[b "You wanted something a little more challenging than toast and that would be this. Besides was thinking to have them scrambled that way if yokes break it's no big deal."] Kyou said as he took a side glance at his cousin, who seemed to he looking at the stove as if it were some kind of monster. Or that was just how he interpretted the look. To be fair he didn't know what went through the mind of the damn rat and didn't even want to.
It almost to a sad point amused him with Yuki seeming scared of the stove. Well he knew the history there so that was him being cruel. But on the other hand he felt kinda bad for him too. He knew what it was like not getting something and well this was a first for the rat. [b "Watch...it ain't that hard."] The cat said as he took up an egg and began to show the rat how to crack the eggs and even cook them.
Yuki bit his lip faintly in slight worry as Kyou went to the fridge to retrieve the eggs for their next lesson. He knew at some point it would come to this but he wasn't expecting it so soon. The stove? Did the cat really think he was ready for this? Yuki didn't and, in fact, had many doubts about his ability to not catch the kitchen on fire. The last time he had tried to use the stove he had done almost exactly that and had been banned from the appliance for the foreseeable future.
[+purple "Do you really think I'm ready for this?"] he asked quietly, following Kyou over to the counter and standing beside the stove range. Yuki eyed the white, oval shapes afterwards while folding his arms loosely over his chest. On top of that, how was he supposed to break an egg cleanly? He had failed at that task as well before, almost crushing it to pieces. Hopefully Kyou could teach him successfully and the lesson wouldn't end with a destroyed kitchen.
So far the rat had learned the toast, which the cat had to give credit for. It was not difficult but it surely didn't look too easy to Yuki the night before. Actually it had been both comical and sad how uncertain his cousin had seemed of the appliance. But then he had to remember that they literally had had to put out a fire the last time they had trusted the other with such a task.
Quickly Kyou pushed those thoughts out of his head. He was TRYING to behave for once. And after seei g the struggle the rat had in class he almost felt sorry for him. He KNEW what it was like for something to be so challenging. Knew what feeling like a failure was like and also knew what being made fun of was like. Yuki was known as the prince and the golden boy. He had NEVER had to face it. Did the cat long to see the day? Of course but cooking was not something he could or would let the rat suffer with. Besides it was something freeing and something that could help later in life.
[b "Yeah, okay. How about we go with scambled eggs? You know toast and if you learn eggs then you can make yourself breakfast."] And with that said, Kyou went to get eggs out and began the lesson.
Yuki had begun his homework by the time Kyou had appeared in his doorway, the ice pack long abandoned beside the window. It was still wrapped in the towel for easy carrying and neatly awaiting its trip back downstairs. Violet eyes lifted from the history book he was currently reading, his pen setting down quietly on top of his notebook shortly after. Another lesson did sound nice, after his internal panic during home ec today he could use a bit more guidance. The rat nodded and Kyou's words, picking up the now-warm ice pack and carrying it downstairs to set back into the freezer.
The kitchen was quiet now that Shigure had retreated upstairs and was tying up the phone line with what Yuki assumed to be his older brother. Even though the rat despised Aaya, he was still a good friend of the dog's and had to see his annoying face from time to time. The phone was better, at least he wasn't forced to be in the same building with the long haired snake. He turned his gaze back over to Kyou, letting his small frame rest against the nearby fridge. [+purple "How about something a little harder...but still kind of easy?"] he suggested quietly. Yuki didn't want to get too ahead of himself, if he pushed too far he may burn the house down or ruin another set of pots.
To be honwst with himself, Kyou wasn't sure what he was even doing. Wasn't sure why he had offered another lesson. For the time being he had gotten what he had needed. Both he and the rat had kept their ends of the deal. So what the hell had him drawn to the room? What the hell even had him asking if Yuki wanted another lesson? And then he remembered their class and how he could see the "prince" actually feeling the odd man out. He remembered how scared that his cousin had actually looked in the kitchen and how lost he had been. Yeah he could do this and let the rat learn ways to take care of himself.
Kyou was mostly locked in his own head as he walked down the stairs and was followed by the rat. It was quiet, almost too quiet. But then it was nice because it meant that for ONCE the dog was working and wouls not be bothering them. Besides, Kyou wasn't sure he even wanted Shigure knowing about the lessons or that MAYBE the cat and rat could get along. Oh what fun the blasted dog would have with that one.
[b "Well did you want it to be? Or did ya wanna try something a little more challenging?"] Yuki would be the one learning and so he figured might as well let the other choose. Besides Kyou could cook as it was, so NOTHING would be too difficult on his end.
Yuki had long left his bed by the time Kyou appeared in his open doorway, the rat having begun his homework. This early in the evening, most of his work was finished; he only had one more subject left. Luckily it wasn't a hard one for him and he could have it finished in fifteen or so minutes. Yuki's eyes lifted to his cousin, watching him for a moment before nodding and carefully rising. He was a bit surprised to be offered another lesson and couldn't picture why Kyou was still doing it. Did Kyou not get what he needed yet? Or was Yuki a good enough pupil that the cat felt he could learn a thing or two?
He followed Kyou downstairs to the empty kitchen, looking around it before stopping somewhere near the sink. The dog had left a bowl of covered soba noodles and nori strips for Yuki to eat once he felt like it, the rat having spent far too much time nursing his injury and falling behind on homework. Shigure could actually be kind when he wasn't acting like a child. The rat decided against eating just yet and focusing more on Kyou's lesson.
[+purple "Is it on the same skill level as last night's?"] he asked quietly.
Kypu had started his way back even before Yuki had left the building. As always, or rather was ALMOST always the cat wanted to be alone. His jead was pretty much filled with the fact that he and Yuki seemed to have some sort of a truce going on. What the hell was with it? The two of the HATED the other and so why were they even helping the other? Though one part of him was thankful for it, the other part of him was suspicious and uneasy. And those thoughts continued to eat away at him as he laid on the roof and just stared up at the sky and the clouds overhead as they drifted by.
His eyes closed for what felt like a moment but when he opened them it was nearly sundown. It seemed that his racing thoughts had lulled him into sleep. And with that being the case and KNOWING that the dog had no intentions on cooking, Kyou finally climbed down from the roof and slipped into his bedroom, leaving his bag on the bed and changing into a black shirt and tanned pants. As soon as he was, Kyou stopped in the rat's doorway. [b "Feel like another lesson?"] He muttered. Why he was doing this, Kyou had NO idea but he was.
Yuki silently headed to his locker, switching out books he had for ones that he needed to take home. His side still ached terribly but it had dulled enough for him to move and to make it home. He figured ice would help, making a mental note to grab some once he made it back to the house. Since Shigure was now aware of the rat's state he wouldn't ask questions if he happened to see it nor would he bring it up if he could avoid it. It was a good thing seeing as how Yuki didn't really wish to discuss it with him. He was grateful to Shigure for getting him out of that house with Akito into somewhere much better but didn't exactly share deeper things with him. In reality, he didn't share those with anyone. He didn't have anyone to talk to.
Once he got what he needed, he began his walk home. Yuki had lost track of Kyou and wasn't sure if he was still in the building or if he had begun his journey home already. Either way, he'd see him again soon. As soon as he made it back, he easily avoided any conversation with the dog by heading into the kitchen and grabbing a large ice pack and towel. Yuki took it upstairs, quietly closing his door a bit and laying on his bed with the ice on his side. A soft wince touched his features at first contact, the motion hurting like hell, but hopefully soon he wouldn't feel much. He planned on staying like this for at least half an hour, homework could wait until he felt better.
Why the hell was he even helping the damn rat in the first place? The deal was math and cooking.. NOT this. For all he should have cared, Yuki could have gotten himself caught. Could have for once let the school see how "weak" their primce was. And despite himself there was a part that WANTED to let Yuki fall on his ass. But there apparently was a part of him that cared.. the part that had bim now standing in front of his cousin and making sure that no one was aware of what had happened or was happening. All the while, Kyou was arguing with himself and TRYING to figure out what he had done and why. But no matter how he looked at it, there were no answers for the cat.
As soon as Yuki straightenes, Kyou moved away from the boy and acted as if he was busy with something in the kitchen. And FINALLY the bell rang which set them free from the place he considered his own personal hell. It was when the others had begun to file out at the rat had gone to the table to get his bag did orangey-red gaze fall on the other male. [b "Jusr don't mention it. Don't need the family thinking I have a heart or something."] He muttered as he moved around the counter and once more went back to the table to get his own bag.
The cat actually had what he needed and so didn't bother to stop by his locker. He just walked passed them and out the doors and began to walk back to Shigure's. His mind STILL trying to figure out what had been up with him saving the rat's ass while in class.
Yuki remained in that position for a few minutes, keeping his eyes shut tightly. He wanted to cry out, to voice his discomfort, but he was trained from a young age to keep quiet. Outbursts of any kind were met with more pain and he learned a long time ago that it wasn't worth it. That lesson in silence helped greatly here as it prevented unwanted attention. It took a long time for the sharp pains to die down to a manageable level and the bright amethyst eyes to reopen again. Slowly he looked over at Kyou, his head still resting against the counter with an arm over his throbbing side, and watched him quietly for a few moments. It was a bit surprising how quickly the cat jumped to his feet to block the rat from view of the others and help, normally a remark would be made of how he deserved it and he'd be left to fend for himself. He wasn't complaining, this new found comradely was nice.
Once he finally felt well enough, Yuki slowly straightened himself up but kept his arm around the injury. The bell had finally rung, the others filing out quickly so they could begin their after school activities or study at home. Slowly he went back to the table to pick up his bag and glanced back at Kyou. [+purple "Thank you,"] he said quietly before exiting the class to head to his locker.
The others around them were slowly finishing up and cleaning their kitches as well. Kyou noticed how most had an idea of how to cook or to clean. But he also noted he was the MAIN of the students who would be able to survive fully on their own. An ironic and weird thought since the cat was not used to being the "best" in a class. But he guessed it couldn't hurt either. At least this particular class was something he liked and had been forced into learning.
His thoughts continued on the irony until he looked fully once more back to where Yuki was still moving around and cleaning. Just the look upon the rat's face in a sense made the orage haired teen know where his head was. The other was thinking how behind he was and how it had been that way so he could be caged in. Kyou was free, whereas Yuki was not. Akito had made sure of that.
When the other was bent over the counter, the cat was on his feet and putting away the glass measuring cup that had almost fallen. He had been sure to move to where the other students and the teacher did not see Yuki as he was. [b "Coulda made me get my ass back in here.."] But that was all he said.
Yuki took to silence once they began straightening up the kitchen, Kyou working on the cleaning while the rat began to put the dishes away. This was something that was well within his skill set and he knew how to do, feeling the most comfortable in the kitchen for the first time since the bell rang. He knew it wasn't his fault, Akito kept these lessons from him to prevent the rat from living on his own and leaving the others. Most of his life the angry god had the rat served instead of teaching basic life skills. Despite this, he couldn't help but feel far behind the rest of his classmates. They could leave their homes one day and survive on their own while Yuki would forever need to rely on someone else.
These toxic thoughts remained in his head as he continued to move around the kitchen and return the items from where they came. He became so caught up in them that he reached up to a cabinet above his head in order to return the glass measuring cup to its home when a sharp and severe pain shot through his side and almost caused him to drop it onto the tile below. He was able to catch it before it collided with the floor and broke, setting it heavily down on on the counter in front of him before wrapping that arm around his side and letting his eyes close while his head rested against the base of the cabinet.
Kyou could have come up with a ton of insults had he wanted to do so. But he KNEW what it was like to feel like a fool and to have it thrown into his face. Besides it really wasn't the rat's fault he knew NOTHING about the kitchen, cooking, or cleaning. Their lovely god was hell bent on molding Yuki into what was expected and NOT teaching him to live in the real world. All of those thoughts bounced around in his head as he set about his tasks.
The teacher had only stopped for a few moments to sample their creation and to congratulate them. Well more Yuki as she had expected the rat had done most the work. But Kyou hated school and anything to do with it so he kept his mouth shut. Besides the teacher wasn't with them long enough for him to shoot his mouth off had he wanted to. She was already to the next station. [b "Yeah...another would probably be good. Whatever god other than Akito out there knows I need all the help I can get."] The cat muttered as the two teens cleaned up the rest of the kitchen.
When they were done, Kyou took off the horrible pink apron he had worn and took a seat at one of the many tables. There was still about fifteen minutes left. And orangey-red orbs were watching the rat
Yuki watched Kyou move quietly, cleaning up the spilled water on both sides of the sink and counters before stepping over to the sink. He stepped away a bit so the cat could move more effectively, giving a quiet explanation as he refilled the sink with steaming hot water and setting the dishes that Yuki had been working on in to soak. Part of Yuki felt foolish that he was just learning this now as surely most of his classmates had learned this many years ago. The teen had good reasoning for not learning as he never had the opportunity. Akito had been shaping the rat for most of his life and cooking just never made it into the picture. He was never shown how.
He remained quiet as the teacher passed by them, stopping long enough to sample what they had created and congratulate them on a job well done, before moving on to the other students. Amethyst eyes turned over to the cat and gave him a very faint smile. [+blue "Would you like another tutoring lesson tonight?"] he asked quietly before helping the cat with the dishes until the two of them were done.
He did have to wonder what was going on in the rat's head. Sure Yuki was quiet, but this seemed even quieter than usual. Ironic that he should care considering the history that the cousins happened to have. But then the fact that they WERE in a kitchen and this was something the other struggled with whereas he himself felt at home did get the cat a bit. Now it seemed the shoe was on the opposite foot. For ONCE, Yuki was the one out of his element. Usually he would find joy in the uncomfort of the rat, but knowing what it was like, Kyou ALMOST felt bad for him. And that was even more the case as he watched the struggle with the more heavily soiled dishes which had water beginning to snake upon both sides of the sink.
Slowly Kyou moved over and began to clean up the water and moved to the sink himself. [b "A deal's a deal. You saved my ass and so I can yours here."] Kyou muttered. Orangey-red eyes did take a peek to their teacher and as had been the whole time she was paying them no mind. [b "The utensils are the easy part...but when you have pans or bowls with food or something stuck to them it won't come off.. Or not easily... Best to let it soak a little in hot water and then try."] The cat muttered as he filled the sink again, putting the dishes that Yuki had had trouble with in to soak.
Once he had, the cat moved away again JUST as their teacher came to check on them.
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