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*]
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.