Title: The Last Stop

Summary: Grateful to be alive with amnesia, Rei Kong needed no more than his simple life, a waiter and chef's job and education until college, to be happy. That is, until a few Russians decide that they need to get involved in his life again.

Me: For the Second Renaissance Writing Competition.

Chapter 1:

Weird People

"Rei! Rei, watch out!" Rei turned, his smile fading as he felt a sharp impact to his side. He felt betrayed but he couldn't remember why he felt betrayed.

"Rei!" Another voice screamed. He felt something try and grab his sleeve- a hand?- before his body was touched with something heavier and he fell over the railing and tumbled down the coastal walls into the ocean with someone else.

"Rei, Rei please wake up!" Who was crying? It was a girl- she sounded familiar. Did he know her?

"Rei wake up…" that voice was definitely male. It also sounded familiar. Why? Why didn't he know who these familiar sounding people were? Then again… why didn't he know who this Rei was? Were they even talking to him? Who was he?

"Do you know who that is?" Rei blinked sleepily after waking up from his dream and looked out at the customers. It was surprisingly chatty today, which it rarely was. Usually it was a quiet restaurant with quiet small talk. He groaned and stretched out. He had fallen asleep, he noticed with slight displeasure as he tried to work out a kink in his neck.

"Did you have that dream again, Rei?" Mariah asked sympathetically.

"Yeah," Rei groaned.

"It must suck having amnesia," Mariah said. "Sit down for a few more minutes."

"Oh my god, do you think it's really him?"

"Who else has that red hair?"

"What are all the customers talking about?" Rei asked.

"Some rich guy who walked in," Lee grunted.

"Some rich guy?" Mariah repeated. "That's Tala Ivanov. He works for Hiwatari enterprises. Do you remember him, Rei?" He didn't notice Lee and Mariah's exchange of worried glances or Mariah's wide eyes.

"Should I remember him?" Rei asked.

"He's that jerk from elementary and middle school," Mariah said.

"Who are we talking about?" Rei asked. Mariah sighed and pointed to Tala Ivanov.

"Mariah never liked him," Lee whispered to his amnesic friend.

"And you did?" Mariah retorted.

"Did I?" Rei asked.

"You talked to him, if that's what you're asking," Lee shrugged. "Your conversations usually ended in one of you having a kitty fit. Three guesses who that was." Rei glared at Lee and then turned his attention back to Ivanov. The teenager was probably as old as he was. He looked good in a suit but he didn't look like he wanted to be in it, the way his jacket was hanging off balanced on the chair, one sleeve almost on the ground… Rei was willing to bet that his tie was loosened and the top of his shirt buttons were undone too.

"You know what, Rei, why don't you take the rest of the day off?" Lee asked nervously.

"But I just got here, Lee," Rei frowned, turning his attention back to Lee.

"Yeah well, you work to hard. Take a break," Lee coaxed, tugging on his arm and trying to take the apron off. "In fact, go out the back; it'll be faster to get to the theaters-"

"Oh no, what are you up to?" Rei asked. "It has something to do with Ivanov, doesn't it?"

"What are you talking about?" Lee laughed nervously. "Go gave fun, take a break-"

"Sure I will," Rei grinned. "Just right after I take Mr. Ivanov's order."

"Wait, no, Rei!" Lee said, making a grab for Rei as he slid out of his grip. "Rei!"

"Can I help you with anything?" Rei asked the Hiwatari enterprises worker with a smile. His smile began to waver when he didn't answer him. Slowly though, the red head turned his attention towards him. His lips parted slightly. Rei expected him to say something but nothing came out.

"I… I didn't know you worked here," Tala said. Rei blinked. That had definitely not been what Rei had been expecting.

"Uh… do I know you?" Rei asked. Tala didn't appear to have heard him as he gathered his things together in a rush.

"I'll leave," he insisted.

"Are you sure?" Rei asked. Tala grabbed his jacket in a hurry and brushed by Rei, almost knocking him over.

"Hey!" Rei asked, trying to go after him but Lee caught his arm. "What was all that about?"

"Come on, Rei," Lee said. "That guy's always been a jerk. Let's go see a movie."

"Something wrong, Tala?" Spencer asked as Tala almost ran into him.

"I found him,"

"Found who?" Spencer asked.

"Who do you think?" Tala snapped.

"You found Rei? How did he look?" Spencer asked, not quite sure what to say.

"He looked fine, Spencer," Tala snapped.

"What's got your panties in a twist?" Spencer asked.

"He doesn't remember me, okay?" Tala snapped. "We were like brothers!" Spencer was quiet before he put an arm around Tala.

"Where'd you find him?" he asked.

"In that restaurant we were supposed to meet in," Tala said.

"Let's go check it out,"

"I just ran from him. I'm not going back in there,"

"I'm hungry," Spencer said but still allowed Tala to lead him elsewhere.

"Then we'll go eat somewhere else!" Tala snapped, pulling Spencer with him.

"We're... not going to tell Kai about this are we?" Spencer asked grimly. Tala shook his head.

"No, we're not,"