Disclaimer - I don't own Digimon. I don't own xbox 360. I don't own cheerios. I don't own converses. I don't own anything else brand label mentioned in this chapter or chapters to come. Yup.
Are you ready for the longest chapter in fanfiction history? Probably not but it's pretty close. Over 10,000+ words on this one. (I'm really determined to get this stupid thing finished). All right! Chapter ten is here! I will have four more chapters following this one and the story will finally be over. It's been years in the making but it will finally come to an end. Lots going on in this one... just bear with me. Also, there may be some typing mistakes I'm not sure I hate re-reading these things so I apologize. Thanks!
Chapter Ten - A Night to Remember
Sora and Mimi finally arrived at Souta's house for the party. Sora was relieved to finally get out of the car because all Mimi did the entire time was complain. She needed something in the form of hard liquor if she was going to make it through this night with all of Mimi's whining.
"And another thing...!" Mimi continued to babble.
Sora eventually learned to tune her out and glanced at all the cars parked along the street. Souta wasn't kidding, this party was going to be big. The school would be talking about it forever, or until the next big party came along. She had to be careful though because pictures from tonight's event would surely end up on Facebook tomorrow and anything embarrassing would just be uncalled for.
"He better not be wasted already," Mimi said as they approached the front door.
Music was blasting through speakers inside making the front porch vibrate. It was a good thing Souta's family owned a lot of private land because this party would surely catch the attention of the cops if it were in a remote neighborhood.
They didn't even bother knocking because no one would hear it anyways. Both girls awed as they stepped inside the massive home.
"What do his parents do for a living again?" Mimi asked.
"Uh, they own some car dealerships or something," Sora replied.
"This is ridiculous."
"You're telling me."
"SORA!" A voice shouted over the crowd and music.
They turned to see Tai, wearing a really goofy smile, stumbling towards them. Sora knew, and could smell, that he was already drunk.
"Sora," he said again throwing an arm around her neck, "I am so glad you're finally here! I need you to be my partner in beer pong. Everyone so far has totally sucked but if I have you on my team I'll never lose! Oh boy is that my dinner?"
Sora just laughed. Tai was funny when he was drunk. Mimi, however, didn't find him so amusing.
"Meet me outside in five!" Tai said, taking his food and stumbled toward the back door.
Sora could see that Mimi was fuming. A couple of shots though and she'd be just fine.
"Come on, I see tequila bottles in the kitchen. Take a shot with me?" Sora asked, trying to lighten the mood.
"Fine. Whatever," Mimi said.
The kitchen, which opened up to a massive porch outside, was where most people were hanging out. Souta had the back doors open so everyone could come and go as they pleased. The porch was also where the beer pong tables were set up and from what Sora could see they were getting pretty heated. It seemed like everyone from their senior class was there that night. Familiar faces were popping up everywhere, including ones Sora would have been happy not seeing at all.
"Well, look what the skank dragged in. How did you get invited to this party?" Avery Miller asked, appearing suddenly in front of them with three of her tag-along friends.
Avery was wearing her typical "hey, look at me!" outfit; which was basically nothing. She had on a skirt that showed off her long, tan legs, a shirt so low that you could tell she'd gotten her boobs done recently (even though she denied it), and heels high enough that she towered over every other girl there. Her hair was curled just for the occasion and she was wearing more make up than usual. Sora just smirked, realizing you could still see the bruises from where she got punched. It didn't matter though, she still looked like a knock out regardless.
"Back off, slut. Go check your make up or something your ugly bruises are showing," Mimi stepped in, pushing past them.
Avery squealed and ran for the bathroom in panic. Sora just rolled her eyes. And these are the people I go to school with... Sora thought.
Mimi grabbed shot glasses sitting on the counter and quickly poured two shots of tequila.
"Cheers," she said not even taking the time to wait for Sora to grab hers.
Sora just watched as Mimi threw back the shot and quickly went for another. It was going to be a really long night, she could tell.
"Sora! What are you doing? Hurry up, we're about to start!" Tai shouted from the porch.
Mimi scowled and went for another shot.
"Don't you think you should slow it down a little? You're going to get sick," Sora commented.
"Back off, I'll do what I want," Mimi said taking yet another shot and then walking outside. It wouldn't take long before she started feeling that buzz.
Sora followed her out into the commotion. There were two plastic tables set up for beer pong. A game was currently being played at one table between four guys Sora recognized from the football team. The other table, where she assumed she was going to play, was her and Tai on one side and Souta and a guy name Michael on the other.
"House rules?" Sora asked, preparing herself for the game.
"Six cups on each side. If both players on one team get their balls in the same cup, it counts as a double cup. If the ball hits the cup and spins on the rim, the opposing team, if female, can blow the ball out of the cup and if male, can finger it out. You get one re-rack on the cups so choose wisely. On the final cup, if both players get their ball in it's game over. If only one player gets it in, the opposing team has the chance to make a comeback. If they fail to get a ball in though, it's game over. Got it?" Souta explained.
"Sure," Sora said, "How do we determine who goes first?"
"You and me, sweetheart. Stare me right in the eyes and throw the ball. Whoever gets theirs in the opposing teams cup gets to start."
"Sounds good to me. You ready?"
"I think the question is, are you ready?"
Sora just smirked, "I don't think you realize who you're dealing with here."
"Oh, she's fiesty. I like it. Let's get started!"
Tai handed Sora a ping pong ball and Souta grabbed one as well. She smiled and stared into his eyes; they were green, from what she could see. He smiled back and they both threw the ball. Naturally, Sora's went in.
"What did I tell you? Girl's got game," Tai said giving her a high five.
By this point majority of the people at the party had gathered around to watch the game. It got pretty heated about halfway through, what with Sora knocking out all but one of the opposing teams cups and none of theirs even being touched. It ended pretty quickly once Sora and Tai landed their balls in the same cup.
"Dude, we lost to a chick and a drunk guy who is on the soccer team," Michael said to Souta.
"Rematch!" Souta shouted, refusing to be defeated, and everyone cheered.
"Sure. Play better this time I'm getting kind of thirsty," Sora teased.
"Oh, baby don't tempt me!"
Sora just laughed as they lined up the cups and began filling them with beer again. Tai managed to find the bottle of tequila Mimi was shooting earlier and offered her a shot.
"I don't need a shot glass," Sora said taking the bottle from him and throwing it back, taking a couple swigs. The clear liquid made her insides burn. For whatever reason, the more she drank, the cockier she got.
"It is seriously a damn shame that she and Ishida are together. Sora is probably the coolest chick on the planet and go figure she's tied down," Souta said and some other guys agreed.
Sora smirked thinking, Take that, bitch, when she saw the look of horror on Avery's face after he said it. Avery ended up disappearing into the crowd and Sora didn't see her again.
"If you ever get bored of playing with little boys, hit me up," Souta winked.
"What is this?" Matt said finally making an appearance, "I show up late and you try to move in on my girl? Not cool, Souta. Not cool."
Souta just gave a lopsided grin as Matt playfully punched him on the shoulder. He and Tai did that hand shake, half hug thing that guys do and he greeted everyone else. He turned his attention to Sora.
"Hey babe," he said pulling her close and giving her an extremely passionate and embarrassing kiss right in front of everyone. If anyone had doubts about them actually being official they all believed it now.
"Gross, get a room," Tai said "accidentally" knocking into them, "Do that later we have a game to play. In case you didn't know, Matt, Sora and I dominated last round."
"Uh, no, Sora dominated. You sucked," Souta corrected and everyone laughed.
"I had a couple of good shots!" Tai defended.
"He was really pretty awful, actually," Sora whispered to Matt who just laughed.
"I heard that," Tai said, "Let's just start the damn game, okay?"
Matt stood back and watched them play. Mimi joined him suddenly, half stumbling.
"Nice of you to finally show up," she said.
"Who pissed in your cheerios?" Matt asked.
"I'm in a great mood, Yamato. I don't know what you're talking about."
"Oh yeah? How's that tequila treating you?"
Mimi just grinned stupidly.
"I thought so," Matt said.
The party continued to rage on into all hours of the night. Sora ended up dominating in beer pong four games out of six and they finally decided to call it quits because it didn't matter who she was teamed up with, they always won. Everyone was laughing and having a good time. Mimi had even managed to lighten up; mostly because Tai was actually paying attention to her now.
"Have you ever been hit by a guy that weighs over two hundred pounds and is running full speed at you? Let me tell you, it's not pretty and hurts like hell," Souta stated.
"I'm just saying that soccer is a way more intense sport than football. It's a fact," Tai replied.
"You're crazy. Football is so much more intense. People die, Tai. They literally can die. Like, you don't even understand."
A bunch of people were sitting around in the living room discussing which sport was better: soccer or football. Of course, considering players from both teams were there, a heated argument broke out and everyone was defending themselves. Sora just laughed, obviously siding with the soccer team, and Matt didn't really care either way. Mimi was neutral; she cheered for both teams but never really paid attention to either of them. She just liked watching the guys run around in tight pants.
"Let's get out of here," Matt whispered into Sora's ear.
"Lead the way," Sora replied.
The two stood but no one seemed to notice. They wandered the house looking for somewhere private when they found a door to the basement. There were no lights on so they assumed no one was down there.
The basement was huge, like the rest of the house. There was a formal entertainment area with a sectional couch, huge flat screen TV, and bean bag chairs. A pool table and ping pong table sat off to the side and there were doors branching off down a hallway. They didn't waste time checking the rooms for other party-goers.
Sora pushed Matt down on the couch and crawled on top of him quickly removing her shirt. Matt just smiled, eyes half closed, and shivered when her warm lips touched his neck. She managed to pull his shirt off and was reaching for his belt when he stopped her.
"I don't have anything," he said.
"I don't care," Sora said continuing to kiss his neck.
Now, in any sober situation this would have turned into a problem. In this situation, however, lack of birth control wasn't an issue, considering they weren't thinking straight.
Clothes came off one-by-one, things got heated, and neither one of them realized where they were or what happened when they woke up the next day.
Words could not express how excited Sora was to be back in school the following Monday. She greeted the day with a smile and vowed not to let anything get her down. Well, that was until she ran into the principal.
"Takenouchi, good to see you back. How are those designs coming for the fashion show?"
She froze. Designs! Crap! I completely forgot!
"Oh, um, they're coming along great!" She lied. In reality, she'd spent the entire weekend nursing her hangover from Souta's party Friday night. She didn't remember much from it other than playing a bunch of rounds of beer pong and throwing back shots with Mimi on the side. Most of it was fuzzy though. Luckily, those who had taken pictures didn't manage to get many of her in an embarrassing situation, if there were any. She couldn't remember.
"Good to hear. I can't wait to see what you've come up with! I expect to see what you've come up with on my desk by the middle of the week. Carry on."
He walked away and she sighed. This fashion show was beginning to become a bother. She needed ideas and she needed them quick.
"Sora!" Mimi said almost running down the hall to get to her, "Have you seen the pictures Lexie Newman just posted on Facebook from the party? I'm so embarrassed and she refuses to take them down!"
"What kind of pictures?" Sora wondered.
"Well, let's just say there may be more or less a couple of me half-naked on top of Tai. Also, I think I put on a strip tease for everyone on the coffee table. I don't even remember doing that. Now I look like a slut and everyone in the school can see them."
"Just untag yourself."
"People can still see them on her page though."
"Then report them to Facebook. They take down pictures if you report them. It was just a party. Everyone did stupid stuff. I wouldn't worry too much about it."
"I shouldn't have drank as much as I did. I don't think I left my room for two days."
Sora laughed, "I don't think either of us did. You're parents probably thought we died."
"Probably. Anyways, do you have tennis today?"
"No. Tennis got canceled due to the rain. Our last game is Friday so yay for that. I'm going to talk to Christian about designs for the fashion show once school gets out."
"Just some guy that's really good at this fashion crap who is going to help me. I better get going though or I'm going to be late to class. I'll see you later, okay?"
Sora quickly sprinted in the opposite direction leaving Mimi there confused.
"Christian...?" She asked again, really curious now.
"Christian, I need your help," Sora said into her phone once school had let out for the day.
"Anything for you, sweetheart," he replied.
"I have to come up with designs for this stupid spring fashion show and I'm at a complete loss. I don't have a clue where to begin with this kind of thing and my principal is expecting designs on his desk by Wednesday. Help?"
"Uh, hello, fashion is my middle name! Come by right now and I'll teach you a thing or two."
"You are so awesome. Thank you so much!"
"No, Sora. Thank you."
Sora wasn't exactly sure what to make of that last part but she didn't think much into. She grabbed her things and dashed off to the studio as quick as her feet could carry her.
"These school uniforms are hideous!" Junya cried as Sora entered the studio, "Who in their right mind decided that color of green would go well with anyone's skin tone?"
Junya was absolutely appalled by Sora's school uniform and he was making it very well known to everyone standing within ten feet of him. He hated everything about it and couldn't understand why they subjected everyone in a public school to wear the exact same thing.
"It completely takes away from the individualism of a person. I think the first thing we need to help you with is a design for new uniforms. Ones that aren't so... green."
"Green and blue are the school colors though," Sora stated, "They won't change the uniform just because of the color."
"I'm not talking about just the color," Junya said, "You look like a school teacher. I'm thinking something more... sexy, for the ladies. I can only imagine what the men's uniforms look like."
"Gray pants, green jacket, blue tie," Christian piped in, "Worst dress code of my life. The principal always had it out for me when I would try to flare it up every once in a while."
"Just as I feared. Well, let's get to work coming up with some designs for this 'fashion show'. God knows everyone at that school could use a little help..."
Sora went home that evening having learned a ton from Christian and Junya. They had not only helped her design ideas for new school uniforms, she'd even managed to think up a couple of designs herself which both men actually approved of. Christian said she was "the next big thing" and Junya just nodded and smiled, which Sora took as a good sign.
"Meems, I'm home," Sora shouted once she'd arrived at the apartment, but received no answer, "Meems?"
The apartment was quiet. Mimi's parents were out, as usual, but Mimi was nowhere in sight. Sora searched around, listening for any noise that might indicate someone was here. A quiet laugh came from Mimi's room.
"Mimi?" Sora said lightly knocking but then letting herself in only to instantly regret it, "Oh my God!"
"Sora? What are you doing get out!" Mimi shouted and Sora slammed the door, her heart racing and face turning red.
Sora had managed to walk in on Tai and Mimi in a very... interesting situation. She saw blurs of naked body parts and tangled sheets. Embarrassed, she went into her bedroom and locked the door not wanting to ever see her friends in that situation again. Hell, she didn't want to see them again for the rest of the night for fear of embarrassing awkwardness afterwards. She'd always wondered what Tai looked like naked... and now that she knew, it horrified her. Not in a disgusted way, just in the sense that she'd just seen not only her best girl friend naked, but also her best guy friend. The worst part was that they were naked together and that just freaked her out.
For whatever reason, Sora found herself at her desk with a bunch of colored pencils and some blank paper. She began sketching designs, whether she found them appropriate for the fashion show or not, and smiled at how much it distracted her. She was pretty good a drawing, she realized, having never really tried before. Her mind at that moment drifted to prom, which was this next weekend. She started sketching designs for prom dresses and wondered what she'd be wearing... better yet, what Matt would be wearing. They would match, of course. She was thinking something form fitting on her and a black tux for him. It would be perfect, she thought.
Hours had passed and Sora realized that it was pushing seven and she hadn't even eaten dinner yet. She pushed all the sketches off to the side and peeked out her bedroom door to make sure no one was in the kitchen. When she saw that it was empty, she tip-toed out to get something to eat then planned to quickly dash back to her room to avoid having to see her friends.
It wasn't her friends that she ran into though.
"Oh, hey Mrs. Tachikawa!" Sora almost yelled in hopes that Mimi would hear her and put some clothes on while hiding Tai in the closet or something.
Mimi's mom looked at her strangely and then smiled, "Hello, Sora. Is Mimi home?"
"Uh... no. No, she's not here. She had to stay late at a friends house to study for a final."
"Oh, well that's a shame. I brought pizza. I hope you're hungry."
Sora helped her with the groceries in her hands and began putting them away. Mimi's mom was distracted, putting things away in the pantry, when Sora spotted Mimi and Tai, both half-dressed and out of breath, walking out of her room. Sora's eyes widened as she silently screamed at them to go back in Mimi's room and hide.
"Your mom is here!" She mouthed, hoping Mimi would take the hint.
Mimi just stared at her stupidly.
"Your mom!" She mouthed again, Mimi still not getting it.
"Hey, Sora can you hand me the boxes of cereal, please?" Mrs. Tachikawa asked.
"Of course, Mrs. Tachikawa," Sora said loudly receiving another weird look from her. Mimi got a look that screamed deer in headlights and pushed Tai back into her room. Sora sighed in relief.
Sora handed the bag full of cereal to Mimi's mom and quickly excused herself. She walked down the hallway and let herself into Mimi's room.
"What is she doing home? She said she would be gone until later tonight!" Mimi said in a panic as she made herself look more presentable.
"Don't ask me! I told her you were at a friends house studying for a final!" Sora said.
"She actually believed that?"
Sora rolled her eyes.
"You know, this whole sneaking around this is kind of turning me on," Tai said.
"Keep it in your pants, Tai," Sora warned, "You two need to go out the fire escape. Mimi's mom will freak if she see's Tai in here."
"I am not climbing down a fire escape. We are ten floors up. You're out of your damn mind," Mimi said.
"Okay, then what would you suggest we do?"
"Just distract her. I'll sneak Tai out the front door and then act like I'm just getting home."
"How do you suggest I distract her?"
"I don't know! Figure something out!"
Mimi pushed Sora out her bedroom door and shut it behind her. Sora sighed and walked back into the kitchen. Mrs. Tachikawa was nowhere to be found. Sora tip-toed to the base of the stairs that led to Mimi's parents bedroom and listened. She could hear Mrs. Tachikawa shuffling around up there and took it as her chance to get Tai out of the apartment.
She dashed back to Mimi's room and let herself in quickly. Tai and Mimi were in mid lip-lock and clothes were about to come off again. She growled, grabbed Tai by the shirt, and shoved him out the door.
"So much for you thinking she's too damn whiny," Sora whispered as she pushed him out the front door.
"She's hot, I can deal," Tai smirked.
"Say hi to your mom and Kari for me."
Sora slammed the door and shouted loudly, "Hey, Meems!"
Mimi came out of her room and pretended to just be walking in the house as her mom came shuffling down the stairs.
"Oh, good you're home! I got dinner. I hope you're hungry," she said.
"Hey, mom. Yeah, definitely. Thanks," Mimi said with a smile.
"You owe me," Sora whispered and Mimi winked at her.
The rest of the week carried on with little incident. Sora had delivered the sketches to the principal, as promised, and he was awe-struck that she'd actually done a decent job. By Friday, everyone was still talking about Souta's party, calling it the greatest party in Odaiba High history. Well, that was until the next big party presented itself. Saturday finally rolled around and the girls were out shopping for prom dresses; it was exaclty one week away.
"I love this dress! Oh, and this one too! And this one! They're all so awesome!" Mimi cooed over all the dresses the designer gown store had to offer.
"Mimi, these dresses are way out of my price range," Kari said looking at another price tag that almost made her faint.
"Yeah. My parents don't have enough extra money to just fork over for a dress at this price," Yolie agreed.
"Oh, come on you guys! We have to stand out at prom and the only way that's going to happen is if we are wearing something that every other girl envies," Mimi said.
"How about you pick a dress and the rest of us will get something somewhere else later," Yolie suggested.
"Boring. Fine. Sora, which ones do you like?"
Sora looked at her in a daze, "Mimi, I don't have money for these kinds of dresses either."
"Um, wrong. You have daddy's credit card. The black Amex, if I'm correct."
"That doesn't mean I can just use it whenever I choose. It's for emergencies only."
"You have a black Amex card?" Yolie asked, "Do your parents really make that much money?"
"Her mom is only like the most famous flourist in all of Tokyo and her dad does medical research. Of course they make a lot of money," Mimi said.
"Wow. I never knew."
"I don't exactly brag about it," Sora said.
"Can you please just this once make an exception and splurge on a really awesome, really beautiful dress with me?
"Please, please, please? You won't regret it I promise!"
Sora stared at her friend that was almost on her hands and knees begging. She shook her head and Mimi smiled, knowing that she'd won.
"Yay! This is very exciting," Mimi said rummaging through the dresses again.
A text message sounded from Sora's phone. She dug through her purse to find it and smiled while rolling her eyes at the message. Yolie smirked.
"Looks like lover boy couldn't resist talking to you even though he knew it was girls day," she said.
"I thought we agreed no boys," Kari said.
"It's not Matt," Sora said texting back.
Yolie and Kari looked at her each other confused.
"It's Christian," Mimi said suddenly, knowing that Sora always wore that expression when she talked to her new, fabulous best guy friend.
"Who is Christian?" Kari wondered.
"He's just a friend," Sora said quickly.
"Oh my God," Yolie and Kari said at the same time causing Sora to look up from her phone.
"What?" She asked.
"You and Matt just started dating! How can you be cheating on him already?" Yolie cried.
"If you have feelings for someone else you should let Matt go and not lead him on like you are. He really likes you a lot, Sora. I think he might even love you a little bit," Kari said.
"Whoa, whoa, whoa. What? I don't have feelings for Christian!" Sora defended.
"Oh, no. She's in denial," Yolie said.
"Christian is gay!" Sora said loudly, drawing attention from other women in the store.
"Oh," Yolie said, "Well, that's okay then."
"So who is he?" Kari still wondered.
"I met him at this fashion thing. He actually turned into a good friend really quickly. He's asking me to come by the studio for some final sketches," Sora said.
The two stared at her like she was speaking another language.
"What?" She wondered.
"Why would someone be asking you for an opinion on final sketches? No offense," Yolie asked.
"They're my sketches," Sora said.
"Since when do you sketch?"
"Since recently, I guess."
"Do you tell us anything any more? I can't believe this is the first we are hearing of it."
"It's not really that big of a deal."
"It's a huge deal! Where exactly does this Christian guy work?"
"He works for this guy named Watanabe Junya."
Yolie and Kari gasped.
"Watanabe Junya, as in the the famous designer?" Yolie asked.
"Yep," Sora replied.
"Since when do you know a famous designer?"
"It's a long story I really don't want to get into it right now."
"This is kind of a big deal! I want details, woman!"
"Hey, if Sora says she doesn't want to talk about it then she doesn't want to talk about it. Leave her alone," Mimi commented.
"Fine. But I'll get information whether you want me to or not," Yolie pouted.
"I hate to cut the fun short, but I really need to meet up with Christian about this," Sora said grabbing her purse and heading for the door.
"Well, wait a minute. Does Junya's store sell prom dresses?" Yolie wondered.
"We'll come with you! If you're going to try and blow us off we might as well see if we can find something while you're busy!"
"Um, okay. If you want."
Christian's face lit up as soon as Sora walked through the door to Junya's store. He ran to the shop door and locked it, putting up a "Back in Thirty Minutes" sign on the door.
"You brought friends," Christian commented.
"Yeah, Christian this is Mimi, Kari, and Yolie. We were kind of prom dress shopping when you texted me so they decided to tag along," Sora said.
"Sora never mentioned how incredibly good-looking you are," Mimi gawked, wide-eyed.
"You flatter me," Christian smiled.
"She's right you are really hot," Yolie said.
"Well, you two aren't too bad looking yourselves."
Sora just rolled her eyes, "Before anyone starts taking off their clothes just remember he's into dudes. Can we go over the sketches now?"
"Red's in a mood today..." Yolie whispered to Mimi.
"I heard that," Sora said.
"Sketches, right," Christian said, "They're in the back. Let me go grab them. Make yourselves at home, ladies."
"I see the prom dresses!" Yolie said and skipped to the other side of the store. Kari and Mimi followed.
"Did you find your dress yet?" Christian asked as soon as he came back.
"No, not yet," Sora began, "We were just over at some small boutique a couple blocks away but they weren't really my style. Plus, Mimi was trying to get me to spend a fortune on one."
"Well, Junya's dresses aren't cheap either. You'd be better off designing your own."
"I don't have time. Prom is next weekend. Between school and the fashion show I just don't have any time."
"I bet Junya would make one of your designs."
"I couldn't ask him to do that."
"He's a busy guy I don't want to bug him."
"He likes you I doubt he'd say no. Plus, it would give him an idea of what you're capable of."
"Where is he anyways?"
"In his office. He's on a call.
"Was on a call," Junya said appearing from the back room, all smiles, "Great to see you again, Sora. Sorry I haven't been around much lately. I'm preparing a trip to Europe for a couple of weeks over the summer. If you're available I'd like you to come with me. Christian will be there as well. It's an annual trip I take to buy new material and see the designs being released over there. You would enjoy it, I think. Everything would be compensated for, of course."
"Wow, that sounds really incredible," Sora said.
"Oh, it is," Christian chimed in, "Five star hotels, twenty-four hour room service, Milan, Paris, Progue... You would love it. If nothing else just go to see the old buildings; they literally take your breath away. Don't mind the language barrier though, Junya is fluent in French, English, and Spanish."
"I can speak a little bit of French. Well, I understand it better than I can speak it. My boyfriend's grandfather was from France. I spent a lot of time with him in the hospital last summer before he died and he always spoke to me in French so I picked up on it quickly."
"You continue to amaze me. I do hope you decide to come," Junya said, "Now, let's talk about your sketches. You really do have an eye for this busniess. I did, however, make some changes to a couple of them..."
"Oh my goodness," Yolie said, "That's him! That's the designer over there!"
Mimi's face lit up and she coasted over to him like a moth to a flame.
"I didn't realize you brought friends, Sora, how rude of me," Junya said turning toward the girls, "Nice to meet you all."
Mimi and Yolie gawked and laughed nervously.
"It is so nice to meet you!" Mimi said shaking his hand, "You're a genius. Seriously."
"Thank you. I see you're looking for prom dresses."
"Yes, sir. Your designs are incredible."
Junya's phone began to ring, "Ah, I don't mean to be rude but I must take this. Christian, compensate our friends here with any prom dress of their choosing. Shoes, also. Excuse me..."
Yolie's jaw dropped, "Did he say..."
"We could have..." Kari continued.
"Designer gowns..." Mimi said.
"Free, yep," Christian finished, "I told you he liked you, Sora."
"Yeah, no kidding," Sora replied in shock.
Yolie and Kari parted separate ways with Sora and Mimi once they'd picked out their dresses for prom. Sora, for whatever reason she couldn't understand, made the decision to go to her mom's shop afterwards and talk to her for the first time since they'd been back from spring break. Mimi tagged along for support.
The small bell above the door to Takenouchi Floural rang as she entered. As usual there was no one standing on the floor; most likely Toshiko was in the back room putting together arrangements.
"Be out in one minute!" She heard Toshiko's voice call, making her heart race.
"This was a bad idea," Sora said turning for the door, "We should go."
"Sora," Mimi said grabbing her by the arm, "You can't avoid her forever. She's your mother. Yes, she treated you badly but it's time to move on and mend your relationship. She's the only mother you're ever going to have. Suck it up and be nice to her."
She knew Mimi was right but talking to her mother just felt awkward now. It used to be a natural thing, like how she would talk to Tai or Matt, but now it was just weird. Her heart raced as Toshiko appeared from the back room, dirty and covered in flower pieces. Toshiko must have felt the same because when she saw Sora, she stopped.
"Hey, mom..." Sora managed to blurt out.
"Sora..." Toshiko said, almost in tears, "How... how are you, dear?"
"I'm okay. What about you?"
"Fine, I guess. What brings you here?"
"Well, we were in the area..."
"It's really great to see you," she said quickly.
Sora smiled, "It's good to see you too, mom."
Toshiko smiled for what Sora thought was probably the first time in a while. And just like that, all seemed right with the world again.
After leaving her mom's store Sora felt better. She and her mom had made up, in the best way they could, and Sora was having dinner with them later that week. She still wasn't ready to move back in, but in time she knew she would. Moving in with Mimi was just a way to piss her mom off, which she realized she enjoyed doing for a while for whatever petty reason.
Sora and Mimi returned to the apartment and dropped off their prom dresses. Sora, feeling a sense of high, decided to go for a job in Odaiba Park. Jogging always made her feel that much better.
"Hey, babe," Sora smiled into the phone when Matt called.
"Hello beautiful. What are you up to? How was girls day?"
"It was great."
"Did you find a dress?"
"Yep. A really nice one too. Let's just say it would have costed me around four figures... had it not been free."
"Free? Who would give you that expensive of a dress for free? Oh, wait. Junya. Right."
"Yep. He gave all of us free dresses... and shoes!"
"Wow. That's good. So, what color is it? Please don't say pink. I'm not sure if you know this but no guy willingly wants to wear pink; ever. Unless they're gay or think they're too hot for everyone."
Sora laughed, "No, it's definitely not pink. It's blue."
"Okay. Blue I can deal with. What are you doing now?"
"Driving to Odaiba Park to run the trail. Want to tag along?"
"Me? Jogging? I think I'll pass. I wouldn't make it more than a couple minutes and you'd have to leave me to die."
"Not much of the athletic type, huh?"
"Naw. I'm more of the self-loner, emo-esk, let's go rock out on some instruments type."
"And that's why I like you."
"I do what I can."
"All right," she laughed, "Well, I'm pulling up to the park. I'll call you when I leave, okay?"
"Sounds good. Bye, babe."
Sora parked the car and got out to stretch. She walked toward the trail, which circled around the soccer and baseball fields, and spotted some familiar faces from behind the fence. She smiled as she approached.
"Hey there, sexy," she shouted, causing the boys behind the fence to turn.
"Oh, that's just not fair. Only the girls in relationships hit on me, how sad," Tai grinned.
"She was talking to me, Tai," Davis said, striking a sexy pose only to make Sora laugh.
"I was actually talking to Tk!" Sora said, laughing.
Tk just smiled and shook his head, a little embarrassed. He wasn't cocky like Tai and Davis.
"What brings you here?" Tai asked, walking to the fence.
"I came for a jog," she replied.
"Care to play with us? We could use a fourth."
"Naw, I think I'll just stick to my run."
"Come on..." Tai said and gave his famous lop-sided, sexy grin. It always made Sora cave. She had to admit, her best friend was a charmer. He was hard to resist sometimes, especially when he knew he was going to get his way.
"Fine. But I may be a little rusty. I haven't played in a while."
"That's okay. You can be on my team. Tk isn't that great either so he can be with Davis."
"I heard that, jerk!" Tk shouted.
"It hurts because it's true!" Tai shouted back, "Come on in."
Sora walked to the gate and made her way on to the field. She was wearing cheerleading shorts, complements of Mimi, and a sports bra. Davis and Tk couldn't help but look as she crossed the field.
"Stop looking she's your brothers girlfriend," Davis whispered to Tk.
"I wasn't looking!" Tk said, blushing.
"I'm telling Kari."
"You're crazy. You were the one looking not me."
"Yeah, she's pretty hot. It's hard not to look."
"Ha! You were looking I was right."
"Would you two shut up? You're like little kids," Tai said.
"You two going to play or stand there and gawk all day?" Sora said putting her hands on her hips.
"Bring it on," Davis said.
Sora made it home later that night around nine or so when it had gotten dark. The soccer game had completely worn her out. She'd forgotten how competitive Davis and Tai could be, especially when playing against each other. She was surprised that she was still pretty good at the game, which pissed Davis off even more since her and Tai had won two games out of three. He blamed Tk, naturally, for their losses. Tk just rolled his eyes and went about his busniess. Sora couldn't help but laugh at Davis' immaturity. Tk was so much more mature than him and yet the two were, oddle enough, best friends. She was still trying to figure that one out. Then again, their relationship reminded her of Matt and Tai's. It started out rocky, and they used to fight a lot, but over time they came to bring out the best in each other.
"That was a long ass run," Mimi said as Sora entered the living room.
"I ran into Tai, Davis, and Tk. We played soccer for a while," Sora replied.
"Oh. Well, Matt called. More than once. He said your phone is off."
"Yeah, it was dead when I got in the car. What did he want?"
"Got me, he's your boyfriend. I told him just to come over and that you'd be home eventually."
"Is he coming over?"
"Yeah, he should be here soon."
"Okay. Well, I'm going to shower before he gets here."
"You should see if Tai wants to come over too."
"Why can't you ask him?"
"I don't want to sound needy. If you ask he will definitely come over. He likes you better than me."
"I very much doubt that. I'm not the one he's sleeping with."
"No... but he connects with you. He tells you everything. You say jump, he says how high. It's disgusting."
"Mimi, I've been best friends with him since we were babies. Of course he tells me everything. I'm the one person he can trust telling everything too. Hell, I tell him things I don't even tell you. It's just how we are; how we've always been."
"Just tell him to come over. My parents are at their cabin until tomorrow night. There's tequila in the cabinet and I'm ready to get crazy. And it's not the crappy stuff either. My parents spend big."
Sora walked into her room and plugged in her phone.
Sora: Mimi's rents are out of town and she wants you to come over. Matt's coming over too. She texted.
Tai replied back quickly. Does Mimi know how to play hard to get at all?
Sora: I don't get why you don't just ask her out already. It's all she talks about. If nothing else just do it to make her shut up.
Tai: Naw. Then she might think I actually like her ;-)
Sora: Just come over.
Tai: Be there in thirty.
Sora got up and quickly showered. She was in and out within ten minutes just as Matt had arrived.
She walked into her room, wrapped in nothing but a towel, and Matt was casually laying on her bed. He grinned.
"I miss seeing you in a towel from my hallway window," he said.
"You can't have sex yet we haven't even started drinking!" Mimi shouted from her bedroom across the hall making them both laugh.
"Go pour her a couple shots. She's in a mood today," Sora said, "I'll be out in a minute."
"Awe, but I wanted to see the show."
"Just go," Sora laughed pushing him out and shutting the door.
"Meems! Where's the tequila?" Matt yelled.
"Cabinet above the microwave!" She shouted back.
"Get your skinny ass out here and show me!"
"You want to see my ass?"
Sora laughed as they continued shouting all the way into the kitchen. The two got along so well. Their chemistry was as natural as Sora's was with Tai, even though they barely had anything in common.
Sora dressed quickly in a pair of shorts and a long-sleeved t-shirt and quickly joined them in the kitchen as Matt began pouring shots.
"I guess we're not wasting any time are we?" Sora said stepping up to the kitchen bar.
"Here's to constant binge drinking and Sunday hang-overs," Mimi said and the three took the shot.
"Ugh, that is awful, put it in the freezer for a while," Sora said gagging.
"Hell no. Two more and then put it in the freezer," Mimi said motioning for another.
"When did we decide to get wasted tonight?"
"About ten minutes ago. Stop talking and take the shot!"
She did as Mimi said, mostly in fear that Mimi might force it down her throat if she didn't. The girl may be small but she is surprisingly strong.
"All right, three is enough for right now," Sora said putting the shot glass in the sink and trying not to gag on the taste of tequila that lingered in her throat.
"Give it about fifteen minutes and you'll be feeling great," Mimi said.
About thirty minutes later, Tai finally showed up and the three were feeling pretty good. Tai had a case of beer in hand and a bag to spend the night. Mimi greeted him happily.
"You're here!" She said throwing her arms around his neck and kissing him.
"Whoa," Tai said after she pulled away, "Someone's already been hitting the bottle."
Mimi just giggled.
"Thanks for waiting, guys," Tai said.
"Mimi insisted," Sora defended.
"Well, I guess I need to catch up then."
"Be my guest."
"I have a great idea," Mimi said, "Let's play a drinking game."
"What kind of drinking game?"
"I'm thinking 'Never have I ever'."
"You always want to play that game," Matt laughed, "How many more secrets can we possibly spill about ourselves?"
"Well, you and Sora are dating now so I'm guessing a lot."
He just shook his head, "All right. Let's do it."
The four of them walked into the kitchen. Sora and Matt took a seat at the bar while Mimi poured shots. She handed everyone a beer too so they could take drinks every time they got out.
"Who wants to start?" Mimi asked.
"How does this work?" Sora wondered, "First person to get three strikes takes a shot?"
"So basically we're supposed to say something that we've never done and anyone who has done it takes a drink?" Tai asked.
"Pretty much," Sora replied.
"All right. Well, I'll start then. Never have I ever... made out with Sora."
Matt and Mimi both took a drink and Tai choked.
"You and Sora have made out? When the hell did this happen and why is this the first time I'm hearing about it?" Tai directed to Mimi.
"Summer before junior year, Izzy's sixteenth birthday party. I'll go next. Never have I ever... had a threesome."
No one took a drink and they all kind of laughed in relief.
"I want to hear more about this Sora and Mimi make out session," Tai said.
"Later. We're playing a game. Matt, your turn," Mimi said.
"Okay... never have I ever... slept with anyone in our social group except Sora," he said.
Mimi and Tai both took a drink and Sora and Matt freaked.
"Oh my God, who?" They both wondered. It was more directed at Mimi because most everyone knew of Tai's track record.
"I'd rather not discuss it at this moment in time..." Mimi said only to receive glares from her friends.
"I'm actually kind of curious now. Who else in our group of friends have you slept with?" Tai wondered.
Mimi looked away and took another couple of gulps of her beer.
"Quit avoiding the question. Who?" Tai asked again, almost demanding it this time.
"Okay, fine. I'll tell you. But please don't go all postal like I know you're going to. In his defense, I'm the one that pushed it," Mimi said.
"Just tell me who, Mimi."
"Well, it was Izzy's sixteenth birthday and we were both kind of drunk and..."
Matt choked on his beer and Sora gave a shocked laugh. Tai's expression didn't change.
"You slept with Izzy?" Matt asked completely dumbfounded.
"It only happened one time! We were both drunk... it just kind of happened..." Mimi said.
"I didn't know Izzy had it in him," Tai said.
"No one knows so please don't say anything to him about it. I told him I wouldn't tell anyone. He was a little freaked out after," Mimi said.
They all just laughed.
"That is too perfect," Matt said, tears forming in his eyes from laughing so hard.
"Why is it so funny?" Mimi wondered.
"It's Izzy! You're, well, you know, Miss Popularity and he's... well, yeah, not so much. It's just funny. Ironic, actually."
"Hey, be nice. He's not a bad guy. You guys are supposed to be his friends quit making fun of him!"
"I'm not making fun of him! If anything I want to give him a high-five for tapping that ass!"
Mimi rolled her eyes as they continued to laugh, "Can we just continue the game please?"
"I'm not sure if I want to know anyone else's secrets," Sora said kind of horrified.
"No way now I'm curious. Your turn, Sora," Tai said.
"Ugh, okay. Well, never have I ever... pierced anything besides my ears."
Mimi was the only one who took a drink.
"Belly button," she stated.
"That's three strikes, Meems. Take a shot," Sora said.
"You guys suck," she said throwing back the shot.
"It's not our fault you're skanky," Sora laughed receiving the middle finger, "Go Tai."
"Never have I ever... cheated on a girlfriend and or boyfriend since there are ladies here," Tai said; no one drank.
"Never have I ever..." Mimi thought for a minute, "Had sex in a public place."
Sora turned red and hesitated but Matt proudly drank. Sora finally sipped on hers and Tai just shook his head.
"Shame on you," Tai said, "Where?"
"I think the better question is: where not?" Matt replied, grinning.
"Gross. I don't want to know," Mimi said.
"I don't even know you any more," Tai said to Sora while shaking his head.
"Anyway..." Sora said.
"My turn..." Matt said.
The game continued a couple of more rounds with everyone having had at least two shots. This was soon followed by drunken strip poker (Matt and Tai cheated), quarters, flip cup (the girls dominated), and just casual beer sipping. Needless to say they were all gone by the time they decided to wind down for the night.
Mimi rested her head on Sora's shoulder and watched the room spin, "I think I'm going to be sick."
"Don't close your eyes," Sora said, trying to control her own spinning world, "It makes it worse."
Tai and Matt were playing a heated round of Call of Duty on the xbox 360 and the girls were trying hard to focus. They'd officially switched to water in fear they might spend the rest of the night puking. They were also forcing any bread product they could find down their throats in hopes of sobering up quicker.
"I think there's a reason I never drink," Sora said.
"I hate this," Mimi said, "How come those guys drink as much as us and they seem fine?"
"They're bigger than we are. I guess they can handle it better."
"This is boring. I'm going to bed."
Mimi got up, well, attempted to get up, and stumbled down the hallway to her bedroom. She smacked into the wall a couple of times. No one except Sora even noticed. She soon got up and stumbled down the hallway too and joined Mimi in her room.
"Tell me a story," Mimi said happily as Sora cuddled up next to her.
"About what," Sora said closing her eyes and trying not to throw up.
"I don't know. How you and Matt finally decided you're in love with each other or something."
"We're not in love with each other."
"Yeah, right. Of course you are you just haven't said it yet."
"You are. Just accept it."
"He hasn't said he loves me yet."
"He will. You'll see."
Sora opened her eyes and stared at the dark ceiling. She didn't know if Matt really loved her or not. Hell, she didn't even know if she felt that way about him yet. They just started dating. They weren't at that point in their relationship yet... right?
"Meems, I'm so sleepy..." Sora said but received no response. Mimi was already asleep. Sora yawned and closed her eyes. Within minutes, everything stopped spinning and she was fast asleep. What a crazy night it had been.
Sora awoke the next morning, everything still spinning. Her head hurt so bad it was making her ears ring. She sat up in her bed and looked at her surroundings. She was in her room and, she realized, she was naked under her sheets. Her bedroom was a mess. There was a lamp knocked over on the floor, clothes all over the place, pillows scattered across the floor, and the chair from her desk knocked over. She faintly remembered Matt coming to get her out of Mimi's room. She remembered laying in her bed and him telling her to go to sleep but she had other things in mind. From that moment on it was all just hair and elbows.
She looked to the other side of the bed and saw Matt, also naked, sleeping with his back turned toward her. That explains the mess, she thought. She leaned down and kissed him warm skin. He stirred and rolled over, facing her. He opened one eye only to pull a pillow over his face.
"What time is it?" He asked.
Sora looked over at the clock, "Almost ten."
"Why are you awake?"
"I don't know I just kind of woke up."
"It's too early. We just went to sleep around six."
Sora blushed. She didn't realize they'd been intimate for that long.
"I'm going back to sleep now," Matt said.
Sora cuddled up next to him and brushed the hair out of his face, smiling.
"You're beautiful," she whispered.
He smiled, "You're not too bad looking yourself. You know, considering the bed hair and liquor breath."
She laughed, "You didn't seem to have any complaints about my breath last night."
"Mmm... last night was good."
She moved forward and kissed him lightly on the lips.
"I could definitely get used to this," he said.
They lay there for a little while, kissing and cuddling. Their bodies moved in perfect rhythm and seemed to fit together like puzzle pieces. It was Heaven.
"I love you..." Matt whispered suddenly.
She moved back, startled. She wasn't sure if he'd really just said that or if she was hallucinating. When she didn't respond he looked offended.
"This is usually the part where you say something," he said.
"What did you say?" She asked.
"You heard me."
"Yeah, I heard you, I was just wondering if you meant to say it or not."
"Well, gee, I didn't think it would turn into an issue."
"It's just... sudden."
"So I'm guessing you don't feel the same."
"It's not that it's just... are you sure? That's a big thing to tell someone if you don't actually mean it yet."
"Sora, I love you. I've been wanting to tell you for a while, even before we started dating. It took me a while to realize it but now I know it's true. If you don't feel the same I completely understand. I just thought it was fair that you knew how I feel."
Sora was stunned. Matt had just told her he loved. He was actually in love with her! She didn't know how to respond. No boy had ever spoken those words to her before. She always wondered if he'd felt that way and was kind of scared of how she would feel in return but the way he said it felt so natural; so real. It felt like she'd known it all along it had just taken too long to realize it.
"You're not gonna like break up with me now are you?" He asked after she didn't respond.
"What? No. Why would I do that?" Sora replied.
"You just look... I don't know, confused."
"I am, actually, but not in a bad way. I'm confused because... I feel the same, I think? I'm sorry. This is coming out all wrong. I've never been in love before I'm not exactly sure what it feels like. If it's like a can't eat, can't sleep, reach for the stars, home-run kind of feeling then... well, I love you too, Matt."
He smiled at her reasoning, "I thought you might."
"Do you not think this is too much too soon?"
"If we care about each other then it shouldn't matter. Love doesn't have a time limit. We've known each other for a long time. It takes a long time to develop feelings like this but we've had time to do that. You're everything to me, Sora."
"How did I get so lucky to find someone like you?"
"Thank my dad. When I said heck no to moving, he said too bad. If it weren't for him I never would've met the girl next door."
"Girl next door, huh? More like girl down the block now."
He laughed, "You'll go back to your moms; I know you will. And when you do, we can be a lot more sneaky. Tai's right, it's really kind of a turn on."
"I'll think about it."
"I love you, Sora... man, it feels good to finally say that."
"You know what this means right?"
"Mimi was right."
To be continued...
Well, there you have it. The longest chapter ever. The story will go as follows... Chapter 11 - Prom, Chapter 12 - Fashion Show, Chapter 13 - Graduation, and Chapter 14 - Goodbye Forever...
For the record, I'm not Mimi bashing by any means at all. Mimi is one of my top favorite characters respectively followed by Sora, Tai, and Matt so therefore I more like to poke fun at her. Her personality in my stories is kind of the over jealous, whiny, insecure girl but will always be Sora's best friend no matter what. She has a good heart and will do anything to make everyone else happy. It's how I write her character and how I view her personality.
As always, a huge thanks to those that have put up with me during this story over the years. I realize that the fandom has pretty much diminished on here but for those loyal followers you're the only reason I keep this thing going. Thank you. :)