You felt the light hit your silky face as you opened your eyes. As you blinked a few times, you noticed a head full of mahogany hair that set itself on your shoulder. You didn't realize it, but you had been sleeping on your side and Rin was facing you. You slept on the left side of the bed where the window faced you. Rin gradually opened his eyes to see you sitting up with your messy bed head and a bright smile. He stretched himself out and sat up too. He placed one hand beneath your shoulder and embraced you.
"Good morning, '____________'. Did you sleep well?" Rin kissed your cheek as you sat there in his embrace.
"I slept very well. Thank you and good morning to you too!" You flashed him another big smile as the sun shined its bright rays on your hair.
Soon Amakata came in and opened the door. She was already dressed and ready to go.
"Morning, '___________'! I'm glad to see you're up!" Ama-chan had a plate of eggs and toast made for you.
"Hello, Miss Ama-chan! You didn't have to make me breakfast." You were trying to be as kind as you could and deny the breakfast.
"It's no trouble at all! I don't mind one bit!" She gave you a bright smile and handed you the plate. "Later today, I need you to go down and coach the boys. They still need a lot of practice before the prefecturals!" Ama-chan looked at you with a big smile, but gave a Rin a very strange fake smile.
"Well, I guess I should head out then, '___________', I'll see you later." Rin gave you another peck on the cheek and got off your bed.
Rin left the room and headed out with a few of his things. When you watched the door shut, you saw Miho looking at you with a suspicious look.
"'____________', I thought you were going out with Haruka..."
Your cheeks turned a dark red color.
"It's a complicated thing, Miss Ama-chan..." You looked down at the ground.
"I could almost write an aspiring love novel! A love triangle between one girl and two boys! I could become a famous writer!" Miho awed at the thought of a book being released that was written by her.
"You sound just like Gou-chan...." You face palmed your forehead and shook your head.
"What do you mean?"
You gave a small sigh and had explained to Miho about what Gou told you about how almost every guy likes you.
"That's even better! A giant love hexagon! That's an even better love story!"
"Ama-chan, you're getting off subject!!" You shouted as you felt a frustration sign hit you in the head.
She began to laugh and made some very interesting points about ever guy and how Gou could be on to something. At one point, she wouldn't stop rambling and you got yourself ready and headed out of the lodge. Miho panicked as she scurried behind you towards the beach.
--------------------- Sukishima Island ---------------------
"If we start swimming now, we should head back before Miss Ama-chan and '__________' know that we aren't at the beach!" Nagisa spoke with excitement as the four of them stood on the shore.
Haruka heard your name and thought about you. Without a second to spare, Haruka dashed into the water and headed out before anyone else.
"Haru-chan! You're supposed to wait for us too!" Nagisa swam after him and Makoto and Rei followed behind.
Makoto swam along side Rei and Nagisa tried to keep up with Haruka as he dashed forward.
You and Miss Ama-chan arrived at the shore line and didn't see any of the guys anywhere. When you were looking, you saw Rin running as he trained. He spotted you and you gave a tiny wave back to him. He felt his cheek turn red, but then he focused back on his running. Suddenly, the sound of splashing water sounded from the distance and you saw four figures swimming close to shore.
"Miss Ama-chan, do you see that out there? Are those the guys?" You pointed at the swimming figures in the water.
"I think you're right! Why in the world would they decide to swim so early?"
You ran ahead and placed your feet in the cold water. Haruka was naturally the first to get to shore. When all of them followed behind him, they all walked past you and plopped right onto the sand and passed out. You blinked a few times before you stood behind Haruka and bent over to put your face in front of his. Rin looked over at you and the four exhausted guys that lay on the warm bed of sand.
"What the heck were they doing?" He thought when he saw them earlier in the water.
Haruka barely opened his eyes after seeing that a large bed of shade was in front of him. He got a faint smile on his face and he grabbed your arm. You were flung in the air and landed on your back next to Haruka. He wrapped his arms around you and didn't let go. You smiled and softly shut your eyes and embraced him back. Rin felt his heart tear into small pieces the more he watched you with Haruka.
------------------ Back at Iwatobi High School ----------------
"5 Days until Prefecturals." You wrote on the sign at the pool before you and the rest of your friends headed onto the roof of the building.
You couldn't believe how fast the trip went. It felt so good to be with everyone at once again. The five of you sat on the roof and you had developed all of the pictures you took during the training camp.
"Makoto, what the heck is that behind you?" Nagisa pointed out a weird face that was in the picture.
Makoto freaked out to see a white pale face that stood behind him in the picture.
"It's alright! Miss Miho wore a moisturizing mask." You calmed him down.
"Gosh, Nagisa, don't freak me out like that!"
"This is not beautiful..." Rei held a picture up to his face.
You all gathered behind him to see a picture of Nagisa helping Rei put on a raft that went in-between his legs.
"Why would you take this, '___________'?" Rei looked at you with a puzzled look.
"Come on! You've got to have those awkward pictures in there too!" You giggled.
Haruka went to pick up another picture from the unorganized pile and gave a silent gasp. You saw his face turn green as he continued to look at the picture more.
"What is it, Haru?" Makoto scooted closer to Haruka and looked at the picture. "'___________', when did you take this picture?" Makoto gently slid the picture out of Haruka's grasp and showed it to you.
You felt your heart beat when you saw a picture of you and Rin sitting together in the aquatics center where the Samezuka Academy trained. You quickly grabbed the picture out of his hand and you shifted your eyes shifted towards the ground. Nagisa quickly grabbed it from your hands and looked at it.
"Wow! Rin-chan actually looks really happy." Nagisa hasn't seen Rin look that happy in a long time.
"You were able to get pictures of the Samezuka Club?" Rei looked closer at the picture.
"Oh, that reminds me!" You got up and grabbed your bag. "I was able to get a sheet of who's doing what at the tournament from their captain."
You handed out a copy to Makoto so he could look at it first. He jumped when he saw that Rin was doing the free style.
"Haru, it looks like you're going up against Rin." Makoto tried to stay positive.
You yanked the paper out of Makoto's hands and put it back in a folder.
"I'm sorry, if you would excuse me..." You stood up and headed towards the door.
You gently closed the door behind you and felt tears swell your eyes. You slowly walked down the stairs as little droplets fell from your eyes and onto the polished wooden staircase. Everyone just looked at the door in confusion after you left. Haruka noticed that the picture of you and Rin had fallen out of your hands. He reached out to it and held it in his hands. A surprising gust of wind blew the picture out of Haruka's hand into the clear blue sky. They all watched in shock as the picture flowed out of his hands.
------------------------ Samezuka Academy ------------------
Rin woke up with heavy breathing after taking in the nightmare that obscured his mind.
"Senpai! Are you alright?" Nitori jumped off of his bunk and stood next to Rin.
"I'm fine....it was just a bad dream..." Rin got up from his bed and headed towards the door.
The two of them walked out and into the lounger where they were vending machines. Along the way there, Rin had explained to Nitori about his dream.
"You saw Haruka-Senpai and your dad?" Rin turned around with a glaring look.
"Huh! I'm sorry! If you don't want to talk about it, I understand!" Nitori felt a little guilty for bringing it up.
"It's alright. If you want to know, my father was part of the Iwatobi Swim Club when he was younger. His dream was to become an Olympic swimmer and he won so many awards. Instead, he married and had me and then became a fisherman. Eventually, a large typhoon hit and he died. So then I followed in my dad's footsteps...." Rin gave a small sigh.
"I'm sorry to hear that, Rin."
Rin popped out a soda from the vending machine and tossed it to Nitori.
"Thank you, Senpai." Nitori smiled.
"You go ahead and head back. I just need to relax for a while." Rin started to walk away and left Nitori sitting there.
He left the campus and stared into the sky. He watched as the stars glistened in the dark sky and continued to bask in the star light. Rin felt something vibrate in his pocket and he reached for his phone. He took it out and saw it was a text from you.
"'____________': Tomorrow is the big day! I can't wait to see you! <3" He read the message to himself.
Rin gripped onto his phone as he read the message over and over to himself.
"Just wait and see, '___________'. You'll know who you want....."