From the Wrong Side of the Tracks ~Yaoi~

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After watching Katsuo pace back and forth in front of him, faster than slower, faster than slower, causing the candle light to flicker so much he'd thought it was going to go out, the man sat down beside him. Natsuo couldn't help but give another sigh, slightly rolling his eyes. So dramatic. But, then, he could kind of understand. This type of thing...probably didn't happen very often. And he knew neither of them had ever been in a situation before. Well, actually, he couldn't really say that...he didn't know Katsu well enough to. At the question, he glanced over at his companion, giving a soft shrug. "What time is it now?" he asked. Once he'd found out it was nearly ten in the morning, he ran a hand up through his hair. "In nine hours." he told him, turning his gaze away. Seven PM."

That was a long time to spend in a place with no distractions, and no escape if they were surrounded on the outside of that large wooden door. He shook his head. No. He wouldn't think about that. There was no way the government would find them so soon down here. But, then again, they had all day to try and track one of their best agents. This thought made him look back to the blonde male sitting next to him. He looked him over, finding that he only looked the slightest bit panicked. Go figure.

"You're really..." he started, but couldn't think of a word to finish his sentence with. He could say "amazing", but that sounded too phony for his liking. "Incredible" was a bit far fetched, in his mind. And "wonderful" made him think of Disney movies. Natsuo gave an agitated sigh, running a hand up through his hair again. This time, he held his bangs on top of his head, meeting the other male's eyes. "I don't know how to say it...but you're...different, from what I had been expecting. And, I'm glad." he offered a small smile, which was the largest he could muster in that situation. "If you ever think of a way I could thank you...I'll do it. No matter what, I'll do it."
  //Natsuo// / Embaby / 6y 213d 12h 18m 25s
Katsu's mind raced faster than he paced, and he found himself walking faster to get his body to catch up with his mind. He was trying to understand what was the correct course of action. After all, it seemed it was expected that he would be here eventually, and by the last person he expected.

He almost thought that, with the note pinned to the wood of the cupboard, that someone had been some steps ahead of him and had sent him another warning to show up. But, in actuality, it was someone who was miles ahead. Katsu thought it to be Lyn, but he couldn't be for certain.

Deciding to calm it down, Katsu sat beside Natsuo and put his hands together across his legs as he leaned forward, frustrated. He distracted himself by checking his watch. It was about 10 in the morning, and time was edging by slowly. He wondered if it was at all possible to speed things up, but he knew some amount of patience would be necessary. "When will you be meeting with your contact?" Katsu said, trying to keep his mind busy with an endpoint. He knew that there would be a bit of negativity going on on the surface in around two hours, and there was a limit to how much he could stand staying in one place. Although the underground passageways were secret, they weren't secret from the East Side organization, and Katsu doubted that he was the only one who had it mapped.
  Katsu Hikari / kyanydkwc / 6y 213d 23h 2m 49s
Natsuo watched as Katsu stood from his place on the make-shift couch, walking across the room. He pulled something off of the wall, seeming to have not heard his question. When he did finally answer it, Natsuo was a tad surprised that he had indeed heard him, because he'd taken so long to answer at all. With a light sigh, he nodded. "Alright. Thanks." he said, turning away. The further he walked out of the room, the darker the place got. It was weird, being so big. He'd only ever been in one room like this before, when he was very small. He could remember having a very difficult time processing what was going on. He'd been brought down there with his parents to re-ensure that they knew where to go if anything ever happened int he city. And he could remember that it's layout hadn't been quite the same as this one's.

Once in the kitchen, or what he thought could be at least deemed a kitchen, he started going through drawers. He could see very well, the flashlight still with Katsu in the other room. Instead, he had taken to feeling through the drawers, one by one. He was thankful he hadn't cut himself on any of the knives one had held. When he finally found the pack of matches, he felt relief. Now they could have more light, preserves the flashlight's battery, and potentially get some warmth, down in the cool, damp tunnels. He brought the package back out into the living room, and used the flashlight's light to see what he was doing. Once he had a flame blazing atop the match he was holding, he swiftly lit the candle he'd found earlier, which brought him to find three more. In a few minutes, the match had burned out, but the room was no partially lit with the four candles around the room. After turning off the flashlight, Natsuo sat down on the uncomfortable make-shift couch with a sigh. Now what was he going to do?
  //Natsuo// / Embaby / 6y 217d 11h 5m 9s
Katsu looked over to Natsuo, thinking over his question. He thought it over for longer than he eventually thought was necessary, a solid distraction of a folded piece of paper pinned to a wooden cupboard on the other end of the room. "I...," he managed as he walked over to it and unpinned it, though not unfolding it quite yet. It took him a few moments to process the question completely.

"Oh, no. I don't. Sorry, but there should be some..." Katsu looked around for a brief moment, trying to remember where they matches would normally be held. It had been years since he had been down in these tunnels, let alone this particular "safe" room. "Try the drawers in the kitchen," he said after a few seconds of deliberation.

Once that was said, he sat down on the "couch" in the makeshift living room, which was a makeshift elongated chair with strong, uncomfortable fabric fashioned across a leather frame. He opened the letter and read it in silence.

Be careful
L

Katsu felt his heart sink a bit and he folded the slip of paper. He let out a soft sigh and sat back on the couch, trying to get as comfortable as he could on the couch. Eventually, with a curse, he stood up and took to pacing.
  Katsu Hikari / kyanydkwc / 6y 217d 17h 14m 29s
Natsuo listened as the lighter haired male began to speak. So, these halls were here before the two sides were developed? Why? What was their purpose? He'd always been told that they were there for evacuation and safety for those living in the West Side if war ever did break out between the two sides of the city. But, if the East Side had them too, then obviously they'd been put there before the development of the two opposing sides. And, if there were doors that connected the tunnels of both sides, then that meant that they must have gone up long before the Head of the East Side and the West Side Head had a dispute in the old government, splitting the government and the city in two.

When they came up to one of the large wooden doors, Natsuo watched in silence as Katsu pulled out a key that matched the door's lock, and after a moment, it opened. The heavy slab of wood let out a small, slow groan as it was pulled open for the two to enter, and inside was a large chamber. There were no carpets to cool the floor, and no cushions on the couch to ease one's back or rear. It was very...odd looking. With no furnishings and no light except for the flashlight, it highly resembled the image of a dungeon, even with the furniture.

Natsuo reached behind himself after a moment and pulled the heavy wooden door closed, not wanting anyone to see them right away if they really did suspect they were down there. He looked around the dimly lit room, until his eyes caught sight of a slight glint in the flashlight's light. He walked over to it, avoiding other furniture, until he was standing in front of a small table on the opposite side of the room from Katsu, beside another uncomfortable looking couch. He reached out and touched it, the metal cool under his fingers. It took him a moment to realize it was a metal candle stick, and when he reached up, his fingers brushed the hard, cool wax of an unburned candle. Looking behind himself, he called out to Katsu:
"Hey! Do you have any matches?"
  //Natsuo// / Embaby / 6y 221d 23h 56m 28s
"You're half right," Katsu said as they continued to walk. "To be honest, these weren't the plans of any East Side member. Their existence spans since before the formal establishment of the sides." He ran his hands along the walls and came back with damp fingers. "The walls are of old-fashioned design and structure, with materials that aren't in production this size anymore. They were once connected to both sides, but there's now what could be called a 'wall' that interrupts some of the passageways, stopping them from crossing over."

Katsu walked into where one of the passageways came to a halt at a door. He pulled a key from his pocket, given to him by Rin, the bartender, and inserted into the key slot. The door opened to what would have been a meeting of passageways into a large clearing-like area, closed off from the other passageways by way of other locked doors.

The "room" looked like a large living room, although fashioned out of stone walls and crude wooden furniture. There wasn't much furnishings that looked any bit personal, much like a home that had absolutely no personal effects. "So, here's where we're going to be for a while," Katsu said as he sat on a hard bare couch.
  Katsu Hikari / kyanydkwc / 6y 222d 3h 58m 12s
Natsuo was little caught off guard by Katsu's sudden question, and at first wasn't sure if he was actually speaking to him. But when he looked past the shadowed figure in front of him, no one was standing in the light of the flashlight, and it's brightness reaches both walls, ceiling and floor, of where they were. No one else was there. He nodded his head, realized in a second that Katsu was in front of him and therefore couldn't see him, then decided it was okay to talk, since they were clearly the only ones down here. "Yes, I can." He waited another moment, but there was no response. So why had he asked?

His thoughts were distracted when he caught sight of a tunnel branching off to the right of the one they were in. He looked down it before the light from Katsu's flashlight strayed, and noticed that there were more branching out of it. Where were they? How far underground? What part of the East Side were in they in, right now? Natsuo looked around himself, turning in a slow circle as he walked, taking everything in. This place looked...familiar. But why? The walls and ceiling were a bit dusty, but otherwise clean, and the floor looked like no one had walked here in years. As they passed another tunnel, Natsuo looked down it, faintly seeing something at the end of it that didn't belong in the stone structure; a wooden door. That was when it hit him.

Natsuo stopped walking, and looked in front of him. He disregarded Katsu's question, asking his own. "Are these escape tunnels?" he asked him, almost abruptly. When he got no answer, the raven haired male jogged forward toward his companion, until he was only two steps behind him again. "Katsu, these are escape tunnels. They run all underneath the East Side, a wooden door with a staircase leading up into select houses and businesses." he paused, still, no answer. "The West Side has these, too. As a government worker, I've only been down in them twice, but I can remember. They're there, in case of an attack from here. So...why do you have them? When have you ever worried about an attack from us?"
  //Natsuo// / Embaby / 6y 222d 10h 56m 17s
"Can you speak?" Katsu said after the silence had gotten too heavy, even for him and his aversion to sound in a terse situation. But, after all, the only sound the had in the passageways under the city were their own footsteps and the subtle sounds from above.

It seemed like they had been walking for too long, although he could imagine they'd only been walking for around a half hour or more. The walked at a steady pace, not at the rushed gait Katsu was so accustomed to about the city. After all, there wasn't much reason to be in such a rush when they needed to stall as much as they could while keeping themselves moving. He knew that in at least four or so hours, he'd be a searched-for man.

"So, I'm somewhat curious," Katsu said, feeling a bit off and out of his normal behavior. "What is on your mind? At least, about all of this." Katsu wanted to laugh a bit, to find some humor in a situation that Natsuo was pretty much in the dark about.
  Katsu Hikari / kyanydkwc / 6y 222d 19h 24m 8s
Natsuo watched the male beside him, waiting. He didn't really know what he was waiting for, though. An answer of some sort to his question? A sign of sorts? Some way for him to tell that this was part of Katsu's plan...if he had a plan. When the blonde male called over the bartender, though, Natsuo found himself holding his breath. What was he going to say? Maybe just order another drink or some nachos or something? But Katsu wouldn't brush off importance like that. The words to the men spoke were jumbled and unreadable in his own ears, so he turned his eyes away. He felt like an eavesdropper, even though he didn't know what they were saying.

He perked up slightly when they were motioned to follow the bartender, and let out the breath he'd been holding lightly. He hopped down from the bar stool he'd been sitting on and followed behind Katsu as he followed the bartender to a door in the back of the bar. Natsuo stopped walking a few paces back from the blonde male when he paused, once again feeling like he was intruding on an important conversation between the two other men. But, he didn't know why it mattered. Him and Katsu could be considered partners now, right? So didn't that mean he had a right to know what they were talking about? But it was already too late, and once again he was following the blonde male out.

Where they were, he couldn't see clearly. It was dark, the only light the flashlight in Katsu's hand. Even so, Natsuo found himself looking around them, trying to figure out where they were, and if it was safe. The lighter haired male trusted the bartender, it seemed, but could he really? Could anyone be trusted? He hoped Katsu was right to trust that man, and if he wasn't, that they would never find out.
  //Natsuo// / Embaby / 6y 223d 11h 57m 49s
Katsu opened his mouth to reply to Natsuo, but no words came out. He wasn't exactly sure what he could say out loud, what he could say given how close they were to other people. He wasn't very surprised that people were around in the bar, especially considering a good many of them probably had been there most of the night. It would be closing in an hour or two, however, and he thought it would probably be best if he went through with his idea before they closed.

"Rin," Katsu called out, catching the attention of the bartender. Katsu leaned slightly over the counter as the bartender did as well. With a small side glance at the rest of the bar, Katsu spoke low and in a foreign language, keeping his words from being too intelligible. After a few moments of speaking, the bartender stood up and stretched.

"You know this is going to cost you this time. I can't keep doing this for you."

"I understand. I wouldn't ask if it wasn't necessary."

The bartender sighed and stretched, then motioned for the two of them to follow him. Katsu got off of his stool and followed the man to a door in the back. As he was about to step through the door frame, he paused, taking a necklace off of his neck and looking it briefly. It was an iron pendant with a ring on the chain, one that was too big for his fingers. He handed it to the bartender.

"Here's this. For your brother, if he's still around. If you can reach him, tell him I'm sorry. I thought he'd want this back, anyway."

The bartender looked at the pendant and pocketed it reluctantly. "I'll see what I can do, now get going." With a small smile, Katsu descended down into the corridor, taking a flashlight with him as they walked in darkness.
  Katsu Hikari / kyanydkwc / 6y 225d 10h 49s
Natsuo kept pace beside Katsu as they walked down the streets, winding and turning and staying out of peoples' way. It took him a while to realize he knew the street they were on, and that they'd only recently been here. As they walked up to the bar, he was reassured that he did somewhat know the streets. Nodding his thanks to the other male, he walked inside and into the dimly lit space. He had to pause just inside, waiting for his eyes to adjust. When they had, he noticed Katsu had already taken a place at the bar, and he followed him to a vacant bar stool beside him. When the bartender walked passed them, he gave a curious look, a brow slightly raised as he went to someone else at the opposite end of the bar who had called him over.

Natsuo let a small breath of relief slip through his lips as he glanced sideways through his bangs at the male sitting next to him. Why had he suddenly rushed them out of the bunker like that? Had they been found out? Had just Natsuo been found out? If that were the case, he couldn't understand why Katsu would be trying to get him to safety. No, it probably isn't that, then. he thought to himself. But he kept his eyes on the other male, trying to figure him out. Something had definitely set him off; given him a tip to get out of the bunker apartment as fast as possible. But were they really safe out in the open like they were? Of coarse, he didn't expect the government to make a scene on public streets just to either capture or get rid of the two of them. But, then again, he didn't know the East Side government as well as Katsu did.

"So," he started, his voice slightly low, trying to be as casual as possible. "Where do we go from here?"
  //Natsuo// / Embaby / 6y 230d 10h 57m 10s
Katsu walked at a steady pace, his hands in his pocket so that he looked, at the very least, casual despite his inner tension. He was on edge, very far on edge given that one email, and he knew he didn't have much time or leeway to disappear for a good nearly twelve hours or more. There was likely to be a small window before any small bit of panic ensued to locate him. After all, anyone with the knowledge of the intentions and plans of the East Side were always under some amount of scrutiny.

Katsu wracked his brain for a list of places they could go to keep busy. There was the mall, and of course it was easy to be lost in such a place, but not at such an early hour when it had yet to open to the public. They could ride in the station, but every passage was logged in, so they wouldn't exactly be able to travel without their passage being known.

Well, there is the bar.

Knowing himself to be direct, Katsu walked with Natsuo in silence to the bar they had been in last night. It seemed like a good place, a consistent pattern in the event he was being watched. At least then, he could have the hope that others would see his companion Natsuo as little other than that. After all, they'd only really had the public opportunity to wander near aimlessly about town and do what would probably look like miscellaneous sight-seeing. Well, except for maybe one or two days.

They walked up to the bar, and Katsu sighed with relief in noticing that it wouldn't close for another two hours. He held open the door and muttered a hoarse "After you" as he followed Natsuo inside.

Despite the brightness outside, he was greeted by a near maddening level of darkness within, as all blinds were drawn closed. There were a few people inside, and Katsu recognized them as regulars from over the years. However, he still had to be careful in the event that it was simply a ruse. Paranoid thinking, probably, but paranoia always lead to more cautious actions. At the bar, he sat at a stool and resumed his silence. He would wait for a few moments, a few enough for others to lose that more-than-temporary interest in him and Natsuo.
  Katsu Hikari / kyanydkwc / 6y 230d 11h 53m 7s
Natsuo nodded, seeing a slight resolve in Katsu. But, at the same time, he still seemed wary. Well, who wouldn't? He was leaving behind everything he knew, everything he'd ever learned, to help someone he'd known for less than a week. For a place that was believed to be his soul enemy for all of his life. But, it was all of that that made Natsuo look up to this man. He was throwing away everything for a place he didn't know, a place he'd hated for most, in not all, of his life. And he was amazing for doing so.

Following Katsu out of the apartment, he watched as the other male set up a security system, locking down the bunker, and then started up the stairs. When they got to the top, they stepped out of the building, and darker haired male was almost blinded by the intense sunlight. He squinted, blinking hard as he brought a hand up to shade his eyes. For a second, he thought a giant spotlight was being shone on them, that they'd been found. But it was clear that it was only the sun, as everything was lit the same, everywhere.

As they started walking, Natsuo began to tense. They had no idea of knowing what would be around the next corner, or the one after that. If they would be attacked, or possibly hunted to a more vacant area. Would they be cornered? Would they be taken captive? Would they be killed, or kept alive and tortured? So many questions, and no answers. They couldn't know anything, and wouldn't know anything, until something happened.

"Alright." he nodded, stepping up. Walking fast, Natsuo kept pace with Katsu as they walked through the streets of the East Side. He just hoped they didn't make too peculiar of a pair.
  //Natsuo// / Embaby / 6y 235d 5h 15m 57s
Natsuo nodded, seeing a slight resolve in Katsu. But, at the same time, he still seemed wary. Well, who wouldn't? He was leaving behind everything he knew, everything he'd ever learned, to help someone he'd known for less than a week. For a place that was believed to be his soul enemy for all of his life. But, it was all of that that made Natsuo look up to this man. He was throwing away everything for a place he didn't know, a place he'd hated for most, in not all, of his life. And he was amazing for doing so.

Following Katsu out of the apartment, he watched as the other male set up a security system, locking down the bunker, and then started up the stairs. When they got to the top, they stepped out of the building, and darker haired male was almost blinded by the intense sunlight. He squinted, blinking hard as he brought a hand up to shade his eyes. For a second, he thought a giant spotlight was being shone on them, that they'd been found. But it was clear that it was only the sun, as everything was lit the same, everywhere.

As they started walking, Natsuo began to tense. They had no idea of knowing what would be around the next corner, or the one after that. If they would be attacked, or possibly hunted to a more vacant area. Would they be cornered? Would they be taken captive? Would they be killed, or kept alive and tortured? So many questions, and no answers. They couldn't know anything, and wouldn't know anything, until something happened.

"Alright." he nodded, stepping up. Walking fast, Natsuo kept pace with Katsu as they walked through the streets of the East Side. He just hoped they didn't make too peculiar of a pair.
  //Friends// / Embaby / 6y 235d 5h 16m 29s
Katsu looked at Natsuo for a long moment, paused in thought. Was he really willing to risk it? However sure he was that he could get help elsewhere, would he be able to predict the East Side's movements in knowing he was gone?

"I'm willing to risk it," he concluded, half-sure of himself. "I've come to far to let things fall to pieces now." He checked to make sure he had his guns about him; two at his waist, two at the sides of his chest inside his jacket, and two small revolvers hidden inside his boots. He removed his phone from his pocket and pulled a replica phone from a drawer by the door. He switched the phones and put the original on the desk in the dining room. "Come on," Katsu said, making his way to the front door.

He opened the door, gesturing for Natsuo to go first. He activated his security system and stepped out. He wouldn't be coming back to that place for sure, he knew. The security system would set the apartment ablaze in the event of an unauthorized trespass, and the security sequence, even if guessed, would take longer to punch it in than to stop the flames.

"Let's go," he said to Natsuo, walking at a brisk pace that was much like his usual, although his arms were stiff in his pockets. He was on edge, and was almost certain he'd be watched. "Do me a favour," Katsu said with a low voice. "Stay close to me, and walk at my side. Do not fall behind me."
  Katsu Hikari / kyanydkwc / 6y 235d 5h 31m 49s
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