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"Where else does it hurt?"

"Right here.."

Nishinoya proceeded to point at the area where he had gotten a bruise. You clicked your tongue, but you didn't say anything. Instead, you took out the ointment and carefully applied it gently, your fingers delicately moving across his bruise. It hurt. It hurt a little bit, and Nishinoya had to bite his lip so he wouldn't make any noise. But at the same time, it was comforting. Your touch—you were so cautious not to hurt him, treating him like a delicate glass that could break any moment. After you had finished applying the ointment, you then took an elastic bandage and wrapped it around the bruised area to reduce the pain.

It was still painful, but he decided not to mention it. You did so much for him already.

"That all?" You said, raising a brow at him. Something about Nishinoya was odd today. He was quiet. He was usually loud and filled with life, and as much as you hated the obnoxious out-bursts, you weren't going to deny the fact that you didn't miss it. His usual loud self would always bring a smile to your face, or even make you laugh; it was much more better when he was loud. But he wasn't loud today. He was quiet; too quiet for your own comfort. The time when he's quiet was when he's playing a match or practicing volleyball. There was no match. And practice just ended.

"Yeah," He nods his head, looking at his leg. It seemed good enough. "Thanks."

"You're really quiet today," You then mentioned. Nishinoya looked up at you, blinking owlishly. You crossed your arms, a small frown on your face. "Does it still hurt? Your bruises will heal in no time. Don't think much about it. Just be more careful next time, okay?" No, that's not it. You don't understand. "And I know I'm no expert when it comes to taking care of people, but I'll always be there to help you out. Experienced or inexperienced. Doesn't really matter; I'll be at your back."

No. I'm supposed to help you out.

"Can I tell you something?"

"Sure."

After you placed the first aid kit box on its rightful place, you took a seat on the bed next to him. He scooted further to give you space. You muttered a quiet 'Thank you,' and looked at him, your attention solely focused on him and him only. He felt special when you looked at him. He felt like he was the only person that only mattered in your life, but he knew well that it wasn't true. He wasn't that stupid. He knew, that other people in your life, were important too. Probably much more important than him.

"I still like you," His voice was soft. "I still like you, [Name]."

"Noya.." It's been a while since you used that name on him; the word felt foreign in your lips, but you liked it. You missed calling him that. There was a solemn look on your face, and Nishinoya noticed it. Your eyes told him something, but he wasn't quite sure what it was trying to say. No matter how much he stared at your eyes, he just couldn't figure it out. "You know—"

"—I know," He quickly interjected. "I know."

"Sorry," You were. You really were. You wanted to say more, but those were the only words that came out of your mouth. Sorry. You wanted to tell him that you were sorry that you couldn't return his feelings. You wanted to say sorry for breaking his joyous heart that was ever-filled with happiness and excitement. But nothing came out of your lips. Nothing. You could only place your hand over his and squeeze it gently, wordlessly telling him that you were sorry for everything.

"It's okay," He was lying to himself. "I knew you'd say that."

You held your breath. But you suddenly realized that you needed to inhale oxygen to live, so you started breathing again.

"You should go to home," You then told him. "I'm going home, too."

"Can I walk you home?" His eyes were those of someone who still had a light of hope, despite the darkness that surrounded them.

"Okay." That was it. You didn't say anything more than that. But that was enough for Nishinoya. He slid himself off the bed and grabbed for his uniform jacket, and then walked started walking beside you. You were slightly taller than him. It was almost obvious. Almost. He had to fight the overwhelming urge to hold your hand and intertwined it with his. Secretly, he would brush his hands against yours from time to time to let you know that he was beside you. He always was beside you.

This time, he was going to protect you properly. This time, he'd watch you behind his back.

He was your guardian, after all.
sorry noya i'll write something fluffy for you next time....

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Gorgeous - I'm usually not the one to comment on short stories but I couldn't help myself on this one. The way you used your descriptions were flawless, your writing technique is beautiful. I nearly cried when I read the last sentence. I can't wait to read more like these!
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vivianthe Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
"you were slightly taller than him"

THANK YOU.
i'm 5'5 and every fic i've read about nishinoya always makes the reader shorter than him
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NatsuHitachiin Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Student Artist
Have my back?! MORE LIKE BREAK MY HEART. AHHHH SO WONDERFUL
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chauqer Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015
BEST
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HabbyRabbit Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Student Writer
jfc i thought this was going to be some cute fluffy Noya fic
but don't mind me, i'll just be crying my heart out.
how could anyone NOT love this cutie? i mean, come on.
This was wonderfully written, seriously. You did a great work with his feelings.
i'm now going to stalk your gallery looking for some Noya fluff because i nEED IT NOW. 
thank you for shattering my heart into a thousand pieces. ;;
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yourfavoritefangirl Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
i love your reader inserts, they're my guilty pleasure. do you think you could weite more noya, maybe? he's my fave!
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shoujodere Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
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ChihiroNoKaze Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
How amazing. I'll never be able to write like you.
I like your storys very much and I enjoy it to read them.
Have a got day, Author-San! And please forgive my bad grammar.
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caeilius Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Excuse me while I cry my my eyes out. I never needed my heart anyway. Thank you very much. Can I just say that this was wonderfully written? I adore your writing style, and in all truth I am somewhat envious of it . You pull out emotions so well and I could almost hear my heart ripping in half.
This was incredibly beautiful and I can't seem to get over it; I read it twice while I wrote this comment and I just can't help but choke back a sob.
You are an amazing writer and I can't wait to see more of your works! 
I love this type of angst as much as it kills me omg
 
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shoujodere Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
OH NO, DARLING. DON'T CRY.

Your welcome, regardless. And oh dear, you're making me blush profusely. I don't even know what to say, I really don't. I never know what to say when it comes to things like these. All that comes in mind is a 'Thank you' but I barely think that it's enough. But I want to tell you how incredibly happy you made me just right after reading your comment. I actually read your comment earlier this day, before I went to class, and your message truly brightened up my day!

To be quite frank with you, I was never satisfied with my writing style and I frequently changed it, but I still didn't like it. But when I read feedbacks such as yours, it gives me more confidence and I feel much, much, more comfortable with my writing style and I slowly start to like it (which obviously is a good thing.) So, I'm really sorry that I can't say more than a 'Thank you so much!' or just even a simple 'Thank you.' but I just wanted to let you know that you've put a smile on my face.
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Kissclipse Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
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This was beautiful, Shoujo!! I freakin' loooove your writing style, Noya & readers perspectives and the way you made everything sad and just- aAA. <3
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shoujodere Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
ahhh omg thank you so much!!! that totally boosted my confidence in writing 100% so thank you so much! ; v ;
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Kissclipse Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Good! Be confident, you wonderful writer! <3
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XXSuperNatural707XX Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah i love bitter sweet fics..happy is too cliche lol
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enternalpose Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
Ohh poor Noya, one day he got the chance to tell all the truth to her... hope things get better between them in the future later :')
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