The hacker Sekirei wiped away drool, and tried for an innocent smile. “Minato may not look like much, but he really does think things through. Our bonds are strong because we care about each other. Without that, no one would have survived the Discipline Squad. When he went to find Tsukiumi, it wasn’t to bring back another Sekirei. It was to give her a choice.” Red eyes shone, oddly fond. “Sure, he wants mad wild sex. He’s a teenager. But he’s smart enough to realize that we mean it when we say we’re not leaving. So it’s better to be friends, first.”
A friend. Kagari’s heart hurt. He liked talking to Minato, even if the kid was a little soft-spoken and wishy-washy. So he wasn’t pushy and confident, sure the rest of the world would fall at his feet the moment he figured out how he’d make his mark on it. Minato was better than pushy. He was reliable.
Bath needs to be washed, he makes sure it gets done. Groceries need to be carted home? He reminds Musubi not to do tricky jumps with the eggs. Kuu needs attention, and she’s a kid, she always needs attention… he’s the one who got the secondhand grade school books, so she can learn just like a human girl.
Bonding to an Ashikabi who wanted a friend instead of a super-powered playing piece. That would be….
“He really is a strong Ashikabi.” Matsu nudged her glasses. “Maybe strong enough that you-”
“Don’t change the subject!” Kagari shot back, all too conscious of what lay hidden under his shirt. “He’s a guy.” Damn it, Minato, why couldn’t you have been a girl? “A human guy, Matsu, you can’t be sure what you’re doing!”
“Maybe I can’t!” Matsu’s eyes were bright; were those tears? “But Takami has no clue what she’s doing!”
He could not have heard that right. “What?”
Matsu shifted from foot to foot, indecisive. Sighed, and tapped one of her keyboards to bring up a file with Minato’s name on it.
A lot of medical jargon; Kagari winced at the parts he understood. “He got hurt on the bridge.”
“He got very hurt on the bridge.” Lenses cast back the monitor glow like tiger eyes in the night. “A normal human would have been hospitalized for weeks. He walked out in three days.”
A/N: Scarily enough, that last is pretty much canon. The Discipline Squad was not pulling their punches.