Teaser: "Falling in love with your best friend is highly frowned upon, especially when your best friend is a womanizing satyr and you happen to be of the same sex. Apparently the messenger had failed to deliver that notice to me somewhere between my Civil Services exam and taking up my post in the Imperial Court."
Inspiration: I'm still sick…. :(( I thought something good should come out of it…
Rating: M, because Shūei is over-sexed :P
Warnings: -Man-crushes -Sickness -Minor panic attacks -Cute moments -Lord Shoka's tea -Paperwork -Lousy patient -Kōyū's sense of direction -Kōyū's mouth :P (He is the most likely character to swear…)
Main Pairing: Shūei Ran/Kōyū Li
Minor Pairings: N/A
Setting: In universe… maybe after S01 E11? I blame the episode that featured Shurei's illness for this one…
POV: Kōyū, because Shūei is a lousy patient :P
Summary: Perhaps it is poetic justice that the man who cares for him winds up in his care. Yet, it is more than his unexpected responsibility as Shūei's friend that distresses one Li Kōyū, the man who always has something on his mind...
Additional ANs: In my initial idea, Kōyū would have been the patient… but then I thought about it: the beloved adopted son of the most awkward of the Hong (Kou) brothers would be coddled oddly by that strange man. Besides, it was more fun to think about a sick Shūei and the fact that Kōyū might feel the need to take care of him, as a friend, since Shūei always helps him find his way… Also, it's important to know that I will persist in referring to the Kou clan as Hong, mostly because it's less confusing for me (especially since I threw in an abstract reference to the member of the Ko clan, as well)… and my first introduction to this story was through the manga (published in English) and that was how they referred to them.
Inspirational Music: ~"Fever" by Adam Lambert I can't help it --it's inevitable in a sick-fic that someone be running a fever! And since it's someone who loves him that's taking care of him, the fever spreads...
Before You Go On –Notices from the Author:
And the Word of the Day Is…. Since I'm pretty sure most of you are unfamiliar with this word, I thought I'd make a note. "Satyriasis" is excessive and uncontrollable sexual desire in a man. You might be familiar with its counterpart, "nymphomania", which is the same sexual desires in a woman. If one refers to a man suffering from satyriasis, you call that person a "satyr", just as one would call a woman suffering from nymphomania by the term "nymphomaniac". Basically, calling someone a satyr is a way of calling someone a horn-dog. Only someone who is educated, or has too much time on their hands, would use such a word. As you'll see later on, the man who says it falls under "educated". The writer falls under "too much time on her hands". :P
Clothing Questions? I've spent enough time reading manga to have a pretty good grasp on the traditional Japanese clothes. But Saiunkoku is more like ancient China, as are their clothes. So I looked it up. What Koyu and Shuei wear are Hanfu garments, or Han style Chinese clothing, which were the historical dress of the Han Chinese people. They generally consist of the upper garment (or the yi, which have loose lapels and are open), the lower garment (which consists of skirts called chang), sleeves (which are loose and long), sparingly used buttons that are usually concealed inside the garment, and the fittings (belts/sashes used to close, secure and fit the garments around the waist). There's a whole lot of more specific information on the article I browsed. But, the most pertinent additional information is that there are several levels of court-dress for this style of clothing. The one that I will refer to is called changfu, which is the everyday court dress. There is a more detailed description, better naming of the parts, historical information, ect al in the article on Wikipedia (search "Han Chinese Clothing"), if you are interested.