Just Another HideKane AU.
Idea inspired by: this song.
Yoshimura and Ukina are the patriarch and matriarch of the infamous travelling circus known as Anteiku.
Anteiku is home to the majority of lost souls they have found as they wandered from town to town. Hungry children who needed food, young adults who had no place left to turn too - Anteiku accepts them all with open, and loving arms.
Worn out after a number of travels, but united and strong, this ‘family’ is proud of their history. Occasionally, they can’t quite make ends meet, so, Eto, the daughter of the circus owners, leads a vagabond group she calls Aoigiri to steal valuables, much to her parents displeasure.
Hide is a Fire Twirler who enchants everyone with his skills. His bronzed skin shining brightly under the light of the flames makes many flock to see his death-defying acts of courage and finesse.
His future takes an unexpected when Aoigiri abducts a man they’re calling Eyepatch - due to the fact one of his eyes is a startling red, whilst the other is a slate grey. Eto believes the man’s strange appearance will bring more customers.
However, their new member is mute and unwillingly, Eyepatch becomes a worker in Anteiku, doing menial tasks like bathing the horses, mucking the stalls and occasionally appearing in a circus act as a demon.
Despite Eyepatch’s inability to speak, he attracts Hide’s attention and two strike a shaky friendship - which eventually leads to Hide becoming his voice.
Eyepatch informs Hide that his name is actually Kaneki as he teaches Hide to read. In return, Hide teaches Kaneki to fire twirl so they can become a duet performance and dance together. Slowly, but surely, like the embers of a burning fire, the two fall in love.
Everything to begins to go wrong when Aoigiri, and by extension, Anteiku are targeted by a criminal organisation named V, who would love nothing but to see Anteiki burn to the ground.