Exams are over and I'm FREE! OH YEAH, BABY!
I shall sacrifice my free time for the sake of fanfiction, manga, anime and anything otaku.
So here's the sixth chapter to celebrate! :D
(actually, I have no idea how this is going to work out, so... xP)
Disclaimer: Gravitation is not mine. It belongs to a shounen-ai and yaoi goddess by the name of Maki Murakami.
The next few weeks had gone by in the blink of an eye. Shuichi enjoyed being able to do magic and socializing with the other students. He still really missed Yuki but they met every third night so it wasn't as bad as when they had first arrived here. He particularly enjoyed being able to experience everything here for himself, especially since not everything was shown in the movie. He had learned so much in the short time leading up to the Halloween Night Feast! He was just happily walking back to the Great Hall to stuff his face with more candy and cakes when he bumped into a familiar figure that suddenly 'appeared' behind the corner.
"Yuki!" He was so surprised that the singer couldn't help but glomp the kid that was now only slightly taller than him. This night just couldn't get any better!
"Gah! You- get off, brat, I can't breathe!" The writer finally managed to say, staggering backwards.
"Sorry Yuki, I'm just so happy to see you!"
"What's wrong with you, we saw each other last night..."
"Yeah but still!" He finally let him go and stood back a bit, grinning widely from ear to ear. Seeing the little punk so happy almost made the novelist snort. 'What a little idiot...'
"Heh, sounds like you overdosed on sugar again- huh?" They heard a loud, muffled crash from somewhere close by. Yuki looked at Shuichi questioningly. After all, it was the singer that had the amazing 'seer powers'. Shuichi looked just as surprised by the noise as he was.
"I don't- oh! The troll! I forgot all about it!" The boy groaned and facepalmed, ashamed to have lost himself in living here enough so that he'd forget something as important as this.
"Uh, yeah, there's a troll attacking Hermione right now... And Harry and Ron went to help..."
"What? How can those brats defeat a friggin troll?"
"You'll see, come on! Let's watch!" Shuichi sprinted towards the girls bathroom excitedly, not looking back to see if Yuki followed. The writer was still confused but ran after his lover anyway, not wanting to be found in the hallway by himself while there was a troll attack going on. They arrived at the door just in time to see Harry catch the creature's maczuga and swing onto its head. Shuichi was amazed to see the action unfolding right before his very eyes and even Yuki had to admit that he was a bit impressed at the kids' guts. Just as the troll received a good whack on the head thanks to Ron and was about to fall over, Shuichi had to stifle a very fangirlish squeal. Not trusting himself to speak in a normal voice, he simple grabbed Yuki's sleeve and pulled him away, in the direction opposite to the Great Hall.
"What are you doing? Hey, come on-"
"Shhh!" The boy put his finger to the writer's lips to shush him and peeked out from the corner back towards the bathroom. Eiri did the same and saw the three teachers run into the bathroom.
"What are they going to do now?" He couldn't help but ask. He hated not knowing something.
"Hermione takes the blame, -5 points to Griffindor for her and +10 points for Harry and Ron, for being lucky.
"For being lucky? You're kidding right?"
"No, no, it's because they defeated the troll, she just says it like that, McGonnagall is really n-"
"What are you two doing here?" Shuichi felt his body grow cold at the voice coming from behind him. He was terrified to look, too scared to see the black-haired professor that seemed to hate him. How much had he heard? They were whispering but did he hear all of what they were saying? Or did he just walk in? 'But Yuki would've noticed him for sure, he must have just walked in, ugh, no it's still bad! Real bad! He saw them sneaking around when everyone was supposed to be back in their dorms! This was horrible! And what if he starts suspecting something?' He had to bite his bottom lip to keep from whimpering. He looked at the boy standing in front of him and almost forgot his stress for a second. Yuki was just standing there with a bored expression on his face, looking as if Shuichi was the one that dragged him along or something! He looked as if he had every right to be there!
"I'll ask you again. What. Do you think you're doing?"
"He got lost. Then he begged me to help him find his way back to the Hall." The blonde said, sounding a bit annoyed. Shuichi felt completely stupefied. He would've started whining about being picked on under any other circumstance but with Snape this close, he could hardly move.
"Fine." The professor said, giving him a critical look. "Go back to your dorm, I'll take care of mister Shindou here." Yuki nodded and walked past them, not even looking at the terrified singer. The few minutes it took to walk down to the Hufflepuff dormitory were spent in complete silence and made Shuichi want to just dig himself a grave in the hallway floor. His heart was pounding so hard, he was sure that the demonic teacher could hear it. He could feel sweat gathering at his brow and had to suppress a shiver every now and then. When they finally arrived at their destination, Snape gave Shuichi what he thought to be a warning. "You had better take the time to learn your way around the castle, Shindou. Wouldn't want to end up in the dangerous part of the dungeons by mistake now, would you."
"T-thank you." He managed to stutter out, staring at the floor. The older man just turned on his heel and walked off, leaving the boy alone. When he was sure that no one was there, Shuichi finally released his breath loudly and slumped against a wall dramatically. "I thought I was done for! That was scary, terrifying, it was just like a horror movie but worse! I thought I was going to die... The silence was suffocating, it was like his spirit itself was trying to kill me..." He was kneeling on the floor now, slumped against a wall, clawing at it, with tears in his eyes. He quickly straightened up when he thought he heard footsteps but no one came. He sighed and entered the right barrel, just wanting to finally go to sleep.
O . o
The halls were filled with students chattering amongst themselves excitedly, discussing the quidditch match they had just witnessed. Everyone but the Slytherins, that is. He was scanning the groups of boys and girls with green scarves, looking for that one special blond. But of course he'd forget about the snake that was always there with him. When he saw Malfoy sulking about their loss to Gryffindor, with his Yuki right there next to him, he got really annoyed again. 'Why can't you just leave him alone! Argh, what are you, his overly attached girlfriend or something? Go away go away go away go away go away...' When his little chant didn't seem to help at all, Shuichi just squeezed the sheet of paper – the note for Eiri – and pushed through the streams of black robes and colourful scarves. When he got close enough to the pair, he purposefully twisted his legs and 'tripped' forward to land right on top of the writer with a small yelp. He looked him in the eyes and blushed while at the same time shoving the note into the other boy's coat.
"Get off." Yuki growled, obviously annoyed that the weight was still pinning him down to the floor.
"Ah! S-sorry!" Shuichi shouted, got up and ran off in the direction of the Hufflepuff 'base'. After rounding the first corner he slowed down to a relaxing walk. He had a mischievous, satisfied grin stretched across his lips and couldn't help but feel kinda happy. He got to hug Yuki in public! Though it wasn't exactly a hug, it was enough for him. Maybe Malfoy will back off now. Not that he thought Malfoy liked-liked his novelist but even them hanging out together was too annoying to watch when he, the man who was Yuki's lawful wife couldn't even talk to him normally when that white-haired stupid thing was there! It just made Shuichi so mad that when he finally got to his dorm and (thankfully) no one else was there, he took out a box of pocky and devoured it in less than a minute. Then he almost had a mental breakdown when he saw that it was the last one he had...
He didn't have to wait for Yuki because when he opened the door to the forbidden floor, the writer was already there – leaning against a wall with his arms crossed, his face eerily lit up by on of the Hogwarts lights.
"Yuki! You're already here!" The singer jumped with glee and lunged forward but instead of glomping his lover, he collided with the hard stone wall. "Owwww that wasn't you, was it..?" He sat up, massaging his sore head, and pouted at the writer who obviously just moved away to avoid him. "Why did you just do thaaat? It hurt..." He whined.
"Why the fuck did you attack me today? Do you want that Malfoy guy to start suspecting something? Idiot!"
"Why do you care so much aout what he thinks?" The singer's frown matched the other boy's scowl.
"Because we're stuck here for who knows how long and I want to survive, don't you?"
"Well, yeah, but still, I don't like it... We can't even talk if there are other people around! But there's nothing wrong in talking!"
"Ugh, Shuichi..." Eiri groaned and fought the urge to strangle the unreasonable kid. "Look, didn't you say yourself that Slytherins and Hufflepuffs don't exactly get along?" The pouting creature's frown deepened even further when he couldn't think of anything to say to that.
"You do know that the third floor is forbidden, right?" A girl's voice reached them from the shadowed doorway and made them both jump. Shuichi suppressed a shiver as the cold sweat ran down his back and his mind was thinking frantically about what he could say to not get in trouble. His jaw almost dropped when he recognized the figure in front of them.
"You're one to talk, what are you doing up here?" The blonde boy demanded.
"I was following you two. I've felt as if I had met you somewhere before ever since the Sorting Ceremony and, of course, I was right. Only it didn't occur to me until just a little while ago, since you've changed so much."
"Huh? I don't think we've met before, so what the hell are you talking about?"
"You're right, we haven't met before then."
"Then what the fuck do you mean? What, did you see us in your little crystal bowl before school started?"
She ignored the bite in Yuki's tone and informed him, "Of course not – fortune telling classes don't start until third year. And I don't believe in fortune telling, anyway." She added in a haughty tone.
"Oh really? A witch that doesn't believe in fortune telling?" He scoffed. "But if it's not that, then what the hell are you talking about?" He added before they would start arguing.
"Right. This is how I've known about you." She threw something in Yuki's direction, almost hitting him in the face. The writer instinctively caught it and saw that it was a small book - a manga book. Shuichi, who kept quiet throughout their exchange now stepped closer to see the object.
"HUH?" He grabbed the book and stared at the front cover in dim light. "Look! Yuki, it's us!"
"I saw that, brat, and I was still looking." He growled out but Shuichi didn't seem to hear him. Instead, he just flipped through the book to check out its contests.
"It's from the time that K's wife kidnapped me!" He yelled with wide eyes and mouth agape. He stopped on one page and just started reading it properly from there, wincing from time to time as the almost forgotten memories resurfaced. "You were so mean back then..." He grumbled low under his nose, almost too low for the writer to hear. Almost...
"Shut up, and you were even more annoying, though that is hard to believe..."
"Heeey! I'm not that annoying! It's-"
"Bloody hell, it really is them..." An almost-whisper echoed across the abandoned floor, turning the three students' attention to the door where a freckled face was looking in through the gap. Unfortunately for the little spy, the light coming from the lamps was more than enough to betray his identity.
"Ron? What are you doing here?" Hermione demanded.
"Ooops!" He covered his mouth and clearly thought about running away but before he could even straighten up, Hermione's voice stopped him.
"Ronald. Get in here. What. Are you doing here.?" She looked very odd, with her arms on her hips and a stern look on her child-like face, like a mother scolding her child. He gave up on the idea of running away, sighed and walked into the hall, closing the door behind him.
"I heard you sneaking out so I followed you..." He confessed.
"You heard me? What were you doing up so late?" She continued her interrogation.
"Me, I was just, you know- what about you? There's no way you could have heard those two, you're not even in the same house." He switched to the offensive and it obviously worked because Hermione looked a bit taken aback by the question.
"I..." She straightened up and looked him in the eye. "I came here because I wanted to find out the truth. They were there today when the troll attacked but they ran off just before the teachers came. It was obvious they knew something and they looked out of place since the start." This really surprised Yuki. He heard that this little miss perfect was intelligent and all but he underestimated her. If she put her mind to it, then it was obvious that she could find out whatever she wanted.
"What do you mean 'it really is them'? Who's who?" Shuichi, whose brain only registered parts of their conversation, finally asked.
"Right, I almost forgot about that... You know who they are?" The girl questioned her ginger friend.
"Uhh... I didn't, not really, I mean, they looked out of place to me too, so..." He looked as if he just wanted to bury himself.
"Ron. Tell me the truth. Have you read these?"
"No! Well, yes, but I didn't know what it was, so no..."
"What? Wait, can you just explain that, please?"
"Umm, you see, you dropped this one comic book one day-"
"It's called a manga, not a comic book."
"Uhh... Okay... So you dropped one of those and I wanted to see what it was, and it was the first book, so I read it... Then I kinda borrowed the rest from you..." Ron's face was darker than the red on Griffindor's flag now.
"You... You what?" She didn't know whether to feel angry that he took her favourite books without asking or weirded out that he read a romance story about two guys and liked it enough to finish all of it.
"Sorry..." He said sheepishly and averted his gaze.
"Will you explain what's going on or do I have to fucking wait until you two finally stop talking nonsense?" Yuki growled out. He was tired of not understanding anything that was going on.
"Ron read my boys love manga about you two." The writer stared at Hermione and she looked back at him with crossed arms.
"Bullshit." He finally spoke.
"Then how do you explain that?" She pointed at the book that Shuichi was still holding.
"Hey, I think it fits..." Shuichi said thoughtfully, "If you're from the books that exist in our world, then it makes sense that we'd be from books that exist in your world..."
"Wait. What? You're saying that we are from a made-up world... In your world?"
"Yup!" Shuichi nodded energetically.
"Hmm... This is interesting! But I still need some proof. What happens to us in those books?"
"Weeell, in this book, you're going to go into this reaaaally cool room and you'll have to-"
"You think it's a good idea to tell them everything that happens?" Yuki looked at the singer critically.
"Sure, why not?"
"Uhh, I don't know, maybe because you'd change the course of the plot and I really don't want to be stuck here for ever?"
"So... How did you get here anyway?" Ron finally spoke up, reminding the others of his existence.
"Well, he was driving me to work cause I was late -because of him- and K didn't show up and it was really rainy and there was this rainbow-coloured spot on the road and I saw it and Yuki didn't and he drove into it and then we went like this and like this and then like this and we disappeared and woke up here at the Sorting Ceremony!" The singer explained, gesturing with his hands how they expanded and contracted before being teleported here.
"And... You think that once you complete the story of this book, you'll be able to go back home?" Hermione guessed.
"Then that might happen sooner than you think, it rains a lot here! Heh heh-heh" The others didn't seem to catch on to Ron's feeble attempt at making a joke.
"Hmm. That makes sense." The girl concluded. Yuki was about to question that statement but she continued before he had a chance to. "Well, if you have any questions, just ask! I'd be glad to help you if you need it." She said with a smile. "Oh, and by the way, the sorting hat did a great job with you guys – exactly as I would've expected. Anyway. I think it's time for Ron and I to head back now, so enjoy yourselves. Let's talk again some other time."
"What, already? Can't we chat a bit more?"
"No, Ronald. We still have to have a little talk, just the two of us." She glared at him until he got the message.
"Well, alright then. Good night." He waved and went out the door that Hermione was holding open for them.
"Good night Yuki, Shuichi."
"Bye!" The singer waved while Eiri just grumbled out a 'night'.
"Oh, and try to keep it PG." She added just before disappearing down the stairs.
"What did she mean..?" Shuichi asked, slightly confused.
"Nothing..." Yuki just shook his head. "We should go back too. That... Was a lot of new information to process..."
"I know! We're like stars or something!"
"We're stars anyway..."
"Yeah, but this is different!"
"Sure. Whatever you say. I think they're gone now, so see ya." The blonde went back to his dorm, leaving behind a slightly hyper singer. Without anything fun to do, Shuichi waited out the ten minutes before making his own way back. Thankfully, his excitement wore out along the way so he didn't have that much trouble falling asleep.
Aaaaand that's the end off that. Yaaay another chapter finished! Really wanted to get this one done before starting this, uh, *cough*new fic*cough*
Sometimes, it feels like I'm a bit too mean to Shuichi... Naaaah :D
Reading over it now, it feels kinda rushed for some reason, especially the beginning, but no idea why... xP didn't want to dwell on the troll bit too much cause, well, they couldn't jump in or anything (since Shuichi would be useless and Yuki wouldn't bother -.-') so meh.. xP
Anyway! Thank you to anyone still reading this thing and thanks for the kind reviews! x3
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So thank you and hope you're still enjoying the story xP