So You Think Your Day Sucks…
A/N: Loofah is a fun word yet Microsoft Word refuses to recognize it. I never have anything important to say in these notes so please don't feel obligated to read them… Seriously, you're not missing out on anything.
The title of this chapter not only accurately sums up the chapter but my sentiment while writing it as well… ENJOI!
Scenario 9: Blocked
In the world where Scenario 1 took place, we join a young college couple attempting to conquer one of the greatest hardships of being in a relationship. Their area of choice to resolve this difficult matter is none other than the pond hidden away in the woods which surround the campus. It is a difficult place to find for those who have never been there before. However, the ambiance created by this secluded retreat is perfect for students who wish to find peace after a stressful day of classes or perhaps even just to relax before that exam they completely forgot about. Oh, and I should add that going here for non-class/club related activities is trespassing. But who cares about details? Anywayz, on to the story.
"You want me to do what!" the young man exclaimed as he took a step away from his girlfriend.
"I want you to have dinner with me and my parents tonight," she repeated.
He stared straight into her eyes, wondering if this was another one of her jokes. If it was, it was a very cruel one, and if it wasn't, well, that would be even worse. Unfortunately for him, there were no hints of deception in her eyes.
"You're really serious about this, aren't you?" he asked as he placed his hand on her arm.
"Kaji, I've been talking to you about this for the past three months."
"But we were discussing when we would do it, we never set an actual date. This is kind of sudden. You could've given me some kind of warning."
"Yeah, well, I just told you right now didn't I?" Kaji rolled his eyes. "It's not like you have anything else to do tonight. What's the big deal?"
"Meeting your parents is the big deal, Misato! It's not one of those things that you can just announce out of the blue like you did just now."
Misato ran her hand through her curled, violet hair, which Kaji recognized as one of her nervous habits. "I'm sorry but I can't help it, my parents literally just called me a couple of hours ago." She held up her cell phone to show him her call history. "I'm just as unprepared as you are." Kaji sighed and scratched the back of his head, ruffling his scraggly hair. "Aw, come on, my parents aren't bad, they just want an excuse to see their wonderful daughter who's been away at college."
"Haha, yeah right," Kaji said trying to sound unamused as he turned his head to the side to hide the smirk on his face.
"Please just do this for me," she said wrapping her arms around his waist. Then she whispered in his ear, "It would mean so much to me."
He could feel her breath on his skin, giving him a more than pleasant feeling. "Well, if this means a lot to you then I'll do it," said Kaji.
She grinned knowing that she had Kaji pinned. Oh yes, Misato knows how to work her charms. "Thank you, thank you so much!" she said giving him a tight squeeze and a peck on the cheek. "You have no idea how excited I am about this! My mom got off work early and my dad got us reservations at Takamura."
"Whoa, whoa, whoa! Takamura! The Takamura! Isn't that place insanely expensive?" Misato just smiled all sparkly eyed, thinking over what she was going to order when they got there. "You're drooling! I knew it! Your parents put you up to this with a trip to some fancy restaurant!"
"That is so not true!" Misato lied.
"What's not true?" asked a girl as she approached the two, her bleached blonde hair bouncing with each step.
"Misato's trying to deny that she didn't get bribed by food to get me to have dinner with her parents," Kaji quickly responded.
"You were definitely bribed," said faux blonde. "Ew, Misato, what's with the drool? Did you forget to check your mouth after falling asleep in lecture again?"
"Shut up, Ritsuko," said Misato as she wiped the side of her mouth. "You know I always check myself in the mirror." Note how she didn't deny falling asleep.
"Oh yeah, I know you can't leave your room without that thing. Anyway, what are you guys doing here?"
"We wanted to have this conversation somewhere calming 'cuz I might have an aneurism if we were anywhere else," said Kaji. "Why are you here? Aren't you supposed to be shadowing at the hospital?"
"I just got off and I came here to relax after an embarrassing day," said Ritsuko.
"Ooh, do tell," encouraged Misato in hopes of gathering more blackmail material on her overachieving roommate.
"Well, around noon this man runs into the ER all panicking and yelling that his wife is about to have her baby in the cab. Since Dr. Morinaga is really cool with me he tells me to grab his stuff and I rush out to the cab with him. While he's getting everything ready he tells me take off the woman's underwear. So I lift up her dress and when I'm about to take off her underwear she screams and kicks me in the head. That's when the doctor noticed that there was more than one cab in the loop and we were in the wrong one."
Both Misato and Kaji busted out laughing. Even though they knew they probably shouldn't they couldn't help themselves. You know this happens to you too.
"Sorry Rits, if it makes you feel any better, I'm glad that she didn't harm your gorgeous face," said Misato after recovering.
"No need to worry about that, all she did was give me a few stitches in the temple," Ritsuko said sarcastically and parted her hair to show them the gnarly battle wound she received from trying to remove an unwilling woman's undergarments. "Other than that I'm perfectly fine."
"Good, 'cuz I couldn't live knowing that I wouldn't be able to wake up to your perfect visage every day."
"Ugh, cut it out Misato. I can smell the bullshit coming out of your mouth," said Kaji fanning the air with his hand.
Misato gave him a well deserved jab to the arm. "Alright you, it's almost 2 o'clock, time to get moving. We have about four hours before the dinner and lord knows you're going to need every second cleaning this up," Misato said patting Kaji's stubble covered face.
"Yeah, yeah. Ritsuko, do me a favor and make sure she dresses herself appropriately. I don't want her parents thinking I'm responsible for turning her into a little slut." Kaji laughed as he dodged another punch from Misato. "I'll pick you up in a few hours." He ran off before Misato could chase after him.
"Ugh, prick. You don't think I look slutty do you?" Misato asked, turning around for Ritsuko to see.
The faux blonde looked her roommate up and down. Her hair was styled into elegant curls with bangs swept to the side. Her makeup was very light and natural; just bit of foundation, mascara and a pale rose-colored lipstick. A black cropped jacket with ¾ sleeves and two large buttons were left open to reveal her plain white camisole. On the lower portion of her body she wore a pair of boot-cut, destroyed jeans and 4-inch black, open-toe Gucci slingbacks. As for accessories, there was a pair of 2-inch silver hoops hanging from her ears, a lightly-tanned braided leather belt with an etched floral design around her waist, a silver Seiko watch in form of a bracelet on her left wrist, a hair tie on her right, and silver rings around her right thumb and ring finger. Last but not least was that silver cross pendant, given to her by her father, which she always wore.
"Hmm, you want my honest opinion?" asked Ritsuko after finishing her examination. Misato nodded earnestly. "Well, if we were going to hang out tonight I'd say you look pretty cute. Except for the jeans, they're so passé."
"Hey, the correct word is vintage!"
"Ah, ah, ah, don't interrupt me. I have a legit reason to criticize you and I'm gonna milk this opportunity for all its worth so shut up and let me finish." Misato huffed and crossed her arms. "As I was saying the way you're dressed would be perfect for a party, but not dinner with your parents at some fancy restaurant. First of all, that's my belt. The hair is too big for your parents; they're going to think that you look like a hooker. Your top would be fine if it didn't accentuate your humungous boobs so much. Those destroyed jeans are too sexy for the older generation and hoop earrings have always screamed 'trashy' at me. All that aside, the shoes are very sophisticated and the lighter the makeup the better."
The two of them stood there in silence as Misato processed everything that Ritsuko had said. After a while Misato nodded in acknowledgement. "Wow, all of that makes total sense. I didn't know you had any sense in fashion."
"Huh, neither did I. Oh God, look what happens when I live with you for two years."
"Aw, I'm so proud of you!" Misato exclaimed as she embraced her roommate. "I'm sure your new found grasp on the superficial will help you finally find a boyfriend someday."
Ritsuko laughed. She was used to Misato taking stabs at her romantic life. "Oh, that'll be the day. But right now we need to find you something decent to wear tonight."
"Wait, are your saying what I think you're saying?" Misato's eyes lit up like Rockefeller center during the holiday season.
"Yes, I am. So get that disgusting look off your face and move it. We're going shopping."
"Hell yeah! We haven't been shopping in forever! I can't believe you're the one to suggest it first. This is going to be awesome!" Misato hurried off towards the parking lot.
"Hey! We're only going to be looking for a dress, okay? Don't get carried away and forget about your dinner! Are you even listening to me? Misato! Wait up! Where are you going! My car's parked in the other lot!"
While Ritsuko was busy trying to keep Misato focused on that matter at hand Kaji was getting ready in his apartment. At the moment, he was in the process of rinsing out the last of the conditioner that was in his hair. Although he had taken a shower after getting back from his swimming class the night before, he thought it would be a good idea to make sure that he didn't give off any unpleasant odors. He gave his hair one final run through with his fingers to check if any of the slippery conditioner was left. When he was satisfied he picked up his bottle of Nivea body wash and squeezed some onto his loofah. Misato always complained about how his skin needed more exfoliating, so she got him the loofah. He hated to admit it, but Kaji loved how smooth it made his skin afterwards. It also went great with his body wash. He gently scrubbed his skin with the loofah, making sure to take care of certain smellier areas such as the underarms and feet. After he was done he took a small amount of the body wash and rubbed it behind his ears. The first day he got the loofah he tried to use it to clean his ears and after somehow managing to get the loofah to fit, he ended up making them bleed. It was a painful learning process to say the least. He rubbed his hands over his body to wash off the final suds of soap. When he was done he shut off the water and grabbed his towel and used it to lightly dab at his soaking wet hair as the drops of water slid down the well defined curves of his moist, silky smooth (awkward enough for you yet?), freshly exfoliated skin.
After he wiped off the last drops of water he wrapped the towel around his waist and stepped out of the shower onto the red rug strategically placed in front of the sink and mirror. He reached for the bottle of Suave body lotion and applied it all over the carefully sculpted muscles of his body. When he was finished he opened the door to let the steam out and wiped the mirror with the hand towel sitting on the sink and then proceeded to lather his face with shaving cream. He pressed his trusty Gillette Fusion against his face and took one downward stroke after another.
"Well this is a surprise, you're actually shaving," came a voice from behind him. Kaji turned around to see his landlady, Haruka Urashima, standing in the doorway with a cigarette in her mouth. "I haven't seen you clean up this well since you first started going out with Misato. Are you seeing a new girl or something?"
"Nope, we're going to be having dinner with her parents."
Haruka grimaced. "Ouch, sounds rough." Kaji laughed nervously. "I'll let you concentrate on sprucing yourself up. Let me know if you need anything."
"Thanks… Actually, can you do a huge favor for me?"
Moments later we find Kaji cruising down the road in a shiny, lava black R8 Audi. He was feeling good behind the wheel of this sexy little car. There was only one more thing to perfect his arrival. He pulled into the parking lot of the local pharmacy.
As the doors slid open he could see his target right in front of his eyes; freshly cut roses. Kaji walked over to the pot which held the flowers and picked out the eleven best roses. He wrapped them up and brought them over to the counter to make his purchase, but there was no one behind the register. After standing around for a couple of seconds he decided to look around for someone. In the back of the store Kaji found a middle aged man in a white lab coat who was filling out prescriptions in the pharmacy area.
"Good evening. Can I help you?" asked the pharmacist when he spotted Kaji approaching.
"Yes, actually, do you know if there's anyone that could ring me up on the register?" Kaji asked.
The man looked at the watch on his wrist and shook his head. "I guess those lazy bums are taking another extended break. Oh well, I can take care of you here."
"Thank you very much sir, I really appreciate your help!"
The pharmacist laughed. "I'm glad someone around here does. Let's see, eleven roses… That'll be ¥1800. Is that all you'll need for today?"
Kaji was about to confirm his purchase, but then he noticed a glass case in the back holding an assortment of condoms. "Now that you mention it I think I'll take some of those ribbed condoms with warming lubricant."
"Sure. The packs come in 6, 12 and 25. Which one would you want?"
"Well, I've been seeing this drop-dead gorgeous girl for a while now. The reason that I want the condoms is because I think that tonight might be the night. We're going to be having dinner with her parents tonight and then after that we're going out. If I play my cards right I just might get lucky tonight. Once she's had me she'll want me all the time so you'd better give me the 25 pack."
The pharmacist chuckled, shaking his head, and scanned Kaji's purchase. "I wish you the best of luck young man," he said as he handed Kaji the bag of condoms and flowers.
"Thank you for your help. Have a good evening!"
When Kaji got to the car he placed the pack in the glove compartment and put the roses on the passenger seat. A few minutes later he arrived at the Misato and Ritsuko's dorm. Making sure he had the flowers well hidden behind his back he knocked on the door. Ritsuko opened the door with a glass of juice in her hand, 'cuz she's healthy like that.
"Hey Kaji… Wow, you're looking pretty sharp." Ritsuko was stunned when she saw Kaji. He was wearing a charcoal grey suit and silver tie with a black and white pinstripe pattern. Even his hair was tamed. "Where did you get the suit from? Is it left over from your prom or something?"
"I was a groomsman for my friend actually."
"Ah, I should've known. Come on in, Misato's finishing caking on the last layer of makeup."
"I am not caking on makeup!" screamed Misato from the bathroom.
"Sure you aren't. Hey, Kaji, what's that you're hiding behind your back? Do I see roses?"
"Shh! I got a little something planned so work with me Rits."
"Don't tell me this has to do with another one of your corny lines again."
"I have no idea what you're talking about." Kaji smirked when Ritsuko gave him a look of disbelief. "Okay maybe it does… Just don't let Misato know."
"I heard my name. If you guys are talking about me behind my back again I'm gonna kick you with these pointy heels," said Misato as she walked into the room. Kaji's jaw dropped when he saw Misato standing before him in a wine red gown that hugged her curves in a very flattering way. If the gown wasn't tight enough to hold itself up then the single strap around her neck would. Her right leg was revealed by a slit in the side that reached her upper thigh. There was black trim on the chest. Her hair was straightened and pulled over her left shoulder. Her earrings consisted of white gold with three diamonds set in a line. She was still wearing the same watch, pendant and shoes from earlier but got rid of the rings and hair tie.
"Whoa, you look amazing," Kaji said. "I'm sorry, I didn't introduce myself. My name is Ryoji Kaji."
"Oh shut up. Stop being so stupid, it's me," said Misato.
"What? Misato? I didn't recognize you looking so classy."
"I could say the same thing. Huh, you actually used the hair texturizing cream I gave you, it looks good," she smiled. "So, are we ready to go?"
"Yeah, but first," Kaji said as he held up the roses in front of him, "I brought these eleven roses for you."
"Aw, thank you," said Misato, taking the roses from Kaji. "But why eleven? You too cheap to afford a dozen?" Ritsuko laughed as she took a seat on her bed.
"Here let me show you." Kaji lead Misato to the front of the mirror on top of her dresser. "What do you see?"
"I dunno, me holding a bunch of roses?"
"Right now you're looking at the twelve most beautiful things in the world."
Misato turned her head and looked into Kaji's eyes. "That is so sweet," she said as she wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him. Ritsuko just snickered in the background. "Rits, could you not ruin our moment."
"I'm not doing anything," said Ritsuko. She grinned as she took a sip of her juice.
Misato huffed as she replaced the older flowers in her vase on her dresser with the roses. "Alright, we're off to convince my parents that we're not doing anything indecent."
"Good luck with that," Ritsuko chuckled as she handed Misato her handbag. Misato glared at her as she wrapped a black shawl around herself. "Fill me in on all the gory details tomorrow. Enjoy your dinner guys."
"Oh we will. See ya later. Don't study too hard tonight."
"Bye Rits," said Kaji as he closed the door behind him. "She's having another study group thing again? She just had one a couple of days ago."
"You know her, if she doesn't get straight As she's going to chuck herself off a building."
"I feel kinda bad for her. She's racking her brain out while we're about to have probably the most extravagant dinner ever."
"Nah, you don't have to feel bad. My parents took us to the same restaurant when we first moved in so she's not missing out on anything."
"What!" There was a look of betrayal on Kaji's face. "Why didn't I know about this?"
"I didn't even know you when I first moved in so stop looking so offended."
Kaji frowned and held open the door out of the building for Misato. "Well, I still can't believe she didn't tell me. Hey, where are you going?"
"I thought we were going to catch a train?" Misato said pointing towards the bus stop leading to the station.
"Dressed like this? Nope I'm parked right over there." Kaji said pointing towards the second row in the parking lot.
"You got a car? Ooh, I wanna see!" She followed him towards the car and gasped in excitement when she saw it. "No way! Your landlady let you borrow her R8! What!" Kaji laughed as Misato embraced and stroked the car. "Oh my God… This car is glorious. How did you get her to loan it to you? Did you promise to give her your first born child or something?"
"No, I managed to talk her down from that." He cringed at the memory of the incident.
-A few hours ago at Kaji's apartment
"Haruka, do you think I could borrow your car for tonight?" Kaji asked.
"Yeah sure, the keys for the Maxima are in my office. You remember where they are right," said the landlady as she took another drag from her cigarette.
"Acutally, I was hoping that you would let me drive the R8," said Kaji, his voice slowly trailing off.
For a few seconds it seemed like she didn't hear his question. Kaji wasn't sure if he should repeat the question and just stood there nervously. Haruka leaned against the door frame and exhaled. "Kaji," she said looking idly down the hallway, "you do know what you're asking, right?"
Kaji gulped subconsciously. "Yes, I do."
Haruka shifted her gaze to Kaji, causing him to jump. "And you do know the consequences should anything happen to my car, right?" Kaji tried to give a response but all that he could manage was a bunch of incomprehensible stammering. "You don't? Well," she rolled up her sleeves, "let me give you a reminder." As Haruka approached all Kaji could do was let out a cry of terror.
"Let's just say she took a sort of down payment before I left," said Kaji. Even though Misato had heard of the terrors that Haruka was capable of she could help but be laugh at the pained expression on her boyfriend's face. "It's not funny Misato, we seriously have to be careful with this car. We gotta make sure we don't mess with anything in the interior and be especially careful with the paint too. For each scratch she finds she's going to double my rent and remove a vital organ."
"Don't worry, I'd never harm a vehicle as majestic as this (that is until she gets one of her own). I'd be more concerned about time right now if I were you. We're supposed to be meeting my parents in about forty-five minutes and it's already a half an hour drive without traffic."
"Oh crap, I didn't know it was this late already." Kaji unlocked the car and help Misato into the car.
"Whoa! Even the interior is sexy! Is that a beverage heater and cooler? Ooh, what are all of these buttons and monitors on the center console for?"
"Don't press any of those buttons! What did I just say? Haruka is gonna be pissed if I mess with her car." Misato completely ignored Kaji and continued messing around all the gadgets. "Could you stop swooning all over the car for a second and put your seatbelt on? Oh, and don't push that button next to your belt buckle. Seriously Misato, she said there's a button in here that can make the car self-destruct so be careful."
"Sorry, I can't help it!" Kaji shook his head as he started the ignition and buckled himself in. The sound of the engine caused her to sigh. "That's music to my ears… Alright Kaji! Show me what these 420 horses can do!"
While those two enjoy their joy ride we will join the Dr. and Mrs. Katsuragi who have already settled down on their table and are passing the time with a casual conversation.
"I wonder what kind of boy Misato's Kaji is," said Mrs. Katsuragi looking over the menu.
"Oh I'm sure he's a respectable young man, probably studying hard so he can be a great leader when he takes over his family business. Something along those lines," responded Dr. Katsuragi quite sincerely as he fiddled with his eating utensils.
His wife lowered the menu and looked over at him. "You should know our daughter better than that by now."
"I don't see why she had to break up with that Moriyama boy. He was nice."
"You're only saying that because he was a law student at the top of his class."
"And what's wrong with that?"
"There's nothing wrong with that but the boy was arrogant and overbearing."
"In what way?" asked Mr. Katsuragi in a kind of challenging manner.
"He was always boasting about every single one of his accomplishments and criticizing Misato whenever he had a chance! The only reason why she went out with him is because you asked her too." Dr. Katsuragi frowned. "Dear, I know you only want the best for Misato but you need to be a little more flexible in her decisions."
"I am being flexible! I'm allowing her to pursue a career that has nothing to do with law or medicine!"
"That's was only after you argued and she wouldn't speak to you for a month," Mrs. Katsuragi reminded her husband. He was almost moved to tears at the memory of the event. "I don't know why you're still upset about that. Automotive engineering is just as promising as law or medicine. Just swear that you won't scare off whoever Misato brings with her tonight. Have confidence in your daughter, okay?"
Dr. Katsuragi mumbled under his breath. "Fine," he said reluctantly. "But if he's anything like that boy from this afternoon that I told you about I'm going to throw him out of this restaurant myself."
"I mean it! No exceptions." Mrs. Katsuragi pinched her husband in the side when he crossed his arms.
"Ow, okay! You didn't have to pinch me."
"Good, because here comes Misato and her boyfriend now." From down the hall the voices of Misato and Kaji could be heard as they approached the tatami room.
"Oh of all the damned luck. That's the boy that I was telling you about from the pharmacy. No, I'm being serious, don't roll your eyes. I'd recognize that nauseating voice anywhere."
"Even if it is him you promised me. We're here for Misato, not to scare the boy away. If you ruin tonight for her so help me God I will…" As the door to the room slid open Mrs. Katsuragi's face instantly transformed from one of a raging bull to one of beaming happiness as Misato and Kaji appeared behind the kneeling waitress who left the four as soon as Misato and Kaji stepped inside the room. "Misato! Oh sweetie, look at you! My daughter is such a beautiful young lady now."
"Thank you Mom! I'm so happy that you could get off work today," said Misato as she hugged and kissed her mother. She looked over at her father who was hunched over and had his back turned towards them. "Hi Dad, What are you doing over there?"
"Would you stop playing with your phone and greet your daughter. She got all dressed up just to meet us here tonight," said Mrs. Katsuragi.
"I can't look at Misato when I know that all that the boy next to him just wants to sleep with her," he mumbled under his breath.
Mrs. Katsuragi leaned in close and whispered in his ear. "Stop acting so childish. You're going to pretend like you don't know this boy and treat him well. If you don't I will…" The last part of that sentence was unable to be repeated. But judging from the reaction from Dr. Katsuragi it's safe to say that it was quite convincing because he immediately stood up and hugged his daughter, keeping his face hidden from Kaji.
"Sorry about that sweetheart, I just had to finish placing some bets on the game tonight," he lied.
"I thought you said you were never going to bet again after last time," Misato laughed as she kissed her father on the cheek.
"Well, are you going to introduce us to this young man or are you just going to let him stand there?" asked Mrs. Katsuragi.
"Oh yes. Kaji why don't you introduce yourself to my parents?" said Misato.
"Sorry, I didn't want to interrupt you. I'm Ryoji Kaji, it's a pleasure to meet you," he said as he shook hands with Misato's mother.
"It's a pleasure to meet you too. Ooh, Misato you never told me how handsome he was!" Kaji laughed embarrassedly at the comment. "Dear, don't you think he's handsome?
"He's a rotten bastard, that's what I think," Dr. Katsuragi mumbled under his breath. His wife overheard his comment and quickly delivered a swift kick to the back of his calf, causing him to cry out in pain.
"Are you alright, Dad?" Misato asked, moving to his side to help him.
"Oh don't worry about it," said her mother. "Your father's knee is just acting up again."
"I apologize about that," said Dr. Katsuragi with a big smile on his face as he turned held out a hand for Kaji to shake. "It's good to finally meet you, Misato talks about you a lot."
"It's good to meet you too, I…" as Kaji was shaking hands with Misato's father a cold chill went through his entire body. He recognized the face of the man whose hand he was shaking as the middle aged man in the pharmacy. Kaji could tell that the smile didn't mean that he was happy to see that the man that he sold a pack of condoms to was the man who was dating his daughter but rather that he had something up his sleeve. This was confirmed when he felt the grip on his hand tightening more than was necessary for a hand shake. Kaji disguised the gritting of his teeth in pain as a smile.
"So Kaji, is your surname. Since Misato always refers to you by that name I assumed that it was your given name. Is there some reason why you call her by her given name while she still calls you by your last name?" said Dr. Katsuragi with a glint in his eye.
"No reason in particular. Everyone has always called me by my surname so I guess it just kind of stuck that way," Kaji said nervously as he started losing feeling in his hand.
"Now that we're all introduced let's sit down so we can get our food ordered already," said Mrs. Katsuragi excitedly. As they picked up their menus she discretely held a discussion with her husband. "What did I tell you?"
"I'm not doing anything!" he responded quietly.
"I know that you were trying to crush the boy's hand!"
"Only so he keeps his hands off our daughter! We both know that he didn't just buy those condoms for kicks."
Mrs. Katsuragi scowled at her husband then put down her menu and turned towards Misato and Kaji. "So, I know this question is kind of cliché but, how did you two meet?"
"Well," said Misato as she lowered her menu, "Kaji and I were in the same philosophy class together last semester. We sat in the same row and went to the same study group. After a while we started hanging out a lot and then eventually started dating about five months ago."
"Look," said Mrs. Katsuragi quietly to her husband, "it's already been over five months and they still haven't slept with each other. Lord knows that you couldn't wait that long before we…"
"Completely different!" said Dr. Katsuragi, blushing from his memories from when they were first dating. "We were much older than they were at the time and experienced! Do you want this boy taking our baby's innocence?"
"It's going to happen sooner or later and when it does wouldn't you rather it happen with someone that she's actually happy with. Can you remember the last time you saw her smile like that?" Misato's parents glanced over at her as she and Kaji looked at the menu together and teased each other and debate which would go straight to their butt or thighs.
"Sure," he responded smugly, "it was when she was home for the holidays and I got her those Versace shoes that she liked."
"That's not the same. It's like you're comparing the happiness of our wedding day with how happy you were when you bought that new set of golf clubs. Is that what you think? That a bunch of metal is just as important as the most important day of our lives?"
"I never said that," responded Dr. Katsuragi as calmly as he could. Before he could say anything else the waitress slid the door open again. She brought with her four blue and white yukata like robes and helped the four of them put them on to help ward off the cold. After they were offered sake and salt to go with it as they made their orders.
As they waited for their chef to arrive and cook their food on the charcoal in front of them the four engaged in light conversation which I really don't feel like writing out 'cuz it's not important at all. So I'll skip forward to the more interesting parts.
"Mmm, this sake is delicious," said Mrs. Katsuragi as she took a sip from her bamboo cup. "Why don't you have a drink, Kaji?"
"Oh, no thank you. As much as I'm tempted to I need to drive so I'll let you all enjoy it," said Kaji.
"Great! More for me then!" Misato said as she refilled her cup.
"Misato, I hope you're not drinking this much while you're away," said Mrs. Katsuragi as Misato let out an 'Uh…' to confirm her suspicions. "You're still young and your father already told you need to stop drinking so much alcohol."
"Speaking of a lot of alcohol all that sake went straight to my bladder," said Misato to avoid this discussion. Her mother shook her head and took another sip from her cup. "Mom, do you want to go with me, I always feel so awkward walking around this place with all the workers venerating your every movement." Kaji's hair stood on end. If her mother left too then he would be left all alone with her father.
"That's just the style of the restaurant. You'll get used to it," said her mother.
"Yeah, Misato, you're a big girl now, you can go on your own can't you?" said Kaji, trying to goad her.
"Quiet you," said Misato kicking Kaji in the butt. "Please Mom, I really don't want to go alone and my bladder is about to explode!"
"Fine! If it'll get you to stop talking about your bladder," said her mother as she wiped off her mouth.
"Yes! I love you, Mom."
"Wait, Misato! Don't leave me alone with your father!" Kaji whispered.
"Just talk about baseball or something and you'll be fine," she whispered back. "We won't be long."
Before he could plead anymore the two women had left the room. As he stared hopelessly at the closed door he could feel the gaze of Dr. Katsuragi piercing through his back. He could just keep staring at the door and try to avoid making eye contact or having any kind of interaction with him but that would make him look weak… and just downright dumb. So he took a deep breath and started up a conversation.
"So, Dr. Katsuragi, Misato said you were on the baseball team in college. What position did you play?" he asked nervously.
For a couple of seconds that seemed like hours they stared at each other before he said, "I was first baseman."
"Wow, that's pretty impressive." Another awkward silence followed. "So, um, is that how you got your knee injury? While you were playing baseball?"
"Why don't you answer a question for me… Kaji," said Dr. Katsuragi in a very threatening tone.
"Um, sure." Kaji gulped.
"About those condoms you bought this afternoon…" Crap, the exact topic Kaji was hoping he wouldn't bring up. "…Why did you feel the need to purchase ones that had both ribs and warming lubricant?" Kaji said nothing and smiled stupidly. "Are you feeling a little inadequate in the bedroom? Need a little something to make up for your lack of performance?" This time Kaji's mouth fell open like he was going to say something but no sound came out. "Maybe it's your first time and you think that the right condoms will magically make up for your lack of experience." Now Kaji started stammering nonsensical words. "Let me tell you now, you might think that you're going to be a tiger in the den but once you actually get in there you're not going to have a clue on what you're supposed to do, no matter how much porn you've watched."
At this point Kaji had no idea on what to do and senselessly blurted out the first thing that came to mind. "…How do you know all this?"
Dr. Katsuragi was a bit taken aback by the fact that Kaji didn't even try to defend himself. It was probably because he was so good at this intimidation thing. But how did he know Kaji so well? Misato did say that he reminded her of her father, but that's in an alternate reality (or is it?). Maybe Dr. Katsuragi was speaking from experience. Either way, the awkwardness continued as Kaji checked the time on his cell phone. It was already five minutes since their female companions left them. The bathroom wasn't that far away. Why were they taking so long?
"What's the matter? You keep checking your phone, are you nervous?" Dr. Katsuragi asked with this devilish look in his eye.
"Erm, no, I'm just checking if I got any messages," he lied very obviously. Kaji looked Misato's father in the face and tried to not flinch. No, Kaji wasn't going to back down like some wimp (cough cough, Shinji), that's exactly what he wanted him to do. No matter how much he wanted to look away he wasn't going to do it, even if that devilish smirk on his face burnt an image into the back on his retina. It was another awkward half a minute of silence.
"I don't like you," said Dr. Katsuragi as bluntly as he could.
"Well, sir, I'm sorry that you feel that way. We got off on the wrong foot, I hope that I'll be able to change your opinion of me for the better," responded Kaji, trying not to sweat bullets.
Just then, salvation arrived. "Whoo! Oh man, I feel so much better," said Misato as she opened the door.
"Misato, keep your voice down, other customers are trying to eat," her mother said as she closed the door behind them.
"Like anyone cares about a little noise when they're eating," said Misato as she sat back down.
"I care," her mother responded.
"You don't count… er, because you're not even eating yet," Misato quickly added when her mother flashed a glare.
After a couple of minutes of random conversation (that would probably bore you to death if I decided to write it out) the chef arrived with all of the ingredients for everyone's orders. The chef entertained everyone with knife and spatula flipping and spinning as he prepared dinner at the charcoal grill in an adjoining room behind a glass door. As the aroma of grilled meat filled the air Kaji had to constantly remind Misato not to drool. In one circumstance, Misato was concentrating very closely on her beef on the grill and the hiss of the burning fat.
"Hey, you're starting to drool again," said Kaji. "Seriously, Misato, it's going to drip down your face and smudge all that foundation if you don't wipe it." It wouldn't be long before her parents noticed so he took it upon himself to pickup his napkin and wipe her face for her.
"What are you doing? I can wipe my own face," said Misato. Although she was embarrassed she pretended to be a little upset.
"Well, you didn't notice but there was a huge glob of drool that was about to pour out of your mouth so I got it for you," said Kaji bluntly.
"I don't need you to treat me like a child." She then picked up a piece of the cubed smelt on a small skewer and shoved it in his face. "Here, Kaji, have more of the appetizer. It's good for you."
Kaji backed his head out of the way of the fish that was being forced upon him. "Misato, quit it, I already had a lot."
"Yeah, how do you like it? Don't feel too good, do it?" Misato said as she tried to stuff the food down his throat. Dr. Katsuragi was annoyed at how they were being all playful and Mrs. Katsuragi just thought it was cute. While they were struggling Misato's hand slipped and actually managed to shove the smelt in his mouth. Misato would've laughed in victory but Kaji gave a yelp of pain. "Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry Kaji! Did I get your cheek?" she asked turning his face towards hers.
Kaji smirked then pulled out the skewer. "Nah, I'm just messing with you," he said with his mouth full.
Misato scoffed then shoved him away. "Geeze, don't make me waste my concern on you like that."
Dr. Katsuragi rolled his eyes. He was a little upset that she didn't actually shish kebob that obnoxious tongue of his. Soon enough their chef finished their dinners brought them over to the table. Needless to say there was more drool. After confirming that everyone was satisfied with what they had he left them to enjoy their dinner. As the night went on the air was filled with conversation of the food and everyday life, not to mention resentments of everyone stealing everyone else's food. To Kaji's relief the animosity that Dr. Katsuragi had seemed to have died down, or at least he was doing a really good job of hiding it. For a second Kaji thought it would be safe for him to smile at him, but the scowl that Dr. Katsuragi so slyly gave in return proved otherwise. After about an hour of trying to avoid eye contact with him, Kaji was finally found comfort when they were finished dinner and paid their bills. Kaji offered to help pay the bill but Mrs. Katsuragi refused his money.
"Don't worry about it," she said. "We're the ones who called you here on such short notice. You still have school to worry about so leave that to us."
Kaji didn't want to argue so he just let them take care of the bill and after catching a glimpse of the jaw-dropping total he was glad that he did. When they were done with their business the waitress came and led them out of the restaurant. She guided them, with a lantern in hand, to the stone path through the garden back to the turbulence of modern day Roppongi. When they reached the road the four of them had a few words before saying their goodbyes.
"I had such a great time tonight. I'm glad I finally got to meet you, Kaji," said Mrs. Katsuragi as she gave him a hug.
"It was a pleasure meeting you," he said truthfully. If it wasn't for her he probably would've been eaten up by her husband who was, at this very moment, giving him a very dirty look. Kaji tried to look away but he just couldn't move. Misato probably got that paralyzing stare of hers from him.
"Thanks for dinner, dad!" Misato said as she wrapped her arms around her father and gave him a kiss on the cheek. Kaji was saved. "Next time you should try the duck that I keep telling you about, it's really good."
"If that's your way of saying that you want meet to treat you again you're going to have to wait until my wallet can handle another extravagant dinner."
"Oh really?" said Misato. She held up her father's arm pushed back the sleeve to reveal his watch. "That's not what your shiny new TAG Heuer is telling me."
"I didn't think you noticed that," Dr. Katsuragi chuckled. Misato scoffed, like she was offended that he was insulting her materialistic eye. "I'll tell you what, you get a 4.0 this semester and we can come back here to celebrate."
"Really!" said Misato with her eyes all lit up.
"Just make sure you get that grade and we'll treat you as much as you want," said her mother. Misato lunged at her mother and hugged her tight enough to make her gasp for air. "Ooh, sweetheart, I can't breathe."
"I'm afraid we really have to get going now," said Mrs. Katsuragi after catching her breath. "Your aunt asked me to help her prepare cake for her office party tomorrow. She'll be annoyed if I make her wait any longer. Study hard you two. Oh, and Kaji, do me a favor and make sure she behaves."
"I'll do my best," Kaji said with a smile.
"Best of luck to you," said Dr. Katsuragi shaking Kaji's hand. "And if I find out you tried anything with my daughter tonight you're going to wish you were never born," he added just low enough for Kaji to hear. He released Kaji's hand from another death grip and joined his wife.
Misato and Kaji gave one final wave as they turned the corner. When they were out of sight Kaji sighed. "I can't believe that I actually survived that."
"What are you talking about? They like you," said Misato as they headed towards the parking lot.
"Oh, is that why your dad tried to crush my hand and told me that I'm gonna wish I was never born?" said Kaji.
Misato scoffed in disbelief so Kaji held up his hand to show the blood slowly making its way back into it. For most of the ride back to they argued about the likelihood of Dr. Katsuragi attempting to kill Kaji in future gatherings.
"I'm serious, if you dad invites us to go out and eat again there's no way I'm going. He might pay the waiter to dump a bunch of poison in my food or something." Kaji waited for a response but got none. "Hey, did you hear what… Why are you pressing your face against the window? Are you… Are you drooling on the window? Misato, why? Why would you do that when you know Haruka is gonna…"
"Baskin Robin's," Misato interrupted.
Without a word, Kaji stopped the car and turned the back towards the ice cream store. Minutes later, after dodging a bunch of cops for running over some expensive shrubbery and making an illegal U-turn, the couple returned to Misato's dorm with a freshly packed quart of Jamoca Almond Fudge. When they got back to the room Kaji held open the door for Misato as she happily chomped away.
"Dang, Misato, we just ate dinner and you already finished that much? You better not eat it all, fatty."
She scoffed and poked a spoon full of jamocha-y goodness into Kaji's face as he locked the door behind them. "What's wrong Kaji, jealous that I can still stay this sexy when I eat so much?"
Kaji chomped on the spoon and yanked the ice cream out of her hands. "No, I just don't want you finishing all the ice cream that I paid for." He threw off his jacket then plopped onto Misato's bed… with a plop.
"It's okay, I understand," said Misato. She sat down next to him and pat his belly. "I don't care if your tum-tum is getting bigger, it just means that I have a squishier pillow to lay on."
Kaji scoffed as he took another bite. "Whatever, you're just jealous that I can still look this good even with a little extra pudge."
"Aw, so you are gaining weight."
"I am not!" Kaji screamed and slammed the ice cream down on the nightstand.
"Don't worry, I won't leave you just 'cuz you've packed on a few pounds. C'mere, lemme give you a hug." Misato leaned over Kaji with her arms outstretched.
"No! Get away from me, you cruel woman!" Kaji slipped just out of Misato's reach then poked her in the side.
Misato squealed and she fell into a ball onto the bed. Kaji lay on his side, laughing at the ridiculous look on her face. "You jerk! You almost made me rip my dress!" She lunged towards him and started tickling his side in revenge.
Kaji shout in protest but couldn't help but burst into uncontrollable laughter when Misato got her hands on him. Although he wasn't a very ticklish person, Misato had discovered some of Kaji's most sensitive spots after much experimentation (take that as you will). "Misa… hahaha! M-Misato cut it out!" he screamed in between bursts of laughter.
"Fine, I'll let you go this time as thanks for meeting my parents tonight." Misato withdrew her hands and allowed Kaji to sit up to catch his breath. She smiled as she watched him straighten himself out after her tickle attack. "You know," she said leaning in until their mouths almost touched, "I'm really glad that everything went well." She placed her hand on his cheek and gently kissed him on the lips.
"Yeah, you didn't do too bad yourself," said Kaji, making Misato laugh. He smiled and stared into her eyes. The smell of Misato's lavender perfume filled Kaji's nose. He brushed her hair aside and placed his hand on the back of her neck to pull her in for another kiss. In the few moments that passed he couldn't help but think of how there was no one else that he'd rather be sharing this moment with. Misato slowly wrapped her arms around Kaji. He ran his hand along her side in response. The warmth of her body was comforting, releasing him from all the stress that he had gone through that evening.
After sometime Misato pulled away and rested her forehead against Kaji's, as if to come up for a breath of air. The sound of her increased heartbeat, the feel of her warm breath against of his face, the mild scent of her perfume, the lingering taste of her lips on his mouth, and the stunningly beautiful way she look in his eyes tonight; there wasn't a single one of his senses that wasn't overwhelmed by Misato's presence. He pulled her in close, hoping to never let this sensation end.
"Kaji," Misato said softly. Kaji looked deep into her eyes, waiting for her to go on. She said nothing but just simply smiled and sat up straight. Misato reached behind her back and started to unzip her dress. As she slowly slid it off her body Kaji could feel his heart racing. The pounding in his chest resonated throughout his whole body, leaving him to wonder if she could hear just loud it was. Misato's dress fell to the bed, revealing a matching black lace bra and panties. For a second Misato literally took Kaji's breath away, he had to remind himself how to breathe.
When Misato felt that she gave her boyfriend enough time to appreciate her body she leaned forward and kissed him. Kaji placed his hand on her waist as he expertly started undoing his tie and shirt with the other. It's funny, he didn't expect Misato to come prepared for tonight. Maybe Ritsuko had something to do with this, it wouldn't be surprising considering her past meddling in their relationship. But why was he busy thinking about that now? He was in bed with a beautiful young woman and all he could think about whether or not it was in character for her be ready of this moment, for shame. Speaking of being ready, Kaji almost forgot about that little foil packet that was inside of his jacket pocket. Before Kaji could reach over to his jacket a most menacing image appeared in his head.
"I told you..." echoed a voice, "if you even try anything with my daughter you're dead..." Kaji froze as the image of a demonic Dr. Katsuragi flashed before his eyes.
Unsure of why he suddenly turned away Misato moved to get a look at Kaji's face. Even more confusing was the look of fear that was in his eyes. "Kaji, what's the matter?" she asked.
Misato's voice snapped Kaji out of his daze. He blinked a couple of times and looked over his shoulder to make sure that Dr. Katsuragi didn't somehow sneak into the room with a knife in hand. Nothing. After finally convincing himself that his imagination was getting the best of him Kaji looked back at Misato. "Yeah, I'm fine." He smiled to reassure her but Misato had seen that look on that face enough times to know that he was lying. She figured that he was just nervous about their first night together and just brushed it aside. It was actually kind of cute, she didn't figure Kaji to be the type of guy to get embarrassed by this. Misato rested her arms on Kaji's shoulders and moved in for another kiss.
"You're a dead man, Ryoji Kaji..." the voice echoed again.
Before Misato could make contract Kaji backed away and took another good look around the room, making sure he checked every nook and cranny. Misato curiously looked the same direction Kaji was to see what was distracting him but found nothing out of the ordinary. "Kaji, if there's something bother you, you can tell me," she said.
"It's nothing," Kaji said as he took one final glance. "I, uh, just thought that I heard voice or something. It's probably just people in the hall." Kaji laughed nervously.
Misato smirked. "What's the matter, scared someone's going to walk in on us?" Kaji tried to give some kind of response but all that came out of his mouth was a bunch of gibberish. "Don't worry," she whispered in his ear, "I made sure to lock the door..."
Kaji finally gained enough composure and refocused his attention to his girlfriend. He extended his hand towards her but a familiar suddenly boomed in his head.
Just before he could make contact a sharp pain shoot through Kaji's hand. He quickly withdrew it and jumped off the bed. "Okay, I can't do this!" he said trying to shake the feeling back into his hand.
"Wha- What's the matter?" Misato asked. "Was it something I-"
"No, no, no," said Kaji as grabbed his jacket. "I just can't- I just- I can't do this right now." He quickly made his way towards the door.
"Wait! Kaji! Just a- I said wait!" Misato was able to corner Kaji thanks to his sudden inability to unlock door. "Please... stay with me."
The sheepish tone of her voice was enough to stop Kaji from wrestling with the door handle and he remembered that standing before him was this knock out of a girl, wearing nothing but lingerie, who wanted nothing more than to be in his arms. In a moment of weakness Kaji caught himself scanning over every inch of her body than he probably should have. That probably explained why the pain in his hand suddenly shot back in his hand and almost caused him yelped out loud.
"I'm really sorry, Misato. I really gotta go," he said as he finally got the door open. "I wish I could stay, I really do, because you look hot... so hot, but I- AGH! I'll see you tomorrow before class, alright?" Before Misato could stop him he had already slipped away.
"Kaji, wait! At least tell me what's wrong!" As she started following him down the hall the door right next to her opened and out came an unsuspecting student.
"Yo, Misato! What's- Oh..." This boy who stepped out of his room to fill his water bottle was frozen in his tracks when he saw his neighbor in front of him, naked. Well, she might as well have been naked, besides, it's good to leave things to the imagination every now and then. "Uh, Misato," he cleared his throat, "I'm flattered that you would come visit me like this. My roommate still here but he's just dickin' around online anyway so I don't think he'll mind if we kick him out or if you're into that kind of thing I don't mind he stays and..."
Rolling her eyes Misato and went back into her room.
"...Yeah it was good talking to you too."
Minutes later Kaji arrives at his apartment. He didn't expect to be coming back this early. In fact, he didn't expect to be coming back at all tonight, at least not by himself. With the little energy he had remaining he dragged himself to the couch and just collapsed on top of it. Why did things turn out this way? Everything was going perfectly until...
"AAAAAGH!" Just remembering what happened was driving him crazy. He was that close. That close! And it was all ruined by what, his overactive imagination? "Gah! Damnit! Damnit! Damnit! What the hell!"
"Yeah, really, what the hell?" Haruka was standing in the hallway, cigarette in her mouth as per usual. "First you ask to borrow my car and then you wake up everyone in my apartment. You got some kind of death wish?"
"I, er, no. Sorry, Haruka, I'm just getting rid of a little stress."
"Yeah, well, unless you want this night to be your last you can either get rid of that stress somewhere where you won't be bothering my tenants or shut the hell up." Kaji said nothing and just stared at the ground woefully. "Hey, what are you doing back here anyway, I thought you were going to be spending the night at Misato's."
Just the mention of her name was enough to start the downward spiral. First, his eyes welled up. Next, his lips started quivering followed by the sniffling and whimpering. And when the tears finally started rolling down his cheeks Kaji lost all control and bawled like a baby. As sad as this sight was he at least had enough sense to grab the pillow next to him and muffle himself, Haruka might have ripped his throat out otherwise.
"That bad, huh."
Meanwhile, Ritsuko had just returned to her dorm after a long night. She tentatively opened the door, unsure if she should enter. The sound of the TV and crunching of potato chip were safe enough indicators, so she walked through the door hoping she was right. Fortunately she was, however what she saw was not what she imagined.
"Oh, hey Ritsuko," said Misato as she dropped a handful of chips into her tub of ice cream. She looked pretty comfy, sitting in her bed with ice cream in hand, wearing a baggy sweatshirt and basketball shorts, and a big bag of chips sitting on the nightstand beside her. Okay, she looked way too comfy.
"Uh, hi. I didn't expect you to still be up. Why- why are you putting chips into your ice cream?"
"Ihh tashh pretuh gud, whanna twy shum?" Misato said with her mouth full of ice cream and chips. She held out the tub and spoon towards Ritsuko.
"No, I'm good, thanks." Misato shrugged and took another bite. "Misato, are you okay?"
"Yeah, yeah! I'm doing great! Why wouldn't I be? I got me some delicious food, a comfy bed and I'm watching one of my favorite episodes of Friends. You should join me!" Misato patted the bed.
"I would but I don't want to get crumbs all over my ass. Misato, what's going on, what happened with Kaji?"
Misato silently swallowed the ice cream and chips in her mouth then lowered the tub to her lap. "Ritsuko, do you think I'm fat?"
"Well, if you keep eating junk like that you will be. Seriously, you need to put that down. I can list about 20 things that'll happen if you don't stop." Misato stopped the spoon just before it entered her mouth. She pouted and put the tub next to the bag of chips. "Alright, what's wrong?"
"I'm fat and ugly, that's what!" Misato sobbed.
"Oh shut up, no you're not. What would make you say that?" Ritsuko was about to sit down next to her distraught roommate then opted to move towards the other side of the bed to avoid sitting on all the chips.
"Kaji thinks I am! Why else would he run out of the room after I took off my dress?"
"I'm sure there's another reason for that. Maybe he got nervous."
"Nervous? I don't think nervous explains why he couldn't even put his hands on me after I was practically naked in front of him. Just admit it Rits, I'm disgusting."
"Nah, it was probably just his hand fighting him since it probably felt betrayed he was going to spending time with an actual woman. Oh my gosh, Misato, no, no , no! Don't cry I was just kidding!" Ritsuko embraced Misato in an attempt to comfort her.
"That's probably it, isn't it? I'm just so hideous that he would rather spend more with his hand than me!" Misato buried her face into Ritsuko's chest and bawled her eyes out. Ritsuko knew at this point there was no reasoning with her so she allowed Misato to let it all out until she came back to her senses.
After a few minutes of rocking in her roommate's arms Misato's cries had calmed down to a gentle sniffling. "Sorry about that, Rits. Today was just a complete disaster. I mean, it was going great until... you know."
"Yeah. Don't worry about it." Ritsuko gave Misato a light squeeze.
Misato wiped her tears with the back of her hand. "You smell really great by the way." Ritsuko laughed. "Your outfit is pretty cute too... Actually, too cute for a late night study session."
"Wait a minute, were you out clubbing?" Misato sniffed Ritsuko's hair. "You were! Don't even try to lie! You're even wearing my pants, those are my other pair of ripped jeans! I thought you said they were passé! Your butt even looks so cute in them! Cuter than mine... I am getting fat aren't I!"
"Oh geez, Misato..." Ritsuko rubbed Misato's back as she threw her arms around her and started crying again.
A/N:LOL why did it take me almost 3 years to write this chapter, LOL this is ridiculous, LOLOLOL! But seriously, I sincerely apologize to any who have followed this fic in the past and has been waiting, I have no excuse. Hopefully my writing has improved since I last updated. If nothing else, this chapter alone more than doubled the word count for this fic. This the first time I've ever writing anything even remotely romantic ... I'm sorry for being unable to avoid the cheesy, cliché-ness. I think I may have gone a little overboard. Details hurt my head… And why did I use so many brand names?
Anywayz, I was writing this scenario while listening to the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack. As I was just starting the part where Kaji was taking a shower, Road to the West started playing. I soon find myself picturing the story, or rather Kaji in the shower, more vividly and start thinking, "Yeah, you wash them soap suds off your nakey body." Then after he's out of the shower and standing in the steam filled room with just a towel, Farwell Blues starts playing and then I'm like, "Oh yeah, you wear that towel like you've never worn one before. Go on, shave that stubble, and make that face all smooth and sexy." I recommend rereading those scenes whilst listening to these pieces if you're curious; you'll know what I'm talking about. Music is some powerful stuff, haha!
"And on the 8th Day, God created Cowboy Bebop and it was good but not complete: thus did God create Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts to breathe life and soul into His masterpiece." ~ Genesis 2:3 1/2
P.S. If anyone would like to beta for me shoot me a PM, thought I gotta say my updates will probably be slow :P