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13 December 2009 @ 09:47 pm
castlevania: rapid oxidation, ch. 02;  
Title: White Flag
Fandom: Castlevania
Pairing: Genya Arikado & Mina Hakuba
Prompt: #2 Sparkling Celebration
Word Count: 939
Genre: Humor/Romance
Rating: PG
Summary: It's Setsubun and Mina's neighborhood is celebrating with a festival! However, Mr. Grouchy Genya doesn't want to go. He agrees to, though, and discovers some happiness along the way...
Warnings: None.
Author's Notes: I am in no way affiliated with Konami, Nintendo, or Sony. This is just a fan effort. Enjoy?

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Konami, Nintendo, or Sony. This story is purely a fan effort and nothing more.
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Sparkling Celebration---

“Mr. Arikado, aren’t you ever coming out of there? We’ll miss the festival!” Mina paced the wooden floor expectantly and glanced over her shoulder towards the bathroom door. She clasped her little hands behind her back and approached the door for the third time, “It can’t look that bad on you.”

“On the contrary,” Genya’s gruff voice shuddered through the door. He added with a sigh, “I look ridiculous.”

“But, you’re Japanese! All Japanese men look good in kimono!” Mina gripped the wooden door and slid it open a hair. She heard a growl echo within and giggled at the sight of her awkward companion perched atop the toilet bowl with a scowl on his pretty face. She pushed the door aside and threw her hands together with a squeal, “You look adorable! Just like a samurai out of the old movies!”

“Do we have to go to the stupid festival? I’d much rather stay here and get on with my work.” Genya slid off of the toilet and stumbled into the foyer. He tugged at the lengthy sleeves and mumbled something inane. “Honestly, little mistress, I have a lot of work to do.”

“Oh…” Mina lowered her little head and stared at the floor in disappointment. Her big, brown eyes watered with tears and she sniffled for impact’s sake. She caught Genya’s exasperated sigh once again and turned those huge irises of her onto his own.

“All right, all right. We’ll go to the festival.” Genya stiffly folded his arms across his scrawny chest and pursed his lips in a pouty manner. He detested crowded venues and noisy gatherings. Before he could open his mouth and spew additional negativity, Mina grabbed his hand. She sped out of the house with a very grumpy Genya in tow.

It was the time for Setsubun again, and Mina’s neighborhood always threw a big festival to celebrate. Lights flashed from the suspended lanterns and vendors stood in the streets crying their wares with big smiles on their faces. Mina was unusually giddy.

“Isn’t it wonderful, Mr. Arikado? Look at all of the booths!” Mina released his hand at last and ran towards a game booth. Being short was problematic at these festivals; Mina could hardly see what was going on beyond the men in front of her. She motioned for Genya to follow, “This one looks like fun!”

“This must be some sort of karmic punishment.” Genya dragged himself across the street to where Mina stood. His little mistress pulled on his arm and pointed into the booth gleefully. “What? You want me to play that godforsaken thing?”

“If you won’t, I will!” Mina stepped up to the booth and gently placed some yen onto the counter. She was handed an oversized rifle in exchange for the currency. She could barely hold the weapon aloft, “Wish me luck!”

Now this was amusing. Genya took a position behind the girl and endeavored to stifle his laughter. He tilted his head to get a better view and watched her try to fire the rifle. She managed to pull the trigger, but the impact sent her flying backwards into Genya.

“Oops, sorry, Mr. Arikado!” Mina scrambled away from Genya’s warm kimono with a silly expression on her face. She glanced back at the booth and moaned, “Awe, I missed!”

“You can barely hold that rifle.” Genya took the weapon from Mina’s hands and approached the booth. He debated on whether or not he should interfere. Mina wouldn’t take it seriously. He opened his narrow eyes and fished around in his kimono for some extra yen. He threw it onto the counter and called to Mina, “Come, I will show you how to fire a rifle properly.”

Mina cocked her head to the side and slowly approached Genya from behind. She poked her head around his waist and watched intently. Genya spoke in an educational tone, “You should always keep both eyes open when shooting, little mistress. Otherwise, you blind yourself and usually end up missing the intended target. Observe.”

He flicked the trigger back with ease and shattered the target before him. The booth’s manager was astonished and applauded Genya for his marksmanship. Mina piped up in the background, “That was amazing, Mr. Arikado!”

“I do wish you would stop calling me by that title. It makes me sound so old.” Genya snapped with a hint of foul play in his tone. He groaned and pointed up at the stuffed animals, “Well, which one did you want?”

Mina latched onto Genya’s arm and pointed to a cute, stuffed bat on the far end of the prize rack. She took the little toy into her free arm and smooshed it into her chest. “Th-thank you, Mr. Arika- I mean, Mr. Genya.”

“Again with the ‘mister.’” Genya griped and stared down at Mina. Her timid smile cracked his stony exterior yet again and he found himself sighing. “Look, I-“

Colors burst into the night sky above and whistled by the befuddled companions. Mina giggled and clapped her hands together, “I love fireworks! They’re so pretty!”

Her voice hushed into a whisper as she felt something squeeze her hand. She chose not to look down out of respect for the studious man beside her. She simply laughed and returned the friendly gesture.

Genya let his youth escape for a moment; And he found himself smiling for the first time in years. He blamed it on the fireworks. They had that effect on people.
 
 
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