Prompt: 085 ~ Breathe May 2011©
Focus: Ryouga x Yui
Word Count: 993
Focus: Ryouga x Yui
Word Count: 993
Yui was a fan of ViViD.
Seeing them live in concert amounted to the vague summation of all of her dreams.
Discovering that a friend of a friend was friends with the female attachment to ViViD’s latest tour, and thereby with members of ViViD themselves, nearly caused her to explode in a fit of fangirlish bliss. Being invited backstage and falling into close friendship with all parties involved was unexpected and magical to say the least. Yui viewed it as absolute proof that Divine Intervention was a very real phenomenon.
Yui was a fan of ViViD, but she was calm and composed about it, especially with them. It took much more than her favorite song to make her go weak at the knees and pathetically shrill when she was with the members. In fact, while she was with ViViD, the only thing that made her knees turn to jelly and her lungs to freeze up was when Ryouga looked at her like that.
The first time was after the very first live that had seen Ayame join the boys onstage, to help boost their fanservice. Ayame and Reno had started to bicker afterwords, a teasing and taunting that hinted at an inevitable deeper connection, and Ryouga had given Yui a knowing smile. It was a smile full of connection and conspiracy, a trust that she could see what he saw and it made her heart flutter.
The second time Yui couldn’t breathe was also because of Ryouga. It was in the midst of a Live. He was singing along to the chorus with Shin, though he didn’t have a mic, and on the sweetest part of the lyrics as the chorus transitioned into the bridge he looked directly at Yui and winked. She was standing right in front of the stage, between the barriers keeping back the crowd and the platform of the stage itself, and she couldn’t mistake for anything. It was a wink meant just for her.
His smile then held the same trusting conspiracy as before, but now there was a confidence to it that make him glow and a secretive tinge that made Yui feel special and privately included in the joke.
The third time was backstage. Yui was helping Kira and Ayame primp before a show. Ayame only had a small part, but she still needed to be picture perfect for it. At the moment, she was busy with Reno, so Kira had Yui’s full attention. The singer looked absolute astounding when Yui was through with her, and Ayame was wrestled into perfection as well, just as ViViD was called out for their show.
Watching with satisfaction as her masterpieces waltzed out onstage, Yui caught sight of Ryouga lingering behind just off stage. He was staring at her intently, almost as if her were as proud of her styling prowess as she was. It was a very intense gaze, one that looked right through her eyes and into her thoughts. When he smiled then it was with a focused cheer and pride that was exclusively hers to share in.
It was a smile that was bright and shinning and made her feel like the only girl in the world, like she was the one being adored on stage. It confirmed her as his cohort, made it obvious that she was the one he would be looking for in the audience.
The next time Yui couldn’t breathe wasn’t for a long while afterword.
It was after a Live, after the after party, after everyone else had already headed to the hotel, leaving Yui and Ryouga to wander out to a convenience store for a midnight snack. Well, it was a snack for Ryouga, anyone else would have counted it as a three course meal.
Yui nibbling, pulling at bits of what Ryouga was eating to feed herself. She hadn’t had anything since the make-shift dinner they’d thrown together a few hours before the show. Yui wasn’t exactly hungry, but she knew she should probably eat something. As the midnight wore on, Ryouga began feeding her, tempting her to eat more than she was already was by holding up French fries and chips and sweets and whatnot for her to bite at or be poked in the cheek with until she relented. He smiled brightly every time she gave in and took his offering. It was a pleased and triumphant smile and it was tinged with what Yui could only rationalize as an expression of tender regard.
It was an intense connection that made her breath catch to notice it.
Ryouga chastised her for staring, being that if she was staring she couldn’t eat and that she was far too pretty to waste away with starving herself in a daze. Yui returned the smile and made sure that she ate at least half of what Ryouga was trying to force her to, because she didn’t want him to worry.
The last time Ryouga took her breath away, it was a profoundly affecting circumstance that meant that Yui would never fully get her breath back again.
The last time Ryouga took her breath away was when he first kissed her.
He’d visited her at school one day, in the most ineffective disguises ever devised. It was the first time he’d tried blending in since he’d become a famous rockstar. He was recognized the moment he set foot on campus and he was hounded by fangirls the whole way. The moment he found Yui the pair had to run flat out, through Yui’s most secretive shortcuts and hideaways, and even then they barely managed to escape. They were laughing over it maniacally, chilling out over ice cream in the park a few blocks away from Yui’s school, when suddenly, Ryouga leaned over and kissed her as if it was the most natural thing in the world.
Breaking contact only so far as to let Yui see his smile, Ryouga kept his forehead touching hers and said, “Yui-chi, breathe.”