"You're scaring me," Sasuke deadpanned as he sat at Itachi's living room table. Itachi and Deidara sat across from him- the former was sipping coffee and calm, while Deidara was twisting locks of his blond hair nervously.
"Deidara has something to speak to you about," Itachi finally interjected when it became clear Deidara wasn't going to begin the conversation.
"Out with it, then."
Deidara continued to look nervous, wringing his hands together worriedly. "I'm pregnant."
Sasuke stared at him, while Itachi whipped around to face him so fast he was surprised he didn't give himself whiplash. Deidara reached into his pocket and pulled out a pregnancy test, which Itachi immediately ripped from his hand to study.
"You bought a test?" Sasuke asked, one eyebrow raised in amusement. "How cute. I didn't realise you were so gender confused. Did you actually use it?"
"Of course, yeah. The positive line's drawn on with a sharpie though."
Sasuke smirked and turned to Itachi. "That means he pissed on that," he pointed out helpfully, causing Itachi to drop it immediately. "You didn't think it was actually going to be positive, did you?"
"I was curious," Itachi remarked. "While I wasn't expecting it to be positive, I was thinking perhaps it would relate in some manner to the real reason we called you here. Deidara?"
Deidara sighed and instantly returned to his previous nervous state. "Willyoubemybestman?" He squeaked. Sasuke took a moment to process what he had said before narrowing his eyes and turning back to Itachi.
"So you finally agreed," he remarked. "What changed your mind?"
"I came to like the idea."
"Probably. I expect you and Naruto to attend, Sasuke. This means you're going to have to come clean with mum and dad."
"So why do you want me as your best man?" Sasuke asked Deidara, deftly ignoring the statement. "Oh wait, I think I know- you don't have any friends, so you've asked me so you don't look like such a loner."
"No," Deidara replied slowly, some of his nervousness melting away with the question finally asked. "I'm excited that you'll become my brother in law, so I'm going to embrace that by attempting to improve our relationship, yeah."
"Itachi told you to say that, didn't he?"
"Yes," Deidara sighed heavily. "Itachi's asking Kisame and it wouldn't be right to have you uninvolved!"
"The only involvement I'm going to have is sitting at the bar drinking myself into oblivion, lamenting over what a moron my older brother is. How are you going to decide who walks down the aisle anyway?"
"We could walk together," Deidara shrugged.
"Actually I had an idea for that," Itachi replied, reaching into his pocket. He pulled out a coin, flipping it into the air and slapping it down on the back of his hand, keeping it covered and glancing at Deidara. "If it's heads then you walk, if it's tails then I walk. Deal?"
"Sounds good to me."
Itachi lifted his hand up, grinning as the coin beamed up at them headfirst. Deidara looked worried for a moment before a smirk crossed his face and he turned back to Sasuke.
"I'll rephrase my question, yeah. Will you be my bridesmaid, Sasuke?"
Sasuke stared at him in disbelief. "You'd better not wear a dress," he warned.
"Of course not, yeah. So? Will you be my best man or will you be my bridesmaid? Those are your choices."
"There's another choice," Sasuke said firmly as he stood and made his way to the door. "I can leave the country."
He saw himself out, leaving Deidara to chuckle to himself and Itachi to make more coffee and pretend the conversation hadn't happened. As the kettle clicked off the boil his phone beeped to indicate a message- Itachi pulled it from his pocket, smirking as he read it.
'Tell the idiot I'll be his best man.'
Pride, Itachi decided as he poured himself another coffee, was as entrenched in Sasuke's bones as being perfect was in his own.
Author's Notes: Coming soon- well, do I really need to say? ;) This does mean there will be another Path fic, though it won't be as long as the first ones. I was going to include the wedding in this fic but decided it needed its own, really.
As always, this is the point where I talk about random stuff that no-one but me really cares about! Aka, general notes and observations, changed ideas, etc.
# I struggled so, so hard with working out where to put the other Akatsuki members. Originally they were going to be college students but then the fic would stray too far into Generic High School-Style Fic. I didn't want that. They may attend college, but that doesn't mean I write about it often.
# On the above note, I've opened up the poll on my profile so you can see the results now :)
# I don't believe that you have to marry someone if you love them. Not marrying them is just fine, but for these guys I think it would work out. I did struggle with deciding to go ahead with this plotline though.
# I re-wrote Deidara's proposal in about eighty different ways before deciding on the one posted.
# The first chapter where it was snowing was written when my country was absolutely covered in it at the start of the year- now I'm done and it's summer here. Time flying and all that!
# Sasuke as Deidara's best man, you ask? Why not, eh?
# The unicorns were inspired by Robot Unicorn Attack, the awesome little game that ate too much of my time when I discovered it. If you're unsure, google it and have some fun.
# I think I managed even less relationship-stuff this time around. I apologise for that, but they did spend a fair portion fighting or entertaining dear old Uncle Madara!
# Speaking of Madara, I am so happy to have finally introduced him to Path! I've been wanting to for ages and didn't quite know how.
# Not relevant to this fic as such, but I'm going to be editing the title of the Pathverse fic Tick This Box. Instead it's going to be a collection of short fics based in this universe, so when I have a random little idea I can just put it there instead. Tick This Box will be the first one which is why I'm editing its title to encompass lots of little fics instead, so stick it on alert if you like the idea? :)
I think that's everything. 'My Big Gay Path Wedding' will be coming to you soon, though I'm going to take some time to finalise how I want it to go and straighten some other ideas I've had in my mind out. I've had a few lately and I'd like to see where a couple head :) As always, THANK YOU so much for reading and enjoying. I am still genuinely amazed that people like this series so much!