This is a mini chapter about Takahiro and Manami, to replace the author's note that used to be a chapter. Hope you like it :)
- Year II -
Chapter 13.5 - extra
Takahiro smiled as he watched Akihiko and Misaki walk off together, seeing the happy expressions on their faces. They had only been able to spend little time at the park, but it seemed as though Akihiko had loved every second of it. That was, until noisy people arrived and disturbed their peace and quiet.
When the two had finally disappeared out of sight, Takahiro turned around and glanced at his beautiful girlfriend, who was all by herself. Manami looked cheerful despite her lonely attendance, her brown eyes sparkling as she watched the beautiful scenery around her. However, in Takahiro's eyes, nothing could be more beautiful than Manami; she was the fairest, most perfect creature alive.
Finally, after gazing at his beloved for far too long, the man walked over to the tree where she was standing. Approaching her made him feel nervous; he had never been able to get Manami alone, or at least without any family around. Every time he went over to her house, her sister or her mother was home, so they could never really talk in private.
Large innocent eyes caught sight of him, and the corners of Manami's lips curved upwards even more as she started walking into his direction. Soft petals gently touched her skin as the wind softly blew them away. The distance was soon nothing more than two feet, and the lovers stood face to face, gazing at each other contentedly.
"It's been a while, Takahiro." Manami's voice was gentle as usual.
"I'm really surprised to see you here," Takahiro said, his tone indicating that he was positively surprised. He gently took Manami's hand and walked down the dirt path.
"You too—what are you doing here all alone?"
"I went flower viewing with Misaki and my friend Usagi. It was a birthday surprise." The words were dripping with enthusiasm, but when Takahiro noticed the slight pout on Manami's face, he grew suspicious. "What's wrong, my dear?"
Feeling as though she had done something wrong, Manami swiftly shook her head. "I'm sorry, it's nothing."
Manami's words of reassurance only caused Takahiro to frown. He knew that when Misaki said that, there was definitely something wrong. Why would it be any different in Manami's case? More importantly, why was she hiding things from him all of a sudden?
"Let's sit down there," Manami suggested, pointing at a bench near the pond. In a fast pace, she walked towards the bench, but before she could sit down Takahiro carefully gripped her wrist. The unexpected move made Manami's eyes travel to her boyfriend's.
"Tell me what's wrong," Takahiro ordered, his voice laced with concern yet kind. The look in his eyes elicited a pink blush on Manami's apple cheeks, and the young lady forced herself to look away. Takahiro took this as a sign that his girlfriend was embarrassed and released her, sitting down on the bench. He smiled as Manami did the same and slowly pulled her closer.
"Takahiro…" the brunette whispered.
"What is it?"
"I…I wanted to go flower viewing with you too…"
Blinking in surprise, Takahiro realized that Manami was jealous of Akihiko, and he started chuckling softly. "I'm sorry we didn't invite you, Manami."
"No, that's okay! I was just being selfish." Looking up at her lover, Manami's hand trailed over the wooden surface until it found Takahiro's and carefully took hold of it. "It's just that…I've been thinking that maybe we should try to go on a date. I really want to spend more time with you."
"Aren't we doing it right now?"
Takahiro could feel his face heat up slightly. "Well, it's just the two of us right now, and we're doing something together in public. Isn't that what a date is supposed to be like?" He squeezed Manami's hand softly. "To be honest, I wanted to do this with you as well, but I didn't want to disappoint Misaki."
"I understand," Manami replied sweetly, "Your younger brother means a lot to you, so I don't mind. I'm happy that we can enjoy this moment with each other." A soft giggle came from her lips as a thought crossed her mind. "You could make up to me by taking me on a real date."
For a moment, Takahiro stared at his girlfriend, dumbfounded. Even though they had been in a relationship for a while, Manami and Takahiro had never been on a date before. 'I'm such an idiot! Why haven't I thought of that before?'
Realizing what her words had done, Manami started blushing furiously. "I was joking, Takahiro. There's no need for you to ask me o—"
"Don't worry, I'll think of something," Takahiro interrupted, smiling widely, "I'll make a plan for the perfect date, one that you will never forget!"
Right then, it was Manami's turn to make a face, but very soon a small smile crossed her face. She had always known that Takahiro was an adult, but a child at heart most of the time. He was playful, carefree, but he worried about those who're close to him. The best thing about him, however, was that the man never broke his promise…ever.
Manami loved her boyfriend to bits.