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Chapter 4

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Aqua

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Aqua felt cold, an odd thing to feel when you were in the middle of the city. He was still wet and shivering from the horrifying tsunami, plus he was sure that he was bleeding from his stomach. Although the blood flow had slowed down, the wound was still stinging painfully. It had been nearly ninety minutes since the couple had phoned Floaty but there was no sign of a rescue; Aqua believed from the deepest heart that he would come for them. Before he came, Aqua had a job, and that was to keep Aishou safe.

"H-how are you holding up?" Aqua asked the equally cold but still charming boy beside him.

"My eyes are not hurting as much now," Aishou answered, still sobbing a bit and weighted by anxiety.

"I'm going to try and open them now, can you check them?"

"Sure," Aqua replied, a little scared of what he might see.

"Ok." Aishou took a deep breath and slowly opened his eyes and it took all of Aqua's mental strength not to gasp;

The whites of his eyes had little cuts across the eyeballs and the pupils were fixed in a small dilation thus not adapting to a dark environment. There were no two ways about it that Aishou was blind but Aqua just hoped that everything would be fine.

"How do they look?" Aishou asked in an uncertain and pained voice, having his eyes opened was really uncomfortable at the moment.

"Beautiful." Aqua glossed over.

"When we get to the hospital, I promise they'll fix you up. I bet Floaty knows a great eye doctor."

"But what if I'm stuck l-like this?" Aishou asked, beginning to shiver.

"Don't talk like that, it'll be OK," Aqua assured, his teeth starting to chatter.

"But what if I'm blind forever, what's going to happen to me?" Aishou panicked, too cold to cry.

Aqua embraced the boy he adored to share some of his body heat and spoke softly, "If you're blind, we'll deal with it. Your parents, my family, our friends will be there for you and I'll be with you all the way; I'll be your eyes I promise you."

"A-Aqua…" Aishou sobbed. Despite freezing, he felt warm, like sunlight shining on his heart. He slowly raised his hands to find Aqua's face, caressing the blood stained cheeks and guided him in for a kiss. Time slowed down, feeling like an eternity for the couple even though their lips were ice cold.

The kiss ended and the pair stayed wrapped in each other's arms, both of them shuddering from the low temperature. Their bodies were succumbing to hypothermia; their clothes were still drenched, coupled with the wet environment. It's toll on their already wounded and tired bodies, and unbeknown to the couple, their bodies were beginning to shut down.

"I-it was a wonderful date though." Aishou forced a smile.

"Yeah,…it was like a dream," Aqua replied, his voice growing tired.

"Aqua, are you alright?" Aishou fretted, noticing how tired his boyfriend sounded.

"It's ok…I'm just a little sleepy," Aqua answered. His body was going numb, no longer feeling the pain in his stomach.

"No, Aqua stay awake! Don't go to sleep! Don't leave me!" Aishou cried, shaking Aqua to stir him. Just then, the sound of sticky jumper came to his attention; it was really close. "Floaty!" Aishou realized.

"Aqua wake up, the rescue team is here!"

There was no response. Aqua was breathing but not steadily; his body was trembling; he was going into shock. The sound of the sticky jumper landing on the roof blocked out Aishou's pleas "I beg you, please wake up!"


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