Josuke noticed Samson’s mean mugging, but he chose to ignore it. However,
the way he moved atop of Filia’s head was a little unsettling, but he chose to ignore that too. He had better things to pay attention to, like Filia.
He laughed a bit as Samson and Filia argued in front of him, only laughing more when Filia won the argument. He rested his elbow on the table, leaning his chin on his hand as he continued to speak to Filia.
“Yeah, I can tell. I don’t know about the nice once you get to know him part, I think he just likes you and no one else. But whatever right?”
He shrugged. He figured he’d get used to Samson’s presence eventually. He’d have to if he wanted to continue being friends with Filia. He couldn’t help but wonder how annoying it must be to have another entity with you at all times, especially one so disagreeable. But Filia’s positive nature and bright smile were contagious, and she didn’t seem to mind it, so that was good. Upon hearing that it was actually her birthday, his eyes widened a bit.
“What, really? Seriously? It’s actually your birthday? Then shit, I guess we ordered something really fitting!”
Josuke laughed again, only to stop suddenly when she offered to buy him food for his birthday as well. A light blush spread across his cheeks – never had a girl offered to buy him food, and it was a nice change of pace, if not a bit embarassing.
“Y-You don’t have to do that, really! I appreciate the thought though!”
He waved his hands in front of him, chuckling nervously. Good thing the food was right around the corner.
At least Josuke wasn’t too bothered by Samson, thought Filia. The Parasite’s unruly behavior scared away more than a few people, both for better and for worse. Unpleasant people were easy to scare off, but sometimes people she actually wanted to talk to got shooed away too. But Josuke didn’t seem to find Samson intimidating, only annoying. It was kind of funny, in a way, especially if Samson didn’t like it.
“Well, maybe it’s just me, but most people don’t stay around long enough to get to know him in the first place,” she said, reaching up to curl a lock of hair around her finger.
“There’re people I like!” snapped Samson. ”What about Jack, huh? Did you forget about him?”
“Oh, well, that’s one…” said Filia, nodding. “See Josuke? He just acts tough, but he’s really a big softie!”
“Shut up! I am not!” Samson reached down to squish the girl’s cheeks, growling. “You’re one to talk about bein’ soft, ya little brat.”
The girl swatted away the Parasite’s tentacles, whining. “Samsonnnnnn!” Looking at them, you’d never guess all the horrible things they’d seen and been through together. And one would never think that Samson was actually a mean-spirited psychopath.
With Samson’s limbs still balled up in her fists, Filia smiled up at Josuke again. “Yeah! I’m turning 17! Or, is it 16…? I guess it doesn’t really matter…”
“Eh, only a year apart. Who’s gonna know?”
Filia nodded, finally releasing the Parasite, who drew his tendrils back with a grateful sigh. “I guess. But you can’t just refuse a gift like that!” she said, pointing at Josuke. “That’s how Birthdays work, right? If a friend wants to do something nice for you, you shouldn’t refuse!”
Luckily, Josuke was spared from the girl’s lecture by the arrival of the promised pancakes. Filia’s eyes widened as they were set down in front of her, nose wiggling as she savored the smell. Already her mouth was beginning to water, and she lifted the first bite to her mouth-
“Hey, that’s pretty good stuff!” said Samson, chewing on the morsel he’d snatched.
“S-Samsonnnn!” The girl quickly cut another piece, making sure the Parasite didn’t snatch this one. And when she finally did put it in her mouth-
Filia frowned. She chewed, swallowed, and frowned. “It’s okay, I guess.” So much for that.