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Quick fic fix

I just realised I haven’t posted any fanfiction on here in ages. It’s not because I haven’t been writing – just that I haven’t written anything worth posting.

So I sat down and wrote this last night in about two hours.  I haven't even read it.  If I read it, I might change my mind about posting.  Please feel free to correct mistakes, and apologies if it makes no sense.

Title: A Little Bit Selfish

Rating: G. 

Words: 1,100

Summary: Tenipuri.  Tezuka throws out Ryoma’s mail.



Other schools have not been shy in their attempts to poach Echizen. 


Tezuka allows it to an extent. He stands to the side when Hanamura makes overt passes at the freshman, and doesn’t say anything in response to Mizuki’s attempts at luring Echizen – or any of his other regulars - to St Rudolph, either. He doesn’t worry, knowing that neither school can offer him anything he can’t already get at Seigaku.


It’s only when Coach Ryuuzaki is in hospital and he has to take over her duties that he realizes how enthusiastic some schools are.


Not all of the mail is for their star rookie – there are letters addressed to him, and to Fuji, and even a couple for Oishi and Kikumaru. Some of them are not even worth his time – invitations to schools with not only poor tennis teams, but poor academic records. Coach Ryuuzaki had been a valuable filter – the only one she ever recommended to him had been the German exchange. 


The amount of mail for Echizen, however, is staggering. 


It makes sense. A freshman has another two and a half years of their middle school career to exploit – a senior only has a matter of months. As he stares at the pile, he can’t help but wonder how many she’s passed along before.


Brochures he bins without a thought. Advertising spam, he thinks disapprovingly. It doesn’t belong in a place of learning. He hesitates before opening the letters, until he recalls that Coach Ryuuzaki has been doing it for all of them until now, and it’s only right that he continues.


He feels better for it when most of them are simple letters of invitation to peruse their school’s facilities. No different from the brochures, really. They also find their way into the garbage.


Then he comes across the scholarship offers.


Some of them are tempting. Private schools that are ranked among the best nation-wide, as good and sometimes better than Hyotei. Attendance almost guarantees you your choice of high schools. Some of them he recognizes as the winners of their respective Regionals. It’s guaranteed they’ll be facing at least a couple of them in the Nationals.


He returns each one to its envelope and sets them on the edge of the desk, lips pressed into a thin line. He stares at them, feeling a knot forming between his brows. Coach Ryuuzaki’s office is oppressively silent. In the distance, he can barely hear the reassuring drumming of tennis balls on hard courts.


Would Echizen really be tempted by these offers? He’s settled into the team so well. Tezuka remembers how standoffish the first-year was when he arrived. Now he has friends, senpai, and classmates who all look out for him. He’s relaxed, and he’s found his tennis. He’s grown so much at Seigaku it’s staggering. Only a couple of weeks ago, he first reached a state of self-actualisation. Now, Tezuka believes the Pinnacle of Perfection may be within his grasp.


If Echizen leaves, can they still win the Nationals? Can Seigaku continue without its Pillar?


He stares at the pile of ragged envelopes. 


It’s selfish.


Echizen will hate him if he ever finds out.


His hand reaches out, almost of its own volition, and the pile of envelopes tip into the rubbish.




When Tezuka returns to the courts to close practice, Echizen turns to look at him. For an instant, the guilt is crushing, and he’s convinced the freshman can see straight through him with those sharp golden-brown eyes. 


Except all he does is murmur, “Buchou,” in acknowledgement. Tezuka nods once in response.


There’s no reason why the dream can’t continue. Just until the end of the season.




Every couple of days, Tezuka goes into Coach Ryuuzaki’s office and clears the mail. Inui offers to help him, but he politely turns him down, and locks the door once he’s inside.


There’s not as much mail as the first time he had to do it – it hasn’t been given the chance to pile up. All the same, the bin next to the desk grows a little fuller each visit.


Tezuka’s guilt thickens at the same rate.




It can’t last, of course. He knows it can’t. So when he opens the door to Coach Ryuuzaki’s office and sees Echizen standing next to the bin, holding a crumpled letter in his hand, he doesn’t even question how or why. 




“Echizen.” It’s all he can manage to say for a long moment.


“Buchou,” he says again, as though it’s the only word in his vocabulary. The silence stretches, before he offers, “Oishi-senpai sent me to give you this.” He waves a thin binder, unnoticed in his right hand. Tezuka knows it contains the schedules, but all he can focus on is the crumpled paper held in his left.


Echizen recognises that, and places the binder carefully on the desk. He stares at the senior for a long moment. His gaze is so heavy that Tezuka feels as though he might be choking under the pressure, but he meets it steadily.




He doesn’t give Echizen the opportunity to ask. “Don’t leave Seigaku.” The selfish words tumble from his lips, too late for him to take them back. 


The light of realisation in the freshman’s eyes tells him he doesn’t need to explain any further.


This is it. The moment of judgment. Tezuka feels lighter at the lifting of the burden, but heavy at the knowledge of what will follow.


Except the look of hurt, the look of betrayal, never comes. Instead, Echizen looks pleased - although Tezuka can tell he’s trying to keep it a secret because he tugs his cap down to hide his eyes. It’s a futile gesture, as the little curls at the corners of his mouth remain visible.


Then Echizen’s fingers relax, and the letter floats back down into the bin with the rest of the paper. Tezuka tracks its path to its resting place, then, in mild disbelief, returns his gaze to the freshman’s face.


All he does is mutter, “Che, they should practice instead of roping others in.” Then he leaves the room, brushing past Tezuka as he does so. He pauses, just for a heartbeat, as the backs of their arms touch. “You saved me the trouble of reading them.”


The door clicks closed behind him, and Tezuka exhales breathily.


For just a little longer, Echizen will stay. He’ll be there, with the team. The Pillar of Seigaku. The promise held between them. He’s reassured. Nothing will take Echizen away from them.




Three weeks later, a letter arrives for Echizen from America. This time, Tezuka isn’t there to bin it.



( 25 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 25th, 2009 10:22 am (UTC)
you kind of crushed my smile with that last sentence, but I still love it♥
Aug. 25th, 2009 10:28 am (UTC)
Heee, sorry. ♥
Aug. 25th, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
Wibbles at last part~
I really enjoyed Tezuka's perspective on the offers =3
Aug. 25th, 2009 11:54 am (UTC)
Thanks! I was just thinking - what would Tezuka think about another school trying to steal one of his players? Glad you liked it. ^_^
Aug. 25th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)

I love the little touch, where their arms brush each other. :3

Aug. 26th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)

It's like coming home. <3
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)

Aug. 25th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
What has happened to all the TezRyo? I haven't read any PoT fic since you last wrote one. =P

Anyway, this story is <3. I always love your interactions between Tezuka and Ryoma b/c you leave them in character and can make them so much with just a couple of words.
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
I do believe clinck (http://clinck.livejournal.com/) has been keeping the fires burning! But yes, not many active authors left on LJ. :(
Aug. 25th, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
...that last sentence was mean. :P

Tezuka deserves to be a little selfish <3
Aug. 26th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
You have a way with the last word. 83

This was wonderful and lovely right to the very end asdfghjkl; I do love selfish Tezuka ♥♥♥
Aug. 26th, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
You seriously wrote this without reading it? Oh god, as if I don't have enough reasons to be jealous of you already!

'You saved me the trouble of reading them'

LOL that's SO something Ryoma would say! :D
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC)
Sometimes it's better to write without any editing. :| (Only short fics, though!) No one said anything, so it appears I managed to escape typos and missing words for once? Damn, I don't manage that in the fics I DO edit.

Ryoma, our favourite brat. *__*
Aug. 26th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
ahsddfjajd amazing. I really like the pacing in this one, Sin. The last sentence is a killer, by the way /adores/ Everything's just so them *_* Tezuka's selfishness, his guilt and THIS LINE: “Buchou,” he says again, as though it’s the only word in his vocabulary. So much win ♥
Aug. 26th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
They are so fun, always. ♥ Glad you liked it.

LAST DAY! I have chosen Gin's route! I think I may have locked myself out of Naoya's somehow. D: Noooo, give me my creepy Naoya!
Aug. 26th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
Perhaps he'll show up when you find the server? When you beat the game, we will need to discuss and decide on second playthroughs! XD

Last boss, die Belberith dieeeeee. Also the Shomonkai are a bunch of idiots and sissies but what else is new.
Aug. 26th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
This could very well be canon, which makes it even more endearing.
And Ryoma's little pleased smile! ♥

If only the last sentence wasn't there... speaking of anon... ;_;
Aug. 27th, 2009 11:30 am (UTC)
Pharre! ♥ You've been on LJ a lot more recently~!

Yes, I must admit 'could be canon' scenarios are my favourites. Just because Konomi didn't draw it, doesn't mean it didn't happen, right? :D
Aug. 27th, 2009 11:35 am (UTC)
Trying to make up for the time I'm not around XD
Especially since from Monday I'll be working 8 hours a day ;__;

Exactly my thoughts! ;) ♥
Aug. 30th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
I especially like this one because it was sort of subtle. There was a really nice build up of tension, and then a release at the end.

But, that last line was sad. T_T Makes you wonder why Echizen went back to America in the first place.
Aug. 31st, 2009 05:43 am (UTC)

Well, there was the American Open... But yes. :( Sadness.
Sep. 13th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
a;lsdkfls;f It's been a while since I've ready any PoT fic. Gaaaah, so awesome. I love how Tezuka feels so guilty after binning the scholarship offers, and how Ryoma's happy that Tezuka wants him to stay. Lovely work with this~!
Sep. 28th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)
I've been following your writing for a while now, and finally plucked up the courage to actually comment on this one. I adore all your PoT fic and this one is just. Rawr. I love the interaction here and just T_T *incoherent babbling*

...if it's not too much trouble, may I friend you? O:
Sep. 28th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
Hello! Always a nice surprise when someone de-lurks. ^__^ Go for it! Though I haven't been writing TezRyo as often lately (just so know and don't get your hopes up).
Jun. 1st, 2010 11:30 am (UTC)
I was squealing at the end, Tezuka was being so cute XD Though the last line was ;_;
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