A Perfect Evening
It seemed like this man could never just be happy. He always seemed a grump. Not that Kaila minded it. It gave her more chances to make Izo happy and she always enjoyed being able to do that. She had a relaxing time planned out for him, hoping he'd enjoy it. She found him looking down at paperwork and she smiled, gently tapping his shoulder. The man turned, scowling, but when he looked up and saw Kaila was when he smiled.
"Ah have a nice evening planned for yuh." Kaila grinned and Izo rose his eyebrow, about to ask what it was. "Ah can't ruin da surprise. Ya know, dis is why dey call it a surprise. I'm not gonna tell yuh." Kaila shushed him and Izo sighed.
"Alright, I can push what I have today to tomorrow." he mumbled, setting his work down onto his desk. Kaila grinned and leaned down, planting a gentle kiss onto his lips.
"Yuh are too kind of a mon." she said before leading him away from the stress of his office and Squad. They arrived at Kaila's tent and she gestured to her bed. "Ah need yuh to lie down dere and take off yuh top. Yuh can place it right dere." she pointed to a small space beside her bed. Izo rose his eyebrow in question, but did as he was asked, laying stomach down on the bed. Kaila gently straddled him, Izo lighting up bright red as a result.
"K-Kaila what are you doing?" he asked, looking back at her. She was holding a bottle of what looked like oils in her hand.
"Just a massage, shorty. Dere's noting to worry about." she chuckled as she began to spread the oil out onto his back.
"Oh, okay. And I'm not sho--" he was cut off when Kaila began kneading her hands into his back, Izo's whole body immediately relaxing. She continued, moving her hands around his while back, Izo going in and out of sleep as a result. Kaila smiled and when it was over, Izo stretched and yawned, giving her a gentle smile.
"Did yuh enjoy dat? AH asked around and a few people told me dat yuh'd like it." Kaila said, wiping her hands clean on a cloth. "Ah'm assuming you did." Izo smiled sleepily, getting another smile from Kaila.
"Thank you." he mumbled tiredly. Kaila stood and held up her finger, remembering something suddenly.
"Ah got one more surprise for yuh. Den we can just sit here, ahright?" she asked, Izo nodding as Kaila stepped outside her tent and brought something back in, looking like a gift basket of sorts. In it was various things that looked like Kaila had made, along witih foods and sake she'd thought he'd enjoy.
"This is for me?" he asked, slightly sitting up. Kaila nodded and sat next to him on the bed, giving the gift basket to him. She pulled out a sheet of paper and wiggled it around.
"And dis is for one more massage. But dat one doesn't require clothing, mah little mon." she smile as she leaned forward and gave him a big smooch.
Yer the Dumbass
Jewel poked her head around the corner that lead to Akito's office. She could hear the man from mumbling from where she was and the woman had devised something to silence him. She thumped the heavy plank in her hand and gave a devious sharp toothed smile as she scooted her way around until she was right outside his open door. She poked her head around slowly, seeing him hunched over his desk, scribbling things down onto paper. He clearly wasn't paying any attention to anything else. Dumbass. Jewel creeped into his office mentally cussing out the floorboard that floorboard that creaked. Instead of being seen, she hid behind the closest thing possible... which was a plant. But Akito's mumbling didn't stop, so she continued her sneaking. Once she was close enough, she yanked the plank back and hit him over the head with it. Immediately, Akito slumped onto his desk, Jewel only having the satisfied look for a few moments when she realized she should have thought this through. There'd be no way she'd be able to carry him.
"Shit..." she looked around and founded a rollable chair, moving that over in front of where he was sitting. She grabbed his uniform and tugged his body into the chair. "Geez, yer fat!" she whispered at him as he slumped into the new chair. Once he looked semi-comfortable she began rolling the chair out of his office. Squad mates gave Jewel odd looks as they saw their lieutenant being wheeled around in an office chair, especially the Eleventh's lieutenant. This went on for a few moments until Jewel got them both outside, opening a Senkaimon and moving both of them through it.
They arrived in the human world and Jewel pushed him a little further until they got to a secluded lake she'd found, hidden on a human bike trail. She dumped him down onto the ground, realizing it was only slightly cruel to leave him in a crumpled mess, so she fixed him. She pushed the chair, and plank, off to the side, waiting for him to wake up. She pulled her knees up to her chest, rested her head on them and stared out at the water. When he didn't, Jewel felt a pang of annoyance because she wanted him to see this view before the lake dried up.
She poked his side and shouted, "Hey! Wake up!" and that did it. His eye popped open and he sat up too quickly, his head slamming into Jewel's. A loud and thick clunk filled th air as did groaning. Both of them rubbed their heads and Akito's now hurt ten times more than it would've initially had. When Akito's pain was only a dull throb, he looked around, eye narrowing when he spotted Jewel.
"Where the hell did ya take me?" he asked, Jewel glancing over at him. "And how the hell did I get--" when he spotted the chair and plank he paused, getting his answer. "You didn't."
"Yer mumbling was annoying." Jewel responded, just as annoyed as he was. "Ya sounded like a fool... well not to mention you are a fool." she added with a snicker, Akito's eye narrowing further.
"Ya know what rhymes with fool?" he asked, Jewel's eyebrow raising with a bored expression on her face. Akito leaned closer and stared the pink haired woman down. "Jewel. Oh! Right," he gave a faulty chuckle. "That's your name." the woman glared back at him.
"Well at least I didn't get knocked out by someone on a lower seat than ya."
"Well at least I am a higher seat than you." he responded with a tone in his voice that drove Jewel insane. The two erupted into an argument that went on for what seemed like hours. Once he'd had enough of it, Akito ended the argument and looked at Jewel.
"Alright, woman," he said, holding his hand up in her face to silence her and glanced out at the water in front of him. "Why did ya bring me here?" he asked, Jewel slowly pushing away his hand.
"Yer ass seemed loaded with paperwork," she shrugged and looked out at the water herself. "I figured it'd be a nice change." she quickly snapped out of her mini moment. "But yer ass can't--" she stopped when she looked over at him. Akito was leaned back, staring at the water silently.
He didn't have to say it, but Jewel knew he enjoyed it.
Dance Like No One is Watching
Juno was stressed, overly stressed, almost to the point that she felt her head would explode if anything else were to happen to her. And luckily, her girlfriend, Rae, sensed this, noticing Juno's silence. Rae didn't say anything about it for a little while, but eventually it got to her and she gently squeezed Juno's hand. The blind woman rose her eyebrow in curiosity.
"What's wrong Juno?" Rae asked, Juno simply replying with a shrug and remaining silent. Rae's expression turned to one that was a mixture of worry and annoyance. It wasn't that she was annoyed at Juno, just her lack of telling Rae what was wrong. "Jun," Rae gently squeezed her hand again and sighed. "C'mon, tell me what's up... I won't bite." It was that comment that made Juno's shoulders slump and she sighed heavily.
"I just have a lot on my mind, a little bit too much, and there's a lot of stress circling around." Juno waved her finger around in a circle as she answered, rubbing her face once she stopped. Rae was silent for a few moments, biting the inside of her cheek in thought. Slowly, something formed in her head, and she knew fun would come of it.
"How about," Rae thought for a few more seconds, the idea forming into a stranger one. "We do something fun. Help you lose all your stress." she asked slowly, Juno snorting and cracking a smile.
"Sure, love." she answered, Rae taking hold of her hands and leading her along. Juno followed eagerly, excited to find out exactly what Rae had planned for her, what her brilliant idea was. Eventually their walking stopped and Juno awaited what her surprise was, blindly standing in her spot, hearing Rae messing around with some things. Then, music randomly started up, making Juno jump in surprise. Rae's soft chuckle was right in front of Juno and she gently took her hand.
"I didn't mean to scare you." Juno could hear her smile but she reached her hand up, gently tracing over Rae's lips just to make sure.
"Oh yeah, I'm so sure you are." Juno laughed as Rae did too, already feeling a load of stress wash off her shoulders. When she dropped her hand away she listened to the music closely, raising her eyebrow with intrigue. "And what is this wonderful music for?" she asked, feeling a beat that made her want to dance.
"It's to help you with your damn stress." Rae chuckled and Juno felt her begin to slightly dance around her, in front of her, making Juno laugh loudly.
"You are a wonderful nerd, love." Juno smiled widely and shut her eyes, listening to the music. Rae chuckled and paused in her dancing, looking at Juno.
"C'mon Jun! Dance like no one is watching." she chuckled, bumping her hip against Juno's. Juno's eyes opened and she snorted.
"Well... technically no one is." Juno joked and pointed to her eyes with her tongue stuck out. After a few seconds Juno too began to dance, waving her hands in the air, locking her hands and Rae's together, wiggling them about, doing a worm with their arms. Rae and Juno's laughter filled the air, the two continuing their bizarre dance together through several songs. They were having fun and didn't care how stupid they may seem to other people. Once they stopped, Juno was thoroughly covered in sweat, panting, and smiling.
"And how was that for stress relief?" Rae asked, panting along with Juno who chuckled.
"It was fun. It was great." she leaned in and kissed Rae's cheek. "But now it's gotten me hungry." Juno wiggled her eyebrows, Rae seeing the old her coming back.
"Lunch it is then." Rae answered and gently grabbed Juno's hand again.
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Top of the World
Riley could sense it. Ronan was not being himself today, not at all. He was generally a happy and (semi) carefree individual, but that didn't seem to be the case today. Which was odd. He just seemed... down. Riley hesitated before entering his room, finding him slouched on his couch, staring off into space. Riley sat down next to him and he didn't even notice that. She rose her eyebrow and scooted closer to him, him being too lost in thought to notice that. She groaned and dropped her head back, Ronan snapping back into reality and blinking a few times before giving Riley a small smile.
"What's wrong?" Riley asked and Ronan dropped his head into his hands, rubbing his face. He glanced over at her and gave an apologetic look.
"Sorry." was all he gave in an answer, Riley raising her eyebrow and shaking her head.
"For what, Ronan?" she asked, a small chuckle escaping her lips. "You haven't done anything to me. I'm just worried, you've never been this upset before." she rubbed his arm and put her chin on his shoulder.
"I've just been dwelling on things I shouldn't be. Armera..." he mumbled, Riley immediately understanding. She paused for a few moments, knowing if she let him mope around like this all day it would not be a fun day for anyone. Finally a light bulb went off and she patted Ronan's leg.
"Okay... alright. Get up." she said, standing and grabbing his hand. Ronan looked reluctant, staring at their interlocked hands. Before he could protest, Riley leaned back pulled, getting him up and out of his seat. The look she gave him simply said, no excuses. So there was basically no point in him arguing with her. Ronan merely sighed, letting himself be tugged around in every direction. They up stirs, down hallways, down some stairs, back up, then finally to a doorways.
"And what is this?" Ronan asked, looking at the door. "There's not going to be a dead body in here right?" Ronan joked, knowing how much Riley disliked Armera. Riley stuck out her tongue.
"Oh har har. It's a surprise. I come up here when I need a little... detoxification." she mumbled the last part and shrugged as she pushed the door open. They were high up, seeming close enough to touch the starless night sky. Ronan glanced around and smiled, though it still didn't seem genuine.
"This is a good place. It's very... relaxing." Ronan smiled but Riley held up her finger.
"That isn't even the best part." Riley walked to the edge of the building, worrying Ronan. He remained worried until he saw Riley take in a deep breath and simply yell, loudly, "Fuck you!" making Ronan jump. She turned and smiled at him, holding out her arms as if to say What do you think?
"Riley..." he finally smiled at true smile. "What on Earth was that?" he asked. Riley chuckled and gestured for him to come over to her, which he did cautiously.
"That, Ronan, was detox. Just think of whatever makes you sad, mad, stressed, upset and yell whatever you want at it or them. No one can hear you. " she poked his forehead. "It sounds strange and dumb and weird but... it helps." Ronan looked hesitant at first but when he looked out at the darkness before him he inhaled deeply and shouted,
"You suck!" once he finished, he chuckled and smiled that genuine smile again. "That's not too bad." he looked over at Riley who was laughing. She gestured outwards.
"Keep going!" and for the better part of a half hour, the two were shouting at the black abyss, things that were on their mind. Eventually the two had a shouting match, laughter echoing through the sky. Once their throats were all worn out from yelling, they sat on the edge, legs hanging over. Ronan pulled Riley closed and she leaned on him, head resting on his shoulder.
"Thank you Riley." he mumbled, kissing the top of her head.
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Always Remember Me
It felt like years since they'd been apart when in reality it had only been a week. Hayate felt like his nerves pinched him harder the longer it took for him to get home. To get back to his wife. But, the man carried on, determined to get to her, no matter how long it'd take him. He focused on that, getting home, kissing her, finally being able to hold her again, apologizing for being away for so long (which no doubt worried her to death). As they neared the Soul Society Hayate's crummy attitude disappeared and was slowly replaced with a smile. He checked in at his Squad, got the paperwork that needed filling out, and practically sprinted home. He burst through his doorway, set the paperwork down on a table, and called out his wife's name. He heard a commotion above him then he heard feet hurrying down the stairs. Koya spotted him and her expression brightened as she ran over and hugged her messy, sweaty husband.
"You're back." she whispered against his chest. "Oh, I was so worried." she sighed before pulling back, her hand reaching up and gently touching his face. . He gently took a hold of her hand and kissed the palm, shutting his eyes and taking a deep breath.
"I'm going to go clean off." he chuckled and looked down at himself, which was caked with a mixture of dirt and sweat. Koya nodded and smiled, moving back from him.
"And then you and I will get to relax." she whispered, "We'll just spend the day together. Just us." Hayate chuckled and nodded before going upstairs and doing what he said she was going to do, giving his body a good clean. He changed into more comfortable clothes and went back downstairs with hair still damp. When Koya was nowhere to be found, he walked out onto their porch to find his wife lounging on the loveseat they had out there.
"So this is where you went." he chuckled again, grabbing his paperwork before breathing in a deep breath of summer air. He went over to her and sat down, Koya immediately lounging against him and giving a contempt sigh. As Hayate worked on his papers with the warmth of his wife next to him, Koya slowly dozed off, Hayate smiling at her soft snoring. He glanced over and suppressed a chuckle for worry of waking her. He looked back down at the paper he was working on and before he knew it he was sketching out a picture of her. He wasn't an artist, and he knew he didn't need to be, because it's the thought that counts. Once he decided it wasn't a bad piece of work, he added himself in. Once that was finished he folded it up, planning to give it to her later. Hayate put his arm around Koya and shut his eyes, falling asleep himself.
The next he awoke, Koya was no longer next to him, no doubt back inside. He stood, stretched, and walked in, seeing her cooking in the kitchen. She was at the stove when he smiled, leaning in the doorway. When Koya sensed this, she turned and grinned in return. "Well hello, sleepyhead." she teased, pulling food out of the oven as she spoke. "I made your favorite. I figured it'd be a nice coming home gift." as she finished up cooking the meal Hayate set the table, getting out plates, glasses, silverware. Shortly after that their dinner was served and the sat, spoke, laughed, poked fun at each other. Right as they were finishing off dinner, Hayate handed her the picture, Koya raising her eyebrow.
"I just..." Hayate smiled and cleared his throat, "I just drew that while you were sleeping. It's not a masterpiece," he added as she opened it up. "But I hope you like it because..." he shrugged and rubbed the back of his head. "Whenever I'm gone you could just--" Koya cut him off by planting a large kiss on his lips.
"Hayate," she held his hands and grinned widely. "You are one of the most thoughtful people I know." her husband chuckled and shrugged.
"I try to be."
A Hot Spring
"Just take a day, El." Jo begged, her warm hand holding Eliot's hand. The darker skinned woman looked at Jo, her glasses on the far end of her nose. She sighed and pursed her lips as Jo jutted out her bottom lip which caused Eliot to chuckle.
"Mi Vida... I have so much work..." she mumbled and looked at the mess of papers, feeling that if she stare at them any longer she'd get a massive headache. Eliot looked back at Jo and smiled. "But it can wait, you are much more important." Jo smiled and pressed her forehead to Eliot's.
"I have a feeling you'll like this." Jo said softly before pulling away and standing. She pulled a blindfold out of her pocket and held it up. "I just have to do this so it stays a surprise."
"Oh my," Eliot said with a devious smirk, her eyebrow raised high. "Is it that kind of surprise?" She snickered with a joking tone. Jo snorted and smiled, gently covering Eliot's eyes.
"Not quite." she said, pulling Eliot up and out of her seat. She held her hand and instructed her where to go, what obstacles were coming up and what to be careful around. Eliot did as she was told and found the air around her had gotten slightly warmer. When he blindfold was removed, she was right in front of a hot spring, Jo throwing her arm out.
"Ta-da." she smiled softly."Hot springs relieve tension and stress... I figured with everything you've been going through, this would be a good release." Eliot smile and was already in the process of taking her clothes off.
"This is great, Mi Vida." she said, fully nude, and sliding into the water. She sighed contently, leaning her head back with her eyes shut. "Come in, Jo." she smiled and looked back, Jo pulling her bottoms off.
"I'm coming." she chuckled.
"Oooh it's a full moon tonight." Eliot chuckled, Jo glancing back and raising her eyebrow with a large smile. They both laughed and Jo slid in next to Eliot, smiling at the feeling, though the warmth not having too much of an effect on her. Eliot sank closer to her and smiled, looking up at her.
"Enjoying this?" Jo asked with a smile, Eliot chuckling and nodding.
"I am, Mi Vida. And it's even more special with you." she murmured, leaning up and giving her a gentle kiss.
Don't Shoot Me
Rei's anger was usually bearable. Usually. She had her little outbursts here and there, but one such as today was rare. You could've sneezed the wrong way around her and you'd be given a glare. To save himself from being killed with her stares, Åke had a plan to improve Rei's mood. Hopefully it would work, and if it didn't, it wouldn't be the end of the world. But it possibly could be. So, as she was in a semi-mellow mood, and lounging on a couch, Åke came in and sat next to her. Rei rose her eyebrow and glanced over at him. For a few moments there was silence between them, Rei staring holes into the wall. Åke finally looked over and gave a lazy smile.
"I have something that might make you... not so upset." he said, Rei glancing over at him again. "it's in the human world. I figured we could give it a shot... you might like it." he added, Rei dropping her head back and groaning.
"Sure." she said after a few seconds of contemplating. She stood when Åke did and looked at his hand when he held it out for her. Åke simply gave her a look which made Rei sigh and slap her hand into his. He lead her outside, Rei walking as if she had a big black cloud over her head. THey came upin a Senkaimon Åke had kept open, the two walking through. Once through they got their gigais, actually needing to be visible for this activity.
"I have a feeling you'll like this." Åke said, looking back at her. Just from being around him her mood had improved, but only a small amount, because she gave him a half smile. Soon enough the two came upon a large building, Rei squinting her eyes at the name.
"Al's... shooting range?" She looked at Åke. "People hired you to kill me, didn't they." she joked, Åke rolling his eyes in response. Rei stuck out her tongue and the two walked inside. He talked to the clerk, who then lead the two of them to a large room with targets all over the place, and a table full of guns.
Rei's eyes widened as she walked towards them, "There are for me?" she asked, Åke nodding as Rei fawned over them like a child in a toy store. She picked one up and looked at it in her hand, "This is so cool." she aimed it at the dummy, one eye squinted shut, tongue out as she focused. Åke walked up behind her, gently holding her hands and helping her along.
"When you aim, you sh--" he was cut off by Rei shrugging him off and continuing to stare down the dummy.
"I got it, I got it. Just let me shoot some shit up." she said and before she took a shot, Åke placed ear muffs over her ears and his own. She gave him a thumbs up and began to shoot. It took at least a full clip of rounds, but Rei managed to shoot the dummy in front of her. She threw her hands up into the air and began cheering. "Success! I am a shooting Goddess!" she grinned, turning around and looking at Åke. "That was pretty hot right?" she asked, Åke chuckling and nodding.
"Absolutely, shooting Goddess." Rei grinned widely and went back to shooting, telling Åke to come join her, which he did. She was much more enthusiastic though, telling him the history of the guns or about the company that manufactured them which made Åke chuckle and smile. "So you know a lot about guns?"
"Oh hell yes, I am a gun enthusiast." she smiled and bumped her hip against his, "Thanks by the way." she mumbled and her face had a slight red tinge to it as she got up on her tiptoes and kissed him on the lips. "Seeing you shoot that gun was pretty hot too." she said, making the two of them laugh.