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Family "Bonding"

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Kagami kicks at the ground in anticipation of the train that will take him to Yokohama for the weekend to see his mom's side of the family, not that she is going to be there. No, he has to entertain his annoying younger cousin who couldn't land a three-pointer if his life depended on it.

The train arrives and Kagami slips inside, leaning against a rail for support.


Sanada frowns, tugging on a worn and comfortable sweater.

"It's just for the afternoon," his brother says from the doorway.

"I don't need a babysitter. Not that he's responsible enough to be one."

"No, but just keep him entertained until we get home, yeah? Meditate, play shogi, or whatever it is you and Renji do during your old man dates."

"They aren't dates," Sanada growls.

His brother smiles. "Sorry. I almost forgot. That's you and Seiichi." He makes kissing noises as he leaves the room.

"THAT'S NOT TRUE," he shouts at his brother's retreating form.

"Remember not to touch the swords," he calls back.

Sanada's frown deepens.


Kagami stands in front of the large home and groans. It's not that he doesn't like his mom's side of the family… it's that he just gets along with his dad's more.

"Ah, Taiga-kun," comes a voice, followed by a tall figure appearing on the sidewalk.

"Um, hey, Sanada-san," Kagami says, rubbing the back of his head nervously.

"I've told you to call me Nobuhiro-kun!" the man jokes, locking Kagami in a headlock. "You don't need to be so formal with me. We're family."

Kagami slaps Nobuhiro's arm frantically until the older man lets him go.

"You're stuck with Genichirou for a while. Grandfather and my parents are out for the afternoon and I need to take Sasuke to a doctor's appointment."

"Ah, uh, thanks."

Nobuhiro claps him hard on the shoulder. "You'll be fine. Play sports or have a friendly competition. Just don't break anything. SASUKE, COME ON!"

A little boy zips past them both on his way to the car. Nobuhiro gives Kagami a shove towards the front door before following his son.


Kagami plops onto the couch, eliciting a glare from Sanada.

"Do you mind?"

"Nope. How long until they get back?"

Sanada shrugs. "I am not a timekeeper."

"You act older than Father Time."

"And you still act five. The only difference is you're taller."

Kagami sinks into the cushions. "Jerk."


"You're not right, you know."

Sanada raises an eyebrow. "Unless you are wearing platform shoes, you are that tall."

"I don't act like I'm five."

"Could have fooled me."

Kagami reaches out, attempting to smack his younger cousin in the chest only to get stopped by a firm hand that quickly twists his arm into a rather uncomfortable position.

"Hey hey hey. Okay okay let go."

After one final twist, Sanada releases his grip. "I heard you went to Seirin," he says while Kagami rotates his joint and massages it.

"Like whatever fancy school you go to has a decent basketball program."

Sanada shrugs. He didn't much care for other sports that weren’t tennis or kendo except for what he had to do during PE.

"Tennis is all that matters."

"No. Basketball."


"Basketball," Kagami growls.

"Tennis," Sanada says with finality and Kagami is positive small sparks of electricity are coming off his cousin.

"Tch. Touchy." Kagami's stomach makes a noise. "You got food?"

"You're waiting until dinner."

"That's lame. I'll be ready to eat again in a few hours. Or maybe there's a burger place nearby."

"There's not and no."

Kagami is about to complain loudly about the lack of sustenance when his phone goes off. It's Kuroko and he could answer, but he's with "family" and that would be "rude." He opens his cell.


"Kise-kun, Aomine-kun, and I are going to play a game of pick up. Do you want to come?"

Kagami looks at Sanada and rolls his eyes. "I wish I could, but I can't. Family bonding or something."

He receives a hard tap to the gut for the comment.

"That's funny," Kuroko says. "Midorima-kun just had the something similar with his cousin. We went out for tea."

"What the hell are you doing with Midorima?!"

"Shut up. You're being too noisy," Sanada chastises.

Kagami gives him a look.

"It was by chance, but I met his cousin and his cousin's, um, friend I think. I don't really know their relationship."

"He's the enemy."

"We already beat them. Not that much of an enemy now, but I'll let you get back to your family bonding."

Kagami hears Kise being annoying in the background. He frowns. "Yeah, okay. Whatever."

"Maybe next weekend."

"Sure. Later."


He snaps the phone closed, shoving it back into his pocket. The action causes Sanada to smirk.

"Shut up old man."

"Oh believe me, I don't like this anymore than you do, child."


When Nobuhiro returns with Sasuke, they find the two teens sprawled on the courtyard breathing heavy and sporting blossoming bruises.

"Go get two cups of freezing water," he instructs his son, motioning for him to dump it on the boys as he comes back with it. The two sputter back to life, groaning at the realization of pain. "I leave you for two hours. Mom is going to kill all of us."

Instead of arguing, they collapse back onto the ground. Nobuhiro sighs. "Come on Sasuke, I'll let you watch TV for a bit," he says nudging the boy inside.