The sound of the school bell rang through out the halls. Soon after, students filled the hallways, making their way back home.
“Kagami! Where have you been?!” Furihata yelled walking up to his desk.
“I just didn’t feel like going to school” Kagami chuckled.
Furihata laughed, “You should stop being so rebellious”
“Don’t make it sound like I’m always like that”
The two continued to joke with each other until a student came looking for the red head.
“Kagami! Sensei’s looking for you!”
“Ah, okay! I’ll be right there!” The red head got out of his seat, “I’ll see you at practice” he said waving his hand.
“Do you know how many days of school you’ve missed?” The teacher asked sternly.
“Um, almost two weeks I think…” Kagami said.
The teacher sighed, “I’m quite worried about your grades. You’re barely holding on to a passing grade in my class, but since you’ve missed so much, I’m afraid your grade will drop to a D if not lower”.
“Eh?! Is it really that bad?” Kagami asked surprised.
“Yes unfortunately. However, I recommend you do some make-up work” The teacher pulled out a packet from his desk and handed it to the red head. “If you can complete this and turn it in to me by the end of next week, you should be able to hold on to your current grade.”
Kagami stared at the heavy packet in his hands, “So…turn this in by the end of next week?”
“Okay, thank you Sensei!” Kagami bowed and exited the teacher’s room.
As Kagami walked down the hallway, he heard footsteps quickly approaching him.
“Kagami!” the voice shouted at him.
He turned around to see Riko quickly making her way up to him.
“Ah, Coach! I’m sorry I’ve missed—“
Ignoring Kagami’s words, she gave him a hug, “Don’t go wandering off like that. We were all worried about you, you know”
Looking down at her, the red head spoke in a soft tone, “I’m sorry”
Immediately after, Riko punched him in the gut and with a proud stature she spoke, “But if you dare disappear like that ever again, I will not go easy on you!”
Kagami gulped, “sorry sorry, it won’t happen again”.
“Anyway, I heard you were talking to your teacher”
“Yeah, I just finished talking to him”
“So when do you think you’ll be able to come back to practice?”
“I can start as soon as possible” Kagami’s face lit up a bit.
Riko sighed, “Obviously that’s not happening” she said pointing at the packet in his hands.
“Ah! Ummm…this is…” he tried hiding the packet behind his back.
“It’s obvious that that’s make-up work” She put her hand against her forehead, “Well it looks like you won’t be able to practice until you finish that”
“However, you can sit in during practice” she smiled.
“Really?” Kagami said surprised.
“Yeah, I don’t mind. Just work on your homework though, okay?”
Kagami nodded his head, “Thank you”.
The two walked to the gym together. Once they entered the gym, Kagami went and grabed a seat on the bleachers. As practice began to start, he pulled out his homework and began to fill in some answers. He pulled out his phone, noticing that Aomine had texted him ‘When are you coming home?’
The red head began to reply, ‘Coach is letting me sit in on practice as long as I work on my homework. So I’ll probably be home no later than 10’
Before setting his phone back down, he got an immediate reply, ‘Okay, don’t push yourself too hard’
After reading the message, he placed the phone in his backpack. While tapping his pencil on his paper, he thought about how Aomine’s seemed a bit “over-protective” lately. Ever since he received that note from his father, Aomine has been keeping a close eye on him. It’s not as though that’s a bad thing. As a matter of fact, Kagami liked having the blunet around (but he wasn’t planning on telling Aomine that). Kagami was a little happy when Aomine decided to live with him because, at the moment, being alone is what scared him the most. Ever since his dad left the note, Kagami has been feeling overly anxious. It’s getting to the point where he’s not even sure on what he should do. However, Aomine has somehow been able to keep him in one piece.
“Kagami-kun, how’s your homework coming along?” Kuroko asked, looming over the red head’s shoulder.
Kagami looked down at his paper and saw that he only answered one or two questions, “Ahh…it’s okay I guess”
Kuroko chuckled, “You can just tell me you spaced out”
The red head smiled, “I seriously can’t hide anything from you”
Kuroko leaned in further taking a look at Kagami’s homework, “Do you need any help?”
“That would be helpful”
Kuroko took a seat next to him and the two began to work the problems together.
“Where’s Kuroko?” Furihata asked.
“Hm….where is Kuroko?”
The team looked around the gym and found him helping Kagami.
“Oi Kuroko! We still have practice!” Kiyoshi shouted.
“But Kagami-kun isn’t making any progress” Kuroko explained with a straight face.
“Oi, Kuroko! Don’t tell them that!” Kagami said bashfully.
Some of the members of the team laughed.
“It’s okay to help him, but do that after practice okay?” Kiyoshi told the boy.
“Okay” Kuroko stood up and returned to practice.
Kagami resumed doing his homework.
After practice was over, the team gathered around Kagami.
“When will you be able to join us for practice?” Hyuuga asked.
“I can’t until I finish this make-up work” the red head said while showing them the packet.
“Well that’s understandable, since you decided to skip school” Hyuuga teased. “But this shouldn’t take you that long since this material is relatively easy”.
The red head didn’t reply to Hyuuga’s remark.
“Oi! Don’t tell me you don’t understand ths!”Hyuuga shouted.
“You only know this stuff cuz your minds’ been blessed” Kagami pouted.
Hyuuga sighed, “You just need to study more”
“Easy for you to say” Kagami mumbled.
Upon hearing that, Hyuuga seemed to have popped a vain. However, before he could do anything, Kuroko came between them.
“Senpai, don’t worry about it. I’ll tutor Kagami-kun”
After calming himself, Hyuuga replied, “That’s fine I suppose”. He then turned towards Kagami, “You better not slack off. We’re all awaiting your return!”
While everyone began to leave, Kuroko offered an idea. “Why don’t we go to your place?”
“To help with your homework of course”
Before replying, Kagami remembered that Aomine is staying with him. “W-why don’t we go to your place?” The red head suggested.
“Why would we go my place? You live closer”
“Well yeah, but—“
“Then it’s settled” Kuroko gathered his things and began to walk in the direction of Kagami’s house.
“Oi, Kuroko! Wait!”
The two stood in front of Kagami’s front door.
“Aren’t you going to open the door?” Kuroko asked.
“Ah…yeah” Kagami unlocked the door, inviting Kuroko in first.
“Excuse the intrusion” Kuroko said while removing his shoes.
“Oi Kagami! It’s about time you got home!” Aomine yelled while walking towards the two of them.
Aomine seemed surprised when he saw Kuroko, “Tetsu? What are you doing here?”
“I’m helping Kagami-kun with his homework. But why are you here?”
Aomine glanced at Kagami. It seemed as though he hadn’t told Kuroko anything. “It’s a long story” the blunet chuckled while rubbing his head.
“Hm…” Kuroko glanced at Aomine, then turned his face towards Kagami “Well we better start the make-up work if you plan on practicing anytime soon”
“Yeah…” before the two walked to Kagami’s room, the red head turned his attention towards the blunet. “Aomine, have you eaten already?”
Aomine casually nodded his head, “Yeah, I ate”
“Okay…then excuse me”
The two walked into Kagami’s room and began to study.
As the two worked through the problems, Kuroko continued to stare at Kagami.
“Why is Aomine-kun here?” the boy asked.
Kagami froze for a second, trying to think of a response, “He just felt like it”.
“And you just casually let him?”
“…Yeah, is there anything wrong with that?”
“Is your father okay with this?”
The red head jolted, remembering the note, “He isn’t relevant”
Observing Kagami, Kuroko figured that it’d be best to drop the subject. He didn’t want to force Kagami to talk about he didn’t want to talk about.
“Well if you say so” Kuroko turned the page of his packet, “Let’s move on to the next section”
Aomine lay in his bed flipping through a magazine.
“Ah!” He tossed the magazine across the room “This is so boring…”
He folded his arms behind his head and closed his eyes.
‘I wanna spend some time with Kagami’ he thought.
Lately, he’s realized that he has been paying too much attention to Kagami. It’s true that he’s staying with Kagami because he’s worried about him, but it feels like there’s more to it.
‘I just can’t think of what it can be’
Now that he thought about it, Kagami has been acting fairly “normal”. Not his usual self, but he’s not as shaken up as Aomine thought he’d be.
‘Is he just trying to show everyone that he’s fine? It’s stuff like that, that makes me worry more about him’
He recalled the time when he asked his mom if he could stay with Kagami.
“Hey mom, is it okay if I stay with a friend for a while?” Aomine asked.
“Huh?! Are you out of your mind?!” The woman yelled through the phone.
“Mom, it’s important”
“Well, he’s going through some tough family situations…and I’m afraid to leave him alone”
“Are his parents okay with you staying there?”
“He lives alone”
“Eh~ How old is this friend?”
“He’s my age”
His mother sighed, “It’s unbelievable hearing you worry so much about someone. But it’s also the first time for you” she paused. “Okay fine, you can stay there”
“But don’t you guys be screwing around with any girls!”
“Daiki, I’m serious”
“Mom, I get it. I won’t do anything like that… I just wanna look out for him”
“Okay, okay, I understand. But you can’t blame me for being a worried mother” she chuckled. “Just be careful and be sure to visit us every now and then. Oh! And bring your friend along also, okay?”
“Okay, thanks mom”
“Be careful okay? I love you~”
Aomine blushed and lowered his voice, “I…I love you too”
His mother bursted out laughing, causing Aomine to move the phone away from his ear.
“You don’t have to be so bashful” she said, trying to hold in her excitement.
“Mom if you’re done, I’m hanging up”
“Okay, okay, I’m sorry for teasing you” she chuckled. “Be safe okay? Bye”
Aomine opened his eyes when he heard the sound of the front door closing. He got out of bed and exited his room. He noticed Kagami walking away from the door.
“Did Tetsu leave already?”
‘Ah…this feels a little awkward’ Aomine thought. “Um…did you guys finish all the work?”
“Most of it, there’s still a couple pages left, but that’s all”
Aomine chuckled, “That’s what you get for ditching school”
“Shut up, I don’t wanna hear that from you” The red head blushed slightly.
Aomine continued to laugh, “Hey, tomorrows a holiday right?”
“Yeah, but I’m not sure what holiday it is”
“Right? Albeit the teachers just wanted a day off so they decided to cancel school”
Kagami chuckled, “That’d be funny if that were true”
“But anyway, since there’s no school tomorrow, you wanna go out and do something? Maybe go see a movie or something.” Aomine suggested.
“That sounds like a date”
“It’s…it’s not a date…we’ll just go out, have fun…and get our minds off everything. Besides it’s not like you have anything planned”
Kagami got a little defensive, “Well I was planning—“
“And don’t you dare say that you were gonna go run to Tetsu. Kise’s already booked him for the day”
Kagami closed his mouth, unable to think of a comeback.
“I don’t know why you’re so hesitant to spend time with me. We used to hang out all the time”
“It’s not the same anymore!” Kagami quickly spoke, slightly raising his voice.
“What do you mean?” Aomine was a bit confused about Kagami’s response.
“Ever since you…” The red head mumbled.
Kagami blushed, “It’s nothing…so uhh…what time tomorrow?”
“So now you’re okay with it” Aomine sighed “I don’t know what’s going on in that head of yours. But I guess we’ll leave at around noon”
Before blunet could say anything, Kagami retreated into his room.
After Kagami was out of his sight, Aomine thought about what Kagami said. He gently placed his fingers on his lips and blushed, “Was he talking about that?”