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An attempt to explore and develop characters outside a realm of sappy fluff. And I know, two uploads in one day! Le gasp! If you read this piece, I'd love to hear your opinions - especially regarding characterisation. At the same time, I'm also still supremely annoyed that they decided to cut Teifu out of the picture entirely in Great Guardians, which placed a lot of emphasis on Ryomou's past - and her history with Ouin and Ryofu... *sigh* Thus, the obsession was born...


By Tanya Lilac

The sound of splintering wood and the screech of birds was heard for miles away.

Of course, more than that had reached Teifu. He smiled. Ryomou Shimei was not like other girls, and if that ever changed, the sky would probably fall. He pulled out his keys, the low purr of the scooter petering off into silence. His keys jangled lightly before he slipped them into his pocket and began to walk into the deeper recesses of the forest, old leaves crunching beneath his feet.

She was there, as usual, pounding trees into woodchips.

However, there was something different about her today. She was tired, and her movements lacked any real power. She stilled and turned to face him, hostility in her eyes.

"What gave me away?" Teifu asked, tossing her bottle to her. She took a sip before narrowing her eyes at him.

"Why are you here?" She was panting, her bangs were sticking to her forehead, and her toned limbs were slicked with sweat. Teifu took all of this in with a single, sweeping glance, and shrugged.

"The sound of an angry woman bashing up trees was just too much to resist." He smirked. "Come on, Ryomou- you know what you're doing is completely irrational."

"Like you're one to talk!" She scowled and freed her electric blue tresses, allowing them to flow and settle over her shoulders. "You're the one who-"

Teifu silenced her with a smile and a laugh. "Come on, Ryomou. It's getting dark. They say it's going to snow tonight."

They didn't say much until they were clear of the forest. Secretly, Teifu didn't want her destroying more trees. There would be more time for that on another day.

"Why did you come to get me?" Her voice was as sullen as her expression, but Teifu could only chuckle.

"You're so full of questions, today." He didn't bother giving her a helmet. She wouldn't have worn one even if he did. He turned the keys in the ignition and the scooter purred into life again. "Well, for one thing, I know you're getting sick. And secondly, it'd just give Saji the satisfaction that he got to you again."

She tightened her grip around his waist as she pressed her cheek against his shoulder. "He doesn't 'get' to me," she sighed.

"I'm sure," Teifu replied. "It's just that girl he's with, Ryofu."

"Don't say her name," Ryomou growled.

Teifu sighed. Maybe Ryomou was more like other girls than he had originally thought – she could be a very jealous creature, and she was always irrational whenever one person was involved – Saji. Yes, he mused, the sky would fall when Ryomou no longer had such an irrational crush on the other Toushi. Maybe the sky would fall when she realised that he would be there to catch the falling pieces of her heart.

He chuckled quietly to himself, and ignored Ryomou's demands to know what was so funny. Maybe he was the most irrational one of them all.