Velvet Rain
Chapter One: Never Let Go

By: Bibly

Where could he have possibly gone? He was there a moment ago, and as soon as Bass turned around, he was gone. Flat out disappeared without a trace. It had been maybe five minutes since Bass lost sight of him, and he had been looking for him ever since. Now, where would I go if I were him? he thought as he gazed across the Light compound's front yard. He's not out with Rush, since he always asks Treble and I to join him, and it's not like he'd run off to spar with Blues. I saw him in the house, anyway. So where –

"Got cha!" someone shouted happily as they pounced on Bass' back, making him fall to the ground.

"What the -?! Rock!" Bass shouted in surprise as Rock's childish giggle reached his ears. "Where in all hell did you run off to?"

Rock sat indian-style on Bass' back, drumming his fingers on the taller bioroid's 'shoulder blades.' "I went to check on how the stuff's growing in Roll's garden out back."

"And?" Bass inquired as he peered at Rock out of the corner of his eye. So cute…, he thought as a large smile greeted his gaze.

"It's really pretty!" Rock giggled. He stood, allowing Bass to roll onto his back, then grabbed his hand and pulled him up. Bass grinned and pulled Rock towards him, wrapping his arms around his waist, and gave him a light kiss on his nose. Rock smiled. So much has happened within these past few weeks…

"What'd she plant, anyway?" Bass asked as they headed towards the backyard.

"Just about everything you can imagine," someone stated from above. As the two glanced up, they spotted Blues standing on the roof with his arms crossed over his chest, his scarf beating against his armor in the soft wind. He landed on the ground with a soft thump as he joined them. "But I'll have to wait until my next visit to try most of it."

Rock blinked. "You're leaving?" he asked softly.

"You know I come and go as I please, bro," Blues said with a wink. "I'll be back in a few weeks though. Need to try more of that stuff in the garden once it's all done growing and such. The only thing actually done growing are the grapes, and they're pretty damn dandy."

A large smile appeared on Blues' face when Rock jumped at him, embracing him in a tight hug. "Thanks for everything, Blues," he thanked him.

Blues returned the hug, giving him a soft pat on the back as well. "No problem. Anything to help." Turning to Bass, he shook his hand, giving him a large smirk. "Take care of 'im while I'm gone." He shook his fist at him. "And if you steal any more posters from my room, I will be forced to kick your arse."

Bass laughed, flashing him a thumbs up. "Right. Yeah. Sure. Of course I won't touch your posters, old man."

An aggravated sigh escaped through Blues' lips at the comment, then shook his head and waved at them one last time. And with that, he disappeared into the sky, no one knowing where he was headed but he himself.

Silence enveloped the two boys as they stood staring into the sky. Bass slowly wrapped an arm around Rock's shoulders and glanced down at him. It was obvious that the youngest of the Light brothers already missed the eldest. Must be great to have a family that one can love and receive that love in return. With a slight chuckle, Bass kissed him on the forehead. "Miss him already, eh?"

"Yeah," Rock replied, leaning against him. "He's really fun to hang around. I love him a lot."

"Don't tell me you're falling for your brother now. Cuz if you are…" Bass trailed off, removing his arm from Rock's shoulders and pretending to appear hurt.

Rock glomped onto Bass, nuzzling the crook of his neck lovingly as he wrapped his arms around him. "Of course not! I love you a lot more!"

Bass smiled as he returned the embrace. "Good, because I don't know what I'd do if I lost you."

You'd kill him.

Bass stiffened. W-What…? What the hell?!

Kill him, Bass.

He shuttered, grasping onto Rock even tighter. No, no, no, not again, not again! I won't go through this again! It's been gone for so long! Please, not again!

Kill him. Destroy him, Bass. End his pathetic existence and show him that it is YOU who is superior!

"No, no, no…," Bass whispered, closing his eyes tightly as he buried his face in Rock's neck. He could feel Rock squirming within his grip.

"Bass…Bass, what's wrong? You're…squeezing me…," Rock murmured, trying to break away from him.

Good, tighter now, Bass. Keep squeezing him and you'll snap him in half.

Shaking his head, Bass pulled away from Rock, noticing a pair of confused blue irises staring up at him.

"What's wrong?" Rock asked worriedly. "You were squeezing me so tightly!"

Bass forced a smile and kissed him lightly on the lips. "I just don't ever want to lose you, Blueberry." He deepened the kiss, pressing his lips against Rock's as hard as he could without intentionally hurting him. He pulled away slightly and smiled at him. "I love you so much I don't want to let you go."