You were sitting on the bus, listening to your mp3 player and staring outside, but not at anything particular. Today was a beautiful winter day, which was something unusual for you to think -since you generally hated the cold- but today was also unusually warm and the sun was shining. You were happily and peacefully humming along to the song you were listening until-
“Hey, idiota, move over,” a familiar voice said as he poked your head.
Surprised, you quickly glanced at the person who invaded your daydreaming and pouted. It was Lovi, and he didn’t seem like he was going to sit anywhere else. You sighed and scooted over next to the window and hugged your backpack as he plopped down next to you.
When your thighs touched, you flinched and almost squeaked out loud but instead scooted over some more and buried your face into your backpack and prayed that he wouldn’t notice your reddening face.
Lovi and you were class mates for one of your college courses, and neighbors as well at a nearby apartment. You two had chatted a bit, always sat next to each other on the bus home and even hung out for lunch. You found him to be grumpy, irritable, and foul-mouthed sometimes, but there was something about him that was just so… irresistible. Something that just made you want to get to know him better. Something that you wished you had the courage to do… but you were too shy. Something that he, luckily, was too oblivious to notice, or just didn’t bother to mention. Some-
“Hey, so where are you going?” you heard him cut through the many somethings in your mind and noticed that he took out one of the headphones in your ear and put it into his.
“Oh—uhmm... I’m going to do some quick shopping before I go to my apartment.”
“Oh, Shopping?” he said, in a faintly interested voice. He was listening to the song that was on now, but he was also looking straight at you.
“Yeah, I’m uh… restocking on food for the week,” you said as you tried your hardest to keep eye contact with him and not blush.
“Oh..” he said as he nodded. You both settled into an awkward silence for a second and thoughts ran through your head, desperate for conversation- or something to break that silence.
“So, you like j-pop, huh?” he said, with a faint smile.
You nodded in reply.
“Hah, I do to. I have a friend named Kiku who gave me some..” and he continued on, talking about other people he knew and his brother. You listened happily until you noticed your stop was coming up, to your dismay.
“Uhm.. Lovi, I need to go…” you said after you pulled the stop request string.
“Oh, uh, right.” Was he disappointed or..? No, you were just imagining it. You smiled and waved as you walked past him.
“Goodbye… see you tomorrow,” you walked off the bus.. and felt around in your pocket for your….
Your mp3 player?? Where was it?
“__________! You idiota!!!!” you spun around and saw that Lovi was running after you, with your mp3 in his hand.
“Oh! Thank you…! But, Lovi… the bus!” you both stared with dismay at the bus as it drove away.
He sighed, and scratched the back of his head as he handed the mp3 over to you, obviously embarrassed. You took the mp3 from him and then said with tears in your eyes, “I’m so sorry Lovi!!! I’m so sorry! I was such a ditz and you have to suffer for it…”
You were shocked out of your apology by him flicking you on the forehead. “I-di-o-ta!” he drew out each syllable as he pretended to be upset. “It’s okay… I guess you’ll just have to keep me company as payback.”
“Oh… okay,” you blushed as you rubbed your forehead. That flick hurt, but you were happy at the prospect of getting to spend more time with him. You smiled happily… a wide goofy smile to which Lovi flicked your forehead (lighter this time, though) and smiled as well.
When you got to the market, he started to push the cart around as you maneuvered through the aisles with your list. He was really helpful, giving you tips such as telling you how to tell what was ripe and what wasn’t and finding better deals. He especially impressed you when it came to tomatoes. When you told him you were planning on making your own spaghetti sauce, he confidently picked out the best tomatoes and even knew which ones went best with what. Before you went to the checkout, he started to walk away, saying that he remembered that he needed something. After you paid, he surprised you by giving you a small bouquet of daisies.
“I’ll trade you this for those bags,” he said. You blushed, trying to insist you could hold all of the groceries, but he stubbornly refused and left you holding the flowers while he held the bags.
Touched and surprised by the flowers and overall overwhelmed by tonight’s turn of events, you were both quietly standing by the You thought that you saw his face slowly turn red, but you immediately attributed that to the cold. It was pretty cold outside, after all.
You began to shiver a bit, in spite of your attempts to hide it, and it didn’t escape his notice. He put down the bags, unwrapped his scarf and his jacket, and put draped them around your shoulders.
“L-lovi… but you are cold as well!” you protested through chattering teeth. You cursed your weak cold hating body inwardly as you fumbled, trying to juggle flowers and jacket as you also tried avoiding looking at him so that he couldn’t see your flaming face.
He smiled the same smile that he’d always give you and “grumpily” sighed. “Alright, idiota, is this better?” he took off the scarf and wrapped half of it around his neck and the other around yours.
“Yes… a little..” you said, embarrassed. Now he was really close to you! So close you could hear him breathe.
Silence. The only sound was of you two breathing.
“Uhm, wow that bus sure is late..” you said in an offhand way, trying to lighten the awkward mood that was hanging over both of you. You stared down the street, away from Lovino, peering and willing for the bus to come.
“__________.” He said seriously, and to your surprise he awkwardly took your hand.
“Lovi?” you whipped your head around to look at him.
“_________. Go out with me.” He said as he looked straight down at the groceries.
“EH?” you yelled in shock, and tried to pull away since you were so embarrassed, but he was holding onto your hand with an iron grip.
“Bella… Ti amo.” He looked straight at you, his amber eyes serious, but his whole face a flaming red.
Then it clicked. His strange behavior… well, actually it wasn’t that strange… but the suffocating mood that was hovering around you… was because he also like you? You stared at him with pure shock, your brain trying to absorb what just happened.
“I know this is sudden and all, and we don’t know each other all that well, but I admire you,” he smiled, a genuine one, one that you’d rarely see. “You’re kind, smart, and genuinely beautiful. And I know can be quite testy sometimes but-” he began to look a bit worried, and you panicked. You never wanted to see him sad.
“I-I-I love you to!” you blurted out.
“…” he stared at you, surprised at your sudden outburst… and then he started to chuckle.
“What? Why are you laughing?” you asked, confused.
“Well, that’s…” he smiled again, making you heart jump in your chest and he put his arm around you and brought you close to him. “I’m just really happy to hear you feel the same way too.”
Then the bus came forcing both of you to regretfully break apart. He then shyly took your hand and the groceries and you both boarded the bus and sat in the back this time. When you sat down you took out one of the daisies and put it through a button hole.
“Was this… to go along with the confession?” you blushed and smiled happily as you smelled the daises.
He “glared” at you and said “I-di-o-ta, why do you think everything revolves around you, huh?” which made you pout and turn away from him in your seat. He then put his hand on your head and made you lean on your shoulder.
You smiled as he took you hand. “I’m glad that you told me today…” you said as you traced his fingers with your other hand.
“Hmph.” He said as he leaned his head against yours. “You just looked so pretty when you smiled…” his voice then got lower. “…that I wanted to see you smile like that every time I see you.”
You cuddled up to him and whispered back. “That’s exactly what I was thinking...” you smiled contently.
You two were silent for a while and you watched people get on and off at various bus stops. But this silence wasn’t an uncomfortable one because both of you were content and happy with the knowledge that you both loved each other.
As you both got off at your stop and Lovi helped you off the bus, he smirked and said, “So you think that I’m pretty when I smile?”
“EH?” you looked at him shocked, as you both began to walk down to the apartment. “No no no, that’s not what I meant!” you said, aghast.
“I-DI-O-TA!” he almost sang as he smiled at you and put one arm around you. He then looked down at you, smiling as he said, “Now, let’s have dinner together. You made me hungry, telling me about your plans to eat spaghetti. And I’ll make sure to smile nice and pretty for you, alright?”
At that, you smiled and said, “That sounds like a good plan… but,” you motioned for him to come closer and he did. You impishly then tugged on his curl. “I-di-ot-a! Race you to my door!” you laughed as you ran for dear life, away from Lovino.
He pretended to be angry but couldn’t help but laugh and smile as he chased after you. “That’s not fair! I’m carrying all of these heavy bags!” he yelled.
You two had a nice first meal as a couple together, and you continued to make him smile “prettily” for the rest of your lives together. <3