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 [FIC] {YURI} Destined Partners Chapter 6 UP! November 2012!

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PostSubject: Re: [FIC] {YURI} Destined Partners Chapter 6 UP! November 2012!   Tue Jun 22, 2010 12:07 pm

X///D Thx for the support. I'm currently arguing with myself with how the first session should go down XP I wrote the next bit, but I'm uncertain of my reasoning for putting characters where they are... I know I'm just confusing you right now, but I'll point it out later. hehe
Yuki, I have a lot of work to do on anatomy and such. But thanks for seeing my progress. While I may now always be happy with the ways things turn out, I do improve just by trying.
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PostSubject: Re: [FIC] {YURI} Destined Partners Chapter 6 UP! November 2012!   Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:58 pm

This is a plead for mercy.
I am dedicated to writing this fic. I swear to you I am always writing. I just have another scene to write and my fourth chapter will be complete! For now, enjoy my prediction for a future chapter.

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PostSubject: Re: [FIC] {YURI} Destined Partners Chapter 6 UP! November 2012!   Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:32 am

*epic nosebleed*

I must say, I'm looking forward to the next chapters Wink
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PostSubject: Re: [FIC] {YURI} Destined Partners Chapter 6 UP! November 2012!   Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:26 pm

A.N: I'm back! I owe this one to Glay for updating her fic "Tyson to a different tune"! I do expect to see more too though! Enjoy more yuri goodness! *head bangs for glory*

Ch.4
A Change

Naturally Taka couldn’t hide her excitement. But for Kai, she didn’t tell them anything about their deal or they’re day out. She felt Kai wouldn’t appreciate being revealed to the others through her.
“Spill it Taka! Why are you so giddy?” Kenny demanded on the way out of the school. It was Wednesday; the day she would meet up with Kai.
“Nothing really…” she grinned and giggled, unable to stop a skip in her step. School was out of her mind (not that it usually was).
“Okay, you met up with Kai again hun?” Kenny chuckled. Taka bit her lip to try and contain it, but even that gave it away. “Are you meeting again?” Taka relented and nodded. “When?”
“Taka,” Kai greeted, making Kenny whip his head around to look up at the intimidating girl. She wore a leather sleeveless top with gold studs, her white scarf and high rise jeans with a massive buckle.
“Kai! H-hi again…” the little brunette stuttered shyly.
“Wait, you said it was a girl,” came a male voice setting itself beside Kai. Taka and Kenny turned to see a fierce looking boy with bright red hair and flashy blue eyes standing slightly taller than Kai.
Who the heck is this guy?
“No, this is one of her friends,” Kai corrected the misunderstanding. She nodded towards Taka who blushed a little.
“Hah, typical of you to pick out a tomboy. How is that going to help your designs?” he scoffed.
Geez, is it that obvious? And how can anyone tell I’m a tomboy in this outfit?! I’m in a freakin skirt! What makes him think he can judge me like that?
“Taka, this is Yuri Ivanov,” she answered her unasked question. A name wasn’t exactly what she wanted to know. Despite feeling insulted she played along in her friendly manner.
“Hey, this is my friend Kenny,” she introduced, gritting her teeth.
“Hi…”
“Sorry, I can’t let him come along,” Kai immediately dismissed.
How does she do that?
“I insist,” Kenny perked up suddenly. Even Taka was perplexed by his response.
“You’ll just get in the way kid,” Yuri scoffed. Kenny took a step back, but looked up at the redhead with determination.
“I’m not letting Taka go off with someone as freaky looking as you!” Kenny was visibly shaking, but Yuri’s face was priceless. Pure shock. Kai turned away, her hand trying to hide her laughter, but Taka wasn’t so discrete.
“Oh my god Kenny! You know just what to say!” Taka cackled, unable to hold herself up. She was on her knees hugging her sides.
“You little…” Yuri snarled, his temper flaring. Kai set a hand on his shoulder before he decided to grab the poor boy.
“Fine then, come if you think she needs protection.” Kai still smirked as she turned and led them down the road. Yuri followed with a deep scowl.
Where Kenny found his guts, Taka would never know, but he still looked shaken. The Chief really pulled through for her when it counted. Yuri looked even less trustworthy than Kai and Kenny could barely take Kai! Taka gave him a one armed hug of appreciation on the walk over.
You rock Chief. It would definitely have been awkward for me if I had gone alone. I don’t even know what to expect. I trust Kai, but Yuri… I don’t get what he’s doing here.
*
“This is my grandfather’s house. Stay quiet and follow me.” Kai instructed. The house was more like a small mansion. Kai led them into her room on the second floor and Yuri took a seat on the bed. The room was a classy cream color with black swirling patterns to fill the large space with only large furnishing. It all looked like bulky ancient dark wood pieces: a wardrobe, a vanity, a dresser, a four poster bed with a canopy and a more modern desk that didn’t quite fit in. Kenny and Taka also took a seat on the bed as Kai started taking out fabrics from her walk in closet.
“So what do I have to do?” Taka asked through the silence.
“Firstly, I need to cover the room in curtains, then Yuri will take your pictures for figure reference, and what you call a before and after shot,” She told her as she worked her way around the room. The dark hooks were well camouflaged in the black designs on the wall and allowed her to have gold polls to drape the fabric over.
“Take my picture?” she looked at Yuri who looked bored out of his mind. He lay on his back staring up at the chandelier not yet illuminated on the ceiling.
“I’m the photographer. Kai usually does all the designing.”
“So you have a team for fashion!” Taka cheered excitedly. She didn’t notice Kai’s face change to annoyance at her completely ignorant statement.
“Fashion? Are you modeling Taka?” Kenny asked in shock.
“Oh yeah! I forgot to tell you. Kai asked me to model for her.”
“And you just agreed?!” Kenny gasped.
I have to admit, it doesn’t sound all that brilliant to accept to model for someone I’ve only met a few times. What made me think this was a good idea?
“Alright Taka,” Kai snapped her out of her thoughts, pulling her to her feet by the arm and pulling her over to the vanity to sit on the stool. She took out her ponytail and withdrew a brush from the drawer to get rid of the knots. She started brushing from the ends up as Taka observed the both of them in the mirror. “The first thing is simple, just look natural,” she explained softly, petting her locks out of her face. Taka still wasn’t all that certain what to expect.
“Am I taking the pictures in my uniform?”
“No…but I chose something simple…” Kai said. “How comfortable are you with an audience?”
“Me? I love attention!” Taka grinned cheekily. Kai chuckled and smiled that soft smile of hers. Taka returned it, reminded just how much it made her feel. She suddenly had a flashback of them in the dressing room and how Kai had made her feel then. That was special too.
“I’m not leaving,” they heard Kenny protest. Taka turned to see Yuri snarling down at the poor boy who looked ready to wet his pants.
“Geez you’re stubborn. I need to get a few shots of her in a less than descent state okay. Unless you’re her boyfriend, which I highly doubt, leave the room for a few minutes!” Yuri protested. It clearly made Kenny uncomfortable. Taka looked up at Kai for answers.
“Less than descent?” she questioned. “I am wearing clothes right?”
“Of course you are,” she assured, glaring darkly at the red-head. “What Yuri means is that you’ll be in your underwear and Kenny should just turn away for the shoot.” Yuri’s jaw clenched as he strode over towards Kai. Apparently everyone picking on him was getting on his nerves. He came in close and whispered harsh sounding things to the designer that only made Kai smirk and responded back in a similar way. Well it wasn’t angry, but snappy. It took another few phrases for Taka to catch on that it was another language. Kai laughed at him and directed him back over to Kenny with a little push on his shoulder. She turned back to Taka and raised a brow at her. Taka made whatever she had on her face disappear and looked back in the mirror.
“Was that Russian?” Taka asked, unable to hide the pink crossing her cheeks. She had been actually been envious of him for second. She wanted to know what they’d said, but didn’t pry.
“Yes…” Kai was watching her face now and Taka just couldn’t look at her without grinning that stupid grin.
Stupid nervous grin!
“That’s cool…”
“Taka, you don’t have to accept,” Kenny reminded his friend as Yuri set up, ignoring everyone.
You’d make the best lawyer in the world Kenny.
It was true; the boy could argue and lecture forever if only he always had the nerve to.
“I know…” Taka replied, playing with her fingers.
I’m sorry. I’m stuck between wanting to do this for Kai and leaving with you to avoid something embarrassing.
Kai moved back; pulled her model to her feet and over to the closet where she closed the door behind them.
Oh man. Now I gotta get undressed. Guess it makes me a bit nervous to show my underwear. Come on Taka, it’s like going in a bikini!
“Taka,” she whispered, getting the girl’s attention. Apparently, her hesitation was too long for Kai’s patience.
“Erm, my underwear doesn’t match,” she excused. Kai sighed softly, rolling her eyes as she turned to the shelf of undergarments.
“Get undressed and I’ll try to match underwear with your bra.” She shuffled through her clothing while Taka stripped of everything but her underwear and bra. Kai looked over her shoulder to see simple white bra with a monkey face on it and curiously at the red panties with bold letters reading PUNK. “I don’t know why I’m surprised.”
“Sorry,” Taka laughed, not offended since she liked funny little things. She liked them more than matching them in case someone ever saw her near naked like this.
Kai returned to looking through her panties. Her model looked around the closet to pass the time and saw that Kai was very organized. There were three poles for hanging clothing; one pole for each wall and each for a different purpose. One looked casual, and another was a mix of nightwear and sweats for training. The other was obviously formal since it had a lot of clean black and white with a few dresses. A red dress caught her eye and she pulled the other pieces out the way to see. It was a beautiful gown! It was a little strange in the way she’s never seen such a thing, but it was incredibly attractive. She just kept staring at all the detailing in awe and wondered what it would look like on its owner. The idea was near impossible.
“Like it?” Kai asked, snapping her out of her trance. Taka let the other clothes cover it again and turn to Kai giving her the white panties to put on.
“It’s… amazing.” She just couldn’t find the right word for it.
“Hm,” she smiled again. “It was a long project, but I’m happy with the result.”
“What? You made that?” Taka couldn’t believe that. It looked so high end, so professional.
“Yes,” she rolled her eyes like it was nothing. “Now put those on.”
“Over mine?”
“No, take those ridiculous panties off,” she groaned. “The bra is as much as I can take.” Taka obliged as the designer turned away to let her change.
“Okay, how do I look?” she asked to have Kai turn back to her. The underwear was plain enough. It didn’t have anything but white cotton and thin elastic bands around the openings.
“Fine,” she flicked her own long hair behind her shoulder and opened the closet. Taka kept hidden behind her to peak out at her friend.
“K, I‘m ready… Kenny…” she blushed. He sighed and turned around seeing as Taka was going to go through with it despite his warnings.
“Finally!” Yuri got up and pulled out his camera from his small pouch bag. It was a black camera, double the size of his hand, with an immense lens on it. He made quick adjustments as Kai led the half naked girl out.
“Now just do as I do,” she instructed, leaving her in front of the curtained wall. Taka was still a little shy about this, but focused on her instructor. She stood as she stood, casual and at different angles. Yuri had worlds of fun adjusting the lighting and using different curtains. Eventually the chandelier was turned on to illuminate the darkened room. Kai put a stop to it then.
“Alright, that’s fine,” Yuri assured, pulling out his laptop and putting the memory disk into it to upload the photos. Kai gave Taka a bathrobe to get a look at her photos.
“It’s okay Kenny, they’re not that bad. My underwear is so plain that it looks like a bathing suit,” Taka laughed, hoping to assure herself as well. Kenny was glad to be allowed to turn back and have a look on the computer. Yuri had taken quite a bit more than she’d realized, but was deleting more than half.
“Take 3. One from this, another from this angle and that one,” Kai instructed, pointing to the thumbnails.
“So the idea is that you have my body type to make specific kinds of outfits right?” Taka guessed.
“And she’s smart too,” Yuri said sarcastically as he uploaded the photos onto Photoshop to be adjusted.
“You’re not getting rid of the red eye?” Kenny questioned. Yuri ignored him. “What are you doing with the contrast?”
“If you don’t mind, I have little experience with photo adjustments and I’m still learning,” he admitted, glaring daggers at the Chief.
“Then I’ll teach you,” Kenny smiled obsessively and swiped the laptop. Yuri was getting mad again. Kai held him back as Kenny fiddled with Taka’s pictures.
“That is MY computer!” he growled.
“The Chief can do anything with a computer,” Taka chuckled. No sooner had she said that, he turned the screen to them and showed the improved image. To Taka it didn’t look much different, but she appreciated the glow effect on her skin. Kai looked irritated, but Yuri looked surprisingly awed.
“How did you do that?” he demanded, crawling to his side to get pointers.
“Yeah, it looks great!” Taka encouraged.
“I wanted a more natural feel, not a magazine cover,” Kai huffed, taking the computer and making a quick print before the two could snatch it back. Her printer printed large sheets of her and she placed it under her tracing paper on her desk. The desk surprisingly lifted to have a slant. She pinned the stuff in place for work. Taka padded over curiously and saw a lot of large sketches of some new fashion lines.
“What am I going to wear?” she asked excitedly.
“Whatever I can come up with until we meet up again next week.”
“Next week?!” Taka gasped. “Man, that didn’t take long.”
“Well, for the next few sessions, I won’t need photos, just you to try on my demos,” she said quietly, starting to sketch out a few things over her body on the tracing paper.
Wait, does that mean we’ll be alone this time? Yuri is only the photographer right?
“Yuri won’t be here then?”
“No, he won’t,” she assured. Taka looked forward to that. “I can see you’re thrilled,” Kai smirked, going through a few designs in her book.
“Course I am!” Taka grinned. Suddenly she spotted a variety of autumn jackets. “Oh! Can I have that?” Kai followed her pointing finger and rolled her eyes.
“No.”
“Why not? I like jackets and Fall is on the way!” Taka argued with a huff.
“I have something much better planned for you,” the designer said, her eyes still scanning over her options.
“What do you have planned?”
“You’ll see.”
“Kai!” she whined. “You better not be putting me in a Barbie dress!”
“Don’t insult me,” she scoffed, her nose wrinkling.
“But I wanna know!”
“You’re done for today.”
“No…” Taka pouted, kneeling at the desk with her arms on some sheets.
“I don’t need you here right now,” Kai restated, keeping her eyes on her work.
“But Kai…” she begged, leaning onto her lap instead. Kai turned and scowled down at the girl.
“You’re just a model. There’s no need for you. Now stop being a child and leave,” she commanded, verbally striking the younger girl in a tender spot.
Just a model hun? A childish model…
All Taka could do was pout angrily. Kai was trying to work and she wanted a part in it more than just being the model.
“No, I want to help!” she argued, standing up tall.
“You don’t know the first thing about fashion.” Kai was getting angry.
“You can teach me!” Taka insisted.
“I said-.” Her attention was turned towards the forgotten pair on the bed. “Yuri! Knock it off!” She hollered, her anger blowing on him. Taka turned just in time to see Yuri pull away from the Chief who had been pinned to the bed and obviously frisked in some way. Taka just stared with wide eyes. Kenny scrambled away until he fell off the bed. Yuri scowled at Kai and huffed.
“Why are you ruining MY fun?”
“He’s just a kid Yuri and I believe you’ve only met an hour ago,” she said through gritted teeth as she pressed her thumb and forefinger to a growing head-ache. Taka was still shocked. Kenny ran over to his friend. “Taka,” Said girl looked up. “Bring your friend home.” Unable to absorb what she’d just seen, she couldn’t think of an argument. She slipped over to the closet, and dressed quickly.
What the hell just happened?
Kenny was waiting just outside the room for her. Yuri was sitting with his back to the door while Kai occupied herself in her work. That was what she left behind that day. Still confused by the whole ordeal, she escorted her friend home without much to say. She felt only the need to be angry with Yuri for doing whatever it had been to Kenny that had him so anxious. She just didn’t want to ask.
***
It was a couple of days after the incident and Taka was uncertain how she would fix this. Kenny and any of her friends were going to hold her back now. She wasn’t sure she even liked Kai the way she’d previously thought. It confused her how much her impression of Kai kept changing. Although it wasn’t Kai fault Yuri got a little too cozy with Kenny, friends reflect you most times.
The Japanese girl plucked a few weeds out of the garden lining the walls and thought back to her previous goal of finding work instead. The greenery in front of her didn’t inspire much and she cringed at the thought of babysitting.
I guess I don’t have much choice. Money is a requirement for just about any future I choose. I need the money to study.
But Taka didn’t have the slightest idea what she wanted to do. It was really stressing her out. Her friends and family were only making it worse, but she couldn’t blame them. They all worried about their future and it was only like them to worry about hers in return. They just wanted to see her do well.
The new bulbs ready to plant were set beside her and she looked up at her grandfather.
“What’s wrong kido?” he chuckled and her downhearted look. “Don’t tell me you want to run out on me.” He looked at her suspiciously. She did have a tendency to do so, but she’d have snuck away a long time ago if she didn’t actually want to be there.
“No, nothing like that. I’m just… feeling a little lost.” She began. Of everyone she knew, her grandfather was the least concerned, despite his need to have her do chores with him. He sat beside her and starting filling the dug holes with bulbs for the next season. “Gramps, both Hiro and Dad chose archeology as they’re careers so does that mean I should too?”
“No, but what do ya wanna do?” He asked, putting the shovel in her hand to continue digging. He knew his granddaughter was not interested by ancient cultures a long time ago.
“That’s the problem. I don’t know,” she said sadly; her shovel crunching through the dirt. “And now I’m starting to feel rushed. If I don’t get good school marks, I can’t continue school elsewhere and even then, I might not figure it out by time I graduate. Then I’ll be left out. I’ll be left behind.” She was a bit more aggressive with the soil now, moving along quickly to dig holes faster. Her grandfather’s gloves hand touched her wrist and she stopped to look at his calm expression.
“You have it hard Taka. Your generation moves faster than mine in so many ways.” He was sincere.
“I thought I was immature,” she giggled. He often said that when she’d be having fun with her friends.
“You are,” he chuckled. “But a little while ago I thought about how I became a man,” Taka cringed, unable to picture him young and wondered if she wanted to hear this story. “I was hard working and my father would can me the moment I spoke the word no.”
“That doesn’t surprise me,” she smirked. He gave her a dark look, but luckily he held no sword and went on.
“Anyway, I had our martial arts skills to pass on. So that’s what I did. I guess I liked it and I felt purpose in it because I never questioned it. As for a career, well that wasn’t much a concern so much as finding any convenient job. I ended up teaching here ever since and that’s how I met your Gran. Never been so beat up in my life.” He chuckled at the memory.
“Grandma was a kendo master?” Taka could barely believe that, but it interested her. “And she kicked your butt! That’s awesome!”
“I have to say I was intimidated by her. She had such a gentle nature and yet with a weapon in hand, she was powerful. I fell in love with her.” Her grandfather was caught up in his memories and made the girl think of a certain fashion designer she knew, riding her motorcycle, tossing guys and yet designing clothing and playing dress-up. Taka had many new questions as she also tried to picture her young departed grandmother. She couldn’t help seeing Kai.
“What did she do? As a career I mean.” This is what began this conversation after-all.
“Well, she loved history and all it had to offer. She had the position of being the museum guide that was rebuilt downtown.”
There it is again; history running through our veins.
“It wasn’t much, but she was happy doing it. Of course, we had your mother barely a year after marriage. And here’s where I gotta say our lives are very different.”
“Hun? You and me?”
“Yup, today’s generation has trouble believing in love and careers have become the most important thing. Technology and the need to be well educated to get anywhere, puts a lot of pressure on you. Having kids and a little job; we weren’t worried about it. Now, I’m scared for you, but trust me Taka, don’t feel rushed into it. Life works in mysterious ways. Most people today will be having kids at the age of thirty because they need the job first.”
Having kids wasn’t my priority, I have to admit.
“Actually that’s an ideal gramps. It usually doesn’t turn out that way,” she informed skeptically. “What are you getting at?”
“Well, I had your mother barely before I became a man and before knew what I was in for.”
“No way,” Taka gasped.
“Nope, I was married at 17 and had a little girl at 18. Your grandmother was of the same age and our families were thrilled,” he grinned slyly. “You see Taka, it’s family that will bring you the greatest joy. Love should never come after money. Do what you love, that’s all.” Taka turned down to the bare soil, feeling a little defeated.
“If that were today, I’d almost be a mom myself.” The thought was rather scary, but endearing to see that memory in her grandfather’s eyes.
“Don’t worry little dude, it’ll all fall into place. Just don’t give up trying.” He ruffled her hair with his dirty glove, grains of sand falling. He stood and walked towards the front yard. “I’ll get the water, you keep digging.”
I’ll never give up gramps. You’re not wrong; my life has complications you can barely understand. You’re only missing the love dilemma. You make it sound so easy. I’ve never felt an attraction to anyone to even think about a relationship.
Kai popped into her mind, but she shrugged it off as a strange phenomenon of growing up.
Everyone thinks about being gay right?
Taka dug her holes and whipped her brow. The day was getting warm and she was getting filthier every time she wiped her dirty arms over her face.
Gramps teaches kendo. I’ve gotten pretty good myself. I really like helping the little kids. Maybe I can do that. Teach.
The idea made her snort in laughter.
Yeah right.
“What’s so funny?” he grandfather came back with the green container of water.
“Nothing, just thinking of something funny.”
“Well you can share it with your friend here,” he chuckled, setting the container down. Taka looked up and made eye contact with her beautiful fashion designer.
“Kai! What are you doing here?” she blinked in surprise. Kai wore hers jeans and a purple top under her leather vest. Taka only wore her loose dirty grey T and jeans to dig in the yard.
“Making sure you won’t go back on your word,” she replied, staring at her adorably dirty face.
“My word?” Taka was confused, but momentarily remembered that her modeling was a deal she’d made. Obviously, Taka didn’t think of it that way. “Oh, of course!”
“Hn, and what about your friend?” she was suspicious. She had good reason to be.
“Yeah, Kenny’s a bit spooked. I don’t think it’s going to be easy getting to you.”
“Getting to you? What’s going on?” her grandfather demanded, looking between them.
“Nothing gramps.” Unfortunately, he was not that easy to brush off.
“Well, let’s not be strangers. What’s your name little missy?” he asked, looking at Kai who didn’t look as defensive as he spoke to her.
“Hiwatari Kai,” she said simply.
“You can just call me gramps,” he chuckled. Her brow furrowed slightly, but said nothing. Taka could guess she didn’t like familiarities. “So what is going on here Kai?” he looked pointedly at her, but she didn’t reply,
“Long story gramps,” Taka groaned. For Kenny’s sake, she did not want to talk about it.
“How come I’ve never met her?” he questioned his granddaughter seeing Kai was not going answer his questions.
A lot of reasons really. Her sociability fails and her pastimes are a little concerning to most parental figures.
“We just met a week ago. She’s asked me to ummm… work with her.” Taka’s lie was weak.
“Taka, spit out the truth!” he scolded.
I don’t know if Kai wants me to tell you. Then again, what does she care?
“I’m modeling for her.” The old man was definitely not expecting that answer. “We met a few weeks ago, but ran into eachother again last week. She was at the beach with us and then we were shopping and.”
“What? Shopping?” he suddenly remembered something. “That dress! I wondered where it was from!”
Oh my God, he saw it! I was never going to wear it in public!
“That was the deal I made with her,” Kai began. “That dress for her help.”
“I see. That’s very kind of you Kai,” he smiled, his moustache bristling. She turned her head away in dismissal. “I was about to give up on this tomboy.”
“Grampa!” Taka whined in embarrassment.
“Is it safe to presume that she doesn’t wear anything effeminate?” Kai’s voice was a rough whisper.
“Never! I was surprised to see it in her closet!” Kai looked at Tyson with a rather displeased look.
“What?” Taka questioned as her grandfather left them to talk.
Please don’t go in my closet Kai!
“I thought you liked the dress.”
“Oh, I’m sorry if I insulted you, but I have no reason to give up my comfortable jeans for a dress!” Taka argued cheekily. Kai stared at her for a moment.
“You’re just afraid it makes you look like a girl,” she huffed.
“And why would that scare me?” she challenged, pushing out her chest.
“You think it makes you weak. That a little breeze passes and we’ll see your underwear, a slip of the strap and you’ll reveal yourself. And here I thought you liked attention; especially from the boys.” Kai sat on the boulder and crossed her legs comfortably as Taka became just the opposite.
“I do not! I mean, I don’t want guys hounding me and I’m not afraid to look like a girl! I am a girl. You’re the one with guy problems!” Taka burst out, blowing off steam.
“Whatever, you got my grandfather off my back for a little while.”
“What else are you here for Kai?” she asked, staring at the ground with disdain and plucking weeds out mercilessly.
“If you must know, I came for my underwear back… and for Yuri,” she began with a sigh, like it was a total pain. “He desperately wants to see Kenny again.” She pulled out the PUNK underwear which Taka swiped in a split second to hide in her shirt. In her rush to get Kenny out, she’d forgotten whose underwear she had been wearing.
“What is he; a sicko?!” Taka gaped.
“No, he’s just very interested in your little friend. Yuri is an impatient guy; he just didn’t think twice in expressing himself.”
“You realize this is crazy right? Kenny doesn’t want anything to do with him and I can say with 100 percent confidence that he’s not gay.”
“And you would know?” she sniffed.
“I know when people are gay or straight okay!” Taka was blowing more steam than anything else and maybe Kai knew that.
“Then what am I?”
It left Taka speechless. She looked right at Kai and honestly could not say. It was crazy, but she was hopeful and yet fearful of the truth.
Just say straight! Don’t just presume anything!
But Taka didn’t reply. Kai took a deep sighing breath and sat beside Taka on the grass.
“You can’t judge people,” she dismissed.
“You’re right. I’m sorry.” Taka was at loss of anything more to say on the conversation. Suddenly, she was aware of how much her emotions had changed within the few minutes Kai was present. It disturbed her.
“Yuri could show the kid a bit of confidence and he could give Yuri some patience,” she suggested.
“Are you trying to get them together?” Taka was pretty damn sure it was unlike Kai to be so helpful.
“I would like to redeem a friendly ground with your friends,” she said. “Or I’ll be lacking a certain model.” Taka had to admit, she was right. She knew Max was going to follow with her next too.
“Yeah, but…” Taka hesitated, reflecting Kai’s questionable actions. “Yuri must be bribing you for you to be doing this.” The girls shared a silent moment of truth before joining to work in the garden. “Is it that important to have him taking photos? Can’t you take them yourself?”
“I need a good camera like he has, but I also don’t have a good eye for pictures,” she replied, plucking weeds.
“The photos are that important?”
“Yes, I need the final product to look perfect on the picture taken.” Kai dropped the bulb in. “Look, it’s not just the camera man. He’s a friend and I was hoping to motivate him to study photography.”
“Really? That’s nice of you,” Taka smiled as Kai groaned.
Modest are we?
“Enough with the nice stuff. Will you at least talk it over with Kenny?” Taka looked at the now lilac colored eyes and caved.
“I’ll try, but that doesn’t mean it’ll change anything.”
“Good,” Kai dusted herself off and rinsed her hands in the pond. “Be at my place again on Wednesday. No one is to come but you.”
“I’m going directly to your place?”
“Yes, and don’t forget my underwear.”
“K, but wait!” she urged as the taller girl shook off her wet hands. Taka plucked a few flowers from the gardens about to be trimmed and used the big tropical leaves and elastic to make a bouquet with them. “Tada!” she revealed. Kai looked at it in mild shock. A few baby’s breath and 3 Hanashōbu with light purple pedals were nestled together. She looked between Taka and the bouquet. Sadly, she dismissed the gift, walking away.
“Be ready with matching underwear this time.” And she was gone. Taka frowned and put the bouquet in the canteen of water.
Why am I not surprised?
“Hey, where did she go?” her grandfather returned with a tray of tea.
“She’s gone,” she shrugged, staring into the pond to see her reflection. She then realized how dirty her face was. “Geez, you could have told me I was covered in dirt!”
“Hehehe, she didn’t seem to mind.” He set down the tea, an extra cup on the tray. “Guess you’ll need to invite her over for tea next time.”
“What difference would it make, she wouldn’t stay.”
“You sound convinced.”
“You may not know her, but she’s not the kind to sit down for a friendly chat over tea.”
“What makes you think that? She looks chill to me,” the old man wondered, enjoying his first sip of hot tea. He looked at the bouquet and over at his bummed out granddaughter.
“I don’t know. I can’t really get a good read on her. She gets me so mad, but at the same time, she’s a good person.”
“Ha! You and that heart of yours will always get you into trouble!” His granddaughter could find the good in anyone, but she was also oblivious to how many fell for her.
“Hm?” Taka was starting to wonder if he knew something she didn’t want herself to even admit.
“You little missy, went on digs with your dad and brother for a year when you were younger. Everywhere you went, you made friends and I can’t tell you how many times your father called telling me you were trouble.”
“Hun? How come?”
“You would run off that’s what! You had adventure in you and you ran straight into trouble every time. Despite that, you ran into people that came to your rescue. You made the best friends in the world that way.” Taka blushed a little at that.
“I guess old habits die hard,” she chuckled, recalling Kai saving her that first time from her own so called coworkers.
Yeah, she’s one of the best.
“What was that?” She looked at her confused grandfather and decidedly told him everything so far. She told him the moment she met Kai, defending her at the beach and their shopping experience. She avoided telling him the parts where Kai made her heart race though, those moments feeling sort of intimate. Honestly, it lifted a weight of worry off her shoulders to share the rest with someone. The best was telling someone who wouldn’t impose.
*
She stood in front of her mirror that night and posed in her underwear.
Wonder what Kai wants me to wear. I’m not exactly model thin. I mean, has she noticed my love handles?
She poked the skin bulging over her panties and pouted, but didn’t intend to do anything about it. Although that was true, she wondered what she was going to do with her hair. She took it out of the elastic she’d tied it with right after her shower and grabbed a comb to at least try and keep it knotless. She wasn’t an expert, but she definitely needed a haircut. More of trim than a change of hairstyle; her ends were a mess from the tug and pull from not caring or it. He got it untangled, but now it was a big puffy mess. Giving up trying to feel sexy with her thick mangled hair, she slipped into bed and closed her eyes.
All that aside, I guess I should put up some flyers around town. Kenny will help me I’m sure. I have to try.
TBC

A.N: OMG
Took me a year to post this chapter! WTH! Not to worry though! I've got the next parts summarized. I've also got scenes written out. They're a little further ahead though.
OH an yes, I have cracked you with some of my tala/kenny! Not to worry, it's not that important to the story, but it got Kai in questionable trouble Smile
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PostSubject: Re: [FIC] {YURI} Destined Partners Chapter 6 UP! November 2012!   Sun Feb 27, 2011 2:43 pm

*sticks tissues up her nose to stop uber nosebleed*...kio-chan, that pic is totally awesome....i'm looking forward to u making it into a real lemon scene in d upcoming chapters..... update soon...pleeeeeeeeeeeezzzz....*makes puppy dog eyes* bounce
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PostSubject: Re: [FIC] {YURI} Destined Partners Chapter 6 UP! November 2012!   Wed Oct 05, 2011 2:11 pm

plz update d fic....im dying to read d next part..*begs u* cheers
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PostSubject: Re: [FIC] {YURI} Destined Partners Chapter 6 UP! November 2012!   Sun Oct 16, 2011 10:32 pm

I'll try. It's just tough with so much school work..
The main problem is me getting of topic and just wanting to throw in scenes that wouldn't work with the storyline. XD
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PostSubject: Re: [FIC] {YURI} Destined Partners Chapter 6 UP! November 2012!   Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:41 am

2 Days ago, it was a year ago that I last updated. Yup. Fail. I tried though. I just don't want to give you a crap update either.
So here's a compilation of all the sketches I've done for this fic. Trust me, there's a lot of crap in there that I didn't intend to share, but I figured you deserved something.
Sorry, can't host something that big so let's visit DA shall we?
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PostSubject: Re: [FIC] {YURI} Destined Partners Chapter 6 UP! November 2012!   Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:31 pm

CHAPTER 5
A.N: omg I have nothing to say. Just enjoy my longest chapter yet T_T

Enjoy the Ride
The leaves were just starting to get their fall colours when Taka started school that week. She put her red jacket over her school uniform and happily pocketed her allowance in her bra. She wasn't looking forward to shopping, but she did need better shoes for her school clothing. Gramps had given her a little extra this month just for such a thing. She planned to go in the afternoon, but honestly, she didn't know if she wanted to go alone or with someone to advise her. She thought she could do it on her own.
I can shop for clean shoes. All I have to do is stick to the right colours and a proper shoe. So grey, red, white or just black as a standard.
But when Taka thought about descent comfortable shoes, she groaned when the image of her sneakers popped up. Thus, she observed all the shoes her classmates wore. Hilary, being her only real girl friend, was wearing grey flats. Flats were a popular thing, but as far as Taka knew, if you bought cheap ones, the back dug into the back of your heels. She didn't have that much money to buy brand-name either.
Can running shoes be a clean shoe?
In the end, she knew it was going to be impossible without some help from her friends.
While she thought of shoes for a good part of the day, she wondered how she was going to convince Kenny to go easy on Yuri. Well, try to pacify his bundled nerves about it anyways. In the end, she just asked if the little genius could help her make some flyers for that babysitting job. And once she'd asked, she didn't want to bring up an uncomfortable subject that would make the little nerd go into hiding.
Hilary was thrilled to be shopping. Taka found her quite picky, but in the end, she found exactly what Taka wanted. They were a good shape on the inside, but looked like casual flats. It wasn't Hilary's favourite, but that was all Taka wanted anyway. She didn't want her shoes to stand out. Not when she was wearing her hideous uniform anyway.
It's bad enough I look too girly in the uniform to begin with. No way I'm wearing heels or something with gems, bows or frills! There's a buckle. Good enough.
Suddenly what Kai had said the other day came back to haunt her.
I'm not afraid to be girly. I just…
It was just a decorative element. Why was all this such a big deal? Well it was to Taka when Hilary couldn't stop arguing with her.
"Ugh! You're incorrigible!" Hilary groaned exiting the store.
"Hil, it's fine. You found descent shoes for a good price. I consider that a good shopping trip." Taka paid attention to the scenery, enjoying the first changes of the season while still enjoying the warm weather. Well it was getting chilly, but that was good enough to wear her favourite jacket. Hilary didn't think she embraced her feminine side enough, but Taka wasn't concerned about that. Honestly, she just didn't want to care for those things, but of course, now that she was working with Kai, she found that she had to make an effort.
Once they headed back to their neighbourhood from the city streets, Hilary changed subject quite suddenly. "By the way, I wanted to ask you if something happened last week." Taka stopped and looked at her in surprise. "Oh come on! It's obvious something happened. You were all giddy on Wednesday and after that, Kenny and you were acting weird when I mentioned Kai just before the weekend. So what's happening?"
"Erm…" Taka made a straight line with her lips, undecided about how to tell this one.
"Even Max and Ray are suspicious so you better just spit it out now before you get new stalkers," she warned. She was calmly looking at her, but Hilary often flared quickly.
"Don't you think that's a bit excessive?" Taka chuckled nervously.
"Taka!" she grabbed her friend and shook her about. "Tell me!"
"Ack! OK!" Taka held herself after the shaking and tried to tell her with as little detail as possible. "Well... Kai is designing clothing and I'm her model. So we're meeting once a week to do that." Hilary gave her a disbelieving look then continued her interview.
"What does this have to do with Kenny?"
"Uh, he got in a… fight with the photographer."
"Photographer? Were you nude? Are they going to blackmail you?!" she gasped, about to scold her for stupidity. Taka quickly shook her hands in front of her.
"No! No! Nothing like that! I swear!" she told her frantically. "I was there for Kai and she needed someone to take pictures for her design sheets. I was wearing underwear in all of them okay! Kenny didn't really trust the photographer there so… they got in a bit of a dispute and…"
"Oh poor Kenny. How dare you put him through that worry!" she scolded, immediately taking his defence. Kenny truly didn't deserve to be put through more of Taka's bullshit. Taka scratched her head, not knowing what more to say. "So you're just going to keep seeing her?"
"Yes," Taka replied without hesitation.
"And what about Kenny?" she protested. "You can't keep doing that to him. Well, you know we're all going to worry too!"
"Hil! Chill!" Take put her hands on the girl's shoulders. "From this point on, it's just me and Kai doing a bit of fashion work once a week. Nothing is going to happen to me!" Hilary stared into her eyes, trying to understand and also trying to accept that Taka was doing something so out of character as modelling.
"You're serious? You're a model?" she quirked a brow. "Why?"
"She's got a project to do and she wanted me to wear the stuff," she shrugged.
"She's designing, as in on paper AND making the clothing? That's a lot of work. But what bothers me is 'why you'?"
"Dunno. I guess she doesn't have too many friends to do it for her."
"No, I mean, there are mannequin dolls that she could pin clothes to instead. Why you and not a doll that doesn't move or talk?"
I guess I am prone to chattering and fidgeting, but still.
"Maybe she wants my opinion," Taka suggested. "And I don't know if she had a mannequin."
"I doubt she would do it without one," Hilary sighed.
"Look Hil, I don't want you to tell the guys," Taka was immediately interrupted.
"What! Not tell them? They want to know too!"
"I know, but they're kind of protective of me sometimes and I don't want them to worry." Hilary stared at her and had to take a moment to think it through.
"You're right. But what do I tell them?"
"You'll come up with something," Taka grinned, but was thwacked in the back of the head.
"Do not make me lie to them!"
"Well if we tell them the truth, they're going to worry so just vaguely tell them that Kenny and I got in a fight because I'm seeing Kai once a week. I'll let Kenny know what to expect."
"It's still lying Taka!" Hilary frowned.
"Please Hilary," Taka begged.
Little did Hilary know, this was a double lie that Taka had to keep up with. And Taka was a terrible liar.
**
And so Hilary managed to tell Max and Ray their very short story. Taka, upon working on the flyers at his home, discussed this with Kenny. The poor nerd sunk in his chair, glad Taka hadn't been clear on the topic of his embarrassment, but still held a bit of a grudge.
Kenny's room was small with a bed, a desk and a dresser. It was simple with only his favourite Lady Gaga poster on the wall. The light green walls were only recently redone to hide the cute baby frogs he had since his childhood.
"Kenny, Kai came to my home this weekend and wanted to know if everything was okay," she said as Kenny typed at the keyboard. He stopped to look right at her.
"And you told her what?"
"The truth!" Taka defended,wondering why he suspected anything else. "You're still upset and while I still intend to see her, I honestly told her there might be complications with the others."
"Hun?"
"Well I figured you guys would gang up on me and keep me accompanied."
Kenny laughed a little at that. "True…" he went back to typing.
"Wait, you're not going to do that are you?" Kenny grunted in response.
"Well if Hilary has already calmed their suspicions, then I guess not. But just know that we're here for you okay?"
"I appreciate that," Taka smiled, glad that things were clearing up. She loved her friends like family and while she wanted their support, she was happy they trusted her to do things her way.
They went back to working on the flyers.
It was Tuesday and Taka felt the weeks starting to go faster. She'd shopped yesterday, making flyers today and tomorrow she'd be with Kai again. It made her wonder if she could make Fridays the day where all her friends get together to do something. The boys might have to change their work shifts for that to work, Hilary could if the others did, but then that left Kai.
How am I going to convince her? Then again, Kai probably wouldn't want to take part.
She knew nothing of her schedule and knew she wasn't likely to agree for nothing.
What does Kai like? Fashion, motorcycles…
Suddenly it occurred to her that she knew next to nothing about Kai. She wasn't the expressive kind of person she was used to. While her room was fancy and had her couture in her closet, it lacked personality.
It's like it's not even hers. Then again, maybe it's not. It her grandfather's mansion after all.
Looking around Kenny's room again, the only poster on the wall was something Kenny enjoyed and the only place that seemed messy was his desk space with a bunch of sticky notes. To Taka, that was simple to understand. Even Ray who didn't actually live here had made the room his own with charms his friends in China made him and most importantly, it had a feng shui feel. Ray liked to meditate and had told them that it was even better at home under the falls. Max had posters everywhere. Whenever a new game came out or his favourite band released a new album, he had to get something to commemorate it. Max' room was a fun room that you didn't care to have cleaned. Hilary was the opposite. While she had things she enjoyed, she had a clean shelf of nicknacks. Taka had once picked one up and was scolded for getting fingerprints on it.
"Taka," Kenny snapped his fingers, reminding her what they were doing.
"Sorry, what were you saying?" she turned back to the screen and agreed on the little ad.
Oi, babysitting. Am I ready for this?
**
Wednesday came about and Taka made it to Kai's home without be followed. Kai was waiting for her near the door. Taka suspected it was because her grandfather was the kind of grouchy old man that complained about everything. Well, that's the impression Kai gave her.
Kai closed the door behind her and practically tugged her arm off all the way up the stairs. She breathed a sigh of relief as soon as they were behind the closed door.
"Geez, that bad?" Taka laughed.
"He just got word of my 'secret affair' from that suitor." Taka giggled at the memory. Kai taking her away as her lover. Kai didn't seem to find it very funny, but then again, she found very few things laughable.
"It was pretty convincing," she shrugged, trying not to think of it so intimately.
"My grandfather doesn't know what to believe so he might try to barge in at some point," Kai thought, taking a seat in her desk chair and pulling out her progress sketches.
"Should we be worried?" Taka asked, wondering if she wanted her grandfather to really think she was lesbian.
"No, let him think what he wants. I don't want to convince him of anything at all," the older girl huffed. "Now, have a look at these and give me your first impression," she instructed. Taka looked at the pad, waiting for Kai to flip to the next, but obviously she wasn't going to do so until she said something.
"Erm… pretty…"
"Is languages your lowest grade?" she groaned, already insulting her. "A critique if you will." The dark haired girl pouted at her snippy designer and looked again at the yellow dress coming out at the waist and falling over the knees.
"It looks old school. Like 50s old. I don't like polkadots, but I'd like the shape better without the sleeves." Kai flipped it, showing a bronze mermaid style dress with forest green ribbons and more bronze flowers from the same dress material. Taka didn't say anything, not knowing if she liked it or not.
"I don't know Kai, this one looks cool, but it's… special."
"A 'good' special? It's okay to be out of the ordinary." The older girl was not taking offence and honestly wanted everything Taka could throw at her.
"Hmm… yeah, but my main concern is how you would walk in that?" she pointed to the ribbon around the shin area under the knees. "Maybe move it above the knees?" Kai nodded and put a sticky not on it, writing just that. She then flipped to the next dress. It was a white dress. A silk corset (the notes said so) with some pearls to decorate it and the soft falloff of the skirt right at the hips. A matching silk scarf was around the shoulders to cover that there were no sleeves.
"Wow, that one's pretty. I like the corset shape and the shiny," Taka smiled, forgetting to give an informative comment.
"It's not too plain? The pearls are subtle…" Kai asked, pointing out the design.
"No, the subtlety is nice against the …lustrous fabric," Taka laughed at herself using big words. Kai just grunted and flipped the page again.
"Ugh! The cupcake!" Taka groaned, animatedly flailing away.
"It's a cream colour and it's meant to be for wedding so get over it and give me some feedback," Kai said, with a backhand to her shoulder.
"It's… a cupcake…." Taka laughed, unable to say anything about it.
"Your loss. All these dresses have to get done," Kai informed while still amused with Taka's dislike of the dress type.
"Wha? Wait!" Taka forced herself to look at the design, scrunching her face up trying to give some good feedback. She bit her lip, trying really hard.
Oh God, no one would wear that! Not even for a wedding! Way too much fabric!
"I'm sorry Kai, nothing can be done with that. It's just too big for anything but the bride and even then, the bride has to like that kind of thing. And if she did I'd kill the sleeves again. And the frill around her neck. Better to have a ribbon around her waist or a pretty corset like the previous dress…" Taka drifted off in distaste. Kai chuckled, writing down another note on the sticky note pad. She placed it on the page and placed all the designs on the table so Taka could see them together. Taka read the last note, realizing that she had said something Kai needed after-all.
"These are the 4 dresses I'm going to start with. They're all different styles I want to test out," she folded her arms over her chest and stared down at them with Taka over her shoulder.
"Why did it have to be dresses?" Taka asked with a bitter tone. Honestly, she was really hoping to get a jacket.
"It's the one thing that takes a lot of material to make," she replied, pulling out her measuring tape and pushing Taka to the middle of the room.
"I don't get it…" Taka responded, letting Kai take her measures.
"We're going shopping next week so you'll wait for me outside your schoolyard then," she instructed, taking notes of Taka's measurements. She took a lot of them too. "What cup size do you wear?"
Taka gulped, trying not blush. For some reason, she wished she had more to flaunt about.
"Errr… depending. Maybe a C…" Taka wasn't actually sure. She hadn't shopped for a bra in a while and her bikini was too small now. "I'm actually not sure," she admitted. "I was wearing a B when I was at the beach and that was small." Then Kai pulled Taka's shirt up over her head. Taka let her, but covered herself from the chill of the room. Kai pulled the back of the bra she wore and found no tag so she turned the girl around and had to pull her hands away to stare at her chest. Taka turned her head way, cheeks pink. It seemed like a long time to stare at another girl's chest.
"I'd say a small C," she said, letting the girl put her shirt back on.
"A 'small' C?" Taka gave her a look.
"Yeah, as in, depending on the bra model, you might be a C, but in others you might be a B," she retorted. The way she made it sound so uninteresting really peaked on Taka's nerves. She grunted her displeasure. Kai wrote down the measurements on the note pad and sat back in her chair. "I don't want you floating in the the corset," she smirked. Taka didn't find that funny which was why Kai did. Taka flopped onto the bed and faced the window, wondering why she was getting upset in the first place. Hilary had measured her and call her on her weight sometimes, but it was friendly teasing. Kai wasn't calling her fat or even insulting her directly, so why was it offensive?
What kind of person stares at your boobs and… makes that kind of comment?
Kai chuckled. "Are you really getting upset? Honestly, you want to have more to pop out your shirt?" Taka remembered her bikini top quite well. She wasn't sure what was worse.
"You know what, I don't know why it bothers me okay!" Taka's face hit the clean quilt under her. She heard Kai move and felt the mattress shift under a new weight. Kai sat beside her and Taka could feel her staring at the back of her head.
"You're weird," she said finally.
She just call me weird? Kai Hiwatari, the girl who road motorcycles with a gang of delinquents but made pretty designer dresses, was calling her weird.
Taka giggled, then burst out laughing. She had to lift her head back up to laugh aloud. Kai just stared at her curiously, not uttering a sound. Taka calmed to a chuckle before staring at Kai's miffed face.
"You're the weird one!" Taka gasped, sitting on her shins. She quieted and waited for Kai to say something.
"I'm not the one concerned about her breast size," Kai leaned back, staring at her seriously.
"I'm not…" Taka protested, knowing she wasn't. "It doesn't matter to me. I was just…" She couldn't finish as she stared at Kai's face.
"Just what?" Kai asked, seeing that Taka had come to some realization. Taka smiled at her with her cheeks still pink.
I was kinda jealous of yours… and maybe felt less appealing to someone like you. Someone I'm infatuated with.
She chuckled, smiling sweetly up at Kai
"Nothing."
"…" Kai just stared at her. "Whatever…" She didn't push.
"Sorry, won't happen again," Taka grinned.
That was close. Gotta stop these feelings I get with her.
Of course, That was easier said than done.
Taka only just remembered to give Kai her underwear back before she went out the door. Kai snatched them just as hastily as Taka had. Composed, Kai reminded her to wait for her at her school and Taka was escorted out.
**
The weekend came about again and it was time for Taka to try and get a job. Taka had the flyers she’d made with Kenny’s help to advertise her babysitting service. She’d woken up early that morning to try and staple it to all the poles she could find around her neighbourhood. Kenny told her it was best to advertise around home if she wanted to stay close to home when she had to walk. He emphasized the night shifts she’d probably get. So there she was, walking around stapling one sheet after another, until she spotted the local park. There was a playground so she headed there. As she got there, she noticed that there was a problem. She couldn’t staple anything there, the posts were all metal and she definitely wouldn’t puncture a tree. She hadn’t brought tape either.
Well that was swift. Now I gotta go back home and get a roll of tape. Why didn’t I think of it earlier?
She turned around and heard the ripping of tape. She looked ahead and saw someone taping their own ad to a post.
“Oh, hey! Mind if I borrow some tape!” She approached the guy with the short orange hair only to recognize him when he faced her. “Hey, it’s you!” He blinked at her and then smiled. It was Brooklyn, the guy she had talked to after her disappointing study search.
“Hi, there. What brings you here?” he asked, facing her completely now.
“Oh, you know, trying to get hired,” she grinned showing him her ad.
“Really? A babysitter? Do you have another job or did you get fired?”
Gee thanks man.
“Uh… I’ve actually never worked a day in my life,” she said sheepishly. Honestly she didn't want to get mad about it again. “I’ve babysitted for family and such so maybe I can start simple.” He still smiled in good nature.
“Well if you’d like I have another suggestion.”
“Like what?” she asked, starting to question the likeliness of her being a sitter.
“Well, you can babysit too, that’s a good side job on the occasion that one is needed, but how about a part time job at McDonalds?”
“Ah come on! Do I really look like a bad sitter?!”
“I didn’t mean to insult you,” he chuckled. “McDonalds may seem like a lame job, but I work there and it’s good for any beginner.” Taka didn’t know what to say to that. “Haha, we’re looking for new employees so why don’t you come meet my boss.”
“Uh, well it’s worth a shot I guess.” Then she thought of something. “Um, I need to change first if I’m going to make a good impression!” Brooklyn looked down at her pajama pants and lose t-shirt. He politely said nothing. Taka was about to head back home when she remembered the ads in her hand.
“Oh yeah! Can I borrow some tape? I only brought a stapler,” she said with a little pink on her cheeks.
“Sure thing,” he gave her the role and let her put to two ads up on opposite ends of the playground. Taka looked up at the flyer that Brooklyn had put up as she taped her own below it. It was ads for the circus. “You work at a circus?”
“No, just doing a little side job. I got 5000 yen to post them around town,” he laughed. Taka laughed too and walked home with him. He waited outside for her so she didn’t want to make him wait, but she didn’t have much decent clothing for such an occasion. She took her shirt from her school uniform and some dark jeans and put her new shoes on. She left her cap on the desk and put up her hair in a bun, leaving her thick bangs in her face. She parted them and pinned them to the side and went out.
“This okay?” she asked him. He looked surprised and nodded with a soft smile.
“That’s just fine,” he said. “But my boss is a pushover anyway.”
“Oh good. Then why is there an opening for a job?” she questioned.
“Wanna bring up the part that it’s lame again?” he chuckled.
“Oh yeah,” she laughed. Of course, that didn't explain anything really, but she knew she'd know once she'd gotten there. They headed right in the middle of town. That McDonalds was packed with people and Brooklyn was going through the front door. As soon as he did, the cashier on the right called on him.
“Brooklyn! You’re late again! Look at all these people! Come on man!” He was tall with silver hair tide in a high ponytail and a strong build.
“Brooklyn, you left me here with angry people!” the other cashier wined in a high pitched voice. This girl was tiny and had glamorous turquoise hair with a darker skin tone. She looked to be standing on a box; Taka could see her hips practically.
“I know guys,” he replied calmly as he led Taka through to the back. As they went through the kitchen, a large boy was busy making the burgers and another little blond guy was flicking the fries and calling orders over the big guy. They slipped through unnoticed. Brooklyn opened a door in the back and there they found an older man typing away at his computer. He didn't look very happy, but maybe that was because of his hooked nose and heavy frown on his brows.
“Hey Boris, I’d like you to meet your new employee.” The purple haired man looked up angrily.
“Is she here to replace you,” he practically growled.
“Ah heck no. We need more help around here with me being such a slacker.” Boris put his head into his hand to suppress whatever it was he wanted to do. Taka could barely believe the way Brooklyn was talking to his employer, especially when Brooklyn was capable of a lot more than McDonalds.
Why does he work here if he has better options? Is he lazy or something?
“Fine, have a seat miss,” he said, waving him off. Brooklyn gave her a pat on the shoulder and left. Taka sat nervously.
“What’s your name first off?”
“Taka Kinomiya,” she replied.
“Are you in school and have you had a previous job?”
“I’m finishing high school this year and no, I’ve never had a job,” she continued, trying to stay very calm and not laugh nervously like she knew she had a tendency to do.
“So that’s clear why you have no curriculum sheet. What makes you think I’ll hire you?” At that, Taka didn’t know what to answer.
I need money. I need money. I want money. I need job experience. I wanna know the secret to the secret sauce. I love McDonalds food. I’m hungry.
Okay so she needed to pick out the best answer.
“I like McDonalds and I need job experience,” she did her best to make it sound assertive and not a question. He stared at her.
“Good enough. We'll try you out. Survive the day and you're hired. Help in the kitchen, the others will show you around. Then take an early shift to learn the cash."
“Really? Thank-you!” she jumped out of her seat and escaped to the kitchen. “Woohoo!” she cheered.
Wow, that was easy. Maybe too easy...
“Congratulations Taka,” Brooklyn chuckled. The customers applauded too and she blushed sheepishly. The staff laughed.
“Alright then little lady, we need help back here so do as I do,” the big guy instructed. Taka went by his side and saw all the stuff there was to put in a burger. “You can call me Crusher,” he said. Taka made a face in response.
“Errr, I’m Taka.”
“Okay Taka, here’s the deal for cheeseburgers,” he began and Taka followed his instruction. When it came around for supper time, there were so many people there and Taka was so hungry with the delicious smell of McDonalds in the air that she wanted to just pass out.
“How long is this shift?” she groaned as she flipped the fries and poured a few boxes full.
“8 hours,” they all groaned together. Taka couldn’t believe it. It was a full time job in her eyes.
“No way!”
“Yes way! We work from twelve to eight and then there are two other shifts during the night and morning,” The blond known as Mystel laughed. “If we wanted the day shift, we’d have to work for it.”
“It’s only weekends though. Weekdays you can ask for some part time at night if you want. I think they need some staff then,” the silver haired boy said. His name was Garland and although Brooklyn seemed to influence calm in his group, Garland was the assistant manager.
“This is great. Thanks guys,” she said with a big smile and turned to Brooklyn who was eating one of the salads. “Especially you for helping me get the job.”
“No problem. Go on a date with me and we’ll call it even,” he said, still chewing his food. Taka stopped breathing for a moment.
“Did you just ask me out?” He swallowed and chuckled at her.
“Sure did.”
He wants to go out with me?
It took a moment for her to really conceder him, but didn't dwell too long.
Well I guess I don’t mind. He seems like a good guy even if I’ve only just met him. I guess one date wouldn’t hurt. I could get to know him.
“Sure,” she agreed, unable to stop blushing.
“Oh Brooklyn,” the girl known as MingMing scolded. “You’re making her go all red!”
**
But when Monday came around, she was taught all the jobs and also learned that Boris was a slave driver. Although Taka had never been one to give up on anything, she knew when a job was just plain abuse. He just barked orders all day and had threatened other employees.
"I don't pay you to stare at the cash screen! Get moving! The customer is waiting!" Then it got worse. "You little brat! Clean this up!" he snarled at Mystel, pushing him to the floor to do so.
The others said it was normal behaviour and Taka tossed in the towel. She may not have worked for anyone before, but she wasn't going to wait until she was a victim too. She suggested they leave too, but unlike Taka, they needed the income. All Taka could do was file in a complaint to the higher ups.
She quit and left at the end of her shift.
Guess that counts as one day of work. Man that's just disappointing.

Turned out, her date wasn't as bad as that shit-hole, but it was also disappointing to Taka's standards. Brooklyn made a simple stroll in the park and a light sushi supper 'a date'. Taka didn’t mind, but wouldn’t say how unimpressed she actually was. Then again, maybe it wasn't what they were doing, but who she was with. Brooklyn liked her alright and made several moves on her, but she wasn't biting.
I guess my head’s been in the clouds or in movies for too long. I’m starting to think every guy is going to take me to a sit down dinner and order me whatever I want. Maybe see a movie? Every girl's fantasy…
Taka drifted off in thought as Brooklyn talked about a bunch of things Taka could not keep up with. Her daydream date began with summer beaches, playing in the sand with nothing but bathing suits. Sitting around a bon fire when the sun set and going out for a night-time cruise. The sound of a motorcycle revved up and revealed her date to be Kai whom she held on tightly to.
"Taka," Brooklyn waved his hand in front of her face, waking her from her gaze on the moon.
"Yes?" she asked with a bit of embarrassment.
"Hm," he smiled. "You're in love with someone aren't you." Taka sat up right, startled. "I realize it's not me, but I do intend to make you mine someday." Despite the unusually creepy and possessive statement, Taka could see no mal-intent there.
"It's not that this person… wants that from me anyway…"
"So it's a woman" he smirked. Taka couldn't hide her anxiety. He laughed as she tensed up. "It's ok, you'll get over her. She'll find a man, have a good life and you'll follow suit; with me," he promised, taking Taka's hand and kissing it softly.
Awkward! … and yet… not.
Taka's mind spun, wondering why she was enjoying the attention, but still not be in love. She also felt an ache when she thought of someone else with Kai. Maybe Brooklyn was right and life would play out as it often did, marrying a man and a woman. It saddened her the way Brooklyn spoke so certainly.
**
The next day, Brooklyn's words were weighing her down. On top of that, she was jobless again, and she had failed to complete an assignment that was due that day. She was under a rain cloud despite the sunny day and she just wanted to run home. She said her brief good-byes to her friends and ran out the building, not knowing what to do about anything.
Kai had grabbed Taka as she was about to run out the school yard.
“Where are you off to?”
“Oh! Sorry Kai!” she breathed, slouching. "I almost forgot…"
Oh, it's Wednesday. How could I forget?
"You look tired," she said with the most amount of concern she'd heard from the girl yet.
"Yeah…" she stared at the ground.
"Is this about your friend?" she asked, wondering about Kenny. Taka looked up at her and shook her head.
"No… I'll tell you on the way," she yawned and gave Kai a hug. Leaning on her, she just felt comforted and reassured. She wished she could stay that way a little longer. Kai did not return the motion, pushing her off gently and leading them to the bus stop by her upper arm.
They got on the bus and the college girl didn't say anything as Taka poured her heart out about her horrible job experience. She just talked away, from the point of getting the job easy, to quitting within two days.
"And then I went on a date with Brooklyn…" she sighed.
"A date?" It was the first thing she'd said.
"Yeah, he asked me out when I got the job and I figured I owed him one anyway."
"But you didn't in the end," she said, referring to the fact that she didn't keep the job.
"Nah, but I didn't want to let him down. He's a nice guy, but there's no way I can go through another lame walk in the park with Sushi. I mean, he had nothing to say… well he had a lot to say, but I wasn't listening, and I didn't know what to talk about. Totally awkward!" Kai chuckled at that. Taka was about to continue with how Brooklyn was saying that he'd marry her one day, but she couldn't laugh about it. It still bothered her more than she was willing to admit.
"Are you that easy to ask out?" Kai gave her a look, but Taka didn't know what it was. "You sound like you've been out a lot and expect something. You have a standard?" She was teasing her again right?
"Uhhh… dunno. I've actually never gone on a date before. He just asked so casually that I couldn't say no," Taka chuckled, thinking back on it. "Have you-"
"No." Kai answered, turning her attention ahead of her. Taka raised a brow at that, but didn't push. She instead leaned back in her seat and decidedly just appreciated her attention.
"Thanks for listening," she sighed, letting herself relax. Kai gave a short chuckle.
"You're about to pay all that chatter with some torture of my own anyways."
"Hun?"
Kai pressed the stop bottom, rising to get off the bus. They stepped off and Kai led them down the road until they were in front of a fabric store's warehouse. Taka looked ahead and saw the large windows letting everyone see the miles of rows of fabric the store had.
"You have to stay awake through all of this," Kai sort or reminded as much as warned. She stepped through the door and made sure Taka was ahead of her.
It was indeed, a long shopping trip.
**
A cool breeze chilled pedestrians as they walked downtown. The fall season was coming along quickly, changing the leaves into a golden earthbound rainbow of yellows and reds. Taka stepped out of the school that Monday afternoon, trying to pull her skirt down lower to cover her knees, but only revealed her belly. Her jacket kept her warm luckily. Other students were getting their scarves out and getting their fall jackets out.
I wish Kai would make me a jacket. I wonder if she’s ever made one.
Taka reached the gates of her school and looked down the road to try and spot her designer, but didn’t.
Well she makes leather jackets for herself. Man, it would be cool if she’s make me a leather jacket! Do I look good in leather?
“Taka, are you coming?” Max nudged. “Gaming?” She giggled and smiled.
“Yeah!” She followed him off to continue their game they'd started playing the previous week, but Hilary stood in their path.
“You guys! We have studying to do!”
“Relax Hil, we have all weekend to study!” Max assured. "It's Friday!"
“But it’s the mid semester exams in two weeks and you guys have been goofing off!”
“I can’t study all the time Hil! I need 'me' time!” Taka scoffed.
“Your 'me' time is all the time! You’re always daydreaming in class and I’m not sure what you’re learning.” She crossed her arms over her chest and gave them an impassive look.
“Aw come on Hil, we’ll study tomorrow! Promise!” Max smiled, knowing she mainly just didn’t like to study alone.
“Yeah right!” Taka laughed, tugging Max by Hilary who had almost looked satisfied until their escape.
“TAKA!” she yelled out angrily.
“I’ll study with you Hil. If you don’t mind,” Kenny offered.
“Nevermind!” she snapped and stalked off angrily. The little nerd didn’t take too much offence. After-all, she just wanted to have a group study session. He looked over his should to see Ray waving him off as well. The Chinese student was not the studying type either. Kenny slumped and gave a sigh as he headed for home.
“Hey Kenny, you busy today?” A familiar voice called coming closer and closer. He almost didn’t want to turn around, but he did anyway. There was Yuri over a head taller than he was and looking down with his bright blue eyes.
“I need to study today. Exams are coming up,” he quickly excused. Yuri scowled at him.
“What a lame excuse. If you don’t want to see me, say so!” he snarled. Kenny flushed and tripped over his words.
“I- I didn’t- I mean- I really do need to study!” he stuttered. Yuri grabbed him by the front of his shirt and practically picked him up.
“You little wimp!” the wolf bared his teeth. Yuri wanted Kenny to show him a few more things on photo adjusting to try regaining some ground, but Kenny wasn't giving him an inch. He was more afraid of him than ever.
“Excuse me,” a calm voice interrupted. Yuri’s eyes darted over to the hand on his shoulder and put Kenny back on his feet. “You have a problem with him?”
“Mind your own business.” Yuri glared at the clearly foreign young man. Kenny stared at the silver haired man who was well built and slightly taller than even Yuri.
“Garland will put you in your place if you don’t stop bullying him,” a sugary voice sang out. Kenny looked over at an aqua haired girl with dark skin, but just about Kenny’s height. The brunette was immediately charmed by her.
She’s so cute!
Yuri saw the look he gave her and immediately groaned.
“Look, we’re friends. Aren’t we shorty?” he nudged. Kenny looked up in question and wondered what was best to say.
“Well, I wouldn’t say friends…” That caused Garland to put himself between he and Yuri. The Russian grit his teeth. It was about to get ugly when he was surprisingly tugged out of the little scrape he was in. Kai stared at him in annoyance.
“Yuri, I told you to stop flirting with him,” she said in monotone; as if it didn’t embarrass him have it blurted to the world. She tugged him away as he began turning red and barking at her in Russian. She returned it at a normal pitch and ignored his backward glances at the two shielding his little favourite.
Kai was embarrassed to even have to pull him out of such a situation. She continued in Russian to tell him so.
“I can’t believe how pathetic you are. You think your violence is going to get him to like you. I don’t think he likes you in the least.”
“Shut up. I know he likes me. He’s just too nervous to admit it.”
“Wonder why…” she sighed with sarcasm. He definitely wasn't helping his situation.
**
Taka and Kai were quite busy the next session, Kai having made two dress bases with the material they'd gotten and was fitting it on Taka. They were both silently pleased that it fit just nicely all over the model. They got both dresses pinned and ready for Kai's sewing. Taka watched the girl work, flipping the material around and sew it without hesitation. She was so quick that she didn't offer to help with that part. She didn't even know how Kai did it. The whole mentality of having to sew inside out, know where your seams were going, what kind of stitch to use was beyond Taka's capabilities. So of course, as she watched Kai work, Kai offered her a lesson.
"Um, no thanks," she scratched her head.
"What? Can't do a little stitching?" she teased.
"Stitching yes, but clean thread lines and knowing… how you even do all this… no." Kai shook her head with a smile and gave Taka her sketchbook. The model looked down at it and went to where she'd left off. New designs were there and it was her next 'favourite' item. Skirts.
"Know anything about skirts?" Kai asked, continuing her work without flaw. Taka had to be honest.
"Nothing at all," she laughed, staring at the sketches.
"Read," she instructed. Taka looked at the clear headings categorizing the skirt types. Pencil, A-line, pleated, etc. "Like last time, you'll pick 4 of them. I'll design on them afterwards."
"You going to have to buy more stuff?" Taka groaned, trying to avoid more material shopping.
"I have enough for skirts," she assured, stopping her work and stood. "Yuri is on his way over so I'm going to get some snacks. Stay here," she ordered and left, closing the door behind her. Taka stood up and held herself back from protesting across the large home.
A warning before hand would have been nice!
Kai managed to get both the bronze mermaid, and the yellow old-school one done and ready for Taka to shoot in them. Kai did her make-up and hair in two different ways for each dress. It took longer for Kai to do that than Yuri to take the pictures. Taka was still a bit squeamish about the eyeliner poking her eye and fidgeted too much for Kai's liking. It was a short photo session with the two new dresses. Taka thought it was overkill, but Yuri and Kai knew what they were doing. With the right lighting and the dresses on her, the pictures looked magazine ready. Taka could barely believe she was staring at herself.
Of course, since Yuri was there, Kai reminded Taka of his dilemma with Kenny. She grimaced, not wanting to really help Yuri get close to Kenny when she didn't really trust him either.
"Kai!" they heard a gruff voice call out from downstairs. "Kai! Come down here immediately!" Kai hung the material she was about to sew on one of the curtain polls with irritation and stepped out to see what it was her grandfather wanted from her.
"So," Yuri came and sat right in front of Taka. She rolled her eyes, knowing what this was about. "Hey! Come on! Kai told me you'd try and smooth things out for me! He didn't want to even look at me!" he seethed. Taka looked at him furrowing her brow.
"Why would I just hand one of my best friends over to the wolf?" she said, seeing his rage starting to spike.
"It's not like that!" he growled. "I was just checking him out!" Taka couldn't help it, she started to laugh, and laugh, and laugh harder. She slapped her dress covered knee. Yuri looked appalled at first, sort of angry, but then her laugh was contagious and he was chuckling too.
"That is NOT how you check someone out. Especially not someone like Kenny. You're going to need a LOT more patience than that if you want to get anywhere near him. If you demand his attention, he's gonna run. Easy."
"Then what do you suggest?" he looked a little more sincere now and Taka didn't hesitate to give advice.
"Well, get in his good books first. I heard you were harassing him again the other day. I don't know how you approached him, but try being a little more modest and humble." He made a displeased face.
"That's just being fake," he argued.
"Hey, if you like him, it's because that's the kind of person he is. I realize you don't know him very well and it baffles me to understand why you're so obsessed, but you gotta know someone before you wanna have a close relationship with them…" Yuri couldn't seem to find an argument to this, so Taka continued to give her advice. "Be kind and ask him to help you with your photography. He might say no, so keep calm and keep asking, offer to go to a cafe-"
"Wait, why a cafe?"
"Public domain…" she leered at him. "Don't bring him somewhere suspicious, he'll never agree!" Taka went on, trying to understand how Yuri could want Kenny so badly.
The door opened and a very harassed looking Kai came in… wearing a silky shirt and dress pants. Taka just stared, never having seen her in such a casual way. She tossed the shirt off, revealing her bra, but really not caring in her silent rage. She tossing the shirt in her closet angrily before entering it herself and making a quick change back to her ripped jeans and tank top. She stepped back out, messed up her bangs into spikes again and tied up her hair.
"Suitor again?" Yuri asked, not teasing her this time and wisely so. Kai grunted something about the maids having been waiting for her the moment she stepped out the room.
Their session ended the moment Kai knew her grandfather was far enough from the front door. Taka was careful to never mention the suitor, not only for Kai's sake, but for her own. She still felt haunted by Brooklyn's statement.
**
On the weekend, Taka had gotten a call from one of her neighbours having seen her ads. They lived 4 houses away and were in need of a Saturday night sitter. Taka knew the 3 young children who lived there and remembered their eldest son took kendo lesson's from Gramps. She gladly invited all of them to stay the night in the dojo.
Taka spent that night entertaining a 10 year old boy with videogames and his siblings with running and tumbling in the dojo on matts. The two twins, a boy and girl, named Raul and Julia were quite the acrobats. Taka had more fun learning their tricks than showing her own. Romero, the older brother ended up watching them with amusement. He was wisecrack flirt. Taka had fun reminding him that he was a kid and that he should be thinking more about what he wanted to eat than ladies.
The hard part was getting them all to sleep in one room, but she managed. Romero, of course, was still up a little later than his siblings.
"So what do you what to do until bed time? Movie or should I beat you at some videogames?" she teased ruffling his hair which he detested. Before he could answer, there was a knock on the door. Taka answered it and was surprised to see someone in full bike racer attire. It took her a moment to recognize Kai behind the thick outfit and helmet. Taka preferred the curb hugging leather, she had to admit.
"Kai? Whatcha doing here?" she gasped.
"I know its late, but I was going to…" she trailed off, her eyes darting down at the boy behind Taka.
"Oh, I'm babysitting tonight," she replied with a little laugh. "But you can come in." The biker grunted through her helmet covering her mouth.
"No, I was going to take you out, but I see it'll have to wait," she still eyed Romero giving her an odd look. He boldly looked on, trying to figure out who this was.
"Are you her boyfriend?" Romero asked, giving her a challenging look. The girls looked down at him perplexed. Another moment of silence and Taka couldn't take it. Taka covered her mouth and looked away, trying not to laugh aloud.
Kai hadn't taken off her helmet and the thick biker jacket covered her chest enough to camouflage her gender. So while Taka held herself up by the doorframe, she saw Kai squat down to meet his eyes. She leaned in close, and motioned with her gloved hand to come closer. He hesitantly did so and Taka struggled to hear her. Kai spoke softly and so she heard nothing. Romero nodded to her and went running down the hall before Taka could ask what was going on.
"What did you tell him?" she giggled as Kai stood back up.
"Told him he ruined the moment," she smirked, her eyes scrunching in a way that the model recognized. Taka just laughed.
"Well I'm sorry I can't make it out for tonight. Where did you want to go anyway?" Taka asked.
"It's an all-nighter throughout the city, but I see his parents have already taken advantage," she folded her arms over her chest.
"Oh, that's right! Too bad." Taka was quite disappointed now, but already planned to take a rain check. "Maybe…"
"Taka, I was going to invite you out myself," came a a gentle voice from behind Kai.
"Brooklyn?" she blinked quickly and suddenly felt rather uncomfortable. "Um, yeah, I'm babysitting tonight." Taka didn't miss Kai's eyes dart over him as if scanning for danger.
"Sorry to hear it," he said. "I was hoping to ask you out again."
"Ummm…" Taka didn't want to be mean about it. The moment she looked at Kai, she knew she'd better make it snappy. "I really don't want to date you Brooklyn. I was hoping to stay friends," she said sheepishly, wondering if someone wrote a script on how to dump people gently with the friend line.
"Oh but I didn't even get to bring you to dinner," he said sadly, then chipped up. "I'll take you out as a friend." Friendly food never sounded wrong in Taka's books.
"Well… I guess that's okay…" she caved, wondering where they'd be eating.
"It is not!" Romero protested, looking up at Brooklyn with mean eyes. Taka looked down at him in time to see him give Kai a little bundle of roses from the flourishing bush in her greenhouse. Taka watched Kai arrange them a little better and use three blades of grass to tie it together. She then offered them to Taka. The girl turned pink, taking them gingerly so as not to be pricked by the thorns.
"Thanks," she grinned with a little giggle at the game they were playing. Romero gave her a little push forward which Kai had to catch her for.
OK! Way too much romance being played out here!
Kai's helmet didn't allow for her to have access to her face. Only her eyes and nose were visible. Kai thought as much and lifted it just long enough to pull her in for a kiss on the cheek. She put her helmet back down and didn't hesitate to knock shoulders with Brooklyn on her way by.
"See you on Wednesday!" Taka called out as she started off her bike and went on her way. Taka couldn't deny it.
God this is fun.
She silently gushed about it until the bike was gone, then looked down at the roses sadly.
Wish it was for real though.
"Geez, you have a lot of admirers Taka," Brooklyn chuckled and took her hand to give a brief kiss. "I'll be around for that friendly dinner date. Good night." He bowed and went on his way like a true gentleman. Taka watched him go and looked down at Romero.
"You know, he's right. You're like 'the girl next door'," the little blond commented with his hands on his hips.
"Alright you! Bed time!" she urged, pushing him inside.
He set himself on the couch while Taka put the roses in some water.
"You get a lot of guys at your door often?" he asked.
"No, that was just a coincidence," she replied, turning off the TV.
"You should tell Kai how you feel and maybe he wouldn't get so jealous," he said. Taka could hardly tell him that Kai was a woman and that she only did that because it amused her.
"Maybe, but don't let him fool you. He's kind of a player," she joked.
"Geez, why do girls like bad boys that break their hearts," he huffed, leaning back into his pillow and starting to doze off. Although she couldn't quite control it, she knew the answer.
"… because we don't know what we want yet…" Taka admitted quietly as he fell asleep.
*
Kai drove off with her gang, some wondering what she'd stopped for, but not asking.
Their bikes had finally been put together for this night, and they went so far as to borrow some sports gear so as not to appear like a street gang. They knew there would be lots of cops around and they just wanted to enjoy the night ride. It wasn't too often to see the city awake at night, but there were plenty of bike shows and competitions on the edge of town. Totally legal and just for fun. She'd been so pumped for it that she stopped for Taka to take part. Honestly, she just wanted to enjoy it with her riding behind her, but keeping in mind that she would appear to be her plaything in the eyes of her followers.
She was a little put down that she could not participate, but she knew it was for the best.
I can't have her. She's only for now… while I can still enjoy it.
**
It was Wednesday again and Kai was pinning material to Taka again. She silently drew back and readjusted a few things and slipped her model out to sew the material rather quickly. The material was a warm cashmere and Kai looked to be making a long shirt that reached mid-thigh on one side and her hip on the other. It balanced out around the shoulders that drooped casually. Taka watched in her tank top and leggings from Kai’s bed. The tough girl worked silently, the machine humming louder on every push of the peddle.
The skirts had been put on hold since the dresses had to get done too. Kai had gotten a little too ahead of herself with the amount of work she'd given herself. Taka understood. Kai had a job, school to deal with and she was still trying to do all this fashion design work. Taka admired her efforts and wondered if she spent time with friends. Taka wanted to try getting Kai to bond with her friends too.
Kai slipped it back on her model and it fit snuggly. Taka liked it. Kai went away again and pulled out a box that looked like a fishing hook box. It was actually, but she was using it to store buttons. Taka looked down at the shirt in confusion.
She can’t possibly want to make a vest with this.
Kai pulled out various buttons and put them against the fabric until she was pleased with a big wood model. The sweater was a cream color and the striped wood button being loosely sewn on with 3 identical ones began to look more professional.
“Well it’s not very practical to have buttons on it, but I can see it looks good," Taka observed. Kai smiled briefly and backed away to look at the piece.
“Something’s off…” she pondered. Taka looked in the mirror and saw the buttons in a square formation. She pulled them all out and used the pins to stick them somewhere else. Kai stared angrily, but Taka’s placement made more sense to her then. She placed it in more of casual than formal way. The buttons were on the hem of the shirt at it’s shortest and the same happened at the sleeve.
“We could double the buttons for originality... I guess.” Taka looked up at the glaring eyes. “Or not.”
“No, it’s a good idea.”
She says it like she swallowed a lemon.
“Really?” Taka raised a brow.
“Yes.” Kai pulled out another thread and needle and sewed it in place as well as scrunched up the area for emphasis. She did the same for the sleeves to come up as three-quarter length. She got more buttons of the same fashion and used one on each. Kai was honestly just wondering why it had looked fine as a design, but not on the real thing. “Is this too much?”
She’s asking me?
“No, this is fine.” Kai held Taka’s chin swiftly and her eyes bore into hers.
“Really?” she breathed.
She… she thinks I’m hesitating?
“Yes, really,” Taka smiled, nuzzling Kai’s nose as she pulled out of her grip. Kai pulled away with a pink cheek.
I can't help it, you're cute sometimes...
“Alright then, slip out of that. I’ll sew them on properly after.” Kai put away her box of buttons and stretched.
Taka removed the shirt and watched Kai use some tracing paper to show where the buttons would be put instead. Her mind wondered to the weekend, wanting to ask if Kai would actually take her out sometime to make up for Saturday. She wanted to ask her, but she couldn't. Kai looked very busy. But she still had to cherish it on a positive note. It was all very romantic and her daydreams of Kai taking her out for that motorcycle ride grew even bigger.
I love you Kai… but what's going to happen to us?
TBC
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PostSubject: Re: [FIC] {YURI} Destined Partners Chapter 6 UP! November 2012!   Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:15 pm

woohooo..... bounce yesss.....finally, d long awaited update...thank u so much....enjoyed reading d romantic part a lot...wud hv loved to see d luk on kai's face if taka mentioned that brooklyn kinda proposed...hehehe......waiting eagerly 4 d next chappy.
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PostSubject: Re: [FIC] {YURI} Destined Partners Chapter 6 UP! November 2012!   Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:46 pm

Longest chapter yet! I have to post in two parts!

AN: Wow, it's only been like 6 months since my last update. I think I'm improving! Aren't I awesome? Well it took 3 full days to write and put all the pieces together to get this chapter done! I'm still tempted to keep adjusting it, but enough is enough! This update is for Yuki, wishing her well on her way to recovery.

Chapter 6: Fall to Winter

The cold weather was setting in and Taka was digging up the plants that needed to go into the greenhouse for the chillier season. It was mid october and even though it was far from snow, the ground was going to freeze in a week or so.
Her greenhouse was small with the bushes now taking each corner for themselves. She checked the soil of the new flowers that she'd received from her father through the mail and sprayed the mixture of nutrients she'd created to keep them healthy. She'd had to get some help from the internet resources for it and it seemed to be working, but she watered down the mixture so the plant didn't get spoiled. They would supposedly bloom hawaiian lei flowers, but they had just sprouted from the earth.
She smiled at the simple daisies just outside the glass shelter. They were taking up a lot of space in the ground there and she knew they needed to be maintained. Beside them, doing the same was a similar bunch of flowers that Taka thought were like a negative image of the daisy. A dark middle with yellow petals; these flowers were another simple flower that easily grew and spread like weeds, but Taka liked them. The wildflowers were the best in her opinion. They hardly needed caring for and accompanied the classy flowers just fine. Baby's breath were another example, the tiny blooms resembling the snow, but often accompanying the red roses. Clovers, and buttercups were cute too, but very little could be done with them when they had such short stems. They made cute mini bouquets, but they looked much better in baskets near the Easter holiday.
Now looking at the garden outside the shelter, she spotted a few blooms that were ready for picking before the chill. She could always tell when the hydrangea bushes needed trimming; their blooms already dried up. So many of the other flowers were in bloom and about to wither away for the winter as well that she didn't know what to do with them all. The best was to clip them and make bouquets. She just wished she had more friends to give them to.
Flower arranging was something she really missed doing with her mother. She was so young, but she promised to care for the garden before she passed away.(1) It had become something important to Taka and sometimes the idea of opening a flower shop came to mind. She laughed at it though. He greenhouse was small and she didn't know everything about flowers. She could barely call it a profession.
But that would be so nice… It would make me happy.
She picked up the long trays hanging on the deck. The yellow and white of the sister daisies mixed nicely together and would enjoy the last warm days of the season in those trays, but not before to took some out to let the others breathe. They'd leave their seed in the earth for next year. She had quite a bit of them left and made bouquets with them. She put some in a vase in their home and made two more she would deliver to her neighbours later.
Once done with that, she washed up and changed into her clean jeans and T-shirt. She tied up her hair again looking in the mirror, not really paying attention, but today, her eye caught the bright red roses in a small vase there on her dresser. Kai's gift.
Well she didn't give it to me really, it was Romero who plucked it from the garden and Kai just played along…
But she'd enjoyed their game, still dreaming of the night that could have been.
Putting her clean clothes away in the closet, her eye caught the dress Kai had bought her. She closed the door and wondered when the next time she'd wear it would be. And for what? The average tomboy didn't know when to wear such a thing. She felt so unaccustomed to wearing a dress that she felt it needed an occasion and not just a warm summer day. It was warm today, but it wasn't good enough to wear a dress right?
What am I going to do with that thing?
She went to her neighbours, giving them the gift of flowers and watching their faces light up. It seemed like such a simple thing, and yet it did not move Kai one bit. She thought nothing of it at all and it made Taka wonder what kind of gift Kai would enjoy.
She went home again and sat in the garden with a cup of tea in hand. As she sat there, she thought back on the dress and decided that since no one was home, she could wear whatever she pleased. She returned to her room and slipped it on, instantly reminded of how nice it actually felt. It was light and soft, and totally pretty. Taka looked in the mirror and fingered through her tangled hair. She made a little extra effort and did a french braid. Funny enough, she continued dressing up and found her mother's chain. It was little star pendant that she treasured, but it made anything she wore look pretty.
With that, despite not having makeup, she liked the way she looked. She twirled happily in place and went back into the kitchen to snack on something.
She boiled more water and took out the cookies her grandfather had made earlier. She listened to the radio and set herself a small table on the deck. She was about to sit when there was a knock at the door. She got up and wondered if she should run and change, but the knocking ensued. She figured it couldn't be anyone she knew so she opened the door. But of course, there was Kai.
"Hey!" Takao gasped, surprised to see her and wearing a hood over her head. Kai stared a moment, then put her hood down.
"I must have the wrong house," she said and turned away. The dark haired girl reddened.
"Very funny!" Taka groaned. Kai chuckled and turned to her.
"You going to let me in?"
"Course! Come in!" Taka smiled. "I was just making tea."
Kai followed her in and removed her hoodie to sit on the other side of the little table.
"Why are you wearing that anyway?" Kai asked as Taka went around to serve her.
"Oh… no reason…"
How bizarre was it to be opposites today?
"Hn, I'm glad you like it," she smiled and looked out at the garden. "Would you wear that on a date?" Taka fell into her cushion seat and looked at Kai uncertainly.
Oh yes, I'd wear it for you! Whoa! Calm down Taka...
"Erm, I guess so…" Kai frowned as she took a sip of the tea.
"So are you really going to go out with Brooklyn again?"
"Hun… oh!"
That's what she meant…
Taka blushed lightly, but defended her case. "It's not a date, it's just dinner. And I don't know when it's going to be anyway."
"Whatever," Kai rolled her eyes, but before Taka could pout about her attitude, "I came to talk to you about the designing."
Taka stiffened, almost afraid Kai was done with her and they were ending their relationship. Why am I afraid?
"Yeah?" Taka couldn't bring herself to say anything.
"When I asked you to model for me, I didn't tell you what it was for," she said.
"Oh, I just thought it was personal…"
"It is, but I was actually trying to enter an international competition. I didn't know if I'd actually be accepted, but I got the news this morning," Kai pulled out the acceptance letter from her pocket for Taka to look at. "I sent the few designs and photos I had to the board. Apparently they liked them."
Taka looked at the fashion company logo and went on to read about the competition happening on the Moscow fashion runway. It was like they were looking for worldwide talent and the benefits were amazing. Scholarships, funding, trips and world renown designers that Taka knew nothing about were going to be there. She looked at Kai, expecting to see her smiling, but she was frowning down at her cup.
"Kai, this is amazing! Why aren't you psyched?" Taka gave her back the letter, baffled about the whole thing.
"Well, there are complications with competing," she began putting the letter back in her bag neatly. "I need at least 3 models for one thing, and they need to come to the show with me to present the designs. I need a set of clothes for each category and each model. If it were only the sketch designs, I wouldn't be worried, but now…"
"Well isn't Yuri your male model?" Taka guessed.
"Yes, but I need a third AND," before Taka could say anything, "It can't be me."
"Hmm… I'll ask Hilary-" she resolved quickly.
"Taka, just think this through a minute. My models have to able to leave the country for a couple of days as well as give me their time to fit them in the clothes. It's not that easy as to ask anyone,"
"If you don't want Hilary…"
"It's nothing against Hilary," she snapped. "I just want you to be realistic here! Ask her if you like, but remember to ask if she's willing to travel and give her time,"
"Ok, so what else are you worried about?" Kai was somewhat surprised by Taka's concern for her rather than the competition, but went on.
"Time… I don't know if I can do it all by myself…" she breathed. "The deadline is a badly timed."
"When is it?"
"March,"(2) she set down her cup and poured herself another.
"That's plenty of time!" Taka grinned. "I mean, what you've done with me already is covered no?"
"No, everyone has school, and for some graduation to think about. Also, the categories are different than anything I've done. There are rules to follow too. What we've done so far is allow me to get into the competition."
"Alright, then it's going to be close, but I think we can still do it," Taka assured. "I'm sure Hilary can sew so it might help you along too."
"Not everyone is going to be as enthusiastic about the idea as you are…" she reminded.
"Hey, don't worry," the dark haired girl grinned, "everything will work out in the end. We can mix a few pieces in I'm sure! You'll see, it'll all fall into place! They always do." Kai looked at her with sadness in her eyes. A lonely look that Taka hardly ever saw in anyone. Especially when she felt so sure about it herself. Kai wasn't at all convinced that all these 'if's and hopes were going to get them through. Taka slid the table aside and sat beside Kai. She put her hand over Kai's, squeezed softly and leaned shoulder to shoulder for a moment before she spoke.
"I won't let you down Kai," she promised. "I know it's going to be fine."
"I'm still going to try," she huffed, "But still…" Kai pulled away from Taka's touch. "I keep my feet on the ground,"
"Afraid to fly?" Taka asked with a grin, not really thinking much of her poetry.
"No…" Kai liked the symbolism. "Well not always. I go very far in the things I care less for."
It was true, Kai wasn't someone who hesitated. She bossed guys around, rode on her motorbike, did her designing, went to school, and who knew what else she did. She was a dedicated and passionate person, but why hesitate here? Wasn't this what she'd always wanted?
"Kai, what is it you really want to do in life. Is there something stopping you?" Taka asked, hoping against hope that Kai allow her inquiries.
"I can't have those dreams Taka," she gave a sad smile at the deck. She looked at Taka with her usual expression though. "But, I make the best with whatever life throws at me. I want to take over my family's company someday and make my family proud of me, but I have to be at least married to do that. If that doesn't work out, I wanted to work in clothing design, but my family won't be happy with me working such an unstable life."
For the first time, Taka saw the weight on Kai's shoulders and knew there was more than she was saying too.
So that's it, you keep anything you really care about at arm's length.
"You know Kai, I'm fortunate enough to have a family that isn't forcing me to do anything and whatever I do is fine with them. Of course they want me to succeed, but I know they just want to see me happy. I don't know what I want to do with my life. I'm not good at anything really. It's complicated on my part too, but I just take life one step at a time. Don't worry so much," she smiled, eyes lovingly soft when she looked at this girl.
"Aren't you going to be a florist or something?" Kai huffed going back to her tea.
"Funny you should mention that, I was thinking about it today. I dunno if I'm good enough to raise and sell flowers, not to mention the packaging and stuff. It's a lot of work."
"You have something to prove?"
"No, nothing to prove. Not to anyone but myself. I am going to need help if I do this though. It's not that I'm afraid to fail, I'm just lazy," Taka grinned. "So if I can get over that lump, maybe I could be successful."
Kai just stared at her, letting a smile grace her lips.
"That's a beautiful necklace," she commented, looking at the little star just above the neckline of her dress.
"Oh. It was my mother's," Taka held it up, admiring it for an instant. "Kai, are you-"
There was a knock at the door again, interrupting their moment. Regretfully, Taka excused herself and went to the door. Max, Hilary, Ray and Kenny were there.
"Hey Taka…" Max began. "We at the right house?"
"Guess Kai's over," Hilary smirked. Taka just got redder and redder. She'd forgotten she was wearing the dress, her mind distracted by their conversation.
"Haha, very funny. Come in. And yes, she's here, but it's a total coincidence!" She argued, leading them out to the deck where she'd left Kai, arguing that she was just wearing the dress for kicks. Of course, the illusive designer was gone.
"Uh…" Taka frowned.
Guess I should have figured. She should just become a ninja!
While Taka growled obscenities about Kai's disappearance, the others made themselves at home, getting another pot of tea going.
"So what are you guys doing here anyway?"
"We wanted to know if you'd be going to the moon festival next week!"(3) Max announced.
"You all came to ask me this?" Taka raised a brow. "I always go to festivals."
"I know, but I had a favour to ask," Hilary clapped her hands together in prayer. "I don't have a kimono warm enough for the festival and I was hoping you'd ask Kai for me,"
"To do what?"
"Make a kimono for me!"
"Uh…" Taka wasn't so sure, especially with the deadline being a major concern of hers. "Can't you go buy one?"
"I would, but I don't like them, and I think it's cheap to buy mass produced kimonos," she pouted.
"I think you're just being picky," Kenny sighed. "It's not a big deal to wear a kimono."
"IT'S A BIG DEAL TO ME!" she protested angrily.
"Alright," came Kai's voice from the behind them. "I'll make it, but I'll be asking the same thing as I did Taka… time,"
"Geez! I thought you left!" Taka groaned.
"So you'll make it?!" Hilary gasped.
"Sure, I just need to know if you can give me your time to model for me. I'll be needing you to go to Russia,"
"Russia?" Ray was the first to wonder.
"Yeah, apparently Kai's entered in a fashion competition that's going down there and she needs 3 models to go with her," Taka explained. "Yuri and I are her first two."
"Yuri?" Max repeated, not having met the red-head yet.
"Deal! I'm gonna be a model!" Hilary cheered, her eyes aglow.
Wow Kai, that couldn't have gone better for you.
"Sounds like a lot of work. Need a hand?" Ray offered. Kai looked at him with consideration.
"I'm in too if you do," Max added.
"Guess I'm going to have to talk to Yuri," Kenny sunk in his seat. Max and Ray looked at each other with confusion.
Kai looked at them all in surprise, but she kept her feet grounded.
"Can any of you sew?"
"I can!" Max volunteered.
"So can I," said Ray.
"I'll stick to photo editing if need be," the chief added.
"I can sew too if you need it," Hilary smiled.
"And you're all willing to do this until the competition in March?" Kai asked. They looked determined and all gave their agreement to help. "Alright then," Kai sat beside Hilary, still dumbfounded by their enthusiasm to help someone they barely knew, but set it aside to ask Hilary what she wanted in a kimono.
"Pink cherry blossoms! But with modern graphic prints! White with the pink obi I have!" she dreamed up.
"I suspect you don't have this material or a machine big enough to do this considering you can sew," Kai began. "Alright, but when is the festival?" They looked at her in mild surprise.
"Next week of course," Taka informed. "Don't tell me, you don't go to festivals," she rolled her eyes, knowing the answer.
"I have…" she looked to have eaten something bitter. "But not in a long time…"
"Then it's time to go again!" Max encouraged. "Come with us!"
"Yeah, it'll be nice for us to go out," Taka smiled, daydreaming a romantic night under the moon.
"I don't think so. I have work to do," she dismissed.
"Nuh-uh! Nobody works on festival day! Not even personal stuff!" Taka argued.
"I'm not going. It's a waste of time,"
"It'll be fun," Max pouted.
"Yup, and if you don't go, I'm not going to Moscow," Taka tossed in there.
"I'm calling your bluff," Kai scoffed.
"Hey, if she doesn't go, none of us go," Kenny reasoned. Kai did clench her teeth then.
Thank-you Chief!
"And if I don't fall through with my word of not going, they'll keep me here," Taka laughed.
"Fine!" Kai bristled. "But I'm not getting a kimono,"
"I saw one in your closet. It's gathering dust," Taka sighed, knowing this argument was won.
"So?" Kai saw the looks on their faces. "Fine…"
Now that they were done harassing her, they went on to discuss what they'd be doing for the designs.
**
1-If you've read at least the first book of Beyblade, it is mentioned that Tyson's mother loved her garden and Tyson seems to care for it. Thus a gardener is born!
2- The Japanese school year starts in April and consists of three terms, separated by short holidays in spring and winter, and a one month long summer break. Since they go back to school in early January until March when they graduate, it's going to be very difficult for any of them to get their work done.
3- the moon festival is actually a little earlier than this, but I wanted to make them go out.
**
Funny as it seemed, they spent a lot of time together just figuring out how they would go about the designs. Kai had managed to make the kimono within 3 days, getting it out the way and making Hilary all the more enthusiastic to help Kai make it to the competition. Just within that week, Taka got to see Kai in a whole new light. She so naturally took charge of everyone and started to fit right in with them. Yuri did too. Although he and Kenny stayed on opposite sides of the room most of the time, they were starting to feel at ease with each other. Everyone got together for the designing, but there were nice moments where they would simply chat. It came around to talking about school, jobs, future plans and sometimes they'd start joking about things popping up on the internet. Seeing some of their struggles, they each gave each other a helping hand or planned to start the next week. It was almost like they'd always known each other.
*
The festival came about with enthusiasm from Taka's part. Kai wore a casual purple flower kimono, but her hair and make-up were very different from the usual. Instead of a spiky punk look, she straightened and curled her hair in a loose bun with chopsticks and wore more traditional makeup, with a punchy red lipstick. Taka just did her hair very simply, but traditionally with her dragon kimono. Of course, Hilary looked adorable in her pink cherry blossom kimono, while the boys wore casual uniform colors.
Upon entering the festival area, the smell of food drew Taka in like a magnet. She snacked on the takoyaki with fervour before they were able to drag her away for matsuri games. They tried to get Kai to play, but she preferred to observe. They challenged each other to the fishing game, and Kenny won the most fish. The parade was quite short this year in Taka's opinion, but no one made a fuss.
"Since we have time before the next event, why don't we go to the springs?" Hilary suggested.
"You want to take a soak now?" Taka groaned. But despite her hesitation, Kai went ahead, agreeing with Hilary to get away from the crowd for a little while. Taka quickly told the boys before running off after them. Ray, Max and Kenny just shrugged and went to get some cotton candy.
The women got in the water, immediately soaking in the warmth that even the smell of sulphur could not take away from the enjoyment.
"I'm surprised no one's here," Hilary sighed, resting against the rocks.
"Are we allowed here?" Kai wondered, looking around, but the cabins didn't indicate any danger or sign of closure.
"Yeah, it's just that everyone's gone up to the clearings to watch the fireworks," Taka said, dunking her head under. She came back up whipping her head back, her long locks causing her to splash the other two.
"Taka!" Hilary scolded, her arm barely shielding her from the rivets. They laughed in good humour and looked up to the skies upon hearing a firecracker.
"See!" Taka said, pointing up through the branches. She'd have preferred to go see them in the clearing, but the change was nice too.
"Ahh…" Hilary smiled up at the display lighting the night, the colors and shadows bouncing off the steam from the water. Taka had seen so many firework shows and yet they were so festive and fun that she couldn't not watch. From the corner of her eye, she saw Kai admiring them just as they were. She had her arms resting on the rocks lining the water, completely at ease, and totally enjoying herself. Kai looked 'soft' like this. Well maybe it was just the steam, or the water getting to Taka, but she was glad that she'd seen Kai this way. Things had been going so well lately and still nothing could deter the thought of Kai being more than just a friend. Taka never hesitated to express herself and do what she believed right. Sometimes she could be a little too impulsive, but with Kai, impulsive was good. With her, she knew that she could be as boisterous and loving without fear of rejection. She knew that now. Now, she just lacked a moment to really express her feelings openly to her. Kai had a lot of pride and conflicting self-esteem towards relationships; so she knew it would take some convincing to let herself be loved. Even so, Taka was determined to show this girl she was willing to do anything for her. Even if things didn't turn out, she knew she would do anything for her best friend. Right now, her towel had loosened and Kai's cleavage was showing. Luckily Hilary distracted her gaze.
"You know, I'm glad we have this girl time right now," Hilary began innocently. "I've been wanting to ask about Kenny and Yuri." Taka looked at Kai who shrugged either meaning she didn't care or just didn't know.
"Well Kenny hasn't said anything to me," Taka said.
"They're getting along," Kai said, sinking in the water to cover her shoulders.
"Really?" Taka raised a brow.
"Like how? Is Yuri still trying to go out with him?" Hilary questioned, flicking away a strand of hair from her shoulder. Kai looked at Taka somewhat bewildered.
"Uhhh…" Taka laughed nervously. "I let her in on it. Kenny knows, but no one else does," She assured.
"Well then," the designer smirked.
"What?"
"To be honest, I'm not sure what's going on. Yuri's still flirting, but Kenny isn't running away either. I'd say he has a shot or Kenny's better at poker than I'd have expected."
"When it counts," Taka smiled.
"I don't think he's gay," Hilary giggled. "He's been hung over this girl he met a few weeks ago. She barely gives him the time of day. Sad."
"Sounds like someone I know," Taka huffed, recalling poor Max. Hilary gave her friend an odd look. "What?"
"She means Max," Kai filled in.
Boy, you're sharp Kai.
"What about him?" she said, but her eyes, flickered away from them, giving away that she wasn't as oblivious as they'd believed. Taka jumped up at that.
"I can't believe you! You've got him chasing you and you don't even bother to tell him anything?" Taka ran her hands through her bangs in exasperation.
"I don't know how I feel okay!" Hilay turned pink. "We've always been friends, and there is nothing wrong with him, it's just hard to see him as anything but a friend…"
Taka crossed her arms over her chest and pondered on this.
"Sounds like he still needs to make a move," Kai shrugged, rubbing her arms under the water.
"Maybe not," Taka contradicted. "You've noticed him plenty of times. He's made his moves, no matter how small you think they are. He's just going to keep doing this until you come out with it. It's you that needs to make a move," Taka pointed out.
"Me?" Hilary blinked in surprise. "But I told you…"
"So what? Tell him exactly how you feel. It'll at least even the playing field."
"I… I guess you're right." Hilary looked at loss at what to do with herself then.
"Do it tonight!" Taka cheered, excited about the idea now. "It'll be so romantic!" Hilary stood.
"But I'm not saying I love him!" she protested nervously.
"So what! It'll be like a new beginning. Take it slow and honest!" Taka was already tugging Hilary out the water. The brunette pulled her hand out of her grasp.
"Hold on!" Taka looked back at her. "Thank-you Taka but… I can't…"
"You know I could just tell him, but I don't think it should go down like that."
"I know… I need to do this on my own…" She wrapped her towel around herself a little tighter and looked at her friend in the eye.
"Yeah… I know…." the bluenette admitted, turning back into the water. Hilary smiled and went off to change back into her kimono. Taka watched her leave, waving encouragingly after her.
She dunked herself again and came to rest across from her remaining friend. Suddenly she was considering her own love predicament.
"Hey Kai," Taka whispered with a big grin on her face. "Wanna share secrets?" Kai opened one eye and closed it again at the sight of her mischievous face.
"What more do you want to know?" she sighed like it was such a chore.
"Oh, well if you're gonna be like that then ask me something first," the bluenette suggested.
There was a long pause, making Taka wonder if she really would ask her a question.
"You don't have anything to hide that I don't know of," she huffed. Taka paled at that and wondered if Kai truly meant it or she was just psyching her out. "You're an open book."
"Don't be so sure. There are truths that everyone holds onto that no one else can know. Like fantasies, dreams, and experiences we'd rather not remember..." the bluenette fidgeted. Kai looked at her and let her question roll over the water.
"What's… the worst thing you've ever done?" She actually sat up and looked interested in what response she would get. Taka blinked a few times and had to think hard on it.
"That's a tough one…" she admitted. "Cheated on a test probably…"
"You're kidding…" Kai slumped. "I was leaning towards something you'd rather not remember."
"I dunno!" Taka flailed. "I mostly just have bad habits…"
"You've never stolen anything or… hurt someone because you were angry," Kai was searching for ideas too. "An accident by your fault…"
"No…" Taka replied perhaps too quickly. "But I was a bit of an angry kid at 13. I blame puberty. I got frustrated easy and one time I got angry with my grandpa. I yelled at him. I said some pretty mean things and I took out my anger on my brother physically because he interjected. The worst part is that I ended up breaking one of grandpa's favourite vases. I thought I'd be grounded forever, but he didn't do anything about it. He was upset, but he was more upset that I was unhappy than about the vase. I calmed down after that." It wasn't something she liked to remember, but it reminded her to be more considerate of others. True happiness came from treating others as you would like to be treated. "I don't even remember what I was angry about…"
"You really are a goody girl," Kai chuckled, but surprisingly not in a mocking way.
"What about you?"
"Hah. I could get arrested for how much illegal things I've done, not to mention my many regrets. Think of something else." Obviously, Kai wasn't the way she was without a lot of guilt and hurt in her past, but she couldn't bring that up. She had something else in mind instead. Taka thought of how to ask her question, hoping to make it sound innocent enough.
"What's you top secret fantasy?" she asked. "Like in a relationship…"
"Did you have that one written down somewhere?" Kai raised a suspicious brow at her friend.
"Well?" Taka tried to keep her face firm.
"I'm not sure what to tell you." Kai pondered for her own little secret.
"It can be as simple as a romantic diner date to… bdsm. But still your top favourite!" Kai was quiet for a moment, meditating on the question.
"Well, I don't care for romance, but… I suppose this is strange…" she furrowed her brow, wondering how to say it. "If I ever feel lonely, it's when I'm bathing."
"Hun?" Taka was confused.
"When I get in the bath or shower, I start wishing I had someone to bathe with me. Just to have someone wash my hair or scrub my back would be nice… Someone I can trust…" Kai cut off. "Maybe with someone that I could share my life with."
"Really?" Taka wondered for only a moment if Kai was being honest, but then couldn't fathom how she would come up with such a story other than the fact that they were actually bathing here. "Then it's your lucky day. We're bathing together," Taka smiled, approaching the other. Kai watched her cautiously.
"Not exactly what I had in mind," she huffed.
"No! This is perfect!" Taka spotted clean cloths folded on the shelves outside the cabin. She snagged one and soaked it in the water. "Come on! I'll scrub your back!"
"Uh, on second thought, I think we've been here long enough," the older girl decided, turning to step out. Taka still stood in the waist high water with the cloth in hand for a moment.
"Hey! Wait!" She advanced and pulled the girl back in by the middle.
"You idiot!" Kai protested, losing her footing and falling back in with a splash. She gasped upon resurfacing, now completely wet. "Great, now what am I going to do with my hair…" she grumbled, her curls soaked down. She rubbed her face and realized her make-up was coming off too. The hot steam hadn't been helping before either. Cursing, she scrubbed it off while Taka laughed at their predicament.
"Sorry about that Kai," she said, giving her the cloth to help her make-up removal. Kai snatched it from her angrily, saying nothing. "Hahaha, come on Kai, just relax."
"Relax? I hate it when people say that!" Kai snapped. She tossed the cloth back at the girl in a ball, splashing her. She soaked herself properly, her bangs now mixing with her dark hair all pulled back. She glared at Taka, but she was a deer in the headlights. "Hello?"
"Whoa…" was all Taka could say. Kai's cheeks did turn pink, realizing she was staring fixedly at her face.
"What? Did I miss some?" she questioned, still trying to wipe off the cosmetics.
"No…" she began. "It's just that I've never seen you without make-up… you look…" She wondered what to say.
"Normal…" Kai sighed with a roll of her eyes.
"Well, it's not just the make-up, but seeing your whole face too… it makes you look… younger," she admitted. Kai huffed.
"I am young, but older suits me better," she said.
"I've been wondering," Taka began, picking up the cloth and scrubbing the mascara off it. "How old you are…"
"Hmmmm," Kai smirked and turned to lay her head in her arms on the rocks. "Guess…"
Is she… letting me scrub her back?
She approached and pet across her shoulders with the cloth.
"I thought you were 20, maybe 21…?" Taka giggled, rubbing cross her back, but always coming back up to her shoulders with the warm water.
"And now?" Kai looked back at her, watching Taka analyze her face. She scrunched her nose in thought.
"It's funny, I always thought you were older, but now you look young…" she began. "But now that you look younger than you act… maybe 18?"
"That's right," Kai smiled and rested again against the rock. "I just turned 18 in August."
"Aw, I missed your birthday!" Taka groaned. "But then my birthday is in November! You can come to my birthday and we'll celebrate yours too!" Kai just stared at her and started laughing. It was raspy, but genuine and it made Taka laugh along with her. "What did I say?"
"Nothing, it's just you," she gasped, trying to calm herself.
"What about me?" Taka's cheeks were starting to hurt. Kai couldn't bring herself to speak.
I knew there was something in you Kai, something that had me from the start. Now I'm starting to see a little more clearly what it is.
"You're beautiful…" Taka breathed out on her last chuckle. It got Kai to stop and really look at her. There was an acknowledging moment that Taka expected to become laughter again, but Kai was still unpredictable. She looked almost hurt, but then she looked right into Taka's eyes with pity towards her.
"I have you right around my pinky don't I…" she stated sadly.
"Hun?" Taka didn't understand at all what was going on here.
Does she know I have it for her?
"I'm not…." She began, but never finished. She got up and stepped out of the water, holding up her soaked towel. "You going to help me do something with my hair?"
"Sure…" she replied, still trying to figure this woman out. They sat in the cabin, drying and dressing against the chill of the night. Taka combed through the older girl's hair, admiring the color of it. She looked at the roots, discovering that her true color was as black as her own and as she pulled up the locks into a twisted bun, she saw that she had only one piercing per ear. She'd often wondered about the higher ones. Looked in the mirror in front of them and aligning her clips just right, she got to see Kai looking not only younger, but lighter. It was a natural beauty Taka wished she had. Looking at Kai like this, in the white under kimono and the beautiful hair clips, she looked almost bridal. She shook her head, trying not to think about those things.
Brooklyn is still getting to me. Why am I worrying anyway? We're young and marriage stuff is for later… much later.
"Something wrong?" Kai asked, snapping her out of her daze.
"Um! Nope!" Taka grinned. "Nothing at all! I was just thinking… that you look great,"
"Hn," she frowned at her reflection.
"You don't take compliments well do you?" she teased.
"It's… because I feel like you're being honest when you say it that I don't know how to take it," she said flatly. Taka blinked a few times.
"You mean, you get 'dishonest' compliments?"
"Don't forget I get marriage proposals weekly, not to mention that I work in a bike shop. I always get compliments or just comments, but it's not personal. If it is, I know what they want," she scoffed with a smirk. Taka laughed nervously.
Stop saying marriage!!!
"Ladies," came Ray's voice on the other side of the door. He knocked to be certain.
"Yeah?" Taka replied.
"We're about ready to go around one more time. You coming?" he asked.
"Yup, we're just about ready!"
"Alright, we'll be waiting by the candy bar," he informed and his footsteps faded away. Kai slipped on her decorative outer kimono and let Taka wrap the obi around her middle.
"This might not have been a good idea. Obi's are so long to get on," Kai groaned, but Taka was pretty quick about it.
"Heh, don't worry. I have the fastest record for these things. You have no idea how many times a year I have to wear one. I'm always glad to wear a light yukata(4) that doesn't need a big obi like this." Kai watched her work and when she was tied up she turned to her model barely dressed. She shook her head and sat her down to clean her up. She made a sweet loose bun with the end strands that fell in waves. The chopsticks with her ribbons held it in place and matched her blue dragon kimono.
"This is a nice pattern…" Kai spoke aloud as she helped with the obi.
"Oh, it's my family's symbol. This one's my favourite design. Not bad for almost a century old," Taka admired her sleeves, the various blues stitched in, glossy in the light.
"It is beautiful…" Kai seemed lost in thought. The gears were grinding in her head, Taka could tell by the way she was finishing the tie, but not looking right at it.
"What is it?"
"Oh, I… was wondering if I could find material like this for something I'd like to make."
"Unhun…" Taka sensed something else was bothering her, but looking at Kai's purple kimono with the purple daisies reverted her ideas to kimono designs. "Do you have a bunch of kimonos at your place?"
"No, I've never had the occasion to wear one despite my family getting me one overtime I'd grow a few inches. This one is old considering I stopped growing two years ago. It's a little girlier than I'd like, but it's still my favourite color besides red."
"Oh, do you have a red one?" Taka secured the tie and followed Kai out the cabin.
"No, but my mother has one that I like. It has the vermillion bird all over it. It has flame designs… but I can't remember exactly."
"That's the phoenix right?"
"Hey! Took you guys long enough!" Max called, waving them over. "We're next!"
"Next for what?" Taka looked at them headed for a white curtained booth. The photographer pulled them all in and started placing them together. Finally putting the woman on the right and the men on the left. Three for three, he let them get comfortable, taking a few pictures until he had enough good ones to show. Kai had been reluctant without her make-up, but Taka distracted her long enough with fans to get a good picture. They each picked one and Ray gallantly paid the bill.
They spent a great rest of the night playing little games and Taka could tell Hilary had at least spoken with Max because neither paid much attention to their game when they kept giving each other adoring faces. Taka wanted to tease, but she was distracted by her own little crush when Kai decided to play the last game of catching fish. Taka was hoping she'd be terrible at it and help her catch some, but Kai was actually beating her. So what was supposed to be the last game ended up being one of many last games. Kai wasn't a pro at any of them, but she faired well against Taka. Their friends had to drag them away from the booths to stop their rivalry. It was the most fun Taka had had in a while.
Finally heading home, happy but tired, they bid each other good night and all went their separate ways home. Taka framed the photo they'd taken as soon as she reached her room. She would treasure it always.
**
4- Yukata's are light and don't require much to wear them. They're meant for hot weather rather than the kimono is for the colder weather. It has multiple layers of fabric, a very decorative outer fabric and held together by an obi.
**
They got to work the very next day, and it never felt better. To have friends under one roof, working on clothing design, but also helping each other with their studies whenever they had a moment, or bringing snacks, and socially just enjoying their time. Taka really only felt it when they ended their first week together. To be happy like this forever, she could only hope.
*
Halloween came around and Taka could tell Kai had taken a liking to them; that or she fully predicted them dropping in that night for treats. Kai wasn't the festive kind of girl, especially for holidays that meant wasting money, but she had a thing for sweets. She and Max got along on that level since Max usually had some candy on him. She'd gotten some pumpkin cookies, candy apples, tea and hot chocolate for them. The maids and butlers were getting used to them too and fully appreciated guests in the large home. They had set up the large screen for some horror movie viewing to pre-occupy them. Taka figured they must not see Kai with friends very often so they took them in with some relief.
*
At some point, when they were just the two of them, Kai was hit with the horrible symptoms of being a woman. Taka had a good laugh at her, but sympathized, trying to make her feel better by massaging her lower back. Kai had been against the idea, but her painkiller had not kicked in yet and as usual, Taka was persistent. She was mush under her fingertips and when Taka felt the knotted muscles she did not wish this pain on anyone. Taka never experienced much from her menstrual cycle, but she was certainly glad to have been spared this. Kai seemed to be gifted with the worst a period could offer. Bloating, cramps, indigestion, nausea and worst of all, mood swings. It was both hilarious and terrifying. Kai kept yelling at her to go home and leave her be, but when she didn't, Kai would shove her face in a pillow and scream. She kept changing position on her bed, stomp over to her desk to try and do something, but then she'd run to the bathroom because she'd suddenly feel sick, and then she'd be back to squirming on the bed. She growled obscenities and cursed the pain. Taka wondered when the pills were going to kick in and then Kai was taking off her shirt and pants. She was feeling restricted by her clothes and Taka couldn't bring herself to say anything. She did manage to put Kai to sleep with her back massage though. That day was one to remember.
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PostSubject: Re: [FIC] {YURI} Destined Partners Chapter 6 UP! November 2012!   Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:47 pm

*
All of November, they were hard at work with their studies and Kai's designs. Exams were coming around quickly so they helped each other out. Kai didn't seem to be struggling with school as much as Taka could tell, but she noticed that when the weekends came around Kai flew the coop. She was out at work, so she called it. More and more Taka doubted Kai's activities and she grew more and more curious about it. So finally, she decided to act on that curiosity. At first, she asked Kai what her job was. She told her the same thing as before, but something was off about it. She obviously told this lie very often. So as much trouble as she knew she was going to get into, she followed her all the way to the port where all the warehouses were. It was there that the boys Taka recalled ganging up on her were walking around. Apparently putting things away, the one light coming from the doorway did little to shed light onto what they were doing.
I hardly call a warehouse a bike repair shop. So what are you guys hiding?
They spoke amongst themselves, mounting their rides and revving up their engines. Taka couldn't hear them over the noise, but noticed Kai locking up the big door. The dual-haired girl got on her blue bike, the metal shining red from the backlights. As soon as she touched the handle, she'd turned on the engine and waited a moment. Then looked to the boys awaiting her signal. She smirked, put her helmet on, and was about to speed off when Taka stepped out of the shadows. She didn't know what would happen, but she figured she'd get some answers this way.
"Hey guys," she grinned walking right into the pack. It definitely killed the mood. Kai's thrill of the ride turned to aggravation, one that the boys seemed to understand quite well. They didn't say anything, turning to Kai for an order. Kai turned off her bike, removed her helmet and got off, stepping over with broad shoulders. She grabbed the girl by the collar of her jacket and hauled her off from whence she came. Taka's back hit the wall.
"Let's clear things up shall we," she began, her voice stone cold authority. "This has nothing to do with you. This is my business and mine alone," as if to emphasize her point, she grabbed her chin quite roughly. "Go home."
Kai was so close to her face and it was pretty scary. Taka's eyes crossed and although the situation was quite serious to Kai, not much was serious for Taka.
"Does that mean you're not gonna give me a lift home?" she pouted, making Kai's face twist in a funny way. Taka knew Kai didn't like her wondering at night on her own, but it was quite funny to see that she still felt strongly about it.
Kai finally let go of her sore chin and went back to her gang. Taka barely heard her speak until she yelled 'GO!' at them. They sped off without her.
"So, you're giving me a ride right?" Taka asked after they'd gone. Actually, Taka wasn't fond of the ride at all, but it got her home fast and Kai along with it. Kai waited on her bike with her helmet on her lap, scowling with disapproval. Taka still smiled, and stepped closer. Kai shoved the helmet in her chest and moved up the seat. Taka cringed, but silently put the helmet on. The engine revved noisily, impatient to be driven. Kai eyed her in the same fashion. Taka swung her leg around and barely got a hold of Kai's waist before she took off. Taka yelped and held on tight, feeling bad now that she'd gotten Kai in a particularly bad mood. She came to a stop in front of her home all too soon and got off, taking off the helmet in the process. Kai snatched it from her, putting it on her own head and took off.
Well that got me a lot of answers!
Despite her aggravation, she hoped Kai wouldn't stay mad at her. Honestly she felt bad poking her nose in her business, but she didn't understand why Kai wouldn't tell her anything. What could there be to hide?
*
Kai actually acted like it had never happened and was herself with Taka. But Taka was very expressive despite trying not to show her concern. She felt bad about that night so Kai noticed her uneasiness.
As they were heading for a little shopping trip downtown, Taka was unusually quiet. Without a word, Kai turned into a little coffee place, confusing Taka momentarily.
"Hey Kai, where're we going?" she asked even as she followed her in. Kai sat at a little table for two and waited for Taka to join her. "Seriously?" she piped up, the thought of stuffing her face with baked goodies jumping to the top of her head. She sat with a huge grin.
Finally! Just you and me, enjoying a bite to eat and maybe we discuss seeing each other in a new light.
"On the condition that you drop that night's subject."
"Hun? Oh…" Taka deflated, but looked up at Kai with what she knew to be a pitiful look. Kai leered at this.
"This isn't a joke Taka," she said, her voice much calmer and softer than that night, but still venomous. "If my grandfather knew, I'd be disowned. If I lose my position, I lose all my integrity and job."
"I know it's not a joke. I was just curious. You told me they were your coworkers," she pouted.
"It's not a lie," she brushed off. "But it's nothing for you to be concerned about."
The waitress came by and stopped at their table.
"Can I get you anything?" the sweet little pink haired girl asked.
"A coffee and a slice of strawberry shortcake," the biker chick said without a glance as she removed her scarf and bag, setting it at her feet. Taka took off her hat and her own bag too.
Typical.
Taka smiled up at the girl. "What desserts are good here?"
"Oh, we have lots. My favourite is coconut cream pie. Oh and the brownies with a cherry drizzle. No, I like the cupcakes! They're super sweet-"
"Mathilda. Stop yaking and take their order," an elder man snapped as he passed behind her like an ominous shadow. The girl cringed and shyly asked again what her customer would like.
"I'm sorry, would you like any of those?" Taka glared back at the man, then returned a smile to the girl.
"Yeah, I'll take one of each of your favourites." Mathilda blushed and scribbled them down, then went on her way. Taka turned back to Kai who appeared to have missed the whole scenario.
"Geez, did you hear that guy? Why would somebody like her work for a guy like that?" she gossiped, but Kai went right back to the main topic.
"I need you to promise me you won't show up like you did last time. Not near me, bikes or the people that follow me," she ordered.
"I'm sorry I did okay! But why are you hung up on this? What difference does it make if I show up?" Kai's face twisted angrily, her knuckles cracking from the fist she was making.
"It's none of your business, now swear it!" she hissed impatiently. Taka sealed her lips, wondering if she could lie to a promise. Of course not.
"I'm gonna follow you until I know what you're doing," she said calmly, challenging Kai head on.
"Then I'll be bringing you back home every night." As much as it irritated her to do so, she would.
"Then I'll tell your grandfather what you're doing."
"…" Kai looked stumped for a few seconds, but came back easily. "You don't know what I'm doing and my grandfather won't listen to 'you'."
"Yeah he will!" Taka smirked and began telling the first story she could think of, rehearsing the way she'd tell it. "Because she's pregnant from one of her biker friends and planning on running away with him. I knew I had to tell someone to stop her."
Kai looked rather disgusted by that and Taka could tell that if that ever got through to what she knew of Kai's grandfather, Kai would practically be locked up in her room until he thought otherwise. This was blackmail.
"Your tea." Mathilda took the moment of silence to set down a cup for Kai and pour the hot water in. She pulled out another cup from her apron and set it in front of Taka. "Would you like some too?"
"Course," she smiled back. The girl poured and put the 3 jars of tea leaves there.
"Which would you like?"
"Hm, Jasmine please," she replied, letting the girl put some in a little filter pouch and let it sit in the hot water to steep. She left them again.
"So, when are we going?" Taka asked persistently. Kai had a clenched jaw, unable to say much else to this ridiculous conversation, but couldn't feel at ease because she felt that Taka might actually tell on her.
"Why does this mean so much to you?"
"Why does it to you? I just want to know the truth."
"Yeah, but I'm sure you'd prefer the pretty little lie…" Kai slipped out. "What I'm trying to say is that if you're not part of the group, then it isn't your business to know. And before you ask, you cannot be a group member. You have to be a rider."
And they had a moment of thought before Mathilda came with a tray of desserts.
Kai took a piece of her shortcake and stared at Taka who now could not bring her attention off her food. Kai looked like she was eating something sour rather than sweet. Taka noticed her dark stare at the table, obviously trying to come up with a solution that kept Taka far away.
"Not eating your shortcake?" Taka piped up, waking Kai from her revery. Kai pulled her cake in closer and took another bite. "So Kai, when are we going?" she asked again.
"Why do you want to know so badly? What can I tell you that will satisfy you?" Taka looked at Kai more tired expression. She ate the last of her dessert.
"The truth," she said, surprising the older girl a little. "But since you've been lying to me, I wanna know for myself."
Kai ate the last of her cake and pulled out some money. She set it on the table.
"Waitress, could you put these in portable cups please," she called to the pink haired girl about to pass them. Mathilda hurried to do so.
"But the cups are so cute here," Taka protested with a laugh. Mathilda gave them their cups and waved them off. "Thanks Mathilda!"
They walked off, Kai ahead by a few steps.
"So now where are we going?"
"You wanna know what I do? I'll show you the shop," she began. "I'm a parts hunter."
"Hun?"
"That's the title, but I'm a mechanic, a tester and a street bike racer. It's how I have a job, how I have connections and how I make it on my own," Kai told her, wondering and hoping that she knew it was the truth.
"What? You're lying again aren't you?" Taka didn't think it was a big deal.
"What else would I be doing?" she huffed, taking a seat on a bus bench and taking a large gulp of tea like it would make the head-ache go away. Taka stood, staring down at her.
"You're holding back on something because none of that needs to be kept to yourself," she stated, "But now that you say parts hunter, I have a feeling I know what you're hiding." Kai smirked up at her.
*
When they finally got to the warehouse in daylight this time, Taka saw the mass amount of bike parts all over the yard there. This was where they kept all the parts they found and did personal repairs. She explained that the actual bike shop was a few blocks away. For something that was only supposed to be a warehouse, there were quite a bit of boys there fiddling with bikes.
Taka couldn't help gasping. "You're a bike thief!"
Kai grabbed her shoulder roughly. "Shut your trap."
"What's she doing here?" came Carlos's voice. He wiped his hands of oil and stood by a large bike with massive build.
"She wants to know what we do," Kai replied, entering the warehouse and leaving Taka to look around the front grounds where bikes lined the fence.
"What we do? Like street racing or bike repair?" came a shorter guy with a funny round hat.
"So, you really do that?" Taka wondered if they were lying too.
"Yeah, the rush of speed and machine. Nothing like it," a very large boy grinned. A violet haired boy came out after him, one of his pant legs completely cropped off.
"Why you wanna know? You gonna call us in?"
These guys are the same ones I met messing with Kenny.
"Cool it Lilo; she's not hear to tell," Yuri stepped out of the shadows this time.
"Yuri! What are you doing here?"
"Guess." he smirked with his hands on his hips. He stepped up to her. "By the way, how's Kenny?"
"Yuri, I told you to drop it," Kai interrupted, her voice bouncing off the walls of the large metal structure they were in. Yuri rolled his eyes and looked back at Taka for answers.
"He still thinks you're a creep," Taka replied bluntly. She wasn't trying to be mean; just honest. Yuri didn't take it too bad either.
"Fuck," he swore and slumped away.
What was he expecting? That he'd be forgiven?
She continued looking around the place, a lot of labelled bins lining the shelves in an organized manner. Pipes, bolts, screws, engine wires, brakes, lights, reflectors, paint… then there were bigger and more valuable parts like the engines and mufflers. She looked over her shoulder, feeling watched and she wasn't wrong. The guys were still very wary of her.
Kai was in the far back of the shop where a lot of bikes were covered. Kai had one that she held the cover, ready to reveal it to her. Taka smiled with enthusiasm, wondering just what made Kai so happy doing all this. Kai pulled the cover away and revealed, her blue motorbike. At first, Taka didn't understand why Kai was showing it off, but then the lights caught it and made it shine. She remembered the red tail lights hitting it the other night, but now realized that it hadn't been the lights. Kai's bike was blue, but it had a red sheen to it. Red and yellow streaks were very subtly in the right places, and then it occurred to her that this was not a Japanese model. It was one of those American bikes. Well, Taka couldn't actually be sure.
"I made this one from scratch," Kai said, clarifying for Taka's unimpressed expression.
"So, it's not a foreign bike, it's just something no one's ever seen," she guessed.
"It's based on…" she stopped considering Taka didn't know enough about bikes to really be impressed by model names and brands. "Well an American model, yes."
"So you street race to win parts and money? On this bike?"
"Yes and no. This bike is good for the ride and the races, but she consumes so much fuel that I can't exactly call it a joy ride," was her reply, as she made her inspection of the vehicle with fondness. "Her engine is both expensive in gas and parts, but she's lightweight, aerodynamic and wins as much as she's worth."
"So how does it work, you steal parts somedays, do repairs in a garage sometimes and then some nights you're street racing?"
"Mostly the races are for fun and a little cash, not parts. But on the occasion, you get some hotshot with a new ride and bites off a little more than he can chew." Kai looked very proud of this, but frowned at Taka's serious face. "As for parts hunting, yeah, we steal, but not always. Sometimes we can make deal with other groups or even garages who'll trade or give us a good amount for the parts."
"Are you sure you should be telling her all this," Carlos frowned, standing tall behind Taka. She looked down and saw he had a large wrench in his hand. Kai leered at him.
"It was her choice. She won't come here again after today," she looked at Taka for confirmation.
"Nah, I get it," Taka huffed, "Thanks for letting me check it out." Carlos scoffed at her, but one glance at Kai and he backed off. Yuri came back to them, cleaning off his hands.
"Hey, time we get going," he said.
"Where?" Taka asked.
"Don't get your hopes up, there's no street racing tonight. We got a shift in the garage to get to," he laughed, ruffling her hair. Taka swatted him away.
"I'll close up behind you," Kai assured, pushing her bike away to the corner and put the cover back on it.
"Kai's a bad-ass when it comes to racing," Yuri winked. "Maybe someday you'll see her in action."
"Why doesn't she want me to go?" Yuri blinked and looked over at Kai and pulled Taka over a bit.
"Let's check out the rest of the shop shall we," he offered. Taka followed curiously. "She knows it's dangerous and the people around her aren't always honest either. In my opinion, she just doesn't want to look like she's got a weak spot for your company. It's bad enough these dudes know it. But don't worry, they like Kai too much to do you any harm," he laughed. "Even Carlos…"
"I'm her weak spot?" she scoffed. "I'm not exactly the damsel in distress! And what dangers are there from watching a bike race?"
"Like I said, image and the company can be a bit crude…" then he laughed. "She gets a bit carried away sometimes too,"
"Carried away?"
"Hey, I don't really care what you do. It's Kai that's worried," he shrugged.
"Hey Yuri!" another man called out. They both turned to see a short haired man as pale as snow approach them.
"What is it?" Yuri replied, turning his back on her.
"You have any spare blades?" he asked, stopping a foot in front of him. Yuri turned his anger on him.
"I told you no cheats!"
"Ah come on! It looks really cool! It's my style!" he grinned looking more like a serial killer.
So they'd come back to an understanding. Taka let Kai do her thing even as it reached more frigid temperatures. Kai's shop was about to go in hibernation very soon. Although it did not stop business, it just meant less customers. Kai took those months off to prepare for the competition anyway. Taka knew Kai was just enjoying her last rides until spring came around again. Even so, she still wished that when Kai had come asking her to go out riding that one night she was babysitting, she'd dumped the kids on Hiro and went out. It was the only time Kai had ever offered or even invited her to do something for the simple pleasure of it.
*
Taka's birthday came around pretty quickly. The cold temperature was off by a few degrees to greet Bey city with snow, but Taka didn't mind. As much as she liked the snow on her birthday, she had better things to expect that day. She wanted to celebrate her birthday with her friends and do it far from the city's Christmas preparations. Hiro and grandpa knew what they were doing when they booked the springs in the mountain range. A place to soak in the hot water by a grand lake, beautiful quiet forest and the place had a buffet that Taka couldn't say no to. What made it even better was that grandpa knew the owner and apparently weren't paying anything for it. Taka very much doubted it, especially after they saw how much she could consume.
But none the less, grandpa rented a van and was picking everyone up at their homes that morning. Everyone, even Kai had been looking forward to their day out. Taka giggled remembering when she'd invited Kai. She'd been surprisingly willing and Taka couldn't help but tease her about enjoying the hot water springs last time. Off guard Kai had blushed and retorted that she didn't want to go after all. Taka had apologized and promised not to tease her during that day. Now that that day had arrived, it was hard not to think about. Luckily, with everyone partaking in the day's events, Taka had been distracted enough not to pay that kind of attention to Kai. They were spoiled with massages, some outdoor activities and fruit based snacks up until lunch time. The dual-haired girl had been enjoying the day with them, but hadn't expected Taka to keep to her word about celebrating her birthday too. She was very surprised when they'd pulled out a secondary cake after Taka had cut into her own and started singing her a happy birthday as well. The little strawberry shortcake made her smile and with grandpa there, she couldn't not thank them for the gesture.
Her friends all brought little gifts for Taka to open, some chocolates from the boys, hair clips from Hilary, her brother had gotten her a new video game and despite his already generous impute grandpa gave a her a gift card to buy herself make-up and accessories for graduation.
"It's your sweet sixteen little lady, and your final year of high school. I knew I had to make it special," he grinned. She hugged him tightly and thanked everyone for their gifts.
Just as she was about to take her seat and let everyone dig into their pieces of cake, Kai slid a long thin box in front of her. Taka looked at her, all too happy that she'd gotten her something despite her doubt that she would. Kai looked apprehensive about it, but said nothing as Taka untied the bow and opened up the box.
"Oh, wow," Taka smiled at the flat gold rose design and dangling little teardrop pearl on each earring. "You really didn't have to Kai, thank-you." Taka couldn't be too humble about it; she was ecstatic. The others awed as Taka pulled them out for show.
"Wow, those are really classy," Hilary ogled.
"You're welcome…" Kai managed to say. Taka looked at Kai, hoping she saw how much the gesture meant to her. She had a feeling she knew.
They spent the rest of the day relaxing in the hot water and strolling through the path in the woods, being given the challenge to find relics here and there. Legends of creatures living in the woods and spirits watching over them, but the best in Taka's opinion was the story of the jealous lake monster. A statue of a couple in front of the lake stood atop the pedestal telling their story. The guardians of the lake sealing away the water sprite who turned into a monster because of her jealousy. (5)
"You're such a sap," Kai rolled her eyes as she told it. "The power of their love sealing away a creature?"
"I love it," Taka grinned. Hilary agreed it wasn't realistic, but it was still very romantic. The two continued to admire the couple before they went on to explore deeper in the forest. Kenny could rant all day about everyone of them before they even had a chance to read the signs, and if that weren't enough, he started blabbering on about the making of each one. His enthusiasm kept them going if anything.
They went back to the building as it started to get dark and prepared for dinner. A large buffet was out for Taka's greedy stomach and no one held back from eating the fresh fish caught that day. When they were full, they set themselves up for tea in a quieter room and admired the view of the stars, the moon and the torches lining the lake that reflected all these like a mirror. It was gorgeous and they all agreed to soak one last time in the hot springs. They even had a small fire going beside it to light them rather than electric lights.
Taka stared up at the stars you could barely see back home and saw the largest star in the sky twinkling. She smiled at its beauty and was suddenly struck with an idea. She looked over at the designer watching Max re-enact his favourite video game scenes, splashing everyone as he flailed around. Everyone laughed as Ray decided to re-enact the bad guy drowning him. Kenny moved out the way just in time. As they wrestled, Ray sadly fell into Kai's chest. They all stood very still as Ray got up faster than he'd fallen, apologizing professedly. Kai looked calmly up at them and smiled. She stood up and Taka saw it coming. In one move, Kai tossed him right out the hot water and into the ice water pool next-door.
Yes, they'd all had a wonderful day, so much so that even Kai agreed to come back and do it again. But one last thing remained for Taka.
"Hey Kai," she said, getting her attention as she walked her to the door of her large home. "I still have your gift to give you."
"Taka, I don't need anything. I-" but Taka grabbed her hand. Her other hand then placed something in Kai's palm and she pulled away. Kai opened her hand and saw the delicate gold chain with shock. It was the star necklace. She gasped. "I… I can't take this…"
"It would mean a lot more to me if you took it. Keep it safe okay?" They shared a moment, staring into each others eyes. Kai saw she wasn't going to back down and so she closed her fingers around it and held it close.
"Thank-you."
**
5- It's from a Sailor Moon episode. The whole vacation things was inspired from this episode anyway.
**
December rolled in with blistering winds, crystallized snow and a slight earthquake. Still, it didn't stop their work from getting done at Kai's home. They were getting through it faster than Kai could have dreamed and had wondered if she was cheating by having all this help. Of course she wasn't, but she would always doubt a good thing when she had it. That was Taka's opinion anyway.
With things going so well, they decided that they should give it a rest until January. Christmas season was setting in for everyone. Final exams, assignments and studying; then whatever Christmas turned people into. Taka still persisted in seeing her though. Kai didn't refuse, but they decided on once a week and instead of being in her home, she'd go see Taka instead. The bluenette couldn't have been happier.
As they descended the stairs that last night, Taka saw Voltaire for perhaps the second or third time since they'd been working together. She didn't make conversation with him since he was blatantly ignoring them. How could you tell? Because he was sitting on the couch upright, eyes shut and void of any entertainment around him.
"Kai," her grandfather called from the next room. "See your friend out and come here," he instructed, his grumpy old voice leaving no room for argument.
"I'll see you on Friday Kai," Taka huffed with a smile. The older girl nodded her acknowledgement as Taka waved goodbye and stepped out the door, looking back only once to see Kai take a seat in front of her elder on the couch from the window.
I wonder if they ever really talk...
*
Friday, Kai didn't show up. Taka had been a little upset about it, but let it slide to complain to her another day. It was a long wait and all for nothing because when she went looking for Kai, she was nowhere to be found. Kai had vanished again like when they'd first met. And as much as Taka knew her compared to then, Kai was still one of the most difficult people to find if she didn't want finding. After a couple of days knocking at her door, Voltaire slammed the door in her face. Well she did deserve it. Taka had been quite demanding to see her friend when he denied her presence. After that, she was sneaking around her yard every day after school. She couldn't get hold of her. It drove her mad for weeks and that was right through the holidays and new years. Taka was so worried by then. She didn't care if Kai was on the other side of the world, she just wanted to know if she was okay.
Her friends tried to keep her hopes up, but Taka's worries ate away at her.
Did her grandfather send her away? Did he tell her something that day?
*
It was mid January when Taka was heading out to the local grocery store that the snow had fallen ever so thickly over the earth. The sudden snowfall now sticking the ground at least 6 inches thick was blocking a lot of traffic on this day. The rivers were frozen over way before the snow blanketed the grass, but it was finally here to stay it seemed. There was nothing but the sound of her feet crunching through the snow and the distance wind. Although the air was calm, Taka sensed a storm on the way and wondered if she should head back and forget the groceries after all. But then as she reached the bridge over the river, she saw her. She was standing on the bridge in the sunset. She looked very different, but Taka could not mistake her. Her feet raced over and her arms wrapped around her before she could think twice. Kai jumped, but refrained from attacking.
"KAI! Where have you been?! What happened to you?" Taka couldn't help getting angry. Kai looked away silently and pushed her away. Taka looked her over, her hair completely dark, tied up in a twist. Even her eyeliner was gone, bringing her piercings with it. Kai looked, at least to the majority or the population, averagely normal. Still, even without her tough accessories, she couldn't read Kai's face.
"What do you want?" she asked with an air of annoyance.
"You bloody know what I want! Answers! Where have you been for the last month!" the young girl stomped the ground angrily now to avoid punching the girl in front of her. She wanted to cry too, relieved to see her again. Kai glared at her from the corners, but spoke non-the-less.
"I had a change of heart," she shrugged, chuckling darkly. Taka furrowed her brows, not liking the sound of that. "I'm getting the company." It took a moment for Taka remember what she meant, but she recalled Kai having mentioned her family's company being given to her if...
"Well, congrats I guess…" she said, but as Kai pushed the dark hairs out of her face, Taka didn't miss the gold band with a sparkling rock decorating one of her long fingers. Kai pulled her hand away and pocketed it again from the cold. Taka stood in shock for what seemed like a long time.
"I'm getting married in a few days…" she went on. "And then it's all mine."
"So, you're giving up on the fashion competition and…" she couldn't bring herself to say it. It was too bizarre to think she was tossing everything out the window.
What about us?
"I had no intention of being your friend from the start," Kai began. Taka shook her head, wishing she wasn't hearing this. "I just needed someone to be the dummy for a while."
"Shut-up! You're lying!" Taka grit, wishing those words didn't sting. No one could say stuff like that and mean it. No one who didn't care, could say something like that. Kai continued despite her.
"I knew you didn't want friendship either," she turned and looked down at the girl frowning at her, eyes watering. "So I took advantage," she smirked. "You'd do anything for me wouldn't you?" Taka couldn't even look at her now, those words hitting home. "Maybe I should pay you back…" Kai pinned her against the short wall, startling Taka enough to look up at her. "…with what you've always wanted…" Taka leaned back, afraid now that what she said was true. Kai leaned in closer and Taka turned away with her eyes scrunched shut. "You're going to deny it now?"
"Stop it!" Taka hissed. Kai, true to form, lifted Taka onto the ledge where Taka abandoned her barrier to hold onto the older girl. She whimpered, not knowing what to do.
"What, don't you trust me?" she chuckled. Taka clutched her jacket fearfully. Kai brought her hands up to Taka's face, warming her cheeks and leaned in with dark eyes. Taka barely caught her breath before she was being kissed fully on the lips. It was so warm and soft, something she really had desired, but it was bitter sweet. Kai didn't hold back, softening Taka's tension and letting the girl kiss her back. Kai's hands fell to her thighs, petting them appreciatively. Taka felt the ring through her jeans, but tried to flush it out, putting her hands to Kai's warm neck. Kai slipped her tongue out a little which made Taka loosen her grip and touch tongues. Kai pulled back, breathing heavily with the younger girl. Taka's heart throbbed, but it practically left her chest when Kai tipped her over the ledge. A gasp escaped her lips before all the air was knocked out of her upon landing.
Luckily, she missed the water and landed in fresh snow. It took her a moment to regain herself. Of course, by then, Kai was gone. Unable to bring herself to get up, she stared up at the sky as the storm began to set in. Her tears filled her eyes and spilling over to freeze in her hair. She felt the star necklace in her hand and squeezed it knowing that Kai had made her decision.
It was over. Kai was gone.
Gone for good.

TBC

AN: I'm so sorry guys. Really I am. OTL Forgive me okay! I cried too.
What's Taka gonna do now?
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PostSubject: Re: [FIC] {YURI} Destined Partners Chapter 6 UP! November 2012!   Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:28 am

bounce bounce omg....finally my patience has been rewarded ....u updated cheers ....really enjoyed reading this chapter.....i really feel sorry for taka now, she didnt even get a chance to tell kai she loves her...and the way they kissed was really heartfelt nd bittersweet..... looking forward to d next chappy.....wud love to see some kaixtaka lemon action soon....*laughs hysterically*, im such a pervert. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: [FIC] {YURI} Destined Partners Chapter 6 UP! November 2012!   Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:59 pm

Wow, it's been 3 days and you checked up on things :3 I appreciate your review and I'm glad to still have a happy reader.

Yeah, she didn't get to tell her, but she didn't need to; Kai already knew. Kinda how they always are in the show. It's so freakin obvious that they're soulmates, but they never actually say anything direct.

As for lemons. I had fully intended to when I began this story, but my heart got into it and I knew that if it got too intimate too quickly, I was going to lose the bond and strength in their relationship.
But I promise that they will get there and I will hide nothing of their intimacy! Bwahaha!
Despite not getting to lemons for a little while to come I will try to put a few teasers in there.

Thanks again for reviewing Smile
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PostSubject: Re: [FIC] {YURI} Destined Partners Chapter 6 UP! November 2012!   Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:31 am

Kiotana wrote:
Wow, it's been 3 days and you checked up on things :3 I appreciate your review and I'm glad to still have a happy reader.

Yeah, she didn't get to tell her, but she didn't need to; Kai already knew. Kinda how they always are in the show. It's so freakin obvious that they're soulmates, but they never actually say anything direct.

As for lemons. I had fully intended to when I began this story, but my heart got into it and I knew that if it got too intimate too quickly, I was going to lose the bond and strength in their relationship.
But I promise that they will get there and I will hide nothing of their intimacy! Bwahaha!
Despite not getting to lemons for a little while to come I will try to put a few teasers in there.

Thanks again for reviewing Smile


yay....i love teasers....nd thanks again for d awesome update, u rock. *waits patiently for d next chapter* Cool
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PostSubject: Re: [FIC] {YURI} Destined Partners Chapter 6 UP! November 2012!   Sat Dec 19, 2015 9:22 am

plz update d next chapter. *on her knees begging u*. bounce
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PostSubject: Re: [FIC] {YURI} Destined Partners Chapter 6 UP! November 2012!   Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:27 am

plz plz plz update d next chapter....its been sooooo long... *cries hysterically*
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