W H I C H O N E ?
I know what you're all thinking! 'Jeez, FTD takes forever to update!' Well, sorry to say that I have had tons of homework lately. I haven't even had time to type out this chapter! (It's a conspiracy from the Main House I tell you! :D)
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C H A P T E R T W O : M I D N I G H T R E N D E Z V O U S
Our pink-haired heroine lay awake amongst her sleeping friends, sleep not overpowering her. She just couldn't sleep! The event earlier had left her dazed and replayed constantly in her head. His scent still lingered in her nose and his soft skin—ugh! She was doing it again. Why was Ikuto constantly on her mind? And it wasn't just today; she had been thinking about the sly cat a lot lately. The Joker sighed and stared at her clock. The luminescent neon-green digits read 12:06 am. Midnight! She had been awake for two hours! Grumbling loudly, Amu thumped her head against her pillow.
"Amu-chan, you too?"
Blinking, the insomniac girl raised her head. Her artistic side, decked in cute blue pajamas, also had many things on her mind. Like, for one, Yoru. And two, Yoru. Yup, Yoru had been on her mind frequently as well, and lately, more frequently that Kiseki. Miki, like Amu, didn't know what to do.
"Let's go get some fresh air. Maybe that'll help." Amu suggested.
So they found themselves on the balcony. The cool night air slapped their faces, but did nothing to blow their worries away. There was no need for words; each understood how the other was feeling, and who was on the other's mind. Miki, who was better at expressing her confusion on paper than in words, began to draw once again. Amu just stared out into the starry night.
The Joker began to ponder about the older boy once again. She found herself doing that a lot lately. One minute she would be focusing on something and the next minute she would be thinking of Ikuto. "Ikuto…" she muttered unconsciously.
"Nice to know that you're thinking of me."
Amu held back a scream as she found herself staring at said-boy upside down. As he flipped and landed softly beside her, she glared, contempt blazing from her eyes. "Ikuto…" She growled.
"You look so cute when you're mad."
Her face reddened at the compliment. Crossing her arms, she twirled on her heel so her back was turned to the boy. "Sh-Shut up."
"What's wrong? Don't want to talk to your favorite kitty tonight?"
Her blush deepened, becoming a bright red. Okay, that was partially true.
Everything was happening so quickly today. First Ikuto appears out of nowhere and then he holds her as one would do their loved one on a honeymoon. Now, the cat boy materialized out of thin air, suddenly cups his hands around her face and tilts her backwards so his beryl eyes met her honey ones.
Ba-bump, ba-bump, ba-bump…
She swore that everyone could hear her pulse. Why did Ikuto make her feel so nervous? What was it about him that made her feel so strange? Why did this feel so…right?
"Ikuto…?" The answer came slowly, confused and lost.
Ba-bump, ba-bump, ba-bump…
She was getting tipped back a bit farther, but was too lost in his ocean blue eyes to notice. Their faces leaned in, the space between them decreasing. Nearly a couple centimeters…
"Did I ever tell you that you have the weirdest color hair?"
Sun-colored eyes glared as she moved away from the odd character once again. "Y-You w-weirdo!" To think that she had almost kissed this jerk. Amu's eyes widened. Wait, she had almost kissed him?! Trying to shake it out of her head, she couldn't get rid of his scent in her nose or the deep color of blue in his eyes. None of it would go away.
The navy-haired boy smirked. "What's wrong Amu? You looked like you really wanted to--"
"I didn't want to--"
"I did not want to kiss you."
"Th-that's my b-business!"
"Then that must mean you really wanted to kiss me."
She stomped her foot for emphasis. "For the last time, I did not want to kiss--"
Amu was interrupted by a kiss, courtesy of Ikuto. It came so quickly that she didn't process a thing until after she pressed back as well. Surprisingly, Ikuto was a good kisser. The magical seconds ticked by before the cat boy withdrew, leaving a still stunned Joker.
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"Yoru, you moved again!"
"It's not my fault, nyaa! I'm tired!"
The artistic Chara leaned back against the wall. Bored out of their minds, she offered to draw the only other person (or Chara) there. Of course, it didn't help that the cat was so hyper. How could someone (besides Ran) have so much energy? "Maybe we should do something else."
"I know! Let's get some ice cream!"
"It's 12 AM!"
"Where are we going to get ice cream?"
Yoru responded by grabbing her hand and leading her off the balcony. If they had gone to the door and through Amu's room, they would have been spotted by their humans. And things were always more fun when they didn't know.
Miki blushed on contact, but allowed herself to be dragged. They landed on the handle of the door that led to the house, checking above to make sure that they were not seen. She waited patiently, eyes never leaving the cat as he worked on picking the lock with his nail. Kami, he looked so cute when he was determined! And this felt so exciting, sneaking away with Yoru. Even if it was just for ice cream. Even if it might never happen again. She'd cherish this forever. His eyes came to stare at hers, gold eyes twinkling at his success. They were in.
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While Amu was blushing away, Ikuto remained seemingly emotionless as ever, his gaze towards the dimly lit city. Count on his hyperactive Chara to ruin the moment and disappear right before he was going to leave. He clicked his tongue loudly, snapping Amu out of her stupor. "C'mon, let's go find them."
"The Chara's. They're gone."
Her eyes widened as she frantically looked around. Who knew what could happen to them?! A crash suddenly resounded from below, informing Amu of where her missing would-be-self was. Darting towards the door, she slammed it open, rushing out of her room as quick as she could. Amu didn't notice that Ikuto was still on the balcony.
Fearfully running down the stairs, she looked around the front of her house. Nothing was out of place. Amu next checked where Tadase and Kukai were sleeping. Nothing either. She was beginning to grow frantic now. Where could Miki be? "Ikuto, can you…" Spinning around, the Joker was stunned to see that said-boy wasn't there. "…Ikuto?"
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"Nyaa, ice cream!" Like a child whose father had just come home, Yoru happily dove into the tub of vanilla ice cream. As it was half-full, it was if he wasn't even there. He didn't seem to notice that Miki was staring at him as if he had lost his mind.
Nothing seemed to get through to the eating cat, so Miki tried again, only louder.
Again nothing. Honestly, couldn't he at least stop long enough for her to get some? Annoyed, she tried even louder.
"Who dares disturb the rest of the king?!"
Gomen nasai about the last part. I know it was a bit rushed, but I desperately wanted to finish. I didn't have a lot of homework today, which is rare, so I wanted to finish as soon as possible. Well, that "as soon as possible" ended up being today! So yay for me! :D
Special Thanks: Me wants to thank my two friends Chandra and Haley for giving me the idea about ice cream! Arigato!
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