a relatively short one, hope that’s okay :)
“____-san, could you please—“
“Right away,” you nodded, snatching up the papers from his hand and heading straight for your class. You didn’t even try to make eye contact, avoiding his red gaze as if he were Medusa who could turn you into stone.
Akashi was growing tired of your ridiculous avoidance. He wanted to get to know you better, to introduce himself and to perhaps pursue something beyond friendship in the future. Apparently, you were having none of that and seemed to disappear before his eyes every time he appeared.
When Akashi finally catches you in the classroom alone, he thanked the heavens for this opportunity. He stepped up to your desk and when you looked up, your eyes instantly widened at the sight of the redheaded emperor standing in front of you. Oh God, oh God, was he going to kill you? You abruptly stood up, readying yourself to flee, but the beast inside Akashi wasn’t about to let his prey go that easily. “Why do you always run away from me?”
“W-What?” You stammered nervously. Akashi could feel your hand trembling in his grasp and raised an eyebrow. “W-Well, it’s nothing personal really. I just — I mean — I’m kind of scared — I don’t know. Just please don’t hurt me.”
Akashi’s face visibly softened with your confession as he sighed. “I don’t know how to reassure you that I’m not a threat to you at all. But, I want you to know that I would never, ever hurt you. And—“
“Akashi!” Hayama came barging into the room and Akashi was half-tempted to open the window and fling him out for interrupting the moment. “Here.” He plopped something on Akashi’s head that made you giggle lightly.
His gaze flew upwards to find a pair of cat ears on his head. “And may I ask what these are for?”
“The cultural festival of course! Your classmates wanted me to give it to you since they were too scared.”
Akashi merely sighed and glanced at the cat ears again. “Very well, if I must.”
“But see, ___-chan, Akashi’s not scary at all. He’s a real pussycat!” Hayama grinned.
The redhead looked at you and found you smiling up at him. His heart leapt in his chest. He’d never felt that way before. This was odd but… good at the same time. “I promise I’d never hurt you in any way, so would you give me a chance?” He held out his hand with a charming smile.
Your lips twitched before you accepted his hand. “Alright.”
“Alright, Koutarou, for your assistance, I’ll cut your practice short by 20 minutes today.” Akashi smiled gratefully at the blonde.
Hayama threw his hands in the air and cheered all the way down the hall.