It was mid-way through the practice that three girls showed up and started talking to Kuroo and he left with one of them, so the boys had to stop for a bit until he came back, seeing as he was the captain and all, they didn’t play without him there.
Kenma came and sat with you while you waited for Kuroo’s return and you smiled at him as his backside hit the seat.
“You played well,” you praised him.
“Thanks,” he said, sitting his hand down on the bench between you both.
You saw the opportunity and took it, placing your hand down on top of his gently.
He turned his head and gave you a soft look with his feline eyes through his fringe and it made you feel a little giddy so you giggled and looked away shyly.
Kuroo returned shortly after that and spoke to 2 of the girls who had remained inside the gym, then he came back to keep playing and Kenma had to go back onto the court, your hand contact lingering as he got up to go back and keep playing.
He played well in the second half, that hand holding had really given him a boost, and you clapped as they finished up, then stood up to walk over and give him his PSP back.
He took the game from you, but put it in his pocket, then walked back to the bench with you to get your bags and then you headed for the doors together.
“Good game,” you said as you left the school grounds and headed down the road together.
“Thanks. I played well because you were there,” he said casually and your heart did another flip.
“I like watching you play, you look really cool,” you admitted, “not that you’re not always cool but you definitely look really cool when you’re playing.”
“Thanks,” he said softly, his swinging hand, bumping yours.
Your hands bumped a few more times before he grabbed for yours and held it, holding your hand the rest of the walk home.
As you reached Kenma’s front door step your phone dinged and you pulled it out to see who it was.
“Oh! It’s Lolita from work,” you said as you looked down at your screen, “she’s asking if I can come in because they have people coming to adopt some of the animals today and they need more staff.”
“Are you gonna go?” Kenma asked, pausing at his front door, hand on door knob.
“Yeah,” you said, still looking at the message.
“Ok. I’ll see you tomorrow then,” he said as he let go of the door knob and stepped towards you.
You just looked up as he was leaning in and your lips met before you could register what you were doing.
Quickly, you closed your wide eyes to try and savor the moment but it was over before you even had a chance to enjoy it.
“You always kiss me so quickly,” you said to Kenma.
“Oh. Sorry. I won’t do it quick then,” he said, turning back to the front door and opening it.
“Oh. Ok. Umm, bye,” you said , just managing to get your goodbye in before he left and went inside.
“He’s a little hard to read?” you thought, “but that’s our second kiss and I really like it so maybe we’re still good?”
With a soft smile on your face, you turned and ran in the direction of the shelter.
“I’m here!” you announced brightly as you entered, giving Lolita a big grin as the door closed behind you.
“Happiness has just entered,” she said as she looked up at you over her glasses, “how are you, beautiful?”
“I have a boyfriend!” you squealed.
“Oh! Love!” she exclaimed, standing up and tottering around the desk so she could come and engulf you in her warm thick arms, “is he a sweetheart? Oh, of course he is!” she said, squeezing you tightly.
“Yeah,” you wheezed out, “he’s the cat. I mean. He’s Kenma. But not the cat. He’s the human Kenma.”
She chuckled and let you go as she patted your arms to your side.
“Such a sweet thing you are. Kenma, the cat, has been missing you and blossom the blue tongue misses your head scratches.”
“Oh! I hope Blossom is ok, I’ve missed him too but I’ll go and see Kenma first.”
With lightness in your steps, you spun and skipped off towards the cat section to go and see Kenma and tell him everything that had happened while you were away.
“Kenma! I’m ba—,” you paused, mid-sentence, stopping in your tracks when you saw an older man and lady walking along looking at the cats and making comments on each as they passed.
“What about this one, Gerald?” the lady asked in a pompous voice, peering in through the bars of the cage at a pristine white kitty with blue eyes.
“I say… she is a beautiful cat, Rita,” Gerald, the husband of the pair, replied to his wife, “but would she suit the decor of our house?”
“Oh. It says here that this is a male cat. I don’t like male cats they stink all over the place,” Rita said with distain, wrinkling her nose up and straightening as she stepped back from the cage.
“Oh, you’re quite right, Rita, perhaps we should move on.”
“Umm… hi,” you said loudly, wanting to attract their attention to yourself so you could stall for time and they wouldn’t spend as much time looking at the cats.
It’s not like you didn’t want the kitties to be adopted… but you loved each and every one of these little felines and you didn’t like these two snobs, so if they left empty handed that was a-ok with you.
How dare they call Mondo a stinky cat! Mondo was the sweetest kitty in the place… aside from Kenma.
The couple turned to look at you.
“I’m the carer,” you announced proudly.
“Oh,” the lady said with a smile, “would you mind telling us a little about each of the cats here?”
“Umm… what did you want to know?” you asked with some reservation.
“Well… just… anything? Just… the usual things,” she said vaguely.
“Well… uh… I’m not sure if any of these cats would be good to be honest,” you said, averting your eyes from them.
You knew you weren’t doing the right thing, but you really didn’t like them.
“Oh?” the lady said with a confused yet defensive look on her face, “why do you say that?”
“Well, first of all,” you said, taking a deep breath in, but before you could say anything else Lolita came tottering into the room.
“Y/N, hunny, would you mind coming with me for a bitty-bit?”