Prompt: 043 ~ Lick May 2011©
Fandom: The GazettE
Focus: Ruki x Maki
Word Count: 1,461
Fandom: The GazettE
Focus: Ruki x Maki
Word Count: 1,461
Ruki licked things.
Ruki licked a lot of things. Routinely.
He was always licking something, it seemed; caught by cameras for music videos, concerts, BTS footage. Be it his mic, his own hand, Uruha’s guitar, Kai’s drumstick, or even the camera itself, if there were fans to tease and cameras around to catch the action, Ruki was licking something.
It was never half-assed either, never cutesy and quick or childish like licking an ice cream cone. It was always the hot, hormonal fanservice that drove the fans wild.
On stage, in front of a live audience, Ruki’s fanservice was even more intense, more sexually frustrating to the fangirls, but it followed the same lines as what he did on camera. By now it was a well-accepted fact of the Jrock scene that Ruki licked things.
What wasn’t quite as well known was that Ruki always licked things, that it wasn’t just a stage antic. Sure, the sex-scene way in which he did it to make the gesture almost obscene was just for show in front or cameras and fangirls, but the heart of the matter was that Ruki licked things. Even when he was just palling around with his members and their friends, Ruki licked things.
It was something like his way of getting to know the world.
It hadn’t always been that way, but from very shortly after Kitty joined up with the GazettE crew and her friends began tagging along to all their events, and the GazeMen had each developed their own little attachments . . . and Ruki had developed the new little quirk. It had all started for him because of Maki, because Maki had introduced him to Hazuki.
Maki had brought the smoky grey kitten to the studio one Saturday afternoon while Reita and Kitty had been making a radio show appearance. Hazuki had been tiny, only just old enough to live without his mother’s constant attentions, and he was still a bit near-sighted. He was fluffy and adorable and he was intended to be a gift to Reita and Kitty, something of a house warming present as Kitty made the move into Reita’s apartment seem more or less permanent as her residence there hit the benchmark of six continual months.
Ruki had been all for the idea at first.
Then he’d learned that Maki wanted to keep him in the Studio overnight to make sure that he could take care of himself well enough to that when he was bequeathed to the ReiKitty pair he could survive a day if they got in a fight and forgot he existed. It was a fairly likely scenario, and Maki was not about to sign a kitten up for an early grave. Ruki had decidedly not been fond of the idea that a cat would be allowed to roam free in his precious studio.
Maki had held the kitten to her chest in such a way so that two pairs of sad eyes were staring at him relentlessly. Ruki had pouted and had leaned in closer to stare back, proving that he was not going to be swayed. Hazuki had reached out and licked his nose.
It was Maki’s cute giggle at the gesture that truly melted away the ice around Ruki’s heart and his resolve began to vanish as she explained, “He still has some trouble seeing, so licking things is his way of getting to know the world.”
Hazuki licked him again, and Maki’s giggle returned. “You must taste good.”
Without warning, Ruki licked Hazuki back.
The sensation of the kitten’s fuzz plastered to his tongue was one of the strangest sensations Ruki had ever experienced. It was intriguing.
Maki’s responding laugh was much more enthusiastic that merely a giggle and it sounded sweet to Ruki’s ears. Aside from Maki’s persuasion, after licking the kitten, Ruki inexplicable felt that his presence in the studio was much more reasonable than he had. Ruki’s taste of the tiny creature seemed to inform him that the little guy wouldn’t cause any trouble around the studio.
“It can stay,” Ruki announced curtly, relenting. “But only for tonight. If it can survive being at Reita’s he’s being carted off there bright and early.”
Maki’s jubilance made up for Ruki’s surliness easily and soon the pair had fashioned a makeshift bed and litterbox in the corner, and Maki had his food and water bowls laid out. Despite Ruki’s reluctance to leave the fluffy little thing alone, the singer went home for the night a moderately happy man as Maki kept gushing over his grand gesture of kindness as the mark of a wonderful person. It was no small nor unpleasant brush to his ego.
In the morning, when it was discovered that Hazuki was perfectly alive and hadn’t done any damage to the studio, Maki was practically jumping for joy and even Ruki had a smile on his face. The only thing keeping Maki from literally bouncing about the studio was Ruki’s hold on her waist and the kiss he pulled her into. Maki kissed him back, showing her full excitement about the situation.
Reita and Kitty needed a little pet around the house, something living to look after together, to comfort them and keep them connected even when they were fighting, and Maki would never wish them upon an infant. As much as Maki loved both Reita and Kitty, they would make horrible parents, for now at least. Maybe in a few more years, but for now, a kitten would be just the thing for them.
Maki had left Hazuki snuggled in his little den of blankets when she’d announced that to Ruki that their present was perfectly healthy, but now he’d managed to totter over to give Maki’s leg a quick washing with his bright pink tongue. Maki pulled Ruki down with her as she bent to pet the kitten. It paid no mind to her greeting, instead continuing to pull it’s rough pink tongue across her smoothe skin.
Ruki laughed quietly. “He really likes you,” he explained, his deep voice rumbling through the empty studio, “You must taste good.”
With a smirk as his only warning, Ruki leaned over and licked Maki’s nose. “He’s right too. You do taste good.” Maki giggled as Ruki licked her nose again, this time trailing his tongue along her cheekbone to nibble on her ear. “You taste very good.”
The muffled sounds of Kai’s arrival reached the trio inside as the leader began to open up shop for the day. The drummer always came in early, though today he’d been tasked with getting Reita and Kitty in early as well, so he’d ended up arriving later than usual. Even after enlisting the help of Meisa and Aoi, Kai and Nana had gotten in nearly half an hour after they usually did. The complaining sounds of Reita and Kitty, as non-morning people facing a chipper onslaught of morning people, could have woken the dead. Uruha and Leslie had tagged along to see the show and could only just be heard shouting over their friends’ whining.
Laughing at the chaos, Ruki lifted Maki to her feet and they made their way out to greet their gang. Reita, upon spotting the man who was really responsible for his early morning wake-up call, snatched up the first object he could lay his hand on and hurled it at Ruki’s head.
Catching the water bottle, he licked the side of it in curiosity. It had worked well enough when he was curious about Hazuki after all, so he presumed that it would be able to tell him something now too. The area around the cap was coated in a sticky sweet substance, the trademark of one of Meisa’s specialty brews of tea. Pleased with his assessment, Ruki opened the bottle up and took a confident swig. He felt the buzz of energy flooding his system after only a moment, Meisa had made it strong enough to kick Reita and Kitty into early morning motion after all and that necessitated it to be strong.
Ruki smirked again at the thought of annoying Reita as he passed the bottle to Meisa’s impatient hand. Ruki reflected that the licking thing seemed to be pretty damn effective in terms of gaining information, and that just maybe it was worth keeping up the habit. From then on he’d started to lick just about everything that came into his hands. Much more than fanservice, it was a way of getting to know the world.
Not to mention that it annoyed his bandmates.
And then there was the fact that it made Maki smile.
Out of everything that Ruki licked, he knew that Maki tasted best of all; besides, it was her fault that he began licking everything to begin with.