Stirring, Itachi tightened his grip a bit, pushing his face into the pillow. He had no important things to do today, no meetings, none of the jobs that he and his partner were given to complete. Suddenly remembering where he was, Itachi opened his eyes a bit, looking down at Neji. Blinking sleep from his eyes, he lay still a few minutes, eyes traveling over Neji's face and memorizing it. "Good morning," he said finally, calm.
Neji squeaked slightly as Itachi's grip tightened then smiled slightly "Morning... " he reached up to touch Itachi's face :You're still here..."
Itachi leaned his head into the touch, eyes slowly closing. "Of course I am. I'm not known for sleepwalking."
Neji shook his head "I meant you left...last night while I was asleep"
"I had somewhere to be. Today I am not so pressed for time." His eyes slid open again. "But you need to get ready for school."
Neji noded and snuggled back into Itachi's chest " I don't have to go...The teachers hate me anyway because I point out their mistakes..."
It was difficult to resist curling up and going back to sleep--he hadn't been so rested in a long time--but Itachi sat up on his elbow, stroking Neji's cheek. "Education is important, whether or not you're talented enough to one-up the teachers," he said quietly. "Ask to be moved up a grade."
Neji sighed "Three grades is the maximum you're allowed in Leaf district..." He shrugged " It's review day anyway..I normally draw"
"If I remember correctly, you can also get marked down for being absent," Itachi said facetiously. "Reviewing material is necessary to make sure that you understand it and can manipulate it as necessary. There is a difference between book-smart and common sense." He played with Neji's hair, running it between his fingers and watching it fall.
" You have 12 absences a year and I haven't missed a day since I was six" He closed his eyes and started to purr at Itachi's touch. " And I know that... I understand all of it...It's childs play"
Itachi mentally shrugged. "If you insist. It's still important. I won't be the cause of you neglecting your schoolwork." Settling back down, he readjusted his head on the pillow and pulled Neji against him again, trailing his fingers lightly over the soft ears.
Neji shrugged "It's not important to me...It's just important to them..." He shivered and purred louder.
"The teachers. Your family." It wasn't a question, more a statement of fact. Itachi smirked, amused at Neji's purr, stroking more enthusiastically to hear more. Taking the leading edge of one in his fingers, he rubbed it between them from tip to base, then from base to tip on the trailing edge.
Neji shrugged and arched into the touch purr intensifying "mm "
Petting for a few more minutes, Itachi at last slowed and then pulled his hand back to touch Neji's cheek. "I'll make you breakfast. Is that all right?
Neji looked up and blinked slowly " Hmm No it's ok...I can make breakfast...you're a...guest I suppose"
"No. I will make it." Itachi sat up, stretching and shivering a bit when the cold air hit his skin. Reaching for his pants, he sat on the edge of the bed and pulled them on. "You will stay in bed."
Nejis eyes traveled over Itachi's body as he stood,cheeks slightly flushed before sitting up "I am not an invalid..."
"I did not say you were. But I would like to make breakfast for you." He turned, stroking Neji's ears with both hands, then left the room toward the kitchen.
Neji sighed "Allright..." He really had wanted to just...stay here with Itachi. He shook his head. What was wrong with him...
Half an hour later, Itachi returned with two plates of food. He'd just made the same thing for both of them; some part of him hoped it was all right, but mostly he knew it would be. Handing a plate to Neji, he set the other one on the bedside table and left again, coming back with two glasses of milk and utensils. Sitting crosslegged on top of the blankets, he balanced his plate on his legs and looked over at Neji. "Go on, try it," he urged.
Neji looked down at the meal and blinked, taking a forkful of eggs and putting them in his mouth,he chewed and swallowed primly. "mmmm these are very good"
Nodding to himself, Itachi began to eat his own food, slow and methodical. Every few bites he would take a sip of milk, and continue. Every minute or so he'd glance up at Neji to make sure everything was still to his liking. "I have to check in with my partner this afternoon," he said. "I may have a job. If I do not, should I return here instead of my apartment?"
Neji enjoyed his food silently,watching Itachi interestedly. He looked up at the question. "If you wish...I do not want you to feel obligated..."
"If it was an obligation I wouldn't be asking. So you do?" Taking another sip of milk, he watched Neji calmly.