All characters are the property of Kaori Naruse. I claim none, I merely borrow them and take them to yummy shoes sales and put them through the horror of finding the perfect strappy sandal.Summary:
Happy Valentine’s Day, Hayate! I have a kiss for you…
She looked far too innocent.
Hayate felt Himeno’s inquiring eyes on his back, and glanced over his shoulder. Sure enough, she was standing there watching him with sparkling ruby eyes. She was smiling, and really looked as blameless as a newborn baby. And it was for that reason that Hayate was suspicious.
Well, that and the fact that she was holding a white plastic bag behind her back. He wasn’t quite sure if this was an attempt to hide it, as she was holding it in both hands, arms straight so the bag itself hung down to bump against her knees. It was quite visible.
“Haaaaaaayaaaaaaaateeeeee…” Himeno sang his name, her voice lilting.
Yup, definitely playing innocent, and definitely hiding something.
Come to think of it, though, everyone had been acting strangely today. While there was always a certain amount of fuss going on around a place as large as the Awayuki estate, it seemed more focused. There were a great number of whispers and hurried exchanges as people rushed around.
And try as he might, Hayate couldn’t figure out what was going on. He really felt like he was forgetting something, but he just could not put his finger on it. But now Himeno was joining the ranks of the People Acting Strangely, so he assumed that he was going to find out what the big deal was.
“What?” he said, giving her a wary Look.
She giggled and pulled her bag out; she fished into it with one hand before withdrawing something red and bouncing over to him, the item held out to him. Instinctively, he reached up to receive it. “Happy Valentine’s Day!” Himeno cheered, placing her gift to him in his hands.
Hayate looked blankly at the sizable dollop of foil-wrapped…something now residing in the palms of his hands. Well, not something, he supposed. Himeno had just presented it to him with a greeting for the holiday, so he was certain he could safely assume that it was chocolate.
But that explained it—why she was so excited, and why he had heard Mayune crowing about the prowl earlier today. It was Valentine’s Day, wasn’t it? That was why everyone was in such a state. He had completely forgotten about the holiday.
“It’s a Kiss!” she said happily. Then her smile faltered a bit. “Do you not like chocolate?”
In record time, Hayate shook himself back to the realm of coherent thought. “Chocolate is fine!” he said quickly, feeling himself blush like crazy. It wasn’t his favorite food, by any means, but he liked it all right. And there was absolutely no way he was going to hurt her feelings over it.
She went from drooping to happy in zero-point-two seconds (it was amazing, really) and clapped her hands in delight. “Whew, that’s a relief! I was worried for a minute!” Then she was skipping off again, her plastic bag swinging wildly beside her; she turned and waved. “I’ve gotta go give these to everybody else—I’ll talk to you later, Hayate!”
And she was gone, off to deliver more sweets and more holiday cheer to her friends. Probably off to visit the other Leafe Knights now; the children would undoubtedly adore being given chocolate, and the elder Knights would appreciate the gesture.
But now Hayate was left to just stand there, staring at the place where she had last been visible. Really, it escaped him as to exactly how one person could be so very…Himeno.
He looked back down at the candy sitting innocently in his hands—a rather large piece of teardrop-shaped chocolate wrapped in red tin foil decorated with silver hearts and stripes.
Hayate chuckled. A Kiss, huh? Definitely have to repay the favor sometime.
In a manner of speaking, anyway.PS. My very short, very cheesy tribute to National Card and Candy Company Day!!! Err…nope, no Valentine Grinches here. Except me—I’m incredibly bitter. So I give the characters fluff and live through them vicariously. Hope you’ll all come back for the next one. Thanks, everyone! Much love!