"You want me to what now?"
Reki leaned against the counter, eyebrow raised as Koyomi waved her hand around, words tumbling out of her mouth.
"The twins need someone to babysit them and I don't want to – anyway they like you better than me – so it only makes sense, you know?"
"No. No, I do not know. I don't know why I–" Reki gestured himself– "a boy, should wear a dress for some kid's costume party."
"Dresses aren't just for girls, brother dearest. Guys can wear dresses too, you know."
"I'm not doing it. Anyway, I'm busy that day. Made plans with Miya and Langa."
"Oh c'mon!" Koyomi pouted, stomping her feet. "Please Reki? I'll do the dishes all week for you!"
Reki shook head, arms crossed. He was not doing this. There was no way. He'd do almost anything for his family, but this one wasn't it.
"I'll convince Langa to go with you!"
"And explain to me why he'd be more willing to wear a dress than me?"
Koyomi leaned over the counter, grinning at her brother. But unlike him, hers was always filled with mischief and bad ideas. Or maybe they were more alike than they liked to think.
"Oh, he's not wearing a dress. He'll be your prince charming."
Reki inhaled sharply as he fought against the blush rushing to his cheeks.
"Because you weren't so secretive with your whole 'oh prince Langa thank you for finding me' Cinderella bullshit, dearest brother of mine. So you can finally fill that little fantasy of yours."
Reki's breathing suddenly turned difficult. He bit his fingers, shifting from foot to foot. No one was supposed to know about that. No one was supposed to have heard him. He wasn't even supposed to have said it!
"No. Absolutely not. You're not blackmailing me with that."
"It's not blackmail! Just... Gentle persuasion so I can go see my friends for once."
"I'm not doing it."
Koyomi sighed, lumping against the counter. Her face was buried in her arms, voice whiney and muffled.
"But you'd be so pretty, Reki!"
"Stop. No. I'm not doing it and I'm definitely not dragging Langa into this."
Koyomi raised her head, only her eyes showing as she stared at him. But even with only her eyes showing, it was enough to make Reki recoil. It was enough for him to fear the worst, which was a fair assumption of his behalf.
"So is now a bad time to say I've already texted Langa about it?"
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