A young silver-haired male with mismatched eyes smirked as he strummed his fingers rapidly against the strings of his guitar, producing a soulful rock number.
Meanwhile, another male, with blue-hued hair was sat on a chair with his hand under his chin, intently listening to the song being produced.
After a few seconds, the silver-haired male strummed his final note and let out a small gasp as he felt the vibrations of his guitar through his fingers.
"These vibrations... so... intense."
The younger blue-haired male tilted his head to the side as he spoke with a gentle tone.
"It seems that your overall rhythm and pitch have improved by 98.6%."
The silver-haired male made a small grunting sound as he turned to the blue-haired male and smirked.
"It is to be expected from my guitar... I adjusted it recently so now the music I produce from it will be superior!"
Ai shook his head slightly and tilted his head to the side, giving him a somewhat stern expression.
"You must strive for continuous improvement instead of perfection. Perfection is impossible to achieve."
The silver-haired male, named Ranmaru, let out a small sigh as he placed his guitar next to him, leaning it against the wall beside him.
"I guess that's true... sorry, Mikaze."
Ai tilted his head to the side and a small smile soon appeared on his face.
"Humans make mistakes, it is only natural."
Ranmaru nodded his head before standing up from his chair and zipping up his jacket before shoving his hands into the pockets. He turned back to Ai, looking at him with a neutral expression.
"Well, I'm going for a jog... you coming?"
Ai shook his head as he turned in his chair, facing back to his computer screen and music equipment.
"I am currently in the middle of making a new composition so I'm afraid I will have to give it a miss this time."
Ranmaru jogged a bit on the spot as he nodded once again before holding his hand up to Ai as a farewell gesture and opening the door.
"That's fine, I'll see ya later."
Ai nodded also as he placed his headphones over his ears and continued to work on his piece after the door had closed.
Ranmaru panted as he jogged at a steady pace around a large field. As he reached the halfway mark, he stopped and keeled over as he placed his hands on his knees and wiped the sweat from his forehead.
The silver-haired male continued to pant as he looked down at his sports-watch, checking his progress. He smirked and from the results and leaned against a nearby wall.
"Yes, I've beaten my record today..."
Satisfied with the result, Ranmaru took a swig of his water bottle and squeezed it, causing the water to spray on his face. He sighed from the cool sensation of the water and held his bottle beside him as he took out his phone from his pocket, checking his messages.
Message from Reiji: "Hi, Ran-Ran~! Ai-chan told me that you were going for a run. Could you pick up some sweets for Myu-chan on your way back?"
Ranmaru sighed angrily as he quickly typed in a response to Reiji's message.
"I swear he's gonna get fat from eating that sugary crap..."
Once he sent a response to Reiji's message, Ranmaru tutted and shoved his phone back into his pocket.
"I better get those sweets for that idiot count otherwise I'll get an earful..."
As the young silver-haired male turned to leave, he soon stopped in his tracks as he heard a small cooing sound coming from a tree near his position.
Ranmaru walked towards the source of the sound and peeked around a nearby tree. He let out a small gasp as he noticed a wooden basket with a baby girl inside, making small cooing sounds.
The silver-haired male walked over to the basket and squatted down beside it, looking at the little girl, curiously.
"Eh... a baby?"
The little girl, who had jet-black hair and bright blue-hued eyes, whimpered softly and reached her hand up to the silver-haired male, looking at him with sorrowful eyes.
Ranmaru tilted his head curiously as he picked up the little girl and held her in his arms. He tutted slightly as he brushed a few strands of her hair away from her face.
"Tsk, your parents are idiots for leaving you out here by yourself. Seems like they don't know how to take care of you..."
The baby girl held onto Ranmaru's shoulder and curiously began to play with a few strands of his spikey hair, causing the male to blush a bit.
"O-Oi... be careful with the hair, okay?"
The little girl cooed and let go of Ranmaru's silver hair, turning her attention to the beaded bracelet on his wrist. The male sighed but a smirk soon appeared on his face as she attempted to chew it.
"Alright, you can have the bracelet..."
The black-haired baby continued to chew on the bracelet as Ranmaru walked out of the forest, holding her close to his chest.
"Mikaze, I'm back..."
The blue-haired male turned from his computer screen and removed his headphones, giving Ranmaru a curious expression, not noticing the bundle in his arms.
"Your jog took 17 minutes longer than usual... and you did not purchase Camus' confectionary. Did something happen?"
Ranmaru tutted as he looked down at the little girl, noticing that she was still playing with his bracelet.
"Tsk... Camus' sweets aren't as important as this."
Ai soon heard a little cooing sound come from the bundle in Ranmaru's arms and tilted his head as he noticed a little black-haired baby with blue eyes look up at him.
"Is that... an infant?"
The silver-haired male walked over to Ai and nodded as he noticed that the little girl was wriggling around. He placed the infant down on the ground, allowing her to crawl around as he sat in a chair next to Ai.
"Hai, I found her just now... seems like her parents left her in the forest."
Ai looked down at the little girl, curiously, as she crawled over to his position and looked up at him.
Ranmaru nodded as he grabbed a soda from the table next to him and began to take sips from it.
"Hai, parents are people who have and take care of a baby or sometimes a couple of babies..."
Ai noticed the little girl whimper before tugging on his leg, wanting to be picked up. The blue-haired male tilted his head in confusion but soon realised what she wanted and picked her up before sitting her in his lap.
"Interesting... and everyone has parents?"
Ranmaru nodded once again as he placed his soda back onto the table next to him and removed the towel from his shoulders.
"Hai, it's how new humans are born."
Ai looked down at the little girl in his lap and gently ran his fingers through her hair, causing her to giggle.
"That is one thing I have always been curious about. How are new humans formed?"
Ranmaru let out a small gasp as he spat out the soda that was in his mouth and a dark blush formed on his cheeks. After coughing a few times, the silver-haired male cleared his throat and focussed his attention to the soda can he was drinking from.
"I-I'm the wrong person to ask about that, Mikaze... Camus knows more about the subject than me."
Ai tilted his head as he placed the little girl onto the ground, feeling her wriggle around, uncomfortably.
"That was a very exaggerated reaction. What was the reason?"
Ranmaru blushed as he turned his attention to the little girl, who was now crawling around their apartment.
"I-It's not normally something that people talk about in everyday conversation... and it's an embarrassing topic."
Ai watched curiously as the little girl soon found a little cat plushie. She picked it up and began to chew on it.
"I see. By the way, is that your toy over there?"
Ranmaru looked over to the little girl and gasped, feeling his blush return to his cheeks as she was chewing on the plushie. He stood up from his chair and walked over to her, swiping the toy from her grasp.
"O-oi! Get off that!!"
The little girl looked up at Ranmaru and whimpered as tears started to form in her eyes. She reached up to the toy but soon began to whimper louder as he held it further away from her.
Ai gave Ranmaru a glare as he stood up from his chair and picked up the little girl, holding her on his shoulder.
"That was not the correct action, Ranmaru. Babies need toys to help stimulate their imagination."
The little girl continued to sob in a gentle manner but soon began to calm down as Ai held her. Ranmaru sighed and made a sympathetic expression as he handed the plushie back.
"I'm sorry... I just don't want anyone to know about the toy."
The blue-haired male smiled softly as he noticed the little girl's expression light up as she hugged the plushie.
"Why not? This toy looks very intriguing."
"B-because... adults aren't supposed to have plushies."
Ai tilted his head in confusion as he held a hand near the plushie, ensuring that it wouldn't fall out of the little girl's hands.
"Then why do you own one?"
"It was a gift from Kotobuki-san..."
Before Ai could respond, the two males were soon interrupted by a cooing sound. They looked down at the little girl and Ranmaru noticed that her eyes were set on a piece of meat that was on the kitchen counter.
"Ah, she's hungry..."
"Yes, but my research says that babies cannot eat solid foods."
Ranmaru nodded as he took out a carton of milk from the refrigerator and a small plastic cup from the cupboard.
"Hai, babies drink milk. Normally from a bottle but we don't have one so we'll have to improvise..."
Ai watched as Ranmaru poured out some milk into a plastic cup and placed it in the microwave.
"You seem to be very knowledgeable of babies... yet you do not have one. Why is this?"
"Babies can be hard work so some people don't want to have one, others do. Plus you need a girlfriend or wife first to make it work."
"Do YOU want a baby?"
Ranmaru blushed from the comment and nervously rubbed the side of his nose as he removed the cup from the microwave and walked over to Ai, sitting beside him on the couch.
"To be honest I don't really know... it's a hard question to answer."
The silver-haired male slowly tipped the cup of milk, allowing the girl to drink from it.
"Mikaze... do you think we should name her?"
"Hai. Names are important for identification. What name should we give her?"
Ranmaru looked down at the little girl and thought for a second before smirking and letting out a small chuckle.
"Miyabi... I have always liked that name and I think it suits her quite well."
Ai let out a small chuckle also as he held Miyabi in his arms.
"Hai, Miyabi is a good name."
As the little girl finished drinking the milk, she smiled up at the two males and soon let out a small burp.
The two males gasped and Ranmaru soon placed a hand behind his head, chuckling nervously.
"Ah, I forgot... you're supposed to rub their back after they've eaten."
Ai shrugged his shoulders and smiled.
"It seems that she did it herself."
The males let out a collective laugh and soon looked down at Miyabi as she began to yawn and rub her eyes.
Ranmaru nervously rubbed the back of his head as the little girl was now fast asleep in Ai's arms.
"I guess we gave her too much milk..."
Ai smiled down at Miyabi as he held her and soon let out a yawn also.
"Ran-Ran, Ai-chan... we're home~!"
A young brunette-haired male cheerfully waved his hand as he entered the apartment, waiting for a response. Following behind him was a fair-haired male, who simply sighed in a frustrated tone as he noticed Ranmaru and Ai both fast asleep on the couch.
"Tsk... they're supposed to practising."
The young brunette, named Reiji, chuckled nervously as he noticed the two males sleeping and placed a hand on the fair-haired male's shoulder before whispering into his ear.
"Oi, oi, Myu-chan... we all deserve a break every now and then~!"
Camus huffed as he pushed Reiji's hand off his shoulder and walked over to Ai and Ranmaru.
"Fool, do not call me by that name!"
Reiji pouted and began to speak in an overreacted tone.
"Ehh?! But Na-chan calls you it~!"
Camus sighed once again but soon drew his attention to Miyabi who was fast asleep in Ranmaru's arms. He looked down at her, curiously and tutted at Ranmaru.
"Tsk... this is not how you are supposed to put a baby to slee--"
Before he could finish his sentence, Camus gasped as Reiji soon pushed past him and looked down at the baby with wide eyes.
"Ehh, Ran-ran has a baby?! So cute~! But why didn't he tell us?!"
Camus growled as he noticed Miyabi beginning to stir and tapped Reiji on the shoulder with his cane before pointing it at her.
"Be quiet, fool! You'll wake her up!"
Reiji pouted slightly as he crossed his arms.
"Ehh, I didn't know you liked babies, Ran-ran~!"
Ranmaru tutted as he walked over to the kitchen and began to prepare himself a cup of tea, making sure to add plenty of sugar to it.
"Tsk... just leave them alone, Kotobuki-san."
Reiji shrugged as he took out his phone and chuckled softly as he took a picture of Ai, Ranmaru and Miyabi.
"Cute~! I wonder what I should do with it, hehe~"
Miyabi cooed and snuggled into Ranmaru's chest as she held the cat plushie in her hands.
"Cute, I didn't know Ran-ran had a cat plushie~!"
Camus tutted as he used a spoon to mix the copius amount of sugar with his tea.
"Who cares about that? That fool hasn't bought my sweets..."
Reiji sighed and placed his hands on his hips, shaking his head.
The next part of the UtaPri babysitting series I've started x3 This time with Ran-ran and Ai-chan~!
This was originally requested by analisoto16 from Wattpad :3
Ranmaru/Ai/Image (c) Broccoli/A-1 Pictures