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Title: Five Things That Never Happened to Shirou Kamui
Fandom: X
Characters: Kamui, Fuuma
Word Count: 1,122
Genre: AU drabbles, Kamui and Fuuma centric.
Rating: PG-13
Warnings/Pairings: F/K
Summary/Author's Note: Response to [livejournal.com profile] shadow_lynne's "Five things that never happened to..." challenge in [livejournal.com profile] togakushishrine. Hope I didn't mangle it too much. ^^;




Author's Notes: Some of these are more AU than other, but none are completely canon, so I hope that this still fits the criteria. I prefer writing more the type of AU that is a deviation from canon, rather than a complete abandonment of it.

I'm not too sure of how this turned out...but I wanted to write it and see. Hopefully I didn't brutalize the challenge too much, and don't make people's eyes bleed out. O_o




Not every Dream a yumemi sees is the future. Some are merely flitting possibilities--perhaps blown in from other worlds, perhaps secret desires of their own hearts. It isn't always the inevitable ones that bring the most pain, that make those so accursed Wish for their own demise. Sometimes merely seeing what might have been and can never be realized before their mind's eye and then torn away is enough to rip out their souls.

And sometimes, it makes them cry with relief.


*~*~*~*~*

He stood atop the cross, the steel beams rust-red beneath his feet, and fingered the wires thoughtfully, violet eyes cold and distant. They gazed down at Fuuma, his twin star pinned by glass and shock into stone, and the wires crisscrossed like the bars of a prison, forever separating them.

"KAMUI! NO!"

Kamui didn't even seem to hear him.

When he plunged the Shinken into the girl's chest, he felt nothing, and his twin star's screams were the music of an old, old record playing brokenly in his ears.

*~*~*~*~*

"You don't like ice cream?"

Kamui blushed and stammered, not sure what to say to this almost perfect stranger who'd pulled him away from the stands after the game and ushered him to a nearby creamery. "Er...yes, but--"

Monou Fuuma, a rising basketball star who was already becoming infamous for his rising cult of fangirl followers, grinned. He knew he'd liked this young reporter the moment he'd laid eyes on him. He was just too cute, and probably pleasant to talk to once he got over his stammering.

"Come on. My treat. I don't bite. Promise." Fuuma winked.

Kamui coughed. "I..er...okay..." he submitted at last, sinking into his seat with the resigned air of someone who knew that they were trapped, and who wasn't altogether sure if they actually disliked it.

"Excellent. I recommend the mint chocolate chip, by the way. So, Shirou-san, you don't look quite like the sports reporter type."

Kamui blinked. "Er..."

"You were fidgeting," Fuuma explained. "And taking notes in all the wrong places. And you clearly didn't have a clue what the commentator was saying half the time." Fuuma ordered his ice cream, and cocked an eyebrow at Kamui, waiting for the other man's choice.

"Oh, uh, same, please. And...er...how did you know that? Weren't you busy playing the game?"

Fuuma chuckled again. "The Tigers aren't that tough of a team. And besides, you caught my eye."

Kamui blushed slightly. "Eh. Thanks. I guess. I wouldn't tell the Tigers that, though."

Fuuma laughed. He had a feeling that they would get on rather well together.


*~*~*~*~*

"Shouldn't you have aimed...here?"

Kamui trembled as strong hands still sticky with blood grasped his own, the cold mockery of golden eyes belying the gentleness with which that hand was held, and placed it over his heart. "This is where the heart is."

Kamui trembled. This wasn't his Wish. This wasn't his Wish!

And yet...he'd come so close... The wound in his twin star's shoulder bled thickly and accusingly.

This is where the heart is.

Did Fuuma even know what a heart was any longer?

"One strike, and I'll be dead."

Violet eyes dilated, and tears streamed down his cheeks. He could see it clearly, feel it even. His hand sliding through skin and flesh, through bone to each muscle, and tearing through as the bleeding remnants fluttered onward in vain, not understanding the truth. He wanted nothing more than to free his hand from Fuuma's chest, but he couldn't move, couldn't move.

And why, why did Fuuma say such things? Didn't he know how they hurt?

"Why...Fuuma why...?"

And then Fuuma was leaning close, warm tongue--feverishly warm against his chilled skin--licking away his tears as if he cared.

"Such a pity..." his twin star's voice murmured, breath over his cheek. Kamui's throat clenched, strangling a sob. "Kamui. You don't even know your true Wish."

Before the younger boy could even process the meaning of those words, much less challenge them, the distance closed between them and Fuuma's lips pressed over Kamui's to shield the world from his cries. Kamui stilled, quiet and unsure, and finally just let go.

He didn't know what he Wished for anymore.


*~*~*~*~*


Fuuma leaned against the door to the study and watched for a moment in silent amusement as his friend beat his head against the desk top, slowly and periodically.

"Kamui, as relaxing as that might be, I can guarantee that it won't make the problem solve itself."

Kamui turned his head to shoot Fuuma a look. "Beating my head is more productive and useful than algebra ever will be."

Fuuma barked a laugh. "Now you're wrong about that." He paused. "Beating something empty rarely makes any difference."

Kamui huffed and raised an eyebrow. "Uh huh. So are you just going to stand there and gloat, or are you going to help me?"

"Depends. Do I get a kiss?"

Kamui rolled his eyes, looking more exasperated and long-suffering than anything else.. "Fuuma! Come on!"

"Aw." Fuuma attempted to pout, and failed miserably. Kamui fought the urge to laugh.

"Fine. A small one. Now get over here and help me with this."

Fuuma laughed, drawing the younger boy in with his lighthearted soul. He drew up a chair beside the desk and began to explain quadratics.

*~*~*~*~*


A machine beeped on inside an cold, sterile room, painful in the blank white that bleached the walls, floor, and ceiling. The only mercy to its sole occupant was that said occupant was too deep in a self-induced coma to notice or care.

The door shifted silently open and a dark shadow crossed the blank tiles towards the hospital bedside. He was a solitary Go piece surrounded by white, and it was his move.

It truly was a pity that the Sumeragi hadn't been able to revive Kamui. His twin star lay in the coma still, and after six months of waiting, he didn't think the boy would ever wake.

Such a pity. Fuuma gazed sadly down at the prone, pale form. Already he was whitening away into the sheets, body disappearing as the sun rose high in the window, disappearing along with his soul.

Kamui never would realize his Wish. And Fuuma would never see his own realized either. The only person he'd wanted to see happy, the person he'd wanted to live through this mess, lying there and refusing to live at all.

The world might as well end anyway.

Fuuma rose the Shinken above his twin star's chest and, after a moment's hesitation, plunged it downward, sealing the fate of the body with the fate the soul had already decided upon.

Kamui had been dead for six months anyway.

As the shadow left the room, Tokyo began to shake.

*~*~*~*~*

Date: 2005-10-17 08:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blackfruitbat.livejournal.com
Woah... That was intense. Talk about taking lots of unexpected twists: the whole thing kept surprising me. I liked how all of the scene flashes came together for the centered theme. But man, I didn't see that ending coming at all. I mean, I know the points of this piece are supposed to be things that didn't happen, but still... The ending was pretty dramatic. And so final.

Anyway, I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next one~

Date: 2005-10-23 06:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_rubber_chicken/
Thanks. ^^ I like the ending best myself. I think some of the others are a bit sketchy, though. I think I ought to have put more time into this to make it run smoother, but...oh well.

Glad you liked it, Amber. ^^ By the way, I did get to replying on the RP. Sorry about the long wait. Life did go to hell there. Again.

Date: 2005-10-26 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blackfruitbat.livejournal.com
Well adding to it is always good: the more to read, the better, hm? Still, I enjoyed the initial version a lot (and yes, the ending was definitely the best part in my opinion: it really took me by surprise, too).

Thanks for letting me know! I wish life wouldn't keep going to hell for you. -_- You need a break from that. ::nod:: My reply has been a bit delayed too... eheh, I'm sorry. But the big hurdle of this week is over, so I have more time now. Also, I posted~!

Date: 2005-10-17 09:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] choffman.livejournal.com
Brilliant.

Kudos.

Date: 2005-10-23 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_rubber_chicken/
#^_^# I'd hardly call it 'brilliant'. That should be reserved for people of finmefiant's, shineko's and tanuki-dono's caliber. But thank you! If you have any criticism, please let me know.

Date: 2005-10-17 01:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sidecharacter.livejournal.com
I really liked it. Good job!

Date: 2005-10-23 06:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_rubber_chicken/
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it! It's been a long time since I've written Kamui and Fuuma, so I'm glad I didn't botch.

Date: 2005-10-23 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sidecharacter.livejournal.com
You didn't botch at all. Lovely, lovely job.

Date: 2005-10-17 03:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ripedecay.livejournal.com
I think I liked the last one best ♥ The entire thing was rather cute, but the last one seemed to stick more. It's painful, but also somehow gentle. No, gentle isn't the right word, but I just woke up and my mind isn't entirely awake.

I think I want to see more of your Fuuma and Kamui as well n.n very nice drabbles! *is catching up on people's fics*

Date: 2005-10-23 07:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_rubber_chicken/
The last one is my favourite as well. That was really the fourth one I wrote, but I thought to myself 'this is too good of an ending, so it's staying an ending.' It's about the only one I really like of the whole lot.

I'm glad you did like this one, Shi. ^_^ And any criticism you might have will be greatly valued and appreciated, as usual. ^_^

Date: 2005-10-24 01:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ripedecay.livejournal.com
I'll remember this! ^.~ *is slowly going though a pile of links for fanfiction to read*

Date: 2005-10-17 03:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luminaire.livejournal.com
Ooh, the last one is my favorite.

He was a solitary Go piece surrounded by white, and it was his move.

For whatever reason, I really like that line. But the rest of it was very sad. You have a powerful way with conveying emotions.

Date: 2005-10-23 07:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_rubber_chicken/
I'd thought about cutting that line, actually, since I don't really know the rules of Go at all, and wasn't sure if it made sense. I'm glad I kept it in, then. ^_^

Thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed this. Constructive criticism is always appreciated by me, as well. So if you have any, please drop me a line.

Date: 2005-10-17 03:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/solo____/
Cool! I particularly like numbers 2, 3 and 5. Some lovely turns of phrase.

If you're serious about the 'constructive criticism' part, contact me by email? :-)

Date: 2005-10-23 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_rubber_chicken/
*acks* I should have replied to these sooner. O_o Yes, yes yes! Huzzah for criticism! I'll drop you an email right away. ^_^

Date: 2005-10-17 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trenchkamen.livejournal.com
I particularly liked the algebra and the basketball game. Cute.

Date: 2005-10-23 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_rubber_chicken/
Heh. I think the algebra one could've used some more work, but I'm glad you liked it anyway. ^_^ Thank you very much! And I love constructive criticism, if you have any to give. ^_^

Date: 2005-10-18 12:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quitty.livejournal.com
I haven't been reading fanfics lately but I had to read this one because there aren't that many serious and in-character Fuuma-Kamui fics, and this one is just excellent. Each vignette is really good, so so good. I was fangirlishly squeeing for the ice cream and homework bits, I love those of course. I like the first one very much; I like how you portrayed their roles being reversed in Kotori's death. The last one, too, very haunting and different. All in all, wonderful work! ^O^ Monou Fuuma, a rising basketball star who was already becoming infamous for his rising cult of fangirl followers, grinned. Squee!

Date: 2005-10-23 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_rubber_chicken/
Togakushishrine and x1999 usually tend to have very good fanfics. Granted, most of the writers I've come acrost that I love are Seishirou/Subaru writers. You're right: it's hard to find good Fuuma/Kamui ones anymore.

I'm so very glad you liked this! It's been such a long time since I've written Fuuma and Kamui. I think I did one other one-shot with them over a year ago that wasn't too bad, but that's about it. I'm glad I wrote this, then. And if you have any criticism at all, anything you think could have been done better, please let me know. ^_^

Date: 2005-10-18 03:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meyrevived.livejournal.com
nice. I liked them very much.

Date: 2005-10-23 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_rubber_chicken/
^_^ I'm glad you did! If you have anything to comment on for constructive criticism, please do so. I need to improve and I know it.

Date: 2005-10-23 09:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meyrevived.livejournal.com
When I'll see something I'll let you know ^_^

Date: 2005-10-27 03:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sui.livejournal.com
I thoroughly enjoyed these. They were well-written, and I liked how you introduced it as if it really was, I don't know, a fic instead of a regimented answer to a challenge. I loved the basketball one, the math one, and oh, the last one tore at my heart even though after rereading it twice I still couldn't really tell what had happened. Wonderful job. ♥

Date: 2007-06-08 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] polaris-86.livejournal.com
I like it a lot!!!

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