It was all too much for her. She knew that this was a normal situation for most people and most didn't have a problem with this, but for her it was an extreme. She rarely hung out with anyone but Sho and drinking and loud music were even rarer.
Hugging her knees to her chest, she didn't expect that he would run after, even though he always did. So it wasn't a complete surprise when she received the text and saw the message. Knowing she could hardly stay in the bathroom all night, she did unlock the door to let him in, not moving from her spot on the floor, since the bathroom was small as it was.
His words did make her chuckle slightly, though nervous, as she peered up slightly over her knees. Her head just nodded softly. When he dumped his drink and suggested to leave she looked up at him surprised. After all, she knew he was enjoying this. Why would he do that? "But what about you? You're enjoying yourself," she pointed out softly, now feeling bad that he was intending on missing out on it because of her, "You don't have to leave on my account. You were clearly looking forward to this party." After all, she could stay in here all night until things died down. Or maybe she could sneak out and leave. No one was going to miss her anyway.
This was going bad...he knew that much. He had to break her shell sometime, somehow. He looked to her. He knew where this led. He made sure that nice girl at least got her number right, and slightly explained how shy she was. Maybe they'd all try coffee sometime in a quiet place instead, and such. They were luckily all patient and happy people.
Once he reached the bathroom he obviously sent her a text, but it was "Unlock the door." It was simple enough, but he knew she would. Once she did however he simply came in with her and shut it again, sliding down beside her and letting out a small breath. "So...something smaller next time."Was all he deigned to say, though he could see she was in a rather perturbed state, which made him think for a few seconds. It was hard considering he'd moved on from beers to whatever was in the red cup in his hand. With a sigh he let out a breath, and dumped out the rest into the tub behind them before setting the cup down. "Let's just go."He figured she wouldn't disagree. "We can eat some ramen..watch a late night program." It wasn't that that sounded bad to him, but he really was just trying to help her out in his own way.
It was never her intention to snub anyone. It was just that she was completely overwhelmed by this whole situation. Sure, the music wasn't too loud, but add on top of that a whole group of people talking around her made her want to hide. This was a nightmare for her. It wasn't that she thought they were mean, but she just didn't know what to say or handle a conversation with more than one or two people, though she nodded at the compliments of her dress.
One girl was particularly overbearing. She was just too talkative and just all over the place. This was probably the worst thing that anyone could do around her. It just scared her more and made her want to hide, even if she did apologize, which she assumed was because her eyes were going huge from all the talking she did.
The question of her phone number made her blink. She had no idea what to do and she looked to him to see him nod. Her eyes darted everywhere. How did people even exchange numbers? She didn't have to speak, did she? Finally, she ended up reverting to what she knew and pulled out a notebook that she always carried with her and scribbled her number down, probably in such a hurried and messy handwriting that it was hard to read.
Shoving the page into the girl's hand, she turned on her heel to find the bathroom. There she locked herself in, finally happy to be alone as she rested her head against the tiled wall. Her heart was beating a mile a minute, like she was having a panic attack or something. It was all too much for her. Slowly she slid down to the floor to curl up. She wanted to go home. Most would say one step forward, two steps back.
After a small amount of time he could tell she was just avoiding doing anything. Though he didn't find it entertaining that she was pretending to drink her drink. She was receiving a few comments on how nice her dress was and some girls wondering where it might have come from. All in all it was like their class time, but with music, a little more freedom and some drinking. Sho really didn't appreciate the fact she was snubbing them..in a real sense, she was. She didn't have to dislike other people did she? One of them was really nice, wondering if they could study together, or go to the library, get a coffee, shopping..maybe a little overbearing, she chuckled it off though and apologized asking for the girls number so that they could chat a bit sometime.
If she was going to look to Sho, he was definitely going to nod for her to give it up. Also Sho appeared to be drinking a little more than usual.
The sip was probably not going to be much more than that. Sure, she didn't have a problem with drinking, but it was drinking in public with a lot of people around that made it hard for her. She had never understood why he kept bothering to invite her to these things when she almost always said no.
She was about to protest that it would be exactly what she thought it would be when he took her hand. Her face flushed slightly as her entire body tingled. Though looking to him, it was clear this was nothing more to him than getting her to go inside. Nothing romantic about it. Was she so unattractive that he could see her as nothing else but a sister?
While it wasn't as crowded as she had expected, though it was still more people than she was used to, and even more so the music was loud to someone like her, who only ever listened to music so loud that she could still hear all the surroundings around her. Still, she kept letting herself be led by Shouryu.
When he brought her to some classmates she gave a soft nod, not being able to say much more. Even if it was only a few people and she did like the topic of class, it was too many people for her. In silence she listened, burying her lips to the can so that it looked like she was drinking so she could get out of talking.
The sip might as well have been an assurance to him, though she could be very stubborn. He knew everything she thought about this place, he knew she was blowing it up in her head as well. He let out a small sigh. Though she had taken a drink, this was going to be a lot of work for him. He offered her a small assuring smile back, "It's not gonna be what you're assuming, come on."This time he took her free hand with her own before leading her in.
He knew the picture in her mind would be bumping into a lot of people, fighting through some places, but rather, it only seemed to be a couple classes worth of students. The music wasn't too bad, there weren't a lot of people, and they were fairly spread out, room to move, groups to speak to. It was probably not what she was expecting. Either way Sho brought her over to some familiar faces from class, who all merrily greeted her. Some even talking about class.
Had he really thought that it would have been as easy as having her show up at a party and she would magically blossom into some social, outgoing girl? It didn't work like that and this place was everything she hated. Loud, crowded and uncontrollable.
She looked up at him when he asked. Did he seriously not get it? "You don't understand," she simply said, this being a topic far too complex to discuss on the lawn of a house party. Him directly prompting her to drink made her look from the now open can to him. Did he not understand that that only happened with just him around? With all these people here it was just as likely that she would have a panic attack.
And then there were moments like this when he really only seemed to be doing this because he cared about her and wanted her to have some fun, to make friends. She still could have pointed out a million things wrong with his reasoning, such as that she didn't actually need anyone to study since she did well on her own and he was there because... well, she liked to have him around and look at him.
"I'm not stressed," she objected softly, which she truly did believe. Him pushing the can to her face did nothing to endear her to drink from it, but she looked to him with a furrowed brow. Why was this so important to him? Still... for Sho-kun. Slowly and hesitantly she lifted the can to her lips and sipped from it slightly.
It seemed this was going to be a harder task than he previously hoped for. He really wanted her to just mesh well with anyone else. As they approached the house though it seemed she got scared..or something.. "What is it with you?"He rose an eyebrow looking back to her, "We aren't in a horror film you know..no one's trying to kill you. Everyone's here trying to have a good time."He informed her. Turning around now to face her. "Drink please."He offered, opening her can for her, squinting his eyes a bit. "You talk more. You're less afraid. I've seen it."He knew it was true, she'd been drunk around him. She almost said some things he didn't know if they were true or not, but luckily trailed off..well luckily for him, she had almost confessed otherwise, could have been lucky for her. He had no inkling she'd think that way of him. "I want you to make some friends. I'm not the only good person in this world. Heck maybe even someone that could..actually help..when you study. Or someone who likes books as much as you do." Somehow this was his way of caring, he wanted better for her, and though she rarely said it he assumed she wanted the same for him. "If anyone needs to let off some stress it's you. You're tense like..all the time really."He told her pushing the can up slightly to her face, "Come onn...c'moooon."
There had only been one or two occasions as it was where she had drunk and they definitely hadn't really involved other people so when he toasted she just continued to stare at the can, saying, "Cheers." Somehow she had the feeling that losing her wits in a place like this seemed absolutely haphazardness. How did any of these people do it?
It was true that her list of contacts probably only consisted of a handful of people, including her parents and Sho-kun. Somehow she found the idea of even texting people unnerving. If they did meet, what would they talk about? She didn't do fashion, boys or any of the typical stuff. She knew if they had her number, they would soon not want to be her friend. "I don't know," she replied, which seemed to be a standard answer to anything that made her obviously uncomfortable.
The word shenanigans was enough to distract her for the moment that it took him to nudge her and she did stumble towards the house. Catching her balance, she looked to him, her back tingling where he had touched her. Shouryu, do it for Shouryu. Why did he have to like this stuff? This was her worst nightmare and honestly she could think of a ton of things she'd rather do.
It was then in that moment that a group of people came out of the house, singing, if one liked to call it that, something and her eyes widened as she dove behind Shouryu. She just felt safer behind him, even if those guys obviously didn't even really realize she was there. Carefully she peaked out from behind him.
After she said she had made it, he clinked his can on to her's, "Well cheers."He stated, hoping to catch her in the snafu and she'd drink along with him as he did so. Hopefully she'd respond that way to the small celebration of her just arriving really, and start her into the night. Her next question was totally obvious and she knew it, for the most part though he just nodded and took another sip of his drink. "They are. Now maybe instead of asking me..you can give some your number to text and they'll ask you if you want to come to parties..or you know. Just chat about everyday friendly stuff." He figured, well he hoped and prayed that he could make her more friends, and they were wondering why she didn't come, she was friendly enough. Therefore she'd have no trouble actually talking to the few that she'd recognize from class. "Well come on. The shenanigans and party and chatting is all inside."He stated moving behind her with a light nudge in the direction of the house. He was really praying this would be something she could enjoy, after all, it was just friendly times and all..just not alone with him this time.
She wasn't unset by the idea of not going to parties and whatnot. She didn't necessarily enjoy them a great deal and she didn't see the point. It was loud, people got drunk and did stupid things. How was any of that fun? She enjoyed her time with Shouryu, but that was different. He was fun, funny and well... not like the others. Why he had to go to these parties was a mystery to her? She was fine with just having him as a friend and no one else.
She was still standing on the front lawn, even after having sent the text debating with herself whether or not she should be here. Maybe Sho-kun hadn't seen the text yet and she could leave before he ever went looking for her. She could write and say she changed her mind.
Her dress went more in the direction of formal than party. Since she had never really gone to parties, she had inadvertently went with something her family would wear to special occasions, but this clearly wasn't one such occasion. "I did," she replied slowly, still looking around apprehensively, clearly not enjoying any of this. She took the can without question, though didn't make a move to even sip from it. Unsure she looked from the can to the house to him. "Are they in there?" she asked, even though it was a totally obvious and stupid question.
It was in a way more than him being polite, she had been asked about before, and by the same token he always invited her somewhere he was going to, and he meant it. He wanted her to have more friends, he wanted her to have fun, he wanted her to interact with people. Picturing her future by herself wasn't something he enjoyed doing honestly. Her response was amazing in itself about being prepared ahead of time, since it was originally a joke. Though her answer didn't lead him to believe she would consider it, after all, rarely did she go anywhere. He knew she didn't have a lot to do..she'd done it already.
At some point he had to stop considering that she was upset at home by herself..he knew she enjoyed having him around to some degree, and when they managed to do something late together for whatever reason she enjoyed it, but she felt..distraught whenever he was going. He didn't actually know why, or he was oblivious, or he assumed it was because he was her only friend nothing more.
When his phone went off he looked down at it, a small shocked look was present for a second but he knew where she'd be, out front. He knew that actually she'd still find the music too loud or the party too rambunctious even if it was pretty tame and the music was only loud enough for everyone to hear. Once he saw her, she was a bit..dressed up..well..she would get attention for sure and while some of it wouldn't be negative, she'd likely see it that way. "You made it."He stated approaching her, a can in his hand, obviously alcohol, but an extra this time..maybe it was time for a new strategy here. He handed her can to her, maybe loosen her up, she'd talk a little more, hopefully. "Come on let's say hi, some of the girls were wondering why you don't come."
Kyoko couldn't help liking the nickname. He didn't call anyone else that, at least that she was aware of. In return she called him Shouryu-kun or Sho-kun for short. She supposed in a way it was their way of showing they had known each other for a long time.
She was slightly startled by him suddenly waking up. "Get ready? You never look any different," she pointed out, remembering the one or two times she had gone with him, "That's what you wake up for?" She looked up from her own book, covered in a pile of notes. Still, she shook her head as she watched him pack his bag slightly amused. "You only realize that now?" she asked. They both knew it was true, just as much that they knew he could do so much better, if he tried.
A small did cover her cheeks when he teased her. "Only for the next semester, Sho-kun," she corrected him, being a stickler for that sort of thing. The invitation made her furrow her brow. She knew he was just being polite. She doubted any of them had ever really asked. That and she couldn't imagine going. The only reason she would ever consider going was to please him. "I... don't know...," she replied hesitantly, "I have a lot to do." Saying good bye, she looked around at her empty apartment. Should she go? The thought of going to a party was enough to make her insides crawl.
For Sho-kun was the mantra Kyoko repeated over and over in her head. She was standing in front of the house where the party was taking place. Already the music seemed too loud, it was too many people and all she wanted to do was go home. In her nicer dress she stuck out like a sore thumb. She wanted to go home as people bustled past her to go inside.
No, she had gotten this far. But she could still go back... Still standing on the front lawn her shaking hand took out her phone to text, I'm here. Truthfully, this was the closest she wanted to get to this hell. There was the overwhelming desire to pull out the novel from a Fitzgerald that she was currently reading from her bag and find the next bus home.
'Kyoko-chan' somewhere along the line that one stuck, he couldn't tell if she hated being treated a little bit like a kid, or if she considered it a pet name like he did, either way it would amuse him and be a lose-lose for her. He scratched the ever so slight stubble on his face and then rubbed his eyes, "Just after 9?"He seemed to wake up a bit more at the mention and then shook his head a bit. "Oh I gotta go! There's a party going on at 10, I gotta get ready."He stood up and began to collect his things, throwing his book in his bag, the only one really that he brought, even if it was never opened. Though once he was ready he looked to her again. "Sorry..I'm a terrible study partner."He knew that much was true, he wasn't super smart, his grades were okay and he could do good if he applied himself, but he never really did, he just passed. "You should come to the party Kyoko-chan. You already probably know all of the material for the next..20 years anyway."He teased, looking around at all her books. "Some of our seniors will be there..some of our classmates.They ask about you sometimes." He scratched the back of his head. It was always the same, he made sure that she knew about the parties, or if there was some casual hangout, but she never really came along. His eyes scanned elsewhere for a few seconds, before that slightly disappointed feeling came over him. "Well you should think on it anyway. Text me if you go and I'll find you there."He stated as he headed out of her apartment. Lucky for her she found one..though it was only a couple buildings over from his.
Later at the party was just what you'd expect, some alcohol a lot of people just socializing like normal, and the music wasn't even too loud, of course they were near their college so it'd be bad to have it too loud.
When it came to college Kyoko could say she was happy the way it was going. Sure, she never really went to parties and aside from class never really met any classmates aside from Shouryu, but it was the way she preferred it. She much rather preferred spending time in her room, the walls nearly completely covered by bookshelves, which were overflowing with books. Her room could have been mistaken for a library with ease.
When it came to friends, Shouryu was more or less her only one. She was on good terms with everyone, but since she was so chronically shy and almost always had her nose in a book, deeper conversations were a rarity. The only reason she had Shouryu was because they had been friends since forever. He seemed to be the only one that didn't take advantage of her and respected who and how she was.
She looked over at her childhood friend, who was clearly sleeping. "Honestly...," she muttered softly, but couldn't help a small smile on her lips as she watched him for a moment. She had always found him cute, not that he knew that. Turning back to her problems, she was soon interrupted by him waking up. "Good morning, sleepy head," she said before looking to a clock, "It's just after 9. Why?" If there was anything going on, such as a party, she was usually the last to know, or didn't know at all, if Shouryu didn't tell her.
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