Chapter Preview: Nao’s eyes flicker between Makoto and Haruka before quickly turning back to his work. He makes absent conversation, his beading quick and deft. “So Makoto, have you explored the rest of Iwatobi yet?”
Makoto shakes his head, stringing another bead along, this one shaped like a humpback whale. He gives a longing sigh. “No. I’d like to, though.”
“Mmm,” Nao responds. “Haruka, you should do something about that.”
Makoto goes rigid to the very bone and Haruka looks up with an unspoken warning that Nao seems to find more adorable than threatening. In a carefully leveled voice, Haruka asks, “What?”
“You should show him around,” Nao clarifies with all the ease in the world, gracefully sweeping his hair to the side. “Since you’re both so taken with each other.”
Both of them freeze. Tension drops like a cinder block – Makoto fears that the race of his heart is audible in the silence.
Work Summary: It was just supposed to be a nice little summer at his dad’s. Makoto didn’t expect to be swept up in ocean waves and sweet heat and chewed lips, nor did he expect to cherish the slightest upturn of someone’s mouth or how they turn away to blush. And Makoto really, really, wasn’t expecting there to be mermaids.
But, then again, he also never thought that he could fall in love in a single summer, so perhaps it’s all just not what Makoto expected.