"Konnichiwa, My students." Drake-sensei, your Judo instructor said and bowed to the class. "Rei." Everyone sat in seiza position and started the Opening of the afternoon class.
"Ok, Guys, start doing some running and then start with your Ukemi." Drake-sensei said to the class.
You started running around the dojo. Panting softly all the way. "Just go slow ___, just go slow." You smiled to yourself and kept running behind the people in front of you in a fast pace.
"Side break falls." Said your senior. You did them both left and right on the soft matted floor. "Front break fall!" You went and prepare to do a break fall and landed on the floor, nicely. "Back break fall!" You then rolled on your heels and slapped the floor with your arm.
You panted. Even though training was tough you enjoyed it.
Not like other people...
"Geez, are they gonna give us some more?!"
Speak of the devil.
"This is just a warm up, (girl)." You panted and got off the floor and bowed out of the mats to get your well-deserved drink.
"I know... I know." (girl) said, she then checked her phone and looked over your shoulder and smirked.
"Honda boy at 4:17pm" She said. Your eyes widened and you looked over your shoulder, and you blushed at the sight if the said Honda.
Kiku Honda, the only true Japanese in your whole group. He was your senior in judo even though he was your age. He went to your school so you knew a little about him. His shy and serious personality, his like of cute things and anime, tea... Who he hanged out with...
No, you weren't a stalker, you were just, mere observant.
You stuttered at him, trying to greet him. "H-Hello Honda-San." You smiled nervously, a blush in place. He wanted everyone to call him with the Japanese honorifics, who could blame him; he was more Japanese than japan itself!
If that made sense.
"Konnichiwa ____-San" He replied politely with a small smile, Ginger you a small bow and then he walked over to talk with the Instructor. You looked down and blushed and (__) snickered.
"Ah, ____, you're stuck to him like honey and a-" You covered her mouth before she could say more. She talked really loudly.
"Shut it (__)!" You squeaked in embarrassing and punched her shoulder. "Ouch."
"Ok, now we are going to be practicing the basic moves everyone should know, ok?" Drake-sensei said. Everyone nodded. "Okay, pair up." It was the usual, People with people who were nearly their size.
And in a flash, everyone had a partner. Not that you could ask much people to be honest. The class was full of guys and only (__) and you were the only girls. There weren't many guys you were comfortable with but either way you could work with anyone.
But they weren't there and you looked like a desolate fish in the middle of the dojo.
You sigh; you thought you were going to be alone again. You couldn't train with (___) because she was two inches shorter than you. You then felt a tap in your shoulder and you turned.
Your eyes widened. "H-Honda-San...?" you stammered. "W-What can I do for you?"
"I was wondering, um, do you have anyone to practice with?"
You shook your head.
"Would you like to p-pair up with me?" Kiku asked shyly, looking away from your gaze. A light blush dusting his cheeks. He looked utterly nervous.
You on the other hand, were starts truck. Your cheeks were an unhealthy glow of red and your eyes were widened. You also had a happy (slightly weird) smile on your face. You were over the moon. He had never asked you personally to be with him.
"...___-San, are you there?" Kiku asked worriedly. He waved his hand on your face. You finally snapped back to reality, and in the calmest voice you could master at the moment, you said.
"I'd love to." You beamed in a loud and cheerful voice.
"Good, so let's get a spot on the mats." Kiku smiled and walked towards the mats.
You nodded happily and followed him there.
You were now practicing Osoto Gari with Kiku. Did I mention you had a big crush on him? You'd known him since grade school but you were really shy.
Osoto Gari is Japanese is leg sweep. You were pretty good with this technique. You really didn't want to flop in front of him and make a huge embarrassment of yourself so you were in deep concentration.
You felt like breaking the silence barrier between you and make some real interaction.
"Um... K- I mean Honda-San, do you know about the world history project that we have?" You asked, now trying to find good timing to sweep him. You were currently the Tori, the practitioner.
"Yes, the one on the world wars." he responded, deeply concentrated at Following your steps. He was the Uke, the receiver.
So he was your Uke...
Wait that sounded wrong. You shook your head to get rid of the thought.
"I think it's really interesting..." You trailed off. You then started rambling about how you liked world history and how the countries were all amazing in their own ways. All while practicing the moves.
"I personally thought that Japan was amazing in the war..." you mumbled.
Kiku heard you and blushed. "I-is that so?" he smiled faintly you and your heart fluttered.
"Ok, now we will do Osoto Guruma." Drake-sensei declared. You looked shocked; you always failed while doing that move. Your instructor showed the class once more what to do and you all separated.
You then went with Kiku and grabbed the hem and sleeve of his uniform. He did the same.
"So... Do you want to go first?" You asked.
"If it's ok with you?" He replied.
"Absolutely!" You said.
He then proceeded to do the 'Large outer wheel' technique, Osoto Guruma, It was like Osoto Gari, but different, it had less sweeping and more force if that made sense.
Either way, you sucked at this technique.
He started moving back and forth, you following, he then pulled the hem of your shirt and swept both your legs on the floor, and you slammed on the floor with a back break fall. It was all so fast that you couldn't even SEE how he did it.
What do you expect from him, he was your senior, after all.
He was now hovering over you. He was panting softly and his face Showed little effort from the throw. Either way, you blushed at the closeness.
"Wow." You said. He smiled and you and got up and gave you his hand so you could get up. You accepted it gladly and he pulled you up. "Thank you."
"It's your turn, ____-San." He said. You nodded and change your positions.
You started okay; you were actually impressed that you hadn't ruined it. When you swept him he break falled on the floor and the technique worked.
Until you were going to do the final part,"Gyaaah!" you slipped.
On top of Kiku.
You kissed him.
Basically you slipped and landed on top of him and kissed him accidentally when you fell. You always mucked up this technique.
But. You. Kissed. Him.
You blushed brightly, almost not a natural shade and you separated from him quickly. You panted and looked away. Kiku's face was full on scarlet, he was really embarrassed, and he just stayed immobile on the floor. The entire club laughed at the sight. Making kissy noises and wolf whistles.
You couldn't be more embarrassed. You were about to cry from the humiliation. You got up from the floor and held your hand for him, not making eye contact. He held your hand and stood up.
"S-sensei..." You sniffed. "Can I please g-go outside for a moment?" You asked. You needed air, pronto.
"Sure, ____, take all the time you need." he smiled sympathetically. He knew you were really upset. And when you were upset you turned into one of the strongest people in the club.
You looked next to you to see if Kiku was there but he had left your side. You smiled sadly and ran out of the dojo door to the garden, without bowing.
"Damn it, Damn it, Damn IT!" You cried to your hands. You were now sitting under a small tree in the Dojo garden. 'It's going to be so awkward between us now.' you sighed and looked to the sky, as if it would give you any answers.
"He must hate me..." You whispered to yourself.
"...I don't hate you, ___-San." A voice said from behind you.
Your eyes widened in shock, your head then wiped to the other side and you looked.
It was Kiku.
He looked really shy and embarrassed still, you could see it. His cheeks were still flushed. He came looked like he had something to say,
"...I'm sorry." Kiku said, looking away.
"Why are you sorry?" You asked. "I am the one who needs to be sorry!" you cried in anger and embarrassment. Here we go "I am such a klutz when it comes to that move... I knew it but still...!"
"Calm down." Kiku said calmly, he put a hand and your shoulder and your tense body relaxed completely.
"Sorry..." you whispered, near sobbing."G-gomenasai." You said in Japanese. Kiku smiled. "Daijoubu, ____."
"It's not ok..." You grumbled. "I bet you hate me." you pouted.
"I don't hate you, I told you."
"But still! I kissed you! All because of my clumsiness!" You sighed for the millionth time. "... If you don't hate me, I bet you dislike me now."
"How could I ever dislike you ___-San?" He said softly but seriously. You looked at his eyes and he looked away and blushed. "...to be honest... I like you...." he said softly. "I am just too shy... To admit it..."
Your eyes widened again, in shock and in incredibility. You then smiled and your eyes softened. "...really?"
"Hai." He said, still not looking at you.
"...I also... Like you too..." You whispered. "For a while now..."
He then looked at you; his face was a mix between shock, happiness and hope. "H-honto ni " He said in his native tongue. Luckily, you had studied the basics before. "Watashi Wa... Anata Wa Watashi o Suki desuka?"
"Hai, Honto ni desu." You smiled. "Really." his eyes widened, you understood him. You really happy at the moment that you wanted to hug him, but you stopped yourself.
'Thank god... arigatai desu...' Kiku sighed in relief internally. He was content and at peace at that moment.
"U-Uh, sorry, I forgot you had a personal thingo and that you dislike being hugged..." You said and laughed sheepishly.
A small blush spread across his cheeks and he laughed softly. "That is true" he then smile at your embarrassed face. "...but I wouldn't mind if it's only you..." He said softly.
And with that you launched yourself against him. "N-nani!" He was startled for a moment and then hugged you back softly.
"...I love you..." you said into his shoulder. "D-Daisuki dayo..." You said hiding your blushing face from him.
He was shocked for a microsecond there and smiled at your confession and blushed. "Watashi mo...." he hugged you tighter. "Aishiteruyo..." you smiled into his uniformed shoulder. You then thought something.
"Can... I call you Kiku?"
He thought for a brief moment. "...Why not." he chuckled softly. "You are my girlfriend now right?"
"Yes!" You giggled. "I guess I am."
You and Kiku entered the dojo together and acted like nothing happened. But you had a wide smile on your face and Kiku had a placid smile gracing his handsome features.
You then continued all moves in sync until your instructor gave you time for a break.
You then waved to Kiku and left to get your water bottle. You drank your water and sighed happily. (___) had been observing you for a while now, and she smirked.
"So, you scored Honda huh?" She winked.
You choked on your water. "W-What?!"
"You confessed right? You look so happy." The shorter girl grinned. "And I swear I saw a happy aura coming out of both like sunbeams." She said.
You blushed and looked down. "...yes."
"Wonder what I missed?" She winked at you and left for the mat. "You Guys left for long."
You were completely flabbergasted. Was she insinuating...?! "(___) YOU IDIOT!" You yelled your blush full on blast.
She just laughed.
Class was finished for today. It was now 5:20 pm. You were already changed and ready to leave.
"Kiku-'kun', Are you busy after class?" you said, pulling the hem of your shirt. You decided to use a more personal suffix
He looked at you from the side; he was now tying his shoe laces. "No, ___-'chan'" he said trying out the new suffix and he blushed. "Do you... Want to go somewhere?"
"It's not really a date but would you like to cone with me to the library?" You tilted your head. "I need to go get my books that are in reserve." you smiled. "My manga."
"Oh really? You like manga?" Kiku asked.
You gave him an incredulous look. "Of course I do! And anime and cosplay...." you rambled on. "And the Japanese country itself." He was blushing all the way, the compliments for his country and your vast knowledge about it was intriguing to him.
"We should watch some over at my house sometime and for tea... If that's what you want." Kiku said shyly. You smiled warmly.
"I would love to." You smiled and left for the door. Kiku following after you. You texted your older sibling that you were coming home a little later today, and not to worry. Kiku just walked next to you, quietly towards the direction of the library.
Kiku looked a little hesitated, he was reaching his hand near yours but he didn't have the courage to just hold it. Maybe it was inappropriate as you two just started dating?
But as the gentlemen he was, he asked. "Ah, _-___-chan..."
You looked at him and smiled. "What's up? The library is not too far from here."
"Ah, I-ie, no that wasn't what I wanted to ask you..." 'Not at all.'
"Yes, what is it?" You smiled softly. "Is something bothering you?" he shook his head.
"May I... H-hold your hand?" He said softly, he looked down shyly. You looked at him and blushed slightly. He was so cute!
You chuckled. "You don't have to ask me, you know? Just do it." You smiled and tilted you head. "Ok?" You then grabbed his hand. You blushed at your sudden confidence.
Kiku shyly intertwined his fingers with yours and you two kept walking towards the library.
"Mm?" you hummed. Not too long for the library now!
"You said I don't have to ask you for anything... right?"
"I did." You hummed. You were really in lala land now.
And... You were also really oblivious to the fact that something touched your cheek.
Kiku had pecked your cheek lightly and looked away. In sudden realization you blushed as red as a rose. He held your hand a little tighter.
"Come with me for Tea, after the library." He asked, a little, teeny bit of commandment in his tone. "Onegaishimasu?" he said a little softer. You nodded and smiled.
Internally, you were grinning like an idiot.
"I told you, you don't have to ask me, didn't I?"
All accidents happen for a reason, even if the reason seems the most peculiar.