Love Me or Leave Me
Ako gave her brother a look of disbelief. "You mean you weren't in love with Eiji-kun when you started," she paused, acting as if the next phrase was somehow taboo, "going out with him?"
Oishi cocked his head to the side. "I wouldn't necessarily say that. I mean, I think I've always loved him. But back then, I just didn't want to lose my best friend."
Ako stared at her brother. "That was a pretty stupid move," she declared. "You got really lucky."
"I know," Oishi said, nodding in agreement. "But I was young."
"Only a couple years older than I am right now," the younger sibling pointed out. She shook her head. "Well, I guess its okay. I mean, it kinda sucks because that means I'll never have a chance with Eiji-kun." Oishi shot his sister a warning look. "Relax," the teenager added, waving her hand. "It's not like it would have ever happened anyway."
"True," Oishi admitted.
"I guess I won't have to feel guilty anymore," Ako said more to herself than to her brother. Seeing his confusion, she explained, "well, I've always felt kind of guilty for going on group dates because I'm supposed to have this huge crush on Eiji-kun."
"Group dates?" That was about the only thing Oishi picked up. "But you're only-"
"16," she finished for him. "That's way old enough to go on a few dates every now and then." This time, Ako was the one giving him a look. "I'm not a little kid."
"But you are my little sister," Oishi pointed out. "What happened to that sweet little girl who went around, following me everywhere? The one that always wanted her big brother to play with her."
"She grew up," Ako answered, grinning. "Unlike certain dorky older brothers."
"I am not a dork."
Ako rolled her eyes. "Keep telling yourself that. At least now I get a cool older brother."
"Eiji-kun. I mean, I guess he's always been my cool older brother but now it's super-official."
Oishi took a drink, giving himself a few extra moments to gauge Ako's response and think of something to say. There was really only one thing he felt he really wanted and needed to know. "So, me and Eiji, you're okay with us?"
Ako didn't reply right away but when she did answer, Oishi knew she was genuine. "It's going to take some time but like I said, I've missed you." She glanced at her cellphone and squeaked. "I gotta go. Mom's expecting me home for dinner soon."
Oishi nodded, giving his sister a hug and letting her run off. He'd rather she not get in trouble. After she was gone, Oishi went over to the bar. He couldn't help but feel a bit annoyed with his boyfriend. Ako had just left and while it had been nice—wonderful honestly—to see her, it really irked him that Eiji hadn't mentioned speaking to her.
"So, that was-?" Taka asked as Oishi went over to the counter.
"My younger sister, Ako," Oishi confirmed. "This was the first time I've seen or spoken to her since, you know."
"How'd she know to find you here?" It was a good question.
The look of confusion on Taka's face and the tone in his voice perfectly matched Oishi's own about the situation. "Eiji?"
"So, wait, you're saying you met Minami's family?" Eiji looked at his sister.
"They were very nice," Yumi admitted, nodding slightly.
"Does that mean you're finally going to accept the offer next time he asks you out?" Eiji prodded.
Yumi gave him a look and Eiji sighed. Poor, poor Minami, he thought as he shook his head.
"Of course I am," Yumi said. Eiji looked up at his sister, disbelief written all over his face. "We already went out during the trip and I'll admit it, it was nice."
"What?" Eiji leapt up, shocked. "You what?"
"I went out with Minami," Yumi repeated, acting like her brother was brain-dead or something. And at the moment, he might as well have been. "It was just to a small neighborhood festival. He was showing me around," she added, "since, you know, he's from the area."
"If he's from the area, why'd you guys go on a research trip?" Eiji asked.
She gave him another look. "Because his parents have been living here for the last decade or so."
Eiji blinked. "Wait, then who'd you meet?"
"Just some cousins and an aunt and uncle," Yumi replied. "Like I said, they were nice."
Oishi looked at the door in front of him. He leaned forward, resting his forehead on it. He didn't want to ask about this but he had to know. He needed to know why Eiji hadn't mentioned speaking to Ako at all. It was really bothering him.
He gave a quick knock. He could have just let himself in but it didn't seem quite right. The door was unlocked since Eiji and Yumi were both home. Even if it wasn't, Oishi still had a key to the apartment.
"Shuu-chan!" Yumi cheered when she opened the door. "Come in, come in."
"How was your trip?" Oishi asked as he put his shoes in their spot next to Eiji's.
"It was fun," she answered. A faraway look settled across her face and though he was curious, Oishi let it be. Something told him he'd be hearing about the trip from the Kikumaru siblings soon enough. Speaking of Kikumaru siblings... "Is Eiji around?"
"In his room. I think he mentioned something about grading homework," Yumi replied.
Oishi thanked her, heading to the room in the apartment he probably knew the best. He'd certainly spent quite a bit of time in it. The door wasn't shut but it'd been pulled mostly closed. Eiji was sitting at his rarely used desk, it covered in papers. The door gave a squeak and Eiji look up.
"This is a surprise." Eiji's face lit up.
"I had an interesting visitor today," Oishi started, deciding to just jump into the topic. He knew if he didn't, he'd keep stalling and putting it off in his want to not confront his boyfriend.
"Who was it?" Eiji leaned back in his chair, curiosity written all over his face.
The redhead fell.
A/N: No ownership. Heh, it's been a little while. I'm going to blame Gakuto. Thanks to everyone whose stuck around and I'm sorry I'm going to slow lately. I've really gotten caught up in RP.