Fandom/Pairing: TeniPuri: Tezuka/Fuji
Theme: Seven Deadly Sins: Sloth
Word Count: 294
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He watches as Fuji deliberately plays under his abilities in yet another match and wonders why Fuji refuses to play as well as he can. It bothers him to see the lack of drive out on the court.
Tennis is for winning not for fooling around. It's important. Every win is important.
Fuji's smiling at his opponent now, that second year, Arai, and says something to him that makes the boy nod profusely.
Tezuka notices, however, that Arai's serves get better, faster, more powerful. Fuji's still winning, he always does, but the Arai's also improving, even in these few short rounds.
He crosses his arms across his chest and frowns. Something heavy settles over him and feels slightly annoyed with himself for all the times he's chided Fuji for laziness. He thinks back to his match with Echizen, and then to Fuji's. He didn't hold back with him, and he learned, improved, but his level of talent was never in question.
As he watched Fuji's match with Echizen, he saw Echizen growing, improving, but at Fuji's pace. Perhaps it wasn't idleness at all. Wasn't it his job as Captain to ensure the growth of the entire team, and not just the ones he deemed worthy of his notice, his tennis?
Enjoying the thrill of drawing out an opponent's potential to the limit.
But, even he shouldn't have been so clouded to not understand that no one ever reaches their limit in tennis unless they don't fight. Everyone worthwhile will take that shattered defeat, learn from it, and improve, especially if their victory was within reach.
He sighs as he watches Arai shake hands with Fuji after it is all said and done and decides that Fuji wasn't the one who was careless after all.