Trunks gazed upon his best friend as he sat across from him at the table, looking anxious. Goten stirred his spoon around the bowl of leftover milk and cereal. Every now and then he'd shift to straighten his posture, the sound of his hand moving across the fabric of his pants. Trunks knew he did that to check his cellphone in his pocket.
"She's not going to call, you know." The lavender-haired teen said, breaking the silence.
"What?" Goten looked at him hysterically.
He cocked a brow in response. "Your ex. She's not going to call." He elaborated.
Goten relaxed upon hearing that. "Oh, yeah…you're right." He gave a nod, looking flustered.
The gears in Trunks's head were turning, something was odd here. When Goten broke it off with his girlfriend he was a complete wreck, sulking on the sofa and moping about to a playlist of break up songs. His mood had improved only a couple of days ago with the exception of one thing, he never stayed around long. He usually had to leave in a hurry. Was it safe to say he was over her? He didn't even seem to have batted an eyelash when he had just mentioned her and the possibility of her never calling him again. It didn't sit well with the young saiyan prince. This was all too suspicious. Hopefully this time he could get to the bottom of it.
The phone let out a notification beep. "Text?" Trunks asked.
Goten flinched as he took out his phone. "Y-Yeah." The spikey-haired teen ogled at the lit screen of his phone to read the message.
"Who's it from?" Trunks asked, pressing his folded hands against his lips.
"Oh, you know those junk messages phone companies send." Goten scoffed and pressed a few buttons. "Well, would you look at the time? I better head out. Thanks for the cereal." He said slowly and got up to stretch.
"And where are you going?" Trunks asked.
"Um, you know, I promised Videl I'd babysit Pan." Goten flashed a smile, his nervous smile he'd wear when lying.
Trunks's lips curled into a smirk. "Why didn't you say so earlier? I'm sure she'd love to have a play date with Bura." He suggested as he got up as well.
That made Goten tense up. "No, no. Uh, you see, Pan needs my help working on a surprise for your sister!" He lied once more through his grin.
"Oh, all right. I hope she'll like it." Trunks decided to play along.
"Of course, you know she will." Goten laughed while waving his hand dismissively while backing out of the room. "See you later." He said before dashing off.
Trunks decided to give him a head start before locking on his ki. Let the game begin.
Trunks hid behind buildings as Goten made his way down town, hoping he wasn't getting himself into trouble. Goten stopped by a bus stop and a large stone staircase and looked around. Trunks made sure to duck out in time and keep his ki hidden. Goten jogged up the steps once the coast was clear. Trunks decided to take the short cut and jump scale the wall with his ability to defy gravity. He hid atop a tall tree and blinked when he noticed it was decorated with familiar looking paper streamers. Trunks's eyes grew wide as they fell upon the building Goten approached.
'A shrine?' He thought in disbelief. So Goten was sneaking away because he found some spirituality? He scratched his head in confusion. This was definitely weird. He couldn't help but think like there was something more to this.
He slid down the trunk of the tree with the stealth of a ninja. Sneaking behind a patch of bushes, he peeked through the leaves to spy on his friend. Goten stopped at a particular sliding door, knocking on the wooden plaque on the wall next to the rice paper laced entrance. The door slid ajar.
"Were you followed?" Came a whisper from what Trunks could make out was a female voice.
"No, I was really careful." Goten answered with a shake of his head.
'Not careful enough.' Trunks thought with a roll of his eyes.
The door then opened fully to reveal a familiar face. Hino Rei? Trunks rubbed his eyes to make sure they weren't playing tricks on him. The hottest girl in school was meeting his best friend in private. Trunks's jaw hit the floor at what came next. Goten, cupping her face and pulling her into a kiss. Trunks held his head in disbelief as she kissed back instead of shoving him off of her and screaming obscenities at him like he would expect her to do. You know, like when the world made sense.
He felt like he was going to have a stroke or something. Goten with Rei, Rei with Goten…his brain was just short-circuiting over how outrageous the idea was. Rei treated Goten like the thorn on her side, giving him cold looks, making snide remarks about his appearance or eating habits, and lived for making sure Goten got caught for whatever mischief he was up to. He was so sure she hated his guts! Goten felt an attraction to Rei since the first day of school, pleading to pair up with her for class projects, hold her books for her, and even being as bold as to ask her to go out with him. Rei had rejected him on all occasions. The two would bicker over how uptight she was or how foolish he was. They fought like cats and dogs. There was no way he would've seen this coming.
Even their other halves were totally opposite to each other. Rei dated an upper class senior named Jed with blonde hair and blue eyes. He was on the honor roll, sophisticated, and made all the girls swoon for him. A total upgrade from an underachiever like Goten's shaggy-haired, disheveled self. As for Goten, he dated…Paresu. It's not that she wasn't a nice girl; she was just not all there. She was spacey and demure versus the intelligent and passionate Hino Rei.
Yet there they were, together wrapped in each other's arms like lovers while locking lips, both of them now single. Could this be a rebound for both of them? Is that why they're meeting in secret?
The two finally parted for air and Rei ran her hands down his chest. "Did you bring what I asked?"
Goten reached in his back pocket and lifted up a handful of condoms. "And they're ribbed," He grinned from ear to ear.
Trunks withheld the urge to jump out of his hiding place and throttle him. Now he was going to get laid with his condoms! He knew there was a reason for him being in his room while he showered this morning. Well now he knew, Goten had found his stash. Rei took his hand and pulled him inside before closing the rice paper door hastily. Trunks growled and kicked a pebble at his feet. And here he thought he should've been concerned for his friend. Apparently he was totally peachy, getting laid with the hottest girl in school and all.
'Unbelievable!' He thought before taking off back home. As soon as that idiot was done enjoying himself, he was going to be in for some payback.
A couple of days ago…
Goten sat at the bus stop looking utterly defeated. Tried as he might he couldn't win his girlfriend back, it really was over for them. Rei had been walking down the sidewalk, heading home from buying some groceries. It looks like she was in for another night of drinking tea by herself. It had been 2 weeks since Jed left her.
'Who needs him anyway?' She thought to herself with a huff. She was mostly over him; it was just the lack of company that upset her now.
A familiar haircut caught her eye as she stopped and noticed Goten sitting there. It was an odd thing, she knew for a fact he lived far away and doesn't take a bus. Why would he be sitting there? She didn't know why but she felt compelled to go up and talk to him.
"Hey, waiting for somebody?" She asked gently stopping beside him.
Goten wiped his face with his sleeve before looking up at her, flashing a smile. "Ah, Hino-san…No, I'm just enjoying this lovely evening." He greeted her with puffy red eyes.
Rei frowned when she saw them. "Have you been crying?" She asked.
She actually couldn't help but feel concerned. She'd never seen him like this before. Son Goten smiled even after taking a dodge ball to the face. She would know; she threw it. For him to cry, it must've been something serious.
"What, no, of course not!" he laughed. "Must be allergies," He said and rubbed his eyes.
Rei decided to take part in his act. "Oh, you think those flowers could be the cause?" She asked, lifting her finger to point at the bouquet beside him.
"Maybe," He said before chucking them into the trash bin next to the bench in order to save face.
Rei couldn't help but crack a small smile at the display, though quickly covering it up afterwards. "You sure are strange."
"So are you." He said. "What kind of woman carries her own groceries when there's a perfectly strong man standing next to her?" He said as he took the bag from her.
"An independent one; and one that would prefer said 'perfectly strong man' to ask her permission to do that next time." She said with narrowed eyes while placing her index finger on his chest.
He merely smiled. "Well, I can't just stand here when there's a pretty girl who needs my help."
"All right, have it your way." She gave a shrug and led the way to the shrine. If he felt like he needed to be a big strong manly man to feel better, there's no harm in letting him carry her stuff. He followed her as he carried her grocery bags while they climbed the shrine steps. When they reached her home, she turned to him and gave him a smile of gratitude. "Thanks for the help."
"No problem." He smiled back. "Do you want me to bring them inside for you, or is this all right?"
"Sure, if you want to stay a while, I could make you a cup of tea for your trouble." She offered.
"Thanks." He said and followed her in, setting her bags on the kitchen counter.
Rei took out the kettle and the tea set from the cupboard. "You can go ahead and make yourself comfortable."
Goten nodded and slid off his shoes before making himself at home. Soon she brought out the tray with the tea set and placed it on the table in her bedroom before sitting down next to him. "Careful, it's hot." She warned.
"No worries." He beamed with confidence. "I can handle it." He said as he took the cup.
The now empty teacups rested on the tray hours later as the room echoed with the sound of laughter. "I'm serious; it took him that long to get it off!" Goten exclaimed in amusement as he had been immersing Rei with enthralling and hilarious stories.
Rei's face was flushed red by how much she had been giggling, having to catch her breath every now and then. "No more, my stomach hurts." Rei held her abdomen between laughs.
Goten let out a tired chuckle. "It feels so good to laugh…" The two then lay on the floor to regain their composure. The two bashfully exchange glances at one another before looking away only to do it again.
"Don't take this the wrong way, but you're not nearly as bad to hang out with as I thought." Rei confessed.
"Thank you." Goten said as he looked upon her face. "You know I think you have the best laugh." He confessed.
Rei felt herself blush at the compliment. "Thanks, no one's ever told me that before…" She whispered.
"…I've always liked you, Rei." Goten said sheepishly, cheeks turning red.
She looked at him in disbelief. Why would he say that? After all the mean things she's done and said to him. "Well, I could've been nicer to you…as hard as it might be to believe, I never really despised you." She frowned before looking away from his eyes.
Goten blinked wondering what to make of her words. Did that mean she liked him back? He reached his hand out to take hers. Rei twitched as his warm hand came into contact with hers yet she didn't pull away when he held it. She hesitantly returned the hold yet felt her stomach go into knots. This was all so surreal.
"Maybe I'm just fond of you now because I've been so lonely and you've…you…" She tried to force out as their faces drew closer, eyelids feeling heavier.
She stifled a moan as their moist lips joined in a kiss. At this point butterflies were flying circles around the knots in her stomach. Her eyes snapped open in horror as she pushed away. "No, stop! Stop!" she pleaded as she pressed a hand against his chest.
"I-I'm sorry, that was so uncalled for. I should've asked you if it was okay." Goten said before putting a hand on his lips, unable to believe he kissed Rei.
"Of course it's not okay! You have a girlfriend!" Rei exclaimed, feeling terrible in her realization.
"No I don't." Goten answered.
Rei looked up at him with a distressed look on her face. "What do you mean you don't?" She asked with uncertainty.
"We broke up a week ago. I-It's over." Goten said sadly.
"Really..?" Rei leaned in slowly, intently watching his movements to see if he was being honest.
"Yeah." He said, looking her in the eye.
Rei threw her arms around his neck and returned the tender kiss they had just shared tenfold. Goten embraced her as he let himself get engulfed in the flames of passion. The two rolled around the floor in their intense make out session. Before either of them knew it, Goten had hoisted Rei up to throw her down on her bed before climbing on top of her. Rei briefly parted their kiss to pull his shirt off and tossed it on the floor. Shortly after, the rest of their clothing and undergarments followed, joining his shirt on the floor.
Rei awoke the next morning feeling very warm…and nude. Her eyes flew open as she became aware of a pair of strong arms holding her waist and a muscular chest pressed against her back in a spooning position. 'Oh god, it wasn't a dream!' She thought as her mind was finally in a state of clarity and racing in panic.
She just had sex with Son Goten! If her friends knew, if anyone knew…Rei bit her lip. She felt like fainting from embarrassment. The most shocking thing about this whole ordeal was that she liked it. She shook her head frantically to rid herself of such thoughts. She needed to get out of bed and in the shower. She probably has his scent all over her. She blushed as she sat up slowly, stifling a squeak when he tightened his hold on her. She turned to notice he was still asleep, his cheek nuzzling against her back. She pouted in embarrassment, thinking he was holding her like she was some sort of precious stuffed animal. She tried to pry his arms off yet only loosened them enough to slide out of his grasp.
Unfortunately for her she shifted too much of her weight over the edge of her bed and fell off, hitting the floor with a thud.
Goten's eyes fluttered open. "…Hmm?" He rubbed his eyes as he sat up. His eyeballs nearly bulged out of his head when he saw Rei naked on the floor staring back at him.
"D-Don't look at me!" She said and kicked him from the floor, making him fall on his back upon the bed.
"Ouch!" He winced as the sheets covering below his waist were pulled off in a hurry.
Rei wrapped them around herself before standing up.
"What'd you kick me for?" Goten complained while rubbing his now sore chest.
"Cover yourself up!" Rei said and tossed a pillow at his fully exposed crotch.
Goten's mouth hung agape when it dawned on him. "We really had sex last night, didn't we?" He asked.
Rei's disconcerted expression said it all.
"Nice…" Goten nodded to himself with pride.
"No. No, it's not nice! It's a disaster." Rei pointed her finger at him, angry he was getting happy over it.
The smile on Goten's face fell. "Why's that? It was good, wasn't it?" He asked, feeling self-conscious.
"It was, and that's the problem." Rei answered, trying to fix her tussled bedhead. Goten felt somewhat relieved to hear he didn't disappoint in the bedroom but failed to see what the problem was.
"It was amazing…" Rei said as she pushed her bangs back with a worried expression.
"I feel like I'm missing something. We woke up from amazing sex and that's a problem why?" Goten scratched his cheek.
"What the hell is supposed happen now? I mean, I can't just tell my friends I had a one night stand. I never do those kinds of things! Can you imagine how crazy it would sound trying to explain this? Yeah guys, so not even a month went by since my ex left me and I found myself in bed with a classmate!" She was winded out and fell back on the bed at his feet. "…we just got out of our relationships; we can't just start another one." She said on the verge of tears, covering her eyes with her hand.
She felt like she wasn't ready to make any promises which made her feel guilty if Goten felt otherwise.
"Maybe we don't have to." Goten spoke up.
She slowly raised her hand to peek up at him.
"We don't have to date or tell anyone about this. We could just keep having sex and keep it under wraps until we decide on what to do together. We'll be friends with benefits." He grinned.
Rei blinked in astonishment. "That's actually a brilliant idea." She said as she prompted herself up with her elbows.
"No need to thank me, but I only ask for one thing in return for this arrangement." He grinned mischievously.
Rei shrunk back, not sure what he was probably going to extort from her. If he really wanted to, he could blackmail her in this position. He could threaten to out her out in front of the whole school. She'd have to do anything he'd ask.
"I'll need your phone number. How else will I know when's the right time to come over here?" He said and fished for his pants under the bed. He lifted them up and took out his cellphone.
"That's it, my cellphone number?" Rei asked him while holding the sheet against her chest to keep herself covered.
"Well it would be rather awkward having me show up when you've got company over, wouldn't it?" He said and handed the device to her so she could put it in his contact list.
"Right," Her lips slowly curled into a smile before she took the phone.
Goten had come back to visit Trunks. "Hello, darling" He greeted him like they were married.
"Hey," Trunks said, not looking away from his laptop as he was typing up a paper.
"Dinner's in the fridge I take it?" He asked while lightly stretching.
"Yeah, you can just heat it up in the-"Trunks looked up and noticed an abnormality on the skin of his friend's neck. "Is that a hickey?" He pointed and asked.
Goten slapped the area he was pointing at, keeping his hand there to cover it. "What? No! I-It's probably just a bug bite." Goten fibbed.
"Ah," Trunks feigned ignorance.
"I, uh, I'm gonna go and get something from the kitchen." Goten nervously began to back out of the room.
"Oh, could you do me a favor while you're up? Throw these condoms out." Trunks said and lifted the box with his stash, dropping it on his desk. "They're all expired." He added.
Goten's jaw fell and he went pale. "E-Expired, all of them..?" He stammered.
"Yeah, but you don't have to worry it's not like you've used any of them lately, right?" Trunks asked nonchalantly.
"Uh, I-I…" Goten stuttered.
"Goten, have you been having sex?" He asked his friend while crossing his arms.
Goten looked at him with a guilty expression.
He couldn't help but laugh. "Well, if you did, you don't have to worry. They're not really expired." He snickered.
"You're such an asshole!" Goten growled. Trunks nearly gave him a heart attack!
"I know who you've been seeing when you're supposedly babysitting, Goten. You owe me an explanation." He said, whirling his computer chair to face him.
Goten gulped in response, there was no way out of this one.