Jun froze as he stood still in front of the S.A greenhouse. At least if he was in Ryuu-nii's body then he'd be granted access. Yet, at the same time he was worried about his friend, how was Ryuu taking this? He struggled to move, the gift he once had of attracting women had appeared once after he had discovered Finn's secret but instead of girls flocking to him. Animals. That's why, at that moment, Jun Yamamoto was standing alone covered in birds.
As he stood there he noticed a very distressed "Kei" walking over to him. Tilting his head he took a deep breath, "Ryuu-nii?" he had to ask as the blonde stopped and nodded slowly. Finn had been able to report to the musician where Ryuu was. Ryuu paused for a moment, it was quite creepy to see his body right in front of him. "I thought you went to London, it took you..."
"I was told that I was in London," Ryuu sighed going over in an attempt to get one of the birds on him but they all stayed on Jun, wanting that body. "Hey...girls, you're truly leaving me heartbroken and look how cu-"
"Ryuu-nii," Jun coughed. For one thing it was the side of Ryuu where even the slightest chirp could distract him for hours. That way no further conversation was possible. However, the second thing was weirder and more problematic, this animal-lover affection coming from Kei Takishima. "Ryuu-nii," he prompted again, "London..."
The boy bowed his head, "I never actually went, in fact it was just a hotel in a commercial part of Japan. I just think I've been..." Finally one of the birds had hopped onto his hand and his eyes sparkled in happiness. "Aww, you are the sweetest little thing, thank you for coming over to me. I think you're a very special bird."
As the two stood there with the birds, Hikari sat straighter and pointed in front of her. "Look!" she smiled getting Akira's, Kei's and Tadashi's attentions. "It's Takishima and Jun! I should go say hi to Takishima!" With that she jumped up but felt someone grab her wrist. "Ah, Ta—Tada..." finally she managed to get the idea as she remembered their weird situation, "Tadashima!"
As she said that, Kei took his chance and put a hand on the bottom of her chin and stroked a strand of hair behind her ear. "Are you sure that you know who I am miss nu-" BANG! Kei flinched, that book had hit him quite hard in the head and he wasn't sure why he couldn't have dodged it. Avoiding things was mental capability right, not physical? Laughing in a creepy manner, the usually blonde boy glared behind him at the girl. "Akira, do you truly want to do that to me again. Once I find my..."
"Ah, Takishima," Hikari pointed to the swelling on the back of his neck, "That looks painful, hang on, I'll go and get some ice." As she got up she felt Kei continue to hold her hand.
"I'm...fine," he whispered, looking down and gritted his teeth. How big was that book? Looking up he noticed the book that Akira had thrown at him. A leather bound dictionary with metal on the corners. "If this is what you usually throw at him, I feel sorry for the..." as he said that he felt a plate get thrown at his head. Hikari blinked before standing up feeling the need to defend her boyfriend.
"Akira, did Takishima do something wrong? Since he's not in his own body I think that these attacks are going to hurt more. If Takishima did do something to..." Hikari began seeing the doubt in Akira's eyes. Akria moved awkwardly as she stood on her side of the line she had drawn between herself and Tadashi.
"I really don't believe him Hikari! He's a pigi!" she yelled coming to glomp her friend, crying onto her chest. "Tadashi you moron!" she sobbed, yelling at Kei uncontrollably as he closed his eyes, took a deep breath in and walked outside. "See he just abandons me! Well why do I need someone like that stupid Tadashi! He's just an id-"
Tadashi rolled over from where he had been sleeping and looked at her from under his brown fringe. "I'm actually listening to what you're saying bear lady. If it's possible can I cross the line to go join everyone else and figure out what's going on? I'm hungry and bored stupid, mean, brutish Akira!"
"What did you say! I thought that you were evil before Yahiro but..." Akira began before Hikari looked down.
"That's Tadashi though, everyone's not in their own bodies. Hmm, we just have to have a contest to figure out who's who!" Closing her eyes she grinned and lifted a fist with a laugh of her own, "Yes a contest with a winner. I can win but...it wouldn't count, it wouldn't really be against Takishima. Wait a second, we should all go see them" she smiled before noticing the three boys outside and waited.
"Who..." Kei whispered walking to the front of Ryuu who was interested in all the pretty, flying birds. "Who do you think you are to steal my..."
Jun blinked as he stared at the person he believed was Tadashi, "Kei?"
Ryuu snapped out of his state. He stared at Kei's usual demon smile played over Tadashi's face and felt the weirdness that would come from an evil Tadashi. "Kei? So, it happened to you two as well." He looked aside rubbing the back of his neck and waited for a moment where he could speak again. "Also, I'm as lost as you are. I don't know how this happened."
"Well you don't seem so freaked out about it..." Kei hissed, getting mad at this boy, whoever he was. He stood straighter and then leaned into Ryuu before whispering in his ear. "Don't worry, I've already won Hikari back so don't you plan to-"
With those words Ryuu put his hands on Kei's shoulders, with as much pressure as he usually did with his own body, and leaned back. "I don't want Hikari," he watched the pain in the first-place student's face and tried to hold tighter, that increased the pain. "I just want to get out of this body and..."
"Take...my hands off Tadashi's body," Kei hissed, delivering his deepest glare to his opponent. "If you're stuck in my body remember that the lightest touch works just as well. So..." he began, rubbing his back hoping to stop the pain, "who do you think you are?"
"Ryuu..." the boy replied with a nod of his head. "I'm Ryuu and this is Jun. We're just as confused as you are and don't worry." He held up his hands and stepped back, "I'm not intending to take Hikari alright?"
Kei sighed in relief, sliding a hand through these even messier strands, "That's...that's better then. So if that's correct then I'm in Tadashi's body who's in Yahiro's body who's in Jun's body who's in your body and your in my body." He nodded thinking that through. "And whoever is the cause of this better worry about what's coming to them."
"Wait," Jun leaned forward, "Have you seen Megumi? I wonder what Sakura's going to say about this."
"I'm sure she'll still like you Jun," Ryuu smiled in hopes of inspiring his friend. "I'd hate to think that Sakura has any negative thought about me, just go and explain yourself. You should do fine, and I take it that Hikari's been alright hasn't she?" he tried to ask Kei. At least he could try to figure out how the blonde was feeling, he was in Kei's body afterall.
"Hey Tadashima!" Hikari smiled coming out to see them, "I've got it! I've got a way for everyone to prove who they are." Leaning forward she held out colored sticks. "You all have to take one and then by the time Akira and I have arranged the six step process you'll all know your colors and we can begin." Looking at them she noticed that most of the birds had flown away during the argument between Kei and Ryuu. The next thing her eyes caught hold of though was more frightening, Kei's shoulders were bleeding from just how hard Ryuu had been holding him.
"Tadashima! Your shoulder is bleeding!" Blinking she took a closer look at his neck and shoulders, her worry increasing the more time she spent inspecting the wounds. "We should get you to the nurse Tadashima!" With that she started to pull him off. He attempted to break their grip on each other's hands to get a moment to talk to her. However, in this situation she was far stronger than he was and so just smiled at this extra attention. "Tadashima! Are you-"
"Hikari," he whispered grabbing a hold of a doorway in order to stop her. "Hold it a moment," he tried to direct as she did, turning to him and blinking.
"But...your shoulders, it looks like they really hurt. Are you sure that you're not in pain Tadashima?"
"And are you aware that you keep calling me Tadashima?" he asked before bowing his head and tried to give one of his natural smiles. Hikari smiled in return but no more knowledge could be seen in her eyes. "Hikari, do you even know who I am?"
The girl looked up at him, "I know who you are Takishima," she grinned finding the relief come onto his face. "I do trust you Takishima but right now because you look like Tadashi then I find saying Tadashima comes more naturally. I'm sure that if this situation lasts for a long time I'll be able to finally say Takishima and then..." she blushed awkwardly. "I'll be able to say K-K-K—Kei-kun." At that the color came to her cheeks as Kei allowed himself a happy grin. "It doesn't feel that weird when I don't see your face Takishima! That must be it, I'll go and try to say it to Yahiro!"
"Two things Hikari," he whispered walking towards her and she felt the happiness just radiate off of him. "That's not Yahiro it's Ryuu and, thank you." As he said that word Hikari turned red again and started patting him on the back rather hard.
"It's okay," she laughed in an attempt to overcome her embarrassment, "It's alright. No need to..." As she looked at him she felt more pain showing on his face and so stood back. "Wah, I'm sorry Tadashima. I'm really acting like a bad girlfriend aren't I?"
"No, Hikari isn't," he smiled leaning closer to her, "Hikari is wonderful. I trust that it isn't the outside of me that Hikari likes the most." With that he tried to approach her gently for a kiss but she flinched.
"Please don't," she told him, bowing her head. "With such little time, not seeing your face Takishima makes me feel a lot more afraid of getting kissed. Still I really like you," she turned even redder now starting to swagger undergoing the symptoms of "over embarassment". "I think you're amazing! I really..."
As she said that Kei pulled her to him, "It's alright," he whispered into her ear. "Just hugging for now, I promise."
END CHAPTER FOUR
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