Hey guys! I'm so sorry that it took so long for me to update. First off it was the Suessical and last-minute rehearsals getting in the way, and then I couldn't find the inspiration to write chapters. I'm sorry if the chapter isn't...good, I know it's 'eh', but that was all I could think of for a chapter this early.

Normally I would promise to update stories faster, but now I honestly can't promise that. I have four other stories to update, and I'm having a case of writer's block for some, so I'm sorry, but it might take a bit of time until I update stories.

Luke's P.O.V.s

I continued to stare into the eyes of the girl in front of me. I don't know how much time passed, but finally I turned my head an inch to Bo, keeping my eyes interlocked with hers.

"Uh, Bo? ...Could you leave for a minute?" I asked. Bo sighed and slumped his shoulders, then walked away while muttering to himself. Pascal looked between Akari and I, then quickly followed Bo. We were alone. Akari stepped closer to me, her mouth hanging open a fraction.

"L-Luke?" She breathed with wide eyes. She looked like she was either extremely happy, or like she'd just ran into something she was running away from. I couldn't tell which. I hoped it was the first one, though.

I nodded and swallowed nervously. "Yeah...Yeah, it's me, uh..."

"Akari," she said, as if she thought I forgot her name. I blushed and stuttered as I replied.

"I-I-I knew that...I knew that..." She smiled her radiant smile, which made me grin, too. Man, I forgot how beautiful she was. I cleared my throat and quickly checked my shirt for any syrup stains. Phew; none. "So uh...what are you doing here?"

"Oh! Umm..." She furrowed her eyebrows at looked at her feet. It was a couple more seconds before she fully answered. "Well, my aunt's house just got destroyed during a fierce storm, so I'm trying to earn money to help her pay for the damages."

I smirked at her and crossed my arms. "It took you a a while to answer," I said. "Are you sure you're not stalking me?"

She smacked my arm and smiled wider. "I am not stalking you! I didn't even know where you lived, much less, your last name." I chuckled, digging my hands in my pockets.

"Grey," I told her. "My last name's Grey."

"Luke Grey..." she tested. Then she nodded slowly and smiled softly. "Nice name. Unlike mine: Akari Dillson. I hate that name! Always have, always will."

"What, Dillson?" I asked, an entertained smirk playing on my lips. It was a pretty weird last name, but at least it wasn't anything like "Delfigalo" or "Goldfarb". She pressed a finger to my lips to sush me. Her delicate finger was warm and gentle, and her touch felt good on my lips.

"Yes, and don't say it." Akari demanded, removing her finger from my mouth. I shook my head and snickered in amusement, but Akari crossed her arms and glared at me while she play-pouted. A couple more minutes passed, and when I finally calmed down, I stood up straighter and offered my arm.

"Well then, Ms. Dillson-" she rolled her eyes and grinned at me. "-Would you like me to show you to your new farm? I'm sure I know where it is, since it's the only farmhouse on the island and hasn't been occupied in...well, since I was three."

Akari gave me a sweet half-smile, then shook her head. "I think I'll take a rain-check. See you around, though, 'kay?" she asked.

"Sure," I nodded, stuffing my hand back in my pocket. We said our good-byes, then she left in the direction I said her house was. As I watched her go, Bo returned to me with a fascinated look on his face.

"Y-You know her?" he inquired in desbelief, staring at her in the same fashion I was. I nodded proudly in response.

"Oh yeah...I know her real well," I said. A small smile formed as I thought about the moment we met. I thought about the way she smiled at me, the way she stirred her candy-cocktail, the way she grinded against me as we danced...I didn't know how long I was out, but I was brought back to reality when Bo punched my shoulder.

"Luke!" He shouted, a confused look on his face. "You okay?"

"Oh, uh...yeah. Hey, wanna have a tree chopping contest?"

"Why? There's no way I'm gonna win."

"Exactly; race ya to the forest!" Before Bo could reply, I sprinted through Waffle Town with a large grin on my face. I suddenly felt hyped again as soon as Akari and I talked again. I didn't know what would happen between us-whether we'd become friends or more-but knew I was going to get to know her better.