Two men in a slightly darkened room.
An air between them of surprise, tension, secrecy.
A worried tone.
“You swear you won’t tell anyone?”
The shaking-out of folded garments; the rustle of fine cloth.
A floral pattern, sparkling gold stitching. Crimson and gilt.
Eyes widen. Disbelief that he’s actually going to put that thing on.
“It’s pretty, isn’t it?”
A dumbfounded nod.
The black yukata goes before, the sable obi and golden sash after.
A box is opened by precise gloved hands; one of the men gapes. “You’re not seriously…”
A silencing look.
Cool white cream smooths over warm skin, hiding all natural coloring.
A whisper. “‘Jime, I can’t believe you’re actually doing this.”
A young man by now very much discomfited. “I had no idea you were into this kind of stuff.”
A black pencil around already-dark eyes.
“I mean, you of all people…”
A harsh look, a remembered agreement.
A sweep of gemlike scarlet across puckered lips.
A mirror held up in satisfied gloved hands.
A tori-atama actually trembling. “I don’t believe what I’m seeing.”
An amused reply. “You look lovely; besides, you agreed to it, in exchange for–”
“Yeah, yeah, I know… but when do I get to wash this crap off?”
“After we’re done.”
A licentious look. “Fine. But is this what I gotta let you do to me every time I wanna top you?”
This was written in response to the cross-dressing bonus category in a 2003 contest at Queen Yokozuna’s old s a i s a site. It’s one of maybe three places I used that awful “‘Jime” nickname that was so popular for a while in stories about Saitou and Sano — which is, I have to admit, a useful shorthand for “these guys are in a close relationship.”
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This story is included in the Saitou/Sano Collection 2 ebook.