I walked with Chie back to my house, figuring it'd just make more sense to have her over first. She said she didn't mind the run to her house and back here but I just didn't think it'd feel right to make her travel all that so I just invited her over. I know my mother will be watching us though, especially since I'm bringing only a single girl with me. I didn't even ask Chie how many people she invited. I know I have a pretty big house compared to most in Inaba but still, I just hope my mother doesn't freak out and get frustrated with me.
When we arrived, I told Chie to follow me to the living room, where my mother was calmly reading. Chie introduced herself in a kind manner, much to my satisfaction and we headed to the TV room. Chie planted herself on the sofa while I sat on one of the single-person chairs.
"Wow! This is your TV?! I thought you said it wasn't that big!" she shouted in glee. I assumed that most people in Inaba don't have anything past 24 inches but not liking to boast, I chose to just stay modest about it.
"Yeah, if you'd like to watch any of your movies on it we could hang out and stuff. I've got a DVD player so, everything you could need is here."
"Wow, thanks Joseph. You know, you're a pretty cool guy. You kind of remind me of Yu, but not as quiet."
I guess Yu is a good guy, for her to compare me to him. But I'll find out tonight.
"I just texted Yukiko and the others, they should be on their way. I think Yosuke will be the last one here since knowing him, he's going to bust his butt while riding his bike. Stupid Yosuke."
I just let out a chuckle, knowing that Yosuke did seem like a goofball and a clown but a pretty nice guy. He seems like the type of someone who will always have your back.
"I never got to speak much to Yukiko. Is she a nice girl?"
Chie giggled, before letting out her words, "Why, you like her or something?"
I immediately blushed a little. That wasn't the truth but Chie just caught me off guard like that. "N---N--No I don't!" Great, I'm just making things worse for myself now, looking all guilty. "I swear, I don't! She just seems like a cool person, or you know, friend."
Chie let out a hearty laugh before slapping her knee, falling back on the sofa. "I'm just messing with you, heh, loosen up a little."
Chie was certainly quite the character. She had that unique feel about her. I couldn't help but be a little attracted to her but I decided to shun that feeling for now, especially since we're alone.
"You know, you're kinda cute when you're all embarrassed," Chie said, letting out a small giggle.
What?! Did she just say what I think she said?! My neck twitched, as I began to tremble a little. I kept my hands on my legs, looking Chie straight in the eye as she smiled back at me. What was I supposed to do?! Should I say something?! Should I keep quiet?! All these options were racing through my mind when suddenly, I was saved by the bell, doorbell that is.
"Ummm, excuse me, I'll get that!" I quickly bounced off the couch, running over to the door and swinging it open, revealing a muscular kid, taller than me with a skull and crossbones on his shirt. Next to him was a boy wearing what looked like blue golfer pants and a blue coat.
"Oh, friends of Chie?"
The big kid spoke in a friendly, but slightly powerful manner, "Yeah! What's up, bro. You must be Joseph! I'm Kanji, Kanji Tatsumi. And this is Naoto Shirogane."
I looked over at the boy, gesturing out my arm for a handshake, which he met with his hand. "Pleased to meet you, Joseph." His voice was extremely calm and serious. I could already tell my mother was going to like him, due to the fact that she doesn't like to deal with hyperactive teens.
"Pleased to meet you as well, Naoto and Kanji. Welcome! Make yourselves at home! Chie is in the TV room if you want to say hi to her, and make sure you say hi to my mom if you see her. She appreciates that.
"Of course, man!" Kanji said, "You have to always respect the moms, you know?"
"You got that right, Kanji." He then proceeded to give me a high-five and headed over to the TV room with Naoto, planning to greet Chie. I closed the door and turned around, when suddenly the doorbell rang again. I turned around once more, opening it so see a girl around my age, also beautiful. I mentally cringed, thinking, "Are all of Chie's friends good looking?!"
I snapped out of my trance, shaking myself awake. "Yeah! Friend of Chie's? I haven't seen you around."
"Wow? Really? Well maybe my name will make you remember me. I'm Rise, you know, the model?"
"Sorry, heh, I moved in her only like a week ago so I'm not really familiar with the community. Especially since I'm not even from Japan."
"Oh wow! Really? Well...I could kind of tell because of your appearance, but still, it's cool to meet someone who was born out of the country. America I'm guessing?"
"You got it! Nice to meet you, Rise!"
"Nice to meet you as well! But...you don't look Caucasian, like the usual people we get here."
"Wow, you're one of few to point that out. I'm Puerto Rican actually."
Dammit, here we go again. I know she's not as serious as Chie, but still, my emotions get the better of me. I just scratched the back of my head and laughed, inviting her in as well when suddenly, I heard a bicycle bell chime. I looked down the street after Rise walked in to join the others and saw Yosuke on his yellow bicycle, heading toward my driveway. His suddenly started to lose balance, his bike shifting from side to side as he shouted.
He ended up smashing into my mailbox, taking it off its hinges as he and his bike fell to the ground. I quickly rushed over to him, offering my hand to help him up.
"Holy shit! You okay, Yosuke?"
He let out a grunt of pain, grabbing my hand, letting me help him up before he brushed himself off. "Yeah...thanks, man. Sorry about the mailbox. I'll pay for it when I get my next paycheck, I promise!"
"It's fine, Yosuke. All it needs is just a fixing. I can take care of it."
"Oh...wow, thanks man! Joseph, right? Chie told me about you."
"Yeah, she's quite the character, heh. Go on in and say hi to the others. I assume you know all of them, being that they are all Chie's friends."
Yosuke nodded, patting me on the shoulder and grabbing his bike, taking it inside as I picked up the broken mailbox, placing it next to its stand when suddenly Yukiko and Yu appeared, side-by-side.
"Umm, yeah...Yosuke flew by and---"
Yu just let out a chuckle and Yukiko smiled lightly. Yu spoke in a friendly matter. "Yeah, I figured that happened. He's always not careful enough on that thing. You'd think he'd learn after the first few times."
Yukiko let out a giggle before she spoke, "Yosuke is a good friend though, so we're always there to help him when he falls. I assume you did as well?"
"Oh of course!"
"Good, I'm already starting to like you, Joseph."
"Oh...heh...thanks. Come right on in, everyone else is here already."
I walked the two into my house, closing the door behind me and headed to the TV room to regroup with the others.