Eli held up another chopstickful of food to Val's mouth, who went in to pick it gingerly off with her mouth. She was almost there when
*bzzt* bzzt* "Huh?"
Eli dropped the food back into the bowl, and Val felt herself die a little inside. But it was short lived when she heard who it was on his phone.
"Kevin...KEVIN! Relax! Where are you? ...HOW DO YOU NOT KNOW YOU DUMBASS!? Alright alright, calm down...describe your location."
Eli suddenly stood up, Val to doing the same, putting her coat around her shoulders as they both walked out the door. He hung up, almost laughing but the sweat present on his forehead was cause for alarm. He rushed to zip his coat as he was practically running out. 'But the food...' Val thought sadly.
"Eli?" Val tilted her head at him as he slipped out into the cold, then stopped. "Eli? What's going-"
"Val! Are you nuts? It's freezing out here!"
Val shrugged despite shivering from the cold wind; it seemed to have increased considerably in the past few hours, snow blowing like crazy. But she stood stubbornly. "What's wrong with Kevin?"
"He's...haha, you're gonna laugh at this...he and Ama are stranded in the middle of nowhere. In the car."
"What!? Then what the hell are we waiting for!?"
"No!" Eli grabbed her shoulders as she began to walk down the snowy sidewalk. "It's way too cold!"
"I can manage."
"ELI KIM!" Val turned on him, not angry but frustrated. "That is my best friend! WE are going to find her, not just you, understand?"
"If you get sick-"
"Yeah, yeah, then beat Kevin. Now come on let's go! I have a feeling I know where they are."
Eli held onto her shoulders, smiling a little. "Is this the return of the fearless Val from my date?"
Val smirked, grabbing his hand as they walked the silent street. "No, this is the pissed off Val that got her second date interrupted and she is going to kill certain boys because of it!"
"It wasn't exactly his fault."
"NO ONE ASKED THE IDIOT TO MEET HER IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT!"
"I'm going to kill you."
"But we, but I..."
"No, no excuses. If we freeze to death, my hands will permanently be around your throat."
"...At least we're together..."
"Please love me..."
"I SAID SHUT UP!"
Neko grabbed the door handle to the dance room, but it clicked stubbornly and didnt move. She tried again, pushing and pulling, but it didn't move.
Kiseop smirked, rolled up his sleeves, and made an exaggerated muscle flex. He winked at her. "Watch." He thrust his shoulder into the door while pushing on the handle; it didn't even shift. He tried again and again but still nothing. He stepped away from the door, nursing his weakened shoulder.
"Kiseop, how did you get in!?"
"You mean the janitor?"
"He had the sweep-thing."
"Yes. And he let me in."
Neko looked at the window, ground level and quickly being engulfed in snow and darkness. She groaned. "He's probably gone home by now..."
Then the lights went out.
"Val, how do live through this insanity?" Val turned to him quickly, the fierce wind whipping at her hair so she looked really scary in the dim street lights.
"I don't know, Eli; I havent had all kinds of practice trying to find people in BLIZZARDS!"
Eli had to run to catch up to her, fighting the wind that threatened to push him over. He put an arm around her to hold her still in the winds.
"Sarcasm hurts you know..."
"So does Ama, I heard." Eli gulped as the unpleasant and painful memory resurfaced. He just shook his head and kept walking, yelling "Kevin! KEVIN!"
"He's not a dog!"
"Bear with me okay? I'm really worried about him..."
"I'm worried about Ama, too, okay!?"
"Val look out!" Eli pulled Val just out of the way of a huge stone statue of a man, part of the decor for a big fancy restaurant. The wind and heavy snow combined managed to loosen the statue from it's base in the ground, toppling it so it fell just in front of their feet, the head cracking off and rolling off into the street. Val was breathing hard, eyes wide with fear and relief, clutching Eli's jacket for dear life. He had her pressed against him like he was attempting to mold their bodies together.
Val could barely get the words out, her throat nearly paralyzed with fear. He was breathing hard, too, his hands clutching at the fabric of her coat until his knuckles were white. She turned to him, seeing genuine fear mirrored in his eyes. "Thank you." She murmured, before pressing her lips to his. The wind swirled around them, unable to penetrate the warmth of their bodies together. He relaxed slowly, body shaking all over until Val's steady hands on his chest made his heart slowly stop pounding. They broke for the slightest second, still inches from each other's faces.
"Now you see why I don't like the dark?" He smirked, and Val nodded. It was quiet except for the whistling of the wind until Val spoke.
"Maybe...maybe we should stop kissing and keep looking, eh?"
"Yeah, maybe we...should..."
His words faded as he looked straight ahead, where the flicker of something shiny in the lights far away cut through the thickness.
Kevin shifted uncomfortably in his seat, not chilly at all...except Ama's cold shoulder. She looked out the window at the raging snowstorm, Kevin's bright eyes trying to find her face in the dim lights outside.
"Ama? Aren't you cold?"
"Hm?" Ama turned nonchalantly, blinking hard. Kevin smiled, relieved that she wasn't angry...at least not now. He gently reached across the space between them and grabbed her gloved hand in his.
"Are you falling asleep over there?"
"Not much else to do until the..." she yawned widely, stretching. "...storm's over. Might as well."
"Would you mind if I sing to you again?"
Kevin began the first view verses of 'My Reason' softly, massaging Ama's knuckles with his thumb. Her head was slowly, slowly, drooping...then the car gave a loud pop and she was awake. The heat cut off suddenly, the hum of the motor gone. Kevin released Ama's hand to turn the key in the ignition; the motor stalled and rolled over once, twice, then died again.
"F*CK!" Kevin cursed and sat back angrily, slapping the steering wheel. He heard Ama's soft giggling and turned, one eye brow raising. Suddenly Ama exploded laughing, trying to cover it with her hands. Kevin unconsciously giggled too, that signature laugh and then deep inhale. Ama was the first to speak, wiping a tear with a hand.
"What were you laughing at?"
"YOU!" She chuckled again. "You moron, you...I've never ever heard you say that before. Where the hell did that come from?"
"The stupid CAR! It-...we're-... screw it. Maybe the storm will pass..."
Ama grinned at him cooly. "At least we're together, hm? Isn't that what you said?"
Kevin smirked back, retorting but unable to hide the warm fuzziness inside . "Oh, so its okay for YOU to say it?"
"Fine I won't say it."
"I CAN'T WIN!"
"Give the oppa a prize, you finally figured it out."
Ama unbuckled herself and stretched again, this time extending herself over the seat next to him. Her head landed on his leg, like a cat would, and for a minute Kevin didn't know how to react. "What...what is this?"
"I told you, we cant really do anything right now. Might as well sleep." She yawned again, but content in Kevin's lap. It was quiet before he murmured, "This must look SO WRONG to anyone outside right now..."
"Keep talking and I will punch you in a place not meant to be punched."
Silence again, though Ama could feel Kevin tense a little bit at that. Then he spoke again. "I really love you, Ama." Then he was humming sofftly,sweetly, and before you know it Ama was sleeping again.
When Ama's eyes blinked open, s he heard the soft tapping of something on glass. It happened again, louder, but Ama remained still. Something thick and heavy was on her shoulders and back, keeping her warm. Out of the corner of her eye she recognized the furry fringe on Kevin's hood and realized it was his jacket. She sat up, the thick material sliding off of her and taking its heat with it. She suddenly realized how cold the car had become with no heat as she sqw her breathe take shape.
"Kevin? Wake up..." Kevin was sleeping peacefully against the window, but a light touch made Ama's hand draw back sharply. His face was ice cold, and she felt the little shivers running through him as he snored softly. Without his coat he would catch cold...if he hadn't already. "Kevin!" His eyes groggily opened, but he paused when the tapping got louder. The window suddenly squeaked beside him, revealing a face out of the frosted coating. Kevin screamed.
"Yep, I'd know that scream anywhere. Found 'em!"
Eli's face materialzed from the circle, grinning while fogging up the window. Another tap from the other side revealed Val's face, laughing with Ama at Kevin's scream. Kevin turned red despite the cold, but he opened the frozen doors with Eli's help.
Everyone stood out in the cold, looking around at mostly nothing, the lights distant. Val hugged Ama and Eli squeezed the hell out of Kevin, Kevin making little choking noises as he was being crushed.
Eli put him down quickly so he could suck in air, coughing as he inhaled a mouthful of fat snowflakes instead. "Sorry Kev. How the heck did you guys end up here!?"
Ama and Val both looked at Kevin, who tried hiding his face. Suddenly he sneezed once...twice...three times in a row, everyone jumping.
"Kev, you okay?"
" Of course I'm okay! Why wouldn't I be?"
Ama walked up to him, coking her head to the side a little. "You sure, Vinnie? You don't sound okay..."
He sniffled hard, but shrugged it off. "Yup! Perfectly okay."
Ama squinted at him, but suddenly Val's phone rang. She pulled it out and looked at the caller ID before freaking out and stuffing the phone back into her coat pocket. Everyone stared at her, and she whistled like nothing was happening.
"Who was that?"
"ahahaa...well. Um..." She scratched the back of her neck, but then her phone rang again. Eli made a mad grab for it, holding it just above Val's reach when he answered it.
'DID YOU FORGET ME OR SOMETHING!?'