Kurapika cleared his throat, and every pair of eyes in the room turned to him.
"We will be leaving now. Can I trust that we won't return to a disaster?"
"Yeah, yeah. We'll try not to burn the house down."
"It'll be okay, Kurapika! I used to take care of baby animals all the time back on Whale Island! Taking care of human kids can't be all that different!"
"That....that does nothing to reassure me, Gon."
"Kids aren't anything like baby animals, stupid!" Killua elbowed him.
"It still gives me more experience than you, Killua!"
"Nu-uh, I have younger siblings!"
"That doesn't count either! You're barely any older than they are!"
Alluka, having placed Melody back onto the ground, pushed her way between the two boys to stand in front of Kurapika.
She clasped her hands in front of her and smiled sweetly, seemingly knowing full well that she was the only reason Kurapika had agreed to this.
"Don't worry, Kurapika! Everything will be fine, I'll make sure of it!"
- Part 3 of Leopika Family
Leorio shifted slightly to lay his head on Kurapika's thigh, draping an arm over his legs.
He let out a sigh and closed his eyes as Kurapika started to stroke his hair.
"Why did I ever want to become a doctor again?"
Kurapika didn't respond at first. Instead he pulled off Leorio's glasses, which had been uncomfortably smooshed against his face when he fell face first onto the bed, folded them, and placed them on the night stand before running his fingers through his hair again.
Finally he spoke. "Because you're kind to a fault and always put others before yourself."
"....and for Pietro."
Kurapika's fingernails carded across his scalp. His other hand reached for Leorio's and squeezed it tight. "And for Pietro."
- Part 2 of Leopika Family
They sat for what felt like, to Leorio at least, hours.
In complete silence.
He swallowed. "Y-yeah?"
Kurapika looked thoughtful. He'd always been hard to read, but Leorio really couldn't tell what it was that was running through his head this time.
"Do you-" He paused and sighed, looking away nervously. He was blushing.
Leorio swallowed. "Y-yeah?"
"Do you..want.." He cleared his throat, the blush on his cheeks becoming darker. "Do you want me to...take care of that for you?"
"I can feel your heartbeat."
Leorio leaned closer to Kurapika's ear and began to whisper. "I can't help it, I always get nervous when I'm around my crush." Kurapika snorted.
The sun is rising when Leorio spots him, sitting in the garden.
Kurapika seems to have dragged a chair out there, for some reason. Perhaps he finds the spot relaxing but doesn't want to sit in the dirt.
He's wearing a worn out old sun-hat and loose cotton pants, and Leorio is pretty sure the shirt he's wearing actually belongs to him, but it's hard to tell from this distance.
There's a pair of gardening gloves abandoned on the earth next to his feet, and Leorio remembers gifting him that very pair, several years ago, when Kurapika told him he was tired of taking life and wanted to help create it.
How many years had it been, since then? Since Kurapika had shown up on his doorstep, looking like he'd been to hell and back, and told him that he was done? Done killing the spiders, done retrieving the eyes, and done with life in general? Leorio couldn't remember. He didn't really want to.
Kurapika never had the heart to tell him how long it was likely he had left to live, and Leorio never had the heart to ask.
- Part 1 of Leopika Family