There was a moment where you thought he might actually kiss you on the lips but instead he blushed and looked away, looking around the shop and taking in the interior as you studied his side profile.
“This is a very nice shop you have, O/N,” he said softly before looking back at you.
“Oh, thank you! I’m pretty pleased with it,” you replied happily, releasing your arms from around his neck and stepping back. “Did you want to come upstairs? I can make us some dinner and we can catch up on what’s happened since we last saw each other.”
“I’d really like that!” he replied, following you to the stairs.
As you reached the base of the stairs, he reached out and took your hand, surprised, you turned your head back to ask if everything was ok and that’s when he stumbled forward and kissed you- half on the lips, half on the cheek.
Not expecting such a move, you squeaked in surprise and your flustered noise made him jump back.
“WAIT! Butterfli3, don’t log out! It’s ok! I..I really wanted to kiss you,” you replied frantically, waving your arms to calm him down when you saw the panicked look on his face.
“I…I’m sorry, that was really bold of me, but then I missed and—,”
“Not as sharp with your kissing skills as you are with your sword skills, hey Butterfli3?” You teased with a wink.
He went a bright red. “W-w-well no? I…I’ve never kissed anyone before.” His bashful gaze dropped to the floor.
“What happened to confident Butterfli3?” you tutted playfully, reaching a hand go his cheek so you could caress it gently. “The man who just whipped a level 43 boss’s ass and shut down Swiftkill in one swipe!”
Butterfli3’s eyes met yours and a collected look washed over his features at confidence swelled within him.
Purposefully now, he stepped up to you and gently slipped an arm around your back, leaning his face gently towards yours but giving you enough time to close that last gap towards him as your eyelids shut softly and your lips met his.
He kissed you confidently, as he held you in his arms- you never felt such confidence radiate from someone before.
“Was that better?” he asked lowly as he pulled back from the kiss.
You could feel your knees had gone slightly weak now and you nodded sheepishly.
“Really nice,” you whispered with a light blush dusting your cheeks.
“Thank you, O/N, for reminding me that I can be confident in this game,” he said with a soft smile.
You smiled dreamily back. “No problem!”
Slowly Butterfli3 let you go and you turned and practically floated up the stairs to your apartment above, giving him a very disjointed tour of the place as your head remained in the clouds from that kiss.
Butterfli3 stayed close as you showed him around the place and you could tell he just liked being with you again… almost as much as you were enjoying him being beside you once more.
Happily, you made a small dinner for the two of you and set out the two plates, two glasses, and two sets of cutlery and he noticed that those were the only set you owned.
“She must have really been thinking about me staying with her,” he thought happily.
While you are, Butterfli3 told a little of his adventures while he was away and you filled him in on your grinding experiences.
“O/N, I was wondering if you would party with me?” he asked after dinner.
“Umm? Where? Like… now? Is there a club in this game?” you asked, confused.
Umm… I’m sorry?” he asked with a slight tilt of his head.
“You want me to have a party with you?” you asked.
“I would like you to party with me, yes?” he confirmed, still feeling like you didn’t quite get what he was meaning.
Deciding to take the next step himself, he swiped his menu open and pressed something.
Suddenly a request bar popped up in front of you and you looked down at it.[BUTTERFLI3 HAS REOUESTED YOU TO PARTY UP WITH HIM] [YES ] [NO]
You clicked ‘yes’ and Butterfli3’s name and health bar popped up under where yours was located on the left top of your vision.
“What does this mean?” you asked, still slightly bewildered.
“It means that we are now a team. Any EXP or Mahi I earn, you will get a portion of it and vice versa.”
“Oh! Wow, really??” You said excitedly. “I’m going to be level 40 in no time being partied with you! You can level up so quickly with your chain whip sword because it’s got good reach and you can take out multiple monsters at once!”
Suddenly you paused, looking down as you thought. “Wait…chain whip….sword.”
You looked back up at Butterfli3.
He was looking at you curiously.
“Butterfli3 do you have a move with your sword called ‘whip sting’ or something like that?”
“Yes I do?” he replied, curiously, “How did you know that? That’s a finishing move I use but no one knows the name of that move because it’s a secret skill I’ve just unlocked.”
Your eyes widened and you just stared at him.
“Wait….no… this can’t be right can it? Is Butterfli3… Tamaki Amajiki from my class? That was the name of one of the moves he had written in the back of his book that day!”
“O/N?” Butterfli3 said softly, trying to encourage you to speak again as you had gone strongly silent.
“What do I say?! Do I ask him right now? Or should I think about this and gather some more information first??”
“O/N, how did you know that move name?” he pressed, getting more and more anxious the longer it took for you to reply.
“Uh… umm…I actually read about it… online…” you lied. “I was doing some research and I found it.”
“Oh?? They have that kind of information online?” he asked curiously.
“Umm, yeah, they pretty much have everything online,” you said with a forced laugh, “anyway, sorry about that, I won’t tell anyone. Promise.”
“I trust you, O/N.” He replied with a smile.
The rest of the night was filled with some genuine conversation, interspersed with you peering at him intently, fighting the urge to just ask him straight out if he was indeed Tamaki from your class.
He felt slightly uncomfortable at certain points due to your sudden bouts of silent pondering- while you stared into his soul, but he was really happy to be back with you again and just tried to ignore the feeling that you had suddenly discovered something.
“It’s getting late, O/N, we should log out,” he finally said after a long while.
“True,” you replied, getting up and walking over to the bed in the corner, “come and lie down Butterfli3 we can log out together.”
He smiled and followed you to the bed, lying down beside you and holding your hand as you lay side by side.
You smiled back at him and squeezed his hand. “I’m really happy you’re back.”
“Same, O/N.,” he said as he opened his menu, “see you tomorrow, 4 pm?”
“I’ll be here,” you said happily as you opened your menu and pressed log out.
Both your forms evaporated and you opened your eyes back in your own room.
“Holy fuck! Now what?!”