Kicking off my shoes, I stepped on the wood of the floor in my pure white socks. My face was in a tight smile, hoping I'd hear Kurai say "Welcome home", or something like the girls in anime and manga. I peeked around the corner to see Kurai nowhere in the kitchen, nor the TV room. I creeped up the stairs, running my hand on the railing. I got to the second floor and motioned toward Kurai's room. I cracked the door, seeing Kurai sound asleep with a book in his face. I sighed, So much for a "Welcome home" from this kid. I kneeled beside his bed, pouting to myself. I moved to book away from his face and noticed what kind of book it was. I turned from Kurai's motionless body and sat, leaning on his bed, inspecting it. The book was a photo album of him and Aya as children. I flipped though the pages, smirking at every one of Kurai crying. So he's a cry baby? So cute! I thought. I Kurai moan, which dropped my attention from the album to Kurai's now weirdly position body. I stared at him, shocked. How does that happen?! In just a few minutes!?
"Don't ... leav-e ... ehh ..." Kurai moaned. I looked at him, surprised he said that in his sleep."Aya ... pl-ease." I felt somewhat annoyed by this, thinking, But what about me? I know I don't have any cute expressions like Aya ... But still. I stared down at the cute sleeping face of the child I met at the station not to long ago. My hand, for what ever reason, found it's self combing hair blonde-like hair. I smiled a little at the touch of his hair, and I started to lean down towards his face. I stopped myself right before I could touch his skin, W-wait ... What the hell am I doing? I'm attacking a kid in his sleep! That's-!I cut myself short and pulled back, fast. With my hands on my mouth, I started thinking. When I came to a conclusion, I smiled at myself.
"Can't be I like a blondie like this? Either that ... or like a little brother ..."I said to myself, surprised on how much I like this kid already. I stood up and sighed, Even if I did like him, there's nowhere he'd pick me over other girls. I turned to go out, disapproved of my actions toward Kurai.
My hand was on the door nob when I heard a creak behind me. I looked behind me to see Kurai sitting up on his bed, rubbing his eyes, and yawning. "Is that you Mizu? Welcome home," he said right before a yawn. I could feel myself start to grow happy by that. "I was going to make dinner, but I fell asleep ..."
I smiled at him,"Don't worry, I'll make it. You can do the laundry for me, okay?" Kurai nodded, and stood up. We went out of his room and into mine to get my clothes. At the doorway, I stopped him,"It's still a girl's room, so wait here." Shutting the door behind me, I gathered up my clothes. I opened the door, shoving my clothes in Kurai's arms. I pointed to the door beside the bathroom,"That's the laundry room there." We walked our own directions, and started to do each of our chores.
I pulled the door so it clicked, and dropped the clothes on the ground. I dropped down beside it so I could sort it. I throw all her whites into a pile and the colors in another. She sure does wear a lot of under shirts, I thought, going through the unsorted pile. My hand gripped something so unbelievably soft, I pulled it into my sight. Once I saw what it was, I tossed it to the other side of the room. I felt my face heat up, thinking, I-It was a-a b-br-...
I slapped myself across the face, trying to get back to normal, O-Of course she has th-those, I started to laugh at myself nervously,She is a girl! I continued with the laundry sorting, embarrassed by myself.
After that embarassing moment, I walked down the stairs to the kitchen. I sat down at the seat i sat at when I first ate. Mizu gave me a plate of fish of some sort. I felt my stomach start to tighten, and let out a low growl of hunger.I staed at the fish, wondering if I ate it, what would happen?
Mizu, as if she read my mind, said,"It's not spicy, if that's what your asking yourself." I looked up from my fish, up to Mizu's face. I smiled at her, picked up my fork, and stuffed the seafood into my mouth.
"Not blat bad," I said, still chewing.
I heard Mizu sigh,"At least eat before you speak, Kurai." Throwing my head back and forward, I swallowed the fish.
I smiled at Mizu,"That better?" One of her hands was across the table and inches away from the sleeve of my shirt. Looking at her hand and back at her, I asked,"What? Did you think I choked?" She pulled her arm back, and nodded. She had the emotionless face again. I grinned,"I'm okay. I just swallowed to much."
She reached back over and picked up my now empty plate,"Go get cleaned up! Your face is dirty as a dog on mud day." I chuckled at her comparing me with a dog. I stood and walked up to the bathroom to take a shower.
After I got out of the shower, I rubbed my hair with a towel I took down from the rack closest to me. Rubbing my hair with the towel reminded me of Aya. Aya ... I miss you so much, I thought, Why did you make me come here anyway? Mizu looks like she is completely okay by herself ... I'll ask her to night when I call her, I guess. After I was dried off, I wrapped my towel around my waist,"Hope this isn't going to end up like one of those shoujo mangas where the two main characters run into each other ... Naw, what's the possibility of that happening?" I felt my face grow warm,"I mean, I hope it doesn't end up like that..."
I opened the door of the bathroom, looking left and right for Mizu, hoping she wasn't anywhere she could she me. Nowhere to be seen. yes! I stepped out of the bathroom door and closed it. I turned in the direction of my room to see my door was open. Out of habit, I peeked around the door, hoping Mizu wasn't in there. Looking around the room, I saw no trace of Mizu in my room. Letting out my breath I was holding, I stepped into the room, feeling, well, safe.
"What are you doing, Kurai?" I heard Mizu behind me. I could feel the heat and the blood course out of my face once I heard her voice. Oh! Come on! Not even a lucky chance? Why does the world hate me so?!
I turned around to see Mizu staring at my bare back, and now my shirtless chest. Her face remained emotionless, and than she looked up at my face."Can I come in? I need to put your clothes away."
I blocked the doorway,"N-No! I need to put some clothes on first!" She looked me up and down, taking in my towel as my only covering.
"You look fine to me."
I felt the heat I lost coming back, but a bit to much came back,"W-Wah?!" She took my embarrassment to her advantage, and got past me, into my room."O-Oi! I can do it myself!" I took after her, grabbing my clothes from her,"I-I can do it m-myself! So g-go!" She turned around, trying to keep the clothes to her self. Stupid me, I should have let it go when she did that, 'cause I ran into her, and crashed to the ground. I landed on my hands and knees, I noticed, and I opened my eyes. I looked at the ground below me, which I couldn't really see. The reason for that was because Mizu was there. I looked a little bit more up to see Mizu's face In front of mine. Instead of the shock on her face, like most girls have when a naked guy with only a towel on falls on them, it was blank. The only thing different was that she had a pink tint to it.
We stayed that way till she said,"U-Um ... could you get off, Kurai?" She looked straight in my eyes.
I blushed,"Y-Yeah! Sorry!" I leaned over on one side to let her out. She slipped out and stood up.
"I'm going to bed, so clean up the clothes,"she said, walking out of my door into the hallway.
"Y-Yeah!" I stuttered, felting even more embarrassed. She walked out and I picked up the clothes. I got dressed, still embarrassed after. Walking out of my room, I looked down at Mizu's room. My face still a little pink, I sighed. Mind as well check the mail, since I haven't yet.
I walked down the stairs, out the door, and toward the mailbox. A flashback of Mizu's face made me feel annoyed,"What was up why that face anyway? I know I'm not the hottest guy, but at least look shocked! I mean, come on! I'm not that ugly without a shirt!"
I slammed the mailbox flip, and turned back toward the house empty handed. At the corner of my eye, I saw a figure by Mizu's window. I gasped, What- who is that?! Mizu!
I took off toward the door of the house, and up the stairs to Mizu's room. I flung the door open to see a kid, not even fifteenth, was leaning over Mizu's face. I stared at them, and the kid pulled away from Mizu's face to look at me,"Why is there a kid in your house, Mi-nee?" His face turned into a pouting face at me.
I run up to the kid and grabbed his shirt,"Whose the kid, kid?!" He got up into my face and I got into his. He pushed his forehead on mine and I did the same. I felt something or someone push my head into the kid's. I felt something soft against my lips, and realized it was the lips of the rude brat. We kissed for a good ten seconds before we both pulled away. I spit at the ground, rubbing my mouth.
"Mi-nii! Why did you do that?!" I heard the boy say, sounding like he was spitting as well."I came to see you, and this is how you thank me?" I turned to look at them, So Mizu did it? Why?!
To my surprise, the kid had Mizu's chin in his grasp, and had her facing him. I stared at him, He's not going to kiss her, is he? She's, like, twice his age! He pressed his lips to hers and grinned at her,"That's mean ya know, Mi-nii. You won't show any emotion to me, even though we're going out."
I stared at them,"Who is this kid, Mizu?"
Mizu turned her head away from the little boy, and to me,"Midori Shinto, my little brother."