Pairing: Matsumoto Jun/ Sakurai Sho; Aiba Masaki/ Ninomiya Kazunari
Rating: up to NC-17, but PG-13 most of the time
Summary: When Jun gets a mysterious message written on the mirror, he and his roommate Aiba start searching for a guy who seems to be in danger. And their first way leads them to a mysterious magical shop …
Note: Dedicated to lilly0 <3 I hope you’ll like it. I have a lot of fun writing this one, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading it.
Jun looked up at the blinking letters above the store. Ninomiya’s magic shop of horrors was written on there. They were far outside Tokyo and Jun had the feeling that they were somewhere in the middle of nowhere. There were only a few houses around them, and except the one old man sitting in front of his supermarket, there was no one else on the street.
“Seems dark in there, maybe it’s closed?” Masaki said. He stepped closer to the shop and almost pressed his face against the shop’s door window to look inside. He shrieked when the door suddenly opened and a man glanced at them.
He wore a dark blue yukata and his light brown eyes showed mistrust. “Who are you?”
“We wanted to visit your shop,” Jun said. He didn’t want to speak about the message they had gotten by now, because maybe they were really just imagine it.
The guy pulled one eyebrow up and looked from Masaki to Jun and back. “My shop?” He finally asked. He had strong and deep voice and Jun had the feeling that this guy didn’t smile much. He looked unfriendly and angry, but in his eyes there was something restless and worried.
“We found your homepage and … we search for some magic … card tricks?” Masaki said. This guy would definitely not believe them, Jun was sure about it.
Jun already prepared for getting send away, but the guy sighed and opened the door a little further to let them in. “I have no idea who you are, but come in. People around don’t need to see you,” he said. He looked around outside before he closed the door to his shop behind them.
It was dark inside and only some candles around the room lightened up the room. There was an old wooden counter on the other side and big shelves with filled bottles covered almost the whole room. This was definitely not a shop for some children-magic-card-trick games. A bad feeling crossed Jun’s body. Where did they got into here? He looked at Masaki, who smiled nervously. Jun was sure that his friend had the same thoughts.
“Sit down.” The guy pointed at a small sofa. Jun and Masaki walked up there and did like they were told. The guy turned and disappeared behind a curtain.
“What the hell is this here?” Masaki whispered.
“I have no idea, but all this stuff around here, that’s … I don’t know …” Jun looked around. “Kind of scary?”
Masaki agreed. “I hope he doesn’t have something bad in mind. I don’t want to die here.”
Jun knew that Masaki was joking, but somehow it felt like there was a little honest fear in Masaki’s words. He gulped. Maybe it wasn’t a good idea to come here. He already thought about leaving this place when the curtain moved to the side and the guy entered the room with a plate and three cups with tea and some weird looking cookies on it. Jun mused that these were self-made since their shape had been rather unformed. He just didn't know if he should eat them.
"So, what are you doing here?" He asked again.
"As I said," Masaki started. "We found your homepage and we are interested in magic stuff."
The guy's lips turned into a short smile before he got earnest again. "See," he said. "No one finds my homepage, except you are from the other side. And looking at you -" he pointed at them, "- I am sure you are both human beings."
This was definitely getting stranger. Where the hell did they get into. Jun looked at his friend, who seemed to be rather stubborn, while Jun already wanted to run away from here. "Sakurai Sho sends us." Masaki shrugged.
Jun could see the guy's body stiffening and his eyes got small. "What?"
"Who the hell are you?" He leaned forward, scanning them.
Jun placed his hand on Masaki's shoulder when he wanted to say something. "I was in my bathroom this morning."
The guy tilted his head, still glaring at him. "I am not really interested in your daily bathroom routine, Matsumoto-san."
Jun blinked. Did this guy call him by his name? He couldn’t remember that he had given him his name already. “You know who I am?”
The guy rolled his eyes and pointed at the bag on the ground. Now Jun blushed. He had forgotten that there was his name written on the small charm on his bag. At least this guy was a good observer. “Oh, sorry,” Jun just said.
“So, tell me what do you want from me?” The guy was still cold and rather unfriendly, and Jun slowly started feeling really uneasy. “Take a cookie,” he added and handed them the plate.
Wasn’t this weird? But Jun didn’t complain and neither did Masaki. They both did like they were told and took a bite from the sweet. The guy just stared at them like he waited for something to happen. Oh god – Jun let the cookie fall on the plate. “You poisoned us?”
Masaki turned to look at him in utter shock and twisted the food between his fingers. The guy on the other side just laughed at them. “Believe me, Matsumoto-san, I don’t need poisoned cookies to get rid of you.” Was this a threat? Jun scanned the guy’s body. He was rather small, and he didn’t look that strong, but his eyes told Jun that he really didn’t want to annoy him.
The guy’s lips turned into a mischievous grin. “But you are right, these cookies weren’t just normal cookies.” He looked from Masaki to Jun. “Let’s say, if you’d have had bad intentions, you wouldn’t sit here anymore.”
“You want to kill us?” Masaki shrieked.
The guy just waved his hand. “No, no. I just …” He looked at the ceiling for a moment before he turned back to them. “Days are dangerous, and I need to be prepared for whoever wants to visit me.” He leaned closer. “Where do you get the name Sakurai Sho from?”
“He told us to come here?” Masaki didn’t sound too convincing at all, and the guy’s piercing look let a pinkish colour appear on Masaki’s cheeks. If Jun wouldn’t have been a little bit afraid here, he would have laughed about his friend.
“He told you?” The guy wanted to know. “That’s really interesting, you know.” He stood up and walked to his counter. He pulled on a small book and walked back to the chair with it. He sat down and opened it. He let his finger wander over a certain page. “The last time I saw Sho-san was five months ago, and since then I am searching for him.” He looked up at Jun. “Aperi occulos tuos,” Jun heard the guy saying and before he felt a cold shiver running down his spine and his head started spinning, he heard Masaki yelling out, and suddenly everything around him got black.
“You still don’t want to talk about it?” Sho looked at the guy walking up and down in front of him. His wrists felt numb, and he was sure that he wouldn’t make it long anymore. Five months had he been in this cellar, and they had tried everything to get the information they wanted, but Sho would never give important things to his enemy. He would rather die before he’d betray his folk and with that also his friends.
He looked at the guy without saying something. “You know what your silence mean?” He man asked again, and Sho just nodded. He needed to stay strong, maybe his help was already on the way, or at least on the way to Nino, who’d hopefully believe in their words.
Jun was on the field he had so often played when he had been a child. He was running there, and right behind him were his friends. “Stop, Jun-pon, you are too fast,” he heard Masaki breathing deeply behind him.
“Hey, Jun, slow down,” Satoshi called out. He had been with them most of the time, since he had been Masaki’s brother. He was older than Jun and Masaki, but he often played with them. Jun laughed out and sped up his run, till he could only hear a single yell behind him. He turned to see Satoshi kneeling next to Masaki. He started running back to them, finding Masaki on the ground, his eyes closed and his breath far too fast.
“Call for help.” Satoshi pulled on Jun’s arm.
Jun started running to the street, which led to their homes. He ran as fast as possible and soon everything around him got blur and he stood in the bathroom observing himself and Masaki while they discussed the strange writing on the mirror. He saw himself writing on the mirror before everything around him got dark again.
“Jun?” He felt a hand on his forehand. He blinked when he opened his eyes and the sunlight shone into his face. He lay on a bench in a rather dark room, but some sunlight from outside danced up and down his face. He looked at Masaki who seemed to be rather worried.
“You.” Jun looked at Masaki, who stood up and pointed at the strange guy. Slowly Jun remembered where he was. This strange guy with his much stranger shop. “What have you done to him?” Masaki wanted to know.
“As I told you,” the guy said and stepped closer to Jun a cup of tea in his hands. “I jumped into his memory to see what connects you to Sho-kun.” He sat next to Jun on the couch. “Here, drink that.” He handed him the cup. “He called for help. I can’t believe that he called you for help. A human being.”
Jun took a sip of the liquid and coughed. That tasted horrible. “What’s this?”
“Some herbs, nothing bad. But the taste is quite unique, I know. But drink it, you’ll feel better afterwards.” The guy smiled. His dark aura was somehow gone, and even though he didn’t seem to trust them till now, he looked much friendlier since he had been … yeah, where had he been? In Jun’s memory? Or was it Jun who was in his own memory? He didn’t know it.
“What have you done with me owner-san?” Jun wanted to know.
“First of all, I am Ninomiya.” He looked from Masaki to Jun. “But everyone calls me Nino.” He sighed. “You see, I search for my friend for months. He disappeared and I have no idea where he is or what has happened to him.”
“Nino,” Jun said. He didn’t understand a single word about what happened around them. He took a shower yesterday and now he was in a mysterious-magic-horror-story? Was he dreaming? Jun pinched his arm. No, he was definitely not dreaming. “What are you?”
Nino laughed. “Oh dear, that’s complicated.” He looked at Jun. “I am not sure if you believe me.”
Masaki snorted and sat down. “We came here because of strange letters on a mirror. So don’t tell us something about ‘believe’.”
“Okay, then let me explain a few things.” Nino nodded.
A/N: Hello everyone, so here is chapter 2. :D What do you think about it? So they are with Nino now? What are they doing now? And where's Sho? I hope you like it :D