Rating: Still PG. I'm being good.

Warnings:

Disclaimer: I used to own Harvest Moon B2N, but then I sold it to Natsume.... And then I had tea with the pope.

Chapter 5

(Locke's P.O.V)

Somehow we ended up on Mother's Hill. I don't really know whether I was leading or following, and both of us were too lost in our own thoughts for conversation. But, like I said, we got up there.

Mother's Hill is a beautiful place any season, and the summit's view is the best in the village. Still, we were both staring at our shoes and reliving the evening. It looked like there wasn't much hope for Rick ever accepting Kai, and I'd begun to even question my own place in the village. If a charismatic guy like Kai wasn't accepted, what would they do about me? I was nothing special.

I was jolted out of my thoughts by a sound that made me glad I wasn't too close to the edge of the cliff. Yeah, I jumped. Just a little, though.

"Oh, look at the fireworks," Kai said, his face glowing from the colored lights. "They seem so close."

I nodded, just watching the beautiful explosions. They said in the village that Master Saibara made the tube for shooting off the fireworks. My mind drifted, wondering what was going on at the beach, and Kai seemed to read my mind.

"Thanks for today. Because of me, you couldn't watch the fireworks with the other villagers... sorry."

I shook my head then, because quite honestly, I didn't have any regrets. Kai was my friend, and it really wasn't his fault that had happened. I sat down, and pulled him along with me.

"I can't think of a better way to spend tonight," I told him, smiling. We watched the fireworks for awhile, or at least I did. I got that feeling, that prickly one where you know someone is watching you. I looked over and sure enough, he was studying me. My mouth went dry as I looked back at him.

"Don't get me wrong Locke... I'm glad you invited me."

'Locke, I'm glad you invited me like this...'

Miss Karen's characterization of Kai swam into my head and then there were two Kais, the one in front of me and the one kissing me in my mind. A friend and a lover. It was strange, I know. But at the same time, it made me realize that there was a reason I hadn't been able to get that idea out of my head.

"There's something to it, isn't there..." I whispered, and as he gave me a small smile that was different from his usual smirk. Kai liked playing games, flirting with Miss Popuri and teasing Rick. I liked his smirk, but I got the feeling Kai hadn't really smiled in a long time.

"Yeah, there is," he answered in the same tone and I knew he knew exactly what I meant. And then we were leaning in towards each other, and I knew it was going to happen but I still got that funny little nervous feeling in my stomach and when we kissed... if it was something too wonderful to be called a kiss, I wouldn't know what else to call it.

And I guess it was a romantic scene, the two of us kissing there at the top of the world as the bright lights drizzled down the sky like melting stars... but I was a bit too busy to notice.

And late that night, after embarrassed but deliriously happy goodbyes and all-too-fleeting kisses, I sat down to write in my journal....

Watching the fireworks with Kai from Mother's Hill was better than expected...

fin

lemondrop: Yeah, it was an abrupt end, but it just....felt that way. For those of you who enjoyed One Way Ticket (which is a completely random title, by the way) know this- I'm not finished with the Harvest Moon fandom by any means. Only....expect mostly one-shots from here on in ... --;;