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The Power of Gossip - Chapter 9

Title: The Power of Gossip
Rating: T
SummaryIn Tezuka’s defence, it had been a moment of panic at the end of a very stressful day. Now everyone thinks he and Ryoma are dating.
Author’s Notes:  Shorter chapter this time around, sorry.  Next chapter will be longer to make up for it.

Chapter One - One White Lie
Chapter Two - This Is How Rumours Get Started
Chapter Three - Dropping Pennies
Chapter Four - Resisting the Forces of Chance
Chapter Five - Over-thinking Things
Chapter Six - Discussing Rumours
Chapter Seven - Reading Between the Lines
Chapter Eight - Realising the Obvious


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The Power of Gossip
 
Chapter 9 – Realising the Obvious
 
By Sinnatious
 
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Tezuka awoke with a start, barely holding in his gasp.  For a moment he was wildly disorientated, uncertain of where exactly he was. It certainly wasn’t his bedroom in Japan. A hotel then. That thought took a few moments to process. Yes, definitely a hotel – he could spy a smudge of a generic-looking painting on the far wall that all hotels seemed to decorate their rooms with. The light on the walls, peeking in past the edges of the drawn blinds, indicated it was early morning – he should check the time.  He felt around for his glasses, but his hand landed on a warm body instead.
 
That was when it all came rushing back to him – where he was, everything that had occurred over the past few days, and most importantly of all, the dream he’d just had.
 
Over the past couple of nights he'd become somewhat used to Echizen snuggling up against his side while he was sleeping - the rhythm of his gentle breathing even often came dangerously close to lulling him back to sleep, and the warmth pressed against his side was comfortable.  Today, though, Tezuka couldn't extract himself from bed fast enough.  It was only through exercising his supreme self-control that he managed to move slowly enough to avoid waking the other occupant.  Thankfully Echizen was a heavy sleeper - today was certainly the very last day he ever wanted the teen to wake up early.

Once free from the blankets, Tezuka practically ran to the bathroom, hopped under the shower and turned the 'cold' handle on as far as it would go.  He stood there for several minutes under the chilling water, cursing Fuji – for lack of any other target - for his misfortune.  Eventually, when his feet began to grow numb and he’d firmly entrenched himself back into reality again, he turned the hot water on as well, not wanting to risk catching a cold, and stood there for another ten minutes.
 
Tezuka didn’t have dreams like… that… very often. In fact, he couldn’t really remember having any since early high school, and even those weren’t terribly clear in his memory. So it was a profound shock that not only had he had one of those dreams last night, but he’d had it about Echizen. Who he happened to be currently sharing a bed with.
 
For the second time that day, he thanked his lucky stars that Echizen was such a heavy sleeper. 
 
It took a while before he finally felt composed enough to leave the shower. When he did eventually emerge, it was still early and predictably, his roommate was still asleep. Tezuka quietly made some tea in the kitchenette and sat down in the chair across from the bed, staring contemplatively at the young tennis pro. The blankets were bunched up around his shoulders, and green-black locks of hair framed his face. His lips were slightly parted as he breathed softly and steadily. At that point in time, Tezuka was immensely jealous of his peaceful slumber.
 
He sat there watching for what felt like a long time, just staring at that familiar face as though seeing it for the first time. This whole issue… it was so out of control now that even he had been swept up with it. It had to be because of Fuji’s leading comments. It had put… thoughts into his head that he had no right to be having about the other man!
 
When Echizen started to show signs of stirring, he left the room, not wanting to face those sharp hazel eyes in his current state. More time was needed to think. More importantly, he was intending to have harsh words with Fuji – both for the stunt the night before and in retribution for what his lewd comments were doing to his innocent mind.
 
Alas, Fuji was scarce all morning – or rather, he was always within eyesight of Echizen, meaning that Tezuka didn’t venture near. The thought of looking the other pro in the eyes so soon after that dream made him highly uncomfortable – it wasn’t until lunch time that he’d managed to shove the whispered words and tantalising images to the back of his mind where they belonged. His face burned at even the memory. He’d already acknowledged that there was physical attraction to be had in regards to Echizen, but he hadn’t pursued the thought any further than the rationalization that perhaps he might have inclinations towards his own gender. To suddenly be confronted with vivid fantasies that he’d given his imagination no permission to create was discomfiting.
 
After lunch, everyone gathered at the nearby tennis courts they’d discovered – seeing as the hotel only had a single court and the venue was currently off-limits to everyone except those participating in the upcoming event, it had become necessary to locate a more appropriate place where everyone could play. Echizen and Inui were currently running the Golden Pair through some drills, while Kawamura and Momoshiro played a match one court over. Kaido had left for a run, apparently keeping up with his stringent fitness routine even after high school.  That left only Fuji watching on the stands beside the court. Tezuka, still not quite certain what he was going to say, only that he felt that someone should bear the brunt of his ire for such a grievous turn of a events, quietly walked over and sat down next to the other man.

"Fuji."

"Ah, Tezuka, I was wondering where you'd gotten to. You’ve haven’t been around much this morning." Because he’d been avoiding his roommate, but Fuji didn’t need to know that.

They watched two rallies in silence before Tezuka finally stated, "You really shouldn't have done that to Echizen."

"Done what?"

That was a game he refused to play.  "You already know."

His friend seemed to be pick up on his seriousness, opening his eyes to glance sideways at him.  "Oh, that?  I was just telling him to take precautions.  Any good friend would do the same." Tezuka had forgotten at some point that Fuji was the exact sort of person who would repeatedly tap a hornet’s nest just to see what would happen. He liked to think himself a little more intelligent than a hornet, however, and resisted rising to the bait.

"You made him uncomfortable."

"I’m sorry. But are you sure you don't mean I made you uncomfortable?"
 
Tezuka refused to give that statement the dignity of a response, however accurate it may have been. They sat there in silent stalemate for a few more minutes, the stillness punctuated only by the pounding of feet on the tennis court and the heavy 'thwack' of tennis balls.
 
Finally, he asked, "Why?"  The question was spoken more to himself than his companion, but Fuji answered anyway.

"I just couldn't leave you two alone."  This was said with a wide grin.  "And it seemed a good opportunity to bring it up."

"That wasn't the question I was really asking."

At that, Fuji opened his eyes again, expression briefly serious.  "Oh.” Then… “Ah, I see. It appears I may owe you an apology after all.”

It was such an unexpected and incredibly perplexing answer that Tezuka actually turned to look at his friend properly.  But Fuji's eyes were closed and he was smiling once again.  "Fuji?"

"Saa, it looks like they'll be finishing up, soon.  Kawamura and I were going to play against the Golden Pair next.  I'd better go warm up."  The prodigy stood and started walking away, but after a few steps he paused and looked back, commenting airily, “You know, Tezuka, instead of focusing on what your relationship is perceived as being, maybe you should focus more on what your relationship actually is?”
 
What?
 
It took a moment to process those words. What their relationship was perceived as being….? 
 
Suddenly, it felt as though time had stopped. It took a moment for Tezuka to even remember to breathe.
 
Fuji KNEW.

Fuji Syuusuke, counted as one of his best friends, KNEW that he and Ryoma weren't going out.  KNEW that it had been a misunderstanding.  Of that, there was no doubt. What else could those words mean?
 
Yet the blue-eyed genius stayed silent.  To what end?  How long had he known? Even one voice of dissent, pointing out the obvious, would have been enough to convince the others.  But instead, his old friend seemed to delight in putting he and Ryoma into increasingly awkward situations - ones so awkward that even the stoic Echizen had started to show some embarrassment and discomfort.  He’d even gone so far as to give Echizen lavender oil and try to get him drunk on the same night! Was it all just a big prank, or did Fuji have some grand master plan in mind?

Knowing his old classmate, probably both. 
 
His immediate instinct was to call the manipulative man back and interrogate him, but Fuji was already sashaying towards Kawamura on the next court, tennis racket in hand. They could hardly talk now. Besides, he should have known that Fuji would figure things out eventually, though it was surprising that Inui hadn’t caught on first. So instead, his mind turned to the words his friend had left behind.
 
…What their relationship really was?

What was Fuji trying to suggest? He'd tried that line of thought before.  Their relationship couldn't simply be pigeon-holed.  It was far too complex, far too emotional, far too contradicting to really make sense of it.  Unless...

Though it was painful to admit it, Fuji was right - in a way.  He'd been trying to categorize his and Echizen's relationship based on other people's norms - the sort of behaviour that other people expected of rivals, colleagues or old friends.  And his persistent inability to succeed at that endeavour had proven its hopelessness.  But had he ever stopped to consider what HE thought of Echizen as? What his emotions towards the younger man were?

The teen in question was coming off the court, wiping the sweat off his forehead with the towel draped around his shoulders.  The sunlight caught the tips of his hair, causing it to shine in a sort of halo effect.  Tezuka felt his breath catch in his throat.

"Heh, the Golden Pair really are going to take this tournament by storm at this rate," the young pro remarked, tugging his trademark white cap back on.  "What are you doing, buchou?  Not playing today?"

"Perhaps later," he replied automatically, throat feeling strangely dry. Whispers and images crowded back in at the edges of his consciousness, clamouring for his attention once again.

Echizen didn't reply to that, merely settling himself next to Tezuka on the metal stands, watching in silence as Fuji and Kawamura stepped up to take his place on the court.  It wasn’t fair to pit out-of-practice amateurs against a pair going pro, but hopefully three-on-two would make it a good challenge for the Golden Pair.  It would be good endurance training, if nothing else.
 
After a moment, the repetitive thud of tennis balls hitting clay and racquets resumed, backed by the squeaks of shoes and the distant rustling of leaves in a light breeze. Fuji would be able to use all three of his signature moves today.

"Hn," Echizen muttered after the first few points.  "Mada mada da ne."
 
Then it was as though all those background sounds vanished, and all he could hear was Echizen’s steady breath.

It was as though those familiar words, spoken in that same deadpan tone of voice that Tezuka must have heard a thousand times by now, finally clicked everything into place. 
 
It wasn’t even much of a revelation when the realisation dawned on him. It was more as though he’d simply found the answer to an obvious problem that had been staring him in the face for a long time. It was the sort of understanding that made you feel incredibly stupid in retrospection.

Echizen was his most important person. And he had been for a long while now.
 
That wasn’t all, either. It was time to admit it to himself. He was attracted to the other man. 

Tezuka only barely resisted the urge to start hitting himself on the head with his own racket.


 

Comments

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kaorismash
Sep. 29th, 2007 11:58 am (UTC)
If you can believe it, I have been waiting for this ALL DAY. Just because I knew it would cheer me up and drag me up from this slump. ♥!

Over the past couple of nights he'd become somewhat used to Echizen snuggling up against his side while he was sleeping

WHY. WHYWHYWHYWHYWHY DOES THIS THOUGHT KILL ME EVERY TIME? *cries with happiness* I just want for one day, Ryoma to wake up before him. ONCE. But then, that thought flew out of my mind the moment I saw COLD and SHOWER and DREAM. BECAUSE. YOU KNOW. *spazzes around*

OH TEZUKA. *pets him* I LOVE HOW HE'S NOT LIKE EVERY OTHER TEENAGE BOY, MUCH, UNTIL OF COURSE IT INVOLVES RYOMA. ^_______________^

Tezuka had forgotten at some point that Fuji was the exact sort of person who would repeatedly tap a hornet’s nest just to see what would happen.

Okay, I shall take back my earlier doubts and say that I do, tentatively, quite adore Fuji. That is, YOUR Fuji. Because he's such a darling giving them that boost.

And I was getting to the point where, much as I love Tezuka for his urge to think too much on one thing, I wanted to hit him, hard, and just make him not think but open his eyes. And Fuji did that wonderfully. Just, opened his eyes wide and then he stopped worrying about everyone else and thinking about himself and Ryoma and then.

And then you reduced me to a pile of good in this chair, as Tezuka started to see whatever everyone else does and realize that that dreams he has of Ryoma is not because of Fuji tainting his innocent mind. *snerks*

And oh god. "Echizen was his most important person." Can you just, like, imagine the most happiest torn face ever, because I'm stuck between squealing with how happy and full my heart feels to just releasing all the fluff in one big long "Awwww". That's me right now. Now and later and for a very long time because. Not only is this nostalgic of my old fandom, but it's so adorably sweet and not too corny and not too distant and just.

I don't want to keysmash. I really really don't. I don't want to caps either. Because this deserves so much more.

Instead I want to ingrain this feeling into my heart and just flap my arms around. And I am so close to just hugging this screen right now. But then if I do I might just hug it too tightly that I'll destroy the screen. :| God, why is there not a person around for me to just grab onto and hug so very very tight with how happy and in love I'm feeling? WHY ARE YOU NOT HERE IN PERSON FOR ME TO HUG? >:|

And then, the last line. Oh Tezuka, I am just so fondfondfondly in love with him. ♥

Thank you. I shall go to my happy place now. And wait eagerly for Wednesday to come. ♥!

kaorismash
Sep. 29th, 2007 12:00 pm (UTC)
I meant goo, but uh, good works too? |D;

mimineko_chan
Sep. 29th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
Kaori, let's buy a plane ticket and go to Australia to hug Sin ! Be careful Sin, Kaori and I both took lesson in glomping from Eiji ! ^^
kaorismash
Sep. 30th, 2007 04:13 am (UTC)
Ahahaha! I'm kind of uh. Already in Australia? :D? So really, I can just catch a train to Brisbane. :D Or maybe a plane would be faster. :DD
sinnatious
Sep. 30th, 2007 06:32 am (UTC)
Ha ha ha, I was about to say that Kaori had the cheaper airfare there. Oh crap! Eiji-level glomping. I MIGHT SUFFOCATE.

Excellent, I was rather worried that Fuji wouldn't work out, and that Tezuka would be too frustrating. Well, Tezuka still has the chance to be frustrating but... guess we'll have to wait and see.

Oh, what was your old fandom? Kaori seems so ingrained in the Tenipuri fandom now that it's sort of hard to imagine you anywhere else! ;)
kaorismash
Sep. 30th, 2007 06:45 am (UTC)
:D I shall be merciful. For I'm sure when I invade your computer for fic I shall die and wibble helplessly on the floor and not know what to do with myself, much less glomp the life out of you. ;P

Fuji was off to a bumpy start for me I'll admit, but hey, you have me omgirefusetosayit likinghim so therefore all good. Tezuka is a frustrating dork, and I guess that's why we all love him. :"3

Ahaha. I've um. Yet to spend a year in the Tenipuri fandom, I'm afraid. Old fandom was Card Captor Sakura/CLAMP related fandoms, of which I spent uh.. over 5 years in? I was one of those irritatingly noobish fans for.. quite a while. :| Probably still am. I'm still in it though, just, not as obsessively as I am with Tenipuri. 83
hyper_airis
Sep. 29th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
ack! You know, the mention of Tezuka and Echizen in bed at every chapter makes me all giddy. REALLY giddy. It just sets this certain fluffy mood.

And OH FUJI! I love how you write him and his genius.

TEZUKA IS SO IN LOVE WITH ECHIZEN THAT HE BECOMES BLIND OF THOSE FEELINGS. OH TEZUKA. AND HE HAS DREAMS. AND FINALLY HE REALIZES IT AND ADMITS IT TO HIMSELF AND OH GOD YOU KILLED ME WITH THE LAST PART AND NOW I CAN'T HELP BUT GO CAPSLOCK ON YOU BECAUSE OF THE LOVE.

*offers infinite ♥s*
roseofthine
Sep. 29th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
Tezuka, you idiot. ^^

Right. I spazzed so much when I realized that today was Saturday. I flailed around at otou-sama and he said, "It's Pillar, isn't it?" in that kinda annoyed but fond way he has. And then I saw the first few paragraphs and /that/ kind of dream about RYOMA while they're in BED together and I flailed around at otou-sama

(thy :: hotties are japan's assets says (9:16 AM):
AHAHA.
thy :: hotties are japan's assets says (9:17 AM):
WET DREAM ABOUT RYOMA. 8DDDD
thy :: hotties are japan's assets says (9:17 AM):
WHILE SHARING A BED WITH HIM. 8DDDDD
- ikkyuunyuukon [Ren Ai Shindan] Fate really likes playing tricks on us. says (9:17 AM):
Okay shh~
- ikkyuunyuukon [Ren Ai Shindan] Fate really likes playing tricks on us. says (9:17 AM):
I'm reading angst.
thy :: hotties are japan's assets says (9:17 AM):
Mm.
- ikkyuunyuukon [Ren Ai Shindan] Fate really likes playing tricks on us. says (9:17 AM):
You're totally ruining the mood. )

and, yeah, he kinda got mad at me but that's not the point. ^^

And then I got to the end andandand.

Tezuka only barely resisted the urge to start hitting himself on the head with his own racket.

Awwww. -giggle-

But I really loved this. Can you thank Fuji for me? He needed to bring Tezuka out of denial.

roseofthine
Sep. 29th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
ARGH. LJ POSTED BEFORE I WAS DONE. =(

And he had been for a long while now.

THAT'S WHERE I MELTED AND WISHED I HAD A TIME MACHINE TO BRING ME INTO A FEW WEEKS IN THE FUTURE SO I CAN READ ALL THE REST AT ONCE AND SPAZ AT YOU AND FLING HEARTS AT YOU AND BASICALLY GO ALL GUH AND RUN OUT OF ENERGY. 8DDD

♥♥♥, by the way. Times a bazillion. :x

OH RYOMA. ALL HE WANTS IS TO SEE TEZUKA PLAY, EVEN IF TEZUKA CAN'T SEE IT. ALL HE WANTS IS TO EXPERIENCE THE PASSION THAT TEZUKA HAS FOR TENNIS AND DREAM OF IT BEING HIS. MAKE YOUR MOVE ALREADY, YOU LITTLE PILLAR. JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE AN UNMOVEABLE PIECE OF ARCHITECTURE THAT REALLY LOOKS PRETTY AND BEAUTIFUL AND GORGEOUS AND GUH DOESN'T MEAN YOU HAVE TO ACTUALLY BE UNABLE TO MOVE, RIGHT? 8D -flails violently at them both- YEAH I KNOW I'M OFF TOPIC NOW AND THIS MUST BE HARD TO READ BUT THE SHIFT KEY IS MY BEST FRIEND RIGHT? 8DDDDDDDDD

ANDANDAND! BUCHOU, HERE'S YOUR CHANCE! 8DDDD

SNUGGLE BACK AT RYOMA IN BED. THAT WAY HE WILL REALIZE YOUR FEELINGS AND MELT INTO YOUR ARMS AND YOU SHALL PLAY TENNIS WITH HIM AND CONSTANTLY MAKE EACH OTHER RISE AND FLY AND EXPERIENCE NIRVANA OR HEAVEN OR WHATEVER YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO EXPERIENCE.

SMUT ON THE COURTS, RIGHT? 8DDD

Yeah, um, hi. I am now officially a puddle of glee because of this update.

Keep it up~

(yeah there's still more to say but my dad's bugging me to get off now so see you~~~)
sinnatious
Sep. 30th, 2007 06:39 am (UTC)
You flailed Pillar love around your DAD? Wow, open-minded family! :)

Ha ha, way to ruin an angst-fic! Yes, I never expected that I would EVER write fluff, but that appears to be what I'm doing at the moment to great choruses of 'awwws'. It's rather fun. Don't know why I didn't really do it before. ;) Gives you the warm fuzzies.
roseofthine
Sep. 30th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
Oh. Open-minded online family. xP

Though I don't think my actual dad would mind PILLAR love. He prides himself on being open-minded. xD

My mom would freak out if she found out I read slash, though. xDD

Hey, they already know I like pillars anyway. Even if they don't necessarily know the reason. ;D They know I like pi, as well, both because of the pillars (...) and also I like pillars because the first two letters are pi. It's kind of a two-way thing.

Have you written fic for other fandoms? I WANNA CHECK IT OUT! 8D

Hm~ I felt sorry for otou-sama. -giggle-

Kinda.
mimineko_chan
Sep. 29th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
Ahhhhhhh Sin ! I LOVE YOU ! When I was chatting this morning with you, I was beginning to read this chapter, but then my dear mother called and told me that lunch was ready. She made a really nice brunch so I was left hanging there. I was at when Tezuka was watching Ryoma sleep. So during lunch, I was thinking some naughty thoughts about Tezuka and Ryoma while my parents were discussing wedding plans. NO... NOT MY WEDDING. I AM NOT GETTING MARRIED... YET (maybe someday ^^ to a nice young man like Tezuka (or Atobe) but who is not gay ^^). My cousin AND my uncle are both getting married. So while they were discussing the wedding and reception, I was having wedding bells in my head about Tezuka and Ryoma. With what's going on... Tezuka would be the blushing bride ^^ Jodan jodan ! But most importantly, I was thinking about Tezuka and Ryoma's honeymoon ! Hoyay ! Thank God I was not having a nice nosebleed while eating with my parents. How humiliating that would be ^&^

Lets just say that Tezuka having a very cold shower really gets to me ! And the high school dream ? I bet they were about Tezuka playing tennis against Ryoma and the dream suddenly changed and Ryoma was kissing Tezuka and the very court they were playing. He was almost attacking Tezuka who could do nothing but surrender to the sweet sensation of Ryoma with a mix of Ponta... and was that cat hair ? LOL ! Tezuka then woke up and a complete mess on his bed were seen. But for the life of him, he could not remember who it was that he dreamed off. Certainly, it must be a girl, but all he can think of is a slight femined body and eyes that were showing his soul to him. Tezuka does not remember the color of the eye nor the color of the hair, but all he knew were the way his dream-partner's hair felt like. His hands running up and down the silk like hair. He remembered the lips. Those pink lips that transformed into red bitten lips by his mouth and teeth. He remembered the feeling of lips pressed onto his. A tongue running inside his mouth, the feeling of heaven, if there were a taste of heaven, then it would be the taste of his dream-partner... and also the feeling of playing tennis. Thinking of tennis, he remembered the callous hand running over his torso. Opening his eyes once more, Tezuka quickly got off from his bed. Taking his lavender bed sheets, he put them in the washing machine before his mother could see the mess that he made. But even that, he knew that his mother would know about that. Luckly, he also knew that his mother was kind and would keep his secret silent. But the embarrassement at breakfast could not be avoided. He felt a blush rushing through his cheek eating breakfast with his parents and grandfather. Saying only a few words which were a thank you for the effort his mother made for breakfast, a good morning to his grandfather and a nice day to his father before leaving to school. Upon the entrance, he saw his friend Fuji looking at him curiously. To avoid any interrogation, he quickly went to the lockers and changed into his t-shirt and shorts. Running laps always made things better. His body were more relaxed and his head were clearer. Through out the day, he could not shake the feeling that he somehow knew the girl, as he assumed that his dream-partner is a girl. He could not help looking at the girls in the same homeroom as him. Many girls were blushing a nice tint of pink when he set his eyes on them, but not one of them made him feel anything at all. Maybe she was on the girl's tennis team ? After classes, as he was going to practice, he took the road to the girl's tennis section to see if anyone were fitting his dream-partner's description. Unfortunately, or was it rather fortunate, he could not find any girls matching his requirement. As the time passed, and many of Inui's notebook were filled with datas concerning his slight unusual behavior, Tezuka stopped having those kind of dreams and stoped taking cold shower.
mimineko_chan
Sep. 29th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
Tezuka were thankful because he knew that at this rate, he was going to have a cold with all the cold shower that he took. Also, he thinks that he grandfather was beginning to suspect too much as there was too much hot water left untouched. Through his grandfather probably suspected as much, nobody in the family mentioned that. It was improper to talk about those things even within the family. But as Tezuka was taking the cold shower in the hotel room while Ryoma were sleeping only a few feets away, all those weeks in high school came crushing down on him making him hard once more. ^^

Ok, I don't know what happened. I was talking about how cute it was (and sexy as hell) and then suddenly, I was thinking about lots of weird stuff... I blame you Sin... hmmmmm I ought to thank Kaori for that nickname ! ^_^; Where was I before starting into my own dream land ? Oh right, when we were chatting, I was saying that while it was Tezuka that were sleeping, Ryoma was probably making good use of the lavender oil and tooking the opportunity to rape his buchou while asleep. ^^ Yes yes, dear Sin, I sometime can have a dirty mind XP

But Fuji, I don't know what to say about him. I guess that I kind of knew that Fuji knew about the situation, and is trying to have a grand scheme adding to some of his twisted fun. It's always very hard to grasp his ulterior motive as even us authors have difficulty catching up with Fuji's mind. So as fans, it's even impossible to know what's going on in his head. But what of Ryoma ? I guess that we shall never know about what he is thinking. But this chapter was good... way too good since I know that after this review, I'll have to read it again even if I have a very long essay to write. I think that I would prefer to write about Tezuka's dream rather than the essay. Reading this chapter gave me a lot of naughty thoughts about our favorite pillar pair.

Another thing, I was thinking when Tezuka got off of the bed, he suddenly tripped over his racket since he was too much in a hurry to have a cold shower. Tezuka also puts his racket right beside his bed before going to sleep. And since when did Ryoma decided to put his racket right beside his bed rather than hugging his red racket like a teddy bear to sleep ? Why it was when Ryoma discovered that his buchou puts his own racket right beside his bed ! XD

Echizen was his most important person. And he had been for a long while now.
OK, those two sentece had me there. A arrow right through my heart. I was like going awwwwwwww all the way and just re-reading this sentence made me into a pile of goo. I don't think it would be sane for Tezuka to start hitting his head with his racket. Just go kiss the man you are attracted too and take him back to your hotel room and make good use of Fuji's gift. Yes, as you can see, I am sinking into the world of hot and steamy yaoi pillar love !

I think that I'll stop here... the black and grey thing still have it here. I'll 'see' you later either on yahoo messenger or we will be exchanging LJ comment. ^^ Going back to read this chapter once more and go right back to the law books. Hope you are well and had a nice dream about Tezuka and Ryoma is the bath tube and with lots and lots of lavender bubble ! ♥

LJ have a limit for the commenting words so I am separating all my comments ^^
sinnatious
Sep. 30th, 2007 06:45 am (UTC)
AWESOME! Fanfiction in the comments! The comments are starting to be worth more than each chapter at this rate! :) That was fun to read.

As if Ryoma could take advantage of Tezuka without waking him up, though the reaction WOULD be highly amusing. It would be far more realistic for Tezuka to take advantage of Ryoma's heavy sleeping habits to do some exploring. ;) Nuts, I'm just making things worse, aren't I? YOUR DIRTY MIND IS CATCHING, MIMI-CHAN! (Must... resist... urge to write that in....)

Don't know what the deal is with the black and grey, sorry, if you figure out anything that I might be doing wrong, let me know.
pat_ace87
Sep. 29th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
YAY, ANOTHER CHAPTER >___
pharrezychica
Sep. 29th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
Oh. OH.

YES! Tezuka finally saw it!
This was maybe your best chapter yet, you could really feel things along with Tezuka, feel the revelations slowly dawn on him AND you.

Beautiful, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL.
I can't wait for the next part. This one was excellent! :D

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essacat
Oct. 2nd, 2007 03:18 am (UTC)
What's with the extra long comments?!!
I'm not that inspired but still, I think you should know: I love you. No Fuji to make me realize it, no cuddles during the night (but mostly because I don't know where you sleep)(that sounded weird), but the result is here: you had me at "Chickens in the Trees".
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