Yep, I'm doing another oneshot... Well, it was supposed to be a oneshot, but ended up being a drabble. :P Before I say anything else, I'd like to apologize for the delay on my other stories. I am working on them - the next chapter of The Tale of Sonata should be uploaded soon, and then I can start seriously working on my Blue Dragon stories. :) So, anyway... I decided that I would upload oneshots whenever, and not wait until I had updated one of my other stories. And that's why this is here. Also, I would like to thank everyone who voted on that poll on my profile that asked which character you would like to see a story about - this is what it was for. ;) That poll will be ongoing, by the way; I'm not going to close it, but the choices and results will be changed constantly. Well... I think I've rambled enough. :P Enjoy (hopefully).
Disclaimer: I do not own Blue Dragon, nor do I claim to. ... Why would I claim to, anyway?
The present he gave her for her sixth birthday was always her favorite...
He met with her later, after she'd already opened her other gifts. She had been surprised, because she'd thought he had forgotten to get her anything. But then she realized that he probably wouldn't do that, not after working so hard every year to get her a present.
He kicked at the ground a little, swallowed once or twice, pushed that stubborn lock of hair away from his face - that was always the indication that he was nervous, when he messed with that lock that fell in front of his eyes. His face was reddened with a blush.
He fiddled with his hands behind his back, then brought them out of hiding; he was holding something.
"Hold out your hand." His voice sounded quiet.
She did as he asked, and he dropped something into it, something wrapped with cloth; it was about the size of her palm.
She looked up at him and smiled knowingly. He looked away quickly, mumbling under his breath too low for her to hear.
She peeled off the fabric carefully; her eyes widened when she saw what was inside.
A bird, a hawk to be specific, expertly carved out of a light brown wood. The same bird they'd seen flying through the sky three days ago, that she'd pointed up at and told him how beautiful she thought it looked.
"I don't think I did a good job with it..." He was scratching the back of his head. "I didn't add enough lines on the left wing..."
She shook her head hard. "No. It's perfect. Thank you... Oniichan."
He smiled at her shyly. "Happy Birthday, Jina."
What she didn't know was that in a year's time, her young life would come to an abrupt end.
But what she did know was that her brother's love would last forever.
Ah, that turned out better than I thought it would. :D At least the last two paragraphs... Anyway, there's not really much that I can say... I can say that I'm happy with how this turned out (which is a little rare), and I'm also glad that I managed to write a Jina-centric story. :) So... Please review. I would appreciate it, but it's okay if you're not able to (for whatever reason). I still need help replying to anonymous reviews that are outside of my chaptered fics, so someone please give me advice if you have any ideas. Also, the poll that influenced this story will be back on my profile after someone votes on the forum poll... So, if you want me to write a story about a certain character, please vote on those polls. :) So, that's all for now. Thanks for reading! :D