(oops iPod error again ^^' and do the twins just have telepathy with each other or can they read the minds of everyone?)
He looked way too cute when he did that. Jupiter was suddenly very preoccupied with tying his shoe laces, meticulously making sure that they were perfect. Great. He was always OCD whenever he got nervous. There was no reason to be nervous. No reason at all...
"We're being tested on pain tolerance." Jupiter added abruptly, just to fill the silence. His eyes were flat and blank as he finished tying his shoes."Be prepared. I guess they have a new machine." Jupiter scowled deeply, and even the sour expression wasn't enough to make him ugly.
[Lol That sucks... And yeah, just them, nobody else ^^ ]
Shasta frowned, watching Jupiter as he suddenly became very interested in his shoes. How weird. They were just shoes... "Stop what? You realise we do this all the time, right? It's not exactly something we can just stop."
He fiddled with the edge of his - or, well, Jupiter's - shirt nervously. Pain tolerance? New machine? He tried not to look as scared as he was, but knew he was failing. Pain tolerance was defnitely not his thing. Was it anyone's thing?
"Why does it have to be us, huh?" he asked very quietly, almost to himself but not quite. "Why do we have to be in such a s.hitty place? Why us?"
[ Okay thanks lol just double checking because then Jupiter would be in some real trouble haha ]
"Hmph. 'Can't stop'." Jupiter muttered, rolling his brows. Sure they couldn't. They probably loved having their little secret conversations about who knows what--
Shasta's sudden change in mood was enough to snap Jupiter out of his irritation. The boy really looked troubled, even if he was trying to hide it. It made Jupiter want to go over and sit beside him, comfort him. But of coarse, he couldn't do that. He opened his mouth to reply, but was saved by a small knock on the door. Jupiter went very still as the knob turned and in entered the tiny Rose.
As usual, her hair was up in a sloppy bun, stray ink black curls falling by her tired face. Jupiter let a tiny hiss of frustration escape his lips as he took the rest of her in.
"What the hełl happened to your eye?" He demanded, getting up and walking over to the girl. Her left eye was a dark purple, slightly swollen. Ross weakly smiled.
"I tripped. Honest." She even swore across her heart, dressed in simple white slacks and button down shirt."Hello, Shasta. Nice shirt." Rose smirked, before she became more serious."I'm actually here to uh...get Kai." There was nothing more that could put Jupiter to silence than that sentence. He was probably going to be the first tester of the day.
[Lol Yes, very much trouble xD ]
It was then that Kai stepped out, still towel-drying his hair with his grey shirt still left unbuttoned. "What about getting me?" he muttered, looking very tired all of a sudden. Great - so he was probably first for this stupid tolerance thing.
Shasta didn't even have to voice his concern; besides it being written all over his face, it was also pretty clear in his head. Kai shot him an apologetic look. I'll be fine. He turned to smile down at Rose, but it immediately faded. "What the f.uck happened to your face, Rosie? Oh s.hit, who punched you, Rose? Huh?"
"She said she tripped," Shasta murmured, grabbing his brother's trembling hand. It made Kai jump; when did he get there? "That's what happened, right? You tripped? That's all."
"I tripped." Rose repeated firmly, her green hazel eyes staring at Kai resolutely. She was someone who hated violence, and knew this would probably rile everyone up. But, what could she do? They sent her on purpose, just to get a reaction out of Kai..."Are you ready to go?" She then asked politely, her gaze flickering down to her white shoes.
"Like hełl you tripped." Jupiter muttered, frowning."Don't freak, Kai. That's exactly what they want. For you to freak." He sighed, running his hand through his still damp hair."Are we allowed to go to breakfast, Rosie? Shasta and I?"
"Yes. I have to escort Kai though." Rose explained, before shrugging. Jupiter's frown deepened; he swore if they made her watch there woud be hełl to pay.
"Who the f.uck hit you? Huh?" Kai's hands were clenched into fists now. "Why would you lie about them hurting you, Rose?"
"Kai, shut up and chill," Shasta murmured, his voice low. He still had a tight grip on Kai's arm; the boy was prone to being overprotective, which usually led to him becoming somewhat violent. And that was not what they needed right now. "She tripped. Okay? Come on. Chill."
Kai simply glared at him and wrenched his arm away, stalking angrily out of the room and down the hall. "Fine! If they want me so bad they have to punch a girl in the face and send her over, they can f.ucking have me! Let's go, Rosie."
Rose surpressed a sigh, pursing her lips as she followed Kai down the hall. He was being loud enough to attract stares, which probably would help Kai's mood. Quickly, she ran to catch up to him, grabbing his arm slightly.
"Please, Kai," She begged in a soft voice, her gaze concerned as she stared up at him."They want you to freak out. Do you want to give them what they want?"
"Wonderful." Jupiter sighed at Kai's reaction."I wish your telepathy thing could control his temper." He paused."Or that Kiba was here. He always knew how to deal with everyone." Jupiter gulped, before squaring his shoulders.
"Breakfast then."He announced, beginning to walk towards the door."Just you and I, Shast." Jupiter gave a sideways grin.
"Aren't I already giving them what they want?" Kai muttered bitterly, though the hand on his arm was calming him down considerably. He realised he still hadn't buttoned his shirt, and fumbled to fix that even though he knew they'd make him take it off anyway.
"I just..." He sighed, giving up with the stupid shirt buttoned only halfway. "I don't understand why they would give you a black eye just to get my reaction. They could've given me a black eye, and that would've gotten my attention just fine."
"Yeah... Kiba was a troublemaker, too, though..." And just as overprotective, if not more so. "Just be glad Kai isn't picking fights with guards or sneaking dirty magazines."
Jupiter's smile caught Shasta totally off guard, and he blushed. Great. Just great. But hey, now that they were alone... "So, um, I was going to ask you something earlier, but Kai said no..." But now that Kai was preoccupied with Rose, maybe he wouldn't have his mind so open to Shasta's thoughts... "But I'll ask you after you sit down. Having you run away wouldn't be pleasant..."
"I don't know either." Rose admitted, glad that her touch was having some affect on him. Hopefully he didn't notice the slight blush the realization caused..."Besides, it hardly hurts." She reassured brightly, nodding earnestly.
"True. But at least he didn't only sneak dirty magazines." He smiled at all the different things Kiba did steal, before blinking.
"Ask me what?" Jupiter asked, trying to tone down his tone of panic to a minimum."Sit down? Why would I run away?" He gulped, before stuffing his hands in his pockets and staring straight ahead. There was no need to be nervous, no reason...
Oh, brilliant - it only hurt just a little? Kai gritted his teeth as he glanced down at her. "You're not helping, Rosie." Well, her touch was. But that was about it. "You're too sweet to get hurt like that. Too nice. Not that I want you to stick up for yourself - that'll just get you in even more trouble. I just wish I could be there more to make sure you're okay, y'know?" He could see the door to the testing room not too far away now, and paused his steps in hesitance.
Shasta held back a grimace; maybe he shouldn't have said that. Now Jupiter was all nervous. And as cute as that nervousness might've been, it also meant that anything could happen.
"Well... I guess even if you did sit down, you could still run off, couldn't you..." he mused, sighing as he got into the line for food. "I was just wondering... Well, um... Oh, nevermind. It'll just freak you out anyway, so why bother..."
"You're sweet, Kai." The words were out of her lips before she knew it, and she gulped right afterwards, laughing a little."But you can't protect me from everything." She continued on, smiling ruefully. It flickered as they approached the testing rooms."Xavier will be in there." She sighed, hesitating also.
"Yeah. Don't ask me." Jupiter fully agreed, grabbing a tray and mechanically putting whatever slop was offered. The cafeteria was bustling, and as soon as they sat down in a corner, Jupiter was looking troubled.
"I hope Rose and Kai are alright." He muttered, moving his food around his plate rather than eating it."Ugh. I can't believe them sometimes. They both obviously like each other..."
Kai couldn't hide his faint blush at her words. Sweet? Yeah right. "But I want to," he murmured, his eyes clearly sad as he looked down at her hands, which had somehow gotten laced together. Did he do that? Eesh... "Xavier?" Oh, for crying out loud... "Guess this is going to suck even worse than I thought, huh?"
"I know, right?" Shasta sat down across from him, staring down at whatever the h.ell was on his tray. Was this even food? "Like, hurry up and date each other already. Why drag it all out longer than needed?"
He pursed his lips and looked up to study Jupiter for a moment, weighing options. "Okay!" He clapped his hands together. "I'm going to ask you anyway, because it's killing me. And I promise I won't tell anyone if you say yes, okay?" Taking a deep breath, he leaned forward just slightly. "Jupiter, are you g.ay?"
"I...uh..."Rose was suddenly trying to remember how to speak. Their hands were intertwined and it was making her heart do flips in her chest. It would of been perfect if a slithery voice didn't interrupt them.
"Well, isn't this just adorable." Xavier cooed in faux awe. Rose suddenly jerked away from Kai, her eye landing on the man, guarded and uncomfortable."Oh, don't let me intrude. Carry on. I do love public displays of affection."His eyes glinted with malice."It gives me such a great advantage, knowing my experiments care for one another."
One moment Jupiter was eating whatever the hełl they served them and then the next his fork was on his tray because he dropped it, staring at Shasta with a shell shocked expression before he could finally form his words.
"What?" He repeated flatly."Am I gày?" Jupiter gulped, before he could muster the appropriate reaction."What gives you that impression Shasta? Huh?" He let his anger show only slightly, though inside he was feeling extreme panic.
Kai tried not to shudder, but failed, an icy shiver spidering down his back. Xavier - and Xenos too, for that matter - seriously freaked him out. And as soon as Rose yanked her hand away, any hint of vague comfort was completely gone, as if it had never been there in the first place.
"You're the one who hit her, aren't you?" He didn't even realise he was talking till the words were out of his mouth. "What kind of reaction were you expecting from me and the others? Were you wanting a fight to start?"
And now Jupiter was mad... Maybe asking so soon wasn't the best idea. Shasta looked down at his food as he moved it around with his fork, watching it as if it was interesting.
"Sorry. I was just curious, that's all." No need to bring Kai into this. Although he was the one to bring this up in the first place... Maybe he deserved some of Jupiter's wrath for once. "I was just thinking... Well, Kai was thinking, too, that maybe I should actually get a boyfriend instead of..." Instead of... f.uck buddies? "I mean, not that dating you is really an option, since you don't even like me that much. I was just curious. Sorry."
"Well it would have been more interesting if you starts fights with me. Your whole 'peaceful guy' act gets so old, Kai." Xavier sighed, leaning against the doorway. He examined his nails with a bored disposition, before his eyes went back up to Kai and Rose."Well, we're going to be testing you on pain tolerance today. Everyone." His smile was like a cat's grin."Care to watch, Rosie?"
"No thank you." She answered quietly, her eyes flickering down and a shiver snaking it's say up her spine. She hated when he called her "Rosie." Rose's eyes went to Kai briefly, before she quickly left.
"Just curious?" Jupiter repeated, incredulous as he stared at Shasta. Man, he would have to be more careful. What made him think that? It made Jupiter want to shrink down and vanish, but instead he just focused on seperating his food with his fork.
"And I don't hate you." He added sullenly, before blinking. Ugh maybe this was why!"You're just annoying." Jupiter clarified gruffly, though with a weak smile."But I'm no fun all the time either so...wait Kai thinks that, too!?" He stiffened, before sighing."Stupid stupid stupid..."He muttered to himself under his breath.
"'Peaceful guy act'?" Kai repeated flatly, thankful that he had enough self-control to not slap Xavier in the face. For now. As soon as Rose left, though, his fists clenched tightly. Great - now he was alone with this creep. "So you want to get your a.ss kicked? Is that what you're trying to say?"
"I'm not annoying!" Shasta protested for the second time this morning. "I'm just me, okay?" Was that really so bad? Couldn't he just be himself without people messing with him?
He frowned a little. "What's so bad about Kai thinking so? Actually, he was the one who brought up the fact that you're g.ay. I didn't believe him of course, but I figured I ask just to make sure. And apparently he was right." His eyes suddenly brightened, and he smirked, leaning forward with his elbow on the table. "Do you like him? Oh h.ell, you're crushing on my brother!"
"Ah, there's the attitude Kiba taught you." Xavier smiled broadly, before opening the door into the testing room. It smelled strongly of antiseptic, and he showed his smile once more."After you."
Rose didn't feel like going to breakfast. How could she when she knew Kai was most likely being tortured this very second? She took in a deep breath, trying to steady her fast walking as she softly entered her room.
"Seong?" She called out, not knowing if the girl was still here or in th cafeteria.
"What?! No!" Jupiter snapped, leaning away from Shasta's wide curious gaze. Plus, him being that close just made his heart flutter wildly."I'm not gây, okay? I don't like anyone. Especially not Kai." This is good, though. At least Shasta doesn't think I like him. Jupiter gulped, composing himself.
"Besides, even if I did like anyone, which I don't,"He repeated again, more firmly,"I don't deserve them. I'm not good enough for anyone." Jupiter explained simply, nodding.
"You really liked that guy, didn't you..." Kai muttered, shoving his hands into his pockets so he wouldn't try anything as he walked inside. "My my, such a gentleman, aren't we?" Maybe being sarcastic at a time like this - with a guy like Xavier - wasn't the best plan. Oh well.
Seong looked up from her book immediately as her name was called, that expression of mixed curiosity and blankness on her face as always. "Yes?" She tilted her head in slight confusion. "What happened to your face, Rose? That does not look like the effects of an experiment..."
Shasta's eyes narrowed a little. "So you're... asexual? Well jeez, that's no fun." So that meant no flirting, no kissing, no hugs, no dating or marriage... Wouldn't that get boring after a while?
"And why on earth wouldn't you deserve anybody? That's a horrible way to think. To think you'll never be good enough, so you'll die alone and unloved..." He shivered a little, before his expression became very serious. Almost too serious, coming from Shasta of all people. "Don't ever think you're not good enough. Because that's total bull and you know it."
(I don't know what to make Xavier do lol so when Kai gets back, give him whatever injuries you want haha )
"Xavier." Rose sighed, letting how exhausts she felt show as her shoulders slumped. She fell on the back of her bed, closing her eyes tiredly."I just don't get it, Seong. I was up all last night being poked at, and then I get woken up by him, only to walk to his office and get punched. Just to píss Kai off, too." Rose stopped, her voice trembling. She gulped, before she propped herself up and stared at Seong. Like Rose, she shared the love of reading."Did you already have breakfast?"
"Asexual? What no, I'm just...ugh forgot it." Jupiter groaned, drained from this conversation entirely. He stare at Shasta dully as he continued, before his expression became red against his will. He hastily buried his face into his arms, a soft smile on his lips. No one had ever said that him before...not seriously...
"Uh...thanks." Jupiter mumbled against his arms, carefully looking up at Shasta."Really. But stop looking so serious. Kind of freaks me out, Shast." He chuckled a little, before squaring his shoulders."Should we go back to our room?"
[Lol that's fine ]
"Ah, Xavier." Seong nodded, knowing full well how dangerous (and somewhat idiotic) the man could be. Was he even technically a doctor? "So he wanted Kai to react to his mate being injured. I see. Did Kai react as Xavier was hoping?" Kai could no doubt be a bit grumpy in the mornings...
"Just g.ay," Shasta said with a smirk. "Right? But I'm glad you're not asexual. That would totally suck, wouldn't it?" Maybe talking about this with a guy who was now blushing for absolutely no reason wasn't such a good plan...
"Fine, fine. But the inspirational quotes just don't have the same effect if you're laughing while you say them." But seriously, why was Jupiter blushing? It was almost creepy. Shasta pursed his lips, debating whether or not to ask. "Sure - we can go back once you tell me why you look like you just saw Orlando Bloom with his shirt off."