Ren sees the new transfer student—Shin, black hair, storm-cloud-gray eyes, and
more beautiful than any guy had a right to be—he makes it his mission to get to
know him. Too bad Shin is about as sociable as fungus, and about as likable,
too. But Ren isn't good at giving up, so he takes on the challenge of cracking
Shin's titanium shell. What he finds underneath, though, is way more than he's
prepared to handle.
disappearing in Akita, and Shin might be behind it. As Ren's feelings grow for
the reserved man, so do the number of missing person reports, and Ren doesn't
know if their budding relationship is enough to withstand both the well of
secrets and the organization Shin works for."
There was a heavy sigh
and then, “Ren, just go talk to him already.”
Ren’s gaze snapped
back to his friends. He flicked shaggy blond hair out of his eye and said,
said, making vague hand gestures at the student Ren had been ogling.
Shin had settled in
the grass beside a tree and was propping a book open in his lap. Messy strands
of black hair fell across his pale cheeks, and he brushed it back with fingers
that were surprisingly elegant for a guy.
“Go talk to him.”
Shin Sarutobi was a
newly transferred junior, and despite sharing several classes, Ren had yet to
find the right opportunity to talk to him. Not because he was intimidated but
because Shin treated everyone around him, professors and students alike, with
what barely qualified as cool indifference. He spoke in class when necessary
but otherwise remained removed from everyone else and, from what Ren could tell,
preferred it that way.
The exception was
Kyouya Tsutano. Kyouya had transferred in about a month before Shin. It had
been a big deal, what with his family being corporate millionaires. Rumor had
it Kyouya’s dad died recently, and he had returned to Akita to live with his
From the start, Kyouya
and Shin had a volatile relationship—they always looked pissed just being near
each other. Except Ren had overheard them arrange meetings, and Kyouya remained
the only person to date Shin spoke with on a regular basis.
Naturally, Ren assumed
they were sleeping together. He entertained the theory that Shin and Kyouya
were trapped in an unhealthy relationship based on angry but mind-blowing sex.
He chose not to share
this theory with his friends.
In any case, the fact
remained that Shin was a jerk. A gorgeous jerk with ink-black hair, intense
gray eyes, and long legs that made him one of the few students taller than Ren,
but a jerk nonetheless. Ren watched as a line formed between Shin’s brows, and
he glanced in the direction Kyouya had gone with a sour twist of his lips.
Shin was also a jerk
in dire need of an intervention.
Ren nodded decisively.
“I’m going to talk to him.”
Hideyoshi gave him a
flat look before apparently deciding against voicing what he was thinking. Ren
ignored him and crossed the lawn with purposeful strides toward Shin.
With blond hair and
blue eyes thanks to his European half, Ren wasn’t used to making the first
move. Shin, however, was definitely worth the exception.
“Hi,” Ren said. He didn’t
believe in pick-up lines.
acknowledge the greeting.
Ren cleared his
throat, undeterred. “Your friend looked pissed.”
Shin’s gaze lifted,
passing dismissively over Ren’s smiling face before returning to his book.
Ren said, hedging for a response.
Without lowering his
book, Shin turned his head and looked up at Ren with ill-concealed impatience.
“Did you want something?”
Ren considered this.
“Should I answer that honestly?” Because there were a great many things that
Ren wanted, including but not limited to Shin spread out on his bed in nothing
but a silk ribbon.
Maybe it was best not
to be quite so forthcoming yet.
About the Author:
up on horror, fantasy, and romance novels (although she hid the romance novels,
considering she probably shouldn't have been reading them at eleven years old).
She started writing horror first, but these days, her work features more boys
kissing boys than heads exploding, which everyone agrees is an improvement. She
has a love of all things fantastical, and her favorite romances are the ones
that don't happen easily. Reading or writing about characters overcoming
adversity in order to reach their happy endings, whether that's together or
not, is what fuels her love of the written word.