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Title: That Strange and Subtle Magic of Birthdays
Fandom: Yu Yu Hakusho
Pairing: Yusuke/Kurama
Rating: Probably PG, with only ridiculously vague allusions to sex.
A/N: Update, what? To reiterate, a short story that spiraled out of control, based on a variety of myth and sources, most notably "The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye". We're almost at the end now.


It isn't until much later that the question occurs to Yusuke.

“Hey, Kurama?” he murmurs, and beside him, the djinn shifts lazily, red hair whispering across damp sheets. Yusuke takes that to mean that Kurama’s listening. “Why didn’t I know before?”

“Hmm?” Or maybe he’s wrong – it wouldn’t be the first time.

“Why didn’t I know before?” he repeats, and then elaborates, just to be safe. “About us. I mean, if I’ve been following you, why didn’t I know you when you first appeared to me?”

There is a very long pause before Kurama sighs and rolls to face him, green eyes bright in the fading moonlight, and the mere sight of those eyes is enough to make Yusuke want the djinn again.

“Perhaps,” Kurama says slowly, “I misspoke.”

“Huh?”

“It seems it is not as simple as your soul following mine, nor my soul following yours,” the djinn muses, idly tracing his fingertips over Yusuke’s chest. “Instead, our souls may be…drawn to one another. And your soul can remember what it knew only when the two are reunited.”

Yusuke’s having a harder time concentrating than usual – he suspects it’s probably due to all that pale skin on display beside him – but he still manages to wonder about this conclusion.

“So…what?” he asks, rather distractedly. “I just…keep on getting…reborn? Wandering around until I happen to run into you? That seems...”

“Cruel?” Kurama finishes, with a bitter laugh. And while that’s not quite what Yusuke had in mind, it will suffice. “I was never supposed to find love. Fate has conspired to take you away from me time and time again, to leave us fumbling to find one another by chance. And yet, here we are.”

The djinn smiles gently. “We’ve won.”

But that doesn’t sit right with Yusuke. Because they haven’t really, have they? There’s one more thing to be done, and Yusuke’s pretty sure he knows what it is.

“Kurama?” he says softly, and though it comes out sounding more like a question than anything else, there is no doubt in Yusuke’s mind. Against his chest, the djinn stirs, makes a soft, inquisitive sound. And taking a deep breath, Yusuke speaks the last words of his life.

“I wish you were free.”

Immediately, Kurama tenses against his body, what feels like every muscle in the djinn’s body pulling taut at once. And then, slowly, Kurama sits up, staring incredulously down at Yusuke, who only smiles up at him.

“No,” the djinn mutters, and the look that falls over his face is absolutely horrified. “No, Yusuke, take it back. Quickly, take it back!”

But Yusuke can’t. This is what needs to happen; he knows that now. Maybe he’s always known that.

“Yusuke,” Kurama pleads. “Take it back. Take it back, and we can be together. As long as you never make a third wish, I can stay with you.”

Yusuke only shakes his head. To have the one he loves forever subject to his will? To be forced to carefully weigh everything he says, in order to avoid inadvertently making a final wish and sealing Kurama in the lamp once more? Judging from past experience, he’d fail miserably. No, Kurama must be free. There is no other way.

“Yusuke!” the djinn tries desperately, but it’s already too late. At his wrists and ankles, the bindings are glowing brighter and brighter, and it’s with a strange sense of irony that Yusuke realizes it at last: Kurama is as much a slave to his own magic as to that which binds him. He can no more refuse to grant this wish than he could have escaped his curse.

But his heart is breaking, Yusuke can see that in Kurama’s agonized expression, and Yusuke wants to reach out, to reassure him, but his voice seems to be gone. As the magic builds, his energy drains slowly away; so though he wants nothing more than to tell Kurama not to worry – because he’s seen it, after all: what else could those strange visions have meant? – that they will meet again, in some new life, he can’t.

He can only let his eyes slip closed and his breathing slow, to the sounds of his one true love – it must be true, he’s broken the curse – calling his name in anguish.

“Yusuke.”

“Yusuke!”

Yusuke!

Once more, comments and criticisms are more than welcome, and for anyone who's been waiting on this, I apologize that it's taken so long.

Date: 2010-04-07 09:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kitakitsune.livejournal.com
WHATDOYOUMEAN'UPDATE,WHAT'?! JL;JSMOFIULREFAXRKANLZOMG! xDDD

[You're forgiven, not to worry. :3]

I have to wonder why Yuusuke had to die, but maybe because that was a wish he'd made in the past, that he'd be reunited with Kurama forever, and so on and such and such...

Sorry, my brain's been pretty fizzled this week. Anxiety for the con, no doubt(What'll I say to her when I see her?! How awkward will it be?! I want to just tie myself up and write, but all I can seem to do is sleep... ! ;.; ).

I almost want to not-go to the con, but I can't do that, really... it'd be too impulsive a decision, at this point. And I always strive not to be impulsive, after all...~

But, saa. Hurrah for an update. I'm still thinking on the various ideas for fics we've had, but school ends this month so I'll be swallowed whole for a few weeks, yet...

Date: 2010-04-07 10:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kitakitsune.livejournal.com
OHNOWAITIUNDERSTANDNOW~! xD I know why Yuusuke had to die, nevermind~ Yay! That makes this chapter all the better~

[ :: Totally didn't just go back through your LJ posts to find the chapter that gave the hint... no, really... Isn't that much of a geek? x///x~~! :: ]

Date: 2010-04-07 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-flamewing.livejournal.com
Yay! I'm glad this is still managing to hold your attention, even though it takes me so ridiculously long to get the chapters out. But! The next (and last) should be out relatively soon.

Date: 2010-04-07 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kitakitsune.livejournal.com
Of course! The 'true love freeing/dying' bit was a little too rusty for my memory to pick up on the spot, though... (You posted the chapter it's mentioned in February 2009, cut me a break~!)

Oh, nuuuuu~! It'll be posted soon? j.j That means this fic will be over that much sooner... !

:: And, in contrast--HURRAHLOOKINGFORWARDTOAFASTUPDATE~! ::

But, noooooo, then it'll be ooooooooverrrrr...... j__________j

[ Repeat the above (and slightly mental) exchange as many times as desired. xD ]

Date: 2010-04-07 10:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-flamewing.livejournal.com
You ought to throw another fic idea at me, or something - get me to start writing again.

Actually, I've got some original fic ideas running around in my head, and I'm thinking about writing some of those down and throwing them out to you guys, to see what you think.

Date: 2010-04-08 03:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kitakitsune.livejournal.com
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, fic ideas, fic ideas... (go for your original ones, if you'd prefer, though~!)

:: Tosses out random thoughts. BOOM! ...Kurama/Yuusuke, of course. x3 ::

1) Kurama going through a kitsune rite-of-passage? Getting another tail, or something, 'cause it's been 100 years since his last--or something? Possibly painful, and Hiei's not around, so... ?

2) Yuusuke going through a Toushin rite-of-passage?

3) Kurama and Yuusuke in Makai, and Kuwabara gets dragged in by border-patrolling Hiei for a visit? Kuwabara's finished Med. School, perhaps? xD The Tantei celebrating Makai-style--HAH~!

4) Kurama doing an 'undercover' mission for Yomi (as an excuse to see Yuusuke?) and ending up in Yuusuke's bedroom--while Yuusuke's there. They laugh at Yomi, or snog. Whatever comes to you~

5) Yuusuke grumbling about not getting enough fighting practice. Kurama offers to sic Hiei on him, pointing out that Hiei wouldn't mind another rematch. Yuusuke dodges the 'suggestion', and instead takes on Kurama in a practice/non-practice battle/fight. Or not. Have fun with that idea, either way. xD

6) Shiori dying suddenly, and Yuusuke having to keep the fox from going insane for revenge. Kuwabara helps with the funeral arrangements? Yuusuke thus gets bashed up a little bit (doooooooo we see golden eyes instead of green~?!), but Kurama eventually comes back around to his usual calm, collected (and now, possibly guilt-ridden for harming Yuusuke) self. This might be a good 'excuse' to have Kurama crying into Yuusuke's shoulder, not showing his face because he's ashamed of being weak enough to cry over her death (Youko's standards coming in ftw). Isn't that an adorably rare mental picture? xD You could end with Hiei showing up--late, and after the crisis. Aw.

7) Kurama/Yuusuke, Jin/Touya pairing. Kurama and Jin discuss Yuusuke and Touya. xDDD Because that image amuses me(the Kurama-Jin interaction[not pairing!] as well as a possible Yuusuke-Touya interaction[not pairing!]). And at the end, perhaps have Yuusuke and Touya finishing up a discussion about Kurama and Jin. Or vice-versa. Either way I think it'd be hilarious. x3

THERE. KILL THEM OR USE THEM, I JUST KEPT TYPING AND SHUSH IF THEY'RE ALL BAD, I'M TIRED! j.j Mrowr?

Date: 2010-04-08 03:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-flamewing.livejournal.com
...Huh. Five and six are actually sort of calling to me...

Interesting.

Date: 2010-04-08 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kitakitsune.livejournal.com
xD Excellent. Have at them~?

I'd love to hear your original ideas, too! :3

Date: 2010-04-07 11:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strawi.livejournal.com
wow, really happy that you updated, but now I'm even more curious about what's going to happen x) keep up the good work? :)

Date: 2010-04-07 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-flamewing.livejournal.com
Thanks so much! There's one piece left, and that'll hopefully tie everything up in a neat little package.

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