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Fluffy

Mysteria was brushing Asher’s hair, fluffing it every once in a while. Asher was beginning to doze off, much like a cat when he gets petted. Mysteria smiled at the boy who had his head on her lap for a while now. She suddenly smirked and placed her hands on his temples. Asher stirred, humming slightly as his brows furrowed together.

“Mmm, why’d you stop?” He groaned, before he felt the pair of hands leave his temples and went to his forehead. He opened his eyes as Mysteria pushed his bangs back. She looked at his face and laughed. “Forehead!” She exclaimed as she continued to laugh. “You look so weird!”

As she teased, Asher groaned, then yawned. “Leave my hair alone…” He grumbled, closing his eyes again. “Besides, you love my bangs.”

Mysteria scoffed, but smiled at him and kissed his forehead. “You dork. Have you thought about getting a haircut anytime soon?” She asked, fluffing up his hair again. “Maybe, but nah, not right now at least.”

“You should.”

“Nah.”

Mysteria laughed. “Fine, I love you with your crazy, Leonardo DiCaprio hair anyways.”

“I don’t look like him! … Do I?”

Unwelcomed Guest

A petite girl sat on the enormous, plush maroon couch, coloring in her giant coloring book about animals and cartoon characters. It was a Saturday morning, and Mysteria was waiting for her dad to finish making breakfast to go to the store. She began to hear the sizzling of eggs and vegetables when there was a knock on the door.

 

Placing her coloring book to the side, she wiggled out off of the couch. “I got the door, Daddy!” She called out as she made her way to it, opening the door to see a rather tall, slim woman with long, raven black hair. She wore a red, casual dress and she had painted her face with makeup that complimented her facial features and complexion. She looked beautiful, but something about her didn’t seem right to Mysteria.

 

“Hello.” The woman greeted. Mysteria blinked, noticing that the lady had a basket of baked goods. I bet those aren’t as good as Dad’s. She thought before staring back up at the lady.

 

“Hi. What are you doing in my house? I don’t know you.” Mysteria replied to her greeting.

 

The woman gave her a small, tight smile. She examined the little girl before her, seeing that she was wearing a frilly pink dress, with a pink bow in her hair to match her outfit. The only thing out of place were her shoes. Mysteria’s shoes were old, worn out Converse that was an eyesore to the general public, but not to the owner.

 

“Is there a man named Hibiki here, little girl?” The woman asked, attempting to peek inside. Mysteria tilted her head in confusion.

 

“You mean my dad? He’s busy right now… Are you his friend, lady?” Mysteria questioned, beginning to get territorial.

 

The woman raised her eyebrows with the information given to her. “Your… Dad?” She asked through gritted teeth.

 

Mysteria crossed her arms. “Yeah, he’s my dad, lady. What do you want?!”

 

The woman dismissed the fact that the man she was interested in had an unexpected daughter, and instead offered the basket to the small girl. “Can you give this to your father, dear? Tell him it’s from his friend, Jane.”

 

Mysteria struggled a bit to carry the basket, but took it in both hands as she looked up at the lady. “Okay, lady. Can you go now?” She asked, already wanting to get into the safety of her home.

 

Jane gave Mysteria a cold smile. “The name’s Jane. Oh, and by the way, proper girls don’t wear… those type of shoes.”

 

Mysteria looked down at her feet to look at her Converse, and began to get angry. “I don’t care what you think, lady. I love my shoes! I’ll wear them because I want to wear them!!” She exclaimed, quickly getting inside and closing the door on the woman before she got a chance to say anything.

 

Hibiki poked his head out of the kitchen as Mysteria set the basket on the dinning table. “Who was it, Misty?” Hibiki asked, noticing the basket.

 

The small girl huffed, defiantly taking a bread and took a bite out of it. “A lady.”

 

Hibiki continued to cook, listening to Mysteria. “A lady? Was it a woman named Jane?”

 

The seven year old almost choked on the bread, but coughed out a shaky “Yeah”.

 

“Why didn’t you let her in? She could’ve joined us for breakfast!” He said with a pout.

 

“She just came to give us the basket. I think she was busy or something.” Mysteria lied, stuffing her face with the rest of the bread that she was eating.

 

“Misty!! Don’t ruin your appetite!” Hibiki exclaimed worriedly. “Why are you eating the bread so suddenly??”

 

Mysteria gulped down the food, turning to look at Hibiki with the utmost serious face, crumbs all over her mouth.

 

“I’m trying to see if they’re poisoned!” She called out truthfully. Hibiki broke out into laughter.

 

“Jane wouldn’t think of poisoning us! She’s a nice person!”

 

Mysteria clenched her jaw at the thought of the enemy. Nice? Yeah, right.

 

Hyper Accident [Sorta WIP]

 

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“Hey Mysteria, do you know what the heck happened to Asher?!” A frantic Airyan asked, video calling with the female athlete. In the background, Asher was obnoxiously and loudly singing a song he just made up, sounding like he’s running around. His figure could be seen occasionally behind Airyan. “I got BEES!! Busy busy BEES! I wanna see a Queen Bee!! Beyonce is a QUEEN! I need a washing MA-CHINE!”

 

Mysteria ran a hand through her hair. “Earlier he got a cup of coffee and mix it with RedBull.” She explained. “Make sure he doesn’t get hurt, okay?”

 

“Wait, he did WHAT?!” Airyan began to freak out as Asher ran across behind him again. “Why did he do that?!”

 

“He needed to stay awake for practice he had earlier for a competition. The poor dummy had no choice apparently.”

 

Airyan opened his mouth to say something, but the video suddenly blurred. “Hey!!” Asher held the phone dangerously close to his eye, quickly and loudly speaking, “Who are you talking to, Airyan bro??”

 

It took Asher a second to see that it was his girlfriend, but once he did, he broke out into a giant, goofy grin. Mysteria let out a sigh. “It’s me, you dork.” She responded before flinching as Asher let out a howl.

 

“Oooooooooooh my GOD!” He exclaimed, trying to fight off Airyan for the phone while he ran. “Babe, I feel so awesome right now! All this energy makes me feel like I can do so many things!! Look, I’m even outrunning Airyan! I- WHOA!”

 

Asher suddenly tripped and the phone was dropped, leaving Mysteria to stare at the ceiling. A moment later, Airyan looked down at the phone.

 

“I’ll call you back. Asher is trying to get more coffee.”

 

Asher was wailing in the background. “Nooooooo, give me!! I’ll dieee without it!!” Airyan shot a concerned look over at Asher’s direction.

 

“Right. Take care of him for me.” Mysteria said, before Airyan yelled, “Hey, don’t run over there, you’ll break something!!” Then the video call ended shortly after.

 

Mysteria let out a big sigh, looking at the clock on the wall. Anytime now the effects should be wearing off. Hopefully Airyan can handle Asher.

 

 

Mysteria was tying her Converse to get ready to go to an interview , when she heard the vibration coming from her phone. She looked at the screen and saw that it was Airyan.

 

Opening up the message, she saw the picture sent to her and laughed out loud. Asher was sprawled on the floor of the studio, but someone made him comfortable by covering him up with a jacket and made a makeshift pillow from another jacket that was placed under his head. Next to him was Airyan, crouching but facing the camera with a tight smile, as if saying “I can’t believe you made me deal with him right now”. He was pointing a finger at Asher.

 

Mysteria texted Airyan, smiling as she did.

 

Mysteria: Aw, he looks so tired…

Airyan: I hope he’s knocked out. Anymore of his craziness and I would’ve lost it.

Mysteria: But… Why is he on the floor? Can’t you get him on a sofa or something?

Asher: Ugh, fine.

 

Mysteria took the opportunity to start heading out to the press conference, only getting the chance to cross the street before Airyan texted her back.

 

Asher: I got him on the sofa. He started to snore. Totally knocked out.

Mysteria: Let him sleep, he definitely needs it.

 

The girl continued to walk down the sidewalk and entered the downtown area, until she felt her phone vibrate again.

 

Airyan: Asher is holding onto me…

Airyan: He doesn’t want to let go.

Airyan: Why is this happening to me?!

 

Mysteria raised an eyebrow before a photo was sent. She opened it and laughed.

 

Asher was laying on the sofa and Airyan was sitting on the edge of it, giving the camera, an utter look of disgust and annoyance as a joke. Sure enough, Asher’s arms were tightly wrapped around his waist as he continued to sleep.

 

Mysteria: Don’t wake him up!

Airyan: What?! I have STUFF TO DO!!

Mysteria: Wake him up and I will beat the living crap outta you!

Asher: But Mysteria!

Mysteria: Airyan, you spineless wimp, if I find out you woke him up I swear you will scream yourself hoarse once I get my hands on you

Airyan: Okay, okay, sheesh.=3=

Airyan: Maybe I should get you to be my bodyguard ;D

Mysteria: Oh shut up.

Admirer From Afar

Mysteria led Asher to the stadium seats that were closest to the field. Airyan was already in his seat, with both feet propped up on the seat in front of him. 

As the pair approached, Mysteria sighed loudly. “Would you look at that! The singing dork is here!” She said equally as loud. Airyan turned toaards them before standing up. 

“Back at you, baseball nerd!”

Mysteria rolled her eyes. “Yeah, yeah. Anyways, Airyan, meet my friend Asher. Asher… well, you kinda already know this punk.”

Asher chuckled as Airyan huffed, before nodding at Asher. Mysteria smiled and waved at them. “I’m going to practice, you two stay put till I come back!” She called out behind her as she ran to the locker rooms.

“Later Mysteria!” Asher yelled out as he waved back, turning to look at a rather menacing Airyan.

“So, you and Mysteria are-” Asher began with a nervous smile before he stlpped abruptly.

Airyan was beginning to pull up his sleeves, looking like he was ready to kill Asher.

“I heard you tackled my cousin to the ground.” He said simply in a threatening tone. Asher immediately raised his hands up in defense, shakig his head.

“Okay, first off, let me just say your cousin is stubborn as heck! I was trying to help her walk when she was injured and she fell and I tried catching her but she wouldn’t let me, then we both ended up on the floor!” Asher explained quickly, bracing himself for the worst.

Airyan blinked and stopped what he was doing. “Wait, she’s stubborn to you too?!”

Asher opened an eye and looked at Airyan. “‘You too?’ You mean, she’s like that with you?”

Airyan blew a raspberry. “All the time! I can’t believe she actually got stubborn with you!”

Asher took a seat next to Airyan as they continued to talk about the green haired athlete. “One time she threatened to smack me with her bat when I almost spilled chocolate ice cream on her white uniform during a game.” Airyan said, eating a handful of shell-less peanuts. 

Asher took some peanuts from his bag and started to take the shell off. “Wow, remind me not to eat chocolate ice cream near her at a game.”

Airyan nodded, poppig some peanuts into his mouth. “What about you?”

“Hm… There was this one time when Mysteria pulled me out of the train just so we can buy bubblegum. We were both late to our practices, though Mysteria didn’t seem to care.” He recalled, proppin his feet the same way Airyan was doing.

The two guys continued to talk about their unfortunate encounters with Mysteria’s stubbornness, even long after baseball practice was over. They continued to talk about random things, slowly becoming best friends.

“Maybe I can perform to one of your songs, Airyan.” Asher was saying enthusiastically as Mysteria was leading them out oc the stadium, swinging her bat a few times while she listened to the conversation.

“It would be an honor to watch tou perform. Though, can you do that next month? I’m jam-packed in my schedule right now…”

Before Asher got a chance to respond, Mysteria blew a raspberry. “If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought you two were dating.” She joked. “Airyan, you’d make such a cute girlfriend!”

“What?! Mysteria, I swear-” Airyan began to chase after Mysteria, who sprinted ahead. Asher sighed and laughed, running after them.
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Asher was sitting on Airyan’s living room floor, wearing pajama pants and a white t-shirt, while Airyan was dressed in a similar fashion. It was dark out, and Airyan was getting a midnight snack of popcorn. The living room was a victim of Asher and Airyan’s pillow fight. There was pillows and blankets covering the floor, and the furtniture was slightly unorganized, with cushiond thrown in the empty spaces of the room. 

Rubbing his head, Airyan pouted as he walked back to Asher with a large bowll of popcorn. “Asher, for a fancy footwork man, you sure can smack hard.” He complained. Asher chuckled while Airyan sat down.

“I hope that’s just you trying to make me feel macho.”

Airyan laughed nervously, remembering something that happened a while back. “Did I ever told you about the time Mysteria slapped me for being depressed?” He asked with an embarrassed smile.

Asher was getting some popcorn and was beginning to eat it, before he suddenly began to choke. “What?!”

“Okay, so I was dumped by my girlfriend, andd it was my fiirst breakup and whatever. I was depressed, didn’t want to sing,” Airyan laughed slightly at Asher’s dramatic gasp. “I didn’t want to do anything, basically. Mysteria found out about this and she.. smacked some sense into me.”

“She… what?” Asher asked, confused andd terrified. He grabbed a nearby pillow and hugged it close, now starting to feel the  of staying up late.

“She came up to the music studio, without her baseball cap,” Airyan continued. Asher’s eyes grew wide, knowing very well that Mysteria almost never went anywhere other thann the stadium without her cap, due to the crazy fans. “…  came right up to the room I was in and began to yell at me.” Airyan sighed, takig a moment tto eat some popcorn.

“I barely even reacted to what she was saying. At some point, she had enough of my crap and smacked me.” Airyan finished, eating some more popcorn.

Asher sat there silently, resting his chin on the cool fabric of the pillow, thinking.

“She was crazy mad though. She was yelling at me at the top of her lungs, and she looked like she could’ve cursed like a sailor. She could’ve killed me if I wasn’t related to her! And she called me names, like spineless ninny, a shrimp, a loser, a wimp, I think..” As Airyan listed off the names, he noticed that Asher wasn’t really saying anything and was looking straight ahead. “Asher, you okay bro?”

Asher slowly began to get pale, as if he just realized something. He turned to Airyan before quietly saying, “Dude… I think… I like Mysteria.”

Airyan blinked, not entirely able to understand what Asher just said. “You have… a crush… on my cousin? The baseball prodigy?? My only cousin?! Didn’t you hear a word I said about the story where she smacked me?!”

The figure skater shook his head in frustration. “No, I was listening to the story. I just don’t see it the same way ad you do.” He sighed, hugging the pillow tighter. Airyan watched him attentively, curious about what he had to say.

“Mysteria might be a hot head who could probably kill us if we make her angry enough, is the  best athlete out there, can show that she is more capable than what you might guess… but she’s also the modt caring person I’ve ever met.”

Asher paused to get a good look at Airyan, who was still actively listening. Seeing that, he continued. “She cared enough about your well being to go all the way to you, knowing her busy schedule and the risk of getting noticed by the public. She donates money to the orphanage she used to live in and puts up with your collab photoshoots to help raise money for that orphanage. She cares a lot about her dad, and not to mention, she is clever. And yet, some of these things she doesn’t want to be recognized for.” Asher stopled, thinking over what he just said. 

Airyan began to grin from ear to ear. “So you really do like her?”
“Yeah..I think I’ve had a crush on her for a while, now that I think about it…” Asher shyly admitted.

Airyan patted him on the back, still grinning. 

“Asher, you’re perfect for her.”

Surprise Visit

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Because I can’t write how cool Asher looks when he skates T-T

 

 

 
Mysteria quietly entered the ice skating rink, taking a seat nearby. The girl decided to visit the rink where her new boyfriend practiced ice skating, as told by her cousin Airyan. And he was right. Asher was in the middle of the rink, a hand on his chin as he pondered over something. He was dressed in black sweatpants and a white V-neck, looking somewhat professional and laid back. Mysteria watched curiously, not able to help but wonder what he was thinking about.

A minute passed when Asher suddenly threw his hands down to his sides, pushing himself with his right foot against the ice, slowly raising his arms up . As he slid across the ice, he spun around and pushed himself harder to gain more speed. He pushed himself once more, before pushing himself off the ground and spun in mid air, before landing hard on the ice, almost falling over. He picked himself up to pace again while regaining his balance. He stopped pushing himself through the ice to let the speed slowly die down as he did some large and graceful arm movements, but after a while he frowned and grunted, suddenly deciding to spin around a few times in place as he thought over something again. He skated a bit faster, widening his stance and how wide his legs are, crouching slightly as he pushed himself. He stood back up again and picked up the pace, before leaping and twirling in the air once more, landing on his left foot without faltering. He continued to do this several times to get the hang of it, it seemed, before moving on to the next move.

Mysteria continued to watch, impressed by the way he moved on ice, even with the mistakes that he was making. She smiled to herself as she thought about how lucky she was to be with such a talented guy. The sudden scraping of ice interrupted her thoughts and made her realize that she was staring at empty space, looking at the rink once more to find Asher laying on the floor, slowly sliding into the wall of the rink. Mysteria covered her mouth and stiffled a laugh, not wanting him to find out she was there yet.

Asher irratatingly grabbed onto the wall, shivering slightly as he frowned. “I have to get this right..” Mysteria heard him scold to himself as he slid himself backwards on the ice, back to the center. He began to skate around the rink, facing the inside of it as he tried to figure out movements.

Watching in awe, Mysteria admired Asher from afar, a bit too much to even notice that he finally saw her in the audience when he skated around the rink, looking outward this time.

“Mysteria?? What are you doing here?!” Asher called out in shock, his face beginning to get slightly pale as he quickly stopped.

“I wanted to see my boyfriend in his natural habitat… Is that wrong?” The girl responded innocently, walking over to the rink entrance as Asher skated to her.

“No, of course not. I just wished you could’ve told me beforehand so I could show you a great performance.” He sighed, rubbing his neck before hugging Mysteria and held her at arms length, giving her a mildly concerned look, his eyebrows coming together as he smiled nervously at her. “But uh… How long have you been sitting there?”

Mysteria shrugged, taking his hand in both of hers to warm them up. “I don’t know. Longer than you’d like, it seems.” She replied, giving her full attention to warming up his hand. Asher smiled down at her. “It’s not that. I just wasn’t expecting you to be here.”

Mysteria smiled back and hugged him. “Do you want to get pizza?”

“Wow, great way to keep up with our diets. It’s not like we’re athletes or anything.”

“Oh shut up.” Mysteria laughed, lightly punching his arm. “Do you want to or not?”

“Of course. But um… He’s not going to be there, is he?”

“Elijah? Who knows. He always figures out where I am somehow.”

“Oh. Well, I guess let’s just go then.” Asher sat down at the bench and took off his skates.

Mysteria watched him, getting a bit shy. It’s only been two days since they started going out, and knowing that was making her more aware and slightly nervous. “H-Hey, Asher?”

“Yeah?”

“You looked great on the ice.” She said sincerely and quietly. Asher looked up at her and gave her a grin. “Thanks Misty.”

Mysteria blushed slightly, wanting to say more. “R-Really, Asher. You looked amazing… I-It kinda… Um…” Mysteria began to stutter, rubbing her elbow as she looked at the ground.

Asher raised an eyebrow and took off his other skate, standing up. “Yeeeees? You can say it Mysteria, I AM your boyfriend after all.”

Stubbornly, Mysteria huffed, crossing her arms and turned her back to him. “It makes me feel really lucky to be your girlfriend, okay?? And don’t start thinking that I will start saying stuff like that a lot more, because I won’t!” She exclaimed.

Asher smiled brightly. “Aw, I feel the same way!” He hugged Mysteria tightly from behind, lifting her off of her feet. “I get to date a cool baseball player who could make a home run any day!”

Mysteria squeaked and laughed hysterically, attempting to gets his arms to release her, but he was too strong. “Let go of me, you dork!”

“Alright, fine, but only because you’re a princeeeess!” He sang, quickly letting go of Mysteria and ran to the front lobby.

“Hey!” Mysteria shouted, running after him. “Get back here, Twinkle Toes!!”

The Confession

Mysteria walked around the basic hotel room, nervously waiting for her turn to use the laptop that Jordan and her share. Traveling to the other side of the room, she looked out to the window to see the city lights below. She sighed and drew open the curtains, pulling them out of the way so she can have a perfect view of the city. Mysteria felt calm watching the city below. It reminded her of Asher, which instantly made her blush. She vigorously shook her head and occupied herself with something else.

As she adjusted the lighting so that only a single bright lamp was on, a knock came from her door.

Mysteria sprinted lightly to the entrance and opened the door quickly.

“You done already?” She asked to a surprised Jordan, who held an open laptop on his open palm, his free hand still held in a fist as if he was going to knock again.

“Y-Yeah? I was talking to Asher, he said he wanted to talk to you?” Jordan gave her a confused look. “Why are you all jumpy all of the sudden?”

Mysteria shook her head, taking the laptop from the coffee skinned boy.

“I’m good. You can go back to wherever you came from. Go!” She shooed him away, attempting to push Jordan out again using her back side.

“Alright, alright!”

Mysteria quickly shut the door and looked at the laptop monitor, seeing that the chat was still up. It read the words “Call ended: 25 min, 11 sec” Mysteria huffed, then sat on her bed as she logged out, signed into her account and typed.

Misty_Water-Type: Hey Asher, you up?
AshKetchup: Well duh.
AshKetchup: Video chat?
Misty_Water-Type: Definitely

Right after Mysteria sent that, a new window popped up announcing that Asher was calling. She accepted the call and a second later, Asher’s dark hair and seemingly pale face showed up on her screen, with Asher looking at himself in the camera, frowning slightly as he tried to fix his hair.

“Hello twinkle toes, looks like you’re having fun there.” Mysteria greeted as she laid back on the pile of pillows behind her, pulling up her knees.

Asher messed with his hair, shaking his head like a dog a few times. “Don’t judge, it’s hard to keep this hair looking good.” He replied once he stopped, now looking at Mysteria and smiled.

“So how’s Oceana treating you? Are there singing sailors like they say in the movies?” Asher asked excitedly, his face being illuminated by the screen and a low light in front of him.

“Oceana is really pretty but so far I haven’t seen any singing sailors, but the team and I had this snack-” Mysteria reached over to the night stand and grabbed a bag of stringy dry stuff that looked like cheese. She held it in front of the camera and showed Asher the packaging, which had a picture of a squid on it.

“Someone gave all of us a bit of this dried squid, but we didn’t know that’s what it was, so some of the players ate it without a second thought then gagged!” Mysteria sniffed the bag and made a face, causing Asher to chuckle.

“What did you do?” He asked.

“I smelled it first, of course. Then j gave it back. I was actually smart enough to inspect the snack and ask for the packaging to read the ingredients to see what it was!” She laughed with Asher.

“I, for one, love dried squid!” The boy exclaimed excitedly. “You better save me some Mysteria!”

The girl threw her head back and laughed. “You can have all of it, I don’t want any of this.” She replied. “Good thing I’m coming back tomorrow.”

“Oh… Speaking of that…” Asher suddenly stopped smiling, beginning to get serious. “I… Want to talk to you about something…”

Mysteria frowned slightly. “Is something wrong? Did something happen to your grandmother?”

“N-No, no! My grandma is fine, better even.” Asher looked down, messing with his T-shirt. “It’s um… Better if I talk to you personally.”

Confused, Mysteria scooted in a bit closer to the laptop, concern washing over her face.

“Asher, if it’s really important, you can always talk to me now.” She said reassuringly. Asher looked down, before glancing up at her, making his puppy eyed face for a split second before smiling.

“It’s not what you think it is.” He replied, looking down once more. “When you come back, I’ll explain everything.”

“Alright, if you say so.”

Asher slowly grew quiet, and after a minute, Mysteria began to get fidgety.

“Oh gosh, please don’t be like Airyan on his first breakup!” Mysteria whined, catching Asher by surprise.

“What? No way!” He said in his defense, laughing. “No disrespect to him, but I don’t want to be like him if that meant I have to suffer from your wrath!”

“Hey, what’s that supposed to mean?!” Mysteria asked, crossing her arms.

“Oh nothing, other than you have all the qualities of an angry bull!! If I didn’t know you that well, I would’ve assumed that you’re half bull!” He taunted, smirking as he watched Mysteria try to protest.

“Am not! You’re the half animal here!” She stopped, face palmed and laughed. Asher laughed with her.

“What was that Mysteria?”

“You know what I meant!!” She cried, laughing.

He chuckled. “Yeah I do. Well, looks like I have to go to bed. I’ll see you tomorrow then…” Asher sighed, rubbing his eyes.

“Yeah, and you’ll tell me what you wanted to talk to me about, right?”

“Of c-course. It’s… Really important… U-Um, bye Mysteria.” Asher managed to stammer out and quickly turned off the webcam before Mysteria even got to say goodbye back.

The girl sat there for a minute, trying to process what had just happened. Asher was acting really weird. She wanted to know why already, but she knew she would have to wait. Him not talking to her as long as other calls and even acting nervous towards her had her worried.

Mysteria set the laptop on the nightstand, and got herself comfortable underneath the covers. Looking up at the ceiling, she thought over her plans for the next day, slowly letting sleep take over.

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The Canava Pandas were getting out of the charter bus one by one, Mysteria being the third one out. Hoisting her bag up on her shoulder, she found Asher and Airyan in the crowd of fans and reporters. She ran to them, leaving Jordan to run after her.

“You’re here!” Mysteria exclaimed as she hugged the two boys. Asher timidly hugged back, rubbing the back of his neck while Airyan got excited.

“I saw the game on TV, you were amazing! Congratulations on the big win!” He exclaimed. “You have to show me the trophy sometime!!”

Mysteria laughed slightly, looking at him warily. “Yeah of course.. Hey Jordan and Asher, can you get my bags for me? I’m really sore and exhausted.”

As both guys nodded and ran to get her bags, Airyan smirked and pulled the reluctant Mysteria to the side.

“Mysteria, I have something to ask you.” Airyan began. “You have to give me an honest-to-God answer, and don’t be mean about it okay?”

Mysteria frowned, beginning to get skeptical. “Okay, what is it?”

“Do you want to date Asher?” He whispered to her.

Mysteria froze. Was she hearing that right?

“D.. Date Asher? I-”

Before she could even finish her sentence, Asher ran up behind Airyan and pushed the singer out of the way, taking Mysteria’s hands into his. In a deep voice and with the manliest face, he said, “Mysteria, will you go out with me?”

Mysteria blinked and progressively began to turn red, taking a second to process what was happening. “Asher, I-I don’t-”

“I promise to bring you kolaches every morning and help you with your daily stretches.” Asher continued, slowly beginning to lean closer to her. “I’ll take you go peaceful places when you’re stressed, and take you home at night and give you all the love and care you deserve!”

At this point, Asher was already in Mysteria’s personal space, but not quite in her face yet. She was still trying to keep up with the sudden chain of events. She kept his words in her mind, trying to think over her decision. Asher gave her an adorable begging face.

“So what do you say? Will you go out with me?”

Mysteria was quiet and slightly blushing. Asher was still holding her hands, continuing to give her a begging face. She looked over his shoulder to see Airyan and Jordan eagerly waiting for her answer. Mysteria looked down at their intertwined hands and blushed more.

“I… I don’t know Asher… I…”

Asher looked into her eyes and gave her a genuine smile. Mysteria trailed off, looking down at his hands again and noticed how warm they were, and how she was having a warm and fuzzy feeling in her chest. Mysteria hesitated but smiled.

“Alright Asher, I will date you.”

“Wooooo!!” Airyan cried out, fist bumping the air. “Finally!!” Jordan joined in, causing both Asher and Mysteria to blush heavily.

“You guys planned this, haven’t you?!” She exclaimed in frustration.

Jordan grinned while Airyan cowered behind him. “That’s for us to know and for you to find out!” Jordan shouted, pushing Airyan to make a run for it.

Asher smiled nervously at Mysteria. “Um, not to be awkward or anything, but do… you want to go somewhere to eat later? I can pay for everything and-” Asher stopped abruptly as Mysteria laughed.

“Do you really think I’m going to let you pay for everything? But sure, let’s go out to eat. Does Chato’s sound good?”

Asher blinked and smiled. “If that’s what you’re up for.”

Mysteria blushed slightly, then looked up at him. “So… 6 o’clock?”

Asher nodded and looked over at her bags. “Do you still need help with those?”

Mysteria bit her lip and hesitated. “I’d rather make Airyan help me with them. He’s going to drive me home so…”

“I see. I’ll see you later.” He said quietly, kissing her head as he left.

Mysteria blushed as she watched him leave, turning to Airyan, who returned from running away. He stared at her with a knowing smile. Annoyed, Mysteria flicked his forehead. “Come on, I’m really tired and I want to take a nap.”

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Asher was dressed in casual clothing, consisting a jacket, a white T-shirt and casual pants. He held a lime green pot with 3 bamboo shoots in it, tied with red ribbon. He looked at his watch and waited for his date to arrive, which was still hard to believe.

Mysteria arrived in a hurry, wearing a baseball cap to hide her hair, a black hoodie, and jeans. She smiled nervously as she approached him.

“Sorry for not actually looking like a girl…” She said. “You know how it is with the fans.”

Asher chuckled. “You look fine. Besides, I wouldn’t want you to be uncomfortable in our date.” Asher replied, shyly adding the last part. He smiled at her for a moment before remembering the gifts he had.

“O-Oh, I almost forgot!” He pressed the potted plant into Mysteria’s hands, touching them briefly but with lots of care.

“Huh? What’s this for?” Mysteria asked, thoroughly confused.

“Well,” Asher began, starting to smile. “Instead of bringing flowers, I thought you’d appreciate the bamboo a lot more,” He smirked before adding. “Panda Hero.”

Mysteria’s eyes widened and her cheeks turned into a light shade of pink as she laughed. “Thanks Asher, I love this so much.”

“I originally wanted to get you a panda cub, but I’d be getting in legal trouble, and then you’d have trouble feeding the cub, and you probably have lots of explaining to do with your dad, sooooo,” He opened up his jacket to reveal a small stuffed panda, giving it to the girl. “I got you this.”

Mysteria laughed and took the panda. “This is so thoughtful, I really wasn’t expecting this!” She exclaimed, holding the bear close.

“I knew you’d like it. If I wanted to date you, I HAD to know what you like. Am I right?”

Asher gestured to the doors of the restaurant. “So let’s go enjoy authentic Mexican food!”

Mysteria shrugged. “I was wondering when we’d ever go in.”

Asher puffed out his cheeks. “Well, sorry for trying to be thoughtful!”

Mysteria rolled eyes and took Asher’s hand. “Come on, Twinkle Toes.”

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Elijah closely watched through his binoculars at Chato’s, hiding in the balcony of a vacant apartment. Watching the green haired girl and the ice skater through the window, Elijah began to get suspicious.

“Maybe this is a celebration dinner of some sort…” Elijah muttered to himself, continuing to watch. “Jordan and Airyan must be coming later or… Maybe they got busy…”

Elijah put the binoculars down and squinted his eyes.

“I’m going to have to talk to Mysteria tomorrow about this…” He said finally before going back to his binoculars to watch Mysteria laugh at something Asher had said.
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Mysteria laughed, eating her rice. “I hope Elijah doesn’t find out about this, he’d get really upset with me.” She sighed. Asher smiled and waved off the subject. “It’ll be fine, I can always deal with him for you.”

Mysteria blushed slightly and smiled into her cup that was raised to her lips. “So now you assume yourself to be my boyfriend?”

Asher blushed massively and covered his mouth with a napkin.

“I-I mean, if you’re okay with it, but, I would be really happy if you were my girlfriend.” He stuttered.

The girl thought about the idea, stirring her food around with her fork. “It’s a bit too soon, don’t you think?” She asked quietly.

Asher slowly nodded. “I know but I also know that you didn’t reject me like I thought you would… Which means you do like me, don’t you?”

“That’s… Not a lie..” Mysteria replied, before taking another bite of her food.

“What do you say? Do you want to be my girlfriend?”

Mysteria looked at Asher and smiled tiredly. “Sure, I’ll be your girlfriend, just because you asked nicely.”

Asher laughed at Mysteria and held her hand reassuringly.

“Now for the hard part. Telling your dad.”