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   Chapter 11 What’s in a kiss

Under the Sakura By Elria Cortez Characters: 10643

Updated: 2018-11-22 17:12

The wedding would take place in a month's time. When Kaname received the wedding invitation, he was on a middle of a very important meeting for another hotel franchising in the northern region. His secretary placed the wedding invitation on his table, and upon the end of the meeting, he looked at the fancy looking envelope without opening it.

He saw his own name written in embossed font and he opened it. He saw Sachie and Yousuke's picture, happily looking at him, his hand on her shoulder while the other hand was holding her hand, showing off the glamorous engagement ring. He didn't need to see what was written inside anymore. In the blink of an eye, the envelope met the trash can.

He stormed out of his room, to the surprise of the employees and the secretariat just outside his own room. He went to the parking and drove his car with obvious impatience. He was on the middle of the road when he decided to pull over.

Damn! Damn! Damn!

What has gotten into me?

If he continued to drive, he would met an accident along the way and worse, an innocent soul might pay for the turmoil that he is feeling at the moment. He wanted to trash something, break something, just to vent his ire on something that won't be hurt by what he's about to do.

He punched the steering wheel so hard that he felt the pain coursed through his own arms.

Shit! He kept on cursing himself.

Why is he feeling like this? He has no damn right to be angry or even get upset with that. Sachie is not his girlfriend, what's wrong with you, Kaname?

But why do I feel this? Like…like I was betrayed?

After some time, he started to drive slowly. He was supposed to go to Hiro and demanded why he consented to the wedding. But after careful thinking, he realized that it does not concern him at all. Sachie is his sister, he could decide anything even without consulting him.

Now, he found himself sitting on a bar, and after about 30 minutes, Yousuke arrived.

Kaname called Yousuke, inviting him to drink with him, in celebration of his upcoming wedding. Kaname did not notice the presence of another person who was silently watching him from another table.


"Kaname, that's already your 4th drink, you should stop now and go home, " Yousuke said, as he ran his fingers on the rim of his glass.

He just ordered a one glass of whiskey, as he has no plan to get drunk today. He has to meet with Sachie later tonight. He glanced at his watch, and as he did, Kaname eyed him.

"Why do you keep looking on your watch Yousuke? Do you have a date tonight?" He said, finishing his fourth drink and asked the bartender for the 5th drink. Before Yousuke could prevent him from doing so, the bartender already gave him his drink.

"Yes, I have to go back by 8:30 tonight, I will pick up Sachie because we will have dinner with my parents and my sister." Yousuke answered, his voice became a little hopeful in Kaname's ears.

Kaname became sullen all of a sudden, when they were just talking merrily earlier about their college days. Kaname just stared at his drink, not saying anything. He sighed deeply before he asked Yousuke without looking at him.

"When did you start dating, anyway? I was surprised with the sudden wedding invitation. Before you went to Europe two weeks ago, you never mentioned anything about you and Sachie hanging out." He said, his voice was laden with blame.

Yousuke lifted the corner of his mouth, but upon realizing that Kaname was already drunk, he decided to ignore his interrogation.

"Yes, because that time we were not yet in a relationship." Yousuke admitted honestly. He doesn't have to hide anything to Kaname nor to Hiro, anyway. "When I went to Europe, I met Sachie there. That's when and where we started dating." He added and drank slowly. He checked the time again. It was only 7:00PM, he can still stay with Kaname because he think that in another glass, Kaname will not be able to drive and walk home anymore.

Kaname chuckled all of a sudden to his irritation, as if he was making fun of him.

"That was fast huh, " Kaname remarked, drank half of his glass and grinned at him mockingly. "I never knew that you could move that fast, Yousuke. I thought you're a virgin, man."

Yousuke casted him an annoyed look, obviously not fond that Kaname just casually revealed his secret. At his 37 years, he never had a woman in his life. His reason was simple, he won't risk getting in bed with somebody he is not interested with. Up to now, several women have been introduced to him, but they never caught his fancy. It was because since Sachie was in high school, he has been eyeing her to be his wife.

Yousuke likes everything about Sachie. Her bubbly personality, her innocence, her honesty, not to mention her family background. He feels that with Hiro as his friend, there will be no way that Sachie would cheat on him. As what his mother did to his father. But then, after being divorced for so many years, they decided to re-married because his father really loves his mother.

Yousuke did not care about it actually. But he was really particular with the woman he would marry. Sachie never had a boyfriend, he was sure of it. She grew up with a very protective family and her manners are also impeccable. She is his ideal wife, even though

he is older than her by 15 years, it does not matter. Even Hiro and Ivy has a 10 year age difference.

"It doesn't matter, you know, " Yousuke replied.

"But, why the sudden wedding? Don't tell me that you have…" Kaname let his words dangle, intently watching Yosuke's facial expression. As always, it was blank. Yousuke is only showy when he is really angry. Other than that, he always keep his expression blank or unreadable.

"That's none of your damn business, Kaname." He retorted, his voice turning irritated at Kaname's personal question. Although Kaname is already drunk, he doesn't like it once he question him about that kind of thing.

"I'm just cu..curious, we're buddies after all, " Kaname was already slurring his words, as he finished the rest of his drink. He asked the bartender for another one, but Yousuke motioned the bartender to just give him black tea.

Yousuke then finished the rest of his drink, and stood up.

"Let's go, " he said, "I will drive you home." Yousuke paid for Kaname and his bills and held Kaname as he stood as well. Kaname did not fight him, for he was already really drunk.

They used Yosuke's car, and asked one of the staff to bring Kaname's car. They did not notice the person who followed them driving her own car.

Kaname could not even put on his seatbelt, and Yousuke cursed.

Why does he have to be his baby sitter? Kaname should marry somebody soon, as well. The thought brought a deep frown on Yousuke's forehead. He sighed exasperatedly and drove towards Kaname's apartment. He fumbled over Kaname's pocket and found the key to his apartment and took him inside.

He then let Kaname slouched on his couch in the living room.

"Yousuke, " Kaname was staggering on his feet when Yousuke was about to go out.

"What? You must sleep now because I have an important date." Yousuke answered.

Kaname smiled mockingly.

"Did you know that I was her first kiss?" Yousuke's hand froze on the doorknob. He slowly turned towards Kaname, who did not notice how Yousuke's expression darkened dangerously.

"Her lips were so soft, and she responded to my kiss really…" Kaname was not able to finish his words as Yousuke's closed fist met his jaw. Kaname landed on his couch, and shook his head, as if trying to clear his mind of the alcohol.

"Damn you Kaname. I know you are drunk, but I won't forgive you if you say another thing that will humiliate Sachie in front of me." Yousuke said.

"I-Sorry, Yousuke, " Kaname said, finally realizing his mistake.

Yousuke turned towards the door but before he opened it, he faced Kaname with a look that made Kaname thought that the one in front of him now is not Yousuke.

"I knew about that kiss, she told me. But it doesn't matter to me anymore. What's in a kiss, anyway? The remnants of that will be easily lost after brushing your teeth. I could erase the memory of that one kiss soon enough. Once we are married, I will claim everything about her, not just a kiss." He then left and closed the door with a loud bang.

Kaname was fuming with rage, but he could not pinpoint if he was angry at himself for being such an asshole in front of Yousuke, or he was so mad thinking about Yousuke's words.


As soon as Yousuke left Kaname's apartment, he barged to the parking, opened the car door but suddenly closed the door with a loud sound and kicked his own car.

"Shit!" He cursed, and kicked the car several times before he started to calm down. He sat squatting beside the door for a couple of minutes, with his hands raking his hair, and his eyes reddening in fury.

He was aware that Sachie has a feeling for Kaname, as she told him about it when they were in Europe, even the kiss. But he never knew that he would feel so angry like this upon hearing it from Kaname. Was that jealousy just now, that prompted him to punch his best friend?

Sachie is very important to him, he could not say for sure if he loves her but he could not see himself marrying other woman than her. He would not take lightly any humiliation directed at her.

He looked at the time, and then he entered his car. He remained inside calming himself before he decided to drive straight to the Sachie's house to pick her up. Although his proposal was quite sudden, he has been meaning to do that for quite a while. It was just a matter of when and where. Yousuke might be a very logical man, but he does believe that some things happen for a reason. He believed that their meeting in Europe was the clue for him to propose to her, and she accepted.

No matter what her reason was, he was glad that she accepted.


Not long after Yousuke left, Kaname stayed slouching on his sofa, feeling guilty for what he said earlier. He was a total asshole. How could he say that to Yousuke? He wasn't on his right mind, and he has to apologize soon. He cannot have their friendship be broken by his bad behavior.

Then, he heard a knock on the door. He stood and looked through the peephole. He frowned when he saw the one standing in front of his door. It was Chelsea. He hesitated for a while but upon thinking that she came at the right time, now that he is fuming with different emotions, he grinned.

He opened the door and pulled the surprised woman in his arms. He then locked the door.

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