Author's Note: Well, here we go. The sequel to "These are the Days," as promised. Anyways, it was around the end of February in the story when "These are the Days" ended. I'm going to skip a little bit and start this story at the very beginning of May....finals week for our college students, the last week before summer vacation begins. Oh, and an age reminder for this semester after some birthdays: Yuffie - 19, Squall - 27, Aerith - 22, Cloud - 23, Sora - 18, and Kairi - 18. And, like "These are the Days," this will mainly focus on the Squffie aspects of the story, with just a little bit of Cloud/Aerith and Sora/Kairi. And, there may also be just a tiny itsy bitsy pinch of Riku/Zephyr, but I can't guarantee anything. Okay, enough with this and get to writing, right? Right.
Oh, and there will be a little bit of adult humor dispersed throughout the story.
On another note: I forgot that I promised a party if I got 100 reviews, so here we go. It's going to be BYOB: Bring Your Own Bishie. Except, you can't have Squall because I have him. And Vulpes Lapis claims she has dibs on Riku, so the rest of you can fight over the remaining bishies. But, let the party begin!!!!
[Disclaimer: Okay, I will give the standard disclaimer now. But, beware, I will soon be adding things to it in future chapters. I do not own the characters portrayed in this story. Disney and Square Enix do.]
AGAINST THE CURRENT
Chapter One: Changes
"Kairi, I have a problem," Yuffie whined as she let herself into their dorm after work Sunday night. She let the door slam shut behind her as she walked across the short distance to the bedroom area of the room.
The red-head looked up from the textbook she was studying to glare at Yuffie. "You better have a good reason for interrupting me," she growled.
Yuffie stifled a laugh. "You know, you're awfully gripey when you have a test to study for."
"Look. I'm barely passing psychology as it is, and this friggin' final is worth fifty percent of my grade." She shut the book slowly, marking her place with a notecard. "Okay, what's your problem, Yuf?"
Yuffie threw herself down on her bed. "I don't make enough money at the pet store to cover the cost of renting an apartment over the summer," she sighed.
"So, move back home over the summer," Kairi told her, stating the obvious.
Yuffie sat up and gave the red-head a simmering glare. "If I move home, I'll be subjected to a blind date every weekend. Plus," she raised a finger emphatically, "ever since my mother found out about Squall and I, they've cut me off financially. So, even if I do move home, they'll cage me up like some kind of animal in heat."
Kairi nodded slowly. "You're that heated? Go see Squall, he'll be happy to help."
A slow blush spread across Yuffie's cheeks. "I would, but, um...we've been taking things real slow since...um, you know...." she stammered, trailing off to let Kairi fill in the blanks herself.
The red-head smiled. "Probably difficult to restrain yourself sometimes, isn't it?"
"I-, um...we..uh....yeah, you're right," she finally admitted, grinning sheepishly. Yuffie shook her head, "But, to get back to the current problem, what am I going to do over the summer? There's no way in hell I'm going back to my parents' house, but I can't afford an apartment either."
"Yuffie, have you tried looking for a roommate? You know, to help cover the rent of an apartment?" Yuffie shook her head. "Geez, that should have been the first thing you did."
"But, I don't want to room with a complete stranger." She lay back down on the bed, thinking of a way to stay out of her parents' house for the summer. "What about you? Where are you going?" she called across the room.
Kairi, who had just begun studying again, looked back at her roommate. "Hm? Oh, Sora and I are moving into an apartment as soon as finals are over. With us both working, we can just cover the expenses."
Yuffie let out a loud sigh, "Well, I guess I can't room with you over the summer, then, can I?"
"If you can't find anywhere else to stay, I guess you, Sora, and I can split the rent three ways," Kairi told her hesitantly.
"No, no...I wouldn't want to intrude on any of your moments like I have in the past." Yuffie shuddered, remembering that only a few weeks ago she had come home early and walked in on Kairi and Sora. "I'll find a place to stay...even if it's a cardboard box on the side of the road." With that, she got up from the bed, grabbing her car keys and backpack as she headed for the door.
"Where are you going?" Kairi called.
Yuffie grinned. "Squall's. We have our biology final tomorrow, so we're going to study." As Kairi opened her mouth to say something, Yuffie stopped her. "And we're actually going to study. And it's not going to be the kind of biology you're thinking. You really need to get your mind out of the gutter, Kairi." Yuffie raised her eyebrows as she said this.
"Sure, Yuffie. You and Squall go study." As Yuffie opened the door, she hollered, "And for your information, I wasn't even thinking dirty. So, you need to get your mind out of the gutter."
At his apartment, Squall and Yuffie were sitting on the floor to study, his back against the couch and Yuffie against his chest. She leaned her head on his shoulder while she held the biology textbook in front of them, open to the last chapter they were to study that night. Her eyes slowly drooped shut and the book slid out of her hands.
Squall smiled down at her, debating on whether he should let her sleep or wake her up. But, he didn't debate long, as she jerked herself awake a moment later. "I'm not sleeping!" she exclaimed as she came to, picking up the book from where it had fallen.
A deep chuckle escaped his throat. "I didn't say you were."
"Well...you were...thinking it." She felt him kiss the top of her head as she went back to reading about dominate and recessive genes. Moments later, the book had fallen out of her hands again as she succumbed to sleep once again.
Squall waited for her to awaken, but after a few minutes, he realized that wasn't going to happen. "Yuffie," he whispered, pushing her gently off his chest. "Yuffie," he tried again, this time louder.
"I'm awake," she mumbled through heavy lidded eyes.
"No, you're not," Squall told her as he stood up, pulling her with him. "Come on." He picked her up and carried her to his bedroom, setting her down as he pulled the covers back for her. "Lay down," he commanded gently, pushing her down on the bed.
"Okay, whatever you say," she murmured, still half-asleep.
Squall leaned over, pulling her shoes off before covering her with the blanket. "Goodnight," he whispered as he kissed her forehead. He walked back to the living room, stooping over to pick the biology book up off the floor before sitting down on the couch. Flipping through the remaining chapter, he sighed and looked at the clock. 11:47. I really should go to bed, he thought. The bio final exam is in the morning. With that thought, Squall went to the spare bedroom and grabbed a blanket from the closet before heading back to the couch. He lay down, struggling to get comfortable, and fell asleep.
The next morning, Yuffie awoke as the alarm clock went off at precisely eight o'clock. Still asleep, she swung her arm around to hit it, like she did every morning, only to find it wasn't there. In fact, the bedside table wasn't even there. She slowly opened her eyes, finding herself in Squall's room. Confused, she quickly looked over at the other side of the bed, expecting to find him there. But he wasn't, that half of the bed not even appearing disturbed.
Reaching across the bed, she turned his alarm clock off and arose, finding herself still in the clothes she had worn the night before. "Okay...we were studying....and I was tired..." she mumbled as she walked out of the bedroom and to the living room. She let out a small laugh at the scene there. Lying on the floor between the coffee table and the couch was Squall, his blanket tangled around his legs.
Sitting on the couch, she leaned over and brushed the long russets bangs from his eyes. She winced when she saw the scar running between his eyes. She had the same reaction every time she saw it: guilt because she had been the one to mar his face. As she continued to push the hair from his face, his nose crinkled from the tinkling sensation. Smiling impishly as an idea came into her head, she slid off the couch and onto the floor with a plan to wake him up. She leaned over and began a deep kiss, placing one hand on his bare chest; Squall's eyes jerked open as his mouth began to respond to hers.
Yuffie pulled away and smiled. "You awake now?" she asked playfully.
He sat up, gazing at her. "What time is it?" he inquired, rubbing the sleep out of his eyes.
"Just after eight," Yuffie told him, rising from the couch to make some coffee in the kitchen. "It's a good thing your alarm clock went off. I need to get back to my dorm and get ready for class," she called from the kitchen.
"You could always get ready here, ya know," he said as she came back into the living room, carrying two mugs of coffee.
She rolled her eyes. "Yeah...I'd have the option of wearing the clothes I wore yesterday, which are wrinkled, or," she paused. "I could wear your clothes which are way too big on me."
"Okay, I see your point," Squall conceded, taking a drink of the hot liquid. He watched as Yuffie finished her coffee and grabbed her backpack. "Leaving already?"
"Yes, I told you that I have to get ready for school." She leaned over, intending on giving him a quick kiss, only to have him pull her into a deeper one. When he reluctantly let her go, she was panting slightly. "Squall, I really have to go." She pecked him on the cheek before digging her car keys out of her backpack and heading for the door. Turning around, she blew him a kiss. "I'll see you in class."
Yuffie arrived back at her dorm by nine o'clock, immediately throwing her backpack onto her bed and grabbing her stuff to take a shower. Kairi stopped her, peeking out from under her blankets to look at her. "Did you and Squall study last night, Yuffie?" she chided.
"Yes, we did. And it's not what it looks like, Kairi." The red-head raised her eyebrows, waiting for her roommate to continue. "I fell asleep, so Squall let me stay the night."
Kairi stifled a small laugh. "So, you studied 'hands-on' biology, then?"
Yuffie rolled her eyes. "No, Kairi. We didn't even share the bed. He slept on the couch."
"Do you really expect me to believe that, Yuffie?"
Shaking her head, Yuffie ignored her and stepped into the bathroom for her shower. She rushed it, knowing she had to be in class soon for her biology final. Quickly drying her hair, she pulled on her blue jeans and blouse, grabbed her bag and ran for the door.
"Yuffie?" Kairi called as her roommate reached the door.
"What? I'm going to be late."
The red-head laughed. "You might want to put on some shoes before you go," she told her, pointing at her bare feet.
Sighing, Yuffie found some flip-flops and shoved them on her feet before running out the door and to class. She pushed through the doors to the auditorium where her biology class was and took her seat next to Squall, who immediately placed his arm around her.
"Ready?" he whispered into her ear.
"Yes...no...maybe....I don't know," she said anxiously, chewing on the eraser of her pencil.
Squall rubbed her shoulder with his hand. "Calm down. You'll do fine." The professor walked into the room just then, carrying the exams in both hands. His assistants came forward and passed the exams out, while he gave the standard warnings about the punishment for cheating.
Calming herself, Yuffie opened the test booklet and began the exam.
Somehow Yuffie made it through the rest of her finals that week without too much stress and worry. Friday night, she went to Squall's apartment for takeout and a movie. It was a small celebration for making it through finals week.
As they were eating their dinner, Chinese, Yuffie kept laughing at Squall who seemed to be having trouble managing the chopsticks. Squall's embarrassment grew when he realized how proficient Yuffie was with them, while he continued to drop rice down his shirt.
"Here, give me your chopsticks," Yuffie demanded, reaching out a hand.
Squall raised an eyebrow. "Why?" he asked as he handed them over.
"Because I'm going to fix them for you," she explained as she took them into the kitchen. A few moments later, she handed them back to Squall, a rubber band holding the upper ends together and a folded-up piece of paper shoved right under it. "There."
He looked at them strangely for a moment, remembering that it was usually little kids who had their chop sticks rigged like this. Sighing, he decided it was better than nothing and continued to eat. "So, Yuf, you know where you're going to stay over the summer, yet?" he asked between bites.
"As of right now, Kairi has offered to let me move in with her and Sora when they get their apartment." She rubbed her eyes. "I guess I'll have to do that until I can find another place to stay."
"You know, I do have a spare room. You can always stay here if you want," he told her, smiling.
She perked up. "Really? Do you mean it?" He nodded as she tackled him in a hug. "I owe you. I don't know how I'll ever repay you."
"Well, you could always be my love-slave," he said quietly.
Yuffie pulled away from him, her eyes wide in surprise. She was half repulsed, yet half excited by the idea too. "Um..."
"Yuffie, I'm kidding!" he laughed.
"Damn," she said softly.
The next day, Yuffie began packing her stuff to move in with Squall while he was setting up a bed in his spare room for her. Although neither of them would mind sharing a bed, they didn't want to pressure the other, remembering what had happened only months before. So, Yuffie would be sleeping in the spare room, alone.
"So, Yuf, you're really going to do it, huh?" Kairi asked, as she herself packed her things.
Yuffie looked up from the box she was packing and smiled. "Yeah...but, we're going to be sleeping in separate rooms, so it's not like we're going to be doing anything."
Kairi snorted. "I give you guys two days before you end up in the same bed."
"Kairi, I've told you before. We're taking things slow because a lot of stuff has happened between us." Yuffie paused for a moment, grinning sheepishly. "Besides, he hasn't offered to share his bed, and I'm not going to pressure him, no matter how much I want to."
The red-head dropped the box she was holding and gasped. "Did you just imply what I think you just implied?"
"Yeah, I did," Yuffie admitted. She pointed to the spilt contents of Kairi's box. "You might want to pick those up. Isn't Sora coming soon to help you move you're stuff out?"
Kairi bent over to pick up the box, grabbing the papers that had fallen out and shoving them back in. She looked at her watch. "Yeah, Sora should be here any minute now. What about Squall? Is he coming?"
Yuffie nodded. "He said he would be here after he finished putting the bed together in the spare room." She ignored the look on Kairi's face. "See? I told you he didn't want to share a bed."
"Okay, okay...you win. You two will sleep in separate rooms and will not share a bed...at least not right away," she mumbled the last part under her breath. There was a knock at the door and Kairi ran to answer it, hoping it would be Sora. "Sor--" she broke off when she realized who it was. "Oh, hi Squall. I thought you were Sora." She opened the door, allowing him entrance into the small dorm.
"Squall, I didn't expect you so soon," Yuffie said as she ran to him and hugged him tightly, resting her head against his chest.
He wrapped his arms around her, returning the affectionate hug and kissed the top of her head. "Well, the bed didn't take as long to set up as I thought it would. So, I thought I would help you pack." Looking around the room, he saw all the boxes. "But, it looks like you don't need my help."
Yuffie laughed, pulling away from him. "No, Kairi and I have been busy all morning. I just need you to help carry stuff out to the car, 'kay?"
"Sure." He glanced around the room at all the boxes. "Um...which ones are yours?"
Yuffie shook her head. "The ones that say 'Yuffie' on them."
"Oh, yeah. I guess that makes sense." Picking up one, he walked out the door to load it into his truck, realizing they were going to have to make a lot of trips from her dorm to the cars to get everything loaded. After several trips between the dorm and the parking lot, Yuffie had officially moved out of the dorm and moved in with Squall.
Her first couple of nights living with Squall passed smoothly, her only complaint being the bed in her room was too hard. But then the nightmares came, cutting into her sleep time. At first, they were vague and she woke up quickly, not remembering much. However, each night they became more clear and she was unable to awaken herself from them. Bags began to form under her eyes.
"Yuffie, are you okay?" Squall asked one morning, noticing the dark rings under her eyes.
She yawned and rubbed her eyes. "Yeah, I'm fine. I just had a nightmare last night and couldn't sleep." Seeing the concern in his eyes, she reassured him. "Don't worry. They'll go away in a couple of days."
Squall let the subject drop, realizing she didn't want to discuss it any further.
It was that night when the nightmare became too much for her.
Yuffie looked around, seeing nothing but darkness. An unending darkness. There was not even the tiniest pinpoint of light. "Hello?" she called, trying desperately to see something in the darkness.
Then, a pair of yellow eyes appeared in front of her, soon followed by dozens more. They began to approach her while she backed up, only to trip and fall to the ground.
She screamed at the top of her lungs, praying she would be heard. But, no one came to her rescue. Still sitting where she had fallen, she felt the tears roll down her cheeks as the yellow eyes crept closer to her.
Feeling a sharp claw dig into her flesh, she yelped, reaching around and hitting it with her fist. Suddenly, she felt herself falling backward into the darkness, unable to stop herself.
She awoke as she hit the floor, still shaking from her recent nightmare. The glaring red numbers of her clock stood out against the darkened room. 2:17. Too scared to go back to her own bed, she stood up and walked down the hall to Squall's room.
Quietly opening the door, she walked over to where he was sleeping. She reached out a hand and gently shook his shoulder. "Squall?" she said softly. No answer. "Squall?" she said a little louder, this time he opened his eyes to look at her.
"Yuffie, what's wrong?" he murmured, not fully awake.
"I can't sleep," she whispered, feeling childish.
"Yes. Can I...stay with you?"
She didn't realize he had scooted over to make room for her. "Are you sure you don't mind?" she asked shyly.
"Just get in the bed!" he exclaimed.
"My, my, pushy, aren't we?" she said as she climbed beneath the covers, snuggling up against his chest. "By the way, thank you," she murmured as she quickly fell asleep with Squall's arms around her.
Yuffie awoke the next morning lying in Squall's arms. Savoring the moment and not really wanting to get up just yet, she began to lightly trace her fingers down Squall's stomach. He twitched in reply. She stifled a giggle and continued, watching his face.
"Yuffie, what are you doing?" he mumbled, eyes still closed against the warm sunlight shining through the windows.
"Nothing." He opened one eye to look at her. She smiled innocently at him.
"Will you please stop?" he asked.
She continued to smile and run her fingers down his stomach. "Why?"
"Because, if you don't things might get physical very quickly," he told her cryptically.
An sly grin graced her lips. "Well, you did say I could be your love-slave, remember?"
Squall grabbed her still roving hand, stopping it. "Damn her for remembering," he muttered under his breath.
Yuffie pulled her hand out of his grasp and began to lightly trace her fingers down his stomach again. "Squall?"
"I don't have to work today."
"And no one's expecting us to be anywhere today." She pulled herself up level to his face, keeping her fingers on his stomach. "And, it would be a shame to waste such a big bed, don't you think?"
The feathery soft touch of her fingers on his stomach slowly drove him over the edge. "You're right. It would be," he admitted as pulled her in for a kiss, a precursor to things to come.
Author's Note: Okay. Chapter One is up and running of my new story. And, I'm going to say that you shouldn't expect this one to be updated as often as my others. I literally spent all day on this chapter. That's a first for me. So, I'll update it when I'm able. I'll try to update at least once a week. So, anyways, tell me what you think. Read and Review.