This chapter takes place before they start with the play and way before Miyuki finds out about Kuori being Zero. I hope you like it.
Halloween was quickly approaching and I was actually rather excited. There was going to be a Halloween party this year, and I was going, no question. Though I was still unsure what I wanted to be. I kept bugging Kuori about it and one day after school I made him help me decide what to be. “Come on Kuori, I need help!” I begged.
“Fine fine, if I help you will you stop pestering me about it?” He asked with a long heavy sigh. I nodded.
“Yes yes I promise!” I said. I handed him pictures of costumes I liked. “Ok, I was thinking a ghost, witch, superwoman, lady gaga, vampire, angel, and devil. Which one?”
“Um, an angel, lady gaga, or witch.” He answered.
“Ok, to Party City!” I grabbed his arm and pulled him outside.
“Ok.” He said. He didn’t fight me, I was surprised, but whatever. I was getting what I wanted. We got to the store and I bounced in excitedly. Kuori followed me.
“You’re sure not a vampire? Look at that skimpy outfit!” I laughed.
“Whatever you want to do.” He said.
“Some best friend you are.” I muttered as I grabbed the angel one. “Be right back. You know, you should go to the party too, it’ll be fun.”
“What if I go as Zero?” He asked. I laughed.
“You? As Zero? You couldn’t pull it off.” I stated.
“Yes I can. Go get changed.” He ordered. I went back and slipped into the white dress thing. It was pretty and I came out.
“Kuori? Can you grab the angel wings? The white fluffy feather ones?”
“Sure and yes I can pull off being Zero.” He said as he grabbed the wings and came over to me.
“Thanks.” I hooked them on and looked at him. “Nope, I can’t see it.”
“I think I can. All I would need is a red wig. I have black clothes.”
“Well, go for it. I would love to see you try.”
“Ok when we get back to my house, I’ll show you.” He said.
“Deal. Now, next costume.” I went back and tried on the others, but decided on the angel. ”Ok, ready to go back?” I asked.
“Yep, I think my mom has a red wig from a couple of Halloweens ago that she won’t care if I cut it up a bit and use.”
“Ok cool!” I smiled and we went back to his house. “Ok, now lets see this costume.” I smirked at him as I sat on the couch and put my bag on the floor.
“Well I have to find the wig so I can cut it up first.” He said.
“Take all the time in the world. To pull off Zero, you’ll need it.”
“Ok.” He went off and I went through my bag and just looked at my stuff. It was pretty, and I was happy I chose this one. He came out and I smiled.
“Hey, how did Zero get in here?” I asked playfully.
“Very carefully.” He smirked at me.
“Not too bad. Not too bad at all actually.” I complimented.
“Thank you sexy.” He said.
“And the attitude is spot on!” I said surprised.
“Told you I could pull Zero off.” He took off his red wig and I laughed.
“Not the eyes though.”
“Well I have colored contacts. If you want me to go and put them in I will.”
“Sure. Surprise me.”
“Ok.” He left for a few minutes and came back in. All I could do was stare. Apart from some of the facial and body structure, I could have been looking at Zero. “You’re surprised.” He smiled and walked over to me. I nodded a little and he tilted my chin up and smiled a little. “Now I’m sure this is something he would do.” He kissed me lightly. I was shocked, and my cheeks got really hot. He pulled back. “I think I can pull him off.” Kuori smiled.
“Uh, um…I, yeah, I guess you can…” I muttered. He snickered and pulled off his wig. I glared at him.
“What?” He questioned.
“You’re mean.” I pouted. He messed up my hair in response.
“At least I can act right?” He laughed a little.
“Yeah, it was scary.” I smiled. “Perfect for Halloween.”
“Good.” He sat down next to me and put his wig on the table.
“That was crazy.” I shivered.
“Thank you.” He said.
“You’re welcome! I think that the party will be fun. But don’t be surprised if I grab you because I’ll forget that you’re not Zero.” I laughed. He looked at the floor.
“Kuori? What’s wrong?”
“I have something to tell you. I am Zero.” He said.
“I know you’re going to be Zero for Halloween, and I’m not mad you kissed me, you were just getting into character.”
“Wait, what did you say?” I stopped and thought about what he had said.
“Ok.” He repeated.
“No, before, you said you were Zero? You’re Zero?!” I asked. This couldn’t be true, could it?
“No I was just kidding, I wanted to see your reaction if I said I was.” He laughed lightly.
“Oh man, you almost gave me a heart attack!” I breathed a big sigh of relief. Of course Kuori couldn’t be Zero.
“Sorry about that, but come on really? He has more muscle than I do.” He pointed out.
“Yeah, that’s true.” I nodded.
“See? I can’t be Zero silly.” He added. It really made me feel better.
“I guess you’re right. You’re just really good at impersonating him.” I laughed.
“If you wanted to tell, I would do it based on the way someone kisses. It’s something that can’t change, right?” Kuori said. I couldn’t help but blush.
“Yeah, I suppose you’re right.” I said.
“That’s how I would do it anyway.” He shrugged.
“I’ll keep that in mind. I should get home. Party in 2 days! Yay!” I slipped my shoes on and Kuori was leaning up against the wall.
“I don’t know if I’m going.” He said.
“Why not?” I was surprised. He just threw together a great costume, why not go?
“I just don’t know if I want to go or not.” He said simply.
“Oh, ok. Well, it’s your choice. I can’t force you to go. So, I’ll see you in school tomorrow, and I won’t pester you about the dance, because I promised you I wouldn’t.” I turned to go when he stopped me.
“Wait, before you go I want to give you something.” He said. I turned.
“What is it?” I asked, curious. He pecked my cheek and gave me a hug.
“Aw, aren’t you so sweet? This is so out of character. What did I do?” I asked.
“Just wanted to give you a hug. And thank you for being here for me.”
“Well you’re very welcome. See you tomorrow!” I smiled and left, feeling very light, and satisfied.
The night of the dance arrived, and the school gymnasium was decked out in back, orange, and yellow. Everyone was dressed up as something or someone. I fixed my halo and made sure my wings were on straight and texted Kuori. I felt strange being there without him. Not that I couldn’t dance with a few other friends, but still. He didn’t answer and I sighed and looked around. Much to my surprise, I spotted Zero! No, wait… “Kuori!” I yelled and went over to him. He turned and smiled lightly at me. He really did look like Zero, especially with those contacts in. “Or should I say Zero?” I smirked.
“Whichever. I’ll respond to both.” He answered. He looked like he was nervous or something.
“You ok?” I asked.
“Yeah, I’m fine.” He bowed gracefully. “Would the angel like to be this cursed man’s date?” He asked sweetly. I looked over my shoulder, and then looked at him strangely and then pointed at myself. He just smiled and nodded.
“I can’t dance, so you get 2 minutes tops.” I warned.
“Sounds good.” He said. I looked down at me semi ripped white dresslike drapes that were wrapped around me. I couldn’t look at Kuori, he looked too much like Zero. I picked at the feathers on my wings, not knowing what to do. “You look amazing tonight Miyuki.” I looked at Kuori and he was holding out his hand. I took it.
“Thank you.” I said. He took my waist and we moved side to side slowly.
“Did you think I wasn’t going to show up?” He suddenly asked. I looked at him and nodded.
“I just want to see you happy.” He said. I tilted my head.
“What do you mean?” I said.
“Are you sure you’re happy?” He asked.
“Yes, I am. What about you?” I questioned him back.
“I’m happy.” He answered.
“Good.” I smiled.
“Yeah.” He smiled a little too.
“Get a room you guys.” Some boy from the grade below us sneered.
“Whatever.” Kuori rolled his eyes.
“We aren’t dating.” I clarified.
“Thank you.” Kuori said softly. I smiled a little. The boy smirked.
“Then can I have your number Miyuki?” He asked.
“Back off.” Kuori snapped.
“Why should I? You and her aren’t dating.”
“Your point?” Kuori asked with a glare.
“From me, point being, I’ not interested.” I chimed in. The boy glared at me
“So go away.” Kuori ordered. The boy slowly slinked away and I hugged Kuori.
“People are stupid.” I huffed.
“Yes they are.” He agreed.
“There is a haunted house in the other wing of the school, wanna go?” I asked.
“Sure.” He nodded. We walked down to the other end of the school and met with the girl where was standing where it began.
“Welcome you two. Have fun, be careful.” She smiled.
“We will, thanks.” Kuori nodded. We started down the dark hallway that was decorated with bats and cutouts, and other things Halloween.
“Be careful? What was that supposed to mean?” I laughed, but it came out sounding nervous.
“I’m here.” Kuori said.
“Yeah, I’m gla-” Just then I ran into a fake spider web and did the ninja like dance and tried to get it off of me. Kuroi laughed a bit and helped me get the fake webbing off. “As I was saying, I’m glad.” I finished my sentence.
"So I can clean spider webs off you." He chuckled.
“Yes.” We continued and I started getting jumpier and jumpier. “Nothing is happening…” I said nervously.
"haha, that might be the point then suddenly something will come out and jump you." Kuori stated.
“Shhh, don’t you say that, because then something will happen!” Kuori snickered and then something poked at my sides quickly making me jump in the air,
"Jumper cables." He laughed.
“No, not funny!” I said. I stayed behind him so he couldn’t get at me again. We walked no more then 25 feet when something grabbed my arm and I screamed.
"What's wrong?" Kuroi turned around. I looked behind me and nothing was there.
“Something grabbed me, I swear!” I said.
"Here take my hand and walk next to me." He offered holding out his hand. I looked at it and sighed. I took it even though I felt like a child.
"Wow Mi who would have thought you would trust Zero." Kuori snickered and we started walking again.
“I don’t. I trust you.” I stated. A few lights flashed as we walked by and I slowed down.
“Is it a bad time to say that I’m scared?” I muttered. “Never mind I’m scared of everything…” I pulled on his hand and I walked forward quickly.
"It's okay Miyuki." Kuori said. Some air compressors went off on both sides of me and I yelled. I let go of Kuori’s hand and ran into a wall of smoke that was ahead of us. I became disoriented fast, and I didn’t know which way to go.
"Miyuki..." I heard then arms wrapped around me, and a hand few over my mouth before I could scream, "Calm done and breath, it's just me." I did as I was told, and then felt extremely embarrassed. Tears slipped out of my eyes and I looked down. "Miyuki, Myuki, it's okay." Kuroi whispered and hugged me tight and rubbed my back, "I'm right here, I won't let you go."
“I’m sorry…” I muttered. “I’m being stupid.”
"It's okay, really I don't mind seeing this side of you once in a while."
“Really?” I sniffled. “But, why?”
"Because you can't always be the tough thing that you try to show. Sometimes you just have to let it out." He explained wiping away some of my tears.
“I guess that, sometimes, it would be ok to let you be the tough guy.” I chuckled a little.
"Just a little bit." He laughed lightly. I smiled at my best friend, then leaned up and lightly kissed his cheek.
"Let's get through this haunted house the rest of the way." He smiled down at me.
“Ok, if I don’t get scared to death. The theater class is responsible for this so I’m sure it’ll get worse.” I chuckled.
"That is very true." He said and took my hand again. I squeezed his tightly and stayed close to him. A few screams and kids in costumes later, we reached the end. "There that wasn't so bad was it?" He smiled at me.
“No, it was a walk in the park!” I smirked.
“Walk this perfect angel home?” I asked Kuori.
"Okay." He laughed lightly and opened the door for me.
“Zero, such a gentleman. Allow me to take you to the station and throw handcuffs on you?” I teased.
"Before you do let me steal your heart and get away." Kuori teased back.
“But that would be counter productive!” I laughed.
"Then I'll get away and disguise myself as your best friend." He stated and pulled off the wig.
“Oh really? Good luck, no one can fool me like that.” I smiled. We goofed around some more before we got to my house.
"Well night Miyuki." He waved.
“Night, Zero!” I giggled and ran into the house. My parents told me good night, and I ran right up to my room. It was kinda hot so I opened my window and changed in the bathroom into my pajamas. I had fun, and Kuori had really surprised me with being so caring and understanding. I walked back into my bedroom and looked at the window. “Kuori?” I asked.
"Guess again." The red head smiled.
“Zero, what are you doing here?!”
"I wanted to see if you had a nice night." He responded standing up and walking over to my dresser.
“I-I did thank you very much.” I watched him carefully.
"So what were you for this holiday?" He questioned picking up a picture from my dresser top and looking at it.
“None of your business.” I walked right up to him and went to snatch the picture away.
"I was just curious is all." He stated and picked up another picture.
“An, an angel.” I sighed. He looked at me for a minute then smiled.
"I can see that."
“But I’m in my pajamas.” I blinked. And then I got it, and proceeded to blush madly. He laughed a little then messed up my hair,
"I should get going." He said.
“Good.” I responded.
“Night Miyuki.” Zero said coolly and headed towards my window.
“Good night Kuor…Zero.” I corrected. I’ll have to yell at Kuori sometime for actually following through with dressing up as Zero.
“Wait, I almost forgot to give you something.” He suddenly said and turned around.
“What could you possibly have to give me?” I crossed my arms. In a flash he kissed me lightly.
“A good night kiss.” He smiled.
“O-Oh…” I blushed. I still hadn’t figured out why he kept coming to me when he knew I was after him.
“Night.” He went to jump out my window and I sighed.
“Night, you little devil.” I added. He smiled and jumped. I got into bed and let it go tonight. There was no way I was going to chase him on Halloween night.
Instead, I gave Kuori a text.
Sure enough, he sent it back to me, and it wasn’t long after that I drifted off to sleep. What a crazy Halloween.