A/N: Going away on vacation, so I thought I'd post beforehand.
This chapter is rather shorter than usual and ends in a really
evil place, but I do like the effect, if not so much the length.
Hm, didn't get many reviews last chapter. Guess I've let this
poor thing sit for too long, eh? *sighs* Ah well, it really
can't be helped. Hopefully its old readers will find it again.
. . . I really want Li to meet Koryu. -_-;; Damn plot keeps
getting in the way, though. XD
"Having Tea With Beautiful People"
Koryu was bewildered, to say the least.
The Kinomotos were quite possibly the most friendly, endearing
people that he had ever met. Even more so than the selfless
Kohaku, in fact, and he could not bring himself to dislike them
in the least for it, which was an unusual feeling for him.
Their individual actions were slightly irritating at times,
true, but Nadeshiko and Fujitaka themselves were wonderful and
made him feel all floaty.
True, that might be partly because of the fact that Nadeshiko
was a very delicious-looking soul, but he couldn't bring himself
to so much as nibble at her skirts. She was too kind, too
beautiful. It was no wonder that her husband was still so
enamored of her, despite the fact that they could no longer
Besides, Fujitaka had made him tea, and while Earl Grey wasn't
quite a pure soul, it was pretty damn good the way that guy made
Plus, there were scones. Koryu liked scones. Especially with
jam, and Fujitaka had really good jam.
It is kind of hard to be evil with jam on your face, though.
"Hold still," Fujitaka said, wiping at Koryu's mouth with a
napkin. The demon resisted the urge to remind them that he
wasn't an infant. They hadn't seemed to understand the first
eight times he'd explained, so why waste the energy?
"Would you like some milk too?" Nadeshiko inquired politely,
withdrawing her head from the refrigerator door. "We've got an
awful lot of it. Touya seems to like it more than usual
"No thanks," Koryu replied, shaking his head. "Not my style,
"I don't think there's any sake, if that's what you mean," she
said doubtfully, going back into the fridge. "There's a bottle
of wine and a six-pack," the ghost called back a moment later.
"Would either of those do?"
"Whatever." Koryu shrugged. Fujitaka smiled at him and moved
to the refrigerator, rummaging through it briefly and returning
with a carton of orange juice.
"I think it's a bit early to be drinking, Nadeshiko," he said in
amusement as he poured Koryu a glass. "And I can't imagine that
Koryu-kun has much of an alcohol tolerance."
"Hey!" Koryu bristled. "I do so!" he protested.
"Oh, there's a note over here!" Nadeshiko exclaimed suddenly.
"I already saw it, dear," Fujitaka told her with an amused
smile. "It's from Li-kun- he and the children went out to pick
"Oh, good." Nadeshiko beamed at him. "I'm glad he's back.
He's a very nice boy. Today's been so wonderful!" she added
with a giggle. "I finally got to talk to Touya again!"
"You what?" Fujitaka looked startled. "But . . . HOW?"
Koryu suddenly realized why that name had been tickling the back
of his brain. "This Touya you keep mentioning . . ." he began
"He's our son!" Nadeshiko chirped proudly.
Never mind, then. Mortals couldn't have an angel for a child-
the name was just a coincidence.
But, uncomfortably, Koryu remembered a conversation he'd had on
a bus once with a friendly redheaded woman. She'd said, 'In
this life there are no coincidences- there is only the
inevitable.' And, for some reason, he'd remembered it.
Only he wasn't sure just what kind of "inevitable" this was
supposed to be.
"I really don't mean to be so troublesome, but I'm fine now,
honestly," Yukito reasserted for the fifth time. Shuichiro was
He was, however, interrupted.
"YUKI!" Touya literally bolted into the hospital room, his hands
automatically grabbing his friend's and eyes scanning him
worriedly. "What happened, are you all right, I thought this
wasn't supposed to be going on anymore, I was so-"
"BREATHE, Kinomoto," Li cut in, elbowing him sharply as he
entered. "He'll be fine."
"You don't know that," Touya said with a dark glare.
"Actually, I do," Li informed him with a slight smile, and then
turned his attentions to Yukito, bowing slightly. Again, he
seemed disturbingly like Eriol. "It is so good to see you
again, Yukito-san," he said, relief clear in his voice.
Yukito giggled slightly. "Nice to see you too, Li-kun," he
replied with a smile. "How've you been?"
"Much better, now that I'm home," Li told him, returning the
smile and again redirecting his attention, this time to
Shuichiro. "Doctor," he said politely, bowing for the second
time. Shuichiro nodded in return, and Li gave him the sweetest
smile he could, sensing the other's lacking people skills and
hoping to put them on better terms.
After all, he needed to find a polite way to kick him out before
visiting hours were up. He really didn't feel up to sneaking
around a hospital, especially since it was usually so crowded
and happened to sport several very bored security guards. It
could be done, of course, but it would be so much simpler to get
this all over with now.
"Shall we wait for Sakura, or should I just cast a sleep spell
myself?" Li asked Touya finally, tilting his head towards
Shuichiro. "It's unlikely that the doctor will remember very
much, and Sakura could always use Erase on him if necessary.
Only, we don't have much time before visiting hours end . . . "
The other three stared at him.
"A sleep spell?" Shuichiro frowned slightly out of curiosity.
"Are you an angel or a demon?" he asked after a moment's
reflection. He was more or less used to magic by now, though it
was a surprise to find it at his place of work- before, it had
never really seemed to touch this place, or at least not its
"I'm just a human," Li replied with a shrug, looking mildly
pleased that the other knew about such things. "Touya is an
angel, though. And Yukito, of course," and here he smiled
warmly at the bedridden young man, who looked puzzled by the
"angel" comment, "is as always himself."
"If you need me to leave, I can," Shuichiro told him with a
faint shrug. "As long as you won't be doing anything that might
hurt one of our patients, I don't mind."
"That would be very kind of you," Li said with yet another
smile. "You don't really have to go if you already believe in
magic, but I'd like to check Yukito-san out before it gets dark.
We really do need to get home while Touya is still . . . well,
you know, if you know that there ARE angels." He shrugged
slightly, looking a little sheepish.
"Yes, I know," Shuichiro replied with a small nod. "I'll get
the release forms. I'm assuming you'll be quick?"
"If Yue cooperates, yes," Li agreed. The doctor shrugged
slightly and left, not bothering to ask what that had meant.
Meanwhile, on the bed, Yukito was already in the familiar trance
that heralded Yue's appearance. A brief light show later, the
guardian slipped off the bed and met Touya's eyes solemnly.
"Who are you?" he asked quietly.
* tbc . . . *
. : angels never came down
there's no one here that they wanna hang around
but if they knew, if they knew you at all
god knows even angels fall : .