A/N: READ 'STOP LIGHT' FIRST! I don't recap it so if you are just picking this up without reading 'Stop light'… you will be confused. 'Stop Light' is a short bit of nonsense and it doesn't take long to read, so read it! Ok, I'm done with that.

Anyway…I LIVE! I guess I am writing stuff once a year now. LOL. I don't intend it to be that way. I wanted to finish my writing on another story before I tackled the rest of the 'Stop Light' series (Dear God help us all, it's a series now). I decided that instead of just continuing 'Stop Light' I would write its sequel. So here is 'Crosswalk.' Not as funny as 'Stop Light' unfortunately, but I just really wanted it to be written. Future chapters will be more humorous, I hope. So here we are, enjoy!

Crosswalk

The Grounding of Yamato Isihda

"Why aren't you picking up the phone?" Tai asked to no one in particular. He had been dialing and redialing Matt's cell number for the past three hours and despite his best efforts, he was beginning to worry about his friend.

Matt's father had picked Matt up from school earlier that day. Tai had never seen Mr. Isihda looking so angry. However, once he saw Matt's pitiful state, he had calmed down. They had been having a difficult time stopping the bleeding from Matt's hand and he had managed to bleed all over himself and Tai's jacket. Matt was then quickly ushered away by his father and Tai had not heard from him since. Matt should have been out of the emergency room by now, so why wasn't he picking up? He had even tried the house phone, but nobody was answering. After getting Matt's voicemail for the two hundredth time, Tai chucked the phone across the room and onto his bed. Kari's voice suddenly drifted into the room from the kitchen, where she was preparing dinner in their mother's absence.

"Just give it up, Tai. He'll call you when he can. Now come eat."

"Did you call TK?" Tai asked, ignoring her last comment.

"Yes, and he said Matt hasn't called him either. He said he would call me as soon as Matt contacts him."

"Well, why hasn't he called?"

"I don't know Tai. Come eat before it gets cold."

"I'm not hungry."

"Tai!"

Tai shut the door to his room. He heard Kari protest, but ignored her. One more time, he decided as he picked up the phone from his bed and punched in Matt's cell. It rang once… twice… three times and just as Tai was about to hurl his phone in frustration, the ringing stopped and a familiar voice sounded in Tai's ear.

"What is it Tai?"

"Matt!" Tai shouted gleefully into the phone. Matt sounded extremely pissed off, but Tai didn't care. "You picked up! Why haven't you been answering your phone?"

Suddenly Tai heard yelling on the other side of the line. Mr. Ishida was saying something that sounded angry. Matt answered back, sounding just as angry.

"It's Tai… I know what you said! I heard you before!"

Suddenly, Tai could hear Mr. Ishida loud and clear.

"You are being punished! You aren't allowed to be on the phone!"

"No! I need the phone!"

"Slacking off at school! Lying to me! Wasting time messing around with your friends! Give me the phone right NOW!"

"I'm not messing around!"

"Oh, so last Friday you were studying and not spending time with your friends playing stupid games?!"

"I was with TK! Since when am I not allowed to see my brother?! It's not like I see him all the time! It's not exactly like we live together, y'know?!"

"Don't you DARE start with ME, YAMATO ISHIDA!"

"I DIDN'T START THIS! YOU DID!"

Tai jerked his head away from the phone, as Matt reached a new decibel level.

"FINE! THEN MAYBE YOU SHOULD GO LIVE WITH YOUR BROTHER THEN!"

"MAYBE I WILL!"

There was a loud slam. Tai assumed Matt had just locked himself in his room. Half a moment later, Tai heard pounding that indicated Mr. Ishida was continuing the fight through the door.

"I'm not opening the door!" Matt yelled. Then there was a softer click as if another door was being closed. Then there was silence. Tai pressed his ear to the cell phone desperate to find out what had happened.

"Tai?" Matt asked shakily. Tai paused and took a breath.

"Yeah, Matt?"

"Sorry about that… you weren't supposed to hear any of that."
"It's OK." Tai quickly assured him, "So… um… what's going on?" he asked hesitantly.

"I'm in my closet now so you shouldn't be able to hear him anymore."

"You're in your closet?"

"Yeah."

"O…K… Well, what happened?"

"My dad was pissed about the hedge clippers…"

"Yeah, I got that."

"…and he found out the other day that I failed that stupid history test we took last week…"

"You failed that?"

"Yeah."

"Sorry, I didn't know."

"It's OK." Matt sighed.

"So… how's your hand?" Tai asked trying to change the subject a bit.

"It has ten stitches in it."

"Wow, that's a lot. What about your head? How's that doing?"

"They put a staple in it."

"That… doesn't sound good." There was an uncomfortable pause. Matt shuffled his shoes around in the closet so he could sit comfortably on the floor. Tai heard him rustling about and wondered what else he should say. Matt broke the silence first.

"I'm going to have a scar on the back of my head… and on my hand…" he said quietly.

"Aw, you'll never be beautiful again," Tai said with a careful smile that nobody could see.

Matt snorted into the phone and Tai's smile broadened into a ridiculous grin.

"You're an idiot, Tai." Matt laughed.

"At least I'm not in a closet."

"Well, at least even with scars, I'll never be as ugly as you," Matt said rolling his eyes. Tai grinned.

"You just wish you had my good looks, Ishida."

Matt actually burst out laughing at this. Then it sounded as though he put his hand over his mouth to muffle it. Tai decided Matt had thought that was a little too funny so he decided to bring the conversation back to a more serious level.

"So… besides not being allowed on the phone… how else are you being punished? Are you grounded or what?"

Matt made a disgusted noise. "Yes, I am grounded. I am grounded for taking the hedge clippers without permission. I am not allowed to watch television or go on the computer or use the phone because I failed a test. I can't play in my band with my hand in bandages and I can't play video games with it. Dad basically said that I wouldn't be doing anything after it was healed either, because after he gave me all of this punishment I called him an asshole."

"Matt!" Tai exclaimed in surprise.

"Dad and I have been arguing lately… he's been upset with work and I… I have just been feeling pissed at him lately."

"Wow," Tai exclaimed, "so how long are you grounded for?"

"He didn't give me a date. Though I think 'forever' was mentioned."

"I'm sorry Matt."

"It's fine. It's my fault. I shouldn't have called him that. I should have just taken the grounding and kept my mouth shut."

"So we're not going to be hanging out on Fridays anymore?"

"My dad works all day and most of the night. Of course we're going to be hanging out on Fridays. You just have to leave before he gets home."

"OK, no problem. Hey, is he really going to take your phone away?"

"He's going to try."

Tai paused for a moment wondering if he should day what he was thinking…"Hey, that stuff he said about you going to live with your brother…"

"I don't want to talk about that," Matt answered quickly, but not angrily.

"Right… well, before he takes away your phone, you should call TK. I think he's been worried about you."

"Yeah, I will."

"Hey, Matt?"

"Yeah?"

"So when are you going to come out of the closet?"

"Good-bye, Tai." Matt said rolling his eyes.

"Bye Matt!" Tai said with a large grin. He clicked his phone off and sat it down on his bed again. Tai's grin faded and he furrowed his brow into a look of worry. He suddenly shook his head as if trying to shake the concern out of it. Matt would be fine, he was always fine, Tai thought with conviction. With that, he let his grin spread across his face again as he happily headed out of his room to eat a cold dinner.

To be continued….

A/N: I need to stop writing these things at four in the morning. I'm so tired. Anyway, I was concerned that some readers may think Matt's father is a bit too mean. But if you have ever been a teenager and you have ever had a parent flip out on you then you will understand this perfectly.

At the point that Tai hears Matt and his father argue, Mr. Ishida has been yelling for a while and he basically has lost rational thought. Trust me, I've seen it happen. Your parent freaks over one thing and then all of a sudden everything you've done wrong is thrown in your face and your being punished for ALL of it. Mr. Ishida is not perfect, usually he's easy on Matt, but…. Well we'll get into more of that later. Ok, I'm going to sleep now.