I just got back from Japan and while i was there I visited a garden in Hiroshima and like,,, tons of birds flocked onto me for some reason (maybe they thought i had food??? Idk) and i immediately thought of simon with nahyuta just watching on and laughing lmao
hdskfjdsh THIS IS AMAZING and listen Simon would love this also.
(also I am very jealous of you ngl)
So he decides to travel with Nahyuta to Japan, which was where his mother was born before she moved the U.K. and met his father. He hadn’t gone back since before he was incarcerated, and so asked Nahyuta if he wanted to accompany him. The question was barely out of his mouth when Nahyuta agreed, eager to see one of the lands where Simon’s family hailed from.
On the third day they visit Hiroshima, and Simon walks around the city, enthusiastically pointing to and explaining everything that he remembered from when his mother would take him as a child. Regardless that it was so long ago, he recalls everything so clearly; he could almost visualize his mother’s sweetly laughing face whenever he started explaining things in greater detail than he was supposed to.
They wander around, even holding hands after Simon grabbed Nahyuta’s to drag him to something particularly exciting. He didn’t let go, and Nahyuta felt no need to relinquish the hold either. It felt nice.
As they walked through one of the gardens, Simon was trying to teach Nahyuta some Japanese phrases; since Simon was fluent, he did all the communicating, and Nahyuta wished he had a better grasp on the language.
Simon finally let go to rush ahead of Nahyuta, wanting to sort of act out one of the phrases when…a bird landed on his shoulder. He didn’t seem that startled - perhaps because he was always so used to Taka doing that - and smiled at the winged animal warmly before adding a sweet greeting. He turned back to Nahyuta and was about to continue when…another bird landed on his opposite shoulder.
And then another on his head. And one more on each of his shoulders, causing the first ones to scoot over.
And when they couldn’t find a perch on his body anymore, the birds were landing on the ground next to him and walking as close to him as possible, chirping or squawking up to him.
Nahyuta was laughing, of course, but…it was also endearing. Because Simon was smiling and kept greeting each individual bird as they came to him, talking with them as if they were humans.
It was, for the lack of a better word, adorable.
Nahyuta took pictures.