Pairing: Karen Kasumi and Aoki Seichiirou
Theme: # 3 Jolt!
Note: Rough draft.
Disclaimer: Copyright CLAMP and Kadokawa Shoten Publishing
Jolt (Karen and Aoki [X])
They ride the subway together to the Diet Building. They stand next to each other, gripping the hand rings to brace themselves against the speed of the train.
There is no need, though, she thinks. Commuters cram the compartment, form a hedge around her. In the press, her shoulder digs into his arm. She looks at him with mute apology. He only shakes his head and smiles.
They ride without speaking. He stares at the ads lining the ceiling, pictures of beer in frosty steins, lipstick on pouting mouths. She listens to the hiss of the train, the rustle of newspapers, and the low murmur of voices on cell phones. She closes her eyes and drifts along the current of sound.
The speaker clicks. A pleasant voice announces, “Next stop, Sakurada-mon. Next stop, Sakurada-mon.”
The train slows. The other passengers begin to stir. The woman beside her bumps into her. She stumbles backward.
He steadies her, his hand on her elbow.
“Are you all right?” he queries.
“I’m fine,” she assures him as she straightens. “Thank you.”
The doors slide open. They step off together. He holds her elbow and guides her through the jostling crowd. He continues to support her until they reach the top of the stairs and the night. He releases her arm gently, motions to the street. She nods and follows him.
They hurry down the pavement, their heels clicking sharp in the chill spring air. “You must be cold,” he notes as he eyes her light coat. “I’m sorry.” He spots a sign. 20 m. “We’ll get to the building soon,” he promises her.
“No, I’m all right,” she says. She presses her right elbow with her palm. “I feel warm.”