When the meal was finished and the dishes cleared away, they moved onto the couch and just talked for a while before Kazuma would bring out the desert. "So, when and where did you learn to cook like that?" Nora asked, cradling his glass of wine in his hands. "When I was a kid, long before I met you, I was home a lot. When I was done with my homework and chores, I would sit in front of the TV. and watch all these cooking shows, occasionally writing down recipes that I liked. So one day a rerun was on and I was getting kind of hungry so I thought I'd try out one of the recipes I had written down."
"And how did that go?"
"Well...it was a total disaster." Kazuma chuckled. "The food was delicious, not bad for my first attempt at cooking, but the kitchen was a mess. About an hour later I'm still cleaning up when my parents come home and see this disaster zone that used to be their kitchen."
"Oh no. What did they do?" Nora asked, scooting closer to Kazuma.
"They grounded me for a week. It would've been two but they liked the food." Kazuma said , patting Nora's knee causing Nora's heart to speed up on its own accord. "After that I ,"
"Let me guess," Nora interrupted " You never gave up, with each attempt you got better and better until you became the great chef you are today."
"sort of." Kazuma laughed. "After my mishap I wasn't allowed back in the kitchen for a month. But I did buy myself a how to book on cooking before I tried creating anything again. I started off small, like making omelets, and gradually made my way up to making bigger dishes. So here I am today, making a dinner for two on a budget."
"Well I'm glad that everything worked out, I like your cooking." Nora said, leaning his head on Kazuma's shoulder, causing Kazuma to shift uncomfortably. "I'm glad to hear it." Kazuma replied, resting his hand on Nora's waist. Nora in turn looked up, unconsciously trailing his hand down and across Kazumas broad chest. "Nora I," Before he could continue, the timer on the oven went off. "Ummm, that's the desert." Kazuma untangled himself from Nora and made his way to the kitchen, Nora was already missing his warmth. Kazuma removed the desert from the oven and placed it on the counter, adding the last few details to the strawberry shortcake. "How long are you going to take? I can smell the food from here. I can smell the food from here and I don't know how long I can keep my eyes closed." Nora said, clamping his hands over his eyes. "Okay I'm here, and you didn't have to do that." Kazuma replied, gently removing Nora's hands from his face and placing them by his sides. "Alright, you ready?"
"Yes." Nora said practically bouncing in anticipation.
"This might be a little hot so be careful." Kazuma said, blowing on a piece of cake before feeding it to Nora.
"Oh gosh that is hot." Nora said chewing the moist piece of cake. "But it is very good. I can taste strawberries and cream cheese, which means one thing. This cake is topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream." Nora said opening one eye.
"Hey, no peeking or else you won't get any more." Kazuma said picking up a strawberry covered in whipped cream. "Okay okay." Nora said closing his eyes and scooting a fraction of an inch closer. Kazuma could only stare at Nora's beautiful face. Deciding to tease him a bit, Kazuma placed the strawberry against Nora's lips but pulled it away when he opened his mouth causing Nora to whine in protest. Kazuma only smiled as he bit into the strawberry himself.
"Strawberry's really good."
"Let me have a taste." Nora said, leaning in. His face close to Kazuma's own. "Sure." Kazuma whispered. He placed the strawberry against Nora's lips once again before replacing it with his own lips, causing Nora's eyes to shoot open at the contact. 'What the hell is he doing!' Nora thought but then Kazuma cradled Nora's cheek and slanted his mouth over Nora's, deepening the kiss, Nora quickly got over his initial shock. All too soon Kazuma pulled away and sat back on the couch. "Where…where did that come from?" Nora asked, trying to catch his breath.
"I'm sorry, I don't know what came over me. I-I need to go." Kazuma stammered, getting off the couch, completely mortified by what he did. 'Why did I kiss him? I didn't want him to ever find out. What am I going to do?'
"Kazuma wait." Nora said, going after him and preventing him from leaving. "You don't have to apologize. It was- it was nice." Nora replied, looking down trying to hide his blush.
"It didn't seem like you liked it." Kazuma replied refusing to look at him.
" You dummy, I liked it. I liked it because," Nora gently tilted Kazuma's face she he would look at him. " I like you. I really like you. It just caught me by surprise."
"Maybe that's not good enough."
"What? My surprise?"
"No, you liking me. I have really strong feelings for you and I think that I," Kazuma paused, was he really going to admit his feelings for him after one accidental kiss? Yes, yes he was.
Taking Nora's hands in his own, Kazuma took a deep breath and said. "I know that I love you."
There you have it folks! Only one more chapter to go. How is Nora going to react to Kazuma's bold confession? Guess you'll have to read and find out.