Hmm... SouRin... 1 and/or 5?
This is not the tale you wanted to hear. and What does it feel like, living a dream?
"We’ve all heard your story. The little boy with the determination to chase his father’s dream all the way to the Olympics and come home with the gold. So, tell us, now that you’re here what does it feel like to be living that dream?" The question is expected, hell the team’s press agents and whatnot had prepped him and the others with a hundred different variations of the question and drilled a list of potential answers into them. It’s expected but it still catches him off guard. Maybe because of the dream he had the night before. Maybe because the high of his win is finally wearing off. Maybe because he wasn’t actually expecting to come this far and actually succeed. There’s a million more maybes in his head and he lets out a weary laugh.
"Well," he starts and he already knows he’s going to be off script here but he can’t stop himself. "It’s definitely not what I expected. It’s exciting but it’s also a little lonely here."
"But aren’t you with the rest of the team?" A reporter asks and Rin smiles. The team had gotten off to a rocky start, much to the glee of the presses who always seemed eager for a scandal of some kind, but they had smoothed things out quick enough.
"I am and they are great to be around. But they’re not my sister or my mom, thankfully I don’t know if I could stand being around them twenty-four seven again after all these years." This gets a gentle laugh from the room and he continues. "They’re my teammates and my friends, sure, but it’s still kind of hard to be here without those people who pushed me the hardest. My friends back in high school. My rivals. My teammates. I’m here today because I had them and it’s a strange feeling that they aren’t here too." After a moment the attention turns to one of his teammates and Rin is happy to let the spotlight go.
Later that night he collapses onto his hotel room bed and stares at the ceiling. As much as he has enjoyed all of this, all of the training and competing and traveling, he is more than ready to go home. He misses home, misses his friends, misses Sousuke. His phone vibrates on the desk and he picks it up with a smile when he sees the name.
"Hey yourself." Sousuke’s voice is a comfort, even if he is so far away right now. "So you’re lonely?" Sousuke chuckles and Rin can’t stop the blush on his cheeks.
"I saw the press conference."
"You look good."
"I was bored out of my mind. I hate those things."
"Yeah." Silence fills the line between them and Rin wishes, not for the first time, that Sousuke had been able to be here with him. But he had his own path to take and Rin understood that.
"You wanna hear a story about my day?"
"Sure." Rin’s barely listening as Sousuke recounts his day. There’s talk of some noisy neighbor, a crying baby, really horrible food he ate. Rin doesn’t catch a lot of the details because he is so focused on the sound of Sousuke’s voice. The way he says Rin’s name and the way he laughs quietly at something he says as he remembers what happened. The way Rin can tell when Sousuke looks up as he’s trying to describe something specific and the when he pauses for Rin’s reactions.
"And then I watch your press conference and see you looking so out of sorts and lonely and I just couldn’t stand it anymore. So here I am."
"Where’s here?" Rin asks as a knock sounds at the door to his room and he sighs. It’s probably one of the team’s managers wanting to talk to him about another press conference or something. "Just a sec." He says to Sousuke and slides off his bed with a groan.
“Here is here.” Sousuke answers with a smile when Rin opens the door. He blinks a couple times as if he thinks Sousuke will disappear. ”Miss me?” Sousuke grins and steps into the room, pulling Rin into a hug. ”I’ll admit my story kind of sucks but at least it has a happy ending, right?” Rin laughs and kisses Sousuke likes he’s wanted to for months since they last saw each other. Like he’s wanted to every night he falls asleep alone.
Like he’s in love and will never let Sousuke go. And Sousuke kisses him back the same way.