I had fallen asleep on top of N for I don't know how long. All I knew was that Touya wasn't sitting beside us anymore, and that N still thought I was asleep. I kept my eyes closed as I had my face pressed into his neck, thinking.
I hoped that this wouldn't be like last time, where we kissed and went back to acting normal around each other. I wouldn't let that happen again. It would be easy for N, since he wasn't the one that was taking the steps here. It was all me; I'm the one who throws herself at him. I'm the one doing all the work in this relationship
if you would call it a relationship.
This was also different from last time. Unlike last time, N kissed me back with as much vigor as I did. No Shadow Triad this time, either.
I knit my eyebrows together. I had completely forgotten about them. Now that I think about it, I probably would have just ignored them, anyway. I wouldn't have let anyone ruin that for me, not when I was doing all the work. No way.
But, I will admit that the blue-eyed member interested me. I would like to see him again, but just not during N and me time.
I stopped my train of thought. N and me time? I'm already planning out more of these? I mean, I would like them, but I don't even know how I'm going to get off of his chest without it being awkward. I was new to this whole thing; I didn't know how to act, and N was the same way.
I was quickly shifting my legs into a more comfortable position when N suddenly jerked. I froze and tried to pretend I was still asleep, but N didn't seem concerned about that. He was too busy trying to cross his legs together, and by the sound of his breathing, he was straining to keep still.
"Did she get you?" Touya's voice surprised me. I didn't even know he was in the room.
yeah." N nearly choked out, "It's okay, though." He said quickly.
I remained clueless as to why he flinched while he straightened his posture and rubbed his thighs together uncomfortably. He pushed me off and leaned over, his hands pressing against his inner thigh. His teeth were clenched and he looked like he was in pain. I cut the act and jumped up, grabbing his face.
"N, what's wrong?" I asked urgently, my heart thumping in my throat. My mind immediately threw panic out the window while I struggled to find out if he was having an episode.
"How could you?" Touya cried from the other side of the room, "Poor guy!"
I became still, "What?" I hissed, falling back on my knees.
"You kneed him in the balls, devil woman!"
Horror and shame flooded through me as his words sunk in. I stared at Touya, my eyes wide. I couldn't even bring myself to look at N, it was too embarrassing. In the first ten minutes of our blossoming relationship, I managed to hit him where it hurts. I drew my knees to my chest and hid my face in my hands, blushing.
"I'm so sorry," I mumbled. "I didn't mean to do it, I swear."
"I know," N breathed, patting my shoulder a bit awkwardly.
but N, do you think you can walk?" Touya interrupted, walking over and grabbing my arm. "Because my mom will be home soon, and it's getting late."
Touya dragged me off the couch. I didn't put up a fight; I was too ashamed to even look up. I stood, staring at the floor while Touya watched me curiously.
"Are you going to leave your pants on my floor or do you want me to get them?" He asked, taking a step towards the stairs.
I blinked, and before I could say anything, I started to giggle.
"What?" N said sharply.
I bit my lip to muffle my laughter as Touya shook his head and headed upstairs.
"You're not getting your sweats back," I called after him.
"I don't want them, anyway," He replied curtly. "I always have accidents in them."
I pushed against the inside of my cheek with my tongue, "That's cool."
Touya was already out of sight. I turned to N, grinning, offering my hand. He looked baffled, and I didn't blame him. He wouldn't be used to the conversations Touya and I have- not many people are.
"You need help?" I offered quietly, removing my grin and giving him a small smile. There was no use to be awkward around him- we both felt the same way. Even though we didn't know how to act, it'd just make things more difficult.
And besides the fact that I kneed him in the balls, I'm pretty sure it will be rather smooth sailing. I hope.
He smiled back and hesitantly took my hand, allowing me to guide him off the couch. He winced, and I was bombarded with guilt.
"Can you walk?" I mumbled, my hand still in his despite the fact it was no longer needed.
"I'm fine," he reassured me, squeezing my hand.
I'm sure he was hurting a lot more than he was letting on. I was too embarrassed to pursue the subject any further, so I let it drop.
"I'm really sorry." I said again, looking up at him.
"It's okay, really." His eyes met mine. I found myself not being able to look away as I felt my knees begin to tremble, resisting my strong urge to sink to the ground. He made me feel so powerless, and I didn't understand it. I've always been a strong person, but N made me weak and fragile. Is that what love did to a person?
He reached down and gently put his hand to my cheek, his eyes wary. I held his gaze, unwavering. I didn't flinch away- I'd like to think I was over my small fear of being slapped again.
"It's okay," I whispered.
"I don't think it is." He responded painfully.
I placed my hand on top of his, "That was a long time ago."
"Sixteen days," He breathed.
"That's all?" I blurted out. His words shocked me- it felt so much longer.
He nodded slowly.
I registered my thoughts, "Well
I don't care." I murmured.
"You should." He whispered, his eyebrows furrowed in a worried expression.
My hand curled around his, "I don't care." I repeated stubbornly.
He stared into my eyes for a few more moments, thinking. I nibbled on my bottom lip as he flipped his hand over and grabbed mine, pulling me towards him. He leaned down and nervously kissed my cheek.
"I'm glad you don't." He mumbled against my blushing cheek.
"Good." I gasped as he pulled away from me, my heart going crazy.
Something hit the back of my head.
I groaned as I managed to catch my pants before they hit the floor.
"Touya!" I shouted.
"Boom, headshot!" He laughed from the top of the stairs.
"You're such a dick," I growled, bundling up my jeans and holding them to my side.
"I'm awesome," he praised himself as he rushed down the stairs towards the door.
"Is that how you get people out of the house?" I snapped, slowly leading N towards the door. I stopped, noticing he was trying to hide his limp.
"See?" I whined, "It still hurts."
He waved me off, "Yeah, but I'm fine. You didn't hit me that hard."
"She was trying to castrate you." Touya said from the door.
I ignored him. "Still, maybe I can carry you or something
" I trailed off, realizing how ridiculous I sounded.
He smiled, "I don't think you can do that." He said, brushing his finger over my cheek.
I blushed, looking away. "I know..."
He took a few exaggerated steps forward, "See? I can walk. Stop worrying, okay?"
I nodded reluctantly, grabbing onto his arm as I refused to let him walk by himself. I led him to the door, where he decided to go on ahead and release Zekrom a little farther away from the house. I offered to go with him, but he vehemently refused.
I waited patiently for N to make his way out of earshot before extending my fist to punch Touya's shoulder.
He caught my fist in his hand, smiling. "Come on."
I stared at him for a few moments. No matter how much he annoyed me and made me uncomfortable, he was still the only brother I had. He treated N like a normal person, and he even brought us closer together. That's why instead of punching him, I threw my arms around him and hugged him tightly.
"Thank you," I said, closing my eyes.
His arms wound around me, crushing me to him. "No problem, sis."
We stayed like that for a long time. He was probably waiting for me to let go, but I just couldn't. I hadn't seen him for a while, and I missed him.
I finally let go, turning towards the door. Before I could take a step, he grabbed my hand.
"You dropped this."
He opened his fist, handing it to me. I closed my eyes, ashamed as I curled my fingers around it.
He put his hand on my shoulder, "Hey, don't be embarrassed." He murmured. "It's normal."
I didn't respond. It was normal, but it was also extremely private. There was something extremely awkward about your "brother" knowing what was going on in your pants.
Granted, I was already in his pants, but that's another matter entirely.
" I muttered, quickly putting it back in my pocket.
He chuckled and shoved my shoulder, "Bye, Touko."
" I mumbled, walking quickly away. My face felt so hot, and I breathed a sigh of relief when I heard the door close behind me.
But, then again, Touya still had windows.
It was odd, but I actually trusted that Touya would respect my privacy and not snoop around. He had his moments.
I ventured towards the giant, looming silhouette across the yard. I could see Zekrom's bright red eyes watching me as I took cautious steps. If I tripped on anything- we'd both be limping.
N's dragon rumbled quietly as I put my hand on his leg. I looked up at him curiously as he appraised me.
"Where's N?" I asked. I knew he couldn't answer me, but maybe he could gesture or something.
Zekrom blinked slowly and growled. Before I could get disappointed, he swung his head over his shoulder.
I peered over his monstrous leg. "He went into the woods...?" I asked, flexing my jaw.
The Pokemon rumbled again. I heard a barely audible buzzing sound and realized Zekrom's tail was glowing a light blue.
I patted his leg, "Thanks." I said, making my way towards the trees. I didn't know how far N went in, or his motives. He couldn't have gone far- not with that limp. I immediately cursed the fact that almost every house in Nuvema had to have a damn forest.
"N?" I called out, squinting my eyes into the darkness. I couldn't hear anything, and I was a bit scared. I didn't want to have to go in after him.
Zekrom made a purring sound. It was such an odd sound that I froze. I turned around to look at him.
My heart almost burst in fear when I came face to face with a pair of bright, familiar eyes.
I gasped and fell back. Before I could hit the ground, however, I was caught and pushed back on my feet quickly.
He manifested in front of me again, his eyes cheerful and glittering against the faint light of Zekrom's tail. Laughing at me, maybe?
I clutched my stomach and bent over slightly, catching my breath. He had scared me to the point where I felt physically sick to my stomach. I was afraid that I would vomit right there in front of him, but luckily, I managed to keep my composure.
"What are you doing here?" I wheezed, looking up at him.
He stared at me.
"You don't talk much, do you?" I asked curiously, slowly standing up straight again.
His eyes flicked down to my feet, then back to my face. He shrugged.
"Are you following N, or...?" I trailed off. I honestly didn't expect an answer, but it didn't hurt to ask.
He extended his finger. Pointing at me.
"Me?" I whispered.
Little wrinkles formed around his eyes as the fabric over his mouth raised. He was smiling at me again.
"Why?" I didn't know whether to feel violated or special.
He cocked his head to the side, his eyes facing the ground. After a few moments, he raised his arms and formed a heart with his hands.
I stared at him in shock, a blush creeping to my cheeks.
His eyes became wide as he shook his head. He crossed his arms before making an "N" again. He looked me in the eye, as if waiting for a response. I didn't know what to say, so I just nodded. Quickly, he pointed at me again before making another heart.
I bit my lip as he continued to stare at me, his eyes pleading for me to understand. I understood perfectly; I was just too embarrassed to acknowledge it.
Me plus N equals a heart.
I managed to give him a little smile and a nod, not sure what to say. He dropped his hands with a relieved sigh. That was the first sound I ever heard from him. I wondered what his voice sounded like, and if he ever talked at all. He must talk. The other Shadow Triad members did.
Wait, no. One of them did. It was always the taller one- the one who always stood in the front. He seemed to be the leader. The second one was tall, too. But this one was my height. He reminded me of a child- which I think was the reason I was so fond of him.
He looked down and began drawing circles in the grass with his foot. He had his head bent and resting on his shoulder, as if he was waiting for me to say something.
"Can you tell me why you're here?" I asked softly, taking a step forward. I reached to put my hand on his shoulder when his head shot up in shock. In a split second, his shape flickered and disappeared. Terrified, I pulled my hand back.
Before I could catch my breath, he was back with an apologetic expression in his eyes.
"It's okay," I breathed. "But, you're starting to make me nervous. Why are you here?"
He grabbed my hand roughly. Freaked and driven by instinct, I tried to break from his grasp. Adrenaline pulsed through me and in a heartbeat, I was gone.
I heard what sounded like a plane taking off- it was loud and shook my whole body. Panicked, I opened my mouth to scream when I hit the ground. Face first.
I dug my fingers into the ground and I noticed I wasn't in Touya's lawn anymore.
Shaking, I pushed myself up and looked around. Wherever I was, it had to be in the forest and too far away from Zekrom as to where I couldn't see his light. It was completely dark. He must have teleported me somewhere.
I jumped when I felt hands grab me from under my arms, pulling me up. I didn't move. I couldn't see anything, and I figured that he would show me the way to wherever he wanted to take me. I heard a slight scratching noise.
He held the match in front of my face and in one quick stroke, pulled down the mask over his mouth. I watched, surprised, as his lips began to part.
"Don't!" A voice shouted. He closed his mouth immediately, but it was already too late. I had seen it.
No wonder he didn't talk. His tongue was cut out.
The match went out.