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WELCOME! YOUR SERVICE PARTNER HAS ARRIVED!
DenverTwins: Hey, have you been waiting very long?
Iz1010: I've been on for a few hours, but don't worry. How's everything?
DenverTwins: Heavy. I'm getting deeper into my major. All this information we're trading is actually going to have to be compiled soon. The service project is actually our final, right? But... I did want to talk to you about that. You know, the service project. Something's come up.
Iz1010: Something? Don't tell me it's been shut down or changed or something.
DenverTwins: No! No! Nothing like that. It's actually pretty cool. See, we have to go visit our service partners. We earn experience hours by working in a foreign envrionment and learning how other systems work. It's the final culmination of all my research. So... basically, heh... I'll be coming to visit you. Isn't that great?
Iz1010: Really? You're serious? You get to come to Japan and visit me for the project? That's awesome!
DenverTwins: Yeah! Of course, I'm serious! I had to take out a student loan to do it, and it counts as both a birthday and Christmas gift from my parents, but it will be totally worth it. I'm sure we can put a great project together. With your help, we'll finish the assignment in no time. Considering that I'll be there for about a month, we'll have plenty of free time afterward. And that brings me to the next point, um.... Oh man, I'm nervous over the internet. How dorky is that?
Iz1010: Trust me, I feel it too sometimes. But... what is it? This sounds great, is something wrong?
DenverTwins: I guess it all depends on how you view our relationship. I mean... I kind of feel like we've gotten to be pretty close over the course of this project. You know... close. And I just thought that we could spend some, well... personal time together?
Iz1010: Oh! Um, well, yeah. I think we've gotten... close, too. If we're thinking the same thing, I'd love to spend some personal time together outside of the project.
DenverTwins: Yeah? Really? Cool... Cool! We've gotten along really well together so far, and I want to get to know you better in person. You can show me all the really geeky places to hang out in Japan, lol.
Iz1010: Aha, yeah! I sure will... so, you'll let me know when you're coming in, right? And uh, we'll meet up once you get here?
DenverTwins: Yeah! I'll most likely be coming in in about three weeks. Basically once the semester starts coming to an end, but I'll let you know for sure when. I'm really looking forward to this. You know... to seeing you.
Iz1010: I'm really excited too! So, uh, heh, I guess I'll see you then, huh?
DenverTwins: Yeah! Yeah, see you then. Um... bai bai.
"Izzy? Izzy! Wake up!" The redhead seemed to jerk out of a daydreaming daze when Mimi snapped her fingers in his face. She frowned at him from where she sat next to him on her couch. "I didn't invite you over so you could space out, Izzy. I mean really, we don't all get to see each other much!"
"S-sorry, Mimi," the boy apologized quickly, waving his hands. "I didn't meant to, I was just... thinking about something, that's all."
"Well, what is it that's so darn important!?"
"Oh, um... nothing."
"Aw, c'mon, Izzy," Tai insisted. "You're hardly ever this distracted. You must be thinking about something really big."
"I know I've got entrance exams to worry about! No one's asked me about that!" Joe exclaimed dramatically.
Tai just shrugged. "Well, Joe, you're always worried about something, so we've all just gotten used to you freaking out all the time."
"Oh! Oh! I'm so glad to know that my friends are concerned about my mental well-being!" Mimi patted Joe's leg comfortingly, trying to get him to stop breathing hard after yelling across the room at Tai.
"C'mon guys," TK said with a frown. It was funny seeing the bright colored beach boy sitting next to his darkly dressed rock star brother. "Don't fight. We're supposed to be having a good time. Now tell us what's up, Izzy."
Yamato glanced over at Izzy, and soon all of the gazes followed suit and were trained on the redhead. "Well, uh..." Izzy started, tapping his two index fingers together. "My, um... girlfriend is coming over from America to visit me next week."
The room was dead silent before Tai bursted out into loud, obnoxious, uncontrollable laughter. "You have a girlfriend?! That's hilarious!"
Joe's glasses had slipped down on his nose. While he was inclined to agree with Tai on the matter, the fact that he had hooked up with Mimi was of equal unbelievability. TK looked to his brother to see what the appropriate response might be. Yamato was usually cool in all situations. As funny as this was to hear, laughing wasn't right, was it? Sora had sat on the foot lounge and currently had her hand over her mouth in an attempt to hide her giggles. Mimi was giggling just as Sora was. Izzy's face blushed bright red, and he made a fist and waved it around wildly. "It's not funny! I'm serious!"
"No, it's not funny," Yamato said, smacking his boyfriend in the arm to try and get him to stop laughing so loudly. "Congratulations, Izzy. What's her name?"
"Oh, well, uh... I don't really... know..."
Joe had his hands on his girlfriend's shoulders. "Mimi, sshh..." TK had now turned his face away and was coughing into his fist awkwardly.
Sora looked at the redhead with a smile. "Izzy, how could you have not asked her her name? That's the first thing you do."
"Because she's not real!" Tai snorted. "He can't come up with one quick enough. America? That's convenient." The teen almost fell out of his chair laughing. "Izzy having a girlfriend! That's awesome! Oh man..."
"I met her online," Izzy explained, trying to do his best to ignore Tai, though he was still red with embarrassment. "I signed up to do an international program with a student from a college from a different country to kill time. We were supposed to share engineering information to help her with a project. And, I dunno, we just... got along really well, and now she's coming to Japan for a month to finish the project and we're gonna... go on a date, I guess."
"Aw, Izzy, that's so sweet," Sora cooed.
Joe gave an affirming nod. "Congratulations." Tai still insisted on laughing on the floor.
"An American girlfriend, that's so cool!" said TK. "I bet she's gonna have blonde hair and blue eyes! And those American girls are full, y'know? With curves and stuff?" Sometimes the boy's mouth ran away with his emerging hormones. "You're so lucky, Izzy. I wish I had a girlfriend like that. I bet she's gonna be hot."
"TK!" Kari hissed, grabbing his ear and pulling on it hard from where she'd stood silently behind his chair. Yamato just sighed, putting his head in his hand. Sometimes it was hard to listen to his little brother talk like that, when Yamato still saw him as a kid.
"It's not really that big of a deal!" Izzy said quickly, "We're going to do a project, and exchange comparative information on technological advances over international borders in an internet cafe or something. That's all."
Tai's head popped up over the edge of the chair he'd fallen out of. "Is that geek talk for cyber sex?"
"N-No!" Izzy stammered, "No, nothing as crude as that, Tai!"
Yamato leaned over the chair to look at Tai, his chin resting in a ringed hand. "Comfy down there? Or can you get on a chair and act civil like the rest of us?" he snorted with a bit of a smirk.
Tai looked back up at the blond with his own smirk. "Maybe you can join me on the floor?"
Yamato rolled his eyes, shaking his head. "As much as I know you'd like that, I don't think so."
"But I think we need to show Izzy what to do when his 'girlfriend' gets here," which he said actually using air quotes.
TK's face blanched. "I don't wanna think about my brother doing that!" Izzy had buried his blushing face in his hands, and Kari had travelled over to his side of the room to pat his shoulder comfortingly.
"What're they talking about?" Mimi whispered to Joe. She still hadn't caught on after all of the years that had gone by.
The last thing Joe wanted to do was explain to Mimi that Taichi and Yamato had been gay for the better part of three years. Gay together. Having gay sex. So he just laughed and shook his head. "Oh, you know those two, always making jokes about something. I don't really get it either."
"Oh, well, okay..." Mimi said, putting her finger to her lips and looking over at Yamato and Tai again, who were still sending quips back and forth, Yamato occasionally giving Tai a playful slap on the shoulder and Tai bursting out into laughter again. Izzy was just glad that it seemed the subject of why he had been daydreaming seemed to be dropped as Kari soon rejoined her brother on the other side of the room, and everyone was paying attention to the two boys' squabble instead of Izzy. He didn't really want to explain himself anymore, even if it was all true. He'd met a brilliant girl who was already attending college at his age and she was into everything he was into, science and computers and all. She was everything he wanted, and she was coming to Japan in a week just to see him. He'd be lying if he said that he hadn't been preoccupied for the last two weeks thinking about it.
"So..." Sora began cheerfully. "Where are you going to meet her? Are you going to be picking her up from the airport? Is she going to stay with you? Your parents would make a really nice host family." The girl smiled. "I think it's great, Izzy. You're really sweet and I'm sure she's going to love you."
Izzy looked surprised when someone was talking to him again. "No, uh, she's meeting me at a cafe the first day. And um, then she's going to stay over, yeah." He scratched at the back of his head, saying, "Thanks, Sora. I hope so."