As Okumori looked away from me, I couldn't feel anything but regret and slight melancholy.
I was going to buy it for you, you blockhead! Stop trying to act like a hero! I'm trying to make you happy!
I sighed, then hugging the teddy bear more tightly.
... What am I going to do if he doesn't even smile once today? That was my plan for today, anyways. Trying to make Okumori smile. He never seems happy in the slightest, and is always having this gloomy mood that surrounds him every time I approach him.
Just for once, I'd like to see that atmosphere of his turn into a delighted one. Even if it was for a few seconds.
I shoved the teddy bear towards him, who stumbled back in shock as he now held the bear under its armpits.
"You hold it now!" I pointed at him.
He nodded, not seeming to take any chances to argue.
"Jeez..." I mumbled.
There was still Kojima's option. The good luck coin keychain. Hopefully, Okumori won't do this 'valiant' stunt of his once more. Seriously, why did he have to buy the teddy bear? Does he feel bad for me? If so... Then that's generous, but still! I brought a lot of money for today, and he won't even let me spend some of it?!
"That was kind of selfish of you to do..." I said, leaning close to Okumori.
He pulled his head back with apprehensive eyes.
But, even as I say this, it's just mere hypocrisy. Truthfully, buying this for him was just an individualistic thing to do. An artificial act, as much as I hate to say it. It was just because I wanted to benefit from it.
It's selfish of me to do this compassionate act if I'm only thinking of myself.
Seriously, I just want to close our distance.
Okumori didn't say anything, and only stepped back while holding the teddy bear with his right arm wrapped around it.
After seeing him in such a childlike pose, I couldn't help but let out a weary sigh.
I cleared my throat. "I can't get mad at you if you look that adorable."
Okumori cheeks turned to a crimson hue, before he shook his head rapidly. He then looked at me with peeved eyes.
I'm such a teaser, aren't I?
Once I realized his timid reaction, I approached him.
"Relax, I'm not flirting with you! It's just a joke!" I grinned. "Don't worry, you'll find a better girl eventually!"
Okumori breathed out. "I'm not looking for a significant other. Especially you." He said in his usual affronted voice.
I leaned forwards, to which he awkwardly moved back.
"Huuuh? What? Am I not good enough for you?" I sarcastically spoke. "I have pretty big boobs too, you know. Are your standards high? Do you like bigger girls? Like, busty ones?" I said, holding my breasts with my hands.
"I—Wh—?" Okumori stuttered, with his confident look earlier now returning to a mess of redness.
I could read out his expressions clearly, and they were screaming the words "No! Shut up! You're embarrassing!"
His cheeks were also the most flustered I've seen in anyone, and it looked like his head was going to pop any second.
"I'm just kidding, jeez!" I laughed, removing my hands away from my chest and poking him on the shoulder.
A cute and meek sound came out of him as I poked him, and it only made me more vivacious.
"Hmm? Was I right? Do you like taller girls? Bigger bust? Is that your type of girl?" I messed with him even more.
Okumori shook his head rapidly, downright rejecting my statements.
"... Sh-Shut up." He innocently grumbled, then looking down at the floor. I could see his bright red ears that hid behind his silky smooth black hair.
I froze and looked at him in shock.
"Woah. That was cute." I bluntly said.
He didn't move, with the only sounds coming out of him being small and shy sinless grunts.
I couldn't hold in my excitement after seeing Okumori extremely embarrassed.
"You had a side like this too?! Is this even legal to look at?! You're like a small little child! It's so cute!"
I stepped forwards and started to inspect his face closely. "But, wow, you can get pretty flustered, huh? Did I just activate some kind of dere mode in you?"
He recoiled back and didn't speak, only frantically waving his arms with the teddy bear still in his grasp.
I then started to remember of the advice Kojima had told me.
"You're so helpless... But it's so funny to watch." I exhaled. "Fine, fine! I won't tease you anymore! Let's go! I still have other places I want to go to!"
He didn't seem to respond, only staring at me with anxiousness as well as confusion in his eyes.
I then started to remember of the advice Kojima had told me once more. The keychain.
I pulled myself away from him and raised my hands.
"We should go to—!"
Okumori waited and looked at me in even more perplexity as he noticed my pause.
"To..." I said again, lowering my hands in unison. "To..."
It was then, that I was now embarrassed.
Where do I even get the good luck coin keychain? Kojima never told me! He just said to get it! What does that even mean?! Get it where, Kojima?! I don't even know where it's at!
"Erm... Somewhere..." I awkwardly smiled towards him.
Okumori didn't respond, and it only made me even more awkward.
"W-We should leave! On to the next store!" I tried to happily speak.
I walked outside the toy store with Okumori following. He didn't say anything, and only continued to zone out as we walked.
I glanced over at him and noticed his usual dour appearance, along with the remains of red on his cheeks from earlier. It made me giggle.
Well, at least he isn't completely emotionless.
"Hey, Ki-kun, what kind of music do you listen to, anyways?" I asked.
Okumori said nothing, per usual, and looked away from my gaze.
"... We're not at that level yet, huh?" I joked, forcing a smirk.
I wonder how long it'll be when Okumori will start talking to me as if I was a real person.
Then, as he looked to the side, I could spot his dry but rather spotless cheek, as well as his long eyelashes.
I disregarded his skin and directed my eyes towards his eyelashes.
"You have some pretty eyelashes, Ki-kun. It's kinda cool." I remarked.
He reddened once more, moving his head even more to the left to avoid my stare.
"Will you stop flirting with me? It makes me cringe." He harshly responded.
There was a sudden warmth that wrapped around my head as I heard his words.
I instantly shrieked at him. "I-It's not flirting, you damn pervert! I'm just teasing you! Is it so wrong to make playful jokes?! Plus, you're not even cringing! You're just blushing!"
"I'm not blushing." He said in monotony.
"You are! It just makes me want to tease you even more!"
Okumori groaned and finally faced me. He swallowed, then changing his discomfited appearance into a revolted one.
I stared at him in shock now.
I then aggressively pointed at him. "I-It's too late to do that! It's just weird! It just doesn't make sense! You can't just change your expression to a desperate attempt to look at me disgustingly!"
He had the face of "That's exactly what I just did."
I lowered my finger. "Fine! But, even so, I now know you like tall girls!" I then leaned forwards and cupped my hands around my mouth, whispering. "You probably like being dominated too, don't you?!"
Okumori's eyes widened, with his composed look vanishing once more. He immediately planted his palms on his face to cover his uneasy expressions while shaking his head vigorously.
I crossed my arms and huffed, the feeling of victory overcoming me.
"Anyways!" I hollered. "I'm thirsty. I want to go buy something."
Okumori let out a shy nod.
He's really embarrassed, isn't he?
Well, If I am right with this claim of Okumori having an eye for bigger girls, then that steers me away from his attention.
Though, I didn't know whether to feel relieved or demoralized about it.
If I indeed was some tall, ambitious, and assertive girl, would he open up to me? Or would he continue his forlorn and isolated life?
Ah, I don't know anymore.
"Hey, speaking of girls, do you actually think there's someone perfect for you out there? You know, someone who'll comfort you, love you, blah blah..." I questioned, walking backwards as I watched Okumori.
He lowered his hands, now looking at me in a stumped way. He then slowly shook his head.
I tilted my head to the right. "Really? Do you not believe in love, Ki-kun?"
He shook his head once more. "Trying to find someone perfect is like deliberately stepping on landmines..." He said in a low-toned voice.
"That's pretty edgy to say, you know." I shrugged.
His uncomfortable mood seemed to disappear rather quickly, now looking at me with his usual cold eyes as he walked, seeming to take offense to my comment.
I grinned in response.
"Though, I think you're right in a way. Everyone is flawed. So, saying that a person is perfect is just a downright lie. But, mistakes are inevitable, and you'll never find a way to stop making them. That's why you should just accept them."
I then moved my head back up and smiled at him.
"The more you adore someone, the more they become your own definition of perfect. That's what I think, anyways."
"... Did you get that quote online?"
I frowned at him. "You just ruined the mood, Ki-kun."
But, he didn't seem to argue against my claim either, and that made me pleased.
He rolled his eyes and walked ahead of me. As he passed by, I could see the teddy bear we had bought earlier now mounted on his shoulders. I had to hold in my laughter after spotting it.
I can't take him seriously if he's treating the teddy bear like a kid.
After walking around in the mall for a few minutes, we'd find the food court, which was filled with people, along with the sounds of conversations entering both my ears every few seconds.
There was the smell of a variety of foods, with the main aroma being fried garlic that made me famished and drooling.
There was the white, spotless floor that we stood on, and the mass amounts of tables and chairs all colored in hazel in front of us, with people crowding around them and sitting down while eating their food joyfully.
"Woah..." I murmured.
I glanced at Okumori and saw him staring at the food with enviousness.
Once I saw his coveted eyes, an idea popped into my head.
Will this make him happy?