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)
“I don’t like that,” Nino grumbles and side-eyes Jun and Sho while they are having breakfast together.
“Shut up and eat a piece of toast with peanut butter,” Jun interrupts him and hands him said food.
“Your princess is bossy,” Aiba jokes while using Jun’s infamous nickname, and both he and Sho laugh. Much to Sho’s surprise though Nino shifts around a little embarrassed, and Jun blushes.
Interesting, Sho thinks, their reaction just now was very interesting. He wonders what it is these two truly share. Friendship? Are they like brothers? Or are they family? Or is there a bond of love between them?
Something inside Sho’s stomach twitches painfully. It’s a selfish wish, he knows that, but he wants Jun to be happy… together with him, not with Nino.
It’s later that day when he receives two grumpy but cute messages from Jun because he hasn’t slept enough, but still wants to meet him again tonight, that he feels a bit more special to Jun again. Maybe he has his place in his life too… maybe. Sho goes for his ward round in hospital. Little Mayu will be released soon, and he wants to check on her one last time. She has had difficulties to get over Miki’s death, and they have talked a lot with Sho trying to comfort and motivate her.
The afternoon is calm and gladly not too busy. He has time for his little patients, and for his paper work. It’s when he is about to leave the hospital to go home, change and get ready for his date with Jun that he sees him.
He knows immediately that he isn’t a person from this world. By now he has developed a little feeling for it – visiting Jun’s and Nino’s world through Jun’s mind helped him to understand a few things – although it’s not as obvious as it was when this Satoshi-guy came to visit. This guy is different, more adapted to his surroundings, more like a normal human, but still…
Sho sighs, knowing he can’t avoid this dude. He can as well get over it now. “Can I help you, man from the other world?” he asks casually after he approached him. The guy is clad in black, just on his collar he sees the golden print of three little stars and a sign that reminds him of an exclamation mark.
The guy is visibly taken aback. “Sakurai-sensei?” he asks.
“Hm.” Sho muses, not answering immediately. “And who do I have the pleasure to talk to?”
“My name isn’t important.”
“Of course it isn’t,” Sho concludes. “You are probably afraid that this little black-haired devil named Ninomiya will hunt you down if he knows your name.” By the way the guy’s eyes widen, he knows he has hit the truth. “I also need to tell you that I’m an excellent painter. I will be able to put your face onto paper within seconds.” His best lie ever. He sucks at painting, but gladly this dude seems to buy it, because he is getting slightly nervous.
“Listen, sensei, I’m not here to do you any harm,” he finally says calmly. “But you don’t know him. You don’t know what he did.”
Of course, he is talking about Jun. He is here because of Jun. Before he can even continue to talk, Sho stops him though. “Yes,” Sho nods. “That’s true. I don’t know what he did or if he betrayed or hurt someone, or what kind of awful person you might see him as. But you know-” Sho throws him an angry glance. “It might surprise you, I don’t care, and I don’t want to know anything. Not from a person that’s only here to talk bad about him. I don’t give a penny on the opinion of people who use threats and who badmouth others.” Sho shakes his head. “It’s you guys who don’t know him, and that’s pretty pathetic. Because up to now I’ve only seen him doing kind things for others while not minding his own health and problems.”
The guy has the decency to look a bit embarrassed, then he shakes his head. “I don’t hate him,” he says. “I know that he is kind. But for us it’s difficult. We have our orders.”
“And you don’t scare away from using any methods you can,” Sho concludes silently.
“Toma,” the guy says. “My name is Toma. I’m leaving for now, but I can’t promise not to come back.”
With that he disappears, and Sho lets out a deep sigh. He has played a dangerous game just now, but it seems he has won for now. His phone rings. It’s a message from Jun. I’m finished in an hour. Don’t you dare to come too late! I’m starving.
Sho laughs. Always so demanding. How about a ‘please’? :-)
Fine. Please! òÓ
Sho has to laugh even more, sending Jun a digital kiss instead of an answer in words. He smiles when he receives a stamp in the form of a heart.
Jun raises his head in surprise when someone enters his shop. He was about to close it and meet Sho, and go and have dinner with him. Normally no one comes so late. When he sees the person in front of him he is even more surprised though.
Shun is a well-known guest, not because he is a frequenting customer, but because he is one of the High Castle’s elite guards and uses to visit Jun here and there, trying to convince him to come back.
Jun lets out a sigh of frustration. “Again Shun-san? You came again? You just visited me two weeks ago!”
“Well,” Shun sighs slightly. “Yes, I know. I wanted to check on you and see if you are okay.”
Jun blinks, checking the person in front of him. His certain gift provides him with the ability to read people well. That way he knew that Sho-san is a kind guy, that he has a beautiful soul and a strong mind. Shun is one of the people he doesn’t like to see, but doesn’t dread to see either. They used to be almost friends when growing up and Shun always treated him respectful although he was a guard sent from the High Castle.
Today however something in Shun’s eyes strikes him. “You have a request,” Jun says in astonishment. “You are not here to check on me, but to actually ask for my services!”
“I…” Shun looks away in embarrassment. “Yes,” he finally admits. “Please forgive me.”
Jun is too surprised and taken aback to say something. Up to now the members of the High Castle have been pestering him and threatening him to come back, but it is the first time that someone actually came to him as a customer. Is it a trap? He frowns, checking Shun from head to toe. No, he doesn’t think so. “What do you need?”
“I want a piece of a star.” Shun’s voice is pained, like he knows what kind of huge favour he asks.
“That’s a very specific wish, Shun-sama.” Jun frowns. “What do you need it for?”
Shun’s smile wavers. “I want it as a good luck charm and-“
“That’s a lie,” Jun interrupts him and shrugs. He points at his contract. “I won’t give it to you.”
Shun lets out a sigh. “Jun-san-“
“No,” Jun shakes his head. “It’s my shop, my work and my rules. Whoever doesn’t apply to the rules, I won’t help.”
“Fine,” Shun gives in. “I want to put back the light in her eyes.”
Jun blinks. “What?”
“She lost the baby,” Shun admits quietly. “Our baby. She is so sad. I want to make her smile again, and a star…”
“A start puts back the light into people’s eyes and smiles,” Jun continues quietly. Something inside him clenches nervously. A piece of a star, this is going to be difficult.
“Can you help me?” Shun asks hopefully.
Jun knows that he should never take this request. He knows it, but yet he can’t decline it. “Yes,” he says. “I’ll help you.”
It’s dangerous, and it will lead him to his world. He will need to ask for favours, and the High Castle will sabotage him again. He needs to think of a good plan, a way to avoid the Castle to know what he is up to. And he can’t tell Nino, definitely not. He has dragged him into his shit too often, and this here is something he can’t drag him into.
Jun places a soft kiss on top of Sho’s head. It’s in the middle of the night and Sho stirs a bit in his sleep.
“Jun,” he mumbles. “What’s the matter?”
“Nothing,” Jun says warmly, bending down to capture Sho’s lips in a soft kiss. The latter smiles slightly against them.
“You are clingy tonight,” he mumbles. “But that’s cute.”
“Sleep, Sho-san,” Jun murmurs softly, his fingers diving through Sho’s hair. His heart beats faster at the sight in front of him. It was probably a mistake to fall in love with this human here, but he couldn’t help it. Sho just got his attention from the first day on, when he came to his shop and felt bad about placing such a simple order, guilty almost. It drew Jun’s attention on him immediately. He was the first person to react like that.
When Sho is deep asleep again, Jun crawls out of the bed, angling for his watch at the nightstand table, and quietly going to the bathroom. He washes himself and switches into his clothes swiftly and almost silently. Before he leaves the apartment, he throws one last glance into the bedroom.
“I’ll return,” he mumbles, trying to feel confidence about the task before him. “I will return.”
A/N: So, Jun is leaving, and plans on going back to his world secretly. Do you think it's a trap or not? And what are Nino and Sho going to do?