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Jiraiya/Tsunade drabble.

This one's written for lynnxlady's first line meme. The first line in this case was 'Love kills.':

Title: Cowardice
Rating: PG
Series: Naruto
Pairing: Jiraiya/Tsunade (sort of)

Love kills.

In his case, it's taking entirely too much time.

When he first saw her, he was the clown. The one with the overly flexible face and the overwide mouth that seemed forever stretched into a grin.

He thought girls were icky. She thought boys were dumb and told him so, and then told him again every day in case he tried to forget.

In those days she liked Orochimaru more than him.

They only became friends when their life turned into a bloody blur of rivalry and death that shaped him into a naked blade, polished and sharp, and her into a lioness with boundless energy and an unquenchable thirst for life. Ever changeable, he became a lion then, all sinuous muscle and curving lines of power under perfect control. Even his hair was lion-like, a long white mane that whipped around him in his pretty dance of death.

But she never allowed the beautiful deadly thing to replace the childish prankster of her memories, choosing instead to snip away at her heart little by little with gentler loves and the sharper aches of losses that weren't quite enough to destroy her.

And now that it's nearly too late he is the clown again, an old fool who wears his age and his sadness on the inside, an ugly lining to a cloak of boisterous laughter and lecherousness. It's only when he writes that it slips off his shoulders, leaving him bare and as sharp as he always was. He can only bear to be a man again for little stretches of time, but then he portrays the happiness he never had in an abstract tangle of limbs and desires and unfullfilled aches.

The women are all her, too pretty, too violent and too blind. The men are less than he was but more than he is now, and they always get what he never did.

A chance.



( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 8th, 2004 02:24 pm (UTC)
Dear lord, you almost gave me a heartattack! (Someone writing J&T stuff without me pushing them? o.o!) So bittersweet, well formulated yet short. I especially love your choice of words. Quite wonderful. *sniffles happily*
Oct. 9th, 2004 09:22 am (UTC)
♥ Seriously, I don't need to be pushed to write Jiraiya/Tsunade. I'm very fond of them myself, but my problem is inspiration most of the time -- and the fact that the pairing seems a little too complex for me to tackle.

But who knows? I might write a longer piece someday. I need to practive my writing more anyway. :)
Oct. 9th, 2004 12:12 pm (UTC)
I know I'm not alone in likin them, but e gawds if tyou see them expressed inf anworks very often, ne? And sweety, you know that if you DO wirte more with these two... you'll always have least one very happy reader. ^^<3
Oct. 12th, 2004 02:26 am (UTC)
Hee, then I just might try my hand at some more Jiraiya/Tsunade. :D
Oct. 8th, 2004 07:31 pm (UTC)

Damn, Elfie. This was heart-achingly beautiful! Croaky pointed it out to me. I had to pass it on!

Oct. 9th, 2004 09:24 am (UTC)
Thanks Z! *huggles* I just couldn't resist the drabble challenges all around me, especially since everyone was churning out some really wonderful stuff. And Jiraiya/Tsunade are such a rare pairing in fanfic...
Oct. 9th, 2004 04:47 pm (UTC)
And I can't understand why it's such a rare pairing! It seems to natural to me o_o

...that could just be because I married someone who acts just like Jiraiya u.u
Oct. 12th, 2004 02:27 am (UTC)
...that could just be because I married someone who acts just like Jiraiya u.u

Heh. Lucky you! :D
Oct. 9th, 2004 01:50 am (UTC)
Oct. 9th, 2004 09:25 am (UTC)
Thanks! ♥
Oct. 11th, 2004 05:29 am (UTC)
*random lurker*

Tsunade/Jiraiya. YAY! I wish more people wrote them.

Great drabble.
Oct. 12th, 2004 02:30 am (UTC)
Wow, and thank you!. *is honoured that you visited*

Sadly, it seems the really great pairings are always neglected...
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