Misaki slumped down the couch when he heard Takahiro welcoming Akihiko inside of their home. He kept his initial displeasure well hidden but he knew Akihiko saw right through him the moment he stepped foot into the room. He ran his fingers through his brown hair and pouted. He had no doubt their tutoring sessions in his home or even Akihiko's place wouldn't end well.
The moment Misaki and Akihiko locked eyes, awkward smiles crossed their features in an attempt in cordual behavior. Misaki noticed the annoyed look in the man's eyes, then how he changed his attitude when Takahiro turned to look at him. Akihiko even gave Takahiro a charming smile, Misaki rolled his eyes at the display.
Oblivious as usual, Takahiro left the room for his briefcase if he forgot it before going to work. He left Misaki and Akihiko to simply stare at each other, Akihiko's smile reduced to a scowl. Akihiko turned away from Misaki and ignored him in favor of his phone. He leaned against the wall and went through the content of his phone. The charming and eloquent persona Akihiko presented Takahiro when he first arrived vanished, he turned somewhat menacing and cold.
Misaki kept quiet as he stared at the portrait of his parents on the wall. He didn't feel like engaging in a one-sided conversation with Akihiko when the man was uninterested to talk to him at all.
His purple eyes peered at Misaki in arrogance, already calculating the following tutoring sessions results without a second thought. His time wasted on a kid who quit on him just because he didn't lower his teaching methods to accommodate a different kind of person. Despite his displeasure, he had to try, Takahiro relied on him to help Misaki. He couldn't disappoint his crush, not at all.
Misaki propped his legs over the rest of the couch. He stretched his limbs but not without checking that Akihiko leaned against the wall. In case Akihiko wanted to sit at the couch he couldn't because of his feet, unless he cared less and sat on Misaki's legs to torture him.
Takahiro exclaimed from his bedroom. "Usagi-chan what are you going to help Misaki with today?" Misaki and Akihiko heard Takahiro walking to the living room. Akihiko put away his phone while Misaki sat up properly and flattened down his wrinkled shirt.
Akihiko coughed into his hand as he said. "I might just tackle the root of his problems in math today or maybe even a few more things he might ask me."
Takahiro walked into the living room as Misaki saw the transformation of the frown into a fond smile directed at his brother.
He went to his room and grabbed the studying material he'd need for this study session. Misaki picked up bits of their conversation and heard Akihiko laughing at something Takahiro told him. It didn't sound fake in the least. Even if Akihiko behaved less than cordial to him at least he treated his brother with respect.
He'd go through these sessions just to please his brother and enter Mitsuhashi, even if he had to be in the same room as Akihiko.
He walked back to the living room and saw Akihiko cuddling with his brother on the couch. The author rubbed his brother's shoulders as well and Misaki stood frozen on his spot.
Out of all the times Misaki saw them together Akihiko never got THAT physical. Akihiko's face was dangerously close to Takahiro's lips which freaked Misaki out, Akihiko overstepped his boundaries. He had to stop acting so familiar and why wasn't his brother noticing all of this!
Takahiro saw Misaki as he smiled. "Misaki, Usagi-chan told me all the things you two would be studying while I'm gone. Do you have your study guides?"
Misaki held them up without a word as Takahiro nodded. "Good." He got out of Akihiko's arms and missed the disappointed look on the author's face. "I should get going, I can't be late to work now can I?" He chuckled as he grabbed his suitcase and walked over to the door.
Misaki dutifully followed after him, leaving Akihiko at the couch who went back to his phone. Takahiro was putting on his shoes when Misaki placed a hand on his shoulder.
He got closer to his ear as he whispered. "Nii-chan?"
"Yes?" Takahiro inquired happily.
Misaki frowned as he said. "Why was he touching you like that?"
"You know he was practically holding you as if you were his …you know…lover." Misaki hesitated on the last part as he held his books to his chest.
Takahiro tilted his head. "Usagi-chan is a friendly guy Misaki, that's just the way he is and he cares a lot for me and Hiroki-chan."
Misaki scoffed as he kept his voice low. "I'm sure he doesn't hug my new roommate like that…"
"Well he isn't a touchy feely type of person so maybe that's why Usagi-chan doesn't hug him. Close friends are not afraid to at least hug each other Misaki." Takahiro reasoned as he tied his shoelaces, he got up and he patted Misaki on the shoulder. "Now are you sure you will be alright with him as your tutor? If not we can find someone else Misaki it's no problem at all."
Misaki shook his head. "It's okay..it's a little too late to find another tutor at this point. Besides he is doing this for free..isn't he?" Takahiro nodded his head. "I thought so.."
"You don't have to force yourself to do this you know."
"No I'll go through with it. I want to enter Mitsuhashi and he knows the material it takes to get in."
Takahiro ruffled his hair. "That he does," He kissed his forehead. "I have to really go now Misaki. I'll be a little late too so don't wait up."
"Meeting Manami-san again?" Misaki smiled as Takahiro blushed and rubbed the back of his neck. "I'll leave some stew on the stove so don't worry."
"Thank you Misaki." Takahiro ran out of the house as Misaki's smile went down to a frown, he turned around and went back to the living room.
He saw Akihiko yawning when he returned and looked so disinterested in his presence. He didn't even look at him as he got closer.
Akihiko muttered. "Let's get this over with..sit."
Misaki rolled his eyes as he sat back down on his spot on the couch. "You don't even care do you?"
"Then why did you even agree? Nii-chan could've easily found someone else to help me."
Akihiko narrowed his eyes. "I gave him my word and I intend to keep it. You are not going to fail on me."
Misaki placed his study guides on the coffee table as he said. "That's if you can teach properly."
Akihiko grabbed the guides and chose to ignore Misaki's comment as he opened the first one. "Do you have your pencil brat?"
Misaki glared at him. "Of course I do, I wouldn't have gone to my room to grab my stuff and not come back with one sheesh!"
"Don't snap at your teacher." Akihiko opened the math book as he looked through the first few problems and his eyebrows furrowed. "Are you serious? How in the hell did you get this answer?" He pointed to the problem and Misaki pouted as he looked away.
"I-I don't know it ended up that way!"
Akihiko spoke in a professional voice. "You are not utilizing the formulas that are meant to solve these problems. Did you even write what your teacher was talking about?"
Misaki remained silent as Akihiko tsked. "How careless."
"Are you going to help me or not?" Misaki muttered as he leaned against the couch. "All you're doing is criticizing me."
"If you will let me look through your scribbling for a few moments I will help." He said as he read the pages and face-palmed when he finished.
Misaki was flabbergasted at the man's reaction, surely he just made a few technical mistakes. In fact, he was a little offended.
"You don't have to look like I'm going to be hopeless."
Akihiko told him. "You are hopeless and I haven't even started showing you anything yet."
"Don't be a drama queen."
"Hand me your pencil." He curly said as Misaki handed him his pencil and Akihiko quickly went to work.
Misaki stood by and was stunned when he saw Akihiko writing all of his explanations without thinking. The author even gave long explanations on how to use the formulas and Misaki recognized them as the ones his teacher told them in class. Misaki didn't know how to apply them into the math problems which was one of his issues.
Akihiko then spent a number of his time explaining every little detail which lasted an hour and before the man left he even helped Misaki on his English. The teen grudgingly said his thanks as Akihiko left but the author simply nodded his head when he walked out the door.
Misaki rechecked his math guide and started to understand what his teacher tried to teach him. He smiled in happiness as he went to the kitchen to prepare a stew for him and his brother to eat.
Misaki heard the door open as Takahiro walked in later that afternoon and the young man sighed, he couldn't tell his brother he wanted Akihiko not to tutor him anymore after he confirmed he would stick with him. The man's attitude just sapped his energy right out of him but at least he wrote down how to break down his math problems.
That was one of the good things he got out of that session and the author had enough time to explain English to him, well he wrote it down. He hated to admit it but Akihiko was actually a damn good teacher. Misaki looked through his math study guide and saw Akihiko's neat writing explaining everything he needed to know on how to solve the problems. Albeit the road to getting the help was troublesome.
He placed guides in his backpack and started packing his stuff into cardboard boxes. Although he wasn't set to meet his roommate for another few days, he'd rather prepare for the day he moved out beforehand.
A good portion of the apartment was already packed but the large furniture still remained unpacked. Some food to last the brothers the next few days was still in the fridge. The family portrait of them and their parents resided on each of their drawers and Misaki stared at it for a moment as he smiled.
"Oba-san..Otou-san..I hope you're proud of the person I've become." He then went back to folding the clothes he wasn't going to wear into the boxes.
Misaki debated whether to take a ready cooked meal for him and his roommate, that way they could get to know each other while they ate. The problem was that Misaki had no idea what Kamijou Hiroki even liked, his brother gave him such a vague description of his friend and he wondered why his brother hesitated in talking about his own friend.
He shrugged his shoulders, no use thinking about it. He was going to meet the man and he could find out for himself.
Misaki placed his first issues of 'The Kan' in a neat pile inside a cardboard box. He patted them with care before he taped down the box and placed it with the other boxes.
He rubbed his eyes as he stared at the blinking bright red numbers of his alarm clock and saw it was late. If he didn't sleep at that moment he might oversleep though he woke up early on a daily basis despite sleeping late he didn't want to risk it.
He dressed in his pajamas and laid on his bed as he let sleep overtake him. He closed his eyes as he imagined his new life with his roommate and how much fun he'll have.
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