- Chapter 1 (this post)
- Chapter 2
- Chapter 3 (Erotic Content)
- Chapter 4
- Chapter 5
- Chapter 6
- Chapter 7
- Chapter 8
- Chapter 9
- Chapter 10
- Chapter 11
- Chapter 12 (Erotic Content)
- Chapter 13
- Chapter 14
- Chapter 15
- Chapter 16
- Chapter 17
- Chapter 18
- Chapter 19
- Chapter 20
- Chapter 21
- Chapter 22
- Chapter 23
- Chapter 24
[I love you.] I sign to Shizune and then pause, wondering if she'll look at me confused, and ask why I'd say it out of the blue. She doesn't.
["Do they do that reunion thing here?"] I ask and sign, suddenly feeling awkward and uncomfortable when Shizune doesn't even acknowledge my spontaneous confession. I struggle to ignore the knotting feeling in the pit of my stomach, trying instead to comfort myself with the wonderful memories from that night when we were alone together in the Student Council room.
[Of course they do] she responds, meeting my gaze with a wry smile.
["A Student Council member should know that~!"] Misha proclaims in her usual high pitched enthusiasm.
[Sooner than that, though, okay?] Shizune asks. I see an urgency in her eyes as she looks at me. I smile at her, but then she looks over at Misha.
[Both of you] she signs further, a slight flush covering her cheeks.
"Right~!" Misha proclaims with a wide and beaming smile.
"Yeah," I answer, the feeling in my gut twisting.
[Yuuko! You do the pose, too!] Shizune signs while Misha says the words for her so Yuuko can understand. [Afterward, we can go for tea.] She laughs, as if she doesn't have a care in the world. Misha's laughter joins with her as easily as if it were her own.
After some convincing, we get Yuuko to pose with us for a second shot, asking a passing student to take the photo for us.
[Okay! Let's go to The Shanghai!] Shizune signs, smiling from ear to ear at us.
I nod unenthusiastically, still frustrated and chagrined at her disregard for my confession of how I feel about her. In contrast, Misha nearly shouts her jubilant accent to Shizune's plan, smiling from ear to ear and bouncing excitedly. Meanwhile Yuuko mumbles a hurried string of pardons and slips away into the crowd, escaping the awkward fate of tea with friends. I cannot help but grin, having figured that she would never join us.
"Awww~!" Misha protests as she turns to see the shy librarian/waitress slip away. "Yuuuukooo~!!" our friend calls out regretfully. Before Shizune or I can protest, she dashes off into the crowd to try and bring back the shy woman who we can't even see through the mass of people. In a heartbeat, the teeming crowd swallows up the fleeting vision of bubblegum pink hair, leaving Shizune and I alone.
I turn awkwardly to the lovely girl standing next to me, watching her look on in frustration as our friend vanishes. [Damn it] she signs in short slashing motions, her hands conveying the same irritation that's so clearly written on her face. [She'd better come back. I want us to have tea together one last time!] She sighs her aggravation and I can't help but smile in spite of myself. The dull ache of my unanswered confession to her is still knotted up in my gut, but I again try and push the feeling down, struggling to replace it with memories of the intimacies that Shizune and I have shared.
It's no real comfort, though. The hollowness inside me grows with every second.
The cool touch of Shizunes fingers upon my cheek starts me out of my reverie. I realize I've been staring at her as I stand next to her, feeling sorry for myself. [What's wrong?] she signs, a look of concern on her face.
[Oh...nothing,] I sign back, forcing a smile and trying to push the feeling aside, though the battle seems a pointless one as the emptiness I feel inside continues to twist and torment me.
Shizune looks at me with a disbelieving eye, lifting her one eyebrow as she studies my face intently. [You know I love you too, right?] she finally signs after waiting a few more moments, as if to drag out my misery.
[What?!] I say in disbelief, almost forgetting to sign as my eyes fly wide open at her casual admission. My heart skips a beat and a flash of red covers my vision as my heart reacts violently to the words from her nimble fingers. She smirks at the look of shock on my face.
[I said,] she signs slowly and deliberately, as if I were slow witted (which I suppose I am), [I-love-you-too]. As her hands make the words, over-accentuating each one, her lips curl into even more of a delighted grin while those dark blue eyes of hers stare deeply to mine.
I let out a heavy sigh at her words, closing my eyes as relief floods over me. I smile. Opening my eyes, I look at her again with an adoring gaze. She beams at my reaction, clearly cherishing each moment that my brain struggles through to absorb her words.
Reaching out, I pull her into my arms, reveling at the feel of her body against mine. At first she stiffens in surprise, but then quickly melts against me. Vivid memories of our night in the Student Council come crashing back over me as I feel the heat of her nearness. Her thin arms wrap about my neck as she presses her curves tightly against me, making my remembrance even more real. My heart continues to pound in an alarming fashion as I hold her, so I regulate my breathing to try and settle it while I squeeze her tightly to me.
That's the last thing I need, to have another heart attack, just when my girlfriend tells me what I'd suddenly wanted so desperately to hear her say.
I press my lips to her hair, breathing in her sweet scent as we embrace.
After a while we part, but only enough for me to sign to her, [I love you very, very much, Shizune.]. I suddenly hate having to stop holding her in my arms in order to talk to her.
She smiles from ear to ear, her eyes glistening a little. [I know,] she finally answers with slightly trembling hands, [I love you too, Hisao].
We stare into each other's eyes for a few more moments, smiling happily, content to linger on as the emotion of the moment washes over both of us.
I cup her face in my hands, causing her stiffen again, her eyes growing wide as she looks at me. Staring into her eyes, I smile warmly at her. She seems to relax as she looks at me, her lips curling into a slight smile in return.
I lean in to press my lips to Shizune's, seeing hers curl into a joyous smile just before we meet. I hear her suck in her breath excitedly as I press my lips to hers, kissing her tenderly, sweetly. It feels good to just kiss her like this. She's been so sparing in her affections, going from no contact to full sex with almost nothing in between. It's bothered me for a while now, but what could I do? I've fallen in love with her, and I needed to respect her need for space.
Then again, maybe I should have tried to be a little more forward, as she wondered why I hadn't been, that night in the Student Council room.
Her lips move back against mine as I kiss her, and I smile within the kiss as she finally responds. I'm hopeful, maybe this is the start of a new beginning.
But why does it finally have to finally happen at the end of school?
Ah well. I'll be happy with whatever time and nearness I can get with her.
Sighing, I slide my hands down her body, lingering at the curves of her breasts but then wandering further down to wrap about her waist. She sucks in her breath at my touch, squirming slightly as she hesitantly slips her arms up my chest and around my neck. She plays with the hair at the back of my head while pressing herself against me once more, surprising me by deepening the kiss. We hold each other tightly and I respond with matching passion, our tongues dancing together as if we were trying to recapture the intimacy from our night together.
After lingering for a while, we part just enough to stare into each other's eyes. She's breathing heavily, her cheeks flushed a deep crimson as those dark eyes of hers stare intently into mine. We linger for a while, just looking at each other, before Shizune reluctantly pulls her gaze away from mine, then looks around.
[We lost Misha] she signs as her smile falls into a bitter, and perhaps slightly guilty frown. I purse my lips as I realize what Shizune is likely thinking - that Misha came back, saw us wrapped up in one another, and decided to leave us to ourselves.
[Maybe she went to The Shanghai ahead of us,] I sign with a hopeful gaze, trying to reassure us both. [Perhaps if we go there, we'll find her waiting for us.]
Shizune looks up at me with a disbelieving stare. Yeah, I wasn't buying that myself either, but I'm not sure what else to say. I put on my best poker face.
[Sure,] she signs without any conviction. [Let's go.]
With that, Shizune steps away and grabs my hand firmly, pulling me along with her through the gate to the school. I follow willingly along, looking around for Misha, calling out her name a few times as we walk. When she doesn't answer, I fall silent and struggle to keep up with Shizune's rapid, determined steps.
Lots more on it's way, this is just the start!