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The harsh winter wind slapped my cheek as I closed the front door. I shivered and wrapped my fluffy coat closer to me.

I swear, parents and their laziness sometimes...Who sends their child out into the freezing cold because they forgot to buy some meat for tonight’s hot pot? They could’ve at least given me a better reason like their back hurt or something, anything, other than “I just don’t really feel like going to the market a second time”. Other than that, what kind of idiot forgets to buy meat for hot pot? It’s like one of the main ingredients!

Putting all that aside, I am currently sent into the cruel reality known as winter, alone, on my way to buy meat. Joy.

I don’t know if it was my redness of my scarf or maybe it was the rare sight of a ladybug whizzing past by that reminded me but I suddenly thought about Rin.

Matsuoka Rin, the weird boy who kept poking me on his first day of school. Thanks to him, we both got in trouble but it was worth it, I suppose. He left at the end of our sixth grade year for Australia with barely a goodbye. Heck, I didn’t even know he was transferring until the day he left!

He had run all the way to my house on that day. While still catching his breath, he excitedly told me that he won the relay in his swim club and that he was going to Australia to train. With a short goodbye and a hug, he left to catch his flight. I didn’t get the chance to say anything back.

I have to say, I would do anything to be able to see him once again, even for a minute. We weren’t the best of friends or anything but we did talk often and in those short two months that I’ve known him, we’ve created a cute little bond between us, I guess you could say. It was probably the best two months of my entire school year.

Ah. Speak of the Devil. There he was, walking right in front of me in the empty street. At first, I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me but looking closer it was actually him,  Rin was back. Though, his signature smile was not. Something was off. He looked…defeated. My eyebrows furrowed in confusion.

The tip of his nose was a slight red, most likely from the cold but given the current circumstances, it was truly hard to tell.

“Rin?” His head snapped up at the mention of his name and a spark of recognition flashed in his eyes.

“(Name).” This wasn’t right. He doesn’t sound like his usual cheerful self at all!

“Why are you back, Rin?”

“Visiting.” It was clearly obvious that something was up now. The old Rin would’ve immediately launched into a dramatic story of his journey here or his life in Australia and such.

“Is everything alright?” He frowned and his hand clutched the edge of his coat.

“Ah.” I allowed myself to inch a bit closer to him.

“Liar. Come on, tell me what’s wrong. I promise I won’t tell anyone else. You can even be your crybaby self and weep into my shoulders if you have to!” He looked at me with a slight glare before recalling his swim match with Haruka just a while before.

I listened quietly as he explained what happened at the swim club and I watched his facial expressions twist into one of bitterness and hurt.

“…and that was what happened.” He finished.

“Rin…” I whispered and embraced him. His hair still smelled of chlorine and my nose brushed his cheek. It was cold. How long has he been standing out here?

When I finally let go of him, the redness from his nose had spread all the way across his face.

“What’d you do that for!?”

“I don’t know…you just looked like you needed a hug!”

“N-no, I don’t!” he spluttered. “Hugs are for babies anyways!”

“And Rin’s like a giant baby that smells like pool!” I declared, hugging him once more.

“Wh-whatever…don’t you have somewhere you need to go?”

“Oh right! The meat! I almost forgot…” he looked puzzled for a second, but rolled his eyes and held my small hand in his.

“What are you waiting for? Let’s get going then.”

“Okay!” I smiled and allowed him to pull me along. “How’s life like in Australia?” He turned to me with a glint of excitement on his face.

“Lemme tell you all about it…”

Together, we walked to the supermarket as Rin jumped into an absurd story about kangaroos and koalas.
And here's yet another update...wahhh...I feel a bit bad for spamming all my watchers with these >w<" Sorry~
This one is in the same timeline and setting as the first fic of this collection, "Introduction".
Also, Nitori and Mikoshiba fans can look forward to seeing them soon~ I plan on doing Nitori for the 8th theme and Mikoshiba shortly after!

Next up will finally be :iconharukananaseplz:~~ (LOL, Haru is definitely my favorite out of the entire show, ever since the beginning~~)

More from the series here--->aznpanda216.deviantart.com/gal…
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YamashinaJulia Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
*slams keyboard* SO CUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Taiga and Minori (I miss you hug) [V1] 
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Silent--Songbird Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cute~
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zendeya67 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Student Writer
Wow all my love for Rin just increased by 100% I just love him ( > v < )/
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IchigoHaatsu Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Cutie shota rin!~
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kiki99990 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student Writer
So wait, are all your stories, like the themed ones going to fall into like the same timeline as the one before it. Like all of Rin's stories will be in the same time line, all of Haru's in the same time line, ect...
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AznPanda216 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Lol nope, just for these two. Sorry if it was a bit confusing!
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kiki99990 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student Writer
its fine, lol
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Madin456 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
OKAY, STOP. JUST STOP AND GO UPDATE THE KnB STORY. RIGHT NOW.

Um... okay, WHAT happened during his trip to Australia? See, I stopped before I got there in the anime. So you're saying that he wasn't emo before? The Free characters seem to have pretty similar personalities...

Now go and write the KnB chapter ><
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AznPanda216 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
I WILL I WILL. THIS WEEKEND. I PROMISE.

That's what I wanna know...but Rin's not emo! and no, he was never emo beforeXDD 
Nuh uhhhhh

I WILLLLLLLLL SOMEDAYYYYYY SOMEWAYYYYY
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Madin456 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
GOOOOOOD. I will be watching you! WATCHING YOU! :iconwatchingyouplz:

Oh, you don't know either? And what? He's not emo? Tch, now he's just like everyone else, all happy and stuff. D:
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