“W-well Ushijima maybe you should join the cheer team if I’m so easy to lift.” You joked, still sitting comfortably in his arms.
He didn’t say anything and just put you down slowly.
“No sense of humour?” You thought as he turned and walked away.
The next day you were back in the gym in the afternoon, you weren’t sure what it was that drew you back there… was it a good place to practice? Did you just want to see Ushijima again? Or did you want him to help you practice so you could get picked up by him again?
“Yeah, it’s probably the last option…”
Slipping in the side door and making your way to the back bench again like last time you sat down and looked up at the boys as they finished up their practice.
Ushijima looked at you but there was not even a hint of recognition in his dead glance and your heart sank a little.
“Well a little smile or head nod would have been nice?” You thought.
The volleyball practice finished and the team started to leave the court. You were about to plug your earbuds in when Ushijima, who had still stayed on court, turned to face you from where he stood.
“Run.” He commanded sharply from across the gym, crouching slightly ready to receive your jump.
You beamed and put your earbuds and MP3 down before doing a small jump and running across the gym towards him.
He caught you easily again and hoisted you up above his head before spinning slowly and catching you in cradle again.
“Why is it so easy with you?” You asked, genuinely wondering why it was so effortless to work with him compared to your own male cheer partner.
“You’re left handed correct?” He said, piercing you with those dark olive eyes.
“Yes! How did you know?” You asked in surprise.
“Because I’m left handed too.” He said. “Your movements are natural to me but would throw a right handed partner.”
“Oh.” You said sadly, “so I’m destined to look like a clutz for the rest of my cheer career simply because I’m a leftie?”
“No.” He said, putting you down. “You just need to launch from your right foot.”
“That simple huh?” You said with an eyeroll as you placed a hand on his torso to steady yourself as you stepped back from him.
“There’s no point doing something unless you aim to execute it perfectly.” He commented. “I’ll help you.”
“Y…YOU’LL HELP ME?!” You gasped excitedly. “That would be awesome!”
Ushijima just nodded once, acknowledging his promise.
“Start with practicing the launch from your right foot.” He commanded as he stood back from you.
The next 45 minutes were spent with you running to him across court and jumping into his arms from your right leg.
There were far too many crash tackles and confused footwork to mention in the beginning but soon enough you were starting to get the hang of jumping from the right foot and you were getting better and better.
“Good.” Ushijima commented on your last run as you launched perfectly into his arms.
“Ok…time out…” You puffed, sweat causing your uniform to cling to you as you stayed in pose above Ushijima’s head.
Unable to hold form any longer you slumped down and instead of him tossing you and catching you in cradle he just lowered you slowly down to his face and let you slide down his front, your faces just inches from each other as you were lowered down, his lingering eye contact causing your heart rate to increase ten fold.
“T-thanks for helping me today.” You huffed softly.
“Don’t mention it.” He replied.
“I hope it wasn’t too much for you?” You said as he left you go.
“You’re as light as a volleyball.” He said lowly, “I could carry you around all day.”
You blushed at the thought of being carried around all day by such a powerful guy and had to look away to hide the pink dusting your cheeks.
It was 3 days now before performance day and you and Ushijima had been practicing daily after his volleyball practice finished.
He didn’t seem to be getting any more familiar with you wherever you showed up at the gym but when you were working together you felt like maybe he was leaving just a [little] more lingering hand contact than necessary and you’d be lying if you said you weren’t enjoying it.
“You don’t need to pull up when you get to me, just run and jump, I’ve got you.” Ushijima coached.
“Ok.” You said as you backed up and prepared to run again.
You ran and jumped, smiling to yourself when you landed in his arms and he hoisted you up easily.
“Good.” He said as he lowered you down to himself again.
Without thinking you wrapped your legs around his torso as he lowered you, halting your descention so that you were face to face.
You just looked at each other for a [little] too long before you cleared your throat and unwrapped your legs with a quietly mumbled apology.
“No need to apologize.” Ushijima said, his eyes following you down to the floor.
He kept his hands on your sides as you slid your hands from his shoulders down his smooth, muscular arms and stopped mid forearm.
“Y-you uh, you can let me go now.” You said a little sheepishly as he just held onto your waist gently.
“I could have said the same thing when you had your legs around me.” He said lowly, not moving his hands.
“T-true.” You replied with a nervous laugh.
“Y/N…” He said lowly, “I…”
“OH THERE YOU ARE!” A male voice called from the gym doors.
You jumped at the sudden voice and Ushijima quickly let you go and walked over to pick up some of the spilled volleyballs from earlier.
“Oh hey!” You called to the owner of the voice. It was your male cheer partner.
“Hey, I’m all good now.” He called as he walked over to you. “Want to practice a bit before the performance day, we don’t have much time left.”
You glanced at Ushijima who seems to be ignoring the whole conversation between you and your cheer partner.
“Uh, sure.” You said obligatory, looking back to your male base.
“Ok, run at me.” He said, stopping and backing up a bit.
The way he said it just didn’t get your heart racing like when Ushijima called for you to run to him.
You ran and jumped, your cheer partner hoisting you up above his head.
“Hey! You’ve improved a million times!” He said excitedly, “I can catch you so much easier now!”
“Oh, that’s all thanks to Ushijima.” You said proudly as your base put you down.
“Thank you for helping her improve!” Your cheer partner called to Ushijima.
The stoic heartthrob looked at him and just stared for a few seconds before commenting.
“She never needed improvement.” Ushijima replied sharply. “Her technique was perfect, she just learned to adjust her jump style to accommodate for your lack of ability.”
You quickly turned your face away and covered your mouth to stop the laughter from coming out.
“Oh my fucking god what a burn!” You screamed internally.
“Uncalled for, but ok.” Your cheer huffed, popping a hand on his hip defiantly.
Ushijima just went back to collecting balls and ignored him.
“Uh, Umm ok, look I’m pretty tired from today so imma call it a day.” You said quickly to your base and ran off, throwing Ushijima a glance as you left, as he had stopped to watch you leave.
Performance day came and you were pumped. Not so much about your performance but about dancing on the sidelines while watching Ushijima play.
You definitely had a crush on him by now, just seeing him walk into the stadium made your knees a little bit weak and your heart nearly stopped when he walked past you and nodded his acknowledgment of your existence.
“Senpai noticed me!” You screamed internally as you smiled back at him.
The game began and you screamed your support whenever Ushijima was up to serve.
Half time came and it was time for your performance. Surprisingly Ushijima had stayed back to watch you instead of going out the back for a regroup with his teammates.
He stood on the sidelines with arms crossed, looking almost like a protective dad as you danced and pumped your fists.
Your cheer partner stepped in, ready for your run and you nailed it perfectly, blowing Ushijima a kiss while you were mid air above your partner.
Ushijimas expression changed slightly and you swore you almost saw a blush.
After the day was over you were heading to the stadium doors with the rest of the cheer team when you heard a deep voice call your name.
You looked back over your shoulder and saw Ushijima standing in the hall.
“Go on ahead I’ll catch up.” You said to the girls you were with and turned to walk back to Ushijima.
“Run.” He commanded, and crouched slightly to receive you.
You beamed and ran into his arms, allowing him to hoist you up and spin you overhead. You giggled and let him toss you around before he caught you in cradle.
“So what did you think?” You asked cheekily, referring to your earlier performance.
“Perfect.” He replied lowly. “But you always have been.”
“I could say the same about you too.” You flirted coyly back.
The sexual tension between the two of you intensified and his grip on you tightened slightly.
“We make a good team.” You continued, making your voice sound as seductive as possible as you ran a hand across his chest and up to his neck. “I wonder what else we would be good at?”
“Why leave it at ‘wonder'” Ushijima replied, his dark eyes flickering with passion.
He glanced around and, spotting a supplies cupboard, backed over to it and grabbed the handle, pushing it open as he reversed in.
You saw a slightly smirk pull at the corner of his lips as the light from the supply cupboard door slowly faded and the door closed behind you.
His strong, large hands slid from your waist under your ass and he squeezed slightly as he lifted you up his torso a little higher.
You slid your other hand up Ushijima’s neck and then slowly traced along his sharp jawline, reaching your face up closer to his.
Not wanting to give him a kiss straight away you placed a few smaller kisses along his jaw then kissed closer towards his lips.
He didn’t falter and just stayed still, not giving anything of himself away as your soft lips made their way across his semi parted ones.
He boosted you up a little higher and you linked your fingers together behind his head as your forehead rested against his.
You could feel his breath on your chin and neck and it only made you feel smaller in his arms.
“Did you need to put me down?” You breathed, “surely you can’t hold me forever?”
“I already told you, you’re as light as a volleyball.” Ushijima replied in the dark.
“Are you gonna give me a good serve like I’ve seen you do on court?” You asked cheekily.
You felt Ushijima’s body shake slightly as he let out a small deep chuckle. “Only if you want to be served like that.” He added lowly and your core ignited.