Chapter 3

Kisa wasn't sure if he'd be able to look Ritsu in the eye again. The younger man himself was mortified, probably both at walking into the bathroom while it was being used and what he'd walked in on. Then again, it was easy to embarrass Ritsu, and even easier to get him to not say a thing. One look between them when Kisa finally got back to the table made Ritsu clamp his mouth shut and blush like he was seeing the scene all over again.

"What's wrong with you, Onodera?" Takano asked, eyeing Ritsu. Ritsu just shook his head rapidly and grabbed his beer. Kisa silently agreed that drinking was a good idea.

Of course, it turned out to not be such a good idea to get drunk with your coworkers, at least when you were Kisa and had your boyfriend right there with you. Kisa ended up clinging to Yukina, complaining about this and that.

"Kisa-san, I think you've had enough to drink," Yukina said. Hatori and Takano were already up, having collected money from everyone to split the bill. Not a single person had questioned why Kisa decided to cling to the man who he supposedly only knew casually, and in Kisa's drunken haze, he didn't even think to be embarrassed.

"I don't wanna go home," Kisa whined as Yukina stood up, still clinging to him. By then, Hatori and Mino had both left, and Takano and Ritsu were outside, arguing about whether Ritsu needed a ride. The trains were still running, Ritsu kept arguing, and there was no way he was going home with Takano.

Yukina smiled slightly and ran a hand through Kisa's hair. "Come on, Kisa-san. I'll stay with you tonight."

"…fine." Kisa yawned and let go of Yukina as they headed for the door. He glanced over to see Takano was finally gone, and Ritsu was just standing there, fiddling with the buttons on his jacket and looking around like he wasn't sure what to do with himself.

"Ricchaaaaaan," Kisa said as he stumbled a little, and Yukina helped to keep him on his feet. "Why don't you go home with Takano-san? He's nice."

Ritsu frowned and took in the scene. It looked like he was dying to say something. Instead, he shook his head and started down the sidewalk. Of course, Kisa wasn't going to leave him alone. He pulled Yukina along, while Yukina just looked incredibly amused.

"I'm going back to my own apartment, Kisa-san," Ritsu said as they reached the nearby subway stop.

"Aw, why?" Kisa giggled.

Ritsu didn't say anything, but he was nice enough to get the tickets for Kisa and Yukina after Yukina told him what their stop was. The train was there soon after, and Ritsu looked relieved to see that it was mostly empty.

Kisa, for his part, fell asleep against Yukina's shoulder as soon as they were all sitting down.

"Uh, I just wanted to apologize for earlier, Yukina-san," Ritsu said, blushing a little and staring down at his hands. They were folded in his lap, but he kept wringing them like he'd have a nervous breakdown any time now. When Yukina looked confused, Ritsu went on, "You know, for the bathroom and walking in on you."

"Ah," Yukina said. He had an arm wrapped around Kisa, taking advantage of his drunken, sleeping state to have a little PDA. Kisa certainly wouldn't allow such a thing if he were awake and in his right mind. He just kept his eyes forward, following the tunnel lights as they zoomed by. "It's no problem, Onodera-san. I think… knowing you don't care would make Kisa-san feel more comfortable."

"What do you mean?"

"Well, apparently Kisa-san has known he liked men his whole life. But… our relationship has been complicated. He doesn't like to hug or kiss in public, and he was terrified when he found out Takano-san had invited me tonight. He didn't want any of you to know about us." He smiled slightly. He didn't hold it against Kisa; after all, this was the first real relationship the man had had, and it was understandable that he'd worry what others might think, given the circumstances.

There was silence between them for a while, until Ritsu turned and looked at Yukina, a slight smile on his face. "Kisa-san's been a good friend to me, even if he does get carried away sometimes… and even if we were just coworkers, I don't think I'd care. It's not like I can talk, anyway…" He stared down at his lap again, but his hands were still.

"Ah, you and Takano-san?"

Ritsu's entire face lit up, and he started stuttering. "N-no! There's nothing going on between us, he just likes teasing me!" He hugged and looked to the side, where a girl in ganguro makeup was listening to an iPod. She was half asleep and didn't even notice him. He pressed his lips together, hoping that would prevent more verbal diarrhea.

A soft voice came over the intercom. "Now reaching Ikebokuro. Ikebokuro. The left door will open."

Yukina smiled slightly. "Well… I was going to bring Kisa-san back to his place, but since this is on the way… maybe I should…" The train stopped, and Yukina hoisted Kisa up on his back. Kisa muttered in his sleep and nuzzled his face into Yukina's back. "It was nice seeing you, Onodera-san."

"Yeah, you too." Ritsu gave a friendly smile, adjusting the strap on his bag. Just as Yukina got to the doors, he added, "Um, I do go into Marimo a lot so… maybe we could talk again."

Yukina glanced back, then smiled down at Kisa as the man clung to him tighter. "Yeah, of course." He stepped onto the platform and the doors closed. He watched as the train swept Ritsu away, then sighed and hiked Kisa up further on his back.

As they reached the street, Kisa cracked his eyes open and yawned. "I want dorayaki."

Yukina chuckled and just kept going.