Li Hua stretched her arms towards the sky. As she and Jun left the art studio. “It’s finally done! I don’t ever want to draw another Greek ding dong again.” She pouted. “I think there’s still charcoal under my nails.
Jun gave a weak smile. These days, he was way too busy. Between searching for an action figure, running to the convenience store to get snacks for Ai, cleaning up behind Ai, and working, he didn’t have any time for relaxation. At least his skin was smooth from all the flower baths.
“Want to eat barbeque to celebrate?”
“I can’t,” Jun said. “I have to work.”
They stopped at the school gate. “I thought you were off on weekends.”
“I picked up more hours.” Ai’s stomach and hobbies emptied his pockets. Unfortunately, the god wasn’t able to conjure up food and comics. But if Ai actually got his sht together and Jun got a loving boyfriend, it’d be worth it. In the real world, matchmaking services from a human wouldn’t be free either.
“Oh, okay. Well, maybe next time.”
They waved and went their separate ways. Jun hopped onto the subway. Though it’d been nearly a week since Monday’s incident, he still got a chill anytime someone grazed him amongst the crowd. He was sure to get off as soon as he could.
Jun didn’t really need to go to the convenience store. Especially when he was running short on time. But it’d been a while since he’d seen Sagi.
The chime rang and his favourite voice greeted him. “Welcom---Oh, welcome!”
Jun nodded, internally squealing. The way Sagi greeted him like an old friend. Okay, well, it was probably the standard greeting for a regular customer, but still.
“Not buying much today, huh?” Sagi smiled as Jun put some eye masks on the counter. His short shaggy curls were so cute the way they touched his forehead.
“Haha, I’ve stocked up enough on foods.”
“Eating so well, how do you stay so thin?” Sagi asked. “An exercise routine?”
‘Well,’ was certainly a euphemism considering the number of junk foods Sagi had scanned since Ai’s arrival. “Uh… Magic?” Jun laughed nervously. He couldn’t tell the truth. That it was food for a God with a bottomless stomach who was staying with him.
Sagi scanned the eye masks and announced the total. “I might have to buy some of these. Are you doing something else? Your skin is glowing.”
Jun let out a weird squeaky giggle. “Uh… I, uh, accidentally won some sweepstakes and got a bunch of flower bath bombs.”
This was turning embarrassing. Chatting with Sagi was nice, but now Jun just wanted to get away before he had to tell more awkward lies.
“See you soon,” Sagi said, handing Jun the bag.
Jun couldn’t help but swoon. Sagi wanted to see him again! Well, okay, that was probably the standard greeting for regular customers, but still.
Jun skipped home at a quick pace, running out of time to get to work. He opened up his apartment’s door and called out. “Ai!”
Jun stepped around the corner towards the bathroom. “Gods use the bathroom?”
“I can’t hear you. Come in!”
If Ai was inviting him in, then he probably wasn’t doing his business. Jun opened the door. Ai was lounging in a bathtub full of petals. “Ahh!” Pivoting on his heels, Jun covered his eyes. “What are you doing?!”
“Taking a bath.”
Jun split two fingers apart and peeked. There were so many flower petals that they covered any parts Jun would faint from seeing.
“Your skin looks smooth lately, so I wanted to get in on it.” Ai stretched his leg. “Not that I can get any more handsome. Hahahah.”
“So now you’re creating petals for fun?”
“Not fun, beauty.”
He’d just said he couldn’t get any more handsome. Jun twisted his mouth. “Anyway, hurry and get dressed. You’re coming to work with me.”
Without warning, Ai began to stand up. All Jun could see was his butt, but it was enough to make him trip on his way out of the door and smack his head against the wall.
“Jun! Are you okay?!”
Head spinning, Jun heard splashing noises and the patter of wet feet. But wait, it was surprising that Ai was caring about someone other than himself. Did he actually have a heart?
“Don’t die! I still haven’t gotten my collector’s figure!”
Jun lifted his head. “Can’t---OH MY GOD!” Jun’s eyes had come face to face with Ai’s elephant trunk.