You sat back on your heels, panting, while he stayed on the couch, back of his hand across his mouth to cover the nervous blush he had there.
“Well… that was something,” you said with a breathless chuckle.
He just nodded rapidly.
You chuckled and crawled back up onto the lounge while he pulled his pants up then you snuggled up together and promptly passed out for an hour or so.
When you woke next you checked your phone and saw a bunch of missed called from your mum so decided you should go home ASAP.
“I’ll see you tomorrow at school, Jiki,” you whispered to the still sleeping shy boy, his peaceful resting face making your heart burst with love.
He half sighed something in his sleep but you didn’t wait long enough to hear his reply, or to ask what his reply was, as you were intent on getting home before you got grounded for a year. You couldn’t afford to lose any privileges at the moment, especially with the in game mystery to solve.
The next day your best friend pulled you aside.
“I’m gonna tell him today,” she said, “I was gonna do it over text but that’s not very plus ultra of me so I’m gonna say it to his face. He deserves the effort.”
“You’re game!” you replied in awe, “I couldn’t do it face to face.”
She grimaced. “If I don’t come back to class after lunch then just know I’ve done a runner.”
“Ok, bestie,” you chuckled sympathetically, “good luck, ok? Im sure it’ll be fine. I do hope you come back after lunch though, that’ll tell me that it went well.”
“Thanks,” she said, “oh and before I forget I have your headsets at home so swing by mine after school… just come over if I’ve already gone home after lunch, it’ll be fine.”
“Ok,” you said, “I want to say thank you for giving us the headsets but I know one is yours and that I won’t be able to see you in game…so it’s hard to say thank you for something that will stop me from seeing you.”
There was a pause and the air thickened, or so it seemed, making it harder for you to breathe and while you stood there she saw you starting to board the metaphorical emotions train.
“Dont…” she warned, pressing her lips together, “lord I swore I wasn’t going to cry!”
“I’m not crying, it’s Ninja’s cutting onions,” you lied, looking up to try and dispel the tears.
“I’m going,” she said quickly, turning and running from you.
“No wait!” you screeched, “come back!”
“No!” she screamed, “you’ll make water spring from my eyes!”
“No, I won’t, I promise, come back and let me love you!”
“I don’t need this right now!”
As you chased her across the school grounds Mirio and Tamaki stopped to watch.
“They’re very energetic today,” Mirio chuckled, his eyes on your best friend.
Tamaki looked at him, then at you and B/F running madly through the school yard.
“She’s really something,” Mirio chuckled softly to himself, still watching your B/F.
Tamaki hung his head, his lips pressing into a wobbly line as he held onto the secret of your friend’s departure.
Mirio looked at him and saw the look on his face and started to feel a little anxious.
“Everything ok?” he asked his shy friend
Tamaki kept his head down, not wanting to lie.
“Jiki! Mirio!” you shouted when you saw them watching.
Your best friend stopped and looked at Mirio and he grinned at her, giving her a bright smile and energetic wave.
She stopped and forced a smile onto her face then joined you as you walked over to them.
Greetings were as usual and then you headed to the mornings class, a pang of hurt shooting through you when you saw Mirio reach out to take her hand for the last of the walk down the hall.
It was almost as if you were more nervous than her that day. Your stomach was constantly doing flips, you were unable to concentrate, and you kept glancing nervously at the two of them through out the morning.
Lunchtime finally came and your bestie asked for Mirio to have lunch alone with her and you noted that she didn’t take her lunch with her.
You completely understood why.
And so you sat with Tamaki for lunch… the silence was depressing.
“Are you worried about them too?” you whispered to him, the light breeze ruffling both your hair as you sat under the tree on the grass area.
He nodded and looked down into his lap.
“I don’t know how to comfort him either…”
“I don’t think you need to say anything,” you said to him, “just being there and listening is enough. Sometimes the people who talk a lot do more damage than good.”
He nodded again and you both ate in silence- well not so much ate, as in chewed on one mouthful of food for the entirety of lunch, feeling more and more anxious the closer it got to the end of lunch.
When the bell rang, you both got up and made your way back to the classroom together, saddened but curious as to what you would find.
To your surprise and delight, your best friend was there, and she didn’t look too sad. Mirio was there as well, and although they weren’t chatting or sitting together there didn’t seem to be too much bad energy in the room.
“Hey,” you greeted her brightly.
She nodded with a small smile.
“I’m still here.”
“That you are,” you replied softly with a tender look in your eye.
The teacher walked in so you took your seat, feeling a little better since both your friends had come back to class.
At the end of school you parted ways with Tamaki and went to find your best friend so you could walk home together.
You found her, and you both left to head to her house to pick up the headsets while Tamaki walked home with Mirio.
“You ok?” you asked her as you left the school grounds.
She didn’t respond and you looked at her as she dropped her gaze to the ground and kept quiet.
“Not good, huh?” you said softly.
“I never wanted to hurt him,” she said in an uncharacteristically soft voice, “he was trying to smile through it all and he did so well, but I could tell he was hurt.”
“You’ve done the right thing though,” you said, “it would be worse to try and maintain a long distance relationship then have it fall to pieces and not be able to talk about it.”
She nodded in agreement but it still didn’t ease the pain of having to let him go.
“I still love him but I told him that I didn’t so that he wouldn’t try to keep things going,” she suddenly blurted out, hot tears flooding her face as she said it.