TB: I wanted to write this, so that I don't have any more ties to my former friend. Wrote it in an email, but I liked it enough to post it. Noah is my OC, and Toki is hers.

"Oh! Toki, look at this brochure for Kyodai! I went through the majors they offer, and they have a strong music program and a strong science academy! It's perfect, we'll be inseparable in college!" Noah said, and grinned his full smile at her. He thrust the brochure at Toki excitedly.

She blinked owlishly at the folded paper in her hands. Printed on it was the smiling faces of Kyodai students, looking at her invitingly. She skimmed it, admitting to herself it did seem perfect. But there was reluctance in the back of her mind.

"Isn't it great, Toki?" She looked up into bright, childish green eyes, looking at her with expectancy. "... College is a long time from now... heh heh." She laughed nervously, wincing at the confused and slightly offended face Noah gave her.

"Toki, look at this house! It's beautiful!" He said as he ran his fingers over the Victorian Style railing on the Ameagari's porch. "I would love to live in a place like this! Enough space for the kids, and a pet, in a good neighborhood, it's perfect!" He beamed at her, and she looked at the house.

"Yeah, it's great." She said, dryly. She scowled at his implications of a fairy tale future, and walked away. Noah blinked. "... Was it something I said?"

"Hey Noah," She said into the phone. "I was thinking maybe we can go out tonight. There's this new movie playing an-"

"Oh, I can't tonight. I'm helping my dad out with a very special event. You can come over if you want though!" He said, mashing the potatoes.

"Okay, then, I'll be over in a few." She said, and hung up


"Hey, you made it!" Noah said as he welcomed Toki inside his house. He gave her a hug, careful not to touch her with his hands that were covered in potatoes.

He walked back to the kitchen to rinse his hands.

"So whatcha doing?" She asked, eyeing his messy kitchen.

"I'm helping my dad cook his and my mom's anniversary dinner. It's a real big thing around our house." Toki's eyes widened. "Oh, am I intruding? Should I go?"

"No way, you just got here! Grab a seat and wait for dinner, it'll be done in a few!" Mr. Ferrickson said, grinning over his shoulder at the young girl. She sat down uncertainly and waited.


"Ah, dinner was delicious! I love Canadian food!" Toki said, patting her stomach. "Thanks for letting me stay, you guys!"

"No problem Toki, you're like family!" Mrs. Ferrickson said. Mr. Ferrickson grabbed his wife's hands and smiled sweetly. "Happy Anniversary, honey." He said, pecking his wife on the lips.

"I hope we're like that one day, Toki." Noah looked at her, warm green eyes flickering in the fireplace. Toki's eyes widened, and she stiffened up in Noah's arms. "What's wrong?" He asked.

"I... I don't know... That just seems so far away... from now... " She said, moving away from him. Noah furrowed his brows, and hardened his jaw.

Noah slammed his hands down on the table in front of Toki. She jumped, and looked up at him questioningly.

"Okay, we are HAVING this conversation NOW." He said firmly. She looked into hard green eyes and knew he was serious.

"What are you-" "Don't play innocent! You know exactly what I'm talking about! Why do you keep dodging the topic of our future?" He asked, green eyes burning furiously.

She sighed, suddenly tired. "Noah, we've had this talk a thousand times-" She started. "No, we haven't, Toki! You always clam up and flee!"

"Fine! What do you want to talk about?" She said, setting down her coffee mug.

"How about we start with this: How many kids do you want in the future? But wait, don't say it. On the count of three, we say it at the same time." He said hopefully.

"3.. 2.. 1-" They counted in unison, looking directly at each other. "THREE!" "ZERO!" They said. Toki looked shocked, and Noah's face fell. "You.. You don't want to have a family?" He asked, voice small and defeated. She looked away. "I.. I just don't see myself with kids. Ever. I just- I don't know. I'm sorry." She tries to wrap her arms around his shoulders, but is avoided.

"No! No, don't." He said, looking conflicted. Her eyes narrowed. "Why do you always bring that up? We're fine, we're happy, and then you go and do this? We have so much time before we even have to consider any of this!" She exclaimed.

"You don't think I know that? I know already, Toki! It's never hurt anybody to have a plan, though!" He shouted. "I don't want us to be one of those couples who let their problems destroy them!"

"I can't plan out my future so soon, Noah! I have so many options, and I just like to go wherever the wind takes me!" "This plan doesn't have to be set in stone!" They continued to exchange arguments, until Noah snapped.

"Fine! You want to be so free? You don't want any commitments? That's fine! You can leave! Because I'm done with this! I'm done with you and your indecisiveness, and your drama, and your problems. You can go!" He said, smoldering green eyes pinning her in place.

"Wha- what? You're leaving me? Don't you think you're being a bit extreme?" She asked, grabbing onto his coat sleeve. She looked shattered, with a pale face, tears running down her cheeks.

"No, I've been passive for too long. I'm done Toki. Please don't complicate this further." He said, face emotionless. Inside, his heart was breaking, but he knew he had to end it here. Her eyes widened, and she held on to him desperately, almost painfully. "You can't be serious, Noah!" She shrieked.

"I am. And it's about time you try it too. Bye Toki, don't contact me anymore." He said, handing her her coat.

She wiped away her tears and shakily put it on. She ran out the door, screaming, "Noah, you JERK!"

Noah closed his door and sat down heavily at his kitchen table. He put his head in his hands, and tried to organize his thoughts. He felt terrible it ended that way, but somehow, in the back of his mind, he felt... refreshed. Like a new door just opened in front of him. He picked up his Nokia cell phone, and the first thing he did was change his wallpaper. It was a picture of him and Toki from when they went to the Sakura festival last year. They looked so happy. He scrolled through his contact list and found what he was looking for.

He bit his lip, and hit 'CALL'. He listened to the ringing, until someone picked up.

"Hey," He said, his voice a little raspy. "Paige... Do you, I don't know, want to go get a coffee?"


Well, there it is. Done! My first original drabble/oneshot. That last scene was inspired by an episode of The New Normal. :) I know I should be working on The Roommates, but I promise I'll have chapter 2 up soon. Hope you like it, review!