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17 June 2009 @ 12:08 am
FF100 - 033.  

Hey peeps, I'M BACK. 8D One more drabble for the count, and I have more coming--but in the past couple of weeks, I've realized one hundred is...er, well A LOT of fics. And while I have ideas floating around and couple more drabbles/ficlets actually typed out (just waiting for me to get tired of editing them), I could use some help with inspiration. So...I'm officially asking for any requests from you guys, whether it be a pairing or a cameo of a character you really love; help me out here, guys! I love a challenge, and sometimes it's just what I need to get my creative juices churning. YES. Okay.

Too Much
Fandom: Natsume Yuujinchou
Characters: Natsume, Nyanko, Natori
Prompt: 033. Too much
Word Count: 703
Rating: PG
Summary: Too much has consequences.
Author's Note: A little longer one for the count. :3 And I hope I got Natori's name-calling habits right, I couldn't remember if he uses a suffix with Natsume's name or not. But I don't think it's that big of a deal, so whatever.

033. Too Much

Blood splatters on green grass shining in the moonlight. Natsume yelps loudly when he hits the tree with a resounding thud, grimacing tightly and gripping his right shoulder and arm with white knuckles. He slides down the trunk and groans.


There’s a loud, vicious snarl, and then some more shouting. Natsume rouses himself from the ground just in time to see a massive hide of white, musky fur block his view, and then a bright, blinding flash throws the night into proxy daylight. Natsume shoots upright when he realizes what is happening.

“NO!” he screams, attempting to climb weakly over Madara’s back. But it’s already too late. His cry echoes against the forest as the light fades gently back into night’s darkness. Natsume sees spots, and blinks furiously to try and see past them. He ignores the tears beginning to sting the edges of his eyes, knowing already there’s nothing to see anyway. “No…”

All is silent. The meadow is completely empty now. A night breeze whispers against the leaves and blades of grass.

Madara rumbles gently and twists his neck to see the boy leaning heavily on him.

“…Natsume?” he growls softly.

Natsume ignores him, just continues staring at the empty meadow.



Twigs snap and grass rustles as Natori stumbles over to Natsume’s side, youkai cronies not far behind. His face is pinched and worried. The salamander scrambles across his forehead and then his cheek, almost frantically darting as opposed to its usual creeping, sudden crawls. “Natsume! Natsume!

He’s about to reach for Natsume’s motionless form, when his hands are suddenly slapped away. Natsume’s eyes finally tear away from the empty meadow, and focus angrily on Natori. He almost takes a step back at the cold fury in that gaze. Almost.

“Why?!” Natsume snaps, lowly and angrier than Natori has ever heard him. Natsume pushes himself away from Madara, who eyes Natsume’s shaking body carefully. “Why did you do that?! How could you—?!”

Now Natori’s eyes are steely. “Natsume. Look. At. Your. Arm.

Natsume refuses to, although he can feel the warm wetness sliding down his arm in a frighteningly continuous flow, and that metallic scent in the air is making him sick—and he can’t feel the tips of his fingers. His left hand clenches tighter around what it can cover of his wound. He sways on his feet slightly. He tries to stay angry, but—but—

“I know, but…”

He sways more violently this time. There’s a sharp pain in his back, and then an ache. The world feels like it’s spinning slightly…



When Natsume comes to, it’s only been a couple minutes. He’s been sat up against the same tree he was slammed into earlier, and Natori is working on bandaging Natsume’s wound. He somehow managed to get a hold of a first aid kit of sorts, according to the antiseptic smell in the air. Madara sits near, his yellow eyes focused sharply on Natsume, unreadable.

“…She was listening to me,” Natsume suddenly croaks out. His throat is dry, and the night air causes goosebumps to rise on his bared flesh. “I could feel her fighting against it, she—she was—”

“Natsume.” Natori’s tone is brisk and firm, somewhere halfway between a reprimand and a simple interruption. “The curse had finally overwhelmed her the minute she injured you. I know that. You know that.”


“And it was her wish; to let it end. She told us herself. Told you herself.”

Natsume finally looks at Natori. Natori looks at Natsume. Sees so much there, so much he’d rather not face, questions he doesn’t have the answers to. Too much. Too much regret.

Too much compassion.

“…Don’t talk anymore. You’ve lost a good amount of blood.”

Natsume frowns, but doesn’t say anything. There are rings under his eyes. His face is frighteningly pale.

Madara heavily rises, and disappears in a sea of smoke. Nyanko wanders out, jumping up and settling on Natsume’s good shoulder. “Natsume. You need rest.”

And with that, everyone rises to make the short trek out of the forest. Natori helps Natsume stand, muttering something. “What?” Natsume mumbles blearily in response.

“…Touko-san is going to kill me.”



Current Location: MAI BED
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Funny The Way It Is - DMB
Hat: [Natsume Yuujinchou] Natsume Blindhanopycanopy on June 17th, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
Natori says Natsume AND Natsume-kun, I went back and checked because I couldn't remember either XD But I love this fic. I think you've captured them all really well. Thanks <3
amused4ever: Teeheeamused4ever on June 18th, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
SWEET, so I would've been right either way. HA. :DDD And I was actually worried I'd made Natori too frantic, so I'm glad you thought I captured them well. Thanks for reading!
gone hiking: n^2itaintrite on June 17th, 2009 06:55 am (UTC)
He calls him Natsume mostly. Sooo familiar!

Anyway, do you do dark fics? Then I'd like to read something starring Matoba (the creepy exorcist), the youkai duo who loved tormenting ChibiFoxboy and some extermination (maybe, or maybe not). I'd also love to read a 'possible' angle where Takashi discovered the truth behind Reiko's death.
amused4ever: Kakashi Approvedamused4ever on June 18th, 2009 04:46 am (UTC)
Hm. What does a 'dark fic' entail in your opinion? I think I can write them, as I've done stuff with bittersweet endings and such. But nothing extremely morbid or anything... >_>;

And idea about Reiko's death seems interesting, I might have to tackle that. Seems like a good topic for a mulitchapter, too, if I ever got around to it. Ahahaha. *SHOT*

Thanks for reading!
gone hikingitaintrite on June 18th, 2009 08:14 am (UTC)
Darkfic. Well, definitely no sparkles/roses xD! More along the psychological suspense/horror type (think Ju-On, japanese ver. Ringu). Need not be extremely morbid, though NYC manga is kinda morbid sometimes :p.

Another plot bunny ate my slippers. How about a fic about Natori's childhood and the hard time his uncles gave him just because he could 'see'? Shd be fun ^^
dreamer1789: natsumedreamer1789 on June 17th, 2009 08:05 am (UTC)
Would have loved to see this animated! XD So very good. Faving!

Oh, requests, ok... How about something about Natori's childhood? (Yeah, I'm keeping it vague, which gives you a lot of leeway. ^^ ) Or maybe - it's like a blue moon and Natsume finds himself possessed by Reiko's spirit for 48h (something like that) and how that would affect people around him.
amused4ever: Teeheeamused4ever on June 18th, 2009 04:48 am (UTC)
Haha, thanks!

Technically all my drabbles have to some way involve Natsume, since he's the character I selected, but I'm already working out a way for him to be included in that. Hm, YES, I could see it happening. :D And Reiko again! Ooh, possession would be FUN. But what's a blue moon? Or were you just using that turn of phrase? ^_^;
dreamer1789: PandoraHeartsdreamer1789 on June 18th, 2009 07:35 am (UTC)
Yay! ^^ Ah, well the Natori bit then you can have him (reluctantly) sharing that with Natsume or something, so that solves the mandatory character problem.

A blue moon does exist, so I was halfway serious, halfway figuratively speaking because I'm not exactly versed in spiritual stuff and I didn't wanna go with clichés of planet- or star alignment. ^^;; So, basically, anything that could supposedly surge was excuse trigger for such an event.

Have fun! ^_^
Japathy_irath on June 18th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
Nicely-written- really enjoyed it. =3 The characterisation was good, and you could sort of get what had happened without any prior information.

Thanks for sharing. 8D
krazykrow: Natsumekrazykrow on June 24th, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
Nice~ ^^ This fandom needs more fanfics so it was a treat to read this! ^^ Thank you!
You really portrayed them very well. =) *two thumbs up* Natsume was his usual compassionate self, Madara his usual protective self, and Natori was Natori. ^^

Ah~ well, I love seeing Natsume and Natori interacting the best, I think. Something like that episode where they went to the onsen together would be nice. Or maybe a continuation of that episode where they actually do get to talk as Natsume wanted to. Or the episode where Natsume and Natori went to that exorcist's meeting or the episode where that blue haired youkai acts like a kid and Natori tells Natsume he has to chose one or the other; human or youkai. Or, going off of that, something where Natsume is again presented with a situation where he has to chose to side with the youkai or humans but then ends up finding a way to stay true to his self and finds a middle road. lol I realize these are all very vague and already something you could of thought of since they're just reiterations of the anime. ^^;; Or, since you were talking about drabbles, just a small thing concerning Natori's salamander..something like how Natsume is always staring at Natori because of it and maybe some blushing on Natsume's part because Natori points this out..or something along that line......And I'll stop..>.> ..sorry...lol ^^;;

Anyways, thank you so much for sharing this! ^^
amused4ever: Teeheeamused4ever on June 25th, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
So I'm guessing you want something to do with Natsume and Natori? Maybe? :V

...LOL I KID. I'm getting an idea based off combining two of yours. I think you'll be pleased. ^_^

Thank you for reading!
darkestnight12: kekekedarkestnight12 on June 24th, 2009 09:47 am (UTC)
*squees* :pve the frantic Natori, the protective Madara, and the compassionate Natsume! It's all SO them! *glomps them* SWEET!

If you're SERIOUSLY accepting requests from people *cough*me*cough* I have one! *waves hand crazily*

Could you...write a humanmale!Madara? That makes an impromptu visit to Natsume while he's in school. Preferably Madara/Natsume. Yes. Please? *begs prettily*
amused4ever: Teeheeamused4ever on June 25th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
I CANNOT STOP STARING AT YOUR ICON. I'm trying to figure out if I look that creepy when I'm writing. 8D

As for your request, I think I can handle that. Heheh. ;3

Thanks for reading, and glad you enjoyed it!
darkestnight12darkestnight12 on June 25th, 2009 07:56 am (UTC)
Yay! Thank you so much! I'LL BE WAITING!

XDD That's how I look when I'm writing my comments. Hee. Yes. Like this one. Kekeke...
YukiTsukihana: DoctorDonna:Dyukitsukihana on July 5th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
oh, lovely fic =D looks like it'd fit in with the series perfectly.
if you're honestly taking requests...I'd like a Natsume/Natori pairing ._. done in the style of it-could-actually-happen (like this fic), of course.
amused4ever: Teeheeamused4ever on July 5th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'll get on your request as soon as possible. Though, I said in my journal--I'm in Spain for a month right now, so it might take a little while. :)

Thanks for reading!
YukiTsukihana: satoshiyukitsukihana on July 5th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
oh, no, no hurry at all! I know you have a bunch of other requests to fill first, too ^^;
also, enjoy your trip :3
amused4everamused4ever on July 5th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
Gracias! ;)