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From the View of an Outsider

Title: From the View of an Outsider
Genre: Romance, Fluff (getting better with practice, I think)
Beta: pinksnow1986
Fandom: Prince of Tennis
Pairing: Tezuka/Fuji
Disclaimers: All Konomi-sensei's. Didn't make money off of this. Don't sue.
Summary: "... I find myself thoroughly mystified that Tezuka would indulge Fuji and his erratic whims to the point of dancing to this music that only they seem to hear."
Author's Notes: The seventh in a series of completely unrelated first kiss fics, with various pairings as requested by people. This one was written at the request of towel_master. Do enjoy, sweety. ^_^
Warning(s): Told from Oishi's POV. Paragraphs go from his thoughts to flashbacks, so I hope the jumping tenses don't throw you off.

First Kiss Series:
From the View of an Outsider
            It was an intricate dance… It was complex and it was tedious. Apparently, only they knew the steps to it. However, just watching them is enough to tire out anybody. They’ve been dancing around each other since the first day Fuji joined Seigaku’s tennis club. It was only a matter of time before one of them stepped on the other’s toes and called a halt to that endless psychological tango they’ve been engaged in.
            For as long as I’ve known him, Tezuka has always been a pretty straight-forward kind of guy. If something needed to be said, you can bet that he would definitely get it out and said—sometimes, even at the expense of tact. Beating around the bush has never been his style, and when talking to him, using a three-minute paragraph to say something that can be said in two sentences is a sure-fire way to find yourself running laps until sundown. Knowing this, I find myself thoroughly mystified that Tezuka would indulge Fuji and his erratic whims to the point of dancing to this music that only the two of them seem to hear.
            “Ne, are you guys just about done?”
            “Was there something you wanted?” Tezuka asked the team’s tennis prodigy by way of an answer.
            A deceptively sweet smile preceded an equally deceptively innocent, “I was planning to drop by the tennis equipment store. I was hoping you’d care to join me…?”
            The fact that the invitation certainly implied the ‘… and then maybe we could do something else together afterwards’ was left hanging in the air.
            “We’re done here,” Tezuka gave his implicit acceptance of the invitation with commanding finality.
            My eyes shot wide open in surprise for a split second before I turned them back down to the clipboard I held. Said clipboard held the new training schedule that Inui proposed; Tezuka and I were just about to start discussing whether or not we were going with the items in it.
            I looked back up just in time to see Fuji give me a cheery smile and a jaunty wave before I turned my head to seek out the team captain’s eyes.
            He barely breathed out the “We’ll talk about the rest tomorrow, before the morning practice, Oishi,” into my ear as he passed me by, on his way to follow Fuji out the door.
            I shook my head in bafflement. What was it about Fuji Syuusuke that could make Tezuka blow off his responsibilities like that when usually, not even the threat of being stranded in school due to extremely bad weather could make him put off tennis club paperwork for the following day?
            While Tezuka and Fuji are usually very careful about how they come across to other people when they’re together in plain view of everyone, they usually drop their guard when there’s just me. I don’t know if this is because I’m supposed to be Tezuka’s best friend and, as such, is not to be considered as “other people”, or because they felt safe because it’s me, Oishi Shuuichiro—Seigaku’s mother hen. If they know nothing else about me, they know that I would rather bite my own tongue and choke on it than say anything that may hurt either of them.
            I practically flew to the clubroom. I was supposed to meet with Tezuka at 12:30 to finalize the line-up for the next ranking matches (they needed to be posted up in time for the afternoon practices), but my Science teacher held me up, I damn near choked on my lunch in my rush to finish it, I met my Socials teacher in the hallway and he sent me on an errand, and now the bell heralding the beginning of the afternoon classes would be ringing in 15 minutes… Tezuka was going to KILL me!
            … Well, no. Tezuka wouldn’t do anything quite that undignified. He’d probably just look at me with clear disappointment in his eyes and then move on to business. And that would make me feel even more terrible than if he actually did just kill me.
            I was actually slightly surprised when I reached the clubroom door and heard voices from the other side of the door.
            “… I really would rather not talk about this right now.”
            “When would you want to talk about it then?”
            I turned the doorknob and the little clicking sound it made immediately put a halt to the conversation. I cautiously poked my head in and gave a self-conscious little smile at the pair looking at me.
            “Anou… I’m sorry I was late for our meeting, Tezuka,” I started out uncertainly. Looking from Tezuka to Fuji and then back to Tezuka, I added, “I could come back a little later--”
            “That wouldn’t be necessary, Oishi,” Fuji cut me off with a kind smile that had a bit of an edge to it. “We weren’t talking about anything important.
            The amount of bitterness that Fuji was able to inject into that one statement almost made me visibly gag. But with that one statement left hanging in the air, Fuji turned on his heel and was just about to walk out of the room, leaving me to my business with Tezuka, when Tezuka surprised me by jumping up from his seat and said, “Fuji…” with just the barest hint of desperation in his voice.
            Fuji stopped mid-stride and turned to face the team captain. Neither of them said anything. They just looked at each other for the longest time, and once again, I got the feeling that both of them were communicating, moving, stepping and side-stepping to music that only they could hear.
            Finally, Fuji gave a small smile and a nod, and then turned to leave. The tennis prodigy murmured a soft “I’ll see you later” to me as I stepped aside to let him through the door. Closing the door after him, I turned to look at Tezuka who was slumped onto his seat, looking like he’d just gotten out of an ordeal.
            I sat down facing Tezuka, a small sheaf of paper in my hand, looking at him curiously. I was dying to ask him what all that was about—after all, if Tezuka was willing to let me see him slumped on a chair, it must have been something BIG. But I was never one to pry. The most I could do was raise curious eyes at him.
            He gave a tired little sigh, pinched the bridge of his nose, and shook his head at me. That was all the answer I got for my silent question. When he reached for the sheets of paper in my hand, I knew I wouldn’t get anything more. But as expected of Tezuka, even his silent answers held a certain eloquence to them that let me know exactly what his words could not say.
            As I said, it was an intricate dance… It was complex and it was tedious. I’ve been watching them dance around each other and quite honestly, I was getting tired of it. I was beginning to wonder if, perhaps, a little intervention from me was needed. Should I give them a little push already? Throw them off balance?
The day started out as usual. I hated rushing and so I woke up practically at the crack of dawn in order to unlock the clubroom in time for morning practices, just the same as usual. I got to school with plenty of time to spare, and I was anticipating the peaceful solitude I always enjoyed in the clubroom before anybody else came in.
But that particular day, instead of going through my usual morning ritual of unlocking the clubroom, I was surprised to find that the clubroom has already been unlocked, with the door left slightly ajar.
Of course, being who I was, my first instinct was to worry. Did somebody break into the clubroom? Will I go in there to find most of our tennis equipment gone? What if the perpetrator was still inside? Cautiously, I sidled up next to the door and listened for any sounds. When I didn’t hear anything, I cautiously peeked in, carefully keeping my head out of the door just in case somebody was in there, ready to bash my head in. What I saw gave me a bit of a surprise… It was most definitely the last thing I expected to see.
Fuji was standing before Tezuka, the former’s hand held out to the latter, as though inviting him to dance. Tezuka looked at the proffered hand in silence. A few moments later, he looked up at Fuji and quietly said, “So it’s finally come to an end.
Tezuka took the hand that Fuji held out to him and in one smooth motion, he stood up, swept Fuji into his arms, and brought his mouth down to meet Fuji’s. Fuji’s arms went around Tezuka’s neck, as though getting ready for an intimate slow dance. Tezuka’s right hand came to rest on the small of Fuji’s back, further reinforcing that image in my mind of a slow dance; his left hand, though, tangled as it was in Fuji’s hair, kind of tilted that picture a bit.
 It was a sweet kiss. Tender. Gentle. And although I was positive that this was their first kiss, there was none of that feeling of uncertainty, of hesitation. There wasn’t even that sense of wonder in discovering each other. If anything, there was only that sense of “at last…” And even I found myself silently breathing out, “Finally.”
            And that was how Tezuka and Fuji became an official couple. They affirmed it between themselves, with me standing witness. And I do know that that was intentional. I know that I was supposed to witness that first kiss. I may not know much about Fuji, but the timing and the circumstances all had Fuji’s brand of scheming stamped all over it. But I couldn’t bring myself to get mad about it—if anything, I feel honored.
            Looking back on it now, I think everything that’s happened went the way it should have. I’ve been watching those two dance around each other for the longest time and I thought that it would take a misstep to finally to throw them off the beat and end that strange dance. But I was wrong. They danced and they kept at it until they saw it through to its natural conclusion; I really shouldn’t have expected anything less from Tezuka and Fuji. And when the song that only they could hear came to a close, they found themselves naturally in each other’s arms.
La Fuego

*Comments nourish my soul... Please don't let my soul go on a forced diet!

Other titles in the First Kiss Series:
The Affair (Atobe/Fuji)
Daydreams (Atobe/Jirou)
Heartbreak in Stages (Fuji/Eiji)
Smile (Shishido/Ohtori)
Of Gods and Mortals (Atobe/Oshitari)
The Dare (Tachibana/Fuji)


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Aug. 18th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
Aw~ that was sweet X3
I'm kinda exhausted and tired after introduction activities from university, but I had to read this ^^
I really like the 'dance comparison' and the pace of the whole piece~ Also the point of view added some special flair, since most of the TeFu stories are either Tezuka's or Fuji's point of view XD;
Very, very pretty piece of work that you shared
here <33
Aug. 19th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
Aaaww~ YOU are sweet!!! ^_^ *glomps*

Thank you so very much for absolutely wonderful comment! You are seriously wonderful for my fragile writer's ego! I am very happy that you were able to enjoy this piece. And that picture of Tezuka and Fuji dancing around each other refused to be written in any other way than to have a direct comparison to a dance. If it was able to make you smile despite your exhaustion, then I am content.

(P.S. I hope that despite the fact that it tired you out, you still enjoyed the university introduction activities anyhow! *huggles*)
Aug. 18th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
it's refreshing to see tezufuji relationship from oishi's point of view. he really is the mother hen of seigaku! the ending was sweet, my tezufuji fangirl is happy. and oishi definitely deserves much love as well!!! XDDD
Aug. 19th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
Oishi's heart is, indeed, one of a kind! ^_^ I thought it might be interesting to show Tezuka and Fuji's relationship through the eyes of one of the other regulars, but going through each member, I realized that it had to be Oishi-- I doubted they would ever let their guard down to anyone else but Seigaku's mother hen. ^_^ It makes me happy that you were able to enjoy this fluff as well as you usually enjoy my angsty stories. I LOVE YOU~!!! *glomps and clings*
Aug. 18th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Wai~ I love you! This was so perfect... And I'm happily surprised with the Oishi POV. He's not one of my favorite characters, but I really like your version of him. (:

Thank you so much for writing this! I'ma stick it right in my favorites. :D
Aug. 19th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
Squee~! You liked it!!! That makes me very, very happy! ^_^ I'm glad that you liked the end result of the looooooong~ wait you had to endure before I was able to fulfill your request. XP And I'm happy that having the story in Oishi's point of view didn't turn you off! *huggles*
Aug. 18th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
So sweet, so pretty, so perfect, so TezukaFuji. Luv you for sharing this :)
Aug. 19th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
Aaawww~! Thank you for the short and sweet comment! I am happy that you liked the piece! ^_^
Aug. 19th, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)
"They danced and they kept at it until they saw it through to its natural conclusion; I really shouldn’t have expected anything less from Tezuka and Fuji. And when the song that only they could hear came to a close, they found themselves naturally in each other’s arms."

very nice view of the couple...and I enjoyed reading how the two eventually kissed!

Wonderful fic! thank you for sharing!
Aug. 19th, 2008 05:02 am (UTC)
If it was a wonderful read for you, then I am happy. ^_^ I'm glad that you enjoyed seeing TezuFuji through Oishi's eyes. And thank you for taking the time to read and leaving a comment. I really appreciate it.
Aug. 19th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
I love the comparison with the dancing! Everything was so well described, and they weren't even OOC!!

'And when the song that only they could hear came to a close, they found themselves naturally in each other’s arms.' Really, this sentence killed me.
Aug. 19th, 2008 05:25 am (UTC)
You know, I think that being told that I was able to keep the characters true to their canon personality is the highest compliment I could ever get as a fanfic writer. ^_^ It makes me very happy that I was able to keep Tezuka and Fuji in character. (Oishi too?)

... I hope it killed you in a good way! ^_~

Thanks for commenting!!!
Aug. 19th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
oo, i really liked this and how it all came to an ending! <3

*goes to check out the rest of the series*
Aug. 19th, 2008 05:27 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed this piece! ^_^

I hope you enjoy the rest of the First Kiss fics as much as you enjoyed this one!
Aug. 19th, 2008 07:07 am (UTC)
That's refreshing to see Oishi's POV regarding the whole affair between Tezuka and Fuji. You did a great job on applying Oishi's mother-liked nature to the perspective, which softening and warming the story.

Really liked it, thanks for sharing!
Aug. 20th, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
It makes me very, very happy to know that you enjoyed this piece. Thank you for the sweet comment, I really appreciate it! ^_^ I'm glad you enjoyed seeing TezuFuji through Oishi's eyes!
Aug. 19th, 2008 08:05 am (UTC)
that was so sweet! *melts*
it's nice to see others people pov about their relationship, and i like the idea you compared the interaction between them with the dance...

thank you for sharing this beautiful piece!
Aug. 20th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)
*mops you off the floor* There, there, sweety!

I'm glad you enjoyed it! And thank YOU for taking the time to read and leaving a comment that made me smile! ^_^
Aug. 19th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
OMG Itoshii ILU!

I wish all stories ended like this.

That's all the coherent I have in me for today.
Aug. 20th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
And I love YOU! Zutto. Eien ni. Yakusoku! *glompies*

Well, I'm glad you enjoyed it... I dunno know how many more fluff stories I can write, since angst is more my zone >_> (that kinda sounds sad...)

...And yes, I noticed that "thought" missing, so coherence might not be your strongest suit right now. XP But I still love you, Itoshii! I hope you had fun with our girls yesterday!
Aug. 19th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
X3 Aww, that was so adorable - it gave me the warm fuzzies! The writing flowed beautifully and I loved that you did it from an outside point of view - Oishi's especially. Thanks for sharing~!
Aug. 20th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm happy that you enjoyed the story! And thank you for the wonderfully encouraging words! Trust me, they'll help in pushing me to finish the rest of my stories that are all beginnings and no endings -_-;

Thanks for reading!
Aug. 20th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
xD it was great reading it the first time and even better reading it the second time ne! xDDD ^___^

keep writing!
Aug. 21st, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
I love you forever and ever!!! *glomps you till you turn blue*

You can downplay your contributions to my works all you want, but I still say that without your beta magic, my stories could never be what they are now. Thanks for everything, Snow-chan!
Aug. 21st, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
I loved this story! And it's unique cos TeFu is told from someone's else POV andthat made it more interesting for me to read =D
Aug. 21st, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm really happy that you liked it and that it was an interesting read. I'm glad you actually liked the fact that it was told from Oishi's POV. I did think it would be kind of refreshing to look at Tezuka and Fuji's relationship from the view of someone who was just outside looking in. ^_^

Thank you for the sweet review!
Aug. 22nd, 2008 07:45 am (UTC)
I hope it's not too late to comment since I had a deadline and just got to read this now ^^;

*dies of the sweetness*
Okay, I've always loved fics in which the relationship between Tezuka and Fuji is seen from other people's view.
this fic being in Oishi's POV, who is Tezuka's best friend, is a good idea already.
and then you used this idea of them dancing to the music only they could hear... it's just... perfect!
i think it's a perfect analogy to describe their kinda vague relationship. not to mention that both of them have these complex personalities.
and how you described it through Oishi's eyes was just.. perfect.
(I'm sorry if I keep repeating the word 'perfect' but I really don't have any other wors to describe it ^^;)

Oh, and I also love the fact that Fuji was the one scheming for Oishi to witness the development of their "dance" :p
it's just so Fuji-like, I think XD

and this line...
And when the song that only they could hear came to a close, they found themselves naturally in each other’s arms.
... killed me... <33333

Thank you so much for writing this beautiful fic! it's a nice catharsis for me <3
Aug. 23rd, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
There's no such thing as "too late" when it comes to receiving awesome reviews!

I'm really very happy that you were able to appreciate seeing TezuFuji through Oishi's eyes. I do think that if they were going to show "classified" things to another person, then they'd only feel safe doing so around Oishi. And the dance... well, it's a recurring mental picture for me. It's the most apt comparison I can think of when I think of the dynamics in Tezuka and Fuji's relationship.

And indeed, Fuji's mind just works like that! ^_^

I hope it killed you in a good way! ^_~ *huggles*
Sep. 1st, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
I liked this tremendously. I could feel Tezuka and Fuji treading around each other delicately, trading fleeting glances... and Oishi himself in a careful dance of his own around them, doing his best not to intrude.

This was really, really lovely.

... and I liked the kiss very much. ♥
Sep. 1st, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!! This comment of yours put a HUGE smile on my face! ^___^ I'm glad that I was able to portray the unique dynamics between Tezuka, Fuji, and Oishi well enough for you to be able to appreciate it.

Thank you for the lovely words! It makes me happy that you liked this piece! *huggles*
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