Heart beating loudly in his ears, face flushed and grinning widely, Yamada tumbled into the backstage area of Yokohama Arena with the other members of Hey! Say! 7. He caught glimpses of the others grinning, too, as the staff hurried to help them change for their next number, and he tried to catch his breath, but it was hard to let go of the excitement and giddiness of almost kissing Chinen on stage. The base line of Speed It Up thumping through the arena felt distant to Yamada despite the volume, his mind still playing back to him those moments in Weekender, and when his costume change was finished, he gravitated immediately towards Chinen, meeting his eyes and then putting his arms around Chinen’s waist to pull him close, knowing they had another minute before they needed to be in place to go on stage.
“Hi,” Chinen said, smiling his cute, perfect smile up at Yamada and reaching his hands up to cup Yamada’s face, and it was exactly what Yamada needed to feel calmer again for a moment. He was having more fun than he’d even expected with the little competition that had developed between him and Yuto—because he was NOT going to lose to him on being lovey-dovey with his boyfriend on stage during Weekender—and truth be told, he got a rush from showing off his love for Chinen that way. But he loved that he could have both feelings with Chinen, the playfulness and adrenaline on stage as well as the moments of calm and quiet together. In a minute they’d go perform Party Monster and act crazy on stage, but for the moment, Yamada pulled Chinen into a hug, breathing him in and feeling grateful.
“I love you,” Yamada murmured into Chinen’s hair.
“Me too,” Chinen whispered back, and Yamada could feel him start to grin again against Yamada’s neck. “Now go amaze the fans with your sexiness~”
Your turn, ceeri!