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A week later the tape is still on Kogure's glasses, holding the arm together. Mitsui glances at it in the changing room, his eyes flicking back again and again. Kogure smiles when Mitsui catches his eye and Mitsui looks away.

There are many things Mitsui regrets but this is the only one he doesn't know how to apologize for. "Come on," he says after practice and Kogure looks at him, that gentle, patient look that Mitsui hates.

"I have to study," Kogure says, but he comes along anyhow, walking easily, not even asking where they are going. He turns to Mitsui while they wait on a corner. "You're doing well for your first week back."

Mitsui hunches up his shoulders. The light changes and he walks too fast, he has to wait on the other side for Kogure to catch him up. Kogure doesn't speak again until they are at the optician.

"Mitsui," he says, just that, like they're close enough that Mitsui will know what Kogure is thinking.

"How long?" Mitsui says to the girl at the counter. Kogure takes his glasses off and hands them to her.

"Half an hour," she says. Mitsui looks at Kogure and Kogure nods.

"Can you see to walk?" Mitsui asks.

"Nearly." Kogure takes hold of Mitsui's sleeve. "I'll follow you."

There's a café two doors down and they order coffee. Mitsui stirs in sugar and cream. Kogure takes his black, raising the cup carefully to his lips. Without his glasses, his face is softer, younger.

"I think we have a chance this year," Kogure says. "Now that you're back. If you want to spend some extra time practising..."

"No," Mitsui says. He puts more sugar in his coffee. He doesn't want Kogure to practise with him, he doesn't want Kogure to see him struggle to catch up. He wants Kogure to look at him like he used to, face lighting up for Mitsui the MVP.

They finish their coffee. Mitsui's is too sweet but he drinks it anyway. They walk back to the optician, Kogure's hand around Mitsui's arm. Mitsui pays for the repairs and Kogure lets him.

They stand on the sidewalk outside the shop. "Thank you," Kogure says, smiling, always smiling, and Mitsui half wants to hit him again. "I have to go home and study now," Kogure says and shifts his bag on his shoulder. He waves.

Mitsui watches until he disappears around a corner. Then he goes back to school for extra practice.

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The gentle WAFF that is not overpoweringly sweet like Mitsui's coffee totally made my day. :) Which has thus far consisted of a Poli final worth 40% of my final grade, a nap full of terrible dreams, and a panic attack upon waking up because I thought missed by 8 o'clock exam. Ugh. Let's not do that again.

But MITKO. ♥ Almost a slice of life ficlet but not quite, because of Mitsui's return. And he totally has a crush on Kogure. ::hums happily:: Yay!

It's such a WAFF-y day for me. :) I'm glad this cheered you up. I hope your day is going better now. *hugs*

And he totally has a crush on Kogure.

He SO does. How could he help it? ♥

Awwww. I am filled with warm, sugary fuzzies now. :) Also happy I have coffee.

It's a warm sugary fuzzy day today. :) Like wearing flannel jammies and drinking tea that you stirred with a candycane. Not that I actually got to do those things. But I had a lot of coffee.

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So good to hear! These two make me feel all squishy inside.

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It was so exciting, watching for the first time and feeling so warm and fluttery whenever there was something between them. :)

And I'm glad you liked this little snippet! I've written a few other short MitKo pieces; just click the mitko tag.

Slam Dunk is king. Best sports series ever. I'm gald you're liking it so much! I just wish there were still more of a fandom. If there were, I think I'd be writing it all the time.

Much love for this. :)

I wish I could have participated in the SD fandom too! Now I appreciate new SD fics more than ever since they're so rare.

Aw, thank you. :) I love these two so much that I think I'd have to write them occasionally even if nobody else cared at all.

I was looking around your LJ and found this. <3
Oh, the love. The joy. -sniffles-

Thank you so much! One of these days, I'll write something substantial about them instead of little snippets.

HAPPY SNIPPET. (ok i was never good at resisting temptation. XD) I FEEL CONSOLED AND ALSO REWARDED.

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