Yuki had noted the way that the cat would stare at him, those ruby eyes seeming to stare into his soul. More than likely, they were probably questioning his sanity. Normally the two would make jabs at the other and allow themselves to fall into a fist fight, but today was certainly different. One of the reasons Yuki didn't entertain many of the cat's pokes was because of his side. The damage Akito caused to it was extensive and quite painful, making some things agonizing for the rat. That pain combined with his busy schedule wore him out rather quickly, the teenager not having the stamina to put up with their usual antics.
If he had to guess, though, this placidness was probably freaking the cat out.
He quietly followed Kyou through the kitchen and allowed his eyes to flicker over the small, silver machine that sat on the counter. As intelligent as he was, cooking was something that Yuki could never grasp and frequently ruined even the easiest of things. Toast was no exception. On days Yuki was lucky, the toast simply burned. Other days the toaster would need to be replaced. This was one of the many reasons the other two just about banned the rat from preparing anything other than a glass of water.
Yuki reached out his hand, lightly touching the metal contraption before letting it fall and rest on the countertop before looking over at Kyou again. [+purple "What do I do first?"] he asked softly.
The cat had fallen more into silence than was his usual. But he had a lot in his head. From his nightmares of the curse all the way to the deal he had made with the rat. Not that the deal was the end of the world, but it had just taken him off his guard as the two ALWAYS or near always avoided the other. The usual for them was to want the other to drop dead than to be around the other. Still though, even Kyou could appreciate the quiet and the clam for a little while.
While eating, every now and again, orangey-red eyes did go to the rat who silently ate. He couldn't help wondering what might be going through the other teen's mind. But a few times he had to avert the peeking as the damn dog would catch it and give questioning looks. It was when he was done, was the orange haired male quick to retreat to the kitchen to take his dishes back and to clean what he had used.
It was when Yuki made his presence known did Kyou turn his attention to him. The dog had become bored of them and retreated upstairs which was good for them. [b "Yeah I can now. It probably won't take too long."] The cat muttered as he led his cousin to the kitchen again and to the toaster.
Yuki glanced over at Shigure after the cigarette had been put out, noting the disapproving look he had been given. He imagined the dog would throw a fit and pout about it, but he would get over it soon. He swore that Shigure was still a teenager some days and that there were no real adults in the house. Some days it was true. Still, he didn't want to have to worry about his breathing while his side was still out and he could only imagine the lecture Shigure would receive if Hatori were to be called.
There was enough drama today, he wanted to avoid that outcome.
He nodded faintly at Shigure's question, slowly stepping into the house and looking over the meal that Kyou had prepared. Just like everything else the cat made, it smelled and looked wonderful. Yuki knew he'd never be able to cook like that but it would be nice to make a simple breakfast without destroying nearly half the kitchen. Quietly the rat picked up a bowl and filled it, grabbing a set of chopsticks and a small spoon, then sat down at the kotatsu in his spot across from Kyou and silently ate his dinner.
Once the meal was finished, Yuki took his dishes out to the kitchen just as quietly as when he retrieved them. He then kept himself occupied until the dog had disappeared back upstairs and the dishes had been cleaned, then returned to Kyou again. Amethyst eyes watched him for a few moments before speaking.
[+purple "Do you think you'd be able to teach me now?"] he asked quietly. [+purple "Afterwards, I'll help you study."]
Kyou was still pretty much calling himself indane for agreeing to what the rat wanted. A part of him was thinking this was a dream and that he would wake up soon. Yuki and he NEVER got along and NEVER asked the other for anything. So what did seem to provoke them both? Oh yeah...the rat couldn't cook and he himself had his training on the line if he couldn't pick up his grades in the math class that they had. So that had to be it.
[b [i 'Maybe this won't be hell.. Can't be as bad as the family curse.']] Kyou found himself thinking as he continued around the kitchen and getting everything ready. When he had done, the cat went to the still open door. [b "Foods done if you want."] But those were the only words he said, turning away and going to get his own dish. He didn't even want to know what kind of trouble their dear guardian was trying to stir up.
[i "Ah, now that is true. The only time either of you let down your guards is when tired, sick or injured. It'll go back to normal soon enough. Though I have to admit, Yuki..I do like the quiet."] He said and then gave the rat a look when his cigarrette had all but been pulled away from them. The dog was about to say something more but then Kyou had said dinner was ready and shrugged. He could torture both boys a little more later.
[i "Well, shall we go in?"]
Yuki glanced at the doorway as Shigure entered, the rat holding the cold pack to the sensitive area of his waist. It was still in an unbelievable amount of pain though it was something he was able to push through. His childhood with the head of their house had taught him that. He could still see Kyou through the doorway before he turned around, the cat busying himself with making the small, broken family dinner. Yuki had to admit that he had quite a knack for it while the rat would end up giving them all food poisoning. He hoped he could pick up a skill or two from his lesson with Kyou, though he wasn't all that certain he would. Yuki could find a way to burn water.
He turned back around to gaze out into the trees once his guardian had stepped out onto the porch, not looking at him as he asked his question. It was an understandable one as the two of them had been getting along and imagined it was worrying a few people. Still, what happened between himself and Kyou was their business, not anyone else's.
[+purple "I'm just tired, Shigure,"] Yuki answered quietly. He waited for the dog to finish around half of the cigarette before taking it from the male's hand and putting it out in an ashtray nearby. It was such a disgusting habit. [+purple "Being sore doesn't help either. Don't worry, we'll go back to our bickering ways shortly, I'm sure. Kyou will simply explode if he doesn't have a shouting match soon. And you should know better than to smoke, especially around me, unless you want Hatori to make a return trip because of my asthma."]
The look given was definitely felt. But then it had been no less than was expected either. He had said something RUDE, which was his nature and been given a look. Most times, his rudeness warranted a hit or something, which he had thought would be coming soon. When it didn't, the cat was in his way surprised. But then again, Kypu had to remember the deal they had made and how the day really was not what they expected or how they normally acted.
[b "Damn dog's probably gonna join you and make me get everything ready. I'll just drag your asses back in when it is."] Kyou muttered, it still being his usual sass but perhaps the faintest edge of a softness that was HARDLY every there. It was annoying to hear it because he KNEW it was not him, but yet it had happened.
Shigure stood a moment and watched the two teens. It again was a shock that not more had come. But the dog shrugged ot off and soon found himself on the porch with Yuki and lit one of his cigarettes. [i "You and Kyou seem to be playing nicely today. Not at all normal for the two of you. Something happen?"] He asked as he got straight to the point, taking a long drag from the "cancer stick".
Yuki shot Kyou a disapproving look for his comment, though it was nicer than some of the looks Kyou had gotten, and moved around the teenager to the freezer. A swift tug effectively opened the door, Yuki reaching inside and pulling out an ice pack. Once he was finished and the door was closed, he wrapped the cold item in a dish towel in order to take away some of the frigid sting, then glanced over at Shigure.
[+purple "I'll be out on the porch, then,"] he announced softly, placing the ice pack over his side. A faint wince appeared, leaving just as quickly, before he moved through the nearby door and out onto the wrap-around porch. He didn't leave to be mean, in all honesty he imagined the nosey dog would follow. He even left the door open for Shigure to do so. Once he was outside, he carefully sat on the edge of the porch and looked into the treeline again, observing the wildlife around them. Sometimes living in the woods sure was peaceful.
The cat had given up paying attention to the rat and dog who were still in the kitchen. He could hear them both just fine but was struggling to keep his temper, particularly with the dog who liked his nose in EVERY little thing. If he were to be honest, the orange haired teen was beyong annored and wishing that the older Sohma would dive off a cliff or something. Either that or go find ANYONE but them to be torturing.
The quickest glance to Yuki and Kyou did notice the Amethyst gaze go to the toaster. He would sure that he could help the rat figure the metal box out. Besides, if a child could do it Yuki SHOULD be able to maange it. He was after all a very clever boy. And he had to stop those thoughts because he was actually giving the rat a nonvoiced complement, which he would rather drop dead than say out loud.
[b "If the two of you are done clowning around dinner will be done soon."] The cat finally said, his back still turned on the other two Sohmas.
Shigure rolled his eyes. [i "Really, Yuki you know I have feelings. And again you aren't being very kind. Besides both Ayame and Hatori have other things to be doing. I already tried calling them both."] The man said and gave a frown. Then he heard the cat and nodded. [i "Come on lets get out of the 'sour puss's way"] The dog said.
[+purple "You have to have feelings in order for me to hurt them,"] Yuki retorted quietly, glancing at their guardian before diverting his gaze to the nearby door. He could see the yard through the partially open door, the crack allowing a gentle and soothing breeze to filter inside. He was grateful for the older male for essentially saving him from Akito; if Shigure never took him in he'd still be living at the main house. Just because he was grateful, however, didn't stop the dog from bothering the hell out of him from time to time. He had a tendency to be curious and to stick his nose in where it didn't belong, he could also be quite the instigator.
Today was no exception.
Amethyst eyes flickered from the door to the toaster for a moment, recalling Kyou's words while he stared at the silver device. This was something many people used in the morning, even children could operate it successfully. The rat, however, was not in that category and when he tried to use it the bread inside was either burned beyond recognition or caught fire. Hopefully Kyou knew what he was doing and could help Yuki work that god-forsaken machine.
[+purple "I'm honestly surprised you're out here bothering us and not tying up the phone line with Hatori or that demon,"] Yuki observed quietly after a while, letting his gaze flicker to the dog again. Hatori and Aayame were Shigure's friends, he could spend hours talking to them if he and Kyou didn't boot him off the phone.
Kyou knew Yuki was the reason so many of the others did well in class. He had even watched a couple of the study sessions but not that he would tell the slender teen that. He also would NOT be telling Yuki just what was on line for him. There was usually nothing in hell that could make him ask the rat for a favour, but this was important to him. Kazuma was the only one to really believe in him and to make him feel even slightly like a "normal" person who mattered. Though he could be cold and calloused, Kyou did care for some of the family. Again NOTHING could make him admit those words out loud.
[b "Yeah I can try and give you something simple tonight. Maybe even just toast."] As much as it sounded like a jab, it wasn't much of one. The orange haired male knew that even Yuki struggled with the toaster. [b "Thanks..."] It was the last thing he said before the dog had come in to torture them.
[b "What's it to you, dog? Maybe we're just tired."] Kyou snapped, though it was only half-heartedly.
The cat and the rat never stayed on the same page. Or were never around the other for so long and it had the dog curious. Because usually dishes were broken and yelling could be heard. But it seemed for those moments all was clam. Did this mean the two teens were FINALLY giving up the silly childish behaviour that had been haunting them for years? If so, though he would never say the words, Shigure figured it was about time.
[i "Yuki, that wasn't very nice and now I'm hurt."] The older Sohma said with mock hurt added to his words. Truth be told he knew the rat thought nothing was his business when it came to the relationship among him and the cat. But curiosity had stricken him. [i "Ah, but he's not going to be here for another hour and I needed a way to keep myself busy. Since everyone has left it's just the two of you I have to make due with for company."]
The rat was the reason quite a few of their classmates had been doing so well, Yuki staying late a couple of days a week in order to tutor them. He didn't mind, most were willing to learn and some even paid him. He liked feeling useful for once and the joy they had when they saw their grades improve was more than enough payment for him. Yuki wondered just how good Kyou's grades really were, though this tutoring request told him just that. Something dire was on the line for the cat to even consider something like this. Even though Yuki wanted to smash his cousin's head through a wall sometimes, he genuinely wanted to see the teenager succeed.
Perhaps they both could come out of this with something useful.
[+purple "Will you...teach me something easy tonight?"] he asked quietly, continuing to rub at his side. A faint wince appeared now and then once he hit a rather sensitive spot, his hand stopping momentarily only to start back up again. [+purple "After dinner, I'll explain this math class to you."]
The kitchen was quiet for a few moments before their legal guardian entered the room, Yuki's eyes flickering over to him. He had a right to be inquisitive, normally the two would have started and finished a fight by now. Still, it wasn't any of Shigure's business and the rat wasn't afraid to tell him so.
[+purple "Considering I'm still in this house with you, I'd say it hasn't,"] Yuki responded quietly, continuing to watch him. [+purple "Don't you have your editor to torment?"]
The cat had not expected for the rat to actually agree to what he had aaked in return. The pair NEVER asked the otjer for anything. In fact, they were content to watch the other fall from a cliff if it came to it. But the truth of the matter was that Kyou hated math and had been told if he failed again that Kazuma would stop the training until he could get his grades up. And though he and Yuki hated the other for the most part, the rat was the only one who had patience enough when it came to tutoring. Well that and they were in the same algebra class too.
[b "I can pay attention long enough for that. Seems we both have something we wanna learn."] The words seemed to slip out of his mouth without his permission. But what the hell, right? The day had been a strange one to say the very least.
[i "I'm surprised the two of you aren't yelling and picking fights. Has hell frozen over?"] Shigure asked as he walked in, eyes going between his two charges. There was a genuine curiosity in the man's eyes.
Yuki imagined his cousin's head could very well explode with the question that was just asked of him. Normally the rat wouldn't even ask him for the time of day, let alone for him to actually teach him something. In reality, Kyou was the only one in the house who could actually show him how seeing as Shigure was mostly useless. Knowing him, he'd become bored within the first five minutes and suggest ordering takeout instead. Kyou actually knew what he was doing and could make decent meals for the house, Yuki just hoped he could actually learn and retain it.
He remained quiet for a moment, watching as Kyou turned to stir the stew, and nodded faintly. If the cat was willing to pay attention, Yuki was willing to explain their algebra class to him. Actually, the rat was surprised he asked as academics never seemed to interest him. He decided not to question this and simply agreed to it.
[+purple "I can do that,"] he responded quietly, continuing to observe the cat while occasionally rubbing at his injured side. [+purple "I can explain some tonight if you want, I brought my book home this time."]
Kyou thought he had been hearing things when Yuki asked him to teach him how to cook. Was the rat sick?! The boy couldn't stand him and yet he was asking him to actually teach him something. And the cat wanted to come back with some smart ass reply to the question, or rather request that had been asked of him. He WANTED to tell the rat to go to hell. But when orangey-red eyes looked over his shoulder to the Amethyst eyed boy, Kyou could see that Yuki was dead serious in the desire to learn. There was no hint of snideness about his cousin either.
This was going to go up in flames and he WOULD regret the deal he was about to make. [b "I'll teach you to cook...But you gotta help me figure out our damn math class."] The cat muttered, his look upon the rat. Now it was his turn to wait for some sort of response. And as he did, Kyou turned to stir the stew so it wouldn't burn.
Bright eyes continued to observe the cat in his element, looking over the various instruments and tools he had at his disposal and scattered over the counters. From a scholarly perspective, cooking and baking made sense. Take a few ingredients, mix them together, heat them, and done. The chemical reactions to heat and agitation were sound on paper. Whenever Yuki tried to recreate those reactions, however, the results were less than ideal. Typically whatever the rat was trying to make was un-salvageable and unrecognizable. These things resulted in him getting tossed from the kitchen most of the time. How could something so simple come so hard to him?
Yuki seemed to ignore his last comment, not acknowledging it in any way, and kept watching the cat in the kitchen. Part of him wanted to ask another question but had a feeling he knew the answer to it already. Still, it didn't hurt to ask; the worst Kyou could do was throw some snide remark his way.
[+purple "Will...you teach me how?"] he asked quietly, lifting the amethyst gaze up to his cousin while awaiting his answer.
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