She’s beautiful. Everything about her is perfect. The way her hair flows and bounces when she walks or runs, her facial expressions, her smile, everything. She seems to just light up the room she’s in, and she has a great sense of humor. She’s everything you’re looking for in a matesprit. You’re not really into hiding your emotions anymore, so you flirt with her. You know when you’ve gone too far, and you don’t follow her places. You’re not a pervert, you’re just flirty. You two have been friends for a while, and even her friends can tell that she wants you just as much as you want her, if not less. You talk with her and flirt with her a lot, but sometimes it’s difficult, because she tends to disappear with a group of friends for at least a week at random times of the year. You don’t know where she goes, and why she goes for so long, but you’ve always wanted to know; to see the carefree side of her.
----- Reader’s POV ---------
You’re so excited. You and your friends have been planning this vacation since for moths now, and the day has finally come when you guys get to work everything out for when you leave in two days. You guys have been going on vacations for as long as you can remember. Sometimes you go to conventions, other times you just go because you feel like you need a vacation. It used to only be you and your closest friend, but as the years went on, more and more people started to come. You would bring your friend; you would bring another friend who brought their boyfriend, and it would just go on. Now, the people going this year are you, your best friend, Aradia, Sollux, Tavros, and another random friend of yours. Most of the time, you stay at hotels, but there are those rare occasions when you decide to go camping.
“Alright, so does anyone have a suggestion of how long we stay?” your best friend asks, and you look at the map she rolled out onto the table. “There look like there’s tons to do there, so how about a week? Maybe a week and a half?” you suggest, pointing out all of the attractions you had circled in black sharpie. “A week sounds good enough” Sollux says, pointing out the tings that seemed more interesting than others. “We don’t have to do everything” he adds, but your other friend shakes her head. “No, but we usually do try everything. If we wanted to just do the things that we already know are really fun, we could just stay home and do those things whenever we want.” She says, and he sits down. “Plus,” you add, “We also need to think about how long it’ll take to get there. If we leave at say noon and it takes four or so hours, we’d get there at four thirty and everyone would be exhausted and not want to do anything. If we left closer to 7 or 8, sure we’d be tired and half of us would be sleeping the entire ride there, but at least we’d be awake by the time we get there” Everyone looks as if they’re trying to think it over, and then Aradia steps in. “sounds like a good plan. (best friend’s name), where should we meet for you to pick us up?” She asks, and she responds as if she knew that question was already going to be asked. “Outside your own home should be fine.” She says, and you all agree. “So it’s settled then. Talk to you guys tomorrow” you say, and everyone stands up to leave. Your friend takes the map, and when everyone is gone, you can still see Tavros sitting on the couch, so you turn back and sit next to him.
“Hey man, are you okay?” you ask, and he shakes his head no. “I can’t go” he says, and you turn to face him. “what? why not?” you ask, and he looks at you. “I just feel like there’s something else I need to instead. I’m sorry, (f/n), I know you really wanted me to go but this is kind of important. Do you think the two of us could do something together today or tomorrow to make up for it?” he adds, and you nod. “We can start now if you want, because I was planning on heading over to the movies later.” You say. “are you sure that, um, it would be okay? Wouldn’t it be too expensive?” he asks with a little concern in his voice, and you touch a hand to his shoulder. “It’s no problem it all! I was going to ask someone anyways, so come on, lets go!” you say, and you take him by the hand and run out the door, nearly colliding with Eridan on your way out.
“hey cutie, where are you heading?” he says, smiling when he recognizes you. “Oh, me and Tavros where just going to my place. We’re going to the movies for about an hour or two, so we’ve got time to kill.” You think you can hear Tavros hear “in an hour?” but you ignore him. “Since you’ve got time, why don’t you just follow me around for a bit? Let me show you a few things you’d like.” Eridan says, smirking and offering you a hand. You hesitate, thinking about what to say, and then you sigh. “I don’t think we have time. The theatre’s pretty far from here. Maybe some other time though, kay?” you ask, and before you can let him answer, you grab Tavros by the hand again and run off.
---- Eridan’s POV -----
You watch in confusion as she runs off with Tavros. Why is she acting like this? She usually lets you drag her around, but now she looks like she’s in a hurry. Where are her other friends? You think, and you watch as she finally disappears from your sight. You try to think of a few reasons why, but nothing you’re coming up with makes any sense. The thing is, she’s really attached to her friends. You see that in her a lot. If a friend of hers is sick, she’ll spend all of her time with them, even if it does result in her getting sick herself.
She’s a pretty popular person among her group of friends, and you can see why. There’s something about her, you can’t tell what, but something about her makes her really happy about things. She’ll go “I love (item/song/band/fandom)” and then she’ll explain it why, and she’s quick to defend. When it comes to friends, she’s much more attached, and especially to you. Sometimes when you’d drag her somewhere, she would stop in her tracks, grab your arm and drag you into a different direction because she saw a shirt you’d like or if she noticed that the bookstore near her house was giving away coupons to go to the Aquarium or somewhere like that. She took you there a few times, and is usually willing to stay for as long as you’d like, even if it means staying until the aquarium closes. If she sees an opportunity to bring you somewhere, she doesn’t hesitate before coming to you or waiting for you to find her to tell you about it.
----- Reader’s POV -------
“So how did you like the movie?” you ask, and Tavros looks over at you. “I loved it! How did you know that I liked those kinds of movies?” he asked nervously, and you smile. “Because, I know you love these kinds of movies.” You say, and he smiles back. You stand up to stretch, and then you help him, and you two walk home. “so who are inviting to take my place for this vacation? I know how you are with friends, and-” You cut him off, comforting him with a hand to his shoulder. “Trust me; I already have it planed out. And I promise to ask if we can go on another vacation soon after we get back so you can come with us.” You smile, and he seems to calm down. “Thanks, that means a lot to me” he says, and he hugs you. You hug him back, and you sit down on the couch. Realizing that it’s only about four in the afternoon, you decide to drag him to a bunch of other places, until you get too tired to go anywhere else, and you go home and collapse at the couch. Tavros, obviously too tired to move any further, collapses on your living room floor, and you fall asleep without saying another word.
You wake up early the next morning, and when you do you realize Tavros must have rolled over in his sleep, because now he’s facing on his side instead of upwards when he collapsed. “Ta-Tavros wake up” you say sleepily, gently kicking his back. “Tavros I need to get up and you’re blocking the couch” you say, and he sleepily rolls out of the way so you can. You make two bowls of cereal, you turn on the TV and turn down the volume to a low level, and you sit down on the floor besides him and hand him a bowl. “I can’t believe you can’t come with us, Tav.” You say to him when he finally sits up to eat his cereal. “You would have loved it here.” You say sadly, and you look over at him. “no no, it’s fine. Maybe if you bring me back a souvenir, like you always do, it’ll feel like I was there. Maybe we could go up there sometime, just the two of us” he says smiling, and you smile back. “yeah, that would be great” you say, and you talk quietly to each other until you both finish eating. When he finishes his, he stands up and looks at his watch. “I have to go. This was nice, we should do it more often.” He says and then he leaves. Right when you finish washing the dishes, your phone rings, and you answer it.
“Hey! If we’re going to leave tomorrow, we need you over here! a few of us are already here, and now we’re just waiting on you” your friend’s voice says, and you respond. “Sorry, I just had Tavros over. I’ll be right there.” You say and you hang up, trying as hard as you can to hide how excited you are. When you get in, you realize only Aradia and Sollux are missing, but when you plop down on the couch next to your best friend, they show up and sit on the floor by the table. “Has anyone seen Tavros?” Aradia asks. “I haven’t seen him since the last time we were talking about this, and he didn’t answer me when I tried to message him last night.” She says, and your friend looks over at you. “You said you had Tavros over, where is he? Didn’t he come with you?” she asks, and you sigh. “Tavros can’t come” you say, and a few people exchange nervous glances. “Why? Is he okay?” your friend asks, only causing you to sigh again. “Yeah, he seemed pretty fine to me, but he said he needed to do something ‘important’ instead. Whatever that means” you say, and a few people look at you sadly. “Who’s going to take his place? Tavros always comes with us!” someone says, and you shrug. “Should I go look for someone?” you suggest, and everyone’s expression changes from sad to “i-know-exactly-who-youre-going-to-invite” smirks. “Go ahead, invite whoever you want” your best friend suggests, in a teasing tone of voice. “Don’t be out too long” your other friend says, and you throw a cushion at them. “I’m not going right now, stupid” you say, but you secretly wish you could. “We won’t start without you, we promise” your best friend adds, reading your expression. You glance at everyone else, and they’re all making the same face. “Go ahead, I don’t care” Sollux says, and you thank them quickly before running out the door.
It takes you a while to get to his place since you get lost a few times, but you eventually arrive. You hesitantly pace back and forth on the beach for a while, and then you eventually walk up to the broken and sunken ship he calls home. You’re about to knock on what you assume is the door, but before you can it swings open, sending you to fall backwards awkwardly out of shock. “Well, what do we have here?” he says, and you stand up blushing, brushing sand off of your clothes. “Hey, can we talk? I want to ask you something” you say, and he steps outside and walks up to you. “Anything for you, what’s going on?” he says, and you slowly walk around the beach, not even realizing how small it is. “Okay, the thing is, me and a few of my friends are going on vacation, and I was wondering if-” You say, and he interrupts before you can finish “YES” he says, and his quick response makes you jump a little. “So you’ll watch ALL of my pets and my friends’ little siblings for us? Great, I knew I could count on you!” you say, and you pretend to walk away. “no, wait” he says, and he runs up to you and gently grabs you shoulder. Before he can say anything really sappy or stupid, you stop him. “nah, I’m just screwing with you. Do you want to come with us?” You ask, smiling. “yes…” he says, more calmly this time. “Then come on! My friends and I are already planning things out, since we’re leaving tomorrow. You grab his hand, and he seems to grab onto yours, and you run off until you eventually end up back at your friend’s house. You let go of his hand, and he almost seems like he doesn’t want to let go, but gives in to let you open the door.
“There you guys are! I was starting to think you just ran off without us” one person says, and you think you can hear your best friend whisper “you owe me 10 bucks” to Sollux. You sit down on the floor next to Sollux, and Eridan just casually follows and sits on the other side of you. “Okay guys, like I was saying before, we need to leave early in the morning if we want to get there and have enough time to do stuff at the hotel when we get there. Who’ll be willing to go check into the hotel? Aradia did it last time” your friend says, and you raise your hand slightly. “I’ll go. I haven’t done it in a while” you say, and you can tell from where you are that Eridan is smirking at the leadership role you’re willing to take. “But someone else has to check out, and they need to be from the same room. Let’s say I check in, and someone from the next room, say Eridan, checks out, they might get suspicious.” At the mention of you and him being in separate rooms, Eridan looks like he’s ready to stand up and protest, but you grab him by the shoulders and sit him down. “The only reason we use two rooms,” you begin to explain, “is for more privacy and stuff when we’re getting changed and whatnot. Sometimes we might split up into different rooms to sleep, but that almost never happens” you say, and he calms down, smiling at the fact that you were the one to jump in to do so.
“Alright, so I guess it’s settled then with check in and check out, but what about time? When should I pick you guys up?” your best friend asks. “Since you’re all going to get to us at different times, why not start at 7:30 or so? It’ll give you time to wake up, get ready, and have extra time to watch TV” you tease, but she doesn’t seem to take it very seriously. “Actually, I think that might work. (f/n), you know the best direction to Eridan’s place, so you’re going to have to tell me how to get there.” Your friend teases back, and Eridan shoots up, causing you to bury your blushing face into your sleeve. “so cutie knows how to get to my place huh,” he says, scooting close to you. “you told me you needed directions.” He says, and you lean close to him. “I told you that a year ago of course I would have memorized the directions by now” you say, and he leans back, almost looking like he regretted what he said. “Whoa guys break it up” your third friend says, and you laugh lightly. You spend the rest of the day planning everything, and by the time you all go home, you know almost everything you’re planning to do the first day.
You can hardly sleep that night. You wake up a few times, but when you look over at your alarm clock. It first reads 1:23 AM, then 1:28, and then to 1:45 before you finally collapse. When you wake up the next morning, you grab the bags that you’ve been keeping under your bed since last night before you went to bed, sloppily get dressed, and wait outside for your friend. You wander around for a bit, but she does eventually show up. You hop in the back quickly, noticing that she had already picked up Aradia and Sollux who were sleeping. You hop in the back quickly, giving your driving friend a slip of paper with directions to Eridan’s place on the way there, and sitting down in your seat quickly before looking out the window. You doze off for a minute, and when you wake up, you can see from your window that Eridan was getting in the car, and at first you’re really confused, thinking how did we get a car into the ocean without drowning but looking around, you realize he must have agreed to meeting at the train station instead. So much for writing down the directions, you think to yourself. It takes a few hours after finally picking up your other friend, but you eventually get there. You hop out of the car; check in to the hotel, and then come back out. After everyone gets their stuff together, you take your room key to open the door. You settle down on one of the beds, and after a while, you decide to head for a walk. You know this place pretty well, but it’s just nice to walk around these hallways. Knowing you’re not doing much today, you take a mental note to drag Eridan down these hallways later. After a while, you get bored of wandering the hallways and you just decide to go back. When you get there, a few of them were watching TV, and Eridan is the first to notice your return. “Does anyone wanna go swimming? The pool is really awesome here.” You say, glancing towards Eridan more than anyone else. “Sure, since most of us don’t seem to have the energy to do what we were planning on. Maybe we can get to the rest tomorrow.” Your friend suggests, and you nod. “alright then, let’s go!”
When you get down to the pool, it’s almost empty, and you smile, and turn to face everyone. “Anyone up for a Chicken Fight?” you ask, and everyone seems to agree. “How about we shake up the teams, to make them interesting?” you say, but before anyone can question it, you already start naming off the teams. “(best friend’s name), you’re with Aradia. (name of another friend), you’re with Sollux. And Eridan,” you say, facing him. “You’re with me” you say, and you push him into the water without another word. Everyone else who claimed to be the one on the bottom dived in too, and everyone else dived in after them. “So, does this mean that I get to have your legs wrapped around me, cutie? Or should it be the other way around?” he suggests, with a flirtier tone than usual hinting in his voice. Maybe it’s because I’m wearing my bikini? You think to yourself, and then you answer. “No, you should be on the bottom. You’re a seadweller after all, and it’ll give us an advantage. Now go under so I can sit on your shoulders” You say, and he dives underwater so you can. You have a few rounds, you winning most of them, and then you get out of the pool. You think you can catch Eridan gawking at your figure a few times, so you throw a towel at him to get him to stop. Later that night, you’re setting up for a movie when you stand up and grab a few bags of unpopped popcorn. “Hey so I’m going to make some popcorn, does anybody want to-” “I’ll go with you” Eridan says, eager to be alone with you. “…Want some. Fine whatever, you can come.” You say, and he jumps up and takes one of the bags from your hand. You walk out the door, and you run down to the microwave near the lobby. You place the popcorn into the microwave, set the time, and press start. “(f/n), Can I ask you something really important?” he says, and you turn to him. “I know you love me. All your friends know you love me. You clearly enjoy it when I flirt with you, so why won’t you be my matesprit?” he asks, and you sigh heavily, trying to remember what your friend told you to do if he asked this. You grab him by the scarf, and you pull him close, your lips almost touching. “because,” you say slowly, “You’re really cute when you get all flustered and confused about me. You’ve got your guilty pleasures and thoughts about me, and I’ve got mine about you.” You say, and when you hear the buzzer going off, you drop him slowly and start heading back to the room, not even thinking about the second bag. When you notice he’s still waiting for something, you stop. “That kiss is never coming, you know” you say, and you can tell he’s blushing really hard as he attempts to catch up to you. When he does, you smack the popcorn bag at him, and then you run ahead and open the door to your room before he gets there. You’re whispering to you friend when he finally catches up, still blushing heavily. “What kept you?” you tease, and he throws a piece of popcorn at your face, but you open your mouth and catch it. “Okay, so who’s going to sleep with whom tonight?” you ask, and Eridan walks over to you and sits down. “I’ll sleep with you” he says, and you shrug casually. “After the movie though. I don’t want to fall asleep through it” you say, and he nods. “Okay, fair enough” he says, and he walks over and sits in between you and your friend to watch the movie.
You wake up early the next morning, and when you do you notice Eridan is already awake. “Hi” you say sleepily, and he looks at you from where he was sitting on the bed. “Hello” he responds, just as sleepily. You look over at the bed next to you and you notice that your friend is still asleep. You look over at the clock, and then you get up and nudge her gently until she wakes up. “(f/n)? what’s going on?” She asks, and you whisper something to her that makes her jump up. Everyone else slowly starts to wake up when they hear her, and when everyone wakes up, you’re standing at the door. “Me and her are going out for a few hours. We should be back by 1 or two in the afternoon, and if not by then than by 4.” You look over at Eridan who seems to be looking at you directly. “Eridan, you have to stay here. This is really important for us” you say, and like that you run out the door with her.
---- Eridan’s POV -----
You sigh heavily as she slams the door to the hotel room. You walk over to the bed you were sleeping on and you sit down. “What’s your problem?” Her friend that stayed behind asks, and you look over at her. “What do you mean, ‘what’s my problem’? She’s ignoring me!” you say, and she gets up from her bed and walks over to yours.
“I don’t think you understand. She’s not ignoring you. She’s just paying that friend of hers most of her attention” She says, turning to face you. “Isn’t that basically just ignoring me?” you say, and she shakes her head. “Look. I think you know as much about her as you think you do.” She says, and you face her. “Let me explain” she goes on. “She’s a really passionate person. Loves what she does, does what she loves. But that’s not all. Her friends are different. See that relationship she has with her? that’s called loyalty. She’s very loyal and passionate about friends, and will do anything for them. Usually, she pays attention to all of us at the same time, but it’s her friend’s birthday today so she just chose her today. I don’t know what you’re missing, because she’s been paying loads of attention to you. She loves you. The whole thing with the popcorn? I told her to say all that stuff. She’s trying to convince herself something with you, and she needs all the pushing and shoving she can possibly get from us.” She says, and you narrow your eyes. “Convince herself? What, NOT to like me?” you ask, and she places a hand on her shoulder. “Actually, the exact opposite. Her last relationship didn’t go over too well. She told me to tell you, incase you ever asked, she was the one who broke up with him. She’s convincing herself to be able to look in the mirror and say ‘I love him’, for your sake, and she’s already pretty convinced now. If you ask her in a few hours when you get back, I’ll bet you 20 bucks that she’ll say yes” She says, and she stands up and walks away. You stare at the door, waiting for her to come back.
It’s been a long day, and both you and your friend agreed to go back. You brush some confetti out of your hair, and you walk home. You feel like there’s something you need to do, and you promised yourself you would do it right when you got back. You get to the hotel, and you use your card key to open one of the side entrances. You run up the stairs, and down the hallway with your friend not too far behind. You take out the card key, this time your hand shaking, and you unlock the door quickly and open the door slowly. You keep it open for your friend, and when she walks into the room, you close the door. You kick off your shoes, and plop down on one of the chairs by the bed you were sitting on. You look around for Eridan, and then you see him walking up to you. “Hey, can we talk?” he says, and you stand back up and walk into the hallway. “Look, I’ve been thinking for a while, ever since you left this morning that-” he starts, and you cut him off. “You’re asking to be my matesprit, aren’t you?” you say, and he nods. “No need to ask, fishboy. I was just going to” you say, and he smirks lightly before pulling you into a kiss.