Sorryyyyyyyyyy I got so lazy after I moved back from college Dx I really like this AU. Just Slaine and Inaho enjoying a normal, happy life with no war and suffering. I have been thinking about writing this out for quite a bit of time, and I finally got to write it!
From today I am going to try to write something everyday, two months have passed and I still can’t get out of a.z hell. Might as well write more happy Slaine fanfic to heal my broken soul. I have so much that I want to write.
I also plan on writing more a.z fan fiction in Chinese.
I have also made a AO3 account here and I am going to start posting my stuff there as well!
You can read parts 1-3 here and 4 here!
Inaho met Slaine when they were both in high school.
It wasn’t love at first sight. It started long before Inaho even realized it. When he finally noticed that he has fallen in love with the boy named Slaine Troyard, he can no longer take his eyes off him.
In certain ways, Slaine is almost the exact opposite of him. He is expressive with his feelings, and anyone can easily read his emotions. He is kind to everyone around him and never turns down anyone’s wishes.
His voice soft and gentle. His eyes full of light when he is happy. His smile reminds Inaho of sunflowers growing in the fields.
For the first time in his life, Inaho is perplexed. The type of affection he feels toward Slaine is alien to him, and he does not know how to approach it.
Perhaps he should start out with becoming friends with him.
That was the idea Inaho first had in mind, but the plan somehow backfired.
He knows that Slaine struggled with physics a lot, so he tries to offer him some help by pointing out his mistakes and explaining the concepts to him. However, rather than seeing Inaho as a “friendly” person, Slaine seems to believe that Inaho takes great pleasure in teasing and mocking him.
“Yes, I know what rayleigh scattering is! For the fifteenth time!” Slaine storms out the classroom, cheeks flushed. Inaho can’t understand why Slaine is so angry, but he certainly understands that this approach isn’t working.
It gets even worse after that day. Two days later in physical education, Inaho slips and accidentally pushes Slaine, who is standing in front of him, into the pool. Although he apologizes immediately, from the expression on the pale blond’s face he can imagine that Slaine probably thinks that he did it on purpose.
Inaho doesn’t know what he can do anymore. It almost seems like the more effort he put into becoming closer to Slaine Troyard, the worse their relationship becomes.
Opportunities always presents itself at the most unexpected times. Two days later, Slaine is absent from school. Inaho hears that he caught the cold.
So right after school, Inaho brings his notes and two bags of groceries to the Troyard’s house.
Considering their last interaction did not go well, Inaho had formulated multiple different dialogues in his head to prepare for any situation. The worst possible outcome is Slaine kicking him out after seeing his face.
Hopefully he won’t do that. Inaho thinks to himself as he rings the doorbell.
After a brief moment, he hears a faint sound of footsteps and Slaine unlocked the door. His face appear behind the door crack, and Inaho can tell that he is obvious ill. His face is a little red, probably from the fever. Slaine leans against the doorframe weakly, and his eyes widen in surprise when he sees Inaho. “Kaizuka…….?”
“You didn’t come to school today, so I thought you might need the notes from today’s lecture.” He detects Slaine’s glimpse falls on the grocery bags he is holding. “I thought you might be too sick to cook for yourself, so I also bought some food over. I can make dinner if you let me borrow your kitchen.” If it was just a classmate in class, Inaho probably would have simply drop off his notebook. But Slaine is different.
Slaine eyes Inaho doubtfully, but he is clearly not in the condition to be arguing with the brunette. Inaho’s heartbeat is raising and he actually feels slightly nervous about the blond’s reaction to his sudden visit, but as usual, he doesn’t let any of his emotions show on his face.
“If this is not too much trouble for you……I will accept your offer with gratitude……” Slaine says softly, Inaho notices the sweat on the boy’s forehead; Slaine looks like he can barely support himself. He is really sick.
As if to prove Inaho correct, as soon as Slaine attempts to turn back towards the house so Inaho can enter, he loses his balance and collapses. Inaho rushes forward and catches Slaine before he hits the floor.
“Slaine? Are you alright?” Holding Slaine in his arms makes Inaho realize his body temperature is alarmingly high. Slaine is hardly conscious and looks at him with hazy eyes. Inaho decides that it would be wise to first take his temperature and determine if he should call an ambulance.
It only takes Inaho a couple of second to locate Slaine’s room.
After carrying Slaine to his bed, Inaho finds a thermometer and takes his temperature. The number that appears on the thermometer is 102°F, if Slaine’s temperature continues to rise, he will have to call a doctor. Inaho watches the pale blond sleeps on the bed. He has placed a wet towel over his forehead to help him cool down, hopefully it soothes his discomfort more or less.
The next step in treating a fever is a nutritious meal. This is not a difficult task for Inaho, as he is used to preparing meals for him and his sister, Yuki.
What he brought over is more than enough to make dinner for two people. After setting a cup of water next to Slaine’s bed, Inaho gets up and starts working in the kitchen.
When he returns to Slaine’s room, Slaine has already woken up. Again, he looks at Inaho with surprise in his eyes. However, this time the shock seems to be elicit from the tray of food he is holding.
“How are you feeling?” Slaine’s condition has obviously improved. Inaho put the tray down and without thinking, puts his hand cover Slaine’s forehead to check his temperature. Slaine stiffens at his touch but doesn’t push his hand away. “The temperature has dropped.”
“I am feeling much better…….um……thank you.” Slaine peeks at him nervously and turns away quickly. “……you know how to cook?”
“Yes. I am usually the one that cooks at my house. My sister works in the military.” On the tray there is a bowl of chicken soup, a plate of steamed vegetables, and some sliced fruit. Inaho tried to keep the food light. Slaine makes a face at the oranges. “I’ve never liked oranges.”
“Oranges are rich in vitamin C. They are good for you.” Inaho explains, although he does find Slaine’s reaction to oranges rather……adorable. Orange is actually Inaho’s second favorite color. His favorite is the color of Slaine’s eyes. “Are you hungry? You need to eat something.”
Slaine nods without saying anything else and takes the tray from Inaho. Inaho hypothesizes that perhaps he hasn’t eaten anything all day long.
Watching Slaine eat quietly, Inaho realizes that this may be his only chance. If he doesn’t clear up the misunderstanding between them, he might not get another opportunity ever again. “I am sorry about what happened last time.” He sees Slaine looking up at him in astonishment, Inaho has always been straightforward with his words, right to the point. “I didn’t mean to anger you in physics. I was…….trying to help. If that bothers you, I will stop.” He quickly added, “and the pool was a complete accident. I apologize.”
“I…….I should apologize for snapping at you the other day too. I didn’t mean to. Sorry.” Slaine lowers his gaze sheepishly, “and thank you for taking care of me today. I don’t know what I would have done if you hadn’t came over. And the food is delicious.”
Before Inaho get the chance to speak again, he finds himself lost for words.
Because Slaine Troyard has turn towards him and is smiling at him, the exact smile that he has always dream of seeing, the one that reminds him of sunflowers.
“Hey, Kaizuka, you are actually a lot easier to get along with than I had imagined.”
That night, his sister beams as soon as she sees her little brother walking into the house. “Oh, Nao-kun, something good happened today, didn’t it?”
“…….I suppose you can say that.” Inaho knows exactly where this topic is going. “Have you eaten dinner yet? I can go make something…….”
“Don’t change the topic on me! I know you are hiding something! Come on tell me Nao-kun—”
“I have homework to do. Good night Yuki-nee.”
Hurrying upstairs before Yuki can stop him, Inaho closes the door and ignores his sister’s demanding protests. He sighs softly, then slowly, a smile begins to spread on his face.
He left the Troyard household only after making sure everything is situated for Slaine. He knows that both of Slaine’s parents have passed away a long time ago and that Slaine lives alone. He wants to ensure that Slaine will be okay after he leaves.
“If anything happens, you can call me.” He said, “I can come by tomorrow if you want……” Tomorrow is Saturday so they don’t have to go to school. He glanced at Slaine, who was covering half of his face with the blanket.
“……If you don’t mind the trouble, I guess it’s fine with me……” Slaine whispered, taking quick peek at Inaho. “Plus, you might need your physics notebook for homework.”
“See you tomorrow then.” He doesn’t mind me visiting him. Knowing that made Inaho happy, excited, even.
“Okay, see you tomorrow, Kaizuka.”
“You can call me Inaho.”
“Okay, um, Inaho.”
His heartbeat is irregular again.
The sound of Slaine Troyard calling his name is better than he can ever imagine.
And his smile…….
Shaking his head, Inaho forces himself to concentrate on something that is more important.
For example, what should he make for Slaine tomorrow?
He left plenty of food at his house, so he probably doesn’t need to go to the supermarket again tomorrow…….
If Yuki-nee sees the expression he has on his face right now, she would probably start screaming and saying things like “this is not the Nao-kun I know! What did you do with Nao-kun?”
After that day, his relationship with Slaine Troyard changed drastically. The change is so noticeable that even the other classmates in his class are aware of it. The pale blond and the brunette are always seen together, no matter where they go.
It would take another two weeks before Slaine texts him for the first time.
It would take another three weeks before he goes to the pale blond’s house again to work on a project.
It would take another three weeks and two days before Inaho begins regularly making lunch for Slaine.
It would take another four weeks before Inaho takes Slaine to the aquarium after learning his love for marine mammals.
——It would take another four weeks and three days before Inaho Kaizuka officially asks Slaine Troyard out.
And Slaine, with a shy smile on his face, replies “yes” to Inaho’s question.