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A Gentleman Never Swaggers

Fandom: Final Fantasy XII
Title: A Gentleman Never Swaggers
Author/Artist: iceprincessd
Theme(s): #20 Take it in your stride; walk
Pairing/Characters: Balthier/Ashe
Rating: G
Disclaimer/claimer: Balthier and Ashe don’t belong to me. Property of Square.
Summary: She hated walking behind him.

She hated walking behind him, especially the rare times they traveled by night. For one, he had a habit of stopping abruptly, making her collide with his back. He would always turn to make certain that she was fine, acting the part of the perfect gentleman.

He most certainly was not a gentleman though. He was a rogue and she knew it. Someone as polished, as difficult to fluster, as…as damned self-satisfied as he was couldn’t be called anything less.

The second reason she hated walking behind him was what he chose to wear. The leather pants left nothing to the imagination and the item pouches he had slung low over his hips only seemed to accentuate portions of anatomy that as a married woman, should not give cause for her face to turn beet red, especially when she was caught staring.

Perfect gentleman that he was – or was it leading man? – he always seemed to know the precise moment her eyes were riveted by the near indecent swagger and turned to face her, a knowing smile on his lips.

She swore that one day she was going to travel with her sword drawn. Then she’d see how often he made sure to walk in front of her.

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  • 11 Feb 2019, 03:50
    Oh man, I was looking at my archives because “surely I haven’t written THAT much in 4 years!”

    Heh. I fell into Dragon Age Inquisition hell and created a massive Trevelyan family tree, each branch…
  • 11 Feb 2019, 02:00
    Welcome back! There’s still a few of us lurkers creeping around these parts. I’d love to see what you’ve been working on! I’m also on AO3 (red_seabream over there)
  • 29 Dec 2017, 13:10
    poor Nate!
    just want to see how these feelings would hurt and shape him
  • 30 Oct 2015, 16:02
    Ugh I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to comment on this!

    I always love your prompt-fics! I get too scatterbrained to make a complete story out of them and give up part way through, but yours are…
  • 27 Sep 2015, 02:37
    Fergus is my absolute favorite DAO sibling. And even though he is one of my favorites, I don't really do anything with him except admire from afar. I could totally see him in a power-brokering…
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