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12: Realization

12. Realization

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"Of course I'm a normal girl! I like cute things and… I even have crushes sometimes… As a matter of fact, I have a—"

Sapphire released an irked groan, placing her palms on her cute face, covering it out of sheer embarrassment.

Reminiscing some events in the past had its perks. It could either be embarrassing or nostalgic, depending at the person's realization about the situation.

Reminiscing what she said back in Fortree City years ago couldn't help but to make her feel embarrassed.

Why wouldn't she be, really? She almost blurted about her childhood crush to Ruby, who happened to be her childhood crush. She was starting wonder if the Grumpig stampede didn't happen?

Would things be the same?

Would she be this happy with Ruby?

Would she be able to see his warm, cute smile every time they're together?

More importantly, would Ruby be this happy and contented as he always mentioned at every one of their dates?

She had to admit, really. Everything that happened between her and Ruby was unforgettable. There may be some ups and downs, but she didn't regret anything. It all happened for a reason, after all.

Sapphire let out a sigh, leaning her back against the pillow, and removed her palms on her face.

It was hard.

It was hard to admit that she liked Ruby before she even managed to say those words to him.

"Of course I'm a normal girl! I like cute things and… I even have crushes sometimes… As a matter of fact, I have a—"

It took a while for her to admit it herself that she liked Ruby.

Before the Salamence incident, she always had this warm feeling forming in her chest every time she spends with Ruby. The warm feeling often made her smile every time Ruby attempted something cool or fun for them to do. It often lead her to be this sweet, little girl who treats Ruby like he was a very special guy to her, to which he was, but she ended up denying it over and over again.

Until, however, after the Salamece attacked them, causing her to change just so she could protect him and herself. Over the years, she never stopped thinking about him. She never stopped wondering about these feelings for him. It was not an ordinary feeling for a friend, which was a surprising truth.

She didn't know she liked Ruby until she almost blurted about her feelings for him way back in Fortree. She was quite thankful about the stampede. It gave her time to realize her growing feelings for him and his younger self, and also got to know and appreciate him more. She learned to accept herself because of him, and she was still thankful for that.

They had learned a lot from each other thanks to their training at Mirage Island.

Sapphire bit her lip, recalling another situation.

There was a term Blue told her once about that attitude. An attitude about one kept on denying their feelings for someone. She remembered how Blue was giggling and teasing her about it.

"My junior is such a cute tsun." Blue stated, covering her mouth as she fell in a fit of giggles.

Sapphire refused to accept she was a so-called 'tsun' until now. Recalling every moment she had in her childhood and her recent ones with Ruby made her realize she was a 'tsun', as Blue would say. She couldn't believe she had that attitude before their personality switch. She held her breath, placing her palm on her chest, feeling her fast heartbeat.

So what if she was this so-called 'tsun'?

There was nothing bad about it, right? It was a part of herself.

And Ruby told her a lot of times he loved her just the way she is.

But…

She felt kind of bad, though. She kept on denying her feelings for him all those time, thinking he deserved someone better. She felt guilty for it. She really needed to make it up with him.

"What's the matter?"

Sapphire blinked her eyes, escaping from her trance. She felt Ruby's arms wrapped around her waist, pulling her close to him. She felt his nose touch and smell her hair as his soft lips pressed against her cheek, making her heart thump faster.

For how long was she in a trance?

"I…"

"Hey," Ruby placed his hand on her cheek, stroking it affectionately. His eyes nothing but contained pure compassion and concern for his girl. "It's alright. You can tell me anything."

Sapphire broke her confused gaze at him, sighing. She bit her lip, burying her head on his chest, her arms wrapping around his back, returning the hug. "Just… realized some stuff…"

Ruby furrowed his eyebrows, pulling her closer to him. "About?" He asked, curiosity piquing into his tone.

"Well…" Sapphire started, removing her face on his chest. She furrowed her eyebrows. How could she explain it? She wanted to tell him what was going on with her, but somehow she was out of words.

"Sapphire," Ruby whispered her name, gently yet passionately. He pressed and brushed his lips on her forehead in hopes to calm her down.

"B-Blue was right." She choked the words out, her eyes still avoiding his. She felt embarrassed just by thinking about it. She could feel her cheeks heat up from it.

"A-About what?" Ruby continued to ask, confused. The last time they had seen their older friend was three weeks ago. Did Blue and Sapphire had another meet up without him knowing about it?

"W-With me being a… tsun…" Sapphire finished, whispering the last word, burying her face onto his chest. Mentioning it was embarrassing.

Ruby's thoughts were jumbled.

His heart started increasing its pace at her answer.

It was true.

Sapphire had that attitude to which he find quite cute. He remembered Gold teasing him about it, embarrassing him the process.

Yes.

Sapphire was the cutest and most beautiful tsundere he had ever met.

It was true Sapphire was like that, but that was between him and Sapphire only. People mentioning about it could only make him embarrassed yet proud at how unique his girlfriend was.

Ruby took a deep breath, sighing. He felt laughter escaped from his lips. He was definitely proud at her cute attitude. He wouldn't have it any other way. "But it's cute."

"Ehhh." Sapphire flinched from him, surprised at his response. She expected him to laugh at it, but she didn't expect he would like it. For how long did he like that attitude of hers?

"It's what makes you unique from all the girls I've met." Ruby responded, his arms returned around her waist, pulling her closer. "I love you for who you are, remember?"

"I…" Sapphire's cheeks couldn't help but to increase its temperature. She placed her palms on his chest, gripping his shirt. "I know…"

She didn't expect it. But at the same time, she felt relieved that he liked that side of hers. It was enough to drive her insecurities away.

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