She supposed that it was hard to differentiate everything. At least with having only been dating for a day, but having known each other for so much longer. It made things hard to understand on how to pace things. They knew each other so well and at the same time not at all in this respective.
She was definitely not fine with this. The blush should have told him as much, but still it was hard all this. Apparently once again her words were pretty badly chosen, but she did find herself blushing even more at his words. He did want to kiss her? That made her pause, happy, but confused. She was surprised that he had such a timid reply though. That was usually her speciality, not his.
Her next words made the flush on her cheeks become even darker and more embarrassed. "Then... why don't you?" she asked softly, her eyes barely staying on his. She just couldn't imagine he needed permission from Ai to kiss her. It was a little in the back if her mind for sure.
He supposed they'd been dating all of a day that they'd been dating..but how it came about and how long they'd known each other may play a factor into the things she just blurted out. She was relatively quiet until they finished taking off their winter stuff and then she piped up about something looking to him. He felt his face turn a bit red upon her just saying so and she seemed to be totally fine..how did this happen?? It seemed she was very curious as to what she'd be blushing over, it was probably because she was comparing herself to Ai and not really thinking on herself just saying something like that. All in all he couldn't deny that it was on his mind since she did it the previous night, "Y-..Yes..I do.."He said, somewhat shyly, which should be a change for her, if not a welcomed thing.
She looked over to him when he asked her that question and tried to explain what he meant. Her face flushed as she tried to think of how to say it. How could she? Tell him that he clearly liked Ai more than her?
Them arriving at her apartment gave her time to think as she took off her winter coat and stuff to hang them up to dry. When she was done with it, she looked to him. "Don't you want to kiss me?" she asked, probably again a sentence that was terrible in the situation, but he should have learned by now she had the social grace of an elephant in a china shop. He had been all for it when she had been kissing him that night, but he didn't even seem to try to make any effort to kiss her. She looked to him, trying to understand what was going on inside him, but clearly she had no clue about anything.
It was possible that he liked dating Ai, not because he would kiss her, but because she would kiss him. Things like that weren't happening all the time though. As they continued to walk and hold hands he looked over to her. "Yeah it is peaceful."He said back, but again it was like that air was slowly creeping back upon them. "But are you thinking about something else? You're drifting away.."He didn't know how else to explain it to her out loud. Distracting herself, but not unnoticably so. They were arriving now back at her place though so they'd have plenty of time to talk to each other about things, and whatever stuff she was mentioning earlier that he teased her about. It was easy to tease her, but right now he wasn't.
She probably explained so many things that didn't actually need to be explained, but that was the way she was. What could she do? It probably was very silly to be dusting his hat off when they still had to walk a bit and it was snowing, but she couldn't help it. Somehow she had to do that.
The way the moment felt she thought he might kiss her. After all, it's what happened in all those mangas and whatnot. Alone on the street and close. Him asking that question made her flush slightly and she nodded. "Yeah, as good as can be," she told him. She couldn't help wondering though if he had been as reserved with Ai or if he would have kissed her regardless. Probably he would have. She wondered why he treated her so different.
Going back to taking his hand, she began to walk up the street again. "It's really peaceful, isn't it?" she mused, trying to forget about her other thoughts.
Her explanation for it of course wasn't needed, he knew she left the house, it was associating with people he worried after. Her jokes may have been a tad underwhelming but he never minded that. He noticed she meticulously dusted his hat off, leaning on him slightly, even if the effort was futile altogether because they still had to walk some. Though she seemed to stay there after to look at him, which he returned and looked back at her, smiling as he was. "Am I clean now?"He asked knowing that there was still snow falling, but just as pointless as her cleaning and his question, he still felt the need to approve of her actions in some way. Still he kept his mind out of the equation, not wanting to overthink this, and not wanting to make a potentially wrong move same as holding hands with her, he'd have to know it's exactly what she wanted and or was ready for.
There was a special feeling about this, she couldn't deny it. Somehow it felt like their friendship, but only even more heightened so she supposed it made it fell good. The way they laughed and smiled and only seemed to be pushing the other further up.
Hearing the joke, she rolled her eyes. "Aren't shut ins allowed to enjoy the snow?" she replied with a playful smile and shrug, "I can just quickly build a snowman and then go back inside to my books. I see no contradiction in that." At least not to her. Sure, she liked being inside, but once or twice she did like to go outside.
The snowman part made her laugh. "Well, then you will simply have to hold a carrot in front of your nose," she replied as she got on her toes to brush the snow off of him, since naturally, he was a little taller than her. It wasn't that much, but she wanted to brush it off either way. That meant she was slightly leaning against him for balance and once she was finished she stayed there for a moment, looking up at him.
He couldn't help himself, so only his volume was helped. Until they started chuckling and laughing together of course. His smile did stay in place, there was a uniqueness to the feeling between them, at the same time as they were dating, it also seemed like an opportunity to become better friends than they ever could be. He certainly hadn't seen her smile this much in such a long time, they seemed to be contagious and keeping each other happy.
Looking over to her he chuckled a bit more, "A snowman, ambitious shut in recently I see."Of course he was joking, but the snow collecting on his hat apparently stuck in place enough that she had to brush it off, "I think not. I don't have a big enough nose."He joked, as if he had aspired to be a snowman before or something. Though she did seem to stop them when she reached up for his hat so he was just left looking and smiling at her
She tried not to think about what he might have possibly done with Ai. After all, they had been together for a bit. She imagined they had done quite a bit together. She wished she could see into his head and understand what was going on inside him. Even though they were together, it was pretty obvious that her and Ai couldn't be much more different, if they tried. Somehow she couldn't see how he was attracted to such different types of women.
Hearing the teasing, she nudged his side lightly. "I can try," she said and closed her eyes hard, as if to wish for raining money. Opening them after a moment, she looked around. "It didn't work," she replied as she looked to him. It was nice to see him smile like that.
"I do hope we get more snow. I want to make a snowman. White Christmas would be nice too," she told him softly as they kept walking along their way. The snowfall stayed much the same. Still, at some point she had to laugh softly as snow had gathered on his head. "Maybe you are the snowman," she mused as she brushes the snow away from his hat.
He noticed that feeling too, her holding his hand back after he had taken her's. It could be that because she is so shy and because he had to be careful and wanted these signs from her that made this feel so much different, possibly because he knew her so well. It wasn't the same as just walking around with Ai, though he couldn't deny for a little while that felt okay too, a part of him was obviously attracted to the forthright nature, that's why he dated her. It didn't make this moment any less special though, in a way the feelings he had for Kyoko seemed to be changing and it felt good, this felt good, like a lot of tension was eased from them. Though any of the real tension would be on his end now, as he didn't know how to progress without seeming stupid or aggressive in his mind.
He noticed her pointing up at the sky and before long he saw the snowflakes too. "Oko-chan...now make it rain money."He joked, but remained in a quiet tone, as if being louder would break the moment that was happening with them. He looked to her though, seeing the smile spread across her face and found himself doing the same, a smile growing across his own. The slight tingles extending form his scruffy winter head, to his slightly stubbled face.
Hearing the question, she gave a small shrug. "I suppose I enjoy it when I can look outside at a snow covered city or the falling snow while I am curled up with a book and a blanket, drinking some hot chocolate. There is just something so very peaceful about it," she replied, though she did enjoy most weather for one reason or another.
She did feel him move closer to her and she found herself flushing. Even if it was something she wanted, it was hard to turn off. Him actually taking her hand made her flush more, but at the same time she smiled softly as she held his. To her there was something magical about it, even in spite of the gloves.
Just then something white fluttered down before her eyes. Looking up, she could see a few snowflakes coming down. Not nearly enough to make anything white or anything like that, but it did still make her smile as she looked up and pointed at them, maybe possibly forgetting her words for a moment.
As they readied up and left, he looked to her and nodded a bit, his hat pulled down on his head, he had to look up at the sky when she mentioned it. "Probably soon. I recall you are a fan of most weather that has you bundled up indoors..Snow particularly because?"He asked, though he did make the effort to move closer to her this time as they walked together. It might be a little too cliche if it did start to snow right then, but he had the feeling both of them were hoping. Still, he moved his hand over a bit before latching it on to her's lightly. The gloves didn't help make it feel too magical or anything, but for some reason he felt like he was the embarrassed one for not having done it before..he didn't know what would be expected of him, or how quickly or slowly she'd like things to go.
She supposed she was strange like that, being okay with holding hands, but not with sharing a cake. Still, she was happy he kept eating when she pointed it out. After all, it was hardly sharing a cake when she was eating it all by herself.
Hearing him point that out, she honestly had to think for a moment, not realizing she had done it. "I was?" she asked, feeling herself flush at both not realizing and having been caught staring. Though she supposed it explained the deeper shade of red in his face.
When they were finished she nodded. "Yeah, no way around it, but at least the warm apartment is waiting for us," she pointed out as she slowly slipped into her coat and other things again. Once they stepped outside it was still very cold. "You think it will snow soon?" she asked curiously, looking up at the sky. She did like snow so it would be nice to have.
Honestly whatever helped her to justify holding hands, he was surprised she wasn't as embarrassed as she was about almost everything else. Though once she caught him looking at her she wasn't even embarrassed about that either. She had gotten red when he did it to her, but not understanding when she did it back why he paid attention? He supposed it didn't matter she was right about one thing, he began to eat again. He chuckled a bit as he took a bite, "What am I thinking about? You were also staring at me while you ate too.."He pointed out, maybe she didn't realize it, but it was hard for him to miss. That would explain why his face had turned a little deeper, but it was back to normal by now.
It didn't take them long to finish that either, and he let out a small content breath. "Well..back out into the cold I suppose." He smiled at her.
She gave abshruh. "I mean, it won't be, but it's still sort of holding hands," she pointed out, at least to her. Then again, she had never held hands before. She supposed that he must have done it with Ai for sure. He was probably right that they hadn't known better as kids.
"Oh and what would you be like then?" she asked curiously, not being able to imagine what he could possibly be like. After all, he had always been teasing so she couldn't imagine how he would act otherwise.
She watched him tilt his head at her, wondering what he was thinking. It made her feel a little self conscious as she kept eating. "If you don't keep eating, I'll be eating all the cake by myself," she pointed out, maybe he would continue to eat, "Or what are you thinking about?" She didn't realize what he could possibly find so very interesting, not aware of her own actions.
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