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Gokusen ficlet: Dumb and Tragic

Title: Dumb and Tragic
Fandom: Gokusen
Author: alianora
Rating: PG
Summery: There is something about Yankumi that makes a deeply hidden, very nicely buried part of Sawada Shin want to well up and spill all over everything.








There is something about Yankumi that makes a deeply hidden, very nicely buried part of Sawada Shin want to well up and spill all over everything.

It is a deeply uncool part of himself, and Shin would really rather forget all about it.

He liked his life of sleeping through class, getting into the occasional fight, and hanging out with his class. Really, he thinks to himself wistfully sometimes - usually when he's chasing his teacher down the street or saving a puppy or cleaning up the river - he misses that life a lot.

But, then the boys get in trouble, or the school is raided, or Yankumi has some bright idea that involves her dangling upside down from the gym ceiling or dressing up like Sherlock Holmes, and he realizes - generally as he's furiously dialing his phone, or sitting in a tree outside the school watching for likely suspects, or dressing up like Watson - this is really a lot more fun.

He does manage to keep that part of himself under control most of the time, on a day to day basis. It wouldn't do to have the other boys in his class see this part of him every single day.

After all, it's not every day that Yankumi signs the entire class up to volunteer at a day care center and Shin discovers yet another embarrassing part of himself bubbling up that ends up with him parading two adorable pigtailed girls around on his shoulders for the better part of an hour.

And it's not every day that he finds himself sitting at her family's table and getting into chopstick fights with Tetsu over the last piece of pork in the hot pot.

Those things only happen once in a while. Once or twice a week, at the most. So it's not like Shin needs to be concerned with his image.

Except..he finds himself doing the dorkiest things at the strangest times imaginable, lately.

Yesterday, he rather abruptly realized he was standing on top of his desk with his fist in the air.

He remembered rolling his eyes at Yankumi when she got all fired up about whatever her pet project for the day was. He remembered that very clearly. After that, things got a bit hazy. He maybe remembered agreeing that the head teacher was being very unfair in not letting the wrestling team practice on campus. He maybe recalled calling the head teacher an orangutan. How that translated into conning the head teacher into boasting that if the wrestling team won, he would personally wrestle a monkey in front of the entire school, Shin had no idea. And based on the sinking feeling in his heart and the beaming smile Yankumi was aiming at him, it was entirely possible he had just volunteered to find a monkey. Or maybe dress up like one.

Shin was secretly convinced that Yankumi knew about the well of uncoolness that he kept pushed down as far as possible, because she seemed intent on unearthing it and making Shin do the dumbest things. With a smile on his face.

He sighed in frustration. This woman was going to be the death of him.

He groaned as he realized he had just admitted that to the plant she had forced him to take back to his place (Water it, Sawada! And talk to it! It's very important to talk to it. This one likes to watch television on Tuesdays!).

He was so deeply, horribly, tragically uncool.

Especially because his traitorously dorky mind liked to replay her smile from the last time she was there, a smile that took over her whole face slowly - a different smile than the one she gave her homeroom everyday - when she saw the plant on the table. Where it could see the television.

He could still see her face as she reached one hand out to touch one of the leaves. Her eyes had darted to his face and away again, and that smile crept up her face and hit him over the back of the head.

He did manage to throttle the impulse to tug one of her pigtails, leaving his hand tangled in her hair, making her look up at him with that smile - and managed to roll his eyes and shrug, instead.

Shin is fairly certain that any day now, that deep well of dorky uncoolness will come spilling out all over everything at the very worst time.

And chances are, he'll be standing right beside Yankumi when it happens.

Right now, he's just hoping he doesn't do something tragically embarrassing at the time. Like, kiss her in front of the entire class or run his fingers over the tiny sliver of stomach he can see when she wears that stupid cheerleader uniform.

After all, there's nothing more dorky than having a crush on your homeroom teacher. Especially when it's someone as weird as Yankumi.

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OMG. That high pitched squeal you just heard? Was me.

I loved this fic to bits. I was going to quote my favourite lines, but that more or less involved copy pasting the entire fic. I love how *dorky* Shin is, how how his cool is ultimately no match for Yankumi's super enthusiastic dorkiness.

I want to squish the both of them.
heee!! yay! Im so glad you like!

And yes, Shin's cool is NO MATCH for Yankumi's enthusiasm. He wants to be cool..he wants to stay out of things..and the next thing he knows, he's the one VOLUNTEERING to dress up like an ape to wrestle the head teacher. IT JUST HAPPENS AND HE'S RATHER HORRIFIED BY IT.
Here via a rec from anenko -

And I must agree with everything she said! Your Shin is fabulously dorky and I savoured every moment of his embarassing self-reflection. The bit with the plant was pure gold and I couldn't stop smiling the whole time I was reading.

Excellent writing, I'll be memming this. ♥
aww, thank you! I think, deep inside, Shin IS fabulously dorky. And when Yankumi gets involved, her dorkiness is infecting.

Thank you so much for reading and commenting!
Oh my gosh... I loved this fic!! It captures Shin's character perfectly!!! ^_^
hee! thanks! I get the feeling that Shin has hidden levels of dorkiness that we were never allowed to fully see. I WANT THE DORKINESS.
Also came here from aneko and this is fantastic! Poor Shin.

I actually cracked up at (Water it, Sawada! And talk to it! It's very important to talk to it. This one likes to watch television on Tuesdays!). I could 'hear' Yankumi's voice. :D
I have to admit, the plant thing was an impulse, but im very glad it worked and Yankumi's voice came through.

thanks for reading!
That was awesome. XD You perfectly captured the effect Yankumi has on Shin.

And like svz_insanity, I could totally hear Yankumi saying, "Water it, Sawada! And talk to it! It's very important to talk to it. This one likes to watch television on Tuesdays!" If I had been drinking water, I would have spit it on the keyboard at that point.
Hee! Thank you! I get the feeling that if she was so enthusiastic about everything, Shin wouldn't be having these problems. He would be able to sit in the back and sleep and wouldnt end up doing all kinds of crazy things. He just gets swept away in her dorky enthusiasm.

thanks for reading!
This is just SO CUTE. Please write more! XD
thank you! and i probably will - Dorky!Shin is entirely too much fun to write.
haha, Shin, things you endure for one big crush. XD
Hee! yeah, he's a goner. Thanks for reading!
I have to thanks Anenko for leading me to you...I just love your fics to bits *squeals* I just loved your dorky Shin, he is so adorable when he tries to be cool when Yankumi gets one of her bright idea. ROTFLOL, about the plant and Shin does as Yankumi said. *GRIN*
Aww, thank you! Shin is so completely the cool guy..until Yankumi happens, and then there he is, wondering what the heck happened?

thanks for reading!
*GLEE!!!!* I ADORE your Shin! He is so PERFECT! *glomps onto him* Stay uncool, Shin-kun! WE LOVE YOU, AND SO DOES YANKUMI!!
heeee! Thank you! You KNOW Shin is uncool when it comes to Yankumi. He just cant hold on to the coolness in the face of that much enthusiastic dorkiness!
*sigh*

I love how you expounded on the truly dorky side that is in Shin. We got climpses, but this pulled it out in the open and reminded us how much he rocks.

*happy sigh*
Nyaahh! Gotta love Dorky-Shin! xD *glomps*
My favourite line?

(Water it, Sawada! And talk to it! It's very important to talk to it. This one likes to watch television on Tuesdays!)

My favourite line PERIOD. =D
*grins* thank you! that line amused me, and it HAD to go in. thanks for reading!
adorable and fabulous!

love dorky shin who just knows that his cool as ice reputation is going to be lost...
thank you! and yes, Shin's reputation is a goner!
Awww that well of uncoolness is going to overrun him pretty soon! Memming this hehe XD
it is indeed! thanks for reading!
Oh man. The plant bit? Pure genius. Loved it.

I wish you'd write more Gokusen - you're so good at it!
aww, thank you! i do have another one in the works, if 3D will start cooperating!
Would you mind terribly if I quoted some of this fic on Fanlore's Gokusen article (http://fanlore.org/wiki/Gokusen)? This fic is one of my favourite examples of Shin and Yankumi being DORKS. *g*

If you'd rather not have your work used in the wiki article, I'll remove the quote and link to your fic right away!
i would feel downright squishy and special to have my fic used in such a way! go for it!
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