Where are my Shoes?
As it happened, Aqua was the first one to wake up the next day. The blue-haired mage didn't know whether it had been the sunlight in the room, that seeped through the curtains (she made a mental note to pin them together next time, because sometimes, it really was annoying to wake up like this), or because her neck hurt so much. Or perhaps it was a combination of both. Seriously, though, what had she been doing in her sleep? And why in the name of Light was she stiff as hell? She hadn't felt like this ever since her first months as a trainee under Master Eraqus's watchful eye. Everything had been new to her and needless to say, she'd had to get used to all that constant moving. Her muscles had been sore for days on end.
She wanted to stay in bed with her eyes closed for a short while (not that she could do anything else if she'd wanted. Not when she was in this kind of condition), but when she heard a soft and steady breathing beside her, she quickly changed her mind. Pretty startled, she opened her eyes and almost proceeded to fall right out of her bed out of pure shock when she saw Terra's sleeping form. Fortunately, alcohol was prohibited by Master Eraqus, otherwise she would have wondered if something had happened last night and then probably had to ask Terra about it. She shuddered at the thought only.
The first thing she noticed, was that the the television was off and her spare blanket lay around them. Who had gotten that out of her closet in the first place? Terra himself... or someone else? Had it been Eraqus Master? All the color drained from her face as she thought of that possibility. She would find out soon enough, she was sure of that. If it really had been their Master, then she would know it by looking at the expression on his face.
Well, there was no point in staying in bed. She wouldn't dare to face Terra for the rest of her life if he woke up at this moment, with her looking at him. Carefully, she got up so she wouldn't still wake him up. She opened the door softly, after she packed a few belongings she needed from her room and went straight to the bathroom to freshen up.
After she had taken a nice hot shower, - she really had been in need for that; the warm water had been a cure for her stiffened back muscles and she was finally fully awake now - she walked straight to the kitchen, in case Terra still was asleep in her bed (was it just her or did that really sound wrong in a way?), which apparently was the case, because Ven was the only one who was in the kitchen.
As soon as the spiky-haired boy noticed her, a goofy smile appeared on his face and in a suspiciously happy tone he cried, "Good morning, Aqua. Did you sleep well?"
She looked at him sharply, sensing that the mischievous tone he had used and the way too cheerful twinkle in his eyes wouldn't promise any good for her, at all. The bluenette teen decided to ignore it for the time being. Who knows, maybe he picked up the hint and played along. She certainly hoped so. For now, it was the best to keep her head cool and answer his oh so innocent questions.
"I guess so," she replied quietly. "You?"
Meanwhile, she walked to the kitchen cabinet to grab a spoon and a bowl. The cornflakes and milk were already standing on the table, courtesy of Ven.
"Mwah. But then again, I didn't have a handsome person beside me, whose shoulder I could use as a pillow. You lucky girl."
Aqua immediately began to blush and almost let the bowl fall out of her already shaking hands. She thanked the heavens that that hadn't happened, otherwise that would've made her look even more suspicious. But how did Ven know? Had he seen them last night? Was he the one who had turned her TV off and put the spare blanket around them? If that was the case, then at least that fact took a big part of her worries away.
She walked over to the table and sat down on her fast seat. "I don't know what you're talking about," she noted, feigning innocence, but she didn't dare to look at him.
"Oh, but I think you do," he said teasingly.
At this, her head snapped up and she narrowed her cerulean eyes at the younger teen. "Ven, stop it."
"Stop what?" he asked, just as innocently as ever.
His overly blue eyes became the size of saucers as he feigned innocence. Aqua, however, didn't fall for this trick. She knew very well that he knew very well what they both were talking about.
"This nonsense," she replied flatly.
"But it's the truth!"
"No, it's n-"
Their bickering was interrupted at once by the sound of footsteps walking down the stairs. They both stopped talking abruptly and looked at the doorway simultanously. The footsteps belonged to none other than a grinning Terra. Aqua's heartbeat quickened instantly and she quickly looked away when their eyes met by chance. Fortunately for her, Ven didn't see that, otherwise he would make another comment and Aqua certainly wasn't in the mood for that. She didn't know what Terra had thought of it, though, and that fact made her crazy.
"Hey there, sleepy head. Did you sleep well?" Ven immediately asked, before Terra even had the chance to enter the kitchen.
"Oh yes, I slept very well, actually. In fact, I haven't slept this good for years," he admitted, smiling a little. He winked at Ven and ran a gloveless hand through his dark, messy hair. Aqua became even redder, if that was possible. "Well I'm gonna go take a shower. I'll see you guys later."
With that being said, the brunet male turned around again and made his way to the stairs. Needless to say, Aqua was more than relieved when Terra walked away and she started to breathe again. How strange, she hadn't even noticed that she had been holding her breath all this time.
Fortunately, the rest of the day nothing exciting happened. Master Eraqus hadn't spared them with today's training, though. They were all exhausted, as usual. Aqua had even taken off her boots and was now looking for more comfortable shoes. There was only one problem, though; she couldn't find any of her shoes anywhere, and she had been looking for them almost everywhere in this huge castle. Eventually, she came with the conclusion that perhaps, Ven or Terra knew more about this strange event.
She immediately went to the living room, where she knew they were chilling at the moment. As it was, Ven lay on the couch, looking like a cute, but pathetic puppy and Terra was slumped beside him, his head leaning on the back of the couch and his eyes closed. Both his feet rested on the coffee table, as his arms were crossed over his chest. Sweat beaded on his forehead and his chest rose up and down in a slow and steady rythm. He almost looked as if he was asleep, but she knew that he wasn't. Her heart involuntarily skipped a beat when he saw him like this. She had read somewhere that sometimes, a person could be attracted to another person by smelling his unique odor, which was, with other words, his sweat.
Wait... why the heck was she thinking all of that at this moment? This was scary. It had to be the tough training, there was no other explanation for that. Either that, or she was slowly getting insane. Or maybe a little of both.
Almost as if he had heard her thinking, the earth warrior opened his eyes and looked inquiringly at Aqua. She felt how a blush slowly creeped up her cheeks. She started to wonder what she was doing here in the first place, and Terra staring at her like that, didn't really help her to concentrate.
When she had regained her voice again, she started, "Ehm... Terra, Ven, does one of you know where my shoes are?"
Terra looked down at her bare feet with pink painted nails and then looked back into her eyes again. He raised an eyebrow at her.
Ven was apparently too dead to respond at the moment, for he didn't even move, but Terra certainly wasn't. "Apparently, not on your feet, where they should be. Nice nails by the way. Is pink the new pink these days?" he commented, smirking.
"Don't change the subject," she said, menacingly.
Terra wasn't impressed at all, but he decided to play along, just to annoy Aqua a little bit more. He put his hands up in mock defense, as he said, "Okay, okay. You don't have to freak out like that. It almost looks like you need a vacation, and quick. Now let's see, either your shoes are in your closet, or they're gone."
"Gone?" she repeated, not really understanding him.
"Yes, gone," he said, calmly, nodding.
"Gone, as in where to exactly?" she wanted to know.
He shrugged nonchalantly, leaning back again. "How am I supposed to know? I'm not a shoe expert."
A long-suffering sigh followed. Why was it that nobody ever was serious in this castle? Did the fact that they were all guys have anything to do with that? Probably, but she wasn't sure.
On a much softer tone Terra continued, "But to be honest, I think that Ven has borrowed them from you. The high heels compensate his shortness, you see?"
Aqua rolled her eyes and was about to say something, when Ven beat her to the punch this time. "Oh haha. You're so funny. At least I'm not a clumsy gangling who stumbles over his own feet and then immediately falls off the stairs," he sneered.
Ouch. Nice comeback. He deserved that one, though. And hey, finally a sign of life. Maybe there was still hope for him.
Aqua tried not to laugh.
"Well, I can't help it. I was still young and an idiot back then. It won't happen again," Terra reasoned.
Ven gave him a look and snorted incredulously. "Terra, that was two weeks ago," he reminded Terra.
"I knew that! As if I don't know that. I was the one who fell off those thirteen stairs! Look, that was just because I couldn't use my hands back then," Terra growled, getting grumpier by every second that passed. "Someone," he paused to give Aqua a devastating look, "had glued my hands to my cheeks, remember?"
"Yeah, because you really need your hands to walk, instead of your feet," Ven muttered sarcastically.
Once again, ouch. Ven's really good at this today. And that makes 2-0 for Ven, Aqua thought, rather amused.
"Yo, ever heard of balance? That's what your hands are for," Terra spoke, defended himself.
"Never mind, guys. I'll find it on my own," she said, hastily, before they would start to fight here.
Ugh! Apparently, if you want to do something good, you have to do it yourself.
She quickly walked out of the living room, before anyone could stop her and hurried back to her bedroom. It was the only place where she hadn't looked yet, simply because her shoes just couldn't be there. Maybe Terra was right, though. Perhaps Master Eraqus had placed her shoes in her closet. All these shoes couldn't have disappeared just like that, right?
Sighing, she opened her bedroom door when she saw the horror. Aqua didn't know if she should laugh or cry at the sight of all her shoes that seemed to be glued with the soles to the ceiling, spread across the ceiling. On her desk was her pot of superglue with a note lying beside it. She walked slowly towards it and picked up the latter, meanwhile fearing the worst. It said,
As you can see, I borrowed your glue to make the masterpiece of the day. Here are your precious shoes. At first, I wanted to put them all in Ven's room, but I knew that it would take centuries before you would find it and I really wouldn't want you to go through all that emotional stuff, 'cause I know how important shoes are to women. Oh well.
Have a nice day! =)
"Oh, Terra. You've got to be kidding me," she groaned, pretty annoyed.
Seriously, she had no idea how he had come up with this idea, but he was the one who was going to remove them from the ceiling, otherwise she would tell everything to Master Eraqus. That would just serve him another month of detention, which he really deserved. So the guy wanted to play it as childish as that? Fine, she would give him what he had asked for. It was time for revenge again!