Aomine's lungs stung and his calves felt sore. Despite his athletic build, his erratic breathing and long distance sprinting caused him to feel aches he normally wouldn't. But this was nothing to stop him from running towards the large, glowing, plume of smoke off in the distance. The air was already filled with the stench of fire burning and it started getting hazy as Aomine drew closer, the smoke stinging his eyes a bit.
When he arrived at the scene there were already a couple ambulances and two gurneys being wheeled out. They hoisted up what seemed like the homeowner onto one. Aomine's chest lurched as he saw a fireman's body being lifted on to the other.
"Hurry and get them back to the ambulance!" Someone shouted, and Aomine attempted to push his way through the spectators to get a good look.
"Kagami…" He said under his breath, craning his neck over a few heads.
The firefighter's face was finally in sight.
It wasn't Kagami.
Aomine let out a huge sigh of relief, almost feeling bad for the other man that he was glad it was him and not Kagami. Trying to collect himself, more shouts were being heard and Aomine remembered that there were in fact two firefighters that went into the building before it collapsed and he felt himself tense up again. He managed to push through a few other people, getting up to the line that police officers had taped off and were blockading.
"Bring him over here!" One of the firemen shouted.
A firefighter supporting his comrade had come out of the building and gently lay him down on the ground.
"Get his mask off!" One of them shouted and a few of the men moved to get off his mask and uniform.
Once again Aomine looked on and prayed as the face was revealed.
And again, it wasn't Kagami.
Aomine let out a long breath and closed his eyes. Thank God, thank whoever – Kagami was alright. He was at the point that he didn't even care if weeks ago Kagami was his greatest rival; he was okay and Aomine couldn't be happier.
Aomine's eye snapped open as he saw the firefighter that had come out of the building with the injured man fall straight backwards on the ground.
"What happened, are you okay!?" One of the men dashed over to the fainted man.
"He was fine a second ago," someone commented as the man's mask was removed, revealing a head full of red hair.
"He's knocked out cold, give him some space!" Paramedics rushed to his side and checked his vitals.
"Kagami!" Aomine shouted instantly, reeling forward only to be stopped by a police officer. "Let go!" He shouted angrily.
"Sir! You have to stay behind the line!" The officer nearly fell back against Aomine's strength.
"I don't care! Something's wrong with Kagami!" Aomine continued to shove as the officer nearly fell back. Another officer ran over to help hold back the agitated man.
"Sir, we can't let you through! It's dangerous!" The officer grunted. "We're going to have to restrain you if you continue to resist!"
"Shit!" Aomine gave one last shove but backed off. "He's hurt! I have to go help him!" Aomine yelled in frustration.
"Please just let the paramedics handle this," the officer still seemed wary of what Aomine might do next.
Kagami hadn't moved an inch since he fell and paramedics at this point had rolled over a gurney and began lifting him on.
"Kagami!" Aomine shouted again, his voice cracked and his throat clenched.
He ran to follow the gurney as closely as he could. The officer shouted to his co-workers to watch out for him as he tried pushing his way through the crowd again to get closer to where Kagami was.
"We're going to have to use restraint if you don't stop!" One of the nearby officers threatened again.
Aomine was at the point that he was beyond caring. He figured he could take on one or two officers if it meant getting through. He almost considered it until a voice shouted behind him.
He spun his body around at the familiar voice as a figure with light-blue hair quickly approached him.
"Aomine-kun, don't do something you'll regret!" Kuroko grabbed Aomine's wrist to tug him away from the officers. "What were you thinking? Trying to go anywhere near that fire!" Kuroko scolded and Aomine noticed that he was slightly out of breath.
"Kagami! He's hurt!" Aomine said in an exacerbated voiced.
"Just calm down!" Kuroko tightened his grip around Aomine's wrist. "We shouldn't worry yet; let's just head to the hospital for now. All we can do is wait."
Aomine seemed to have calmed down somewhat at Kuroko's calm yet authoritative voice and stoic expression.
"Right…" Aomine replied and Kuroko let go of his wrist.
"Come on, let's go," Kuroko signaled Aomine to follow him as he was led to a small, black car parked on the side of the road.
"Shit…" Aomine cursed quietly under his breath as he saw the ambulance drive off into the distance.
"There's nothing you could've done," Kuroko said calmly, starting up the car. "I'm sure Kagami-kun is fine, please do not think negatively."
"I know, but I can't help but be worried. I shouldn't have let him go to work tonight…" Aomine ran a hand through his hair in frustration.
"This is Kagami-kun's job, it's dangerous but he's also a professional. I'm sure he's fine," Kuroko tried to reassure Aomine which seemed to be working, but only slightly.
Aomine remained quiet for a while with the occasional groan in irritation.
"How did you know I was there anyway?" He asked after settling down a bit.
"I was up late talking on the phone when I switched to the news and saw the fire. I ended my conversation and tried calling you and Kagami-kun's house phone several times but no one picked up. I tried both of your cellphones as well and still no answer. I became worried and headed over to the house and there was still no answer. So my last resort was to go to where the fire was."
"Sorry about that… And thanks…" Aomine said in a low voice.
"It's not a problem," Kuroko responded stopping at a stoplight. "I became very worried for both you and Kagami, of course I'd come."
"Who were you talking to so late at night anyway?" Aomine questioned, trying to distract his uneasiness over how long the light was taking to turn green.
"Oh, it was just Kise-kun…" Kuroko shifted a bit in his seat.
"Huh, Kise? You two still talk? What was he doing up this late?" Aomine asked curiously.
"Yes, we're still in contact with each other. He's a pilot so sometimes he'll call me during his layovers which can be at strange hours," Kuroko accelerated the car as soon as the light changed.
"Woah, a pilot? Not a model anymore? Although that occupation seems to oddly fit him as well," Aomine still wondered why it was Kuroko who Kise called on his layovers but was more concerned over how much longer it was to the hospital.
"He seems to enjoy it," Kuroko responded simply, and the conversation died out. Aomine's mind seemed to be too preoccupied for any more conversation.
When they arrived at the hospital, Kuroko dropped Aomine out front while he went to go park the car. Aomine made a dash for the reception desk, making the woman jolt as he slammed his hands on the desk.
"I need to see someone, Kagami Taiga, he's a fireman," Aomine looked at her with pleading eyes.
"Ah, the ambulances with the injured firemen arrived not too long ago. You're going to have to wait, sir. I haven't gotten their personal information yet but I can call you when they're done treating them, can I have your name?"
"Aomine Daiki." The nurse wrote down his name and gave a half smile.
"Alright, I'll call you up as soon as I can."
Aomine let out a long breath and found an empty pair of chairs in the waiting room, setting his elbows on his knees and cradling his head in his hands. Not long after, Kuroko came in and sat down in the chair next to him.
"How is Kagami-kun?" Kuroko asked and Aomine turned his head in surprise, obviously not noticing Kuroko had just sat down.
"I'm not sure, we have to wait until he's all cleared I guess," Aomine gave a yawn. He wasn't necessarily relaxed but he felt a lot better knowing that Kagami was being treated, and the tiredness that evaded him was starting to slowly overcome.
"I'm glad he made it here alright. We might be waiting for a while so why don't you take a nap, Aomine-kun? You must be exhausted," Kuroko noticed his friend getting drowsier by the second.
"I guess I will. Otherwise I'll just be sitting here becoming more and more impatient," Aomine slouched back in the not-so-comfortable chair.
"Here," Kuroko handed over a neatly folded blanket, "This is Nigou's blanket that I keep in the car, but I cleaned it and it hasn't been used since then. If you don't mind using it."
"Nigou…" Aomine mouthed under his breath, "Oh, your dog. He's still kickin', huh?"
"Yes, he's as energetic as ever," Kuroko smiled slightly.
"Thanks," Aomine mumbled and draped the blanket over him. It didn't take long for him to settle into a decent position and drift off to sleep.
Aomine set down a large cardboard box down with a thump. Wiping the sweat from his brow, he stretched his back that had gotten a little sore from lifting boxes from the moving van all morning.
"I just got the last box," Kagami came into the bedroom looking just as exhausted as Aomine and just as sweaty. Which Aomine didn't particularly mind.
"Good, we can finally take a break," Aomine flopped down on the mattress of their bed.
"Hey, you're all dirty and sweaty and we haven't even put the sheets on yet," Kagami complained and stood over Aomine.
"Just shut up and join me," Aomine grabbed Kagami's wrist and pulled him down with a sharp yank on top of him Kagami giving on 'oof' on impact. "Oh, damn you're heavy! You need to stop eating so much."
"I'm a grown man of course I'm heavy," Kagami rolled off of him and gave him a playful jab to the arm.
"You don't feel that heavy when you're riding on top of me," Aomine said with a sly grin earning him another not-so-playful jab. Aomine laughed and turned on his side to face Kagami. "So, this is our house, huh?" His eyes wandered around the room that was empty sans their bed and boxes.
"Feels kind of weird. We spent a lot of time together in my apartment but now we finally have a place of our own…" Kagami looked up at the ceiling and rested his hands on his stomach.
Aomine's eyes rested on Kagami's face, he reached out a hand and lightly brushed his cheek. Kagami's deep, red eyes met Aomine's and softly smiled.
"I'm happy," Aomine said in a low voice.
Kagami grinned, "Me too."
Aomine lifted himself on his elbow and leaned over Kagami to give him a gentle kiss on the lips. Kagami reached up and wrapped his arms around Aomine's neck.
"I love you," Kagami said with a grin.
"Not as much as I do. I think I'd die without you," Aomine lay back down and draped an arm around Kagami, nuzzling his face into his neck.
"You say that all the time," Kagami chuckled and gently rubbed his lover's back.
"Its cuz it's true," Aomine mumbled into his neck. "You made me fall so hard for you there's no going back. You were supposed to be my fated rival but you ended up making me go all doe-eyed for you. It's all your fault that my life is like this right now so you can't ever leave me."
Kagami laughed again, "Alright, deal. But in exchange, you have to promise you'll never leave me either."
"Like I could ever do that," Aomine squeezed Kagami tighter.
Aomine felt like he could die happy in that moment with Kagami in his arms. Not that he'd actually want to die right then and there, but Kagami made his life feel so complete that he'd probably go with no regrets. If there were any, it would be that he hadn't gotten to spend more time with the man he loved. He really just wanted to lay on that mattress in their empty room forever. He would be a fool to ever leave this life behind.
Aomine sat up with a jolt, flinging the blanket over him off to the side. Kuroko peeled the blanket off of him and grabbed Aomine's shoulder.
"Hey, the doctor wants to see you."
"O-Oh…" Aomine squeezed his eyes shut again and realized his head ached badly. Was that all a dream? But everything was so vivid… It didn't take him long to realize that what he had witnessed was another memory. Not only that, he started to realize once empty parts of his past were gradually starting to fill in. He grabbed at either side of his head, trying to massage away the numbing pain.
"Are you alright?" Kuroko asked calmly.
"I… remembered something," Aomine said.
"Really?" Kuroko said in a surprised voice.
"Yeah, I remember buying our house… and some other things but they're a bit hazy…"
"That's good news, Aomine-kun," Kuroko sounded uncharacteristically excited. "Oh, but right now you need to speak with the doctor."
Aomine opened his eyes and realized that a man dressed in a white coat had been standing there the whole time.
"Kagami… Is Kagami alright?" Aomine stood up on unsteady legs.
"You're Aomine Daiki, yes? You're under Mr. Kagami's list of emergency contacts and close acquaintances. He's in recovery right now and I can let you go see him but your friend is going to have to wait out here."
"Its fine, please go," Kuroko spoke up.
"Yes, I want to see him," Aomine nodded and followed the doctor down one of the hallways. "How is he?"
"He's fine, nothing major but he did inhale a lot of smoke so his breathing may be weak for a few hours. We'd like to have him here overnight just to make sure he's breathing fine by morning."
Aomine let out a big sigh of relief – Kagami really was okay. He had already decided to give his relationship with Kagami a chance and suddenly this incident happened and his memories began to surface. He wasn't sure why, but despite the situation it was actually calming to know that his relationship with Kagami was real. He felt a surge of happiness knowing that Kagami was the one he had ended up with. All those times he denied the fact that anything could happen between the two seemed like something so distant. He knew now that he fully accepted their relationship and wanted to get back to it as soon as possible. It was strange feeling but it was also exciting, he couldn't remember everything so he was still a little nervous about how all of this was going to work out.
The doctor stopped in front of one of the rooms and opened it up, allowing Aomine to be alone. Aomine stepped into the room that seemed all too familiar. He never expected to see the inside of a hospital room again so soon and he expected even less to see Kagami in the bed instead. He looked over to see Kagami with a respirator over his mouth and his eyes closed as if he was sleeping.
"Kagami!" Aomine couldn't help but shout and trot over to his bedside in a hurry.
Kagami slowly opened his eyes, his expression turned into a shocked one once he realized who had called out his name.
"Aomine?" He said, his voice muffled by the respirator and a little raspy.
"Thank God," Aomine slumped down in the chair next to the bed and grabbed Kagami's hand. "Thank God…"
A single tear rand down Aomine's cheek as he squeezed his eyes shut and his grip tightened around Kagami's hand.
Kagami's shocked expression didn't leave his face, he lifted off the respirator and paused before speaking, "… Daiki?"
Aomine opened his eyes, a bit watery, "I'm sorry," he croaked. "I said I would never leave you and I forgot all about you… I'm so sorry…" Aomine brought Kagami's hand to his face and let out a painful sigh. "And then I almost lost you…"
"You remember!?" Kagami sat up in bed and leaned closer to Aomine.
"I'm not sure if I remember everything yet, but I'm starting to," Aomine brought their hands down to the side of the bed and looked at Kagami's face.
Kagami's brow was furrowed in a way that looked like he was trying to keep himself from crying. His bottom lip trembled and he gave Aomine's hand a squeeze.
"I'm so glad," he let out in a scratchy whisper. A sense of relief washed over him and it seemed like a thousand tons had lifted off his shoulder. He had worked so hard to get Aomine's memories back, and although there was the fear that they would never return he never gave up hope.
Kagami started to cough and raised the respirator back up to his mouth.
"H-Hey, don't take that off anymore," Aomine said with a worried tone.
Kagami weakly chuckled, "Its fine, it's just a little cough."
"Like hell! You could've died!" Aomine protested.
"Ah, I really didn't get hurt, it was one of the other guys that did. After the building collapsed two of us ran in to see if the two guys that went in were okay. One of the guys that went in found the person trapped in the house and my buddy escorted them out. I found the other trapped under a fallen plank that must've knocked him on the head because he was passed out. I got him out just fine, but apparently the hose to my mask had a crack in it and a bunch of the carbon dioxide from the smoke was getting int. I was stupid and should've noticed earlier but I was too concentrated on getting him to safety."
Aomine knew from the doctor that he was fine, but hearing it from Kagami made him feel relieved. He couldn't believe that Kagami did something so stupid and so brave at the same time. He felt himself being kind of proud to call him his boyfriend.
"I can't believe you did something like that," Aomine said quietly.
Kagami gave another weak chuckle, "It's my job to do something like that."
Aomine looked at Kagami with an almost pained expression. He hated seeing Kagami lying there like that.
"I'm fine, really," Kagami reassured, knowing all too well the meaning of the expression his boyfriend made. "You should head home and get some rest… how did you get here anyway?"
"Ah, I forgot about Tetsu," Aomine stood up from his chair. "I'm going to go tell him he can head home and I'll be right back."
"Huh?" Kagami questioned as Aomine turned around and headed for the door.
"I'm staying here tonight and I don't want to hear any complaints about it," Aomine said with serious expression that didn't hide the slight reddening on his cheeks.
Kagami smirked beneath his respirator, "Alright, fine."
Kuroko had insisted on picking the two up from the hospital in the morning, so bright and early the three friends piled into his tiny car.
"Damn, my neck hurts and your small ass car doesn't help any," Aomine grumbled and squished himself into the back seat next to Kagami.
Kuroko smirked at the fact that Aomine could've just opted to sit in the more spacious front-passenger seat but chose not to.
"You're the one that chose to spend the night in that uncomfortable chair," Kagami commented. Aomine gave a quiet grumble in response.
Kagami was fully recovered as his injuries were minimal and the overnight stay at the hospital was all he needed. When they arrived at the house they thanked Kuroko who drove off with a wave. They walked through the doorway and for Aomine it felt like he hadn't been there for weeks.
"Ah, it's good to be home," Kagami said with a sigh. "I'm starving," he headed straight for the kitchen and looked into fridge. "Oh! I forgot about the cream puffs." Kagami pulled the box out and held it up with a smile. "Let's eat these."
Aomine smirked and walked over to the cabinet to get a couple plates and walked over to where Kagami was. Kagami place a cream puff each plate and the two sat down on the couch, Kagami taking the first bite.
"Mm, so good!" He beamed and Aomine thought Kagami couldn't look cuter.
Aomine looked down at his plate and picked up the cream puff, taking a bite.
"Sweet…" He said under his breath.
"Isn't it great?" Kagami asked.
"Y-Yeah," Aomine took another bite. He wasn't a big fan of sweet things but seeing Kagami this happy was worth it. "Actually, you can have the rest of mine. After last night you deserve it," Aomine lifted up his plate.
"Huh, really? Thanks!" Kagami took it happily.
Aomine smiled and stood up from the couch, rubbing his neck. "I'm gonna try and get some sleep. I barely got any yesterday and I'm dying to sleep on something that isn't a chair."
"Alright, have a good nap. I'll start cooking dinner for tonight," Kagami mumbled with a mouth full of food.
Aomine turned and headed towards his room.
"Hey, where're you going?" He stopped and looked over at Kagami.
"Um, I just told you…" he said confused.
"Aren't you going to our room?" Kagami asked. Aomine stood in place with no response, Kagami's face reddened. "Ah… That is, if you want… Sorry, you told me that your memories weren't completely back." He laughed in nervousness.
Aomine glanced at the door of the other bedroom and back to Kagami. "I think I'll just take a nap in this room…" He pointed towards the room that had been his bedroom for the past few weeks.
"Oh…" Kagami said with a dejected face.
"Tonight…" Aomine said quietly, Kagami looked up. "Tonight… Can I start sleeping in there with you again?"
Kagami gave a relieved smile, "Of course."
That night after dinner and their showers was a bit awkward for Aomine. He took his shower first so he was left just lying in the bed in silence and twiddling his thumbs. His memories were slowly coming back to him, but it didn't make this situation any less awkward – he still hadn't quite recalled the details of their relationship.
He was a little on edge and was startled once he heard footsteps getting closer to the room.
"Ah, that felt nice. I'm glad I had the day off tomorrow anyway, I would feel bad if I had to take any more time off even if it was for medical reasons," Kagami sat down on the bed opposite of Aomine. "I may head over to the hospital tomorrow, though. I want to visit my buddy and make sure he's doing alright."
"How is he?" Aomine asked, staring at the ceiling and trying to ignore the increasing heartbeat in his chest as Kagami got under the covers.
"The doctor said he'll be fine but it's going to take a good bit of time to recover. Those beams really fell on him hard and broke a few bones, but luckily it didn't cause any terrible damage."
"That's good," Aomine writhed a bit when Kagami shifted so that their bodies were a little closer together.
"Hey, are you alright sleeping in here tonight?" Kagami noticed Aomine's slight uneasiness.
"Ah, yeah, I'm fine," Aomine waved it off but Kagami wasn't convinced.
"You don't have to force yourself, you know. I know that you're memory isn't completely recovered, we'll take it one step at a time."
Aomine turned his head and saw Kagami lying on his side facing in his direction. His chest felt warm seeing Kagami right next to him and again, it was a nostalgic feeling. Although a moment ago he was tense and nervous, right now he felt like he was relaxing a bit.
"I told you I'm fine," Aomine said with more conviction.
"Okay, as long as you're comfortable," Kagami smiled warmly and Aomine couldn't help but inch a little closer.
"G-Good night then," Aomine said softly.
"Good night," Kagami replied and moved to face the other way until he felt a hand grasp his. He looked back at Aomine whose face had reddened as he made sure not to make eye contact with the man in front of him. "What is it?" he asked and lightly rubbed his thumb over Aomine's knuckles.
"Um, can I… kiss you? Properly this time…" Aomine stuttered and Kagami thought he couldn't be making a cuter face.
"Yeah, go ahead," Kagami made an amused smirk.
Aomine lifted his eyes and propped himself up on his elbow to inch his face closer to Kagami's, who could detect his nervousness. But without much hesitation, Aomine pursed their lips together. Warm and soft – that's what first came to Aomine's mind, but most of all it was like something so familiar that it felt like he was coming home. It was much different than the kiss the other day that he stole so quickly that he could barely savor. Right now he could revel in the feel of familiar bliss, the comforting scent of Kagami's skin just out of the shower and his hand that seemed to fit perfectly together with the one he was grasping.
The kiss lingered for a few moments, but it wasn't too long, and their lips slowly separated. Kagami was all smiles but Aomine knew that he was probably giving off more of a dazed look.
"I missed having a good night kiss these past few weeks," Kagami chuckled in an almost teasing way but Aomine acted otherwise.
He swiftly turned onto his other side away from Kagami and covered his face with his hands.
"Huh? What's wrong? Did you not like it?" Kagami asked and Aomine could feel the bed move a bit from Kagami probably trying to see what was up.
"N-No, I liked it! So good night!" Aomine said in a muffled voice and he could hear Kagami hum in confusion.
"Good night," Kagami said in an unsure voice, turning off the lamp beside him.
Aomine stifled a frustrated groan as he moved a hand to his chest, feeling his heart beat a mile a minute.
'That's how he did it, isn't it!? With that stupid, cute smile and the insanely adorable ways he says and does things! That's how he got me to bat for the same team, isn't it?! Damn you, Kagami Taiga!' Aomine yelled internally to himself and had to hold himself back from punching his pillow.
Despite Aomine's desperation to just yell at Kagami for seducing him in such a devious way, he slept surprisingly well that night – because in spite of everything it was much better than that lonely room down the hall.
End of Chapter.
Aomine and Kagami making cute faces and just being overall cute! ヽ( ・ω・)ﾉ No matter how manly they are I always end up thinking that they're cute at the end of the day. I hope not too many people hated me last time for leaving off at such a cliffhanger ;~; But I hope this chapter made everything better. This was never meant to be a tragedy anyway so there was no way I was going to kill off everyone's favorite angel.
I'm not sure if people are becoming impatient about the fact that this fic is rated 'M' yet there hasn't been anything too racy, but trust me, it will come... So I'm going to try my hardest to not make next chapter the last chapter of this story but if it is, don't be sad!
I forgot to mention this last chapter, but I want to thank gailymilkyway for drawing a cute 4-koma fan art of this fic! ^^ (You can view it on their tumblr! Sorry, can't link womp womp. I've linked it on twitter, though.)
As always: Thank you for all the kind words and support!