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Miko was sitting alone at the counter, chin in hand while she tapped her nails on the wood.

She had arrived at Uyuu about an hour before their agreed meeting time. She had to make sure everything was arranged exactly as she requested.

As she hoped, everything was to her liking. The dango milk she ordered was in the fridge, the building was clear and Uyuu’s top talent was present to cater to their every need.

Typically Miko wasn’t a fan of putting this much effort into a dinner. Usually she would simply order takeout and eat at her office or at home.

Occasionally, she and Ningguang would go to their favorite bar just before close, offering a hefty tip if they would stay open another hour for just the two of them. It worked, most of the time.

Miko doesn’t like tossing around her status. Though she loved being able to do whatever she wanted, public image was still a crucial aspect to her company.

She could take her jet to avoid car traffic, but a 5 minute jet ride would be a very large waste, not to mention distasteful and stand-offish.

Renting an entire restaurant to impress a girl though, that was acceptable.

Her thoughts wandered to the messages she had exchanged with Ei a few days ago.

Miko had been planning to chat the other girl up before inviting her out to dinner, but it seemed like Ei was just as excited as herself.

After all, Ei had offered to meet her in person first.

Maki cleared her throat to get Miko’s attention. “Ms. Yae, we believe Ei has arrived. Are there any final preparations you’d like us to do?”

She took one last look around the room. The lighting was perfect, the table was set and the kitchen was prepared to cook anything and everything they ordered. “Everything is perfect.”

Her assistant nodded, happy that Miko was pleased with her efforts.

“We will greet her at the door and bring her back then, Ms. yae.” Maki then disappeared from sight.

Miko got up from the counter and made her way to the table in the center of the room. She sat down and took off her gloves, putting them in her purse.

She grabbed her phone and sent Maki a text asking her to raise the thermometer a few degrees.

Her assistant replied swiftly with a thumbs up emoji.

Miko made a mental note to double Maki’s bonus this year.

She leaned back in her chair, staring at the ceiling while playing with the tablecloth. Her excitement was now completely replaced with anxiety.

Miko had been just fine until now. This was unusual for her. Ei was just a girl she enjoyed giving money to, so there was no need for her to be so nervous. Right?

The restaurant door closing snapped Miko out of her thoughts. She seemed to be doing a lot of day-dreaming recently. She sat back upright in her chair, quickly fixed her hair and placed her elbow on the table, chin resting on her hand. She played with the tablecloth with her other hand, feigning boredom.

She glanced up when she heard a very familiar voice:

“I’m assuming you’re Miko?”

She was floored. Ei was stunning. No camera could ever capture just how perfect the girl in front of her was.

Her hair was long, silky and beautiful. Normally Ei would put her hair up for stream, but she had opted for a loose braid with an accompanying hair piece for their dinner.

Miko thought it framed her face perfectly.

“Uhm- Yes. It’s nice to meet you, Ei” Miko managed to stutter out.

Well, so much for her acting cool and dignified.

The silence between them was deafening. Miko usually prided herself on her ability to make small talk, but Ei rendered her speechless.

Miko was completely entranced with the girl standing in front of her.

The atmosphere was incredibly uncomfortable.

The waiter who had greeted Ei at the door cleared his throat and pulled the seat back for her, gesturing for her to sit down. The other girl smiled at the man as she sat down “Thank you.”

“Good evening, ladies, my name is Thoma and I will be taking care of you tonight.” He began, “Can I start you off with anything to drink?”

Miko gazed at the menu briefly, before looking back up. “I’ll have a Rainbow Aster, please.”

Thoma nodded and turned his attention to Ei, smiling at the other girl. Miko could see how he was Uyuu’s top performing server.

“Hm. I’ll have some water for now, thank you.” Ei smiled and set the drink menu down in front of her.

Thoma bowed slightly and left to go fetch their drinks.

Miko had planned for this dinner to be perfect, but completely forgot to account for the possibility of an uncomfortable atmosphere.

Well, it was mostly her fault really. How was Miko supposed to know Ei would look ten times better in person?

“Thank you for meeting me tonight, Ei.”

Ei smiled and looked around the room before returning her gaze to Miko. “You really went all out for this, didn’t you?”

“I’m just trying to impress my favorite celebrity.” Miko replied coyly.

She really just wanted Ei to see how serious she was about this. She wanted to know Ei better, on a more personal level.

“I really am a big fan of your content, although I do not play Valorant or Overwatch myself.” Miko continued, “I must say that I quite enjoy when you play ranked with your friends, Zhongli and Childe. How did you three meet?”

Ei’s expression softened at the mention of her hobby and friends. Having some common ground to talk about was nice.

“We’ve been playing games together for a few years now. Childe is one of my sister's friends from high school. She was never one to game though, so he and I bonded over that.” Ei began, trying to put their relationships into words the best she could.

Miko hadn’t thought about Ei having siblings, but she wasn’t surprised. She entertained the thought of prying a little more into that topic, but Ei hadn’t finished speaking yet.

“Zhongli and I, well, that’s a little more complicated. I went shopping to find parts for my first custom PC. I went to the Micro Center in Mondstadt and he walked me through the entire process, even down to which thermal paste would give me the best ‘bang for my buck.’”

At this point, Miko was just lost in the other girl’s eyes. They were a brilliant, deep shade of purple.

Ei was extremely fond of her friends, and it certainly showed. It was incredibly charming.

“It wasn’t until after I checked out that I learned he wasn’t an employee. I was going to fill out the survey on the receipt, to let the manager know how wonderful he was. When I asked him what his employee number was he told me that he was just shopping for some new case fans.”

Miko chuckled. Maybe she should consider hiring Zhongli as one of her assistants. Or she could even refer him to one of her executives, Guizhong.

As Ei continued to tell her story, Miko noticed that Thoma had returned with their drinks and was waiting for a break in their conversation.

“I knew at that moment that I wanted to be his friend. You know, if he’s willing to go out of his way to help a stranger like that, then surely he must be awesome at playing support! So I got his Discord ID and that was that. He and Childe get along great, too.” Ei concluded.

Thoma set their drinks in front of them, taking advantage of the pause. “Have you two decided on what you would like for your main course yet?”

Ei’s eyes flitted down to the menu that lay on the table, completely untouched, then back up to Thoma. “Uh, no I’m sorry.” She quickly picked up the menu and began scanning the pages.

Miko couldn’t help but laugh at Ei. It seemed like she had some attention issues, but Miko didn’t mind. She actually found it quite charming.

“Thoma I apologize, we were too engrossed in our conversation for either of us to decide. May we have a few more minutes please?” Miko winked at the waiter.

“Of course!” He laughed and disappeared back into the kitchen.

Miko picked up her menu and began scanning the pages. She already knew what she was going to order, but she did not want to embarrass Ei, so she took her time.

The two of them sat in silence for a few moments reading their menus before Thoma arrived.

“All set?” The waiter smiled, pen and paper pad in hand.

Miko glanced at Ei, who nodded and began to reply “I’ll have the Butter Crab with a side of rice, please.”

Thoma nodded, wrote Ei’s order down, took her menu and moved his gaze to Miko.

“I will have the Kitsune Udon with extra tofu, fried, please.” Miko handed her menu to the man.

“Alright! Sounds great! We will get that cooking for you two. Can I get you anything else in the meantime?”

Before Miko could dismiss the man, Ei spoke: “Actually, Thoma, could I get a dessert menu?”

He smiled “Getting a little ahead of ourselves, are we? I’ll go ahead and grab one right now.”

Miko giggled at his tease. It appeared Ei had something of a sweet tooth. She had an inkling from how the ‘snacks’ Ei would eat on stream were always some form of mochi.

Thoma came back with the menu, and set it between the two of them, before swiftly exiting back into the kitchen.

“I know you said you wanted to treat, but since I’ve already put this much work into tonight, you should just let me take care of the bill too, hm?” Miko smiled innocently.

In reality, she had already given Thoma her card.

“I-” Ei gave Miko a guilty look. “I would feel bad accepting.”

“Don’t. Tonight is my treat. Consider it a thank you for coming to see me.” Miko winked.

Ei smiled “Thank you, Miko. I mean it.” She held Miko’s gaze for a few seconds before looking back down at the menu.

They sat in silence for a few minutes.

“So, Ei, you said you have a sister?”

Ei looked up from the dessert menu at the sound of her name. “Yes, her name is Makoto. We are twins, actually.” Her eyes moved back down to the menu in thought, before she glanced back up again.

Miko has to stop herself from daydreaming about being around TWO of Ei at the same time.

“Actually Miko, you haven’t told me much about yourself.” Ei set the menu back on the table between them.

“I’m not particularly interesting, Ei. I’m sorry.” Miko sighs, playing with the seam of her jacket.

Ei’s face turns into a pout “Miko, do you honestly expect me to believe that? What kind of boring person would have so much money to give away?” She gestures to the restaurant around them “To do this?”

Miko could feel her eyebrow twitch. Well, Ei did have a point. Still, she didn’t want to scare the other girl away.

“I sell light novels and other things for a living.” Miko picked up the dessert menu, scanning it as she spoke. “It’s an online store, and it keeps me quite busy.”

Well, it was a severe oversimplification but still technically the truth.

Ei stared at her for a few moments before pulling her phone out.

Oh no.

Miko starts praying that Thoma somehow teleports to their table with the food. Anything to avoid the awkward moment that’s about to occur. Alas, he cannot read her mind, so he doesn’t come to her rescue.

Only one word came from Ei’s mouth: “Yaemazon.”

Well, so much for that.

“You’re the owner of Yaemazon.” Ei was staring at her now, expression totally deadpan. “I have the prime membership for Yaemazon.”

Miko was surprised. What an odd thing for Ei to say. “Thank you…?”

“Yae Miko.”

“Yes?”

“What do you want with me? Why am I here?” Ei’s expression remains stern, but not aggressive. Miko can see that she’s processing the entire situation.

“To be completely blunt, I have a proposition for you, Ei.”

 

 

Ei couldn’t wrap her head around it.

Miko was rich, obscenely rich. The second richest person to have ever lived, actually.

And she wanted Ei.

Miko wanted to give Ei money, buy her things, take her on vacations and take her to events.

And Miko only wanted her company in return, nothing else.

How completely nonsensical.

Yet, Ei would be an idiot to turn the offer down.

There had to be some sort of catch. But what could she even offer Miko? The other girl had the world at her fingertips.

Ei was just a person who enjoyed playing video games online after she was done with her nine to five. Her life was hardly exciting, nor did she have any political or business connections.

Miko was drop dead gorgeous AND rich. She had a whole world of women to choose from. Many who were much more qualified than herself.

Anyone would scramble for the position Ei is in right now.

Yet, Miko chose her.

The two sat in silence, eating their respective meals. It wasn’t quite as suffocating as before, but it was still mildly uncomfortable.

She looked up from her dinner only to see that Miko was staring at her. It wasn’t a harsh gaze, but a soft and gentle one.

“So, have you given my offer enough thought, Ei?”

“Miko I-” Ei took a deep breath in. “Miko, I really appreciate your offer, but I can’t really wrap my head around it.”

The other woman tilted her head, puzzled.

“Wouldn’t something like this harm your reputation? I don’t have any social status or money. I don’t have anything I can offer you in return.” Ei rushed the words out.

Miko’s eyes widened as Ei spoke. She began to laugh.

“Ei, I don’t want anything from you other than your company. We went over this!” She said airily, trying to ward off more laughter. “Also I don’t care about that, I became so successful because I simply did what I wanted.”

Miko reached into her purse and pulled out three sheets of paper, neatly stapled together and offered them to Ei. “I had a feeling you may have some worries, so I made my legal department write this contract up for us.”

Well, having something written would make her feel a little better. Ei took the papers from Miko and began scanning the pages “Thank you.”

It was very short and simple, but very airtight. Miko would give Ei a MINIMUM of $25,000 in compensation each month in exchange for Ei going out with her at least once a week.

Ei had to re-read it several times. Surely she was dreaming.

She finally looked at the final page, where she saw a dashed line ready for Ei’s signature. Directly next to it was a matching line with Miko’s signature already neatly printed. The CEO was very serious about this.

“So, what do you think?” Miko winked at her from across the table, sliding a pen in her direction.

“I think this offer is completely nonsensical and absurd.” Ei tried to keep her voice as steady as possible.

Miko frowned. That look didn’t suit her.

“I’ll sign it.” Ei took the pen from Miko and scribbled her signature on the page.

Miko’s expression completely changed. If she could smile any wider, Ei was sure her cheeks would pop.

If Miko wasn’t so beautiful, Ei may have been a little scared.

Hopefully she won’t regret her decision.