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Kawakami Hikaru

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a character in “Forgiveness”, as played by thenotsoinnocent

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Kawakami Hikaru

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American Name: Jasper Sirius Age: Eighteen Sexuality: Queer Face Claim: Miyuki Sagara Creator: thenotsoinnocent


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A P P E A R A N C E
Hikaru stands about over average height at five feet and seven inches. He doesn’t look muscular, but he is thanks to his years of fighting and being an active person. He doesn’t look muscular as his body looks unassuming thanks to his naturally slender built. Despite the one incident that put him in the hospital and wild childhood, Hikaru doesn’t have any scars or blemishes on his pale skin. His skin isn’t perfect though as his hands can be more callous than soft depending on his activity levels. Contrasting his skin is his full head of silky black hair. He keeps his hair short and always makes sure his bangs are short enough to mostly stay out of his eyes. Speaking of his eyes, they are a hazel color that seem to vary from brown to grey depending on the day or even his mood he would say.

P E R S O N A L I T Y
If you knew Hikaru as a child, it is obvious his personality changed. He is no longer the helpful, caring, and friendly child that treated everyone the same. He has become a much quieter and serious person who is always aware of his surroundings. He doesn’t allow himself to get close to anyone as he makes sure to stay emotionally distant. The biggest difference now is that he isn’t as easily excitable. He no longer gets excited easily about being in a new place, trying new food, or even meeting new people. Deep down he feels like his old self at times, but he keeps that part buried. When there is a glimpse of his old self, it is usually when he is with his family.

Hikaru still rubs people the wrong way as he doesn’t exactly come off as friendly. It doesn’t help that he is still a rule breaker and fighter. His temper is one thing that has not left him. He never allows anyone to walk over him or tell him what to do. He is still brave and confident. He never has any issues fighting anyone who is bigger, stronger, and or considered scarier than him. Also, he is strong-willed. He is a determined person who will do what he wants no matter what others think. Another trait Hikaru has kept is that he is honest as well. His honesty does come off the wrong way at times since it can sound harsh. Hikaru rarely lies, but he wouldn’t think twice about avoiding a subject or only saying part of the truth.

H I S T O R Y
Kawakami Misaki was wild from childhood to adulthood who drove her parents crazy until they finally decided to stop trying to change her. Misaki had a younger sister Yuki who luckily was a good child. Yuki was unfortunately deaf because of an infection when she was a baby. Yuki seemed to always try hard to be perfect Misaki would say because of the disability. Despite this, the siblings always got along and everyone in the family learned JSL. Misaki moved from home as soon as she graduated high school at eighteen. She found a job at a shady bar that gang members frequented. Misaki didn’t exactly live in the best place on her own, but she loved it. She loved having her freedom.

It wasn’t long before Misaki started to have a fling with bad boy Kumagai Yoshio who was four years older. She had heard rumours he may have been in a gang. The rumours didn’t bother her as she was having fun, even if he was difficult at times. When Misaki discovered she was pregnant, she seemed to have suddenly matured. She wanted to raise her baby in a good environment, so she moved back home. Her family only found out she was pregnant when signs began to show. She never revealed who the father was to her family. Misaki had decided when she found out that it’d be best if she didn’t tell him about the pregnancy, especially as she Yoshio showed his true ugly colors one time too many.

After the initial shock, everyone was happy about the new life growing in Misaki. During her pregnancy she helped around the house and at the small family shop. The shop was simply called Kawakami. Everyone was surprised how Misaki changed, but it was a nice change and the help was appreciated. Kawakanu Hikaru was born April 1st at midnight. His mother was in labor for over a day, which should have been a sign Hikaru would be a troublesome child. Hikaru lived a happy childhood with a loving family. He learned JSL before he could say his first word thanks to Yuki. He became fluent in JSL by the time he was seven when Yuki moved to America. She had met an American and fell in love.

Hikaru never got lonely as a child even with one less family member in the house. He always had his friend Akihito to talk to. Hikaru never found it odd that he could see things when he wasn’t there, talk to someone without being near them, and everything else he experienced with Akihito. It was a connection he always remembered having. The times he mentioned it to his family, they never considered it odd either. They of course thought he was just a child with a wild imagination. Hikaru has been a wild child since he was born, just like his mother. Hikaru was beyond overjoyed when he ended up stuck in the family boat on the lake and was discovered by Akihito and his mother.

Naturally, they officially became best friends after the lake incident. Hikaru already considered Akihito his best friend as he had him in his head for years. Hikaru was even happier when their mothers became friends. It did make him a bit sad when their mothers stopped being friends, and Hikaru couldn’t hang out as much with Akihito. Although, he was happy to communicate with Akihito in their special way. They took the train to and from school, so it wasn’t like he never got to see his best friend. Hikaru always made sure to protect Akihito from bullies and Akihito did his best to stop Hikaru from being so wild. His life changed when he went to protect Akihito unknowingly for the last time.

On this unfortunate day, Hikaru had to stay after school as a teacher wanted to speak to him for his behavior for the hundredth time. They had threatened that he wouldn’t be allowed at graduation if he kept this up. When it happened, he was already in a bad mood. He was unhappy when he couldn’t take the train home with Akihito, and the talk made his mood worse. On his way to the train station, he sensed Akihito getting bullied. Hikaru got to the train station in time to help Akihito, but things escalated quickly. To get one of the kids away from Akihito, he had to throw him off. With a stroke of bad luck, the kid ended up being thrown in front of the upcoming train. He died. The incident was ruled an accident.

Even though the police ruled the incident an accident, the people where they lived didn’t care. His mother had kept him home after the incident of course. She would have had him returned to school, but things became unbearable. They were run out of their home. Misaki moved them to the city, so she could figure things out. It was decided they would move to America and live with Yuki. Before they could catch a flight to American, another incident happened. Yoshio, Misaki, and Hikaru had a family reunion. Yoshio had appeared outside the hotel and started to argue with Misaki. Things escalated when Hikaru heard the yelling from in their room and ran outside to yell at the stranger who was yelling at his mother.

Hikaru’s interruption pissed Yoshio enough that he went to beat Hikaru for being disrespectful to his father. Misaki was able to hold Yoshi back somewhat, but the issue happened when Hikaru tried to defend himself and block the blows. It pissed Yosho off more. While Hikaru was trying to fight back, he was backed into traffic. He remembered hearing his mother scream his name and then just pain. The next moments he remembered vaguely were walking up in a hospital and then finding himself in Yuki’s home in America. Once Hikaru healed, he was miserable for a while as he realized he couldn’t hear Akihito. He stayed in a funk for a while, but his mother and aunt helped him through the hardship.

When Hikaru started school, he kind of just threw himself into his studies and avoided others. He was no longer the happy-go-lucky, worry free, excitable, friendly, helpful, playful, mischievous, and caring child he had once been. Hikaru never forgot Akihito, but his pain eased as it got easier not to think about it. He got back into himself somewhat when he started middle school in a sense. Hikaru got back into the swing of things by fighting and getting into trouble. This only happened as a bully decided to make him his target. He looked different from everyone else, had a weird name, and his English hadn’t been perfect yet. Hikaru enjoyed the fighting as anger was better than feeling lonely.

Misaki never scolded Hikaru about it as he finally didn’t appear so dead inside. She’d rather have him feel something than nothing. Also, she felt as if he got his temper from her. They had a somewhat similar personality some would say. Hikaru did get into less fighting when puberty hit as he had new distractions. This was the moment he was able to start a new chapter in life. He never got to be as happy as he was as a child as he never forgot Akihito or what happend, but he was able to move on. While living in America, his mother and him did have their names changed. They were able to do it officially by the time he started high school. He became Jasper Sirius and she became Lilith Sirius.

A new change has happened again though. His mother had to move back to Japan. Jasper could have stayed, but he didn’t want to be without his mother. Lilith’s father died and her mother was now alone. She was in a better position to move back to Japan than Yuki as well. They all went to Japan for the funeral. Lilith and Jasper stayed to get things in order and to settle down. They have been to their old home to help Lilith’s mom out weekly. Although, they both looked different enough in their own way that no one has recognized them. Lilith helps run the store. They live in the city now though. Jasper has been registered for school and unfortunately he has to do Junior year again, but in Japan.


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Kawakami Hikaru's Story

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XX Kobayashi Akihito

Akihito has spent a good several years convincing himself that everything he saw and heard in his childhood was entirely in his head, and he believes it, because it's true. It has to be true.

But of course, life is not on his side, and the day after his meds are reduced, he has a vision.

He's in the school greenhouse, early one morning, snipping wilted blossoms off a dahlia. And all of a sudden, he's somewhere else entirely. He sees countryside whiz by, smaller houses that grow as the train passes and picks up speed. He sees people holding handrails, reflected in the window.

It takes a long moment for Akihito's brain to catch up, for his thoughts to align and make sense again, and then he's pulling out, blocking the visions before he can get lost in them.

Fuck.


This has to be because of the lighter prescription. It has to be. Fuck.

Akihito takes time to breathe, tries not to panic. He refuses to think about what he saw or why or what it means; he's come too far with his therapy to regress now. He can't regress now. He can't.

The last thing he wants is for his father to make good on his threats and hospitalize him again.

Luckily, that vision is the only one, and he manages to finish deadheading the dahlia and watering the entire greenhouse by the time the warning bell rings. And, luckily, no one appears to bother him on the way to class, though there's nothing anyone can do to make him believe it'll last.

And he's right. It doesn't last. Just not quite in the way he'd expected.

The homeroom teacher walks in, and there's someone with him that no one recognizes. A transfer student. Not too strange, he thinks. But then the kid faces forward and Akihito's breath catches.


Hikaru.

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Jasper had had a long month. So many things had happened. This year was his second worst birthday. His first worst birthday was the first one celebrated without Akihito. He pushed Akihito out of his mind. Thinking of him just made his chest hurt. He had been back home, but knew he couldn’t see if his old best friend still lived in the house across the lake. Jasper feared something may have happened to Akihito as well. Akihito had disappeared when he most needed him. He wondered at times if he died. Jasper didn’t think about it much.

All thoughts of Akihito left his mind until he was on the train to his new school. He saw a flower and apparently some wilted blossoms were being snipped off the plant. Before he could even speak or think, he was back on the train. It must have been Akihito. Although, why had it stopped? Why hadn’t he spoken to him? Had Jasper just been too far away all this time or had Akihito blocked him out all of this time? If it was distance, why hadn't he sensed him when he entered the country? What was going on?

“Akihito,” he whispered out loud. When he got no response, a sigh escaped his lips. He pushed the thoughts of Akihito out of his head once more and just took in the view. He cleared his mind until he had to exit the train. Jasper decided to just chalk the incident up to him being tired. He had to be at school early today to finish sorting a few things out. Jasper really wished he had gotten enough sleep now.

While he was in the office, he unluckily ran into his homeroom teacher. It was not his choice, but they showed him the way to class. When he faced the class, his eyes went to someone who caught their breath. Before he could even give the guy a good look, the teacher told him to introduce himself. His eyes wandered around the class, but they returned to that guy. Jasper knew he looked familiar. He had begun to wonder if it was Akihito, but the teacher cleared their throat. He had been silent for too long.

“I am Jasper Sirius from the United States of America. You may call me Jasper if you wish to talk to me,” he said, sounding rather bored. He quickly walked away to an unoccupied desk and settled down. A soft sigh escaped his lips. He focused on class, but his eyes wandered to the person who he thought may be Akihito. Jasper wanted to chalk it up to wishful thinking. He just couldn’t as this was the grade Akihito would be in.

He grew a bit more unsure if it was Akihito as the person seemed to avoid him for the rest of the day. If it was Akihito, wouldn’t he go talk to him? Could Akihito not recognize him? The boy had seemed to gasp when he was in front of the class. The rest of the day was a blur as he was lost in his thoughts. He wondered if this person was Akihito or not. He finished getting dressed after his gym shower and was ready to go home. Unfortunately, he had to sign up for a club. It was a school requirement.

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XX Kobayashi Akihito

Even though so much time has passed, Akihito recognizes Hikaru in an instant, and unfortunately, he can't think fast enough to keep from gasping in shock. Hikaru looks at him. Recognizes him.

Fuck, He thinks for the nth time this morning. How can this be happening?

Akihito knows exactly how- he may not be allowed to talk to Hikaru's family, but everyone knew when his grandfather died. In a town as small as the one Akihito knew, nothing was kept hidden.

Hikaru returning was inevitable. Misaki-san was too kind to leave her mother all alone.

Logically, it all makes perfect sense, but it still has Akihito's mind absolutely reeling. Right now is the worst possible time for all of this to be happening. Even during his hospitalization would've been a better time for Hikaru to show back up, because Akihito wouldn't have to know about it.

Hikaru introduces himself, his speech void of the youthful optimism Akihito remembers. Then he sits down a mere two seats away from Akihito, as if testing his ability to ignore what's happening.

And Akihito does ignore what's happening, if only marginally. He forces himself not to look back at Hikaru, to block Hikaru from his mind. He's not sure he trusts his meds to do it for him. When Hikaru comes toward him during lunch, Akihito walks away, refuses to look Hikaru in the eye.

It's entirely possible that pretending Hikaru doesn't exist is even more obvious than if he just tried not to talk to him, but Akihito's not really sure he cares. Nothing he does can escape notice.

He's cornered in the bathroom toward the end of lunch and only avoids getting punched because the bell rings, sending the bullies scrambling back to class. The student council might ignore the bullying, but tardiness? Absolutely not. If people start showing up late, all hell will break loose.

Akihito slips into his seat just as class starts, successfully avoiding Hikaru. When the last class of the day comes to an end, Akihito packs his things and leaves before Hikaru can even stand.


There's no way I can keep doing this forever.

Akihito returns to the greenhouse. His thoughts almost get the better of him- he can't get Hikaru's face out of his head, can't stop wondering how things will change. Hikaru changed his name. Does that mean he's left the past behind? If so, maybe he won't want to talk to him. Associating with Akihito will only make him more noticeable. No one at this school can resist a gossip topic.

His thoughts spiral down through the many possibilities for the future, and they go uninterrupted for half an hour. Then someone throws open the greenhouse door and marches in uninvited.

"Oi, Kobayashi! I want that money I asked you for."

Sunohara, one of Akihito's classmates, kicks at a pot of sunflowers and topples it over, spilling dirt and flowers onto the floor. One of the boys following him frowns at the dirt on his shoes, then shoots Akihito a glare, as if it's somehow his fault. Sunohara steps into Akihito's face, sneering.

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I don't have any money," Akihito steps back. "My father stopped giving me allowance."

Because you keep stealing it.

"Then steal some. I know your father's loaded, there's no way you got the school to pay for all these." Sunohara says, gesturing to the wide array of flowers around them.

Akihito doesn't respond, because Sunohara is right. He bought most of the flowers himself, with his father's money. But it's still true that Akihito doesn't carry money on him anymore; his father refuses to let him, with how often he "loses" it. And he could never get away with stealing.

Akihito says as much, but Sunohara won't take no for an answer. Several other pots fall to the floor and shatter, and Akihito can barely shove the flowers out of the way of stomping feet.


Looks like I'll have to get more seeds. Again. It'd almost be easier if they just beat me up.

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Jasper was bored as he participated in the event to get the freshmen to sign up for clubs. He walked through the stands for each club and their members. Although, he walked through the stands and wondered if there was a gardening club. He had remembered how he saw the flower this morning. Jasper had a feeling Akihito wasn’t in his home when he shared his sight. He was at the last stand when he finally decided he should ask about the club. Jasper hadn’t seen Akihito either, so he wondered if he was in a gardening club.

“Are you interested in joining the volleyball club? I saw you in gym class, and it looks like you have a body for sports,” said a student who looked familiar to him.

“Is there a gardening club?” Jasper asked and was annoyed when the student laughed. Wasn’t there a gardening club? He thought of how his mother was just reading a list of the clubs off to him last night. Jasper was more sure now there was a gardening club. He assumed Akihito was in this club since he didn’t see him so far.

“No one wants to join that club,” the student replied once they stopped laughing.

“Why?” Jasper replied, which made the student laugh more. He sighed softly and rolled his eyes. Jasper would find the club on his own. He walked off until he found a student who told him where the gardening club was. Jasper beelined outside and to the greenhouse. He slowed down when he realized the doors were open.

Jasper heard voices, but they were clearer as he got closer. He froze as he listened to the conversation. His eyes focused on the people who were speaking in the greenhouse as well. He debated if he should help Akihito. They weren’t hurting him, it just seemed like they were messing up his plants. He almost walked away, but he couldn’t. Despite all the years without being with Akihito, there was a part of him that still cared for him. He walked inside the gardening club and watched as they made pots fall. He watched as Akihito tried to shove the flowers out of stomping feet.

He picked up a pot, the one with the flower he saw this morning and threw it at the main bully. Jasper had wanted to aim for the head, but he thought about it and hit their back instead. Jasper didn’t want a fight, so he began to pick up other pots and throw them at the bullies. He let the others run out, but grabbed the main bully he heard talking. The one who told Akihito to steal money. He kept a strong grip on his upper arm.

“Listen. Bother Akihito again, and we will have a big issue. Also, I want money on Akihito’s desk tomorrow to replace all the pots and plants you ruined, including the ones I ruined. If the money isn’t there...gym class may be eventful for you,” he paused and tightened his grip on the bully until he flinched, “I am not threatening you. I am making a promise. I’d suggest you don’t make me fulfill this promise.” Jasper then proceeded to throw the bully outside and close the doors to the greenhouse. He was silent for a minute before looking at Akihito. Jasper felt his anger fill him up. He wouldn’t yell at him. Lilith told him you don’t yell or hit the people you love.

“Do you recognize me?” he asked, deciding to give Akihito the benefit of the doubt. His best friend could not recognize him, especially with the name change. Jasper didn’t meet his eyes as he felt like he knew the answer. Jasper proceeded to bend down and pick up the broken pieces of flower pots. The greenhouse was a mess. He’d help clean up as he made some of the mess.

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Jasper tensed as he felt hurt while he listened to Akihito, his apparent ex best friend, and just stared blankly. He felt as if someone was squeezing his heart. In his opinion, Akihito was being an asshole. He turned his hands into fists as he wanted to punch Akihito in the face. It was what he would have done if it was anyone else and they spoke to him that way. He made sure to breath slowly so his heart rate wouldn’t go even higher. His anger warmed him and urged him to fight Akihito. Jasper knew it would end up with him beating him into a plup, and he didn’t want to do that. Slowly he walked over to Akihito with the broken pieces he had picked up. Jasper parted his lips to speak, but pressed them together again. He wanted to yell, but he wasn’t going to. He let out a sigh.

“I came here as I saw a flower this morning on my train ride in,” he said before walking away. He dropped the pieces he had picked up right at the doorway before he leaned against the door. He couldn’t help it as he glared at Akihito. He needed his anger to hide the pain he felt. “Also, you never asked for my help before, but I always helped because you didn’t defend yourself. I didn’t want some bully to end up killing you or hurting you badly because I cared and still care for you. I always helped and helped now as you are, well were, my best friend,” he added and paused as he took an involuntary step forward. Jasper was so angry and knew he needed to let it out. He sighed.

“I would imagine you know why I am back as news travels fast. I would think you would be the one person happy to see me. I had to leave because I defended you...I would think you’d be happy to see me. I guess you think I am a murderer as well and decided we are no longer best friends,” he said before he stormed off. The rest of the night was a blur for Jasper. He did just go straight home and went to bed, so it was uneventful. His mother had sent him a message to say she was spending the night with her mother.

The next day he woke up earlier as he had trouble sleeping. He knew he had nightmares he couldn't remember and that he hadn’t had in ages. Finally he decided to get ready for school and got to school much earlier than Akihito must have been the day before. He saw the greenhouse was cleaned and assumed Akihito stayed to clean. Jasper knew he shouldn’t be here, but he knew he wouldn’t be able to ignore Akihito for the rest of his time here. He wasn’t sure if he could fix things, but he knew he’d still protect him. It wasn’t like he could stop caring for his once best friend. Jasper watered the remaining plants and wondered if the bully would leave the money on Akihito’s desk. If he didn’t, Jasper would make gym class a series of unfortunate events for him. Accidents did happen in gym class. He would stay in the greenhouse until the last minute as he’d rather be the last person in class. Jasper wondered if Akihito would visit the greenhouse in the morning. He had left the door open so anyone walking by would know he was in there.

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XX Kobayashi Akihito

"I came here as I saw a flower this morning on my train ride in," Jasper says. "Also, you never asked for my help before, but I always helped because you didn’t defend yourself. I didn’t want some bully to end up killing you or hurting you badly because I cared and still care for you. I always helped and helped now as you are, well were, my best friend."

Jasper's words are expectedly nasty- Akihito could tell he was pissed, so incredibly pissed. Akihito can't bring himself to be hurt by them, though. He's long grown out of being protected.

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I guess you think I am a murderer as well."

The statement hits Akihito like a pile of bricks and for a moment, he can't breathe. It's like Jasper has dropped a bomb on him. And that's not what Akihito thinks at all- Jasper isn't a murderer.

But, murderer or not, Jasper still stands at the center of all Akihito's problems.

Akihito doesn't look up to watch Jasper leave, doesn't take his eyes off the broken pieces of his greenhouse scattered around him. He didn't ask Jasper to come, and he refuses to feel bad for not asking him to stay. They're not friends anymore. They're not even acquaintances anymore.

Akihito refuses to feel bad for that.


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The next morning, Akihito arrives at school to find the greenhouse door wide open.

He sucks in a breath. Images flash in his mind of more broken pots, smashed flowers- everything in ruins. Sunohara does not like being challenged, and yesterday was pushing his limits. Avoiding the greenhouse won't remove the aftermath though. Akihito takes a deep breath, steps inside.

Nothing is broken. Nothing is dead.

Instead, Jasper stands in the middle of one aisle, watering a cluster of gerber daises.

Akihito stands frozen in the doorway for a long moment, trying to collect his thoughts. Why is he here? Why is he here, at school, in his greenhouse, watering his plants? Akihito's hands shake.

He asks, rather angrily, "
What do you want from me?"

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Jasper sensed someone enter the greenhouse, but he stayed quiet. He finished watering the cluster of flowers and moved on to the next one. He heard Akihito speak before he finished watering the last plant. A sigh escaped his lips as he placed the watering can down. Slowly he turned around and looked Akihito over. His heart hurt as he pushed memories away. A smile tried to grace his lips, but it quickly died into a line. He crossed his arms. His temper tried to run hot through his veins. He ignored it as he wasn’t going to yell at Akihito.

“What do you think I want?” he asked. He couldn’t tell his apparently ex best friend what he wanted. Jasper wanted him. He wanted his best friend back, his other half. He had spent years wondering if he had done something to sever their connection. Apparently, it seemed to be Akihito’s fault somehow. He didn’t want to assume it was Akihito’s fault, but he couldn’t help the assumption. He sighed and rolled his shoulders back. Jasper walked slowly up to Akihito and took in his features. He had to calm his mind. Jasper wanted to say so much. He just felt angry as well.

“I am not sure how you feel about me, so I’ll just keep assuming. It seems you are determined to ignore me or were. It will be interesting if you keep ignoring me...it will be interesting as I am joining the gardening club. I am not going to allow anyone to hurt you while I am here. You may hate me or not like me, but you will need to deal with my presence. You apparently already stopped our connection,” he paused as he ran his fingers through his hair, “Anyways, are there any seeds you need or certain type of pots or supplies you want?”

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"What do you think I want?"

Akihito frowns deeper, tension collecting in his shoulders. It doesn't take much thought to guess- if Akihito were in Jasper's place, all he'd want is for things to be the same as they used to be.

But Akihito is not in Jasper's place, and things can never be the same as they used to be.

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I am not sure how you feel about me, so I’ll just keep assuming." Whatever you assume, it's probably correct. "It seems you are determined to ignore me or were. It will be interesting if you keep ignoring me...it will be interesting as I am joining the gardening club."

"Joining?!"

Shock and surprise allow the word to slip out, and Akihito struggles to rein in the pure confusion rolling about in his mind. Why on Earth would Jasper want to join the gardening club? Even without Akihito's aversion to him, the gardening club is the most boring option on the roster.

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I am not going to allow anyone to hurt you while I am here."

Ah, that makes sense.

"You may hate me or not like me, but you will need to deal with my presence. You apparently already stopped our connection," Jasper says, sounding frustrated.

Akihito shoves down the whispering voice of guilt. He refuses to think he might be in the wrong.

(He's scared. He knows he's scared. And it's always easier to hide from feared things than to face them, so that is what Akihito will do. It makes no difference that his feared thing is a person.)

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Anyways, are there any seeds you need or certain type of pots or supplies you want?"

A pause, then a blunt, "
Yes." Akihito pulls a list of flowers and pot sizes he'd written up earlier to help him remember and hands it over to Jasper, carefully avoiding any physical contact.

Then, because he's still pissed and confused and more than a little stressed, he turns and leaves.

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Jasper was glad Akihito answered, but he wished he reacted more to what he said. He took the list and looked it over. Jasper let Akihito walk away as he read the list. He sighed as he typed the list into his phone. Akihito actually sent his mother a message to ask where he could find these things. Although, this was a mistake. It ended up with her asking a million questions that he did his best to vaguely answer. He was glad when he finally informed her he had to get to class. When he got to class, he was disappointed the bully did not leave the money. He rolled his eyes as he sat down. This now meant he had to make the boy’s gym class a living hell. Jasper barely paid attention in class as he mainly focused on Akihito.

He really couldn’t believe he had his best friend back. They were even in the same year thanks to him transferring. Jasper’s mind stayed stuck on daydreams of what things would be like if Jasper and Akihito had a happy reunion. In gym class, he made a decent amount of “accidents” happen. When he could, he made sure to hit the bully with the ball. After gym Jasper made sure to shower very quickly as his mother, Lilith, was going to show up at the garden club with the supplies. He ran to the greenhouse, but smiled when he saw his mom. She was so much shorter than him and just reached the middle of his chest.

“How was your day sweetie?” she asked. He smiled and shrugged. Jasper’s eyes wandered to the supplies against the greenhouse.

“I am good, and you? How is grandmother?” he asked. He resisted the urge to look around for Akihito. He wondered if he’d recognize his mother. She did look different as her waist length hair was now short, boyish. Also, she didn’t wear makeup anymore like back in the day.

“I am tired, but okay. Grandmother is as good as she can be,” she paused to ruffle his hair. “I have to go soon though, so let’s get this stuff inside.” Jasper rolled his eyes and smiled. He then proceeded to help her bring everything into the greenhouse. They did everything rather quickly. He hugged her once more and kissed her cheek before he let her go.

"See you for dinner," she yelled as she ran off. Jasper smiled a bit. His mother was so much busier now. Jasper was surprised that he missed her company so much. In America they had spent much more time together. It was really like he was alone here. The thoughts of loneliness annoyed him as he felt these thoughts only started yesterday. Jasper pushed his thoughts away before he began to fill a pot with soil.

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Akihito finds himself distracted throughout the day, unable to concentrate on... anything, really.

Jasper is on his mind practically every second and he thinks it might genuinely drive him mad. There's absolutely no good reason for him to be so caught up in this- at least, he wants to believe there isn't. Realistically, he knows anyone else would be thrilled if they were in his position.

(Or, well, maybe not all of his position. Having a long-lost best friend back, sure, but Akihito is more or less certain no one would want the part of the situation that he's truly terrified of.)


But there's no way for me to get around this. Not if he's a member of the gardening club.

Despite Akihito's aversion to anything involving Jasper, he does enjoy watching him pummel Sunohara during gym. Jasper takes every opportunity to peg him in the head and it's satisfying.

If only Sunohara wasn't so fucking stubborn. Then maybe getting pummeled would be enough.

Akihito forces himself to steel his expressions and keep his enjoyment hidden. He doesn't want to taunt Sunohara, nor does he want Jasper to think he's done him any favors. He manages to avoid the both of them successfully- until school ends. He can't avoid Jasper in the tiny greenhouse.

Akihito takes the long route to the greenhouse, wanting to put off duties for as long as possible. For the first time in four years, he's tempted to just... not show up for club duties, today.

Then he rounds a corner and sees Jasper with his mom. He quickly backpedals out of sight.

Seeing Misaki-san after so many years is a shock to Akihito's system. He can't help the rush of anger and blame whenever he sees Jasper. But Misaki-san... none of what happened was her fault.


None of it was his fault, either. You know that.

And Akihito does. But even admitting that doesn't soothe the paranoia running through his veins.

He waits until Misaki-san has left, waits until he can't hear Jasper's footsteps, waits a little longer just so he can tell himself his time with Jasper won't be as prolonged, and then finally makes his way into the greenhouse. It feels like walking into a sunroom in the middle of July.

Jasper is already filling the new pots with soil. Akihito doesn't extend a greeting, simply sets his things to the side and grabs a pot himself, silently transplanting the new flowers Jasper bought.


It's only for a few months. As long as father doesn't find out, it'll be fine. It'll all be just fine.