That Awkward Moment when you're explaining to your friend what yaoi, seme, and uke mean, and your teacher walks by and hears the explanations.

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Chapter 57: Karaoke and Kanda

"But it's my birthday! I want to go, too, Daddy!" Kiseki whined, ears laid back in an all out display of adorableness. Shaking my head, I say, "Aunt Foxy and Aunt Fou will put you to bed, and when Chichi and I get back, we'll come give you a kiss."

Pouting, she nods and releases my jeans, allowing Foxy to pick her up and cradle her. My daughter is too smart for her new age of one, and she specializes in whining. It's unknown to me why Lavi and Kanda were taking Lenalee and me out to a club tonight, but we went along with it. I mean, we aren't going to turn down a date, but something seemed different, like there was a surprise waiting for us. Lenalee obviously didn't catch on to that as she clung to the rabbit's arm, laughing and having fun while I walk silently beside my boyfriend, every so often stealing a glimpse at him through the corner of my eye.

Again, something about the way he looked was unsettling. His eyes seemed bigger than normal, the blue brighter, and his jaw would clench and relax repeatedly as he walked with one hand in his pocket, something he rarely did. Did he look…nervous?

It takes a moment for me to realize that he was looking at me with an eyebrow raised, and I quickly glance down, finding my shoes amazing as he chuckles.

"Nearly two years, and you still blush whenever you're caught staring," Kanda says, wrapping an arm around my waist, and he pulls me to him. Flushing darker, I stutter, "D-do not!"

"And you look even cuter when you look like a strawberry trying to cover it up," he muses, giving me a quick kiss on the head before breaking away from me to open the door. As I walk into the club behind Lenalee and Lavi, I notice the stage in the back of the room. A large bar was to my right, and there were loveseats everywhere, some much smaller than others. Lavi leads us towards the back, sitting on what looked like two of the small seats pushed together at an angle and conjoined at the corner, and I sit towards the bend, Lenalee to my left and Kanda to my right.

There was a girl on stage right now, singing a rock song I didn't recognize, and Lavi leaned in towards the petite coffee table so we could all hear as he says, "I have a game idea. We each have to sing a song to our girlfriend or boyfriend."

Confusion set in before Kanda whispered in my ear, "It's karaoke night."

Nodding, I say, "Okay, Lavi, Lenalee, me, and then Kanda."

"Sounds good," Lavi agrees as he runs to tell the person in the back who would be singing next. Glancing at Kanda, I find him leaning against the back of the loveseat, and to me, he seemed like he was attempting to meditate. Oh well, he's talking!

"Kanda, did you know it was karaoke night?" I ask, prodding his shoulder.

Not opening his eyes, the bluenette answered, "Yes."

Lavi hopped on stage, and I try not to stare as the music to "Sexy Back" by Justin Timberlake started playing. Turning back to Kanda, I continue, "Then why did you want to come?"

"Can't I do something romantic for my boyfriend?" he muttered.

"Yeah, but―"

"I knew you would like it if I sang, so I figured why not? Lavi had been aggravating me nonstop to sing anyways, because he wanted to know if I was really any good," he said, eyes still closed as he pulled me down to cuddle against his chest. Nodding, I say, "Okay. Thank you."

He doesn't reply, simply holds me tighter, and I smile and watch Lavi. Though, the smile quickly fades as he attempts to dance….

Lenalee sings a much better song: "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry. Even Kanda taps his fingers on my back to the beat, and I must admit, she's a great singer.

"Your turn, Moyashi," Lavi says happily. Nervously, I get up from the loveseat and tell the DJ what to play. The music for "You Found Me" by Kelly Clarkson begins slowly, and I blush as I grip the microphone, looking everywhere but Kanda as he watched me with his dark blue eyes.

"Is this a dream?" I begin. "If it is, please don't wake me from this high. I've become comfortably numb until you opened up my eyes to what it's like when everything's right. I can't believe….

"You found me when no one else was looking. How did you know just where I would be? Yeah, you broke through all of my confusion, the ups and the downs, and you still didn't leave. I guess that you saw what nobody could see. You found me. You found me.

"So here we are. That's pretty far when you think of where we've been. No going back. I'm fading out all that has faded me within. You're by my side. Now, everything's right. I can't believe….

"You found me when no one else was looking. How did you know just where I would be? Yeah, you broke through all of my confusion, the ups and the downs, and you still didn't leave. I guess that you saw what nobody could see. You found me. You found me.

"And I was hiding, until you came along and showed me where I belong. You found me when no one else was looking. How did you know? How did you know?!

"You found me when no one else was looking. How did you know just where I would be? Yeah, you broke through all of my confusion, the ups and the downs, and you still didn't leave. I guess that you saw what nobody could see. You found me.

"You found me. You broke though all of my confusion. The ups and the downs and you still didn't leave. The good and the bad and the things in between. You found me."

As the music stopped, I took a deep breath, getting off the stage as quickly as possible, and applause sounded through the bar.

When I plopped down, Kanda leaned in and gave me a chaste kiss, and it really didn't help with the lack of oxygen I was enduring. Not saying another word, he informed the DJ what to play, but it took longer than the rest of us by a good minute. When he stepped on the stage and took the microphone, the music for "Hard to Love" by Lee Brice began playing as Kanda began, "I am insensitive. I have a tendency to pay more attention to the things that I need. Sometimes I drink too much. Sometimes I test your trust. Sometimes I don't know why you stay with me.

"I'm hard to love, hard to love. No, I don't make it easy. I couldn't do it if I stood where you stood. I'm hard to love, hard to love. And you say that you need me. I don't deserve it, but I love that you love me good."

Then, the music changed. Everyone seemed confused as he continued on with "Perfect" by Pink, "You're so mean when you talk about yourself. You are wrong. Change the voices in your head. Make them like you instead. So complicated. Look happy, you'll make it. Filled with so much hatred. Such a tired game. It's enough; I've done all I can think of. Chased down all my demons. I'll see you do the same.

"Pretty, pretty please, don't you ever, ever feel like you're less than, less than perfect. Pretty, pretty please, if you ever, ever feel like you're nothing. You are perfect to me."

When the music changed again, not as many people are caught off guard, but I was already crying. If there was ever a doubt in my mind that Kanda loved me, it was gone off the face of the Earth. Finally, he finished with the last bit of "Hey Pretty Girl" by Kip Moore, "Life's a long and winding ride. Better have the right one by your side. And happiness don't drag its feet. Time moves faster than you think.

"Hey pretty girl, you did so good. Our baby's got your eyes. And a fighter's heart like I knew she would. Hey pretty girl, you did so good.

"Hey pretty girl, when I see the light, and it's my time to go, I'm gonna thank the Lord for a real good life. A pretty little girl and a beautiful wife."

Now, everybody was really confused, because Kanda didn't step off the stage. Nope. Instead, he asked into the microphone, "Allen, will you come up here for a second?"

What? Did I hear him wrong? My tearful form was glued to its stop before Lenalee roughly shoved me forward, nearly sending me into the table, but I regained my balance quickly, and began to walk onto the stage, wiping away tears the whole time. Everything was quiet, and so when Kanda took my hands in his, he could be heard without extra equipment, "You know that I'm not good with words, and I just couldn't pick one song to sing to express how much I love you, and it's still not enough."

He paused for a moment as I stood there, completely shocked that Kanda was saying all this in a room full of thirty people. After a moment, he continued, "I didn't know how much I truly loved you until one year, eight months, and two weeks ago, and every day I spend with you and Kiseki, I can feel that love growing stronger inside my heart. Honestly, I don't think I could make it by myself in this world like I used to, so I want to ask you one thing.

"One miracle has already happened to me, and that was when Kiseki was born, but will you please do me another one?"

I'm frozen and gaping at him as he reaches into his pocket, pulling out a tiny, black box, and he slowly gets on one knee, opening the box. Inside is a beautiful ring made with an oval of white agate, tiny pieces of chrysoprase surrounding it, and Kanda looks up at me, eyes shining as he asks, "Will you make me the happiest man alive and marry me?"

Aghast. Shocked. Flabbergasted. Stunned. Astonished. All the words that should be able to describe my situation flew out the window as more tears of joy spilled over my eyes. Offstage, people were saying, "Yes! Say yes!" Of course, Lenalee was standing up and shouting that at me before I nodded, "Yes. Yes, Kanda, I'll marry you."

The biggest, happiest smile I've ever seen on my boyfriend's―excuse me, my fiancé's face spread across his features as he stood. Taking the ring from its box, Kanda slipped the gorgeous promise onto my left ring finger, and as soon as it was done, I launched myself into his arms, sobbing so loudly that I didn't even pay attention to the roar of applause from the audience.

Elated. Happy. Joyful. Cheerful. Ecstatic. Overjoyed. Jubilant. All the words that should be able to describe my situation burst through the roof as I push my lips against Kanda's.

Breath wouldn't return to me as he led me off stage, the stereos playing "Marry Me" by Jason Derulo, and Lenalee gave me a hug, her own tears falling as she squealed her congratulations. Breaking away from me, the pig-tailed girl grabbed my left hand, inspecting my ring thoroughly with a slightly puzzled expression, "What is it?"

An arm snaked around my waist as Kanda said, "As you both know, Allen knows a lot about stones. When I found out he was pregnant, he told me that before he figured out he was gay, that he swore he would never give a girl a diamond ring, because it had no thought in it."

Did I say that?

I nodded, "It's my most prized possession. Actually, before I knew I was gay, I swore that if I ever proposed to a girl, I wouldn't buy a diamond."

Kanda tilts his head, "Why's that?"

"It would be boring. There's no thought in buying an expensive rock and putting in a ring, but if you think about the person, the meaning they have to you and the type of stone it is, that makes it so much better. It doesn't matter is it only cost fifteen dollars, because it has more value than a bucket of uncut gems." I finish and close my eyes, my left hand going to the agate charm.

"I'm not as good with them as you are, but I know your favorite is white agate and you love chrysoprase because of Mana," Kanda said. Giving him a kiss on the cheek, I say, "It's perfect."

"I'm impressed, Yu. That took guts," Lavi said, quickly finding a hand holding his earring threateningly. "Sorry, Kanda!"

Removing his hand, Kanda began leading me out of the bar, Lenalee and Lavi following behind us, but keeping their distance. As we walk back to the Order, I ask, "What made you decide to propose?"

Glancing at me then back to the sidewalk, he answers, "The night you told me that you didn't expect me to kept coming back to mind. Something about you always makes me want to exceed expectations for some reason, and this was no different. Even if Kiseki has two dads, at least she'll be able to say that we're married."

"So it was just to prove you could?"

"No, I never said that. People say that when a couple has sex, they become one. But everyone agrees that when you get married, two becomes one, and I want to be forever bound to you and you to me."

"So poetic," I laugh, clinging to his arm with my head on his bicep.

"You wish. I can give you sword fighting lessons, but I'm not writing a poem. The things annoy me," he growls. Smiling, I ask, "Why? Are you jealous that you can't write them yourself?"

Ruffling my hair, he says, "No, because I can't figure out what the heck they're talking about. Poets have odd brains."

"Kanda!" I scold. "Don't go hating on the poets, because they're smarter than you are! Now watch Kiseki come running to you wanting you to read her latest poem."

"I sure hope not," he grumbles.

When we get to the Order, it's only about nine, but Kiseki should be asleep. Not that she actually sleeps since she can read in the dark with those little feline eyes of hers. Opening the door to her room, Kanda and I find our daughter lying on her stomach and talking to Ice. Rolling her eyes, Kiseki says, "Yeah, yeah, I know, Sis, but Chichi and Daddy don't care if I wait…."

At this point, she realizes said Chichi and Daddy were in her doorway. Pouting, she points to Ice, "Sis was keeping me up!"

"Smarter than a ten year old and she still blames the cat. Who does that remind you of, Kitten?" Kanda smirks. Rolling my eyes, I move to sit beside the cat-girl on the bed, "Kiseki, you know what marriage is right?"

"Well, duh! I'm not two-months-old now!" she said as if all one-year-olds knew this information. Nodding, I say, "Chichi and I are getting married."

Smiling, she stands and hops on the bed, monochrome tail swishing, "Yay! It worked, Chichi! Daddy said 'yes'!"

"What?" I asked, confusedly looking at Kanda as he picks up Kiseki. Spinning her in the air, he said, "Yep, and you know who the flower girl is going to be?"

Happily, she squeals, "Me! Pick me!"

"Okay, what am I missing?" I ask, sitting on the bed. Kanda, whose hair was now getting beaten by a certain miracle, explained, "Well, someone had to help me rehearse singing."

"Yeah, Chichi's a good singer!" Kiseki chirped.

After we get her tucked in, Kanda shoved me onto our bed, crawling over me and planting a firm hand on my chest to keep me there. Nervously, I ask, "What if she hears us?"

"Oh, didn't I mention that our side is soundproof? We can hear her, but she can't hear us, no matter how much she tries or how loud you scream."

Blushing, I clasp his hand with mine, "Then make me yours."


Author Note: I bet no one saw that coming! Hehe, especially not Cana99, who, if I remember correctly, said something along the lines of, "I was wondering about if they would get married or something. But I'm glad that's kind of cleared up." Surprises and I love each other! Keep posting questions, and please, Please, PLEASE R/R! It makes my day, and this is the third to last chance you get!