.letting go...

Tezuka tells himself that he should let go, that he is holding Ryoma back, that he should let go because he couldn't allow himself to become the stumbling block that would make Ryoma fall... Because Ryoma deserves better, deserves the entire world and that is no longer something Tezuka could give him, not anymore... So he should set Ryoma free, allow him to evolve and grow and reach for what he is destined for...

But then, that would be for tomorrow.

For now, he would allow himself a moment of selfishness... For now, he would hold on -- for a second, maybe two -- but if Ryoma would still be there the moment he wakes up, maybe, just maybe...

Forever...

.end.