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19 November 2007 @ 04:35 pm
Happier Things!  
Fandom: Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles
Character/s: Kurogane/Yuui, mentions of Kurogane/Fai
Prompt: 039. Frozen, 002. Perfect World, 005. Because of you, 081. Complicated, 072. Hold My Hand
Word Count: 500
Rating: G
Summary: A set of drabbles focusing on Kurogane and Yuui. Set during the Celes/Nihon arcs of the manga.
Notes: Contains spoilers for both arcs, up to volume 22 of the manga. For the purposes of this fic, Yuui is how I'm referring to the twin that died.

Trapped in a thick blanket of ice, Yuui waited, caught in a state of frozen half-consciousness, unaware of anything outside of him. All he could do was wonder about his existence and what he was waiting for. Perhaps he was waiting for his brother who had trapped him there. No, he knew he was waiting for someone else, someone he had never met before. Someone who could finally free him from his prison. Someone whose destiny was connected to his brother’s. Frozen in time, Yuui waited patiently for the man to arrive who could thaw the prison of his heart.

Among the blood, the snow, and the fragile memories, Kurogane started to understand Fai more. The strange magic had transported him to Fai’s past until he had become a part of it so that it felt as if it was his own. By the time he had returned to himself, he knew the twin as well as Fai did. He had felt the small warm palm in his own as he wanted to reassure him they were going to be alright. As the dream was wrenched away from him, he suddenly realized he and Fai shared the same perfect world.

The man was not there for him; Yuui knew that the instant he saw him striding with his sword drawn towards his brother. The man was there for Fai, forever unaware of his existence except as the magician’s brother. Not for him, but for Fai was the man insisting that he should finally be allowed to rest. Still, Yuui liked to believe Kurogane had been there to save him as well, and that things might have been different had he meet him while living.

“Thank you,” he whispered in the ninja’s mind, “because of you, I have learned to love.”

Fai. Yuui. Kurogane could no longer tell the difference between them. Indeed, in his mind, they were the same person. Yet, he knew they were not. One, he was no longer sure which, had died a long time ago, despite Kurogane’s wish that they would have landed in Fai’s world at a time when he would be able to save both of them. He could no longer separate his feelings for either of them, the desire to protect them rising in his heart. Complicated feelings arose as he sacrificed a part of himself to save the twin remaining to him.

Kurogane was dying. They both knew that. He had sacrificed himself to save Fai, bringing him closer to Yuui. The people of Nihon were doing their best to save him, but in his weakest moments, he questioned if he even wanted to continue living. He was never alone. When he looked to his right in a feverish state, he saw a small child with long blond hair seated next to him, tenderly watching over him. “Yuui,” he would mumble occasionally in his heated sleep. At those moments, the child would smile and hold his remaining hand in both of his.
Lexi: Fai - no one is alonelexi_nyanko on November 19th, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
Lovely and heart-wrenching...;__;

But why did you mix up the names? According to the manga, R!Fai died, and Yuui is the one who traveled with the group...our!Fai. o_o;
E'ka: Perseaekas on November 19th, 2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
I figured there was going to be confusion either way, and I wasn't going to type real-Fai in the fic.

And I don't think Kurogane is ever going to be referring to Fai as Yuui. o.O

I couldn't actually decide on a safe way to do this.

Also, if you have any suggestions on how I can do this next time so it's less confusing, please tell me.

Edited at 2007-11-19 11:45 pm (UTC)
almighty_taka: You & Ialmighty_taka on November 19th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
*sniffles* SO wonderfully bitter and makes the heart pound painfully.
E'ka: Horitsuba Pretty Faiekas on November 19th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
*hands you a tissue*

Did you get confused with the names or have any suggestions as to how I can make it better next time?
almighty_taka: You & Ialmighty_taka on November 20th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
*takes it* Thank you.

Well.. a little. But I know you are meaning the dead twin. ^-^
the uninformed: l'arc en ciel - heavenuninformed on November 19th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
I like them. Four's very nice, but my favourite's all but the last line of the third one (I can't do the sap ^_^;; ) - but overall, I found the names really confusing.

To me, (and you, it seems) Pretty Blond Vampire Man is still Fai, and you could always just avoid referring to the other brother by name.

also, you missed the "h" in "he" after "Yuui," in the last one ^_^;;

... er, I mean... I'm writing essays! Really!
E'ka: Horitsuba Pretty Faiekas on November 19th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
Pretty blond vampire man will always be Fai to me as well, and the latest Horitsuba drama really didn't help the whole confusing name situation.

Thanks for pointing that out to me! *fixed*

Good luck writing the essays.
Nikker ="=: tsubasa - kuro understandingnikkernoodle on November 20th, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)
lkashdfs wow. *is braindead from awesome* um....more coherent review in a couple minutes? xD;;;
E'ka: Kurogane sacrificeekas on November 20th, 2007 03:56 am (UTC)
Oh my... xD
jasetsi on November 20th, 2007 05:15 am (UTC)
Beautiful! I.. don't know what else/more to say.. -made speachless-

I usually use "Fai" for the dead twin and "yuui" for "our" Fai but I have no problem to change my way of thinking and I agree with you that Kurogane wouldn't call "his" twin Yuui so...
E'ka: Lantis/Eagleekas on November 20th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you. *blushes*

At least there should be less confusion when I write Kurogane/Yuui Horitsuba fics. *is almost finished with one*
youkohiei_fan: Nihon KuroFaiyoukohiei_fan on November 20th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
Yay, you posted them. Though I saw this last night, I was too tired to read them, but now that I have I've been gushing about Kurogane/Yuui. ^^