laurose8: sanzo and hakkai (8Y)
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Rating and Warnings: PG
Fandom: Saiyuki
Disclaimer: Saiyuki is the creation and property of Kazuya Minekura

summary: a triple drabble on the Gojyo/Lirin pairing.





i



Thanks to Nii trying to be clever, the battle to take Houtou was shorter than the party afterward.

Some of the party goers are pissing directly on Gyuokumen's grave. But whatever monkeys and their keepers say, Gojyo is a gentleman. He goes further to do his business.

Rezipped, he wanders around for a bit, letting various Indian liquors settle. He sees Lirin crouched in the bushes. He thinks she's sick, and goes to help.

She's crying for her mother, and her own failure; that Gyukomen never loved her.

Gojyo goes away, quietly. He knows nobody can help with that guilt.




ii



Next day, Gojyo feels he should console Lirin.

His first impulse is meat buns. But he doubts he can transport meat buns without Goku trouble. Besides, meat buns don't last.

He chooses white lilac, symbol of majesty and innocence. (No red flowers, ever.) They can banter about them.

She's talking to Ji – Dokugakuji. His brother and a sharp clawed woman, smiling and belonging together. An old hurt twinges. An old reflex ignores it.

With a flourishy bow, he hands her the bouquet. When she smiles at him, he wonders why that smile surprises him, and why he values it so.




iii




No more might have happened, if Lirin hadn't been eating sweets at one time.

But, for a while, Goku has been acting all grown up. Gojyo misses the kidding.

So she gets the Gojyo version of Hakkai's healthy food lecture. This ends in Lirin challenging him to an apple picking contest in the remains of the castle orchard. (The apples are, of course, green.)

Lirin has been climbing those trees for centuries, give or take the odd hundreds year sleep, but Gojyo has a graceful sort of vertical lollop. And longer arms.

Fifty years later, they're still arguing who won.

Date: 2012-07-15 03:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrua7.livejournal.com
I'm not familiar with the fandom, but having seen anime, the language seemed very right. I don't want to say Haiku, but they had that gentle Japanese Haiku-ish feel to them. These were very nicely done, telling an interesting story.

Date: 2012-07-15 04:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laurose8.livejournal.com
Thank you very much! That's a lovely compliment.

Normally Lirin is more bouncy, but she does have lots of angst in her back story. (Like everyone in this anime.)

Date: 2012-07-15 06:16 am (UTC)
ext_1321913: (hot gojyo)
From: [identity profile] genjyosgirl.livejournal.com
<3 <3

*memories*

His brother and a sharp-clawed woman <-- I love this! I also really like the color aversion in parts 2 and 3. Aw, Gojyo. I'm so glad he found someone who can understand him!

Date: 2012-07-15 07:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laurose8.livejournal.com
Thank you very much!

I think, when Lirin's old enough, the pairing would work.

Date: 2012-07-15 01:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seshats-prodigy.livejournal.com
Aww, these were really good! ♥♥

I love introspective Gojyo - really nice!

Date: 2012-07-15 05:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laurose8.livejournal.com
Thank you! Gojyo mightn't introspect as much as Hakkai and Sanzo, but he's a smart guy, really.

Date: 2012-07-15 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blown-wish.livejournal.com
First: thank you! This was really thoughtful. I'm very touched.

And the pieces are touching, too. Gojyo lets himself be a gentleman with Lirin. It's something he wants to do, he yearns to be noble in a woman's eyes. She's not a kid, but she's not old enough. So he gets to introduce what kind f expectations she should have. Consideration, care, thoughtfulness. That ending- wow. In this universe you created with a few lines they would bring out wonderful things in each other. I love that. Thank you.

Date: 2012-07-15 05:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laurose8.livejournal.com
I'm so glad you liked it. Thank you, indeed, for such kind words. I'm touched, in turn, that you should think so of this timeline

Date: 2012-07-24 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] helliongoddess.livejournal.com
I actually read this last week, shortly after you posted it, but I believe I read it late at night on the kindle, and wasn't able to comment at the time. I did want to let you know that I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's not a pairing that ever would have occurred to me, but as you present it, it's quite plausible, and a lovely, sweet little tale. I do so like to think that, however they end up, our beloved Saiyuki folks will somehow find happy endings someday.... (although I don't think all of them will be that lucky, for some reason. *sigh* )

Date: 2012-07-24 06:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laurose8.livejournal.com
Thank you so much for taking the extra trouble to come back and comment!

I do agree with you about the endings, but I think a generous person like Gojyo is more likely to find at least some happiness. (They all deserve one, of course.) And Lirin is definitely one of Saiyuki's less angsty characters.

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