An Afternoon Waiting
By: Koorino Megumi

Happy (belated) birthday to Shiawase Vampire! No spoilers here; just a little fun.


"Die! DIE!" Kurogane bellowed, flinging his arm wildly as he struck at his enemy again and again with the sword.

The enemy flashed from the strikes, knocked back from their force, but the man would not go down.

"It will take more than that get rid of me, Kuro-pipi." Fye grinned as he dodged a wild swing, jumping past the swordsman and landing behind him.

Kurogane positively growled. "You magician. DIE ALREADY!" With one last wild flail, Kurogane watched as his enemy was sent flying across the screen, to be seen falling to his death in the background.

The swordsman raised a fist in victory, his character on the screen swinging his sword in response to the controller's movement. Kurogane was positively grinning as Fye's character dropped back in to fight him again.

"Thank you again for letting us stay in this house, Yuuko-san," Syaoran said respectfully as the two sat in the background, watching the carnage before them.

Yuuko smirked, her eyes riveted on the screen. "My pleasure. But it's not because of me that this house is open to you."

Their conversation was interrupted, however, by a loud curse from Kurogane and a "Hyuu!" from Fye.

"I'll get you this time!" Kurogane declared.

"You do that, Kurotan." Fye grinned complacently at him as Kurogane began to flail wildly again.

"Why doesn't--this sword--move like--a real sword!"

"You're just upset because you're not very good at it."

"I'M BETTER THAN YOU!"

"You just died again," Fye helpfully pointed out.

Kurogane's eyes widened as he stared at the screen. "Not this time!"

"We'll see, Kurorin!"

More wild flailing ensued.

"I've almost got you!"

"No, you doon't!"

"HAH, YOU WILL DIE, MAGICIAN!"

"Puuuuuuuuuuu!!"

Everyone's view of the screen was abruptly obscured by a fluffy, white creature as he jumped in the air in front of it. "Mokona wants to play, too! Mokona wants to fight with Kurorin!"

"MOVE OR I KILL YOU!"

"Mokona will plaaaaaaay!"

"OFF OF MY ARM, SHIRO-MANJUU!"

"Wheeeeeeeeeeee!"

"I WILL EAT YOU!"

"Kurotan is scaaaaary!"

"MOVE ALREADY!"

"Mokona is fiiiiighting!"

"DIE!!"

"Waaa, Kuropi is chaaaaasing me!"

"Diediediediedie! Get back here, Shiro-manjuu!"

"Jumping jumping jumping away from Kurorin!"

In the space of less than a minute, the neat room was transformed into a mess of books on the floor and broken flower pots. Syaoran still sat in the back of the room, eyes wide and jaw hanging in shock. Yuuko was sitting calmly, legs crossed. Fye was on the floor in the front, eyes still on the TV.

Kurogane pulled himself from the rubble of a low table, Mokona on his head, and stepped back up to the magician, readying his controller.

Fye tsked. "You missed it, Kuromimi. The match is over."

"...what!?"

"Fye beat Kurowan! Fye beat Kurowan!"

"HE DID NOT BEAT ME!"

"Hyuu hyuu!"

"I WILL KILL YOU!"

"Like I said," Yuuko commented complacently, "My pleasure."