Takashi reflects distantly that he’s often been asked in the past what he’s thinking; his lovers never seem to understand what’s going through his head, and he finds it exceedingly annoying, feeling like a bug under glass as they try to figure him out.
But with Fuyuki, it’s different, and as Fuyuki clings to him, flushed and desperate, begging to know what he’s thinking, what all of this means to him, he can’t help responding.
Takashi: “I want to know all of the ways…to make you feel amazing, Fuyuki-sensei.”
Fuyuki’s face bursts into flame as he tries to parse what Takashi has just said, and the man goes on to explain that Fuyuki is the first man he’s ever been with, so he wants to know how best to pleasure him.
Takashi: “And how…I ought to kiss you…”
Fuyuki worries that the rough way he’s pressing for intimacy here is a sign that he’s angry, but Takashi responds that it’s quite the opposite–he’s thrilled. He finds Fuyuki absolutely adorable–which, of course, Fuyuki definitely doesn’t want to hear, as he’s a man, and no man wants to be told he’s “adorable”. Takashi insists that he very much is though, and won’t he please reveal the secret to pleasuring him?
Flushing, Fuyuki mumbles that Takashi simply touching him already feels good, and Takashi reflects that he wants to make Fuyuki wild for him, wants to possess him body and soul.
The next morning, Fuyuki wakes in Takashi’s arms, realizing with a jolt that he wound up spending the night–naked in Takashi’s bed. His rustling about wakes Takashi, who’s eager for a bit more cuddling, but Fuyuki wriggles from his grip and professes a need to leave. Takashi offers him use of his shower, which Fuyuki gratefully accepts–
Fuyuki: [I…I can’t stand up…!]
–only to find that he’s too sore to move.
Not to worry, though; Takashi scoops him up in his arms and carries him into the bathroom, taking extra special care to help Fuyuki scrub clean. It’s an arduous ordeal for poor Fuyuki, though, who’s getting overwhelmed with how sexy Takashi can be, his erotic nature turned on full power.
The dinner (that they wound up not eating) is still sitting out, reasonably edible still, so they enjoy it for breakfast, Fuyuki apologizing for the poor fare while Takashi insists it’s delicious. Takashi brings up the next evening, and Fuyuki starts sweating bullets–his body can’t handle two straight days of Takashi’s lovemaking–but Takashi only reminds him that he’ll be sleeping at the office tonight, so Fuyuki doesn’t have to come by and make dinner. Fuyuki immediately feels ashamed at the conclusions he leapt to.
Here, Takashi brings up Seiji–with whom he’ll be working late that evening–and Fuyuki rushes to reassure Takashi that seriously, nothing happened, he has absolutely no feelings for Seiji. Takashi explains about his and Seiji’s past–that they used to frequent a motorcycle shop together, and while Seiji had a crush on the son of the owner, the son was more friendly with Takashi. Fuyuki reminds him a lot of the young man, so perhaps that’s why Seiji’s behaving the way he is around Fuyuki.
He recalls, though, that the bike shop had been a place he really felt like he belonged; as a latchkey child, the shop had been a place he could go and talk with people who cared about him about things he was interested in. Fuyuki offers here to accompany Takashi on bike outings, eager to help him regain some of his lost youth.
Fuyuki: “I saw you a bit before, straddling your motorcycle–and while it was only for a moment, you still looked really cool!” // [This kind of…makes me really happy…]
Takashi: “…I don’t have any time to ride anymore, though, so I sold my bike.” (If you take it out for a ride and use it, it goes to waste.)
Still, Fuyuki is thrilled Takashi has opened up to him like this, and he isn’t about to let the moment go to waste, inviting Takashi to go out someplace with him all the same, even if it’s not on a motorcycle. Takashi agrees, asking where he wants to go, and it’s only here that Fuyuki realizes he’s just suggested they go out on a DATE. He quickly recovers, suggesting first a movie–but then changing his mind: he wants to go to a theme park.
Takashi: “…Fine by me.”
Fuyuki: [HE LAUGHED AT ME!]
Maybe he thought the suggestion was childish? After all, a theme park hardly suits an adult like Takashi. But before he can change his mind, the time catches up with them, and they hurry to finish getting ready for work. Takashi drives him in, leaving him with the comment of I’m looking forward to the theme park~
Before he can take his leave, though, Kunie rushes over, complaining loudly to Takashi of how utterly dull it is living in an all-girls’ dorm. Before she can get particularly violent, though, Fuyuki rushes Takashi off, and he and Kunie are joined by Kunie’s roommate, who’s been looking for her to get her sized for her cheerleader outfit. It seems Kunie joined up because she heard it was an ouendan (typically a very manly all-male cheer squad) and was horrified to realize she’d be instead forced into a cheerleading outfit.
Takashi bids his farewell, and Fuyuki thanks him again. As Takashi drives away, Fuyuki feels like he’s been brought back down to earth now, and as he heads inside, he bumps into Fujisawa-sensei, who doesn’t seem too impressed that Fuyuki commuted to school with a driver. It’s barely been three months since Fuyuki started his job here as the nutritionist at Rosemary Academy, and he still has a long ways to go before he feels he’ll fit in. When he drags himself home, exhausted, he removes his shirt to take a shower–and finds himself covered in kiss marks. It’s definitely a good thing he didn’t make plans to spend the evening with Takashi again, given the state of things.
When he wakes the next morning, though, he finds a disturbing rash on his side, and after some internet detective work, he deduces he has somehow gotten shingles, brought on by exposure to stress and overwork. What’s he to do…?
Seiji is really not enjoying his work, and Takashi is about at his limit for dealing with the man’s complaining, reminding Seiji that he’s not the only one irritated that they’re working this late. If he didn’t have to do this, he’d gladly be heading home. Seiji latches on to this, curious as to why he’s so eager to run off, and Takashi admits he has someone waiting for him. Seiji is less than thrilled to hear someone with a happy love life blathering on about it. He then poses a strange question:
Seiji: “Do you actually see this ‘Fuyuki-sensei’ of yours…as a romantic partner?”
Takashi is confused, what does he mean by that? Seiji goes on to explain that the reason Takashi’s previous relationships with women have never worked out is because he’s never felt like the bonds of ‘romance’ that his partners bound him with included an element of ‘healing’. So is that what he’s looking for in Fuyuki instead? Someone he feels good with, but not necessarily in a romantic sense? Fuyuki’s his own person, so Takashi would be a fool to think he’ll behave exactly as Takashi wants him to.
TO BE CONTINUED…