A/N: I was surprised at the amount of people that immediately concluded that Sora was pregnant with Tai's child. It kind of made me want to make her pregnant. Also, I realized I've still been calling Yamato's mom Mrs. Ishida even though she and Mr. Ishida are divorced. Oh well!

I apologize for taking so long with this chapter. Time honestly flies… I feel like I only posted the last one a few weeks ago. My excuse? Let's blame it on Christmas and the whole holiday season. :) This chapter's a little longer to make up for it, though!

Now I have a few little notes for certain people!

Josh: I love you. Enough said.

Maleysin: Hi :) Yup, for once Yamato doesn't regret it! And don't worry; Tai will explain his feelings better later on. It's meant to be vague for now. (Because boys are usually dumb and vague with their feelings anyway :p)

BingeB: Nope, you're not reading too much into it- it's meant to sound suspicious :) Haha I like being mysterious.

CircleKV12: You read me like a book.

DISCLAIMER: I don't own Digimon or rights to any of the characters; I'm not making a profit off of this, etc.

Second Heartbeat
by: neo-chan

Yamato's phone rang about an hour after Tai left. For a moment he wondered how Tai could be done with Sora so quickly, but then he looked at the screen and realized that it was Mimi calling.

"Hello?" he answered the phone.

"I'm coming to pick you up. Be ready in ten minutes."

"What? Why?" Yamato asked, irritated that all of his friends liked to call him spontaneously and assume he was doing nothing… even though he was doing nothing.

"Tai just called me. Sora asked him to call us because she wants us all there for comfort."

"Oh." Yamato's irritation instantly disappeared. "Did he tell you what happened?"

"Sora's grandmother just died."

Yamato didn't know what to say. Luckily it turned out he didn't have to say anything, because Mimi simply repeated "Be ready in ten minutes" and hung up.

Sora and her grandmother had been extremely close- in fact; Tai and Mimi had told Yamato that Sora had been closer with her grandmother than her own mother at one point. Yamato could only imagine how upset Sora must be.

Hearing this news also made Yamato feel even guiltier for what he'd done. The last thing Sora needed was for more to go wrong, and he'd gone and slept with her boyfriend whom was now going to dump her. Yamato wanted to kick his own ass.

It wasn't time to feel guilty, though- it was time to comfort Sora. So Yamato made sure he was ready when Mimi arrived and, when they got to Sora's, he did his best to play the role of a sympathetic and loyal friend. Sure, a pang of mild jealousy guilt stung him every time Sora leaned in for a comforting kiss from Tai, but he sucked it up and scolded himself mentally for being so selfish. After all, Sora was Tai's rightful girlfriend- she had a hell of a lot more right to kiss Tai than Yamato did.

Still, though, Yamato couldn't help but be slightly irritated at how much care and sensitivity Tai was showing towards Sora. Yeah, he'd wanted Tai to comfort Sora and to treat her well, but… well… now that Tai was actually doing it, he felt like taking all of his words back.

Yamato nearly cringed when he realized how terrible his thoughts were. He'd been asking Tai to take Sora's feelings into consideration forever and now that Tai was finally listening, Yamato was even less satisfied. He'd never felt so selfish in his life, but he couldn't help it- the selfish thoughts just kept coming.

Luckily for Yamato, Sora was too busy wallowing in self-pity to notice Yamato's self-absorption. After a couple of hours, she said she was feeling a little bit better and asked if everyone could please leave. Tai offered to stay the night with Sora, but Sora had refused and told him she wanted to be alone. At the last second, though, she decided she didn't want to be completely alone just yet and asked Mimi to stay a little while longer. Before Yamato and Tai left, Sora hugged them each goodbye (and, in Tai's case, threw in a kiss too) and told them that she probably wouldn't see them until Sunday- she and her parents were going to visit her grandfather at the cottage on Friday afternoon and staying until Sunday. Tai promised to visit Sora the next day, so that they would see each other again before she left, and gave her another kiss before he and Yamato left.

"Poor Sora," Tai said sympathetically as he drove Yamato home. "She loved her grandmother so much… they were so close. She even gave Sora her top-secret recipe for oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies."

Yamato just nodded, and Tai went on.

"And she's even more upset because of that family dinner her mom is planning… she wanted me to meet her grandmother, and now that's never going to happen."

Yamato nodded again.

"About that, Yama…" Tai briefly glanced at his blonde friend. "I shouldn't break up with her until after the dinner, you were right. Especially now. She's going through so much shit and I don't want to dump a break-up on her, too."

"So now you decide I'm right?" Yamato almost winced at the tone of his own voice.

Tai frowned at him. "What, I'm not allowed to change my mind?"

"Not when this whole time, you've acted like you don't give a shit about Sora!" Yamato was mentally screaming 'Stop talking!' at himself, but it wasn't working. "All of a sudden, you care? What the hell?"

By then they'd reached Yamato's house. Tai pulled up into the driveway and parked, then turned to Yamato and shook his head in disbelief.

"Are you kidding? Yama… I do care about Sora. If I didn't care about her, I wouldn't have gone out with her for a year! I know it seems like I don't care sometimes, but I do! I just… I really do care about her, but when that interferes with caring about you, well… that's when things get messy. I can't believe you're getting mad about this! Her grandmother just died and you want me to not care?"

Yamato looked down in shame. "I don't want you to not care, I just-"

"You've been telling me this whole time that I don't treat her well enough, and that I act like I don't care. Well, now I'm acting like I care and you're still upset. What do you want me to do? I can't be unsupportive and uncaring and shit, her grandmother just died!"

"I don't want you to be uncaring and unsupportive," Yamato said guiltily, "I just… it's stupid, but I guess seeing you two together… it just…" Yamato trailed off.

Tai understood what Yamato was saying, though, and shook his head.

"Yama… I love Sora, and I do care about her, but I was never in love with her. I liked having her as my girlfriend, I'm not going to lie, and if you'd rejected me and she wasn't threatened by you, then we probably would've ended up in a way more serious relationship. But if I have to choose between her and you… well, hands down, you win. The bottom line is; I was with Sora because I thought I couldn't have you."

Yamato didn't know what to say. He felt guiltier than ever… but he also felt strangely honoured by Tai's words.

"So don't be jealous or any crazy shit like that, okay?" Tai watched Yamato for his answer.

Yamato nodded and then said the only thing he could think of. "I'm sorry for acting so stupid… I know I'm thinking about the wrong things right now."

"Don't worry; you could never act as stupid as I do when I'm in love." Tai flashed Yamato a grin and turned off the car. "Anyway, let's go inside."

As they got out of the car and entered the house, though, Yamato kept replaying Tai's previous words in his mind. What was Tai saying? Had he just been making a general comment, or was he implying that all of his recent craziness had been because he was in love with Yamato? Yamato felt his heart race at even just the thought of Tai actually being in love with him. He knew Tai cared about him a hell of a lot, more than almost anybody else, but… well, love was a serious word.

Yamato forced himself to stop thinking about it, at least for the time being. Either way, at least Tai had acknowledged that he'd been acting somewhat crazy lately.

Less than thirty seconds after they entered the house, the phone began to ring. Yamato quickly ran into the living room and answered the cordless phone.


"Hi, sweetie!" came his mother's voice. "How are you?"

"I'm fine, Mom," Yamato replied and then, at Tai's request, added, "Tai says hi."

"Oh, well tell him I said hello back! How is he doing?"

"He's doing fine too. What about you?"

"Actually, honey, I was just wondering if you're going to be busy this Saturday."

"Yeah, I am," Yamato half-fibbed. It was kind of true- he would be busy recovering from the rave he, Tai, and Mimi were going to on Friday. "Sorry."

"Oh, that's fine; I thought you would be anyhow. That's alright- we'll just do it next Saturday!"

"Do what next Saturday?" Yamato inquired.

"Well," Yamato's mother began, and Yamato instantly knew she was up to something, "Do you remember my friend Madelyn? Her son used to babysit you and her daughter when you were younger."

"Yeah, I remember. Why?" Yamato asked suspiciously.

"Madelyn's daughter is a dancer," Mrs. Ishida replied, "and she just won first place in a competition, so I thought it would be nice to host a small celebratory dinner for her. Besides, I think it would be wonderful if you two became friends."

Yamato was instantly irritated. He was sick and tired of his mother continuously trying to set him up with girls.

"Mom, I'm gay," he said flatly.

"I know, honey, but Cynthia is a very nice girl-"

"It doesn't matter!"

Mrs. Ishida sighed. "Sweetie, if you just gave her a chance-"

Yamato covered the mouthpiece of the phone, blocking out his mother and turning to Tai.

"I'm using your idea," he informed his friend.

"What idea?" Tai asked, looking up at Yamato from his place on the couch.

Tai's question was answered when Yamato uncovered the mouthpiece and cut his mother off with, "Mom, I'm going out with Tai."

There was a brief moment of silence, and then Mrs. Ishida merely said, "Oh."

Another few seconds of silence passed while Yamato waited for his mother to process the information. Eventually she spoke again, and Yamato was relieved to find that she only sounded mildly disappointed.

"Well, bring Tai then!" she said. "I'm still going to have the dinner for Cynthia, and it's been a long time since you two have seen each other so it might be nice."

Yamato was about to say "okay", then realized that next Saturday was Sora's family dinner. He didn't want to go to his mother's dinner in the first place, but going without Tai meant that she would probably try to set him up with Cynthia just because Tai wasn't there. Yamato cursed mentally.

"Tai can't come," Yamato said. "He has an important work meeting."

Yamato praised himself for thinking of a lie so quickly until his mom responded.

"On a Saturday?"


"Um… yeah," Yamato said lamely. "They always have meetings on Saturdays," he added, trying to make his lie sound a little more convincing. "Tai's always talking about how much it sucks."

"Hm. Well, if somehow he can make it, bring him along."

"I will."

"Alright. Bye, honey."

"Bye, Mom."

Yamato hung up and Tai instantly snorted.

"You are such a shitty liar."

"Shut up. The part about me and you going out was convincing enough."

"That's because there was no convincing involved! Of course she believes we're going out, it's not that far-fetched. Actually, soon it'll be true anyway."

"Well…" Yamato trailed off, not knowing what to say.

Tai's lips curved into a smile and he reached up, tugging Yamato down into a kiss. When the kiss was broken, he spoke.

"I wish I could go to your mom's dinner thing instead of Sora's."

Yamato wrinkled his nose. "Why? I don't even want to go."

"Well, I do. It would be nice, being introduced as your boyfriend for the first time."

"I guess," Yamato said with a shrug.

Tai made a face at his blonde friend. "Jeez, could you be more enthusiastic?"

"Well, I just don't think it's a big deal," Yamato said. "Even if you could come, which you can't, we'd just be sitting around with my mom's friend and her daughter. It's not like my family would be there or anything… besides, you've already met most of my family."

"Yeah, but still…" Tai shrugged.

Both boys were silent for a few moments, then Yamato smiled and shook his head before sitting down in Tai's lap and kissing him.

"You know, if you'd told me before that you could turn gay for me, it would've spared me a lot of encounters with shitty boyfriends."

"Yeah, but then you wouldn't appreciate me as much as you do now," Tai countered with a grin.

Yamato rolled his eyes, still smiling, and leaned in for another soft kiss. It turned into a series of kisses which gradually became more heated and less soft and when they broke for air, Tai spoke again.

"You know I didn't mean it, right?"

Yamato tilted his head slightly, indicating his confusion, and Tai added, "You don't suck at blowjobs."

Yamato grinned and leaned his forehead against Tai's, giving him a mischievous look and speaking in a low voice.

"Good, 'cause if I did then you would be very disappointed fifteen minutes from now…"

Tai grinned back.


It wasn't a surprise to Mr. Ishida when he pulled up to his house and found that there was already a car in the driveway. Luckily there was still enough space for his car to fit in the driveway also. After parking his car and turning it off, Mr. Ishida walked up to the front door while shaking his head to himself. Sometimes he wondered why his son and Tai didn't just get surgically attached.

As Mr. Ishida unlocked and opened the door to his house, he was greeted by somewhat distant yet distinctive noises. Slowly setting down his briefcase, he cautiously took a few steps forward, hoping that the noises weren't what they sounded like. As soon as he could see around the corner, he stopped in his tracks and froze on the spot.

At that moment, Mr. Ishida almost wished he were blind… and then thought that he might indeed go blind if his body didn't catch up to his brain and move him away from the sight in front of him. Of all the things he didn't need to see in his life, this one topped the list.

Yamato and Tai were sitting on the couch. No- Tai was sitting on the couch and Yamato was sitting in Tai's lap. Actually, to be exact, Yamato was sitting on Tai's dick.

Mr. Ishida watched with increasing horror as Yamato proceeded to bounce up and down on Tai's lap. He screamed at himself mentally to move before he ripped his own eyes out, but for some reason his body wouldn't respond. As if it wouldn't be bad enough to try and go upstairs and forget what he'd seen forever, Yamato looked up at that exact second and their eyes met.


Yamato let out a startled yelp and very unceremoniously fell off of the couch. He grabbed the first item of clothing he could find and covered himself as Tai scrambled to do the exact same thing a few delayed seconds later.

"Uh-it-it's not what it looks like!" Tai shouted lamely.

Mr. Ishida looked at Tai, looked at Yamato, shuddered visibly, and then quickly headed upstairs while rubbing his eyes quite viciously.

Neither boy had ever felt so humiliated in their entire life. They stared at each other wordlessly for a few moments, both of their faces red, until eventually Tai spoke.

"Is he going to kill me? Are we ever going to be able to look him in the eye again?"

Yamato groaned and banged his head against a couch cushion. "Fuck… why the hell did I think it would be okay to spontaneously have sex in the middle of the living room?"

"Because I did too?" Tai offered.

Yamato just groaned again.

To make matters even worse, Yamato's cell phone began to ring. He grabbed it from the coffee table where it had been sitting and answered in a less-than-cheerful voice.


"Are you home?"

Yamato was instantly annoyed at the demanding tone of Mimi's voice, especially because he was already irritated by what had just happened.

"Yes, I'm home," he replied, not bothering to hide his irritation. "Why?"

"Because we need to have a little talk," Mimi said, ignoring Yamato's tone. "Don't think I forgot about what we were discussing earlier. I just left Sora's, so I'll be there in ten minutes."

"Fine, whatever," Yamato muttered, knowing it was pointless to argue. "Bye."

He hung up and looked at Tai, who was giving him a questioning look. With a frustrated sigh, Yamato spoke.

"I…" He shook his head and trailed off, then started again. "You'd better go… Mimi said she's coming over."

"So tell her not to because you're busy," Tai urged.

"Tai, she knows something's up." Yamato bit his lip briefly and stood, pulling on his pants. "Fuck… earlier when we were shopping with Sora, she was acting all suspicious of me… shit, what am I going to say?"

Tai stood also, putting on his own pants. "Yama-"

"Fuck, Tai, we're not even supposed to be doing this! Oh my God, I'm such a-"

Tai cut Yamato off with a kiss. When the kiss was broken, he gave Yamato a look.

"Yama, calm down."

Yamato let out something between a groan and a whimper and pulled Tai back in, kissing him more deeply. Tai didn't resist and before they knew it they were making out on the couch.

Both boys nearly jumped a foot in the air when the doorbell rang. Yamato was the first to realize why the doorbell had rung and he leapt off of the couch, pulling on his shirt and trying to compose himself.

"Shit!" he exclaimed, looking panicked. "It's Mimi! What do I do? What do we do? Even if I lied and said you weren't here- no, I can't! Your car is in the driveway! Fuck!"

Again, Tai silenced Yamato with a kiss.

"Shh. Calm down," he repeated. "She's going to be even more suspicious if you don't go to the door right now. Just be calm. She doesn't know that anything happened. We were just hanging out, okay?"

"But what if-"

"Sit," Tai ordered, cutting off the blonde and pushing him to sit on the couch. "I'll go answer the door. Turn on the TV and try to act normal, okay?"

Yamato nodded, but still looked quite frantic.

"Hey," Tai added, "the sooner we convince her nothing's going on, the sooner she leaves and we can finish off what we started… 'cause I don't know about you, but my dick is not taking very well to this little interruption."

That at least brought a small smile to Yamato's face. Tai flashed him a grin, then headed to the front door. He took a deep breath and, taking one last second to prepare himself, opened the door to face Mimi.


Mimi and Tai stood staring at each other for a few long moments before Mimi took a step inside, neither smiling nor frowning at Tai.

"Where's Matt?" she immediately questioned, voice neutral.

"In the living room," Tai answered, voice equally neutral.

Mimi began towards the living room, then stopped halfway and turned to face Tai.

"Do you mind if I speak to him alone?"

Tai shrugged. "No problem. I'll just be upstairs."

Before Tai could move, though, Mimi grabbed his shoulder to stop him.

"Why don't you go back to Sora's instead?" she suggested- although her voice told him he had no choice. "When I left, she told me that she'd changed her mind and she wouldn't mind having your company tonight."

Tai knew he couldn't say no. So, instead, he forced a smile onto his face and tried to sound pleasant when he said, "Great."

Tai shoved his feet into his shoes, said goodbye to Mimi, and left.

Muttering angry, unintelligible phrases to himself, Tai got into his car and glared at the steering wheel for a second or two before pulling out his cell phone. He knew Mimi might have been bluffing about Sora wanting him there, so the first thing he was going to do was check that out.

He dialed Sora's number and she answered on the second ring.


"Hey, babe," Tai said, hoping he sounded casual. "You feeling okay?"

"Yeah, I'm feeling a little bit better… I think I just need to spend some time with my family."

If that wasn't a hint to not come over, Tai didn't know what was.

"Well, I was just making sure you didn't change your mind about wanting some company," he said, cursing Mimi in his head.

"It isn't that I don't want company," Sora protested half-heartedly, "I just think it's best if I have some time alone with my family."

"I completely understand," Tai assured her. "I'll call you tomorrow, okay?"

"Okay. Bye."


Tai hung up and directed his glare towards Yamato's front door. Mimi would definitely not be in his good graces for quite some time.


Yamato looked up as Mimi entered the room and he furrowed his brow in confusion when he saw that Tai was nowhere to be seen. He opened his mouth to speak, but Mimi answered before he could even ask the question.

"Tai went to visit Sora," Mimi said, "and you and I are going to have a very serious talk right now."

"What is there to talk about?" Yamato asked, trying to play dumb.

Mimi gave him a look. "Matt, I'm not stupid. You and Tai haven't spoken for two weeks and all of a sudden you claim that Tai apologized and you're best buddies again?"

"Yeah, so what?" Yamato folded his arms, attempting to look intimidating.

"So Tai doesn't apologize. Not only that, but you're acting ridiculously weird and… and sulky! You didn't even look somewhat happy for Sora when she was talking about how great her and Tai's relationship is going!"


"And don't even think for a second that I believed Tai's bullshit earlier!" Mimi exclaimed. "A matching tie? I'm surprised he even came up with that story as a lie! If you two are fooling around again, it needs to stop now. This isn't some game, this is real life and Sora has been through enough!"

"We're not-"

"Listen to me," Mimi interrupted, not giving him a chance to speak. "I don't care what happened between you and Tai, but whatever is going on needs to stop. I don't care if you decided it was okay to start fooling around again, or if he convinced you that it was no big deal, or if he decided to profess his love to you, because the bottom line is: Sora is Tai's girlfriend. You're his best friend. Your role should not bend, because if it does then Sora's the one who suffers. Got it?"

Yamato opened his mouth, then closed it and stared at Mimi wordlessly. He had no idea what he was supposed to say.

"Now, let's forget we ever had to have this talk," Mimi said, voice sounding much calmer. She suddenly broke into a smile. "I brought over Spiderman 3! Want to watch it?"

Yamato simply stared at Mimi for several seconds, trying to take in her sudden mood change. She was practically beaming at him, when just seconds ago she'd had a ridiculously stern expression on her face. Eventually, Yamato slowly responded.

"Um… I guess."

Mimi popped the movie in and then sat down next to Yamato, who stared blankly ahead at the TV. He couldn't help but feel confused at what had just happened. Had he merely imagined Mimi scolding him or had Mimi really switched moods so suddenly?

Mimi sighed from beside him and Yamato felt her gently lay her hand on his arm. He turned to face her and she spoke.

"Matt… you know I don't like playing the bad guy, but Sora's my friend. You're all my friends, and I don't like to see my friends get hurt. If any of the roles in this whole catastrophe were reversed, I'd do the same thing."

Yamato sighed. "…I know."

And he did know. Mimi wasn't the kind of person to just stand by and watch her friends get hurt. She would stand up for them, even if the people she was standing up to were also her friends. It was one of the things that Yamato liked about Mimi, and he wasn't angry with her in the least for anything she'd said or done. He just wished that things were different.

Yamato dropped his head into his hands and let out a muffled groan. Why did things have to be so complicated?

Mimi squeezed Yamato shoulder and he met her eyes to find her looking at him in an understanding and almost knowing way. She smiled at him sympathetically.

"I know it's hard," she said, "but everything will work out."

Yamato responded by wrapping his arms around Mimi in a hug. Hopefully she was right.


On Thursday morning, Yamato awoke early in the morning to the feeling of his cell phone vibrating in his pocket. Frowning, he wondered how his cell phone could be vibrating in his pocket because nothing he slept in had pockets- and, besides, his cell phone's ringer was usually on. Shifting a bit, he realized that he was still wearing his jeans from the previous day… and that he wasn't in his bed.

It was only when he opened his eyes that Yamato remembered what had happened. He and Mimi had spent the evening watching movies together, and Yamato had put his phone on vibrate because he was enjoying the quiet evening and didn't want it to be interrupted unnecessarily. After Mimi left, Yamato had fallen asleep on the couch.

There was only one person that would be calling so early, and Yamato knew that if he didn't answer the phone it would just keep ringing. So, groaning to himself, Yamato fished his phone out of his pocket and put it to his ear.

"Hello?" he mumbled.

"Hey," came Tai's voice, as Yamato had predicted. "I know I probably woke you up, and I'm sorry, but can I come over there?"


"Yeah. I'm going into work late today and I really want to see you, especially since Mimi purposely tore us away from each other last night."

"Well, I don't blame her," Yamato said, thinking back to what Mimi had said the previous night.

Tai paused for a moment before speaking again. "So is it okay if I head over now?"

Yamato let out a sigh. "Yeah, I guess." It wasn't like he had a choice; he knew Tai would come over regardless.

"Okay, good. See you in a few minutes."

It took Yamato a minute or two to actually get off of the couch after he hung up, but when he did he headed upstairs to wake himself up a little. Yamato brushed his teeth and washed his face, then decided to hop in the shower. He quickly went back downstairs to leave the front door unlocked for Tai and then returned upstairs to the bathroom. If he wasn't out of the shower by the time Tai got there, which Yamato probably wouldn't be, then Tai could let himself in.

As he stood under the water, Yamato wondered briefly if he should have confessed to Mimi that he'd had sex with Tai. Immediately after considering it, he realized that he was crazy for even thinking about it. Mimi probably would have lost all respect for him for quite some time, plus it was a guarantee that she would refuse to talk to Yamato or Tai for a while- which would make Sora suspicious. No, telling Mimi definitely wasn't an option. In fact, Yamato was unsure if he even wanted to tell Sora anymore.

He had to, though, or the guilt would eat him up inside. After everything he'd done, didn't he at least owe it to Sora to tell to truth? It had to be done, and Yamato wasn't looking forward to it.

When the shower curtain was pulled back, Yamato panicked for a moment and then calmed down when he realized that it was Tai… a stark-naked Tai.

"Fuck, you scared me," Yamato breathed in relief, shaking his head.

Tai smiled and climbed into the shower with Yamato, grasping the blonde's face in his hands and kissing him. Yamato pulled away, though, when Tai began to press their full bodies together.

"Tai," he started, "we can't-"

Tai kissed Yamato again, effectively shutting him up, and squeezed his ass briefly before breaking the kiss and speaking.

"We need to," Tai said, stressing the supposed importance of taking their actions further. "Yama, I've been insanely horny since we got interrupted yesterday, and I'll seriously explode if I go another hour without doing something with you."

Yamato bit his lip. He wanted to do it as much as Tai did, especially because of the interruption they'd had the previous day, but… well, he couldn't- not after Mimi had spoken with him and everything! He knew he'd already broken his "no sex until Tai and Sora break up" vow, but he would feel ten times as guilty now that he and Mimi had talked. Their talk had restored his guilt one-hundred percent.

…but how was he supposed to resist when Tai was kissing him so passionately and gradually moving down to his neck and sucking at his soft spot, and then moving his hand between Yamato's legs and rubbing at just the right pace, and-

"Tai…" It was meant to come out in a scolding tone, but it came out as more of a moan. Yamato put his hand against Tai's chest, pushing gently but firmly, and Tai stopped but gave Yamato a little pout.

"Yama, come on…"

"Tai, I can't. We can't. We have to-"

"Wait until I break up with Sora?" Tai finished for him. He shook his head. "Yama, we both know that we won't be able to keep our hands off of each other until then. Besides, we've already done it once… it's not like doing it again will make any difference. Actually, we've done it twice 'cause we did it yesterday, we just got interrupted before we could finish."

Yamato knew he probably should have put up more of a fight, but… well, Tai was kind of right. He'd already betrayed Sora, and it wasn't like she would be less angry if he did it once than if he did it a bunch of times. Besides, he knew he'd end up giving in because as much as he tried to resist Tai, it never worked in the end. So, although he knew he might hate himself for it later, he gave in and tugged Tai back against him.

Afterwards, the two boys lay fully-clothed on Yamato's bed, cuddling. Yamato felt like he could stay there, just laying with Tai, forever. He'd been expecting to feel guilty immediately after having sex with Tai again, but he couldn't bring himself to feel guilty just yet because it all just felt too good and too right.

Neither boy gave a thought to the time until Tai's cell phone began to emit a high-pitched noise. Groaning, Tai pulled his cell phone out of his pocket and put a stop to the noise, then looked at Yamato to explain.

"I set an alarm to tell me when I should be leaving, just in case I forgot or something."

"Oh." Yamato's disappointment showed in his voice. "Well… I guess you have to go, right?"

Tai made a face. "I don't want to."

"I don't want you to either," Yamato admitted, subconsciously tightening his grip on the other boy.

Tai smiled a bit and pressed a soft kiss to Yamato's lips. "I know." He ran a few fingers through Yamato's hair, then added, "Maybe I should call in sick."

As much as he wanted to tell Tai that yes, he should call in sick, Yamato didn't.

"No," he said, shaking his head. "Don't waste your sick days, or one day you're actually going to be sick and you'll have to go in."

"I guess… but I don't want to leave you," Tai practically whined.

Yamato snuggled closer to Tai and the two boys wound up kissing for several minutes, until Yamato finally forced himself to break away from Tai.

"You should probably go or you'll be late," he pointed out.

"How late could I be? I'm already going in late."

Yamato gave Tai a look. "If you don't go now, you're not going to end up going at all."

Tai let out a sigh. "I know, I know."

So, reluctantly, the boys untangled themselves and got off of the bed, heading downstairs and toward the front door.

"I'll come over tonight after work," Tai promised, planting a light kiss on Yamato's lips. "Okay?"

"Okay." Yamato pulled Tai in for another kiss. "Have fun at work."

"Without you? Never."

They shared one last kiss and then Tai departed, leaving Yamato to his thoughts once again. This time, though, Yamato's mind didn't instantly focus on how guilty he felt. Instead, it focused on how warm Tai's lips felt against his and how incredible his intimate moments with Tai had been. It was only after Yamato had finished replaying his entire morning in his head that the guilt kicked in… and even then, he couldn't help but feel anxious for Tai's return that night. Even though Tai had only left a short time ago, and they saw each other all the time, Yamato couldn't wait to see him again.

Yamato was starting to think that maybe he was going just as crazy as Tai.


Mimi called Yamato up during the day and they went to the mall to find Mimi an outfit for the rave they were going to the next night. Mimi ended up buying a new fancy red tank top and a short black skirt. She also decided that she wanted some pink streaks in her blonde hair, so she could have the best of both worlds, so Yamato accompanied Mimi to her hairdresser and stayed while she got the streaks done.

They were out until about six, at which point they decided to go to a casual restaurant and have dinner. Afterwards, Mimi dropped Yamato home and Yamato checked the house phone to find that his brother had called. He called T.K. back and they talked for a while- apparently Daisuke and Kari's relationship was going pretty well, which T.K. had mixed feelings about. On one hand, he was happy for them but on the other, he was a little disappointed because he still really liked Kari and wanted to be with her. Yamato had a feeling Daisuke and Kari wouldn't be a long-term couple, so he told T.K. to just be patient and everything would probably work out. After discussing what had been going on in T.K.'s life, T.K. asked Yamato if he and Tai were really going out. Not knowing quite what to say, since the question was a bit of a tricky one, Yamato decided in the end to tell T.K. that no; he and Tai weren't going out at all and that he'd only said it to shut their mother up. T.K. accepted that answer and that was that.

Shortly after Yamato got off of the phone with T.K., the phone rang again and he was happy to find that it was Tai. After the somewhat-productive day he'd had, all he wanted was to curl up with Tai and relax.

…unfortunately, those plans were shattered.

"I'm so sorry, Yama," Tai apologized, and he truly did sound sorry. "Sora called me right after work and she sounded upset and… well, she wants me to go over there and it's not like I could say no, y'know?"

"Yeah…" Yamato held back a sigh. "Well, you've got to do what you've got to do, right?"

"I'm sorry," Tai said again. "I think it's something about her going to visit her grandfather and how it'll bring back memories of her grandmother or something… she sounded like she really needed some company."

"So are you going to stay the night there?" Yamato tried not to sound bitter.

"I think so. She really sounded upset."

Yamato couldn't explain the hollow feeling that had crept over him as soon as Tai had told him that he wouldn't be coming over that night. He felt disappointed, a little betrayed (although he knew it was foolish to feel that way), and sort of lonely. Yamato tried to shake away all of these selfish feelings, but they just wouldn't budge.

"Yama?" Tai questioned, since the blonde hadn't said anything for quite a few moments. "You still there?"

"Yeah," Yamato answered dully.

"You okay?"

"Yeah… I'm fine," Yamato fibbed. "I'll see you tomorrow."

"Alright. I'll call you. We need to figure out stuff for the rave anyway, right?"


"Okay. So I'll talk to you tomorrow."

"Okay. Bye."

"Bye." Tai paused barely a second, then added, "I love you" before hanging up.

The dialtone beeped obnoxiously in Yamato's ear and he slowly removed the phone from his ear, then stared at the piece of machinery for several moments before a scary realization dawned on him. It made sense now; the way he was acting, why he put up with all of Tai's crap, and why his feelings were all over the place.

Yamato wasn't going crazy… he was just in love.