Chapter 23- This is Getting Old...

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   I awoke the next morning, my lips aching because they are still not used to my braces. Ugh... I hate 'em. I quickly snapped my head to the right, quite relieved that Hatsuharu wasn't there. I sighed and went to my temporary dresser to get some clothing. Since it was freaking boiling outside, I got a green tank top and a pair of khaki shorts. I trudged to the bathroom to get changed.

   I came down and suddenly I heard the voice. "AKEMI? ISN'T IT A WONDERFUL MORNING? SUN SHINING, BIRDS CHIRPING? IT'S JUST LOVE-" I pulled on his white hair. "Shut up, Ayame. I just woke up." "A morning person as usual..." Kyo mumbled. I stuck my tongue out. "You know it." I put 2 pieces of bread in the toaster and shoved it down. Yuki came down and plopped onto the floor, still half asleep. "Morn'n Yuki~!" I sang. I heard him mumble a greeting. Ayame jumped up. "Akemi! I have your kimono ready!" I smiled. "Okay, lemme see it!" 

   So after he showed me the kimono and I paid for it with the family discount, we went back inside. I quickly ate my toast and was going upstairs, only to bump into my almost father. "Goodmorning Hatori!" I said, smiling, and hugging him. He ruffled my hair, then went into the room to join everyone else. I walked into my room again, and then sat cross legged, focused on my breathing. You know, meditating. I'm a very... yogic person, doing 3 types of martial arts: Judo, Karate, and Kendo. I was a natural at them, studying since I was, what, 5?

   Haru walked in on me, trying to focus. "Hey Akem-" I looked at him with my "I'll kill you in your sleep" face. It must be scarier at this angle, because he was shivering. "What is it, Haru? What?" He collected himself. "Uhh, did you wanna go to the beach." My look only got scarier. "What? Are you trying to kill me or something?" He shook his head. "No! Not to swim, but you know, go to the sand?" I crossed my arms. "Go... to the sand?" He nodded. "Uh... yeah..." I nodded, sat up, and dusted myself off. "Okay."

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   I started building a castle. "Look at my castle!" I said. He stared at it. "It's...a.... work in progress though...." I said staring at the mound. He just smiled. "Any castle you can build, I can build better." Me, being a human radio, laughed and said. "I can build any castle better than you." He smiled, knowing what I was getting at. "No you can't." He taunted. "Yes I can." I scoff. "No you can't." "Yes I can." "No you can't." "Yes I can, YES I CAN!" 

He smiled. "Anypunch you can throw, I can throw harder." "HA!" I smirked. "I can throw any punch harder than you." He repeated. "No you can't." I challenged. "Yes I can!" He replied. "No you can't." "Yes I can." "No you can't." "Yes I can. YES I CAN!"

Then we followed the original lyrics for a while:

Haru: I can get a partridge, with a single cartridge.

Me: I can get a sparrow, with a bow and arrow.

H: I can live off of bread and cheese!

M: And only off that?

H: Yeah.

M: So can a rat!

Back to our weird lyrics:

   "Any blow you can kick, I can kick HIGHER!" He said. I smirked. "I blow any kick higher than you!" He kicked. "No you can't." I kicked. "Yes I can." "No you can't." "Yes I can." "No you can't." "Yes I can," I kicked, and sang really high. "Yes I can!" He looked at me in mock awe. "How do you sing that high?" I stuck my tongue out. "I'm a girl!"

Original Lyrics:

"Anything you can say, I can say softer." I put my hands on my hips. "I can say anything softer than you!" I shot back. "No you can't." he said, quietly. "Yes, I can." I said quieter. "No you can't." "Yes I can." "No you can't." "Yes I can," I whispered. "YES I CAN!" I screamed. 

Haru: I can drink my liquor faster than a flicker.

Me: *rolls eyes* I can drink it quicker, and get even sicker!

H: I can open any safe!

M: Without being caught?

H: *scoff* Too bad

M: That's what I thought (you crook!)

   Haru continued with the original lyrics. "Any note you can hold, I can hold longer." I shook my head. "I can hold any note longer than you." "No you can't." "Yes I can." "No you can't." "Yes I can." "No you can't.""Yes Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii CAN!" He looked at me, with real amazement. "Seriously, where do you keep all that air?" I didn't answer, but panted.

Haru: Anything you can say, I can say faster

Me: I can say anything faster than you!

H: No you can't.

M: Yes I can.

H: No you can't.

M: Yes I can.

H: No you can't.

M: YesICAN!

H: I can jump a hurdle!

M: I can wear a girdle!

H: I can knit a sweater! 

M: I can fill it better!

H: i can do most anything!

M: Can you bake a pie?!

H: No...

M: *sigh* Neither can I...

H: Anything you can sing, I can sing sweeter!

M: *squints* I can sing sing anything sweeter than you!

H: Noooo youuu caaannn't!

M: Yessss I cannnn!

H: No you can't~!

M: Oh, yes I can~!

H: No you can't!

M:Yes I can!

H: No you can't!

M:Oh, yes I can!

H: No, you CAN'T, CAN'T, CAN'T!

M: Yes I CAN, CAN, CAN!

H&M: YES I CAN!!!!!!!!!

I fell to the floor laughing. "How we remembered all those lyrics since we were 6, that is amazing!" He laughed a little too. "Where the hell do you keep all that air?!" I was still giggling. "Like I told Kyo during Fiddler, I was singing Madonna when I was 3!" He looked at me. "Well, tomorrow, we're returning home. You know, I go to the main house... you go to Shigure's." I nodded, kinda sad. "Yeah..." I got an idea! "Hey! How about later, we hang out, just the 2 of us!" He looked at me. "But, Yuki." I shook my head. "It's not a date, it's 2 cousin's hanging out." He sighed, and nodded. "Okay!"

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