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SOME SORT OF EMERGENCY

by mousapelli


Touya groaned when the phone shrilled, waking him out of a dead sleep. He thought about ignoring it, since he was the only one in the house and it couldn't disturb his parents, but then he sat bolt upright as he realized that the only reason anybody would phone his house at this time of night—1:07, the clock read—was if there were some emergency with his parents.

He stumbled out of bed, nearly falling on his face when he got tangled up in his blankets, and hurried to the nearest phone, the one in the kitchen. He took a deep breath as he picked up the receiver, trying to force his heart to stop pounding in his ears so he could hear.

Nothing came out of his mouth on the first try; on the second he managed a hoarse, "Hello?"

"Touya!" Shindou's voice answered, and Touya straightened like a bucket of cold water had been poured down his back. "Where are your parents?"

"In CHINA, you TWIT!" Touya roared into the phone. "What the HELL do you think you're doing calling me at one in the morning!"

"I'm coming over," Shindou said, "so unlock your door," and then he hung up with a smart click.

"Are you fucking KIDDING ME?" Touya shouted at the phone anyway. Then he slammed the phone down and stomped back to his room to find his robe; he'd be damned if he was going to actually get the whole way dressed for Shindou in the middle of the night.

By the time he came back to the kitchen to put on some tea, Touya had calmed down a little. Maybe there was something actually wrong, maybe Shindou was having some kind of emergency, or crisis, or breakdown.

"Yo," Shindou said when Touya answered the door, kicking off his shoes in the genkan and following Touya to the kitchen. "You shouldn't drink tea this late, Touya, you'll be up all night."

"Shindou," Touya eyed him evenly, "if this isn't some sort of emergency, I'm going to strangle you with my bare hands."

"Of course it is." Shindou grinned. "Play a game with me."

It was only through sheer force of will that Touya refrained from throwing his scalding tea right in Shindou's stupid face.

"You can't be serious. It's one-thirty in the morning, and…" Shindou was staring at him, dark rings under his eyes and bleached bangs grown out at least an inch. Touya sighed. "One game, then I'm pulling out the spare futon and you are going to sleep, and in the morning you are calling your mother and apologizing for being the worst son ever."

"It's really her own fault," Shindou agreed. "Who lets a sixteen-year-old out at one-thirty in the morning? I told her your parents were in a horrible car accident, by the way."

"Take black and shut the hell up, please," Touya ordered, pressing the heel of his hand to his forehead.

They played on Touya's father's goban, which Touya felt vaguely guilty about, and Shindou lost by five moku which might as well have been a million. When Shindou reached out to clear away his stones, Touya put a hand over his, stopping him.

"Are you going to tell me why you absolutely could not wait until morning to come over here and play the worst game of all time?"

"No." Shindou pulled his hand away and ran it through his bangs. "Can I sleep in your room?"

Touya pulled a spare futon out of the hallway closet and spread it out in his room; Shindou pushed it with his foot until it was right up against Touya's.

"Now go to sleep," Touya ordered, turning off the light and rolling onto his side away from Shindou, who looked completely ridiculous in Touya's pajamas. After a minute, Touya heard some rustling, and then Shindou's back was pressing firmly against his.

"Don't go anywhere," Shindou muttered, yawning, and just as Touya was wondering what sort of response was appropriate to this particular invasion of territory, Shindou started snoring.

He really didn't understand Shindou at all, Touya thought as he stared into the dark.

An hour later, he realized that Shindou had been completely right about the tea.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-12-30 05:14 am (UTC)

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Very subtle. :) Limited third-person! I love it. We are about as clueless as Touya in this fic, but with the advantage of knowing the series from Hikaru's point of view. *hugs him* I like how Shindou goes straight to Touya and of course it's an emergency. Cute ending, too!
From: (Anonymous)
2006-12-31 11:52 pm (UTC)

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The tea! Oh the tea. It was a joy to read! Really.

Touya sighed. "One game, then I'm pulling out the spare futon and you are going to sleep, and in the morning you are calling your mother and apologizing for being the worst son ever."

"It's really her own fault," Shindou agreed. "Who lets a sixteen-year-old out at one-thirty in the morning? I told her your parents were in a horrible car accident, by the way."
Words cannot express how much I loved this part.
[User Picture]From: issen4
2007-01-01 02:53 pm (UTC)

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Love how Hikaru just bowls over everything because he has to have his game. ^^
[User Picture]From: mousapelli
2007-01-15 08:53 pm (UTC)

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he's not so much for the thinking things through carefully, hehe. Thank you!
[User Picture]From: qem_chibati
2007-01-02 04:01 am (UTC)

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Silly Hikaru. =/

It's cute watching Hikaru cling to Akira so much, and poor old Akira is just overcome by Hikaru barging into his life and taking over, invading his territory.
[User Picture]From: mousapelli
2007-01-15 08:57 pm (UTC)

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Touya hasn't quite figured out yet that he's being invaded permanently, i don't think, but they are adorable. :)
[User Picture]From: sivullinen
2007-01-02 03:58 pm (UTC)

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Mind-blowingly brilliant! I laughed out loud at this :D You did a fantastic job at writing Touya, and Hikaru was just, I dunno, awesome.
[User Picture]From: mousapelli
2007-01-15 08:58 pm (UTC)

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thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
[User Picture]From: ungalad
2007-01-06 12:40 am (UTC)

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Awe, this is so sweet! *_* thanks for sharing!
[User Picture]From: mousapelli
2007-01-15 08:58 pm (UTC)

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thanks so much!
From: (Anonymous)
2007-01-09 03:47 pm (UTC)

I really can't say...

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That I can come up with something better to say than what people have already mentioned. You could almost feel Hikaru's fear after waking from a bad dream and making sure that Akira is alive and won't go any where. Even though we get to read from Touya's bewildered perspective. This is a great fanfic. *^_^*
[User Picture]From: arccie
2007-01-14 05:17 am (UTC)

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I like how random this is from Akira's perspective.

"One game, then I'm pulling out the spare futon and you are going to sleep, and in the morning you are calling your mother and apologizing for being the worst son ever."

"It's really her own fault," Shindou agreed. "Who lets a sixteen-year-old out at one-thirty in the morning? I told her your parents were in a horrible car accident, by the way."


This amuses me terribly for some reason.
loved it.
[User Picture]From: mousapelli
2007-01-15 08:59 pm (UTC)

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haha, i was quite amused by Shindou's bulldozer dialogue as well. Thank you, I'm glad you liked it!
[User Picture]From: aiwritingfic
2007-01-15 01:31 pm (UTC)

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I loved the beginning, and I loved the ending, and oh Shindou you insecure boy worrying that Akira will disappear like Sai did.
[User Picture]From: mousapelli
2007-01-15 09:00 pm (UTC)

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Poor Shindou! But then again, poor Touya who has freaking idea what's going on. I'm glad you enjoyed it!
[User Picture]From: gonrie
2009-03-26 03:42 pm (UTC)

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Just wow!! I'm getting so excited just from reading your fics!!! ^^