"Where is that girl?" she asked, becoming exasperated, "she said she'd meet me after school!"
Just as she leaned against a row of lockers in the hall, someone rounded the corner and yelled at her.
"Yuki!" They yelled.
Yuki turned her head and her eyes opened wide.
"Ayumi!" Yuki screamed, seeing her best friend rounding the corner.
They ran towards each other and gave each other a hug.
“Where have you been?" said Yuki, “I’ve been waiting for ten minutes!”
"I just went to the bathroom!" Ayumi replied.
“Ok, then. Let’s get going. We don’t want to be late.”
They decided to go to King Lorn's tavern, the local drinking establishment they often frequented. They got their usual drink, a cola with 3 cherries. They turned toward the stage and saw some local band trying to make a break. After this lame band finished their set, Kazu's band was to play. Yuki couldn't wait. She really liked Kazu, but never showed it.
Just before they walked on stage Yuki walked over to say hi.
"Hey, Kazu!" she exclaimed happily.
"Oh, Yuki, Its you!" He said with a nervous voice. He blushed then turned back "What are you doing here?"
"I always come here but I though I'd come by and give you some support."
"But how did you know I was going to play?" He asked.
"I asked Lorn who was playing." She replied.
So Yuki went back to sit with Ayumi, and they sipped their drinks, listening to Kazu's band playing their first song of the night, "Sun Fighting".
"What was that about? Ayumi inquired.
"Oh nothing…" She said smiling.
"Oh my god!" Ayumi shouted, "I can't believe I didn't see this before!"
"You like Kazu! Oh my God, Yuki!"
"Keep it down Ayumi!!"
So Ayumi just sat there, with the biggest grin on her face, holding in laughter. But she couldn't hold it in any longer she burst out laughing.
"Ayumi, That's mean!" Yuki burst out at Ayumi.
"I'm sorry I was laughing at myself for not figuring this out!"
"Mmhmm, sure you were!"
"Why don't you ask him out?"
Yuki went silent and started to stare blankly at Kazu, who was now starting the band's second song, "Are You Receiving". She sat there not even hearing what Ayumi just said.
"Yuki are you even listening to me?" Said Ayumi
"Hmm? What were you saying?" Responded Yuki.
"I said you should ask him out!"
"No way! There is no way that Kazu even likes me!"
"If you say so, Yuki"
And there they sat listening to the band on that Friday night; Yuki knew they would make it some day. After the band finished their set for the night, Yuki and Ayumi decided to head home together.
"Yuki?" started Ayumi.
"Can I ask you a question?"
"Sure, ask away!" Yuki smiled, she knew that Ayumi was going to ask her about Kazu.
"Why do you like Kazu?"
"Well, He's a nice guy, he's got great eyes, and he's just so…" Yuki was trying to find the right word.
"Natural?" added Ayumi.
"Yeah, Natural!" Yuki confirmed, "He's just always himself, never puts on an act for anyone."
“You know, I think he likes you too.” Ayumi smiled.
“Really? No way. You’re kidding me, Ayu.”
“No need for sarcasm. But if you think he likes you then why don’t you ask him out?”
“Call me old fashioned…”
“You’re old fashioned” Ayumi interrupted.
“But I think Kazu should make the first move.”
They just started walking past the park when a car drove up to them. It was a black car with
2 doors; it was too dark to see if the windows were tinted. Then the window rolled down. The two girls stood there in awe as they saw whom it was.
"Kazu?" Both girls said, their eyes looking at Kazu's car.
Kazu smiled and said, "That's me! Need a ride? Its dangerous out here this late!"
"Sure!" Yuki said, "If you don't mind."
"I'll sit in the back then" said Ayumi.
"Alright then, hop on in!" Kazu said.
The car had a nice interior as well, as far as Yuki could tell this was a very expensive car. She wondered how Kazu could afford something this extravagant.
"So Yuki," Kazu said, "Where shall I take you?"
"To my place, silly!" She replied.
"I don't know where you live though, Yuki!"
"Just turn left up here" Yuki said.
Kazu dropped off Ayumi first at her place, which was up the road a little from Yuki's.
Finally, Kazu and Yuki were alone to talk. Yuki looked over at Kazu, and felt this sudden surge within her. The surge made her gasp and lose her breath. Kazu stopped the car.
"Are you ok?" he asked.
"I… am… Fine…" she said between short breaths, she didn't know what was happening; it was the first time it ever happened.
She caught her breath then said, "Thanks for the ride, Kazu, but I think I'll walk from here."
With that she opened the door and got out into the deserted Tokyo Street. She peered into Kazu's window and gave him a warm smile. He returned the smile then drove off. Yuki returned home quickly, even though she was tired.
Rain was falling all around her; she was soaked. Her clothes were starting to cling to her and it was making her skin feel weird. She looked up to the sky and saw blinding light, and then a sword appeared. It fell before Yuki and stuck into the ground with a mighty thud. She reached out to grab the handle of the sword but stopped because she thought she felt someone else's presence. Looking around she saw nothing and decided to reach for it. Her hand was shot back as a bolt of lightning hit the sword and started to make it glow. When she regained most of her sight she saw the sword was floating in front of her. This time when she grabbed it she grasped it tight. It was surprisingly light and sleek. The rain then stopped and darkness caved in around her. All that she could see was she, the sword aglow and the blackness. She closed her eyes. And then opened them again.
Yuki sat up in her bed, and looked outside, it was raining. But it was time to get out of bed. She changed out of her pink bunny pajamas and into tight fitting blue jeans, a tight red mid-drift baring shirt that read "What are you thinking?" and her running shoes for comfort. She went to the bathroom to fix her hair. She brushed her blonde locks until they were straight. Yuki’s hair wasn’t short, but it was still shorter than Ayumi’s; it didn’t quite reach her shoulders. When she was done fiddling with her hair she left the bathroom. When she opened the door, there was a sword on the wall in the hallway.
"It was a dream." She said. "It was only a dream."
She grabbed the sword; it didn't have the same weight and grace as last time. It was heavier and seemed more bulky. She put it back on the wall. She called up Ayumi to check their plans for the day. Just as she picked up the phone there was a knock at the door. She hung up the phone and went to answer the door. She opened the door slowly; there was no one there. All of a sudden an arrow came flying at her head. She ducked in time and the arrow stuck into the plaque on which the sword hung. She looked outside and saw a figure shrouded in darkness running away. All she could do was watch her assailant flee while she was hopeless. She then turned around and saw that on the arrow was a scroll. It read
“I know who you are, and I know your secret powers. Reading minds is one thing, knowing how to use that power is another. If you wish to learn more about your psychic powers, then please come to Yoshida Park at midnight tonight. Bring the sword that hangs upon your wall.”