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Minor Adjustments

fandom Sex Pistols
characters Teruhiko, Joshua
warning sap mpreg
for rei_kurasaki

Joshua stops smoking two months into the pregnancy, and Teruhiko doesn’t realise it until another two months later. He’s seen Joshua smoking before, of course; during their first few weeks together, he would light up after every bout of sex, although Teruhiko would usually fall asleep before the cigarette was finished. What he didn’t see, for the longest time, was Joshua not smoking, but now that he does, he finds himself wondering if it has any relation to the amount of time that’s elapsed since the last time they had sex.

So one morning, as he watches Joshua butter his toast for him exactly the way he likes it, he decides to ask, “Do you find me unattractive now because I’m pregnant?”

Joshua’s hands pause in their motions, and he glances up; his expression is almost impassive, except for the glimmer of surprise that Teruhiko can see in his eyes. Slowly, he shakes his head. “Why do you ask?”

“Um, well,” Teruhiko mutters, and tries to smile but can’t. “It’s just that… we haven’t m-made love for a while, and maybe, I was thinking that maybe it’s because I’m all fat and lumpy–”

“I love your fat and lumpy bits,” Joshua says, and his smile makes Teruhiko forget to breathe.

“Oh,” he replies without realising that he does. Joshua hands him his toast, four slices of perfectly browned wholemeal bread thinly covered with fresh butter, and once he starts to eat he doesn’t stop until he’s finished it all. Out of the corner of his eye, he sees Joshua sip at his herbal tea, then wince, then sip again; he clearly still hasn’t gotten used to the taste, even after three and a half months of enforced coffee deprivation. He seems to prefer the bad taste to watching Teruhiko puke his guts out, though.

Finally, Teruhiko remembers the original thoughts that prompted this conversation, and he says, “You’ve stopped smoking.”

Surprised again, Joshua looks up from the newspaper to stare at him. “Of course. It wouldn’t be good for the baby.”

And Teruhiko isn’t quite sure how to say this, but he forges ahead anyway. “I didn’t realise that you’d stopped until it suddenly occurred to me just now, and you used to smoke a lot… after we’d m-make love. And I also realised that I didn’t realise before now because we haven’t m-made love for a long time, and I’d understand if you think I’m unattractive. Well, I wasn’t much to look at even before this–”

“Teru,” Joshua interrupts, and places a large hand over Teruhiko’s still-moving mouth. “Are you trying to say that you want to have sex?”

Teruhiko’s eyes are wide and his cheeks bright red, but he nods, brushing his lips against Joshua’s callused palm, sending a shiver through them both.

“Well, then.” Joshua stands, and pulls Teruhiko to his feet as well, then lowers his head and thrusts his tongue hungrily into Teruhiko’s mouth.

Joshua’s tongue tastes like herbal tea, and his skin is salty-sweet, as it has always been. In their bedroom, on their bed, Teruhiko traces the silky trail of hair on Joshua’s stomach with light fingertips, and laughs with tears in his eyes when Joshua presses soft kisses against his own round stomach.

Afterwards, Teruhiko nestles in to Joshua’s side with their baby between them, while Joshua sucks on his nicotine inhaler, and everything is absolutely perfect – with a few minor adjustments.


A/N: I think I was incoherent even before I began to write. Hence, this is unedited and possibly teeming with errors.


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Jul. 14th, 2005 09:53 am (UTC)
I think Joshua is really cute. In a big, hulking, brooding sort of way. XD
Jul. 14th, 2005 01:42 am (UTC)

I ♥♥♥♥♥♥ you. XD
Jul. 14th, 2005 09:58 am (UTC)
Thank you? XD
Jul. 14th, 2005 03:14 am (UTC)
oh! teruhiko/joshua 4ever. their's is a manly love, full of gardening and outbursts. <3 <3 <3
Jul. 14th, 2005 10:07 am (UTC)
And manly pregnancy. *coughs*
Jul. 20th, 2005 03:49 am (UTC)
Sex Pistols, where mpreg is canon :D!

This was funny and oddly sweet, given that it is Teru and Joshua.

Thanks for the laugh :D, and the...uh...image of Teru pregnant
Jul. 20th, 2005 01:14 pm (UTC)
I can imagine pregnant!Teru quite clearly, actually. And he's really cute. O_<
Jul. 21st, 2005 02:58 am (UTC)
Well, Teru actually is cute, even at the start where he appeared as Kunimasa's rival for Norio.

Reread this again, and loved the symmetry in that the fic starts with Teru thinking about Joshua smoking after sex and it ends with Joshua "sucking" on his nicotine inhaler :D.
Jul. 21st, 2005 01:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you. =D
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Jul. 24th, 2005 08:08 am (UTC)
XD Thanks for the thought, anyway.
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Jul. 27th, 2005 08:36 am (UTC)
Ooh, thank you. <3 (Y'know I'm just going to have to write you something now, but considering the stuff I've been writing recently, s'really not a good thing. ;_;)
Apr. 16th, 2006 03:45 am (UTC)
Gah! *hands flail around stupidly* I love it! As if canon didn't have these two almost too sweet for words, you manage to take it up a notch without being overly so. ♥♥♥
Apr. 16th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
They're so horribly cute, aren't they? (I love them. XD)
Apr. 16th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
*nods* Un. So cute and sweet that they could kill a diabetic if not careful. (They deserve such love. ^_^)
Jul. 16th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
This is the firts time i read a sex pistols fic i can say you took my cherry and i loved this fic not noticing your lover quit smkoing because he only smokes after sex is normal after all.
Oct. 4th, 2010 09:48 am (UTC)
Stumble into this by chance.
And I can't help but squee over this, this story is so very cute.
Thank you for this enjoyable reading, you made my day ~^^~
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