Counting the petals

Disclaimer : I do not own Weiss Kreuz.

Warnings/Notes : Schu x Brad-pairing. part 9/9. ooc-ness. some fluff (sorry!). time-shift in first part.

I slightly rewrote the ending [part 7, 8 and 9] of this at the suggestion of a very kind person.

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[Schuldich pov]

I asked Nagi if he really had received an e-mail from his lover today.

He just looked at me an told me to 'mind my own business'.

To which I replied that he'd better be a bit more polite if he didn't want me to mess up his precious lover's mind.

At which he said I couldn't do that because I had no idea who his lover was.

He was right, the brat.

For a moment we sat there in silence.

And then he asked if me and Crawford had 'kissed and made up again'.

The answer he gave to my like-wise minded question was on the tip of my tongue, I admit.

Instead though I decided to consider the matter, trying to think like Crawford does ; logical and calm.

He hasn't told me he loves me.

He hasn't agreed to go out with me.

He hasn't even said he cared about me.

And yet I feel that he does those things.

"Sort of, I guess", I say.

He raises an eyebrow. "How can you 'sort of' make up?"

Nagi is not like Farfarello.

He is actually a normal thinking person, probably smarter than most.

I used to think he was a bit of a cold fish, but the fact that he does indeed have a lover and that they are together for nearly three months now without any major fights has proven me wrong.

"He didn't say he loved me." I admit.

Nagi sighs and I swear he sounds like an older man does at the follies of youth.

"It's Crawford we're talking about, remember?" he says. "So what did he say then, to make you look like your usual cheerful self again?"

Nagi despises cheerful people in the morning.

"Nothing at all really. Oh, he did mention you were going to stay with a friend for a few days."

"Yes, I do." Nagi smiles, and I get a sneaking suspicion about this 'friend' of his.

"And we have a date for dinner. No cooking for two."

"Did he say anything else?"

He does his best not to look disappointed.

Who would have thought Nagi fancied himself as a peacemaker?

"Nagi, you set the two of us up, didn't you? Together with Farfarello?"

"What are you talking about?"

He doesn't even bother to try and look innocent.

"Those flowers you wanted me and him to 'count the petals' of. You cheated with them, didn't you? You made sure we would both get the answer you wanted us to get."

A flash of anger in his eyes. "The answer I wanted? It was the answer you wanted as well. I was just tired of the two of you angsting."

"Well, don't expect me to thank you for it! I don't like people meddling in my relationships, not even when they do it with the best of intentions."

"You wouldn't even thank someone who saved your life, would you? Well, I didn't do it just for you. I did it for Crawford too, though I really don't know why he cares so much."

"How would you know he cares?"

I'm actually curious to that. Something told me the same this morning in his office, but I can't quite name it.

All right, he counted those stupid petals. That doesn't mean anything much, does it?

Just that he was curious to find out if ..... if I loved him?

I told him I did!

And he didn't believe me.

He actually believes some lifeless flower over me?

A flower, I might add, selected by Nagi and Farfarello. He's sure to find out that, if he doesn't know already.

"Schuldich," Nagi sounds tired, "the number of petals on a flower doesn't have anything to do with whether or not two people are in love. What counts is that you both wanted to find out if the other loved you. You'd only do that if you already cared about that other person. Otherwise it would be useless information. That you chose a rather unreliable way to try and find out, instead of having an honest conversation is beyond me, but I guess it's a personality-thing."

I blink. That was quite a speech, coming from Nagi.

"So you're saying ...."

He throws up his hands in desperation.

"Yes, you fool! He loves you and you love him and you should be happy together instead of sulking around whenever you have a misunderstanding!"

"I'll try." It all sounds a lot more logical when Nagi says it.

"I should hope so." He rises. "Well, I had better start packing."

Ah, yes.

"Nagi?"

"Yes, Schuldich?"

"Thank you."

"You owe me."

"More than you know."

"Good. Don't forget that."

I think I will go into town this afternoon.

Maybe I'll buy some more flowers at that new flowershop.

They seem to brighten up people's lifes.

~OWARI~

Endnote : The 'flowershop with the funny name' is of course the Koneko. [Kitten in the House does not sound like a normal name for a flowershop to me]. The identity of Nagi's 'lover' I will leave to your imagination.