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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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