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Saturday, September 29, 2012
Summary: Dame-Tsuna, well, was dame. No matter what he did, he failed, except for one though, and that's his innate ability to make children like him. Even if the child was the son of the infamous, Hibari Kyoya.
Tsuna tried his hardest not to squeal in glee but as seconds ticked by, it was getting harder and harder. The only thing stopping him from glomping the adorable doll before him was the fierce glare directed at him by said doll. Seriously, who could resist such a charming sight?
Kai was dressed in lavender winter clothes complete with a padded coat, fluffy white earmuffs, a pair of cotton mittens, and a pair of boots. To sum it up, he looked too cute to resist. Who knew the ice prince was weak against ice and anything cold in general? A contradiction that very well suited Kai.
"Herbivore...give me a good reason why we're at a skating rink." Tsuna smiled, his eyes glimmering in joy and Kai could only stare blankly at his babysitter. The herbivore really was strange, not to mention childish. Kai had never seen an adult acting so immaturely before, that is, if he excludes those annoying pests his father worked with.
"It's for training, Kai-kun. I did promise you, didn't I?"
The truth was that this was the only place Tsuna could think of where he wouldn't burn to a crisp. It was currently mid-summer and Japan was known to have very high temperatures during summer. Being away for so long, his body had yet to adjust to Japan's extreme weathers.
Italy had been temperate and didn't reach the highs and lows that were known in his home country. He came back just two months ago, and adapting so quickly was close to impossible. With a quaint smile, he turned and glided around Kai, his body gracefully executing a spin.
"Besides, I've been told this was a good way of perfecting your balance, which you lack right now Kai-kun."
Tsuna smiled slightly when he saw his young charge frown. Well, it was true though. Every time Kai swung his tonfas, his body lurked forward too much—a leeway his enemies could use. The lapses between each strike were too long, and as young as he was now, it would be better to correct this disadvantage. The brunet could only wonder how Hibari corrected his form, for every strike was delivered precisely and powerfully and...he shook his head at this, this was not the time for him to think like that.
Tsuna clapped his hands, catching Kai's attention. He smiled, trying to placate the irritated child.
"Now then, shall we start?"
He offered one hand to the glaring child, only for his hand to be ignored. Tsuna shook his head, chuckling a bit as he watched Kai waddle to the center, slipping and falling, but never asking for help. A fond smile settled on his lips. This really might be the most interesting experience he's ever had in a long time. Another fall from the stubborn kid had him gliding towards Kai. Tsuna looked down at Kai, amusement shining in his eyes when his charge looked away from him, obviously irritated.
"Kai-kun, you will never learn how to skate if you continue being stubborn."
Kai crossed his little arms across his chest, and Tsuna tried not to squeal at the adorable picture he made. It was hard to believe that this young child was the same one who tried to attack him with pure brute force just a few days ago. Squatting down, Tsuna reached out and placed one hand on Kai's cheek. The child flinched, but didn't slap his hand away. The brunet took this as a sign to continue.
"Kai-kun, do you know the first step to get stronger?" Hibari's son turned to him, his eyes intent on him. Tsuna suppressed the urge to laugh at the childish glee and excitement brimming in those ice blue eyes. Instead, he removed his hand from Kai's face and settled both his hands on his bent knees.
"The first step is to acknowledge the fact that there will always be someone stronger than you." A frown quickly marred the cherubic face, but the serious expression on his babysitter's face stopped him from replying.
"There is always someone who would be better. One will win, the other will not." Tsuna continued, letting the child digest everything he was saying.
"Many others do not know that pride and arrogance are the main keys to defeat. Those who strive hard, do their best, and in turn become strong, but still remain humble, are the truly strong ones. Do you understand?" There was a contemplative look on Kai's face, eliciting a smile from his lips. Hibari's son really was endearing, and it still amazes him how the child could be so different yet so alike to his father.
Kai nodded after a moment's pause. "What are you trying to say, herbivore?"
Tsuna chuckled in response as he stood to his full height, carefully pulling the child with him. Tightening his grip on the child's hand, he smiled down at him.
"What I'm trying to say is right now I'm stronger than you, and it would be in your best interest if you relied on me until you can stand on your own two feet."
Kai scowled but didn't let go of the hand holding his. It was strange, really. He knew his babysitter was making fun of him, but not the way other people did. It didn't rub him wrong, and he was definitely not being underestimated. His scowl turned to a frown, his grip tightening around Tsuna's. If his babysitter noticed, he didn't comment and instead led them towards a corner to start their lesson. Kai glanced at the herbivore, that annoying smile still on his face. It really was...strange. It was cold and he hated this place, but why does his hand feel excessively warm?
They stopped at one side of the rink before his babysitter leaned down and stared at him. The usual smile on his face was gone, and Kai frowned in confusion.
"What?" Tsuna ruffled his hair, much to his annoyance but didn't move away from those gentle hands. Begrudgingly, he liked the feeling it gave him when his babysitter did that, but he would never ever tell him.
"I want to ask you, Kai-kun. Why do you fight?"
Without missing a beat, Kai answered. "To get stronger."
Tsuna frowned and shook his head.
"That's not it, Kai-kun. Tell me, is there anyone in this whole world you would like to protect?" Kai stared at the herbivore as if he had grown another head. Someone to protect? Looking down at his feet, his mind searched for anyone who would fit the criteria. A familiar face crossed his mind.
"Father." It was uttered softly, the respect and awe he felt towards his father were clear in his voice. Tsuna softly patted the child's head before placing the same hand over Kai's chest.
"Don't forget that, Kai-kun. That is the reason people become really strong. When the time comes, I'm sure you'll become the strongest person I would ever know." Kai gasped softly before looking up at his babysitter. Is that true? He searched the brunet's eyes for any lies and flattery but he found none. What he saw in those irises were understanding, warmth, and something else he couldn't pinpoint. He turned away. No one else has ever told him that. Why?
"Don't lie." Tsuna chuckled as he stood. He patted Kai's head once again.
"Kai-kun, sometimes, it's ok to believe in people." Believe in me. Kai stared at the ice rink beneath his feet. He was feeling strange again. What was he feeling exactly? There was a tug from his hand and they were gliding together again. He looked up and stared at the herbivore's face. Maybe, just this once...
"Ok." It was barely audible but Tsuna heard it all the same. His heart swelled with fondness for a moment, and he suppressed the urge to hug the child once again. Instead, he grinned at Kai in response, and then, everything seemed alright again. He'll just have to ignore that nagging feeling at the back of his head. Everything was alright for now.
"You have a lot of explaining to do, dame-Tsuna." Reborn fingered the gun in his hand and Tsuna stepped back.
"Hieeeee!" Reborn fixed him with a stare, a stare he knew all too well and he was come undone.
"I can explain! It's just you were busy and I didn't want to disturb you and I—it's not that I was hiding anything, I swear! I mean there's nothing to hide haha! The job isn't hard and it looks like I'll be able to keep this one for a long time, and then there would be no burning and I wouldn't be so useless anymore and I—"
"Dame-Tsuna." He stopped abruptly, realizing he was babbling. He tended to do that when he was nervous. The brunet sighed, groaning in his head. What was he thinking? He could never lie to this man. Not ever.
"Are you done?" Tsuna took a deep breath before flopping on the couch.
"Good. Because right now, you will tell me everything, and this time." Reborn paused, his eyes boring into his. "This time, you will not hide anything."
Tsuna felt bile rise in his throat. He never did like it when his former tutor was angry. Sure, Reborn was impatient and found him annoying most of the time, but he rarely gets mad at him. The only times he did were when Tsuna hides things from him, just like now. With another sigh, he told him everything. From his job to Kai, and things worth mentioning, Tsuna reiterated every detail.
It was silent when he was done telling his tale. Reborn only regarded him coolly underneath his fedora hat. The gun he was holding a while ago now gone, and a cup of espresso now occupied his hand. There was a clink of porcelain and Tsuna flinched.
"Time is not a luxury you have, dame-Tsuna." He stared at the clenched fists on his lap. With a tired smile, he answered.
"I know." Reborn was analysing him, he could feel it, but it was the truth. He had nothing more to hide. His former tutor knew everything.
"This is your call, dame-Tsuna. I will not intervene, even when it becomes too late. This will be your punishment for lying to me." There was cruelty in his words, and the way he uttered his ultimatum made him feel helpless and small. Painfully, he closed his eyes.
"I understand." Reborn walked past him and Tsuna knew his business with him was done.
"Reborn." He heard him stop but didn't turn around.
"Thank you." Tsuna was only greeted with the sound of his door closing.
Hibari Kyouya was and will always be the picture perfect aristocratic, and traditional Japanese man. From his fondness for tea to his formal and stiff ways, Hibari exuded an aura long forgotten by the modern folks of today. However, like all humans, even the seemingly 'perfect' always had their less than redeeming qualities. Like his superior's incessant need to call everyone else 'herbivore', as well as his infamous acts of violence.
It was quite obvious that Hibari was as cunning as he was destructive. It led to many complications in his part, just like now. Kusakabe sighed, tiredly sweeping his eyes across the room. His boss, it seemed, was in a very foul mood again, meaning their employees would be too frightened to actually do anything productive.
His usual fail safe plan of dumping paperwork on his superior's desk had for the first time in his life, failed. It was supposed to save him multiple more times before it goes kaput, unfortunately, Kusakabe miscalculated one tiny detail. Hibari Kyouya is always one step ahead; thus, his seemingly never-ending workload vanished within just a week. If there was one thing he still wasn't used to when it comes to the person he respected most, it was Hibari's uncanny ability to accomplish the impossible with flying colors.
He swore he had set a whole month's load of paperwork on his desk a week ago. Kusakabe frowned. This was definitely not looking good. With the constant meetings with their other contracted companies, things were bound to go awry. It would definitely lead to more resignation letters on his desk.
And frankly, as much as their company was at the top of their game, no employees meant no company at all. He groaned into his crossed arms, his body hunched forward, as he prayed internally for a miracle. Damn it all. What he needs right now is the strongest liquor Japan could offer. On second thought, that wouldn't his best idea. Aside from vulpine females, Hibari detested intoxicated men. Double damn.
There was a mild vibration in his breast pocket, and he absent-mindedly took his cell out of its confines. The screen's light pierced through his tired eyes but he quickly read through the message's contents. His cell closed with a snap, and he took a moment to digest what he read. His eyes quickly snapped to attention. How stupid could he be? It was just brilliant! If his superior was so far ahead why should he stay here longer? A small smile formed on his face. With a crooked grin, he dialled an all-too familiar number.
Hibari stared at the sight before him, his eyes already narrowed into his customary glare. The imbecilic people he was, unfortunately, working with have yet to decide on the floor plan for their next project. It was supposed to be a meeting that would compose of the technical aspects of the building featuring all their market products, as well as their intel network, but mostly, they were trying to build a hotel.
A hotel which would feature the finest fishes Japan could offer along with some through an aquarium, paintings from local artistes, as well as aspiring ones through a museum, and many others. It was a project that would cater to the flocks of tourists that Namimori have been receiving for the past decade, and as business tycoons, they intend to make full use of this opportunity. Well, that was the initial plan. Now, he didn't have the slightest clue as to what they're babbling about. It took all his will, and patience, not to try and beat them senseless for wasting precious time, his time for that matter.
"You idiot! Baseball commercials won't appeal to the mass media!"
"Haha. There's always a baseball fanatic in a crowd, you shouldn't judge so quickly."
"Kufufu. I believe that's the most ridiculous plan you have ever thought of. It's quite disappointing, Takeshi-kun."
"Well, it isn't much but maybe a different approach would be more appropriate, and I believe it's a matter of perspective." Byakuran muttered indulgently, his fingers busy shuffling inside a pack of marshmallows.
Gokudera scoffed and crossed his arms, his glare not softening in the slightest. "Perspective, my ass. It's plain stupid if you ask me." Byakuran sent him a smile, not the least bit offended.
"And I believe, I wasn't asking you, untamed barbaric cat." Gokudera bristled and stood quickly, his hands slamming on the table with force that rattled all their teacups.
"What did you say, you bastard!" Dino sighed as he watched the interaction with bored eyes. It was the same routine, and truth be told, he was getting tired of it. A quick glance to his left and he knew he had to intervene, and quite soon as well. Those ticks on Kyoya's forehead were getting quite twitchy for the past few minutes.
"Maa maa, why don't we get back on track, I believe it was the floor plan?" Dino asked tentatively. They quickly turned his attention to him, making him stiffen in his seat. After what seemed eternity, they all settled back on their seats, and the bucking horse resisted to sigh in relief. Really, what did he do in his past life to be stuck with these immature brats?
And as if a switch had been turned on, Gokudera's composure was back, his glasses perched on the bridge of his nose, his hair tied back, and his body screaming 'professional' in every angle.
"The architect wanted the aquarium at the base, while the museum would be at the third floor, the dining at the fifth, the finest suites at the upper floors, and the featured products somewhere in the middle. The decision for the floor plans is still up for debate though since we only managed to settle for other necessities such as the tiles." A page was flipped and all others followed suit, reading the report on their hands in silence. Gookudera continued.
"They said the marble tiles would suit the interior for the main lobby, but the ceramic tiles imported from China would be more durable than the ones sent in from Thailand. The jade paint from our main supplier would be the main color for the posts along the tunneled aquarium."
"The designs for the reception rooms would be themed as 'ikebana' just like Hibari suggested. From our surveys, it appealed nicely with both men and women. An emergency floor would be set-up as well since we're selling some of the units to other stock holders; therefore, there are a few who would take up permanent residence in our hotel. Generally, the whole layout of this hotel is the rough sketch at the last page of the report. Other suggestions are now up for discussion." Gokudera closed the folder gingerly, before looking up waiting in silence as the others finished reading the files he distributed a while ago.
It was Dino who spoke first, his eyes scanning the pages with ease. "Hmm, where would the penthouse be situated? The aerial garden would take the uppermost floor, I believe. The pool and recreational facilities as well."
Byakuran popped a marshmallow in his mouth before closing his folder. "The floor plan didn't include those yet, am I right prissy cat?" A vein on his forehead throbbed but Gokudera didn't take the bait.
"Hibari wanted to hold off the planning for the aerial garden, as well as all other intricate designs of the building." They simultaneously stared at the president of Cloud Inc. and Hibari tried not to roll his eyes in exasperation.
"Hibari Kai will be in charge of the planning for the aerial garden. I will not argue his case for even you herbivores know that in comparison to my son, all others are morons." Ah, Hibari is as lovable as always. Mukuro chuckled, amusement coloring his voice as he leaned his head on his hand.
"True, the little monster is an annoying brat, but brilliant at times." Hibari's hand twitched. He'll bite that pesky mosquito to death one of these days.
"Maa maa, Kai's a genius but really is it true he has a permanent babysitter now?" Yamamoto was genuinely curious. He had heard Gokudera grumbling about it one time and he seriously wanted to meet the person who could put a lid on that destructive child.
"Yes, and he's my little brother! Sawada Tsunayoshi! You guys should meet him one of these days. He's—" Yamamoto already tuned Dino out when he uttered that name. It's been ten years since then, and frankly, the kid was never impressionable to begin with. He was weak, pathetic, and scrawny. And now to know that he of all people could tame Hibari's child of all people...he must be wrong in his assumption then.
"Little brother? You're an only child, bronco." Gokudera scoffed and leaned back on his chair. To be honest, he seriously doubted this Sawada character now. He hated him to the core back in middle school. Who could be that pathetic? It grated on his nerves whenever he saw him.
"I'm quite interested in this babysitter, Kyoya-kun. Who is he?" Byakuran stared at him, and Hibari really tried not to smash the fox's face with a tonfa. He could almost hear the manipulative gears working behind that stupid mask. Instead, he closed his folder and stood up.
"None of your business. I believe this meeting is adjourned, leave the premises or I will bite all of you to death." Hibari gave them a heated glare just for good measure before swiftly leaving the room. Silence lasted for only a second before Mukuro's amused laughter was heard.
"My my, you sure love getting on his nerves, bronco." Dino grinned, his eyes sparkling in mischief.
"You have no idea, Mukuro-kun."
They were at a nearby park, and for Tsuna, it felt like bliss to feel the afternoon wind caressing his face. It had been an interesting experience to see the usual uptight child flustered and sulky. It had taken them two full hours before Kai was able to skate on his own. His pride was hit somewhere in between, because it took him a week before he could glide so flawlessly like Kai did. That boy really was a naturally gifted child. Like father, like son, ey?
Tsuna sighed and stole a glance at his ward who was happily eating the ice cream he had bought for him. A smile tilted the edge of his lips. It was amusing to see him trying not to show how pleased he was with the cold sweet. So the ice prince has a sweet tooth. Maybe, he got it from his mother. A sudden stray thought had him wondering.
"Ne Kai-kun. If you don't mind me asking..." Tsuna hesitated and Kai raised an eyebrow in question. Now, he didn't get to see his babysitter hesitating often.
"Herbivore, spit it out." Kai ordered and Tsuna tried not to flinch. Seriously, how can a child of six be intimidating while eating strawberry ice cream? Great, I'm being forced to submission by a child. The brunet sighed.
"I just wanted to know where your mother is." Kai didn't react the way he expected him to. Tsuna expected his ward to glare and ignore him, instead, Kai's face was blank. The brunet didn't miss, however, the darkening of those silver blue eyes. Now, he felt guilty for asking.
"That woman is useless, and wretched." Tsuna's eyes were fixed on the dog playing around. He turned to Kai and found the grip he had on his ice cream was enough to crush the cone.
"Do you hate her?"
Kai stared at his babysitter, wondering why he wasn't asking him why he thought of his mother that way. Instead, he found him staring into the distance, just like that other time in his school. His hag babysitters from before always demanded to know where his mother was, who she is, why they were left to babysit someone like him.
He always ignored them, but sometimes, it hurts. No matter how much he blocked them from his head, it always does. But this herbivore wasn't asking him anything, wasn't demanding answers, and not judging him. He felt his hands trembling when he answered.
"No. I won't waste my time hating someone worthless." Tsuna closed his eyes, his heart painfully squeezed hearing such cruel words. He didn't know what the circumstances are, but he won't pry. He's not in a position to do so. The poor ice cream was now a puddle of goo in Kai's hands and wordlessly, he pulled out his handkerchief and wiped off the mess.
"Kai...thank you for telling me." Kai looked up, only to be greeted with that same smile that made him feel strange and restless. It wasn't unpleasant, but it left him confused, and he didn't like being confused.
With the child's hands cleaned, Tsuna moved back, regarding the child with a thoughtful look. Kai became strangely subdued after that. A wry smile formed on his lips. Who wouldn't be uncomfortable after a confession like that? To view the person who gave birth to you in that way...he couldn't imagine feeling that way towards his mother.
His heart clenched painfully again, and without hesitation, he pulled the child snuggly in his arms. Right now, he felt really really sad and he didn't know why. He felt the child struggle but stopped abruptly. Tsuna felt a smile tug at his lips though he was feeling like crap. Kai must be unused to affectionate gesture like this. That will change soon enough.
"Kai-kun, you really are too adorable." Kai frowned, awkwardly still in the embrace.
"I really hate you, herbivore."
Tsuna laughed softly. "I know."
To be continued...
Summary: Dame-Tsuna, well, was dame. No matter what he did, he failed, except for one though, and that's his innate ability to make children like him. Even if the child was the son of the infamous, Hibari Kyoya.
"So, you're my permanent babysitter?" Kai uttered blandly while it took all his might not to fidget on the spot. How could a child be so imposing? For someone who was adept in taking care of children, Tsuna had been introduced to many many young-lings, but never had he met a child who could stump him speechless. Like father, like son, huh?
That very morning, he had been sleeping away as if his life depended on it, but no…his annoying, self-proclaimed brother had found it necessary to wake him up. Banging on his door so early in the morning, then proceeding to pull him towards his car, disabling him from changing…the brunet could definitely feel his ears heating up, as Kai surveyed his clothes. Really, it happened way too fast for him to comprehend.
Dino grinned wolfishly beside him, seemingly amused with the sudden turn of events. His eyes slid towards the blond in disdain. The nerve of him laughing his ass off when it was his fault to begin with. He wouldn't be feeling like a fish out of water, if it weren't for Dino's stupid ways of waking people up.
To think Kai gets to see him in his 'unmanly' pajamas. Well, to the brunet's defence, the patterns were cute, appealing even. Or not. Since he could definitely the raven-haired child's questioning gaze. Tsuna could just hope that Kai would spare him.
"Rubber ducks, herbivore?" Tsuna flushed embarrassedly, covering a part of his face, as he groaned into his hand. Dino laughed from the side lines, and the brunet could only wonder. What did I get into?
Kusakabe Tetsuya was a very perceptive man. He also had a set of principles established from the beginning. Aside from inflicting punishment on the wrong doers, he also longed to serve someone he solely respected. It didn't take long, before he found the person, he would be serving for the rest of his life. And that individual was none other than his superior, boss, and friend—Hibari Kyoya.
Ever since middle school, he had been under the man's authority, and he never dared to disobey him. He wouldn't do it now, and neither would he do it in the near future. Hibari Kyoya had been his saviour, saving him from a group of thugs, who just found him an eyesore, and beating them half dead. Kusakabe didn't leave unscathed though. The only reason he was not beaten as bad as they were, was because he was a student of Nami-chuu.
The inevitable happened, and he quickly joined the disciplinary committee. He didn't regret serving him then, until now. A plus with working for this man, had taught him many things about him. Take his habits for example. Many would assume right away that he was a man of bitter tastes, when in all actuality; Hibari Kyoya had a sweet tooth. He frequently ate Japanese sweets when in the privacy of his office.
He also loved tea to the point that he drinks it more often than water. One could say that his superior had delicate tastes, aside from having a refined palate. That sensitivity had saved him countless times when some idiot dared to poison him. Every kind of tea had its own characteristic smell, color, and taste. Drinking it for so many years would hone one's senses. It wasn't different when it came to his leader, much to the chagrin of his supposed assassins or slanderers.
Hibari Kyoya was also very generous. Everyone within his acre of land would definitely be under his protection. Any famished town or impoverish company would receive his good graces, as long as they do not do anything that would anger him. Many would be doubtful about this, but his superior also loved animals, or anything small and weak. It was a strange fascination, Kusakabe guessed. Since he was strong and dominant, the rule of physics applies, 'opposites attract.'
There were few things he liked, didn't care about, and just plainly ignored. There are many things he hated though, and one of things he hated so much, was the meetings with the other conglomerates. One such man is Byakuran, the fox-faced, and manipulative president of the Millefiore. Another was the head of one of the biggest networking and informant companies around, Rokudo Mukuro. Hibari Kyoya hated them with a passion, that just the mere mention of their names, sent his mood careening down to dangerous levels. Unfortunately, his employees suffered the brunt of his deadly mood.
No, he didn't hurt them, but his aura becomes overly oppressive, that he had to isolate his superior in his office, for the rest of the day. He does that by adding more paperwork to his workload. Many may not know this, but Hibari Kyoya was fond of the abhorred paperwork that many so hate. As much as he wanted to feel guilty for working their president to the point of exhaustion, it was necessary for the mental stability of their workers.
"Tetsu, tea." Kusakabe stood, quickly doing as was ordered. His day now starts, and he knew that later on in the afternoon, he would need to secretly add more paperwork on his superior's desk. After all, the meeting with the other presidents today would be a joint one. What would happen to them if he didn't do that, right?
"Ano…Kai-kun…" Tsuna trailed off, hesitant in expressing his query.
"Hn." For a mere child, Hibari's child really did know how to ignore another's existence. If he were a bit delusional, he would suspect that Kai was just Hibari, shrunken to the size of a child. The brunet sighed, what the hell was he thinking anyway?
He looked around him in uncertainty. Was this how schools looked like nowadays? A long pavement stretched before them, a fountain a few meters from where they stood with a statue of an angel as its centrepiece, and lush trees lined along the acres of land. He knew he had been away for some time, but to think so many things have changed here in Namimori…it was a bit overwhelming…
"Kai-kun…" He called out to the child, and in spite of his irritation at being lied to by his uncle, Kai looked back. He saw his babysitter staring into the distance, and though he could care less, he walked back, and took hold of the herbivore's hand.
"I don't want to be late, herbivore." Tsuna stared at Kai, his eyes wide, surprised by the sudden gesture. The child steadily held his gaze, his small hand firmly gripping his. His eyes softened, and a small smile graced his lips, his hand enclosing Kai's.
"Sorry, Kai-kun, let's go?" With his nod, they both proceeded towards the prep school, hand in hand. Throughout their walk, it had been quite strange. Sure, there were other children running about, but what caught Tsuna's attention were the incredulous stares directed at them. Children and adults alike stared at them. It was unnerving, but didn't let it get to him. It didn't take long before he was led into his young charge's classroom.
Just like outside, the inside of the school was just as grand. The marble walls and the sparkling hallways, he could only wonder if this really was a children's school. It almost looked like a school for high school students, sorely different from the day care he frequented near his home.
The brunet didn't even know that a school like this existed. Kai's school felt too restricted. Are children supposed to feel this suppressed? Opening the classroom door, they walked inside; taking note of the sudden silence that reigned once they entered.
"Herbivore…" Tsuna looked down, his attention wholly on Kai. "….babysitters just watch from the side." The child gestured to the back, and saw other adults sitting down on the chairs lined by the wall. The brunet nodded and smiled, before kneeling on one knee and ruffling Kai's hair.
"Then, good luck, Kai-kun." The other children and their babysitters watched the interaction nervously. They knew this wouldn't end well. Hibari's son always treated his babysitters harshly, and this time wouldn't be any different. However, when Kai only nodded obediently, they felt their jaws slacken, the absurdity of the situation too hard to comprehend. He always pushed away his babysitters from before, what's different with this one now?
Tsuna knew he was gifted with sensitivity beyond the norm, hyper intuition one could say. That's why he knew that everyone in the room was staring at him, when he sat at the back. What did he do this time? The teacher came in, and the customary greeting was done, stand, bow, and then sit down. It was good to know that some things didn't change. The brunet watched as the teacher in front took his place at his desk, before surveying the classroom with keen eyes.
"I presume that everyone did their homework?" One by one, the children took out their assigned work from their desks, before quickly passing them up front. Tsuna stared at all these with mild disbelief. How could this be a preparatory school for young children? Weren't schools for them supposed to be fun and interactive? Exactly what kind of discipline were they enforcing on the young ones? His brow knitted in confusion, and slight anger. This was not what he expected at all.
"Alright, now that all the papers are taken into account, we will proceed with the lesson. From where we left off, the different shapes representing mathematical figures range from…" Tsuna lightly massaged his temples. He could feel a headache coming. What kind of tyranny was this?
For these children to be subjected to this kind of education so early in the years, it was just…sad. The brunet didn't even care if this was a school for the gifted and talented. Children were entitled to enjoy themselves, especially as young as they were now.
"Does anybody know the origins and formula of the Pythagorean theorem?" Tsuna blanched. They learn this too? He knew what the Pythagorean theorem was at fourteen! Well, he wouldn't even bother with it if Reborn had not intervened, and forced—threatened him to memorize every mathematical equation known to man. He looked up, and watched as the teacher's gaze zeroed in on his charge.
"Hibari-kun, do you know?" The man's tone was sharp and mocking, and it had his eyes narrowing. It didn't take a genius to know that the teacher didn't like Kai. The raven-haired child stood, a glare marring his youthful face, before reciting dutifully.
"The Pythagorean theorem, also known as Pythagoras theorem is a next of kin to the Euclidean geometry…." Kai paused, and Tsuna could only smile as the teacher stared at him speechless. If the widened eyes, and gaping mouth were indications, then yes, his adorable charge had stunned him.
"….among the three sides of a triangle. Its formula is a2 + b2 = c2." Kai sat down, his expression still contorted to that of displeasure. The brunet could only have the same sentiments. It was quite disappointing, for an adult such as the man in front, to act so immaturely, and try to embarrass a child. Pathetic.
"Next time, be more specific when answering, Hibari-kun." His tone didn't soften in the least, if anything; it was more spiteful than before. Tsuna stared at the teacher, his face expressionless, and his eyes blazing. Anymore of this and he would intervene. For now, however, he would watch over Kai, and protect him as he promised he would.
"Oi, where's Dame-Tsuna?" Reborn asked, his eyes sharp and calculating as he stared him down. Dino tried his hardest not to flinch, and instead, smiled awkwardly. Right, Reborn didn't know that Tsuna will be working continuously as a babysitter, which unfortunately, could mean his demise if he didn't resolve this soon.
"…he's working? Haha." The blond tried to laugh it off, hoping it would lessen the killing intent emanating from his former tutor. However, it proved to be useless when Reborn only glared at him.
"Working?" His tone of voice was anything but pleasant. Dino could definitely hear the warning bells ringing loudly in his head.
"The babysitting job I told you before?" He knew he wasn't imagining it when he heard the cock of a gun. It took all of his sheer will, not to reminisce those morbid days of torture in his hands, and to think they were almost the same age.
"When did he start?" Reborn asked, his patience already thinning. He was only away for less than three days, and that stupid student of his had floundered off, and accepted another job. And it came from his former no-good student as well. He knew of this beforehand, but he didn't think, Tsuna would be hired permanently. He already had his suspicions, but for now, he would let his curiosity abate.
"I wasn't told of this because?" Dino felt sweat gathering at his forehead, and at the back of his neck. He was a complete failure without his subordinates around, and he was utterly helpless when Reborn was angry. Add those two lovable factors and you get a quivering mess of Dino-goo.
"Because Tsuna said he would tell you himself! Yeah, that's it!" The blonde Italian really tried to convince himself, that Reborn would buy hislame excuse, but with the way he was staring at him, it obviously didn't work.
"Who is he working for?" He pulled at his tie, his eyes taking in every twitch and gesture, Dino had been making for the past few minutes. Actions speak louder than words, after all. He watched as his former student sighed before leaning back on his chair. A smug smirk formed on his lips. He really should know better than hiding anything from him.
"Hibari Kyoya." Dino watched as Reborn's eyes darkened, the faintest light that was usually reflected in his eyes, disappeared quickly, the dark hues swallowing everything in its wake. Without another word, he turned around, walked out, and slammed the door behind him.
He could only stare at his door in mild surprise. Now, that was a reaction he didn't expect. His paled suddenly. It wasn't as if he was expecting something drastic or life threatening…well, he was. Who could blame him when he had been in similar situations just years before?
The blond sighed, lightly massaging his temple. It wouldn't be long, before this mild headache he had been having for the past days, would turn into one mind-blowing migraine. I really need Romario to stock a couple of painkillers in my office. He muttered to himself, his face set in a grimace. Now that Reborn knew, one way or another they would know too. It seems that his plans wouldn't go as smoothly as he would like them to be.
Dino ruefully smiled, the smallest hints of his teeth peeking from his lips. It wasn't as if he had not expected the same obstacle in his schemes. Long before this very day came, he had already planned every single detail.
"Maa, time to work." He stretched his stiff limbs, rolling the joints of his shoulders as he did. His eyes closed in content before opening abruptly, revealing his golden brown orbs, shining briefly in mischief. A smirk graced his lips. His hard word would not be in vain, for he was already formulating for so many years—ten years exactly. His percentage for failure was….
The drive towards the mansion was eerily silent, and for once, Tsuna did not mind the uneasy atmosphere. Kai sat beside him, his gaze outside the window, a scowl etched on his face, as his hand supported his chin. If the brunet didn't know better, he would say that the child was sulking. But, he wouldn't be so presumptuous to think of him that way. It was cute, nonetheless. A frown suddenly appeared on his face.
He couldn't blame Kai for being so irritated. It took an enormous amount of patience, and self-control to prevent himself, from rebuffing the people in Kai's school. It would seem that none of his classmates were fond of him. Everyone was scared of him, actually. The babysitters and teachers weren't any different. They thought of him as a nuisance, a child with no form of discipline whatsoever. Sure, he had heard that his young charge had been violent, but who wouldn't be, when he was as suppressed as he was, at home and school?
Tsuna glanced at the sulking child, his heart reaching out to him. The brunet didn't like the school, and he also abhorred its way of teaching. Even geniuses flourished under normal circumstances. For young children to be faced with the fact that they were different right off bat would be unfair. No, it was cruel. He wryly smiled as an unbidden thought came to mind. That's Hibari-san for you.
It wouldn't be surprising that Hibari would want the best for his son. After all, he expected perfection even during their younger years. It still saddened him somehow. The lush greenery outside had his mind wandering before another idea popped in his head. Quickly, he turned to Kai, his eyes bright, and a grin on his lips.
"Kai-kun, why don't we go out tomorrow?" It was a school day, but classes at Kai's school only lasted for half a day, the afternoon would be free for him to do what he wanted to do. Kai looked sceptical, his brows furrowing in confusion.
"I'll take you somewhere fun, sounds good?" Hibari's son stared at him before opening his mouth.
"No, it sounds stupid, herbivore." Tsuna laughed awkwardly as he scratched his head.
"It would be fun, I promise." Kai only stared at him, making him sigh. He really wanted to do this, and though he didn't want to use his ace, he hardly had a choice.
"I'll teach you my way of fighting if you come with me." Now, that caught his attention. Tsuna could hardly contain his smile when the child's eyes sparkled. Really too alike with that person.
"Fine, but we have to ask father first." He froze at this, his heartbeat accelerating suddenly. He knew that a day would come that he would meet Hibari, he just didn't think it would be this soon, not after so long. With a burdened sigh, he crookedly smiled.
"Let me ask him, Kai-kun."
Hibari Kyoya was not a patient man. Every single person who knew him, was well informed of that very important fact. These ingrates sitting before him, however, seemed to have forgotten that his patience was close to non-existent. They bickered like the herbivores that they were. Unrefined and absolutely stupid.
"Maa Mukuro-kun, that was not part of the agreement, ne Kyoya-kun?"
"Kufufu. There was a glitch in your plan, Byakuran. I personally looked over that pathetic excuse of a contract."
"Would you all just shut the hell up and get this fucking meeting over with?"
"Now, now, Gokudera, you will die from high blood pressure if you always get angry." And that came from the stupid Bronco, who just smiled, and laughed at the barbaric antics of his business partners. It wasn't amusing him in the least, that their meeting, had stretched from an hour to five. They weren't even half done yet. His hands were twitching to get his weapons and let it be over with. He needed any form of distraction, and he needed it now.
Midori tanabiku namimori no
Dai naku shou naku name ga ii
Hibari quickly fished through his pockets for his phone. Everyone else stopped to listen. They knew that only one person was allowed to call him at all times, and that was his young son. He had two phones at his disposal, one for his business transactions, and another one solely for Kai. It was unprecedented; however, that Kai would call him during work. He never called before and for him to call him now…
"Is there something wrong, Kai?" He heard shuffling from the other side, and Hibari could hardly contain his irritation, when he saw every single individual in the room was listening on him.
"Father, my babysitter would like to ask you something." His eyes widened before frowning slightly, and they only leaned closer. Dino sat beside him, just for good measure. If he could right now, he would bite them to death, literally.
"Hand him the phone." He stated crisply, and shuffling was heard once again, before a soft voice flitted across the room.
"Sawada Tsunayoshi." At the mention of the name, Gokudera stood upright, his curiosity now piqued, and he moved to get closer, much to Hibari's annoyance.
"Hai, I apologize for disturbing your work." His voice was an octave lower than he remembered, softer and gentler too. Dino smiled, a grin on his face before shouting.
"Tsuna! How are you? Is there something you need?" Hibari glared at him, his hold on his phone now tighter than before.
"I believe you are not part of this conversation, Bronco." Tsuna could only sigh tiredly. His adopted brother really was a bit dense at times. Hibari was definitely not a happy camper. He could only imagine what would happen when they finally meet. Tsuna shivered. He didn't want to think about it.
"What is it, herbivore?" Hibari growled out, and though they were speaking through phones, he tried not to flinch.
"I-I just wanted to take Kai out tomorrow…would that be alright?" Silence lasted far too long for Tsuna's tastes, and every second that ticked by had his anxiety rising.
"….have the chauffer and Kai's bodyguard accompany you. Kai sleeps at nine, be home by seven." The breath he was holding came out in one quick rush of air, and a smile lighted up his face. Kai stared at him, and he quickly gave a thumbs up.
"Thank you, Hibari-san!" Tsuna cheerfully exclaimed before hanging up. He grinned wide and ruffled Kai's hair.
"We can play all we want tomorrow, Kai-kun!" Kai watched his babysitter humming happily as he petted his dog. He looked even childish than some of the children he knew. What was wrong with this herbivore? He confused him more than what he learned at school. His babysitters before, always looked scared when they were alone. Some just didn't look as joyful as this herbivore before him. He pursed his lips in thought. Maybe, he would figure it out tomorrow.
Hibari shut his phone, pointedly ignoring their stares. Mukuro smirked, his eyes flashing for a second.
"The little devil actually has a babysitter now?" Dino grinned.
"Yeah, and he's my cute little brother!" Byakuran leaned against his palm, his eyes curved into crescents, as he chuckled.
"Hmm…I would like to meet this Tsunayoshi myself." Hibari didn't react in the slightest. He had no time for this.
"Oi Hibari, is that Sawada the same one that studied in Namimori?" Said man didn't answer, prompting Dino to do it instead.
"Bingo. And he's the same Sawada Tsunayoshi who was in your class ten years ago."
When Tsuna stepped foot on his apartment, he didn't think that somebody else would be there. Yet, there he was, his figure intimidating as he leaned against the wall, his eyes following his every movement. The brunet stepped back, and laughed nervously.
"H-Hi there, Reborn…." He trailed off when he saw him walking towards him, a smirk on his face, promising many horrifyingly unmentionable things.
"You have a lot of explaining to do, Dame-Tsuna."
To be continued...
Summary: Dame-Tsuna, well, was dame. No matter what he did, he failed, except for one though, and that's his innate ability to make children like him. Even if the child was the son of the infamous, Hibari Kyoya.
Alright, so maybe, running after Kai wasn't a good idea, but did he think of that? No, he didn't. Tsuna groaned to himself. He's been looking for the child for hours. How could he have forgotten, that he absolutely sucked, when it came to directions? How stupid can one person get?Reborn will kill me. Ugh. The brunet was sure his former tutor would grill him, when he finds out, that he hadn't improved in that department. Damn it!
Tsuna sighed, and closed his eyes in thought. He wasn't unfamiliar with these kinds of places, since most of the people he knew, lived in one. Take his Dino-nii for example. But where does a child usually go in cases like this? With his fingers under his chin in thought, his eyes narrowed, as he surveyed his surroundings. This mansion was huge, and from what he could surmise, there was about fifty or so rooms. Such a waste of space, really.
Walking forward, his gaze flitted from one room to another. Truthfully, he could just ask the helpers in the house. The only problem was that, they were nowhere to be found. Disappearing into thin air, it creeped the brunet out. Why was everyone so detached? It just made this place feel all the more emptier.
Tsuna shook his head, and sighed heavily. He doesn't even know where he should start. An open window caught his eyes, and he wandered towards an empty balcony. Maybe, Kai went through here? Relying on his instincts, Tsuna jumped down and looked around.
The smell of lavenders assaulted his senses, while countless petals littered about. A greenhouse on his far left piqued his curiosity. Letting his feet guide him along, Tsuna found himself at the entrance. Why was it open? His eyes lit up in realization, and he smiled in victory. Found him!
"Kai? Are you there?"
Silence met his ears, and Tsuna sweat dropped at his stupidity. The child was hiding from him, he won't answer his calls no matter how loud they were. Tsuna sighed. He's been doing that a lot lately, and he can't even deny, that it was already a habit. Might as well look around.And he did.
Like a child's first time in a candy store, Tsuna looked around him in awe and wonder. Rosa sinensis, orchids, violets, and other multitudes of flowers he couldn't name, surrounded him. What could he say? They were absolutely breath taking. Breath taking wasn't even enough to describe them. Colourful, bright, and sweet-smelling—these greens were just too captivating.
It might be strange for some, but Tsuna knew, he had a strange affinity—more like an addiction—to flowers. Those ephemeral things were his guilty pleasures. It started, when he was forced to take care of children, back when he was just a teenager of fourteen. For some reason unknown to him, said children liked bringing him flowers. It wasn't strange, but the flower giving became so frequent, it happened every single day.
From then, the brunet found himself always attracted to flowers. Right now wasn't any different, especially when faced with these lovely creations of life. He looked up, and his footsteps screeched to a halt. His awe-filled gaze just then, softened. A smile filled with warmth, made its home on his soft lips. Maybe, it wasn't the flowers that made him so happy then. It must have been the children who gave them to him, with such big grins, and shining eyes, that had him hooked.
Tsuna laughed softly to himself, before shaking his head. His fondness for flowers was nothing, compared to the children, he loves to care for.That's right... Just like that one child sleeping on a bed of Sakura petals, a few meters in front of him. Making sure his approach was silent, Tsuna walked with agile steps, and stopped in front of the lone Sakura tree. He crouched down, and gazed fondly at the slumbering child, a grin on his face.
"No matter what you think little Kai, you're still just a child. So…" The brunet paused and smiled sadly.
"….it's alright not to act so tough." Tsuna smiled a bit brighter, gently picking up the child, and carefully cradling Kai into his arms.
"It'll be alright, nii-san will protect you."
"Ne ne, when will nii-chan come back?" Doe, round eyes stared at her, and she could only sweat nervously in return. Haru laughed awkwardly.
"You see, Tsuna-san won't be coming today, he's busy and…" Haru trailed off when the children surrounding her, started looking upset. Right off bat, she knew something bad was going to happen. She raised her hands, and waved them in front of her face, panicked.
"Ha-hi! Tsuna-san will visit soon, so we must wait patiently, ok?" She smiled hesitantly, when a tug on her apron caught her attention.
"Sensei, will nii-chan come tomorrow?" They stared at her with big, innocent, and expecting eyes, and all she wanted was to dig a hole and die. I can't lie desu! She knew that Tsuna was busy with his new job, but what does she tell her lovable students?
"U-Uhm, you see, Tsuna-san is…uh…hahaha…" She scratched her head and laughed nervously.
"N-Nii-chan won't be c-coming…hick…" Haru stared in horror, as one by one, every child around her started sniffing, tears in their eyes. Please don't cry! Please don't cry!
"UWAAAAH!" The petite brunette covered her ears, as a chorus of cries and screams, stabbed her ringing ears. She felt tears gathering at the back of her eye. Haru closed her eyes tight, and did the only think she knew, that would solve her dilemma.
"Kyoko-chan! Help me!"
Sensing the change in environment, cold blue eyes opened abruptly. Kai sat up on his bed, and looked around him. He was in his room again, it seems…but how? He frowned when his gaze landed on his desk. His stupid babysitter sat there, petting his dog. Tsuna looked up and smiled. Kai glared in return.
"Kai, you're awake. Had a good nap?" Tsuna smiled genuinely, his amusement flaring, when Kai turned away.
"Don't address me so familiarly, stupid herbivore." The child muttered, sulking, and he couldn't help but laugh in response.
"Hibari-kun then?" Kai glared at him more fiercely than before. Tsuna could only grin.
"Kai-kun, it is." The raven-haired child regarded him silently. The brunet tilted his head to the side. Did Kai dislike the way he addressed him?
"Why are you not angry?" Tsuna frowned in confusion. Angry?
"Why should I be?" Kai gritted his teeth, clenching his coverlet in his small hands.
"I attacked you, stupid herbivore." Tsuna stared at him clueless.
"And?" The child stared at him, shocked. Was this man for real? Shouldn't he be cursing, and hating him, just like how all those hags did?
"Are you stupid? You should be mad!"
Kai exclaimed suddenly, and chocolate-brown eyes widened, catching him off guard. Tsuna stared at Kai's quivering form, his glare still in place. The brunet stayed quiet for a moment before sighing. A small smile graced his lips, as he stood, and approached the bed. Kai's form turned right, yet he paid it no heed. Instead, Tsuna sat at the edge of the bed., careful not to startle him.
"Did you want to hurt me?" Tsuna asked softly. Kai clenched his fists again, before begrudgingly shaking his head.
"Then, why should I be mad?" Reaching forward, Tsuna laid his hand atop a fluffy mane, and smiled bright.
"It's my fault, actually. I'm sorry I laughed at you. I didn't mean to offend you. You just reminded me of someone I used to know."
Kai looked down, and stared at his clenched fists. Why was this herbivore so strange? His eyebrows furrowed in confusion, when he felt his hair being ruffled. His gaze landed on his 'babysitter,' who now stood, stretching his arms. Tsuna turned to him and smiled, causing Kai to turn away.
"I know you don't like me very much, but be good to your next babysitter, ok? No more violence, ne?" Kai's eyes widened in surprise. What?
"What do you mean?" A sudden thought struck him and Tsuna understood quickly, why Kai seemed confused.
"Ah. Dino-nii just informed me that I was just a substitute babysitter, so you'll meet your permanent one tomorrow."
Kai stared at him, expressionless, making him feel anxious. Truth be told, it saddens him, that this was his only day to know this child. This child he immediately was fond of…Tsuna smiled small, a bit down with the sudden turn of events. Well, Kai dislikes him—this might be for the better.
"I see…will you…" Kai trailed off unsurely, and Tsuna tilted his head to the side. Hmm?
"Will you ever visit?" Tsuna looked stumped for a second. He wasn't expecting that. He grinned wide.
"If Kai-kun wants to, then, I will."
Long brown hair, tied in a low ponytail, fluttered along the wind, as Tsuna looked back at the mansion. He let his gaze linger for a bit longer before smiling. Tucking his hair behind his right ear, his eyes softened. It was saddening that he had to go, but…it wasn't his place to stay.Just like all the other times...
He would have to start looking for a job soon. The brunet sighed, before looking up, and gazing at the mansion. It was short-lived—his stay here, that is. However, out of all the jobs he had, it was the most…how does he put it? Tsuna shook his head. The past was the past, now, wasn't it? He looked up and stared at Kai's window. He just hoped that young boy would be fine.
"See you another time, Kai-kun."
Loosening his tie, Hibari entered his mansion, only to stop abruptly.
"Shouldn't you be asleep, Kai?"
Said child stared at him with half-lidded eyes, indicating that his son was already too tired. Kai should be, for it was already one in the morning. His son usually slept at nine in the evening. Hibari frowned, before scooping the child into his arms, then proceeding to Kai's room.
"Father?" His son mumbled sleepily.
"I don't want a new babysitter…" Hibari stopped walking, and stared down at his son.
"We already discussed this, Kai." The raven-haired child shook his head.
"No. I want that herbivore as my babysitter." He looked at Kai, questioningly.
"What herbivore?" Kai clenched his suit in his hands, a frown marring his face.
"The babysitter from uncle Dino." Hibari stared bladly.
"He is your babysitter, Kai." Kai looked up at him, confused.
"But the herbivore said, that uncle Dino told him, he was only a substitute."
Kai looked upset, and it surprised him more that it should. It was the first time, his son had ever insisted on a babysitter, and actually waited for him to say it. Hibari frowned. That stupid man was scheming again. Laying Kai down, he uttered.
"He's your permanent babysitter, Kai. Don't believe that blond idiot."
Looking relieved, Kai nodded smiled slightly, catching him off guard. His son never smiled because of someone else before. Always, he looked indifferent and expressionless, much like him when he was younger. Hard, steel eyes softened, before tucking his son to bed.
"You will never stay up like this again, understand?"
His child nodded, and snuggled into the covers. Hibari brushed a few, stray strands of raven hair, before standing up, preparing to leave. He needs to interrogate that reckless horse, as soon as possible.
"Thank you, father." Hibari stopped by the lights, turning them off.
"Good night, Kai." He quietly closed the door, before proceeding to his room. Fishing his phone
from his pocket, he dialled an all too familiar number. It's time he find out who that babysitter is.
Tsuna felt a shiver run down his spine. He looked around him, before sneezing lightly. Was he coming down with a fever? He felt for his forehead. He felt fine though. Was someone talking about him, then? The brunet shrugged, and lied on his bed. His eyes closed, his consciousness fading slowly. It must be nothing. Yeah, it must be.
"Ah Kyoya! What's u-"
"What's the name of Kai's babysitter?" Dino smiled. Straight to the point as always.
"You should know him, Kyoya. He was a schoolmate of yours at Nami-chuu." Hibari growled low in irritation.
"What's his name?" Dino flinched, seems like he made him mad. The blond sighed.
"His name is Sawada Tsunayoshi." Steel blue eyes widened before narrowing into slits.
"Make sure he comes and babysits Kai tomorrow." Hibari stated curtly.
The line went dead, and Dino could only sigh in defeat. What was wrong with his former student? Hanging up on him like that...Oh well, it was Kyoya, after all. Dino shrugged, his lips turned upward, smirking smugly. Well, at least his plan worked. He chuckled to himself. Things will be very interesting soon, and he couldn't wait to see, how things would play out.
To be continued...