AN- So, yeah, this idea just kind of snuck up on me and won't let me be. I'm not sure yet how many drabbles there'll be or how long I'll make them (probably around five hundred words each), but, enjoy 'em for the time being. Keep in mind, these will all take place at the ramen shop (hence the title), and there will only be minor Kuukai/Utau. I hope that doesn't discourage you, though. Enjoy~!

Disclaimer: Keeping it simple and short, I own nothing.

Think Harder

"I'll definitely make you fall in love with me."

For those to be the parting words of her beloved brother, and for them to be said to Hinamori Amu instead of herself, Utau wasn't the happiest person.

Not. At. All.

It was at times like these that she chose to go indulge herself on ramen. Upon discovering a familiar head of red hair in the shop, though, she was a bit disgruntled.

"You again?"

At the sound of her voice, the boy looked up from his large bowl of ramen and smiled. "Oh! Hey, Idol-san!"

If she was at all uncomfortable with the name, Utau didn't show it, but instead sat down grumpily beside the boy and ordered her usual.

Souma Kuukai, observant as ever, said, "You look depressed."

The blonde snorted and dug into her meal ferociously. "Do I, now?"

Brown eyes bored into her. "What's up?"

Utau glared at him. "It's none of your business."

Five minutes later, nothing had been said, and the boy had almost forgotten the girl was even there, so engrossed in his ramen, he was. That is, until she spoke.

"Ikuto left."

The boy stopped mid bite and gaped at her, a few noodles hanging haphazardly out of his mouth. Utau frowned at the unsightly scene until he finally realized what was wrong and slurped the few strays back into his mouth, swallowing a moment later.

"Um, Idol-san, when you say 'left', what do you mean, exactly?"

"He left the country! He's going to go search for our father in Europe…"

Kuukai stared at the girl. "And… you're depressed about this?"

"Of course I am!" the blonde snapped at him. "You were there that day, were you not? You should know how I feel about him…" Utau trailed off. Talking about her feelings with another boy besides Ikuto seemed a bit… wrong.

The rusty-haired boy stared at her, perplexed. "Yeah, I know. That's why… well, if you really love him, shouldn't you be happy?"

The girl glanced at him, acting nonchalant, but he could see the glimmer of interest in her eyes. "…What are you talking about?"

Kuukai smiled. "Well, you two are finally free from Easter, for one. And now your Onii-san is going off to do something that, I'm guessing, will make him feel better somehow. So, shouldn't you be happy for him?"

Utau stared at him for a few moments, pondering it all over. "I… guess you're right." Then, she smiled. "I never really thought about it that way."

In response, the redhead smiled triumphantly. "Then think harder!"

AN- And that's it for drabble number one! It shouldn't take too long to update (though I do start school soon…), so I hope you continue reading!