Title : Black Saint
Arc 3 - Thunderbird
Chapitre 9 - Shadow Of You
Author : zeon_avalanthe
Rating : PG-13 (For languanges in some chapters)
Genre : AU ; Angst
Pairing : YamaJima ; NakaChii ; OkaYama ; more will come as the story evolves..
Disclaimer : Everyone knows that I don't own any of those boys, sadly..
Summary for Arc 3 : Threads are severed, trusts are wavered.. Through all the cold storms and the raging inferno, wrapped inside the unending cries of pain, a tiny part of his heart still waiting for that love he longed..
Author's Note : Yes. I know that I haven't improved in writing a proper summary yet.. Eventhough I've wrote for quite long now.. >,<
Well, this arc's title and plot are based on T.M.Revolution's song, Thunderbird, which immediately melted my heart the first time I heard it (It was the Music Fair version where they sang it along with Tegomassu by the way).. Hope you'll like this arc too~ XD
~~~Arc 3 - Chapitre 9 - Shadow Of You~~~
The sound of the birds chirping was the first thing Yuto heard as he stepped out from his small apartment downtown. He smiled contendedly as took his time enjoying the morning scenery. For one thing or another, he just felt somehow in a very good mood as he woke up, and he don't know why. He then took a turn and into a less crowded road and just let his feet brought him to the all too familiar place. He grinned widely as he reached the place he was heading to, and opened the door. He chuckled as the soft jingling the door made as he pushed it open made the occupant of the residence jolted a bit from his position.
"Rai-kun ! You surprised me there." The man shook his head as he resume his previous task.
"Sorry. Didn't meant to." He replied nonchalantly as he took a seat on a table near the window.
"But still, aren't you a bit too early today ? Yuu's still asleep, you know." The man raised his eyebrows as their eyes met.
"Let him be. I'm not here for him anyway." Yuto smiled as he interwined his fingers and put his chin on top of it.
"Then what are you here for ?"
"For a cup of coffee. And a plate of pancakes, if you wouldn't mind, Jun-kun." He smiled wider and the other man just sighed.
"So you're here for a breakfast, eh ? Very well." Junichi shrugged. "I haven't prepared anything for the day though, so it'll probably take some times."
"Fine with me." Yuto nodded his head agreely. "I can wait."
Junichi chuckled as he shook his head before proceeding to the kitchen.
On the other hand, Yuto just smiled as he stared at Junichi's disappearing figure. And as a familiar ringtone heard, he fished into his pocket to pick his phone. Looking at the caller ID, he frowned before picking up the call.
"Yuu ? I'm downstairs, you know. Just come down here if you want to-"
Before he could finish his words, Yuu's voice rang through the mobile device and he widened his eyes at the words coming from the other man.
"Are you sure ?" He asked, and frowned deeper at the affirmative answer Yuu gave him. "I see. Thanks for informing me."
He cut the call, and just as Junichi's head popped out from the kitchen, he send the man an apologetic look.
"Sorry, Jun-kun, but I think the breakfast has to wait. I have an emergency coming around."
The man sighed, but ushered him out nonetheless.
"Be careful." Bid Junichi as Yuto closed the shop's door behind him.
Keito grunted in annoyance at the never-ending ringtone his phone produced. He roamed his hand on top of the drawer to pick the call and yell at whoever person who has disturbed his sleep and called him so early in the morning. But as his eyes caught the name of the caller, his expression changed and he straightened himself up before he answer the call.
"What is it ?"
"Keito ? Are you a hundred percent awake by now ?"
Keito fought the urge to roll his eyes and decided to give his caller an answer instead.
"Yeah. Thanks to your call-in-an-ungodly-hour."
"Really, Keito ? It's like, 6 in the morning already. Not quite an ungodly hour I think."
"That's not-" Keito sighed. "Let's just get to the point. What is it ?"
"Okay." A pause. "Your father has awaken."
The young man instantly went to a state of shock. After the last occurance, he had never thought that he will ever seeing his father awake the second time, as he had given up on his life and all.
"Are you sure ?" He asked after a few moments of silence.
"Positive. Val just called me not too long ago and told me the news."
"I see." He was feeling at lost that he doesn't know what to react at this situation.
"Are you gonna see him ?"
Keito said nothing as he engrossed himself in his own mind. It's true that he has things to settle with his father, but at the same time, he doesn't want to have any further connection with the said man.
"I don't know." He frowned. "I mean, this Okamoto Kenichi is a man I no longer recognized. I-I'm not sure if I wanted to see him."
"Why don't you just go ?"
"I know that it's probably hard for you to face him. That you're not ready yet to face him now. But then again, considering the circumstances, I don't think that you will ever be ready." His caller paused for a while. "But you can't deny the fact that there are things you two have to talk about. To settle things up for once and for all. That's why, I think you should be going and see him. Whether you're ready or not is out of the question in this matter."
"The fact that you're a scaredy-cat is something undeniable. That's why, if you think it will give you more assurance, I will come with you."
A small smile formed on his lips.
"Why would you do that ? This is the man who shot you, you know. The reason why you were in a critical condition a few while back. The very reason why you're out of business in the underworld."
"Don't remind me." Keito might not see the caller, but he could imagining him rolling his eyes. "But you see, I guess I'm doing this to assure myself ?"
"Of what ?"
"Of many things."
And from the tone the other is making, Keito knew that he can't pry for more. Period.
"Fine, fine." He sighed. "Then I'll meet you in the hospital ? At around, 9 ?"
And before Keito could comment further, the other boy had cut the line.
"Really, that Ryosuke." He sighed before throwing his phone back on top of the drawer and proceed to the bathroom.
He might be the one who told Keito to meet his father, but for a reason, Ryosuke found himself unable to stop fidgeting as he wait for his Vice to come -showing his own nervousness at the idea. Glancing at his wristwatch every now and then, he grunted impatiently while tapping his feet to the floor. A little over five minutes later, found a panting Keito rushed to where he sat. Ryosuke shook his head before he stood and lead the older boy further inside the building.
"Shut up." He quickly brushed the older's off without letting him finish whatever he was trying to say.
The two of them then continue their little journey in silence, before their steps came to a stop in front of a certain room.
"Ready or not, Keito." Ryosuke said softly as he quietly opened the door.
Keito took a deep breath, as if to reassuring himself, before he stepped inside the room. He hang his head low, too coward to look around. But a quite painful nudge landed on his back, and he could only wince as he finally looked up and take his surroundings into view. His eyes then fell to a certain figure sitting on the hospital bed. The figure seemed to not recognizing their entrance, or perhaps, he just tried to ignore their presence altogether. Sighing deeply, Keito dared himself to take one step, followed by another, and another, until he stood by the bed.
"Uhm, ho-how are you feeling ?" He asked nervously and he swore he could see Ryosuke rolling his eyes behind him.
The man on the bed took a small glance his way, before snorted at his remark.
"What do you care anyway ?" The man asked him back in clear sarcasm.
"I-I..." Keito hung his head low and cursed himself inwardly.
'Come on, Keito ! Why did you made yourself into a complete idiot now ?!'
"Get out. I don't want to see your face or that boy over there." The man grumbled angrily with both his hands in front of his chest.
Keito immediatelly looked up in disbelief. Unable to say a word, he turned around only to found Ryosuke sighing.
"Stop being a child, will you ?" Ryosuke commented as he walked forward. "You're just upset for a fact that you have lost and decided to became a sulking brat now. And it disgusted me deeply. You're already an old man in case you forgot. So unfitting to act like a spoiled little kid." He then rolled his eyes.
"You !" The man was ready to charge forward, only to stopped himself as he doubled over from the pain he felt from his whole body.
"Didn't the doctor told you, Okamoto-san," Ryosuke smirked. "That you shouldn't move around too much with the current body condition of yours."
"You brat !" The man hissed under his breath.
"So, Keito, I'll leave things in your hands." Ryosuke waved his hand before he turned around and closed the door behind him.
"Why do I feel like I'm having a dejavu ?" Keito sighed before he returned his gaze to his father. He smiled bitterly. "Well, that's him. It's better if we settled this off rather than prolong it any further."
"Tsk." The man turned to his left, avoiding eye-contacts.
"I'm not sure where to start, but-" Keito took a deep breath. "I guess I should be starting with a sorry. So, uhm, I'm sorry. For everything. I have been a bad son, but I hope you'll understand. The way you lived back then, and up until now, it's just something I cannot agree on. That's why I left. But..." He trailed off.
"But that doesn't mean that I hate you." He released a breath. "It's true that I disliked your way of life, but you're still my father. The one who raised me through the good and bad. And I'm sorry if I turned out to be someone you didn't expect me to, but this is the life I chose, and this is the me now. And I hope you'll understand that. That no matter what, I wouldn't exchange my curent life now."
Scratching the back of his not itchy head, he smiled sheepishly.
"I know I'm not making any sense, but well, I hope you got what I was trying to tell you, so-"
At the sudden remark the other Okamoto was making, Keito could only frown. "Eh ?"
"Why would you go that far ?" Okamoto Kenichi told him. "It's not like you've got anything here."
"You're wrong, Dad." His eyes softened. "I've got something here. And it's very important to me."
Ryosuke sighed as he leaned back on one of the hospital bench. After he walked out from Okamoto Kenichi's room, he happened to came across with none other than valentine, and the man had somehow made him run some tests for his pre-scheduled check-up. One that he didn't know exist. Knowing that he had no chance to run away from the said check-up, he just resigned himself and let the young Doctor do whatever he had to do.
And so, only after about an hour or so that he finally managed to free himself from the man's grip and get some free air. He assumed that Keito will probably call him when he's done, he decided to loiter around the place before he got bored and slumped down on the bench he's currently occupying. He ran his eyes to his surrounding before he stopped at two familiar figures currently talking to each other.
And the two familiar figures happened to be Keito himself, and none other than Nakajima Yuto.
Not believing his eyes, Ryosuke lifted his hands to rub both of his eyes and blinked continously. But the image did not changed, so he then proceeded to where the two boys are.
"Since when did you became friendly ?" He voiced out, unable to hide his surprise. Well, he couldn't be blamed since the last he remembered, the two were never in good terms.
The two boys turned their heads simultaneously at his call, with two different reactions. Keito with his sheepish smile, and Yuto with his playful grin.
"Yama-chan~" The taller of the two called his name. "Okamoto-kun was looking for you. Where did you go anyway ?"
"I was just doing some check-up." He answered nonchalantly.
"Eh ?" And to his surprise, Yuto had already stood by his side in an amazing speed, fussing over him. "What's wrong ? Did your wound got re-opened again ? Or are you hurt somewhere else ? Are you feeling any pain ?"
"Yuto-" He sighed. "I'm okay, really. Valentine just got me into my pre-scheduled check-up to see if anything's wrong. And don't worry, nothing's wrong as of the moment."
"Really ?" Yuto perked up, definitely disbelieving his words.
"Yes." Ryosuke nodded his head. "Really, you can be very annoying at times, you know."
The boy just gave him a goofy grin as he shrugged.
"Back to my previous question, since when did you became friendly ?" He asked curiously.
"Oh, we just did~" Yuto chirped happily. "But we started to be civil since our previous encounter. Because I had helped him and something."
"Oh, really ?" Ryosuke raised an eyebrow, feeling skeptical with the situation.
"Of course, Yama-chan !" Exclaimed Yuto, while draping on of his hand around Ryosuke's shoulder.
"Yeah, yeah." Ryosuke rolled his eyes. "Anyway, Keito, have you talked things out with your father ?" He turned his head to the other boy.
The said boy nodded his head.
"Yeah. But I'm not sure of his reaction." He shrugged. "But at the very least, I tried to tell him, right ?"
"Hn." Ryosuke said nothing, but he kept his eyes on Keito intently. "Well, I believe you're adult enough to take care of your own problems though." He concluded in the end.
Keito sighed, relieved that Ryosuke decided not to pry further.
"Let's go home then. I'm tired, and hungry." Ryosuke yawned. "Keito, you're coming with me ?"
The young man shook his head. "I have a plan ahead of me. You go back and rest, Ryosuke." He gave him a smile.
"I see." He then turned his head to Yuto. "Yuto ?"
"Did you drive here by yourself or did you have your chauffeur with you ?" The taller guy asked him back.
"I got here by myself. Why ?" Ryosuke eyed him.
"Then I'll go with you." The boy announced. "But I will be the one driving." He told him.
"Wait, wait-" Ryosuke halted him. "Then what if I said that Kato is driving for me ?"
"Then I'll say that I'm sorry but I can't come with you. I've got things to attend to." The tallest of the three smiled.
"Really," Ryosuke sighed. "So you just agreed to come because you didn't believe me that I could drive by myself, huh ? For God's sake Yuto, you should really stop that. I'm fine by myself and you can go to this whatever things you have to attend to."
"I knew that, Yama-chan." Yuto exclaimed in a matter-of-factly tone. "But I just wanted to spoil you, and this thing can wait anyway."
"Whatever." Ryosuke shook his head. "Then I'm going first, Keito. You take care."
And the Vice could only shook his head in amusement as Ryosuke left with Yuto tailing not too far behind him.
~~~End Of Arc 3 - Chapitre 9 - Shadow Of You~~~
Sorry for the delay~
But next chappie is already on the make so I guess I'll be able to post it sooner~ >,<
Critics are welcomed everyone~