"Take it from somebody who knows it when she sees it, you're in love," I said.
"Don't be ridiculous, I have more important things to do than to play childish crush games around here like everyone else," Panne quickly replied, but her face said otherwise.
"Did I say anything about crushes mongrel? I don't participate in that nonsense," I responded.
"Oh, and then what is all that gawking you've been doing around Robin ever since you transferred here?" Just as I expected she was trying my patience.
"Love, something you clearly know nothing about," I say, not realizing class had already begun amongst our bickering.
"Guys calm down," Nowi attempts to shush us once again, ever the peacekeeper.
"Hmph, I'll be generous and let you slide just this one time, only because I have something you can do for me," I say.
"And why would I do anything for you?" Panne asks.
"Oh I'll explain, it'll certainly be worth your while," I say as we begin paying attention to class.
As soon as it ended and we had the chance to continue our conversation, Panne wasted no time getting down to business, "Okay now speak," She ordered, figuring I would have something up my sleeve.
"First things first, just how effective are these drinks you make?" I ask.
"W-What does that have to do with anything?" Panne responds.
"They're the best!" Nowi chimes in, "I've tried them out myself, she made me some to take home for stomachaches and headaches and they fixed me right up in no time."
"Hm, your results speak for themselves I see," I say.
"I was taught well what of it?" Panne said.
"But just to be safe, this special problem Lon'Qu had that you refuse to tell us about, did your drinks fix that?" I ask.
"Why do you need to know?" Panne clearly didn't want to give up the information easily.
"To determine the effectiveness of your special teas," I explain.
"And why do you need to know that!?" Panne seemed to be getting frustrated from all my questions.
"If you insist on questioning everything I ask, I'll explain. You don't like me, and you make me sick just being near you, but I figure we can assist one another, a favor for a favor," I explain. "I help you get into a relationship with Lon'Qu, and you make a special tea for me to give to Robin that'll make him realize he loves me."
"N-None of that last part made any sense! My tea isn't magic you know, what do you want to do cast a hex on him!?"
"What makes you think I need your help to show Lon'Qu I like him," Panne said.
"I thought you said you didn't like him?" I replied.
Panne grew silent while her face grew red, I had her in the palm of my hand. "Nonetheless, I can't make any drink that will make someone love you, plus it isn't something people would be tricked into drinking, the smell and taste isn't exactly to die for, but it gets results."
"I can attest to that," Nowi adds, making a rather disgusted face.
"First of all I don't need a drink that would make someone love me, Robin and I are destined to be with each other and he knows it, he just needs to be pushed a bit more in the right direction," I explain.
After another silence and a long sigh Panne asks, "Can you really help me?"
"You're really going to have to make it worth my while, I'm not trying to just give some friendly helping hand," I say.
"Fine, I'll see what I can do. Me and Lon'Qu are going to meet up at lunch this Friday so I can give him more tea, could you just, give me some advice before then?" Panne asks.
"Hmm, I'll see what I can do," I reply with a smirk, Panne clearly wasn't happy with my tone, but she was going to have to deal with it if she really wanted my help.
The day went on the same as before, it was Wednesday so I wouldn't be able to sit close to Robin in that book club again until Friday, and I was too busy with all that normal practice I didn't get to watch Robin walk home like the first day, and I'd say I need to make up for lost time. Once we were finally let out from class I waited in the same spot as before. However as I waited, I noticed Robin exited the school with that blue haired guy he is always hanging out with, that was not a part of the plan.
I was confused, instead of leaving, the two of them were just sitting outside the school, I assumed they were waiting for someone, they weren't talking much. Soon enough two blonde girls showed up and greeted them, one with her hair in curls, the other I think I was told is the sister of the blue haired boy, I've seen them both hanging around Robin quite a bit. Lucky for them they never got too close, I wasn't trying to have to hurt anyone today.
Suddenly their conversations got a little louder, I couldn't make out what they were saying, but that blue haired guy didn't seem too happy about something. Soon enough a car came by and the two girls got inside and took off, the blue haired boy stormed off back into the school for whatever reason and Robin didn't look too happy himself, none of this is my business so I could care less, but if Robin is upset I may have to get involved.
Finally, after what felt like an eternity, Robin began walking home. After the first day, I have gotten somewhat more familiar with the pathway, this time around I won't have to keep adjusting and leaving loud footsteps behind. Several minutes had passed, it felt real nice to spend this time with him, after he called me cute when I let my hair down, he liked the pie I made for him, and him telling me to just be myself, I felt like I made a lot of progress. He would be mine soon enough.
As I followed and reveled in the successes of the day, I foolishly didn't notice my shoelaces coming undone within the bush I was in. Before I knew it I found myself tumbling right out into public view. I managed to avoid making any sound from the surprise fall, but the rustling of the bushes and the loud thud weren't quite as kind.
"Eh!?" He uttered, turning around to a look of shock to see me on the ground holding my side only ten steps away from him, "T-Tharja!?"
"G-Good afternoon Robin!" At least last time I was found on my terms, this was just embarrassing. I couldn't have been found in a more compromising position; I sure squandered all today's progress.
"Are you alright?" Robin asked as he quickly rushed toward me, "And what are you doing here?"
"I'm fine, just a little scrape," I thought maybe if I ignore the second question it would make me look less embarrassed.
"Here let me help you," Robin said as he extended his hand to help me, it felt just as magical as I knew it would.
"Hehe, thank you Robin, what would you like for your reward?"
"I'd like to know why you were out here, Tharja please tell me you weren't following me again," That's what I get for loving someone smart.
"And what if I was?" I reply.
Robin let out a sigh, "Didn't I make it pretty clear last time that I'm not exactly, comfortable, with whatever approach you are going with here."
"Oh come now Robin, what's love without a little play?"
He sighed again, "Whatever, just please go home and be careful," Robin said before turning around and continued to walk home. Something was amiss, even before he told me to leave it did seem like something was on his mind, could it be that ordeal that was going on before he left the school?
"Is something the matter my love?" I ask.
"Tharja again with the 'my love' stuff? Just, never mind, on second thought I'm glad you're here, I need an opinion about something," My ears twitched the second he said that. Robin needing me? It was like something out of a story book.
"Oh for you Robin anything."
"…Right, well you see I got a bit of a problem. I have two friends that both really like each other right." He explains.
"But the girl in the matter, her older brother really, really doesn't like the guy," I assume this must be what they were all discussing earlier. "but the older brother doesn't know they like each other, but she told me, and I just don't know if I should tell him about it, or stay out of it. I mean he's my best friend, but the other two are my friends too, so should I talk or stay out of it?" Robin clearly was flustered, I can tell by the look in his eyes that he felt he was in a real dilemma.
Outside of constantly thinking about Robin, I've never given other matters of the heart much thought. This was no concern of mine and I quite frankly couldn't care less, but if this is something is bothering Robin I must do something to ease his frustration. I placed my hand on my chin and attempted to give this some actual thought. "You're sure that the two people have strong feelings for each other?"
"There's no question in the matter? It's completely mutual that they both care deeply for each other?"
"There isn't a doubt in my mind," Robin reiterates, which brings me to my conclusion.
"If two people have feelings for each other than I don't see why they shouldn't be together, if he is worried about his sister that's fine, but it's not his call to say who she can and can't be with," I tried to give my best explanation on my thoughts on the matter.
"Yeah I guess that makes sense, but I don't know, I still feel as if I should tell him," Robin replied.
"I'm assuming the sister told you this in hopes you wouldn't tell him."
"That's right," He answered.
"Well wouldn't that be a betrayal of trust in itself, one way or another you'd be betraying someone, I'd say if you said nothing that'd lead to the least people getting hurt," Not that I really cared, but I figure that's what he wants.
"Yeah, you might be right, I still want to give this more thought, but thanks Tharja, you really helped me put things in perspective," Robin says, gloriously praising my assistance.
"Of course Robin," I say as I slither ever so closer to him. "You know if you ever need anything, all you ever, ever have to do is ask."
"Anything?" He responds.
"Anything," I say as I cling to his arm and smile.
"Then please get home safely and stop following me after school," Robin muttered.
"Hmph, I can't make any promises, but since you asked so nicely, I'll see you tomorrow my love," I reply, letting go of his arm.
"Take it easy Tharja, I appreciate your help, but just take it easy," Robin says.
"Hehehe," I giggle ever so slightly as the two of us part ways for the day.