[Aldnoah Zero/Orangebat] Headache
random image that just popped into my head
when I am trying to study
takes place in the future where Slaine is released from prison and since he doesn’t have a home anywhere Inaho decided to invite him to live at his house.
And they are pretty much dating yeah.
Having his bionic eye removed did leave Inaho with some side effects. For example, occasionally he would get these headaches. Inaho can usually suppress the pain with the help of a few painkillers, he tries his best to avoid letting Slaine find out about this. But there are days like today when his headache are more severe than others.
“Inaho? Are you alright?” Even though Inaho rarely shows any kind of emotion on his face, even Slaine can tell that he is enduring a great deal of physical discomfort right now.
“I am fine. Don’t worry about it.” Inaho managed to sound calm when replying to Slaine, but Slaine saw right through it. He made Inaho sit down on the couch and grabbed him a cup of water.
“Is it because of your eye……?” Asked Slaine softly, in actuality there was no need for him to ask that question, as he already knew the answer. “I am sor……”He muttered and started to apologize, but Inaho stopped him.
“Don’t apologize. It wasn’t your fault.” Inaho placed his index finger against Slaine’s lips. He gazed into Slaine’s rueful eyes, he can tell seeing him in pain upsets Slaine a lot, especially because he was the one who left him the wounds……
Inaho can deal with the headache. He is usually not the one to complain. Watching Slaine’s sad expression pained him more than his headache.
So he shifted his weight on the couch and rested his head directly on Slaine’s lap.
“Inaho, what are you…….?!” Puzzled and confused, Slaine’s voice dropped when he saw the slight smile that appeared on Inaho’s face. “……Does this make you feel better?” He asked hesitantly.
“Yes, it does. It would help a lot if you can let me take a nap like this.” Inaho answered, he was satisfied to see that seemed to cheer Slaine up a little.
“Okay! I won’t go anywhere. Go ahead and sleep.” Slaine gently put his hand on Inaho’s head. Inaho’s hair is actually surprisingly soft. “Is there anything else I can do? You know……to help make you feel better?”
“A kiss, perhaps.”
“Inaho Kaizuka!” Slaine can feel the heat on his face, yet Inaho appeared to be completely serious about what he just said. Slaine sighed in resignation and pressed his lips briefly against Inaho’s lips. “Anything else?”
“I guess I wouldn’t mind taking a break from cooking dinner tonight.” Inaho blinked a few times. He did not exactly expect this to work. Slaine doesn’t usually openly show his affection like that, he gets embarrassed too easily. Although Inaho does enjoy making him blush and yell at him.
Maybe he should do this a little more often.
“Sure. What do you want to eat tonight? I can cook.” Slaine asked eagerly. Approximately two months ago, Slaine almost burned the kitchen down trying to make pancakes. Inaho immediately felt the need to educate Slaine on how to properly cook food. He heard that meals on Mars are usually rather unappetizing. Slaine is a faster learner and Inaho is a good instructor. Now Slaine has no problem cooking simple meals.
“Anything you make is fine.” Inaho closed his eyes. He can feel Slaine’s hand on his hair again. It is very soothing. “Be careful and don’t cut yourself.”
“I won’t. Stop worrying about me and get some rest.” Slaine poked Inaho’s cheeks gently, and in return Inaho grabbed his hand and kissed his palm.
“Thank you, Slaine.”
For deciding to not give up on his life. For staying here with him. For trusting him.
“……That was what I was going to say. Stupid orange.”
Slaine whispered. All along he believed that he is a sinner and deserves to die, but Inaho kept on telling him that he deserves to be loved.
Inaho has given him a home to stay, and a reason to live.
“——Thank you for saving me. Inaho.”