Chapter 18: New Years

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New Years Morning………

{He kissed me!} My crush kissed me.

My mind was trying to process what had happened. Yuzuru Hanyu had kissed me. He took my first kiss. Yuzuru pulled away and looked at me. I knew that I was in shock. “Aya. Daijoubu?” he asked with concern.

I blinked my eyes and looked at him. He looked concerned for me. “H..Hai,” I said to him nervously. I didn’t know how to feel around him right now. He did something very unexpected …even for him. He didn’t seem to know what to do right now.

I…I think we should sleep. There is stuff that we have to do in the morning,” I said and got under the covers. “A…ah true,” I heard him say. I laid on the bed and tried to sleep.

I couldn’t sleep.


Happy New Year.”

Yuzuru’s mother greeted me as I walked into the living room to see a large amount of food. “Happy New Years,” I said to her in return. I felt weird being around the family now after the kiss. I couldn’t get it out of my mind.

Yuzuru was helping his mother with the table setting. Saya too. Yuzuru’s father was already seated at the table. “Where is Yuzuru? Is he still asleep?” Saya asked me. “I think so. We did stay up until midnight,” I said and turned around to cover my face.


We looked at Yuzuru who had just woken up. He looked normal. I turned away from him. I felt very awkward and my heart was racing. {Calm down. Please calm down.} I kept taking deep breaths to calm my heart down.

I wasn’t panicking. It was something else. I had a good feeling but, I didn’t want to go there. I couldn’t afford to go there.

Good morning Aya,” he said to me with a small smile. I felt my cheeks burn. “G…good morning,” I said and faced away from him. Saya seemed to noticed my behavior. “Did something happen between you two?” she asked us.

No! Nothing,” Yuzuru said with a nervous tone. I shook my head. She raised an eyebrow and continued with setting the table. Yuzuru’s mother walked up to me. “Take a seat Aya. Everything is almost ready,” she told me.

I gave her a nod and sat down. We were having osechi. Osechi consisted of many dishes that have different tastes. Soon, the table was set and we started to eat the food. Yuzuru ate his food with ease. I made sure to eat one of every dish so that I wasn’t rude. I know that I should eat much if I wasn’t exercising on that day.

After the meal, we are going to the temple to pray,” Yuzuru’s mother told us. “Okay,” I said to her. It would be the first in a long while since I had prayed at a temple for new years. Many families would line up to pray.

Have you prayed at a temple for New Years Aya?” Saya asked me. I gave her a nod. “I have. It’s been…. years. I think since I was eight or nine. After that, I would go to Canada for vacation,” I explained to her.

She gave me a nod.

It’s going to be snowing when we go so wear some warm clothes,” Yuzuru’s father said. 

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