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"Abe!" thinking it is Lexi, I instantly turn around. But it isn't Lexi, it is Kiwa.

"Hey, Kiwa," I greet. Lexi is behind her, smiling and talking with Amaya.

"Hey, can you hook me up with that Tajima on your team?" she asks excitedly.

"Oh, sure, I look behind me, just catching Tajima leaving his class room, "Tajima, c'mere."

"Yeah?" he stands next to me. Before I could say anything, the rest of the baseball club shows up. Kiwa looks especially freaked out.

"Uhm, hey guys, why don't you all go talk to Kobe, he's in the class room," Tajima starts to merge with the crowd. I grab him by the collar saying, "not you."

"Hey man," he glares at me, "what the hell?"

"Kiwa wants to date you," I leave it up to her about what to say. Her face is bright red.

"Oh?" he smiles wide at Kiwa, "my name is Yuuichirou Tajima," he offers his hand.

"Uh, Kiwa Yamazaki," she shakes his hand gently. Tajima laughs.

"Well, love birds, we need to get to practice," I pull Tajima by the ear.

"Ow, jerk!" Tajima exclaims, pulling free of my hand. He rubs his ear, turning back to Kiwa, "I will see you later," he smirks, running down the hall.

I roll my eyes, poking my head in the classroom, "guys," I wave them along. They file out after talking to Kobe and Naoya.

"Takaya," Kobe socks me in the arm.

"Yeah?" I turn to the super tall Kobe.

"Let us help in practice today," he smiles down at me.

"Uh, sure," I shrug, having them follow me to the field.

xxx

Three months have passed, and Lexi and I? Yeah, we haven't progressed at all. I have been friend zoned. Ugh! This is so damn frustrating.

"Takaya," a finger pokes me in the cheek, "Takaya!"

"Huh-what?" I jump, rubbing my eyes.

"Takaya, you were sleeping," Kobe snickers beside me. I sigh, "so when's your party?"

"Friday," I answer in mid yawn.

"Great, Imma be there," he smiled wide at me.

"Good," I nod, scratching my head.

xxx

It's Friday. My birthday, "Abe, I'm coming to your party," Lexi smiles up at me, "and I'm going to wear your mommy's dress."

"Good, I like that one," I smirk.

"It's the only dress you've ever seen me wear!" she giggles, pulling the hem of her shirt down.

"Precisely," I nod. Lexi giggles, turning to Kobe.

"You're coming to?"

"I am," he chuckles.

"Great!" she claps her hands, "and the baseball club is coming?"

"They are," I nod consent.

"Oh my! What do you want for your birthday?" her eyes are wide and innocent. You. But I can't say that to her.

"Whatever you think I'll like," I shrug watching as she runs for her home. I smile at her retreating frame.

"You like her!" Kobe nudges me with his shoulder.

"Uh-no!" I punch him in the shoulder.

"Uh-yes!" he challenges, sneering playfully at me. I sigh.

"Don't tell her, please," I nearly beg. Kobe laughs loudly.

"I won't. You think she'll be your birthday prezzie?" Kobe eyes me. I face palm.

"I'm not going to answer that," I start to walk away.

"Wait, where are you going?" Kobe runs to my side.

"To get everyone," I answer indifferently.

"Hey man, I'm sorry, I was just kidding around," he says, his voice desperate.

"I know you were," I smirk at him.

"Gah! You did it again!" Kobe yells.

"Did what"' I ask in mock innocence. Kobe narrows his eyes at me. I smile up at him. He rolls his eyes, walking silently next to me.

"Everyone who's coming to my party, please follow me," I wave everybody along behind me.

"Thanks for inviting me...Abe," Taeko says super softly. I shift my gaze to her and smile.

"You're welcome, Taeko," I answer. A small smile pulls her lips up, but then it's gone and the shy Taeko is back.

Tajima runs up past everyone chanting, "to Abe's house! To Abe's house!"

"Tajima, you don't even know where I live," I roll my eyes. He stops and waits for the rest of us.

"Kobe! Race ya!" Tajima takes a track stance.

"You're on!" Kobe sets up beside him.

"Abe tell us when to go!" Tajima is just short of bouncing in his place.

"On your marks, get set, go," I sigh. Instantly the boys are off, tearing down the sidewalk, "where are you going?"

They don't answer me, I didn't expect them to. I turn to my company and shrug.

"I see them! They're coming back," points Naoya from my left. Kobe is leading, but we all know Tajima, he's holding out. Ah. There he is, surpassing Kobe then gaining enough leverage to win.

"Alright, goofball, let's get to my house already," I lead.

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"Whoa, Abe, this is your house?" Tajima stares up my house.

"Yeah, so?" I shrug.

"Man, Abe! You're loaded!" Kobe exclaims before Tajima could.

"Come on everyone," I wave them in, "Mom?"

"Outside!" she yells from the back of the house.

"Outside," I chuckle winding my path through my house to the back doors.

"Happy birthday, Taka," Mom smiles wide at me.

"Thanks Mom," I smile back as Shun yells.

"Brother! Happy birthday!" he giggles.

"Thanks, little brother," I muss with his hair.

"Hey!" he fixes his hair, leaving for the snack table.

"Mrs. Abe, where would you like us to put the presents?" Kobe steps up next to me, holding a bag I hadn't noticed on the way here.

"Oh! Over there by the snack table," she points to the blank, lone table next to the snacks.

"C'mon everyone," Kobe waves along my company to the table. Within the minute the table is filled with presents. But...how'd they know what to get me? I don't even know what to get me.

"I hope I'm not late," a female voice comes from behind us all. I'm the first to turn. Lexi is right there, in that white rose dress. Her hair has been curled, her makeup redone. She looks absolutely beautiful.

"You're not," Mom pushes passed us, "Lexi, you look absolutely beautiful," she gushes. Mom took the words right out of my mouth. Lexi blushes.

"Thank you, Mommy Abe," Lexi giggles, looking to the ground and playing with her fingers.

"You're welcome, dear," she turns to evaluate the rest of my company. She starts to fawn over Hana.

"Oh, Abe," Lexi holds up a small box, "this is for you."

"You didn't have to," I shake my head.

"I insist," she pushes the box further toward me. Gently I pluck it from her fingers, opening the box.

"It's a Gloomy Bear keychain," she smiles, "I got you the grey one to match your eyes."

"My eyes?" I mean, don't get me wrong I know my eyes are grey but why?

"Yeah! Your eyes are pretty so I got you this pretty grey bear for your baseball bag. And I have a matching blue one on my softball bag," her smile is wide and innocent. I pull the bear out by it's chain. I have to say, it is cute.

"Thank you," I smile back, "I'll go put it on my bag right now," I leave for the inside of the house. Lexi follows.

"I want to see how it looks," she walks beside me. I kneel beside my bag, maneuvering the chain around the strap of my bag, "oh my!" Lexi exclaims, "it's adorable!"

I smile up at her, "I love it, thank you."

"You're welcome!" she giggles, grabbing my arm, "we have to get you back to your party."

"Uhm, Lexi," I stop the both of us in the hallway. She turns around, looking up at me with wide eyes.

"Yes?" my heart is hammering against my ribs.

"Uhm," I take a steadying breath, "I-I think I'm in love with you."

Lexi is quiet. Her eyes are wide her hands shaking slightly, she whispers, "Abe."

My heart drops, she doesn't feel the same way, "I'm sorry, I knew I shouldn't have said anything,"

"No, Abe wait," she grabs my hand, stopping my retreat. Slowly I turn to to her, pushing the tears back, "I love you too," she stands, fidgeting, in front of me. I can't breathe, "I'm sorry I didn't answer at first, you caught me off guard," her voice is small, whispery.

I smile down at her, moving closer. I take her hands in mind, "I love you," I say again, once just wasn't enough for me. I had to say it again. I lean my face down to hers.

"I love you too," she smiles up at me. A genuine smile. The smile I loved so much. Tenderly I kiss her, then I hug her, "Abe, you're crushing my dress," she giggles, tentatively pushing me away. I chuckle, helping her with her dress, "Abe, we have to get you back to your party."

"Oh, that's right, today's my birthday," I lift a finger.

"Yeah, today's your birthday! You silly goose!" she giggles, covering her mouth with her hand.

"It's your fault you know," I pull her along by the hand, smirking down at her.

"How is that my fault?" she protests.

"You have those eyes that I get lost in," I lean down so our faces are mere inches apart. She blushes a deep red. I laugh.

"Abe, what have you and Lexi been doing?" Tajima yells, smiling evilly at me.

"Something you only dream of," I grin at him. He glares at me, but I know he's just frustrated. I smile down at Lexi and realize, there's no doubt in my mind that Lexi and I will be together for a long time.

~The End~