I do not own Okane Gai Nai in any way, but I do own Kimura Hibiki.
Chapter Rating: T
For once, work actually went smooth today. For once, Ayase didn't get caught into some misadventure.
It was getting late; Kanou and Ayase had already eaten dinner. While the little cherub cleaned up the dishes, the man laid on the couch in some comfy blue sweatpants, hair still dripping ever so slightly from the recent shower. His eyes were closed as he allowed his stomach to digest the wondrous food that was his beloved's. It was such a superb feeling, hearing nothing but the sound of Ayase cleaning the dishes, scrubbing, the water running, the faucet turning; those simple things were able to bring a rather delighted smile to the Great Kanou's lips. A smile that was soon shattered at the sound of knocking at his door.
"What the hell?" he growled. How did someone…who would be stupid enough to…?
"I'll get it," Ayase offered as he slipped off his gloves, however he stopped midway as Kanou stood up. The man almost stomped over towards the door, but he still reclaimed quite a bit of himself for he was a man who was supposed to stride with pride. The man unlocked the door, practically throwing it open, and just as he was about to holler at the intruder he froze, completely speechless and wide-eyed.
Ayase, curious, peeked over. It was a man slightly taller than Kanou, pitch black slick-backed hair and dark eyes. He was dressed in a blue business type suit, very sharp and handsome, he was adjusting his tie as Kanou opened the door and he seemed surprise before a smile came about his features.
"Ah! Somuku!" the man pulled the other into a wide, large embrace, throwing his arms about him with broad laughter. "It's been too long!"
Kanou didn't push the man away, didn't throw him against the wall or punch him as hard as he could; like he usually would if a man touched him too familiarly. His only response was a pat to the other's back and the whispered name, "Kimura?"
"Surprised?" he grinned, beaming as he pulled back, hands gripping Kanou's shoulders tightly as he pushed his way in, kicking the door behind him.
"Ah, yeah," Kanou shrunk away, still seeming taken aback as he ran a hand through his hair with a sigh. "This is…sudden…pain in the ass…"
"Hey, hey," Kimura frowned, almost sulking as he pinched at Kanou's cheek. "Who's the pain in the ass little brother, Somuku-chan?"
Kanou slapped the man's hand away with a glare. "Don't…call me that," he warned.
"A-Ah, e-excuse me…?" Ayase cut in shyly, appearing behind Kanou with his usual concerned expression.
"Oh?" a pleased smile formed on the taller male's lips. "This must be the infamous 'Ayase-san'?"
"Huh?" Kanou rose a brow, arms crossed in front of his chest. "Where did you hear about him?"
"Ah, it seems as though the twins and our fellows still fear me even just a tad more," Kimura scratched at the back of his neck in, what seemed to be, genuine thought.
By "fellows" Kanou could only think of Someya, Gion, and Takanohashi. He shrugged with a grunt, "They'd be stupid not to."
"You're business is still weak?" the raven questioned with a teasing grin.
A brow twitched and Kanou gave a smirk, "You best be careful, Nii-sama, or else I'll drag your business down under."
"Ever the feisty one, aren't you?"
Feisty? Could Kanou-san be called "feisty"? Ayase thought to himself as he examined the two before him…until… "K-Kanou-san?"
The man responded to his name, whipping around, a look of irritation on his face; of course from Kimura, not Ayase himself. "Hm?"
"Y-You said 'Nii-sama'…" the teen choked out nervously. "I-I thought-"
Kanou heaved a sigh, dragging a hand down his face as he placed his other atop Ayase's head. "No, he's just some older idiot that I've known for too long," he "explained".
Kimura laughed, leaning on Kanou's shoulder as he beamed at the youngest, "I'm Kimura Hibiki. My mother was a very good friend with Somuku's father. Some would say almost too friendly, you know? He's four years my junior so, I've been cursed for knowing this little brat since he was in diapers."
The last line threw Ayase into a thought, an image of a baby Kanou popping into his head. He smiled, Cute!
Kanou's sharp eyes noticed Ayase's "dreamy" expression, the flush of his cheeks; he felt a bit of heat tinge his ears as he thought of Ayase thinking of him. He coughed out awkwardly as he shoved Kimura off, "Anyway, what the hell is with this unwelcomed surprise?"
"Well, it's been a year or two," the elder tugged at the cuffs of his sleeves, "and I heard about the mischief you've been into lately, so I thought I'd drop by."
"If that's all then you can leave now…"
"Oh, and I have to talk with you about some 'business-related' matters."
Kanou paused, eyeing Kimura. This wasn't good… He turned to Ayase, "Why don't you go to bed now? I'll come in later after I see Kimura out."
"But the dishes-"
"I'll take care of those, too," he smiled lightly. "Even I can do that much."
"Um…" Ayase fiddled with his hands for a moment before nodding. "A-All right." He glanced up at Kimura and bowed, "It was a pleasure to meet you."
"Ah, same here, Ayase-chan,"
The young man nodded once more before turning and running off to bed. The two remaining waited for the sounding of the door to close before glancing at each other. Kimura walked around, sitting himself on the couch, leaning back and crossing his legs, "So, you two share a bedroom? I'm not surprised."
Kanou sat next to him, "Look, it's not because he's a guy, too, you know."
"There's no need for explanations," the elder laughed, waving his hand. "You know I'm pretty accepting. I've always been okay with Kaoruko, unlike you."
"Someya's an idiot, just like his father…"
"Oh? And, you aren't like your father?"
"He wasn't an idiot."
"He was, in some ways, just like you."
Kanou gave a warning glare, "In what ways?"
"The man was cold and had no idea how to take care of others. In that way, you are the same."
At this, Kanou had to think back to when he first made Ayase something to eat so he could take his medicine. He was so nervous back then, and so ignorant.
"Anyway, I can't help but to wonder when you're going to get rid of that ridiculous debt of his."
"Huh?" the younger rose a brow in question. "What are you talking about?"
Kimura rose an arm, resting it behind him atop the back of the couch, "You're paying him to sleep with you, right? Because of his debt?"
"What about it?"
"Well…he's been living with you for quite a while now hasn't he?"
"Don't you think he's warmed up to you by now?"
It was true, at least a little bit. By now, Ayase had come to respect same gender relationships, and he wasn't worried about having sex with Kanou, he was actually accepting all of it. However, a real "lover" relationship still wasn't in his thoughts. But, still…
"Don't you think it was stupid to begin with? That debt?"
Kanou stared at Kimura pointedly, "What?"
"You like him right? Sincerely?"
"Of course, sincerely!"
"Then, why do you have to extort him?"
Kanou fell silent. He doubted that the other could even understand. "Ayase doesn't like men," he stated.
"He has nowhere else to go, right? No family? If you took it away, you really believe he would leave you?"
"Someone has to pay the debt."
Kimura shrugged, "Then, I'll pay it."
Kanou's heart stopped, "What?"
"It's stupid, really," Kimura no longer seemed like that playful idiot that joyously bombarded himself into Kanou's living room, a grave expression on his features. "It never crossed your mind that he may even like you more without the debt on his shoulders? Without feeling like a whore whenever he got his money?"
"What would stop him from leaving after that? He'd go to school, get close to his friends and if he really wanted to, he'd leave with them," Kanou snapped.
"You can't monopolize people, Somuku. People want to be free and if you can't give the person you love a choice to do whatever he wants, then you really have no right to be with him, do you?"
Kanou clenched his fists, refraining from throwing a punch at the older male, "You have no right to talk about something that you don't understand."
"And, you have no right to refuse my money. You want your business to succeed? You'll take it, understand?"
"Who are you to give me orders?"
Kimura stood up, tugging on the end of his jacket, straightening it and he simply stated, "I'm your big brother, looking out for you. Now, I'll let you sleep on the idea. It's late, so I'll go now."
Kanou didn't say a word, didn't even look up at the other man. He just sat on his couch, glaring down at his fists. Kimura sighed, ruffling the younger's hair and quietly made his way out. There was a pregnant pause that seemed to last for several hours rather than minutes. Gritting his teeth, Kanou made his way to the bedroom.
When he opened the door, the light was off. He didn't even think of turning on the light as he closed the door behind him, walking over towards the bed and slipping in beside Ayase under the covers, wrapping his arms about the thin waist and pulling him close.
"K-Kanou-san?" Ayase mumbled the other's name as he lazily looked over his shoulder, waking from the unexpected nap he took while waiting for his "owner".
Kanou placed a kiss atop Ayase's head before burying his nose in the crook of the boy's neck and whispering, "Go back to sleep."
Though worried, Ayase turned and did as he was told, closing his eyes and doing his best to ignore his concerned thoughts.
To be continued...!
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