Title: FinalityCharacters: Nameless Woman (now ‘Merceles’), Shiroi, and Ke.Words: 341Rating: PGSummary: Despite how much I enjoy writing the angst of this pairing, I see Shiroi as the type to eventually overcome his fear of relationships, meet a very nice, quiet, and beautiful girl, get married, and then have a small slew of gorgeous children, meanwhile leaving Ke to focus solely on his relationship with Muka. So, I wrote this. It’s crappy as hell, but it gets my idea across, I guess. (This was written last Thursday.)“Did you feel that?” Her eyes sparkled with her quiet smile as she guided his hand over her swollen belly.Shiroi returned the smile as he felt the butterfly-like flutter just beneath her taut skin. “He’s eager,” he murmured, taking her hand and gracing her lips with a light, affectionate kiss.She grinned, pulling away eventually as the moments passed. “I still need to finish the laundry,” she uttered as she pulled herself up. Shiroi closed his eyes, about to object, when there was a knock at the door.He took that moment to stand, hurriedly bypassing her pregnant waddle to answer it for her.“Hi, Shiroi.”He almost balked under that monotonous stare. “Ke…”It moved from him momentarily, to meet the gaze of his wife’s, and he knew he was relieved. “…good afternoon…”She easily recognized the tension in her husband’s shoulders as she returned the brunet’s greeting. “Shiroi, I’ll work on that laundry.”He didn’t have the time to regret her leaving when pale, rose-coloured lips mashed against his. “Mmm! Ke- Ah!” The brunet didn’t want him to have time to protest, working him over with the tricks he had learned from Muka.Shiroi could only pant when they finally broke apart.The two-tone gaze failed to meet his. “Sorry.”He wiped his mouth, blood-red eyes still fogged. “Why’d you do that?”Ke’s eyes remained trained to the floor. “I guess it’s my goodbye.”He closed his own, his smile wry and sad.“Do you love her?”“Yes.” Even after he opened them, he couldn’t bring himself to look at those broken, monotone eyes.Ke laughed quietly, for sake of nothing else. “I still love you, you know.”“I know.” It came out a sigh, shuddering.There was a long moment’s pause, awkward and painfully silent, but neither wanted to end it.Finally, “Well, goodbye.” He couldn’t even bring himself to raise his arms to an embrace, fumbling, before he sprinted out the door, disappearing against the winter sunset.It was several minutes before Shiroi could close it.