Walking into the filled parking lot, I looked around at all the trucks and vehicles parked there, each with large speakers playing different songs, all depending on what section they were in. Looking around, I turned to one of the guys that I had come with.
“Why did I let you talk me into this? Kiba, this is just like every other tailgate party I’ve let you drag me to over the years.” I jabbed playfully as I lightly punched my brown haired friend’s arm. With a fanged smile and a pat on his dog’s head, Kiba just shrugged before walking over to a group of guys. “Alright the party is here!” He called out as they all turned and greeted each other.
Laughing, I walked over as well and greeted the rest of my friends as we had all agreed to meet here. “Okay so what is our game plan now that we are all here? Just mingle or are we running a set of speakers tonight?” I turned my gaze towards my best friend, Sasuke, who always set this stuff up. Shaking his head, he informed us that he hadn’t really felt like running anything this time when they asked him to. Instead it was Sai who had that privilege this time, so we could all just mingle and have fun for once.
A smile formed on my lips and immediately I straightened up and looked around. “Well if that’s the case, I’m going to go get a drink and then check out some of the other areas.”
It wasn’t long before I held a red dixie cup in my hand and was walking around listening to the different songs playing all over the place. As my gaze traveled, it suddenly stopped when my eyes took in the sight of the most beautiful girl I had ever seen.
She had long, brown hair with two black cat ears perched on top of her head, which were twitching with the beat to every song that came on. Her golden eyes were lined with black and a light green eyeshadow which made them shine even more than they already did in the bright lights of all the headlights. She wore a crisp white off-shoulder blouse with lace-like ruffles along the top, a green mini skirt which matched her eyeshadow with a black tail wrapped around her waist swishing to the music, a simple black choker and black heels with straps winding up her calves.
I must have stood there looking like an idiot for a while as I was stunned by her beauty. ‘Alright, there’s no way she is here alone so let’s find her boyfriend before going over there and talking. I don’t want to start a fight.’ After about twenty minutes of only seeing girls walk up to her and talking for a few minutes before walking away, I walked over to her. Her long legs swung from the edge of the tailgate of the truck she had been sitting on as she swayed to the music.
Nodding to myself I made my way to her and smiled as I got close enough to sit down with her. “Hello, my name is Naruto, what’s your-” I just about to ask her name when she jumped up with a bright smile on her face and she turned to me.
I fell under her spell as I heard her voice. “Oh my God, this is my song! I’ve been listening to the radio all night long, sitting here waiting for it to come on and here it is.” She bounced before her eyes gained a beckoning look and she tugged on my hand. “Come here boy, I wanna dance.”
As soon as the words left her mouth I was on my feet and we danced until the song faded out - that was when I knew I was in love. She leaned up and placed a gentle kiss on my cheek and smiled, allowing me to learn that her name was Nozomi. Meanwhile, I made a mental note of just what song we had danced to, as it was rather catchy. Finding out that the song was called “Rush”, I listened to all the other areas hoping to hear it again.
Honestly I would have paid this particular area’s DJ every cent I had to play the song again but we ended up mingling instead. Nozomi was fairly popular at these gatherings as she and her group of friends came to every single one of them. We went around talking to everyone and we ended up meeting each other’s friend groups, and I saw sparks fly with the lot of them.
Finding out that the girls had all carpooled together I smiled down at her. “So Nozomi, would you like me to give you a ride home tonight? It seems like your girlfriends might all have different plans for the night.”
A soft giggle came from her and she nodded thanking me. “Though let’s stay just a little longer. I’m not quite ready to leave yet.” Her smile hadn’t faded at all since I met her only a few hours ago and I found myself smiling with her. “Alright then. Just say the word when you are ready and I’ll start the engine.” We continued to dance for a few more hours and I mentally counted out how much money I had on me to see if I could bribe one of the DJs to play her song once more.
Sadly it wasn’t meant to be though, as she finally started to tire and turned towards me. “I’m ready to go if you are, Naruto.” I turned towards her and nodded before saying bye to everyone else and leading her over to my truck. I helped her up into it before making my way around to the driver’s side.
It didn’t take long before she had me turn onto her street and pull up in the driveway of her house. As we both sat there, not really wanting to get out of the truck, I leaned forward and started scanning every station on my radio. If you’d asked her she’d probably tell you I looked like a fool, but I was on a mission. Shortly after I started scanning, I heard it. Her eyes lit up so brightly that I couldn’t help but smile.
“Oh my God, this is my song! We’ve been listening to the radio all night long, I can’t believe it came back on, but here it is.” She spoke almost giddily as she jumped out of the truck and turned towards me, standing in front of the headlights. “Come here boy, I wanna dance.” She called out to me and before I could even reach her, she came to me and took my hand.
Again we danced around until the end of the song. Smiling brightly she reached up and placed yet another kiss on my cheek. “Thank you for a wonderful night, Naruto.” She smiled as I walked her to her door.
Before she walked in, I got her number and asked her out for a proper date later in the week. As I walked back out to my truck I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face . All I could think about was that song and wishing it would come on again.
I sat on my couch and played a few strings on my guitar as I looked over the sheet music in front of me. Over the last week I went out with Nozomi three times. I took her to see a movie a couple days after the tailgate party. The next date was a dinner date at one of the nicer restaurants in town. Yesterday I surprised her with a random trip to the lake for a nice swim.
Smiling as I remembered the look in her eyes each time, I grabbed my phone. Pulling up our text conversation I sent her a quick text asking her to go camping with me this Friday if she was available. I continued practicing the song as I waited for her response.
When my phone went off a few minutes later, I glanced over at the screen. My heart skipped a beat when I saw the text was from Nozomi - and she had agreed to go with me. I couldn't help breaking into a grin as I texted back that I would pick her up Friday after work. And speaking of work, it was time to get ready, but I didn't want to set my guitar down just yet.
By the time Friday came I was more excited than I had been for a while. As soon as I got off work I rushed home and packed everything we would need for our camping trip that night. Once done I texted Nozomi letting her know I was on my way. It took maybe a half hour before I pulled up in her drive, parked and walked to the door.
Once she was ready we packed her bags into the bed of my truck. Again I helped her up into the passenger seat before moving around to the driver’s side and got in. We drove for maybe an hour, up in the nearby mountains, towards my favorite campgrounds. It didn’t take us long to find the perfect spot and start setting up camp.
Before we knew it the sun was setting. I quickly started a fire in the designated spot and pulled out some marshmallows and the rest of the ingredients for s’mores. I also pulled out the small radio that I had brought and turned it on low for background noise. As we sat and roasted our marshmallows, we talked about our week as well as anything else that came to mind.
When I looked up and saw the first stars beginning to break through and shine bright, I stood up and walked back over to my truck and pulled out my guitar. The smile that lit up Nozomi’s face was breathtaking. She turned down the radio just a tad as I sat back down and started strumming a few familiar cords. Just then I could hear the radio start playing the same song and I played in sync with it for a few moments watching her smile grow.
“Oh my God! This is my song! I’ve been listening to the radio all night long, sitting here waiting for it to come on, and here it is!” I loved how she was always so genuinely excited when the song came on. She stood up then and beckoned to me again, “Come here boy, I wanna dance.” Before I could get another line of lyrics out she had turned the radio up and grabbed my hand, pulling me to dance with her again.
Our dancing came to a stop as the song ended, and that was when she leaned up. Expecting a kiss on the cheek as she always gave, I was pleasantly surprised when she actually placed a chaste kiss upon my lips. That was our first kiss, but not nearly our last.
I continued to play my guitar late into the night, playing her song every so often as a treat for her. I dare say that was the best camping trip of my life.
All of that happened more than three years ago now, and I am happy to report that we have been together ever since then. In fact I’m going to see her again tonight.
I grab my jacket as I had decided to take her to the nicest restaurant in town. Looking myself over in the mirror, I deem myself decent enough to be in her presence. Walking over to my night stand I grab a small, square box and gently place it into my right jacket pocket before picking up my phone and texting Nozomi that I was on my way to get her.
By now, the way to her house was as familiar to me as my own. Pulling into her drive I park and walk up to her door. She answers and takes my breath straight from my lungs. She stood there wearing a beautiful green dress, a black slim belt looped around her waist, a black choker, and the same heels from the night we met. Her hair hung in soft waves about her shoulders, she had even gone so far as to tie a green bow onto her right ear and her tail. She was a goddess.
Helping her up into my truck was an honor like no other tonight. The drive to the restaurant was filled with her telling me about how the children at the daycare she works at had somehow managed to get her to play dress up with them all day. I was enraptured in her voice, and trying to imagine her in all the outfits the little ones had gotten her into.
Pulling into the parking lot for the restaurant, I found a spot rather close and parked. Jumping out, I move to her side and open her door before helping her down. We walk in and I inform the hostess of our reservation. She leads us to a small table near the window, and it wasn’t long after we ordered that our food was brought to us. The lighting inside only enforced Nozomi’s goddess looks as it gave her a bronzed look to her flawless skin and her soft makeup made her feel untouchable. It still blew me away that this beauty had agreed to be my girl all those years ago.
After dinner was over we walked back out to my truck and drove to a nearby park. I park close to the lake, and leave the radio playing as we sit on my tailgate, watching the ducks swim peacefully. Looking over at Nozomi, I smiled, as her eyes lit up in that familiar way as she heard her song begin to play. I had called into the radio station moments ago and requested it just for her.
As always, she jumped off my truck and pulled me with her to dance. As the song started to fade I spin her around and then kneel down, pulling the box from my pocket and opening it.
She finished her spin and looks down, her golden eyes widening, and her small hands moving to cover her mouth. I could see the tears forming in her eyes as a bight smile covers her lips, as she took in the white gold ring set with a heart shaped emerald surrounded by small diamonds.
“Will you marry me, Nozomi?” I ask. This was the whole purpose of the night and I will wait patiently for her response. But I didn’t have to wait long.
She nods with small tears falling down her cheeks. “Yes, of course!”