When it Rains it Pours
Chapter Seven - The Clearing
by Ishida Takeru
Ken sighed as he got another busy signal. Somebody was on the phone at
Takeru's, or it was off the hook. The later worried him the most. He knew
he could easily go over to his house. But, there was one slight problem in
that idea. Ken really doubted his parents would let him go out in the rain.
So, for the time being he was stuck trying to get through by phone.
He knew he shouldn't have even talked to Yamato. He knew that it would only
make things worse. It was funny, sometimes he amazed himself with his own
stupidity. That wasn't even the problem. It was all he could do to keep
from trying to shove his fist down Yamato's throat. A bit of left over from
his days as the Kaizer. It was hard enough coming to terms with what he did
as it was. But, he also had to keep his temper in check.
But, those were his problems, and he didn't consider them of much importance
currently. He took a moment to glance at the clock on the wall before
picking up the phone again. He half expected another busy signal, but what
he got was the soft chime of the phone ringing followed by a woman's soprano.
"Moshi Moshi, Takaishi residence."
"Is Takeru there?" Ken asked quietly.
"He's in the shower, may I ask who's calling?"
"Ichijouji Ken. C-could you have him call me back?"
"I'll tell him."
"Thank you. Good-bye." Ken hung up the phone and sighed. More waiting.
Takeru sighed as the water cascaded down his body. Why did his brother have
to react like that? He braced a hand against the shower wall as the water
from the shower mixed with his own tears.
His brother hated him. That's what it amounted to in the end. But, maybe he
was right. No, it felt right so it had to be. If something felt good than
it was. Takeru had lived by that philosophy most of his life.
Takeru wiped at his eyes with an arm. How was he going to handle it? What
was he going to do? He didn't want to lose his brother. But, he didn't want
to lose what he had with Ken either. It was different, he felt like he could
be himself around Ken. He felt that Ken wouldn't judge him no matter what he
did or say.
Takeru slid down against the wall, his face raked with tears. Everything
went wrong at once. And he would have to come up with a decision soon. He
couldn't just avoid everyone, could he?
Takeru got out of the shower and started to dry himself off. Of course, he
could avoid everyone. If he didn't talk to anyone than nobody could bother
him. He slipped on a pair old sweats and a T-shirt before he headed to the
Takeru looked up at his mother. "Hai, Kaa-san?"
"Your friend Ken called. He wants you to call him back."
"Hai." Takeru said. "I will later." Takeru headed off to his room to call
Ken, but in reality he wasn't going to call him back. He didn't think he
could even talk to him without breaking down. Of course, there was the
problem if he didn't call back. Ken would probably keep calling.
Takeru sighed deeply. It seemed that sighing was becoming quite the hobby
for him. This was a complicated problem. He couldn't run, but that was what
he was thinking of doing. Running like some coward, like some little kid.
"No, I have to work this out. It's my problem and I'll just have to work it
Ken sighed as he looked at the small clock on his desk. It was getting late
and Takeru still hadn't called back. I guess he doesn't want to talk to me.
He's probably really upset. Maybe I should go to his house. But, what if he
doesn't want me there. Ken was knocked out of his tree of thought by a knock
on his door. "Hai, Kaa-san?"
"Last time I checked I wasn't you Mom." Came the reply.
Ken climbed down from his bed and opened the door. "Takeru? " he asked.
"What are you doing here?"
"What, no 'hi, how are you?'"
"It's okay. I came to pick you up. We're going to go have a talk with my
"I already talked to him." Ken mumbled.
"So have I. But, that's not the point. We're going right now." Takeru said
dragging Ken out of his bedroom.
"I already asked your parents."
Ken sighed in defeat. In the short time he had known Takeru, he knew there
was no way to change Takeru's mind when he got in one of his moods. Ken
smiled briefly at that thought. It was an interesting side to Takeru. One,
in reality he wouldn't mind seeing more often. It was odd, when he was like
that Ken felt more secure. He felt like Takeru would battle through all of
his problems with him. Hell, he'd probably fight his way through them for
him. Truthfully, that kind of attitude was exactly what Ken needed. He
needed both sides of Takeru. One that would bring him out of his shell and
the one that would protect him as he did so.
Takeru stopped in his crusade to his brothers house and turned to look at
Ken took an unconscious step backwards as he saw the fierce determination in
Takeru's eyes. He could have sworn it was the same look a wild animal would
give when defending its young. It was the same look he saw when Takeru had
confronted him as the Kaizer. "Are you okay?" he finally managed to ask.
"That's yet to be seen. It really depends on how well this goes."
"And why am I coming?"
"You're involved in this too. My brother has to accept it's happening. When
I first talk to him I was too upset and shocked to even talk to him.
Besides, I need moral support."
The rest of the walk was in silence. The only thing that was heard was the
cool wind blowing through the branches of the trees. Takeru pulled out his
spare key as soon as they walked up to the door.
Yamato looked up as the door opened. It was probably his Dad coming back
from the emergency as the station. "Takeru?"
Takeru didn't even flinch as he walked in. "We have to talk."
"No, we don't."
Takeru crossed over to his brother leaving Ken standing in the doorway. "Am
"Than what's the problem? You're going to disown me because of the person I
like? You're going to sit there and say something is wrong when you're not
the one involved? I know what I want, Nii-chan. I know what is right, just
because some ignorant members of society think it's wrong. Is it?"
"Natural? If it wasn't then why would I even be feeling this way."
Yamato sighed. He had thought over what he had said earlier. And he didn't
expect Takeru to come storming back. "I...I'm sorry. I guess, I was just a
little shocked. But, if this is your choice...I'm fine with it."
Takeru smiled a bit. "Thank you, Nii-chan." He nodded a bit before heading
towards the door.
"One other thing. Ichijouji, if you hurt my brother in any way...I'll hunt
you down and hurt you."
Ken stared at Yamato. Now, he was worried. "H-hai...."
Takeru pulled Ken out the door smiling. "Don't worry about Nii-chan he gets
Takeru slipped an arm around Ken's waist. "Trust me, his bark is worse than
his bite. Besides, he wouldn't do anything stupid like that."
"If you say so."
"Ken-san. I have a basketball game tomorrow..."
"I'll try to make it."
Ken nodded a bit as they started down the street. "It's the least I could
Takeru smiled as they reached the point where they would have to separate.