springgreen: (saiyuki ikkou green)
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Spoilers: Minor spoilers for Gaiden
Disclaimer: Everyone belongs to Minekura Kazuya, lucky her
Notes: Because I wanted a fluffy ikkou story.

Sanzo and Hakkai have nightmares when it rains. Rainy days mean Sanzo scowls and holds himself more stiffly than usual. They mean Hakkai's fake smile growing faker. Rainy days suck. Sometimes, though, Gojyo will hold the umbrella for Hakkai when they go grocery shopping, and sometimes, Goku will get on Sanzo's nerves and get his head bashed in return.

Gojyo talks about good dreams he's had, dreams of pretty women and that perfect hand of cards. Everyone will know when Gojyo's had a good dream, even when they don't want to. Goku tries to drown out unwanted details by stealing Gojyo's food. Sanzo just waves his gun. But Gojyo won't stop until Hakkai smiles and asks Gojyo to carry more grocery bags than usual. Still, Goku now knows that whenever Gojyo starts talking about his dreams, it means he woke up clutching that space between his neck and his shoulder.

Goku doesn't really care about his dreams. They're pretty nice -- he gets tangerines and cake and meat buns and dumplings. Other than that, it's just Sanzo and Gojyo and Hakkai and him. Sometimes they look different and go by different names, but Goku knows it's still them. Sometimes he thinks he should dream of cold rock and iron chain, but he doesn't.

The day he has his first nightmare, it's raining, and Gojyo's already spilling unwanted details about his dream to Hakkai and Sanzo.

Great.

Hakkai's too busy staring off into space to put Gojyo together, Gojyo's too busy talking to bug Hakkai, and Sanzo's too busy glowering to be of any use at all.

Goku plops down at the table and tries to wolf down the food, but there's a lump in his throat that keeps him from swallowing. He wants to go out and jump in puddles, but tracking mud in may make Hakkai all scary. He can't even start up a really good argument with Gojyo.

For maybe the first time, he's too tired to yell at everyone for being idiots, and he wonders if this is how Sanzo feels at times. Comparing himself to Sanzo is a little scary, so he stops. But he's still grumpy and out-of-sorts, and the silence is really weird.

It's not really silent, because Gojyo is (still) talking, but it sounds all civilized and totally wrong. And right now, Goku just can't take wrong, so he sits in a corner and pokes around randomly at things.

Sanzo's paper fan cracks as it hits his head.

"Ow! I didn't do anything!"

Sanzo towers over him, and the familiar tic is back as he clenches his teeth. "You're making too much fucking noise."

Gojyo has finally stopped talking, largely because he's staring at Sanzo.

"No, I'm not!" Goku says. Even Hakkai is starting to pay attention.

"Ah, Sanzo, perhaps you could be gentler with Goku?"

Sanzo glares at Hakkai, who unsurprisingly meets the signature death stare with a similarly signature casual smile.

"It does seem as though he's quieter than usual," Hakkai continues.

"Fuck yeah!" says Gojyo. "And it's a damn good thing, too!"

And now, Goku knows where he fits in, but before he launches himself at Gojyo (he's settled on "cockroach" instead of the usual "pervy kappa" for some variety), he just wants to check.

"You guys, uh," he says, "you guys won't um. Leave. Right?"

He gets Sanzo's paper fan again, but that's answer enough.

He can hear Hakkai reassuring him and asking what brought this up, along with Gojyo vowing they would never do that, interspersed with mutters of "How did he get such a stupid idea in his head?"

But he doesn't pay attention, not even to Gojyo's insults, which will be dealt with later, because Sanzo is standing in front of him, offering a hand.

Goku reaches up through the cave bars and grabs Sanzo's hand to grasp shining gold hair and hooks pinkies not-Gojyo's big hands enveloping his.

He gets up and grins sheepishly at everyone. "Nightmare?"

But even as he says it, he forgets about memories of a friend's blood on his face, of not- Sanzo and not-Hakkai and not-Gojyo dying.

In the end, they're just dreams.

Gojyo and Sanzo exchange their "Goku is crazy" looks, and Goku gets a real smile from Hakkai. Maybe he isn't the only one who figures that nightmares go away, but now never does.

That's when Goku kicks Gojyo hard, and that's when the noise starts up again.

Things work best when they're all together.

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Date: 2006-03-30 09:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] louiselux.livejournal.com
Ah, wonderful. It says so much about them all and their relationships.

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Date: 2006-03-30 08:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] springgreen.livejournal.com
I love all four of them! I mean, I love the pairings as well, but sometimes I want slice-of-life Sanzo-ikkou fic as well.

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Date: 2006-03-30 04:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wordsofastory.livejournal.com
Aw, that's so sweet. Very nice.

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Date: 2006-03-30 08:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] springgreen.livejournal.com
Awww, thank you ^_^.

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Date: 2006-03-30 04:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ranalore.livejournal.com
Fantastic! You've got their dynamic down very well, and I love your Goku voice.

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Date: 2006-03-30 08:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] springgreen.livejournal.com
Thank you!

I adore Goku.

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Date: 2006-03-30 04:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com
Aww, that is so sweet. And a great Goku point of view.

I like to think that Goku didn't actually see Tenpou and Kenren and Konzen dying, but then I can't imagine him getting locked in the cave while they were alive to protect him.

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Date: 2006-03-30 08:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] springgreen.livejournal.com
Yeah, I wanted it to be uncertain if Goku was just dreaming that or if they were actual memories or a mix.

I &heart; Goku so much!

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Date: 2006-03-30 07:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] coffeeandink.livejournal.com
Goku doesn't really care about his dreams. They're pretty nice -- he gets tangerines and cake and meat buns and dumplings.

hee! I feel much Goku love!

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Date: 2006-03-30 08:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] springgreen.livejournal.com
I love Goku! I wish there were more Goku fic!

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Date: 2006-03-30 08:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] coffeeandink.livejournal.com
Also, I love that Sanzo is the first to notice something's wrong with Goku and that his way to notice is to smack him.

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Date: 2006-03-30 08:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] springgreen.livejournal.com
Eeeeeee yes!

Me too ^_^.

Hakkai gets the nice line, but of course Sanzo knows first.

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Date: 2006-03-30 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] livinglaurel.livejournal.com
GOKU LOVE.

Sanzo glares at Hakkai, who unsurprisingly meets the signature death stare with a similarly signature casual smile.

I know this is centered on Goku, but I think it's a really great ensemble piece too -- without being show-offy at all, you sort of draw the details of what everyone's like v quickly and quietly.

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Date: 2006-03-30 08:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] springgreen.livejournal.com
Oh thank you! I'm really glad it worked! I love Goku, and I wanted something on how he felt about all four of them together, and to capture how much I love their dynamic.

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