Partners - Souyo ( Yosuke and Yu/Shouji )
The wind gently brushed against the houses of Inaba. The small country town had finally returned to its original state of peace. Sunlight beamed down on everything. A young man with fluffy, orange hair and headphones around his neck biked down a street. Other students were walking towards the same direction he was heading. It was an early school morning with everyone slowly trudging their way there. The end of the school year was fast approaching.
Technically, that was a good thing. No school was always a great thing. But for that student on the bike, it was something he dreaded. “Yosuke!” At the sound of his name, the boy on the bike stopped and turned. Another young man, one with gray eyes and silver hair, came up to him. “Want to walk together?” He tried to keep his face from heating.
Yosuke smiled a bit and nodded. “Yeah, let’s go together.” He got off his bike and walked beside it instead. That other boy was Yu Narukami, his partner. No not that kind of partner. They had become friends after he saved Yosuke from a garbage can. Along with some other friends, they had solved a mysterious string of murders in Inaba. They made a great pair. Though at first he really meant platonic partners, Yosuke had slowly changed his mind about what kind of partner he wanted to be.
Yu was the leader of their friend group and he was a good one too. He was strong and dependable. Yosuke admired him a lot. They were best friends at first. He swears they were just best friends. Except one day he thought about how much Yu meant to him. He remembered having flushed cheeks like a lovesick school girl. Such a light, fluttering feeling in his chest.
It was unlike anything he had ever felt. It was too much for him though. This year had been a whirlwind of emotions. With the murders, Saki-senpai’s death, and the rollercoaster he went through with his feelings towards Yu. He wasn’t even sure if he really liked his friend that way. He’d never gone that way before. But he did know that Yu leaving upset him.
At the end of the school year, he would be moving back to the city. Yu was leaving Inaba to go back to the life he was living. That was the only reason Yosuke was dreading the end of the year. He already missed him. He tried thinking about what he’d do without his “best friend.” The thought of living days without Yu by his side was foreign to him now. It was funny, they had only become friends this year yet it felt like Yosuke had known him his whole life.
But he couldn’t help it. You can’t really tell your heart what to do. “Yosuke? Are you okay?” Yu’s voice snapped him out of his thoughts. He had gotten distracted by his emotions and paid little attention to his conversation with his partner. “Lately you’ve been kind of distracted, what’s on your mind?” He wanted to laugh at his question. If only he could tell him what was on his mind.
“Nothing much. Don’t worry about it dude. So, it’s almost time for you to go back,” he replied. Yosuke wasn’t sure why he brought that up. Maybe a small part of him wanted to see how Yu was feeling. His friend laughed a bit awkwardly in response.
He stretched his arms behind his head and pondered for a few moments. Yosuke looked over at him in anticipation. “Yeah. I can’t believe it’s already been a year. Time sure flies when you’re having fun and catching serial killers,” Yu quipped. Yosuke snorted at his wit and gently punched his arm. “I’m really going to miss it here. I’ll miss everyone, you too.”
Those last few words broke him a bit. He’ll be missing him in a different way. Maybe he could tell him his feelings before he left. No, what was he thinking? Did he really have the courage to confess his feelings? Probably not. The thought of having that much confidence was nice though. Yosuke smiled at Yu. All Yu did in response was smile back. He wish he could just freeze this moment in time. A pleasant moment of peace where Yosuke felt like he was okay keeping everything to himself.
; kind of anticlimactic. disappointed but i’m too tired to continue, part 2 with ✨confession✨ tomorrow. actually later today cause it’s 4:40 am lmao