Theme: #20-the road home
Fandom: Card Captor Sakura
In general, daydreaming was something that he did not engage in. It wasn’t that he thought it foolish – on the contrary, he encouraged his students to daydream and entertained his colleagues’ desires to talk about theirs. It was just that, as with so many other things in his life, he didn’t see the need for it in his life. There just wasn’t anything he could think of to really daydream about
“Have you ever thought,” Takada asked him one day at lunch, “About getting married?” Her eyes were half-lidded as she gazed at the ceiling.
“I’ve thought about it, certainly. Most people have.”
“No, I mean, really
thought about it. All the details. What your wedding will be like. Who will be there. Who your best man will be. The color of your tie. Do men think about those kinds of things?”
He took a bite of rice and frowned thoughtfully. “I’m sure some men do. I just don’t happen to be one of them,” he apologized.
“Ah, well. I suppose there’s time enough for that. I was just wondering. My girlfriends and I, we had a long talk this weekend about what we’d like our weddings to be like.” Takada was quite young, actually, Fujitaka realized. “I want a Western-style wedding. The dresses are so much more… I don’t know, beautiful somehow. But my friend Akiko wants a traditional wedding.”
“There aren’t too many women who are interested in those anymore,” Fujitaka noted with another bite of his lunch.
“That’s what I told her! Where is she going to find someone to do the ceremony?! And you can’t invite too many guests, you know. I want lots of people to be at my wedding. I want lots of people to watch me kiss my new husband.” She laughed, then took a bite of her lunch – a sandwich from the French bakery a few blocks from the school – and paused.
“So you haven’t thought about it at all? Not even, say, where you’d want it to be?”
“I suppose I’d want it wherever she did,” he replied with a shrug.
“But the ideal woman you’d like to marry… where would she like to have it?”
The answer came surprisingly quickly. “She’s the sort of woman who’d like an outdoor wedding. Something simple and friendly. I think she’d even enjoy it if it rained,” he chuckled, more to himself than anything else. Takada studied him for a moment, a smile playing at the corner of her mouth.
“Have you thought about other things, then?”
“Other things?” he repeatedly teasingly, raising an eyebrow, which drew a laugh and a crumpled sandwich wrapper tossed his way.
“The house you want to raise a family in, maybe. You seem like the kind of person that might think about something like that.”
“Well, I suppose I would want it to be a house. Not immediately, because goodness knows I wouldn’t be able to afford such a thing. But eventually. A family really should have a house, you know. With a little front lawn, maybe even a back lawn for laundry and things. I’d want it to be a happy color, pink or yellow, perhaps. That’s the sort of person she is,” he added thoughtfully, hardly noticing what he was saying.
“It wouldn’t be a terribly large house, but it would be cozy and friendly. There would be enough space for us, and two children. I think two would be a good number for us. So three bedrooms, I suppose, and a nice kitchen. I like to cook, but I don’t think she’ll enjoy it as much, and I’d like the children to learn. Maybe parts of it will be very traditional, but most of it would be very Western. I think that’s what she’s used to…”
He looked over at Takada, who was trying not to giggle like a… well, like the schoolgirls she taught. “But I suppose, really, it doesn’t matter what sort of house it is exactly, as long as we’re both waiting for each other there.”
By the next morning, everyone knew that there was someone
Kinomoto-sensei was serious about.
“…and an outdoor wedding, I heard something about an outdoor wedding.”
“In a garden! What sort woman would want a wedding in a garden?! That’s what we have to find out in order to find her!”
A young woman who would very much like to have her wedding in a garden smiled thoughtfully. Maybe she should listen more carefully to the rest of the rumors.