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Title: That Strange and Subtle Magic of Birthdays
Fandom: Yu Yu Hakusho
Pairing: Yusuke/Kurama
Rating: PG-13, for a brief allusion to a sexual relationship.
A/N: Finally, the last part in a story that ran away with me. Inspired by a number of sources, most notably the short story "The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye".


“Yusuke!”

For a horrifying moment, Kurama is sure that he’s right, that the strange dream – the details of which are already fading, even as he grips Yusuke’s shoulder and shakes – was his subconscious knowledge that somehow, Yusuke has died in the night. For a moment, he’s convinced that is why the Spirit Detective will not wake.

And then Yusuke groans, rolls onto his back, and opens one deep brown eye to glare balefully up at Kurama from his place in the narrow bed.

“What?” he rasps out, voice thick with sleep. Suddenly, Kurama feels rather foolish. After all, it was just a dream.

“I…had a dream,” he says feebly, and then quickly amends the statement. “A nightmare. You…you were dead.”

Yusuke stares at him a moment longer, then rolls his eyes – Kurama sees the other move beneath the closed lid – and turns back onto his side.

“Not again,” he complains, burrowing deeper into the blankets. “I’ve had quite enough of that already. And besides,” Yusuke pauses, glancing back over his shoulder, “even if I was dead, it’s not like that’s stopped me before.”

Kurama stares at Yusuke’s back for a long while – long enough for the Detective’s breathing to even out into the patterns of sleep once more – before he finally lets the smile break through.

“No,” he says, softly, settling back in beside his lover.

“No, I suppose it hasn’t.”

And with that, it's done. It's been a crazy experience, but definitely a rewarding one. Thanks to everyone who stuck with it, and I hope I've managed to give you what you were looking for.

As always, comments and criticisms are extremely welcomed.

Date: 2010-04-09 02:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kitakitsune.livejournal.com
And somehow... I had a feeling it might end like this. xD

I was looking forward to them reincarnating and finding one another again, but I suppose this shall do~

...Aw. It's over. ;.; Ah, well. I have the con this weekend to cheer me up~! xDDD

Date: 2010-04-09 04:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-flamewing.livejournal.com
Well, the implication is sort of that they did - that they're now reincarnated and with each other, and that Kurama's dream just might be a memory.

Date: 2010-04-09 07:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kitakitsune.livejournal.com
Ooooooooooooooh~~

Well, then. I like that. xD [Please excuse, I'm very tired? x///x]

Although it's interesting, then, that the 'memory' is from Yuusuke's POV while Kurama's the one who remembered it... ? x.x

Hurrah for YYH universe popping up, though~! Awww, isn't that sweet... x3
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Re: absolutely nothing to do with your post...

Date: 2010-06-14 02:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-flamewing.livejournal.com
Hey, I'm always up for unrelated birthday messages.

Thanks so much!

Date: 2010-07-09 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joyful-lament.livejournal.com
AHH I loved it <3 :3

Date: 2010-07-10 04:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-flamewing.livejournal.com
Thank you! This took me an embarrassingly long time to finish, but I'd like to think it was well worth the effort.

Date: 2010-07-10 04:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joyful-lament.livejournal.com
It was totally worth the effort. I enjoyed this immensely. It was a nice distraction after a long day at work. :3 Also, Kurama in that get up is just wonderful.

Date: 2010-07-10 04:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-flamewing.livejournal.com
Sort of the idea that sparked it all, really - I'd kill for some fanart of it, or something.

Date: 2010-07-10 05:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joyful-lament.livejournal.com
Ha! I'd offer but I lack artistic skillz. Maybe a doodle is in your future. God only knows what I'm going to do during a three hour 8am Tuesday Psych lab next semester.

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