By – Hime no Ichigo

Genre: Friendship
Rating: G
Characters: SAITO Yakumo, OZAWA Haruka
Story Type: Drabble
Summary: She's...important, he can grudgingly admit.

Disclaimer: Shinrei Tantei Yakumo is the intellectual property of Kaminaga Manabu.

Notes: This is from Toki's prompt: "odd eyes".

Not for the first time, his sleep is disturbed by the overly zealous knocking on his door. His visitor opens the door after one, two, three quick raps, and enters without invitation. One of his folding chairs clatters, and he knows that, by the clumsy thumping of thick heels and the faintest whiff of perfume, that the troublemaker is back.

"This isn't your room, you know."

"I do."

"I don't remember ever telling you to make yourself at home."

"I know."

He squints at her from his sleeping bag on the couch. They've had this conversation for so many times it's become a tradition – almost – that he can hear her answers and the tone she would use in his head before she speaks. He feels a little disgusted that he's reached the point of knowing her so well (not that he wants to), but she has helped him patch things up with the world, and has since then secured a place in his life.

Not that Gotou's constant ribbing has helped his cause.

Yakumo lazily unzips the sleeping bag and sits up, yawning and mussing his hair, making it messier. Haruka giggles, leaning forward on the table, and smiles—a little goofy, but warm all the same. He knows what's coming next, when he's done changing into a fresh shirt and taking a swig of green tea from the mini refrigerator he keeps in the club room. He relaxes back on his own chair, waiting for her to start the conversation—because she will, no doubt about it.

Predictably and not for the first time, she suggests again that he leaves his coloured contact behind.

He brushes her off, and Haruka doesn't push the subject, knowing that it's something Yakumo needs time to adjust. Of course, there's no way she will ever know of his appreciation of her daily reminders, that there's still humanity in the world that he can trust.

- Owari -

Authoress' Notes: I haven't written anything for this fandom before, so the characterizations are probably a little off, sorry!