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While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
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Night-time Sneaking

Title: Night-time Sneaking
Fandom: Yami No Matsuei
Characters: Touda, Kijin
Prompt: 075. Shade.
Word Count: 477.
Rating: PG
Summary: Touda's out for a night-time walk, but to his surprise he isn't the only one.
Author's Notes: I started this with the fist sentence and no idea what I'd do after that. I'm honestly surprised I never had to edit it out.

He liked the night, the darkness the shadows. They hid him even from the few others that might be about at this time. Not that he had any good reason to be sneaking around. He didn't like to be seen, didn't like the suspicious glances he received wherever he went. The shadows hid him, spared him those looks, though they would probably get even worse, if he ever got caught. He shouldn't take the risk of sneaking around Tenku in the middle of the night. It wasn't worth losing what little trust he'd been able to regain from his fellow shiki.

It was so nice to be able to walk around freely for once, though. Alone in the dark he could revisit places he'd once loved and almost recapture that feeling.

Silently he opened the garden door and slipped outside. There was a trick to this. If you didn't keep your other hand pressed against the door in just the right spot until you'd pulled down the handle the door would snap open with a cracking sound. Not that it was loud enough that anybody was likely to hear him at this late hour. Even if there had been any bedrooms nearby the sound would hardly have attracted any attention. It would only have startled Touda himself.

He might also wake Tenku himself, of course, but the palace was used to people moving around inside him while he slept and Touda suspected that he was aware of his late night walk anyway. He'd spoken to him a few times on his first such walks, but apparently accepted that walking helped Touda when he couldn't sleep.

This garden had once been one of his favourite places in spring and summer. It had always been beautiful, full of flowers and blossoming trees. Now wasn't the time for them, but alone in the darkness Touda could almost smell the flowers again, almost hear the songs of birds that were fast asleep.

The crack of the door rang loud in the silence of the night. Touda started and quickly disappeared under the nearest bush. Had he been caught? Who else would come here in the middle of the night?

The sound and vibrations of steps trying to be quiet. Someone very clumsy or inexperienced was sneaking down a path not too far from him. Against his better judgement Touda slithered over to see.

The sound of a bird landing and then changing to human shape. The two shiki hurried towards each other. A meeting, a kiss.

Touda's tongue flickered out to taste the air. Ah, of course! He was dating a sparrow, though?

The whisper of fabric being removed.


Touda made no more effort at silence as he switched back to his human shape and didn't even noticed the cracking of branches with which he startled the lovers apart.


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