Pairing: Awayuki Himeno/Hayate
Theme: #24—good night
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: Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight…can you give me a hand here?
Calm, cool, and clear. It was definitely a good night.
Awayuki Himeno was laying comfortably in the grass in the middle of the Awayuki lawn; her fingers were interlocked behind her head, her legs stretched out and crossed at the ankles. Directly above her was a break in the trees, allowing her a perfect view of the semi-darkened sky above. The sky was only semi-dark because of the copious number of stars shining there. So many, scarce to be counted…
The grass beneath her back was cool, lightly tickling her bare arms. The air was still, and calm.
She let her eyelids slide down over her eyes. So very peaceful…
The faint squeaking sound of crunching grass reached her ears, but she did not stir; she knew instinctively who it was. She heard the rustle of clothing and the further sound of grass being displaced as her visitor took a seat in the grass beside her.
And still her eyes remained closed. She simply said, “Hello, Hayate.”
A soft chuckle was the response, proving her right.
Finally, she opened her eyes and turned her head to look at him. He’d sprawled outside beside her, mimicking her position on the ground. “How long have you been out here?” he asked.
“A while,” she smiled, and glanced back up at the sky. “Do you think I should make a wish?”
Hayate frowned. “Make a wish?”
“You know, the old rhyme,” Himeno said. “Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight.” She chuckled. “Just a children’s poem.”
“Are you going to make a wish?” Hayate asked, his tone far too casual.
“I think I will…” Himeno squeezed her eyes shut and wished with all her might. I wish…
When she had successfully sent her hope on its way to the stars, she opened her eyes again to find that Hayate had rolled over and was now laying on his side, stretched out beside her. Watching her with those dark eyes. “Must have been a good wish,” he commented.
“I think so,” she nodded.
“Can I ask what it is?”
“Then it won’t come true,” Himeno admonished him gently. “Why don’t you make a wish?”
He looked thoughtful for a moment before turning his head to look up at the stars. He studied them carefully, then closed his eyes. A few seconds later, he opened them and returned his gaze to her. “There, I made a wish. Happy now?”
Himeno chuckled. “Very much so. Can I ask what you wished for?”
One dark eyebrow quirked. “Then it won’t come true,” he teased in an echo of her own words.
“Aww, you’re no fun,” she smiled indulgently. He laughed along with her, and dropped his head, letting his forehead rest comfortably against her shoulder, one free arm snaking its way around her waist.
“Hayate?” she said after a minute.
“Do you really think wishing on stars works, or are you just humoring me?”
He was silent, but he lifted his head and shifted again, ever so slightly…
The stars, shining in testament to the beautiful night, were the only witnesses to the moment.
Hayate inched his head back.
PS. Okay, note to self: don’t kill Himeno off. Ever. Again. It makes people very angry, and then they want to hurt and/or kill me O_O Yikes…so here! Take the fluff! Take it, I say! And put down those sticks! Thanks for reading, everyone. Hope this made you a little bit happier. Much love!