By – Hime no Ichigo

Genre: Romance
Rating: G
Pairings: Chiaki x Nodame
Story Type: Drabble
Summary: The beach is the last place he wants to go, but if it's for Nodame, he will.

Disclaimer: Nodame Cantabile is the intellectual property of Ninomiya Tomoko.

Notes: This is from this week's theme: "beach".

For once, they get a break at the same time.

He's been guest-conducting in several European countries, while she's been touring America, and Elise hasn't been kind to their gradually settling relationship at all. He can count the number of calls they have exchanged in the past six months with one hand, the number of texts with two—which is slightly better, he supposes, but it's still lonely. Time zone differences and sheer exhaustion from dealing with pressure on stage take a bigger toll on his body than he remembers.

Nodame sleeps soundly next to him in their apartment in Paris, childish and nothing like the professional pianist she's acclaimed for. It makes him happy that she hasn't gone too far from him, that she'll always be the Nodame as he knows.

With two free weeks ahead of them, he decides to ask if she wants to go on vacation with him.

In the morning, she bounces happily to his suggestion, and she positively sparkles when she says she wants to go to the beach—the beach, of all places! He pales considerably at her enthusiasm, not over his phobia and past traumatic experience with water, and he stammers out, "are you serious?"

She beams up at him, face full of expectation. He doesn't know if the idea is on purpose, or if she's simply looking for an excuse for them to cuddle in public, but in the end, he agrees, because he can't deny her anything.

- Owari -

Authoress' Notes: Chiaki you gentleman! :D