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Look It In the Eye [Nov. 16th, 2006|09:55 pm]
Olivia's Subeta Stories


Clonie was walking home along her usual path. As she walked, she swished her tails happily and they tapped together, making a sound like softly-shaken maracas. There was a spring in her step, as usual, and - also as usual - Clonie had a song playing loudly and clearly in her head. She started to run, letting the beat carry her as though she could fly through the moonlit, starlit night forest.

Finally, she felt as though it was a waste to keep it in any longer. She sang in a loud, clear, surprisingly...decent voice.

"Don't make fun of it! Don't destroy it! Don't cheapen it!" she belted out. "That one special thing that everyone has: my love, my dream, and you. On those nights when you can't settle down no matter what you do, you feel like throwing it all away, don't say a word, just open the door! I don't have time to quibble with you. I wanna fly all over the place! I wanna throw caution to the wind!"

She could swear she felt the world's revolution under her feet. "What do you want? Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? Grab what you want and rip through the dark as you run through the night! Don't make fun of it! Don't destroy it! Don't cheapen it...!"

Clonie was approaching the edge of the forest now, at least the part where it thinned out enough for the apartment complex to have plunked itself by the side of the dirt road. She stopped singing so loudly and noticed her friend Lumi standing on the sidewalk underneath a street lantern. It was hard to tell whether he or the lantern was brighter.

"Hey, Lumi," she said happily, walking up to him. "What are you doing here?"

Lumierre nodded his head in greeting. "Cloe, we should talk," he said, turning around. When she just looked confused and didn't follow, he grabbed her paw and tugged her along. Now they walked alongside the house toward the woods, beyond which would be a spacious meadow. Lumi's eyes were wide and he blinked a bit too consciously. He was obviously very nervous.

"What are you doing?" Clonie asked bluntly, smiling to show that she wasn't angry or anything.

"Cloe, I want to say something really important, but I don't want to do it there."

"Well, what about here?" she asked.

"No, too close to people," said Lumierre. He immediately regretted saying that, because now she would definitely know it was a private matter. Or she'd be scared.

But he was wrong about both of those things. Clonie had butterflies in her stomach. What was that supposed to mean, too close to people?! Was this possible? Had Claws been right? Was Lumi leading her off to tell her something important because it was something they were both too shy to talk about, and was this thing he was going to tell her the one thing she constantly wanted to hear but never let herself believe she would ever hear?

On the other side of the very thin woods, Lumierre stopped. He sat down and gestured for Clonie to do the same. Their outlook was a huge moonlit field.

"Cloe, I don't want to do too much talking and bore you," he said. "I mean, you see people do that all the time. It just delays them so much that they often just look stupid and that's mostly what they remember about the conversation. What I'm about to tell you is so important that it just has to be said right away..." he trailed off, realizing that he was, in fact, babbling with nervousness. He stood up. Clonie followed suit, feeling more breathless - if that was possible - every moment. She stood in front of Lumi, so desperately nervous that even though she was facing possibly the best news of her life, she couldn't smile convincingly. She just looked very serious.

"Lumi," she said. Most of Clonie was screaming at her for opening her mouth at all, but there was this one little part that didn't want to be quiet any longer. "Lumi, I love you."

Lumi looked incredulous. "Really?"

"Yeah," said Clonie, deflating. He looked kind of surprised. Maybe his mind hadn't been on that subject after all.

"That's amazing," he said, smiling, still looking a bit shocked, "because me too. I mean, that's why I brought you here. I mean, I love you too."

Clonie couldn't stand still. She did this odd sort off hop, a 'jump for joy,' one might call it, and then tackled Lumierre with a huge hug. He was so warm and she couldn't yet grasp the idea that he was hers! Clonie wasn't really strong enough to bowl Lumierre over, but she did manage to knock off his balance. She drew away. "Sorry, I got a bit excited there," she said, turning around and looking over the field. Lumi embraced her.

"So did I," he said. "You were faster than me, though, as usual." There they stood. She could hear his fiery heartbeat. He could hear hers.

Both of them were pretty much dead in one way or another, but there was still this beat emanating from within them.

*The lyrics used are from "Outlaw Star," and the URL where I found them is http://meikoanime.tripod.com/olslyrics.html.