Disclaimer: Nope, not mine.

Title: Hot Tub
Soul and Maka
None. Partner bonding!
I've been sitting on this one for awhile.

"I didn't know there's a hot tub."

"Of course there's one," Maka informed her partner, unlocking the door. "It's usually booked by Fire and Thunder, though."

Soul frowned. "Aren't they too young to use a hot tub?"

Maka shrugged, "I think it reminds them of their hot springs from home," and swung the door open, revealing a small wood-paneled room. "We're lucky we got it today."

"I still don't know why you signed us up," Soul said through a yawn. He grabbed a towel from the rack against the wall and threw it over his slouching shoulders.

"It's good for muscles," she verbally reasoned, but mentally noted the dark circles under Soul's eyes and the limp that he failed to hide. Nobody said being a Death Scythe was easy. The last few weeks had been particularly brutal on him and Maka was determined to help him relax, even if just a moment.

While Soul wandered over to the square pool to fiddle with the controls, Maka turned away to pull off her shirt and shorts. Her school issued bathing suit was a black one-piece, unflattering and not special, but she'd still feel better once she was submerged in the cloudy water.

In a swift movement, Maka swept away the cover to the hot tub and jumped in before Soul could turn his head. "Eager, much?" He commented with a raised eyebrow.

"Just get in." She punched the "On" button that he had stared at for the last few minutes, which immediately set off the bubbling jets.

As the room grew hazy from the heat, Soul stripped off his T-shirt, leaving him in black swimming trunks. He eased himself into the far seat, wincing noticeably.

"That's why we're here, you idiot," Maka scolded, her lips pursed.

He didn't hear her over the buzzing of the jets. Soul slunk a little deeper into the relaxed seat and let out a sigh of contentment. "Are you sure this is a regular hot tub?" He asked, doubting, as the jets stopped and the pool pump hummed. Every muscle in his aching body relaxed. Soul felt his mind get sleepy.

Before Maka could answer (Yes, it was a normal hot tub), Soul drifted into a nap. She let out a sigh of relief. He couldn't nap for long, they only had the room for an hour, but Maka was pleased at her early results. Pushing herself from her seat, Maka glided next to her partner and joined him in much deserved relaxation.

Forcing Soul to go to a hot tub is probably a lot easier than vocalizing her concern.

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