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[Yama fic] Rental Lover (Chapter 10)

Title: Rental Lover
Pairing: Yama (Ohno x Sho)
Rating: PG
Genre: AU, fluff, romance, drama
Summary: Sho's family background is revealed and someone from his family made an unexpected visit to him. Ohno's father is looking for other ways to find out more about Sho.

Chapter 10

Sho didn't come back the whole night. Ohno woke up in the middle of the night and saw the bed was still empty. He wondered where Sho had gone. May be he's just staying with friends. Ohno convinced himself he need not be worried. Who was Sho to him anyway?

After classes were over, Nino went to the usual meeting place of him and Ohno, only to find his rich friend already waiting for him.

“Hey dude.” Nino greeted his friend, who's doing something with his smart phone. “Gosh, Tanaka-sensei's class is so hard. I have trouble finishing the first assignment already.”

Getting no respond from Ohno, he snapped his friend's smart phone away from its owner, and succeeded in getting the man's attention.

“What are you doing? Give it back to me.” Ohno reached out his hands to get back his property.

“You asked me to meet you here, remember? And now you're ignoring me.” Nino handed back the phone to his friend.

“I’m checking if Sho left me any messages. By the way, did he stay at your place last night?” Ohno took a last look at his phone before putting it away.

“Sho? Isn’t he living at your villa now? Why would be at my place? Did something happened?” Nino asked with concern. He was the one who introduced Sho to Ohno and got him into this arrangement. He felt somewhat responsible if anything went wrong.

"Never mind. It’s nothing serious. But I do want to ask you about Sho. Have you known him for a long time?" Ohno raised the question to his buddy. "How much do you know about his family? He doesn't seem to like to talk about his family much."

“"Why the sudden interest? What do you care anyway? It's not like he is your real lover.” Nino was skeptical in telling Ohno about Sho, not knowing what his reason for asking was.

“Of course not.” Ohno denied it immediately. He wouldn't admit he has growing interests in his rental lover and wanted to know more about the guy, so he just made up some random excuse. “He's living under my roof and at least I need to know something about his background.”

“I can assure you that he is not a bad guy, or else I wouldn’t introduce him to you, would I? You don’t have to worry that he’d take advantage of you.” Nino reassured Ohno.

“I’m not worried about that. It’s just that he doesn’t talk about his family much and I’m curious why. I promise he won’t find out that you tell me anything.” Ohno tried to persuade his friend.

Nino let out a sigh before he began to speak. "I don't blame him. He didn't have much of a family to talk about." A glimpse of sadness arouse on his face.

"Are his parents dead?" Ohno thought Sho must be an orphan if he didn't have a family.

"Not physically, but to him, they're no difference than being dead." Nino continued. "Our families lived next to each other when we were little. Since neither of us have sibling, we played with each other a lot when we were kids. When he was about seven, his father started to gamble. Not long after that I heard their parents quarrel a lot, shouted at each other every night. He became very quiet and didn't play much with anymore me since then. After about three years, his mother left.”

“Left?” Ohno raised his eyebrows.

“Yes, left, walked away, disappeared. I still remembered that day. I was playing on the front porch when I saw his mother stormed out from their home with a suitcase. Sho was standing at the door watching his mother walked away. She didn't even look back at him or said goodbye. He stood there for a long time, not calling her back, not crying.”

“Why did his mother leave? Was that because of his father's gambling?” Ohno felt a little tightness on his chest. He never knew anyone in his life who had actually gone through such hardships. It became too close for comfort.

“I didn't know what's going on until my mama told me later. Apparently Sho's father became addicted to gambling. At first he was winning, and he bought a lot of new clothes and toys for Sho. Then he started to lose and took all the money from home to gamble leaving nothing to pay rent or food, and still came home demanding for more. He even borrowed money from friends and relatives, leaving them with lots of debts. His mother must have had it and left, leaving Sho behind.”

“Then what happened to him afterward? Did his father, like, took it out on him?” Ohno was getting anxious. He could only imagine what he's hearing to happen in movies or dramas, nothing occurred to him that it could happen in real life.

Nino shook his head. “More like neglecting him. He was hardly home, didn't care about Sho at all. Fortunately Sho's grandmother took him in. For a few years he was OK, not much of a family, but at least there's someone to take care of him.”

Nino took a sip at the soda he's drinking. Telling Ohno about Sho's story brought back his childhood memories as well, and seemed to have changed his perspective about his own life somehow. He had always envied Ohno for his luxurious and carefree life and forgot how fortunate his own life had been.

“He lived with his grandmother after his mother left, so I didn't get to see him much. But my mama kept in touch with his grandmother until she passed away. Sho was only fourteen.”

“Oh no.” Ohno blurted out.

Nino ignored Ohno's reaction and continued. “Since then Sho was truly on his own. I lost contact with him until I met him again at university orientation three years ago. He didn't talk much about how he got through high school years, but I could guess it wasn't any cakewalk. And he still managed to get himself admitted to our university with full scholarships, he's just incredible.”

Ohno found himself speechless after hearing about Sho's story. Now he understood why Sho avoided talking about his family. Who would want to talk about his broken family to bring back such grieves?!

“He still has his pride, you know, he never took pity from others despite having a broken family. He wouldn’t have agreed to your offer if he had not lost his scholarships this year. He was devastated.” Nino added.

“Why did he lose his scholarships?” Ohno was curious.

Nino shook his head. “He never told me. He pretty much kept everything to himself.” He put both hands on the back of his head and looked up to the sky. “Sometimes I wish we were little kids again. Being grown up sucks.”

Ohno was still trying to digest what Nino had told him. He now knew more about the younger man and a lot of things made more sense to him. Why Sho liked to be around his mother so much, why he was so upset when Ohno didn’t show up for dinner after his mother made his favorite dish, and most of all, why those murmurs during his high fever.

“Sho spent the whole night out. He was a bit upset when he left. Do you know where he might be?” Ohno was a little worried.

Nino looked at Ohno in surprise. “Since when does our Ohno-san starting to care about someone’s well being? Don’t tell me you are really interested in Sho – ”

“Nonsense!” Ohno became defensive. “I – just need to know how to answer in case my parents ask.” He could feel the strong feeling that’s growing inside of him and he was scared by it. But all he could do is to deny it.

“When we were little, he used to go to this empty boathouse by the man-made lake whenever he wanted to be alone. I found him there many times when his family started to have problems. But I don’t know if he still goes there or not.” Nino told his friend.

“Thank you, Nino. Let’s just keep this conversation today between us.”

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Back at the Ohno villa, Ohno’s father was making a phone call to his assistant.

“Find me everything you can about Sakurai Sho and his family. Yes, I mean everything.”

Sho’s kept avoiding the subject of his family and not able to meet with Sho’s parents had further aroused suspicions by Ohno’s father. Other than still not convinced that his son could suddenly turned gay, he questioned the true intention of his son’s new lover to be with his son and get close to his family. He would do everything he could to prevent his son from getting hurt or his family fortune from getting into the wrong hands.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Sho did, in fact, go to the boathouse to spend the night. He couldn’t stand to be in the same room with Ohno, the guy who had ignored the love and caring that his mother had been giving him, and didn’t treasure the warmth of a complete family, something that Sho himself was longing for most of his life.

He found this abandoned boathouse not long after his parents started to have quarrels over his father’s gambling habbit, which later turned into an addiction. The yelling between his parents, the anger and sadness, are too much for a seven or eight year old boy to handle. He wanted to be alone, so he could still pretend that he had a happy family, so he could remember the good times they had before.

Gradually this place became his safe zone. It was the only place that he could find peace in himself all these years.

Even since he met Ohno’s mother, the kindness of the woman had totally moved him. The more time he spent with her, the more he could feel how much she loved her son, and him. Despite telling himself over and over again that he’s just a transient and would be out of their lives soon, he found himself growing more and more attached to the woman. The disappointed look on her face during dinner when her son didn’t show up affected him. And the non-remorseful attitude of Ohno later on added to the agitation that he had to get away from the man to prevent himself from throwing a punch at him.

Spending the night in the safe zone did the trick. Sho had successfully overcome his urge to punch Ohno, but the improving impression he had for the unappreciative guy had taken a turn to the south. He tried to convince himself that the Ohno’s family affair was none of his business and he’s in no position to make judgements. Hoping to hold this thought in mind and just concentrated on getting through the time he’s spending with the family, he headed back to the Ohno villa to get ready for school.

Just as he stopped the car in front of the front gate waiting for it to open up, a middle-aged shabbily dressed man approached him.

“Long time no see, son.” The man greeted Sho in a deep freaky voice.

“Papa, what are you doing here?” Sho was beyond shock to see his father standing next to the car.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

A couple days had passed since the little argument Ohno and Sho had. Sho had obviously kept a further distance between them compared to after they spent time together volunteering in the community center. He didn’t speak to Ohno much other than in front of Ohno’s parents, when he still had to keep up with showing the intimacy between them.

Ohno had noticed that Sho was buried in deep thoughts more. He seemed out of it even when he’s studying, which was rather unusual given the fact that he saw his school work as his number one priority. Even when he’s around Ohno’s mother, he was still withdrawn, which made Ohno suspected that there’s more to it than simply being mad at him for the other night.

“Satoshi, we are holding a party here at the villa this coming Saturday night. Prepare yourself.” Ohno’s father said at dinner. He was just adressing it to his son and not to Sho.

“Understood.” Ohno didn’t seem to be very enthusiastic about the party.

"Sho, why don't you join the party as well. We can introduce you to some of our close friends." Ohno's mother extended her invitation to Sho. Her husband glanced at her in disapproval, but she ignored him.

"It's probably inappropriate for me to attend. I better not -- " Sho would rather stay low. The more he was exposed with the family, the harder it would be to recede later.

“Don't be silly Sho, you're part of our family now. Don’t worry, Satoshi will tell you what to expect.” Ohno’s mother explained to Sho.

Sho found it hard to say 'no' to Ohno's mother. "Thank you, Mrs. Ohno.” He reluctantly accepted the invitation but tried not to show his uneasiness.

Back in the bedroom, Sho was eager to ask Ohno about the upcoming party.

“So what do we do at the party? I don’t know anyone besides your family. May be – I can skip it?”

“No such luck. I don’t want to attend either. It’s the most boring type of party there is. But papa required the whole family to attend.” Ohno expressed his averseness. “Just stand there, have a drink, and smile.”

“Who will be there?” Sho asked.

“Mostly their business associates, so it’s rather formal. But you can wear the suit I bought you when you met my parents. It should be good enough.” Ohno told Sho while scanning through channels on his big screen television, not noticing the change in Sho’s facial expressions.

Sho became uptight after Ohno’s last remarks. He paused for a moment before saying, “I – I accidentally spilt spaghetti source on it. I took it to dry clean but it wouldn’t come off.”

“When? I never saw you wear it any other time.” Ohno was surprised. Sho seldom wore anything that was not bought by himself. Even the clothes that Ohno’s mother bought for Sho, he would only wear them if he was with the Ohno’s.

“I did! You just weren’t around then.” Sho insisted, raising his voice to emphasize his point.

“OK, OK, I’m not doubting you.” Ohno went to his wallet and took out a credit card. “Here, take it and buy yourself another one.”

Sho hesitated. Seeing that Sho made no action, Ohno took Sho’s hand and put the card into his palm. “Take it. Just don’t overcharge it.”

Sho held the card in his hand and still didn’t say anything. Ohno looked back at him and saw Sho still standing there, all tensed up.

“Relax, I was just kidding.”

To Be Continued....

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( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 5th, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
omg, i have a feeling that Sho did that for the dad. Oh no!
and Ohno's dad is getting to into it! And I think that if he sees the father, then he'll probably snap and find out about the whole truth!
omg no! not when Ohno's and Sho's feelings are starting to bloom!
thanks for the update!
can't wait for the next!! :D
Jan. 5th, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
Update! ♥ I'm looking forward on why there's a sudden appearance of Sho's father and also with the party too! And on Ohno's father. :) Maybe the answer is in the party? XD

Looking forward to next chapter.
Jan. 5th, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
Yatta, new update!

Sho has such sad history, it's no wonder that it felt like he's a human version of Eeyore. So happy to see that Ohno is beginning to be more concerned abt his rental lover, despite him trying hard to deny it.

and guh, FATHERS. They're going to be such nuisance, I feel xD. At least I can understand Ohno's, he was merely worried about his son, but as for Sho's... he sounds fishy.

I'm glad that we finally knew abt Sho's background, since it was a mystery before. Still, sad history is sad.

Edited at 2012-01-06 02:37 am (UTC)
Jan. 5th, 2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
Poor Sho-chan. What a sad history, I hope everything works out soon.
Jan. 6th, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
I'm a little worried since Sho's dad showed up... but at least we know more about his past, which I was waiting for. ^__^ I hope that they can work something out between them, since they could both learn a lot from each other.

Thanks for the update!
Jan. 6th, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
sigh, so im typing the comment again
i kinda sad that sho was keeping his distance again with ohno,
but ohno also start to pay attention to sho.
im curious about the progress of their relationship.
and fathers, what can i say about them.
i dont like sho's dad
i hope he wont take advantage of sho
the plot twist is amazing <3
Jan. 6th, 2012 02:29 am (UTC)
I hope knowing sho's background would make ohno's father see more plus side of sho , that ,s he is a very hard working person , and could make some good influence on satoshi life
Jan. 6th, 2012 03:27 am (UTC)
ahh this is very exciting! i hope ohno's dad wont tear them apart! T.t
Jan. 6th, 2012 07:51 am (UTC)
there will be trouble for sho because of his dad...
Jan. 6th, 2012 10:45 am (UTC)
Ohno. Looks like the father is here to "squeeze" his son dry??
Aiyoh. I dun care lah!!!
Jan. 7th, 2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
So now Ohno knows about Sho's past, but he still doesn't know why Sho lost his scholarships and that Sho's father has come out of nowhere.

I wonder what will happen if/when Ohno's father finds out about Sho's past and I wonder why Sho's father has suddenly shown up.

Looking forward to what's going to happen next. Thanks for sharing :D
Jan. 10th, 2012 01:01 pm (UTC)
wow an update!!! thank you>
Jan. 13th, 2012 03:39 am (UTC)
I was glad to see an update!

I'm glad that Ohno is starting to develop feelings for Sho. But, I'm nervous about Sho's dad's true intentions!!!
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