[Tag] Miyuki Kazuya is Bad at Feelings
I BENT OVER BACKWARDS TRYING TO KEEP THE "Miyuki learns to apologize" SCENE IN BUT IT GOT CUT AND I'M FOREVER MAD ABOUT IT
The night before playing Teitou High, Miyuki knocks on Nori’s door.
The relief pitcher opens up. Nori’s hair is still wet from the baths, and he’s already in his pajamas. Upon recognizing Miyuki, his expression shifts to one of confusion, and he tilts his head.
“What’s up?” he asks.
Miyuki scratches the back of his neck. “I need… advice.”
Nori looks at him.
“How do you apologize to someone?”
Nori blinks — and then understanding crosses his face, and he lets out a disbelieving laugh.
“Are you serious?”
Miyuki’s cheeks burn, but he persists anyway. “Yes.”
“You know, for someone who tries not to have a personal life, you sure have the weirdest one out of everyone on this team,” Nori tells him.
Miyuki frowns. “This is the first time I’m talking to you about this?”
“I’m a keeper of many, many secrets,” Nori explains. He sighs and leans against his doorframe, his expression somewhere between amusement and exasperation. “Akira, or Eijun?”
“Eijun,” Miyuki replies, and then the question fully registers in his brain, and he stiffens. “Wait, do I need to apologize to Akira, too?”
“Did you do something to him?” Nori asks, genuinely curious.
“No,” Miyuki says, and then he hesitates, replaying every moment of sarcastic banter he’s shared with his roommate. Akira would say something if that offended him, right? And Akira fires right back — with a lot more vitriol than Miyuki uses — so it’s not like he’s innocent in all this, either.
“I don’t think I did anything to him,” Miyuki decides. “Besides, uh. Besides… hurting Eijun…”
“Okay, good,” Nori says. “Luckily for you, apologizing to Eijun is easy. Just apologize.”
Miyuki waits for an explanation, but it doesn’t come.
Nori yawns and stretches his arms over his head. “Is that all you needed?”
“Hey,” Miyuki says. “What does that mean?”
Nori stares at him, pitiful.
Miyuki crosses his arms, defensive.
After a short moment, Nori sighs and steps aside. “My roommates are out, so you can come on in,” he says. “God. What is it about me that screams ‘tell me your secrets?’”
“You can say ‘no,’” Miyuki tells him. “Sorry, I didn’t mean to —”
“No, I’m too invested now. I have to see how this ends.”
Miyuki slips out of his shoes and steps into Nori’s room. Nori kicks a swivel chair in his direction, and then pulls out another chair and drops into it.
“Okay,” Nori says, leaning back and crossing his legs. “Take a seat. I feel like this is gonna take twice as long as it needs to.”
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