With the Metaverse gone and Shido behind bars, Ryuji decides it's about time to take Ann on a real date.
Justine and Caroline glanced at him as he stepped into Mementos alone, but said nothing. And Ren said nothing back as he took the stairs down, plunging in the familiar darkness and walking until he was far enough that he could not feel that strange tickling at the back of his head telling him an access to the velvet room was nearby.
He choose a dark, empty spot at the end of a cul-de-sac, sat down with his knees collected against his chest, and finally, finally allowed the everything, that he could feel piling up on his shoulder the moment he gave in to the fact one more day has went by, to cascade on him like a shower of icy-cold water. He muffled the wrecking sobs against his gloved palm, eyes screwed shut, as the last, broken thoughts left him, leaving him with nothing but pained white noise in his head and the sting of a thousand needles in his stomach.
Akira can’t help but worry about his friends’ reactions if they ever got to see his true self. However, he has no choice on the matter after being hit by a shadow, and, by consequence, afflicted by confusion.
- Part 1 of Fool and Chariot
“I merely commented on how broad and very helpful your shop has proven to be. The late times coupled with wonderful stock has helped me immensely. Thank you…”
He glances at the nametag Akira wears on his apron.
Akira flushes slightly and inclines his head in gratitude, a small smile pulling his lips upward.
“Thank you, Kitagawa-san.”
Or, the entirely self-indulgent Bookstore AU where Akira owns a bookstore and gives preferential treatment to a pretty artist that he doesn't actually recognize as a famous artist without intervention.
“...I’m just happy, I guess,” Ryuji admits. “Like, a few years ago I wouldn’t’ve thought I could be this happy.”
Christmas dates, hot chocolate, waffles, ugly sweaters, domestic fluff and Ryuji being a complete sap over Akira. Not exactly in that order but it's all there.
Bookmarked by MirrorKirby64
19 Oct 2021