An hour passed before Izaya opened his eyes again. The informant shifted slightly, feeling something touch the top of his head. He soon realized that it was the top of Shizuo's head. The blonde had moved a little closer to Izaya while asleep. Not only that, but Izaya could feel Shizuo's hand placed lightly over his own. He didn't move. Izaya wanted to stay in this position for as long as possible because he could hear Shizuo's steady breathing through the silence of the office. It calmed him to know that the blonde was so close… All Izaya wanted to do was lay there with his small hand underneath Shizuo's larger hand.

All too soon, Izaya felt Shizuo remove his hand and sit up. Izaya sighed, flipping over onto his back to look up at the blonde, who was now rubbing his eyes with his knuckles.

Izaya smiled. "You look like a kid waking up for school."

"Whatever…" He grumbled back. "Do you have any coffee or something…?"

"You read my mind, Shizu-chan!" Izaya leapt off of the couch, feeling considerably better than he had been feeling the past two days, but he was still a little light headed by the time he had gotten on his feet.

Shizuo saw Izaya wobble a little when he stood up, and instinctively the blonde reached up to catch Izaya.

Before Shizuo had time to ask the question, the informant gave him an answer. "I'm fine. I just got up a little too fast."

Shizuo watched carefully as the informant made his way into the kitchen, seeming to be keeping his balance well enough.

Izaya waited patiently for the coffee to brew, noticing as Shizuo got up from the couch to stand next to him.

"How do you like your coffee?" Izaya asked.

"Just a little sugar is fine."

Izaya reached up into a cupboard and pulled out a small jar of sugar. "And here I was half expecting you to ask for milk." He smiled, pouring two cups of coffee. Shizuo added the sugar, while Izaya drank it black.

He only took a few sips of coffee when Izaya felt his headache come back. Izaya crossed his arms over on the counter and rested his head on his arms. His vision blanked out for a few seconds, but he was still able to keep his balance.

"You okay…?" Shizuo asked quietly.

"Headache…" was all Izaya could manage to say.

"From being sick?"

Izaya shook his head slowly. "No, stress… Comes with the job, you know? That's kind of why I hired Namie… A little less to worry about around here…?"

Izaya felt the familiar sensation of Shizuo's hand on the back of his head. This time though, he didn't tense up at the touch. Izaya couldn't remember the last time he let someone get this close to him. He didn't even let his sisters this close most of the time. Shizuo was now standing directly behind Izaya, gently moving his hands over Izaya's neck, shoulders, and back. It felt so good… His headache was starting to go away…

Shizuo could clearly see that Izaya was in pain, so he did the only thing he knew how to do. If it was stress causing Izaya's head to hurt, then this was all he could do. He was trying his best to be as gentle as possible, fully aware of what his strength was capable of doing to the man in front of him. It was then that Shizuo noticed just how small Izaya's build really was. Actually, he wasn't much taller than Celty…

Izaya straightened up again, holding his head with his right hand. "I feel better now, thanks. I'm just gonna go lay down for a few more minutes. There's more food in the fridge if you're hungry."

Shizuo stood and sipped the coffee for a little while, and soon after he finished, he looked in the fridge. There was a lot of left over sushi, so Shizuo ate a few pieces before going to check on Izaya.

The blonde looked down at the couch to see that Izaya had fallen asleep again. He had a slight blush across his face, and he was smiling.

"And you said I looked like a kid?" Shizuo mused.

Shizuo watched Izaya sleep for a minute before deciding to take a shower. Izaya's office was quite livable… The only thing it lacked was a real bed. But the couch was large and comfortable enough. Besides, he imagined that while Izaya was here, he didn't do much sleeping. Shizuo undressed and carefully removed some of the bandages before stepping into the shower.

Izaya woke up just in time to hear the water shut off in the bathroom. He went back to his desk to tidy up a bit more while he waited for Shizuo. The blonde soon came out for the bathroom drying his hair with a towel. His shirt was still bloody, so he left it off.

"Oh good, you're done. My turn!" Izaya skipped past Shizuo and headed into the bathroom for his own shower.

The hot water felt good on Izaya's skin. He stood under the showerhead after cleaning himself and let the water fall on top of his head, effectively washing away his anxiety. Once he was satisfied, he stepped out of the shower and dried off, wrapping the towel around his waist.

'Shit, I forgot to grab clean clothes…' He was still a little out of it after all.

Shizuo saw Izaya emerge from the bathroom wearing nothing but a towel around his waist. The blonde couldn't stop himself from staring at the informant's slender form. Izaya smiled, apparently noticing Shizuo's staring. Shizuo quickly looked away, and waited until Izaya had turned around to go up the stairs before allowing his gaze to return to the informant.

Soon after, Izaya descended the stairs fully dressed again, looking at Shizuo.

"That's better. Did you enjoy the show, Shizu-chan?" Izaya teased.

Shizuo blinked twice before looking away, a light blush appearing on his face. He looked a little flustered.

Izaya gasped comically. "You did, didn't you~?" Izaya was now standing in front of Shizuo and was about to continue teasing when Shizuo's voice stopped him.

"Izaya…." He sounded serious, and his voice was quiet.

The blonde's hand wrapped around Izaya's, pulling him close. Izaya allowed himself to be pulled in, not even wanting to resist Shizuo anymore. When he felt Shizuo's lips meet his own, the only thing he could think to do was to return the kiss, gripping Shizuo's hand tighter as he leaned in closer. Their lips parted, leaving them both panting as Shizuo draped his arms around Izaya's waist. Izaya closed his eyes and rested his head on Shizuo's chest.

"What brought this on, Shizu-chan?" Izaya asked, listening to Shizuo's heart beat quicken with how own.

"Hell if I know…" He replied.

"Is this all part of some elaborate scheme to throw me out the window and crush me under a vending machine or two?" Izaya placed his hands on Shizuo's chest, and looked up into the blonde's face.

Shizuo smiled. "You and I both know that I don't plan anything ahead of time, ever."

"So you just got this sudden urge to kiss me that you simply couldn't resist?"

"Just stop talking" Shizuo kissed him again.

Izaya broke away to look at the man holding him. "Does this mean you don't want to kill me anymore, Shizu-chan?" He smiled.

"I guess…"

Izaya backed away from Shizuo, taking hold of his hand. He led the blond to the couch where he pushed Shizuo over and straddled his hips, being careful not to put any weight on his bullet wound. He leaned over Shizuo and kissed him back.

"Shizu-chan…" Izaya moved so that he was practically lying on top of Shizuo, looking to the side. "I'm not sure how to say this, but… Well… I don't exactly hate you right now…"

"I don't either, Izaya."

Izaya smiled at the way Shizuo said his name. "I…" He paused. "I have a confession to make… We… We've known each other for so long… I know how I feel when I hate someone, but with you it's always been different. I know I felt some strong feeling when I met you…"

"What do you mean by that…?" Shizuo raised an eyebrow.

"I know I felt some strong feeling when I met you, and I assumed that it was hate, but it still didn't seem right… I always rationalized the way I felt by saying that you're unpredictable, but when I think about it, you're probably the most predictable person I know… You're the only one I could provoke and get the exact reaction I expected…"

"Izaya…?"

"You probably didn't know this, but when I'm drunk, I act on impulse. And clearly, I acted on a specific feeling that I couldn't consciously acknowledge."

"Izaya I—"

"And whenever you say my name like that I feel weird." He sat up again to look at Shizuo's face. "I think… I… I think I lov—"

"I understand. I feel the same way." Shizuo grabbed Izaya's shoulders and flipped their position so that his body was hovering over Izaya's. Izaya looked to the side, and Shizuo leaned in and kissed the side of his head.

"I love you, Izaya" Shizuo whispered into Izaya's ear, causing the informant to shiver. Hearing the word out in the open from Shizuo with such seriousness made him tense up slightly. He turned back to look Shizuo in the eyes, exhaling deeply and relaxing again. Finally. A word had been given to his feelings…

"I… I love you too… Shizu-chan."

The End.