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Title : Refrain ~Bokutachi No Monogatari~
Author : [info]zeon_avalanthe
Rating : PG
Genre : AU ; Angst ; Friendship
Fandom : Arashi
Pairing : Sakuraiba (Friendship)
Disclaimer : Everyone knows that I don't own any of those boys, sadly.. The title, is again, shamelessly taken from one of my favorite Arashi's song, Refrain..
Summary : Sho had been living a normal college life with his roommate slash bestfriend, Masaki.. Until he found out the dark secret lies behind those smiles..

Chapter 4

“How was it, my boy ?”

Shin looked up, eyes filled with tears.

“Ninomiya-sama, I’m sorry.”

“What are you apologizing for ?” Ninomiya asked him softly, urging the boy to come closer.

“I know you told me that we should be proud of this thing we’re doing, but I still feel bad when I killed someone.” Shin confessed as he crouched down in front of Ninomiya, face buried on his lap.

“I see.” Ninomiya stroke his hair soothingly. “But you see, Shin. There are many ways to erase them without the need to actually kill them yourselves. Perhaps that way, you will feel a little better ?”

“There is ?” Shin looked up with his huge eyes.

“Yes, there is, my son.”

---

“You were right, Ninomiya-sama. All I did was speak, and she killed herself without I have to even touch her.” Shin told the man eagerly.

“And how do you feel about it ?” Ninomiya asked him.

“I still feel a little bad for her, but certainly not as bad as when I killed them myself !” Shin gave out a smile. “I felt much better like this, Master.”

“Now that’s my boy. You know, Shin, you will be the best of the best one day.” Ninomiya gave him a proud smile.

“I will ?” Shin looked up, face sparkling in pure delight.

“Of course you will.” Ninomiya nodded his head. “I will make sure you will.”

***

Sho frown in concern at the shivering figure on the bed. He gave out a deep sigh as he wrung the small towel and placed it back at Masaki’s burning forehead. Masaki had been sick since yesterday, and it was nothing new, especially now that the weather is colder, but his temperature kept on rising that it worries Sho more and more.

“Masaki, if your fever hasn’t decreased by the morning, let’s go to the hospital okay ?” He told more than asked the sick boy worriedly, caressing his damp hair in the process.

Masaki only smiled at his words. “I will be fine, Sho-chan. I’m sorry for making you worried again.”

Sho just shook his head. “You want to eat something ? I can re-heat the soup Kazama-kun made this afternoon.”

Masaki shook his head weakly. “I’m not hungry, Sho-chan.”

“But you need to eat something !” Sho exclaimed softly. Masaki hadn’t really eaten anything since this morning but a glass of honey-milk. “Do you want me to make you some milk again then ?”

“I’m not hungry, Sho-chan.” Masaki said again, sighing as he snuggled deeper into the many layer of blankets Sho wrapped around him. “You must have been tired. Just go to sleep, Sho-chan. I will be fine.”

“But-“ Sho is ready to argue, but Masaki sent him a sharp look, as sharp as he could with his current weakened condition.

“What if you get sick too, Sho ? Who’s going to take care of us then ?” Masaki shot him a weak glare, before his face softened. “Just sleep. I will be fine, I promise.”

“Okay.” Sho agreed in the end, despite reluctantly. “Just call me if you need anything, okay ? Don’t worry about waking me up or something.”

“I will.” Masaki assured him with a smile, and Sho finally retreated back to his chamber.

As soon as his back disappeared, Masaki’s smile faltered before he fished out his phone from under the blanket. Masaki read the message he just received again carefully, slightly wishing he can just ignore the mail before sighing in defeat.

“I’m sorry, Sho.” He whispered sadly as he silently rose from his bed, eyes looking longingly at his bedside drawer where a picture of him and Sho smiling is placed.

***

A cold breeze is caressing Matsuoka’s face softly as he stood by himself on the balcony. He had always love the evening’s wind, it had always had that soothing effect on him, effectively erasing the fatigue and stresses away.

Matsuoka is brought back from his silent reverie when he heard the door of his apartment is opened. Matsuoka has this habit of not locking his door up before he slept because there would usually some people who will pay him some late-night visit, but he doesn’t remember inviting someone tonight, nor he received any news that someone will be dropping by too.

“Who’s that ?” He asked, voice half-warned.

“Senpai ? It’s me.” A familiar voice came to his ear and Matsuoka was relieved to see someone he know erupting from the dark.

“It’s you.” He said non-chalantly as he turned back around and lit a cigarette. “What’s the matter ? Did you fight with your friend or something ?”

“It’s nothing like that, Senpai.” The other man chuckled, and Matsuoka could hear the tremble in his voice.

“Hey, are you okay ? You don’t sound so good.” Matsuoka faced the guy and asked worriedly.

“I’m fine, Senpai.” The man simply shrugged him off. “There is, there is this something I need to consult with you.”

“What is it ?” Matsuoka asked as he turned off his cigarette and lead the man inside before closing the window to his balcony. “You want to drink something ?”

The man shook his head and Matsuoka simply nodded as he picked himself some beer. He gulped the drink down before taking a seat on the couch, motioning the other guy to do the same.

“So, what is it you want to consult with me about ?” Matsuoka asked in the end.

“Say, Senpai, how do you view the world ?”

***

Sho is awoken by the impatient knocking on the door. He scrunched his eyes and took a peek at his clock to see that it’s still half past seven in the morning. He made his way out of the bed sleepily as the knocking kept getting noisier to yell at this uninvited guest. Before he get to the front door, he peeked at his flatmate’s room to find Masaki sleeping soundly and sigh in relief. The man needed the rest and he was afraid the noise will wake him up from his slumber.

Making a quick steps to the front door, Sho opened it only to be welcomed by the anxious face of his Uncle.

“Uncle ! What brought you here early in the morning ?!” Sho asked in surprise as he inspected his Uncle who is already dressed up.

“Say, Sho, is your flatmate home ?” His Uncle asked instead as he invited himself in.

“Yeah. He’s still sleeping.” Sho answered, still bewildered by the sudden visit. “Do you need something from Masaki ? If you do, can it wait ? Masaki is down with a fever and I don’t really want to wake him up.”

“Unfortunately Sho,” His Uncle told him apologetically. “This can’t wait. Someone has been murdered around here last night.”

Sho widened his eyes in surprise. “Who is it ? And how come it has anything to do with Masaki ?”

“Let’s talk inside, okay ?” His Uncle ushered him as he closed the door behind him and pushed Sho to the livingroom. “I guess I will just tell you first while waiting for Masaki-kun to wake up. After all, I know how bad it could be for him when he’s having a cold.” He added as he took off his coat, face sympathetic.

“Well, as you have probably guess, I came here to represent the police, Sho. We heard a report that someone has been killed last night. The witness told us that they saw some young men on their twenty came out from the victim’s room around the time of his death. They didn’t see his face because it was dark and they were slightly drunk.” His Uncle started.


“And what does it have to do with Masaki ? He’s asleep all night.” Sho asked again, voice impatient.

“With only that vague statement, we could not really think of who it might be, really. For all we know, the drunk man might have imagined it all. But when we searched around the house of the victim, we found something that doesn’t belong to the victim.” His Uncle told him as he pulled out a piece of picture from inside his pocket and showed it to Sho.

A green four-leaves clover with an ‘AM’ initial keychain is what Sho saw. Sho was sure Masaki possesed the same thing which he always hang on his bag.

“Indeed Masaki has this kind of same thing, but that doesn’t make this Masaki’s. I’m sure many people had this same keychain.” Sho argued as he handed the picture back.

“Indeed.” His Uncle agreed. “But we found some fingerprints on it and they belonged to Masaki-kun’s.” His Uncled continued and Sho shot him a shocked look. “And the victim, I’m sure the both of you are familiar with him. He is Matsuoka Masayuki-kun.”

“Matsuoka-senpai ?” Sho asked in disbelief. “But how come- ?”

Just as Sho is about to ask further to his Uncle, they heard some shuffling sound and Sho turned around to find Masaki walking sluggishly to where they are, a hand gripping his beloved dog plushie, the other rubbing his eyes away.

“Sho-chan ? A guest ?” Masaki asked groggily as he walked closer.

Sho quickly stood up from his position and lead Masaki to the couch, making him sit properly before facing his Uncle again.

“It’s Uncle Shigeru, Masaki.” Sho told him gently. “He said he need to ask you something.”

Masaki stared at him confusedly before turning his face to look at Sho’s Uncle properly.

“Ah ! Shigeru-jii !” He exclaimed after a while. “It’d been long. What is it you want to ask me about ?” He asked before letting out a couple coughs. “I’m sorry.”

“It’s okay, Masaki-kun.” Sho’s Uncle said with a smile. “Anyway, do you recognize this keychain ?” He asked after pulling the picture out again and show it to Masaki.

Masaki scrunched his face to study the picture for a while before nodding his head.

“This is mine, yeah.” Masaki answered quietly. “But I’m sure I lost it sometimes ago. Why ? Did you found it ?”

“Yes, in a way. But that’s not the point.” Sho’s Uncle said. “This keychain was found on your senior’s room last night. And this certain senior was being murdered when we found him.”

Masaki widened his eyes in fear. “Who- ?”

“It’s Matsuoka-senpai.” Sho answered instead.

Masaki quickly turned to face Sho. “Matsu-nii ?! But how ? Why ?”

“We’re not sure, Masaki-kun.” Sho’s Uncle said with a sigh as he placed back the picture inside his pocket. “We’re currently investigating the case. Anyway, are you sure you lost this keychain ? When was it ?”

“I’m not sure.” Masaki answered spiritlessly, face downcast. “I realized it a couple of days ago, that the keychain was missing.”

“I noticed it too.” Sho commented. “I thought Masaki was simply tired of it.”

“I see.” His Uncle said contemplatively. “I guess that’s enough. I will be taking my leave. Masaki-kun, get well soon, ‘kay ?” He then stood up and took his leave.

Sho stood up as well to take his Uncle to the front door.

“Sho, please contact me if anything happen okay ? I didn’t mention this in front of Masaki-kun because I was afraid that it will upset him more, but do you know the recent suicide cases ?” His Uncle told him in a whisper while putting his coat on, and Sho nodded his head. “After some investigation, and after tonight’s case, the police thought that those were not suicides at all. We found some similarities on those previous cases and tonight’s case, and concluded that those people were actually murdered.”

“And you think the suspect is the same ?” Sho asked with a frown.

His Uncle nodded his head. “They were too similar to be done by a different person. We thought that the murderer made some slip last night, that’s why it didn’t appear that Matsuoka-san did a suicide. But we weren’t sure. There were too little clues as of now and when we found Masaki-kun’s fingerprints, eventhough I can’t believe Masaki-kun is related to these cases, we chased it desperately, because it was the only clue we had.”

Sho frowned as he tried to digest the information.

“I understand, Uncle. I will tell you if we figure something out.” He said in the end.

“Thanks, Sho.” His Uncle smiled gratefully at him. “I will be taking my leave then. You two take care.”

“We will.” Sho bid his Uncle one last goodbye before closing the door, making sure it’s locked properly –just in case-, before heading back to the livingroom where Masaki is still sitting silently, face looking down at his plushie dog on his lap.

Sho sighed. The news must have been a great shock for Masaki. Matsuoka-senpai had been taking care of the two of them ever since they entered the University, always kindly inviting them to a meal in his house and taking them to many places. But Matsuoka-senpai had a soft spot for Masaki, and always doted on him like an older brother. Of course, hearing that the said guy was murdered must have been hard for Masaki.

Just when Sho is about to call for Masaki, the tall guy stood from his position and walked back to his bedroom.

“Masaki ?” Sho called out as he half-jogging to follow him.

“I’m sorry, Sho-chan, but I’m tired. Can I go back to sleep ?” Masaki asked him weakly as he’s about to enter his room.

Sho nodded his head slowly, forehead creased in concern. “Are you okay, Masaki ? Do you need anything ?”

Masaki shook his head slowly, lips producing a small smile. “I will be fine, Sho-chan. Thank you.”

Sho knows that Masaki was just forcing the smile before he closed the door and left Sho alone in the hallway. Because despite the facade Masaki was trying to give him, Sho still notice the tears Masaki tried to hold just because he doesn’t want to cry in front of Sho and worried him more. Sho sighed at the thought. As much as he’s worried for the boy, Sho knows better that Masaki need the time alone now. And so he slowly walked away from Masaki’s door, fishing out his phone to mail Kazama-kun and ask him to fix them some dishes again.

And for some reason, Sho just felt that he’s the most pathetic person right now.

~~~tbc

Happy Ied Mubarak everyone~
Well, uhm, I'm kinda short in time so I'll leave the message short and please do enjoy~ >,<
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