Best Friend

If humans can’t stay with the shop, then… Humor and Fluff, I-2

Character(s): D, Leon Orcot

No one gave him as much trouble as the dogs.

Dogs were far too willing to be pleased with humans. To love them as family, as pack, even when humans didn’t reciprocate nearly enough, in D’s opinion.

Dogs were devoted beyond reason, loyal beyond sanity. He feared for them the most, of all the animals he found places for, of all the animals whose wishes he sought to fulfill. Most of the other animals, at least, knew enough to look after themselves. The dogs always thought first of another—even if it meant grief or death or change out of all recognition

And somehow… they never quite managed to grow up, either.

“Leon! It is raining out! Keep your paws off the table until they’re clean!”

“Oh, yeah, sure thing.”

D glared, getting nothing for his trouble but a toothy grin and a desultory tail waved in his direction as Leon took his feet off the table and sprawled out to cross them on the satin arm of the couch instead. D muttered under his breath as he went to get towels. There were times he almost wished Leon hadn’t found a way to stay with him.

No one gave him as much trouble as the dogs.


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  1. lady-readwolf

    LOL! Leon would probably make an excellent dog! [snickers]
    Oh, gods, yes, it’s true.
    I don’t know if I’ll be able to take my cat and dog away from the house when I move again. the cat wouldn’t be so bad, except he’s become Dad’s companion, but Sirius…? [groans even thinking about a big german shepherd in one little apartment]

    1. branchandroot Post author

      Isn’t it? I don’t know whether he’d actually ever agree to be not-human, but if he did he would /so/ be a dog. And put his paws on the furniture just to rile D up.

  2. yamipenguin

    *blinks* how did Leon turn in a dog? I always saw him as a lion…As for Chris-PLEASE have him return in the future as a teen-adult and join D and the other pets!

    1. branchandroot Post author

      *wry* By dying, most likely, or something close. Have you been following the Shin series at all? There’s a fascinating example of this in one of the early stories.

  3. vail-kagami

    Leon is such a dog, all right.
    Petshop of Horrors is another manga that hasn’t produced a large number of good fics, but this is one of them. I read the story about Leon meeting Lau as well and loved it (but decided to comment on this one for the sad lack of feedback here). You’re a very good writer!

    1. Icon for BranchBranch Post author

      *pleased* Thank you! I don’t get many bunnies for PSoH, but I dearly love it. It’s always great to hear my fic for it works so well.