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Title: Priorities, Male
Author: opalmatrix
Warnings: Gojyo's mouth, smutty innuendo
Pairing(s): 585
Spoilers: nothing much
Notes: written for saiyuki_time, Challenge #58, Gojyo tops Hakkai. Not necessarily in sex; time allowed: 15 minutes; time taken: 20 minutes, plus 5 minutes of research at the start. Sorry about the title ... .
Summary: One night, Gojyo is just on top of things.

It was a good hand, Gojyo thought, but was it good enough to beat Hakkai's usual bizarre luck?

He risked a glance across the kitchen table. Hakkai had his usual absent-minded half-smile. Gojyo was getting a little better at reading him, but it was still damn tough. He thought the set of Hakkai's shoulders was a little tense. Maybe ... .

The ticking of the wall clock seemed loud in the expectant silence. Gojyo stared at his cards, calculating odds. He looked up to catch Hakkai's smug smile.

"Now, Gojyo, make up your mind. Remember what Zhuge Liang said: 'The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.'"

Gojyo looked back at his cards and discarded the nastiest. "Gimme one. And it was Sun Tzu."

Hakkai stared at him mutely for a moment. "I beg your pardon?"

"The guy who said that: Sun Tzu. I need another card, Hakkai."

Hakkai reached for a card, blindly. "Gojyo ... it was Zhuge Liang."

"Nuh uh. It was that Sun Tzu dude. You talk about him a lot." Gojyo smiled at his hand. So fuckin' pretty.

Hakkai made a huffing noise, looked at his own hand, looked at Gojyo, added a chip to the pile. Gojyo matched him. "Well?"

Slowly, Hakkai laid down his hand. A straight.

Gojyo chuckled. He slowly laid down his hand: full house - two eights, three fives. Hakkai stared at it, then bolted for the bookcase. Gojyo sipped his beer as his friend frantically leafed through his fat book of military strategy and stopped, staring at one of the pages as though it had bitten him. He look up with a manic grin.

"Ah ha ha ha ha! Gojyo! How in the world ... ?"

"Hey, it's a name. I'm good with names. How the hell d'you think I keep all those chicks from killin' me? Can you imagine if I called Ji-jiang 'Mei Huan' .. ?"

The manic grin turned sharp. "And yet you can't recall on which day garbage collection occurs?"

Gojyo smiled sweetly and shuffled the cards, ending with a showy bridge. "C'mon, Hakkai, a man's got to have priorities."

Hakki closed the book with a snap and set it carefully back into its place, then stalked back to his seat. "Indeed," he said, drily.

Gojyo guessed, as he dealt, that Hakkai was going to make someone's ass his special priority later on. Maybe one day I'll learn to keep my mouth shut.

Still, it had been totally worth it.



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Jul. 13th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
Priorities, Male (ficlet, Saiyuki)

I'm glad it made you laugh! As you did to me ... I think this prompt generated a really good batch of sweetly funny fic.

Jun. 28th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
Total. Fucking. Win.
Jun. 28th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
I second this!
Priorities, Male - opalmatrix - Jul. 13th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC) - Expand
Priorities, Male - opalmatrix - Jul. 13th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 28th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
full house - two eights, three fives

XD! Lovely reference.
Jul. 13th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)

I'm glad that worked! I thought of it at the last minute, when I was proofreading. It's not that high-scoring a full house, but any fullh ouse can beat a straight ... .

(no subject) - lauand - Jul. 14th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 28th, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! LOVE IT! :D *is not feeling sorry for Gojyo*
Jul. 13th, 2009 01:57 am (UTC)
Priorities, Male

Most of the time, I think Gojyo is happy to pay for his naughtiness with Hakkai! I'm glad this made you laugh!

Jun. 28th, 2009 05:39 am (UTC)
Nuh uh. It was that Sun Tzu dude. LOL! And his full house of 8s and 5s!

This was a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing!
Jul. 13th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)

I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading!

Jun. 28th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
Hehe! I love the description of Hakkai's manic grin. It must have killed him to know Gojyo was right. :D

(And you go, Gojyo, quoting from the classics.)
Jul. 13th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
Priorities, Male

The funny thing is, if Gojyo had done that to anyone else, Hakkai would have been bursting with pride. I figure that Gojyo, with his great emotional antennae, must have been struck by Hakkai talking about Su Tzu with respect some time previously, and he just happened to remember it when Hakkai was getting superior with him about taking so long. And being Gojyo, he couldn't resist bringing it up!

Jun. 28th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
ee, that was fantastic! Wonderful bit of interaction. *is grinning all over*
Jul. 13th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
Priorities, Male

I'm so glad you liked this! (And so sorry for the late response!)

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Jul. 13th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
Priorities, Male

Aww, I'm so glad to hear that! Thanks for the prompt -it really generated a lovely batch of funny ficlets: perfect cheer-up material.

Jun. 28th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
Ha! Go Gojyo! I do love to see him get the best of Hakkai every now and then! :)
Jul. 13th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
Priorities, Male

I really enjoy their dynamic ... I'm glad this was fun for you!

Jun. 29th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
Woooo! *cheers Gojyo on* Awesome Hakkai disbelief going on there :)
Jul. 13th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
Priorities, Male

Hee, poor Hakkai! It'll take him a while to realize that if he hadn't spoken so admiringly of Sun Tzu on some previous occasion, Gojyo would never have remembered a thing about him! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Jun. 29th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
Excellent Hakkai voice. It was so him! (Except the being wrong bit, but it has to happen sometimes, right?)
Jul. 13th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
Priorities, Male

He was a little careless because, c'mon, it was Gojyo! I love both these guys so much - I'm glad this worked for you.

Jun. 30th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
I love this!!! Yay Gojyo, besting Hakkai - I could read this over and over! Do you mind if I add to my Ipod folder for work reading?

I love to keep a collection going for those rough days when you need a giggle or some smut to make it through to 5pm ;-)
Jul. 13th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
Priorities, Male

Oh, please do - I'm honored that you want to do that! (Sorry for the delayed response!)

This prompt generated a really sweet batch of stories - I enjoyed reading the other ones.

Jun. 30th, 2009 09:35 am (UTC)
That's great! Cute and funny and jaj for victorious Gojyo! <3
Jul. 13th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)

Aww, I'm so glad you liked it! Hakkai only has himself to blame - he must have been talking at length about Sun Tzu at some, and Gojyo remembered because Hakkai sounded impressed.

Jun. 30th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
Of course he's good with names, Gonou, Hakkai. Of course he is.

Very nice!
Jul. 13th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
Priorities, Male

(I love that icon so much!)

I'm really pleased that you liked this! Thanks for reading!

Jul. 5th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, very cute. Go, Gojyo! I love Hakkai running for the book, feeling not-so-smug as he begins to doubt... I've done or seen done the exact same thing. :) Nice, and thank you for sharing!
Jul. 13th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)

Hakkai's mistake was in not thinking too hard because it was just his sweet-but-ignorant Gojyo! I'm glad this made you happy - thanks for reading!

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