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A Small Bit Of Information

Title: A Small Bit Of Information
Fandom: Yami No Matsuei
Characters: Tsuzuki, Rikugou (Touda mentioned)
Prompt: 091. Birthday.
Word Count: 540.
Rating: G
Summary: Tsuzuki wants a small bit of information, but then it is private and he doesn’t want to be a bother and ... Well, he didn’t expect to run into this difficulty.
Author's Notes: You can consider this one a sequel of sorts to the Christmas one, but it also works fine on its own.

"Rikugou?" Tsuzuki asked suddenly after sitting and watching the shiki work for almost ten minutes.

"Yes, Master?"

"Don't call me that," Tsuzuki shot back out of habit.

"It is your proper title." Another automatic answer.

"Genbu says you have the personal records of all of GenSouKai's shiki in here," Tsuzuki stated.

"In this room? No, they'd never fit." Rikugou put down his quill. "I keep only the really important ones here. The rest are stored in the basement, some even in Tenku."

"Oh." Tsuzuki looked disappointed.

"Were you looking for anything in particular?" Rikugou offered. "I can send someone for the file, if I don't have it on hand."

Tsuzuki struggled with himself. Apparently he was embarrassed by his question. "It's not that important, just something that I'd like to know, but don't have to. I don't want to be a bother."

Rikugou resisted the urge to roll his main pair of eyes. "Well, whose file do you want? Maybe it is here after all."

"Touda," Tsuzuki admitted softly.

Rikugou sighed. "Third cupboard on the right. The court files are in the bottom two drawers, professional history and military file in the third and medical history in the fourth."

Tsuzuki blinked. "So where's the best place to look for his birth date?"

"Well, that'd be in ..." Rikugou stopped and frowned for a moment. "I don't have that. We only keep records on the shiki in our city. Touda's mother was a simple servant from a very backward region. I doubt they kept proper birth records of common household personnel."

"But I thought Touda is a divine commander?"

"Due to his powers, yes. Unlike the protectors ordinary divine commanders don't have to be of noble descent. When it was discovered how powerful Touda was SohRyu called him to the city to train him. That's where the records start. That first file should be in the fourth drawer."

"But don't you celebrate his birthday?" Tsuzuki pleaded. "Doesn't anybody care?"

Rikugou shrugged. "I don't think we ever have. Touda is a very private person. I suppose his closest friends would know, but I don't know who they are. What did you want to do with the information anyway?"

Tsuzuki sighed. "I just wanted to give him a birthday gift. Something to demonstrate how much I appreciate him. ... I think he's a bit hurt, because I don't call on him very often, but I just can't risk using hellfire unless it's absolutely necessary. A birthday gift sounded like a good way to demonstrate my friendship."

Rikugou thought for a moment. Sometimes Tsuzuki really worried too much about his shiki's feelings, but then Touda did tend to feel left out, even when it was often his own withdrawal from the group that caused it.

"If it's about your relationship with Touda, wouldn't it be more meaningful to celebrate the anniversary of the day you first met? He did regain his freedom on that day, so it could be considered a second birthday, too."

Tsuzuki beamed and tackled Rikugou in a fierce hug. "Oh, thank you, Rikugou! What a wonderful idea! You're the best!"

He was a terribly undignified master and had no sense of protocol whatsoever, but you just couldn't help loving him.

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