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.
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?
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”