The Green-Eyed Monster: Menrui’s Chaotic Addendum
Menrui stood dead in the middle of the living room, jaw agape while he stared at the new addition to the Watanabe household. Kakkhan scowled at him from the armchair (“his” armchair, Gikuko liked to tease). Unfortunately, this only made Menrui crack.
“Oh. My. God. How cute is that?!” he nearly shrieked, grin splitting his face.
Kakkhan growled. “Shut up, Menrui. Do you want me to kick your butt again?”
“As if,” Menrui snorted. He came forward and offered his hand to the … the beast curled on top of Kakkhan’s head, its tail curled around his neck. Sora shifted enough to sniff at Menrui’s hand, then stretched to lick at it. Menrui, like the soft-heart he was, immediately melted; in five seconds (possibly less), the damned sneak had wormed its way into Menrui’s heart. Great, there would be no end to the idolatry now.
Still, as Sora shifted atop of his head, Kakkhan could not help but relax at how the lines on Menrui’s face eased, how the shadows in his eyes faded. Nanao-chan had been dear to him, for all that their relationship had always been bounded by the end of senior high school. Here, cooing over Sora, Menrui resumbled nothing so much as a five-year-old kid, if you could say a five-foot-eight sock-footed glasses-wearing Menrui was a kid. Smirking, Kakkhan pointed out one of Sora’s toys that he and Uno-nee had bought; his snickers when Menrui dived for it made his twin blush. Menrui had his turn to laugh when Sora used Kakkhan as a spring board and tiny claws left gouges in his skin, leaving Kakkhan wincing. But Sora soon was pouncing all over the koosh ball Menrui was rolling around, prompting Gikuko to come out of the kitchen (doing Kami-knew-what) and join in on the action.
“Kakkhan, come and play with us,” Gikuko said a moment later, just as Menrui said, “Come on, bro, you’re missing out on quality pet time here!”
The two grinned at each other while Kakkhan heaved a put-upon sigh. “Fine, fine. Just make sure that darned cat keeps his claws in and away from me.”
He stood as Menrui rolled his eyes and Gikuko nodded; refused to admit that his heart softened just a little when Sora perked up upon seeing him rise; then thought, ah screw it, and went to join his girlfriend and his brother in adoration of the Cat God Sora.
He’d deny the whole thing later.