Tsuna twitched in his sleep as he dreamed.

This time, he was surrounded by darkness. Every time he tried to open his eyes, they were stung by thick water. He clenched his eyes tightly, trying to ignore the irritation.

His breathing was heavy, and the air was thick and stale. But it was air. He concentrated on breathing and attempted to move his arms.

He felt the chafing of thick chains and manacles on his wrists.

His mind began to panic. He was trapped. He had no idea how he was supposed to escape. He started thrashing around, and felt the presence of more chains and manacles binding him to himself.

Tsuna awoke with a start, gasping for breath.

"Tsunayoshi-kun, you really need to stay in your own dreams." Came the murmur from the corner of the room.

"Mukuro?" Tsuna questioned, grasping for a light switch. He found the lamp switch and turned on the light.

Mukuro was hunched over in the corner of the room, wearing only a pair of leather pants. His blue hair was damp, evidence of the shower he had taken earlier. His cheeks were shimmering as if wet, though no fresh tears were present. A small pained smile made its way onto his face.

"Ah Tsunayoshi. How I wish that you could keep to your own dreams. That way you don't have to witness the horrors that I have."

Tsuna climbed out of bed and kneeled next to Mukuro, placing his arm around his shoulders. Mukuro tensed at the touch.

"Mukuro, what's wrong?"

The pained smile returned. "My life. My past. Everything I am is wrong. Look at me Tsunayoshi. I'm a criminal. A liar. A murderer. A rapist…"

"A rapist?" Tsuna looked confused.

The pained smile quickly turned into an angry scowl. "Of course I am. I forced myself onto you last night Tsunayoshi. I forced you to have sex with me."

"No you did not!" Tsuna grasped Mukuro's shoulders firmly. "I gave myself to you last night of my own will. You did not force yourself on me." He cupped Mukuro's chin in his hand and tilted his head upwards, brown eyes meeting red and blue.

A single tear was running down Mukuro's cheek.

"Mukuro, I care for you. What we did last night was the best night of my life. Better than the day I realized that for the first time in my life, I had friends who cared about me and didn't make fun of me. Better than the day that I came back to this time after defeating Byakuran."

"Tsunayoshi, there's no way that's true. You're lying to me, trying to make me feel better."

"I am trying to make you feel better, but I'm not lying." Tsuna locked his gaze onto Mukuro's.

"I love you."

Mukuro froze, his eyes widening slightly.

"If I didn't love you, I wouldn't have trusted you. I wouldn't have closed my eyes, I wouldn't have let you kiss me, I wouldn't have had sex with you. I love you Rokudo Mukuro."

Mukuro threw his arms around Tsuna, pressing him to his chest just as a sob ripped though his body. He buried his face into Tsuna's hair, choking back any more tears.

"I love you too Tsunayoshi. I love you." He planted a kiss into Tsuna's thick hair.

"I love you." He murmured.

Tsuna pulled back slightly and smiled. Mukuro felt his heart throb as he saw that smile.

Tsuna leaned in and breathed into Mukuro's ear.

"If you trust me, close your eyes."

Mukuro laughed softly, and closed his eyes immediately. "I trust you Tsuna."

Tsuna smiled, leaned in, and touched his lips to Mukuro's.

"As I trust you."