Tornado and Handkerchief
"No way," Terra said with a low chuckle.
Aqua's heart skipped a beat or two at the lovely sound that gave her goosebumps everywhere. The fact that she was the one responsible for it made her feel deliriously happy.
"You're silly, you know that?" the brunet man continued, as he affectionately tucked a rather stubborn blue strand of hair behind her ear.
The skin-on-skin contact made her legs feel like jelly. If he continued torturing her like this, she'd have to hold onto him in order not to fall.
With that incredibly attractive smirk still adorning his handsome face, he bent forward slightly and captured her lips with his in a passionate kiss.
As soon as Aqua woke up and realized that this was all just a dream, she turned on her laptop and decided to put everything she'd felt and seen into words. Writing things down always helped to give it a place in her head and figure things out for herself. Usually, she would just delete it all, fearing that otherwise, someone might read it.
Curious as to what this fuss was about, Stitch, who had been rolled up near the headboard, opened one eye.
"Oh, I'm sorry. Did I wake you up? Everything's all right, you can go back to sleep," Aqua said softly to her blue pet.
Stitch muttered something incoherently, but closed his eye.
At times like these, she wished there was a way to delete her memories like she would later delete the piece of text. Oh, what she wouldn't give for that to become possible…
A few days had passed since her weird dream (of which she now knew the meaning of). Much to her annoyance, she'd seen Kairi a lot more around Terra and this was worrying her. The latter had even asked Aqua if he could bring a friend with him on her birthday party. And guess who had showed up at Terra's side...
Aqua had been curious, so she had said yes. Of course, if she'd known that he meant Kairi, she wouldn't have been that happy. Sure, the red-haired woman was nice, but it was more than obvious that she had feelings for her Terra too. That was another thing that bothered the pretty bluenette. Even more so because Terra was blind to it…
Wait… her Terra? Why was she even thinking that?
Out of nowhere, Terra had suddenly appeared. Aqua hadn't even noticed him, too preoccupied with her own thoughts, causing her to walk into him. The impact of that made them both fall. She landed on top of him, her face only inches away from his. Never before had her face become red so quickly.
"I-I'm so sorry, I didn't see you!" She quickly scrambled up, leaving no room for Terra to say anything. "Well, I've got a lot of stuff to do, so I'll catch you later, okay?"
It felt like there was a tornado, raging inside her. Every day, this tornado was getting bigger and bigger. Aqua felt his eyes on her back, watching her until she had disappeared behind a corner.
The question was: should she tell him that she really liked him a lot before Kairi would beat her to it? Because that was the only possibility left now, wasn't it?
Aqua let out another deep sigh. She had made up her mind; she would call Terra right now to explain her weird behavior of earlier...or at least tell him that she wanted to see him, so that she could finally tell him how she really felt about her friend. The bluenette was both excited and sick at the same time, because there was no backing down after she'd said that.
What if Terra didn't like her, though? The idea alone was enough to leave her paralyzed.
Shaking her head, she quickly grabbed her phone and punched in his number (which she knew by heart) before she would change her mind. However, it wasn't Terra who picked up the phone.
"Hello?" a rather melodious female voice said.
She was positive that she'd heard that gentle voice before, but she was too surprised to be able to figure out why it sounded so achingly familiar.
"Oh err... Terra's a little...busy at the moment. He really has his hands full, so that's why he couldn't answer the phone himself. But I can pass on some information if you'd like?"
Suddenly, Aqua's eyes widened considerably. She'd recognized that voice from the way she was talking and her breath caught in her throat. This was the last person she'd expected to talk to when calling her best friend…
"Who is this?" Kairi continued, totally oblivious to the caller's shock. "Hello?"
Aqua, however, didn't bother to reply. The line went dead when she slowly hung up the phone.
"Who was that?" Terra, who just returned from the kitchen holding two huge glasses in his hands, asked curiously.
"I...don't know," Kairi replied truthfully. A light frown was evident on her angelic face. "There was this woman who needed to speak with you, but she didn't say what it was about. Nor did she give a name."
He raised a brow. The thought that maybe Aqua had called him briefly crossed his mind, but he knew that couldn't be the case; Aqua would always introduce herself.
"That's weird. But it was probably not that important. And if it was, they'll most likely call again. I hope." After a short pause, he handed her a full glass of some baby pink-colored drink, keeping an identical glass for himself. "Here's your strawberry milkshake à la Terra."
"Thanks. You really do make the best milkshakes," she said with a dazzling smile, after taking a small sip of the sweet drink.
"What can I say, I've got the magic in me."
After that, the conversation between them loosened up some more to the point where Kairi suddenly found herself saying, "I really like spending time with you."
The woman bit her lower lip as soon as she realized what she'd said. She wasn't even drunk to blame it on the alcohol.
For a moment, when it became incredibly silent between them, the redhead feared that she had gone too far and had damaged whatever there had been between Terra and her. But then... "Well, that's good, 'cause the feeling's mutual."
He leaned in even closer (since when had he been this close to begin with?) and she mimicked his movements. Now, he was easily able to count the speckles in her eyes if he'd wanted to…
Of course, Terra had different plans, and Kairi didn't seem to mind at all.
By evening, Aqua had finally gathered enough (though barely) courage to make a decision. She would have to visit Terra to tell him what she felt for him in person. Hopefully, Kairi had left by then, so that the bluenette could have him all for herself. And if she hadn't... Well, Aqua hadn't really thought of what she would do then. Probably ask if she could speak with Terra alone or something.
After giving herself a last once-over in the mirror and fixing her hair, she took a deep breath and made her way to Terra's. All the while she had this weird feeling that she shouldn't be doing this if she didn't want to damage her friendship with the brunet man.
Luckily, Terra was the one who opened the front door. When he saw it was Aqua, he smiled at once and said, "Hey! Come on in."
Her heart skipped a beat or two, like usual, but she ignored it for the time being. "You look happy," she noted, while stepping inside.
She breathed in through her nose and was surprised to find out that Terra's apartment now had this lingering smell of roses. Kairi's perfume. Aqua didn't know why, but it instantly made her nervous. It felt like a bad sign, as if the fact that Terra seemed so happy was because of the pretty redhead.
"I am happy," was the simple response.
"Well, I'm gl-"
She stopped in mid-sentence when she spotted the handkerchief that was lying on the couch. It was white with pink rose petals imprinted on it and it looked rather girly. Definitely not Terra's style. The longer she stared at it, the less it seemed to belong in this room.
Terra followed her gaze. "What's the matter, Aqua?"
For once, she decided to be direct about it, even though it wasn't really her business (not that Terra would ever care, but still). Pointing at it, she said with an air of what she hoped sounded like mere curiosity, "Oh, nothing. That handkerchief… Is that yours?"
"Oh uhm…no. It's Kairi's actually. Guess she forgot it."
Kairi's... Of course, she thought. I wouldn't be surprised if she left it behind on purpose, just so that she can come and visit him again.
The moment she thought that, she shook her head. Now she was being silly.
"I'm glad you're here, Aqua. Because there's something I need to tell you."
"What is it?"
He nodded to the couch, which she took as a cue to sit down. Terra only started talking when she had sat down.
"It's about Kairi," he said, as though he was about to tell her a big secret.
Aqua starting to get a sickly feeling, but her eyes still didn't leave his as she prayed that she wouldn't hear what she was fearing the most right now.
"You're not going to believe this, but we're actually kinda dating now, so…"
Terra smiled, completely oblivious to the state Aqua was in. "Yeah. It's like I've found my other half. Unbelievable!"
Aqua nodded, but her mind barely registered that fact. Even her voice didn't sound like hers when she said, "That's great, Terra. I'm happy for you."
She didn't tell him what it felt like for her; as if she was losing her other half. The more he said, the more she started to wish that somehow the ground would open up and swallow her. What difference did it make what she really thought when he didn't harbor the same feelings for her? Why had she ever thought she would stand a chance, anyway? Terra was a really handsome guy. He got more than enough attention on the streets, even if all he did was shopping at the grocery store. He took good care of himself and that showed and attracted a lot of women.
Talk about getting that kind of bitch slap in the face that knocks out all your teeth...
"She's so amazing, I'm sure the two of you will get along just fine. And then, I can be around two of my three favorite women in the world as much as I'd like," Terra went on with a grin from ear to ear.
She looked at her childhood friend, but frankly, she didn't hear a thing of what he said after the one sentence that made her world crumble down. She'd always seen Terra as the missing puzzle piece in her life, in more ways than one. How could she not when they always did everything together? Not to mention the fact that she had fallen for him without even realizing it. Though deep in her heart, she'd always known. It was probably incredibly stupid and cliché, but it had been inevitable. Who wouldn't fall for someone like Terra after all?
She'd wanted to tell him that tonight. But now… How could she do that to him, when he seemed to be the happiest man in the world because of Kairi?