The Color of Passion

An Odd First Date

Today was a special day. Everyone was off fishing with an acquaintance while Kusanagi was in London to buy alcohol so it was just Anna, Mikoto and I.

Honestly I didn’t think much of it. I just thought of it as a rare day off for myself. I gathered all of my savings, which really wasn’t a lot, and left early that day to go shopping for myself. I knew Anna would appreciate the time alone with Mikoto.

Their relationship… confuses me.

I think if Anna was of age… things would be much different.

If she wasn’t the little innocent girl she is now I wonder… would I even be apart of Homra?

I was walking back from the station after spending all of my money on cheap clothes when I spotted the familiar Lolita out of the corner of my eye. I looked over and there they were, Mikoto and Anna, walking towards the diner by the station. I just couldn’t contain myself. I ran across the street, not even bothering to look and see if there were any cars coming my way. I almost got run over for a moment, but luckily the car stopped. I didn’t really take much notice anyways.

“Anna! Mikoto!” I exclaimed as I ran up to them. They looked over and Anna lit up.

“Akane! You were gone this morning so I thought maybe you went fishing.”

I laughed, “No, no I was shopping!” I held up my bags.

“Are you sure you can afford to shop?” Mikoto commented, though it was obvious he didn’t really care all that much.

“Yeah well… What are you guys up to?” I really did not want to talk about how broke I was at the moment.

“Mikoto and I are on a date!” Anna said. My eyes widened in surprise. I looked up at Mikoto who was looking the other way, hiding his face.

“Well then… I don't want to intrude on your date so I guess I’ll be heading back home.” I started to walk off, but Anna grabbed onto my skirt.

“Do you want to join us? We are going to have lunch.” She pointed at the diner.

“Eh? Join you…? But I thought you were on a date.” I tried to contain my teasing smile as stared up at Mikoto who was obviously embarrassed.

“Just… come on.” He grabbed onto my hand and pulled me along with them towards the diner.

I tried to contain my laughter. They were just so cute.

“Welcome! Would a table for three be fine?” The waitress said. “Smoking is… allowed.” Mikoto was already smoking, not caring if it was allowed or not. “So-sorry. Right now we only have space at the non-smoking zone.” The waitress pointed out, obviously frightened by Mikoto.

Anna and I looked up at Mikoto in anticipation, waiting to see what he wanted to do next.

He let out a sigh. “…The no smoking area is fine.” He said as he put his cigarette out in the ashtray. I smiled.

Mikoto really is a gentleman.

I sat down next to Anna and Mikoto sat across from us. Anna grabbed a menu and started to look for something good. Mikoto started to space out and I just sat there smiling. I couldn’t get over how cute it was that they were on a date. Mikoto looked down to see that there was a little boy hugging his leg, I tried to hold back my laughter and the King shot me a glare. The boy’s mom came up and grabbed onto the boy, trying to pry him off of Mikoto’s leg.

“So-sorry!” She exclaimed. “I beg you please let go!” The boy refused and Mikoto paused for a moment before grabbing the boy by his shirt and lifting him off of him. “Ah! Thank you! Thank you!” The mother said, obviously frightened by him, as she ran off holding her child. Anna and I tried to hide our smiles behind the menus.

“Mikoto what do you want to eat?” Anna asked him.

“…Go ahead and choose for me.”

“Akane?” She looked over at me and I let out a sigh.

“I can’t afford anything so I’ll just get some coffee.” I set the menu down and sulked.

“When was the last time you ate?” Mikoto asked me. I looked up at him and immediately averted my eyes.

“I had some toast this morning…” It was either food or clothes and I really wanted clothes…

He let out a sigh and slid the menu back towards me.

“It’s on me.”

I looked up at him in surprise and started to wave my hands in panic.

“No, no I couldn’t—“

“Pick something.” He shot me a frightening glare and I felt a shiver run down my spine. I quickly grabbed the menu and skimmed over it, hiding my face in the process. Anna tried to contain her laughter.

We ordered and about 10 minutes later our food came, Anna picked a large meal from the kids menu for Mikoto and it was the most adorable thing. Anna pulled out Tatara’s camera and started filming.

“Mikoto will eat a hamburger.” She said.

“Hey, stop that.” He grumbled. Anna put the camera down, clasped her hands together, and said,

“Let’s eat.” I did the same and we both dug in. Man I was hungry. Mikoto watched us for a moment.

“You’ve come to eat a lot now, Anna.” He said.

“Hmm?” I looked over at him with a mouth full of rice.

“When you just came you barely ate anything.” He pointed out.

She nodded her head. “Kusanagi thought up lots of different menus to try out…” She said. “I made food with Tatara, snacks too. Stepping on udon, growing tomatoes, picking strawberries, going to harvest festivals, cultivating sprouts…”

“…You did a lot.” Mikoto said.

“Yes.” Anna nodded her head as she stuffed her face with rice as well. “… And Yata and Kamamoto gave me lots of snacks. After eating with Mikoto, I came to eat a lot. I’m glad I came to Homra.”

“Is that so.” Mikoto said.

I smiled at her and patted her head.

“You like the food I cook you as well too, right?” I said. She shook her head in disagreement and I slumped over, still stuffing my face.

“…You cook?” Mikoto asked as he started to eat his food.

“Hmm? Oh… yeah, but apparently not very well…” I said, starting to get a bit embarrassed. I had completely forgot that I learned to cook just so that I could make Mikoto happy, I was so caught up in all the fun I forgot that I was waiting until I was good enough to cook for him.

“I want to try it someday.” He said as he picked up another piece of meat. I looked up at him in surprise and I could fell my cheeks begin to burn.

“O-okay…” I went on to stuff my face, trying to hide how happy I was from his simple words.

After our meal I tried to separate from the two so I could give them space to resume their date, but neither of them would have had it.

They are an odd “couple”.

We went to the park and got ice cream, but Mikoto’s kept melting. I laughed and put my hand on his shoulder. The ice cream stopped melting and he looked over at me. I smiled and said,

“This way you can enjoy the treat just like anyone else.” I didn’t notice at the time, but he was looking at me in astonishment, like I had opened a whole new world to him.

We finished our ice cream and sat down on the park bench for a moment. There was a large group of dogs that passed by us though and laid on their backs in front of Mikoto to show they were submissive, it was obvious they were scared. I laughed and put my hand on his arm, the dogs suddenly got up and walked off with their relieved owner.

Anna later told me he was staring at me in an odd way at that time; I wonder what it looked like…

We ended the date with a street show we passed by. A man juggled fire and Anna was star struck. Mikoto held her on his shoulders so she could see through the crowd.

As we were watching an old woman tapped me on the shoulder. I looked over and she smiled.

“You’re family is very beautiful. You’re so lucky to have such a cute daughter and strong husband.”

“Eh!?” I was taken back by surprise. “No… I umm… we aren’t—“

“Thanks.” Mikoto interrupted, grabbing onto my hand. The old woman nodded and left. I looked over at him.

“Why did you say we were a couple?”

“You’re explanation would have taken a long time and just going along with it made her leave faster.” He went back to watching the show, but he didn’t let go of my hand. I stood there, my face red as we watched the man with fire dance around.

“Today was fun.” Anna said holding Tatara’s camera as we all walked back to Homra. “Once we go back I want to show everyone what we filmed today.”

“Is that so.” Mikoto said.

“I want to see all the stuff you filmed before I came along.” I smiled and she nodded her head in agreement.

She suddenly stopped and looked at the camera.

“The camera seems to have turned off…” She said.

“Hmm?” I looked over at her in confusion. Mikoto grabbed the camera from her and examined it.

“Is it out of batteries?” He said as she started to mess with it.

“Ah! Mikoto be careful…” And as soon as I said that part of the camera crumbled and broke.

Anna, Mikoto and I sat on the couch with Kusanagi behind the bar as everyone arrived back home.

“We’re home!” Tatara said.

“We caught many fish!” Yata said.

“Ah welcome home Kusanagi. Did you get some liquor?” Tatara asked as he held up one of the large fish he caught. “Here look at this! It’s huge!”

“Ah… well sure…” Kusanagi said, obviously nervous.

“Is something wrong? Rather can you prepare the fish?” Tatara asked.

“Ah… the fish is fine but…” He pointed over at the broken camera. “Don’t get mad at Anna, because the perpetrator was apparently our King.” He looked back at us. Anna looked really guilty, shaking all over in fear, while Mikoto was spaced out and I was worried about Tatara’s reaction. He walked over and stood in front of us.

“Anna, Akane, King…” Anna jumped in surprise. Suddenly Tatara grabbed Mikoto and Anna’s head, bringing them in as he leaned towards me and smiled. “Why are you making such a depressing face?!”

“Tatara I’m sorry!” Anna blubbered. He just laughed and I watched him in astonishment.

“It’s obvious that items will break.” He said. Mikoto looked over at him and the King took that boy’s hand off of his head.

“…You stink of fish.” He said.

“That’s because we caught a lot of fish.” Tatara laughed.

“I also wanted to leave memories…” Anna said, blushing from embarrassment. Tatara looked over and bent down to her level.

“Then tell us about it, Anna. What happened today, what did you do, what did you see? Okay?”

“Tatara…” She said as she finally calmed down. I felt a grin tug at the corners of my lips.

I looked over at Mikoto and for a moment, just for a moment, I thought I saw a ghost of a smile spread across his face.

‘Hey… Mikoto… did you have fun today? Because… I will cherish this forever.'

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