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Yukimura! I have kept your promise! All I wanted was for Rikkai to win, and to have helped them reach their goal beyond thrills me! *sobs with joy for the team*

Yeah, you all knew I wrote that.

(To view the fic better, increase the font size/text zoom size. It will be easier on your eyes)

I wibbled for months over this. I was going to write Kamio/Kirihara initially, but I couldn't be bothered because I fell in love with the idea of YanaKiri. However, there isn't much fic out there for them, which was disappointing on one hand, but motivating, too.

It was hard. I kept asking myself, since I couldn't do the rarepair category with this pairing, why on EARTH would Renji ever want to get with Akaya? That's the big question. What on earth do they have in common? How can they stand each other? Why wouldn't Renji be more interested in someone like Inui, with whom he shares a lot in common? To me, Inui would drive Renji insane with his data, because as much as they both play Data Tennis, it's very different. I went back to the manga a lot and found that Renji only uses numerical values and percentages twice, and both instances are when he is goading Inui. I tried to pick Renji's brain- a task in itself- to understand him. He likes literature, okay, so what? He isn't the nice golden boy, heis one of Rikkai's three MONSTERS, okay, so what?

And then there was Akaya.

To me, YanaKiri works because they are different people. Not opposites- they have similar goals and drives to winning- but more complimentary. Jet Monster's doujinshi show a number of scenes where Renji helps Akaya with homework- I liked this. It was a place to embellish, to work with. Akaya very clearly- as shown by both the anime and the manga- wants to be on the same level as his senpais. He wants to impress them. He wants to be one of them. And mostly, he wants to BEAT them.

For me, Rikkai is one big happy family, in a similar way that Seigaku is to other fans. Well, maybe not a family, but they are comrades in arms. They aren't friends, per se, because they have such strong individual strengths that there will always be an underlying rivalry between them all- something that I don't see between all of the members of Seigaku. This is another thing I thought a lot about. Friends, rivals, lovers- can it all work?

And Mizuki- he was initially inspired by my thoughts that it was him who Ann knocked down the stairs at the Senbatsu. I had Mizuki and Kirihara confused when I first watched the series, because I watched bits and pieces before filling in various arcs. I thought to myself that if I could mistake a resemblance between the two of them, maybe other characters could as well. And I admit I added this bit to prove that Mizuki CAN be paired with other people that Fuji, Yuuta or Akazawa.

This fic was extremely frustrating to write, as I know you all put up with my constant whining and "i suck so hard" comments on LJ. It wasn't easy- the pairing made me re-evaluate a lot of the Rikkai arc and various relationships. It was also hard because this pairing doesn't have a lot of love in my corner of LJ. Most people prefer the Data Pair. Hence, I admit I added a no-no Data Pair scene as a spiteful little extra. That, and I wanted to try to get across my point of view why I don't think the Data Pair would work. It's not for everyone, just like YanaKiri isn't either.

Now, I wanted to thank some people. Firstly, to [ profile] koneko_meow and [ profile] whisper132 for the beta work, a huge task and a fast turn around. Especially to Whisper, who beat pronouns into me with a stick, told me no to all of the parsing and making me ask myself why the hell I was still writing. Tough love, and I still have rots more to work on. So thank you.

Also to [ profile] ver2frog and [ profile] shikishi for reading bits and pieces and being so encouraging during a time when I was more fried than friend-worthy.

And to [ profile] sioniann, who even though she doesn't realize she helped, reading all of her awesome Data Pair helped me sort out some of my own feelings towards them, as well as the nature of YanaKiri.

So yeah, that's my story. I wasn't expecting this at all, to be honest. I was hoping a few people might read and enjoy this piece, but that was about it. So thank you, and to those who guessed it was me, well, you were right. I guess I do have a style after all, ne? ;)

Also, side note- because I am still working and then toodling off for a couple days up north, I won't post this piece on LJ until later next week.

Now, since I have written Sanada-POV fic and Yanagi-POV fic, all that is left is Yukimura-POV. Which I have already started, don't worry, but the going has been slow recently in terms of writing. :/

Date: 2006-09-01 06:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Congratulations! I was excited reading the results as a few people on my flist have won things, and it's lovely to see. :D

Date: 2006-09-03 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aw, thank you, Cat! *tackleglomps*

Date: 2006-09-01 06:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
YAY! Congratulations!!! :D :D :D :D

and also YAY! for Rikkai national champion :D :D

Date: 2006-09-03 02:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Be still my Rikkai heart, winning the Nationals and all. ;D

Thank you, Nika! (Also, the Santa_Smex challenge all good now? I tried to remember to add all the edits and extras people added, but man, there were so many my eyes were swimming with all the "oh, and..." comments ;)

Date: 2006-09-03 10:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I was surprised that Hyoutei only made 5th, though :(
Damn the toast schoolSeigaku!

Yes :D
Also, if you still need help with something I'd be happy to help :D

Date: 2006-09-01 06:48 pm (UTC)
ext_198889: (misao ~ happiness)
From: [identity profile]
That's incredible! Congratulations! ^______^

I never got around to reading any of the fics or looking at any of the art while voting was still going on, unfortunately, but this'll definitely be on my to-read list whenever I get the chance. I'm sure it's as brilliant as everyone says it is. ^^

Date: 2006-09-03 02:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
(I never got around to reading all the fics, either. Although I did read most, and looked at all the art)

Thanks, Inez!

Date: 2006-09-01 06:49 pm (UTC)
readerofasaph: (surprised by milk)
From: [personal profile] readerofasaph
Congratulations! Haven't read the fic yet - only skimmed through the beginning, but what I saw of it was beautifully written, and I'm sure you completely deserved the win.

Date: 2006-09-03 02:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks, Lynn! &hearts

Date: 2006-09-01 07:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Date: 2006-09-03 02:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Rikkai! &hearts &hearts &hearts

(And YanaKiri for the win, too! Maybe we'll see some more come December?)

Date: 2006-09-03 02:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We may, but not from me. My person wouldn't appreciate it, I believe.

Date: 2006-09-03 03:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Maybe me? Maybe someone else? I am holding out hope, yo.

Date: 2006-09-01 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Congrats!! Honestly, I'm not surprised at all. :D

Date: 2006-09-03 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aw, thank you so much, [ profile] untangle!

Date: 2006-09-01 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
more and more that "champions Rikkai" makes me really nice and fuzzy inside

Date: 2006-09-02 10:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Me too. Although my fuzzy is more akin to mould, and green, but still.

:D :D :D

(So I say HAH! to all those Seigaku fans. HAH ha!)

Date: 2006-09-01 07:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Is this a good time to say I told you so...cuz I told you so.

^___^ Congrats, love.

Date: 2006-09-02 10:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]


And thank you so much for everything, Whisper! &hearts (look what I can do now!)

Date: 2006-09-02 03:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The little hearts are addictive.

Date: 2006-09-03 02:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
(omg I know!!! &hearts &hearts &hearts)

Also, your Maruihara was srsly hot. Was contemplating it today at work. *nods*)

Date: 2006-09-03 04:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Makes the time go by, I guess. ♥____♥

Date: 2006-09-01 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I really loved it. I can't think of a single thing you've written that didn't suck me in.

Congrats on the win.

Date: 2006-09-03 02:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I had no idea you were a judge, you know. EVIL PSEUDONYM YOU SNEAKY WOMAN!!!

But thank you, Pix. &hearts

Date: 2006-09-01 08:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I told you so. ;)

Um, will email you review sometime next week, since work will eat me this weekend. :|

Date: 2006-09-03 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
And I told YOU so!

So, we told each other.

And all is well, ne?

(I shall email you too. Work has killed us both dead and I hope to see you no longer at work soon and happy at school :)

Date: 2006-09-01 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Congratulations :D i'm very happy that you won.

and yes you do have a style ;D immediately recognised it

Date: 2006-09-03 02:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aw, thank you, fuhjin!

(I swear and swear I don't have a style when I write and read my own stuff, but people say otherwise, so yes. ;)

Date: 2006-09-01 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I KNEW IT. I knew it was you. Knew you wrote that story. Heh. Congratulations! You really deserved to win.

Date: 2006-09-03 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hee! Am so easy to spot, I know. ;)

(If I wrote more Seigaku, would people still recognize me? ;)

Thank you so much, Alice_and_Lain! &hearts

Date: 2006-09-01 09:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yep, thought so! ^.^ Congratulations on the win, hon!! You definitely, definitely deserved it. And yes, you do have a style, and it's one that has never failed to get me hooked on your writing. ♥

Date: 2006-09-03 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Thank you so much, Maxine! *tackleglomps*

(And I always did smile when people thought it was me because I wanted to say Yes! but was supposedly supposed to be quiet about it ;)

Date: 2006-09-02 12:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Well done on winning. You deserve it. :)

Date: 2006-09-03 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you, Hannah! *attacks with the machete of Gakushi love*

Date: 2006-09-02 01:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Congratulations! I'll see if I can go along and fix up the font size for you today. I forget sometimes that I have a massive screen...

Date: 2006-09-02 03:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
ahahahaha, that fic made me stay up until 2am. And yeah, I guessed it might have been you, and I'm not surprised you won. :) Congrats, really. I enjoyed this fic a lot. ♥

Date: 2006-09-03 03:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
2am? Silly girl!

(Although, in retrospect, it was kinda long, I think ;)

Thank you so much, Misty! Am glad you enjoyed it!
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Date: 2006-09-03 03:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Awesome and unexpected, which is twice as awesome, I think! *glomps you with thanks and love*
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Date: 2006-09-03 03:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hee! I had to stop talking about my YanaKiri fic on LJ as that because of the comp rules, so I was all *wriggles* over keeping it a "secret".

Thank you so much, Leigh! &hearts

Date: 2006-09-02 09:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
:D :D :D I knew you'd win it. Congrats!

(I want some more Renji/Mizuki someday. Or Inui/Mizuki. >_> He wants in on the data pair sex, too! :P)

I'm excited for this Yukimura-PoV fic of which you speak.

Date: 2006-09-02 10:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Two Words on the YukimuraPOV:

Vegetable. Sanada.

;D ;D ;D

(Renji/Mizuki works somehow for me. Totally messed up and wrong, but for fumbling and fun, it's all good. Inui/Mizuki could be sticky with hairgel and have notebooks everywhere, but has potential to be even more strange, imo ;) ;)

Date: 2006-09-02 03:05 pm (UTC)
prillalar: (Default)
From: [personal profile] prillalar

Date: 2006-09-03 03:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks, Hal! &hearts
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Date: 2006-09-03 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I fail at being sneaky and secretive and not obvious, don't I? ;)

Thank you so much, Mosh! I am thrilled you enjoyed it! &hearts

Date: 2006-09-03 03:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*randomly materialises* [ profile] elyndys actually printed this fic out for me and posted it to the place I was camping because I was feeling all alone and fandom deprived over the summer and it made me so very happy. :D Well-deserved win.

Date: 2006-09-05 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aw, thank you so much, [ profile] giving_ground! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :D
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