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30 October 2007 @ 03:38 pm
Title: Mismatched Thread
Fandom: Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles. General Series
Characters: Kurogane/Fai
Prompt: 018. Black, 5. Together and 17. Chores
Word Count: 1,104
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Horitsuba verse. Fai discovers a small problem while trying to get dressed for the day.
Author's Notes: I blame CLAMP. Also, this is based off the 3rd Holitsuba CD rumors, so don' believe a word of it. I apologize for my original writing and my comp getting in the way of fanfiction recently.

Fai really disliked waking up to the sound of that particular alarm. Many times he had contemplated replacing it with a gentler version, one that would wake him gently and be nice to him. Still, he couldn’t bring himself to exchange it even though it did wake him with a grinding buzzing noise and was unintentionally insensitive on occasion. He knew it was not the alarm clock’s fault; it was simply the alarm’s nature. He rolled over onto his side and hit the snooze button before stumbling out of bed and into the bathroom for a morning shower. He was amazed at how filthy he could get in a single evening, especially when he stayed up late. Besides, he wouldn’t have to hear the alarm clock again if he was busy taking a shower, and he did need to be thoroughly cleaned. He had to be at work in half an hour, and he needed to look presentable for his students. After he was certain he had removed all the dried sweat from his body, he stepped out of the shower and pulled a clean towel out of the closet to dry himself with. Once finished with that, he hung the towel on the drying rack next to the other one and stepped back into the bedroom.

Kurogane must have awoken to the alarm’s second calling and was sitting on the edge of the bed, looking at the pile of clothes strewn across his bedroom floor. “Good morning, Kuro-sama,” Fai greeted him as he started picking through the clothes looking for his own. He didn’t have time to go back to his apartment and get a change of clothes before going to work. He would have to make do with what he had worn the day before. The children would never know as he had many shirts that looked exactly the same as that one. “Did you sleep well last night?” he asked, trying to find where his boxers had landed.

Kurogane grunted something unintelligible in response before heading towards the bathroom for his own shower. Fai looked around perplexed, trying to replay the events of the previous evening. He finally found his underwear underneath the bed. He pulled his boxers and pants on and realized he could no remember where he had taken his shirt off. He walked back over to the bathroom and pushed the door open a crack, just enough to see the gym teacher’s reflection in the mirror. “Kuro-chan, do you remember where we took my shirt off?”

“I think it’s in the other room.” He couldn’t see much in the mirror anyway, so he went in search of his shirt. He found it tossed carelessly on the floor next to the couch, and he missed having Kurogane around to watch him as he bent over to pick it up. As he started buttoning his shirt, he heard the water stop in the bathroom. He managed to button his shirt halfway before he found a small problem.

“Kuro-sama, we have a problem,” he told the gym teacher as he stepped out of his bedroom wearing only his pants. “One of the buttons on my shirt is missing.” He indicated where he had stopped buttoning the shirt. There was not enough time for him to go back to his apartment for a different shirt to wear. It was the first time any of his shirts had suffered such abuse at the hands of Kurogane, though Fai was honestly surprised it hadn’t happened before.

“What am I supposed to do about it?” Kurogane asked as he made his way into the kitchen and started making breakfast for the two of them.

“Maybe someone should have been more careful when he was taking my shirt off last night,” Fai teased as he dropped to his hands and knees to start searching for the missing button. A mismatched button would be just as noticeable as an absent one. “Do you have a sewing kit I could use?” he asked as he reached under the gym teacher’s couch. All he found was a handful of dust that he brushed off on the side of the sofa. Kurogane would never notice.

“It should be in the top drawer in the nightstand.”

Fai thought he smelled sausage cooking, and hoped Kurogane had been nice to him and bought the maple-flavored variety that he had requested on several occasions. He exclaimed happily as he found the missing button lying against the baseboard next to the door. Maybe breakfast would be ready by the time he found the sewing kit; his stomach was rolling from hunger. It took him a while to find the kit, stashed at the back of the drawer behind a box of condoms, and by the time he stepped into the other room, Kurogane was setting the plates of food on the table. Fai placed the kit on the table as he sat happily down next to the other man; Kurogane was not the best cook in the world, but he did like to try whenever Fai would spend the night at his apartment. The sausage was maple-flavored, and he tried not to praise Kurogane too much. It wouldn’t be right to let Kurogane know that he could please him so easily. Once they were finished eating, Fai started patching his shirt as Kurogane washed the dishes.

“Eh, Kuro-sama, all you have is black thread,” Fai said as he opened the kit.


“That’s not the color thread on the rest of my buttons.” Most people wouldn’t be able to tell the difference, but he would know and Kurogane would know.

“If you don’t like it, you can just take your shirt to the school and get the right color thread there.”

Fai grinned. “But Kuro-sama, that would mean I would have to borrow one of your shirts for work today.” Kurogane did not seem to be affected by his statements. “Your shirts are too big on me and with the way the students talk, everyone will suspect its yours, and then they’ll all know what we were having wild, passionate sex last night.”

Kurogane dropped the plate he was washing back into the sink. “Just use the black thread, and I’ll buy you a stuffed puppy later.”

Fai sometimes wondered about Kurogane’s extreme secretiveness about the fact that they were together, but he simply attributed it to the gym teacher’s shyness. Besides, if he did use the black thread to replace his button, it was another special secret they could share. And presents from Kurogane were always nice, especially if they were stuffed puppies.

urania: Gay Vampire of Love xDscarlettohara on October 30th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
Awwwww, so cute. <3

Hehee, and the thought of Kurogane buying a stuffed animal is so incredibly cute. I'm sure he'd get all embarassed once he was in the store and Fai'd tease him. XD~ Awww...
Wren: plushiesfengtianshi on October 30th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
Waaah! *_____*
Adorable picture of them, it's perfect, I love the way they interact, it feels like they are completely accostumed to each other... <3
And the thread thing.... XDDD I laughed so hard when I read it in the rumors! It was rather easy to imagine why it has to be replaced... XDDDD

Yay Horitsuba! I hope that the new drama cd will bring you inspiration! *_____*
RI☆T☆RDEDNESS: Take Meria_chan on October 30th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
Of the rumors, I only have one problem, which your fic has so nicely explained to me: I thought that Kurogane was the one who sewed Fai's button back on. XD (dedz)

I was like, 'there's no way that's happening! D: It's too OOC! He shouldn't have a freakin' sewing kit in the first place!' (imagines Kurogane hunched over in a corner, trying to resew Fai's button without anybody noticing) '...' (dies) But... (head-desk) I take things too literal.

Can I expect yummy Horitsuba!YûiKuroFai? :D
SHE'S INFECTIOUS HUMAN WASTEsmokexscribbles on October 30th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
Last line, I actually went "Aww," out loud. Now people are staring. It was so cute! <3
almighty_taka: Yuukoalmighty_taka on October 31st, 2007 12:47 am (UTC)
“Just use the black thread, and I’ll buy you a stuffed puppy later.” Aww. That so would work on me =D

You know, my mother once told me, the color of thread does not matter, its the person's skill to hide the mismatched thread is what matters.

Very cute fic. Fai sounds like me when it comes to a alarm clock [only I simply go back to bed and cover my ears. <3
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sailoryuesailoryue on October 31st, 2007 05:07 am (UTC)
laugh because Kurogane actually has a sewing kit.
heh, thats the part htat made me laugh the most hwen i read it. kurogane with a sewing kit X-3
sailoryue: kawaiisailoryue on October 31st, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
heehee. so sweet. so. well. sweet =3
ユウイ: KuroFai Holitsubasnowaltz on October 31st, 2007 09:00 am (UTC)
Very cute =P Thanks for writing this! Now, I wonder when Holitsuba 3 will come......
Lexi: KuroFai - togetherlexi_nyanko on November 2nd, 2007 02:48 am (UTC)
*LOVELOVELOVE* omg. xDDDDDD Totally fits to what we know so far about the 3rd Drama CD! <333 Man, I can't wait for it come out already~~ x3 n___n
E'ka: KuroFai Scarekas on November 2nd, 2007 04:02 am (UTC)
If you enjoyed reading this, you might want to try this.

almighty_taka and youkohiei_fan both support me in this recommendation.
youkohiei_fan: manlyyoukohiei_fan on November 2nd, 2007 04:11 am (UTC)
<3 as always. I like how Kuro's going to buy Fai a stuffed puppy if he uses black thread. XD

“Your shirts are too big on me and with the way the students talk, everyone will suspect its yours, and then they’ll all know what we were having wild, passionate sex last night.”

The students already think they do that anyway.