[There's a clatter and the video starts with an odd vantage point of hands cooking something in a wok. It's rather obvious that their owner isn't used to the task. A soft voice hums absently in the background, then stops with pleased surprise.] ...Hey! Great, you're early! Welcome home.
[Aya walks into the kitchen and stares at the situation. Someone is obviously not so sure about this.]
Huh. What? [A couple of droplets sprinkle onto the camera as the device is moved to a side. Anyone who didn't recognize Umi's voice before can clearly see it's her now: she's washing her hands and turning to greet Aya.] Feeling hungry? I'm giving cooking a try! Easy dish, promise.
You're... cooking? [He moves forward a little to look into the wok. Like maybe he's seeing if it's edible. That's the biggest concern currently.]
Psh, try not to look so worried. I can handle this! It's the least I can do after you've been doing most of the housework. [She chuckles sheepishly as she tries to get Aya to stop supervising.]
I always do most of the housework.
That doesn't stop me from wanting to help! How about tea while I'm done here?
[He sighs and finally looks away from the food.] Alright. Thank you.
[She lays a tray on the kitchen table, pouring tea for Aya afterward.] I think it's a good time for Earl Grey. Pretty British, huh? So you don't get homesick or whatever.
I can promise I'm not homesick for most British food and drink. [He waits for his cup and then bows his head and takes a sip.]
So it's as bad as they say? [Umi brushes a strand of her hair behind her ear, seemingly too distracted to notice the sounds of cracking fire getting louder in the background. The image grows blurry, as if seen through smoke.] Actually, there was something I wanted to tell you...
[Aya lifts his head and is moving to the kitchen quickly.] Umi. Fire.
Ehh? [There's a confused silence, then it hits her.] WHAT THE--!? ...Damn everything! I swear I-!!
[Umi gets up and runs to the stove too. She makes a hand gesture seemingly out of pure instinct -- nothing happens. Ever the one to have a cool head, Aya grabs a glass of water and pours the water into the wok to put out the fire. Then he quickly moves to start moving the contents around to see if it can be salvaged.] It's alright, Umi. It looks like it will be alright.
...Jeez, this here's ten sorts of IRONIC and wrong. [A vexed, embarrassed sigh.] GOSH, Aya. I'm so sorry... I'm going to clean this up, I promise.
[He looks over and gives her a soft smile.] You don't have to apologize. It could have happened to anyone. I'll get this fixed up while you set the table, alright?
[Umi's matching smile is weaker but grateful.] ...Okay. I think I can at least get THAT right.
[ ooc: Aya is red and Umi is blue