I Hate Men – Chapter Two

[Man: I would go to the end of the world for you.
Woman: Yes, but would you stay there?]

nuriakaTitle: I Hate Men
Author: Ongaku
Rating: T
Genre: Comedy/Romance
Series: Fushigi Yuugi
Pairing: Nuriko/Miaka
Summary: Miaka wants nothing to do with men so when her friend tries to hook her up she proclaims she would rather kiss a girl than be with a man.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Fushigi Yuugi.


SLAM!

Miaka groggily opened her eyes and stared at her now-smashed alarm clock. “Not again!” She whined, “Now I have to get another one!” She really needed to get some self-control for that temper of hers, or she was going to end up buying a new clock every day. Not like it was the clock’s fault anyway, it was the stupid school and the early mornings.

Pulling herself out of bed, Miaka shuddered as the chilling air brushed over her body. “I hate mornings.” She mumbled.

But not only was it a morning, it just happened to be a dreaded Monday.

Miaka quickly got dressed and rushed downstairs. Today she would have a lot of explaining to do. Keisuke was already gone as usual so that made it easier for her. She didn’t feel like explaining to him why she had come home crying the other day.

“Hello, Mom!”

Miaka’s mother was sitting at the dinning room table, shuffling through some papers and drinking coffee. “Oh, hello, dear.”

“Good day at work yesterday?” Miaka asked while heading to the fridge to get out the milk.

“It was a lot easier since some of the patients were gone.”

“That’s good, I thought it must have been an easier day because you’re up awfully early. Especially for you.” Miaka had her bowl of cereal all made and was starting to scarf it down.

“Actually Miaka, I have something to tell you.”

Miaka swallowed quickly and looked at her mother in the face.

“I’m planning on working the night shift instead. It would be awkward at first, since this time you won’t have a father at home, but the night shift is a lot easier and my sleeping order is all messed up anyway, so I thought it would be the better choice.”

Miaka shrugged, “Sounds like a good idea to me.” It’s not like it would be much different, she thought. “If you think it would work out much better for you, then go for it.” Smiling, Miaka then ate the rest of her cereal quickly and rushed off to put the dish in the sink. “I should be going to school now, so see you later, Mom!”

Miaka’s mother didn’t even look up from her papers, “Okay, dear, bye.”

With that, Miaka was out the door and well on her way to school, also known as doom.


Walking through the school ground, Miaka was unaware that she was being followed. Sighing heavily she said to herself, “School… I hate it.” Then made her way to the shoe racks.

As she was putting up her shoes some random guy made a cat call to her. “Hey, baby, why don’t you come over here?”

Miaka slammed her locker door shut and continued walking as if she heard nothing. “Stupid men, I hate them all.”

“Sounds to me that you hate a lot.”

Surprised by the sudden voice being directed at her she spun around to meet face to face with Suboshi. Uh-oh… she immediately thought.

“Maybe I do, and guess what? You’re at the top of the list!”

Suboshi only smiled. “Is that a hate list or a hit list?”

“There’s no difference in my book.” Miaka simply stated.

“I thought so.” Suboshi took a step closer to Miaka making her step back. Realizing this, Suboshi laughed out loud. “I’m not going to attack you Miaka, stop backing away.”

Embarrassed Miaka stuttered, “I—I—I wasn’t backing away! I was just… just… doing this!” With that she demonstrated her movement of rocking back and forth with her right foot in front and her left foot in back.

“Right…” Suboshi replied but didn’t sound convinced at all. “Anyway, you have a little something on your face that you might want to wipe off. And Yui said she wanted to talk to you before school started. She tried to get your attention back outside but—as usual—you were in one of your dazed state of minds.”

Miaka decided to ignore his rude comments and asked, “How is your brother?”

Suboshi looked a little surprised at first but that didn’t last long. “He is much better, I think he’ll be out of the hospital soon.”

Miaka smiled, making Suboshi look surprised once again. “That’s good to hear, tell him I wish him well.” Quickly, Miaka turned away from Suboshi and made her way back outside to find Yui. One down, one more to go. Miaka thought slyly. It was easy getting Suboshi to forget certain topics. All she had to do was bring up his brother. Though she truly was concerned about his brother because, unlike Suboshi, Amiboshi was really kind and undeserving of the pain he was in. It was just like him to try and help some poor girl out from being raped by a couple of men. Even though Amiboshi won the fight it didn’t leave him unharmed.

Spotting Yui, Miaka took a deep breath and walked up to her.

“Yui?”

Hearing her name, Yui turned around to greet Miaka. “Hi Miaka.”

Miaka winced at the dead tone in her voice. “You wanted to speak to me?”

“Yeah… Miaka I’m worried about you. You aren’t seriously becoming a…a…a…”

“Lesbian?” Miaka said cutting her off. “Don’t be silly, I don’t even know what came over me yesterday. I guess I was just so mad that my brain shut off any rational thoughts.”

Yui sighed in relief. “I’m glad, but Miaka, I really think you should apologize to that girl, and to Tamahome, too.”

Miaka lowered her head in shame. “Yeah, I know, but I don’t even know that girl’s name. How am I supposed to do that?”

Yui rustled through her backpack and pulled out a yellow piece of paper. Curious, Miaka craned her neck to see what it was. She shouldn’t have bothered. The next moment, Yui was shoving it in her face. “Look, I specially got her number for you. I told her it was so that I could treat her for lunch sometime as a sort of apology, but I think you should go too. I called her last night to make arrangements so you better come with me after school.”

“Okay, thank you, Yui.”

Yui was about to leave when she stopped herself to say a few more things. “Oh, and Miaka, her name is Kourin. Also, Tamahome will be there as well. Two birds with one stone.”

Miaka only nodded and started to follow Yui, who was now heading towards class.


The school hours of the day seemed even longer than usual to Miaka. She was very nervous about meeting with the two people she was really rude to who had done nothing to her. Not only that, but Suboshi was probably going to come too, and make things a lot worse. Finally, the last bell of the day rang. The scraping of chairs on the tiled floors could be heard all over as well as the steps and chatter of many kids happy that classes were over.

Grabbing her books, Miaka stuffed them into her backpack and rushed her way to the front gate of the school. Yui was already there with Suboshi right next to her.

Miaka waved cheerfully even though her emotions inside were anything BUT cheerful. “Hey, I got here as fast as I could.”

“Don’t worry, you actually made it on time for once.” Yui replied.

That made Suboshi snort and Yui glare. “You be nice now. Miaka doesn’t need you to be so mean when she has a lot of apologizing to look forward to.”

Suboshi gave Yui a strange look after she said that and then turned to look at Miaka. He opened his mouth and then closed it suddenly.

Yui smiled. “Are you ready, Miaka?”

Miaka could only nod. If Yui didn’t know any better, she’d think that a dark cloud should be hovering over Miaka right now. “Don’t look so down Miaka, It’s not a death sentence. You’ll be fine.”

“You’re right Yui, let’s get going. The sooner we get there the faster I can get this over with.”

Yui took Miaka’s hand and started to lead the way. At that time Miaka took the chance to look at Suboshi again. He wasn’t looking in her direction so he had no idea he was being examined. It was really surprising how he didn’t say anything. Yui’s threats and commands never stopped him before, so why now? She wondered if he was sick and felt a little worried, because, even though he was a jerk most of the time, it didn’t prove that he was pure evil… but right now she decided it was not the time to ask him anything. Besides, he didn’t even look like he wanted to talk.

It wasn’t long before they had reached their destination. Miaka stayed behind Yui as she waved Kourin and Tamahome over. She looked at Kourin a bit and noticed how she seemed to like Tamahome. She was glad that someone was showing interest in him since she probably brought his self-esteem down just a little with her actions.

“Hey Kourin, Tamahome! How are you guys doing?” Yui asked as they approached them.

Tamahome was just a cheery as the last time Miaka had seen him. “I’m doing good, you?”

“Oh, just fine thanks.”

Miaka noticed how Kourin didn’t ever say how she was. In fact she noticed that instead Kourin was more focused on her standing behind Yui.

“You!” She spat. “What is she doing here?”

Yui flinched as well as Miaka. Stepping out from behind Yui, Miaka bowed really low and rushed out her apology. “I’m so sorry, I’m so, so sorry! I know what I did was really wrong and rude. If there is anything I can do to make it up to you, please, please, let me know.”

“Make it up to me? There is nothing you can to do make it up to me. The only thing I want you to do is go away and never show your face to me again.” Kourin was glaring intently at Miaka now.

Miaka’s eyes began to sting. “I’m…I’m sorry.” Her voice was a little shaky. “I understand. I will leave now.” Then Miaka turned to Tamahome and bowed slightly. “I’m sorry to have been so rude to you yesterday. You’re a really nice person to have put up with me.”

Kourin watched Miaka bow to Tamahome and actually started to feel bad for the harsh words she had used. She looked at Suboshi and noticed him glaring at her intently. She knew she didn’t like him, and it was obvious he didn’t seem to like her much either. Just when Miaka was about to leave, Kourin reached out and grabbed her arm. “Wait a minute.”

Miaka stopped but didn’t turn to look at her. Irritated a bit by that, Kourin took a deep breath. “Maybe there is something you can do to make it up to me.”

Slowly Miaka turned to her and now she understood why she didn’t earlier. Tear streaks were all over her face and her eyes were glossy with the unshed ones. Funny how she didn’t notice it, the girl was really good at crying quietly and for some reason that disturbed her even more. “Yes?” she asked softly.

“Look, the kiss was meaningless and I hardly even felt it.” Kourin lied. “You didn’t mean any huge harm by it and you are feeling pretty guilty about it now. So let’s move on and let it be in the past. I just moved here, actually, and I need help in moving all my things into my new apartment, can you deal with that?”

A warm smile was now spreading across Miaka’s face. She nodded happily. “Yes! I mean, of course I would be more than happy to help.”

Something about this girl started to interest Kourin, and even though she knew it would probably be nothing more than trouble she was curious to see how this ‘helping’ out ended up. “Okay, then.” She took out a paper and pen from her purse and wrote out her address. “Here is my apartment address and number, please come by sometime tomorrow after four o’clock.”

Miaka took the paper from Kourin’s hand and nodded. “Understood!”

“Good.” Kourin then turned to Yui, “Now, let’s eat! I’m starving!”


Kourin walked into her empty apartment and headed straight for the shower. Her day had been long and hectic, so a nice hot shower sounded real good, but right before she could make it to the bathroom, she looked at the many boxes pilled up in the living room. Walking up to them, she read the little markings the movers had written, bold letters read, Mr. Nuriko Ryuuen Chou.

“Shit!” Kourin cursed under his breath. “I got to get rid of this to keep them from finding out that I’m actually a guy!”

That night Kourin, or rather, Nuriko, spent the entire time marking out the names on the boxes with a permanent black marker.


To be Continued.

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