"Hey Bree, could you get some more cones for the field? I don't think that the perimeter is big enough."
I gleamed with joy as I answered my senior co-worker, Yamato. "Sure thing."
He smiled at me hesitantly, trying to almost become invisible in his referee uniform, which was composed of white tight shorts that went above his knee, knee high socks that matched a traditional ref shirt and (to top off the homage to the 80's), a thick neon green headband covered the edges of his hair, stopping just a bit before his eyebrows. He was embarrassed to say the least. He had to following protocol because it was pretty obvious as he ignored the snickers from around him, that he wouldn't normally be caught dead in the ensemble.
I wouldn't be surprised if he assumed that I was gleaming over his predicament. What he didn't notice however, was that I was of a non- jocular type of joy today.
After all, it'd been one week today since I kissed the insanely hot guy that I'd been crushing on since I came here. My cheeks were almost a beet red from smiling so much. My eyes gleamed with such a spark that people had to bear witness to it, in order to testify that they were in such condition. And my arms were so capable of handing out love, that I'd given hugs to anyone who'd gladly (or forcefully) accept them. To put it short, I am happy.
This was the sort of happy that only came around a couple of times in an average lifespan. Right now, things couldn't get me down, nor could anything else bring me further joy than I am feeling.
If I was a bell, I'd be ringing. If I was a plane, I'd be flying. If I was a…. ah, you get the idea.
"Want some help?" Anko asked. She didn't know how to take me being so happy. I knew however, that she had no intention of finding out why. When it came to personal things, she didn't meddle too much in others business. I admired that so much about her.
"Nah, I got it," I said with a smile.
I happily made my way down the field to the shack where the sports supplies were stored, leaving my co-workers with presumed questions about my attitude. As I made my way, some of my fellow volunteers waved and greeted me along the walk, and pointed out my pleasant demeanor, but didn't prow too much- which I was relieved of. Then again, if there was anything that I could point out about this place, it was how everyone pretty much minded their own business. At least, that's how it'd been so far.
I decided to take the shortcut behind some of the cabins, silently hoping that I wouldn't get into any trouble for walking on the grass. When I finally made it to the grey, rusty old shack I exhaled happily and then hummed a tune before opening the door. I didn't even notice that someone was close to me before they clamped their hand over my mouth.
I couldn't scream and at the moment, I was too scared to move on my own.
"It's me," a familiar voice whispered in my ear.
I calmed down a little and willed my captor to take me inside. When he was able to awkwardly shut the door with his shoulder, he let go of me.
"Darui?" I said breathlessly.
He put up his hands in surrender. "Sorry, didn't mean to freak you out. But it seems like your entire sector is outside. I had to get to you before anyone else saw."
His face grew somber as he noted how shook I was. "Bree…"
"Were you in martial arts or something?" I asked, just so that he could know that my mind frame was slowly returning to me.
"Wrestling," he grinned slyly while looking down at his hands for a second.
"Oh. You must've been the champion then."
He stepped back, out of fear that I'd react to him. "Look, I'm sorry about what I did. I didn't think that-"
He shut his mouth as I moved up to him daringly and gave him a quick peck on the lips.
He chuckled, "I still have to get used to you being so aggressive."
I lightly touched his face with my fingertips. "You know you like it," I smiled cheekishly.
"I do." He grabbed my hand as I walked past him towards my initial goal.
Wow. Now he's grabbing my hand, we'd just kissed. Yep, it was official. Things are already a lot better in my life right now than they have been in a long time.
But for a while, I was beginning to think that I'd done something wrong. After all, it'd been a couple of days since our last meeting. The only time I'd seen him was during lunch when I'd walk over to where the Leaf ate. We exchanged flirty looks during the period, but that only did so much to quench my natural curiosity. I even allowed my students to get out of class a lot earlier, hoping that he'd show up when others weren't around me.
We stopped walking when we got to the closet for field supplies. I let go of his hand to cautiously open it, making way for a slight slide of different sports balls to come through. I opened the doors wider so that I could see the stuff better. Crap. The cones are all the way in the back.
With all sorts of stuff piled on my feet, I reached far in the back to grab the equipment. Still can't reach them.
Stretch a little more and…
Still can't reach them.
Finally, I was stretched so far into the closet that my back was almost horizontal to the floor. But just as I reached a little more I felt myself falling down.
Breath was forced out of my lungs, from shock of potential pain from hitting the bottom of the metal storage outlet. I was more than grateful for the strong arms that caught me before I could hit anything hard.
I nodded. "Yeah."
He held me as I got out of the bunch sports balls that surrounded my feet and took me to the nearest clearest flooring path.
I began to stand up straight, regaining my balance. My mind once again held focus and perspective correctly.
Or at least, I thought that it did because I know that I wouldn't feel like his arms are around my waist.
I looked down. My body was close to his. There wasn't really a gap between us… I'm being held.
I blushed, before getting the courage to lift my head up and look him in the eyes. He was looking down at me, with unspoken words on his face.
He didn't say anything as he lowered his head down to mine and passionately kissed me.
Anko couldn't suppress her yawn any longer. Her boredom was edging on the verge of tears. Who the hell actually played soccer anyway? It didn't make sense to her.
"Shino, more hustle out there, dude," Kotetsu shouted over to the deep thinking youth, who was currently just standing out on the field with his hands in his khaki pockets.
Anko shook her head. Now the freaking campers were wearing stupid uniforms! Although, it wasn't as harsh as what she and her friends had to go through. Dark green t-shirts with the Leaf emblem in the middle, along with khaki shorts or skirts had been distributed to the kids three days ago. This "protocol" is getting out of hand, she thought.
Ah, but then again, why should she fret over something she can't personally take care of? At the moment, she much preferred to handle what it was in her power to.
"Uh, Kotetsu? He's a goalie. He can't exactly get up and run with the rest of the team," Anko said matter-of-factly.
He grumbled something before finally telling her, "Mind your own duties, Anko."
She rolled her eyes, "Suit yourself. Just trying to show you how the game is played."
Her rival just grunted in response.
"She's right though, man. He can't leave his post," his assistant coach, Izumo said lazily. He was sitting down on the team's bench with the rest of the reserves. "I told you to read that book about soccer. You know nothing about it and you're a terrible coach."
"WHAT DID YOU SAY?!"
Izumo shrugged, not looking up towards him. "Just sayin'."
Anko giggled as the two bickered before sitting down on her team's bench. Mission accomplished.
"It couldn't hurt you to be more active either, Anko," a voice said from behind her team's bench.
Anko flashed her trademark grin before chuckling. "Why should I be? Those two imbeciles are making this game too easy for me."
"Shizune," the carefree girl turned around on the bench slightly. "The score is 10-1. I'm pretty sure that my method is working."
She extended her hand out to the field where Sai was currently defending Kiba, who was currently in possession the ball. After Sai managed to take it away from him, the ruffian began to stomp the ground before grunting and complaining. Anko laughed. Kotetsu grumbled. Shizune sheepishly chuckled.
"Good job, Sai!" His head coach boasted, making sure that her opponent noticed her pride.
"Kiba! Stop complaining and get back in the game!"
The young man did as he was told, only to get down to the opposite side of the field in time to see Sai kick the soccer ball get past the (barely there) guarding of Shino. Anko's on-field team roared in cheer and ran towards the quiet youth. Whilst on the other team, Kiba lectured the uncaring Shino, who seemed to not have any fucks to give.
Anko stood up to clap and whistle at her player's accomplishment. "That boy has really started to come out of his shell," she boasted over to Shizune, who nodded.
"I wish that Bree could've seen this. She'd be over the moon. God knows that she's his cheerleader."
Shizune stopped admiring the happy worship-fest that was happening before her. "Bree? She's with you today?"
"Yeah. She's my assistant coach."
"Well… where is she?"
Anko looked around, before shrugging. "I dunno. She was supposed to get cones for the game. I thought that she would've been back by now."
She looked at her friend, who seemed a bit worried. "I'm sure that she's okay, Shizu. She probably just went to the bathroom or something."
"To be fair, it's not like we actually need any more cones. We were just trying to follow the new freaking protocol."
Shizune shook her head. "It's not about the stupid cones…"
Anko looked puzzled. "Okay then what is this about? Lately you've been watching her like a hawk. If I didn't know you too well, I'd think that you're a crazy stalker- person."
Shizune stepped closer to her, before looking around them to make sure that it was safe. "Can you keep a secret?"
Anko hesitated, weirded out. But after a couple of seconds, she hesitantly nodded.
Shizune lowered her voice, using her hand to cover the side of her mouth, so that the other coaches couldn't decipher any of her lip movements. "Alright. The truth is that a couple of days ago I saw her making out with someone."
Anko wasn't amused. "Um… so? I have a couple of make- out dates with a guy or two around here. No biggie."
"That's not the-" Shizune paused, surprised. "A guy or two? Seriously?"
Anko shrugged, grinning proudly.
Shizune waved her off. "Well, I'm sure that you haven't made out with anyone from outside of the Leaf."
"I saw her with Darui."
Anko's eyes widened. "Darui? You mean the Cloud's Darui?"
"The one and only."
"Yeah. They were on the playground by Mifune's office."
Anko whispered, still shocked by what she'd heard. "She made out with Darui?"
Shizune nodded. "I thought that you told her about inter-sector relationships."
"I lightly touched on it. I think that Mifune might've said something."
"I Doubt it."
"Shit," Anko repeated again.
"Yep," Shizune crossed her arms. "My sentiments exactly."
Anko straightened her stance slightly, gaining a bit of hope. "Well maybe it was just a make-out session. I mean, you know how it is around here; no one ever really becomes serious enough to get in a relationship."
"But she's obviously had a crush on him since she came here. So, I doubt that she thinks it's just casual."
Anko's eyes widened again as she the realization struck her. "Oh boy."
"NARUTO! QUIT PLAYING AROUND! IT'S YOUR TURN TO COME IN!"
The two women quickly looked over towards the field, where Sakura was waving towards their direction. Both of them slowly turned their heads to the team's bench, only to see Naruto hunching towards the two of them. Both women drew their mouths open- shocked that the mischievous youth had been listening in on their conversation.
"Heh…heh. Hi Anko-San, Shizune-San."
I closed my eyes tighter, fearing that I was now in a wonderful dream. If that was the case, I knew that I didn't want to wake up, ever.
I was elated as he pulled me in closer to him. I could feel his hard chest muscles against my puny build. He kept me occupied from praising him build as he continued to aggressively shower me in soft, tender kisses.
But then… my senses kicked in. This wasn't right for me.
All of a sudden memories of last year came flooding into my senses. I couldn't let that happen again. It wasn't good for me then and it damn sure isn't now.
Abruptly, I pulled away from him.
His face had a lot of unvoiced questions as we faced each other in silence to catch our breath.
I shook my head. "I'm not THAT girl."
"I'm not the girl who casually makes out with guys that she really doesn't know. That's not me."
Not normally, anyway. That peck was just out of the pure joy I felt to see him once again, but I really had no intention of keeping the fast and furious pace that we'd set in just a couple of days. I needed more. I deserved more.
Darui seemed shocked. His eyes weren't bulging out of their sockets or anything, but having been exposed to his laid back demeanor, I'd gotten the idea of what he was and wasn't used to.
He scratched the back of his head. "I know that you aren't."
He tried to calm down the overly defensive demeanor that I'd just gotten. He took several steps away from me. "That wasn't supposed to happen. I just… I got carried away. I'm sorry."
I nodded after he seemed to wait for a response.
"It's just that you do something to me."
Excuse me? I do something to him?!
"I won't bother you anymore if that's what you'd like."
I feverishly shook my head. "No! That's not what I meant!"
I walked over to him. "I do want to continue seeing you. But I don't just want to make out with you. I don't want to have that kind of relationship."
He came closer to me. "Me either. But aside from those getting dull, you should know that I never could treat you like that, Breena."
I blushed. He'd been the only one here to call me by my full name in a while. Hell, I was surprised that he'd remembered it.
He grabbed my hand. "I'd like to get to know you."
I hesitated at his open invitation. "Okay."
He grinned as he lightly rubbed his thumb on the outside of my hand. "Okay. We'll take things slow, get to know each other and… go from there."
After thinking it over for a second, I agreed to his outline. Although, God knows how much I wished that we could move things much faster.
"Sounds good," I smiled.
Thank you all for your continued support! Also for those who may have forgotten, Izumo and Kotetsu are the Jounin who guard the front post at the entrance of the Hidden Leaf village.