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5

It’s abandoned. It’s a ghostown. It’s a century old and crumbling and certainly not a place that should enchant you.

But you’ve never felt more wonder.

Something colourful flickers in your periphery. And before you know it, you’re already walking, as if each step you take is somehow predetermined. You tell yourself it’s merely on a whim. Because you didn’t see anything. Because certainly, there’s nothing to see in this graveyard of a carnival.

Yet, right before your eyes, the carousel lights up, and the horses begin their slow dance.

It’s seemingly the work of a nearby man. He’s bathed in moonlight and mystery, wand raised, garbed in all the classic finery of a magician. Upon seeing you, the wand in his hand sprouts into a rose, and another flourish later becomes a crumpled slip, which he hands you as casually as someone would a business card.

Do you believe in magic?

A lunatic? A peddler? A prankster? Or -perhaps the most disquieting possibility of all- the real thing?

Hirunaka no Ryuusei Magician AU » In which Suzume encounters someone she never believed she would, in a place she never believed was real. But, as they say, truth is often stranger than fiction. | Based on (x)

4

“If you hadn’t started a flower shop, what else would you have wanted to do?”

Shishio toyed with a leaf on the rose’s stem, immersing himself in thought for several long moments.

“A teacher,” he answered finally. “ I would have liked to be a high school teacher.”

Suzume squinted, trying and failing to picture the easygoing man taking charge of a rowdy classroom. “High school teacher?”

“Sure. Kids and plants both need a lot of looking after. And there couldn’t be a bigger satisfaction than watching them grow and finally bloom, knowing you were a part of that… speaking of which, shouldn’t you be in school right now?”

Hirunaka no Ryuusei flowershop AU » In which Shishio owns a small flower shop while hiding a buried dream, and Suzume is a college student eager to escape classes.