Just Hold Me

Just Hold Me

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Just Hold Me...

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"Isn't it lovely?
All alone
Heart made of glass, my mind of stone.
Tear me to pieces
Skin to bone
Hello...
Welcome home."


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Oh I hope someday
I'll make it out of here.
Even if it takes all night
or a hundred years.
Need a place to hide
but I can't find one near.
Wanna feel the life outside
I can't fight my fear.

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When he was young, River used to have a lot of dreams. He dreamed of a big happy family, of a fulfilling job, of being surrounded by people that loved and supported him. But he quickly learned that those dreams were just that, and that life had handed him an entirely different set of cards. To anyone on the outside looking in, River Noah Lin had a perfect life. A big, loving family, a doting and handsome boyfriend, all the money and possessions he could possibly want. However, if one thing in life had been proven to be true countless times is that money can't buy happiness. River knew this truth all too well.

His hand carefully traced the railing beside his bus seat, bloodshot eyes focused on the pouring rain outside the window. This was by no means the first time he rode the bus, nor would it be the last. His body trembled from the cold as he stepped out of the vehicle to catch a different one across the street. Where he was going hadn't been determined yet. He just knew he wanted to get away. Away from his family...away from Blake. Most nights Blake's tantrums were somewhat easy to get past, but there were nights like tonight when he seemed hell-bent on destroying every shred of dignity River had left if there was any.

"Care to tell me why you thought it'd be okay to flirt with the waitress right in front of me?"

Flirting...River wasn't entirely sure he even knew how to. Yet Blake was convinced he'd been trying to sleep with any and every remotely attractive person they came across. On nights like these, there was no hope for reason. That much was clear to River the moment Blake's hand gripped his jaw and neck, fingers and nails digging into his skin as he attempted to respond. Yet another set of marks he'd have to hide. The more he struggled to speak, the tighter the grip became until he'd been gasping for air, begging for Blake to either let go or just end his life and save them both the trouble. Eventually, he thought it best to just give up. Not that there were any hopes of him winning. Blake always had the last word. Blake always won, and River was merely his sex puppet.

The moment his body was brutally shoved onto Blake's bed, River knew how the night would end. His body sore and bruised, lying to Blake that he'd be going home. Lying to his parents that he'd be spending the night with Blake. Until he found his way to the other side of town, where buses ran late and no one questioned why there were tears running down his cheeks, or why there were red marks and bruises all over his body.

The rain picked up as River stepped out into the street and he wished he'd at least taken the time to grab a thicker coat. He'd been so desperate to go somewhere, anywhere, that dressing warmly hadn't been a concern. He shoved his hands into his pockets and kept his head down, dark locks falling over his flushed face. His eyes burned from the tears, his body ached, and his head pounded with thoughts so loudly that he hadn't even heard the car honking until it was nearly on top of him.

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Darkness hides behind the sun
Sadness comes like the wind
My smile hides the pain
My reality is that of nightmares
I dream a better dream
And I wake up in tears



Exhaustion is not a strong enough word to describe how Theo currently felt. His body ached and the dark circles beneath his eyes were bigger and deeper. His brain was working on autopilot and he could barely think. He just needed to finish cleaning up so he could go home. He had stayed later than normal today. His family needed the extra money and there was an open shift. Theodore wasn’t expecting the shift to take so much out of him. It felt as though everyone needed him the moment his second shift started. Being pulled in so many directions, he doesn’t even know how he made it through it. He shut the closet door after tucking the broom inside of it. It was just about time to head home. He had already counted the money in the register and returned all the loose books back to their shelves. Keys and backpack in hand, he left the bookstore and stepped out into the pouring rain. From inside the bookstore the rain didn’t seem as bad, but the sound of deafening. Theodore quickly locked the door and started making his way down the street to the bus stop.

The forecast did not say anything about rain so he doesn’t have a jacket or an umbrella. He could almost hear Tessa’s voice calling him a dummy for not being prepared for all of the weather. She was just like mom in that way. Wanting Theo to be overly prepared for just about everything. Sadness crept into his heart at the thought of his mother. She has been dead now for five years, but it only feels like yesterday. Just yesterday she was telling Theodore how he was destined to be great. And that he had a heart bigger than any other man. And that she loved him more than anything in the universe and that the stars were jealous of his smile. Theodore was almost grateful for the rain. It hid the tears that came with thoughts of the women who left a hole in his heart.

Bzzz Bzzz

Theodore pulled out his cellphone and only briefly saw the caller ID. It was Tessa. ”Hello?” he answered, choking back any hint that he had been sad a moment earlier. ”Teddy!” A smile crept onto his face. It was Hailey. ”Goodnight Teddy. I love you.” Theresa must have been putting her to bed. ”Goodnight princess. I love you more than anything in the universe.” Just as mom would have. There was some shuffling noises in the background before he heard Tessa. ”See you soon.” He just agreed, hung up the phone, and put it back into his pocket.

Under all the heavy rain, the bus stop was finally coming into view as was the silhouette of a man. It was hard to really see what he looked like and who he was, but he was out in the street. At this point, time slowed down and Theo’s body reacted on instinct. The car’s headlights allowed for Theo to see him and he ran out. The car’s honking overtook the sound of the rain hitting the ground. Theo quickly reached out with both arms and aggressing pulled the man out from in front of the car and into his arms. His arms were wrapped around the man, protectively, watching as the car drove by making sure to honk a few more times.

Theo only held onto the man for a second as he watched the car move further down the street. He moved them back onto the sidewalk and he pulled away. He couldn’t stop himself as he looked over the man, checking for any signs that the care might have grazed him. It was hard to see in the dark, but it looked as though the car had missed him. ”Are you okay? You could have been seriously hurt.” The concern for this man was evident in the tone of his voice. ”Do you live around here? I can walk you home.” He offered, knowing that he was possibly shaken up at the idea of almost getting hit by a car.

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【 RIVER LIN 】
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Oh I hope someday
I'll make it out of here.
Even if it takes all night
or a hundred years.
Need a place to hide
but I can't find one near.
Wanna feel the life outside
I can't fight my fear.

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In River's mind, this was it. The painful end to an equally painful night. His dark eyes stared at the headlights of the car as they drew closer, and just for a moment, he shut his eyes. Preparing his body for the hit that never came. Instead, there was a sudden warmth that surrounded him, coupled with the feeling of being pulled back and the sting of pain that came with it. He let out a small gasp as his muscles contracted, sending painful shockwaves throughout his body. His hands instinctively gripped onto what he now recognized to be arms wrapped around him until they let go.

"-okay? You could have been seriously hurt." The voice slowly settled in as River's body carefully turned to face the owner of the arms. His own arms protectively wrapped around himself to shield his body from the cold. Even the slight shake of his head in response to the stranger's second question made him wince. The rain furiously pounded against the pavement, every drop that landed on him felt colder. It was difficult to hear and see. Rive could barely make out the man's face when he finally looked up, thankful that it was dark enough for the marks on his neck to not be seen. "N-no, I'm- I mean..." his throat felt tighter around the areas where Blake had his grip, making it a bit painful even to speak.

"Thank you." his voice was almost drowned out by the rain. He could only hope the man had heard him, or at the very least could read his lips. He needed to find a place to spend the night, and it most certainly wasn't going to be at home. "I was just- uh- I was headed to the bus stop." his right hand made a small gesture towards the stop on the other side of the street, avoiding any sudden movements that could cause his body more pain than what it already felt. "Actually...I need a hotel. Do you um- do you know of any nearby?"

Out of the corner of his eye, River could just barely make out the headlights of the bus. He couldn't see the number on the side or whether it was the bus he needed to be taking. He wasn't even sure he needed a bus. For all he knew, there could be a small hotel just a few steps away, hidden behind the thick rain blanket. He made a quick glance between the man and the approaching bus, assuming that's where he'd been headed in the first place, and slowly stepped aside to allow him enough room to step onto the walkway. "Nevermind, I- I'll figure it out-". A sudden sneeze shook his body, his eyes shutting instantly to avoid showing any signs of pain. He took a moment to recuperate before looking at the man again, wondering why he hadn't already left him for the dry warmth of the public bus.

"Thank you again...I'll be okay." There was some truth to that statement. Eventually, River would bounce back up just as he always did. It was just a matter of how long it would take this time.

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Darkness hides behind the sun
Sadness comes like the wind
My smile hides the pain
My reality is that of nightmares
I dream a better dream
And I wake up in tears


The rain seemed so loud in this moment. The honking from that car had disappeared down the street and now the rain pounding against the pavement was taking over. He could no longer hear his own thoughts nor the man that was in front of him. Theodore did not have this man engulfed in a hug, but he kept a gentle hand on his upper arm. He could barely make out his face, but it was obvious to tell that he was still shaken up. Theodore almost did not hear this man thank him for saving him. He stepped a bit closer to the male, wanting to be able to hear him and possibly get a better look at his face. But it was still too dark and the rain was too loud. If Theodore wasn’t so concerned about the male, he would have been annoyed by all this rain. "Actually...I need a hotel. Do you um- do you know of any nearby?" A hotel? The man had not only almost been hit by a car, but he wasn’t even from around here. And he was out in the dark by himself.

The bus headlights peaked from over the hill. He needed to be on that bus so he could get home to his sisters. If he missed it, the next one wouldn’t be around for another ten minutes. Theodore didn’t feel right just leaving this man to fend for himself. Different options bounced around Theodore’s head. "Nevermind, I- I'll figure it out-" His decision was made. ”Bless you. Now come on we are going to miss the bus.” He was not giving this man a choice and he was really hoping that he would not really protest. Theodore turned the man around and left his hand on the small part of his lower back. He guided him safely across the street to the bus stop, just as the bus pulled up. ”I know of a place better than a hotel. And it’s free.”

The bus doors opened and Theodore ushered the man inside. He quickly scanned his bus pass twice to cover him and then got him in a seat. ”Oh. And my name is Theodore. But you can call me Theo.”. The bus was relatively empty. Most people were settled in the back, while the two of them remained in the front. Now that they were out of the rain, Theo was noticing just how cold he was. He was looking forward to changing out of these wet clothes the moment he walked into the house. Theodore glanced over to man beside him. He was able to get a better look with the lights from the bus. He looked injured, despite having avoided being hit by a car. There were marks on his face and neck. Concern quickly return to him and his eyes wandered the man that was next to him. ”How did you end up all the way out here by yourself?” Theo asked, wanting to know more about the situation he was seemed to be inserting himself into.

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【 RIVER LIN 】
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Oh I hope someday
I'll make it out of here.
Even if it takes all night
or a hundred years.
Need a place to hide
but I can't find one near.
Wanna feel the life outside
I can't fight my fear.

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River stood away from the crosswalk long enough to know that this man who, for whatever reasons compelled him to basically save his life, was not going anywhere. Or rather, he wasn’t going anywhere without him. Suddenly, the stranger’s hand was on his back as he was guided down the street to the bus stop. He didn’t bother to protest, being all too used to being told what to do and doing it without question, but he couldn’t stop his heart from pounding loudly against his chest as they stepped onto the bus. He didn’t even get a chance to tell him that he had his own bus pass, specifically for nights like this when he needed an escape. His heart was almost as loud as his thoughts as he followed the man to a seat, imagining all the possible ways in which this could end badly.

”Oh. And my name is Theodore. But you can call me Theo.”

Theo…

Theo didn’t seem like the type to want to hurt him. Then again, neither did Blake when they had first met. The thought of the latter sent a shiver up his spine, which he quickly attempted to hide with his response. ”Oh, um- I’m River.” his voice sounded weaker than what it actually felt, though admittedly his throat was beginning to burn rather than just hurt and the bruises around his neck never stopped throbbing. His eyes, too, felt heavy. He could only imagine how pathetic he must look to this complete stranger. Add the soggy clothes and hair and you got the worst first impression possible. ”Rin works too.” he added, his voice threatening to fade out.

He attempted to keep his statements as steady as he possibly could, but it was getting significantly harder to speak by the second, specially as the cold settled through his wet clothes and made his body shiver. While avoiding the man’s eyes, his gaze landed on his own arm that was outstretched to grab onto the railing in front of them. He hadn’t noticed it as much before, but now after a couple of hours and under slightly brighter lighting, the red mark around his wrist was obvious. A clear reminder of his night with his boyfriend and his attempts of getting away. He quickly let the metal go, wincing at the sudden movement, and placed his hands in his lap while hoping Theo hadn’t been so quick to notice the bruising.

His question made circles in River’s mind for a few long seconds as he settled on the most vague way he could answer it. ”I just needed to get away-β€œ he paused, taking in short breaths to avoid any extra movements. ”From things...I...don’t usually get this far.” his words trailed off as he realized he was beginning to sound like a troubled teen with a habit of running away from home. But he was no teen, far beyond troubled and running away from home was not an option. Occasional escapes to a place no one knew him was the best he could manage.

Another sneeze came, this time stronger than the last. His eyes remained shut for a few seconds longer as he allowed the pain in his ribs to subside. There was a good chance he was beginning to catch a cold as well. Maybe that’s why his head felt like a cinder block and his body shook like Autumn leaves. He wanted to ask where they were going, but was slightly terrified of the answer. Instead, he kept quiet and wrapped his hands around his own chest in hopes of keeping himself a little warmer. He did, however, finally gather the courage to look Theo in the eye for the first time since they’d gotten on the bus. His heart began to pound louder, to the point where he was almost certain Theo could hear it, suddenly losing the ability to speak. He could only stare in silence, hoping that Theo would speak up before his heart had the chance to jump out of his chest.

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Darkness hides behind the sun
Sadness comes like the wind
My smile hides the pain
My reality is that of nightmares
I dream a better dream
And I wake up in tears


River was close to him now. Theodore took this opportunity to better examine the man. He was sure that he hadn’t been hit by the car, but he couldn’t help himself. He was worried. This man was cold, wet, and probably miles from home. Even more so, he was alone and it was dark. Every protective fiber in Theo’s body was telling him to make sure that River was safe. To protect him from the outside since the outside was not not doing him justice. He cursed himself for not having the umbrella or spare jacket. He has already apologized to Tessa in his head for it.

While waiting for his question to be answered, Theo’s eyes roamed River. He took note of the bruises on his neck and he had already seen the redness on his wrists while they had been filing into the bus. His mind started racing with various ideas to why he had these marks. He could feel his worry increase when he realized that these were the only bruises that he could see. There could be more. Much more. The ones on his neck are the ones that he was the most concerned about. They weren’t in a healing state which means they were new. ”I just needed to get away-...from things...I...don’t usually get this far.” Theodore held his tongue. What was this man running from? It had to be bad if he managed to get this far with ease. Rin did not even seem bothered by the fact that he was so far away. Whatever it was, River was obviously more willing to get lost in the dark and almost hit by a car than go home because he hadn’t even asked for the quickest way back to home. He only wanted directions to a hotel to stay away from whatever he was running from. Theodore was really trying not to jump to conclusions, but it was hard not too. He is always worrying and thinking about the worst possible situations. His sisters always called him out for it, but he always said that it was his job to worry like this. ”Well, this place isn’t as luxurious as a hotel but its warm.”

The bus driver finally finished loading everyone onto the bus and shut the doors. The bus started down the street and the two of them finally locked eyes. This is the first time Theodore has actually gotten to look at River since the two have met. His heart skipped a beat and the world seemed to slow around him. The rain became the theme song of this moment and he was willing to put it on repeat. Theodore couldn’t just keep staring at him, but that was all he wanted to do. ”Just...uh...sit tight. We will be there soon.” Theodore managed to say with a genuine smile. Regrettably, he broke eye contact to look out the window. He needed to pay attention to the roads so that they did not miss the stop.

His home was only three stops away, but the stops were pretty far away from each other. At his stop, Theodore stood up. ”Come on. This is us.” He ushered Rin out of his seat and off the bus back into the rain. The bus drove away and across the street was his house. It was decent sized but still rather run down. Inside it had 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. His father had his own room and the siblings managed to split the others. Theresa and Theodore had their own, but Hailey and Izzy shared. The rooms were rather small, but it was fine for them. Theo hasn’t found time to upkeep it between taking care of his siblings and his father. ”It’s right there.” He led Rin safely across the street. Theodore let them inside and locked the door behind them. Home at last and It was warm.

”Theo?” Theodore turned to see Theresa standing by the couch with her arms crossed. She must have been waiting for him. Her eyes moved from him to River. ”This is River. He needs a place to sleep tonight.” Theresa rolled her eyes at Theodore. His kindness showed no bounds as she was not phased by him bringing home a stranger. ”I’m Theresa and I will get you a towel.” She disappeared to get them both towels to dry off. Theo looked to Rin ready to explain, since he figured that he would be confused by the situation. ”This is my house. That was my sister. Since the other two didn’t come running, they must be asleep.” His dad was either asleep or not even home. Theodore was hoping it was the latter.

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