Against the Grain

Disclaimer: I do not own Flame of Recca


They accidentally bumped into each other in the train station while they were on their way home. The next thing they knew, they were drinking cool, orange juice in a new café, recalling their Ura Butou Satsujin days and talking about the many twists and turns that their lives took after that.

"So, how have you been doing?"

"I'm doing fine, thank you. How about you?"

"I'm great, actually. Raiha and I are going out."

"Hn. He must be crazy to be dating a monkey like you." He smirked.

"At least I have finally found my special someone, unlike you. That just proves that you are gay. Maybe that's the reason why—" She didn't continue what she was saying. She looked down at her lap.

"How can you be so sure?"

"What?!" she asked, looking up, surprised.

"How can you be so sure that I am gay?"

"Well, you are the only testosterone-lacking man that I have ever known. That much explains your gender orientation."


"See! You're still the same man-girl that I've known in high school. Even your vocabulary hasn't changed!"

"Hn. Just so you know, I too, have been seeing someone."

She let out an unladylike snort.

"Really? Who is he?"


Confusion was clearly shown on his face, not getting what the other person was saying.

"Yeah, your boyfriend. Who is he?"

"Miki." He said casually.

"That's a very girly name."

"That's because the person that I am dating is, indeed, a girl."

Fuuko was surprised to say the least. She wasn't really expecting him to have a girlfriend.

"Since when did you grow some balls?" she asked, disbelievingly.

Tokiya glared at her.

"I've had balls since the day I was born. She's just the first girl who was able to measure up to my standards."

"I didn't know you had standards."

"Well, now you know."

Fuuko just rolled her eyes.

"So, tell me about her."


"Don't act stupid Mikagami. You know very well who I am talking about."

"No, I don't think I do." Tokiya teased, his eyes twinkling with amusement.

"Your girlfriend, Mikagami! Tell me about your girlfriend!"

Not liking the way he was playing with her, Fuuko stood up and her voice escalated a few notches, earning a few glares here and a few stares there. Sheepishly, she sat back on her seat, mumbling an incoherent apology.

Tokiya was having a hard time keeping his amusement hidden. She shot him a glare, which was blatantly ignored. Giving in to anger, Fuuko smacked him, giving him a very huge bump on the head.

"Ow! Fuuko, that was uncalled for!" He groaned.

"You asked for it!"

"I did not!"

"Did too!"

Fuuko childishly stuck out her tongue.

"You should keep that tongue of yours out of sight, it looks so sweet, I just might take a taste."

Fuuko turned ten shades of red because of embarrassment and anger. Tokiya smirked at that. He knew just the right buttons to push. Just then, Fuuko's expression softened.

They sat there in contemplative silence until Fuuko spoke up.

"What happened to us?"


"What happened to us?" she asked again. "I mean, a lot of people have been expecting us to end up together. Even I did, at some point."

"Maybe we weren't just meant to be together."


"I mean, who would want to end up with a monkey like you?" Tokiya said, trying to lighten up the mood.

Fuuko tried to glare at him, trying to look mad. A smile though was gracing her lips.

"Shut up."


"It's just so funny, you know. A lot of people got disappointed that we just stayed friends."


"A lot of people were rooting for us. They make it seem like we're a loveteam or something. I mean, after Recca and Yanagi became an item and Neon and Kurei ended up together, they were kind of expecting us to, you know, end up together too. But we didn't."

"Well, we're different. I guess we just like to go against the grain." Tokiya said with a smile.