“Let’s date.” and he smiled at me.
Mayumi: “Huh? What?”
Natsuki: “Since you sounded so sincere last night, might as well give it a try.”
Mayumi: “Give it a try? Just reject me if you are forcing yourself to like me…”
Natsuki: “I’m not forcing myself. I already liked you as a little sister, so all I have to do now is to change the way I see you.”
Mayumi: “You make it sound so easy.”
Natsuki: “So… Are you going to reject me?”
Mayumi: “I don’t know…”
Natsuki: “Then let’s just date.”
He then pulled me in for a hug: “I’m actually touched by what you said to me last night. I never knew someone would go to such ends for someone like me.”
Mayumi: “Let me go…” and I starts to struggle my way out of his grip.
Natsuki pulls me in tighter: “No… I will not let go until you are willing to date me.”
Mayumi: “But you don’t actually like me!”
Natsuki: “What if I say I do like you now? As a woman.”
Mayumi: “You are just trying to make me say yes…”
Natsuki: “No choice then…” and he forces a kiss on my lips.
I froze. It was my first kiss and I was surprised. I forced my way out of the kiss after that.
Mayumi: “I’m sorry… I really don’t want you to like me anymore… It doesn’t feel genuine.”
Natsuki: “Why are you like this now? You confessed to me twice already, why the sudden change of heart?”
Mayumi: “I don’t know… I feel like I’m just a replacement… Just someone to fill the void in your heart…”
Natsuki: “You may be a replacement, but you will never be replaced by anyone else. I will love you as truly as the other girls I had a crush on or dated.”
Mayumi: “I… I’m in a mess…”
Natsuki: “Let me walk you out of it.” and he put his hand out.
I struggled for awhile and eventually, I went for his hand.
Natsuki: “I will make you feel glad that you chose to stick with me.”
Mayumi: “You stole my first kiss… I will not let you off this easy…”
We went on to the restaurant for dinner, Kyouya and Shiina were eating already.
Shiina: “You guys are slow… Eh? Why are you two holding hands?”
I looked away, blushing.
Natsuki: “We are officially dating.”
Kyouya choked on his food and Shiina’s eyes glowed.
Shiina: “Really?! Congratz!”
Natsuki went on to pour him a glass of water. We were about to sit down until Shiina changed seats…
“You two sit beside each other, I need to take care of this baby who choked his food anyway…”
I then proceed to sit beside the window and Natsuki sits beside me. We looked at the menu and ordered our food and beverages.
Shiina: “So what exactly happened…” going into nosey mode…
Natsuki: “She actually confessed again last night after I finished my dinner, I told her that I will give her an answer after the lecture…”
Kyouya: “Again? What do you mean again?”
Natsuki: “She confessed to me twice already, the first time when you got drunk on the day I got rejected by that other girl.”
Kyouya: “Oh really… Wait, am I the only one that doesn’t know?”
Shiina: “Yeah, because I talked to her about it the day after that.”
Kyouya: “You guys have secrets behind my back?!”
Shiina: “It’s just you being too insensitive to your surroundings.”
Natsuki nods: “No wonder you don’t get hints when girls tried to talk to you.”
Kyouya: “Wait, I have admirers?!” and starts to act smug.
Natsuki: “Not really, they are hinting that you are actually disgusting.”
Me and Shiina laughs.
Kyouya: “Rude, now that you got a girlfriend, you start to be cocky…”
Shiina: “He has every right to be cocky, he’s like the polar opposite of you most of the time…”
The waitress came with our soda floats we ordered, but she suddenly tripped. The next moment Natsuki pushed me against the window and protected me from the spilling drinks.
Waitress: “Oh my god I’m sorry!” as she pulls out her cloth and starts wiping the mess from Natsuki’s jacket.
Natsuki: “It’s ok… It’s just my jacket.” and he takes it off.
Waitress: “Let me wash the jacket for you.”
Natsuki: “It’s fine… Just clear the spill…”
And she hurriedly clear up the mess, with another waitress serving another pair of floats.
The manager came to us and apologised, and said that everything is on the house. Kyouya attempted to order more food to take advantage of it but Shiina stops him immediately.
After dinner, we split up with the usual pairing.
Mayumi: “Thank you… for just now…”
Natsuki: “It’s my job.”
Mayumi: “Let me wash the jacket for you…” and grabs the jacket from his arm.
Natsuki: “Ok then, since you like washing my jacket, future housewife.”
Mayumi: “Who is going to be your housewife?” and I pout.
Natsuki grins. Eventually we reached my apartments.
Natsuki: “Do you want me to come here to wait for you so we can walk to uni together?”
Mayumi: “Do you need to wake up earlier that way?”
Natsuki: “Not really, you do know that I’m always first to campus right?”
Mayumi: “Ok then… Do you want me to cook bento for your lunch tomorrow?”
Natsuki: “Hmm sure, I haven’t really tasted your cooking yet.”
And I went to my apartment, waving goodbye to him before entering.
The next day, I woke up slightly earlier to make Natsuki and my bentos. After cooking, I went out of my apartment and I see him waiting for me already downstairs. I quickly rushed down.
Mayumi: “Did I keep you waiting?”
Natsuki: “Not really.”
Mayumi: “Sorry, I was making bentos and it took longer than expected.”
Natsuki: “It’s fine, since I get to finally try your cooking.”
and both of us proceeded to Uni.
In the lecture room waiting for the lecture to start…
Another girl: “Mayumi-san, may I have a word with you?”
Mayumi: “Okay…” and I followed her outside of the lecture room.
Girl: “Are you dating… Natsuki-kun?”
Mayumi: “Erm… yes…”
Girl: “My name is Haruka and… I’m Natsuki’s ex back in high school…”
Mayumi: “Erm… ok?”
Haruka: “I’m here to declare war… I want Natsuki-kun back… I will take him away from you…”