"This is so sweet…" I whispered, sniffing emotionally.
Tonight was really special. It was the closing ceremony for the WRGP tournament and we all had a good reason to celebrate. Not only had our team won, but we had also saved the world from destruction—without any casualties I had to add. Yuusei was here, alive, and untouched by the future Sherry had prophesized.
"No!" My unbelievable brother disagreed. "This is disgusting!"
Confused, I stared at him. He had a funny expression on his face, like he tasted something sour. My eyes fell down to his plate.
"What's the matter, Rua? You don't like the food? You already eaten half the buffet," I shook my head, wondering what he had done with all that food. He should have been five times his current weight—he ate way too much.
"What?" He reacted immediately with surprise. "Aw! No, the food is fine and really tasty—hey, are you going to eat this?" he pointed at the last piece of sushi on my plate. I shook my head. He grabbed it, cramming it in his mouth and chewing it greedily.
"Be careful not to choke," I warned, trying to hold back my giggles. "You were saying…"
"Aw, yeah," he swallowed. "The food is great," he declared. "The disgusting part is all this over-sugary fluff and syrup," he explained and gestured with his eyes toward the other members of our team.
"Why?" I knitted my eyebrows. "I think it's cute, really cute actually," I protested.
Rua grimaced. "Are you kidding me? Soon they'll need a room."
"So? What's so bad about that?" I shrugged.
"Yuck!" he pulled at his tongue, repulsed. I rolled my eyes.
"You're not happy for our friends?" I was a little disappointed.
"Hah!" Rua snorted. "Of course I am. In fact, it was about time, especially for Yuusei and Aki."
"What do you mean, it was about time? You knew this would happen one day?" I asked in utter bewilderment.
What was he talking about? He had seen this coming? OK, I admitted it to myself. I knew perfectly well that Carly had feelings about Jack, although I hadn't the slightest clue about his. I had always hoped that Yuusei and Aki would end up together. I hadn't realized how Ushio felt for his female partner, even if I'd had a hint that Mikage had an eye on the blond, arrogant duelist. As for Crow and Sherry… I shook my head, absolutely astonished. That was a surprise for sure.
"Why? You haven't?" Rua retorted.
I shrugged again.
"Oh! Ruka," my brother laughed at me "Tsk, tsk! You are so clueless when it comes to couples. You don't notice if there's chemistry between two people."
"Why, you can?" I crossed my arms over my chest.
"Of course!" Rua replied irritably. "I have a talent for it."
"You have talent when it comes to food, not romance," I snapped, doubting him fully. There was no way for him to see that coming or to harbor this talent he claimed to have.
"You know, this disbelief from you really hurts, Ruka," my brother grew serious. "You know I can see if two people are meant for each other."
I smirked. "Not really."
"You want me to refresh your memory?" Rua suggested and I nodded.
"Feel free," I gave him my permission as curiosity started to blossom within me. Is he really that talented?
He took a big breath. "Alright remember when Yuusei was trying to teach Aki Duel Runner techniques and we went to the skating rink?"
"Was it or it wasn't it the first time I told you we were the third wheel?"
"Hmm," I hummed, trying to remember. "It was."
"You see?" Rua flashed a huge smile. "And you don't have to be a psychic to see the same chemistry between Jack and Carly."
"Alright, I'll give you that," I lifted my palms in surrender.
"Finding couples is my specialty!" Rua announced, hitting his chest.
"Oh yeah?" I lifted one eyebrow.
"I'm not kidding, Ruka," my twin emphasized. "I do and I'm really good. I even know about you."
"Alright then. I would love to hear what you think about me, so go on! Don't be shy, tell me," I challenged him.
"What if I'm talking about Tenpei?" Rua smiled slyly.
"W-what?" I gasped and my eyes widened in shock.
"I think you and Tenpei would make a nice couple."
He knew? Was it possible that he was aware of my secret crush, which I had concealed for quite a few years now? Tenpei had been our neighbor since forever as well as our childhood friend. I felt heat in my cheeks.
"I knew I was right! I always wondered and your reaction is my proof!" Rua exclaimed proudly. "My little sister and my best friend!"
"Rua, stop talking right now!" I yelped angrily. "And we're twins, remember?"
"Yeah, but I'm a few minutes older than you," my brother winked. "My sister and my best friend! My sister and my best friend!"
Now I was ready to go after him and Rua noticed. He moved fast, avoiding my hand. At the same time he changed position, my eyes fell to the one who stood behind him. My heart stopped beating! My breath caught in my throat as my blood ran cold. There…alive… not a hologram…stood…
Rua saw my strange reaction and turned his head. Seeing our childhood friend, he froze too, his eyes widening. "Now I'm doomed!" he said with fear written all over his face.
Yes, he was! After the ceremony I was going to kill him, but first, I had to face Tenpei's astonished expression.
"Is this true, Ruka?" he stared at me. I swallowed.
"Ummm," I hummed, glancing away, blushing like mad. I felt my whole body grow tense. I couldn't lie to him, but I couldn't tell him the truth either.
Rua suddenly hushed, shifting his eyes from me to Tenpei to me again to Tenpei…the routine went on perpetually.
"Ruka? Is Rua right?" Tenpei asked again slowly. Wonder flashed in his eyes.
"I-I… ummm…" I tried to say something, but all words suddenly departed from my mouth. He locked my eyes with his. It was impossible to avoid it anymore. I nodded my head slowly, feeling my cheeks burning like I had set fire to them.
"How strange," Tampai muttered, smiling, like his was speaking to himself.
Now I was confused. "Strange?"
"This is strange because…" he uneasily knitted his fingers.
My heart bounced in my chest, ready to jump out of my body. He blushed too. For a moment, he avoided my gaze, glancing away awkwardly.
"Because…?" I whispered slowly, trying to give him a small prompt.
"Because…" Tenpei shifted his weight from one leg to another. "I l-like y-you… too," he stuttered, dropping his voice into a whisper.
"What?" Rua exclaimed. His eyes became bigger than golf balls.
We both ignored him.
"Y-you like me too?" It was hard to believe it. Actually, I was afraid to believe it. I had spent many years hiding the feelings I had from him. Now, I had learned this...
He nodded and blushed even more.
I bit my lip. "H-how long? I mean… how long have you felt like this?"
"Years," he admitted sheepishly. "I can't even remember when. I guess I've liked you for a really long time since I can remember myself."
"Excuse me!" Rua asked for our attention. "You are talking about my sister!" But we both ignored his complaint.
"But then, why you didn't say anything?" I asked, but I didn't need his answer.
I was sure I knew—he hadn't said anything for the same reason I hadn't. He had been afraid and he hadn't wanted to lose me as a friend. But now, everything had changed. He now knew my feelings and I knew his.
"I wanted to tell you, Ruka," he whispered, finding the strength to peer into my eyes. "But—"
I cut him off, placing one finger on his lips to make him hush.
"I know. You don't have to say anything else," I smiled understandingly.
He looked relieved, but still uneasy. "Thank you."
"Now you know I like you… and I know you like me too…"
"Ummm," he hummed. "You think… I can…" his voice faded and his eyes momentarily dropped to my lips.
I blushed, scarlet red color, realizing what he was asking me.
He swallowed and rushed to say, "I m-mean, actually, w-what I m-meant… only if y-you…" he stammered. I stopped him softly.
"You can," I smiled sheepishly, but I was sure.
Tenpei learned forward, touching my lips lightly. "You know," he started slowly, "I don't think I just like you Ruka… I think… I love you."
I needed only a brief second to absorb his words and react. I threw myself into his lap, hugging him tightly. "I think I love you too, Tenpei," I confessed.
Out of the corner of my eyes, I saw my brother. Rua wore a terrified expression along with surprise, anger, and disgust. His right hand was pressed flat on his chest at his heart area, like he was ready to have a heart attack.
Smiling, I turned my attention to my new boyfriend, getting ready for the next kiss.
I really love the twins! They are so cute and funny! TopsShipping (named by me, but you're all free to use this name ^_^) I hope you like it!
Shoe, this is for you!
My special thanks to my lovely beta BlackRoseDragonCK!