Jin carefully juggled the items in his arms and slid the door open quietly. He tiptoed to the bed by the window and took the seat that still hadn’t been moved. The room was quiet, though the sounds of a bustling hospital still drifted in from the hallway, and it seemed Kame didn’t have any roommates yet today. He set something down on the floor and then ran his fingers down the cast on Kame’s left arm.
The younger man stirred and then cracked one eye open. He grinned and sat up carefully
“How are you feeling?” Jin settled back in the uncomfortable chair.
“My mind is all over the place, probably the meds, but otherwise fine,” Kame answered and then looked at the box in Jin’s lap. “What do you have there?”
Jin grinned and moved the white box to Kame lap and removed the top. “Sato-san, from next door to our shop, remember? She asked where I was headed and then said, ‘Oh, please take these to that sweet friend of yours dear. And wish him a swift recovery from me?’” He raised the pitch of his voice to imitate the kindly bakery owner from next door before coughing quietly. “I figured it was ok because the doctors said you’d be fine to eat normal food post-surgery.
Kame smiled down at the small box of cookies. They were shaped like cherry blossoms and decorated with shining, pale pink icing. “What, no tofu? And shouldn’t you be manning the shop today?” He teased.
Jin chuckled. “Well I could’ve bought some of the latest batch that I made but I figured you might want something a bit sweeter. It’s not every day a bookshelf falls on you and breaks your arm so badly you need surgery. And no, my parents are at the shop today so I could come see you.”
Kame blushed faintly and picked up one of the cookies. “I guess I can’t go for hanami with you tomorrow.” He’d been looking forward to their first date for weeks and now a few kids fooling around in the bookshop had managed to ruin it for him.
“That’s alright. Besides, because you may miss hanami so I thought I’d at least bring a little bit of it to you,” Jin bent over to collect the item he’d gotten odd looks for carrying all the way to the hospital. He picked up a small bunch of short twigs with blossoms still clinging delicately. He saw the clear, short vase filled with some water on the bedside table. “This way you can at least see them for a bit.”
Kame leaned back further into his pillows and smiled brightly at the beautiful blossoms. “Thank you.”
“Of course,” Jin reached out to hold Kame’s hand.