I'm updating Pieces of Akari? What? I am so so so sorry about not updating... I was feeling really discouraged because I thought that people didn't like the story-'cause not very many people were reviewing... But those of you who stayed with it and kept reviewing to get me to update, thank you! I love you guys! Also, and this is no excuse considering I have one new story and I update Blue Roses, but I am moving to California by the end of July. Things have been pretty hectic around here... Although thats not excuse and I hope you accept my appology for not updating for awhile.
Anyway, umm, my writing style might have changed a bit. I learned a lot since I last updated. So hopefully it's a good change and not a bad one. :) This chapter is dedicated to ArieBiggestFangirl. She gave me the idea for this chapter! I love you girly and thanks so much! So, without further ado, I present to you "The Revived Version of Pieces of Akari"!
I wasn't sure what to do the next morning. I was too embarrassed to go to the Sundae Inn. Chase was there and the most courteous thing he could do was laugh at me. I wasn't ready for him to humiliate me again… The whole island already saw it probably.
I trudged along the dirt-paved roads until I ended up at Soufflé Farm. I shrugged to myself, knowing that going there would be better than going home and sulking. Besides, maybe Anissa was good at giving advice too.
I knocked lightly on the door and I heard people shuffling around inside the house. Anissa opened the door and smiled at me. I smiled back weakly.
"Hey, Akari," Anissa said, opening the door and gesturing inside.
"Hey," I said weakly. She lead us over to her little country-style couch and I slumped down into its soft cushions. "Did you see?" I asked, somewhat afraid of her answer.
Anissa nodded and smiled sympathetically. "Mhmm, I was really hoping you'd kiss. Whether you know it or not, you two make the best couple on the island."
I rolled my eyes. "Not according to Luke."
Then Anissa's little brother Taylor walked in the room. He caught my eye and smirked at me. "So who do we have here? Little miss in-love-with-Lukeeeeee?"
Anissa whipped her head around and snarled at her little brother. "You hush up! Akari is not in love with Luke and even if she was, at least she has someone to love."
Taylor frowned. "Chloe and I love each other, so there!" And with that final statement from the spunky eight year old, he walked out of the room.
Anissa shook her head and sighed. "Don't mind him; he's still learning that girls don't have cooties."
I managed to smile. "No offence, but right now I'm glad I don't have a little sibling."
"Eh, it's not that bad… Sometimes he's useful," Anissa said and then put her hand on her chin thoughtfully.
Her ruby eyes lit up which caused a sick feeling in my stomach. She was thinking of something.
Then she clapped one hand to her knee and exclaimed, "I've got it! You and Luke should double date with me and Jin tonight!"
"Tonight." Anissa nodded and I gave her a look that said 'what-the-hell-are-you-thinking?'.
"Ummm," I stuttered, wondering how I was supposed to ask him out.
"I'm going to take that as a yes! Just tell him it's a friends date. Besides, you're the only person who knows that Jin and I are dating."
I considered it, a thousand thoughts racing around in my mind like they were running for a gold medal or something. Finally, I nodded. "Alright, I will." I held my head up high and walked out the door, an air of confidence around me.
When I was on my farm, my knees buckled and I couldn't move. What was I thinking? There was no way I was asking Luke out! Especially not after the last time we went out… But the way he kissed me last time. It was so, so exhilarating for lack of a better adjective. Like I had been shocked by lightning and brought back to life. It was a weird feeling, but I liked it.
It didn't mean I was going to ask him out though.
So I walked over to my house, with some dignity left, and opened the door. I'm not sure how long I sat at the foot of my doorway, but it was long enough to get the phone to ring. It was Anissa.
"Hey," I said and placed one of my hands on my hips as I leaned against the wall.
"Did you ask?" she asked and I bit my lip.
Deciding that it was better to lie and get it over with, I took a deep breath and lied. "Yeah, but he said no… He said it would be too weird, that people would laugh at him."
I could almost see Anissa raising her eyebrow at me in suspicion. I winced and shut one of my eyes, hoping she would believe me.
"You're lying through your teeth, Akari," Anissa said as she clicked her tongue at me.
"No, go ask him yourself!" I said, blushing furiously, half from anger and half from embarrassment.
"Alright I will, but you're coming with me!" Anissa said, giggling. I heard the dial tone on the phone and hung up.
I huffed angrily and crossed my arms over my chest. It didn't do any good, but I was mad. It wasn't Anissa's fault, although she did come up with the idea. I didn't want to look like an idiot in front of Luke! He was everything to me and I didn't know if I could take it if he told me no.
I hastily looked through my small closet, throwing out the clothes I wasn't going to wear. When I finally settled on a blue and white halter top, my whole closet was on the floor. I threw the shirt on, along with a pair of shorter-than-normal jean shorts and flip flops, before the doorbell rang.
Anissa looked lovely. Her long, elegant black hair was braided down to her butt and she was wearing an off-the-shoulder red dress. I looked like a bum compared to her.
"Should I change?" I asked, frowning and looking down at my apparel.
Anissa shook her head and grabbed my hand. "Hurry or we'll be late!"
The famous saying, "girls can do anything guys can do, but they can do it wearing high-heels," is proven correct. Anissa could run a marathon in those things! I was lucky if I didn't trip wearing my sneakers!
By the time I knocked on Luke's front door, my stomach had tightened itself into a pretty big knot. I danced in place slightly from my anxiousness and Bo opened the door.
His bored smile grew wide as he saw us. His cute little freckled face blushed a deep scarlet. "H-hey Anissa and Akari. Wh-what's up?"
Anissa smiled. "We're here to see Luke."
"Of course you are," he muttered, his smile fading slightly. I felt bad for him, suddenly realizing that no one on the island was close to his age. He had probably never been on a date before either.
"Luke!" he called and I heard a crash.
I smiled and laughed slightly; ignoring the looks Anissa gave me. Luke appeared at the door with his goofy signature grin. I felt my cheeks heat.
"Whoa! You two look good!" he said and nudged Bo in the ribs. Bo blushed and quickly ran out of sight.
Anissa looked at me and then back at Luke. She smiled, waiting for me to ask him out. I cussed every word I could at her inside my head, hoping she could read my mind.
"S-so," I started, rocking back and forth on my heels. "How would you like to, umm, you know, go on a fancy little…get together and do…an…activity?"
I closed my eyes tight, waiting for an answer. Ding ding ding! We have a winner for the most pathetic ask-a-guy-out award!
Luke smiled at me. "Sure! Sounds like fun!"
Anissa looked at me slyly. "Really? I thought you said you were afraid of being laughed at, Luke."
"What? When did I say that?" Luke asked, his golden eyes darting from Anissa to me and then back.
Anissa placed one hand on her hip and I rolled my eyes. "Okay, okay. So I made it up… What's the big deal?" I huffed, my arms crossed across my chest.
Luke looked confused but—much to my excitement—didn't say anything more about it. "Ummm, so where are we going…exactly?" he asked. "You look super fancy, Anissa and Akari just looks average."
I narrowed my eyes at him and he held up his hands in defense. "You still look good! Just not as fancy."
Anissa decided to step forward and take over since Luke and I were obviously not going to get anywhere anytime soon. "We're going to the Sundae Inn and if we want to keep our reservations we have to go. Now."
"B-but I'm not dressed to go out!" Luke protested, trying to quickly hurry inside.
And I knew why. He was just as nervous as I was about going back to the Sundae Inn. But I didn't care at this point. I grabbed his arm and made him look me in the eyes.
"You look amazing Luke," I answered, ignoring the fluttering of my heart. "Just c'mon. Please? For me?"
Luke grinned. "Alright."
And with that final statement, we were off. Jin greeted Anissa with a bouquet of roses, a kiss on the cheek, and his outstretched gloved hand. He was wearing a black kimono outlined with green ribbon and his hair was still pulled back in a ponytail.
Luke and I looked down at our own attire and blushed furiously. We seriously looked like two homeless people compared to them!
The Sundae Inn looks like a completely different place after it closes at five. The whole room was dimly lit and white tablecloths were spread across the normal old tables making them look rather elegant. Each table had a single pink carnation in a vase as well as a single lit candle. This made me doubt my appearance even more.
Maya bounded happily over to greet us and seat us in our reserved spot. We were close enough to the bar so Kathy could easily hand us drinks over the counter. Anissa ordered ice water with no lemon, Jin ordered red wine, Luke ordered a few beers and I had a piña colada.
"So," Jin said, taking his napkin and neatly placing it on his lap. "How is farming going for you, Akari?"
I coughed slightly, trying to cover mine and Luke's lack of manners. "It's going quite well actually. I'm making a decent amount of money this season."
Jin nodded and Anissa glanced at him, her face flushing. "And you, Luke?" Jin asked, eyeing my "date" beneath his spectacles.
"Huh, what?" Luke said, averting his gaze from where Selena was shaking…herself. "Oh, work? I do alright. Pops makes me work harder than normal now though. He says Akari is gonna need a house upgrade soon."
"Since when?" I asked, choking on my drink.
Luke shrugged and stuffed some baked spinach into his mouth. "For marriage and stuff," he said with his mouth full.
Anissa stifled a giggle and Jin looked positively appalled. I quickly tried to look like I was interested in the "entertainment". Luke swallowed hard and, realizing his error, quickly muttered, "Sorry."
"No, no," Jin said, although I could tell he was still disturbed. "It's quite alright. I know you and your family are, err, different so it's okay."
"Different?" Luke repeated, jabbing his fork into his spinach covered in mayonnaise. "What's that supposed to mean?"
"Oh no," I muttered and Anissa grabbed Jin's arm.
"Honey," she said gently. "I think it's getting rather late, don't you?"
Jin looked at her and shrugged off her grasp. "Hold on a minute, dear." Then he looked back a Luke with a completely unreadable expression. "I didn't mean to offend. Honestly, I didn't."
"That was supposed to be a compliment?" Luke asked, resting chin on his hand and staring at the doctor.
"No," Jin answered flatly. "It's just that after your mother deceased, you and your father lost all of your manners and ethics."
"I lost my manners and ethics?" Luke said, pushing out his chair angrily and standing up. "At least I can keep rude comments to myself!"
"Obviously not, you're insulting a doctor my dear boy," Jin said stiffly.
"Well you're insulting the person who keeps a roof over your freaking head! And I know my pops and I don't have the best manners, but he raised me so that I can be a gentleman. So don't ever insult my father or my family again!"
Jin nonchalantly sipped his wine, although his face and posture were rather stiff. I clasped a hand to my forehead and avoided Luke's gaze as he sat back down.
"Apparently, you can be a gentleman," Jin muttered. "Akari seems to have taken a liking to y-"
I blushed and hid my face in my hands. Anissa grabbed Jin's arm again. "Honey!" she said, a slight edge in her voice. "I think it's time to go."
Jin stood up and smiled kindly at me. "Thank you for coming, Akari." Then he glanced at Luke. "Luke… Err, well…goodbye."
Luke didn't answer and I just smiled in return. Anissa quickly mouthed "I'm sorry" before taking Jin's arm and walking out the door.
"What a stuck up brat! I mean seriously, who does he think he is?" Luke said, calling Kathy over. "Give me three more beers Kath. Oh and one for Akari too."
"N-no thanks, I don't like beer," I answered timidly.
"C'mon buddy!" Luke said, taking my hand and whispering in my ear, "Please? For me?"
I hesitated. He had taken my words and thrown them back in my face! But he was just too cute and I couldn't resist. "Alright. I'll try some."
Kathy nodded and returned a few minutes later with huge mugs foaming over with the alcohol inside. She placed the mugs on the table and Luke took one long swig.
We sat in silence for a few moments. It was rather awkward. I had nothing to say to the super hot carpenter! And he was my best friend for Goddess sake!
"Umm, can I ask you something?" Luke asked, his eyes sparkling as they met mine.
"Sure." I took a drink of beer and made a face.
"It's not that bad, trust me. You'll get used to it," Luke said. "Ok, uh, did you really expect me to…you know, kiss you on the Kiss Cam thing."
I choked on the frothy alcohol. Coughing and spluttering, I managed to squeak out, "Yes actually. In the spirit of the festival, I thought you would've."
Luke bit his lip. "Oh… Well, I'm sorry."
The buzz of the alcohol was starting to kick in and I could feel my head spinning. I laughed at his response and held up my drink. "No problem. I mean we already kissed once didn't we?"
He held up his drink and grinned. "To us!"
"To us!" I mimicked as our glasses clanked together and we each took long, deep drinks.
After we each were truly drunk, Luke got an idea. "Hey, come to the hot springs with me until this buzz wears off."
I nodded and followed him, not even realizing that I didn't bring a bathing suit with me.
Oooh, naughty naughty! I hope you liked the new chapter! I will be updating sooner, I promise! I picked Anissa because, even though Kathy is Akari's best friend, Akari stated at the beginning of the chapter that she didn't want to go to the Sundae Inn because Chase was there. Well, thats where Kathy works. And I know they ended up going there for dinner anyway, but I needed the little argument between Jin and Luke so I still didn't use Kathy.
Sorry if I offended any Jin fans! I didn't mean to... I think that he would be the one-much like Chase or Gill-to tell Luke off because of his improper behavior. And let's face it, Luke is a goof! But I love him anyway! And he can defend his pops rather well. He's still oblivious though! Maybe I'll change that in the next chapter.. But lots of you gotta review because I don't know if I should still make him oblivious in the next chapter. Haha thanks again to everyone who is reading, was reading, or will start reading!