Midnight. Finally. I can post this damn thing.
Okay. A couple of things first...
1. Happy Birthday, fluffymaru!!! Hope you like this gift... heh.
2. This is not the fic I originally intended to write... however, that one came out horribly, and although I still want to go back and fix it and do it right [because the idea is eating my brain and I love it] I knew I wouldn't have it done in time for the 28th... so I had to come up with something else in the meantime, and this is what it came out as. Yeah. This isn't the greatest, either, but trust me... it's better than what I started with.
So... onto the fic.
Title: Shape of Things to Come
Fandom: Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE
Pairing: Pre Kurogane/Fai
Disclaimer: I own nothing, CLAMP owns it all.
Summary: A moment in time when everything can change, or nothing can change. OR, a pointless fic about a small moment in the lives of Kurogane and Fai.
A/N: Dedicated to fluffymaru [yay]. Un-beta'd, though, so sorry about that. [605 words... I really do fail. Oops.]
Kurogane wasn’t sure what he was doing. He looked down at Fai, lying on the bed and unconscious, and his eyes narrowed angrily. It wasn’t as if the man was still in any sort of danger – he was passed out, and his muscles would no doubt be sore when he woke, but he was going to be fine.
It made him so angry that Fai was so good at not getting hurt, but kept slipping up. “And I keep protecting you! That’s not my job!”
Fai stirred slightly at that and Kurogane clamped his mouth shut, crossed his arms, and leaned back, waiting to see if Fai would wake completely. When he didn’t, he let out an annoyed sigh and stood, not sure what to do with himself. He settled for leaning against the wall.
He stayed until Fai finally awoke, and scowled as the trademark smile immediately graced his face. “Kurorin, were you looking after me?”
“Of course not!” Kurogane immediately protested, even though he had been doing just that. “I was just escaping that stupid white thing. He wouldn’t bug me in here.”
“Ah.” The smile never faltered, and yet somehow Kurogane still felt that he had said something wrong. “Still, it’s nice to wake up and not be alone, don’t you think?”
A sad look crossed his face that Kurogane didn’t even begin to try and understand. “Don’t go getting any ideas.”
“Of course not, Kuro-chan!” Fai laughed slightly. “I wouldn’t dream of it.”
Kurogane finally moved from his place on the wall. “And stop mocking me, you stupid…! Agh! Never mind!” He stormed out of the room and slammed the door behind him. But having a wall between himself and Fai didn’t calm his temper a bit, so he left the house they were currently staying in entirely, intent on finding something to take his anger out on.
Fai watched him go – let him go – and if his smile looked just a little sadder than when Kurogane had been in the room, well, no one was there to notice.
When Kurogane came back it was dark, so he assumed that Fai was once again asleep. He was wrong.
The door clicked shut quietly, and Fai gave him a moment to take off his cloak and begin to relax before he flicked on the light, which caused Kurogane to immediately tense, spin, and face him. “What the hell?”
Fai smiled and cocked his head to the side. “Did you have fun, Kuro-chan?”
Kurogane growled. “I want to go to bed.”
“Hm. But, I’m not sleepy.”
“Yeah, well that’s none of my concern!”
Fai fake-pouted and poked Kurogane in his chest. “You’re always so angry. It contorts your face and makes you uglier than you should be.”
“You… just shut up and stop being so damn irritating!” He turned away and Fai lowered his head, just slightly.
“Thank you, Kurogane, for staying by me while I was unconscious.”
It was the use of his name more than the thank you that made Kurogane turn around in shock. “You… you’re welcome.”
Fai laughed delightedly. “So you did stay with me! I thought so!”
Kurogane growled, “Why you…!”
Fai leaned up and kissed him lightly on the cheek. “You’re so cute, Kurorin! Good night!” He turned away and got into bed. For all Kurogane could tell, he fell asleep immediately.
He reached a hand up to his cheek for a moment and then scoffed at himself. It meant nothing – just more of Fai teasing him to try and get his temper up.
That had to be it, because the alternative was too confusing to consider.