I woke up in my bed, and looked at my left wrist. I saw a bracelet there, and a smile came to my face. This was the first gift Keima had ever given to me, even though it was some sort of protective charm.
The sunlight soaked through the curtains, signifying that it was time to wake up. I woke up, and walked out the door. As I left, I was stopped as someone walked in front of me. It was Ayumi.
"Ayumi, what's up?" I asked.
"What's up is I have a tremendous headache from Katsuragi! He has some nerve showing up at my house, when I had no idea that he knew where I lived! How embarrassing!"
Katsuragi came to her house..? What was he doing there? Only one way to find out...
"Ayumi, what did he want?"
"He wanted to discretely deliver this to my doorstep, but I was close to the door, so I caught him before he left," she said.
She held up an envelope that was in her hand. She tossed it to me, and I caught it. I opened up the envelope to find a letter with a map inside. I examined both carefully, and looked at her strangely.
"A temple? No...a church? I thought all the churches in the city on this map had been destroyed?" I asked.
"Not this one. They tried to destroy it, but the entire building was made in such a fashion that nothing can destroy it," she responded.
"Why are you telling me this?" I asked.
"Because Katsuragi's been ignoring you lately, so I wanted you to go instead. I can't really bear to see him right now, and he needs to be a better boyfriend to you," she said as she smiled awkwardly.
It was obvious that the smile was fake. Perhaps Venus was right, and Ayumi was in love with him. She did kiss him, after all. In that case, I should return the map to her. My mind told me to hand the letter back, but my body was not responding to my will.
"Will you go in my place, Chihiro?" she asked.
This was just like Ayumi. She was very intrusive, but deep down, I knew she was doing this because I was her friend. It would be rude for me to deny her good will.
"Sure." I nodded.
She smiled and said, "Okay!"
I began to walk off, and turned around to see Ayumi again. She was still standing there, looking towards me, smiling. She really was a good friend, going through this for my sake.
"Ayumi?" I asked.
"Yes?" She responded.
"Thank you." I said.
"Yeah!" she said smiling and nodding.
I walked off, and didn't look back. I knew if I did look back, I might feel guilty as to what Ayumi was probably going through. It might have been selfish on my part, but the fact that Ayumi was doing something for me as a friend seemed like it would be cruel to deny.
About 20 minutes later, I arrived at the church. Katsuragi was sitting there, holding an envelope. We met eyes, and he immediately ran away.
"Katsuragi! Wait!" I called.
His speed seemed inhuman, but apparently he didn't want to speak to me.
A piece of paper had fallen to the ground, and I picked it up. I unfolded it, and began to read it.
I hate to say this, but many problems have come to pass recently. Although I know your love points may drop because of me saying this, I feel the need to be honest with you, and myself, at least once. As I sit here pondering upon whether or not things could've occurred differently, it is obvious that this is not a game, and the real doesn't not allow for me to use convenient options such as "Return to Previous Choice." Because this is so, it must be spoken, and the consequences of my actions will finally be dealt with accordingly. Not long ago, I believed that no girls were special in this world. There were none that phased me in the least, not Kanon, not Chihiro, and not you. The truth of the matter is that my biggest regret is hurting Chihiro. The things I said to her, to remove her from such a situation must have been truly devastating. Even though I arguably did this to protect her, I realize that deep down underneath it all, Chihiro is the only one that would follow me into the depths of hell, and never leave despite how filthy my actions may be. The truth is, my heart lies with Chihiro, and even though she is part of the real, it is only her that I can't help but think about, and although you may hate me for it, I must admit, that she is the only one of this reality who I truly do love. There are many clichés out there that make it seem like you were the one I should have wound up with, but in reality, it is the ironic truth that the one I was cruelest to, the one I denied..that was the one I fell for, and the girl of the real that I love. Had I not gotten to know Chihiro better, I may have thought she was strange through and through, but getting to know her, spending time with her made me happier than I've been in a very long time. I am sorry Ayumi...but this is just the way it is...
What is this...? Was this really written by him? It seemed to have fallen out of his pocket, so it has to be his... And it was his handwriting as well..
A voice popped into my head, and began to speak. "What a bizarre turn of events, eh Chihiro?"
I nodded. "Indeed... but if Ayumi had seen this...she would be heartbroken!"
"So you don't plan on showing her?" Venus responded.
"Of course not! How could I?" I responded.
"Even though it was originally intended for her, you intend to pretend you never saw this? It's a confession no matter how you look at it! He does love you!" she returned.
"I don't want to see her hurt. She gave me this chance, and if I returned with such painful news, I don't think I could ever be able to talk with my best friend in the same way ever again!" I responded.
"So, even though you saw this, and know his feelings, you're going to pretend it never happened for the sake of your friend? That's really foolish of you."
"Is that so bad?!" I asked.
"Not at all. I just think you should try to consider your own feelings as well as everyone else's. Ayumi has been feeling pain for your sake for who knows how long? Would she really want you to suffer the same fate because of her?" She asked.
I nodded. I understood her point, but it wasn't like not doing anything would solve a problem.
"He feels this way, right?" I asked.
"Such a thing seems obvious, don't you think?"
I nodded. "Then if I don't do anything, but he confesses to me in person, wouldn't everything be alright?"
"I..suppose..." She said, then sighed. "Do as you will, it's your happiness I'm worried about, after all."
I smiled. "Thank you Venus."
It was settled. Even though I knew Katsuragi's feelings, for the sake of my best friend, and I would not act upon this knowledge. I would smile, and tell Ayumi the truth, that he ran away after seeing me. I would not tell her that there was a letter for her. She was my best friend, and I would not allow her to be hurt.