Chocolate Pudding [Nejiko, Yuugao]
He just made her extremely uncomfortable now.
Which was stupid. Aside from the dreaming, nothing had changed between them. It was not like she was unaware he had feelings for her - he had come right out and said it, after all - and yet... Something had changed in their friendship and whatever it was, she didn't like it.
She hugged herself and continued looking out her bedroom window. She missed Tentsuke. She needed him right now, to help her sort through the muddled and murky mess slowly growing in her mind, but he wasn't here.
And that was THE problem, wasn't it?
Absently she brushed a stray tear away. While she hadn't broken down again like she had when Yuugao had visited her the first time, she did have a chance to talk to Gaia-sensei, who had told her in a moment of absolute seriousness that if she needed to cry she should let herself do so as soon as she would allow herself to. Sensei understood that Nejiko's pride and conditioning wouldn't let her be so expressive where others would see or hear. And Sensei had cared enough to eschew the usual flowery metaphors the Green Beauty usually employed because she knew Nejiko only tolerated them at the best of times, and here at the worst...
(If anyone had ever been a true mother-figure to Nejiko, it had been Sensei. For all her exceedingly loud voice and espousing of the youthful ideals with an incredible grasp of purple prose that really had to be heard to be believed, Sensei had genuinely and deeply cared for each of her students as individuals as well as subordinates.)
Nejiko took Sensei's advice to heart. She had the privacy of her room, which she appreciated greatly for times like this.
Now she just had to face Yuugao. This would not be easy or pleasurable.