AU where Kuroo is a lazy cat spirit that inhabits a temple soon to be torn down, and when Hinata visits said temple, and touches his statue in curiosity, Kuroo takes the chance to bond to him and follow him home to keep from disappearing just yet – then proceeds to make himself an utter pest to Hinata and the household.
AU where Kuroo is a baseball star and Hinata is a rookie baseball player mentoring under him, or, alternatively, a reporter tasked with interviewing him.
AU where Kuroo is a poor fisherman who meets a merman named Shouyou, who’s playful and friendly and has scales that shine like the sun. He helps catch fish for him for nothing in return except talking to him, and Kuroo thinks he might be in love.
AU where Hinata is an Italian or Irish missionary who arrives in 1500s or early 1600s Japan, and Kuroo is a daimyo or samurai who takes him in due to the worsening political climate.
Alternatively, AU where Hinata is a foreign missionary, businessman, or sailor who arrives in post-Meiji Restoration Japan, and Kuroo is a Japanese businessman from a former Samurai family that takes a liking to him.
AU/post-canon where Hinata takes a trip to Tokyo to meet up with Kenma, who then fails to show up at the bar he told Hinata to wait at. Kuroo’s the bartender there, having taken the job to help pay for college, and when he and Hinata realize who the other is Kuroo explains that Kenma suddenly fell sick and couldn’t make it. He offers to show Hinata around Tokyo for a day or two until Kenma’s well again, and Hinata accepts.
Steampunk/fantasy AU where Kuroo is an air pirate. I can’t think of any more for this, but roguish air pirate Kuroo tho
AU where Kuroo is a mountain shepherd who finds Hinata, who ran away from home to avoid a forced marriage, wandering the hills, and shelters him, though initially reluctantly.
road trip AU
road trip gone wrong/stranded and have to get home AU
(Based on this post, and on a conversation with Kuroohina) AU where Kuroo and Bokuto are best buddies and drug dealers specializing in weed and other light drugs, who wear atrocious clothes and work from a base that fronts as a flower shop. A well-dressed ginger-haired boy named Hinata comes in one day and Kuroo’s immediately smitten, and gives him flowers on the house. They start dating and Kuroo is amazed at how such a perfect and always stylishly dressed boy is dating his sleazy self, but worries about how this innocent ball of sunshine of a boyfriend would react if he found out he was a drug dealer, and goes to increasingly outlandish attempts to hide the truth. Eventually Hinata finds out anyway, and is unfazed; and Kuroo’s shocked, but it turns out — Hinata’s a drug lord, specializing in meth and cocaine. And he wants to team up with him. It’s a crackfic.
MUSICAL AU. But Fiddler on the Roof, Rodgers’ & Hammerstein’s Cinderella/No Strings, Singing in the Rain old-fashioned type musical, not Phantom of the Opera, Book of Mormon, Into the Woods modern type musical.
Alternatively or more specifically, The King and I AU
Alternative to Alternatively: Annie Get Your Gun AU. “Anything you can do I can do better, I can do anything better than you!” “No you can’t!” “Yes I can!” “No You Can’t!” “Yes I can, yes I can!”
AU where Hinata is a superhero who believes in truth, justice and world peace, and Kuroo is a cynical supervillain who may not be as evil and selfish as he seemed at first, and tries to appear, but is definitely as obnoxious and annoying, maybe even worse.
AU where Kuroo works at an amusement park and finds a crying Hinata, who was stood up for a date (the second or third time it’s happened now actually). Kuroo offers to be his replacement date, and takes him on all the rides and games over the next few days during his breaks.
AU where they’re both artists. Painters, sculptors, photographers, some combination thereof, or something else, whatever floats your boat.
platonic KuroHina AU where Kuroo is a conductor on a train or tramway that Hinata takes to and from school every day, and Kuroo watches him grow up over the years.
AU where they’re both hired, as stars or extras, to star in an epic historical drama, and have to deal with the grueling, intensive filming sessions required.
AU where Kuroo is a server in an upscale restaurant and has to show new hire Hinata the ropes
AU where Kuroo is an avant-garde composer in the early-/mid-20th century trying to push the limits of classical music, and Hinata is a young violinist who becomes both the performer and the muse of his works, helping him achieve a new and startling brilliancy, while a new passion grows between the two, both for music and for each other.
AU where Kuroo is a film stuntman and Hinata is a camera worker
AU where Kuroo is a con artist and stage musician. He finds a tattered old book of spells and buys it for inspiration for his shows, but when he reads one of the chants aloud it summons into his bedroom a fiery-haired demon named Hinata. Feeling insulted when told he was summoned by accident, the djinn tries to leave, but finds he can’t, because whoops, they’re bound together by the summoning. Now Kuroo has to share a crummy flat with a rambunctious demon who’s apparently ancient but looks like a teenager and has the energy of a five-year-old, and who’s constantly nagging him to go out and see the world after being cooped up in the Other place for centuries. But then again the djinn is pretty powerful, and he insists he can grant Kuroo anything he wants. (And after being single for years, he can’t really complain at company that wears such thin, gauzy fabrics for clothes that leave little to the imagination)
1920s/1930s Bootlegger AU
AU where both are show dancers who team up together after their respective dance partners bail on them.
AU where Kuroo is a woodcutter, and is about to cut a cherry tree down one day when a voice begs him not to cut down their tree. Out pops from the trunk forest nymph Hinata, and they become friends in the lonely forest where they both live.
Someone made a split audio for So far Away and it’s the best thing ever to have Suran singing in your left ear and Jin and Jungkook in the right one while Yoongi harmonizes with himself. This was very necessary
Masters, undergraduates, visitors; they sat huddled closely together on the backless oak benches, their elbows on the long tables, their eyes shaded with their fingers, or turned intelligently towards the platform where two famous violinists twisted together the fine, strong strands of the Concerto in D Minor. The Hall was very full; Harriet’s gowned shoulder touched her companion’s, and the crescent of his long sleeve lay over her knee. He was wrapt in the motionless austerity with which all genuine musicians listen to genuine music. Harriet was musician enough to respect this aloofness; she knew well enough that the ecstatic rapture on the face of the man opposite meant only that he was hoping to be thought musical, and that the elderly lady over the way, waving her fingers to the beat, was a musical moron. She knew enough, herself, to read the sounds a little with her brains, laboriously unwinding the twined chains of melody link by link. Peter, she felt sure, could hear the whole intricate pattern, every part separately and simultaneously, each independent and equal, separate but inseparable, moving over and under and through, ravishing heart and mind together. She waited till the last movement had ended and the packed hall was relaxing its attention in applause. “Peter—what did you mean when you said that anybody could have the harmony if they would leave us the counterpoint?” “Why,” said he, shaking his head, “that I like my music polyphonic. If you think I meant anything else, you know what I meant.” “Polyphonic music takes a lot of playing. You’ve got to be more than a fiddler. It needs a musician.” “In this case, two fiddlers—both musicians.” “I’m not much of a musician, Peter.” “As they used to say in my youth: ‘All girls should learn a little music—enough to play a simple accompaniment.’ I admit that Bach isn’t a matter of an autocratic virtuoso and a meek accompanist. But do you want to be either? Here’s a gentleman coming to sing a group of ballads. Pray silence for the soloist. But let him be soon over, that we may hear the great striding fugue again.”
–Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night, Chapter XXIII, 1936.
J. S. Bach wrote his Concerto for Two Violins, Strings, and Basso Continuo in D minor (BWV 1043) between 1717 and 1723. “Counterpoint most generally involves very different, independent, and harmonious musical lines.” (x, x)
So I was pretty much crying at this post by the hilarious @wickedkiwi and before I knew it 20 minutes had flown by and I had scrawled out this crap!
I’m not an artist and this doesn’t really go with my established blog *cue the violins so many millennial issues* but I thought I’d post this as my first thing on my new blog which is just gonna be a dump of ideas and trash ;)
As you can probably tell, by the time I got to the ice nation the fear of my procrastination had set in so the guy on the right looks a little drunk and the guy on the left has no pupils but I mean, who are we to judge the drunk and pupil-less??
Anyway, hope this gives someone a giggle, and like I say the idea is completely wickedkiwi’s I’m just the uni student who ceebs to do her actual work :P
Would you write an oq reunion for the latest music verse you posted? It's so wonderful
Regina glances down at her phone as 1:06am flickers into 6:06am to reflect the time change, Regina blinking in an attempt to convince her irritated eyes that it really is morning. As she’s gathering her bag from beneath the seat and lifting it onto her lap (in preparation for grabbing her violin from the overhead compartment and making a quick getaway to her gorgeous, charming, bleary-eyed boyfriend who she hasn’t seen in six incredibly long weeks), her phone dings with a text.
The first one to come in is from Robin. Safe flight, love. Will be waiting for you at terminal 5 with lots of coffee.
A private smile forms on her lips as she stands with the rest of the passengers around her and reaches for her violin.
A barrage of dings alert her to several more text messages. She glances down at her phone, perplexed.
1:32am At hospital w Robin. Don’t freak out. It’s from John, Robin’s idiot friend who’s heart is always in the right place, but hers is hammering out of her chest right now. Don’t freak out indeed.
A series of texts light up the screen in quick succession.
4:17am from Tuck Dr says they’ll wait to release him until you can take him home.
4:03am from John It’s broken.
2:59am from Tuck Finally seeing doctor
And they trail on from there, but as she makes her way down the aisle, mechanically lifting her violin out of the way of obstacles, adrenaline coursing through her limbs, Regina thinks there has to be an easier way to learn the story.
She has a voicemail from John, and another from Tuck, Robin’s slightly-more-responsible, slightly-less-likely-to-send-her-into-a-panic-attack-as-he-explains friend. Rather than listen, she just hits dial.
He picks up (blessedly) on the first ring.
“Regina,” he greets.
“He’s fine,” Tuck assures her first, and her tense muscles relax at the reassurance, her lungs filling deeply. “He has a badly broken arm, a few minor cuts and bruises, and he’s pretty high on pain meds right now, but other than that–”
“And what, exactly, happened between ten o’clock last night and one o’clock this morning?” she asks, clearing her throat to cover the rough edge to her voice.
“He chased after a mugger, the noble idiot,” Tuck informs her.
“He what?” she demands, ignoring all of the curious eyes that immediately find her from the aisle and other seats, and shaking off the festering thought that he could’ve been hurt much worse than this, the idiot, what did he think he was doing?
“You might not get a straight answer from him about why,” Tuck offers, clearly a touch amused, though he’s trying to reign it in for her sake, “At least not today. He’s a bit loopy. Rambling on to anyone who will listen about proper watering techniques for roses.”
Regina shakes her head fondly as she lifts her violin over the head of a scurrying toddler and finally exits the plane, a smile finally working its way back onto her lips. “I suppose I’ll be taking a cab, then.”
“Actually, I’m coming to get you. I’m nearly at the airport.”
“Oh-thank you so much.”
“It’s no problem,” he assures her. “I left Robin at the hospital with John and David.“
“As long as they don’t congratulate him for being an idiot.”
Tuck laughs quietly. “I wouldn’t count on it.”
“No,” she admits.
“Well, I’ll see you soon, Regina. Terminal five, right?”
She agrees, then says goodbye and hangs up, dropping her phone and its text messages into her purse unread.
“I had flowers.”
“Hm?” Regina asks Robin, turning away from the doctor with a small bottle of painkillers and a prescription for more in her hand. She brushes hair off his forehead, away from the cluster of small scrapes on one temple, softening at the way his sleepy eyes focus on her face, the hand of his good arm groping clumsily until she twines their fingers together.
“I wanted to pick you up at the airport,” he clarifies, the words slurring together a little, “I had flowers.”
She kisses the back of his hand, her thumb stroking his knuckles. “I saw them in the car. They’re beautiful.”
“I water them properly,” he insists, grunting as he tries to shift on the pillows. “Did you drink the coffee?” he continues sleepily, blinking slowly as her fingers continue to thread through the front of his hair.
She laughs softly. “I got some more on the way here. Yours from last night had gone cold.”
“Oh.” He looks so confused that she has to fight the urge to laugh outright. Not that he’d probably notice. It seems now is not the time to bring up why, exactly, he thought it was a good idea to chase a mugger.
“Let’s go home, and get you to bed.” she suggests, tucking the medicine and prescription into her purse along with the keys Tuck had given her before he, David, and John left.
“Also wanted to do that,” he grumbles, his hand sliding from hers to the bend of her elbow, “but not exactly like this.”
She presses a kiss to the corner of his mouth as she helps him stand, a sympathetic pout on her lips. “Maybe tomorrow.”
Robin sleeps through the lion’s share of the drive home, and Regina drives automatically, her eyes drooping a little even with the caffeine, now that they’re both almost home.
So it startles her, just a bit, when Robin’s voice breaks into the silence.
“You have pretty hair,” he says, his voice a little clearer but still obviously sleepy. “Like, really pretty.”
“Thank you.” She glances over at him at a stoplight, her heart fluttering at the raw affection in his expression.
“Have I ever told you about that time in year ten when I wanted to ask you to the ball?” he asks.
Her lips quirk up. She’s never heard about this. “No, you haven’t. Why didn’t you ask?” she urges when he falls silent.
“I was afraid you wouldn’t want to. Not anymore,” he rambles on, “I’m not afraid. I wanted to ask you something now. I had flowers and everything.”
“You said,” she reminds him, wincing sympathetically when he tries to move his bad arm before he remembers that he can’t.
He fumbles with the words, but manages to get them out, “No I was going to ask you–I was going to ask you to marry me. I was going to surprise you, and now I have to think of a new way to do that.”
Oh. Regina bites back a laugh.
“What’s funny?” he asks, his eyebrows forming a perplexed line.
“You’ll realize later, Sweetheart,” she assures him, grinning at his adorable confusion, her heart pounding because she’d been expecting this for the past few months, and yet neither that nor the ruined surprise make her any less excited.
“The ring is beautiful,” he continues, his eyes falling shut, “so perfect, one-of-a-kind, and the bloody thief…took it and…I couldn’t just…let him.”
He’s dropped off to sleep like an over-exhausted puppy before she can say anything back. She’s not sure what she would say anyway, except that Tuck is right, and her boyfriend is the sweetest noble idiot she’s ever known.
Regina has to wake him to get him inside, and she slings his arm across her shoulders for the walk to the door of their house in a far-out London suburb and up to their bedroom on the second floor, lest he wander off in his drug-induced haze, or slip on the stairs and break something else.
She deposits him on the bed first with instructions to stay put, and then heads to the bathroom to fill a small glass with water and offers him his next dose of painkiller, though she keeps the water in her hand. Lifting full glasses of water with his non-dominant hand is probably something best left for tomorrow.
“I love you,” he sighs happily as she tugs off his boots and jeans, the pain and medicine and night without sleep catching up to him, his sea-blue eyes that she’s missed so much drooping. She slows for a moment, running her thumb across his lips and tracing under his eyes as she says softly, “I love you, too.”
“Get in bed with me?” he requests, his hand resting on her waist as she fixes his pillows and blankets and makes a pile of pillows where he can elevate his injured arm..
“In a minute,” she promises, dropping a kiss to his lips. She trades his leather jacket and the paper-thin shirt from the hospital for a button-up pajama shirt that will be easy to work around his cast, then lifts the covers and helps him fully into bed. He looks pale on the white sheets, but comfortable, and she trusts that a few hours of sleep will leave him feeling much, much better. Robin is forever taking care of her, making her food at odd hours of the night, massaging out the kinks in her neck that come with so many hours of violin, teasing out her smile when she’s in a darker mood. Liquid warmth pools in her belly as he lies there, watching her with grateful, tired eyes. Today, it’s her turn.
Once he’s settled, she toes off her own flats, leaving her dark jeans and sweater and bra on the chair in favor of one of his large T-shirts. She pads to the bathroom for a moment to wash her face, then tugs her hair free of the braids that have kept it curled and pinned to her head since last night.
She crawls into bed on his left side when she’s done, completely spent.
“How was your last concert?” he slurs, his palm warm and heavy and comforting on her waist.
“It went well.” She tucks her face into his neck, careful of the darkening bruise on his jaw. “We’ll talk about it later,” she promises. “Go to sleep.”
Regina wakes to early afternoon sunlight streaming into their west-facing bedroom. Robin’s beside her still, but he must have shifted in the hours they’ve slept, because she’s no longer curled into his side.
That’s when she notices the black velvet of a small jewelry box resting on his chest. She grins. He fell back asleep waiting for her to wake so he could ask her. The idiot.
She reaches over, lifts the box gently from his chest, cracks it open, and slides the ring onto her finger, depositing the ring box quietly on the bedside table. She curls into his side happily, her left hand on his ribs as she drifts back to sleep.
When she next wakes, it is to Robin’s fingers smoothing through the waves of her recently-braided hair.
She smiles, her nose wrinkling and then smoothing, her eyes fluttering open slowly.
“Feeling better?” she asks.
Her eyes find his. He very nearly takes her breath away. Good God, how she’s missed this these past weeks.
His hand leaves her hair to grasp her left hand instead, his fingers on the back of her hand and his thumb rubbing circles into her palm. “Waking up to this didn’t hurt.”
“Good, then,” she smiles sleepily, “I can tell you. You’re a terrible thief.”
He chuckles, his pointer finger tapping against her ring, “So are you.”
“It is a perfect ring,” she admits, though he probably doesn’t even remember telling her as much, “But my fiancee can’t to anything that stupid ever again.” The word feels natural on her tongue. Like it was meant to happen. As does his radiant, breathtaking smile.
He shifts as much as he can to give her room to move closer, tilting his head down as she brings her mouth to his. They kiss languidly, soaking up each others’ presence, everything anxious and stressed and lonely settling into this place, and touch, and moment. She hooks an ankle around his leg, her hand sliding up his chest and onto his neck, their noses knocking together from their tired clumsiness, leaving them both laughing quietly.
Regina pulls back after a couple of minutes, curling back into his side. He asks haltingly, presumably as pieces of the memory return “Did I–tell you I was still going to make it a surprise?”
His grin is sheepish, but happy. So happy. “Well, I suppose that’s not going to happen.”
Her eyes dance. “I don’t think so, no.”
He circles her lips with his thumb, then traces her nose, her brow. “I missed you so much.”
“I missed you, too.”
“I’m sorry I didn’t get to pick you up,” he laments.
His lungs fill and empty beneath her, leaving her sleepy and affectionate and content. “Why?” she teases sleepily, “were you looking forward to another tryst in an airport toilet?”
“Mmm,” he makes a show of considering it, concluding, “Perhaps.”
“Next time,” she promises, her palm settling over his heart.
He frowns, shifting and covering her hand with his, sliding his fingers between hers. “Not too soon.”
“Sounds good to me,” she agrees, yawning.
Robin shifts his right arm from the pillows, and grimaces audibly.
“Time for more medicine?”
“I suppose,” he sighs.
“The celebratory engagement and reunion sex might have to wait a day or two, love,” she says sympathetically, slipping into his nickname for her, and turning so that she can retrieve the bottle from the bedside table.
He stares at her hand where she’s spinning the ring absent-mindedly, seems to soak up what she knows is a radiant smile on her own lips. “It was worth it.”