Title: Salt and Water

Characters: Dino Cavallone, Hibari Kyoya

Summary: Dino expresses his love for a certain skylark in a rather odd manner as a way to apologize for waking the other up.

Notes: AU. Six hundred twenty-six words.

Dino shifts in bed to see a peaceful face with eyes closed. He smiles as he lightly strokes Hibari's cheek with his thumb, only to be surprised when the other's eyes open abruptly.

"What are you doing?"

"I-I—" the Cavallone boss stutters. "I didn't know you were awake."

"You woke me," the raven-haired boy says flatly. He scowls for a second, but softens his expression as he flips over to face the other direction with a final 'hmph'.

Dino couldn't help but chuckle at this action, and slowly wraps an arm around Hibari's waist, pulling him a little closer.

"You're making it incredibly difficult for me to sleep, Cavallone."

Dino laughs a little nervously, quickly trying to think of something that would keep the skylark from violence. "How about I tell you a bedtime story?"

"Do I look like an infant?" Hibari asks coolly, except from the change in atmosphere, Dino figures that it was alright for him to continue.

"Well, I'm sure you're not familiar with Italian folktales," he starts. "But I'll say this. I love you as much as water and salt, Kyoya."

Hibari turns his head to stare at the other. For half a second, his eyes flicker with confusion, but is quickly replaced by curiosity.

"And what," he says slowly, "do you mean by that? Are you suggesting that I have as little importance like salt?"

Dino chuckles. "And that's exactly what the king said to his daughter when she said what I said. To put it simply, the girl was to be executed because unlike her sisters, her answer seemed trivial. Years later, she was found by a prince who fell in love with her, and asked to marry her. All this time, she was hidden away in the woods by an old wizard."

"I don't see the point of this story." Hibari yawns, a frown appearing on his face.

"Kyoya, I haven't even finished!" Dino exclaims, pouting a little. He snuggles into his partner, who at first resists, but relents and shifts positions in order to be comfortable. "Anyway, as I was saying, the invitations were sent out to everyone, including the princess's father. He did not feel well at the time, but he couldn't possibly refuse to attend for fear of war. At the wedding, however, the wizard tells the servants to make sure not to serve water and salt to the girl's father.

"And so, the feast comes and as commanded, the king was not given any salt and water. The newlyweds noticed that he was not eating at all, and asked whether if he was alright. The princess tried to help him eat, but of course, without salt, it was nigh impossible to even enjoy the meal. Finally, the princess revealed herself to be the daughter of the king. 'Now you know how vital salt and water is in our lives, father,' she said. The king was so happy to see her alive, after regretting the act he committed, and they lived happily ever after."

Silence fills the air and Dino patiently waits for a response to the story.

"That… was one of the worst storytelling I have ever heard, Cavallone."

Dino frowns. "You missed the point though! A-And I didn't think I was that bad… well, I don't remember the story as well as I thought I di—"

Hibari silences the other by giving a light peck on the lips. He quickly turns away and growls a nearly inaudible 'shut up' before attempting to sleep again.

Surprised by the rather forward kiss, Dino merely smiles and lightly kisses the skylark's head.

"You're vital to me in my life, Kyoya," he murmurs. "The salt and water of my life, and something I need and love."