Why doesn't Duran get more love? He's a boy who loves flowers, for crying out loud! What twist of fate made his fan base so small? He needs more stories. He needs more fangirls. I'm going to remedy that here. Enjoy!
Duran panted loudly, collapsing in the grass. He thanked the gods for whatever barrier that caused monsters to avoid Weathertop. Glaring at the ground, he tossed his sword aside.
Tia, putting her Rune Blades back into the Book before sitting down, looked at the young hero with concern. "Are you okay, Duran? Did you get hurt?" She reached up to straighten one of the flowers on his hat.
Breathing a heavy sigh, Duran moved away. "I'm not hurt."
"Then, what's wrong?"
He brought his knees up, resting his chin on them. "I failed to protect you again. You had to save my skin again. I was a completely worthless hero again."
"You weren't." Tia smiled comfortingly. "You weakened that Goblin a lot before I could get to it!"
Duran gave the Chosen One a despairing look, saying nothing.
"Come on." Tia urged. "Don't be sad."
Duran took off his hat, setting it aside in the grass. "I just... I want to protect you, Tia. I promised before that I would protect you. Then, I got sucked into that tornado, leaving you to fend for yourself. Now, I can't even beat a stupid Goblin!"
"Duran..." Tia frowned, moving close to him once more. "That doesn't matter to me. You know that." She regarded his flame-red hair, blowing back as a breeze went by. He looked more vulnerable with his hat off. Smaller. Insecure.
Beautiful, in a fragile way.
"It matters to me, though." The young hero protested, hurriedly wiping his eyes with a gloved hand. "I...I love you, you know. I just...I want to be there for you when you need me."
"You are! Every day!" Tia insisted. "Remember last week, when I hurt my leg fighting that Lord Locust? You carried me back home and stayed with me until I fell asleep." She gently brushed his fiery bangs from his face. "And you walked all the way to the Grana Forest to find those flowers you gave me yesterday."
"Well, that's where the prettiest Hero Blooms and Forest Drops grow." Duran smiled modestly. "Of course I went there."
Tia kissed the corner of Duran's mouth. "You may not be as physically strong as you want to be, but you're the kindest, sweetest, bravest man I know. That has to count for something, doesn't it?" She watched her boyfriend's face flush a soft shade of pink as she nuzzled his cheek.
Duran's eyes glittered at her words. Sweet tingles traveled through his body as Tia nuzzled him. "Tia..." He wrapped his arms around her, pulling into a warm hug. "What would I do without you?"
"You would be miserable because you would have to settle with a lesser-quality girlfriend." Tia said in a serious voice before grinning jokingly.
"Heh." Duran laughed quietly, resting his cheek on her head. "That's true." He stroked her hair for a few minutes. "Tia, tell me what else I can do." He murmured. "If I can't protect you, what can I do for you?"
Tia moved back to look Duran in the eye. "I am perfectly happy, Duran. You don't need to do anything." She touched his cheek. "Just stay with me and never change."
A tear trickled down Duran's cheek and he kissed her palm tenderly. "You really mean that..." He sighed, closing his eyes. "I'm sorry that I always do this. I should have more faith in myself."
"You should." Tia agreed. "If you want to do anything for me, do just that." She leaned in and began to kiss the tears from Duran's cheek. She brushed her fingertips against his other cheek, wiping away the happy tears that were beginning to fall there. When she drew back again, his face was flushed, moist, and glowing with a pure, loving smile. "You're so beautiful, Duran. In so many ways."
Duran, at a loss for words, responded by pulling Tia into a deep, warm kiss. He held her tenderly as she nestled up against him. A thrill shot through his body as he felt her nibble oh-so-lightly on his bottom lip. His lips parted, allowing her tongue to gently caress his own while her soft hands stroked the skin on his neck and ran up and down his pounding chest.
Making a quiet whimpering noise in his throat, Duran fell back on the grass, holding Tia tightly against him. It was a long time before the kiss ended and Tia rolled lightly to the side, so she was lying next to him. After catching his breath, he asked: "Tia?"
Tia was panting slightly, her face flushed, a content expression on her face. "Yes?"
"Thank you for being here for me."
Smiling, she snuggled close to Duran and closed her eyes. "I always will be. I love you."
"I love you too." Duran wrapped his arms around Tia and kissed her cheek. "Go ahead and sleep. I'll keep you safe."
"I know." Tia kissed his chest and smiled as his breath hitched and his heart very clearly skipped a beat. "You're my hero, after all."
And the fluff train marches into town, hurrah hurrah. The fluff train marches into town, hurrah hurrah... Yeah, I needed to write something fluffy. Then again, how can you do anything else when you're writing about the Flower Boy himself? And, let's face it: The game has many corny lines of its own (which I LOVE, by the way)! Duran seems like the type to be really insecure about himself and his abilities and the type who would need regular reassurance from Tia. So, this felt very in character for him. Hope you liked it! FLOWER POWER! Peace out. ^_^