Down the Stairs/The Shadow Sword AU
AU. In a world where Tsuna became the Vongola Tenth under very different circumstances, he and Gokudera must learn to deal with an enemy neither of them wanted to have.
Gokudera thinks of the Yamamoto Takeshi he knows: the deadliest assassin in Italy, the man who’s been slowly chipping away at the Vongola and their allies for years now. The man who they say strikes like a shadow, killing his enemies before they even know he’s there. The master of Shigure Souen Ryu; the one swordsman Squalo has never been able to defeat.
Gokudera thinks all of these things, and finds once again that no matter what the Tenth says, no matter what person Tsuna may have known all those years ago, in his mind there is no doubt at all as to what kind of person Yamamoto is now.
- Part 1 of Down the Stairs/The Shadow Sword AU
AU; prequel to Down the Stairs. How Yamamoto Takeshi, the Mafia world’s most feared assassin, ended up on the wrong side of the wrong side of the law.
“He was unmatched when it came to the sword,” Enrico says, before his voice drops, taking on a bitter quality. “For all the good it did him in the end.”
Yamamoto stops, and lets that sink in. Enrico halts too, watching him carefully.
Because for the first time since finding his dad dead, Yamamoto is experiencing something other than his haze of grief, shock, and loss; all of a sudden, he’s feeling the unjustness of it for the first time. Anger. Suspicion. Because his father’s death, it wasn’t just an accident or coincidence, after all. Someone did this. Someone did this to him.
He has no way of knowing that he’s standing with that very man, and no way of knowing that that man’s words have had exactly their intended effect.
- Part 2 of Down the Stairs/The Shadow Sword AU