It had taken a ridiculous amount of begging and attempts to convince the principal of his school to grant Reiji a day off - it meant he’d had to work more than usual the couple of months before that was granted to him so he’d barely seen his companion. In all honesty, it wasn’t uncommon for them to miss the chance of speaking or just spending time together like a couple should, considering their jobs and the schedules each had to fulfill the requirements to earn enough money to sustain themselves. However, the past two months or so had been worse; Reiji would come home later than normally, to an empty apartment since Ranmaru had left by that time. He’d be fast asleep once the other got home, too; and in the mornings? The brunette simply didn’t have the heart to wake the other up just because he missed him. Just seeing him there, sleeping in their bed, was more than good for the elder.
He left notes with ‘Have a good shift tonight! x’ or ‘I made you lunch!’ and at times, they were simple ones, ‘Take care!’ if he hadn’t enough time to write longer messages.
But! Everything had paid off! Or was about to at least! Having no idea that his lover would be home sooner than usual, he’d spent his day off at home, baking cupcakes and a birthday cake to celebrate his partner’s 25th birthday! Truth be told, the cake was a bit too big for two people but that was fine, wasn’t it? 'Fwuaa! He'll love it~!' Grinning down at their cat, he pet the top of Ramone’s head until he purred before resuming his activities of cooking dinner.
It wasn’t much but he hoped it made Ranmaru happy! Rei used up all of his savings for this after all~!
Unlike his brunette counterpart, Ranmaru had been granted an early leave from work without having to ask; a birthday present of sorts. Knowing that it was the silvette’s birthday, his boss gave him the go ahead to finish his shift a few hours earlier than he was supposed to without deducting from his wages. Already in lifted spirits at this alone, he gave his thanks and appreciation before leaving and making the short journey home; deciding not to tell Reiji he’d be home earlier than usual.
By the time he reached back home, he knew that Reiji should have been home already, maybe an hour or so beforehand, completely oblivious that he’d spent the day in their moderate apartment baking on his behalf. It struck him as a little odd that an unusually inviting smell greeted him as he entered the main hall on their floor, growing stronger as he neared their front door. As he rummaged for his keys in his pockets, Ranmaru caught on to a faint humming of some unknown tune coming from behind the door, knowing that this meant Rei was cooking something and the pronounced rumble that reminded him that he was actually quite hungry seemed to quicken his pace with getting the door open.
Dumping his bag on the floor after toeing the door shut again and hanging up his outer jacket (it was cold and coming into the rainy seasons), the bar tender slipped into the kitchen, apparently unnoticed by the resident chef who was too distracted by his own humming and focused on icing what seemed to be a birthday cake.
Watching him work for a few seconds, a small trace of a smile spread across tired, pale features as he crossed his arms over his chest and leaned against the doorframe that lead into the kitchen before making his presence known. “Oi.”
"He is." Ai confirmed confidently, not that he had any reason to know of course but he’d caught a glimpse in any case. "Do you think Tomochika will find him attractive still?" As if Ranmaru was aware of the relationship. Was he? Who knows; it wasn’t as if Camus was being particularly that good at being secretive. The grey haired senpai might not have noticed though…
He’d elected to only get a drink that day, after all he wasn’t obliged to eat and in fact although he ate now and then he was fairly dissillusioned from the idea of such a thing. It wasn’t interesting.
He could at least afford the curt snort of amusement he gave after Ai confirmed that little nugget of information, now looking forward to seeing what sort of outfit he was landed with. “—Eh?” He withdrew from his thoughts eventually after the other’s question registered with him, quirking a thin brow as little pieces of the puzzle began to slip into place, making a small ‘o’ shape with his mouth before answering with a nonchalant shrug; so they were a thing? “Beats me.” They say love is blind, after all.
He’d grown used to Ai not eating, if at all, during mealtimes like this and stopped questioning it, even finishing some of whatever he might have left on his plate on the occasions that he did opt for a meal. When he was just about finished with what was on his plate, he sat back a little and gave his stomach a chance to settle for a moment. “How’d you know about Shibuya, anyways?” Curiosity piqued.
At the elders coaxing he spurred obediently into a walk. Although he hadn’t made any great pains to act like a girl it couldn’t help be noticed that the low heels he was wearing caused his center of balance to be off and subsequently had caused him to walk in a motion that was slightly more dainty then before donning the girls uniform style clothes.
"You’ve met Reiji’s sister?" He questioned, interested by that piece of news and curious exactly when that was. He made a note of memorising what Reiji looked like in a dress should he ever need to identify any relation of the Kotobuki idol’s from a line-up or busy room.
Not that he forsaw the need to do so, it was simply a habit to collect data for future use. He could tell, rather guess, where they were headed and so chose to take the lead. Perhaps because Ranmaru was an eyesore; no, definately.
"He showed me a picture," he corrected, accompanied by a small pinch to the younger idols arm as a small warning not to jump to any conclusions about meeting the family, already imagining the scenarios that must have been going through his head.
Mix-matched eyes watched the slight change in Ai’s pace and the way he carried himself, paired with the soft click of heels that announced each step; echoed by the regular thud his boots made since he opted to continue wearing those if he could get away with it for the rest of the day. Comfort over style.
For once he didn’t have a problem with Ai leading the way to the counter, coupled with the slight shield the case on his back was providing him he could relax at least a little bit for now. He picked out what he wanted for lunch and piled it on his plate before starting the dreaded task of finding a free table, catching up behind Ai and following him to some quiet corner of the canteen; struggling with his skirt when he went to sit down, almost jolting straight back up when the cold chair met the backs of his legs. Tucking his skirt well in and sitting on the edge of the seat, he breathed a small sigh before glancing across the table at the other. “D’you think Camus is wearing a wig?”
Starish & Quartet Night cross-dressing in UtaPri Music 2 -
in the shop cuz these cost too many points for me to buy all at once
They all so pretty~
Or utterly hilarious LOL
Oh. Oh. O h .
He took a brief respite from thinking to just take it in, the full result. The wig… Hadn’t it been longer? Eyes dipped down to the others skirt and then his legs. Shaved or so it seemed. He wondered just how many people it had taken to hold him down for that ritual humiliation.
"I haven’t. I did see Tokiya however." He chose not to mention that he’d been shocked, and that he had taken it upon himself to enlighten the elder that Starish’s turn was coming soon, next, subsequently.
It had been quite enjoyable actually.
A scowl instantly began to appear on his expression when he followed blue eyes down to his legs—tugging the hem of his skirt down out of uncomfortable instincts, though it didn’t help much—before casting a glance at the other’s to compare, though he decided that Ai’s looks much nicer in a skirt than his own did given their physiques.
We don’t talk about the shaving or the small nick he took behind his knee.
Tokiya he wasn’t so much interested in, thinking more along the lines of Camus or perhaps his own students, just giving a small grunt of acknowledgement when he mentioned Tokiya as he finally started looking around the room while ushering Ai over to pick up something to eat. “Reiji looks like his sister.”