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PoT Fic: Provocation (InuTez)
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The sixth of the request meme thingies, for i_smile, who asked for Tezuka & Inui, sweat.

Provocation by Halrloprillalar
InuTez, 740 words, PG-13
Inui welcomes Tezuka back.

NB: takes place at good old Junior Senbatsu Enrichment Camp

"It's good to see you back."

Tezuka looked up at Inui, then nodded and kept pushing the weights. It was well past curfew and he had expected to have the place to himself.

"There was a 73% chance you would come here to work out at this hour." Inui sat down on the next machine over. "You want to improve your condition, but not cause a disruption to the camp schedule or take up resources designated for the participants." Inui opened a notebook. "So I came out to see you. How is your rehabilitation progressing?"


"Good, good." Inui scribbled something down. "I wanted to check on you. But I also wanted to fill you in. We've been busy while you've been gone." He flipped to the beginning of the notebook, then began recounting everything the tennis club had been up to -- practices, matches, parties, Arai's girlfriend, training programs, Arai's breakup, the condition of the nets, Arai's new girlfriend. Every minute detail, accompanied by Inui's analysis and speculation, and all Tezuka could do was keep pushing the weights.

Because it was Inui. With anyone else, Tezuka would have simply said, "It's past curfew." But he couldn't say that to Inui, because then Inui would win.

Tezuka couldn't remember just when this had become a competition, though Inui probably had the date and time recorded somewhere. But at some point in their second year, Tezuka had realised that Inui wanted more from him than just a victory in tennis.

Phone calls, text messages, rambling monologues beside the court, personal remarks, requests to try a new version of Inui's homemade health drinks -- all of this was in aid of Inui's goal.

A reaction from Tezuka.

Tezuka didn't know why he had got such a reputation for dispassion. He wasn't callous or indifferent. He always expressed himself in a manner appropriate to the situation. Inui, though, seemed to want Tezuka to twitch or snap or break. Tezuka wasn't going to do that.

So he hung up when Inui called. He deleted the text messages. He listened to Inui's rambles and responded with single words, or just a nod. Like all sane people, he avoided Inui's drinks. And he never, ever let Inui see him react.

Usually this worked very well. But Tezuka must have got out of practice while he had been gone becaue right now he wanted to tell Inui that ten minutes on Rokkaku's hairstyles was boring to the point of physical agony and that Inui should just shut up before Tezuka had to claw his own eyeballs out just to survive.

He managed not to say this. But he had to clench his hands around the weights and push that much harder in order to keep his eyeballs in their sockets. It wasn't until Inui repeated himself that Tezuka noticed he had changed the subject.

"You're pushing too hard," Inui said. "You'll injure yourself again."

It was true. Tezuka could feel the strain he was putting on his shoulder. So he stopped, even though it was verging on a point to Inui. But at least Inui had stopped talking about Horio's snow cone addiction.

Inui reached out and slowly drew two fingers along Tezuka's forehead, collecting perspiration. Then he licked it off. "You need more electrolytes," he said.

This was much stranger than usual, but Tezuka managed not to blink. He just nodded. "I'm going to bed."

Inui's eyebrows twitched and the corners of his mouth went down and Tezuka knew he'd won another round. He stood and Inui did too, moving to block Tezuka's way. "Tezuka."

"It's after curfew," Tezuka said because enough was enough and he had to get up very early in the morning.

Then Inui leaned down and kissed him.

Their glasses clacked together. Inui's notebook dropped to the floor. Tezuka tasted the salt of his own sweat on Inui's mouth. And Inui was winning because it was Tezuka who put his arms around Inui's neck and Tezuka who swiped his tongue past Inui's lips and Tezuka who felt the shock all over his body, the needles pricking just beneath his skin.

But maybe he'd misunderstood the game after all.

They moved apart, finally. Tezuka's breath came in a soft gasp. "Inui."

Inui opened his mouth, closed it, opened it again. No sound came out. He just stood there, gaping and, for the first time ever, silent.

Tezuka smiled. "We'll call that a draw."

Mm, speccy boys kissing. Clearly, I am getting more than my fair share of enjoyment out of your request meme.

I love your icon. XD iiiiiii data. And Eiji's head!

(This fic was also very nice :) )

*laughing* Man, I can't believe you're making me think sweat is sexy.

But the two of them are so cute together. ^__^

They are, they are cuuuuuuute! And I think they're both grumpy about it. *g*

Their glasses clacked together.

This did it for me. Wow. The concrete detail here is excellent.

Annnnnnnd the fresh sweat is sexy. Dammit. >>;

The whole story makes me giddy - you do InuTez so well. ^___^

Hee! I wasn't sure if the sweat was going to be sexy or gross. Well, it's probably both. Glad you liked it!

Love your fic as usual :) Inutez = loff.

InuTez is my not-so-secret guilty pleasure, especially when it's as well written as yours.

Their glasses clacked together.

My inner fangirl had a field day! :D

They're kind of a guilty pleasure for me too, seeing as they split up my two OTPs. But too much fun to resist.

*laughing* this is such an unexpected story. I can't believe that Inui was outmaneuvered. But I guess that's why Tezuka is the buchou.

It was an interesting story.

I think they were both a little suprised there, at the end. *g* Glad you enjoyed. :)

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It seems to have affected several people the same way. I had no idea! I guess they are just a couple of teenage dorks after all. Glad you liked it. :)

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I really hope you're not imagining Inui's description of Horio's snow cones in real time. Because then you would be catatonic. *g*

Oh, they are adorkable! Let's lock them in there until Kaidoh and Renji are pounding at the door and Ryoma crawls in through the ducts.

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*giggles unstoppably* He's completely taking all those notes to drive Tezuka batshit insane. and I loved the bit about him getting hung up on constantly. the best parts are the parts that are actually canon.

This was much stranger than usual, but Tezuka managed not to blink. He just nodded.
oh, Tezuka. god that line was glorious. You're a genius.

Even Tezuka has his nemesis. *g* Their canon interactions never cease to amuse me. *snugs them both and you too*


You know, I loved that episode where Inui keeps ringing Tezuka up to give him updates on the 'date'. It's one of my favourite, and I don't think we ever see anything quite like it again. This brought it all back full force.

Oh, yes. I loved the way Inui kept calling and calling. I think he must call Tezuka every day.

I take it back.. *this* is the best ending ever. I must say that for all of your stories, but MAN are they all fantastic and brilliant. >;3

*laugh* It's going to get hard to top myself soon.

Oh you kill me so. much.

Inui's relentless pushing, Tezuka's stubborn refusal to let Inui win, the little things like Arai's girlfriend(s). <333

You know, I think what's been appealing to me a lot with InuTez lately is that they're on much more equal standing than a lot of the other team members. That Inui isn't intimidated by Tezuka and calls him repeatedly despite being hung up on makes me feel all squishy.

Oh, Arai! I love him so.

I think what's been appealing to me a lot with InuTez lately is that they're on much more equal standing than a lot of the other team members.

Yes, me too. I love the way Inui jabbers on to Tezuka and calls him up and tells him he should smile more.

I couldn't help thinking of the episode I re-watched last week where Tezuka drinks the Inui Juice by accident and then all that happens is his hand shakes a little, because he just won't let himself react. And then Inui is really pissed off and escalates to a different juice.

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