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PoT Fic: Sitting On A Log (InuKai)
Still sick. Thus, fic of the self-indulgent variety.

Sitting On A Log
InuKai, PG13, 1100 words.
Inui, Kaidoh, moon, and stars.

NB: I couldn't figure out if there was a particular Japanese idiom for earthshine so I just went with the one I knew.

Sitting On A Log

Inui needed more time. The training camp was generating so much new data on all the regulars, he was having trouble keeping up with his analyses. And when there was a free moment, the noise of so many boys at close quarters made it hard to think.

So he had gone outside, behind the cabin, and found a log to sit on. He balanced his notebook on his knee and scribbled figures and graphs while he tried to remember everything about the day. It was difficult to observe properly while participating.

Kawamura had made some gains in muscle strength. Inui flipped to the notes he had made earlier in the week and estimated the difference between then and now.


Oishi's overall confidence about the team had improved. That was harder to fit into Inui's calculations than physical data, but it was still important to consider. Morale would always affect the odds of winning.


Fuji's data were always hard to capture, but he was definitely working on both strength and dexterity.

Someone touched Inui's shoulder and Inui looked up. Kaidoh.

"Senpai, it's too dark out here to write."

Inui looked back down at the page and suddenly it was. He didn't know how he could see so clearly one moment and the next strain to read the letters on the page. "You're right," he said. The sun was gone and the sky was fading into purple.

Kaidoh sat down beside him and the log rocked a little. Inui reached into his pocket and pulled out a penlight. He switched it on and kept working on his entry. But now he needed a third hand to keep the notebook still.

"Will you hold this?" he said to Kaidoh and handed him the light.

Kaidoh took it and switched it off. Inui stared at him. He could still make out Kaidoh's features, but the colour was leaching from the world now, and it gave Kaidoh a muddy look. "You should take a break," Kaidoh said and rolled the penlight between his palms.

"This from you," Inui said and smiled. "You would never stop training if I didn't make you."

"But I listen to your advice," Kaidoh said. "You should do the same."

"We're not training now," Inui said. "So I am resting."

"Your brain needs rest too," Kaidoh said.

"As your senpai, I suppose it's my duty to obey you," Inui said.

"I didn't mean--"

"No, you're right." Inui took the light from Kaidoh and put it back in his jacket pocket, along with his pen. He stowed his notebook as well. "I should relax a little. Sometimes it's hard for me to sleep at night when I've got data on my mind."

Kaidoh didn't answer and Inui fell silent. The sky was almost black now. Away from the city lights, the stars were like a spill of dust on a dark cloth. It made Inui wish he could come back with a telescope, to take a closer look, to chart the constellations and learn their names.

For now, though, it was fine to just sit here with Kaidoh, listening to each other's breathing and the sounds of the night. They hadn't been able to spend much time together at the camp and none alone.

Inui hadn't quite realised how much he missed it.

It hadn't been that long since they had progressed to this particular stage of intimacy. Four weeks next Tuesday, to be precise. Inui still wasn't sure just exactly how to classify their situation. There were no confessions or protestations on either side, no talk of feelings, almost no acknowledgement that there even was a situation. There were touches though, and embraces, and kisses. Every time, Inui wanted more and more.

He supposed it could just be that, an adolescent physical thing. And there was nothing wrong with that. But Inui sensed that there was something else beneath it all, at least for him, something that could be messy and turbulent and exciting. He didn't have time to think about that right now.

Right now he wasn't supposed to be thinking at all.

The crescent moon was high in the sky and earthshine faintly illuminated the rest of its face, like the new moon was cradling the old moon in his arms. Right now it was hard to believe it was a ball of rock like this one, that men had walked there. It seemed so far away.

Inui wasn't sitting very near to Kaidoh and he wondered if he should move over. Before he could, the log shifted and Kaidoh's hand closed over his own. Inui was surprised. This was the first time Kaidoh had done that. He always responded to Inui's touches. When kissed, he would kiss back, often enthusiastically. But he had never reached out on his own. Inui turned his hand and linked their fingers together.

He stroked his thumb along Kaidoh's. "Do you know any of the stars, Kaidoh?" he said. "I've never had a chance to learn them."

"No," Kaidoh said. "I don't. Not in summer."

"That's unfortunate," Inui said. "I was hoping you could instruct me."

"I'm sorry," Kaidoh muttered and Inui wished he could see Kaidoh's face.

"Another time, then," Inui said. "We can learn them together." He squeezed Kaidoh's hand and Kaidoh squeezed back. It sent a little thrill rippling through Inui.

Inui wanted to be closer to Kaidoh now, to kiss his temple, to touch his hair, to slide a hand up the back of his shirt and count the vertebrae one by one. But they weren't really alone, not here. Someone could come around the corner with a flashlight or a lamp. And while Inui thought he wouldn't care if anyone knew, he didn't think it was the same for Kaidoh.

So he just held Kaidoh's hand and looked at the moon and the stars.

"Inui-senpai," Kaidoh said, then stopped.

"What is it?"

"Do you want to ... go for a walk?"

Inui smiled to himself. They wouldn't have to go very far before they were a lot more alone than they were here on this log. But it was probably late. He checked his watch. The face glowed in the darkness, a small full moon.

"We have time," Inui said.

"Thank you, senpai." Kaidoh stood. Inui let Kaidoh pull him to his feet. They stood close to each other and, for a moment, Inui thought he would kiss Kaidoh right there. But he didn't.

"You lead," Inui said. "I'll follow."

"All right," Kaidoh said.

And they walked off hand in hand, into the night.


That was so positively beautiful.


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Re: if anyone could explain it, you could

I don't, I'm afraid. I think I've seen some stuff about it before, but I've never actually watched it.

Ahh, I SO LOVE your writing style. Especially Inui... when he wants to do so much with Kaidoh and yet he doesn't because he understands that it's not something he or Kaidoh is ready for. But then there's Kaidoh who makes the first step. *lovelove* It gives a warm feeling and yet it makes me *squee*.

*sigh* Lovely. <3's to you!

Thanks so much! I like writing Inui and his introspection. And FirstMove!Kaidoh always makes me happy. :)

Lovely. <3 It just feels so right, the way Inui is distracted and processing data and Kaidoh is there to calm him down and distract him. Very realistic and thoughtful as well. Ah, I love your fics. ^^

I'm glad to know it worked for you. Usually it's Inui taking care of Kaidoh and I wanted to reverse that. Inui needs coddling too. :)

I feel so warm and loved inside right now. How happy and tender this fic was! X333 I HEART forward!Kaidoh to no end... and to see him looking out for his sempai... <3 Ah, and the teenaged love that isn't necessarily love because neither speaks of it, but it's still love because they feel it.

I love this.

Aw, so glad to hear. :) Yeah, when I'm sick I just want the happyhappy sweetness. I love these two together so much.

I am going to have to actually get my hands on some PoT, since all I have to go on right now is your icons and your lovely lovely stories, and that's kind of a weird way to know something.

On the other hand, I doubt there is so much beautiful adolescent boy love in the actual series, and I doubt it would make me *sigh* with happiness like this story does, so maybe I'd better leave well enough alone.

(Yes, I will read your stories even in fandoms I have zero clue about. Consider it a large compliment. *g*)

Yes, I will read your stories even in fandoms I have zero clue about. Consider it a large compliment. *g*

I do, I do!

If you do want to give PoT a try, I can fix you up. It iss, as you might expect, an anime about boys who play tennis. I'm still trying to work out why exactly it has such a hold on me, but a big part of it is the many interesting (and pretty) characters. Also, the Golden Boyhood really draws me.

I doubt there is so much beautiful adolescent boy love in the actual series

Not like this, no. (If there were, I wouldn't have to write it. *g*) But at the same time, it's full of lovely, lovely slashy interactions. The fandom has been reeling at the sheer amount of fanservice in the last couple of eps. And the two I'm writing about here, Inui and Kaidoh -- their relationship is essentially canon. Not like Willow and Tara but certainly more so than Ethan and Giles.

To me, it's just right for a writing fandom. Enough canon so that there's a good basis for the pairings but not so much that I'm locked in to a particular interpretation. I'm only writing a couple of pairings but there are many more to choose from. And most characters have more than one logical pairing, so it's never boring. *g*


That was... awesome. I *love* how Kaidoh is being forward, but in his own quiet way, and how Inui realizes there's something more to their relationship than a quick fling. Your descriptions were just beautiful - so vivid. You totally pleased both the bookworm and the nerd in me. XD

Thank you! I'm always happy when Kaidoh is forward. :)

Mmmyes, boys and stars and fluttery feelings. So much love. <3

So much love.

It's too bad you didn't keep going with their adventure in the woods. Seriously, you spoil (okaysortanotreally) the momokai fans with the occasional smutty adventures, it's just not fair to the other side of the ukekaidoh fandom. :)

...not that I'm complaining about fluff. :D

I'm glad you liked it. :) And you're right about the MK. Hee! I'll have to see what I can do to even things up at some point.

I truly enjoyed this fic. There were some points that I think Inui would have responded slightly more *him*, but overall a lovely read! Thank you.

Thank you, I'm glad you liked it. :)

There were some points that I think Inui would have responded slightly more *him*

Do you want to elaborate? I'm always happy to get crit, but without details, I won't be able to improve.

It was gorgeous, but...

...no kiss? *is sad*

Sigh, love.

Hee! I did think about putting in a kiss, but it didn't really fit in the structure of the story. So you'll just have to imagine what they did on their walk. :)

*purrs and loves on*

Ahhhh, I love your Kaidou so MUCH! And your Inui, too. I usually read InuKai only because it's the only way to read ANY Kaidou, but YOURS I actually look forward to. ^____^

*continues to quietly wave MomoKai flag, however, and tempt you to join the game as Momo so we can have a proper triangle going* (The Inui player is also a MomoKai fan, we could have so much fun! ^___^)

Aw, thanks. :) That's good to hear.

Still no time to RP, though, fun as I'm sure it would be. I need that time to write and ponder my own triangle-y thoughts.

Mmm, so pretty :) I like the kinda quiet and serene mood that this story has.

And this: "You lead," Inui said. "I'll follow."
There's just something about it that makes me go *eee*.
As always, the last line is absolutely perfect. :D

Thank you! I was happy with the way the mood came out. It was calmer than I had originally intended.

And this: "You lead," Inui said. "I'll follow."
There's just something about it that makes me go *eee*.

Yay! I liked Inui's deliberate role-reversal in this story; I wish I'd developed it a bit more.