Scatter Brain waited… and waited… and waited…
...and nothing happened. He was not known to be optimistic, and his impending fear of rejection left him expecting a swift bucking of hooves to the jaw. A single punch to the face, at the very least.
Daring to open his eyes, he saw that Ryuko had not moved. She did not seem to have even reacted at all. Maybe… she didn’t hear me?Moving just a bit, the purple mare finally spoke. “Be your… special… somepony?” she said carefully, as if testing each word on her lips.
Buck, she heard me… she’s not happy. Scatter looked her over and saw several signs of discomfort in her body language. Her tail had curled around her cutie mark, her left forehoof was scratching her right foreleg, her eyes were cast down at the ground. Most universally notable, her face was slowly gaining a blush that told everything to those who knew how to translate.
Scatter Brain, however, did not know how to translate this blush. She’s not happy… oh buck me, I can’t believe I just ruined everything… “Umm… you know what?” He did his best to cover his tracks, but it was rather like trying to plead innocent right after confessing to a crime. “I was… kidding. No hard feelings, yeah? Just… a joke?”
She said nothing, only looking up from the ground to see his panicked expression as he continued. “Yeah, a joke. I’m gonna, uh… go back to the lab! I’ll see you some other time, okay?” All of this tumbled out of his mouth faster than a pegasus could do a rainboom. Resorting to his basic - and piss poor - instincts, the medical student turned tail and bolted out of the alleyway, not caring what fell out of his bags as he made a break for home.
It wasn’t really far away, but by the time he had made it back into his small abode, it had begun to drizzle. Go freaking figure… He ran inside and locked the door behind him, simply staring at it for several minutes. When the door did nothing, he allowed himself to slump to the floor in a feeble attempt at gathering his thoughts.
His thoughts were not happy. What the buck is wrong with you?! I told you not to ask today, you weren’t ready!
Not ready? I never would have been. Today was my best shot...
Well, you blew it. You’ll be lucky if she ever talks to you again.
Go ahead, rub some more salt in an open wound, why don’t you? It doesn’t hurt enough already.
It’s your own damn fault! What would such an amazing mare like her ever see in you?
KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK
Scatter Brain nearly jumped out of his fur as the sound tore through his thoughts. “H-hello?”
A calm voice he recognized easily responded. “Scatter, it’s me.”
“Please let me in. It’s raining.” Her quietness and steadiness cut into him a bit more, allowing his self-doubt and fears to bleed into the cracks. However, he was not about to let her sit out in the pouring rain. Using his magic, he unlocked the door and let it swing open.
He expected her to be drenched, as he noticed how hard it was raining outside. A quick glance at the closest clock told him that he had somehow wasted an hour sitting on the floor feeling bad for himself. The weather outside was quite the downpour, and the winds were kicking up into a mighty gale. While her coat and mane were somewhat soaked, he saw that she had protected herself under a telltale blue umbrella. “Is that…?”
“You dropped it on your way here…” Ryuko’s voice bore a shiver so subtle, only someone paying attention to every detail would have noticed it. Someone like Scatter Brain.
“You’ve gotta be freezing! Get in here!” Abandoning his embarrassment for a moment, he dragged his friend inside and sat her on his tiny sofa. He levitated a towel out of the bathroom and proceeded to help her dry off.
By help her dry off, of course, he meant stifling her in the cloth and trying not to make eye contact. A few muffled protests convinced him to let go and let her finish doing it herself.
A quick dry on her part preceded her silky black and red hair, followed by her lovely face, poking out from the top of the towel. “Why did you run away?”
Okay… no beating around the bush… damn… “I… I was afraid of what you would say… I don’t think I can handle a ‘no’ from you… I’m an idiot for even thinking that-”
“You’re not an idiot, Scatter,” she cut off. When he looked up at her, the corners turned up almost imperceptibly and she turned a few hues darker. “It made me blush.” She got a few inches closer to his face and looked up at him. “I wasn’t going to say no.”
An audible gulp echoed through the quiet room as he spoke. “R-really? You… you mean...?”
Another few inches closer and the smile got a tad wider. “Yes.”
Scatter Brain bit his lip at this point. It was quite obvious what she was expecting, and the inexperienced colt was afraid of bucking up again. Hey, she already said yes. Better prove she’s worth it, dude!
Finally in agreement with his inner voice, he leaned forward and pressed his muzzle against Ryuko’s smaller one. The first attempt left him kissing her nose, which made her giggle softly. Helping out, she placed her hooves on his cheeks and guided his mouth to its proper destination.
Imagine the greatest display of fireworks ever seen. Are you imagining it? Good. Now scrap that completely, because it didn’t come anywhere near as flashy as Scatter’s spirit was. His heart was beating quickly and his nerves were firing rapidly. How he stayed conscious, nopony would ever know.
After a few moments of kissing, Scatter pulled away. “I… I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do.”
“What do you mean?” Ryuko laid next to him on his couch, staring upside down at him.
“I don’t wanna mess things up… I don’t know what special someponies do.” He looked down into her beautiful face and pressed his nose against hers. “All I know is that you make me happier than I have ever been, and I want to make you that happy too. Is that okay?”
“Yes,” she said with a smile.
As if to punctuate the moment, a crack of lightning filled the afternoon sky and rolling thunder filled the room. “Uh… don’t take this the wrong way, but I don’t think you should go back outside today.”
“What do you mean by that? Take it the wrong way?” She cocked her head in confusion.
“Er… you should stay the night here.”
Her blank expression turned into one of a minor giggle. “Oh really?”
The tone immediately intimidated and excited Scatter. “Nothing’s gonna happen, though… right?”
Getting off of the couch, she trotted past him into the kitchen. As she passed, she flicked his nose with her tail. “Maybe.”
Oh dear Celestia… we might be in a bit over our heads here.
Following his new fillyfriend into the kitchen, Scatter Brain found her levitating a few things onto the counter to eat. As she noticed him entering, she spoke up. “I’m not gonna make you do anything tonight. I promise.” Ryuko turned to him and gave a warm smile, one that set his heart - and a few other parts of him - ablaze. “But I sell sex toys for a living - don’t make me seem so innocent.”
“Y-yeah… I wasn’t thinking of it that way…” he mumbled.
This gained her interest. “What way were you thinking of it?”
He looked up at her and she suddenly noticed how nervous he really was. “I don’t want to hurt you on accident. I don’t want to do something with you, just to realize that’s all I want to do. I am more attracted to you than I ever have been to anypony else, ever. But I want to make sure I really, really like being with you normally. No… y’know, sex or anything.”
A few moments of silence followed this, which ended in Ryuko giggling at his crimson face. “Wow. You’re pretty cheesy, you know?” Her giggles picked up a bit for a few minutes before they died down and she could talk to him naturally. “I think it’s cute, though.” She walked over and planted an overwhelmingly satisfying kiss on his lips. “Just don’t make me wait too long - I’ve got needs, you know?”
Discovering some courage he didn’t know he had, the med student grinned and wrapped his hooves around her, this time initiating the kiss all on his own. This one was deeper, a tad more passionate, and just long enough that when the two broke apart, both were connected by a strand of saliva, feeling somewhat buzzed. “This is gonna be an awesome relationship.” The white stallion grinned stupidly at his peculiar method of success. He had Ryuko by his side that day. For now, he needed nothing else.