HANDLE WITH CARE
A shriek filled the air, and the loud screeching of tyres nearly drowned out the heart-wrenching sound. Shouts and panicked tones filled through the air.
On the ground, a young boy was covered in blood.
The sun shone brightly in the bright blue sky above the streets and Kise Ryouta brought a hand up to protect his vision. He was dressed in his middle high's uniform, Teikou middle high. Spring had arrived and it's the new year where he would finally become a middle high school student. Kise was very excited about it, new school, new friends, new environment, all of it. He's been waiting for a new experience in his soon-to-be school.
In his previous school, Kise had joined the soccer team, and he decided to join a different club this time. Hmm… what would it be… tennis? Nah. Swimming? Nope. Maybe he should join the basketball team, he's been interested with basketball lately. He never play before though, but Kise was sure that he'll do great, he's a natural almost in everything.
Turning to the corner, he passed by a couple of girls with matched uniforms, different with his though. They're giggling at each other while stealing glances at Kise, and Kise just smiled back at them, getting a blush from the girls. He didn't pay attention ahead and so he bumped into someone, dropping his bag to the ground.
Kise pouted as he picked up his bag. "Hey, watch it will you? Didn't you see—" When Kise rose to his full height, he looked down at the shorter boy he had bumped into and frowned. He saw eyes that were milky white and looking straight through him.
Is he… blind? Kise thought. He looked down to his feet to see a long walking stick poking at his shoes. Suddenly, he become speechless and doesn't know what to do or say.
"Err… umm… I'm sorry…" Kise spoke, scratching his cheek in shame.
The blue-haired boy shook his head, speaking in such a polite and kind tone. "No, it's alright. It's my fault as well." Bowing politely to Kise—who bow hesitantly in return—the boy turned around and began to walk away from him. He doesn't know why he was still standing there and still watching the boy, but then he realized the clothes the blind kid was wearing. It's Teikou's uniform.
It was hard to believe, but could it be the kid is a new student as well?
No. Kise shook his head. The kid's blind, no way in hell he's a new student. But then again, why would he wear the uniform if he wasn't a student? Besides, if he really Teikou's new student as well, the kid surely went to the wrong way—oh wait, the kid's blind. Kise mentally punch himself.
Then, after debating with himself for a few minutes, Kise finally run forward to the blind kid who hasn't walk that far from him. "Hey!" he called out, hoping to catch the boy's attention and thankfully, the kid stopped walking.
"Hey." Kise said when the boy turned his head to the sound of his voice.
The kid tilted his head to the side, "Are you the one who I bumped into earlier?"
Surprised by the question, Kise nodded. Only forgetting that the other boy couldn't see him, "Yeah, it's me. Say, ng… I notice that you're wearing Teikou's uniform. Are you a new student there?"
Kise swallowed. So it's true…
"Hey! I'm a new student too! How about we go there together?" Kise offered, smiling brightly at the kid. The kid might be blind, but he's not going to let that went through his head and sympathize him. It would be much better if his usual cheerful self could make the other comfortable, right?
The boy looked surprised, though it didn't really shown on his face. And it caught Kise off guard when the boy let out a small smile. "Thank you. I really appreciate it."
Surprisingly, the boy's very adorable.
Swallowing once again, Kise replied, trying not to pay attention to the blush creeping on his own face. "Uh, yeah! No problem!"
When they walk side by side to Teikou, Kise found himself unable to tear his eyes away from the shorter boy next to him. Staring at the light blue hair that suddenly urging him to ran his hand through it, his white flawless skin, and wow, the kid's really cute.
"…Are you staring at me?"
The question seems to snapped Kise out of his mind, and he grinned sheepishly to the shorter boy. "How did ya know?"
"Well, it was quite intense."
Laughing again, Kise bent down so his face was on the same level with the other, grinning at him. "I just noticed that you're cute. What's your name?"
The boy stay silent for a while, before he turned to where he thought Kise is, "It's Kuroko Tetsuya."
Grinning more widely, Kise took the boy's free hand and shake it. "Nice to meet you! I'm Kise Ryouta!"
"Nice to meet you too." Kuroko nodded, a small smile slowly creeping onto his face. "You're a strange person, Kise-kun."
"Hey, what do you mean by that~" Kise whined, though he couldn't help but feel happy when he saw the boy, Kuroko, smiled at him.
During their walk to Teikou, it was Kise who mostly do the talking while Kuroko only respond with a nod and a few words sometimes. Apparently, the kid wasn't much of a talker, but Kuroko was politely listening to Kise, so it's not that bad.
Kise was curious why Kuroko attend to school… with that condition. But the question never left his lips, he doesn't want to be rude.
"There, we're here~" Kise announced happily, ignoring the looks and whisper thrown at them from other students. He wasn't sure it was because of him or Kuroko.
"Thank you very much for your help, Kise-kun." Once again, Kuroko bowed at him and gave him a smile. "I really appreciate your help."
"Ah~ it's not a big ideal. Though, are you sure you'll be okay on your own?" he asked, cringing when a scowl appeared on Kuroko's face at the sympathy in his voice. Crap.
"I'll be fine. I'm not that hopeless, Kise-kun." Kuroko said, and Kise could only stand awkwardly when he looked back at the scowling boy in front of him.
Sighing, the smaller of the two reached out a hand, touching Kise's arm, who jolt at the sudden contact. The hand on his arm slid down until it reached his hand, and Kise could only watch the smaller hand wrapped around his.
"No, I'm sorry for snapping at you Kise-kun." Kuroko said, sliding his hand up until it reached to cup Kise's cheek. A surprised look on his face, "Ah, as I thought, you're really tall Kise-kun."
Kise didn't reply, he was too busy blushing. His heart promptly collapsed from excitement, and when Kuroko pulled away, his brain screamed for him to grab Kuroko and pulled the boy into a crushing hug.
"Thank you for helping me, Kise-kun. It'll be a pleasure to meet you again."
He remained rooted to the ground even after Kuroko had left.
The quiet, almost unnoticeable chatter filled the hall. Akashi Seijuro hold back the deep sighs he want to heaved out so badly as the long speech of Teikou's principal continue on and on and on…
When the principal finally finished with his long speech, he couldn't help but smirked when people applauding him lazily. A student next to him was yawning while muttering how bored he was. Akashi agreed slightly, although it was necessary for the principal to give a speech and welcomed them, there's no need to throw useless and repeated words.
When Akashi eyed the crowd around him, he caught sight of white eyes belong to a boy with bright blue hair. He frowned, was the boy blind? His suspicion only confirmed in affirmative when he travels his eyes down to meet a walking stick on the boy's right hand.
His frown deepened. Why would a blind boy be here? At school of all places.
"Alright, now, go ahead and see where are your classes is. You could see it in the paper on the board over there." The teacher said, pointing at the large board in corner of the hall. "Now, dismissed."
Students began to emerged from their seats and head to the board. Akashi wasn't sure why he was still sat on his chair, watching the blind boy being pushed around in the middle of sea of people. Obviously, the boy was having trouble. He decided to spare the boy sympathy and walked to him.
When the boy nearly stumbled after being pushed again, Akashi had unconsciously reached out his hand to caught the boy by the shoulders, successfully holding him back to fell on the ground. "Are you alright?"
"Oh, thank you." The boy said, looking at the direction of his voice. When the boy stood on his full height, Akashi found himself lost in sea of white. Something pulled at the string of his heart when he saw this boy, but he wasn't sure what it was.
"Would you like me to help you to see which classes are you in?" he offered.
"Oh. Well… thank you very much. I'm sorry for the trouble." The boy bowed again. Apparently, he has a very nice manner, Akashi thought.
"It's alright. What's your name?"
Akashi nodded. "Wait here." He went to the board, slipping into the crowd as he looked for his name and the boy's name. He scowled when a tall student suddenly stood in front of him and Akashi move to the side, trying to take a look of the papers on the board. His eyes lit up when he finally found what he was looking for.
Akashi Seijuuro – 1-E
Kuroko Tetsuya – 1-B
Akashi still found it hard to believe that Kuroko was a student here. But the name on the board was a proof of it, and he could do nothing about it. He was honestly curious why Kuroko was here in first place, because the boy surely will find so many problem here in that condition.
Well, not that it matters to him.
Slipping out of the crowd, Akashi walked back to Kuroko, who hadn't move from where he left him. He lightly touched the boy's arm, letting him aware of his presence. "According from what I've seen, you're in class 1-B. It's in the first floor, so you don't have to be worried about getting upstairs."
The blind boy, Kuroko, nodded and smiled at him in appreciation. "Thank you very much… ng… uh…"
"Oh, where are my manners…" Akashi shook his head, noticing that he hadn't introduced himself. "I'm Akashi Seijuuro."
Kuroko nodded once again, and Akashi was surprise when the boy suddenly touched his arm before sliding down to grab a hold of his hand, shaking it lightly. "Thank you very much for your help Akashi-kun, and it's a pleasure to meet you."
Akashi seriously was left speechless as he was busy staring at the blind boy's smiling face, and he felt his heart skip a beat when heard him said his name. It took him quite a while to register that he was still staring at the shorter boy.
"Ah… yes, it's nice to meet you as well."
"Then, if you'll excuse me." Kuroko said, bowing again before he turned around to walk to where his class was. Akashi listened as the walking stick clacked against the concrete path and disappeared after a while.
Akashi wasn't sure why he was still standing there looking in the direction that boy was going and he shook his head before turned on his heel and made his way to his own class with the blind, blue haired boy still in his mind.
Aomine took his seat in the back row of his class, right next to the window. A few other students were already there and some glances at him before they went back to their own business. It was probably his dark skin and tall form what attracted others, but it wasn't all that uncommon for him anymore and he didn't pay any attention to those who was still staring at him at all. Instead, he sighed and resting his head down on the table. He was bored already, he just wanted to get out of this class, fast.
More and more students came into the classroom and Aomine just stared lazily at them, not even bother to make any conversation with his soon-to-be-classmates. Though, not even a minute later, his eyes were drawn to the door with curiosity when he heard whispers and with wide eyes, Aomine was staring at the blue haired boy walked into the class with a walking stick. He was wondering what was wrong with the boy until he saw the boy's white eyes.
Aomine looked the boy up and down, feeling his breath almost left his lungs as he let his eyes roam over the boy's lithe form. The boy has a slender hip, his hair was the color of blue sky which accented his white skin beautifully, and it astonished him so much how adorable the boy looks.
Aomine swallowed to cure his suddenly dry throat and mentally, he slapped his own head. Why was he thinking about the boy like that? He wasn't even gay!
His eyes darken a minute after that when he noticed three guys approaching the blind boy, the air around them smelled like they were looking for trouble. "Well, well, look what we've got here." One of the guys spoke, and he bent down to look at the blind boy straight in the face. "You sure you're not in the wrong place?"
The blind boy stay silent, his face doesn't look bothered by the slightest bit. This seems to irk them, and another guy threw an arm around the blind boy's shoulder with a mocking grin. "What? Don't tell me that you're not also blind, but you're deaf as well?"
Finally, it got the boy's attention. The boy grab the wrist on his shoulder before twisted the boy off of him, and shoved him away. Aomine smirked, there's no hint of fear at all in those eyes and the boy surely got guts. He like this boy already.
"You prick! You're looking for a fight?" another guy stepped out, grabbing the by the collar.
Aomine couldn't stand it anymore, and before he realized it, he had stood up from his chair. "If you want to fight, I'll do it." He growled, drawing attention from the rest of students in the class. All the delinquent's heads turned to him at the interruption. He stood with his hands in his pockets, looking relaxed. He cocked his head to the side, regarding the small group before him. "Ganging up on a blind boy? Damn, what a bunch of coward."
"What do you want, you fucker?" one of the guy growled, his eyes not leaving Aomine's form as he let go of the blind boy. The boy immediately stumbled and Aomine caught him by the shoulder before he fell. When those white milky eyes looked up, Aomine almost found himself lost in those eyes before he remembered that he still got something to take care of.
"What? You're looking for a fight too?" the first guy smirked, "You better fuck off if you don't want us to beat your ass."
Aomine shook his head side to side, a beast-like grin breaking out on his face as he stood in front of the smaller blue haired boy protectively. "And miss out beating your ass? Hell no."
Cocking his head to side, Aomine grinned wider. "So? We'll see if I can beat you up by myself." He said, cracking his knuckles.
It was obvious that he was winning this match without a fight, knowing that he already intimidated all three of them who finally back off. "Tch, next time." They threatened before backing out, leaving the class.
Aomine sighed as his adrenaline drawing away. "You alright?" he said, staring at the boy.
"Yeah. Thank you for helping me, err…" the boy paused, realizing that he didn't know his name.
"Aomine Daiki." Aomine said.
Kuroko smiled, "I'm Kuroko Tetsuya."
Damn, the boy's beautiful. "So… you found a seat yet?" A stupid question, he knew that. Because obviously the boy hadn't have the time to found it before he was almost beaten up. "Because, well, the seat next to mine was empty, so if you want…" damn, he didn't sound desperate, right?
"Ah, that would be nice. Thank you." The boy said, flashing him that smile again.
"Cool." He smirked, grabbing the boy's wrist gently before he led Kuroko to the seat next to him. Kuroko took his seat and placed the walking next to his table and placed his bag on top of the table. Aomine sat on his own seat, watching Kuroko. He didn't know why, but… there's something about this boy that made Aomine kind of interested in him.
"So, what brings you here to Teikou?" Aomine asked, trying to make a small talk.
The smaller boy turned to look at where he is before he replied, "Are you implying about why I transferred to Teikou or are you asking why someone like me went to a school?"
Aomine frowned, "Hey, don't be so defensive. I was asking what your reason for choosing Teikou."
"I'm sorry. It's almost a habit." Kuroko said apologetically, "And to answer your question, there's no real reason at all. What about you?"
"Me? Well, I only came to Teikou because I'm interested with the basketball club." Aomine smirked.
"Oh?" Kuroko tilted his head to the said, "You like basketball, Aomine-kun?"
"Hell yeah." He laughed, "Basketball means a lot to me."
Kuroko smiled, "That's nice. I'm sure we'll got along well, Aomine-kun."
Before Aomine could ask what the boy meant, the teacher entered the classroom and started preparing her books. Other students started to went back to their seat, and their eyes went to the teacher when she began to talk. But Aomine couldn't drag his eyes away from the beautiful boy seated next to him, and he let out a smile as he watched Kuroko's beautiful face. His heart fluttered and all of a sudden he was anticipating what would come in the future.
So... what do you think? Should I continue?