"No touching, no suggestive language, no foul language, no touching, no kissing, you know what? No physical contact WHATSOEVER. No seduction, no touching! Are you even listening to me?!"
"We heard all of it, Big Brother!" Lili giggles and paces in circles around him, anxious to enter the museum.
What about you?" Vash stares at you with the intensity of a vulture on road kill.
"I got it. Don't worry, I'm not like that anyway."
"He isn't, Big Brother!"
"You better not be. I swear, if I even get the idea that you were all over Lili, I'll-"
"Big brother!" Lili screeches and pouts.
Vash finally closes his mouth. You keep a poker face, unsure of how you should act around him. You certainly didn't want to ruin your chances with Lili just because of her fatherly-big brother.
Couples begin to make their ways up the stone steps and through the glass doors, pass the marble columns and into the art museum.
" Vash's eyes bolt down to his watch. "Three hours. If you aren't back at 7 o'clock EXACTLY then I'll-"
"Okay, bye!" She grabs your arm and quickly drags you away from the vulture and towards the museum. You look back to see Vash's arms crossed and a scowl on his flushed face. You can't help but laugh a little as he disappears in the waves of people.
Once safely inside, Lili stops her speedy walk and comes to a complete stop.
"Okay, so, which period should we visit first?" she asks.
"Hmmm," You take a look around.
The ceiling is limitless; the roof is stained glass of naked baby angles among clouds, almost seeming real. The marble floor glistens and sparkles in the sunlight from the rays above and from windows. There's a staircase (and escalators) that lead up and up and up to various floors that open new doors to various arts from around the globe and dating as far back as people can date.
I guess we could start in the Renaissance period
"Are you only saying that because of the paper I have to write?" she laughs and reaches into her shoulder bag, pulling out a notepad and a pen. You'd forgotten that she had a paper to write about European art.
but there's no reason not to..." You smile charmingly. Lili nods.
let's go!" She walks in the direction of the Renaissance exhibit. You follow close behind, weaving around various people. The two of you walk through the threshold and take a good look around. The lights are dim, except for special spotlights the glow upon the artwork. The first piece you glance at is extremely flat and bland. You frown.
"I'm glad they're starting from the beginning of the period,"
She notices the distaste in your voice and follows your gaze to the painting, flipping open the notepad to a blank page without looking.
"Oh, I see what you mean!" she then approaches it.
"The colors are flat," Lili continues, her pen beginning to scribble expertly, "the anatomy of the woman isn't horrible
however, I can see the flaws
" She gestures to the slight crookedness of the eyes. You hadn't even noticed that until she pointed it out.
"Also, their lighting effects were not sublime
Who is that artist?"
You lean forward, close to the golden colored plaque and read, "'Herald Blixen'. Born in England around 1507, died in England in December of 1565."
Thank you, [Name]." she turns and spots bigger painting. "Oh wow!"
You follow behind her to something far grander.
"That's more like it," you grin.
The painting covers the wall; the colors vivid and irresistible. The painting shows a young man with pale blonde hair holding a flag of France, behind him are the effects of an obvious war. His sword on his hip seems to sparkle just as much as his deep blue eyes did. His chin is held high and he wears a smirk of triumph, almost saying "You see what I did there?".
"It's beautiful!" Lili begins to write furiously, as if the painting was going to get up and walk away.
"It is really nice," you agree and stare at the detail.
"Okay, I suppose I've got a lot to take notes on
Thank you for bringing me here again."
"You don't have to thank me," you slide your hands into your jean pockets. "I just knew you had some things you needed to do, ya know?"
She smiles. "Yeah...And I'm sorry about Big Brother...he can be
well, you know
"It's alright, I figured he wouldn't let you go that easy."
Lili giggles and says, "Okay, let's keep moving. We've got a lot of time to go over! I think we actually skipped about a century coming to this one!"
"Really?" You turn in the direction of the first painting and see that she was right. There were plenty more to view.
"Do you remember when we read the book about the spies that went to the art museum, chasing down a kidnapper?"
why do you ask?"
"They were acting kind of fancy, don't you think? So they wouldn't blow their cover..."
"Are you saying that you want to 'act fancy'?"
"I think I do want to...Almost as if we knew what we we're talking about..."
"Okay, let's act fancy, Lili Zwingli."
"I say, what an elaborate and layered piece of art!"
"Why, yes, yes! Look at the refined detail, the human anatomy, the colors of the sun-streaked sky!"
"I would definitely purchase such a lovely piece of art!"
"As would I. Oh! Sir [Name], come and see this!" Lili points at the tiniest signature in the bottom left.
nice name- I mean- ahem! What a wonderful name his parents had bestowed upon this wonderful man!"
" Lili says absently, writing away. Once she's finished, she closes her notepad and looks at you.
"Sir, would you care to escort me to the front entrance, for it seems our time is nearly up."
You look at your wristwatch and nearly choke. "Where did all the time go!?"
"I haven't the slightest clue
But we really should be going. I'd hate for Switzerland to throw a tantrum or do something rude."
You offer her your right hand modestly. "I shall escort you, My Lady?"
Lili's face turns a light pink as she takes your hand gently. You calmly hold her hand and begin in the direction of the exit.
"I had a lot of fun, [Name],"
"I did too, Lili. We really should hang out more,"
"We've got exactly two minutes to make it before Vash decides to come after us," you laugh nervously and stride faster.
Lili bites her lip. "I'm so sorry," she apologizes guiltily as if she's done something wrong.
"Why are you sorry?" You frown, looking back at her.
"Big Brother is going to be angry
"No he won't!" You stop abruptly and scoop her up like a bride. "We'll make it!"
She squeals as you begin to run at an unimaginable speed, dodging everyone and every obstacle. You run down four flights of stairs, skipping up to three at a time. You hold onto her small frame and she laughs excitedly, hanging on for the ride.
"Since when was this place so large?" she laughs. You let out a puff as you quickly scope for the next flight of stairs that will lead to the main floor.
"That way!" Lili points to the left. You follow her directions, running all the way. This area is more crowded, yet people get out of your way and even stare. You don't care: you haven't had this much fun in ages! As you reach the final stair, you spy a large clock.
"Thirty seconds!" You tell her for the excitement and run out the front doors, people shrieking and moving out of the way. You leap from the first step to the last one.
Time freezes as you hear Lili laugh, holding around your neck tightly. The world seems to slow until you finally land on your feet. With a heavy impact, your feet greet the concrete and you begin your run again.
Vash looks up from his watch. "He's late..." But he soon has to take back those words as he spies you, steam rolling in his direction, Lili in your arms.
"WHAT THE HELL?!" he exclaims.
You skid to a halt before him and set the young lady down.
"We made it!" she cheers.
Vash glares at you coldly, his voice ice: "I said no touching..."
"It's alright, Big Brother," Lili says quickly, "He didn't want for us to be late. I twisted my ankle while we were inside and he carried me out here! But I'm fine now." She quickly sits on the ground to add the effect of her ankle.
You straighten and give Vash a thumbs up. "We had a great time,"you add.
LiLI, let's go home
"Actually, Big Brother," she looks up at him, her blond hair blowing in the autumn breeze, "I think we should watch the sun set
It will be soon, so let's watch it."
"I'm not going to-"
"Come on, Swissy! Let's watch the sunset!" You sit beside Lili on the curb of the street, facing the sun that is beginning to set behind the large body of water in front of you all. Vash grumbles something under his breath and reluctantly takes a seat.
"Whatever," he huffs.
Lili exchanges a smile with you before turning to Vash. "Thank you, big brother."
"Yeah, okay, sure," he brushes her words off with a slight blush. Lili smiles again and discreetly places a hand over yours. You can barely hide your grin as you wrap your fingers around hers.
Suddenly, Vash stands.
"This is taking too long. Lili, when the sun sets, come back home. [Name], you better walk her...and watch your hands."
Then he walks away, hands jammed in his pockets. Lili watches him walk away. Once he's out of sight, she quickly pecks your cheek.
"Don't tell him I did that," she whispers.
A dumb smile forms across your face and you nod. "Of course not,"
"Good, and don't tell him about this either, okay?" She lightly presses her lips against yours, but draws away quickly.
"I-I won't tell," you swear.
"Okay..." she lays her head on your shoulder. You give her hand a tight squeeze.
"Thank you again," her small voice says.
"You had fun?"
"Lot's of fun, of course! You did too, right?"
"I say, I had a wonderful time, My Lady."