Title: A dozen red roses for my darling
Fandom: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure
Pairing: Rohan/Reimi, mostly. Maybe sort of Rohan/Koichi I guess?
Summary: Rohan pays tribute to a friend.
“What are all these flowers for Rohan?” Koichi asked. Koichi was holding a big bouquet of red roses. They were heavy, but they smelled really good, and they were beautiful too. Koichi had a feeling that these flowers had been expensive, but Rohan made good money being a mangaka, so he probably had more than enough money on hand to buy them. Koichi was glad to be carrying something other than camera equipment for once. He and Rohan were walking together, which was something they did often. It was something that Rohan really liked to do.
Rohan always brought his camera along on these walks, and Koichi was always stuck carrying the equipment. Rohan loved taking photos, almost as much as he loved his job. He’d take pictures of anything that caught his interest, weather it was a person, place, or thing. Koichi would always feel a little embarrassed for Rohan when he did this, because he was sure it probably made Rohan seem like a stalker to people. But Rohan Kishibe had never been a man who cared about other people’s opinions. Whenever people asked him about it, he’d huffingly tell them that it was for research, and that they should just mind their own business.
Rohan would usually be happily prattling on about something right now, probably himself. But today, he was very quiet. He seemed distant too, almost like his mind was somewhere else. It had been minutes since Koichi asked his question, and Rohan had yet to answer. “Rohan!” Koich blurted suddenly. Rohan stopped dead in his tracks, surprised. “What?!” Rohan sputtered. “What are all these flowers for?” Koichi asked, repeating his question. “You’ll know when we get there!” Rohan snapped.
They continued walking, not saying a word. Koichi had noticed that Rohan wasn’t quite himself lately. For the people that didn’t know Rohan personally, the change in his demeanor wasn’t obvious, probably not even noticeable. But Koichi could tell something was off. Rohan was talking a lot less these days. He was even more irritable and easily annoyed than he usually was. Rohan’s work even seemed to be suffering. It was getting harder for him to concentrate on it, and it was getting harder to meet his deadlines. Koichi was very concerned, but he was too afraid to say anything about it.
At that moment Koichi realized where they were. Ghost alley. “Rohan, are you crazy?!” Koichi blurted out. “We’re about to walk in to Ghost Alley!” He shouted. But Rohan said nothing, simply snatching the bouquet of flowers from Koichi’s arms and continuing to walk forward. Koichi ran after Rohan, terrified that his friend would make a deadly mistake. “Rohan! Don’t do this!” Koichi yelled breathlessly as he ran. But suddenly, Rohan did something that made Koichi stop in his tracks. Rohan sank down to his knees, and laid the bouquet of flowers down on the ground. Rohan closed his eyes, staying completely still. Koichi cautiously walked up to Rohan, not wanting to startle him. What Koichi saw and heard completely shocked him. Rohan was crying.
“Rohan… what’s wrong?” Koichi asked softly. “Nothing.” Rohan mumbled. Tears were streaming down Rohan’s face, staining his pants. He was trembling and sobbing. Koichi was in shock. Rohan wasn’t someone who liked to express his emotions at all, especially not in this way. There was only one other time Koichi had seen Rohan like this, and that was when Reimi left.
At that moment, Koichi realized what was going on. It all made sense. The timing, the location, Rohan’s demeanor as of late, they were all connected. “This is about Reimi, isn’t?” Koichi asked. “Yes…” He squeaked out. Suddenly he stood up and tightly clasped Koichi in his arms, sobbing even harder. “Rohan, are you okay?” Kochi asked, concerned. Rohan didn’t answer, because he was sobbing so hard he couldn’t even speak. The next couple minutes were like this, until Rohan was finally able to regain enough of his composure to be able to talk.
“Koichi… you know the question you asked me earlier… about who these flowers are for?” Rohan asked breathlessly. “Yeah… what about it?” Koichi asked. Rohan pointed to the bouquet of flowers he had laid down on the sidewalk beside them. “These flowers are for Reimi.” Rohan said, suddenly much calmer. “They’re a tribute to her beauty, and to the life she gave all of us.” Rohan then turned around and looked at Koichi, a smile on his face. “That’s why we need to protect Morioh. So that the people of Morioh will not have to suffer as much as she did.” Rohan declared.
Koichi was smiling now too, feeling touched by Rohan’s words. “And we will protect Morioh. We’ll be strong and no one will have to live in fear anymore, just like Reimi wanted.” Kochi said hopefully. Rohan wiped the tears from his eyes, still smiling. “Let’s go home, Kochi .” He said, walking away. “Yeah let’s go.” Koichi replied, following his friend’s lead.