Tristitia



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    The boy slowly wobbled up into a crouch, one knee on the ground. Tobirama stayed down, almost in seiza, hands visible and still on his knees.

    "Who are you? I don't know you. Are -- are you a Senju? Really? And it's night, why is it night?! Why is -- why do you have his corpse?!"

    (...)

    He wasn't done. He could feel the drain on his chakra reserves and he was going to be cutting it close, so. Feelings later. Happiness later. Squeezing his brother in his arms and breathing in his scent could -- it could wait.

    It could.

    Tobirama had been asked questions.

    "I created fake corpses to swap with the two of you. It's night because the comet I'm anchoring this seal to is passing by at night this time around. And I'm." His breath hitched, just a little. Months of feverish calculations, planning, plotting, setbacks and roadblocks, knowing the chance might never come again, knowing he had a time limit, a very narrow window and if he failed that was it.

    "I'm Tobirama. Your brother. It's been twelve years. Do I... Do I not look like me any longer?"

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    Vanitas can’t sleep so he does the only other thing he’s good at besides curing vampires from the curse: harass Noé. It escalates royally and doesn’t end good. No one is surprised.

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    “My, do I look like a ten year old boy, barely able to fend for myself that I need to share my bed with someone?” Vanitas cocks his head to the side, squinting at Noé from under his black lashes. “And who would want to lie next to a rough sleeper like you, ending up as a body pillow for your serving!”

    Noé arches a slim, white eyebrow and lifts his blanket. Vanitas stares at him for a moment, then moves towards him like a moth to the flame and crawls under the sheets, settling right next to the other boy. “What a splendid idea!” no one says, because it isn’t.

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    Vanitas and Noé share a conversation on their hotel's rooftop shortly after moving in. It's the beginning of several adventures, some amusing, some strange, and some with more meaning than either anticipated.

    This is a series of loosely connected short stories for VaNoé Week 2018.

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    Christmas was about belonging, so it was only natural that Vanitas would spend it alone. Or that's what he thought until Noé asks Vanitas to wander around Paris with him on Christmas Eve.

    Luna's words rang clear in his subconscious, "Someday, even after I am gone, I hope someone will hold you close like this. If you don’t close your heart, you who are forever cold, I’m sure, will meet someone who will keep you warm. " When Vanitas saw Noé smile he felt warmth bloom in his chest. And it grew and grew until Vanitas thought he was burning from the inside out.

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    “The words don’t change depending on who you are, my dear Archiviste. I think you may have a screw lose,” Vanitas says, airily.

    “The meaning does,” Noé explains and his words speed up, “Actually, I think a book can change every time you read it. You may notice something new about the scene or may understand something you didn’t before. Oh! And you may like a different character more the second time around.”


    MID-CANON: They discuss Wuthering Height and it treads too close to their shared reality. Things happen.
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