Two more chapters after this one, and then I'm doing a part two. It won't really have anything to do with the dance, but the last chapter connects with the first chapter in the second part too well, so I'm not making a sequel, just a second part. Sorry if this sucks, it's longer than it should've been and I'm typing this up at 11 at night, so excuse typos. Language warning in this one.

Two weeks later, one week before the dance.

Shaya looked in the full-length mirror and twirled; her blue dress hugged her figure perfectly.

"Jou is one lucky guy." Ryou said, who was sitting across from Shaya in her room. Shaya smiled.

"Just remember, Hes not the one who saw my dress first." Shaya said and walked over to sit by Ryou.

"Yes, but he's the one going with you." Ryou said and took a drink of the juice box he had.

"You wouldn't want to go with me, anyway." Shaya said and stared at the window. Ryou laughed.

"Yea, um, I was going to ask you, until Jou marched up to you before I did." Ryou said and took a longer drink of his juice. Shaya spun around and looked at him, purposely hitting her shoulder, hard, on his.

"Ow! What was that for?" Ryou asked and laughed.

"You liked me and you didn't tell me?" Shaya glared at him. Ryou looked down.

"I still do." He said and Shaya felt her heart drop.

"Ryou!" Shaya yelled and laughed.

"What?" Ryou held up his hands defensively.

"You should've told me, I like you, too." Shaya said and looked at him.

"Then why are you going to the dance with Jou?" Ryou asked.

"Because I didn't know you liked me till now." Shaya said and smiled. They both looked at each other, and the door knocked. Shaya looked at the door.

"Come in!" Shaya said a little louder than necessary and Mokuba came in with a tray of sandwiches.

"Lunch is served!" Mokuba said and smiled brightly.

"More juice boxes?" Ryou asked and grabbed a sandwich.

"Coming right up." Mokuba said cheerfully, put the tray down and ran downstairs.


Seto tapped away on his laptop when the door knocked.

"Be right there." Seto said and typed one last sentence before answering the door to see Katsuya standing there. The blonde turned bright red at the sight of Seto.

"Oh, hey, Seto." Katsuya put his hand in his pocket and looked down.

"Hey." Seto said.

"Um, is Shaya there?" Katsuya looked up at Seto and Seto looked back into the blondes amber eyes.

"She's upstairs with Ryou at the moment, I think." Seto said and looked at the staircase which Mokuba conveniently flew down.

"Oh, hey, Jounouchi." Mokuba said.

"Hey Moke, you can still call me Katsuya, ya' know." Katsuya said and smiled. Mokuba smiled back.

"Okay." Mokuba said and walked into the kitchen. Seto smiled lightly.

"Come in, no use standing in the sun. Your hair's not getting any blonder." Seto said and smirked, letting Katsuya walk in past him.

Seto thought the world had slowed down as Katsuya passed him. He wanted so badly to tell his puppy how sorry he was, to look him in his amber eyes and kiss him.

But there was an issue.

Shaya.


Shaya stared intently at Ryou as he took another bite of his third peanut butter sandwich.

"How the hell do you eat all those?" Shaya asked and sighed. "And stay so thin?"

"I'm a guy." Ryou said and laughed. Shaya rolled her eyes.

"Can I tell you something?" Ryou asked Shaya. Shaya looked down.

"Depends on what it is." Shaya said.

"Why Katsuya and Seto don't really talk anymore." Ryou said and took a sip of grape juice. Shaya lit up.

"Spill." Shaya said and grinned. Ryou took a breathe.

"Promise me you won't tell Seto I told you this." Ryou said. Shaya stuck out her pinky and hooked it on Ryou's.

"Pinky promise." She said and smiled. Ryou looked down.

"So about two weeks before you came here, a couple at our school broke up. Now this couple was huge, they had been together for a year and a half. They were practically famous. But one of them broke up with the other because of the media, and I know he totally and wholeheartedly regrets it." Ryou explained.

"Who?" Shaya asked. Ryou swallowed.

"Who do you think?' Ryou asked. Shaya was confused.

"I dunno, Honda and Anzu?" Shaya guessed. Ryou burst out laughing.

"No, trust me, those two will never be together." Ryou said.

"Then who?" There was a silence.

"Katsuya and Seto." Ryou said slowly. Shaya felt her heart stop, her hands dropping the sandwich and the juice box, and the immense guilt building up inside of her.

"No." Shaya said. Ryou nodded.

"I can't go to the dance with him! Seto's my cousin, I would've..."

"Calm down." Ryou interrupted. Shaya sighed.

"What am I gonna do, Ryou?" Shaya pleaded.

"I don't know." Ryou said and shrugged.

"I have to call off the date. I'm going to his house right now." Shaya said, stood up and rushed down the stairs.

"Shaya!" Katsuya yelled and stood up off the couch. Shaya glared.

"Holy shit." Shaya said and blinked. Katsuya looked confused.

"I'm, not feeling good, Katsuya. I'll call you tonight." Shaya said and rushed back upstairs, closing the door to her room behind her. Ryou immediately got up and went over to her.

"What's the matter?" Ryou asked.

"Katsuya was down there, waiting for me. I told him I wasn't feeling good and that I'd call him tonight..." Shaya trailed off when Ryou wrapped his arms around her waist and put his chin on her shoulder.

"It's okay, Shaya, you're doing the right thing." Ryou whispered.


Katsuya stood there.

"What da' hell..." He muttered. Mokuba stood next to him.

"I think I know why she did that." Mokuba said, and just as he did, Seto walked down the stairs.

"Why?" Katsuya asked before catching the CEO's eye.

"What's up with all the door slamming?" Seto asked. Katsuya shook his head.

"I dunno, but I have a feelin' me and Shaya aren't hangin' out t'day." Katsuya muttered and put his hands in his pockets.

"Oh, sorry." Seto said and moved over to the toaster in the kitchen and plugged it in.

"Hey! Ya' figured out how ta' work dat' thing!" Katsuya said and grinned. Seto smirked.

"Yes, as I had to." Seto said quietly. Mokuba looked around and decided it was better if he left the room, escaping upstairs.

"It wasn't my fault I had t' move out." Katsuya said and crossed his arms.

"True. It was my own stupidity." Seto said. Katsuya over-exaggeratedly took a couple steps back.

"Whoa, Seto Kaiba admittin' he did something stupid." Katsuya said. Seto rolled his eyes and put a piece of bread in the toaster.

"Yes, because it was a stupid mistake. I guess I didn't think that I could just ignore the media, the media shouldn't affect my relationships, and that's exactly what they want." Seto took a breath. Katsuya stared.

"I guess what I really just need is forgiveness, to not fall for the medias pressure," Seto had realized he had forgotten about the toast. "and someone who can make toast better than me." He said and pulled the black piece of toast out of the toaster.

Katsuya didn't know what to say, he just stood there, staring at him. Seto sighed.

"But I can understand why you wouldn't accept my apology." Seto said and walked quickly passed Katsuya, going upstairs, out of Katsuya's sight.