Moving In - KagaKuro Domesticity Weekend Day One!
The day Kuroko moves in with the Fujimaki family, he feels tired. He sits in the car next to Fujimaki Takaya and doesn’t really speak the entire time. His relationship with the general is often defined by their philosophical discussions about literature, but they are just as easy together in silence. The general, more than anyone else in Kuroko’s life, knows just how tired Kuroko is. The boy has tried so hard to forge bonds—with the other Miracles, with humans, with anyone—only to have them severed, time and time again, and he is exhausted.
Kuroko feels somewhat like this move into the Fujimaki household is an escape—like an old time “rest cure” for madness. He feels tired, and numb, and hollow, and a little bit like maybe he should just disappear from everything.
“Oh,” Fujimaki says, his voice strange. It draws Kuroko’s attention, who only looks at the man but doesn’t ask the question. “My children have, apparently, come to visit,” he says, answering Kuroko’s unasked question.
Kuroko has never met the general’s children, and somewhat thought he wouldn’t ever really need to—they were all adults, Fujimaki had explained, moved out and with families or lives of their own.
“Is that… not a good thing?” Kuroko asks, suddenly uncertain. What if they didn’t want him here? What if he was an intrusion after all?
“It is perfectly fine,” Fujimaki says reassuringly, “I had just hoped… well, I was always planning on introducing you, just… after you had the chance to settle.” He looks down at Kuroko after he parks the car and says, “The important thing to remember is that they mean well.”
“I BROUGHT CLOTHES AND STUFF.”
“That was very nice of you, Sakura, thank you. We did buy Tetsuya-kun clothes. We also have stuff,” Fujimaki replies calmly.
“YEAH, BUT NOT NICE CLOTHES. YOU AND MOM HAVE NO TASTE.”
“Please do not take this the wrong way, but what are you all doing here?”
“TO MEET TETSUYA. I ALWAYS WANTED A LITTLE BROTHER.”
“Hey! You have a little brother!” Tadashi says indignantly. “I’m your little brother!”
“I WANT A CUTE LITTLE BROTHER.”
“OK, if we’re adopting more siblings, I want a new sister,” Tadashi says.
“Both of you, be quiet,” Hiroki says. “We are trying to make a good impression. Where is Tetsuya-kun?”
“He’s here,” Fujimaki says, calmly. “But I think you’ve frightened him.”
Kuroko doesn’t feel frightened, exactly. But these people are loud, and a little overwhelming, and it has always been his automatic response to fade into the background whenever confronted with something new.
“HEY I FOUND HIM,” Sakura says, almost pouncing on Kuroko when she spots him. Kuroko is a little startled by the discovery—it’s the rare sort of person who can spot him through his Latent Overflow.
“Awesome,” Tadashi says, “Nice to meet you, kid. Let me show you your room. It’s my old room and I’ve stocked it with supplies.”
“What kind of supplies?” Fujimaki asks, sounding vaguely concerned.
“All kinds of supplies,” Tadashi replies enigmatically, tugging on Kuroko.
“Guys, you are doing a terrible job of a good first impression. This is what happens when you lack discipline—”
“SHUT UP, HIROKI,” “No one asked you, Hiroki,” Sakura and Tadashi say at the same time.
This is, all things considered, not something he expected to encounter, and by the end of the day, Kuroko’s energy is drained. It’s a different kind of tired than before, but good.
The day Kuroko moves in with Kagami, he feels confident that this is the right choice, but unexpectedly sad.
“Are you sure you still want to do this?” Kagami asks, uncertain, like he has ever since he met the general and his wife.
“Yes, Kagami-kun. This is where I belong,” Kuroko says simply. And that’s all that really matters—for the first time in his life, Kuroko has found somewhere he belongs. He will miss the Fujimakis, and he will always appreciate their kindness, but he doesn’t want to lose this chance. (Kagami would wait, if that’s what Kuroko wanted. But Kuroko doesn’t want to wait. He spent years waiting for his chance to escape Teiko, and he’s done putting off things he wants. Life is too precious to postpone desire).
“OK,” Kagami says, coloring slightly. “If that’s what you want.”
This time, moving in is a quiet affair. He has more stuff this time—books and clothes and a few basketball related things—but it is still quick and when he’s there, Kuroko feels like this is the home he was always meant to have.
And even though he’s moved in with Kagami for awhile, it’s a bit like he’s moving in all over again when the Fujimaki siblings finally come to visit.
“SEE? I TOLD YOU THEY WOULDN’T HAVE ANYTHING.”
“They’re dudes, Sakura, of course they—holy crap, man, did you just move in or something?” Tadashi looks around. “Where’s all your stuff?”
“I have stuff,” Kagami defends.
“No, you really don’t,” Hiroki says. “That’s OK, we brought you stuff.”
“We don’t need—”
“HERE’S A PLANT,” Sakura says, handing Kagami a ficus.
“I don’t need a plant?” Kagami says.
“THE PLANT’S NAME IS DONALD.”
“What—why does the plant have an American name?” Kagami says.
“We also brought more chairs and rugs, and Sakura brought some fancy bathroom stuff,” Hiroki says.
“IT’S CALLED SOAP.”
“Your kitchen is surprisingly well-stocked for two dudes living together,” Tadashi says, with an impressed whistle. “Someone knows how to cook. And by someone, I mean obviously Kagami has some hidden depths, because I know it’s not you, Tetsuya.”
“Kagami-kun is very talented,” Kuroko says.
“Get out of our kitchen,” Kagami says.
Kuroko looks at Kagami, not expected the easy way he said “our”—and it fills him with a kind of warmth he’s experienced every day since moving in.
“Obviously I need to visit you guys more,” Tadashi says. “I’ve been mooching off of Hiroki’s wife because Sakura is crap at cooking.”
“COOK FOR YOUR DAMN SELF, TADASHI.”
“How, how often are they going to visit?” Kagami asks Kuroko to the side.
“Not too often,” Kuroko says. “But, I imagine it will always be like this when they do.”
“Christ. I’m going to have to buy more dishes,” Kagami says.
“WE BROUGHT DISHES!” Sakura says helpfully.
It would be hard to explain how happy it makes him: to be in the home he belongs, and still have the important people he’s met still in his life. There was a time when it seemed like everything could be taken away and every bond could be severed. Kagami is the first person who made him realize that wasn’t true, but Kuroko is beginning to see there were people who were trying to teach him that all along.