Things Like This Happen III: Destiny or Fate
She was annoyed with many things. First, the growing attraction. Second, the dream. And third? The phone call.
"Stupid phone call…" Asuka muttered as she walked around the streets of Domino. That call turned out to be from her big brother, Fubuki Tenjoin. He was returning her call and was wondering why she did not leave a message. She told him she was fine. She did not feel like talking about the incident that happened that night.
Asuka continued walking around the city, wondering how to cure her current obsession. She stopped upon seeing the Grand Hyatt up ahead. She sighed. This hotel was where Edo was staying. Should she go see him? Or will it just make her condition worse? Asuka sighed again, this time even more frustratingly.
"I'm an idiot." She said to herself, walking towards the hotel.
"Hello, this is the Grand Hyatt, how may I help you?"
Asuka heard the lady at the front desk, who had just answered a phone call.
"I'm sorry sir. That room is unavailable. Alright then, thank you for calling!"
The lady put down the phone. "Hi!" she greeted Asuka cheerfully, "Welcome Grand Hyatt! How may I help you?"
"Hi," Asuka said, "My name is Asuka Tenjoin. I'm a friend of Edo Phoenix. He told me he's staying in this hotel."
"Yes, he is." The lady confirmed.
"Um… Could you tell me his room number please?" Asuka asked sheepishly.
"I'm sorry, ma'am, but Mr. Phoenix gave us strict orders not to tell any fangirl his room number."
"Fangirl?" Asuka repeated. "I'm not a fangirl… I'm a friend of his."
"Yes, that's what they all say." The lady said. "Ma'am, you're the thirty-sixth girl who's asked me that question. And that was only for today. Another twenty-four asked me yesterday. Almost half of them told me that they were a friend of his. Mr. Phoenix does not want to be disturbed. I'm sorry."
"But I am a friend of his! Call him if you want! Tell him my name!"
Not far from the front desk were the elevators. One of them slowly opened its automatic doors. As Edo walked out of the elevator, the first thing he saw was the small commotion at the front desk. It wasn't really a commotion, but it would be in a few minutes if Asuka kept arguing. Seeing Asuka in his hotel lobby made him wonder… Just what exactly was she doing here? He decided to see for himself.
"Look lady. I don't care who you think I am, but I need to talk to him."
"Ma'am, for the last time, I'm sorry. Mr. Phoenix told us not to give out that information."
"But I told you! I'm a friend of his! It's alright to give it to me!"
"But Mr. Phoenix-"
"- Mr. Phoenix, is standing right here."Edo interrupted, looking at the two women. "What's going on here?"
"Sir, this fangirl is asking for your room number and you said not to give it out."
Edo chuckled. "Oh, trust me, Hannah. Asuka is definitely not a fangirl."
The front desk lady turned red in embarrassment. "…I'm sorry."
"It's fine. At least I know you're doing your job." Edo said, smiling. He took out a bill from his pocket. "Here's for your troubles." He told the lady. Edo looked at Asuka.
"So, you came."
Asuka nodded, a little sheepish. "Yes. I did."
Edo smiled. "Care to join me at the coffee shop? I know you don't drink coffee, but there's other things they offer there."
Asuka watched as Edo's eyes scanned through the menu. She couldn't help but notice how cute he looked when he was thinking of what to order. Look at that face… could anything else be so perfect? Asuka thought to herself. She smiled. He looks extra cute with that serious expression on his face! She bit her lower lip. He's so hot, he's so hot, he's so hot, he's so hot,-
"Do you like what you're seeing?" Edo asked suddenly, not even averting his gaze from the menu.
For a second, Asuka had sworn that her heart stopped beating. How… how did he know what I was thinking? Was I really that obvious? Or did I just say those things out loud? …Oh my god, he noticed. He noticed! Shit! I'm doomed!
"E… Excuse me?" Asuka said nervously.
Edo shifted his gaze from the menu to Asuka. Her evident nervous state confused him. What was there to be nervous about his question? "Um, the menu… did you want to order anything?"
"… Oh, right... the menu." Asuka said, trying to laugh off her nervousness. Damn! That was close…
She looked at the menu in front of her. "Um… I'm fine, thank you."
"You sure?" Edo asked.
"Yes I'm sure."
"Okay… if you say so." Edo said, calling for a waiter to take his order. One of the waiters, who saw Edo's raised hand, walked toward their table.
"Yes sir?" he said.
"We're ready to order now." Edo replied with a smile.
"Of course." The waiter said, taking out a small notebook and pen from his pocket. Edo looked back at the menu.
"I'll have the Ratatouille, please." He said, pointing at a picture of his order. The waiter looked closer at the menu.
"Alright, 1 Ratatouille," He announced, jotting it down as he said this. "Anything else, sir?"
Edo looked at Asuka, who shook her head to indicate that she really didn't want anything. "Water." Edo said finally. "And give the lady the cheesecake."
"Cheesecake?" Asuka repeated. "But I don't want anything."
"It's good. You should try it." Edo retorted. "I'll eat it if you don't like it."
"Alright, one Ratatouille, one Cheesecake, and Water for drinks." The waiter recapped.
"Yup, that's fine." Edo said. "Thank you."
"Yes sir." The waiter said, walking away.
Asuka watched the waiter as he left, to avoid eye contact with the man in front of her. She was too shy. She didn't know what to say. What if she suddenly blurted out how she felt? What if he could see right through her? How would she react if he knew? Or worse… how would he react if he knew?
"What's up?" Edo asked her. She looked at him. His eyes were staring straight back at hers. Oh shit! He's looking! Do I look okay? Is my hair alright? Wait… why am I even thinking about useless things like this? What's wrong with me? I wasn't even like this 48 hours ago… Heck, I didn't even fancy him 48 hours ago!
"There's something wrong with me." Asuka concluded. She silently gasped. What the hell? Why did I say that? Stupid Asuka! You're an idiot!
Edo's eyes expressed great concern. "What's wrong, Asuka? Are you having nightmares?"
"Oh, no. It's not about what happened to me in the alley," she said, then paused. "I'm just... not myself lately."
Edo still had a puzzled look on his face. "… Does it have something to do with me?"
Asuka's heart skipped a beat. "W-why would you think it had something to do with you?"
Edo shrugged. "I dunno… It's just that you wanted to see me, so I figured it had something to do with me." he said coolly.
Asuka sighed. The jig is up. "I'm confused, Edo!" she exclaimed finally.
"Confused?" Edo asked. "What do you mean? What's there to be confused about?"
"I don't know what I want anymore... I'm not sure what I want." Asuka said. She paused for a moment, thinking of what she had just said. An incorrect word was placed there. "…I'm not sure who I want."
A smile slowly crept across Edo's face. "Who you want?" he said slyly. "And just what are you getting to, Asuka?"
He's teasing me, Asuka thought. What do I do? "Um… well, for the past 48 hours, things have been crazy."
"No doubt about that."
"Yeah… and… What I'm trying to say is…" Asuka's heart was pounding loudly. "Hm, let me put it this way. I thought you were a complete jackass. Turns out you were the exact opposite."
"Uh… thanks?" Edo said, although unsure whether Asuka's comment was a compliment or an insult.
"Wait… that didn't come out right, did it?" she said.
"That's beside the point," Edo said, sounding more impatient now, "Asuka, what does this have to do with your being confused?"
Just say it, Asuka thought. She took a deep breath. "It's about Kaiser," she said, "And about who I love."
Clatter clatter. The sound of cutleries striking the glass plates were both brought to Edo and Asuka's attention. No one spoke. Clatter clatter. Clack clack.
"So… who do you love?" Edo asked finally. Asuka's cheeks went even redder. She purposely looked the other way, trying to conceal her rosy flush.Clatter clatter. Clack clack.
"Why so curious?" she asked. Clatter clatter. Clack clack.
"You made me curious." Edo said. Clatter clatter. Clack clack. "You obviously love Kaiser. But just now, it seemed like you treated him and the one you love as two different people. Seems to me like you're wanting to get something across."
Clatter clatter clack clack. Clatter clatter clack clack. Clatter clatter.
"Hm?" she instantly snapped out of her clatter-clacking trance. Edo sighed.
"You're being too obvious."
"What?" Asuka said, close to shouting. "Obvious? What ever are you talking about?"
"Don't pretend, Asuka. I figured it out when you mentioned that you weren't sure 'who you wanted'."
Silence. Clatter clatter. Clack clack. Clatter clatter-
"Alright, alright, I'll tell you straight out." Asuka said. She took a deep breath. "I think... I'm getting a little more… comfortable around you."
"That's a nice way of putting it." Edo said.
"If you knew it already… why didn't you just tell me?" Asuka asked.
Edo thought for a moment.
"You're cute when you're all torn apart." He said simply.
Asuka was too nervous to smile. "So… how do you feel about it?"
"Hm…" He muttered. "Well, I can say that I'm flattered. It's pretty weird, considering that I'm supposedly used to adoration by now. Heh… fangirls."
Asuka felt funny. I'm confessing my feelings to this guy and all he could think about are his fangirls?
"I know why I'm flattered, though." He added.
"Oh?" Asuka said. "Why?"
"Because…" he began. There was a slight pause. Asuka awaited Edo's reply anxiously.
Finally, the he smiled. "I feel comfortable around you, too."
She was shocked. She didn't expect him to say that. She didn't even expect him to entertain her feelings.
But now she knows.
Something is up.
Something could happen.
Her eyes softened. Her muscles relaxed.
A smile crept across her face.