And now for the moment we've all been waiting for, the birthday episode of 'Our Kinda Trip' and this one is for Kaede and her 20th birthday. This idea I've been waiting to write up for two whole years since I first came up with this idea and you'll soon see why. Note too that this chapter was recently inspired by my day out with two of my buddies in Downtown Toronto and also, this chapter often goes into third person narration from time to time. Now before we begin, as per usual, I'd like to say that the rating is PG with no swearing included and in case any of you Kaede fans are wondering, Kaede's official birthday is November 10th.

Our Kinda Trip

Written by: ThomasZoey3000

Episode 23: Birthday Surprise

Later that evening, as Kaede was getting herself ready to go to bed, I snuck out of the room for a moment to speak with our sisters and some of our friends, "how come you wanted to meet us out here Big Bro?" Naomi asked.

"Well I don't want Kaede to overhear what I've got to say?"

"Are you cheating on her with another girl?"

I shot her an angry stare, "of course not, don't you ever think I would ever do something like that. I've always been devoted to Kaede and that's never going to change."

"Geez just relax will you? I was just joking around."

"Does this little meeting have anything to do with what's coming up tomorrow?" Daisy asked in the hopes of changing the topic of discussion.

"Yes this meeting does have alot to do with what's coming up tomorrow," I answered, "tomorrow is going to be a special day for Kaede, mostly because it's going to be her 20th birthday."

"Her 20th birthday huh? Well then, it's definetly going to be a special day for her," smiled Asa.

"And I plan to make it even more special," I said, "I got some surprises for her, but it'll take about half of the day tomorrow just to get everything ready and this is where you guys can come in. I want you all to keep Kaede away from the room and the hotel until around six P.M. We should hopefully have everything all set up for her by then."

"And who's this 'we' you're talking about?" Naomi asked with a raised eyebrow.

"That would be myself and Daisy," Primula answered, "we're going to be helping Matthew out tomorrow."

"You can count on us Matthew," said Emily, "we'll do our best to give her a good day out and keep her away until you're ready."

"Thanks," I smiled.

With all that said, we returned back to our rooms. I came in at just the right time cause that's when Kaede came out of the washroom wearing her pajamas. We climbed into bed, said our good nights and went off to sleep.

The next morning, I woke up bright and early, even before Kaede could wake up. I turned on the television to see if that snowstorm we heard about was coming anytime soon and while I waited for the weather report to come on, I thought over everything that I planned out for Kaede's birthday surprise today, "she's going to love it, I just know it," I thought to myself.

Finally the weather reports came up, which was actually around the same time that Kaede was waking up. She let out a big yawn, then opened her sleepy blue eyes and looked up at me, "Good morning Matthew."

"Good morning Kaede."

"How long have you been up?"

"Only a few minutes," I answered.

"That snowstorm we've been warning you about is just a day away, so make sure you have plenty of supplies, cause this one is going to be a firece one."

"So, what do you want to do today Matthew?" Kaede asked after we got the report.

"Well I don't know about you, but I'm going to be busy throughout most of the day."

"What? How come?"

"Well it seems that late last night, I got a phone call from an old friend who needs help in setting everything up for a surprise, so I might be busy all day."

"Oh," Kaede looked a little disappointed.

"But I'll be free by tonight so we can do whatever you want."

"Alright," Kaede sighed unhappily.

She got up, picked out the clothes she was going to wear today, then she went to the washroom to get washed up. Just as she went in and closed the door behind her, I heard a knock at the door.

"Can you get that Matthew?" Kaede called.

"Sure Kaede!" I called back. I had a strong feeling I knew who was at the door. I got up from the bed and went to answer the door, sure enough on the other side of the door were Asa and Rin, along with Ryan and Emily.

"Morning Matthew, hope we're not waking you up bud," said Ryan.

"Nah you're not, Kaede and I were already up," I said, "but seriously, how did you know Kaede and I were awake at this time?"

"You can thank Asa for that," said Rin, "she's been getting a little too excited about hanging out with the birthday girl today."

"I wasn't the only one who was excited about that," Asa said in protest, then she asked, "speaking of the birthday girl, where is she?"

"She's getting ready to go out today," and I told them of what I had told Kaede earlier, "truth be told, I wasn't really lying to her, I just didn't say who that person was."

"Well it's okay to say something that's not true if you're trying to hide a surprise," said Emily, "but it's not okay to lie any other times."

"Did you get that Rin?" Asa asked in a cheeky way. Rin didn't answer, he just muttered something quietly under his breath.

After five to seven minutes of waiting, Kaede came out of the washroom. She was wearing a light blue shirt and had a normal blue skirt on with white socks on her feet (I've never seen her wear those before, which made me wonder of where she got them).

"Oh hello everyone," Kaede said in surprise.

"Good morning Kaede," Emily said cheerfully, "we were just talking with Matthew about our day out on the city, we're going to take advantage of this beautiful weather before the big snowstorm arrives."

"Would you like to join us Kaede? We're just going to the downtown area," said Ryan. (Notice how he said her name properly).

Kaede thought about it, then she answered Ryan's question, "sure, I'll join you," she answered.

"Great," smiled Asa, "grab your purse and let's go."

Kaede grabbed her purse and before she could even say 'See You later' to me, Asa grabbed her right hand and pulled her right out of the room.

"Asa, slow down!" Kaede cried, "I'm going to lose my balance if we keep running like this!"

"Oh sorry Kaede," Asa apologized, "I'm just excited about today."

They did slow down as they continued to follow Rin, Ryan and Emily out of the hotel and down the street to the nearest Toronto Transit Control Subway station

"Alright so here's our plan for today," Ryan said after they got into the station, "we'll take the subway down to the Eaton Centre and from there, we'll walk for a bit until we get to Spadina Ave. I'm sure we'll find some interesting stores that you guys might like."

But Ryan had not told them of how much walking they were going have to do. After reaching the Eaton Centre and leaving it, they walked on for quite a distance. Along the way, they passed by City Hall and the CP24 News building.

"What the heck?" gasped Asa, "there's a car sticking out of the building."

And indeed there was, there was a van sticking out the side of the building, making it look like it was crashing threw on that one side of the building, "well that's something you don't see everyday."

Even Rin had to agree with Asa.

"You alright back there Kaede?" Emily called back to the orange haired girl, "you've been awfully quiet since we got off the subway!"

"Yeah I'm alright, I'm just looking around."

"Okay, just checking!"

At last, they reached the crossroads leading to Spadina Avenue, they turned to their right and continued on. There were plenty of shops along that road on both sides and with the TTC streetcar running in the middle of the road.

"Hmm," Ryan said out loud.

"What's up Ryan?" Emily asked.

"I'm just looking up at the sky, those clouds look dark to me. I think we might be getting that snowstorm sooner than expected..." he turned back to Rin, Asa and Kaede, "do you guys have hats, gloves and scraves with you?"

"I do," Kaede answered.

"Uh, not me," Rin answered.

"Neither do I," said Asa.

"Well in that case, we better stop in a clothes store and get those things for you," said Ryan, "the last thing we need is for you guys to catch colds while we're out and about."

And the moment they saw a clothing store, they went inside.

Back at the hotel, Primula and Daisy were helping to set everything up. Daisy worked on making a big birthday cake for Kaede while Primula helped me put up the banners and streamers, "there's still so much we have to do before Kaede comes back," I said, "good thing she's out with Ryan and the others, this will give us plenty of time to finish what we need to do."

"Like wrapping up our presents," said Daisy.

"Yep," I nodded, "speaking of which, what did you get her?"

"I got her a very beautiful dress from when we were in New Liskeard and it's in blue as well. What about you Rimu? What did you get her?"

"I got her some homemade jewelry that I saw on a stall back in the realm of the gods," she answered.

"Oh Kaede will definetly like those gifts, she loves blue things and she also likes homemade jewelry."

"And what about you Matt? What did you get her?"

"Or made for her," said Primula, remembering that the year before I had written up a special story for Kaede.

"Well I made her something very special," I said, "with a little help from her father and some of her friends too."

"What is it?" I whispered it first to Primula and then to Daisy. I didn't want anyone else hearing it cause there are certain few people (mostly Naomi), who have a tendacy to blurt out everything when they're not suppose to.

"Wow, Kaede's going to love that one for sure, but where did you get the idea for it?"

"I'll tell you later, right now we got to get back to work."

"I don't think we're going to need to hurry," said Primula, "just look outside."

Both Daisy and I looked outside and saw the dark clouds in the sky and small flakes of snow coming down, "looks like that snowstorm's coming in sooner than we expected," said Daisy, "I sure hope those guys brought their winter gear with them."

"I know Kaede did," I said, "she's always prepared no matter where she goes."

Kaede was indeed prepared, she had a small hat and a pair of gloves in her purse and as luck would have it, she was wearing a pair of boots instead of shoes. Both Rin and Asa had originally been wearing jackets and shoes, but after they had gone into the clothing store, they were also wearing hats, scraves and gloves.

It wasn't snowing when they went into the store, but by the time they had bought everything they needed, snow was coming down in small flakes.

"So much for perfect weather," grumbled Asa.

"Ah well, a little snow isn't going to ruin our day," smiled Emily, "now, let's get going again."

And that's what they did, they continued walking along Spadina Avenue until they finally stopped outside of a shop called 'Anime Xtreme Incorporated', "after hearing you guys say that you were interested in Animes and manga books, we decided to show you this store. It's got alot in there and maybe you'll find some things you're looking for."

"Oh, Matthew would've loved to see this store," groaned Kaede quietly to herself.

They walked down a stairwell and into the store. Behind the counter were shelves of DVDs, then from one row to another, each set of shelves had mangas sitting on them, more than they had ever seen before. There were also clothes with anime character's pictures and logos on them, then there were shelves with figurines and finally there were shelves at the far end of the store full of posters.

The five of them spent at least fifteen minutes looking around the store and each one found something they were looking for. Rin had gotten a figurine of an anime character from a show he used to watch, Asa got a poster and Kaede bought two manga books from the series 'Cactus's Secret'.

"The story of a girl falling in love with a dim-witted boy'," said Asa as she took a look at what Kaede chose, "you better keep this away from Naomi, cause you know what she's going to say when she sees them 'that's the story of your life'."

"Yeah she probably would say that."

After one more look around the store, the gang payed for what they wanted to get, then they headed out of the store. The snow was now starting to come down in bigger flakes and everything around them was covered in small piles of snow, which were building up fast. They hadn't gone far before they heard light grumbling sounds coming from Kaede's stomach.

"Sorry," she apologized.

"Don't apologize Kaede," said Ryan, "we should be saying sorry, we left the hotel without eating. You guys must be straving right now."

"Well now that you mention it, I am feeling a little hungry," said Rin and so did Asa.

"Lucky for you, we know of a good resturant that's close by, just follow us," and that's what they did, they followed Ryan and Emily down the street (for a short distance) until they finally reached a resturant...which was full of people.

"Maybe we should get take out," said Emily, who was amazed by the large amount of people in that resturant.

"Yeah I think that would be a good idea," agreed Ryan.

And since no one wanted to stand outside during that big snowstorm, they all went inside to get some take out.

Back in the room, the decorations were finally up on the walls and so was a banner with the words 'Happy Birthday Kaede' in both English and Japanese. The cake was now baking in the oven (for the record, we brought along a portable stove just in case some rooms didn't have a kitchen) and Daisy was making the icing for the cake.

"I'm going to write Happy Birthday Kaede on the cake and maybe put it in a heart," she said.

"Oh Kaede would love that for sure," I smiled. At that moment, we heard some loud ringing, which made me jump in surprise, "gosh darn it!"

"It's just your cellphone Matthew," said Primula.

"Oh," I said meekily. I pulled it out of it's holder and checked to see who it was, "it's Kaede, please be quiet for a moment." Daisy and Primula went silent at once and I answered the phone, "hey Kaede, are you enjoying your little day out on the city?"

"It's alright, apart from the heavy snowfalls."

"Yeah I noticed that earlier, I hope you're staying warm."

"We are, we're actually inside an all you can eat Chinese resturant, but it's kind of full right now, just listen..." the next thing I heard was the sound of people chattering away and eating food, "just about every table in here is taken, so we're getting some take out and then we're going to go visit one of Emily's friends for a bit."

"Okay, thanks for letting me know."

"What about you Matthew? Can you come meet up with us?"

"Sorry Kaede, but I'm still tied up at the moment, there's alot that needs to be done, but I'll make it up to you tonight okay?"

"Okay," she sighed unhappily, "well I'll see you later."

"Yeah, I'll see you later...I love you."

"And I love you too."

After hanging up, I placed the cellphone back in it's holder and the three of us went back to work, "you'll definetly be making it up to Kaede tonight when she comes back to a party," smiled Daisy.

"Yeah that's true," I smiled.

"Matthew, can you give me a hand with the streamers here?" Primula asked.

"Sure Primula, I'm coming," and with that, I went over to help Primula put up the streamers above the doorway.

After getting their orders, Rin, Ryan and the three girls went over to Emily's friend's place to eat the food they got and to talk with Emily's friends till around four thirty in the afternoon.

"You having a good time so far Kaede?" Emily asked.

"Yeah," she nodded.

"Are you sure? Cause you haven't said much since we got here."

"Oh I'm sorry, I'm just thinking about Matthew, he's missing on so much today because he has to help a friend."

"Well look on the bright side Kaede," said Rin, "when you two go out again, probably a day after this snowstorm passes, you can actually show Matthew all those places he's never seen before."

"Yeah that's true, you're right Rin," she said with a smile on her face.

"Or the place we're going to be going to next," said Ryan, which got everyone's attention right away. "Well I remember you guys saying that you were interested into certain card games and I do know of a store that sells alot of cards from many different games. It's a bit of a distance away, but it's well worth the walk."

"And you guys might be in luck," said one of Emily's friends, "the snow's not coming down as hard as before, so it should be easier to get there without snow blowing in your faces."

"Well then what are we waiting for?" said Asa, "let's get going."

"I'll phone Patrick on the way and see if he can meet up with us there," said Ryan.

"Okay, but before we leave, can I at least phone Matthew and see if he'll join us?" Kaede asked. Ryan and Emily nodded and so, Kaede pulled out her cellphone and dailed the number.

The work in getting the birthday party ready was nearly complete, all the banners and streamers were finally up, the cake had been decorated and now we were mixing up the last bit of food for the party.

"Nearly done Matt," said Daisy.

"Good," I smiled. Then we heard my cellphone again, but this time I didn't jump in fright. I pulled it out of it's holder and answered it, "hello?"

"Hi Matthew, it's me Kaede. We're going over to another store that sells cards and I was wondering if you would like to join us at the store."

"Oh I would love to Kaede, but there's still just a little more work that needs to be done, so I can't join you just yet. I'm sorry."

"Oh that's okay, I guess we can spend some time together afterwords."

"Yeah we can do that," I said kindly. "Anyways you have a good time and I'll see you in a bit."

"Okay, bye," and she hung up.

"Hmm, she doesn't sound too happy," I said after putting my cellphone back in it's holder.

"She probably thinks you've forgotten about her birthday or maybe you'll avoiding her for some reason."

"Well she'll be thinking differently when she comes in later tonight for her own party," I said, "speaking of which, let's finish up and get ourselves ready."

"Right," said the two girls and that's just what we did.

Kaede and the rest of the gang walked along for a bit until they finally reached the card shop where they met up with Patrick. They all looked at the different variety of card packs and cards in the display cases in the counters, then afterwords they played different card games until around five thirty.

"Well thank you so much for showing us those stores," Asa said to Ryan and Emily afterwords, "it's interesting to know there are stores like those ones right here in Toronto. We're sure to visit them again before we leave."

"Well it's enterily up to you guys," said Ryan, "and you're welcome by the way."

Kaede also thanked Ryan and Emily, but she still felt a little sad, "what's the matter Kaede?" Emily asked kindly, "why do you look so sad? Didn't you have a good time?"

"Yeah I had a good time, I just keep thinking if Matthew and everyone I know has forgotten that today is my birthday."

"Is today your birthday?" Emily asked (although she already knew the answer). Kaede nodded unhappily, "well I'm sure Matthew hasn't forgotten. Why don't we ask him that when we get back to the hotel?"

"Sure," Kaede nodded.

And so, they began their long walk back to the hotel.

When they arrived, Kaede used her key card to get in and pushed the door open, but the entire room was completely dark. It was like no one was in there, "he's still out working," she sighed quietly.

She was going to be proven wrong. The lights came on and everyone in the room shouted "Surprise!"

Kaede gasped, "What is all this?" she asked.

"This is a birthday party for a girl who's just turned twenty years old today," smiled Sia.

"This is the main reason why I couldn't go out with you today," I said as I came out of my hiding spot. "I was telling you the truth, I just wasn't telling you of who's party was setting up for. Happy Birthday Kaede."

Her angel like smile returned to her face, then she walked up towards me and gave me a big hug, "so you didn't forget."

"No of course not, I would never forget a day like this, we all just wanted to surprise you. That's why I asked Ryan, Emily, Rin and Asa to keep you away from the hotel as much as possible until we were ready."

"Well you definetly surprised me, thank you so much."

"You're very welcome Kaede."

After she had put on a birthday hat, Kaede opened up all the birthday gifts that were sitting on the table. She loved every single one of them, especially the home-made jewelry and the clothes Daisy and Primula picked out.

"Thank you, both of you," Kaede smiled, but then she noticed, "where's your gift Matthew?"

"I'll show you," I answered and walked over towards the television. I pulled back a clothe, revealing a DVD player. I turned on the television, pushed the play button on the DVD player and showed off the birthday surprise, which was a music video just for Kaede.

It started with the song 'You'll Be In My Heart' by 'Phil Collins' in the first section called 'Kaede - The Early Years', then it switched over to 'Kaede - The Teenage Years' and the song that played was 'Yours to Hold' by 'Skillet' and for the last bit of the video, the song was 'Awake in a Dream' by 'Kalan Porter' and most of those photos showed Kaede with her friends and yours truely of course.

When the video had finished, Kaede was in tears.

"What's the matter Kaede?" Nerine asked curiously, "didn't you like the video?"

"Yes, I loved it," she answered happily, "these are just my happy tears. Thank you so much Matthew."

"It was my pleasure Kaede."

"But where did you get all those pictures you showed in the Early Years and Teenage years?"

"You can thank Rin and Asa for suppling the photos for the teenage years and you can also thank your dad for the rest of the photos. When I told I was going to make this video for your birthday, he gave me all the photos I needed to make it all possible."

"Well I'll be sure to thank him too next time I see him."

"Actually, you can tell him that right now..." I pulled out my cellphone and dailed another number. Moments later, I got an answer on the other end, "hi Mr. Fuyou, it's me."

"Oh hi Matthew, did my daughter like the video?"

"Why don't you ask her that yourself?"

I then handed the phone over to Kaede, "hello my little baby girl, Happy Birthday."

"Oh thank you daddy."

"Did you enjoy the video?"

"Yes I did," she nodded.

"Well I'm glad you enjoyed it," he said, "now tell me, are you having a good day today."

"Yes I am, especially since I'm with all my friends and family...and my wonderful husband," when Kaede said that, I blushed into a deep shade of red.

"Well I'm glad to hear that," said Mr. Fuyou, "I'm sorry I can't join you right now, but I've got an important meeting to go to in the next few minutes. So I guess I'll see you when you get home."

"Okay daddy," she smiled, "have a safe trip and...I love you."

"I love you too sweetie, talk to you later."

Kaede hung up the phone and gave it back to me. Then she got up and gave me another hug, "you always give me the best surprises Matthew."

"Well I do the best I can Kaede," I smiled. She then got up on her toes and we kissed on the lips for two and a half minutes, "Happy Birthday."

"Thank you."

Following the kiss, the birthday cake was brought out with at least twenty candles on top of it, "make a wish Kaede," said Naomi cheerfully.

Kaede thought about it for a moment, then she blew out the candles and on that note, the party offically began. Kaede didn't tell anyone of what she wished for, despite some asking of what her wish was. She didn't need to tell, I knew excatly what her wish was and that was to be with the people she loves and that wish has and always will come true.