Act Four: He stutters a bit, searching for the lines that should be in his head. He feels sweat forming on his forehead, and looks over at her. Her lips molded into a small smirk, followed with the words shaped for him to read. He nods and quickly goes on with the scene.
"Olette, please, Mrs. Sunada said-"
"I don't care what she said Roxas! I don't want you to go over to Namine's house, do you understand me? How would you feel if I went over to like, Hayner's house and practice lines with him!" It was too early in the morning to be yelled at, especially by the person that is supposed to support you no matter what. At least a good girlfriend would do so.
"Olette, I recall you going to Hayner's once to play video games. Last time I checked, you don't even like video games." I calmly reflected back to her. Which resulted with her stomping her foot on the ground.
"Roxas! You know Hayner and I are just friends. How can you even assume that we did anything?"
"How can you assume that I'm going to do anything with Namine. I barely know her!"
There was an awkward silence, and I saw Olette's eyes moisten. And then she did it. She did the innocent look that was so easy to fall for, and I was the number one sucker for it. She brushed back a strand of hair that was in her face, and tucked it behind her ear. Looking down at my feet, she held the look like she did something wrong, but wouldn't say so because she was, still, Olette.
I let out a loud sigh, and grabbed her waist, bringing her closer to me. "Look," I said, "I won't do anything. I promise." When I got no response, I took my free hand and brought it to her chin, meeting her green eyes with my blue ones. "Babe, I promise."
She gave me a small smile and answered, "Okay. I'm sorry." I grinned and gently brought my lips to hers. And for that second, it felt like I was truely happy with Olette.
The bell rang, and as we said our goodbyes, I watched her walk off. I spun on the heel of my feet to go the opposite direction, when I accidently ran into something. Or more like, someone. A small shriek escaped porcelain lips, and the petite body began to fall backwards. I reached out and grabbed at her waist and back to hold her up, and successfully did so. I felt her small arms wrapped around my neck, and she tried to regain her own balance.
"I'm sorry, I didn't see you there," I said, scratching the back of my head, and picking up her books from the floor. She dusted off her white dress, and shook her head vigorously.
"No! No, it's alright," her gentle voice replied, "I should've known I would scare you. I seem to do that a lot!" She said in a joking matter, smiling sweetly, as I handed the books back to her. I felt my face rise in temperature, it was time to say something back that didn't make me sound like a douche bag.
"Yeah, you're downright scary."
Not what I was looking for.
"Wait! Not like you're scary or anything! I mean, you aren't scary at all! You said you scare people a lot and I was just joking back and..."
She rose an eyebrow, a smirk planted on her face, "Roxas, I could tell you were joking."
I didn't understand myself. A few minutes ago I was smooth, confident Roxas. Hell, I was smooth and confident all the time. There was no reason to get nervous. How can I be so calm with Olette, but not calm with Namine. Shouldn't I be like this with my girlfriend? The one I should be nervous about saying something wrong and sounding like an idiot. But now I'm standing infront of this beautiful girl, and I was out of words.
"Uhm, Roxas... are you okay?" Her words were filled with concern, as she reached out her hand to touch my shoulder.
"Yeah...Yeah! I am. Sorry. Sorry for uhm, running into you." I stuttered, rubbing the back of my head. She smiled and shook her head, "No really, it was my fault. I just wanted to make sure if it's still okay to practice the lines today after school."
I was taken aback, "Of course it's okay!"
She rose an eyebrow at me, with a contemplating look on her face, "Are you sure? I mean, I kind of overheard your girlfriend yelling at you..." She drifted off, as if she was embarrassed. That would be silly, considering I was the one having a public quarrel with his girlfriend.
"Namine, it's really fine. Mrs. Sunada's orders were to get this stuff down. Get to know each other. Olette understands, and we're going to kick ass for this play." I grinned, hoping to reassure her.
"As long as you mean it." She gave a small smirk, looking up at me with her azure eyes. This was the look of true innocence, not Olette's fake show from earlier.
"It's fine, I promise."
Seems like I've been making a lot of promises lately.
"I don't know what you're thinking Quarter Back, but if I was alone with that gorgeous, blonde babe I would-" I managed to throw Riku's nasty socks at Axel's face before he finished the rest of that vulgar sentence. Axel threw them back at me, "Oh, I'm sorry. Did I make you upset? Just because I would totally tap that girl like there's no tomorrow, and you can't touch her."
"Stop teasing the poor boy, can't you see that he's already troubled enough as it is?" Demyx came to my rescue, "He's obviously in a pickle, Axel. He likes two different girls. One, his girlfriend, who isn't exactly the nicest person, but has some nice assets if you know what I mean. And the other is a classy, dignifed... for lack of a better word, woman. You just come around and taunt him, while he's slowly suffering inside. Isn't that right Roxy?"
Axel rolled his eyes, getting his gear on for practice, "Demyx, come on. Roxas knows what he wants. He wants what every guy wants. A little less conversation, and a little more action."
"Axel that's not true," I admitted, "And Demyx I really don't need you trying to read my mind. I don't even know what's wrong. All I know is, I promised Olette nothing would happen today at Namine's house, and nothing will."
Demyx this time rolled his eyes at me, "Right. Sounds like how Axel said he wouldn't get back with Larxene, but he did anyway."
I glanced over at the tall redhead, as he tried not to make eye contact. "Really Axel? Really? You said you were done this time. And you took her back anyway? She's crazy! She's always accusing you of cheating, when obviously you don't." Axel grinned at me, "Well, sometimes her accusations were true. She gave me another chance though. You do realize you're talking to the guy that told you to get a piece of that hot chick you're seeing later today, when you have an amazing girlfriend, right?"
Demyx sneered at Axel as he finished dressing for practice, "You are about the worst person I've ever met Axel. You seriously have no standards. At all. You have to treat a woman with kindness and compassion. Not treating her like an object."
"Yeah, yeah, yeah." Axel dismissed the comments from Demyx.
Riku finally chimed in, as he always does, "Why does it matter anyway. You think any of these chicks will matter after high school? We only have one year left in this place, and we'll all do something different in the future. And obviously girls like Larxene, don't respect themselves. Sure, Axel is being a disgusting pig-" Axel glared over at Riku, who rolled his eyes in reply, "But she is also being desperate, and subjugating herself to it. Just because she's willing to accept it. Olette is just like Larxene, maybe even worse. But, Rox, don't you for one second think you can get into something with Namine. She's way better than that. She's way better than everyone in this school, no, in this town."
"I never said I was going to do anything," I burrowed my eyebrows.
"But, it doesn't mean you didn't think about doing something," Riku responded.
So what if I did. What if I thought about walking into Namine's house, and not being able to control myself. Or maybe I thought about the kissing scene we would do, and convince her that we had to keep practicing because it just wasn't right, just so I could feel her soft lips on mine, again and again. As I noticed Axel, Demyx, and Riku staring at me, I slammed my locker shut, finally ready for practice. "This conversation is over. Focus on practice guys."
"Yes, captain," they grumbled, closing their lockers and following me to the field for another day of practice.
After finishing practice, and rushing home to shower, I had finally made my way to Namine's large house once again. Not as in much of awe, but still weirded out by the overall size of the property, I made my way past the gate and fountains without losing my head.
No this time, I was only thinking about what I would say to her. How I could possibly make this less awkward then it could potentially be.
Finally making my way to the door, I knocked twice waiting for a maid or butler to answer. To my surprise, Namine opened the door instead and smiled warmly. "Hello, Roxas. Come in," She gestured, leading me into the large building, in which I noticed was empty. "I didn't want you to feel uncomfortable, so the help isn't here today. I know it's a little... different," she said, a light, pink color spreading across her cheeks. I felt my face getting hot too, being absolutely alone with Namine was more uncomfortable then with the help here too.
I coughed, "That's alright. Well, uhm, where should we rehearse?"
"I figure the living room? I mean, wherever you want. We basically have the entire house!" she giggled, leading her hands to lock behind her back.
How about your room? On your bed? No, stop it. Stop it right now, Roxas. Focus. "Yeah, the living room is fine," the words finally making it up my throat.
As I followed her to the living room, I noticed the paintings of the gorgeous girl I was following. The pictures were perfect, but she was much more beautiful in person. That was the word that came to my mind when I saw Namine, beautiful. But when I talked to her, there was a different word, that I just couldn't place my finger on.
We entered the extravagent 'living room' as she called it, and looked at me as I stood with my mouth wide open. "I'm sorry, it's just... My parents... I don't know why we need all of this stuff anyway, no one uses it," she looked down at the tan carpet.
"Oh no it's okay. I've seen a lot of living rooms much bigger than this one. I mean, the chandelier could be brighter. And the piano could obviously be shinier, you should get this polished as soon as possible. And that big screen television? That looks about sixty-five inches. Not seventy," I said, grinning. She looked up and smiled at me, and sat down on the couch, "You're right. This couch could be softer," she giggled. I took my spot next to her, grabbing my script book from my backpack.
She smiled at me, as I glanced up at her from the script. "I know we aren't best friends, but can I be truthful with you, Namine?" I asked, and she tilted her head to the side and smiled, "Of course, Roxas."
I sighed, "I have no idea what I'm doing."
"With the play?" She inquired.
She smiled gently, with a certain sadness in her voice she sighed, "Roxas, no one our age knows what they're doing. I wish I knew how to help you with everything, but I can try to make your life easier and help you with this play. You are very talented, and maybe you can find the answers through this. I know it sounds corny, but acting opens your life to a new world. Something that isn't yours, something... different. Maybe that's all you need."
"I think you're right," I nodded, "It sounds like you have a lot of experience with this."
She quickly glanced at me, a shot of defense rose in her, "What does that mean?"
"I don't mean to offend you. But you said that so naturally, so convicingly. It just sounded like you knew exactly what you were talking about. I'm sorry if I offended you," I said with true sincerity in my voice.
She shook her head, "No, not. It's okay. I know you didn't mean it like that. I guess you could say that. I mean, I've just been in a lot of plays," she said with a small smile, the same hurt in her eyes.
I nodded gently, and looked down at the script in my hand. "Do you think you can teach me how to do this then?" I grinned. She giggled, and nodded, turning the page to my first lines. Her light blue eyes, sparkled as she spoke the words off the page, making me believe the emotions behind it. I tried to speak with the same feeling as she did, but not sounding as amazing as she did.
As we finished for the night, we walked to her door. She smiled, with her hands behind her back, "You did very well today, you are going to be great. Of course with more practice." I chuckled, and stared into those azure eyes I couldn't get off my mind.
I opened the door, and turned to face her before I walked off, "Hey, Namine?"
She smiled at me, "Yes?"
"No problem, Roxas."
As I walked, I felt words fill my lungs, I just had to tell her. Quickly turning around, I went to say it, but the door was closed. I saw her figure walking past the curtains, and then disappear into the house.
"I think you're that something different in my life..." I mumbled, before walking down the street, back home. To where I would fall asleep in my bed, dream about the blonde girl, wake up, and still be in the world that I was in before. Nothing would change. Not without her.
Authors Note: AFTER A FEW YEARS. A NEW CHAPTER. I hope you guys genuinely enjoyed it! Took longer than expected because I was actually trying out for my school play! Whether or not I got the part, I am not sure. But, either way, more updates will come soon! Please review! Tell me what you like! THANK YOU FOR READING!
(Also, I was going to update this yesterday, but Fanfiction was down! Sorry for the wait!)