19: She

"So what's your boyfriend's major?""He's not in school.""Oh, he's graduated?""No," she said flatly. "He's working." There was an awkward silence as her roommate tried her best not to judge but did so obviously anyway. Gathering up her belongings, C.C. headed for the door. "I'll be back.""Of course." They sat quietly. Stirring her coffee, she stared…

18: Opposites

Euphemia jumped as her coffee trembled and the framed pictures of their smiling family rattled. Looking up at the ceiling, she waited silently for someone to say something. She didn’t have long to wait; her husband’s anger reaching her beyond the second floor, it grated on her ears as she heard him yell. “You lied…

17.5: Fairy Godmother

“Alright, can I take this off now?” “Not yet!” Milly’s voice bounced from somewhere to his right. “It’s not quite… Okay! Now you can.” Reaching behind himself, he untied the blindfold and let it fall into his lap as he stared. His eyebrows vanishing behind his bangs, he couldn’t help but let his mouth fall…

17: Invitation

“You didn’t stay.” “Well. No.” She tapped a finger repeatedly on the armrest. Drawing imaginary circles, she looked up at the bright sky. Of course it had been nice that he was so considerate and prioritized her wishes. But it wouldn’t have upset her if she had woken up beside him. They’d had sleepovers plenty…

16: Good Night

In all honesty, Milly thought their affection and flirting partly amusing and partly embarrassing. It was nice to see how happy he made her, even if at times it was a tad much for her. Even so, when he was late to lunch on Thursday, Milly couldn’t help but feel a bit relieved. They were…

Part Fifteen: High for This

“Am I your type?” “Hmm?” “Based on your initial impression of me, would you have believed you’d fall so deeply in love with me?” “Oh, well now, I think that’s stretching it a bit.” But she smiled anyway and only curled up closer. Resting her cheek on his shoulder, she thought aloud for both his…

Part Fourteen: Promise

By the time she cut off the engine and closed the door, he was already standing up. Grease and grime from the motorcycle dirtied his hands and arms, which he absentmindedly wiped. Suddenly anxious, she stood close by Milly’s truck, as if doing so would protect her from any sudden doubt. They stared at one…

Part Thirteen: Roses

The first thing he did when he woke up was lay in bed and stare up at the ceiling. The sun hadn’t yet risen, so it was still dark, save for the red lights twinkling up at him and his phone, who was screaming at him to get out of bed for school. Closing his…

Part Twelve: Laundry

When Suzaku opened the front door Sunday morning, he was a little less than pleased to find his daughter’s boyfriend – that is, what he assumed to be her former boyfriend – waiting on their doorstep. “Lelouch,” he said grumpily. “I’m afraid C.C. is a bit busy today, so she won’t be able to-” “I…

Part Eleven: House of Cards

“We’re not here to fight.” “What are you here for then? To try and show off how much happier you are with her than you were with me?” “It’s been a month since we broke up. A month.” “You-” “What happened, Kallen? You were oh-so-happy to be with Gino behind my back in the months…

Part Ten: Invitation

“Lelouch and I are going to go out.” Both parents looked up to where the two were sitting together on the sofa. Stuck close together, they innocently blinked at the adults. Euphemia glanced towards her husband, who continued to play with the cat, before smiling at the children. “Okay. Just don’t stay out too late.”…

Part Nine: 20 Questions

“Bye, C.C. Have a nice day at school.” With a wave of her hand, she rushed outside. Cradling a cup of coffee, Euphemia moved closer to the window. Outside she could see a boy waiting outside. She’d never seen him around before, but her daughter was obviously familiar with him, what with the comfort and…