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Won’t You Look My Way?

[A/N: Another middle of the night idea. I don’t usually write these types of stories, but I suppose I wanted to see if I could.]

She’s beautiful. The most beautiful person in the world. That’s what I think every time I see her.

Graceful, talented, cheerful… wonderful. I have never met anyone like her. Compared to her I am so painfully average. If only she would… I should say something. Hah, I keep thinking that, yet I never do. But perhaps today…

She turns her head, and our eyes meet. My heart can’t decide if it wants to leap out of my chest, or just stop dead. She smiles, a genuine one reflected in those deep blue eyes. One might think blue eyes would be cold, but hers are soft and enveloping, like a warm ocean I want to sink into. I smile back, even though I’m aware it probably looks goofy. Then I realise I’ve been staring. Again.

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Flustered Flower

[A/N: This was one of those ideas that come to me when I can’t sleep in the middle of the night/early morning. Not stuff I’d normally write, but that I just have to give a go anyway.]

“Good morning, Riri~” Mari’s perky voice rang out.

“Good morning, Mari-san,” Riko said as calmly as she could. For Riko felt like she was constantly flustered around Mari these days.

It had started with Yoshiko. She had been the first to call Riko ‘Riri’, for whatever reason. Maybe she thought it was poetic, or dramatic, or something. It was sometimes hard to get what was going on in Yoshiko’s mind.

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Day At The Zoo

[A/N: With everything else out of the way, it’s time to wrap up Daily Demon Dealings with the fourth and final chapter.]

After four weeks:

Dia had invited them to go to the zoo. Ruby was initially worried Maru and Yohane wouldn’t be interested, but Maru seemed quite excited, and Yohane said she might as well come along. If she was excited, she was doing the thing where she was acting like she wasn’t. So now the four of them were here.

Dia paid for entry for all of them, probably with money she had gotten from their mother, if Ruby was to guess. They had picked a slow day, since Dia was aware of how bad Ruby was with crowds. Ruby didn’t feel as nervous as she normally would, though. Maybe she felt safer with having three people she knew there, or maybe being around her two friends from the underworld had made her more used to people in general.

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Warm To The Touch

“Ugh…” Watanabe You felt miserable. Wasn’t summer supposed to be over? Yet it was still unbearably warm, even with the sun having gone down. Her brain was fried, so any more studying would have to wait. She’d taken off her glasses anyway, since they just kept sliding down her nose. At least it was slowly cooling down now. Slowly being the key word, as everything was still really clammy. Even sitting still she felt awful.

Suddenly she could feel something pressing against her back, and two arms were lazily draped around her.

“Chi… Chika-chan?” Hadn’t Chika fallen asleep after overheating? Ah, she could feel warm breath against her neck. You shivered, the sensation travelling down her spine.

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Rooftop Visit

[A/N: Chapter 3 of Daily Demon Dealings, sequel to Confrontation.]

After three weeks:

It was a funny thing. Ruby hadn’t ever particularly thought that she disliked school, even though she had no friends. It was just something she had come to accept as normal. But now that she had someone, it was like her eyes had finally been opened, and she could truly see how miserable she had been. That it was something that shouldn’t have been normal.

Things were much easier now. Even being away from Maru and Yohane wasn’t so bad, when she knew she would see them again afterwards. They might be terrifying demonic entities, but she still thought of them as her friends, particularly now that she was getting more and more used to them. She had started daring… allowing herself to be happy. Even if it didn’t last, she would enjoy it while it did. No one could claim she didn’t look at the positive side of things. Or at least tried to. She was determined to have no regrets.

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The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Marus

[A/N: Had to write something fluffy for my sweet daughter’s birthday.]

It was the night before Ruby’s birthday, which was a special night for many reasons. This year one of them being a sleepover with Hanamaru. Which wasn’t exactly an unusual thing, but Hanamaru had a plan: Her gift to Ruby to this year would be herself! She would make the little cutie’s heart beat out of control! The issue was how to go about it. But Hanamaru was confident she could be seductive.

They were currently reading in Ruby’s room, sitting across from each other at a small table. It was getting quite late, so both of them had gotten into their pajamas, but since tomorrow was Ruby’s birthday they figured it was okay to stay awake a little longer. It was still a school night, but they were rebellious girls. They could probably stay up all night, if they wanted. But it was best not to.

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A Present For The Collection

[A/N: Aaaahhh, this one ambushed me! After getting Ruby’s story ready to go for her birthday, I looked up when the next one would be, and found Riko to be two days before! So I barely had time to brainstorm, much less plan. I’m so sorry for it being short and kinda shitty, Riko. You deserve better. Happy birthday, you poor pervert.]

“So why did we have to come up to the roof?” Riko asked. The two of them had practically dragged her up here. She hadn’t even managed to grab her lunch.

Chika and You exchanged glances and smiled. “Because…” You said.

“We have a present for you!” Chika eagerly finished.

“You couldn’t have waited until after school?” Riko asked. The door finally closed behind them. It was a bit slow. The three of them moved off to the side.

It was Riko’s birthday, so she wasn’t surprised they had gotten her something. She would have been upset if they didn’t. But the party wasn’t until this afternoon.

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Confrontation

[A/N: Second chapter of Daily Demon Dealings, sequel to Sharing the Story.]

After two weeks:

Ruby had never been tardy with her homework. She was a Kurosawa, after all. Not to mention Dia always helped keep her on track if she was close to sliding off. But she couldn’t claim she got much enjoyment out of it. She could be wrong, but it always seemed like Dia got a sense of satisfaction from it, like a job well done. That didn’t really apply to Ruby, at least not in terms of schoolwork. But she had to admit it was more enjoyable with friends.

Maybe it was still debatable to what extent they were genuinely friends, but Ruby had certainly grown to be more comfortable around the two supernatural beings. And she liked to think she was growing on them as well.

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Sharing The Story

[A/N: Part 1 of Daily Demon Dealings. Realised I had too many ideas to comfortably fit into a single chapter, so I’ve decided to split it up. Sequel to Her First Summoning.]

After one week:

And now I have an unusual succubus and a fallen angel staying in my room.”

Ruby had posted a rough description of the events to the forum of the site that had been the most helpful in getting her ready for the summoning. She had actually cobbled everything together from a small handful of sites, but this was the biggest one. After the success (for a certain definition of success) of the ritual, she had wanted to share the story.

It had taken some effort to write it such that it didn’t give too much away. Yohane had reluctantly agreed to help, after first saying that there was no way Ruby could tell anyone about this. After about a day of pleading she had given in. There was no way anyone was going to find out who they were, or where they were, from the text. Yohane claimed she had cast a spell on the computer so it couldn’t be traced remotely either, but Ruby had no idea if such a thing was possible. That was far beyond her level of knowledge.

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Her First Summoning

[A/N: My first attempt at an AU, here’s a world where Ruby has no friends, and goes to extreme lengths to try to get some.]

Ruby was tired of it. Tired of it all. She had no friends. Her inability to bring herself to actually talk to anyone at school was a constant source of frustration for her. She had tried. By all the gods, she had tried. But when they looked at her, or said something to her, it was like a deer getting caught in headlights. She froze up, maybe let out a squeak or stammered something, and retreated. At this point everyone in class had to see her as a weirdo.

And she was really tired of it. Her sister tried to cheer her up, but Dia didn’t know what it was like. Dia had friends. She could talk to people. Ruby couldn’t. She loved her sister very much, but Dia couldn’t be there all the time. Ruby didn’t want her to, either. She didn’t want to rely on Dia for everything. This was something she had to figure out for herself.

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