Akaashi soon provided an answer by rolling down his sleeve and revealing his tan slender wrist.
Even in the rather dim light, the names on Akaashi’s wrist glinted, catching the moonbeams and reflecting them back almost beautifully.
There they were, the names Tsukishima had cursed since they had appeared on his own wrist. Each one of them, each line, each character, the same as the one on his own. It would have been completely identical had Akaashi’s name been there.
This wasn’t Tsukishima’s wrist, however, and there was something different about seeing the names on someone else’s wrist. It made it feel more real, less dreamlike. These people really were made for each other.
Bokuto Koutarou, Kuroo Tetsurou…
The last name, of course, was not Akaashi’s name like it was on Tsukishima’s wrist. Instead, it was Tsukishima’s. Tsukishima Kei. It was written in gorgeous gold, glinting ever so slightly.
He had to repeat it over and over in his head. That was his name.
- Part 1 of soulmate au
(please make sure you read The Names that Bind Us first so that everything makes sense, thank you!)
Tsukishima looked so beautiful under the moonlight. It hit his hair in just the right way, making it look like he had a halo surrounding his head. His brown eyes, light and glittering, seemed so big as he gazed down at Akaashi's wrist.
Akaashi didn't have to look down at his wrist to know the names etched on it. He knew the names by heart, could write each stroke of the kanji with his eyes closed.
Instead of staring at something he was already so familiar with, he let himself stare at Tsukishima Kei, the enigma that both Akaashi and his soulmates were so heard pressed to solve.
Tsukishima Kei with his constellation of freckles, all splashed along his cheeks. With his soft lips that he kept sucking into his mouth. With his long eyelashes that brushed against his skin when he blinked.
Akaashi knew he was far gone the moment he laid his eyes on Tsukishima. He knew for a fact that Bokuto and Kuroo were too. He just wished with all of his heart that Tsukishima himself would provide the final puzzle piece that would bring the four of them together.
- Part 2 of soulmate au