Heya, everyone. I'm sorry for not updating WAY sooner, I've just been lazy and busy and unsure of how to proceed. I've read all your comments which I thoroughly enjoyed, and I'm gonna combine a few great ideas. Please don't kill me if it's not good, I'm just getting back into it after a long break, 'kay? So, here it is! Enjoy! ^-^
"They… still… coming?" Nanashi asked his accomplice between pants for air while running.
"Ah, no, I think we're clear," Ian responded, smiling a crook at the ends of his thin lips at the near-death situation of seven, insane ARM-using females pummelling them ferociously that they just barely managed to escape,
"They wouldn't come after us in only a towel," Nanashi added, smirking impishly
"Yeah, sure…" Ian agreed lamely, lost in imagining his Gido in only a towel made his heart seem to beat a bit faster and slower at the same time, his face heat up and feeling a light dampness of blood in his nose take over. 'No, can't think like that, she's too innocent. Besides, we're not quite at that stage yet because of EVERYONE barging in on us every freak' in time we're having a moment! Just perfect Timing people!' The eighteen year old ranted in his head, so caught up in his own opinions that they reached they're hot spring before he even realized it.
"Sick perverts!" Dorothy's voices raged within they're hot spring's boundaries, her face contorted with disgust.
"Damn those jerks!" Pano cursed, equally furious.
"Who do they think they are?" Belle questioned loudly.
"How unrefined," Loco commented.
"We should get pay back, meow!" Chaton meowed triumphantly.
"Yeah, but what?" Snow asked, her cute face in thinking-mode
"Exactly! Now, here's what we'll do, okay?" Dorothy agreed, a cat smirk equally felinity as the cat-girl plastered on her lips, as they huddled together, heads close as they talked.
"I'm in!" Pano announced after the plan was laid out.
"Count me in!" Belle added.
"Loco thinks this could be somewhat interesting," The emotionless girl put out.
"Let's go, meow!" Chaton cried, bouncing up hyperly.
"M-Maybe we're taking this a little too far, I feel hurt too, but..." Gido stammered, attempting to be peaceful. Everyone stared her disappointedly. She ducked her head sheepishly.
"You're only saying that because you've got a boyfriend who's only got eyes for you," Pano accused, making the orange-haired girl blush more.
"N-No! I just don't want to hurt anyone…" She tried, ending timidly, large round eyes lowered.
Snow placed a comforting hand on the older girl's shoulder, "I know, I feel a bit like that too, Gido. But, this time, it's REVENGE!!!" She screamed passionately, her soft brown eyes burning fire.
"Ah…Okay, Snow…" She said slowly, seeing everyone nod determinedly, forcibly bending to everyone's will with a helpless sigh.
"Everything cleared up now? C'mon, let's get the plan in motion!" Dorothy tightened the towel and robe's sash around herself, the others doing the same before rushing out of the warm water, following right behind her long, flying pink pigtails, leading the way into the small forestry surrounding them. Heading into they're destination.
"How'd it go guys?" Alan greeted them curiously, Ginta and Jack beside him.
"Well…interesting, you could say," Nanashi offered.
"Failed. I could hear you two miles away, you guys made such a commotion over there." Alviss finished in a flat, unimpressed tone, his arms crossed over his bare chest.
"Hey, it wasn't just us! The girls were screaming banshees, Al! No joke!" The Luberian protested, looking up at the spaced out Ian for support. Nothing, silence.
"Told you so," Alviss cracked a knowing, pleased grin. Everyone sweat dropped.
"Well, yeah, but it was worth it to see such babes!" He recovered, flashing a wolfish grin.
"Good job Nanashi," Ginta spoke up in an embarrassed tone, a fake smile pasted on his face for they're benefit.
"Did'ja see Pano and Dorothy-neechan?" Jack asked with his monkey grin.
"Yup! They were HOT, man!" The blonde flirt emphasized proudly.
"Hormones," Alan scoffed, earning an unsuspecting grunt from the angsty Alviss.
"Eh, Ian…are you com'in or what?" Ginta broke in awkwardly from his spot against the rocks, staring up at him just standing there, holding his towel around the waist with a scowl on his face.
"Yeah, yeah," Ian grumbled unusually annoyed and joined the others in the soothing water, sitting next to Alviss against the rocks so he was across from his younger friend.
"What's up, Ian?" Ginta asked concernedly.
"Just thinking…about…things," The fox-faced teen struggled.
"Like what?" The fourteen year old prompted.
"Um, stuff about Gido, yeah," He flushed at the precious name.
"Appropriate things?" He questioned, a blonde eyebrow quirked up.
"W-Well, Sorta…I saw her in the hot springs talking to Snow, she was very beautiful. I-It's not the first time I've seen her naked… but this time it's not under stressed circumstances like then, and I can't help but feel a bit… aroused, you know? She's just so special…" He looked like he wanted to say more but restrained himself. Ginta wondered why.
"I-I guess it's normal for a boyfriend to feel that way. Don't let it bug you, Ian. Just tell Gido you're really sorry and maybe ask her if it's okay with her to take your next step," Ginta counselled surprisingly well.
"I thought so too, but it's really hard. Every time we try to sit and talk or have a moment, someone always breaks the mood; it's very frustrating that we don't get enough alone time together. Maybe I should just tell everyone to screw off, I dunno," Ian explained.
"Go for it! Not so rudely, though," He encouraged, a confidant fist thrust out in front of his happy-go-lucky-face. Except the action wasn't meant to hit Ian square in the nose, who fell backwards with an, "Aauurrgh!" and knocked the back of his tall, spiky-haired black head against the rocks hard and sunk into the unhelpful, hot water below. Small air bubbles and a growing trail of red liquid started forming on the surface of water.
Gido gasped, her hand flew to her mouth, eyes wide with fright.
"That was uncalled for…" Dorothy stated from behind a wide tree trunk near by the rocks sheltering the boys.
"Yeah…" Snow said as unenthusiastically at a near by one.
"Huh…" Pano said aloud.
"Heh! That was sooo funny, meow!! Socked 'im in the face, meow! Ah, hahaha, meeooww!!" Chaton burst out laughing obliviously.
"Mhmmm…Chaton! Keep your voice down! You don't want to be seen do you?" Loco urged, eyeing the tall rocks for any movement, her ears strained to catch any cue that announced they're hidden presence. No one cried out their discovery like she feared, and she mentally exhaled, relieved
"Oh yeah! Sorry, everyone, mreow, I'll be quiet now, meow!" She apologized abashedly; a hand rubbing the back of her wild lightly tanned hairstyle.
"Ah, it's okay Chaton…" Snow said for everyone else, smiling flakily.
"Ian…!" Gido murmured worriedly behind her hand, eyes locked to where her lover was under water, tears starting to brim at the ends of her vibrant, narrowed orbs.
"I'm sure he's okay, Gido! Don't worry so much…" The ice princess tried to assure, only to see her words increased the other women's anxiety.
"No, no…" She shook her short, spiky-haired head repeatedly, her words filled with sorrow and disbelief.