Title: I Know
Pairings: Yusuke/Keiko, Yusuke/Kurama
A/N: This is a bit of an experiment, with only seven words of non-dialogue, and it's completely unedited or betaed, so read at your own risk. Sometimes these little ficcies just happen.
"Yusuke, it escapes me how someone who has taken the punches I have seen you take without flinching can complain about this."
"Well, I was fighting then. Y'know, adrenaline... is that the right word?"
An exasperated sigh. "Yusuke, you don't mind telling me how this actually happened, do you?"
"I was running after some guy. I thought it was a demon for a second, but it was just some punk messing with me."
"And the fact that you were running over burrs and stickers with no shoes didn't stop you?"
"Adrenaline. Hey! What was that?"
"Yusuke, give me your foot back, please! And that was me running my hand over the sole to confirm that the stems on some of these have broken off. I'll have to dig them out."
"Can't you just, y'know, command them to move or something?"
"These plants are dead, Yusuke."
"Uh, Kurama... what's with the carrying thing?"
"I need to wash your feet before I can get the rest out."
"Yeah, but I can walk. It doesn't hurt that much."
"And if you do, they will just go further into your feet and be harder to get out. And amazingly enough, I did have other plans for my afternoon."
"What, your life doesn't revolve around me?"
"It actually doesn't..."
"I don't believe you."
"Yusuke, why isn't Keiko doing this?"
"... What do you mean?"
"I mean you have a fiancee to fuss over you. Surely you didn't think these were demon burrs that would attack her? Why'd you come all the way over here?"
"Well... they're not demon, but they're plants..."
"Kei's not a healer. You are."
"...It's because I don't like her fussing over me."
"I like you fussing over me."
"Please don't do that again, Yusuke."
"Understand it's not you I'm rejecting. You know better than that. But I have enough secrets to keep. I won't be your secret, and I won't be your side dish. With that understood--" Another kiss. "The ball is in your court."
"Kurama... I don't know what to do."
"I know, Yusuke."
"We set a wedding date."
"The 27th. I... I chose her, Kurama."
"You don't have to sound so cheerful about it."
"But I knew what you would do, Yusuke."
"Because I'm older than you. I've seen these things play out. It's okay, really. I'm fine."
"No, Kuwabara, he's not coming today. He's got other stuff to do."
"But I saw him on the street yesterday, Urameshi, and he looked... I mean, you don't know any reason Kurama would be crying, do you?"
"...No. I don't know."