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)
Sho isn’t sure if Jun is joking with him or not, but he figures by the whiteness of his face and shivering of his body he is definitely deadly serious. He leans forward a bit, brushing Jun’s bangs aside with a sigh. “Fine,” he mumbles. “But if this is a joke, I’ll get really mad.” He bends forward, pressing his lips against Jun’s. They feel cold, trembling slightly. With increasing desperation Sho deepens their kiss, his hand holding Jun’s head to be closer to him. He is about to panic for real at the lifeless body in front of him when he suddenly realizes that Jun’s lips are getting warmer.
“It works,” he breaths out.
“Yes,” Jun mumbles tiredly, and almost too silent for him to hear.
He is awake again! Sho kisses him once more, pecking his lips slightly, and when Jun opens his lips, he pushes his tongue inside, his hand against Jun’s neck feeling how Jun’s body gets warmer and how the trembling stops.
Then Jun opens his eyes, and the look in them is clear again. “Thank you,” Jun mumbles against Sho’s lips. “Thank you so much, Sho-san, but you need to stop. It will drain too much energy from you and-“
“Shut up,” Sho huffs. “Other than you I’m gaining energy by eating, so I’ll just eat a bag with cookies afterwards.”
“You need to call Kazunari afterwards,” Jun tells him before he lets Sho kiss him once more.
Half an hour later Jun is asleep on the couch. This time Sho is certain that he is alright because his breath goes regularly and his cheeks are coloured in a hint of red. Sho’s body on the other side feels a little weak, he feels drained and tired, like he is suffering from flu. He assumes it’s the lack of energy Jun was talking about before. He takes the box with cookies from the floor and catches himself a bottle with ice cream, eating half of it before he starts wondering what he is supposed to do now.
Jun asked him to call Nino. But how? He doesn’t have his number or contact dance. Hence he calls Aiba first, mainly to discuss with him what to do next. Aiba is appalled immediately. “I’ll get Nino-kun,” he says immediately. “You don’t need to worry. I know where he lives.”
“How?” Sho blinks. Nino? He is using a short form of his name?
“Well, he is cute,” Aiba stutters. “And we live in a small town. I was keeping my eyes open for him and-“
“Don’t tell me you stalked him?” Sho interrupts him.
“No, well…” Aiba pauses. “A bit maybe. I saw him in a coffee shop once and he looked sad, so we talked… and went to his place to chat. From then I know where he lives.”
“Fine,” Sho nods. “I’ll be awaiting the both of you then. Be fast.”
Nino merely says hello, just pushes past Sho and heads towards the sofa. Sho and Aiba follow him. “He is asleep,” Nino mumbles.
“He asked me to kiss him,” Sho explains, his heart jumping slightly when the realisation kicks in of what he just did. He blushes slightly. He kissed Jun. Jun has wonderful lips, and his eyes shone with so much warmth before, with so much faith. And right before, when he looked so helpless, Sho just wanted to help him, he was ready to do anything to help him. He only knows him for a short while now, but he can’t help it… He wants to protect him. The feeling is stronger than any romantic feelings he had before. “I know you threatened me before, but he looked deadly serious and panicked, so I did…”
For a moment Nino doesn’t say anything, just holds Jun’s hand. He is shaking slightly, and Sho almost fears it’s anger, when suddenly Nino looks up at him. “Thank you, Sho-san,” he says. “Thank you so much. You saved his life! You are looking a bit pale yourself, are you sure you are alright?”
“Yes, I had a sugar overdose now,” Sho reassures him.
“Good, I’ll give him more of my own energy,” Nino tells them. “He will need it. Why don’t you guys go to the kitchen meanwhile? We’ll probably need some coffee or tea.”
Sho gets the hint, and nods. He tugs Aiba with him who throws a worried glance towards Nino and Jun, and a slightly jealous one. “Come,” Sho says to him. “You know if you leave me alone in the kitchen, it will be a catastrophe. I found the recipe for a cake and-”
“Oh my god,” Aiba breaths out. “Don’t dare to touch any ingredients. I’ll do it. You can give me the pans, if you want to.”
Sho pouts. It was supposed to be a distraction strategy, but it almost works too well, he thinks. But then, it’s a nice distraction, because imagining Nino with Jun makes weird things to his stomach. Things he doesn’t quite understand.
Nino joins them half an hour later. “He is asleep. I ordered him to rest on the couch the whole day. I told him I would drag him to the palace and let them whip him, if he dares to disobey me this time.”
“Right.” Aiba chuckles. “I don’t get the part with the palace, but as if you would ever do that to him! You are obsessed with his safety and well-being. Like you would let someone whip him just like that.”
Nino smiles warily. “You got me, I guess.” With a sigh, he sits down, stretching slightly. Much to Sho’s surprise he isn’t paler or more tired than before.
“You don’t have problems with running out of energy?”
“No, we have endless energy,” Nino explains. When Sho throws him a surprise glance, thinking about Jun, he seems to catch his question immediately. “With Jun it’s different. Jun is a collector. In our world collectors are very very rare. And a collector always has to give a piece of himself when collecting something and when fulfilling a dream. It’s also the reason why he is so detached sometimes, unfriendly almost…”
“Because he runs out of energy and because he had to give too much of his own positive feelings to apply to a wish,” Sho breaths out. He remembers the day at the park, when Jun made him relax, and suddenly he feels guilty. Jun said, he took his own energy for it, energy he would have probably needed for himself.
“Is it normal that collectors are so weak though?” Aiba asks curiously. “Because somehow Jun-san seems to be getting tired and pale pretty fast.”
Nino winces slightly, much to Sho’s surprise. Apparently Aiba hit a point. “It’s not normal,” he says quietly.
“But why? Is he sick?”
Nino shook his head, biting down on his lips nervously.
“What is it then?” Sho pushes him. “He isn’t sick. So, is he in some dubious business, is he doing something illegal, is he-“
“Before you make me mad by doubting his innocent and sweet motives, I’ll rather tell you,” Nino huffs. “Collectors are rare.”
“And?” Aiba wants to know.
“Super-rare, with a unique power and well-respected. A collector can actually have everything, every possession and as much money he wants in our world.”
“I still don’t get it,” Aiba muses.
Sho frowns for a moment, then his eyes widen. “Politics?” he asks. “Is this about politics? You mean, he can have whatever he wants in your world as long as he stays there, right?”
“Yes, a powerful and valuable possession. That’s how they see him.” Nino grimaces in disgust and anger, and slowly Sho starts to understand why he is so hostile towards everyone who comes too close to Jun. He probably sees a trap everywhere. “Our world is ruled by three royal houses. The High Castle, the most powerful, possessing the light. The dark fortress, owning the darkness, and the Hidden Manor, ruling over time. The most powerful within them is the High Castle, their powers are the most important and their members are the most powerful by birth. The High Castle follows a marriage policy with the Hidden Manor which is why these are allies, and you could see the Hidden Manor as a sort of branch of the High Castle and not as an individual royal house.”
“And they want Jun-san?” Sho asks in disbelief. It sounds like it’s a freaking fairy-tale. Just that he knows it isn’t because Jun has brought him sunshine, peace and obviously lives from the energy of others.
“Yes, I told you, Jun is an important possession. A collector. Currently one of only three we have in our world, and by far the most powerful one. You know…” Nino pauses. “Jun is willing to give a lot of himself to fulfil other’s wishes. It’s dangerous but it’s also why he is that powerful.”
“I still don’t get that part about the life energy,” Aiba points out.
“The High Castle is ruled by aristocrats. Kings and queens and alike. So, what they say is our law,” Nino explains. “It means they can do what they see fit. And they want Jun to return to our world and work for them. Basically it means to get locked in and be used as a mere tool. A sad life. He doesn’t want that to happen of course, hence they want him to return by force and…”
“…And minimalised his life energy,” Sho ends. “How cruel,” he says silently.
“It’s because he is a collector,” Nino explains. “They wouldn’t care if he was something else. They want to own him. It’s not about respect or love or anything, they just want to have a powerful weapon. Just that it’s a person and they would need to lock him into their beautiful castle, and want to force him to stay. I told you he can have whatever he wants… except freedom.”
“What’s a life with all wonderful possessions if you can’t have love and freedom,” Aiba muses and Nino throws him a surprised glance, nodding softly.
“So that man today-“ Sho starts.
“Man!?” Nino interrupts him immediately. “What man!?”
Sho blinks. “Oh, within all the drama I forgot. When I met Jun he was actually talking to someone. He looked scared and angry, and then he approached me, pretended we had an appointment, and he begged me to get him away from that place.”
“Where?” Nino asks sharply. “Where did they talk?”
“In front of his shop.”
“And how did he look like?” Nino wants to know.
“I’m not sure.” Sho frowns, trying to focus. “Like he didn’t belong here, you know? Obviously not from this world. He was dressed all in white, and his hair was light too. He was rather small. He didn’t look particularly unfriendly, but I wouldn’t say he wasn’t dangerous…. His face was almost sleepy, but there was something about him… something intimidating…”
Nino puts the cup of tea down on the table with so much force that it cracks slightly. “Fuck it,” he curses. “Damn this stupid guy. Why did he come? Why did he have to unsettle Jun even further? Is it not enough that he is on their side and sabotages him whenever he sees fit?”
“Who is it?” Sho asks sharply. “Who is that dude?”
Nino opens his lips, about to say something. Then he closes his mouth again, and shakes his head. “I can’t tell you,” he says quietly. “I’m sorry. I can’t tell you. It goes too much into Jun’s privacy. It’s part of his life.”
“But he is dangerous?” Aiba wants to know.
Nino takes a while to answer. “In his own way, he loves Jun. He would never physically hurt him,” he finally explains. “But he wants him back in our world, which is why he is a problem too. He doesn’t see what Jun truly needs and how he really feels. He is too deep involved to see it.” He pauses, suddenly looking sad. “He was a good guy once. I’m hoping this side of him is still there.”
Okay, not much happening here, but we got some background information, right? :D There is still a lot missing though.
Oh, and I decided to keep Friday for this multi here, because the chapters are a bit shorter and since I'm always so tired after work, it's easier for me to update this piece here. ^^