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“Hello~ It’s me~ I was wondering if after all these days you’d like to meet~”

The boy with iridescent green hair peeked out his open window to see a boy with black hair standing outside his house. He was tempted to go out on the veranda and yell at the boy to go away, but he held himself back. He couldn’t be the first to give in.

“To go over~ Everything~ They say that times supposed to heal ya, but I ain’t done much healing~”

The taller boy sighed, closing his curtains all the way. He heard the slight waver in the boy outside’s voice, but the shorter boy continued singing.

“Hello~ Can you hear me? I was in Hakone dreaming about who we used to be~ When we were younger~ And free~ I’d forgotten how it felt before the world fell at our feet.”

Makishima walked away from the window, picking his book up off the table. He settled back down on the sofa, opening his book to the page he’d been reading.

“There’s such a difference~ between us and at least fifty miles~”

The peak spider sputtered at the last part. What the hell, this song is getting way too personal. Well, the original song itself isn’t too far off from how our relationship is right now...

“Hello from the other side~ I must have called a thousand times~ To tell you I’m sorry for everything I’ve done, but when I call you never seem to be home~”

The tall climber snickered. After their sudden break up, Toudou had ignored him for only three days before his call attack started. He called him at least fifty times a day, had left voice messages for each call, and even more text messages. Makishima still hadn’t gone through any of them and now started to feel a little guilty.

“Hello from the outside~ At least you can say that I’ve tried. To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart~ But it don’t matter, it clearly, doesn’t tear you apart anymore~”

Makishima knew the lyrics by heart, but he huffed at the last part. That isn’t true! It still does tear me apart...

There were a few seconds of silence, and the green-haired boy was tempted to sneak another peek to see if his boy- no, his ex-boyfriend was still outside.

“Hello~ How are you? It’s so typical for me to talk about myself, I'm sorry. I hope~ that you're well~ Did you ever make it out of that town where nothing ever happened?”

He sat back down, sinking into the sofa. He tried to read his book but realized he was reading the same word over and over. Shit.

“And it's no secret~ that the both of us~ Are running out of time~”

Makishima thought of how the last tournament, their last high school tournament was only in a week. They really were running out of time.

“So hello from the other side~ I must have called a thousand times~”

The tall boy put the book back on the table and laid down on the couch with his arm covering his eyes. He'd never realized why he loved this song so much, but now he knew why.

“To tell you I'm sorry for everything that I've done~ But when I call you never seem to be home~”

This song fit their current relationship perfectly. A little too perfectly. He could feel tears pricking at his eyes and willed them away. How the hell could a song he’d listened to over a hundred times make him cry now?!

“Hello from the outside~ At least I can say that I've tried~”

He heard the shorter climber’s beautiful voice wavering slightly. No, don’t tell me he’s going to-

“To tell you I'm sorry for breaking your heart~ But it don't matter. It clearly doesn't tear you apart anymore~”

Makishima could hear his former partner’s voice breaking into a sob. He let a few tears escape, letting the silence linger for a few seconds. When he realized Toudou wasn’t going to sing anymore, he quickly ran out to stand on the veranda. “You’re late, sho,” he scolded, wiping at his eyes.

“Maki-chan!” Toudou’s face noticeably brightened, before it scrunched up in pain. “I’m sorry-”

“You better stay until I get down there!” Makishima cut him off, running back into his house. Toudou had a surprised look on his face before he smiled. He patiently waited for his friend to come down, and when the green-haired man finally appeared in front of him, they stood a few feet away from each other, not knowing how to start.

“I’m sor-”

“You’ve said that enough,” the taller climber interjected, taking a step closer. “It’s not that I forgive you, but I hate it when you’re all mopey and crying.”

“I’m not crying!” the shorter climber argued, rubbing at his eyes furiously. His eyes were already swollen, confirming that he'd been crying before he came to Makishima’s house.

“Whatever. But I still don’t get why you broke up with me if you’re the one trying to get us back together,” Makishima commented. He felt a stray tear slide down his face and quickly wiped it away.

“I thought it would be bad if we were dating during the tournament. I was worried our emotions would get in the way-”

“What the hell?! You were worried about that, sho?” Makishima was livid, but he held the anger out of his voice. Their relationship even before dating had been similar to that of boyfriends, and Toudou was afraid that they wouldn’t be able to go all out?! Did Toudou think of him that lowly? Maybe it was better that they broke up.

“I wasn’t that worried about you. I was more worried about if I let my emotions take over, and I instinctively acted a certain way. I mean, my team is really important to me, but you’re...” he trailed off at the end. “If something happened to you, I would rather be by your side than continue biking,” he confessed quietly.

“Oh,” the green-haired biker whispered. He hadn’t thought of it like that. He thought Toudou was talking about their climber battle and whether or not their emotions would get in the way of their rivalry. He hadn’t thought about injuries or other worries that could come up.

“Yeah, yeah, I know I’m worrying too much, but-”

“I don’t disagree.”


“I’d probably bike back to you instead of finishing the race,” Makishima whispered, his face slowly turning scarlet.

“What do you-” A light bulb popped up in Toudou’s head and he finally understood. He leapt over the last few feet of space that separated them and embraced his fellow climber.

“But the thing is, I would do that no matter if I was dating you or not,” Makishima added.

“You love me that much, Maki-chan?” Toudou teased before leaning up to kiss his friend’s chin. “Can you lean down a little? I’m having a hard time reaching.”

Makishima smirked down at the shorter boy, going on his tip-toes to spite him.

“Hey, that’s not- mph.”

The boy with iridescent hair leaned down and gently placed his lips against Toudou’s waiting lips. It was a short kiss, but when they pulled back, they smiled at each other.

“I missed this so much!!!” Toudou exclaimed, maneuvering his arms so that they were wrapped around Makishima’s neck.

“Uh, don’t you have practice right now?” Makishima belatedly realized. Souhoku had had a day off today so that everyone could rest up for the week long training before the big tournament. He had no idea what Hakogaku’s training schedule was like for this week, but he was pretty sure they didn’t have a day off today.

“Way to ruin the mood, Maki-chan!” Toudou reprimanded, pouting slightly. “But yeah, I kinda skipped practice to come here...”

“Does your captain know?” Makishima tried to sound nonchalant, but he was shocked and a little happy that his boyfriend had chosen him over bicycling.

“He does. I told him I was going to do some personal training, so I biked all the way here,” the sleeping beauty answered.

Of course he would bike here. The peak spider smiled at the thought, then turned back to his boyfriend.

“Oh, I know! We should have a race and bet on something!”

“If I win, you have to be my boyfriend again,” Makishima muttered.

“Aren’t we already-” Toudou cut off at the taller one’s glare. “Oh! Then if I win, you have to be my boyfriend again, too! I expect a full confession!” He winked at the end.

“Whatever. I’m gonna win, sho!”

“I won’t let you!!!” Toudou looked up at his boyfriend’s shining eyes full of determination before putting his cheek to the other’s chest.

Yeah. I really missed this.