title: by Agreement
fandom: Loveless
characters/pairings: vague Ritsuka/Soubi, vague Kio/Soubi
rating: G
warnings: choppiness, kiss
summary: Ritsuka and Kio understand each other better
notes: for tsunade, for this request on fic on demand. anime continuity, takes place during and after episode 11

"Hey. Wait a second.

"You're friends with Soubi, aren't you?"

Their train went through a tunnel, clacking loudly, the lights flashing. He put his hand on the bench, close to Soubi.

"Mm, Sou-chan?"

"I am." He turned, and raised an eyebrow. He wished he could hate this kid, but... he was innocent.

The kid took a few daring steps forward. "You're... you're close to him?" He had his hands at his sides, clenched into fists.

Kio smiled.

Soubi didn't move away from the touch, nor did he move closer. He didn't look at Kio. Maybe he hadn't heard him. The train was loud.

"I'm glad I followed you today, Sou-chan. I had fun. And."

He took another step forward and looked away, biting his lip. "I... I... I don't want him to be hurt. But if he gets hurt, I'm glad... he's got someone... to look after him." Ritsuka bit his lip, and lowered his chin. "I'm... I'm too young to... to take care of him. He needs... taking care of. And. For now. I can't. N-not like he... he wants to be... all the time..."

Kio smiled, and bridged the gap between them, putting his hand on Ritsuka's shoulder. "Don't worry, don't worry! Between us, we've got to be able to take care of him, even if he is stubborn."

Ritsuka smiled at him.

"I like him. Aoyagi Ritsuka. I like him just fine."

He put his hand on top of Soubi's, and Soubi looked at him. The tunnel was long. He had time.

He leaned over and kissed Soubi, waiting until Soubi parted his lips.

They came out of the tunnel, and train was quiet, whirling over the tracks. Kio held onto Soubi's hand, and Soubi let him.