Pairings: JxIno, hint of SugizoxRyuichi
Rating: PG-15, yes no sex here!
Summary: J has a crush on one of his co-workers in the Flower Shop…
Prologue, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
PS: this story is based on the outline of an original fiction about female vampires and their prey(link), I never write that story down, but the plot reflects upon my thoughts on love relationship, so I wrote it down as a fanfic instead. XD
Taking a last glance at his rented apartment, Ino picked up his bag and moved to the front door, then he exited and locked the door behind him; knowing too well that it would be a while before he would return here.
He had informed Sugi and Ryuichi that he was leaving and no one else. But to think of it there was not many others he would have spoken to. Ino thought thing would better be that way, by leaving everything behind he might stop himself from disturbing the peace of mind of the people around him any longer.
Later J was informed by Dr. Kawamura that he had been hospitalized due to exhaustion and over-drinking, afterward he had remained unconscious for nearly two days.
The explanation sounded believable but what had caused J’s suspicion springing again was Dr. Kawamura’s reaction when he asked the question of whom had brought him to the hospital.
This time the good doctor had gone silent, and he never answered the question directly saved for a few vague excuses.
His injure was by no mean grave still under the instruction of specialist, J had stayed in the hospital for two more days, simply for the sake of observation and running some tests to make sure he was okay.
At the very beginning J didn’t give up so easily, whenever Dr. Kawamura came to check on him, he would always try to find opportunity and brought up the same question. Thought Dr. Kawmura would usually just smiled and shifted the subject into some unrelated issues. Little by little, J lost the interest in playing this strange mind game with the doctor and eventually he simply stopped asking, seeing no point to continue
But it didn’t mean he did not think about Ino or their last encounter, in fact he found his mind lingered back to those memories often, the memories of what had happened in Ino’s apartment now seemed too faint, too unrealistic to a point that J always wondered whether he had imagined the whole thing up. That would have been an easy way out for his troubled mind if there wasn’t the fading twin wounds at the side of his neck, he would have believed everything was just a crazy dream.
Turning on the hospital bed, J sighed to himself while continued his useless attempt to fall asleep. There was no point pretending what had happened with Ino wasn’t real. He finally decided, as absurd as it might sound, he had been attacked, by Ino…who was a---
J shivered, what was Inoran actually?
Placing his palm against his temper, J tried in vain to block his own thought. Deep down he knew the answer to that question, but it was still too much for him to face it.
Even when sleeping meant he would dream of the brown haired man all over again.
Day in, day out; time flied by as people went on with their daily routines, nothing seemed to be changed. But when J was finally able to leave the hospital and went back to work, he found that Ino had quitted his part time work at Shinya’s.
During the few days he had been in the hospital, relatives and friends alike came visiting him in a handful, even Shinya managed to make a visit, but Inoran was never there.
Shocked, he asked Shinya whether the older man had any idea of Ino’s where about, but Shinya could only shrugged, he did ask his employee whether he had taken another job but Ino never answered him directly. The younger man only mentioned that he would be ‘away’ for a while and nothing more.
It was after the conversation with Shinya, then did J actually realized he had no further connection with the brown head outside of work. He never knew his address, the name of the university he was supposed to be attempting, or even his phone number. When the realization hit him, J could not help cursing himself for such carelessness, despite having a massive crush toward Ino like a teenager who experienced the magical force of affection for the first time; still the urge to ask for the younger man’s contact never once crossed his mind. it didn’t make much sense but that was the true, in normal standard he knew next to nothing about Ino still at the same time J felt as thought he did know the other man thoroughly, since he had already seen Ino’s true self, or so he would believe……
Still, Ino had chosen to vanish away. Now with the final link to the enigmatic youth broken off, J forced himself as best he could to focus on his ordinary day-to-day life.
At first life went on smoothly just the way it used to as J fell back to his usual routines of work, study, hang out with fried and have fun tasks. But why would he feel as though something important was missing from time to time after returning from the hospital?
Even though the rational side of him told J that what was done was done, thinking about the past too much did him no good. Sometime J would think to himself, it had always been a vain hope to think Ino would return his feeling. Still no matter what he had tried to lecture himself into believing, still there was a small voice at the back of his head whispering to him that he should not let Ino go yet. Despite the thought of what Ino truly was and what the brown hair youth was possibly capable of frightened him, still in J’s mind he knew the other man was special to him and if he just let the brown head slip away that easily, he would regret it for the rest of his time.
With the thoughts kept coming back to him, and images of Ino haunted his every waking moment, eventually J made his decision.
Ryuichi stopped at his path as he caught sight of the man sitting on the bench next to the sidewalk toward the hospital building, he recognized the man as J in no time.
He didn’t expect to see J but deep down he knew sooner or latter the blond haired man would come to him again. Far as he knew Ino had already cut off the old connections with his mortal friends, therefore if the guy wanted to learn of Ino’s where about. He would be more or less the only one J would turn to.
Knowing that it would be better for him to face J’s question once and for all, Ryuichi continued to walk just as causally as before, slowly approaching the blond head, the latter looked up as he sensed his presence, Ryuichi smiled at him in a friendly way.
“Good morning, Onose san.” Ryuichi greeted his former patient. “What had brought you here today, I wonder?”
“Hello, Doc.” J stood up from the bench, with hesitation he moved closer to the doctor, continued. “I…would like to talk with you, in private.”
“It’s about Inoran, right?” Ryuichi replied quietly, the name of their mutual friend seemed to echo around them, rippling away in slow motion.
J was dumbfounded at first, surprised to hear the doctor mentioning his brown haired coworker like this. He had expected that it would have taken a lot of effort from his side to gather information from Dr. Kawamura, for during his stay in the hospital; the doctor didn’t even willing to bring up Inoran’s name even though J had already recognized him as one of Ino’s friend.
But he had no time to question Dr. Kawamura’s change of heart, before he realized it J spoke the first thing that came up in his mind, in an urgent tone. “Yes.”
Ryuichi nodded knowingly. “Come with me then, we’ll talk while walking.”
With that he started to walk again, J had no other choice but to follow him, hoping the doctor would be willing to talk with him just as he had promised.
I don’t like this chapter but it’s the best I can do, need to go to sleep now…