You shyly took his outstretched hand and he led you to the dance floor.
“Can you dance? You whispered to him.
“Nope! Can you?” He whispered back.
“Nope!” You giggled.
“Don’t worry we’ll just wing it.” He winked at you and your heart fluttered slightly.
Around the floor you went, waltzing beautifully. You two were just naturally in sync and not once did you step on his feet. (Much to your surprise!) You felt the hand he had placed on your hip tighten slightly and you cocked your head at him.
“What’s up?” You asked curiously.
“Oh? You felt that?” He asked, surprised.
“Yeah.” You laughed. “Why did you grip me?”
“Oh umm… I just…Wait, let me check something.” He took his other hand to your other hip and slid them both up to the smallest part of your waist.
“They almost touch!” He exclaimed as he pushed his fingers together around your waist. You two were still waltzing around and you had your arms up not knowing where to put them.
You giggled at his wonder and then cleared your throat. “Uhh what do I do with these?” You said, flapping your arms slightly.
“Just flap them like a bird.” He said with a giggle.
“What?!” You laughed.
“Do it!” He coaxed, laughing hard when you actually did it. “No no you can stop. Put them on my shoulders.” He encouraged.
You did so but it felt stiff and awkward.
He pulled you closer to him and your tummy hit his. “There that’s better.” He said, smiling down at you.
You blushed and averted your eyes. Watching the other people dance around you. Without realizing it you slid your hands closer to his neck and interlaced your fingers behind him. He smiled again when he felt you do this.
You side glanced up at him and he was just gazing lovingly down at you. “I’m glad I came tonight.” He said softly.
“Why’s that?” You asked.
“Because I got to see you again, and be close to you.” He said, leaning down and kissing the top of your head.
You quickly pushed away from him and made your way back to the table. You were flustered and confused. “Why is he saying stuff like that to me when he has a girlfriend! Well… not a girlfriend yet but someone else that he’s interested in. Is he flirting with me?? Or is this just him being nice?”
You really didn’t understand what his angle was and poor Eijirou was just as confused as you. “Why did she run away? Did I say something to hurt her feelings? I was just being nice. I didn’t think it was something unkind?”
He sadly walked off the dance floor and over to you. “Y/N? Can we talk?” He asked, still hurt by your sudden retreat and wanting to get to the bottom of this.
You just looked at him. “What does he want now?” “Ok.” You said bluntly and followed him to the outside balcony.
“Icky I don’t know what’s going on with you anymore? You’ve been acting really strange and standoffish ever since I started going out with Suki?” He said disappointedly.
Your eyes welled up with tears. “How do I tell him that he’s sending me mixed signals and it doesn’t feel right to be close to him when I know he’s interested in her?!”
“Sharky I don’t know how to say it but I feel like it’s a bad thing when you’re with me and we act close, when she’s your girlfriend.” You said. Paraphrasing and changing the sentence from your mind.
“But why is it a bad thing? You’re my best friend! That’s all?”
Oh how that sentence hurt.
“I’ve known you since you were 4! Of course we’re going to be close. You’re like a sister to me.”
Another fatal wound. A tear escaped your desperate clutches and rolled down your cheek. “You don’t get it do you?” You sobbed. Your bottom lip quivering.
Eijirou was stunned. What had he done now?! “Icky I’m so sorry! I don’t understand? Please tell me what I’m doing wrong?!”
You buried your face in your hands and bawled. He reached out a hand to you but didn’t know what to do. Were you going to push him away again? His hand faltered mid air.
Suddenly fireworks went off. You looked up in surprise. Tears still streaming down your face. Eijirou looked too, admiring the bright flashes then looked down at you. Even with your tear stained face you were still beautiful to him and he smiled.
“They’re beautiful.” You sniffed, looking at the fireworks display.
“Yes… you are.” He responded softly.
Your eyes snapped across to his. He smiled gently and reached a hand out to caress your cheek. He wiped the tears away and looked your face over. Running a thumb gently across your lip.
You melted into him and took a step closer. He was looking at your lips. He gently bit his own bottom lip and it looked like he was about to lean down and…K-kiss you??? You held your breath and waited but instead of leaning in he pulled back and looked away.
“Sorry Y/N.” He said quickly and removed his hands.
Your heart plummeted. He was so close to making a move!
On the way back home he caught a ride with you and halfway home reached across to hold your hand. You allowed it. It made him smile. He rested his other hand under his chin and gazed out the window deep in thought.
He walked you to the front door and opened it for you and your mum before bidding you goodnight. His mum has come to pick him up by this point and it was late so he didn’t want to come inside.
“Hey uh, Icks, I’ve been thinking in the car.” He said quietly, almost mumbling. “I think I’ll ask Suki to be my girlfriend tomorrow.”
You couldn’t believe your ears. You deadpanned. Your heart sank and you felt sick to your stomach. “Fine.” You said, maybe a little too harshly.
“Are you ok?” He asked, concerned by the sudden change in voice.
“Yep.” You replied angrily. “Never been better.” You turned and stormed inside. Leaving a very perplexed Eijirou at your front door as you slammed it in his face.