Ohohoho, I've made it! I can't believe I made 4 chapters! I'm already thinking about another multi chapter fic. On what I don't know, but I'm considering it xP If anyone has any suggestions for series' or pairings I'm up for them. I've been really busy so this kept being put off and put off until I remembered I had to do it and only had a paragraph written. And my brain kinda farted with this...I dunno why, I had all the ideas but for some reason I could not make it into a fic.
Weeks went by and Shuichi's therapy continued. Eventually he was able to walk unassisted. He could only walk slowly, however, so most of the time he was still pushed around in his wheelchair. It was such a big success, news stations all over the world wanted to speak with him about his remarkable recovery. Unfortunately, the same could not be said about his speech. He could talk now, but still very quietly and in a raspy tone. He also got out of breath very easily. Eiri didn't even want to ask him about his singing if he could barely even talk. He hadn't been much into his music before but he never wanted to hear him sing more than he did now. "Yuuuukiiiiiiii......" Shuichi called, waking him up from his daydream. He looked over to him with an expression that implied he wanted to know what he wanted. "How about this place?" he pointed in the newspaper. What had they been doing again? Eiri had to think for a moment to remember. Oh yeah, they had been looking for places to stay where no one would find them. Shuichi would be released soon so they needed to find somewhere fast before anyone bothered them and they were forced to stay.
"As long as you like it I don't really care." he replied, still not paying much attention. His mind was in the clouds.
Shuichi frowned, "Your opinion matters too, you have to live there as well."
"If you're there that's all that matters..." he muttered, not realizing how sappy that sounded.
"Awww Yukiiiiii~ I love you toooo!!!!" he exclaimed, but started coughing promptly after. He drank some water and he was alright. Eiri shook his head. "It looks good, though. Not too big, not too small, tiny, quiet town..." he continued after he could speak again. "We should offer."
"I'll call this afternoon," he nodded, not realizing how fast the time had gone by. "Do you need help getting your stuff together? You're going to be leaving in a few days."
He shook his head, "No, I can do it by myself!" He seemed proud as a peacock for the progress he'd made, but didn't realize he still wasn't quite well. He got up and walked around the room shakily, losing his balance every so often and needing to lean on objects for support. Eiri followed him around at a distance just in case he didn't catch himself when he fell. It would be very bad if he fell, as he hadn't finished healing yet and could end up breaking something again. Both of them wanted to leave as soon as possible and that meant no more injuries. Finally, Shuichi sat back on the bed and panted. Walking took a lot out of him, so he was exhausted from trying to do that simple task by himself.
Eiri shook his head.
Shuichi pouted at him.
"I am not an idiot." Eiri looked over to him, he never protested before. He always just whined about how mean he was like a kid on the playground to the teacher. It caught him off guard and it was hard to keep the slight shock and curiosity off his face.
"Oh? Why do you say that?" he asked him, intrigued now. He didn't realize how different Shuichi had become until then.
"That's simple, everyone is smart. We're all just smart in different ways." he said. Eiri wondered if they had switched Shuichi's brain with that of another person while he wasn't looking. "You're good at writing, I'm good at music. You're not good at music and I'm not good at writing. Well, at least romance novels." he continued. "Plus I'm way cooler than you!!!!" Nope, still an idiot.
"Alright alright, fine. I get your point," Eiri sighed.
"Good! I spent a lot of time thinking about that." he tapped his head to indicate he was a smart cookie. He then turned and stared out the window. Eiri noticed he'd been doing that a lot lately. Sure he'd have normal Shuichi moments, but they wouldn't last very long. He would go back to being sad before he knew it. Eiri knew that he had to change that once they left the hospital. He didn't know how he was going to do it, he just knew it hurt the both of them for him to be that way.
"Well, I'm going to go call these people to make an offer. I'll be right back." he got up and kissed his lover's head. He then took the newspaper and walked out. Eiri never considered using the phone in Shuichi's room, but maybe it was fate that called him outside the room. As he left, he heard a doctor and a nurse discussing Shuichi.
"So...can you explain to me again what was going on?" the nurse said in a confused tone. Eiri couldn't see them so he had to rely on voice to figure out what was going on. If he got in a position where he could see them he feared they would stop talking.
"I'm not quite sure what is so hard to comprehend about this." said the doctor. Wait, was that Damn Happy? He didn't sound too damn happy today. " has been fully capable to go home for a while now. However, the publicity for the hospital is too much to pass up. His success story is having people from around the country come here. We need to milk it as long as we can." Was this whole hospital corrupt or what?! Everyone here seemed to be either bitchy or evil. Or bitchy and evil, take your pick.
"So....he's better?" the nurse replied.
"Not entirely better, but better enough to go home and continue therapy there without doctors." he replied. "Like I said, we're going to see if we can keep this going for another couple weeks before that guy who's always in there finally catches on."
"Oh really now?" Eiri interrupted and the nurse looked like she was going to wet herself in fear.
"Er...h..hello...." the doctor stuttered, "It seems we have a misunderstanding..."
"No, I think we have a perfect understanding." he crossed his arms, "We have an understanding that Shuichi is going to leave now, correct?"
"Well a..actually w...e can't actually do that." the doctor went on, "T..The earliest he could leave would be tomorrow."
"We're leaving. Today. You better get the paperwork together." he stared the doctor right in the eyes. The doctor looked like his soul had been sucked out of him while staring back at him. Eiri went on the phone and made the offer before going back to Shuichi's room. "C'mon, we're going." he announced.
Shuichi blinked and looked over to him. "What? Why?"
"Doesn't matter, let's go." he pushed his wheelchair over to him. Shuichi frowned and sat on the chair, suspicious now. Normally he would have said something but he kept quiet this time. Eiri picked up his bag and they left. Several staff members tried to stop them but he simply ignored them as they left. He went over to his car and frowned, he felt strange. He felt like someone was watching them. He started to speed up his pace.
"What's wrong Yuki?" he looked up at him, curious.
"Nothing...don't worry about it." He opened the passenger side and helped him in before putting the wheelchair in the trunk. He quickly came around and got into the car. He put the key in the ignition and then looked over to Shuichi. He noticed that he was white knuckling the inside handle of the car door. "Are you okay?" he asked him, and Shuichi nodded. However, his nod was very quick and looked like his head would fly off. "I'll drive slowly, okay?" He went back and started the car, pulling out of the spot and down the street. Once they were on the road Shuichi spoke.
"It's fine...you don't have to drive that slowly..." he panted softly.
He shrugged, "I'm not walking, so I don't care. If I had known we would have walked."
"It's fine...I have to get used to driving again..." he replied. Eiri was surprised at how normal Shuichi had started to sound instead of constantly hyper. He sped up just a bit, staying a few clicks under the speed limit. Finally they got back and immediately had to begin packing for whenever they happened to move. He got a call later on to say their offer was accepted, which meant they were for sure moving.
"Hey Yuki?" Shuichi asked. He was sitting on the floor wrapping fragile objects in bubble wrap.
"What?" he asked as he taped up a box and started on another one.
"Why are you doing all this?" he asked, not looking right at him. He was looking everywhere but at him.
"What do you mean why am I doing all this?" he was confused as he started putting some books in the box.
"Well, it's unlike you. Typically you would tell me to suck it up and that you were busy. Now you're moving to a whole new place? I don't understand it." He looked over to him. He was right. This wasn't what he normally would have done. That is, under normal circumstances. He couldn't risk losing Shuichi again, he had taken having him for granted the first time and couldn't do it again. He had to help in any way he could, even if it meant packing up and moving to a whole new city.
"I'm just concerned for you is all. Is that not alright?" he replied simply.
"It's fine, I'm just starting to worry about you now. Have you been getting enough sleep?" he asked as he started to wrap again.
He had to admit that he hadn't been getting a lot, but his judgment wasn't that impaired. "Just...don't worry about it." he replied as he taped up another box. Shuichi shook his head and kept wrapping up items. Finally, everything in the apartment was in boxes except for the bed, which they would sleep in that night. Shuchi was already prepared to doze off right there on the floor. Eiri shook his head and lifted him up carefully, walking to the now empty bedroom and placing him on the only piece of furniture still there. Before Eiri had even gotten all the way in Shuichi was clinging to him. He shook his head and laid down beside him, staring at him. He felt so thankful that he was alive, something he never felt thankful for before. He fell asleep, knowing tomorrow would be a new start.
The next day they began the long drive down to their new home. It was pretty boring for Eiri, he had to keep his eyes on the road. Shuichi, however, had a great time taking in all the scenery. The beautiful trees and flowers, plus the occasional animal. Now Eiri wouldn't have minded this, if it wasn't for the fact that Shuich was so quiet. Shuichi prior to the accident would have yelled out every animal he saw and almost caused him to run into a tree. There was none of that. He just stared out the window quietly. "Are you excited?" he asked, trying to coax some words out of him. He simply nodded, continuing to stare outside. "What do you think will be the best part of moving?" he asked a different question, it was awkward.
"I guess being alone?" he looked over. "I don't know, I guess I'm just kind of glad to be out of the hospital."
"You don't seem very glad, you need to smile." he replied, but sort of felt strange saying it.
"Why? What would smiling do?" he replied and went to look back out the window.
"I don't know, you were always smiling before. Doesn't it make you feel good?" he asked.
"I dunno, maybe?" he replied. There was silence for a long time. He looked over to see Eiri smiling at him. It wasn't that swoon worthy smile for the fangirls though. It was an awkward smile, like he was trying too hard. He snorted, trying not to laugh at him.
"What, why are you laughing at me?!" he suddenly stopped trying to smile and frowned.
"No no no not laughing at you..." some giggles got out. Well, at least he wasn't moping around anymore. Before he could say anything else they pulled into the driveway of their new home. It was a small, two story brick farm house with a large porch on the outside. It was a huge lot with lots of space to expand or just walk around in the grass. The inside was mostly wood except for the fact that most of the walls were brick like the outside. The floor was wood, the cabinets were wood, the counters were wood, and it was very homey unlike Eiri's modern apartment.
Once they parked in the driveway, Eiri got out and got Shuichi's wheelchair. As he looked over, he saw Shuichi on the ground. Instead of calling him an idiot, he simply went over and helped him up. "Silly..." was all he said as he pushed him into the house. After he had done that he went to the moving truck, which had followed them the whole way, to get the boxes and help the movers. While Eiri helped bring stuff in, Shuichi gave instructions from the inside. A lot of the movers still had problems hearing what he was trying to say, which made Shuichi frustrated. Usually Eiri would think about how he looked kind of cute when he was mad, but today it seemed like there was something deeper under the skin. "Are you alright?" he asked him when bringing something into the room he was in.
He nodded. "Yeah, I'm fine. At least I will be."
"'You will be'?" he repeated, "What do you mean by that?"
"I guess...I'm just frustrated that I can't do all the things I could do before." he looked down to his lap.
Eiri stopped what he was doing and went over to him and kneeled down to his level, "I know you can do it if you just need motivation."
Shuichi looked up to him instead of in his lap. "You think I can....?"
"I know you can." Before Eiri knew it, Shuichi was crying. "H..hey hey! The point was to be happy not sad!" he stuttered, why did he make him cry?!
"I am 's why I'm crying..." he replied. Oh...he never thought of that. "You usually don't say things like that...it makes me feel good..." he sniffled, wiping away his tears.
"I'm sorry...I'll make sure I do more often." he hugged him. And he meant it. He was going to make him feel good after what happened to him. "Well, everything is almost inside. Do you want to have something to eat?" he asked him.
"Do we even have any food?" Shuichi asked him, still sniffling.
"No, that's why we have to order something now so it'll get here for later." he said simply.
"Oh...I didn't think about that....sure I guess..." he said. Eiri nodded and ordered a pizza. It was a simple thing to order. Once it came, Shuichi still couldn't seem to lift the food and put it into his mouth. After watching him struggle with the same piece of pizza for ten minutes, he went over and started to cut it up. "What are you doing?" he asked.
"Feeding you, what else would I be doing?" he replied. "You need help so I'm helping you." Shuichi was very confused. And then he became amused as Eiri fed him bites of the pizza. He thoroughly enjoyed this attention, especially since he'd been feeling down for a long time. "Don't laugh at me. Besides, you'll choke." Eiri caught that he thought this was funny.
"I'm sorry I'm sorry," he finished his last bite of the pizza. He began to yawn, looking around the house.
"What, you're already tired?" he teased him.
"So what? I'm on medication." he yawned a second time. Eiri shook his head and took him upstairs to bed, putting him down gently.
"Heeeeeeeeey Yuki~" Shuichi purred. "Since you've been sooooo good maybe you should get a reward~"
"Right, like we want another trip to the hospital. No thanks, not quite yet," he took his shirt off as he began to change, but he stopped midway through taking his shirt off. He looked down to see Shuichi clinging to his legs. "What the hell are you doing?" he asked, frozen in that position.
"What does it look like I'm doing? ~" he purred again and started to remove his pants.
"Something you shouldn't be doing?" Eiri answered. No matter how nice he was trying to be to Shuichi, if he was there in front of him on his knees how could he say no? Especially if he was so willing. It must be alright if he wants to, right? Yes, that was very good reasoning.
Before he knew it they had been at it until the early hours of the morning and it was finally time to sleep. Shuichi was typically the first one asleep, and he was this time. Eiri looked at him and reflected back at all that had happened. It was strange, it was almost surreal. Everything was all meshed together in his mind that even though he wanted to sleep for Shuichi, typically it was hard for him to. He just wished it had never even happened. And with that, he fell asleep.
"Yuki? Yuki? YUUUUKIIIIIIIII!"
"Ugh...what...?" Eiri opened his eyes to see Shuichi's big eyes staring back at him. "Why are you sitting on me? You're hurt remember?" he muttered to himself as he tried to wake up.
"What are you talking about Yuki? I'm fine, you're the one who's got a problem. You've been sleeping for days! I thought you were dead! And then I thought about planning your funeral and felt WORSE! And then Tohma said he would never let me plan it and that made me feel WORSE THAN THAT!!!! Tell Tohma if you die I can plan your funeral, Yuki!!!!" he started to cry. Wait what? Eiri was very confused now, was he dreaming about wondering if he was dreaming? That was some food for thought for him. He then took in what Shuichi just said.
"Why are we talking about if I died? Do you want me to die?" he asked him.
"NO!!!! DON'T DIE YUKI!! I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'D DO WITHOUT YOU!!!!" Shuichi cried, clinging to his lover's head.
"Shuichi, I can't breathe..." he muttered and Shuichi finally let go, "I don't know what I'd do without you, either..."
Shuichi blinked, "Are you the same Yuki, Yuki? Why would you say that?"
"You were in a car accident..." he said, looking confused. Maybe he was imaging this He was still half asleep after all.
"What? Usually I walk to work and sometimes Hiro takes me on his bike.I'm not usually in a car anyways." he pouted, sitting up.
"So...nothing is wrong with you?" he rubbed his eyes.
"Well, when I woke up this morning I stubbed my toe...and then I burned myself a lil' bit on a bagel...but that's about it..." he shrugged. Eiri sat up and before Shuichi knew it, he had been kissed. It was a long, passionate kiss that was usually only given to him when Eiri wanted sex. This confused him, because they never had sex in the morning.
"Are you okay?" he asked him, a bit concerned now.
Shuichi went and put a hand on his forehead, "Are you sick Yuki? Do you need to a see a doctor?"
"No no no I do not need to see a doctor you idiot! …Erm...I mean..." he tried to calm down. He needed to try and be nice to him even if that was all a dream.
"You're starting to scare me a little bit..." he looked like he was going to run away, but Eiri pulled him close again.
"Shuichi..." he said again, and Shuichi nodded in acknowledgment.
".....I love you."