Shaman King - HaoXHoro - Ice Skating -
HoroHoro is tasked with venturing out into the winter cold to retrieve Hao and bring him back to the Onsen.
The cold January air froze HoroHoro's breath as he made his way through the winter wonderland that was the shrubbery that backed onto the grounds behind Funbari Onsen. He was wrapped up warm in his thickest winter coat and scarf, his eyes just peeking out below a brow of black bangs, his scarf covering most of his face. Of course the cold doesn't bother him, it's hardly a resemblance to the cold from back home. But HoroHoro knew to not underestimate the merciless winter elements, and to dress appropriately and properly for freezing temperatures. The freshly fallen snow crunching underfoot reminded him so much of home, and for the first time in a while he didn't feel so homesick.
HoroHoro remembered the stark words that has been thrown in his direction moments before he was shoved outside the backdoor of the Onsen building. "And don't come back without him." Anna snapped, harshly closing the door. HoroHoro got back to the task at hand, locating him.
HoroHoro had not been fully convinced that Yoh understood what he was doing, especially after making some pretty wild decisions as of late. HoroHoro didn't know if he could trust him. But Yoh reassured him, he was alright now.
HoroHoro came to the edge of a descending cliff side, steep but not impossible to get down on foot. Kororo appeared briefly just ahead and cooed sweetly at him before bouncing down the foliage. At least she was enjoying herself.
HoroHoro pushed ahead, feeling a bit uneasy. Why is he all the way out here? Then again, he thought, trying to stay out of Anna's way is probably a good idea. Anna didn't like how close those two were becoming, HoroHoro could tell it was bothering her far more than she was letting on. HoroHoro couldn't exactly blame her, either.
HoroHoro found himself wondering just how far away he would have to be before his thoughts could be heard. So he tried his best to not think about how much being around Hao made him uncomfortable.
HoroHoro came to a clearing at the foot of the cliff and realised that what was in front of him was a frozen lake. Now HoroHoro caught sight of him, out on the ice.
Hao was skating.
HoroHoro tried not to move, tried not to think too loud. He wanted to see this.
Hao was soaring over the ice like a swan on water, his long hair seemed to almost have control of how it perfectly flowed behind him. He was wearing very little, a thin shirt and jeans, identical to Yoh's wardrobe. Was Hao immune to cold? HoroHoro wondered. He seemed immune to pretty much everything. HoroHoro was amazed at how beautiful his skill on the ice was. He wasn't sure where or how he got the ice skates. He found himself wondering in which of his several life times did the great almighty Asakura Hao learn to skate like that.
HoroHoro remembered what he was supposed to be doing and Anna's annoyed shrill echoed in his mind. He took a deep breath and started making his way out onto the ice.
Hao brought himself to an abrupt stop when he realised HoroHoro was marching across the ice towards him. He sighed with a slight hint of frustration. HoroHoro was grinning at him, like a dork. Hao couldn't see his smile beneath his covered face but he could see it in his eyes.
"Yo - Hao - what's up?!" called HoroHoro.
Hao took the liberty to gently push off and glide closer to HoroHoro to save him the journey.
"Walking on ice? Very smart." chuckled Hao.
"I was born on ice." scoffed HoroHoro, "Walking on ice is easy."
Hao raised an eyebrow. "Really? Born?"
"Okay maybe not ~literally~" joked HoroHoro. "Anyways that's not the point. It's Anna. She wants you back at the Inn."
Hao skated backwards slightly at the mention of Anna's name and then propelled himself forward, circling HoroHoro slowly as he spoke.
"So you wanted to know how close you have to be for me to hear your thoughts?" said the elder Asakura twin, changing the subject and avoiding the conversation about Anna. HoroHoro gulped nervously.
Hao continued. "Close enough that I could hear your doubts about me, and your doubts about Yoh too."
"I - I - I don't have doubts about Yoh." stuttered HoroHoro, he wanted the ice beneath him to just open up and get him out of this awkward conversation.
Hao stopped again, this time behind HoroHoro.
"So just about me?" Hao said softly.
HoroHoro turned around and made eye contact with the shaman behind him. This guy, this guy just made him so damn nervous.
"If I were you, I'd believe what ever Yoh tells you. He's been more right about me than I have ever been about myself." added Hao.
When HoroHoro didn't reply, Hao decided to tease him a little more.
"Now you're wondering how often I listen to your thoughts. Well, that would be telling." laughed Hao, he started circling HoroHoro a little more in a wider stance than before. Hao kept his eyes firmly locked onto HoroHoro as he maneuvered around him.
"Of course, I'd have to be interested enough to want to know what you are thinking. And maybe you're not all that interesting to me."
HoroHoro felt a lump appear in his stomach.
"Ha ha yeah okay, I get it. I get it. I should get my head out my own ass." laughed HoroHoro, trying to play it off as a joke. "I'll just tell Anna that you'll be back later, yeah? She'll love that, ha ha!" He tried to turn on his heel and make his way back to land.
Suddenly, his feet slipped beneath him as he moved and he found himself tumbling backwards. Hao pushed himself swiftly to his side and locked arms with HoroHoro, stopping his fall and lifting him up in one graceful move.
For a brief moment Hao was towering over HoroHoro and their eyes locked once again, piercing brown eyes met soft ocean like blue. Hao's long mane adorning them. HoroHoro stood up quickly, he realised his face was suddenly flushed and hot beneath his scarf.
"Thanks." HoroHoro breathed, as he began to shuffle his way off the ice. Hao watched him go, there was a faint smile on his lips. When the ice shaman was almost out of ear shot, Hao called after him.
"Your thoughts are most interesting at night, right before you fall asleep!" Hao grinned. HoroHoro felt a chill run down his spine, he shuffled faster and made it back to land, and began to march back up the cliff side and out of sight of the fire shaman.
"That's when you think of me." Hao sighed, softly.
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