"Russel, it's been over an hour," Noodle said nervously.
To be honest, Murdoc was getting pretty tense, too. He had already gone through his packet of cigarettes, and was starting on a new one.
Russel glanced from one to the other, then nodded.
"Alright. We're going."
Stepped into Russel's car, and were off. By now it was late in the evening, and it was completely dark.
"I think he's gone to town," Murdoc muttered. "He wouldn't have stayed near the house."
Russel glanced at him, wondering again what exactly they had fought about.
They reached the town.
"We'll have to go on foot from here. Noodle can't go by herself, so I'll go with her," Russel said.
Murdoc nodded, then got out of the car. He couldn't have gone that far, he thought to himself. After walking for a while in the dark, the only lights coming from the streetlamps, he thought he heard noises. He slowed his pace, listening closely. There! He heard it again. Heavy thuds, and soft laughter. Murdoc strained his ears to see where it was coming from. He started running, reaching the corner of a wall leading into an alleyway. He peeked round the corner. Lying a few paces away from him lay an unconscious, bleeding, bruised 2D. What was worse was that the men were still kicking him, enjoying the torture.
Murdoc's eyesight turned red. He ran over to the men with a shout, and punched and kicked everywhere he could. He bashed one man's head hard against the wall, making him fall to the ground, unconscious. The other man he kicked in the stomach making him double over, then kicked his face, making him fall, too. The third man stared at Murdoc, afraid. It was the man who had been kicking 2D the hardest.
Murdoc snarled, and launched himself at the man. He punched his face as hard as he could, and the man was out cold at once. Murdoc gave him a kick for good measure, then ran toward 2D.
"Faceache," he muttered, lifting 2D's head onto his lap.
"Faceache, wake up," he said more urgently. No reaction.
"Dullard!" he said desperately, shaking 2D's shoulders. Nothing.
This couldn't be happening. He heard loud footsteps behind him, and a scream.
Everything seemed to be happening in slowmotion. Russel called an ambulance, while Noodle was screaming and crying. Murdoc was cradling 2D's head, stroking his cheek and letting tears fall onto his face. When the ambulance arrived, Murdoc was shoved out of the way and two men picked up 2D and put him on a stretcher. Russel and Noodle rushed into the ambulance, while Murdoc walked like a zombie.
The nurses were doing all sorts of weird things with 2D and the machines, and all Murdoc could do was stare. Russel was carrying a sobbing Noodle, with him looking extremely pale. This couldn't be happening.
Waiting is awful. The uncertainty, the impatience, the fear. The doubts that get worse the longer you have to wait. The guilt. Murdoc felt like he was going crazy. The doctors hadn't been very reassuring. They weren't sure whether 2D would make it or not. Fucking idiots. He'd better make it, otherwise those doctors wouldn't live to see the next day.. They had been waiting for a few hours now, and they were going insane. Noodle had gone completely quiet, staring into space, with silent tears still running down her cheeks. Russel wouldn't stop pacing. And Murdoc was just a zombie. He knew everyone was blaming him. None of them had actually said it, but he could feel it. They were right, of course. This was all his fault. That just made everything worse. Suddenly, the doors opened, making them all jump.
Murdoc immediately ran to the doctor.
"How is he? Is he..?" he asked with a strained voice.
The doctor shook his head. "We were able to save him, but only just. Broken ribs, a concussion, sprained ankle, bruises and gashes everywhere.. He's been bashed everywhere. It was the concussion that almost got him. They had given quite a few good kicks to the head."
Murdoc laughed with relief. "Can we see him?"
The doctor nodded. "Go ahead."
They all ran into the room. 2D was lying in a hospital bed, with a dripping IV next to his bed. Covered in bandages, and looking pitiful. He looked up when they came in.
"Hi, guys," he said with a small smile.
Noodle immediately ran to the bed and covered 2D in kisses, babbling away in Japanese. Then Russel walked over to 2D, and gave him the gentlest hug he could give. Even that made 2D flinch from the pain. After they were done, Murdoc walked over to the bed slowly.
"Hey, Faceache," he said softly.
"I think we should give these two a little privacy," Russel said quietly to Noodle, and they left the room.
Murdoc sat down on the chair next to the bed.
"How are you?" he asked.
2D smiled briefly. "I'll live."
Murdoc leaned over 2D, making the latter flinch a little. He gently put his forehead against 2D's.
"Don't ever do that to me again," Murdoc breathed.
He took 2D's hand, and looked into his eyes.
"I'm.. so, so sorry. I just.. I couldn't let myself be this way," Murdoc whispered.
"What way?" 2D breathed.
Murdoc closed his eyes and took a deep breath. "I couldn't let myself love you."
2D stared at him, not being able to react.
"Did you really mean it, when you said you hated me?" Murdoc asked suddenly with a pained expression.
"Never," 2D said softly.
Murdoc opened his eyes. "I love you, Dullard," he said with a slight grin.
2D smiled. "I love you too."
A month later
"Thank god you're finally allowed to come home," Murdoc said moodily. "I was getting sick of driving to the hospital every day."
"Sorry," 2D replied sheepishly.
Murdoc rolled his eyes. "Don't fucking apologize."
"How 'bout I cook us up some dinner, and then you two can tell us what the fuck has been going on," Russel said.
2D and Murdoc glanced at each other. Murdoc nodded slightly.
"Alright," 2D replied nervously.
So when they were all sitting at the table eating something Russel had made (they had no idea what it was), everyone looked at 2D expectantly.
2D took a deep breath.
"Well, um.. remember that night when we came home from the tour.. and after Noodle had gone to bed, we decided to have a few drinks.." he said nervously.
"Then, um.. Murdoc and I.. Me and Murdoc.. We, uhh.." 2D couldn't finish the sentence.
It was irritating Murdoc immensely.
"For fuck's sake, we got drunk and had sex!" he yelled.
Noodle and Russel stared at them with their mouths hanging open.
"What. The. Fuck," Russel finally uttered.
"Oh my God! Are you in love now?" Noodle asked happily.
"What? No! Well, I don't know," Murdoc muttered.
"This is just too cute!" Noodle said jumping up and down.
"Russel?" said 2D quietly.
Russel looked from one to the other. Then he smirked.
"I knew it," he said, still smirking.
"What?" Murdoc said, amazed.
"I knew it. I knew you two had a thing for each other! C'mon guys, how blind d'you think I am? At least you two finally faced the truth," Russel said.
2D and Murdoc stared at Russel, speechless.
Russel was calmly finishing his meal. He glanced up.
"Eat up, or it'll get cold," he said.
2D burst into giggles and Murdoc just sneered.
After Russel and Noodle had gone to bed, they went out on the balcony for a smoke.
Murdoc leaned over the balcony rail.
"Well, that went better than I had expected," he said, staring into the night.
2D copied him, standing right next to the bassist.
"I'm glad," he muttered.
Murdoc threw his cigarette over the rail, and did the same with 2D's.
2D was just about to give an indignant "Hey!" when Murdoc cupped his face with his hands and kissed him.
Murdoc leaned forward, pushing 2D back over the rail. 2D put his arms around Murdoc's neck and pulled him closer. Suddenly, they heard a giggle from inside. They jumped away from each other, and were just in time to see a little black-haired girl run away from the balcony.
2D grinned. Murdoc ran his hand through his hair. 2D noted he had turned red, which he thought was incredibely adorable. 2D took Murdoc's hand and led him to his room. He locked the door, and Murdoc immediately pulled him into a passionate kiss. Murdoc was the only thing that existed right now.
"I love you," he whispered. "I love you."
"I love you too, Faceache. Now shut up and let me kiss you."
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