Ririshiyo raised an eyebrow at Aiko calling Hikaru “cute”. He didn’t feel like praising Hikaru right now. To Ririshiyo, he didn’t deserve it. Even if there was that one time when they were little Hikaru went everywhere looking for Riri after he ran off— it’s all just whatever.
"Dae is great, yeah," he replied to Aiko’s compliments towards Dae, deciding to pretend he was actually indifferent towards her (though it might have been to late). "She does like me a lot." Ririshiyo leaned back in his chair and let out a sigh, feeling a little tired. But going somewhere else seemed fine. Better than a gross restaurant like this one.
"Okay, yeah. We can go somewhere else," he responded. "But I don’t know where to. I don’t usually go places—" he immediately wished he could take that sentence back. He was obviously introverted, but he realized it was strange to say he didn’t know where to go in a town he grew up in. If he explained why, everything would be even stranger. Unless he explained in a.. sort of normal way.
"Where do you like to go?"
"Anywhere!" Aiko exclaimed. "I don’t care." This was obviously a fact. Having lived in one town for the majority of his life, Aiko had explored every part of Kyoto there was to see. He was familiar with everything about the city they lived in; he practically knew all of the street names by heart. Aiko was so familiarized with Kyoto, he knew no other place.
"Where would you like to go?" he asked, as their waitress carried their remaining plates away. "We could go to the park, a pet shop, the mall… we could even go to my house," he suggested. As far as he knew, his parents weren’t home. They hardly ever were, to be honest. His older brother, on the other hand, was already at college. Most of the time, he was alone in his house, with nothing left to do.
"How about… we go to your house, actually?" Aiko was tired of seeing the same two-story, gingerbread cookie-cutter house. He’d spent most of his time at home anyway. It was time for him to see someone else’s for a change.