Caught In Your Headlights
An Unexpected Meeting
Lady Val's Note: Hello to anyone who happens to be reading this. I'm a huge Vocaloid fan and a rare LukaxLen (Lenka) fan. I know there are people out there that enjoy this pairing though and considering that I write fan fiction a lot (and never post it…), I decided to post this story. I haven't written in awhile so I might be rusty. Sorry about that. Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy!
Gentle snowflakes floated down from a dark gray sky like powdered sugar. They rested on top of the soft pink hair of a woman who appeared to be in her early twenties. She trudged up a steep hill in a long white dress coat and brown heeled boots. There was no house in sight but the taxi driver that dropped her off at the bottom of the hill assured her it wasn't far. He said that he wouldn't be able to make it up himself because of how slippery it is and his bad breaks. She made a mental note not to trust taxi drivers anymore.
She continued her hike up the snow covered path. The only way she knew she was going in the right direction were the large sugar maple trees that lined the road. Their bark was well aged and she couldn't help but marvel at how wise and strong they seemed.
She kept right on walking. Her rolling suitcase was starting to tire her arm out and she could tell that the snow was probably soaking her clothes. She was starting to feel cold and wet as well. Still, there was no house in sight and the trees kept on going for what seemed to before ever.
She reached her hand in her coat pocket and pulled out her cell phone. She could call Miku as she was starting to worry that the taxi driver had dropped her off at the wrong place. She flipped the phone open and saw that she had no reception, which didn't surprise her; she was basically in the middle of nowhere.
It was then she started to panic a bit. It was getting darker the longer she walked. What would she do if she didn't find the house soon? She figured that the path had to lead somewhere, but where? What was the point of a path that didn't lead anywhere? Where was the light at the end of the tunnel?
Suddenly, she saw a light reaching out in front of her.
She let out a panicked scream as she heard a car horn honk at her. She spun around and held out her hands in front of her as if to block the car from hitting her. The blinding headlights shone in her eyes which she shut immediately. She moved to the side to avoid the lights and cautiously opened her eyes to see a young blonde male sitting in the front seat of a small silver car.
"Len?" she whispered as she slowly lowered her hands.
He rolled down the car window. "Luka? Why are you out here in the snow? Never mind, just get in," he said with a worried expression on his face.
Luka let out a sigh of relief and went to the back of the car where she tossed her heavy suitcase. Her arms felt instant relief as she climbed into the passenger seat next to Len. She turned to face him and saw that he looked concerned
"I can't tell you how relieved I am to see you," she confessed, suppressing the urge to wrap her cold arms around him and pull his warm body close to hers.
"I have no doubts about that," he agreed as he rolled the window back up and turned the heat up for her. "You looked panicked."
"I was beginning to…" she sheepishly admitted and looked down in embarrassment.
"So what happened?" Len asked and Luka told him. She explained all about the taxi driver letting her off at the bottom of the hill and his reasons why. Len scoffed in disgust and she could tell he was angry.
"What jerk would do that! He was just being lazy and deserves to be fired. Do you remember what he looks like? The company? Name, maybe?" Len asked, all too ready to take action.
"No. I don't and it doesn't really matter. All that matters is that I'm okay now that you found me," she told him, attempting to quell his anger. She saw his tense shoulders relax a bit and figured that it had worked.
"Alright, if you say so."
Len turned to look at her and saw that she was shivering slightly. His eyes widened in alarm as he reached out and gently laid his hand on her arm.
"You're soaked," he stated conclusively. "Take that jacket off. It's doing the opposite of its intended job at the moment."
Luka pulled the jacket off which clung to her tan sweater which was a little damp but bearable until they arrived at the house they were supposed to stay in.
As Luka took her jacket off Len was doing the same. He handed her his brown jacket with soft fur lining the inside.
"Put this on. It'll keep you warmer. It's about a thirty minutes drive to get to the house. Think how long it would of taken you to walk that in this weather," he told her with a hint of agitation in his voice. She slid into his jacket which was a bit too big on her. She wrapped the jacket tightly around her and breathed in his spicy sent that reminded her of cinnamon.
"Is that better?" he asked as he put the car into drive and pressed down on the gas peddle.
Luka smiled and nodded. "Yes, it's much better. Who else is already here?" she asked him with mild curiosity.
"I heard from Miku that Kaito, Rin, Meiko, Miki, Yuki, and Kiyoteru are there already," he told her, keeping his eyes on the snowy road in front of him.
"So we're going to be the last to arrive?" Luka asked, remembering that Gakupo and Gumi wouldn't be able to make this get together. They had some promotion they had to go to.
Len nodded and reached over to turn the heat up even more. Luka glanced at the windows and started to see that they were getting a bit foggy.
"Yeah," he responded after a few seconds. "We'll be the last to arrive. I'm already late as it is," he said. He took notice of her confused expression as he began to explain. "I recently ordered a new piano for my apartment. They told me that they'd bring it in a week and would call me when they were ready to bring it over. I completely forgot all about my order considering I was so busy. So when I got the call today saying that they were ready to put my piano in, I had to stay longer as they finally managed to get the huge thing up to my flat."
She stared at him, a slightly bewildered look on her face. Len stared back, his face portraying nothing but confusion. "What's that look for?"
"Nothing," Luka said, giggling slightly. "I just can't believe how much you've grown," she admitted, completely not used to hearing the eighteen year old talk about owning his own apartment and moving grand pianos into it.
"I'm not sixteen anymore, Luka," Len reminded her, glancing her way with a small smile and than back at the road. "People can grow up a lot in two years. Especially when we have a job as demanding as our."
Luka leaned back into his comfortable leather car seat. "Tell me about it…" she said and let out a small sigh.
Their jobs were very demanding. Len and Luka had been discovered by the same agency. Len would sing with his twin sister, Rin, at local concerts and would do the occasional wedding. Luka was largely a bar singer before being discovered by one of the Crypton agents who walked into a bar she happened to be singing at that night. Miku, Kaito, and Meiko were already a part of Crypton before they joined. Miki, Kiyoteru, and Yuki all belonged to another agency, but they remained quite close.
As a result of their discovery, they have all become very famous. Once a year, they were allowed a week long vacation to any remote place that they'd like to get away from all the fame and just be normal people for awhile. Luka went on the first one but missed the second because of work related business. This time, Miku picked the location and Luka remembered her guaranteeing that she'd love it. Considering how close they were, she was probably going to.
Luka turned her attention to the road in front of them. It was already pitch dark and the clock on Len's car read 5:45. Snow continued to fall on the bumpy road. Just looking at it made her cold. She wrapped his jacket even closer around her damp body, inhaling his spicy sent.
Trees rolled slowly by. It really was as remote as you could get. It reminded her a bit of a horror movie called "The Shining" that she watched a few months ago with some friends. She shuddered and pushed the memory aside, knowing fully well that Kiyoteru wouldn't go crazy and try to murder everyone. At least she hoped.
"What are you thinking about?" Len asked and Luka because suddenly self-conscious, knowing that he was watching her while she was daydreaming.
"Nothing," she replied, absentmindedly playing with the zipper on his jacket.
Len raised his eyebrow and watched her out of the corner of his eye, clearly not believe her. He let it go and focused his attention back on the road.
There was an awkward silence between the two of them. Luka couldn't wrap her head around why he was making her feel so weird. It wasn't an uncomfortable weird, aside from the silence, it was just that she felt more giddy and distracted.
She watched him once more, analyzing his attributes out of the corner of her eye. He looked a lot older compared to the last time she saw him. They'd see each other briefly at company events, but they didn't happen often. During those events, they'd often keep their distance too as they were their own musicians and the only thing similar about them was the agency they worked for. She had seen him of course in magazines too, but it was different to look at him so closely. To really look at him and not just give him a quick glance then flip the page.
Luka studied his smooth and well defined jaw line. She even noticed the blond stubble on his jaw as well. His hair was longer in the front and still just as messy. His hair was still pulled back in a pony tail in the back, only it was longer. It was no wonder that he was so popular with his female fan. He was truly handsome while still able to retain some of his boyish features.
Her eyes then focused on his lips. Two perfectly formed lips that were neither too big or too small. They were just right. She also couldn't help but think that they looked extremely soft…
Len's blue eyes glanced her way and she looked away as quickly as possible. She felt her cheeks redden as he smiled at her before looking away.
A moment later, Luka felt the car come to a stop. "We're here," Len said as he turned the car off and opened his door to get out.
In front of them stood a massive house made out of stone and wood. It looked to have at least three floors, not including the basement. It looked more like a lodge than a home her.
"This is impressive," Luka said as she got out of the car as well. Len appeared beside her with her wet jacket in hand and their suitcases.
"Lets go," he said as he took their bags and walked into the massive house with Luka at his side.
Yay for the end of the first chapter! I thought I should mention that if we consider that the Vocaloids age, Len was 16 when Luka was released. I'm setting this two years later, making Len 18 and Luka 22.
I love reviews! They make me write even more. I appreciate comments of any kind. See you guys in chapter 2! :D