This is a quick story I wrote with "Magicfire". We hope you enjoy it and please review.
"Keiichiro, we're back!" called Berry as she and Tasuku entered Café Mew Mew on their roller blades. They had just finished one delivery and were ready for the next.
"Okay," called Keiichiro, putting the finishing touches on their next order, a cake.
Ichigo smiled at them. "I see you two are getting along well," she said.
"We always do," said Tasuku with a big smile on his face. He gave Berry a hug.
Ichigo cringed when she heard a plate break. "Ah, well, back to work," she said, turning to see if it was Pudding or Lettuce who made the mess. "At least things are normal."
"Define normal," said Ryou.
Ichigo shot him a glare and continued to work.
Keiichiro came out and gave Tasuku and Berry their next order.
"I'm glad things are working out for them," said Mint, sitting at a table and drinking her afternoon tea.
"Me, too," said Ichigo, watching Berry and Tasuku leave. She whipped around to Mint. "Hey, you could be helping me since Zakuro isn't here!"
"It's my tea time," said Mint cooly.
"I don't know why it always seems like you're sitting around drinking tea," muttered Ichigo.
"Did you say something?" asked Mint.
"Nothing!" Ichigo quickly said.
Pudding jumped over an empty table. "So, Ichigo! When's your next date with Masaya?"
"It's none of your business," said Ichigo. "Some things I want to keep private."
"Aw, come on," whined Pudding. "Just one little juicy tidbit. Just one!"
"No!" said Ichigo.
"Leave her alone, Pudding," said Lettuce. "We have work to do."
"That's right!" said Pudding. "Time for my show!"
"No! No show!" said Ichigo. "I get stuck cleaning up the mess!"
Two girls who looked exactly alike came into the café. They both had the same orangish-red hair and brown eyes. The similarities stopped there. One girl had her hair pulled back in a ponytail and was wearing a T-shirt and shorts. The other had her hair pulled back with a hair claw and was wearing nice shirt and skirt. Lettuce seated them, gave them menus, and took their drink orders.
"I'll have a diet soda, please," said the girl in the skirt.
"Water with lemon for me," said the girl with the ponytail.
"Coming right up," said Lettuce.
The two girls sat there not saying anything to each other. The girl with the ponytail scratched at her bare leg and adjusted her sock while she looked at the menu. The girl in the skirt examined her fingernails.
Lettuce carefully brought out their drinks and set them on the table. "Can I take your orders?"
"A slice of raspberry cheesecake," said the girl with the ponytail.
"Nothing for me, thank you," said the girl in the skirt.
The girl with the ponytail glared at the girl in the skirt. "You always get nothing. You get your diet soda and that's the end of it."
"I need to watch my weight," defended the girl in the skirt.
"Weight, nothing," said the girl with the ponytail.
"Your order will be out in a minute, miss," said Lettuce, anxious to get away from the table before a fight started.
"You keep this up and you'll be nothing but bone, Momo," said the girl with the ponytail.
"Just drop it, Anzu," said the girl in the skirt.
Anzu and Momo Orenjikumo looked exactly alike and that's where the similarities ended.
"I'm not going to drop it," said Anzu. "You need to eat. How does your coach expect you to compete when you barely have enough energy to get up in the morning?"
"How does your coach expect you to compete when you run yourself ragged?" Momo calmly retaliated.
"At least I take care of myself," grumbled Anzu.
"With sweets?" asked Momo. "Oh, yes, that's taking care of yourself."
"I'm not starving," Anzu shot back.
"Neither am I," said Momo. She sipped her soda.
"What?" asked Anzu. "That's the biggest lie I've ever heard. Your weight less than we did when we entered middle school."
"And you weigh more," Momo said levelly.
"Huh?" Anzu's cheeks turned red. "It's all muscle! I'm the fastest at school."
"Third fastest," corrected Momo. "Kotone and Akane are faster than you."
"Here you go, ladies!" The twins were surprised as Pudding swooped in and placed Anzu's cheesecake in front of her. "If you need anything, don't hesitate to ask!"
Anzu watched Pudding cartwheel away. "What a little monkey," she said.
"There's a girl who knows her acrobatics," said Momo with a smile.
"What are you talking about?" asked Anzu, whipping around to her sister. "You're amazing and you know it. You can beat the pants off that girl." Anzu motioned to Pudding who was currently spinning plates on thin poles.
"I am not perfect," said Momo.
Anzu scoffed. "Those gymnastics people expect perfection, but there is no such thing." She took a stab at her cheesecake.
"I can try," defended Momo.
"They're setting you up to fail," Anzu said with her food pressed to one cheek so she could talk.
"Oh, please don't talk with your mouth full," said Momo with a disgusted look.
Anzu made a face and swallowed her cheesecake.
Ichigo and the others were standing back watching the exchange between the two girls.
"They are not happy," said Lettuce.
"Brr! I think the building got colder," said Ichigo.
"I thought it got hotter," said Pudding.
"Either way, it is an unnecessary display," said Mint. "Let's ignore them."
Anzu and Momo walked home, still snapping at each other unnecessarily. They went into their apartment and went to their rooms. Anzu's room was a complete mess while Momo's room was spotless.
They didn't say anything to each other when they went to watch the evening news later that night. They wanted to see pictures and videos of the Mew Mews. The Mew Mews hadn't been showing up as much as of late and it was a treat for the twins to see them on television.
"Wouldn't it be so cool to be Mew?" Anzu asked Momo.
"It could be difficult to balance school and saving the world," said Momo.
Anzu scoffed. "Always the realist."
"Always the dreamer," Momo sniped back.
Anzu glared in Momo's direction and said nothing more.
The next morning Anzu and Momo walked to school.
"Excuse me, ladies."
The twins turned around to see a man in his fifties with gray hair and glasses. He was sharply dressed in a business suit.
"My name is Dr. Kurogumo," said the man. "My colleagues and I are working on a project. We are studying the behavioral interactions between twins. May I have a few moments of your time?"
Anzu and Momo looked at each other.
"We'll be late," said Momo.
Anzu did not care. She could run much faster than Momo.
"We can discuss this when you get out of class this afternoon," said Dr. Kurogumo.
"That will be better for us," said Momo.
"Thank you, ladies," said Dr. Kurogumo.
Momo smiled. "You're welcome. Come on, Anzu. We're going to be late if we don't hurry."
The school day passed Anzu and Momo by quickly. They wanted to talk to the doctor and be part of his research. When they left the school, they found Dr. Kurogumo sitting on a bench across the street.
"Good afternoon, ladies," he said.
"Good afternoon," said Momo.
"So what did you want to talk about?" asked Anzu.
Dr. Kurogumo looked at Anzu.
"You'll have to forgive my sister," said Momo. "She did not learn proper manners."
"It's perfectly fine," said Dr. Kurogumo. "It's our differences that set us apart. I would like you to start by describing each other." He took an audio recorder from his pocket. "Do you mind if I record this conversation? It will save me from writing down everything on paper."
"Not at all," said Momo.
"Now state your names for the record," said Dr. Kurogumo.
"Anzu, how would you describe your sister?" asked Dr. Kurogumo.
"She's a neat freak and a perfectionist," said Anzu. "She's always planning things down to the last detail. She concerned about her weight because she's a gymnast and is always trying to be perfect."
"Momo, how would you describe Anzu?" asked Dr. Kurogumo.
"She's impatient and a slob," said Momo. "She is also very opinionated. She likes things fast-paced and goes along with things even if she doesn't understand them."
"What do you two like to do together?" asked Dr. Kurogumo.
The twins looked at each other.
"Nothing, really," said Anzu. "We're always trying to be individuals and we do different activities."
"The only thing we seem to agree about is liking the Mew Mews," said Momo.
"You like the Mew Mews?" asked Dr. Kurogumo.
"Yes," replied the twins.
Dr. Kurogumo smiled and there was a dark twinkle in his brown eyes. "Perfect."