Things Have Changed
A/N: I know, I'm OD-ing on the short little ficcies. I may never write a longshot again. But enjoy anyway.

When Hiei finally got Kurama's attention he had to endure the fox staring at him stupidly for a moment before he came over and opened the window. "Hiei?" he said, when he did so, with great confusion.

"No, it's Enma. Who were you expecting?"

"No one, actually." Kurama stepped aside as his ex partner leapt into the room. "God, Hiei, it's been... six years? Seven?"

Hiei shrugged, as if he didn't know. "I was busy."

Kurama smiled. "I'll bet. How is she?"


Kurama blinked, completely dumbfounded for the second time. Hiei knew well who Kurama meant, but he was going to make him say it, going to pretend it hadn't occurred to him. "Mukuro."

"Oh, her. Don't know." Hiei shrugged, although he did know. "I don't work for her anymore."

"...Oh." Kurama's tone, and the delicacy with which he now eyed Hiei, said that he knew very well what Hiei wasn't saying. After all, it had been Kurama who had come to Hiei years ago, and so it had been Kurama who had been the first to know that Hiei was in love with Mukuro. He'd tried to be gentle when he'd told Kurama that, but probably hadn't succeeded. "I'm sorry to hear that."

Hiei shrugged as if it didn't matter. "Haven't for a few years. Thought I'd see what was happening here. I don't suppose the world has tried to end again."

"A couple of times, but we managed to nip it in the bud. Did you really just come to see us?"

Hiei shrugged again. "Who's us?" He had come to see Kurama, to find out if that old tug he had felt towards his partner, the one he had successfully ignored, still existed. "You're the only one here, aren't you?"

"Yes, but..."

"I see you finally moved out of your mom's house. You ever get lonely living alone like this?"

Kurama blinked. "Hiei, can't you... smell him?"

Hiei shrugged. "What? The only people I smell here are you and Yusuke."

Kurama was silent. And in his silence, Hiei realized what he had said. "Oh."

Kurama smiled. "Yeah."

"I thought that meant he visited--"


"What happened to the human?"

"She was human; he wasn't. They broke up five years ago."


"Matter of fact, he'll be home soon. He'll have a fit when he sees you." Kurama's voice was happy, anticipating the reunion of friends, anticipating his mate's pleasure. "Hiei, let us take you out to dinner, I know this place--"

"No, I can't stay. There's other things I have to do," Hiei lied. "Just say hi for me."

"You have to leave so soon?" Kurama asked, trailing Hiei back to window, either oblivious or pretending to be oblivious to Hiei's change of mood.

"Hn. Maybe I'll see you again before I have to go back."

"I'd like that."

Hiei hesitated before leaping out the window. Kurama waited expectantly. "Good choice," Hiei forced himself to say. "I hope it works out." And then he was gone.