The next day was a very busy day. All the teachers were preparing for the Navigation Competition taking place on the camping trip a week from then. They were organising all of Tsukushi's class in groups. So far she wasn't in a group yet. Neither was Shin. And neither was the f4. Which to her was terrible news. Finally after about an hour of waiting she heard her name and went up to the teacher organising it.
"Okay, wait there for a second honey till I get your other group members okay?" The nice old woman said.
"Sure Mrs Sato." She replied.
"Okay in group 6 with Tsukushi is Shin Makino." While she said Shin's name, Tsukushi was screaming a big Yes! in her mind. "Sojirou Nishikado, Akira Mimasaka, Rui Hanazawa and Tsukasa Domyouji." Mrs Kayo said.
"Oh crap, of all dumb luck, my luck has to be the dumbest" Tsukushi muttered, but in her mind she was cursing.
The five boys came up next to her. Some smirking and some excited. Shin smiled at her. Tsukushi grinned back.
As long as my twin is with me, I can handle anything, Tsukushi thought.
While Mrs Sato organised the last remaining groups, all the other groups went in an area in the classroom to discuss the competition. That included Tsukushi's group. They went over to a corner in the classroom, which was far from every other group. Tsukasa and Tsukushi stayed as far as possible from each other while still hearing what the other has to say.
"Well, well, well. Isn't this a pleasant coincidence?" Tsukasa said with a smirk.
Ignore him, Tsukushi thought and she did.
"Okay guys, let's try to forget about what uh happened during the last few days and try to cooperate for the Navigation Competition. If we cooperate, we might have a chance of winning. If we don't, then we'll look like losers, which we will be if we lose. Cooperating means no fighting, arguing and any other stuff. Just try to get along for this okay? If you agree, say yes." Shin said.
"Yes." Sojirou said.
"Yeah, sure." Akira said.
"Yes." Rui said.
Tsukasa and Tsukushi stayed quiet. They didn't know whether to agree or not.
Sojirou who was next to Tsukasa, nudged him and said, "Come on, Tsukusa. Do you wanna win or not?"
At the sound of winning, he immediately agreed. "Yes." He said.
Now everyone looked at Tsukushi, waiting for an answer.
Shin nudged her as well. She looked at him and he stared back. He smiled and she knew what he was trying to tell her with his eyes. She read his eyes and they told her not to give up. She smiled back, looked at the group and said "Sure, why not?" She said.
The group wondered about the exchange between Tsukushi and Shin. And one of them was a bit jealous when he saw that. Guess who. (That's right guys, guess who it was! Tell me in a review okay? I know you can guess. It's pretty easy!)
"Okay pay attention everyone!" Mrs Sato said in a loud voice while clapping her hands. "Listen or else you won't know the details to the competition. Now the competition is next week. Come to the train station thirty minutes earlier than the time you usually go to school. We will give your tickets to them, so don't worry about that. Pack lots of clothes in a backpack. And I mean suitable clothes when I say that. No mini skirts or anything like that. Shorts, t-shirts, jumpers, jeans, hats, sun glasses, running shoes, boots with no heels and other clothes suitable to walking through the forest are fine. Skirts, dresses, shoes with heels and other clothes and shoes like that and when I say that, I mean clothes that are unsuitable to walk through thorns and nettles through. No food is necessary to bring since the school will provide that. Tents and other camping things will be also be provided by the school. We will be there for a week only. This trip you're going to is all expenses paid by the school because it is for your own learning experience and because the principle said he was feeling generous lately. Details of the Navigation Competition will be provided when you get there. Okay now since we have everything settled, let's start class." She said.
The next few days passed and nothing out of the ordinary happened. Before anyone knew it, it was the day before the competition already.
"So what are you packing?" Shin asked, popping in Tsukushi's bedroom.
"Jeez Shin! Ever heard of knocking?" She said as she put her hand to steady her heart again. He had given her a fright since he appeared out of nowhere.
"Um sorry no." Shin said as lied down on her king sized four-poster bed.
Tsukushi shot him an annoyed look.
He laughed. "What are you so mad about? And anyway what are you packing?" He asked.
"Clothes, books, stuff like that." She said.
"Books? Are we even allowed bring them?" He asked.
"Why not? I'm bound to get bored sometime." She said.
The next day~
Everyone filed into the first class train. They sat there, group by group. Each group sat in comfortable seats with a table in front of them. The other half of the group sat on the other side of the table. At the back of their seats were the backs to the seats of the next Tsukushi's group sat down, the boys all started talking. Only Tsukushi and Rui kept silent. They were sitting next to each other. On the other side of Tsukushi was Tsukasa who was completely ignoring her.
Tsukushi was getting uncomfortable so she decided to make conversation with her childhood friend who didn't even know who she really was.
"Are they always this noisy?" She asked though she knew this was a very lame way to start a conversation.
He smiled. "Yeah. But Shin is kind of a quiet one. It seems he's changed a lot through the years. I wonder if Tsukushi has too." He said wistfully.
Tsukushi's heart constricted. He was talking about her but he didn't know she was right next to him. She forced herself to ask for show, "Who is she?"
"Oh, she was a friend of mine when I was small. She's also Shin's twin" He replied.
"Where is she now?" She asked again for show.
"She's in Europe. I'm surprised. I never would have thought I would see the day when the twins actually separated." He said.
"What was she like?" This time Tsukushi asked that not just because she had to play dumb but also because she wanted to know Rui's view of her.
He smiled a very gentle smile. "Oh she was a lovely girl. She was always brave and stood up for what was right. She had a sense of humour and it was an adventure just to play with her. She was caring and gentle. Tsukushi was a great friend." He said.
Tsukushi smiled. She was happy to know what he thought of her. "Tell me a story about you and her playing." She said.
"Well there was this one time when . . .
Flashback~ 8 years ago
"Tsukushi-chan, where's Shin-kun?" A young eight-year-old boy asked.
"Oh, he's out sick today. He caught a cold because we were playing in the rain." A young Tsukushi said.
"Oh then why don't we play doctor for him?" Rui suggested.
"Oh that's a great idea! Shin will love it! Let's go!" She said as she grabbed his hand and went upstairs to her brother's room.
The maids allowed them to play doctor since their master Shin wanted it.
"Okay now let's check poor little Shinny-whinny's heart." Tsukushi said as she put a toy stethoscope to Shin's heart
"Tsukushi, please don't call me Shinny-whinny." Shin said in an annoyed voice as he lay in the bed.
Tsukushi ignored his protests along with Rui as they played doctor.
Then Tsukushi and Rui went downstairs and wanted to make him hot chocolate but since it involved hot water, a nice children-loving old maid told them she would do it for them and the maid also carried it up for her young master on a tray with cookies and two more mugs of the delicious hot chocolate she prepared for Rui and Tsukushi. Tsukushi and Rui trailed behind her asking questions eight year olds would ask.
When they got there, the children put a movie called The Lion King on the DVD player and climbed on the bed and into the covers next to Shin. Tsukushi was in the middle of them. They snuggled up next to each other as they watched the film with the lights turned off and ate cookies and of course drank their hot chocolate. When it was over the maid came upstairs (since she watched the amount of time the movie had and timed it perfectly so she could go upstairs when it was over) and took the DVD out of the DVD player and turned it off along with the TV.
"Can Rui-kun stay over for a sleepover Naiku-san. Please, please please?" Tsukushi asked.
"Yes I think he can since his mother is staying for the night too. Well then go to sleep now." She said as she took the tray of an empty plate and 3 empty cups. "Do you want to stay in the same bed for the night or should we prepare one-" She was interrupted by Tukushi who said, "No it's okay. One bed is great for the three of us. Goodnight Naiku-san."
"Goodnight children and do you want me to tuck you in? Your mother apologised for not being able to, because she has business to discuss with Hanazawa-san." Naiku said.
"Oh well please tell Mommy that it's okay and can you please tell Mommy and Hanazawa-san that we wish them goodnight?" Tsukushi said.
"Of course Tsukushi-sama. Goodnight again." She said with a smile and then went out and shut the door.
The three children lay down, warm and content under the covers.
Tsukushi turned to her brother who she could barley see since the lights were out. "Goodnight Shin. I hope you feel better." She whispered and then she kissed his right cheek.
"Goodnight and thank you for playing doctor for me. Tell Rui-kun thanks too." He said as he kissed her as well.
Then she turned to Rui and told him that Shin said thanks.
"Goodnight Rui-kun. Thanks for helping me today." She said and she also kissed his left cheek.
"Your welcome. Goodnight Tsukushi-chan." He said and instead of kissing her cheek, he hugged her and kissed her forehead. They slept contently in that position. With Tsukushi in Rui's arms.
End of Flashback~
Tsukushi smiled at the memory. "She sounds like an amazing girl." She said, back to playing dumb and knowing nothing about that mode.
"Yeah she was. She was also beautiful." Rui replied.
"Inside or out?" Tsukushi asked curiously.
"She was beautiful inside and out." He said truthfully.
She smiled at his compliment at the girl who he thought was in Europe but who was actually right next to him.
Okay guys how was it? Tell in a review please! This chapter was for Rui and Tsukushi's childhood. I'm really sorry if people didn't want more flashbacks since I've been doing a lot of them lately but I really wanted to do one about Tsukushi and Rui's childhood! I thought it was kinda cute! What about you guys? Thank you for reading! Review please! And tell me who you think was jealous since its quite obvious! And I'll try to update soon!