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08 February 2007 @ 06:39 pm
[012] Valentine's Day Thread~!  

Hayate exhaled evenly as he slowly pulled in the handle, bending the thin steel bar into the delicate curve he wanted. Just…about…there. He could see it clearly in his mind's eye, the tracing of steel that he wanted. Opening up the bending jig he shifted the tool's grip to a new section on the curving steel bar, snapped it shut and began bending the cold steel in a new direction. An S shape began to form. Hayate easily kept the slow, even pressure required to curve the thin steel bar nicely without overcompensating, the ease coming from his long experience in swordsmithing.

…Though this wasn't really swordsmithing, really.

Maybe Hayate was a silly lovesick fool, but Hayate knew he had better do something for Yuugao for Valentine's day, or her father would kill him. The silly fool part came from the fact that Hayate was making something wholly ornamental. With smithing.

He grunted as he finished the turn and eased off the pressure. Taking out the partially curved bar he set in a new one and began again, at a slightly different angle. Later he'd weld them together, though he couldn't use heat to ease the bending process because that would warp the thin steel rods.

He wasn't even sure what to call it. But Hayate was fairly certain Yuugao liked flowers. And flowers were usually put in a vase of some sort. Hayate did not know how to make a vase per se, but he did know how to make swept-hilt rapiers.

…So what Hayate was trying to do was make a…pseudo swept-hilt vase-like thing to hold a flower. Flowers. Something. Maybe he should just call it a vase anyway. He had no idea; but actually his father had sort of made something like this for his mother. It wasn't for flowers, but rather a purely decorative piece that hung up on the wall; a curving, sweeping, set of holders for his mother's favorite swords. Where some other family would have placed a painting or actual flowers, the Gekkou family had steel. Yes, they were swords-obsessed.

…Maybe Hayate was a silly fool. It was stupid. But he was making it.


x x x x x

Valentine's Day, Paris, of some year of the 18th century: (XD)

Hayate nervously placed the last flower in the vase (he'd given up and had gotten to calling it that) and stepped back. It was all right, right? He'd spent a week working on it (hiding it from Yuugao actually when she'd come by a few days ago when they'd worked on smithing together that night) and he hoped it wasn't as stupid as some part of his mind was thinking. He wrapped it up in brown paper so it looked like a normal bouquet; except this one, like them, had hidden steel beneath. Steel and flowers. Only a Gekkou.

Hayate walked out carrying the bouquet, flushing a bit at the obvious couples out this afternoon today.

Well, after all, it was Valentine's Day.

He made his way to the other side of Paris, towards Yuugao, ignoring the knowing looks of passerby ("Oh, there's another one; good luck, young man!") and trying to think of the best way to give this to her.

…He still had no idea when he'd come up to the door. He paused, holding the bouquet in his right hand, before knocking.

"Um, Yuugao?"
 
 
 
Yuugao Uzuki: morning lightuzuki_epee on February 9th, 2007 10:03 am (UTC)
HEE HEEEEE.
To be honest, Yuugao hardly paid attention to the date these days; lately she'd been far too busy trying to craft a sword on her own, start to finish. She was taking a short break and a breather when Hayate knocked - and a good thing, too, as she probably wouldn't have heard him otherwise.

She wiped her sweat and soot-streaked face on a rag, shaking the hair from her face, before she headed to the door. "Coming - oh, Hayate!" She smiled, face still ruddy from the heat of the forge, just glad to see him as always.

Then she saw the flowers - and it was hard to tell on her already red face, but she might have flushed. For a moment she wasn't sure what to say. And then the words just kind of...came out on their own.

"Are those...flowers?"

Oh, yes, Yuugao. Absolutely brilliant.
Hayate Gekkoucrescent_sword on February 10th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
I WOULD SAY HAYATE THINKS YUUGAO IS SEXY FROM THE SMITHY BUT UH. YEAH.
Hayate inwardly panicked for a moment. Wait, she didn't like flowers? Did he get the wrong kind? Oh no, he was really stupid now—

He flushed, and awkwardly held it out to her anyway. It was too late; she'd seen them and…well.

"Um, yes. For, ah. Valentine's Day."
Yuugao Uzuki: alarmeduzuki_epee on February 10th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)
YOU KNOW SHE TOTALLY IS.
Valentine's - what?

Oh.

Oh.

Had Hayate not been holding a bouquet of flowers out to her at that very moment she would have smacked her forehead. Of course today was the fourteenth, and Hayate was courting her, so of course it would stand to reason that he would have come to her and given her flowers and -

Flowers.

There was no mistake about the fresh flush that spread over her cheeks now. "Oh - thank you, Hayate!" With surprising delicacy she accepted the flowers. "They're lovely, I really - they're...thank you, Hayate. Oh - ah, it's cold outside - " She stepped back hurriedly. "Please, come in..." As she tightened her grip on the bouquet ever so slightly, she noted distractedly that it was unsually hard underneath the brown paper.
Hayate Gekkoucrescent_sword on February 10th, 2007 06:18 am (UTC)
UNFORTUNATELY HAYATE IS UNABLE TO VERBALIZE THIS. (YET.)
Hayate scratched the back of his neck in a nervous gesture as Yuugao took the bouquet. Maybe she should've given her chocolate. Or asked Ino to do the bouquet. There was some thing about flower arrangement, right? Maybe he did it wrong or something…

Then he saw the flush across Yuugao's cheeks, even over the red coming from her obvious work in the smithy. His mind stopped for a moment, caught hold of itself, and went in a different direction.

He followed Yuugao inside, partially distracted by the knowledge that she'd just been in the forge moments ago. He hoped she didn't mind him coming at this hour, then…but, well, it was Valentine's Day…

Hayate paused as he noticed Yuugao's grip on the bouquet. Oh, right. The…vase.

"I made—There's—um. Here." He reached out to gently take the bouquet and explain, their hands touching as he did so.
Yuugao Uzuki: moonlit smileuzuki_epee on February 10th, 2007 08:38 am (UTC)
"YET" YOU SAY? HEE HEE.
(It wasn't like Yuugao knew a thing about flower arrangement; flowers were flowers were beautiful, especially if they came from Hayate.)

Yuugao smiled as his hand brushed against hers, letting him take the vase. "You made something...?" For her?
Hayate Gekkou: Cat and Mooncrescent_sword on February 10th, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC)
MANY THINGS ARE "YET."
So it was kind of awkward to hand the thing to Yuugao and then take it back, but what did Hayate know about giving things to females in the first place? Hayate set the wrapped-up bouquet on a small table inside, pulling back the layers of paper. Then he pulled back, hoping Yuugao wouldn't…Hayate wasn't sure, but he hoped she would like it.

A slender vase, made of polished thin steel bars that curved, split, merged and swept up the sides to finally end at the top and circle around the stems of the flowers. Reminiscent of the complex hilts of the now outmoded rapier, it cradled the hardy winter flowers in a loving embrace made of steel.

"For you," Hayate said.

((Whee, rapiers are so pretty. If you want, you can make up the flowers; just know there's one purple. And, oh geez, I just noticed how cheesy this is – this thing is freaking homemade. Wut. Brain, you fail.))
LIKE THE "L" WORD. - uzuki_epee on February 10th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC) (Expand)
AMONG OTHERS. - crescent_sword on February 10th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC) (Expand)
NATURALLY. - uzuki_epee on February 11th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC) (Expand)
OHMYWORD HAYATE'S TRYING TO. To. Flirt. Wut. - crescent_sword on February 11th, 2007 04:22 am (UTC) (Expand)
HE CLEARLY HAS NO IDEA WHAT HE IS DOING. - uzuki_epee on February 11th, 2007 05:54 am (UTC) (Expand)
NO. NO HE DOES NOT. AT ALL. - crescent_sword on February 11th, 2007 06:29 am (UTC) (Expand)
IT'S PAINFULLY OBVIOUS. - uzuki_epee on February 11th, 2007 08:39 am (UTC) (Expand)
SUBTLETY IS NOT HIS STRONG POINT. - crescent_sword on February 11th, 2007 08:58 am (UTC) (Expand)
THIS IS ALSO OBVIOUS. - uzuki_epee on February 11th, 2007 09:01 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - crescent_sword on February 11th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - uzuki_epee on February 12th, 2007 12:43 am (UTC) (Expand)
>D - crescent_sword on February 12th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC) (Expand)
POUNCE, EH. - uzuki_epee on February 12th, 2007 06:19 am (UTC) (Expand)
*pounces* - crescent_sword on February 12th, 2007 07:38 am (UTC) (Expand)
HEE. - uzuki_epee on February 12th, 2007 09:35 am (UTC) (Expand)
=D (OhmywordtheFLUFF.) - crescent_sword on February 13th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
But it's like, sexy fluff. Which is the best kind. - uzuki_epee on February 13th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC) (Expand)
Yes. Yes it is. FLUFF AWAY. - crescent_sword on February 13th, 2007 01:59 am (UTC) (Expand)
INDEED. - uzuki_epee on February 13th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
Hayate Gekkou: Cat and Mooncrescent_sword on February 13th, 2007 06:49 am (UTC)
THE FLUFF CONTINUES.
"Maybe," Hayate teased. Drawing her close, he kissed her again. "But I prefer your real name. Because it's you."
Yuugao Uzuki: look downuzuki_epee on February 13th, 2007 07:16 am (UTC)
QUITE.
"That's very sweet of you," Yuugao murmured. "Were we actually going to go to coffee, or were you just going to kiss me all day?"
Hayate Gekkoucrescent_sword on February 13th, 2007 08:24 am (UTC)
"Can't I do both?" Hayate laughed.

Hayate led her to a different coffee shop before, one situated next to the Seine. The same one that Iruka had went to during that outing, in fact. It was small and tucked away, but even then, tonight was a different story. The shop was getting good business. They got seated, and waited for the waiter to come around again.
Yuugao Uzuki: moonlit smileuzuki_epee on February 13th, 2007 08:32 am (UTC)
Yuugao smiled, leaning onto the table slightly as she glanced at the river. She'd never really been to this one before. "The view is beautiful," she commented, letting out a satisfied, almost serene smile.
Hayate Gekkoucrescent_sword on February 13th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
"Yes, it is," Hayate said as he returned to look at Yuugao. The river was nice and all, but it was a different sort of nice from Yuugao in that pretty red dress. "I kind of came across this shop accidentally one day -- oh, there's a pretty funny story to go with it."
Yuugao Uzuki: look downuzuki_epee on February 13th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
Yuugao raised an eyebrow. "Oh? Please, do tell..." She leaned forward on the table more. "I'm interested to hear this."
Hayate Gekkou: Cat and Mooncrescent_sword on February 13th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
Hayate chuckled. "Well, I was out walking with Yuugao -- the kitten, I mean -- and as we were walking by right there," he pointed to the lamppost, "we saw Iruka here, with Lord Neji Hyuuga and the Chinese princess that's staying with them, Tenten. And it was pretty funny..."

Hayate described how he'd watched Tenten shove a croissant into the young master Neji's mouth, his subsequent choking, injury and fall, Iruka looking on in frozen shock, Lady Tenten's worry and amusing concern.

"...So both Lord Neji and Lady Tenten are soaking wet, he's sneezing, and Iruka and I had to help him to the Hyuuga manor." Hayate's mouth quirked up. "You know, I wonder what lady Tenten did after that, considering that she started it..."
XD - crescent_sword on February 14th, 2007 12:34 am (UTC) (Expand)
YUUGAO IS NOW JEALOUS OF HAYATE'S CLIENTELE - uzuki_epee on February 14th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC) (Expand)
AND HAYATE IS JEALOUS BACK. - crescent_sword on February 14th, 2007 04:27 am (UTC) (Expand)
FOR AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT REASON, I'M SURE. - uzuki_epee on February 14th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC) (Expand)
I DEMAND THAT THE FLUFF RETURNS. - crescent_sword on February 14th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC) (Expand)
I AGREE. - uzuki_epee on February 14th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
>D - crescent_sword on February 14th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC) (Expand)
OHOHO? I SUPPOSE THIS IS PART OF YOUR "PLAN" - uzuki_epee on February 14th, 2007 11:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: OHOHO? I SUPPOSE THIS IS PART OF YOUR "PLAN" - uzuki_epee on February 15th, 2007 11:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: OHOHO? I SUPPOSE THIS IS PART OF YOUR "PLAN" - uzuki_epee on February 15th, 2007 11:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: OHOHO? I SUPPOSE THIS IS PART OF YOUR "PLAN" - uzuki_epee on February 15th, 2007 11:04 am (UTC) (Expand)
AANNNDD YOUR TURN, TOBOE - uzuki_epee on February 15th, 2007 11:06 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - crescent_sword on February 15th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - uzuki_epee on February 15th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Yuugao Uzukiuzuki_epee on February 16th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
AND OF COURSE I HAVE TO START IT.
Yuugao smiled softly. "I know. Funny how that works out, isn't it?" She rested her head back on Hayate's shoulder lightly, breathing in deeply. (He smelled nice, really...) "It's strange, I don't think I've felt this...relaxed in a long time."
Hayate Gekkoucrescent_sword on February 16th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)
*snickers* ...Not in all things. XD
"The same, for me." It was, strangely enough. It was a different sort of relaxation, though; it wasn't the same as the feel of metal beneath his hands. It was...different, with her. He didn't understand it -- perhaps he never would -- but there was just some sort of easy feeling when he was with her.

Yuugao the kitten gave the two a look of, Oh please. Her tail twitched. Do I have to do everything?

The black kitten rose up and twined itself between them, winding around Yuugao's arm. Look. It's that easy.
Yuugao Uzuki: morning lightuzuki_epee on February 16th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, SUURE. (WOO HOME EARLY)
Yuugao smiled, stroking the kitten with the back of her hand. "I'm glad to hear it," she said, lifting her head and leaning in to brush her lips lightly against Hayate's.
Hayate Gekkoucrescent_sword on February 16th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
...I have wanted to write this line five posts back. XD
Hayate leaned in, except there was tiny furred body and a pair of golden-yellow eyes in the way. Hayate gave a look at the intruding animal.

"Your concern is appreciated, but not needed."

Yuugao the kitten yawned and meowed. And didn't move.

"Oh, no you're not."

Another meow.

Another look. Hayate got up from his chair and deliberately picked up the kitten. "Excuse me," he said in all seriousness. Setting Yuugao the kitten aside, he bent down and kissed Yuugao the woman firmly, one hand resting against the back of her chair and the other planted on the table.
Yuugao Uzuki: alarmeduzuki_epee on February 16th, 2007 05:15 am (UTC)
HEE HEE
Yuugao blinked in mild surprise, and a quiet noise (though certainly not one of protest) escaped from her mouth into Hayate's. There was a brief moment where she simply sat there, before reaching up to wrap an arm around Hayate's neck, kissing him back.

The kitten was nice, but this was much nicer.
Hayate Gekkoucrescent_sword on February 16th, 2007 08:47 am (UTC)
=D
A part of Hayate's mind (a small, far-off part at the moment) was wondering just why he was so forward all of a sudden. Maybe it was because it was Valentine's Day, the day for lovers. Maybe it was because that kitten was just staring at them, expecting it. Maybe it was because he was here in his own home. Or maybe it was because she was just there and Hayate just really, really, really wanted to kiss her. For whatever reason, he was, and the rest of Hayate's mind (the part that wasn't wondering) was telling that small part to shut up and enjoy it.

Bending down lower and tilting his head slightly, he pressed closer, drawing the kiss out.
*SQUEE* - uzuki_epee on February 16th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)
*snickers* - crescent_sword on February 17th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC) (Expand)
*ded* ILU - uzuki_epee on February 17th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
Luv you too. XD - crescent_sword on February 17th, 2007 05:17 am (UTC) (Expand)
*in snerking gigglefits* - uzuki_epee on February 17th, 2007 06:14 am (UTC) (Expand)
... *innocent face* - crescent_sword on February 17th, 2007 06:53 am (UTC) (Expand)
*snort* - uzuki_epee on February 17th, 2007 08:31 am (UTC) (Expand)
*snickers again* - crescent_sword on February 17th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC) (Expand)
*SHUSHES AND HANDS POPCORN* - uzuki_epee on February 17th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC) (Expand)
*TAKES POPCORN AND WATCHES* - crescent_sword on February 17th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC) (Expand)
*SNEAKS A HANDFUL AND MUNCHES* - uzuki_epee on February 18th, 2007 12:22 am (UTC) (Expand)
WHAT IS THIS, A MOVIE OR SOMETHING? - crescent_sword on February 18th, 2007 01:27 am (UTC) (Expand)
MAY'S WELL BE. - uzuki_epee on February 18th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC) (Expand)
*dryly* I wonder what the rating would be. - crescent_sword on February 18th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC) (Expand)
For ages zero and up. XD - crescent_sword on February 18th, 2007 06:57 am (UTC) (Expand)
XD ARE YOU SURE ABOUT THAT. - uzuki_epee on February 18th, 2007 08:03 am (UTC) (Expand)
I SUPPOSE YOU ARE RIGHT, HEE. - uzuki_epee on February 18th, 2007 09:34 am (UTC) (Expand)
Hayate Gekkou: Cat and Mooncrescent_sword on February 18th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
THE AWESOMENESS CONTINUES HERE.
Hayate had tensed, not knowing how Yuugao would exactly respond. And then she had risen up and told him in a wordless, heated gesture that his feelings were very much reciprocated. Lifting his left hand up he cupped the bottom of her chin and kissed her in soft agreement. Then his hand dropped, to circle around Yuugao and pull her close against him. He exhaled slowly against her cheek, his eyes closing.

He smiled. "I therefore have permission to kiss you silly?"
Yuugao Uzuki: morning lightuzuki_epee on February 18th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
WAHOO!
Yuugao was still breathing heavily from his heated act, her heart still thudding from the sheer energy of it, and she leaned against him, forehead lightly on his shoulder. "Always," she murmured.
Hayate Gekkoucrescent_sword on February 18th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)

"Oh, good."

Hayate had a really stupid grin on his face now, coming from the aftereffects of the rush of adrenaline and the fact he'd just kissed the woman he really, really liked completely silly, even if it had only been for a few seconds. A bit lightheaded? Yes, definitely.

And, considering the way his heart was still pounding, perhaps a bit more than "really, really liked."

His thumb ran over the small of her back as he ducked his head, mouthing one of the most universal things known to man against the soft skin next to her ear. A simple phrase made up of only two words, echoed by countless others centuries before and after. It was voiceless now, felt only by the light brush of his lips against her skin, but later, when more time had passed, Hayate would be able to join in the multitudes of sappy, lightheaded, lovesick fools in the spoken phrase.
(Anonymous) on February 19th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
♥^∞
Yuugao shivered lightly at that touch - there was more in it than just simple skin to skin contact and she wondered if that was what made kissing Hayate so...exhilarating. She'd kissed other men (boys, really) before - but there had never been anything so electric about it. (To use a cliche, there hadn't been that spark.)

And none of them had certainly ever kissed her like that.

Yuugao exhaled deeply into Hayate's shoulder, and as she leaned against him she could feel the pounding of his heart against her chest. (She took some satisfaction in that.) The hand around his neck relaxed, lightly disentangling his thick hair, fingers stroking the back of his neck absently.
Hayate Gekkou: Cat and Mooncrescent_sword on February 19th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
∫∂♥
Hayate had only kissed a few times in his life, and all of them had been messy affairs. For one, none of the girls he knew, other than his sisters, cared much about swords and metal; and two, he'd been too busy with swords and metal that he'd never been really interested in kissing girls (or doing anything else) in the first place. That, and most of the local girls in his boyhood remembered him as that sickly coughing boy, and in his teenage years he'd been too busy (or enveloped, according to Iruka) with learning smithing to have a vested interest in the new world of "women."

Obviously, Yuugao was an entirely different story.

He just held her, for now; their hearts slowing as they relaxed against each other.

Yuugao the kitten trotted in, having taken a catnap on the stairs and, upon awaking, decided to see what the two humans in the building were up to. Her tail waved in the air as she came into the kitchen. If before the male had been putting up invisible signs of Mine, the female, the kitten observed, now had flags of Taken. Her whiskers twitched.

She meowed in her entrance, and began twining around the two's legs.

Hayate looked down in amusement. "Well, look who's back."

Yuugao the kitten gave him a look and meowed again. That's very well and nice, but can you please stop your pre-mating rituals long enough to feed me? I'm hungry.
Yuugao Uzuki: moonlit smileuzuki_epee on February 19th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
DAMMIT I DON'T KNOW WHAT THOSE THINGIES MEAN Dx
Yuugao chuckled softly, a sound low in her throat, and kissed Hayate's cheek before pulling back (however reluctantly). She bent down, running the back of her hand over the kitten's back. The kitten's tail curled around her hand briefly before she mewed again. No, no, that was before. I want food now. She licked Yuugao's hand to confirm this now, and the woman laughed again.

"What do you usually feed her, Hayate?"
XD D'AWWW. - uzuki_epee on February 19th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Behold my geeky love. XD - crescent_sword on February 20th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC) (Expand)
XD It's the best kind. - uzuki_epee on February 20th, 2007 06:50 am (UTC) (Expand)
OKAY THOSE ARE ALL GOOD TOO. - uzuki_epee on February 20th, 2007 11:39 am (UTC) (Expand)
Mm. Like mashed potatoes. >D - crescent_sword on February 20th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - crescent_sword on February 21st, 2007 08:13 am (UTC) (Expand)
wheeeeee~ - crescent_sword on February 21st, 2007 08:14 am (UTC) (Expand)
SORRY THIS TOOK SO LONG >_> - uzuki_epee on February 22nd, 2007 12:04 am (UTC) (Expand)
IT'S OKAY BECAUSE I TAKE FOREVER TOO - crescent_sword on February 22nd, 2007 04:42 am (UTC) (Expand)
MRAH. - uzuki_epee on February 22nd, 2007 10:35 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - crescent_sword on February 23rd, 2007 04:56 am (UTC) (Expand)
*kicks icons* So finding her a new model. - uzuki_epee on February 23rd, 2007 07:25 am (UTC) (Expand)
*offers to find you a new model?* - uzuki_epee on February 23rd, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Naw, it's alright; I've gotten used to it. - crescent_sword on February 24th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC) (Expand)
For I am made of ending fail. XP - crescent_sword on February 25th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Psshh, nah. - uzuki_epee on February 25th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - crescent_sword on February 25th, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC) (Expand)