Missing Promises [Higurashi SOTSU spoilers]

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A personal ending to the show that takes place after the last episode.

Dimunsis

varishangout.com
Be warned, this story involves the ending to the SOTSU arc of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, so if you plan on watching it or are watching it and don't want to be spoiled, don't read until you've finished it! Part 2 outline done, will work on it in the coming weeks.





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Chapter 1 - Return

The cries of cicadas filled the warm June air. The crunch of gravel underfoot drowned out. Villagers ambling about, greeting each other like old friends.
Rika Furude took in a deep breath. Tasted just like it did before she left, she thought. Her home, Hinamizawa, hadn't changed at all. Even three years away from it all, Rika saw everything was exactly as it was.
Passing through the center of town, many familiar faces greeted Rika, amazed at her beauty.
"You look absolutely lovely, Rika-chan!"
"Bet the local boys hounded you all the time, heh!"
"You're looking more and more like your mother."

Rika grinned and returned each greeting with courtesy, as expected from her. The faces she remembered had changed, ever so slightly. Complexions fading, wrinkles forming. Her quaint, quiet home had changed, just a little.

The pleasantries continued as Rika strode towards her destination. A tinge of uneasiness formed a knot in her stomach. 'Will she still be there?', the young woman pondered. 'Will she even want to see me after all this time?'

A feeling of tears started to well up, but was shaken off. No crying. Not yet anyways, Rika told herself. She was simply visiting her best friend, to celebrate graduating from St. Lucia, but a whisper in her mind repeatedly stabbed fear and anguish into her thoughts. After everything that led her to this very moment, could she even fathom returning to the old life in Hinamizawa?

To donning a shrine maiden outfit for the Wataganashi Festival?

To the peaceful days of her childhood?

To Sa-


Rika snapped out of her stupor, realizing her body went on autopilot to her destination. She knew the village inside and out, and could navigate it blindfolded. A sign hung by a door in front of her, reading 'Hojo'. The once decrepit building looked new, having residents living there after being so long abandoned. Rika raised her lightly trembling hand to knock, before the door swung open wildly. A tall, blonde, tanned man stood in front of her, an unlit cigarette dangling from his mouth. Rika was met with a gaze of confusion, then anger, before the man spoke.

"Who the hell ar-...wait a second." The man blinked, before pulling a pair of glasses from the pocket of his shirt, hastily adjusting them. "R-Rika, is that really you?"

Rika beamed, the familiar face pushing some fear away. "Nipah~! Hello Hojo. It's been a while, hasn't it?"

"Please, call me Teppei. And 'scuse me for a sec." Rika trotted back, the suitcase in her hands bouncing off her knees from the force, as Teppei stepped outside, closing the door behind him. "Sorry, don't wanna smoke inside the house." He lifted a lighter to the cigarette in his lips, a spark lighting its end. "So, what brings you back to the boonies?"

"I graduated from St. Lucia Academy and wanted to come home to celebrate." Rika eyed longingly at the door, hoping she would still be here. "Is Sa-"

"Bwahaha, well congratulations, lil' lady." Teppei took a long drag from the cigarette, Rika watching the embers fall off the end. "I already know who you're here for, but she's not here anymore."

A lump formed in Rika's throat as time seemed to freeze. "N-not here anymore?? Teppei, what do you-"

"Ah, my bad, my bad. Meant she doesn't live here anymore. Moved back into that old storage building a few months ago. She's been keepin' that place in tip top shape since last October, said you'd be needin' a place to stay if you came back." Rika let out the breath she unknowingly held. "Didn't mean ta scare ya, lil' Rika. Nothin's changed at all, even the old Sonozaki hag is still kickin', bwahaha!" Another long drag. "I know what yer here for and won't keep ya waitin'."

"Thank you, Teppei." Rika bowed gently, before giving the old man another smile. "We'll come by and catch up later!" Turning on her heels, Rika began to walk away, waving behind her, only to be met with a hearty laugh.

"Good luck, lil' Rika."




A sigh of relief escaped Rika's lips, the shade of the trees above protecting her from the sun. "I surely didn't miss the heat here." She wiped the sweat from her brow with a hand cloth, admiring the old pathway leading to her old home. The amount of times she traveled to and from on this path measured in the hundreds, Rika thought, between the countless loops and actually living in Hinamizawa. A melancholic air surrounded her as the memory of the loops came to the forfront of her mind. The repeat of June 1983, watching her friends fall to madness and die, over and over, only to be met with death as well. Just to awaken and relive it all again. Rika shivered, as a chill rolled down her spine.

'That's all in the past, Furude. You're no longer a little girl. No need to remember that hell.'

Looking up through the branches to the fractured blue sky, Rika took a deep breath, slowly exhaling, to bring her wandering mind to a halt. 'It's been over a year since you've had one, you're perfectly fine.'

The cacophony of the forest helped Rika clear her mind. It was a familiar sound, but different than she remembered, helping her mind plant itself firmly in the present instead of dwelling on the past. With a self assuring nod, Rika pressed forward, intent on arriving at the storage shed turned home while the sun was still high.

As she cleared a turn on the path, the two story home of her past came into view. Another knot formed in her stomach as she approached the home, it being much stronger. This was her destination. Where she wanted to be. But would she be allowed? Rika felt the color drain from her face and saliva pool under her tongue as a wave of nausea swept through her. With a heavily trembling hand, she lightly knocked against the wooden door. Despite it being her old home, it would be extremely rude to waltz right in, she thought, letting out a light chuckle at such a thought.

Ten seconds pass, no answer. Rika tried again, the shakiness in her hand alleviating only a bit, rapping against the door with more force than intended. A moment passed.

"Be there in a sec!"

A voice came from inside, upstairs, causing Rika's heart skipped a beat, recognizing the voice of her old friend.

The thumps of descending the stairs. Her heart pounded against her chest, drowning out the noises of the forest.

Jingling of a chain latch and turn latch. Shallow, hasty breaths left her barely opened mouth.

The creaking of the doorknob and hinges. The cry of the forest ceased.

"Yeah, what do you wa-"

Rika stood stiff, staring into the rose colored eyes of her best friend, just to be met in kind. She tried to give a proper greeting, but only a single word left her lips.

"Satoko..."

The dam holding everything began to crack, as a torrent of long locked feelings rushed foward. Thoughts rushed through her mind, barely registered as the tears she held back started to form.

"Rika..."

Then it broke.

"SATOKO!"

Rika lept forward, the weight of her emotions becoming too much to bear. Dropping her suitcase, tears streaming down her face, she grabbed her best friend, wrapping her arms around Satoko's neck. She felt a pair of arms slide around her waist, gripping her tight. Rika wanted to speak but nothing more than bittersweet sobs came, burying her face into Satoko's shoulder.

"It's okay Rika. It-It's okay." The trembling, tear-ridden voice in Rika's ear was like a knife to her already aching heart. "I was afraid you...afraid you wouldn't come back."

Through quivering lips, Rika managed to eek out only a few words. "I'm-I'm sorry."

The arms holding her slid back, along with the blonde hair that tickled her nose. "Sorry for what? You did nothin' wrong."

Rika looked up at the tear stained face of Satako, eyes bloodshot from their reunion, not unlike her own. "I-I didn't write to you, even after getting your second letter. I was so-so wrapped up in my schoolwork and appeasing my so called 'friends', I completely forgot about you. About Hinamizawa. About my life here." Rika lowered her head in immense shame and guilt. "I'm sorry." Rika then became silent, waiting for retribution. But received a pat on her head, not unlike how she would do others years ago.

"Ya did nothing wrong, and shouldn't feel guilty." The hand on her head slid to her cheek, making her look back up at Satoko. "Lets get inside and dry our tears, okay? And get somethin' to drink, it's way too hot outside!"

Rika chuckled, seeing that her friend still had a no nonsense attitude, and followed Satoko into the place she once called home, led by the same hand that held her cheek.




"I only have raspberry tea, is that okay?"

Despite the years, Rika mused, the little shack had barely changed. "Oh, that's fine, Satoko." She admired the effort it took to keep it livable after being vacant for so long, and let her eyes fall onto a small, shrine-like area. There, sat her old elementary school backpack, the wear and tear visible, sitting next to the one Satoko used, with a framed photo of them as children precariously balanced between the two packs. "Wow, you kept those after all this time?"

"Oh, the backpacks?" Satoko called from the kitchen. "Y-yeah...they're some of the things I kept, in case...in case you never came back." A pang of guilt shot through Rika's heart, but faded as soon as Satoko stepped into the living room with a drink filled tray, and was handed a damp cloth. "For your face."

"Thank you, Satoko." The cloth felt cool and refreshing as she wiped the dried streaks. "For not forgetting about me."

Satoko sat down across from Rika, placing the tray onto the table, trying to hide a somber smirk. "If it makes you feel any better, I almost did."

Rika gave Satoko a puzzled look and took a sip of her tea. "How so?" She returned the smirk with a heartwarming smile. "You don't have to tell me if you don't want to, but-"

"It's fine, you spilled your heart out to me, it's only fair." Satoko took a drink before continuing. "It was a boy I met in high school, last year. He was nice, and I fell for him, but when he went to kiss me, you came to my mind for some reason." Rika looked at Satoko with an even more puzzled but slightly sullen expression. "I-I can't explain why though!" Satoko babbled, raising her hands up defensively. "I pushed him away before he could do it, and...came back to fix this place up." Satoko gestured to the 'shrine'. "I found that photo sitting on a shelf here, as if it was waiting for me. Decided then and there to believe you would come back, and wanted your old home to be your new home." She lowered her head in shame. "That little setup was made to keep reminding me why I was waiting and doing this."

Rika sat silently, staring straight into Satoko's eyes. She began to understand the turmoil that had been plaguing her since coming back. To understand the shower of emotions that hit her upon seeing Satoko. To understand the feelings that had grown over the decades of her loops. Rika scooted to Satoko's side, clasping her friends hand. "We're friends, right Satoko?" Never looking away, Rika saw it. A small, but strong, hint of dejection. That was all Rika needed.

"Y-yeah, we're friends. Just friends..."

Rika slowly closed her eyes, and let go of Satoko's hand, bringing her own to hold Satoko's cheek. "Oyashiro-sama, I ask for your forgiveness for causing this young woman so much pain."

"Wh-what are you talking about, Rika?"

She opened her eyes, a determination shining from them that even Satoko could feel.

"I should've done this before I left Hinamizawa."

Without another word, Rika slowly leaned forward, kissing a bewildered Satoko. She could taste the tea Satoko had, being sweeter than her own. Stroking the cheek held in her hand, she pulled back, and simply waited, determination still in her eyes.

"Rika..."

Rika suddenly found herself against the floor, a mess of blonde hair and rose eyes in her face. Rose eyes that showed fear, anger, anticipation, joy, and love. A softness pressed itself against her lips as Satoko grew closer. Without another thought, Rika let herself indulge in these desires, pulling Satoko close as she could.

But pricking her ear came a light 'auauauau' from the corner.
 
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Dimunsis

varishangout.com
I've written quite a bit for 'chapter 2' and it had gotten so big, I'm splitting it into 3 chapters total. Chapter 1 is roughly 12.3k characters long, meanwhile this will be almost 20k! Here's the aforementioned chapter 2, and chapter 3 will be coming soon, since I only have a few scenes left to write (but they're all gonna be hefty with a lot of punch behind them). Hope you enjoy!



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Chapter 2 - Reunite

"Sato...ko..."
The few words Rika were able to mumble out, as her tongue danced alongside Satoko's, managed to reach her friend's ears. A small pause in their courting passed as Rika felt the soft, sweetened lips she had been tasting leave her own, before feeling them peck her cheek, her jaw, and slowly making their way down her neck. Was this about to happen? Is this when all their pent up desires and tensions will finally be released? The thoughts passed through Rika's mind before a shock of painful pleasure rippled through her as a pair of teeth nibbled on her neck.
"Ahhnn, Satoko~."

As though on queue, Satoko sat up in a flash, flustered and embarrassed, apologizing profusely. "I-I'm so sorry, Rika! I don't know what came over me!" She held her hands up, waving them frantically. "Something in me told me to ki-...er, do that and I just went with it. I'm sorry!" Satoko placed her hands together, repeating her apology over and over.

Rika simply stared up at the repentance on display, a smile growing wider with each utterance of 'I'm sorry'. She reached up, grabbing Satoko by the shoulder and pulled her back down, letting her arms slide around Satoko's neck. "There's nothing to apologize for, Satoko." Rika rustled the back of Satoko's head, letting her fingers flow through the soft, blonde hair as she pressed Satoko's forehead to hers. "I was the one who instigated it to begin with, you just...took the more aggressive route." Staring into the beautiful rose colored eyes again, Rika felt her heartbeat quicken, her breaths becoming heavier. "So as long as you're ready to take responsibility~..."

"Rika..."

*BRNG BRNG* The sharp ringing of the telephone halts them in their tracks, startling them. Rika, with a disappointed sigh, nods to the still ringing phone. "You should probably answer that." Satoko nods before standing up and hastily walking to the phone. Rika stayed down, trying to keep her emotions and hormones in check. 'What if no one called?', she thought. 'Would Satoko have...gone even further?' She sat up, shaking her head. 'Stop, you managed to calm yourself down, no need to get worked up again so quickly.' Glancing over at the still talking Satoko, Rika stands up and flattens out her skirt before listening in.

"Oh, yeah, she's here with me. Wanna talk to her?" Satoko turned around, reaching out the receiver to Rika. "Someone wants to say hi!"

"Who is it?" Rika mumbled to herself, walking over and placing the receiver to her ear, curiosity overpowering any tension. "Hello? Who am I speaking with?"

"RIIIIIIKAAAAAA-CHAAAAAANNNN!" That ear piercing scream could only belong to one person, Rika thought, pulling the phone away before her ears started to bleed. "Why didn't you tell us you were back in Hinamizawa!?"

"I'm sorry, Mion. I planned on it later today, but I wanted to see Satoko first." Her eyes darted to Satoko, who was simply idling by with her hands in her pockets. "I really missed her and she was my priority to see." Rika swapped the phone to her other hear, hiding the tiny smirk she had as Satoko lightly blushed. But something seemed off; she thought Satoko looked sad for a moment, before the frown turned into a smile as their eyes met again.

"I see, I see. I hope Teppei didn't give you much trouble."

"I actually ran into Teppei before coming here! He as actually pretty nice!"

"Well, as long as things work out for you, I'll be rooting for ya. Oh yeah, Satoko-chan will probably ask you, I asked her before swapping to you but, I wanted to get the club back together for a night! Keiichi is already fine with it, and he's trying to get a hold of Rena-san and Nee-san."

Rika took in a light gasp. Seeing Satoko again was enough to make her happy, but seeing all her friends again so soon after? A wide smile that no amount of phone receiver could hide grew as she became visibly excited. "Yes! That'd be wonderful! What time and where?"

"Ahhh, no confirmation yet, but be at the old schoolhouse around 5PM. We're trying to get everyone there no later than 6, but I know Keiichi and I will be there around 5."

"Sounds perfect. Satoko and I will be there! Bye Mion!" Receiving the news and a farewell, Rika hung the phone back up and beamed a smile at Satoko. Noticing the hint of sadness on her face, Rika grabbed Satoko's hands and pressed them between her own. "Why do you look sad, Satoko?" Rika leaned forward with a sly grin, with a hushed, risque voice, "Did you want to continue~?"

Satoko let out a nervous laugh, shaking her head. "N-no, just...something's just on my mind, that's all."

Rika pulled back, still holding Satoko's hand and a more serious expression replacing the sly one. "Did you want to talk about it? Does it have to do with your uncle?" She knew Satoko well enough to know if it wasn't serious, Satoko would be more than willing to divulge. But nothing. "Satoko, please."

"I'll...talk to you later about it, okay?" A forced smile. "I promise."

"It's a promise then." Rika gave Satoko another heart warming smile, trying to bring the girl into a better mood. "Speaking of, I told Teppei we'd stop by. Did you want to see him before we meet up with the others? Though I'll probably want to change into something more comfortable." She looked down at her school uniform, unbuttoning the jacket with one hand. "It's cute, but it's not something I can wear all day."

"Sounds like a good idea, I've kinda been lazing around in these clothes since yesterday. And I want a bath."




The Hojo house roared with laughter, its occupants sitting around the living room table with smiles and tears in their eyes. Rika breathed a sigh of relief from the stuffiness of her uniform, now clad in a green sundress, not unlike the one she wore as a child. She looked over at the outfit Satoko chose, and laughed in her mind, seeing as Satoko copied her 'child outfit' rendition, wearing a tightly fit, red sleevless shirt, and a pair of denim shorts that looked every so slightly too small. 'Satoko has really grown up.' Rika thought to herself, eyes darting between Satoko's chest and her own. 'Especially there. I'm a little jealous, honestly.' Her inner discussion was cut short by the loud lauhgter of Teppei.

"Bwahahaha, and then get this, girls. After nearly running the son of a bitch over, he actually got worried I was blind!" Teppei slapped his thigh, Rika giggling at the course, but honest language. "He kept pointing to stuff to see if I could make it out, and after he pointed to himself, I realized all I saw was a blurry, blobby mess!"

"And you took me to Angel Mort being blind as a bat!" Satoko laughed at her own brush with death, berating her uncle. "Now you have to look like a nerd in order to see anyone up close or drive anywhere."

"Yeah, and this nerd saved your ass how many times when you were fixing up that shed?" Teppei puffed his chest out with pride. "Rika-chan, you won't believe this, but once fell off the shed roof twice in five minutes. Thankfully, I was there to catch her the first time."

Rika chuckled at her friends clumsiness, getting a light elbow jab from Satoko. "The girl who could walk on stilts and ride a unicycle can't even stay on a roof." She playfully poked back at Satoko's ribs as a fluttery feeling welled up in her heart. "At least you didn't get seriously hurt." Rika takes Satoko's hand, now realizing how rough and callused it was as she examined it. She ran her fingers over Satoko's palm, a sense of sadness filling her. "Be more careful next time, okay?" Looking up to stare Satoko in the eyes, a not-so-subtle cough caught Rika's attention. Teppei was staring at them, with an expression of curiosity that made Rika worry. She quickly let go of Satoko's hand, her cheeks blushing a light red.

"Now I don't want to be rude, but..." Teppei sighed, causing Rika to tense up. Did he see through to their budding relationship? "Are you two..."

He did, Rika thought. She internally cursed herself before standing fast, deciding to go on the offensive. She glanced over at Satoko, who was just down at the floor, defeat all over her face. Rika looked back at Teppei, a fire now lit within. "Yes." Never looking away, the image of Hanyuu blocking Takano all that time ago flashed before her. This must be what it felt like to Hanyuu, to defy a doomed destiny. "Teppei, sir, I have loved Satoko for many, many years. Much more and much longer than you can fathom. It took being 3 years away from her to fully understand what I was feeling. And I won't let-"

Rika stood firm, unwilling to break her stance, never breaking eye contact with Teppei. "Yeah, yeah, I hear ya, Rika-chan. Gimme a moment, I need to get my words together." The hint of defeat in his voice was all she needed to hear before sitting back down. Rika slid a hand over to Satoko as Satoko did the same, their fingers lightly embracing. "I think I know what to say." Teppei stood up, looking to Satoko, then locking eyes back with Rika. "I...I may not agree with that lifestyle..."

"But-" Rika flinched.

"Hear me out. I may not agree with it, but I know when it comes to Satoko, I have no right to judge her or her choices, considerin' the things I've done." Rika felt Satoko tense up, her fingers being embraced harder. "I think I've always known that you two would be together, since I came back. How you would always be at each others sides, for the most part." A prick of pain fell onto Rika's heart as she noticed the tears welling up in Teppei's eyes. "I've done as much as I can to make up for my sins against Satoko...and I'm not about to lose the love I managed to earn back by tellin' her she can't love you, Rika-chan."

Before Rika could utter a word, she watched Satoko jump up and over to her uncle, embracing him and sobbing uncontrollably. She stayed sitting, dumbfounded at the turn of events. "Teppei..." Rika simply watched as the uncle and niece hugged and cried, happy that they were tears of acceptance.

"My lil' Satoko can love whoever the hell she wants, I'll support her all the way." He pulled Satoko away and looked her in the eyes. "And if any of these villagers give you shit for it, tell me, so I can go beat their ass!"

The tears that were flowing were suddenly stopped and replaced with laughter, the rediculousness of Teppei's last words making Rika and Satoko double over in a fit. "Uncle Teppei, you don't know how happy it is to hear you say that. And you certainly haven't gotten rid of that mean streak." Satoko wiped her eyes with the collar of her shirt before looking at Rika and then back at Teppei. "Thank you."

"Anythin' for Satoko."

Rika stood up as Teppei motioned for her to join them, and was pulled into the embrace. "Thank you, Teppei. For taking care of her while I was gone."

"No, I should be thankin' you, Rika-chan." Rika's heart skipped a beat, looking up at Teppei. "You helped take care of her in my absense. Your whole club helped. And no amount of thanks could ever match what you all did for me."

"Oh yeah!" Rika perked up, the mention of the club reminding her of their evening plans. "We're actually meeting up with them later!" Pulling away, she glanced to the nearby clock, hoping they hadn't lost track of time. Rika let out a sigh of relief, seeing that it was nearing 4PM.

"Well, if you girls got plans with your friends, may as well let you get goin'." Teppei released Satoko from their embrace and gave her a light pat on the head. "But I meant what I said; anyone troubles you two for being...together...I'll set them right."

Satoko gave her uncle a light smile and nodded, turning to Rika. "Let's get goin' then. We can grab somethin' to eat on our way!"

A warmth filled Rika's heart as she watched Satoko's interactions with Teppei. 'Though looping was absolute hell, there can still be good things to come of it.' She smiled, taking Satoko's hand and made for the front door, bidding Teppei farewell. As the door closed behind them with a 'have fun kiddos', Rika couldn't help but pull herself closer to Satoko, resting her head on the others shoulder. She expected a reaction, even a small one, but Satoko did nothing. Rika looked up from her leaned position, seeing the same pained expression on Satoko's face from earlier. She parted her lips to speak, but Satoko beat her to the punch.

"Listen, Rika. I'm not...ready yet. I don't know when I'll be, honestly. But we'll talk about it when I am." Satoko looked down to Rika, the latter able to see the immense pain in the formers eyes. Rika squeezed the hand held in hers and rubbed her forehead gently against Satoko's shoulder.

"You did promise me earlier, so I'll keep you to it."





The sun had started its slow descent towards descent to the horizon as Rika and Satoko approached, hand in hand, the old village schoolhouse. The building looked as she remembered, Rika thought, with fresh planted flowers and paint giving it a like-new look. Getting closer, Rika let go of Satoko's hand, running in excitement up to the window that held their old classroom. She peered inside, the classroom being empty of any desks or chairs, barren save for a light coating of dust on the lockers. Rika turned back to Satoko, frowning. "What happened? Is Hinamizawa losing its school?"

Satoko nodded, making Rika's frown even bigger. "Yeah, the village agreed to stop using it as a school. Next year, there would be less than 10 students, and the upkeep wouldn't be worth it." Satoko walked up next to Rika, peering in herself. "But we're not losing the building itself. The head families agreed to turn it into a museum. Remember the tool shed behind your family shrine?" Rika nodded, looking back inside. "Well, the Sonozaki family convinced the other heads to be more open about the villages distant past instead of hiding it. It's kinda secret for now, they plan on announcing it after the Wataganashi Festival."

"How do you know about it then?"

Satoko started to speak before the sound of a vehicle approaching grabbed their attention. She pointed to the driver of the blue sedan, "That's how I know.", and started waving. As it came to a stop by the gate, the two girls rushed over to greet the occupants exiting.

"Riiiikaaaaaa, Satokooooooooo!"

Rika felt a pair of arms pull her and Satoko forward in a flash, pressed against a soft pair of breasts. The 'hau hau hau' breathing told Rika exactly who it was as her and Satoko returned the hug. "We've missed you too, Rena."

"Hau, if Mii-chan wasn't my ride, I'd take you both home and never let go!" Rena gave them one more big squeeze before letting go, the kyute mode subsiding. "It's so nice to see you both again, especially you, Rika-chan!"

Rika began to speak, only to get 2 more sets of arms around herself and Satoko. The silky, mint green hair rubbing her nose was a dead giveaway for one, and the other was obvious. "Mion, Keiichi, it's been way too long!"

Mion gave one more squeeze before she let go, beaming at the two girls. "Looks like we nearly got everyone here. Keiichi, mind grabbing the bag from the back?"

"Yeah, yeah." The disgruntled Keiichi let go of his old underclassman and headed towards the back of their car, Rika watching with a puzzled look.

"Who else are we waiting on?" Turning back to Mion, Rika's eyes lit up as the deciding factor dawned on her. "More importantly, what are we gonna be playing?"

"Well, I figured since we're all adults here, or close enough to it," Mion reached out, patting Rika and Satoko on the head, "we could play something fitting instead of the old kid level stuff, ya know?" The crunch of gravel caught their attention again as another vehicle approached, a sleek, black sedan that the entire group recognized instantly. "And the second guest of honor arrives!"

Rika waited with bated breath as two figures exited out of the back, one being the spitting image of Mion and the other a tall, short haired blonde man. She eagerly waved as Mion's twin walked up to the drivers window, shared some words, and locked arms with the man as they started approaching. A flash of blonde hair rushed by Rika with a kick up of dirt as she watched Satoko run towards them. With whatever's been bothering Satoko, Rika thought, seeing her brother should alleviate some of her sadness.

After breaking out of Satoko's bear hug, the 3 of them walked over to the rest of the group, the Mion doppleganger snatching up Rika and pinned her to her rather impressive breasts. "Rikaaaaa-chan, it's so good to see you! How'd you like St. Lucia?"

Rika tried to speak, only managing muffles underneath the voluptuous chest. "Nice to see you too, Shion." She pulled away, jokingly gasping for air. "I see maturity has helped you out." Rika gave Shion a pouty look, patting her own lackluster chest. A bit of playful jealousy between friends.

Shion smiled before turning to her companion, waving for him to come over. "Ya not gonna say hi, Satoshi?" The blonde man, Satoshi, trotted over, Satoko latched tightly to his arm. "And Satoko-chan! Just like me, maturity has been nice to you too!"

Satoshi chuckled at the friendly banter before patting Rika on her head. "Hello Rika-chan. It's been...quite a while, hasn't it?"

"Yeah. It's been, about 8 years since you 'disappeared', hasn't it?" Rika eyed him up and down, feeling daggers aimed at her from both Shion and Satoko. She decided it would be best to play it safe and not upset them. "You've grown into a handsome young man."

Satoshi blushed lightly as Shion clamped his other available arm. "Ahaha, thank you Rika-chan. You've become a lovely woman as well!" Rika watched as Shion jerked the arm she was attached to around playfully at his comment, Satoko following suit. "H-hey, what're you guys doing??"

"Don't flirt with another girl when your girlfriend is right here!"
"Don't flirt with my friend right in front of me, Nii-Nii!"

Rika laughed to herself, getting one over on the big breasted Shion and Satoko. Having others jealous of you was nice, she thought, even if it was simply playful jealousy. Rika stared off, her eyes unfocused. Something about today felt nostalgic, as if...as if she was back in 1983. A sudden wave of fear pierced through her mind, bringing her eyes back into focus. Her arms reached out, instinctly pulling Satoko to her, and buried her face into the breasts she was jealous of only earlier.

Satoko looked down in surprise, reciprocating Rika's abrupt embrace. "What's wrong, Rika? Don't tell me you're jealous of my Nii-Nii, are you?"

"No, it's..." Rika trailed off with a slight sigh. "I just need this for a moment, okay?"

The no nonsense voice of Keiichi snapped Rika out of her moment. "Let's head inside guys, don't think the villagers want to see young couples all lovey dovey out in the open." Rika peeked out from her grounding totem that was Satoko's breasts, glaring knives into him. "H-hey, what's that look for??"

Mion intervened before anyone else could speak. "Kei-chan is right, we're burning sunlight, people! Tonight, the Hinamizawa Game Club is at 140% power!"
 
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