Setsuna isn't able to see after something that happened long ago. Still living in Kyoto, she rejects all doctors trying to fix her eyesight. But with a help of a certain someone, will she be able to change her mind? AU and OC! Konosetsu!
I stayed quiet, making what Nakashima said process through my mind 'Protector of Konoe Konoka' What was he thinking?! He knows that both he and I cannot be 'guardians' of Konoe-san!
"I know what you're thinking and yeah I know that both of us are not supposed be one of the 'guardians' however…Motoko-anesan's the one that asked us when I mentioned Konoe-ojousama earlier when I explained what happened in town." Nakashima put his hand on my head, "It's time to let go of the past." I heard him said in a voice smaller than a whisper.
"Which past? I held on too many." I growled at him.
"The two that you held onto the most. The scar on your face…" he lightly touched my face, "…and the huge one in your heart." He pushed me back down onto the bed and left.
I laid there for awhile longer, then I finally got up to leave. Just as I opened the door, I bumped into someone.
I quickly reached for their hand and steadied them, "I'm sorry, I didn't know that you were there."
Odd, whoever this person is, I couldn't sense them at all!
I stood there in shock, "Ko-Konoe-san?"
"That's me, so you're finally awake?"
What's going on? Why's Konoe-san here? Now that I think about it, this place doesn't feel like the Shinmei-ryu school. Where exactly am I?
"If you're wondering…you're in my house. Fate-kun brought you here." explained Konoe-san.
That bastard, he already brought me here without my consent?! The next time we'll meet, I'll kill him! And what's with the first name calling?! Are they that close now?!
"….is it true?" she asked in a quiet voice.
"That you always rejected visits to the doctors and kept that scar from ten years ago…" she grabbed my arm as if she were unable to continue, "…that one that you've kept since you save me…"
Wait…save her?! Then that means…
"Y-You're the one from before?" I stuttered.
I couldn't believe it. Nakashima-kun carried Sakurazaki-san back to my house. Not that I mind but…the thought of Sakurazaki-san made my heart skip a beat.
"Ojou-sama, since that Sakurazaki's gonna be your protector, mind if I gave you some information on her?"
"Um…sure." I blushed.
"Well as you can see, her eyes are bandaged right?" I nodded. "The reason for that is…she's hiding a scar…a scar that she kept from her childhood. From what I know, Motoko-anesan brought her back and her face was bleeding badly. It took both Ane-san and me to stop the bleeding for about two days. We were worried about Sakurazaki since she didn't wake up about a week later, but to our surprise, she was better. She lost her eyesight, but that didn't stop her from training and sparring with the rest of us at the Shinmei-ryu."
"Can you wait a second please?" I asked politely, "This…Motoko-san person brought Sakurazaki-san back to the Shinmei-ryu school and her face was bleeding badly right?" he nodded. "Did you know anything other than that?"
"A bit, but not the entire story. I often pressed Sakurazaki about it, but she never answered back about it. I asked Motoko-anesan about it and she barely explained anything about it."
"What did she say?"
"She went looking for Sakurazaki since she went out on her own to train on that day and when she found her…a child was there with her and…her face was already bleeding badly. Anyways, Motoko-anesan ignored the girls pleading to bring Sakurazaki to her house and brought her back to the Shinmei-ryu and you know the rest." Nakashima-kun scratched the back of his head, "Anything else you wanna know about her?"
"Her full name, birthday, and if she went to the doctors about that scar on her face."
"Her full name's Sakurazaki Setsuna, as for her birthday, she doesn't like to celebrate it but it's on January 17, and she always rejected every single one that we tried to bring her to."
"Thanks Nakashima-kun." I smiled.
He turned around, but I still saw the blush that he was trying to hide, "You can call me 'Fate'."
"Ok Fate-kun!" I gave him a quick hug.
"Gah!" he began to brush his shoulders as I laughed. "A-Anyways, I'm gonna check on Sakurazaki now. She should be awake. You can go in as soon as I'm done talking with her."
"I'll just wait outside. I'll go in right after."
He led me to the room where Sakurazaki-san stayed in for now and told me to wait outside. Inside I heard some of their conversation. I thought that it was a bad idea at first, but what Fate-kun said surprised me.
"The one on your face….and the huge on in your heart." he came out a few seconds later and patted me on the head, smiling, "I trust that both of you two are in good hands."
I didn't understand what he meant. Deciding to go in, I opened the door and bumped into Sakurazaki-san!
"I'm sorry, I didn't know that you were there." she said as she steadied me.
"…Sakurazaki-san?" I said.
"Ko-Konoe-san?!" she said in a surprised tone.
"That's me, so you're finally awake?" I asked.
She didn't reply for a few seconds, until I realized what she must've been thinking.
"If you're wondering…you're in my house. Fate-kun brought you here." I explained.
I saw anger in her face. Even without that bandages I can easily tell that she was angry.
"…is it true?" I said, bringing her attention back towards me.
"That you always rejected visits to the doctors and kept that scar from ten years ago…" I grabbed her arm as if I were unable to continue, "…that one that you've kept since you save me…"
She paused for a minute then stuttered, "Y-You're the one from before?"
Konoe-san's the one from before?! Now that I think about it, her voice does sound a bit familiar.
"Sakurazaki-san…why…why did you keep the scar? Why didn't you just let it heal?" she asked me.
"I…I…" I was at a loss for words. How could I tell her it was because I was weak and afraid and that I wanted to see her again?
"Please tell me…you…you're going to be my protector from now on right? So please…tell me…" she held onto me tighter.
I wrapped my arms around her to calm her down, but that still wasn't enough. It seemed like everything that I do won't help her calm down.
"Ko…Konoe-san…please don't cry…" I pulled back a bit and felt more tears fall from her eyes.
What do I do now? Without thinking, I brought my face close to hers and pressed my lips against her's. Finally realizing what I just did, I pulled back and blushed heavily.
"I…I'm sorry! I…I shouldn't have…!"
Konoka held her hands against her lips and giggled. "Awww… Setsuna-san's embarrassed! And that was a good kiss too!"
I blushed harder. "Ko-Konoe-san!"
She kept giggling.
Oh well….at least she's happy again. I smiled.
"Hey! You smiled! Yay!"
"Um…Konoe-san…what time is it?" It didn't feel it was nighttime, more like it was sometime in the morning.
"About 6 in the morning."
"What?!" I was shocked, Nakashima tricked me again! Then what was dinner doing by my bed?
"If you were wondering, Fate-kun brought you back yesterday afternoon unconscious, and you've been asleep since."
"Then why's there dinner here? Did he stay over too?" I questioned.
"Well…we thought that you would've woken up by dinner time and no he just came back this morning to drop off some of your stuff and explain some things about you."
"I will kill him." I muttered.
"Setsuna-san, I think he's doing this for you. I don't know why, but he knows something that even you and I don't."
"Did he tell you anything about me?"
"Just a little bit about your scar that's it."
So she doesn't know about my other half yet…it's only a matter of time….
"Setsuna-san?" Konoka had a hint of worry in her voice.
"It's nothing…sooner or later….you wouldn't want to be around me anymore…"
I can't believe what she was saying…she's the one that saved me when I was playing by myself and almost died…why…why would she say something like that?
"Setsuna-san…" I started but she turned away.
"It's only a matter of time when you don't want to be near me…I'm…a monster…a demon that could kill easily…" she said, hurt and frustration easily detected in her voice, "I think that I killed before…but whenever I kill anyone or anything…I have no memories of it…"
I hugged her tight, making her stop what she was saying, "I don't care, all that matters is that I want to be with you. You're my savior and that's all that matters. And I don't believe that you could kill anyone or anything as you say."
"But…but I could…"
"Then why didn't you kill me or anyone else in town?" I pulled away from her.
"I…I…" she blushed.
I giggled, "See. That proves that you're not as bad as you say."
"Setsuna-san, it's ok. Besides, I asked Fate-kun if he could come over once in awhile so he can tell me some things about you if you can't tell me yourself."
"What does he have to do with anything?"
"Lots. He's your childhood friend right?"
"Yes, but…we don't always get along." she scratched her head, "I don't…understand him sometimes…he says weird things and always plays around to avoid some serious conversations too…"
"But when I was talking with him earlier, he wasn't playing around."
"That's because the conversation wasn't about him."
"See! You two get along great!" I laughed.
"We-We don't!" she blushed again.
"But you two know so much about each other!"
She kept quiet as I laughed.
"Jou-chan, I forgot mention something earlier." Fate walked in on us.
"Oh Fate-kun!" Konoka said surprised.
"How long were you there?" My tone quickly changed. He didn't answer for a moment "Answer me Nakashima, how long have you been there?"
"Aww poor Sakurazaki can't sense little old me?" he said playfully, "If you could, you'd know how long I've been there." He moved around in the room, but I still couldn't tell. "Anyways, both of you two be careful. I know that we told you yesterday Sakurazaki, but this is really serious. Especially since you two were talking about 'killing' earlier."
"You damn dog! You listened in on us all this time!" I growled.
"Maybe I did, maybe I didn't." he laughed.
"When are you ever serious?" I sighed.
"I dunno. It's not like this is the first time."
"Fate-kun, maybe you should stop teasing her." said Konoe-san.
"Whatever you say Jou-chan."
"Konoe-san…you know where he is right?"
Suddenly a bag was thrown at my face.
"There's something inside that you'll need." said Nakashima
I opened the bag and felt a small seed in it.
"Both you and Jou-chan should bite it. Don't swallow it though."
I gave one seed to Konoe-san and took one for myself. Doing as we were told, we bit into the seed.
"Ugh! This taste!" groaned Konoe-san.
"Oops. Sorry, forgot to mention the bad taste and smell." he laughed, "And I did say 'don't swallow'!
"Nakashima!" I said, coughing.
"At least you two can find each other now."
What was he talking about?
"Mou! That was mean Fate-kun!" said Konoe-san.
"Wanna know what you two just bit? It's a seed only found somewhere. A smell like that is never forgotten. There should be extras in the bag so always carry it around you two."
"And you gave this to us why?" I asked.
"You'll understand sooner or later."
"Fate-kun! This is a doqa seed found in the middle of Osaka isn't it?" Konoe-san sounded surprised.
Wait a doqa seed?! When did he get his hands on something like this?
"I'm way older than you two and I used to travel a lot so it's no big deal if I find something like this. Well I'm gonna go for real now. See ya later."
Konoe-san moved to see if he was really gone. Wait…she move and I can tell? Something wasn't right. I know that I can't sense her but how did I know…? Then I realized that it was the seed that Nakashima gave both of us.