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Nine Years, Eleven Months, Twenty-seven Days

On the anniversary of something that doesn’t happen, Tsuna’s Guardians gather around him. Fluffy Drama, I-3

Yamamoto was the first one who came, tapping brisk but quiet on the door and slipping inside, shadows falling across his face. He said nothing, only came to Tsuna and wrapped around him, a shield of muscle and bone and breath. Tsuna rested his forehead against Yamamoto’s chest with a low sigh. He didn’t know whether he wanted them here or not, but he knew he couldn’t send them away. Not tonight.

Gokudera came next, head lowered, every movement pulled tight. He didn’t look at either of them, only sank down to sit at Tsuna’s feet, one arm locked around a raised knee. A slender, red stick turned unceasingly through his fingers.

Hibari ignored them when he stalked through the door and came to stand beside the window, eyes gleaming and sharp on the night beyond.

The city lights gleamed on Lambo’s horns as he settled on the balcony outside.

Ryouhei planted himself at the door, arms crossed, with a fierce expression but sad eyes. He nodded to Chrome as she entered and stood silently in the corner across from Hibari, staff upright between her hands.

They waited and watched.

Pre-dawn was drowning the streetlights when Tsuna stirred. "It’s all right, now," he told them softly.

There was a husky sound from Gokudera and Yamamoto’s arms tightened for one quick moment.

They left as quietly as they’d come, and Tsuna only hoped they’d sleep now. One by one, with a nod or a swift touch, they unwound themselves from around him until only Hibari was left still watching as Tsuna finally made his way to bed. The line of his back, poised and uncompromising, followed Tsuna down into dreams.


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Posted: Nov 18, 08
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  1. annotated_em@insanejournal

    They would, wouldn’t they? They’d probably drive themselves crazy over it, in fact.


  2. nebulia@livejournal

    This was lovely! Just…the way you depicted (or implied) Tsuna’s relationship with each guardian in just a few words…it made a beautiful picture. I wish I could draw, because I would totally fanart this in a heartbeat. D:

    But wonderful. So, so wonderful!

    1. Icon for BranchBranch Post author

      Thank you so much! I have to admit, KHR makes me with I could draw, too! So many of these things come as images, and then I have to try to do justice to it with words.

  3. kemis@insanejournal

    Oh. Oh, that’s so wonderful. The one night they all throw pretense and denials to the wind and just cling to Tsuna. *wobbles*

  4. lilac_ayame@livejournal

    OOOOhhhhhhhhh. Love it, Love it, Love it~!!!

    I always love this kind of fic. I imagine their bond will be this strong, to the point at that certain moment they’ll just let go of any pretenses of tough guys. And make sure that Tsuna’s still there, alive and breathing, unlike in the other future they know of.

    I wonder how to put this into some sort of favorite list, like add memories in LJ. With this I’ve read two of your KHR fics.

    1. Icon for BranchBranch Post author

      *hearts* Thank you! *grins* I’m getting just a little addicted to the Tsuna+Guardian thing.

      I think, for offsite stuff like this, the best way to bookmark it is with a service like del.icio.us. I use that a lot to memory entries across LJ and IJ, these days.

  5. readerofasaph@livejournal.com

    Oh. I do like the imagery in this one, the shadows on Yamamoto’s face and Lambo and all the light and dark, really. *considers* I felt as if Hibari was a little /too/ over-represented for a ficlet this short, but. *rueful* I forsee this being a problem for the rest of my fandom life, really.

    1. Icon for BranchBranch Post author

      *pleased* KHR really does bring out the tendency to lighting and backgrounds, in me; I think it’s the drawing style. *wry* After the last issue, I’m starting to think of my Hibari-balance as downright canonical, actually.

  6. dreamingrain@livejournal.com

    I love how you used so created such a impact without dragging things on. It was short and it had me completely hooked. One word. Beautiful.

  7. Shin Hikari

    So sweet!!!! They were ready for anything that would happen. Weapons at ready and alert! Their life support would be (or is and will always be ) Tsuna!!

    I love Tsuna+Guardians fic!!! I wish I could see more of it! Somewhere! Anywhere!!! (grins)

  8. Nansi

    Just wanted to say that the last paragraph of this story has stayed with me for absolutely ages.

    ‘The line of his back, poised and uncompromising, followed Tsuna down into dreams’?

    Truly fucking magnificent.

    1. Icon for BranchBranch Post author

      *hugely pleased* Thank you! A short like this really calls for the right words, and it’s lovely to hear that I got them here.