Disclaimer: I do not nor have I ever own Hana Yori Dango or New Kids on The Block.. I'm just using them for my entertainment.. I'm evil I know. No infringement intended.

I'll warn you right now that I am a RxT fan.. no if ands or buts about it. I've been watching the Korean Boys Before Flowers and I must say that their version of Tsukasa is quite endearing and I feel kind of bad for liking Rui/Jihoo/Lei better. I've seen all the other versions except the anime. I've also read most of the manga rotating back and forth to see the difference. This is a continuation of the last chapter one shot special. The movie hasn't happened and if I had my wicked way it wouldn't have gone like that at all.

Also... I love love love Oguri Shun (especially the way he says Makino.. ~Mah-ki-no~) as Rui but Hyun Joong has taken his place in my mind when he plays Jihoo the Korean version of Rui. Oh and Vic didn't make a bad Lei either in Meteor Garden. He played tired really well and the cookie bit had me laughing for days.

Some of the Meteor Garden fan fics I've seen that pair Lei/Sancai they always have him sick almost dying and I think of the Rui character as healthy, introverted but healthy. I must thank Lyris Mendax for writing The Quiet One because it showed Rui's "don't mess with the one I love" side so well and it was just ~sniffles~ awe... Rui can be scary awesome at times and she captured it beautifully.

Remember.. Makino and Domyoji are not married and he's back in Tokyo on a visit but only on a visit. It's still within the four years Makino has to attend college. Yes.. this is a song inspired fic.. The song in the story will be in English so ofcourse Makino will not know what the words mean but you think she'll leave it at that? Pffft.. yeah right! Since it's not a one shot there will probably be more song inspired incidents in it. I'm a sucker for fanfic soundtracks.

Oh yes if any of my usual readers are still out there I haven't forgotten my other fics.. I just hit a brick wall hard and life has been a little less than simple the last couple of years. When a writer can't find inspiration it's like a part of their soul has been cut out you know? Speaking of inspiration.. watch the Taiwanese drama Wish To See You Again.. it's got Vic from F4/Meteor Garden and I can relate to him in regards to trying to get his inspiration back.

Oh and a while back I had a problem with someone copying one of my stories, changing the names and claiming it as their own. If there is a storyline plot or story that I create that you think would go good for another show, manga, movie ect just tell me in advance if you want to borrow my ideas. I'm not a selfish person nor am I a published writer.. yet (crosses fingers) so yeah just give me a heads up. I might end up creating a music video for this fan fic also. Also I'm putting all the names for the various versions of the story in the tag line so that those that read MG, HYD and BBF fan fics can find this one as well since it's basically the same story line. Feel free to envision any of the actors you want.. personally I like Hyun Joong. For some reason when I read the fics where Domyoji is being a jerk I think of Matsumoto Jun, as a goof ball I think of Jerry Yan and as the more human like I think of Lee Min Ho. So yeah.. this bit has gone on far too long.. on with the show!

Single Chapter 1

The sounds of cars passing by her on the street only added to her irritation as Makino Tsukushi paces back and forth in front of the night club entrance. 'He's late.. again and he knows I don't like places like this. Why did he want to come to a night club?' Domyoji Tsukasa had just returned from New York a couple of days prior and had called earlier that day to tell her to meet him for a fun night out. For the life of her she could not see what was so 'fun' about going to a night club. Shaking her head she growled in frustration as she kicked at a pebble causing her to scuff her pair of white flats. She had given up trying to wear heels it tended to end in disaster. Groaning she stooped down to wipe at the mark on her shoe her dark hair cascading over her face.

The sound of approaching steps made her halt in the cleaning of her shoe and peeking through her hair she noticed a pair of stylish dark leather shoes. "You're late." She said through clenched teeth as she went back to wiping at her shoe the mark not seeming to fade. Suddenly a handkerchief was thrusted into her line of vision. Snatching it from him she went back to wiping her shoe haven't yet to look up. "Makino." A voice she wasn't expected came from above her and she straightened up quickly to see Rui smiling down at her his expression full of amusement. Looking back down at the handkerchief she noticed the initials embroidered on it and looked back up at him confused. "Rui.. what are you doing here? I'm supposed to meet up with Domyoji." At the mention of Domyoji's name Rui's smile faded and it dawned on her, she had been stood up.. again.

Clinching her fist around the handkerchief she scowled. "Let me guess.. something came up? Just like the night of his return and the day after that?" Dragging her gaze away from Rui's saddened expression she stared at the sign post. "I'm surprised he asked you to come in his stead Rui, he's not very trusting of either of us." She heard Rui sigh softly and stiffened as he reached over to pat her on the head. "He doesn't know I'm here. He asked Akira first but.. Akira had other plans so Akira asked me to come." Looking back up at him she studied Rui's face. "If he sees us together we'll never hear the end of it... you know how he gets." Shrugging Rui offered her his arm his marble eyes not betraying anything he was thinking. "Guess we'll just have to deal with that if it comes. Personally I think it would be a waste to send you home after you dressed up." Looking down at herself Tsukushi smirked at the blue spaghetti strapped dress with the empire waist. "Yeah I guess you're right. But Rui.. you don't like crowded places like this." Gently taking her hand in his he looped her arm though his and patted her hand. "I can endure it for a few minutes, there's something I want you to hear."

Curiously Tsukushi studied Rui's profile wondering what he was up to. The bouncers at the door nodded to him as the opened the double doors to allow them entrance and the sounds of laughter mixed with the thrumming beat of music traveled up the stairs to where they stood. Tsukushi felt a sense of apprehension but allowed Rui to guide her down the stairs to the main part of the club. The dance floor was crowded with people and despite herself Tsukushi could feel the almost intoxicating feel of excitement coursing through all the club goers. The base of the music seemed in time with her heart as she walked arm in arm with Rui towards the DJ Box. Slipping his arm free of hers he gave her a smile and held up his index finger. "I'll be back back in a moment stay right there." He hurriedly told her waiting only a moment for her nodded responses before climbing into the DJ booth to speak to a man with a huge set of head phones on his head. To Tsukushi they seemed to know each other, Rui had flashes a smile to the guy before walking out of the booth and returning to her side.

Raising a brow Tsukushi looked at Rui who's face once more held no insight into what he was thinking. "What was that about?" She asked as he gripped her hand in his dragging her onto the dance floor. As the song ended people began to leave the dance floor. Only a few remained as the DJ came over the speaker system. "This one goes out to one of my friends and the lucky lady that is with him tonight." The beat of the song didn't seem familiar to Tsukushi and soon she found out the words were in English. She was only able to pick out a few words like money and boyfriend. Looking at Rui she furrowed her brows. "It's my dedication to you Makino." Rui said simply as he pulled her to his chest wrapping his arm around her as his other hand took hers placing it to his chest. Tsukushi could feel the beating of his heart against her palm and she blushed slightly not sure what to do other than let Rui lead her in the sway of the music. Looking up at him she found Rui looking down at her with an expression that took her breath away. It was unguarded and full of the emotions that he had kept in check for so long.

'Why is he looking at me like that?' Tsukushi wondered silently to herself as they swayed to the music and her palmed tingled from the sensation of his heart beat. Dragging her gaze away from his she buried her face in his chest next her hand as her other hand gripped the back of his shirt. She was unsure of what was going on, her heart was begging to beat in her chest and she couldn't erase the image of the expression in his eyes. As the song came to an end he held her for a few more moments before releasing her his hand still holding on to hers. Taking in a shaky breath she looked up at him and was surprised to see that the mask she was so used to seeing back in place on Rui's face his eyes no longer showing the confusing emotions from earlier. Leaning down he placed his lips close to her ear so she could hear him over the music and ask, "Did you want something to drink before we leave?" She noticed just how dry her mouth felt at that moment and nodded. 'He always seems to know what I need.' She mused silently to herself as he released her hand telling her he would be right back.

Curiosity over the words of the song were brewing inside of her and before she knew it she was knocking on the door of the DJ booth. Opening up the door the DJ smiled at her and removed his head phones. "Can I help you?" The young man asked as she stepped up into the booth not completely entering it. Clearing her throat she nodded and spoke loud enough for him to hear her. "The song you just played can you tell me the name of it and who sings it?" Nodding he pulled a piece of paper off of a note pad and scribbled some words on it. Looking down at it she was thankful that he he written it in both English and Japanese. Thanking him she left the booth almost bumping into Rui. Smiling down at her he handed her a drink before before taking her hand in his again to lead her towards the stair well. 'Isn't he going to ask where I went? If it was Domyoji he'd be interrogating me right now but then again he's not Domyoji, Rui would never suspect anything of me.' A feeling of frustration struck her and she took a big gulp of the water Rui had brought her.

Both of them drank the rest of their water in silence and after taking the empty cup from her hand Rui placed them on a nearby table before returning back to her side. "Ready to leave now?" He asked her as he held out his hand to her. Nodding Tsukushi took Rui's hand in hers as she shoved the piece of paper into her small purse that also held the handkerchief that Rui had handed her earlier. Climbing the stairs they had to weave through other patrons that were coming and going. Once outside Tsukushi took in a refreshing breath of cool air. "I take it your tolerance for places like that is about the same length as mine?" Rui asked as they walked hand in hand down the side walk. Holding hands was such an intimate gesture but Tsukushi didn't feel like pulling her hand away. Having Rui there beside her the last year had been a comfort and for him to hold her hand or hug her didn't seem out of the ordinary. Smiling she looked up at the night sky.

"Yeah.. that's probably my last time going to a place like that for another year." Grinning down at her Rui gave her hand a tight squeeze. "You didn't step on my toes not even once back there." Tsukushi heard the teasing tone in his voice and laughed. "Well.. the person leading is an excellent dancer." Shrugging at her words Rui reached in his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. "Allow me to drive you home?" Looking around she realized that they had stopped at Rui's car. Giving him a bright smile she nodded as he opened the passenger door for her. 'Always the gentleman." She thought to herself as she climbed into the car. Once they were both securely fastened in Rui started the engine and pulled away from the curb. Humming softly he tapped his fingers against the steering wheel and Tsukushi recognized it as the song from the club. Silently she watched his profile as he navigated the car through the streets towards her neighborhood. She was still staring at him as he pulled up to her apartment. Looking at her he raised a brow and asked, "Is there something on my face?"

Tsukushi was thankful that the car was dark enough to hide the blush that was creeping along her cheeks. Shaking her head she quickly unbuckled her seatbelt and opened the door. "No nothing.. good night Rui, thanks for tonight." Nodding he gave her that boyish smile of his replying, "Any time Makino.. you know I'm here we you need me." His words seemed to cause her blush to deepen and closing the door she quickly turned away trying to steady her heart which was now racing. It was almost like it had been when she first went to Eitoku Gakuen, the first time she ever saw Rui playing his violin and the first time she ran into him at the stair well. The giddy feeling in her stomach didn't seem to want to die down even as she opened her door her hand shaking slightly. 'This isn't right, I shouldn't be feeling this way anymore. If Domyoji knew...' Stopping herself in mid thought she clinched her fist. 'If he'd been there tonight this wouldn't have happened.' Just as soon as she thought it she felt guilty. It wasn't Domyoji's fault that he was so busy, it was the company his family owned that kept him so busy and she knew that but she couldn't help feeling hurt that she had been stood up again.

After waiting a whole year to see him just for him to break a date with out even calling her himself.. it was like a slap in the face. Looking over her should she realized that Rui was waiting for her to get inside safely before pulling away. Giving him a small wave she hurried through the door and closed it behind her sagging against the cold metal. She was alone in the apartment, her parents and brother had gone back to the fishing village to visit a few people there that hadn't just been interested in Tsukushi's rich fiancé'. Taking a steadying breath she moved to her bed room to change clothes. Once in her pajamas with her hair tied up in a loose bun she went to her purse and pulled out the paper along with the handkerchief Sitting at her desk she turned on her computer and waited patiently as the programs loaded before opening up her web browser. After inputing the words on the paper into the search bar her hand shook slightly as she clicked the search button.

On the results page she found a link to the mp3 of the song along with translated lyrics. Clicking on the play button she listened to the song as she read the lyrics her eyes widened with every verse and her heart tightening almost painfully in her chest.

Single

NKOTB ft. Ne-yo

Fatman Scoop
If you ain't got no money
If you ain't got no money (yeahhh)
If you ain't got no money (Polow Da Don)
If you ain't got no money

If you independent get your money girl (aye)
If you independent get your money girl (aye)
If you independent get your money girl (aye)
If you independent get your money girl

Everybody in the club right now
tell the DJs to turn it loud
dedicated man ur favorite song
single ladies u cant go wrong (Hey)

Everybody in the club right now (hey)
tell the DJs to turn it loud (hey)
dedicated man your favorite song….

If u came here by yourself tonite
Cuz he wouldnt pick up the phone
He was s'posed to bring you here tonite
Couldnt find him so you came alone

NEYO
It dont matter cuz ur here now
and the music ur enjoyin
So for the next couple minutes
Baby imma be your boyfriend

Pretty mama if your single … single
(you dont gotta be alone tonite)

NEYO
So while the dj play this single … single
(just pretend that im your man tonite)

So you don't gotta be alone (I'll be your boyfriend)
NEYO
So you dont gotta be alone (Girl ill be your boyfriend)
Jordan Knight
So you dont gotta be alone (Baby ill be your boyfriend) (ohhh oh)
Be your boyfriend til the song goes off (Mmmm)

NEYO
So you don't gotta be alone (I'll be your boyfriend)
Jordan Knight
So you don't gotta be alone (Girl ill be your boyfriend)
NEYO
So you don't gotta be alone (Baby ill be your boyfriend) (ohhh ohh oh)
Be your boyfriend til the song goes off (aaye)

Everybody in the club right now
tell the DJs to turn it loud
dedicated man your favorite song
single ladies you cant go wrong (Hey)

Everybody in the club right now
tell the DJs to turn it loud
dedicated man your favorite song….

NEYO
He dont tell you that ur beautiful (beautiful)
let me tell it to you to the beat
He dont tell u that he loves you girl (loves u girl)
let me sing it in a harmony

Joey McIntyre
Let my song get u higher (higher)
We never have to come back down (no no)
and if then u should miss me (miss me)
Just tell the DJ run it back now (ohhhh)

NEYO
Pretty mama if your single (hey) single (you dont gotta be alone tonite)
Donnie Wahlberg
(Aye) So while the DJ run this single…single
(Just pretend that im your man tonite)

NEYO
(Mmm) So you don't gotta be alone (I'll be your boyfriend)
Jordan Knight
So you dont gotta be alone (Girl I'll be your boyfriend)
NEYO
So you don't gotta be alone (Baby ill be your boyfriend) (ohhh ohh oh)
Be your boyfriend til the song goes off

Jordan Knight
So you don't gotta be alone (I'll be your boyfriend)
NEYO
So you don't gotta be alone (Girl I'll be your boyfriend)
Jonathan Knight
So you dont gotta be alone(Baby I'll be your boyfriend) (yeah ehh)
Be your boyfriend til the song goes off (Mmmm)

Ooohh ohhh ohh whooa ohhh (ohh whoa)
Ooohh ohhh ohh whooa ohhh (uh oh ohhh whoa)
Ooohh ohhh ohh whooa ohhh (ohh whoa) (hey)
Be your boyfriend til the song goes off

NEYO
Sing us again..

Ooohh ohhh ohh whooa ohhh (ohh whoa)
Ooohh ohhh ohh whooa ohhh (uh oh ohhh whoa)
Ooohh ohhh ohh whooa ohhh (oh whoa) (ohhh)
Be your boyfriend til this song goes off

Everybody in the club right now
tell the DJs to turn it loud
dedicated man your favorite song
single ladies you cant go wrong (Hey)

Everybody in the club right now
tell the DJs to turn it loud
dedicated man your favorite song
single ladies you cant go wrong

Everybody in the club right now
tell the DJ to turn it loud
dedicated man you favorite song….

Without her being aware tears had begun to slipped down her cheeks. "Rui.." She said softly as she took in a painful breath as she song ended. Before she knew what she was going she had grabbed her coat along with her purse and was heading out the door in just her coat, pajamas and slippers. Running down the street she looked around hoping to see his car even though she knew he had left over fifteen minutes prior. Breaking out into a run again she headed to the bus stop not bothering to see if the last bus had left for the night. Standing at the bus stop she would not allow herself to think about what she was doing or how it would effect her future with Domyoji. She only knew that she felt the need to see Rui after reading the words to the song.

She was relieved to see the bus pull up and dropping the change into the till she hurried to a vacant seat silently praying that Rui had gone straight home. Once the bus got to her stop she bolted from her seat almost crashing into the people standing. Apologizing quickly she got off the bus and ran down the side walk towards Rui's home. Once reaching her destination she leaned over bracing her hands on her knees to take a couple breaths her mind racing in all different directions. Straightening up she walked briskly to the front door and repeatedly pushed the button. After pushing for what seemed like an eternity she stopped no one was coming to the door. Groaning she turned around and leaned against the door before sliding down it to sit in front of it. "Stupid stupid stupid Makino." She scolded herself. "What did you expect him to go straight home?" Sniffling softly she buried her face in her hands and pulled her knees closer to her chest.

The clearing of some one's throat caused her to jerk her head up and she stared in wide eyed wonder at Rui. A half smile was playing on his lips as he bent down bringing his face closer to hers. "I would give you a handkerchief but I already let a beautiful woman borrow it earlier this evening." His tone was gentle but boardering on teasing. Sighing in exasperation Tsukushi went to wipe her face with her coat sleeve only to be halted by Rui's hand. "Here let me." He said softly as he reached over and rubbed away her tears with the pad of his thumbs. Shivering slightly at his touch she blinked up at him. "What took you so long to get home?" She asked wincing inwardly at the waver that was evident in her voice. Dropping his hands from her face he picked up a bag beside him and stood up offering her his free hand. "I bought ice cream." Grasping his hand she allowed him to help her up as she looked down at the ice cream in the bag. To her surprise it was her favorite flavor. 'It's like he knew I'd be here. Sometimes it's scary how much he knows me.' Looking up she saw him smiling down at her once more with amusement in his eyes. "What?" She asked as she took in the twinkle in his normally impassive eyes. "I need to get my keys out of my pocket." Nodding she went to pull her hand out of his gently grip but he held fast shaking his head. "You hold the bag." Extending the bag to her he watched silently as she looked between the bag and their clasped hands. She knew she should pull her hand away but she didn't. Taking the bag from him she waited patiently as he fished in his pocket for his keys and stood by his side as he opened the door. Tugging her through the door he dropped the keys on the stand off to the side before closing the door behind them.

Pulling her through the house he turned on the light in the living room and gently pushed her on to the sofa as he finally released her hand. "I'll be right back." he told her softly before walking out of the room. Alone now in Rui's living room she began to get nervous. Now that she was there she didn't know what she was going to say. She hadn't said much already and he hadn't asked why she was there. 'He never demands answers.. just waits until I'm ready to give them.' She thought silently to herself as she leaned forward to place the bag on the coffee table. The sound of foot steps brought her attention back to the door and she watched as Rui walked in his suit had been traded for pair of pajamas and in his hand he held two spoons. The scene before her was both funny and cute. It was almost like Rui was getting ready for a school kid sleep over and she had to bite her lip to keep her laughter in check. Furrowing his brows slightly Rui studied her face for a moment before a rather childlike smile appeared on his face. It was her undoing, the laughter that had started to shake her entire body erupted from her causing her to clasp her hand over her mouth.

Sitting down beside her on the sofa he took a pillow from beside her and whacked her gently on the head with it. Widening her eyes Tsukushi scowled at him and grabbed the pillow from beside her returning the favor smacking him up against the head. Falling over Rui groaned and Tsukushi felt like some one had splashed cold water on her. "Oh my god Rui! Did I hit you too hard?" Dropping on her knees she edged closer to his still form his arm draped over the arm of the sofa limply. Scooting closer she put her face up to his and saw that his eyes were closed. "Rui?" Her voice was shaky as she reached out to touch his face. Suddenly Rui's eyes flew open and his strong hands reached out griping her sides his fingers beginning a tortuous onslaught of tickling. Tsukushi didn't have a change to get mad at his trick, she barely had a chance to breath between laughter as he continued to mercilessly tickle her sides.

"Please.. Rui.. stop.. can't... breath!" She managed to yelled out between gasps and as soon as she said those words his hands stilled on her sides. Concern swept over Rui's face as he took in her flush face that was streaked with tears. "I didn't hurt you did I?" He asked remorsefully as he gently picked her up and placed her back on the couch. Shaking her head she took in a steady breath. "Rui.. you could never hurt me." Her breath was still labored but was beginning to become even. Sitting down beside her he gave her a half smile as he handed her a spoon before taking the pint of ice cream out of the bag. Sitting back he opened it up and held it between them. "Ladies first." He told her matter of factly and watched in silence as Tsukushi scooped a spoon of ice cream from the pint before placing it in her mouth. She knew he was wondering why she had shown up on his door step this late at night when he had dropped her off but he didn't question her about it and that knowledge caused her heart to flutter in her chest slightly.

She watched as scooped out a spoonful of ice cream for himself then indicated that she should eat more. She waited as he swallowed his mouthful of ice cream before clearing her throat bringing his gaze to her face. "You knew I'd be coming didn't you? That's why you bought the ice cream." Shrugging he sat back and stared out the window. "I wasn't sure when it would be so I just thought I'd be prepared." Sighing she frowned down at her spoon. "I can't keep doing this.." She said softly her words barely above a whisper. Rui tensed slightly and turned back towards her. "What is it that you can't keep doing?"

End of Chapter 1

Ok.. first chapter done.. I didn't really want to stop but it ended up being over 7 pages long. I'll probably continue typing up chapter 2 today after I do some more packing. I also have home work to deal with and my end of term exam. I'll be moving from NC to Texas in the next couple of weeks so please forgive me if I don't update as often as I would like. Hopefully when we get moved and settled I can focus on all my unfinished stories. As always reviews are welcome.. good.. bad.. ugly..