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USAGIMIMI KAMEN TO THE RESCUE! 
13th-Feb-2007 11:09 pm
Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA


raynos wrote a fascinating Bleach Chapter 262 spoiler fic here, and also said something which probably unconsciously sparked off this story - that just because one is not in favour of something happening doesn't mean one won't still write it.

What did put me in the mood to write something like this was THIS Youtube video which Niisan dearest cheerfully linked me, in the interest of breaking my brains, which features Okiayu Ryutaro (Tezuka and Byakuya's seiyuu) as Usamimi Kamen. Yes, you heard that right, a superhero in vivid pink and bunny ears. And so I figured that turnabout is fair play, and also I remember that I have owed Niisan fic since last August, and so I wrote this. In an hour.

There are two other people that also deserve blame credit for indirectly inspiring this. I suppose I shall have to thank you both in my own special way.

Takes place before Luke and Tear's Get-Out-Of-the-Fabre-Mansion Choushindou card gets played.

Warning: Spoilers for Guy's identity, House Gardios, the whole revenge thing, and I suppose indirectly the replica connection thing, too.
Wordcount: 1,107 words
Pairing: Asch/Guy, and Guy/Luke and Asch/Luke if you look reaaally hard.



On a night some time after the fall of Hod, a blond servant steals like a thief into a room where his reason for serving so long in the house of his enemy sleeps.

It is deep in the night, and all of House Fabre sleeps.

But Gailardia Galan Galudios does not.

There is no one to stop him as he makes his way over to the bed where his reason lies. All he can hear the steady beat of the heart that has waited this long to carry out its promise.

Not much longer now, Guy vowed, bitterly. The silent promise made by the last living member of House Gardios would be kept.

Moonlight spilled through the drapes, illuminating the sleeping boy. The vivid scarlet of his hair swept across the pillow and crept under his cheek. By his years, Luke wasn’t truly a child any longer, but he certainly slept like one, with his arms flung wide and sprawled across the entire bed.

So trusting, Guy thought, as he looked down on House Fabre’s only son. He reached out for the boy. It will be quick, he promised. You won’t feel a thing. It’s more mercy than your father ever showed mine.

The second his hands closed around the boy’s neck, however, Luke’s eyes snapped open. Before Guy could even make the split-second decision between going ahead with what he’d planned for years and trying again, Luke glanced at him and smiled.

It was a knowing smile, and one that made Guy’s blood run cold. But it was nothing compared to what followed next.

“Gailardia Galan Galudios,” said Luke, slowly and deliberately, drawing the name out as a swordsman would unsheathe his blade.

Guy stiffened. None but two others in the Fabre household knew that name, and the last person who should have known it was the one who had just spoken it.

“Did you really think that your presence in this household has gone unnoticed?” Luke seemed completely indifferent to Guy’s hands around his neck. “Surely it must have occurred to you that the mastermind behind the invasion of Hod would never let such a thing escape his attention?”

The knowledge of his name and the revelation that his presence in the Fabre household had never been a secret did not disturb Guy as much as the fact that Luke hadn’t stopped smiling.

“Who are you?” hissed Guy, knowing that the creature under his hands could not possibly be the Luke fon Fabre that he saw every day, the Luke that he’d taught to speak, the Luke who’d run straight into his arms when he first learned to walk.

“Who am I?” asked Luke, echoing Guy’s question. “You know my name.”

Somewhere in between the last word he spoke and Guy tensing, Luke locked his arms around Guy’s, with a strength that Guy never knew he possessed. Guy cursed himself for being caught out – he hadn’t come ready for a fight, after all – he hadn’t expected a Luke capable of giving him one. The Luke fon Fabre Guy thought he knew had learned to walk a mere four years ago, and indeed, was at times given to being clumsier than he ought to have been. But this Luke – this Luke reacted like a born fighter.

“I suggest you rethink your plans,” said Luke.

“How do you know who I am?” demanded Guy.

Luke smirked. “You give away far more than you know,” he replied. “And in return, I’ll give you this advice: ask me again when next we meet.”

“This ends tonight,” said Guy, his grip tightening around Luke’s neck.

Unbelievably, Luke laughed. “Go ahead, son of Gardios,” he said, and it shook Guy to the core to know that he meant it. “After what my family has done to yours, even I would be hard-put to deny you your revenge.” But then Luke fixed him with a gaze that left no doubt in Guy’s mind as to what he intended to do should Guy obey.

“But know this. What you do to him, you do also to me. And if you lay a hand on him, I will come for you. And I will do whatever it takes, for however long it takes, until I get to you. Surely you understand, Guy. And when I find you, what I will do to you will make you realise that what happened to your family was mercy before I am through with you.”

“You bastard,” snarled Guy, but before he could begin to fulfill his promise, Luke twisted under his hands and his hold relaxed, which was all the opening Luke needed to break Guy’s grip and free himself.

“Such language in front of a child,” Luke chided.

You’re no child,” snapped Guy, beginning to back away.

“That’s right,” Luke said, as he closed the distance between them faster than Guy thought he could move. “And don’t you ever forget it.”

This time, there is something gentle even in the strength of the hands that pin Guy’s wrists to his sides. “And this,” says Luke, with an emotion Guy cannot at first identify, “Is so that you remember this – ” And Guy cannot understand why it is that Luke has come so close, right up until the moment Luke kisses him.

It is over in a heartbeat, and then intent green eyes meet Guy’s.

“And remember me.”

Then Luke collapses into Guy’s arms, and the face that looks up from behind a sleep-tangled chaos of scarlet hair is bewildered and sleepy and belongs to the Luke that Guy knows.

“Guy?” Luke asks, and this is the voice that Guy knows, a voice demanding even when half-asleep, imperious as the Duke he will someday be. And all of a sudden the aching familiarity of the one in his arms makes Guy suddenly and ridiculously glad that he has his Luke back. “What happened?”

“N-nothing, Luke,” answers Guy, trying to force nonchalance into his reply.

“Did I have another headache?” asks Luke, as he rubs his eyes, still seemingly sleepy.

“… I think it was a nightmare,” Guy says, suddenly lighting upon the lie and eager to have Luke forget all of this, if he even remembered anything. He’s deeply relieved when Luke accepts his answer unquestioningly, and allows Guy to put him back to bed.

He watches Luke until he falls asleep, if only to reassure himself, even as his relief is mixed with deep apprehension. He is no Luke – he cannot so easily believe that lie. That was no nightmare, he knows.

No nightmare would know his name, and no nightmare could kiss like that.



raethes did absolutely gorgeous art for this here (mirror). ♥
Comments 
13th-Feb-2007 03:34 pm (UTC) - xD No, Luke, it was the cheegles.
Asch/Luke if you look reaaally hard.

I looked really really hard and I found something I like. xD

....and no nightmare could kiss like that.

*laughs* I'm sitting here in my towel - only YOU could make me sit down and read this before getting dressed - and melting because it is so good. xD

It's good fic! IT IS GOOD ABYSS FIC. *happy sigh* It's been soooo long since I last saw good Abyss fic. ;)

I hope Nii-san sees this soon. :D
13th-Feb-2007 03:43 pm (UTC) - MAYBE ASCH IS MAKING ME DO IT
The idea for this story actually started out as being Asch/Luke. Apparently THIS is Asch's idea of a Valentine's.

*giggles* Thank you so much, sweetheart. You're actually more critical of fanfiction than I am, so I look forward to your opinion. ♥

Also! Sitting in a towel! Please go and dry yourself off before you catch a cold! The story can wait, you know. ;)

Heheheh. Thank you so much once again! ; )
13th-Feb-2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
This made me all sorts of happy. I squinted really, really hard and the magic of this lies in the last line of the fic. X3 Tee-hee~ What a wonderful thing to read before going to bed. xD
13th-Feb-2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
And to think I almost didn't leave the last line in! *laughing* Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked this! *grin*

Good night ~ And I'll see you very soon! *grin* I was just in LC today and it'll close early on the day you arrive and be closed for CNY, so it's a good thing I'll see you after? ;)
13th-Feb-2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
Ahahahahaha! :D I can't express how much reading this cheered me up! Hee. And I didn't have to look hard at all, then again, I always know what to look for. *evil laugh* :3 Poor Guy, if he think he's got it bad now, just wait until Asch really gets ahold of Luke and teaches him a thing or two. Then he'll have nowhere left to run~ Of course, most people wouldn't consider that a doom, but this is Asch after all...

♥♥♥♥♥♥
13th-Feb-2007 04:23 pm (UTC) - (you made Asch smile!)
*colours and beams brilliantly* Thank you so much! *grin* I don't suppose I need to say that you liking this means the world to me, but knowing that it cheered you up means even more. You make me want to go off and radiate fanart at you. *grin*

I actually love that you know what to look for, and you find even more! ♥

Poor Guy, if he think he's got it bad now, just wait until Asch really gets ahold of Luke and teaches him a thing or two
XDD!!! I leave that in your capable hands (and imagination!) XD Trust you to think of that angle! *wild approval* >D

You know that deep down inside, Asch really welcomes it. He just won't be honest with himself. >D

[By the way, congratulations on Level 70! *grin* That was fast!]
13th-Feb-2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
OMG. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE X INFINITY.

And you wrote this one hour?!

My dear, you need to write more. *hugs* ♥

This time, there is something gentle even in the strength of the hands that pin Guy’s wrists to his sides. “And this,” says Luke, with an emotion Guy cannot at first identify, “Is so that you remember this – ” And Guy cannot understand why it is that Luke has come so close, right up until the moment Luke kisses him.

It is over in a heartbeat, and then intent green eyes meet Guy’s.

“And remember me.”


I LOVED THIS. COMPLETELY. THIS SCENE WAS JUST BEAUTIFUL.

YOU ACTUALLY MADE ME LIKE THE COCKROACH HEAD KIAM PAH FACE PERSON.

(admittedly, he probably didn't look like a cockroach head at that point of time because he was in Luke's body but you know what I mean...)

OMG. But this was just... wow. How did Bya-buns and pink fluffy bunnies manage to inspire you to do this?

I promise a comment that's a lot more coherent than this when I'm 1. at home 2. not hungry 3. not thinking of pink bunnies. But for the moment, ♥
13th-Feb-2007 04:32 pm (UTC) - *showers you with sparkling sakura petals and usagi chans*
How did Bya-buns and pink fluffy bunnies manage to inspire you to do this?
XDDD!!! I don't know! XDD Clearly you need to show me more cracked-up videos! XDD I think it was my viewing of that video that initiated a deep systemic instability that culminated in my being able to write something for a pairing which on an ordinary day I view with the same cheerful happy as Murata/Wolfram.

Heheheh - I think the vague idea was percolating in my head for the better part of eight hours, but it wasn't until the last two hours that it actually took the shape you see here. xDD

*giggles helplessly* Thank you so much! I'm just - unbelievably glad you liked it this much!

!!! Thank you! To tell the truth I was actually worried about that scene. I'm most pleasantly surprised that you liked it! XDDDD

!!! Thank you so much! I'm just radiating joy at the screen now! What SERIOUSLY makes me XDDDDD is that ... I made you like That Person?! for some mysterious and unknown reason this isn't the first time - I've been told before that I make people like Asch, which... confuses me.

!!!! You're hungry!! *snugs* ... NiiSAN. D< Are you starving yourself in the library again? I wish I was there to post emergency rations of buns from that Chinese bakery in Leicester Square to you. You still write fabulously coherent comments when thinking of pink bunnies. xD
13th-Feb-2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
13th-Feb-2007 05:05 pm (UTC) - EMITS. A . WORLD . OF . HEARTS . AT . YOU .
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


OH. MY. HEAVENS - Thank you so much! I - wh - what have I done to deserve this, this was beautiful! Thank you so much - *ON FIRE WITH HAPPY* - thank you! I love your choice of colours - just that choice alone does everything to capture the setting of the story and how it happens in my imagination. And I love the style! It's pure stark beauty - I love how this one image can say so much. LITERALLY, your picture is worth my thousand words - AND MORE. You've got me with my hand over my mouth going I can't believe this ♥ in the best possible way. I love that you drew Luke/Asch with that knowing smirk and that way his mouth tilts upwards. I love the way you draw Guy's eyes! Thank you thank you so much - this is priceless. You've made my yesterday and my today and my whole entire week and my EVERYTHING. ♥
13th-Feb-2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
While you were posting this, I was writing another request XD Seems like this is a productive time.

As usual, your style is so commanding of the readers. So different from my detached, narratvie style XD

I like the how they go three way - how Asch saves Luke's life in his own way and creeping Guy out XD Asch is SO protective of Luke...is it the way you'd like it to be? The way he scares Guy is perfect horror movie material actually. Asch, your sense of V-day is so twisted.
13th-Feb-2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
Heheh. I can blame this on my law website locking us all out and depriving me of my cases - and giving me a legitimate reason not to do homework. I become unstable when unable to do my homework.

Why thank you! I tend to view commanding as a good thing (ha, style semes readers), but if it feels like I'm ordering readers to feel a certain way... [I just want to order SUBTLY. >D]

I've always wondered about whether a writer's style reflects their personality. And what components of style: emotion? Stylistic technique? And when I talk to other writers, we generally think yes.

>D I'm glad you saw that! This story actually started out intending to be an Asch-saves-Luke story, and Asch hit on Guy in the middle of it. In the first draft I generally write my reactions at the appropriate moments, and when Asch did that I wrote (SMACK, BAD BOY) next to the paragraph.

Asch is SO protective of Luke...
Haha you noticed! And yes. The Asch I love best is the one that is very protective of Luke. Sorry, Asch, you're ... rather OOC in this. I've just always liked the thought of Asch watching over Luke from afar, making sure that nothing happens to him, and keeping him safe in every way he can. Technically this story is canonically impossible if you consider the fonslot seal/block as being absolute, but I worked my way around it in my head (it was too unwieldy to fit into the story). I've written story/drabbles based on the fon slot seal never happening and Asch being able to communicate with little Luke - for a time, at least, until Vaan found out and put a stop to that.

The way he scares Guy is perfect horror movie material actually.
*BURSTS OUT LAUGHING* I never even thought of that! Now I have this image of Asch as Sadako in my head! Thanks for this one!

Asch is being sweet on Guy, really: "Happy Valentine's Day. Have me, and the other me, too."
13th-Feb-2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
I looked hard (well, not really) for that Asch/Luke-ness, and found it. And me like, me like.

This is great stuff. I loved it. I was actually sitting here trying to figure out if it really was Luke or Asch. but then figured out it was Asch talking through Luke and... yeah.


I like, I like. <333
13th-Feb-2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
LOVELOVELOVE ♥

*EMITS HEARTS AT THIS*
13th-Feb-2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
wowness
chris has liked ToA for ages now!
XD crazy it's still going! haha
13th-Feb-2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
After that intro I was expecting Super Bunnyman Guy stealing through the night and then WOW SCARY ASCH DETAAAAAAA

This is really good! &hearts I can easily imagine this scenario occuring in canon (although it's a bit AU) and it makes me wonder if Asch ever used his control over Luke before the game started. Guy must tiptoe around Luke after this. And Guy's mood reminds me of this one online comic (the site closed down or I'd link it D: ) where Guy takes care of Luke, who starts crying and Guy says to himself "Don't worry, I'll make sure to kill you".

I'm wondering about Asch threatening to take revenge for Luke though... Just kind of curious about his motivations there. Because he wants revenge for being forgotten? Because Luke getting assassinated would spoil Van's plans? For his own reasons? It's very interesting!

And the writing is very good too! I liked "sleep-tangled chaos of scarlet hair" a lot. :)
13th-Feb-2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
*writhes*
This was totally awesome! Asch totally OWNED Guy and it was AMAZING! Really, I love how Guy thinks Luke is all harmless and too feeble to do anything like that to him. And the kiss...! Guy was so shocked (oh, I think he liked it...maybe he wanted more?). XDD

>> “Did I have another headache?” asks Luke, as he rubs his eyes, still seemingly sleepy.

“… I think it was a nightmare,” Guy says


But this line was so amazing. I love how it implies that Guy was completely freaked out. XD

>> “But know this. What you do to him, you do also to me. And if you lay a hand on him, I will come for you. And I will do whatever it takes, for however long it takes, until I get to you. Surely you understand, Guy. And when I find you, what I will do to you will make you realise that what happened to your family was mercy before I am through with you.”

And I love how creepy that line sounded. Sent chills down my spine. o.o;;

You write so well, you really should write more! I really enjoyed this, thank you for sharing! :D

Also, raethes's art is so amazing, it really captures the scene well. :O
14th-Feb-2007 12:08 am (UTC)
That was SO AMAZING♥!!!

What a fantastic idea. Guy/Luke and Asch/Luke if you look reaaally hard. - I LOOKED HARD AND AWWW, ASCH IS GETTING SENTIMENTAL♥ He likes his dreck not murdered.

Your writing is just...so good. I'm jealous♥

SORRY I CAN'T STOP ♥ING BUT THE FIC MADE ME SO HAPPY THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO EXPRESS MYSELF
♥♥♥!~
14th-Feb-2007 01:14 am (UTC) - ahaha appropriate top-pic to match as i comment!
I LOVE YOU ♥ but you knew that already.

This was wonderful!

“And remember me.”
Oh, Asch. *sadfaces*
14th-Feb-2007 03:21 am (UTC)
*showers you with luff*
X3333 A fic with all the pairings I'm starting to like!
Guy's real name is sure a mouthful >__<;
*still working hard on the game* XDDD

Guy teaching Luke how to walk and talk gives way to very very very cute imagery T^T
14th-Feb-2007 01:11 pm (UTC)
WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I'm glad to have inspired fic =DDDDDDDDDDDDD Writing = good. =D The creepy personality (or person? =D) switching was really nicely done. Poor Guy, getting freaked out like that. (Though he did bring it on himself XD) Luke is such a kid. =D

(WRITE MORE. =DDDDDDDDD)
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