The morning sun leaked in from the curtains, bathing the resting body lying within the bed. Hyde's American tour was finally over, and however short it was, had still tired the singer out. Pushing himself slowly from the bed, he groaned at his clock, noting the early hour. He intended to stay in bed for several more hours, but Hyde had to see his band mates from L'arc en Ciel, all curious to know how his solo tour to the US had gone.
He also couldn't forget to pick up his son from Megumi's, not wanting to leave the child in her hands too long. They're devoice had been finalized before he had left for touring, giving Megumi one of the many homes they shared, as well as partial custody of their son, although she only seemed to use it when visiting her parents, so that she could appear the loving mother they all pictured her to be. Hyde only hoped her family knew better.
Pulling himself out of bed, Hyde made his way to the kitchen, his bare chest enjoying the cool air while his legs were covered in red fennel pajama bottoms. He began to mark off the list of things to do for the day within his head when the sounds and site of two large poppers went off in his face, making the small man jump back at least 3 feet. As he slowly regained his normal breathing, he moved his eyes towards the source of the scare, finding a grinning Tetsu and Yukihiro, still holding up the poppers, while Ken stood a few feet away, hiding his amusement behind a cigarette.
"What the hell-"
"Welcome back, Doiha-chan!" Tetsu grinned more widely than he already was, moving forward to embrace the other tightly, while Yukihiro threw away their now useless poppers.
"Tetsu, why are you guys here?" Hyde ended their hug after a gentle squeeze, looking at the bassist, "We were meeting later."
"Yes, we were." Yukihiro piped in, coming to stand close to the other two, slipping an arm around Tetsu's waist, clearly showing that they were lovers. "But if we had met later today, not all of us would have been able to come, Haido."
"But you're all standing-"
"Sakura is coming too, Hyde" Ken spoke for the first time, exhaling his cigarette smoke as he did, "He said he had some free time today, and since you two hadn't seen each other in a while, he wanted to come."
"Oh." Hyde did his best to hide the slight wince that went throughout his body, Ken being the only one who noticed. It wasn't that Hyde harbored any ill feelings for his ex-drummer and ex-lover, it was just he didn't really feel like associating his first day back with the man. After Sakura had left L'arc en Ciel for the drug charges on him in 97, Hyde did his best to keep their relationship together, but was unable to get through to the drummer. He carried his feelings for the other until his marriage to Megumi in 2000, surprising everyone in the band, as well as Sakura.
He could only imagine their reactions when he would finally get around to telling them he was devoiced from Megumi, but choosing to do it another time. Without Sakura watching his every move.
Hyde was taken from his thoughts as the happy bassist pushed him towards his room once more, grinning the whole time. "Go change, Haido, we don't want to leave Sakura waiting, do we?"
He took his friends advice, no matter how much he disliked to and went to change, immerging from his bed room in a pair of black pants and a simple black tank, his silver jewelry glittering as he walked from his room, grabbing a black military styled jacket from his hallway closet, coming towards the door to find only Ken left in his home. He greeted the other with a small nod as he went to kneel down to slip on his boots.
"Sorry, Hyde, I know you don't want to see Sakura right now, but you know Tetsu. He doesn't want there to be any unfriendliness between him and the rest of us. He was with L'arc for a long time."
"I know, Ken." Hyde stood back up as he finished lacing his boots, giving the other a slight smile, "I can handle it. Just don't say anything about the divorce, alright? I know the minute I tell Tetsu, he'll have a fit and I don't want to start thinking about Sakura's."
“You can trust me, Haido.” Ken told him softly before breaking out in a sheepish grin, “Besides, Saku gets all his info from getting me dead drunk, and I don’t I see that happening this early.” Hyde gave a soft chuckle and agreed with the other before they both started heading towards the front door. As they got outside, they were greeted with the site of Tetsu and Yukihiro wrapped in a loving embrace, lips sealed in a searing kiss as the drummer held the bassist up against the car. Hyde’s face broke out in a deep flush while Ken merely shook his head, already too use to seeing them like this.
“Tetsu, Yukkie, enough.” Ken hit them both playfully over on the head, getting almost identical groans from the two, “I don’t think Haido wants to see you guys make-out.”
Hyde silently thanked his friend, piling into the back with him while the couple got into the front, Tetsu taking the driver’s seat and starting the car up. Hyde breathed a sigh of relief as the car started towards the restaurant, before his body twitch at the first question his band mate decided to throw to him.
“So Haido, do you need to phone your wife to let her know you’re back?”
They arrived at the restaurant an hour or so later, Sakura standing patiently outside, smiling as he recognized Tetsu’s car. He greeted Ken first, embracing his friend for a few moments before drawing back, smiling at the other’s, but as his gaze fall onto Hyde, the smile changed. It was more loving, almost seductive, making the shorter man flush once more, not use to the affection of the other.
“You look well, Haido-chan.” Sakura kept that smile in place, even as they walked inside to take a seat. Hyde was placed next to Sakura while Ken was on his other side, Tetsu and Yukihiro sitting close to one another.
“Thank you Sakura.” He spoke quietly, looking over his menu with his head bowed down low. They ordered both their drinks and food a moment later, Tetsu and Yukihiro taking the time to give one another loving looks, hands laced underneath the table. Ken watched them with slight amusement while he kept an eye on Sakura, noticing how his friend sat more closely to Hyde as he spoke.
“How have you been, Haido-chan?” Sakura kept on with the suffix, his smile still held very well in place.
“I’m fine, thank you.” Hyde kept his eye on a invisible object before him, not wanting to look at the other, “And yourself?”
“I have been fine…but I’m shocked to hear of your devoice from Megumi.” Hyde felt his blood go instantly cold, whipping his head up to look at the other, his hair falling over his widened eyes.
“What did you just-”
“Is that true, Haido?” Tetsu blinked at his friend, honestly surprised, while Yukihiro wore a similar look on his face.
“I’m sorry…had you not told them yet?” Sakura looked him over before placing the smile back on, “But I’m sure there is another person now, right, Haido?”
“Uh…” He didn’t want to say anything, not wanting to give the other an opportunity to try and open their relationship again. He was about to force out whatever he could come up with when his phone suddenly rang in his pocket, drawing the other’s attention away from Sakura. Hyde took the phone before answering it, not caring who it was on the other line, but just thankful for having someone get his attention towards something else.
“Hello, this is Hyde.”
There came a sultry voice from other end, making Hyde flush soft pink in the face. “Ah, Haido! I meant to call you earlier, but I was in a meeting. Have you return to Japan already?”
“G-Gacchan! Yeah, I just got back last night…” He made a mental note to thank Gackt later, turning away from Sakura, not checking the look of disgust the other gave his phone, “And you didn’t need to call…”
“Well, how else was I to know how your tour went?” The other chuckled, the laughter making Hyde feel warm all over, “When are you free again? I wanted to invite you over so I could hear about more. Phones are far too cold.”
“I can come around later…I have to pick up Tohru from Megumi’s…” Hyde spook quietly, trying to ignore the kissing motions Tetsu was making his way, opting to throw a fork at his head to get him to stop, “You don’t mind if I bring him do you?”
“Tohru? Haido, I adore your son. Besides, I want to see how much he’s grown as of late. We’ve both been so busy, I haven’t seen the boy in nearly 6 months.” Hyde could hear the excitement in the other’s voice, knowing full well how much Gackt loved his child, often taking Tohru over with him when Megumi went out with her friends. His friends voice came back again after a moment, sounding more neutral this time, “So when can I except you? I made curry…”
Hyde felt his belly instantly grumble at the thought of Gackt’s curry, almost always having it when he went over to the other’s home. He smiled, nodding his head even if the other couldn’t see. “That sounds wonderful…I could be over in a few hours…I’m having breakfast with everyone right now…”
“That’s quite alright. I’ll see you in a few hours and tell everyone I said hello.” Hyde assumed that was going to be his goodbye before he heard Gackt speak more softly, almost in a sympatric tone, “I’m sorry…to hear about you and Megumi, Haido. I hope it hasn’t been too hard for you and Tohru…”
Hyde felt his face flush softly, always feeling warm when Gackt was kind to him. “Its alright, Gacchan, really…it was going to happen…I just hope I’ll be able to be a good father to Tohru.” He could care less what he media thought of him, their devoice rumored for years before it actually happened. What he wanted most was his son’s happiness.
“You’re a wonderful father, Haido, and your son loves you very much. You needn’t worry about that.” Gackt spoke softly to him once more, his words making Hyde feel warm all over again, “So, I will see you and Tohru in a few hours. I’ll see if I can’t get him something special before you two arrive.”
“You spoil my child, Gacchan.” Hyde chuckled before he spoke his goodbyes to the other, putting his phone away after one look at it. When he rose his head, he found both Tetsu and Ken grinning at him, making his cheeks go a deeper shade of red. “W-What?”
“You have a date with Gaaackt~” Tetsu teased him, giggling a moment later.
“It’s not a-”
“He’s completely in love with you.” Ken stated flat out, making Hyde flush even more deeply, “You know that, right?” He grinned along with the other members of L’arc, Sakura the only one who seemed enraged by the phone call.
“He is not!” Hyde spat back at them, red in the face and sulking like his 2 year old son. He didn’t want to admit it, but the thought of Gackt actually liking him both excited and frightened the smaller man. Gackt was beautiful, always kind to both him and his son, and no matter what was going on with him, would stop all his plans just to help the follow vocalist.
But the thought of Gackt being in love with him…? It was too much to handle.
“So what if this Gackt is falling for Haido-chan?” Sakura piped in just as their food arrived, already digging into his, “Its not like Haido likes him back, do you?” Sakura shot him an almost threatening look, making Hyde shift in his chair.
“No, of course not…” He buried his face as close as he could to his plate, eating quickly, so he might get out of Sakura’s company as soon as possible. He didn’t like how things were going, especially after his call from Gackt. It made him worry, worry whether or not Sakura truly wanted him back now, with his seperation from Megumi settled. At one time, he would of taken Sakura back in a heart beat, but now…? And what if Gackt truly…?
Taking another bite of his food, he kept his mind on his son and the night he was about to have with Gackt, letting Sakura fall to the very back of his mind, only praying the other would stay there.