New version! So, this is the new-better-version of "Unknown Talent"! The title is different, the summary is different, and everything's new and improved! Only the OC's stayed the same. Please enjoy and R&R! Thank you!
Disclaimer: I do not own Prince of Tennis. I only own Uchida Kuroi and Chibi-Onee-Chan owns Kikumaru Sora!
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The sound of tennis balls hitting strings its way to my ears. I loved that sound. It was the best sound out there for me, a tennis player. I loved to hear that sound, but I loved it more when I played. It made everything better. I loved the sport. My favorite sport next to gymnastics.
The feeling of the ball when it hit your strings was the best. And the satisfaction of winning made it all worth the training. It was the best sport in my eyes. And it was my favorite sport. And it helped me forget everything in my life. Just like right now.
Blinking back tears, I pulled my silver and black hair out of my face and into a ponytail as I went to talk to the pair who had just lost.
"Hey," I called out to then. They turned around, looking at me with those familiar green eyes. My street tennis friends, Ryuu and Haru. "You were great Ryuu. Same with you Haru."
Haru nodded his head, honey hair going askew. He was a guy of few words but could express how he felt with a look or through tennis. But Ryuu smiled, wrapping an arm around my shoulder and giving me a half-hug. "Thank you for the compliment Kuroi~!" He exclaimed loudly. He was the loud, energetic one. And, surprisingly, they made a good doubles team. Even if they were complete opposites.
We walked off the court, ours arms linked together in a friendly fashion. "So," Ryuu began, "Where's Sora? She's usually here by now isn't she?"
I shuffled around, a little uncomfortable as I took a seat on the ground next to Haru. I was really nervous about talking to Sora. "I'm not sure. She should be here…Haru!"
Haru glanced at her, silently asked what with his brown eyes.
"Give me that!" I exclaimed, pointing towards the water bottle he had. He handed it over silently and I smiled, taking a sip before handing it back. "Thank you~!" I exclaimed happily, earning myself a chuckle from behind me.
"You are such a bully Kuroi," The person stated, laughter hidden within their words as they sat beside Ryuu.
I glanced at the person, taking in the sight of my best friend from Seigaku. Kikumaru Sora.
My eyes stung with tears. I blinked them away. I was not going to cry. Not here. Not now. "Hey Sora," I said softly.
"Hey," She called back, messing around with her brown hair. She didn't seem to notice that something was up. But that would only last a while. I knew that. And that's what hurt. But it would just hurt worse if I never told her and kept silent. I just have to choose the right time.
"I have to go," Haru's deep voice cut through my thoughts and I turned to him. He was standing, tennis bag slung over his shoulder and his cell phone in hand.
"Okay. Bye Haru." Ryuu and Sora said the same relative thing, turning back to their conversation after he left.
After a few minutes, I looked over at Ryuu and Sora, noticing their stares were focused on the pair standing on the court, waiting for a doubles team to come forth and challenge them.
I smirked, "Hey Sora. You think we can beat them?" I glanced at her, noticing the competitive look in her eyes.
"Hell yeah. Let's go kick their asses." She jumped up, her blue eyes sparkling. She grabbed her tennis bag, taking out black racket. I did the same, taking out my dark blue racket from my black tennis bag. That was my favorite of the three rackets I owned.
"Come on," I exclaimed, grabbing her hand and running towards the court where they stood. "Oi! We'll take you on!" I called over to them, letting my racket rest on my right shoulder in a cool manner.
The two glanced over. They were tall and ugly looking with greasy looking hair and beady little eyes. "Oh yeah?" One called, grinning at us. "You think you two pretty little girls can beat us?"
Sora snorted. "Duh. You guys aren't that good."
The other one growled. "What was that?"
I smirked at them. "She said you guys weren't that good. In fact, I'm pretty sure my little brother could beat you guys in tennis."
They both growled and I smirked at them. "But, if you both are afraid of losing to two girls, we'll understand."
The first boy glared, barking out, "Serve."
I smirked and said, "Gladly."
"Kikumaru-Uchida pair, 6 games to love!" Ryuu called from the top of the umpire's chair.
"Yes!" I exclaimed, jumping around. I knew we could beat them from the start. They weren't that good. And, in fact, that match had brought my spirits up. But, when I thought about what I had to tell Sora, my spirits calmed down and I sulked a little.
I glanced over at my friend, noticing the wide smile on her face as everyone cheered. I had to tell her. And I had to tell her now before my parents sent my older brother to come get me.
"Sora," I called to her, gaining her attention. "I need to tell you something." Her happy face fell once she looked at me and became serious. I saw her nod, telling me she was listening. "Follow me," I led her to an empty area, tuning to look at her. I didn't speak for a while. I didn't know what to say. Or, really, how to say it.
"Uh…Sora. I have some…uh…pretty bad news to tell you." I didn't look up at her. I just stared at my feet.
"What news?" Sora asked, her voice neutral.
I didn't speak for a moment, gathering up my thoughts on how to tell her. "I…I'm not going to Seigaku anymore." I told her, a little rushed. The tears came to my eyes again and I let them fall this time.
Sora was silent for a bit. "Is it because of the fangirls? Are they bothering you again because you're friends with Fuji-senpai and my brother?"
I shook my head. "No. It's…it's my parents. They…they don't want to pay for private school anymore. And…I can't get a scholarship so…so they're sending me to public school."
Once again silence fell. "Where?"
"Still in Tokyo. The schools called Fudomine."
I heard Sora sigh. "Well that's good. At least you'll still be in Tokyo."
I looked up, noticing a sad smile on her face. "I guess. But…I wanted to stay in Seigaku. I wanted to hang out with Syusuke and Eiji and you during lunch. But…I guess…that won't be…happening."
"So what? You just won't be in Seigaku. But you'll still be in Tokyo right?" I nodded my head slowly. "And we can always go to each other's houses. And we can play tennis here like usual with Haru and Ryuu. I could even drag Eiji and Fuji-senpai with me. It's not all bad. I do want you to stay in Seigaku, but you can't. So, don't be sad! We'll still see each other! But I will miss you in class." Sora hugged me and I hugged her back, silently crying. She was right. I would still see her, Eiji, and Syusuke. They would never leave me. No matter if I went to a different school.
Please review! This is a better version! And tell me who I should pair Kuroi with later on in the story!