If you are reading this, then that means this letter has finally gotten to you. Wherever you are right now, I am sure it is a place that is keeping you safe from harm. However, according to the Mad Hatter, I'm afraid something bad has happened to you, something that may have caused you to lose something precious. I know this may sound crazy, so let me start from the beginning.
The black cat ears of Shou Tsuyoshi perked instantly at the distant sounds of the explosion, resonating through the air and echoing briefly before disappearing. His golden, cat-like eyes scanned the skies for anything that may have been the source; it did not take long to find that, though. He found himself looking at the dark grey clouds looming over the town, moving into a southern direction and away from where Shou was standing. It appeared that something had gone wrong, as if someone were attacking, but neko knew the real reason behind it. Turning his head in the direction of the noise and smoke, Shou was able to figure out just what was happening. Judging from the specific location, it was most likely caused by the trouble-making duo that he knew all too well. With a smile on his lips and his hands in pockets, he shook his head, almost as if in disbelief but actually interested in what was going on. It has to be Shuya and Shiya again, he thought as he started to make his way into the direction of the smoke and flames tainting the once blue skies. I wonder how far they went this time.
It was not the first time Shuya and Shiya had caused something like that, an explosion in the middle of town. It was just their way of having fun, though it was something that got them into trouble on more than one occasion. This was no exception. Shou knew that the place that was destroyed had to be the home of one of the townsfolk. Since the town was relatively big, it was unclear as to which one it was until he arrived. However, that seldom happened whenever he heard the explosion caused by the brothers' troublemaking antics. Most of the time, they would search for Shou and tell him all about what happened. No doubt that they would be followed by Nai, who would pull them away from the situation while apologizing to the person or people who lost their home. Shou smiled at the thought, picturing the quiet young girl pulling the brothers as far away from the scene as possible and back to their headquarters - a Circus that was located across town - and keep them away from everyone for as long as possible (which really turned out to be a day).
The dark haired neko closed his golden eyes, fixing the red and black arm sleeve to pass his elbow slightly. It would be nice to see what they were up to today.
"There he is!"
"I found him first!"
Speaking of which…
He opened his eyes again, spotting the familiar hooded figures that were Shuya and Shiya. Behind them was the near colorless female Nai, trying her best to catch up with the two as they made their way over to him. His tail simply swayed a bit as if floating with the wind as he stopped walking, waiting for them to approach him. It was not until they finally reached him that he said, "Looks like I missed the show, huh?"
Shuya, clothed in his purple hoodie, smirked; his mismatched purple (left) and light blue (right) eyes held a mischievous look while locks of baby blue hovered over them.
"Did you ever?" He replied, walking to stand next to the neko boy. "Blew up three houses in one shot! It was the funniest moment to date!"
"And I think it's a new record," added Shiya, looking at her brother with her own mismatched eyes, only his were flipped along with his hair and jacket - her hair was purple and her jacket baby blue, and she was the only one wearing a dark colored skirt. "The looks on their faces were priceless."
"To you two they were, but not to everyone else." Shou looked over the twins' shoulders and over at Nai, whose red eyes narrowed and ruining her usual "void of emotion" persona that most people saw. "What about the people who lost their homes?"
Shuya look at her, raising his eyebrow, before replying, "They can always find another one. No big deal."
Shiya smiled and added, "They'll learn to laugh about it later."
Nai's eyes narrowed even more and her head lowered, her white locks of hair falling into her face even more than it already was. Although she was not usually like this - upset with the twins - the look in her eyes almost made Shou shudder. Almost being the opperative term for someone like Nai. She was usually a calm and quiet when it came to being around other people, always keeping to herself and making her seem like the world does not matter to her. In reality, or in this case when she is around people she knows very well, she is a little more open and will talk. As for the twins, it is an entirely different ball game. In a way, she acts like the motherly figure, watching over the twins and trying her best to keep them out of trouble. Unfortunately, those attempts are often times futile, making it seem as though she was not trying at all. Shou was not sure if that happened to be the case today, after the destruction of a few houses, but he was sure that was how she reacted were he there watching the situation unfold on its own. She may have been a friend of the twins, but there were days when he wondered when she was going to snap.
If their antics remained, Shou would not be surprised if it happened to be soon.
"You're heartless," she said to them, "both of you."
"Maybe you can add Shou, too," Shuya said as he walked over to the neko, placing his arm on Shou's shoulder and using him as an object to lean on. "He usually laughs at this stuff, too."
"Guilty pleasure, I suppose," he stated. "Can't lie about that."
"But he's not mad enough to go blowing houses up," Nai pointed out. "At least he's a bit more sane that you two."
Shiya shrugged and mimicked her brother's action, only it was on the opposite.
"Probably because he's been living with the old man for so long," she said. Then, she smirked. "Doesn't mean he doesn't know how to have fun," She looked at Shou, "right, Shou?"
The neko's golden eyes glanced at Shiya and simply smiled, unable to deny the fact that fun was something he greatly enjoyed. He may not have been a trouble like the twins, but he did know how to have fun. Even if he had been living with the old man - Taamu, actually, who was not that old despite the way Shiya spoke of him - for so long, it did not deter his ability to have a little fun once in awhile. His life was always fast-paced, especially when he was in the presence of Shuya and Shiya, the masters of fast-paced life and mischievous ways. Their trouble-making antics always got a good laugh out of him, and visiting their headquarters was also great. He may not have been as mad as the twins, as Nai pointed out, with blowing things up be it houses or people - that has yet to happen - but he enjoyed taking risks in life whenever the opportunity arose. As far as he knew, anything that involved the rules and regulations of the town were non-existent to him; if they got in the way of getting certain things done, that is. His life, to put it simply, was lived happily and without any kind of hardships that his friends knew of.
At that thought, his smile fell. The others did not notice as they continued talking about the incident that took place. The keywords - that his friends knew of - rang clear in his mind, and they reminded him of the truth once more. As far as his friends knew, Shou's life was so close to perfection it would put anyone to shame. Little did they realize that there was only one problem that really spoke a lot to him. For some reason, he had an empty feeling in the deepest part of his heart that something was missing in his life. He felt as though there was something bigger than what was already there, and he had forgotten all about it. In a way, it was as if someone had taken his memory and wiped it clean moments before dropping him in the little town he grew to love. Granted, he may have only been there for an entire year, but he felt as though there was something more before last year than what he already knew. He tried talking with Taamu about it, see if there was anything he could learn from when he first met, but Taamu was unable to help other than keeping out for anything that would be of interest to Shou. It was not much, but Shou was willing to accept any kind of help so long as he found out about his past.
"You two are just unbelievable," said Nai, knocking Shou from his chain of thought. He watched as she turned away from them. "I'm heading back to the headquarters before I see any of the people who were at the scene."
Shuya looked at Shou as she began walking away from them.
"You should have seen their faces," he said with a wide grin. "They were staring at us as if we were a bunch of ghosts."
He laughed out loud, yet elicited no response from Shou. He simply stared off into space, in his own little world once again. Shiya noticed this immediately.
"You okay, buddy?" She asked. The neko blinked his golden eyes once, his ears twitching at the sound of his name, before looking at Shiya. "You're really quiet."
To avoid any awkward conversations, he put on a grin.
"It's nothing," he said as if there was nothing wrong with him. "Just thinking about something." Before Shiya could ask what that was, Shou moved away from the two and began following Nai. "Come on. We should head to the headquarters, too. It's been a little while since I've seen Akio."
Immediately, the twins grinned wildly and followed suit without hesitation, passing by Shou and catching up with Nai. No doubt they were going to poke fun at her once again; out of friendliness and love, of course. Shou decided to trail behind them, his mind going back to his forgotten past again. If only he could remember it all. If only he knew the truth.