Characters: Birman, Sakura
Summary: Birman sees a young girl crying in the rain.
Notes: This was written for 10lilies, and the prompt is #2 - rain cloud. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: I don't own Weiß Kreuz.
The rain was coming down hard, and Birman was thankful she had brought an umbrella with her. Rain clouds had filled the sky since early morning, but the rain had waited until late in the afternoon to finally fall. As Birman exited the flower shop and put up her umbrella, she saw a brown-haired girl standing near the entrance without an umbrella - Tomoe Sakura, the girl whose kidney had been stolen by a group of organ thieves that Weiß had dealt with several months ago.
"You'll catch a cold if you stay out here," Birman said, stepping over to Sakura and inviting the younger girl under her umbrella. Sakura appeared as if she was drenched to the bone, and when she looked up, Birman wondered if the rain wasn't the only reason Sakura's face was so wet.
"Thank you, but it's not necessary," Sakura said, her voice almost a whisper. "I'll be fine by myself."
"You're dripping wet," Birman said sternly, gripping Sakura's hand. "I'm walking you home. Were you waiting for Aya again?"
Sakura chuckled weakly. "I'm pathetic, aren't I? Even strangers know."
Birman let out a heavy sigh. "I know who you are," she began, her voice gentler. "You're Tomoe Sakura, the girl whose kidney was stolen. You had to be strong to get through that. But you're still only human, and everybody has their moments of weakness."
"You're very kind," Sakura muttered, still not looking up at Birman. "And so was Aya-san." She pulled her hand out of Birman's and walked out from under the protection of the umbrella. She turned to face Birman, and Birman now knew for certain that those were tears running down her cheeks. "I wish I had never fallen in love," she said, forcing a broken smile.
"Tomoe-san, you-" Birman started to say as she reached out for Sakura, but she stopped herself when Sakura flinched back from her hand. Sakura was no longer smiling, and after a tense moment, she broke into a run, leaving Birman alone.
The rain pounded harder on Birman's umbrella, but she stood there, unmoving, for several minutes. She then soon began walking, in the opposite direction of Sakura.