Chapter 9:

Love Find Its Way (Nemura)

Escaping Void


"Are you comfortable?" I asked him. We're currently sitting on a queen bed in a motel. Ayato is looking at the wall. His expressionless face made it hard for me to read him. I frown before taking a gulp down of my throat. Oh, no... Was I being too hasty when I ask him to come here with me? But, if he doesn't like it, then we could just go home. Either way is fine.

 "Ayato-san?" I called out again. He slowly turns his head and look at me. 

"Yeah?" he replied quietly. His fingers are covering his lips as he looks at me. My heart suddenly skips a beat. Even while acting nonchalant, Ayato still manage to look cool and super attractive. Ah, this isn't the time to be distracted. 

I finally left out a sigh before asking him what's on my mind.

"You are awfully quiet. Is something wrong?" I ask. He shakes his head. Thank God... But, why is he acting this way? I hate to be a buzzkill, but his silence is making me restless.

Just when I was about to ask him again, he suddenly stands up.

"I think... I'm going to head for a shower first." he says. My jaw dropped. I can't believe what I just heard... Is this for real? Is this truly happening?

"A... Ayato-san... I..."

"What's with your face? I'm just taking a shower. Or do you wanna go in first?" he asked back. I shake my head. That's not what I wanna ask. But, I could find my voice to ask him what's on his mind. Instead, I just clenched my fist and bite my tongue.

Ayato silently walk back to me before taking a seat besides me on the bed.

"I thought this is what you want. Why are you looking so nervous now?" he asked as soon as our eyes met. I take a gulp down my throat. His eyes continuous to watch me. 

"I think... I'm just  a little scared..." I replied. He frowns.

"Scared? But, you look pretty confident earlier. Are you having second thoughts?" he asks again. I shake my head.

"No... It wasn't that... It's just..." my mouth is struggling to find the right word. Ayato suddenly left out a sigh. A few moment later, his sighs turned into a quiet laughter.

"What?" I ask him. He shakes his head.

"Nothing. I just think you're funny, Nemura. You should look at your face." he said without hesitation. 

I scowl, "Don't laugh at me... This is hard for me you know?" I said and to pretend scratch my face. Ayato put one hand underneath his chin. Then, he left out a sigh. 

"Okay then.. We don't have to do anything if you don't want too. In the meantime, I'm gonna get in and head to shower."

"O...okay." I said. He smiles and go into the bathroom. A couple of minutes later, he appears and look freshened up.   

"Your turn..." he said. I nodded and grab a towel and bathrobe. Ayato's watching a TV when I get inside of the bathroom. While I was in there, my mind begin to race about what could happen in this room. Will we kiss again? Hug? Touching each others face?

Or are we actually going to get down and do it?

I shake my head in embarrassment. What am I doing? The guy of my dreams is outside waiting for me. And here I am daydreaming about what could have been? I better finish my shower and get down to business.

"I'm done." I said and dry my hair with the towel. Ayato turned his head at me before switching off the TV. He patted the bed to signal that I should sit right next to him. I quietly take a sit and put both of my hands on my knees. What should we do now? Are we really going to talk as he suggested earlier?

"Nemura-san, can I ask you something?" he break the silence. 

"Sure... What... what is it?" I asked back nervously. He smiles.

"When did you realize that you like me?"


"On the rooftop earlier, you said that you like me. I wonder how long had you been feeling this way ?" he ask. I take a gulp down my throat.

"I'm not sure myself... I think it probably happened when you help me with math homework?"

"Is that so?"

"Yes. I was very grateful then. Ever since then, I been watching you, Ayato-san." I replied. He nodded his head. I wonder if he think me as a stalker?

"Well, that's cute." he replied after a while. I blink my eyes a couple of times. Then, without a warning - Ayato suddenly grabbed both of my shoulder. His eyes are looking intensely into mine.

"Nemura-san?" he suddenly call out my name. I turned at him. His hand touches both of my shoulders as our eyes locked.

"I lied." he said before giving me a kiss. I close my eyes and kiss him back. I slowly put my arms around his neck. His hands slid around my waist as he holds me closer to him. As soon as we're done, I bury my head on his shoulder. I was too embarrassed to lift my head up. Ayato touches the back of my head and whispers;

"I think I starting to like you, Nemura-san. Do you still like me?"  he asked. I smiled to myself.

"Yes, Ayato-san. I like you. I like you a lot." I said and tighten my hug and pulled him closer to me.

- End of Chapter 9-

Escaping Void