Chapter 03: Golden Opportunities!
After Katsuki's mini tantrum the girls walked together to their part-time job they all worked at together. Golden Boys was the restaurant Katsuki's and Tamaki's fathers owned together that the girls all work at after school. Nobu, Tamaki's dad was the head chef, and Katsuki's dad Shou served as the restaurant's host. The restaurant itself was massive; it had three floors, each was more established than the other. Golden Boys is currently one of the most popular and busiest restaurants in Yokohama; mostly because of its attractive waiters, Karaoke Wednesdays and fine dining. Working was one of Katsuki's odd joys. She enjoyed making people around her feel as happy as she felt, and was good at doing so.
When the girls finally arrived at Golden Boys, Tamaki placed Katsuki off her shoulder slowly allowing her to grow some of dignity back. Katsuki smiled and stretched her arms happily. Miya opened the door for the girls and were greeted with the faces of many customers scattered around various tables in the restaurant. The waiters and waitresses were busy serving the hungry customers while trying to look as stylish as they could in their button down white shirts, gold aprons, and gold visor hats. The first floor was the most family oriented and often the most crowded floor. It mostly served as a place to take your family for sweet treats such as cakes, ice cream, pie, and tea.
Miya and Tamaki proceeded to take the stairs to the second floor where they did their jobs at. Katsuki didn't follow them, because she preferred to work on the first floor. She often claims she does it for the kids, but people who truly know Katsuki knew she only worked on the first flow to stay closer to the deserts in the bakery. Katsuki walked into the girl's locker room on the first floor near the girl's bathroom. There she switches from her school clothes to her waitress attire, which consisted of a button-down white shirt, a gold mini skirt, and a gold visor hat. Walking over to the nearest mirror she smiled as she re-tied her braid to make sure it stayed neat.
Katsuki: Best Waitress for the second month in a row here I come! (Her confidence started to gleam back again.)
Just when Katsuki's confidence was coming back her eyes saw a figure of girl that she didn't really care much for in the mirror. She grinned her teeth long enough for the girl in the background to notice which mad the girl giggle with glee. It was Katsuki's longtime rival Chie, a pretty, yet rebellious, and promiscuous girl who often got into a lot of trouble at their school. Chie turned her attention to another mirror that was in the opposite direction of the mirror Katsuki was using. She was mesmerized with her own appearance and starting fluffing her short, curly blond hair, and applying more eyeliner to her hazel eyes. Katsuki, who got bored with staring down Chie started walking aggressively towards the door to avoid being in the same room with her.
Chie: I heard you fainted today, how awful. (Her snarky comments made Katsuki stop her steps).
Katsuki knew Chie wasn't sincerely concerned about her well-being, and was only doing this in a way to taught her.
Katsuki: Listen up whore! I not in the mood to deal with your bullshit today so bug off! (Katsuki said while pointing at Chie fiercely.
Chie, not in the slightest affect by Katsuki's harsh comment started giggled in her face. This was only making Katsuki more pissed than before. Katsuki decided to save her anger for later and proceeded leaving the girl's locker room.
When Katsuki walked out the girl's locker room she decided to live her anger there too, and present the cheery waitress everyone loved at the restaurant. She skipped around and observed her surroundings; the face of satisfied customers, and the familiar waiters and waitresses she knew. She even saw her twin brother Katsuhiko, who appeared as though he was trying to under a table to avoid a table full of perverted older women. Katsuki giggled a little she didn't know whether to let him suffer, or to intervene. Then she remembered how he went out his way to carry her to the nurse when she fainted earlier; she knew she needed to return the favor back to him. Katsuki slowly walked towards her brothers trying to not startle him, or blow his cover. Katsuhiko, who was still hiding under the table, was looking out for female customers. He was unaware Katsuki was sitting right by him under the table.
Katsuki: Are we playing the spying game now? (Katsuki said calmly looking at her brother).
Katsuhiko ended up being startled anyway by his sister's sudden voice and hit his head on the table.
Katsuhiko: Ouch! This is not a game Katsuki; it's more like survival of the teenage male vs. the group of horny bridesmaids.
Katsuki was unamused by his dilemma; she believed her brother was just being over dramatic.
Katsuki: Wahh! Wah! Poor me, I'm too much of a pretty boy to deal this. My life is so, so hard. (Katsuki laughed as she started mocking her brother).
Katsuhiko: I can't go back over there, I just can't. One of those ladies grabbed my butt.
Katsuhiko wasn't the type of guy that was rude, or aggressive. Even with Katsuki in his life he mostly knew how to keep calm majority of the times. He has a hard time speaking up what on his mind, and most of the time just settled. In general his was a nice guy, with all the good and negative traits that backfired being so nice.
Katsuki was trying her best not to burst out laughing, but was failing miserably. The second time she cried today was tears of laughter and not from embarrassment, or anger. She needn't it, and Katsuki needed to help out her brother any way she could.
Katsuki: Let's make a deal. I will take your place, and you take out a slice of cake for me and leave it behind the counter so we won't get caught.
Katsuhiko sighed; he knew that she would require something sugary for her to help him.
Katsuhiko: Fine, fine. One of these days you're going to rot your brain with all the sugary stuff you eat.
Katsuki and Katsuhiko crawled from under the table, and both of them stood up. Katsuhiko placed one hand on Katsuki's right shoulder. "Good Luck." The last words Katsuhiko said to his twin sister before dashing off to the second floor. Katsuki's eyes went to the table her brother was complaining about. It was a booth filled with women in their late 20's to early 30's. She could hear their loud, obnoxious conversation all the way on the other side of the restaurant. "Yeah…these broads are drunk." She could already see through the women.
Katsuki: I'm only doing this for unhealthy treats. (Katsuki muttered as she slowly walked over to the table Katsuhiko passed on to her).
When Katsuki finally arrived to the table she was now serving she was welcomed by very confused stares. Katsuki was surprised they were actually attractive, yet they were still very rude. The four women stared down Miwa, causing both parties to start a stare down.
Katsuki: Umm…my name is Katsuki, and I will be more than happy to take you lovely ladies orders.
Katsuki looked at the women's' hats that read "Best Bacholette Party". "I wonder which one is the bride?" Katsuki thought in her head. The four women seemed unpleased they were having a waitress serve them instead of a handsome waiter; like Katsuhiko. Miwa's sweat dropped, because she felt this whole situation was just plain weird and awkward.
"You're not our waiter, that cute boy was!" One of the women finally protested. Katsuki was starting to get annoyed by the rude women.
Katsuki: He's on break, but I would be more than happy to take your orders. (Katsuki was trying to seem as pleasant as possible without losing her temper).
The women aimed their menus at Katsuki's face, but she quickly blocked their pitiful attack with her menu pad. "Boo!" "Boo!" "We want testosterone!" The women all protested at Katsuki. They didn't even bother to give her a shot. Katsuki, whose anger was finally at its limit decided to say something.
Katsuki: Well…who the hell celebrates their bachelorette party at a dinner! Who is even the bride here?! (Katsuki's vain starting tweaking rapidly).
The women became silently for a minute and suddenly all of them started crying with laughter. "Why would we invite the bride?" "All of us hate the annoying bitch". Katsuki was so confused. Why would they have a bachelorette party without the actual bachelorette?" She thought to herself.
Seiji, Tamaki's twin brother walked down stairs to the first floor' probably to spy on attractive waitresses. In his laid-back manner casually crossing his arms above his head, and strolled around to find something fun to do. His ocean blue eyes quickly spotted the chaos that was taking place at the table Katsuki was trying to serve. His eyes didn't point there because he felt the need to save Katsuki, his eyes looked directly at the attractive women that Katsuki was bickering with. Miwa and the four drunk and ignorant bridesmaids were in the middle of yelling at another until Seiji slithered his way in between them.
His arrogant smile and his over confidence made Katsuki's skin crawl. Katsuki knew he was only over there to try to woo the older attractive women. "Why am I always surrounded by simple boys?" Katsuki only knew this was going to get way worse. She greatly disliked Seiji and only barely tolerated him, because he was Tamaki's brother. Seiji was known for romancing multiple numbers of women at once. Katsuki just thought Seiji was just "Sloppy Company".
Seiji: Is Katsuki upsetting you pretty ladies? (His pick-up lines were making Miwa wish she could puke).
The bridesmaids were memorized by his appearance. His good-looks were actually making the women calm down; they couldn't even get a word out.
Katsuki: What the hell are you doing here? This is my table! (Katsuki's vain popped). Seiji pulled Katsuki's arm and pulled away from the bridesmaids' table.
Seiji: Listen babe! I had to spend two hours after school in the classroom that you were supposed to clean! I deserve to have a little fun. (His smirking started to creep out Katsuki).
Katsuki: You're disgusting, I hope you know that.
Seiji just laughed at Katsuki's insult; he probably agreed, but being the person that he was he wouldn't give a damn.
Seiji: You're so cute when you're angry. (Seiji gently stroked Katsuki's cheek).
Katsuki tried to bite Seiji's hand, but he quickly grabbed it back. Seiji quickly ran back to the bridesmaids' table to work his magic. Katsuki disgusted gave up, and slowly back away until she was out of Seiji's, and the bridesmaids' view. Her mood went from happy, to sad, back to joyful, and finally she was exhausted. Miwa just wanted to grab a slice of cake and call it a day. She decided to take refuge behind the bakery counter. "Yes! Nobody's guarding it!" At least Katsuki was finally getting lucky in something.
She went to the side of the counter and slowly placed her left leg in first; hoping not to fall over. Her second leg didn't go over smoothly like the other and she trip on her knee on the counter floor. "Ouch!" Miwa tried to keep low.
Struggling to gain her composer back she was surprised to see her other friend Hama hiding from work like he was. Hama was another one of Katsuki's classmates, he was known for his 6"3' height, his many body piercings, and his long mint green hair. Hama was typically quite; mostly because he was an outcast, and many people found him to scary to approach. His back was facing her, and she could hear the loud metal music that was coming from his headphones. Katsuki saw this as a perfect opportunity to spook him. She slowly crawled as quietly as she could towards Hamawho seemed into his music to notice Katsuki behind him. She rose up on her knees and slowly attempted to poke her silent friend until Hama grabbed Katsuki's arm and yanked her forward.
Katsuki: Whoa! (Katsuki squealed as she fell forward on face).
Hama, who was slightly alarmed, took out his headphones and turned off his mp3 and stared slightly confused at his friend Katsuki.
Katsuki: Owie…I forgot you had fast reflexes.
Hama straightens Katsuki's shoulder to help her rise back up. Her bangs were slightly messy, but she didn't seem to mind. He had a straight-face the whole time as if he was unamused, or not surprised this would happen.
Katsuki: Look like you're escaping work like me too. (She laughed while looking at Hama).
Hama still silent touched Katsuki's forehead attempting to smooth at her messy bangs. Katsuki raised her eyes watching Hama awkwardly touch her hair.
Katsuki: Hmm…yes I see. (Katsuki's sweat dropped; she felt slightly embarrassed and was attempting to make small talk.).
When Hama noticed she was starting to feel awkward his put his hand back down and looked down with a slightly bored expression.
Hama: I'm hiding from your mother. She got upset because I walked away from a rude customer.
Katsuki was excited that her and Hama both were dealing with the same issue, while Hama seem slightly embarrassed to admit getting into trouble.
Katsuki: Really?! Me too! Now I feel less crappy. Well…I mean I still feel a bit like shit, but we can both be crap together!
Katsuki's enthusiasm made serious Hama cover his mouth; his attempt not to chuckle.
Katsuki: No lesson to me. I saw both of us walk back to my table…well I mean ex-table and kick Seiji's stupid, douche-bag ass! (Thinking of Seiji made her veins pop from her head, and she started to get red all over with anger).
Hama: What did he do this time? (Hama tried to seem as interested as he could, but in truth he was uninterested about talking about Seiji too).
Katsuki started slapping the floor out of frustration, an action Hama felt very, very confusing.
Katsuki: Seiji acted like Seiji. (She said sadly while looking at the floor).
Hama reached his hand inside the bakery counter and pulled out a pre-sliced piece of chocolate cake and handed it to Katsuki.
Hama:..Here. (He rolled his eyes; feeling awkward about doing something nice).
Katsuki lifted her head and stared at Hama.
Hama: You probably had a really shitty day so...take it.
Katsuki: Thank you. (She said to Hama while taking the plate from him.
Hama: Do you need a fork?
Katsuki: Nope! I always carry one. (She proudly said).
Hama: You're so weird. (He finally cracked a small smile).
Katsuki: Nah...I'm just greedy. (She said as she began stuffing her face with cake).
Hama: I can cover for you if you want.
Katsuki stopped eating and looked back suspiciously at Hama.
Katsuki: Why would you do that? You don't even like doing your own shift.
Hama face went back serious.
Hama: I need cigarettes from the market. (He blatantly said to Katsuki).
Katsuki: Sure, I guess? But, why can't you do it? You live closer to the market than I do.
Hama: I know that, but I…got banned.
Katsuki was surprised at Hama's response.
Katsuki: Come again? (She said with a cracked smile).
Hama covered his face with his hands and lowered his face.
Katsuki broke out into laughter.
Katsuki: What did you do rob an old lady? (She joked).
Katsuki laughter came to a pause and her mouth dropped.
Hama: Well not exactly…this woman got robbed at the market and since they're all afraid of me they assumed it was me.
Katsuki rubbed Hama's back feeling more sympathetic towards him.
Katsuki: Poor scary-looking Hama. I shall definitely get your cigarettes. (She said with enthusiasm).
Hama:…..Thanks. (He awkwardly said while handing Katsuki the money to buy them)
Katsuki and Hama both sat up and walked in front of the counter.
Hama: Now where's that table you keep complain about.
Katsuki gladly pointed to where Seiji and those bridesmaids were sitting at. Seiji was still flirting with the older women; Katsuki scowled her face and angrily walked out the shop. Hama walked over to the table and was greeted with awkward stares. The women seem terrified of Hama; his serious glare, and piercing made them uncomfortable. Seiji on the other hand was happy to see his friend.
Seiji: Hama! (Seiji happily said as he got up and starting hugging Hama).
Hama, who was disgusted at being touché, pushed his palm on Seiji's face making him fall on his side.
Hama: What did I say about fucking touching me?! (Hama was starting to get why Katsuki was so frustrated with Seiji).
Hama looked back at the bridesmaids which made them slightly scared.
Hama: Order food or get out. (Hama blatantly said).