Okay, everyone, this is it~! The final chapter of "Two Bodies, One Love". So, I want to thank all of you for reading and please, enjoy. :3
You are getting a notice that this is a new chapter update. This is because I actually left out a chapter and didn't know until just now B:
NOTHING ABOUT THIS CHAPTER HAS CHANGED. Except for its number. The chapter that has been changed is number 9. Now the sequence from 9 to now should make more sense.
I'm sorry for being so careless xDD
I had to go downstairs. My mother was waiting. As I struggled to lift myself from the tiled floor I heard a knock at the doorway. I looked up to see myself, standing there, looking down at pitiful me. Blinking a few times I realized that I was wrong. It was Hikaru.
I could see his jaw trembling. He couldn't even speak to me, which was fine because I didn't know what on earth to say to him. I finally got to my feet and looked him dead in the eye. I didn't see the usual Hikaru in those eyes now. I saw fear, I saw confusion…I saw…was that shame?
He was ashamed.
I can't say I blame him, I did more than he did. My stomach churned again and I shook my head. I walked right past him without even looking at him, my eyes cast down at the floor. I don't know what to do. I can't think of anything to say. I don't know what is going to happen or what the right thing is or if this is even all real. It feels like a sick, twisted nightmare.
Yes, that's it.
It's a nightmare. I'll wake up in a few seconds, nice and warm in my bed. There won't really be a Hikaru, there won't be my parents' divorce, everything will be normal again.
Each step down the wooden staircase made that theory seem farther and farther away from being possible. I saw my mother's beaming face in the kitchen standing at the counter, right in front of her was a large birthday cake. But something was strange about it. There were only two candles.
Obviously, I'm not turning two…
I stopped at the bottom of the stairs just in time to see Hikaru start down them out of the corner of my eye.
"Come on, Kaoru! It's time to sing 'Happy Birthday'!" Lauren giggled from the table, a speck of icing near the corner of her mouth. My mother nodded.
"Yes, and I have big news to share with you boys! I figured now would be the perfect time to tell you…" my mother trailed off and I saw hesitation on her face. In any case, I decided to go over and sit at the table in front of the cake. It was vanilla icing, my favorite.
"Huh, is that vanilla icing?" I heard Hikaru ask as he sat next to me. At least he was a good actor. It was like nothing happened already.
"Yup, Kaoru's favorite!" my mom answered him and he smiled at her.
"Really?" he turned to me, "vanilla is my favorite, too."
I couldn't look at him. I just nodded. Then the lights went out and Lauren toddled back to her seat. My mom lit the candles and looked at the two of us with a big sigh.
"Okay, boys. I have something to tell you. It's not just Kaoru's birthday. It's also Hikaru's. And it's not just by chance that you have the same birthday and are turning the same age. "
She looked at both of us for a reaction, but apparently there wasn't one from Hikaru because she continued.
"You are biological twins. Kaoru, Hikaru is your brother. Hikaru, Kaoru is your brother. When I adopted you, Kaoru, I didn't originally know about Hikaru. There was a filing mistake at the orphanage; otherwise I would have absolutely adopted Hikaru as well. I never meant for you two to be separated! And once I heard about the exchange program for the first time, I immediately knew what had to be done."
She smiled at us and sat down. Then her and Lauren began to sing 'happy birthday', to both of us.
I looked at Hikaru and saw that his eyes were misty. Even after what had happened, I still thought he looked gorgeous in the candlelight.
Then I saw it.
A single tear. Ruining his perfect face. I wanted to wipe it away but my hands wouldn't work. I realized the sudden silence as my mom and Lauren ended the song and that's when Hikaru finally looked back at me. And smiled.
We blew out the candles together. His first, since he's the oldest. And then me.
I felt something warm cover my hand and glanced down to see Hikaru's. I didn't know what to do.
I let him keep it there. I loved feeling the warmth of it, almost like he's telling me everything is okay now. But I know it isn't. It might not ever be.
I'm in love.
With my twin brother.
And I don't know what to do.
By the way, it's not totally over, the sequel is already in progress. kthnxbai 3