They murmured as they climbed to their feet and made their way to the exit.
Hikaru was waylaid by a handful who wanted to wish him a good summer or ask about some study stuff they were interested in doing over the break. He was happy to answer them. There was a little thrill as he directed their attention to something he found fascinating.
Finally, the classroom was empty and he could close the door and head back to his office.
‘I wonder if she’ll be there waiting like she promised?’ The smile he’d been sporting all day grew along with the happiness bubbling in his chest.
Cutting across the courtyard, he quickened his step.
“Hey Hikaru,” Ruby called out.
He suddenly stopped, almost comically and turned to the grass. Under the trees, sitting like a woodland spirit, Ruby waved.
“I thought we were going to meet at my office,” he abandoned the path and walked over to her.
“It’s too nice a day to be kept indoors.” She looked at him from under her lashes.
His blood pressure went up. ‘She looks really attractive today,’ her legs were on display all the way up-close to her bottom in those shorts and that made him think impure thoughts. ‘Don’t be a dick. She’s a nice woman and deserves respect. And Takashi will kill you if you do anything to her she didn’t want.’
He paused his thinking for a moment.
‘But she’s admitted before that she liked me. Could she...’
He tested his theory by moving to sit beside her. She didn’t shift to accommodate him or give herself personal space. In fact, she leaned in and bumped her shoulder against his.
Like at the park, the heat from her reached out to him and made his entire body tingle in anticipation.
He looked around the courtyard. Most of everyone had left for the day, only a few stragglers. ‘No-one’s going to care if I do this, then.’ Before he could think of why it would be a bad idea, he reached out and gently cupped her chin, drawing her face round to his.
Her eyes went wide and lips parted slightly as she breathed out. Her breath tickled as it blew over his lips.
It didn’t feel weird. Nothing about this felt strange for him to be doing. The only thing that felt different was the tingling on his lips wanting to be used for something other than talking, and the itching to have more physical contact than this.
“Do what you want,” she whispered. “Or I will.”
He gasped. “Bold words.”
“You’re taking too long.” Impatiently, she gripped his face between her hands and pushed herself forward.
Their lips met.
Blood pressure spiking high, he pushed hard against her, slanting his mouth over hers to increase the intensity of the kiss.
Then she slipped her tongue in between his lips.
Hikaru’s mind shortened out and he responded only with his body, allowing the blood to flow to his groin and make it swell. The rushing noise filled his ears.
Her hands disappeared from his cheeks and wound their way into his hair.
His hands were like magnets, one latching onto her waist and the other, the one that had been cradling her jaw, slipped back and lower, holding her neck. His thumb rotated down so it slid along the front of her throat.
She gasped into his mouth as he did that and that gave him a little thrill.
Finally, they broke apart. Remaining within ten centimetres of each other’s face they gasped in the hot breath the other released quickly.
The blood in his body didn’t know where to go, he felt himself flushing.
There was a high blush in her cheeks.
Self-conscious all of a sudden, he picked up his notes and laid them across his lap.
She noticed this and laughed. “So it was as good for you as it was for me.” She simply stated.
He groaned. “Don’t say things like that.”
“Because that’s a crass thing for a woman to say.” Breathing deeply and focusing his thoughts on other things, he lowered his blood pressure and things went flaccid. Feeling more comfortable he moved his notes to the side.
“Don’t be so conservative.” She argued.
He jumped to his feet and offered her his hand.
She took it and allowed him to pull her upright and close to his body.
That had been an accident. He stood for a second, thinking about wrapping his arms around her waist and continuing the kiss, but the public had enough of a show for one day from them. He stepped back.
He knew it had been stupid and disrespectful for him to kiss her like that in public.
That sort of thing was reserved for private.
Especially the way he wanted it to continue.
“Come on, we shouldn’t be loitering around.” He took her hand and led the way to the office building.
She snorted and said nothing.
Through the doors, holding them for a second for her to pass close behind him, and up the stairs. “I won’t be long, just have to grab my laptop and stuff.” As he started to say this he spotted Takashi and Hokuto ahead of them.
Almost synchronised, they allowed their hands to break apart and more distance to separate their bodies.
“Ruby,” Takashi called out. “What are you doing here?”
Hikaru wondered what she would say; would she tell the truth and admit she was there for him or make something up?
“Well, you’re officially on break. I thought I would come by and see you all.”
He felt disappointed. ‘Part lie.’