Thread: To Bryan and/or TalaIt was mid-day and Kai looked a wreck, and of course he was cranky to boot. He hadn't had a cigarette in ages and it was killing him. Rei better apperciate this... he thought, but of course, that was a stupid thought. Kai had been the one to start this challegne.He cursed his stupidity but he wanted Rei to stop smoking that badly. It just killed him to watch it, so, in return of course, he had to sacrifice the same thing. Plus....he couldn't cheat.Rei'd smell it on him in an instant.
Tala did not like to smoke, but after returning from his trip into town and seeing so many people indulging in the taste of nicotine, he bummed a stick, off a complete stranger and kept it for himself. He had planned on heading upstairs to see Bryan- probably still in his bedroom, but he decided to have the cigarette first. Downstairs, the house was oddly quiet. He dismissed the quiet atmosphere and ventured over to the balcony. The door slid open and as he went to step out- the redhead jumped. Kai had been sitting out there, on a patio chair, looking like hell had frozen over. ''Jesus, Kai!'' The wolf muttered irritably, as the white stick hung loosely from his lips.
Kai could smell it. Shit."God, Tala, put it away," he said with a groan, holding the bridge of his nose. This was a conspiracy. It had to be. As soon as Kai stops smoking, everyone in the world starts. Great.
Tala frowned and ignored Kai- which he usually did, as he leaned up against the railing of the balcony. He fished a pack of matched out of his pants and lit up the stick. It was not the first time he had smoked. Alas, about four years back, Tala smoked constantly. He had quit though, when he began his job and had resisted temptation for a long time. He decided that one wouldn't kill him. Tala took in another drag and exhaled it, as he casually commented, ''You look like shit...''
"You're gonna look like shit soon yourself if you don't put that goddamn thing away," he growled, but he wasn't in the mood for a fight. No, he was past that stage right now. No, he didn't have the energy right now. So he just walked back inside, away from Tala, the cigarette and temptation. He looked like shit, felt like shit and hadn't slept much since he quit. He was going insane. He leaned against the counter, fingers to his temples. God, he needed some nicotine.
''I was going to offer you a drag- but since you're such an ass about everything...'' Tala shouted, as Kai's retreating figure. What the hell was up his ass? He pondered- even though, he trully did not want to know. Tala was not going to head inside and press Kai any further- whatever, he mused and continued to enjoy his cigarette.
"Look who's talking," he yelled back. Granted, how could Tala possibly know that he had quit for Rei? Not that he was even sure he wanted to tell him. He had a feeling he'd have a field day with it.
''Unlike you- I've been quite happy since New Years.'' Tala had turned around, and instead of viewing the people down on the streets, he looked inside, where he could see Kai pacing around like a mad man. Something was obviously wrong. It was as if they had switched moods. Kai had been happy- as scary was it was to remark that- ever since he had found Rei again, as opposed to himself, who glared at everyone except Bryan. And now, Tala was the happier of the two. He woke up every day with a new smile, beside someone smiling as much as he.
"Hooray for you," Kai snorted. Kai was happy to be around Rei and had been treading carefully, for the other boy was still obviously fragile and Kai did his best to nurture him back to health but he had changed so much, but while they were both happy there were still so many wrinkles to iron out, and it was starting to take it's toll on Kai. Especially when he was trying to get his Rei back instead of this...fake version he had come up with while Kai had been away.And Kai was about to break down and go buy a pack and smoke them all. He'd go for anything right, he didn't even care what brand. He was a deseperate.
''That statement was your cue, for you to tell me what's wrong.'' Tala smirked, as he finished the cigarette and threw it over the edge of the balcony. Just one, he had promised himself. ''And if you're not going to tell me, then you should at least have a smoke to calm your nerves.'' Tala had noticed how wrecked he looked- everyone from half a mile away would be able to observe that, as well.
"Oh, I'm sorry," he said sarcastically. "Not so good with that kind of thing.""That's the problem. I can't smoke. I quit for Rei," he said, sighing. Coffee, he needed coffee.
''Ahhh- I see.'' Tala responded, in an understanding voice. ''Didn't know- or I wouldn't have had the cig.'' He knew how hard quitting was- he had gone through it. It was hell. Literally.
"Mmm, thanks," he responded, nodding, then turned, leaning against the island. "Rei promised he'd stop smoking if I did. Didn't know it'd be this fucking hard."
''It's worst than a fucking obsessive fangirl.'' Tala commented, with a faint smirk of amusement. ''I suggest you occupy your mouth with his- and your hands too. Have to keep your mind off it, or you'll go nuts.''
"I just want him to stop so badly. It's just not him, you know?" he said idlly."And it's not like I can cheat, he'd smell it in an instant. Sometimes that cat thing of his is really hot, but other times it's just a pain in the ass."
''If you cheat- then you'll be tempted to do it more than once and you'll become overly obsessive in trying to hide it.'' Tala advised, knowing very well how addictive cigarettes were.
Kai looked at him, annoyed. "Get out of my head. Bryan's the good side of my concious, not you," he retorted."I have to get Rei back for this somehow, of course," he said with a shrug. "Oh, and I also got conned into promising to take him out on a date," he said, frowning. To most people, they'd think Kai was a jackass and that he should already being taking Rei out on regular dates but...Rei and 'other' people just didn't understand. Kai wasn't a social person, he didn't like being out in crowds or in small areas. He was very claustrophobic (thanks to Boris) and extremley paranoid. Which was why he prefered small towns, especially Russia, where no one ever bothered him, and the only time he ever really went into town was when he needed food and that was it.Naturally, he knew Tala would understand right away without explanation. Even if they did argue a lot, Tala knew Kai almost better than everyone (except possibly Bryan), the good and the bad.
''I should 'con' Bryan, as you so put it, into a date.'' Tala smirked, as he thought it was a good idea. ''Though it's not like any of us know where to go in this town, except Rei- I really don't like it here, I can't wait to go back to Russia, once this tournament is over. I'd have stayed home- but just like you, I had a good reason to show up.'' The redhead felt the exact same way as Kai did, about this place. He did not need words to understand that the foreign region left them both feeling uneasy.
"Mmm, I wonder how he'd feel about that," he mused."I don't know what I'm doing after the tournament," he said. "If I had been smart, I wouldn't have come at all," he commented before making himself coffee.
''Let's double-date!'' Tala said, and he figured that Kai's face, even though his back was turned to him, probably looked stunned and possibly frightened. There was an awkward silence, before Tala finally started laughing. He hadn't meant it in a serious way- but he figured maybe it would get Kai to laugh as well.
Kai looked at him shocked by the statement. "You're kidding right?" he asked, raising an eyebrow, then he let out a chuckle of his own.Tala was so weird.
''Hell yes, I'm kidding. I haven't even gotten a single date yet- and if I tell him, he'll probably think we're moving way too fast.'' Tala went from chuckling, to sighing, in barely one single comment.Even though both their relationships looked good on the outside, there were insecurities and hesitance on the inside.
"Consider yourself lucky. I hate dates," he said scowling. "I don't see why Rei's so obessed with them...."