Dreams and Suprises
I walked down a road, in my monochrome pajamas. There was nothing around me, just pitch black darkness around me. If I looked around me, the only thing I could see was the road I was walking on. Suddenly, I felt something cold behind me. I turned around and there nothing behind me, just the road that I had apparently traversed already. Although there was nothing, I could tell there was something dangerous behind me.
I ran forward, trying to stay away from whatever was chasing me. I don't know what was chasing me and I don't know why. All I know was that I needed something, someone, with me.
"Someone! Anyone! Help me!" I continued running until my lungs and legs needed a break, grinding to a halt and placing my hands on my knees. I took in the sweet oxygen and let out the horrible carbon dioxide from my lungs. As I continued breathing, I could feel whatever was chasing me getting closer. I slowly turned my head, my body unable to run away what this thing was anymore. I closed my eyes and waited for my death, or worse.
Suddenly, the feeling was gone. I kept my eyes closed, not wanting to see if there anything around me.
There a sound. A small but constant noise. It sort of sounded like… footsteps.
I opened my eyes to see that the darkness is gone, and now the area was white. I looked around to see that the road was gone now.
The sounds of footsteps seemed to be behind and me. Upon turning around, I could see a figure walking in the distance.
"A person!" I ran toward the figure as much as I could, ignoring my body's pleas. "SOCIAL ACTIVITY!" As I got closer and closer to the person, I could make out more details of the person.
The figure was a young man. He looked about my age. The guy had short purple hair with long locks. He wore a white hooded track jacket with purple accents and white jeans. The young man had his hands in his pockets, from one of his pockets was a wire that crawled up to his ears, where d-pad shaped headphones were in his ears. I couldn't see his eyes since he had his eyes closed, probably due to him wearing both earbuds.
"Neptune!" I speed over to him faster.
As I was closer to him, I held out my arms. As I was in reach, I jumped over to him, desperately trying to stop him from walking away. Once my arms were close enough, I wrapped them around his body.
Once I had done that, my vision had turned white and the both of us blended into the whiteness that surrounded us…
"Ugh…" I opened my eyes. My vision was blurry from just waking up and my thought process was hazy. "A dream?" I rubbed my eyes and realized that one of my arms was on top of something warm... Wha-!
My arm was around Neptune's torso. He was still asleep, a smile on his face. Aw, he looked so cu- No! Never mind! Drop that thought!
I shook my head, my brain onto a different topic. I had moved from my spot while asleep and hugged Neptune…again. Why did I do this again? Ugh, what will Neptune think if he wakes up!?
I should think of what to say before he wakes up.
"Noire? Hey, Idolindustri to Noire?"
I know! I'll say-
"Morning." I locked eyes with Neptune...who was awake now. Uh… "*sigh* Why am I not surprised?" Uh… "Um, Noire? Can you let me go now?" Uh… "Noire, your face is red now."
"Um, this bad isn't it?"
"Noooooooo!" I flailed around, feeling something hit my arm. As I sat up, I heard the sound of something hitting the ground.
"Nepu!" Wait, what was that I just heard?
I looked around the room, panting. Neptune had fallen off the bed, one of his legs hanging on the mattress.
"Neptune?" I heard a groan come from the guy.
"...Why?" His leg fell off the bed and landed with a thump, bring another groan from him. "Ow…" I looked under the bed to see him lying faceup on the floor.
"Are you okay?" Neptune lifted his head and stared at me.
"Let's here: You hug me in your sleep, causing you to stare at me for a second, which then leads into you punching me in the gut, and finally ending with me falling off the bed and giving me a headache. What do you think?" Oh…
"Sorry." Neptune pulled himself up.
"It's fine." He rubbed the back of his head and stood up, stretching. With a sigh, he turned around. "I should have bought you that body pillow after all."
"Nothing, just a thought."
"Speaking of thoughts… I thought I heard you say 'Nep-'" Neptune turned around, glaring.
"You're lonely!" I was surprised by both the random interruption and the statement.
"Wha- That came out of nowhere!"
"So what!?" With those words, Neptune opened the door and went downstairs, hearing loud footfalls as he walked.
"What was with that…" Why did he act that way? Is there something that I- Wait.
"I am not lonely!"
When I walked downstairs, Neptune was helping Mina make breakfast. Chika helping Mina as well, at the same time, she was staying as close to her wife as possible. Rom and Ram were eating cereal, due to them wanting to eat fast and play early. Uni and Nepgear were waiting for breakfast. Meanwhile, Vert was sitting at the table, playing with her handheld. She was totally immersed in the game too. As I stood there, Blanc walked up beside of me, rubbing her eyes.
"Oh, good morning Blanc."
"Morning." I looked at her. She had bags under her eyes and Blanc let out a big yawn.
"Vert didn't stop playing, even though I passed out." The two of them looked at Vert, the girl looking as if she had a good night sleep.
Neptune turned around, looking at the two of us.
"Blanc…" He looked at me longer than Blanc. "Noire. Sit down and get ready to eat." Blanc nodded and sat down next to Vert.
"Hey, Neptune." Neptune turned back to the stove.
"What did you say when I hit you?" Blanc rubbed her eyes once more and turned to me.
"What are talking about Noire?" As Blanc asked me the question, I saw Neptune stop moving at the corner of her eye.
"Well, he said something like the first part of his name." Blanc blinked, her sleep having been erased.
"Oh that." Neptune stood rigid now.
"When we were kids…"
"Blanc, what are you doing?"
"He used to say…"
"'Nepu!' a lot."
"He would even use in place of adjectives and make the sound when he was hurt or surprised." Pfft. Th-That's...
Rom and Ram were giggling, their hands covering their mouths. Vert had stopped playing her game and had a smirk on her face. Mina shook her head, a smile on her face. Chika bit the bottom of her lip, holding back her laughter.
A plate carrying a pile of eggs was placed in the middle of the table. The person who held the plate was Neptune, a frown on his face.
"So, Neptune?" The young man turned to Vert, his eyes empty and dull.
"Why don't you say that anymore?"
"I'm eighteen, a senior in high school. I'm going to college. I can't act like a child anymore. If I was girl, that would be a different story. However, I'm a guy and I have to grow up." Vert chuckled.
"I think it's cute." Everyone stared at me. I looked left and right, confused. "What?" Neptune sighed and sat down next to me.
"Noire?" I turned to him, his hands covering his face and his ears turning red.
"Don't say that again." Huh?
"Just… Just don't, please." What's wrong with being cute? I see no problem with it. Neptune didn't say anything other than that and everyone else sat down to eat.
Once we finished eating, Neptune stood up and put his plates in the sink. He walked over to me and placed a hand on my shoulder.
"Noire." I turned to him and locked eyes with him.
"You and me. Mall. Get ready." Wha-Wha-Wha-Wha-WHA-!
"WHAT!" I-Is he really asking me to go somewhere with him? Just him? Sorta like a date!?
"Mall, we're going over there."
"O-Oh… I see."
"Oh my, Neptune. Are you taking Noire on a date?" Neptune looked at Vert, not amused.
"I just said what we're doing." He then turned to me. "Let's get you something…" He looked away, scratching his cheek. "…for being so nice to me and Nep Jr." I felt my eyes widen.
"Wait, a present!" Neptune nodded. "Y-You don't need to do that!" He shook his head.
"Don't care. We're getting you something." I looked at my lap, folding my hands over them.
"Thank you." Neptune shrugged.
"Whatever. Just get ready." I nodded and Neptune went upstairs. "I call dibs on the shower." A present… just for me… from Neptu- Wait.
"Hey, I want to use the shower!" Neptune stopped and turned toward me, a grin on his face.
"Too bad. Dibs." I stuck my tongue at him as he laughed and continued upstairs. I crossed my arms as I heard the door close.
After a while, I walked upstairs, getting my things ready to take a shower. Neptune had already started as I could hear the water running. As I grabbed my clothes, I heard the shower turn off and the door opening a couple minutes later.
"I'm done." I turned to the door, confused.
"But you were there for only five minutes!"
"For the economy!" I heard the door to my- I mean, our, room and I turned a… a… a… ah…
"Ah…" I couldn't fathom what I was seeing right now, my brain just stopped. The only thing I could feel was my mouthing hanging wide open at the sight in front of me.
"Noire, what's up?" Neptune used his towel to dry his still wet hair, failing to catch a few droplets that rolled down his bare chest.
"Wh-Wh-Wh-" I finally was able to gain control of my eyes and looked away.
"What?" I shook my head, the image not going away.
"Why are you naked!?" Neptune looked down, confused.
From the top up, he was bare. The only thing covering him was the towel wrapped around his neck. Ah! I can't look!
"What? I'm wearing pants." He spread out his arms as if to make himself an example. Gah! His chest, it's toned, but not toned at the same time! Prying my gaze away from him, I turned around.
"Did your parents teach you decency!?"
"No." Huh? I turned around, not expecting that answer. Neptune's confusion had disappeared and now there was a frown there. "Did you forget that my parents have been working for most of my life?" Oh… Uh…
The two of us stood there in silence, awkward silence. I looked down at the ground and shuffled my feet.
"Sorry." I shyly looked up to him and see his eyebrow raised.
"You should just go shower now." I nodded.
"Yeah… I'm going now." Neptune grunted in agreement and watched me gather my things and leave the room.
Sometime later, I had finished showering and returned to the room. Neptune wasn't inside as I could hear him downstairs. It sounded like he was playing a videogame downstairs. I entered the room and got changed.
I wore jean shorts that was frayed at the end. I also put on a white tank top with a black vest over it. In order to disguise myself from the public, I put on a white wig and blue eye contacts with power symbols on them.
Taking a look in the mirror, I smiled and fist pumped with both of my arms.
"Let's do this!" I turned to the door and was about to open the door when I heard a knock on the door.
"May I come in?" It was Mina's voice. I opened the door and the light blue haired mother walked in, a smile on her face. Huh? Is Chika not around? I looked around. She was snuggling Mina nor was she hiding behind her, ready to hug her.
"Oh, Chika? She's spending time with the children." As she says this, Neptune's laughter becomes louder and louder. Under his laughter, there was something that sounded like Blanc struggling from something. Chika's voice could be heard as well.
"Oh come on Blanc! Give Mommy some love!" Thumps and laughter continued as the two of us listened. Mina scratched her cheek, a little embarrassed.
"Hehe…" The sounds of family interaction is sweet.
"So, are you nervous?" Huh? "You and Neptune are going to the mall. Just the two of you." What is she…? "Just like a…" Mina stopped, leaving her words to hang in the air. Is she… She can't possibly mean a-
"Date?" Wha-! I turned around to see Vert leaning on the doorframe, a soft smile on her face. "I say, Mother, that is most likely Neptune's motive." What!? No! He's getting a present, right?
"You and me. Mall. Get ready."
No, he was just grateful.
After putting on the finishing touches, I went downstairs along with Mina and Vert. Neptune's laughter had subsided, although we could still hear toned down laughter broken by sharp breathing.
Upon entering the living room, I smiled due to two reasons. The first one because of the sweetness of the scene in front of me. The second reason…
"Mom… let go off me…" Chika had accomplished her mission of loving Blanc as she held the girl in a hug with one arm, and stroking her daughter's hair with the other. Rom and Ram were playing videogames on the T.V. while Neptune was trying to stop his laughter. Blanc, obviously, was the most uncomfortable out of everyone else and it was her discomfort that got Neptune's joy.
Chika shook her head, pulling Blanc closer to her.
"No way! I wanna give my baby girl a hug, so I'm giving her one!" Nepgear giggled at the familial love and Uni looked somewhat embarrassed by this display of affection.
"I'm eighteen now Mom!"
"You're still my baby!" Neptune now chuckled at the Chika and Blanc as his friend gave him a scowl. Now that I was down here, I got a good look of what he was wearing.
Neptune was wearing a blue hoodie with a large brown oval in the front and white cuffs that had a hole on the sides for him to put his thumbs through. The hood was spiky, but he didn't put it on. He wore dark blue jeans, long socks folded over many times and red running shoes with gold laces.
Upon seeing me, Neptune wiped away tears from his eyes and stood up.
"You ready?" I smiled at him nervously, Vert and Mina's prediction in my head.
"Ye-Yeah." He nodded and pulled out his headphones from his hoodie pocket, placing one in his ear. We said goodbye to everyone and left the house. Once we were outside, Neptune turned to me and motioned down the road with his head.
"The mall's two stations from here. Let's go."
We boarded train and sat down next to each other, with me being next to the window. Neptune crossed one leg over his other one and relaxed on the seat. Now that I think of it…
"Hey, Neptune." He turned his head slightly towards me.
"Hm?" I pointed at the headphone.
"What type of music do you listen to?"
"Video game music." Wait, what? Neptune saw the confused look on my face and repeated his answer. I shook my head.
"No, I didn't need you to say that again. It's just why video game music." Neptune shrugged.
"No reason. I like it." I tentatively reached for the other headphone.
"Can...I listen to it?" Neptune looked at the unused earbud for a bit, before grabbing it and handing it to me. Although he had to lean over a bit in order to hand it to me.
I carefully placed it in my ear, letting the vocalless music reach my ear. Neptune had relaxed against his seat again, closing his eyes. As I looked to the window beside me, I noticed that there were two girls in the glass's reflection.
They were leaning close to each other. From the looks of it, they were whispering and pointing… Wait…
Are they pointing at us!?
They are pointing at us! They even had light blushes on their faces, although it was kinda hard to see on the glass.
I felt my face heat up and stared at my lap, clenching my hands together.
Now that I realize it, this is embarrassing!
Train, please hurry up and take us to our destination! Hurry!