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A First Time for Everything

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It's Alright

Normally Nazuna wouldn’t be exhausted from climbing up the flight of stairs that led to the dorm that Mitsuru resided in, but this time he had been carrying a heavy sack of toys and clothing that were specifically for Mitsuru. 'I didn’t expect this to be so heavy. Maybe I should cut down on shopping for him.' Nazuna thought to himself, but cracked a small smile at this. He huffed as he finally reached the level where the dorm was at. Dropping the sack carefully upon the floor, he knocks on the door gently, waiting for a response on the other side.

The clicking sound of a lock could be heard as he saw the door open, only to be greeted by Ibara. This time, he wasn’t attached to his tablet as he normally would.

“Ah, Nito-shi. Come on in.” He greets the other, widely opening the door to welcome in Nazuna.

“Thank you.” Nazuna responds, carrying the sack again, grunting subtly as he slings the strap over his shoulder.

“Is this your luggage for your vacation?” Ibara inquires.

“It’s for Mitsuru, actually.” Nazuna answers, “it’s… a little heavy, but it contains various things for him. Where can I set this down?” He asks.

Ibara looked around, thinking of where Nazuna should put down the sack. While it would be logical to go and put it in Mitsuru’s room, the convenience would be to put it on the couch for the time being, so that he would have easier access to it. Perhaps then he could either put it in Mitsuru’s room, or his own room.

“You can set it down on the couch for now. I’ll relocate it afterwards.” Ibara spoke, gesturing over to the couch that sat in the communal living room.

Taking a heavy exhale, Nazuna puts down the sack, then lets out a small chuckle. “I was thinking to myself, perhaps I should lay off on buying things for Mitsuru. That’s pretty much what’s all in here, really.” He states, then smiling sheepishly as he approaches Ibara.

“I see…” Ibara remarks, looking over towards the bag, it did indeed look quite heavy. Hopefully that wouldn’t pose a problem for himself.

“Thank you again for accepting this, you don’t know how much it means to me, Ibara.” Nazuna said, then looking around the room. “I don’t suppose Mitsuru is still in his room?” He asks.

“Yes, actually… he hasn’t come out all day.” Ibara responds, “I haven’t seen much of him today, actually. However, I did offer him snacks and water, but I never got a response out of him.” He informed Nazuna, gesturing over towards the room where Mitsuru spent his time in.

In response to this, Nazuna sighs. “I figured. Please excuse me, I’ll go speak to him.”

“No worries, I’ll… be here.” Ibara said, sitting down on the couch, picking up his tablet from the coffee table.

Nazuna nods, walking over to the small hall of doors, looking around, he did find a stool with a small tray of snacks and a glass of iced water upon it. Seemingly untouched. This upset Nazuna, 'is Mitsuru really that upset? He thought to himself, leaning into the door and pressing his ear against it, he couldn’t hear much. 'Perhaps he could still be asleep… Nazuna took his phone out, looking at the time. It was already past afternoon, no way that Mitsuru was still sleeping.

This wasn’t like him! He would normally be so full of energy, excited to start the day and go out to make the best of his day! Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case for this specific day.

Taking a deep breath, Nazuna knocks on the door.

“I don’t want any snacks, Ibara-senpai.” A dull voice could be heard from behind the door.

Finagling with the knob, Nazuna comes to find out that Mitsuru had locked it.

“Mitsuru, it’s me.” Nazuna stands back from the door.

Hearing the door unlock quickly and the whooshing of an opening door, a somber-looking Mitsuru stood on the other side. “Niichan… you came!” Mitsuru’s face brightened up, if only a little, before he threw himself upon Nazuna.

“Of course I did. I had to visit my Little Honeybun before I left on vacation.” He holds Mitsuru close, leaning on his chest, listening to his heartbeat.

They shared a moment of peace and silence, before Mitsuru detached himself from Nazuna, taking his hand to lead him into his room. And of course, Nazuna followed along silently, letting Mitsuru take him wherever he pleased.

His room was littered with stuffed animals, all that Nazuna had bought for him over the past month. Some sat on the bed, but most of the others sat in a corner of his room, stacked up upon each other against the wall. In that same corner, laid out a puzzle piece mat, and scattered toys of various kinds upon the floor. Though most of them were soft toys, they were all just as well loved as any other toy Mitsuru owned.

He had his desk, which was decorated with stickers of all kinds, his laptop that sat at his desk, all his books, manga, coloring books, and stationery. He had a few figures of cute animals sitting atop his desk frame, and it was cluttered with sticky notes on it as well. Most of them stand as reminders for him, and some of them with study tips as well.

Mitsuru sat down on the bed, patting an empty space that was next to him, and Nazuna sat down right next to him.

“Do you want to talk about it, Little Bun?” Nazuna offered, taking his hand and rubbing it with his thumb ever so gently.

“I don’t want you to leave, Niichan.” Mitsuru responds, a tone of sadness could be heard in his voice, something that was very rare for Mitsuru to ever experience.

This struck something within Nazuna. He felt guilty. He felt saddened. He knew he couldn’t leave Mitsuru behind. But it was something he had to do for once. Not of his own accord, but at the same time, he is leaving Mitsuru with someone reliable. Someone that he could trust to take care of him.

Sighing, Nazuna took in a deep breath, then exhaled. Taking both of Mitsuru’s hands into his own.

“I know it’s very hard for both of us. Trust me, I don’t want to leave you. But things in life happen like this. You just have to know that I will be back for you.” He looked up at Mitsuru with hopeful eyes, “and besides, I’ve entrusted Ibara to take care of you while I’m gone. Remember how you’ve always told me that you’ve gotten a certain caregiver-like vibe from him?” Nazuna asks.

Mitsuru nods, keeping silent as Nazuna speaks.

“Well, now is your chance to see for yourself.” He said, “I’ll explain everything to him to make it as comfortable for the both of you.” Nazuna explained to Mitsuru, “I would assure only the best for my Little Bunny.” He spoke with a gentle tone of voice, giving Mitsuru a little boop! Upon his nose.

In response to this, Mitsuru wrinkles his nose, much like how a bunny would, and he smiles. “I trust you, Niichan.” He spoke, “I’m just a little nervous, that’s all! I mean, yeah. I do technically live and share this space with Ibara-senpai, and we exchange our hellos and goodbyes and have small talk… but to take a relationship like that to the next level… how scary…” He mused aloud, looking away from Nazuna.

“Just always remember to be yourself, okay? That’s all I ask of you.” Nazuna responds, “Oh! And to just be good, okay? Please be good.” He asks of him, pulling Mitsuru into a hug.

Mitsuru simply rests his head upon Nazuna’s shoulder, inhaling and exhaling softly. He grabs the soft fabric of Nazuna’s shirt gently, not wanting to let go of the hug just yet.

The two stay silent for a moment, letting each other embrace each other for the last time for a while. That is, before Mitsuru finally separates himself from Nazuna. “Okay. I think I will be okay, Niichan. I’ll be good, and I promise to be on my best behavior. All for you, Niichan.”

“There’s my good boy.” Nazuna praises Mitsuru, reaching up to scruff his brown, soft hair. He stands up, walking out of the room, and before leaving, he spots the snack tray and water just outside of the door. Grabbing it, he returns into the room, setting the tray down upon Mitsuru’s desk. “Here, if you’re not going to go outside any time soon, you should at least have something to eat and drink. It’s provided by Ibara, he knows what’s good for you, okay?”

Mitsuru looked over to the snack tray, nodding and giving Nazuna a weak smile. “Okay, thank you Niichan. Uuu.. tell Ibara-senpai I said thank you as well, please.” He responds nervously.

“No worries, will do.” Nazuna responds.

“And leave my door a little open, too.” Mitsuru requests.

“Got it, Honeybun.” Nazuna nods, finally stepping back out of the room, leaving the door open ever so slightly, as he returns back to the living room.

“Did it go well with Mitsuru..?” Ibara asks, not looking up from his tablet.

“Well, I convinced him that everything will be fine, thankfully.” Nazuna answered, sitting down upon the couch. “He said thank you for the tray of snacks and water, by the way. He’s still a tad shy to tell you himself, and wanted me to relay the message to you.” He said, smiling sheepishly.

“... It’s a start, I suppose.” Ibara shifts his gaze from his tablet, laying it down across the coffee table. “Mind informing me more about this particular behavior? With your word, I can hopefully understand it more.” He asks, pushing his glasses up.

“Where do I begin…” Nazuna muses to himself, one leg crossed over the other.

“Can I fetch you a snack? Perhaps a drink while you ponder?” Ibara spoke up.

“Ah, no, I should be fine.” Nazuna raised his hand up, “just give me a second to gather my thoughts…” He stays quiet for a few moments, before speaking up once more. “In simple terms, Mitsuru age regresses. Meaning he reverts to a younger state of mind. He often does this when he is overly stressed out, or to deal with anything that overwhelms him.” Nazuna pauses, “most of the time he’ll give you signs of when he’s regressed.” Nazuna explains, “though I will let you know, he is partially regressed at this moment, so just make sure to take it easy on him when interacting with him, understood?”

Ibara nods, humming an affirmation. “You have my word, Nito-shi.” He raises his hand up to his forehead, as a salute and confirmation that he understood what Nazuna had relayed to him. However, he was to make sure to search up anything that could help him along the way.

Nazuna then gestures over to the bag that sat on the couch, “there should be a few contents that should help you with Mitsuru. There’s an assortment of toys, clothing, and other items as well.” He explains, grabbing the bag, zipping it open and pulling out a few soft toys, “Mitsuru is pretty good about letting you know what he wants, so things shouldn’t be too much of a hassle when it comes to getting the contents from this bag.”

“Anything else I should be concerned with..?” Ibara asks.

“Not that I can think of.” He then pulls out a folded slip of paper from his pocket, sliding it over towards Ibara. “Here’s my number, just in case you need to contact me with any questions and whatnot.”

Ibara takes the folded paper, stuffing it into his own pocket. “I’ll remember to contact you in case I have any questions.” Ibara inhaled deeply, then exhaled sharply. This was definitely a task that he had never tackled before, but he would go into it head first. It was all a matter of trial and error at this point. “Thank you, Nito-shi. I’ll make sure to take care of Mitsuru and look over him while you’re gone.”

Nazuna sighs contently, “thank you Ibara. I’ll have to repay you somehow.”

“No need to.” Ibara responds.

Standing up from the couch and stretching out, Nazuna walks towards the door, a smile upon his face. “I should get going now. Again, thank you. You don’t know how much I appreciate it.” He states, opening the door.

Ibara stands up, following suit. “No worries, you enjoy yourself on your vacation, Nito-shi. You’ve left Mitsuru in caring hands.” He states.

“I’ll see the both of you in about a week.” Nazuna informed him, “bye, Mitsu-chan!” Nazuna shouts out.

No answer.

“Ah, he might just be eating and in the moment. That’s alright. He knows of my departure.” Nazuna said, almost sadly. “I should be on my way.”

“See you in a couple of days, Nito-shi.” Ibara states.

“You too, Ibara.” Nazuna answers, leaving the room, the door closing behind him.

Ibara’s phone makes a small ding! To catch his attention, it was simply only a reminder that Nazuna would visit before his departure, it seems like the visit was earlier than expected. Better late than never, at least. While Ibara still had his phone out, he slid his hand into his pocket, pulling out the thin slip of paper that he was handed over by Nazuna. ‘I should insert his number into my phone…’ He mutters to himself, walking over to the couch to sit down, inserting Nazuna’s number into his phone, saving it, and sending a quick message over.

[TEXT] Hello Nito-shi, this is Ibara.
[TEXT] I wanted to inform you that I have now saved your number to my contacts.

{TEXT} Thank you, Ibara!!
{TEXT} By the way, if Mitsuru still seems upset. Make him some hot chocolate if you have the ingredients to do so.
{TEXT} And tell him that it’s made the way that I would. I think it would cheer him up!

[TEXT] Will do. Thank you.

Putting the phone down next to his tablet, Ibara sits up from the couch, looking over towards Mitsuru’s room, the tray that once had snacks and water on it was empty. He passed by swiftly, picking the tray up, not yet wanting to check on Mitsuru just yet, hopefully when he would arrive with the hot beverage, Mitsuru would want to open up.

Arriving in the kitchen, Ibara sets down the tray in the sink. He’ll remind himself to wash it later. For now, he reaches up into one of the cabinets, browsing many of the plain mugs that he shared between himself and his roommates… He picks up a mug that was decorated with bunnies. This one he knew for sure was Mitsuru’s special mug. If not Mitsuru’s, then either Midori’s or Tsumugi’s.

He walks into their small pantry, turning on the light to illuminate the small room. Inside were a bunch of snacks of all kinds, ingredients for food, canned fruits and vegetables, and even soups. “Hmmm.. we must have it somewhere…” Ibara hummed to himself as he began to shuffle through items in the pantry. The closet was a mess, but an organized one, it was just hard to find what he needed for the occasion.

Ibara took out a pack of powdered hot chocolate, stepped out of the pantry, and closed its door. He set it upon the counter next to the mug that he selected, and walked over to the refrigerator, taking out a jug of milk. Judging by its weight, there was enough milk to at least make a full mug. ‘Mmm.. I think I can heat this up in the microwave…’ He thought to himself, walking back over to the counter with the supplies necessary to make hot chocolate. Filling up the mug slowly, he makes sure not to overfill it, sighing as he tops it off.
Carrying the mug with one hand on the handle, the other hand underneath the mug, he walks over to the microwave, taking the hand that was under the mug, opening the microwave and putting it in there to heat up…

Beep! Beep! Beep!

The alarm of the microwave was set off, just in time as Ibara put the milk back into the fridge. He hastily walks over to the appliance, opening it and removing the mug carefully, and bringing it back to the counter. Ibara opens up the pack of powdered hot chocolate, pouring it into the heated milk, and mixing it with a spoon that he grabbed earlier. Scooping a small amount of liquid with the spoon, he blows on it softly, taking a sip… ‘Perfect.’ He cracks a small smile.

Ibara makes a slow, but steady walk over to Mitsuru’s room, setting the mug down on the stool momentarily, he knocks on the door softly, clearing his throat before he spoke out gently.

“Mitsuru-kun, it’s me. Do you want some hot chocolate? I made it just how Nito-shi makes it for you.” He said, using the way that Nazuna recommended he tell Mitsuru how the hot chocolate was prepared.

There was still no answer.

“Mitsuru-kun..?” He spoke again.

The creaking of a bed can be heard, and the sound of light footsteps were shuffling across the floor.

The door opens ever so slightly, from the other side, Ibara could see Mitsuru, eyes puffy from crying, cheeks flushed red.

Mitsuru sniffles, rubbing his eyes with his sleeves.

“It’s Nii-chan.” He simply said, to correct Ibara.