title: bear
fandom: Blood+
characters/pairings: Saya/Haji
rating: G
warnings: none
summary: Saya has to get a present
notes: based on episode 37, sort of a missing scene for that ep, so spoilers ahead.

Saya didn't actually remember saying yes to that strange girl who had a crush on Kai. She watched them leave, dumbfounded. Javier... the girl? A fifth birthday party? ...Why in the world would she be invited to that?

"We'll need to buy a present," Haji said softly. She narrowed her eyes, and lowered her head.

"I wouldn't know what to get," she said evasively. "I don't know this girl at all."

"There are some things that every child wants," Haji murmured.

His voice was entirely too... sibilant. He was going to have to work on that. Though, she wouldn't say anything to him about it... "What did you want when you were five?" she asked sharply.

Haji stepped up to her side, and looked piercingly down the street. She stepped forward, following his gaze. About two blocks down, there was an old-fashioned toy store, the kind that could only be found in back alleys. It didn't surprise her, though, that he would know of it.

He seemed far too familiar with the back alleys of every major city in the world. She wondered if he'd ever been to Africa, or Australia.

"Do we even have money?" she asked.

He simply pulled out their small change purse, and handed it to her. Actually, they had a lot of money. It wasn't hard to get. If Haji played for just a little while, they could usually earn a decent amount of money. Particularly if there were lots of young women around. Or older women. Or gay men.

Saya didn't really like making Haji play for money.

She furrowed her brow, and took the change purse, and sighed. "It's pointless. Why would that person invite me? I tried to attack her."

Haji stepped a bit closer to her. "She wants what Kai wants."

"He doesn't see her like that. She's only setting herself up to be disappointed." She looked down. It would be nice, though, if Kai stopped following her around. He could have an uncomplicated life with that girl, or go back to Okinawa with Mao. He could be happy.

If he could just let go of her.

"It doesn't matter to her," Haji whispered. She frowned softly. "As long as she can support the one she loves, she'll be satisfied."

He wasn't talking about that girl. And he wouldn't say it, but for some reason, he wanted her to keep putting Kai in danger. She looked up at him, but as always, his expression was unreadable.

She was... getting better at it, though.

She reached up, and touched his neck where she had bitten him the day before, touched the perfect, pale skin. He looked into her eyes, and then he slowly turned his head, and looked at the window of the store.

"I was never a child," she said. She didn't remember it, at any rate. She didn't know if that made her sad, or angry, or... anything. She had a happy life with her father Joel, and her father in Okinawa. Those times... they weren't a part of her real life.

Haji put his hand on the small of her back, and motioned to the door with his other, bandaged hand. "You were innocent once, too."

She bent her head down. Those two children... they had been... cute. And. They mattered to Kai.

They couldn't matter to her, because if they did, Diva would just take them away from her.

"Fine. But we aren't staying."

He nodded, and waited for her to go ahead, so he could follow her.