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Amu and Tadase confront Nagihiko about his feelings for the two of them. Amu gets exactly the answer she expected, but Tadase definitely wans't prepared for it. In the end, Amu somehow manages to slyly ask for a date from them both, without upsetting Tadase.

Date: 2016-02-08
Pose Count: 24
Tadase Hotori 2016-02-08 21:03:02 27756
Tadase didn't really waste a lot of time since his last talk with Amu - since she's brought this up as a problem, he's determined to get it out of the way as soon as he can. So telling Nadeshiko (and only Nadeshiko) that there was Guardian work to be done afterschool is a good way to get Na-chan alone with just him and Amu. Tadase can be sneaky too.

"I'm going to let you do most of the talking here, okay Amu-chan?" he says, turning to her as he pushes on the massive doors that lead into the Garden. "But I'm also here if you need me to step up." Realistically, he figures a lot of this is going to be about Amu's concerns, and therefore it's not his place to just blurt them out loud.
Amu Hinamori 2016-02-08 21:07:44 27757
"W...what?!" Amu asks Tadase, eyes widening in concern at being suddenly on the spot. "! You have to be a part of this too! This is three people having an important conversation. You can't just push this all on me!"

Miki, meanwhile, is busy snickering. She fully expected Tadase to pull that. "Come on, Amu-chan, this was your idea," the little blue Chara taunts.

Amu turns to glare at Miki, then huffs and drops into her chair, arms crossed. Glaring at the table, Amu falls silent, unwilling to meet either her chara or Tadase in the eyes, right now.
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-02-08 21:10:22 27758
Guardian work. Is it cleaning? Planning? Plotting?

Also, this is kind of the exact opposite of giving certain people space, isn't it?

But really, Nadeshiko can't exactly complain. It's not like she hasn't been wanting to see certain said people.

She's still a couple minutes late, though. A little out of characteristic for her, possibly, but she's been trying to get the paperwork started on getting her 'brother' enrolled.

She hears voices and as she gets closer, she hears what they're saying. She sighs.

"Is this some sort of intervention of some kind? I'm not sure what for." She holds up a folder. "I'm already working on getting my 'brother' here."
Tadase Hotori 2016-02-08 21:12:59 27759
Tadase smiles a bit - just a bit. "Not an intervention, no. You'd have to have done something wrong for this to be an intervention, and then all the Guardian would be here. This is just us." he says, quietly.

"Amu has some questions for you, and one in particular she thinks is very important. And... depending on what your answer is, I might have questions too... and if not, I still need to hear the answer." He gestures with an open hand to Amu, as if to say 'okay go.'
Amu Hinamori 2016-02-08 21:38:20 27760
Amu looks towards Nadeshiko, and for one brief moment just the sight of the girl melts her heart. There she is, her best friend, the person she can trust with everything. Ami's expression starts to soften until she remembers this is also the person who has betrayed her. Then her stubborn expression returns, and she looks away again.

"Amu-chan," Ran says, settling in on Amu's shoulder sadly. This seems to have a positive effect, because Amu's expression softens a little. It's hurt, now, rather than angry, but at least it's not stubborn.

Amu sighs and looks to Nadeshiko, studying her for several uncomfortable and awkward moments until, at last, she asks, "Do you have a crush on Tadase-kun? It's okay if you do, we just ... we need to talk about this, all three of us." That's not what she was supposed to ask.
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-02-08 21:50:22 27761
She steadfastly does not look directly at Amu as Tadase speaks, though it's impossible to miss the expressions.

For the moment, her only outward reaction is a raised eyebrow.

Hadn't she, though? Done something wrong?

It's not until Amu sighs that Nadeshiko looks at her.

And for a moment, her only outward reaction is to blink. Several times.

Finally, she speaks. "Your words say one thing, but your eyes say another. If I say yes, you look like you may cry."

Still she tilts her head up in thought and strokes her chin. "In all honestly? I don't know."
Tadase Hotori 2016-02-08 21:54:56 27762
Tadase /and/ Kiseki look stunned for just a moment before they shout out, in rare complete unison "THAT IS NOT THE QUESTION YOU CAME HERE TO ASK!" Their combined shock is ready visible on both of their faces, and then it quickly shifts into operation 'throw Amu under the bus she just drove up in'. "The question she was /supposed/ to ask was if you were crushin on /her/ and I don't know how she got this out of that.

"Because she was worrying that it might be a hitch in our own relationshi..." whoops. Clamp hand over mouth. Said too much. Kiseki's ire glare is real.

And then Nadeshiko - Nagihiko - Na-chan responds to Amu's original question and Tadase doesn't have anything to say at all there. He just blinks. Looks at Kiseki. Looks at Na-chan. Blinks.
Amu Hinamori 2016-02-08 22:29:25 27763
Amu actually lets out a faint sigh of relief at Nadeshiko's response. "No, not cry," she starts to reply. "More like be r--" except then Tadase is blurting out the question she was ''supposed' to ask, and Amu begins to blush furiously red. Or is that anger on her cheeks? It's hard to tell, but she turns to glare at Tadase either way.
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-02-08 22:30:42 27764
Nadeshiko tilts her head at Tadase.

Oh really?

"My answer's the same either way. It's not as though I allow myself to think in those ways. It wouldn't really be fair to anyone, would it? Whoever I choose to have a relationship would have to, at this point, either be lied to or be forced to keep a secret."

And then her eyes flash at Amu. "I would think whether I do or not would be my own burden to bear, don't you think? Unless your opinion of me has dropped even further than I originally believed. Either way the answer is, I do know I love you both, and all I really want is for both of you to be happy, even if that means I have to shove your two stubborn heads together."
Tadase Hotori 2016-02-08 22:35:32 27765
It's Tadase, here, who takes up a little bit of this banner so maybe Amu doesn't have to. He could be doing it out of genuine wanting to help, or out of the awarness that he's already screwed up to a large degree and it couldn't hurt to take a little on himself. "I think, regardless of who we're talking about... the question has come up because it's obvious to both of us you have been doing a lot to push us together, and you do care for us both... so we wouldn't want to... to go down a road that might make you sad in the end."

Then, Tadase is speaking for himself, instead of the nebulous 'we'. "Well, there's two people here that you're no longer hiding yourself from - and one who's kept your secret already. I think the question's still fair. But... 'I don't know' is a valid answer too, as long as it's the truth."
Amu Hinamori 2016-02-08 22:50:29 27766
Tadase manages to do something right (for once), and Amu's ire in his direction is quickly deflated. She takes a deep breath, then turns to regard Nadeshiko again. Pursing her lips, the pink-haired girl studies her 'friend' carefully and quietly for as long as it takes Tadase to speak.

Then her shoulders slump.

"Nadeshiko, don't you think we want you to be happy, too?" Amu asks, her tone a little bit whiny. "If I'd known the truth all along, and you'd been honest with me about having affections towards me or towards Tadase, I would have wanted to discuss them. I want you to be happy. So if you feel that way about me, or about Tadase, I want to talk about it. I don't want to rush into a relationship with Tadase and ignore your feelings."
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-02-08 22:58:47 27767
But...why? It's not like this is something that's new, at least not in literature. And if she did have feelings for them, and they went down that path together, she wouldn't be sad forever. Or at least, not just sad.

"I was being honest, I really don't know." Because her heart views them both in the same way.

And she's just tired, because, well, she's kind of been sleeping like crap lately.

So she just throws a hand out, and her exhaustion shows. "And what if the answer is yes to both, hmm?"
Tadase Hotori 2016-02-08 23:04:18 27768
Tadase decides if she's going to be honest to that degree, he can too. "I... don't know." he says, quietly. "I really don't. I guess we'd figure something out. I mean..." What does he even mean? It's clear he's just trying to deal with it all in a regal, upstanding, noble, proper manner...

"We're Guardians. We solve all sorts of problems. We could probably solve that one, too, somehow?" he says, trying to be inspiring. His tone may not inspire the feelings that his words seek, though. The answer he obviously wanted was 'I don't have any feelings for Amu!' but he is tactful enough at least to not -say- it.
Amu Hinamori 2016-02-08 23:21:55 27769
Amu looks to Tadase, then to Nadeshiko, then slumps back in her seat. This is pretty much exactly what she expected to happen. It's almost reassuring to know that she wasn't entirely ignorant to Nadeshiko's true self.

Maybe Nagihiko and Nadeshiko aren't so different after all. And maybe they are both still Amu's best friend. Maybe.

Amu twitches her lips in uncertainty before admitting, "Two months ago, the most important person in my entire life was you, Nadeshiko. Two weeks ago, I felt betrayed because I felt like I didn't know who you were at all. But ... I knew you were going to say both. I know you better than I know myself, sometimes." Which is why she should forgive him. "But I also care about Tadase. I've wanted him to notice the way I feel for as long as I've been going to this school. And now ... I don't know what to do, because I don't want to have to choose, and I don't want to have to make you choose, and I don't want Tadase to have to choose, either. Why can't there be an option where we all care about one another equally, and treat one another that way?"
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-02-08 23:37:05 27770
Nadeshiko just blinks at Amu in surprise. How could the pink haired girl knew what she was going to say when she hadn't even known the answer? Or if it even is the answer?

Well, there's only one way out of this she can see.

The Troll.

But maybe The Troll of Possible But Maybe Not Truth?

Nadeshiko sits across from Amu and leans forward, propping her chin in her hands. "Well, you know. There's either polyandry, or I get to name all your future children and be the really cool uncle."
Tadase Hotori 2016-02-08 23:43:10 27771
Tadase leans back a bit. "I can care about Na-chan - which I do - without either of us dating Na-chan, you know." he says, looking at Amu. "You becoming my girlfriend doesn't invalidate the feelings I have for Na-chan and our friendship. I'm not sure why having an awesome best friend and an awesome girlfriend is an option that isn't great!"

And then there's Na-chan. Tadase considers Na-chan to be his best friend, and has known him a while. And he knows that... that troll. He looks across the table. "Definantly uncle."
Amu Hinamori 2016-02-08 23:50:33 27772
Amu recognizes that trollface for what it is, and she's probably supposed to be grossed out and bothered by the idea. So why is she just sitting there silently, staring at the table as if deep in thought?

Ran and Miki exchange uncertain glances, then both very carefully zip off to join Su in the garden, noping right on out.
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-02-08 23:54:50 27773
Ouch, Tadase.

Nadeshiko stands from her chair and straightens her skirt. "Well, that's settled."

A sigh, and she looks brightly at the two of them. "I have an appointment with some gentlemen who street dance. They've agreed to teach Nagihiko. I don't meet them for an hour, but perhaps I'll grab something to eat before then."
Tadase Hotori 2016-02-09 00:08:16 27774
Tadase... is, for once (and probably to his detriment) not so inattentive to notice Amu's reaction - and the deep thought she sits in. He is (and likely to his detriment) inattentive enough to not assume anything out of the ordinary about the way Na-chan leaves. "I can't wait to see how your work with street dancing feeds back into your traditional dancing, Na-chan. You're still the most elegant, expressive dancer I've ever seen." he says as she gets up.

He doesn't say anything to Amu because he is not sure what words to say, so he settles, momentarily, for a sort of confused, not-quite-but-sort-of hurt silence.
Amu Hinamori 2016-02-09 00:12:26 27775
Amu gets up with Nadeshiko, grabbing her bag. Then she hesitates, looking after Nadeshiko, then back to Tadase. Suddenly it feels like she's being forced to make a decision, and that is not what she wants to have to do right now.

Indecision paralyzes Amu for several moments, until her eyes widen suddenly and she calls, "Nadeshiko, wait!"

Then she turns to Tadase, "Will you meet me for dinner tonight? We're supposed to go out to see Ami in a school play but I can get out of it. There's an anime playing at the cinema I'd like to go to, and I want you to come, too."

Then she turns to Nadeshiko again and calls, "Can I come watch you dance? I've never seen street dancing, really. Just on television, sometimes. Not in person."
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-02-09 00:16:19 27776
Nadeshiko offers a smile to Tadase's compliments before making her leave.

Honestly, those two. They should have just left well enough alone. Now she's all sorts of confused.

But then Amu asks her to wait, so she does. When the pink haired girl joins her, there's a very slight moment where Nadeshiko considers refusing the request. After all, hurt feelbads don't make for good company. But still, this is Amu, and she wants to see her dance. So she smiles. "Of course. But I have to change first. And you can't tease me too much if I make a complete fool of myself. I've only just started."
Tadase Hotori 2016-02-09 00:21:31 27777
Tadase is, admittedly, happy that Amu is at least /talking/ to Na-chan again, and planning to watch her dance. That seems like things are getting back to normal between them, so maybe this talk was good.

"Tonight?" he asks. "Sure!" He doesn't /really/ think about it. He had plans but he can't remember what they were for the life of him, and this is Amu, so those plans just got punted into next week anyways. "I'll text you in a little bit, and we can figure out timeing."
Amu Hinamori 2016-02-09 00:22:57 27778
Amu smiles at Tadase, then waves to him as she rushes off to join Nadeshiko. She nods her head immediately. "I know, I know, it's Nagihiko who's going to be dancing," she says. "But I told you I wanted to get to know him. That hasn't changed," she points out. "And I still love watching you dance."
Nagihiko Fujisaki 2016-02-09 00:24:28 27779
It's not Nadeshiko who laughs, really. It's more of a Nagihiko laugh. Deeper, a little, and less refined. "In that case, enjoy laughing at him. He needs to be knocked down a peg or two."