Titel: keep our promise
Fandom: Kamen Rider Ex-Aid
Pairing: Houjou Emu / Kujou Kiriya
Rushed footsteps echoed through the halls of Seito University Hospital, each step felt heavier than the next.
He had to hurry up.
Unsettling news had reached the young doctor’s ears. He dropped everything on the spot and left his colleagues behind who were just about to get ready for the afternoon checkup. Troubles were unmistakably waiting for him once he returned to the station, but that was something to worry about for another time. In that instance, one sentence repeated itself over and over in Emu’s mind.
Kujou Kiriya had been admitted.
(In hindsight, Emu wondered, if that was how Kiriya had felt after Emu had suffered injury from the Parado look-a-like. The thought alone felt like he had taken a punch in his guts.)
Emu entered the patient’s room in haste, neither cared to knock nor to announce himself in any way. A nurse was still with Kiriya, doing some final checks on the IV-infusion.
A breathing mask was covering part Kiriya’s face and whatever remained free was covered in beads of perspiration. There was no mistake he was running a high fever. Nevertheless, Emu was convinced that had he been conscious, Kiriya would have most certainly greeted him with a smile on his face, casually asking S’up? and laughing the incident off without a single care in the world.
The words “his life is not in immediate danger” were barely registered in Emu’s mind. Only later would he find out more details about what actually happened; an anonymous caller had phoned the ambulance and Kiriya had been found unconscious near an abandoned warehouse in a rather questionable industrial area. Whatever he had been doing at this place no one knew, but it was a fact that he had lost an alarming amount of blood. Any time later and—
Emu was not going to finish the thought.
The nurse had excused herself at some point, partly to give Emu some space and partly because other patients were waiting. All strength had left Emu and he collapsed into the chair, relief written all over his face.
It was alright.
Kiriya was still here.
Kiriya was still alive.
“Liar… even after I told you not to do anything reckless.” Emu muttered. The unspoken promise, however, had not been broken and Emu thanked whatever god he could think of for this miracle. Even after all this time, his boyfriend likes to keep secrets here and there, but he trusted Kiriya enough to not get himself into too much trouble, much less getting himself killed again. Maybe that lesson didn’t quite stick to him just yet.
“You’re in a lot of trouble later, you know that, Mister?”
Emu could have sworn he saw a playful grin on Kiriya’s lips for a second.