Date Began: 07:28 pm July 25, 2005
Date Completed: 10:02 pm July 35, 2005
Title: Just Like You
Rating: Teen (PG-13) may go up.
Warnings: AU, neko-fic, violence, rape, romance, shounen-ai, shoujo-ai, mild language, character bastardizing
Pairings: Read and find out
Summary: When Ryuichi comes across an abused nekonin (half cat half human) he takes him in. But will this skittish feline be able to over come his past and learn to trust humans again? And who is this new nekonin that Hiro has seen lately? AU, neko-fic.
Disclaimer: I own no part of Gravitation.
Notes: The stray nekonin learns that not all humans are bad and is offered a proposition. Ryuichi is surprised by something the stray does.
Late the next morning, violet eyes opened to their new surroundings. Expecting to see the dark alley he was in the day prior, he found himself on something soft. He was warm and comfortable and he also felt… safe? It had been years since the last time he had felt safe when he woke up. When he tried to move, pain shot up from his limbs. He let out a small yelp and remembered what happened yesterday. He cringed at the memory but then remember a small brunette. He had helped him and brought him here. Gathering enough strength, he ignored the pair as he lifted up his arms. They were bandaged and his fur wasn't coated in blood as it had been the day before. He also felt a dull pain in his head and noted the cold compress that was on the floor next to his bed.
But, the human from before was no where to be seen. The nekonin grew curious to why the man would be so kind. He had never had a relationship with a human that was very good. They always did something to him, whether it was hurt him, betray him, or yell at him. The nekonin was hesitant as he swung his legs over the side of the bed. He could get away now and not have to deal with the human. Yet, he was curious to why the human did this and he wanted to see the man who had helped him. He decided to venture out into the main part of the house.
He carefully slid the door open, leading to a living room. There was a couch and a recliner in front of a television. There was also a stereo on another wall where there was a balcony. There was a half wall dividing it from the kitchen. There were three other doors from this room, and he didn't want to begin searching through the stranger's house. Luckily, the brunette emerged from one of those doors only seconds later. He noticed the nekonin and smiled.
"You're awake, good. How are you feeling?" he asked, heading towards the kitchen. "I'm Ryuichi," he introduced. The nekonin uncertainty kicked in as the man motioned for him to come into the kitchen. His ears were flat against his hear and his tail motionlessly drooping behind him. Ryuichi busied himself with the food that was previously cooking as he dished portions out onto two dishes.
"Do you like eggs?" Ryuichi asked, placing both plates on the counter. The nekonin's ears perked up slightly at the man's offering. He watched as he also made two glasses of water. "I hope you don't mind, I need to get groceries soon and I don't have much in the house," Ryuichi apologized. He took a plate and sat at the table. As he looked over to the feline still in the entrance to the kitchen he smiled. "Aren't you hungry?" he asked.
The nekonin nodded and slowly made his way over to the counter and picked up his plate. He went over to the table and looked as if he was fighting with himself. He soon swooped to the ground and sat down. Ryuichi raised an eyebrow and looked under the table.
"Why don't you sit up here, with me," he offered, taking the plate and placing it across from him. The nekonin looked up with wide, disbelieving eyes. This was the first time he had been treated on a human level. He slowly eased himself into the chair. Ryuichi smiled and began to eat his breakfast. The nekonin stared at it incredulously. Ryuichi noticed he wasn't eating it.
"What's wrong?" he asked. The nekonin looked up at him in fear.
"I…I don't know how to…" he motioned to the fork in Ryuichi's hand. Ryuichi felt sympathy towards the feline. He had never felt or been treated equal. He had been taught he was inferior and it was obvious that the boy had been abused. Ryuichi carefully moved to the nekonin's side. As he reached over to get the fork, the feline flinched and braced himself for whatever punishment he would receive.
To his surprise, that punishment never came. Instead, he felt Ryuichi carefully maneuvering his fingers to grasp the fork correctly. The nekonin looked at him in amazement and questioning. "I'm not really very good at explaining how to use this, but, its something like this. And you poke at your food then eat it. Uh, do you get it?" Ryuichi smiled sheepishly. The nekonin nodded and Ryuichi made his way back to his seat. They both began to eat, the feline having a little bit of a harder time.
"What's your name?" Ryuichi asked, looking up at the feline who stopped eating. He scrutinized Ryuichi, trying to figure if he could be trusted or not. For one, he was a human. Two, he was being strangely nice and kind to him. Yet, those were also two reasons why he should trust him. Also, he had taken his time to help him and give him shelter. He decided that he could at least tell his name.
"Shuichi…thank you," he said just a little bit louder than a whisper, yet Ryuichi heard it. He smiled at the cautious nekonin.
"You're welcome, Shuichi," he replied, smiling kindly. He went back to eating. He felt as if Shuichi wanted to ask him something, but he didn't want to force conversation on him if he didn't want to. He knew that he needed to keep the boy's trust. After a few minutes of silence and utensils scraping the plates, Shuichi spoke up.
"Why are you doing this for me?" he whispered, putting the fork down onto the plate. Ryuichi looked up to the searching purple eyes of the nekonin. He smiled warmly.
"You were hurt. I couldn't just leave you there. You needed help and you were sick. So I brought you back here," Ryuichi answered, as if it was the simplest question. Shuichi dropped his eyesight.
"Most people would have left me there," Shuichi muttered. Ryuichi stopped eating and looked at the nekonin. "But why? You could have been one of those people. All you did was state the facts. But you didn't say why," Shuichi said, with determination in his eyes. Ryuichi sat back in his chair. Thinking, he decided to clear his plate. When he got up, Shuichi flinched and began to shake. Ryuichi furrowed his brows in confusion, but then it dawned on him why Shuichi was acting like this. He was expecting to be hit for his back talking and questioning. Ryuichi gently laid a hand on the boy's shoulder and waited for him to look over at him. When he curiously looked over at Ryuichi, Ryuichi smiled.
"Because I've been there before. I know how it feels to be hurt and betrayed. I would never do that to any person," Ryuichi assured. Shuichi looked at Ryuichi's earnest expression before the brunette walked away to clear their plates. "You can stay here as long as you want. Help yourself to anything in this house, but please, if you leave, make sure everything is locked up. I have to g to work," Ryuichi announced. Shuichi sat there as the older man grabbed his coat and said his final goodbye as he left the house.
Shuichi just sat there 'I would never do that to any person' kept replaying in his mind. Any person, he referred to Shuichi as a person. An equal. He never had that before. And here he was, with an indefinite invitation to stay here and a house that he was left all to himself. Ryuichi was a puzzle to him. He treated him with kindness, which was new to him; he let him eat with him, NORMAL food rather than scraps and who knows what; and he left him here, able to take anything without hesitation. Yet, he wouldn't do that, no he couldn't do that to someone who had done this much for him.
Making a decision, Shuichi got up from the table.
Ryuichi was tired, Tohma and he were planning on bringing back Nittle Grasper and all of the work was hard on him. He wondered if the nekonin, Shuichi, would still be there. He highly doubted that the stray would stick around but there was always hope. He unlocked the door to his apartment to find the stereo playing softly. He blinked at the smell of cooking. He closed the door behind him and dropped his bag onto the floor. He looked into the kitchen to see Shuichi making something at the stove. He was still in the overlarge shirt and sweat pants.
"Hello, I see you took my offer," Ryuichi smiled. Shuichi, who had been humming to the music and swaying to the beat stopped and blushed while nodding. He turned the stove off and took the pot to the sink. He cooled it down and dished some pasta onto a dish. Ryuichi noticed and came up beside him. He took another plate and put some pasta onto is. He shuffled on some butter and smiled at the pink haired feline. He went over to the table and sat down. Shuichi watched him carefully and his ears wilted as he made his way over to the table. He sat down timidly, and began to eat along with Ryuichi.
"How long do you plan on staying?" Ryuichi asked. Shuichi sunk down in his chair.
"Well…I'm not sure… but I'll leave as soon as you want," he whispered.
"No, it's up to you. But I have an offer," Ryuichi stated, not looking up from his dinner, waiting to see if Shuichi was interested. The nekonin's ears perked and he looked up.
"What do you mean?" he asked, cocking his head to the side, eyes searching and tail swishing eagerly behind him.
"If you stay here, I'll register you under my name. You'll stay here until you heal, but after that, you don't need to stay. You can come and go whenever you please, and since you are registered, you won't need to be hassled by the catchers. But, you need to stay until you are better," Ryuichi stated. Shuichi's tail stopped swinging as he considered the offer. If he stayed here, he would have a house, food, and security. But, what if Ryuichi wasn't what he seemed. But what was he going to do, go back out on the streets, just to be chased by catchers or taken in by a worse person just to be abused again? No. This was better.
"O-okay…I'll stay," Shuichi said. Ryuichi flashed him a large smile.
"Good! Well, I have an extra room that I use for my work, but I can fix that up for you. For now, I can sleep on the sofa," Ryuichi said, getting up to clear his plate. Shuichi shook his head.
"No, you can have the bed. I don't want to intrude on your life," Shuichi protested. Ryuichi shook his head. He put the plates in the dishwasher and began to clean the kitchen. Shuichi did the same for his plates.
Ryuichi got into the far side of the bed. He had given Shuichi new clothes of his, a large sleeping shirt and a pair of baggy pants. Shuichi's shirt was hanging off of his left shoulder and he was looking at the bed uncertainly. Ryuichi had offered to share the bed with him Shuichi had to admit that the bed was large enough for the both of them, so he obliged.
Shuichi slid under the covers and curled up. Ryuichi turned off the lights. He rolled over to the nekonin. His back was to Ryuichi, but he was shaking badly. Ryuichi slid over and laid a hand on his shoulder. Shuichi rolled over to face him, as tears streamed down his face. Ryuichi wiped away some of the tears and Shuichi leaned into his touch. He whined and bean to sob harder. Ryuichi pulled the wounded nekonin toward him. Shuichi nuzzled his head into Ryuichi's chest.
As Shuichi's shaking slowed and breathing evened out, he curled further into Ryuichi's chest. A small smile spread across his features and a low purring was emitted from him. Ryuichi's heart went out to the nekonin, all he needed was someone who cared for him and needed to be taught that not everyone is going to hurt him. Ryuichi then was filled with anger towards anyone who would do such a thing to this helpless boy. He decided that he would do everything in his power to prevent anymore suffering for the broken nekonin.