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Comm Birthday Fic: One Thing Only 
17th-Aug-2008 06:39 pm
Title: One Thing Only
Author: liralen
Pairing: Hisagi/Kira
Rating: PG for language
Warning: Spoils from Chapter 318 on.
Summary: The two fukutaichou train for their upcoming mission
Prompt: "One" and "Whispers"
Word Count: 423
Disclaimer: I don't own or make money off of Bleach. It's all fictional, really.

Steel rang against steel, and a crowd of Third and Ninth Division shinigami closed in around the training grounds. The betting was hot, the laughing boasts about their fukutaichou were loud, and the competitive camaraderie was high and almost like a festival.

"Damnit, they're supposed to be practicing, not partying," Shuuhei growled as he met Kira's attack with a block that slid all the way up to his hand guard. His palm against the side of the blade supported the tip so that it wouldn't turn enough to free Kira's.

"We could stop and order them back to their places," Kira said placidly even as he tried to disengage his blade enough to eviscerate his lover.

"But we have to be ready for battle," Shuuhei snarled as he jumped back to break the deadlock only to have Kira follow him, with a hard swing at his side. He blocked it to Kira's outside and given the advantage, he tried to riposte but he was going backwards, and the change in momentum made him slide.

Suddenly Kira just stopped, and Shuuhei had to scramble not to hit him by accident. The blond's hands were on his hips. "As if you can concentrate on this training exercise while they're violating your sense of decency. All right." Kira turned around and eyed their audience, "Which of you lazy bums want to be cleaning out latrines?"

The crowd hesitated, a few that probably knew that look from Kira, started wandering away.

Shuuhei rolled his eyes at the rest, and then barked, "All right you, why the hell are you standing around rubbing your swords? Get back to work, it's only a few days before we have to defend Karakura, so get moving."

Their subordinates, hearing the tone of real command, found all kinds of reasons to get back to their own practices around them.

Shuuhei felt rather than saw Kira move in right next to him to whisper, "We'll survive this. They will too." The breath of those words against his ear made Shuuhei's eyes close.

They were both going to be assigned real missions in the upcoming war. They were both going to be defending the pillars that would keep the town in Soul Society. They had to be prepared, they had to be ready.

They both needed to make their own kind of penance for their ex-taichou.

"Remember," Kira continued. "We're here for one thing and one thing only."

Shuuhei had to take a deep breath to get a solid grip on his zanpakutou. "Right. We need to get stronger."

And the two of them went back to their training.

18th-Aug-2008 01:11 am (UTC)
Aww that was so sweet! It had my heart racing in both excitment of their closeness but also a little in fear about the upcoming war!!
The end was the best, the last three lines. I loved it! My heart is pounding away!

Good luck in the contest.
18th-Aug-2008 02:08 am (UTC)

Thank you!! I'm so glad you liked it! I always love the fact that they're warriors, first... I loved Kira in his exchange in the last few chapters. *happy sigh*
18th-Aug-2008 02:24 am (UTC)
I hadn't thought of it but I like these two together! Nice short> :)
18th-Aug-2008 02:34 am (UTC)
Keen. Thank you!!

I did a longer one of the two of them, too, and I liked their chemistry, especially with swords. *grin* I think you'd like the fight sequence at the end.
18th-Aug-2008 02:37 am (UTC)
that was lovely. I loved the jabs and also the closeness I felt at their sparing along with all the emotions that just flowed through.
18th-Aug-2008 03:21 am (UTC)
Thank you!! It was a fun thing to just get done. It's not... great, but it's on time. *laughs*
18th-Aug-2008 03:55 am (UTC)
I loved it.
18th-Aug-2008 03:55 am (UTC)
*smiles* I'm glad you did. Thank you!
18th-Aug-2008 03:24 am (UTC)
Lol. Cute, Kira putting his hands on his hips yelling at everyone! 8D

And I love the details of the spar.

Great ficlet! Good luck in the contest!

18th-Aug-2008 03:27 am (UTC)
XDD Yeah, it seemed like Kira to just do that.

I love doing the sword fights, they're fun, especially with these two.

Thanks for the luck! I'm glad you enjoyed it. And happy anniversary to the comm! It's fun to add a little to the festivities.

Edited at 2008-08-18 03:36 am (UTC)
18th-Aug-2008 03:28 am (UTC)
I'm a bit of a sucker for fics that involve rays of hope, considering how dark their world's been. And you did this really well - I loved how light-hearted this felt despite how gloomy readers know their current circumstances are. It just proves how strong our boys are, I guess :D

Thanks for sharing!!
18th-Aug-2008 03:35 am (UTC)
I've always loved their strength. *happy sigh* And neither of them have ever seemed like quitters to me, so I figured they'd keep doing what they could do. I'm hoping for them!

Thank you so much! I'm glad this brought that out for you.

You're very welcome. Happy anniversary. *grins*
19th-Aug-2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
*giggles* Sorry... I was originally under the impression that folks were posting fic just for the fun of helping the comm celebrate the anniversary, didn't realize that it was a contest. So I actually read the rules.

Uhm... So I guess this one is using your prompt of "Whispers" as well as the baseline prompt of "One". Thanks.
18th-Aug-2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
That was neat. I can definitely see the two of them like that, and the last lines were excellent. Perfect for the series.
18th-Aug-2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
*smiles* Yay! Thank you.
19th-Aug-2008 01:53 pm (UTC)

I love your kira....but I think you know that already *wink*
19th-Aug-2008 03:08 pm (UTC)

YAY! I'm glad you enjoyed it and liked it, since you're kinda the reason I post here at all. *laughs*
22nd-Aug-2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
This was so sweet. I loved the tone too. It was all at once lighthearted and serious. I think this line is the perfect example...

"We could stop and order them back to their places," Kira said placidly even as he tried to disengage his blade enough to eviscerate his lover.

Even with the obvious serious undertone to what they are preparing for, I still had to laugh a little.

So cute. :)
23rd-Aug-2008 12:40 am (UTC)
*grins* I'm glad.

Thank you!! It's fun to juxtapose the two and keep it a little more lighthearted and still intent...
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