A/N: Yay I'm back! Here's the deal. I'll only be able to update once a week. That will be every Sunday. I know that's a slow updating schedule but with school and work that's all I can manage for now. I don't know how long this will last but if I am able I will speed up my posting speed. In the meantime I really have to keep work and school balanced so I hope you guys will understand. Thanx! Those who don't know, this is the sequel to Every Sunset Needs Its Moonrise, my first fic here on .
Chapter 1 Then and Now
"Hello? Who's there?" Changmin asked as he slowly headed toward the kitchen, having been startled by a noise.
He received no response but he could clearly hear voices, talking and giggling amongst themselves. Changmin continued to approach the kitchen slowly, peeking from behind the wall. He could see the backsides of two people behind the stove, cooking. As he walked into the kitchen one of them turned around to face him.
"Oh, Min, we didn't hear you come in."
"Min, are you okay? You sound a little out of it," Yunho said as he gave Changmin a concerned look.
"Minnie, wash your hands, I'm about to serve dinner."
"Joongie?" Changmin said more surprised than he was before.
JaeJoong went over to the sink, washed his hands and dried them. He turned over to Changmin and looked at him with a worried look.
"Minnie, is something wrong? Are you sick?" JaeJoong gasped as his hand shot out to the taller man's forehead. His touch was cold, Changmin could feel it.
"You, you left me," Changmin said.
"Minnie, what are you talking about?" JaeJoong asked confused as he held Changmin's hands.
"You left me."
JaeJoong wrapped his arms around Changmin and held him in a motherly fashion.
"You're cold," Changmin said.
"I'm sorry," JaeJoong said squeezing Changmin tighter.
Changmin felt JaeJoong even colder against his skin and he slowly raised his arms until he wrapped them around JaeJoong but the moment he did, his hands grabbed at the cold air left behind.
"Don't go," Changmin mumbled as he stirred in his bed.
"Shhhh… Calm down, Min. Wake up."
Changmin opened his eyes and let out a big sigh. "Kibum."
"You were dreaming again," Kibum said as he removed the hair that had stuck to Changmin's forehead.
Changmin sat up on the bed and Kibum already knew exactly what to do. He held the other man in his arms in a comforting manner.
"Of course I am," Kibum replied.
"But, Jae, he was. . . he was cold. When he used to comfort me, his touch was really warm, but he was cold."
"It was only a dream."
"But it felt so real!" Changmin's tears were threatening to escape.
"I need to get you out of here," Kibum said looking at Changmin.
"No, I'm fine."
"No, you're not." Kibum stood up and pulled Changmin to his feet.
"Wait, don't," Changmin protested, but he found himself being led by Kibum out of the room.
Kibum turned around and cupped Changmin's face with his hands. "You're going out with me and that's final."
Changmin looked into Kibum's eyes with a serious expression. "You're wearing lifts, aren't you?"
"That's only because you're tall!" Kibum exclaimed turning away embarrassed. "Now go wash your face to wake you up; I'll be waiting."
Changmin realized that he wasn't getting out of this so he did as he was told. He walked over to the bathroom and flicking on the lights he took one look at himself in the mirror.
'It felt so real! They're out there somewhere, but where?'
Changmin turned the faucet on and splashed his face with water. He reached over for a towel and dried his face before returning it to the rack.
"Okay! Let me just get my stuff and put on my shoes and I'll be right there," Changmin said as he got out of the bathroom and headed towards his room. He returned quickly and headed out the door with Kibum.
Changmin looked out the window and saw the blue restaurant sign that read Ibiza.
"What's wrong with here?" Kibum asked.
"It's just, this place is expensive and knowing how I eat compared to the tiny servings–"
"Don't worry about it. The last time we were here you filled up on bread. They ended up charging us for it remember?" Kibum asked while chuckling.
"Don't worry about it now. Order whatever you want, as much as you want."
"I wouldn't feel comfortable going there," Changmin said. "How about going to a fast food restaurant?"
"Shim Changmin, famous novelist, dining at a fast food restaurant."
"I wasn't raised with luxuries. I grew up with Jae's amazing cooking that is a million times better than anything Ibiza can put together," Changmin said sternly.
Kibum brought the car to a halt at a parking spot. "I'm sorry," he said turning to look at Changmin. "I didn't mean to offend you. I'll take you where you want to go, just please, smile for me?"
Changmin let out a smile and Kibum returned it before pulling out of the parking lot and driving off.
"I can't believe you actually convinced me to bring you here," Kibum said as he watched Changmin eat.
"It's not like it's bad. It's pretty good and inexpensive for someone with my appetite."
Kibum chuckled. "That's true."
"Although, I'd jump hoops to taste Jae's cooking again."
"You know, I've been thinking. I've already failed at trying to make you move out of that apartment so instead, why don't you get a roommate?"
"A roommate?" Changmin said not exactly thrilled about the idea.
"Yeah, I could move in," Kibum said.
"Kibum, don't bring that up again. It'll never work because well, you know..." Changmin's voice trailed off.
"I'm sorry! It's just, I'm not ready..."
"You don't have to apologize every time I bring it up. I should be the one apologizing."
"It never hurt a guy to keep trying," Changmin said. "You'd think by now I'd be over it but I just can't forget."
"He said he'd be with you forever."
"And then he left." Changmin let out a deep sigh. "I always thought he would be the one to outlive me and that I would grow old as he would stay eternally young. I never thought it would end just as it'd begun."
"I don't think anybody's lives are as they plan or expect them to be. I believe in fate. Fate tends to make so many things fall into place but most of the time fate doesn't give us a warning on what's to come and things happen but we say it's by chance. I don't think you could have been anymore luckier to have found Heechul and Hankyung. They're not replacements for JaeJoong and Yunho but they became parental figures when you needed them. Things happen for a reason. We meet people for a reason."
"Then it was fate that I met you. At that time, I was completely destroyed."
"Yes, and with top-notch grades nonetheless. Your brain was in the right place but your heart was shrouded. I remember seeing Donghae and Eunhyuk run around trying to figure out what to do as Hankyung and Heechul worried that they were to blame and even had arguments over how they'd failed at parenting. Yoochun couldn't do much and you wouldn't even talk to Junsu. However, it was quite amusing seeing Siwon follow you around with a Bible to try and get you to go to church so that God could fill your heart. Although I'm sure Heechul found some relief that he wasn't the one being followed around for a lengthy period of time."
"Siwon did that?" Changmin asked.
"Yeah. Guess you were too lost to even notice, but you're fine now and you'll get even better."
"So, you're going to get yourself that roommate?" Kibum asked.
"I don't know, I mean, JaeJoong and Yunho's room..."
"That can be left untouched. You have Junsu's room," Kibum said.
"Yeah, but what if they want to use Jae's kitchen..."
"Honestly, most men don't cook and you can count yourself into that statistic, so no more excuses."
"Okay! Fine! I'll get myself a roommate so can we drop this?"
Kibum smiled in triumph and nodded.