Pairing: Sakumoto, Aimiya, (hints of past(?)Ohmiya and Matsumiya and Juntoshi? (but... well... you'll get it, when you read it. It's not a love triangle (promise!!) or anything, it's rather plot-relevant)
Rating: up to R
Genre: AU, romance, fantasy (There are no vampires or alike. It's more like a fairytale meets our world meets romance meets Nino in a tight gothic-like outfit)
Plot: When you have no other place to visit and lost all your hope, you'll go to a mysterious, little shop. Dealing with hopes and dreams and with his protector Ninomiya at his side, Jun keeps his real identity a secret, constantly on the run. No one knows who he is, what he runs from and where he comes from. One unfortunate day though a young doctor demands his services, asking for a piece of sunshine. It's the beginning of something... like the ticking sound of a clock you can't turn back...
Note: I don't know if it makes sense, but every now and then a story kind of happens to you, you know? I wrote this around July in some sort of writing-haze, when I was free for a week. It really just came to me, and I'm so... anxious about this, because I love how it happened, and I hope you will love it too <3 (This whole story was inspired by yukitsubute writing me a message: *grumble* it's raining. - with my answer: Buy us some sunshine then :D)
Aiba hasn’t looked for Nino, really, his eyes have just been nervously following every fragile, black-haired guy with light-brown eyes, until he finally found the right one. To be honest, he hasn’t expected to meet Nino coincidentally, although it’s a small town they live in. He doesn’t even know why he feels attracted to him in the first place, because he is a little annoying and a mean brat, but he has those strong, intense and warm eyes. Eyes say a lot about a person, Aiba thinks. And Nino’s eyes pull him in.
So, yes, he has wished to meet him again, but hasn’t expected to meet him… especially not at such a late hour in a shady coffee shop he has been heading to after his shift ended at work.
“Nino-san?” Nino looks up and to Aiba’s surprise he looks sad, almost like he has been crying. “I…” Aiba stutters. “I’m sorry, I didn’t want to get on your nerves. I just saw you from outside and…”
Nino chuckles. “Shut up, Human, get yourself a drink and join me.”
Aiba smiles. “You like playing the jerk, don’t you?”
“Am I good at it?” Nino wants to know.
“Hm, Sho thinks you are, I however believe you are a nice guy,” Aiba muses while he orders some whisky from the waitress in a cheap bunny costume. “Why are you even here? In such a shady location…”
“Why are you?” Nino asks back.
Aiba chuckles. “Only shop that’s still open.”
For a while they don’t say anything, until Aiba receives his drink. “Did something happen?” he asks carefully. “Is Jun-san alright?”
Nino nods. “He is alright, it’s just…” He sighs. “I’m just being silly, Masaki-san. I’ve been thinking about the past, and about past friendships and people I used to love.”
“You had an ex-encounter,” Aiba analyses dryly. He is like this, straight-forward, but he honestly thinks there is no use in beating around the bush all the time.
Nino looks at him in surprise, then he laughs. “Yes,” he says. “I had an ex-encounter. Though we only dated loosely. It wasn’t possible for us to be a couple.”
“Because of his and mine position. He is a higher-up in mine and Jun’s world. I’m not,” Nino says casually, but Aiba assumes it’s not even half of the true story.
“Your world,” Aiba says curiously. “You always say your world. And you call us Humans as if you aren’t.”
“Well, I’m not Human.” Nino shrugs. “And Jun isn’t either. Or did you think a Human would be able to collect sunshine? Or like he did last week, if I may remind you, let a few stars fall down.”
“Wait!” Aiba’s head snaps up. He remembers it, it’s been in the newspaper. A very rare moment of polar lights and shooting stars. The chance of something like this happening is once in two thousand years, they said. He swallows. “That was Jun-san?”
“Yes,” Nino smiles. “He has an incredible power.”
Aiba’s eyes widen in shock and amazement. “He really has,” he whispers.
Nino chuckles. “You are a good guy, Masaki-kun. I’m sorry for giving you such a hard time before, but you know, Jun…”
“He is your closest friend,” Aiba concludes and smiles. “I guess I would be similar if it was Sho-kun, or if I would be able to play a jerk so convincingly.”
Again, Nino laughs. “You know what, Masaki-kun?” he says when he has calmed down from his obvious amusement. “Let’s get away from here, grab something on our way and go to my place. You are right, this bar is way too shady. And you have successfully improved my mood, so… I owe you.”
Jun enjoys those quiet Sunday afternoons when no one is around because everyone has to meet with their families or is invited out. The streets are deserted then, quiet, and he can stroll them and feel at peace, and safe. He likes this town, although it’s always cold here because it’s so high up in the north, and although it’s tiny and a bit rough. It’s still nice. He also loves watching the sea in winter when the ice on the water moves and the ships break through it.
He thinks he is alone. The more he is surprised when he sees a well-known person strolling through the park as well. It’s Sho. He sits down at the bench now, head covered between his hands, and before Jun can even stop himself he has already approached him. His heart hurts by the sight in front of him, the guilt always his company. Should he have helped? But if he had, someone else would have suffered. There is no right or wrong, only wrong. And now Sho’s sight in front of him hurts him more than he has expected. He puts his hand on his shoulder softly, squeezing it while he sits down next to him.
“I’m sorry,” Jun whispers. “I’m so sorry I couldn’t help you.”
“How do you know?” Sho shakes his head, his voice shaking through some sobs. And: “It’s not your fault, Jun-san. In fact I’m thankful to you for giving her the last moment to be happy.”
Jun feels something inside him sting painfully. What use is there to such a power if he can’t even save a little, innocent girl.
“She talked about the last party all the time,” Sho continues, removing his hands from his face now. A small smile graces his lips. “She said it’s been an angel that brought her sunshine so she could feel the water of the lake and she could feel the summer for the last time.”
“Now you are comforting me,” Jun says quietly. “While I should be the one comforting you.” He takes Sho’s hand, squeezing it and for a moment he is concentrating right on the feeling inside him. He doesn’t want to play with Sho’s emotions, but he can at least give him a little bit of his own calm and peaceful feeling.
“You are doing something to me aren’t you?” Sho asks all of a sudden.
“Do you want me to stop?” Jun asks carefully. “It’s nothing that influences you, just a piece of me to make you see yourself from my eyes, and how much she loved you and how proud you can be of your work.”
“Is it dangerous?” Sho asks quietly. “I don’t want to put someone else into danger because…”
“No,” Jun interrupts him. “It’s my own energy and my feelings I’m taking. Nothing dangerous for you or another person. Just close your eyes,” he says soothingly, nodding in relief when Sho does. Then he shows it to him, makes his own feelings go through Sho’s… from the day of the summer party, makes him see the smiles the little kids were showing him, the warmth coming from them, and their love and respect. Jun has witnessed it all after all, standing at the side and watching this man and how kindly he was treated. It touched his heart deeply at that day, so deep that he kept that emotion bottled up inside him like he does with all important memories, glad that he has this moment now to show it to Sho. He goes even further, to the day Sho brought him something to eat, and how touched and embarrassed he was by this kind gesture. He can’t remember anyone except Nino ever being so kind towards him.
After a while Jun stops. Although he wants to give Sho more, he can’t. After all he needs to save some of his energy for work. Unfortunately. He wonders if it’s enough, but to his relief Sho shows him a warm smile. “Thank you,” he whispers, touching Jun’s shoulder softly. “I don’t know how you immediately know what happened…”
“Instinct,” Jun answers honestly. “Just part of my power.”
Sho smiles. “Thank you, Jun-san. I’ll keep what you showed me in my heart and remember it whenever I’m going to face the downs of my job.”
When Jun thinks of his meeting with Sho, he has to smile, but reality is tough right now, so he doesn’t have time for daydreams. Five wishes for specific weather, a few shooting stars, one woman wanting to be able to cook for an evening to stop her mother in law from pestering her, one young man wanting to make the flowers in the garden of his grandmother grow so that she will see them one last time. One woman who wants to get pregnant so badly, but even after years of trying she isn’t. One boy who wants his bullies to stop torturing him. One young student who wants to get rid of his fear before an exam, and another one who wants his professor to stop hating on him.
For one week it’s plenty. Too much almost. Jun looks down at his hands, they shiver slightly, like he is low on sugar. And even though Sho and his friend Aiba visit him regularly to provide him with food, he feels he can’t drag it out any longer. He needs more energy or he will faint, but he hates to ask Nino for help. Not because he doesn’t respect or love Nino… it’s rather exactly because he respects him. What kind of person is he to always ask his best friend and warrior at his side for such disgusting things.
Nino has his own life too, and he shouldn’t always rely on his kindness.
Jun lets out a sigh, he needs to hang in there for a little longer, he thinks while he closes his shop. For a moment he leans his forehead against the door frame, taking a few deep breaths. It’s cold isn’t it? Was it so cold all day? There are little goosebumps on his skin all of a sudden. No, it wasn’t that cold, it was warm all day, not like this…
Oh my god! Why… why did he come? He never crosses the border and enters the human world normally! Jun spins around, his eyes meeting the small figure leaning against the wall at the opposite side of the street. He looks almost out of place in this world, obviously not belonging here. Their eyes meet, and Jun curses inwardly. Even if Jun wanted to, he couldn’t pretend he hasn’t seen him now.
“Are you always working so long, Jun? You are always overdoing it.”
“I feel honoured that you sacrifice your precious time,” Jun doesn’t even try to hide his annoyed and angry tone. “But it’s in vain. Why don’t you send your huntsmen instead? At least I and Kazunari could beat them up then.”
“Why don’t you come back, Jun?” Ohno steps out of the shadow.
“Like hell I’m coming back with you?” Jun huffs. “The only way to get me back is to knock me unconscious and drag me home by force. If you ever sink that low, Satoshi-san, then congratulation, but I’ll never even look at you again.”
Ohno lets out a sigh. “I could never raise my hand against you, you know that.”
“Right,” Jun answers sarcastically, although it’s true. Ohno has never hit him even once. For a world rather violent such as theirs where it’s normal to show ones power and position that way, Ohno not even having slapped him up to now – no matter how many awful things Jun says to him – actually does mean something.
Another sigh, like it’s actually Jun who is pestering someone and not the other way round. “I’m not relying on such sly methods,” Ohno says. “And the others won’t either.”
“Yes,” Jun snorts. “Because influencing my life energy is so much less sly.” He knows it’s not Ohno’s doing but the fact that he just keeps watching is disappointing him to no end.
“Jun,” Ohno says softly. “They want you to come home more often, they love you. They won’t lock you in or anything alike.”
Yes, Jun thinks sadly, because loving someone shows in torturing his life and sucking out his energy, and sabotaging him with whatever he does. He doesn’t say it out loud though. “I need to go,” he says instead. Ohno wouldn’t understand. He hardly crosses the border anyway. The fact that he is here is already a bad sign in itself.
When Ohno takes a step closer, Jun scares back, and for a moment he is sure that Ohno looks shocked and deeply hurt for once. He halts though and doesn’t move towards Jun anymore, and for a second Jun actually feels bad for having hurt him.
“I have a business appointment,” Jun lies. “I need to go.”
He has no idea how to make Ohno believe him to be honest, to make him go away for now. Then however he sees a well-known figure passing the main street. He has had mixed and confusing emotions towards that man up to now, but at the moment he feels like he is an angel, just here to save him.
“Ah, here he is!” Jun says hastily. “I need to hurry.” When Ohno eyes him sceptically, he waves towards the person. “Sensei!” he calls out, carefully aware not to call out his full name. The last thing he wants is for Ohno or the High Castle to spy on that poor, innocent man. “Wait for me. I’m already coming.”
In case Sho’s surprised, he hides it well. But apparently a glance towards Jun and Ohno has already given him enough insight in how tensed they are.
“Fine,” Ohno says before Jun can leave. “But we’ll talk about this again.”
“Yeah,” Jun bites out sarcastically. “I can’t wait. Thank you for your effort~”
Ohno doesn’t say anything, doesn’t even glare at him. He just frowns slightly, but then he shakes his head. “Alright. Go, but I’ll keep watching you.”
Jun bites down on his tongue before he can actually retort something mean again. He doesn’t want to push it too far, scared that Ohno might change his mind and actually drag him back into their world. Instead he turns around and hurries towards Sho, who gladly is still waiting for him.
“Are you alright, Jun-san?” Sho asks.
“Just get me away,” Jun whispers. “Get me away. Fast. As far as possible.”
“Just get me away from here,” he hisses. He doesn’t dare to look back. “From him.”
To his relief Sho doesn’t ask anymore, just grabs his arm and tugs him along. He can almost feel Ohno’s glance at his back, relieved that he isn’t following them. His legs feel wobbly, and his head dizzy. Damn it, he has hardly any strength left. He grabs Sho’s arm to steady himself, earning him a surprised and worried glance by the doctor. Sho rubs his arm soothingly.
“We are almost there,” Sho soothes him. “Just hang in there.”
Jun only remotely realizes that it’s apparently Sho’s apartment they are heading to, because Sho has the keys with him. It’s a nice one, it seems, just immensely messy. Even in his current state, Jun decides he needs to clean up here once he is feeling better. Sho helps him to lie down on the couch after he has kicked some shirts and pillows, a box with cookies, two books and a package with yellow soaps aside, and Jun is glad he is dizzy enough not to be really bothered about all the stuff.
“Take a rest here,” Sho says, brushing through Jun’s hair softly. “I’ll get you some tea.”
Jun’s head starts spinning slightly. It’s never been that bad, never. He feels nervous all of a sudden. If he really loses his conscious Nino will have to take him home, and he can’t risk that, he can’t-
“Don’t leave.” Jun grabs Sho’s hand before he can go.
Sho blinks. “Jun-san,” he says warmly. “I’m here, I’m making you tea and getting you some meds and…”
“Your meds won’t help me,” Jun coughs. “Human meds won’t.”
“What should I do then?” Sho asks immediately. “Tell me what I should do!”
Jun bites his lip nervously. “Kiss me,” he breaths out. “I need…”
Sho blinks. “What?”
“Energy, it gives me energy.” The sight in front of him gets blurry, and he is hardly able to see Sho properly. “Sho-san, kiss me…” he coughs, body shivering. “Oh god, please.”
A/N: So, Ohno visited Jun and unsettled him, although he didn't really seem to want to harm Jun? What do you think? What does Ohno actually want from Jun?
And Aiba successfully found Nino in a weak moment :D
Edit: Nooooooooooooooo, I messed up my posting schedule (though it's not even that difficult ><) Fridays are actually for Junba...