It's been days since the night I kissed Arthur and came out with my feelings that I liked him. Nothing really changed, just the fact that the two of us were now a "thing" and that Alfred would never leave me alone about it. I'm not saying he never gave us alone time, that's not it. He would just continually ask me how things were going with him and how far we've gone. If I had any reason to be grumpy at all it would be him.
"Dude, I think you should take her out on a date like soon!!" I heard Alfred shout from the living room. I couldn't help but sigh.
I was unable to hear Arthur's response, because unlike Alfred, he was much more mature. I made my way over to the counter and poured tea into three cups, gathered them up on a small tray, and returned to my usual spot next to Arthur on the sofa.
"Sooooo, what did I miss?" I innocently grinned and set the tray down on the table in the center of the room.
"Alfred says he thinks we should go out on a date," Arthur replied. "Soon."
"Oh, is that so?" I turned to Alfred. "You know we don't have to listen to said American."
"Er, well....it's not that I don't want to take you out, (f/n)," Arthur responded shyly, an obvious blush could be seen through the sound of his voice. "It's just...you see my work schedule is very busy this week. I don't know if I'd have the time for it."
"Then we'll go out today," the words flew out of my mouth as I took his hands in mine excitedly. "It doesn't have to be something fancy to be considered a date, Arthur. We can go in what we're dressed in now and do things normal couples do."
"See, I told you she'd figure something out!!" Al jumped from his seat.
I shot Al a this-is-not-the-time-for-that kind of look before fixing my eyes upon Arthur's emerald orbs. I was always wondering what goes on in that mind of his, how he thinks, all of it. There was just something I found very special about him, but I couldn't quite grasp what that thing was. I knew eventually I'd find out, so now the only thing I should be worrying about is how this whole casual date was going to work out if he agreed.
"Are you sure? I can try to get my schedule changed and I assure you we can do something far better..." Arthur frowned.
"I'm very positive about this. Say, you know how to get around England more than I do, right? How about you show me around a bit? I only know local areas and I'd like to see more of the country I grew up in," I suggested, hope beaming in my eyes.
"That'll take a few days, so how about we just go to London instead? There's plenty of nice things I could show you there," Arthur pointed out.
"Alright, I don't mind that as long as I'm with you," I smiled.
Arthur rose to his feet and helped me up. "Shall we get going then, love?"
"Yes, we shall. This will be fun," I answered so excitedly that I nearly hopped a bunch of times off the ground. "Al, I swear to god if you send me a billion texts asking me questions again I'm going to rip your throat out. Not only because it's annoying, but because you're making my phone bill skyrocket."
"Aww fine," Al whined. "That's no fun."
Arthur and I walked to the door, and right before Arthur shut the door behind us I pushed out a few words. "Tch, stupid American."
*A Few Moments Later*
A smile spread across my face in amazement as Arthur showed me around the city of London. I've learned a lot about the big city and some historical facts too. Arthur sounded like a history buff because he knew so much about the country. It wasn't boring, and he never said too much either. Big Ben was so far my favorite place that we have visited. We were even lucky enough to hear the bell chime a couple times as we were strolling along the sides of the streets. I couldn't help but to smile, and I hoped Arthur was enjoying this as much as I was.
"Where to next, Arthur?" I wrapped an arm around his and leaned against him as we walked down the street. "Oh, and are you hungry at all? I'll buy dinner tonight."
"I could fancy a meal right now if you're hungry. I know of a place just around the corner, I'm sure you'll love it," he replied.
"Ooh, what's it called? It's not too fancy right? Because certainly we can't go to a fancy restaurant in casual attire," I pointed out.
"Well, a lot of places in London do require more than casual clothing. If need be we could go buy some clothes more suited for a date," Arthur told me. "It'd be my pleasure to purchase a nice dress for you. I do know you don't possess many dresses to start..."
"No, please. I'll buy it. You've already done enough for me already," I nearly gave him the puppy eyes.
"Well, you did say you were buying dinner for us tonight. A dress would just be more expensive, and I don't want you spending too much, dear," Arthur insisted. He did have a point.
I sighed and gave in as he pulled me down the street and around a couple bends before we finally came across a shop filled with formal clothing. We went inside and he asked me what size I wore. I told him and he lead me through the store, weaving around racks until he found one he said would look delightful on me. He pulled it off the rack and handed it to me.
"Here, try this on for me while I go grab a suit for myself. I'll be back in a matter of seconds, and if it doesn't fit then grab one that better suits you," he seemed pretty excited as he made his way to the men's zone.
I studied the dress which was very elegant but looked too fancy for my tastes. I wasn't used to wearing dresses or anything formal for that matter. But if Arthur says it looks good then I might as well give it a shot. At least it wasn't really poofy or one that was too flashy and says "Hey, look at me and how great I look" or "Look at how well this dress conforms to my body so well that I'm prettier than all of you". I didn't want to look like I was super rich and spoiled. I did as Arthur said and found a fitting room. The dress fitted very comfortably and I actually liked how nice it made me look while I was wearing it.
I met Arthur back where he had found the dress, and he told me that next we'd go find shoes to go with what we're wearing. It took only ten or so minutes to find a good pair of heels that went perfectly with the dress he picked out for me. He surprised me when he pulled out a necklace and earrings that he also said he would like me to wear.
"I thought you said we wouldn't have time to go out on a fancy date like this," I told him, frowning.
"I did say that didn't I?" he let out a soft laugh. "Well I thought it'd be nice to make our first date one that should never be forgotten. It's nothing really." He turned away shyly.
"Oh, Arthur, you're never cease to make me smile," I grinned. "Let's go to the check-out counter so we can have a great dinner tonight then."
After buying our clothes we made our way to the fitting rooms so we could switch our apparel. While looking at myself in the mirror I came across a slight problem. What in the world was I supposed to do with my hair? I didn't have a curling iron on me, and I also couldn't apply any make-up either. I rummaged through my recently acquired purse and came across a hair clip and eye-liner. Maybe I could put my hair up in a way that would accomodate the dress. I spent a few minutes experimenting with my hair until finally I came across a do that I approved of. Arthur will be so happy to see how good I look now. Just put on some eyeliner and everything should be just fine.
I exited the fitting room to find a rather shocked Arthur waiting for me. I could tell from his facial expression that he was amazed by my appearance. There was no need to ask how I looked, so instead I decided to compliment him.
"Wow, I never thought you could look even more so like a gentleman. You look dashing in that suit and tie," I threw him a smile.
*In a nice, but expensive restaurant*
We were seated at a nice window seat, fancily dining in a very nice restaurant. Most of the menu I was in French, but thanks to the English description I was able to read it with ease. The food was great, and the complimentary wine made it more enjoyable. Everyone once in a while Arthur and I would talk about nice things, and how much fun we were having. I was thankful that Alfred gave him the idea to bring me out for a date tonight. Dinner was great.
*After dinner, walking along the streets again*
"There's this place I've really been wanting to take you, if you're up for it," Arthur was looking up at the stars, for they were shining brightly tonight. "I know it's getting late, so if you're tired we can head home and call it a day."
"No, this is great and I'm not the slightest bit tired. Let's go!" I answered with joy.
So for the next couple of minutes we walked and walked until he stopped and a grin spread on his face. We were now standing in front of the London Eye. I stared at how amazing it looked at night. All the lights were lit up and it was just so fascinating and incredible. I looked at Arthur with twinkling eyes.
"Would you like to go for a ride?" he questioned happily.
"Really? I've always wanted to go on the London Eye!! Oh my gosh this is unbelievable!" I fixated my eyes upon the large ferris wheel, completely stunned.
"Then what are we waiting for?" Arthur took a hold of my hand and gently tugged me over to the place where we were to get on.
Within seconds we stood on board the magnificent London Eye. I was just so excited that I didn't know what to say. I was at a loss for words and I was enjoying every moment as we slowly rised to the top. I didn't even notice how much my smile has grown, all I knew was that this was the greatest first date of my life.
"Arthur, this is just...astonishing!! I've never seen such a great view of London like this!" I could barely contain how much I was filled with awe. I took a step towards Arthur and took his hands. "I can't believe I hated you so much when we first met. You're such a great person. Thank you so much for tonight. I enjoyed every single part of it."
"Why thank you, (f/n). But it's nothing, really. I could've brought you on a better date if we had more time," he softly smiled.
"No, this is just fine. Would you like to hear my favorite part of this date?" I just kept the smile on my face.
"I'd love to hear it," he replied eagerly.
"Being able to have the greatest first date with you," I told him as I wrapped my arms around him. "I love you so much right now, Arthur."
I felt the warmth of his arms as he placed them around me as well. "And I couldn't have wished to have spent it with anyone else. I love you too, (f/n)." He pulled away and gently brushed a small strand of hair out of my face before our lips connected.