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"Parallels" [Code Geass] [Xing-ke/Kallen, Kallen/Lelouch] [Jul. 20th, 2008|05:53 pm]
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Title: Parallels
Author: YamiPaladinOfChaos([info]ypaladinofchaos)
Written For: lily_lily at cg_flashfic
Characters/Pairings: Xing-ke/Kallen (requested), mild Kallen/Lelouch and if you'd like some Tianzi/Xing-ke too
Genre: General, Romance, a smidgeon of humor
Rating: PG-13/T

    As she watches Zero speak to the assembled delegates of his Union of Nations, Kallen wonders how anyone could think Lelouch was anything other than born royalty. The poise, the grace, the sheer force of personality that drew you in were the qualities of a king that one could never simply emulate through thought and practice.

    She feels uncomfortable simply sitting on the sidelines, especially having just been released from Brittanian captivity, but this is not an arena she is comfortable with, or able to compete in. That is left to Zero, to Toudou, to Ougi, and even to Kaguya.

    “Kouzuki-san. A moment, if you would?”

    She starts at the voice, bristling slightly- expected, perhaps, considering the last time she heard it she had ended up in the hands of Brittania.

    Her reaction to his voice did not go unnoticed, and Xing-ke smiled apologetically. “I wanted to... apologize for that incident. I hope you aren’t too upset about what happened that day.”

    Upset? Kallen nearly snorts out loud. She gets humiliated and defeated in combat, dragged off as a hostage, imprisoned for weeks, and he thinks she might be upset?

    God, and she thought Lelouch was insensitive. Maybe those two were more similar than she first thought.

    At the last moment, however, she remembers her place, and his as well- Xing-ke is the man behind the throne, a military genius that bested even Lelouch and one of the most valued members of this alliance.

    So, she plasters on her best smile and replies, “None, though I would like to have another go at you in that Knightmare of yours.” It would have sounded peaceable, except for the fact that her best smile turned into more of a baring of her teeth and her voice was laced with an undercurrent of challenge.

    Okay, so her diplomacy could use work.

    However, Xing-ke merely continued smiling, this time showing more amusement. “Ah. I’ve injured your pride as a warrior.” He bows deeply, gracefully, like a prince and not a general. “If that is the case, I would be happy to have a spar against you some time.”

    Outside, a deafening roar, like the howl of a triumphant beast, rips through the air, and Kallen knows that Lelouch has once again stirred the world in his favor through nothing more than words and cleverness. She turns back and watches as he makes yet another outlandish, yet captivating gesture, like a maestro weaving the dissonant instruments of his orchestra together. It is beautiful in its naked power.

    Her gaze shifts and turns slightly to glance towards Xing-ke, who, unlike the thousands of people outside, is not watching Zero but instead the fair haired and fragile form of the girl behind him, as though the unending cheers of the crowd would harm her. His eyes are not hungry but protective, like a wolf circling a cub, as if fascinated by her every shiver and shake, the way she clutched at Kaguya as a shelter from the wildness of the people.

    It makes her remember the look in Lelouch’s eyes every time Nunnally appeared, the way his eyes would trace every movement of her hands, ever waiting for her to fall, so he could catch her.

    “Why aren’t you up there?” Kallen finds herself asking, before she can stop to think about it. “She could use your help, it looks like.”

    Xing-ke does not take his eyes off his Empress, not even for an instant. “She cannot depend on me constantly. I will not be here forever, after all.” His fingers shake as he speaks, and there is the faintest of tremors beneath his skin.

    She remembers how Naota’s skin trembled just like that as he bled out, as the fire in his eyes flickered and faded into utter oblivion.

    “But you’re here right now, aren’t you?” she turned fully towards him, shoulders set, lips set determinedly with the light of challenge. “You can be here for her while you’re still here.”

    Xing-ke, in answer, turns back towards her, the barest skeleton of a smirk gracing his lips, and Kallen is eerily reminded of Lelouch. “You’re quite concerned with the life of the man who handed you over to Brittania.”

    “As you said, I shouldn’t be too upset,” Kallen answered with false sweetness.
    “So I did,” he murmured, lips tracing back into a softer smile. “I can see why Zero was so upset to have you stolen from his side.”

    “He was upset?” she blinked, and tries not to notice the flush of pleasure that comes from that thought. “I know he was angry that you took me but...”

    “It was much more than that, Kouzuki-san,” Xing-ke chuckled mirthfully. “The sound of his voice when Xianglin confessed you had been handed over to Kururugi Suzaku was quite terrible indeed. I had not expected such a reaction, even over his ace pilot.”

    “Ah. I see...” Kallen trailed off, shuffling her feet, suddenly feeling much more awkward. She wondered what Lelouch would say if she asked him about it. Wryly, she believed that he would merely smirk and evade her answer, the way he always did.

    “I must admit, though if ire did partially run against myself, it relieved me to see it.” Xing-ke’s voice intruded upon her thoughts, shaking her back to reality startlingly. At her questioning look, he continued amusedly, “It showed me that he wasn’t just a cold blooded strategist.”

    “No, he’s certainly not,” Kallen murmured softly, eyes trailing back to the dark form of Zero as he finished his speech.
    “Tell me, Kouzuki-san,” he questioned, also gazing out towards the leader of the Black Knights, “What has Zero done to command such loyalty from you? Is it his results? His words, his promises?”

    “It’s because Zero showed us a dream,” Kallen replied quietly, “The dream of the Japanese.”

    Of Naota. Of her mother. Of herself.

    “I see.” Xing-ke’s voice is soft, and she thinks maybe he really does understand.

    Then, suddenly, she starts as his fingers thread through her hair, twining them between his fingertips, and she pulls back quickly, startled. “Wh-what are you doing?” she demanded, face flushed.

    “You are quite a remarkable woman, Kouzuki Kallen-san,” Xing-ke replied gently, eyes twinkling as he pulled his hand back. He took a step forward and leaned in close to her ear, his breath tickling against the base of her neck. “I’m quite jealous of Zero now.”

    And with that, he strode off towards the stage, leaving Kallen flustered and with a single indignant thought.

    He really is like Lelouch!

[User Picture]From: fujiappletan
2008-07-21 01:42 am (UTC)
kjdfkgjthe first and second paragraph- I absolutely adore them. *___*
I adore this fic. Kallen's last thought xD
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[User Picture]From: ypaladinofchaos
2008-07-21 05:18 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it so much! I was really proud of those first two paragraphs especially. *grins*
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[User Picture]From: cellophaneroses
2008-07-21 02:12 am (UTC)
"ever waiting for her to fall, so he could catch her. " <--so sweet. ;-; I love this analogy. <3

Oh yeah, and also yay for Xing-ke~ I love the snarky/confident undertone just before he leaves. xD
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[User Picture]From: ypaladinofchaos
2008-07-21 05:19 am (UTC)
I'm glad you did. It was one of my favorite parts of the whole fic.

And Xing-ke definitely has a rather sardonic sense of humor, like Lelouch, and I thought it'd be interesting to play it off Kallen.
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[User Picture]From: himehikari
2008-07-21 02:47 am (UTC)

Thank you.Thank you.Thank you.Thank you for writing on Kallen/Xingke!~ I am so happy when I woke up and instantly find this~

Please please please write more of this amazing pair.Please..I beg of you

*runs and memories*
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[User Picture]From: ypaladinofchaos
2008-07-21 05:21 am (UTC)
You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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[User Picture]From: fulguratus
2008-07-21 02:57 am (UTC)

I can die of happiness because someone has FIIIINALLY done a Xing-ke/Kallen fic. And I can't stop spazzing out of happiness and the endjihoqgrniofhainorgnj OMG. The Lelouch + Xing-ke comoparisons and the final lines were hysterical. I just love how this was written.

Seriously you like made my week. Ok...I think I'm good now. JIHOGAEIOFASINO. Naw won't be good for the next like hour and a half, no thanks to you. XP XP XP

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[User Picture]From: fulguratus
2008-07-21 02:58 am (UTC)
By the way if you didn't gather it this



K thanks.... XD
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[User Picture]From: ypaladinofchaos
2008-07-21 05:22 am (UTC)
Well, I'm happy that you enjoyed it so much. Glad I could make your week!
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[User Picture]From: himehikari
2008-07-21 05:36 am (UTC)
wheeee~another KallenXingke fan!~ I'm happy to know it's not only me XD
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[User Picture]From: fulguratus
2008-07-23 11:57 pm (UTC)

At first I felt wierd cuz I thought I was the only one on the planet who liked it.


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[User Picture]From: himehikari
2008-07-24 05:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah.Just know you're not alone you hear?
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[User Picture]From: tenshi789
2008-07-21 03:44 am (UTC)
Awesome fic :)

GODDAMNIT SOMEBODY SAVE KALLEN ALREADY so this can actually happennnnnnnnn xD
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[User Picture]From: ypaladinofchaos
2008-07-21 05:22 am (UTC)
Seriously. I miss Kallen being in the plot.
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[User Picture]From: lily_lily
2008-07-21 06:31 am (UTC)
Chyaa, I love it!! The little exchange between Kallen and Xing-ke was made of win. Seriously. <33
Thank you so much for writing this for me. I will treasure this forever ;__;
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[User Picture]From: vicks111
2008-07-21 04:35 pm (UTC)
His eyes are not hungry but protective, like a wolf circling a cub

I love you for this comparison. Seriously ♥
I've been wanting to read a XingKe/Kallen fic for a long time now (much better than Gino/Kallen, IMHO) and this is certainly awesome.You should write more of this pairing, as others have said ^__^
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[User Picture]From: starsparklez_2
2008-07-22 09:46 pm (UTC)
Haha! I've been wanting to write a XingKe/Kallen fic ever since the-towel-is-slipping-scene! Be it Lelouch or Suzaku or XingKe any male character who can simply see a naked Kallen and still act perfectly cool and suave immediately earns a lot of love from me. XD
Well done. As usual. Of course. >D
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[User Picture]From: cuddlyfluff
2008-08-17 05:46 am (UTC)
More Please<<33

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