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Jou groaned and rolled over on his makeshift bed, searching blindly for the remote control to Otogi's television. Sleep hadn't come easy ever since he woke up from his strange dream, and he needed something to keep his mind off things.
Finally finding the object of his desire wedged in between the couch cushions, Jou clicked on the television, illuminating the room in a sparse eerie light. He flipped the channels for a few moments before landing on a cartoon with a giant talking shake and box of fries lounging in pool.
He snuggled into his pillow and pulled the fluffy quilt around him once more, taking a deep breath of the freshly washed linen that smelt faintly of flowers. It was most comforting, wrapped up in a cocoon of blankets, safe from the storm that raged on outside.
A loud crack of lightening snapped Jou out of his relaxed state and he jumped slightly, suddenly finding himself irrationally frightened. He briefly let his mind wander to Seto's bed, imaging what it would be like if he were there instead, wrapped securely in his arms. He was sure he wouldn't feel afraid then.
"Dammit, get out of my head!" Jou whined and buried his face in his pillow.
After about a half-hour of watching television, Jou found he's eyes were getting heavier, and he slowly began to drift back to sleep again. That's when the doorbell rang.
Jou groaned as he was once again wide awake and glanced toward the door to Otogi's bedroom. When he didn't come out to answer after the doorbell rang for a second time, Jou sighed and decided to answer it for himself.
"Do you mind, I'm trying to..." The words died on Jou's lips as he realized just who he was addressing. "Seto?" Jou gasped out, gazing up at the brunette, who was currently dripping wet and looking quite yummy.
"I went to your house first...but your dad told me you we're here."
"W-what...I mean...what do you want?" Jou whispered and they both just stood there for several moments, staring at eachother like they we're complete strangers.
They were both lost.
"Who the hell could be here this late?" Otogi emerged from the doorway, his hair down and in his face, looking like he had just thrown his clothes on. "Kaiba?"
"Am I interrupting something?" Seto's words were softly spoken and emotionless, but Jou could detect the hidden confusion in those blue eyes.
Otogi raised his eyebrow and gave the brunette a strange look before realizing what was going on in his head. "Oh no...you see, I found the lost puppy wandering down the street earlier tonight and picked him up. He's not feeling well is he?" Otogi grinned and ruffled the blonde's hair playfully, speaking in an annoying baby voice.
"I see." Seto spoke, trying to hide the overwhelming jealousy that came from watching another man touch Jou like that. His Jou. Even though it probably shouldn't have bothered him, it did. That's how Seto knew he was in trouble. Jou could own him after tonight...if he had it in his heart to give an icy bastard a second chance.
Otogi glanced at Seto then Jou and then back at Seto again, feeling quite out of place amidst the awkward silence, and decided it was his cue to leave. "Well, I have to go...do that...thing... now. Yeah, bye." He spoke before rushing back inside.
"Um..." Jou watched Otogi leave and then turned back to Seto, leaning against the door frame and brushing some hair out of his eyes. "Seto..."
"Here." Seto cut the blonde short, reaching into his coat for something and Jou flinched, suddenly reminded of the demented dream from less than an hour ago. "I just wanted to give you this."
"What?" Jou blinked down at the baggy in Seto's hand that was filled with water.
"It's an Angel fish. The man at the shop says they live for a long time, maybe four or five years. It should replace that lobster of yours just fine."
"Oh...thank you." Jou held his hand out and Seto placed the package in his hand. Jou smiled down at the yellow and white fish that floated around in its confines gracefully. "Is this a good bye gift or something?"
"Well..." Seto breathed, watching as the breath left him and turned into steam in the cool night air. "It's more like an, 'I'm sorry'...gift." He whispered. Those two words that seemed so hard for him to say just slipped out, becoming almost inaudible against the sounds of the unrelenting rain surrounding them.
"Sorry? Do you mean it? Or is this just a trick to get back in my pants?" Jou raised an eyebrow.
"No...I screwed up." Seto stepped closer to the blonde placing a hand on his shoulder and massaged it gently. "You have to remember, I'm new at this."
"Yeah...I know, so am I." Jou looked down and studied his fingernails, not sure what to do next. "Um...should we go back to your place and have really hot make-up sex now?"
Seto smirked at that, pulling Jou close to him. "That sounds like a plan." He leaned in close, his lips just brushing against he blonde's, before he was pushed back slightly.
"Just promise me you won't go all 'psycho loner' on me again? Or else I'll have to beat your ass." Jou grinned.
"Sure, I promise. I'll let you beat my ass all you want."
"Let me? Are you implying that I couldn't kick your ass on my own?"
"What? That's bull..." Jou was cut off as he let out a huge sneeze, suddenly feeling lightheaded from his recent yelling. "Ugh...I don't feel so good." Jou let himself fall weakly into the taller man's embrace, and Seto tightened his hold instinctively, burying his face in the soft blonde locks.
"Uh..." Seto looked up from the blonde mop to see Otogi in the doorway, smiling sheepishly. "Do you guys need a lift home?"
X x X
"Dammit...I hate that stuff! Would you get away from me?" Seto sneered down at the cup of reddish liquid that Jou was currently shoving in his face. The two of them were both coming down with something, and it was ruining the mood they we're in not an hour ago effectively.
"It's cherry flavored!" Jou was persistent though, drinking the cup himself to show that it wasn't poison or anything. "Here comes the airplane.....zoooooom...." Jou sighed as Seto swatted him away. "Dammit Seto! Strap on a pair and take the cough medicine will you?"
Seto turned his best glare at the blonde. It had lost most of it's effect though, seeing as how he let out a huge sneeze afterwards. "Ugh...alright, give me that." He downed the medicine, looking disgusted as he did so, causing Jou to chuckle.
"Geez, I never thought something as simple as cough syrup could bring the mighty Seto Kaiba to his knees." Jou grinned, twisting the top back on of the small bottle and placing it on Seto's nightstand.
"How are you feeling?" Seto asked, wrapping one arm around the blonde's waist and lifting the other to place his hand on his forehead. "You're still a little hot."
"I feel better." Seto pressed a soft kiss to the blonde's forehead, before leaning in to give him a cherry flavored kiss on the lips. Jou smiled up at his lover as he pulled away, feeling foolish as he felt his heart flutter from his mere touch. Somehow, even after all the shit he had to put up with the past week, moments like these seemed to make it all worth it.
"Seto...do you really think we can make this work?"
Seto seemed to consider this for a moment before shrugging. "I guess we'll never know until we try."
"Hmm..." Jou wrapped his arms around the brunette's shoulders, standing on his toes slightly so that they we're now eye to eye. "You know..."
Seto raised his eyebrow as the blonde trailed off, noticing the strange look in his eyes as he did so. "What?"
"If I go like this...I'm about an inch taller than you."
"...Ok, and your point?"
"Height rule." Jou grinned before tackling a very startled Kaiba to the mattress.
X x X
Seto Kaiba awoke at 5 am sharp, as usual, the loud beeping thundering in his head before he reached over to turn the dreaded thing off quickly. It was then that he noticed the blonde head buried in the crook of his neck, and the arm draped casually across his chest. Not as usual.
He had come to the conclusion that Jounouchi was one of the worse people to share a bed with. He snored, kicked, and drewled. It was so frustrating to get him up in the morning...and yet, he didn't mind. He found that he liked waking up in someone's arms.
It would take some getting used to. Having to make room in his busy life for anyone besides Mokuba. Work would always have to come first, of course, but the thought of having something to come home to every night was appealing.
He had always thought that opening himself up to someone would be hard, but Jou made it so damn easy. It was him who made it difficult.
"What did I ever do to deserve you...." Seto whispered, letting his fingers trail over the blonde's cheek lightly, watching the steady rise and fall of his chest.
"I hope you mean that in a good way..." Jou murmured.
"Jou? I didn't realize you we're awake." Seto stuttered, pulling his hand away quickly.
"It's okay." Jou blinked his eyes open, causing Seto to shudder as the blonde's eyelashes tickled is neck. "Your allowed to touch me you know." Jou whispered tightening his hold around Seto.
"I almost don't feel like I deserve to."
"Oh would you stop being so dramatic?" Jou rolled his eyes and lifted his head off of Seto's chest to look at him. "Can't anything just be simple with you? You think too much."
"You're right. I guess I should take a page out of your book." Seto smirked.
"Hey..." Jou was cut short as someone came into the room, long dark hair a mess and covering up his face making him look like something out of a horror movie.
"Mokuba?" Seto sat up to regard his little brother, who had an agitated look on his face.
"Seto...there are reports outside again." The younger boy yawned and wiped the sleep out of his eyes, blinking up at the king size bed. "Jou?"
"Morning, Mokuba." Jou sat up and stretched.
The younger boy smiled up at him and then to his brother, clearly pleased. "Quit grinning like an idiot." Seto scowled at his younger brother, getting up to put on some suitable clothes after the younger boy bounded out of the room.
"What are you doing?"
"I'm getting dressed. I thought that was obvious...but I guess one never knows with you." Seto replied with his usual sarcastic tone, throwing on a shirt and buttoning it up.
Jou groaned and pulled the covers back over himself, ready to settle in for an additional few hours of sleep. "Alright fine...damn workaholic."
"Who said anything about work? I thought we'd go get some breakfast." Seto replied, pulling the covers off of the sleepy blonde and throwing some clothes at him.
"Eeek!" Was Jou's response as the cold air hit his skin. "Really? We're actually going somewhere....together?" The blonde asked as he pulled on a pair of Kaiba's a bit to long for him pants.
"Yes, and Mokuba is coming to." Seto stated, in a matter of fact tone. "Now get ready."
"Are you sure that's a good idea?" Jou asked and Seto merely shot him a look that said 'no questions'. Jou nodded his head and complied quickly, pulling the green turtle neck shirt over his head and effectively disheveling his hair.
"What are you grinning at?" Seto raised an eyebrow as he noticed the blonde grinning up at him.
"I like wearing your clothes, they smell yummy..." Jou sighed and buried his face in the collar of the shirt once more.
"You have problems." Seto scowled, effectively hiding the fact that he was strangely pleased by that comment.
X x X
"The vultures are still here..." Mokuba whined as he peeked out the curtains in the front foyer. "Are you sure you want to go outside now brother?"
"You're hungry aren't you?" Seto asked and smiled as Mokuba's stomach grumbled in response, and he nodded his head.
"Um, what about me?" Jou gave a nervous laugh and raised his hand.
"What about you?"
"I mean...what should I do?"
"Just act normal...and try not to say anything too...stupid."
Mokuba chuckled at that. "Isn't acting stupid normal for Jou?"
"Hmm...good point Mokuba." Seto smiled and patted his younger brother on the head.
"Hey! Stop ganging up on me!"
"So...what's going to happen when we go outside? What are you going to tell them?" Jou asked, suddenly feeling that sickening nervous feeling in the pit of his stomach. Seto said nothing as he slipped on a pair of shoes and walked over to Mokuba, who was peeking through the windows of the front foyer still, counting the numbers of camera's awaiting them.
"That is none of your concern." Seto replied flatly, and Jou shook his head. If being with Seto meant having to hide, then he was willing to make that sacrifice. Why, he didn't know, seeing as how what a challenge the brunette was.
"Let's go." Seto shooed his younger brother away from the window, heading towards the front door and motioning Jou to follow.
The blonde nodded his head and stepped forward slowly. "Seto..."
"Don't be afraid." Seto said, reaching forward and taking Jou's hand, giving it a gentle squeeze before opening the front door. Jou smiled and shook his head, letting Seto lead the way outside.
Jou shrinked back as the crowed was instantly upon them, snapping pictures at shouting out questions. Mokuba, who was standing close by, noticed this reaction and reached up to take a hold of Jou's sleeve, pulling on it gently. The blond looked down to see the boy mouth 'relax' and give him a reassuring smile. Jou nodded his head but found it slightly disturbing how Mokuba was already so used to this at such a young age. He supposed it came with the territory though.
Seto stood silently as several people questioned him, all confused as to what Jounouchi Katsuya was doing coming out of his home. There was several answers that popped into his head immediately, all fine excuses, there was always a way to cover things up, he had learned this well. He took a look over this shoulder to see Jou and Mokuba standing behind him. The latter yawned and gave his brother an impatient look, obviously ready to get out of there and get something to eat. And then there was Jou, who was standing silently, studying the ground.
Jou must have felt the stare because he looked up to lock his eyes with Seto, effectively taking the brunette's breath away. He knew now, that he wasn't the powerful and heartless ceo that he had always excepted the title of. He had a weakness, and he was welcoming it with open arms. He didn't fell like fighting it anymore, not when it felt so damn good to lose.
Seto took a deep breath before moving, he knew what had to come next.
"Seto?" Jou took a step back reflexively as Seto approached him, a look in his eyes that Jou couldn't' exactly place. Jou flinched as he felt his back hit the door and Seto reached up to stroke his cheek.
"Shh...Katsuya, it's okay." Seto whispered, before leaning in for the kill.
There in front of a dozen reporters and his own little brother, Seto Kaiba kissed the living daylights out of his boyfriend.
Jou moaned as Seto pulled away, missing that heat already. He barely had the chance to regain his composure before he was yanked by the elbow towards the awaiting limo. Cutting right through the now stunned silent crowd surrounding them.
X x X
"See! See! I told you they would get back together! You owe me ten bucks." Yami scowled as his light jumped up and down in front of the tv screen.
"All part of my master plan of course." Yami turned to glare at a smug Bakura.
"You we're just trying to fuck with their heads, don't even try to come off as the good guy here."
Bakura pouted, seemingly offended by Yami's statement. "What ever do you mean? I was in this for the good of humanity all along."
"Sure you were." Yami flinched as Bakura laughed and hooked and arm around his neck.
"Come on, let's not argue now!" Yami raised an eyebrow, suddenly feeling slightly unnerved from the spirit's recent behavior. "We have more important things to think about. Like what to get Seto and Jou for their wedding gift. Does a diamond studded dog collar sound good?"
Even Yami couldn't help but smirk at that.
Satanic Mechanic: It's finished! (throws confetti) My first completed multi-chap fic. I hope you are all satisfied with the ending, I know it was a long wait...sorry. I want to thank everyone who reviewed, it really helps motivate me to write more, since I am so darn lazy as I have mentioned before. Until next time. Ja ne!