Disclaimer: I do not own Corpse Party. If I did... heh heh heh...

Pairings: Yuka Mochida x Yuuya Kizami, slight Ayumi Shinozaki x Yoshiki Kishinuma


Chapter 1: Return

When Yuka found herself back in her brother's classroom, the first emotion was shock. She was back and alive.

Then almost immediately, that was replaced by grief and a sudden flood of horrifying memories. She could still remember it clearly.

Her brother's battered body lying on the floor. The smile he gave, knowing his sister was safe, even though he must have been in so much pain. The warmth slowly seeping out of his hand as she gripped it tightly.

The blood, oh the blood. There was so much of it.

After going through so much and more, somehow, they managed to escape. They got out of the school before the seventh toll, exhausted and battered, but still alive.

But all that mattered to her was that Satoshi didn't make it. Her beloved brother. Her most precious person. He was dead. He had died in that school. How could she go on? To Yuka, Satoshi had been the center of her world. And now that he was gone, her world was starting to crumble down.

She could only cling onto the nearest person as she cried her tears dry. Yuuya wrapped his arms around her in an attempt to console her. In the background, she could hear Ayumi crying her heart out. Perhaps seeing the younger girl crying released the flood of tears she herself had been trying to hold back. Yuka could care less, though. She was too wrapped up in her own misery to bother about other people at the moment.

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Yuka walked her way home, while Yuuya stayed protectively beside her. When she reached her gate, she bowed, said a polite 'thank you' and went inside. Immediately, her parents were all over her.

"Yuka! You're finally back! Why were you so late?" Her mother said worriedly, hugging her daughter. "I'm sorry, I had a late-night project." Yuka lied. She just wanted to head straight up to her room. "I'm tired, mom. Could we talk about this tomorrow morning?" Her mother looked at her hesitantly, but eventually gave in. "Okay, Yuka. Have a good rest." "I will, mom."

As she was walking up the stairs to her bedroom, her father asked the dreaded question. "Yuka, do you know where Satoshi is? He's not back either." Yuka froze briefly. "He said he had a sleepover with his friend." She quickened her pace. Her tears were threatening to flow again. She quickly ran through Satoshi's room, burst into her room and leaped onto her bed. She quickly buried her face into her pillow, muffling her pained cries.

"Big brother... Big brother... Satoshi..." She repeated over and over. Why did things have to be this way? Why did someone like her big brother have to die? He was too kind to deserve such a fate. "Big brother..."

When she finally succumbed to exhaustion and fell asleep, it was to a world of nightmares.

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Even after escaping Heavenly Host, the four survivors were still tormented by the memories of that place. The scars left were deep.

Ayumi would suddenly burst into tears for no reason at all. Yoshiki became overly protective over Ayumi, almost to the point of paranoia. Yuuya occassionally found his sanity slipping back into the bloodstained hell that was Heavenly Host.

As for Yuka, she was overwhelmed with grief to the brink of collapse. Every night, she was constantly plague by the horrors of the haunted school. However, the worst of it was when she dreamt of her brother. The happy memories only made it worst. In her dreams, they would be enjoying each other's company, and then right infront of her eyes, he would fall to the ground, blood leaking from his head. No matter what she did, she was never able to save him. Yuka could only watch helplessly as his life seeped out of him.

Then she would wake up in tears and cry til morning come. Her parents had woke up to find her crying inconsolably on her bed. Attempts to ask her what happened only seemed to make her more distressed. Worried, they let her stay home for the day.

This went on for a week or so. At the end of the week, her mother came into her room and apologetically told her she couldn't stay away from school anymore. Having no proper reason to tell her parents, Yuka forced herself to go to school.

She went through school in a daze, barely paying attention to the lessons.

One afternoon, as she walked out of school, she saw a familiar figure standing outside the school gate. Yuka quickened her pace and ran up to him. "K-Kizami-san?" She stared up at Yuuya Kizami, surprised. Why would he be here?

He smiled down kindly at her. "Good afternoon, Yuka. How have you been?"

She opened her mouth and hesitated. Should she lie, and say she had been fine? Or should she tell the truth, and say that she had been devastated by the absense of her brother, and had been struggling to get through each day?

"I've been fine." She didn't want to talk about her brother. "...I see." She knew he didn't buy it. She could hear the doubt in his voice. Anyone could see that she hadn't been okay. Yuuya looked thoughtful for a moment. "Yuka, why don't I treat you to something special?"

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Yuuya Kizami wasn't a kind man. But it wasn't out of kindness that he was being so nice to Yuka. It was pity. Without her brother, Yuka seemed on the verge of crumbling, unable to stand on her own. After acting as a big brother figure in Heavenly Host, even after they had escaped, he still felt obliged to continue that role.

It was with this thought that he had decided to wait outside her school gates. "K-Kizami-san?" Turning around, he saw the girl running towards him. He could hear the curiousity in her voice. Afterall, she didn't expect to see him waiting outside the school for her.

"Good afternoon, Yuka. How have you been?" He asked, out of politeness than anything else. "I've been fine," she had replied, and he immediately knew she was lying. Anyone who wasn't blind could see she had been terribly affected by the absence of her brother. She was unlike her usual cheery self. She hardly smiled, and even when she did, it didn't reach her eyes. Even when she was in Heavenly Host, she still had a determined glint in her eye. Now, there was nothing.

In all honesty, he never thought that her brother's death would affect her that much. What he saw infront of him proved otherwise. He decided to bring her to the newly-opened macaroon cafe in town. Perhaps that would cheer her up. Afterall, wasn't that what big brothers were supposed to do?

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"What... are these?" Yuka stared hesitantly at the hamburger-like treats that had just arrived. Yuuya pushed the plate towards her. "Macaroons. You should try them." She poked the colourful hamburgers with a finger, before taking a little nibble. She then took a bigger bite, and then popped the rest of the pastry into her mouth.

As she chewed, Yuka's eyes widened. "It's delicious!" In no time flat, she quickly finished the whole plate. As she licked up the remaining crumbs on her fingers, she realised she felt...happy. Other than her big brother, noone had been this kind to her.

Yuka looked at the man sitting across the table. "Thank you, Kizami-san." And for the first time in a long while, Yuka truly smiled.

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A/N: I've realised it's a bad idea to watch videos and try to write at the same time. I'm much more satisfied with this.

Edited: 19/5/14