Fandom: Flame of Recca [Anzai Nobuyuki]
Pairing: Hanabishi Recca x Kirisawa Fuuko
Rating: PG and up
Notes: Fuuko's POV.
It was the only thing that stood between Recca and me.
It was what would make the difference in the world.
"It's all right. They're gone."
"You saved me! Now you should protect me every day!"
"Nu-uh! I only protect one person!"
"And who's that? Your mother? Your father?"
"Nope! It's my princess! My Hime!"
"Yup! That's what a ninja does! He protects his Hime, and I'm going to be a real ninja!"
"Then I'm going to be your Hime!"
"Why not? You protected me from those bullies! I should be your Hime!"
"No way! If you want to be my Hime...then you should defeat me first!"
Being Recca's Hime meant something. It would mean that I'm the only person he would serve forever.
His life would be entirely devoted to me.
His skills will be used to protect me, and he will do everything to ensure my safety.
To be his Hime was more than a privilege for him.
It was his destiny.
"I said, stop moving! Why don't you just stay still so I can beat you?"
"Then you're going to be my Hime if you do that! I'm not beaten so easily! A real ninja doesn't lose!"
"How am I going to beat you? That's not fair!"
"You have to keep practicing if you want to beat me!"
I never did beat Recca. Instead, it was the other way.
I always get heavily damaged after our fights.
I tried to find his weakness, but even if I do so, it didn't work against him. I practiced very hard, but it wasn't enough.
It seems like I'm not the person to be his Hime.
"Do you remember that weird kid in our class? That Hanabishi?"
"Oh, yes, that wannabe ninja. What about him?"
"Remember he said that anyone who beats him would be his Hime? Well, between you and me...he said he's found her."
"He did? Well, I really don't care about that, but who's the unlucky person?"
"You know that honor student in our class? Sakoshita Yanagi?"
I hated that name. It sounds so fragile. That's why I couldn't believe what I've heard at school: that Recca had already found his Hime.
When I saw her in person, I challenged her to a duel to see if she's worth it.
But she's not! She can't even lift her finger to attack me!
And that stupid Recca had to save her.
How could he chose her over me? I, Kirisawa Fuuko, who trained day and night and waited for the day when I'll finally beat him...then he chose that Yanagi without fighting her?
It's not fair.
He should be groveling at my feet, not at hers!
He should be bowing to me, not to her!
"Fuujin? What's this? It looks like some sort of fancy armband."
"Why don't you try it? If you like it, then it's yours."
"Really? It doesn't come free, right? So what's the catch?"
"There's no catch...but...why don't you try it on Recca? The Fuujin is very powerful, and you are a very talented girl. You can defeat him without trouble."
If it wasn't for Recca, then I wouldn't have gotten the Fuujin.
But if it wasn't for the Fuujin, then I wouldn't be standing beside Recca in the Ura Butou Satsujin ring.
"He's not going to die, so don't you worry about it."
"But what if he is---"
"He's not going to die! So stop it already!"
"I'm sorry, Yanagi. I shouldn't have yelled at you...look, don't worry about Recca. He'll be perfectly fine."
"Are you sure?"
"Yes, I'm sure of that. Recca's fine. He's going to win, and he's going to get out of it just fine. I can feel it."
I've always believed in him.
True, his arrogance never failed to land him in hot water. But he always gets out.
And when he says he can do it, he can.
There was nothing else to do but to trust him.
"Why did you provoke Kuukai like that?"
"So? I came out alive, didn't I?"
"Didn't you know that we were all worried?"
"Relax, Fuuko. Everything will be all right---Ow! What was that?"
"This is going to hurt."
"What? Are you applying some kind of acid on my wounds?"
"Yes, so don't move. I don't have Yanagi's powers, so old-fashioned medication would have to do. By the way..." Fuuko looked at him curiously. "Why didn't you go to Yanagi?"
"I don't want to disturb her." Recca replied cheerfully, opening his eyes. "And I want to spend the night of my first victory with you."
She snorted. "Why's that?"
He didn't say anything...except that he only smiled.
That smile probably sealed my fate.
And never did I attempt to fight against him, because I'm not going to win anyway.
Besides, I did something terrible.
I fell in love with him.
I fell in love with the least likely person in the entire world.
I fell in love with Recca.