Fandom: Heroes
Title: The Moments Destiny Provides
Characters: Hiro/Claire, that's right Hiro/Claire
Rating: PG
Summary: Hiro finally meets the cheerleader.
Comments: Kind of AU given I wrote it after watching Five Years Gone and the finale changed what I was working with a little.  Thanks to  falulatonks for the beta.


It was awkward when he first met her. Which seemed fitting, given his nature - and the fact that there is no “appropriate behavior” when meeting someone whose life an alternative version of yourself was instrumental in saving.

She was awkward too, because how was she supposed to know what to say to the person whose future self set into motion the events that saved her from death by demented brain eater? 

However she ignored her uncertainty and smiled, sadly, as he clumsily extended his hand to shake hers. When he looks back he remembers how soft her hand was, but at the time he was just trying to figure out what to say that wouldn't sound completely idiotic. In the photographs he'd seen of her she always looked so young, and while her facial features hadn't changed there was grief in her eyes that aged her and shook him. Instead of words, he opted for squeezing her hand and giving her his own small sad smile. 

Peter cleared his throat, and motioned for them to sit on the couch behind them. They did so and Peter asked them if they wanted anything to drink. Claire requested lemonade and Hiro water. As Peter slipped from the room and into his kitchen, the awkwardness slipped back.
 

They sat silently for a few seconds. Hiro pushed his glasses up the bridge of his nose and slouched forward, his hands hanging limply off the edge of the couch. Claire leaned forward too, her elbows resting on her legs and her hands clasped together.  "Thanks for saving me," she said with a sidelong glance, but he sensed a brokenness and defeat in her voice that contradicted her words.

She unclasped her hands, leaned back against the couch and sighed. He was overcome by a need to comfort her. Unexplainably he felt that if he held her hand somehow they might both feel better or stronger or something. So he reached over and covered her hand with his as he let out a quite, "I am sorry." His English had gotten better, but he still wished it would have came out a lot more poetic and stronger than his thick accent would allow. [She didn't ask what for, and he wondered why for ages until finally, after their relationship progressed, he asked her and she gave him a much happier smile as she responded, "I didn't think it mattered."] 

Then she simply squeezed his hand and smiled in response. He sat up a little straighter and nodded back.

Peter entered with their drinks and the brief, little moment drifted away as they gently let go of each other's hands and took their drinks from Peter, who seemed unaware of the moment he had interrupted.
 

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Hiro’s thoughts after that day drifted to little things about her that were either the subconscious observations of some wiser part of himself or the desperate fabrications of a man grasping for something more to hold on to. Either way he distinctly remembered the faint feminine smell she brought to the room, the way her lips curled around the rim of the glass, and the fact that she barely leaned in his direction as they sat on the couch. 

Later he would wish that he could go back, and tell himself to pay more attention, that the moment would be important for unexplainable but undeniable reasons.  But if there was one thing the time-traveler had learned, it was that you can't change destiny. Sometimes you can't save the waitress or the painter or your best friend, and sometimes you can't stop an exploding man. There was something about that moment that made him think that, just this once, destiny might not be kicking his ass.  So, he resisted, and allowed himself to believe that all the things he remembered were facts. 

A few weeks after their initial meeting Hiro realized that day hadn’t been the first day they met [although perhaps met wasn’t the right word], and the vague memory of looking up over  his Gameboy to see a hesitant man holding a baby girl became incredibly more relevant to him. He asked her what she knew about it. Her lack of concrete answers made him better understand that sadness in her smile. 

More moments came, gradually and quietly. Though these occasions always ended with the intrusion of their peers and, consequently, the real world, they never behaved as though they had anything to hide. They never straightened nervously or rapidly pulled their hands apart. Hiro would always unhurriedly and begrudgingly pull his hand away from hers as she scooted away from him just a little. Eventually, he started holding her hand longer after whoever happened to be with them walked back into the room, and she leaned a bit closer in spite of whoever happened to be looking. Somehow, no one ever questioned them.

It wasn't long before there was a little more optimism in her eyes and little less fear in his. He was finally able to identify her scent as some kind of flower, but was never able to classify it as anything past that. It become unimportant to him at some point, and simply calling it Claire become enough for him. 

Ultimately, the moments stopped being accidental and started being purposeful, and with the purpose came length, so that it was no longer moments but hours and occasionally days that everyone knew they needed in spite of its lack of officially or even plausibility.

And, even though it probably shouldn't have surprised him, he was still taken aback when she grabbed his hand, intertwined her fingers through his and asked, "Are you ever going to kiss me, Hiro?" His widened eyes and dropped jaw only caused her to give him a not-so-sad-smile and whisper, "You're sweet." 

"Thank you," was his still surprised reply, although by that point he was starting to allow himself his own grin.

She shook her head at him, her smile still remaining. It gave him the little bit of courage that it always did, and he finally, slowly, as that had always been their way, kissed her.  

And she kissed him back, her hands wrapped around his face.

 The end

Comments make me smile.

 


From: [identity profile] grlnamedlucifer.livejournal.com


>"Are you ever going to kiss me, Hiro?"<

omgiloveyou.

Do you know how long I've been waiting for someone to write Hiro/Claire fic? And this is just lovely, the gradual buildup from when they met years ago and the shadow of Charlie in all of it. Great job!

From: [identity profile] cold-campbells.livejournal.com


Do you know how long I've been waiting for someone to write Hiro/Claire fic?

A while I'm sure. After a wrote this I looked all over trying to find some Hiro/Claire (or Haire as my friend/beta and I have so nerdishly taken to calling them) stuff and was incredibly disappointed when I came up absolutely empty handed. So, I'm pretty sure I'll be writing more.

Anyway, thanks so much. I'm glad you liked it.

From: [identity profile] iamlillykane.livejournal.com


:). i've always wondered what a hiro/claire relationship would be like. im intrigued by all the hayden/masi pics that seem to surface. i tend to see them as best friends, but i really liked this. The first paragraph was amazing.

From: [identity profile] cold-campbells.livejournal.com


Thank you very much. I'm particularly fond of that paragraph myself.

Those pictures always intrigue me as well. I mostly think of them as friends too, but I can't help but think Masi has a little bit of a crush.

From: [identity profile] define-serenity.livejournal.com


Oh God, this might be not the most known pairing but this story is love! You really got down Hiro's voice and reactions =) great writing

From: [identity profile] cold-campbells.livejournal.com


Thank you so much. I've recently become incredibly intrigued by the idea of these two. And by recently, I mean the two days after the idea for this fic popped in my head, which now that I think about it is that recent, but yeah, I like them. Their lives are incredibly intertwined for two people who have never actually met, and the sap in me finds something incredibly...romantic (I guess) about it.

Anyway, I'm rambling, but thank you very much for this very nice comment and for adding me to your friends. I added you back, because I love friends, especially of the writers-of-awesome-fanfiction varity. :)

From: [identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com


Congratulations, this story was nominated for Best Other Het Pairing Fic (G-PG13) at the [livejournal.com profile] bestofheroes Fanfiction Awards! Voting ends July 23rd and winners will be announced July 30th. Good luck!

From: [identity profile] sellthelie.livejournal.com


Aw, that was so lovely! My first Hiro fic of any kind, brilliant! ♥

From: [identity profile] cold-campbells.livejournal.com


Thank you. :) I'm honored to be your first. hee.

And you favorited me on fanfiction.net! I'm so flattered.


From: [identity profile] alc-fluteo.livejournal.com


I read, and left a comment to this story, on fanfiction.net but I figured I'd comment on it here!

It's nice to see that there are others who are like me and like the Hiro/Claire pairing! ^^ I don't feel so crazy now!

Though I have been wondering about all of those Masi/Hayden pics too, though I've only seen two. Where could I find others?

From: [identity profile] cold-campbells.livejournal.com


Well, thank you again. :)

I would check out [livejournal.com profile] masidaily. If you look at the tags, you'll be able find all the pictures with Masi and Hayden. Have fun.

From: [identity profile] alc-fluteo.livejournal.com


Lol, thanks!!! ^^

(By the way...hot icon! Those scans were like...I can't even put it into words, lol!)

From: [identity profile] cold-campbells.livejournal.com


Oh, I know right? I squeed like crazy over them. I mean just...wow. Hiro/Claire have such underrated, untapped potential.

From: [identity profile] alc-fluteo.livejournal.com


I KNOW!!!

I mean, I want them to meet in the show! He's kinda (in a way) the only reason she's really alive right now! Hiro is so tied-in and involved in her life that it's kind of odd that they haven't even met.

Besides that I think they're characters would make a completely cute couple...but that's besides the point! And if that didn't happened I think they'd at least be pretty close friends (kinda how Masi and Hayden are in real life in a way.)

From: [identity profile] cold-campbells.livejournal.com


LOL. I know, their lives are so intertwined. They even were within a few yards of each other! I feel ripped off that he got sent to the past right as she was showing up. BOOOO KRING! BOOO!

If they did become friends, I could be satisfied. I think it would make more people ship them, which would be totally wonderful. And as awesomely adorable as they could be, I doubt they would get together. Kring seems terrified of that sort of older man thing.

But still, they could be awesome.

From: [identity profile] alc-fluteo.livejournal.com


Yeah, I know...I'm just saying.

More Hiro/Claire shipping for everyone!!!! *hands out plushies*

Did you ever check out the video I found dedicated to the pairing? I posted it on the Hiro/Claire community here on LJ. It was a really good video dedicated to the pairing!

(Are Hiro and Claire that much different in age? I though Hiro was like 22 or something and Claire's around 16-17 right? That's not that bad as far as pairings and stuff goes. Believe me I've seen a lot worse!!!)

From: [identity profile] cold-campbells.livejournal.com


I watched that video a week or so ago, and it is really good. Very impressive, especially considering they have never even been in the same scene together. hee

I don't think it's every really said how old Hiro is. (unless it is on the NBC website and I just haven't looked)I kind of assumed mid twenties, which would make them about ten years apart. In the beginning of the season it was official that Claire was 17, but then when all the Paire shipping started Kring said she was fifteen. I honestly don't think it's that bad either. Especially since my feelings on age difference have much more do with maturity, place in life, etc, than an number. And right now, maybe that is a big difference. But if he was forty and she was thirty nobody would care, you know?

And I've seen much worse too. heh. I mean Harry Potter is one my fandoms, and ships don't get much crazier than some of the stuff there.

From: [identity profile] alc-fluteo.livejournal.com


Oh man HP...you didn't use to be so bad, what happened to you fandom?!

But yeah, if he was like 30 and she was 20 it wouldn't be that bad. But it's considered bad when someone's 18-19 and the other person is about ten years or so older than them. (Now having like, a 15 and a 25 year old is a little different!)

I believe that Kring just said that Claire was fifteen so that maybe people would stop shipping Paire...but we all know that she's seventeen because it was stated as such. I just always assumed Hiro to be about 22-23 years old because he's the "little" brother and it's stated that he's not very old anyway. I read somewhere that he's at least 21 so we know he's not that much older than Claire.

(OMG...this is like, the most I've ever discussed about stuff with here on LJ, do you mind if I friend you? XD)

From: [identity profile] alc-fluteo.livejournal.com


BTW, speaking of the Hiro/Claire community on LJ, I just posted up a fanfic there. Would you mind reading it and telling me what you think?

(In a way, it was partly inspired by your story, partly inspired by the video I mentioned earlier, and partly inspired by what I mention on the Comments part! ^^)

From: [identity profile] cold-campbells.livejournal.com


Really? You think so? I feel like HP has always been a bit on the crazy side, but then again I did come into it rather late in the game, like around the POA movie release. And, I'm a Harry/Hermione shipper and we're "delusional", so maybe it was just craziness in my circles. hee.

Anyway, I think Kring did that for that reason too. Which was, you know, a great plan. It totally worked...not. Anyway if you assume 17, which really does make more sense in canon with her being nominated as a homecoming queen and everything, then it really isn't a huge difference, like you said.

I friended you back. I actually meant to ask you if you wanted to be friends in that last comment...and then I forgot. haha. Now my flist has two Haire fans! YATTA!

I'm going to go check out that story now, although I may not reply until tomorrow, because I am ridiculously tired.

Also, I inspired you. YAY! I feel so flattered. :D

From: [identity profile] alc-fluteo.livejournal.com


Oh you're welcome! Your story should inspire people because it was BRILLIANT! ^^

It was well written and thought out and everything! (I only hope that my story is half as decent...)

I was thinking about friending you when I first read the fic but figured I'd wait and see if we had anything else in common! XD

(Here's to hope that you're inspired to write more Hiro/Claire soon!!! ...I guess we call it Haire now don't we, lol!)

From: [identity profile] misty24.livejournal.com

squee!


so sweet and totally how I picture Hiro reacting. very romantic. thanks so much for writing this!

From: [identity profile] cold-campbells.livejournal.com

Re: squee!


thanks so much for writing this!
It was my pleasure. Thanks for reading. :)

From: [identity profile] ivydoor.livejournal.com


I am so late on the bandwagon, but THANK YOU. This was exactly what I was looking for. I was just bemoaning the lack of Hiro/Claire fic last night.

This is absolutely beautiful and I'm adding it to my memories. :D

From: [identity profile] cold-campbells.livejournal.com


Hey, it's never to late to leave a girl a nice comment. Thanks for reading. :D
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