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Taste
By Inarae

 

TASTE

A Ruroni Kenshin Fanfic by Inarae

Ruroni Kenshin and all ideas associated with it belong to Watsuki Nobuhiro and anyone he granted with rights to it.

PG?? Some slight mention of violence.

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What would you like to drink with dinner, young man?

 

Foreign tea, bitter and black like the sudden splash of blood on moonlit cobblestones?

 

Liquor that tastes of tears and pale blossoms bruised by the brush of your fingers, the clear liquid of truth that brushes your lips like petals whose edges are already stained with the withered brown-gold of death?

 

Perhaps some milk then?? It's rich and comforting like the gentle embrace of a parent's arms.? Ah, my apologies, you're already too old for that, aren't you?? Adults just don't produce the correct enzymes to digest milk properly, and it makes many people sick once they're beyond a certain age.? A pity, isn't it?? As a child I always used to love the warm feeling of safety that last warm glass gave me, drinking it down in a big gulp right before bed, under my mother's stern gaze.? She always watched to make sure I drank it, making sure I'd grow up big and strong.

 

Green tea?? Ah, you're a traditionalist, aren't you?? I should have known, from the way you're dressed.? And a quiet lad, aren't you, like an echo of some distant time when life was simpler and people behaved with honor and respect.? Not like these modern kids, bouncing around screaming about all sorts of odd ideas even they don't really understand.? Is there something wrong with your drink, sir?? You're not drinking it.? Has it perhaps gone cold?? I can pour you some more . . .

 

Why yes, of course we have water, but surely . . . I have higher quality tea, if that would be your desire . . .

 

But water, sir?? So bland, empty of even the faintest whisper of taste . . . Surely an well brought up lad like yourself would prefer something a little more . . . elegant?

 

Yes, of course, as you wish sir.? Please forgive this old man for having been so presumptuous.? Here you go.? I can't say that it was drawn from some famous brook where a goddess once bathed or some such, but it's cold and clean and will keep man or beast alive.

 

Ahh, you smile as you drink.? A soft, sad smile to be sure, but I am glad you have found some pleasure in even such a humble drink as that.? I would not have it said that that which is served in my restaurant fails to satisfy my customers, but I must admit to having had some slight worry given the nature of your order.

 

Oh, no, I cannot take this much.? Your meal was so simple and plain . . .

 

I . . . thank you, kind young lord.? I cannot imagine that the food was as refreshing as you say, but . . .

 

Such a sad young man.? And he didn't even leave a mess on the table.? Well, at least his worries seemed a little lighter than when he arrived.

 

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AUTHOR'S NOTES: This was supposed to be Saitoh!? It was supposed to be a Saitoh comedy to celebrate the Miburo list getting active again.? Now why that red haired fellow decided to stick his nose in. and ending up so depressing . . . Yipes!?

This is probably Kenshin wandering after he leaves the Ishin Shishi.? The narration is actually what's going through Kenshin's mind as he listens to a chatty barkeep trying to take his order, which is why the narration switches back and forth between the barkeep and our favorite ruroni.? Kenshin is hearing the barkeep mumble to himself as he walks out the door at the end.

I've never tried anything like that before- did it work or was it too confusing trying to figure out what opinions were whose?? Is it a style I should play with more, or should I avoid it?? Thanks for reading, C&C welcome and enjoyed.?

 

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