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Join Date: Jun 2007
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Inspired by the soundstage part about Fate being like an older sister.
For TeleIce :3
Long short is Long
Those two simple words made the blond smile more than she had in the last three months. Her two suitcases were dropped to the floor and she ran the last few steps needed to get into the arms of her best friend. Nanoha tightened the embrace and held firmly for several seconds longer than was needed. "I'm home," Fate whispered thankfully into the silken strands that clung to her lips.
"Welcome home." Nanoha slowly moved back and gazed at her friend for several long moments. "We missed you."
"I missed you too." She moved to get her suitcases and walked with Nanoha into the kitchen, allowing her friend to carry a bag for her. "It feels wonderful to be home again. Sometimes I wonder why I keep accepting these long term missions."
As they made their way to the large master bedroom, Nanoha looked over her shoulder at the woman who had always been with her. "Me too... You know, the police department here-"
"I know," Fate cut her off gently. "They are looking for an elite officer to stay here. I don't know... Going from 'Sea' to 'Land' is a huge jump... I don't think I would fit in..."
"We did just fine back then," Nanoha opened the suitcase and felt the familiar grin tug at her lips when she saw everything neatly organized and folded. "Which ones are your dirty ones?"
"All of them," Fate fanned out her black military issue uniform top. "I've been wearing this for three days in a row now." She frowned when a slight sweat smell came to her nose. "I've fabreezed it twice since I couldn't wash it, but it's still icky."
Nanoha shook her head lightly and took out some casual clothes for Fate from their closet. "Here, go shower."
"Join me?" She asked hopefully. "I could really go for a massage?"
"Sorry," Nanoha held up a hand in an apologetic manor. "I have to pack some things for Vivio. She's staying over at Erio and Caro's place."
"Oh. Okay then," Fate accepted the clothes. "I won't miss her will I? I can wait?"
"No, no. Just take a quick one? She will be home in about twenty minutes."
Fate smiled and nodded slightly. "Okay then. Don't let her leave if she gets home early okay?"
"Of course." Nanoha closed her eyes and beamed at her. "She misses Fate-chan very much."
"I'm home!" Vivio's teenage voice called out quickly as she ran through the house to get to her room. Behind her, two twenty year old young adults followed. Erio and Caro had moved in together not too long ago, and Vivio had already gone over to their place countless times in an attempt to gain the 'freedom' that her older friends had.
"Vivio, Fate-chan is home." Nanoha called from the kitchen.
Caro's face lit up. "Fate-san?" She asked Nanoha happily. "I haven't seen her since her last mission!"
Fate's voice came up then, walking into the livingroom from her bedroom while adjusting the shirt that she had just put on. "Caro, Erio, you've grown." She accepted the joint hug and moved back just enough to look at them fully. "You're taller than me," Fate noticed after a few moments.
Nanoha put a hand on her hip. "Kind of weird isn't it?"
Erio blushed and scratched his cheek. "I just hit a growth spurt is all..."
At that moment Vivio came bounding back into the room. "Hey!"
Fate turned to her at once, opening her arms and hugging the teen. "There's my little girl!"
Vivio colored darkly. "I'm not a little girl!"
"Oh?" Fate pulled back and smiled at her brightly.
Nanoha leaned against the wall and crossed her arms playfully. "That's right, Vivio is all grown up because she's a teenager now."
"That's right!" The youngest one confirmed. "I'm going to hang out with college students!" No one pointed out that the two weren't enrolled in an official college, but rather took courses on their own desires.
"It is good to see you again, Fate-san." Caro gave Fate another hug.
Erio moved to join in, getting a hug for himself as well. "I'll come by tomorrow okay, Fate-san? I'll treat you to lunch?"
Fate smiled at him and nodded. "I'd love that." She looked over at the teen and opened her arms. "Vivio? Hug before you go off?"
"That's embarrassing, Fate-san." Vivio told her, cheeks still red. "I'm lot a little girl anymore."
Fate froze in place with a shocked look on her face, watching helplessly as the three walked together out of the living room. Shortly thereafter, the front door closed and Nanoha finally moved to stand by her friend. "We've..." Fate slowly began, looking over at blue eyes while hers started to water. "Really grown apart, haven't we?"
"Come here..." Nanoha gave her a tight hug and stroked her friend's back when a broken sob came into her shoulder. "Fate-chan..."
"I don't want to be Fate-san!" The words came out huskily as the tears took her over. "I want to be Fate-mama!"
"Shhhh.... It's okay. You'll always be Fate-mama." Nanoha held her closer. "She is just going through that phase right now..."
Slowly the two separated and the blond tried to wipe her eyes. "I'm sorry..."
"No, it's okay..."
"Vivio is your daughter, I shouldn't be upset..."
"Fate-chan!" Nanoha almost shrieked out the name, making her friend look at her sadly. "You raised her just as much as me! You're Fate-mama!"
"...Thanks...But it's okay..."
"No it's not!" Nanoha's voice rose again, eyes narrowing. "I couldn't do it by myself! If you weren't there, I don't know what I would have done!" She softened when Fate's scared red eyes met hers again. "Fate-chan... I asked you to help me raise her because I needed you.
needed you. And she still does."
The two remained silent for several moments before they heard the front door open. Both women looked at the door and saw Vivio walk into the house, embarrassed. "...Forgot something..." She told them softly as she walked past. Fate leaned against Nanoha and tried to dry her eyes before Vivio came back, now holding a stuffed rabbit that looked beaten and worn. It had several stitches on it from where it was torn and sewn back together and in general, looked like it had seen a lot of love in it's life. "Can't sleep well.... with it," Vivio told them, looking away.
Nanoha nudged Fate, making the blond cover a shaking smile. It was her that brought back that very same stuffed animal from one of her missions years ago. "Vivio...?"
The girl looked away and then glanced at Fate once more before walking over to her and taking the offered hug. "You're going to stay for a while this time...Right Fate-mama?"
Fate held her tightly and nodded. "Mmh! I'm going to apply for a position in town tomorrow."
Nanoha smiled at the two in front of her fondly. '
I'm glad to have my family back together...
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