I did a part two anyways. Enjoy.
It had been a few weeks since they won the Winter Cup, it meant that they had a small period of rest before the next competition. However, the coach said something about Senior Night which was when Kise remembered, Kasamatsu's a third year.
While most of the other first and second years were talking amongst themselves about who was going to get the spot as Captain, Kise was more concerned about his friend.
Though this did explain why Kasamatsu had been studying a lot harder than normal. He probably has entrance exams coming up.
"Kasamatsu why didn't you tell me you would be leaving soon" Kise demanded when he saw him. Aka, he went into the third year wing of the school to yell at his boyfriend.
"I thought you knew I was a third year. That's why you're parents agreed to let me stay as long I was going to go further with my schooling." He said ideally as he pulled the books he needed for his next class out of his locker. He paused seeing the younger teens sadden pout. "I'm going to school close by here, if I make it in, you'll still see me around town and your parents said I could stop by when ever I need a place to stay."
This still didn't sit right with Kise, but he hugged the smaller boy regardless. "I'll see you at practice right?" Kise asked.
"It's not going to be practice as much as it is a "goodbye party". We're not going to be doing much. We just do the whole senior retirement thing and name the new captain."
"I heard some of the other players in my year talking about it." Kise shrugged not really interested in it. "I have to get to class. I'll see you then." He beamed before rushing to the other side of the building where the first year wing was.
"I can't believe we're done with high school," Moriyama sighed dramatically. "Seriously I feel old now. We're going to college and getting a job and..."
"Stop it!" Kasamatsu snapped. "Just take it one thing at a time."
"See even you feel a little overwhelmed by this."
"Kind of...I've applied to places but, I haven't heard back from any of them."
"Same. It's only been a few weeks though, the process might just take a while. What about all those schools that were offering you scholarships?"
"I really don't want to have to play basketball in college. Sure I like playing but..."
"I hear you."
The two seniors were sitting on the bleachers away from the socializing under class men. Now and then one would come over and give some form of a long winded goodbye. Kasamatsu saw right through it. Sure, some of them actually meant it, but for the most part they were just sucking up. They knew that he was a part of the discussion from picking the new team captain. Little did they know, he and the coach had already names a captain a few moths back. They had just yet to announce it.
Kise finally arrived, a little later than everyone else.
"Senpai!" Kise hugged him "I can't believe you're leaving!"
"Get off!" Kasamatasu protested moving out of the blonds grip. "And we already discussed that you're probably going to be seeing me more often than not."
"Oh yeah," Kise smiled glad that he wasn't going to get kicked for his forgetfulness. Part of him was still worry that Kasamatsu might decide to go somewhere far off one day "You're not going to talk with the others or eat? Coach's wife made all kinds of stuff and he ordered a pizza."
"Not hungry." Kasamatsu said simply.
"You haven't been eating much lately." The youngest pointed out.
Moriyama snickered only to receive an elbow from Kasamatsu.
"I'll eat later." He declared. "Anyways I have something to show you." He hopped down from the bleachers and motioned for Kise to follow.
"I thought we weren't supposed to be in the locker..." He paused when he saw Kasmatsu opening his older locker.
"Here." The older teen handed him a really old looking jersey. It was probably from the first generation to play at the school.
"What is it."
"It's the jersey of the first captain of Kaijo's team when they first formed. It's tradition to pass it down from captain to captain, and you're captain now so..."
"Yes, me and Coach both though it would be best."
"I'm not sure if I can..."
"What happened to all that confidence you're normally throwing around. It'll take time to adjust to it, but I'm sure it will suit you."
"Senpai..." Kise was leaning in to kiss him when the door flew open.
Moriyama poked his head in scolding someone who they couldn't see behind him. "Sorry, the first years are getting restless. They want you to cut the cake and officially announce the next captain."
"I'll be right there." Kasamatsu waved his friend off before turning back to Kise, "We should head back."
"Okay...where should I put this." Kise motioned to the article of clothing in his hand.
"In your gym bag for right now. Once the season starts, it never leaves your locker."
"But Senpai it smells funny!"
The cake was amazing. They could finally understand why the coach was so big. If his wife was cooking like this everyday, there was no way that he would be able to control himself.
"Listen up!" Kasamatsu's said in a slightly elevated voice knowing that it wouldn't take to much work to get the team to listen. Even if none of the underclassmen particularly liked him, they all respect him. "I know I don't have to say it, but this year, Moriyama and I are retiring. That being said, we have to name a new captain since I will no longer be here. After carefully discussing our options with the coach we both decided that the next captain is going to be Kise."
There was a chores of groans, at the announcement. A lot of of people must of thought that they were actually getting considered for the position. The truth was it was Kise or Hayakawa, and while Hayakawa was responsible and would work at keeping the team in check, they knew that Kise would be around longer and that it wouldn't take him too long to figure out what he was doing.
Things started to wined down as the day comes to an end. It's time for everyone to go home.
"Are you going to live on campus?" Kise asked as they walked. "I'm sure my parents wouldn't mind if you stayed at home."
"I'm still deciding." Kasamatsu said curtly to signal the end of this conversation. He really didn't want to think about it. He had no idea what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. Up until this point it was just making sure that he got through school with good grades to get into a good college so he would have a good future. Now he wasn't even sure what he wanted that future to be.
By the time they got back to the house the sun was starting to set, signaling to them that they had taken longer than usual. That wasn't the weird part. The weird part was the there was another car in the driveway that didn't belong to the Kises'.
"Isn't that..." Ryota started to say but was cut off by a look from Kasamatsu.
The older boy pulled his hand away and walked in front of him. Kise followed behind him, not sure what was going on.
The entered to find the Kasamatsu's talking with the Kise's.
"What's going on?" Yukio asked only sparing his parents a glare before turning to face the Kises'.
"Don't worry about it sweat heart." Mrs. Kise smiled. "How about you and Ryota go up stairs for a bit."
"Come on." Ryota grabbed a hold of the smaller teens arm and pulled him upstairs.
He could tell Kasamatsu was enraged at the moment and no good would come from staying in the room any longer than need be.
"I'm sure it's nothing major." Kise reassured him once they got to their shared room.
Kasamatsu still seemed tensed before he said. "Whatever, I have tests to study for anyways." He plugged in his head phones and seemed to be working.
Kise wasn't going to pretend to not be interested in the conversation that was going on down stairs. He got off the bed and opened the room door.
"We're willing to pay some of what he needs to go to college." Kasamatsu's father said. "We'll even pay you guys for keeping him here."
"That's very generous of you." Kise's father sounded skeptical. "What's with the sudden change of heart. When we last contacted you, you said you wanted nothing to do with this?"
"A law suit can do that to a person." Kasamatsu's dad sounded annoyed.
"He's not eighteen yet. Kicking him out is seen as neglect and child endangerment." Kise mother said back, "As long as you promise to help out with this we won't tell the police."
Ryota was awe struck by his parents. He never thought of them to be the blackmailing type. Then again, his parents would do anything to ensure the safety of a child.
"How much do you want." Kasamatsu's father growled.
"Three hundred a month, if he chooses to stay. As for his tuition, we'll split it fifty-fifty. We just need to find out what college he plans on going to."
"Fine. We'll send you a check at the beginning of the month. Let's go sweetheart."
"Wait."His mothers voice. "I want to talk to him."
Kasamatsu's head lifted at that. So he was listening?
"It depends on what you want to say to him." Kise mother sounded guarded. She wasn't going to make that poor boy suffer more than he already had.
"He forgot some of his things."
"Fine." Kise's mother gave. "But anything you have to say to him, you can say in front of us." She said as a warning before calling Kasamatsu down.
Ryota watched as the other boy got up reluctantly and went past him to descend the stairs. No words were exchanged between the two parties. His mother handed him a small duffel bag, hugged him and ushered the father out of the door.
Kasamatsu went upstairs, still not talking. When Kise got back to their shared room Kasamatsu was going through the bag of stuff. He was smiling, which was odd considering the situation. He explained to Kise that his mom had packed all of his favorite outfits that he'd forgotten in his rush. There were a few other items in their as well.
Kise felt warmth spreading through his chest as he listened to Kasamatsu explained the significance. There were things like his baby blanket and his first stuffed animal. At the very bottom of the bag was an envelope. Kasamatsu looked it over before opening it. There was a silence as he read over it. Kasamatsu's lip started to quiver a bit, before he sniffled and pulled himself together.
"Yeah, I just..." He wiped his eyes. "She left me a note. I guess, she knew the whole time and..." He stopped talking and just handed Kise the leader.
I'm sorry that I haven't been the best of parents. I've known you were gay before you even understood what it was. I feared everyday for you. Your father isn't too keen on the idea of homosexuals. You know that now. Please understand, I never wanted you to leave, but I know it was better for you to leave than to have to deal with your father. I know that you'll probably still resent us, but I still love you, and always will. Inside the envelope are a some pictures from the family photo album that I wanted you to have.
Kise looked back up at Kasamatsu who was going through the pictures were sent. All of them were a little bit singed as if someone tried to burn them. He was flipping through the pictures. Most of them were from his childhood, or class pictures. A few of them were from the recent years. Kasamatsu didn't say anything as he looked through them.
He didn't have to. It was obvious that he was going through a lot of emotions right now. He eventually rested his head in one of his hands and let out a shaky breath. He wasn't going to cry. He'd cried over the situation enough over the pass few weeks.
"Yukio?" He rubbed his back trying to comfort him. Kasamatsu gave in and leaned against him. He even let him drape his arms around him. They stayed like that for a long time, only separating because they could hear Kise's mom coming up the stairs to check on them.
"I'll be fine." Kasamatsu said without looking up.
"Okay." Kise's mom smiled. "Diners going to be ready soon."
"Senpai." Ryota pulled Yukio closer, once his Mom was out of earshot.
"I said I was okay."
"I know you're not." Kise said simply resting his face in Kasamatsu's hair. "It's going to be okay