[Man: Haven’t I seen you someplace before?
Woman: Yeah, that’s why I don’t go there anymore.]
Title: I Hate Men
Series: Fushigi Yuugi
Summary: Miaka wants nothing to do with men so when her friend tries to hook her up she proclaims she would rather kiss a girl than be with a man.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Fushigi Yuugi.
Miaka squirmed impatiently in her school desk once again. She kept thinking about what it was going to be like helping out Kourin. She hoped that she and Kourin would become good friends and she was really glad that Kourin was even letting her make up the awful mistake of kissing her. “Come on, come on” she mumbled under her breath, but it didn’t go unheard by a certain someone.
Of course Miaka was too much in her own world to notice that she was being watched or ease dropped on. Finally the bell rang so Miaka grabbed her things and rushed out of the class, still oblivious to the person watching her.
It was only 2:45 but Miaka was restless, even though Kourin had told her to come after 4:00. She just couldn’t help but to go on ahead and make her way to Kourin’s house. Besides, Miaka thought, If she isn’t there I can just wait patiently outside. It didn’t take long for Miaka to reach Kourin’s apartment and just as expected, she wasn’t there yet.
Miaka sighed and took a seat on one of the steps. She knew it was stupid of her for coming so early but she just couldn’t help it, for some reason the thought of going home to those empty rooms brought shivers up and down her spine. After a few minutes of sitting there, the warm sunshine on her skin was starting to make her drowsy, her eyes slowly began to close and before she knew it she was asleep.
She dreamt unpleasant dreams as usual. Dreams that would make her break out in a cold sweat. Tears where starting to leek from her closed sleeping eyes as she mumbled a few incoherent words, but as soon as it started it had ended and Miaka was placed back into a dreamless sleep.
After awhile Miaka eyes fluttered open when she felt something was different. Right away she noticed it was because the sun wasn’t shining on her anymore. In fact someone was standing in front of her blocking all the sunlight.
“Who are you?” asked a sort of rough and masculine voice.
Miaka froze. ‘What time is it’ she thought, ‘how long have I been asleep?’
“Hey, I asked you a question.”
But Miaka wouldn’t answer, instead she tried backing up but it was actually a pathetic attempt since the wall was just a few feet behind her.
“Hey don’t back away from me. Hold on there a minute.” The unknown guy said as he reached out to stop her.
“Don’t touch me!” Miaka screamed and smacked him in the face.
It was quiet for a bit and Miaka dared not to open her eyes. She could feel her hand throb and suddenly started to be overcome with fear. She had just hit a strange guy, a guy who would have way more power than her. What if she made him really mad now, enough to make him want to hurt her?
“Miaka?” came a familiar voice.
Miaka opened her eyes slightly too see the person who just called her name.
“Miaka, is that you?”
When she was able to get a good look she noticed it was Kourin and sighed in great relief. She looked around and saw the guy was still there. He was holding his face and looking really confused.
“What are you doing here?” Kourin started, “You’re really early. Did I tell you the wrong time?”
Finally registering what was going on she quickly stood up and began to explain. “Oh no, you told me the right time. I just got here a little too early and – uh – well I guess I shouldn’t have.”
“It doesn’t really matter, but you know that is kind of dangerous to just sit out here like that.”
Miaka scratched the back of her head nervously, “Heh, I guess you are right. Sorry.”
Kourin just sighed, “There is nothing to be sorry about.”
That was when the other guy spoke up. “Yes there is! OOWW, why did she hit me? That’s why I hate being around women.”
Miaka took a good look at the guy; he had very bright orange hair and yellow eyes. His appearance gave a sort of tough guy look to him but there was something else, an almost childlikeness in him.
“Miaka, this is Tasuki. He is here to help as well.” Kourin said with a little smirk on her face.
“Oh!” Miaka exclaim and made a slight bow. “I just can’t meet anyone the right way these days. I’m very sorry to have hit you.”
Kourin laughed. “You got that right Miaka, but all is well. You don’t have to worry about Tasuki being angry for to long, he is actually a big softy.”
“Hey! Don’t tell her that!”
Miaka giggled at the little antics between the two friends. Then a question came to her. “Are you guys, dating?”
Tasuki nearly hit the floor at that. “Are you crazy, just because I said I didn’t like women doesn’t mean I like m…”
“Of course not Miaka, I have better taste then that.” Kourin said, interrupting Tasuki in his sentence and glaring intently at him.
Then it dawned on Tasuki. “Oh! I get it! She doesn’t know you’re not a…” At that Kourin hit him over the head, knocking him down to the ground.
“Um-” Miaka started worriedly. “Is he going to be okay?”
Kourin started to open the door to her home. “He will be just fine, trust me. He had that coming for a long time now.”
Miaka just blinked a few times before she shrugged it off and followed Kourin inside. “Wow.” Miaka started, “It’s so… bare in here.”
Kourin rolled her eyes. “That’s why you’re here, remember?”
“And me,” came a voice from behind. “I don’t get it Nu… Kourin. You didn’t tell me you were going to invite a girl to help.”
“That’s because I didn’t feel there was a need to, but I guess I was wrong.”
Miaka just stared at the two as they talked. She felt a little out of place.
About three hours later a few awkward moments between Miaka and Tasuki and a few glances between Kourin and Miaka the day was coming to a close. They had gotten a lot done but there was still plenty more to finish.
Miaka stood up from her place on the floor and stretched out her arms. It was a little strange hanging out with people she didn’t really know but it was also a nice change of pace.
Miaka turned to look at Kourin, she was holding a soda. Taking is with thanks then cracked it open and took a big swig.
“Ahhh, that is much better.”
Kourin smiled at Miaka and Miaka couldn’t help but smile back.
“Thanks for being such a big help today. I’m sorry we couldn’t really talk.”
Miaka took another swig of her drink and tried her hardest not to burp, Root Beer always seemed to do that to her. “Not at all, I’m just glad I could be of any help.”
That’s when Tasuki entered the room. “Hey, what do you want me to do with these?”
Kourin’s eyes bugged. “Tasuki you idiot!” she rushed over and closed the box that he was holding. “Don’t worry about those. I will do them later on by myself.”
Miaka looked on with curiosity but couldn’t see a thing. It was then she decided it was probably something personal and figured it was best not to ask since she had finally gotten on her good side.
“Well it is getting late so I better head home. I don’t want to have to walk in the dark. Would you like me to come back tomorrow to help you finish up?” Miaka tried not to look desperate but she really did enjoy being away from home.
“No, you don’t need to stop by tomorrow. I got it covered from here.”
Kourin saw the falter in Miaka’s smile, “But, If you like, we can meet up for food and drinks when you get out of school.”
“HAHA! Sounds like a date.” Tasuki snorted.
Miaka’s face turned red.
“What did a say about tact earlier?” Kourin shoved him in the gut with her elbow, hard.
Tasuki held on to his stomach and tried to ride it out. “Screw you manly chick.”
Miaka tried to hide the smile on her lips. They acted so funny. She was also amazed by how strong Kourin seemed to be. Whenever she would try to get something heavy Tasuki or Kourin would run over to help and sometimes take over. It was a little strange. She didn’t feel like she was that out of shape, so why was she so much stronger than her?
When she heard Tasuki’s comment she figured it must be something she got teased for a lot and guessed it had to be that she worked out a lot.
“That would be great, Kourin.”
“Tasuki, why don’t you walk Miaka to the station?” Kourin gave Tasuki a push towards the door.
Grumbling, Tasuki opened the door and waited for Miaka to follow. “Well, are you coming or not?”
Miaka took a glance at Kourin and saw her nod. It was enough for her to trust him so she waved and bolted out the door, Tasuki close behind.
“So- how did you two meet?”
Miaka jumped when Tatsuki suddenly spoke. She wasn’t expecting him to make any conversation with her. She felt really nervous but did her best to not let it show.
“Um, I violated her.”
Tatsuki stopped in his tracks and looked at her with shock. “What is that suppose to mean?”
Miaka put her head down in shame. “I kissed her without warning.”
Tatsuki started to laugh.
Miaka didn’t understand what was so funny but she continued walking, him following close behind.
“I don’t think you need to worry about it too much but if you don’t mind me asking, are you a lesbian or something?”
Miaka shook her head back and forth. “No, I was just mad at some friends and well, I was trying to make a stupid point about not needing a guy and one thing lead to another…”
Tatsuki kept laughing and Miaka was starting to get a little annoyed.
“Why is this so funny?”
“It’s nothing it is just- I have known her for a long time, ever since we were kids. It’s not that I’m laughing at you. I’m laughing more at her.”
Miaka didn’t bother to say anymore to him after that. They had made it to the train station after all. They waved bye to each other and Miaka was glad to get some much needed space from him. She was sure he was a good guy but she was still not ready to be alone for long with one.
When Miaka got home it wasn’t ten minutes later when she got a phone call.
“Oh hey Yui.” Miaka wanted to continue being mad at her best friend but she was also thankful for her for helping her get to apologize to Kourin.
“How did the moving thing go?”
Miaka smiled to herself and felt relieved. She was starting to think that Yui didn’t really care for her all that much anymore but this phone call made all those worries go out the window.
“It went really well actually. We are planning to meet up for dinner tomorrow.”
“Oh really? That’s nice.”
Miaka could have sworn she heard something in her words but she let it go. They continued to talk to each for about an hour, talking about their days and other mundane details until Miaka started to feel sleepy. They said their goodbyes and Miaka went about her nightly ritual, glad to know she had survived another day.
To Be Continued.