Luka woke up the next morning with a slight ringing in her ears. She couldn't figure out the source of the noise until she opened her eyes, tilted her head slightly, and saw a small girl leaning over her bed wearing a mischievous smile on her face.
"Wake up, Luka! It's already 12:30," Yuki squealed as she continued to ring a tiny bell in her ear. "You missed breakfast too! It was delicious. Miku told me to come wake you up. She didn't want you sleeping all day."
Luka rolled over on her stomach and pulled her pillow over her head. Miku knew fully well that she wasn't a morning person. "Go tell Miku that I'm up." She flipped back on her back and threw the pillow off the bed. "We're waking her up with a bell tomorrow to see how she likes it. That'll be our secret though," Luka said and winked at the girl who nodded and skipped out of her room.
Luka crawled out of bed and headed towards her bathroom. She quickly undressed and hopped in the shower.
The cold water on her skin was refreshing and woke her up right away. She hastily washed her hair, eager to get downstairs and eat something.
Luka walked over to her suitcase and started unpacking her clothes. She hated having her clothes lay around in a suitcase only to get wrinkled. She put everything away in her dresser and closet. She silently examined what she would be wearing. She ended up picking a soft white sweater and light brown jeans that would match perfectly with her boots.
She walked over to her mirror and pulled the front part of her hair back. She secured it together in a half-up, half-down style that satisfied her. She quickly swiped some light pink lip gloss on her lips, added some soft shimmering blush, and a quick flick of mascara to her lashes before she left her room and headed downstairs.
When she got to the kitchen, everything from the morning had been stacked in the sink. Kaito and Meiko sure have their work cut out for them today, Luka thought. Just as she went to the refrigerator to get something to eat, Meiko arrived in the kitchen, looking disheveled. Her short brown hair was damp and struck to her bright red cheeks. She had four large shopping bags in her hand which Luka went to take from her.
"Thanks," she said, clearly out of breath. "It's a blizzard out there. It wasn't as bad when we left. It's really starting to pick up now," she explained, setting the remaining bags on the counter.
Luka did the same and looked around. "Where's Kaito?" she asked, figuring that the blue haired male should of gone with her.
"He should be coming, I think…I don't really know. I just grabbed the bags and ran in to the house," she said, a hit of apprehension in her voice as she unpacked the groceries.
"MEIKO!" a voice shouted and Luka and Meiko turned their heads to the entrance of the kitchen to see a soaking wet Kaito standing there with his hands clenched tightly around the bags. "When I tell you to wait for me, that means you should wait for me!" he scolded, causing Meiko to flinch.
"I'm sorry!" she apologized and went to take the bags from him which he gladly handed over. "Why are you so wet?"
There was a silence between the two and Luka continued to unpack the bags, not wanting to get involved.
Kaito was the first to break the silence. "I'm going to take a shower and change." Meiko gave a quick nod and Kaito ran up the stairs.
"He's not very happy with me…" Meiko said with a sigh and continued to help Luka unpack. Luka gave her a sympathetic smile which Meiko returned.
"He'll come around. He's just mad because he's cold and wet," Luka reassured her, putting away the next item. "So…I'm taking it we're having Italian tonight?" Luka asked, taking note of the large amounts of pasta she put away.
"Correct! It's easy and simple to make. Even Kaito can do it," Meiko teased and Luka giggled. Kaito wasn't the best chef in the world. He did make amazing milkshakes and sundaes though.
Luka wandered back over to the refrigerator and pulled out some vanilla yogurt and granola. She spooned out a few decent sized scoops and sprinkled the granola on top.
"I think I'm going to watch a movie…" Luka said matter-of-factly as she passed Meiko who nodded and smiled at her as she passed.
Luka walked into the large living room and placed her yogurt on the coffee table in front of the sofa. She walked over to the large glass case underneath the TV to find about a hundred or so movies raging from old to new.
She was in the mood for a warm movie to snuggle up to. She browsed though the titles, looking for something that would catch her attention. Her finger stopped on "The Little Mermaid" which she eagerly took out of the case and opened. Luka couldn't remember the last time she watched a Disney movie.
Luka shut the case and walked over to the collection of remote controls, not sure which one went with the sleek black DVD player. She picked up the first one and pressed a few buttons, completely unsure of what she was doing. She gasped as the lights around her dimmed at the press of the button and almost dropped the remote in surprise.
"Having problems?" a voice behind her asked. Luka didn't even have to turn around to recognize the voice.
"Is it that obvious?" she asked, turning around to face Len who had an amused smirk on his face. Luka couldn't help but take notice of his well thought out outfit. He was wearing a dark blue button down shirt with dark wash jeans that were secured by a belt which Luka could see the outline of. The first few buttons were left undone, revealing soft pale skin. "Remote controls should not control lights. That's what light switches are for. Technology these days…" Luka muttered to herself, turning her attention back to the problem at hand. She continued pressing buttons which caused the stereo to blast loud jazz music.
Len came up close behind her and reached around her for the remote which she willingly relinquished. He pressed a button which turned the stereo off and reached for the other remote that was clearly labeled "DVD Player" on the top shelf that she had overlooked. He pressed a few buttons and a green light appeared on the player. A moment later, the main menu appeared on the screen.
"That was amazing…" Luka muttered in awe over his skills with technology, something that she significantly lacked.
He shrugged and handed her the remote. "It was nothing. So, "The Little Mermaid", huh?" he asked, looking at the screen and Luka blushed at having been caught wanting to watch such a childish movie.
"Yeah…I haven't seen it in years. It's a pretty good movie, although I prefer the original…" Luka explained.
Len raised his eyebrows. "The original? What happens in the original?" he asked, sounding generally curious.
Luka walked over to the couch and sat down. Len sat down next to her and she started telling him the real story of "The Little Mermaid".
"Wait, the prince doesn't marry her? He marries the princess from the temple which causes the little mermaid's heart to break?" Len asked, looking clearly annoyed.
Luka nodded her head slowly and Len picked up the remote and pressed play on the DVD player. "Now I really need to watch the happy version…" he said solemnly and leaned back into the sofa.
Luka couldn't help but be thrilled to have some company to watch the movie with her. She didn't really like watching movies alone. She grabbed a soft brown blanket and draped it over them which made Len smile at her. She smiled back and picked up her bowl of vanilla yogurt and popped some in her mouth.
"Hey!" Luka exclaimed as Len reached over and took the bowl from her. He spooned some yogurt up and quickly ate it.
"What's wrong?" he asked after he swallowed. "Does Luka want some yogurt too?" he teased, scooping up the yogurt and holding it in front of her mouth so she could take a bite. She opened her mouth and enveloped the spoon with it. "All better now," he said before taking another bite himself.
"That was supposed to be mine…"she complained and glared at him, even though she truly didn't care all that much. This was the type of teasing she was used to from him, although they hadn't done it in two years.
"It's better if it's ours," he told her, emphasizing the "ours" and making her roll her eyes at him. Despite her mild annoyance, she couldn't help but smile at him.
Their little game of yogurt stealing continued until they finished the bowl. It was halfway through the movie when Luka started getting drowsy. The lights being dimmed so low and the snowstorm blocking out the light didn't help any. It didn't take long before her eyes slowly closed and her breath steadied.
Miku walked down from the very top floor to get some chips and salsa to fuel the epic game of pool between Kiyoteru, Miki, Yuki, and herself. She walked into the kitchen to find Meiko and Kaito doing their best at preparing dinner for the evening.
"What's for dinner?" Miku asked as she opened the pantry to look for some chips and salsa.
"Pasta!" Meiko exclaimed as she opened a jar of marinara sauce.
"Sounds good," Miku smiled in response after locating what she was looking for.
A few moment later, Rin came out of the basement and walked past the kitchen and towards the living room.
Seeing Rin out of the corner of her eye, Meiko exclaimed, "Don't go in there!" Rin stopped and peered her head into the kitchen with a quizzical look on her face.
"And why shouldn't I?" she asked, wondering what was so forbidden about the living room.
"Luka and Len are asleep. I don't think they'd be happy if you ruined their moment," Meiko giggled as she emptied two boxes of pasta into a large boiling pan on the stove. "Can you stir this for me, Kaito?" she asked and Kaito took a large wooden spoon from her and started stirring the pasta.
Rin ignored Meiko and walked into the living room to see her brother and Luka cuddled on the sofa with a blanket draped over their laps. Luka had her head resting on his shoulder and his head was resting on top of hers. Rin had never been a fan of how close Luka was to Len to begin with. After she dropped all communication with him, she really wasn't that fond of the girl. Luka didn't see how much it upset Len…she had.
Rin walked back into the kitchen and hoisted herself on top of one of the counters.
"They are not having a moment," she asserted, causing everyone in the kitchen to stare at her.
"Hmm…maybe not, but you can't deny that they're close," Miku pointed out as she dumped out some salsa into a bowl. "Don't you remember our vacation together two years ago? They were inseparable. Maybe they just reconnected."
Rin sneered. "She left him though. He'd call her and she stopped returning his calls. He was so hurt. I don't want him getting attached to her only for her to do it again," she explained.
"That wasn't entirely her fault. She was just focused on her career-"
"That's no excuse to just desert him!" Rin exclaimed. She hopped off the counter and ran upstairs. The sound of her door slamming could be heard a few seconds later.
The remaining three were silent for a second as they exchanged worried glances between them.
"I didn't know that it affected her so much…" Meiko said softly and looked at Miku for some reassurance.
"I didn't either. I don't think Luka is about to do what she did again. I'm pretty sure Len talked to her about it last night. Things are good between them now. They're back to the way they used to be," Miku said and took a bit of a chip.
Kaito nodded in agreement. "It's obvious that Len has a crush on Luka too," he added, which caused the two girls to stare at him in bewilderment. "What? You guys didn't notice this?"
"No!" Miku and Meiko exclaimed in unison, causing Kaito to chuckle.
"You guys didn't notice how he looks at her? His eyes filled with love and admiration? How he constantly want to be near her?" he said, taking Miku by the hand and spinning her around like a dancer, causing her to laugh.
Meiko made a gagging noise. "Ughh. Gross, Kaito. All this talk of love is sickening. Besides, it doesn't matter if Luka doesn't like him the way he likes her. We don't even know if you're right. Maybe Len just wants to go back to being friend with her…"
"Well…" Miku started, letting go of Kaito's hand. "I can talk to Luka and Kaito can talk to Len. That way, we'll know if they like each other! Then we can work from there," Miku said, enthralled by the idea.
Meiko shook her head and turned back to the pasta. "Oh boy…what are we getting into?" she pondered aloud and took over the job of stirring once again.
Len awoke to the sweet smell of vanilla. He inhaled deeply, enjoying the sent. He opened his eyes and looked down to see that his head was resting on top of Luka's head which rested on his shoulder. Her arm was linked with his and she was pulling it close to her body.
He lifted his head off of hers and brought his nose to the top of her head. He inhaled and found that the smell of vanilla must of come from the shampoo she used. He quickly pulled his head back, wondering what he was doing smelling her hair. Len stared at her sleeping body, wondering if he should wake her up or not. She looked so peaceful holding onto his arm.
"Len?" a voice asked and he looked up to see Meiko appear from around the corner. "Dinner is going to be ready in a few minutes. Do you mind waking Luka up?" she asked, a small smile on her face.
"Sure thing," he said and she departed, leaving them alone again. Now it was up to Len to decide how to wake her up.
"Luka? Hey, Luka. It's time to wake up," he said but the sleeping girl gave no response. He took his free hand and reached across her in an attempt to tickle her side but she didn't budge. Len had no choice but to get physical.
He gently freed his arm from her grasp and picked her up bridal style. He was surprised at how light she was but figured it probably was because she was shorter than him. He carried her to the middle of the living room and began spinning her around.
It didn't take long for Luka to open her eyes and wrap her arms around his neck in alarm. "Len!" she exclaimed, kicking and flailing her legs while pulling him closer. "Put me down!" Luka demanded and he did as she asked. She grabbed onto his shoulder to steady herself, clearly dizzy.
"Good morning," he said, smiling at her as she glared at him. "I couldn't wake you up any other way. Dinner is going to be ready in a few minutes," he explained and she looked up at the clock.
"Six thirty already? I slept for a long time. I hope you weren't down here waiting for me to wake up…" she said bashfully and Len shook his head.
"No, I actually fell asleep too. I didn't wake up myself until a few minutes ago. It's alright," he told her and could tell that she was clearly relieved. "Lets go help set the table," he suggested and Luka nodded in agreement.
Dinner that night was surprisingly good. Len thought for sure that Kaito would be able to ruin it in someway. Meiko must of took it into consideration as well, considering she decided that they would make pasta. Even Kaito could make pasta with a little assistance.
Everyone seemed to be in good spirits aside from Rin. She didn't make much conversation, nor did she eat much. She mostly stared at her plate, pushing around her pasta. Len couldn't help but worry about his sister. He made a mental note to talk to her after dinner.
"I then lifted Yuki up so she could take a shot at the eight ball and she shot it right into the side pocket!" Miku explained, wrapping up the game of pool they had earlier in the day.
"I sure did! I won the game too!" Yuki exclaimed, clearly excited about her win.
"I demand a rematch!" Miki said, laughing good-naturedly. "This time, Yuki is on my team!"
"I don't think so. Yuki is my good luck charm," Miku said, pulling the younger girl in a tight hug.
"Hey, what about me, Miki?" Kiyoteru asked, pretending to feel dejected and hurt.
"Haha. Sorry, Kiyo. I guess we'll just have to do better next time," Miki said and gently placed her hand on top of his, giving it a reassuring squeeze.
When dinner was over, Rin was the first to leave without a word. She hastily stood up and walked upstairs. Len was quickly after her. She was only in her room for a minute when he knocked on her door.
"Who is it?" he heard her voice answer.
"It's me. Can I come in?" he asked and the door opened to allow him in. Rin shut the door behind him and turned to face him, an agitated look on her face.
"Well, what is it?" she asked, clearly annoyed with his presence.
"I just wanted to make sure you were okay. You didn't eat anything at dinner and you barely opened your mouth-"
"I'm fine," Rin answered abruptly. Naturally, Len wasn't buying it.
"Rin…I know you. You're my twin sister. You wouldn't be acting like this if something weren't bothering you. You can tell me."
Rin walked away from him and looked out the window at the snow. "Why did you go back to her?" she asked after a moment.
"Go back to who?" Len asked, although he already knew the answer.
"Don't play stupid, Len," Rin scorned and turned around to face him, a look of utter disgust over her face. "You took Luka back. You forgave her. You forgave her for not talking to you for two years. She's only going to go and leave you again and you'll get hurt all over again."
"Rin, I already had a serious talk with her about it. She's not going to leave me again and I'll make sure of it. You don't have to hold a grudge against her on behalf of me-"
"I'm not doing it because of you!" she spat out and Len looked at her in shock. She immediately regretted her words.
"Then why are you?" he asked, eying her carefully.
She looked down at the carpet, unable to meet his eye. "You're all I have…I don't have anyone else. If she takes you away from me like before, I'll have no one. I'll be all alone again. Don't you see, Len? It's always been you and me. Rin and Len. I don't want it to be Luka and Len," she explained, knowing that she was selfish. Knowing that she wanted her brother all to herself. Knowing that Len wanted more.
"Rin…I'm sorry bu-"
"Wait, just let me finis-"
"I said GET OUT!" she exclaimed, opening her door and shoving him out into the hallway. She slammed the door behind him and locked it. She leaned against the door and allowed her tied body to slide down it onto the floor. She brought her knees close to her chest and cried.
"Len?" a worried voice called and he turned to see Luka standing a few feet away from him, a concerned look on her face. "Is everything alright?"
Len gave her a small smile and walked over to her. He stood in front of her and she looked up at him with her large blue eyes. Len could see how worried she was about him. He leaned over and gently kissed her forehead.
"It will be, Luka. Eventually."
Lady Val's Note: So, I'm actually kind of surprised but happy that I got to pick this up again. I feel like I have my muse back. :) Apologizes to Rin fans out there. Her little rant sorta embodies the annoying hardcore RinxLen fans that think that Len can ONLY be with Rin and that RinxLen is cannon. Silly silly fans.
As always, there will be errors! I'll try to reread it again but I don't have a beta (because not many people want to beta LukaxLen, sadly). I did my best proofreading it but there will be errors.
It's funny how I become inspired to write when I should be working on the mountains for work I have for school...
Please review! :3