Author's ramblings:

Ok, here's where it gets more adult here. That is, more adult themes, language, and of course, a lemony scene. That's right, this is the raw, uncut version of the fourth chapter for all you die-hard fans (all two of you!). Again, sorry for having to make this so long.

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Lab-Partners: Chapter 4

By Crash Ichimonji

"So, how did your little 'study session' go with Ms. Koraki?" Akira nagged me during lunch. I was eating more leftovers like yesterday, while Akira was eating a Lunchables pizza kit.

"We both did nothing but make love until our brains gave out," I joked.

"You wish…" he grinned at me.

"No, you wish. At least I can get some."

Now, for those of you who don't know, I had a, for lack of a better term, a one-night-stand last summer at Okinawa. Long story short, it changed me (in a good way).

"Ooh, that was low," my friend scowled at me. "So you've done it before, big deal. I still think that you'll probably be doing that with her in the end."

"Pff! As if! I'd rather eat dog-food than do it with…her…Damn it, Akira! You've burned horrible images into my head!" I grabbed my head in frustration.

"Well, that's for the insult. Now we're even."

"Ugh…Alright, alright. Actually, Mitsune and I weren't doing that bad together-" I began.

"A-ha! You two are warming up to each other. I knew it," Akira grinned triumphantly.

"-But we weren't doing good either. We only agreed on one thing yesterday," I sighed as I ate some of my breaded shrimp.

"And that was…?"

"We both decided we'd eat some of the cookies my mom baked for us."

"And how did that go?" my friend asked.

"We both ate a few of the cookies, then we got a call from Mitsune's mom that she needed Mitsune to come home to help out with cleaning the jacuzzi out. You know they just had one installed this week?"

"Fucking crazy…" Akira sighed. "She's so fucking rich, I actually wish I was going out with her. You're so lucky."

"We're NOT going out!" I snapped at Akira, who jumped back and raised his hands up in defense.

"Sorry, sorry. I forgot, that's all."

"Ugh…Why do you seem so intent on getting Mitsune and me to hook up?"

"Look, it's just that, I think that you two have been fighting enough, that's all. Can't you two just forget your differences and at least be friends?"

"Well…" I protested lightly.

"How's this, I'll make a deal with you," Akira grinned in a way that always made me leery of him.

"What sort of 'deal'?" I asked hesitantly.

"For the most part, you're good with the ladies, right?"

"So I can flirt, nothing special."

"And I'm pretty good at making friends with people, right?"

"Yup. Where are you going with this?" I cocked an eyebrow at my friend.

"Well, I was wondering if you could help give me advice on how to woo Miki. In return, I'd help you smooth things out with Mitsune. Sound fair?" Akira showed his right hand to shake with me.

"Why not, I've got nothin' to lose…" I sighed as I shook my friend's hand.

"So, you're really from America? How'd you end up here?" I asked the redheaded girl I was sitting next to at the beach shore. My family was out visiting my maternal aunt and uncle, who lived in Okinawa; so, this gave us the opportunity to chill out at the beach. I was wearing my black swim trunks that had silver flames on it.

The girl was roughly my age (give or take a few months), had long red hair, emerald green eyes, and was wearing an aqua bikini. Her figure was petite and slim, her bust size was slightly larger than average, her firm bottom was perfect in size and proportion, and her body curved at the right places in the right ways. All in all, she was quite the babe.

"Yeah. My mother was a corporate executive for a company here and my father was an American businessman for the over-seas part of the company. They met at the company meeting, and the two of them started dating. After a few weeks, my dad proposed to my mom, they moved to New York City (my dad's home) and got married. Every year or so, my mom and I fly out here to visit my relatives here."

"Cool. You know, I'm here for similar reasons too. My mother was born and raised here until she moved to Kyoto to earn her degree in teaching. But enough about me. What's your name?"

"Meryl Johnson. How about your's?"

"Sachi Komobito. It's a pleasure to meet you, Ms. Meryl," I smiled as the two of us shook hands. "Hey, are you hungry?" I decided to start a new subject.

"Umm…Sure. Are you?" Meryl sat up on her knees to face me.

"Yeah. Wanna go get a burger or something? My treat."

"Sure thing," she smiled serenely as I helped her up. The two of us headed over to a near-by beach restaurant. The grounded eatery looked like a beach shack with metal chairs and tables shaded by large blue or red parasols. As I led Meryl up to the front counter of the restaurant, a man in his mid-thirties wearing a Hawaiian T-shirt and red shorts greeted us.

"Welcome to the Beach House, can I get you two anything?" he asked us.

"Yeah, hold on a sec," I turned to Meryl to get her order. "So, what do you want?"

"Umm, I'll have a cheeseburger without tomatoes and…Hmm…Is it ok if I get a milk shake?" she asked me.

"Sure, no problem," I smiled as I looked back up at the man. "Ok, I'll take two cheeseburgers, one without tomatoes, and two large milkshakes."

"Ok, two cheeseburgers, one without tomatoes, and two large milkshakes. Your total rings up to…" he typed on the cash register our orders. "…1250 Yen."

"Ok, let me get out my wallet," I searched my left back pocket, fishing out my black leather wallet. I fumbled through it and took out two 1000-Yen bills and handed them to the man.

"Thank you," he smiled at me as he took the bills, placed them in the register, and took out my change of 750 Yen. Handing it back to, he took out a numbered tag. "This is your order number: 15. I'll call you when your food's ready."

"Alright. Thanks." Meryl and I headed over to a table with a red parasol shading it and sat down across from each other.

"So, Sachi," Meryl began. "What sort of things do you like?"

"Well, like what?"

"Like music, movies, and other things like that."

"Well, I like a lot of J-pop and techno music. I'm a big fan of anime and manga, and I'm a pretty good artist.

"Cool."

"How about you?"

"Me? I like this American group call NSync. They're this band of totally cute guys who sing really good."

"Oh yeah. I think I've heard of those guys," I tried to find common ground with her.

"Yeah, I think they're pretty great. I like one of the guys, Justin Timberlake. He is so hot! Well, he is a little older than me, but still, he's probably the cutest guy I've ever seen," Meryl sighed as she held her face for a moment.

"Sounds like you're a big fan of his," I chuckled.

"Huh? Well, I'm not obsessed if that's what you're getting at," she gave me a sarcastic look.

"Hey, I'm just kidding," I waved my hands in defense.

"He he, I know," the redhead giggled. "So tell me, you said that-"

"Number fifteen! Your order's ready!" the man at the register called out.

"Hey, can you wait a sec?" I asked Meryl.

"Uh…Sure thing."

"Thanks," I said as I headed up to the counter and picked up the tray of food and drinks. As I carried the orders back to the table, I had a little bit of difficulty trying to balance the tray. Luckily for me, our table wasn't that far away.

"Wow. Thanks for getting that Sachi," Meryl smiled at me again as I placed the tray down and handed her the burger and shake she ordered.

"Ah, no problem," I said as I took my things to my seat and began eating. "So now," I asked before I took a bite of my sandwich. "What were you going to ask me a few seconds ago?"

"Hmm? Oh yeah. You said earlier that you're a good artist, right?" she asked as she took a small bite of her cheeseburger and then took a sip of her shake.

"Yep. I usually draw stuff like dinosaurs, people, all sorts of monsters, animals, and sometimes robots."

"Oh, I see. You sound pretty talented, Mr. Sachi."

"Well, I try to be," I grinned. "But what about you? Surely you have a talent too. Am I right?"

"Um…Well, I am good at gymnastics and stuff like that," she blushed.

"Are you one of those people that can stretch their bodies out into weird shapes?" I smiled again.

"You mean a contortionist? Yeah, I guess you could say that I'm one. I'd show you but it would have to be when no one's looking, you see."

"Oh, I understand. Could you show me tonight?"

"Why? Are you asking me out?"

"Yeah, you could say that. You're pretty interesting, and I want to know more about you. Does eight o'clock tonight sound ok?"

"Sure. Which hotel is your family staying at?"

"The big black one down to the left of the beach," I pointed to the Marriott Hotel a few hundred yards away from the restaurant.

"Really? Same here," Meryl smiled as she finished off her sandwich and drink. "Well, I really enjoyed this lunch, Sachi," she checked her watch as she walked over to me. "I've got to head back to my room now to change to see my relatives today. I'll be waiting for you in the lobby of our hotel." And with that, she bent over to my face and lightly kissed me on my left cheek. "See ya, Sachi," she waved at me as she skipped her way back to the hotel.

The rest of the day, along with a lot of things in this fan-fic, went by without notice for me. All day long, all I could think about was Meryl and that I was going to meet her tonight. Well, by 7:56 PM, I was already waiting down in the front lobby of our hotel when someone from behind me covered my eyes.

"Guess who," a cheery, female voice chirped.

"Hmm…Wait, don't tell me…It could be the beautiful Meryl Johnson, but you're early," I smiled. Instantly, I was rewarded with my eyesight being returned to me, and a light hug from behind me. I turned to Meryl and gazed at her "outfit" for this evening: a sky-blue bikini with a thin aqua skirt tied around her waist. "Wow. You're looking especially gorgeous tonight."

"I could say the same to you," Meryl blushed for a moment. "So, where do you want to go?"

"How about a nice walk along the beach?" I suggested. "The Sun's setting nicely tonight. Wanna watch it together?"

"You bet! I love sunsets," she latched herself onto my left arm as we exited the hotel and headed down to the sun-setting beach.

As we sat down a few yards away from the shoreline, we couldn't help but snuggle next to each other. The air was brisk from the sea dew spraying from the water, the air was slightly warm from the thermal air cushions being blown our way, and the sky was a masterpiece of blues, greens, yellows, and reds. All in all, it was quite romantic. Apparently, we weren't the only couple that thought so, because many pairs of young men and women sat a few yards around us. But this didn't bother Meryl or me; so, we just watched as the glorious lights smeared across the sky receded with the slowly sinking Sun.

"Beautiful…" I found myself whispering to my new friend.

"Yeah…"

"But it's nothing compared to you," I smiled at Meryl while I brushed her crimson bangs away from her lovely face. She looked up at me and gave the most angelic smile I had ever seen.

"You know, you're quite the charmer," she looked over at me.

"I have no clue what you're talking about, I'm just stating the facts: you're far more beautiful than this sunset."

"...And?"

"…And, I like you…a lot," I could feel my face redden with nervousness. I saw then that Meryl felt the same way toward me when she too began to blush.

"Well…I…I like you a lot too, Sachi," Meryl looked deep into my eyes. As I gazed back at her, I could feel my heart beating faster and faster.

I took the initiative and wrapped my arms around Meryl, allowing our faces to become closer to each other. I couldn't hold back anymore, I had to take this opportunity! I slowly drew her into a deep kiss. I could feel the energy surge through not just my own body, but through Meryl's as well. Somewhat shocked, the two of us parted, the electricity fading from our bodies.

"I'm…I'm sorry, about that," I apologized. "It's just that kissing, here in Japan-"

"Sh…" Meryl quieted me by placing her delicate fingers at my lips. "It's alright. I know about what kissing means here." Again, she gave me that heavenly smile.

"If you want," I began nervously. "We can go to my room and…finish this."

"Well, what about your parents?" she asked me worryingly.

"They're with my little brother at the festival outside of the hotel. They won't be back until eleven. Besides, I got to stay in my own room next to theirs."

"Are you sure?"

"Positive. If we hear them coming near my room, we'll just say that you wanted to visit me in my room. Sound fair?"

"Well…" the redhead began reluctantly. "Alright. Let's go to your room, lover-boy."

"So, are sure you want to…do this?" Meryl asked me hesitantly as I locked my room and switched off the lights.

"Yes. I mean, as long as you're ok with it," I answered as I led her into the bedroom.

"Sure…It's just, you know, I'm a…a…"

"…A virgin? It's ok, I'm one too. So, please, don't worry about it," I walked behind Meryl, giving soft kisses from her left shoulder to her neck.

"Ooh…" she moaned lightly as she reached behind her head and ran her thin fingers through my hair. I moved my body in front of my love, directing my kiss to her sweet lips. I felt her tongue fence with my own, causing the same electrifying effect as the first time we kissed. I let my hands wander down Meryl's sides and to her firm buttocks while her hands went around my neck. The two of us swayed side to side for almost a minute straight, when we reluctantly broke our kiss and went to my queen-sized bed.

"Sachi…" Meryl breathed back as I returned to kissing her neck and shoulders. "Please don't…tease me…" I didn't need to be told twice, so, I delicately reached behind her back and undid her light blue bikini top. Upon discarding the light material, I planted my right hand on her left breast, gently massaging it; meanwhile, I moved my kisses to her right mound, suckling the hardened nipple with equal care and attention.

"Ah…Oh, Sachi, you're so good…" Meryl began breathing harder as I quickened my right hand's menstrations and began suckling slightly harder on the crimson teat. I decided to up the stakes as I took my left hand and began massaging my partner's inner thighs.

"How's that feel?" I asked as I continued suckling.

"Ahn…More…Please, don't stop…" she shuddered.

It was then as I untied Meryl's skirt that I discovered the lower portion of her crotch was lightly soaked with her excitement. I took this as an invitation and slowly pulled her last article of clothing down past her ankles and threw them next to the other clothes lying there.

"Hey…You have to too…" Meryl, now totally nude, purred to me as she bent in front of me and meticulously took off my swim-trunks and tossed them with the rest of her clothes on the floor.

"Alright, now we're even," I said at last as I slowly moved atop of my lover.

"Wait," she stopped me. "Do you have a condom?"

"Umm…" I paused for a moment to think. "I think the hotel staff supply them in the bathrooms, just in case. I'll go check," I assured her as I headed to my bathroom and searched the counter drawers filled with soap, shampoo, and toothpaste.

After searching for about half a minute, I managed to pull out a small, square foil package with a ring-like indentation poking against the packaging.

"Did you find one?" I heard Meryl call out in impatience.

"Yep! Hold on a sec," I assured her as I took off the wrapping and pulled the latex item snuggly over my member. "Alright. Now, where were we?" I boasted as I re-approached my partner with confidence.

"Ooh, aren't you the stud? Show me what you've got, hun," she smiled at me with anticipation. It was sort of funny, I'd always dreamed about having sex, but now that I had the opportunity, I was a little nervous. However, I could see the same uneasy look in Meryl's eyes as she playfully drew arcane symbols on my chest.

"All in good time, hun," I said as I knelt by her left side and began planting soft kisses slowly along her neck and throat.

"Ah…Ooh…You naughty boy…Taunting me…with this foreplay…" she cooed as I slowly made my way down to her ample chest again. I returned to suckling her rock-hard, right teat, savoring as much of the moment as I could. I then planted my left hand on the neighboring breast and began to lightly pinch and press down on the slightly elongated nipple. "Oh…Please…don't-ooh-tease me…!

"Don't worry, sweetheart," I grinned as I used my left hand to stimulate the other breast. "Just relax," I reassured her as I returned to kissing her, this time from her smooth flat belly up to her sweet lips. That kiss seemed to take forever, just like we wanted. I then decided enough was enough, that I should kick things up another notch.

"Ready to have some fun?" I asked as we pulled away from our kiss slowly.

"Bring it on, Mr. Sachi…" she purred.

"Alright, time to heat things up…" I began as I bent down to kiss my love's inner thighs, slowly working my way up her left leg up to where they began. I hesitantly parted her soft opening, inhaling the sweet, musky aroma it gave off. I slid a single finger inside with little resistance.

"Aaaahh…Oh, Sachi…More, more…" Meryl moaned as I began moving my finger in and out at a slow, quickening pace. Within seconds, I could feel her shudder just as my hand became annointed with my love's juices. "W-wow…That…Was awesome…" she panted. "Ok, I'm ready to go all the way if you are, hun."

"No problem."

"Just please…" she sat up to kiss me. I upped the stakes and felt along Meryl's spine, making my caresses feather-light to the touch. "Well, I don't think…I'll need to ask you to be gentle, right?"

"Of course, baby," I purred to her as I slowly laid her on her back by massaging her perked breasts.

"Wait…Watch this," she instructed me as she did the most amazing thing I had ever seen. She bent her lower body toward her stomach, tucking her legs under her arms, providing me with a perfect view of her moist slit.

"Wow, you really are a contortionist," I complimented her as I slowly hunched over her. "Here we go," I gulped as I entered my love with slightly more resistance than I had with my finger. I could feel her body quake with ecstasy as I slowly began pumping in and out of her.

"Ah! Oh, more! Please!" I heard Meryl moan as I quickened my actions. Deciding to go all the way with things, I placed both of my palms on my love's two supple breasts and gave them the greatest treatment of their lives.

"Meryl…" I began. "Let's come…together…" I too started to breathe raggedly.

"Ooh…Yes…Sure thing…" I then gave Meryl my undivided attention as I quickened the pace of all my actions at once. I could feel both of us nearing the edge at perfectly synchronized rates. Finally, our bodies shuddered with a raging climax that was indescribable. I pulled away from Meryl and lay right next to her.

"W-wow…" she panted as she looked serenely at me with her emerald eyes.

"I couldn't have said it better myself…" I too tried to catch my breath. Meryl and I kissed softly as we cuddled up together in the warm sanctity of my bed. I pulled the sheets out from under us and enveloped ourselves with them.

"I love you…" she scooted closer to me.

"I love you too," I returned my feelings and a kiss to her. Realizing what had just happened I sat up.

"What's wrong? Is it your folks?" Meryl asked as she covered her chest with the blankets.

"Nah. We've still got time. That is, if you can stay."

"Uh-uh. No problem here, hun," Meryl wrapped her arms around my neck and pulled me down next to her again.

"Are you serious about what you said? Do you really love me?" I whispered to her as I lightly nibbled on her left earlobe.

"As serious as I've ever been. And not just from what we just did. I know it sounds silly, but, I really think I could…"

"…Spend the rest of your life with me? That doesn't sound silly at all. In fact, I feel the same for you."

"You too?"

"Of course. Let's make a promise, ok?" I began.

"Right. Some day, we'll get married. Pinky-swear?" Meryl held her right hand with her pinky-finger sticking out in front of me.

"Sure. Pinky-swear," I agreed as I wrapped my little finger around my lover's and we made our solemn vows.

"So, what sort of ice-breakers do you suggest I use with Mitsune, O' Great Akira-sama?" I asked Akira sarcastically as we began putting away our stuff as lunchtime started ending.

"Great Akira-sama says: 'To avoid conflict with the tiger cornering you, you must show him that you too have stripes like him. Then, he will accept you as his brethren.'"

"What?" I cocked an eyebrow at my friend

"Try to find some common ground with her. Ask her what kind of stuff she likes. Besides pissing you off."

"In that case, I'm screwed. What kind of stuff does she like that I do?"

"I don't know. Only Mitsune does. And how are you going to find out?"

"…By asking her…" I sighed. "This sucks. I can't believe I have to actually fraternize with her…" I slouched in my seat.

"Hey, listen up, pal," Akira grabbed my shoulder and glared at me. "No one's forcing you to do this. You're the one who wants to do this, and no one else. I already told you that you could either adapt or suffer, remember?"

"Yeah, yeah…."

"Good, then. Just trust me this time. The Great Akira-sama has spoken! Ho-Hah!" Akira finished in a Kung Fu-like stance in front of me.

Knock Knock! I heard Mitsune tap our front door. I got up to answer the door, only to hear someone else beating me to it.

"Hi Mitsune!" Yuji cheered as he opened the door, letting in my lab partner. "How are ya?"

"Well, I'm doing great, Yuji," Mitsune smiled back at my little brother and gave him a hug. By then, I was already at the living room, looking the two of them.

"What?" Mitsune sneered as she looked up at me and left my brother's arms.

"Don't I get a hug?" I asked sarcastically as I held my arms out.

"Nope. I used my last one on Yuji," she winked at my brother, who giggled a little.

"Whatever. I'll go get the printouts from yesterday. We'll work in the kitchen today," I ran down the hallway to my room.

"That's fine with me, Gundam-Boy!" I heard Mitsune mock me from the other side of the house.

Just bide your time, Sachi… I told myself. Today could work out better now that I've gotten Akira's advice… I went into my closet to search for my printouts, when I remembered something important: What was I going to ask Mitsune? All I knew was that she wasn't a fan of anime and manga. So, what else could she have in common with me? Music! That's it! I realized as I took out my printouts, a few blank sheets of paper, a highlighter, and two sharpened pencils

Let's see… I thought to myself as I walked down the hallway to the kitchen. 'Hey Mitsune, what sort of music do you listen to?' Yeah! That'll work… When I entered the kitchen, I was 'greeted' by Mitsune's cold stare as she sat at our dining table.

"Good, you brought some papers and pencils. You're not nearly as dumb as I thought," she said frankly.

"…!" I held my breath to avoid any insults that would cause trouble. After placing the items on the table for us to use. I straightened out the papers with the information on them and took out my highlighter.

"So, we're going to highlight what we need, then write that stuff for our report?" Mitsune asked.

"Yup. Just like we were taught."

"I know that. I was just making sure you knew what you were doing, that's all."

"Ok, so, let's get started," I began.

"…And taigas are found in Europe, Asia, and North America," I highlighted the last statements on the paper. All in all, the work we did was a success, although I'm pretty sure Mitsune heard me mention under my breath that taigas were almost cold as her heart.

"So, we're done for today?" Mitsune stretched her arms behind her back. "So, same time tomorrow?"

"Yeah, but…" I stopped her from getting up.

"But what?" she scowled at me.

"Well," I began. "I just realized something."

"What?"

"We've known each other for what, twelve years?"

"Give or take a few days, yeah. What are you getting at?"

"Well, in all this time I've known you, I've realized that I know very little about you. Like, what sort of music do you like?"

"What? Why do you want to know?"

"I'm just curious. Please, just humor me, Mitsune."

"Fine," Mitsune sighed. "Well, unlike you, I like Western music."

"Like what?"

"Well, ever heard of a group called Linkin Park?"

"Yeah. I hear their stuff's pretty good."

"'Pretty good'? They rock!"

"Sorry. I've just never heard their stuff before, that's all."

"Well then, I'll have to let you listen to one of their CD's I've got."

"Ok, cool. Maybe you can lend it to me sometime this week?"

"Oh no. I'm not going to trust you with my stuff. You'll just have to come over to my house for our study session. Let's see…We'll do it Thursday. I've got Judo lessons tomorrow."

"Works for me," I shrugged.

"Fine then. See ya, Sachi," Mitsune waved to me as she left through the front door.

"Well, I think that worked better than I thought…" I smiled to myself as I picked up our supplies from the table.