starter for @bclasaeg : Chen Lei & Hideki Masamoto .
sentimental as he can actually be , Lei doesn’t exactly feel the need to hide the fact that there was so much he treasured from the past after all , he just hasn’t a lot to keep when it came to physical reminders . thrown out of the house by his own father with only a barely full backpack , the same one he had been using throughout his school years , and then another one - two years after that until Mr. Tsui Long insisted he get a new one … but he had since outgrown the need for it .
the book Hideki has in his hand at the moment , had been passed to him through his younger sister upon their second meeting years after their paths had completely diverged . a photo album made by members of the club he had been a part of . he could count photos that included him with one hand , mostly in the first half when he was still around , in the sidelines , but that was already more than he had ever expected .
he walks over to the other , gaze softening as it falls upon the open page . the two of them falling behind the rest of the team on the way home , immersed in their own conversation . dazzling summer , dazzling admiration . he taps a finger on the ramen shop in the background .
“ i think they just opened a branch near the station . ”