Ken leaned against his best friend's doorway as he watched him go through his closet with a curly-haired girl. He cleared his throat to let them know he was there. Daisuke shot out of his closet and wrapped his arms around Ken in a choking grip. "Ken you came!"
"I said I would," he replied, prying Daisuke off of him. "Nervous?" he asked.
"Why would I be nervous?" Daisuke answered. "I'm only going on a date with the girl I've liked since elementary school. What reason is there to be nervous? I have everything planned and everything's going to be great! First we'll…"
Ken tuned him out at that point and walked over to Sachi. "Hi," he said.
She smiled. "So you decided to risk coming over to help him out?"
He shrugged. "It's his first date since high school. I knew he'd need help and decided it wasn't right to let you deal with that on your own."
"You are too kind." Together they turned back to the closet to pick out Daisuke's outfit. Their friend had moved on to talking to himself about the pros and cons of a steak dinner, so clearly he was not capable of getting himself ready at the moment.
After Ken and Sachi had picked out an appropriate outfit and calmed Daisuke enough to at least seem normal, Daisuke was ready.
He stood in the doorway to the apartment and looked at them. "Thanks so much you guys." He turned to Sachi. "I'm sorry I can't see you off. If I had known you were planning to leave tonight…"
Sachi silenced him with a shake of her head. "Don't worry about it. What's important is that you have fun on your date. I'm sure Ken will take care of me just fine." She winked at her new friend.
Ken smiled. "Of course. I'll make sure she gets on the train in one piece."
Daisuke grinned. "Aren't you going to give me words of encouragement before I leave?"
"And inflate your ego before your date?" Ken joked. "I would never do that."
"Gee thanks," Daisuke muttered. He moved to give Sachi a hug. "Take care of yourself."
"You too," she whispered. They pulled away. "And don't forget to stay in touch. Just because I lost you as a classmate doesn't mean I have to lose you as a friend."
Daisuke smiled. "Of course." He glanced at the clock. "Well, I better get going."
"Have fun!" said Ken as he opened the door for his friend.
"Yeah, try not to make an ass of yourself," Sachi added.
"You're so supportive of me," Daisuke complained as he left the apartment.
Sachi closed the door and turned to Ken. "She can't replace you."
He allowed himself a tiny smile. "I know."
She sighed. "I just wish he was coming back up to school. I'm going to worry about him." She smiled at Ken. "But I know I'm leaving him in capable hands." Ken blushed. "Oh!" she exclaimed as she suddenly had an idea. She ran to her backpack and pulled out a piece of paper and a pen. Quickly jotting something down, she handed the paper to Ken. "Here's my number and email. Call me sometime. I know Daisuke won't, no matter what he promises. He'll find some excuse to forget. This way I can check up on him." She shrugged. "And of course whenever you need to talk. It's not easy being your best friend's main support. Just know you have a friend who can support you."
Ken nodded. "Thanks."
Suddenly the door flew open and a figure darted past. As soon as it came it left, shouting something about forgetting a wallet.
They both shook there heads. "I never realized just how much of a spaz he can be," said Sachi.
Ken sighed. "Welcome to my life."
Yay :throws confetti: And that is the official conclusion to Welcome to My Life. Thank you everyone who's read this story. Especially those of you who have been around since the beginning. I know it's been long in coming, but thanks for all of your support. Stay tuned for the sequel called "Continuing Existence" which focuses on Ken and how he deals with Daisuke's new relationship. Until then, ja ne!