Disclaimer: Me don't own CCS. 'nuf said. =)

This is an Eli x Madison (Eriol x Tomoyo) fic. Am using their US names since those are the ones am familiar with. These two really rocks! i like their romantic team-up. I wish they would make another CCS movie bringing these two together. Maybe when I become rich someday, I would produce it, huh? =)

f r I e n d s

"Guess?" Eli asked as he covered her eyes from behind, dropping the tone of his voice an octave down.

"Need I?" Madison countered, smiling, while prying off his hands from her eyes.

"Yes," he answered.

"Eli, let go already," she countered, and the hands was removed from her eyes. She turned her head, eyes still blurry and focused on the young man by her side. "What are you doing here at this time of the day?"

Here was her spacious studio in the heart of downtown where she spent most of her weekends, designing clothes for her small but successful boutique. It was a past time. A break from doing the paper works of their toy company. At the age of 20, her mom put her in a managerial position, much to her dismay. She knew that she it would be the case sooner or later, whether she liked it or not.

It was five years later that she was able to have her outlet for her passion of designing clothes. Now at 25, she was a well-known designer and a vice-president for the toy company to boot.

"Nothing," Eli said and shrugged. "How did you know it was me?" he asked, raising an eyebrow.

"What a rhetorical question. You are the only one who knows this place aside from my assistant. Don't you have a business trip today?"

"I had. I'm off now," he said. He pulled a chair placing it beside hers and sat on it.

"What do you mean you're off? You're supposed to be at the other side of the globe already by now," Madison said, placing the pen on her drawing board to stretch her fingers. She then reached up and tucked her hair behind her ears.

"I sent my assistant instead. He sure needs a break so after the business meeting I gave him a week off."

"How thoughtful of you," she said, jesting. "Just say you don't want to go to that part of the world for a week and I would understand."

Eli groaned. "I did my poor best to hide my reasons and she guessed it nevertheless," he complained to no one in particular. "And now I appeared to be a ruthless master to her by sending my assistant to the battle instead."

Madison laughed. "Stop it, Eli," she told him and slapped his arm lightly. "You know I am glad you did not make it. I don't have to wait for another week or two for a lunch treat, you know."

Eli groaned again. "And she is only glad that I was left behind for a free lunch!" he said aloud looking up.

"Among other things," she added, still giggling.

"What other things?" he faced her, smiling then raised an eyebrow.

Madison shrugged. "You know… a lot of things."

"Name one," he dared.

"Ummm…" she began. Madison opened her mouth about to say something then closed it again. "Mmmm…"

"Really, Madison, can't name one, huh?"

She gave him a side-long glance. "It's too many to mention."

Eli leaned back on his chair and crossed his arms. "I'm waiting."

"How about free dinner?" she gave him a cheeky grin.

"Let me get this straight, you'll miss your free lunch and dinner… but not me."

"It's not the way I would put it."

"It looks like it to me."

"No, it's not. I would miss you, too."

Eli feigned a hurt feeling. He started to stand up. "That's it, then—"

"Honestly!" Madison said, grasping his arm.

"—I think I would—"


"—treat you to lunch now," he finished. He leaned forward and gave her a kiss on her cheek, a gesture they grew up with over the years.

Madison smiled broadly.

"I know you would honestly miss me terribly and to save you on long distance call, I decided not to leave—for now, at least," Eli said, still leaning forward, one hand braced on her drawing board. "And… there would be nobody, including you, to feed yourself."

"You are so thoughtful," she said and cupped his cheek. "But don't push your luck about me missing you, ok?"

"I'll think about it," he stated and straightened up. "Are you done here?"

"I've done several sketches all ready for the upcoming show this fall. I think that's enough for today."

"Then, shall we?"

"Of course," Madison said and stood up. "But if you are not going on that trip, aren't you supposed to be in a board meeting?"

"Are you really trying to get rid of me?" he asked suspiciously, raising an eyebrow. "Because if you are ---"

"Eli, since when are you so sensitive?"

"We decided to wait for the outcome of the Western trip before we meet the board."

Madison wore her peacoat and gathered her things in her bag before standing before him. "I just want to make sure you are all mine now, you know," she said and gave him a wink before turning towards the door.

Eli expelled a deep breath and shook his head. "I have always been yours," he muttered under his breath before following her outside. Madison had walked several steps ahead and he doubt she was able to hear his comment clearly.

Hope you like the first installment of my fic… second part will be loaded shortly…