[xxx-Holic] Birthdays

Chop! Chop! Watanuki mutters under his breath, his knife slamming against the cutting board in neat, even strokes. He effortlessly slices through each vegetable until it’s cut to perfection.

It’s not anything special, he reasons to himself. He just had a little free time is all. It has nothing to do with the fact today is Doumeki’s birthday. Nothing at all. In fact, Watanuki barely remembered it.

He tells himself this as he packs the double layer bento and ties it off with a furoshiki cloth that coincidentally is Doumeki’s favorite color. Watanuki didn’t choose it; things just happened that way. And if there’s a certain favorite treat for a certain stupid oaf, Watanuki didn’t intend that either. It’s all an accident, pure and simple.

Lunchtime rolls around and Himawari-chan looks exceptionally cute today. Her smile makes him all warm and giddy inside, like she’s surrounded by a halo of sparkles.

And then Doumeki shows up. Watanuki shoves his lunch at him without any fanfare and gushes over Himawari-chan’s cute bento even if it is store bought. He doesn’t give the big idiot another glance. Why should he?

There’s nothing special about this day, except for the fact he gets to see Himawari-chan of course. Nope. Nothing at all.

“Oi.”

Watanuki’s eyebrow twitches and he whirls toward Doumeki, back straight as a board and hands clenched at his side. “What?”

Doumeki pops one of Watanuki’s carefully crafted onigiri into his mouth without any hint of delicacy whatsoever. “S’good.”

Is that supposed to be a compliment or something? Watanuki feels his ears turn hot.

“But you forgot the salmon.”

Watanuki explodes. “Do I look like your personal cook?”

Himawari-chan giggles, and she’s just so cute when she does that, except– “It was so sweet of you to remember Doumeki’s birthday, Watanuki.”

“I didn’t– I wouldn’t–” Watanuki splutters, his face growing more heated. Himawari-chan giggles again and that dumb oaf just keeps shoveling the food in like it was made special for him or something. Che.

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