Nao held out the small scrap of paper to Mrs. Tachibana. He smiled.
"Just in case you need to reach me. I'm just a phone call away." Before he left, Mr. Tachibana held his arms out open. Both men hugged each other tightly.
"Thank you for being there for my son," the older man said softly. He felt the long-haired man's head move up and down.
"Of course. Take care, all of you." The young man was released from the embrace and left, waving goodbye.
"Bye!" Ran and Ren called out. Mrs. Tachibana smiled.
Tomorrow would be the day Makoto would come back home with his family. She was grateful he was not ordered to go to a mental hospital. She and her husband would never have been able to let their son go. Even if it was selfish and fulfilled their wants, Mrs. Tachibana knew her son. He wanted to go home. He wanted to get better too.
She knew he'd get better.
Haruka yawned and covered his mouth with the back of his hand. Makoto smiled weakly at him. That smile...
It finally came back. It was his smile too.
"Go to sleep, Haru-chan. Don't stay awake just for me." It was still light out, only three in the afternoon, but Haruka had not been sleeping well. The circles under his eyes were unnoticeable to everyone but Makoto. He felt ashamed for being the cause of Haruka's insomnia.
He also did not need Haruka to tell him that he was the reason; he already knew.
"Not yet," Haruka said, shaking his head. Makoto smiled again. He expected such an answer. He twirled a strand of hair from his bangs. "Makoto?" the raven asked. The brunette looked up and smiled again. Their connection never weakened; it might have even strengthened these past few days.
"Yes, Haru-chan?" Haruka shifted and faced Makoto. He intertwined their fingers together.
"I missed you."
"I missed you too," the brunette said with a smile.
"And stop with the -chan already."
Before he even took a step inside, Makoto already felt the wave of homesickness hit him. He had only been in the hospital for almost two weeks, but it was like being kept away from home for two centuries. He could not imagine what it felt like for Haruka and his family.
He sat in the living room when there was a knock on the door. One of his parents opened the door and he could hear soft whispering. A moment later, there was a gentle stampede of his friends running to the couch Makoto sat on. Nagisa threw himself onto the brunette's lap.
"Mako-chan!" the blond cried. Makoto hugged his friend close.
"Hey, Nagisa. Hey guys," he greeted the others. They were all there- Haruka, Nagisa, Rei, Rin, Sousuke, even Aiichiro and Momotarou. He frowned. "I'm so sorry."
"Hey," Rin spoke first. "It's not your fault. Haru told us everything he knew you were comfortable with us knowing." A tiny smile broke Makoto's countenance.
"Too bad I have to start taking medication, but I think it will help me a lot. Hopefully," he added uncertainly. "I just hope that Ran and Ren never go through what I did. They don't deserve that. No one deserves that."
"Neither did you," Sousuke corrected. Nagisa whimpered and hugged Makoto tightly. He smiled. Haruka sat next to him and held his hand. It was very warm, as it should be.
For the first time in years, surrounded by people who cared for him, Makoto was happy.
Thus, the end of Fallen Angel. Hope you all enjoyed this (late) last chapter. Please read my other stories and follow, favorite and review! You can also follow me on Twitter, my username on my profile! Thanks and I'll see you all soon!