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HaruKan 20 :: 05. bi-dama [marble]

Haruka collects shining things: marbles, pieces of glass, scraps of metal, anything. He pockets them without thinking, and then hides them wherever he can around his room. Kantarou finds him polishing a marble liberated from a ramune bottle and leans … Continue reading

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HaruKan 20 :: 04. chawan [rice bowl]

Sugino claimed that meeting Muu-chan was enough to make him throw away something as ultimately unnecessary as the tengu rice bowl. Kantarou’s hypothesis later was that instead of the actual rice bowl itself, Sugino had latched onto Muu-chan as a … Continue reading

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HaruKan 20 :: 03. sakura [cherry blossom]

Kantarou will take any excuse for a break, and going to see the cherry trees in bloom is a perfect opportunity. He whines and cajoles and threatens until finally Haruka and Youko both give in, and they head for the … Continue reading

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HaruKan 20 :: 02. mune no kizu [chest wound]

Youko is the one who tells Haruka about the scar on Kantarou’s chest. It’s late and they’re both a little drunk; Kantarou has already fallen asleep, slumped against Haruka’s shoulder and snoring gently. She pours herself a fresh cup of … Continue reading

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HaruKan 20 :: 01. suzu [bells]

“Why don’t they ring?” Kantarou looked up from his manuscript, blinked twice. “Haruka?” Haruka pointed to the bells on Kantarou’s wrist. “They ring whenever a youkai is nearby,” he said. “But I noticed, they never ring when Youko or I … Continue reading

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For Remembering

Watanuki arrives at the shop and finds Yuuko sitting on the front steps. Today she’s dressed like a miko: white gi, red hakama, tabi socks and ridiculously tall geta; red silk cords are braided in her long hair. Mokona, perched … Continue reading

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and all comes to ash

That last summer, no fireflies gathered at Kifune. +++ They say that if you visit the Seimei Jinja in Kyoto on a certain night, near the end of spring, there is a ghost that walks the grounds. From sunset to … Continue reading

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The More Things Change

written with Harukami The worst part, Kantarou thought, was knowing that he wasn’t the only one interested. He’d seen Haruka watching him a number of times, always looking vaguely thoughtful and never breaking eye-contact whenever Kantarou caught him at it. … Continue reading

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Birthday Mathoms — 2009

“You will be beautiful,” her new handmaiden says. Cool hands card through the ratty mass of her hair, easing a comb through it. “You already are beautiful, ma petite, though you may complain now.” Himiko lifts her chin, staring at … Continue reading

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Assorted Drabbles (from lj)

The cutest thing about humans is how hard they try to ignore their fragility: they struggle to the bitter end, battering their tiny bodies of ash and dust like it could mean something. Sebastian personally finds it charming. His tiny … Continue reading

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Trading Farewells

There is a man who walks by the church every day, precisely at two o’clock in the afternoon. No matter what the weather, he always come by, dressed impeccably all in black: someone’s butler, perhaps, striding off with purpose. He … Continue reading

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What Hates You (Will Someday Kill You)

There is a hall of the Minamoto estate that is filled, one end to the other, with the stuffed preserved bodies of youkai in their natural forms. Here there is a dragon with its jaws spread wide; there is a … Continue reading

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various genderswitch

Firefly (Mal) It ain’t that he’s got a problem with women in charge — his momma’d whup him good if she ever heard him saying gorram idjit things like that — it’s just that the woman who’s tryin’ to bargain … Continue reading

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lemon party

Ingway/Mercedes (Odin Sphere) Ingway remembered Queen Elfaria, dimly: a tall statuesque woman, heavy at the breasts and hips, with lovely grave eyes and an elegant hand. She’d handled her crossbow with careless ease, but there had been no calluses upon … Continue reading

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Trick or Treat — 2007

Loveless: on gossamer wings he flies “Oh look,” says Yuiko. “A butterfly.” — It rains all throughout the end of the month, and only on the very last day does the sun break through. It’s almost too late in the … Continue reading

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