It probably wasn't his most brilliant idea in terms of location and rule-bending, but Kaiaka was convinced that playing a one-on-one game of football with Cain in the Great Hall was beyond brilliant. After all, where else would they play while there was snow on the ground outside? The footing on the Quidditch Pitch was terrible this time of year, and he was pretty sure the Slytherin team had the Pitch booked today. So with the tables moved against the walls and chairs marking goal posts, the Great Hall was the biggest space where they could have a decent one-on-one game. And as long as no teacher or prefect came in to stop them, they weren't breaking any rules. Kai didn't consider a rule to be broken until he got caught, and they were five minutes into their game, so so far, so good!
Kai ran a hand through his short hair as he jogged after Cain, who had control of the black and white ball. He tried to find an in as the ball rolled across the slick floor, guided by Cain's footwork. They were nearing the chairs that marked his goal 'net', and Kai picked up speed, determined not to let the shot in. However, when he went to kick the ball out of Cain's control, the Ravenclaw seemed to see it coming, and kicked the ball into his goal. It soared through the air between the chairs, and Kai slowed down before resting his hands on his knees to catch his breath.
"Good shot," he said to Cain, nodding his congratulations. He held out a fist for a bump, not bothered that he was now down a point. Cain was winning, which mean that Kai was losing, but Kai didn't keep score that way. Sure, he kept score, but he played sports for the fun of it, for the love of the game, not to win. Winning was fun, but he knew he couldn't win every game. If he lost a one-on-one or even a match with a group of friends, he wasn't going to mope about it afterwards, or cry like that fifth year, Leo Wood, did after lost Quidditch matches. That just wasn't how Kaiaka rolled.
Once his breath was caught, he jogged over to where the ball had rolled and kicked it back to where Cain stood. "Best two out of three? Or three out of five or four out of seven or however many goals we can score before someone kicks us out of here?" he suggested. "Unless you want to take a break. I'm open to whatever." He pulled out his wand and charmed his bottle of water over to him, catching it out of the air and taking a few quenching gulps to rehydrate. Even though they hadn't been playing for long, he was already working up a sweat. He supposed that was what happened when he played inside where there was little air circulation, despite the ceiling above looking like the cloudy sky outside. Magic was great, but it wouldn't make winter go away. And while winter sports were great, football wasn't one of them. There was just something about snow that prevented a ball from being kicked through it.
Unlike his twin brother, Cain wasn't one to break rules fairly often. But when Kaiaka had suggested that they play a one on one game in the Great Hall, he had automatically agreed. In fact, he hadn't even had to think about it. Why? Because playing European Football was his absolute favorite thing to do ever. And Kaiaka was one of the best players in the entire school. Besides, he honestly couldn't think of anything better to do on a Sunday afternoon. Sure, they'd probably have to cut their game short before dinner started, but that wasn't for another few hours anyway, so they were good to go for at least a little while.
They'd been playing for a little over five minutes so far and the game was already pretty intense. Sure they were only playing for the fun of it, but Cain couldn't help but feel slightly happy about the fact that he was kicking ass. One day, he was going to be a world famous player. And then he'd get to go to America, where he'd have to remember to call it soccer instead of football. But until then, he was more than content to just play with Kaiaka and some other friends, whenever they were able to form a group.
But something was on his mind, and he couldn't help but hope that they'd be able to take a break soon. He really wanted to know why Kaiaka had been avoiding Aiden so vehemently. Sure, he knew the basics, he wouldn't be a good twin if he didn't. But he couldn't help but want to hear his friend's side of the story. Plus, he really wanted to know why his avoidance of Aiden had turned into avoiding him as well. Was there something going on with Kai that he didn't know about?
"Thanks mate," he replied, grinning widely and reaching out a hand to fist bump like they usually did after one of them scored a point. He was honestly glad that Kaiaka was such a good sport about losing. It would have been very tragic if he had been like some athletic Gryffindors that he'd heard about, like Leo Wood who had been rumored to cry whenever he lost a match. "You were good too, as per usual."
"How 'bout we take a break for a bit?", he asked as he tried to catch his breath. He summoned his own bottle of water and threw himself, across one of the tables. "I'm beat. Plus, I want to talk to you about something that's been bothering me for a couple of months now."