A/N: I give you chapter nine. Sorry for the wait! XD

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"Love fails, only when we fail to love." - J. Franklin

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She looked outside the hospital windows.

It was snowing.

The cold made her injuries sting more. She wondered if his cuts hurt more too.

"Signora…" Romario said, his voice wary. "Signora Elena."

Her greenish brown orbs drifted to her husband's right hand man.

"I can't guarantee your safety here. Please, leave immediately. I don't know what our men will do when they see you here…"

"Give me… a minute." She said with voice hoarse. She tried to clear her throat but she only coughed. Dino's right hand nodded and left the room.

Elena's gaze fell back to the sleeping Cavallone Boss.

He was safe.

He didn't die.

Kill him.

She let out a suppressed breath.

Kill. Kill him.

She closes her eyes and bites her lower lip as it trembled.

"I-I'm sorry Papa…"

Elena opens her lids and sees blood drops on her skirt. A metallic taste engulfs her mouth. Realizing she bit too far, she wiped off the blood coming out of her lip.

And then she sees the golden ring on her finger.

Her wedding ring.

The ring he put in her finger after he had sworn to love her eternally; to love her unconditionally. Till death do us part, she remembered him saying, with that big goofy grin plastered on his beautiful face.

But it was a big mistake. All of this is a big mistake.

So she pulls that golden ring out of her finger and she places it in his hand.

She stands up from her seat and mutters not a word to the resting blond.

And then she left.

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"I…I…"

"What is it?"

"The truth is I…Elena, I…"

Her greenish brown eyes pierce thru his being like lightning. He freezes.

"Senior?..."

"I like you."

"…wha –" she blushes wildly and he's on the verge of fainting. "Wha-What a-are you saying? You're joking, right?"

"No… I-I really do. I r-really like you. A lot. I know you're still too young, but I'll wait. I'll wait for you…so –"

"No!"

He darts his eyes to meet hers.

"I don't like you."

He hitches his breath completely.

"Because you know what, Dino Cavallone? I was born to do only one thing…"

His hazel brown eyes widen as she grins widely and he realizes what's in front of him isn't human.

"And that is to kill you."

He opens his eyes. He breathes again.

He realizes it was just a dream but somehow those words stung so much he almost winced.

He tried to move but only his hand responded.

The he saw something fall when his hand jerked.

When that thing sparkled under the weak moonlight, Dino knew what that meant.

He lost.

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"Elena."

She turns her head to see who called her. "Angelo." She called her right hand's name gently and the latter bowed to her in respect before entering the room.

"Are you alright?" he asks as he walks to her.

"I'm sorry."

The man with deep brown hair blinked as he heard the word.

"I'm sorry. I couldn't do it. I'm sorry."

"Elena…"

"I couldn't do it… I couldn't kill him… I'm sorry…" a sob escaped her lips and she shuddered as she tried to hold her tears back.

Angelo pulled her closer, holding her tight. "It's alright. It's okay… you don't have to bother yourself with those things anymore."

The girl in his arms whimpered and clung to his being as her shoulders shook with every sob. Maybe it's better this way.

Maybe it's better to just forget everything.

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Days would turn in to weeks and he would get better and better until it was time to go home. His wounds have completely healed and he's ready to return to his daily life. He thanks his 'lil sworn brother for visiting him a couple of times even though the latter lived on the other side of the world. He thanks Reborn but the hitman kicks him on the face, and then said something about how stupid he looked.

He sighs as rests on his bed, taking in the air in his room.

Something's missing.

The smell of danger and of killing intent; the smell of strawberries and roses that he liked so much was gone.

She was gone.

He smiles bitterly and shakes his head.

Reborn was right after all.

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"You're disturbing the peace. I'll bite you to death."

"Oh come on, Kyoya! I was hospitalized for two weeks and that's what I get from my student? Not even a 'I'm glad you're better sensei' or something like that?"

"Hmph."

Dino sweatdropped and sighed. "Stingy." He sat on the concrete floor and frowned.

Hibari ignored him and lay down again, continuing his interrupted sleep.

"She left me."

The prefect's eyes opened almost immediately.

"Elena's gone."

Hibari rose and looked at his former tutor blankly. And then he hit him.

"Wh-What the hell?" Dino shielded himself with his arm from that steel tonfa.

"You lost."

The word hurt Dino more than Kyoya's tonfa. "I…"

"And you gave up so easily. How pathetic." The chairman of the prefects stood up, glaring down at the blond Cavallone. "And I'm supposed to believe that you're the baby's student."

"Sometimes it's better that way; to give up. There are times when that is the right thing to do."

"You told me you wanted her."

"I did. But she doesn't love me, Kyoya. What do you want me to do, force her to stay with me?"

"Did she tell you that?"

"What?"

"Did she tell you that she doesn't want you?" the prefect asked impatiently.

"She told me she hated me."

"That's a different thing."

"It's the same!" the Cavallone boss sighed and relaxed as his former student took his tonfa back.

"Its not." the raven haired guardian insisted. "She reciprocated your love by hating you. That doesn't mean she doesn't want you."

"What kind of reasoning is that?"

"Ask her." The raven haired guardian turned to leave, with Hibird flying along him.

Hibari Kyoya slammed the door behind him, leaving Dino alone and dumbfounded in the rooftop.

~fin~

A/N: Happy New Year fellas! XD till next time. ^^