A/N: The outfit Yuri is wearing in the link on my profile is the outfit she's wearing in this chapter. I just wanted everyone to know that in case I can't describe it very well.
He had no time to waste.
Today he was going to spend all the time he had with someone very special and he had no time to waste.
First, he prepared for the day. Zip up hoodie, nice sneakers, no socks, and a couple bucks in his beige Capri pants. He thought nothing of his hair, but his mom made him go back to his room and brush it anyway. He didn't waste any time on it, though. Two brushes and he was out the door.
It took him a while to get to town, especially since he had no mode of transportation to take him there, but he was never much of a bike rider. Walking was tedious, but it was the only time he got to relax, away from the house where his rowdy family was. Don't get him wrong, he loved his family dearly, they were as close as a family could get, but most of the time, they got on his nerves when they were too energetic and wily. That was why he couldn't waste another second there on this particular day. Not when she would be waiting for him.
When he had was in the town, he continued on and occasionally slowed down to say hello to a few passersby. He didn't stop until he reached Takumura's ice cream shop. She hadn't arrived yet; she told him she had some business to take care of before she would meet him. He looked at his watch. He had plenty of time. In fact, he had enough time to go in and buy his own ice cream cone. And as that hungry thought entered his mind, he saw her.
Throughout his whole life, he was never very enthralled by girls. And then he met her. She was the only one he cared about. And when he first saw her, he was very enticed.
There she was, walking along with her bike. She finally got a new tire, so when she had the chance, she rode into town before he did. She was wearing a white Cami dress with a yellow belt, and a topaz halter top and white shorts underneath. She had on a pair of white ankle length boots with white belts strapped around securely. On her head was a white lily hair band that pulled back some of her white bangs. When her gray eyes met his brown ones, they glinted happily and a smile graced her face. Seeing this reaction, he waved her with a timid smirk. Only she would make him feel this way.
When they were face to face, they met each other with smiles and bashfully looked away so they wouldn't see each other's flushed faces. They didn't waste anymore time after that and went into the ice cream shop. They ordered a sundae to share and did so quietly. They exchanged only a few words but they knew they didn't need to say much because their company alone was a pleasure. When they were done with the sundae, they left to wander the rest of the town. They didn't go into any other stores, they just walked on either side of her bike. Many people watched as they walked by. They were an unusual couple, but everyone could see that their relationship was more meaningful than other teenagers'.
Midday came around and the two decided to get out of the town and to a private location. Hopping onto her bike, the couple rode on until they reached a small hill with a tree on the top. They set the bike against tree and laid down on the grass. He took out his iPod and pulled out a set of ear buds. He offered one to her and she took it. They lay hand in hand as they listened to the music on shuffle. After the first song, she looked at him. He noticed her gaze and looked back. When their eyes met, their usual spark flickered and they turned their heads away once again so they wouldn't see each other's red faces.
Six songs later, they noticed the sky was turning from yellow to yellow-orange, and they knew that the sun was about to set. When the seventh song was over, he turned off the music and put away the iPod. Then they continued to look up at the sky as the rest of the day went by. Reflecting on their day, they realized they didn't do much, but it was a great day nonetheless because they spent it together, alone.
"Tomorrow is our first day back to school."
"Summer will be over."
She looked over at him and smiled. "It's getting late. We should head back before your mom has a fit."
But before she could even move, he pulled her down into a kiss. When he pulled back, he smirked with satisfaction at the stupefied expression on her face. "Yuri."
"You wanna get up now?"
She nodded before moving off of him and standing. She grabbed her bike and began down the hill while he followed her. Once he caught up to her, he took her hand and kissed her cheek. "So, what did think?"
"Of what?" she asked dubiously.
"This summer. Was it the best?"
She shrugged. "I don't know. Was it the best to you?"
He squeezed her hand. "By far… Well?"
She hummed to herself for one agonizing moment. She already had an answer, but she had to tease him a bit. "… Out of all my summers ever, I'd have to say… this one was my all time favorite."
He smiled contently. "Do you think they're having too much fun on OZ without us?" he said.
"You just can't wait to get back, can you?"
She giggled. "Don't worry, Kazuma. Once we get home, we'll find out."
And on that note, the couple continued to walk in the blissful silence, relishing the time they had to themselves before the sunset.
Among the roaming avatars of the OZ universe, the notorious King Kazma stood watching over his fellow OZ citizens. It felt good to be the king again. Of course, he had always been the king, but several months ago, he didn't feel that way. In fact, life was as boring as a king's life could be. It wasn't until he met his commanding officer, one of the most powerful avatars in OZ, when his life finally became exciting again. It was the best summer of his life. And now, as he looked over the citizens of OZ, he couldn't think of a better way to spend his time than working for the OZ Security Task Force.
… Well, he could think of one.
The white rabbit turned and saw the mischievous trio, Vinnie, Giuseppe, and The Unknown. They were the three avatars that tried to incarcerate him when he tried to find Usagi so he could join this organization. Vinnie was the German Doberman dressed like an Italian mobster, Italian suit, fedora, the works. He was a very temperamental character; no one wanted to be around him and his UZ, well, ever. Giuseppe was the puppy dressed like a samurai. He was levelheaded most of the time—well, he had to be when Vinnie was always trying to make him snap. And then there was The Unknown. He didn't have a real name. When someone first joins OZ their name is set as Unknown until they change it themselves, but rumor had it that The Unknown kept his name just as it was when he first joined the OZ community. He was dressed like a cowboy in black, but under his hat no one could see anything but his white eyes. With his enigmatic appearance, he was a very intimidating character to be around, and since he didn't talk, he was easy to get along with, too. He was the glue that kept their little group together.
When King Kazma was formally introduced to the bunch, he didn't know what to think of them. He didn't understand why Usagi allowed them to work together when Vinnie could barely get along with Giuseppe, and The Unknown just stood around while they resolved their issues violently. But when he finally saw them in action, he realized that they were probably the best OZ-ecutive team there ever was.
As the trio approached him, Vinnie couldn't call out to Kazma. "Hey, Kazma! Where've you been? You were with Usagi, weren't ya? Did ya get a little action?"
"Why is that any of your business?"
The Doberman smirked nefariously. "I take it that's a yes, eh?"
He sighed. Sometimes, he wondered how Giuseppe and The Unknown didn't lose their tempers around him.
"You two seem to be getting closer," Giuseppe noted.
"I don't see why it matters to you guys."
"Jeez. And you thought I was the dog," Vinnie grunted to Giuseppe.
"You still are."
"What's that supposed to mean!"
"It means you're a dog."
"Why you wise-cracking son of a…!"
The Unknown stood by with nothing to say, as usual. That was one of the many things Kazma liked about him. He kept his opinions to himself and he only got involved into other people's business when it was necessary. Of course, he was no help when these two were on a roll.
"I swear, one of these days…!"
"You're going to do what, Vinnie?" Kazma said. "I swear, you say the same things everyday. You never do anything to Giuseppe and you wouldn't be able to even if you tried. This is a no fighting zone." The Doberman crossed his arms and grumbled curses under his breath. "Look, I don't have time for this. I need to find Luka. Where is he?"
"I heard he was over at the arcade," Giuseppe answered.
"Well, as much as we'd like to stay," Vinnie said, "we're going to have to leave ya, Kazma. See ya round!"
Giuseppe gave Kazuma an apology before he and the Doberman flew off. The Unknown looked at him and nodded. King Kazma did the same before the cowboy flew off. The two always had a deeper understanding than they had with other members of the OSTF; very few words (all of which were Kazma's words) were needed when they held a conversation.
Once they were gone, Kazma flew off to the arcade. That was a peculiar place Luka chose to be. The Siberian tiger was someone who didn't joke around, and he especially didn't partake in any games, though Kazma didn't really blame him. He wondered what exactly drew the second in command to such a mundane place.
Kazma spotted Luka on top of the mall platform. He landed next to him, the tiger spoke, "Didn't expect you to come back so soon, Kazma. Don't you have the day off?"
"Yeah, but I guess I was afraid of missing some action."
"Well then you're wasting your time. Nothing's really happened since you were gone. Although the most activity is in the arcade. It's become very popular recently, especially this one new game. Have you heard of Konton?"
"No, I don't think so. What is it?"
"It's supposed to be this thrilling version of laser tag, except there are no rules."
"Sounds like a good way to waste your time," Kazma muttered, "and OZ's ticket to chaos."
"Exactly. But that's only attracting more people. No one's really concerned about their own safety." Kazma wondered why Kenta would allow such a game to be in the OZ arcade. A game with no rules? Even Kenta wouldn't make such a risk, not after the incident with Love Machine. "I'm only covering the arcade myself, but if anything gets out of hand, then we're probably going to need more OZ-ecutives in this area."
"I'll be sure to tell Usagi when I meet up with her later."
"Speaking of Usagi, I think today was her day off, too. And I believe she logged on the same time you did. What have you two been doing?"
Kazma recognized that tone. Whenever Luka started teasing him, he suddenly remembered that the Siberian tiger avatar was actually controlled by a girl. And for the sake of both their reputations, Luka was only this flippant when they were alone. Kazma didn't need to give Vinnie a reason to be a bigger pain in the ass.
"You know, you're not the first person to ask me that question, and I'm going to have to give you the same answer."
Luka smirked at him. "Lighten up, Kazma. I'll see you later."
When the tiger left, Kazma sighed. Two months and he was still having a hard time loosening up. On OZ, everyone took King Kazma very seriously—they practically feared him—but after he joined the OSTF, that changed. There was Luka, the troublesome trio, and lastly the commissioner of the OSTF herself. Others members tried to be jesting, but with his high rank and his intimidating demeanor, they knew better than to try and mess with the white rabbit.
Abruptly after Luka left, Kazma received a private message from Usagi:
Hey, where are you? I've been waiting.
Don't worry about it. I'm on my way.
He didn't have time to lift off before he got another message.
Alright. Just don't keep me waiting any longer.
Like he'd do that.
Once he reached Usagi's Oasis, he found Usagi waiting outside for him. "Hey, what are you doing out here?"
"Waiting," she simply replied. "Why?"
"It's just that you usually wait for me inside."
"Well, I decided to break the routine."
"You know, if the others see us together, we'll never hear the end of it."
"I don't care what they think." She went over and touched her nose to his. Being inches away from his face made her tempted to lean down a few more inches until their lips touched, but she chose to stay that way. "We've never actually kissed online before, have we?"
"Wouldn't that be kind of weird?"
"And this isn't?"
King Kazma suddenly remembered that Usagi was still nose to nose with him, so he backed away. "It's… not the same."
Her eyes softened. "I know what you mean. Maybe we should continue this… elsewhere?"
Giving her a suggestive smile, Kazma gave her another Eskimo kiss before flying backwards. "I'll see you at home."
When he was gone, Yuki added one last note.
"Home; now that's something I can get used to."
After closing her PC, Yuri stretched and yawned from this long, exhausting day. She glanced at the clock. 10: 28. She never signed off of OZ so early, before. And she the day wasn't over yet.
Shortly after, Kazuma came into the room. "Hey."
Kazuma joined her on the bed. "Wanna finish what we started?" He wait for her to answer as he began nibbling her neck.
"K-K-Kazuma," she stuttered. His kisses always sent chills down her spine. "We could get caught."
"They'll wake up."
"I doubt it."
He stopped when he was about to reach her lips. "Fine. But I'm staying in here tonight."
Yuri rolled her eyes. "Okay." Though she was actually excited by the fact her boyfriend would be joining her in bed. It wasn't the first time he spent the night in her room. They never did anything they weren't supposed to; they just exchanged kisses, nothing more. So far they'd never been caught, but Yuri was starting to think it would be better if they stopped this for a while. One more night wouldn't be a problem, she thought.
Climbing under the covers, Yuri sighed contently as Kazuma put and arm around her waist. "One more thing."
"What?" she whined.
"You didn't give me a goodnight kiss," he pouted.
Yuri giggled as she rolled over and planted one on Kazuma. "Is that all?"
"Not quite." Kazuma came in for one more sweet, long-lasting kiss before slowly reaching back. "Now I'm satisfied. Goodnight, Yuri."
With their hands intertwined, the teens fell into a blissful sleep, and dreaming about the wonderful day they had.
Sorry it took so long to update. Ever since I came back to school, my teachers have been really getting on my ass with the homework they assigned. But I won't let that bring me down. I promise to update my stories sooner!