Prompt: 012 ~ Allergy May 2011©
Fandom: The GazettE
Focus: Kai x Nana
Word Count: 2,139
Fandom: The GazettE
Focus: Kai x Nana
Word Count: 2,139
Kai was sitting on the floor in front of the door to the main bathroom in the GazettE’s hangout warehouse. His legs were crossed in front of him and his fingers were drumming anxiously on his shins as he stared at the door handle.
“What did you do?”
The words were spoken without any malice, but as Leslie approached she held her soccer ball aloft in just such a way so as to make the overall effect of them very threatening indeed.
“I don’t know!” Kai whined as Leslie shooed him away from the door.
“I just got a string of horribly distraught text messages from my best friend,” Leslie explained. “You’ve obviously screwed up somehow.”
It was an unusual thing to accuse, for Leslie at least. Of all of the GazettE’s members, Kai was the one least likely to get in trouble with his girlfriend. “She won’t talk to me,” Kai countered, pouting. “How am I supposed to know what I did wrong?”
“Think harder,” Leslie commanded.
“Leslie? Is that you?”
“Hi there, love,” Leslie crooned, her demeanor entirely different than it had been only a moment ago when she’d be addressing Kai. “Can I come in?”
“Oh thank god, you’re here!” Nana’s words were accompanied with the sounds of the tumblers in the bathroom lock being shifted. In a sudden whoosh of activity, the door was whipped open, Leslie was yanked inside, and the door was slammed shut again.
The lock clicked heavily into place just before Kai managed to wrap his fingers around the handle. It was futile to try, but Kai yanked on the handle anyway. “Nana-chan~” He wailed, “Please don’t shut me out like this! Nana!”
Meisa’s words, now they held blatant anger. Her aggression more than made up for the meekness of Maki beside her. Meisa set her hands on her hips and glared at Kai and Maki asked, “What did you do?”
“I don’t know,” Kai repeated. “I can’t remember doing anything wrong! Our 1000th day anniversary was a few days ago, and she liked the little presents I bought her, and the restaurant, and everything seemed fine until this morning! She just rushed out and came here!”
Meisa was suspicious. “What did you buy her?”
“A necklace, one I know she liked, and a bracelet to match. And some special face cream because she was running out of that cheap stuff she was using before,” Kai responded immediately. He was actually quite proud of his presents. It had taken a full day of dragging Uruha around to find just the right ones; not too clingy or painfully serious, but sweet enough and truly meaningful.
Glaring at him, Meisa didn’t say anything. His presents sounded perfect. But obviously, he’d done something horribly wrong. Friends didn’t get panicked text messages this early in the morning when the boyfriend hadn’t done anything wrong. It just didn’t happen that way.
Kitty got there just as Nana noticed the others outside the door. “Oh, you guys,” Nana was saying from behind the door. “You’re so wonderful to get here so quickly!”
Kai was shooed away from the door again and the three girls swept inside. The drummer was left alone to go back to staring at the door with a pout as Reita made his way over with a smirk and his hand shoved deep into his pockets.
“So,” he began with haughty interest. The girls weren’t the only ones surprised that Kai had gotten himself in trouble. “What did you do?”
“I~Don’t~Know~!” Kai wailed again, waving his arms about to emphasize his point and relieve a bit of frustration.
“Then why aren’t you eaves dropping?”
Reita’s simple query was met with a blank stare. It had never occurred to Kai to eavesdrop.
Maybe Reita had a few brain cells left after all. Or maybe he just got into trouble rather often and had happened upon the idea by sheer force of chance and necessity. It didn’t so much matter to Kai at the moment, the bassist had a good idea, and he was going to make use of it whether or not it came from Reita’s extensive experience.
Kai leapt up and pressed his ear to the door. Reita smiled at him, coming to do the same. The girls’ voices were easily intelligible through the door if the two outsiders were quiet.
“Come on, baby, let me see,” Meisa was crooning. She sighed. “Well, that seems pretty clear, doesn’t it, Maki?”
“Hmm, there’s nothing else to really say,” the actress replied. “With results like this . . . I mean, there isn’t a way to make it more certain.”
Leslie huffed. “Well, can we fix it or something? Kitty, what do you think?”
“There isn’t really a way to ‘fix’ this,” Kitty responded with a sigh. “I mean you could stop it, you probably have to at this point if you want to do anything at all. There’s nothing else to be done about it since it’s this serious, this obvious.”
Reita arched an eyebrow, giving Kai a questioning look. He had something of an idea as to what the ‘problem’ was, but Kai was too intent on listening to notice him.
“You’re going to have to tell him,” Meisa said after a moment.
“And just how am I supposed to do that?”
Nana’s distraught demand was met with silence. A long tense moment passed before Maki spoke up, “But we are sure it’s his? It’s definitely Kai’s?”
“Absolutely,” Nana replied softly, her voice more strained that ever. “It’s his.”
“You have to tell him,” Kitty said, her voice as quiet as Nana’s.
Leslie sighed, but agreed, “It’s not like you could just hide it or something. Even Reita would probably notice eventually, if it had been Kitty.”
Meisa almost laughed. “If it was Kitty in your place, he might notice before she did!”
Kitty huffed. “Just because I don’t notice things . . . I’d figure it out, before him though.”
“He would have to ask if it was his,” Nana said, her voice much more chipper than it had been earlier. Teasing Kitty was something that made everyone feel better. “And he definitely wouldn’t ask.”
“No, he would just growl about it and be all huffy until I got around to explaining it,” Kitty agreed with a slight laugh.
Nana sighed. “Kai won’t do that.”
“You can’t hide it from him,” Meisa reiterated.
Maki agreed, “Really, if you tried, it would only make things harder on him.”
“And I’m sure he’ll be okay with it,” Leslie said, adding, “He really loves you. I mean, that’s why this happened in the first place, isn’t it?”
Kai was staring at Reita with wide eyes, trying to connect the dots of the conversation. At this point there weren’t really very many options to consider. There weren’t very many possibilities at all.
~Omedetou, Otousan,~ Reita mouthed at him with a smirk, cementing in place the most likely of the options in Kai’s mind. The bassist was desperately trying to keep from laughing.
Kai was too busy to notice, but it was his dazed expression that was provoking Reita’s amusement. For all of thirty seconds, Kai was blissfully happy. He was going to be a father? Really? Was he sure that it wasn’t a dream or something?
Sure, he and Nana had slept together rather regularly, but they’d been careful. Could something have gone wrong with their precautions?
Then Kai frowned.
Nana wasn’t ready to be a mother. And she didn’t want it yet. As much as Kai would have been delighted to start a family, Nana was still too involved with her career and schooling to have time to care for a child. And her voice was so distraught . . .
“I know he loves me,” she was saying as Kai refocused on eavesdropping. “But that’s exactly why I don’t want to tell him! I don’t want to hurt him.”
“Your health has to come first,” Leslie scolded.
At this, Kai paled. Was there some other reason that Nana didn’t want a baby? Something she hadn’t told him yet?
“I’m not going to die from it,” Nana retorted hotly.
“Probably,” Kitty countered. “I mean it’s not likely, but with the existing stress on your system and the added stress of not wanting to tell him . . . it’s always best to take things easy.”
Leslie agreed, “You have to remember how fragile you are. Remember when you had to be flown out of summer camp because of a mosquito bite? This is much more serious.”
There was the sound of heads being smacked together and Meisa scolded, “You two aren’t really helping with the stress thing.”
“They are right, though,” Maki said softly. “Nana-chan, don’t worry. Everything will work out, we promise. You just have to relax.”
“We should get her home,” Kitty commented after a moment.
Meisa agreed, “She is really pale. She definitely needs a nice hot meal and some rest.”
Maki sighed. “We walked here. We were just out shopping, so we don’t have a car with us.”
“She shouldn’t walk home, though,” Leslie said firmly, her comment directed at Nana as much as at the others. Then she sighed, “But, I walked here too.”
“Rei and I have the Harley, but Nana shouldn’t ride it in her condition,” Kitty said.
“Kai used his car, I think,” Nana mentioned quietly. “When I ran off this morning he didn’t follow me onto the train and he got here before the next one would have been able to get him here. But . . . I don’t want to see him right now . . . I don’t want him to see me . . .”
“You have to tell him,” Meisa reminded.
“I know, I know,” Nana said quickly, adding, “I just don’t want to do it right now.”
“When exactly is a better time to tell him?” Kitty wondered.
“He’s worried sick right now, you know,” Leslie commented.
Nana whimpered. “But it’s not his fault! I’m the one that didn’t make sure . . . and he’s so wonderful to me.”
“It’s not your fault you didn’t check over every little detail,” Leslie countered. “And just because you hadn’t gotten around to telling him doesn’t make it either of your faults!”
“I know,” Nana repeated.
“Come on, now,” Kitty crooned, “Let’s just get you home.”
After a moment of quiet murmurs that Kai and Reita couldn’t quite hear, the sound of the lock being twisted open boomed in the eavesdroppers’ ears. The door swung open as Kai and Reita tried frantically to look nonchalant, as if they had been chatting while the girls were inside.
Their ruse was pathetic and Leslie eyed them suspiciously for a moment before deciding that she didn’t actually care what they had been up to. “Yah, Kai,” she barked, holding out her hand, “Give me your keys.”
Kai handed them over immediately. He was desperate to see Nana and was trying to look past Leslie into the bathroom as she said, “We’re taking Nana home, she needs some rest. We’ll call you if we need anything or if something you should know about happens, so don’t come nosing after us, got it?”
Nodding wordlessly, Kai protested as Nana was rushed out of the bathroom surrounded by her friends as they bolted to his car. He was ignored though, and left behind as they drove off. He stared after them sullenly as Meisa came to stand beside him.
She informed Reita, “You’re taking me on the Harley since Kai’s car only holds four. Kitty’s better at talking Nana down than I am, so she got the car spot.”
“Is she okay?” Kai asked, drowning out Reita’s complaints of being used like a taxi service.
“Hm? Oh, yeah, she’ll be fine. She just needs some rest,” Meisa replied to Kai’s overwhelming relief. “And don’t tell her I told you this, but it’s not really half as bad as she thinks it is. This isn’t really that much of a big deal.”
“What do you mean?” Kai thought Meisa was being ridiculous. Having a baby was a huge deal, especially if there were health issues involved.
“Apparently, Nana is severely allergic to that face cream you bought her. She has a horrific rash and a fever, but she’ll be absolutely fine,” Meisa explained. “The real problem is that she doesn’t want to tell you because she thinks it’ll hurt your feelings.”
At this point, neither of the men was really listening to Meisa. Kai had practically fainted, and Reita was laughing so hard he couldn’t hope to breathe. All of the muss and fuss, as Meisa mentioned despite the lack of her audience’s attention, was rather trivial at best. And it was all over a stupid little, albeit severe, allergy.