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(Private) The Dropped Pencil

Post by Nayumi Tachibana on Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:28 pm

Nayumi was sitting at her usual spot in the library, with her sketchbook placed on her knees. From her very first day at Yamaku, she fell in love with the silence and isolation that the library provided. She kept going there to draw every single day during lunch break, and while occasionally someone would wander inside to check a book out or whatever, most of the time, she was all alone, which was just the way she liked it. The girl hated dealing with people. No matter how nice they pretended to be, she always ended up being hurt by them, even if they meant well. Even Taizai, the only person in the world that Nayumi could call a true friend, and the only student who knew her secret, ended up hurting her. After what he did to her, she refused to leave her dorm room for days, completely neglecting her duties as a student. Today was the first day in which she decided that she couldn't stay home and lick her wounds forever, and that it was finally time for her to move on. Of course, when she finally went to class, Taizai was there, which was understandable considering the fact that the two were classmates. As soon as lunch break began, Nayumi grabbed her sketch and a pencil and made her way to the library as quickly as possible. She knew her friend would want to talk to her about what happened, and she wanted to avoid it at all costs. It took her days to finally overcome it, and she didn't want the wound to be reopened again so soon.

Suddenly, Nayumi's pencil fell out of her hand and rolled to the side. The girl looked at her hand and sighed. She was starting to lose her grip - a common symptom that occurred when she had neglected her maintenance for a while. Before attending school, she was warned that she needed to undergo a few maintenance procedures every few weeks in order to keep her body up and running. Said "maintenance procedures" involved taking her mechanical body apart and replacing whatever was worn out or broken, which wasn't a very pleasant experience for her. Naturally, she had avoided it like the plague, and now the consequences of that were starting to become apparent. Nayumi closed her eyes and shivered at the thought that she'd need to have that stuff done to her soon. She never even noticed that the pencil had rolled right at the feet of a very familiar face...
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Post by Taizai Hikari on Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:37 pm

Taizai is looking at books to check out. He needed a new novel to read for those late nights. He knew Nayumi would be here hopefully so he tried to avoid bumping into her out of fear that he would ruin things more.

Today was her first day back and she ignored me...I really did mess up...

Suddenly he notices a pencil at his feet and looks down from the book he had picked out.

Hmm...I wonder...

He bends down and picks it up. Upon turning around he notices her.

"Oh...H-Hey..."

His voice trembles slightly from being so nervous.
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Post by Nayumi Tachibana on Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:44 pm

Nayumi looked up and noticed Taizai in front of her, with the pencil in his hands. What was he doing there? Did he follow her or something? She had made it pretty clear that she didn't want to talk to him about what happened, so why was he being so stubborn?!? The girl reminded herself that she shouldn't jump to conclusions. Maybe there was another explanation for his presence there. In any case, one thing was certain - he was in possession of her pencil, and she couldn't continue drawing without it. "Um... That's mine..." she spoke quietly to him.
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Post by Taizai Hikari on Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:48 pm

"Yeah...here you go..."

He hands it to her and smiles faintly.

"Drawing again huh? Well I hope it ends well."

He rubs the back of his head and chuckles softly.

Oh man...this is so awkward...
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Post by Nayumi Tachibana on Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:57 pm

"Thanks" she said and took the pencil from his hand, then turned back to her drawing. Drawing again huh? Well I hope it ends well, Taizai told her. Nayumi simply nodded and continued making the lines on the sheet of paper, hoping that her friend would go away. She felt incredibly awkward just being next to him, and wasn't ready to have any kind of conversation with him just yet. Suddenly, the pencil jumped from her hand again. She gasped from the surprise and watched it as it fell on the floor. Why was this happening all of a sudden?! Taking notes during class was a bit more difficult, but she had no problems with it, so why was she having trouble holding the pencil? Was it because she was so nervous? Well, in any case, she was done with drawing for now. Nayumi reached for the pencil, then put it in her pocket and got up from the bean bag.
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Post by Taizai Hikari on Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:01 pm

He watches her drop the pencil again. He reaches for it before she gets to it before him. He chuckles nervously before looking at her sternly, yet showing signs of caring.

"Nayumi...I really am sorry for what I did..."
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Post by Nayumi Tachibana on Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:11 pm

Nayumi took the pencil from his hands and quickly put it away in her pocket. "What do you expect me to say, Taizai?" she looked him in the eyes and asked coldly. "It's okay, I forgive you, now let's pretend like this never happened? Is that it?"
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Post by Taizai Hikari on Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:15 pm

"Y-Yeah...let's forget about it..."

He sounds hurt still despite the fact that he knew this was eventually going to be brought back up.
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Post by Nayumi Tachibana on Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:22 pm

"Well, I can't just forget about something like that!" Nayumi responded and hugged her sketchbook closely, out of fear of dropping it as well. "Can you?"
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Post by Taizai Hikari on Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:29 pm

"I can't...I hated myself for days afterwards...I'm still surprised you are even talking to me."

He puts his hands in his pockets and sighs.
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Post by Nayumi Tachibana on Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:37 pm

"I just--" Nayumi looked around nervously, barely resisting the urge to tug on her bandana. "Look, what do you expect me to say?"
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Post by Taizai Hikari on Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:39 pm

"I didn't expect you to say anything...I just felt like I should tell you so you knew..."

He looks down at the ground.
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Post by Nayumi Tachibana on Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:53 pm

"That's not going to solve anything, and you know it" she said quietly, despite the emotions rising within her.
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Post by Taizai Hikari on Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:54 pm

"What do you want me to say Nayumi?"

He tries to hide his anger and keep his voice down to not make matters worse.
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Post by Nayumi Tachibana on Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:58 pm

"I don't want you to say anything" the girl spoke out quietly and began walking towards Taizai, intending to go past him and head back to the classroom.
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Post by Taizai Hikari on Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:59 pm

"Okay..."

He looks up and notices her walking towards him. He wants to reach out but is worried things will become worse.
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Post by Nayumi Tachibana on Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:43 am

Nayumi closed her eyes as she passed Taizai by. So, was this it? Was their friendship gone for good just because they couldn't have a relationship? It appeared so. The girl blamed him for this - after all, it was his out-of-nowhere love confession that started this whole thing. But she also blamed herself - she knew that the only way to fix this issue was to address it directly, but she just didn't want to do that. The girl simply didn't feel ready to go through something like that and preferred to avoid the issue altogether. Yet the price of this decision was all hope that was left for salvaging the friendship with her best friend.
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Post by Taizai Hikari on Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:49 am

He decides to break the awkward silence by speaking softly. He sounds on the verge of tears even though none have formed.

"Nayumi...are we still...friends?"
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Post by Nayumi Tachibana on Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:51 am

As soon as she heard Taizai's words, the girl stopped dead in her tracks and slowly turned her head back to look at him. "I don't know" she responded honestly before facing forward again.
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Post by Taizai Hikari on Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:56 am

"I'd like to be...you are my best friend...or...rather you were..."
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Post by Nayumi Tachibana on Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:04 am

"Then why did you have to say those things?!?" Nayumi yelled out as she turned around. Her unnaturally-sounding artificial voice was her cue to calm down and speak more quietly. "If you really thought of me as a best friend, why did you have to destroy all that? I-- You were my best friend too! Why couldn't you just leave it at that?"
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Post by Taizai Hikari on Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:08 am

"Because I thought I loved you Nayumi...I thought about it and I realized I just care about you a lot. I love your company and your friendship."

He smiles softly hoping she will realize how sincere he was.
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Post by Nayumi Tachibana on Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:20 am

"Oh... S-so you don't really love me... Is that what you're trying to say?" Nayumi asked cautiously. For her, the only good thing that came out of this whole situation was the knowledge that someone COULD, in fact, love her in her current state. It just sounded way too good to be true... Suddenly, the girl started fearing that it might have been.
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Post by Taizai Hikari on Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:28 am

"I...I guess I could some day...who knows? But right now I just really care about you. Like I said...you are my best friend."

He takes a step towards her and softly places a hand on her shoulder.
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Post by Nayumi Tachibana on Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:37 am

"Oh... I see... That's, um... Good to know..." she spoke out quietly, desperately trying to hide her true feelings about that revelation. She never even realized that, as always, her eyes betrayed her emotions. As soon as Taizai placed his hand on her shoulder, the girl took a step back. "I, um... I d-don't like it when people touch me..."
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