A/N: This story takes place while Kyo, Tohru, Yuki, and Shigure still live together and the former three still attend high school. BUT, it's after the curse is broken and before they graduate (Does that make any sense? In my head it does (laugh)). It takes place around winter time, and the student council has decided to host a winter ball. That's all I'm going to divulge right now. I hope you enjoy it! I don't own Fruits Basket (sob).
Chapter 1: The Important Information
The bell has just rung, signaling the end of the day and the start of the weekend. Tohru walks, arms interlocked with Uo and Hana, to their adjoining lockers.
"Have you seen the posters all around school?" Hana says, calmly in her eerie voice. She flips her hair over her shoulder.
"There are posters? Where? What do they say?" Tohru asks, filling with excitement.
Hana just points to the large sheet of blue paper above their heads, "That is the poster."
Tohru chuckles, "Oh, I see."
"You're not very observant today there, Tohru. Is ole' Orange-Top treatin' you wrong; need me to do somethin' 'bout it?" Uo smirks.
"OH NO! IT'S NOT LIKE THAT AT ALL!" Tohru exclaims truthfully, a slight blush creeping on her cheeks.
"Uo, you probably shouldn't tease Tohru." Hana says.
Uo cackles and opens her locker, then carelessly tosses her books inside. She knew she wasn't going to do any homework this weekend. Crazy talk.
Tohru's shoulders fall, "Kyo is really sweet to me, you both shouldn't worry. I'm really glad he cares about me. I'm also really thankful for him. He makes me so happy."
Hana places an arm around her, "Don't worry Tohru, she's only being a grump. We're both really happy for you and the orange-haired Sohma boy, but did you read the sign?"
Tohru shakes her head and gazes at the large sheet of paper.
In large white lettering it says: "WINTER BALL THIS UPCOMING SATURDAY AT EIGHT P.M. WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO SPEND IT WITH SOMEONE YOU CARE ABOUT. TICKETS ARE ONLY TWENTY DOLLARS. NO ADMITTANCE AFTER NINE P.M."
"Oh my goodness, there's a dance!" Tohru giggles.
"You gonna go with Orange-y?" Uo says questioningly.
"I don't know, actually, if that's something he would like to do. Maybe I'll bring it up, but it's no big deal."
"He should really treat you to a dance though," Hana says.
Tohru blushes again, "Well, I better go – I have to go to the grocery store now. Have a good weekend!"
Hana and Uo shake their heads as Tohru skips down the hall towards the double doors.
"Whew, I'm glad I got out of that one." Tohru whispers as she walks out into the afternoon sunlight.
"Glad you got out of what?" Kyo materializes next to Tohru with his arms crossed and a small grin on his face.
"Oh, Kyo, I didn't see you! Did you wait here just for me?" Tohru giggles.
Kyo chuckles, "Well, yeah, actually." He ran a hand through his orange hair, eyes shining.
"I hope you weren't bored, I don't want you to go to any extra trouble." Tohru shoots Kyo a beaming smile, but all he does is let out a sigh.
"Tohru, we're dating, I'm supposed to wait for you. Don't let it get under your skin. I didn't mind at all. Although… I was getting a little tired…" He teases.
"I'M SO SORRY!" Tohru waves her arms around then slumps against the wall and slides down, plopping on her butt.
Kyo squats down next to her, "Tohru, I was just kidding, don't worry about it." He leans down and places a kiss on her forehead. "I'm going to assume you saw the fliers for the 'Winter Ball' that's tomorrow."
Tohru's body goes stiff, "Uh… um… well… uh…"
It's so unlike Kyo, but he lifts up his head and laughs loudly, "Tohru, just forget about it for right now if it bothers you so much. If you want to go, I'll take you, but if not - put that goofy smile back on your face."
Tohru blushes and looks up at Kyo from under her brown bangs, "You think my smile is goofy?"
Kyo springs into the air, landing on the balls of his feet, "AH! I don't mean it like that!" He denies.
But Tohru just giggles, "It's alright, Kyo, I'm not offended."
Now it's Kyo's turn to blush as Tohru smiles warmly up at him.
"You're so cute." Kyo murmurs. They both stare at one another, happily.
Tohru smiles as Kyo reaches out his hand for her to take. She slips her palm into his and he pulls her to her feet. Kyo then assumes a waltz position; Tohru curtsies. They pretend to dance around the courtyard with one another.
After a couple twirls, Kyo pulls Tohru close.
"Tohru Honda, would you like to go to the Winter Ball with me, Kyo Sohma?" Kyo gazes into Tohru's eyes.
She meets his gaze and stares from under her lashes, and then she smiles, "I would love to go with you, Kyo!"
Kyo's smile is warm and full of love. He puts both hands on her tiny waist and propels her into the air, spinning and laughing.
Kyo then puts her down and leans in really close. Tohru closes her eyes. She stands on her tip-toes as Kyo swiftly and surely closes the space between them and places his lips on hers. They stand there, lips and limbs intertwined together, for what seems like ages.
Tohru breaks away and smiles some more, "We need to go get the ingredients for dinner tonight."
"Don't you want to go look for a dress?" Kyo says, reaching for her hand.
"Oh, right! Where should we look?" Tohru exclaims.
Kyo chuckles, "I'm not really an expert, Tohru. Why don't we try Ayame's shop?"
Tohru slaps her forehead with her palm, "Why didn't I think of that? That's a perfect idea, Kyo! You're so good to me."
"Although, I might regret taking you to that snake's shop. He IS a little weird…" Kyo mutters.
"What?" Tohru questions, a puzzled look on her face.
Kyo just slides a hand through his hair again, and the blush comes back to intrude on his cheeks.
They walk hand-in-hand together out of the courtyard into the city.
I don't know whether or not I like writing this story, I was really excited when I first started it… but I feel like it's still in its infancy. I just upload this and if people like it, I'll upload the second chapter. This story may be around four or five chapters.
Thank you for reading and leaving such nice reviews on my other stories, you're all so kind!