originally posted on livejournal under my user name feait for the
#295: Small Packages
was excited. He had never been to an onsen and could not believe that the four
of them were stopping at one.
changing in the locker room, Goku noticed how … private the others acted. That
left Goku puzzled.
in the spring, Goku decided to sit by the cool waterfall.
was already there.
pushing. I was here first.”
make it yours.”
shoved Goku; Goku shoved back.
a couple of shoves, a towel floated in the water. Goku looked down.
He looked at Gojyo.
Gojyo, yours is not like mine.”
of Gojyo’s hands quickly covered himself, while the other scrambled to grab the
floating towel. “Quit staring, ya pervy monkey.”
did you get that big?” Goku checked himself then looked back at Gojyo. “What
did you do? Do you think I can get that big?” His hand moved towards Gojyo’s
kicked Gojyo in the gut then wrapped himself. “Fuck off!” He got out of the hot
spring and stormed off to the locker room.
shouted Goku. He sat down between Sanzo and Hakkai. “What’s wrong with Gojyo?”
moved away from Goku.
looked from one to the other. “Why’d you move?”
Goku, you’re …” Hakkai started.
finished, “You’re a pervert.”
I’m not a pervert; Gojyo is.”
moved to pound Goku’s head with his fist, but chose not to. He did not want to
get close enough to Goku for him to mess with his towel.
there is more than one way to be a pervert,” Hakkai said. “One of those ways is
to stare at another man’s groin.”
“You weren’t able to look away from Gojyo,
It’s so much bigger than me.”
proves you’re a pervert,” Sanzo roared then left the hot spring.
you couldn’t look away, which means you were staring. Purposely looking at
another man’s groin is seen as something a pervert would do.”
shocked Goku. “I’m not a pervert! It’s just that I’ve never seen anyone else’s,
you know? I didn’t know they could come in different sizes.”
took a moment to craft his response.
“You do know people do not come in the same shape or size.”
is it reasonable to say that if people come in all shapes and size that certain
parts of their bodies will come in different shapes and sizes?”
thought about this for a moment. “Yeah, I guess you’re right, Hakkai.”
stood up and climbed out of the hot spring.
where are you going?”
stayed in the hot spring too long.”
got out of the hot spring and followed Hakkai into the locker room.
changing, Goku was lost in thought, busy struggling whether or not to ask
Hakkai a question.
curiosity won out.
Hakkai?”Goku asked as they left the locker room for their room.
you think Sanzo has a big one or a small one?”
from meat buns, the idea Sanzo could be smaller than him was the only thought
in Goku’s head. But he could not figure out a way to learn if that was true.
Goku had no idea how to do this on his own. He did not want to ask Gojyo. Gojyo
would not only call him a pervert again then blab to Sanzo.
thought about asking Hakkai to help, but he had a feeling Hakkai would not help,
not after the explanation he gave.
went with the only approach he knew: the direct approach.
night while Sanzo slept, Goku started pulling up Sanzo’s blanket.
Sanzo kicked the monkey hard in the gut. “What the hell do you think
had no answer.
shout woke up Gojyo and Hakkai.
going on?” asked Gojyo.
looked at Sanzo with his blanket asunder then Goku who was clutching his
“Sanzo,” Hakkai said, “I’m sure Goku will not
do whatever he did ever again. Right, Goku?”
Hakkai. Sorry, Sanzo.”
walked over to Goku. “Let me see.”
revealed a black and blue in the shape of a foot on his torso.
called up his chi and began healing Goku.
looked at Hakkai. “You know what happened, don’t you?”
gave Gojyo his patent “I’m not telling” smile. “All I know is that Sanzo kicked
Goku in the stomach.
following few days everyone noticed Goku avoided Sanzo. When Gojyo asked Goku
about this, Goku replied, “I’m not avoiding Sanzo.”
knew he was lying, but did not know why or what he could do about it.
however, knew there was something more to Hakkai’s little exchange with Goku.
waited until they were in the next town and the first chance he was alone with
Hakkai to ask about it.
looked up from his newspaper. “All right, Hakkai, what’s going on?”
looked up from the pack he was going through. “Going on? I’m checking to see if
we’re low on supplies.”
are enough idiots on this trip. Don’t join their ranks.” Sanzo put down his paper and lit a cigarette.
sat down next to the pack on the floor. “You’re not going to like this.
Remember the conversation Goku had with Gojyo at the hot springs?”
grounded out his cigarette.
Hakkai continued, “that led Goku to wonder if – ”
I was bigger than Gojyo.” Sanzo grounded the palm of his hand against his head.
that wasn’t it. He wondered if you were smaller than him.”
Sanzo been drinking coffee at this moment he would have choked on it.
his face turned red. “WHAT!” He stormed towards the door.
interceded. “Now, Sanzo calm down.”
out of my way, Hakkai. I am going to kill him.”
Goku won’t change the fact that he was curious.” Hakkai pushed Sanzo away from
the door and into a chair. “Sanzo, breathe.”
scowled at Hakkai. “Why shouldn’t I kill him?”
didn’t see anything, did he? The night was too dark; there was no moon.”
knew Hakkai was right, but it did not change the fact that Goku thought he
could be bigger. He returned to reading his newspaper.
few moments passed, before a thought occurred to Sanzo.
you know the answer to Goku’s question, don’t you?”
do you say that?”
… you’ve seen all of us due to some injury or another.”
looked at Sanzo, arching an eyebrow. He wanted Sanzo to work for this
information. “So, you think I would sneak a peek when all of you are lying in
your briefs while I heal you?”
I mean no, damn it.” Sanzo sat silently, struggled with the words. “Is he
likes to walk around in his briefs after he showers. Why don’t you look at him
the next he does that.”
not a pervert.”
decided to put Sanzo out of his misery.
to various injuries, I have had the dubious honor of healing near that area, as
you said. And no, Goku is not right.”
sensed Sanzo wanted to ask another question, but Goku and Gojyo returned to the
room before he could.
four of them went to dinner. The inn’s dining room was crowded. As they were
led to their table, Hakkai took this opportunity to answer the unspoken
but not by much,” Hakkai whispered.
are bigger than Gojyo.”
stared at Hakkai for a moment.
chuckled. “So you weren’t worried about Gojyo being bigger than you?”