Hi everybody *waves.* Okay, I'm pretty new to this fandom and I'm hoping you can help me with my newbie problem.
So, I have this HUGE soft spot for Waya. I love him, I love his adorable grumpiness, I want to read Waya POV for all of time, basically. And, I especially want Waya/Isumi stories.
I'm no stranger to fandom in general, I can A03 search with the best of them, but I'm having some trouble finding all the Waya stories that I so desperately require because a lot of things that get tagged as Waya, or Waya/Isumi are primarily Shindou or Shindou/Touya stories that just have a dash of Waya/Isumi on the side (the classic sidekick problem). So, I find myself wading through A LOT of Shindou/Touya stories scanning for The Real Deal.
Also, I'll be honest, I'm complete shit at searching on fanfiction.net and I mostly haven't poked around in the old LJ communities for this fandom yet. I was hoping some of you seasoned Hikago fans could point me towards some of your favorite Waya and Waya/Isumi stories.
If anybody else out there is in the same position as me and is looking for more Waya fics, here are my four favorites of the ones I've found so far (I've ordered them from shortest to longest):
Homecoming by thehoyden
Of course, Waya had thought that Isumi would improve his Go while he studied in China - that was never a question.
Short, sweet, Waya/Isumi.
Mirror Games by cest_what
Shindou dropped his chopsticks with a clatter. "Waya," he said, his eyes huge, "don't look now, but there's another of you."
This one really ups the game on the typical "Waya and Le Ping are jealous of each other" trope
All the Pieces by metisket
Waya got a phone call from Touya Akira on Monday. Looking back on it, that was clearly the point at which he should have given up on the week.
One of the best examples of hilariously adorable, grumpy Waya I've found (Grumpy Waya is my favorite Waya). Also one of the few stories I've read where Waya and Shindou aren't portrayed as particularly close friends, which is an interesting departure from how I read them.
Waya in Storyland by flonnebonne
Waya is a character in a story and he knows it. It gives him existential angst.
This one starts out as hilarious, meta crack and then sneaks up on you with real emotions and astute observations on fandom and why we write/read.