Since it’s my birthday tomorrow, I think it’s fair to give Mayuzumi some love he deserves! Happy birthday to everybody who was born in March! (っ ॑꒳ ॑c) お誕生日おめでとう、黛さん！🍰🥂
The Best Gift
Featuring : Mayuzumi Chihiro x Reader
“…are you not coming home today Chihiro?”
“I don’t think I’ll make it.”
Stepped into the moving train, Mayuzumi Chihiro talking on his phone.
“___ said she had something to do this evening. We’ll be heading there next week.”
“I see. I’ll look foward to you two then.” Mayuzumi could hear his mother quipped happily at the mention of his next visit. “Tell hi for ___chan will you Chihiro? Oh and happy birthday for you honey.”
Saying his thanks, Mayuzumi cut the phone call short as another message come in.
It’s from his former basketball team mates. Started from Akashi’s early message, Hayama, Mibuchi and even Nebuya sent congratulatory message for his birthday.
No doubt Akashi told them to. Mayuzumi scroll down his phone with expresionless face. It’s a wonder how that certain Rakuzan’s former captain manage to remember him after all these years (since everyone barely even notice his presence at all). Though he should admit that ‘normal’ never goes together with Akashi Seijuurou.
His lip curved into small smile. Slightly amused, Mayuzumi typed a short replies for them before his eyes landed to certain name on his phone screen.
Mayuzumi Chihiro has never been a fussy person to begin with. But when the clock already ticked to seven in evening and he’s not receiving even a single message from you, he began to question everything. Considering how worked up you were last year from surprising him at work to throwing a small party for his birthday, of course he can’t help but notice something is wrong this time.
…Maybe she’s just busy.
Trying to calm his wandering mind (thanks to that best seller mystery novels he finished reading last night), Mayuzumi sent his fifth 'where r u?’ message to your number.
Sighed, Mayuzumi slips his phone to his pocket.
Seems he just have to go home as fast as he can then.
Mayuzumi steps home to find it on it’s usual stage. Seems like you decided not to glitter it with grey sparkles this year.
Should he be worried or happy….?
“___? Are you home?”
A loud crash followed with surprised shriek, making him lifted his eyebrow.
So you’re indeed at home.
“___,” Mayuzumi walked closer to where the voice is when you suddenly leapt out appearing after him.
“C-Chihiro welcome home! I-It’s a surprise! Did you got off work early today??”
“It’s my usual time arriving home, ___. And honestly…” He scanned you briefly. “What exactly are you doing?”
You’re what his image as color disaster. White everywhere, yellow splatter on your apron, brown streaks on your cheeks, red hue on your palms. He didn’t want to be rude, but his eyes must show his feeling as your cheek redden in embarrassment.
Mayuzumi raised his eyebrow.
Sighed, you rolled your hair unconciously. “FINE. I’m… experimenting. I guess…?”
“What exactly are you making?” Mayuzumi is gonna steps into the kitchen but you stood on his path, blocking him. “___.”
You smiled nervously under his warning gaze. “It’s nothing worth seeing, so it’s better if you- C-Chihiro!”
Using that chance to pass through you, Mayuzumi stood in the middle of your kitchen.
“Geez, I told you not to bug in. Come on…”
Listening to your protest half hearted, he take a look around.
It looks normal. Nothing out of ordinary. So why are you insist on keeping him for not coming inside?
At the corner of kitchen cabinet there’s a large pile of plastic bag.
Ignoring your protest, he opened up the bag only to stare at pile of… brown chunks in front of him. Some of it are hard and some are even in dark black color. Smell of burnt sugar and butter hit his nose.
This and those…
It doesn’t need deduction to reach to one conclusion.
“Did you try to bake a cake, ___?”
Standing nervously under his gaze, you laughed awkwardly. “If it’s even worth to call them cake…. Yes…”.
This explained his unanswered messages throughout the day. Judging from the amount of that thing, you must spent all your day on the kitchen.
So… You’re trying to bake a cake for him.
“Stop looking at them like that.” Sighed you took the result of your work today from his hand. “I’ll throw it away. Akashi-kun sent us a cake so we can enjoy it instead of this thing. I’m sorry… I know I should not have tried but your mom encourage me to make it for you this year and…”
At this you stopped rambling to take a deep breath. “…I’m sorry Chihiro…”
Eyes down in shame you bit your lip in frustation. Why can’t you do anything well at all?
Your eyes started to water at his desperate sigh. “I-I know right… I-”
“…what did you take me for?” Mayuzumi’s large palm landed on top of your head, making you stopped your sullen mumble. “There’s nothing worth apologizing. Stop it.”
“If you’re in my position will you upset with me, ___?”
“I’m ignorant. Selfish. And rude.” As if ignoring the confused look at your face, that boyfriend of yours continued his words. “I can’t do housechores. I hate talking and I can’t even make my own fiancee believe in herself.” Your hold breath as Mayuzumi’s face zoomed out stopping only a couple of inch from yours. “…Do you think of me as a failure, ___?”
He…? A failure…?
“No! Of course not Chihiro!” Without hesitation, you shook your head. “You are never be a failure to me. Chihiro, I…”
“That’s what I feel too.” Cut your words with slight smug smile on his face, Mayuzumi poked your cheek. “Everything you want to say to me right on this second, just turned it back to you. That way, even with that brain of yours, you’ll understand right…?”
Because he’s not a man with words…
Because he just can’t find any word that worth enough to express how precious you’re to him…
…He can only make you understand with your own words.
After all, your words are always the one who helped him to be who he is now.
Mayuzumi silently sighed in relief when you finally let your defense down and tackle him on a hug. He returned your embrace, warping you in his arms without words. “Thank you… and sorry. It’s not something nice to deal with an insecure fiancee on your birthday right?” You smiled, leaning on his chest to listen to his steady heartbeat.
“…Anything is better than those silver glitters last year.”
“Hey!” You gave him the best glare you can manage. Not that it can be scary to begin with since you had to hold back your laugh with smile.
“…It’s the truth though.”
His serious expression just makes you laughed more. “Silly, Chihiro. But really…” Stood on your tip toes, you circled your hand on his neck landing a short peck on his cheek. “Happy birthday… I love you…”
“Hn… I know.”
Returning the kiss with more affectionate one, Mayuzumi is once again reminded that your smile is the true gift he always expects on his birthday every year for the rest of his life.