Sousuke was crankier than usual, and (F/N) knew exactly why.
It was that
time of year, the time in which the waters chilled, and food became a bit more scarce. The time in which most Merpeople migrated.
Of course, (F/N) didn't migrate, no, of course not, that just wasn't something his type did.
But his whale-shark of a boyfriend, Sousuke, did.
It was a fact, whale sharks could not handle the change in climate, and needed to move to warmer waters, as soon as possible. Sousuke, though, was being stupid.
At least, in (F/N)'s opinion.
But it was undeniably true because, instead of preparing for the upcoming migration, Sousuke had decided that he would stay with (F/N) this year. In past years Sousuke had left (F/N), leaving the latter feeling lonely and upset for months on end, but he would never mention that to him when he came back, so there had never been a problem.
Until this year.
Rin (that idiot) had told Sousuke about just how sad (F/N) got when he left, which triggered a chain of long conversations (and a bit of crying here and there). The outcome of this ended up being that Sousuke had decided to stay.
And, (F/N) will admit, he was pretty happy when he heard the news at first, but as time passed, he noticed that this wasn't helping anyone.
Like now, for example.
(F/N) watched Sousuke, who, for the past hour or so, had been grumpily re-arranging their bed of kelp and seaweed, something he only did when something was bothering him.
The mer in question looked up stiffly, looking at (F/N) with tired eyes, "Yes?"
(F/N) swam down towards him, wrapping an arm around his shoulders. "Sousuke, I think you should go." He said, worried.
Sousuke's eyes widened, looking hurt, almost, before (F/N) quickly corrected himself. "I mean, not like that! Just..." He sighed, "I think you should go on migration. I heard the wave leaves tomorrow-"
"What!? I'm not going to leave you, (F/N)!"
(F/N) shrugged, "You've done it before, I don't get why this is any different"!"
"Because I know that you were hurting! And I need to correct that!"
. We both
know that you're not made for staying in colder waters. You have
The other scoffed, "I don't have
to do anything, (F/N)."
The silence that ensued was gross and made the couple moods sour by a tenfold. It wasn't often they fought, and when they did, it was usually over trivial problems. Their fights were usually loud, but you knew something was wrong when you hear their shared pod go silent.
(F/N) started swimming to another area of the pod, but stopped. Without turning around, he said silently: "It's not healthy going against primal instincts." and swam off.
The evening that followed was awkward and uncomfortable, but (F/N) did catch Sousuke packing up a few of his items, so he guessed that he took his advice, but wondered mutely if he was going to say goodbye. Especially after their fight.
It's a sad thing, knowing that your last words with someone were spiteful, even if they're only leaving for a few months.
The sight of Sousuke sitting on a nearby rock snapped (F/N) out of his thoughts, as he wordlessly swam toward him.
Sousuke's things were sitting next to him, and he seemed to not take notice of (F/N)'s presence. Until he spoke up.
Sousuke blinked up at him, before looking back down. (F/N) huffed and sat next to him, tail bending oddly.
"You're such an idiot."
Sousuke's head whipped towards him, gills flaring slightly, "Excuse me!?"
(F/N) simply rolled his eyes. "You shouldn't hold yourself back just because I'm lonely, Sou."
"I'm not holding back." He muttered, looking away, but (F/N) quickly grabbed his chin, turning him to look at him.
"Sousuke, just go."
Sousuke flinched, but grabbed his things, and leapt off the rock.
"Goodbye, (F/N). I love you."
He left, not waiting for an answer.
The school of fellow whale sharks chatted warmly to each other occasional laughing erupting here and there.
Everyone seemed to be having a good time, especially since they just started, and they were all well rested and prepared for the times to come.
Everyone except Sousuke.
He wandered at the very back of the group, not talking to anyone, brooding in silence.
"Yo, Sousuke! How's it goin' man! Long time no see!"
Sousuke jumped at the sudden noise directed at him, before nodding, "Oh. Saito."
Saito Kenjirou was an old pod-mate of Sousuke's, from when he was just a pup. He was big and flamboyant and definitely too loud for Sousuke's taste.
. So rude to your dear
friend!" Saito mocked, feigning hurt.
Sousuke rolled his eyes and continued swimming, leaving a jeering Saito behind. Though, it seemed that he soon realised he was being left behind, and quickly caught up.
, where's your little buddy?"
, you're buddy.
Sousuke's brows furrowed, but realisation dawned upon him, "...You mean, (F/N)?"
Saito's face lit up, as he snapped his fingers. "Yes! That one! Rin told me you were bringin' him."
"Rin said what
Saito raised his hands as if surrendering. "Oi, don't shoot the messenger."
But Sousuke wasn't listening, the cogs in his brain whirring. Suddenly, his eyes widened and he shot up excitedly. He had a rather intense smile splayed across his face, as he shoved his stuff onto a very confused Saito. "Um-wha-"
"Take my stuff! Tell everyone to go a bit slower, okay!?"
(F/N) was searching idly through coral for shells, something he would normally do when he was bored. It had been a while since Sousuke left, but the feeling of loneliness and dread filled.
(F/N) let out a huff, pinching the bridge of his nose. "God, (F/N), you're such a wimp. You tell him to leave, but you act all sad. Tch, how pathetic."
"That's not the nicest thing to call yourself."
(F/N) felt his heart stop for a second, as he tensed. Slowly, he turned around, only to find Sousuke. Part of him wanted to jump up in glee at the fact that he came back, the other part, though-
"Sousuke what the fuck are you doing here."
Sousuke glared, before shrugging. "Well, I guess you don't want to see me." He said, swirling around as if to leave, but curiosity soon came over (F/N). "Wait!"
Sousuke stopped but stayed where he was.
"...Why did you come back?"
The whale shark, paused, before turning slightly. "(F/N)...I- Do you want to come with me on migration?"
Sousuke drooped slightly, all the courage he's accumulated to ask (F/N) evaporation, as he started making his way back to the others, when-
"YOU BIG OAF, OF COURSE, I WANNA' GO!" Cried (F/N), who had practically tackled Sousuke into a nearby rock. Sousuke laughed, something that (F/N) hadn't heard in a while, and before he knew, he was laughing as well, eyes welling up a bit.
was going to be an adventure.~Epilogue~
(F/N) sighed contently, leaning back on a bed of exotic sea-plants, a grin making itself onto his face. Sousuke was next to him lying on the sun-warmed sand of the coast. It was a bit odd at first, being virtually the only non-whale shark in the area, apart from a few fish. But soon enough he had befriended the majority.
"Ah, now this is the life for me."
Sousuke gave him a look, before going back to his basking. (F/N) got up, crossing his arms and pouting, "Oi, what's that face for!?"
The other shrugged not looking up, even when (F/N) began shaking his shoulder, "Heeeeey, don't ignore me." He said, poking Sousuke's cheek when suddenly, Sousuke grabbed his wrist, and in one swift movement, he pinned (F/N) against the sand. (F/N) blushed profusely, but still managed to smirk.
"You could'a just told me you were horny."
Sousuke rolled his eyes, before encasing (F/N) in a soft, but passionate, kiss.