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"Can you believe Erin and Rob are finally getting married? " Jun rested her chin in her hands as she leaned over her bar counter.
"Yeah, Rob has finally gone and done it, the guy is totally whipped." Joe casually glanced back at Jun from his seat in the booth, and took another swig of coffee. "You won't catch me making that mistake."
"Oh, Joe, the way you fall for a pretty face, you never know..." Jun smiled. "Rob took her to the mountains and proposed to her as they looked out over the city lights, isn't it romantic?"
Joe and Ryu chuckled as the swoony, sappy look on their third's face told them she was quickly turning into mush. They looked at Ken, who was reading the newspaper, pretending to be oblivious to it all.
"Oh, Ken," Ryu taunted in a high pitched, mocking voice. "Don't you think weddings are just dreamy? I wish..."
He wasn't able to finish the joke. A hard object flew across the room, and slammed into the side of his head.
"Ow!" He exclaimed. "That hurt!"
Jun smirked as she retracted her yoyo.
Joe was still chuckling as Jinpei entered the room with a huge backpack on his back.
"I'm all ready to go!" He announced.
"Jinpei, did you pack your toothbrush? And what about shampoo?" Jun asked.
The Swallow scowled as he muttered a response. "Yes, I have them already, can I go now?"
"You're in an awful big hurry to get to summer camp, Jinpei..." Ken remarked, finally folding up the newspaper that had once been so captivating.
"He's going to see Maria there. Crushes seem to make him move faster..." Jun giggled.
"Oh, so *the* Maria is going to be there? Two weeks with a babe in a bikini would make me move faster, too!" Ryu chuckled, tousling the boy's hair. "Attaboy, squirt!"
"You guys are ridiculous!" Jinpei huffed. "Maria is just my friend. Jeez, can't you guys understand that a girl and a guy can just be friends?"
His eyes went to Jun and then shifted purposefully to Ken. "Oh wait, I forgot who I was talking to for a minute there..." He teased.
"Go on, Jinpei," Jun threw a wet dishrag at her brother as he walked out the door.
"Have fun at camp, and don't forget to bathe!" she called out to him.
"That kid is incorrigible..." Jun sighed, and grabbed the empty mug from Joe. Then she walked back to tend to her dishes.
After listening to clinking dishes and rattling newspapers for a moment, Joe decided he'd stir up the pot a little.
"So, Junie, I hear there is a little bachelorette party going on tonight. Do you guys need some entertainment?"
"Are you offering?" Jun grinned.
"Well, if you insist." Joe chuckled, and then changed tactics. "No, I think Ken wanted to perform for the girls. Didn't you, Ken?"
"You can perform if you want to, Joe, but Ryu and I are going to the bachelor party for Rob tonight. Or did you already forget?" Ken grinned at Ryu.
Joe snapped his fingers in mock disappointment. "Oh, sorry, Jun, looks like we'll be busy tonight. Looks like the ladies will have to take a rain check."
" Awww, we'll all be disappointed, but somehow, we'll manage, I suppose." Jun giggled.
"Well, I've got places to be, so, I'll see you later then. " Joe got up and walked toward the door, and motioned toward the Owl. "Coming, Ryu?"
"Yeah, thanks for the breakfast, Junie. Put it on my tab, will ya?" Ryu scurried after Joe without waiting for an answer.
"Yeah, yeah," Jun replied in disgust. "Your tab is almost as big as Ken's."
Ken raked his hand through his unruly hair, suddenly becoming very uncomfortable. "Well, Jun, I guess I'll see you later, too, then. I have a few errands to run."
"Ken, before you go, can you do me a favor?"
"Sure, what do you need?" Ken stopped in front of the door.
"I have a package at the post office. Would you mind picking it up for me? I know you'll be going by the post office, and I'll be trying on bridesmaid dresses this afternoon with Erin."
"Sure thing, Jun. See ya later."
Jun watched as the object of her affection walked away. If only this peaceful time could last, maybe she and Ken could finally be together, like Erin and Rob. She sighed heavily, pulled her hair into a ponytail, and resigned herself to cleaning the dishes.