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Mitsuru looked around anxiously as the residents of Greenwood began to
gather in the hallway. His roommate stood beside him and waited patiently.
Finally, Tochizawa stepped to the front and cleared his throat.
"Okay, everyone. I called you all here tonight to announce a contest.
I've noticed lately that life has been kind of boring around here so I
propose that the first person to stir up a little new romance will win
a prize. Any questions?"
The volume of the crowd increased as people whispered and generally got
excited about the news. Someone gestured towards the other room and the
group got quiet again. They didn't want to disturb the dorm lady.
"What about Furusawa and his motorcycle? Does that count?" someone shouted.
Furusawa just shook his head. Tochizawa laughed and assured the group
that the romance had to involve human beings.
The crowd seemed to consider this for a few minutes and then agreed to
the contest. One by one, people headed back to their dorms and talked
about what kind of romance they could possibly start up. Mitsuru heard
whisperings about the dorm lady and some of the guys. He frowned a little
at that. He didn't think that would work. This was going to be tough.
There were so few girls around and so many guys. Mitsuru grinned and his
eyes glimmered as a plan began to take shape. He nudged Shinobu and they
headed back to their room to discuss the new development.
Shinobu looked at Mitsuru mischievously. "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?"
"Aren't I always?" Mitsuru answered playfully. He grinned again. This
was going to be fun. "Hasakawa and Shun."
"Exactly." Shinobu said nodding. "How should we start?"
"Well, I know that Hasakawa liked Shun when he thought Shun was a girl."
Mitsuru said slowly. He was still trying to figure it all out.
"Yeah, but he was also heartbroken over Sumire at the time." Shinobu answered.
"Well, yeah, but if we could just convince him that it was still alright
for him to like Shun..."
"I see. We could give him subtle hints and things like that."
"Okay, let's give it a try."
Later that night at dinner, Mitsuru and Shinobu decided to put their plan
into action. Mitsuru and Shinobu sat down across from Hasakawa and Shun.
"Hey, guys." Mitsuru said as he put down his tray. He looked from Hasakawa
to Shun and then back again.
Hasakawa raised an eyebrow. "What's going on?"
Mitsuru focused on his chopsticks and said, "Oh. Nothing." He was trying
to be nonchalant about this.
Shinobu nudged him and whispered, "Stop looking so suspicious."
Mitsuru frowned. What did Shinobu know about getting people together?
Mitsuru took a deep breath and began. "My you're looking nice today Shun,"
Mitsuru gazed at Shun and then turned to Hasakawa, "isn't he Hasakawa?"
"Ummm... I guess so." Hasakawa responded hesitantly. He was kind of confused
by the way that Mitsuru was acting. He wondered if he was missing something.
Shinobu shook his head and whispered to his roommate again, "What are
you doing?" he sounded exasperated, "We're trying to hook up Hasakawa
and Shun, not you!"
Mitsuru blushed and Shinobu decided to give it a try. "Ummm..." Okay maybe
this was harder than he thought. "You know, red's a good color on you
"Thank you." Shun said suspiciously.
"Not just any red though." Mitsuru added. He was smiling again. Shinobu
"Let's seeeeee." He looked around a little bit and finally pointed towards
Hasakawa. "There about the color of Hasakawa's hair."
Hasakawa and Shun looked at each other. They were starting to catch on.
"You know I have a girlfriend." Hasakawa said.
"Yes, but you know that Shun is much prettier than Mia." Shinobu said
Mitsuru looked over at him. Now who was going too far with this?
Shun started to laugh. This was unbelievable. Were Shinobu and Mitsuru
really trying to set them up as a couple? The idea was ridiculous. They
had to stop it. "You know this won't work." Shun said simply.
Shinobu shrugged his shoulders and decided that that was enough subtle
hinting for tonight. They would have to try again a little later.
Shinobu and Mitsuru walked back to their room after dinner. They were
both thinking about what had happened. It really was kind of amusing,
but they didn't want to give up quite yet.
"Actually, I don't think that red and pink go very well together." Mitsuru
"Me neither." Shinobu said simply, but he was smiling slightly as looked
over at his friend.
Mitsuru was looking at Shinobu, too, and not at the path in front of him.
He didn't notice the boy coming towards them until he ran into him and
they both fell to the ground. The other student apologized and hurried
off. Mitsuru just smiled. He should have been paying attention. Shinobu
leaned over to make sure that his friend was okay and held out his hand
to offer him help. Mitsuru looked at Shinobu's hand and then up at his
face. Their eyes met and the world seemed to slip away for a moment as
their attention became solely focused on each other. For those few seconds,
nothing seemed to stand in their way, but that quickly faded as Mitsuru
shook his head and stood up on his own. Shinobu blushed slightly and Mitsuru
put his hands in his pockets. He tried to think of something to say, but
they remained silent as they headed back to their room.
The next day Mitsuru sat at his desk and finished up the last of his homework
after dinner. When he was finished he turned to Shinobu and smirked. "Now
what are we going to do about Shun and Hasakawa?"
Shinobu looked up uncertainly. "I don't know. I guess we should keep dropping
"Yeah. We should try to convince them that it's okay." Mitsuru answered
as he stared out the window.
Shinobu shifted uncomfortably. "Do you think it is? Okay, I mean."
Mitsuru turned back towards his roommate. He wasn't sure how to answer
the question exactly. It seemed so simple, but it wasn't something he
thought about often. "I guess so," he said hesitantly.
The room was silent for a few minutes as the two friends contemplated
this. For some reason, this was all making Mitsuru a little nervous and
even Shinobu felt kind of uncomfortable with this topic of conversation.
He wasn't sure why. Something about it seemed a little too close for comfort.
"We're just talking about Shun and Hasakawa, right?" Mitsuru finally asked.
Shinobu nodded and smiled as a sense of relief washed over him. His friend
was right. This was about Shun and Hasakawa and no one else. "Right."
"Well, in that case. I think love is love. It shouldn't matter who it
is." Mitsuru walked over and sat next to Shinobu on the bottom bunk. It
was getting late. They should probably go to bed soon.
"I think you're right, Mitsuru. Love is love." Shinobu frowned and looked
over at Mitsuru. It looked like he was about to say something. Mitsuru's
heart beat faster and he didn't know exactly why. He held his breath and
waited for Shinobu's next words. "Goodnight, Mitsuru. We should get some
rest. We can talk about this another time."
Mitsuru nodded and breathed again. He felt a little relieved and a little
disappointed as he climbed up into the top bunk and pulled the covers
closer to him. He lay there in the dark for a while thinking about the
friend in the bottom bunk. They were good friends. They had been good
friends for a long time. Mitsuru didn't know what he would do without
Shinobu. He could picture his face in his mind and he admired the way
his blue-gray bangs fell across his forehead and the way his piercing
eyes seemed to see into his soul sometimes. He lifted his hand and wanted
to reach out to that face. He wanted to feel the softness of his cheek
and the texture of Shinobu's hair. Mitsuru shook his head and squeezed
his eyes shut. What was he doing? He turned to face the other wall and
drifted off to sleep wondering what Shinobu was thinking about.
After classes the next day, Shinobu was walking along the path just beyond
the dorm when he came across Shun sitting on a bench reading a book.
"Hi, Shun." Shinobu said as he took a seat beside him.
"Oh, hello, Shinobu. What are you doing out here?"
"Just enjoying the fresh air. How about you?"
"The same. It really is nice today." Shun eyed Shinobu suspiciously. He
hoped that he and Mitsuru had given up on their little game. It was starting
to get kind of annoying.
"You know you might love him and not even realize it." Shinobu said simply
as he looked directly at Shun.
Shun put down his book and sighed. "Gee. I wonder what that's like." He
rolled his eyes and shook his head. He looked up to see Shinobu looking
confused and decided it was best not to explain. They would have to figure
it out on their own. "Please just leave us alone. It's not going to happen."
Shinobu leaned back on the bench and nodded. He was pretty sure of that
already, but he wasn't quite ready to give up. He still had to talk to
Mitsuru about this. "Okay, Shun. I'll think about it. Bye."
"Bye." Shun said quietly as he returned to his book.
Back in the dorm room, Shinobu and Mitsuru sat together on the bottom
bunk and reviewed their plans. Things weren't going very well so far.
"You know, maybe we should just give up." Mitsuru said.
"Yeah. It doesn't seem like we're getting any closer." A slow smile spread
across Shinobu's face. It had been kind of amusing, but there was really
no hope from the start.
"I wonder what it would have been like though." Mitsuru said softly. He
was no longer looking at Shinobu.
"You mean Hasakawa and Shun?" Shinobu asked hesitantly. He clasped his
hands together nervously.
"Yeah, I guess so. I mean any two... any two..." Mitsuru shook his head
in defeat. This was pointless. There was no reason to talk about this.
"Guys?" Shinobu filled in. He wasn't really sure what his roommate was
getting at but he turned toward him and tried to figure it out.
"Yeah." Mitsuru said looking down at his hands.
"I don't know." Shinobu said simply. He watched as Mitsuru tugged at the
fabric of the bed sheets. He was clearly nervous. He ran his fingers over
the folds and refused to look up at his friend. Shinobu felt nervous too.
He saw Mitsuru's hands and wandered what it would feel like for Mitsuru
to hold him in his arms and run his hands over him. Shinobu blinked at
the thought. It had come from nowhere in particular, but it certainly
wasn't the first time that something like that had come to him.
Mitsuru looked up at Shinobu hesitantly. His violet eyes said more than
words could. He was scared, but he continued. "I mean, do you think that
you kiss a guy the same way that you kiss a girl?"
Shinobu's throat suddenly felt dry. He struggled to find the words to
answer the question. He didn't want to take his eyes off Mitsuru as he
did so. "I don't know." He paused to take a deep breath. "I think it might
Mitsuru nodded and seemed to contemplate this statement before moving
on. "Have you ever kissed a girl, Shinobu?"
Shinobu's eyes widened at the question. For a moment, he thought it was
going to be a different question. He thought Mitsuru was going to ask
if he had ever kissed a guy. "Yeah. One. How about you?"
Mitsuru seemed pleased with himself for a moment. Maybe he was happy that
he had actually found out something meaningful about his roommate, but
after a moment the nervousness returned to his gaze and he looked up at
Shinobu. "A few."
Shinobu closed his eyes. He tried to think back to that first girl. It
was only a few years ago, just before he came to live at Greenwood dorm.
It was just a few months before he met Mitsuru. He tried to see the girl
in his mind. She had long dark hair and sparkling brown eyes. The image
seemed fuzzy and out of focus. Shinobu couldn't remember her exactly.
They weren't together for very long. It just didn't seem right. He looked
up at Mitsuru and wondered what it had been like for him. "What was it
Mitsuru looked up at his roommate surprised. He hadn't really expected
such a question from him. It had almost sounded like there was some doubt
to it. He thought he was the only one who wondered things like that. Kissing
was supposed to be wonderful. You weren't supposed to question it like
he did, but for some reason he always had. Every time, with every girlfriend,
it just didn't seem quite right. "I don't know... I kind of felt like
it was overrated."
Shinobu nodded. "I know what you mean."
Mitsuru continued as he felt a little more confident that Shinobu understood
him. "It kind of made me uncomfortable."
They sat in silence for a few moments as if some revelation had been revealed.
Mitsuru blushed as he realized how closely they were sitting. He looked
at Shinobu uncertainly.
Shinobu leaned closer to Mitsuru. They were almost touching. "Maybe, we
Mitsuru nodded, "I've always wondered..."
Shinobu put a hand on Mitsuru's shoulder and drew him closer. "Just this
once." He said softly as he brushed his lips across Mitsuru's.
"So we would know." Mitsuru whispered between kisses. He closed his eyes
and felt Shinobu's warm lips on his. It was an unbelievable experience.
He lifted his arms to embrace Shinobu. He didn't want to let go. He never
wanted to let go. Shinobu closed his eyes and melted into the embrace.
It all felt so right. He broke the kiss reluctantly and looked into violet
eyes. They shone with a mixture of pleasure and confusion. Shinobu felt
the same way and his hands shook as he ran his fingers along Mitsuru's
cheek and bent closer to kiss him again. Mitsuru moved his lips along
Shinobu's and across his cheek. He brought his hand up to touch Shinobu's
hair and marveled at its softness. He kissed Shinobu along his jaw line
and then returned to his lips. The sensation was exquisite and for a few
moments nothing else seemed to exist in the world. Mitsuru could feel
Shinobu breathing and his heart beat faster at the feel of his roommate's
breath against his neck. They paused before the next kiss. Silence filled
the room as they hesitated.
Shinobu looked up at Mitsuru cautiously. Neither of them knew what to
do. They let go of each other and looked down at the floor. The room was
dark and the clock showed that it was well past the time when they should
have been asleep.
"Well, I guess we should go to bed now." Mitsuru looked up at his roommate
and then blushed at the double meaning that his words held. "To sleep."
He said quickly and looked away.
"I know." Shinobu said quietly. "We should go to sleep." He couldn't look
at Mitsuru as his roommate climbed into the top bunk and settled into
bed. He lay down and closed his eyes, but the moisture on his lips burned
with the memory of their kisses. He tried to ignore it, but he couldn't
stop thinking about it. He stared at the bottom of the bunk above him
and wondered what Mitsuru was thinking about.
"Shinobu?" Mitsuru said softly. He hoped that his friend wasn't asleep
Shinobu blinked at the sound. It took him a moment to realize that Mitsuru
had actually said his name. "Yes, Mitsuru?"
"It was different." Mitsuru said quickly.
Shinobu smiled slightly and agreed. "Yes, it was."
By the end of the next day, they had pretty much given up on the Hasakawa
and Shun idea. It seemed hopeless and no amount of subtle hints or not-so-subtle
persuasion was going to change their minds.
Shinobu looked at the clock and shook his head. It was almost time to
gather in the hall and see if anyone had won the prize. "Well, I guess
Mitsuru nodded. "Yeah. I guess so." He looked away for a moment and stared
out the window. "We should probably go tell Hasakawa and Shun. I'm sure
they'll be relieved."
Neither friend moved from their seats. The silence in the room seemed
to surround them as they waited. Mitsuru continued to stare out the window.
He was afraid that this had all been a terrible mistake. Shinobu worried
too. He was having trouble keeping his mind from drifting back to that
first kiss. They had both liked it hadn't they?
"Shinobu?" Mitsuru said hesitantly.
"Mitsuru?" Shinobu said at the same time.
For a moment they both looked flustered and neither knew how to continue.
"Go ahead." Mitsuru said after the pause.
"No it's okay, you go ahead." Shinobu answered. He was suddenly very afraid
of what Mitsuru was going to say. He tugged at his sleeves for a moment
and tried to take a deep breath.
"It's just..." Mitsuru shifted in his chair. He wasn't sure how to begin.
"About last night..."
"Oh." Shinobu was worried about that. Maybe he was wrong after all. Maybe
it was all a mistake. Maybe they could forget about it and move on. Somehow
Shinobu doubted that as he looked up at Mitsuru again.
After a few moments, his eyes took on a mischievous glimmer and Mitsuru
looked at him quizzically. He had a plan and maybe it would all work out.
"I think maybe we could still win the prize."
Mitsuru leaned a little closer and raised his eyebrows. "Really? How?
I don't think there's any hope for Hasakawa and Shun."
Shinobu smiled. "No. I meant us."
"Us?" Mitsuru could hardly believe it. Was he serious? "Of course. That's
perfect! We can pretend that we are a couple at least for the sake
of the contest."
Shinobu nodded. He was beginning to relax a little. They wouldn't have
to talk about the serious stuff tonight. For now it would just be a game.
That could work. "Do you think anyone would believe us?"
Mitsuru was starting to get excited about the idea. He sat next to Shinobu
on the bed. "I don't know. They might want us to kiss or something." Mitsuru
looked down at the floor again as some of the nervousness returned. He
looked up when he felt Shinobu's hand take his.
"In that case, maybe we should practice some more." Shinobu smirked, but
his eyes glimmered with uncertainty as he reached out and brushed the
bangs away from Mitsuru's face. Mitsuru leaned into the touch and closed
his eyes as he felt Shinobu's soft lips on his own. He parted his lips
to welcome the kiss and reached out to hold Shinobu closer to him. Mitsuru
ran his hands down Shinobu's back and admired his strength. He let one
hand move under Shinobu's shirt to caress his bare shoulders. Shinobu
closed his eyes and ran his tongue along Mitsuru's bottom lip as he leaned
closer to him. Mitsuru leaned back against the pillow as Shinobu began
to kiss him lightly down his neck and shoulders. He whispered Shinobu's
name and smiled when he heard his roommate answer by saying "Mitsuru."
It felt so good to hear Shinobu say his name. He closed his eyes again
and pulled Shinobu closer to him until he was almost on top of him. Their
legs tangled as they each became lost in the moment. They both froze when
they heard a knock at the door. Shinobu pushed himself up with one arm
and leaned over Mitsuru. Both friends stared at each other breathlessly.
Shinobu smiled. "I guess it's time to go meet everyone."
Mitsuru blushed and smiled also. "Are you ready?"
Shinobu leaned in and kissed Mitsuru lightly on the cheek. "I hope so."
Shinobu sat up and went to open the door. He told Hasakawa and Shun that
they would be there in a minute and then he sat down beside Mitsuru again.
Mitsuru shook his head. "I'm still not sure they'll believe us."
Shinobu grinned. "Of course not." He turned to Mitsuru and looked at him
sincerely. "We'll have to keep it up for a little while."
Mitsuru nodded. "How long?"
Shinobu's eyes shone in the darkness of the room and Mitsuru saw his lips
curve up into a smile. "Oh a couple of years at least."
Mitsuru smiled too and they stood to go.
Tochizawa stood in front of the group and glanced around to see if everyone
"Well, it's been a week and I haven't seen any signs of a new romance.
I guess no one gets the prize."
"Wait! We have one!" Mitsuru announced excitedly.
The residents turned around and looked towards Mitsuru. Everyone seemed
curious to find out who the new couple was. "Who is it?" Tochizawa asked
"It's us. We're a couple." Shinobu said in response.
Tochizawa laughed and shook his head. "No, that doesn't count. You too
have been together for as long as I've known you."
There was a resounding agreement as dorm residents nodded their heads
and made comments.
"But, we... but, we..." Mitsuru looked over at Shinobu in disbelief.
Shun walked over and put a hand on Mitsuru's shoulder as the crowd began
to disperse and residents headed back to their rooms. "They'll never believe
you, but I know just how clueless you two really are." He smiled and looked
over at Shinobu. "I was wondering how long it would take you two to figure
out what everyone else already knew." He winked at them and smiled. "Good
Shinobu and Mitsuru stared after him and then turned to each other. Shinobu
took Mitsuru's hand in his own and gestured towards their room. "It doesn't
matter. Shall we continue?"
Mitsuru nodded and followed his roommate. "Just to keep up appearances,
Shinobu grinned. "We have to fulfill our reputation."
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