Summary: A video game reveals a problem in their relationship.
Author's notes: This is a crosspost from AO3 and ffnet. It was written for Souyoweek2016 on tumblr.
Day 3 (June 14) Prompt: Video Games
This is inspired by my own recent adventures in casual gaming.
Yu came home from another long day of university classes and work. He offered a casual hello to his boyfriend and roommate, Yosuke, who was studying at the tea table, before moving into the bedroom they shared to put his briefcase away and to get changed into more casual clothes.
He headed back into the entryway after that since it also housed their kitchen. Instead of a one-room mansion, they were fortunate enough to have two rooms for their apartment: a bedroom and a room that was everything else at once. He heated up some leftover yakisoba for himself in the microwave, knowing Yosuke had already eaten something for dinner. The unlucky guy had early morning classes, so he would be heading off to bed soon enough.
Once the microwave did its thing, Yu brought his meal to the computer desk to eat it while he browsed the web to catch up on news. Not much seemed to be going on in his network, which was just as well.
By the time he finished eating, Yosuke was out of sight, probably in the next room getting ready to head to sleep. That was always how their evenings went, barely an exchanged greeting between the two, but there wasn't much to be done about it when their schedules clashed so much.
Since he could stay up a bit later, Yu settled himself more comfortably into the computer chair with a soft sigh and launched the casual game he'd recently become addicted to: the Sims.
He'd been drawn into the game by the promise of owning virtual pets. The landlord of the apartment complex didn't allow them, but he could live out his fantasy via this silly little game. He'd only been playing it for about a week, and he'd found it was a nice way to unwind and get his mind off the events of the day. He was looking forward to another evening spent lost in his Sim world. He'd only made a few Sims: himself, Yosuke, and the two cats that he'd put into their household. His favorite cat was the white one he'd named Fwuffles, but he also liked the black cat with long fur he'd named Mr. Nibbles.
But when he started the game, he frowned, because it wasn't where he'd left it last night. He'd stopped when his Sims went to bed, since it always seemed like a nice stopping point. This was early evening, quite a bit before the Sims would decide to sleep.
With a mental shrug, Yu let the game play. He had his Sim make himself a dinner of ratatouille. He didn't have to make his Sim clean up after eating—the character did it automatically because he had the Neat trait. It was pretty funny how true to life the game was sometimes, though Yu hadn't yet thrown away his microwave meal box at the computer desk in real life. Maybe he really didn't have that trait.
After brushing one of the cats and cleaning out the litter box, Yu's Sim decided it was time to take a shower. Yu thought nothing of it until the Sim was actually in the shower.
Then he just stared, because the censor bar that was supposed to blur out the shower scene was not there, and his Sim was completely naked.
Completely naked and apparently packing.
"Wh-when did...?" Yu asked aloud, blushing hard. There wasn't an update to the game or anything, was there? No, the game company wouldn't do something like this!
And then he realized he had one too many cats in his Sim household. He moused over the offender and saw it was named 'Awesomesauce.' With that, Yu had his culprit.
A short time later, Yosuke came shuffling out of the bedroom in just an undershirt and his boxer-briefs. He looked so tired from his full course load that Yu felt marginally bad for calling him like this. Marginally, because Yosuke only had himself to blame!
"What's up, partner?" Yosuke glanced at the computer screen. "Ohhhh... Haha, so you are still playing that."
"You added a nude mod to my game!"
"Yeah," Yosuke said without any remorse, "and I had to use like five different websites to get it all to work right. You should thank me."
"I'm not playing this game for that sort of release!" Yu crossed his arms in the computer chair to emphasize his displeasure.
"You know," Yosuke said slowly, sounding and looking a bit unsure of himself. "I noticed that. When I was playing around with your household."
Yu tilted his head. "Noticed what?"
"That..." Yosuke continued, still speaking slowly, "your Sim's relationship with all of his cats is maxed out, but his relationship with my Sim is only at Acquaintance level, even though we're living together."
"Well, I mean..." Yu frowned, because the reason behind that was...
"Our Sims should be lovers already." Yosuke was pouting. "I mean, we are in real life!"
"We are," Yu conceded.
"Yeah!" Yosuke said. "So, our Sims should totally get together. ...Why are you making that face?"
Yu looked away, but it was too late. Yosuke had seen that he wasn't excited about the idea.
"What, are you not planning to get our Sims together? Yu!"
"You're not?" Yosuke's volume rose as he began to panic over a character in a video game. "Oh no, partner. Don't tell me! Your Sim... has he found someone else?"
"N-no, it's not that." Yu was shaking his head. "It's just..."
"What is it, partner? Don't hold out on me!"
"I don't..." Yu began, but he cut himself off with a huge sigh. "Yosuke..."
"J-just tell me! The fate of our Sims' relationship is in your hands!"
Yu blurted it out. "I don't want my Sim to get more action than I get!"
Yu's face was burning from his embarrassment. Yosuke stared at him, speechless.
"Wh-when was the last time we found time for each other?" Yu explained. "With school and work and everything, it's been a while."
"Yeah, you're right," Yosuke said. "It has."
"I feel like I haven't kissed you in weeks," Yu confessed. "Let alone, well, WooHoo."
"We could... we could change that right now," Yosuke murmured, leaning in closer.
"No," Yu said, but it was with reluctance. "You should be asleep already. You have classes tomorrow."
"You care more about my classes than I do," Yosuke said. He sighed. "All right... but do you have any free time tomorrow? We can make some time for each other."
"I have some time between my last class and work," Yu said. "I usually come back here for a late lunch then."
"Well," Yosuke said, "you'll have a little bit more for lunch."
He leaned in and kissed Yu on the lips, sealing the promise. Despite not wanting to keep Yosuke from going to bed, Yu didn't let him pull away until they enjoyed several long kisses.
After that, Yosuke's eyes were dancing. "So... now can our Sims get together?" he asked.
"Yeah," Yu said with a genuine smile. "Now get to bed." He pushed Yosuke out of his lap.
After emitting a sigh, Yosuke began to walk back to the bedroom. He paused right before the door, however, to tell him one last thing: "Make sure to keep those mods on!"
Author's notes: Yes, there are nude mods for the Sims. I haven't installed any myself.
Also you can't tell me Yosuke isn't the type to install such a thing, haha.