Sworn BrothersThe day Yao wanted to become his sworn brother was the day Kiku stopped loving him.
To this day Kiku could not pluck out the reasonthere were so many tangles about it, varying in hardness. Kiku liked to think rationally, but...
Why would the heart care? Or the mind? They were to keep him living, to make him feelno more, no less. There was no reason to make it all better therelife was life.
Life was to tear the bird from the familial nest; it was to pierce the mother's breast with a splinter of what once was. I was to set out and nurture, itself or its own childrenand in the end, to lose. Lose what, Kiku chided himself for not knowing. But he could see it. See it in Yao's eyes whenever the People's Republic of China turned them to himhe saw the eyes in layers, of history and the present. The way he treated Kiku like an equal now, only having periods of fraternity, if they could be so. But he never called him brother; not anymore.
Kiku would stand abo
Rubies Leak"You are the first strong woman I have ever known," Yao remarks, eyeing the blade she wields. She watches him as well and, in turn, stares at his sword, whose hilt protrudes beneath his hand. He watches, eyes flicking from her hand to her face; the smothered fury is in her eyes, smoldering in the black ash. Defiance tries to stare him down, but his years hold him still; he does not go down easily, strong his opponent may be. His heart thuds once when Zhao Yun shifts beside him, when he hears the tiny gasp from Liu Shan. He narrows his eyes, mouths at her, "Di yi ge."
She snaps back without words, "Ke qi la." Yao's lips twitch, as if tempted to laugh; no woman has ever faced him like this before, worthy as a man, and yet still a woman. Determined to keep bearing, he grits his teeth, tightening the muscles of his jawswhy laugh? ...And then again, why frown? He should feel betrayed, betrayed by the woman he sparred with beneath the moon, beneath the sun; only yesterday did they reac
WaitSomewhere across the great wide sea,
Is a hero waiting for me.
Beyond the black, beyond the white
The flames and iron within my sight.
A powerful build, a tan of flames,
Where the sun shines for even the lame.
He's too good, I don't deserve
The love and heart he reserves
For me and me only; so I hope
Very hard that we'll go beyond just to cope.
I'm sorry Charlie, I really am.
I see you smile, sweet as a lamb.
Do you forgive me? -- despite my hate?
The hate is mine, for I stopped too late.
I spied, you died, and now you wait,
I love you, I'm coming, we'll share death's fate.
The Sky Wraps 'Round The SeaSometimes when the night is black,
The day is white, the ocean slack,
The slippery waves will fan the air;
The sky will grin, in heaven's lair.
The sea will kiss it, and foam with joy
At the love, for reunion's coy.
It is secret; the divide is wide.
Their parents' strife borders the sides.
But there are no limits to the shape of the stars,
So their love, no distance will mar.