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MEI-CHAN: Promise Me

FICLET: Festive Occasions (Mei-chan no Shitsuji)

Title: Festive Occasions
Author: alianora
Rating: G
Summery: Seasonally inappropriate fic. I blame [info] - personalbeckerbell. Just consider it Christmas in July. Only it's June.



Rihito was enjoying the smell of freshly folded laundry when Mei came up behind him. She stepped quietly, but he knew her footfalls after six months of sharing the close quarters of Umbra House.

It was late, and she should have been in bed. As a matter of fact, Rihito had thought she was in bed, as that is where she had been when he checked on her fifteen minutes ago.

She was wrapped up in her purple robe, glasses on and blinking sleepily. She smiled up at him with her hair sticking out awkwardly on the side of her head.

He had the fight the urge to smooth it down and tuck it behind her ears, and he quickly occupied his hands with one last towel instead.

"Mei-sama," he scolded gently. "You need your rest."

Mei shrugged, patting her hair absently, somehow managing to make it look more disheveled. "It's Christmas Eve, and I almost forgot something." She looked at him, lips quirking mischievously. "I have something for you. It's very festive, and if you don't wear it, you'll hurt my feelings."

Rihito bowed, the hand holding the towel going to his heart. "I will gladly accept any gift Mei-sama gives me."

Mei blew out her breath. "Good," she said cheerfully. "I told Kiba that we would help him and Izumi-chan pass out gifts to underprivileged children tomorrow, and I think it would be a festive gesture." Mei reached into the pocket of her robe, and pulled out a Santa hat.

Rihito very carefully didn't flinch as she reached up to pull it on his head, but he did allow himself one wince of pain for the thought of his hair. "A hat, Mei-sama?" he said, weakly. "It is perfectly respectable to pass out gifts while dressed as I normally am."

"Not to me," she said firmly, flipping the bell on the end down to fall over his eyes. She stepped back and smiled, ignoring the pained expression he was sure he was wearing. "There. Now," she said brightly, "Be glad I talked Kiba into dressing like the elf." She tilted her head, an innocent look on her face. "Or would you rather switch with him?"

"No! No, Mei-sama," Rihito hurried to say, tossing the towel over his shoulder and settling the Santa hat more securely onto his head. "The hat is just fine." He offered a tentative smile as he pulled the bell over to the side.

Mei looked at him - a smooth, S-ranked butler, wearing a shiny suit and a Santa hat. She wished she had her camera. Mameshiba would never believe this without proof.

END

Comments

Eeee, so adorable! I loved every second of it, and must immediately demand MOAR. I want chapter fic detailing life after the series, as Mei and Rihito continue to share a suite and their feelings! I want Kiba dressed as an elf and frolicking around after Izumi, and I want Nezu and Fujiko being outrageously unsubtle and Mameshiba actually studying and and lots of kisses. Mmmm.

Okay, favourite parts:

Rihito was enjoying the smell of freshly folded laundry when Mei came up behind him.

He's SO DOMESTIC, and I love it! I can just see him unwinding by ironing all her clothes. Oh Rihito, how can you be so much like a housewife and yet so manly as well?!

Rihito bowed, the hand holding the towel going to his heart. "I will gladly accept any gift Mei-sama gives me."

You got the tone just right, he'd do and say exactly that.

and Rihito very carefully didn't flinch as she reached up to pull it on his head, but he did allow himself one wince of pain for the thought of his hair.

Ahhh, a touch of vanity! I like it, it makes him seem more human. And hair doesn't naturally do the things his does; he must spend an awful lot of time on it.

So in conclusion: LOVE. The fic, and you. LOVE.
I want Nezu and Fujiko being outrageously unsubtle

my own personal canon has Nezu pacing and pacing and pacing on graduation day. the instant she gets her diploma (or whatever it is in Japan), she jumps off the stage into his arms, wraps her legs around him and they make out like crazy as he's trying to kiss her and carry her off for pron all at the same time.

...it is also my own personal canon that anytime Rihito hears anything about graduation, Mei no longer being in school (and therefore exempt from the rules about butler/lady relationships being verboten), and anything about her plans for her life afterward, he drops things, spills the tea, or trips over something.

this gets SIGNIFICANTLY worse after he is midbow to the Hongo grandfather with Mei at his side, and Hongo grandpa says something about how he's looking forward to seeing what Rihito does after he joins the family. ever seen somebody lose their balance midbow? very embarrassing.

He's SO DOMESTIC, and I love it! I can just see him unwinding by ironing all her clothes. Oh Rihito, how can you be so much like a housewife and yet so manly as well?!

it occurs to me that someone has to do the laundry, and it isnt the ladies. cant you just see Rihito washing her panties, all the while trying not to look or think about them?

...and now i want fic about Rihito taking care of Mei and bringing her tea and hot water bottles and chocolate and whatever while she's grumping around with cramps. she's horrified once she figures out he knows she's ragging.

So in conclusion: LOVE. The fic, and you. LOVE.

*beams and blows you kisses* you need to stop working or something so you can come play with me in drama land. I NEED FIC. WRITE ME FIC.
I have seriously had a super-crap day and rereading this has done a lot to cheer me back up. (As did your comment above of Mei being utterly HORRIFIED when she figures out he knows her cycle. Of course he would. And not just when it gets there, but he probably really does know her entire cycle.)

Rihito in the Santa hat still continues to delight me, as does the sleight to Rihito's dignity, which I still shouldn't enjoy so much, but. :| I would totally read a series of fics about various ways of destroying Rihito's hair, too, I'm just saying. :|b
I have seriously had a super-crap day and rereading this has done a lot to cheer me back up

YAY!

Mei being utterly HORRIFIED when she figures out he knows her cycle. Of course he would. And not just when it gets there, but he probably really does know her entire cycle

of COURSE he does. he also knows what brand of tampons she prefers, and gets concerned if she uses too many "heavy" types, when he KNOWS she's late enough in her cycle that she should be using the "light" ones. (one day, after they've finally started sleeping together and are still trying to work around the butler/lady issue, he's going to have a heart attack when he realizes she's a day and a half late. I CANT WAIT.)

I would totally read a series of fics about various ways of destroying Rihito's hair, too, I'm just saying

.....WHY must you give me such entertaining bunnies? WHY? *stomps off to think about Rihito getting hit in the face with a jug of water that Fujiko threw at Nezu/Kiba dumping dirt onto his head while maining Izumi's garden/Aoyama "accidentally" slicing a chunk of his hair off during their next mock duel*
Oh my god Rihito with a baby, goddamn you. Because he would be, like, a million times worse than her about it, he would be a NERVOUS WRECK THE ENTIRE NINE MONTHS and then they would have a baby and he would spend all night rocking the baby who is sleeping against his chest while he stares down in wonder at the baby. OVARIES EXPLODING NOW, YOU OWE ME NEW ONES.

Also, trying to take care of a baby and still be there for Mei-sama in the same way and of course none of the rest of the staff would be good enough to help out and even Shibata Rihito will eventually start to wear thin and Mei has to take over to get him to even just sleep for awhile.

I would also pay a lot for Mei to dump a snowball down the back of Rihito's jacket and/or ruin his hair in the process and he can't even do anything about it because it's Mei-sama. And he can't leave her out in the cold and yet his hair and his clothes, it's not fitting for an S-ranked butler to appear so unkempt--!!
Oh my god Rihito with a baby, goddamn you. Because he would be, like, a million times worse than her about it, he would be a NERVOUS WRECK THE ENTIRE NINE MONTHS and then they would have a baby and he would spend all night rocking the baby who is sleeping against his chest while he stares down in wonder at the baby. OVARIES EXPLODING NOW, YOU OWE ME NEW ONES.

*raises hand* I also require new ovaries after reading that. CUTEST THING EVER. DO WANT FIC OF IT.

Oh, Rihito. ♥
In a rush (supper!), but I wanted to say: ♥ Rihito is so adorable when he's flustered by Mei.
*beams* he really is darling when he's flustered. i think that's why i like to see him like that so much. plus, he's so much more REAL when he isnt impossibly smooth and cool.
If I were in Mei's place, I would be too freaked out around Rihito to *do* anything. I'd be hyperaware of everything wrong with me at that particular moment: omg, my lips are chapped! How long ago did I brush my teeth? I'm not wearing my nice underwear! *g*


heee!! me, too, but i think Mei can handle it. After all, she throws herself down on her bed and walks around in her pajamas around him on a daily basis!
I am seriously wiping tears of laughter from the corner of my eye after reading this. (partially due to the comment thread right after with Rihito and baby, and messed up hair, and knowing her cycle- HOMG FLAIL LOL)

Do want more. thats all I can say.

And you KNOW YOU WANT TO write some Osamu fic too. Just give in.
Hee! thank you! and yes, we amuse ourselves WILDLY by destroying Rihito's dignity as much as humanly possible!

I have not come close to getting Osamu fic written, nor do i have anything planned, but feel free to sway me!
Lol.

That will have to be rectified.
*thinks*

Heee....We can kill two birds with one stone here. Insult Rihito's dignity and have Osamu smiling that creepy!hott!!smirk. I see something with Shinobu insulting Rihito's manhood (ie butler skills), making what appears to be moves on Mei (because you know that would so get to Rihito), and then sitting back to watch what happens.
*clicks tongue thoughtfully* sounds like fun, really. more the problem here is the fact i have no voice for Zoicite Shinobu. i wouldnt even know where to start. except with creepy.

he might make some appearances in a fic i am mulling over. it doesnt exist yet, but he would play a role should i manage to make it actually have a plot and exist on page.
hmmm ...If i could remember what ep it is that he has Mei up against that tree and "leans in" before she steps on his foot, I would totally point you at it.

Yosh! you can do it.
it's ep 5, i think, and i love that scene like BURNING. she's ladylike and yet, BADASS! im forcing my friend rinalin to watch the whole thing with me when im out visiting her soon, so ill keep my ears open and see if i cant pick up anything ficcy from him. :)
OH MY GOSH! It really is like Christmas in June this week! You guys are all writing delightful Mei-chan fic! Originally, when it was just this one, I was going to try and save it for when I really needed fic but SCREW THAT. :DD

This is so adorable. I love how Rihito surpresses his urge to smooth her hair by paying even closer attention to the towels. And I'm sure he already devotes himself to the task. :) I can so easily imagine Mei's mischievous smile too! Really, this feels so in-character! The only thing it needs is more Kiba dressed as an elf because OMG THE CUTENESS.

...You were totally right. I am ready to rewatch Mei-chain this soon! How did you know?♥
I DONT EVEN KNOW WHAT HAPPENED! beckerbell wrote something, and then anenko, and then me and then biases and the ENTIRE WORLD CLEARLY LOVES ME because the Mei-chan fic just keeps coming!

*hearts everything*

IF I COULD FIGURE OUT A WAY TO GET A PICTURE OF KIBA DRESSED AS AN ELF, IT WOULD BE MY HEADER FOREVER AND EVER.

thank you for reading, and the truth is, I ALWAYS know when it is time for others to watch Mei-chan. I MONITOR THESE THINGS CLOSELY.
LOL
Yeah, I always thinking of the difficulty to maintain Rihito's hair appearance. ^^;; How much time he spent everyday to gel it ne? LOL

Btw, a typo in here:
>>"I told Kiba that we would help he and Izumi-chan"
Supposed to be 'him', not 'he' I think...
lol. his hair amuses me. i want it to be destroyed A LOT.

and whoops! thanks for catching that!
a HOT santa is coming to town LOL
this is so adorable ..
and Kiba as an elf? haha..MATCH perfectly LOL
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