“Hey baby.” Bakugou said huskily through the phone as he answered Kiri’s call a few minutes later that morning.
“Hey Kitty-kat.” Kiri said cheekily.
“Hey, uh, wanna hang with some people today?” Kiri asked with excitement.
“I’d much rather just hang with just you but I guess we can hang with a group for a bit, who are they?”
“Uh, umm… your mate, Kami, and uh… Shinsou…”
There was silence on the other end. Then Bakugou spoke.
“So they made up then.” Bakugou commented, a sneer in his voice.
“Guess so.” Kiri chuckled. “Kami asked me if you and I wanted to chill with them?”
“No. I don’t, but if you’re there I’m going.” Bakugou said gruffly.
“Ok, let’s hang with them for a bit then we can go and chill on our own.” Kiri replied happily.
Kami changed his outfit for the 5th time. He was a nervous wreck.
“Why are you like this?!” He rolled his eyes in the mirror as he berated himself internally.
Finally he settled on ripped jeans and a plain tee and left the house, texting Shin as he made his way to the bus stop.
Finally he reached the shopping mall and made his way to the meeting point, super keen to see his primary school best friend/sorta boyfriend again.
Shinsou saw him first and inhaled sharply though his nose.
“Fuck, he’s even cuter than I remember him.”
Kami looked up and saw his purple haired friend and his breathing hitched slightly, chest tightening as a lump formed in his throat.
“Fuck, I’ve missed this guy!”
“Shin!” He choked out as he opened his arms and engulfed the smiling male in his embrace, Shin immediately returning the hug, inhaling deeply as Kami mumbled something into his shoulder.
“It’s ok, dude, it’s ok.” Shin said lightly with a pat to Kami’s head. “All good now.”
Kami pulled back and wiped a tear away. “Thanks dude.” He sniffed.
“Wanna get a drink?” Shin asked, gesturing to a nearby stall.
“Sure dude! Do we still have the same favourite?” Kami asked with a cheeky smile.
“If it’s not [insert your favourite drink] then you’d better leave now.” Shin replied with a smirk.
“Not goin’ anywhere coz it’s stil my fave!” Kami said with a laugh and a giant grin.
The two boys chatted and caught up on some things that they had missed when they chatted the night before. The interaction was comfortable and for the first time in a long time Kami felt free, he didn’t have to fake a smile, he didn’t have to force jokes. It was just him and his best friend again, just like old times.
“Hey uh, I know this is super sudden and very personal…” Shin said, looking down at his cup and swirling the contents.
“Go for it, dude, you know we cool.” Kami interjected, taking a sip of his drink.
“Well, uh, you know I’m gay. Proudly gay… but I never got to ask… what’s your preference?”
Kami thought for a moment.
“Man, I dunno, hey? Like, I always thought I was straight, with a bit of experimentation in there but maybe I’m not 100% straight?”
Shin’s hopes rose. “So, uh, that thing we had in primary school did mean something to you then?”
“Oh, definitely, dude, but I can’t see myself in a gay relationship… that’s all… I’m just a little confused I guess.”
Shin’s heart sank, he really really liked Kami but there was no way he was going to try and pressure him into anything, he didn’t want to lose his best friend ever again.
“Welcome to the reality of sexuality.” Shin said with a hollow laugh. “You don’t have to put yourself in a box though, Denk, you can a just go with whatever you feel in the moment.”
“You got a man?” Kami asked quickly, changing the subject.
“Nah, no one.” Shin replied, averting his eyes. “There’s been no one like you Kami.” He then looked back at Kami. “You got someone?”
“Nah, dude, single pringle.” Kami said with a laugh.
Just then Mina and and a cute petite girl with black hair turned up.
“Oh hey!!” Kami said happily, looking from one girl to another. “So you got your girl, hey, Mina?” He asked with a sly grin.
“Sure did!” Mina replied with a giant grin. “May I proudly present my girlfriend, Jirou Kyoka!”
Kami applauded loudly while Mina bowed and Jirou just looked embarrassed.
“Oh! Shin, this is my friend Mina and her girl, Jirou.” Kami said with a giant grin.
“Wait? Shin? As in Shinsou Hitoshi?” Mina asked, looking at a very surprised Shinsou.
“The very one.” Kami said with a sly smirk.
Shin was confused. “Wait, how do you know my name?”
“ARE YOU TOGETHER?! OH MY GOD! MY SHIP IS SAILING!!!” Mina screeched.
“Woah, woah.” Kami laughed. “Man, talk about zero to one hundred real quick.” He laughed again. “we’re friends, best friends.” He said smiling at Shin.
Mina smirked. She could read Shinsou like a book as he gazed softly back at Kami.
“Oh I see.” She said in a knowing voice.
“But you know my name?” Shin said to Mina after snapping out of his little daydream and looking at the bubbly girl.
“Kami told me about you!” She said happily.
“You talked about me, dude?” Shin said, a big grin crossing his face.
“Yeah, you uh, you had been on my mind… a lot.”
There was a moment of silence as Shin blushed lightly and Kami did too as he realized what he had just said, sounded.
“Oh, I mean like—.”
“Nah you’re good dude don’t worry bout it!” Shin said happily.
Mina and Jirou joined the boys and sat down just as Kiri and Bakugou turned up.
“Oh! What a gathering!” Kiri said with a laugh.
“Hey dude!” Shin said happily as Kiri approached, his eyes lightning up when he saw his classmate.
Kami looked at Shin then Kiri and back to Shin. He watched as they hugged briefly and he got the feeling they were closer than just classmates.
Did they have history?
He looked past Kiri to Bakugou and saw his blond firecracker friend seething.
“Looks like I’m not the only one who is a bit jealous at their closeness… Wait, am I jealous??”
Bakugou stepped forward and took Kiri’s hand, pulling him back to his side and staring Shinsou down.
Shinsou just smirked and sat back down with Kiri following suit and finding a seat next to Mina, with Bakugou sitting beside him.