The Gift of the Gods
The Swimming Lesson

By nightelfcrawler

Warnings: none

Okay so... in chatting with an rp partner, we ended up discovering that we had been a part of the same fandoms some 10+ years ago. She ran a website that hosted some of my old fics... which made me drag out some old dvds that I'd saved my webpages on... and lo and behold, I found these old fics hanging around still and decided heck why not bring them back. So here they are, a trip down memory lane! These were written in the late 90's and early 2000's when I went by too many psudonyms to remember. I actually forgot who I was until I physically saw the fics listed and went 'oh crap I remember those!'. Ahh memories.

Be warned... these were my first attempts at writing and are likely riddled with grammar, spelling and other noted errors. I've read through them, blushed furiously that I used to write like this, and decided to put them up anyway as-is with no revisions. So please enjoy, but don't bother correcting or whining, they shall be ignored!

Standard Disclaimer: All characters are property of Yuu Watase, they aren't mine so don't sue me.

"Mou, will you hurry up no daaaa?"

"Geeze, how many times do ya gotta say that? I'm getting sick of it! I'm doing the best that I can #%$!"

"I think you just don't really want to actually go through with this no da."

"What the %$ are you talking about! I'm the one who asked you!"

"Yes, but then you tried to take it back na no da."

Chichiri sighed as he patiently waited for Tasuki to get ready. He really doesn't want to do this no da.

Finally, Tasuki emerged from behind some bushes carrying his clothes over his arm and looking a bit nervous. "Neh, Chichiri, are you sure that this is safe?"

Sigh. "Of course it is na no da. I've been here many times before no da. Now will you hurry up no daaa!"

Tasuki growled and set his clothing next to his fellow seishi's, and hesitantly waded into the lake. "I dunno...It looks...deep..."

Chichiri rolled his eye, having removed his mask for the purpose of being in the water, and sighed once again. "Listen, Tasuki, if you want to learn how to swim, you have to put your will into it no da. It doesn't work if you don't want to do it na no da."

Tasuki just glowered at him. "Alright, so what do I do?"

"Well, why don't we start with something simple no da. Dog paddling."

"I ain't no %$#$ing dog!"

Sigh. "No, that's just what term is used for it no da. Now you start by moving your legs back and forth, and your arms like so no da."

Hmmm, interesting, Chichiri. Teaching your friend how to swim! A novel thing for you...pity you didn't teach me...

"There! You got it now no da!" Chichiri grinned at Tasuki's ludicrous attempts to keep himself afloat. "See, it's not that hard if you put your will into it no da!"

"Yeah, that's what you say! My legs and arms are tired...can I stop now?"

"No na no da, now it's time to move on to teaching you how to actually swim no da."

"#$$ You mean I'm not swiming now?"

"You can't get anywhere like this no da."

"Geeze, this is hard, and now ya tell me there's more!"

"Tasuki-kun, if you don't want to learn..."

"Alright, alright! Go on."

Chichiri shook his head smiling gently at his friend's feeble attempts to mimic his strokes. But at least he's willing to learn no da!

They crossed the lake slowly, Chichiri continuously coaching Tasuki to keep his stamina up as the bandit began to get tired. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, they reached the small island in the center of the lake. Tasuki threw himself on the sand, practically kissing the beach in his ecstacy for being on dry land again. Chichiri mearly smiled and lay down, enjoying the warm sun.

Tasuki finally rolled over and began sunning himself, like his companinon. It had been two years since they had seen the other seishi and Miaka and Taka. Since returning to Konan, the two friends had stuck together, enjoying the freedom of wandering around aimlessly. Glancing over at Chichiri, Tasuki marvled in how much his friend had changed. He seemed more at ease now, the conflict inside of him settling down finally. Tasuki had never heard Chichiri laugh before, and he had never seen him smile without his mask, but in the past years, he had winessed a transformation overcoming the monk, and was overjoyed for him that he was laughing and smiling quite frequently now.

Noticing Tasuki staring at him, Chichiri grinned and rolled on his side. "So, that wasn't too bad Tasuki-kun no da. You did quite well, much better than I had expected no da!"

Growling, Tasuki sat up. "What's that supposed to mean?"

Chichiri just smiled and looked out across the lake. They both sat there in the warm sand for several minutes, letting the peace and tranquility of the island hang in the air.

"Neh, Chichiri?"


"I was thinking...I know that's unusual for me," Tasuki said showing his fangs at his companions surprised glance, "...but I was just thinking the other day that, well, what's gonna happen to us? I mean, we've been sticking together for a while, just seems too peaceful and all aroung's boring!"

"Yeah, I miss them too no da."

Tasuki smiled, knowing the common thoughts they tended to share. "Yeah, well...I was wondering if maybe for a change, WE could go and call on Tama and Miaka."

Surprised, Chichiri stared at him. "Nani?"

"Ya know, they're always coming and popping in on US, and all, but the only time we've been to Miaka's world is when we were fighting that one time...I sorta wouldn't mind seeing it for a more recreational occasion this time, and see Miaka and Tama while where at it, whadda you think?"

Chichiri looked rather surprised, but then thoughtful. "Hmm, interesting point no da. I...suppose that wouldn't be too hard to do...I might need Taisu-kun's help though no da."

"Yeah, che, we need a vacation from this $! vacation! I'm getting bored doing all this." He waved a hand around indicating the endless sky abouve him. "I wanna go and see somthing new for a change."

Chichiri smiled. "I wouldn't mind seeing those two again, and the Miko world did look to be quite an...interesting place no da. Tasuki-kun," he slapped him on the back good naturedly, "Congratulations, you managed to think of something useful for once no da!"

"Watch it monk boy!"

"Huh, who're you calling "monk boy", fang boy?"

"You, scar-face, that's who!"

At that remark, Chichiri cringed a little. Tasuki immidiatley regretted his teasing. "Oh, Chichiri, I'm sorry, I...didn't mean to..."

"Daijoubu na no da. I know what you meant." Chichiri showed a tight smile to show that he didn't take offense. "I...just...well..."

"Gomen, gomen, I'm really sorry, I...hope you're not upset or nothing..."

"Daijoubu, daijoubu Tasuki-kun, don't worry about it na no da!" With that Chichiri stood and streched his arms up, yawning. "How bout if we head back no da? It's getting late, and we don't want to be out on the lake after dark or we might have a hard time finding the shore no da."

"Yeah, sure." The two seishi waded back in the water, and Chichiri demonstrated another stroke, then they set off for the shore enjoying the cool water.

Heh, Chichiri, no Houjun, you are still too sensitive about that blemish! We'll have to work on that, now won't we...if you're to accept this position being offered to you, you will need to get over that incident completely...

Laying down by the fire, Tasuki yawned loudly. "Neh, Chichiri...I hope you're as tired as I am! I worked my ass of today!"

Chichiri grabbed his kesa and plopped it down beside the bandit, then sat down. "Yes, I am a bit tired no da. I haven't been swimming in ages no da."

"Really? When's the last time you went?"

Chichiri was silent for a while, staring at the flickering flames of the fire distantly. He still had not put his mask on, Tasuki noticed. He seemed to go around without it alot more nowadays.

Finally, Chichiri answered the question. "Would you believe...before I fought with Hikou?"

Tasuki sat up suddenly. "Geeze, that long? Makes me feel reeeeaaaaal safe ya know!"

"Hmm," Chichiri mused. "But swimming is a thing you never really can forget..." He glanced up. "That's not to say I haven't been in the water since then, I just haven't been pleasure swimming...Arigatou Tasuki-kun."


He raised his head. "Arigatou, for alowing me to do pleasure swimming again." He smiled. "I do miss it..."

"Che, you're too nostalgic sometimes, Chich."

"Honto, honto." Chichiri leaned his chin on his folded hands. "Tasuki-kun, may I ask you something?"


"I'd like your advice on something..."

Tasuki looked up, surprised. "YOU, ask ME for advice?"

Chichiri smiled.

"Well, sure, yeah, no problem!" Tasuki lept to his feet. "Ya want advice, come to Gen-chan, #1 advisor for troubled monks!" Seeing Chichiri's exhasperated look, he stopped. "What?"

"You're too much sometimes, Tasuki-kun no da."

Sitting down, Tasuki grabbed a bottle of warmed sake. "So whatdda ya want advice with?"

Chichiri stared at his folded hands for a while, then spoke. "I was thinking about removing this scar."

Tasuki immidiately sobered up. When Chichiri didn't continue, he grinnned and showed his fangs. "Well, good for you! Moving on in you life, eh?"

Noting that his friend didn't reply, he stopped jokeing. "So whatdda ya want my advice on? If it's whether or not ya look better with or without it, then I'd have to say you'd have a better chance with women if ya...shutting up!"

"Tasuki...I wonder if you'll ever understand..."

"What? What was that?"

"Never mind no da. Forget I said anything." He stood up and began to leave when Tasuki grabbed him by the ankle. "Oi, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to hurt your feelings, Chich, it's just...well I hate to see ya so gloomy. Sit down again, I'll...try to keep the jokes back, 'k?"

Chichiri sighed and sat down again.

"So...what do ya want my advice with?"

Chichiri looked at him. "I wanted to know if...if I should do it. I'm...having a hard time deciding."

Tasuki looked at him solomly. "Well, pal, I sorta think that's up to you. I mean, I can't possibly know what you feel when you take a look in the mirror or nothing. What you went through caused ya alot of pain, and...well I can't really tell you what to do. It's sorta your decision...gomen."

Chichiri frowned and fingered his kesa. "I knew you would say something to that effect..."

"Then why'd ya ask?"

"I...don't know, I just wanted to...let out my confusions on someone I guess."

"Hmm, makes sense...If it makes ya feel any better, I have a confession to make too..."

Chichiri looked up, curious. "Nani?"

Tasuki looked sad and buried his face in his hands. "I drank all the sake!"

So...thinking about removing it? Good progress, Houjun! Let's just wait and see what happens when you visit your friends in the other world, shall we? When you return, I'll have to move things forward a bit...