This follows A Dilemma and Uncertainty. Please enjoy!
Title: A Bad Situation
Warnings: BL, mentions of sex, bad words, mentions of Silver Pair, etc.
Author's Note: Haha, done another piece! I threw in some Silver Pair because I love them and think they're adorable. XD;
It wasn't that Gakuto wasn't aware of the real possibility of the situation, because he most certainly was. He was fully aware of the fact that he was the prettiest member of the tennis club (prettier than Taki, he didn't care what people said; Taki might have nice hair, but did he have people come to tennis matches for the sole purpose of staring at his ass? Gakuto didn't think so), and he knew that he had many, many admirers. Before he had been dating Yuushi, after all, he got around quite a bit, and even still, he was sure there were plenty of people who fell for him daily. Hell, Gakuto was secretly of the opinion that, when they were freshman, Shishido had even had a bit of a crush on him, for possibly a few days, before they began to bicker. It was no big deal, that was just how things were.
So then why, Gakuto asked himself for the millionth time, did it matter if Hiyoshi was in love with him? It had been a week since Yuushi had informed him of this apparent fact, and Gakuto was still having trouble with it. Sure, he was fully aware that he was wonderful and sexy and desirable, but... it just wasn't okay for Hiyoshi to love him. Because Hiyoshi was his friend. And his doubles partner. And Gakuto actually liked Hiyoshi, interacted with him on a daily basis. As opposed to all those other admirers, who he could blow off whenever he wanted or simply ignore from the get-go, Hiyoshi wasn't going to go away anytime soon and Gakuto didn't really want him to. Like Shishido, Hiyoshi was someone with whom Gakuto enjoyed spatting, someone with whom he liked to hang out and do whatever with, low key, that sort of thing. If Hiyoshi was in love with him, it would just muck things up, complicate things, end up losing Gakuto one of his closest friends, and Gakuto was simply not okay with that. Which is why Hiyoshi just couldn't be in love with him.
The problem was, of course, ever since Yuushi had told him, Gakuto had been hyper-aware of everything Hiyoshi did, from the way he moved when they were together on the courts to the way he looked at Gakuto (or looked away) when they ate lunch together to the sound of his voice when Gakuto called him to ask him if he wanted to hang out this weekend. And as much as Gakuto was loathe to admit it, it was seeming an awful lot like Yuushi was right; on the courts, Hiyoshi's movement when he knew Gakuto was looking was a bit awkward and choppy, and sometimes, when Gakuto was at the net, he would glance over his shoulder to catch a glimpse of Hiyoshi staring at... well, Gakuto had a good feeling of where Hiyoshi would be staring, but he simply didn't want to admit it. But that wasn't all, when they ate lunch together on the roof (and Hiyoshi had been showing up to eat lunch with Gakuto more and more often as of recent...) Hiyoshi would just look at him when the conversation died down with this funny look in his eye, and when Gakuto asked him about it, he would turn red and look away and mutter something unintelligible. And then there was his voice; whenever Gakuto caught him off guard, his response always seemed to be a little gruffer, a little throatier than usual. And if Gakuto didn't acknowledge that all that added up to something, he would have to be stupid, but... but it wasn't okay!
Because what if Hiyoshi decided to do something about it? Sure, everyone knew that Gakuto and Yuushi were dating, everyone knew that they were practically connected at the hip (or, more often, other places), but that had never stopped plenty of boys from offering him various things, begging him him, even crying for him to leave Yuushi and come with them, instead. So what if Hiyoshi decided to try that, too? What if Hiyoshi confessed his love and Gakuto was forced to turn him down? Gakuto had turned down tons of boys, both before and after Yuushi, before, but he had no idea how he would go about turning away his friend without hurting his feelings, without ruining the relationship they had and dooming him to an awkward doubles partnership for as long as Kantoku was of the opinion that they fit together? It was a situation Gakuto never, ever wanted to be in, and that's why Hiyoshi simply wasn't allowed to be in love with him.
But yet, he was. Hiyoshi was most definitely in love with him, and this was unfortunately confirmed for Gakuto one day when, dashing back to the locker room to grab his spare racquet after a practice match against Kabaji had ended in broken strings, he had overheard Hiyoshi from the bathroom, very much alone and very much gasping Gakuto's name as if he weren't. And Gakuto simply didn't know what to do. He felt the need to safeguard himself against confessions, if there was a way to do such a thing, but when he tried to ask Yuushi about it, Yuushi had only laughed at him, bastard that he was, and again suggested that Gakuto "give him a try," a comment which led to a very irate Gakuto swearing he'd never sleep with Yuushi again (a promise which had lasted all of twenty minutes, but it was the thought that counted). Yuushi seemed to think that Gakuto could just fuck whoever he wanted, consequences be damned, and perhaps that was how Yuushi cared to conduct his life, but Gakuto actually cared about his friends' feelings, and that just wasn't an option. After Yuushi was absolutely useless for another three days, Gakuto finally decided that he had to have another opinion.
However, it was an awkward sort of question, and not the sort of thing that Shishido would have any sensitivity to whatsoever, so Gakuto decided to try Ootori first. After all, Ootori was kind of annoying and a goody-two-shoes and was always playing up being Shishido's nice, sweet boyfriend (it kind of made Gakuto sick to his stomach sometimes), but he would know about this sort of thing. And that's how Gakuto found himself sitting in a coffee shop across from Ootori, who was smiling attentively back at him like he was in fucking school. "So, what did you say you wanted to talk about, Mukahi-sempai?"
Gakuto felt distinctly awkward and shrugged, not meeting Ootori's studious gaze. "There's just this thing and I was wondering if you'd know what to do."
Ootori smiled, taking a sip of his latte. "I don't know if I'll be able to help, but I'll certainly try."
Gakuto nodded, trying to decide on the best phrasing for his problem. "So, uh, I have this friend. And I'm pretty sure that he's in love with, uh... me. And I don't know what to do, because I don't want him to confess to me because then I'll have to turn him down, and then it'll fuck up our friendship and stuff. So I dunno what to do." That sounded really dumb and also really narrowed down who it could be; Gakutos friends were basically limited to Yuushi, Shishido, and Hiyoshi (and sometimes Taki and Jirou on the side, but they didn't really count), and seeing as he was already dating Yuushi and Shishido was obviously madly in love with the boy with whom he was talking... Gakuto hoped it wasn't too obvious.
But Ootori only smiled and nodded, as if he knew everything in the world. "Mukahi-sempai... you're probably going to think it's stupid, but really, my advise is to be honest. If he doesn't say anything, then you don't have to do anything. But if he does confess to you, then... well, you have to tell him the truth, right? I'm sure he'll understand. Everyone knows how much you love Oshitari-sempai."
Despite how shameless Gakuto was about his relationship, he couldn't help but flush brightly at Ootori's last comment. Honestly, sometimes, this kid was just too much... but maybe he was right. Besides, there wasn't really anything else Gakuto could do, was there? He couldn't very well walk up to Hiyoshi and say, "Hey, Piyo, I know you're in love with me, but I don't think you should be, because I don't want it to fuck up our friendship. I only like you as a friend. Okay?" So he would have to follow Ootori's advice, because he didn't really have much of another option.
Damn. This situation sucked. Could it possibly be much worse?
But before Gakuto could get too far into his internal berating of his current problem, Ootori caught his eyes shyly. "Um... Mukahi-sempai... can I ask you a question, too?"
Gakuto blinked. "Sure, I guess that's fair."
Ootori blushed, looking away a moment, down at his hands, which were clasped together neatly on the table. Gakuto was thoroughly confused now, and was about to voice this when Ootori spoke softly. "Um... Shishido-san's been... I mean... well, he's very sweet and everything, but we've been dating almost half a year and... well..." Gakuto raised an eyebrow, not following, and Ootori squeezed his eyes shut, as if bracing himself. "It's just... could you possibly teach me how to seduce Shishido-san?"
Gakuto stared for a good long minute, then almost laughed. Ootori, poor boy, was flushed bright red and looking down at the table like his face was weighted or something, and it was just so pathetic that Gakuto decided to be generous. "Sure, why not?" he replied, and was amused to see Ootori's eyes light up like it was Christmas morning. Teaching Ootori to be sexual in any way would probably be amusing, not to mention taking Gakuto's mind off of his own issue. Perhaps some people did have worse situations, after all.