A/N: Theme is ambiguity, so is the title.


They were never afraid of ambiguity. Leaving unclear questions to their students make their teaching life colorful. Making the children think is something that their job requires.

They were never afraid of ambiguity. It opens countless possibilities in the case.

And countless assumptions too.

They live in one house. He was a mad scientist, yes - and she is a bubbly blonde hopeless romantic. He is her meister, and she his weapon. And they'd gone through some obstacles that should be enough to make them trust each other.

But they were not husband and wife, one wouldn't call them lovers either, and they were quite sure they weren't friends with benefits.

It was an ambiguous relationship. Because she can glomp and hug him, and drag him to eat three meals a day, even in the middle of his dissection activities. He survives without any of her temper attacks, and can successfully convince her not to marry a table, a couch, a pillow, or a mascot.

This is one problem with ambiguity - their students assume, their friends conclude.

"Professor Stein and Miss Marie? Ah, don't they look cute?"

"Hm, Marie you mean? Marie as in Stein's girlfriend?"

"Stein-kun, still busy at the library? Why don't you take Marie-chan out sometime, hm? Just an advise from old Shinigami-sama.."

Ambiguity wasn't a problem in teaching - it was a problem in application.

Because he was insanity and she was redemption.

And she has no clear clue as to how much he needs her to stay sane, or if he really accepts the fact that he does so.

And he has no solid assurance as to how long she will stay with him, or if she really is willing to do so.

But somewhere, somewhen... somehow, they meet in the middle.

Because he didn't see lies on her golden eyes that moment when she said she';; always be with him. Because she saw utmost trust in his expression when he grew to accept that she'll be staying, and still caught a flicker of longing and happiness in his eyes.

Somehow, though ambiguous, they both know where they stand.

They were never afraid of ambiguity anyway, because they were teachers - and it is to their satisfaction that they see their students hypothesize.

Assumptions and conclusions weren't challenges after all - they were merely along the path - but, ironic as it can be, ambiguity was clearly the reason why they don't ask themselves "What are we?"

A/N: Review? :D 'Cause I'd love to hear if I should continue writing SteinMarie or not.