Fuu tip-toed up the hill on silent footsteps, trying to fight back the giggle that threatened to give her away. The wind blew past in gentle breezes, pushing her hair, pulling her scarf, and rustling the leaves in the tree on the hills crown. The grass was a vibrant, happy green beneath her sandals, muffling any sound. She was so close! Just a few more steps until
Ryuu! Fuu stumbled. She had been concentrating so hard that the call had caught her completely unaware. A neat trip and she landed with a thump at Ryuus feet.
Naebi tromped up the hill, Ryuu! He stirred, only slightly, groaning groggily. Fuu smiled and sat at his feet earning a frown. He sat up, leaning against the tree clearly unhappy about having his afternoon nap disrupted.
There you are Ryuu! Naebi stared down at him, hands on hips. Taiki has been looking for your scout report that you still havent turned in.
He frowned again, and hunkered down, getting comfortable, Tell him Ill be there in a minute.
Oh no! You can tell him yourself Ryuuto! Naebi insisted. Get off your lazy butt! Ryuu closed his eyes.
You can do it Bean, He encouraged half-heartedly.
Im not the one who needs to report, she emphasized, stomping her foot.
Geez, Bean, youre just telling him Im coming, Ryuu reminded her. She scoffed at the nickname, rapidly losing her temper. Ryuu sighed again and turned ever so slightly to look at Fuu. Having lost interest in the conversation she had found other things that needed to be done. In only a few sentences she had gathered a pretty leaf, several flowers, and a handful of twigs.
Hey Fuu! Ryuu called. Fuu! Come here! A couple skips and she was right beside him. Fuu gazed at him curiously.
Look what I found! she exclaimed, holding out the leaf to Ryuu.
He ignored the offering, I have a job for you Fuu.
Naebi growled, You cant make her do it!
I need you to go find Taiki, he continued.
Yes, Fuu, the scary guy with black hair.
Where is he? Fuu asked, snapping a twig in two.
Ryuu sighed impatiently, I dont know, you need to find him. Fuu nodded, watching a bird that just landed on a branch. Tell him Ryuus coming ok? Fuu nodded again. Fuu?
She doesnt get it Ryuu! Naebi complained, moving to Fuus side to pluck a twig out of her hair. Ryuu frowned again, closing his eyes.
Fuu, he muttered, Taiki has bananas. Fuus attention immediately snapped back to Ryuu.
Yep, and Im sure Naebi can show you where he is.
Naebi startled, Wha-?
Come on Naebean! Fuu grabbed her hand, dragging her along behind down the hill, tumbling the whole way down. This way! Ryuu watched them go a moment, ignoring Naebis glare. Taiki could wait. He closed his eyes and folded his arms over his chest, breathing in the smells of the afternoon; the flowers, fresh crushed grass
. In moments he was fast asleep.