Title: Discovery
Fandom: Full Metal Panic!
Author: Starzki
Characters/Pairings: Sousuke
Words: 300
Rating: K+
Summary: In order to transition to civilian life, Sousuke explores the world of music.
Warnings: None

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Sousuke transitioned slowly into civilian life, but he tried hard. One of the first tasks he undertook was finding music he liked. During his fight for survival, music seemed nice, but distracting. Therefore he paid it little mind.

Yet others found it truly wonderful. They appeared transported when they heard lyrics or melodies that pleased them. Sousuke felt as though he was missing out. He looked to his closest friends so that they could help guide his music tastes.

Tessa liked popular music, both American and Japanese. Colleagues would also find her working hard on some schematic or other while techno music infused the room.

Melissa liked heavy metal and hard rock the best. She liked the beat and the volume. It would push her to work harder, to go further.

Sousuke found that Kurz had eclectic tastes, favoring just about everything. Kurz confided in Sousuke that classical was his true favorite.

Kaname, like Tessa, favored J-pop and American popular music. She liked anything from the Beatles to Michael Jackson, to whatever she could find on the radio. She also had a weakness for '70s rock and roll.

None of these truly suited Sousuke, though. Banging percussion and synthesized sounds of other genres left him confused and unable to really hear the music. He was too unfamiliar to listening to parse the different sounds. He struggled, so Kaname asked Kurz for advice.

With his help, Sousuke stumbled upon his affinity for American bluegrass. The acoustic instruments and haunting melodies were easier for Sousuke to grasp.

While bluegrass wasn't Kaname's favorite, it was a start. Sousuke would branch out in new directions when he was ready.

Therefore Kaname bought Sousuke a set of headphones and would watch him with a gentle smile when he listened, the music transporting him someplace wonderful.

END.


Author's Note: Just a thought exercise in guessing what music the different characters would like. *shrug*

AN2: This story was originally published in the livejournal community fanfic_bakeoff on August 31, 2012 for the prompt "Affinity." Thoughts and reviews are always very much appreciated, so feel free to drop a line and let me know how you felt about the story!