He kept a bit away from her for the first day after the incident, and unlike before it would seem she let him have a bit of privacy as if she knew that he needed it. When she woke up the day it happened, her entire body hurt, her neck was particularly bad. Walking to the bathroom, she lifted her hair away so she could see it. What seemed almost like a snake type bite present, although she was pretty sure this house had no snakes.
She noticed they change in Itsuki’s behavior too. Whenever she entered a room, he would leave, excusing himself with one thing or another. This alongside the two new trees he had planted in one of the rooms followed by a quick round on google, she slowly put the pieces together. Oddly, it freaked her out less than what she initially would have thought, but she had no idea how to tell him that she had figured it out. So she allowed him his distance while much like him, trying to find a way to start that conversation they both knew they needed to have.
Luckily, that conversation suddenly got a bit of help.
He had gotten into the habit of just sticking his arm out the door to see if it was safe to venture outside. Even though it was just a short short jog to the car, he had decided to take no chances. Sadly his work times had changed with the latest promotion, meaning he would have to leave at noon when the sun was at its highest. Sighing to himself he stopped in the doorway sticking his hand out carefully, only to pull it back with a scream of pain half a second later. He stood half in shock as his hand and part of arm looked like it had burned, the sickening smell of burned skin hitting his nose.
The voice came from behind him as Nagisa looked at his hand and arm with her hands over her mouth in shock. He turned his head towards her, the realization that this would be rather hard to explain hitting him like a ton of bricks.
“You can’t just stand there, get away from the door! I’ll call you in sick!”
He was so in shock that she actually had to pull him away from the door, dragging him into the closest bathroom, filling the bath with cold water, and fairly forcefully stuffing his hand in it to stop the burn from doing more damage. As he sat there with his head hanging down and his arm stuck in ice cold water he could hear her talking on the phone to his boss.
“I’m sorry, but Itsuki can’t make it today, he had a bit of an accident while making us breakfast, and managed to burn his hand and arm… Yes, I will have him call you later…”
She walked back inside, checking his arm, and topping off the tub with more cold water. He just sat there with his head held low, as way to many thoughts were racing around in his mind. He knew he would have to quit his job, find something to do that didn’t mean he had to go out and he already hated it. He realized it meant that his days of being outside in daytime was over, and finally he knew that this meant she probably knew what he was.
“I think it’s safe to take it… oh wow… “
He looked at his arm, as the dead skin from the burn had washed off new healthy skin had taken its place. He looked just as surprised as her at first, then he realized that they needed to sit down and have a longer talk about things, dragging himself back on his feet, taking her hand and pretty much sitting her down in one of the sofa’s before sitting himself down next to her.
“I’ve been trying to find a way to explain something too you, but you’d be amazed how hard it is to find a good way to start..”
“Oh you mean the: Hi, I am a vampire – talk?”
She couldn’t help but smile at his completely dumbfounded look before she continued.
“Waking up with bite-marks on my neck, you hiding from me, and those plasma fruit tree’s you planted in the garden made it quite hard not to guess it. What just happened today kinda sealed the deal.”
“I’m sorry about that, I was and still am trying so hard not to let it happen again”
For a while they were silent. It was as if they were both letting everything they had both finally gotten to talk about sank in much as if air was let out of a balloon. She woke him up from his thoughts with a gentle touch on his earlier burned hand.
“So, mr Vampire, what is your story?”
He realized with all the time they had spent together he had of course never really told her his story, so with a deep breath he started telling her everything. His life in the orphanage and about discovering who he actually was and coming to terms with all he had to learn.
“So you can’t go out anymore?
“It would seem not, perhaps its because my mother was human, my skin is so thin…”
He shook his head with a sigh. As happy he was about her accepting what he was, he was also sad he had to give up on his dream of being a professional athlete.
“You just need to find something you can do from home, that’s all. On the bonus side, it means I get to see you all day long”
He chuckled, much like she would do when he said something cheesy like that.
She leaned in closer to him, the smell of her blood and her general presence being so close meant it took pretty much all his control just to not turn and bite her again, but his mind was soon enough occupied by something else.
To his surprise the words were followed by her pulling him close enough to kiss him, making him half panic at first, expecting the thirst to win. But to his surprise it had the opposite effect. Completely getting caught up in the moment, he simply lifted her into his arms and carried her to her bedroom, stopping just as he reached it realizing what he was actually doing.
Freeing herself from his arms, she just chuckled, like she had done so many times before, shaking her head a little.
“I think you should prove a rumor to me.. “
She just chuckled again, before making it very clear what she meant by her words.
That night he was lying in their bed, with her sleeping with her head resting on his chest. And perhaps for the first time in his life, he felt completely at ease. Allowing himself to do something he hadn’t done since he turned, close his eyes and sleep.