YAY! NEW CHAPPIE! This one's interesting, but no cliffy. :'(

Chapter Sixteen

[Kaoru POV]

We were all sitting in the living room, watching the television. Butch and I were the only two not paying it any mind. I was thinking on what this meant.

Abruptly, I took the remote from Brick and shut off the TV.

"Hey!" Brick complained. "What was that for?"

"We all need to talk," I said monotonously.

"What's wrong, Kaoru?" Momoko asked.

"Did something happen while you were fighting the monster?" Miyako asked.

"Yes. Something did happen," Butch said for me. "We have extra powers, but we don't know what triggered them. You all need to be on the alert, just in case you all discover extra powers as well."

"What extra powers?" Boomer asked, finally interested.

"As far as I know, I have laser vision and can heal others, to an extent," I said.

"And Butch?" Brick asked.

"I have super speed and, most likely, super strength," he replied.

"Super strength?" I asked, turning to him.

"I beat that monster with a few punches, remember? Normal punches wouldn't have been so effective," he said.

"Well, whatever," I replied. "I gotta get home soon."

"I'll take you," Butch said, taking my hand and pulling me up. "See you guys later."

We left the house and started walking towards mine. It started to drizzle a bit, but we didn't quicken or slow our pace. It was refreshing and inviting. I wish I could tell my parents I was sleeping over at Miyako's or Momoko's house then sleep over at Butch's house.

It might seem suspicious, but I just didn't want to go home to boredom. At least I could hug Butch or snuggle, or even listen to his brothers bicker. His brothers had become like brothers to me, now. I hoped that everything would work out.

We were almost to my house, sadly. I sighed, and Butch noticed. He looked down at me. "What is it, Kaoru?"

"It's nothing. I just don't wanna go home. Too boring, too lonely, too annoying."

He smirked. "I know you'll miss me terribly," he joked.

I rolled my eyes. "Sure, I will," I teased. I would miss him, though.

"Do you want to sleep over at my house tonight, then?" he asked.

"What would I tell my parents?"

His smirk, if possible, grew bigger. "Say you're sleeping over at Momoko's house." Then he paused for a moment. "Or… Say that you, Momoko, and Miyako were going to sleep over at a friend's house for a party or something, then you all come over and hang out. Though the movie will be hard to choose…"

I scoffed. "You think it's that easy?" I asked. "Don't get me wrong-I love my parents. But you're lucky you have independence and no parents to ruin stuff!"

He shrugged. "Sometimes it's better that you have parents. They do things for you, and they take care of you, even if they ruin things sometimes."

I glared at him. "When did you start sounding so smart?" I asked. "I'm suspicious now."

Butch smirked and kissed me gently before responding. "I've always been smart. You just never cared. You always loved my amazing good looks more," he teased.

"Oh, really…" I muttered, grabbing the front of his shirt and pulling him down to kiss me again. "Idiot."

"Hey! I'm no idiot!" Butch complained.

"Unfortunately, yes, you are," I muttered coldly. "But you're my idiot."

He smiled again. "Are you sure you can't sleep over?"

I sighed. "I'd have to ask and call too many people…"

"Then go! Call!"

I scoffed. "Fine…" I pulled out my cell phone and called Miyako. "Miyako? I was wondering… Would you like to come with me to a sleepover?"

"Oh my gosh! Is that what I think it is? At the RowdyRuffs' house?!" she screamed.

I sighed. "Yes. It's movie night. Ask Momoko if she wants to come. If she says yes, you two meet me at my house and we'll walk to theirs. We tell our families that it's a sleepover for one of our friends who's having a party."

"Great! I'm so going!" she exclaimed. I winced from the loud voice ringing in my ears.

"Okay, tell Momoko and meet me at my house."

We hung up and Butch looked at me curiously. "So?"

I sighed, annoyed. "We're going! Tell Boomer and Brick, and go home. We'll meet you there."

He stared at me for a moment.

"What?" I asked.

"You memorized how to get to my house?" he asked.

I blushed furiously and walked forward, coming closer to my house than I had in the past few minutes. Butch followed me.

"So you did!" he exclaimed. "Come on, Kaoru, come back here."

I stopped and turned around to face him. The drizzling rain got a bit harder, but still manageable. However, I was nearly soaked now. "What?" I demanded, still red.

He smirked. "You really do like me, and for a while now, too. You memorized my house, huh? I would say you're obsessed with me," he teased.

I rolled my eyes. "As if you aren't obsessed with me?"

He put on a thoughtful expression. He looked me up and down. I wanted to slap him. "I guess you're right there, especially since your clothes are wet and sticking to your body…"

I turned red once more, and clenched my fists. I closed my eyes in frustration. "Butch…" I growled, seething.

"I know, I know; I'm a pervert. I've come to accept that," I heard him say. My eyes were still closed in anger, though.

I felt his lips press against mine again, but my fists were still clenched. My nails dug into my skin, probably making them bleed, but I didn't care. I didn't press them into my skin because I was angry.

I opened my eyes when he pulled away. I rolled my eyes. "Whatever. I'll see you later," I said, turning around to go home.

"No, wait!" he said.

"What now?"

He took my hand and turned me around to face him. "Don't forget my goodbye hug," he teased. He held his arms out, teasing me further. I sighed and entered his embrace. He held me closely and chuckled into my hair. "Love you, Ka-o-ru-chan."

I laughed lightly. "I know," I said smugly. He shot me a pointed look. "Alright, alright; I love you, too." I can't believe I actually said those three little words!

Butch beamed, kissing my cheek softly. "Get home, get dry, and I'll see you tonight," he said. I nodded, and left to go home.

[Butch POV]

I walked home slowly, knowing that Kaoru would be coming to sleep over at my house tonight. Excitement coursed through my veins. Of course I wouldn't try anything, but she'd be close by and I'd get to hold her tightly for a night. That alone was enough to send shivers down my back.

Especially after seeing her at the beach. Any thoughts of her now, whether at the beach or in normal clothing, sent pleasant shivers through my body. My pulse raced whenever I saw her.

Sadly, I was in love.

I'm the toughest RowdyRuff, so I can seem weak. Ever. And being in love means giving your heart to someone who can utterly and completely destroy you, but trusting them not to. It doesn't help when you're in love with your ex-enemy. Loving is a feeling that makes you weaker, that can leave you vulnerable, and if something happened to one or the other, both would fall to pieces inside.

But I was willing to go through that if it meant having Kaoru. That shows just how much of a sap I am, but it doesn't matter. I used to think that love made you weaker, but that's only half the time. It also makes you stronger. When Kaoru was about to be hurt by Ace that horrid night not so long ago, I was angrier than I've ever been. I felt stronger than I've ever felt, and if I did hit one of them, they would've died on the spot.

I took out my cell phone and dialed Kaoru's number. I was walking home slowly, so if she was walking at normal pace, we'd eventually meet up. "Hello?" she answered.

"Hey, Kaoru," I said.

"Oh, hey. What is it? Momoko, Miyako, and I are walking there right now."

"Oh, really? Where are you? Maybe I can accompany you."

"By Momoko's favorite candy shop. It's Brick's favorite, too, so you should know where it is. We had a tough time trying to get Momoko not to go in. We're waiting for her now."

I chuckled. The same would probably happen to Brick. "Well, wait for me there, okay?"

"Okay," she responded. "Oh, wait! I forgot to tell you. Our parents believed us, so we can stay over for two days, as long as we all get to school."

I was bursting with excitement. "That's great!" I turned and started to run towards the candy shop. "I'll see you in a few minutes, okay?"

"See you," she said.

No cliffy... :'(

Okay! This is your substitute cliffy!

In the next chapter, something terrible will happen.

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