satsu: (Sickly Sweet)
Fanfic
Title:
Two Sides of a Warrior
Author: [profile] satsu_basu
Characters: Ukitake Juushirou, Kyouraku Shunsui
Rating: G
Genre: Kinda fluffy, I guess XD
Spoilers: None =)
Disclaimer: All belong to Kubo-sensei.
Word Count: 1.272
Summary: A sparring session between Juushirou and Shunsui.
Note: Small gift for fellow Jyuu-squeer [personal profile] ravens_rising Prompt word: "Warrior". Hopefully, she and everyone who reads it will enjoy it as much as I did writing it. =)

Fanart
Author: [profile] satsu_basu
Characters: Ukitake Juushirou
Warning: Fanservice-y shirtlessness..?

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"It's a good thing that Ukitake-taichou is so lively today." Nanao commented, glancing to her right at the cheerful third seated officer.

"Hai!" Kiyone chirped, smiling at the serious woman.

Both were sitting on the wooden porch that encircled the interior garden at the Eighth Division. Atop of their laps, rested both of their Captain's haoris.

Shunsui and Juushirou had been training together for quite some time now, what attracted the attention of practically all the members of both divisions, which now piled themselves at the remaining spaces on the porch, trying to watch, but still maintaining a safe distance.

It was overwhelming, to see them sparring. Even if they were using simple wooden swords instead of their zanpaku-tos, the sheer power that irradiated from both men was impressive.

Because of the strong heat on that beautiful summer day, they had loosened their kimonos and pushed them down.

A thin layer of sweat made their nude torsos glisten under the bright sun, making half of the female shinigami present either pass out or suffer from nasal bleeding, along with approximately one-fourth of the male shinigami.

It wasn't the sight of their well-built bodies that made the image so appealing - even though it helped quite a bit - but the truthful smiles across their lips.

All the members of both divisions knew how much their Captains cherished each other and seeing them like that was most gratifying.

Nanao turned back her attention to them, a light smile gracing her usually stoic features. It had been some time since she had last seen her Taichou so happy.

"Nanao-chaaaan~!"

His voice brought her out of her thoughts. "Yes, Sir?"

"You're not wearing them!" He complained, suddenly moving out of his battle stance to flail his arms around.

The Vice-captain blinked a couple of times before pushing her glasses up the bridge of her nose. She wouldn't even dignify that with an answer.

"You're supposed to wear theeeem!" Shunsui pouted, pointing the tip of the bokuto at the flourished haori and the straw hat.

The woman sighed and lifted her hand, pointing at something on Kyouraku's left side. The said Captain arched an eyebrow and followed the direction of her finger, gasping and blocking an attack.

"Stop gawking at the pretty girls and pay attention to our fight, my friend." Juushirou grinned, charging again.

"Low blow, Jyuu!" Shunsui pushed him backwards, attacking his sides. "You know I can't resist Nanao-chan!"

The white-haired Captain laughed while blocking. "I guess I'll just have to take advantage of that." He glanced at the brunette. "Would you mind, Ise-chan?"

"Not at all, Sir." The woman put the things aside and stood up, lifting her forearms and closing her hands into fists and with no motivation whatsoever, she shook them from side to side. "Go, go Ukitake-taichou!"

Her voice was still as serious as ever, but it still deeply affected Shunsui, who looked at her with teary eyes. "W-What?!"

Juushirou laughed again and managed to kick his feet from under him, standing victorious as he pointed the wooden sword at his neck. "Your loss, Shun."

But at the moment, he couldn't care less about the fight. "...Nanao-chan never cheered for me... Not even once..!"

"Oh, stop sulking!" He grinned down at his friend, putting the sword away and offering his hand .

Shunsui frowned and rolled over in defeat, making loud, sniffling sounds.

Ukitake shook his head and crouched beside the man, gently patting his head. "There, there. I'm sure Ise-chan likes you a lot more than she likes me."

The Eighth Captain suddenly stood and pushed the other to the ground, pinning him down and grinning cynically. "Damn right she does!"

"You cheater!" He complained, smiling.

"I'm no cheater! I'm just a great tactician." Shunsui's grin widened. "You're too nice, Jyuu. It's easy to predict your actions."

Juushirou's lips contracted in a small pout. "Hn, were you expecting me to do this, then?"

He lifted his legs and kicked Kyouraku over him, making the large man meet the ground with his back.

Both quickly rose to their feet and began going at it again, this time without weapons.

Kiyone smiled at Nanao, who had taken her seat again. Seemingly, the woman liked playing with her Captain as much as he liked playing with her.

The sparring continued for a couple of minutes more, they teased each other and laughed between blows and blocks. Until Juushirou suddenly stepped back, falling into a small coughing fit.

Kyouraku stopped immediately, approaching his friend. A split second later, Kiyone and Nanao were already beside them.

Juushirou took out a small handkerchief from the inside of his kimono and coughed into it, taking deep breaths once the fit had finally ceased.

"Taichou..." His third seated officer called in worry.

"Jyuu." Shunsui placed a hand over his shoulder. "Are you okay?"

The sickly man smiled up at them, showing the handkerchief at the sight of their puzzled expressions. "No blood."

They sighed in relief and Kyouraku ruffled his white hair. "Don't scare us like that."

"Sorry." He bowed his head shortly, still smiling.

"Mah, it's been a good day!" The Eighth Captain stretched his arms above his head, taking a towel Nanao handed to him and wiping the sweat off his body.

"Hasn't it?" Juushirou thanked Kiyone once she handed him one as well.

"We should go drinking as to make it perfect!" He grinned widely.

"You have work to do, Sir." Nanao reminded him in a slightly commanding tone.

"Mou, Nanao-chan~" He pouted. "Don't burst my bubble."

"Can't you let him off the hook at least tonight, Ise-chan?" Ukitake smiled at her.

She adjusted her glasses, looking from one to the other and back again. "I guess..."

"Yey~!" He put his kimono up. "Let's hit the bar!"

"But you'll finish your reports tomorrow morning!"

Shunsui nodded at her, smiling. He'd come up with another excuse when morning came.

Juushirou shook his head, knowing exactly what his friend was thinking.

"Come on, Jyuu~!" He put his arm around his friend's shoulder, leading him to the bar, the two girls following them a few steps behind.

They were both kind and honorable men, not to mention incredibly powerful Captains. Yet, as such, the differences between them were also clear.

One was incredibly committed to his duties, but his own physical condition failed him, while the other was the embodiment of health, but had to be nearly forced into certain obligations.

It had always been like that, ever since they were young.

As Yamamoto So-taichou would say: "Shunsui, who loses control in front of a girl, is better than anyone in seeing the true character of anyone he meets. And Juushirou, who is frail, but very kind and affable, is always at the center of the crowds."

Little did their proud Master know that the first had always tried to look at others with the kind eyes of the latter, and the latter would always glance around the crowds to find the first.

While Juushirou had the soul but not the body, Shunsui had the body and not the soul.

And much like Sougyo no Kotowari and Katen Kyokotsu showed their real strength when paired, their masters completed each other.

Body and Soul.

Two warriors who were actually one.

That's why it was no coincidence that both their zanpaku-tos were so unique yet so similar.

Not mattering what, not mattering who they met along the way, there would always be a small emptiness inside their hearts, reserved for each other.

And their true happiness, like their true power, could only be attained if they were smiling side by side.

-

Writer's note: Written in one go. Might not be what she was expecting, but it was the first thing that popped in my head XD

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Gah... I need to practice male anatomy. And my scanner turned the shading into shiiiiiz >.<
Hope you like the attempt of fanservice, dear! XD

Date: 2009-05-08 08:13 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] cmc42.livejournal.com
Wow, I adore this. Especially the ending because it's just so right.

Date: 2009-05-08 02:35 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] satsu-basu.livejournal.com
Awww, I'm glad you liked it! =)
That was actually the first scene that I thought of after reading the prompt she gave me. So I worked my way backwards. ^^
Thanks for commenting! <3

Date: 2009-05-08 08:58 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] xxlanaxx.livejournal.com
i loved the fic and are you kidding about the pic! you dont need practice this is amazing!

the fic was brilliant just perfect, i mean the yaoi fics are fine but its these ones that show their friendship which really hold a special place in my heart

Date: 2009-05-08 02:46 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] satsu-basu.livejournal.com
Aww, thanks! ^^
It's been a long time since I last drew any nude torsos XD I still want to learn how to draw Ken-chan in all his hawt glory, so I need the knowledge. 8D~

I'm so glad you liked it! :3 I'm really not used on writing yaoi fics, but when it comes to Shun and Jyuu, I find that their friendship is already beautiful enough by itself. <3

Loved your icon, btw XD

Date: 2009-05-11 09:54 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] xxlanaxx.livejournal.com
Kenny wud be awesum!

Yes totally! I can agree with that statement and thank you very much!

Date: 2009-05-08 09:25 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] ravens-rising.livejournal.com
OMGASDFJKL;. *speechless* That is. That is. PERFECT. BEAUTIFUL. I don't have words. Omg. <3333333333333333
YES. Just, YES.

Date: 2009-05-08 09:35 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] satsu-basu.livejournal.com
YEY~! :D
I'm SO glad you liked!! <33
I read it over and over again, wondering if it wasn't too silly before posting >.<
Waaaa, I'm so happy now! =) *hugsies*

Date: 2009-05-08 10:51 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] ravens-rising.livejournal.com
NOT TOO SILLY AT ALL. PERFECT. I LOVED IT. <33333

and I think:

Little did their proud Master know that the first had always tried to look at others with the kind eyes of the latter, and the latter would always glance around the crowds to find the first.

While Juushirou had the soul but not the body, Shunsui had the body and not the soul.

And much like Sougyo no Kotowari and Katen Kyokotsu showed their real strength when paired, their masters completed each other.


is now one of my very favorite lines from and Ukitake and Shunsui fic. Ever. <33

You want to know how awesome it was? I loved it so much I forgot to comment on the pic. NOM NOM. <3333333 *fans self*

Date: 2009-05-08 11:20 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] satsu-basu.livejournal.com
That was actually the first thing I thought when I read the prompt word. I wrote the rest around it :3

Awwwwn! That's so sweet! <33

<333 I'm really really happy to know you liked it!

Date: 2009-05-09 12:35 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] ravens-rising.livejournal.com
:DD Well, I'm glad to have inspired it!! *beam* <33

Oh yes. After I was done squeeing over the piece itself (several readthroughs later) I totally drooled over the pic. XD His body distracted me so much I didn't notice the 'for Rae-chan~' until many minutes later. XD *laughs* Thank yoooou~~~ <333

Date: 2009-05-09 01:13 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] satsu-basu.livejournal.com
If you think of any other prompt, gimme! =D I don't have much to do these days, so I might as well ask for it. XD

*laughs* XD My pleasure, darling! <333
I need to start drawing fanservice-y things again. XD Gotta practice for the perfect Ken-chan 8D~

Date: 2009-05-09 01:36 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] ravens-rising.livejournal.com
*cackles* I can always think of prompts! Mwehe! <33 My first instinct of course is more Ukitake and Shunsui, but I'll give you a little variety. :p Let's see... *ponders* There's not enough Nanao fic, and I <3 Nanao. And I think you do too, judging from her cameo in this one. Maybe some Nanao and Matsumoto frienship? XD Prompt word... hmm... 'pages'. *laughs* I'm random.

<333 I agree! :p I'd love to see more fanservice-y things! Nom nom!

Date: 2009-05-09 01:42 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] satsu-basu.livejournal.com
Nanao-chan = <3!!
OH! OH! Ran-chan! :D She's like, one of the chars I RP as and I have sooooo much fun! XD
I already know what I'm going to write >D Ohohoho~!
And the prompt word is just perfect! XD

I need to draw Shun, too! Never drew him before and I have this uneasy feeling that his curls of awesome are going to give me a hard time D:

Date: 2009-05-09 02:18 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] ravens-rising.livejournal.com
Yay! I'm glad you like my prompt! :D Nanao and Ran are so much love. *grins* They're definitely in my very top favorite females characters! <33 Plus they're so different they're great to play off each other. Mmm.

YUS! Draw Shun-kun! That's probably true, though. His curls of awesome bow to no one!

Date: 2009-05-10 04:16 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] satsu-basu.livejournal.com
*nodnod* The clash of personalities between them is something really fun to depict. :D I'm going to throw Shun in the middle, too. XD Hope you don't mind. <3

I started sketching his face today during rehearsal, trying to get the shape of his nose right and all, but I didn't even attempt to draw his magnificent curls because I had no reference around XD I'll definitely practice drawing his face before trying a more complex picture.

Date: 2009-05-10 02:31 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] ravens-rising.livejournal.com
It is! They're so different. *laughs* But they must know each other. And I don't mind Shun-kun in there at all! *glomps* I love Shunsui and Matsumoto as friends too- it's basically canon (they're drinking parters XD) but you rarely see it in canon. *hums*

Yeah, that's the way to go. *grins* I wouldn't even know where to START with Shun's 'magnificent curls'. Nom nom <3. I can't wait to see it. ^_~

Date: 2009-05-10 07:50 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] satsu-basu.livejournal.com
I'm having a lot of fun writing it XD Hopefully you'll like it. :3
Yaaah! Their drunken friendship is real fun, too! XD Especially when they have someone to tease 8D *wiggles eyebrows suggestively*

Date: 2009-05-10 08:48 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] ravens-rising.livejournal.com
... oh god, poor Nanao. XDDDD

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