Disclaimer: I do not own Katekyo Hitman Reborn
Drip… drip… drip… Dino awoke with a start. The ground was hard and rocks were digging into his spine. He felt his eyes, unsure if they were open. He shut his eyes and then opened them slowly. No affect. Drip… drip… drip…He couldn't see and he could hardly hear over that sound. Drip… drip… drip… He felt along the ground until he found a wall and with one hand on the wall he carefully took a step forward. The shooting pains up and down his legs and back brought back hazy images of an altercation with which he had been involved…probably... And as he fought through a more pressing pain originating in his leg and took another step forward, his fingers lighted on the cold steel of bars and it was as though the curtains of recollection had parted to reveal the stage of the tawdry theatre of last night's events. Standing there front and center in all its drunken hazy glory was the party, and why he was now sitting in his own dungeon, and whose fault this was…
"Kyouya… We… can't keep… this up," Dino said between kisses.
Hibari ignored him. Dino tried to protest again, and Hibari punched him in the side.
"Stop talking," Hibari commanded. He pushed Dino backwards onto the bed. "Besides… You started this…" He kissed down his neck to the edge of his collar and began unbuttoning Dino's shirt.
"All I said was 'hello'." Dino grumbled, swatting away Hibari's hands. He grabbed the other man's lapels and pulled him down onto the bed next to him. He rolled over on top of him, straddling his waist and pinned the other man's arms over his head. Dino looked into Hibari's eyes and could tell what his immediate future would entail. Oh god, did he want it.
He kissed Hibari fiercely. He couldn't help himself; there was something about him that Dino found irresistible, and when he had him at his mercy like this… He knew this is what Hibari had been tempting him to do. Ever since he found out Dino was engaged. It was a matter of pride. There was a little voice inside his head insisting that this was right, that it would be like the old days. Fingers trembling ever so slightly in anticipation he began to unbutton the other man's shirt. It was all he could do not to rip it off of him.
A delicate feminine voice filtered in from outside the room and Hibari felt Dino's fingers hesitate in unbuttoning his pants.
"Oh god," Dino rolled off of Hibari. "I can't. I can't. I can't."
Hibari rolled onto his side and looked at him. Dino has always been an open book to him; the kind with big easy pictures and simple three letter words. Although he would never tell him, he found Dino's secret simplicity comforting, especially knowing that he was the only person privy to this side of him. Hibari examined Dino's face, he was pale, his normally shiny blond hair was dull, and there was something missing from his brown eyes.
"Dino I can tell you don't want to do this," Hibari said.
"Really? You mean me protesting from the moment you came in wasn't a clue?" Dino said sarcastically, staring at the ceiling.
"I meant this marriage," Hibari said patiently.
Dino said nothing. He glanced over at Hibari and the moment he did, he wished he hadn't. Laying there with his shirt open… He forced himself to look Hibari in the face. He focused on Hibari's black hair, blue Asian eyes… it did not help. He wanted to run his fingers through his hair, to kiss him…
"I know you have your obligations to the family, but we could still…" Hibari reached over and trailed a finger along Dino's arm.
Dino laughed. "You of all people would be able to stand sharing?"
Hibari frowned. "I could handle it." He left the "for you" hanging loudly in the air, unspoken.
Dino sighed. "If I'm married I'm not going to cheat. I can't."
"Not even for me?"
"Not even for anyone," Dino reached out to touch his face. Hibari knocked his hand away and stood up.
His patience was wearing thin. "You don't have to stay married for long!"
"What?" Dino said standing up too.
"Just a couple years, and get rid of her," He began to re-button his shirt. An unwanted feeling of embarrassment washed over him mixing with feeling of frustration and anger.
"What?" Dino couldn't believe this; he had never seen Hibari so flustered, grasping at straws.
"Claim she's barren," He said matter-of-factly. "It'll work. Your family is obsessed with heirs."
"Kyouya…She's had children…" Dino sighed sitting back down on the bed his face in his hands.
"Think of something else then!"
"My children." The words crept into the air from between Dino's fingers. Despite how quietly they were spoken Hibari winced, they had hit their mark; it was like a bomb had been detonated in his chest.
"Children? More than one?" He hissed. He could not believe it. Dino had… with someone else… while they were…
"Two. They're twins…" Dino couldn't look him in the eyes.
"When? Not while we…?" Hibari demanded aggressively standing over him. He had to know.
"Coming from the man who wanted me to commit adultery for him," He could not help himself. He knew he was being confrontational. He knew he was going too far.
"That's different."He whispered. "I..We lo…" He stopped himself in time. He hadn't said it before, there was no way he was going to say it now.
"Kyouya, you won't believe me, but it was before I met you." Dino said. "A little over three years ago," He stood up and wrapped his arms around Kyouya. "You know you're the only man I've ever…"
Hibari pushed him away. "Then why now? Why wait three years to marry her? Why did you… With me?"
This was a day of firsts. Hibari never talked so much and never let his emotions show so blatantly. Dino felt wretched.
"She came to me a few months ago. I originally told her no. She appealed to a higher authority." Dino grimaced. "Mother." It might have been his imagination but he could have sworn he saw Hibari go a little paler at her mention.
"You've never had to take orders from her before,"
"Yes, well… When Victoria went to tell mother about the children and my refusal to marry her, and then someone let it slip…"
"She hasn't found out about us?" Hibari was horrified. He remembered the first time he had met Dino's mother and he recalled her disapproving gaze, as though she could see through him to his weakest moments. He was sure she had seen into the file cabinet of his brain and riffled through his catalog of fears. After that moment every time he would come into contact with her Cherry blossoms would be somewhere in the room with them, innocuous and innocent. She was formidable.
"She's had… suspicions…" Dino looked away. "You know she's never liked you."
"The feeling is mutual." Hibari murmured.
Dino sighed and walked over toward the full length mirror in the corner of the room, away from Hibari. "You know I don't understand why you came."Dino said straightening his rumpled clothes in the mirror. "How did you find out when it was? Did Ryohei tell you?"
Hibari looked slightly taken aback by this. "You did. You sent me an invitation." He picked up his suit jacket off the floor and pulled out a gold-rimmed invitation card. Dino took it from him and stared at it.
"This is impossible." He whispered. Hibari just gave him a questioning look. "No. I personally wrote and addressed every single invitation. I did not send this to you."
"You weren't going to invite me." Hibari said matter-of-factly, as though this truth was not apparent enough and needed to be repeated.
"Oh really. Invite my boyfriend to my wedding?" Dino snorted. "I do have some tact thank you very much."He threw the invitation across the room. "I wrote over 5000 invitations by hand. You have no idea how long that took…"Hibari rolled his eyes. That was just like him, everything had to have the personal touch.
"5000 will be at the ceremony?" Hibari looked at him skeptically. "Did you reserve the Vatican?"
"Well not everyone will be at the ceremony, but the after parties and receptions. It's going to be a long week." Dino sighed. He looked at himself in the mirror and grimaced at what he saw. "It's not every day the rich and powerful Cavallone boss gets married...Again." Hibari knew not to take the bait. Dino had told him about how his first wife, Carmen, when they were training for his fight against the Varia; she had died giving birth to his fourth child Antonio the year previous to their meeting. The Cavallone family was keen on marrying early and having a lot of children as soon as possible, a tradition that the 9th Cavallone had shirked, as Dino was his only child, whom he had fathered late in life.
Hibari picked up the invitation and examined it. "Who would have invited me then? You know your goons wouldn't let me enter the estate without an invitation."
Dino shot him an annoyed look. "They're not goons. We're on lock down at the moment," He took the invitation and examined it further. "I don't know probably someone did it as a joke." He looked at his watch impatiently. "I'm sorry I've got to go. If you're going to stick around, please keep out of the way. I don't need any more trouble." He turned to go and hesitated.
He realized this may be his last moment alone with his former lover, there were so many things he wanted to say, that he needed to express, and he knew that there was not enough time in the world for it. He turned around and gave Hibari one last deep kiss. "I love you…. And…I'm so… so sorry."
a/n: My first story. Thanks for reading.