Chapter 29:

First Kiss

Master Of Rejections But Beginner At Love

It was Saturday. The day of the fireworks display.Bookmark here

"Hello, Nagisa-san. Is Yui done?"Bookmark here

Kazuma and Yui decided that they would go together and meet up with Emma at the train station in Asakusa. From there, the three would go together to the Sumida River and watch the fireworks.Bookmark here

Having too much free time, Kazuma already went over to the Nagisa family, hoping that Yui was already done with changing.Bookmark here

"Oh, good afternoon, Kazuma-kun! Nice timing, Yui just finished changing!" Yui's mother replied.Bookmark here

"Yui! Kazuma-kun is already here!" she called for Yui.Bookmark here

"I'm coming down!"Bookmark here

Yui's footsteps were heard as she went the stairs down.Bookmark here

Before she arrived, Yui's mother leaned closer on Kazuma's face.Bookmark here

"Go for it tonight!" she whispered in his ear and winked at him.Bookmark here

"S-sure..." he responded hesitatingly without knowing what she meant.Bookmark here

Hearing his response, she giggled and went to the living room.Bookmark here

"Hello, Kazuma!"Bookmark here

Yui waved her hand at him as she walked dignified to him.Bookmark here

His jaw dropped a little after he saw her in her yukata.Bookmark here

Her robe was black and starting from the bottom it was patterned with scarlet roses. The sash, which fastened the robe, matched the color of the roses.Bookmark here

The yukata alone was already beautiful but it shone even more with Yui wearing it. For today, she wore a red lipstick and even tied her short black hair in a ponytail, showing off her bare and supple nape.Bookmark here

"Huh? Why is your face so red?"Bookmark here

Kazuma did not notice that he blushed due to her stunning look.Bookmark here

"I-I just thought that you looked good in your yukata..." he admitted embarrassed as he scratched his cheek.Bookmark here

"O-oh, is that so? Thanks..." she responded fidgety with a slight blush.Bookmark here

"!"Bookmark here

While it was awkwardly silent between them, Kazuma spotted the silhouette of an adult at the door of the living room. It was Yui's mother who was sneakily filming Kazuma and Yui with a broad grin.Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

The embarrassment vanished from Kazuma's face.Bookmark here

"What's wrong? Did you see a ghost?" Yui tilted her head.Bookmark here

"L-let's go!"Bookmark here

"Wai- Uwaah!"Bookmark here

Wanting to escape from her mother's sight, Kazuma grabbed Yui's arm and dragged her with him.Bookmark here

Thus, the two walked to the train station with excitement.Bookmark here

It took them a while until they arrived Asakusa.Bookmark here

Not even a minute passed since the two arrived and the people around them began to be noisy.Bookmark here

"Who is she?"Bookmark here

"Should I talk to her?"Bookmark here

"So beautiful..."Bookmark here

Kazuma and Yui followed the gazes of the people and saw a blonde girl waving her hand at them.Bookmark here

"That's Emma!" Kazuma said with a surprised face.Bookmark here

"Wow, she sure looks beautiful!" Yui commented astonished.Bookmark here

Emma wore a yukata which had a golden sash and a white robe with golden blossoms on it. In addition, she wore golden dangles on her ears and tied her hair in a bun for today's occasion.Bookmark here

Even the atmosphere around her was more elegant than usual.Bookmark here

"Emma, you look absolutely gorgeous!" Yui complimented her as soon as she noticed them.Bookmark here

"Yeah, I agree with Yui!" Kazuma added.Bookmark here

"Oh, thank you! You also look good!" Emma beamed a smile at them.Bookmark here

While exchanging greetings, Kazuma noticed hostiles glares directed at him.Bookmark here

"That lucky bastard..."Bookmark here

"Two beauties at the same time? C'mon, that's unfair!"Bookmark here

"I wish I was him..."Bookmark here

Those glares came mainly from boys who were jealous of Kazuma's current situation.Bookmark here

Only after looking back to Yui and Emma, who were talking to each other, he understood the reason for their jealousy and hatred.Bookmark here

He sighed.Bookmark here

"Why the heavy sigh?" Yui asked.Bookmark here

"Oh, ehm, I am still exhausted from the train ride, haha..." he reasoned as he laughed wryly.Bookmark here

"Whatever. Let's go, shall we?" he said with a nervous smile.Bookmark here

"O-oh, okay." she replied.Bookmark here

"Yes!" Emma answered energetically.Bookmark here

With the sun almost set, the trio began to walk to the Sumida River. Their walking pace gradually became slower as they got nearer to the river due the crowd there.Bookmark here

Each one of the three had to wrestle their way through the crowd until they found enough space for themselves at the front.Bookmark here

"Geez... I lost count of how many elbows I received back then..." Kazuma remarked while he held his knees with his hands in exhaustion.Bookmark here

"Hehe, it sure was uncomfortable..." Emma laughed wryly.Bookmark here

Kazuma took a deep breath to calm down.Bookmark here

"Wait. Where's Yui?" Kazuma shook his head horizontally.Bookmark here

"Oh, Yui-san told me that she had to go the toilet." Emma answered as if she remembered it only now.Bookmark here

"I see. Then, let's hope that we can regroup before the fireworks are launched."Bookmark here

Thus, the two waited for Yui.Bookmark here

"Is your cousin feeling better now, Kazuma-san?" Emma asked while she stressed the word 'cousin'.Bookmark here

"My cousin? I don- I mean, yes!" Kazuma quickly saved himself in the middle of his sentence.Bookmark here

"Oh, that's wonderful!"Bookmark here

"Yeah, haha..." he laughed nervously.Bookmark here

But Kazuma's expression turned soon into a relieved one.Bookmark here

"And it's all thanks to your advice, Emma." he faced her with a toothy smile.Bookmark here

"Glad to hear that it was useful!"Bookmark here

The two smiled at each other.Bookmark here

"Well, ehm, y-you can tell your cousin that I will also lend him an ear in the future if he encounters problems. After all, that's what friends do!" she said with a slight blush on her face.Bookmark here

He was surprised by her statement but quickly regained his composure.Bookmark here

"Sure. I will tell him that." he replied while he looked up to the dark sky.Bookmark here

There was not much time left anymore until the fireworks launched. However, Yui was still nowhere to be seen.Bookmark here

"She sure takes her time..." Kazuma commented as he slowly got more worried.Bookmark here

"Did something happen to Yui-san?"Bookmark here

Kazuma checked his phone. He received no messages.Bookmark here

"Tch." he clicked his tongue.Bookmark here

"Stay here, Emma. I will go fetch her."Bookmark here

"Kaz-"Bookmark here

Not hearing the rest of her sentence, Kazuma already disappeared in the crowd.Bookmark here

While he wrestled his way again out of the crowd, he searched for Yui and shouted her name. But no sign of her.Bookmark here

He ran to the toilets and searched in the vicinity but was still not successful.Bookmark here

15 minutes passed with him running aimlessly until he took a short break.Bookmark here

He sat down at a nearby benched and dialed her number.Bookmark here

[Kazuma-kun?]Bookmark here

"Nagisa-san?! Why do you have Yui's phone?!" he was surprised.Bookmark here

[Oh, that silly girl forgot it here. Gosh, can you believe it?] Yui's mother mocked her.Bookmark here

"I-I see... Well, I have to excuse myself then. Bye!" he ended the call swiftly.Bookmark here

He had heave another heavy sigh.Bookmark here

"Where is that idiot..." he complained.Bookmark here

"How did you call me?"Bookmark here

"Wha- Why do you always have to startle me like that?!" he jerked.Bookmark here

"What are you talking about?" she answered with in a mad and clueless tone.Bookmark here

"Whatever. Where were you? Don't tell me you had to take a dum-"Bookmark here

Smack.Bookmark here

She smacked his head before he could finish.Bookmark here

"Ouch!"Bookmark here

"I did not do it! I just helped a lost child find his mother in the crowd." she explained.Bookmark here

"Since when were you this kind?" he remarked while rubbing his head.Bookmark here

"Huh?" she threw an intimidating glance at him.Bookmark here

"Nothing!" he waved his hands nervously.Bookmark here

Boom.Bookmark here

The first rocket was launched and bloomed in many colors in the dark sky.Bookmark here

"Oh, crap! They are already beginning!" Kazuma stated.Bookmark here

"Let's go to Emma!" Yui said as she was about to turn around.Bookmark here

Thud.Bookmark here

A passerby accidentally bumped into Yui.Bookmark here

Kazuma tried to catch her as she fell towards him.Bookmark here

"Oh, sorry." he apologized instantly before he continued to walk.Bookmark here

Boom.Bookmark here

"!"Bookmark here

"!"Bookmark here

As the next firework bloomed in the dark sky, something different bloomed under it.Bookmark here

Nobody else witnessed it due to having their focus on the sky. Nobody heard it due to the fireworks. Yes, nobody saw the kiss.Bookmark here

Despite it being an accident, Kazuma and Yui shared a kiss on the lips. Bookmark here

With flushed faces, fast beating hearts and widened eyes, they separated from each other.Bookmark here

Covering their mouths, they stared at each other in disbelief. They just experienced their first kiss.Bookmark here

The blush on their faces did not vanish and their hearts could not stop beating faster.Bookmark here

In his head, Kazuma constantly chanted a mantra to calm down but it was futile. Just like Yui, his feelings and thoughts were in a mess right now.Bookmark here

"I-I-I-I-I wi-will go a-ahead!" she stuttered madly before she ran away.Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

Now, Kazuma sat alone on the bench while he tried to sort his feelings and thoughts.Bookmark here

"It's just a kiss... Just a kiss..." he muttered while he looked down.Bookmark here

Again, it was in vain.Bookmark here

He could not forget the sensation when their lips met. It felt good.Bookmark here

However, he tried to forget this feeling. After all, he wanted to share his first kiss only with someone he loved.Bookmark here

"Does this count? It was an accident and after all, we're friends... She would most likely think the same way." Bookmark here

"Yui's just a friend... Just a friend... Friend..." he mumbled again.Bookmark here

"Friend?" he confused himself.Bookmark here

As hard as he tried to, at that moment, he wavered at the thought of only seeing her as just friend. Deep down, she was something more than a friend to him. Was she maybe an unconscious love interest? He did not have an answer for that.Bookmark here

Boom.Bookmark here

As each one confronted their inner feelings, the last rocket for the evening was launched.Bookmark here

The last and big one bloomed in the color red whereas the remnants of the other small ones still tainted the sky in a faint yellow and blue.Bookmark here

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