Sukitte Ii na Yo
I was challenged by the amazing @sea-salt-ice-queen to write something based on the “100 Ways to Say I Love You” post. Thanks so much! <3
“I challenge you to a writing prompt! XD For the “I Love You” scenes, try 23, 30 or 85 for whichever pair you want :DDDD”
23: I’ll wait.
Pairing: Yuki Sohma X Machi Kuragi (Fruits Basket)
Summary: Yuki finally makes good on his promise to Machi on Christmas Day.
Machi has always hated the snow.
It was too pure, too white, too clean, too flawless. The snow reminded her of the person she used to be, the perfect and dull child that her mother had molded her into becoming. It reminded her of the emotional abuse she suffered at the hands of her parents, the accompanying chill winds a reminder of the coldness with which they treated her, especially after that misunderstanding with her brother.
So it was understandable that she was currently in a foul mood, waking up to see the world blanketed in the powdery white substance.
Machi rubbed the sleep from her eyes as she plodded over to the kitchen to make herself some tea and a quick breakfast before getting ready to face the day. Today officially marked the last day of school for the term, the second since her boyfriend, Yuki Sohma, graduated from high school.
As she munched on her toast, she felt her phone vibrate. Looking at the name on the caller ID, Machi’s eyes lit up and she immediately answered.
“Hi, Machi,” Yuki’s soft voice came from the other line. “Merry Christmas.”
“Merry Christmas,” she returned with a chuckle. “How are things at university? Still busy?”
“Yup,” he sighed. “On the bright side, today is half-day, so I can come see you…But only if you want me to.”
“You don’t have to though,” Machi replied, feeling a small blush creeping on her face. “We can always see each other tomorrow. Besides, I have Student Council duty today, so I won’t be home until late.”
“Then maybe I won’t,” Yuki teased. “Maybe I’ll just come next year.”
“…You’re seriously evil, you know that?” she deadpanned. “You’re lucky I like you enough to put up with your horrible personality.”
“Something I’m really grateful for,” he laughed. “It’s alright, though. I’ll wait.”
“It’s a date then,” Machi said. She was about to say more when she glanced at the clock, realizing with a groan that she was running late. “Listen, I’ve gotta go. I’m going to be late for school at this rate. Where do I meet you later?”
“Hmm…” Yuki contemplated, purposefully dragging out giving his girlfriend the answer.
“Dammit, Senpai! Hurry up!” she groaned, calling him out on what he was doing.
“Fine, fine,” Yuki sighed good-naturedly. “Meet me at our spot, okay? I’ll be sitting at the usual place.”
“Alright, see you later then,” Machi said, immediately hanging up. ‘The park where he confessed, huh? I wonder what he’s planning now…’
‘That went on later than I expected,’ Machi thought as she ran to the park, pushing her way through the holiday crowd. The Council meeting plus what was supposed to be a quick detour home to get Yuki’s gift resulted in over two hours of travel time, the watch on her wrist telling her that it was already 10 PM.
‘I hope he’s still there,’ she thought sadly. ‘Though I wouldn’t be surprised if he already left…Dammit, why did my phone have to die earlier?’
“Machi! Over here!”
She turned at the sound of her name, nearly slipping on the icy sidewalk in the process. Quickly assessing herself for injuries, Machi looked up to see Yuki’s smiling face, the man waving her over to where he was.
“Senpai!” she managed to get out in between pants. “Sorry I’m late…Way too many people…”
“Don’t worry about it,” he said, brushing the hair out of her face. “I told you I’d wait, didn’t I?”
“Yeah…” she smiled at him. They stared at each other for a good while before she remembered the reason why she ran home in the first place. “Oh, that reminds me! I got you something,” Machi said as she dug through her bag before happening upon a hastily wrapped package, pulling it out and extending it to Yuki. “Merry Christmas!”
The silver-haired man smiled as he took the package, thanking her with a peck on the cheek. When he unwrapped it, his smile grew wider as he laid eyes on some seed packages and a new trowel.
“I just remembered you mentioning that your trowel was getting rusty,” she explained, a blush beginning to form on her face.
“Thank you, Machi,” he said, pulling her in for a hug. “This is one of the best presents I’ve ever received.”
The girl leaned into the hug, feeling the warmth emanating from her boyfriend and listening to his steady heartbeat, comforted by the sound.
They stayed like this for a few minutes before Yuki broke off the hug, taking Machi’s hand in his. “Come on, I’ll show you your gift next.”
“You didn’t have to get me anything, though,” she replied, her eyes lit up with a quiet happiness.
“I promised you this though,” Yuki laughed, gently tugging her through the crowd to a secluded area of the park.
“A promise?” she asked, genuinely curious.
Yuki didn’t speak again until they reached the playground, the entire area blanketed with snow. When she saw the area, Machi suddenly felt flashes of anger directed at him for bringing her to a place like this, a place which made her relive some of her worst nightmares. Before she could do so, however, she suddenly had a flashback to when Yuki first discovered her hatred for the snow.
“The next time it snows, let’s go make footprints together.”
“You remembered,” she looked at him, awestruck.
“Of course,” Yuki replied, taking both her hands into his. “It’s important to you after all. Now then, shall we?”
“Yes, let’s,” she beamed, a grin only he could bring out beginning to form on her face.
The couple ended up making footprints in the snow until the sun rose, both retiring to Machi’s apartment to warm up and sleep. As she felt Yuki’s arms wrap around her form, Machi only had one thought before giving in to the world of dreams.
‘The snow isn’t so bad after all.’
Hope you liked it! I know it’s not Christmas, but I wanted to write something fluffy and festive ^^’