If That's What It Takes

If That's What It Takes

By: Rhiannon

I played the part of a broken heart upon a shelf.

I played that part so lonely and so well.

Though that love belonged to someone else, not me and you.

Yeah, I know that you've been shattered, you'e been bruised.

We both know what it feels like when you lose.

But I'd bet my life on a roll of the dice for you.

The camp fire burned bright. They were all asleep except for two. One, a blonde sat against a log, watching the stars. Another, a brunette watched him.

Hesitantly, the brunette sat by the blonde. "Yamato...?"

The blonde rolled his eyes. "What is it Tai?"

"I was just gonna ask if you were tired, but forget it."

"You asked me that twenty seconds ago."


"You don't need to worry 'bout me, Taichi. So stop."

"I wasn't worried!" He crossed his arms, looking away.

"Sure you weren't."

"Is there a reason you hate me?" Taichi looked at the other with serious eyes.

He was taken aback. "Wh-what are you talking about?"

"I mean, is there a reason that you hate me?"

"I don't hate you, okay?"

"B-but you're always on my case an' stuff."

The boy drew a breath. "It's just cuz...it's just cuz I don't want anybody to get hurt, y'know?" He kept his eyes on the sky, never turning to the other boy.


"Just don't worry about me. I know you're worrying about me, but don't do it, okay? I don't need anyone worryin' 'bout me."

If that's what it takes, that's what I'd do.

Tonight's the night I'm gonna prove it to you.

Do I have to break down, baby, just to break through.

If that's what it takes, that's what I'd do.

If that's what it takes...

"But everyone needs some one to worry about them."

"No, they don't. Besides, worrying only leads to hurt."


"Could you just shut up? I mean, all you do is talk, talk, talk!"


"See?! You just keep talkin'! And it's not even that- you're so annoying! So just shut up and stop worrying!"

The brunette held back tears. "Annoying?! *I'm* annoying?! Who's the one who never says what he's feeling, keeps everything inside?! Do you have any idea how annoying it is to care about some one who never notices or doesn't even give a damn about you?!" He stood up, clenching his fists.

"Are you refering to me?! Cuz if you are, then-" With that, the other broke down, crying.

I bet you counted all the tears I bet you've cried.

I bet you swore you'd never let love back inside.

'Cause it hurt you way too bad to say good-bye.

Now, there'll be times when I might put us to the test,

And it's hard for broken hearts to just forget.

But I've driving blind, I'll lay it all on the line for you.


"Just leave me alone!" Hesitantly, the blonde placed a hand on the boy's back.

"D-don't touch me!" He stood up, shrugging off the other's offer of comfort.

"Oh, like you have all the answers?! You think you can get us out of this place?!"

"What the hell do you want from me, Yamato?! Just-just leave me alone!" He began to run, but found himself pulled to the ground.

"Get off of me!"

"Chill out, Taichi." He got off the other boy. "What the hell is your problem?!"

The brunette sat up. "You wanna know what my problem is?! *You*. *You're* my problem. I'm sick of you pickin' on me! I'm trying my best, okay?! And god damnit, I'm sorry if that ain't good enough for you!"

"I just want for everything to be okay...I just want everything to be right..." He began to trace random patterns in the ground.

"So you just take everything out on me, right?!"

"That's not true!"

If that's what it takes, that's what I'd do.

Tonight's the night I'm gonna prove it to you.

Do I have to break down, baby just to break through?

If that's what it takes, that's what I'd do.

If that's what it takes...

"Look, you wanna know why I pick on you so much?"

"Yeah, that'd be nice to know."

"It's cuz- it's cuz I can trust you when I'm worried 'bout stuff. I mean, I've never really had anyone to trust, but when I'm with you, I just know that everything's gonna be okay. I don't mean to be mean about it...it's just the way it comes out. And what if I'm wrong? What if you're not gonna make everything okay? An' I don't wanna risk that, so..."

"Oh..." The two exchanged a light smile.

The brunette drew a deep breath. "You shouldn't be so defensive, y'know. You don't need to be. I mean, as long as I'm around, I won't let anything happen to you or anyone. Cuz I'm the leader, right? And it's my job. And never mind that I don't exactly want that responsibility."

"Hey, it's okay, y'know? I mean, I didn't want the responsibility of looking after Takeru at first, but now...Now, I know I could never give up that responsibility. Besides, everything will be okay. We'll do it together."

So when you feel like jumping,

Just when you heart starts pumping,

When you're standing on that ledge, staring over the edge.

I'll be there to talk you down, I'll be there before you hit the ground.

Taichi leant towards the other boy. The other boy put his arm around him. "Thanks...It means alot, to know that you don't hate me."

"How could you even think that?"

"You don't make it easy to think otherwise."

"It's just that...it's just that I've been hurt alot, y'know? Especially by people I cared about alot. And I'm scared of being hurt again..."

The brunette lightly kissed the blonde's cheek. "How could you even think that I'd hurt you or any of my friends? I said that I won't let anything happen to you, and I mean it."

The blonde blushed. "Th-thanks."

The two fell asleep by the fire in one another's arms...

If that's what it takes, that's what I'd do.

Tonight's the night I'm gonna prove it to you.

Do I have to break down, baby just to break through?!

If that's what if takes, that's what I'd do.

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