Turn the Snow WhiteAuthor:
All characters are the property of Kaori Naruse. I claim none, I merely borrow them and take them to yummy shoes sales and put them through the horror of finding the perfect strappy sandal.Summary:
I wish I was a snowflake...
“Isn’t the snow pretty?”
Hayate stared at her for a moment before letting his eyes trail upwards to join her in staring at the falling snow. It was still so peaceful. There was no wind to chase it around, so it came down straight and slow, landing silently to join its brothers and sisters on the cold ground.
“It is pretty,” he admitted.
“I wish I was a snowflake,” she said quietly. “Wouldn’t it be nice?”
“You’re a thing of beauty, completely unique, not another like you in the world,” she went on softly, keeping her eyes towards the sky. “You fall from heaven and drift down carried on the wind, where you float above the world. It must be so beautiful up there…” She stopped and inhaled and let the breath out, watching it hang in tiny puffs in the air in front of her.
“And?” he prodded, sensing that there was more.
“You just hover for a while, and then,” she sighed, “you die quickly in warmth.”
It is said that the human heart beats at approximately 1.2 hertz. Hayate’s had to have been hammering at about twelve kilohertz in its efforts to leap out of his chest and run away from home. He willed it to stay put, focusing instead on Himeno.
…it didn’t help. She looked so lovely, standing with her chin tilted upwards, allowing the snow to fall in big white flakes on her red hair, her clothes, softly kissing her face before meeting their own warm deaths, melting and vanishing into transparency against her skin…it was a beautiful picture.
Suddenly, Hayate became aware that his face was maroon.
Dammit, no one else had that effect on him. Why did she get to him like that?
“Hayate…” she said softly, and he jumped. He hadn’t realized she was looking at him. “You know…with the snow and everything…” She reached up with a gloved hand and brushed snow from his hair, where it stood out pure white in stark contrast to the dark blue.
“You know, you are unique,” he said, not quite sure why he was saying it. “I mean, there isn’t another like you, anywhere else in the world. I’m sure of it.” He felt a warmth again, and it certainly wasn’t coming from the air around him.
Her smile was bright enough to melt the snow.
Without really planning to, he slid an arm around her, and felt her shiver slightly. “You’re freezing. Honestly, don’t you even have the common sense to get out of the cold?” There was concern underneath it, but not too much. She wasn’t stupid; he just liked giving her a hard time, really.
“It is pretty, though…” she sighed, leaning into him.
He nodded, remembering back to when the Leafe Knights had been searching for her.The Pretear. The one who will turn the snow white.
Hayate tightened his arm around her slender shoulders. “Come on. I’m taking you back inside before you freeze, Tulip-Head.” She let out an unladylike snort, but otherwise didn’t argue as he guided her back towards the Awayuki mansion. The snow sparkled like so many diamonds scattered on the frozen ground around them.
She really was a walking paradox. On so many layers, she really was as fragile and delicate as any of the falling snowflakes. He had seen her reach her limit—he knew firsthand that she was breakable. But what set her apart from the snow was a thin thread of stubborn that gave her this incredible resilience. She could be pushed for miles, and still bounce back, somehow.
Himeno was far, far tougher than any snowflake, he decided.
Die quickly in warmth. Hmph.
It would have to melt her will of iron first, something that was never going to happen.
Not if he had anything to say about, anyway.PS. Okay, if there’s anyone out there who’s been following both of my 30K couples, then they know that this idea popped up in the Shinichi/Ran series as well. But it was such a beautiful idea, and it fit so well with the Pretear themes that I had to use it. No hurtie, kay? The “human heart equals 1.2 hertz” thing was picked up on Wikipedia :)
Anyone, yup, just more pointless fluff. Expect some angst coming up soon, though. Gots me an idea for some good depressing angst. Whee!! Much love!