Kick It Up

Kaiaka 'Io lani
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May 22nd, 2014, 3:26 am #1

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.

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May 22nd, 2014, 1:37 pm #2

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."

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May 30th, 2014, 3:16 am #3

Kai longed for the warmer months when they could run around outside. The hard tiled floor of the Great Hall was hard on his feet, and the cleats he wore did nothing. He didn't even need to be wearing them - they were made for grip in dirt and on grass - but felt weird not playing football in football cleats. Soon the snow would melt, though, and then he'd be able to run around on the grass. He'd play in the mud, he didn't care. Not even when he faceplanted. That just made it all the more fun. Of course, he'd have to make sure to clean himself off before entering the castle. He'd heard the new caretaker was a bit of a hard-ass. Another reason he was hoping they didn't get caught playing in here, either.

He didn't mind when Cain suggested they take a break, and hoisted himself up onto one of the tables and sat with his roommate. Well, Kai sat and Cain laid down. "That does not look comfortable," he commented with a laugh, although his friend did look content. Kai didn't fancy laying down, though. He was tired, but ready to hop off the table and run around again if need-be. He got a little restless in the winter months, sometimes. It was good to rest, though, and so he swing his legs as they hung off the table and slowly drank his water as his heart rate calmed down from all the running back and forth they'd done.

"Bothering you?" he repeated with a frown. He took another sip from his water, wondering what on earth Cain was talking about. "Well, sure. You all right?" he asked, concerned.

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June 9th, 2014, 9:43 pm #4

Cain seriously hoped that the new caretaker didn't catch them playing around in the Great Hall. a detention was definitely one of the last things he needed. But, he had to admit that this detention would probably be worth it. It had been too long since he'd gotten to play and not being able to run around had been getting to him. He hated having to constantly sit around and just study. Honestly, it had gotten him a bit turned off by it. Sure, he liked learning but not when it was the only thing he had to do. A person needed a vice to survive and football was definitely Cain's vice.

He tilted his head to the side so that he could look at Kai properly. "What do you mean?", he asked. "It's plenty comfortable." Then again, he wasn't all that hard to please. All he needed was a surface, any surface and he was comfortable. He didn't care if it was hard or soft. It just had to be something that he could lay on and that was pretty much it. But he could see why something like laying on a table didn't seem all that comfortable to Kaiaka. "Have you ever tried laying down on a table before?" He gave him a pointed look and smirked. "It's not that bad for your back you know."

"Well it's just that I've noticed that you've been avoiding my twin a lot lately. I didn't care too much at first, but then you started avoiding me as well." He frowned. "Look mate, I know what happened between you and my brother and I'm sorry he did what he did. But he's not me. And vice versa. So could you maybe just tell me why what he did to you that one time made you start avoiding me?"

He drank some more water and frowned. "So Kaiaka, did you want to talk about it? Or do you plan on ignoring your feelings, whatever they may be for the rest of your life?"

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June 9th, 2014, 10:21 pm #5

Kai shot Cain a dubious look, but shrugged. "All right. If you say it's comfortable, I guess I'll take your word for it." He didn't think Cain would bother lying about it. "Actually, now that you say it, I think I remember hearing something about how lying on a flat surface actually helps your back because it straightens out your spine or something. I prefer cushioning, though." He took a long sip of his water until it was nearly all gone, then set the cup down on the table out of the way so it wasn't in Cain's way and wouldn't get knocked over accidentally.

He wished Cain would just drop the subject, but that clearly wasn't happening. When his roommate's twin mentioned knowing what happened between Kai and Aiden, Kai visibly flinched. He was hoping no one ever would find out about that, but he couldn't exactly blame Aiden for telling his twin brother, he supposed.
"Look, it's not that big of a deal. I mean obviously it didn't mean anything." At least, Kaiaka hoped it was obvious. "It... wait, how much did he tell you?" he asked, his eyes widening in panic. "Because he was pretty drunk, you know. His version might be... not entirely accurate." Or very accurate, in which case Cain would know that Kai didn't reject Aiden's advances until they turned into more than snogging.
Oh, no. Oh shit no.

"I don't mean to avoid you as well. I just... I'm sorry," he said, trying to control his breathing. "What would I want to talk about? Nothing happened. He was drunk and came on to me and I pushed him away. Why would I want to talk about that?" he repeated, his voice going up an octave without his meaning it to. "I'm not ignoring any feelings. There's nothing to ignore! Look, I'm sorry I've been avoiding you, and Aiden. He was drunk and he apologised. But that's all there is to it. It freaked me out, okay? Because I'm not, you know. I'm not gay," he insisted, half-gasping. Kai was really panicking now. He hadn't meant to say the very word that described his hidden sexuality, the word he usually avoided like dragon pox. The word he didn't want to be, but very much was.

"I don't do stuff like that. Like he does. Like he wanted..." His mouth was suddenly very dry despite the water he'd just drank. Kai reached for the glass he'd set out of harm's way, only to knock it over. He cursed and jumped up from the table, pulling out his wand to clean the spilled water up.

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August 22nd, 2014, 12:21 pm #6

Cain grinned smugly. "Good. Cause it is." Honestly laying down on the table felt a bit better than laying on his bed did at times. He didn't enjoy too much cushioning and some nights, Hogwarts beds felt way too soft for him liking. He couldn't even begin to count how many nights he'd spent tossing and turning, trying to get comfortable on a too comfortable bed. "I hate cushioning," he admitted. "Except on girls." Now that kind of cushioning was very nice. And something he didn't mind in the slightest.

A part of him knew that Kaiaka would attempt to avoid the subject. To make it seem miniscule. Just like it was nothing, until he dropped it. That was what Aiden had done at first. Because sometimes a person couldn't help but hate who they were becoming. Especially if they had the slightest thought that what and how they were feeling just wasn't natural.

He sighed. Dealing with this with Aiden had been hard enough. Terrifying really. He had honestly thought for a while there that he was going to end up losing his twin. He was only somewhat surprised when the idea of losing Kai hurt just as much. Kaiaka was his best friend after all. In fact, he was the only male in the entire school he felt closest to, with the exception of Alaric and his twin after all. But Aiden was family, and Alaric, well he might as well be family. So Cain didn't exactly like to count them.

"If it didn't mean anything, then why are you looking like a deer in headlights right now?", he asked suspicion evident in his voice. "Look Kai, he told me everything. And I'm not going to judge you for it, at all. I promise, that's just not my intention here." He didn't want to dwell on what had happened. What his twin did was none of his business after all. But when it led to his best friend avoiding him, then it became his business.

He sighed again, frowning. "Don't be sorry. I think a part of me understands why you'd end up avoiding me as well. I mean I am Aiden's carbon copy after all." His straight carbon copy. But that was also beside the point as Kai's voice visibly grew higher and higher.

"What's wrong with being gay exactly?", he asked. It was an honest question and one he really wanted to hear Kaiaka's answer to. "Just- just riddle me that please."

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September 5th, 2014, 2:16 am #7

Seeing Cain lying down on the table top almost made Kai want to try it. Somehow, his friend made it look comfortable. When Cain mention cushioning on girls, Kai was confused for a moment. Then it hit him and he forced himself to nod. "Oh, yeah, right?" he laughed, feigning more of his agreement than he'd like to admit. He didn't care about breasts as much as he knew he probably should. Or maybe Cain was talking about butts. They were something Kai could get behind.

Kai looked away when Cain's expression became haunted. He had an idea of what was going through his friend's mind, and really didn't want to get any more into it. Especially because it could be turned on him, and that's what Cain had hinted at. But Kai wasn't going to be like that. Because Kai wasn't like Aiden. He wasn't gay. Why couldn't people just listen to Kai say that and believe it? It was frustrating, for reasons Kai was still stifling. He was fighting a battle he refused to lose, but his chances didn't look good.

Somehow, Kai's eyes managed to widen even more when Cain called him out. "I'm not," he protested, then pursed his lips and furrowed his brows as Cain went on. Damn Aiden and Cain being twins and telling each other everything. Why couldn't Aiden just keep his mouth shut? "He was wasted. You can't take him seriously," he tried again. He refused to admit to anything. Deny, deny, deny. It had turned into his mantra.

When Cain asked the killer question, Kai opened his mouth to answer immediately and tell him exactly what was wrong with it. The spilled water was forgotten. "It's just... It's that... It's not..." Kai held his breath as he tried to come up with an answer. Finally, he let out his breath in a grunt of frustration. "I don't know! It just is, okay? And I'm not! I'm not! I don't care what Aiden says I did or didn't do, what I did or didn't enjoy or whatever. I'm just not." He paused and his shoulders slumped. Kai pressed his hands over his eyes, willing the images of the guys he's messed around with in closets to go away, willing away the memory of their lips on his. "I just don't want to be. I just want to be normal." Why was it so hard? He suddenly felt like crying, but doubted that would help his case. He wished he just didn't care. It would make things so much easier to deal with if he just didn't care. But he did care. He cared that he liked kissing boys in the dark and he cared if anyone knew that, and he wished he didn't care just like he wished he didn't like how Aiden had kissed him that one time, and just like how he wished he didn't want it to happen again.

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September 15th, 2014, 1:45 pm #8

Cain quirked a brow in Kai's direction. His friend's answer didn't seem all that genuine. In fact, it seemed a bit over enthusiastic and a tad awkward as well. But he didn't say anything, not wanting to make him feel more awkward than he already did. Instead he just shrugged. "Yeah, girls have plenty of cushioning, just depends on which sides you like," he laughed. There were boob men and ass men and men who didn't like women at all. And he couldn't help but be of the opinion that Kai fit in the third category. It didn't take much to figure it out.

He was sympathetic to Kai's feelings, really he was. But sometimes it was frustrating to know that there was something perfectly normal happening inside his friend, something that his friend didn't think of as normal at all. And in his honest opinion Kai was wasting time. Time he could be spending finding that special someone to fall in love with. To find out his likes and dislikes and to just feel comfortable in his own skin.

And Kai would never be comfortable with himself if he kept denying who he truly was.

"Look, it's not just Aiden telling me these things. I can see it just by looking at you." He frowned. "It's not obvious so don't worry, but it is to people who've dealt with this sort of thing before." And it was, all Cain had to do was observe how his friend was when it came to talking about girls and how he reacted to certain stories and questions. Sometimes it was as simple as watching Kai's face as he examined someone.

He sighed again and stood up from the table. "I think you're normal Kai. I always have and I always will." He bent over to hug his friend tightly. "But there's something going on inside of you right now. And as much as I'd like to help, I can't." No one could help Kai now but Kai. It was the sad and simple truth. If his friend wanted to spend the rest of his life in denial he could. And there was honestly nothing he, Aiden or anyone else could do about it. "But I'm going to go now. You need some time to think about things. Hopefully whatever you decide to do ends up being the right choice for you." And with that said, he left.

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