Thank you for the feedback on the previous one-shot! It means a lot! :D
Day 2 is about "seasons" and honestly, this doesn't relate to a season at all because "vacation" can mean many different things. One can assume it's a summer vacation or just some people having a vacation without the season. Wait, this is getting complicated never mind whoops :'D
Summary: Ruby and Sapphire are on a vacation, but it is only exclusive to married couples. Unfortunately, they aren't one.
There's no "not yet", sorry. :(
Oh, this also came from a prompt where character A and character B go on a couples-exclusive vacation and they're not a married couple (yet). This? I don't know. It's up to your interpretation. :'D
"Are ya kiddin' me?!" Sapphire squealed, making Ruby flinch and take a step back. He gulped.
He was in big trouble.
"Sapphire, please, calm down," Ruby tried to reason. He raised his hand, gesturing her to calm down. A bead of sweat trickled down his left temple.
"Calm down? How can I calm down if this vacation ain't what I thought it was?!" She slammed her fist on the wall, shaking it a bit. "Ya better have a good explanation!"
Ruby was scared. He swallowed hard. "Okay, okay," He dropped his arms, letting out a relieved exhale. He scratched his head. "Maybe it was my fault..."
Sapphire cocked a brow, folding her arms across her chest. "Care to explain it in detail?"
Ruby bobbed his head, biting his lip. "I was so excited about this vacation in Alola that my dad paid that...I...didn't pay attention until he reminded me that this vacation was only possible because there will be a discount if we're a married couple."
Sapphire grunted and placed her left palm on her face. "Of course, ya didn't pay attention. Ya only cared about gettin' ready for this vacation."
"But hey," Ruby added, taking a step closer. Maybe he could lighten things up a bit. "We can pretend to be a married couple so they wouldn't find out!"
Sapphire gave him a look. "We're too young to get married."
"Well," Ruby gulped once again. She did have a point. Even though they were already in their twenties, that didn't mean they were ready for marriage. They had to be at least mentally, emotionally, and financially ready to get married. At least, that's what Sapphire told him. He did ask her hand for marriage when they were eighteen and he wasn't expecting to receive a 'no' from Sapphire. It broke him, but Sapphire was able to explain why she declined his offer: she wasn't ready for such responsibilities and he respected that. He let out a depressed breath.
"We can...think of something else."
Sapphire was silent, and it was starting to worry him. He tried to move closer, hopefully giving her a hug but she turned around and left their hotel room without a word. He bit his lip. His eyes never left the door.
Their relationship had been...complicated, to say the least.
After his marriage proposal fiasco, they weren't friends nor could they be considered an item. Every day was driving him insane. Should he address the Donphan in the room or wait for when she's ready? He didn't know. But at the same time, he felt like this was what he deserved for lying about what happened on Mirage Island.
Ruby breathed, digging his hands in his pockets. He sat on the edge of their shared bed. He started contemplating his relationship with her over the past years; they've been the best years of his life. He'd never felt so happy. He knew she was the one he wanted to spend the rest of his life with, and up until now, he still did. There was no one else but her and he was willing to wait for as long as it takes.
However, he had to fix their relationship first. Or rather, address their little unspoken thing.
"So this is what she felt when I lied," he muttered out loud, chuckling. He raised his head, his eyes now staring blankly at the ceiling.
Karma definitely bit him in the back, and all the wrongs he did came back to him.
Sapphire wasn't exactly the type of person to go to a bar when trouble came. But, it was the first place she laid eyes on, and honestly, she just wanted to sit down and probably have a cold drink.
Sure, she was legal enough to drink alcohol but she found it ridiculous to rely on alcohol when trouble occurred. Ruby was the same when it came to alcohol, too, but ah, she went outside of the room to get her mind off him and she should start doing that.
Sapphire sat on the counter. The barista looked at her for a brief second and continued doing his chores afterwards. He scrubbed the glasses with a clean towel and put it back on its place. He repeated the process until Sapphire coughed. He raised an eyebrow.
"Do you need a drink, madam?" he asked, placing the glass down.
"And maybe even someone to talk to," Sapphire muttered, raising her head to look at the barista. "Do ya have coffee?"
"Yes..." the barista replied, his tone was uncertain. He started pressing buttons from the coffee machine to grind the beans and prepared a cup. "Hot or cold, madam?"
"Black or with cream?"
The barista nodded and continued brewing the coffee. Once he was done, he placed it in front of her. The scent of freshly brewed coffee awakened the Conqueror's senses. She grabbed the cup, blew it gently, and took a sip. Then, let out a breath through her mouth.
The coffee was just the trick.
"I heard you need someone to talk to," the barista called, surprising her. She blinked.
"Ya heard, huh?" The barista nodded. She bit her lip, looking at her cup of coffee. "Things are just complicated right now."
"But aren't you on vacation?"
"Maybe?" she questioned. She was, but...she was...clueless. "I don't know. Things have been complicated recently."
Sapphire perked up. How did he know?
The barista's eyes widened, surprised that he actually might have answered correctly. "Is it?"
Sapphire was silent but nodded in response. Things were really complicated between her and Ruby recently. She still felt bad for declining his marriage proposal all those years ago, but she wasn't ready. His reputation was on the line, too. She may be the Hoenn Champion, but strip that title away from her and what is she? She was nothing. Just a normal, wild girl living in the Hoenn Region. She was lucky to be the daughter of a famous professor but other than that, she was nothing.
"Madam, I may be a stranger, but communication is key when it comes to relationships. That's all I could say," he advised. Sapphire was still silent. He watched her stare from her cup of coffee. "You know, it's a beautiful day here in Ula'ula Island, maybe you should go and take a stroll outside. The sunshine does help lift one's sour mood."
Sapphire was still quiet. She just nimbly agreed at the barista and continued finishing her coffee. The coffee helped her mood a bit, thankfully, but she wasn't in the state of mind to go outside. Maybe she could follow the barista's advice and talk to Ruby. Talking did help resolve their issues from time to time.
She sighed, standing up from her seat. Maybe she should. She shouldn't run away from this any longer and besides, it wasn't like her to keep Ruby hanging for a while.
Sapphire didn't bother to knock and just opened the door to their hotel room using the spare key. Once she was inside, her eyes widened in shock.
What the hell was Ruby doing in their room...naked and all?
"Oh," Ruby turned around, only to face a blushing Sapphire. "I didn't know you'll return so soon. I just finished taking a—"
"Put on some clothes, dammit!" Sapphire screamed, turning around. She refused to face him until he was fully clothed.
"Okay, okay, hold on," Ruby said, putting on some clothes. He was both embarrassed and amused at what just happened. He couldn't help but let out a chuckle.
"Why are you laughin'?" Sapphire scolded, her face kept on increasing its temperature. And she thought she was the 'barbaric' one between them.
"Nothing, nothing. You can face me now," he replied, making Sapphire sigh and turn around. She noticed his smirk faded into a weak smile. She bit her lip. She knew it was about their issue earlier.
"No, it's fine. I don't mind you barging into our room and seeing me naked."
The pink hue on her cheeks turned red. "T-That's not...!" she tried to speak, controlling her blush. Of course, she knew he didn't mind it, but she still respected him. "T-That's not what I meant, silly!"
Ruby laughed for a bit, as he scratched his head. He was trying to lighten the mood. And it looked like it worked.
"What I meant is—" Sapphire took the deepest breath she could take. It wasn't her intention to keep him waiting, but she had her reasons. Still, she felt like her reasons weren't enough. "—I'm sorry for making ya wait. I was stupid."
Ruby was confused. He furrowed his eyebrows. "I'm sorry, Sapph, I don't seem to understand what you mean."
Sapphire chewed her lower lip. She placed her right hand on her left arm, gripping it so tight that blood couldn't flow from it. She let out a deep breath. Tears streamed down her eyes and alerted Ruby. Acting through his instincts, he moved closer and placed his arms around her.
"I'm sorry. I'm so...so sorry..." Sapphire sniffled, slowly moving her face closer to his chest. Ruby noticed this and pulled her closer. His hand moved to her head, caressing her hair while the other encircled around her waist.
Seeing her cry did nothing but break his heart. More importantly, he knew why she was crying. He knew what she meant. He closed his eyes and buried his nose in her hair. "Don't be," he croaked, pulling her even closer. "I understand why you're not ready to get married. And remember what I said? I'm willing to wait...for as long as it takes."
"I just thought ya deserved someone better. Take everything away from me. My title, my family, my accomplishments...I'm nothing. I'm...no one," she explained, sobbing loudly. She gripped his shirt and pulled him closer. The little space that was separating them was no longer there. Tears continued dripping down her eyes, as it rolled down her cheeks and onto her neck. The once smooth floor was now covered with a puddle of tears.
Those words hurt Ruby more than a dagger being pierced into his heart. He gently provided some space between them as his frowning lips moved closer to her forehead. He kissed it ever so gently, pouring every emotion he had in it. Sadness, anger, happiness, love...all of it.
"Don't say that. If anything, I don't deserve you," Sapphire sobbed and snorted. Her tears stopped, as her eyes moved to see him. His eyes were closed and there were tears falling down. She grasped onto his clothes as he continued. "Words couldn't explain how amazing you are. You are always there for me even if I push you away and I couldn't afford to lose you. That's why even if you're not ready to take our relationship to the next level, then I'm willing to wait. If we get married at forty or even at sixty then I don't care. As long as I get to be with you until the last moment."
"S-Speaking of our relationship," Sapphire said, as she let out a hiccup. "Are we...are we still together...?"
"I..." Ruby opened his eyes. He looked at Sapphire's eyes and saw the love forming in it. He wasn't dreaming. He could tell that she still loved him just by looking into the windows of her soul. He coughed. "Of course...I mean...I still love you. I will always love you. No matter what happens, I will always love you."
"Even after 'rejectin'' your marriage proposal?"
Ruby blinked. "You...you said you weren't ready..."
Sapphire nodded. "I'm not," she admitted, lowering her head. She hated that she still wasn't ready. "I don't know when will I ever be."
"And that's okay," Ruby placed a hand on her chin. He smiled. "I can wait forever."
Sapphire returned the smile. She clutched onto his shirt. "I guess...I guess we can pretend that we're married on this vacation."
Ruby chuckled and winked. "I guess you can count this as practice once we're married."
Sapphire rolled her eyes. She couldn't help but let out a giggle. Maybe this whole pretending may finally make up her mind and say 'yes' to his proposal.
And then an accident happened and Sapphire died. Well, that's tragic or am I foreshadowing something? :thinking:
Ngl, this is my least favorite entry but I didn't have time to write another one that'll satisfy me. However, it is better than my previous day 1 entry. My former day 1 entry (not the one with the Johto trio and Emerald) is...well,,,,not that good in my opinion. I know I'm being harsh on myself but I want my entries to be something decent to something I'm "proud" of. This is the most decent one I could write. Dang, who came up with these prompts, smh.
Day 3 will be updated around the same time tomorrow! It's the shortest one I've written and frankly, I think it's okay.