By – Hime no Ichigo

Genre: General/Angst
Rating: G
Characters: SANADA Yuki
Story Type: Drabble
Summary: It's either too noisy or too quiet, and Yuki can't find his equilibrium.

Disclaimer: Tsuritama is the intellectual property of Aniplex and the staff.

Notes: This is from this week's theme: "voice". Written as an imagined ending for the series, which isn't finished yet.

Yuki comes home from his hospital visit for the fifth time that week, exhausted from school and feet tired from all the walking around town he has to do. He flops onto the couch and closes his eyes, allowing himself five minutes of reprieve from the harsh world. His grandmother's condition has been on and off for too long, and it puts him on edge on top of his work and social circle.

The house is too big now, with only him and a goldfish. He can no longer put off chores like he has always done, and his habits are gradually morphing into those of a responsible young man. His grandmother's garden is in his hands, and it's an unspoken promise to himself that if—when—she comes home, it'll be exactly like the way she left it, if not better.

The house is too quiet now, with only him and a goldfish. There's no one to reprimand him, no one to nag at him, and no one to talk him out of his shell, to bring him to the edge of annoyance and frustration. He speaks less now, like reverting back to his primary days when the slightest pressure would turn him into an inarticulate, stuttering fool.

Sometimes, Natsuki visits him after school and in the evenings, but they don't chat long; neither are too fond of expressing themselves through words, preferring their fishing rods to substitute for their mouths. Even then, they only sit comfortably side by side, not bothering with shouting enoshima don! at the top of their lungs.

Sometimes, that silence is a blessing, but most of the time, Yuki misses his first friend, who liked to hang off his arm constantly and filled the house with his boisterous laughter, and obnoxious and incessant chatter.

- Owari -

Authoress' Notes: Please don't take this at face value.