Who is ready for round two? To fully understand this story I recommend reading "She's The Man", as it is a continuation of that story. Although I recommend reading the first one, I think it's pretty simple to understand the concept even if you haven't. I decided to try something new with this story, well new for me, and wrote it in first person. Enjoy!
I own neither Mai Hime or Mai Otome!
I groaned loudly and tried unsuccessfully to turn my body. The irritating voices of the radio talk show hosts, echoed loudly in my ear. I wiped the sleep from my eyes slowly, and looked down at the sleeping figure draped over my body. It was not unusual for me to wake up in this position, body completely entangled under the weight of a soundly sleeping red head. I smiled contently, as I ran my hand up and down my girlfriend's bare back. She stirred slightly, before making a small moaning sound, and turning her head in the opposite direction.
I kissed her forehead lightly, sweeping a lock of hair behind her ear as I whispered. "Time to get up."
I waited for a reply, or some sign to show that she had heard my voice. I didn't have to wait long as two porcelain arms reached up and grabbed my face, bringing my eyes to gaze into deep green ones.
"Yukino." Nao said softly, reaching up to brush her lips to mine.
"Yes." I breathed steadily, savoring the kiss.
"I think Julia peed on the bed." Nao said dryly, before snaking her hand over my head and smashing her fist on the alarm clock.
"Oh for god sakes." I cursed, jumping out of bed and forgetting all about Nao's warmth, as I vowed to hunt down our new puppy.
"Calm down killer." Nao laughed. "She's just a baby."
"She should know better." I seethed, running my hands over the foot of the bed.
Sure enough there was a large wet spot on the comforter and as I cursed again, I heard a small whimpering sound from under the bed.
"Julia!" I said sternly, reaching down to pull the puppy up and show her the mess she had made. "Bad dog!" I said, making sure she knew I was upset.
Unfortunately Julia didn't seem to understand what I was saying, as she then twisted in my arms and began to lick my face happily.
"Hey--" I began to protest, as Nao continued to laugh, patting the bed beside her.
"See? She just wants to love you!" Nao cooed, taking Julia from my arms.
Nao set the puppy on it's back, and began to rub Julia's tummy back and forth. The dog responded happily. I couldn't help but smile myself.
"Can you give me a ride to work?" Nao asked, not taking her eyes off Julia.
"Sure." I said. "I have the day off."
"Perfect." Nao replied, "You should come in and say hello to some of your old friends."
I thought for a moment, before replying. "You're right, it's been awhile."
Nao grinned happily. "Good it's settled. Now hurry up and take Diana out, so I can have a shower." She said, referring to our older dog.
I reluctantly got up off the bed and called to Diana, our three year old Siberian Husky. Julia's ears immediately perked up, as her big sister and best friend came bounding into the bedroom.
"C'mon girls, let's go out." I said, ushering the dogs downstairs.
As I made my way outside and stepped out onto the porch, I took a moment to reflect on my life. I had a wonderful girlfriend, two dogs, a nice house, nice cars, and a good job. Hell I was living the dream. I suppose the only thing that may have completed that picture for some people would have been two spiky red headed children, running around in the yard. I suddenly pictured Nao driving a mini-van, and began to laugh out loud. No those things would never happen. Nao and I just weren't like that. A lot of our friends were already married and having babies, but we preferred to keep things simple. We liked it that way. It worked for us.
Yes I could honestly say I was happy and nothing could change that fact. My life was perfect. Or so I thought.
But can perfect really exist?
"Hurry up woman." I said out loud, as I impatiently tapped my fingers on the steering wheel.
I heard the front door open and close and saw Nao taking her time down the driveway. Finally, she sauntered up to the car and got inside.
"Bout time." I said, acting perturbed.
"Shhhhhh." she said, closing the gap between us as she pressed her lips to mine.
My irritation was completely forgotten, as I happily returned the kiss.
"Now drive!" she exclaimed grinning. "I don't want to be late for work again."
I sighed and rolled my eyes, silently laughing.
"Yeah because Shizuru is such a slave driver." I teased, referring to Nao's boss.
"You know it." Nao grimaced, "It's actually not her I worry about. It's the OTHER one." she said, making a face.
I laughed again, thinking about Nao's other boss, Sachiko Ogasawara. Nao and Sachiko were definitely on opposite ends of the spectrum. Nao was wild and free, while Sachiko was proper and reserved. Shizuru and Sachiko had met while attending Fuuka University. They had both been interested in the field of medicine, more specifically plastic surgery. The two girls had eventually become professional and financial partners, each owning half of Fujino/Ogasawara, one of the most talked about plastic surgery centers in all of Japan.
"I thought you said Sachiko had mellowed out a bit since Yumi's pregnancy?" I said, recalling a past conversation.
Nao rolled her eyes. "Yukino, keep up! That was for like, one week. Now it's the complete opposite. The woman is continuously freaking out. Too much stress. Yumi needs to hurry up and pop that kid out, so things can return to normal. She needs to get laid." Nao grinned, saying the last part seductively, as she looked at me.
I laughed, until I looked over again and saw the mischievous look in my girlfriend's eyes.
"Wha?" I asked, taking a swig from my coffee mug.
Nao looked at her watch. "We have just enough time for a quickie." she said, sliding her hand between my legs. "I could give you a really good blow--"
The rest of the sentence was cut off, as I swerved hastily, almost hitting a few small children, before spitting the remnants of my last coffee swig onto the dashboard. Nao began to laugh hysterically, and I knew the moment had passed.
"Maybe next time." she laughed, patting my leg.
I groaned. She was such a tease. I suppose after close to fifteen years together, one would get used to this sort of behavior. Yet, everyday seemed to be new and different, and always filled with many, many challenges along the way. As I was soon about to discover, today would be no different.
"Well it's so nice of you to join us." Sachiko said, looking up from the receptionist's desk. She then grabbed a file from the yellow haired receptionist and walked towards Nao and myself.
Nao just smiled at Sachiko, as she breezed past and threw her things on the desk, earning her a glare from the blond woman.
"Aww what's the big deal. We don't have surgery for another hour and a half." Nao griped, while looking at the day's schedule.
"Don't you need about an hour to prep?" Sachiko asked, eyebrow raised.
Nao just shrugged. "Minor details." she replied simply as she proceeded to a large set of double doors. "I'll be right back Yukino, just let me throw my stuff in my locker."
I waved and nodded, before turning to Sachiko. Sachiko smiled brightly at me.
"Yukino-san, it's so good to see you." she said, dropping her guard for a moment to give me a hug.
"You too Sachiko-sama." I smiled back. "How is Yumi doing? I heard she's ready to have the baby any day now."
Sachiko and I had known each other long before Nao began to work at the surgery center. The dark haired girl had lived in the same dorm as my best friend Haruka, and the two had also become good friends. They both had something in common. They each enjoyed having Shizuru for a rival.
Sachiko smiled once again. "Yukino-san, is it possible to be so extremely excited and yet terrified all at the same time." she said, clenching my hand.
"Of course, that's normal." I said, assuring her, as I squeezed her hand. "It's going to be wonderful."
"It better be, for all the work it involves." grumbled a voice from behind me.
I turned around to see Natsuki, helping a very, very LARGE Shizuru, as she waddled into the office. Shizuru then smacked the back of Natsuki's head, and the younger girl pretended to wince.
"Ara, Natsuki better watch herself." the Kyoto beauty warned.
"Yes dear." Natsuki mocked, before laughing and turning to Sachiko and myself.
"Shizuru, I told you to stay home today. You are going to wear yourself out if you continue like this. I assure you that I can take care of it." Sachiko said, frowning at Shizuru.
"I am well aware that Sachiko can handle it herself, but Yumemiya-san is, and has always been, MY patient. Therefore I feel the need to be there." Shizuru finished, looking at the surgery schedule.
Sachiko laughed. It was no use in arguing with her partner, as Shizuru was as thick-headed as herself. At that moment, Nao burst back into the room.
"Yumemiya-san again?" she scoffed. "How much LARGER does she need her chest to be?"
Sachiko sighed as Shizuru giggled.
"Not everyone is as naturally well endowed as you." Shizuru pointed out, to which I nodded hastily.
Natsuki had also heard of the infamous Arika Yumemiya, who had already had three operations prior to today.
"Well if her girlfriend is willing to pay for it all. I say good on her." Natsuki said, giving the thumbs up.
Shizuru glared. "Natsuki would say that."
Natsuki looked at me and shrugged.
"OMG OMG OMG OMG!" yelled a hysterical voice from behind the reception desk.
The blond haired receptionist practically jumped over the desk, handing an envelope to Shizuru.
"It's so WONDERFUL!" the blond continued, as the rest of us looked on in shock.
Shizuru looked at the envelope and the carefully written handwriting on the front. She then turned her eyes to the top of the letter, which had been already opened, and presumably read.
"Minako-san, what have I told you about opening my mail?" Shizuru said irritated.
"I know! I know! I'm sorry I just couldn't help it! Read it! Read it!" the amorous young woman urged.
Nao made a gagging sound and I elbowed her in the ribs.
"It's from Mai." Shizuru said, her eyes lighting up.
"IT'S A WEDDING INVITATION!" yelled Minako happily. "How ROMANTIC!" she said, swooning.
Minako Aino was the receptionist at Fujino/Ogasawara. She was a flighty, air headed girl at times, but generally extremely sweet. She and Nao were like oil and water, as Nao couldn't stand bubbly people such as Minako. Minako was also a super fangirl, in that she loved EVERYTHING and EVERYONE. Minako's love interests changed daily, and keeping track was impossible.
Nao couldn't take much more of the blond, and forcefully stepped on her foot, causing the girl to fall backwards, towards the waiting area.
Everyone ignored the crashing sound that came from the room, as Shizuru began to read the invitation.
"Dear Natsuki and Shizuru, you are cordially invited to the joining in matrimony of Mai Tokiha to Tate Yuuichi..." Shizuru trailed off.
There was a moment of silence, until Natsuki said what we were all thinking.
Mai had struggled over the years to figure out her relationship with Tate. They always seemed to be breaking up and making up. I always suspected it had something to do with Mai's best friend, Mikoto. Mikoto and Mai were extremely close and I suspected Mai had feelings for the younger girl. I knew for a fact that Mikoto had strong feelings for Mai, but Mikoto had not been raised as conventionally as the rest of us, and therefore had a hard time differentiating between like and love. Therefore it was a huge shock to myself and the rest of the room that after all these years, Tate and Mai were finally getting married.
"Did you guys get an invitation?" Natsuki asked.
"I don't know. We were in a hurry this morning and didn't check our mail." I replied honestly.
"Too busy doing other things." Nao said, causing Minako, who had rejoined the group to blush furiously.
"Pervert." Natsuki said, pushing Nao playfully.
"I learned from the best." Nao teased back.
"I always was rooting for Mikoto." I said, thinking out loud.
Natsuki and Nao stopped jabbing each other momentarily to nod their heads.
"She must be devastated." Shizuru mused. "Natsuki should call her when she gets home."
Natsuki nodded. "Good idea. We will have to call and "congratulate" Mai as well." she finished.
"I'll leave it to you." Shizuru said, nodding her head.
Sachiko then looked at the clock and clasped her hands together loudly. "Well enough talking, we better get scrubbed up and ready for surgery." she said, as she waved goodbye and exited through the doors.
"Ara, Natsuki will miss me?" Shizuru asked.
"Of course." Natsuki smiled, trying to successfully snake her arms around her wife.
Unfortunately Shizuru was too big, and the biker struggled to get closer.
Nao snickered. "I swear Kuga, Shizuru's having triplets. Maybe even QUINTUPLETS!"
Natsuki's face went white. "No way." she said shuddering.
Shizuru smiled and kissed Natsuki's cheek. "My Natsuki better not forget about birthing class today."
Natsuki's eyes went wide. True to form she had forgotten all about it. "Uh ...about that." she said, shifting from one foot to the other.
"Yes?" Shizuru said, irritation present in her voice.
Natsuki grabbed my arm and pulled me into the corner.
"Yukino I need a favor!" she whispered loudly.
"Oh no." I said, trying to back up.
"C'mon you owe me. I promised one of my best customers that I'd finish some body work for him by today, and I really can't get out of it." she pleaded.
Natsuki owned a bike shop that specialized in customization. Biker fans from near and far frequented the shop, and it was always a very busy place. Natsuki's love of bikes had never left her. It was her passion and she loved it. Some of the best customization specialists in Japan worked for her, but customers especially loved to request work on Natsuki's favorite bike line. The Ducati.
I groaned inwardly, thinking about what a birthing class would entail. Natsuki's eyes continued to plead with me. It was true I did owe her a couple of favors, and it was also true that she rarely, if ever asked anyone for anything. Then I had, what I thought, was a brilliant idea.
"Well I'd love to." I said smiling, "But unfortunately I have to work."
Natsuki folded her arms. "Nice try Yukino. I know for a fact that on the days you don't work, you give Nao a ride."
Curses! How the hell was I becoming so predictable? I made a mental note in the future to start switching things up. I then silently prayed and stared at my cell phone, willing my boss to call me. My staring turned to glaring, as I realized Alyssa was not going to call, and I was not getting out of this. I looked once more to Natsuki and then to Shizuru, and sighed defeated, before nodding my head.
"All right. I'll do it." I grumbled.
Natsuki's face broke into a grin and she patted me on the back. "Thank you. You've saved me." she exclaimed before turning to Shizuru.
"Shizuru, there's been a change of plans." she said, as Shizuru raised her eyebrow.
"Ara, whatever does Natsuki mean?" Shizuru asked, although I got the distinct feeling she knew EXACTLY what Natsuki was going to say.
I looked at Nao, and saw her snickering once again, obviously entertained by Natsuki and I's predicament.
"Well unfortunately I have so much extra work to do at the shop today, that I won't be able to make it to birthing class." Natsuki started, as I watched Shizuru's eyebrow twitch. "But Yukino here has the day off and has offered to go in my place." the dark haired girl quickly exclaimed.
Shizuru gave Natsuki an icy glare, before turning towards me, face breaking out into a big smile. "Has Yukino ever been to a birthing class?" the brunette asked softly.
"Um nope." I said quickly, shaking my head.
"Well she is in for a lot of fun." Shizuru said, eyes dancing playfully.
I looked to Nao and she shrugged her shoulders. "Don't worry I'll catch a ride home with blondie." she said, motioning towards Minako.
Minako looked at Nao, before squealing and wrapping her arms around my girlfriend. Nao's face was priceless.
"Ehhhh what the hell?" she asked, prying Minako off.
"Nao-chan wants to be friends!" Minako said, clasping her hands together dreamily.
"No I just want a ride." Nao stated, matter-of-factly.
"Nao wants a ride from ME!" Minako said, smiling. "Nao-chan, I promise this will be the beginning of a BEAUTIFUL friendship!" she continued to grin.
"Hurry up, before I change my mind." Nao said, eyes wide.
It was my turn to laugh at her misfortunes. I then stepped towards her and kissed her gently on the cheek. I could feel her relax into my embrace as she whispered into my ear.
"Have fun with a room full of pregnant ladies." she said evilly.
End Chapter 1
Next Chapter: Birthing class with Shizuru! Haruka-chan makes an appearance!
For those of you who have watched the show Nip/Tuck, you will get the fact that Fujino/Ogasawara is a parody of McNamara/Troy. Bonus points to anyone who can guess what Nao's job is.
Please read and review and tell me what the heck you think!