A/N: Why hello there. I have decided to write the ABC challenge for MinakoxKen because I am quite fond of this couple and it doesn't seem to get enough love on this site. I've also grown fond of one-shots, so this fit the bill perfectly. These will most likely be very short and very fluffy, so if that's what you're looking for you're at the right place! :) I hope that you will enjoy and R&R if you would like to.
Articulate: expressed, formulated, or presented with clarity and effectiveness
Now's the time Ken thought to himself as he drew closer to his destination. His small fists were clutched tightly at his sides. He took quick, long strides to get where he was going as fast as possible.
And finally he stood there; he stood in front of that door.
He swallowed nosily in an attempt to calm himself. Before he had the chance to second guess himself, he gave three quick raps on the door and held his breath as he waited for a response.
"Just a minute!" came the voice from inside.
After what felt like an eternity to Ken the door swung open and a young girl stood in the door way. When she realized who it was, she gave a warm smile to Ken.
Ken felt his face turn slightly red at her smile. It's not fair, he thought to himself she's just so kind and yet I'm sure she doesn't see me as anything more than a child.
"Hey Ken-kun," the girl said as she continued to smile, "do you need something?"
Ken felt his blush deepen at the sound of her voice. He mentally scolded himself and put his mind back on his mission.
"Minako-san, I have something very important to discuss with you!" Ken said forcefully as he met Minako's eyes. He hoped that he sounded grown up and serious.
Minako's eyes registered surprise and her face darkened slightly, "Is it something about the Dark Hour?"
"Oh, ah…no it's not…but it is really important!" Ken finished slightly disheartened that Minako's mind had gone instantly to the mission of fighting shadows.
Minako's face visibly brightened and her smile returned, "Alright then Ken-kun. How about we go and talk in the lodge. Everyone else has probably already headed off to bed."
"Sure," Ken agreed with a nod of his head, "that would work just fine."
Minako closed the door to her room and the pair headed down the hall. Ken couldn't help but steal glances at the older girl's face. She looked straight ahead with a determined look on her face, but Ken could see her underlying kindness. Ken looked back down at the floor and ran through for the hundredth time that day what he was going to say to her.
Ken and Minako soon reached the lounge. Minako quickly walked over to one of the nearby couches and beckoned for Ken to follow her. Ken silently reassured himself and sat down next to the older girl. A heavy silence fell. Ken tried desperately to make his tongue catch up to his brain.
"So," Minako said after what felt like several minutes, "what do you want to talk about?"
"W…well," Ken managed to stammer out quietly, "I just…had something very important to say to you…" He squirmed nervously as he realized how much more difficult this was going to be than he initially thought.
"Hm?" Minako said as she drew closer to Ken, "Speak up, I can't hear you."
"I…I have something to tell you!" Ken replied louder than need be due to his nerves. Minako gave a small jump of surprise at his sudden volume.
"I'm sorry!" Ken said significantly quieter than his last outburst, "I didn't mean to scare you." He said as he looked over at Minako to make sure that she was alright.
"It's alright Ken-kun," She said as she gave a slight shake of her head, "I was the one who asked you to speak up. And you definitely delivered."
"Ah, right," Ken replied as he continued to look over at Minako.
"Now what were you going to say?" Minako gently prodded, returning to the original purpose of the conversation.
Ken felt heat rush to his young face, but he resolved himself to maintain eye contact with Minako. He had to tell her now.
"Minako-san, I think that I…I might you know…just a little bit…"
He wasn't getting anywhere. He stopped himself, closed his eyes and took a slow, calming breath.
"Minako," He said as he once again met her gaze, "I think I like you…I might even…love you…"
Having finished his deceleration, Ken abruptly stood up and took a few steps away from the couch, "I know I'm still a child. You don't have to give me a response now, but please…think about it."
With his feelings finally spoken, Ken quickly headed for the stairs and the safety of his room. He could feel the extreme heat on his face from his excessive blushing. He didn't want to wait around for Minako's response; he was to frightened by what he would feel if he was rejected.
Before Ken got far, he heard a voice behind him.
"Ken, I love you too."