Kaoru Kamiya sat on the park bench, watching intently as two small girls chased each other around the monkey bars, screaming and giggling the entire time.
"Ayame! Suzume! Be careful not to fall, we don't want your clothes getting dirty, now do we?"
The two brown haired girls flashed her a grin before promptly ignoring her and continuing their run.
"I don't think I'll ever understand where those kids get their energy from…" She muttered softly before turning her attention back to the newspaper in her hands.
"I had a friend tell me once that they suck it right out of all the adults around them." A voice from beside her spoke, sending her head darting up toward its owner. "I'm sorry, I didn't mean to startle you. My name's Kenshin Himura."
"Kaoru Kamiya." She replied softly as she extended a hand to the man in front of her.
And what a man he was. Bright violet eyes, a gentle smile, and a shock of long red hair, pulled back in a pony tail.
"Is this seat taken?"
Kaoru gestured to the space beside her with a smile, "Please, sit."
He didn't have to be asked twice.
Of course, he had never really thought his plan through completely. He had planned it out up to the part where he introduced himself.
That was about it.
And of course, his mind decided that right that moment was a good time to take a little vacation. He couldn't for the life of him think of anything else to say. 'Think Himura! Think! You've got a beautiful girl sitting right here beside you, willing to have a conversation with you! Think of something! Say something!'
"So, do you come here often?" As soon as the words left his mouth he realized what a completely stupid thing it was to say. It was all he could do to keep from smacking himself. 'This is harder that it looks.'
Not that Kenshin had any problems when it came to women. He had wooed his share. It was one thing to flirt with a girl at a bar, however. It was entirely different to attempt to pick up someone at a park full of people.
She seemed to take it in stride, however, and gave a slight laugh. "Every Friday, and you?"
"Nope, can't say I do. I'm actually supposed to be meeting someone here. He's late though, not that that's a big surprise…" He let his voice trail off. He was fairly certain that she didn't care about how late Sanosuke was.
"Same here. The meeting someone part, that is… not the being late part…what I mean is, I'm supposed to be meeting someone, but I'm never late." It was then that Kaoru realized she was rambling and felt a slight blush rise to her cheeks. 'Kami, has it really been so long since I've dated that I can't even remember how to form logical sentences?'
Kenshin took note of the slight coloring of her face, and couldn't help but smile. "Too cute."
It wasn't until he noticed her staring at him that he realized he had voiced the thoughts aloud.
"Erm.. heh.." Was all he could manage to squeak out around the lump that had seemingly formed in his throat. 'Smooth, Himura, real smooth.'
She noticed his embarrassment over the matter, and gave a good natured smile. "So, Kenshin Himura, would you like to go out for coffee sometime?"
It was all the redheaded man could do not to jump up and squeal. "Sounds like a plan. And thank you for asking, by the way."
"No worries." She replied as she tore a corner off of her newspaper and wrote her phone number on it.
He took the paper gratefully and tucked it into the pocket of his jeans. "No, I mean really, thank you for asking. I've been trying to come up with the courage to ask that since I saw you."
She laughed again. "Where exactly did you come from? I didn't even notice you standing there until you spoke."
This time it was his turn to blush. He lifted a hand and pointed across the park to another bench.
"Ah.." Was the only reply she could come up with. She opened her mouth up to say something else, however, but a voice from behind stopped her.
"Wow, small world. I didn't realize you two knew each other."
Both heads whipped around then.
"Hey, Sano. You're late." Kenshin began, before something dawned on him. 'You two? Does he know Kaoru?'
"Yes, you are late. Not that I'm shocked anymore. Though I have to admit, I didn't realize we were waiting on the same person." Kaoru added, her smile still on her face as she gestured to Kenshin.
"Yeah, well, I'm lazy. But you knew that, though. I figured I might as well kill two birds with one stone." The taller man replied.
Kaoru nodded that she understood.
"So, how do you two…." Kenshin began, but was abruptly cut off as two little girls practically shoved him out of the way.
It wasn't until the girls launched themselves into his coworker's arms that Kenshin figured out that they were talking to Sanosuke.
"Ayame! Suzume! How are my angels?" He asked with a smile as bent down to pick them up.
"We've been good, daddy! Did you bring us a present?" The older of the two asked, her eyes shining brightly.
"Yah, a pwesent!" The other girl added just as happily as her sister had.
Kenshin merely blinked.
"Ah, not yet, not yet. But we'll go shopping before I take you home and then you can pick out what you want." He shifted the girls a bit in his arms before turning to the dark haired woman again. "Jeez, Kaoru what have you been feeding these kids? Ayame weighs a ton!"
The woman in question cocked an eyebrow at the man. "Well, they're growing up, Sano. What did you expect? Anyway, I hate to run off on you so quickly, but I'm late for my doctor's appointment. You girls be good, now."
Kenshin just kept blinking.
"We will, mommy! See you later!" Ayame spoke again before going back to poking at Sanosuke's hair.
"Yeah, see you waiter mommy!"
And then it suddenly clicked into place.
Kenshin's head swiveled back and forth rapidly between Kaoru and Sanosuke. 'Mommy and Daddy? Mommy and Daddy? Dear Kami please tell me I wasn't hitting on Sanosuke's girl. Please Kami..'
"They're always good, aren't you girls?" The girls in question merely nodded in reply. Kaoru simply laughed.
"Right, you keep telling yourself that, then." She gave her girls a quick hug and placed a quick peck on Sano's cheek before turning back to Kenshin. "I'm really sorry to run off on you, but I'm running late thanks to lunk-head over there. You take care and don't forget to call me!" With that she turned on her heel and took off jogging across the park toward the parking lot.
"Call her, huh?"
Kenshin swallowed. This couldn't end well. There was no possible outcome for this that wouldn't involve pain, of that he was sure.
He merely nodded.
"Better do that, then. Missy's got a way about her. She's one of the best girls out there though."
He blinked again. Whatever it was that he had been expecting, it most definitely hadn't been this.
Sanosuke must have noticed his confusion because he gave an all out laugh. "I'm assuming that you have absolutely no idea what's going on right now, huh?"
"Not a clue.." The redhead murmured quietly, his confusion evident.
"Why don't you girls go play for a few more minutes while I talk to Uncle Ken, ok?" He asked as he set them back to the ground.
They never replied, just simply ran back to the monkey bars to resume their game of tag.
"I really had no idea, Sano, or I wouldn't have.."
"There's nothing to apologize for. Kaoru and I have been over for three years now. Ayame is just a great thing that came out of a good situation."
"I don't mean to pry, but the other one, Suzume, wasn't it? There's no way that she's old enough to have come from anything three years ago. She doesn't look much older than two.."
"Two and a half. People don't have to be dating to sleep together, do they?" Sano replied, before realizing how it sounded and backtracking. "Perhaps I should tell you the whole story then?"
Kenshin nodded again. He seemed to be doing that a lot today.
"Kaoru and I started dating in high school. We were sixteen years old and hell, it seemed like a good thing to do at the time, so we slept together. A lot, actually, but that's beside the point. Kaoru ended up pregnant when we were seventeen. Naturally, being the kind of guy that I am, I proposed, she accepted, and we were engaged."
"So you were married, then?"
"Nope, never made it that far. I got stupid, screwed around because I thought it was a good idea at the time, and fucked up what we had going for us. Kaoru found out, dumped me flat on my ass, and didn't look back."
"Oh.. sorry…" What else could someone say to a story like that?
"Ha, it gets better. Anyway, Ayame was born not long after that, and I moved back in to give her a hand. We never admitted that it was a relationship, but looking back I guess it kind of was. We lived together, ate together, and raised our daughter together, but I had already fucked up pretty much any shot I had at that point. Missy's that kind of girl. She's got her pride, and she values it a lot. I hurt her pride and lost my shot, that's all there was to it."
Again, what in seven hells was the appropriate thing to say in a situation such as this one?
"Anyway, one night when Ayame was two we lost control of ourselves and ended up in her bedroom. I'm assuming I don't have to elaborate as to the details?"
"No, no, I think I can figure it out." This was all way too weird for poor Kenshin. He really wasn't sure exactly how much more his poor brain could stand.
"And of course, as anyone who has ever seen me gamble can tell you, I have the worst luck in the world. One night together, and in return I got Suzume. Not that I'm complaining, mind you. Anyway, so being the kind of guy I am, I proposed."
"Again. This time though, I proposed, she declined, and I got pissed. I moved out, she got custody, and we went on about our lives. Of course, there wasn't a whole lot I could do about the situation. It was my fault, after all, so I hoisted up my little white flag and called a truce."
"So do you still get along? Or…"
"Oh no, Missy's my best friend. It's weird how it worked out, I know. But she's got this sort of gravity to her. Once you know her, it's impossible to stay away. Plus, she's still the mother of my kids. And she could kick my ass any day of the week, so it seems to be in my own best interest to remain friendly, no?"
"It didn't bother you that she told me to call her? I'm generally known as a pretty understanding guy, but even I'm not sure that one would have gone over too well with me."
"Like I said, it's complicated, but I fucked up my shot a long time ago. Far be it for me to fuck it up for someone else. Besides, you're a good guy, from what I know of you at least, and she deserves to be happy."
"I like to think I'm a good guy.." Kenshin began, but let his voice trail off. Was he really having this conversation?
"You'd damn well better be." Was the only reply he received.
Kenshin didn't even have to turn toward the man to know that the smile was missing from his face.
"Because if you hurt her, I'll kill you."
For what felt like the millionth time that day, Kenshin Himura merely nodded in reply.
Anyway, I hope you guys like it! And please don't fret, I promise this is a K/K story. This is just something that popped into my head suddenly while listening to Offspring's "Hit that." Granted, it's not really based on the song, but it popped into my head regardless. Anyway, if you liked it, be sure to let me know. Til next time!