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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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「 Kairo Choi ✧ 26 ✧ Music Therapist ✧ Hex: 400E15
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"I'm sorry Lu, I just can't today." Kairo repeated, his quiet steps taking him down another flight of stairs and through the spacious, empty hallway that led to his favorite place on earth. He could hear his fiance's annoyed huff on the other side of the call, followed by a beat of silence before her soft voice came again. "What's so important that you can't spend an afternoon with your fiance?" Kai remained silent, focusing his attention on opening the large metal door. His phone rested between his ear and his shoulder as he struggled to respond to her. "I'm just-" he pushed the heavy door open, the smell of freshly polished floors hitting his nostrils, before taking hold of the phone once again. "I'm meeting someone new today. It will be his first time and I don't want to appear unprofessional." he explained, tossing his bag on the ground with a thud.

"Ugh, another nutcase?" Kai rolled his eyes, his free hand tugging at the heavy red curtains to let in some sunlight. "Lu you know how I feel about you talking about my students that way." he muttered, a subtle frown settling on his otherwise peaceful features. Another sigh came from Lucy's end before Kairo spoke again. "I'll make it up to you soon, I promise." after a short pause the girl hummed before responding with a "You better." a soft chuckle left the dancer's lips before he and his fiance said their goodbyes and he was all alone in the spacious dance studio.

His eyes scanned the room to make sure nothing was out of place. This space, though empty and often quiet, had always been Kairo's favorite place to be. Not only because of what he was able to do here, but because of what it represented. A safe haven. A place for people to come and leave their worries and problems behind. A place of relief and self-love. That's what he intended it to be from the moment he arrived at the university and that's how he intended on keeping it. His dark eyes glanced at the clock on the wall. It wouldn't be long before his new student, as he preferred to call the patients, arrived. In the meantime he could start warming up. He walked over to the set of speakers and laptop and searched for the perfect melody to ease him into the day as he waited for Ethan.

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'This is a terrible idea' Ethan stated as he crossed the street. 'Music therapy? How has that helped anyone?' A week ago, Ethan had attended his therapy session to discuss how his week had been and as usual the therapist began to psychoanalyze him and manipulate him into confessing his feelings. Though used to it now and more willing to confess, it still bewildered him how quickly she could pull answers from him. By the end of it, Ethan had admitted to a mental breakdown he had in the school breakroom due to the overwhelming amount of deadlines he had assigned to him by his supervisor. His therapist, Marissa, had decided that it was time to try a different kind of therapy to help with his thoughts. Medication was helping, but was not enough. Ethan thought he was going to get electric convulsive therapy, which admittedly almost caused him to have a panic attack in the office. However, he was assured that it wasn't that and it was music therapy. Ehtan attempted to deny it at first, but Marissa had used her ability to manipulate him and got him to agree. It was to take place of one of the two normal therapy sessions. Today was the day and Ethan was not looking forward to it.

'They will probably try to make me sing. Or play an instrument. I cannot do any of those things and I am going to look like a complete idiot. And how is music supposed to get rid of my thoughts? Thinking is part of the normal body process! The only way to stop my thoughts is to die and I am not ready to die today!' As usual, Ethan's thoughts had taken over. Clark continued thinking that this was a trick and the therapist just wanted to kill him. He was starting to hyperventilate. Just as Ethan was contemplating heading back to his house, he received a text message.

From: Marissa, the therapist
To: Ethan
MSG: Don't be late! This will be good for you!

'1...2...3...4..' Ethan pocketed his phone and made his way up to the front door of the address his therapist had given him. '5...6...7...' He stood before the door, staring at it for a brief second. 8...9...10... Clark exhaled slowly. He was no longer panicking and was ready to, at least, meet the music therapist. He walked through the doors and asked the person at the front where the studio was. She pointed in a general direction and mentioned the signs on the wall that were easy to follow. Ethan nodded and started heading towards the direction. He slowly made his way down the stairs and down the hall. It was empty, quiet, and lightly dimmed. 'Please don't be a trick...please don't be a trick..' Ethan pushed open the metal doors. The first thing he heard was a soothing melody. The first person he saw was a tall and slim gentleman. "Are you umm..." Ethan quickly pulled out the business card that was in his pocket. "Kai..ro?" He was hoping that he had said that name correctly. "I'm Ethan. Marissa sent me." He stuffed the business card back into his pocket and slowly moved further into the dance studio, taking in his surroundings.

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「 Kairo Choi ✧ 26 ✧ Music Therapist ✧ Hex: 400E15
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Kairo had been swallowed up by the melody, his limbs moving slowly to give his body a nice warm up, that he didn't even hear the studio door open. "Are you um...Kai..ro?"?" nearly jumping out of his skin, the man turned on his heels to face the newcomer. A young boy, Ethan if he remembered the name correctly, looking significantly lost and nervous. "I'm Ethan. Marissa sent me.". Though he let the song continue to play in the background, Kairo turned down the volume before heading over to the boy. Aside from looking confused, he had a very innocent look to him, standing at several inches shorter than Kai himself. The dancer's lips morphed into a soft smile as he extended his hand to great him. "Kai is fine." he said, his voice a soothing deep as he shook the boy's hand. It wasn't hard to pick up on just how nervous he was, so Kai did everything in his power to keep a soothing tone, face and a warm welcoming smile. Not that it was difficult as it tended to be his default setting. "Did you find your way here okay? I know it can be a bit confusing." he stated, in hopes of calming the boy on the off chance that he had gotten lost or struggled to find the studio.

As he waited for the reply, Kairo made his way over to a mini fridge he had in the corner of the studio. He hoped there were still beverages inside. Usually he would restock at the beginning of every week, but this week had been overwhelming to say the least. Corporate dinners with his family, the beginning of wedding preparations and on top of everything, seeing his usual students. He had simply just forgotten. Much to his relief, there was a bit of variety when he opened then small door. He pulled out a can of coca cola and held it in one hand as he picked up the iced tea and water in the other. "This is all I've got today, I'm sorry." he gave Ethan an apologetic chuckle. "Take your pick. I'll have better options next time."

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Ethan was focused on his surroundings. At this point, he no longer believed that Marissa was trying to kill him. The studio was virtually empty and had cameras in two the four corners, which he believed were linked to a security room. His nerves were eased a bit at the thought that if anything terrible happened to him, it would be recorded. But he was still going to be alone with a stranger for a while and that was not settling well with him. It had taken Clark weeks to warm up to Marissa. Ethan returned his focus back on the music therapist, who had turned down the music and reveled his face. It took a lot not to blurt out how handsome he was. He had soft facial features and a contagious smile. Ethan found himself smiling back at the man "Kai is fine." Ethan shook his hand. 'A nickname?' "Oh. Then you can call me Clark." He dropped the taller man's hand and ran it through his own hair. "Most people do, except Marissa. Something about professionalism..." He added with a shrug. He never understood why using his middle name was considered unprofessional, when everyone refers to him that way. He even let the first graders at the elementary school that he works at call him Clark.

Ethan tracked the therapist as he moved over to the mini refrigerator. He crossed his arms and slowly moved in the same direction that Kai had, still leaving plenty of space between the two of them. "Did you find your way here okay? I know it can be a bit confusing." Clark didn't think it was that hard to get here. "Yes I did. GPS is a wonderful thing." He assured him. And since he found it with such ease the first time, Clark knew that he wouldn't have an issue with it again. Ethan stopped walking when he made it to the middle of the studio floor. Close enough to the therapist to hear him and still close enough to the door to leave if he needed to make a quick escape. "This is all I've got today, I'm sorry." Ethan took note of the drinks in the man's hands. "Take your pick. I'll have better options next time." "Water is just fine." He didn't really drink much else. Unless it was alcohol and he was having a rough panic attack, but for the most part he just tried to drink water since his medication doesn't respond well to many other drinks. Clark moved a bit closer to take his water bottle. "So what exactly, is it that we will be doing? Marissa was vague and I don't really like surprises even though she says that they are good for me."

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「 Kairo Choi ✧ 26 ✧ Location: Dance Studio ✧ Hex: 400E15
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Kairo watched Ethan's every movement with careful consideration. Marissa had already told him a lot about him, from what he suffered to how he responded to her sessions, but in Kai's experience, hearing about someone from another person was never as effective as watching them himself. "Oh. Then you can call me Clark." The therapist let a small smile spread across his face, taking in the comment about Marissa, and nodded. "Clark. Got it.". He handed the boy his choice of drink and took the coke can for himself, deciding he could use a bit of energy.

As Kairo listened to the boy's concern, he continued to watch him closely, specifically his mannerisms. He seemed to be fidgeting with his hair and feet, very subtly and almost to the point where Ethan himself didn't even realize he was doing it, but it was there. Once he was finished, Kairo gave the boy a soft smile before walking over towards the back of the room where he kept his guitar. "Don't worry, there will be no crazy surprises here." he said, hoping to put the boy at ease. After picking up the wooden instrument, he made his way back over, gesturing to the couches that were backed up against the wall. "You're here to relax. That's all."

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Ethan opened his water bottle and took a sip from it. He continued to track the music therapist as he moved around the room. "Don't worry, there will be no crazy surprises here." This entire situation was a crazy surprise. He wasn't expecting to have to show up to music therapy and he wasn't expecting the therapist to be handsome. This whole thing has thrown him for a loop. Ethan enjoyed sitting in the same lazyboy chair every session and talking about the same stuff that he always does with Marissa. But now he is in an unfamiliar place, with a stranger, who just told him that he was here to relax. Clark went through half of his water bottle and stopped tapping his foot, that he hadn't even realized he was tapping. Kai gestured over to the couch and Ethan just looked in that direction, not making any sudden movements to go sit down. "How exactly to do you plan on getting me to relax?" After a moment of just standing in the center of the dance studio, he made his way to couch. "Do I have to tell you the same stuff I tell Marissa because I-I can't do that." He cannot bring himself to trust another person with everything that he is thinking and the things that he has done behind closed doors. 'What if he made the man mad one day? Then he could just go around and tell all of his personal business. What if he told his supervisor at work about his cutting habits? What if he told his parents that he was homosexual?!' Ethan hadn't even realized that he had been caught up in his thoughts again. He was breathing harder, his heartbeat was faster, and he was beginning to look pale. 'I just need one therapist! One!'

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「 Kairo Choi ✧ 26 ✧ Location: Dance Studio ✧ Hex: 400E15 」
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Tapping his foot, drinking a large amount of water in a short time, hesitant to sit down. It was more than clear to Kai that the boy was on edge, as if he were expecting something terrible to happen to him. "How exactly to do you plan on getting me to relax?" That was a good question, Kairo noted. How as he going to approach this? Something was visibly bothering Ethan and Kairo couldn't yet tell what it was, though he had a hunch, which was immediately confirmed by Ethan's next statement. "Do I have to tell you the same stuff I tell Marissa because I-I can't do that." There it is. the therapist thought to himself as he eyed the small couch placed across from where he was sitting.

"You don't have to tell me anything you don't want to." was Kai's first response, hoping to get his point across to a very anxious Ethan that this session was not meant to dig information out of him "The only thing I need you to tell me right now is..." he gestured toward the empty couch, thinking maybe Ethan would be much more comfortable sitting a distance away from him. "what's you favorite song?". This was usually a question most of his patience didn't mind answering, though he always had back ups on the off chance that they did. "I listen to just about anything, so whatever it is I can probably play it for you."

Of course the ultimate goal was to gain the boy's trust, to get a bit in insight into his mind and figure out that things that made him happy. However, that would come in due time, and Kairo had plenty of it. For now, they could just be two strangers enjoying good music.

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Ethan thought he was going to pass out. He was trapped here with a man that was going to somehow use music to force him to tell him everything about himself. He didn't want to do that. He couldn't do that. Clark could feel himself getting lightheaded, so he continued to drink his water. Maybe I should just leave... He thought to himself, glancing towards the front door. But that would be rude and then Kai would tell Marissa. Then Marissa would just scold me and then send me right back to this studio. I am stuck here. Just when he thought his heart was going to explode, the music therapist finally spoke up. "You don't have to tell me anything you don't want to." Clark let out the breath he didn't even realize that he was holding. He didn't need to share his secrets or tell the man about his day. That provided some relief. His heartbeat was slowly returning to its normal. He took his seat on the couch across from the music therapist. Ethan couldn't bring himself to sit next to him. That was just too close for comfort.

He finished his water and gently sat it on the floor of the dance studio. Ethan was tense and couldn't bring himself to relax in the couch, that was surprisingly comfortable. His back was straight, hands resting in his lap. Clark's index finger was tapping on his knee as he looked to Kai. "What's you favorite song?" Favorite song? Ethan had never thought about having a favorite song before. He usually isn't very picky about his music as long as it wasn't country. His music playlist was full of a lot of different songs, but which one did he want to hear right now? "H-how about..." He was still trying to think. "Lego House by Ed Sheeran." Clark often put on Ed Sheeran while at home. It wasn't about the song particularly, it was about Ed Sheeran's voice. It was oddly soothing for him and often kept him calm. Many soft-spoken singers, both pop and r&b, do this for him. This particular song choice, however, was chosen mostly because he liked the rhythm and he wanted to be distracted from his thoughts.

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「 Kairo Choi ✧ 26 ✧ Location: Dance Studio ✧ Hex: 400E15 」
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Kai watched attentively as Ethan took a seat on the empty couch. He was still visibly nervous, and a little tense to put it lightly, but he was taking baby steps and that's what mattered. He waited for the boy's answer, and though he wasn't sure what he was expecting, it certainly wasn't what he got. Kai took a few seconds of silence to go over the song's basic melody in his head before responding. "Good choice." he complimented first before strumming a few chords, taking note in the back of his mind the kind of music that Ethan probably preferred. His song choice in particular, was a very calm and subtle melody, ideal for relaxing. So the dancer's fingers began to pluck away at the guitar strings, opting to exclude the lyrics at first, and let the soft melody echo throughout the studio.

He played a few seconds of the acoustic instrumental before coming to a slow pause. "Does that sound about right?" he asked, his gaze switching from his guitar strings to Ethan. His features remained serene as he waited for the boy's approval, and once he got it, he smiled softly and began to play again. This time however, he included the lyrics. He'd never had any vocal training, but had been lucky enough to find that he could actually hold a note. For this song in particular, his own voice happened to fall within the same register as the original singer, making it easier both on his throat and on Ethan's ears. He sang through the first verse and chorus, allowing Ethan to just listen in silence in hopes of easing his nerves, even if just a fraction of a percent. Before continuing, however, he glanced in the boy's direction to examine his reaction. If he seemed to be enjoying it, Kai would happily continue. However, if not he would have to find a different approach. The first day was always the most difficult, as he attempted to get a feel for the patient, their personality, their likes and dislikes. For a while it would have to be trial and error, but soon enough he would get it right.

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Ethan was unsure of what was going to happen next, now that the therapist new his go to relaxation song. Would Kai play the music from his phone? Would he question him about why he chose that song? Would the therapist attempt to make him sing it?! Ethan doesn't sing around other people. His parents always told him how wonderful his singing voice was when he was little, but as he grew older he stopped singing in front of others. He has reduced himself to singing in the shower and humming while cooking for himself. He had never attempted to sing for himself while he was experiencing high levels of anxiety. He prefers just to listen and focus on his heart beat when he feels as though he is reaching panic levels of anxiety. "Good choice." A few notes from the guitar echoed throughout the studio. Clearly the therapist intends to play the song. After another moment of silence the melody moved from the guitar to Ethan's ears. It was just as soft and relaxing as the original song was.

"Does that sound about right?" Ethan's eyes left the guitar to look towards Kairo. He nodded. "Sounds good." The song started back up again and Ethan moved his gaze back to the guitar. The singing had caught him off guard, since he was only used to hearing Ed Sheeran's voice. It was Kairo singing so well that had really caught him off guard and not really the singing itself. Ethan couldn't help but just watch the therapist sing. His voice was very similar to the artist and yet was special all on its own. Clark hadn't even realized how relaxed he had become. Kai looked to him and Ethan looked back at the guitar, a small blush on his face. He had been staring and that was rude. To prevent himself from staring, he closed his eyes and settled a bit more onto the couch. Ethan's focus was on the music. Not on his thoughts. Not on his problems. And not on the handsome music therapist that was now singing to him.

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Kairo played out the melody and sang the words to the best of his abilities. The guitar chords filled the entire studio, slowly coming down to a soft hum as the song ended. Ethan's eyes were closed, and perhaps Kai was enjoying this a bit too much. He wasn't sure if it was the sound of the guitar or the song itself that had calmed the boy's nerves, but he didn't want to ruin the peace by speaking or asking him any more questions. Instead, he laced one song with another. Luckily the ending of Lego House lent itself to seamlessly lead into the following guitar chords. Considering Kairo had written this song himself, it went without saying that Ethan wouldn't know it. Not to mention he'd never played it before, at least not for a patient. He'd played it for Lucy once, and though she complimented him on it, she didn't give it much of a reaction. Perhaps it wasn't a top 40's hit, but it was soothing enough to fit the situation.

The original melody was by piano, but it was easy enough to play on guitar strings. As the first note echoed throughout the room, Kairo wondered if it was even a good idea to play this song, but it was a bit to late now. He had to finish what he started. "This life has twists and turns, but it's the sweetest mystery...when you're with me-" he continued on, avoiding eye contact with Ethan. He didn't want to do anything that would make the boy feel pressured, so he focused solely on the guitar. It was a short song, and it came to an end much faster than the previous one. Finally, he lowered his hands and raised his head to look at Ethan, letting a soft smile grace his lips. "Sorry." he began "I love music so much sometimes i get carried away. But I'm also a big fan of Ed." he added, alluding back tot he first song he had played. He hoped Ethan had liked his self composed song and lyrics, but he wasn't going to ask him like he had asked Lucy.

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Ethan was lost in Kai's soothing voice. He had a knack for singing. There was hardly a noticeable difference between him singing and the way that Ed Sheeran usually sings the song. The last time he could remember someone singing to him was his mother when he was around seven years old. It was before the panic attacks, the nervousness, and the medications. It was when him and his parents got along perfectly. At this age, he showed a strong fear of lightning and thunder. One this particular day, the lightning was bright and the thunder was deafening. Ethan was under his bed, thinking that hiding would help. It didn't. His mother found him and crawled under the bed with her terrified son. She cuddled him and attempted to soothe him with words alone. It worked for a moment but the lightening only became brighter and the thunder became louder. Ethan buried his face into his mother, body shivering in fear. Then out of a nowhere, his mother began to sing. Ethan doesn't remember the specific and couldn't quote any of the words. All he knows, is that was the calmest he had ever felt. Kai's singing was triggering that memory. Ethan hadn't decided if that was good or bad thing yet.

Ethan knew Lego House was coming to an end because he had listened to it a thousand different times. He had memorized all the words and the melody. He was expecting Kai to stop and speak up. But that isn't what happened. Instead a new song was started. Ethan had never heard of this song before. Ethan opened his eyes and looked over the music therapist. "This life has twists and turns, but it's the sweetest mystery...when you're with me-" The song was beautiful. He couldn't take his eyes off the man in front of him as he sang his lovely song. Sadly, the song ended. No...keep playing...keep singing.. It took a lot for Ethan not to say that out loud. "Sorry." Ethan raised an eyebrow, confused to why the therapist was apologizing. "Th-that's okay. I really liked it. You sing very well." He complimented, returning the smile. "Did you write that yourself? I had never heard it before."

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