You Are My Sunshine
Yeah, consider this one an update to help me get back into the swing of things. I'm going to try to write more as I balance everything out. Sorry for this in advance QwQ
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are grey
You’ll never know dear, how much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away
Diana let out a quiet groan in the middle of the night. She had recalled going to bed at a somewhat reasonable hour, around eight o’clock at the very least. Yet here she was, awake. As her sleepy brain began sorting out the probabilities of what could've disturbed her well earned sleep, she felt a crawling sensation trickle down her spine. Staving off the shivers, she finally realized that something was wrong. She was missing something. The fog that still clouded her brain with sleep made thinking difficult as she tried to gather her thoughts and make sense of what she was missing.
Slowly she felt her awareness flicker behind her sleep-dazed mental state. The blanket weighed on her body, so it wasn’t that. Her half-deflated pillow was under her slightly drool-soaked cheek, and her body wasn’t hunched over a desk but was resting comfortably on her bed. Diana gradually made the connection as her arm moved on its own, looking for whatever lay on the other side of the bed. The warmth. She was missing the comforting warmth that was always beside her.
Diana curled further into the bed, trying to somehow conjure the heat that she was missing. The never ending warmth that she had grown accustomed to. Her arm moved up a little bit, and bumped against something. It was warm. It was what she was looking for. She threw her arm around it and tugged it closer to her. A spicy smell, reminiscent of a fresh cup of chai tea, greeted her nose. “Atsuko...” She murmured. Diana had found the warmth. She had found Akko.
She let out a happy sigh as she threw her leg around Akko, dragging her even closer. Nuzzling her face into Akko’s back, Diana let out a soft sigh of contentment. She could go back to sleep now. She was complete and whole, with her most important person and her self-proclaimed soulmate, beside her. Akko’s presence meant it was safe to rest, and like magic, the tension she held in her body faded away as she settled down once more to dive deeper into the ocean of sleep.
When the morning sun peeked through the sheer curtains covering the window, Diana was not ready. It reached across her face and bloomed behind her eyelids. She tried to resist the bright light at first, furrowing her eyebrows and grumbling obscenities quietly. When that failed, she simply tugged the sheets higher and tried to ignore the light creeping across the room steadily. The sun, however, refused to comply with Diana’s wish for sleep and comfort. And so the dawn crept onward despite Diana’s sleepy pleas to turn back to the quiet darkness.
In a final effort to hide away from the light, she curled into Akko and buried her face into the back of her girlfriend. Akko loved to sleep in and never could wake up in the early morning hours without Diana’s help. Maybe she would share some of her sleepy energy with Diana. Just this once. After all, Diana was very tired, and Akko was so comfortable. She owed Diana this, after all the times Akko refused to wake up and made them late.
As the sun continued to bother her senses, it dragged Diana back to wakefulness. It didn’t take long for her to realize something was still wrong. Sitting up abruptly, she wiped some of the gritty sleep out of her eyes with one hand, ignoring the slight tearing up that followed. She blinked once. Twice. And then her brain connected the dots. Akko wasn’t here. “Atsuko?” Diana’s eyes darted from her bed, to desk, to chair, to door. “Where are you?” Akko never was up this early. She hated getting up before eleven. This was wrong. Irregular. Diana felt her breaths become quicker. Sharper. Her ears began ringing, adding to the catonophy of panic.
Diana tried to rationalize where Akko was. She could’ve sworn she had been holding her a moment ago. Akko had been here. She glanced one more time at the space next to her. There was nothing there but a pillow. A space where Akko should’ve been. That pillow should’ve been Akko, but it wasn’t Akko. Anger flashed through her, red hot. She kicked the pillow off the bed and across the room where it hit the wall and landed with a dull thud. She didn’t want it, she wanted Akko. It was taking up her spot.
Setting aside her nonsensical rage for the time being, Diana quickly slung her legs over the bed. She had to find Akko. Something was wrong, and she had to find her. Her feet touched the wooden floor. It was cold. The shock cleared away the last of her sleepy panic. Diana remembered. Akko wasn’t here. And she wouldn’t be here. No matter where Diana looked in the accursed mansion, Akko wouldn’t be anywhere to be found. She had left. Akko had left. She had left her. Alone.
Diana let out a quiet whimper. She uselessly tried to stifle the next one by biting her hand. The muffled cry echoed in the empty room, followed by a sob. She crumpled to the floor, ignoring the dull pain from her knees hitting the wood. She bit harder trying to stop the ragged gasps escaping from her mouth. Trying to calm the hot tears running down her face. Trying to keep herself together, to uphold the last of her Cavendish pride.
It didn’t work. Her breaths came faster, and her tears continued. Diana abandoned her efforts of trying to stifle her cries. Instead she simply curled up on the floor, trying to protect herself from the feeling of emptiness that sucked at her soul. She was sobbing now, and she let her grief echo in the cold empty room. No one would bother to wipe her tears and tell her that she was loved and cherished. Diana was alone. She would stay alone for some time, swallowed in the empty solitude of a room that muffled her cries.
The other night dear, as I lay sleeping
I dreamed I held you in my arms
When I awoke, dear, I was mistaken
And I hung my head and cried.
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A/N: Just a little something out of my writing slump. The Italicized spoken words are in “Japanese”.
Credits to some discord friends (Isa stop coming for my kneecaps, is2g) for the idea of Diana speaking textbook Japanese because she’s such a hardworking wife.
"It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance, Kagari-dono."
"I would like to offer my deepest gratitude to you and your equally gracious wife for blessing this humble servant's romantic involvement with your most treasured daughter."
"Regretfully, I was unable to introduce myself at an earlier date, and offer my respects to you, but I-" Diana went on with her speech that she had spent sleepless nights preparing for, more-so than any exam she's had thus far.
"Excuse me, Diana-san, it's quite alright. However, you-"
"I swear by my lineage that I shall uphold the morals and statutes of this household upon are eventual unit-"
"DIANA!" Akko clamped a hand over her girlfriend's mouth to effectively silence her, pulling her aside momentarily. "Sorry, Papa, Mama." She gave them a small nod, ushering the taller woman out the door. "We'll be right back."
"M-mm..." Akko's father nodded, eyes still wide and dumbfounded.
Behind the wooden separator, Akko gently slapped her palms against Diana's cheeks, forcing her to look into her eyes and focus only on her.
Diana blinked, her tunnel-vision clearing. "Akko..."
"Sweetie. What was that?" Akko chuckled tiredly, but also amusedly. "My dad looked like he wanted to be buried six feet under from the pressure you were putting on. And that's saying something because I know my dad can be scary, and He's supposed to be the one pressuring you."
Diana's eyes flickered to the side for a moment, before meeting Akko's gaze once more.
"I just wanted to make a good impression."
Akko felt her heart tickle with warmth, pulling Diana's face closer and planting a tender kiss on her lips.
"If being the savior of the world wasn't a good enough impression already, I don't know what would be." She giggled, patting Diana's cheek softly. "Calm down, love. Okay?"
Diana bit her lip, still looking hesitant.
"Okay?" Akko repeated, pinching Diana's cheeks.
"Good." She gave Diana one last kiss for good measure. "Come on. Let's go back in."
Sliding the door open, Akko led Diana into the room, the pair taking seat once more in front of Akko's parents.
"Mom, Dad. Again, I'd like to introduce you. This is my girlfriend, Diana Cavendish." Diana did a small bow, unable to meet the eyes of Akko's parents. "Diana, these are my parents."
"I-It is my greatest ple-"
Diana felt the squeeze on her hand, and looked up to see Akko's comforting smile. Feeling a rush of confidence, she faced Akko's parents properly, putting on her own smile.
"Hello. I am Diana Cavendish, Kagari Atsuko's classmate and lover. I'm delighted to finally meet you, sir. Ma'am."
Diana watched as the Kagari couple gave her welcoming smiles, Akko's mother getting up from her seat to embrace her.
It was warm.
Once the older woman had let go, Diana was left to face Akko's father. She had to admit she felt a little nervous, if her trembling hands were any indication.
"Cavendish-san." He called.
"Y-Yes, sir!" Diana inwardly cursed at her stutter, but didn't look away from familiarly-colored eyes.
"I'd like to tell you something."
"Yes. Yes! Anything sir."
With hands rested on both her shoulders in a firm grip, Mr. Kagari heaved a sigh, preparing himself for his own words.
"First of all,
... we speak english."
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