Chapter 13. Done
Mew still feels unrest with Aex's retreat, and the need to be lead the way for Tong. It is two things happening at the same time, both are shiftings Mew's mind. Many things swirling inside Mew's head, helping Tong, how to face Aex in the future activity, the sadness of having left Aex, all are equally pressing his vurnerable heart. Good for Mew, Ying has been always the best friend who can be the mirror and someone to give warmth to his lonely house, since he insisting stay at his late grandma's house instead living with his parents.Â
The next band meeting is scheduled this late afternoon, and through the day, he keeps his mind agitated with the thought of seeing Aex for the first times since the conversation.Â
The next day, at the studio, Aex is behaving normally, although a hint of Aex's sadness is still visible. He doesn't show any over reaction, although they surely need time to heal the wound. Aex talks to Mew quite normal, and Mew tries to be open to him too.Â
The producer has gather almost one album full, saying still needs some one or two track to complete the album, and Mew is asked to bring at least one song material to make the album contains enough tracks. The existing songs has been recorded, mixing process is on the way, soon after completion, the album will get mastering, sent for distribution.
Meanwhile, Mew is now free to go back for Tong, since Aex has encourage him to do so, his way becomes easier.
The next day, Mew make his way to the rehab center without Sunee, thinks he would like to have some privat moment and be free to talk to Tong.
Mew's sweet voice tries to wake Tong. Tong awakes, smile uplon his lips to greets him back.Â
"Mew, how are you?"
Tong's voice still sounds feeble, due to his weakened body. Mew still can barely belief to see Tong in his current condition, thin, pale, like someone Mew needs to watch over.Â
"Mew, all this time I've been dreaming you have let me down, left me alone"
"Tong, I'm sorry to have caused you this misery"
"Mew, I got panicked as you told me you belong to someobe else"
"Don't get sad, Tong, I'm now yous completly"
Mew say these words with a kind of relieving, able to mean every words he says.
"Are you still Aex's?"
Mew shake his head
"We, Aex and me, had a talk, he... Let me go to take care of you"
"He still loves you doesn't he?"
"...He sacrifies his for your sake..."
That sentence touch Tong's heart.Â
"He did that...for me? I need to thank him some day"
"It's okay, Tong"
"Mew, I' sorry to have done this,I can't afford to lose you, I took the drugs... There can see you, at least I'm not alone"
Mew have to surpress his emotion, to hear Tong's journey through the hell just for him.Â
"Tong, it is different now, I'm real here, I'm with you now"
"Mew, I'm not sure how my mom would say to our love..."
"Aunt Sunee has talk to me about us. She now seems to understand about us, she already gives us her yes"
Tong can't be more happier, for the first time he now get the full road for Mew, knowing that nothing gonna stop them now.
"I promise, I'll get cured, I wanna be the one for you"
So many words are unspoken, but beyond all what they have said, they now can reclaim each other.Â
With Mew by his side, Tong does his best to do the rehab. Slowly Tong restore his self esteem, which was damaged upon taking the drugs, making him becone the victim of his own live. Now, he is determined to be what he was once, Mew's protector. Councelling by councelling goes, restoring his self image, although the part of becoming his true image is forever marred by this dark chapter, which pose a risk of going back to the world with a feel of defectness like a broken vessel. To this, the concellour counter Tong's thought to see that this process as a way to get mature, with a long detour of the course of his life, and get back to the track with new naturity, more robust and more immune against similar type of temptation in future's crisis.
Time heals the wounds slice by slice, the slow detox process is on the way to get successful, Korn meanwhile regain his self esteem and restart his business and taking care of his family, let Sunee get her time for herself.
Several month after the things starts to get better, Tong is allowed to go home. Back at home, Tong tries to gain back his life and continue his study, and catch up his delayed semester. Tong has warned himself to be cautious with whom he now get together with. He is more selective with his friend, try as much as possible to get home, while Sunee isn't anymore too over protective with him, knowing Mew would be with him, guard him. At this time, Tong starts to spend more time at Mew's home, once in a while Mew is invited to spend overnight at Tong's home.
One thing more to do for Tong. He is determined to have a talk with Aex. He has heard Aex's sincere, unconditional love, his willingness to ket Mew go back to him is something Tong wants to appreciate.
After several doubt moments,he dial Aex's number and they set up for the meeting that day evening.
"Aex, I want to thank you for your sacrifice, I... Don't know how to say thank you properly, but this is what I need to do..."
Aex smile, and reply
"Since the first time I felt in love for Mew, I have always known that he always love you, Tong. I know he will someday go back to you, Tong"
Tong makes a slight surprised reaction
"I didn't know that, I just know it was not right to have let Mew alone too long"
"Tong, you're lucky to be loved by Mew above every thing. It is not commom this day such a love would prevail..., don't waste it, Tong"
"Thanks Aex, I have paid his love with my suffering, I will not let him go of my hands again. By the way, are we ... friends?"
Aex smile and give Tong his hand. They shake hands as sign of friendship.