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   Chapter 18 Under the Sakura at night

Under the Sakura By Elria Cortez Characters: 9902

Updated: 2018-11-24 11:42


Kaname could not sleep that night. How could he fall asleep when he knows that Sachie is just a wall away from him. He looked at the watch, it was past 11PM. He decided to go down and get some warm drinks. He walked carefully, so as not to wake up anybody at the house. Because it was not his house, he found it quite hard to locate the kitchen in the dark. Finally, he saw a faint light coming from a small bulb, and was able to find his way.

He gulped down a glass of fresh milk and decided to go to the balcony.

He stood in the balcony, captivated at the sight that ever so slowly unfolded in his eyes.

Just a few meters away from the balcony, there stood proudly a big Sakura tree. With the gentle breeze, some of its petals were carried by the wind, creating a picturesque cascade of pinkish, reddish, and bluish crystals. It was because installed on the ground are different colorful lights, creating an illusion that the petals have different hues as well. It was breathtakingly magnificent to look at.

But what captivated Kaname's attention was not the tree, but the girl standing beneath the tree. He did not expect to find the girl in his dreams there. Surely, this is just a dream, like those dreams of him that always involved her.

She was wearing a one piece long dress with long sleeves as well, with a dainty slipper on her feet. Her shoulder-length hair was flowing freely, and both of her arms were spread as if catching the petals, or just feeling the petals fall on her. Her face was upturned, and when he squinted that was when he noticed that her eyes were closed, and crystal-like beads decorated her lashes.

She was crying!

Kaname clutched at his chest.

Before he could look back on his action, he was already walking towards her. He felt so drawn towards the ephemeral beauty of her apparition. He wanted to touch her, before her phantasm vanished. Without even blinking, he reached out to her, and held her close to his chest.

That was when he closed his eyes, as he breathed in the fragrance of her hair, as he sensed the warmth emanating from her body, as he felt the softness of her skin.

"Sachie, " he whispered, still with eyes closed, afraid that once he opened his eyes, this wonderful vision would be gone as well.

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Sachie did not notice Kaname approaching. She managed to stifle a surprised outburst when somebody suddenly pulled her close. But when she felt her heart beat became faster, she realized who is the one holding her, even without glancing back.

When he whispered her name, she smiled, and gently touched his arms that were embracing her from behind. She felt the warmth of his breath on the side of her neck, and the hard muscles on his chest. She felt safe, she felt at home, she felt wonderful.

"Kaname, " she responded.

Her cheeks reddened when she felt his lips brushed at her neck, while murmuring her name again, and she held her breathe. She was afraid that if she moves, she might hurt him. She knows how badly he was injured.

"Kaname, I…"

"Please…stay for a while like this…please…"

Sachie closed her eyes at his melodious plead, his voice was gentle, warm and husky.

She came here because she could not sleep, thinking about the wedding that would take place just 1 day from now. Tomorrow, the three of them should go to the temple to meet with the priest who would handle the ceremony, and after that would be the real deal.

She would be legally, morally, and physically bound to be Yousuke's wife. As she has requested of him a month ago. After tonight, there will only be one remaining night for her to finalize her feelings, and accept the outcome of her decision. So for tonight, just for this time, please God, let me feel his touch. Let me savor this feeling that would be forever buried in the deepest corner of my heart.

They stayed in that position for a couple of minutes, before Sachie felt Kaname's hand relaxed his hold. She inhaled, and turned to face him.

"Kaname, let's go back. The cold might make your wounds ache, " she said gently. Kaname just looked at her, as if he was seeing her for the first time. There was an ardent look on his eyes that faded quickly when she touched his arm again. "Kaname?"

He sighed exasperatedly. It seems that his dream has just ended. She stepped a bit farther away from him.

"Sachie, I…"

"Shhh, " she said, placing one finger on his lips. "I know what you're about to say, Kaname. Just forget it."

"No Sachie, you don't understand. I want to tell you my reasons before you think otherwise." He said, holding one of her hands.

She did not pull her hand, instead, she just looked at him and waited for him to talk. He let her go, and raked on hand on his hair.

"Shall we go inside?"

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"In US, I was diagnosed with a severe kidney failure at the age of 20. That was just about a month after we all thought that Regina was dead. My parents then tri

ed to look for a kidney donor for me, but unfortunately, most of the kidney donors did not match with my body requirement. The only one who did match was Yousuke. We were both young then, the three of us. But Yousuke did not hesitate to give his other kidney to me. When I tried to dissuade him from doing so, he just smiled and told me that there are two kidneys because the other one was meant to save the most important person in your life. I never had a brother, but then I realized in that instant that sharing a womb does not mean you are brothers. It was when somebody treat you as one, that you could call each other a brother. Even for blood transfusion, it was only Yousuke who could donate to me. Since then, I promised to myself, that if ever there will come a time that Yousuke would ask me of something, anything at all, I will never say no. I will never compete with Yousuke."

Sachie has her eyes lowered the whole time that Kaname was talking. They already entered the house and were sitting at the balcony, still looking towards the sakura tree.

"Yousuke has never been interested in any girl, except you. When we were in the Philippines, he already told me that he was considering you to be his future bride. No, not considering, he was already decided."

He stopped talking, and touched her chin so she would look at him. Her eyes were glistening against the dim light.

"Sachie, you will be better with Yousuke as your husband, "

"I know, "

"So it would also be better if you forget about me, "

"Yes, "

"Sachie?"

Kaname could not bear to look at her weeping face anymore. He could feel his wound aching, because of the tightening in his gut.

What kind of man will make the woman that he loves weep in front of him?

He is indeed a horrible man.

"Please don't cry, " he wiped her tears with his fingers. Sachie stood up, wiping her own face with her palms. She inhaled and exhaled.

"Kaname, I do understand what you told me. Don't worry, I know that whatever you feel for me, it was way too shallow than your friendship with Yousuke and my brother. Besides, I already decided that Yousuke will be my husband. I already accepted that, and I have no intention of changing my decision."

Her words were more painful than his wounds, and he did manage to stand as well, keeping his hands on his sides. He looked at her flushed face, she has a determined look which made her look all the more alluring.

"That is good then, Sachie." He replied simply. So this is it, the closure that he has been looking for.

"But can you please answer my question?"

"What is it?" he said, frowning.

"Did you… did you ever love me?"

She has a hopeful look on her eyes. Even her face has brightened up in anticipation of his answer.

Be brave, Kaname.

"No, Sachie. I was attracted to you, yes but I don't think I have loved you as...a woman."

The look of disappointment, pain, anguish, and failure were all obviously written on her face as she bit her lower lip to stop it from trembling and looked at him straight in his eyes. He met her gaze solidly.

"I see, that's it then. Goodnight, Kaname."

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"Don't go! Sachie!"

Kaname woke up with beads of sweat from his dream. He sat down on the bed, and cupped his head with his palm. He looked at the watch, it was already 6:30AM. He did not realize that he was finally able to fall asleep, after Sachie left him on the balcony.

It took him all the self-control he had not to follow her and pull her back into his arms.

He then heard a knock on the door.

"Kaname, breakfast is ready, "

It was Hiro. He replied that he will go down after a while, and with slow movement, he went to the toilet and the bathroom. He washed his face, and saw on the mirror that his stubbles were already long. He has to shave his face before the wedding, or he can just go to the salon.

When he went down, he was welcomed by the cheerful voices of the three children. Shin and Aki were almost 5 years old, while Aiko will be two years old soon. He smiled when he looked at how Hiro and Ivy were blessed with such beautiful children. He was happy for his best friend.

Next, Yousuke will have his own family, with Sachie.

He will have to find his own woman as well.

As he got near the kitchen, the table was already set. He saw the vacant spot beside Sachie, and he sat quietly, upon giving a big smile to the children. Looking at Ivy, she almost hasn't changed at all. If there was a change in her, her beauty became more elegant and matured.

"How was your sleep, Kaname?" Ivy asked conversely, pouring the milk on Aiko's glass.

"I slept like a log, thank you." He replied, noting how Aiko kept on making a face at Shin. He smiled at the two. "Those two are really close huh, "

"Uncle Kaname, Aiko thinks of me as her enemy, and was only behaved with Aki." Shin replied. Shin's word elicited some smiles from the adults.

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