Disclaimer: I don't own Persona 4 or the characters.
Warnings: A shounen ai, slash, BL, some language
Author's Note: Hey. Just thought I'd write this. Hope it's not bad. This might be only a few chapters long. It depends how much I come up with. This is set two weeks after Kanji's shadow, sometime before Rise's shadow appears... like in between there. Hope that makes sense.
I had the second half written one way, then I didn't like it so I had to re-write all of it again.
Here you go!
My Other Self
A couple weeks after they had rescued Kanji Tatsumi, the gang found themselves in the Junes food court. It was pretty loud with all the people in there. But, it was usually like this. They were sitting at their usual table, each had their own meals, chatting idly about things, while they were doing their school work for a test that was coming up next week. Only a few of them protested; mainly Yosuke, Chie and Kanji. With them, it was always like that, though.
Yosuke and called Souji earlier on in the morning to ask if he wanted to get together with the gang for a study group, and Souji had reluctantly accepted the offer. So, later on in the day, they had found themselves at their usual spot in the food court. So, here the gang was, in the Junes food court, not making much progress on their studying, opting instead to change the topic from school to other things that didn't have anything to do with their work. Things like, girls, dating, and how much of an ass King Moron was, who was the one that gave this test next week.
"Man, I hate this," Yosuke moaned, clasping his head in his hands, appearing to be sulking. He lifted his head and looked down at his notes, frowning. He hated this. Why couldn't they be doing something else—anything else then studying?
"Yeah, me, too," Chie agreed, giving a look much like Yosuke was sporting.
Yosuke tapped his pen on the table, thinking. It wasn't that he didn't want to be here; he did. He just didn't want to study. He looked over at his silent friend, only to see him writing things down. He continued to tap his pen on the table.
"Stop that," Kanji ordered, looking annoyed.
Youske stopped, giving a look to him. He sighed and looked back down at his notes, trying to get through it. They had been there for over an hour, and they haven't really gotten much work done. Too much stuff on their minds.
Souji looked up at him and shook his head. He knew Yosuke was always like that, so it wasn't unusual. And his nervous habit of tapping his pens or pencils when he was frustrated. He also knew Youske didn't like to study, which is why, more often than not, he found himself helping his partner with his school work and giving him answers in class. It wasn't like he minded doing it; he didn't. He had grown use to helping Yosuke.
After that incident with Kanji's shadow, the silver haired leader started questioning himself. He hadn't questioned himself before, but the blond's shadow left him confused for reasons he never even thought of before. He had never considered the fact that he liked men. So that's what confused the boy the most. What also confused him; he was developing something for his friend, Yosuke, that wasn't exactly friendship.
He don't remember ever looking at him in that way before. He believed that the tough boys' shadow triggered something in him he never even knew was there before. On several occasions, he found himself staring at the other boy, who didn't seem to take notice of his partners' staring. Whenever Youske invited him to go somewhere with him, he always made some excuse not to go. Yosuke had never called him out on it before.
He couldn't very well just tell the brunet of his feelings; how he acted towards Kanji was a reason why he never said anything to him about it. That, and he wasn't sure if he wanted anyone to know. It wasn't that he was ashamed of his thoughts or feelings, he just didn't fully understand them.
Souji shook himself of those thoughts, deciding that now was not the time.
"So.. the camping trip is coming up," Chie was saying, and he looked over in her direction.
Yosuke looked up from the table and nodded. "Yeah. I heard that this year the first and second years are going," he mentioned.
"Oh, really?" Kanji inquired.
Chie nodded. "Yeah. They decided to put them together this year."
Yosuke looked thoughtful, then his eyes lit up. "Are we allowed to go swimming?" he asked this excitedly.
"I think so," Yukiko piped up, also looking thoughtful.
Yosuke grinned, obviously pleased by this. "Sweet."
Souji shook his head.
"We also get to cook our own meals," Yukiko added after a moment. "And we'll have to pick up trash."
"Damn. I thought it was gonna be fun," he sulked, crossing his arms. "Sounds like slave labor."
They nodded in agreement. "Souji, what do you think?" the short haired girl asked.
He looked over at her and shrugged. "It could be worse."
"Yeah. Well, at least we'll get to go swimming." He did look happier at that, though.
"Cheer up, Yosuke senpai," Kanji said. "It won't be all bad." He grinned at the other boy.
"Hm.." the music loving boy trailed off. "Yeah. I guess," he finally said, nodding. Though, he wasn't too thrilled about picking up garbage.
"I'll be there to keep you company," the blond added helpfully.
At this Yosuke rolled his eyes. "Oh sure. That makes me feel much better." His tone was sarcastic.
Chie laughed and shook her head. "I think we'll have fun. It's only for one night, though," she also added.
"Oh, well," he shrugged.
"Well, what are we going to cook?" Yukiko asked next, looking at Chie for an answer.
"Mm, curry sounds good." Chie licked her lips. It wasn't steak but it was still good.
"I'm looking forward to it," the raven haired girl said. She was, too.
They all nodded together, giving her the answer she just gave. "Me, too," Chie said next, taking a drink of her soda.
Souji didn't know how this would turn out, but he was actually looking forward to it. He had never been on a camp out before, so this was different for him. His old school had never done this before. He looked at his friend, who was chatting with Chie.
"Well," Youske started, sheepishly. "We didn't get anything accomplished today." He looked at his notes and frowned. He didn't really care if they did or not. They would do fine for the test King Moron gave them. He was tired of all this damn studying. He was ready to go home and do other things—especially since he was off work today.
"No," Souji agreed. "We didn't." He ran a hand through his silver locks and leaned back in his chair.
"Who care?" the short girl replied. "We studied enough for one day I think." Which they have, considering they've been there over a couple of hours already, also they've studied before that, too. They get together like this because they liked the help and it was a good way to hang out together. Though, they rarely ever got any really work done.
It was actually quickly becoming a routine for them to get together like this to do their homework together.
"Oh... it's getting later than I thought. I have to get going back to the Inn," Yukiko said and stood up from her seat.
Chie noticed the time and nodded. "You're right. I'll walk you home, Yukiko." She stood, too, gathering her things up and standing beside her friend, smiling, which was returned.
"Okay, Chie,"Yukiko replied.
"We'll see you guys tomorrow," Chie called back with a wave and then they were off, talking aimlessly as they walked out..
They said their bye's to the girls.
"I should probably get going, too," Kanji spoke up next, also standing and grabbing his things. "Ma's probably wonderin' where I'm at now."
Yosuke nodded. "Okay, man. See you later."
"Late, Yosuke senpai, Souji senpai," Kanji said before walking off, leaving only two of them left at the table in silence.
Neither of them spoke for what seemed like a long time, then Souji spoke up. "Yeah, I need to get going, too. I told Dojima that I'd watch Nanako tonight."
"Oh," Yosuke frowned. "Alright then. Later, partner."
Souji just stared at him for a moment then nodded. "Bye, Yosuke." He turned and walked off, Yosuke watching him until he was out of site. Shaking his head, Yosuke got up and grabbed his things and headed off to his own home.
A/N: Well, here's my first chapter. I hope it's good. :)