by Tari Gwaemir
Yuuko meets herself.

"Welcome! Welcome!" Maru and Moro sang out as they danced through the halls. They slid open the doors in unison to reveal a sleepy Yuuko draped over her couch with a pipe in one hand.

"Yuuko." The visitor's voice was smooth and amused.

Yuuko slid an eye open, then sat up with a yawn. "I didn't expect to see you here."

"This too is hitsuzen. I've come to ask you to grant my wish." The visitor's eyes were long and red; her ink-black hair falling over her white shoulders in curtains.

"I see." Yuuko studied her guest with an odd little smile. "Are you sure this is what you want...Ichihara Yuuko?"

"I will have no regrets," her reflection answered. "As for the payment?"

"Sit and drink away this night with me."

"Spend the last day of my life with myself? Not a bad idea. Let's have that good sake you keep behind the grandfather clock."

Both Yuukos laughed and settled down together on the couch, legs and arms entwined, until one could no longer see where past began or future ended.


Credit belongs to Kismet (tokyofish), who had the idea of Yuuko-meeting-Yuuko first and wrote it much better than I did.

XXXholic belongs to CLAMP.

Written for 31_days theme exchange 2006, from the theme list compiled by Sophia (sophiap).