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08 June 2008 @ 11:35 pm
24 Chips - 15  
Theme: 09:00
Title: Momentary Insanity
Fandom: Bleach
Character: Hirako Shinji and Sarugaki Hiyori
Category: Romantic
Rating: PG
Warnings: Other than the TBTP arc, mostly just language, really bc of Hiyori. And as always, I'm making up their past before the TBTP arc because we don't know about their childhood/academy days/etc.
Disclaimer: Bleach =/= mine, or we'd see way more Vaizard love.
Summary: Part 15 of my 24-piece series of memorable "firsts" for these two.

The first time Hiyori ever considered that she could love Shinji, it was more of an afterthought than anything else. Hell, she’d been making cracks about becoming his bride for years now, even though she’d never actually considered – or meant – the implications of what she talked about. It had always been more of a way to tease him, a bit of “yeah, remember what you’re not gonna get”

But things like that were rather far away at the moment. There were other things to concern themselves with. Like it or not, they were changed. Completely. Never again to be what they once had been, and there was nothing for it other than getting used to it. But that was easier said than done, especially when you had a sinister voice in the back of your head, whispering to you at every turn.

But what was there to do? It wasn’t as though they could undo what had been done, hell they weren’t even really sure what had been done in the first place. Scowling, more to herself than to anyone else, Hiyori sighed and shifted her shoulders irritatedly. The hell Shinji had dragged them all here for, she didn’t know and she was relatively sure the others didn’t either. It wasn’t even fucking 9AM yet, didn’t he know girls needed their beauty sleep? And while they might not have cared that much – granted, she trusted Shinji too -- she was going to kick his ass across this damned garage if he didn’t explain soon.

Thankfully for Hiyori’s mood, that explanation was forthcoming as Shinji stepped out into the center of the large open space, looking up at the others where they sat and stood ranged out across the rocks. Sweeping one arm sideways he gave them all a wide grin.

“So, how do ya like th’ new place? Figured it’d be pretty perfect.”

He hadn’t mentioned what it was perfect for, a fact that Hiyori sarcastically pointed out. Really, did he drag them here just for this? If so, beating seemed almost too good for him. He frowned slightly at her comment, shaking his head and setting his knuckles on narrow hips.

“No, that’s not why I brought everyone here.”

Pausing for a moment, as if for effect, he continued to explain, expression growing more serious with every word.

“I think I know a way to deal with it.”

He didn’t have to explain what “it” was. They all knew. There was only one thing that would make any of them carry that tone of voice, make that sort of face. Hiyori narrowed her eyes slightly as he began to explain. They could fight it. Go into the inner world that all of them possessed, that place where they communed with their zanpakutou. The place that the Hollow had now contaminated. And just as they’d all once had to gain control, to subjugate the spirit that dwelt there, they could do the same to the hollows. And then, just maybe… they could learn to harness the power it gave them.

It was a risky plan, one that got him loud protests and arguments across the board. Except from the one place it would have been most likely to spout from. Hiyori remained eerily silent, simply listening. Where the others yelled, her eyes only widened fractionally as he went even further to state that he’d test his idea out. On himself.

And while part of her was raging at the idea that he’d make this sort of choice for all of them, another part was quite frankly impressed. Impressed that he’d come up with this on his own, and admiring of the rather selfless way he was willing to risk himself for something that wasn’t even a sure go. Something to help them all.

It wasn’t even that Shinji wasn’t the sort to put the needs of others before himself. He was. But still, something this risky, this unsure… it was almost noble in her eyes. And it made her look at him – even for just a moment – in a different light. She could almost… consider that being his bride wouldn’t be such a bad thing. But only for just a moment.
Psyche: amusedamused
twosentwosen on June 10th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
Hiyori might seem OOC if this fic were a standalone, but having read the 14 others before it and being scarily able to relate to your Hiyori a LOT, this just reads as such perfect sense.

That last line? WORD.
Neko-taichoutasogaretaichou on June 10th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
Yes, it would seem OOC if it were a standalone because you wouldn't have been able to see the growth of their relationship otherwise. And that's fun, that you can scarily relate to my Hiyori. XD

It's fun also, bc I have my own personal Shinji to come home to so I have a constant source of inspiration.
twosentwosen on June 10th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
Guess it's 'cos I am a lot like Hiyori, actually, even down to the pigtails. Although less violent, 'cos social acceptability generally counts for a lot more in RL, unfortunately.

And d'awww, you have your own Shinji! Hopefully you abuse him less than Hiyori does!
Neko-taichoutasogaretaichou on June 11th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm a lot like her as well, a lot like both her AND Rukia (who are my 2 favourites, consequently. ^__^)

Yes, I'm a bit nicer to him. Would you like to see a picture?

Shinji giving Hiyori a piggyback

That's us on a troupe photoshoot.
twosentwosen on June 12th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
Yay for strong alpha-female characters! The world of manga needs more of them!

Hee, you've got a very cute personal Shinji there! And awesome cosplay, both of you! Love the beret! ^___^