Nightly Rituals

April + Kyosuke

Chapter Four: April + Kyosuke:


Oh my god, he’s such an idiot! Kyosuke just tries too hard. Everything he does makes him look so weird. I just want to smack him sometimes. He’s too… awkward. Kyosuke looked like a lost cause. I tried to work on him. So far, I have gotten nowhere.

-April’s Summer-

I took Kyosuke out on the town during our nights together.

“Are you doing anything this evening?” I asked him in Watari’s lab.”

“No, why?” he asked.

“Come out with me tonight.”

He looked up with big eyes. “What?!”


“I’m not sure…”

“Come on! Live a little!” It took a little bit, but I managed to drag Kyosuke out with me. First stop? We went out to a club called Heart. He wouldn’t make eye contact with anyone. I had to put my hand on his shoulder.

“It’s okay,” I whispered. “Trust me on this.” He gave me a blank stare with big eyes. Come on, you are killing the mood here, I thought. I led him over to the bar and sat down on one of the stools. My favorite bar tender perked up when he saw me.

“April-san!” he greeted. “So good to see you again.”

“Same to you,” I said. He looked to my right and spotted Kyosuke.

“Oh and who’s your friend?” the bar tender asked.

“Oh,” I said. “This is my friend, Kyosuke.”

“Hi,” Kyosuke said in a low voice. The bar tender gave him an odd look.

“Is he shy?” he whispered to me.

“You can say that…” I muttered.

“What would you like tonight?”

“The usual.”

“Coming up!”

I turned my attention to a red-faced Kyosuke. I give him a sweet little pout. “What’s the matter?”

“I am not shy!” he complained with clenched teeth.

“Then why are you so red?”

“I am not!”

“Yes you are.” I covered my mouth, but couldn’t help but laugh. “Look, you need to loosen up. We’re here to have a good time.” Kyosuke he tilted his head at me. He wasn’t fun to party with. Kyosuke just sat at the bars all nervous. I couldn’t stand watching him anymore. He needed a little motivation.

“Look,” I told him one night over my drink. “You have to loosen up a bit.”

“I’m sorry,” he said. “Partying isn’t my thing.” I lowered my glass.

“Yes, I noticed,” I mumbled. I lifted my head, keeping my composure. “Which is why I have a little offer for you.”

“What?” Kyosuke asked, his eyes narrowed through his dark-framed glasses. I took his jaw into my hand.

“If you loosen up,” I said. “I promise you a really good night.” I moved his hand to my breast. A little blood escaped from his nose as the deep red in this face told me all that I needed to know.

“Kyosuke, are you a virgin?” I asked. He quickly shook his head.

“Yeah… I mean, no… I mean…” he stammered. I smiled as I shook my head. I really am going to have to work on him.

“So what do you say?” I asked.

“Okay…” Kyosuke said uneasily. I sat back, shaking my head. Awkward and a virgin? I’ve really got my work cut out for me, don’t I? Still, I couldn’t stop myself for reasons I didn’t understand at the time. I just got a kick out of winding him up, but now I don’t know anymore…

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