(Title – デートに行ってくれますか？ – Dēto ni itte kuremasu ka? – Will you go on a date with me? Part 1)
“Okay so let’s go eat first. I don’t want to starve you to death when we go out on our date, he he,” Shiro chuckled.
“Shhh! Who said I’m going on a date with you? We are just hanging out as friends,” Kichiro whispered while attempting to cover Shiro’s mouth. He was being cautious because he was afraid that the taxi driver might hear what he said.
Shiro struggled and instead, embraced Kichiro while kneading his shoulder. “Ha ha, you’re just too cute. Okay, we’re just hanging out, if you want to put it that way.” As he embraced Kichiro, he also pinched his cheek. Kichiro hissed as he attempted to distance himself away from Shiro. He looked at Shiro and knitted his brows.
“So where and what are we going to eat?” He said while trying to compose himself.
“Beats me. Up to you.” Shiro shrugged and tried to fix his hair in an attempt to distract himself from trying to eat Kichiro whole. He just couldn’t restrain himself from teasing the other boy.
“Ano… I want to eat popcorn and chips perhaps?” Kichiro flashed his puppy eyes to convince Shiro.
“Oho, that puppy eyes won’t work on me. You should eat something healthy. I know that you haven’t eaten anything. Let’s go eat a complete meal. I haven’t eaten as well, to be honest.”
“Humph! Fine… Then you asked me where and what I wanted to eat.”
“Hey, Ki-chan. You can eat that later. I swear I will make you happy today,” Shiro tried to coax the other boy.
“Ano… I’m sorry to interupt you in your sweet moments but where do you want to go to, dear sirs?” The taxi driver awkwardly ask. The other two didn’t realize that the taxi driver has been observing them ever since they they got inside the taxi.
The two boys blushed after they realized that the taxi driver has been staring at them so they went on staying away from each other as far as they could. Kichiro opened the window and pretended to look outside. Without any better option, Shiro cleared his throat and decided to answer the taxi driver, himself.
“Eto.. Let’s go downtown first. My ‘friend’ is hungry,” he was fidgeting but was able to manage to stress out the word friend to tease Kichiro. Kichiro heard him clearly but pretended he was busy observing the building around them.
The taxi driver chuckled and nodded to show that he understood. “It’s okay dear sirs, I’m not against your preferences,” he said then started driving the taxi.
The two looked at each other then both started to snicker.
After a few minutes, they arrived at the local shopping district. It was already half past one in the afternoon when they arrived.
When they got out of the taxi, Shiro threw his arm on Kichiro’s shoulders. Kichiro was shocked by this and started to spout: “You’re a real pervert aren’t you? The space where you can walk freely is very wide. You don’t have to do this. Are you an octopus to always stick to me?”
“Ha ha! I’m just afraid that someone might steal you from me and I don’t want you to get lost.”
“Who said I’m yours and I’m not a kid. I know where to go,” Kichiro pouted.
“You’re just so adorable.”
“I’m not adorable! I’m a man for crying out loud.”
“Yeah, a cute and adorable little man, he he.”
Kichiro was really red all over bcause of the shameless words that Shiro uttered. He decided to stop reacting and just ignore him because he knew that if he would continue retaliating, the other boy would just continue teasing him.
The two boys went on walking. Shiro was still holding onto Kichiro. The other did not struggle anymore because he knew it was useless.
Kichiro was really excited that day. He already forgot that he was depressed because of what he was thinking about all week. For some reason, his heart was racing and was feeling elated now that he was with Shiro. He even unconsciously pulled the other boy by the hand as he walked toward the restaurant where he wanted to eat. Shiro was astonished by the brazen act that Kichiro did as he did not expect that he would do this, but he chose to be quiet about it. He was happy, deep inside, that he was able to at least spend the time with the other boy, even though he knew that he can never officially date him.
Kichiro saw a restaurant where they specialized with Korean cuisine. His eyes were sparkling at the sight of this. “Ooh… Let’s eat here,” he excitedly said.
The other boy smiled and just followed him.
The price of the food was cheap but the ambiance was really warm and cozy. The management made sure that their customers would feel that they were really eating in an authentic Korean restaurant as the facilities were based on a mixture of modern and historical Korean motif; not to mention, the food tasted really good too.
“So what do you want to eat?” Shiro smillingly asked Kichiro.
“Uhmm… I want to eat jjampong, rice, tteokbokki, a lot of kimchi, tuna kimbap, and beef samgyeopsal.”
“Eh, you sure you can eat all of that?” Shiro was shocked when he heard him say what he wanted to eat.
“Yes. Don’t worry Shi-kun, I will pay for my own food.”
“No, it’s okay. I’ll pay for it since I was the one who asked you out. I’m just amazed that you can eat all of that.”
“Ha ha… If you insist then thanks. I will make it up to you next time. No, we will eat these. I want you to try eating the food that I like,” Kichiro blushed.
“Okay, so there will be a next time?” Shiro agreed and couldn’t help but to smile knowing that Kichiro wanted him to taste the food that he liked. He also flashed a side-eye glance in an attempt to tease the other for what he said.
“Huh? Did I say that?” Kichiro fidgetted as he denied what he just said.
“Ha ha, don’t take back what you said. I heard it, loud and clear.”
“Okay, fine.. humph!”
After they ordered their food, Kichiro and Shiro looked for a table where they could eat their meal. Fortunately, the balcony overlooking the business district of Shinjuku was open. Both saw this and looked at each other, hinting that they agreed to go sit over there.
When they got to a vacant table, Kichiro sat first then Shiro sat beside him.
Kichiro looked puzzled as he glanced at the other. “You can sit on the other side. It would be stuffy if we will both sit here.”
“I don’t want to. I want to sit beside you.”
Kichiro squinted his eyes and just heaved a deep sigh. “If you say so.”
The two happily talked about the things that they like while waiting for their food. They talked about their favorite anime and manga. They even talked about going to Comiket together.
( コミケット Komiketto, otherwise known as the Comic Market (コミックマーケット Komikku Māketto), is the world’s largest dōjinshi fair, held twice a year in Tokyo, Japan.)
“Ano sa… I wanted to cosplay Roronoa Zoro in One Piece. I like the color of his hair and he is so cool. I like swords that’s why I always prefer using swordsman or assasin characters in online games. Can you help me with my costume? I know you’re good with this since you have been cosplaying for a long time now,” Kichiro said.
“Ha ha, you won’t look good in a Zoro costume. You look too cute for that. Why not doing a cosplay on Chopper or Conan in Detective Conan?” Shiro laughed.
Kichiro was flustered and blew a bubble on his cheeks. He looked like he was about to explode. “I don’t want to. That’s too cute. I want to look awesome and cool. Not cute!” he rapped Shiro’s tummy as he threw a fit.
“Ouch! Hey… Fine… I will help you, but… You have to go out with me again, do you agree?”
Kichiro paused for a few seconds while he pondered. Hmm… It’s just basically hanging out. It’s not like we are going to have sex, right?
“Okay, Shi-kun. We have a deal.”
“I know you will agree,” he smiled.
The food finally arrived so the two started eating.
Kichiro, without any hesitations, started picking the food that he wanted to eat with his chopsticks. He was drooling at the sight of the mouth-watering delicacies in front of him.
Shiro just watched him eat, just like what he did back then, when they first met. He inwardly chuckled seeing how happy Kichiro was. He picked his own chopsticks and grilled the beef for the samgyeopsal.
As soon as the beef was grilled, Shiro started to put more food in Kichiro’s bowl. Kichiro saw this and looked at him. “I can get my own food,” he squinted his eyes.
“I know that. I just wanted to take care of you. Just let me do what I want today, okay?”
“The other people might see us.”
“So what? It’s not like we’re doing something shameless in public.”
Kichiro nodded upon hearing this as he understood Shiro’s point.
Unknowingly so, the people around them were eyeing them because they looked so sweet together. Shiro noticed the wathful eyes around them and just flashed a bright smile at them.
In less than an hour, they finished eating their meal. “I’m so full. Thank you for this meal Shi-kun.”
“You’re welcome,” he responded. “Want to go to the zoo?”
“Oh, yeah! I want to go to the zoo. I haven’t been to one in ages.”
Both happily left the mall premises and rode another taxi. They decided to go to the zoo.
Once they were in the zoo, they were greeted by a squirrel monkey that was eating some fruits. It was sitting on a branch in the tree within it’s cage.
“Look Shi-kun, it’s a monkey!” Kichiro pointed out.
“It’s so cute. I wonder what it is eating..”
“Ha ha.. You’re cuter.”
The zoo was not as big Ueno Zoo but it was really good. Edogawa Zoo was relatively smaller than other zoos but they have a lot of animals that you can view. They have anteaters, red pandas, sealions, lories, falcons, and many other animals. What caught Kichiro’s attention though was the petting zoo.
“Oooh…. Oooh! Shi-kun, let’s go to the petting zoo.”
“Sure but don’t you think you would look cuter over there? Most of the people over there would be kids,” Shiro chuckled.
“I don’t mind this time. I want to see rabbits. I love rabbits but my mom won’t let me buy one. She said they are stinky,” Kichiro was really adamant about seeing rabbits in person. He frowned at the thought of his mom not allowing him to buy a rabbit for himself.
“Hmm… I don’t think so. Lemme smell the rabbit,” Shiro stood behind Kichiro and started sniffing his neck. This immediately sent chills up Kichiro’s spine.
“What the heck are you doing?!” Kichiro roared.
“Smelling the cute rabbit. The rabbit smells good. I don’t find it stinky. I could even eat it all up,” Shiro went on with his teasing streaks again.
“Humph! There you go again. I didn’t know that you were this shameless. Did you even ask me if you could sniff me?”
“Okay, I want to sniff you, there,” he sniffed the other boy again on his neck. This time, his lips accidentally touched Kichiro’s neck.
Because of this, Kichiro was stunned. He couldn’t speak and was having a cold sweat.
“Ha ha! Look at you. You look silly. Let’s just go. I know you wanted to see your fellow rabbits.”
In the petting zoo, the attendant greeted the two boys. “Konnichiwa, are you hear to play with the little animals?”
Shiro raised his hands and said: “Not me. Him,” he pointed with his finger at Kichiro.
The attendant giggled. “Aww… How old are you? Are you 12, perhaps?”
“I’m a teenager!”
Shiro couldn’t help but to laugh out loud. He had a lot of fun teasing Kichiro all day. He didn’t know that this boy has the tendency to be easily picked on.
Because of what happened, Kichiro dashed off to go inside the petting zoo to look for rabbits that were running around.
Shiro, still chuckling to himself, followed after him.