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04 May 2008 @ 11:14 am
Hazy (Professor Layton)  
Title: Hazy
Fandom: Professor Layton
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
Disclaimer: I don't own Professor Layton. Or his top-hat of awesome.
Teaser: Layton was working in his office one stormy night when he heard a crash from the floor above him...

On occasion, a problem would arise that would cause even the great Professor Layton to sit back and scratch his head. It was one of those joyful little puzzles that had him sitting up now, in the wee hours of the morning. It was a dark night, cold, and raining violently. His office was illuminated by a lone lamp sitting on the desk amidst the slew of papers strewn in front of him.

Coupled with the hour and the weather, the faint glow gave the room a rustic feel. Layton rather liked it.

In the corridor outside the room, the grandfather clock chimed three times. It actually surprised him when he heard it and realized exactly how late it had gotten. Time certainly did fly by when one had such an interesting problem in one’s hands.

But he was starting to feel the hour, and the words were starting to blur before his eyes. Maybe it was time to follow Luke’s example. His able apprentice had been helping him, but had given up the ghost and gone to bed some few hours earlier.

Layton rose. The puzzle at hand would still be there in the morning. It was time to get some rest.

As he moved to extinguish the lamp, a noisy crash echoed from the floor above him, accompanied by a loud cry that was unmistakably human.

In a heartbeat, Layton was tearing up the stairs. All sorts of dark possibilities were flashing through his well-trained mind in rapid succession, but one thing stood out above all others.

Luke was up there.

Luke’s door was slightly ajar, and he raced to the room when he saw it. “Luke!”

Standing in the doorway, Layton glanced around. Luke was sitting upright in bed, hands clutching tightly at the blankets, eyes wide and alarmed. A lamp, which until mere moments ago had resided on the bedside table, was in pieces on the floor. Outside, lightning flashed, illuminating the rain pattering noisily against the window.

“Luke?” Layton took a step into the room, trying valiantly to get his breathing back under control. His heart-rate was slowly returning to normal, though. It seemed there was no real emergency here. The crash was obviously just the lamp falling or being knocked over—

He was completely stunned when Luke vaulted off the bed, nearly falling when his legs became momentarily tangled in the blankets, threw himself across the room, and wrapped both arms around the professor’s waist, holding on for dear life.

Layton took an instinctive step back, not out of any revulsion at the gesture, but more because he was startled into it. “Luke, what’s wrong?” But the boy clung to his mentor with little more than a frightened whimper offered in response.

Now very much awake, Layton took quick stock of the situation. Something had the poor boy very scared, and as odds were that neither of them would be getting back to sleep any time soon, now would probably be the perfect time to find out what exactly had happened.

With one more glance around to make sure nothing else was out of place, he took Luke by the arm and led the boy back downstairs to the office, where the single lamp still burned.


It was remarkable what a warm fire and a cup of tea could do to calm one’s nerves. Layton already felt a great deal more relaxed about the whole thing. In the corridor, the clock had just chimed that it was a quarter after three in the morning.

Luke, on the other hand, seemed disoriented by the whole thing. Being torn from slumber while in the throes of a nightmare had left the poor boy exhausted and confused. He looked down into the teacup in his hands and sighed. Still clad in blue pajamas while displaying a shocking case of bedhead, he looked very young indeed.

Having made a quick check around the office to satisfy himself that all else was well in the place, Layton took a seat opposite his apprentice. “Are you all right?”

Luke nodded mutely. “M’sorry, Professor…was just a nightmare…”

“No need to apologize,” Layton assured him. He paused a moment to nurse his own tea. “Do you remember your nightmare? Anything at all?” For the boy to have been worked up enough to manage to knock the lamp over, it had to have been quite a dream.

After a moment, Luke replied. “It was…very strange,” he began slowly, then paused. “I think it was raining because it was hitting windows or glass around me. And I think I was moving somehow…”

He glanced up at the professor, as though seeking some sort of reassurance or validation that this all didn’t sound quite as crazy as he thought it did. Layton nodded, offering up a smile of encouragement. “Go on, it’s all right.”

“I just…heard a scream, and then everything went completely bonkers,” Luke went on at the professor’s words. “Like the whole world got turned upside down and shaken. Like we were inside one of those snow globes you see during the holidays! And there was glass and a lot of light, all different colors of light everywhere, and it was all very hazy…and then I woke up.” He paused against to sip his tea, then looked up again. “I’m sorry about the lamp…”

“It’s nothing to worry about,” Layton assured him, taking another sip. “You remember nothing else?”

Luke shook his head. “That’s all.”

“Do you feel any better?” the professor asked.

This time the boy nodded, punctuating the gesture with a yawn. One hand moved to absently rub at his eyes. “M’fine now. Just tired…”

So very young indeed.

Within the next few moments, goodnights were exchanged, and Luke retired again, seeming far more calm than he had been merely a short while ago. Layton stayed downstairs; his cheery smile did not fade until after he heard Luke’s door close. Only then did his expression grown pensive, and he retired again to his office, dropping into his desk chair.

One hand moved to a drawer in his desk, opening it and fishing into a file for a moment before withdrawing an envelope. The flap had already been torn open, and he regarded it for a moment before slipping the letter from inside it and unfolding it. He already knew what it said, but sometimes a person just needed the added confirmation of his own eyes.

When Luke had been brought to his attention as a potential apprentice, there had been an exchange of letters. Layton had made all the usual inquiries about the lad, and was assured of the boy’s good character and intelligence. There should be no problems with him, they promised him.

In his penultimate letter, he had inquired about Luke’s parents, both for his own curiosity and so as to avoid inadvertently saying something wrong once the boy had been delivered into his care. It wouldn’t do to upset anyone for no good reason. The letter he held now was the reply to that.

After several paragraphs explaining other things and answering other queries, there had been the answer to the pertinent question, and the accompanying explanation:

Regrettably, Luke’s parents were lost in a car accident when he was three. He was a passenger in the car, and the only survivor of the crash, by some miracle. It was a stormy night, and their car went off the road. Luke knows how his parents died, but he does not know that he was in the car with them when it happened. He does not remember the accident at all.

There was more to explain the reason why they had not told Luke the entire truth. He had missed his parents desperately, and he had been inconsolable over the loss, though he did not fully understand the concept of death. It had been quite some time before the weight began to lift. Survivor’s guilt could be a powerful emotion, and they could not bring themselves to risk inflicting more emotional damage on a child who was already so emotionally vulnerable.

Still, it seemed that they had been wrong about one thing: Luke did remember the accident that had left him orphaned, even if it was not a conscious memory. Perhaps it was the storm that set it off…

If the professor had to take an educated guess—something he was incredibly good at doing—he would say that Luke’s nightmare had been that hazy memory, replaying itself. He had been so young when it happened, which probably didn’t help with the clarity of those memories.

Layton sighed and returned the letter to the envelope, and the envelope to the drawer. Poor Luke…

…was this what it felt like to be a parent?

PS. This would be my mental canon for Luke. Because I am something of a whore for storylines like these. Though watch, game three will stomp my ideas into the mud, WOES. But yes, holding to my idea that Luke was an orphan, and also cheerfully enjoying what I perceive to be a father-son relationship between the two. Love it! L’anyhoodle, thanks for reading, all! Much love!

Cherelle_Holmes: Fangirlcherelle_holmes on May 4th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
Yayness ^____^ Something cute to read for lil cherry! *Glomps candy*

This one is really cute *__* Love it!!!

And... *waves flag* Me too! me too!!! Luke IS an orphan! XD Dare you to say anything else game three!!!
Candyland: DC: Heijicandyfics on May 4th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
*giggles* I keep forgetting that you've played this game and know the canon XDD YAY FOR ANOTHER JOINT FANDOM, WHEE! :D

Thanks, lady! Glad you liked it! \o/ Well...game three deals with time-travel, so we'll see ^^;;
Cherelle_Holmes: Hakuba Tea timecherelle_holmes on May 4th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
Yes i have! Three times XD So much love!!!

I know i know ;) got the images of big-luke *giggles*
Candyland: PL [Luke]candyfics on May 5th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
I've played through it twice! The second time was more to try and get all the puzzles and solve everything--and I did it! \o/

I'm really excited about the next game. We're supposed to get it here in the States in...December, I think? *sigh* Waaaaaaaant...
Cherelle_Holmes: Smile! >Dcherelle_holmes on May 5th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
I played the third time with help XD The first two times i ripped my hair out!

...at least you have got game one! Germany is... well they are not the fastest when it comes to new game releases! >__< Germany sucks!

December huh? O>D Njehehe perfect~ I know someone who's got her birthday in december and who's gonna buy it for herself then! XD
Candyland: AD: Tomo sleepingcandyfics on May 5th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
I used a walk-through...err...more than I really wish to admit v_v *pokes fingers together*

Game two won't be out here for seven months *tantrums* But as soon as I have it, you'll hear about it! Promise! :D
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Candyland: PW [I like...]candyfics on May 4th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Your icon is AMAZING
Thank you! *stares at your icon* MEEKINS! You're a Phoenix Wright fan, too? :D :D :D

*hugs* Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it ^____^ Luke is most cuddle-worthy~ And I enjoy the spazzing--it makes me happy!

It wasn't "bonkers" initially. It was something else, but I didn't like the way it read, so I changed it XD

YES! WRITE! PLEASE! :D *cheers you on*
I've fallen...and I can't get up.: Miles PREGNANTsometimesuhurt on May 5th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
LOVELY! Great job! I love your Luke canon!!

*Quietly* ...and yay for Luke/Layton cuddling
Candyland: PL [Luke]candyfics on May 5th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
Thanks! :D Glad you enjoyed it! Although now I'm wondering what would happen if Luke found out... *plots to write more in this canon*

*laugh* When I posted this, I actually thought of you for that reason :P Also, I adore your icon. Phoenix Wright for the win!
I've fallen...and I can't get up.: GANT sex bathtubsometimesuhurt on May 5th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
Go for it! This fandom needs moar fanfiction.


I'm glad we can still be lj friends despite being on different ends of the shipping spectrum. :D

And yes, Phoenix wright is SUPER WIN. You write any fanfiction for it?
Candyland: PW [I like...]candyfics on May 5th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
I know! D: I love writing for it. But at the same time I wish other people were writing for it--I want to have something to read! ...d'ya think a challenge or fic/art exchange would go well on the comm? :S

Absolutely! Actually, this is my fic-journal. My personal LJ is candy__chan. We could be friends over there too, if you like? Be warned--I'm extremely boring.

I have only posted one fic thus far for the Ace Attorney series, both Phoenix Wright and Apollo Justice. Got a couple more almost ready to go. I really love the games ~♥
I've fallen...and I can't get up.: lotr WALDOsometimesuhurt on May 5th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
Sometime this summer, I'll probably doddle out a doujin or two. Does that count?

Actually, yeah. If you write out any exchange/challenge ideas, feel free to post 'em at the comm. Or send 'em my way and I can post them all official [mod post] style! :D

Friended! Be warned: I post lots of stories about people being dumb.

Its one of my top fandoms! &hearts !! I played the last game straight for a whole weekend And scared friends and family with all my strange ramblings

Candyland: PL [Objection!]candyfics on May 5th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
Works for me! \o/

I was thinking maybe make a post to ask if anyone would be interested in doing a little exchange or something? Just to see if there's enough people willing to be involved. I'd ever offer art! Although my "art-work" is lovingly called Minimalist Theatre for a reason. It's intended to be a bad joke XD

Huzzah! I babble about fandom and writing and occasional real life things :D

I'm just getting into it, but I really love it! I have several plunnies, and should hopefully start posting more soon! I think my friends got sick of hearing about TEH LAWYER GHEY. Although one of my co-workers found it hilarious.
Lucky_Ladybug: zack_seph_SQUEEinsaneladybug on May 5th, 2008 09:13 am (UTC)
Yay cute fic! X3 I hadn't even heard of these games before you started writing for them, and your depiction of the characters has made me look up info on the games recently. ^^

Exploring characters' pasts is always so much fun in fics, and of course, character relations. Professor Layton wondering if this is what being a parent is like is so squee. X3 And poor Luke. ;__; He seems like a very adorable child character.

I love the descriptions, and how Layton's main thought when he hears the crash and the scream is about Luke.
Candyland: DC: Gincandyfics on May 5th, 2008 12:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D They're very sweet, awesome games...and also very challenging. *stabs that one slide puzzle in the FACE* It's cool how they wove a storyline through the puzzles~

On the one hand, I'm quietly hoping that we get more of the characters backgrounds when the second game comes out. On the other hand, I kind of like my mental-canon... *gg* But Luke is uber-cute! The trailer for game two shows him begin adorable. And also Layton being a badass ^___^

Layton is just an all-around good guy :3 *glomps* Thanks again, hon!
Katy: Mouriytak on May 5th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
Stop making me want to play the game. I don't even own a DS (just a Game Cube and two games to that) or even really play video games.

Sounds like Kid and Layton have similar taste in hats. ^_^
Candyland: DC: Eri/Kogorocandyfics on May 5th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
*cackles* Victory is mine! I doubt it would be up on YouTube or anything, though, like the Phoenix Wright games are. Hmm... *plots to get you involved somehow*

Yup! They are the top-hat brigade! \o/ *glomps* Thanks, hon!
Katy: Kid hat and monacleytak on May 5th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
I'll take a look around when I get home. Who knows? Maybe I'll get lucky.

You know what you need to do? Start up a Professor Layton category on ff.net. I've seen categories with less fics than you've written already.

We could add Tuxedo Mask to the top-hat brigade, too! St. Tail could be a part-time member. She uses one, even if she doesn't wear it. Am I forgetting anyone?
Candyland: DC: Shinichicandyfics on May 5th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
Good luck! :D

...how does one go about getting a category added to ff-dot-net? I looked around in search of an email or something, but I couldn't find anything. I would ADORE having a Layton category! And feel sort of important if mine are the only fics in there... *finger-pokes*

Oh, you're right! And maybe the Millenium Earl from D.Gray-Man? Although he might try to eat everyone or something...
Katyytak on May 6th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
Has the first 8 minutes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kVnwujGziY It looks like a cute game. And I solved the first puzzle right away (I'm pretty decent at that kind of puzzle).

I've been looking around. I know I've seen a "submit a category" somewhere before but I can't find it now. ARRRGH!

Hmm, let's keep it to (mostly) sane people.
Candyland: DC: Satou/Takagicandyfics on May 6th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
You can also play a very short demo on the official site. It's a great game :3

On the advice of magicbulletgirl, I tried emailing Support. No idea if that'll work, but hey, it's worth a shot. I tried Google, but it seems like nobody knows how to request a category anymore :S

*laugh* All righty then. Sane people it is!