To win the battle, Kou needs a king’s power to back his. There’s really only one king available… Picks up post-35.
Kou hauled himself up from the bed, wincing a little. "You’re a real bastard, you know that?"
"A fine way to talk to someone who just finished healing the wounds your own idiocy bought you," Shirogane observed, pulling his gloves back on.
After Homurabi is defeated, Kou and Shirogane have to reach some understanding of what they are to each other.
The shadow world could be kind of boring, Kou had decided. At least now that there weren’t any crazy kings around stirring it up. And he certainly didn’t wish Homurabi back, but with only two people around to talk to, and neither of them Akira, he was definitely feeling out of sorts.
Fortunately there was a solution.
Lulu notices that Kou is starting to settle in as a shin, and teases him about his new bond to Shirogane.
Kou didn’t realize he was humming until Lulu leaned over the back of the couch, positively smirking. "You’re looking more like yourself lately, Chibi. Did something good happen?"
Kou wrestles with his standing attraction to Ryuuko and his new attraction to Shirogane. Fortunately, Shirogane provides him with a resolution.
Kou leaned his chin on this folded arms and watched shadows curl below him. This balcony was a good place for thinking and he felt a need to think today.
He was getting much more comfortable, here in shadow, since he’d let himself accept that Shirogane was his king. It was a relief to feel Shirogane’s power in him; it was familiar and comforting. And that was starting to worry him.