Ōkami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi Fanfiction: Okami-san and The Story That Went On - 8. Halloween Part 1
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When the narrator is to be speaking, you’ll know, bb
Special thanks to my Beta Reader, Thessalonika! Chances are, if you’re reading an Okami-san Fanfic, you’ve probably read hers. But, if you haven’t, go check her out! (She posts chapters more than I do, and she’s just overall way cooler than me, so)
Oh, Azx, my sweet. I also want two chapters. I want infinite chapters. You won’t find it here, though. I have writer’s block and ADD. And homework, and I’m in a band, and- Did I mention I have ADD? But I kinda worked my ass off on this chapter. Working around my ADD and other responsibilities is extremely difficult. Will there be consistent chapters after this? No. Probably not. BUT. I do absolutely promise Thanksgiving and Christmas chapters. This does not mean that I will be done after that. I will be done when my love for Okami-san dies. So, like, when I die. So, you’ve got roughly 70+ years of chapters, homies. I really hope you enjoy this one, because I enjoyed writing it and I LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE Halloween.
Okami-san and Her Seven Companions
Narrator: One cold October night, at the Otogibana Academy girls’ dorm, there were two voices! One shouting and… Oh, well, the other is shouting too. An interesting development, perhaps? Let’s find out!
“Why not?!” Ringo shouted, slouching over.
“It’s ridiculous, I’m not dressing up as something and going around to strangers’ houses and asking for candy, not to mention that… That… THAT,” Ryoko finished, pointing at the maid outfit and set of wolf ears Ringo held.
“Oh, but it’s sooooo cute!” She retorted, purposely emphasizing the -undeniably adorable- short skirt.
“No way! What’s Ryoshi gonna think of me in that?!” Ryoko yelled, without thinking.
“He’s going to think you’re adorable! And since when did you start caring about what Ryoshi thought of you, huh?” Ringo purred, a sly smirk making its way onto her face.
“I- I don’t! I just… Ugh!” She groaned, exasperated.
“Well, someone’s going to be pretty disappointed.” Ringo was trying to guilt trip her.
“Oh, as if. I’m sure he’s used to me not caring, by now.”
“Well, I don’t know about that,” Ringo responded, softly. Ringo’s tone instantly worked in making Ryoko guilty.
“I mean… I’ll think about it…”
“Yay! I feel much better now! So will Ryoshi, I’m sure!”
“Hey, don’t get carried away! It’s not set in stone or anything!” Ryoko shouted, waving her hands about and trying to cover her blush with her bangs.
Narrator: The next day at Otogi Academy!
“Hmm, I wonder where Ryoshi’s at?” Ringo mused, looking about the courtyard and tapping her foot.
“Because we’re thirty minutes early! Why are we thirty minutes early-y-y-y?!” A tired Ryoko groaned, sitting on a bench.
“Becau-ause! It’s almost Halloween and I wanna scare Ryoshi!”
“Shouldn’t be too hard, just look at him.”
Narrator: It is true.
“Well, even if it is true, it’d be much more fun to scare him some other way!” Ringo responded, defending her spontaneous and ridiculous idea of scaring Ryoshi. She returned back to her lookout stance.
“How are you gonna scare him, anyway?” Ryoko asked curiously, getting up from her bench and standing next to Ringo. The sun was yet to come out completely, and the sky bathed the landscape in a mellow, dark grey color. It made Ringo’s apple red hair even more bright and cheerful, adding to her already bright and cheerful nature.
“Hm…I hadn’t really thought about it, now that you ask…” Ringo answered, almost melancholically. Her somber answer basically destroyed the essence of her previously mentioned nature.
“Oh, alright. I can help think of a way! I can totally get behind the idea of scaring Ryoshi!”
“Only if you comfort him, afterwards.” And with a glint in Ringo’s eyes, she was back to her usual self. The “pouty-sad-face” act was all a ploy to get Ryoko to help, and it worked brilliantly, of course.
“Oh, come on! Where’d that come from?!”
“Ryoko, you know how he is! He’ll be terrified of his own shadow for days, if you don’t!”
“Well! Then- Then don’t scare him!”
“But I just can’t resist…” Ringo wiggled, shyly. She knew how to be perfectly adorable at just the right time.
“Ugh, fine. Again, how are we gonna scare him?”
Narrator: Meanwhile at Ryoshi’s house! He’s getting ready for school at a… Ahem. Normal time.
Ryoshi drowsily brushed his teeth, tapping on the sink while doing so. He was more tired than what would normally be expected. He had lost a bit of sleep the night before, due to an incessant, internal debate on how to ask Ryoko if she was doing anything for halloween, then, depending on her response, he would ask her to do something with him. His first thought was that she would say “no,” immediately, then proceed to call him an idiot or hit him. Upon deeper thought on the matter, he came to a conclusion that she had at least some feelings for him, even if they weren’t the same feelings he had for her. She had been sincere at times. It took away any thought he had about her hitting him, yelling at him, calling him names. It melted his heart. It didn’t melt his heart just because she was being thankful, thoughtful or nice, but because it was very uncommon for her to show her soft side to anyone, let alone Ryoshi. He was thankful for all the times that she trusted him enough to show that side of herself. After thinking about all this a second time, Ryoshi hadn’t even realized he was already fully dressed and out the door.
I’ll ask her. I’ll be brave. What’s the worst that could happen? Well… She could hit me and call me an idiot, but I’m used to that. Anyway, she doesn’t really seem like the type of girl that could really get behind trick or treating. But, it’s a whole week away, yet, so I have time to ask her.
Narrator: Aaaaaaand, meanwhile, Taro and Otohime are walking to school! Aren’t they cute? Yes. Yes, they are.
“What are you gonna be for Halloween, Taro?” Otohime asked, curiously. She clung to his arm as if she didn’t, she would fall through the earth and never see him again. It wasn’t that big of a stretch.
“Hmmmm… I’m not really sure yet, to be honest. I haven’t thought about it that much.”
“Me either,” she responded, giggling.
“Maybe we could be a prince and a princess. In fact, you wouldn’t need to have a costume at all, if we did that. My sweet,” He finished, glamorous sparkles flying about his head.
“Oh, Taro!” Otohime exclaimed, nuzzling her head into Taro’s shoulder. They merely basked in each other’s company, until Otohime spoke up, softly.
“What’s up?” Taro inquired, attentively.
“How do you think Ryoko and Ryoshi are doing?”
“What do you mean? We see them almost every day.”
“No, like… With each other.”
“Ohhhhhh. Yeah… Well, it’s not as rough as it might look. You can tell that they’re extremely close, even if they don’t know it. Ryoko’s been relying on him more and more, too. I can tell he means it when he tells her he loves her, too. It’s his voice. It doesn’t shake or crack when he says it. Not anymore, at least. He has no reason to get nervous because not only does he want her to believe him, but he believes it, himself. He knows it.”
“Oh… You really think so? I really want things to work out for them, they’re perfect for each other. Don’t you think?”
“Well, they’re not polar opposites, but they’re not far. It’s not like that’s a bad thing, though. They complete each other. So, yeah, they’re perfect for each other.
Narrator: Aaaaaand back to Ringo and Ryoko!
“Seriously? All your devious plans and you can’t think of a way to scare Ryoshi? He’s the easiest person to scare, in, like, the whole world!” Ryoko said to a disappointed Ringo.
She’s right! I still can’t think of a plan! Who am I, if not an evil schemer? Okay- Deep breaths, Ringo. Don’t have an identity crisis, yet. Not yet. There’s still a whole week until Halloween, you can think of a plan to scare the daylights out of him, by then!
“I give up,” Ringo resigned, slumping over.
“Alright, alright. We’ll get him some other time, then?”
“Yes, of course!”
Another 15 minutes passed when students started filing in through the courtyards. Everyone was quite cheery due to Halloween being around they corner. There was indistinct conversations of plans and costumes. Ryoko had pretty much convinced herself that Halloween was ridiculous for a strong, smart and statured woman, such as herself. But, all the faint conversations had begun to root deep into her brain. By the time Ryoshi arrived, she was softened up and just right for convincing and she didn’t even know it.
“Ryoko, Ringo!” Ryoshi called, lightly jogging towards them. Ryoshi didn’t even have time to start speaking to them before the bell rang, unexpectedly
“Oh crap!” Ryoko exclaimed, jolting off towards the classroom.
“Come on!” Ryoshi and Ringo followed suit.
Narrator: Blah, blah, blah, they made it to class, skip all the boring stuff, right?
Class was mostly uneventful. Ryoko mostly just stared out the window, Ringo was actually paying attention and taking notes and Ryoshi was doing what Ryoshi does best. Being nervous. Now, by the time lunch had come around, Ryoko’s subconsciously wanting to dress up for Halloween and go trick or treating with the whole bank had passed. Ryoshi was going to have to do some major convincing (or pitiful begging) to get Ryoko to be with him and the gang on Halloween. The three pulled their desks together, as always, and pulled out their lunches. While fidgeting noticeably, Ryoshi summoned up the courage to start a conversation which would lead to him asking Ryoko if she was doing anything for Halloween.
“S-so, Ryoko,” he began, grabbing her attention. She shifted her eyes from her food to his eyes, causing him to jump lightly.
“W-what- I mean, are you doing anything for H-Halloween?”
Ryoko looked upset, but some of the conversational roots from earlier must have remained. She briefly, briefly, thought about a night with the bank. Everyone would be there, dressed up, trick or treating, having fun and such. After trick or treating they would go back to someone’s house, most likely Ryoshi’s, and relax and eat their candy. Nothing much, of course. Yet, somehow, Ryoko managed to find something blush-worthy in her thoughts and it showed. Her cheeks got hot and pink.
“I- No! Of course not! Why would I participate in something so ridiculous?” She finished, trying her hardest to sound thoroughly offended. Ringo had her elbows on her desk and her head in her hands, giving Ryoko a sly look. This immediately made Ryoko think of the slightly provocative costume Ringo bought her, which brought an even stronger blush to her cheeks.
“It’s okay, really!” Ryoshi swore, waving his hands in front of him, signaling her to calm down.
“I was… Just gonna ask if maybe you wanted to do something… On Halloween. Not just you and me, of course! Ringo would be there and- and the rest of the bank, too!” Ryoshi explained, with a soft smile on his face. Ryoko’s was more tame now, but still apparent. She had her chin tilted up slightly and her eyes shut.
“Just think about? Please?” He asked, pleadingly. He retained his soft smile, and it was as if his smile was prying Ryoko’s eyes open. She couldn’t help but open them.
“Yeah, fine, I’ll think about it.”
Why’d I say that? Why? Ugh… I wouldn’t have said it unless… I actually wanted to… It’s not like I owe him, not really. Sure he’s basically devoted his entire life to me but… It’s not like I asked him to! But I am thankful… And I do want to… To- Ryoko shook her head slightly. She was still trying to run from her feelings. Little did she know, her feelings were starting to catch up to her.
The sun was setting slowly, but earlier than normal. It was getting towards winter and the day/night cycle had been changed up a bit, like always. The city was basked in a relaxing, orange glow. Despite the warm sun, it was chilly out, causing the walking Ryoko to shiver just a bit. She had not yet broken out her winter clothes and was still just wearing her short sleeved sailor uniform and maxi skirt. She didn’t care right now, though. The pavement felt hard under her feet and she was tired. Being tired, she had nearly forgotten that Ringo was with her. Of course, there she was, as always, her bright-red-haired friend. As her legs were much shorter than Ryoko’s, Ringo nearly skipped as she walked with her, to keep up pace.
“So, Ryoko. Have you thought about it?” Ringo asked, nonchalantly, looking straight ahead.
“Thought about what?”
“Y’know, Ryoshi, Halloween. All that.”
“Oh… Not really, I’m still kind of tired, thanks to someone.”
“If you really think about it, it’s Ryoshi’s fault.” At this, Ryoko scoffed and smiled lightly.
“You will think about it though, right?”
“Yeah, I said I would, didn’t I?”
“Yeah, but we’ve got a ways to go until we get home and there’s not much else to talk about.” With an exasperated scowl on her face, Ryoko spoke.
“Oh, good!” Ringo’s childish enthusiasm immediately reduced Ryoko’s anger, down to miniscule levels.
“So, I’ve already got your costume, it’ll look so wonderful on you!” Ringo stated, clapping her hands.
“Secondly! It’s been a few weeks since you spent some quality time with Ryoshi!”
“It’s not like-“
“Thirdly! The entire bank will be there, and it’s going to be so fun! And if you’re worried about seeming weak or something, it’s okay! We know how strong you are, Ryoko. Dressing up adorably and getting lots of candy doesn’t make you weak, anyway!” Ringo walking and grabbed Ryoko’s arm turning towards her.
“Lastly. I know that as much as you say you don’t, that you have at least some feelings for Ryoshi. And he’s done nothing to wrong you, in anyway. Besides maybe embarrassing you a few times, but that’s all. Ryoshi deserves this from you, Ryoko. And you deserve it, too. So, please come. And it will be loads of fun, I assure you,” Ringo finished, strongly. Ryoko could barely do anything at this point besides stand in place, looking a little guilty (and, of course, her cheeks were a hot pink).
“Yeah… Yeah, I guess you’re right… And that does sounds pretty fun…” She said, one corner of her mouth turning up, slightly.
“Th- Thanks, Ringo.” Ringo merely tilted her head up, with a sort of affirmative sound.
“Come on, let’s go home so you can try on your costume!” Ringo shouted, grabbing Ryoko’s hand and running down the sidewalk.
Narrator: Well, wasn’t that a sweet ending! Oh- Wait. That makes no sense. There was nothing Halloween-y about that! Oh, wait… Okay, new plan, I’ve just been told that there is going to be a part two posted this weekend! That makes much more sense. See you next time!
Goodness. That was. Something. There will actually be a part two where they actually do some halloween stuff, I just kinda wanted to set it up, y’know? Oh, and Azx, looks like you’re getting your two chapters after all!