Warning: Implied (?) angstshipping!


Dense

"Oh, um, excuse me!"

"Yes, how may I help?"

The girl smiled prettily. "Could you reach me down that game?" She pointed at the top shelf. "I can't manage it..."

Ryou Bakura nodded and smiled at her politely. "Of course, miss. This one, yes?"

Yugi and Marik watched as Ryou stood on his tip-toes a little, just about able to reach the box that the girl had indicated to. Said girl, who couldn't be older than sixteen, was using this opportunity to roam her eyes over his body, and gave Ryou a very appreciative look. Marik snorted and turned away. "Girls," he muttered, picking up his pencil and continuing to sketch. "The only reason they come to this shop is to check out Ryou."

Yugi tilted his head as the girl gave Ryou's ass another long look before the white-haired boy turned to her and handed her the game. Yugi turned to Marik and asked with a raised eyebrow, "Isn't that why you come to the shop?"

Marik scowled at the teasing in his friend's voice. "Ha-fucking-ha," he grumbled, attacking his sketch book almost violently with the pencil. "You think you're so clever, Yugi."

"Not clever; I've just been watching you lately." Yugi gave him a devilish smile. "And you've been watching our Ryou an awful lot, haven't you?"A faint blush dusted Marik's cheeks, making Yugi giggle. "I knew it."

Marik tsk-ed. "So, perhaps I like him a little," he replied, shooting a furtive glance at the British boy, who was now being flirted at by the girl. "It's not that big of a deal. Besides, he doesn't like men anyway."

Yugi snorted. "Yeah, 'cause Ryou's had so many girlfriends these last few years," he said sarcastically. "You may have only returned a few months ago, Marik, but you've missed a lot and things have changed."

Marik frowned. "What do you mean?"

Yugi blinked. "Oh, nothing," he said innocently. "But really, you can be so dense sometimes. Why don't you just tell Ryou that you're smitten with him?"

This time, Marik's cheek's erupted with a full-power blush. "I-I am not!" At Yugi's disbelieving look he turned away with a huff. "You're imagining things."

"Of course," Yugi dryly replied. He quickly smiled for a customer approaching the counter. "Hello! Did you know there's currently a deal going on for when you buy two or more packs of these cards...?"

Marik tuned Yugi out in favour of watching their white-haired friend chatting amiably (well, on Ryou's part at least) with that female customer. He had to admit, even though he had been aware of his own sexual orientations for a while he was still surprised when he returned to Domino and found himself attracted to the softly-spoken boy. At first he had thought he was just happy to be able to meet the real Ryou Bakura, and not the yami who had inhabited his body and had been Marik's partner-in-crime. But when he began to spend more time with Yugi and the gang, he realised that his gaze would wander over to the British boy more often that it should have. And today was no exception.

He scowled as the girl lifted her hand and trailed it down Ryou's arm, her eyes suggesting what she'd rather be doing, but Ryou, bless him, remained oblivious to her advances and he politely laughed at something she had said. How can he not notice that that girl is totally hitting on him? Marik mused with a sigh. He watched the boy appreciatively for a moment, not even realising when Ryou turned around and walked towards the cashier desk with the girl.

Yugi poked him in the ribs. "Ryou's coming over," he stated.

Marik raised an eyebrow. "Yeah, so?"

"So..." Yugi frowned. "Aren't you going to close your sketchbook?"

"Why would I do that?" Marik blinked at him in confusion.

"...You mean you haven't realised that you've spent the last hour drawing pictures of Ryou?"

"Ack!"

Ryou left the girl at the counter for Yugi to deal with and went to stand next to Marik, who was hastily shoving his sketchbook in to his bag. "I'm getting a little unnerved," Ryou said softly enough for only Marik to hear.

"Hm? Unnerved?"

Ryou swallowed. "Yeah," he said. At Marik's inquisitive look he sighed. "Whenever a girl asks me to help her they always end up ... touching my arm. Why?"

Marik rolled his eyes. "Because they're checking to see if you measure up to their fantasies," he mumbled.

"What?"

"Nothing," Marik said hurriedly, standing up and swinging his bag over his shoulder. "I have to go - I promised sister that I'd help her with the shopping today. See ya!"

Ryou pouted slightly. "You're going so soon?"

"Well, you're closing soon anyway." Marik shrugged. "I'll be back tomorrow."

"...Okay," Ryou said as he watched the blond walk away, his hips swaying enticingly with each step.

"Something catch your attention?"

Ryou jumped as Yugi suddenly appeared beside him. "Eep!" When Yugi smiled innocently Ryou gave him a small glare. "It's not polite to sneak up on people," he said, miffed.

Yugi raised an eyebrow. "It's not polite to watch someone's ass while they walk away," he retorted, enjoying how Ryou's pale skin flushed red. "Haha, I caught you out."

Ryou huffed and turned away to start tidying up the shop. "Shut up," he mumbled, straightening up a stack of cards. "Just because I told you that I happen to like Marik doesn't mean you get to tease me about it."

"Eh? Then what was the point of telling me?"

"...I don't know," Ryou admitted. "Although now I wish I hadn't," he added to himself.

"Hm." Yugi placed his hands behind his back and swayed slightly. "Have you ever thought about telling him?"

Ryou's face immediately heated up again. "N-no!" he shrieked, affronted. "Of course I won't! Goodness, Yugi, that would just freak him out!"

Yugi stopped swaying, and looked a little confused. "Huh?"

"Well, Marik's straight, isn't he?"

"Oh for the love of - I give up with you two! You're both so unbelievably dense. I could lock you in a cupboard for hours and you'd still come out oblivious to each other! Argh!"

Ryou blinked as Yugi stormed out of the shop, continuing to mutter about the stupidity of his friends. "...What just happened?"


A/N: Hm, I'm not sure how well that went. I've been toying with the idea of MarikxRyou for a while now (because they're both just so cute!) and I just wanted to try and write something a little Angstshipping-y. Though it wasn't very angsty.