The Dance – by BandGeek99

Just as I promised – my Valentines Day fic! Yes!

I sat at the computer for maybe ten minutes before the slightest bit of inspiration struck, and even then I had no idea how to put the whole thing together. I was armed with the keyboard, some Post-It notes, and a black Bic Stic. Not much, but, hey, it helps.

After much thought and cramping of fingers, I have presented you with the following story. Please enjoy and tell me what you think!

The couples that will be featured in this story are as follows: Taiora, Mimato, Takari, and that's just about it… Enjoy!

I don't own anybody in this fic with the exception of any original characters I might throw in. I'm only playing with them… heh heh heh… MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

I also don't own the song(s) I throw in. They're property of the Killers (and possibly other bands, I'm not sure yet though). I'm just borrowing them.

This is dedicated to all of the girls and guys out there waiting for their Valentine. May you find them soon. ;o)

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"Come on, Sora! The dance is tonight, we have to get ready! Like, NOW!" Mimi cried, dragging Sora into her townhouse by the wrist.

"I told you, I don't have a date, so I'm not going," Sora said, groaning.

"So? I don't have a date either and I'm going! Come on, I'll let you borrow my clothes!"

Since the time they'd returned from the Digiworld back in middle school, Sora had started to become more and more girly. She now wore a tiny bit of makeup, designer clothes (even if they were mostly tees, hoodies, and jeans) and spent more time on her appearance than she ever thought possible. Borrowing Mimi's clothes was a treat.

"Pleeeeeease?"

Sora groaned. "Fine. I'll go with you to the stupid Valentines dance. Happy?"

"Yes!" Mimi said, now smiling widely as she unlocked the front door of her home.

"Hey, girls," the housekeeper, Alice, said, looking up from a book she was reading in the parlor. "How was your day?"

Alice wasn't all too tall, but she had a nice figure and her blonde hair was styled in a bob cut. She was like Mimi's second mother, since her real one was not at home until seven in the evenings.

"Hey Alice," Sora said as Mimi dropped her bag next to the door.

"Sora's gonna come to the dance with me tonight!" Mimi said, approaching Alice and hugging her.

Alice jumped up and got a malicious gleam in her eye. "Sora's coming to the dance? Can I help dress her up?"

Sora gave her fellow eighth grader a funny look. "What?"

"It's this complex thing," Mimi sighed. She then turned back to Alice. "As long as I get to be in charge of clothes, you can do makeup and hair."

Sora looked from one female to the other. "Oh, God, help me…"

Mimi led her upstairs into her room, where a fluffy towel and a bathrobe awaited Sora.

"Take a shower and I'll pick out some outfits," the brunette commanded.

Sora didn't dare go against Mimi's requests (okay, more like demands) and picked up the bathrobe and towel. "I'll be out in a few minutes."

000

Tai sighed and decided to oblige to Kari's requests and go to the dance. Really, though, she had threatened to chop up his pictures of Sora, hang his boxers from the balcony, and glue his goggles to his face.

He switched on his CD player and put his Hot Fuss CD in (by the Killers). The brunette skipped to track eight ("Change Your Mind") and listened as he got dressed.

Racey days
Help me through the hopeless haze
But my oh my
Tragic eyes
I can't even recognize myself behind
So if the answer is no
Can I change your mind

He thought about why he liked the song as he pulled on some jeans and a tee shirt. Maybe because the song told was so much like his own. After Sora had chosen Matt that Christmas, he became a complete and total wreck on the inside. Nobody except maybe Kari noticed.

Even Tai knew that he wasn't himself, so he decided to do something about it. As a high school sophomore, he asked the now-single Sora out again, and again she declined, though for entirely different reasons.

Tai shook the memories out of his head and pulled out a white button down shirt. He threw it on, not bothering to do up the buttons and sat on his bed, listening to the music.

Out again, a siren screams at half past ten
And you won't let go
While I ignore, that we both felt like this
Before it starts to show
So if I had a chance
Would you let me know?

"Jeez, Sor," he said quietly. "If I even have the slightest chance… just tell me…"

000

Sora stood in line at the door and waited her turn to get in. She had been forced into a black miniskirt and black tank top with a red jacket, red knee-high stockings, and a pair of black shoes with three inch chunky heels. Her hair was up in a high ponytail and some locks hung down by her ears, framing her face.

She finally reached the beginning of the line and marked her name on the student list. She handed the admission lady six dollars and entered the cafeteria where the dance was to be held.

She looked around for anyone else she knew, but found nobody. She decided to move to the other side of the floor near the DJ. She knew that Matt and Tai liked loud music.

"Sora! Wait a second!"

Sora spun around and saw Tai weaving in and out of dancing bodies toward her, his shirt flying out behind him in his rush.

She smiled. "Hey, Tai."

"Sora, look, I…" He took a deep breathe. "I'd really like to, uh, I don't know… take you out to dinner and a movie sometime, if that's okay with you…"


Why aren't you shaking
Step back in time
Graciously taking
Oh you're too kind

She smiled widely at him, but then wiped it off of her face. It was probably just a friend thing, right?

He gulped and in the quick quiet between the songs, he sang,

"And if the answer is no

Can I change your mind?

We're all the same
And love is blind
The sun is gone
Before it shines

And I said if the answer is no
Can I change your mind?"

Sora grinned and hugged him. "Sure, Tai. Actually, there's pizza soon. How about that's out big fancy-restaurant type dinner? The dance can substitute for the movie."

He shrugged. "Fair enough."

Sora smiled and gave him another hug. "Coolio."

The two laughed and left to find Matt, but suddenly Tai remembered something. "Hey, I'll be right back, I got to pick something up."

She gave him a confused look, but said, "Okay. See you in a little while!"

He smiled and made his way out of the building, making sure that he'd be let back in.

The teenager made his way down the street and stopped at the store on the corner.

He remembered going there so many times as a little kid. Even though the paint on the door was peeling and the sign reading "JOHNSON'S GENERAL STORE" was faded, they always had exactly what he needed and all the advice he could wish for.

Tai entered the small shop and the person behind the counter looked up. "Ah, hey, Tai."

"Hi, Miki. Do you have any flowers or maybe some chocolate?" he asked, leaning up against the counter.

"Did you finally get a girl?" she asked, her green eyes glinting mischievously.

"Yeah. I finally got Sora. Kind of…"

"Tell me more," Miki pushed, throwing her brown hair behind her head and leaning over the counter. "Did you ask her out?"

"I, um, asked if she wanted to go to the movies and out to dinner."

"What did she say to that?"

"Well, she said that the pizza at the dance could be our dinner and the dance would substitute for the movie."

"It's a start!"

Tai grinned. "You know, you're absolutely right. Now, about the flowers and or chocolates?"

Miki sighed and handed over a small gold box of chocolates and a single carnation. "Here, take these."

Tai reached for his wallet but Miki stopped him. "No. I've known you since you were four, you're kind of like a second son to me. You don't pay for these."

He looked slightly surprised but hugged Miki, said a quick thank you, and bolted back out the door.

She looked after him and sighed. He had been waiting for Sora for forever. She just hoped Sora was the right one.

000

Okay, Chappie one is done. Next chappie will be… Mimato! Yay!

Stay tuned and READ AND REVIEW!

Luv

BandGeek