I'm in Love with an Idiot

Chapter 1

This is just somthing I wrote while trying to write my other story. Don't know if I'll continue... Maybe

Okay, I admit it ... I'm a rule breaker. Before you start freaking out, relax. I'm not a criminal. I just don't follow the rules I think are and pointless.

For instance the rule about how 'you can't sit on the edge of the bridge crossing the river into the Flute Fields'. How dumb is that? As long as you know what you're doing, you'll never fall off that bridge by just sitting on it.

Which is why I was sitting on it, and where my very long story begins.

Quick bio about me; my name is Akari. When I was 18 years old I move Castanet to start my own farm. That was about a year ago and I've made a lot of friends since then.

It was late after noon and I was exhausted. Well why shouldn't I be? I had spent the last week planting seeds for the summer. That year, I planned on planting tomatoes, strawberries, and cucumbers. I even bought 10 apple seedlings and planted the so they'd be ready for the fall. So I decide I was going to sit on the bridge and relax.

Well... I was actually waiting for someone.

Sure enough, a couple of minutes later, I heard a cheerful whistling coming from behind me towards Fugue Forest. I smiled and turned around, but was shocked when I didn't see him. Frantically I looked all around thinking that he may have slipped passed me.

That's when I looked down.

Floating right under me was an old boat. Sprawled on it was a tall guy with purple-bluish hair. Even from here you could tell he had muscle, but not grotesque muscle, more like a guy that was in shape. What was really noticeable about him was a white bandana with a fire pattern tied around his head.

Without even thinking about, I jumped from the bridge and into the boat.

The good news is, I made, but when I landed it sent the guy up and when he came down, I went up again and straight into his lap.

I didn't know what to say so I said the first thing that came to my mind.

"Hi Luke!"

"Hey Akari, nice of you to drop by." he said. He gave me a grin and said it so casually I couldn't help but laugh.

Quickly, I scrambled up and put my hands on my hips.

"I think that jump deserved a 10."

"Nah. Maybe a 6." Luke stretched back out and stared at the clouds.

"What? No way?" I exclaimed." You'd have to be very precise to jump into this boat."

"I could have done it in my sleep."

"Yeah right." I snorted. "Besides what are doing being lazy over here? Your dad is going to be mad that you haven't done all your chores."

"Relax," Luke waved his hand around lazily, "I'm finished with all of my chores."

"Right." I giggled." and I just grew a tail."

"Seriously where?" Luke leapt up, making the boat rock.

"It's a figure of speech Luke."

"Oh"

"Hmm... I wonder if I could get a discount at the carpenter's if I told your dad you're goofing off here?"

"You wouldn't." Luke looked at me with mock surprise.

"You don't think I would?" I said teasingly.

"One problem though." He answered.

"What?"

With surprising agility he had me in a headlock within 3 seconds.

"You can't go anywhere if I got you." he laughed.

"All right, truce."

Luke let go of me and I sat on the bottom of the boat (there was only 1 seat and it was for the rower).

"So, where are we going?" I asked.

"To the Brass Bar, where else?"

He plopped down onto the bench and began to row using the 2 oars that were attached to the boat. Meanwhile I sat back and relaxed enjoying the ride.

Luke has been my best friend for a long time. When I first arrived on Castanet Dale, Luke's dad who also owns the Carpenter's store, asked me to go find Luke in the Fugue Forest and tell him to get his but home. When I found him, he was chopping at a huge tree determined to cut it down before nightfall. When I told him what his dad had said, he thanked me by giving me an ax and the promise that he would come home as soon as he was finished with the tree.

The very next day he showed up on my doorstep with a pot of honey. Unfortunately he hadn't realized that there were still a few bees hangin' around the honey. By the end of that experience, my hair was sticky with honey, me and Luke had a couple of stings, and I had a new friend.

Everyday is an adventure with Luke. He never likes to be doing the same thing, at the same time twice. He is reckless, funny, and a bit dumb. But I don't mind the dumb 'cuz I can be stupid too.

When we reached the Harmonica dock, I leaped out and helped Luke tie up the boat to the dock.

"How did you get a hold of this boat anyway Luke?"

"Toby gave it to me 'cuz he doesn't use it anymore. Pretty awesome huh?" He gave the boat an affectionate pat, as if it were a loving pet." I plan on fixing her up a little."

"Nice." I turned around and faced a huge sailboat. Perched on top of the boat was a man who was about in his 60s." Good evening Pascal!"

"G'evening Akari!" He gave me a wave." Luke you'll be happy to know I brought Selena in today."

"What? Selena's here?"

"Yep, she's dancing at the bar for entertainment tonight."

Every Wednesday is entertainment night at the Brass Bar. Me and Luke go there to see how well people cope with a crowd. Last week it was a guy who did stand-up comedy, but stutter so much, you couldn't understand him.

"Thanks for telling me Pascal." Luke turned and ran up the dock towards the bar.

"Anytime!" came Pascal's gruff reply.

"Hey Luke! Wait up!" I had to sprint to catch up to him.

"Who's Selena?"

"She's an old friend of mine, and lives on Toucan Island." He replied barely slowing down. "You would have met her last year, but mother got really sick, so Selena had to take care of her."

"Oh… Okay."

We burst into the bar barely missing Kathy, who was serving cocktails to a couple of miners.

"Hey guys! What took you so long?" She asked.

"Luke decided to take a boat to get here."

"A boat? Where'd you get a boat?"

"Long story," Luke said impatiently. "Where's Selena?"

"In the back getting ready." Answered Kathy. "Hey Akari, I need your help."

"With what?"

"Something in the kitchen."

Oh no, 'something in the kitchen' was Kathy's code for 'I need to talk to you about a guy'.

I let out a sigh, gave an apoligic look to Luke, and followed Kathy into the kitchen. Chase, the cook, was busy at the stove; he'd be too busy to eavesdrop on our conversation.

"So what's this about?" I asked. "Is it about your boyfriend, Owen?"

"No it's actually about Luke."

"Huh?" Now I was confused.

"Come on Akari, I know you love him."

"What!" I shrieked.

I looked over at Chase, but like I said he was too involved in his cooking to eavesdrop on us.

Quickly, I grabbed Kathy and dragged her out of the kitchen and through the bar. We climbed up the stairs up to the roof of the bar. I wheeled around and looked at Kathy.

"Alright, spill. How'd you find out?"

"Akari, I've seen you practically drool over this guy for the past year."

"Do ya think Luke knows?"

"Luke?" she snorted. "No, of course not."

"Ugh," I moaned and rubbed my forehead. "What am I gonna do?"

"I'll tell you what your gonna do. You're gonna march right back into that bar, and you tell Luke what you really feel before his ex-girlfriend steals him back."

"Ex-girlfriend?" I shouted.

A couple looked up at us and we dropped to the floor until they passed. If Kathy's dad caught us up here we'd be in deep trouble.

"You didn't know?" whispered Kathy. "Luke broke up with Selena before she left for the island a couple of years ago."

"Do you think that they'll get back together?"

"Nah, Selena was too controlling, but still, it's a possibility."

"Okay, so I'll talk to Luke when we walk back."

I turned around and went back into the bar. Since it was entertainment night the place was more crowded than usual. Finally I spotted Luke sitting by a red-haired girl and made my way over to them.

"Hey Akari!" Luke smiled and waved at me.

My heart gave a little flutter at his smile. Stop it you, I told myself. Just because Kathy brought it up doesn't mean you can get all lovey dovey.

Luke turned towards the girl.

"Selena this is my best friend Akari, you know the girl I wrote to you about." He turned back to me. "Akari, you just missed Selena's dancing."

"Oopps. I guess I'll just have to catch Selena next time."

Selena smiled at me. "It's so nice to finally meet you, Akari; I'm glad that Luke has someone to keep up with him. I was afraid that he'd get so bored he'd start jumping off bridges."

Luke and I shared a look and we both busted out laughing.

"What?" asked Selena confused.

"Long story," answered Luke, "I'll fill you in later."

All of a sudden someone began to play the fiddle. Whoever it was, they were good.

"Guess this is the after entertainment," said Luke, "Come on Selena, come and dance with me!"

He pulled her out onto the dance floor and they whirled away among the other dancers.

Was I jealous? A little, but there was no way I was going to butt in. I am terrible at dancing. So I sat on the sidelines and tapped my foot to the merry song.

When I saw Luke and Selena again they had stopped dancing and were talking. She then smiled and walked away. He then turned around walk towards me.

Uh-oh.

I made a dash for the door, but Luke was a lot faster than I was. He picked me up and threw me over his shoulder like a sack of potatoes.

"Come on Akari, dance with me!"

"Are you crazy? I can't dance!"

He plunked me down right smack dab in the middle of the dance floor.

"Sure you can, everybody can dance."

From all around me came words of encouragement.

"Go on Akari, dance with him!"

"Yeah! He ain't gonna bite."

So I let Luke drag me all over the floor. To be honest with you, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It was actually kinda fun. But when the song finished, I remembered how much I hated dancing.

Before Luke could say anything, I once again dashed out of the bar and into the night air. I raced past the courthouse and Simon's Photos, barely slowing down on the bridge. As I was passing the beach though I tripped and fell flat on my face.

"AKARI!"

Strong hands picked me up and put me on my feet. When I looked up, amber eyes peered at me with worry.

"You okay?"

"I'm fine Luke, I just tripped is all."

"Tripped?" he laughed. "Akari, there's nothing on the road but dirt."

Grr… I stalked past Luke and up the road.

"Hey Akari? How come you're going back up to the town?"

GRR! I wheeled around and stomped up the road to my farm; Luke easily kept pace with me.

"Hey are you still mad at me 'cuz I made you dance with me?"

"Hmmm… Let me think about that...YES!"

"Oh"

We walked for a while in silence. Then he nudged me.

"Will you forgive me?"

I sighed. "Of course I'll forgive you."

"Good." He took off without a warning, shouting over his shoulder. "Race ya!"

I smiled and followed after him. I really did love his childish ways. When I was finally caught up with him he was sitting on my pasture fence.

"Took you long enough."

"I'm not as fast as you are."

"Course you're not." He hopped off the fence and we walked up the path up to my house.

"Looks like your farm is coming along nicely." He commented.

"Thanks. I've been working on it."

We stopped at my doorstep. I had left the porch light on so a small semicircle of light enveloped us.

"Oh almost forgot," Luke searched his pockets, pulled something out, and put it in my hand. "I found this in the mines when I was helping Owen out, and I remembered that you like them."

I let out a gasp of surprise. Sitting in the palm of my hand was a sparkling, purple amethyst.

"Luke! This is beautiful? You can't possibly be giving me this."

"No, really, it's yours!" he insisted.

I looked up at him. This is the perfect time to tell him, I thought. Go on! Before you chicken out.

"Luke… I- uhh… I l-"

"Aww crap!" Luke smacked his head. "I left the boat at the dock!" He ran back towards town. "See ya tomorrow!" he shouted.

"Wait! Luke!"

But he had already disappeared into the night. I let out a sigh and opened my door and stepped into my house. Waiting for me dutifully was my black and white collie, Lady. She gave out a happy bark and followed me around while I got ready for bed and tidied up the house.

When I finally crawled between the covers of the bed, it was around 11:30. Just as I was falling asleep, I heard a low whine.

"Well get up here"

Lady leapt up at the bottom of the bed and made herself comfortable. Several minutes later I heard he began to snore and I smiled.

Finally I forgot all of today's drama and was deep into my dreams.