace. It was just like mine.
While I followed Eri, I couldn't help but peek into the rooms we passed by. But one room caught my eye more than anything else and I immediately stopped in mid-step.

„Reina? Why did you stop?, Eri asked, turning around.

„Eri... this room here...“

„Oh... this is... the music room. At least that's what I'm calling it.“

„I see...“

I stared into the room that was flooded with the lights from outside. The black paint of the piano that was standing near the windows was sparkling in the gentle yet pale light. This instrument was what had been catching my attention.

„That's a beautiful piano, Eri.“

„My parents bought it after the accident.“

„Did your parents play the piano as well?“

„No... they said that after I was born I used to fall asleep whenever my mom held me in her arms while listening to piano music... in this room.“

„Wait... so you're the only one who is able to play it?“

„At least I was the only one who kept practicing everyday.“

„Wow! That's what I'm calling talent!“

„Reina~“, Eri whined as a blush crept into her cheeks... and made her look even cuter.

„No, really! Being able to play such an instrument with no one showing you how it works... is a talent.“

„I-if you say so...“

„I'm sure about it.“

„W-well... thank you then, Reina.“



„Can I ask you something?“


„Could you... play something on the piano?“

„You... you want to hear it?“

„Yes... i-if that's not too much to ask for... if you don't want it, it's fine.“

„I... don't mind“, the blinded girl said and smiled, „do you have a certain song on your mind?“

„I... want to hear one of the songs that you've been composing by yourself.“

„O-okay...“, Eri replied and slowly walked into the music room, sitting down in front of the instrument, „please, take a seat next to me.“

„A-alright“, I stammered, trying to control my pounding heart as I slowly walked over and shyly sat down next to her.

„This is a song... that I've composed for my mom... it reflects how she was towards me...“

I just sat there, excited about what I was going to hear any second. Soon the soft sound of piano notes filled the room, playing a very calming song.
I was amazed by how Eri moved her fingers over the white and black keys, so secure that she never missed a single note. The song itself was emotional, yet it sent out a message of happiness. I shyly glanced at Eri who had her eyes closed. She looked like an angel and the devotion with that she was playing the piano was clearly reflecting in the song as well. I closed my eyes and listened to the soothing song, swaying my head from left to right to the melody. I was concentrated on it until Eri had been playing the last note.

„Wow, Eri! That was... I don't know how to describe it... I'm... I'm speechless.“

„I-it's... nothing special and very repetitive...“

„Are you kidding me?! You composed that by yourself and it sounded as if it would belong to a soundtrack of a movie or something! Really... I like it a lot!“

„Reina... y-you're making me blush...“

„It's fine... the blush suits you...“, I mumbled.


„EH?! I... uh... nothing...“

Damn, I really needed to remind myself that Eri's ears were finely tuned and that she was able to hear even the most lowest sound. No matter how quietly I was speaking, Eri would hear it anyway.

Be careful with what you say, Reina!

~~~ ~~~

The evening had been going very well. Eri and I had been talking a lot and laughed about this and that together. It really felt good to just talk and listen to Eri's voice, hearing her laugh. It was nice to see her being so carefree, no bad memories seemed to invade her mind this time. Seeing her smile really warmed my heart. Yet I was kinda having a hard time to remain calm and ease my still tensed nerves. But that turned out harder than I hoped it would be. Eri's voice sounded so damn soothing and her beautiful face distracted me.


„Y-yes?“, I stammered, my heart pounding against my chest.

„Can I... ask you something... personal?“


„O-only if it's really okay for you.“

„Eri“, I giggled, „it's fine, you can ask me anything you want.“

„H-how... how did you...“, she began but stopped and bit her lip.

„Really... it's fine... go on“, I assured her, hesitatingly putting my hand onto hers, squeezing it gently to emphasize what I've said just now.

„How did you... realize that you... like girls?“

„W-well“, I said, gulping a little, „I guess I kinda already knew it...“

„But... how are you able to tell that you're really attracted to your own gender?“

„With me it was... that I didn't pay much attention to my male classmates or friends. I didn't feel attracted to them... not in the slightest. They were just there and I couldn't imagine to date anyone of those guys. It gave me... a weird feeling.“

„You knew for sure only because of that?“

„No... not only because of that... I started to develope an interest into the female side of classmates and friends... they easily caught my attention and I often found myself admiring them for being how they were... and then... I fell in love with Hanako.“

„Oh... her... the one who likes to lie and play with other people's hearts...“

„Yeah...“, I said, „ that one... when I fell in love with her back then, she appeared to be a kind person... someone who really cared about others. But yeah... as you know it turned out that she was a liar...“

„I'm still kinda shocked about how one single person is able to disappoint someone like this“, Eri quietly said.

„W-well... you've been getting disappointed as well... and I'd say that the disappointment you had to experience is worse than mine...“

„I kinda expected it... so it's not as bad as you think... but you... you've been loving someone and she broke your heart... those wounds are deeper and take lots of time to heal.“


„O-oh... sorry... I didn't mean to remind you of that...“

„No, it's fine. I got over her a long time ago. I just became cautious.“

„What do you mean?“

„I'm not trusting anyone that easily anymore... it takes a lot of time until I really start to put trust into someone.“

„That's understandable.“

„I guess...“



„How did you feel when you... realized that you fell in love with a girl? I mean... how was it for you whenever she was around?“

„I got really nervous... my heart started to pound and I felt my stomach tingling whenever she smiled at me... or when she briefly touched my hand. I couldn't stop thinking about her and whenever I got a text from her I was grinning like an idiot“, I explained and giggled, „I probably looked very stupid with that grin.“

„D-do you... trust me?“


„Do you trust me?“

„Eri... I...“, I stammered and took a deep breath, „yes, I trust you.“

„That's good to hear“, Eri said and smiled.

„I've trusted you... right from the start...“



„Now I feel really honored.“


„After what you've been experiencing with Hanako... I can imagine that it's hard to trust anyone else... so... thank you, Reina.“

„W-well...“, I said, blushing, „I didn't have a bad feeling about you...“

„As in?“

„As in... that you could lie to me or something...“

„You felt the same way for Hanako. What tells you that I'm not the same?“

„Because you're not that type of girl...“

„You mean I'm not daring?“

„T-that's not what I said!“, I blurted out.

„Reina“, Eri giggled and moved in to gently push my shoulder with her own, „I'm just teasing you.“

„Mou, Eri~ Don't do that!“

„Sorry, sorry! But it's kinda cute how you're always reacting to certain things I say.“


„Do you regret your relationship with Hanako?“

„I don't know... I mean there had been some good memories too... but thinking back I really have to say that the bad memories outweigh the good ones. I guess I was too naive to see what was going on... or I just didn't want to see it.“

„You only wanted to believe in the good in Hanako.“

„You think so?“

„Yes, I do.“

„Hmmm... seeing it in that way... makes me look less foolish“, I said and giggled.

„A-and now?“

„What do you mean?“

„I-is there... s-someone special for you?“

„S-someone special?“

„S-someone you... ah, n-never mind... forget it...“

„No! I-it's okay...“

„It's inappropriate to ask you this... it's none of my business...“

„Eri... you know you can ask me anything you want.“

„I-is there... someone you... like?“

„U-uh...“, I stammered, feeling myself getting nervous.

Calm down, Reina... she didn't ask you about who the person you like is...

„Y-you don't have to answer, Reina... it's okay.“

„W-well... I can say that... there's someone I can't get off of my mind...“

„Thinking about her that much?“


„That's... great!“

„I... I guess.“

„See? I told you that someday you'll find someone you can open up to“, Eri said and smiled.

Should I take this opportunity? Should I tell her how I felt and that the person I was talking about was her? Maybe this was the perfect moment to do so!

Pull all your courage together, Reina! You can do it! Just tell her how you feel!

„E-Eri...“, I began and took her hands into mine, the contact sent sparkles through my body.


„T-there's something I... want to tell you...“

„And... that is?“

„Eri...“, I said with a slightly shaking voice, my heart was hammering against my chest, „Eri... I...“

Suddenly a loud crash of thunder cut the air, causing the two of us to jump. Within seconds the clouds broke and we could hear the pouring rain falling down onto the ground with a smacking sound. Another flash of lightning enlightened the sky, followed by an angry growl of the rolling thunder. I blinked a few times in confusion as Eri suddenly moved closer to me, pressing herself against my body, her hands were tightly clinging onto my shirt.


„. . .“

„Eri... are you okay?“, I asked, my voice clearly concerned, Eri was trembling in my arms.

„I... I hate thunder...“, she whispered.


„C-can you... stay a little longer? O-only until the thunder is gone... please, Reina...“


„You... shouldn't walk home in the pouring rain anyway...“

„I don't mind walking around in the rain...“

„But you could catch a cold and...“

Eri yelped as another crash of thunder filled the air, pressing even closer to me. A wave of heat rushed through my body as I could feel a blush creeping into my cheeks. Right now I was sure that my face was glowing red and that I could've competed to a traffic light easily. My heart skipped a few beats and I tried my best to control my wild running emotions. I gulped and hesitatingly wrapped my arms around her, rubbing her back.

„Shhh, it's okay... you don't have to be scared...“, I whispered, keeping on rubbing her back.

„B-but I am... I can't... estimate w-when... the next thunder crash comes since I can't see the flash of lightning...“

„Relax, Eri... I'm... I'm here with you.“

With each passing second I could feel Eri's body slowly relaxing, the grip of her hands loosened  and soon her trembling stopped. I smiled and watched her, making sure she was comfortable. I looked outside the window, watching the rain dancing in the cone of light that the street lights were giving. A few flashes of lightning appeared on the sky, causing the black silhouettes of the trees and bushes to turn grey but there was no more thunder.

„See, Eri? The thunder's gone“, I solemnly declared.

No response.


Still no response.

„Eri?“, I said and leaned back a little bit only to see that... she fell asleep.

I gulped and felt my heart pounding again. A strong, tingling feeling rose inside of my stomach as I watched the young woman sleeping in my arms. I could feel my face heatening up, caused by the blush that crept into my cheeks. Shyly I peeked down at Eri, trying to calm my nerves what turned out to be harder than I've thought. Her alluring lips were curved to small, cute pout and her beautiful face was framed by her long hair. Eri looked just like an angel. I carefully brushed a strand of hair out of her face, smiling as I was able to get a better view onto the sleeping beauty. Gently I wrapped my arms around her, holding her tightly as I stroked her back. God... everything just felt so right at the moment. How much I wished I could stay with her like that forever.

~~~ ~~~

I slowly opened my eyes and groaned at the sharp pain that shot into my neck as soon as I moved my head. I hissed and rubbed the back of my neck with my hand. God, on what the hell did I sleep? Rocks?
I couldn't remember that my bed was that uncomfortable. I yawned as I looked around... and blinked a few times. This wasn't my room! It wasn't even my house! What the...?!

I felt a slight tug on my shirt and I looked down, blushing deeply. Eri was sound asleep, her hands clinged onto my shirt while her head was resting on my chest. Slowly I started to remember what had been happening the evening before. Thunder and rain... Eri told me that she was scared of thunder and while I held her in my arms, she fell asleep. The warmth of her body and the sound of her even breathing had been soothing me like nothing else and... I must've fallen asleep as well. I carefully reached for my purse and got my cellphone out, flipping it open.

WHAT?! It's 9.30 am already!!

Holy mother of yakiniku! I'm more than just late! My mom was probably worried like hell... well yes, I knew she was according to the countless texts and missed phone calls I've got from her throughout the night. Then again... she knew that I was with Eri so it should be fine, right?
I sighed and dialed my mom's phone number, waiting for her to pick up. Hopefully I wouldn't wake up Eri with my talking.

„Reina?!“, my mom asked as she answered the phone, sounding exhausted.

„Mom, shhh... yeah, it's me“, I whispered.

„Where the hell are you?! And why are you whispering?“

„You remember where I went to yesterday, right?“

„Yeah... to Eri's place...“

„Exactly... don't worry, I'm still there.“

„Thank god! I was worried like hell about you, Reina!“

„I'm a big girl, you know... I can handle being on my own... plus Eri is with me, so I'm not alone at all.“



„So you've been spending the night with Eri?“, she asked, the tone of her voice gave away the smirk that was now plastered on her face.

„Mom, I can't talk much now... Eri is still asleep.“

„Ohhh~ Reina~~ So that's why you're whispering~“

„Shhh! I'm going to hang up now!“

„What? Why?!“

„Because I'm going to wake up Eri if I keep on talking!“

„But I want details when you're back home!“


Eri moved in my arms and I quickly clasped my hand over my mouth. So much about not waking her... awesome work, Reina! I looked down at her and sighed in relief as I saw that she was still asleep.


„I'm hanging up now... I'll be home soon, okay? Bye~“, I said and closed the phone before my mom was even able to respond.

Carefully I pulled Eri a little closer and gently stroked her back just like I did the evening before. Smiling contentedly, I leant back onto the couch and closed my eyes. I felt so damn comfortable right now. Could it be any better?
Actually... yes. It could be better but what I was imagining for that was way too unrealistic. I was pretty sure that I'd never get to hear those three little words, spoken by Eri's gentle voice. Well, maybe I would hear them... but the words would never be directed towards me.

Face it, Reina... Eri and you never will be... in love with each other...

With a sigh I opened my eyes, staring up at the ceiling. I just had to admit that the thoughts I've had almost every day about Eri and me being in love, doing the things couples were doing were nothing but... daydreams. Simple daydreams. A slight trace of sadness hit me as the bitter truth closed in on me. There was... no chance for the two of us to be more than just friends.

„Mmmm... R-Reina?“

„Y-yes?“, I replied, trying to hide that she startled me with her sudden talking.

„N-nothing... just wanted to make sure you're still here“, she said with her eyes still closed as she snuggled closer to me, causing my heart to jump, „what time is it?“

„Uh... 9.40 am...“

„EH?!“, Eri exclaimed and sat straight up.

„Yeah... we fell asleep.“

„Oh god... I'm... I'm sorry! I... I didn't mean to...“

„Eri“, I giggled, „don't worry, everything's fine.“

„No... it's not! I've been inviting you to my place so we could get back the time we've lost in the park because of me and then I have nothing better to do than to fall asleep!“

„Really, it's alright.“


„No buts, Eri!“, I said and paused for a moment before I went on, „to be honest... this was the first night since ages I've been sleeping really well.“


„Yes... I... felt really comfortable... w-with... with you in my arms...“, I admitted, blushing deeply.



„I... I felt the same way...“

„That's good to hear“, I replied and smiled, knowing she was able to recognize it due to the tone of my voice.

„Mmmm... good...“, she mumbled and laid back down into my arms, wrapping her arms around me as she buried her face in my chest.

I took a deep breath and tried to remain calm... but it was way harder to do so. In an instant I could feel my heart skipping a beat and a very pleasant shudder ran through my body. My thoughts were running wild, I didn't expect Eri doing something like this. Yet I couldn't deny that I liked the position in that we were right now even more since the warmth of her body felt so damn nice.



„Do you have any plans for today?“

„No... not yet... why?“

„W-well... I thought maybe... we could spend another day together...“

„Yeah, sure! Sounds great!“



„Only if you... really want it... I don't want you to... feel like it's your duty to spend your time with me.“

„Eri... I love spending time with you!“

„Really?“, Eri asked and moved her head up into my direction.

„Y-yes“, I stammered as I looked down into the girl's blinded eyes, „I really... enjoy every single minute.“

„So do I... it feels... good to be with you.“

I smiled and gently rubbed her back, watching a content smile grow on her face. To be honest, seeing her smile because of something I did kinda made me feel... proud. Not to speak about the happiness I've felt since she didn't seem to dislike my touch at all. I've been experiencing lots of other reactions whenever I put my hand onto another girl's shoulder. It didn't matter if it was an accident when I tried to stop myself from falling after I stumbled or a friendly gesture, they always looked at me as if I just infected them with a deadly disease or they were taking it as a sign of liking her in a romantic way. Seriously, I'll never understand why people were like this. I mean... why would they think I'm trying to hit on every single girl I see?

„What are you thinking about?“, Eri asked, causing me to jump a little.

„About... you...“


„I... I mean... uh... n-nothing!“, I stammered.

Eri giggled.

„And I thought I'm the weird one...“

„H-hey! I'm not weird!“

„Sometimes you are, Reina~ But... it's a cute weird“, Eri said and tilted her head up towards me.

My eyes widened and my breath got caught in my throat. Our faces were only a few inches away from each other. I could feel my whole body heating up as I stared down onto the other girl's beautiful face. I was caught in the moment, not able to form a clear thought. My mind was reeling and I was able to hear the blood in my ears sweeping, accompanied by the sound of my racing heart. As if an invisible hand would push me I slowly lowered my head towards Eri, overwhelmed by the moment. Just a little closer...


I jumped and quickly jolted my head back, hissing as a sting of pain shot through the back of my neck. Damn, I shouldn't have moved so fast.

„Ow, ow, ow...“, I silently cursed, holding the back of my neck.

„A-are you okay?“

„Y-yes... I... I should go now...“, I said and gently pushed Eri aside, getting up.

„Oh... but I thought we'll spend the day together...“

„We will... I just... want to take a shower and change my clothes.“

Yes, a cold shower! That should help to drop my current body temperature!

„So... we'll meet up later?“

„Yes... once I'm done I'll come back here, okay?“

„Alright“, Eri replied and smiled.

„I'll hurry, I promise.“

„No, take your time. I don't want you to slip in the shower“, she giggled.

„Oh, Eri...“, I replied, grinning as I grabbed my bag, „don't worry, I'm a well trained person when it comes to showers.“

„Oh? There's a training program for that?“

„Yes, the Tanaka Reina don't-slip-in-the-shower-training.“

„You dork“, the older girl laughed.



„Eri, I...“


I took a deep breath and leaned down, placing a gentle kiss onto her cheek.

„I'll meet you later“, I whispered into her ear and straightened up, walking over to the door.

„Y-yeah... later...“, Eri replied.

„Take care, okay?“

Eri simply nodded and I left with a smile.

While I was walking back home I was lost in my thoughts. My mind was still reeling from the events that had been happening. What in the world has gotten into me?! First I tried to steal a kiss from her lips... and then I simply leaned down to kiss her cheek. God! What if I freaked Eri out with that action? What if she knew I tried to kiss her? What if she'd lecturing me about kissing her onto the cheek? What if she... didn't want to spend time with me anymore because of all this? All these thoughts were driving me crazy. I didn't want to lose Eri. Then again... was I worrying to much? The image of Eri sitting on the couch after I kissed her cheek sneaked into my mind. A smile pulled on the corners of my lips as I could clearly see her before my inner eye with her hand on her cheek... and a slight blush coloring both of them.

To be continued...

Okay, that's it for chapter 9! I hope you guys liked it X3 Also, as you read in the chapter, Eri had been playing the piano. I have the piano piece Eri composed for her mom for you to listen to as well ^_^

You can listen to it here: Warmth (New Recording) -Xenosaga Episode I OST- (
NOTE: The song is originally composed by Yasunori Matsuda for the Xenosaga series, all the credits for the song go to him! But while I was listening to this song, the idea of Eri actually playing the piano sneaked into my mind. I chose the song Warmth because I wanted to reflect Eri's bond to her mom.
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [11/02 Chapter 9 - One step forward]
Post by: Serafis_CZ on November 02, 2010, 11:00:14 PM
The simple fact that you updated this story made my day :thumbsup  Thaaaaanks.

(...and I'm running to read it.)
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [11/02 Chapter 9 - One step forward]
Post by: rndmnwierd on November 02, 2010, 11:32:41 PM
Woohoo! I thought this story would be forever unfinished! I'm so glad to see you're still thinking about it. Another wonderful chapter with Tanakame getting closer and closer together. Literally!
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [11/02 Chapter 9 - One step forward]
Post by: aussie on November 03, 2010, 12:16:11 AM
Woohoo. Happy to see this fic updated. I think Eri wanted to be sure of something when she asked if Reina had found someone she likes right now ;)
Maybe Reina shan't be so nervous about confessing to Eri..... :P

Also happy to hear about your fanfic blog. More stories from you :D
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [11/02 Chapter 9 - One step forward]
Post by: Michi.Pinku on November 03, 2010, 09:00:11 PM
Love is Blind is back ~  :cow:
Gaah... I was so happy reading this chapter.
Obviously Eri is feeling something for Reina, she was so curious about Reina's feelings  :roll:
They were so cute sleeping together  :roll: and I loved the piano song, very relaxing  :D
I want read more ><  , now, waiting for more n_n

Peace~~  :peace:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [11/02 Chapter 9 - One step forward]
Post by: fallenxangel24952 on November 03, 2010, 11:09:49 PM
said it before, but I really like ur fanfics :twothumbs :twothumbs :twothumbs

and my first comment on ur fic :P
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [11/02 Chapter 9 - One step forward]
Post by: sapphire on November 04, 2010, 06:09:00 AM
Yay~you finally updated. I don't know how long I've waited for this fanfic, but I really like it.
Tanakamei is such a cute couple. :wub:
It seems like Eri is rather interested about Reina
Please update faster, all right?
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [11/02 Chapter 9 - One step forward]
Post by: stefy on November 04, 2010, 09:24:25 AM
 :thumbsup Welcome back.

Hope the next chapter doesn't take too long! It's time for Reina to confess!!!
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [11/02 Chapter 9 - One step forward]
Post by: Fushigidane on November 07, 2010, 08:15:02 PM
To be continued...
I WANT MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :inlove: :D

Let's see umm. (:shy2:) Thanks for updating! XD :) Makes me very happy to read a new Tanakame chapter :w00t:
Actually... yes. It could be better but what I was imagining for that was way too unrealistic. I was pretty sure that I'd never get to hear those three little words, spoken by Eri's gentle voice. Well, maybe I would hear them... but the words would never be directed towards me.

Face it, Reina... Eri and you never will be... in love with each other...
:bleed eyes: :bleed eyes: :bleed eyes: :bleed eyes: :bleed eyes:

Not to speak about the happiness I've felt since she didn't seem to dislike my touch at all. I've been experiencing lots of other reactions whenever I put my hand onto another girl's shoulder. It didn't matter if it was an accident when I tried to stop myself from falling after I stumbled or a friendly gesture, they always looked at me as if I just infected them with a deadly disease or they were taking it as a sign of liking her in a romantic way.
Reina is so going through a nice crush XD Ups and downs there they are, umm but Eri definitely must like her back so go for it all out Reina! :lol: :heart:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [11/02 Chapter 9 - One step forward]
Post by: pretend_2besome1 on November 24, 2010, 04:27:27 PM
Took me a while but finally got the time to read this in peace.
that on the days I had a female visitor, she used the vacuum cleaner like eight times.
That’s just  :lol:
It’s fun to see the yankii turned into a stuttering mess because of Eri  XD
Your Eri here is  :heart:
I like the “Holy mother of yakiniku!”
Darn, Reina’s mother is one hell of a mom LOL
Yay for TanaKame sweet moments, more please!  :P
Though, I’m curious whether Eri could hear Reina’s heartbeat or not since she was real close...
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [02/14 Chapter 10 - Oblivious to the obvious]
Post by: Kame on February 15, 2011, 12:03:34 AM
Minna-san, domo~~~

First of all... I'M SO SO SORRY!!! Really I am... you guys can't imagine how many times I've felt bad about not updating... but yeah, either I didn't get to write or that evil little thing called writer's block got me again -.- It loves to hit me, huh? *punches writer's block* HOW DARE YOU?! *clears throat* Anyway... I'm happy to finally update another chapter of my story! This chapter is the longest I've written so far! Honestly, I was surprised myself XD

I've tried my best to make it easy for you guys to read it so I hope you don't mind a long chapter!

So now... thanks for all your patience!! Take this as my valentine's gift to all of you~


SPECIAL NOTE: I want to thank my beloved imouto-chan strawb3rrykream for all of her help! Without her I wouldn't have been able to work out some problems and writing blockades I've had with this chapter!! strawb3rry, you're the best friend I can wish for! I'm so proud of you and I'm really happy to have you as a friend! Thank you so much for everything!!! Love you a lot <3

NOTE: Sorry for possible grammar/spelling mistakes

Chapter 10 – Oblivious to the obvious

„Mom, I'm home~“, I called into the hallway as I closed the door behind me and took off my shoes.

„Reina~“, my mom greeted and approached me with a huge grin.

„Oh god... not that again...“


„I know that grin, mom... forget it, I won't tell you anything about what happened at Eri's place.“

„Ehh~? Why would you think I'd ask you something like that?“

„As I said... I know you“, I replied and passed her by, heading straight for the stairs.

„Can't a mom be happy that her child's back?“

„Sure you can... but that won't help you to get any informations.“

„Aww, come on, Reina! Tell me at least how she lives.“

„Like every normal person does?“, I said, already taking the first steps upstairs.

„Yeah but... how does it look like?“

„Four walls, a bunch of windows and doors, stairs... a house. I'm going to take a shower.“

„Okay... would you like to eat anything?“

„No, thanks... Eri and I will go out and eat together.“

„Really now?“, my mom asked, obviously smirking, I could hear it in the tone of her voice.

„Oh, mom...“, I sighed, „why are you always making such a big deal out of it?“

„Because it's obvious that Eri wants to get to know you better and it shows that she's interested in you~“

„We're friends, mom... that's normal...“

„It starts with being friends and ends up with being lovers~“, my mom giggled.

„Yeah... as if that would happen... sometimes you're just way too optimistic“, I said and disappeared in the bathroom.

I sighed and leaned back against the door. God, sometimes I wished I was... as optimistic as mom was. She always saw the best in everything. No matter how bad things looked, she would always find something to make everyone else cheer up. Just like how it was back then when I had my coming-out and my dad didn't talk to or look at me at all. It really had been hurting me and I began to doubt my decision of telling them about my preferences. That was when mom was talking to me, saying that dad would just need a little time to progress my coming out and assured me that he still loved me. Hearing my mom saying that helped a lot. It made my heart ache less and in the end it turned out the way she told me.

Maybe I should listen to mom more often... especially when it came to Eri. What if mom was right? I mean... Eri said that she enjoyed sleeping in my arms and snuggled even closer to me. I could feel a smile pulling at the corners of my mouth as I thought about what happened just a few hours ago. It was such a good feeling to wake up with Eri in my arms... to feel her warmth, to listen to her even breathing. I could wake up like that every day! Just looking into Eri's face while she's still asleep... would already make my day. I let my mind wander a little, thinking about Eri, feeling my heart beating faster.

You just can't deny it anymore, Reina... you're head over heels in love with her...

I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. There wasn't a single moment I didn't think about Eri. My thoughts were revolving around her, even when I was asleep I was dreaming about her. For example the dream I had last night... it was about us... and we've been sharing our first kiss. God, I still remember how my stomach was tingling after I woke up... but that was destroyed by the time I looked onto my cellphone to check the time. If I was thinking about it... I had been actually very close to make the dream become reality. I've been so close... so close to taste her more than alluring lips. As if something bit me I quickly threw off my clothes and jumped into the shower, turning it on. I seriously needed to cool down!


~~~ ~~~

A few days had passed and I've been enjoying every single one. Eri and I spent every day together. Most of the time we've been in the park, eating ice cream, playing shiritori or simply laid in the shade of a tree, enjoying the nice breeze that carried the typical summery scent. Long story short... the two of us had been having a very good time. I also really liked how much Eri had been laughing these days. Her laugh was... beautiful. Whenever I heard her laughing, I could feel a wave of happiness washing over me. Not to mention that it was very contagious.

I smiled at the memories I've made the recent days in the park as I sat in the kitchen, drinking a cup of tea. I looked over at the clock hanging on the wall and sighed when I saw that Eri was supposed to call me fifteen minutes ago. We've been exchanging phone numbers so Eri could call me whenever she was about to leave her place so I knew when I had to go as well. Eri's cellphone was another device that fascinated me. It was specially made for people who had lost their eyesight. It reacted to her voice so whenever she wanted to call someone, she just had to say the name and the cellphone automatically dialed the number of the person in her contacts list. The same thing went for her text messages. Whenever she received one, the cellphone was reading it to her and if she wanted to reply, the cellphone typed down everything she said and sent the message on her command.

„Are you waiting for something?“, my mom asked as she walked into the kitchen.

„God, MOM! Stop sneaking up on me like that!“

„I didn't sneak up onto you, Reina... it's not my fault that you're constantly in thoughts~“, she said and giggled.

„I'm not constantly in thoughts...“

„But most of the times~ So... what are you waiting for?“

„I'm waiting for Eri to call me... she was supposed to call me a little while ago.“

„Oh~ Are you going out again?“


„Where will you go today?“

„I don't know, that's why I'm waiting for Eri's call.“

„I see... so you two always decide where to go before you meet?“


Suddenly my cellphone vibrated on the table, causing me to jump a little. I quickly grabbed it and a grin formed on my lips.

„It's Eri!“, I solemnly said and picked up the phone, „hello?“

„Reina~ Hi~ S-sorry I'm calling a little late...“

„It's okay... don't worry about it.“

„Reina, listen... I don't think today would be a good day to be outside...“

„What? Why?“

„I've been listening to the radio and the weather forecast said that it's going to rain soon.“

„O-oh... yeah, it wouldn't be good to be in the park then...“

„D-do you... have any other ideas? I really... want to meet you...“

„W-well... how about we... MOM! Stop poking me!“

„Your mom's poking you?“, Eri giggled.


„Why is she doing that?“

„I have no idea... hold on a second, Eri.“


I lowered my cellphone and put my hand over it, so Eri couldn't hear me talking.

„Mom, what the hell?!“, I hissed.

„Sorry but... I couldn't help to overhear your conversation.“

„More like eavesdropping...“

„Well... why don't you ask Eri... if she wants to visit us? Then I'd... finally get to know her too.“

„Mom... I don't think it's a good idea...“

„Why not? In that way you two could meet anyway.“

„You know how it is whenever I have another girl with me! Either it's you bumping constantly against my door with the vacuum cleaner or my brother knocking every five minutes.“

„I promise I'm done with vacuum cleaning for today and your brother's not at home! He's at his friend's place.“

„And what if she doesn't want it?“

„You didn't even ask her yet!“

„Fine...“, I sighed and removed my hand, putting my phone back onto my ear, „Eri?“


„Sorry about that...“

„It's okay.“

„Eri... h-how about... you coming to my place?“

„W-would it be okay?“

„Of course... that means... if you want to come here.“

„I would love to, Reina“, she said, the tone of her voice gave away that she was smiling.

„G-great! I'm going to pick you up in about... let's say an hour, okay?“

„Alright, but don't get into a rush.“

„Don't worry, I won't.“

„Good... I'm waiting for you, Reina.“

„Bye, Eri.“


I hung up and stared at my phone.

„See, Reina? Didn't that go well?“


„Awwww, come on! Let me hug you!“, mom squealed and immediately pulled me into a bear hug.

„M-mom! T-too tight!“

„Oh, sorry“, she giggled.

„What the hell was that for?“, I asked and straigthened my shirt.

„I'm just soooo happy!“

„Uh... o...kay...“

„My little daughter has a date~“

„First of all... I'm not so little anymore, mom and second... please... please... don't do anything stupid, okay?“

„Who do you think I am? The world's biggest idiot? Don't forget that you're coming after me, Reina.“

„I'm just saying... that I don't want any interruptions...“

„It's not like you're going to make out with her...“

„M-MOM!“, I exclaimed, blushing deeply, „y-you know what I mean!“

„Yeah, yeah I got it... I'm not going to say or do anything that'll embarrass you.“

„Thank you!“

„But... I do get to know her, right? Or is it too embarrassing for you that I'm your mom?“

„Mom... you know it's not like that! Just sometimes you're making... things worse by doing silly things...“


„Like intimidating people by the amount of your questions you ask them.“

„But I wanna know who the people are my daughter is hanging out with.“

„Don't worry, mom... Eri is... you'll like her, I'm sure about that“, I said and smiled.

„I'm really excited now... I wonder how she looks like.“

„There are no words to describe how amazing she looks.“

„Reina~ You should hear yourself talking. You really are head over heels in love with her, aren't you?“

„W-well, I should get ready now...“, I said and got up, obviously avoiding a reply.

„I think what you wear right now is fine. Besides... I think Eri will like everything you're wearing~ All that counts for her is that she'll see you.“

I stopped in mid-step and gulped. God, I totally forgot to tell mom about that... I've never mentioned anything about Eri's blindness. I guess now was the right time to tell her the last thing my mom didn't know about Eri.

„Mom...“, I quietly said, turning around to face her, „there's something I gotta tell you...“

„What is it? Eri and you are already a couple and you didn't tell me?“

„N-no... it's something... serious.“

„Okay, Reina... what did you do?“

„I did nothing! It has nothing to do with me at all!“

„What is it then?“

„Mom, Eri...“

„What's with her?“

„I think... it's the best if you know about it... before I'm coming back here with her...“

„Damn, Reina! Don't build up the suspense!“

„Mom... Eri is... blind.“


„Yes... she lost her eyesight when she was fourteen due to a car accident.“

„Oh my... that's... oh god, I'm so sorry...“

„That's the reason... why she fascinates me even more. She's been living six years all alone with that... and she still can smile and enjoy her life.“

„Ahhh~ You like strong girls with willpower, don't you~?“

„Mom... please...“


„When Eri is here... act normal, okay? She gets uncomfortable if she senses you're tensed or try too hard to not talk about her eyesight. Eri wants to be treated like every other person... and most importantly... don't feel sorry for her, she doesn't like that. She learned how to handle and live with the loss of her eyesight.“

„Alright... got it.“

I smiled and looked at the clock.

„Okay, I should really get ready... I gotta leave soon.“

My mom simply nodded, obviously still trying to take in what I've said just now. As I took the stairs up to my room, I suddenly started to wonder if it was okay to have Eri coming here right after I told mom about Eri being blind. She probably felt the same now like I did when I first met Eri. Awkward and maybe even insecure. Well, I've been very insecure how to act when I got to spend time with her for the first time. Then again... mom was different. She always knew what to do and how to handle things better than me. Maybe it turned out better than I was expecting right now.

~~~ ~~~

Eri and I already had been talking a lot on the way to my place. Even though we've been spending each day together ever since my summer vacation started, we still didn't run out of topics we could talk about. With each conversation we shared, I got to know Eri more and more and the more I knew about her... the more interesting she became to me. She even told me about the dream she had ever since she started playing the piano. One day, she wanted to play in front of an audience just to let the people enjoy her music. I didn't understand why Eri called it a silly dream. To me it sounded... kinda cute. It was something possible. It wasn't like Eri was dreaming about becoming a famous pianist. Though I had to say that I could even imagine something like that since she was an exceptionally gifted pianist.

All the way to my place, I hadn't been feeling the slightest hint of uneasiness. But now as we stood in front of the door, I suddenly became nervous again. My hand was shaking a little as I roamed around in my purse, searching for the keys. God, hopefully this hadn't been a stupid idea to invite Eri. I just could hope that everything would turn out well and that my mom remembered what I've told her about the things she shouldn't do when Eri was around.

Relax, Reina... you're worrying too much!

I took a deep breath and unlocked the door, carefully pushing it open.

„W-well... come in, Eri...“, I shyly said.

„Could you... take my hand and guide me?“

„Yeah, sure...“, I replied and gently took her hand into mine.

My stomach tingled as I could feel Eri lacing her fingers through mine, tightly holding onto my hand. I slowly guided her through the hallway, carefully watching every step she took. I didn't want her to bump into anything but Eri surprised me again. Even though she didn't know the house yet, she moved in a smooth way just like she did in her own house. That girl never failed to fascinate me over and over again. She seemed to get used to the new environment quickly.

„Uh... okay, here we are...“

„This is the hallway, right?“


„So I'm guessing... the kitchen is to the left.“

„Yes... that's right... h-how did you know?“

„Well~“, Eri giggled, „the scent of tea and freshly baked cake is lingering in the air... it's almost gone if I turn my head right so... it's obvious that the kitchen must be on the left.“

„Eri, you're simply amazing.“

„I should think about a career as a tracking dog, shouldn't I?“, she said and giggled.

„I'm happy that you're a human, Eri.“

„I am too... in that way I'm able to talk to you...“


I could feel myself blushing at Eri's remark. God, why did she have to be so... cute?

„Reina? Is that you?“

„Y-yes, mom... it's me...“

„Oh~ I thought your brother just came back home.“

„No, luckily he didn't.“

„Reina~ That's not a nice thing to say about your brother“, my mom said and slowly approached us, stopping in mid-step as she saw Eri, „oh~ You brought someone with you~“

„Mom... stop that! You knew I was going to pick her up...“

„Ah, right... now I remember“, she said and laughed, „now, don't you want to introduce that lovely young woman to me?“

„I-I'm Kamei Eri... nice to meet you, Tanaka-san“, Eri greeted and turned into my mom's direction, bowing politely.

„Nice to meet you too, Eri-chan. Finally I get to meet the girl my daughter kept telling me about.“

„S-she did?“, Eri asked, blinking a few times.

„Yes, she did~“

„Mom...“, I growled, shooting her a warning gaze.

„U-uh... Eri-chan, would you like to have tea? I just prepared some.“

„I-if it's not troubling you too much, I'd love to.“

„No, it's fine~ Don't worry. Reina, would you like some too?“

„Yes, please...“

„Alright! Why don't you join me into the kitchen?“

„Sure...“, I replied, „come on, Eri.“

I slowly guided Eri into the kitchen, keeping her as close as possible. Carefully I pulled out a chair and helped Eri to sit down, slightly pushing the chair closer to the table.

„Thank you, Reina.“

„Don't mention it“, I replied and sat down next to her.

„There you go~“, mom chirped and set down two cups of tea.

„Thanks, mom... would you like to have some sugar or honey, Eri?“, I asked the girl next to me.

„Sugar is just fine, thank you.“

„Alright,“ I said and added two cubes of sugar into Eri's tea, knowing from the times we've been drinking tea together that Eri liked her tea in that way.

„Awww, you two are so cute together~“, my mom noted, grinning.

„MOM! Be quiet!“

„You were totally right, Reina. Eri is a cutie~“


„Mom! Not now!“

„But you said that! I remember how you told me about the dream you had about...“

„MOM!“, I exclaimed and instantly jumped up, covering my mom's mouth with my hand.

„W-what's going on here?“, Eri asked, confusion crossed her face.

„N-nothing, Eri... don't worry... e-enjoy your tea, I... gotta do something real quick, okay?“


„I promise I'll be back in a minute.“

„Take your time, Reina.“

„It won't take too long“, I said and grabbed my mom's wrist, dragging her into the living room, glaring at her.

„What? Don't look at me like that.“

„Oh yes, I will! Mom, are you crazy?!“

„Eh?! Why?!“

„You can't tell Eri about things like that!“

„Why not? I thought it would be good to see how she reacts to that. You know... to find out if she gets interested.“

„Interested?“, I repeated and frowned.

„Yeah! We'd be able to read the signs due to her reaction...“

„The only sign that Eri will be able to read is how I feel about her!“

„Isn't that what you want?“

„No! I don't want to go on her like a bull on a gate! I want to be careful! And the last thing I want is scaring her like hell... in the end she'll break the friendship and everything's over!“


„Also you promised me to not say or do anything that would embarrass me!“

„S-sorry... I guess I got carried away... maybe I should just leave the two of you alone.“

„Mom... it's fine you're staying with us... but please... be more careful with what you say, okay?“

„Okay, I will.“

„Thank you...“, I replied.



„Eri really is... a very beautiful girl. I totally understand why you fell for her.“

„Come on, Eri is waiting“, I said, trying to hide the blush as I walked back into the kitchen.

~~~ ~~~

A few hours already had passed and we were still sitting in the kitchen. After plenty cups of tea and a few pieces of mom's delicious cake, I was happy to just lean back against the chair, listening to the conversation my mom and Eri had. Mom had been telling Eri about the one time she met that famous pianist and how she went to one of his concerts because he asked her to come. Eri obviously knew that pianist as well since she got all excited ever since mom had been mentioning him. Eri's behavior made me smile and it also made me wonder how a single person could be so damn cute. To be honest, I wasn't really interested in the story. The only thing I really payed attention to was Eri's voice whenever she replied to something mom asked her or if she agreed. Also I was really proud of my mom. Till now she hadn't been asking Eri any embarrassing questions or made silly remarks.

Seems like she finally gave up... thank god!

„Wow, Tanaka-san... you're so lucky you got to listen to him live“, Eri said.

„It really was something! Though I had a hard time to convince Reina's father to go with me“, mom replied and giggled.

„You kept annoying him for a week, mom...“, I noted.

„So? I just wanted him to be with me, that's all. Even though he didn't want to join me first, he was happy that he did go in the end.“

„Thanks to your persuasion.“

„So~ Eri-chan~“


„Can I ask you something?“

„Sure, Tanaka-san.“

„The first song you've ever played on the piano... what was it?“

„Hmmm... I can't remember anymore... sorry.“

„Don't worry. It's okay. Ah~ I'm so envious~“

„Eh? Why?“, Eri asked.

„According to Reina, you're playing the piano very well.“

„N-not that well... I just... love to play it.“

„I'm sure your boyfriend gets to listen to you playing the piano very often... he's so lucky.“

„I...“, Eri stammered and blushed.

Now I wasn't so relaxed anymore. I literally jumped at my mom for this remark. Seemed like she completely forgot about her promise and what I've been telling her before. God... MOM!!

„Is he a good listener?“

„Mom! Stop it!“, I growled, „you're making her feel embarrassed!“

„What? It's just something I wanted to point out.“

„A pretty personal thing to point out!“, I snapped and glared at her.

„Are you playing for him often, Eri-chan?“


„It's okay, Reina...“, Eri quietly said, her cheeks flushed.

„See? Eri is fine with it“, mom said and flashed me a triumphant smile.

„Fine...“, I grumbled and leaned back onto the chair.

„So... how is your boyfriend?“, mom asked the girl next to me.

„I... I don't have a boyfriend...“

„Oh... really?“, mom said and looked at me, wiggling her eyebrows.

I gestured my mom to be quiet, holding my index finger over my lips and shot her a warning gaze. Of course... I was kinda curious about what Eri had to say to that topic... but then again, it was so not good how my mom was asking her all those personal questions straight away.

„Yes, really... I don't have a boyfriend, Tanaka-san.“

„How come? I mean... you're a very attractive young woman. How can guys resist you?“, mom asked, completely ignoring me.

„AH, ERI!“, I exclaimed, causing the girl to jump.


„Uhhh... didn't we... think about taking a walk?“

„Did we?“, she asked, frowning as she turned her head into my direction.

„I... uh... actually... I just thought about it. It would be nice to get some fresh air.“

„But you two just arrived!“, my mom whined, obviously not wanting to give in and continue with her interrogation of Eri's private life, „and also it's still raining.“

„It's been hours since we arrived, mom! And the rain stopped an hour ago! So... would you like to go, Eri?“

„I'd love to take a walk with you, Reina. Just let me finish the tea“, Eri said and took a sip.

„Okay, sure“, I replied and sat back down.

„But...“, Eri began.

„But what?“

„To reply to your question, Tanaka-san... till now there wasn't anyone who caught my attention.“

„I see...“, my mom said.

„Things changed though... and someone stepped into my life... someone who is very important to me... and... w-well... currently I'm in love...“, Eri quietly said and blushed.

I looked at her and for some reason I suddenly felt something break inside me. Eri was in love? With who? She never had been mentioning someone. Okay, it's not said that she would tell me everything but still...

Great! That's it! Reina, you've failed once again!

Why did I always have to choose the ones I could never have? A flash of anger rushed through me and my body trembled as I clenched my hands to fists, realizing my foolishness. I've put my hopes up too high and that was what I got for that. Disappointment.

I'm just not made for love...

~~~ ~~~

It was already dark as Eri and I walked through the park. Since we left my place, none of us had been saying a single word. I really had no idea about what I could talk about. My mind was clouded, Eri's words were still ringing clearly in my ears. The more I thought about it, the more I could feel that painful sting in my heart. My stomach cramped and a slight hint of sadness took me over. I should've known... of course a girl like Eri would have lots of admirers. I couldn't blame the guys for liking her though... yet I was envious of the guy that received that kind of affection from Eri. I sighed deeply, staring onto the ground.

„Reina?“, Eri said, her soft voice pulled me back to reality.


„Is everything okay?“

„Y-yeah... why?“

„You didn't say a single thing since a while...“

„It's nothing“, I lied.


„Yeah... what gives you the idea that something's wrong?“

„W-well... I just have a feeling...“

„Then... your feeling deceives you.“


„Really, Eri. I'm okay.“

„If you say so...“

„I do... and now come on“, I said and started to walk... in a much faster pace than usual.

„R-Reina... not so fast!“, Eri begged.

I didn't really listen to her. I just kept dragging that poor blind girl along. For some reason her asking me if everything's alright caused anger and frustration to well up inside me again.

„Reina, please... slow down!“

„. . .“

„REINA!!“, Eri yelled and abruptly stopped in mid-step, her hands wrapped firmly around my wrist as she used strength to make me stop walking.

„WHAT?!“, I snapped back at her... regretting it right in the next moment, „E-Eri, I...“

„I... I think I should go home now... I'll be fine from here... t-thanks, Reina“, she said and let go of my wrist.


„N-no, really... it's okay... h-have a nice evening“, Eri quietly said and bowed, slowly walking away.

„ERI, WAIT!!“, I yelled, „ERI!! I... I'M SORRY!!“

Eri didn't reply, she simply kept walking away from me.

Damn, Reina! Do something!!

I quickly ran after her, calling her name but Eri didn't even seem to think about stopping. Damn, for someone who's blind she was pretty fast. I sped up, running as fast as I could. Finally I was close enough and managed to grab her wrist. She stopped.


„W-what?“, she asked, keeping her head turned away from me.

I blinked. Her voice was trembling and sounded throaty. Was she...?

„Eri, I'm sorry... I...“

„You didn't have to yell at me! I'm blind, Reina! Not deaf!“

„I... I know... it just happened... I didn't mean it like that...“

„What was the reason then?!“

„W-well... it's just...“, I stammered and sighed, „there are too many thing revolving around inside my head... And I don't know what to do... it... occupies me a lot...“

„You know you can talk to me about everything.“

„That's... the problem...“


„I... can't talk to you in that case.“

„W-what? Why?“

„Eri, please... stop asking. It's better if you don't know anything about that.“

„You're confusing me, Reina... I thought you'd trust me...“

„I do... but... you confuse me...“

„But I'm not doing anything!“, Eri declared.

„You're doing... more than you know...“

„. . .“

„It's not meant in a bad way... I...“

„No... no, I understand. I... I should really go now... thanks for having me over at your place...“


„I think it's the best if we... stop spending time with each other for a while.“

„W-what? No!“

„You're obviously in a huge conflict with yourself, Reina... you should work it out first... you can send me a text... whenever you're ready to talk to me... good night, Reina“, Eri said and walked away.

I was just standing there, unable to move. I wanted to call after her but my voice refused to work.

~~~ ~~~

In that night I wasn't able to fall asleep. No matter how hard I tried, I kept on tossing and turning in my bed. The weariness I longed for so badly didn't come. I sat up and sighed, looking over at the orange glowing numbers of my alarm clock. 2.16 am.
I got up and quietly walked out of my room, slowly going downstairs. Maybe a cup of tea could help me. Switching on the lights in the kitchen I walked over to the cabinet, got a cup out and a bag of my favorite tea. I was totally in thoughts as I filled water into the kettle and switched it on, leaning back against the kitchen counter, rubbing my hands over my face.


„W-what the... mom?!“, I gasped, „god, you startled me!“

„Sorry“, she said and approached me, „are you okay?“

„Yeah... just having a hard time falling asleep“, I replied.

„Is something bothering you?“

„No... why would it?“

„Do you think I didn't notice that you've been having a weird mood ever since you came back home?“

„. . .“

„Did something happen?“

„I...“, I said and bit my lip, „d-do you want some tea too? It's... a long story.“

„Sure“, my mom replied and sat down, smiling warmly at me, „what's wrong?“

„I... guess I've made a mistake.“

„How so?“

„I was kinda harsh to Eri so... she just left me standing in the park...“, I started as I prepared another cup for my mom.

„Is there a reason why you were so harsh?“

„I guess it was because of what she said when she was here...“

„Was it really that bad? I can't remember Eri saying anything that could've made you that upset.“

„Mom, I was... upset... mad at myself for falling in love with someone I can't have.“

„Wait... what? What gives you that idea?!“

„You even had been asking her, mom“, I said and frowned, pouring the hot water into the cups.

My mom looked extremely confused and lost right now. But okay, it was in the middle of the night and she just woke up. Maybe it was better to just talk about it straight away.

„It was because Eri said that... she's in love with someone...“

„Oh... that... but who says that you're not the one she meant?“

„Mom, it's not me! I just know it“, I quietly said and set the cups of tea down onto the table, sitting down across my mom.

„And you really think that...“

„There's no other option, mom... god, how could I've been so stupid?“, I sighed and buried my face in my hands.

„You're not stupid, Reina.“

„I am! I've let my emotions win over rationality and got disappointed again.“

„You'll... find someone.“


„But... you don't want anyone else besides Eri, right?“

„It might sound ridiculous but... yeah, I guess so... she's just... wow!“

„I know, Reina. I know... I've met her today“, my mom said as she put her hand onto mine, „did Eri say anything else?“

„Just that... I can text her as soon as I've... fought out my personal conflicts.“

My mom giggled.

„What's so amusing?“

„Even Eri notices it and she doesn't know you as long as I do.“

„That's... different. You've known me since I was born!“

„Yeah and exactly that is what makes it kinda amusing. I as your mother still try to understand how you think and why you do certain things the way you do and Eri... she seems to already understand what's going on in your mind. Quite remarkable.“

I couldn't help but blush as I realized how right mom was. Eri always had been sensing if something was wrong or if I became nervous all of a sudden. She also never had been questioning the decisions I've made. It really was like... as if Eri already knew how I'd decide before I even did so. It felt like as if Eri had known me forever. She might even knew me better already than I knew myself.

„You know what, Reina?“

„No... what?“

„I think that is... proof enough that she's interested in you.“

„How should that be a proof?!“

„She's occupying herself with you. That's why she knows how you're ticking.“

„Maybe she just understands people easily...“

„Reina... why do you keep it up like that?“

„Like what?“

„You always see everything in a negative way when it comes to Eri. Why can't you just accept the possibility of her liking you as well? In that way.“

„It's impossible! The whole idea is... absurd! Also I don't think it's a good idea to hold onto possibilities.“

„Okay, fine... you know what?“


„You can keep this up forever and might miss your chance with her... or you can finally make a move and tell her how you feel. Who knows, maybe Eri already figured out your feelings and just waits for you to finally confess to her.“


„And if you really think it won't work out then leave it but...“, my mom paused and sighed, „I'm sorry to say it... if you leave it then stop whining about it. That doesn't make things better.“

„. . .“

„Reina... usually you're not that shy. I know that's a whole different thing now since this involves your feelings but just do it like you always do. Tell her straight away and if... if she doesn't feel the same then give her some time to process your confession.“

What mom just had said was like a slap into my face. Yet it kinda... helped. She was right! If I kept on hiding, Eri could be gone faster than I could say her name. And I'd be the one to blame because I've had been too much of a coward to tell her the truth about my feelings.

~~~ ~~~

It's been two days since the incident in the park and till now I didn't hear anything from Eri. I even went to the park to see if she was there but all I found was an empty bench. I sighed and stared at the blank text message display of my cellphone. I don't know how many times I've been trying to send a text to Eri. I've been spending the last two hours with trying to find the right words but whenever I read the text again, I deleted it. Everything sounded so forced and strange to me.

Reina, come on! It can't be that hard! Just tell her you'd like to meet up with her and talk about what happened...

I jumped a little as the phone buzzed in my hand. Who the hell sent me a text now? If it was Aiko, asking me to hang out... I totally wasn't in the mood. I opened the message and in an instant my heart skipped a beat.

Reina... I need to talk to you... I guess there's a lot of things between us we should work out... Please meet me in the park. Love, Eri

Immediately I jumped out of my bed, ran out of my room and downstairs nearly knocking over my brother.

„HEY! Be careful, you idiot!“, he ranted.

„Ta-kun, I don't have time for you now!“, I replied and put on my shoes.

„Reina? Where are you going?“, my mom asked as she peeked out of the kitchen.

„I've got a text from Eri... she wants to meet me in the park right now.“

„Well then“, mom said and smiled, „good luck!“

„Yeah! And don't knock people over!“, Ta-kun teased.

„Ta-kun! Be quiet! Your sister has something important to do!“

„But she...“

„Ta-kun!!“, she hissed and glared at him.

„I'm off, mom“, I announced, opening the door.



„I know you can do it... just be honest.“

„I will...“, I replied and smiled at her, „thanks, mom... for everything.“

„Now go... Eri waits for you.“

„Yes! Don't wait for me, okay? Bye~“, I said and rushed off.

~~~ ~~~

My heart was pounding as I reached the entrance of the park. I had no idea what to expect and a strange uneasy feeling spread throughout my body. Was Eri still mad at me? Did she want to come together to tell me we shouldn't meet each other anymore? Or was it...

Stop it, Reina! No negative thoughts!!

I took a deep breath and slowly walked down the path towards the place Eri and I were supposed to meet. With each step I took, I could feel myself getting more and more nervous, my hands began to shake and my thoughts were running wild. I gulped as I saw Eri sitting on the bench, holding her cellphone in her hands. I slowly approached her and right in that moment I knew there was no turning back. Quietly I sat down next to her, not daring to break the silence.

„Hi, Reina...“

„H-hi, Eri...“

„I'm glad you came...“

„I... Eri...“

„You don't have to say anything... it's okay...“

„I... thought you wanted to talk to me.“

„Yes, I do... Reina... in the past days I was thinking a lot...“

„So did I...“

„I've tried to understand what's going on between the two of us...“


„Things between you and me seem a little... complicated.“


„Please, Reina... let me finish...“

„S-sorry... go on.“

„I've thought about every little thing I've said when I was talking to your mom... I've tried to remember when it started...“

„What do you mean, Eri?“

„Your... weird behavior that evening.“

„O-oh... Eri... I can explain it!“

„You can?“


„If you're able to explain it... why didn't you do it right when I've asked you to?“

„It's... not easy for me... in fact it could destroy everything between...“, I stopped and gulped.


„Between... us...“

There! I said it!


„I... I know, Eri! There's no us... i-it's meant in... a friendship way...“

„Why are you always reacting in such a way?“


„You're always... panicking. You keep on explaining yourself for everything you say... is there a reason for that?“

„I just... don't want to... scare you...“

Eri laughed. What the hell was so funny?

„Ever thought about that you're not scaring me at all?“, the blinded girl asked.

„Eri, I...“

„You're thinking too much, Reina.“

„I don't want to... lose you...“, I quietly said, feeling a blush creep into my cheeks.

„You won't, Reina... I promise.“

That caused my heart to jump. How could she be so sure about that? She didn't even know what kind of secret I was carrying around with me. And then she simply promised me I wouldn't lose her? Yet it was calming me to hear her saying something like that.

„I know I was a little... too persistent and literally pushed you into a corner“, Eri said and lowered her head.

„No, you... well... a little maybe. But that was more because I couldn't find any words... I had no idea what to say and... I kinda felt... caught.“

„How so?“

Okay, that was the right moment. No more hiding, no more lies. If I wanted all this to work out then I had to be honest.

„Eri... you were right... my weird behavior... it had something to do with a certain thing you've said.“

„And... that was?“

Now Reina! Just do it!

„It was... because you've said you're...“, I stopped and took a deep breath, „because you've said you're in love...“

I watched Eri's face and clearly saw confusion in her expression. Not a sign of anger... yet.

„Reina... why is that the reason for you being so rude?“

„I... there's a reason for it...“

„Will you... tell me about it?“, Eri cautiously asked.

Go on, Reina! Don't retract now!

„Eri, I...“, I began, hesitatingly taking her hand into mine, „the reason why is... that...“

I struggled for words but no matter how hard I've tried, there was just no single word coming out of my mouth. Courage had left me and suddenly all the doubts came back with full force. Was it really right to tell her the truth? Should I really jeopardize our friendship for a love that might be only partial? But then again... was I really okay with just being friends with Eri? God, so many questions, so many things that made me so insecure.
I blinked a few times in confusion as I felt Eri lacing her fingers through mine, gently squeezing my hand. I looked at her and my heart started pounding again. Eri smiled at me in the most sweetest way I've ever seen. A pleasant shiver ran through me as I looked into the girl's blinded eyes. Even though I knew Eri wasn't able to see, I felt like as if she was looking right through me... yet her eyes had something... reassuring.

„It's okay, Reina“, Eri softly said, her thumb gently stroked my hand, „take your time... I'm not gonna push you.“

I knew Eri would never push me. But I owed her an answer... it was her right to know why I acted so damn rude two days ago.

„Eri... I... I fell in love with you...“

Right in the moment I've finished the sentence I could feel how some kind of relief took me over... followed by a slight panic-attack. Eri didn't seem to react to what I've told her just now and I had no idea if that was a good or bad sign. I gulped and tried to control my now shaking body. The silence killed me.

God, Eri! Please... please say something! Even if you say that you hate me and never want to spend time with me again but please... just say something!

„W-wow...“, Eri quietly said, making me feel a little better.

„I... I know it's crazy but... I couldn't help but falling in love with you. You're just... I... I can't explain it with words...“

„S-since when?“

„Since... a while now... actually... I started to feel something for you after the first few times we've been hanging out together... I've tried to convince myself that I'm just imagining things... I've tried to deny it but... my feelings were growing stronger and stronger... until... until I wasn't able to control them anymore... and I gave in...“

„So... hearing about me being in love... shattered your hopes...“

„Y-yeah... I... I know I shouldn't have put them up too high... i-it's just ridiculous to even think about you could feel the same...“

„Reina... Reina, stop!“


„I... right now I'm trying to understand something...“

„And what?“

„Why... do you think like that, Reina?“

„Like what?“

„Like... it's ridiculous to think about... me feeling the same for you?“

„I... Eri... a woman like you...“

„What? A woman like me can't be in love?“

„No... t-that's not what I meant... of course you can be in love and... I-I'm happy for you that you found someone... w-what I meant was... that a woman like you would never be in love with someone like me... a... girl.“

„Reina... you don't really see it, do you?“

„Well... sorry I didn't see your boyfriend sneaking about you...“

„You don't understand me...“

„I do... no, I don't... I... ahhhh! Eri, you're confusing me!“

„You're confusing yourself because you're thinking way too much!“

„I can't do anything against it! I'm a very thoughtful person by nature!“

„Too thoughtful! You're drowning in your own thoughts... so deep that you can't see the obvious!“

Obvious? I couldn't really follow her. What the hell did Eri try to tell me? Was there really something I didn't see because I've been so occupied with my own thoughts and worries? God, I've never been so confused like I was now.

„Reina...“, Eri softly said and squeezed my hand, „I'm not saying it's a bad thing to be thoughtful... but sometimes... simply asking or... letting it happen is the better option.“

„W-what do you mean?“

„You've always kept apologizing if you brushed my hand with yours, when you were standing close to me or when you realized I've noticed you looking at me...“

„T-that was... because...“

„You've thought it'd freak me out, right?“


Eri sighed deeply.

„What's wrong, Eri?“

„You're way more complicated that I've thought...“


„Reina... you've never thought about the possibility that... I could like the things you do?“


„I don't mind when you're close me! I don't mind when you touch my hand, I don't mind if you look at me! I... I'm happy if you do...“


„I feel so comfortable when you're near me, Reina! You're giving me the feeling of security... something I wasn't able to feel for a long time... I trust you and... and...“, Eri stammered, her voice was getting quiet.


„Reina... I... I miss you... whenever you're not with me...“

„You...“, I gasped, totally surprised about what Eri had said just now.

„I miss you and... there's not a single day passing by... I'm not thinking of you... wondering what you're doing...“

By now my heart was hammering against my chest, I felt like as if it would burst any moment. I was listening to Eri intently, watching her face. A soft blush colored her cheeks, her fingers played with the hem of her shirt while her other hand still held tightly onto mine.

„Eri... what are you trying to tell me?“

„I'm trying to make you see!“

„S-see what?“

„That I'm in love!“

„I know that... you already told me...“

„Do I have to make it even more obvious?!“

„Stop talking in riddles, Eri!“

„The person I was talking about... is sitting right next to me!“

I blinked a few times, Eri's words totally caught me off-guard.


„It's you, Reina! The person I fell in love with is you!“


„Yes, you! Why do you think... I had been asking you so much about... how you found out that you're in love with a girl? I... wanted to... be sure about my own feelings towards you... if I... read the signs right...“

I was way to stunned to say anything. Did Eri just really... tell me she loved me? Was this what she had been hinting towards? Now I slowly started to understand what Eri had meant when she said I was thinking too much and that I didn't see the obvious because I was letting my thoughts taking me over. God I've been... such an idiot!
I looked at Eri. Her cheeks were bright red, she had her head lowered a little bit while she was chewing on her bottom lip.

„Eri...“, I softly said, gently putting my index finger under her chin, moving her head up so she was facing me, „don't do that... I don't want you to damage those beautiful lips of yours.“

With these words I slowly leaned in until my lips were touching hers. It was like an explosion of emotions. What I've been dreaming of ever since I fell in love with Eri finally became reality. Her lips were even softer than they looked and tasted like heaven to me. My heart beat quickened when Eri let go of my hand just to wrap her arms around my neck, pulling me closer as she returned the kiss ever so gently. We were lost in this enchanting moment.

I wish the kiss could've lasted longer but eventually the two of us ran out of breath. I pulled back a little bit, looking at Eri who still had her eyes closed, a soft smile on her lips. Gently I leaned my forehead onto hers, stroking her cheek. Eri put her hand on top of mine, leaning into the touch.

„I love you, Eri“, I whispered.

„I love you too, Reina“, Eri quietly replied, placing another kiss onto my lips.

„H-how about... we stay here for a little while? It's a pretty nice and warm night.“

„Hmmm... I think I got a better idea...“

„Really? What is it?“

„How about we... go to my place and talk?“

„Sure, sounds good.“

„And maybe... I can... snuggle into your arms then...“

„That really is a better idea“, I said, all excited.

„Let's go then.“


I got up and took Eri's hands, pulling her up and right against me, wrapping my arms around her waist. The girl in my arms giggled. Once again I kissed her, holding Eri as close her possible. That probably was how heaven felt like. I pulled away from the kiss and took Eri's hand, lacing my fingers through hers. She gave me a gentle squeeze and held tightly onto my hand as we walked through the park. Yeah... that truly was heaven. And Eri was the one and only angel.

To be continued...

Okay, that's it for chapter 10... sorry again it took so long! But I hope you liked it anyway~
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [02/14 Chapter 10 - Oblivious to the obvious]
Post by: Tchips on February 15, 2011, 01:13:35 AM
You know..  I thought tonight was the night I would finally go to bed 'early'... and then I saw your update... And I was like woot! update! let's take a look! :yossi:

And then... I saw the length of that particular update... And I started to curse you, cause I HAD to read it...

45 minutes later I'm done, but... It's so damn late :panic: SO even though you KNOW I love your fic, and your talent, and that very sweet, very heartbreaking, very Reina-you're-dumb, AND VERY LONG chapter... I have to say... that... I... ha-LOVE YOU :inlove: :inlove:

EDIT: And just for that I take the new page AND the 100th post on this thread. Blame yourself :P
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [02/14 Chapter 10 - Oblivious to the obvious]
Post by: rndmnwierd on February 15, 2011, 04:45:24 AM
Oh man, what an update! Wonderful for Valentines Day, too! But I'm sure there's still lot's of obstacles ahead of these two. And also, kisses. XD
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [02/14 Chapter 10 - Oblivious to the obvious]
Post by: astro18 on February 15, 2011, 09:35:18 AM
That was so wonderful~ :on gay: Tanakame are sooo cute :shy1: Reina's mom is too funny :on lol:

Please keep up the good work :onioncheer:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [02/14 Chapter 10 - Oblivious to the obvious]
Post by: pretend_2besome1 on February 15, 2011, 09:53:51 AM
 :on woohoo: it's an update! I'm so happy  :D

I want Eri’s cellphone.

„Who do you think I am? The world's biggest idiot? Don't forget that you're coming after me, Reina.“
:lol: have I told you just how amazing Reina’s mom is? Let me say it, her mom is so freaking amazing!

„Okay, Reina... what did you do?“
I could almost see it as “Reina, did you make her pregnant?” XD

„I think it's the best if we... stop spending time with each other for a while.“
:bleed eyes:  :on blackhole:

The mother-daughter bonding between Reina and her mom is admirable, though funny sometimes.

Eri’s too adorable, it kills me  :imdead:

Thank you Eri for making it super obvious for the dense Reina and make TanaKame happen! I wanna shake her hand for that :lol:

And I kept rereading the last part and smiling like an idiot. I can’t get enough of their sweetness, I feel like I’m turning into a mush...  :nya: lol
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [02/14 Chapter 10 - Oblivious to the obvious]
Post by: YumePouk on February 17, 2011, 07:28:59 PM
Yeah you update  :mon angel: :gmon flowers:

damn...I wish I had a mother like Reina's in this story...

„Things changed though... and someone stepped into my life...someone who is very important to me... and... w-well... currently I'm in love...“,
:mon lovelaff: :mon lovelaff: It's REINA

Great! That's it! Reina, you've failed once again!

Why did I always have to choose the ones I could never have? A flash of anger rushed through me and my body trembled as I clenched my hands to fists, realizing my foolishness. I've put my hopes up too high and that was what I got for that. Disappointment.

I'm just not made for love...
aww don't give up so easily  :gmon tears: :gmon tears:
it's you BAKA who she loves :mon psst:

„It's you, Reina! The person I fell in love with is you!“
See... :mon pick: :mon noprob:

„I love you, Eri“, I whispered.

„I love you too, Reina“, Eri quietly replied, placing another kiss onto my lips.
:cow: :cow: :luvluv1: :nya: :wriggly:
they are so lovely together

I can't wait to read you next chapter
keep you great work^^
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [02/14 Chapter 10 - Oblivious to the obvious]
Post by: gab98 on February 18, 2011, 08:56:27 AM
Finally!!  :thumbup

you Know I waited for this episode for so long time that I want cry   :cry:  :lol:

 hahaha, finally Reina and Eri kissing!  :wub:

was so romantic ... aww

 Thanks!  :bow:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [02/14 Chapter 10 - Oblivious to the obvious]
Post by: kRisZ on February 18, 2011, 03:45:06 PM
Wow!  :heart:  :heart:  :heart:

I love Reina's mom   :grin:

I love Reina's denseness  :grin:

I love Eri's composure  :grin:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [02/21 ANNOUNCEMENT]
Post by: Kame on February 21, 2011, 10:25:03 PM

So, there's something I wanted to tell you guys... so I just talked about it!

What it is... you'll find out here:

Announcement to my readers (

I really recommend to listen to it till the end... I've added a little... hmmm... some kind of crazy "special" into it  But it's completely made for fun, so please don't hate me XD

Thanks for taking time to listen to it *bows*


Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [02/14 Chapter 10~02/21 ANNOUNCEMENT]
Post by: shenlog on February 21, 2011, 10:42:46 PM
have a nice break  :P
i'll be waiting for new fanfictions  :D
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [02/14 Chapter 10~02/21 ANNOUNCEMENT]
Post by: Kame on February 21, 2011, 10:44:22 PM
Well thanks ^^

It seems you're new here... so welcome ^^
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [02/14 Chapter 10~02/21 ANNOUNCEMENT]
Post by: Tchips on February 21, 2011, 11:43:40 PM
Is that because I cursed you too much?! :mon wtf:

But seriously have a nice break and take your time to recover (heck I feel like I'm writing my comment on Kamei Rina's blog for her sister all over again...) And if you want to have an all-night talk like during Japan Expo that's... not gonna happen. The floor was too hard  :lol:

See ya ;)
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [02/14 Chapter 10~02/21 ANNOUNCEMENT]
Post by: rndmnwierd on February 22, 2011, 01:43:17 AM
That was definitely an amusing way to break the break to us. :lol: Random Eri is awesome. I totally understand that feeling, I've been going through it a lot myself, so good luck on destressing writing and we'll be waiting when you come back!
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [02/14 Chapter 10~02/21 ANNOUNCEMENT]
Post by: Haruka on February 22, 2011, 03:53:31 AM
Rest Well =)

And thanks for this unique way to tell us, you're having a break XD

PD: Send my blessing to Kame =D
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [02/14 Chapter 10~02/21 ANNOUNCEMENT]
Post by: pretend_2besome1 on February 22, 2011, 05:15:44 PM
I know what you mean, so go have that break  :yep:
Don’t forget to take notes if ideas are popping out or they'll run away!
Oyeah, the Kame part is lol
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [06/13 ANNOUNCEMENT UPDATE]
Post by: Kame on June 13, 2011, 01:39:19 AM

Alright, time for another announcement XD All you need to know is said in the video! And yes... this is me... uhhhh... it took me a lot of courage to actually REALLY record myself... I'm not responsible for any eye problems after you've watched that video, okay? ;D

Announcement to my readers ~ Update video (
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [06/13 ANNOUNCEMENT UPDATE]
Post by: writerjunkie on June 13, 2011, 05:22:35 AM
*covers your face with a black block as seen on TV*

That fixes my eye problems.

XD I'm just kidding~!! *glomps you* I enjoy looking at your face Chris. You're very cute!!  :deco:

It's good to hear from you. Now bring on the gory fics and the horror! Why not make stuff like that? It's good to challenge yourself as a writer. I'll look forward to how that fic turns out. ^___^

Until then, work hard and get plenty of rest too!

P.s. You're left-handed? o.O
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [06/13 ANNOUNCEMENT UPDATE]
Post by: Kame on June 13, 2011, 06:06:22 AM
P.s. You're left-handed? o.O

Yeah, I'm left-handed... why? XD
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [06/13 ANNOUNCEMENT UPDATE]
Post by: Haruka on June 13, 2011, 06:21:53 AM
I'm a coward XD I just couldn't do that XD

 :welcome Ioo Chris~ it's ben a while... How're you doing?.... Resting well?...... Hope so =)

I want to talk more but I'm in already late for my lack sleep routine XD

It's really nice from you to give this kind of credits to our awesome writers like SarangAi and Kawaii Beam... I know you can spend all day mention all of them... like Junckie.Chan over here or maybe rndmnwierd too  :bow:

All of you guys always made my day x) and I want to thank you for that  :cry:

See you soon ~

PS: I love your T-shirt xD
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [06/13 ANNOUNCEMENT UPDATE]
Post by: pretend_2besome1 on June 17, 2011, 04:32:11 PM
Wow that's a lot...but I'm not gonna complain  :)
I say yes to writing other genres  :twothumbs  though I'm not really into angst lately to be honest.
Post by: Kame on June 18, 2011, 09:47:47 PM
Wow that's a lot...but I'm not gonna complain  :)
I say yes to writing other genres  :twothumbs  though I'm not really into angst lately to be honest.

If you mean the number of fanfics in progress/planned... yeah, I was kinda surprised by myself to be honest XD I've never thought I'd have that much... and now I realized that I forgot about two more fanfic ideas XD But... I guess I'll write the chapter fics one by one... not like... publishing the one, then publishing the other... that would confuse too much XD
Haha, you can like any genre you want XD I'm not going to judge you for that... to be honest, I'm not really a huge fan of angst either... but my mind kept on working until I had some fanfic ideas that surprisingly contained that kind of genre  :nervous So I don't even know if I'm able to write something like that, but I'll see how it'll turn out  :lol:

06/22 UPDATE

Alright, I'm working on my oneshots right now! I don't know which one will be done first, so stay tuned XD

I've updated my fanfic blog with a new header (thanks to kawaii_beam!! for the awesome header pic she made for me  <3) and I also revealed the titles of all my fanfictions that are planned and in progress. Check it out if you want to, I'd be really interested in which titles are catching your eye :D (
Post by: Sora-chan on August 07, 2011, 08:45:21 PM
This story is sad yet perfect!! you have WONDERFUL writing skills really ^_~ its excellent.
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [12/03 INFO VIDEO/Q&A]
Post by: Kame on December 03, 2011, 10:12:46 PM

Sadly, no fanfiction update... but an update about the reasons why I'm not able to work on my fanfics and future plans. Thank you for your time~ :) (
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [01/19 INFO FOR THE READERS]
Post by: Kame on January 19, 2012, 11:51:15 PM
Hey everybody, how's it going?

It's been a long while since I've wrote and posted the 10th chapter of Love is blind. It should be about damn time I'm coming up with the 11th chapter, right?

Well, I'll tell you how's it going now. I haven't even started chapter 11 yet. Not a single word is written for the installment of Love is blind and till now I didn't have the motivation to write anything. It's like the muse left me... for this story in particular. I've had some time to think about it and I came to only one conclusion... guys, I'm really sorry for this but

Love is blind is currently on hiatus

I'm really, really sorry... it's just that I can't write anything for this fic right now. Of course I'll try and see if there's something coming into my mind, I definitely want to finish this fanfiction. I just don't want you guys to keep waiting for another chapter and I'm coming up with nothing. So I think that's the best thing I can do for now.

I thank you guys a lot for all your patience, your support, for your kind comments and PMs and for reading Love is blind of course! You're the best readers a writer can wish for!! Saranghaeyo~~ :heart:

As for fanfictions, I only can say that I'm concentrating on writing non-MM related fanfics. Right now I'm working on several Girls' Generation fics. For some reason, the inspiration for GG fanfics is flowing like crazy :lol: So yeah, I won't stop writing at all!!

Take care and see you next time~

-Kame over and out-
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [01/19 INFO FOR THE READERS]
Post by: Koei on February 18, 2012, 01:22:59 AM
Kame-san! This is the first story I ever read on  :jphip: and I thank you for bringing me into this warm and sometimes crazy environment that is fanfiction. Please do not feel pressured in writing whether it is this story or just writing in general. I'm sure there will be many people who will welcome your stories with warm and welcoming ... umm... eyes?? I sure am one of them. Thank you for your stories. :bow:
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [04/22] INFO VIDEO/Q&A]
Post by: Kame on April 22, 2013, 12:20:14 AM
Hey everybody

It's been a while right?

Time for another Q&A~ Here's my new info video in that you'll find out what I've been up to lately and also what I'm planning for the future! Everything that needs to be said is included in that video~ Thanks for watching/listening~ (
Title: Re: Love is blind (UPDATED) [03/29 I'm sorry guys...]
Post by: Kame on March 30, 2014, 12:22:27 AM
Hey everyone

It's been almost a year since I've last posted something here on this thread. Life's been hectic and I've been going through a lot of difficult chapters involving work and my private life. So I'm sorry for no activity lately.

As you might have noticed this is not an update for Love is blind. After I've wrecked my brain over and over again, carefully thinking the whole thing through I eventually came to a conclusion that made me a little sad and some of you might not be happy with either.

Love is blind is officially canceled

I'm really sorry about that but it's for the best. I don't want you guys to read an ongoing story that I've wrote with no passion, no inspiration and basically forcing myself to get another chapter done. Don't get me wrong, I really loved writing the story back then. I had lots of fun doing writing the chapters, I've put a lot of effort and commitment into it and I appreciate all of your kind comments and support. But now I just can't keep going anymore as my passion and love for Morning Musume died the day Eri graduated and with her being gone, the inspiration for this particular fanfic evaporated into thin air. I know I've said that I do want to finish it and I really meant it but whenever I tried to write nothing would come around and I'd end up staring at a blank page.+

The only thing I can offer is to tell you how I wanted the story to end and what's gonna happen to the other characters in the story as well. If you're interested that is.

So again... I'm sorry I kept you guys waiting only to tell you now that Love is blind is canceled. I hope you guys understand and still support me with my other fanfics I have in store. Yes, I'm still writing but the only difference is that I'm not writing Morning Musume related fanfics anymore.

Okay, that's about it. All that I wanted to say is said and with that I'm off.

Take care, you guys are awesome!

Thank you for everything!