Chapter 15:

Our First Night...

The Struggles from the Happy Girl Next Door

After a few minutes passed, I heard a subtle knock on the door and before I could let the person, they made their way inside and the first thing that I noticed was a suitcase and the one bringing it inside was of course, Yukari herself.Bookmark here

"Do you have everything?"Bookmark here

"Y-Yeah... I do"Bookmark here

"I see..."Bookmark here

"D-Do you mind if I take a shower here?"
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"Yeah, that's fine" "Let me just grab you a towel or something"Bookmark here

Before I could even stand up in order to do so, she walked over to me and stopped me from getting up "I brought my own, don't force yourself"Bookmark here

I could tell that she was still worried about the fact that I had fallen unconscious, most likely at the fact that I could have possibly stayed unconscious for an even longer period of time.Bookmark here

"I guess she doesn't want to risk me falling down and hitting my head even harder"Bookmark here

"Let me know fi you need anything"Bookmark here

"I will~"Bookmark here

With those words, she headed towards my bathroom and after a while of just laying there, I heard the water start running from inside. Seeing as how I wasn't actually doing anything that important, I grabbed my phone and started dialing Natsumi's number.Bookmark here

After a few rings, she finally picked up her phone with a cheery tone "Hey there, Kiyota"Bookmark here

"Hey there, how're you doing?"Bookmark here

"I'm doing pretty good, how about yourself?"Bookmark here

"I'm doing pretty good"Bookmark here

"Really? Yukari-chan was really worried about you, you know that?"Bookmark here

Hearing her talk about Yukari being worried about me left me confused "Did she tell her what happened?" "She told you that I fell unconscious?"Bookmark here

"Yeah, she was crying while doing so~ She really is an angel~!"Bookmark here

"I see..."Bookmark here

"You going to tell me what happened or what? Because if it's something stupid, I'll punish you for making her cry, got it~?"Bookmark here

"Please don't use such a cutesy tone while almost telling me that you're going to kill me..."Bookmark here

"So? What happened?"Bookmark here

I let out a sigh and started explaining what had happened, or to be more precise, I made up a story since I didn't have the liberty of disclosing what Yukari had gone through. She would do it at her own time and that was something I was going to respect at all costs.Bookmark here

"I see... By the way, Kiyota. I heard from Yukari-chan that she confessed to you, at one moment, it almost seemed like she was going to ask me for my blessing~"Bookmark here

"S-She told you that?!"Bookmark here

"Of course, us girls need to stick together~"Bookmark here

"I-I see..."Bookmark here

"So? Have you given her an answer or what?"Bookmark here

"N-No, I haven't..."Bookmark here

"What're you doing?! You won't find someone as beautiful and respectful as her!"Bookmark here

"I-I know that! You really don't need to tell me twice..."Bookmark here

"She asked me what she needed to do and what not... She really does love you" "You'd better give her an answer, you hear me?"Bookmark here

"Y-Yeah... I was planning on doing so even if you didn't tell me..."Bookmark here

"What's your answer going to be then?"Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

"Kiyota?"Bookmark here

"I want to be with her... But I don't know if I'll be able to make her happy... I'm scared that-"Bookmark here

"You won't become like your dad. You swore to yourself that you wouldn't let yourself become like him and as of now, You've been doing just that. You've become you're own person and in turn, you've become a gentleman. You care for others, you respect women"Bookmark here

"Don't let this moment slip pass you. If you love her, tell it to her face. Say the words you want to say. Don't let the things from the past haunt you... Stand up and make your own decision and follow your own road, got it?"Bookmark here

Hearing her sound so serious about the conversation, I couldn't help but start laughing.Bookmark here

"H-Hey! W-Why are you laughing?!"Bookmark here

Once I stopped laughing, I wiped away the tears and sighed "The you who gets serious is always so funny..."Bookmark here

"H-Hey! Don't laugh~!"Bookmark here

"Sorry... And thank you... I'm glad that I have a childhood friend such as yourself"Bookmark here

"Now you thank me after laughing?!" A sigh could be heard on her end "I'll let it slide for today... But you'd better tell me all the juicy details tomorrow, do I make myself clear, private?!"Bookmark here

"Yes, ma'am!"Bookmark here

"Perfect~" She giggled at our exchange and after that, a moment of silence fell between the both of us. I knew that there was something else that she wanted to tell me and for that reason, I decided to let her take her time.Bookmark here

"Take care of her, Kiyota"Bookmark here

"I will"Bookmark here

"Thank you and I'm happy that you've found yourself someone to love"Bookmark here

"Thank you... I hope you find someone to love yourself"Bookmark here

"I appreciate you wishing me that" "I'll talk to you tomorrow with all fo the juicy details"Bookmark here

"Yeah, yeah"Bookmark here

She let out a giggle "Good night and sweet dreams"Bookmark here

"Good night..."Bookmark here

With those words, I hung up the phone and let out a sigh "I can't believe that she had to say all of that to me for me understand what to do..."Bookmark here

Before I knew it, I heard the door to the bathroom open and out came out Yukari with her hair still somewhat wet and the smell of shampoo wafted through the air.Bookmark here

"Are you going to take a bath Kiyota?"Bookmark here

"Yeah, I will" I proceeded to stand up and before she could help me out, I smiled at her and shook my head "I'm alright right now. I'll let you know if anything happens"Bookmark here

"But-"Bookmark here

"Don't worry about me, ok?"Bookmark here

I beamed her a smile and once she saw that I was alright, she gave me a nod and proceeded to move out of the way for me. With that, I grabbed my sleep wear, a towel and made my way towards the bath.Bookmark here

Once I washed my body, I stepped into the tub and when I glanced over at the shampoo's, I couldn't help but notice that she had quite a few on hand.Bookmark here

On top of that, she had her toothbrush right next to mine which was a light pinkish color "I'm glad that she's relying on me..."  I lounged in the bath for a few more minutes and once I was ready, I stepped out, dried myself off and put on the clothes I had brought with me.Bookmark here

When I made my way back outside, I glanced over at my bed and noticed that she was just sitting there all the while playing around with her phone.Bookmark here

"A-Are you going to sleep right now, Kiyota?"Bookmark here

"I already slept quite a bit... So I'm not really that tired"Bookmark here

"I see..."Bookmark here

"How about you?"Bookmark here

"I-I was thinking of staying awake for a bit..."Bookmark here

"I see..." "Things are still a bit awkward between the both of us..." "I'm going to lay down then..."Bookmark here

"I'll do the same..."Bookmark here

With those words, I turned off the light and the both of us proceeded to get inside the bed. Since the bed wasn't that big, our bodies of course touched each other with every slight movement.Bookmark here

"This is bad. This is bad" I let out a sigh and simply glanced over out the window, but as I did so, I couldn't help but notice that she had gotten closer to me.Bookmark here

Before I could call out to her, she lifted the blanket all the way up and the both of us were staring into each other's eyes from underneath the covers.Bookmark here

"Y-Yukari?"Bookmark here

"Y-Yes?"Bookmark here

"W-What're you doing?"Bookmark here

"Nothing..." She didn't look me in the eyes when she said that single word "I-I just want to be closer to you... I-Is that all right with you?"Bookmark here

"U-Umm..." I knew that the situation we were in wasn't the best possible one, but I couldn't bring myself to say otherwise "T-That's fine"Bookmark here

"Thank you..."Bookmark here

She inched herself ever so closer towards me and started grabbing onto the light shirt I had on in that moment. It was a tight grip, but instead, lightly loose grip.Bookmark here

"Kiyota..."Bookmark here

"Yes?"Bookmark here

"Thank you... For everything and for what you're going to do for me in the future"Bookmark here

"Of course... I promised you... Didn't I?"Bookmark here

"You did..."Bookmark here

"I have to tell her..."  "In regards to that... I have something to tell you"Bookmark here

"W-What is it?"Bookmark here

"Here goes nothing!" "I love you, Yukari"Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

She stared at me absentmindedly. Almost as if it was not what she was expecting.Bookmark here

"I love you... A-And would like to be your boyfriend"Bookmark here

"... R-Really?"Bookmark here

"Y-Yeah..."Bookmark here

I couldn't even believe that I just said those words. Words that I never even hoped of declaring.Bookmark here

"Y-You love me?"Bookmark here

"Y-Yes... I do"Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

"Yukari...?"Bookmark here

I called out to her, but she wouldn't look at me. She was covering her face with the pillow. Bookmark here

When I placed my hand on her shoulder, out of nowhere, she turned her entire body towards me and started hugging me tightly "I love you too, Kiyota! And I'd be happy to be your girlfriend!"Bookmark here

"I'm glad..."Bookmark here

She removed her face from my chest and when our eyes met... The only thing that was on my mind was that I wanted to kiss her... I wanted the feelings that we had spoken to each other to be sealed with that single kiss... The first kiss of us being a couple...Bookmark here

"Kiyota..."Bookmark here

"Yukari..."Bookmark here

Before I knew it, I had taken the lead and was kissing her gently on her lips. she seemed surprised by my sudden action, but nonetheless, she didn't back away, instead, she let it happen with a smile on her face.Bookmark here

After a few seconds, I backed up a bit and stared into her eyes "That confirms my feelings for you..."Bookmark here

"I'm happy to know that..."Bookmark here

She beamed me a smile and then proceeded to kiss me once more "Good night, Kiyota"Bookmark here

"Good night, Yukari"Bookmark here

With those words, I grabbed tight hold of her hand and thus, the both of us fell asleep all the while holding onto each other's hands to make our feelings known yet once more...Bookmark here

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