Saint Tail's First Kiss
Spending a fun day at Wonder Garden with friends, Asuka Jr. was just looking for a secret little spot to escape to, there was something he had to get done, and it had to be today… as soon as Saint Tail made her appearance.
There was a big school project on the thieves of Seika City Sawatari was working on so he’d come to try and take some photos of Saint Tail and everyone else in their class had a bet on just how fast Daiki would fail in catching her.
“You should try that roller coaster, it’s so fun!” Kyoko said, running back toward them with Ryoko and Meimi behind her.
“No, not me.” Asuka Jr. responded, still searching for that empty secret corner.
“Oh, why not? Why won’t you ride anything?” Ryoko asked.
“Because he’s waiting for his girlfriend.” Kyoko said.
“I’d like to see her up close, I hear she’s really pretty.
“Yeah totally! Right Junior?”
“Leave him, he thinks she’s sexy...”
“Who thinks I’m sexy?” Saint Tail asked, sitting on the metal gate behind them checking her hot pink lipstick with a pocket mirror, making everyone turn to look at her.
“Saint Tail…” Asuka Jr. said, pretending to sound annoyed with her.
“Bye handsome.” She said and ran away down the paved road.
The group of friends followed until they lost her in a big clearing between food stalls. After five minutes of searching the map for something and inspecting her warning note they still didn’t figure anything new out.
“You’re so slow.” Saint Tail called to them from the rails of a roller coaster.
She leapt down just in time to escape the train and landed on the floor like a tiger. The train rolled in front of her, and then she was gone.
Everyone just stood there in awe.
"She is a magician." Asuka Jr. responded, still staring at the spot was she landed.
A few minutes later Asuka Jr. found her again, holding the diamond up to the moonlight as she sat on a bench. He was alone this time, and she didn't run when she noticed him. Instead she turned toward him, lowered her hand and looked away, her cheeks hinting a rosy pink blush. She couldn't hide it, and touching the fingertips of her left hand to her cheek just made it more obvious as to what she was feeling.
Walking towards her, he bent down to pick a pink flower from a garden beside the bench she was sitting on. Lifting it up, she raised her head to look at it, watching it as he fingered at the petals.
"Do you like it?" He asked, catching her attention.
His friends were watching from a nearby wall, being careful to keep silent and unseen.
"Yes." She whispered, a tear sliding down her cheek. It landed on her satin glove and he looked up at her only to find her cheeks wet with tears.
Smiling sadly, he lifted the flower and tucked it behind her ear. "It looks perfect." He said softly.
Right away, she began to cry, burying her face into her hands. "Asuka Jr., I'm sorry, I wanted to tell you. I'm so sorry." She cried, her body shaking.
"Don't be." He said and wrapped her in his arms.
She buried her face into his shirt as he held her, comforting her, whispering to her, telling her he loved her. She looked up at him, surprised at his sudden affection, and found he was smiling at her.
"Why?" She asked, he voice still stuttering a little.
As gently as possible, he placed his curled forefinger under her chin and lifted her face up. He quickly glanced at her pink lips, cluing her in. Catching the clue, she slowly began to close the distance between them. He helped her with a hand under her ponytail and leaning into her. Their lips touched softly. It was feather light but it changed them both. She wrapped her arms around his neck, he held her shoulders so that she couldn't slip away, and their kiss deepened.
Sawatari took a quick picture of the kissing couple, knowing that this would get him on every newspaper cover in town.
"No go." He said, when the kiss ended. Pulling back and turning before he saw her eyes. He still didn't know her identity, and he didn't want to.
"Daiki..." She whispered, trying to understand. "Why?"
"Where would the fun be if I capture you. Go."
"But I can tell, you need me to..."
"I know." He cut her off. She didn't need to say it, she was completely right. "I'll take care of it. I've done it before, I can do it again."
"Wait here." She said and ran off. He turned to look for her, but she was gone.
A few seconds later, she walked back to him, took his hand and pressed something small and black into his palm. "I bought this for you. One day you can give it back to me. I have a feeling we'll do this again." She gave him another quick kiss on the cheek, making him blush, whispered something into his ear, most likely about the contents in his hand, smiled and turned to leave.
He watched her go as he stood there on the pathway, her hands folded behind her back, still holding the crystal. Sneaking off into an underground tunnel, she turned back to him, smiled at him, and disappeared.