A/N: I decided to try writing something again. I'm sorry for my absence. My muse left me and I like...lost my creativity and ability to write for a while. I hope this is okay? Tell me what you think after you read it.
This is AU. No mention of digimon, or the Digital World, or anything like that.
Disclaimer: I don't own Digimon. I don't own the characters.
I was supposed to meet him at the restaurant at six. I guess it's understandable that he was pissed off at me when I got there after seven. I tried to tell him I'd had a bit of trouble getting there, but he wouldn't listen. I let him rant a while, then I said he was being PMS-y again and he smacked me. After that I just turned and walked away. I bet he's madder than ever at me for leaving him there like that. I was his ride home, after all. Oh well, it wasn't the first time that had happened.
I'm not a bad friend, really. I just can't stand people complaining about anything at all. If someone even so much as tells me their foot hurts, I get mad. I can't explain it, it's just a thing I have. He knows it better than anyone, yet he still complains sometimes. I just get mad at him sometimes.
I didn't get there on time because while I was on my way out to meet him, Daisuke barged into my room and started telling me about his day.
"Tai! Oh my God, you'll never guess what happened to me..."
"Dai, I'm sort of on my way out. Matt-"
"See there was this chick, and I liked her, or I thought she was cute anyways, and she was, like, coming on to me, so I got really happy and started flirting back, right? But then this huge-ass guy comes up all like, 'What are you doing with my little sister?' and I get all defensive and shit, right? So he's pushing me around and I'm defending myself, and she screams and stuff because it's scaring her and all these people come running, and they start saying 'Fight! Fight', so we fight, and during the middle of it, we had to move because this car was coming through and we were in the middle of the road, so I kinda slipped through the crowd to this dumpster in the alley, and I got in, and he was confused like all hell and the girl was giggling because she saw me, and-"
"You have no idea how interested I am and all, Dai, but I've really got to be going now."
"I'm not done yet!"
Dai can ramble on for years if you let him. My hand jerked for the drawer that contained the duct tape but I controlled myself enough to shove Dai out the door and try to make my way to the car. He followed me, continuing his story.
"So this girl's ex-boyfriend shows up in the crowd and the brother sees him talking to his sister, so he starts trying to beat up on that dude-"
"Dai, get out of my car!"
"Where are we going?"
"Dai, I'm warning you..."
"You said something about Matt. Are you going to see him? You guys got a date? What-"
"Dai! We are not dating!"
"Sure you aren't."
We both turned to look at the front door, where my sister was standing. I stuck my head out the window.
"What?!" I yelled back.
"Sora's on the phone!"
"Tell her I'm leaving!"
"She says it's urgent!"
I sighed and opened my door, muttering. Dai stayed in the car, fiddling with my radio. I grabbed the phone.
"I'm dying. I'm on the verge of death. The verge, Tai..."
"What the hell are you talking about?"
"I lost five pounds. That's a lot of weight. I haven't been eating lately because I've been moping over breaking up with Jyou, but I didn't mean to kill myself or anything..."
"I'm still lost. Look, Sora, just pig out and gain the five pounds back, okay? I've got to meet Matt, in...actually, I'm five minutes late already, and you know how Matt gets-"
"Look, I was just calling to ask you if you can give me a ride to my doctor. I'd like to talk to him about my eating disorder."
"Your what? Sora, you're being a drama queen. You don't have-"
"You never know."
I sighed. I thought about it. The doctor's office was on the way over to the restaurant...Matt wouldn't mind me helping Sora out, would he?
"I'll be right over," I sighed. "Don't move."
"You're an angel, Tai."
I hung up and handed the phone back to Kari.
"Going to Sora's?" she asked.
I looked at her. "Yeah...she says she's dying, so I'm gonna drop her off at the doctor's."
"Will you give her something for me?"
I sighed. "Yeah, sure. Never mind that I'm now seven minutes late to meet Matt, and he's going to have my balls cut off for this."
She ran off and came back with a book. "Here, give her this, and say hi for me. Take care on the road."
"Yeah, sure. See you."
She smiled slowly at me and leaned against the doorway. "Bye."
I turned and ran for the car. I got in and threw the book onto Daisuke's lap. I did a double take.
"Dai? You're still here?"
He crossed his arms and pouted. "I'm sorry to see you're so disappointed by my being here."
I sighed. "Well, okay, I'll take you with me. Sora will want someone with her at the doctor's. You can go with her."
"Doctor's?" he asked as I pulled out of the driveway and took off for Sora's house.
"She thinks she has an eating disorder," I said, turning the volume of the CD player down to less-than-deafening.
"She's so weird," Dai said, turning it back up.
I looked at the volume button and sighed. I could never win with Dai.
We got to Sora's in one piece and she was standing in her driveway. Or rather, she was sitting in the middle of it. She stood up as we approached and stopped, and she walked to the car. She did look skinnier than usual. She got into the front instead of in the back like normal people do. Dai was squashed against me, in between us. Sora slammed the door shut and I sped off for the doctor's office.
"I hear you're dying," Daisuke said.
Sora nodded. "Yup. It's sad, really." She traced patterns on the fog on the window.
"You are not dying," I said, gripping the steering wheel tighter than I meant to.
"How do you know? You aren't a doctor," Sora snapped. She pushed against Dai, who pushed against me.
"Don't do that while I'm driving!" I screeched.
"Okay, okay! Don't freak out," she said, crossing her arms over her chest.
She reached for the volume knob, but Dai snarled at her and she withdrew her hand pretty quickly. She began hugging his arm and rubbing her face against his cheek.
"Aw, is Dai-baby having a bad day?"
"The worst," he said with his usual grin.
He began telling her about the girl's brother and the fight and whatnot. She looked like she was sleeping, though she nodded occasionally, rubbing against his face.
We got to the doctor's office.
"Okay, here's your stop. Dai, go with her."
"What? I thought you were coming with me." Sora pouted.
"I've got to meet Matt, remember?" I asked through gritted teeth.
"Oh, right. Gosh, he must be pissed at you. You're half an hour late."
"Yeah. I know that. Oh, wait, Sora! Kari said to give you this." I handed her the book.
Sora closed the car door and winked at me, smiling. "Thanks for the ride, Tai-baby."
She looped her arm through Daisuke's, and they walked up to the doors, talking. I watched them, shook my head, and began my drive to the restaurant.
Right when I was going to leave the parking lot, I noticed a car had its emergency lights flashing, parked close to the exit. I realized it was Koushirou's car.
"What the hell?"
I pulled over, sighing, cursing that it had to be someone I knew. If Koushirou saw my car driving past, he'd know it was me, and I'd never hear the end of it.
I got out of the car and walked up to his. He was sitting on the hood, legs pulled up and crossed Indian-style, his head down. He looked up at me and grinned lopsidedly as I sat next to him.
"Car trouble?" I asked lamely. "What's the problem?"
Koushirou laughed. "I work with computers, not with cars. I don't know what the hell is wrong with it."
I slid off and he did the same, and I asked him to pop the hood open. He did, and I took a look at it. I couldn't see what was wrong.
"Did it just stop?"
I checked the tires.
"Well, when I got back in, it just wouldn't go forward."
I looked it over again. "I can't see what could be wrong with it."
"Yeah, I couldn't either." Koushirou sighed.
I went to the door and pulled it open, getting in. I turned the car on and checked to see if any lights flashed or anything, and then I glanced down at the brakes. I noticed something.
"Hey, Koushy...your parking brake is on."
He came around to my side and peered in. "So it is. Must have accidentally pushed it down while I was getting in."
Koushirou laughed and blushed, embarrassed. "Boy, do I feel stupid."
I sighed. "Need anything else?"
"No. Thanks, Tai."
I began walking towards my car. "See you later, Koushy."
He waved and got back into his car.
I once again began driving to the restaurant, hoping nothing else would happen to keep me from reaching my destination.
I was about five miles closer to the restaurant when it happened. I couldn't believe it. I actually hit a bird with my car. I heard it smack my car window and watched it fly off and into the grass at the side. I cursed and pulled over.
I first looked at the little crack in my window, and then went to see if I could find the bird. It was in the middle of the road, so I carried it to the side of the road. It seemed to be dead.
"What kind of a bird flies into a car window? What was it, blind?"
I left it in a grassy area, figuring I couldn't do much else, and I had no time for a bird burial or anything stupid like that.
I moaned about the crack in my window as I got back into my car and continued on to the restaurant. I finally got there, and I sighed in relief. Then I looked at the clock on the radio of my car and realized it was 6:50.
My cursing got drowned out by the sound of my car honking when I slammed my head down onto the steering wheel.
I frantically looked for a parking space. There was none on the left side of the restaurant. I drove around to the right and saw someone walking to their car. I cheered and edged my car forward to rest to the side of the car they were getting in, giving them plenty of space. They got in the car, and I waited for them to move. They didn't. I tried to see inside of the car, but I couldn't.
"What is she doing, applying all her makeup again?"
The car's reverse lights came on, and I grinned. They started backing out, and then abruptly stopped for a while. My face fell. I was about to honk when they started backing out again, made it out, and began driving away. I waited a few seconds before flipping the car off. I eased into the parking space.
I ran up to the restaurant, threw the door open triumphantly, and almost screamed. The line inside was huge.
By the time it was my turn and I told them someone was waiting for me, it was after seven. I finally got shown to Matt's table and plopped down opposite him.
"I am so sor-"
"Where the hell have you been?! I have been waiting for over an hour! I got here early, and I waited so long, and blah blardy blah-"
And I guess you know what happened next. Bitch bitch, moan moan, slap, and I was out of there.
When I got home, there was a message for me on the answering machine. It was Matt, of course, screaming his head off about what an insensitive jerk I was, leaving him there. He said he'd had to get a ride home from a friend, and did I know what a horrible day he'd been having, and then I don't know what he said because I deleted the message right away.
I went to my room and threw myself down onto my bed. I closed my eyes wearily. This was just not turning out to be a good day.
The phone rang, and I immediately thought it must be Matt, wanting to scream at me some more. I let it ring, and soon Kari knocked at my door, yelling that it was Sora. I sighed and picked up the phone in my room.
"I got it!"
I held it up to my ear. "Hello?"
"Guess what? I'm not dying. The doctor said I'd just been stressed lately, and that's why I wasn't getting so hungry and I was feeling tired so much. He said to just try to relax and eat a little junk food, like ice cream, and I should be fine."
"See? I told you."
"Is Dai still there?" I asked, wrapping the phone cord around my finger.
"Yeah. So how'd the thing with Matt go?"
"Horrible. I got there an hour late and he got mad at me and slapped me, so I left him there."
She gasped. "Tai! That's terrible! You just left him there, with no way home?"
"He found a ride," I mumbled.
She made a tsk, tsk sound. "Oh, Tai..."
"He'll get over it."
"I know, but it's still mean."
"What is?" I heard Dai ask in the background.
Sora told him about Matt and I heard him laughing his ass off.
"It's not funny," I mumbled.
"Oh, Tai, stop sulking. Really, it's not like you. Hey, you want me and Dai-baby to go pick you up, and we'll go for some ice cream, just like the doctor ordered? Haha...get it? Doctor ordered."
"Uh, no thanks, Sora. I'll just lay here on my bed of pain for a while longer."
"Oh, don't be such a poopy head. We're coming over."
I couldn't really respond to that because she hung up after that.
I smiled to myself, laying there in the dark. I was glad I had such good friends.
I guessed ice cream didn't sound so bad at the moment after all. I decided to call Matt and apologize after we got back from the ice cream place. I owed him a long explanation.
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Well, go ahead and review, you know you want to. And again, sorry for my absence. I don't think I'm going to continue When I Balance Again. Thanks for everyone that read it and liked it, and especially those of you who reviewed.
By the way, this is going to have Taito in the future, and I'm thinking of adding Yamasuke or Taisuke or something like that later. There might be Taiora or Daiora or something like that. Is there a couple you guys would really like to see?