I need to meet more people.
I am absolutely serious. Here I am, a twenty-five-year-old woman who is unemployed, only interacting with two people in the past year. I've never had the best social skills. and my conversation starter is the weather, for crying out loud. My only friends at the moment are Sora and Kairi, who seriously need to get together. Sure, I'll become the third wheel, but I really want to see them start going out.
I mentioned I'm lonely and unemployed. Unemployed as well? How did this happen? Simple: I tried to become an artist, and I just didn't quite sell well enough to get a decent meal.
I become friends with Kairi in college. We were roommates, and we've remained this way till this day. Kairi and I became best friends easily, but I felt I've become too dependent on her lately. With me poor and penniless, I can't contribute to the bills at all.
Being friends with Kairi ended up meaning she would be supporting me till what seems like the rest of my life. I really don't want it to be this way, but I can't get out of my rut.
Sitting alone in the house while Kairi was at work, I browsed the internet for job openings. I've already filled out applications and made calls to many of them. All I had to do was wait to see if I'd be rejected or not.
I became curious to search up articles on how to make friends – yes, I was that desperate. When Sora and Kairi are gone to work, I spend my time pathetically alone. I've tried to make friends with their friends, but I end up coming off too...Naminé. That's the only adjective I can think of. Naminé.
I began to read an article about meeting new people.
Draw From You Current Contacts. Try talking to friends of your current friends and bond! Maybe talk to someone at work as well. There are many conversation starters at the workplace. Try talking to a stranger as well.
As I mentioned before, I don't get along well with Kairi's friends, except Sora. See, Sora is Kairi's best friend and he comes over a lot. Apparently, they've known each other since they were kids but split in during their college years. During her college years, she dated a boy named Riku. They considered starting a family together and getting married, hence why she owns a house. She and Riku split up once she realized she didn't want kids like Riku did. She ended up getting the house (that I share with her now). By a twist of fate, Kairi met Sora again at her friend's wedding, which he was catering. They've been close again ever since.
Sora is a nice guy and can be a bit silly at times, but that's part of his charm. He has wonderful charisma that made you want to be his friend. He's also easy to get along with too, and I can definitely see why Kairi likes him.
You heard me correctly. I think – no, I know Kairi likes Sora. Sora also likes Kairi. It's obvious from their body gestures, conversations, and they're attitude with one another. I bet even a blind man could tell these two liked on another. I've prayed these two would finally just kiss and get married. In my eyes, they really do belong together.
Anyway, I should go back to looking at the article. I read the information one more time, taking in each word in front of me. I don't really work, so I can't really befriend a co-worker. I could just walk to a stranger, but what would I talk to them about? I sighed.
I then decided to go get the mail, as it should have come by now at this time. I went out the door and into the sunshine. Summer rays kissed my face as I proceeded to go toward the mailbox.
Standing next to it was our mailman, whose face I've become used to as he is always the one who delivers the mail. He was a slender blond with spiky hair and carried a introverted outer front. I don't believe I've ever seen him smile before. Who would when they deliver mail for a living?
"Hey," I said quietly. "Ah, I'm kind of right here, so you can just hand me the mail."
As usual, he ignored my comment and stuffed it in the mailbox. He began to go back into the truck to continue delivering mail. As I dug my hand into the mailbox, I wondered what his name was. Funny, the thought never occurred to me before. I was suddenly curious to ask him for his name.
Try talking to a stranger as well.
I kept thinking to myself on whether I should say anything or not. Would I bother him? He doesn't seem to be someone with lots of friends, so maybe he'd like it if we talk. I finally decided to speak up right as he got into the truck.
"So," I began, "what's your name?"
He didn't seem to hear me, so I repeated my question louder. He turned to me, a bit puzzled. It's possible he doesn't get that question a lot. After all, not many people say hi to their mailman. I felt kind of excited now after realizing that fact.
He mumbled. "It's Roxas..."
"Cool, that's a cool name. Very cool," I said, mentally slapping myself for the redundancy in my statement. "I'm Naminé."
"Cool," was his reply. It made me wonder if he was mocking what I said a few seconds ago.
I looked to the sky. "Nice weather we're having today."
Why did I have to bring up the weather?
"Yes. Yes, it is nice weather."
"Great weather really. It's warm but not too warm, if you know what I mean," I told him. Wait, I said 'if you know what I mean' which always implies something dirty. Mental slap number two. "No! I...uh...take that back. I'm not trying to hint at some sort of dirty joke or anything. Honest! It's just that..."
Roxas interrupted me. "I kind of have some more mail to deliver, so can we stop talking?
Right. He was working right now, which is something I should be doing. I nodded and waved goodbye as he drove off. I must have looked like an idiot to him. I couldn't believe I talked about the weather again.
Still, I wanted to be Roxas's friend.
"Hey!" I greeted, as I saw Roxas coming to give me our mail.
Roxas looked at me oddly. I was leaning against the mailbox, and it occurred to me I must have looked really strange. I quickly straightened up.
"Sorry. I was waiting for you," I explained. "I've been out here since I finished my breakfast."
Roxas stared at me. "Do you have anything better to do?"
"I do," I said defensively. I was still waiting for a response to one of my job applications. Other than that, I spent most of my time waiting for Kairi to come home. "It's just I really wanted to talk to you."
"Was there something wrong with your mail?"
"Well, no. I just wanted to talk. Like...the weather's nice today," I said lamely.
Roxas shrugged. "I guess." He then opened the mailbox and put our bills and letters in. "Are we done here?"
"I hope not," I said honestly. "We should talk more. I mean, it's great to talk to new people. We could have a daily routine where every time you come, we just talk."
Before I knew it, Roxas already retreated to his truck and drove off. I stood there frozen. Once it processed in my mind that Roxas just left, I silently fumed. This is useless. Who needs him as a friend? I should just give up.
"And he just drove off!" I said, telling Kairi what had happened.
We were sitting on the couch, eating some chips while our favorite sitcom was on and discussing Roxas. Sora was in the bathroom, doing his business.
She frowned. "He doesn't sound very nice. Why do you want to be friends with him? Besides, he's only the mail man. You should look for a friend somewhere else."
"I know," I sighed, "but for some reason, I just really want to get to know him. I mean, not many people really talk to their mailmen, right? Plus, he's so quiet. I just think he might be lonely."
"Aw, that's so sweet of you, Naminé, to think like that," Kairi smiled. "Why don't you try to find out what he likes? He might be more open to speak then."
"I can try."
Sora then entered the room and sat next to Kairi, quite close if I may add. He grinned and asked what we're talking about. When Kairi told him it was girl stuff, he pretended to gag. Kairi lightly hit him, both of them laughing. I smiled to myself, thinking "Why aren't they together yet?"
"Sora, we're out of chips. Can you go to the garage to get some more?" Kairi asked, handing him the empty bowl.
"Sure," Sora nodded. "See ya in a sec." He then got up and left the room.
With Sora out of the room, I decided to try and ask Kairi about what she thinks of Sora. I wanted to hear her confirm that she likes him. After all, it had always seemed obvious from her actions when he was around. Here goes nothing.
"Kairi, what do you think of Sora?" I finally asked.
Kairi turned to me, surprised. She stared at me for a moment. A smile appeared on her face suddenly. "Why do you want to know, Naminé?"
"Eh, I was just wondering...after all, I see you and Sora are...well, close. I'm just wondering what you think of him," I tried to explain.
"Naminé, are you crushing on Sora?"
What? Kairi's face was completely serious. This is a misunderstanding. Why did she have to misunderstand?
"No!" I said quickly. "I just...!"
Kairi grabbed my hand. "I'll completely support you. Sora is a much better match for you than your ex."
I cringed at her mentioning my disgusting ex-boyfriend.
"Sora is really sweet, and I think you two would make a good couple!" Kairi continued. "I'll be sure to have Sora notice your crush and return it."
"No! No! That's not it!" I said frantically.
"What's not it?"
Great, Sora's back. Kairi dropped my hands as soon as she saw Sora, and she feigned a look of innocence while smiling.
"Nothing," Kairi answered. "Well, I'm going to go now. You and Naminé can finish watching the show yourselves. See you guys later!"
Kairi stood up and headed out the door quickly, leaving Sora and I in silence. I quietly munched on the chips as Sora turned to me.
"What was all that about?" Sora asked.
"I have no idea."
"Good to see you, Roxas!" I said, holding up a bowl of macaroni and cheese.
Roxas stared at me, probably unsure how to respond. I handed the macaroni and cheese in his free hand. I smiled, feeling accomplished.
"Why are you giving me food?" he finally asked.
"You might be hungry."
"I'm working, in case you didn't notice."
I titled my head. "You can't be working and hungry? Come on, it'll give you energy to continue your work day. I cooked it this morning, so it should still be warm. I added extra cheese too, so it should taste really good. I'm sure you'll love it."
"I'm lactose intolerant," Roxas stated.
Are you serious? "Sorry! I'll just take that back then..."
I reached to take it out of his hands. The moment my fingers touched his skin, Roxas jerked his hand away immediately, throwing the food into the air. The macaroni and cheese fell out of the bowl and onto the street. Roxas's body didn't move. I stared at the wasted food and sighed. Roxas shook his head and looked toward the ground.
"Why do you do this? Why do you stand out here waiting to talk to me? Why did you give me food?" he asked, refusing to look at me.
"Because I think you're lonely."
He looked at me then with a surprised expression on his face.
I continued. "Maybe you just don't like me, but I think you're not used to talking to people either. I understand that because I feel lonely sometimes too. So, maybe us two lonely people can hang out and then we both won't be lonely?"
Roxas was silent for what felt like the longest time. Finally, he said, "Sorry...so, you want to be friends?"
I grinned. "Being friends would be great!"
"So, what do friends do?"
"We can go over to each others houses or go to the movies. Maybe we can just go shopping together. We can do a lot of things and exchanging phone numbers is a good start," I said happily.
Roxas shrugged and went to take out a pen and a paper. As he grabbed a pen, he asked, "What's the first thing we're going to do now?"
I thought for a moment. Then, an idea hit me. "Let's get Sora and Kairi together!"
A/N: After much planning, I have an outline I like. In reality, most outlines I did had this story set in high school, but I managed to take it out of school. Come on, there are too many high school KH fics on this site. . This story will not be as sad as Disllusion and Lovefool. There will be no character deaths or character-not-really-real stuff. I'll try not to add any OCs. There's some drama, and there may be a cliché stuck in every once in a while. The title is inspired by a scene I read from a book recently, but now that I have an outline, it feels a bit ironic for the last chapter. I do not plan to end this sadly. I'm unsure of whether it'll be Romance/Humor or Romance/Drama. I'll see if the humor or the drama is heavier later on.
I had talked about this story a bit before. I toned down Naminé's Sokai craziness a bit. She does get a little crazier in later chapters. Darn it.
So I hope you like what you just read. Next chapter should be put up on Thursday. I hope to release a new chapter every Monday and Thursday, unless block occurs. Thanks for reading this so far. Reviews would be appreciated.