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It's been quite some time hasn't it? Well, I'll make excuses for myself after this chapter.
'And I make a left here…'
Tsuna carefully counted his steps as he turned to his left, walking an additional five metres before staring at the door on his right hand side. Alaude had given him specific instructions to a room in the building where he was to drop off a message. It was only two minutes after Tsuna left that he realised he still didn't know where the bathroom was.
'I hope this person knows,' Tsuna thought, raising a hand and rapped his knuckles on the door. The brunet heard a loud clatter and a short curse before the door creaked open slowly, revealing a blond man with half-lidded, tired eyes.
"Who are you?" the man nearly grunted, yawning and stretching before cursing again and placing his hand by his hip as if he were in pain.
"Sawada Tsunayoshi," the burnet replied. He was certainly seeing a lot of blond people these days. Giotto, Alaude, and now this person. He was sure this thought had passed his mind before but there usually weren't that many blond people in Japan.
Tsuna noticed another thing. All three blonds were attractive in some way. Maybe it was because they were blond. He didn't particularly care that much to find out.
"What's a kid like you doing here?" the blond muttered, obviously roused from his sleep and in a bad mood.
"I was told to send a message."
"Hm? Oh. From who?"
There was a pause before the man's eyes shot open, startling the brunet slightly.
"Did you just say Alaude?"
Tsuna nodded, holding the folded piece of paper sent from Alaude.
The blond took the piece of paper and grinned.
"Alaude's messenger, eh?" the blond said, dragging Tsuna inside the room, "You must be pretty special to affiliate with him."
Tsuna blinked. The blond (and the whole room, actually) carried the same scent of spice and salt on Alaude.
"What's your name?"
"Sawada Tsunayoshi." Tsuna wasn't bothered to remind the blond that he had already stated his name prior to entering the room.
The blond's grin brightened, "I'm Dino. Sorry about before. Work made me a bit grumpy."
"What do you do for work?"
Dino's face froze. They were in a brothel. The whole bloody place smelt like sex, bluntly put. What else could he do?
Deciding to play it safe and not unnecessarily taint a young boy's mind, he pasted his most dazzling smile on his face and replied, "Work of the night."
Tsuna frowned at such an ambiguous answer but didn't push on the subject.
"Well, Tsunayoshi. The message is for Giotto and not me, right? I don't see why Alaude would want to talk to me, really."
"Giotto? You know Giotto?" Tsuna asked.
Dino blinked, "I'm his older brother."
Tsuna stared at Dino wide-eyed. No wonder they kind of looked alike.
The brunet's attention was suddenly drawn to his full bladder. Noticing a small bathroom connected to the room, Tsuna asked, "May I please use your bathroom?"
"Yeah, sure," Dino replied, looking at the note in his hands as Tsuna hurried to his long awaited toilet break.
The door of the room opened slowly as Giotto entered, yawning whilst trudging to the bottom bunk.
"You've got mail," Dino snickered, waving the piece of paper around in the air.
"Shouldn't you be sleeping now?" Giotto asked, taking the paper and unfolding it.
"I was interrupted by a little birdie."
'Birdie?' Giotto raised his eyebrow before reading the hastily scrawled message before him.
Meet me at the passageway ASAP.
"Love letter?" Dino joked, "What does it say?"
"Who sent this?" Giotto asked, completely ignoring his brother who was grinning interestedly.
"Do you mean the little birdie or the writer?" Dino smiled.
"You know damn well who I mean," Giotto hissed.
Dino's grin dropped, morphing into something more serious, slightly sinister, "And you know damn well who sent it. Be careful, Giotto."
Giotto sighed, clenching his fist, "I'll be back."
Immediately, he turned towards the door and walked out, hearing a quiet, "Who were you talking to?" from inside the room.
It was probably the little birdie.
"He's not back yet?" Reborn frowned.
"It doesn't take that long to find a bathroom in one of these buildings," G. sighed, "But when it's concerning someone like Tsuna, who knows what would happen."
Reborn couldn't help but agree wholeheartedly with that.
"Should we go in and find him?"
Reborn cleared his throat, "In a place so large, it would take a long time."
"What else can we do?" G. muttered, tapping his foot on the ground impatiently. The thought of some innocent kid wandering through a brothel brought shivers down his spine. He wouldn't want to find out the mystery of accident babies through this sort of method…
The man in the fedora furrowed his eyebrows and thought for a second, his eyes showing indecision. Not long after, he found his resolve and looked at G. with such a serious expression on his face, the redhead wished the ground would split and swallow him up.
'It's a bit earlier than what I expected but it's time,' Reborn thought.
"Which live news channels are on right now?"
The redhead responded almost immediately, "Channel 27 Late News just started. I always watch it at this time."
Disregarding the fact that students were meant to be in dreamland at this hour in order to receive their minimum eight hours of sleep a day, Reborn smirked, "We're going to wreak some havoc. Call them up and give these exact instructions. I'll be taking a little trip."
At that, Reborn turned around and entered the building behind them, looking as though he finally got his hands on something he had wished for for years.
Giotto power walked through the winding corridors of the building, making his way to the passageway where he had memorised long ago. He probably could've walked there without bumping into anything with both his eyes closed.
The blond counted the doors along the wall, entering the third one down. Without bothering to open the lights of the dark room, he made his way to the connected wall and felt for the doorknob. He twisted the knob and stepped into the narrow passageway, closing the door quietly behind him.
Walking forward a couple of steps and turning a corner, Giotto saw a figure leaning against the wall, staring at him with icy blue eyes. Giotto made his way to Alaude's right hand side and sat down, gesturing for the other blond to do the same.
The two of them sat in silence for a minute before Alaude decided to speak, "I heard you escaped for a bit."
"A year. Not as long as you did."
They lapsed into silence once more, unsure what to say after being apart for years.
"I went to find you but you at your home but you were already taken back by then."
"I see." Giotto frowned for a second. How did Alaude get his address?
Alaude examined Giotto face before closing his eyes, "Still easy to read, Giotto."
Giotto's golden eyes flashed dangerously, "What do you mea-"
"A kid led me there from your school," Alaude frowned, cutting Giotto off, "Slightly irritating but he did help me."
"Kid?" Could he possibly mean…
"Sawada Tsunayoshi. I assume you know him. He came back here looking for you. I told him to give you the message to meet me here."
Giotto stared at Alaude, allowing the words to sink in.
He came back here looking for you.
He came back here looking for me.
He came back for me.
He came back.
Immediately, Giotto stood up, towering over Alaude who was still sitting against the wall.
"You mean he's here?" Giotto hissed, "Why did you let him come here? He has the innocence of a five-year old and you brought him to this hell? WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?"
Icy blue eyes glared as Alaude stood up as well, "What gives you the right to yell at me?"
"Oh, I think I have every right to do so. You brought an innocent person to this place. THIS PLACE OF ALL PLACES!" Giotto yelled.
Alaude raised his voice to a similar volume, "IT WAS NOT MY DECISION. THOSE BASTARDS PICKED HIM UP AND BROUGHT HIM HERE WITH ME."
"THEN WHY DID HE COME BACK?"
"I SAID HE CAME BACK FOR YOU. I did not tell him to come back, nor did I have any intention of him coming back in the first place. I EVEN TOLD HIM TO LEAVE AND FORGET ABOUT IT."
"WHY THE FUCK WAS HE WITH YOU IN THE FIRST PLACE?"
"BECAUSE I WAS TRYING TO FIND YOU."
"WHY WOULD YOU ASK A RANDOM STUDENT FROM MY SCHOOL FOR MY WHEREABOUTS?"
"I WAS SEARCHING FOR YOU EVER SINCE I LEARNT OF YOUR ESCAPE. I'D HAVE ASKED A RANDOM PERSON ON A STREET FOR ALL I CARED."
"WHY WERE YOU SEARCHING FOR ME? WE PARTED OUR WAYS. YOU ESCAPED, I STAYED AND ENDURED. I SAID THAT IT WAS OVE-"
A harsh pressure on his lips caused Giotto to slam his back against the wall painfully. Giotto's eyes closed automatically, responding to the kiss with equal pressure. Alaude kept his eyes open, examining Giotto's reactions carefully before slowly slipping closed, knowing this feeling was only short lived.
Time stopped for a second before golden eyes snapped open, realising exactly who he was with and where the hell he was.
Using both hands to push Alaude away, Giotto kept his eyes down as he regained his breath, knowing Alaude was doing the same.
"Where is he?" Giotto asked quietly the second he started breathing normally.
Knowing who he was talking about immediately, Alaude responded, "I'm not sure. I sent him to give you the message. That's all."
The golden haired blond walked off immediately in search for Tsuna. He turned the corner and exited the narrow passageway, closing the door with a conclusive slam.
Alaude punched the wall in front of him.
G. stared at his phone intensely. Reborn-sensei had wanted him to find the number of the Channel 27 news station and call immediately when his teacher left a missed call. Immediately.
He wasn't given any more information.
Why on earth did he need a news station? What was his teacher going to be doing in there? He had a strong feeling that something extremely big was going to happen.
G. glanced back at his phone. Five minutes had passed since Reborn-sensei entered the building. Within those five minutes, he was given three brightly coloured pamphlets, two sex offers and one free condom. The three pamphlets had all been ripped and thrown away, one of the two sex offers was scared off by his glare and the other sex offer had a condom thrown in her face.
Oh lord, what a horrible place to be.
The redhead flipped his phone open and shut again. He never knew waiting for a missed phone call would be so suspenseful.
'After you receive a missed call, call the tv station. Immediately. This is very important as you will only have a small time allowance to do so. This plan all depends on the timing. You will be the centre of this timing.'
G. shivered at the memory. His teacher was exuding a massive amount of pressure. The redhead then remembered Reborn-sensei's next words.
'But no pressure.'
Suddenly, his phone vibrated in his hand for a split second. Alert, G. flipped his phone open again. Surely enough, he had received one missed call.
It was time for the news.
So… Alaude and Giotto's relationship has been revealed. Quite spontaneously, I might add.
My thoughts were all over the place when I wrote this chapter so if it's confusing anywhere, I'll try my best to clear it up.
It's been around one and a half months, give or take, hasn't it? Well! I do have an excuse for that.
I was overseas with minimal internet connection and no time to spare.
… And I got a bit lazy upon my return.
Thankyou for sticking with me even after this late, late update!
Reviews would be lovely~