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Title: 'Tis the season
Pairing: Gen, Youkai Ningen Bem
Word Count: 1,400
Genre: fluff
A/N: Written for Pat ♥♥ *throws snowball of condensed love~* :B this is what happens when you ask me to elaborate #yourfault Any corrections are welcomed! m(_ _)m

Summary: Bem wants a merry Christmas.


Candy canes frame the door and colourful gumdrops line the windows in makeshift Christmas lights. The roof and lawn are so caked with powdery snow that it's a wonder the walls haven't collapsed from all the sugary weight. But the house is stronger than that. Standing in the dark, snow-covered street with his toes tingling from the damp cold, the icing that glues the house together seems almost undestructable. Bemu presses a palm against the cool glass of the display and wishes they too had a home like this.

"Such a waste of food."

Bem lets his hand fall away and turns his back to the shop.

"They bring joy, Bela," he says softly. "It's not a waste."

"It is when we're the ones living off of hay and grass," Bela snaps, her voice as quick and sharp as her whip. "Ungrateful brats."

Bem sighs. He doesn't want to argue, not tonight of all nights. They might not have a tree or stockings to line their chimney - they don't have a chimney at all - but they do have each other. They have a family and that's one thing they can and will celebrate despite the lack of ornaments.

"Where's Belo?" he asks, taking a superfluous glance up and down the white street. He doesn't need to see when he can hear Belo's playful squeals tumbling across the chilled air like a snowball.

"Ara-ara, he's going to wake someone up," Bela mutters but there's a fond smile on her face that takes away the reprimanding sting.

They follow the laughs leading them towards the grand Christmas tree that stands like a dressed-up lighthouse in the center of the street. The houses - real ones; bricks replacing gingerbread - that line the streets have fallen asleep and their footfalls fall silently, swallowed by the snow.

As they walk, he watches the Christmas lights paint blinking patterns of green and red and gold and pink along the snow like fleeting gems, and smiles when Bela begins to sing, so quiet and sudden that it's likely unconscious. The sweet clarity of her voice tangles around Belo's mirth to make the perfect carol, the perfect memory.

He hesitates only for a moment before he adds his own note and begins to hum along. A returning gift to the ones he loves.

Their duet comes to a finale when they find Belo lying near the base of the tree, his arms and legs sprawled out like a star. Bem bottles away the delight shining on Belo's face in his memory, convinced that their star is far brighter than the one that tops the tree.

"You're going to catch a cold," Bela scolds, but her arms hang uncrossed.

"We never catch colds," Belo giggles before jumping up and standing aside to show them his masterpiece. "Look! I made a snow angel!"

And indeed he has. The angel even has a spike on his head to represent the tuft of Belo's hair that never falls flat. In the back of his mind, Bem thinks that there's something poetic about a demon transforming into an angel through the purity of fresh fallen snow.

"It looks great," he says and bends slightly to sweep the snow off Belo's hair. Belo grabs his hand when he moves to pull away and flashes a toothy grin.

"Bem, you make one too," he says, tugging on Bem's arm and turning to look at Bela. "And Bela!"

At Bela's snort, Belo tugs harder and shouts, "You have to! My angel is lonely on its own. It needs a family."

Bem stares at the small snow angel lying haphazardy in the long stretch of the street and sighs. He removes his hat before he lies down next to Belo's angel, the snow creeping along his neck making him shiver slightly.

"Bem!" Belo shouts, his smile so wide that his eyes are mere slits. "Now move your arms and legs - like this." Bem watches in amusement as Belo jumps down onto his angel once more to demonstrate.

"Ah, I see now," Bem says thoughtfully and he holds Bela's gaze for a moment before he begins to move, his limbs gliding easily in the snow.

A few more moments of swishing and Bela finally erupts in a frustrated groan, collapsing onto Belo's other side.

"My clothes will be soaked because of you two," she grumbles and the timing of Belo's laugh is identical to his.

"See, isn't this fun?" Belo asks and as Bem stares up at the night sky now illuminated with blinking, rainbow lights with the sounds of his family's joy filling his ears, he can't help but agree.

-

By the time they stand up to leave, dawn is on its way and Bela is proven right. They're soaked.

None of them can be bothered to care.

"We look so pretty," Belo says, pointing at their snowy portrait. Bela's is the biggest, Bem's has the sharpest edges, and oddly, Belo's has the largest wings. Bem wishes he had a camera to capture the image and hopes his memory is good enough, that it won't wash away like the snow will, eventually. It's a joy too good to waste.

As if reading his thoughts, Bela pokes his upper arm and says with a smile that is teasing and triumphant and entirely Bela, "It's not wasted if it brought happiness, right?"

Bem releases a small, welcomed chuckle before he notices what sits atop Bela's head. "My hat," he says with a tinge of childish accusation.

Bela shrugs. "You weren't using it. It goes well with my boots, doesn't it?"

She backs away with a twirl before Bem can reach for her and Belo falls into giggles.

"Bela," Bem says sternly. "Give it back. You know I can't let anyone see my horns."

"At this time of night, there's no one to see them," Bela returns, tipping his hat at him in a way that makes his chest clench. There's not a hint of barbwire in her smile, no needles in her eyes. He hasn't seen her this happy and playful for a long time and he knows in his heart that this is a Christmas he will never forget.

"It's almost morning," he says, now entirely for show because he knows he would give his hat away in an instant if it made Bela happy. He also knows Bela loves a challenge, even one as small as his feeble stubborness. "It won't be good if they see me like this."

"They'll think you're a reindeer," Belo chimes in and Bela's laugh fills the air like jingling bells.

"Bem the reindeer," Bela repeats, stalking forward with swift steps. Bem waits patiently as Bela closes in and, in a blink - there's a warm press against the tip of his nose. Another blink and Bela's finger is pointing at him in a shaky aim as she and Belo laugh and laugh and laugh.

Bem could stand like this forever, clueless and soaked and hatless and watching joy cloak his loved ones in a rosy-cheeked glow.

"Don't touch!" Belo says when he moves to touch his nose and when he tilts his head in question, Belo chirps, "Rudolph!"

"Rudolph the red-nosed youkai," Bela grins.

Bem who is prone to subdued smiles and short chuckles has never felt so much bubbling mirth in one night.

"Let's start heading home," he says, his lips still twitching. He walks past the tree and Bela moves to walk alongside him.

"Yosh! I'm hungry. What are we eating today?" Belo asks as he runs ahead, little footprints leaving a trail behind for them to follow.

"I picked some weeds today. They're the only things that survived in this weather."

"Ewwwwww! I don't want weeds."

"Then steal some candy off the tree."

"Bela," Bem warns.

"What? They're practically giving it away," Bela mutters. She's wearing his hat at an angle that hoods one of her eyes. "Don't be such a... what was it again?"

"Grinch!" Belo shouts back helpfully.

"Yes, that. Don't be such a grinch, Bem. I hear they're worse than youkai."

For the nth time that night, Bem laughs and says with complete honesty, "I don't think youkai are all that bad, actually."

With his heart surging with heavy warmth, he feels vulnerable. Powerful.

Loved.

He's never felt more human.



.end

Date: 2011-12-18 05:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] krysyuy.livejournal.com
I c u studying so hard rn. :B

Jkjk, ILU.

Out right now, but will totally be back to read. B)

Date: 2011-12-18 06:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scorch66.livejournal.com
D: *hides behind notes* #MOSTSTUDIOUSHDU

i needs to chop off my fingers T_T

np~ enjoy living your ~wild~ life, bb :B ♥♥♥

Date: 2011-12-18 08:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] krysyuy.livejournal.com
Yokai!family fic~ *__________* -pounces-

Bemu presses a palm against the cool glass of the display and wishes they too had a home like this.
-heart strings being tugged- ;____;

Bem bottles away the delight shining on Belo's face in his memory, convinced that their star is far brighter than the one that tops the tree.
hdsfkasjfhkjfhaksdhf aww... ♥

"You have to! My angel is lonely on its own. It needs a family."
♥♥♥ Belo owns my heart.

She's wearing his hat at an angle that hoods one of her eyes.
I'm picturing this in my head and Bela looks gorgeous.

He's never felt more human.
What is with you and your perfect ending lines. Geez. ;______; #happytears

Some lovely fluff to keep close to my heart. Loved it! And just the idea of them making snow angels in the middle of the night, staring up at the stars/Christmas lights... -sighs happily-

P.S. Some typos -
but her arms hangs uncrossed.
for a moments
Bem's has sharpest edges --> add 'the'
before he notices what what sits atop bela's head
mirth in one in night
moves to walk alongside ---> add 'him'


D: *hides behind notes* #MOSTSTUDIOUSHDU
-coughs- I mean- Good luck with your studying~~ 8Db

Date: 2011-12-18 11:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scorch66.livejournal.com
fdsjkfjdslk you are like my fluffy soulmate, Krys. XD *drizzles sap everywhere* ♥ srsly though, i cannot stop with the sap. it's an illness

Bela stealing Bem's hat was inspired by this (http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lvtg6ntbXZ1qb9ubbo1_250.jpg) and she does look very fetching. ;3

I was waffling over having them make snowmen or snow angels but the angels won over hfsjkdk the image was just so sweet. I'm really happy you enjoyed this~ *___* ♥♥

P.S. #bestbetaever #&forever ♥♥♥♥

sobs thank you ;_; brb procrastinating

Date: 2011-12-18 06:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alienashi.livejournal.com
omg this is so cute ;___;

Date: 2011-12-18 11:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scorch66.livejournal.com
who needs porn, amirite? :B

Date: 2011-12-19 12:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alienashi.livejournal.com
ppft everybody needs porn



ps, i sent you an email

Date: 2011-12-19 12:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scorch66.livejournal.com
(゚⊿゚)



I got it!♥ will reply as soon as I get some studying progress done ;_;

Date: 2011-12-19 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alienashi.livejournal.com
^__~


so cute *__* my little studious sararin

Date: 2011-12-19 12:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scorch66.livejournal.com
(ΘεΘ;)


my little distracting Jootan :B ♥

Date: 2011-12-18 06:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ladyc2
Adorable

Thanks for sharing

Date: 2011-12-18 11:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scorch66.livejournal.com
Np! I'm glad you enjoyed the read :')

Thank you for commenting~

Date: 2011-12-18 08:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] svartlucia.livejournal.com
So cute, thank you! ♥

Date: 2011-12-18 11:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scorch66.livejournal.com
Yay! I'm happy you enjoyed reading~ ♥ Thank you for letting me know.

Date: 2011-12-18 11:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pinkeuphoria1.livejournal.com
Ugh, I am in love with this. These 3, especially Bemu, are all about angst angst angst, but this is so cute and lovely and *___________* Love love love this ♥

Date: 2011-12-18 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scorch66.livejournal.com
YNB = angst3 ;_; but I think I'm incapable of writing serious angst; it's so challenging for me o.o and who could write Belo angst, really? :< clearly, fluff is the way to go~ 8) I'm really glad you enjoyed this! ♥♥

Date: 2011-12-18 11:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pinkeuphoria1.livejournal.com
I don't mind, Joo's feeding us enough Bemu angst... not that I mind that either, though~~

Date: 2011-12-19 12:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scorch66.livejournal.com
oh Joo, slaying ppl left and right with her angsty fic (which I think you betaed so props to you too, miss angst-enabler xD)

Date: 2011-12-19 12:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pinkeuphoria1.livejournal.com
Well..... as I said, don't mind angst either *smiles innocently*

Date: 2011-12-19 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scorch66.livejournal.com
(っ゚Д゚;)っ

Date: 2011-12-18 01:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misao-duo.livejournal.com

*catches snowball of condensed love and puts it on a glassbox that goes in the fridge*

Obviously I need to ask you to elaborate on stuff more often. I mean, look at this, one little off comment about how i totally wanted to see Bem having a Christmas and you go and write Christmas for the Youkai Family T_____T ♥

And there's so much to love here (as is usual with your fics). Allow me to quote some stuff back at you like a moron :B

"They might not have a tree or stockings to line their chimney - they don't have a chimney at all - but they do have each other. They have a family and that's one thing they can and will celebrate despite the lack of ornaments."

THEY HAVE A FAMILY ♥
that is such a good point to start. that the reason why they would celebrate this date is that they have each other even if lots of other things are lacking.
and of course Bem would want to celebrate them.

"In the back of his mind, Bem thinks that there's something poetic about a demon transforming into an angel"

that's because there is.
lovely metaphor you got there.

"You have to! My angel is lonely on its own. It needs a family."
Oh Belo :(((((((
<\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\3

"We look so pretty," Belo says, pointing at their snowy portrait. Bela's is the biggest, Bem's has sharpest edges, and oddly, Belo's has the largest wings.

This image is just too cute (and an accurate representation of their personalities, in a way). Possibly my favorite passage in this piece ♥

"At this time of night, there's no one to see them," Bela returns, tipping his hat at him in a way that makes his chest clench.

I see your subtle shipping of Bem x Bela.
It looks a lot like your Kame x Anne.
This is not a bad thing, btw ;DDDD

And the end. With him feeling human because they are together and guuuuuuh.
So adorable and warm and xmasy. I love this season for this certain half melancholic but mostly happy mood that it can have and you captured it perfectly here.
Thank youuuuuu Sara, iluuuuuu *clings*


*grabs the 'ilu ♥' tag and runs with it*
i'm considering that that tag is for me and nothing will convince me it isn'tttttttt

Date: 2011-12-19 12:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scorch66.livejournal.com
*approves of and is flattered by your creepy collecting tendencies :B* ♥♥

Obviously if I fail my exam, you're taking the blame *rolls* What can I say, General, other than my muse has latched onto your Bemu-Nashi icon your will is my command~? :'3 ♥

I feel that Bem's the type who'd want to celebrate every holiday out there in order to find a feeling of belonging. fhjskdk he'd decorate eggs and leave them for Belo to find during easter ;_; ♥

IT WAS EITHER SNOWMEN OR SNOWANGELS BUT SNOWANGELS WON OVER BECAUSE OF THAT METAPHOR fhskjdhjk so happy you enjoyed that bit. (*⌒―⌒*) and I was all :/ over angel!Bem's description as the one with the sharpest edges because I was trying to get across that he's the careful one who does things conscientiously and I wasn't sure that was conveyed properly but I think you got it so ^___^\m/ #rambles #tossesmolebadge

You caught me red-nosed in my subtle shippery Dx
It was entirely inspired by this:
Image
100% canon :')

I love giving little surprise gifties, especially when recipients enjoy them so you're super-duper-mega welcome~ 8D ♥♥♥ ilutooooo ♪ (◎ノ´з`)ノ *chus*

*stores away fancy xmas hearts* ♥
/does nothing to try to convince you otherwise because it's true~

Date: 2011-12-19 02:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misao-duo.livejournal.com

i will let you know that i only creepy collect things that are worth of being in the creepy collection. feel proud :B ♥

Nah, if you fail your exam that's on you but if you want to blame me for other stuff than that's probably cool :B
So, my will is your command now? You are such a valuable soldier (⌒▽⌒)☆☆☆

you know, if in a few months you feel like writing Nem (possibly awkwardly) decorating eggs to leave them for Belo to find...that would be pretty cool :B I AM JUST SAYING.

And indeed the part about the snowangels was one of my favorites.
When i was reading the description about Bem's angel i got that you meant it more in relation to the careful aspect of his personality. If any of the 3 of them were to be sharp around the edges, that would be Bela :")
Bem is just...really mellow ♥

Oh i am so happy to be reminded of the existence of that pic.
I remember being happy when i saw it first but it was small sized so it's nice to get it bigger and after reading this :)

here i will let you know that you can always give me little surprise gifties for i will always enjoy them ♥♥♥ (◎ノ´з`)ノ *chus*
and you know i would even go as far as SENDING you gifties back but you didnt let me so :(

/ヽ(;▽;)ノ

Date: 2011-12-19 04:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scorch66.livejournal.com
but you do deliver .gif(ties) *__* #junnoing #nosadfacing ♥

Date: 2011-12-18 03:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prologuesized.livejournal.com
Asdfghjkl what is this ♥♥♥ *o* I think this gave me the most Christmas mood I've gotten so far this year. Now I feel all warm and fuzzy and there were snow angels and youkais and so much teasing and companionship and I loved it ♥♥♥

Thank you for posting :D I feel like squishing you. *squishes*

Date: 2011-12-19 12:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scorch66.livejournal.com
Really? yay~~ヽ(゚ー゚*ヽ)ヽ(*゚ー゚*)ノ(ノ*゚ー゚)ノ I don't really celebrate xmas but I've been feeling the mood thanks to the holidays drawing near and all the pretty lights and jingles that haunt me everywhere hfjsk and I guess that channeled into the fic. I love that this fic was able to spread the cheer :') ♥♥♥♥

Thank you for your sweet comment and :D! I love squishes! *is squished* *squishes back* ♥

Date: 2011-12-18 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starg8fan-liz.livejournal.com
so lovely XD♥♥♥

Date: 2011-12-19 12:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scorch66.livejournal.com
I'm happy you thought so! :'D ♥

Date: 2011-12-21 11:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kalake82.livejournal.com
sets me in a chrissy mood while and after reading this...

so heartwarming *_____*

youkai family is loved yo!

Date: 2011-12-23 02:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scorch66.livejournal.com
Yay! I'm glad this could lift your spirits, even if just a bit \:D/ Happy holidays~♥

Date: 2011-12-23 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kalake82.livejournal.com
Yeapperz! Happy Holidays to you too! \o/

Date: 2011-12-31 03:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] natsukashi-yume.livejournal.com
"They have a family and that's one thing they can and will celebrate despite the lack of ornaments."

AWWWWWWW *puddle of goo*

I love all the imagery in this... it's so calm and soothing and lovely. Ahh, makes me miss winters from childhood. *looks out at bleak snowless winter*

There's something so vulnerable about Bem shivering in the snow. I love that... he's so strong, but he's also so sensitive to little things like that.

Ah, and the thought about wishing he had a camera... I love when drama verses are used to explore the strangeness of the characters' lives. Bem, Bela and Belo live like normal humans but they are so different, and the difference has so little to do with their physical appearance sometimes.

Bem melting at Bela's playfulness. *rolls*

AHHHH, BEM THE RED-NOSED YOUKAI LOLOL SOOO CUUUUTEE.

I can totally imagine Bela kissing his nose and him just standing there in bafflement as they laugh.

*warm and fuzzy feelings everywhere*

♥♥♥♥♥

Date: 2012-01-05 11:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scorch66.livejournal.com
I'd offer you some snow but even over here it only snowed once, just over a month ago.... #HAPPYDANCE #doesnotlikesnow #prettybutsocooooooold

So, since I haz no snow, have my love instead: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ *hugs*

I'm really glad you enjoyed this! *o* And interesting point about Bem/Bela/Bero being so inherently different. It's strange becuz they were made from the same cell and underwent the same hardships... Even youaki have a unique psyche ;)

(the Bela stealing Bem's hat was inspired by the image set you linked to me before~ ;))

*skips around sprnkling more soft fuzzies* ♥

Date: 2012-01-03 04:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] omnomthing.livejournal.com
As I'm watching the last episode, this has totally satisfied my need for YNB fluff. <3 Looooooooooooooved this! :)

Date: 2012-01-05 11:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scorch66.livejournal.com
\:D/ I haven't finished YNB myself, but I'm happy I was able to satisfy your fluff craving~ ♥

Date: 2012-01-14 04:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] manatsu-no-yume.livejournal.com
- and smiles when Bela begins to sing, so quiet and sudden that it's likely unconscious. The sweet clarity of her voice tangles around Belo's mirth to make the perfect carol, the perfect memory.
He hesitates only for a moment before he adds his own note and begins to hum along. A returning gift to the ones he loves.
- convinced that their star is far brighter than the one that tops the tree.
- Bem thinks that there's something poetic about a demon transforming into an angel through the purity of fresh fallen snow.
- "They'll think you're a reindeer," Belo chimes in and Bela's laugh fills the air like jingling bells.
- clueless and soaked and hatless and watching joy cloak his loved ones in a rosy-cheeked glow.
- "Yes, that. Don't be such a grinch, Bem. I hear they're worse than youkai."
- With his heart surging with heavy warmth, he feels vulnerable. Powerful.
Loved.
He's never felt more human
.


I have only watched the first episode of YNB, but I liked Bela a lot. And I think you made her very IC :) And again, this was a very, very beautiful read. :) ♥♥♥

Date: 2012-01-14 08:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scorch66.livejournal.com
OMG YOU'RE WATCHING YNB?! *______________* ♥♥♥

I've only watched 4 episodes myself, and Bela is my favourite character. She's such a snarky tsundere. ♥ I can't believe you read this. ilu.

Date: 2012-01-14 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] manatsu-no-yume.livejournal.com
uhhhhhmmmm. no, I watched the first eppie when it came out x.x


Bela rocks. I love whoever made that character, you don't see female characters like that too often in mangas.


can't believe it either but as always, you're too good to be true.

Date: 2012-01-14 09:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scorch66.livejournal.com
ohhhhhhhhhh XD at least you gave it a go :')

True! I also love the way she speaks. #voicefetish ♥

fhdsjkfhsdkj why are you like thiiiiiiiiiiis? >/////////<
you know, you're more of a sap than I'll ever be ♥

Date: 2012-01-14 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] manatsu-no-yume.livejournal.com
it was better than I'd expected though. But I still couldn't get over their monster forms, plus I didn't have enough motivation to watch it, only watched the first eppie because Sheena asked me to, for the youkai contest :3

Ah right, that too :D


I only speak the truth :3

Date: 2012-01-14 10:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scorch66.livejournal.com
I was impressed by the directing and overall quality of the drama, the gritty feel it had... I think this is one of his best dramas. :') But I understand what you mean; the drama was geared towards children and Bem was a pretty (very pretty *_*) introverted character.

Uepi mentioned that he liked the way she spoke as well kufufufu.

Likewise ♥
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