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Title: The Hawk Killer
Fandom: Onmyouji
Pairing: Seimei/Hiromasa
Rating: PG
Length: 31,854 words
Summary: Impoverished provincial nobleman Minamoto no Hiromasa arrives in Heian-Kyo to restore his family’s pride, but meets with resistance at every turn until the eccentric and wealthy Lord Seimei offers to take Hiromasa under his wing. As Hiromasa’s fortunes rise, his cousin Lord Tonaga begins to take an interest in his fate. Seimei’s association with Former Emperor Yozei makes him an unfit companion, but when Hiromasa is framed for the destruction of the imperial hawks, Seimei is the only one who can save him...
Notes: Back in February, following a discussion about the essential wrongness of the NHK Onmyouji TV series, in which Hiromasa looks old enough to be Seimei’s father, [livejournal.com profile] rheasilvia suggested an AU in which Hiromasa is a penniless nobleman trying to make his name at court and in which Seimei is his wealthy patron. Here it is.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
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Title: The Dancer
Fandom: Onmyouji
Pairing: Seimei/Hiromasa
Rating: PG
Summary: During the evening dances at the Kamo Festival, Seimei and Hiromasa witness something strange.
Notes: For the [livejournal.com profile] smallfandomfest prompt ‘festival’. Takes place a couple of months after Stealing a Smile.


The Dancer


Voices hang in the cold air. The high notes of a flute soar and dive. The strings of a koto are plucked, vibrate, shimmering music into the evening. The celebrations at the shrine shrink into the distance. Even though Seimei has done nothing more than cross the high-arched bridge over the Kamo River, the reality of the temple precinct stuffed full of priests and maidens and courtiers dwindles and fades. He enters Tadasu no Mori, the Forest of Truth, the Forest of Correction, and for a grateful moment sloughs off worldly distractions.

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First, so I don't have to make a separate post: Bingqilin was found scurrying across the living room carpet at 11pm last night and was herded into [livejournal.com profile] diagon's hands and returned to her house. She looks a little greyer than before but otherwise is absolutely fine for her escapade.

Now, fic:

Title: Writing Numbers on Water
Fandom: Onmyouji
Pairing: Seimei/Hiromasa
Rating: PG
Word count: 2765
Summary: Hiromasa borrows a brush to record a poem, but finds that the brush won’t write.
Notes: For the [livejournal.com profile] smallfandomfest prompt ‘brush’. The phrase ‘writing numbers on water’ means ‘to attempt the impossible’ and comes from Dan L of The Tales of Ise, which also inspired Seimei’s story of the lady and the gentleman.


Writing Numbers on Water


Hiromasa leaned back against the veranda pillar and gave a happy sigh. The lanterns above him gave off a diffuse light, softening the edge of evening and creating a glow of warm intimacy. The air hung sweet and rich with the scent of night-blossoming flowers, and the slow heat of wine loosened the tensions of the day and inspired his mind to slip free.

Opposite him, Seimei sat forward to pour more wine into their cups. Mitsumushi brought a tray of grilled and pickled snacks and set it on the floor. Hiromasa watched the colours of her robes blur as she knelt beside him. He was too comfortable to move, his head spinning just a little. It was the perfect night for poetry, so he said, “You know, Seimei, it really is the most perfect night for poetry.”

Seimei looked at him over the rim of the cup. “If you say so.”

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Title: Stealing a Smile
Fandom: Onmyouji
Pairing: Seimei/Hiromasa
Rating: PG
Word count: 5651
Summary: Hiromasa’s cousin loses her smile.
Notes: For the [livejournal.com profile] smallfandomfest prompt ‘smile’.


Stealing a Smile


The ox-cart rattled along Nishi-no-Toin Avenue as fast as the driver could goad the animal, which wasn’t fast enough for Hiromasa. He flipped aside the patterned coverings and peered out at their location, roughly ten feet further than the last time he’d looked. With a grumble of annoyance, he let the curtain fall and gnawed his lower lip before he pressed his knuckles to his mouth.

“Don’t fret so much, Hiromasa.” Seimei reclined in an elegant almost-sprawl on the other side of the carriage, a pale blue and silver fan shielding his face.

“Why shouldn’t I fret?” Hiromasa demanded, resisting the urge to glance out of the ox-cart for the twelfth time. “My poor cousin! She needs my help—your help, actually—our help...”

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Title: Call The Shots
Fandom: Onmyouji
Pairing: Seimei/Hiromasa
Rating: PG13
Wordcount: 3554
Summary: Hiromasa asks for Seimei’s help to win an archery contest.
Notes: Standalone fic for the [livejournal.com profile] smallfandomfest prompt ‘prankster’.


Call The Shots


“Seimei!”

Insistence was never a good tone to take when requesting something, Hiromasa realised, and he modulated his voice to halfway between commanding and begging. “Seimei, please.”

Apparently absorbed in tidying away a collection of maps and charts, Seimei gathered the scrolls in his arms and swept past as if he hadn’t heard Hiromasa’s plea. Perhaps he really hadn’t heard, Hiromasa thought charitably. He tried again: “Seimei, do this for me. Just this once.”

A noise from Seimei—not agreement, but not disagreement, either.

Hopeful of persuading him, Hiromasa pressed on. “It’s just a tiny little thing. I never ask you for favours.”

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Title: The Fox Cub
Fandom: Onmyouji
Pairing: Seimei/Hiromasa
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 3604
Summary: Hiromasa discovers a fox cub in his garden.
Notes: Standalone written for the [livejournal.com profile] smallfandomfest prompt ‘cub’.


The Fox Cub


Hiromasa found the fox cub curled by the side of the stream that ran through the garden of his estate. It was the sixth month; hot enough that the crickets had started to crawl into the walls of his house in search of darkness, hot enough that in the palace the ladies stripped down to gauzy shifts that revealed their bodies when they walked, but not yet hot enough for the courtiers to remove to their summer houses on Lake Biwa.

It was hot enough to distress the fox cub, though. Hiromasa crouched beside the animal, his shadow cast across fur of russet and black and white. The heat of the sun burned his back through a double layer of unlined glossed silk robes. How much hotter the young fox must feel, with its thick coat! Hiromasa watched the rapid rise and fall of the cub’s breathing. Its eyes were closed and its body limp with exhaustion. It didn’t even stir when he shuffled closer.

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Tomorrow I’m off down south for a week, but have a fic before I go.

Title: The Curse of Kuwana
Fandom: Onmyouji
Pairing: Seimei/Hiromasa
Rating: PG
Summary: Seimei and Hiromasa's journey home continues with a stopover at the Tado shrine, but their rest is disturbed by a haunted kin and a demonic serial killer.
Notes: Direct sequel to Three For Three, and the third part of the Tokaido series. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] diagon for the redirection when I was ready to kick it to the kerb and to [livejournal.com profile] aitakute, who gave me the idea of the haunted kin.

Too long for one post, thus: Part One and Part Two.
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Title: Sin
Fandom: Onmyouji
Rating: PG
Summary: Hiromasa is trapped inside a pavilion with a group of strangers, prisoners of a demon desperate for revenge. Only Seimei can rescue them—but not all deserve to escape the demon’s wrath...
Notes: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] spook_me ficathon. My prompt was ‘vampire’. Of course there were no Western-style vampires in Heian Japan, so I went with the Japanese monster that closest resembles a vampire (according to Wikipedia), the nukekubi—a creature that detaches its head from its body so the head can go around shrieking and biting people.


Sin


The rain started slowly, fat droplets bursting upon the path, water stains darkening the pale stone and puffing up the autumn dust. Two drops struck Hiromasa’s court cap with particular resonance, a plick-plock of such thumping ferocity that he lifted a hand to steady the hat upon his head. The next drop caught his sleeve, the water beading on top of the dark green brocade before it sank into the weave.

A breeze sprang up, bending the trees in the Divine Spring Garden. Hiromasa held onto his hat and turned, muttering at the vagaries of the weather. His eyes widened at the sight of a wall of black clouds tumbling towards him. The wind veered, and now the rain pelted down, a solid stream of cold. With a yelp, Hiromasa hurried for the shelter of the trees.

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Title: Three For Three
Fandom: Onmyouji
Pairing: Seimei/Hiromasa
Rating: PG13
Summary: The shadow fox’s poison spreads, weakening Seimei. Hiromasa is worried and jealous when Seimei starts receiving mysterious letters.
Notes: For prompt 23, ‘a creek’ on [livejournal.com profile] story_lottery. Direct sequel to Shadow Fox. Seimei’s grandfather is garnering something of a complicated backstory, which I hope to explore at some point in another fic. For now he has a name—Shokuzu no Akinobu—that has the pleasing coincidence of having the same character (葛) for ‘kuzu’ as in Kuzunoha, the name of Seimei’s mother.


Three for Three


Nine days after they left Yatsuhashi, Seimei fell from the saddle of his horse. The road was hard and the fall was unexpected, for Seimei’s mind had unanchored itself and drifted for the last few miles of the Tokaido. He lay crumpled on the ground, aware in a disassociated sense of the sight he must present, his hunting costume a splash of white clouding the graduated shades of blue and purple under-robes, the dark blue hakama puffed by the breeze, and his lacquered hat lying some distance away.

The road was dusty and rutted and smelled of nothing. Everything had a scent, or so he thought, and it troubled Seimei that the road should have no smell, not even the scent of earth. He tried to sit up, but felt too weak. He turned his head and looked up at his post-horse, which gazed back at him. He couldn’t even summon enough magic to speak to it. With a sigh, Seimei settled onto the ground and waited.

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Title: Shadow Fox
Fandom: Onmyouji
Pairing: Seimei/Hiromasa
Rating: PG13
Summary: Seimei and Hiromasa leave the capital to investigate the mysterious death of a young man.
Notes: Written for the prompt ‘adventure’ on [livejournal.com profile] smallfandomfest. I’ve borrowed the tale of the fox-seducer from Ji Yun’s Yuwei Caotong Biji/Random Jottings From The Cottage of Subtle Perception 7.331-32, story 42. This story is a continuation of sorts to events mentioned in A Night of Endless Dreams.


Shadow Fox


Hiromasa shaded his eyes against the low-lying glare of the late winter sun and saw his future unroll for the next hundred miles. The Tokaido stretched into the distance, a meandering road of wheel-ruts and potholes interspersed with metalled sections. The Osaka Barrier lay many leagues behind them, and in truth Hiromasa had no clear idea of their exact location on the Tokaido. All he knew was that Heian-Kyo was somewhere back there, and Suruga province was somewhere ahead of them.

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Title: A Night of Endless Dreams
Fandom: Onmyouji
Pairing: Seimei/Hiromasa
Rating: PG
Summary: A mysterious lock of hair leads Hiromasa on a dangerous investigation.
Notes: Written for the prompt ‘lock of hair’ on [livejournal.com profile] smallfandomfest. The title is from Book 6 of The Tale of Genji.


A Night of Endless Dreams


Hiromasa strolled along one of the palace corridors, the trailing hems of his robes whispering over the floorboards. Tucked into his sleeve was an invitation to dine with Fujiwara no Kinto, one of his cousins who had recently returned from the governorship of Suruga province, a place so far distant from Heian-Kyo that Hiromasa’s head spun at the mere thought of such a place.

Kinto’s letter had made mention of odd events that had befallen him on the journey home. A gentlewoman in their retinue had succumbed to what priests at a local temple described as a dream demon. According to the letter, the lady had simply fallen asleep and did not wake again. Though the circumstances were odd and the household was reduced, Hiromasa’s cousin begged him to spare the time for a visit, and added that he would be grateful for an introduction to Abe no Seimei.

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Title: Mono no aware
Fandom: Onmyouji
Pairing: Seimei/Hiromasa
Rating: PG
Summary: There’s a dead cherry tree in Seimei’s garden, and Hiromasa is determined to make it bloom again.
Notes: Written for the prompt ‘cherry blossoms’ on [livejournal.com profile] smallfandomfest. The poem Hiromasa recites is by Ariwara no Narihira, Kokinshu I.53.


Mono no aware


Seimei’s garden obeyed no law of nature. Summer flowers bloomed in winter, plum trees blossomed all year round, and fragile plants grew as vigorous as weeds. Hiromasa had tried taking an inventory once, wandering around the garden with a handful of plain mulberry paper and an ink-laden brush to record the names of the plants. Mitsumushi had accompanied him, since Seimei claimed to have no interest in his garden and professed complete ignorance of most of the flora residing there.

“Then why do you have a garden?” Hiromasa asked.

Seimei gave him a startled look. “Because it’s there.”

It took Hiromasa a week to realise his inventory was useless. Each day when he arrived to continue his note-taking, the plants had changed their positions in the garden. When Hiromasa mentioned this suspicious matter to Seimei, his friend had shrugged. “They’re plants.”

“Yes, but Seimei—plants don’t move.”

And Seimei had given him another mild, polite look. “They grow.”

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Title: The Comparison Game
Fandom: Onmyouji
Pairing: Seimei/Hiromasa
Rating: PG
Summary: Crickets don’t sing for the pleasure of song.
Notes: Written for the prompt ‘cricket’ on [livejournal.com profile] smallfandomfest.


The Comparison Game


The palace chambers were overcrowded and hot, lit by standing candles and braziers. Hiromasa knelt in the second row of noblemen facing the centre of the room and tried to pay attention to the fifth—or was it the sixth?—comparison game of the evening. Two ladies-in-waiting held up bolts of double-dyed silk, soliciting opinions from the assembled guests as to which showed the truest shade of lavender.

Hiromasa blinked, the candlelight blurring. The warmth of the wine he’d consumed earlier edged him closer to sleep. Perhaps if he closed his eyes for a few moments, he’d feel better. He took a deep breath, inhaling the aloeswood and cloves of the incense and the sharper stink of sweat from his neighbours. Still, the smell was not unpleasant, and Hiromasa settled his chin against his chest and drifted, the chatter of conversation washing over him.

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Title: The Moon in Water
Fandom: Onmyouji
Pairing: Seimei/Hiromasa
Rating: PG13
Prompt: #18 – full moon @ [livejournal.com profile] story_lottery
Summary: Seimei breaks a taboo during The Godless Month.
Word count: 1179

The Moon in Water


Hiromasa woke to the sight of the full moon, bone-white and frozen, through the slats of the bamboo blinds. Blinking at the light, he rolled over beneath the heap of layered robes and discovered he was alone.

“Seimei?”

He whispered the name, conscious of the fact that Seimei seemed able to hear his words from half the city away; but when he received no response, Hiromasa untangled himself from the bedding and crawled out onto the floorboards. Immediately he shifted back onto the sleeping mat, the chill of the floor startling him into full wakefulness.

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