Series: Persona 4
Title: Quick Draw
Pairing/Character(s): Souji, Yousuke
Word Count: 404
Summary: Why Yousuke calls Souji "partner"; complete
want to see the first time Yosuke ever calls Souji "partner", and Souji's reaction to it. badbadbathhouse
Another day of classes, another day of questioning.
Souji quickly stood from his seat.
“ ‘Howdy partner’ is a greeting commonly used by who?”
— Wait the what?
— How do you part the what?
— Is this some kind of alien language?
— I thought this was English class…
As Souji pondered which choice was most likely to give him a courage increase the bell rang.
The room quickly emptied to the relief of the protagonist as he narrowly avoided the shame of not knowing the answer.
“Man, you get all the breaks huh?” Yousuke commented placing a friendly hand on his shoulder.
Souji shrugged with his usual nonchalance but silently agreed.
“Though even I could have answered that one.”
“Really?” The grey haired teen hoped that he had kept the nervousness from his voice.
“Dude, I know I’m dumb, but I’m not that stupid. Anyone who’s seen an American film knows that one.”
“Dude, seriously??” He yelled when his TV world leader didn’t reply. He mimed tipping a hat on his head and said with his best Engrish accent. “Howdy pardner.”
When Souji continued to just stare at him, the wind user grabbed his friend’s arm and started pulling him out the door. “Dude, we gotta fix this. Err, I mean, well pardner reckon we oughta get you to Junes to buy some good ‘ole fashion Westerns.”
“Please stop calling me pardner.”
“No way man! I mean, pardner. It’s not like it’s every day that I know something you don’t! I gotta immortalize this.” Yousuke paused. “What if I just started saying ‘howdy’ as a greeting?”
Souji wrenched his arm free. “Do that and I won’t lend you my notes anymore.”
The closet Western fanatic froze. “Nonononono don’t do that! I don’t need to be better than you in anything! After all, you’re the leader right?” He gave a nervous laugh to finish off covering his tracks.
“It’s not a big deal. We’re best friends right? We should have inside jokes.” He paused. “But they should probably be things that won’t make Chie want to kick us in uncomfortable places.”
Yousuke started paling. “Good one partner. I’m glad you caught that.”
“What did you just call me?”
“Par— Oh! Sorry man!”
“Hey, that’s not bad. ‘Partner’, a regular Japanese word to remember err…”
Yousuke grinned. “Cool. Ready to go watch some Westerns… Partner?”
“Yeah, sure, let’s go.”