Gravitation Fan Fiction ❯ Second Chance ❯ Chapter 37

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Hearing a door slam brought Hiro and Akira out to see what was happening. Seeing Shu holding his wrists, Akira sighed he didn’t think Kyo would actually hurt him. Though something seemed wrong. His shirt was slightly twisted and his hair was a mess. But beyond that Akira couldn’t tell what happened other than Kyo obviously got too far out of hand. He knew Kyo had a slightly violent nature as he’d put his last boyfriend in the hospital. But he claimed it was self defense. Now he’s wondering it that was true.   Shu had re-fixed his pants and pulled his shirt down as best he could to cover up the mess Kyo forced him to make. He was planning to see if he still had a spare here when he looked up and spotted Hiro.   Hiro moved over to Shu. He could tell that Shu was trying to keep from crying. “Are you all right, Shu? Does it hurt bad?” He could by now smell what happened but didn’t want to ask as he feared Shu’d start crying and he’d never get an answer. So he decided to wait till they were alone, if Shu could hold out that long. Hiro knew his shirt would be soaked before the night was out and lucky if he would even get the whole story out of him.   “Come on, let’s get that looked at.” Hiro said leading Shu to his motorcycle parked out side. Shu didn’t argue. Hiro didn’t have any bandages on him and wasn’t sure he was truly qualified enough to distinguish whether or not Shu’s arm was broken. So he was planning to take him to see Dr. Solomon.   z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z   “Hiro, where are we going? This isn’t the way to my place.”   “No, I’m taking you to see Dr. Solomon.”   “I don’t really think this is necessary.”   “Your wrist still hurts, doesn’t it?”   “Well yeah but…”   “No, buts.” Hiro said.   Shu knew there’d be no talking Hiro out of it, so instead he asked, “Can we at least stop by my place first so I can change and shower.”   “Sure.” Hiro understood and a few minutes later was parked outside of Shu’s apartment and took the key from above the door and opened it before replacing the key.   “I’ll be just a minute.”   “Shu we should go to the police and tell them.”   “No.” Shu said in a whisper. A part of him feels like he betrayed Eiri. Despite the fact the rational part of his brain telling him he did all he could and didn’t want this. “I just want to forget this happened.” Then he went into the bathroom.   Hiro waited and waited. What should have been a quick two minute shower had turned into five and now ten. Hiro didn’t like this. He went and knocked on the door. “Shu.” No answer. “Shuichi answer me or I’m coming in.” Still no response Hiro was surprised to find the door unlocked. What he saw when he got there shocked him. Shu had practically scrubbed himself raw and still nursing his injured hand. “Oh, Shu.”   Shuichi looked up hearing a voice and cried, “Why Hiro? Why did he do that? All I wanted was a friend. I wanted him to be like you!”   Hiro was stunned by this. He quickly grabbed one of the oversized towels that Shu liked walked over turned off the water and then wrapped his friend in it. Then helped him to his feet set him on the toilet and left to get some dry clothes. Shu hadn’t moved since he left. He quickly helped to dry him off and dress him before taking him into the living room and sitting on the couch that Shu’d gotten super cheap at a garage sale despite the fact it was a red 60’s reject.   “Okay Shu tell me what happened.”   Through the tears Shu recounted everything that happened between him and Kyo.   “You could have called me Shu. I thought we were friends, but yet you stopped calling and hell I didn’t even know you moved here or were working at that bar. You didn’t have to latch on to him to replace me, it’s not like I died or anything.   “But y-you wouldn’t stop talking about how much you liked that doctor or medicine, that was all you ever talked about and…” Shu suddenly realized he’d blurted out his secret. He never meant to tell Hiro that.   Hiro sighed, “It’s okay Shu. I guess it was my fault.”   “Hiro what happened with Kyo wasn’t your fault.”   “It wasn’t yours either.” Hiro said but Shu just looked away. “In a way it was my fault.” At that Shuichi stared at him in surprise, “I hadn’t talked to you in weeks and I just let it slide and concentrated more on medical school and being a good intern. Then before I realized it those couple of weeks turned into a month and yet every time I thought I should call and see how you were doing something came up. Then I just completely lost track of time and that month had become several. I should have known you needed me. I shouldn’t have abandoned you.”   “You didn’t abandon me Hiro. You did what you wanted to.”   Hiro shook his head, “No I was a coward and bowed down and did what my parents wanted. But I think it’s better this way.”   “What do you mean Hiro?”   “I mean Ayaka might have been right and this is a sign that I’m not meant to be a doctor.”   “Hiro are, are you saying you want to reform Bad Luck?”   “I’m still not that sure yet, let’s just say I’m strongly considering it. Now lets go get that arm checked out.”   “Ne, but Hiro I told you it’s fine.”   “It’s not fine. We’re going end of discussion.” Hiro said practically dragging Shuichi to his bike.   z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z   Hiro knocked on Dr. Solomon’s office door. He opened it and was shocked to see Hiro standing there.   “Hiro, what a pleasant surprise. What can I do for you? I didn’t expect to see you today.”   Hiro pushed Shuichi forward. “This is my friend Shuichi Shindo. He hurt his wrist but he’s refusing to admit anything’s wrong. I had to fight him to get him in here. Will you take a look at it?”   Dr. Solomon smiled, “Oh, of course Hiro. Please follow me.”   The doctor caught a nurse and she took Shu into a room and set him up to have his arm x-rayed. After that was finished the nurse took them to a room. A few minutes later Dr. Solomon returned as well as the nurse. “Well Shindo, you’re very lucky. It’s not broken.”   Shu and Hiro sighed, “That’s good.” Shu said.   “May I have a look?” Dr. Solomon asked.   Shu just nodded as the doctor examined his arm. He bit his lip to keep from screaming out in pain.   The doctor finished his exam and said, “Well it’s not broken but it seems to have come extremely close. You’ll have to wear this brace for a while and come see me in a week or two.”   “How long will I have to wear it?” Shu asked.   “It will depend on the severity of the sprain and how well you take care of it. If you take care of it a few weeks.”   “Weeks?!”   “I’m afraid so. Well if you’ll excuse me I have other patients to see.” Dr. Solomon said getting up to leave. “The nurse here will bandage your arm and help set up a new appointment. Nancy, don’t charge them, for this.”   “Are you certain doctor?”   “Yes, it’s a favor for Hiro here.”   Hiro walked over to him, “Thank you, I really appreciate this.”   Dr. Solomon smiled, “Not at all. I hope your friend feels better.”   “I don’t know how to repay you.”   “Think nothing of it.”   “Hiro! What am I going to do?! There’s no way I can avoid Eiri that long! He’s going to demand to know how it happened.”   Hiro smirked and turned towards him, “It doesn’t help any that you’re a bad liar.”   “Not helping Hiro! Wait I can tell him I fell off the stage!”   “You really think he’s going to believe you fell off the stage?”   “I’ve done it before!”   Hiro walked closer and said, “Yes, but if you’ll remember when you did that it was because you got too carried away and tripped over my guitar cord.”   “I told you to keep your guitar cords out of my way!”   Dr. Solomon just watched in amusement as the two continued to bicker. But then he noticed something he’d never seen before. A true genuine smile and happiness he’d never seen on Hiro’s face before as he watched the two argue and talk about music. It was strange he’d never seen Hiro look so happy before.   “There you are Shindo, all better. I’ll go set up your new appointment and be back.” Nurse Nancy said.   “All right.” Shu said. Then turned to Hiro, “Well at least I have a chance to try to convince Eiri that it was just an accident.”   “Um I got some bad news for you Shu.”   “What, what’s wrong?”   “Um…I’m not sure I should tell you.”   “No Hiro now you have to tell me!”   “Suit yourself.” Hiro walked over to the desk and picked up a mirror and showed Shu his hickey.   Needless to say he freaked out and it took all Hiro had to try to calm him. Now he wondered if it might have been a bad idea to tell him.   z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z   A/N: Note this is NOT a HiroxShu type situation or story. Hiro is Shu’s best friend and that’s ALL! Nothing more nothing less. Remember the conversation Hiro had with Ayaka about Shu being like a brother. That’s their relationship in this story. Yes it was hinted at in the anime and manga that Hiro had feelings for Shu, but not in this story.