A week has passsed by. Mew has been given clearance to go home. It was a painful week for Aex, seeing Mew and Tong happy together and pretending to be just a friend. Regardless of the hurt he had to go through and the tears he shed, he knew that it was only the beginning. Mew still doesn't remember what role Aex plays in his life. Mew still doesn't remember the love they had for each other, but Aex had to stand firm. He vowed that he would get Mew back no matter what. And so, Tong and Aex brought Mew home. Aex had to make sure that all of their stuff were hidden from Mew, as to keep his promise to Tong as well.
Mew: Wow. I feel like I haven't been here in ages!
Aex: Yeah you haven't been in for a week. There's dust everywhere.
Mew: I can see that. I'll just take care of it some other time I still feel a little bit tired.
Tong: You should rest Mew. Remember what the doctor said. You should take it easy.
Mew: Yes, I will.
Aex: I guess we'll leave you to rest for now.
Tong: Yeah we should. See you tomorrow Mew.
As Aex and Tong were leaving. Mew grabbed Tong's hand and said.
Mew: Please stay, Tong. Please stay here a little longer.
Aex was stopped with what he heard. He turned around and saw Mew's eyes. He saw pleading eyes, he saw eyes that don't see anything else but Tong. He clenched his fists in an attempt to ignore the aching pain in his heart. He knows that Mew really does love Tong, but to see it with his own two eyes. To see how much Mew does love Tong. It brings excrutiating pain to his heart. His throat was beginning to ache and he knew any moment from now tears would run down his face. He had to stop, he had to leave. And without further delay, he said goodbye and slowly walked away. "I shouldn't be sad. I'm glad to see Mew that happy again. That's the reason why I'm doing this." he thought to himself as he disappeared into the darkness of the night.
Back at Mew's house. Mew saw worry in Tong's face and he quickly asked.
Mew: Is anything wrong? Don't you want to stay here with me?
Was what he said while arranging his face to look like a cute puppy begging for more treats. Tong chuckled, smiled and said.
Tong: Heh, no there's nothing wrong and of course I want to stay here with you. You know I always want to be by your side.
Mew: What's with the face then?
Tong took Mew's hand and placed it on his cheek.
Tong: What's wrong with this face? -he smirked-
Mew felt that his face was going red and immediately looked down.
Mew: Nope! N-nothing's wrong.
Tong held Mew's face with his hand and lifted it up so they were looking at each other eye to eye.
Tong: See this face? It's all yours.
Mew fell silent as his face turned red. He could feel his chest pound going "boom boom boom boom". Just looking at Tong's eyes froze him. Tong held him closer and he got flustered. Tong placed gently lay his finger on Mew's lips asking him to not say anything.
Tong: Ssssh. Don't say anything. Just close your eyes.
Mew: Ummm.. Ok?
Mew could feel the pounding getting stronger like never before. He could feel tiny sweat droplets going down the side of his face. He felt a hand brush his hair to the side. The hand glided through his cheek going to his chin which tilted it a little bit upward. He felt another sensation at the back of his neck. It was Tong's hand too. And just like any other love story. He could feel Tong getting closer, he could feel Tong's breathing.
He felt Tong take his hand and he felt a strong beating sensation coming from where his hand was placed. It was Tong's heart, beating ever so strongly. Like a kid beating hard on a bass drum. Then without warning. Tong placed his lips on his.
Time stopped. It was the best sensation ever. He couldn't explain how good it felt. All he could see were fireworks, he felt butterflies. He just let the moment stay. He savored it, but then the lips moved away. He crunched up his face and stared at Tong like a kid who got his toy nabbed away.
Tong: Why are you staring at me like that?
Mew: Do you really want me to answer that?
Tong: Was it bad? -he frowned-
Mew: What?! No! Could it have been bad if I do this?
He grabbed Tong's face and gave him a quick smack on the lips.
Tong: H-hey! Once a day only! -he laughed and stuck out his tongue-
Before he could even finish talking. Tong immediately kissed his lips again. Tong leaned back and stared at Mew for a second. He laughed and said.
Tong: I was only kidding of course! And based from that expression of yours I bet you liked it.
Mew: Hmmmmm. No not really.
Tong kissed Mew again, and again and again and again until Mew gently placed his hand on Tong's face to cover it.
Mew: Ok! Ok! I really liked it! Happy now?
Tong: Very, but seriously. These lips are yours to kiss whenever you want.
Mew: You promise?
Tong: I promise!
Tong held Mew and hugged him so tight. Then Tong positioned his lips by Mew's ear and gently whispered.
Tong: I love you, Mew.
Mew: I love you too, Tong.
Tong caressed Mew's face and looked into his eyes.
Tong: I know you do. I'm sorry for everything Mew.
Mew: Huh? Sorry for what? You didn't do anything.
Tong: Oh yeah. Sorry don't mind me. I got caught up in the moment. I couldn't think straight with that adorable face of yours.
Mew: How can you say something like that with a straight face on? -he giggled-
Tong hugged Mew again and took a step back afterwards.
Tong: Actually Mew. As much as I wanted to I can't stay here long. Mom asked me to come home early, she said she needs help with some stuff in the house.
Mew looked down, a little depressed, then smiled and said.
Mew: It's okay. There's always tomorrow! Right?
Tong: Yes! I will be here tomorrow! And I don't have to leave right away. I can still stay for a couple of hours.
With that, the two lay on Mew's bed. Talking about anything they could think of, but it was mostly about Tong's family. Tong told Mew about his dad.
Tong: Well, Dad is getting better I guess. He's been drinking less lately, sometimes he doesn't drink at all.
Mew: That's good to hear. How about Aunt sunee?
Tong: Hmmm. She's still her I guess. She's been smiling more because of Dad's improvement. We've been eating together again. Dad doesn't talk about Tang that often anymore too. And you know what the best part is?
Mew: Hmmmm. You get a bigger allowance now? -he laughs-
Tong: No. Mom accepts me for who I am now. She accepts us Mew.
Mew scooches over to Tong and lays on his chest as Tong puts his arm around Mew.
Mew: That makes me very happy. I hope we can stay like this forever.
Tong: We can and we will.
Tong kissed Mew's forehead and slowly sat up the bed.
Tong: Uhm Mew, I hate to say this but I need to go.
Mew: Already? -he sighs- Oh well.
Tong: But. Before I leave, can you play me that song you made for me?
Mew: I didn't MAKE that for you. It was for the band.
Tong: Yeah sure Mr. Without-you-there-wouldn't-be-such-a-song. -he smiled-
Mew waved his hand around making a "i didn't hear you" gesture. He sat on his chair and lay his fingers on the keyboard. He started the first few notes a little off but continued to a beautiful melody that brought back a horde of emotions. Happiness, love, anger, hate, confusion, isolation, alienation, self doubt, loneliness. All those feelings of the past flowing straight to the sea of his soul. He stopped for a moment but continued as if he didn't stop at all. "That was all in the past. I'm happy Tong is here now. I'm very happy." he though to himself as tears started to well up but didn't fall as he tried his best to stop them from falling. He felt Tong's hand on his shoulders, they've been there the whole time but he's been too busy feeling emotions of the past to remember. After the last note was played, he stood up and hugged Tong. Tong hugged back without hesitation.
Tong: Thank you, Mew.
Mew: Anything for you.
Tong: -he smiled and held Mew's hand- I need to go now.
They went downstairs holding hands. Hugged and kissed each other. Let go of each other's hands and said their goodbyes. As he was watching Tong leave, he couldn’t help but smile at how his life was on it’s way to becoming semi-perfect, he was glad Tong decided to come back for him and fight for their love, he was happy that this time, Tong was his and he belonged to him.
As soon as Tong was out of sight, Mew went back to his room and laid on his side of the bed. He moved his hands across the side where Tong was lying just moments ago, trying to feel his warmth, trying to feel his love, trying to recall memories of the past. He couldn’t believe how all this was happening right before his very eyes. Mew sat up as he looked around his room, he suddenly felt the loneliness of being alone that night, the sadness of not having someone by your side, the emptiness he felt without Tong. As he was looking around, his eyes caught sight of the picture hanging by his desk, it was the picture of him and Tong taken when they were kids. He smiled as he got up and took the photo, staring at it like a little kid seeing a new shiny toy for the first time. He put the picture down, stared at it one last time before he let his hands move through the keys of his keyboard. The moment he touched the first note, they were on their own, his hands knew where they were going, as if they had always known for a long time.
It was a cold rainy morning in Bangkok and as Mew reached for his blanket, he heard weird sounds coming from the kitchen. Puzzled, he stood up with eyes half closed and carefully headed for the kitchen to check what was happening. To his surprise he saw Aex cooking at what seemed to be a breakfast for two.
Mew: Aex, is that you?
Aex: Oh hey dar--- Uhhm, Mew. Good morning! Were you able to sleep well?
Mew: Uhh what are you doing at my house this early? - he laughs-
Aex: I used to do... I mean, I thought maybe you needed some help since I know you haven’t fully recovered? - he grins- Are you hungry? I’m almost done cooking.
Mew: Yea, I’m starving. Thanks Aex. By the way, how did you get in? -he scratches his head-
Aex: The spare key, remember? -he laughs-
Mew: Oh, -he laughs- yea, I almost forgot.
Suddenly there was noise by the door, Mew stood up to check who or what it could be and to his surprise it was Tong.
“You’re up so early Mew?” Tong said as he stepped out of the rain and went in.
Mew: Tong, you’re all wet, let me get you some of my clothes to wear.
Tong: Hey Mew, aren’t you gonna kiss me first? I really missed you, you know. -he smiles-
With a smile on his face, Mew approached Tong and gave him a tight hug as Tong’s lips found a way to reach his. Mew was just ready to back away when he felt Tong’s hands behind his head giving him another kiss he has never felt before, a kiss full of passion, a kiss full of love. Mew hugged Tong tighter as he buried his face into his shoulder. Mew smiled once more.
“What was that for?”, Mew asks pretending to be upset with him.
Tong: Hey, what’s wrong? I did it because I love you... and I miss you... and I guess I got carried away.. -he laughs- didn’t you like it?
Mew:What kind of question is that? -he laughs- I’m upset not because I didn’t like it, but because I’m all wet!
Tong: Oh, oops. -laughs- I’m sorry! Hey, by the way, I brought you your favorite breakfast!
Aex coughs loudly from the kitchen to catch their attention. Tong and Mew both look towards his direction.
Tong: Uh, hey Aex, I didn’t know you were here already. And, wow, you cooked breakfast. Uhhm, guess I’ll just put this he..
Mew: Uh, sorry Aex, I totally forgot you were there.
“Of course, you actually forgot about me already.” Aex said to himself.
Mew: Just put the food on the table Tong, I’ll eat those! -he smiles- You said something Aex?
Aex: Well, yea, I was just leaving since I’m done cooking. Guess I’ll see you later guys.
Mew grabs Aex hands to stop him from leaving.
Mew: Hey Aex, don’t go. Why not have breakfast with us first?
Aex: I’m still stuffed Mew, besides I have stuff to do at home.
Mew sighed, disappointed with Aex for refusing his offer.
Mew: Uhm Aex, before you go, could I ask you a favor? Could you bring Aod and the band here this afternoon? I’ve got a surprise, and by the way, thanks for the breakfast.
Without a word, without looking back, Aex nodded and left. He watched Aex walk away from him and for some reason, he felt a different kind of sadness building up within him, the same kind of sadness he felt the night he and Tong went on their separate ways. Tears were about to roll down his face, but he stopped them, instead, he faked a smile, faced Tong and went upstairs with him.
“Are you sure you can continue on with this Aex? I told you this wouldn’t be easy.” Nine tells Aex while on the way to Mew’s place.
Aex: Nine, I’d do anything, no matter how much it hurts, no matter how much it would kill me to see him happy without me in his life.
Nine: But until when Aex, until when? And what if his memory never comes back?! What if it stays this way forever? Are you still willing to take the risk?
Aex: Damn it Nine! Don’t think that way! Mew will get his memory back! Mew will remember me, he will!
This kept Aex silent for a moment, tears were rolling down his face but he couldn’t care less, he couldn’t keep his emotions anymore, he couldn’t hide how he felt about the situation. He buried his face unto his hands as he cried, easing all the sadness held within the depths of his heart.
Nine: I’m sorry Aex. I shouldn’t have asked that question.. Uhm, here, let me drive.
On the way to Mew’s there was silence in the car. None of them spoke a word, nobody dared to start a new conversation. All this time tears had been constantly rolling down Aex’s face.
Nine: Are you sure you can do this Aex?
Aex nodded, wiped his tears, put on a fake smile and went down the car.
to be continued..