Author: Denite

Pairing: Jirou & Marui and many others for later chapters

Genre: Humor/Romance

Disclaimer: Prince of Tennis does not belong to me

A.N Yes, you are not mistaken I am attempting to write something that is angst-free. Yay? Anyway, each chapter will be a short drabble of some of my favorite pairing going out on a date and how they got together at the hand of the Matchmaker(s) from hell -insert scary music-

Beta by Bob :D

The Matchmaker from Hell

(Couple 1: Jirou and Marui)

I can't believe I am actually going out on a date with him, but I need to face reality and accept the fact that today I, Marui Bunta will be going out with Jirou Akutagawa, the famous narcoleptic from Hyotei's tennis team.

How did this happen? Actually, I know very well how it happened. It was all because of that conniving bastard Atobe Keigo.

I swear someone probably put a hex on me last Friday. My guess is Masaharu Niou, because nothing good ever happened when Niou had that stupid, evil grin on his face. It was so awful that I don't even want to remember the event. Like a bad nightmare coming true I forgot to pack my special cake for my afternoon match against Fudomine. I mean, I NEVER forget my special cake, but on that day I did. Of course my day only got worse when Atobe turned up and offered me a piece of strawberry shortcake, but in exchange I had to do something for him.

I was desperate and I knew that. Sanada would have my head if I screwed up a tennis match. I drew a deep breath took the devil's bait. Now that I've had some time to think about the situation, I'm not completely sure if I made a wise decision. On one hand I won't have to put up with Sanada's glare and lecture on being so careless for god knows how long. On the other hand, I am now in debt to that monkey king from Hyotei, Atobe Keigo.

However, if I ignore all the unpleasantness, I have to admit, the cake was marvelous. It figures that Atobe's family would make the greatest strawberry shortcake ever with just the right amount of sugar.

Still, I can't believe that the favor that Atobe want me to do was to … oh hell, to go on a date with Jirou, AKA, my number 1 fan/stalker. The only reason I know Jirou was my number 1 fan is because before every match I would hear this voice whispering above my head, "Marui-kun, show me your stuff today too."

I mean you have to admit that it is slightly creepy, but of course Jackel just thinks it is cute that I have such a devoted fan. Thank god Jirou is cute otherwise I would have him locked up in a nut house before he knows what hit him.

Wait did I just say that Jirou is cute?

Meanwhile in Hyotei;

"Nah, Atobe buchou, did you say that Mauri-kun from Rikkai agree to go out with me today?" asked Jirou eagerly.

"Yes, Jirou, didn't Ore-sama promise you a date with that sugar freak from Rikkai," stated Atobe impatiently.

"For the millionth time, Mauri-kun is not a sugar freak. He is a tensai and he is absolutely brilliant," said Jirou with a cute pout on his face.

"Okay, Jirou let's just pretend that you are right, but just so we are clear, you are completely wrong. Anyway, Ore-sama is tired and don't forget to take this box with you on your date tonight," replied Atobe as he hand Jirou a perfectly packed box.

"What's in it?" asked Jirou curiously.

"Strawberry shortcake," said Atobe with a mischievous grin.

Date in action;

"Marui-kun, it is really you," said Jirou enthusiastically when he saw Marui walking toward him.

"Umm, yeah it's me," replied Marui uneasily.

"Nah, I got you a present. Well, actually it is from Atobe buchou," said Jirou.

"From the devil himself?" asked Marui cautiously as he look at the box that Jirou was holding.

"Hah, Atobe buchou is not the devil. He is really a nice guy once you get to know him," said Jirou.

Yeah, somehow that didn't sound too reassuring coming from a guy who was used to hanging out with the scheming freaks on Hyotei's tennis team, with the exception of Choutarou Ootori. I had always wonder how Ootori managed to stay sane when he had to see those evil people all day long. I mean at least Jirou can sleep his way through it.

"Umm, Jirou where are we going by the way?" asked Marui.

"The best place on this planet, an amusement park," said Jirou as he bounced away.

"There are rides, toys, not to mention lots and lots of pink fluffy cotton candy," said Jirou with a huge grin on his face.

I could feel the warmth from Jirou's hand as he grabbed my hand and drag me toward the cotton candy stand.

"Oops, sorry Marui-kun, I got a little bit carried away," said Jirou as he let go of my hand quickly.

I couldn't help but smile at Jirou's little gesture.

Maybe Jackel was right. Jirou can be kind of cute and who knows, maybe today won't be so awful after all.

Meanwhile Atobe was chuckling as he took out a notebook, crossed Marui and Jirou's names off his list, and mumbled, "One couple down, only ten more to go."