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24 July 2006 @ 11:24 pm
Author: ekas
Fandom: Tenjho Tenge
Characters/Pairing: Takayanagi Masataka/Natsume Aya
Prompt: Pride
Word Count: 511
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: I don't own Tenjho Tenge or it's characters. I just use them for my own amusement.

Aya sometimes felt as if she did not have much to be proud of; she constantly lived within the shadow of her older sister. She always heard herself being compared to her sister, body type, fighting ability, fashion sense. Maya always seemed to be just a tad bit better in everything in the eyes of those making the comparisons. She always felt a little more than inadequate whenever she heard students making those comparisons, or even sometimes when they were walking on the street she would hear a passing comment that insinuated Maya was better.

Yet she still held onto one thing she could have pride in, one thing she knew her older sister could never take away from her. Despite how she might feel about the man, Takayanagi-senpai loved her, and not just because her older sister just so happened to be Natsume Maya. He worshipped her body without comparing it to Maya’s. His love for her was the one thing she could take pride in anymore without wondering if Maya was eventually going to take it away from her.

It had been a long day in classes and training. Maya had outshined her in everything once again, and she wanted nothing more than to feel pride in herself. To know there was something she could do that Maya never could. Could never even think about doing.

“Takayanagi-senpai!” she called cheerfully when she finally found him, hanging around outside her family’s dojo after school. She seemed to keep finding him there more frequently recently, as if he had some great purpose waiting for something there. Funny how she had never noticed it until she was in high school, which only served to strengthen her suspicions that he was waiting for her and only her. She smiled at him and gave a slight giggle as she tilted her head to the side which only seemed to embarrass him further.

“Aya-chan! I was just…” he stammered, looking around with a faint blush as if he could discern the answer from the surrounding landscape. Unfortunately for him, his mind failed to grasp at anything, and he faltered and lowered his eyes to the ground, …”standing out here doing nothing,” and she was certain his face was bright red by that point and it couldn’t get any worse. She giggled and proceeded to prove herself wrong.

“Takayanagi-senpai, Maya is busy tonight, and I really don’t want to eat by myself, so would you like to come over for dinner?”

“Seriously?” he asked as if he thought she could possibly lie to him about something like that. She nodded once, and his face suddenly got much brighter. She was the only person in the world who could make him so happy. “I’d love to!” he said energetically.

On impulse she leaned forward and kissed him lightly on the cheek. That seemed to calm him down, and he froze stiller than a statue under her touch. “A-Aya-chan!” No matter how she tried, Maya would never take away her pride as long as she still had Takayanagi.