Chapter 7: Regrets & Revelations Shizuka walked into her house with a heavy mind. "Hey Shizuka," her brother Katsuya called out from the living room. Shizuka walked into the room and waited patiently for him to finish the level Of his video game. Katsuya paused the game and turned his eyes to her. "Where Have you been little sis?" Shizuka hesitated before deciding to just tell him that Yugi was back in town. "Really? Yugi's back? That's great. Where is he at now," Katsuya asked elatedly. "I don't know. Probably at the game shop. He didn't really say where he was going. Katsuya paused to scrutinize Shizuka's face for a moment. "Is everything okay little sis?" Shizuka didn't really want to particularize, essentially because she knew that if Katsuya knew what had happened, Seto would have to put all of those lavish bodyguards to momentous work. "Everything is fine. We just had a pop quiz in history class today and I am a little anxious about how I did." Katsuya's face brightened. "Don't worry about it. You are the brightest student in the school. I am sure that you did fine. Shizuka's thoughts drifted right back to Seto when her brother said this. "I don't know about that. Seto Kaiba is pretty intelligent." Katsuya rolled his eyes and did a huffy breath. Shizuka knew all too well about her brother's diminutive enmity with Seto Kaiba. "Look, I have a lot of homework so I better get upstairs to my room." Shizuka turned back towards the staircase. "Okay, have fun," he called behind her. Shizuka reached her room and threw her backpack on the floor. She lay down across her bed and closed her eyes, thinking of Seto. She remembered the way that his eyes had flared up when he saw her kissing Yugi, And then they had gone back to icy blue in a flash. How does he remain so apathetic about all of this, she wondered silently. She picked up the phone next to her bed and hastily dialed Seto's number. His secretary answered and asked for her name. "Hold one moment please," she told her. Shizuka waited apprehensively for a ephemeral thirty seconds before the secretary came back onto the line. "I am sorry but Mr. Kaiba is not accepting your phone calls right now." "Just tell him that I really, really need to speak to him," she spoke desolately. "I am afraid that isn't going to happen young lady. Mr. Kaiba is a very busy man and he doesn't have time to speak with you. If you would like to schedule an appointment he is available next Tuesday. Otherwise, there is nothing that I can do for you," the secretary spoke somewhat callously. "No, that is fine. I will just catch him at school or something," Shizuka said dejectedly, preparing to hang up the phone. "Hold on one moment," the secretary's voice came over the line. "Mr. Kaiba has asked me to go ahead and put you through." Shizuka's face brightened but her stomach twisted into nervous knots. Shizuka's thoughts drifted to Seto once more. She had been surprised to see how caring that he could be. When she was upset about breaking up with Yugi, Seto had been so nice to her. She hadn't known him very well then but she knew enough to know that Seto wasn't exactly famous for being a caring person. Shizuka's thoughts were caught off when Seto's icy voice came over the line. "What do you want," he asked frigidly. Shizuka provisionally considered hanging up. I-I just wanted to say that I am sorry for hurting you and -, Shizuka was rapidly cut off by Seto. Dont flatter yourself. I cant be hurt, least of all by someone like you, he said. Okay well, I just wanted you to know that there is nothing between me and Yugi anymore. We are through and I thought that you should know that, Shizuka spoke erratically, intimidated by the austerity of his tone. I really dont care either way what you do with Yugi, so if you dont mind, I have a meeting in half an hour and it is far more important than anything else that you may have to say. Just as Seto was about to hang up, Shizuka panicked and said the one thing that she had been dying to tell him since she had realized it that day in the coffee shop. Seto I love you. Shizuka waited through the painful silence as Seto vigilantly considered her words. I am sorry that you feel that way Shizuka, but I am afraid that I cant return those feelings . Goodbye. Shizuka clutched the phone tightly long after Seto hung up. She couldnt believe that she had said that, and to only have him brush it off like it was nothing. God, she was such an idiot. Shizuka finally hung up the phone, tears streaming down her face, and she just sat there for the rest of the night. *************************************************************************************************** After Seto hung up the phone, he sat at his desk in total silence, intensely contemplating what he had heard. Seto couldnt remember the last time that anyone except Mokuba had said those words to him, and it had scared the hell out of him. He hadnt premeditated on hurtingShizuka. That was the last thing that he would ever want but he had panicked and he didnt know what else to do besides shut her out. Now that the smoke was starting to clear from his head, he realized what he had done. He couldnt call her back and tell her that he hadnt meant it, his pride wouldnt allow it and he wasnt quite sure what he felt anyway. Maybe it was better this way, he thought bitterly. He very well couldnt have a relationship with the lifestyle that he led. He closed his eyes and relived the night of the storm. Nothing had ever felt so perfect and he secretly wished that he could go back to that night and forget everything that had happened from that point on. And now, the moment you have all been waiting for, the customary spoiler . Next Chapter: Shizuka & Seto have their first REAL talk since the storm and Seto admits his feelings. Stay tuned .