Characters: Clow and Yuuko
Phrase: #23. Next time, I lead and you follow.
Synopsis: Clow and Yuko accidentally end up in Rekort.
An Intellectual Attraction
“Fascinating,” Clow said, looking around in awe. “Absolutely fascinating.”
He could hear Yuuko sigh behind him. For some reason, she didn't seem to share his enthusiasm.
“So it's true, then. You had no idea where you were going.”
“I knew perfectly well where I was going. The fact that we didn't end up there is another matter entirely.”
“I told you you weren't ready to choose the destination yourself,” she insisted, and she sat down at one of the large desks. That was a good move, he thought; they'd probably stay there for quite a while. “I'm the expert when it comes to traveling between worlds, not you. You should listen to me when I tell you that – oh, why do I bother? You aren't even listening to me now.”
“Of course I am,” he defended himself. “I'm listening to every single word.”
“You're just looking at those books, Clow.”
He turned around at last, slightly miffed. 'Just' looking at the books?
“We are in the largest library in Rekort, and –”
“And it's entirely by accident,” she interrupted him. “Next time, I lead and you follow.”
“That's what we do every time, Yuuko dear,” he pointed out, his gaze back on the old tome he had taken off the shelf. “You were going to have to let me try, eventually.”
“It could have gone horribly wrong,” she said. “We could have ended up anywhere at all. You were just lucky that it happened to be a safe world.”
“I'm always lucky.”
She let out an even louder sigh, obviously meant to annoy him, but it didn't work. The treatise he was reading was so interesting that he couldn't find it in himself to be upset about worldly matters.
“Are you at least going to sit down?”
“Mmm,” he said, without looking up. “In a moment...”
“Oh, you're hopeless,” she muttered. He didn't have to turn around to know that she was shaking his head and giving him that particular look she saved for those occasions when she considered him especially frustrating. “Besides,” she added, “this place is creepy.”
That did manage to make him turn around.
“How so?” he asked, frowning.
“The books? The clothes? The flying cat things?” Yuuko told him. “This world looks as if it was made just for you. If that isn't creepy then I don't know what is, Reed.”
“Interesting... I hadn't thought about it that way,” he mused. He finally put the book away and sat down in front of her. “It makes sense, though, doesn't it? If there are infinite dimensions out there, there must be a world that seems 'made for' each person. It's inevitable. I wonder if that's why I ended up bringing us here, because my mind was attracted to it.”
“You are just guessing.”
“Same thing,” she said. “Anyway, the really important thing here is something else.”
“Are you going to take much longer?”
“Always so impatient,” Clow sighed, rolling his eyes at her. “I have this amazing library here and you expect me to...”
“Guess that answers it, then,” she said, and she stood up with a resigned expression. “I'll go find a good, long novel.”