A/N: If you're curious, this is AU... as are all of my other fics.

Currently, the older Digidestined are 16 or 17(depending on their birthdays... Mimi and Koushiro are 16, everyone else is 17) and the younger ones are 15. I've decided what months their birthdays will be in so quite a few of them will have their birthdays during this fic.

I stole Kiseki from Black Rose for part of this chapter! (dances) hehehe... (glomps Tyson) I love him! He gets love!

DISCLAIMER: Don't own Digimon. They made Tai & Yama straight. Those bastards.

Headfirst for Halos
by: nEo-cHaN

Friday May 7th: a normal spring day. The thought of school dampened it a bit, but nevertheless it was a beautiful day. I had just pulled on my grey school pants when the doorbell rang.

"Come in, Tai!" I yelled.

About ten seconds later, Tai walked into my room as I pulled on my white collared shirt. He flashed me a grin.


Tai-Taichi Yagami-is my best friend. We've been best friends for a really long time. I leave my door open in the mornings and he walks over from his apartment to meet me so we can walk to school together. Sometimes he rings the doorbell; sometimes he doesn't. I don't understand the pattern, and I don't even think there is one.

I finished buttoning up my shirt and tossed my sweater at Tai-who instinctively caught it-then grabbed my schoolbag and gestured towards my door. I walked out and Tai followed me to the front door, where I put on my shoes and left the apartment. Tai locked the door behind us with the keys he'd grabbed from my sweater, then shoved them back into the pocket and tossed the sweater to me. I caught it and pulled it on as we began walking down the hall.

That was our weekday morning routine unless one of us couldn't walk to school for some reason; being whether one of us was sick, had to go to school early, or something of that nature. If the case was that one of us was sick, the other would pick up his homework and possibly bring him some chicken noodle soup, hot chocolate, or something of the sort.

These are the things Tai and I take from granted; traditions that have developed over the years. Everyone around us can't say one of our names without saying or thinking of the other. We're inseparable. Our friendship has lasted through every test possible except for just a few; there's one in particular that I can think of which just may become relevant sometime in the future.

"I've got soccer after school," Tai informed me. He's the school soccer star. He's been playing since he was a little kid. Being the athletic hero makes him automatically popular with the girls, and popular in a different way with the jocks and other guys. It also makes him the envy of many. Luckily he's not a braindead sports freak like the rest of the jocks. Well... okay, he is a sports freak. But he definitely can't be classified with the others; unlike them, he has the sense to know that a house on fire is more important than a football game.

...unless, of course, there's no one in the house.

"I've got band practice," I responded. I have a band made up of me and three other guys. We always play at school events-we have been since we got to high school-so we're considered sort of a legend at our school. Our band is called Paradox and I sing lead vocals and play bass guitar.

"Cool. So call me when you get home."

"Don't I always?"

"Yeah, but this time I might have some news for you."

"Oh really? Like what?"

"You'll see." Tai gave me a mysterious look.

I rolled my eyes. "Whatever."

"Whatever," Tai mimicked me. He slung an arm around my shoulders. "I know you're dying to know what it is!"

I couldn't help but laugh. It's something about Tai's attitude. He grinned at me and dropped his arm to wave at someone. I looked up to see a friend of ours, Sora Takenouchi, just ahead.

"Hi, you guys!" she greeted us as we reached her.

"Hey Sora," Tai said, and I echoed him. She fell into step with us and we continued down the street.

Sora has barely shoulder-length light orangeish-brown hair and cinnamon-coloured eyes. She's been our friend since we were really little... possibly from the same time Tai and I met each other. We're all really close. Sora used to be more of a tomboy, but she's grown to be a lot more "girly". Especially since meeting Mimi Tachikawa.

Mimi's also our good friend, but we haven't known her for as long. She's the definition of a "girly-girl"- she's really into fashion and "trendiness" and stuff, and her favourite past-time is shopping. She's slowly transforming Sora, and it's actually been pretty successful so far.

Speaking of whom, Mimi was the first person we ran into when we got to school. She's always fluttering from group to group spreading gossip and chatting amongst others, but we're like her home base.

"Guess what I heard!" were her first words when she saw us.

"What?" I asked, humouring her.

"There's a new guy!"

"Aw, you spoiled my news!" Tai exclaimed.

I raised an eyebrow. "That was the news I was so 'dying to hear'?"

"How did you know?" Mimi asked him.

"He's gonna be on the soccer team. I heard he's really good." Tai smirked at me. "I also heard he's a ladies' man."

Sora and Mimi laughed, and I gave him a wary look. "Tai... please tell me that you're not trying to fix me up with one of your soccer jocks."

I'm gay. Not bi; gay. Fully and completely, and I admit to it. I'm not going to lie about it- if someone asks me, I'll tell them. So of course, all of my close friends and family have known basically since I knew about it. I was afraid at first that some of them would reject me-especially Tai since he's a guy-but I was wrong. Of course, there are always going to be people against you but at least the people I care about didn't turn on me.

You won't necessarily be able to tell that I'm gay from just observing me. I mean, people are always saying that I do have some feminine traits but I don't act like the stereotypical "gay guy". That's why not too many people know; they don't have any inclination to ask because I don't give them a reason to be suspicious. Obviously my band knows, and whatever fan base we have should know by now. Two of the other band members are bi-one secretly, one openly-and the other is straight. The openly bi one, Shin, is very obvious about his sexuality. Within minutes of meeting him, you'll know he's definitely not straight. Eri, the other bi one, is pretty quiet about things. He doesn't like his sexuality-or anything, for that matter-being exploited. Not many people know much about him. I think he's more gay than bi, because he hasn't been attracted to a girl in a long time, but he hasn't officially declared it yet. And the straight one, Hiro, could never see himself in a relationship with a guy.

So anyway, this is why Tai was telling me about this guy. But, first of all, the guy was a soccer jock. Second, I don't do blind dates. Tai knows this, as do Mimi and Sora-regardless of the countless times they've attempted to play matchmaker.

Tai shrugged sheepishly. "It was worth a try."

"Yeah, Matt," Mimi supported him. "You need to let us set you up with someone!"

"There's got to be a guy you have a crush on," Sora added.

"Why me?" I exclaimed. "Tai doesn't have a girlfriend; Mimi, you just dumped your boyfriend; and Sora, you don't have a boyfriend either!"

"Yeah, but it's more fun to set you up because you're gay." Mimi flashed me a smile.

Sometimes I think that my sexuality is a large form of entertainment for my friends. I personally don't see what's so amusing, and I'm not sure I want to.

After assuring them time after time that I wasn't going to let them set me up with the new guy, they dropped the subject. Actually, I'm lying; they only stopped because the bell rang. We have a couple classes together though, so that wouldn't be the last I heard of it.

Koushiro Izumi is also a friend of ours, and he's in my first period class as well as Tai. That class is math and he's really smart, so it's greatly to our advantage.

"Hi, you guys," he greeted us when we walked in.

"Hi, 'Shiro," we replied in unison. He's widely known as Izzy-a nickname I believe one of his computer friends gave him-and only his close friends like us call him other nicknames such as Shiro and Kou.

"Did you do the homework?" Tai asked him.

Izzy nodded. "Of course."

"Can I copy it?"

"That would be plagiarism."


"Alright." Izzy gave Tai his paper. "But hurry!"

Luckily Tai managed to scribble down the answers before the second bell rang. He returned the paper to Izzy, who turned back around in his seat as the teacher began walking down the rows to collect homework. Normally Tai would've copied the homework from me, but I hadn't done it either. So I copied it off of Tai-I'm one of the only people who can read his rushed writing-and we both handed it in to the teacher looking perfectly innocent.

Our teacher, Mr. Fumiaka, began speaking. "Today, class, we're going to be learning about..."

I blanked out at that point, mostly because Tai nudged me. We sit in pairs-I sit with Tai on the far left, second from the back and Izzy sits in front of us with a guy named Satoru. Anyway, Tai leaned in towards me when the teacher turned around to write on the board.

"You wanna go out tonight?" he whispered.

"I thought you had soccer practice," I whispered back.

"I do. But we can meet up after that. When do you think band practice will be over?"

"It depends."

"Well I'm gonna be bored, so we have to do something."

I rolled my eyes. "You're predicting that you'll be bored?"

"Yup. I'm psychic."

A throat cleared and we both turned to see Mr. Fumiaka looking straight at us. We stopped talking and Tai gave him an innocent smile. He turned back to the board.

Tai poked me in the arm. I ignored him and he poked me again.

"What?" I hissed, turning my head towards him.

"What do you wanna do? Go to a movie, just hang out..?"

"I don't know, you pick. You're the bored one."

"I don't care, I just don't want to be bored."

"Then let's just hang out, I guess. I probably won't want to go out again after band practice. And you should be tired... you go straight from P.E. to soccer practice."

I don't know how he does it. He's insane. It's gotta be that hair of his storing extra energy, I'm telling you.

Tai opened his mouth to reply, but was interrupted.

"Boys, if you insist on talking then I'll have to send you to the office."

I felt my face heating up. I hate being singled out in class. Unfortunately Tai's always getting me into these situations.

"Sorry, sir," Tai said sheepishly.

Mr. Fumiaka gave us the evil eye for a moment, then continued teaching the lesson. Just seconds later, Tai nudged a piece of paper onto my desk. I looked down at it and recognized his messy scrawl.

'Your place or mine?'

'Mine', I wrote and shoved the paper back to him. It came back shortly.

'Okay. Call me the second you step in your door.'

'Will do. Now stop before you get me in trouble again!'

Tai was sufficiently obedient and well-behaved for the rest of the class. We went our separate ways when first period ended and I headed off to English, where Sora and Jyou would join me.

Jyou Kido is another friend of ours. He's a neat freak, has various allergies, and is relatively paranoid; but once you get past all that, he's a good guy. He and Izzy are at about the same intellectual level, so we can go to either one when we have problems with school.

When I entered the class, everyone was speaking in hushed tones to each other and peering up at the front of the class. I glanced over and saw a guy standing there, speaking to the teacher. As far as I knew, I'd never seen the guy before. With a shrug, I sat down in my seat next to Jyou.

"Matt!" Sora approached me almost immediately. "That's the new guy!" she exclaimed. She lowered her tone a bit and added, "Isn't he gorgeous?"

I looked back at him. He had envy-worthy black hair with bangs to one side and grey eyes. His eyes weren't sharp, but they weren't soft either. They weren't a charcoal grey, or a smoke grey; they were a different grey. In fact, they were the nicest shade I'd ever seen. He didn't even look like the typical jock. If I dare say it, he looked kind of like my type.

"He's cute," I admitted.

The bell rang and everyone scrambled to their seats. Mr. Tanaka stood up and once we'd quieted down, he spoke.

"As I'm sure you've noticed, we have a new student." He turned to the guy. "Would you like to introduce yourself?"

The guy shrugged. "Okay. I'm Raian."

That was all he said. Mr. Tanaka prompted him.

"You're going to be on the soccer team, isn't that right?"

Raian nodded. "Yeah."

He said nothing else and I observed him discreetly. Raian didn't seem like the soccer type... he seemed more like the musician type.

I was proven right about the musician part when I got to my third period class-music-and saw him there. He was speaking with our teacher, Ms. Jair.

When Mimi saw me, she nearly pounced on me.

"That's him!" she exclaimed. "Isn't he-"

"Gorgeous?" I rolled my eyes. "I heard it from Sora already. He's in my English class."


"Who's lucky?" a voice came from behind me. I turned to see one of my bandmates, Eri. His real name is actually Teridenji, but he's gone by Eri for all long as I've known him. His family usually calls him Teri, but around everyone else he's Eri.

"Matt is," Mimi answered. "That new guy is in two of his classes so far!"

Eri nodded. He's sort of quiet compared to the rest of my friends, a bit more subdued. Eri has black hair an inch or so above his shoulders with chin-length bangs on each side of his face and greenish-blue eyes. He's sensitive, generally nice, and is a good listener. When you need to just rant or let something out, he'll listen.

Eri plays the guitar-he plays electric in our band. I can play electric too. He also plays the piano. Mimi plays the flute and piano. The new guy, Raian, played the guitar and he was pretty good at it. He also knew how to play the drums and piano quite well. I was impressed. Maybe setting me up with him wasn't such a bad idea after all... of course, I wasn't about to admit that.

At lunch, everyone was talking about him. I sat with my usual group: Tai, Sora, Mimi, Izzy, Daisuke, and Eri. Hiro, Shin, and Jyou have a different lunch period than us. Daisuke Motomiya is a friend of ours. He's in grade ten, while we're in eleven. Mine and Tai's siblings, Kari(his sister) and TK(my brother) are close with him along with another boy; Ken Ichijouji. Tai is Daisuke's role model, which makes sense; they're alike in a lot of ways. Daisuke is in Tai's second period class because he's taking a grade eleven course to get ahead. He's got our lunch which separates him from Kari, TK, and Ken but it's okay because we're all friends with him anyway.

"Matt thinks the new guy's hot," Sora said with a grin.

"Ooh," everyone began to tease me.

"Shut up!" I exclaimed, my face turning red. "All I said was that he was cute! And luckily, he's not that much of a stupid jock."

"So can we set you up?" Tai asked.

I gave him a dirty look. "No."

"But you just said he was cute," Mimi pressed. "Why not?"

"Because! I don't need you guys to set me up!"

"But it could be fun!"


"Party pooper." Daisuke stuck his tongue out at me. Obviously they'd filled him in on the situation.

"Anyone want to come to the movies tonight?" Mimi asked. "Sora, Kari and I were planning on going."

"To see what?" Daisuke asked, wrinkling his nose. "A chick flick?"

Mimi rolled her eyes. "We can change the movie."

"Okay," Daisuke agreed. "I'm in."

"I'll see if I can," Eri said.

"I have too much homework," Koushiro declined.

Sora turned towards Tai and I with a raised eyebrow. "What about you two?"

I opened my mouth to say that Tai and I could come-after all, he'd been saying how bored he was-but he elbowed me in the side. I looked at him in confusion.

"We've got a project to work on," Tai lied.

"Bummer," Daisuke said.

The next-and last-period of the day was phys ed, which I had with Tai. We were in the changerooms when I remembered about what he'd said.

"Why did you say we were busy?" I asked him. "I thought you wanted to do something later."

"I do," Tai said, "but I kinda wanted it to be just the two of us. Besides, you said you'd be tired."

I shrugged. "Whatever, I was just wondering."

Once we'd changed, we went into the gym to find that Raian was in our class, which put him in three of my four classes- four in five if you included lunch. That was more classes than I had with Tai.

"That's the new guy?" Tai said doubtfully. "He's the soccer player?"

He was getting skeptical looks from other people when they found that out, too. However, all questions were dismissed about halfway through class. We went outside to play soccer, and everyone was eager to see his skills. Let me tell you, just because he didn't look the type it didn't mean he wasn't the type. He got out there and blew everyone away. In the end it was pretty much he and Tai facing off; the rest of us were just there for support. The score was tied, but we didn't get to see who would win because the bell rang to signal the end of school. Usually we stop before that, but it had been an intense match.

"The guy's got some serious skills," Tai said to me, shaking his head and panting. "Looks like I've got competition."

"Yeah, he was kicking your ass." I smirked.

Tai glared at me playfully, knowing I was just teasing. "Shut up, Ishida, you just wish you were as good as me."

I snorted. "Yeah right. I think you've gotten hit one too many times with that soccer ball."

Tai went off to soccer practice once he'd gotten a drink and I went to my locker to get my stuff. Then I walked home, showered and got changed for band practice, and headed on my way.

We hold band practice in either Shin's garage or basement, or Eri's garage. It's funny when we practice at Eri's because he lives in a huge house in this rich neighbourhood, so the neighbours claim that we're "disrupting the peace" or something. That's why we practice at Shin's place more often. He lives in a bungalow-type house, but it's got a basement. Hiro lives in an apartment like me, so our places are out of the question.

That day, practice was in Shin's garage. When I got there, everyone else had already arrived.

"Ishida's here," Shin announced mockingly. "Everyone clear the floor!"

Shin's the drummer, and Hiro and Eri are the guitarists. I'm the bassist and I sing lead vocals, as I mentioned before. Let me quickly describe my bandmates-except for Eri, whom you know already.

Shin's very outgoing, to say the least. He has spiky tan hair and hazel eyes. Sometimes he can be a bit too much to handle, especially when he doesn't realize that you're upset and he aggravates you until you end up screaming at him. It's happened many times, believe me.

Hiro's real name is Hiroya, and he's got long brownish-auburn hair┬╣. His eyes are a nice green and he knows how to play the bass along with guitar. He even knows how to play the drums, but not as well as Shin. Anyway, Hiro and I are really close. I go to him for relationship advice, and he keeps secrets really well.

"So I hear you're being set up with that new guy at school," Shin said. "What's his name? Raian?"

"No, I refuse to let them set me up."

"Tell them they can set me up with him any day." Shin grinned.

Hiro rolled his eyes. "Can we lower the hormone level and play some music?"

I got home from band practice at around 5:45 and called Tai. He picked up on the second ring.

"Hey, Yama! You want me to bring anything? A movie or something..?"

"Nah, we'll find something."

"Okay. See you in a few minutes."

Tai hung up before I could even say bye.


All's fair in love, war, and video games. That's Tai's motto.

"Yes! I beat you again! Who's the master?"

"You cheated!" I protested.

"No I didn't!"

"Yes you did! You took my controller and threw it across the room!"

"I still won."

I rolled my eyes and switched off the game system. "Seeing as you won't play a fair game-and now that I've said that, you'll probably let me beat you in the next game-why don't we watch a movie?"

"Okay." Tai got up from where we were sitting on the floor and sat on the couch cross-legged. "Pick one."

"You pick."

"I don't care."

"Neither do I!" I picked the first movie that I saw and put it in, then turned off the light and sat down next to Tai. We sat there in silence for a moment or two before Tai spoke up.

"I'm hungry."

Of course, Tai made me make food for him. I made enough food so that my dad could have some when he came home from work. It turned out that he came home not long after I'd finished preparing it. We all ate, then my dad went to his room and Tai and I went back to the living room to watch the movie.

"What movie did you put in?" Tai wanted to know.

"I thought you said it didn't matter."

"It doesn't. I just want to know."

"You'll see."

About a minute later, Tai's question was answered.

"Ladder 49? I didn't even know you had this movie."

"Neither did I," I confessed. "I've never watched it before."

"Same here."

"Good." I leaned back and got comfortable.

It only took a few minutes for me to get really into the movie. Tai looked pretty entranced too. He's one of the only guys I know who can appreciate sad movies like I can-but if I get too overwhelmed he'll tease me. Most of the other guys I know-like his jock friends-just laugh rudely or get bored and talk through the whole thing if it's not an action movie or a comedy. They also laugh at scary movies(which usually scare the shit out of me). Tai isn't that phased by scary movies, but he doesn't ridicule the truly scary ones when he knows I'm afraid. The other jocks aren't that sensitive. At all.

Now, I don't usually cry at movies. But something about the movie really struck me, and I found myself holding back tears at many parts. By the end, I was rubbing my eyes to keep the tears from spilling over. And when one or two did slip out, I tried to be as silent as possible and wipe them away before Tai could see. He looked over at me, smiled, and rubbed my thigh. Just as a soothing action. When the movie finished completely, Tai leaned over and put an arm around my neck.

"Aww," he teased lightly, ruffling my hair.

"Shut up." I smoothed down my hair and got up to take the movie out. "It was sad."

"I know." Tai gave me a little grin. "It's not your fault you have girly reflexes."

"I do not have 'girly reflexes'."

"You were crying." Tai grabbed my hand as I began to pass by. I put the movie down on the table as he tugged me down into his lap. "Tell me that's not girly."

"It's not."

"Okay. Then I'll just call them 'Yama reflexes'."

I stuck my tongue out at Tai and got off of him. If I really wanted, I could call attention to some of his own odd behaviors-for instance, pulling me into his lap like he'd just done. But I didn't.

We watched TV for a while, then played some more video games-Tai let me beat him the first time, as predicted-and then retreated to my room because my dad had come into the living room to tell us we were too loud and he was trying to sleep.

Tai and I disconnected the VCR, brought it to my room, and hooked it up there. I've got a small TV in my room. We brought a bunch of random movies with us and I made Tai pick. He chose 'I, Robot'-which is an awesome movie.

"You have good movies," Tai remarked as we settled down and got comfortable on my bed.

"Half of them are yours," I reminded him. "You keep buying new movies and leaving them over here."

Tai shrugged.

After we finished watching 'I, Robot', Tai put 'Oceans Twelve' in. I was getting pretty tired, and about a quarter of the way through I was on my way to dreamland. Tai paused the movie and we got changed, then positioned ourselves under the covers. Tai continued to watch the movie while I drifted off to sleep.

Most people would find it weird that two guys share one bed when they sleep over, especially when one of them is gay- however, it doesn't bother us. I used to be skeptical about it, thinking that Tai might feel awkward, but he doesn't. He trusts me fully and doesn't hesitate to sleep in the same bed as me. I guess that makes us the true definition of best friends.

On Saturday morning I woke up with Tai's weight on top of me and his sturdy arms wrapped around my waist. That often happens when we sleep together. With a roll of my eyes, I unlatched his arms and pushed him a short distance away. Tai sleeps like a rock, so nothing I did would disturb him- except if I whispered in his ear. Oddly enough, he'll wake up if you're too quiet. When he wakes up it can startle you, though, because sometimes he'll just suddenly open his eyes at random. It's creepy.

I contemplated waking Tai, then decided to shower first. I took my time in the bathroom, primping a bit and styling my hair (which took quite a while). When I went to my room to get dressed, Tai woke up as I'd predicted he would.

He yawned. "Morning, Yama."

"Morning." I grabbed some clothes to put on and he trained his eyes on the ceiling while I dressed myself.

"How long've you been awake?" Tai asked me, catching the wet towel I threw at his head once I'd finished changing.

"As long as it takes to shower and style my hair."

"So about three hours, then." Tai smirked.

I reached over to the bed and pinched him. He yelped and rolled off of the bed, lunging towards me and tackling me to the floor. Before I could escape, he pinned me down and messed up my hair, making me shriek.

"Tai! You asshole!"

Laughing, Tai stood up looking satisfied while I scrambled to my feet and looked in the mirror. My eyes widened.

"I'm gonna kill you!"

Tai bolted out of the room and into the bathroom, shutting the door and locking it. I could hear his laughter from behind the door and glared, hoping he could feel the venom in the look I was giving him. With a sigh, I turned back to the mirror and began to mend the damage.


"Raian, this is Yamato. You can call him Matt. Matt, this is Raian. I'm sure you two have seen each other around."

Raian smiled at me. "Hey. You're in a bunch of my classes, aren't you?"

"Yeah." I responded, glaring at Mimi and Sora out of the corner of my eye. They were evil. Both of them. The spawn of Satan in human form.

And Tai, too. Tai was holding back his laughter, looking he was going to burst any moment. I cursed them all mentally and began plotting my revenge.

Raian looked at Tai, who quickly swallowed his laughter and pulled a straight face.

"I know you, too, don't I?"

Tai nodded. "Tai Yagami. Captain of the soccer team."

"Right, the only guy who's really competition on the team."

Tai's face brightened at the compliment. I felt like rolling my eyes. Just what we needed; another boost to Tai's ego.

Mimi and Sora had invited Raian to hang out with us; no doubt so they could try and set us up, despite how many times I'd told them it wasn't going to happen. The five of us went to a movie, and of course I ended up sitting next to Raian. He was at the end of the row and Tai sat on the other side of me, then Sora and Mimi.

We were seeing a horror movie called The Grudge. Now, this is how Mimi's mind works: she knows that I can get scared at horror movies, so she sat me beside Raian thinking that I would grab onto him or something- which is hilarious because I would never do that. I guarantee it was Mimi's idea, not Sora's, because Sora's plans are more realistic.

I thought the movie was scary- in fact, it freaked the hell out of me. Unfortunately for Mimi, I didn't react in the way she wanted. At least, not to Raian.

During the movie I resorted to clutching the arm rest or squeezing the life out of Tai's arm. I don't know how he could stand it. I clawed my fingernails pretty deep into his skin a few times. This was all very discreet, though, since I already stated that I don't openly hang onto people during scary movies.

For most of the movie I had my knees pulled up to my chest, off the ground. I can't leave my feet on the floor when I'm watching something scary; I always feel like something's gonna reach out and grab me.

When the movie ended, Mimi looked disappointed that I wasn't hanging off of Raian's arm. Rather, I'd had Tai's arm in a deathgrip. I think there was actually a faint imprint from my hand, and several nail marks. If I was him, I wouldn't have put up with it.

"What'd you think of the movie?" Tai asked us as we walked out of the theatre.

"It was creepy!" Mimi exclaimed. "I might not be able to sleep tonight... and if I do, I'll probably dream about it!"

"Some parts were kind of scary," Sora said with a shrug. "What did you guys think?"

"It wasn't that scary," Raian said, and Tai agreed with him.

"I think Matt has a different opinion," Tai teased me. He pulled up his sleeve to reveal that his arm was red and littered with tiny nail imprints.

I felt my face heat up. "It was freaky, okay?"

Tai laughed and Raian was grinning at me, looking amused.

"I'm glad Tai was on the other side of you," he said with a laugh, "otherwise that might've been me."

I knew that Mimi would never place Tai beside me again in a situation like that one. She and Sora went to the bathroom-probably to discuss their next plan-so Tai, Raian, and I waited for them in the main area of the movie theatre.

"Is your arm still able to function?" I asked Tai with an apologetic grin.

He waved his hand in dismissal. "I've built up an immunity. It's not the first time you've nearly put my arm out of commission."

I blushed and shoved him. "Shut up. That's what you get for going to scary movies with me."

"Why do you even go if they scare you so much?"

"Because! I like them."

Tai raised an eyebrow. "So you like not being able to go anywhere by yourself for the next day or two?"

"Tai, just shut up!"

"Aw, am I embarrassing wittle Yama-chan?" Tai smirked.

Raian laughed and Tai grinned at him. I took that opportunity to pinch Tai on the arm, hard.

"Ow!" Tai jumped away from me, then narrowed his eyes. "Oh, I'm gonna get you back later."

"Get me back?" I exclaimed in disbelief. "I had a right to pinch you!"

"Well, it hurt!"

Raian was still laughing. "You two are hilarious."

By the time Mimi and Sora returned, Tai and I had bruises from how hard we'd been pinching each other. They just shook their heads and walked away.

We visited the food court in the nearby mall after that to get something to eat. We'd all just sat down with the food we'd gotten when I realized I'd forgotten to grab a fork. I stood up.

"Where are you going?" Tai asked me.

"To get a fork," I replied. "Fascinating, isn't it?"

"I'll come with you," Mimi volunteered almost immediately, standing. "I mean- I forgot to grab a fork too."

I looked at where she'd been sitting with an eyebrow raised. "But there's a fork right there."

"It's mine," Sora said quickly. I looked at what she was eating.

"...you eat pizza with a fork?"


I looked at her skeptically, but shrugged.

"While you're up, grab me a straw," Tai told me.

"You don't need a straw."

"Well, I want one."

"So? I want you to shut up but I'm not gonna get that, am I?" I smirked.

Tai narrowed his eyes playfully at me. A second later, Mimi was dragging me away from the table. I broke out of her surprisingly strong grip and gave her a confused look. Before I could say anything, though, she spoke.

"Matt, you're supposed to be flirting with Raian; not Tai!"

I stared in bewilderment. "Are you kidding? Me, flirt with Tai?" I laughed in disbelief.

"Matt, you're a very naturally flirty person. Especially with Tai. I know you might not see it, but I'm sure Raian does, and no guy is ever going to approach you if he thinks you like Tai!"

I snorted. "No one thinks I like Tai."

Mimi raised an eyebrow. "Wanna bet?"

"But Tai's..." I searched for the word, but couldn't find one. "He's... well, he's Tai!"

"Raian doesn't see it that way. I wouldn't be surprised if he thought you two were dating. So stop flirting with Tai!"

"How am I supposed to stop when I didn't even know I was doing it in the first place?"

"I don't know, but do it!"

Mimi and I grabbed the forks-and the straw for Tai-and began back to the table. I gave a little laugh.

"Man. Tell Tai you think I'm 'flirting' with him, he'd get a good laugh."

"Not when I tell him to stop flirting back."

I sighed and shook my head. "You're insane."

I tried to be less "flirty" when we got back to the table. I have no idea if I succeeded or not, but I assume I didn't because Mimi was giving me looks whenever I talked to Tai. I really wondered if she was just imagining things.

Tai went home with me when we split with everyone else. I don't think this pleased Mimi too much either. I do admit, Raian looked a bit suspicious when Tai stated that he was going to "his little Yama-chan's" house.

We were well out of sight and talking about nothing important when Tai changed the subject suddenly.

"Well?" Tai grinned at me.

"Well what?"

"Well, how do you like Raian?"

I rolled my eyes. "Obviously you're all deaf. I told you- I'm not gonna let you set me up with him."

"Mimi's got plans, you know."

"I know. Which reminds me..." I laughed. "Can you believe she told me to stop flirting with you?"

Tai snorted. "What?"

"She insists that we were flirting and that it was turning Raian off. She's says I'm 'flirty by nature' or something."

"Flirty by nature?" Tai seemed to consider it for a moment. "Maybe. But how exactly were we flirting?"

I shrugged. "I dunno. Mimi tends to imagine things."

We got to my place and Tai called his parents right away to tell them he was sleeping over again. He knew I wasn't going to let him leave me alone in my house; not after we'd watched a scary movie. I let Tai go in the shower first, then went in myself. I hurried, since I really didn't want to be alone for too long. Besides, tons of scary scenes from movies take place in bathrooms. Tai actually offered to just sit in the bathroom while I showered so I wouldn't be alone, but I declined and instead left the bathroom door open. It comforted me somewhat.

I exited the shower, dried off, quickly blowdried my hair, then wrapped my towel around my waist and retreated to my room. Tai was sitting at my computer desk, typing on MSN, and I laid down on my bed, too lazy at that moment to change. He got off the chair and flopped down on top of me.

"I think my arm is feeling better now."

"Shut up."

"You really think that movie was scary?"


Tai shook his head, then moved his hand to my head and began stroking my hair gently; running his fingers through each strand. I closed my eyes and instantly relaxed. I don't allow many people to touch my hair. Tai is one of the select few that can. Something about the way he pets my hair soothes me.

We stayed like that for several minutes, with Tai laying on top of me and caressing my hair as I relaxed and enjoyed the sensation. I was only semi-conscious when Tai stopped and chuckled.

"Don't fall asleep on me, Yama."

I didn't respond, and he nudged me. Then nudged me again.

"Taii," I complained, reluctantly opening my eyes.

"It's not even nine o' clock. You are not going to sleep. And don't you pout at me!"

I couldn't help it; I giggled. Tai rolled his eyes, though smiling, and ruffled my hair a bit- which I normally would've killed him for.

Tai got off of me and went back over to the computer desk, spinning around in the chair and then typing something to someone on MSN. I realized that I was still in just a towel and began to get up. I'd only pulled myself to a sitting position when an article of clothing hit me in the face. It fell into my lap and I blinked.

Tai grinned and tossed me another piece of clothing; a pair of pants, which I caught. "Get dressed. We're going for a walk."

"Right now?"



"Because I feel like it." Tai stood. "Hurry up."

I shot Tai a dirty look as he disappeared into the hall, but quickly pulled on my clothes and followed after him. It was useless to argue- if Tai wanted to go for a walk, he was going to go. And if he wanted me to come, he would find a way to drag me along.

We had just exited the building when Tai stopped, nearly making me run into him. He bent his knees a bit and gestured with his hands.

"Get on my back."


"I wanna give you a piggyback ride! Get on!"

"Tai, are you kidding?"

"Nope!" Tai craned his neck to look at me. "Come on, Yama!"

I stared at him like he was insane. The idea was ridiculous, really. I was the same height as him, if not taller (I actually think I might be slightly shorter than him, but it bugs him when I say that I'm taller so I stick to that story), and the only reason he weighed more than me was because he had a very athletic build.

...but when did something being ridiculous ever stop me from doing it?

I placed my hands on Tai's shoulders and jumped, wrapping my legs around his waist. He shifted until my weight was balanced, then began to walk. Or run, actually. I shrieked, resting my arms around his neck and laughing. Everyone we passed gave us the weirdest looks, but we didn't care. We were having fun, and that was all that mattered.

We came to a crosswalk down the street and Tai let me down. I was still laughing, as was he.

"Enjoy your ride?" Tai asked with a grin.

"Yes, sir!" I grinned back, then added, "you psycho."


I burst into laughter again and ran across the street (it was still our turn to cross). He bolted after me just before the light changed, and of course it didn't take long for him to catch me. He grabbed me and picked me up, lifting me over his shoulder. Between fits of giggles, I kicked (not hard) and screamed (not loudly) and struggled (without much effort) and Tai just laughed, ignoring my (futile) attempts. He carried me all the way home like that, with me draped over his shoulder. If I had've been able to see the faces of the people we were passing, I guarantee you that they would've all been staring at us.

Tai took the keys from my back pocket and unlocked my apartment door, then locked it behind us and headed for the living room. He placed me down on the couch and sat down beside me, grinning.

"Well, that was a nice workout."

"Idiot." I stuck my tongue out at him and flopped down into a laying position. My head landed on his leg and he reached down to flick my nose. I scrunched up my face and Tai chuckled.

"Yama, Yama, Yama." He rested a hand on my stomach for a moment, then slid it under my shirt and began tickling me.

I giggled and squirmed. "Stop it!"

"You sound like a girl," Tai teased, attacking me with both hands.

I couldn't stop laughing. I wrapped both arms around my stomach, but he tickled my arms and caused me to move them so that he could access my stomach again.

"No fair!" I exclaimed, breathless from laughter. I broke into another fit of giggles, trying to wrench away from him. "That's not fair! You're not ticklish!"

"I think it's very fair." Tai didn't cease his attack.

I got a "bright" idea and decided to roll away from him. I rolled right off the edge of the couch and landed on the floor with a thump.


Tai leaned over the edge of the couch. He snorted, then cracked up. I glared up at him, but a smile tugged at my lips. It was pretty funny.

Tai was laughing so much that he didn't realize what I was about to do when I grabbed his wrist. I tugged hard and he gave a little yelp, falling on top of me.

"Ugh." I pushed Tai off of me and onto the floor beside me. "I think you broke one of my bones."

"And you broke my fall." He smirked.





"You wanna fight?" I challenged playfully.

Tai snorted. "Oh, no. Big bad Yamato is threatening me! What ever shall I do?"

I mock-glared at him. "You shall run like a maniac because I'm gonna kick your ass."

"You're gonna kick my ass?" Tai repeated with a raised eyebrow. He pulled me against him and secured me with his arms. "I very much doubt that."

"Let me go!"


"Taii!" I whined.

"Yamaa," He mocked.

We were still rolling around on the ground when my dad came home. He walked in the living room, rolled his eyes and shook his head at us, then went to his room. Tai and I continued.

Some time later, Tai and I were sprawled out on the floor watching TV. We were too lazy to get up, and too comfortable.

"I'm surprised you're laying on the ground like this," Tai remarked. "Usually you're too scared and insist that something's gonna grab you and drag you away or something."


Of course he had to remind me. I got off of the floor and onto the couch, glaring at him. I suddenly felt very aware of my feet and their placement. Stupid Tai. He laughed and got up also, sitting next to me.

"It was just a movie, Yama. You're acting like there's a killer behind you about to stab you in the back."


I instantly turned around to check behind me, and Tai burst into laughter. I glared at him in half-anger, half-panic.

"It's not funny! You're horrible! I'm not talking to you!"

I got off of the couch and stomped off to my room. Quickly, mind you, since now I had it in my mind that a killer was chasing me. Tai followed me like I knew he would, and shut the door behind us. I laid on my bed curled up in a ball, trying to force myself not to look over my shoulder. It didn't work and I glanced around nervously, wishing I wasn't so horribly paranoid.

Tai climbed onto the bed and laid half on top of me, wrapping his arms around my waist. He chuckled.

"I'm sorry, Yama."

"Don't talk to me." I said stubbornly.

"There's no killer, Yama."

"I'm still not talking to you!" I actually felt extremely safe with Tai's arms around me, so I wasn't so worried about a killer anymore. Or anything else like that.

"You're hilarious," Tai said with a laugh. He ruffled my hair.

"Go away." I pouted.

"Okay." Tai released me and sat up, moving to get off the bed. I grabbed him and pulled him back down, glaring at him half-heartedly.

"You're mean."

He laughed and pinched my cheek playfully. "It's kind of hard to take you serious when you tell me to go away, yet you're practically cuddled up to me as much as can be."

I felt my face heat up. "Well, it's your fault! You brought the stupid scary stuff up!"

"Only because it's funny to see the look on your face."

"I don't think it's funny at all!" I folded my arms.

"Don't sulk. Anyway, I'm feeling kind of tired. You wanna go to bed?"

"If I have nightmares, I'm not speaking to you for a week."

Tai and I got ready for bed and soon were back in my room. I made him wait until I was in bed to turn off the lights. He flicked them off and I blinked, trying to adjust to the dark. I swear I saw something and when Tai got into bed beside me, I instantly clung to him.

He chuckled. "You okay, Yama?"

"Not really." I pulled the covers up to my shoulders and huddled into Tai, closing my eyes and trying not to focus on anything scary.

Tai brought his hand up and brushed my hair lightly with his fingers. "It was just a movie, Yama."

"It was scary."

"You want me to turn on a light or something?"

"No..." As long as Tai kept holding me, I'd be fine.

"Okay. Good night."

"Good night."


I don't even want to describe the dream that I had, but it wasn't good. It wasn't a dream; it was a nightmare. When I woke up from it I was so relieved, but scared. I didn't want to wake up Tai, but I didn't want to go back to sleep.

"Tai?" My voice seemed loud and out of place.

He didn't respond. I panicked somewhat.

"Tai?" I said louder.

Still nothing. Wishing that Tai wasn't such a heavy sleeper, I took hold of his shoulder and shook him. After a few moments, his eyes opened and he placed his hand over mine, making me stop.

"What?" He looked at me sleepily.

I felt better already, just having Tai awake. "I'm scared."

Tai let out a sigh. "Still?"

"I had this dream..."

Tai looked a bit more sympathetic. "A nightmare?"

I nodded. Tai pulled me into a tighter embrace, making me tuck my face into the crook of his neck and shoulder.

"You wanna talk about it?"

Definitely not. "Not really."

"Okay." Giving me a brief smile, he rubbed my back.

"You sure you don't want some light in here?"

"It's okay. Good night, Tai."

"Night, Yama."

We both closed our eyes again and silence took over. Luckily I slept for the rest of the night without any more nightmares. However, that didn't mean that my fear was gone in the morning.

Tai wasn't awake yet when I woke up. I was going to go into the bathroom and start waking myself up, like I usually do, only I was still feeling very cautious- plus I'd remembered a horrible sight from my nightmare and wanted to just stay in bed forever... only, I didn't really want to sleep because I didn't want to have another nightmare!

Being the freak that he is, Tai woke up because of the small creaks the bed made when I moved. He stretched his arms above his head and let them rest there.

"Morning, Yama."

"Morning... Tai, can you come to the bathroom with me?"

Tai rolled his eyes. "Are you serious?"


He shook his head, but smiled and sat up. He compliantly followed me to the bathroom and waited outside the door while I did what I had to do. Then he went in and I went and sat in the middle of my bed until he came out- which was very shortly.

We both got dressed- I wore jeans and a green shirt and Tai wore jeans and a black t-shirt that said, in pink writing, 'Tough Guys Wear Pink'. We decided to go to the mall. Why, you ask? Well, why not?

So Tai and I hopped on the bus (Tai's planning to get a car soon... planning, that is) and went to the mall. First we went to a music store, where Tai bought the new System of a Down CD, and then we headed for one of my favourite clothing stores.

"You are not shoving shirts on me this time," Tai declared.

I raised an eyebrow. "Funny, because that's how you got the shirt you're wearing."

"Yeah, well..." Tai tried to come up with something to say, but couldn't.

I smirked. "Admit it. I have good taste in clothing." I winked at Tai. "I love that shirt on you."

Tai's face turned red and I laughed. He glared at me.

"You're horrible."

"What?" I replied innocently. "I'm not allowed to tell you that you look hot?"


I grinned. "Fine, I'm done. You're no fun." I stuck my tongue out at him.

We were in that store for quite a while and, yet again, I found a t-shirt for Tai. It was dark blue and said 'I don't suffer from insanity... I enjoy every minute of it!' He loved it, needless to say.

I made Tai come into a few more stores, then we got ice cream (he's like a little kid... you just need to buy him something to make him put up with your shopping a bit longer). We were about to go to the video game store when we passed a salon and a sign caught my eye. I stopped. Tai noticed after a moment and backtracked.

"What is it?"

A grin began to spread across my face. Tai's face grew wary.

"Uh-oh. I know that look. Oh, crap."

I turned to Tai with a bright smile. "Feel like getting pierced today?"

Tai's eyes widened. "Oh, no you don't! You are not dragging me into any fucking crazy shit today!"

My face instantly morphed into my well-practiced 'pout'. "What have I ever done?"

"Do you want me to start listing the things? And don't give me that look!"

I continued to give Tai my 'I'll-guilt-you-into-doing-this' look until he groaned and gave in.


"Great!" I grabbed Tai's arm and dragged him into the salon. Not only did they do piercings, they did tattoos- but you have to be 18 with ID for that, so I figured that one could wait.

"Hi," the receptionist greeted us. "Can I help you?"

"Yes," I said. "My friend here would like to get an eyebrow piercing."

Tai's eyebrows shot up. "Wha-"

"Right now?" the girl asked me.

I nodded. "Yup."

"Do you have any ID with you?"

I nodded again and pulled Tai's wallet out of his pocket, showing her his driver's license. She nodded and began to lead us into the back of the place.

"Yama!" Tai practically squeaked. "Are you insane?"

I smirked. "Scared?"


"Then come on."

We were seated in some chairs in a small waiting area. There was only one other person there, a boy who looked around our age with about chin-length black hair, vivid green bangs, and... magenta eyes?

I guess he noticed me staring at him because he looked over and smiled at me.

"They're contacts."

I felt myself blushing and grinned a bit at him. "Sorry for staring."

"That's okay. I get a lot of it." He laughed.

I noticed then that he was wearing a blue shirt that said 'If I said you had a great body, would you hold it against me?' That widened my grin and encourage me to flirt a bit with him even more.

"I love your hair," I told him. "It looks really good on you."

"Thanks. Your hair's pretty great too. How long does it take you to style it every morning?"

"Oh, not long."

Tai snorted from beside me and I gave him a sharp but subtle nudge. I flashed a grin at... um, what was his name?

"I'm Yamato," I introduced myself, "but you can call me Matt."

"I'm Kiseki. How old are you?"

"Seventeen. You?"

"Sixteen. Funny, that's the age I guessed you were."

"Are you saying you're psychic?" I grinned teasingly.

He grinned back. "Hm, maybe. Let me guess... your friend's getting pierced."


Kiseki studied Tai for a moment. "I'd say... eyebrow."

"Wow. How did you know?"

He shrugged. "I guess I really am psychic, huh?" He threw me a wink.

At that moment, someone came out of the piercing area and told Tai he was ready for him. I gave Kiseki one last smile and followed Tai into the piercing room.

"Mimi's right," Tai said to me. "You are 'flirty by nature'."

I stuck my tongue out at him. Tai sat in the chair and the guy asked Tai a few questions-I didn't really pay attention-and prepared to pierce him. He'd asked what kind of piercing Tai wanted and I had answered for him; he was going to do the left eyebrow with a barbell (not a ring). Tai was giving me death glares the whole time. I just smiled back innocently.

"Why aren't you getting pierced?" he growled at me.

I shrugged nonchalantly. "It's more fun to watch you get it done."

Tai had to stop glaring at me then because the man was ready to pierce him. I offered Tai my hand with a smirk. He ignored me and gripped the arm of the chair instead.

Tai braced himself as the man prepared the needle... and then it was done. Before we knew it, Tai's eyebrow was done and we had paid the man for it.

"Wow," Tai said, staring in the mirror.

"Like I said, I have good taste. You look hot."

"Shut up."

I held up my hands in defense. "It's a fact, not an opinion."

While the man began to give Tai proper care instructions, I went back out into the waiting room. Kiseki was still there.

"What are you getting pierced?" I asked him.


I was confused. "Then why are you here?"

"That guy in there? I'm his nephew."



Tai emerged from the piercing area and Kiseki smiled at me.

"Maybe I'll see you again some time?"

"Maybe. See ya."


Tai and I left with his newly-pierced eyebrow. He was actually very happy about it. I knew it would look good on him.

...only, there was one tiny thing we'd forgotten.

"Hey, Tai?"


"Your mom's gonna freak."


┬╣ - He looks like Hiro from Gravitation. Because Gravitation has partially taken over my mind.

A/N: Yeah and... Tyson gets credit for many things as usual. Just assume it. By the way, my pitchfork store is still open... if you have no clue what I'm talking about, GO READ BLACK ROSE! After you review this, of course... and read Defy Stereotypes by BreatheMeDeep!