Hikaru jogged forward, forcing himself to move.
He was most definitely not a distance runner. His face was flushed and his palms were sweating.
His stomach tied in a knot as he thought about Kaoru's situation.
There was always a chance that he actually was going to get checked out by a doctor. But…
That's not it.
His fingers grew white as he clenched his fists even tighter, his nails digging into his moist palms. Sure, he wouldn't mind if a doctor was with Kaoru. As long as it wasn't that doctor.
But it was. And he knew it.
He continued peering into the circular windows on the doors of the south hallway.
Kaoru was in none of them.
In fact, nobody was in them. He hadn't seen a single person the southernmost hallway.
Just how the doctor wanted it.
That thought pushed Hikaru into a frantic sprint, glancing into each window. He stopped in front of one of the rooms, looking inside. He had thought he saw a shadow, but with a second glance, he realized it was nothing but room divider.
Hikaru was about to break into a sprint once again when a loud crash sounded from the room directly behind him.
Kaoru's breathing quickened as the doctor approached him, needle in hand and smile on his face.
Come on now Kaoru, this is your last chance.
He would make a break for the door.
Just as he was tensing his body to jump up from the hospital bed, a flash of movement caught his eye. Through the small window in the door, he could see an orange-haired boy staring into the room across from him.
"Hikaru!" Kaoru said, perking up from the bed with sudden relief. He realized immediately this had been a mistake.
The doctor lunged forward with unexpected speed, jabbing the long syringe into his leg. Kaoru released a small yelp.
He felt his head become heavy on his shoulders. All of his muscles began to relax. He could feel the burning drug race through his veins, robbing him of all motion. It was paralyzing him.
"No." he gasped, falling back onto the bed. The doctor smiled and moved back toward the door, but in his hurry to get out of the view of the hallway, he stumbled over the wheels of the divider, causing it to crash to the ground.
"Dammit!" he growled, his grin disappearing. He quickly flew to the wall next to the door, making sure to remove himself from the sightline of the window. Kaoru watched as Hikaru responded to the noise, rushing across the hallway and toward the window. Simultaneously, the doctor pulled a tiny glass tube with a thin plastic cap on the end from his coat. He stuck the needle inside and filled it up with the clear liquid.
Hikaru's face appeared in the window and a smile broke across his face when he spotted Kaoru.
Dr. Hirato reached over with one arm and unlocked the door with a soft click.
Kaoru tried to move his lips, to warn Hikaru, but the drug had affected him too greatly. He couldn't talk. All he could do was watch.
Hikaru flung the door open.
"Kaoru! I've been looking everywhere for you!" He exclaimed, moving through the doorway and into the room, "I thought that crazy doctor kidnapped you! Thank God you're oka-"
Hikaru's eyes widened as he felt Dr. Hirato rush upon him, stabbing forward with the needle. Hikaru turned quickly, ducking out of that way, but the doctor was faster. He grabbed Hikaru by the collar and pushed him against the wall with one arm.
"Look now, you've made me get physical. We don't want to bruise that porcelain skin of yours." The doctor whispered in his ear, leaning in close. He then drew the syringe back and stabbed it deep into the base of Hikaru's neck.
Hikaru gasped and tried to struggle, but his legs slowly collapsed, forcing him onto his knees. He slowly turned his head to meet Dr. Hirato's gaze.
"You bastard." He managed, falling onto his stomach with a soft thump.
"Whew." the doctor said with a chuckle, wiping pretend sweat from his brow, "That was a tough one."
The twins could only glare at him.
Dr. Hirato looked as if he was having the time of his life.
"Well, we should start working on getting out of this school. We'll be much more comfortable at my place." the doctor said, floating toward the door and re-locking it. He then walked to the other end of the room, the Hitachiin twins following his every move, eyes wide.
They were both thinking the exact same thing.
We're in deep shit.
"It's funny how easy this has been," Dr. Hirato began. He began to move a tall pile of filing boxes to the side, revealing a small door connecting their room with the one next to it.
"You know," The doctor said with a sigh, "Maybe I should stop now. I mean, maybe if I limit myself, my addiction will be more resistible." The twins' hearts rose. Maybe he would let them go.
The doctor gazed at the paralyzed twins with a small smile.
"Yes, I will stop. But... only after you two. This is my last one, going out with a bang. This'll be so much fun." The doctor said with an excited laugh. Kaoru lifted his head two inches, straining against the hold the drugs had on him. He wouldn't allow this to happen.
"No, no, we don't want that." Dr. Hirato said, forcing Kaoru's head back down. Hikaru growled.
"Feisty, feisty." The doctor said, wagging his finger. He walked back to the door and swung it open.
"Luckily," He said, poking his head into the next room, "The attached room has an exit."
He walked back over to where the twins were, Kaoru on the hospital bed and Hikaru on the floor. Hikaru was trying to lift his arms, but could only twitch his fingers.
The doctor picked Kaoru up carefully, and began to carry the limp boy out of the room. Hikaru strained to sit up.
"Stop!" Hikaru managed to choke out. Dr. Hirato ignored him.
Hikaru felt his eyes grow hot as he watched his little brother being carried away.
Kaoru's heart was beating quickly as sweat began to form on his brow. He was trying so hard to move that he was getting dizzy. His body refused to respond.
The doctor carried him through a small room and toward a door exiting the school. The doctor kicked open the door and a cold breeze washed through Kaoru's hair, clearing his mind.
He knew where they were. They were in the back parking lot for teachers and staff.
Nobody would be outside that time of day. Everybody was working.
After two minutes of being bounced around in the doctor's arms, they stopped walking. Dr. Hirato used his shoulder to open the doors of a sleek white van.
You have to be kidding me, Kaoru thought. This is so stereotypical.
He was amazed that this was the only thought that came to mind.