[b [i 'Yes, one must have a brain and use it to get into college.']] Kyo muttered under his breath with a roll of his eyes. It always irritated him that the family thought all he had was an empty head. He thought about more than they knew. And most the time it involved ways he would FINALLY beat the damn rat in a fight and a way to prove he was actually worth aomething. Not that he would tell that to them. Why the hell should he when they didn't really give a damn if he lived or died. NONE of them would last a day in his shoes or having the continued abuse that he did from EVERY single one of the others. Akito was bad, even Kyo could admit it. But just the god was nothing compared to having them all on your back. Being the cat and the outsider, the orange haired male qould know.
For once, Kyo kept his mouth shut as he kicked off his shoes as quickly as he could. He had been trying to slip past both the dog and rat as quickly as he could. Anymore time spent with them and he would most likely lose it. But at Shigure's words, Kyo stiffened and froze. [b "Yeah, so? You two NEVER like when I cook. "] He said with a growl to his words, turning a cold glare on the dog and rat.
Even he could see that Yuki was tired. But did he REALLY care? Nope. [b "Fine, but the damn rat does the dishes."] And with that, Kyo stormed off to the kitchen. Anything to get out of that particular room.
[+blue "Yes, one must have a brain and use it to get into college,"] Yuki murmured quietly, passing the dog and taking his shoes off before stepping into the house. [+blue "It requires reading books without pictures in them."] He didn't imagine Kyou taking any classes if he graduated high school, choosing to waste whatever talents he had. Even the rat had to admit that he was rather skilled at martial arts and had a future in it if he chose to be Kazuma's successor but he wondered if the male even had the focus to do so. That would also mean Kyou would never stop trying to beat the rat, likely continuing this same song and dance until they were both dead and buried.
Amethyst eyes looked over at the small, heated table sitting in the family room, sighing quietly at the stack of books that were waiting for his attention. They were rather thick, suited to be more of a weapon than reading material. Normally this was something Yuki would be proud of and excited to crack one of them open, but he was just so tired. They would have to wait to be examined after a good night's sleep.
Shigure rose from his spot, taking one last exhale of smoke before stamping the cigarette out in a nearby ashtray, then followed both teens inside. He, too, noticed how exhausted the rat looked , and watched as the slim male dropped his bag next to the books on the table and let his frame rest heavily on the nearby wall. [+dimgrey "Is everything alright, Yuki?"] he asked softly, studying the male for a moment. [+dimgrey "What happened last night?"]
Yuki shook his head, murmuring a quiet statement expressing his unwillingness to talk about it, and Shigure sighed quietly. [+dimgrey "Then we'll talk later. Kyou, you're cooking dinner tonight since I did it last night. Yuki, take a nap or something."]
Kyo was loud and he didn't care. The orange haired boy with the orangy-red eyes had no reason to try to be so refined. The little rabbit, Momiji was constantly scolded for his loudness and needing to be more subdued. Scolded to be more like the damn rat. But the cat on the otherhand never had such scoldings. No one cares what he did and so he constantly tested that out because he could. Which meant being as loud as he could be or his constant running off.
All of those had been thoughts and ideas going around in his head, which the others constantly called empty as he ran after Yuki. He was still trying to find the right moment to make his move but never did it seem to come. And before he knew it, the pair were walking up the drive and to Shigure's house. As was usual, the lazy dog had a cigarette in his mouth and was on the porch, waiting for them. Should have known that he would be as they were ALWAYS greeted in this manner after school. It was in part to make sure they wouldn't tear each other or the dog's home apart right when they got home.
Orangy-red eyes went to the dark and he gave a glare of ice. [b "Very funny dog! I can be just as good as the rat! But who said I'm even going to college, anyway? I'm going to train more!"] Yes he was still angry with Yuki over the wall thing and angry with Shigure and his jokes. One day he would show them. All of them.
A quiet sigh left his chest as he heard the cat's voice from outside. It wasn't a secret among the Sohmas that Kyou was loud, hell he was probably the loudest in the family. He could outshine Momiji in that category any day. Still, it was satisfying to know that he had gotten under the male's skin and retribution was paid for his earlier action. He headed home quietly, bag tucked under his arm and eyes remaining forward as he allowed his mind to wander. Yuki was hardly ever this spacy, especially in school, and wanted to get it all out of his system before he arrived to Shigure's. The last thing he wanted was for the dog to ask questions that he really didn't want to answer.
He had a lot on his mind, especially with the events of yesterday evening, and desperately wished he could shut it off much like Kyou did whenever he entered the school building. He just couldn't shake Akito's words and actions. Yuki, the precious rat, was Akito's favorite. Everyone knew it. This meant he was subject to more time with Akito than anyone and each Sohma knew how much he loved psychological warfare. From a young age Akito slowly molded the rat into everything he wanted him to be and had him doubting everything about himself. Well, except his superiority over the cat. Still, Yuki just wished the head of the family would leave him alone.
That would never happen.
Once he reached the property, he looked up to see Shigure on the porch with a cigarette in his hand. Typical. The dog gave both boys a smile before taking a drag of the cigarette and letting out a stream of smoke. [+dimgrey "Good to see you two back,"] Shigure stated softly. [+dimgrey "Yuki, a few college books have arrived for you, they're sitting on the kotatsu. Kyou, I think a clown college is interested in you."]
Everyone knew better than to touch the "Prince" and the other Sohmas were scared to. He was the only one who couldn't give a "rat's ass" and tried to touch Yuki constantly. In fact, he was always trying to goat him into a fight so that he could FINALLY show the rat who was boss. Because ever since they had been younger, Kyo could remember having his ass handed to him by that disgusting rat. And now that he was older, the cat took any chance he could to pay him back. Even if that meant smacking him in the back of the head like he did before making his way out of the classroom and down the hall to the lockers where they left their shoes.
Kyo could hear the steps behind him. And he knew who it was too. The dear "crown jewel" of the Sohma family and his own personal hell. He was waiting for the damn rat to get closer but he had miscalculated as he was shoved into the wall. And it was more than uncomfortable, causing him to lose his breath for a moment. [b "One of these days ya damn rat you'll pay!"] Kyo shouted as Yuki got his shoes and was heading out the door.
Not wanting to be in a building he hated longer than he had to be, the cat pushed himself up and got his shoes and slipped them on. Once he had, he threw his bag over his shoulder again and ran from the building. He was going to try and catch the rat and to try and get a good "hit" on him as payback for the wall.
A sudden hit to the back of his head caused his eyes to snap open while his arm fell to the desk. He didn't have to look to see who it was, he knew already. No one dared to touch the "prince" of his school in such a manner and the other Sohmas knew better. Amethyst eyes flickered over towards the front of the class to see his least favorite family member sauntering towards the door, yelling something about dinner. Unfortunately for the cat, it was probably the only time he'd ever be able to hit Yuki.
Bright eyes narrowed a bit, Yuki gathering his things and picking up his bag afterwards. The dumb animal was just asking to get his throat kicked in. One would think he would have learned better by now, provoking his rival wasn't the best action in the world, and would result with the cat laying in the yard after a well-deserved concussion. Yuki really wished the animal would disappear.
Once Yuki was ready to go, he tucked his bag under his arm and headed towards the door and into the hallway. Before he knew it, he was right behind Kyou. He stayed that way until they reached a rather secluded area of the hallway, the front doors not too far ahead, and picked up his speed. Once he reached Kyou's side, he gave him a rather hard shove into the wall next to him, smirking to himself as the cat (hopefully) collided with the wall next to him in a rather uncomfortable manner. [+purple "Oh, pardon me. I didn't see you there. It must be because of how unnoticeable you are,"] Yuki responded silently. He then grabbed his shoes, slipping them on before heading out the door and back home.
Again the night before it appeared that "family" issues had arisen and the damn rat had been caught in the middle of them. Not a shocker to the cat as the rat was one of the "golden" family members and he was just an outsider looking in. Never was he allowed to be near the main house or even let in. Not that he cared anyway. It meant that he was free to slip under their radars and to do whatever whenever he wanted. The ONLY perk to being the cursed and forgotten member of the Sohmas.
In the class, the boy's eyes wandered to the window as his cheek rested against his hand. The lecture this time was more boring and putting him to sleep. This was THE class that helped him with his naptime. He didn't even bother to try and keep up in the notes because he had long since checked out. His eyes instead following a little bird as it flew around the trees outside, swooping in and out among the leaves and the branches. And idly, Kyo Sohma let his mind wander to what being that bird would feel like. Probably much better than being cooped up in a school's classroom with a damn rat who he couldn't stand.
When the final bell of the day rang, orangy-red eyes pulled themselves from the the window. He could see the others quick to grab their things and rush from the room. Even their teacher with the droning monotone was out. It was just him and Yuki left. With a roll of his eyes, the cat stood, gripped his bag throwing it over his shoulder, and walked past Yuki's desk, purposely whacking him in the back of the head. [b "If you don't get up ya damn rat won't make it home for dinner."] He said without even stopping and making his way into the hall.
Last night had been long, that was for certain. Between Akito's afternoon/evening harassment and completing homework for the next morning, it wasn't a surprise that the rat didn't sleep. Other members of the family would have left their homework unfinished, allowing their grades to suffer this one time. Not Yuki. He couldn't. Not only would his mind reject and probably explode at such a concept but, as class president, it just wasn't an option. Other students looked up to him for guidance which meant he couldn't afford not to have his work done. Ever. Such was the curse of being class president and a perfectionist.
Kyou was lucky in that sense. He could fly under the radar both academically and with family issues. He never had all of these eyes on him, some looking for direction and some looking for him to fail. Kyou could do whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted. Being the cursed cat had its moments.
During his last class, Yuki allowed his head to rest on his hand while the other took notes, trying hard to focus on the teacher's words. It was difficult, all he wanted to do was sleep. It didn't help that this particular teacher could get rather boring, even for the straight A student. The longer he stayed in that position, the more tired he felt. Yuki only made it halfway through the class before the amethyst eyes closed and didn't reopen again, not even when the final bell rang.
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