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PoT Fic: Water (InuKai)
inukai river
I flailed so much over OVA 5 that I gave myself a migraine. God. I tried to write a jillion things about it, filling in cracks, and aftermath, but none of it did the episode justice. Maybe later I can find the MomoKai that amplifies that perfect moment and the InuKai that complements THEIR TRUE LOVE and the Yagyuu/Kaidoh that satisfies our need for megane fetishes and dirty porn. Maybe later I can find the words to say what that episode really meant to me. Maybe.

But I had to write something, I'm only human, so here's a bit of a thing.

Oh sisters, let's go down,
Down to the river to pray.

Water by Halrloprillalar
Prince of Tennis, InuKai, PG, 450 words.
Pre-Nationals. Inui watches.

Spoilers: OVA 5. For the love of Karupin, watch it first. Or instead.

Kaidoh is standing in the water, wet to his calves, working his arms. He runs 10K with the weights in his bag, then comes to the river to lift them, curling both arms at once, as many reps as Inui will allow. Inui knows he does more when he gets home.

Five days until Nationals. Inui bends over his notebook, trying to cram a few more facts into his brain. But he can hear Kaidoh's breath jerk out with every rep and Inui's eyes slip off the page and over Kaidoh's thighs, his hips, his arms.

Kaidoh's skin is flecked with sweat or water from the river. Inui watches his arms move, biceps, triceps, brachialis, over and over like machines swinging on an assembly line. Kaidoh wades to the edge and drops the weights onto the bank. Inui hands him a towel.

All Kaidoh wants to do is work out. Not that Kaidoh ever doesn't want to work out, but now he trains all the time and if Inui wants to spend time with him, he's got to train too. Or watch.

So Inui watches Kaidoh wipe his neck and arms, his thighs and calves, burned dark from the sun. It drives the words from Inui's head, makes everything inside him clench, heart and liver and lungs.

"Inui-senpai," Kaidoh says and Inui's eyes move up to Kaidoh's face. There's a crease in Kaidoh's forehead and his eyelids drop for as long as it takes Inui to set his notebook on the ground and stand. Kaidoh's fingers curl into half a fist and he lifts his chin to look right at Inui.

But he doesn't speak. "Kaidoh? What is it?" Inui reaches out to touch Kaidoh's shoulder, then thinks better of it. But Kaidoh catches Inui's arm and his fingers slide down Inui's wrist until he's holding Inui's hand.

They stand like that for a moment, on the river bank, in the open, and Inui can't help but smile. "Kaidoh," he says again and pulls him into the shadow under the overpass. They sit on the grass and Kaidoh lets Inui kiss his face, his mouth, his shoulder. Kaidoh's arms go around Inui's waist and they slip down the incline a little way, moving together like the water over the rocks, and Inui has no words for just how good it feels.

Kaidoh packs the weights into his bag before they leave. "Don't overwork yourself," Inui says. Kaidoh nods and runs off.

Inui picks up his notebook and slides it into his bag. He looks at Kaidoh's footprints in the soft earth of the bank. Then he heads home to cram more data and daydream.

Maybe tomorrow Kaidoh will say what he's thinking.

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*back to the hiatus I'm failing at*

I think the OVA would have brought someone back from the dead, let alone out from hiatus. *g* Yay for squee!

Yes, it totally renders this icon obsolete.

Kaidoh says more with the movement of one hand than most people say with a hundred words.

Your words, like pearls, dazzle me.

I love the way he keeps everything inside. I think that's what draws Inui to him.

Thank you. :)


Riverbank/Kaidoh = OTP. And Inui, of course. ^_^

Your way with words is amazing. ♥

I need to get me some InuKai icons.

Thank you! God, OTP, yes. *flails more*

You are most welcome. ♥

And I swear that the 5. episode makes me die a little bit on the inside every time I watch it--but in a good way. ♥

Oh god. This is why I love this series so much... all the characters try so hard, and the types of beautiful romance you can have between characters is just so wonderful and beautiful and different between each. Of course, Inui & Kaidoh have one of the most fascinating and unique- and palpable. They don't say much but boy do you feel it.
They're still in my top three. ♥

All the characters are so well-conceived; it makes writing them so enjoyable. There will never be enough InuKai in all the world for me. They fit together in such a complicated way, it makes me hurt inside. Oh, will I *ever* calm down?

I really love your Inui perspective. It's just plain lovely, in a dorky stats geek way.

Thanks, honey. :) Dorks are love.

Kaidoh! He's so much sex, it's ridiculous. I love how your Inui is always so bewildered, but it's all internal. and aaaw "all he ever wants to do is work out" is totally adorable. Poor Inui.

You know, with anyone else, Inui is a total sex god. But Kaidoh so outclasses him in that department that I think all Inui can do is gape and make 37 contingency plans to not let Kaidoh get away from him. And he still doesn't quite know how.


Oh, icon!

I re-read the story and found that I had mentioned close to twenty different body parts, not counting the muscle names. I should have called it "Riverside Anatomy".

I couldn't not. I have a match to yours, too!

Inui is just very interested in the makeup of the human body! Nothing wrong with that. *snerk*

Somehow, I want to put what I'm feeling in a jar and give it to you because I can't express it sufficiently in words.

That's kind of creepy! *g* But I will assume it's a good jar.

A piece of fluff a day, keeps the doctor away. ♥ Well done on the fic. XD

Hee! Fandom should be pretty healthy, then. *g* I'm glad you enjoyed!

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