Pairing: Akame. RyoxJin as brothers (not as a pairing). Various other characters.
Rating: PG-13 (for this chapter)
Genre: AU, crime, romance, family
Disclaimer: I don't own them or anything else JE-related. But the story is mine of course^^
Summary: Tokyo, 1981: A young bride disappears, leaving no trace but an old necklace out of jade. No one has seen her, no one knows who she is. The woman that never existed.
Tokyo, 2011: Jin, a talented photographer, is known for his sixth sense when it’s about photos and other person’s emotions. When he gets the offer to work with Tokyo’s Criminal Investigation Department, he moves to Tokyo, together with his 16-year-old brother.
There he starts to work together with the skilled, but eccentric young detective Kamenashi Kazuya.They are part of the department for Cold Cases, where forgotten and never solved cases are investigated again. Despite their first rather bad impression of each other, they soon learn that their skills complement each other almost perfectly.
The case they are working on seems mysterious, but harmless: Jade, the woman that had been erased from everyone's memory. But soon Jin and Kame realize that with this case they are awakening a sleeping lion, bringing themselves and everyone they love and care for into danger. They suddenly fall into a network of intrigues, murders and threats. On top of that they are both hiding something from each other and from everyone else... something no one is supposed to know...
“What?” Yuu stood up immediately when Jin came downstairs, the envelop in his hands.
Kame frowned, then his eyes widened in shock. “One of the threatening letters?” he asked in worry.
Jin merely shook his head. “No, but something similar mean.” He felt how his throat was burning strangely, his own hearbeat echoing in his ears. It was a strange feeling… and a not too comfortable one. “Why are they doing such a thing?”
“What kind of thing?” Kame asked carefully.
Jin didn’t answer to that, he merely put the envelope on the table, waiting until Yuu and Kame were opening it to read its content.
“What…” Kame rasped out. “I can’t believe that!”
Yuu stayed quiet for a moment, then he looked up at Jin. “Ryo is adopted?” he asked silently. “Is that true or is it a mean joke?”
Jin looked down at his fingers sadly. “It’s true. He was a baby when he was adopted.”
“Jin…” Yuu called out. “You never told me!”
“I never told anyone.” Jin said honestly. “I wasn’t allowed to.”
Kame sighed, looking at Yuu. “You were friends back then, weren’t you? Didn’t you realize?”
Yuu shook his head. “No, when we met, Jin and his family had just moved here and Ryo was already with them.” He stayed silent. “Your parents wanted to hide the adoption, am I right?”
Jin sighed, feeling miserable when he thought about how Ryo got to know this secret. “Yes, they just wanted him to grow up normal, without being teased. He should feel as a part of the family.”
“Why didn’t you tell him later?”
“How?” Jin asked helplessly. “When our…my… parents died Ryo was already 10. How was I supposed to tell him then?”
“Well…” Kame shifted around a bit. “I understand you.” he finally told Jin, smiling warmly. “It’s not that easy.”
“I agree.” Yuu tried to reassure Jin. “I’m not judging you here. I just…can’t believe it.”
“I know.” Jin sighed, rubbing over his head.
“I still think your parents should have told him.” Kame mumbled. “I mean, he has the right to know, hasn’t he? I…” he paused. “I am adopted too, you know?”
“EH!?” Jin blurt out.
“Yes.” Kame admitted silently. “They told me when I was a bit older… But I’m glad that I know.”
Jin stayed quiet. “I agree. He has the right to know. He always had the right to know. But…”
“But?” Yuu wanted to know.
“It’s not that simple.” Jin finally explained warily. “You won’t understand this, but I reassure you, it wasn’t that simple.”
The other two men frowned, exchanging some glances. But no matter how hard they tried to they couldn’t read through Jin here.
“Huh.” Kame blinked. “It’s dark here.”
Jin smiled tiredly. “It’s a darkroom.”
“Ah.” Kame pretended to be surprised. “Hence it’s dark.”
Jin stayed quiet for a moment, then he had to smile. “You really don’t know how to comfort someone, right?”
“Sorry.” Kame stuttered, glad that Jin couldn’t see his blush.
Jin smiled warmly, his hand moving over Kame’s cheek. “You blushed, am I right? Your face is kinda hot.”
“Oh…you…” Kame grumbled, grinning a bit when Jin pulled him into a hug.
“You know…” Jin mumbled into Kame’s hair. “I don’t want to have this talk with my brother. I seriously don’t want to. I wished I could avoid it.”
“You can’t.” Kame answered firmly. “I’m sorry, but you can’t… He needs to know.”
“You are right…” Jin mumbled.
“What are you hiding, Jin?” Kame asked bluntly, after Jin had stayed quiet for a moment.
“What are YOU hiding, Kazuya?” Jin asked back.
Kame grew pale at that, realizing that Jin was seeing much more than he thought he had. “I can’t tell you yet…” he stuttered.
“I know.” Jin told him insistently. “But didn’t you learn today? Everything about us can be used…against us. Like today. I never thought someone would do something so mean. Ryo is a kid. This person didn’t go against me, he or she went against a kid.”
“I know.” Kame admitted tiredly. “But… I can’t. Not yet.” He couldn’t tell Jin. No way. How should he? If Jin got to know, he would be furious for sure. He would hate him. Everything was Kame’s fault after all.
Kame coughed a bit to distract Jin. “Are you making any progress with the photos?”
Jin grinned. “Impatient brat.” he teased. “Yes, it’s progressing. But it will still need a few hours till I finished them.”
“Great.” Kame nodded his head, grabbing Jin’s hand. “Time enough to talk to your brother. So stop hiding here.”
“I didn’t know you are so pushy.” Jin grumbled.
Kame grinned, grabbing Jin’s face and pulling him into a heated kiss. “You will wonder…” he whispered against Jin’s lips. “How pushy I can be.”
“Uhuu, I think you still need to convince me.” Jin chuckled slightly, wrapping his arms around Kame’s hips and forcing him to sit down at the little desk in the room. Kame wrapped his legs around Jin, rubbing them against his back teasingly, while his tongue was moving over Jin’s neck. Then he suddenly let go of Jin, grinning devilish. “Later.” he told Jin teasingly. “I’ll give you that later. After you stopped avoiding this talk on Ryo.”
Jin sighed. “You really are pushy.” he complained, then he smiled warily. “But you are right. I can’t concentrate on sex right now.”
“Told you.” Kame smiled.
“Just how am I going to get into Ryo’s room?” Jin asked helplessly, a frown of worry on his forehead again.
Kame rolled his eyes a bit, then he chuckled. “Don’t you have a ladder in your garden?”
“Eh?” Jin blinked, wondering what Kame meant with that, then he suddenly smirked. “Really… what a surprising guy you are.”
Ryo had the shock of his life when Jin knocked at his window. He jumped up from the floor where he had been sitting since hours, opening the window. “Are you crazy” he yelled. “That’s dangerous. That’s the second floor here.”
Jin smiled, crawling into Ryo’s room, not without slipping and dropping to the floor of course. He rubbed over his knee while he got up. “Good that Kazuya-kun is doing all the sportive and athletic parts of our job. I would fail badly. But however…” he smiled proudly. “Now I can finally talk to you.”
Ryo grew pale out of a sudden. When he had seen Jin in front of his window, he had been too shocked to think about what was going on. But now he realized that he had just let his brother, or whatever he was, into his room… He sighed. “You won’t leave me alone, am I right?” Ryo asked grumpily.
Jin smiled warily, shaking his head before he dropped down on the sofa. “I won’t.”
Ryo sighed deeply, sitting down on his bed. He stayed quiet for a moment, then he pulled his knees up, resting his head against them. “You knew it, am I right?” he finally asked, in a tune that normally Jin would have scolded him for, but now he couldn’t help but think that Ryo had every right to be angry.
Jin looked down at his fingers, wondering how he should get himself out of this. In the end he decided to be as honest as possible. “Yes…”
“Ryo…that doesn’t matter.” Jin tried to sooth the younger one.
“It does!” Ryo blurt out, his eyes sparkling in fury. “My whole life has been a lie!”
“It’s not important if you are adopted or not.” Jin told him carefully. “Important is that we are family, no matter what. Who cares about blood?”
“But everyone I love has lied to me.” Ryo answered silently.
Jin flinched a bit at that, licking over his lips nervously. “No one told you, because everyone loves you…”
“That’s a lame excuse and a really vague one.” Ryo hissed. “And you know that! Give me something better!”
“Do you love me?” Jin asked warmly.
Ryo sighed at that. “Of course, you are my brother... or something like that.”
“Shouldn’t this bond be more important than our blood-line?” Jin asked carefully.
Ryo stayed quiet for a moment, then he sighed tiredly. “Of course that’s more important.” he admitted silently. “But this doesn’t change the fact that I was lied to till now…”
“I wasn’t allowed to tell you.” Jin admitted carefully. “I couldn’t. And later, when I could have told you, I never thought of it anymore. After all this time… I couldn’t come out with the truth anymore. For me it was never important that we weren’t related. I just wanted to have you at my side.”
Ryo sighed, feeling a bit taken aback by that simple explanation. “They forbid you tell me? Mom and Dad did something like that?”
“It never mattered to our parents that you were adopted. You were their son. In the end they just wanted to protect you from being hurt. That’s the reason I wasn’t allowed to say anything.” Jin explained, a strange expression on his face, something Ryo couldn’t really read. He frowned, checking Jin carefully. Apparently this here was going deeper than he thought it was. Jin smiled a bit now, the troubled expression away immediately. “Besides that you were the better son than I was… Mom and Dad adored you so much. I was just the troublesome kid.”
“Jin…” Ryo mumbled silently. “That’s not true, you know that.”
“It is true.” Jin told the younger one. “They loved you so much. And I’m so glad about that. But truth is, until you came I was so lonely. You were my everything, from the first moment you were with us. Other boys in my class wished for a gameboy or a bicycle, but I was the happiest amongst them, because I finally got a brother.”
For a moment Jin looked almost fragile, making Ryo blink in surprise. He stood up to sit down next to his brother, hugging him. “I cherished you too. Always. You are my big brother after all.”
Jin smiled happily at that. “Really? Though we are not related?”
“Yes.” Ryo looked down at his fingers, before he frowned. “I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT I AM THE ONE COMFORTING YOU NOW!” he huffed. “Stupid brother!”
Jin had to chuckle a bit. “It’s just like us, right? To do things that way…”
“Maybe.” Ryo rubbed over his head tiredly. “I hate to be lied to. I won't forget or forgive that so easily…”
“I know. I hate it too.” Jin smiled, brushing through his hair nervously.
“I need some time to get used to that and accept it completely. You need to give me that time, okay?”
Ryo nodded, before he tilted his head a bit. “Do you know anything about my real parents?”
“No.” Jin put his arms around his brother’s shoulders. “I’m sorry.”
“You are hiding something, am I right?” Ryo asked bluntly.
Jin smiled sadly, taking Ryo’s hand and looked at him insistently. “Yes, but I can’t tell you yet. Believe me that I can’t.”
Jin rubbed over his hairs a bit. “It still might be dangerous for you to know. But I promise you that when I figured things out, I will tell you everything”
Ryo blinked at this cryptic explanation, before he leaned back a bit. He was too surprised to argue with Jin about this here now. What was going on here?
“Everything alright?” Kame asked sympathetically when Jin came downstairs.
“No, but we are working on it.” Jin answered, smiling a bit. He rested his hands on Kame’s shoulders, placing a kiss on the top of the other’s head.
“Is Ryo coming down too?” Yuu interrupted them. “We didn’t have dinner yet.”
“He said he isn’t hungry.” Jin explained him.
Yuu crossed his arms in front of his body, glaring. “Oh, he said that, really!? None of you two cherishes the work I am doing here.” he complained. “I’m having a hard time cooking for you and preparing something you like.” He walked towards the staircase. “Come downstairs young man and eat your dinner!” Yuu frowned out of a sudden, blushing a bit when he saw how Kame and Jin were grinning. “And I don’t want to hear one single stupid remark from one of you two about how I just sounded like a housewife!” he grumbled, blushing deeply.
Kame and Jin stayed silent for a moment, before they burst into laughter. When Kame saw Yuu’s embarrassment, he felt sorry out of a sudden, deciding to offer his help.
Jin watched how his two friends disappeared into the kitchen and suddenly he felt alone. The gloomy feeling that was only diffused when Ryo was around him, or Kame, or Yuu was there again.
Jin sighed nervously, his hands angling for something in his pocket… for a well-known envelope. Not the one Ryo got, another one… addressed to Jin. He hadn’t told Kame or Yuu about it. But its content made his head hurt like crazy.
Stop your investigation, Akanishi Jin. I know your secret! Wasn’t your brother hurt enough?
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