Anonymous: HaruRei fight over the picturesque pumpkin
Rain pelts the window and Rei frowns at the sight in front of him. Three perfectly shaped pumpkins await him on the counter under the window. He catches sight of his displeased reflection for a moment and frowns even deeper. It’s not as though he doesn’t appreciate the gesture. But he just can’t do this and Haru knows that. He knows that Haru knows that.
So why are there three pumpkins sitting on their counter?
A new refection joins his in the window and he sighs. ”Haruka why are there pumpkins?”
Haru shrugs and rests his chin on Rei’s shoulder. ”It’s for the Halloween party.”
"The one we weren’t going to host this year?" Haru’s reflected eyes meet his for a moment and then he looks down at the pumpkins with a small smile. "What did Nagisa bribe you with this time?" A small huff of laughter tickles his cheek just before Haru kisses it.
"Nagisa didn’t bribe me."
"The twins then?"
"Everyone." Haru smiles a little against Rei’s neck before slipping around him to inspect the pumpkins.
"Everyone will be back this year."
Rei’s frown instantly drops and he sighs. Well that certainly explained it. They haven’t all been able to be together at the same time for nearly three years. Someone was always stuck somewhere, unable to get the time off or the weather was against them. The tiny smile on Haru’s lips at the thought of everyone together was something Rei couldn’t find it in himself to erase and he had to admit he had been missing seeing everyone together as well.
"Fine but I am not," he shudders as he gestures towards the pumpkins, "dealing with their innards this year."
The smile he gets in return is one he knows he’d do anything to see and one he knows is his alone. ”That’s fine.” Haru points to the living room. ”I have some sketches in there. Pick out your favorite ones for the pumpkins and I’ll take care of the rest.”
The sketches he finds are, as usual, amazing and he has a hard time picking just three. He shies away from the creepier looking ones, keeping in mind that Makoto would already most likely be on edge with Nagisa’s sugar fueled trickery all night, and has to roll his eyes a little at the mermaids. He doesn’t doubt Haru’s ability to carve the intricate details of some of the images but he would like to be able to have some non-pumpkin carving time with his partner between now and Halloween.
When he comes back to the kitchen with his choices later Haru immediately stops cleaning out the second pumpkin and washes his hands carefully before meeting Rei in the doorway with another of those small smiles that Rei cherishes. He nods in approval when he sees Rei’s choices.
"If we have to deal with pumpkins we at least get to have roasted pumpkin seeds right?" Rei asks hopefully as he eyes the bowlful of slimy, stringy orange mess on the table.
"For you? Of course."