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Author: Artisan of the Written Word
PG-13 - English - Romance - Reviews: 46 - Publish date: 12-13-00 - Updated: 01-29-01 storyid: 140044

Here's part two..........


Kari hugged her teady bear close to her chest. She heard a few words exchanged between Sora and Tai. The door opened slightly and a girl with a pale face and auburn hair poked her head in.

"Can I come in?" Sora asked. Kari barely made in effort to look at her.

"Yeah, come on in," she replied. Sora came in and gently closed the door behind her, knowing that Tai had his ear pressed to the door. She made her way to Kari's side and sat down.

"Are you alright, Kari?" Sora asked quietly. Kari looked at her having a shocked look on her face.

"What do you mean?" she asked innocently. Sora smiled wryly.

"You know exactly what I mean. Don't play dumb with me," she contradicted. Kari stared into Sora's crimson eyes and smirked.

"Um, well, I guess you caught me. What gave me away?" she asked. Sora snorted laughter. Kari was a little surprised at how light-hearted she seemed, but maybe that was because Tai was there... or maybe she was beginning to heal.

"You're kidding, right? I mean, it's so obvious. You kiss T.K. and even make him weak in the knees, but then turn around and run to your bedroom? And even after that poem, you wouldn't say I love you to him... That's pretty obvious, if you ask me." Kari nodded agreeably.

"Fine, I guess you're right. It's just that I'm not sure that I love him in that way, you know? It's like there's a feeling in my gut, but I'm not sure if-"

"If it's right?" Sora finished for her, knowing the feeling all too well. Kari nodded in amazement.

"How did you know?" she asked. Sora sighed heavily, knowing that Tai was listening closely.

"Well, I went through the same thing with Tai. I've loved your brother since I was five, but I just chose to ignore it. You've known T.K. since you were eight, and I think you're just ignoring it like I did," she explained. Tai smiled at the thought of her loving him so long ago, but quickly pushed away his contentment so he could pay attention to the ongoing conversation.

"I don't know...." Kari said questioningly. Sora thought of how she could put it.

"How do you feel when you're around him?" Kari's eyes wondered around the room, as if searching for the answer. Her face became red when she looked back at Sora.

"Like I.. want... something," she said softly. Sora smiled.

"Ah-hah, but is that it?" Kari shook her head, relieved that Sora hadn't made fun of what she said.

"No. He makes me feel like I'm wanted, like I want to be in his arms so he can tell me everything is alright... oh man, I feel stupid talking like this. I'm sorry, Sora, I-"

"No, it's alright. You need someone to talk to, and I'm here. When I was so confused with Tai, I didn't have anyone to turn to. No offense, but Tai already had you," Sora consoled. Kari nodded and took a deep breath.

"Well, you know how hard it's been for all of us, and when I'm with T.K., I feel like it's all gone, like being with him makes my life happy again, you know? It's like he.... clears my life of all the hardships and stuff," she tried to explain, having a frustrated smile. Sora nodded, that wry smile reappearing on her pale face.

"Do you love him?" Kari looked like she was about to answer, but she just froze.

"I don't know!" she wailed suddenly. Sora looked at her sympathetically.

"Then why do you need him so much?" Kari gazed into Sora's questioning eyes, and found no answer. Sora stood up and walked toward the door, watching Kari carefully. Kari's eyes hadn't moved from the spot Sora had been in. It seemed Kari saw the answer written in the air. "Maybe you should think about that." Sora opened the door for the dramatic effect, but was suddenly surprised by Tai, who had been leaning on the door. He crashed to the ground, making both Kari and Sora giggle wildly despite the seriousness of the
previous conversation.

"Hello," Tai said meekly, his face turning hot from the sudden rush of blood. This made both Sora and Kari burst into fits of laughter. Soon Tai joined in, and they all temporarily forgot about the day's troubles.
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THE NEXT DAY


Kari looked at the clock in her kitchen. It read 12:30. She sighed heavily. She hoped that T.K. would call soon. All that morning she had the sudden craving to hear his voice. Kari smiled, knowing what Sora had said to her was getting to her. Tai was lazily flipping channels in the living room, but he was doing it absently. He was thinking about Sora. Was she alright? Did she sleep well? Did her mother treat her okay? Was Sora thinking about him in the same way? His mind reeled for answers, but all it found was a headache. Kari sat on a stool in the kitchen, watching the phone with hopeful eyes.
"Please call, T.K.," she whispered to herself. She had a feeling he wasn't going to call, but she didn't ever let on.
The Saturday sun had warmed up the day considerably from what it had been just the night before. The cold rain had become a distant memory which was almost erased by the sun's rays on the earth below, but Kari felt no difference. Without T.K., it was just another day.
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T.K. was by himself most of that day. He was sulking from what had happened. He had tried to call Matt, but found that he was practicing with his band. He had tried to call Izzy, Joe, and even Davis, but found that they were all out doing something or another. Cody or Yolei couldn't have possibly yielded the answers he wanted. There was Sora, but could he talk to her? It was possible, but there was only one person T.K. really needed to
call.
Kari.
The one person that had been on his mind the most. Everytime he thought of her, a smile would cross his face. Her brown hair, though it was simple in appearance, drove T.K. wild. Her beautiful smile was enough to stop traffic. She was enough to stop traffic in his eyes. If this was true, why was he so hesitant to call her. T.K. had randomly thought of excuses. She might break up with him, or tell him that she doesn't love him, but Davis. Though as far fetched as it seemed, T.K. had wanted something to believe so bad that he had made it true in his mind. He was extremely confused. Maybe he could talk to Sora. After much diliberation, T.K. had decided Tai was not an option anymore since he had close ties to the person in question. Sora did too, but T.K. had always trusted her. She was the best candidate for telling a secret to at the moment. T.K. grabbed his hat and made a bee-line for Sora's house.
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"WOULD YOU FIND A CHANNEL AND STICK WITH IT!?!" Kari yelled at her beloved yet very annoying brother. Tai temporarily stopped and looked at Kari with a shocked look on his face.

"What's your problem?" he asked. Kari just shook her head, deciding not to listen to him. Instead, she looked past him to the TV channel that he had landed on. It just happened to be the weather channel. There was a woman on there that looked like she had a fake smile plastered to her face and just a little bit too much caffeine in her system.

"As you can see at home, there is a mass of clouds heading our way. This one's a big one, folks. It should start today around 4:00 in Odaiba and the areas around it. Better plan to stay inside the house tonight," the weatherwoman forcasted, actually beginning to sound more like a sportscaster toward the end. Kari rolled her eyes at the hyper weatherwoman and began to watch the phone again.

"Please call, T.K. Please call," she was whispering. Suddenly, it rang. She almost fell off of her stool from the seemingly sudden answer to her requests. She regained her composure and grabbed the phone. "Hello?" she said with a smile plastered to her face, much like the weatherwoman that she had just seen. The smile melted off her face when she heard who was on the other side. "Oh. Hi, Cody.... No, I'm fine. It's been a long time since I've heard your voice. A month? Really?" Kari said, trying to keep with the conversation, but her mind was slipping out of it.

"Well, is everything alright?" the young boy asked, his voice showing he was asking more for concern than curiosity. Kari nodded as if he could see her.

"I'll be okay," she said, her own voice showing her uncertainty. Cody's eyes narrowed.

"Well, I just wondered because of all that's gone on... I guess I just wanted to hear it from you personally. Well, I'll talk to you later, then?" Kari nodded, eager to get him off the phone.

"I guess. Bye," she hung up the phone quickly. She didn't have anything against Cody, but she had privately wished that it had been longer than a month since she had talked to him. He was very kind to call her, but she wished he could have called some other day. Just any other day.
Tai lost his interest in the weather report, but had found that flipping the TV channels seemed like something to pass the time. He started again. Kari rolled her eyes at her brother, but then went back to watching the phone.
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Sora, almost exactly like Tai, had been flipping channels. However, she had stopped to watch the occasional soap opera or talk show. She was very tired; she and her mother had a fight the night before. It had all started when Sora walked in with Tai's clothes on, which could have given any mother a headache. It had gone on and on. There were tears shed, but it had ended at a stalemate. Though it had, the tension had been eased. Sora's mother had graciously allowed Sora to stay home alone as long as no boys were over, especially Taichi Kamiya.
There was a knock at her door. Sora sat up almost immediately. Who would be over at her house today? She didn't remember anybody saying they might drop by. She got up and opened the door. T.K. rushed passed her and began to pace. Sora looked at him suspiciously.

"What's wrong, T.K.? T.K.?" she asked, trying to get his attention. His face was twisted into something that was worried and confused. "T.K.? Stop it, T.K.!" she tried, but T.K. still wouldn't listen to her. "TAKERU TAKAISHI!!!" she yelled. T.K. finally stopped. "Finally. I didn't know what I was going to do with you. Now, come over here and sit down." Sora was about to lead him to the couch, but was taken back when he hugged her. She felt his tears soaking through her gray ODAIBA shirt. She hugged him back. She patted his back softly. "Shhh, T.K. It's okay. Come on, now. What if Kari saw you like this?" T.K. immediately straightened up and wiped at his puffy, red eyes. "That's better. Come over here and sit down." He did so obediently. Sora sat beside him. "Now, what's wrong, T.K.?" she asked, her eyes pleading him to tell her. T.K. forced himself to look into her crimson eyes with his own sapphires.

"Well, actually, there's something you need to tell me," he said quietly. Sora looked at questioningly.

"What do you mean?" she asked, hoping it was something different that what she was thinking.

"What happened that night at the hospital?" he asked. Sora tilted her head slightly.

"Excuse me?" she asked, not trying to be snobbish but just curious.

"What happened after I left? How did Tai get his wings? What really happened, Sora?" he asked, not missing a beat. Sora looked startled, but then began shaking her head furiously.

"No. I can't do that," she said. T.K.'s heart dropped.

"Please, Sora! I need to know!" he cried, his eyes suggesting tears were soon to follow.

"No, T.K. I can't," she whispered. She got up from the couch and turned her back to him. She knew exactly what T.K. was asking her, but she didn't know if she could tell him the whole story all over again.

"PLEASE!" She turned to look at him. His eyes were beginning to well up with tears. He was reaching out to her. He was hurt, confused, and helpless. She couldn't just leave him like that.

"Fine." Sora sat back down and took a deep breath. "You want the whole story or the Readers' Digest version?" T.K. shrugged.

"I need as much as you can tell me," he said softly. Sora took another deep breath and began to tell him everything from the very, very beginning.
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She had even told him about her father. A touchy subject for her, but she had made it. How he used to send her and her mother cards with a phone number on them, telling them that he would be home soon. Sora knew it wasn't true, but Ms. Takenouchi had to have something to believe. Sora always thought her mother knew what Mr. Takenouchi used to do to her, but always chose not to believe it. T.K. had felt a sudden rage inside him when she told him about the abuse. How could anyone abuse Sora? Someone who had so much love in her? Who would want to destroy that? Through a little difficulty, Sora had managed to tell him about the sexual abuse, too. T.K. had watched her carefully. At the first sign of a breakdown, he would stop pressing her, but until that point, he needed everything he could get. She finally got to the part after T.K. had been in the hospital. It was distorted account since Sora had been drifting in and out of conciousness or sleep in the hospital, but T.K. knew that nothing really major had happened while she was asleep. Then, she got to the part about jumping. Jumping from the roof of the hospital. T.K.'s heart sank. Was that what he had to do? He to think about it by himself.

"...Tai still has his wings, T.K. I'm sure he'll show you if you just ask him. I think they could answer more questions than I could," she finally told him. T.K. nodded. "Did I tell you what you wanted to know?" T.K. nodded again, breaking his gaze from her face.

"Yes, you did."

"What are you going to do now?" she asked out of curiosity. It was only natural since he asked out of the clear blue to tell him something so personal. He paused and then met her questioning eyes with his again. That look of hers wasn't easy to avoid, so he had to think of something quick.

"Something I really didn't want to," he replied softly. Sora thought this was rather strange, but decided not to push the matter past its worth. She got up and looked down at him. He got up after her, and in turn looked down at her. Sora laughed. T.K. was a little surprised at her lighthearted matter after what she had just told him.

"I can't look down on you anymore," she said, sizing him up with her eyes. T.K. laughed.

"Nope. I've grown a little," he said. "Well, I need to go home." He walked to the door with Sora following him. He opened the door and saw a light mist of rain falling. Sora groaned.

"I thought that it might have stopped after last night." T.K. started out, but was jerked back by powerful hand. It was Sora. T.K. had no idea that she that kind of strength. He turned to look at her, but was met with a umbrella in his gut. "Here. You don't need to get sick," she said. T.K. nodded. He walked out under the awning and pulled open the umbrella. He was going to go again, but he looked back at Sora, who was watching him from the doorway. She was smiling, an all too rare thing to see for her anymore. T.K. couldn't help but smile back. Just her smile seemed to brighten the day. He felt a sudden urge to do something totally unexpected. He dashed back to the doorway, leaned forward, and awkwardly kissed Sora on the lips. She jolted backward in surprise.

"Thanks, Sora. You're the best," he said softly. He could see why Tai was so in love with her. With that, he sprinted down the sidewalk at full speed. Sora watched him, smiling and waving. She privately wondered how much stranger the situation could get.
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"Please call, T.K. Please call," Kari was whispering to the phone. Tai got up from his seemingly eternal position on the couch. He snickered when he saw her talking.

"If you're waiting for the phone to talk back to you, you'll be waiting a while," he joked, not realizing at the moment how corny the statement was. Kari glared at him.

"Har-de-har-har-har. You're such a dork, Tai," she scolded. Tai's face instantly became solemn.

"That's MR. Dork to you, kid." Kari giggled at his remark, but her eyes instantly fell back to the phone. "If you want to talk to him so bad, why don't you just call?" Tai asked. Kari looked at him blankly.

"Huh?" Tai rolled his eyes.

"What? Is it a new concept or something? You know, aim right down the center? C-A-L-L, minus the 1-800 and the A-T-T, of course. Man, that ATT man cracks me up every-"

"I got the point, Tai," Kari said, trying to cut him off before he could get any more obnoxious. Tai smirked. That had been his purpose the whole time.

"Then why don't you?" he asked. Kari shrugged helplessly. Tai continued his voyage to raid the refrigerator. Besides the sound of the seventeen year old boy rummaging through the leftovers, the Kamiya apartment was silent. To Kari, it was deafening. Without T.K., it seemed like it would kill her. It was almost too much. The clock on the kitchen wall read 6:30. She almost decided to give up, but something else inside of her told her that she shouldn't give up on the person she loves. Kari smiled at the thought and continued to wait.
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T.K. watched the rain pour down outside his window, his mind wandering. He had the TV turned on, but he wasn't watching. It was turned to, of all things, the weather channel. That same hyper, caffenated, perky, and just down right creepy weather woman was on, terrorizing the citizens of Odaiba with her fake smile and cheerful attitude. She seemed more cheerful than earlier, and anyone who was watching wondered how that could be.

"Okay, citizens. I'm sorry to announce a change of plans in the weather, but it's not all bad. The rain will slacken in the Odaiba area by about 6:30 tonight. If you look outside your windows, you will see that it has slackened a whole bunch from what it used to be! The temperatures tonight will be-" T.K. stopped listening. The quirky woman was giving him a headache. He felt his stomach growl ferociously. He realized he hadn't eaten all day. He began to walk to the kitchen, but hit his foot on something, almost causing him to fall to the ground. He looked at the floor and saw his books that he had discarded earlier. He bent down to pick them up, but as soon as he touched the top book, his heart sank.
Kari!
They were supposed to study! How could he forget? She had been the only thing on the boy's mind all day, and he still forgot. He rushed to the kitchen to find the phone in its proper place. He frantically began to press Kari's number in and hoped it wasn't too late.
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Kari jumped at the sound of her telephone ringing. It was the second time that whole day that it had rang. She picked it up anxiously.

"T.K.??" she asked, praying it was. T.K. smiled lightly.

"Hey Kari! Do you still want to study?" he asked. Kari knit her brow.

"Well, sure, but what took you so long? I have been waiting by the phone forever!" she said, casting a hint of anger into her voice.

"Actually, it was about seven hours, but it seemed like forever," Tai corrected from his position on the couch. Kari put up a hand to silence him.

"Well, I went over to Sora's and-"

"Sora's? What for?" Kari asked, the anger building inside of her chest. He had been over to Sora's? But he was supposed to be with Kari, not her.

"I needed to talk to her about something... I'm sorry, Kari, it's just that I had a lot on my mind.... Forgive me?" T.K. asked, not sure whether Kari would or not. Besides, he had gone over to Sora's house, who was Tai's girlfriend, over his own girlfriend.

"I forgive you, T.K. Don't worry about it. I'll come over now if you want," Kari said, just glad that T.K. was alright. T.K. smiled.

"No problem. Come on over. I'll see you in a bit?"

"Yep. I'll be right there." With that, both T.K. and Kari hung up at the same time. Kari ran to her room, grabbed her books, and made a straight line for the door.

"Don't stay out past your curfew!!!" Tai called after her, but she had already gone out the door. He smiled. This was his chance to invite Sora over. He had longed to see her all day. He had missed her terribly; his heart ached just for not seeing her so far that day, but he had no intention of going the whole day without her in his arms. He made a mad dash for the phone and dialed Sora's number.
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T.K. stared at the phone in his hand.
This was the time to activate the plan.
He had promised himself to make Kari fall in love with him. Though what he planned wasn't the best way to do it, it would have to do. T.K. sat down in a chair and waited for his love to knock on his door.
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What is T.K.'s plan to make Kari fall in love with him? It's a doozy, let me tell you. I'm so sorry, you guys. My stupid computer won't let me write anymore on this part. I'll put another file out, but I'm doing everyone a favor by putting them all out at the same time so there's no really bad cliffhangers, okay? Alrighty then. Go ahead and go read Part Three!!!!! It *should* be the conclusion if my word processor will let me write all of it. You don't have to review this one, it's all supposed to be one big story. It's a long one, though.