Title: Hana
Theme: May- Flowers or golden week Rating: T
Disclaimer: I do not own Gravitation or its characters. I do not make any profit from this text.
Warnings: None
Summary: Title: Hana
Theme: May- Flowers or golden week Rating: T
Disclaimer: I do not own Gravitation or its characters. I do not make any profit from this text.
Warnings: None
Summary: Shuichi focused introspection on flowers given then and now.

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Shuichi sat on the couch looking at the single red rose perched on the coffee table. He couldn't help but remember that day walking home with Hiro. He had been 16 at the time, in love with music, yet he was starting to feel the first pulls of wanting a girlfriend.

Hiro and he had stopped by a flower stand on their way home from school. Shuichi had wistfully watched as his friend bought his girlfriend a peony. Hiro had talked in his quiet way about how much he liked Kisa, how soft her hair was, how pretty her smile and blush were when she caught him looking at her during class. Shuichi couldn't hold back a melancholy sigh listening to his friend talk about 'being in love'.

"Nee Hiro, do you think I'll ever have someone I can give flowers to?"

Hiro had paused a moment before answering. "Shu, of course you will! You just haven't found the right person yet."

"I just get so caught up in my music." Shuichi's eyes lit up at the mention of his true love. "I don't even think about talking to girls like you do Hiro. You're still the only person I've ever kissed." Shuichi could help but blush thinking about how they had practiced kissing each other in middle school after watching a romantic movie with Maiko.

Hiro lightly punched his arm in response. "Hey, I thought we weren't going to talk about that!" Hiro wrapped his arm protectively around his friend. "Kissing is fun. You'll get to do it eventually. Maybe you're just saving yourself for someone special!"

Shuichi had not been convinced, but he plastered on a smile anyways, letting Hiro lead them towards home.

Now, looking at the rose he couldn't help but laugh. Shuichi had found his special someone, but he'd have never guessed back then that he'd be the one receiving flowers instead of giving them! His former self hadn't even considered that he might love a man, or the trials he would have to go through because of it.

However, leaning forward to smell the rose, he knew he wouldn't trade anything for his life. Eiri might still be cold at times, but much less now than in those first few turbulent years together. No, this rose was proof of his love's changes, a symbol left to let Shuichi know Eiri loved him. It reminded Shuichi that Eiri was thinking about him on his book tour, even though the novelist would vehemently deny leaving the flower if confronted.

When the novelist called again, Shuichi would add a soft thank you onto the end of their conversation, along with an I love you too. He smiled, leaning back into the couch; perhaps he could use all these thoughts to write a song. Pulling out his pad, the singer began to work, counting down the hours until Eiri would return to him.

A/N: Finally less than 500 words!

Flowers in Japan – I couldn't find much about the meaning of giving flowers in Japan. I did find that peony's symbolize "beauty" in art and are a spring flower in Japan. Also, roses are very expensive in Japan - $60-$100 USD for a dozen, and they are given on holidays but I never found collaborative information about if they have the same meaning as in the USA. For a nice photo of peony's in vases: http/ .