He didn't know why he was here. He wasn't supposed to be here. He should have walked right by this park without stopping. No, he shouldn't have even gone home the same way as this park at all.
But he had gone home that way, he had stopped in that park, and yes, he was here.
Apparently, she wasn't. He'd thought he'd heard her voice, but maybe that was just because it was in his head so much.
Kouri didn't frown, but his big gray flattened themselves a little in disappointment.
[OOC: Check the comments for the rest of this entry, sorry for the fact that this is split into more than one part my comp at home is just so finicky with the connection, I cant make long posts so I had to break this up by commenting on my own entry *grumbles*]
"AH! Your book got dirty!" Letting him go, Akebi quickly reached down and picked up the book, stopping to have a look at the cover. She tipped her head slightly and blinked a few moments. "You read hard stuff." She sat down by him and smiled happily at the other.
She could barely believe herself that he had come back. Maybe he didn't come back for her, quite possibly he just wanted to come to a nice quiet place and read but he wasn't telling her to go away so that's got to be some kind of a good start. Her tail uncurled from around her waist and started swinging back and forth happily, her soft ears twitching on the top of her head.
Akebi was so happy she could start singing again but she wanted to learn more about Kouri. Why was he here...where did he go to school...what he did at school. Everything. She wanted to go places with him. KARAOKE. The thought sprang into her mind and the girl couldn't help but burst out into another happy laugh.
Kouri tensed when she sat down beside him. He wasn't uncomfortable persay, this was just...different. He wondered how long she would stay.
He wanted to talk to her, but years of lacking social interaction made him incapable of more than staring at a ladybug crawling up a blade of grass. He thought of talking about that book-it was such an interesting play really, action, mistaken identities, romance, crossdressing, comedy, but he knew most people got bored by this kind of stuff. Not that him sitting there be silent was any more interesting.
His ears bristled nervously when she started laughing again. Kouri, for the life of him, could not figure out why she was laughing so much. Nothing funny had happened--right?
"Did something happen?" he asked her, cocking his head to the side with a vaguely curious expression.
"Mm..no!" She smiled brightly at Kouri. "I was just thinking about stuff." Akebi watched him with a quite expression for a moment, trying to calm herself down in vain. A few moments later she burst out into another happy giggling fit. "Sing for me." She burst out all of a sudden. Kouri had the chance to hear her sing last time, this time she wanted to hear his voice. He didn't talk much and singing was such a fun thing to do She shifted a little in her position, trying to get more comfortable, spreading her frilly dress into a wider circle around her on the ground.
Akebi had picked up her "sister's" dress sense. Gothic-Lolita, a fun dress sense that didn't suit everyone but she liked it. Akebi didn't mind the stares she got when she walked around the town, it usually sparked up interesting conversations. Absentmindedly, the girl reached up and rubbed the area on her arm which was injured earlier on.
They must have looked like quite an odd pair sitting under that tree, Akebi in dangerously trendy gothic-lolita fit perfectly for the streets of Harajuku, and Kouri with his faded gray sneakers, black turtleneck, and blue jeans that were so worn out that all the color seemed to have been sucked out of those as well.
Kouri looked back down at the blade of grass where they ladybug had been a moment ago (it seemed to have flown away) when Akebi made that request of him. Sing? Maybe that wasn't such a weird request. What Japanese teenager in Tokyo didn't go to karaoke with their friends once in a while?
Kouri didn't. Ever. In fact, this went beyond having never sung in his teenage life. Kouri squinted momentarily as he racked his brain to make sure that what he was going to say next was true. Yes. It was.
He looked over at her, his eyes dead serious and his voice completely honest. "I've never sung before."
"EEEEEEEEEEH?!" Akebi's eyes widened slightly for a moment before she slumped a little, her lips curling up into a slight pout. She cheered up quite quickly however. "That doesn't matter! You can sing now! It's only me here and you've heard me sing before!" Akebi almost bounced on the spot as she urged towards him to sing, a multitude of different songs flowing through her mind.
"I know, I know! I can sing a song to get you in the mood!" She smiled brightly for a moment and stood up, brushing herself down. She was watching an animation not long ago that had the perfect song for this moment. Raising her hands gracefully into the air, Akebi allowed her voice to flow out of her body. Performing; specifically singing on stage is the only time in Akebi's life that you'll see her become graceful, and a glow seemed to wash over her as she poured her heart out into the words.
Let's Sing a Song!
itsudemo issho kimi to nara tsurai koto nori koerareru yo
more and more
motto motto motto chikazukitai ima koko ni te kurete
(Full moon wo sagashite - New Future)
She truly was mesmerizing. Just like before...
As Kouri watched her perform, he realized his face felt all weird and funny and hot, and it felt like that ladybug had jumped into his stomach and his heart somehow and was having a wild party with her friends. Could he be getting ill? He didn't feel sick though...he didn't know what he felt. Kouri couldn't see it himself, but Akebi would have probably noticed a deep blush staining his pale cheeks.
"I...don't think I can do that..." Kouri responded weakly, brushing silvery strands of hair out of his eyes in an almost timid gesture.
(OOC: OMG I love FMwS and that song!!))
(OOC: YAY!! I love that song too!)
Dropping back down onto the ground after that small outburst, she reached foward and helped brushed some of Kouri's hair out of his face. His hair is so pretty... She smiled brightly at him and tipped her head slightly. "Well you don't have to sing that loudly. I just do..." She giggled again and swung her tail around slightly playing with it. Akebi's always had a fascination with her tail, almost as if it had a mind of it's own, she could play with it for hours.
Her soft orange eyes peered back up at the boy sitting opposite her. "You...really...haven't sung at all?" She seemed more curious than anything else but her tail distracting her again, flying into her field of view. She threw her hands towards it, trying to catch her tail. Despite the events that Akebi had lived through...her innocence had somehow always remained intact. Sometimes...her innocence itself being the target of bullies.
When she moved to brush the hair out of his face, Kouri was as still as a statue, but those traitorous blood vessels in his cheeks betrayed his embarrassment, the flush darkening to deep crimson. Her fingertips felt so soft...
"I really have never sung before," he replied calmly and matter of factly, his dusky eyes distractedly following her and her tail. He had noticed that sometimes they seemed to move as seperate entities. It was fascinating. Just watching her like this. She was so interesting and he was so---why would she want to be around me?"
"I would not know where to start."
Akebi, paused for a moment to eye Kouri, blinking as the tail tapped her on her nose and then wrapped itself around her right wrist. "You...stand up nice and tall...open your mouth and let the music pour out of your soul." She smiled brightly upon saying those words, it didn't matter that they sounded corny, it was how she really felt. Akebi shifted over slightly to be closer to the boy, her hand reaching out quickly and poking at his stomach with a finger.
"You're really healthy and stuff so you should have a really nice voice." Smiling brightly once more, she stood up and surveyed the area around them. It wasn't often that the girl isn't smiling really, life was an adventurous game and she enjoyed it. "There's nobody else around so...you can experiment and not feel embarassed."
"So, I stand up?" Kouri confirmed her instructions snd pushed himself to full height. He stood silently for a moment, trying to remember all of her directions for him. He may not know how to sing, but he always had been good at following directions.
What was that she had said?...Open your mouth...then let the music pour from his Soul? It was funny. In all of the books Kouri read he saw the word mentioned all the time and thought he had a good understanding of what it meant, but he didn't think he'd ever applied the concept to himself. What did she mean by that? He'd just have to give it a try...
"Le...t's...sing...a song..." his voice was soft and low, it might have even been beautiful if it had been something more than just barely audible above a whisper. She had told him to sing from his Soul and if this one line was any indication of what kind of place that was, it a lonely one indeed.
A bubble of laughter burst from her out of the pure enjoyment that she had found someone to spend time and sing with. She jumped up and wrapped her arms tightly around the neck of her news friend, nuzzling into his neck in a playful manner. A moment passed before she let go. "You did good!" For a first timer, it was great!
She stood up straight beside him and watched him with her dark black eyes. Akebi was always happy, always smiling and especially in this situation, every part of her body showed an extreme excitement; except her eyes. The deep dark pools of black never showed much emotion, except maybe a hint of sadness or loneliness.
Holding up a finger, the girl motioned towards Kouri that she was going to sing that line once again and it'd be fun if he would join in. She took a deep breath, allowing the air to travel all through her body and focused her energy down on her diaphragm. "Let's~! Sing~! A Song!" Her dark eyes turned towards him, a bright happiness showing on all her features.
Again, they must have looked quite the odd pair with the energetic girl nuzzling the awkward stone faced boy. He briefly wondered if there was a polite or appropriate way to respond to this, but ultimately figured doing nothing was the safest.
He hadn't thought he'd sounded very good but apparently she still wanted him to join her in finishing the line. He hesitated for a moment. It wasn't so much embarrassment, or, maybe it was. He didn't know, he almost never felt embarrassed so he didn't really know what it felt like. He definetely still felt funny though. Like those inner ladybugs were actually a swarm of frightened butterflies struggling to break free.
He'd just ignore the feeling. He had to finish the line with her. He closed his eyes to concentrate on synching with her.
itsudemo issho kimi to nara tsurai koto nori koerareru yo
He was just and soft as low as last time, finding the rhythm, the pitch, the tone...
His voice grew just a little stronger and clearer. He kept his eyes closed, focusing on her sound and his sound and their sound.
"I knew you could sing!" The girl burst out at the end of the song, her voice almost filling the entire park with the news. She couldn't believe the excitement she was feeling. Akebi had now found someone to sing with her, someone who was willing to spend time with her. Was this what Nagisa-Nee was talking about? She was too afriad to ask in case she was moved again. This had happened once before after all.
Kouri slowly reopened his eyes, blinking with a slightly startled look for just a moment before fading back into his usual blankness. "You think so?" Kouri replied in a polite and humble manner, not really sounding like he expected any type of response.
He looked down at his faded sneakers, completely at a loss for what he was supposed to do or say next.
'When did you learn to sing?'
'Do you have a favorite song?'
'When do you think you'll be here again?'
Those were the questions he wanted to ask. Instead, "I think I should be heading home now."
An orange flash jumped through the air as Akebi's tail reached out and wrapped tightly around the boy's wrist. She tipped her head slightly, eyes earnestly watching him. "Where do...you live?" It was such an innocent question and such a rude one at the same time. She was extremely curious however and for as long as she's lived...Akebi had never been invited over to a "friend's" house before. The soft orange ears twitched on her head.
It took her a moment to actually realize what she'd done and force her body's extension away from Kouri, biting down on her lower lip slightly and blushing. Mumbling out an apology she took a little step back. "I'm just...a little curious." Her feminine eyes flicked up and watched him, the dark orbs seeming to show almost no emotion themselves.
"Where I live? You take the road West of this park," Kouri pointed in that direction, "and continue straight down that street until you get to a Family Mart, then make a right, and it is two blocks down, first apartment on the right. The gray apartment. Number 0101," he explained mechanically, as if describing it straight from a textbook. He didn't know why she would want to know that. If she had done anything worth being embarrassed about, Kouri wasn't acting like it. Even if he had been a little startled by the tail thing...
Gray apartment? "Why don't you paint it?" A strange question as any that was likely to come out of her mouth. "Can I see sometime?" She unlooped her tail from his arm and looped it back around her own. "I like you." Smoothing down her dress slightly, Akebi took a step back from Kouri, feeling that she might be overcrowding him slightly.
"Why would I paint it?" he asked, not defensively, completely not understanding why she would have asked him such a question. "You can see it if you want," he responded, giving no reply to her last comment about liking him. All he did was give a faint semblance of a nod that he had heart what she said. She really was a confusing girl.