Pairing: Awayuki Himeno/Hayate
Theme: #16—invincible; unrivaled
Warning: Slight spoilers for the end of the series.
Disclaimer: All characters are the property of Kaori Naruse. I claim none, I merely borrow them and take them to yummy shoes sales and put them through the horror of finding the perfect strappy sandal.
Summary: Nothing can match a father’s love for his daughter.
There’s all these stereotypes about fathers and their daughters. Dad greets Daughter’s eager date at the door with a shotgun in his hand and murder in his heart, all to protect his sweet little girl.
Well, I can honestly say I’ve never chased a boy down with any sort of weapon for trying to get near Himeno. Granted, for a long time our relationship was pretty much the reverse of what it should have been—more often than not, she was the one taking care of me. She never took the time for things like boys and dating, so it was never even an issue.
Still, I always knew that someday, there’d be someone who’d show up and sweep my little girl off her feet and carry her away. She knew all the fairy tales about the endangered princess who was rescued from the forces of evil by her knight in shining armor and lived happily ever after.
Although…I gotta say I never expected Himeno to turn out to be a real princess. And I certainly wasn’t counting on an actual Knight of any kind appearing to actually rescue her from danger.
But it was different from the fantasy stories—in those tales, the princess always has to be rescued. She doesn’t fight. Himeno was right on the front lines. She didn’t sit around and wait for someone to bail her out—that’s not my daughter. She’ll have her own horse when she rides off into the sunset, or she isn’t going. End of discussion. Her Knights protected her, but she had to fight right alongside them. The Pretear, as we found out much later. The Princess of Light.
Honestly, you’d think she might find the time to tell dear ol’ Dad that she’s going off with seven strange people and risk her life to save the world by joining with said strange people in some bizarre fusion and using their magic powers to fight. Just common courtesy, of course.
I just wish it had been anyone but Himeno. I suppose any parent who’d found out their child was involved in something like that would have thought the same thing, though. It can’t be helped, though. No force on Earth can rival a father’s love for his daughter. Nothing at all.
That tree…Fenrir. Himeno faced it alone, and won. At a price…
But…can you imagine that fear? My daughter was somewhere nearby, fighting for her life and her family’s lives, and the lives of her friends—the Leafe Knights. Bless them all for keeping her safe that far. But now Hayate was the only with her. I had to trust him…
I couldn’t do anything to help Himeno—but I could help Mawata. I had three daughters now to protect. Maybe I was helpless where Himeno was concerned, but by God, I wasn’t going to just let that monster take her. So that’s what I did, my family and I.
We escaped. And we watched as the tree disappeared into a cloud of rainbows. Leafe, they all call it. A power within all living things, sort of a life force. At least, that’s how I understood it when they tried to explain it to me. I’m still not sure if I really get it.
The Leafe Knights were returning. They were all okay—but where was Himeno? One of the children saw her first—she was there, where the flowers were. We rushed to her side, and found her…no.
Oh God, no…
No parent should ever have to see that. Seeing your child…dead.
I went into shock. I couldn’t move, I couldn’t cry…I couldn’t even go to her side. Mayune did, though—she screamed, and Natsue pulled her back. I think Mawata was beside me, because I remember her hand on my shoulder. The Knights were there. There were so many tears…
And Hayate…the man I’d hired as my assistant.
Now how did I miss this development? I knew he seemed concerned about my daughter—but I’d told him about her mother, and how lonely she was. I thought it was just simple compassion or something like that…though every time I saw them together, they seemed to be arguing about something. It didn’t seem like there was anything going on that I should be worried about.
I was dead wrong on all counts. I guess I should have also noticed that they were spending an awful lot of time together, bickering or no. Appearances can be very deceiving.
He spoke to her, though she couldn’t hear him—he told her he loved her. And he kissed her. In front of me, her family…everyone. And she opened her eyes to smile at him.
There really are miracles. Just like in fairy tales.
Would you believe that the first thing I did after hugging her was scold her for not telling me about this whole “magical saving the world” business she’d gotten herself into? I did—I grabbed her shoulders, gave her a shake, and started babbling like a moron, while she just laughed at me. She’s my daughter—she knew what I meant.
Life returned to normal after that—and after the mansion was rebuilt, I suppose. Or as normal as life gets in our world. Those seven Knights were frequent (and welcome) visitors. And Hayate was there more than any of them. I kept him on as my assistant. He didn’t seem to mind, and he was a good worker. I am pretty sure, though, that it might have had more to do with staying close to Himeno, though.
They certainly did spend a lot of time together.
So now Himeno tells me that Hayate proposed to her. He was red-faced, stammering, and nervous as hell, she said. But he had the ring, he asked the question, and she accepted quite happily. She was glowing when she told me the news and showed me the ring.
What can a father do? There’s nothing I could argue, even if I wanted to. She’s an adult now, and can make her own decisions. She’s marrying someone she loves—someone who loves her and was willing to risk his life for her…I couldn’t have asked for anything more for my daughter.
It did happen, I suppose—like in those fairy tales Himeno always loved so much. A knight did show up, fight for her, and sweep her off her feet. But, as I hear it told, not before she floored him with a killer right hook to the jaw because she initially thought he was a pervert.
That’s my girl.
PS. Okay, had this idea eons ago. Started it, lost the muse, forgot about it. When I picked up Hayate and Himeno for 30 Kisses, I remembered it, dug it out…and started over from scratch. Just trying a different perspective, I guess. I really like Kaoru, even if the man really needs to trust his own kid. I know he’s a goof, but when it comes to Himeno…he just seems like he’d go all the way for his family.
Hope you enjoyed it—only two left! Thanks everyone, and much love to all!