[A/N] - Hi~ Read this please?

I've been sick. With the flu. My life has been a fair bit more difficult as a result, but somehow I managed to squeeze this out of my fevered brain.

Though it's short, please enjoy the tenth chapter of For the First Time!

Recommendations: Read in 3/4th page size. I personally think it looks cleaner.

Disclaimer: Ah, nope. Nope, nope, nope.

Summer vacation passed quickly, and the student population had already suffered through another month of school. Now mid-October, the leaves on the trees around the Academy had shifted from vibrant greens to stunning reds and oranges, along with the dull brown that heralded the coming of autumn. Luckily for the Academy's population, the temperatures had dropped to a more bearable range, though many knew that winter would eventually bring uncomfortable chills.

Sunday morning met Allen, Lavi, and Lenalee on their day off from classes eating breakfast in the dining hall. Lenalee had come up with an interesting proposition for the day that gave Allen reason to pause in scarfing down his massive breakfast.

"Going outside of the Academy?"

Lenalee nodded. "I have permission to leave the Academy on non-school days and since I asked, I can bring other people with me. I thought you and Lavi'd like the chance to get out of this place for a while and just walk around town."

"It sounds interesting," Allen agreed. "I wouldn't mind looking around – I don't think I've been outside of the Academy since I arrived."

Lavi let his head drop to the table, drawing the attention of the other two when he mumbled, "Aw, Lenalee… You had to pick today to go?"

"It's the only day we don't have school and my brother has a faculty meeting, so he can't follow me or anything. I thought it would be the best day to go," she said, a small, confused frown appearing on her face.

"Yeah, it definitely would be – if I didn't have detention today." Lavi pouted. "Our history teacher got mad at me for sleeping too much in class, so he gave me kitchen and yard duty. I have to wash all the dishes from breakfast and then go sweep up all those leaves in the courtyard." Allen stiffened, glancing at Lavi and quickly averting his eyes from the other's single green eye. "What's up, Allen?"


Allen only had to gesture helplessly at all of his empty breakfast plates and bowls atop the table surrounding the trio for Lavi to get the message. "… Allen!"

"I'm sorry!" Allen clapped his hands together, seeming to beg for forgiveness. "If I had known, I wouldn't have eaten so much!"

Lavi groaned. "I'm going to be here all day!"

"I'll stay behind and help you then," Allen said, feeling all together extremely guilty for making Lavi's situation worse.

The red-haired boy shook his head in the negative. "You'd get in trouble for trying to help me. Go with Lenalee – there's no better day than today to go see the town with her, considering her nut of a brother isn't going to be around." He paused, then added, "No offense."

Lenalee shrugged, smiling faintly. "None taken."

Allen relented. "But…"

Lavi clapped him on the shoulder with a grin. "Don't worry about me – I've seen the town a few times myself. There's not much to do if you've already seen it, but for you, it should be pretty fun. I'll still be here when you get back – working on your dishes."

Allen frowned. "You're really good at making me feel worse."

"Sorry, sorry. But really, just go. There won't be anything for you to do if you don't. Besides, Lenalee will be offended if you try so hard to get out of going with her."

The silver-haired boy looked at Lenalee questioningly. She laughed, and said, "I won't be, if you really want to stay."

Allen looked between the two once more, then sighed and said, "You two are terrible, making me pick between you."

"Then I'll pick for you!" Lavi grasped Allen by the shoulders and pushed him towards Lenalee. Allen staggered, managing not to trip and stopping just before he fell on Lenalee. "I'll see you when you get back."

He's being awfully insistent. Would it really be that bad if I stayed behind? Allen shook his head slightly, tossing the thought aside. "… If you say so. We'll be sure to bring something back for you, then."

"Thanks." Lavi smiled and waved as Allen and Lenalee walked out of the dining hall before he turned back to the table in front of him to stare at the number of dirty dishes Allen had managed to leave behind.

"… You better bring back something amazing for this, Allen..." Lavi mumbled before starting to dismantle the leaning towers of plates and bowls.

[A/N] - Ah, that reminds me. Valentine's - or Single's Awareness, if you prefer - Day is coming up~ Just thought I'd mention.

Please read and review~ It'll help me recover from my flu! orz

That aside, I hope you enjoyed this chapter and have a wonderful until-the-next-chapter!