Fire & Moonlight

Kingdom Hearts fanwork: Drabble challenge by Wishing-Fire, written by Raberba girl

Summary: For Wishing-Fire's 101 Theme Challenge, focused on Axel & Saïx / AkuSai in a non-romantic context. No direct Lea or Isa; includes some AUs.

Introduction: Playing Birth by Sleep, writing Christmas at the Castle and then reading volume 3 of the 358/2 Days manga made me fall in love with AkuSai as a platonic pairing. (I had also started out disliking Saïx, but then Isa won me over in BBS, and the Christmas/manga experience turned me into a true Saïx fan.) Not only has AkuSai persuaded me to change my FFN avatar after featuring Gundam Wing's Quatre Raberba Winner for over ten years, but it's also finally inspired me to attempt my first drabble challenge EVER. I'd written a couple of drabbles ages ago (one for Kyou from Fruits Basket, and a Kyouya/Sally crossover between Ouran and Gundam Wing), but they were so short and substanceless that I ended up deleting them. However, I hope that a series of at least vaguely connected drabbles will be different, especially since 600 words is an unusually high limit.

I'd recently considered trying a challenge for Ienzo/Zexion, but none of the ones I found seemed to suit my ideas for that fic, so I finally gave up on trying it in drabble form. Now, however...I love AkuSai, and I want to explore that relationship - much as I love Lea & Isa, it's really their Nobodies and adult selves who have captured more of my attention. It'd be nice to try out bits of fluff without having to construct solid fics around them. A roomy drabble challenge seems to be the perfect solution. 101 is still quite a lot of themes, but let's see if I can accomplish it.

*Edit, 4 September 2012* Um, this series kind of turned into a mess...please bear with me, I'll try to clean up the drafts and cut them down properly into 600 words or less as soon as I can. *sweatdrop*

1. Fell From The Sky [challenge version]

Summary: Wherever these mysterious gifts are coming from, they certainly did not fall from the sky.

A/N: School AU where Saïx is the same age as in canon and Xemnas is the school principal or something, but the rest of the Org are all fourteen or fifteen.

o.o.o

"CUT the chatter - class started four seconds ago, and I only see two pencils moving. Finish your warm-up before you lose today's participation-" Saïx broke off, staring at the stuffed toy dog that had certainly not been on his desk at the end of last period. "Where did that come from?"

The kids giggled, causing Saïx to close his eyes in knowing exasperation.

"Maybe it fell from the sky," Demyx suggested mischievously.

"You prob'ly had it there the whole time and just forgot," Xigbar drawled.

Saïx tossed the dog into the Lost And Found bin. "If you've got time to waste on jokes, you've got time to do your assignment, so GET TO WORK." He whirled and started scrawling essay topics on the board. "Your homework was to brainstorm writing themes. Today, we're diving into-" There was a commotion behind him. Saïx turned to find twelve seated students wearing expressions of anticipation. "What are you all up to?"

Then he saw the bag of candy on his desk. "WHAT is going on here?"

"Nothing!"

"Whatcha talkin' about, Prof?"

By the end of class, Saïx had mysteriously acquired a banana pie, a Grand Canyon key chain, a copy of Diana Wynne Jones's Dogsbody, a pack of playing cards, a bouquet of irises, and a chew toy. He was relieved to finally enjoy some quiet time during his conference.

"Hiya, Prof!" Axel barged in and set down a tray of cafeteria food.

"...Axel? Why are you here?"

"Eh! Did you forget our lunch detention? How could you?" Axel gasped, as if it was a date. "I even fed my homework to my dog the other night, just so I could earn an l.d. and see you alone today!"

Saïx hoped he was joking. With Axel, it was hard to tell. "Cut it out, I'm just surprised I don't have to write you up for being a no-show like usual. Take your tray over to that corner."

"Nah, I wanted to eat with you." Axel handed over a set of blue earrings shaped like puppies. "Ta-da! Class ended too fast, I never got my turn."

Saïx stared.

"And here's your cake!" Axel pulled a large banana-blueberry muffin out of his bag. "Hang on, the candle's in here somewhere..." He produced one shaped like the number 7. "There!"

Saïx glanced at the pile of mysterious items. "Those were...?"

"Happy birthday to yooooouuuu! Happy birthday to-"

"Are you INSANE?" Saïx snatched away the lighter. "Didn't they say you'd be expelled next time you brought a lighter to school?"

"Yeah, but you won't tell on me, right? You can keep the lighter, by the way. After all, I only brought it for your sake." He winked.

"Don't think you'll get away with that," Saïx snapped, shoving the lighter in his desk drawer. "How did you even know my birthday?"

"Dug through the principal's office 'til I found your employee records."

"...Right."

"You remember when Roxas picked a fight with Seifer?" Axel asked mischievously.

Saïx's eyes widened. "You persuaded your best friend to get himself suspended just to cause enough of a distraction for you to-" Saïx stopped before his brain could explode. "Are you trying to get me fired?"

"No way! I like you. And your candle's melting all over your cake, maybe you should blow it out."

"...It's a muffin." Saïx snuffed out the flame between his fingers.

"Awesome. Happy twenty-fifth, Sai. Can I call you Sai?"

"No."

"Can I have some of your cake?"

"You are in detention."

"At least try on the earrings!"

"NO!"

o.o.o

Author's Notes: I had an "Oh my gosh, Saïx is a teacher!" epiphany while writing chapter 8 of Christmas at the Castle. FTR, if you are still in school, please don't do any of this to your teachers, even if you're trying to be nice... DX

The original word count for this was almost 1,900. Needless to say, I had to cut out a LOT. ^^; I'd like to make the full version of this and the rest of the drabbles available, I'm just not sure how yet; I'm waiting for a reply from the challenge creator.

I took some liberties, one of which: In the schools I've seen, lunch detention with one's own teacher tends to be something that special education students do; regular ed students usually have lunch detention all together in a spare classroom or something.

This theme was actually a lot harder than I expected it to be, and I failed at several ideas before finally settling on the school AU. Also, I wrote Themes 2 & 3 before figuring out how to do this one. ^^;

Complete: 1/101. Next: "Butterflies"

1. Fell From The Sky

Summary: Wherever these mysterious gifts are coming from, they certainly did not fall from the sky.

A/N: AU where Saïx is the same age as in canon and Xemnas is the school principal or something, but the rest of the Org are all fourteen or fifteen.

o.o.o

Why did adolescents have to be so loud? Relieved that the noisemakers were all now shut in their classrooms rather than ravaging the hallways, Saïx swung the door closed as soon as the tardy bell rang and marched up to face his own students, a pack of the most arrogant, troublemaking freshmen he'd ever worked with.

"CUT the chatter, class started four seconds ago and I only see two pencils moving. Get your warm-up copied down before you lose today's participation gra-" He broke off, staring at the chew toy on his desk that had certainly not been there at the end of last period. "Where did that come from?"

There was a burst of giggling from the class at large, causing Saïx to close his eyes in knowing exasperation.

"Maybe it fell from the sky," Demyx suggested mischievously.

"You prob'ly had it there the whole time and just forgot," Xigbar drawled.

"I don't think so." Saïx picked up the blue rubber object and held it over the trash can. "Whoever owns this has ten seconds to claim it. Ten. Nine-"

"NO, NO, NO!"

"Don't throw it awaaaayyyy!"

"Give it to me, give it to me!"

Saïx tossed the toy at Xion, who caught it and then exchanged an explosion of giggles with her boyfriend, Roxas. Saïx had split up the two of them and their mutual best friend Axel on opposite sides of the room, and yet they STILL managed to interact as if they could read each other's minds.

"Now, who's got the warm-up answer?" he demanded.

"Man, we just GOT here!" someone complained. "How're we supposed to answer-?"

"If you've got time to waste on chit-chat, then you've got time to do your warm-up, now GET TO WORK," Saïx thundered. He whirled and started scrawling essay topics on the board next to the projector screen. "Since you were supposed to brainstorm writing themes last night for homework, today we are going to dive right into outlining and possibly starting your drafts-" There was a commotion behind him. Saïx turned quickly, only to find twelve students sitting primly in their desks with almost identical expressions of suppressed anticipation. "What are you all up to-?"

That's when he saw the porn magazines piled neatly on his desk, tied together with a blue ribbon. "WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS?"

"They're for you, professor," Larxene said with wide-eyed sweetness. "We thought they'd cheer you up, since you're always going around with that stick up your-"

"DETENTION," Saïx stormed, throwing the magazines in the trash out of pure reflex. He should probably report them to the front office, but the life-wrecking trouble he could get into if anyone insinuated the magazines actually belonged to him... "Be thankful I'm not writing you up."

"Thank you, oh, thank you, sir," Larxene squeaked in a voice straight out of hentai anime, which set off the rest of the class again.

"OUT. Get out, I'll speak to you in a minute." He had expected her to put up more of a fuss, but Larxene readily flounced out the door, though not without a parting wink to one of her friends.

Ugh, 10:30 a.m. and today was already going downhill... "Everyone else, turn in your assignments. We're not going over them, which means some of you have just earned yourself zeroes." There was a rustle of paper as he went around turning off the projector and retracting the screen and kicking the porn-filled trash can around behind his desk so as to make it less noticeable. "Now," he instructed as he picked up the stack of warm-ups Lexaeus handed him, "get our your homework, I'm going to have each of you tell us what you picked-"

Another smattering of giggling alerted him. Saïx turned sharply, but missed whatever it was. They were all staring at him with gleaming eyes again, until he finally saw the small stuffed dog sitting on his computer keyboard. 'This is ridiculous.' Saïx marched over, seized the toy, and tossed it in the Lost And Found bin. "Zexion," he barked, since the small, quiet boy was one of the better behaved ones, "what did you come up with for homework?"

Zexion dutifully rose to his feet and said, "An analysis of Houyhnhnm culture in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels as compared to the way culture is presented in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest."

"Thank you for being competent. Zexion, please collect topics from everyone else until I get back and we can discuss them."

"Yes, sir."

Saïx opened the door, only to find Larxene chewing on gum as she shamelessly texted someone on her cell phone. "Mine."

"Aw, come on-"

"NOW."

Knowing better than to argue with that tone, Larxene sulkily handed over her phone, then stuck her tongue out. "Love you, Teach," she said quickly in response to his expression.

Saïx let out a frustrated breath. "Larxene, listen to me. That stunt you pulled earlier..."

By the end of the lecture, she seemed quiet and serious and properly impressed, yet he still had the feeling she was mentally laughing at him. But as long as she didn't show it...and there was the Class From Hell he had left to their own devices for far, far too long...

"All right, I'm glad you seem to understand. Now get back in there and do your best, all right?"

"Yeah, yeah," she said glibly, patting him rather inappropriately as she sailed back inside.

Saïx sighed, trying to gather himself, then entered the classroom as well. "All right, so what have we come up with-" He came to an abrupt halt, causing the kids to burst into laughter.

"What seems to be the trouble, sir?" Zexion asked, all innocence, which gave Saïx a sudden suspicion that he was in on it, too (whatever "it" was).

"Zexion," Saïx ground out, "are you going to look me in the eye and tell me that you weren't aware of that bottle magically appearing on my desk behind you?"

Zexion frowned artfully, turned, and gave a theatrical gasp of surprise. "My goodness, however did that get there?"

"SIT DOWN!" Saïx roared.

"Sir," Luxord called out merrily, "don't get Zex in trouble, the wine is from me. To you, by the way."

Happily, this classroom had been a science lab before the new wing was built, so Saïx was able to snatch up the bottle, march over to one of the sinks, and dump its alcoholic contents down the drain. "Detention for you as well, Luxord," he snapped. "AND you, Zexion. I would have expected better from you." He was being much too lenient with these monsters, but punishing them as they deserved could backfire far too easily. Were they trying to send him to prison?

"Now, if you all are quite finished-" They weren't. Though at least the party-sized bag of candy now sitting on his desk was infinitely preferable to the let's-send-Mr.-Tsukino-to-jail items. "That is ENOUGH. All of you, dictionaries out, copy down the first hundred definitions, whatever you don't finish in class today is homework." This did not prevent Saïx from ending the period with a banana pie, a pocketknife, a blank flash drive, a Grand Canyon key chain, a copy of Diana Wynne Jones's Dogsbody, a small bouquet of irises, the mysteriously-returned chew toy, and a total of twelve detention slips in his possession.

Saïx was usually a responsible employee, but he just could not deal with hall duty right now. He sat at his desk with his head in his hands, letting the quiet of the empty classroom settle soothingly over him, the noise from the rabble of students in the corridors heavily muffled by the closed door.

He sat like that until several minutes after the bell had rung and silence descended without as well as within. Just when he remembered that he had a lunch detention today and was reaching for a referral form in anticipation of the usual no-show, the door suddenly banged, startling him.

"Hiya, Prof!"

Saïx stared in astonishment as Axel barged in, set a tray of cafeteria food down on one of the front desks, then started rooting around in his book bag. "...Axel?"

"You got the sign-in sheet?" Axel asked nonchalantly.

"Um, yes." Saïx looked around for it, a little helplessly. "Why are you here?"

"Eh! Did you forget our lunch detention? How could you?" Axel gasped, as if it was a date instead of a punishment. "And I went to all the trouble of feeding my homework to my dog last night, too, just so I could see you alone today!"

Saïx desperately hoped that he was joking. You couldn't always tell with Axel. "Cut it out, I'm just surprised I didn't have to hunt you down or write you up like I usually do. Here's a pen. Sign in and then take your tray over to that corner."

"Nah, I wanted to eat with you." Axel found what he was looking for and then set it on the desk in front of his teacher. "Ta-da! Class ended too fast, everyone else got a turn except me."

Saïx stared at the set of earrings shaped like blue puppies.

"And here's your cake!" Axel unwrapped a large banana-blueberry muffin and placed it ceremoniously next to the earrings. "I know it's lame, but I didn't want something that would've gotten all squashed like Xig's pie did. Hang on a sec, I know I've got the candle in here somewhere..." Axel dug out a candle shaped like the number 7 and stuck it into the muffin. "There!"

Saïx's horrified gaze moved back to the pile of confiscated items. "Those...those were...birthday presents?"

"Happy birthday to yooooouuuu," Axel sang obnoxiously. "Happy birthday to-"

Saïx whipped his head back around at the smell that was filling the room. "Are you INSANE?" he shouted, snatching the lighter out of Axel's hand. "Didn't they say you'd be expelled the next time you brought a lighter to school?"

"Yeah, but I know you won't tell on me, will you?" Axel said with a charming smile. "You can keep that if you want, by the way. After all, I only brought it - and risked my entire future - for you." He winked.

"Don't think you'll be able to get away with that," Saïx snapped, burying the lighter deep in his desk drawer. "How did you brats even know it was my birthday, anyway?"

Axel shrugged. "Dug through the principal's file cabinet 'til I found your employee records."

"Uh huh."

"You remember when Roxas picked a fight with Seifer?" Axel asked mischievously.

It took a moment for Saïx to get it. Then his eyes widened. "You persuaded your best friend to get himself suspended just to cause enough of a distraction for you to go rooting through administrative offices so that-" Saïx stopped before his brain could explode. "You kids really are set on killing me, aren't you."

"Of course not! We like you. Well, I like you, anyway; and everyone else likes me, so they all do what I want. And your candle's melting all over your cake, so maybe you should blow it out."

"...It's a muffin." Saïx snuffed out the candle flame between his fingers.

"Awesome. Happy twenty-fifth, Sai. Can I call you Sai?"

"No."

"Can I have some of your cake?"

"Axel, you are in detention."

"At least let me see how the earrings look on you!"

"NO!"

o.o.o

A/N: FTR, if you are still in school, please don't do any of this to your teachers, ANY of it, even if you're trying to be nice... DX

I took some liberties. In the schools I've seen, lunch detention with one's own teacher tends to be something that's only done with special education students; regular ed students usually do it all together in an empty classroom or something. And seems like all the schools have whiteboards instead of chalkboards now, but that is lame. Chalk FTW! And class sizes have been swelling, but I still see some classes with only 12-15 students. They're usually special ed, though. Maybe the Org's a special ed class after all. :p

And again, none of these drabbles are intended to be romantic.

This theme was actually a lot harder than I expected it to be, and I failed at several ideas before finally settling on the school AU. Also, I wrote Themes 2 & 3 before figuring out how to do this one. ^^;

Complete: 1/101. Next: "Butterflies"