I still can't believe i'm posting this.

Written alongside SiriusFan13's(on a 15 min challenge no less.. lol) Burning Love, with the same disturbing pairing in mind. That's right, Tsubame-chan and Shishio, feel free to "throw stuff at me".

So a "What If" ficlet... substituting Soujiro with Tsubame, in where Soujiro meets Shishio for the first time.

100 words... pure lunacy, or perhaps a little less, thanx to Sueb262...

Try to enjoy.. Insanity is good for you.. that it is.. it is..

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My eyes widen under those gentle, hesitant touches.

Willing away the searing pain, I took a moment, looked at the child, plainly terrified. She did not flinch, nor look away.

I feel her touches grow bolder, eyes sharper, smile stronger. Her ki speaks, wanting, needing. Can it be, this child, so pure, so seemingly unsure, sees in me something other than a monster that bloodied her door? More?

Diligently she unravels bandages, biting back the ache I see clearly on her tender strained face. She has seen hardships, she knows pain. The heat draws her.

"Tsubame... that's a soothing name."

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I'll close my eyes here, and let you do your thing...