Rain in the Heart of a Rogue
by: Kagayaki Ame
Chapter One: Her Troubled Heart and Mind
The immaculate beauty sat at the end of the low
onyx table, a solemn look on her face. Her hair was twisted into an ornate
and elaborate style held together by an array of pins and chopsticks. Her
makeup was dramatic and expressive. She was wrapped possessively in the finest
silks her master could buy.
She didn't seem to notice when the man entered
the large room. He smiled at her, a look of self gratification spreading
across his handsome visage. He stalked toward her as he did with her and
knelt behind her. She didn't even blink. He drew in her scent, pleased at
her delicate fragrance of lilac and sakura. He carefully and deliberately
took her hair down until it hung loosely and fell into a pool of ebony on
the floor. He swept it to the side and dipped forward to graze her downy
neck with his lips.
"Mine..." he mused. Then he sank his teeth into
her neck, hungrily drinking her blood...
Ame woke with a start. She was panting and covered in
a cold sweat. She looked around frantically praying she wasn't back there
She sighed and began to calm when she found she was still
safe in her new room at the Kamiya dojo. She looked outside. It was almost
midnight. She shivered at the sight of the full moon. The dream had frightened
her. It felt so real... She began to shake. Her greatest fear was to be
ensnared in the clutches of Kurokami again and lately, that's all she could
think about. This wasn't her first dream and somehow, she knew it wouldn't
be her last.
In the month that she'd been at the Kamiya dojo she'd
become part of the family there. She and Kaoru grew closer as friends every
day and she had a good relationship with everyone else. Her school was prospering
and the little girls that she instructed often had brothers that Kaoru could
take under her tutelage. Everything was going very well.
And now, for about a week, she'd been having terrible
dreams about the return of Kurokami. Even though she did well not to show
it to anyone beside Kaoru, who was the only one who could truly understand,
she was still frightened of him. He'd done quite a bit of damage to her
soul and her healing period was far from over. Her new friends made it easier
to forget but they couldn't be with her when she slept. And that's when he
seemed to torment her most- in her dreams.
She rose, unable or perhaps too afraid to sleep and went
outside on her patio. The night air felt good on her damp skin. She closed
her eyes and let the breeze run its calm fingers though her long tresses.
Sanosuke couldn't sleep and he didn't know why. He wasn't
usually the kind to suffer from insomnia but this night he just couldn't
sleep any longer and he was pretty pissed about it. He got out of his futon
and changed from his yukata to his white pants and gi. Maybe a walk would
He strolled through the silent streets of Tokyo realizing it
was nearly midnight. He almost made his way to a bar he knew his buddies
would be at if they were awake but changed his mind. For some reason he
just wasn't in the mood for revelry and drinking tonight. Besides, he thought,
I have no money to lose by gambling tonight.
As he continued his walk he let his mind wander. 'Humph,'
he mumbled. "Probably not something a lot of people think I can do. Who
cares. I know I'm not an idiot..." He was still angry at the snide remark
the fox had made that day. Something about him not having to worry about
ever having too much on his mind. On top of that she'd proceeded to try
to snuggle up to Kenshin afterward. It was great to see him pry her off,
and tell her that she was being impolite to Kaoru. Sano smirked. The fox
went positively red at the remark surely noting that Kenshin hadn't called
Jou-chan 'Kaoru-dono'. She deserved it. She could be such a bitch sometimes.
He used to think that's what made him like her...
That was, until Kowaku Ame showed up. He smiled a little.
That girl was something else. She was so very beautiful, funny, smart- just
as smart as Megumi if not smarter, nice (unlike the Kitsune. Humph.), and
on top of it all, she could cook anything and it would taste so damn good.
That first morning he'd seen her in the kitchen instead of Kenshin, something
came over him. He thought it was hunger. But it happened every time he saw
her. Damn. Megumi may have been a Kitsune but Ame, she was a Kodora. His
kind of woman. There was something about her that made him want to... take
care of her... He didn't know. Thinking about his feelings was something
he did rarely. Ame intrigued him, he knew that. And she made the best beef
He looked up surprised to see that he was directly in
front of the Kamiya dojo. What in the world had brought him here? It's not
even like anyone was up, so they certainly weren't cooking. He narrowed
his eyes. Instincts told him that accidents didn't happen. There was a good
reason that he was here. Even if it's just to check around the place and
make sure everything is okay.
He slid the wooden door open to the main yard. It was
silent. He stepped in and slid the doors closed again. He'd just take a
little look around.
Ame heard the doors open and close again and her heart
stopped. Who would have been here at this hour? She felt the hairs at her
neck stand up. Surely it was Kurokami, returned to claim her as his again
and whisk her to his evil mansion... She tried to calm down, convincing
herself that she was telling her desshi-chans too many fables at story time.
She debated on whether she should face the intruder alone or wake Kenshin.
He was probably sleeping peacefully with his fiancé now so she didn't
want to disturb him. Who knows what she would have walked in on anyway...
She picked up a dagger and snuck outside with it behind
her back. She crept around the corner of the house planning a surprise attack...
Sanosuke heard a cry when he collided with a small figure.
Ame looked up into the eyes of Kenshin's best friend
and exhaled dramatically. "Dear Gods, Sanosuke. You scared the shit out of
me. What are you doing lurking about here?"
Sanosuke smiled a little. "Sorry I scared you, Ame-neko.
I suppose I could ask you the same thing?"
Ame flushed a little. "I couldn't sleep. I had a bad
dream. Then I heard the doors..."
Sanosuke looked on the ground at the dagger and picked it
up. He looked at her quizzically and handed it to her. "Was it that bad?"
Ame flushed deeper. The dream, her embarrassment at her exaggeration,
the fact that she was in her nightclothes in the chilly night air, and her
close proximity to Sanosuke culminated in her crimson countenance. "It was
terrible," she whispered taking the dagger back. As much as she tried to
focus on the dream she'd just had she kept recalling one pleasant dream she'd
had recently. In it she was pressed hotly against Sanosuke wearing much less
than she was at present, as was he, and they were...
"Are you okay?" Sano asked watching her shade of pink
go red and then crimson and then even deeper.
She sighed and looked back at him, forcing her color
to return to normal. "I'm fine. You still haven't answered my question."
Sano ran his hand through his wild hair and shrugged, a charming
smile on his lips. "I couldn't sleep much either. So I went for a walk and
ended up here. I didn't know you were planning to attack me," he teased.
Ame smiled prettily. "Perhaps you should refrain from
sneaking around here at night. Are you hungry, Sano? That seems to be the
only time you come around..." she teased back.
Sano pushed his hands into his pockets and pouted, mocking
offense. "Geez, Ame, I'm not that bad."
She giggled and snaked an arm through his. "Well since
neither of us can sleep, have a drink with me. I need one," she added, the
memories of her dream still vivid in her mind.
Sano followed her to the kitchen and allowed himself to steal
a few glances at her petite form. Damn, she was fine. Perfect little body,
not too skinny. He dug short girls too. They were so cute.
"Is sake okay for you?" she asked.
Sano sat at the table and smiled his charming smile.
"Do you even have to ask?"
Ame smiled and began warming the jug the sake was in.
When it was ready she brought it to the table and set it down along with two
little saucers for them to drink from. Sano watched her pour the sake expertly.
"If you don't mind me saying, it seems you learned quite
a bit from Kurokami despite his treatment of you."
Ame looked into his eyes momentarily and smiled the briefest
of smiles. "I guess I must give credit where credit is due. He made me the
perfect wife for him... or someone much like him."
Sano lifted his saucer, "You harbor a lot of contempt
Ame raised her saucer and gulped down her sake and began
pouring more. "He deserves nothing more from me."
Sano raised an eyebrow watching her drink and pour yet again.
"Hey, you might want to watch it, Ame-neko. No use in getting hung over..."
She smiled ruefully, slowing down on her drinks. "I can handle my
alcohol. What do you think helped me through Kurkami's Finishing School for
Young Women?" she laughed a little.
He laughed. "Well, you're obviously not one of those
chicks who just wants to marry and push out babies. So what did you want
to do with your life before Kurokami? Why did you choose to go?"
"It wasn't my choice. I was always the ambitious type
and my parents, namely my mother, did not approve of that. She wanted me to
be just like her. Subservient. Obedient. Poised, prim, proper and above all,
pretty. My dad was just like most men and agreed with her. But I was hard-headed.
I would get in trouble for saving money to buy books on philosophy. My mother
said a woman didn't need knowledge of such things. When I was thirteen they
got tired of battling with my obstinance and bought my place at Kurokami's.
The day he came for me, I begged them not to let me go. But they said it was
for my own good. That was the last time I saw them..."
Sano saw the hurt in her eyes and felt bad for bringing
it up. "Hey, I'm sorry... I didn't mean to make you sad or anything..."
Ame looked at him and smiled a little. "No. It's nice
to talk to someone about it."
"So, what did you want to do back then?"
"I wanted to be a great philosopher. Like Plato or Confucius
or something... I guess it was kind of silly..." she smiled looking down.
"No way. I mean I think it's cool when people have high
goals. Especially girls. Too many of them settle for less than they deserve.
That's why I like Jou-chan and even the Fox- even though she's..."
"I think she likes you. A lot." Ame winked sipping her sake.
"Yeah yeah. That's why she treats me like a big dumb idiot.
Just because I don't waste precious breath yapping about meaningless crap
doesn't mean I'm an idiot."
"I know. There's a saying that goes, 'Wise men speak
because they have something to say. Fools speak because they have to say
Sano laughed a little. "That's funny. And it makes me
Ame shrugged a little. "It's the truth. I don't like
talking about nothing. It's such a waste of time."
Sano smiled at her. She was definitely worth his time. This
girl was awesome. "So, um, if you don't mind again, what was your dream about?"
Ame darkened a bit but tried to hold her smile. "Um..."
"You don't have to tell me..."
"It was about Kurokami," she blurted. She looked at him.
"I, ah, have been having nightmares about him coming back to get me... stupid
Sano looked at her until she looked back and held his
gaze. "What did he do to you, Ame?"
Ame was a little startled at his interest and intensity.
She found it amazing that he was so easy to talk to. But no matter how sincere
he was, she never wanted to relive those days... not even through words. The
memories flooded back, regardless and she got a bit teary. "Could we talk
about something else, please?"
Sano searched her eyes for long moments before nodding.
He wasn't letting this go, but tonight wasn't the night. "Sure."
Ame wiped her eyes on the backs of her hands and forced
a smile. "Thanks."
"Listen, how about we talk about me? That'll be easy
right? I'm all for it," he joked.
Ame giggled. "Sounds good."
The two talked for the rest of the night. They didn't
even notice when the sun began to rise.
Rain in The Heart of a Rogue
by: Kagayaki Ame
Chapter Two: Outfoxed!
"I totally adore him, Kaoru. He is so sweet and
funny and smart and sexy and hot and nice and..." Ame practically floated
around their shared classroom. Their daily classes had just been let out and
they were cleaning the dojo as they always did. Kaoru grinned at her friend
and collected the bokkens the boys had left all over the floor.
"This is so amazing to me. I mean, I love Sano,
he's like a brother to me. But I've never seen him like this! Or you for that
matter. I mean he's always hanging around now- even more than before, if
that's even possible. He's so into you..." Kaoru said.
"You think so?" Ame giggled. "That would be so
awesome. I mean, ever since that night we talked it's like we talk all the
time. It's like a ritual now. Almost every night at midnight he comes here
and we talk until dawn. I can't even sleep past midnight anymore."
"How long have you two been doing this now? It's been
about two weeks right?" Ame nodded. "Come on it's so obvious that he's into
you. Why would you even doubt that?"
Ame blushed. "I don't know, I mean we talk and
flirt and stuff but... it's not like we've ever talked about that..."
"He's probably not sure how to approach you, that's
"Oh aren't we the expert on guys all of a sudden.
If I'm not mistaken, it took you two years to finally get a certain redhead
into your futon..." Ame teased.
Kaoru stood with a far off look. "It was his futon,
actually..." she said dreamily. Ame giggled and hit her arm lightly. "But
really, why won't you try telling him how you feel?"
"You know it's not that easy..."
Kenshin steadily peeled the potatoes as he listened to
Sano. "She's amazing, Kenshin. She is so smart, man. Smarter than the Fox
even! She's not like other girls though. She has ambition and goals and the
most beautiful eyes I've ever looked into."
Kenshin smiled and looked sideways at Sano. "Is
it possible that the infamous Zanza has fallen in love?"
Sano ran his hand through his hair. "Man I don't
know but she's so... We talk about everything. She doesn't treat me like an
idiot. She's interested in me, like when we talk, she actually listens. She
makes me feel like what I'm saying actually matters to her whether I'm talking
about something stupid like gambling or something serious like my past. And
of course, she's so pretty,"
"Of course," Kenshin put in quietly, smiling.
Sano continued. "... and you KNOW she can cook...
she's just... amazing."
"So in all of your talking have you told her any
of this. What you think about her?"
Sano looked at Kenshin. "Are you insane? I wouldn't
know what to say. We flirt a lot but I don't know if she likes me like that.
I don't want to ruin our friendship with that mushy stuff."
Kenshin began another potato. "Speaking of pasts,
has she told you about hers?"
"Yeah, well, sort of. She told me about her parents
and before she went to the Kurokami School but she won't tell me about Kurokami
or how he treated her... I know she's still going through a lot of grief over
it... I wish she would tell me."
"Maybe," Kenshin began, "If you do get closer
she'll eventually tell you. I can tell she likes you."
Sano sighed. "I don't know," he said quietly.
"She's so pretty." Kenshin laughed at his friend.
"It's a treat to see you this way, Sano. I never
thought a little lady like Ame would be able to crush a big, strong, rebel
like you." He paused. "I also wonder at what Megumi will think of all of this?"
He glanced at Sano.
Sano wrinkled his nose. "Who cares? Megumi treats me like shit,
anyway. She's always talking about what a big, dumb, worthless punk I am.
She'll be glad to have me out of her hair. Ame's hair is prettier anyway..."
he mumbled his final comment drawing a laugh from Kenshin.
"But, Sano, Megumi isn't that bad. That's just
the way she shows you she likes you..."
"It doesn't matter, Kenshin. I don't like her
very much anyway."
"Hi guys," Kaoru called. They looked up to see
Kaoru and Ame changed into kimonos standing over them.
"Hi, Kaoru, Ame," Kenshin said smiling at them.
"Hi, Jou-chan... Hey, Ame," Sano's eyes stayed
Ame blushed and smiled. "Hi, Sano..."
Kaoru grinned at Kenshin and he winked at her.
She broke the silence. "Looks like you need some help, Kenshin. I'll help
you peel those for dinner while Ame goes to the market." She turned to Ame.
"You don't mind, do you?"
Ame shook her head. "Not at all. I can handle
Kaoru turned to Sano. "Nonsense. Sano can help
you. He's big and strong. You'll help her, won't you Sano?"
"Sure." He got up and grinned at Ame.
"Well you two go on and hurry back. We have a
lot of cooking to do tonight. Dr. Genzai, Ayame, Suzume, Yahiko and Megumi
are all eating here with us tonight."
Sano rolled his eyes. "Great, the Fox is coming.
Ame elbowed him lightly. "Be nice." She smiled
up at him.
"Tell the Fox that," he said as they began walking
Kenshin and Kaoru watched them and gave each other
"You think he'll tell her how he feels about her?"
Kenshin nodded. "Eventually."
"Hopefully not as eventually as you did with me..." Kaoru
teased. Kenshin threw a potato skin peel at her.
Kaoru laughed. "You'll pay for that one, Battousai. Just
"Are you going to punish me?" he asked impishly.
Kaoru smiled to herself. "I suppose you'll just have
to wait until tonight."
Kenshin grinned and wiped his hands on a towel. He stood and
took Kaoru into his arms. "You know, it has been said that if punishment is
given promptly after an offense, the offender learns better not to repeat
Kaoru wiggled out of his grasp. Then she turned to him
with an impish look of her own. "Then come on, you bad boy. You are in desperate
need of a lesson."
"Hai, Kaoru-dono," he said letting her drag him in the
direction of their bedroom.
The potatoes would just have to be peeled later.
Megumi had been watching the two for some time now. Ever
since that new girl showed up, she felt uneasy with her. She refused to admit
jealousy or anything like that to herself- she was above that. Besides, what
was there to be jealous of? She was a young girl. What could she possibly
have over her?
She discovered exactly what over the past month. The
girl was smart, pretty and had this sickening hold over Sanosuke. At first
she told herself that she didn't care, but eventually she told herself that
she did. She would never admit it though.
On top of it all, she felt bad. She'd been treating Sano
with extra harshness lately, but it was only because she didn't know how else
to act with him. They always had this kind of love/hate relationship. It
had been working fine until she showed up. To avoid watching him stare
at her and inhale her food like a pig, she hadn't been hanging around the
She was also avoiding having to see Kaoru hang all over
her... fiancé. Oh how she hated the word. It seemed that ever since
this girl showed up, everything had changed.
And she was the only one suffering.
How she hated her...
Wait, she said to herself. Hate? You don't hate her.
Come on, Megumi. What's up with you?
She shook the feeling and walked over to the two, who were
chatting non-stop and buying a chicken. She was surprised. She never thought
Sano was capable of such in depth conversation...
"Ohayo, Ame, Sano," she said pleasantly.
"Ohayo, Megumi," Ame said smiling. Sano just stood there.
Ame nudged him. He sighed.
"Hi, Fox lady."
Megumi couldn't help a snide remark. The girl looked
so damn happy and Sano was being so rude. To think that he only said hello
because she prompted him to do so. She smirked. "I think it must be me because
when you're with Ame-chan you seem so much more talkative. I do suppose
you two do have more to talk about being in the same age group and all. What
are you, sixteen, seventeen, Ame dear?"
Ame held her smile but pulled back on her friendliness.
She and Megumi had never quite gotten along and the more she and Sano talked
and he told her about how she treated him, she began disliking her bit by
bit. She looked directly at Megumi and said, "I'm nineteen, Megumi-dono."
Megumi saw Ame's hackles raise and put on her innocent
act. "Oh, I meant nothing by it, of course. I'm only saying you must relate
better to each other."
"We do, actually. And Ame's a lot like me. She doesn't
say anything unless she has something important to say, unlike a lot of people."
Megumi reddened, looking at Sano directly. "Since when
do you have anything important to say?"
Ame spoke up. "Excuse me, but we have to finish shopping.
You will be joining us for dinner this evening?" Ame didn't wait for her answer
and pulled Sano ahead with her.
Megumi narrowed her eyes at the girl. She did not like
her one bit. She turned sharply and stalked off.
Ame and Sano walked back to the dojo in silence. She
glanced at him. He was still fuming from the encounter with Megumi.
"Don't worry about what she said, San-kun," she said
gently. "She only does it to get to you."
"I wish she would just keep her damn remarks to herself.
I don't give a shit about her or what she thinks. Bitch," he growled.
Ame stopped and watched him sympathetically. Eventually
he stopped and looked back. When he saw the look on her face he sighed. "Sorry,
I just... she makes me so mad."
Ame smiled a little and walked until she was beside him.
She reached up and stroked his cheek gently. "Look. Whenever she starts getting
to you, just remember what I said the first night we talked. Remember? About
wise men and fools?"
Sano smiled back but all he could feel was her hand at
his cheek. It was so soft. Careful. And her eyes... he felt like he would
drown in them. "Yeah. I remember."
"She's only being mean because she probably doesn't know
how else to be, Sano. And, while I don't like how she treats you, I'm sure
it's just because she likes you."
"Funny way of showing it..."
Ame's cheeks colored lightly. "People show their feelings
in different ways... I don't treat people badly if I care for them."
Sano placed his hand over hers gently. "You're a great
girl, Ame-neko." He paused. "That's why I like you."
Ame didn't say anything. She smiled up at him. "I like
you too, Sano."
He took her hand in his and kissed her palm. When he
opened his eyes, she was watching him in slight wonder. Her cheeks were rosier
"Come on," he said quietly. "I have to get you home.
I can't wait to eat whatever you prepare." He still held her hand as they
walked back to the dojo, this time is a different sort of silence.
"Okay, come on everybody! Dinner is served!" Kaoru called everyone
to the large table she and Ame had set up. They spread everything they'd prepared
Their friends oohed and ahhed at the delectable delights
they saw. "You really made some of this, busu?" Yahiko drooled.
"Yes, baka-desshi. Keep insulting me and see if you get
any." Kaoru clocked him with a wooden spoon.
Everyone took their seats. "I wonder where Megumi-dono
is?" Kaoru asked.
Ame and Sano glanced at each other.
"Sorry I'm late, everybody," came a voice from the doorway.
Everyone turned to see Megumi standing there in a very low cut kimono that
was just a bit formfitting. Yahiko's mouth dropped open along with Kaoru's.
Kenshin's eyes widened with Ame's and even Sano was surprised.
"Damn, Megumi! Where the hell did you find that thing?!"
Megumi smirked. The effect was made. Sano would find it hard
to hold a conversation with miss nineteen if he couldn't concentrate. She
glanced at Ame. When their eyes met, Ame's narrowed. Megumi smirked again.
She stalked into the room.
Ame felt her anger rise inside. First that episode in
the market and now this. Was she really so threatened by her? She watched
her and smiled to herself. She had no idea how to handle herself in a dress
like that. She would eventually regret this subtle declaration of war.
"Megumi you look fabulous!" Kaoru said.
Megumi smiled and found her place. "Thanks," she said
before sitting. Or rather, attempting to sit. She was having a bit of trouble.
"Ahem," Ame cleared her throat getting her attention.
"You'll have to pull that up to your knees before you'll ever be able to sit
"Hey, Ame's right, Megumi. It took me forever to learn
to maneuver in one of those at Kurokami's." Kaoru said.
"You, um, wore one of those, Kaoru?" Kenshin asked, his
"Sure. I still think I have it, actually. You have one,
don't you, Ame?"
Ame smiled pleasantly. "Yes. I do."
Megumi glared at the two girls before attempting to pull
the dress up. It wasn't working. Ame got up and stood behind Megumi. "Here,
let me help you." She yanked it up about six inches and then smiled. "There
"Thanks," Megumi said flatly, sitting easily now.
Dinner continued without incident, megumi not saying
much. She fumed as she watched Ame gain Sano's attention easily and hold
it with even less effort. She'd just have to move on to plan B.
"So, Ame, how's your little school going?"
Ame smiled politely. "Well it's not so little anymore.
I have nearly thirty students and Kaoru teaches their brothers..."
Megumi cut her off. "It's too bad I don't have time to
teach. It would be good for them to learn something useful like medicine..."
Ame bit her tongue. "Well I suppose the relevance of
what I teach is relative. I'm only teaching them how to think for themselves
so that when the time comes they'll pursue what they want and not what society
perceives as acceptable. Success, after all, comes in many forms."
Megumi laughed. "How optimistic. To think you wish to
teach others how to think. Couldn't you call that brainwashing?" Her
jovial tone was laced with sarcasm. By now everyone at the table was listening
to the two of them.
"I am only presenting them with a variety of thought
processes and encouraging them to use their own to make decisions," Ame said
biting off her words. "That is not brainwashing."
"Ah, the innocence of youth. Are you so self righteous
that you think you can do something to change the way these little girls will
"And are you so closed minded to think you are the only
one who can overcome society and be something different. What makes you think
these girls won't be like you? Don't you think they can achieve goals just
as you did?" Ame asked angrily.
"Certainly," Megumi said. "I just think they need a proper
"Oh, I see. And a proper education consists of being
a slave to a drug lord because of fear? My girls are taught to fear no one!
Fear nothing! They're taught to believe so they don't get into situations
"Um, ladies, I think it's time to calm down now..." Kenshin
Megumi was enraged. She stood swiftly and pointed at
Ame. "How dare you accuse me! You don't know me. You don't know what I had
to go through. How dare you pass judgment?"
Ame rose as well. "And how dare you? You with your self
ordained importance. You make everyone around you feel inferior so that you
can feel like you're above everyone and everything. And when you meet someone
like me who is your equal whether or not you wish to acknowledge it, you attack
my beliefs and try to belittle my actions. And for what? What have I ever
done to you? From the moment you met me you've treated me like an enemy.
Are you upset because I'm just as smart as you? Or is it because with me
around, Sano doesn't have to take any more of your bitchiness and bullshit?!"
Megumi gasped. "I don't know what you're talking about,
Ame rolled her eyes. "Oh come on! We all see how you
treat Sano. He gets it worse than anyone. I haven't been here that long but
I can see how you are. You're pissed that Kaoru has Kenshin, you're pissed
that I'm friends with Sano, and you're pissed that because I treat him with
respect, he'd rather hang around me than with you! You are such a bitch,
Everyone gasped except for Sanosuke who had been smiling
the whole time. Megumi looked at him then back at Ame. "You will regret your
words, child." With that she stalked out.
Ame scowled at sat back down roughly. Everyone was still
speechless. Slowly they began eating again. Kaoru looked quizzically at her
friend and made a note to talk to her about all of this later.
Sano looked at Ame who still sat wordlessly, glaring at
her plate. Discreetly he took her hand in his and squeezed it reassuringly.
She looked at him and smiled. No one mentioned anything for the rest of dinner.