Your eyes went wide and you immediately turned redder than the shirt Yao was currently wearing. Biting your lip, you looked down at your feet trying to figure out what you'd tell him when he would ask you why you were at his front door. You saw the old woman next to him, most likely his mother, stare at you then back to Yao multiple times before she raised her hands into the air and walked away with an annoyed expression. Yao took a step outside and closed the door behind him.
"____________... I had no idea you knew where I lived-" You stared at him blankly and he mentally slapped himself as he remembered you were deaf. He took his phone out and tapped the "notes" app.
Why are you here?
He passed you his phone and you began typing your message.
I found a paper in my pocket with an address written on it. I wanted to know what it was so I followed it. I didn't know you were the one who lived here... Sorry if I bothered you.
You saw Yao smile as he read your message.
You can never bother me, ___________. And since you're here, I wanted to apologize for last night. I didn't mean to upset you or anything. I just really wanted to convince you into letting me tutor you. I want to help you.
You stared at the phone's screen for a while before typing your message. Yao was worried he had said something wrong. He had pissed you off so many times since he met you at school and he didn't want to do it again.
On the other hand, you were actually considering his offer to let him tutor you. It was true that you were having a bit of trouble in school due to your deafness and the coolness of the ones you once called friends towards you caused you to feel depressed most of the time. And you had been so mean to Yao lately. You had always thought he was just one of those jerks trying to make fun of you but maybe he really was a nice guy. Giving him a chance wasn't a bad idea when you thought about it...
Okay, Yao. You can tutor me.
The Chinese boy's expression changed instantly and he looked at you like he had seen a ghost. He mouthed the words "are you serious?" and you slowly nodded. A large smile stretched across his pale face and he looked like he was about to hug you. You took a couple of steps back and put your hands in front of your chest as if saying "you might be my new tutor but that doesn't mean you can hug me so back off". Yao understood your message and awkwardly took a step back too.
He pointed a finger to his door, inviting you to come inside. You considered the offer for a few seconds before accepting.
The afternoon passed rather quickly. After coming into his house for the first time, Yao had introduced you to his mother who thought you were Yao's new girlfriend. He repeatedly told her you were just a girl from school who needed help with schoolwork but she didn't buy it. And when she found out you were deaf she began speaking to you in sign language because apparently one of her sisters was deaf and she learned how to speak it as a young child. She was a real sweetheart, though. You new understood why Yao was so kind and rarely seemed to get angry.
He then introduced you to his younger brother, Kiku. The kid was around 13 years old and was actually quite shy. But he was kind and even offered you to play some video games with him for a bit. You would have loved to but Yao insisted on starting with the tutoring because you were already far behind compared to other students.
You had spent most of the afternoon with Yao in his room. You sat at his desk while he stood behind you and explained the lessons in your book meant. Of course, explaining was hard since you couldn't speak to him. So Yao would make you read certain paragraphs in the book then write multiple examples on a sheet of paper for you to see. If it was math, he would write down equations and explain through his writing. If it was science, he would find a video on Youtube and make you watch it even if you couldn't here. If it was history, he would highlight the important elements in the book and those were the sentences you had to fully understand. Same for the other subjects.
At the end of the day, Yao invited you to stay for dinner but you let him know that you were pretty tired and just wanted to go home and rest but you thanked him for the kind offer anyways. He understood and guided you to his front door so you could make your way back home.
So do you want to come back here tomorrow so we can continue?
You read the message on his phone and nodded. You said goodbye to each other before he closed the door behind you. As Yao was walking towards his kitchen to go help his mother out with dinner, an idea popped into his genius little mind.
"Mother, could you teach me sign language?"