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Chapter 3

Friends?

It had been half an hour since A-chan had confided in B-kun. She had fallen asleep and was snoring softly. B-kun watched her chest rise up and down evenly and then looked at her face. It was clear, free of acne, unlike in previous years, and had a small brown spot on her nose. He didn't know what it was, but it wasn't an ugly feature. Her hair was brown with blood red highlights she had put in the night before. She had long, dark eyelashes that accented her round brown eyes, when she was awake, and had a calming effect when she was asleep. Her lips were a light pink color and were parted slightly showing her white teeth.

'What are you dreaming of?' He thought to himself. Unconsciously, his eyes drifted back to her lips. He smiled slightly. He remembered the first day he met her. This witty, stubborn girl who wore safety pins in her ears.

FLASHBACK

A thirteen-year-old B-kun sat at his desk talking with his friends when a girl came in. She had short brown hair with red highlights and brown eyes, which had black triangles running from the corners of her eyes to mid-cheek. Acne covered her face and she wasn't too attractive. She had on baggy pants and a short, short, short red t-shirt. She had a long chain of dog tags around her neck that ended just above her pants. In her ears she had four holes. A cartilage piercing and three on the bottom. In her first hole, in either ear, was a safety pin, in her cartilage piercing there was a hoop, and in her other two were studs. One was a spiky ball and the other was a red rhinestone. She also had a belly button ring which was blood red. Her fingernails were painted black and, over-all, looked as if she was possessed.

"I'm the transfer student." She said and handed her paper to the teacher. When she turned everyone saw the tattoo on her lower back. It had five black butterflies. The two on the outside were the smallest and they got bigger as they went in. The middle one was the only one strait, the rest were at an angle, and they were connected by the tips on their wings. She didn't seem to care about the stares she was receiving. The teacher told her where to sit and she sat down, unfortunately for him, beside B-kun.

"What on earth are you on?" He asked rudely.

"What do you mean?" She asked nonchalantly.

"Who dressed you this morning? A zombie?" He said, trying to impress his friends by being bold.

"Actually, I dressed myself. Unlike you who probably still wants his mommy to pick out his clothes." She shot back. The class let out an 'ooh' and went back to their work.

The class passed quietly and B-kun didn't say anything more to her. At least not that day.

END FLASHBACK

B-kun felt A-chan stir on his lap. He brushed her bangs out of her face and affectionately caressed her cheek. She was leaning on his chest so it was a little difficult to do what he did next. He leaned her up a little and cupped her chin.

'God, this is driving me up a damned wall!' He thought as he gently brushed his lips against hers. He felt her move and he tensed. He tensed even more when he felt her kiss him back. She slid her tongue in his mouth and explore. He relaxed a bit and kissed her back, this time more passionately. She wrapped her arms around his neck and he held her against him by her waist. After a second they parted to breathe. They both gasped at the same time.

"Who'd have thought that I'd be kissing you in eighth grade?" B-kun asked.

"Nobody." She answered simply. "Well, where do we stand?"

"What do you mean?"

"That kiss. What was it?" She asked nervously.

"I don't know. But I don't care. The point is, it happened. And there's something there. Or you wouldn't have kissed me back."

"You were the one who kissed me first. Why?"

"I don't know...It just sort of…happened." He told her. She sat up and looked him in the eye.

"Where do we stand?" She asked slowly.

"Where do you want us to stand?" He answered. A flash of nervousness showed on her face, but disappeared as soon as it appeared.

"I don't know." She said truthfully. He smiled and brushed her bangs out of her face. He then lightly kissed her forehead and smiled.

"How about we stand as friends?" She nodded and smiled.

"Friends." They got up and went outside. The store had calmed down a bit and C-chan was cleaning up another mess she made. There were still quite a few people there looking around, but most of the customers had already left. A-chan went to the cash register to see how much money they made. While she was counting the few customers left and B-kun locked up.

"How much money did we make?" He asked.

"$5,478.23." She told him. He whistled at her reply. "That means $2,739.12 goes to inventory, $381.30 for tax, $166 for rent, $274.44 for savings, $1,369.55 is for me, and 273.91 for you two."

"You mean out of 5,478 dollars, we only get 273? That's bull!" B-kun shouted.

"Yup."

"And you get 1,369! Now that really is Bullshit!" B-kun was a little pissed off to say the least.

"C-chan, you wouldn't mind taking his salary, would you? That is, if he has a problem with his wages?"

"No. That's okay. I don't mind!" He said quickly. A-chan smirked in satisfaction.

"We have over 200 dollars in savings, what do we need? Or what would make our business prosper more?" A-chan asked.

"A computer to keep track of inventory." B-kun suggested.

"No. Most of those are really expensive. I think the cheapest one is about 650." A-chan said.

"What about a newsletter?" C-chan suggested.

"That's not a bad idea. It's not very expensive, and we can use my computer at home to make the pages and print them off. Software isn't too expensive. We could do that. Come on you two. We're going shopping." She said and took the money. "But first let's go to the bank and get a bank account." A-chan put the money in an envelope and led her employees out to her car. It was a red '05 Mustang convertible.

"You like red don't you?" Was what C-chan said. B-kun just whistled. The interior was black with bright red swirls on the seats. The rims were shiny and clean, not to mention, spun. A-chan got in the driver's seat, while B-kun got in the passenger's side and C-chan crawled in the back. A-chan drove to the bank and went in to deposit the money and make the account. When she was done she hopped back in the car and the threesome drove to A-chan's house.

After a few minutes they pulled up to A-chan's house. It was two stories, and you could tell it was big. A-chan parked her car in the driveway and led them to the house. She opened the door and they went inside. After they took their shoes off, a-chan led them to the study. There was a computer on a desk in the corner of the room. A bookcase was beside the door, and a few decorations were hung in random places. A-chan sat down at the computer and began setting out a format for the newsletter. On the front she had the manager's comments and the upcoming events. On the back she put the spotlight, reviews, the employee of the month, the best seller's, and the copyright.

"B-kun, write a review for the game Dragon ball Z Sagas." She told him and gave him a notebook and a pen.

"C-chan, I want you to write the best sellers." She said and handed her another notebook and pen.

"What are you going to write?" B-kun asked.

"I'm writing the Upcoming Events, the Manager's Column, the Spotlight, and the employee of the Month." He mouthed and "O" and went back to work.

After a little bit B-kun handed his article to A-chan. She read over it and handed it back to him.

"Good. Now edit it." He groaned and peeked over A-chan's shoulder to see what she was working on.

"What's that?"

"It's the Upcoming events. That reminds me, don't forget you two, you have to dress up next Saturday. We're having a small convention. Dress up like the character on your pin. I'll have the costumes for you by tomorrow afternoon. I'm planning on having Rumiko Takahashi-sama to be our guest of honor and my friend's cousin will be running the art table. The film being shown will be 'Sailor Moon R' and the game premiere will be Slayers. A few people will premiere their AMV's, BoA may come and sing, and a few other events."

"BoA!" C-chan squealed. "You know BoA!"

"Yeah. My Dad worked with her on Inu Yasha." C-chan squealed again.

"Could I get an autograph?" She squealed… again.

"Sure, if she comes." But C-chan didn't hear the last part because she was squealing…again.

"Let's get back to work." A-chan said. She finished up the Upcoming Events and began working on the manager's Column. They worked for about an hour until A-chan decided to drive them home. C-chan had fallen asleep and was now drooling on the coffee table she was sitting at. B-kun had finished editing both of their articles and was lounging on the couch.

"Hey, help me pick her up and move her to the car." She whispered so the drooling blonde wouldn't wake up. He nodded and they managed to carry her to the car. They put her in the back seat and hopped in. They had driven for about fifteen minutes when she woke up.

"Good. You're awake. Which apartment is yours?" A-chan asked.

"The last one on the corner." She yawned in response. They drove a little and found it.

"Thanks guys! See you tomorrow!" She said in a cheerful yet sleepy manner. The driver backed out of the driveway and went back to the main road.

"Which road is your house on?" A-chan asked.

"Hoover Street." He stated. She nodded. About five minutes later she pulled into his driveway.

"Bye, see you tomorrow." A-chan said.

"We didn't finish the newsletter. When are we having it put out?" He asked.

"Tomorrow."

"Don't tell me you're doing the rest of it tonight."

"Sure. I just have to type everything in and then print it. After that I can just get to the store early and photocopy it."

"If you say so." They waved good-bye and she drove back home.

B-kun walked inside and found beer bottles everywhere and his roommate streaking around the living room "dancing" to a Madonna song.

"What the HELL happened here?" B-kun screamed.

"Hey! B-ku! Who was dat purty chik you was wiff? She was hawt!" He said, slurring his words.

"You, my friend, are going to be sleeping by the toilet." B-kun said, slinging his arm around his friend.

"Why? I'm have fuuuun mayn?"

"You're drunk, D-kun. You're going to haave a hangover tomorrow and you're probably going to lose everything that's in your stomach." He said as he walked his drunken friend to the bathroom. He sat him down beside the toilet and brought him something to sleep in. D-kun managed to change himself and within a few minutes he passed out on the pallet that B-kun made for him in the bathroom.

B-kun started cleaning up the living room and noticed the answering machine had a message. He pressed play and veronica's voice came on.

"Hey, D-kun. Um, I'm sorry to have to tell you this, and I really don't want to. I'm moving to West Virginia and I don't think I can take a long distance relationship right now. So I'll call you when we've finished moving. Bye." She was a bitch. B-kun knew that. She'd been cheating on him for a month. She made the mistake of saying "we" in her message. She lived alone. That's what caused D-kun to get so drunk. D-kun could be a little perverted sometimes, but he treated his girlfriends' right. He never cheated on them, he never did anything to offend them, and he treated them with the utmost respect. She was the one who deserved to be hurting, not him.

"Damn, whore." B-kun said as he finished cleaning up. He erased the message and destroyed every picture of her in the apartment. He knew D-kun would still be upset tomorrow, but for now he was sleeping peacefully.

'Who knows how he'll be tomorrow, but at least he's fine for now.' B-kun thought as he crawled into his bed.

I just realized the end of the original chapter three made no sense with the revised chapter four. So I revised the ending of this chapter. I hope it makes more sense.

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