(Saido is floating in a dimension of darkness...)

Voice:...Saido...Saido...wake up...wake up Saido...wake up...

Saido:...who?...who are you?...

Voice:...I am you...

Saido:...What?...I don't understand...

Voice:...a son born to be a black rose...a person born to feel no love, no joy, a person to have never felt human warmth...that is who you are now...

Saido:...Why are you telling me this?...

Voice:...It's time to wake up & realize...because if you don't...you will never wake up again...so wake up saido! Wake & be saved!

Saido:...wait!...I have more to ask!...wait!

***

Saido:(waking up violently)...arhg!...no...leave me alone!...huf huf huf...

Saimi:Pls. Calm down! Saido-kun!...

Saido:...(!)...(he falls on his knees)

Saimi:Saido-kun!...

Saido:no...don't touch me...I'm alright...I'm..alright...

(They stay where they are for minutes...then Saido starts to stand)

Saimi:...uh-

Saido...it's alright...I won't go crazy anymore...

Saimi:...I see...

Saido:...so tell me...why did you save me?...why did you take me into your home?...why?...

Saimi:...hehehe...not used to being accepted...are you?...

Saido:...uh-I...

Saimi:...I knew it...hehe...don't worry...you may stay here till you fully recover...till then, pls. stay...it's the flower festival today...

Saido:F-Flower...Festival?...i see...

Carlos:(Entering the room)...Good Morning Saimi...oh?...he's awake!...& in time for the flower festival too...

Saimi:I know!...hehe...Carlos...can you help me fix him up?

Saido:...hm?...W-wait...what do you mean?...ei...

Carlos:oh...i see...alright...i'll prepare him right away...

Saido:...Wait!...hey!(Carlos grabs him)...stop!...

Saimi:...hehehehe...soon...you'll be great...

Saido:...what do you mean?!...Stop!

***

(After all the fixing up...Saido is revealed with a new look...)

Carlos:...how's this?

Saimi:...perfect...just perfect...

Saido:...uhm...Why am i dressed this way?

Saimi:...Flower festival...you-are-coming...

Saido:(Stunned)...what?

Saimi:...you didn't hear me?...i said-

Saido:I know what you said!...i just...don't understand...why me?

Saimi:...you still ask the same questions?...-sigh-...(!)...i got it!...

Saido:...you got it?...

Saimi:Let's make a deal, you go with me & if you enjoy...you'd smile often. If not, you can go back to your boring,old,not smiling,self...ok?

Saido:(Thinking for awhile)...A-alright...I'll try...just for today...

Saimi:Good...hehehehe...

Carlos:So i guess...you'll be heading off?...Have a fun time...

***

(They finally got to the place where the flower festival is held)

Saimi:Look! Those flowers are so pretty!...c'mon Saido...hm? What's wrong?

Saido:...N-nothing...

Saimi:...ok then, let's start looking!

Saido:sure...

(Just as they were about to walk around, Saido is spotted by the bullies, who beat him)

Bully#1:Eh?...Hey! Guys! look..it's that loser from before! So, out to look at flowers now eh? hehehehe...

Saimi:Stop it! Leave him be! He did nothing to harm you!

Bully#2:hehehe...whatcha' gonna do? Shoot us? hehehe...

Saimi:(she thinks)...darn...i can't do anything with all these people...

Bully#2:What? can't say anything?...oh!...too much people?...(Saimi is shocked)

Saimi:You-

Saido:Saimi...pls...let me handle this...

Saimi:What?...B-but-

Saido:No...You saved me once. I'm a man...I can't let a woman fight my fights...pls. understand...

Saimi:(Noding her head)...Alright...I'm sorry, I'll back off...

(...& so she did. She steps back & watches saido with a smile, which pissed the bullies off)

Bully#1:Grrr...YOU THINK YOU'RE SO TOUGH?! Fine! We'll see about that! Get 'em-

Saimi:Hm?...Wh-what's going on?...Saido?...

Bully#2:...B-Boss?...hey, what's wrong?...(!)...gah!

(They step back in fear as the bully levitates into the air; yet it seems as if he never wanted to fly...)

Saimi:...What is this? How?...(!)...Saido!...gasp!

Saido:(His expression has changed...in a scary way)...huf huf huf...

Saimi:...S-Saido-kun?...

She slowly approaches him & tries to reach for his shoulder when...)

Saido:DON'T TOUCH ME!(a strong force pushes saimi away)

Saimi:Aaaaaaaah!

Saido:...S-Saimi...(looks at his shaking hands & after awhile, he holds his head & shouts)...What's happening to me?!

Saimi:S-Saido...s-stop...stop...it...(She sees blurred visions of saido going nuts & of people running away)...Saido...

Saido:Grrrraaah!...-ugh-...

***

(In his mind, the place of darkness)

Voice:Is this what you want?

Saido:What?...

Voice:Is this what you really want to do?

Saido:...what do you mean?!...Why are you asking me this?!

Voice:...sorrow, hate, destruction, insanity...

Saido:...What?!

Voice:Why do you hesitate to let go of these?...

Saido:...I've had enough! Leave me alone!

Voice:How can i?...It is you who speak to yourself...

Saido:Grrrrrah!(covering his ear)

Voice:As long as you keep these feelings...the pain will never leave you...

Saido:...p-pain?...What pain?

Voice:The pain of the burden of the "Black Rose"...

Saido:What?!...Wait!

Voice:...Go!...Your savior awaits...

Saido:Savior?...who? where?...no! don't! wait!...(Whispered name)...Saimi...

***

(Saimi starts to wake)

Saimi:-uhn-...what?...where?

Saido:(Saimi's vision of him is blurry)...Saimi...Saimi...

Saimi:S-Saido?...(her vision clears & she sits up in a hurry)...Saido!...no! you were-...no!...i was so scared!...i was going to help you...then i-...(!)

(She paused for she knows she shouldn't have said that. She looks at Saido & is shocked)

Saido:...(a teardrop falls from his cheeks & on Saimi's hand)...I'm sorry...I don't know what happened..I didn't mean to..I just-

Saimi:(holds his hand)...No..I'm sorry..Forget what i said..I'm fine..as long as..you're safe..with me..

Saido:(Shocked with her words)...Saimi...(hugs her)...Thank you...

Saimi:(holds him back)...It's alright...hehe...It's alright...

Saido:...Let's go home...

Saimi:(gives a big smile & nods)...Sure!...Let's go home...

***To Be Continued***

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