.:Chapter Thirty Four : The Thanks:.
It was now later in the day, still all together upon the warm sands of the beach. Yui was enjoying the radiating rays of the sun as it continued to shine down as she hung out with the Tadao family. She was smiling widely, she had in fact been doing so all throughout the day. She couldn't remember a time when she'd done that, laughing and playing peacefully like this.With nothing to scare or harm her, it was surreal. Like a dream...
But feeling the radiating warmth on her skin and the soft breezes of the wind, that blew through the soft locks of her twin tailed blonde hair... she knew this was all very real. She sighed happily as she sat herself upon one of the white plastic beach chairs that had been set up, as she laid out comfortably she said, “This is like heaven!”
For the sight that greeted her eyes, as she opened them everything really did seem to be painted out to be that way. For the sun was beginning to move down into the hours of sunset, it was glowing with a beautiful golden light that lit up the sky, dying it in gentle radiant colours of honey orange and fiery yellow, as the blue above was beginning to be washed away. Then the sea itself, was instead of the cool sparkling cerulean colour they'd all been swimming in before... it was a shimmering marbled hue of magenta and tangerine. It was completely breathtaking...
Lying back as all the colour and warmth surrounded her, Yui then couldn't help but say aloud as she closed her eyes, “I wouldn't mind if I died right now...”
“Ha! Ha! Ha!”
Surprised as she heard this chuckle, Yui opened her eyes again quickly to see Miya looking down upon her with a grin as she stood to her right side. As the baffled blonde haired girl looked at her, she heard her say, “You can't let the view blow you away that much, Yui-ko! You've only experienced one day of it so far!”
Hearing her friend say this, Yui quiet for a moment couldn't help but giggle herself. As she did so, she then replied, “I'll try!” With that, she looked back to the vibrant shimmering sea. Doing so, she then spied that a few particular people were still splashing about in the waters, as she did so she asked, “It looks like Haruki-chan, Michi-san and Ayaka-san are still enjoying the sea together aren't they?”
Listening to her friend say this comment, Miya turning her odd coloured eyes to look in their direction, replied with a small smile on her face as she gazed upon them, “Yeah, sure looks like it!” Then as she saw her little brother splashing in and about the water laughing loudly as his aunt and mother tried to get him with their own splashes, she couldn't help but add amused, “Whenever Haruki-chan gets in the water, he could spend hours in it! Swimming, diving, paddling you name it! He'll do it! He can never get enough!” Then with her eyes still fixed on her little brother, she couldn't help but admit, “Looking at him like this, it's hard to believe that he can be so shy when he's outside of it.”
Nodding as she said this, Yui smiling herself replied, “I noticed that too!” Then looking at the happy young boy, she thought to herself for a moment and came up with a possible reason, “But I suppose being in the waters... with his family by his side, he can just have fun and relax... he can be himself within it.”
Surprised as she heard this, Miya staring at Yui then was quiet. However she couldn't help but comment, “Well someone's being rather observant and thoughtful, huh?” Then with a humorous thought she decided to ask, “You trying to make it as a psychologist are ya?”
Hearing her friend say this, Yui looking to Miya simply chuckled as she replied amused, “I suppose so?” But turning back to look at everyone again as they continued to play, she couldn't help but add, “But really... I've had so much fun with everyone today, it's been so wonderful being here...”
Quiet again as she heard this, Miya then replied after a moment becoming thoughtful herself, “Yeah it has.” Then stopping, she looked to Yui and stared at her quietly with a serious concentrated light in her eyes...
Yui herself unaware of her friend doing this, couldn't help but say, “Though... I have to admit, I'm becoming quite tired now, I think the trip and everything today has made me a little weary, I might just-” It was then though that the blonde haired girl stopped. For she'd noticed her friend staring at her, with that serious look in her odd coloured eyes. As she saw this, she asked becoming curious as she looked to her, “Miya-chan? Are you alright?”
Hearing this being put to her, the orange haired girl quiet for a moment further. Then lost the serious look and with a slight shake of her head, her smile quickly came back as she replied, “Oh I'm fine! Don't worry, Yui-ko!” Then saying that, she turned her attentions to the beach chair that was beside her friend, as she did so she saw her mother's golden wrist watch she'd left behind. Picking it up, she looked at the time and as she did, she commented, “I was just thinking... my dad's gonna be here soon.”
Surprised to know this, Yui then asked her friend, “Your father?”
Putting the watch back on the chair, Miya then looking to Yui said, “Yeah, he's arriving here a little later than the rest of us, cause of work and the distance he has to travel... you know the usual stuff.”
As she heard this being explained to her, Yui replied simply, “I see.” Then as she thought about it for a moment, she asked, “So does that mean he'll-?”
“He'll be stopping over at the house? Yeah...” then Miya looking to the distant road and realising this, said aloud, “And that means there's no-one there waiting for him right now.”
Seeing the silence come between them again, Yui asked curiously, “Miya-chan?” As she continued to gaze on up at her, sitting on her beach chair.
As this question was put to her, the heterochromia eyed girl finally answered as she made her considerations, “I'm gonna go check and see if my dad is back.” With that looking to her mother, aunt and little brother still in the sea, she finished saying humoured, “Cause it looks like the rest of my family are too distracted right now by the pretty waters to do the job.”
Looking to the group of three, still splashing about playfully herself. Yui nodded in amusement, “Looks like it.” Then as she finished saying this, she turned back to Miya and told her, “Well, if he'll be kept waiting, we better both get going now to-”
“You don't have to go,” Miya said as she interrupted the blonde haired girl.
Hearing her say this, Yui had stopped in the midst of lifting herself up. Surprised as she looked to her friend, she uttered, “Huh?”
Miya seeing the clueless look on her face smiled as she explained, “You don't have to come with me, Yui-ko.” With that picking up her blue beach bag and placing it over her shoulder, she added, “You can stay here for now, you need to catch more of those bright rays and get rested up!”
Listening to Miya say this, Yui though felt immediately bad at the idea of leaving her friend alone. So she told her, “But? I can go with you still Miya-chan, I'm not that tired to not-”
“I'll be fine! Don't worry, Yui-ko!” With that grinning away still, the heterochromia eyed girl added, “Besides it's only ten minutes or less to get to the house! So I'm not gonna be that far or gone long! You just take it easy and rest okay?” With that she started quickly walking away back up the path, as she did so she waved back to her friend saying, “See you in a bit!”
Seeing her leave like this, Yui then reached her hand out and called, “But Miya-chan!” However it was too late, the heterochromia eyed girl was already on her way back to the house. Leaving the baffled blonde haired girl behind on her own on the beach.
There was then silence in the air for a few moments... feeling it, Yui lowering her hand stared at the empty space that her friend had left behind. As she did so, she knew that Miya didn't mean badly by what she'd done, but she felt conflicted at this sudden impulsive decision of hers.
“Ditched you has she?”
Surprised to hear this familiar voice, Yui then turned back and saw a familiar face walking her way. Looking, she asked curiously, “Ayaka-san?”
For there, walking over to her still dressed in her white, lilac blossomed decorated swimsuit, though slightly soaked. It was none other than the glamorous mother of her absent friend, who made a slight wave with her right hand as she responded, “Yo!”
Yui didn't utter a word in reply, instead she watched as the long red haired woman placed herself in the beach chair next to her. The now laid out mother picked up her watch and placing it down by her side, sighed tiredly as she finally said getting comfortable, “Ohh... being a mom really is tiring!”
Listening to her, Yui continued to remain silent. However she couldn't help but smile again hearing Ayaka, for like her daughter the mother herself was just as entertaining to observe. The red haired woman though unaware of her guest's thoughts, looked to her sister in law who was still in the water. Doing so she couldn't help but admit, “I was right to have Michi-chan look out for Haruki, she has more of the energy for it...I'm so envious,” with that said, she laid herself back against her chair more.
Watching her as she did this, Yui then seeing Ayaka relax settled back into her own chair too. Doing so, she once again felt the warm rays of the sun. This time really was so peaceful for her... she couldn't help but wonder as she sighed. Could life always be like this for her?
Then as this question came into her mind, “Yui-chan?”
Jumping a little as she heard her name being mentioned, Yui fast escaping her thoughts looked to the person who asked for her. Seeing it was Ayaka again, she saw the red haired woman was looking to her with an inquisitive look in her sea green eyes. As she noticed this, the blonde haired girl then uttered, “Um? Yes?”
Seeing that she'd got her guest's attention, Ayaka then asked her relaxed with a calm smile, “You're not annoyed are you?”
Curious as she heard this, Yui then asked obviously puzzled, “Annoyed? Why would I be?”
Ayaka looking at the clueless look on Yui's face, was amused again. However as she giggled slightly, she then decided to explain, “With my daughter leaving you on your own like this, are you upset with her?”
Hearing her say this, immediately understanding her Yui answered with a fast shake of her head, “Oh no! No I'm not upset!” However looking to the sandy white ground, she decided to admit as she held her hands together, “I mean... I'm a little sad at being left alone, but... Miya-chan I know is trying to let me rest, so I...”
Seeing Yui answer like this, Ayaka continued to keep her sea green eyes on her. However she was satisfied with her guest's reply and said, “I see... well then that's good.” But she decided to say anyway, “But, I do hope you can forgive my baby if she has upset you in anyway... she can be quite oblivious to other's feelings when she gets too fiery.”
Hearing this, Yui surprised again was quiet. Though after a moment she revealed a small smile. As she did so, she replied, “I know that... but it's alright, nothing like that's happened, Ayaka-san...thank you.”
Listening to this, Ayaka replied with slight relief, “That's good then,” with that wanting to turn the direction of the conversation, she asked her guest, “So tell me? Are you enjoying your time down here?” Then cocking her head to the side, she decided to enquire further with a slight joke in her tone, “You're not too bored by hanging out with a couple of old lady's and a baby boy are you?”
Yui hearing this question now being put to her, immediately replied slightly worriedly with a slight fluster, “Oh! What? No! Not at all! I'm not bored...” with that said, she looked up to the radiant colourful sky above her. As she did so, she said further her honest thoughts, “It's just... I'm so happy being here, amongst you all like this... I haven't had the time or the opportunity like this to relax in so long...”
Hearing her guest say this with such a thoughtful expression, Ayaka couldn't help but be further entertained. Smiling she then uttered putting her sunglasses back in place over her eyes, “Oh?” with that stretching herself out a little, she added, “Well that's good then... for I was a little worried?”
Yui hearing this then repeated puzzled, looking to the red haired mother, “Worried?”
As this was put to her, Ayaka then putting her arms behind her head replied, “That's right...” with that turning her gaze to look above, she carried on to say, “For nearly during the whole time you've been with us, you were looking really nervous and apprehensive... it made me think perhaps that something was wrong?”
Seeing that her friend's mother had noticed her earlier behaviour, Yui was amazed. But thinking again of how she'd acted so far, it was only natural that there would be some concerns from others who didn't know of her situation. The blonde haired girl looking at the woman beside her, then uttered in slight concern, “Ayaka-san...”
Hearing this tone in her voice, Ayaka though released another small chuckle. As she did so, she then said, “But, I can tell now... you definitely look happier, far more than in the beginning.” With a gentle smile on her face, she added looking to the warm clouds above through her dark sunglasses, “And I'm glad about that... for it would be disappointing and sad if everyone wasn't having a good time.”
Yui hearing Ayaka say this, then couldn't help but reveal a smile of her own. As she did so, she looked up to the clouds too. Then she replied, “Well I haven't been disappointed at all, I'm happy... extremely happy... I'm really grateful I get to share this vacation time with all of you.” With that said, the gentle pink eyed girl told the mother, “Thank you once more, for letting me accompany you all like this... Ayaka-san.”
Hearing Yui give her gratitude like this, Ayaka then told her lowering her glasses and giving her a slight wink, “It's no problem, honey...” however keeping her sea green eyes upon her guest, she decided to make some observations as she studied her.
Seeing her doing this, Yui looking to Ayaka was becoming quickly confused. For she felt like she was experiencing deja vu, for Miya had practically done the same thing before earlier to her! Realising this, she couldn't help but feel a little uneasy as she decided to ask her, “Um? Is there a problem, Ayaka-san?”
There was nothing but silence that greeted her, as it did so. Yui was beginning to feel anxious, for what could her friend's mother be possibly-?
“You're different aren't you?” Ayaka decided to ask the blonde haired girl, with a serious look in her eyes.
Shaken as she heard this being put to her, Yui repeated, “Different?” For what did that mean? She couldn't have possibly noticed her bites marks, for she'd used the foundation Miya had bought for her again thoroughly. Which even the seawater hadn't been able to make come off, so that couldn't have given her any hints to-
“You're not the same as the others my little darling has come into contact with,” Ayaka stated as she then revealed a knowing smile on her face again.
Hearing a couple of particular words, Yui then asked her, “Little darling?” With that said she realised, “Do you mean, Miya-chan?”
Seeing that she'd hit the nail on the head, Ayaka then replied, “Bingo!” With that she explained more of what she'd concluded, as she looked out to the glittering sea again, “You're different to those other people... who pretended to be her friend.”
As this word was put to her Yui said nothing. Instead she looked down to the sandy ground again, as she did so she remembered the past that her friend had revealed to her. About what she had experienced before she had come to know her. Thinking of the pain she had, had to go through saddened her greatly as she imagined it.
Ayaka seeing the melancholy expression that was on Yui's face, then immediately knew something else, “Miya's told you hasn't she? What happened before... and I'm guessing with Emiko-chan too, right?”
Seeing that she'd realised what she was thinking of, Yui then quietly nodded to Ayaka. As she did so, she also responded gently, “Yes... she has.”
Smiling as she heard this, Ayaka then replied, “I see...” it was clear then that she was feeling more content somehow as she replied, “Then that must mean she trusts you greatly.”
Surprised again, Yui had to ask the thoughtful mother, “Miya-chan? She trusts me?”
Nodding as she heard this, Ayaka replied, “That's correct... otherwise she'd never have told you.” With that taking a single hand she placed it under her chin, the mother then explained more, “My baby... after everything that happened with Emiko-chan... then in that place they dare to call a high school! She was so damaged... always with the weight of guilt on her shoulders, it was so bad... I felt she'd never be able to trust or even bother to bond with someone else again.”
Yui remained silent as she heard this, then as her pink eyes gazed on at Ayaka, she heard her go on to say, “She became so hard to approach, even strangers just passing her by would shrink in fear if she so much as glanced at them... she was only herself to a degree when she was with me, or anyone from the family. She practically shut all outsiders off... but I could tell it was painful for her to do.”
Hearing this Yui became even more saddened as she tried to imagine Miya being that way and what she had gone through before. As she did so, she decided to speak her own thoughts, “It is terrible... everything that happened previously to Miya-chan... I wish that it hadn't ever had happened... she didn't deserve any of that.”
Ayaka listening to this, was silent as she turned and kept her sea green eyes upon her guest. As she did so, Yui looking up above herself to the radiant coloured sky continued to speak, “Because I know what it's like... to be abandoned and left all alone, not being understood by anyone.” Then gripping her hands upon her knees, she admitted thinking of her own sad memories, “ It's one of the worst things that can ever happen...”
Then as some silence came between the two females, Yui thought a little more to herself. As she did so, a more soft gentle warm look came into her eyes, as it did so she continued on as a small smile came to her face, “ But yet? Despite all that she's suffered... Miya-chan still decided to bond with me and become my friend... she had the courage to try and trust me... and I'm so grateful for that.”
Seeing the gentle smile that was on Yui's face, Ayaka was surprised. For she couldn't help but wonder? What had made her daughter decide to bond with this girl? When she wouldn't with anyone else? However, she decided not to enquire for the moment, for she could glimpse that gentle understanding side that was inside of her guest...
The blonde haired girl though unaware of Ayaka's thoughts, continued to speak, “If other people could see that side of her... Miya-chan's kindness, I'm sure she'd be seen in a better light.” With that said, Yui held her hands together with more ease as she continued to explain, “She can be very brash and angrily violent if provoked... but she's still a really great person, she's so steadfast and loyal, also she's so considerate and there for that someone she cares about... even if everyone else forsakes them.”
Hearing Yui say this, Ayaka was amazed as she became wide eyed. For this girl really did see into her child's true self. So she decided to admit now smiling warmly, “You know? I can't help imagine she'd might say the same thing about you, honey.” To which immediately her guest looked back at her with widened eyes, she was obviously shocked at these words.
Seeing this, the mother giggled as she added, “Though of course I would obviously leave the violent and brash part out... but I couldn't see any reason why no one would want to be friends with someone as sweet as you.”
“Sweet? Me?” Yui asked as she blinked confused.
Ayaka then in reply nodded as she explained, “Exactly, I can tell that from a distance... you're a very patient and forgiving soul, I'd say you make up for the blunt and obstinate nature my Miya has...which I suspect is what's made her so enamoured of you.” With that she couldn't help but add, “I'm sure you must be very sought out in your class, huh?”
To which hearing this, Yui could only smile with a little sadness as she said, “Oh no...I wouldn't say that at all.” For thinking of the reasons that no-one would approach her in class, if Ayaka knew the truth of her situation... she wondered if she would still say the same thing?
Ayaka though at that moment, looking from her guest turned her eyes out towards the sea again. Then looking at her sister in law and her dear beloved son, she decided to reveal something else, “My darling and you are really good girls, though of course Miya is rough around the edges... she's still a gem, but it's also the main reason why she gets so hurt.”
“Huh?” Yui uttered as she turned back to look at Ayaka.
As she heard her utter this, the mother in deep thought said with a serious air, “She puts everything she has in every action that she makes... she also tends not to think, when her emotions get the best of her... because of that, she's liable to make some quite reckless decisions... hurting herself badly in the process.”
Hearing Ayaka say this, Yui couldn't deny that. She'd seen Miya do that already, engaging in confrontations with the Sakamaki's when it came to her safety and well being. She didn't consider herself at all... nor the real dangers of what she faced.
Unaware of those dangers though, Ayaka continued to speak, “That's the problem sometimes with good little ones...” with that saying those words, the red haired woman turned her sea green eyes back to Yui. As she did so, she told her, “You all put the welfare of others before yourself... not paying heed to your own wishes. You need to be careful that kind sacrificing nature doesn't come back to hurt you.”
Yui seeing that Ayaka was now talking with her eyes concentrated on her, realised that she wasn't just talking about her friend. She was talking about herself, as she did so, she didn't know how to respond to this and so began to utter nervously, “Uh um... well, I-?”
“Ha! Ha! Ha!”
At once interrupted by Ayaka's laughter, Yui staring at her saw that she was staring at her warmly losing the seriousness she had. As she did this, she heard her say, “Well I don't think I have to worry about you too much, Yui-chan... at least you're sensible enough to think before you act... so, do you think you could do a little something for me?”
Hearing her say this, Yui then becoming a little nervous but simultaneously curious decided to ask, “Um, of course? If it's possible for me...?”
Listening to her say this, Ayaka smiled and replied, “Oh? I think it will be...” With that looking out towards the orange glowing sun, she told Yui her request, “I would like to ask you, to keep an eye out for my little darling.” Really surprised to hear this, the blonde haired girl became wide eyed and as she did so, the mother went on to say, “Make sure she she doesn't do anything too reckless... I don't want her to be plagued by any more regret and guilt.”
Hearing Ayaka say this, Yui was in disbelief! Her friend's mother... was asking such an important request from her of all people? But then looking down, she made her considerations as she thought to herself quietly...
Looking on as she turned back to her, the red haired mother was silent... then after some moments, Yui turned her pink eyes to her as she made her decisions. As she did so, she spoke, “Ayaka-san...”
There came no reply, from the sea green eyed observer. Seeing this, Yui decided to continue on, “I... I don't know if I'll be able to stop Miya-chan entirely, when she becomes too enraged, she can be a monstrous force to deal with.” Ayaka said nothing in reply to this, for she felt something more was coming and she didn't want to interrupt the gentle girl, as she continued on, “But, I'll try my best to look out for her... for she's been doing the same for me all this time.”
Surprised as she heard this, Ayaka saw a strong light was beginning to shine in Yui's eyes. Seeing this, she was amazed as her daughter's friend went on to say, “Miya-chan all this time has been inspiring me, with her strength and passion, she makes the weaker me become stronger... and in the future I hope that I can do more for her, like she has for me...And I never want her to suffer again.” With a warm gentle smile she turned her pink eyes to the mother and as she did so, she told her finally, “So, yes I would be glad to do that for you...Ayaka-san.”
Silent as she heard this, the mother stared at Yui wide eyed for a few moments. However finally recovering from her surprise, she told her warmly, “Thank you...” it was clear she was pleased. Then as she stared at the blonde haired girl she decided to admit, “I was also correct about one other thing.”
Puzzled that there was something else, Yui then uttered, “Huh?”
Ayaka then informed her of her thoughts, “You really are a cutie pie! You're just too sweet for words!”
Immediately hearing this, Yui became flustered as she turned red! Quickly she tried to wave away these compliments with her hands as she told the exaggerating mother, “Oh! No! No I'm not like that Ayaka-san, I-!”
“Ha! Ha! Ha! So modest too!” As these words and laughter quickly rang out from Ayaka, Yui blushed more in embarrassment. For though she'd made an important promise to her friend's mother, she was now experiencing the full force of her overwhelming affection.
Meanwhile making it to the holiday house after a little bit, Miya looked in the driveway of the place. As she did so she commented to herself thoughtfully, “Ah? Looks like dad's not here yet?”
Quiet for a moment as she saw the empty parking lot, she sighed as she shrugged her shoulders slightly. Annoyed she couldn't help but comment, “I guess... I didn't get the timing right, huh?” Realising this she then said, “Oh well...” for looking to her blue beach bag, she reached inside of it and pulled out a small piece of scribbled upon note paper.
She was quiet as she studied it, doing this for a few moments... she then gripped it tightly into her fist. Doing this, she looked to the holiday house again, she had become determined as she declared loudly to the air, “Okay! Let's do this!” With that she marched straight into the residence to act out her plan...
After making the promise to Ayaka, Yui had decided to make her fast escape from the red haired woman's exaggerations and rather... intrusive and embarrassing questions. For most of them she couldn't bear to answer without either becoming extremely flustered or with the danger of giving away any hints of what was happening to her, when she was back living with the Sakamaki's. So, she quickly had made an excuse to go and check on Miya, this had led her to now walk back to the holiday home, with the setting sun still continuing to shine on down.
Sighing as she walked out from under the shadows of the trees, Yui couldn't help but say aloud as she looked to the ground, “I'm even more tired... now I can understand how Miya-chan feels...” then as she said those words and walked around the corner-
Startled, the blonde haired girl looked up and there she saw running in her direction from the house with a rather excited smile on her face. It was none other than her friend!
Seeing her Yui wondered why she looked that way? Had her father arrived or-?
“Yui-ko!” It was then that Miya arrived in front of the curious blonde haired girl. As she did so, she hurriedly told her, “Man I'm lucky you're here! You won't believe it!”
Baffled and confused why she was acting and saying this, Yui then had to ask, “Huh? Won't believe what, Miya-chan? What've-?”
Suddenly she was given no time to ask anything, as Miya took her by the hand and told her, “C'mon! Hurry up! We gotta get back to the house!”
Still perplexed at what was going on, Yui though wanted to know, “But why though? What's-! Whoa!” Immediately she was given no chance to ask anymore. For quickly she was being dragged forwards by Miya's hand as she was leading her back to the holiday house, running all the way!
Arriving back in the house hurriedly, Yui was practically breathless! Gasping as she tried to catch her breath standing in the hallway, she looked up to her friend and asked her, “Miya...chan? Why did-?”
However not giving her the chance to speak, Miya then told her, “C'mon! Hurry up! Hurry!” With that, she gestured for Yui to come closer in another direction within the house.
Still not understanding what had come over her friend, Yui was beginning to become a little annoyed at all this running around. But following her request, she followed after her. Walking slowly, she came into the kitchen from the hallway which was lit up by the orange sunlight.
It was a pale creamy tiled room, with wooden beams inside with the usual kitchen appliances, including a big white fridge, cooker, wooden cupboards on the walls. It also contained a table to dine upon and some chairs, but there on the left side of the room was Miya. Who was waving to her, to come over, still grinning excitedly.
Seeing her like this, Yui then began to speak as she got closer to her, “Miya-chan, I don't know what you're in a hurry for, to rush me over like this, but it would be better if you give me a fair warning before-!”
“Never mind that!” Miya spoke up, still grinning away. As she did this, Yui looking to her was still annoyed and a little bit more for being interrupted, but before she could move to say anything, the heterochromia eyed girl told her, “Just listen to this!”
“Listen to-?” However before Yui could finish, something was moved to the left side of her head. As it was, she heard-
Immediately the blonde haired girl felt herself stop dead in her tracks! Gasping, her eyes widened as she felt like her heart had leapt into her mouth! Stunned, the item that had been placed next to her ear was the white receiver of a digital telephone and on the other side, the voice that was talking to her was, “Father!?”
“Yui! It is you!”
Trembling as she heard him, Yui couldn't believe it! It really was her father's voice! Talking to her, right there and then! So many rapid thoughts were rushing through her! How could this happen!? Why could she be talking to her father now?! Just what-?”
It was then though that she saw Miya grinning away, standing to one side as she continued to hold the phone towards her ear. Seeing her, Yui knew it immediately. It was her friend who'd done this somehow! But how could she have-!?
She didn't get another chance though to ask this question, for Miya seeing the look on her friend's face then put a free finger to her lips as she winked. With that, she then nodded in the direction of the phone. As she did this, Yui quickly held it with both of her hands and as she did so, the heterochromia eyed girl released it and departed as she walked through another certain door, to give the father and daughter the chance to talk alone.
Seeing Miya leave her alone like this, Yui still shaken inside by amazement and shock as she clutched the receiver didn't know what to do or say? For she-?
“Yui? Are you still there?”
Hearing her father talking to her again, Yui then turned back to the white coloured phone and held it close to her ear. As she did so, she spoke into it hurriedly, “Yes! I, I'm still here...” then trembling she couldn't help but say, “Father... it really is you, isn't it?”
“Yes, of course it is... I find this unbelievable to be speaking to you like this, when I heard this Tadao-san say she knew you, I had my doubts but...”
There was then a pause, Yui clutching the phone tightly wondered what it was her father would say? Would he mention something about the Sakamaki's? Would he shun her away now or-?
“It's good to hear your voice, I've missed you terribly.”
Hearing her father say these words, Yui was further amazed as she felt herself freeze. But quickly as her heart raced and ached, her widened pink eyes immediately brimmed with tears. As they did she couldn't help herself as her breath shuddered, for she was trying hard to breathe against the wave of emotions she was feeling. Then all of that began to form and stream forth rapidly from her eyes as she trembled. For he really had, her father had really missed her all that time. He hadn't forgotten about her! He'd... shivering as she realised this, she sobbed into the phone as she uttered trying hard to maintain her voice, “Father... father!”
“Yui!? What's wrong!? What is it!?”
Hearing him say this, the blonde haired girl was unable to answer him. The relief and happiness was too much! She just couldn't say anything audible in reply as she continued to cry.
“Please! Don't cry it's alright... I'm here, hey!”
As he became flustered like this, trying to soothe her. Yui hearing him couldn't help but smile at his awkwardness even as her tears continued to stream down. For it really was him, this was no act. It was real. So then knowing this with pure relief, the daughter and father began to catch up on all the events and moments they'd missed together...
“... I see, that must have been tough for you.”
Nodding, Yui then replied to her father, “Yes... it was, it was very difficult.”
“I can imagine... I was wondering why I couldn't get through to you!”
With that as he said those words, Yui waited to see what her father would next say.
“Well don't worry, I'll get that problem sorted out immediately!”
Surprised to hear this, Yui asked him, “You will?”
“Yes! I will buy you a new phone and have it sent you!”
Pleased to know this, Yui then replied, “Alright, thank you father...” for thinking of all that she had told him. Yui was so glad to be able to share words like this with him again. For like she had imagined, he'd been very busy helping overseas within the other churches in Europe. It had made him so busy that he hadn't had much time to get in contact with her. Though obviously he had tried. Many, many times...
“Alright...now? Are you sure there is nothing else that has been distressing you? Have you been able to get along with everyone in the household you're in?”
As this question was put to her, Yui was quiet for a few moments. As she considered everything that had happened to her till then, all the darkness and pain. She turned her pink eyes to look to the light of the setting sun. Doing so, she then revealed a small smile and as she did, she answered him, “Yes, I've been alright... there haven't been too many terrible issues.”
“Are you sure?”
As this was put to her, Yui then answered him, “Yes, I'm sure... don't worry, father.” For knowing what knowledge she'd been able to acquire, her father didn't know about the arrangement that had been made with the church. Having her being offered up to the Sakamaki's as a sacrificial bride. So he knew he was innocent in all that... which she was glad for.
However she knew inside, that even if she told her father now everything that was going on. In all likelihood, there would be little or maybe nothing he'd be able to do for her if he returned, for a simple priest wouldn't stand a chance against the church, even less against powerful beings like vampires... she didn't wish to endanger his life.
So not wanting to dwell on those sad thoughts, she decided to change the subject as she told him, “I'm just so happy right now, that I can talk to you again like this... I've missed you so much!”
“As have I... I'm so relieved to know that you're safe.”
“And I'm glad you are too,” then smiling as she felt herself begin to tear up again slightly she couldn't help but admit, “It's so amazing... being able to talk to you again like this. I can't believe it!”
“I know... it's wondrous that you were able to receive such generosity! From... what was her name again?”
As this question was put to her, Yui then answered smiling, “It's Tadao, father, her full name is Tadao Miya.”
“I see, Miya-san... and she allowed you to call me, while you're with her family?”
Nodding as this was asked, Yui then replied, “That's right... she surprised me actually, taking me away with her on her vacation like this.” With that she couldn't help but laugh as she admitted, “I never thought that, when she told me to come with her it would result in us talking again like this... it's almost like magic.”
“This I would have to agree with, it must be by the grace of God that you were able to make such a benevolent friend like this.”
As she heard this, Yui never considered that possibility. But then thinking of how she and her friend had first met, within the confines of the church... she smiled warmly as she admitted to her father, “Yes... it must be, I agree.”
“Ha! Ha! Indeed...”
There was then a pause in the atmosphere. Curious as she heard it, Yui cautiously asked after a moment, “Father? What is it? Are you-?”
“I'm very sorry Yui, but I will have to end this conversation with you... I need to be getting back to my work soon.”
Saddened to hear this, Yui though knew that she couldn't talk to her father forever. But still not wanting to dwell on the melancholy that was beginning to arise, she decided to tell her father trying to sound as bright as she could, “Alright... I understand, it's been wonderful to speak to you again though, Father.”
“It has, I agree... you just take care Yui, alright? I promise I will finish with my work soon and return to you... it won't be forever alright?”
Trembling a little as she heard this, Yui then replied trying to be strong, “Yes... I know it won't be...thank you.” Then pausing for a moment, she knew that this might be the last conversation that she may ever share with her father. So gripping the phone, she spoke again, “Father?”
Hearing him, Yui then told him her honest thoughts and warm feelings, “I love you... I love you so much.” With that saying those words, her eyes began to brim with tears which she felt for sure would overflow at any moment.
“...And I love you too, with all of my heart.”
So grateful to hear those warm loving affectionate words, Yui despite her sadness was smiling with her happiness and love, as she told him, “Thank you... goodbye, father.”
“Goodbye Yui, please keep yourself safe.”
BLEEP! BLEEP! BLEEP!
With that the call was ended. As the phone's tone beeped in her ear, Yui lowered the receiver from her ear slowly, her head down... there was nothing now but silence all around her, as the sounds of the wind gently blew through the holiday house and the sun continued to shine it's warm rays through the windows.
To the blonde haired girl, it almost felt otherworldly to her now... even as the birds chirped their songs outside, it was like she'd awoken from a dream. A dream that she thought she'd never be able to experience again... however the trembling and the warmth she was feeling within the depths of her heart and the light that was touching her. It was all very, very real... this was no illusion.
Knowing this, the sad expression that had once been there vanished. Instead she smiled, then lifting her head she moved her hand and quickly wiped away what traces of tears remained. As she did so, she turned around and immediately with a small smile on her face she went to go and search for the one who'd allowed her to have this miraculous happy dream...
“Hmm ♪, Hmm ♪, Hmm ♪”
Standing within the confines of the houses's green luscious garden, with her back against the wall of a shed. Miya had her eyes closed and was humming a happy little tune to herself, as she heard the birds twittering in the trees. Though she knew amused she was no match against their little songs.
Anticipating this call, she smiled a little more. Then opening her odd coloured eyes, she looked to the house and uttered, “So she's finished, huh?”
“Miya-chan! Where are you!?”
Hearing her call out again, the heterochromia eyed girl couldn't help but find it adorable. The way she was searching for her so desperately. However she wasn't one to keep someone waiting, so called out as she went to walk towards the opened sliding glass doors, “Right here, Yui-ko!”
Instantly as she cried this out, the sound of pitter patter of feet was heard as they began heading in her direction. She remained silent as the blonde haired girl finally came through the doors, she looked almost breathless as she looked at her with amazed widened eyes.
Seeing her like this, Miya grinned as she saw the look of awe that was in her friend's eyes. As she did so, she joked asking her, “Have a good conversation with your old man, huh?”
Hearing this being put to her, Yui seeing her friend smiling at her like this. Still in the sway of disbelief and amazement, she first had to ask her, “Miya-chan...how did? How did you manage... to get through to him? How-?”
Expecting this question, the heterochromia eyed girl smiling made a slight shrug of her shoulder as she replied, “With just a bit of luck...” then saying that, she revealed a piece of notepaper which had something scribbled on it. As she displayed it, she added as Yui looked on at her curiously, “And cunning!”
Not understanding, Yui then was shown the piece of notepaper properly. Seeing it, she became amazed as she saw it was the number she'd tried to use to contact her father before. Looking at it, she asked, “This is my father's number! How did you-?”
“I recorded it!” Miya answered brightly. As she did so, Yui stared at her perplexed. As she did so, she heard her friend continue on to say, “When you tried to call your dad before, I saw you left upset and... I figured you had bad luck and missed him, so I decided to give it a try.”
“Give it a try?” Yui asked repeating her friend's words curiously.
Nodding, Miya then explained more, “That's right, I went into mom's office after you'd gone and then I used the phone's re-dial button, to give me the number... then afterwards I just had to wait for the right moment and well here we are!”
Amazed as she heard her say this so calmly. Yui couldn't believe Miya had thought of such a simple but surprising plan! She'd gone that far for her? But then thinking... her eyes widened in wonder, she pondered why the call here hadn't gone straight through to the Sakamaki's? Thinking to herself for a moment, she could only deduce that perhaps the phone in the holiday home hadn't been configured to go through to them, unlike the one back at the Tadao home. Then that truly meant one thing... they really didn't have any power in this place, they couldn't reach or find her!
Seeing her become silent like this, Miya didn't know what her friend could be thinking of. But she could guess at one possibility? So taking a more serious air, she decided to ask, “Yui-ko?”
Hearing her name being spoken, the blonde haired girl looked to her friend. As she did so, she heard her ask, “Did you tell your dad? About everything? About what's been happening to you?”
As this question was put to her, Yui became quiet with surprise at being asked this. Then looking down, she hadn't revealed anything about the abuse to her father, though she had mentioned she'd been feeling terribly sad and lonely without him. She couldn't, for if she did and told the truth... he'd be put into serious danger.
Miya seeing her friend look down like this, it was clear she was becoming concerned. So she asked again with her worry echoing in her voice, “Yui-ko?”
“Huh?” Pulled out of her thoughts again, the blonde haired girl looked to her friend. Seeing quickly the worried look that was on her face, she knew her silence was only making thing's more awkward and unsettling for them both. So she decided to finally give a proper answer, “I... I told him what was needed.”
Curious as she heard this, Miya then asked her friend, cocking her head to the side, “What's needed?”
Nodding, Yui then explained, “Yeah, I told him that I miss him and... that I'm having difficulties.” With that looking to her friend, she finished saying as firmly as she could, “And, he said that he'll be coming back as soon as he can for me...”
As this was told to her, Miya though had to ask still concerned, “Is that all he can do?”
Yui simply replied, her eyes lowered to the ground, “Yes...”
As she heard this being said, Miya then quiet for a moment. Couldn't help but sigh, as she did so she admitted aloud, “Damn... I was hoping for something better than that.”
Listening to these words, Yui then replied herself looking to the ground still, “Yeah... it would be better if he could do more.”
“You're telling me!” Miya annoyed, then couldn't help but fold her arms as she added, “Hell's sake!” With that saying those words, she admitted with a slight saddened tone, “But? I guess if he's overseas it can't be helped, can it?”
Shaking her head, Yui then replied a little sadly herself, “No...” however the depressed tone didn't reflect the sadness of the inability of her father. It was the fact, that once again she'd had to lie to her friend... but she knew if she'd admitted the truth, Miya would be outraged and there would be the danger again of admitting too much. So she had to keep this act up, unless she wanted worse in the future.
But not wanting to dwell on the sadness, she wanted to say what was the most important to her, “But! Still, I was so glad!”
Surprised as she heard this, Miya looked to Yui with widened eyes. As she did so, she heard her friend say with a truly happy smile on her face, “I was so happy to hear that he's alright! That he's safe... just being able to talk to him again.” With that she felt her eyes began to brim again and as they did, she went on to say, “Being able to hear his voice again... it was so wonderful.”
Seeing the tears that were beginning to brim in her eyes, Miya was struck in awe. However, feeling a warmth flow into her heart, she moved her right arm and hand. Doing that she stroked Yui's hair gently, as she said with a smile coming to her face, “I'm pleased to hear that.”
Feeling her friend's hand upon her lock's Yui was silent with surprised as she looked up to her. As she did this, the heterochromia eyed girl smiling away continued to speak, “I'm glad that you got to talk to your old man again, I know you've wanted to do that for a long time so...” with that said she couldn't help but release a small chuckle as she added, “I'm happy that I've been able to do that for you, Yui-ko.”
Hearing these words and seeing the warm smile that was on Miya's face. Yui felt her heart race with tender feelings, smiling herself she then moved her own hands and took hold of her friend's hand in them. As she did so, she told her looking at her with pure happiness in her eyes, “It's not just this that's made me happy, Miya-chan.”
Curious as she heard this, the heterochromia blinked as she asked puzzled, “Huh? It isn't?”
With a slight shake of her head, Yui then told her smiling still, “No, it's everything that's happened...” saying those words. She felt her heart souring inside of her chest, as she went to go on to explain, “You taking me from the Sakamaki's, letting me stay with you, coming to the beach here, letting me meet your family.” With that gently squeezing her friend's hand a little more, she added the last wonderful thing, “And allowing me speak to my father... all of these thing's, they're the kindest gifts anyone's ever given to me.”
Miya amazed to hear this, hadn't considered it like that at all! She was becoming a little flustered herself hearing all this, so embarrassed she turned her head to the side as she told her, with a slight blush on her cheeks, “Aw! C'mon you're exaggerating! Yui-ko!” With that she tried to answer trying to make thing's more practical and less gooey, “I mean, anyone would do something like that for their pals!”
Hearing her say this, Yui though couldn't help but ask as she continued to smile, “Really? You believe that, Miya-chan?”
The heterochromia eyed girl hearing the playful teasing question then responded, sounding desperate and flustered, “Obviously! I, I mean! I promised you'd speak to him again and I just wanted you to be happy, so I-!”
Suddenly though, the heterochromia eyed girl was interrupted. For then Yui still holding Miya's hand in her own ones. Reached up slightly on her tip toes and quickly in seconds, she placed a gentle warm kiss upon the stunned heterochromia eyed girl's right cheek!
Wide eyed as she felt this happen, Miya became solid and still in amazement! The world around the two girl's seemed to stop as the gentle warm rays of the sun continued to shine down on them both and the birds continued to sing away in the distance...
After a little bit, Yui lowered herself and removed her lips from her friend's cheek. As she did so, she looked up to her warmly. Doing so, she continued to smile brightly as she told her again, “Miya-chan, thank you... I mean it, truly! Thank you so much.”
Her eyes still widened, the orange haired girl touching her right cheek could feel Yui's warmth still linger on it. As she did so, she turned bright red and turning her face away from her friend with her hand over her mouth. She had an awkward embarrassed expression upon her features, for she didn't know what to do at all!
Yui seeing her friend become shy like this, couldn't help but giggle as she told her, “You're so cute, Miya-chan!”
A little annoyed as she heard this, still averting her eyes away. The heterochromia eyed girl responded still covering her mouth, “Knock it off! I'm not like that... so don't say weird thing's like that!”
However Yui simply giggled again. For looking at her friend warmly still, she was glad that she was finally able to give her a pleasant surprise too.
Surprised in seconds to hear this loud series of car honk's. Both girl turned immediately to look to the house. As they did so, Yui becoming curious asked, “Who's-?”
“Looks like dad's arrived!” Miya announced, recovering from her embarrassed state. With that she then added, taking her hand away from her mouth, “He always does that when he makes it over to see us.”
Hearing this information, Yui then uttered simply, “Oh?” However after a moment, she continued on to ask with a smile, “Well? Do you think we should go and meet him?”
As this question was put to her, Miya looking to Yui was then quiet for a second. But finally she made her own reply as she told her, “Sounds like a good plan to me!” With that walking forwards back towards the sliding doors, she added, “Let's go!”
Nodding, Yui then followed after her. Then making it to the sliding glass doors, she heard her friend say thoughtfully, “Oh yeah? Before I forget!”
“Huh?” The blonde haired girl asked, with that suddenly she felt Miya come on over to her. Then suddenly she wrapped her arms around her, as she did this she felt her squeeze her slightly in her arms.
Yui's own eyes widened as she felt this, but the warm gesture didn't last for more than a few moments. For then detaching herself from her friend, Miya seeing the surprised look that was on her friend's face, told her with a slight laugh, “You're welcome!”
Quiet as she heard these words, Yui then quickly understood what she meant. As she did so, she smiled brightly and laughed herself, as she made a slight nod.
Miya herself pleased that Yui truly was happy and at peace, couldn't ask for anymore. So with a smile on her own face, she told her, “C'mon! Let's get going! We've got an awesome barbecue waiting for us!”
“Plus my dad too!” Miya added feeling a bit awkward for making her dear parent wait, as she cheekily poked her tongue out looking in the direction where the front door was.
Yui hearing this giggled as she told her friend, “Well we better get going then!”
“Right let's!” Miya responded, with that both girls quickly made their way out. To join the rest of the Tadao family, then together the two girls that night enjoyed themselves blissfully. Also for the rest of the summer vacation, they enjoyed their time, playing and relaxing upon the pearly white sands of the beach, swimming in the sparkling sea, exploring the domains of Shikoku island and all of it done whilst basking in the delightful rays of the hot enriching sun...