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Poll questions and a bit of Finding Nino

RL Update: Things are not at all better. I'm not sure if this feels unreal or unavoidable now.

POLL QUESTIONS. Guys. You guys, what the hell is wrong with me? I need thoughts. And I know it's Inception and very, very, very few of you have seen the movie and/or give a crap for the fandom. But. Thoughts. Braining, yes.

Poll #1864561 Damn it, Circe, did you join another big bang?
This poll is closed.

I should write....

AU kidfic wherein Arthur raises Dom and Ari and Eames is jailbait
1(4.8%)
hookers who fall in love and are possibly both jailbait
5(23.8%)
FAKE hookers who fall in love and aren't jailbait but cops
11(52.4%)
something canon compliant
2(9.5%)
something I will suggest in the comments
1(4.8%)
ticky box AU wherein Arthur is the box and Eames is the ticky
1(4.8%)


And now, because I like to package asking you for things with fic, a bit of Finding Nino. This is for Leader, who once said she wanted to see Nino give in.



Nino knows how the world works. He's practical, pragmatic. He's been bitten and burned. He damn well knows that he should stay right where he is, at home with his mother and sister and the paperwork and the shabby, comfy couch. He rinses another plate and stares blindly out at the dark trees that hide them from the rest of the island.

"What are you doing in the dark, dumbass?" Kazue asks as she flips on the kitchen lights. Nino has to throw an arm over his eyes or get blinded for real. "Who washes dishes in the dark?"

He manages a squint at his sister and hopes she feels the force of his irritation in it. "Shut up," he says witheringly.

Kazue boosts herself up to sit on the counter and takes the plate from his hands. "Somebody's off his game," she observes.

Nino folds his arms and opens his mouth to tell her to fuck off and mind her own business. What he actually says is "If I don't show up, if I break my word and I'm not there…he'll understand, right?" If he lied, he thinks, maybe Ohno will stop chasing after him and Nino can stop failing at not getting caught. "He'll understand that I mean it."

Without the benefit of naming names, Kazue still understands him. Which says a lot and none of it good, Nino thinks. "Ohno Satoshi will understand that he's going to come here and get you," she says. She shakes her head. "That guy wants you for some dumb reason and you're crap at pretending you don't want him back."

He hates it. He hates it so much. He wants to pick up a plate and throw it but then he'd have to buy another one. "The world doesn't work that way," he says. He knows it. He's resigned to it. He'll get over it someday.

Kazue slips off the counter top and turns off the light before coming back and wrapping her arms around him. "It doesn't, it doesn't work that way." She rocks him a bit, side to side. "I know there's so much more than just him and you to think about but, Kazunari, you listen to me: you're worth it. He thinks that."

"Don't," he begs softly. He can't have his sister in Ohno's corner. "Don't side with Oh-chan."

"Your sister is gonna side with anybody who loves you that much," his mother says from the doorway. She holds out the keys to his truck. "You're young. He's young. If you're going to make a mess of life, now's the best time."

Nino takes the keys.


He doesn't go in the house, though, when he gets there. He parks and walks down to the shoreline, dropping down to sit where the surf can wash over his feet. Ohno's house is the only one for miles and miles on this curve of the island and the beach is empty, washed out in the silver night. He watches the moon overhead as it chases in and out of the few clouds in the sky. When his neck starts to hurt, he watches the moon on the waves. It smells like seaweed and sand and salt. Nino hates the whole ocean.

"Nino loves the ocean," Ohno says from behind him. A moment later and Nino's bowl plops down in front of him. Ohno's hands settle it firmly in the sand, sea foam licking against the glass. Ohno settles himself beside Nino. Their arms brush. "You left Pigeon with Jun," he says after a moment.

Pigeon belongs with Jun and Mao, this is something Nino realized the moment the man and the cat first met. It had been so obvious. "That's where he belongs." Nino reaches out and runs his fingertip over the rim of the bowl. "We're alike, you said," he says quietly, watching his hand cast shadows over the fish. "It's because you caught us both without trying." He turns his head and finally looks at Ohno. He knows that face, knows those expressions, remembers that mouth against his. "This isn't how the world works," Nino says, "but I'm in love with you anyway."

Ohno smiles at him. "I know. Does this mean you're not breaking up with me anymore?"

Nino snorts. "I should dump you for asking me that."

"Kiss me instead," Ohno says, leaning in and waiting.

So Nino reaches up, lays his palm against Ohno's cheek, and catches him in a kiss that is soft and slow and as sweet as Nino can make it.

Comments

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nicefinalbeam
Sep. 6th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
OOOOOOO. You make writing seem effortless. Everything in this fic was glimmering and beautiful. ♥

I'm sorry things aren't better. We're all still here for you!
tangiblewhimsy
Sep. 6th, 2012 05:22 am (UTC)
;o; I want to comment on DW where I have all of my shiny icons, including my fish!Nino one. But that's okay, I love this anywhere you put it.

This was so cute and wonderful. I kind of love that both Nino's mom and sister essentially kick him out. "Quit being a retard. :/" But more than that I actually really love the line where Nino begs Kazue not to take Ohno's side. It's hard to be the a position where you're sure you're just trying to pre-emptively protect all parties involved. It'd be so much easier if everyone just agreed, yes, this will probably not work because this just isn't how things work. But Nino's family loves him and they know he deserves better than to think that way about himself and so they push him.

I love that even when he leaves to go to Ohno's house he still doesn't go to Ohno's actual house. Ohno has to come out to Nino on the surf, he still has to cross that distance and there's probably some part of Nino that is a little annoyed that he keeps doing that, keep reaching out. Mostly because it keeps proving everyone else right and making him want this thing with Ohno all the more. But Ohno doesn't mind making the walk, he doesn't mind making the drive, he doesn't mind following Nino because if that's all it takes then why not?

Most of all, though, I love the line: "It's because you caught us both without trying."

Oh Neen, my heart. ♥ And good on Ohno for being patient and just... Wearing him down. The ultimate fisherman. <3

Thank you so much for this, I love it and appreciate it and it was a really, really nice thing to come home to this evening.

I wish there was something I could say about RL other than I'm sorry. I'm sure everyone's sorry at this point and it doesn't really hold any meaning anymore. I love you, though. Always and forever ♥
kegom
Sep. 6th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
Hey, nice to see you around! (Due to RL I haven't really been on LJ for ages... It's really nice to see that at least some of my LJ people are still around!)

I'm sending all my best wishes and lots of rainbow-sparkly energy your way. &hearts


I read inception fandom, by the way! Have you written anything in it, yet?

I ticked the jailbait undercover cops (21 Jump Street?), but I'd also love to see an "Inception"/"The Cell" crossover. Have you ever seen "The Cell"? The plot's basically that a psychiatrist goes into the mind of a serial killer to find out where he's keeping his last victim. I'd love to see the Inception crew do something like that!


I love that Arashi-ficlet - I like Nino-mama and Nino-sister being so much more sensible than him! XD
sunnydreams416
Sep. 9th, 2012 05:40 am (UTC)
♥ <-- represents the gazillion I have for you.
aida69
Sep. 16th, 2012 02:41 pm (UTC)
Sending you whatever positive energy you need to get through RL. <3
I love this series so my vote would be for more Finding Nino.
flange5
Sep. 19th, 2012 01:01 am (UTC)
I've been hibernating, but I just wanted to squee over your fic and to offer virtual hugs, tea and cookies <3

SQUISH

Also, you are linked in my brain to Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and every time I hear another rumor of a third movie, I think of you and smile. Then I plot that we go see this thing. And that we fling popcorn at the screen until they throw us out, laughing hysterically. This is serious headcanon. It's close to a personal life goal, so beware <3
blufox_o7
Oct. 17th, 2012 04:45 am (UTC)
I still randomly check your LJ for Finding Nino once in a while; and behold, I knew it's worth it! :)

I really love how Ohno is so understanding and just in love with ?Nino; the same way Nino is so in love with Nino but is such a realist. The emotions are just so raw.. and idk young, maybe? It's so pure in so many levels.

Until your next update! :)
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