Thanks for the reviews everyone. Though the whole grammar comments made me shift an eyebrow a few times. It's a story where I'm using how Ritsu would have spoken like in the manga/anime. They even said in the 2nd season that she talked rather boyish. So forgive me if my grammar seems careless. I'm only doing what comes natural to Ritsu. Besides, who wants to see such a proper, refined, polite Ritsu? The Juliet episode was nice but I prefer Ritsu as she normally is. Though a boyish Mio was fine too. :D Special thanks to Soldier Story, who kept me company as I finished this at the stroke of midnight and gave me PLENTY of material for the next chapter. :D Hopefully the next one is the final chapter. We'll see. Any thoughts or questions you have about the story or other things, let me know in reviews!
Disclaimer: K-ON! is not mine. If it was, I'd be watching the movie already…and it would have Mitsu.
"So this is your idea of the best day ever, huh?"
"Hey, it's not my fault I didn't know the candy store and arcade were having renovations over winter break. Give me a break my feisty queen!"
"Sorry." Ritsu rubbed her head and turned her gaze to Mio, who had her arms folded with a frown on her face.
"So now what do we do?"
"Well, there are other cheap things to do on a date I suppose..." Ritsu put her hands behind her head and as they slowly walked toward a bench and sat down.
"Yes, there is other-Wait a minute. D-date? This is a date?" Mio said, her cheeks becoming flushed.
"Mmm?" Ritsu broke out of her pondering. "What's wrong?"
"Nothing really but I always planned my first winter date to be with a guy and…"
"And what?" Ritsu leaned in with a teasing grin on her face.
"You'll just laugh." Mio said bitterly as she turned away from Ritsu.
"No I won't. Just tell me." Ritsu said, looking at Mio seriously.
"Well….as soon as it starts to snow, we lean in to kiss. There. I said it. Happy?" Mio glanced at Ritsu who was giving her a strange look. Then Ritsu's head dropped forward and she laughed. Mio turned red and puffed out her cheeks.
"What's so funny?"
Ritsu wiped the tears from her eyes before speaking.
"You really are into fairy-tale like settings, aren't you?"
"What's wrong with that?" she huffed. "Then tell me what you want in a date!"
"Me?" Ritsu pointed to herself and she straightened herself up.
She tilted her head back and looked toward the winter sky.
"I don't really care what we do as long as it's fun. I wouldn't like being lavished with lovey dovey itchy type affection all the time." Ritsu scratched the side of her head with a light blush on her face. "Although, a bit of your fairy-tale dream wouldn't be too bad I suppose. I mean, I'd try my best to make sure things are perfect between us. And if it fails, just being with them is more than enough for me."
"You sound just like a guy with what you said." Mio said laughing as she playfully hit Ritsu on the head.
Ritsu grabbed Mio's hand and was about to retort something back but stopped when she saw the look on Mio's face.
"But yeah. I guess just being with the one you like is all you need. It'd be nice if I met someone who more or less has the same ideals as you do Ritsu. Just not the scaring part. Though that is some of your charm. Someone out there must like that."
Mio giggled as Ritsu's face turned into a bright pink. Her eyebrows furrowed for a moment and then she shook her head and smiled.
"Oh well. Thanks I guess."
"Mmhm." Mio smiled, pleased that for once she caught Ritsu off guard. Ritsu suddenly had an idea come to her and decided to put it into action.
"You know…" Ritsu said smirking while latching onto Mio's arm. "Mugi did say I was a good escort on that day I was with her."
"What does that have to do with anything?" Mio said suspiciously, trying to get Ritsu to let go of her.
"Well, Mugi said that I'd be popular if I were a guy. That I was a good friend and that I'd do anything for them."
"Well yeah, but why mention this to me?"
"I was thinking. Let's treat today as like a real date."
Ritsu frowned for a moment and spoke again.
"Well, it'd be more of a play date in preparation for your actual date."
"Why would I agree to something that we do all the time?" Mio said. "And who says I need to be prepared?"
"I just think with how easily you get embarrassed about things, it might be a good way for you to get used to it. It's only for a day anyways."
Mio lowered her head down as she thought about it. Ritsu chose to focus on their surroundings as she waited. She noticed that it was slightly cloudy and a small breeze was making the leaves around them tremble. Few people were out but the ones who were seemed to all be couples. Ritsu shivered for a moment and checked back on Mio. She chuckled softly to herself when she saw the indecisiveness strewn across Mio's face. When she caught herself admiring the way Mio looked as a whole, Ritsu shook her head sharply and broke the silence.
"Look. I promised you that I would treat you today and I still plan to. That idea is the only thing I can think of that we can do together and be fun. I just need a yes or no Mio. If not, I can try to think of something else. Or maybe we can do this another time, though I rather keep my promise to you this time."
Ritsu sighed and looked at Mio expectantly.
"I don't know Ritsu…." Mio said, shifting uncomfortably. "I'm not sure I can make myself pretend to like you in that-"
"So you don't like me at all?" Ritsu said dramatically while putting her hand to her forehead. "I thought I was special! All the time we spent sharing our deepest secrets, they were just lies? I thought we would be together forever! I thought-"
"Enough! You know what I mean!" Mio continued to hold up her fist threateningly. Ritsu cowered in fear and rubbed her head furiously.
"Ugh. I get it. I get it. Fine, we'll do it your way. Mostly." Ritsu laughed as she got up from the bench and stretched.
"Wait a minute! I didn't say yes!"
"Don't be an old lady Mio. It's just for fun. It's not like nothing bad will happen."
"But…" Mio blushed and cast her eyes down as she fidgeted with her hands in her lap.
"What?" Mio looked up and was startled to find Ritsu's face just a few inches away from her own. The blazing determination reflected in Ritsu's golden orbs made Mio's heart skip a beat.
Ritsu pulled back and extended her hand out to Mio. Mio just shook her head up and down slowly as she reached for Ritsu's hand. Ritsu cracked a grin and quickly pulled Mio to her feet, snapping Mio out of her trance.
"Let's go Mio!" Ritsu said as she forcibly made Mio run.
"H-hey wait! Where are going?"
"To the beach!" Ritsu said.