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03 July 2008 @ 09:30 pm
Bloodlines [July 3rd] [Doumeki, Yuuko; Doumeki/Watanuki] [xxxHOLiC]  
Title :: Bloodlines
Prompt :: July 3rd, “Preventative measures” [31_days]
Characters/Pairing :: Doumeki, Yuuko; Doumeki/Watanuki implied
Rating :: PG
Wordcount :: 585
Summary :: “He doesn’t see you that way, because he is incapable of imagining any more than he has already.”


“He doesn’t see you that way, you know,” she says conversationally; and eyebrows arch slightly over the rim of his glass, in the hopes she’ll focus on them rather than the way his grip on it has suddenly tightened, the way his knuckles are almost fading to white.

“It isn’t like you to say such pointless things,” he counters calmly after swallowing. “I’ve seen that for myself more than enough times already.” The glass is set quietly down, and he straightens his fingers as he keeps his gaze levelly on hers.

She chuckles, then waggles a delicately manicured nail in his general direction. “Except it isn’t pointless, because you don’t see, not the whole picture. You know he doesn’t see you in quite that way, but you still don’t know why.”

His face stays impassive, but there’s just the faintest trace of sardonic mirth in his eyes – As if the idiot doesn’t make the whys blatantly clear every chance he gets? But he stays silent as well, knowing that she will continue with her tirade regardless of protests or encouragement or his opinion on the matter. (She’s a bit like Watanuki that way, and the thought of his face if informed of their resemblance makes for a brief amusement.)

And he is, of course, correct.

“He doesn’t see you that way,” she says, voice still a teasing lilt but now tinged with something almost resembling warmth, “because he is incapable of imagining any more than he has already. You, Himawari-chan, Kohane-chan, myself…even Maru and Moro and Mugetsu and Mokona. We’ve become what he never thought he would have again.”

He waits.

“Watanuki sees us all as his new family, and even that is more than he thinks he deserves.”

Doumeki reaches again for his drink, raises it back to his lips as his brain fills in what she left unsaid: And he is already terrified of losing everything all over again.

He doesn’t ask her what he should do. He knows enough to realise he is doing it already, has been doing it from the very beginning; and he knows himself well enough to realise nothing the idiot could ever do or say would make him stop.

She tells him anyway.

“Become a home for him, Doumeki.” Her catlike leer only widens beneath glinting eyes, but now he notes a sharp edge to its curve, a kind of hope so fierce it almost hurts. “Make sure he always has a place to return to, no matter what else happens.”

He doesn’t dignify that with a response. They both know they wouldn’t be having this conversation to begin with if his answer wasn’t already evident, and the words themselves couldn’t make his resolve any more real.

Yuuko nods to herself, rearranges the folds of her ridiculously elaborate clothes, rearranges her expression into something more relaxed, almost smugly content. “And as long as he has that, he always will come home.”

He doesn’t ask her what she means by that, either. Explanations would change nothing – he decided a long time ago that he would never let Watanuki disappear, and his determination isn’t about to waver now.

And he doesn’t need any more than that knowledge to be content.

He offers the witch a nod in return, and if by unspoken agreement they both call out for more food and sake, smirking faintly at the resulting explosion of yells coming from inside the shop.

(What use could he have for hitsuzen, when there are already inevitabilities like this?)
 
 
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Aishuuaishuu on July 4th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
What a lovely take on Watanuki and Doumeki... I enjoyed this. ^_^
play hearts, kid.: Watanuki & Himawari ● OMGSQUEE.vicious_lullaby on July 4th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
Thank you! ^_^;; ♥
Becca: Holic-Doumeki MUNCHky0li on July 4th, 2008 05:32 am (UTC)
Love this! Its so well written!
play hearts, kid.: Doumeki ● Snakes on a Doumeki!vicious_lullaby on July 4th, 2008 07:47 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! ♥
Lizzy, a harmless lecher and pyromaniac: 104wicked_liz on July 4th, 2008 05:54 am (UTC)
I love it when Doumeki and Yuuko play verbal-badminton! She actually treats Doumeki seriously, without the teasing she uses with Watanuki, or the show she puts on for customers.

<3 This was a nice take on that. I like the idea of Doumeki wanting to be a home for Watanuki.

Nicely done~♥
play hearts, kid.: Watanuki ● Behold the power of squee!vicious_lullaby on July 4th, 2008 07:58 am (UTC)
I love it too; they're so much fun like that. XDDD; Doumeki really is just about the only person she treats seriously, and it's quite interesting to watch.

Sankyuu sankyuu~! ♥♥♥
xantemortemxxantemortemx on July 4th, 2008 10:28 am (UTC)
Oh my god, I love it! It's beautiful~
And it sounds like something that could really happen in canon.^^
play hearts, kid.: Kurofai ● POSE FOR THE CAMERAS.vicious_lullaby on July 4th, 2008 10:41 am (UTC)
Sankyuu so much! ^_^; I'm glad you liked~. ♥
ariadnechanariadnechan on July 4th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
i love it!!!!
play hearts, kid.: D/W/H ● No one shines brighter.vicious_lullaby on July 4th, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^___^; ♥
Blindmouseblindmouse on July 5th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
“Become a home for him, Doumeki.” Her catlike leer only widens beneath glinting eyes, but now he notes a sharp edge to its curve, a kind of hope so fierce it almost hurts. “Make sure he always has a place to return to, no matter what else happens.”

I really love this - the sweetness of the sentiment combined with Yuuko's leer and under that the fierce hope. It's gorgeous.
play hearts, kid.: Doumeki ● Snakes on a Doumeki!vicious_lullaby on July 5th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! ^_^;; ♥
There's mysterious fun to be had.: Littlest Death.blackballoon on July 5th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, awww. ♥♥♥ Doumeki/Watanuki *_*
play hearts, kid.: Himawari ● Telling stories.vicious_lullaby on July 6th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
^____^;; ♥♥♥♥
Ahriaahria on July 5th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
Awwwwww. That was so sweet. I love the way you wrote both Yuuko and Doumeki. They were perfect.
play hearts, kid.: Watanuki ● Behold the power of squee!vicious_lullaby on July 6th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
Ahh, thank you so much! ♥ I was rather nervous about keeping both those two IC, so I'm very glad you think I managed~. ^_^;;
TheFloofyOnethefloofyone on July 8th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
wonderfully IC and very cute
Amyablelunargeography on August 27th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
*basks in the gorgeous Doumeki characterization*

And of course... as Watanuki keeps growing... he'll be able to imagine more. To see more. ^__^
(Anonymous) on July 10th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
I like the well-rounded take on the characters: Watanuki isn't just stupidly in denial and Doumeki (albeit more mature) doesn't have everything figured out and needs a hint from Yuuko. The story gives the sense that they'll continue to evolve.