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Ruki Sohma

"I know a lot of people don't like the Rat. But maybe I can change that."

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a character in “Fruits Basket: A New Generation”, originally authored by NasiaWords, as played by RolePlayGateway

Description

Name: Ruki Sohma

Picture:

Animal Form:
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Human Form:
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Zodiac Animal: Rat

Gender: Female

Age: 16

Brief Description: Height: 5' 6" Weight: 110 lbs. Build: Average

Skills/Abilities: Can play violin quite well, despite her disability.

Likes: Books, music, quiet places and fights.

Dislikes: Big crowds, sharp objects, people bringing up her disability and annoying things.

Phobia:
-Athazagoraphobia- Fear of being forgotten or ignored.
- Aeroacrophobia - Fear of open high places.
- Arsonphobia - Fear of fire.
- Hematophobia - Fear of blood.
- Merinthophobia - Fear of being bound or tied up.
- Ophidiophobia - Fear of Snakes

Parents: Yuki Sohma and Jin Sohma

Crush: Doesn’t have one … yet …

Secret Desires: To have a secure feeling, a warm place to stay and be accepted.

Anything Else: Ruki has a reading disability, Dyslexia.

Theme Song: Behind These Hazel Eyes - Kelly Clarkson

Personality
Personality: Occupying the 1st and most prominent position on the Chinese Zodiac, the Rat symbolizes such character traits as wit, imagination and curiosity. Rats have keen observation skills and with those skills they’re able to deduce much about other people and other situations. Overall, Rats are full of energy, talkative and charming but they have a tendency to become aggressive. People born in the Year of the Rat are one of the most industrious and hardest working in the zodiac. Forever busy in pursuit of an ambitious personal goal, at times they may become difficult to work with since they are born perfectionists. Rats must ensure that every "i" is dotted before completing an assigned task. As a result, they are often successful financially, and are good providers for their family and those they cherish most dearly. Loyal and loving, Rat people inspire loyalty in others who are close to them. They are essentially honest individuals and loath to betray a confidence. However, their quick wit and restlessness can sometimes lead to chattiness, and they can often be relied upon at large social gatherings for a good story or a juicy bit of gossip. Their energy levels and expert organizational talents are such that it is a rare thing to see a Rat person sitting idly by with nothing to do. They may even sometimes be viewed as opportunists who cajole others into helping them accomplish a great ambition. In their careers, Rat people can find much success as business leaders or politicians. They enjoy traveling and taking on new tasks and will take on practically any new project or adventure simply to avoid any sense of routine and monotony. They’re zestful, spirited, and giving individuals who are well-liked by others.

History
History: When Ruki was born, Yuki, her father, was very happy to have a daughter. But Yuki’s wife, Jin rejected the baby, leaving Yuki and Jin. Yuki had wished that his wife would accept the child, rather than reject it, but it was to late now. Ruki’s mom left when she was about 3, and Yuki had a hard time adjusting. Ruki learned to live with only a father, but she was deeply hurt inside. Like Yuki when she was young, Ruki hides any of her sadness inside and puts on a carefree front for all her friends and family. Her father always asks her to talk if she has something on her mind, but Ruki always denies having any sadness in her soul. Ruki is always secretly wishing for her mother to come back, to drop who she ran off with and realize what a mistake she made. But now that she is older, and has given up her dream of seeing her mother ever again.

So begins...

Ruki Sohma's Story

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~Raiden~

Raiden watched as Ichiro cleaned the mess then left. "They have to listen to me when they arrive. I'll tell them to visit more and they will. It's our way of life. No matter what or how, they will have to listen to me." Raiden had always been touchy on the subject of the Curse. The Curse is yours and the Zodiac's to share. No one else's to worry about or even think about. Don't ever let anyone get in the way of it, Raiden was told by the previous head. That was what he had lived by his entire life, and how he plans on living for the rest of it. Just him and his Zodiac.

~Ruki~

Ruki and Yurri had been talking until they had gotten to their lockers, once again by each other. "Look, all I'm saying is that you should socialize with more guys. They might start thinking you ride the other road ... you know what I mean," Yurri said. Ruki was about to respond when she saw Yang, another one of her family members. "Hi, Yang. How are you?" Ruki wasn't really used to anyone responding to her. Not even nicely, but she always trying to communicate with the other Zodiac. "I haven't talked to you in a while. Where have you been? I never see you around the Sohma Estate. And Raiden has been wanting to see you. He's been wanting to see everyone. I can kind of understand how you wouldn't want to though," Ruki said, unconciously rubbing her cheek. "He really misses you."

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"Nice date? What do you take me for?" Ruki rolled her eyes before Yang began to explain his plan. "All this to get out of class ... Are you sure that this isn't some joke your playing on the Rat?" Ruki shook her head and laughed, brushing the thought aside. "Sure," Ruki put on a smile and laughed again. "I'll help you, that's what family is for, right?" Ruki looked over to Yurri, who was drooling over Yang. "Eh ... Yurri, this is Yang. He doesn't live on the Estate, though." Yurri looked over to Ruki and pouted. "How come everyone in your family is gorgous! Everyone in my family has a big nose or big thighs. You are all perfectly shaped and everything." Ruki laughed again, but thought, It's a curse ... not something to be proud of. "Yang ... I swear ... you owe me big. Nowlet's get going so I'm not late to class." Ruki thought for a minute before speaking again. "You should come see Raiden after school with me."

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Ruki only hesitated for a little before remembering that he was the Monkey. She never really talked to the other Zodiac, never that she thought they would want to, so she didn't really know how they acted. Ruki took his hand and smiled warmly. "You really don't want to be in class, do you," she said before smiling at Yurri. "You might want to just get to class. I don't think you want to be late." Yurri nodded and headed off to class. "So .... I have a question .... have you talked to the Cat lately?" Ruki felt somewhat bad for never remebering his name, but no one ever mentioned him around her. It made her seem that much more arrogant to his existance. To any of the other Zodiacs existance. Her father encouraged her to talk to them more at school, but she could never work up the nerve to. Why would people tell her the Rat is to good for everyone else, but go around her back saying such horrible things about her. "That's why it's called a Curse," she told herself.

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~Ruki~

Ruki had been wondering the halls after Yang left her when she saw Ai talking to someone. "I feel especially worried for Mikuo, though. I mean, he's the ca-" Ruki heard him start before he caught himself. Hanging around Raiden to much made her overprotective about their secret. So she launched herself from around the corner and to Ai's side. "Ai, what do you think you are doing. Our family buisness is our family buisness. Why are you talking so closly to someone?" She looked over at the girl, slightly confused why Ai was opening up to her. "Do you know what might happen if you slip up," she whispered to Ai.

~Raiden~

Raiden looked down at Kyuzuki as she began digging the glass into her arm. He knelt down and grabbed both her hand. "You can come in, Arisu," he said, still looking at Kyuzuki. "I love all the Zodiac. I love the Dragon, I love the Dog, I love the Rat, I love the Monkey, I love them all. You are the Dragon, through and through. There is no one bit of you that isn't. Don't think any different or your just like the rest of them." Raiden took his sheet from his bed and wiped the blood from her neck and arms. "Maid, bring a first-aid kit and clean up this mess," he yelled at a maid that was supposed to be near by all the time. Small footsteps made their way away and back. The maid appeared with a first-aid kit and a broom. "Sweep that up," he said as he worked on Kyuzuki's injuries. "It's disrespectful to do such things in front of me. Especially on my floor. Ruki has bad hemophobia, and if she sees the littlest bit of blood, she faints. I'm going to make you clean it up," he said. "So Arisu, it's been a while," Raiden glanced up her and notice Tora too. "And hello to you, too."

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"Miss Umeko, please go," he said, pushing her away lightly. "We'll speak later." He said as he grabbed Ruki's hand and stormed down the hall until they were a distance away so no one would hear. He stopped and stared at her.

Ai cleared his throat and winced when she pulled his arm. He yanked it away and yelled. "He has to live with the nuisance of a SECOND curse! How would you feel if you turned into a monster like him? A smelling lizard-like creature, and constantly fear that what if you fall and the bracelet comes off? Hell's hell then! He's in a state of mind where he thinks everybody hates him, and it's because of the constant pain which he dwells in. Others whom aren't a part of the zodiac will not accept the way he is, because he must test others and see if they judge him. Most of the time, they run off, the times I've seen. He's not intentionally making people hate you. Ruki, I don't hate you," he said, his voice going soft again and quiet. "You're not a sleezy, arrogant rodent. It's just you need to socialize more. Talk to others. Let them know how you feel, and maybe they'll try to make everything better."

"I'm sorry about bringing the cat into this conversation." He said, his gaze shifting to the left, and near a window. "It's just I get protective over him. I don't want anyone to hurt him. I don't care if people hurt me." Wrapping his left hand around his right arm, he clenched the skin on his arm and then his gaze shifted towards the ground. "Ruki. You're oblivious about other people's feelings. You're not the only one going through pain, you know. Many other zodiac are probably in worse pain than you, because there's a chance that is happening. One could be be born right now, stabbed through the heart knowing that they have to be an outcast. The first time they face an act of exclusion, the first time they face abuse, is so shocking that it isn't even funny. Ruki, no one will hate you if you just show to them that they shouldn't hate you."

"I'm probably not even making sense." His head lowered solemnly to where his black bangs covered his eyes.

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"Ai, I love you and I know I'm a lot better off than most the other Zodiac. But that's what makes it a lot worse for me. The Rat gets everything, and has no worries. The truth is that ... I want to know more about the Cat. My dad has only told me horrible things about the Cat. But it's just not really possible ... because I get this feeling whenever I see him. I'm not sre if it's hate or pity or what. I want to run away." Ruki never really heard mch about the second curse, she was kept rather in the dark about that. "But if people get to know him, they do start hating me. Isn't it obvious? You and the other Zodiac may not, but people see what I did to him ... I turn into a monster. I just want that to go away. This curse ... makes everyone of us suffer ... God, why did the Rat have to go and do that! I-I ... don't know ... ugh. If I try and talk to him, I'll probably get shunned. But if I keep ignoring him, then it's more of a bad reputation for me ... Ai, what am I supposed to do. You know how loyal to my father I am. But you also know how mch he hates the Cat." Ruki shook her head and rubbed her eyes. Life without the curse would be so easy ... hate wouldn't be so present in the family. "I'm getting a headache."

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Ai hugged her for a moment, glad that he didn't poof. "Maybe he'd understand if you'd just talk to him. I mean, I just started talking with Mikuo today, but in that same day I realized he's just a shy person whom really has no one. I've been watching him from a distance, you could say, because I've always been interested in the cat." He stopped for a moment and began mumbling. "I don't know, but I guess you could say I secrectly love him? Not that it matters right now, I just needed to say because I dislike bottling up emotions. Ruki," he said, looking up at her.

"How about you and I go speak to him later?"

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Mikuo nodded to himself. He couldn't avoid this forever. He would have to face class, and the humiiation of being late, at some point.
Maybe not yet though. Maybe he could skip his morning classes, and show up after lunch or something?
Yeah, that's what he would do. He needed rest anyway. Hands stuffed in his pockets, he walked in the opposite direction from his class, then paused as he heard voices.

"... guess you could say I secrectly love him? Not that it matters right now, I just needed to say because I dislike bottling up emotions. Ruki,"

That sounded like...Ai? And Ruki? As in, the Rat? Damn, he couldn't go this way, it would mean walking past them. Were they talking about him? Ai...loved him? That was a new one on him, it had to be said. He had never heard anyone say that about him...

Seeing as he couldn't go any further without Ai and Riku noticing him, he leaned against the wall, eventually sliding down it, his knees against his chest. The movement made his injuries protest, very violently in fact, and he let out a small whimper as a few cuts reopened. He would be okay though, for now. He had bandaged himself up fairly well. It still hurt though. Hurt a lot, truth be told.

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Ai smiled and grabbed her hand. "Come on, just so we can cheer both of us up a bit, let's take a stroll. I know it's pretty stressful right now, Ruki, but I like to make people smile. I don't care about my well-being. I care about you all," he said warmly, and began walking off down the hall until he saw a crouched-looking figure. Squinting to see, he noticed white hair and immediately muttered.

"Hey, is that Mikuo? Come on, like I said, let's talk to him! Might aswell do it now since we ran into him." He waved and yelled Mikuo's name. "Mikuo! Hi there!" He said happily as he tightened his grip on Ruki's hand and ran down towards Mikuo, basically not making sure if Ruki was following, or just dragging on the floor. Ai fell on his knees and slip down the hall, and stopped with friction when he was sitting very close to him.

"What 'cha doin'?" He asked, while looking up at Mikuo. His gaze shifted towards Ruki and he shrugged one of his shoulders towards Mikuo's direction, as if telling her to talk to him.

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Ruki listened as Ai talked, but when he said he thought he saw the Cat, she froze. "What," Ruki mummbled as Ai began to drag her towards a wall. Her heart speed up as she cold feel them getting closer, she was scared. The two were supposed to be enemies, supposed to hate each other. Would he react shy to her like he did to Ai, or would he snap and yell at her like her father made her think he would. The Cat isn't worth yor time, not even thinking about him is worth it. Stay away from him. Don't let his stupidity infect you, she remembered her father saying. Ruki didn't get the last part at all, but she didn't care much anyways. That's when he finally came into view, and her mind went blank. Ruki couldn't do more than stare down at him; horror, confusion and anger most likely clear on her face. Horror was there because she had no idea how to react or what to say. Confusion because he did ... seem any different. And anger, because that was all she felt when her father or Raiden talked about the Cat. Maybe it wasnatural for the Rat to feel this way about the Cat. Ruki saw Ai motion towards the boy, but all her words were caught in her throat. Her breathing was totally irreglar and it felt as though she was a million miles away. Say something, otherwise he'll jump to the conclusion that you hate him, her mind told her. "So that's the Cat?" Uh-oh. That might have been the wrong thing to say ....

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Ai smiled and looked at them both, his heart racing 5,000 miles per hour. They were all silent, and there was only a dead silence, which caused a nervous sweatdrop to drip down his cheek. This is so awkward, he thought, his gaze shifting a bit uncomfortably. Deciding to break the silence, he blurted out something. "Did you know the rat and the rabbit are close relatives because they're the same kindgom? I think!"

That was stupid.

Ai's face turned chibi and his cheeks blushed, feeling his flesh go hot as he looked to the side with embarrassment. "Uhm..." he mumbled nervously. The rabbit boy got in the same sitting position as Mikuo, his legs to his chest as his head turned the opposite direction of the others, since he thought he just made a complete fool of himself.

"I'm such a fool," he whispered to himself.

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See! He's not even looking at me! What am I supposed to do, Ruki asked herself. Then he addressed her, which made her eyes grow even wider. "M-Mikuo-san ... nice t-to meet you," Ruki breathed, silently cursing at herself for stuttering. She felt like she was breaking so many rules ... rules that she was beginning to not see a point of. Mikuo didn't look as bad as people made it. Was it illegal for the Rat and Cat to be friends? Then her eyes fell to the braclet he was wearing. A monster underneath, huh. Doesn't really look like it to me, she thought. But not everything was what it seemed, at least thats what her father told her all the time. Then she looked at Ai and smiled. She crouched down next to him and laughed, "Yes, we are. But bunnies are way cuter than rats, Ai. Be glad your the Rabbit. Your other form is so soft and fluffy and adorable, just like you."

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Ai flinched, and his cheeks grew hotter and redder. The boy's eyes softened and he smiled elegantly, turning his head to look at them both, but it kept shifting between Ruki and Mikuo. He couldn't keep his eyes off that cat. The boy's gaze finally stopped on Ruki and his closed his eyes and grinned. "Thank you. I...really appreciate that."


Ai grew silent as thoughts run through his head, and he came to realize something which made the iris and the pupil of his eyes to grow small. What if...Ruki and Mikuo were never called beautiful or elegant, or petite, or adorable..because of what they are? Because of what they were born to be...rats were labeled as disease-ridden creatures. Cats were labeled as evil. Rabbits were labeled as cute. That was unfair. It wasn't equivalent. That thought was quite a tearjerker, because his eyes turned glassy, and his eyes went watery.

"Has..anyone called you two..elegant, cute, or anything..in that subject before, because of what you are, or just simply haven't said it?" He asked solemnly.

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Ruki looked at Ai confused .... elegant? "Umm ... no ... as a rat, I haven't. I mean ... little baby mice are cute, but rats? No. It doesn't really matter to me whether I'm cute or not, though." Rat's were creature's that most people hated. Some becase the carried diseases, some because they were ugly theives, and some because, in some cases, they were killers. "That's what cat's are for, to get rid of them," she said. "That's also why I never let boy's get anywhere near me ... or I try not to. Because if I turn, then someone will most likely try and squish ... which would be bad." Ruki looked down at Ai and saw the look on his face, which saddened her. "Don't worry, Ai," she said as she hugged him. "Being ugly can be a really good thing."

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Ai pushed her away and shook his head. "No. That's not equal." He said, his iris and pupil shivering gently in the white crescents of his eyes. "Don't call me cute if you think you yourself are ugly." His gaze shot towards Mikuo, then at Ruki. "If you don't have enough pride, to even say that you yourself are beautiful, and say that being ugly as a good thing, that's just...I don't know."

The tears in his eyes got angry. They just wanted to drop, and a pain hurt the back of his throat, so he just cried there. He hasn't cried in a long time anyways, so it felt a bit good to let it out. "If you call yourself ugly, I don't want to be cute. Call me ugly. Call me a stupid, pea-brained, smelly, ugly rabbit, because if you think you're ugly, I want everything to be equal."

Ai got up and rubbed his eyes, making very tiny sobs that were nearly inaudible. The rabbit boy grabbed Ruki and Mikuo, pulling them close to him and hugging them.

"I know I may not be much, I just seem like a kid. But I try my best to help people, make them happy. I don't care about my well-being. I care about both of yours."

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Ai listened to Ruki solemnly, the tears pouring from his eyes beginning to cease. Instead, it was replaced with a painful smile. "Both of you are beautiful," he said as he used his hand which was free to pet Mikuo's head.

He noticed Mikuo's eyes grow soft, and he seemed like he was about to cry. "One moment, Ruki." He said softly as he broke away from her hand and lowered his head a bit to meet Mikuo's gaze. "Let out your emotions. It's good to cry once in awhile. It helps let out the pain in which you've bottled up." His smile turned into a warming grin as he grabbed Ruki's hand and pulled her to hug them both. "Don't break away from my embrace, lady, 'cause I love you both and nothing can stop that."

"I'd even probably risk my life for you two, if it came down to that option in a predicament." Ai wrapped his left arm around Ruki to hug her, and then used his right arm to grab a hold of Mikuo. "Gosh," he whispered, almost in the hint of a small laugh. "I feel like a little dad or something."

"I don't mind though," he whispered, more quietly than before, as he rested his head ontop of Mikuo's as he hugged them both. "Hope 'ya don't mind. Keeping my head up like that kinda hurt."

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Ai's face darkened a bit, as his grip around Mikuo got a little tighter, mainly because Ai got a bit scared and worried. You could even tell by the way he was breathing; he was nearly hyperventilating as if he was going to faint. "I haven't seen him in forever," he said quietly. Ai was fearful of Raiden for some reason. He's never liked the head of the family, and probably never will. The other reason he was freaking out because of how usually the heads of the families pick on the cat. What if he ended up beating Mikuo? What if he hit Mikuo? Raiden-sama was nearly unpredictable, in Ai's perspective.

The rabbit boy went silent for which seemed like minutes before breathing in a shaky breath and pulling his head away from Mikuo's. "Sorry, Ruki. I can't," he murmured quietly, nervously fiddling with a lock of his black hair. He felt a bit weak all of a sudden. Great. Was he going to turn into a rabbit right then? What another block of stress, huh.

Ai has always felt fearful around the head of the family. He's afraid that if he did one wrong move, he'd get hit, or get his hair pulled, or maybe even something worse. He thought about this frantically, but when he said no, he felt guilty. He didn't want to upset Ruki or anything, since he of course was her friend anyways, he thinks. What if Raiden scolded him for not seeing him for almost 2 years? What if he was forced to live there?!

That particularly thought made him extremely afraid. Yeah, it's nice there, but having to live with the head of the family, no. It's too scary. Wait. If Ai doesn't go, what if Raiden comes to see him?

Ai shivered. Raiden and Ai alone in his vacant of an apartment. That'd be a chance to beat him or something, where as if he went with Ruki, they'd be a group.

The rabbit boy screamed. "No!" From the build up of stress, he inhaled violently and suddenly..

Poof.

He was a rather small black rabbit sitting on Mikuo's lap with his clothes sprawled all over the floor. The black rabbit burrowed himself in one of Mikuo's pants pockets and shook.

"Sorry Ruki. I just can't come. Raiden-sama scares me, that's all." He said quickly.

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Ruki's eye's widened when Ai turned into a rabbit, and she was immeadiatly picking up his clothes. "I'm sorry, Ai. I didn't mean to make you transform. But I think you should still come. I promise that I won't let Raiden touch you. I would make sure if he can near you, that I would be between you and him. Ai, he would have to kill me before I let him get to you," Ruki said with a slight smile. Which was true. She was close to Raiden that she had some will power against him ... it wasn't a lot, but enough to protect the others. "And ... Mikuo ... you can come to. I know you probably don't want to, but it would be nice to see him with other's around." Ruki was partially hoping the two would accept, but she knew the way they felt about Raiden ... she knew how everyone felt about him. They were scared of him. But she had seen a side of him that they hadn't ... at least a few times. He did care, he just didn't know how to show it properly. "Maybe seeing us all together will make him happy. Trust me, I'm the Rat. I know a thing or two about Raiden."

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#, as written by Sorant
Up above the rest of the students in the school one student was falling asleep on the roof. He had been watching the clouds go by and seeing all the different shapes they made. But then they had all started to look like fluffy sheep that were jumping across the sky. As he watched them his eyes started to close and his mind was shutting down.

BOOOM BIOON BIIIING

His eyes snapped open as the school bell rang. "How long was I out for?" he asked himself and hoped that it wasn't for too long. He stood up and brushed himself off to tidy up his appearance a bit. Deciding on a fun way to get to class he thought he might try being a bit acrobatic on his way back. So he stood at the edge of the storage shed's roof and spread his arms out wide as if he were a diver. He breathed in and out slowly then began. He flipped forward down towards the roof and landed perfectly and in good form. He imagined a panel of judges holding up various numbers ranging from 10 to awesome. But that was enough of that and he began to jog to the stairs and down.

He slid down the banisters to avoid the other people on the stairs and got a few surprised screams out of some girls and laughs out of a few guys. "Move move move! The Monkey boy's coming through!" he yelled as he reached the bottom of the steps. He tumbled down to the ground and rolled through it to spring up onto his feet. He gave a quick bow to no one in particular before going off again. When ever he had enough room he would switch from regular walking to walking on his hands. He liked doing that since it was harder than regular walking but more fun since it was a game of how long he could keep hand walking until he had to stop.

He came around a corner and almost hit Mikuo as he did. To avoid that he shifted his body sideways and went into a cartwheel and stopped on his feet. The first thing he noticed was Mikuo holding a small black rabbit. "Awesome a rabbit!" he exclaimed and moved in closer to look at him. He was almost oblivious to the fact that the Rat and Cat were even there. He inched his face closer to the rabbit with a 'Creeper' smile on his face. His fingers wiggled like snakes as they moved closer to touch Ai.

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Just before he got a chance to get the rabbit in his gasp it yelled out in a high voice. It was then that he realized it wasn't a normal rabbit but instead one of his family. Which was probably why he zoned in on him so easily. But it didn't matter to him there was still a fluffy rabbit to pet. But before he could carry out his plan Ai poofed back into his normal self.

"Aww now I can't mess with you....." Yang said with mock sadness. "But oh well thems the breaks. He kindly looked the other way as Ai got dressed and was quick to wave at both Mikuo and Ruki as if he had just seen them. Once Ai was done he turned back to him to answer him. "Yes I do but I don't." He didn't really want to clarify but he did anyway. "I know you are the rabbit, he's the cat, and she's the rat. But I don't know what you guys look like in your other forms. Or at least I don't remember anyway." as he explained he pointed at each of them respectively. "Its probably because I do alot of stuff." By stuff he meant pranks and mischief he had caused around campus.

He crouched down next to Mikuo and Ai pulling a pack of gum out of his pocket. He slid a piece into his mouth and offered the two of them some as well. Although the packing and gum were green it was fruity flavored like a tropical punch. He chewed it and blew a small green bubble before letting it burst and starting again.

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"Why?" Ai asked, not minding being shifted. His face went chibi, and his facial expression resembled this: -3-

"I like both of your forms, besides the other form being a bit smelly. It's not necessarily ugly, it's just special. We all have our flaws, right?" He asked with a polite smile. "What I don't understand is why you don't like your cat form." The rabbit boy frowned a bit. "I think it's cute. I've always liked kitties, and in your other form, you look cute. You look like an angora persian mix," he stopped, and then panicked. "Not that I've followed you around to see it!" He quickly added, blushing a bit at his stupidity. Ai looked over at the gum and took a piece, then gazed at Mikuo for which seemed like a minute.

"Thank you Yang. I've always liked gum, it's fun to chew," he said. He popped the piece in his mouth and chewed rather quietly, not loud like most people chew, and just relaxed on Mikuo, laying his head down a bit on his leg, though, he rose his head a bit and gently pulled down on Mikuo's head to whisper in his ear.

"Remember the meeting after school on the roof, just another heads up," he said, then laying his little head back down on Mikuo's leg, though, his head was hanging a little bit off of his leg and he could see everything upside down. Long locks of his black hair tickled the ground a bit, and his gaze shifted to see upside down feet. Ruki's and Yang's, to be exact.

"Hehe," he said almost deliriously. "Your feet are upside-down."

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"Remember the meeting after school on the roof, just another heads up," , Ai said to him, and Mikuo nodded.
"I know...I suggested it, I'm not likley to forget...", he replied, giving the black-haired boy a tiny smile, before looking up at Ruki.
While he wasn't exactly wanting to stay in school, he was unsure of the offer. Would it really be okay for the Cat and the Rat to hang out together? They certainly wouldn't be allowed to be friends. But what if...Ruki was only doing this so she could be mean later? Or use it to make Raiden angry at him? You could never tell with the Rat...or Raiden...

I need to stop thinking this way...Yes, she is the Rat, but she hasn't done anything bad...not yet anyway..., he scolded himself, though that little bit of doubt was still there. That one word. 'Yet'. Those three letters could change everything, as Mikuo himself had experienced before.

"What do you think, Ai-chan?", he asked the boy on his lap. Ai was confusing him just now. He thought Mikuo was cute? Or at least that his cat form was cute. Was he following him about? Judging from how quickly he had denied it, it would seem so....That was kinda creepy...but strangely, Mikuo was quite flattered. To think that Ai went to all that trouble to follow him around...

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"Strong? No way," he said, tapping his bottom lip. "Though, I'll go if Mikuo goes!" He exclaimed, and then glanced at Mikuo's face, to stop and look at him. "Why do you look disoriented?" He asked. "Did I say something weird? Out of the ordinary? If, so I'm really sorry if I made you feel uncomfortable." Realizing rather quicky, about his comment before about "not following him around" and calling him "cute", he blushed and rather smoothly put his hand around his mouth and looked down.

A bit muffled from his hand, he spoke. "Sorry about that. I mean, sure, I followed you around, it's just...I guess I find you interesting. I always have, considering the loneliness you go through. I'm a friendly person. I could never exclude anyone without feeling painful remorse." The rabbit boy explained, looking at Ruki and Yang, and of course, cat boy Mikuo.

"I know it may sound like um..like stalking, but, I do it because I care for you all." Ai coughed a bit. "Considering, well, I used to stalk all of you, but now it's narrowed down to Mikuo, since I can only do so many things at the same time." The rabbit boy chuckled a bit nervously, his little body tensing. "I'm really sorry."

"I-I hope I didn't make any of you feel uncomfortable. I once even watched Raiden. It was back when I was little, since I was really lonely, so I thought the god may be nice like a parent, because my mother and father hated me because of what I was. I was very cute when I was a baby, and so, ladies would walk up to hug me, and then I'd turn into a tiny, helpless rabbit. I embarrassed my parents because of that, and so, my mother left me when I was a kid and I was raised with my dad until 4th grade, and I was 9 going on 10. He left me, and now, I think he lives in America, so it's a habit for me to watch people, as I feel like I'm less lonely until they catch me."

Ai's grip on Mikuo got a bit tenser, as he hugged him more affectionately. He looked like he was about to cry, though. "I'm sorry if I made you all uncomfortable. I'm really, really sorry. I'll go anyways to make up for it. Don't buy me food. I have some at home," he said.

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Ai's tense body turned into a dead weight as he began calming at Mikuo's touch. His grip on him weakened as he relaxed. "Thanks," he murmured, his gaze shifting upwards a bit to look at the male.

He smiled and reached his hand to pet Mikuo's head, too. "I'll pet you too, kitty," he said in a joking way, chuckling at his comment and closing his eyes. "I might fall asleep like this. If I do, just wake me up."

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Ruki rolled her eyes at Ai, saying she shouldn't pay for him. "Ai, we all followed people when we were younger. And I'm sure we've all had our fair share of following the Cat around. I always followed my dad around when I was little, I still do. And it's the same with Raiden. I can't fully understand wanting to look for a parental figure, but I do know what it's like to look up to someone from a distance. I did that to all the older Zodiac. I'm still paying for you guys, no matter what you say." Ruki looked in the direction of Mikuo, not making eye contact with him. She still was in a fog about things, everything she had thought had been changed in one day ... well mostly. She was still confused about things ... she'd talk about them later. "You can pick where we go, if you want, Mikuo. I mean ... I'm horrible at making decisions. But if you don't want to, Ai or Yang can pick a place," she said. The fog surrounding her mind was so thick, she could almost feel the pressure pushing out on her head. Great, another headache, she thought, putting a hand to her head. "And I would much go on a date with Ai that you Yang," Ruki said playfully. "His cutness compared to yours is like a million miles up on the scale," she kicked him lightly on the shin and stuck her toungue out. "I'm ready when you are."




Raiden looked at the tall gates of the school, they were standing open. Even though they haden't been walking for long, he was still out of breath. "Good, I didn't want to run into any outsiders. I hate it when they stare," he said as he noticed all the kids going back into their classrooms through an window. He walked through the gates and the front building, standing in the middle of a nearly deserted hall. "I can feel them close ... this might not be as hard as I thought," he said, closing his eyes.