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17 July 2009 @ 12:31 am
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Prompt # 71 - Time

Title: Belonging
Fandom: Fruits Basket
Rating: G
Pairing: Kyou/Tohru
Summary: It was the little things that attracted Kyou to her.
Disclaimer: Fruits Basket and its characters © Natsuki Takaya

Kyou stood at the entrance of Tohru’s room, careful not to take another step in. Any more would seem like a violation of her privacy, especially because he had not gotten permission from her to enter. He stared long and hard at the zodiac figures that sat on her table.

She had bought them during their class trip as a souvenir and moulded the clay on her own, making sure that she had enough for all twelve. It had surprised him when he realized that she had thought about it ahead of time and made sure to have enough for a figure of the cat.

He had teased her when he first laid eyes on the cat figurine, but he had felt something else entirely. Something that he would rather not voice out to her just yet. It had felt bittersweet in more ways than one. It gave some sense of belonging, even if he knew that something of the sort would never happen. Especially not with the rest of the Jyuunishi.

The small toy also made him feel special, even for a short while and even if it was just because she herself was a fan of the cat of the zodiac. There were only few times when he had ever felt that way, probably few enough for him to count on his fingers. Before Tohru, they were mostly with Kazuma. It made him appreciate his master’s wish that he had stayed on in Shigure’s house, that it gave him more time with her and allowed him to feel somewhat important.

“Kyou-kun, dinner’s ready! Hmm, were you looking at something?”

Kyou jumped at the sound of the voice, bringing himself back to reality. “How long have you been there?” he asked, the surprise in his voice obvious.

Luckily for him, she hadn’t noticed it. She simply smiled at him and replied, “Not too long.”

It relieved him that he hadn’t seen him in such a vulnerable state. He immediately shuffled towards her, and took hold of her hand. “What are you waiting for then? Let’s go.”

He knew that the time he had left was short. He knew that he may not be able to do anything to change it. But he was happy that even in the remaining time he had, he will be able to make more memories, hopefully enough to last even in his confinement. And being with her only made it all the more worthwhile.

Thank you.