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A Change of Heart - Yaoi By Lady Lilium Characters: 4867

Updated: 2018-07-10 12:03

Ken sat on the steps hugging his knees to him, his drink which he had forgotten sat beside him, getting warm now.

'I think I've missed my lecture' Ken mumbled. 'I guess it doesn't matter.' He turned to Andrew. 'Thank you' Ken said to him. 'You've…really helped me.'

Andrew smiled widely up at him, eyes gleaming. 'Anytime I can help' he said.

Ken rose to his feet, picking up his bag.

'I'm going now' he said to Andrew. 'I'm going to find my brother and sister.'

'Just remember' Andrew spoke to him carefully, 'they are likely to follow whatever their parents say. Just be prepared for that.'

'I will' Ken nodded to him. 'Thank you.'

He walked away then.

Andrew leant back, reaching for the can Ken had left behind and opening it.

He drank deeply from it, crunching the empty can in his hand and sighing deeply.

Andrew rose, bringing to his face the plague mask he brought from his bag, and walking away.

Ken left his college then, glancing at his wrist for the time. His brother and sister went to a different school than he did. Their parents had tried to get them placed in the same school together, but there had not been enough places, and so Ken had to go to another school.

He waited outside the gates for several hours, feeling butterflies in his stomach.

He leant back against the wall, hugging himself.

Since when have I been so nervous of meeting my own siblings?

Ken gripped his own arms tighter, nails digging hard into his skin.

Pull yourself together. Just get it together.

His stomach flipped over as he saw them suddenly. His brother and his sister walked side by side, heading away from him. Ken stared at their backs as they went, feeling sudden doubt within him.

Maybe I should let them go. Maybe I shouldn't talk to them.

'Walter!' he called out. 'Sue!'

They turned around, eyes widening at the sight of him.

'Ken!' his sister called out.

She ran to him and into his arms, sobbing into his chest.

'Ken…' she whimpered. 'Oh Ken…'

'I'm sorry' Ken said to her, feeling tears prickling in his eyes as he held her back. 'I'm sorry…'

'Our parents' Sue told him, 'mother, she wants nothing to do with you. We've tried to speak to her, but she won't listen.'

Walter came up behind Sue, standing before Ken. He smiled at him sadly, and Ken smiled back.

Sue let go of Ken, stepping back.

'I thought' Ken began tentatively; 'that you might

not want to speak to me, might not want to know me anymore…after what I said.'

'You're still our brother' Walter said to him. 'We still care about you, but…I think it's best if we don't see each other again.'

'Walter!' Sue cried. 'How could you say that?'

'No' Ken spoke firmly, shocking her. 'He's right.'

'Ken' Sue uttered, tears shinning in her eyes.

'I'm sorry' Ken smiled at his sister. 'I'm just too different now. I'm not the person our parents want me to be. I cannot lie to myself anymore. I have to live my life as my own.'

And then Mustang's words rang in his mind.

Live your life as you should, not how others want. Live in the moment.

'Do you mean what you said?' Sue asked him tentatively. 'Is it really true?'

'Yes' Ken spoke quietly to her. 'I'm sorry. I've felt this way for some time. I can't pretend anymore that I'm different, I cannot deny who I really am.'

Walter stepped up to Ken then, lifting his arms and embracing him.

'I'm sorry' Walter whispered to him, blinking back his own tears as he held him. 'I'm sorry things turned out this way.'

Ken smiled sadly as he held his brother.

Walter stepped back, and Ken embraced his sister, just one last time.

'Be happy' Ken whispered to her, stroking her hair back lovingly. 'I know it's hard, but try your best to just forget about me. Don't think of me again, pretend that I never existed.'

'But Ken' she sobbed, unable to hold back her tears.

'Don't worry' Ken said to her, fighting back his own tears. 'I'm happy now, happier than I was before. I never realised it…until things changed.' He smiled. 'Don't worry about me, I have a place to live, and I'm happy. I promise. I would never lie to you.'

Ken and his siblings parted ways after that.

Ken walked alone, feeling a lump in his throat.

He left the centre of the town then, heading to the edges where it was quieter.

His wandering feet took him to a graveyard. He pushed open the wrought iron gates, they screeched as they swung open, and Ken stepped forward, following the path into the graveyard.

Here he found Mustang.

Ken paused then, seeing him sitting there with his legs crossed, resting in the shade of a tree.

He watched him for a moment, standing a distance away, simply watching.

After a time he stepped forward to make himself known, and Mustang, seeing movement, glanced around.

'Hey' he smiled as Ken approached.

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