Disclaimer: I don't own Gravitation or any of it's characters… they belong to Maki Murakami. Sadly, I make no money by writing these fics… I just do it for fun. Please, do not sue me.


Song Bird

Yuki stood backstage with Bad Luck and a large number of Shuichi's friends. He could see the hope in their faces… hope that his plan would succeed and that Shuichi Shindou would come back to them. He was forced to turn his face away, this whole situation was partly his fault and now all hope rested on him and his flimsy plan.

"So, you changed your mind and decided to do the special song last?" Hiro asked, breaking Yuki from his thoughts.

"Yes, I think it would be best to build the crowd up first." Yuki replied.

"Are you sure you can handle a full concert? All the other concerts we've done up till now have been pretty short and your singing isn't nearly as strong as Shuichi's." Suguru added.

"I'm not entirely sure, no, but Ryuichi-san has been coaching me so I should be able to make it through one full-length concert."

"Alright then, I guess it's time to hit the stage then, we've kept this crowd waiting long enough." Hiro said as he turned and walked towards the stage. He stopped short and waited for the announcer to introduce the band and call his name.

Suguru gave Yuki a slight smile before following Hiro and doing the same. Yuki sighed and slowly made his way through a line of Shuichi's friends each one giving him words of encouragement as he went.

"Pika pika Yuki-san! Shine bright so Shuichi can find you!" Ryuichi and Kumagoro chorused together.

"Please, please, please bring Shindou back!" Sakano pleaded desperately.

"We're ready to clear a path for Shuichi if necessary!" K and Rage yelled together from their perch atop a pile of rocket launchers and machine guns.

"I'm sure you can bring my brother back to us, Yuki-san." Maiko stated, giving him a warm smile as he passed.

Tatsuya, Noriko, and Mika said nothing but nodded to him as he passed them, and Tohma simply smiled and nodded as well. Just as he reached the edge of the stage he saw Eiri, lurking in the shadow of a stage curtain.

"Eiri, I promise I'll do my best to bring him back to you." Yuki stated before the other man could speak. Eiri simply nodded in response and turned towards the stage.

Yuki took a deep breath and gave the signal that he was ready to be announced. Shuichi's name was called and Yuki hit the stage to a wave of applause and screaming. The sound was almost deafening, but as soon as he touched the microphone the noise dwindled into silence. "Minna, thank you so much for coming to our concert tonight! Are you ready to rock?"

The crowd screamed loudly in response and Yuki nodded, "Alright then, let's hit it."

The band played all their songs with as much energy as they could. The Rage Beat, Spicy Marmalade, Blind Game Again, In The Moonlight, and Glaring Dream were all played perfectly and the crowd had never been so riled up before.

Finally, it came time for the last song. As Hiro and Suguru made final preparations to their instruments, Yuki said a silent prayer to Shuichi, 'Shindou, I don't know if you're still out there or not, but if you are… use this opportunity to sing your song to Eiri. Don't let him hear it in my voice, you wrote it, you had better come back to him and sing it. Don't leave him alone like I did, he recovered from losing me… I don't think he'd ever recover from losing you.'

He opened his eyes and looked at Hiro and Suguru receiving a nod from both that they were ready. Stepping up to the microphone once again, Yuki looked out through the crowd, "This song was written for Yuki Eiri…" the crowd screamed loudly at the author's name and Yuki waited for silence again before he continued, "this will be the last song of the night, it's called Itsumo Soba Ni… Always By Your Side."

The lights dimmed and Hiro began playing a slow guitar intro, then Yuki began to sing softly.

"Nani mo iwazu ni sugu soba ni iru yo, Donna toki mo, Kanashii omoi wa sotto tsutaete yo, Kiiteru kara

"Umaku iezu ni kimi o komarasete, Shimau no nara, Hitomi o tojite sotto yudanete yo, Dakishimeru kara

"Sugite yuku kisetsu no naka de ima, Kono mune ni tashika na mono wa hitotsu sa"

As Yuki sang, he felt the strong energy of the crowd and of Shuichi's friends surrounding him and as he reached the chorus, another, stronger voice began to sing with him.

"Anata o mamoru tame nara, Nani hitotsu oshiku wa nai, Donna itami de mo boku ga kawaru kara, Zutto soba ni iru yo"

Yuki smiled slightly and closed his eyes, he let the energy around him do as it willed. When it pulled at him, he willingly let it take him and as the song faded from his hearing, he smiled even more.

"Kimi no kimochi ni kizukezu ni ita to, Shitta toki wa, Boku no chikara de dekiru koto subete, Todoketai kara

"Itsu date kimi to hohaba awase, Kore kara mo kawaranai omoi ga aru kara

"Dakishimeta sono nukumori ga, Itsu made mo kienai you ni, Koboreta namida wa boku ga nuguu kara, Zutto soba ni iru yo

"Anata o mamoru tame nara, Nani hitotsu oshiku wa nai, Donna itami de mo boku ga kawaru kara, Zutto soba de hohoendete

"Dakishimeta sono nukumori ga, Itsu made mo kienai you ni, Koboreta namida wa boku ga nuguu kara, Zutto soba ni iru yo"

As the last notes of the song faded, Eiri looked towards Shuichi's body. The boy's arms were clutched to his chest and his eyes were closed. The author watched with bated breath as those eyes opened and immediately turned in his direction. Amethyst locked with gold and for a few moments Eiri couldn't move or even breathe. Then suddenly he saw it, the warmth and love he had missed so much in those eyes and the smile he thought he'd never see again… Shuichi's smile.

Without thinking about the consequences, Eiri rushed on the stage and collapsed in the singer's arms, crying harder than he'd ever cried before. Shuichi lowered himself and the sobbing author down to sit on the stage floor and, ignoring the shocked crowd, wrapped his arms around the older man.

Eiri clung to Shuichi for dear life, unable to control his sobbing, "You… stupid brat… what would I have… never again…"

"Shh, it's alright Eiri, I'm back and I won't leave you again." Shuichi soothed as he kissed the top of the blonde's head and tightened his hold.

Shuichi's friends watched happily from backstage, glad that their friend had returned. Tohma gave a signal and the curtains closed slowly on the embracing couple. K and Rage saw to it that all the fans made an organized and hasty exit from the concert hall. Hiro leaned down to whisper something in Shuichi's ear to which the singer nodded but didn't look up. Then the guitarist ushered everyone else out of the building to leave the reunited couple in peace.

The End

…Or Is It?


Sorry this wasn't posted yesterday, but I had a bit of a busy weekend and didn't really have time to write it until today. But, it's written now. This could conceivably be the end of the fic, but I'm willing to add another chapter or two if you want. Just leave a review and let me know if you want more. I hope you enjoyed this chapter.

Frozen Midnight

PS: Here's the translation for Itsumo Soba Ni (which is from Ouran High School Host Club… it's Mori's image song). I borrowed the translation and romanization from Anime

Always By Your Side

Without saying anything, I'm right by your side

At anytime

Gently tell me your sad thoughts

Because I'm listening

If my inability to express things well

Troubles you

Then close your eyes and gently entrust me

Because I'll embrace you

Within the passing seasons, now

There is one certain thing inside of my chest

If it's to protect you

Then I won't regret a thing

Because I'll take any pain in your stead

I'll always be by your side

Because when I learn that

I didn't realize your feelings

I want to send to you

Everything that I can do in my power

I match my pace with you all the time

Because I have still an unchanging though now

So that the warmth of when we embraced

Won't ever disappear

I'll wipe away your spilling tears

I'll always be by your side

If it's to protect you

Then I won't regret a thing

Because I'll take any pain in your stead

Always smiling by your side

So that the warmth of when we embraced

Won't ever disappear

I'll wipe away your spilling tears

I'll always be by your side