It was the distinctive crash of metal against metal, and loud voices shouting that finally led Rei to the alleyway. Shivering, he quickened his footsteps, listening to the faint crunch of snow beneath his feet. He rounded the corner, and paused, watching the two young kids standing a few feet away. Despite the initial disappointment he felt, he still decided to linger for a few moments to watch before continuing on. The faces of the children reminded him so much of Max and Tyson when they were younger, he found himself almost smiling. Their beyblades hit one last time, steel grey against blue, and then one boy was dropping to his knees to pick up the blade, while the other laughed happily.
At that moment, the boy who was kneeling looked up, and his eyes locked with Rei's.
Smiling faintly, Rei waved at them.
"Who are you?" asked the boy, pocketing his blade.
Feeling slightly awkward, Rei took a few steps forwards. "My name is Rei," he said. "Sorry, I didn't mean to interrupt you."
"It's okay," said the boy, getting to his feet to stand beside his companion. "Did you want something?"
"I was actually looking for someone," said Rei. "I was told I could find a man named Kai Hiwatari around here."
"Kai?" the other boy furrowed his eyebrows. "Yeah, he used to come here often. He would help us train in there." He jabbed his finger over his shoulder, pointing to a half open door leading into the old building they were standing in front of. "But you won't find him here anymore."
The boy shrugged. "He stopped showing up a few months ago. No one knows why."
"I do!" said the first boy suddenly. "Or, at least I think I do. I heard that ever since his grandfather died, he has hardly left his office. Too much work to do. And I heard he even gave up beyblading!"
"Where did you here that?" asked Rei sharply.
The boy quailed a bit under Rei's stare, and muttered something that sounded like, "…the other boys…"
Rei sighed. "Do either of you know where his office is?"
They both nodded eagerly. "It is a huge building right in the middle of downtown. You won't be able to miss it. You can even see it from here, look…"
Rei turned his head to look where they were pointing. In the distance was a tall black building, with neon green letters on top to spell out the words 'BIOVOLT.'
A real smile appeared on his lips for the first time that day, and he turned back to the two boys, who were watching his curiously. "Thanks," he said. "You've helped a lot."
Rei pressed his finger against the elevator button and stood back to wait.
"Sir, I'm afraid you can't go up there without an appointment!"
He turned to smile at the secretary who hovered nervously over his shoulder. "it's okay," he told her. "I'm an old friend of Kai's."
"Sir, you really can go up!" she said, starting to get flustered. "If I let everybody in who tried that one-"
"Its okay, Kai won't mind."
"But you don't have an appointment! Mr Hiwatari isn't expecting you-"
The elevator doors slid open, and Rei stepped inside. From behind he heard, "…very busy," before the doors slid shut, blocking the rest of her words.
"Yeah I bet he's busy," muttered Rei, eyes fixed on the numbers above the door, watching them each light up in turn.
Finally the doors slid open to reveal a short hallway with only one door at the very end. Rei walked towards it, and without even knocking, pushed the door open.
Kai was standing at his desk. As Rei entered the room, their eyes immediately locked, and Rei could hear a woman's voice coming from a machine on the wall behind Kai.
"…man is coming! He could be dangerous Mr Hiwatari! He is on his way right now!"
"Its okay, Hila," said Kai, his eyes never leaving Rei's. "I'll handle it. I know him."
There was a click, and her voice cut out, leaving only silence.
Slowly Kai removed his finger from the button and sat down. Shock and anger were displayed clearly on his face.
Rei took a few steps forward. "Happy to see me?" he asked.
"What are you doing here, Rei?" Kai's voice was cold.
Rei took another step forward. "It's been a year, Kai."
"I'm aware of that," said Kai, looking down at his desk to flip through some papers. "Now what do you want? And how did you find me?"
"Some kids you used to beyblade with told me. They wondered why you stopped coming to train with them."
"I gave up beyblading," said Kai dismissively.
"So I heard."
"You haven't come to try and get me to join the team again, then."
"No, of course not. But I have to say, Kai, that was quite a blow you struck us by disappearing like that."
Kai's eyes narrowed and Rei hesitated before continuing. "That was quite a blow you struck me. How could you just leave?"
Kai smirked. "It was surprisingly easy, you know. Really, my suitcase almost packed itself."
Rei sighed. "You've changed, Kai."
"So have you. Surprised?"
"Like you wouldn't believe."
Rolling his eyes, Kai picked up a pen and started to write. There was silence in the room for a few moments. Rei stood uncertainly before the desk, hands clasped loosely behind his back. Finally he cleared his throat loudly.
Kai looked up, a frown on his face. "oh," he said, "you're still here."
"unfortunately," said Rei.
"I'm really busy," said Kai. "I don't have time to talk right now."
"I've come all the way here from America," said Rei. "I'm not leaving until we talk, Kai. Do you know how hard it was to find you?"
"America?" asked Kai, distracted. "what were you doing there?"
"staying with max, but that's not the –"
"I thought you would have gone back to China," said Kai. "Why didn't you?"
"Oh?" Kai arched a brow.
"Yeah. That main one being that Lee tried to rape me last time I was there, and this time without you to throw a hissy fit and run away again, there didn't seem much point of going back."
Kai didn't look impressed. "No, really."
"It's the truth."
"Doesn't sound like the truth."
"That's right," said Rei angrily. "I'm just a big liar, aren't I?"
"Better big that stupid."
"I – now you're not even making sense!"
Kai shrugged and went back to shifting through his papers. Rei stood in front of his for a moment, fuming silently, before suddenly moving forwards quickly until he was right in front of Kai's desk.
Kai looked up in surprise. "What- " he started to say, but Rei leaned forwards and grabbed the front of his shirt, pulling them together roughly over the desk, and slanting his mouth hard across Kai's.
For a second they remained frozen together, and then Kai's hands came up, pushing hard against Rei's shoulders. Rei tightened his grip and bit into Kai's bottom lip. With a gasp of pain, Kai's lips parted and non to gently Rei slipped his tongue inside.
"What are you doing?" Kai tried to mutter against his lips, but it came our muffled, and hardly distinguishable.
Rei's other hand came up to run gently through Kai's hair. Against his will Kai let out a soft moan. When the finally broke apart, there was a slightly dazed look in his eyes.
"Maybe…" he muttered. "Maybe we should talk after all."
Rei grinned, and leaned in to kiss him again.
This was such a cheesy story. I was reading back over it as I wrote this chapter, because it had been SO long since I have written anything on it I forgot lots of stuff, and I was stunned at how overly dramatic and predictable everything was! It was so embarrassing! But anyways, here we are, FINALLY at the end! And it is probably a really disappointing ending, but it was the best I could come up with. Hopefully you don't hate it too much!!!
Personally I think it is pretty obvious what happens next.
Thanks to everyone who read and reviewed over the years! It really meant a lot to me, and definitely kept me going!
Special thanks to phoenixfire thundertiger, whose reminder gave me the boost I needed to finish!