Title: The Watchmen's Wishes
Fandom: InuYasha
Rating: G
Genre: Drama/General
Characters: Ginta & Hakkaku
Summary: Ginta and Hakkaku weren't the bravest of the pack, nor were they the strongest. But the two- despite their antics- were some of the best watchmen the group could ask for.


The sun slowly set on the horizon and the unique duo yawned as they made their way to their posts for the night. Quite often, Ginta and Hakkaku would switch off on watchman duty- but with the rising threat of the Gokurakuchou in the area- Kouga had told them both to stay up and keep an eye out for trouble.

At first they weren't sure what to do or say. While they'd guarded the den many a night, it was always on rotation or from separate areas. They'd pass the time thinking up strange pranks to pull on one another and creative ways to wake a lazy guard up from his nap.

But now, as the task fell to them both at once, it seemed like there just wasn't anything fun to do at all.

"Neh…Hakkaku?"

"Hmm?"

It seemed stupid, Ginta thought to himself. They'd known each other for years, yet here he was asking mundane questions to pass the time.

"If you could have one wish- what would it be?"

The white-mohawked man blinked a moment, thinking it to be a joke somehow.

"A wish?"

"Well Kouga's got those shards. What if we found some or somehow got the whole jewel? What would you wish for then?"

Hakkaku's mind pondered on all the possibilities, all the countless options that such a wish would give him.

"I don't know- what would you wish for?"

Not expecting his question to be turned against him, Ginta found himself equally perplexed as to the answer.

"Wishing for a lot of food seems stupid…" He murmured, rubbing at his growling stomach.

"Yah. And Kouga already has super-speed, so we wouldn't have to wish for that."

"If we wished away the Gokurakuchou it would be nice, but something else would just come after them."

"I wouldn't mind getting a bigger fur pelt for the den…"

"And I wouldn't mind getting someone I could order around…"

The two paused, finally coming to their conclusion.

"I guess I'd just wish for whatever you wanted the most since I can't decide."

The two paused, taking in their simultaneous remark. Then, as if it had been foreordained all along for them to decide on such a wish, the two began to laugh.

"You're the best, Ginta."

"Nah, you are, Hakkaku."

Slinging an arm around his companion, Hakkaku smiled.

"So…what do you want to do?"

"I don't know. What do you want to do?"

"You decide. What do you want to do?"

"No, you decide. What do you want to do?"

The two continued their banter until the wee hours of the morning when Kouga found them curled up asleep with each other.

"Hmph. Figures…"

Ginta and Hakkaku weren't the bravest of the pack, nor were they the strongest. But the two- despite their antics- were some of the best watchmen the group could ask for.

At least they were when they stayed awake.