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PoT Fic: Möbius (InuKai)
Request ficlet the eighth, for meemobunny, who gave me a choice between Bruno/Boots and InuKai and since I just can't bring myself to slash Bruno and Boots, here's the InuKai. And a scarf. 650 words, PG.


When Inui got to the river, Kaidoh was already waiting. Inui stopped a little way off and watched him for a minute.

It had been 22 days since Inui had spent any time with Kaidoh beyond a greeting in the halls at school. They had talked on the phone a few times, but Kaidoh seemed to regard the phone as an instrument for imparting information, not social discourse, and so their chats were brief and unsatisfying, at least to Inui.

It was -6 degrees Celsius today and Kaidoh's breath puffed out in front of him in white clouds. His hands were in his pockets and a dark red tuque was pulled down over his ears.

Inui wanted to press his cheek to Kaidoh's, to see how cold his skin was. "Kaidoh," he called and climbed down the bank.

"Inui-senpai." Kaidoh's hair was in his eyes. He never seemed to get it cut often enough.

"Thank you for meeting me," Inui said. Without tennis every day, it was hard for him to see Kaidoh. Studying took so much of Inui's time and even at school, Kaidoh was hard to find. He stuck to his classroom even during lunchtime and when Inui did manage to find him, there were never more than a few moments to spend together.

"I'm sorry to take up your time," Kaidoh said.

"You're not," Inui said. "I scheduled some time for relaxation over the break. And I missed you."

Kaidoh looked down and didn't reply.

"Have you been having a good break?" Inui asked.

"Yes," Kaidoh said. "And you?"

"I've been studying a lot," Inui said. "It's good to rest for a while."

Kaidoh nodded. "I know you've been working hard." Kaidoh's lips were chapped, the skin starting to lift away. It was 35 days since Inui had last kissed Kaidoh. He wondered if Kaidoh ever thought about it, if he missed it.

"The schools I'm considering are all close by," Inui said. "So I'll be living at home next year. We can still get together on the weekends."

"Of course, senpai," Kaidoh said and Inui didn't know just how to take that. He felt colder now inside than out, his guts chilled and contracting.

"I have something for you." Inui handed Kaidoh a parcel. Kaidoh unwrapped it and took out a large knitted loop. "It's a scarf," Inui said.

"Thank you, Inui-senpai," Kaidoh said and turned it over in his hands. It was dark green wool, dense and heavy. "Why is it in a circle?"

"It's not quite a circle," Inui said. He picked up the end of the loop in his gloved hand. "Start here at my thumb and trace along the surface."

Kaidoh's hands were bare. He ran one finger along the scarf, curving down, then back up. When he came to Inui's hand, his finger was on the underside, opposite Inui's thumb. He looked at Inui with a frown on his face. "Keep going," Inui said. Kaidoh did and eventually he came back to Inui's thumb again.

"I don't understand," Kaidoh said.

"It's one-sided," Inui said. "If you cut it down the middle, you'd still have one loop. I'll show you with paper some time."

"Did you..."

"No," Inui said. "I don't knit. I bought it."

"Thank you," Kaidoh said again.

"Here," Inui said and took the scarf away. He draped it around Kaidoh's neck, looping it twice.

He wanted to say something, to tell Kaidoh how much he wanted to be with him, how sorry he was that they had drifted apart. But he didn't know how Kaidoh would react to something that sentimental and he was reluctant to take the chance.

So when he was finished with the scarf, Inui put his hands on Kaidoh's shoulders. "Stay warm," he said.

And then Kaidoh's arms were tight around him and Kaidoh's face was pressing into Inui's shoulder.

"Senpai," Kaidoh said. "I am warm."

Nooooo! I second the request for Bruno/Boots! YOU MUST!!! IT CALLS YOU!

Oh, but that's just the thing. It doesn't call me. It's not that I would like to write it but feel that I can't because it's just too kinky or something. I just don't see them like that. I don't even want to see them in any more of a het relationship than they are sort of already in. IIRC, the first book had them sort of casually paired up, Boots with Cathy and Bruno with Diane, but nothing too major. And that's how I like it. :)

WOW. You really write these two well. I really like the way you incorporated the Mobius strip and how it represents the relationship between them in this fic, how they will always return to each other in the end. Profound, and at the same time, sentimental. <3

Thank you so much! I can't help being sentimental. *g*

*wibbles* zomg. That was pure love. You write them together so sweetly. Just... Kaidoh hugging him... Oh, Inui, don't let him go... *sniffles*

Aw, thank you. :) *pets you* Everything turned out OK, so don't worry!

*sneaking over from tenipuri_yaoi*

Awww, that was so sweet! *hugs them* The last line made me all teary (and I don't even like InuKai!). <3

I want a mobius scarf!

I'm glad you liked it! And you can get a scarf pattern here:


I am so... in awe at your writing style. I remember doing the Mobius strip a loooooong time ago back in 4th grade. It boggled me but it was a lot of fun. I'm glad that I got to read something with it in it. *wants that scarf now...* >.>

Inui's feelings are SO well... I don't know... *described* in this fic. The way he hurts when he thinks that Kaidoh doesn't really feel the way he does about their relationship.

The last line just... kills me.

*dies of the WAFF* x_x

Oh, thank you! Inui seems like the type who would be very aware of his feelings. Poor boy. But it will all work out, I'm sure.

And see above for the scarf link. :)

AWWWW! It was really cute. ^^ And it's a good thing that Kaidou has a new scarf and a semmpai to keep him warm, 'cause its cold.

I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

Awwww...so sweet. Got me all squishy and warm in the inside as well. :D

Yay for squishy warmness!

aww.. that was really sweet :) :) Kaidoh isn't much a talker but he gets it and he tells it. XD love it.

Thank you. :) Kaidoh is so *cute* when he's like that.

*huggles Kaidoh and Inui*

We will cover them with the fluffy blanket of happy endings. :)

oohhhh. i'm all a-clutchy a my heart. that was the sweetest thing ever. ever!

Hee! *clutches your heart too*

*hugs the fic*

So sweet. What a lovely thing for me to wake up to. ^.^

*fic hugs you back* I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

Squee! Oh, so cute!

This line: Kaidoh seemed to regard the phone as an instrument for imparting information, not social discourse - SO very Kaidou. *snickers* And I know exactly how he feels.

Hee! I'm like that too. Thank you. :)

I feel the exact same way about the phone as Kaidoh does *shakes head at people who call "just to talk"*

Anyway...fic. So good! I got all happy rainbows in my heart at the end, but it was vaguely sad throughout...Kaidoh's being a silly. I love fics like that though, where he's all grumpy and then says something cute at the end. Good work!

Yay for happy rainbows and grumpy Kaidoh! *g*

*squeesdies* x.x

*revives* lovely. T.T

Glad you're back with the living. :)

*eee* thanks so much for writing my request! ^___^
I love how Kaidoh doesn't use the phone for anything other than "imparting information" and how Inui notices even the smallest things, like Kaidoh's chapped lips. *snuggles the boys* And Kaidoh has a tuque! XD (I was wondering why you were asking about tuques the other day ;)) I adore the way you incorporated the scarf<3 (say, do such scarfs exist?) And have I told you how much I adore your last lines? They never fail to leave me with a smile on my face. :)))

You're so welcome! Sorry I couldn't do the B/B option for you. And such scarves do indeed exist. Look above in the comments for the link.

And the tuque thing -- it just seems to *mean* more than "knitted cap" or some such. So I used it. :)