Tamajiki was fairing quite well… well… aside from still being terrified of the live viper branches that were lashing at him, he was fine.
“You’re improving,” Praetorian commented from the safety of the grass beyond the reach of the vipers.
Tamajiki jumped back out of reach and nodded. “Is there a particular quest you’re training me for? This doesn’t feel like an introductory lesson…”
“You catch on quick,” Praetorian chuckled, “yes actually, there’s a shipment moving next week and we need to guard it. You’ll be ready by then.”
“A shipment?” Tamajiki asked.
Praetorian nodded. “I don’t know what of… but it’s important. Some of the higher ups are accompanying us on the trip…”
Tamajiki’s ears pricked up when he heard that.
“This could be the moment!”
He nodded and returned the sword that Praetorian had given him.
“Ok,” he said.
Back outside of the game you were bursting at the seams to tell Tamaki the name of the person above Delilah, and he was excited to tell you about the mission he was about to go on.
You were the first to exit the game and you lay there with the nervegear headset on, smiling at the ceiling while you waited for Tamaki to arrive back in real life.
It wasn’t long before he exited as well and woke beside you.
“I’m going on a mission—,”
“Henrii!—,” you both said as the same time.
“Sorry, what?” you both asked again.
“You first,” you chuckled, still with the nervegear pushing down on your forehead, scrunching your eyebrows down.
“I’m going on a mission soon,” he repeated.
“Oh! Awesome, what will you be doing?” you asked, finally taking the headset off.
“Guard for a moving of items. There will be some higher-ups there.”
“Ooo! That’s exciting! That’s another step forward,” you said, sitting up.
“What did you say when I spoke before?” he asked.
“Oh! Henrii, that’s the name of the woman that Delilah is contracted to, OH! And Delilah told me that she has no idea who is at the top. She says no one knows…”
Tamaki thought for a moment.
“There has to be someone running everything?” he commented, “they must be very good at keeping a low profile…”
“Well, I hope your mission pulls up some strong leads,” you said, snuggling your face against his- the part that was poking out from underneath the nervegear.
You then felt the engagement ring on your finger and looked down at it with a smile.
“Oh! Are we going to tell anyone about our engagement? Or keep it secret for a while longer?” you asked.
“Well… people are going to see the rings and ask,” Tamaki said softly, “I’m proud to tell people.”
You grinned and hugged him.
“I love you,” you said happily, kissing his cheek again.
“I love you more,” he replied, turning to kiss your forehead before scrunching lower till your lips met.
The next time you walked to school it felt so lonely. This was your first day without B/F with you and it all came tumbling down on you again- the fact that you might never hear from her or see her again… it hurt…
While you walked, your head hung lower and lower until you were proper depressed by the time you got to the school gates.
You stepped into the school grounds and looked to your right when you saw something move in the corner of your eye.
There was a backside, poking out from the bushes and you started with fright at first, then you realized it was Mirio.
“What are you doing?” you asked his tush as he wiggled it around.
“I’m looking for something,” he called from among the leaves.
“What?” you asked.
“A smile!” he replied, quickly spinning around and jumping out with his arms up.
“What?” you asked with an amused smile.
“Ah! There it is!” he said brightly, pointing to your mouth.
“What?” you asked again, looking at his finger.
“You looked like you were about to summon a rain cloud with the look on your face, as you walked in, so I found a smile in the bushes for you!”
“You’re so weird, Mirio,” you chuckled, “but thank you.”
You reached your hand up to rub your eyes and Mirio’s eyes shifted to your finger with the ring on it and it only took him 0.01 seconds to work it out.
“Oh! Surely that would make you smile!” he exclaimed, pointing to your finger.
“Oh! Yes! Amajiki and I are engaged!” you squealed, “in real life!”
“Well that news runs rings around all other news! That’s plus ultra fantastic!” he exclaimed.
Just then Tamaki walked into the school grounds and stopped when he saw you.
“Good morning, Y/N,” he greeted with a little smile from under his fringe.
“Congratulations!” Mirio said brightly, grabbing your hand and holding it up while pointing at your finger- like you were a boxer who had just won a tournament and was being announced the champion.
“Oh, thank you,” Tamaki said softly, looking from Mirio to you.
“I need to tell Nejire!” Mirio said brightly before running off smartly.
You walked towards Tamaki and gave him a hug around the waist.
“Do you think Mirio is ok? It’s so soon after B/F and he ended their relationship… and this is the first day that she isn’t here… it was hard walking to school this morning knowing that I might never see her again.”
Tamaki wrapped his arms around you and held you close.
“I’ll never leave you,” he promised softly.
That day was filled with exclamations of surprise and many congratulations as students slowly found out about the engagement of you and Tamaki and by the end of the day you were exhausted.
“What a day?!” you said to him as you walked home together, “so many people talked to me… I think I’m people’d out for this month. Can I unsubscribe for a bit?”
Tamaki watched you with soft amusement.
“It won’t be long till we can move in together, and then we won’t ever have to be apart again and we can sit at home at night and just relax.”
“I love the sound of that!” you replied with a smile, taking his hand in yours, “hey, when do we find out about where we got accepted for internship?”
“Next week, I think the teacher said,” Tamaki replied.
“I hope we get into the same place! that would be awesome!” you replied, swinging his hand in yours.