Author's Note: Hello, everyone! Here's an attempt of mine at Allen and General Cross'... interesting student-teacher relationship. Also, being the one to tell me to upload this, I'd like to dedicate this one-shot to Hinata1994. Thanks!
Disclaimer: D. Gray-Man, as well as its characters and plot, are property of Katsura Hoshino.
"Are we there yet, Master?"
The question made Cross want to bang his head against something hard, but since there was nothing around, he settled for slapping his forehead. "We just left town five minutes ago." He let out a puff of smoke, making the young child beside him cough violently. Somehow, the idiot didn't seem to handle his smoking habits very well. Ah, such a pity, because he was going to put up with it for the next few years...
When Cross didn't answer his apprentice's question directly, the child asked once more, this time a little louder. "Are we there yet, Master?"
The two went on like this for the next twenty minutes, Allen growing louder each and every time. Finally, Cross learned his first mistake.
"Master!" the child screamed, "are we there yet?!"
Cross winced. The idiot was loud. "No, idiot."
This time, only a couple of seconds passed. "Are we there yet?"
Cross, this time, ignored him completely.
"Are we there yet, Master?"
How Mana had put up with the brat was a mystery no one would ever know.
"Are we there yet?"
His second mistake: "Sorry, idiot, I'm deaf."
To Cross' horror, the kid actually started talking with his hands. Of course, the General had no idea what the kid was saying, and just stared dully. Silently, he raised his hand and waved. The brat was an idiot; he couldn't possibly know that much Sign Language. How had he learned it, anyway?
This was his third mistake.
"Master, are you sure you're deaf? You don't have very good expressions..."
"Who cares if I have good expressions?"
"Expressions set your tone, Master. If you're deaf, you should know this."
"Do me a favor, idiot, and use Sign Language. It's a bit hard to read a shrimp's lips from this height..."
His forth mistake. He spent the next hour nodding along as the kid spoke to him. This didn't last very long, however, as the kid grew irritate not too long after the hour passed.
"Master! How come you're not answering me?!"
"Wha...? Sorry, I wasn't looking at your hands..."
"I was asking if we were there yet!"
Would God be upset if he shot the kid down with Judgment? The kid was hopeless with everything!
"Yes!" Cross yelled, finally on edge. His fingers twitched as they slowly inched towards where Judgment was tucked away.
"No we're not."
Cross fell over Anime-style. Now the annoying idiot decided to realize this?
"Master, you shouldn't lie. Mana said it's a terrible sin."
And that was his fifth mistake.