A/N: I just want to say that I have officially spoiled you all! Three chapters in three days! You lucky guys (and gals!). Anyways, this is a pretty happy chapter, cause that's the mood I was in all day since I didn't have to work (woo hoo). Anyways if you guys don't mind, please review, you know how much I love em! And if you guys have any ideas for the story let me know! I may just use it XD.

Chapter 9:

Whispers In The Dark

Maka turned to Soul that night as they laid in bed. He was absentmindedly flipping through The Buki manga, and she was reading a book on scythe techniques.

"Soul?"

"Yep?"

"Are you all right? Are you not upset?"

Soul looked over at her, his eyes closed. "I kind of assumed it would end up like that, I was mentally prepared for a fight."

She ran her fingertips over his forearm. "I'm sorry about your mother."

He smiled. "It would have been a lot worse if you hadn't been there. I forgot to thank you for sticking up for me."

She sat up straight. "You don't have to thank me for that. That's what I'm here for."

He nodded. "Well thanks anyways."

"So Black*Star and Tsubaki want us to come over tomorrow. They're having a low profile birthday party for Liz." Maka said.

"You gonna drink?" he asked.

"Maybe?"

He shook his head. "Well then we'd better tell Tsubaki that we're staying the night, cause I really don't want to have to carry you all the way back from their apartment."

"I'm not going to drink that much!" she exclaimed, crossing her arms standoffishly. "We have to go back to school on Monday!"

He lifted an eyebrow. "All right, but I might tell Black*Star that we're staying over anyways, who knows, I might drink something."

Her eyes widened. "You mean you're going to drink?"

"Probably not."

"But maybe?"

He shrugged.

"Hmm…" she said, tapping her chin. "That could be entertaining."

"You've never seen me drunk."

"You've never been drunk," she reminded with a chuckle.

"I'm a man who knows his limits," he said, shrugging.

She yawned, stretching out her arms over her head as she put down her book. "I think I'm going to bed, it's already midnight," she said, slipping down the bed, her head laying on the pillow.

"Yeah I think I'm going to join you," he said. "It's my turn to get up and cook breakfast tomorrow."

"I'd like cinnamon rolls please," she teased as she flipped of the lamp.

"Hmmm… cinnamon rolls… I don't know…"

"Soul!"

"I'm kidding," he joked, grabbing her gently from around the uninjured part of her torso, pulling her to him.

She leaned over and rested her lips over his, kissing him softly and gently. He leaned over and wrapped his hands around her neck, running his hands through her hair.

"I love you, Maka…" he murmured between kisses, she moaned in response.

She lowered her head and placed short butterfly kisses all over his neck before her lips came to rest on his chest, her cheek snuggling into his t-shirt. He soon heard her breathing even out, signaling that she was fast asleep.

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Soul and Maka walked into Black*Star and Tsubaki's apartment, Maka carrying a long slim package.

"Welcome Maka-chan and Soul-kun!" Tsubaki said as she ushered them inside. "I'm glad you could make it!"

Soul rolled his eyes. "We would have been here earlier if Maka hadn't taken two hours to get ready…"

"Maakka-chop!!!" she bellowed, beating Soul over the head with an oversized book. "What Soul meant to say is that we're sorry we're late, and thank you for inviting us."

"Yeah… that was it…" Soul answered, rubbing the bump on his head.

"Well everyone is here now!" Tsubaki called as she led them to the large living room. Black*Star and Kid were sitting on the couch. Black*Star was shoveling Tsubaki's appetizers into his mouth and Kid was adjusting the magazines on the coffee table so that they were symmetrical with the table. Liz and Patty were sitting on opposite sides of the table in chairs. Liz was filing her nails while Patty was spinning her chair around, squealing loudly.

"Finally Maka's here!" Liz said, getting up to hug her. "We can open the drinks!"

"Happy Birthday, Liz!" Maka said, as Tsubaki went over to the drink table and began serving drinks.

"What can I make you all?"

"Why don't you start out with the mudslides?" Liz offered, stepping over to the drink bar to help Liz. Maka took a seat beside Soul on the couch opposite of the one Black*Star and Kid was sitting in.

"So what have you guys been up to?" Kid asked. "We haven't seen you since you left for that extracurricular mission, like a week ago."

"Yeah," Soul said, scratching the back of his head. "Maka and I have been out of commission for a while," he said.

"Honorable Father said that you both had been severely injured during the mission and were being treated in New York City," he said, cocking his head to the side in thought. "What happened?"

"Just some complications with a pre-kishin in Cologne. Maka and I survived though it, we're still a little sore though, it might be a week or so before we take on another extra-curricular mission."

Kid nodded. "Yes, it's probably in your best interest to make sure you've healed completely before you go back out there," he said. "Killik and Ox went on a group mission this weekend and came back with some pretty rough scratches…"

"Hey Soul!" Black*Star bellowed suddenly over Kid's speaking. "What says you, Maka, Tsubaki, and I take on a mission next weekend?"

"We'll see Black*Star, next weekend is awhile off," Soul responded, watching as Maka took one of the chocolate drinks that Tsubaki offered her.

"I think I'll just drink a bit off of Maka's," Soul said as Tsubaki handed on to him.

"I'm not sharing!" Maka said, taking a sip of her alcoholic drink.

Soul rolled his eyes, grabbing a cup off of Tsubaki's tray. "Selfish."

"All right everyone!" Liz said suddenly, clapping her hands to get their attention. "Since it's my birthday I would like to choose the game!"

"Oooh fun game, fun game!" Patty squealed.

Kid and Soul exchanged wary glances, but Maka looked excited.

"What game, Liz-chan?" Tsubaki asked, smiling warmly as she took her spot at Black*Star's side.

"Let's play Truth or Dare!" she announced, and as soon as she did Patty jumped up and down in her chair.

"I dunno Liz…" Soul said, looking apprehensive.

"Oh c'mon Soul, it'll be fun!" Maka said, nudging him gently in the ribs.

"How much of that drink have you had, Maka?" Soul asked.

"Oh that?" she asked pointing to the empty cup. "I finished it…"

"Already!?" Soul exclaimed.

"Would you like another, Maka-chan?" Tsubaki asked, always the hostess.

"Of course she would!" Liz said, smiling broadly.

"Maka!?" Soul exclaimed.

"Oh c'mon Soul, settle down," she said as Tsubaki filled her cup. "It's not that big of a deal."

"Soul-kun, if it makes you feel better, you and Maka can stay here tonight." Tsubaki offered.

"I guess we're not going to have a choice after this…" Soul muttered.

"Okay! Onto the game!" Liz said, and rested her fingertip onto her chin as she searched around the room.

"Maka, truth or dare?" she called.

Maka looked up suddenly. "Oh… me?" she asked absentmindedly. "I think I'll start out with truth."

Liz scratched her head in thought. "Oh I know! How many boy's have you kissed?"

Maka's cheeks reddened at the question. Now Soul was staring at her, with one eyebrow risen in question.

"Um… one…" she admitted.

"One?!" Liz exclaimed. "Only one?!"

Maka's face reddened violently. "Oh well… I dunno… I just never got around to kissing anyone else."

"I think it's really sweet, Maka-chan," Tsubaki replied.

"What a loser…" Black*Star muttered and Soul glared at him.

Maka smacked him over the head with her book. "Shut your mouth Romeo, I don't exactly see women knocking down your door."

Liz and Patty started laughing and Black*Star leaned back. "Keh, that's just because all women are intimidated by my godlike stature!"

"Moving on… it's your turn Maka!" Liz said.

"Okay… umm…" she looked back and forth between everyone. "Black*Star, truth or dare?"

"Dare of course!" he said, standing on his feet. "I'm ready for anything you have to throw at me."

"I dare you to kiss Patty," she said with a chuckle. Liz burst out laughing and Tsubaki giggled.

"Kissy kissy!" Patty giggled, standing up.

Black*Star held up his fist. "I will persevere!" he called.

Maka giggled as Patty puckered her lips and leaned over to kiss Black*Star, who just briefly pushed his fishy lips against hers. Soul put his arm around Maka's shoulders, pulling her against him. It was almost a natural reaction to them, one they didn't think would cause so much attention, but it did.

"Oi, Soul… Truth or dare?" Black*Star said, after he had sat back down.

"Not cool at all…" Soul complained, sighing heavily. "Truth."
"Are you and Maka going out?"

Maka's jaw fell open, her eyes wide. She looked up at Soul who had his eyes closed in annoyance.

"Yeah."

"What?!" Liz exclaimed.

"When?!" Kid asked.

"Really?" Black*Star pressed.

"How wonderful." Tsubaki commented.

"That's a lot of questions for one 'truth'," Soul snapped.

"Wait wait wait," Liz exclaimed. "Game over… what? You two are dating?"

"Isn't that what I just said?" Soul asked, annoyed. He put his arm around Maka's neck. "This is so not cool."

"I think they make a fantastic couple." Tsubaki said.

"I agree," Kid piped in over Patty's rendition of 'Maka and Soul sitting in a tree'. "Maka and Soul are very symmetrical, even their names have the same amount of letters and the same amount of vowels and consonants."

"Uh… thanks?" Soul said.

The rest of the night was spent explaining to the group when exactly they had decided to start going out, and whether or not they had told anyone yet.

"I'm afraid to tell Papa," Maka said, playing with Soul's fingers absentmindedly. "I know he's going to flip out."
Liz and Tsubaki nodded understandingly.

"I might talk to him about it in school this week." Soul said.

Maka looked up. "What? Without me?"

"I dunno yet, it was just a thought."

"You guys let me know when you're going to do that and I'll skip class." Liz said, stretching and yawning. "I'll be staying away from Death Scythe-sama that day."

"What about your parents Soul?" Kid asked. "Do they know about you and Maka?"

"Um… they know that we live together, and they know she's my tech," he explained. "But I haven't exactly told them yet that we're dating."

"Parents just make everything difficult," Liz muttered. "Luckily me and Patty haven't had to worry about it since we're orphans."

Maka nodded.

It was beginning to get late and the alcohol had affected everyone, even Soul. Who was currently laughing uncontrollably at Black*Star, who was trying to sing. Liz had passed out in her recliner, and Kid was obsessing about the symmetry of his clothing. Patty was just skipping around her chair. Tsubaki was sitting beside Black*Star, holding the hair brush that he was using as a microphone.

Maka leaned against Soul's shoulder, her eyes drooping. He turned to her as Black*Star's rendition of Toybox's song "Butterfly".

"You ready for bed?" he asked, before looking up at Tsubaki.

"You guys can have my room," Tsubaki said, pointing the bedroom across from the kitchen. "I can stay with Black*Star tonight."

"Wait a minute! Soul and Maka are going to share a bed?" Black*Star asked, his eyes widening.

"Well they are dating." Liz said, winking at Soul.

"I don't think we have to worry about anything happening," Kid explained as Soul lifted Maka off the couch. "Maka's already passed out."

"Night you guys." Soul said, carrying Maka to the bedroom and shutting the door.

He placed her on Tsubaki's twin bed and slipped off her heels and her pants, leaving her in just her t-shirt and her panties. He also pulled out each of her pigtails so that her blonde hair shrouded her face. Soul then slipped off his shoes and slipped off his shirt.

The moment he climbed in, Maka cuddled against his bandaged chest. "Thank you, Soul."

He kissed her on the forehead. "Night, Maka."

She was out like a light.

A/N: Truth or dare is easily the funnest game you can play with your friends (especially if your crush just happens to be there) well anyways I was in one of them moods... And you guys have to just sit back and endure it!!!

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