As soon as you had gotten out of
work, you had gone to get a large pizza. During the day, you had kept track of
the score between Hamburger SV and Wolfsburg and when had seen that Hamburger
SV had lost, you knew that comfort food would be necessary tonight. This was a tradition
that you and Gotoku had worked out over the years that you had been friends.
Whenever one of you experienced something that was upsetting or a set back the
other person would always bring comfort food and you both would spend the night
just eating and lazing around. You did this with every loss that his team faced
and he brought food for you whenever you broke up with a boyfriend or had a bad
day at work. Today, it was your turn.
Punching in the passcode to his
apartment, you let yourself in only to see him laying down on the couch watching
television. By the look in his eyes, you could tell that despite the fact that
he was staring at the television, if you asked him, he wouldn’t know what he
was watching. He was definitely not paying attention. “Hey.” Hearing your voice
caused him to look up at you, his face still void of any emotion. You held up
the pizza box. “I bring pizza.” He slightly smiled at rose up to help you. He
took the box from you and headed over to the kitchen you set it on the counter.
You quietly followed him. “You okay?” You shook your head at that. “Actually
that was a bad question, don’t answer that.” He laughed slightly at your
antics. You walked passed him and opened one of the cupboards that was before,
setting it next to him while he opened the box.
You watched as he placed two pieces
on your plate and then two on his. You knew that the both of you would probably
eat more than just two slices but it seemed like a good start. “You watched?” You
shook your head. “No, I had too much work, I saw the final score though.” He
nodded. “Yeah.” You sighed, not liking the fact that your friend was so upset. “You
did your best. That’s all anyone can ask for.” He sighed. “I know. But
sometimes the best isn’t good enough.” You walked over to him and wrapped our
arms around his waist. “Everyone has off days. Just consider this one of them.
No off day lasts forever though. You’ll do better next time. I know it.” He
pulled you tighter into the hug.
“How do you always know what to say?”
You smiled. “What can I say, it’s a gift.” He laughed and pulled away from the
hug. His face became really serious, all of a sudden. “Thank you. You have no
idea what this means to me.” You shook your head. “Don’t worry about it. That’s
what friends are for, right?” After you had said that, he looked like he was
thinking really hard about something. “Friends. Can I ask you something?” You nodded,
a bit worried about what he would say. “Sure.”
“Have you ever wondered what it would
be like to be more?” You were a bit confused as to what he meant. He must have
picked up on the confusion because he quickly clarified what he meant. “I mean
have you ever thought about what it would be like if we were more than friends.”
You froze, not really knowing what to say in response to that. The truth was
that you had thought about it. As a teenager, you had had a really big crush on
your best friend but believing that the two of you could never be anything more
than that, you had always set your feelings aside.
“You don’t have to answer that.
Sorry, I didn’t meant to put you on the spot like that.” Gotoku picked up his
plate and was about to head back into the living room where the television was
till on when you stopped him. “Since I was fifteen.” He stopped when he heard
you speak nd turned around to face you. “Since you were fifteen?” You sighed
and decided to finally come clean. Nodding you walked closer to where he was. “I’ve
had a crush on you since I was fifteen.” He smiled and looked slightly relived.
“How come you never said anything?”
“I didn’t know how you felt so I kept
it to myself.” He nodded. “I liked you as well. In fact I’m pretty sure that I
love you, so now what?” You stepped closer to him. “Now, I think it’s my turn
to tell you that I love you too.” He laughed and shook his head. “It took us so
long to tell each other this.” You laughed as well and pulled him into a hug. “Yeah,
but I’m glad that we did.” The two of you stood there, in the middle of his
kitchen entrance, hugging one another. The food long forgotten. You both had
many years to make up for.