4 – Haruna Umi
my Hime. Tell me again why am I here?” groaned Recca.
told you before. We are here to celebrate my parents’ 25th wedding
anniversary. This is a good opportunity for them to get to know you better.”
agreed Tokiya. “Besides, I need you so that her family will stop match making
us.” He looked down at the crowd below from the balcony. Yup. Half of that
crowd must be related to Yanagi one way or another. His eyes scrolled across the
crowd until he noticed a young lady in pale violet evening dress sitting besides
had long brown hair piled up on her head with a flower-shaped hairpin attached
to it, revealing her fair shoulders. She looked very elegant, almost like an
angel. An angel…
you are, Tokiya. I’ve looking everywhere for you!”
voice snapped him out of his trance, turning around and saw Mrs Sakoshita’s
Sakoshita.” He politely greeted, giving a slight bow.
do spare the formality.” She took his arm. “ You should be calling me Godma,
.. yeah, ah .. uh .. Godma,” said the uncomfortable Tokiya.
along, the party is about to begin. I must say, you do look so handsome in a
ladies and gentlemen, friends and family. Thank you for coming,” greeted Mr
Sakoshita. “To start this joyous occasion, we have Miss Haruna to display her
velvet curtain drawn, revealing a young lady dressed in a pale violet evening
dress, holding a flute. She gave a bow to the cheering audience. When she looked
up, some of the audience at the sight of her pretty face. Her crystal blue eyes,
her pink lips… She looked so peaceful.
Just like an angel.
so pretty,” exclaimed Yanagi.
she better played as well as she looks, rite, Tokiya?”
her. The lady who was sitting besides a pond in the garden.”
lady in the garden?”
Recca!” hushed Yanagi.
Haruna raised her flute towards her lips, took a deep breath and played. Sweet,
smooth music filled the room captivating the audience especially Tokiya.
Somehow, the music made him felt very peaceful. It seems like her music had
calmed the waves of pain and hatred in his heart. Peace in his heart. Peace in
his mind. The peace he needed so long. And this angel has just given him that…
she fanastic?” said Mrs Sakoshita. “Yanagi, you could be playing as well as
her provided you spent more time practicing instead with Hanabishi.”
Recca has nothing to do with this.”
sure he doesn’t. Even though you are admitted to study at Tokyo University. I
expect you to study hard and get good results. Thank goodness, Tokiya is already
now, dearie,” interrupted Mr Sakoshita. “Let’s not spoil this joyous
occasion with this. We can discuss this later. Now you run along, Yanagi and
enjoy yourself for the rest of this evening.”
dad,” She runs off.
you sure our daughter will be alright with that Hanabishi?”
sure, dearie. She’s almost 20 and old enough to take care of herself. Besides,
Tokiya is with Recca. I’m confident that he will make sure that Recca and
Yanagi will behave themselves.”
He said to himself. “Tokiya loves Yanagi like she is his own sister and the
same thing goes for Yanagi. I do hope that he will be able to find someone who
will be able to truly love him. It’s not good for a man to be alone.”
walked along the garden path. His mind is still filled with Miss Haruna’s
sweet music. Where could she be? Moreover, why was he feeling this way? He never
felt this way this before. This feeling is different from his feelings towards
Yanagi. It’s more like a burning sensation. Then, he heard the sound of a
flute coming from a pond.
Haruna was sitting besides a pond, watching the fishes swimming by past each
other. She gave a sigh and looked up at the stars. “Please let my brother be
safe,” she prayed.
are pretty, aren’t they,” said a gentle voice.
She turned around and saw a young handsome man with long ashen hair. His grayish
green eyes looked gentle but there was some sadness in them.
mean the stars. They are pretty tonight.”
Yes, they are. Mr Mikagami.”
said Tokiya, who was taken back. “How do you know my name?”
you shouldn’t be surprised since everyone knows that you are the godson of the
gave a sigh and sat down beside her. “If I had known that will happen, I
shouldn’t have come for Yanagi’s 19th birthday.”
do you say that?”
you see ..”
up, Recca!” yelled Fuko as she pressed the doorbell. “We can’t afford to
be late! Some boy friend you are! Happy birthday, Yanagi!”
goodness that you are here,” said Yanagi.
birthday, Hime,” greeted Recca, hugging her. “Ah .. oh..”
you’re Recca Hanabishi.” An older version of Yanagi appeared from one of the
rooms. “I’ve heard much about
Sakoshita examined the Hokage from head to toe.
“Hum … Hanabishi looks pretty fine expect that he should be wearing
something formal instead of jeans and T-shirt. Kirisawa .. quite well dressed
considering her family status. And who’s that ring-nosed Gorilla? How could
Yanagi ever meet him? Kogenai .. adorable looking. Don’t have to judge him too
strict since he’s a kid. Butler! Please bring Yanagi’s friends
to the dressing rooms. We really do something about their clothes.”
doing this for your own good, dear, since there are other important clients
coming as well as our relatives. And I’m sure that you wouldn’t want them to
be,” she smirked. “Out of place. Now do hurry up, butler. We have other
things to do.”
madam.” He pointed his arm to the right. “This way, please.”
Hokage reluctantly followed him. Fuko was cursing Mrs Sakoshits to die as an old
hag. Domon grumbled by her comment as ring-nosed gorilla. Koganei kept silent.
Recca sighed and mumbled that this was much harder than he thought.
Sakoshita shook her head. Sigh! She should have spent more time at home. From
the reports that the housekeeper has been giving her, ever since Yanagi met
Hanabishi and his friends she had been coming home late and there were days that
she didn’t return home. (You can’t really blame her since Mrs Sakoshita
never knew about Kurei and Mori Kougan.) Her thoughts were interrupted by the
sound of the doorbell.
can that be?” She opened the door and gasped at the sight of a smart-looking
handsome young man, holding a bunch of pink roses.
Sakoshita, I presume?”
yes,” she replied as soon as she gained her composure. “And you are?”
Mikagami. I’m a friend of Yanagi’s.”
Mikagami. Ah, yes. I heard all about you. You are currently studying at Tokyo
University and among the top 10 students. Also, you have been offered many
scholarships to study overseas.” She gave him a knowing look.
um .. yes, madam. I haven’t decided which one to choose. (Man, she must have
done some research on us!)”
take your time to choose, Mikagami. Oh how beautiful these flowers are? Are they
for Yanagi? Maid, please put them in a vase and put it on the dinner table. It
will add a finishing touch to the decoration. Tokiya. You don’t mind me
calling you that, dear.” She took his arm. “If you’ll follow me, I want
you to meet Yanagi’s father. I’m sure that he will enjoy your presence.”
but ,” stammered Tokiya who was completely taken back. (What? I’m meeting Mr
Sakoshita so soon! Shouldn’t it be Recca? What’s going on? This is not what
buts, Tokiya. My husband loves to play English chess and you do know how to play
chess. Don’t you?” She dragged him at the staircase. (Oh my goodness! How
much does she know about us? Did she hire some underground spy or something?)
DID WHAT!” yelled Recca. “Hime, how could you?”
on Recca, my mother is very particular about you guys especially you, Recca. So,
I asked Tokiya to try and change my parents’ opinion about you guys.”
said Kogenai. “There are some problems. First, If you want your parents to
have a good impression of Recca, shouldn’t he
be the one with the suit and flowers?”
besides, you shouldn’t let Tokiya to hold flowers. What if they gets the wrong
idea about him?” agreed Fuko.
the fact that he studies at the same university as Yanagi,” chipped in Domon.
I .. I didn’t thought of that!” gasped Yanagi, holding he hands to her face.
“I’m so sorry, Recca. I’m sorry. Recca. Oh my, he passed out!”
Recca,” giggled Fuko. “This is going to be his most challenging event in his
life. Getting into the good books of his future in-laws.”
Yanagi knelt besides him. “Please forgive me, I was only trying ..”
alright, Hime,” replied Recca weakly. “We will get through this. Let’s
hope Tokiya is able to carry out as you’ve planned. (Darn. This is worse than
fighting Mori Kougan)”
said Tokiya, placing his queen to the right.
goodness, you have beaten me twice. And to think that I was the champion of the
chess club when I was at my university years ago,” said Mr Sakoshita, stroking
his chin. “So, what I have heard about you people are quite true after all.”
Sakoshita. I understand that you are concerned about Yanagi’s welfare. I can
assure you that she is doing well at school and has been a well-behaved girl. I
know that Recca isn’t what you expected but he’s good-hearted and loves
Yanagi a lot. He is willing to protect her with his life. So have Fuko, Domon
and Koganei. If you would try to get know them better, I’m sure that you’ll
believe what I have said is true.”
what about you, Mikagami? How do you feel about my daughter? She must be special
to you since you bought roses.”
you must know, sir, I’m very fond of Yanagi. But my feeling for her is
different from Recca’s. I love her like she’s my own sister since I’ve
lost mine years ago. So, I have agreed to be her sworn brother since she has no
siblings. Besides, her heart belongs to Recca’s."
it’s true. My wife and I always wanted to have more children but couldn’t
due to some complications. I’ll believe your word for now. But I will thank
you and your friends for being with Yanagi whenever we are away.” He stood up
and shook Tokiya’s hand. “I think that Yanagi and the others will be in the
dining room by now. Just turn right and follow the staircase.”
what do you think about him?” Mr Sakoshita asked his bodyguard.
sir,” said a man, who appeared from his hiding place. “I must say that
he’s being truthful and honest. A true gentleman. ”
that’s what I thought so,” said Mr Sakoshita.
and gentlemen,” greeted Mrs Sakoshita. “Thank you for coming. As you all
know Yanagi will be studying at Tokyo University (the guests clapped) since she
has done well in her exams. Not only do we celebrate her 19th
birthday but also to welcome an additional to our family. A fine young man, who
happens to be a close friend of Yanagi’s. My husband and I have met him today
and we both felt he could join as our godson.”
like you done well, Mi-chan. You even manage to convince Yanagi’s parents to
let Recca be their godson. ”
be too sure, Fuko. I have a bad feeling about this,” whispered Koganei.
his name … is Tokiya Mikagami!”
was dumbfounded. Kogenai, Domon and Fuko stared blankly at the stunned Tokiya.
Recca turned white and cracked into pieces.
Yanagi. Will you two please come to the front so that our guests could have a
better look at you?” Tokiya and Yanagi were practically dragged by the
servants. On their way, the guests began to murmur among themselves.
so handsome. They will a perfect couple.”
have heard that he has been offered scholarships to study overseas.”
Sakoshita family is blessed to have a godson like him.”
Sakoshita is so lucky.”
and gentlemen, our daughter, Yanagi and our godson, Tokiya Mikagami.”
guests cheered and clapped loudly. Hokage continued to stare blankly at the
they look so much like couple. When will they be wedding bells?” shouted a
man. Everybody laughed.
felt embarrassed. Fuko groaned. Tokiya wished that he were somewhere else. Recca
saw red. Thankfully, Domon and Kogenai were preventing him from summoning any
that’s what happened,” laughed Miss Haruna. “Poor Hanabishi.”
Still, I guessed I wasn’t convincing enough. Miss Haruna.”
That’s my name. Haruna Umi.”
Mikagami.” He held out his arm. “Shall we return the dining room? I bet that
Mrs Sakoshita will looking for us.”
you be addressing her as Godma?” giggles Umi, taking his arm.
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