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A xXxholic fic.

One of those fics that seemed to write itself.  This started out as something totally different and just changed on me as I wrote it. 

I've still got to write that original idea...

Title: A Day With Watanuki
Author: flakedice
Rating: PG
Pairing: Watanuki/Doumeki
Chapter: One shot
Comments: AU.  Sort of.
Summary: Yuuko has a lot of customers. But today it's just Watanuki. Doumeki/Watanuki in lots of different ways :)

AN: Based on the premise that 1) the shop is connected to many different worlds and 2) there are different Watanukis in each of them.

A Day With Watanuki

9 am

"Hey! Yuuko!" Her visitor didn't wait for a reply but slid the door open and tramped into her store. Heavy boots made clumping sounds on the wooden floor as he made his way into the house.

Yuuko sighed and set aside the sake she had been drinking. Maybe she could hide it behind that vase if she hurried?

Too late. Even as Maru and Moro moved to open it, the door was wrenched open.

The girls squealed in delight and hugged the slender figure that stood revealed. "Watanuki is back! Watanuki is back!"

The young man chuckled and mussed their hair with his hands. "Missed me did you?"

The soulless girls hugged him tighter and squealed as he dragged them across the room. When he finally stopped in front of Yuuko, they let go and mirrored him, two little figures with arms crossed over their chests.

Yuuko tried not to glance at the glass she had edged behind a cushion. "You're late. You were meant to come yesterday."

"Too bad. You knew it would take a while to get it. I said at least a week." He reached into his leather jacket and pulled out a small orb. He held it up for her inspection. Red and blue smoke coiled in opposite sides of the small sphere. Every so often they would reach out and accidentally touch, only to retreat back swiftly to their respective sides.

Face serious, Yuuko held out a hand to accept the object. Watanuki placed it carefully in her palm. She examined the orb closely for a moment before handing it over to Moro. "The price is acceptable."

Watanuki barely paused in taking off his jacket. "It damn well better be. I spend the last five days hunting down that bugger. You wouldn't believe the food I had to eat! It didn't help that bloody Doumeki was practically attached at the hip the whole time."

As he spoke he examined his now-exposed left upper arm. A spiral of thorns were inked in black around his shoulder and upper arm. The pattern ended abruptly halfway down the bicep. But that soon changed. The pattern suddenly writhed and stretched like it was alive and just waking. The unfinished end twitched and suddenly extended. Within moments the pattern had settled and the inked thorns had moved another inch down Watanuki's arm.

The young man grunted in something that resembled satisfaction and put his jacket back on. "That should keep the buggers away for a little longer. There's nothing worse than being a magnet for bloody vampires. They're almost as bad as Doumeki."

"Where is Doumeki?"

"Waiting outside, the idiot. He seems to think I can't take care of myself." He huffed without heat. "As if I'm going to get pounced on here."

Yuuko's eyelids lowered halfway, making her eyes shuttered and mysterious. "You never know, a handsome man like yourself is always a valuable commodity."

Watanuki rolled his eyes. "Not you, too. I get enough of that from the possessive lug loitering outside."

He suddenly reached forward and snagged the badly hidden glass of sake. Yuuko was left clawing air with desperate hands.

"You really shouldn't drink, Yuuko. It's bad for you." And so saying he threw his head back and swallowed the glass' contents.

Yuuko's eyes narrowed. "Watanuki." It was a low growl.

Watanuki ignored the dangerous sound and turned to leave. "Be good." He told the little soulless girls as he left.

"Be good! Be good!

Yuuko shook a fist at his back. "You owe me a bottle of sake!"

A hand lifted in a relaxed wave. "Later. I have to go before Doumeki starts destroying things."


"Stupid Doumeki!" Something crashed.

Yuuko winced at the sound and gulped the rest of her sake down before it could get confiscated.

"I don't believe the nerve of that bastard!" The door was yanked open. Moro and Maru hadn't even bothered to open the door. They stayed near Yuuko as if that could protect them.

A red-faced youth stood panting in the doorway, his hands gripping the arrow in his hands so tightly, it was a wonder its shaft had not snapped under the force. He wore a traditional archer's outfit and had a bow slung over his shoulder.

Yuuko allowed herself to look irritatingly at ease as she eyed the sudden apparition. "Ah, so you got it Watanuki-kun."

Watanuki stalked into the room. "Oh yes, I got it!" He waved the offending arrow in the air between them. "The bastard shot it at me! I don't care that he knew I could deflect it! The bastard SHOT! ME!"

Maru and Moro threw themselves over the cabinet in the corner that shuddered and threatened to move.

"I don't think you get shot unless the arrow actually hits you, Watanuki-kun." The words only seemed to infuriate the boy more. She eyed the two soulless girls who were now straining to hold the cabinet on the ground. "Please show some more restraint, Watanuki-kun. You're going to break something."

The youth stopped in midwave. With a visible effort, he forced himself to calm down. The cabinet settled down and the two girls gingerly released their hold.

"Here." The arrow was thrust at Yuuko.

She took the object and placed it down at her side. Maru and Moro stayed close to the cabinet. "I'll need three more."

There was a audible grinding noise as Watanuki clenched his teeth. The cabinet rattled alarmingly. "Fine! But if he shoots another arrow at me I'm going to make sure every one of his arrows miss at the championship!"

He stomped out of the room, leaving a trail of jittering furniture in his wake.

Yuuko was beginning to think this wasn't her day. "More sake, Maru."


Maru and Moro suddenly stiffened and raced towards the entrance. Moments later a light rapping sounded at the door.

Yuuko had barely finished laying out the last of the tea set when the two girls led the gentleman into the room. He was immaculate in his pale grey suit decorated with dark blue highlights. Yuuko rose to meet him and extended her gloved hand to be held in his own and lifted to his lips.

"Lady Yuuko. You grow more lovely every time we meet."

"I could say the same, Lord Watanuki." She hid her smile at his light blush at the compliment.

"Please. Call me Kimihiro." He helped her to sit down before doing the same.

"Only if you call me, Yuuko." She set about pouring the tea.

It took a few moments of conversation before Kimihiro got to the point. "I have acquired the item you requested." He cleared his throat as if uncomfortable about recalling some unfortunate incident. "I have followed your instructions on how to handle the matter and the delivery shall be made on Wednesday."

Yuuko smiled. "Then I have no doubt that it will arrive punctually." A sudden evil urge filled her. "And how is Prince Doumeki?" Yuuko couldn't resist prodding Kimihiro. He was so strait-laced that any hint to his unusual liaison with the other man shattered his composure.

The man stiffened. He placed the tea cup he had been lifting back on the table. "The man is insufferable. For a man in his position he acts like a common knave."

Yuuko didn't fail to observe the faint hint of red that was suffusing the pale cheeks. "Ah but I have heard the two of you have been keeping close company of late." She watched for his reaction over the rim of her tea cup.

She was not disappointed. What had been a hint of red turned into a fiery blush. "It is true that we have been thrown together recently." He eyed his cup on the table. "But no doubt that is a result of our common entanglement with the supernatural." But it sounded like he was trying to convince himself of the matter.

"Oh?" She said idly. "From what I have hear, it sounds like the two of you have a deep connection. I have no doubt that the two of you will be seeing a lot more of each other in the future."

Kimihiro's smile was strained. "If you say it, Yuuko, then it must be true." He took a sip of his tea but it looked more like he was trying to hide his face in the tea cup.

Yuuko allowed herself an evil smile.

Just a little more prodding and that situation would soon resolve itself.


"I hate you." The hissed words spoke volumes of compressed fury.

Yuuko raised an eyebrow. "I simply granted your wish."

"I didn't wish for this!" A gesture to the large hand that clasped the customer's smaller one tightly in its own. Yuuko followed the gesture and met the calm golden eyes of 'this'. They didn't seem disturbed by the small man's antics.

Yuuko allowed a surprized look to cross her face. "I don't see what's wrong."


"What's NOT wrong with this?!" The arm not attached to 'this' waved wildly. "I have a bad enough time trying to keep him away normally. And now he's convinced that I'm some sort of soul mate! He follows me everywhere!"

He suddenly turned on the other man. "AND WILL YOU LET GO OF MY HAND YOU BASTARD?!"

The larger man seemed to consider it for a moment. "No."

"ARGH!" The smaller man clutched at his head with his free hand. The other remained in the tight grasp of his companion. All tugs to pull it free had been easily resisted.

Yuuko watched with amusement for a few moments before finally deciding to intervene. As entertaining as it was, she couldn't allow it to drag on for too long.

"Kimi-chan (1)." The nickname jolted the smaller man out to frenzy he had worked himself into. "You came to me with a wish. You said that you didn't want to be alone any more. That you wanted someone who you could share your life with."

Kimi-chan looked mortified to hear his words repeated. He gasped, mouth opening and closing.

Yuuko turned to the other man. "Shi-chan, you don't mind spending the rest of your life with Kimi-chan do you?"

"Mind?" Kimi-chan gasped in disbelief at the question. The rest of what he wanted to say seemed to deteriorate into a fit of choking.

Shi-chan ignored the sounds of imminent death at his side. "No." There was no delay for thought this time.

Yuuko turned back to the younger man who was staring at Shi-chan with disbelief and growing panic. "There, you see? Wish granted."

"Wish - gasp -granted." Kimi-chan seemed to rally at the thought. "In what possible way?!"

Shi-chan used the index finger of his free hand to plug the ear closest to his companion.

"Well I won't accept it!" The volume was rising with every word. "I'm not going to be stuck with THIS for the rest of my life! I'd rather be alone and miserable!"

Yuuko fought laughter. "I cannot unmake a wish once made." She said seriously.

Kimi-chan gaped. "You mean I'm-"

"Congratulations. In the eyes of the universe, you're pretty much married."

It took quite a bit to make Kimi-chan quiet down after that. In the end Shi-chan had to intervene.

By the time he was finished Kimi-chan was out of breath and more amenable to the situation.


The next arrival took Yuuko by surprize. It didn't happen very often but occasionally even the dimensional witch was caught off guard.


She turned to see Doumeki. He was simply standing there on the grass besides the porch when he hadn't been a moment before. Not only that, it wasn't a Doumeki she had seen before. This man looked to be in his mid twenties and seemed too thin for his heavily muscled frame. He looked haggard and his clothes were torn. Dried blood showed through the rough bandages on his left arm.

She was looking for a bow and it took her a moment to realize that he wore a sword at his side.

But what really grabbed her attention was limp form that he held in his arms. The blue robes were unfamiliar but the pale skin and shock of black hair were not.

Fierce gold eyes met her own. "He said you'd be able to help us."

"There will be a price." And a large one if her instincts did not betray her.

"I'll pay it." No hesitation, just strong determination.

Her instincts were right. It was more than an hour later when her latest guests departed. After they left Yuuko helped herself to a bottle.

Sometimes she really hated Hitsuzen.


"And he just keeps staring at me with these creepy yellow eyes."

Yuuko was wondering if there was something wrong with the shop. She had been getting Watanukis all day. No other visitors or customers. Just Watanukis.

And in one way or another they were all entangled with their own Doumekis. Yuuko wondered if the universe was trying to make a point.

"You could always ask him to leave."

The current Watanuki drew back in surprize. "I couldn't do that, he's a paying customer!" His voice lowered to a resentful mutter. "Even if he does keep trying to grab my arse."

His voice grew firmer, with more conviction. "I just wish he'd be nicer to me."

Yuuko blinked. Well, this was a change.

"What doesn't he just talk to me instead of trying to grab me all the time? And when he does talk it's like he can't string more than two words together. And then it's when he's giving an order. I swear the man has a bottomless pit for a stomach."

Yuuko cut through the babble that was starting to sound eerily familiar. For some reason, despite the words, it was reminding her of the way her own Watanuki prattled on about Himawari-chan. She was getting the idea that maybe those physical advances weren't as unwelcome as this Watanuki claimed. She resisted a sudden urge to giggle.

That second bottle might have been a bit too much, it seemed.

"So you wish that he'd be nicer to you?"

A bright smile that made Yuuko blink again. "Yes."

Yuuko made a mental note to visit the restaurant in the near future. This was going to get interesting.


The last customer of the day trotted around the side of the store and found Yuuko sitting on the porch.

She raised an eyebrow when she saw her visitor. "What have you there?"

The cage made of two hands opened slowly, finger by finger. Finally a butterfly was revealed. Its wings were tattered and they opened and shut slowly. It made no attempt to take advantage of its sudden freedom.

"You want to help it, right?"

A nod.

"I can help it but you'll have to give me something in exchange."

Dark blue eyes lowered in thought. Finally one hand disappeared into a pocket. Moments later a badly chipped marble was being offered. Despite the damage, a vivid thread of gold was visible in its depths.

Yuuko hesitated to take the much-loved object. "You're sure?"

A firm nod.

Yuuko took the marble in one hand and held reached out the other. It came to rest over the small hand still cupping the damaged butterfly. When she lifted her hand again, the butterfly was whole once more. It moved its wings once, as if testing their strength, then launched itself into the air.

The child watched the butterfly silently as it wove its way into the air and fluttered over the fence.

"Is Doumeki here?"

Dark blue eyes met hers for an instant before moving to look back at the entrance of the shop.

"You'd better get back before he gets lonely, then."

A nod. The little boy retreated, moving faster and faster to return to his friend.

Yuuko stayed sitting on the porch for a long time after he had gone. Marble still held loosely in one hand.


"Yuuko-san?" Watanuki slipped off his shoes and was greeted gleefully by Maru and Moro who rushed up to him with his apron.

"Watanuki, you are a complex being."

Watanuki looked up to see Yuuko standing behind the two soulless girls.


She smiled. "Did you have a good day?"

"It was alright." He answered warily. He had a growing suspicion that she had been drinking heavily while he had been at school.

"Oh good. Then you won't mind making buridaikon and getting me several bottles of sake."

"What am I, your slave?! You're only getting one bottle! Do you want to ruin your liver?"

Yuuko grinned at the familiar complaint. Really she didn't know how she managed some days. One Watanuki was enough.

1) Yes I’m aware I’m using -chan instead of –kun. It is intentional.

AN: This piece inspired several more, including the longest fic that I've finished yet (Masqued Intentions).  And I wrote it in one night.

And no, I don't sleep at night. I type.


And if you want to see an absolutely adorable picture of Child!Watanuki, check out Angelic-Fayth's picture here.


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Date: 2007-09-23 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sillyangelfaery.livejournal.com

You, mistress, are AMAZING. =3

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Date: 2007-09-23 08:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flakedice.livejournal.com
I'm glad you liked it :)

I'm working on some of the further adventures of some of the Watanukis. I only hope they live up to expectations *sweat drop*

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Date: 2007-09-23 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sillyangelfaery.livejournal.com

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Date: 2007-09-23 09:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scelerisin.livejournal.com

I think I kept repeatedly squealing throughout the fic, and then started making this odd, screechy high-pitched sound once child!Wata came in with the butterfly. My parents probably think I'm crazy. This fic is perfect. <333

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Date: 2007-09-25 04:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flakedice.livejournal.com
LOL. Doumeki and Watanuki have me squealing sometimes too. I'm glad you like child!Wata. The little cutie just wandered into my brain and I'm pretty fond of him.

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Date: 2007-09-23 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cheloya.livejournal.com
Oh, very nice. *_* I approve! It was so interesting to see all the different Watanuki, though I have to say I found Lord Watanuki, and the Watanuki who sacrificed his marble for a butterfly, the most interesting. :3

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Date: 2007-09-25 04:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flakedice.livejournal.com
Good. There is lots of Lord Watanuki to come. He and Prince Doumeki (oh dear - just sounds like trouble, doesn't it?) are going to get into all sorts of trouble.

Little Watanuki - well I have to write something now, don't I?

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Date: 2007-09-24 01:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] black-widow1417.livejournal.com
fascinating! I loved it! can't say more cause a head circut blew in glee.

just awesome.

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Date: 2007-09-24 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seizansha.livejournal.com
o_o all the different possibilities...

have to say my fav's where the vampire-bait, the newest pair, and of course the kiddies!

definiately eager for the other fics!

this rates 16 donuts-2 for each visitor.

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Date: 2007-09-24 03:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wizli.livejournal.com
Really, really wonderful ♥ . I can't believe you're going to write some of the other couples stories *is happy*.

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Date: 2007-09-24 04:41 am (UTC)
ext_3674: pete wisdom says, "Gotta love those happy endings." (doumekisenses)
From: [identity profile] iambickilometer.livejournal.com
Ah, I've read this one before! It remains as wonderful and excellent as ever. :D British Biker Watanuki XD I can't wait for the continuations.

(I'm angelofplottwists on FFN, by the way. So no, I'm not stalking you.)

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Date: 2007-09-25 04:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flakedice.livejournal.com
I figured I'd post it to Deep Connection since it was well-received at FFN. Spread the love, I say :)

I've got a soft spot for vampire-bait Watanuki (also known as British Biker Watanuki and Punk!Watanuki). He started it all off, after all. And was one of the easiest to write. I've started two more with him but got hijacked by the lord and his prince. Looks like I better get back to it now, though.

And stalking? I wouldn't dare think it :)

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Date: 2007-09-25 05:16 am (UTC)
ext_3674: pete wisdom says, "Gotta love those happy endings." (doumekisenses)
From: [identity profile] iambickilometer.livejournal.com
Yes, indeed. And for good reason.

yes. He definitely needs more love (But Lord Watanuki and Prince Doumeki are also excellent choices. :D) Cannot wait. :D

It's not stalking. It's...following discreetly because who knows what kind of trouble you'll get into on your own so as to read everything you write. XD

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Date: 2007-09-25 06:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flakedice.livejournal.com
Discretely follow as much as you like :)

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Date: 2007-09-25 03:27 pm (UTC)
ext_3674: pete wisdom says, "Gotta love those happy endings." (Default)
From: [identity profile] iambickilometer.livejournal.com
:D I shall, then.

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Date: 2007-09-24 01:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amaranthadanae.livejournal.com
This is really brilliant. So many possibilities--though with that much Watanuki, it's amazing the dimensions don't spontaneously combust. I've always wondered if part of the reason he's so different is because there is only one of him accross all the dimensions, kind of like the Crestomanci in the Diana Wynn Jones books.

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Date: 2010-08-31 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Yay, someone else noticed the connection! When I first started getting into xxxHolic, my first thought was "Wow, this is so much like the Chrestomanci books its not even funny," especially with alternate versions of people showing up in different worlds. I can just imagine Christopher Chant showing up at Yuuko's shop to discuss a problem with her or somethin XD

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Date: 2007-09-24 04:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ookami-kasumi.livejournal.com
- It only makes sense too. I mean, there are other Sayorans and Sakuras, why not Watanuki's and Doumeki's?

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Date: 2007-09-25 04:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flakedice.livejournal.com
Actually, it's pretty much cannon in the manga. While Watanuki is collecting the Mokonas after the crew from TRC appears, he asks Yuuko if there are different versions of him on different worlds. And Yuuko pretty much confirms it!

I'd stick in the cut little picture of all the Watanukis he imagines but my scanner's down :(

Still, you can check it out here:

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Date: 2007-09-28 07:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] animeartistjo.livejournal.com
Were two of the Watanuki supposed to be British?

Love the Doumeki and Watanuki interaction, especially the wee! versions. *fangirls*

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Date: 2007-09-28 04:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flakedice.livejournal.com
Vampire-bait Watanuki and Lord Kimihiro? The former seems to be interpreted that way by a lot of people. To tell the truth I was aiming for somewhat of a tough guy image and that's how he turned out. Lord Kimihiro is certainly based on an English lord - or at least a parallel equivalent in an alternate universe.

And the Douemki and Watanuki interaction - plenty more to come :)

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Date: 2007-09-30 04:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sparklyfanta.livejournal.com
This was great! The first Watanuki makes me want to write fic--a Watanuki-is-still-paying-Yuuko-back-by-dimension-hopping-and-finding-her-treasures-fic. With Doumeki following him and Mugetsu and various spirits and CLAMP characters.

I really enjoyed this and Pale as Porcelin (which isn't finished, right? Right?). I'll look forward to your other fics!

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Date: 2007-09-30 05:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flakedice.livejournal.com
Well what are you doing here? Go write it! :) The more xXxholic fic, the merrier I say. And Doumeki following has potential. Careful! You're giving me ideas. LOL.

Pale as Porcelain is finished but I'm not done by a longshot with Lord Kimihiro and Prince Doumeki. I've got several more short stories to write (basically following Porcelain but letting me pretend I'm not writing a multichapter. They'll be put together under Supernatural Entanglements) and Masqued Intentions which should be up soon.

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Date: 2007-10-01 06:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sparklyfanta.livejournal.com
Request granted. :) It's not quite what I imagined at first, but Watanuki wouldn't shut up, and then I started thinking about wishes, and...well. It's probably going to be a f#&*n' multichapter, too.

It's all your fault. As are the vampires in the beginning--they were on my mind.

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Date: 2007-10-04 10:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flakedice.livejournal.com
No! The M-word! Just pretend it's a really big oneshot - that's what I do.

And yes, once Watanuki starts talking you're pretty much gone at that point - good for you!

And blame it on me all you want. I am honoured to bear the guilt :)

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Date: 2010-08-31 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
.....A really long oneshot, huh? At this point, my dear, with 102 chapters and counting, I think that is called denial XD Although, yes, I am aware that the comment posted was from a few years ago (I'm not a stalker - just a big fan...) so its not like you could have known ;)

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Date: 2010-09-10 06:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flakedice.livejournal.com
Now, now. It's not denial when they actually can be read on their own. My dear, there's no ban on commenting on old threads XD And it was a bit after this that i realized how big it was going to get ^^;;

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Date: 2007-10-06 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] athlynn17.livejournal.com
omg. this is wonderful!!!!

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Date: 2007-10-07 01:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flakedice.livejournal.com
Thank you! If you want some more check out the tags. I've only got lord & prince and delicious blood fics up at the moment but other continuations will be added later.

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Date: 2007-10-16 12:39 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] travellyr.livejournal.com
The little child with the butterfly was my favorite- the others have obvious stories, implied by their visits... but with this one his story is the iceberg until the water, and it's caught me up. I have a weakness for children in real life, and a weakness for quiet children in fiction....

As a story as a whole, this was fantastic and hilarious. XD Now I know why Yuuko drinks so much.

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Date: 2007-11-06 10:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flakedice.livejournal.com
The quiet ones are often the sweetest. And they usually turn into beautiful human beings. *soft smile*

Now I know why Yuuko drinks so much.
-That was one of the things I was aiming to do with this story - show what Yuuko gets up to when Watanuki's at school. There's no way she just drinks all day :)

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Date: 2008-01-20 04:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crazyweirdo17.livejournal.com
That was awesome! I absolutely love Watanuki...Even more when he's with Doumeki!
You're an awesome writer...I'm glad I followed through on my friends suggestion to read some of your fics! They're great!

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Date: 2008-01-23 05:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flakedice.livejournal.com
I'm glad you liked it! And I must say I'm in agreement with you there - Watanuki's fun but even more so with Doumeki :D
XD Thank you - it's wonderful to see that people enjoy what I write :D

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Date: 2008-03-17 10:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] andra-sashner.livejournal.com
This was more than a little impressive. I admit to reading some of your other Dou-Wata fictions first before coming here and while I haven't encountered all your Dou-Wata universes, these just each drew me in. They were well arranged and conveyed Yuuko's outlook on each very well.

I admit, however, to being puzzled by the Doumeki who Yuuko realised she'd not seen before with a blue-robed Watanuki in his arms. I take that to be the 53rd regiment (guessing only) and so take this opportunity to say, "PLEASE don't abandon that arc."

The child!Watanuki was quietly touching. That is a rare treat as I don't think I have ever read that angle before. The vampirebait!Watanuki is one I have only just recently found but it's quite intriguing; so nice to see Watanuki a bit tougher. And I really loved the soulmates bit; the understated telling of just how Doumeki got Watanuki 'round to his way of thinking was just plain endearing.

All in all, as I said, so well done.

By the way, I'm totally hooked on the idea of a recent fiction of butterfly!Watanuki. I'd like to submit a fanart for that as soon as I can finish and paint it.

Oh, but if I can bribe you with a 53rd regiment or Lord & Prince fanart, I'll do that one first if I can trade it for more on either arcs. These two are so far my favourites. And I'm willing to accept (aside from a choice between the two) descriptions for what poses and clothing for the fanart before I start on them.

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Date: 2008-03-19 05:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flakedice.livejournal.com
To tell the truth I think it's one of my best. Some of my recent stuff feels..somewhat lacking >.> I'm glad that's the case. I found the same thing - it was meant to be a stand alone and now I'm writing more for all of them *shakes head*. Thank you. I'm rather fond of Yuuko and I was trying to capture things realistically from her perspective.

Ah. That is 53rd Regiment. It's set before Frozen Sanctuary and pretty far along the plotline. The Yuuko serving under Himawari in 53rd is the copy of that world. LOL. Oh, there's no fear that I'm abandoning any arc. I'm still writing for all of them.

I'm glad you liked him - I have a special soft spot for him. I'm pretty sure there are a few child!Watanuki fics out there, though. LOL. He's one of the more unique Watanukis - they're all tough in their way but he takes it to an extreme XD It makes me happy to hear you say that - they are sweet those two.

Thank you.

That sounds wonderful! I'd love to see what you come up with :D

LOL. You don't need to bribe me. Some Lord & Prince goes up every month. And I am working on the next part of 53rd. but if you want to do fanart, go ahead. Just do what you want to do - if you need any specs just ask and I'll give them to you :D

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Date: 2008-04-09 03:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] andra-sashner.livejournal.com
So I finally got the watercolour boards I ordered. Specifications and for which arc do you want? Open to anything you might want...

If Butterfly!Watanuki, I'm currently thinking in-flight or in Doumeki's arms... Crap, anything in Doumeki's arms would be pretty, whatever the arc.

Okay. So pick an arc, write the specs then let me know.

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Date: 2008-04-14 08:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flakedice.livejournal.com
I hope you don't mind but I prefer not to specify the theme. I'd rather you chose something that you want to do. (Just seeing art inspired by my Watanukis is a kick for me :D) If you want to do Watanuki in Doumeki's arms, go for it! Or anything else XD

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Date: 2008-04-14 09:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] andra-sashner.livejournal.com
Grrr... so NOT helping? You did say I could ask you for specs... Besides, this is a BRIBE. Have you never been bribed before?!

*snort* Honestly.

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Date: 2008-04-14 11:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flakedice.livejournal.com
No. Usually I don't need to be XD.

Okay, okay. Specs. Give me Doumeki embracing Butterfly!Watanuki. Watanuki: short hair as per usual, no glasses, one eye pale blue instead of dark blue with the faint trace of a scar down one cheek. Clothes. That's a problem. Usually he wears a torn t-shirt so his wings can stick unimpeded out the back. The back-less tops Doumeki first suggested were not met with gratitude XD Of course, they were girl's clothes :D I haven't thought of the clothes he would have worn back home yet.

Doumeki: Pretty much the same as canon!Doumeki but a bit more relaxed. So he doesn't look so grim as much as amused most of the time. Clothes: street clothes normally, something along the lines of T-shirt and jeans. You can pretty much do what you want here. But he wears a necklace of beads and bone (think middle phalanges - second joint of fingers) that sits tight around the base of his neck.

They're both late teens/early twenties so they'll have grown into their bodies a bit more. They're not so much stick people - though Watanuki's still skinny.

Enough specs? XD If you need more ask.

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Date: 2008-04-14 02:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] andra-sashner.livejournal.com
Now THAT'S what I'm talking about.

Good detail, I really appreciate that. On the scar down Watanuki's cheek; I expect this is to be OVER his shared right eye..?
I'll ask my clothes designer sister to come up with something formal/backless for Watanuki's home-traditional wear if I can't come up with something myself.

This will take some time, though I'll sketch it this week. Detail and painting will be the bulk of the work, but I'm looking forward to this. Been looking for an excuse to get my art supplies crate out and this SO fits...

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Date: 2008-04-16 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flakedice.livejournal.com
I'm a bit slow sometimes XD

His right eye, yes. They don't share it in this canon - it just a paler blue because it got damaged.
Ooh, that will be interesting.

Just a note on the wings. I'm thinking something similar to Yuuko's. But with colour of course, black and cool colours. But you can have a bit of fun with that too :D

Take your time. I'm glad you are :D Art supplies are meant to be used.

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Date: 2012-09-17 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ocean22193.livejournal.com
Do you think you'll ever write a sequel to this? Like an across alternate universes reaction to Yuuko's death? Or maybe a fic where all the Watanuki's, or all the ones that you focus on the most, come to the shop sometime after Yuuko has died? Lord Watanuki and Vamp!bait Watanuki would probably the ones most heavily hit by her death right?

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Date: 2015-12-24 05:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zzayakazz.livejournal.com
Despite the various backgrounds and personalities which culminate into Watanuki(s), the original one which serves as Yuuko's apprentice is still the most interesting one~! Though I would say that Lord Watanuki is definitely the second most interesting! ^w^


Date: 2017-10-18 08:52 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] 777angeloflove
LOVE IT~! YOU ARE AMAZING~!! I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL YOU YOU START UPLOADING LORD&PRINCE STUFF~!! it's basically the reason i signed up here in the first place since you're not updating it on your live journal anymore. (and the only reason i signed up for live journal too come to think of it, when you deleted it from fanfiction.net...) I NEED MY LORD&PRINCE FIX~!! IT'S MY FAVORITE~!! although i really like the BUTTERFLY!Watanuki story too~!