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I realize how much tsukishima hates asking for things. He hates asking for anything. It’s like a mix of him believing that people won’t react well to him asking them and being too embarrassed/prideful to ask. The fact that he hates approaching people and hates needing help probably also has a bit to do with it. Tsukishima was embarrassed and hesitant about asking his volleyball coach for help with volleyball. He waited 6 games and a set before even tentatively asking for permission to time the blocks. He asked hinata to spike for him and immediately followed it up with “im not twisting your arm so you don’t have to or anything” as if hinata, of all people, was going to be offended about being asked to practice some more. He had to ask permission to ask bokuto and kuroo a question. And then was completely taken aback when permission was granted like? It’s a single question? You really don’t even need permission, just ask? Literally any time he’s asking anyone for anything, he’s as awkward as he can possibly be about it. He’s visibly nervous too, he’s hunched over and twiddling with his thumbs more often than not. He honestly acts like he 100% believes that they’ll all refuse to even hear him out. 

(PS: the only tsukishima’s shown confidently approaching someone with a request was with akiteru when he was younger (come show me some moves” “can I come to your games?” “why not?”) So… do with that what you will)

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DY’s childish games making TY brighten his mood  

I feel like tsukishima and yamaguchi are both terrible at communicating in different ways. I know tsukishima is one that’s usually considered bad at communicating (and I can totally see how) but please consider that yamaguchi…

  • has yet to share his internal turmoil about not being a starter with anyone
  • went off the team to an outside, rather unaffiliated adult for help instead of to his upperclassmen or teachers
  • shares more about tsukishima than he does about himself and subconsciously uses tsukishima as a social shield
  • clams up after losing to seijoh
  • held off on talking to tsukishima about real ass things that bothered him until his emotions boiled over and he ended up just screaming his emotions to his best friend in the middle of the night in a rather public place
  • (and as it turns out, tsukishima actually had no problems accepting yamaguchi’s words and heard him out with minimal resistance so all of yamaguchi’s internal reasons for not speaking up sooner just kind of flew out the window)
  • will 100% say nothing is wrong when everything is going to shit
  • has never ever verbalized his emotions in any serious context to any of his teammates
  • won’t talk to his best friend about Important Things™ sometimes because he’s afraid it’ll annoy him enough and he’ll presumably stop being friends with him despite not having any evidence supporting that theory
  • is super competitive but rarely shows it
  • is the kind of guy that you look back and realize you know very little about personally
  • is the kind of guy who blows up at people for not knowing things he didn’t actually communicate or suddenly bursts with boiled-over frustration and leaves you going “um where did that come from?”
  • apologizes the next day and insists you forget about it and that he’s just fine and nothing is wrong haha dw about it
  • has really only cracked jokes with tsukishima and (very recently) hinata
  • tends to dance around topics or questions that he doesn’t want to answer
  • sucks at communicating despite being so bubbly and talkative

Don’t get me wrong, tsukishima has his own issues with communication to be sure, but they’re different. Tsukishima simply refuses to communicate on important things 90% of the time, especially if the issue really bothers him because that’s getting into emotions and that’s not what he’s here for. He’s embarrassed and a bit awkward about sharing so he cages off instead, and he doesn’t do well with approaching people who don’t approach him first. But on the flip side, he seems to own his lack of skill better and has less hang ups about it. At the very least he doesn’t seem bothered when people don’t know much about him because no duh, how could they understand him or his feelings if he doesn’t share? That’s tsukishima’s take on it and he’s got it on the nose there. Also, when directly confronted or when he actually decides to open up by himself, tsukishima’s words are very honest and blunt and they invite little room for misunderstandings. 

Yamaguchi’s communication problems stem from a different place. He’s a great communicator… to an extent. Whereas tsukishima’s hang up is just that he’s a very private person who feels uncomfortable opening up, yamaguchi’s stems from the fact that he wants to but is simultaneously too embarrassed or afraid to. He’d like to both communicate how he’s feeling and keep his cards close to his chest, and since he can’t actually have it both ways his emotions end up being turned into some sort of ticking time bomb. He holds anything he feels is too important to share at bay until that’s no longer an option and he blows up at someone or something very suddenly. Like he kinda wants people to know about things but my god he doesn’t want to have to tell them. And even when he is opening up he’ll often stall or dance around the issue a bit. Yamaguchi is a good talker and he’s more of an extrovert than tsukishima, but that doesn’t make him a master communicator by any stretch of the imagination. 

Tsukishima’s such a fake lil shit because on one hand “i don’t like to do anything off contract and I will only cooperate begrudgingly” is his general state of being but on the other hand he was so intensely focused on matching koganegawa that he never even noticed he was jumping higher until hinata (of all people) pointed it out to him. On that note, he’s never failed to hit a spike from any setter as long as it was within reason, even if they weren’t the best sets. He’s also never missed a single team event, is able to seemlessly place himself where the receivers need him for blocks, and can generally work around the duo’s weird ups and downs no problem. Like he tries to be totally unaffected and difficult but he can never quite commit.

SWITCHING SETTERS *PARDON THE ALL CAPS I JUST GOT TOO EXCITED*

I SUDDENLY THOUGHT OF A VERY CUTE BODY SWAP AU/IDEA WHERE THE PRETTY SETTERS OF NEKOMA, FUKURODANI AND AOBA JOHSAI RANDOMLY SWITCHED BODIES, WOKE UP AS A DIFFERENT PERSON WHILE THEYRE IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH THEIR CAPTAIN/VICE CAPTAIN

AND ONLY THE 3 SETTERS KNEW WHAT HAPPENED AND THEY SORTA GOTTA FIGURE OUT A WAY TO GET THIS FIXED COS THEY DONT HONESTLY WANNA KISS THE WRONG BOYFRIEND ASDAGHSHA

THEY ALL ACT AS THE SETTER THEY CURRENTLY ARE AND ITS DAMN OBVIOUS HOW THEYRE NOT THAT PERSON AND THEIR TEAM’S ARE JUST—- ‘WTF FUCKS WRONG WITH HIM???’

OIKAWA IN AKAASHI’S BODY

AKAASHI IN KENMA’S BODY

KENMA IN OIKAWA’S BODY

THE WHOLE THING IS A MESS TBH AND IWAIZUMI THOUGHT OIKAWA IS SICK OR SOMETHING BC HES ON HIS PHONE THE WHOLE TIME AND WHEN HE CALLED HIM SHITTY HE LOOKED SO OFFENDED AND MADE THAT UNIQUE SOUR FACE SO IWAIZUMI CONCLUDED ‘YEP HE’S DEFINITELY WEIRD LIKE A /DIFFERENT/ WEIRD TODAY’ BUT THERES SOMETHING WRONG HE JUST COULDNT POINT OUT WHAT

KUROO ON THE OTHER HAND SAW HOW “’'KENMA”“ ACTED DURING THEIR PRACTICE AS HE DIDN’T EVEN TRY TO ESCAPE OR GOT ON HIS PHONE DURING BREAKS AND HOW HE’S ADDRESSING HIM SO FORMALLY WITH ‘KUROO-SAN’… KINDA REMINDED HIM OF….

HE CALLED FOR ‘KENMA’ AND DRAGGED HIM OUTSIDE THE GYM AND SAID HE WANTED A KISS (COS WHY NOT). ‘KENMA’ WAS CAUGHT OFF GUARD AND WHILE KUROO SLOWLY LEANED IN FOR A KISS, //AKAASHI// STOPPED HIM USING KENMA’S SMALL HANDS PRESSED AGAINST HIS MOUTH.

'Just as I thought…. Akaashi-san, hmm?’ KUROO’S FUCKING SMART HE COULD TELL WITH SO LITTLE INFORMATION LMAO

BOKUTO ON THE OTHER HAND:

'AKA-A-SHI HOW WAS THAT HUH???!!!’
'YAY BOKU-CHAN~~~ THAT SPIKE WAS AMAZINGGG!! BUT YOU GOTTA DO BETTER THAN THAT HEEHEE!’
'EHHHHHH????? SERIOUSLY???’

FROM A FAR FUKURODANI MEMBERS WERE WATCHING THE EXCHANGE LMAAOO

'I-IS THAT EVEN… AKAASHI?’
'WHATS WRONG WITH HIM???’
‘IS HE SICK?!’

BOKUTO WAS JUST DAMN CLUELESS HE THOUGHT HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR ”“AKAASHI’S”“ CHEERFUL MOOD COS HEY HEY HEEEYYY *PERVERT*

YOU THOUGHT BO YOU THOUGHT


TBC

I have a headcanon/maybe-canon-observation that yamaguchi sometimes will project his problems onto other people to deal with them. When he has an isssue himself, he’ll sometimes see that same issue in others when in reality it either doesn’t exist or it really isn’t something that bothers the other person. Ofc tsukishima is the closest to him, is also a bundle of issues, and they both have social problems and a relatively cautious natures so yamaguchi often will project onto him. However, what bothers yamaguchi isn’t always what’s going to bother tsukishima. He’s going to get it wrong sometimes. He got it mostly on the nose with the motivation thing, but yamaguchi was speaking from a very personal place and I think tsukishima kinda knew it. Yamaguchi literally said pride was all they needed. But tsukishima didn’t exactly feel the same, pride mattered but not like that–hence why he said he couldn’t “just accept that” and went to bokuto and kuroo for their opinion afterwards. And I imagine yamaguchi doing it more often than just that once. It’s not like he does it with every single thing, but certain overwhelming problems he finds easier to deal with if he just… gently shoves it onto someone else…. Never consiously, but he is vaguely aware that he has this habit. On that note, i love character flaws.