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My Best Friend's Girlfriend
Chapter 1: Back to School
Another year of school, and another year of opportunities for getting into trouble! Seventeen year old, Tai Kamiya, grinned and headed up towards the school with a spring in his step. He had come up with a whole series of pranks to use on the student body, (teachers included) and he could not wait to try them out. All the detentions in store for him were going to be worth it. If I'm going to be stuck in school all year, I might as well have fun with it!
He stepped into the front doors and was immediately bombarded by a large crowd of girls. The smile on his face faded instantly.
"Hey, Tai? Where's Matt?"
The voice came from a petite brunette who stood near the back of the group. Her voice was quite loud since she was trying to be heard over all the noise.
The redhead standing next to him reached out and grabbed his arm. "How come he's not with you? Did he break up with Sora over the school break? Please tell me he did," she pleaded.
"Let go!" Tai snarled, his deep brown eyes flashing with anger.
"Come on, Tai. You're his best friend. If anyone would know it would be you," the blonde on his other side pointed out.
"Why don't you ask him?" Tai snapped. His blood was boiling. What do they think I am? A source for information about Matt?
The redhead tugged on his sleeve again, and he turned towards her. Her green eyes were filled with curiosity, and she smiled. "Do you know if Matt snores? I bet you do. Tell me!"
Suddenly, the questions were flying.
"How long does it take him to do his hair?" the brunette asked. She sighed softly. "It always looks so perfect."
"Is he really a natural blond?" a girl with glasses demanded.
"Does he really even like that Sora girl all that much?" This question came from a girl with raven hair and large brown eyes. "It could just be a fling. Do you know if he has a crush on someone who isn't Sora?"
A girl in a cheerleading uniform pushed her way to the front of the crowd and tugged on his t-shirt. "What kind of cologne does he wear? It smells so good! I should know. I sit behind him in physics," she squealed.
Tai felt like his head was spinning.
"Do you think you could get Matt to write a song about me?" the brunette butted in.
"Can you get me his autograph?" a girl in the middle shouted. "Free tickets to his concert would be nice!"
"I wonder what his favorite shampoo is," the blonde said thoughtfully.
"Hey, Tai?" A girl with long hair let out a giggle from behind him. "Does Matt wear boxers or briefs?"
That was the last straw. He had definitely had enough of this. "Get lost!" he shouted at the top of his lungs. He managed to yank his arm free and sprinted down the hallway until he found an empty corridor. He could hear the girls huffing indignantly behind him.
"Well, that was rude," one of them muttered.
Tai sank to the floor and let out a sigh of relief. Unfortunately it did not last long. He had just sat down when a loud familar voice shouted his name.
Oh no. Please. Anyone but her. His heart sank like a rock. This was turning out to be the worst first day of school ever. It's as if the entire world is against me! He cracked open one eye and found himself gazing at the one and only, Jun Motomiya. At seventeen years of age, her brown hair was as spiky as ever, and her clothing was just as wild.
"Spill it, Tai! Where's Matt?" Jun demanded. She crossed her arms and glared at him. Her brown eyes were flashing with anger and determination.
"How am I suppose to know!" he shouted. He knew he sounded completely exasperated, but at the moment, he could care less. "What? Do you think we're joined at the hip or something?"
The look in her eyes grew to be even more dangerous. Last year when Jun had found out that Matt was dating Sora, she had been pretty upset. Still, Jun seemed to have been getting over Matt. Unfortunately that did not last very long. In no time she was after him again with a vengeance. Sora, of course, was number one on her hit list. There was no love loss between those two. Jun hated Sora for dating Matt, and Sora was annoyed at Jun for constantly making a play for her boyfriend. Matt, for his part, was doing his best to avoid Jun. There was only one problem with this idea. Jun was now attending the same highschool that he and his friends went to. Matt had practically cried when Davis had told him the news. Anyone with half a brain could guess at why Jun had decided to change schools. This was her opportunity to get closer to Matt and to get Sora away from Matt so that she could have the blond musician all to herself. A small very guilty part of him was hoping that Jun would succeed, but right now all he wanted was for her to go away. He was starting to get a huge headache.
"Tell me right now! Is he still going out with Sora?" Jun shouted in his face.
"Yes," he said bluntly, sighing in defeat. "Now if you will excuse me, I have somewhere else to be."
Before Jun could bombard him with any more questions, he shot to his feet and made a break for it. Leaping into an empty classroom, he slammed the door shut, leaned his back against it, and closed his eyes in relief. It was short-lived.
His stomache clenched at the sound of that cool male voice. So much for this room being empty. He felt like someone had just punched him in the gut.
Slowly he opened his eyes and found himself gazing at seventeen year old, Matt Ishida, his best friend in the whole wide world. Cool and aloof, Matt sat on a desk with his arm around his girlfriend, seventeen year old Sora Takenouchi, looking as blond and gorgeous as he always did. Tai's throat closed up, and he had to look away. He loved Matt, he really did, but sometimes he felt the strongest urge to strangle his friend's perfect neck. Today was one of those days. Also in the room sat sixteen year old, Mimi Tachikawa, fifteen year old, Izzy Izumi, and fourteen year old, Yolei Inoue. All five of them were staring at him as if he had lost his mind. He hardly noticed. He could not keep his eyes off Matt. Matt and Sora. Matt's arm around Sora...
Matt raised one golden eyebrow and smiled in amusement. "Tai, what are you doing, running a marathon?"
Stupid Matt! It was all he could do not to give into his strong desire to wipe that smirk off his friend's perfect handsome face. Instead, with painful effort, he put on a wide grin. It was the same carefree smile he had been using for a while now. The truth was, he did not feel much like smiling. In fact, he had not felt like smiling for several months.
"Hey, you'd be running a marathon, too, if Jun was on your heels," he said lightly.
Matt made a face, looking slightly green. "I can't believe she's actually here. I was hoping that was just a bad dream," the blond muttered, his blue gaze growing dark.
Tai laughed. "No such luck, buddy." He hopped onto the desk beside his sunny blond partner in crime and gave his friend a sympathetic look, even though he did not really feel very sympathetic. "She caught up to me in the hallway before I could find you guys and demanded to know where you were."
"You didn't tell her, did you?" Matt said sharply, looking slightly alarmed.
"Relax. I figured she'd have enough chances in the future. Besides, I didn't even know where you were." He looked away and bit his lip.
Matt nodded, looking a little relieved, and turned his attention back to the others.
Tai could not help feeling a little hurt by his apparent dismissal and quickly changed the subject. "So what are you guys all doing in here and why didn't you tell me we were having some sort of meeting?"
"We aren't," Mimi replied from her seat on a desk where she sat between Yolei and Izzy. "We were just killing time before class starts."
"Not to mention you are almost late again, like usual, and we had no clue where to look for you," Izzy added. "We figured you would catch up with us eventually." The computer whiz gave him a disapproving look and turned his attention back to his computer.
Tai rolled his eyes and made a face at Izzy.
"Anyway, we were just asking Yolei what it felt like to be in highschool," Mimi said, turning to smile at the other girl.
"It feels pretty good, but I miss Kari, T.K., and Cody. I must admit though, it's a nice change not having to put up with Davis all day!" With help from Mimi, Yolei had changed her usual appearance in a big way. Her long purple hair was free of a helmet or bandana and hung to her waist in a high ponytail. She wore sandals, a short purple skirt, and a white t-shirt. A new pair of glasses sat on her nose as well.
"Don't let Davis hear you say that!" Mimi giggled.
Tai ignored her and turned to glance at Matt out of the corner of his eye. Matt did not even notice. The blond was too busy staring at Sora who was smiling back. Tai had hoped that with the school break things would get better between them. Instead, they had just gotten worse. He could not even look at his best friend anymore without feeling a deep sense of betrayal.
"Tai? Hey, are you okay?"
Tai blinked and realized that he had not heard a single word of the conversation going on around him. He turned and found himself gazing into Matt's clear blue eyes.
Tai flushed when he realized he had been staring. Totally busted. I'm definitely going to have to learn to control my emotions around Matt from now on. "Oh yeah, I'm fine. Just perfect." With effort, he plastered a fake smile on his face.
Matt gave him a curious look before shrugging and turning back to Sora. Tai winced. There was enough tension between them to fill up the whole school. It had steadily been growing all summer. Is Matt even aware of it at all? He's so hard to read.
"Don't you think so, Tai?" Yolei asked.
Tai stared at her. Seeing as he had missed every word, he had no clue what the girl was talking about. "Oh...right, of course," he said, thinking fast.
Apparently this satisfied Yolei because she nodded looking pleased.
"I just hope Jun doesn't follow us around everywhere." Sora frowned and crossed her arms over her chest. "It's not that I don't like her, I just wish she'd get the message."
Matt sighed and rested his cheek against Sora's hair. "You and me both."
Tai resisted a very strong urge to smack Matt across the face and turned to stare at Sora. Her appearance had changed as well. Sora's carrot coloured hair now hung down to the middle of her back. She was wearing a short white skirt, white knee length socks, and a light blue top with sandals. Matt, too, looked different. The blond's hair was still slightly longish, but in a different style, and he was wearing blue jeans and a black long sleeved shirt. Luckily the school uniform rule had been lifted, mostly because of him, but that was a different story, and they could wear regular clothes. Matt was especially glad of this. School uniforms did not let you wear black.
Yolei laughed and swung her legs. "Good luck, Matt. You know Jun. She doesn't stop until she gets what she wants!"
"Yeah, well I'm one thing she'll have to settle without." Matt retorted. "You know, this is all Davis's fault!" the blond said, sounding moody. "If it hadn't been for him, I never would have met her! But no, he had to go play hero to Kari and force me to make up a story about why he was late that night!"
"Actually, technically it is your fault," Tai said before he could stop himself. "I said I would do it, but you insisted..."
Matt glared daggers at him. "Well that's the last time I ever do you a favor!"
"Fine!" Tai snapped, sounding a lot harsher than he had intended.
Matt blinked at him in surprise. The blond appeared a little taken aback by the unexpected rude retort.
Tai flushed and quickly looked away feeling stupid. Around him the others exchanged uneasy looks, glancing between himself and Matt.
It was Yolei who broke the uneasy silence by laughing and rolling her eyes. "Alright, so a lot of unfortunate things that have happened have been Davis's fault, but that time it was your own fault for being so attractive and getting yourself tricked into having a date!"
Matt stared at her in disbelief, his face turning a handsome shade of pink. "How is that my fault!" he managed to say.
"Like I said, if you weren't so attractive...er...sorry, Sora." Yolei broke off at the expression on Sora's face and sent the other girl an apologetic look.
Matt was looking extremely flustered by this time. "Yolei, would you be quiet!" the blond shouted.
Tai snorted loudly and Matt glared at him.
"You're suppose to be backing me up here!" his friend said furiously.
"It's not my fault you're too attractive for your own good!" Tai grumbled.
Matt's mouth fell open, and everyone started to laugh. Looking embarrassed, Matt turned his back on Tai and refused to speak to him again.
That's just fine with me. What I said is true, and it's not fair.
"That reminds me," Yolei sent Matt a wicked smile. "How did your date with Jun go last school year? Didn't you guys go to a fancy restaurant?"
Matt's pale cheeks turned an even brighter shade of red. "It was a disaster," the blond muttered and refused to say anything more.
How is it possible that someone can look even more handsome when they're embarrassed? Of course, only Matt could pull that off.
"Guys, we should be getting to class," Tai mumbled. Anything to get away from this...
The others stared at him. It was no wonder. He was never one to volunteer on going to class early! That was more Joe's style.
"Tai, are you feeling okay?" Matt asked, turning so abruptly to look at him that startled, Tai almost fell off the desk.
For a moment Tai was so surprised he could do nothing but stare into his friend's deep blue eyes. Matt sounded almost...concerned, when moments ago the blond had been ignoring him. He almost laughed in Matt's face. Okay? Yeah right, Matt. Of course I'm not okay. I'm far from being okay. "Er...yes."
"You sure?" Matt eyes travelled over his face and feeling guilty, he avoided the blond's eyes.
"Yeah, I'm fine," he said cheerfully. "Everything's great, but we don't want to be late on the first day back. I've got the whole rest of the year to get into trouble!"
Turning on his foot, he walked out the door without a backwards glance leaving the others gazing after him in confusion.