Yuki leaned against the counter as he sipped at his tea, listening to Kyou rise and ready himself for the morning ahead. From the single sentence that had been shouted at him, the cat must have been asleep. He had no idea what time the cat went to bed that night, nor any other night, but wondered if it was later than most people. He also didn't know what Kyou did at night, but he was sure as hell it wasn't studying. He was usually pretty quiet during the late hours.
Amethyst eyes lifted up to Kyou as he finally made his way downstairs, looking a little worse for wear. He must've had a rough night. He tried to distract the focus from himself by spouting mean words and grabbing something to eat. He looked like he hadn't slept in weeks. [+purple "You look like you've had better mornings,"] Yuki answered, choosing to ignore the comment about his tea making. Kyou was absolutely right about that, it was a shock Yuki didn't burn the kitchen down. He finished off his tea, setting the cup down on the counter beside him. [+purple "As I told you clearly yesterday, you're going to help piece things together and hang them up. It has to be done this morning because the festival is after school. You're also expected to attend that."]
The night had not been one of his more peaceful. The car was known for his nightmares and sometimes, no most times they involved the family curse. And for some reason, that night it had been triggered. More than once, Kyo woke in a panic and cold sweat, trying not to shout curses into the night as to not wake the rat or the dog. For all the hell they gave him, the teen boy did actually care about them, though he would be damned to admit it openly. Besides he would also be damned if they saw him scared or weak like he was in the dead hours of the night.
About an hour or two before Yuki's alarm, the orange haired male was finally able to get back to sleep. A sleep that was dreamless and allowed him a little relief. It was the loud knock that woke him. [b "Damn rat!"] He grumbled into his pillow as he remembered what he was in for that morning. But he was good and up and dressed soon and had his own bag over his shoulder as he came down and went to the kitcjen, stealing one of the cold rice balls.
[b "Shocker you didn't manage to burn the water, rat."] Kyo shot at Yuki with a mouth full. Clearly he was still shaken by his dreams and looked like hell from the lack in sleep but was not going to show it. [b "Tell me again the hell you have planned and why so damn early?"] Yup he was grumpy and imparient as ever.
Yuki sat down at his desk to work on his homework, having it done in record time. All he could think about was how comfy his bed looked and how desperately he wanted to be in it. The slender teenager was so exhausted he had foregone his nightly bath just so he could get to sleep sooner. The moment his head touched the pillow, the rat was asleep and he didn't wake again until his alarm sounded early the next morning.
A soft groan fell from his chest at the loud shrieking of his alarm clock, silencing it by shoving it off of his bedside table. Part of him wished it was Saturday so he could sleep in a bit longer, but he slowly sat up as he remembered his and Kyou's "conversation" from the previous afternoon. Yuki was getting vengeance he rightfully deserved by placing Kyou on this early morning setup. faintly smiling at the thought again. It wasn't the same as roundhouse kicking the cat through a window, but it was just as satisfying. Slowly Yuki rose from his bed, changing into his uniform and grabbing his bag before knocking on Kyou's door loudly enough to wake him from a coma, just in case he hadn't risen yet. Afterwards he made his way downstairs and fixed himself a cup of tea, drinking it quietly as he waited for Kyou.
The boy was all but nearly death gripping the poor metal pot within his hands. The more that his temper tose, the tighter his grip became. There were times he was not aware of the stregnth he truly had until it was too late and he had broken something. And it had happened MULTIPLE times. In the back of his mind, the cat was wondering how long until he broke the pot he was holding. With the way things were going and the way his temper was flaring, it could not be long.
Kyo had to turn orangey-red orbs from the rat to the floor to try and regain some of his composure. [b "You did this on purpose you damn rat! I am not a slave and not for your own sick amusement!"] Kyo shouted, getting in his last words before Yuki left with his stuff and went up the stairs and to his room. All the while, Kyo was cursing the rat as he stormed into the kitchen to help the dog.
[i "Now, now Kyou he is only trying to do you a favour. Maybe this could do you and that temper of yours some good. Besides it means I can catch up on some sleep and don't have to worry about making sure you get off to school."] The dog said, just dodging the rag Kyo launched at his head. [i "By the way, you're turn. Enjoy."] And Kyo was left to finish cleaning the kitchen, cursing both the damn rat and dog.
The male's eyes shifted downwards, noticing the death grip his cousin had on the pot. Yuki wondered just how much longer it would be before the metal groaned and twisted in Kyou's grip. He was strong, even the rat could admit that, and could easily lose focus of that strength when he was angry enough. If Yuki didn't have the talents that he was gifted with, the cat could have easily beaten him a long time ago. Still, the cat was no match for the rat's speed and let his anger cloud his judgement. It didn't help kyou's case that he was predictable as well. Yuki could easily see what move his cousin would fall into and was able to avoid it easily. He needed to do more than just train, he needed to keep his mind in the game as well. That was the point Kyou failed at.
[+purple "There's a couple of pieces that need put together and set up,"] Yuki told him quietly, but calmly. Kyou may scare plenty of people but Yuki wasn't one of them. [+purple "There's also quite a few things that need to be hung up near the ceiling. You'll have to leave for school when I do, we need to be there early."]
He moved away from the table after that, indicating that he was finished talking about this subject, and gathered up his things near the doorway. Afterwards he headed upstairs to his room, leaving the door open and setting the extra books and his bag on the desk. Spending an early morning with Kyou wasn't ideal but it would be worth it just to see him forced to spend time doing something he hated. A faint smile touched Yuki's lips as Kyou's impending misery and sat down at the desk. Suddenly, he couldn't wait for the next morning.
Kyou was trying so hard not to dump the serving pot over the rat's head. The only thing keeping him refrained no wasn't knowing that Akito had his special fun with the other teen but the dog. If he dumped the stew on Yuki, the dog would make him clean it and anything else he deemed needing cleaning. It would be an excuse to have half the house cleaned. And he would NOT get into that again. It was a well known fact that Kyou hated cleaning but wasn't terrible at it. But quickly he shook that thought aside.
His temper flared all the more at Yuki's next words. It sounded like another form of torture or punishment. Why the hell did the rat think this was such a good idea? There was NO reason he should give a damn as far as he was concerned. [b "And what exactly does this entail? You know decorating is the DEATH of me."] The cat growled, vold gaze upon the other male. He would make it hell for them in the morning to try and get out of it.
Shigure gathered the dishes while Kyou began to pick up the serving pot, glancing at Yuki again as he did so. He didn't like the fact that the rat had skipped out on most of his dinner, knowing something else had to be up. Was it really just because he was tired? Did it have to do with whatever happened with Akito last night? He believed the latter was more likely, none of the Sohma's were the same after spending time with the head of the family. He was just so cruel to them. Still, he couldn't imagine how much worse it had to be for the small teenager as he was Akito's favorite. The sickly male reserved special tortures just for those whom he had grown a fondness to. He mused over all of this quietly while heading out into the kitchen to work on the dishes as he said he would.
Yuki watched the cat quietly, arms folded loosly over his chest. Little did Kyou know, he was right. As head of the student council, the rat could get away with more things than other students and even volunteer them for things they had no wish to participate in. Normally he would never do such a thing, but Kyou could use a little school spirit. After speaking with the council that morning, they had quite the task for the cat especially after Yuki so willingly gave his name. [+purple "You're in luck,"] Yuki spoke quietly, continuing to watch the cat. [+purple "Everything's already planned out so you don't have to worry about that. You just need to show up and do what we tell you. I told them how you have quite the skill in decorating] [+purple and you'd be more than delighted to help decorate for the spring festival."]
The cat had caught the soft sound from the rat and rolled his eyes. Any other night he would have picked more of a fight. But given that the other teen didn't seem up to it, Kyo left it alone. ONCE in awhile he could keep his mouth shut despite what the other Sohmas happened to think of him. Besides, he knew that the rat was going to point out that he NEVER seemed to keep his attention on their schooling or to try and salvage his academic career. But what point was there for him to try? He was the cursed member of the family and really didn't have a future. It was why he TRIED to live his life as much as he could and why every chance he got tried to finally beat the rat.
Kyo shook those thoughts from his head as he stood and began to get the pots since the dog was gathering the dishes. [b "You mean if you don't burn whatever you get."] The cat shot at the rat as he made his way past him towards the kitchen door. But when the student council was mentioned, the oraney haired teen froze and his orangey-red orbs went to Yuki. [b "And what the hell do they want with me?"] He practically shouted, anger roiling as he knew the "Prince" had put them up to it.
[b "This better not be another of your damn planning commitees, ya damn rat."] Kyo shot at Yuki as now he was turned towards the other teen. He was seriously debating dumping the stew over the boy's head with his irritation.
Yuki couldn't help but scoff quietly at Kyou's statement about his attention span. Everytime he looked over at the cat's desk, he was staring out the window or scrawling pictures in his notebook. Not once in the history of their relationship did the rat ever remember Kyou paying attention in order to salvage his academic career. It made Yuki wonder briefly just what kind of future the loud male had in store for himself.
Actually, he knew the answer to that...though he wished he didn't.
He nodded briefly at Kyou's question, leaning back a little until his frame rested heavily against the wall. Shigure nodded as well, beginning to stack the dishes together and gave a disapproving look once he reached Yuki's bowl. It looked as if it had hardly been touched, perhaps a few bites taken out of it. The rat had been known to eat less than the others but this was different. Chocolate eyes flickered over to his charge, looking him over briefly before speaking.
[+dimgrey "Are you sure you're alright, Yuki? You've hardly touched your dinner."]
Yuki slowly looked over at him, letting out a sigh afterwards. He couldn't help it, he just wasn't hungry. Spending time with Akito would do that to a person. After a few moments, he pushed himself to stand and looked over the two of them. [+purple "I'm fine,"] he answered quietly. [+purple "I'll eat something later, after I finish homework. That reminds me...the student council wants to talk to you tomorrow, Kyou."]
Kyo had been taking a "slurp" of his stew and had to quickly pull the bowl away from his lips so her wouldn't spit out what was in his mouth. The damn rat HAD to open that mouth of his. Yes, the last time had been because he had tripped. And even now he wished it had been done on purpose. Might have made the rat respect him more. But thinking about it, he could even think it had been funny. Though the lecture he had gotten from Hatori had been horrible. The dragon had been so angry when Kyo and Yuki had called him freaking out over the burns that the cat had give to the rat.
For a few moments, Kyo had been picturing that day. Not only had he been scolded by Hatori but he had gotten a scolding from the dog who had been trying his hardest not to laugh over it. IF the car could be honest, which he never would be, that day had actually been one of his more liked days. Though bad as it had been, it had not been nearly as shitty as so much of his life had been.
Kyo had tuned back in when Shigure explained the basics of the call. It was enough for him to get an idea at least. [b "I focus when I HAVE to. And he knows me better than any of the others do."] Kyo shot back in Kazuma's defense. Out of the family, Kazuma was the ONLY one he respected fully. And everyone knew it too. But after those brief bits of conversation, the cat actually fell silent and finished his food.
[b "Are the two of you almost done?"] He near demanded. Kyo was only asking because as much as he hated it, the cat would do some of the clean up.
Yuki sighed quietly, taking a few bites of dinner before glancing up at Kyou. Yes, he remembered that time very well, though he doubted the cat remembered all of the details that went along with it. [+purple "From what I recall,"] he stated quietly, looking back down at his dinner. [+purple "You were making stock for miso soup. You tripped over your own two feet and hit the pot off the stove, throwing boiling water all over me. You really are the object of grace, you know."]
Shigure snickered, briefly recalling that. He didn't know the full story, having been at the main house when it happened, but heard most of the details from Hatori. The dragon seemed less than pleased having to trek all the way to the dog's home to patch the rat up and more than likely gave the cat a lecture for it as well. He wished he could have seen it.
The older male finished his dinner, resting his elbow on the table and his chin in his hand as he looked over at the cat. Kyou always lit up when he spoke of his tutor, Kazuma the only Sohma brave enough to house the cat under his roof. Shigure had to admit that Kyou deserved to have a loving father-figure, he deserved some kindness after so much shit in his life. [+dimgrey "Well, it didn't exactly pique my interest and I had other things to do,"] he admitted, continuing to watch the loud teenager. [+dimgrey "If I remember right, he said it would be a quick session, maybe a few hours a week for two weeks. Something about not wanting to take you away from your schoolwork. He obviously doesn't know you well, having said something like that. Honestly, I'm surprised you're still passing your classes."]
Kyo's attention was no longer on the fog and the rat. Instead he had turned it to filling an empty bowl and almost scarfing the food. Between his cooking and Shigure's, the cat usually prefered the dog's. But IF he needed to cook he was more than capable as the stew and rice proved. It was the famn rat they would have to worry about. Last time they let Yuki in the kitchen to TRY and cook something the house had nearly burnt down. And it really wasn't like he minded doing the cooking. It was something he could do. Though, Kyo would be caught dead before he EVER adnitted any of that.
[b "Yeah. You don't wake your ass up and I WILL dump the pot over your head. Remember the last time, rat?"] The cat said with a wicked smile. He had to give the rat a hard time, though in the back of his mind Kyo ALMOST felt sorry for him. ALMOST. But that was as far as he went before he went back to his food, ignoring the two with who he sat.
His ears perked at the mention of Kazuma and his eyes immediately went to the dog. There was a spark in them that wasn't usually there. [b "When did he say it would be? Couldn't you at least pay attention to that, ya useless dog?"] The cat asjed, getting excited. If no more information was given, Kyo would be sneaking off and disappearing for a few days. He was dying to meet with Kazuma now.
A quiet sigh fell from his chest as he heard the table being pushed closer, looking over again to confirm it. He could also see the dog he just assaulted observing him with those gentle chocolate eyes, a bit concerned about his charge's exhaustion. Yuki hardly ever was this tired, even when he stayed up most of the night studying for an exam. Something bigger must have happened while in Akito's care the previous afternoon. Still, Shigure didn't want to push it as he knew it was a rather touchy subject.
Yuki pushed himself to sit up a little bit before resting his arms on the short table and his head on top of them. It didn't take long for the rat to fall into sleep, the steady rising and falling of his chest the main indicator to his guardian. He couldn't fully base it off of the teen's banter as was also known to keep quiet just to anger his cousin in the next room. Shigure moved quietly back over to Yuki's side of the table, clearing off the books and picking up his bag to set it next to the staircase. Surely whatever the cat decided to make would take a little while and he could allow Yuki to catch up on some much needed rest.
So that's what he did, deciding to read in the meantime.
Once he saw movement from the kitchen doorway from the corner of his eye, Shigure pulled off the thin frame glasses and set them aside with his book. Afterwards, he reached over and gently shook the rat awake. [+dimgrey "Come now, Yuki. Time to wake,"] he told him softly. Once the rat began to stir, Shigure picked up an empty bowl and filled it for the tired teenager. [+dimgrey "Best to rise and shine so you can eat before Kyou dumps the pot over your head. I'm not taking you to the hospital for second degree burns."]
Yuki sighed quietly, slowly sitting up and looking at the dinner in front of him. It didn't look too bad, like most things Kyou cooked. He was certainly better at it than the rat was. It smelled good, too. The cat was actually a pretty good cook, though he would never admit it out loud, and didn't mind eating whatever it was the cat had prepared.
[+dimgrey "Kazuma called while you were in school,"] Shigure said softly between bites of dinner. [+dimgrey "Something about planning your spring training or the like. I kind of zoned out during that conversation."]
The cat was not known for quiet compliance. It just wouldn't be him, though USUALLY Kyo did as he was bid. Beneath the anger and his defiance, some part of him respected at least the dog. Though he would NEVER admit it. If he admitted to it, there would be even more harrassment coming his way. And the orange haired male had enough of that for many lifetimes.
When in the kitchen, the cat went through the food and froze when he saw the leaks sitting in the cupboard and staring at him. He detested the famn vegetable as he had been FORCED to eat it as a child and to LIKE it. Quickly he slammed the little wooden door shut and just grabbed the vegetables from the freezer along with chucken and rice. It was still early enough he could make a stew. It would also keep him in the kitchen away from the others too. Though when he heard Shigure's words on Yuki's cooking and breaking dishes, Kyo could not help laughing. It was true, the rat was NEVER good with cooking or dishes. It was one of the only things that Kyo could do that the "crown jewel" himself could not.
[b "I'm keepin' ya to it dog!"] Kyo shouted as he began on the stew. He may not have liked the rat and dog much, but at least they were A LITTLE better than the rest of the family. And when that thought came up, Kyo's mind wandered over the years and all the hell. But he was at least attentive enough of the dinner he was told to make.
When done, the cat brought the pot of stew, the rice, and the bowls out. Without looking at Shigure or Yuki he set it on the small table and took a seat himself.
Shigure watched Kyou storm off into the kitchen, doing as he was told. He typically did as the dog instructed but always had something to say about it. Not once in the history of Kyou's existence did he comply quietly. [+dimgrey "Well, it's either that or Yuki cooks,"] he said softly, knowing both boys could hear him. [+dimgrey "I'd like to eat something that I can recognize and isn't burnt to hell."]
Yuki cracked an eye open at this, glaring tiredly at the smart-mouthed zodiac member. The rat couldn't cook to save his life, he could even burn water. Still, he didn't want to hear about it at the moment. Silently he picked up one of the weighty textbooks and chucked it at Shigure, aiming for his head. It missed its target, indicating Yuki's exhaustion, and caught the adult in the gut instead. A loud thud followed by a pained groaned sounded through the room, Yuki closing his eyes again. [+purple "No wonder I can't stand either of you,"] he mumbled quietly. He then allowed his frame to sink to the floor where he sat, not even bothering to move to the kotatsu.
Shigure sighed at this, moving over and pushing the table closer to the rat to make him more comfortable. Sure, he could be an asshole, but he loved the two males under his roof. They were his family after all. [+dimgrey "I think I'll also do the dishes, Yuki has a tendency to break them."]
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