Fushigi Na Yokan

-Alice-

I've been this way so many times... Why am I walking? I usually run... I guess I want to take my time, this trip...

...Probably. I guess it's because of what I might do. I'm going to tell Ryou I like him. This can't be too hard. A little embarrassing, perhaps, but it can't be hard.

...Then why am I walking so slowly?


-Ryou-

I'm watching out the window for her... I never do this... Okay, lunch is ready, I made some sandwiches. I got some Oolong tea... Things should be fine. Alice will be here soon.

...I'm nervous... This... ...Isn't like me. I never act like this... What's happening to me?

This is just lunch and a card game... ...Just lunch and cards...

...It's not a date. Dates include restaurants, waiters, no Digimon battle cards. This is just two friends having lunch together and playing a game afterwards.

That's ALL it is. Friends... Just friends...


-Alice-

I see his apartment building up ahead... I'm waiting behind a tree in a nearby park.

I'm probably not going to do this. I probably won't tell him. I'm nervous just thinking about it. This just... isn't me... Can we be more than just friends?

...I don't know, maybe. It seems a little weird to me... ...Liking someone. I've never felt this way before...

Okay, I'm going... I'm going to his apartment... ...No problem yet, I'm walking... I'm walking towards his apartment...


-Ryou-

I can't do this... I'm staring out a window... Waiting for her, I never do this...

...Does it usually take her this long to get here? It seems like it doesn't, normally. Then again, I've never actually kept track of the time.

Okay, take your mind off of this... Think... What kind of strategy should I use in today's game? She probably came up with a few new ones since I last saw her, I'd better be prepared...

Okay, I'll use Piemon and Vamdemon, as well as a few defense plug ins. Vamdemon has the highest defense, with Piemon having the second highest... I'll use them, and after the game a nice friendly lunch...

...With Ali- Back to the strategy... Maybe I should toss in a couple programs...No wait, maybe I should an Etemon card, his Love Serenade-

...On second thought, no Etemon cards. Don't bring up the word 'love!' I'll just watch TV until she gets here... Yeah, let's see what's on...

...

...

...Love Hina...

Okay, back to staring out the window. I think I see her!


-Alice-

I'm in the lobby... Going to the elevator... Pressing the 'up' button...Floor 5...

...Good, I'm not as nervous...

...Right... ...I'm not telling him, I can't... I don't think I can, anyway.

Maybe it's better, if he doesn't like me back, things can get weird... We might not be as close as we used to be... I don't know...

First floor, getting nervous...

Second floor, more nervous...

Third floor, almost there...

Fourth floor, help me...

Fifth floor... ...This is it. Just a friendly get together... ...Nothing more. Just nothing more...


-Ryou-

I hear her knock at the door, I answer it...

"Hi, Alice." I say, trying to sound casual. This is just a friendly game of cards with lunch... That's it. Just cards and lunch. No confessions, nothing else.

"Hello, Ryou." She says, bowing. She takes off her shoes at the door and steps inside the apartment.

"Do you want to play the game or have lunch first?" I ask. I think I sounded kind of stupid.

"Lunch, please, Ryou." She says, smiling.


-Alice-

Just lunch and cards. Nothing special, like I expected.

...Ryou, I want to tell you, but...

For now, you'll just be that boy I can't ignore.


-Ryou-

As much as I want to tell her, and to end this feeling... To be more than friends...

...I can't.

...Alice, you'll just be that girl I can't ignore... For a while...

~The End~

Ori's Notes:
I know, I know, this isn't that good...I wanted Taiki to put up these fics mainly so there'd be more than just my old Leekatos.

I sort of like how it ends without them getting together, I always wrote a stupid happy-sappy-crappy ending for, well, everything. So it's nice to see one that ends...neutral, I guess. There is a sequel, though, so those who want it still get the happy-sappy-crappy ending...

...Yeah, I kinda want that ending, too. Now I see why I wrote so many of them...

The title this time means "That Mysterious Feeling," again a lyric from Ki Ni Naru Aitsu.


Taiki's Notes:

Unfortunately, this chapter of this story made me realize something. I owe Ori an apology.

Originally this was a songfic which this site no longer allows in their guidelines. I edited it accordingly. I also double checked the guidelines and realized there are a few rules in place that make it impossible for me to upload Mugen E III as I had planned. Nothing in the fic is explicit but when Mugen E III was written and featured this site allowed "non-fictional" characters and song fics. Mugen E III features the singers from the Digimon series as prominent characters as well as a few songs used in parodies. It would be impossible to remove any of it without a massive overhaul of the entire fic.

I could ignore the rules and take a chance but I do not want to risk the entire project for one fic. This upsets me because, had I realized this sooner, I would not have bothered with Mugen E I and II and saved Ori quite a bit of embarrassment. Ori only agreed to those two because he felt Mugen E III was worth it and, probably more so, because I had bothered him so much about it.

However if the hit counter for Mugen E I and II are any indication there will not be many people upset by this. Over 100 hits and perhaps twenty of them are hits past the first chapter of Mugen E I. I suppose I was looking at that fic through Nostalgia Glasses, which is why I thought it would be such a good idea to bring back. Ori knew better but he humored me.

My most sincere apologies to you Ori, I know how upsetting bringing back Mugen E I and II was to you. They will be out of sight, out of mind soon enough. I am so sorry.

-Taiki Matsuki