Slam dunk

Warnings/notes : AU, Yami/Yugi, Seto/Joey, Otogi/Honda and possibly slight Bakura/Ryou, oocness.

Disclaimer : I don't own Yu-Gi-Oh.

written at 20th january 2004, by Misura, for Kaira-chan who put up a challenge for a basketball-fic.

Checking his watch, Yugi Mutoh, the newest pupil to Domino High, started running. Today would be his first day here and he didn't want to make a bad impression by being late. He hoped his class-mates would be nice.

Jogging past a field on which several boys were playing a game of basketball, Yugi hardly paid any attention to the road ahead of him, too caught up in following the movements of the ball and the players. Thus, he only noticed the tall boy, who was standing in the shadows of a tree (which made him even less visible) a few seconds before he bumped into him.

Fortunately, Yugi managed to get a hold on something that kept him from falling over. What was a little less fortunately was that that 'something' was the trenchcoat of the tall boy, who was now glaring at him like he was some annoying insect.

Blushing slightly (this situation *had* mainly been his fault after all), Yugi stepped back, awkwardly stuttering an apology, followed by a quick introduction, neither of which was replied to.

"So ... what's your name?" Yugi dared, only to receive another glare. He was about to try again when the sound of a bell ended the basketball-game. The boys (and two girls) who had been playing hurried off the field, reminding Yugi he was supposed to hurry to his class.

Just when he was about to do so though, a blond boy literally jumped the tall boy whose name Yugi still didn't know. Judging by the murderous expression on his face, this action was no more welcome than Yugi's grabbing of his trenchcoat. Ah well, at least he wasn't the only one who got glared at, Yugi mused.

"Setooo! You watched the game! You *do* care!" Judging by the amused looks on some of the other players' faces, this wasn't an unusual occurence. Yugi did consider it a little weird though.

"I was just passing by. Now, get off of me, mutt!" The tall boy, whose name apparently was 'Seto' managed to pry off the blond, quickly walking away to the main-building.

"You know you want me, Seto! You can't hide and run forever!" Several players snickered, while the blond dramatically spread his arms, as if inviting Seto to come back for a hug. Dropping them back at his side after a few seconds, he sighed. Yugi wondered if he just imagined the flash of sadness that passed over his face.

"My name is Kaiba for you, pup." A last sneering look back somehow seemed to cheer the blond back up again. Yugi concluded these two boys had a rather odd relationship. Or lack thereof perhaps.

For a moment, the blond seemed to want to run after him, but then he noticed Yugi.

"Hey, you must be the new kid! I'm Joey. If you want a guide or something, just tell me. I'd be more than happy to show you around a bit." Yugi returned the enthusiastic handshake slightly overwhelmed.

"I'm Yugi," he managed. "Thanks for the offer."

"No problem at all," Joey grinned.

"He could use some normal company instead of hanging around Kaiba all the time," a green-eyed boy joked. Joey introduced him as Ryuuji Otogi, before attempting to smack him for the suggested insult. One of the two girls watched them go with a chuckle and shook her head.

"My name is Anzu. If Joey's too busy mooning or making a fool of himself to play tour-guide, feel free to ask me." She smiled and Yugi nodded gratefully. Joey seemed very nice but also a bit ... lively. Though he didn't like the way Kaiba seemed to stare down on the blond, the comparison with a puppy wasn't that unsuitable.

"It's a pity you're so short, really. We could have used another player," Anzu continued. "Not to be insulting or anything," she added quickly, "It's just that Yami has grown a bit cocky recently."

"Yami?" Yugi asked curiously, mentally trying to remember anyone who might bear that name amongst the players he had seen on the field before he'd crashed into Kaiba.

"Tall, black shirt and spiky hair in three different colors. Kind of like yours really." Anzu shrugged. "You're bound to meet him soon enough. He's in the same class as you and me."

Saying that Yami was 'a bit cocky' was like saying Kaiba was 'a bit anti-social', Yugi quickly discovered. True to his words, Joey gave him a tour of the school, which included lots of introductions. Joey seemed to know just about everyone, making Yugi's head spin with his quick talking until he was sure he wouldn't remember a third of the names he'd heard.

Yami's name was one of the few he was sure he'd recall the next day though. They found him after a bit of asking around, outside on the basketball-court. Joey muttered something about how he should have known and how some people were just obsessed. Yugi was tempted to ask about the blond's own rather conspicuous interest in Kaiba, but decided it might be better to stay away from that particular subject until he knew the two of them a bit better.

And so they watched in silence how Yami practiced, Joey apparently waiting for Yami to take a break and Yugi not knowing what to say. After five minutes without Yami showing any sign of even having noticed his audience, Joey's patience ran out. Stepping forward and nimbly grabbing the ball, he finally managed to get Yami's attention. If not in any positive kind of way.

"What do you want?" Yami asked coldly, reaching for the ball.

"For you to meet our new classmate," Joey grinned, apparently completely unbothered by Yami's attitude. Deftly, keeping the ball out of Yami's reach he nodded to Yugi. "This is Yugi, Yugi, meet Yami, the ever sunny and cheerful pride of Domino's basketball-team."

"Hi," Yugi smiled shyly, holding out his hand.

"Hn. You're short," Yami replied, before snatching the ball out Joey's hands and continuing his private game as if nothing had happened.

"He's pretty nice once you get to know him," Joey remarked as they walked back.


A/N : Well? Worth continuing? Like the cast? I did consider having Seto and Joey be the rivals (instead of Yami and Yugi), but I thought this'd be more fun. ^^;