Till Death Do Us Part
Lan Hikari gave himself question looooong look in the mirror.
What the hell am I doing?
I am seriously about to destroy a friendship just because a girl looks pretty for one night!
NO! LAN! FOCUS!
This is Maylu were talking about. Maylu!
Okay, look, you are going to walk out this door, find Maylu, and tell her all of this was just a big misunderstanding.
He took a deep breath.
I can do this.
He walked towards the door.
I can do this!
He opened the door..
I CAN DO THIS!
and immediately slammed it shut, running back.
I can't do this.
I can't do this!
I CANT DO THIS!
WHAT AM I GONNA DO?!
"Well, you could could start by stop thinking out loud."
Lan jumped back. "Geo! Do not scare me like that!"
He looked around. "How did you even know I was here."
"Well, a few guys came out saying there was this creepy guy in the bathroom talking to himself.
I don't know if you know this, but its kinda hard to piss when a guy is walking around talking about the throes of love."
Lan facepalmed. "Is that really what I've been doing the past 15 minutes?"
"Yes. Yes it is."
"Geo, what am I gonna do?"
"You could talk to her."
"Geo, I can't do that. I
I wouldn't know what to say."
"Say what you think."
"I don't know what I think!"
"Don't you like her? You always tease her."
"Exactly! That's the point. I'm just teasing her. She knows that I really don't like her. And I know that I really don't like her. Were just friends. Its fun to pretend that we want to be more than that; when in reality we'd rather kill each other than kiss each other.
I don't know if I don't like her anymore.
For the first time ever, I actually want to be more than friends.
Now I don't know if its just tonight, but I'd rather wait tomorrow and see if this feeling dies down. I don't want to say the wrong thing and...
and lose a friend, especially if that friend is my neighbor."
Lan's uncharacteristic lack of self confidence worried Geo. "Your really worried about this aren't you?"
"Yeah I really don't know what to do."
"I got an idea."
Geo grabbed Lan by the arm, and started dragging him out the bathroom, Lan kicking and screaming all the way.
He found her sitting at a table alone, slowly drinking the last of her punch.
Geo, who by now was half-dragging, half-choking Lan by his tie, tapped her shoulder, and swung Lan around in front of him.
"Maylu, Lan. Lan, Maylu. Now you guys need to talk, and I'm going to leave you both to it." Geo quickly walked away before either of them could react.
Lan stared awkwardly at floor.
Maylu played with her hair.
"Listen, about tonight-"
"You know, I only said yes because I didn't have anything else to do."
"So you're really only out here to have a good time?"
"Well at first, yeah... but then I started wondering,
Did you ask me out because you liked me?
I told myself no... there's no way you could be ever interested in me.
So I was trying to talk to you
and your spazzing out on me!
Lan, what is going on?!
Do you like me Lan?" Maylu flat out asked. "Do you want me to like you?"
"H-H-Honestly, I don't know anymore. I have been running around in circles for so long, I don't even know where I am anymore.
All I know is I care about you."
Maylu blushed at that last bit. "Oh my God Lan, you are such a goofball."
Her blush turned to laughter. "Did you really have to make this so awkward?"
Lan decided to just grin and bear it. "Would it really be me if I didn't?"
"No. I guess not." Maylu said, smiling. "This is why we can't have nice things. Like a dance."
"I guess you don't want to start dating then?"
"Not happening anytime soon. But I did learn something useful tonight."
"All I have to do to mess with you, " She wrapped her arms around his neck. "is dress up a little and just look at you."
"MAYLU!" Lan screamed."Get off!"
"Ahh, what's the matter?" She whispered into his ear. "Can't I give my best friend in the whole wide world a hug?"
She gave him a smile. "I'm gonna make you regret having a mini-crush on me sooooooo hard..."
Geo was sitting by a table, watching the dance.
This is actually kinda boring. I can't believe Sonia wanted to come here so bad.
I guess she really is going crazy to get outside...
A hand fell upon his shoulder. It was Luna. "Hey Geo, are you alright?"
"Yeah. I'm just... thinking of someone."
"It's okay, at least he's happy right?"
what are you..."
His eyes fell upon Lan and Maylu dancing around. Lan was looking terrified; Maylu having the time of her life.
OK, THAT'S INTERESTING.
Better go check that out and-
Bud Bison came stomping over, just absolutely mashing the food in his mouth.
"Bud... could you BE any more disgusting right now?" Luna asked. "And what are you eating anyway?"
"The staff put out leftover food slices, and guess who just HAD to make a taste testing competition." Zack explained,walki
"Hey! I got hungry! And have you TRIED Ms. Mari's turkey?"
Geo's stomach growled. "Wait, when did I get hungry?"
Luna's stomach rumbled as well. "Knew I should have...
ugh. Lead the way Bud."
Despite the gentle smile on her face, Maylu held Lan's fingers in a malicious iron grip while they danced around.
You." Lan said through clenched teeth.
"Oh, what's the matter Lan? I thought you liked me."
Lan swung Maylu into another couple, loosening her grip.
Lan tore free, then darted to the walls of the gym.
"Stop playing so hard to get, babe." Maylu said, kicking him in the shins with a smirk.
"Ow, that actually hurt." Lan said, holding his leg. I forgot she plays soccer.
"Oooh, I know;
Let's go outside and then we can be in private."
Taking his hand, she led him across the gym to a set of double-doors, back-kicking him in the gut whenever he struggled too much.
Pushing past the double doors, they went outside onto the playground.
"Mayluuuuuu, stooooop. Your taking this too far." Lan wailed out.
"Oh, don't you know Lan? I've had a huge crush on you for forever and I just wanted a perfect time to tell you."
"You are such a pain."
"Why do you have to say things like that, I'm trying to really talk to you."
She embraced Lan close, eyes only a few inches apart.
"If only you knew the way I really feel about you.
Maylu smiled, snickering some. "OK, I think that's enough for one night."
Lan breathed a sigh of relief. "Can we please go back inside now? Its so wet out here, it just stopped raining, and I don't want to get my suit messed up."
"Oooooooone last thing Lan.
Maylu turned her head sideways. "Just a peck on my cheek. So neither of us can EVER forget tonight."
Lan stood there stunned, his face flushing an intense shade of red.
"Just get it over with." She said, closing her eyes and tapping her cheek. We both know you want to."
Another pause. Maylu could feel Lan's breath against her face, a warm distinction from the cold air all around them.
But other than that, it was like he wasn't even there, especially with the quiet.
"You know," she said, eyes still closed. "You're gonna have to do something."
She turned her head back around. "We don't have all night you kno-
She couldn't speak. Something was pressing against her lips.
She opened her eyes.
It was Lan.
They were kissing.
Maylu's entire body almost fell. Her hands drooped to the side, her knees buckled.
But her head...
Thoughts raced millions of miles through Maylu's head.
Lan finally pulled back.
For what seemed to seemed to be forever, the couple stared at each other in silence. Neither one of them knew what to say; or how to say it.
Maylu was freaking out. She had always assumed that if Lan ever kissed her, she would wipe her mouth off, and then proceed to beat the ever living shit out of him.
She didn't even pull back.
She just stood there and let him kiss her.
In fact, she might have even kinda liked-
She snapped back into it.
Regain control here.
"Was that an accident?" Maylu asked, hoping,
hoping with all her heart and soul that he would say yes.
He took time to respond, as if it took extra time to understand the question.
Finally, he spoke.
"Yes. Yes, that was an accident.
Maylu breathed a GIGANTIC sigh of relief.
"OK, OK, crisis averted. I think we better get back inside and forget that any of this ever happ-"
Lan cupped her face. "That one was an accident.
He closed his eyes,
and kissed her again.
Maylu was stunned, she couldn't believe it.
The warmth of his lips, the tender way he held her...
H-h-he actually loves me.
How long has he...
is it just tonight?
Or has he been holding back for a long time?
Part of her wanted to push him away; this is just so surreal, so fast...
But if he isn't holding back...
why should I?
She wrapped her hands around Lan's waist. Pulling him even closer.
Embracing the kiss.
She felt this feeling in her chest. It was...warm. Time slowed down as the world disappeared.
It was just them, just the two of that one moment...
Despite every fiber in her being desperately wishing not, they broke the kiss.
Maylu gazed into his beautiful dark brown eyes, trying to find words that could fit in this moment.
"Betcha thought I really mean that, huh?"
Maylu swung as HARD as she could, SMACKing Lan right in the face.
"HOW COULD YOU FAKE THAT KISS?!"
"Turnabout is fair play, baby." Lan laughted as a small, fresh cut on his cheek started bleeding.
Maylu spat profusley on the ground. "THIS WAS THE WORSE MOMENT OF MY ENTIRE LIFE!"
"Oh come on, you know you liked it."
"WHY ARE WE FRIENDS AGAIN? THERE IS SO MUCH ABOUT YOU I JUST HATE!
"You can't even come up with-"
"Whoa there, i didn't even give you a number-"
"You're lazy as hell! i mean you never do your homework, either me, rock, roll, dr. light, or your parents have tell you to do it. Sometimes, you don't even do it when we walk into class, you go to the bathroom and do it fast in there!
You never study for any quizzes or tests! I call you to study and you say you are, but i'm your next-door neighbor IDIOT! i can see you just sitting in front of your tv playing video games! And you never pay attention in class!
The worst part is, you still get good grades! Sometimes you do even better on tests than me! Some of us actually work for our grades Lan! I struggle and bust my ass to stay around a 3.6, you get a 3.3 like its nothing!
Your mom told me you have an IQ of like 120 - something. Lan, your like gifted. When I took mine last year I was like 108 something. Your so much smarter than me, and you act like a total dummy! I feel like such a moron when you out-do me. Do you have any idea what you could do if you actually tried?
Even now, you're still screwing with me. I don't think you ever had some crush on me, I think you were just messing with me from the beginning and just played right into it."
"Look, I did NOT know we would be out here all right? That came purely on the fly. You started it by asking for a kiss."
"Well you know what? I'm ending this also. I've had enough of you for one night." She started walking back towards the school.
"I can't wait to tell EVERYONE about this!" She heard Lan say behind her.
"IF YOU TELL ONE PERSON I WILL STRANGLE YOU WITH A PILLOW!"
Walking into the double-doors, Maylu SLAMMED the doors shut. "UGH! I can't even LOOK at him right now!"
Geo came over. "Maylu, why are you so upset for?"
"Its Lan! He-
just forget it."
"What's wrong? Where is he?"
"I'm sure he'll just tell ALL about it when he gets in here."
"You two just came from outside right? Maybe he's talking to Rock and Roll out there. They should be done with Tron by now." He started walking towards the exit.
"Great. Now everyone is gonna know that me and Lan k-" Not paying attention, Maylu ran into Geo's back as he was standing the the doorway.
"Geo, what are doing?
"Maylu, call Rock.