“I’ll believe you when I see it in writing.” You replied with an embarrassed pout as you averted your eyes, “I don’t trust you fully yet.”
“You don’t trust me?” He replied with faux surprise as he kabedonned you to the wall, “how do I get you to trust me then, short stack?” He asked lowly, leaning in past your face to your ear and tugged on your earlobe with his teeth.
“T-That’s 100% not working at all to get me under your spell. Nope. Not even one bit, I’m not a weak bitch.” You lied, caving to his suggestive nibbles as your eyes rolled back a bit.
“What if we did everything that couples do? Would you believe me then, that I’m serious about us?” He asked as he pulled back a little and stared deeply into your eyes, his hazel yellow irises locking onto yours as his nose brushed yours.
“You’re too damn close, boy, back it up.” You whispered lowly, “well, I guess that would make us feel more like a real couple, yes.”
“Ok. You make the list of things that would make us a real couple and we’ll do it.” He replied with a surprisingly innocent smile before he pulled off the wall and stood up. “I look forward to seeing the list.”
You eyed him suspiciously.
“Why do I feel like this is some kind of trap.” You commented, “what are you up to?”
“Nothing.” He said with a chuckle, “you gotta stop thinking I’m up to something.”
“But you are always up to something.” You said suspiciously, narrowing your eyes at him.
“Listen, you just make the list of couple things, and I’ll read them tomorrow.” He said with a hidden little smirk.
You peered suspiciously at him again and pointed to the door.
“Ok, sir, exit is that way; I need to make sure pa is ok, then write a list, then sleep.”
“Ok, ok.” He said with a small chuckle, “I’m going.”
“Not going. Gone. You need to be gone.” You teased, getting in behind him and pushing him to the door.
“Love you.” He said cheekily as he was forced to the door and opened it, then pushed outside.
“Bye.” You called as you closed the door on him.
“Awww, cold.” You heard him pout from outside, his footsteps disappearing down the short path and off down the road.
You sighed and shook your head with a smirk, turning to head back to your pa to make sure he was really going to be ok for the night.
As you approached his room you could hear soft sobbing and you paused for a second to listen; as it sounded like he was talking to someone.
“I miss you so much~.” He whisper-sobbed and your heart twisted and broke into two.
“Pa?” You called softly as you entered his darkened room, “pa, are you ok?”
“I miss her.” He whispered sadly, small hiccuping sobs still coming from where he lay in his bed.
“Who, pa?” You asked.
“Your gram.” He replied, “it’s been 4 years but I still miss her.”
Your eyes instantly welled with tears and you sat down on the end of his bed and gave him a sympathetic look.
“It is wonderful to have you here, Y/N, but I’m lonely. I need a companion.” He admitted, the alcohol allowing him to talk freely about his feelings.
“Is that why you took to Ms Marple?” You asked softly.
“Yes well, she showed an interest in me and she definitely filled a part of me that had been empty.” He replied, “I know she’s a dunce but I was trying to ignore it because I just wanted that special love.”
Your brows knitted with concern for him and you looked down at his bedsheets and fiddled with the embossing on them as you thought for a bit.
“What if Kuroo and I helped find you someone?” You asked, “I’m so sorry, pa, I didn’t know you felt like this.”
“Oh don’t apologize, sweetie, I didn’t want you to worry about me. It’s lovely having you here, we make a good team, you and I.” He said softly.
“No, but I want you to have a loving companion, someone who will fill that void. Not that anyone can take grams place.” You added quickly, “but… y’know.”
“That’s very sweet of you but I’m ok, sorry it must have been the alcohol. I’m dandy.” He lied.
“Ok, pa. Are you comfortable enough?” You asked as you stood up.
“Just fine, pumpkin.” He replied, “you go on now and have a sleep, you must be tired.”
“Yeah, I am a bit, it was a big afternoon.” You said with a wobbly smile.
“T’was indeed.” He replied, “I’ll see you in the morning.”
“Ok, pa.” You resigned as you got up and reached out for his hand and patted it gently, “I’ll see you in the morning.”
He smiled in the darkness and you turned and walked out, pulling his door closed a little as you headed off around the hall to go upstairs to your room.
“I’ll talk to Kuroo about pa. We need to find him someone nice, or at least give it a try to match him up with a nice old lady.” You thought. “I don’t like that he feels lonely. I’ll do my best to change that.”
You dragged yourself up the stairs and into your room; more than happy to flop into bed.
It was very late the next day when you woke; the midday sun trying desperately to force its way in through the crack in the blinds as you continued to sleep on.
“Oh fuck, what time is it?” You thought groggily as you pushed pillows off your face and reached for your phone by the beside table. “1pm?!”
You yawned and stretched, unplugging your phone from the charger and opening a message from Kuroo.
“List?” It said.
“Can you chill?” You replied, “I legit, just woke up.”
You put your phone down and rolled out of bed, rummaging around in your desk drawers for a piece of paper so you could write some things down.
As you picked up a pen you remembered pa and immediately put it down again.
“I should check on pa first, make sure he’s not too hung over from last night.” You thought as you stepped over piles of clothes on your floor and made your way to the bedroom door.
You walked out into the hallway and listened as you headed downstairs.
“Pa?” You called.
“Pa?” You called louder, thumping softly down the stairs then heading for the kitchen.
All was quiet.
Pa wasn’t in the kitchen, nor was he outside with his cabbages; he wasn’t in the lounge-room either.
“Is he still in bed? That’s odd.” You thought as you headed for his room.