Both the Reader and Tsukishima are first years.
You two dorks have known each other since elementary school.
This is set before the match against Aoba Johsai.
Spoilers for some? Not that big but okie doke.
His hands were bigger than yours. You only knew this because he constantly made it a point to hold your hand, or, at least, when you held his hand, he didn't really say anything, but held your hand as well. You noticed this the second time you grabbed his hand when walking to Karasuno, and it made you smile, 'cause your hands fit together like puzzle pieces. You never minded the fact that his hands were slightly calloused, they were bound to be with all the volleyball that he played.
"[Name], give me some." He squeezed your hand to get your attention as well. His voice wasn't empty, like when he talked to his teammates, but his tone was still monotonous. His bespectacled eyes drifted towards your iced coffee, to which you paused from drinking, before handing Kei the can. "I'm gonna drink the rest," he said, and before you could object, he tilted his head back, and finished it, a small 'ah' leaving his lips.
"It wasn't like I was going to finish that or anything," you said, shaking your head almost knowingly, before sighing. "We're going to practice, right?"
It's funny, how you said 'we' as if you both were participating in the volleyball club, but you did everything you could not to participate. Literally, everything.
"[Name]-kun, can you hold th-"
You could have sworn you heard Hinata's heart break, but you simply turned the page in your book, and continued to read.
"Yeah, we do this almost everyday, you know," he says, as he looks towards your face, his eyes lingering for a moment, before they flicker back to his phone. God knows where that coffee can went; you could only hope that the boy had enough sense to recycle it when you were lost in your thoughts. The two of you approach the gym doors, as you sigh lightly, and push it open, in synch. Not on purpose though, it kind of just happened.
"Oi, Tsukki! I see you're here with your girlfriend!"
You swore you saw a little bit of Hinata die on the inside, as your best friend sent him a glare. "She's not my girlfriend, chibi." His words seemed to be strained, as he let go of your hand to run a hand through his blonde hair. You could have sworn that you felt your heart drop as he let go of your hand and said those words. "Just because you want one shouldn't cause you to project that onto me and [Name]," he said, irritation lacing his voice.
"Then what is she?" His curious face lit up, as a mischievous grin came to his face.
"It's kind of a weird thing," you said, speaking up, and shrugging lightly, to which Tsukishima looked at you, before glancing away.
Sliding his jacket off, he handed it to you, as you went to go sit on the bleachers. As you watched them practice, you looked at the back of the jacket, the kanji that said Karasuno High on it. He wouldn't mind if you wore it, right?
You stuck your arms into his jacket, and realized that, no matter how far you stuck your arms into it, the sleeves were way too big on you. With a bit of trouble, you managed to zip up Kei's jacket onto yourself, before a faint smile appeared on your face, as he looked over to you, a small smile on his face, before he noticed that you were also looking at him, and looked away.
Never would he admit that there was a blush on his face.
"Just how long do you intend to sleep there, [Name]?"
Yamaguchi came up from behind his friend, somewhat of a smirk placed onto his face. "Tuskki, she's really asleep."
"Shut up, I know that," he grumbled, a small blush rising up his features. "I was just hoping I wouldn't have to wake her up. She's insane when someone wakes her up."
"The last time you woke her up was when she was in grade school, Tsukki. Besides, you didn't have the best way of going about it either."
"[Name]." In his hands was a bottle of water, as he took a sip from it, as he looked down at his friends, who had her head in her arms. The only part that was showing was the [h/c] back of her head. "Wake up."
"She's asleep, Tsukki," his friend reminded calmly. "She's not going to wake up on your command."
A few moments of silence passed, and Yamaguchi sighed, returning to copy the rest of the homework down from the board, leaving the three friends alone in the room.
Loud shrieking filled the room, as the empty bottle of water went clattering to the ground. "Oops," was all Tsukishima could say, as a sly grin appeared on his face.
Needless to say that [Name] was not very happy.
"I'm gonna head out, you two should do the same." He pat his friend on the back before exiting the gym, leaving the two of you behind.
"Oh, Tsukishima! You and [Name] should head home, I'm closing the gym up, everyone's waiting outside." The sensei spoke, and it echoed and bounced off the gym, making him blush lightly. If it was any other person, he probably would have pushed them off the chair, or even left them there.
But this was [Name].
Slowly, but surely, he was able to put her on his back, and he carried his best friend's messenger bag in hand.
Still snoring soundly, he carried her out of the gym.
Thankfully, your parents weren't all too upset with your best friend bringing you home, knowing that it was bound to happen some day, with someone like you.
How he managed to walk you up the stairs and place you gently in your bed without waking you up was beyond him, but he wasn't going to question it. The megane blonde placed you in your bed, before pulling the blankets over you. The things he does for you, but the things you'll never know.
His golden eyes linger on your form for a second, before he presses a kiss to your forehead, and a small, genuine smile appears on his lips.
As he turns his back to leave, he hears a shuffling from your bed, as he glances back. Your eyes are slightly open, and it's easy to tell that you're in between the state of sleep and alertness right now.
"Tsukishima, I love you," is all you whisper, before you shut your eyes completely. "I love you lots, okay?" You murmured this quietly, before pulling the comforters up, and your snoring begins again.
His lips are slightly parted in shock, as he blinks blankly, trying to get a grip of what you said. If you were awake, he'd probably say something really snarky, along the lines of, "I know," but all he can say is, "I love you too." Even though you're not awake, the blush on his face is extremely dark, as he groans out in irritation, before closing your door, and speed walking out of your house.
In the darkness, he can only storm angrily to the park.
The way you irk him beyond words made him pissed off so much that it made him want to kiss your fucking face off.
It's probably the easiest thing to see in the world, that he maybe sort kind of fell in love with you. It was bound to happen---since you two were basically attached at the hip since you were kids.
It was the way you cared for him, and the way you laughed. Your beautiful [h/c] and [e/c] and no matter how short you may be, it was simply adorable. It didn't matter what kind of day he was having, or how bitchy he was being, his feelings always came first to yours, even though it made him feel really bad.
Oh my god, he sounded like an anime school girl with a crush. God, he just needed to go home.
The next morning, he arrived at class 1-4, as you grinned, and gave him a wave. "Kei, Kei! I have something for you today!"
The blonde sighed, and as he pulled off his headphones, walked over to you. "It's an iced coffee, so you don't keep drinking mine! I also have a Strawberry Shortcake for your lunch today as a thank you for bringing me home last night," you said naïvely, a big smile on your face.
Damn you and your fucking perfect smile and your fucking sweet personality.
Damn you for making him fall in love with you.
"Tsukki's girlfriend is here again today!" Hinata's overly excited voice, as you sighed.
"I'm not his girlfriend," you began, "it's kind of a weird thing."
You swore that Tsukishima's grip tightened on your hand.
"Let's just change that, alright?" He said, not looking at you, as your eyes widened just slightly, before his lips were pressed against yours harshly. He pulled away after a moment, as he sighed. "I'm tired of us just being kind of a weird thing."
"I'm okay with us being kind of a weird thing."
"Because soulmates are kind of weird things too, right?"