Winter Maze - part 2
stayed at the door, hand pressed against the smooth surface, leaning
against it to listen to his brother's voice converse with another
familiar male's voice. He
thought very hard about who the person was that owned the voice.
For a brief moment, he closed his eyes and slightly furrowed his
brow as if in a vain attempt to force his brain to remember something it
didn't want to. Giving up,
he sighed and turned his back to the door.
He closed his eyes and leaned against it and slid downwards till
he was crouching above the floor,” I guess it really doesn't
matter," he thought to himself as he sighed again,"Damn, I
really should be getting some more sleep... I think it's starting to
affect me." Standing
up, he walked over to throw himself on the couch.
black-haired man picked up a book that was sitting on a nearby coffee
table and opened it up. As
he started to read, he could feel his eyelids slowly drooping until,
finally, they were closed over his eyes and Kirito was fast asleep.
seemed to pass quickly and, before anyone knew it, Christmas Day had
arrived. Kirito was not one
to go and set up a flamboyant manger scene with bright lights, but he
didn't just leave his apartment bare like some Japanese version of
Scrooge. He had decorated a small artificial evergreen tree and placed
it on the coffee table to show off its tinsel and miniature Christmas
bulbs. Around each doorway
there was a twist of red and green garland.
And, to accent the main door, a mistletoe which hung in wait for
Kirito knew it would have been nice to bake some cookies or holiday
treats for this day- since he knew his brother would be visiting and
expecting such things- he knew well if he make them himself, poor Kohta
would soon be carted off to the hospital after eating one.
So he choose the safe method of buying some cookies and candies
from a nearby store.
for the vocalist's two-man party was set up and ready, so Kirito
wandered over to the couch with a cup of hot cocoa in one hand, a lit
cigarette in the other. He
sat down only for a brief moment before there was a familiar knock at
the cocoa on the coffee table, Kirito walked over to the door and opened
it,"Hey Kohta! What's-” He noticed that, standing beside the
blonde was another man which he knew,"Hey Jun, didn't know you were
coming?" He smiled.
well, neither did I!" said Jun with a laugh.
What'd you do to him, Kohta?" Kirito said with a mock
scolding look on his face.
said I should come,” started Jun,"Because he figured that it'd be
more fun with three at the party than two."
see, I would have invited you but... didn't you say you were going to go
someplace with Aiji and Takeo before Aiji headed out to visit his
family?" asked Kirito as he let the two men into the apartment.
but things changed because Aiji's mom wanted him to be there for the
whole of Christmas Day."
ha, and Takeo had too much to drink at a Christmas party last night so
he called Jun up and told him..."
let me tell me story, ne," said Jun with a fake pout.
he said 'unless you want me to puke all over you as your Christmas
present, you don't want to hang out with me today.'
So I just dropped off his present and all."
I saw him walking back to his apartment and asked him if he wanted to
come with me," said Kohta.
you two, let's get this party started!" Kirito said cheerfully as
he clapped his hands together with a smile that spread across his
face,” And no eating all the cookies, Kohta."
oniichan.... no fair."
glasses of cocoa and cookies later, they were all sitting on the couch
talking. Kirito was sitting
next to his brother and Jun was next to him, resting his head on the
blonde's shoulder and looking rather tired.
The darker-haired Murata brother looked up from his cocoa and his
eyes shifted to notice the how close the two next to him were sitting.
He tried to ignore a feeling inside him that made him feel
slightly angered that he wasn't the bouncy brunette,"Ah, so... Jun,
you look kinda tired..." he managed to get out, hoping talking
would get his mind off the previous feeling.
brunette looked up through sleepily lidded eyes,"Yeah... I didn't
get much sleep last night because I was up talking on the phone to you,
you didn't keep Jun up till three A.M. again, did you?" said Kohta
as he patted Jun's hair lightly.
one A.M. this time," Jun managed to say through a yawn.
you should head back home now, Junjun," said Kohta to the guitarist
who started to nod his head as soon as the words has made their way out
of the blonde's mouth.
sorry about having to leave now..."
okay, I kept you up pretty late anyway... " said Kirito as he stood
up and hugged Jun,"Merry Christmas, ne~"
Christmas to you too~” Jun smiled and withed both the brothers a
"Merry Christmas" again, and walked out from the apartment.
said Kirito as the two of them sat near a window and looked out at the
lights and decorations that covered the city," What's Christmas
mean to you?" The
blonde smiled and looked at his older brother for a moment before he
family and friends, all the people you care about."
laughed,” With the occasional present, you forgot to add."
he laughed,” That is part of my idea isn't it?
But... really, I like spending the time of year with you a lot,
I like spending it with you too."
me of when we were kids."
You used to love Christmas to much...
you used to ask me to give Santa all these letters."
ever happened to those anyway?"
felt really bad that you'd never get a reply....
because when I was that same age, I wrote letters and got upset
when no replies came for me. So
I wrote you replies and made sure you got some gift you wanted."
looked at Kirito for a moment- silent.
Then his face lit up with a smile as he hugged the other man
tightly,"Oniichan, I never knew..."
was always nice to see you so happy to read those letters..."
What is it?//
got's a letter from Santa!//
let's open it up and see what he said.
Maybe he'll tell you something special.//
Oniichan! Santa says
I've been good so he's gonna get me something really special this year.
And he says he said 'hi' to Rudolph for me!//
it made me feel special."
you don't need a letter from an elf to make you special."
smiled,” Thanks Oniichan..."
though, the time came for Kohta to leave.
Kirito didn't want him to go even thought he knew that if he kept
him any longer he'd miss meeting someone he promised to meet up with
near Shibuya. As the blonde walked toward the door with his coat wrapped
tightly around himself, the elder to the two men scooted
bassist turned to face his brother,"Ah, what it is, Oniichan?"
walked up to his brother and looked him in the eyes,” You
know..." he said as he took the other man's hand in his own,”
When I saw you and Jun so close today... I got kinda jealous..."
wished I could be him."
not getting what you're trying to say..."
always been really close, you know that.
And being near you makes me feel really happy," he said with
a smile,” I just wanted it to be a brother-thing today and-"
you not want me to invite Jun?"
no no... I just wanted to
tell you this because I don't like not telling you things just like you
feel the same way about not telling me things.
I enjoyed having you both over today, I just didn't want to keep
you just wanted some brother-bonding time today?
Ah, I'm sorry, ne... I
didn't mean to upset you, Oniichan..."
fine, ne,” said Kirito as he opened the door for Kohta.
as he walked through the door, stopped for a moment and looked
motioned up toward the mistletoe, which caused the black-haired vocalist
Christmas, Oniichan," said Kohta as he kissed Kirito's cheek.