Monday morning at school, Matt stormed into first period class and slammed his bag down on the desk next to Tai. He slumped into the seat, grumbling to himself and pulling out papers while Tai watched nervously from the seat next to him in the back row.

"Um... something wrong?" he asked warily.

Matt rolled his eyes and tore his homework from a folder in his bag. He dropped everything but the homework paper on the floor with an attention grabbing crash, apparently wanting to make a spectacle out of everything he did at the moment.

"Stupid Sora leaving all the stupid shit I've given her in a pile in front of my locker this morning," he hissed. "Like she just has to let the whole world know we're not going out anymore."

Tai twitched his nose a little as the bell rang and more students began filing into the room. "Well... she's probably still mad. Give her some time to get over it."

Matt sneered at the blank chalkboard at the front of the room and didn't say anything. Tai settled further into his chair and rolled a pen back an forth on his desk, wondering how long Matt would stay in this bad mood.

After class they walked down the hall together towards the gymnasium. Matt had his arms folded across his chest and stared ahead angrily, ready to snap at anyone who decided to get in his way. The shorter brunette hurried to keep up with the blonde as he sped down the hallway.

When they turned the corner to enter the boy's locker room, Tai noticed three girls standing by the water fountain pointing and giggling quietly. He raised his eyebrow and when the group saw him they covered their mouths the stifle the laughter and walked away.

"Hey Matt, did you noticed those girls acting all weird when they saw us?" He asked when they had reached the gym locker they shared.

"Whatever..." he said, shoving his book-bag into the locker and yanking his blazer off.

Tai sighed and decided to wait a while before trying to start a conversation with the blonde again. He obviously was not in the mood to socialize.

Unfortunately, though, as the day went on, Matt's mood would become even worse. During gym, Tai noticed the other boys were treating them differently than usual. No one would pass the ball to him when they played soccer, and every so often he noticed someone whispering and pointing to him during the game. Matt, of course, did not notice, as he had been forced to sit on the bench for calling the teacher a dumb-ass before the game had even started. He spent the entire class glaring at random objects while Tai tried his best to play with his uncooperative teammates.

Matt was still griping about their gym teacher when they entered the locker room and pulled their clothes off to take a shower. Tai would have said something if he had not been busily admiring the taller boy's naked body.

"Are you listening to me?" Matt asked suddenly, picking up a towel.

"Huh?" Tai blinked and looked up. He blushed slightly and smiled. "Just admiring the view."

A tiny hint of a smile replaced Matt's scowl and he was about to say something in reply when a jeer and catcall were heard from the other end of the locker room. They turned to see several boys from their gym class pointing and laughing in their direction.

"You two gonna kiss!?" One of them yelled.

"Don't anybody drop the soap while Yagami and Ishida are in the shower," another said, followed by a roar of laughter from the other boys.

"What the hell...." Matt said. Tai was staring in pained disbelief at the entrance to the showers.

"Matt, did you tell somebody...?" He whispered. The hushed whispers and giggles directed at them all day now made sense. Apparently their secret was out. Somehow the whole school had discovered that their constant flirting was for real.

Matt shook his head in response at first, but then a look of absolute rage formed on his face.

"That bitch Sora did this!" he growled, flinging his towel to the ground and putting deodorant and his school uniform on.

Moments later in the hall, the doors to the gymnasium swung open and Matt emerged in a blind fury. Tai had barely managed to put his shoes on and was stumbling after him.

"Wait!" He called. Matt was stomping down the hall towards the room Tai knew the orange haired girl was currently in. When Tai had finally gotten his left shoe on he ran after the furious musician, hoping he could stop the approaching disaster before it started.

"MOVE," Matt roared at a group of completely innocent bystanders, scaring them out of their wits as they hurried out of the way. The blonde grabbed the doorknob in front of him once the other students had moved and slammed the door open with full force. The class was just coming to an end, and the teens inside jumped with surprise when the door burst open.

Sora, who was standing in the back of the room packing up her books, looked up at the noise to see two deathly angry blue eyes staring back at her. Seconds later, the messy haired Tai run clumsily into the classroom after Matt and grabbed hold of his arm.

"Matt, calm down!" Tai pleaded.

"LET ME GO!" Matt screamed, wrenching his arm out of Tai's grasp and storming down the row of desks towards Sora. The girl was obviously frightened, but stood her ground confidently when her former boyfriend grabbed onto her shirt.

"What did you do, Sora!?" he demanded.

She glared up at him, swallowed back tears and said fiercely, "It's called payback."

The scene that followed was complete chaos. Tai wrapped his arms tightly around Matt's waist after jumping over a chair and tried desperately to yank him away from Sora. Sora though, apparently had no intention of being saved and the teacher of the interrupted class was attempting to break up the screaming match that had erupted between the couple. Students watched in amazement and some shouted words of encouragement to either side, enjoying the excitement. The principal of the school entered the classroom shortly after, and it took three male teachers, plus Tai, to pull Matt and Sora away from each other.

Later that day, Matt and Tai sat outside the principal's office, waiting to be called in. Sora had been inside for almost an hour, and they had heard sobs on and off from behind the door. Tai could hardly believe what a change his sweet best friend had gone through in just one weekend. He never imagined finding out the secret he and Matt had been keeping from her would affect her this badly. When she and Matt had been fighting, he saw something in her eyes that he had never seen before, pure hatred.

Matt had his head in his hands, and wasn't speaking. Neither was Tai, though, since Matt was the only one there to talk to.

"Er..." He shifted uneasily and bent down to try and catch a glimpse of the blonde's face. He was crying... So silently though that Tai hadn't even noticed.

"Yami, are you gonna be ok...?" He asked, placing a hand on the other boy's shoulder.

"Just... leave me alone." He whispered.

Tai sighed heavily and rolled his eyes. "No," he said.

Two striking but tear-filled blue eyes looked up and glared at him.

"I know you like hiding your feelings from everybody, well, except when you're angry, but, I mean, ugh... Ok, lemme start over,"

Matt shook his head and kissed Tai on the cheek. "Thanks..."

Tai grinned and wrapped one arm around Matt's shoulder.

"And don't worry about the teasing," Matt said.

"Why? I thought that's what this whole thing was about," Tai responded, raising an eyebrow.

"It's about Sora..." He mumbled. "Teenagers are stupid though, it won't be interesting for that long and everyone will just get used to it."

"I guess..." Tai said, not knowing if Matt was entirely correct but trusting that he knew what he was talking about.

Matt was staring ahead, tapping his index fingers together.

"What do you think is going to happen?" Tai asked.

"Don't know, detention probably... Or counseling." Matt responded dejectedly. Tai snuggled closer to him and rubbed his thigh, his leadership skills failing him. How could he resolve matters of love? Love was Sora's department, but she was obviously doing badly in that area right now.

"Sora doesn't usually get so mad, is she on drugs or something?" Tai continued, trying to think of anything to say and absentmindedly playing with the buttons on Matt's blazer.

"No, she's just a bitch."

"Yami!" Tai nearly squealed.

"Well, what am I supposed to think of her?"

"She might hear you though..." He said quietly, glancing at the door next to him.

"Good," Matt grumbled, folding his arms across his chest.

Just then the door opened and a teary Sora walked out, her head hung low as she stared at the floor.

"Mr. Ishida, you may come on now," the principal said. Matt stood and Tai got up to follow.

"Tai, go back to class," the principal told him, holding he door open for Matt.

"But!"

"I want him with me..." Matt said softly.

"You can see him later," she said, pushing Matt gently into the room and locking the door behind them.

Tai was left in the room with Sora, who was still standing in the same spot, her eyes fixed on the floor.

"Uh... Are you ok, Sora?" He asked nervously.

Her head snapped up and she flashed him a horribly dirty look.

"I have nothing to say to you, Tai Yagami! Go sleep with some other people's boyfriends!" She yelled, and raced out the door and down the hallway to go cry in the girl's bathroom for the rest of the day.

Tai was left alone and dumbfounded. He slumped back down into his chair and groaned.

"I need help..."

"Kari, are you busy?" Tai stood in the doorway of his little sister's room that evening, looking for advice.

"Not really," she replied, setting down the book she was reading and hopping down off her bed.

The two of them sat together on the floor in the middle of the room and Kari waited for Tai to ask whatever question he needed to ask. He usually only came into her room when he needed to talk about something serious.

"Well, it's about Sora."

"I heard," she said.

"I guess news travels fast," he sighed. He poked at the carpet for a few seconds and Kari waited patiently for him to continue.

"What am I supposed to do, her and Matt can't just keep freaking out every time they see each other."

"You did lie to her..." Kari said truthfully.

"I know but, we really love each other."

"You probably should have told her that in the first place, Tai," she grabbed onto his hand and squeezed it gently.

"Yeah." He sighed again. "It's not easy, you know... To tell people."

"You told me easily enough," she said.

"But that's different, you're my little sister, I always tell you stuff."

"The three of you have always been inseparable," Kari said. "Instead of worrying about hurting her feelings, you should have told her the truth earlier."

Tai groaned and purposely collapsed onto his back. "Why do you always have to be right about everything?"

She smiled and lied down next to him. "Not always."

"So now what? I need to know what's going on in a girl's brain."

"We're not really that different," she said. "Think about how you would feel if Matt lied to you."

"I'd probably cry forever," he sighed.

"She feels abandoned and betrayed. You need to make her feel needed again."

"When I try to talk to her she goes crazy, though."

"Maybe a peace offering?" She suggested.

"Yeah! Girls love presents, right?"

Kari smiled momentarily but then sat up and sighed.

"What's wrong?" He said.

"I know you really want to solve things but, this is really mostly Matt's responsibility."

"But...."

"He has to do it himself."

"I dunno if he will, though.... They're really mad at each other." He said, sitting back up.

"He'll listen to you though, talk to him."

"I'll just mess everything up," he moaned.

"Just be honest like you are with me," she said, smiling again.

"Thanks, Kari." He wrapped his arms around her and trapped her in a huge hug.

"Don't worry, big brother."

"What the fuck am I supposed to do now!?" Matt roared, throwing his school bag across the room and sitting down at the table.

"Why are you asking me?" The boy next to him asked. He took his hat off and laid it on the table, brushing his hair out of his eyes.

"Because you're my brother, who else am I supposed to ask, dad?" He said back.

"I guess he's not really the one to ask about women..." TK sighed, reminiscing on their parents' nasty divorce.

"I've got a week of after school detention because of her, and she only has one day! It's so freaking sexist, just because the stupid principal is a girl," Matt growled, leaning with his elbow on the table and staring out the window.

"I sort of doubt that's the reason," TK replied.

"Well whatever, I hate her guts...."

"Matt, you've been friends for too long to say something like that! It's always been Matt, Tai and Sora, best friends, ever since the digiworld."

"Well it's just Matt and Tai now," he sighed.

"Just say you're sorry!"

"Don't you think I tried that!?" He yelled, startling TK enough to almost knock him off his chair.

"Well, try harder. You can't just forget about her, you're going to see her every day at school."

"Not if I can help it," he grunted.

"Why don't you try giving her a peace offering?" He suggested.

"Like what...."

"I don't know, flowers or something, or maybe something that relates to the situation."

"Oh, how about a card that says something like, 'I hate you, go to Hell'?"

"Matt!" TK knew his brother could be sarcastic, but it could sometimes be very frustrating.

Matt sighed and slid their father's ashtray around on the table for a few minutes. TK watched silently and tapped his foot, wondering if Matt would be done moping before he had to go home. Finally though, the older Ishida brother raised his head and spoke.

"Wait... I think I know something I can give her."

"Izzy, what am I going to do..." Sora started to sob. She slumped over the table they were sitting at in the back of the library, which was already soaked with tears.

"Sora, please don't cry again, that's not at all like you!" He panicked, having already run to get her tissues at least four times in the last half hour.

"But I just... I just hate him! Both of them!" She wailed, and was given a nasty look by the librarian for being too loud.

"Shh, you don't want to desecrate the silence of the public library, do you?" Izzy whispered.

"I don't care about the library right now!" She hissed, nearly throwing Izzy into cardiac arrest.

"I don't think you really hate Matt and Tai, that's preposterous," he said, after recovering from the shock of hearing library hating slander.

"Well it's true..." She sighed.

"But you three have been friends for nearly one thousand, nine hundred and forty-seven days!"

"You counted...?" She asked, tilting her head to the side.

"It's just an educated guess, assuming that you became friends the day we entered the Digital World and accounting for the time difference between the two worlds, we can--"

"Er, it's ok, Izzy, I understand," she said quickly, before he could ramble on any further. She sighed deeply and stared at the puddle of teardrops she had left on the table. "I guess I shouldn't throw away a one thousand, nine hundred and forty-seven day friendship.... But what am I supposed to do? I feel so betrayed..."

"Well, have you ever considered just... forgiving them?" He asked.

"Izzy, are they really in love...?" She asked softly.

"Madly."

"I guess I don't have another choice. But, if I just go up and act like everything is ok after all I've said, I don't think they'd believe me."

"Sure they will!" Izzy reassured.

"I've said some pretty awful things in the last few days. I don't think Matt will ever be able to forgive me..."

"Well, if he made you mad and you made him mad, then aren't you even now?"

"I guess..." She sighed again, leaning over on the table.

"Why don't you try a peace offering?" He suggested.

"Matt's really hard to buy for," she said. "I wouldn't know what to get for him at a time like this."

"Personally, I'd get him a memory upgrade for his computer," he said. Sora glared at him. "But maybe you can think of something else!" He sputtered.

"Oh! I have the perfect idea, thank you so much Izzy!"

"Um, you're welcome?" He said, as she gathered up her books and hurried out of the library.

The next morning at school, Tai came racing up the sidewalk behind Matt as they entered the building.

"Yami, I have an idea on how to fix things with Sora!" He panted, double-stepping to keep up with the taller boy.

"Don't worry," he replied, holding up a thin, wrapped present in-between his slender index and middle fingers. "I've got it covered."

"But... how did he know?" Tai mumbled when he saw the package, and stood in the middle of the hallway watching the blonde stride away towards Sora's locker.

When he reached it, she was already there, unpacking things from her book bag. She jumped when she saw him standing there and turned to face him.

"Hi..." They both said at the same time. They then stopped, waiting for the other to say something else, and again, at the same time, "I brought a peace offering."

They held up almost identical sized and shaped gifts and stared at each other.

"You too...?" She said, looking over his less neatly wrapped present.

"Yeah, I burned a song for you this morning..." He said.

"Oh, me too..." She answered.

"Hey!" Tai said walking up beside the two of them and gaping at the packages. "You both got each other a CD! That's exactly what I was going to suggest to Matt today."

"I guess the three of us really think alike," Sora said, with a slight smile on her face, the first she had worn in days.

"Well, here..." Matt handed her gift to her and she gave him his. Tai looked back and forth between them as they tore the wrapping paper off. The scraps of paper fell to the floor, and inside the CD cases sat two discs labeled with the same song.

"Malchik Gay," Sora said. "This is exactly how I felt the night you told me, how did you know?"

Matt looked down at his matching CD and shook his head.

"That's the same song I was going to suggest too!" Tai yelled, pointing at the labels.

"I guess the peace offering was a success," Sora announced.

"I guess so," Matt replied. "I'm... really sorry about everything." He reached down and grabbed Tai's hand, receiving a reassuring squeeze when he did so.

"So am I, I never should have acted that way," she admitted, sadly though. She still loved him, and probably always would to some extent. But, she knew the truth, that she had no right to try and win someone she could never have.

"You two love each other and you're happy, as long as you are, I guess that's all I can ask for," she said softly.

The brown eyed girl felt a set of lips on each cheek as Matt and Tai gently kissed her, letting her know that all way forgiven and all was well.

"Best friends again?" Tai asked after that.

She nodded and smiled, "Of course."

"We'd better hurry and get to class," Matt said, noticing what time it was.

"First, let's go to the principal and tell her everything is resolved, maybe she'll forget about our detention," Sora said.

"Good idea," he replied, not looking forward to five days of sitting in a lonely classroom after school.

"Let's not ever let anything like this happen again," Tai said. The other two nodded in unison. They headed towards the principal's office together, Sora grasping each boy's hand firmly and humming Malchik Gay to herself as they did.

::Malchik Gay::

(Gay Boy)

Performed by t.A.T.u.

Handsome
Tender
Soft
Why do you look right through me
thinking
"No"
I can't deny my feelings
Growing strong
I try to keep believing
dreaming on
And every time I see you
I crave more
I wanna pull you closer
closer
closer
closer
but you leave me feeling frozen

Malchik gay
Malchik gay
I can be
all you need
Won't you please
stay with me
Malchik gay
Malchik gay
Apologies, might-have-been's
Malchik gay
Malchik gay
can't erase what I feel
Malchik gay, gay
Malchik gay

Choking
Back emotion
I try to keep on hoping
for a way;
a reason for us both to
come in
close
I long for you to hold me
like your boyfriend does
and though my dream is
slowly fading
I wanna be the object
object
object
object
of your passion but it's hopeless

Malchik gay
Malchik gay
I can be
all you need
Won't you please
stay with me
Malchik gay
Malchik gay
Apologies, might-have-been's
Malchik gay
Malchik gay
can't erase what I feel
Malchik gay, gay