Author's Note: I really like how this chapter turned out. Thanks for reading! As always, any reviews are appreciated.
I got out of bed early the next day, partly because I couldn't sleep, but mostly because I wanted to leave before Shen and Akali woke up. If they saw me leaving they would ask where I was going, and there was no way that they would have approved of what I wanted to do. I didn't want to have to lie to them; I don't think I could have anyways. I got out of bed, dressed myself in my casual karate clothes as quickly as I could, then tiptoed out of my room. 'Good' I thought to myself as I looked around; no one else was awake yet. I snuck towards the exit and made my way outside, silently closing the door behind me.
Everything was going well so far; I made it outside without being noticed. That didn't mean I wasn't still nervous though. I still didn't know how to talk to people from the outside. Well, not in a friendly way at least. That didn't matter though, I told myself. Laying in bed last night I realized I didn't want the same life I've always had, closed off from the rest of the world. At least not forever. That's why I was determined to make a connection from the outside. Someone reached out to me last night in the forest, under the stars, and I wanted to reach back. This seemed like my chance.
I started heading to Bandle City's wing of the Institute; I was pretty sure he would be there. It only took me a little while to find. I looked around, and I noticed everything here was the right size; nothing was too big for me. It was pretty inviting. But I also saw only a couple of other yordles awake and walking around; It was still pretty early in the morning. That's when I noticed Poppy standing a short ways away; she was the only other champion I saw that was already up. I at least recognized her, so that was as good of place to start as any. I went up to her, but before I could say anything she said to me,
"Ah Kennen. I assume you're here on official business? What can I, as Ambassador of Bandle City, do for the Kinkou Order?"
"I'm actually here for something personal," I responded, "I was hoping you could tell me where Teemo is?"
"Something personal?" she replied, an air of suspicion in her voice. She must have known that I never came here for anything personal, and that I didn't have any yordle friends. "The Champions living quarters are over there, his name is over his door; he's probably still at home." she told me, pointing, "but I don't want you bothering anyone or making any trouble; I'll be keeping an eye on you. Alright?"
"Okay, I won't. Thanks!" I said to her, running off. I found Teemo's place pretty quickly; he had a name plate just on top of his door, just like Poppy said he would. I was about to knock on the door, but I stopped myself. 'What if he's still sleeping?' I asked myself. 'Besides, isn't it weird for someone who's pretty much a stranger to knock on another person's door, and say, "Hey, I was thinking a lot about last night. Let's be friends!" I wanted our conversation to be natural, for everything to go alright. I found a bench a few doors down from Teemo's quarters, sat down, and waited.
Eventually the other yordles started waking up. A few of them gave me odd stares when they saw me sitting there, but I didn't really care. It wasn't their opinions I was worried about. After a few more minutes of waiting A door opened up next to me, and I saw Tristana, another of Bandle City's league champions, walk outside into the hall. I watched her as she walked down the hall, but then my heart skipped a beat when I saw she stopped at Teemo's door. She knocked, and he answered. They started talking; I was too far away to hear what they were saying. I was tempted to get up right then and and join their conversation, to talk to him. But I couldn't. I wanted to talk to him alone; the one thing we really had together was private, at least to me. So I kept sitting there, waiting for her to leave. Except she didn't. The two of them started walking away together; they must have had something planned. I wasn't actually sure what to do, but I wasn't ready to give up just yet. I followed them.
I didn't want to make it obvious; I stayed a good distance away from them. It seemed like my ninja training would really pay off. I saw both of them go into the cafeteria, and I went in a little while afterward. They were having breakfast together. It looked like it might be awhile, and I realized I still haven't had breakfast. The food was for the yordles of Bandle City associated with the League, but the cafeteria workers were gracious enough to give me a meal. I thanked them, then found an empty table on the opposite side of the room from Teemo and Tristana. While I ate I kept an eye on them to make sure I'd be ready for when they were finished and went their separate ways.
A little while after I finished eating I saw Tristana get up from the table and start to put her tray away. 'This is my chance,' I thought to myself. I started to stand up, but that was when I noticed Teemo getting up as well to follow her. I was starting to get nervous; what if I never get a chance to talk to him alone? Would I be able to muster up the courage to come find him again another day? Those are the thoughts that went through my head as I saw both of them leave the room together. It was terrifying.
I wasn't ready to approach him yet either, not while they were still together. That didn't mean I was ready to give up by any means, however. I followed them outside and towards the training grounds. They were going to practice together; who knew how long that would take? I didn't care though. I would wait as long as it took, and wait I did. They left a few hours later, and started going back towards the cafeteria; it was lunch time again.
They were talking, laughing, and smiling at each other as they walked. I was happy for them, who wouldn't want to see other people have something together like that? But I was also jealous of them, I admitted to myself. They had the kind of friendship I wanted. I couldn't help but feel sad too though, because I didn't have anyone like that. I'm not sure that I ever had a close friendship like that. Sure, I had Shen and Akali, but it just wasn't the same. They were like family, and acted like my parents most of the time. That's why I had to do this; there was a need in me they just couldn't fulfill.
I saw them go back inside the cafeteria, and once again I went inside shortly after them. Not breaking precedent, I got myself another meal (not forgetting to thank the cafeteria workers of course!) and sat at a table far away from them, continuing my watch. It seemed like they would spend all day together, but I wasn't about to give up hope yet. I just couldn't.
That's when Teemo did something that surprised me. He looked up, stared straight at me, got up from his table, and then started coming towards me. He found me out. He is a Scout; I should have been more careful. It looked like I finally had my chance to talk to him though, even if it wouldn't be as I hoped. Needless to say, I was as nervous as I've ever been in my life. What would he think? After me stalking him all day, it couldn't have been good, especially not with that look on his face. Two big screw ups in two days. Great.
He sat down directly across from me; he was definitely angry. I couldn't blame him.
"Kennen, why have you been following me and Tristana all day?" he said to me accusingly.
" I wasn't. I was following you all day," I responded meekly.
"Me? Alright, why were you following me all day then?" he asked, sounding just as confused as angry this time.
"I wanted to talk to you alone, but you've been with Tristana all day. I was waiting for you guys to finish. I'm sorry if I scared you. I just didn't know what else to do." I answered sheepishly.
That made Teemo smile, and then he started laughing. What did that mean? Was he making fun of me? Jeese Kennen, could you have made this any worse for yourself? Well, after a little while, his laughter died down, and I was about to see how deep of a hole I've dug for myself.
"You're weird, you know that? If you wanted to talk to me, you could have just asked," Teemo said, this time in his friendly, chipper little voice. He was still smiling; I really liked his smile. It just made his face light up.
"Yah, I'm sorry. I don't really know how to talk to people," I agreed, feeling more than a little embarrassed.
"Well, what was it you wanted to talk to me about then?" he continued.
"I just wanted to say I was sorry for the way I acted last night; I was really rude to you. I also wanted to tell you that what you said last night really resounded with me. It helped me feel a lot better about what happened the other day. I know I'm just a stranger to you, but it really meant a lot to me that you comforted me like that and shared what you did with me. What I'm trying to say is, thank you."
Well there it was, I just told him everything. I opened my soul to him, and it was up to him to see what he would do with it. It took him awhile to formulate his response. It was one of the longest moments of my life.
"Kennen," he started, care and feeling in his voice, "You know, I never told anyone about that before, how I feel about the stars. I was surprised to see you in my spot, but I was glad you found it; it was the place you needed to be. It also seemed like you needed a friend right then. If what keeps me going when I start feeling down could help someone else, I was glad to share it. I don't blame you for how you acted, anyone would have been upset after the day you had."
"Thanks Teemo," I choked, tears welling up in my eyes. All my emotions from the past couple days seemed to be coming out. I just couldn't help it. Teemo came to my side of the table, sat down next to me, and put his arm around me. I buried my face into his shoulder, weeping quietly. After a few minutes I started to calm down, and I looked up at him.
"You know, you didn't have to do that." I said to him, my voice still a little shaky.
"I know, but anything for a fellow yordle, alright? Now, why don't you come over and finish lunch with Tristana and I?" he replied cheerily.
"That'd be really nice." I responded, smiling now. He led me to their table, and I sat next to him, setting my tray down in front of me. I was happy then; I don't think things could have gone any better.