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Don't Panic

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Washington, D.C.
It moves quickly. It moves efficiently. If you aren't paying attention you will be left behind.
The city is full of powerhouses. Politicians, CEOs, Lawyers, etc., make a name for themselves here.
To become a respected individual in this city, you must do whatever it takes. You will lie, steal, cheat, and break promises.
But that's just D.C.
And if you don't keep up, you will surely be forgotten.




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What would you do for love?
Two people, living two different lives cross paths. It wasn't how they met that mattered, it was what was keeping them together.
To be together would mean lies, deceit, betrayal, and self-discovery. It will take the lovers on a journey they have never faced before.
So I ask you again,
What you would do for love?




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3. Do not steal anything from this RP without permission
4. Drama is a must


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「 Kairo Choi ✧ 26 ✧ Location: Dance Studio ✧ Hex: #400E15 」
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"You don't need someone to complete you, you only need someone to accept you."

A part of Kai thought maybe Ethan would push him away, ask him to leave or just leave him alone. And honestly, he wouldn’t blame him if he did, after all it had been Kairo’s fiancé that caused all this mess, and in some way it had been Kairo’s fault too for letting her get away with him. The therapist watched Ethan for a moment, trying to guess what he would do. After a beat of silence, the boy stood up. Kai immediately followed suit. His thought that Ethan was agreeing to go with him was confirmed when the boy spoke, placing his trust in Kai. The therapist smiled softly, the fact that Ethan trusted him now to this degree brought an odd feeling to his stomach. A good odd feeling, but still odd.

Deciding not to waste anymore time, Kairo took hold on Ethan’s hand, giving him a soft nod before guiding him along. They quickly crossed the street, Kai looking back every chance he could to make sure Ethan was doing okay. He kept a firm hold of his hand as some form of reassurance. Finally, they made it to Kali’s car. The man unlocked the doors, opening the passenger seat for Ethan to get in before walking to the other side and sliding into the driver’s seat. Once the doors were closed and the outside noise had been silenced, Kai looked over at Ethan, every bit of concern still on his face. He wanted to apologize, to tell Ethan that it was okay and that he would never let something like that happen again, but this wasn’t the time nor the place.

After placing a comforting hand on Ethan’s, Kairo started his car and immediately drove out of the school’s parking lot. He thought about taking Ethan to his apartment, but there was a chance that Lucy would find them there. He also thought of taking him to his own home but that would make it hard for Kai to look after him as he wouldn’t know how to move around. The only place left was his little studio apartment. It was set on the outskirts of the city. Very quiet and calm. A place Kairo used when he needed to rest or a getaway from everything and everyone. A place not even Lucy nor his parents knew existed, almost like a safe haven. That’s exactly what Ethan needed right now.

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There was a few moments between them that resembled a silent understanding. It was almost like they had come to the same realization: this level of trust was beyond the typical therapist-patient relationship. Ethan wasn't exactly sure what that meant for Kairo, but for him it was going to be a new experience. He doesn't trust easily and he doesn't make new friends. The only people he talks too, that he isn't also paying, is his parents and one of his colleagues. Other than that, he spends a lot of time alone with his thoughts. But after spending time with the music therapist and now being this vulnerable with him was completely overwhelming. Though he wasn't given time to think about it. Kai was moving quickly. Before he knew it, he was being moved through the crowded streets.

What about Lucy? Where are we going to go? She will know! Those thoughts just plagued his mind as he continued to following his therapist. Some part of him knew that this was a bad idea. Running away together. It felt wrong. His thoughts didn't refrain from telling him that this might have been wrong. But he couldn't stop his feet. He couldn't stop himself from getting into the passenger seat and putting on his seatbelt. Ethan placed his hands in his lap and attempted to take deep breaths. Don't do this! You don't know where you are going. Lucy will find you. HIS FINACÉ WILL FIND YOU! So loud. His thoughts were so loud.

Clark didn't hesitate to turn on the radio with a shaky hand. He flipped through several stations before he landed on a pop station. He didn't care for the specific song that was playing, which happens to be God is Woman by Ariana Grande, he just needed it to be loud enough to drown out the thoughts in his head. "Wh-where are we going?" He questioned, not hiding his worry.

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「 Kairo Choi ✧ 26 ✧ Location: Dance Studio ✧ Hex: #400E15 」
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"You don't need someone to complete you, you only need someone to accept you."

As he drove, Kairo could only think of one thing. Why was he doing this? Why was he going through so much trouble, just so Ethan could feel better? Yes, he was his therapist and, in a way, making him feel better was his job. However, that normally didn’t include running away with the patient and taking them somewhere as personal as his private studio. Maybe it was guilt, and Kairo did feel guilty because he was part of the problem, but that didn’t explain the pain in his heart that he felt when he looked at Ethan. There was only so much a therapist was supposed to do, and this wasn’t part of it. ”Wh-where are we going?” Somewhere along the ride, Ethan had turned on the radio, probably in hopes of focusing on something other than his thoughts. Kai kept his eyes mostly on the road, though he’d steal a couple of glances here and there to make sure the boy was okay. ”Somewhere safe.” he answered simply, hoping Ethan trusted him enough to know Kairo wouldn’t take him anywhere he wouldn’t want to be.

The drive lasted about fifteen minutes until finally Kairo’s car pulled into a small apartment complex parking lot. The place itself radiated peace, surrounded by various gardens, shaded by large green trees and built right next to a small pond. The building itself was painted white with red accents on the windows and doors, and there were very few cars in the parking lot. Kairo had loved this place from the moment he saw it, and decided to keep its existence a secret from everyone in case he ever needed a place to escape to. ”We’re here.” he said, putting his car into Park. He took a moment to look at Ethan, wondering what he was thinking, and decided to take a shot and calming some of the worries he most likely had. ”This is where my personal studio is.” he began to explain, pointing over at one of the windows closest to the pond. ”I come here whenever I need a break from everything…nobody knows it exists, not even my parents or my fiancé…” his words trailed off, not wanting to bring up Lucy at the moment but finding it necessary to let Ethan know that she would not be coming here to bother him. With that, he stepped out of the driver’s seat and made his way over to Ethan’s door, opening it up but not making any gestures to bring him out. ”You can stay here as long as you need to…or, if you’d rather not I can take you home.”

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”Somewhere safe.” Ethan was torn at the moment. Part of him was more anxious being in the car with therapist headed in this unknown direction. Every horror movie he had ever watched flashed before his eyes. This is how people ended up killed. They were with a stranger headed to some strange place where no one could find them. If this were any other situation, Ethan would have forced Kairo to pull over and he would have walked home. But it was Kairo. That was why the other part of him was glad to be alone with this man. He radiated safety and comfort, both of which Ethan needed at this exact moment. So he just nodded and looked ahead. He shut his eyes tight and just listened to the songs that played on the radio for the remainder of the ride.

After several minutes, the car came to a stop. Ethan opened his eyes and glanced around through the windows. They were in a parking lot connected to an apartment complex. He has never been on this side of town before so we wasn't exactly sure where they were. Is that his apartment? Does he share it with his fiancé? DOES SHE KNOW THEY ARE HERE? His worry must have been on his face because Kairo took a seocnd to explain the location. ”I come here whenever I need a break from everything…nobody knows it exists, not even my parents or my fiancé…” Kairo's secret hideout. It was nice that he had a place where he could escape to, but then again why is he escaping from the people that are supposed to be supporting him. I have no room to talk..." Ethan is always escaping and hiding. It's the only thing he can do and control. There is comfort knowing that when he locks his front door, he is away from the crazy world.

Clark tracked Kai as he walked around the car and opened up the door. Home? No. No. Not home. Going home wasn't safe. It wouldn't fix anything. Not in a way that Marissa would approve of. "N-no. I-I need to stay with y-you." Supervision was mandatory during states like this. The scars on his upper arms were still healing after the last time he was like this. Slowly he made his way out of the car, arms wrapped around himself. "Lead the way.."

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「 Kairo Choi ✧ 26 ✧ Location: Dance Studio ✧ Hex: #400E15 」
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"You don't need someone to complete you, you only need someone to accept you."

Kairo knew taking Ethan home and leaving him alone was not a good idea in any form or shape, but he also didn't want Ethan to feel as if he was obligated to stay here. The last thing he wanted was to force Ethan to do anything under such stressful situations. He watched as the boy nervously stepped out of the car and let him respond before beginning to walk towards his apartment. He kept a watchful eye on him, glancing over his shoulder every chance he got to make sure he was still following. Eventually, they made it to Kairo's door, which was opened with a swift turn of the key to reveal a small yet cozy space with a small kitchen, bathroom, living room and even a bed for the nights Kairo worked late and had to spend the night. He let Ethan step inside before shutting the door and turning on the lights.

The room was quickly illuminated as Kairo turned on his heels to face Ethan. A slight frown took over Kairo's lips, his eyes falling to the ground before moving back up. Half of him wanted to engulf Ethan in a tight hug, as a way of reassuring him that Kai was here for anything he needed. But he also knew Ethan was only just getting used to physical contact from strangers. Granted, Kairo wasn't a stranger at this point, but he still wasn't sure if Ethan considered him a friend. There was a few seconds of hesitation before Kairo decided to take a leap of faith. He moved a single step forward, wrapping both arms around the younger boy and gently resting his chin on top of the other's head. He embrace was warm and comforting, but light enough to allow Ethan to break free in case he began to feel uncomfortable. "I'm sorry..." he finally spoke, letting out a short breath. "I'm sorry you had to deal with that..." there wasn't much he could do now, what was done was done, but he felt the need to apologize endlessly because he knew Lucy never would.

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Ethan trailed behind Kairo silently. He kept his arms around himself as they walked. He really wished that he had his headphones. He doesn't particularly enjoy walking around the streets without music. It blocks out his thoughts and he also doesn't have to hear the whispers of people around him. For the most part people don't whisper about him, but his brain has a twisted way of making it seem like everyone around him is out to get him. Headphones and loud music counteracts those thoughts. But he didn't have that at the moment. Ethan's silence was just him trying to focus on just following Kairo. Luckily, it didn't take very long before they were in the studio. Slowly, he made his way inside and glanced around once the lights were turned on. The door locked behind him and Ethan tensed up. He was in a new place and now he was kind of trapped here. Deep breath..deep breath. Kairo is not trying to kill you.

His home was extremely cozy despite how small. He could understand why this was a safe haven for him. It gave a feeling of warmth and Ethan had only been in here for several seconds. What he really wanted to know was why Kai even needed this safe haven. But it wasn't his place to ask. For a moment, the two of them just stood before each other in silence. Clark didn't know what to say or what to do. It was like the first time he had met his therapist. He stood there in his spot, not making any moves to get comfortable. Seconds later, Kai made the first move. Ethan was engulfed in a hug before he could even protest. His body still tense during the beginning of this hug. "I'm sorry..." Sorry? He was sorry for the panic attack that Ethan had. "N-n-no. Don't apologize. Y-you didn't do anything. It w-wasn't your fault." Ethan wrapped his arms around his therapist's waist.

Why am I hugging him? He has a fiancé? Why do I like the hug? Let him go! He eventually pulled from the hug, taking a safe step backwards. He needed a safe distance from this man. At least at the moment. "C-Can I have some water...please?"

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「 Kairo Choi ✧ 26 ✧ Location: Dance Studio ✧ Hex: #400E15 」
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"You don't need someone to complete you, you only need someone to accept you."

Just before Kairo decided to end the hug, Ethan returned it. It was an unexpected way for him to respond, but still very welcomed. As small as it may seem, it showed that Ethan not only trusted him a bit more, but he also wasn't upset with him because of what happened. Which he reinforced with his words. Kairo knew it wasn't entirely his fault, but hw also felt a bit responsible for it. On the off chance that his apology made Ethan feel just a tiny bit better, he decided to give it a shot.

The hug ended quickly, which was fine by Kai. He hadn't expected much from the boy in the first place. "C-Can I have some water...please?" the man nodded with a slight smile as he stepped toward his kitchen. "Of course." On his way over, he picked up the tv remote and turned it on. It was a bit too quiet inside the apartment and Kairo knew at this point that Ethan did not like that. The device was switched on and immediately Kairo navigated towards his music apps. These days it's really the only thing he used the TV for. He never had time to sit and watch it, and when he did he was always too exhausted to and ended up falling asleep. Once navigated to Pandora, he let the stations play on shuffle, not looking for any specific artist or song but only making sure Ethan had something to listen to. "You can have a seat, lay down...whatever you need. Make yourself at home here." he added as he set the remote down.

The current song's soft melody slowly took over the small apartment, making even Kairo himself feel more relaxed. He opened up the small refrigerator, taking out a bottle of water for Ethan and two bottle of sweet tea. Ever since he started seeing Ethan, he'd been drinking tea more than anything else, to the point where it's almost all he drank now. Of course he still needed his daily shot of espresso every morning. He walked back to the living room and sat all three bottles on the coffee table. "Are you hungry?" he asked, remember how they didn't exactly get to enjoy their snacks back at the dance studio. But now that Kairo was here, he could make Ethan a proper meal if he wanted it. Whatever it took to make him comfortable.

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