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Title: In Loco Parentis
Author: opalmatrix
Warnings: Sanzo's mouth
Pairing(s): n/a, really
Spoilers: Sanzo's history; Sanzo and Goku's first days
Notes: written for saiyuki_time, Challenge #55, a story in dialogue only; time allowed: 40 minutes; time taken: 35 minutes. Go team!
Summary: Goku has a lot of questions.


"Aren't you supposed to be asleep, Monkey?"

"Yes ... ."

"What, then?"

"What's a 'bastard?"

"Tch! I'm gonna kill that red-headed moron if he doesn't watch his mouth."

"Nu uh! It wasn't Gojyo. He wouldn't say anything really mean."

"Hnh. But someone did."

"Xien."

"So what exactly did he say?"

"He asked who my parents were. An' I said I didn't have any. Then he said I was a bastard."

"It's just a word. It means no one knows who your father was."

"Oh. Then why did it sound like he was sayin' something bad?"

"Tch. Some people care about stupid things. No one knows who my father was either. But at this point, I don't really care, Goku."

"Oh. That's right. The other Sanzo pulled you out of the water."

"My master. Koumyou Sanzo."

"Are you my master?"

"Tsss ... huh. No."

"What are you?"

"Tired, right now. Aren't you sleepy yet?"

"Sanzo ... ?"

"Hnhhh. Fine. I'm your guardian."

"Xien said it's better to have parents because they love you,"

"Not always. Just ask ... no. On second thought, don't."

"Huh?"

"Goku. Look. A child needs food, clothes, a decent place to sleep. A child needs not to be hurt, and to be taught right from wrong, and to take care of himself. A child can get all those things without having parents. I did. You do too. Right?"

"Yes ... but parents always hafta take care of you - right?"

"Huh. Is that your problem?"

"Well ... ."

"You obviously didn't listen to what I told you, right after I brought you here."

"What?"

"Didn't I tell you, I could never leave an idiot like you alone?"

"Oh. Yeah! Thank you, Sanzo!"

"Goku."

"Yeah?"

"Get the hell to bed!"

"Good night, Sanzo! You're the best!"

" .... tch. Moron."

 

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( 18 comments — leave a comment )
geri
May. 28th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
Aww that was just so special. Sanzo certainly does have away with words when it comes to explaining things to goku
opalmatrix
Jun. 10th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
(In Loco Parentis)

Thanks! Sanzo's actually pretty good at that kind of thing in general, but he doesn't like to waste it on hopeless cases ... so it's pretty clear that he holds out some hope for Goku!

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lady_ganesh
May. 30th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
I think a lot of what Sanzo says and does with Goku is a reflection of what happened to him. With a...Sanzo twist. (Don't get too attached to me, damned if I'm going to be mushy, etc.)
opalmatrix
Jun. 10th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
(In Loco Parentis)

I think you're absolutely correct that Sanzo's own childhood experiences formed a lot of what he does with Goku. For that matter, his experiences with Koumyou are really the only model he's had for affection of any kind, really. (Although I was just re-reading his Burial Arc, and there's a certain level of affection he's getting from Jikaku as well. But that was such a brief relationship ... .)

lady_ganesh
Jun. 10th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
Re: (In Loco Parentis)
Yeah, I think there were probably a few monks here and there-- Jikaku, Shuuei-- but they were few enough to be remarkable. For the most part it was jealousy and bullshit. Koumyou really was the deciding factor.
opalmatrix
Jun. 10th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
(In Loco Parentis)

Sanzo's a really interesting experiment in nature vs. nurture, isn't he? Koumyou clearly had a lot of influence on him, but he's not really like Koumyou at all.

(Re young Xien: oh, definitely! I have a feeling Sanzo may subtly arrange for that young man to have some constructive but humiliating extra duties somewhere around the Temple for the next few days ... .)

nouvellebrielle
May. 28th, 2009 07:01 am (UTC)
Really sweet, with just the right amount of humour to it! Thanks very much for sharing.

I particularly like Goku's voice here. All inquisitive and innocent, unaware of all the shadows he's digging up. Really liked it, WELL DONE!
opalmatrix
Jun. 10th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
(In Loco Parentis)

I'm so glad you enjoyed this! Of the four of them, Goku's voice gives me the most difficulty, so it's very special that this worked so well for you.

lady_ganesh
May. 30th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
Bebeh Goku cracks me up. Nice work!
opalmatrix
Jun. 10th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
(In Loco Parentis)

Awww ... thanks! He can be a little troublesome for me - I have to take my head wa-a-ay back, it seems.

lady_ganesh
Jun. 10th, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
Re: (In Loco Parentis)
You have to keep your thoughts very straightforward and simple, and that helps. (For me, anyway!)
tochira
May. 30th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
"Didn't I tell you, I could never leave an idiot like you alone?"

"Oh. Yeah! Thank you, Sanzo!"


That was so perfect. I'm still laughing!
opalmatrix
Jun. 10th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
(In Loco Parentis)

I'm so glad that worked for you! I think Goku's like a dog in a lot of ways - he reads the heart, not the words.

smillaraaq
Jun. 1st, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
"Xien said it's better to have parents because they love you,"

"Not always. Just ask ... no. On second thought, don't."


*wibbles*

So insightful and sensitive...in such a very Sanzo sort of way. ;)
opalmatrix
Jun. 10th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
(In Loco Parentis)

I knew you would pick up on that even if no one else did, imouto-chan!

Sanzo certainly doesn't want little Goku getting into the grottier aspects of Gojyo's childhood - or Hakkai's.

lady_ganesh
Jun. 10th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
Re: (In Loco Parentis)
That was pretty brilliant.
purpleicicles
Jun. 29th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
I feel all warm and fuzzy! ^___^
akira17
Dec. 19th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
bastard children unite !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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