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17 October 2011 @ 12:29 am
Theme 13 Euthanasia  
Title:Weaning
Author ginnekomiko
Prompt:
13 Euthanasia
POV: Young! Ginta and Hakaku
Rating: K
Word Count: 300
Summary:Young! Ginta wants to keep the baby a baby for as long as he can.

Note: I took a more liberal turn on Euthanasia.


Weaning

“Ginta, why are you letting him suck on your thumb like that?” Hakaku asked.

“It helps him sleep. He ran around a lot, so I figured he could use a nap,” Ginta said.

“He’s a warrior! Warriors don’t do such babyish things!”

“Hakaku, he is a baby.”

Hakaku sighed. “You know he’ll look to you for comfort if you keep that up.”

“Is that such a bad thing? I think it’s kind of nice.” The baby curled closer to him. “I think he thinks so, too.”

“The elders say it’s a bad thing. They say warriors need to be strong at all times.”

“Because why?” Ginta asked.

“I don’t know! Because we’re warriors! That’s why!”

“Even though we’re kids?” Ginta asked.

“Even though we’re kids!” Hakaku answered.

“Even when people we love die?”

 “Well, I guess its okay to cry a little bit then, but only a little!” Hakaku paused. “Why? Did something happen?”

Ginta hugged the baby closer. “You remember Kinko and his group, right?”

“Yeah! Those guys were really fun!”

“They went out and explored too far past the territory's safe spot. A bird got them. It tore their insides right out.”

“Ginta…”

“I’m trying to swallow the pain down like I’m supposed to, but… those guys were my friends! I was supposed to go with them, but Tsuki kept crying and tugging at my fur when I tried to leave. I said I’d catch up with them later. When I did, they were all dead!”

“The little brat… saved you?” Hakaku murmured.

“I don’t know. I want to believe that he understands my kindness towards him.”

“I think he does understand. He never cuddles like that around me.” Hakaku muttered. “…Ginta, you can cry if you want to. I won’t tell anyone.”

“It’s really okay?”

“Yeah.”