A/N: This is actually turning out quite different than I first planned, but at the same time I feel like it was meant to turn out like this. Anyway, I like it. I don't even really mind that, for some reason, I'm writing it in 3rd-person POV. Tell me what you think.

DISCLAIMER: I regret to inform you that I do not own Taichi, Yamato, or Digimon in its entirety... or even partially.

Second Heartbeat
by: neo-chan

Nineteen-year old Taichi Yagami loved the sun... but not when it came streaming through the blinds and into his eyes on Saturday mornings. With a groan, Tai rolled over and turned his head away from the window. His leg brushed bare skin that wasn't his and he opened his eyes only to be reminded of the person in bed beside him; his best friend Yamato Ishida.

Tai smiled to himself. The rays of sun helped to highlight just how beautiful his friend really was. His blonde sun-streaked hair was tousled from the night's sleep and his thin, light eyelashes rested perfectly on his rosy cheeks. His delicate nose perked up slightly at the end (an adorable feature that Tai always smiled at) and his lips were pink and soft- something Tai knew from experience.

No, he wasn't gay. Far from it. He'd never thought about a guy that way. Yamato was just... different. He was his best friend, and Tai loved him to death. Whatever Yamato wanted, it was Tai's duty to give it to him and vice versa. So if the mood took them... well, it took them. And that was that.

Tai had a girlfriend named Sora. She knew that the boys were close, but didn't know exactly how close- although she was quite suspicious at times. It wasn't that Tai hid it from her; it was just that she never really asked... partially because she didn't really want to know. She liked to think that their friendship had to have limits and borders, when in fact it didn't.

But Tai wasn't worried. He found nothing wrong with what he and Yamato were doing. And he had no intentions of stopping.

Unable to restrain himself, Tai brushed Yamato's hair off of his forehead and then leaned forward to place a kiss on the smooth skin. The blonde figure stirred and delicate eyelids fluttered open, giving way to one of his friend's best features: his eyes.

They were an indescribable blue; cobalt meets sapphire meets indigo. They were deep, too; pools of blue which seemed to never end. Tai never got enough of staring into those eyes.

Yamato didn't even seem to realize how beautiful he was. It wasn't that he was humble or modest; he simply didn't see what everyone else could. It just made him even more perfect, in Tai's eyes.

Yamato gave Tai a little smile and murmured something that could be interpreted as "good morning". Tai smiled back in response and stroked the blonde's soft hair as Yamato nudged his head into the crook of Tai's neck, curling himself against the other boy. They laid there like that, wrapped in each other and listening to their own quiet breaths for a length of time until the door opened and a head poked in.

"Get up, you two!" Tai's mom urged, not fazed by the boys' position. "It's nearly one o' clock! You can't sleep in the whole day!"

It wasn't uncommon to find the two best friends wrapped in an embrace or even locked in a passionate kiss. It was something that had grown to be normal behaviour for them and was widely accepted. Even Sora, who didn't know the extent of their activities, had come to allow their acts and displays of affection to a degree.

The two boys dragged themselves out of bed and eventually wound up in the kitchen, where Mrs. Yagami had just finished baking cookies. She scolded Tai when he tried to eat one, telling him they were for a little get-together she was going to later, and informed the boys that she had to go run some errands and that Kari (Tai's sixteen year-old sister) would probably need to be picked up from her friend's house sometime that afternoon.

Tai's father had recently bought a new car and given his old one, a little green car, to Tai (who really didn't care what the car looked like as long as he had something to drive). Tai's friends took advantage of this when they needed or wanted to go somewhere. He and Mimi- a pink-haired friend who also owned a car, thanks to her own father- were the "chauffeurs" among their friends.

After saying goodbye to Mrs. Yagami, the boys headed to Tai's room in search of Tai's cell phone, which he'd just discovered was missing. It only took a few minutes to find the missing object.

"Here it is!" Tai exclaimed in triumph, pulling the lost phone out from under a pile of laundry. He looked at the screen and let out a little sheepish laugh. "Three missed calls."

"From who?" Yamato questioned.

Tai checked. "Oops. They're all from Sora."

"Did she leave messages?"

"Of course." Tai chuckled a bit. "She hates it when you stay over... thinks we're fucking or something."

Tai's cell phone rang right at that moment and he looked at the caller ID, then flipped the phone open and put it to his ear, shaking his head at his girlfriend's incredible timing.

"Hey, babe."

"How come you haven't been answering your phone?" came Sora's voice. "I must've called you at least ten times!"

"Try three," Tai corrected, sitting down on his bed.

"Tai-"

"Look, I'm sorry, babe, I couldn't find my cell phone until just now. You know how messy my room is." Tai reached out and took Yamato's hand, tugging him down onto his lap and wrapping an arm around his waist. "Anyway, what is it that you wanted?"

"I just wanted to talk to my boyfriend and ask him if he wanted to do something today."

"What'd you have in mind?"

"I was thinking we'd just eat and then go to the movies."

"Sounds good. When do you want me to pick you up? Around six-ish?"

"Actually, I get off work at six. I'm on my break right now."

"Okay, so do you want me to pick you up after work, then? I'll drive you home and you can change and stuff if you want, then we can go out."

"It's okay, my co-worker is going to drive me home since I'm on her way. So pick me up at around six-thirty, I guess."

"Alright."

"Alright. I should probably get back to work now... bye, hun. Love you."

"Love you too, babe. See ya."

Tai flipped his phone closed, ending the call, and then turned his attention to the blonde sitting in his lap.

"Wanna go out to breakfast? Unless you feel like cooking, that is..."

They ended up going to an all-day breakfast restaurant and inviting Mimi along. Afterwards, the three friends went to Mimi's place and hung out until around four, when Kari called Tai to pick her up. Since Tai had to leave in an hour or so anyway, he decided it was pointless to return for such a short amount of time.

"See you guys later," he said as he stepped out the door. "Call me later, 'kay, Yama?"

Yamato nodded and Tai backtracked a step or two to give him a quick kiss on the cheek, then waved goodbye to he and Mimi as he headed to his car. As he drove away, Mimi spoke.

"I need a boyfriend."

Yamato nodded thoughtfully. "Doesn't sound like a bad idea."

"Mall?"

"Mall."

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"Hey, babe," Tai greeted his girlfriend, leaning in for a kiss as she got into his car.

"Hey," she responded, then gave him the kiss he wanted and began to fasten her seatbelt as he started to pull out of the driveway.

"So where do you wanna go?" Tai asked.

"It doesn't really matter," Sora said with a shrug.

"No preference? Somewhere common, somewhere random, somewhere we've never been to...?"

"I honestly don't care. You choose."

"If you're sure."

"I am."

"Alright then. I warned you."

Sora rolled her eyes, but couldn't help smiling. Tai was just so... Tai. It never failed. He had a sort of charm, a charm that could sweep anyone off their feet. That was why she always had to forgive him, why she could never stay mad at him for long... why she put up with the fact that he and Yamato were definitely closer than was appropriate. She knew better than to argue with Tai about that... the last time she had, she'd given Tai an ultimatum: her or Yamato. It hadn't worked exactly how she'd planned, though, and they'd broken up. Of course, because of that "Yagami charm", they were back together within a week or two.

She couldn't help feeling slightly bitter towards Yamato, though. It wasn't that Yamato wasn't a nice guy- he was always friendly towards Sora, very friendly, and she couldn't quite bring herself to dislike him. She almost wished that she did dislike him, though, because it would make it so much easier to blame him for Tai's lack of attention towards herself.

However, she knew she couldn't truly blame the blonde. She could be jealous, though, and she was indeed very jealous at times- mostly because sometimes Sora was almost sure that Tai cared about Yamato more than her. She knew that if she brought it up, though, Tai would either laugh or get annoyed- and besides, she was secretly kind of scared that Tai would say that yes, he loved Yamato more than her and she'd just have to deal with it. So she tried to keep her mouth shut and instead valued every moment she spent alone with Tai. It was hard to refrain from hitting her boyfriend, though, whenever he brought up Yamato's name.

Tai refused to tell Sora where they were going and, when the car stopped, Sora looked to find that they were in front of her favorite restaurant... which was located very out-of-the-way. She turned to Tai, who was smiling at her, and looked at him for a second before leaning forward and kissing him. Yup, that Yagami charm was working full-force.

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"That guy so just checked you out."

Yamato looked at Mimi in disbelief. "Are you kidding? He was looking at you! He practically undressed you with his eyes!"

"No way, sweetheart," Mimi argued, shaking her head as she picked up a box of hair dye and compared it to another shade. "That was you he was fantasizing about."

"You're blind."

"No I'm not. Apparently he is, though, because nobody with decent vision would be able to stand seeing themselves in the mirror with that hair. God, that's an awful streaking job."

Yamato laughed and shook his head. "You're horrible."

"Well, it's true! And that girl over there is staring at you, by the way... you should probably turn around."

"Why?"

"Because she's got a really hot boyfriend."

Yamato rolled his eyes. "If he's her boyfriend, that means he's straight."

"Not necessarily. He could be bi."

"He's still taken."

"That doesn't mean he couldn't become single in the future."

"So, what, you want me to go try to flirt with some girl's boyfriend?" Yamato raised an eyebrow at his pink-haired friend.

"I was just saying... anyway, what do you think of this color?" Mimi held up a box of blonde hair dye.

"I thought you liked your hair pink."

"I do, but I've always wondered what I'd look like blonde."

Yamato shrugged. "Then try it."

"I think I will."

After buying the hair dye, the two friends began to make their way back through the mall.

"Usually at least one guy approaches me," Mimi complained. "What's wrong with all the gorgeous men today?"

"Um... they have girlfriends?"

"That, or they're staring at you instead." Mimi shook her head. "We've been here for hours, and I swear more guys than girls have looked at you."

"And I swear you're just crazy."

"Think what you want. Anyway, let's get out of here, there aren't any good sales today. Besides, there's that party tonight that you and I were invited to- well, it's more like a rave, but it'll be fun- and I want to dye my hair before we go."

"What if it doesn't turn out?"

"Then I'm blaming you, we're not going, and you're helping me fix it tomorrow."

Yamato laughed.

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"Sorry," Tai apologized as his cell phone began to ring in the middle of Sora's sentence. "One second, okay?" He grabbed his cell phone from his pocket and flipped it open, not bothering to check the caller ID since he needed both eyes for the road. "Hello?"

"Hi," came Mimi's voice. "Are you and Sora at the movies yet?"

"No, we're on our way. Why?"

"Can you put her on the phone?"

"Why didn't you just call her phone?"

"I did, she didn't answer. Put her on the phone."

Rolling his eyes, Tai passed the phone to his girlfriend. "Mimi wants to talk to you."

Sora took the phone from him. "Hi, Mimi... yeah, I think I left it at home." She listened for a few moments, then let out a laugh. "Yes, you can borrow it. My mom should be home, she'll let you in. It's hanging in my closet. No problem. Bye!"

Sora handed the phone back to Tai, shaking her head and laughing. "She wanted to know if she could borrow a shirt of mine for some party."

Tai snorted and then shoved his phone back in his pocket, only to pull it out when it rang again almost instantly.

"Hello?" Tai answered.

"Hi," his sister responded. "I called Sora's phone and she's not picking up, do you know where she is?"

"Yeah, she's with me. Why?"

"Can you put her on the phone?"

"...are you kidding?"

"Put her on the phone, it's important!"

Tai let out an annoyed sigh, then handed the phone to Sora again. "It's my sister. She says it's important."

"Hey, Kari," Sora said, taking the phone. "What's going on?"

Tai tuned Sora's end of the conversation out, focusing on driving. It seemed to bother other guys he knew when their sisters talked to their girlfriends, but he really didn't care. Kari treated Sora like a big sister, and Sora was flattered that Kari was so fond of her.

"Your sister is so cute," Sora said with a laugh after getting off the phone. "She was all worried about what to wear because she's going on a date-"

Tai frowned. "Wait, a what?"

"Tai, your sister's old enough to go on dates."

"Not if I'm not around to meet the guy before she goes!"

"Kari's not stupid, Tai. I'm sure the boy is nice."

"He'd better be or I'll kick his ass. Anyway, where's your phone?"

"I left it at home because it needed charging. I didn't think that many people would try calling while I was out!"

"I didn't think clothes were such an emergency," Tai said, rolling his eyes. "Honestly, I will never understand the mind of a female."

"Don't worry," Sora said with a grin, "we don't expect you to be able to."

"...I'd argue with you, but I don't think any man on earth really is able to. Well, any straight man, anyway."

"You consider yourself straight?"

Tai gave her a look like she was crazy, then quickly turned his attention back to the road. "Of course I consider myself straight. Why wouldn't I?"

"Well..." Sora didn't want to think about it, let alone say it, but she did anyway. "I mean... you've kissed Yamato."

"Well... yeah, but he's just... him," Tai said with a shrug.

Sora couldn't believe she was even having such a conversation, but now she was curious. "Let's just say you weren't with me. Would you ever consider going out with a guy?"

Tai thought about it for a moment. "I don't know. I mean, I can admit it when a guy's hot, but I don't know if I'd ever actually want to do stuff with a guy."

"Well, you do it with Yamato, don't you?"

Sora regretted saying it, especially in such a sharp tone of voice, and even more when Tai shot her a look.

"Do we have to get into this again? I told you before, Sora, I'm not fucking him and I never have."

"You're still doing something with him!" she exclaimed. "I know it goes past kissing, Tai, I'm not stupid!"

"Well, even if it does, it doesn't matter."

"How does it not matter?"

"Sora, I'm not gonna argue with you about this."

Sora pursed her lips and turned to look out the window. How could Tai act like she was the one with a problem? Couldn't Tai see that it was unfair to her? How could he possibly think that it was okay to have a sexual relationship with his best friend while he had a girlfriend?

Tai's hand squeezed hers and she turned to look at him. They were at a stoplight and Tai turned to give her a little smile.

"Let's just enjoy our night together, alright? I love you, you know that."

Sora sighed, feeling the anger begin to drain from her already. She cursed him mentally for being so hard to stay mad at and smiled half-heartedly, nodding.

"I know... I love you too."

Tai leaned over and pressed a kiss to her lips, then turned to look at the road again when the light turned green. Sora shook her head to herself. She couldn't be mad at Tai, she couldn't be mad at Yamato... it just wasn't fair.

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"I love this top," Mimi said as she and Yamato walked out to her car. "It's so perfect!"

Yamato rolled his eyes. "I know, Mimi, you've said so about ten times already."

"Well, it is!" Mimi exclaimed, sitting down in the driver's seat and adjusting her skirt. "I'm going to have to borrow this from Sora more often."

"I just can't believe blonde suits you so well," Yamato said, shaking his head as he got into the passenger seat.

"I definitely like it," Mimi agreed. "I still don't know if I like it better than the pink, though. I'll ask my hairdresser which one she thinks looks better. She'll probably freak when she finds out I dyed it at home, though. Anyway, here are the directions." She handed a sheet of paper to Yamato. "They're pretty simple, I think."

Yamato nodded. "Well, let's get rolling!"

The place the rave was being held at was pretty sketchy. At first Yamato and Mimi were hesitant, but once they actually went inside they were glad they hadn't left. It was a cool place and there were tons of people there, crowding the place completely. Music was blasting, lights were flashing, and there were people everywhere dancing and going crazy- not to mention there were people making out pretty intensely in more than one corner. It was a pretty typical rave.

Yamato lost sight of Mimi within the first half hour. She wasn't so easy to spot anymore since her hair was no longer pink- besides, there were quite a few girls with pink hair or pink wigs in the place. He made a mental note to check his cell phone every once in a while to make sure she wasn't trying to find him, although he doubted he'd hear from her for a long while.

It didn't take long to get into the spirit of the rave- in fact, it was hard not to! Everyone seemed to be having a great time and Yamato understood why once he started getting into it. The carefree attitude of most of the people there was contagious. It was amazing to just loosen up completely and let go of any tension that was inside of you, not worrying about anything in the world and feeling united in some way with everyone in the room. In fact, it was such a free, blissful feeling that Yamato was almost positive someone had slipped him ecstasy or something of the sort. Either way, he was having a wonderful time.

Everything was just one big blur after a while and it seemed near impossible to pick anyone out of the crowd but, throughout the night, there was one guy in particular that stood out. Yamato kept seeing him everywhere and catching his eye and eventually, at some point during the night, they ended up in the same place at the same time. Apparently the other guy had noticed Yamato a lot too.

They danced, flirted, danced, kissed, danced some more, and Yamato was pretty sure they made out a bit. When the guy (Yamato had no idea what his name was) said he wanted to go outside and get some air, Yamato followed without a second thought, his mind so hazy that he didn't consider even for one second that there might be an ulterior motive or that there was something wrong with the situation. Unfortunately, his companion's intentions were anything but innocent.

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Waking to the sound of his cell phone ringing, Tai reluctantly opened his eyes and looked at his clock in disbelief. Who the hell was calling him at 3:00AM?

Mustering up some strength, Tai reached for his cell phone and brought it to his ear, flipping it open.

"H'llo?" he mumbled, only half-awake.

"Tai, it's Mimi. You should probably come over here."

"Are you fucking kidding me?" Tai groaned. "It's fucking three in the morning..."

"Matt's unconscious."

Tai was instantly twice as alert. "What?"

"We were at a party- a rave, really- and... well, something happened, and he passed out and I brought him back to my place."

"Did you try waking him up?" As he spoke, Tai was getting out of bed and pulling on a pair of pants and a shirt.

"Yeah, but then I stopped because I didn't know if I was supposed to. I mean... what are you supposed to do when someone passes out from-" Mimi stopped abruptly.

"Fuck." Tai closed his eyes briefly and took a deep breath, trying to stay calm. "What was he on, Mimi?"

"I don't know. I think it was probably ecstasy or something, but I'm not sure."

"Okay." Tai made his way through the hall and to the front door, shoving his feet in his shoes. "I'll be there in five minutes. Bye."

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A/N: Reviews would be wonderful. I want to know what you think of this.

Just a little side note to anyone who plans to or is currently reading Yesterday's Feelings- I'm currently in the process of re-writing it in its entirety. I know it's going to be annoying as hell to forget the old one and read it all over again, but it had to be done. I also revised Kukachi quite a bit, so you can go check that out also. Believe me, it's for the best. I've finished re-writing almost two chapters of Yesterday's Feelings already and I'm not sure if I should post them as I go or wait until I've reached a spot similar to where I left off and post them all at that point. Tell me what you'd prefer.