Chapter Forty-One: Second First Impression:
Last time didnï¿½t go well with April-san. She probably thinks Iï¿½m an idiot. Really, Iï¿½m not! I lowered my head.
I need a better way to turn this around. The only problem is I donï¿½t know how. Still, I have to try.
I found her going into the lab the next morning. She looked so pretty from the side. Today, her brown hair was up in a ponytail. I drew in a breath. Here I go. I walked up to my new co-worker. I can do this! Donï¿½t back down. Just go over and talk to her. It shouldnï¿½t too hard. I can do this. I paused when I saw her looking at me. My heart pounded in my chest. Donï¿½t back down!
ï¿½Hi!ï¿½ I squeaked with a little wave. I could tell by the odd expression on her face that this could go downhill pretty quickly.
ï¿½Hello?ï¿½ she asked. Quick, say something.
ï¿½Uhï¿½ I like your ponytail!ï¿½ I exclaimed. Okay, that was stupid.
ï¿½Thanks, I guess,ï¿½ she said.
ï¿½Iï¿½m Kyosuke!ï¿½ I forced out, ï¿½Nice to meet you!ï¿½
ï¿½Itï¿½s nice to meet you too,ï¿½ she said back. I laughed out loud nervously. This was going nowhere. I donï¿½t know how to fix this! Yet, I couldnï¿½t back down. April tilted her head at me.
ï¿½Iï¿½m sorry,ï¿½ she spoke up. ï¿½Is there something you wanted?ï¿½ I snapped up straight. I have to go for this! Donï¿½t back down!
ï¿½I just wanted to get to know you!ï¿½ I blurted out. It just donned on me what came out of my mouth. Did I justï¿½ Oh damn it. I have to fix this somehow.
ï¿½I mean, since weï¿½re working together on this case,ï¿½ I corrected, ï¿½So, we should get to know each other a bit and maybe be friends.ï¿½ I waited for an answer. That should be just about it, nice and simple. Please donï¿½t turn me down. Please donï¿½t turn me down! Please say yes. Youï¿½re really pretty.
I noticed April giving me a smile. She looked at me rather intrigued.
ï¿½You want to get to know me, huh?ï¿½ she asked.
ï¿½Yeah,ï¿½ I answered in a small voice. My heart jumped as she made her way over to me. She rested her hand on my shoulder.
ï¿½Come out with me tonight,ï¿½ April told me.
ï¿½Come out with you where?ï¿½ I asked. I stared deep into those green eyes of hers.
ï¿½Meet me at Blue Diamond Heart at eight,ï¿½ she said. My cheeks colored bright red as I nodded.
ï¿½Alright,ï¿½ I replied.
ï¿½Donï¿½t let me down, okay?ï¿½ April said. I gulped as she turned and walked into the lab. I think that went well, I hope.
Watari stood around the corner eavesdropping. He already began to plot.