It takes place sometime after this scene:, in reality XII.
After following her brother´s steps for almost an entire afternoon, being escorted by Akiyama (who would certainly was willing to join the fun of stalking his best frenemy) Nova Takariyama still was certain about one thing: Magnus had a secret girlfriend and was no one but the dreadful Miyako Ishida!
“I´ll never forgive that fox if she breaks his heart!” mumbled the overprotective sister
“No worries” answered Ryo “He´s too clueless for something like that”
“WHY THE HECK ARE YOU STILL FOLLOWING ME?!” she didn´t appreciate having a non-required escort.
“Because you are a cute brat and this city is filled with sharks” replied the teenager whistling a song
His voice sounded as soft as a melting butter but irritated the girl anyways.
“I know how to take care of myself, thank you very much”
“And of course I won´t leave alone my future fiancé ”
“WE ARE NOT ENGAGED!!”
“My brother is going to kick your ass in the science project, you will see!”
He let escape a little laugh.
“You really sound confident, I like that. But I am wining the fair anyways”
She limited to ignore him and kept tailing her older brother´s steps. He was walking down the street with the mentioned Miyako. And Miyako, as a true Ishida, made him carry her cello all the way. Then they finally entered into a building and Nova sighed in disappointment, they were really heading to the music academy and she wasn´t allowed inside the building.
“Rats” she mumbled “I thought she would drag him to a café or something”
And her opportunity of confronting the pair had just flew away.
“So did you have enough espionage for a day?”
In the end, Nova relented and decided to go home. Ryo still kept escorting, whistling all the way.
“Could you please stop it? It´s hurting my ears” she was cranky that day and was trying her very best not to slap the hateful Akiyama´s face. His mere presence made her want to grab a bat and hit the guy until his face wouldn´t be recognizable anymore…
“Okay” instead, he pinched her nose “My, my, your eyes are sparkling so much that they could set a bush fire!” he teased the girl once again, he couldn´t resist it.
“humph! Why your insistence of following me everywhere? I thought you had a project that needs to be completed!”
“Completed two days ago, ran successfully the tests so it´s more than ready for Saturday” he smiled “I bet your oniichan hadn´t completed his yet”
Nova´s cheeks turned red. He actually nailed it.
“And speaking about Magnus-san, you should try not to be so glued to him…shouldn´t you?”
She said nothing.
“While you are a child, it´s cute. But it´s not possible to keep holding onto that brother complex for much longer”
Nova crossed her arms, deadly serious.
” I can´t help it, Akiyama-san”
“Someday he´s going to get a girlfriend for real, you know. And what about his dreams and projects? What about your own dreams and projects as well?”
“What you say may be true, but I am not ready to let him go. Not yet” she ended admitting that ” You may not understand but I have the feeling I came to this world to PROTECT HIM”
“WHAT?” Ryo finally succumbed to a good laughter “YOU, PROTECT HIM?”
She let him laugh, of course he wouldn´t understand. Everybody assumed Magnus Takaroyama was his sister´s protector but Nova had another perception of the situation…it was as if something deep inside her was pushing her to look after Magnus, and there was also fear. She had the feeling that something huge was about to happen to Magnus and dreaded it, because it felt like a premonition and that kind of things usually ended with something not so good. So like an attentive eagle, she´d been keeping an extra careful eye towards Magnus.
“The princess wishes to protect her prince?” Ryo bit his lips in order to stop laughing.
“No, I view myself more like a King than a princess” she kept walking, trying to ignore the annoying fella.
“Get out! A girl cannot be a King!”
“Yes I can” she didn´t look at him “Princes hold no true power and princesses are a pain in the ass”
“Wow! Don´t tell me that you plan to go like Utena, revolutionize the world?”
“Neah, that´s too much of a hassle” Nova smiled despite her annoyance “I was just speaking about chess”
Ryo declared himself defeated.
“Okay, then shall we begin playing chess next week? I am a helluva of a player and would gladly challenge you, King-sama, to a duel”
They kept walking , now through a park, in complete silence.
Ryo , from time to time, squinted at his companion and admitted to himself how much he was enjoying her company. When she wasn´t in a defensive posture, she was really cute.
He could see the precious woman she would turn one day and he wouldn´t mind asking her out when that day arrives.
No, he could see something more than her future self. He was a guy who was born with a quite sharp sixth sense and there were moments that he could see beyond the superficial things…like the ghostly silhouette of an angel floating above Nova!
Suddenly he was able to view the angel in all her glory and Ryo opened wide his mouth. That wasn´t her guardian angel…he instantly realized that he was witnessing Nova Takariyama´s true essence…from the past, from the future…and then he realized how much he wanted that person in his life!
“Nova” he found himself leaning towards the girl “Someday you will understand that you are an extraordinary girl and when you let go of your complex and open your heart towards other men…then…”
“Then what?” asked her, intrigued.
Ryo kept looking at her eyes and couldn´t hold his feelings anymore and suddenly he took her in his arms and his lips touched hers!
“Oh Goodness!!” her heart almost exploded , that was her first kiss!
“..then I will definitely go after you…”