Fuyuki is woken the morning after by a good-morning kiss from Takashi as he leaves, asking Fuyuki to come by his place that evening, as he’s very much looking forward to enjoying his cooking. Once alone with his thoughts, though, Fuyuki’s cheeks heat with embarrassment over what he’s just done. He wonders for a moment if perhaps it was all a dream–until a knock over the head jerks him from his reverie, and we see that he’s at his desk, Fujisawa having just knocked some sense into him.
Given that Fujisawa and Takashi had crossed paths when Takashi came to spend the evening with Fuyuki, he can gather what went down between them the previous evening and outright asks how Fuyuki liked having sex with a man. When Fuyuki frantically tries to cover his mouth to keep him from blabbing further, he receives a licked palm in return and a reminder that he’s at work and needs to shape up.
Fuyuki apologizes–but returns a request for Fujisawa to leave him and Takashi alone now, as their relationship is none of his business. But Fujisawa states that he’ll do as he pleases and take no orders from Fuyuki, instead urging him back to work; he’s still a first-year at the academy and in no position to be daydreaming on the job.
Fuyuki recalls how Fujisawa had confessed and nearly forced himself on Fuyuki the previous evening, chased away by Takashi’s timely appearance. He resolves, for the greater good, to just forget it ever happened–until Fujisawa orders him to stay after with him that evening to organize some questionnaires.
When Fuyuki balks at the invitation–it’s not technically his job–Fujisawa insinuates that perhaps he has some previous engagement that’s more important than work (which he of course does, but he can’t possibly bring up Takashi here). Fuyuki is eventually forced to give in and agree to stay after.
Elsewhere, Takashi is his usual “cheerful” self–which for him involves lots of dark glares and deep frowns. His brother comments on the attitude, asking if something nice happened to him that morning, before probing further and wondering if it has anything to do with “that Fuyuki-sensei”.
When Takashi doesn’t bother denying it, Iwao continues that he’s merely worried–as Takashi has, in the past, often been quick to warm to hobbies and just as quick to cool to them.
Iwao: “That’s all well and good when it’s a thing you’re tossing aside, but a human partner’s bound to take a lot of damage being treated like that.”
Takashi reflects on the words–but in his mind, he returns that it wasn’t that he lost interest in his hobby of motorcycle racing…merely that he lost any place he could call his own.
He receives a text from Fuyuki that he’ll be late that evening but is amenable to meeting up after he finishes, and this brings a smile to Takashi’s face.
Fuyuki is relieved when Takashi’s return message urges him to use the spare key to let himself inside whenever he arrives, as he’s going to be late as well–but his elation is short-lived, as Fujisawa returns to see how he’s managing the work he’s been assigned.
Out of the blue, though, Fujisawa asks if he remembers what Fujisawa said to him the night before–the confession, of course–and when Fuyuki tries to change the subject, reminding Fujisawa of the surveys they need to organize by the next day, Fujisawa repeats his confession.
Fuyuki panics for a moment, stammering a response, until Fujisawa orders him to just forget he ever said it. Fuyuki is confused for a moment, wondering if he was just being teased, but Fujisawa assures him he was quite serious–he simply wants Fuyuki’s attention focused entirely on work right now. Fuyuki tends to think too deeply about everything, so before his mind is ripped in two, he needs to make himself focus on one or the other.
To Fuyuki, though–this isn’t a difference between focusing on Fujisawa and work, it’s between Takashi and work.
He hotly returns that he knows his responsibilities and plans to finish his work quickly, urging Fujisawa to do the same. Fujisawa then leans over him teasingly whispering by his ear–
Fujisawa: “It’s that aspect of your personality…that makes me want to tease the crap out of you! Remember that!”
He punctuates the comment with a painful tug on Fuyuki’s ear, leaving with a warning that if Fuyuki faints again, he’ll be taking advantage of him next time.
He reflects on Fujisawa’s accusation that he can’t focus on two things at once–and it irritates, because he wants to put his whole heart into both work and his relationship with Takashi. He’s never felt like this about anyone–no one’s ever made him feel this much pain and longing before. He feels nervous and embarrassed, but he still wants to be by Takashi’s side, wants to know him more.
Fuyuki manages to make it to Takashi’s place before the man himself and sets to work preparing a feast. With dinner ready and waiting, though, he decides to get in a bit more work on the survey organizing–until he notices a small model of a motorcycle arranged in a cabinet. He recalls Takashi mentioning that he and Fujisawa first met at a bike club–which puts all manner of ridiculous images in his head.
He realizes he really doesn’t know much of anything about Takashi, and with these thoughts in his head, he drifts to sleep.
Takashi finds him like this, slumped over the table snoozing away, and fondly takes in the scene, realizing Fuyuki waited up for him instead of just going home. He gently wakes Fuyuki–who mutters Fujisawa’s name in his sleep (due to a dream in which Fujisawa was berating him for napping on the job)–and scoops him into his arms as he stalks into the bedroom.
Takashi: “You’ll catch a cold out here… I’ll carry you to the upstairs bedroom.”
Fuyuki: “I–I’m fine! I’m about to head home, so please put me down!”
Takashi: “Home? You…just spoke Seiji’s name in your sleep; did something happen at school…?”
Fuyuki: “Huh? ‘Seiji’…?”
It’s only here that he connects the given name with the last name–Fujisawa–and quickly attempts to correct the misconception. However, his explanations only invite further suspicion and jealousy, especially when Takashi realizes that Fujisawa was the reason Fuyuki was kept late at work that day, and he impresses his emotions upon Fuyuki via a forceful, passionate kiss.
He asks Fuyuki to stay the night, slowly unclasping his belt and dipping his hand into Fuyuki’s underwear to palm him. Fuyuki offers weak protests–more concerned about dinner than anything–but Takashi states that he wants to impress his intentions upon Fuyuki’s body now, before he forgets what they did the night before.
Fuyuki allows him to continue–it’s not like he doesn’t want to, after all, he just isn’t used to this, and it’s all so embarrassing. He doesn’t want to just do it on the sofa, but Takashi remarks that they neither one of them seem to really have the restraint to make it to the bedroom. He reaches down to finger Fuyuki, remarking that because he prepared him so thoroughly the night before, hopefully he doesn’t hurt today.
Fuyuki writhes under Takashi’s attentions, all the while wondering if it’s right for him to be feeling this way–he’s never done this with anyone else, has next to no experience, so is this how he’s always been…?
TO BE CONTINUED