"Hey, Lisa-nee?" Ako called.
"What's up?" Lisa asked.
Roselia had just finished up practice for the day. They were currently cleaning up the studio.
"Well... Onee-chan is having a sleepover at Himari's house and... I wanted to watch a movie... I don't wanna watch it alone, though, so um... do you wanna watch it with me?" Ako stumbled over her words slightly, unsure how she should ask the question.
"What movie are you going to watch?" Lisa asked.
"Uh... I forget the name now... ugh..." Ako sighed, "It's a horror movie."
"Well, I'm free tonight, so we can."
"Really?" Ako smiled.
It was just growing dark outside. They had settled down to watch the movie. Ako was excited to watch it. Lisa had never heard of the movie before, so she wasn't sure if she would like it or not.
They didn't say anything once it started. It started off pretty slow. Not much was happening at all. But, that changed pretty quickly.
As the movie progressively got scarier, Lisa noticed Ako moving closer to her side. She glanced over to see that Ako was shaking. She looked terrified.
Was she not good with horror movies? Lisa couldn't help but wonder that. Considering how excited she had been before, it was the easiest explanation.
"Are you okay?" Lisa asked quietly.
Ako responded by burying her face into Lisa's shirt. Lisa held back a chuckle. So, it seemed Ako was scared of the horror movie.
"Too scary for you?" Lisa asked, making sure she didn't make it seem like she was mocking her.
"I... I'm not s-scared." Ako protested, though her voice shook a lot.
"You don't have to lie." Lisa patted her on the head, "I can see you are. We can watch something else."
Ako protested again, saying she wasn't scared. But, she eventually gave in and admitted that maybe she was a little scared. But, mind you, not that scared. Lisa just laughed as she tried to deny how scared she really was.
They ended up watching a rerun of a cartoon on regular TV. Ako didn't stop clinging to Lisa, but she definitely had stopped shaking. Lisa didn't really mind if Ako was clinging to her. She wouldn't say it was something she disliked.
It soon grew late. When Lisa glanced at the clock, she saw it was almost 11 already. They should probably get some rest. They had to go to school in the morning, after all.
"Ako, I think it's time to go to bed." Lisa stated.
"I'm not tired!" Ako protested.
"We have school tomorrow." Lisa replied, "You don't want to be falling asleep in class, do you?"
"Fine..." Ako gave in and turned off the TV, "Um... are you... going home?"
"It doesn't matter to me. If you want me stay I will." Lisa shrugged.
"I... I guess I... I'd like you to stay." Ako mumbled as she fiddled with her hands.
"Well, shall we head up to bed then?" Lisa prompted as she stood up.
Ako nodded a d stood up as well. She led the way to her room. Lisa made a bed on the floor.
It wasn't long after that the lights had been turned off and they were asleep. Though, not for very long. Only half-an-hour had passed, when Ako woke up.
She shot up. She had had a nightmare. Ako felt like crying. It had really scared her. She tried her best to calm down and take deep breaths, but the moment she closed her eyes, images of the dream would reappear and scare her more.
Ako hesitantly climbed out of her bed and crawled into Lisa's. She didn't want to wake her, so she silently adjusted herself and closed her eyes. She did her best to calm herself. She could survive. She wasn't a kid anymore. She shouldn't be crying over a stupid nightmare.
Ako eventually fell back asleep. It was an uneasy sleep, though. She unconsciously shifted closer to Lisa. Hopefully she'd be fine now. No more nightmares.
However. That wasn't the case. An hour later, she woke up with a jolt. It had been the same nightmare. Ako kicked Lisa when she had woken up. She didn't notice that she had. Ako buried herself into Lisa's side as she tried to calm herself. She regretted watching the movie now.
"Ako?" Lisa mumbled sleepily.
"I... I'm sorry..." Ako apologized, though her voice was uneven and shaky, "I didn't mean to wake you up..."
"What's wrong?" Lisa asked, a hint of worry in her voice.
"N-nothing." Ako said.
Lisa turned to her side and pulled her into a hug, "You can tell me."
"I... I had a nightmare..." Ako whispered. She didn't want to admit it, but she didn't feel like she should hide it either. Her silence might just make things worse.
"Oh. A pretty bad one, huh? Are you alright?" Lisa worried as she started running her fingers through Ako's hair.
Ako nodded, "Yeah... just... startled..."
"I have a feeling it's because of the horror movie. Am I correct?" Lisa asked.
Ako hesitantly nodded. Lisa sighed.
"I... I don't normally have problems... I..."
"You don't need to explain yourself. It happens." Lisa gently cut her off.
"I'm sorry I woke you up..." Ako mumbled.
"It's fine. I don't mind." Lisa shrugged. It really wasn't a bother. She'd hate to know Ako suffered through the night instead of asking for comfort.
"C-can we stay up... just for a bit...?" Ako requested.
"Sure." Lisa agreed.
They sat up and talked for a while. Ako didn't know how much time had passed, but she found herself starting to nod off.
"Do you want to sleep on your bed?" Lisa questioned.
Ako shook her head. She hugged Lisa's arm tightly. Lisa understood the message. Ako wanted her to be beside her.
"We can share your bed." Lisa stated.
"O-okay..." Ako agreed.
They moved to sit on Ako's bed. Well, Ako was laying down. Lisa was sitting up still. Ako rested her head on Lisa's lap. Lisa was playing with Ako's hair.
"Am I annoying you...?"
"No. Of course not. I wouldn't want you to suffer through this alone when I'm right here." Lisa quickly protested.
"You're kinda like having a second onee-chan..."
Lisa didn't know what to say to that. Sure, she did admit that she was the most maternal one is Roselia, but... Ako saw her as a big sister? That made her happy.
Lisa looked down at Ako. She had fallen asleep already. Lisa smiled and gently shifted her onto the bed. She laid down beside her. Ako curled up into her body. Lisa pulled her close, hoping this would chase any nightmares away. She didn't want Ako to have to deal with any more of them.
On that note, she made sure to make a mental note that Ako was not in fact good with horror movies no matter what she rambled on about in daylight. So, probably don't let her watch any horror movies late at night again.