Sleep To Dream

Michael_Lin
The apartment where Michael lives is up several flights of stairs: Michael fumbles for his key, not entirely certain of where it is at the moment. Around his neck, he thinks, maybe?
5:20 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
Shousei stands, awkwardly and silently, as he has since they left.
5:20 PM Michael_Lin
eventually finds his key, but it slips through his fingers to fall onto the ground.
5:21 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
Shousei… yep, going to stand there, waiting for him to pick it up.
5:23 PM Michael_Lin
After a moment, Michael picks up the key, trying to ignore the flickers at the edges of his vision, and opens the door, steps inside and pauses to take off his shoes and turn on the lights. The apartment is still and silent.
5:25 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
Shousei waits for him to go in, then takes a step forward, not sure whether he's supposed to come in or not. He looks back, then looks at Michael. …If he's going to say anything.
5:27 PM Michael_Lin
"Y-you d-don't have to stay." it takes four and a half tries for words, timid as they are, to come out, and Shousei can probably see him struggling with them. "I-if y-you don't want to."
5:30 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
"…I don't mind it. I just wasn't sure I was invited."
5:31 PM Michael_Lin
That's really the closest Michael is going to come to saying either yes or no. Shousei totally /could/ leave him alone in what amounted to an empty apartment if he wanted.

5:32 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
Shousei steps inside, also taking his shoes off, trying not to look around curiously. "If you'd like, we can work on that project."
5:32 PM Michael_Lin
There really isn't much to look at.
5:32 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
Huh.
5:32 PM Michael_Lin
It's a small apartment, spotlessly clean.
5:33 PM
There's books neatly put away, and a portable computer on the table (closed), and a blanket (folded) and pillow on the sofa, as if someone sleeps there.
5:33 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
Well, Shousei will shut the door and find an unobtrusive place to stand until he knows what Michael's doing.
5:34 PM Michael_Lin
But other than that? Spotlessness aside, it really doesn't seem like anyone spends much time there.
5:34 PM
More a doll's house than an actual home, and it's probably really goddamn creepy.
5:34 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
Huh…
5:35 PM Michael_Lin
There's a door to what's probably a bedroom (closed).
5:35 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
Shousei feels kind of like he's intruding, given all this implies about Michael, but… he /is/ here to make sure the boy doesn't hurt himself, so what can you do?
5:36 PM Michael_Lin
nods, flutters over to the table to pick up his notes and textbook.
5:39 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
Shousei has his bookbag and books with him, so…
5:41 PM Michael_Lin
"I-I'm sorry."
Shousei_Yamazaki
"…For what?" Shousei is confused. "…Did I do something wrong?"
5:45 PM Michael_Lin
"F-for b-being trouble." it's something he's used to. his existence has always been trouble. I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry.
5:47 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
"You're not trouble at all."
5:49 PM Michael_Lin
blinks at him, obviously confused. But he had to take him home and he nearly fell on him and…
5:50 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
Shousei is also obviously confused. He shakes his head.
5:51 PM
"Uhm… I mean, you got sick and cut yourself badly, I was just trying to help?"
5:53 PM
"…" Shousei looks around awkwardly and decides to find a place to sit. "Your home is very neat."
5:53 PM Michael_Lin
"…oh." Michael says, after a moment, though his confusion should be obvious with a boy that lives in an apartment that is almost a doll's house practically by himself. "T-thank you." for both.
5:55 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
Well, he's just trying to be polite. "It's no trouble. That's… something classmates do for each other, right?" He says this as if making an informed guess.
5:57 PM Michael_Lin
"M-maybe?" Michael doesn't know, either.
5:58 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
"Heh." Shousei smiles a little, feeling a bit more at ease. "At least we're on the same page."
5:59 PM Michael_Lin
pulls the piece of paper he had been writing on at the meeting out of his backpack (set neatly on the floor.)
5:59 PM Michael_Lin
There is a chair around that Shousei can sit on.
5:59 PM
…about as sat-on as everything else here.
6:00 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
Shousei sits on the chair and gets his books out, probably sitting them on top of the laptop.
6:02 PM Michael_Lin
sets his notes down. There's…several pages of them.
6:03 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
…Since this morning?
6:04 PM
Shousei'd only gotten, like, one.
6:05 PM Michael_Lin
Yes.
6:06 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
Impressive.
6:08 PM Michael_Lin
….oh. Why was he still holding the shattered frames? He sighs, and tosses them on the table, to throw away later.
6:08 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
"…That's unfortunate."
6:09 PM
"Are you sure you don't want to play anymore? It was fun having you, outside of… well."
6:09 PM
The part where you tried to PK me for some reason.
6:09 PM Michael_Lin
"It's…it's too stressful."
6:10 PM
"M-my cousin gave it to me, b-but…" he just shakes his head.
6:11 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
He nods. "That's fair. Games shouldn't be stressful, and having to deal with glitches when you can't even delete and restart…"
6:12 PM
"It's not like it's your fault, so it shouldn't be a problem."
6:12 PM
"Can I read your notes? You can read mine, too, but you've obviously gotten more done."
6:12 PM Michael_Lin
"I-I s-should a-ask her about that." Michael looks away for a moment. "S-she w-works on t-the programming, s-so…"
6:12 PM Michael_Lin
hands them over.
6:13 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
"Oh? That's good. Maybe she can help. They certainly seem like they need it."
6:15 PM Michael_Lin
"T-that coding o-on yours? T-the one the foreigner woman said was by Iris?" Michael pauses, and continues, even less audibly. "I-It could be hers."
6:15 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
"…Oh?" Shousei blinks.
6:16 PM
Oh, well… he shouldn't presume… "I'm sorry. I didn't mean anything about the code, I just meant…"
6:17 PM Michael_Lin
"O-oh?"
6:19 PM
HIs notes are very precise and orderly.
6:21 PM Michael_Lin
is strongly reminded why he doesn't talk to people.
6:22 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
"…Ah. Sorry." Shousei shakes his head. "I misunderstood you."
6:23 PM Michael_Lin
just drops his eyes for a moment. Doesn't say anything. And the deeper silence in the apartment swallows everything.
6:23 PM Michael_Lin
"I-it's a-alright."
6:24 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
There is another moment of silence.
6:25 PM
"You seem like a nice enough person. I hope things… go better for you."
6:25 PM Michael_Lin
"I-I don't know."
6:25 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
"…Hm?"
6:26 PM Michael_Lin
just shakes his head. "N-nevermind."
6:28 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
Heh. "Well, at least we're /both/ awkward."
6:28 PM
"…Are your parents going to be home at some point?"
6:29 PM Michael_Lin
doesn't say anything for a long moment. Before shaking his head.
6:29 PM Michael_Lin
"Mother's…M-mother's in the hospital."
6:29 PM
And the way he says it, with that strange finality, should tell Shousei all he needs to know about that.
6:32 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
"…I'm sorry," Shousei says after another long pause.
6:34 PM Michael_Lin
There really isn't any way to really say 'it should be me instead'.
6:35 PM
"S-so a-am I."
6:41 PM Night_Misaki is now known as Zephyrus
6:41 PM Shousei_Yamazaki
"…Well, I'm also sorry for bringing it up." … … "Uhm… well. We have work to do…"
6:42 PM Michael_Lin
"O-okay." and he picks up a book, turning rapidly to the correct page.
6:45 PM Michael_Lin
chews on his pen as he opens a notebook, starting to make more notes as he reads.