Fan Fic: Contract Labor

Contract Labor is a Love Hina Fan Fic written by Greydon Creed. The fic can be read here.

Unlike canon, Keitaro is far from an Extreme Doormat and comes to manage the Hinata House with quite a bit more assertiveness. The story is ongoing, with fairly somewhat frequent updates.

This fic contains examples of the following tropes (Beware of spoilers):

  • Accidental Pervert: Contrary to expectations, Keitaro has had only two major incidents so far: once when he first arrives at the Hinata, and once when he investigates the hole in Naru's bedroom floor only to accidentally see her in her underwear.
  • Adaptational Badass: As we all know, in canon, Keitaro was little more than a spineless Extreme Doormat who essentially let the Hinata's tenants step all over him. Here, he's far more assertive and actually has a backbone, being far more willing to stand up to the tenants.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Sarah refers to Keitaro as "the dork." Her adoptive father Seta (and Keitaro, only in his thoughts) sometimes call Sarah "gaki" (i.e. brat).
  • Aggressive Categorism: To the very end, Motoko refuses to see Keitaro as anything but a dishonorable future pervert, despite all evidence to the contrary, simply because he's a man.
  • Badass Family: The Urashimas. The family martial art style is based around jujitsu, tai chi and kenjutsu before branching out into incorporated styles. They only have 3 kinds of belts for their training: white, black and red. All beginners wear white, black is for those who have used their training to protect themselves or others and those who have killed while protecting from harm receive the red belt. Haruka is a black belt, late Great-Uncle Hiro was a red belt, and Granny Hina and Keitaro are red belts with the Urashima crest, which means they have killed protecting a family member. Keitaro earned his red belt with family crest in-story at age 18/19; Hina and Hiro got their red belts in 1947 at age 12 and 10, respectively.
  • Badass Granny: In the canon series Hina is known as the Demon of Hinata. In this story Hina has Took a Level in Badass or two. Not only has she sparred with a full group of Aoyama students (both armed with bokken and unarmed) using only tai chi and winning, Tsuruko, a Lady of War and Master Swordswoman, has told her sister Motoko that it would give her very serious pause to fight Hina. The police officer that was beating on Keitaro in Chapter 23 found this out the hard way when Hina stormed the interrogation room and threw him into the far wall, knocking him out.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Keitaro usually wears a t-shirt and jeans/shorts at the Hinata-sou, or at most slacks and a dress shirt. But in order to maintain his cover in Roanapur he wore one of several very nice suits along with red tinted prescription lens Ray-Ban Wayfarers. Keitaro also wears a suit when he reunites with Natsumi and Miyuki at Todai, and he does not understand the reaction he gets from the girls or from other females on the campus. Averted at the end of the Roanapur arc when Keitaro wears a very different kind of suit.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Gidget the turtle has survived the eruption of Krakatoa (and in fact was saved by the eruption: she had been captured by whalers and was about to be eaten when the eruption sank their ship and freed her), and during World War II saved the life of a sailor implied to be John F. Kennedy.
  • The Berserker: Naru is recognized as one and is forced to take tai chi as anger management if she wants to stay at the dorm.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Tsuruko warns Motoko of this about the Urashima clan. Motoko doesn't listen. Tsuruko does not know how right she is until just before the start of Keitaro's and Motoko's duel when she sees that Keitaro is wearing a red belt.
  • Bi the Way: Natsumi and Miyuki are involved with Keitaro and each other. Motoko has some attraction to Keitaro but most of her Character Development begins showing after she starts a relationship with a woman.
  • Big Brother Instinct: You harm Kanako and Sarah when Keitaro's around, you die. Not Hyperbole. While he had very good reasons for it, Keitaro now has a rather long list of people he's harmed/killed in their defense.
  • Big Brother Worship: Kanako naturally. This grew when Keitaro rescued her from a gang when she was drugged and kidnapped into to be sold into sex slavery. Unfortunately for Keitaro, this is also the source of her Big Brother Attraction
    • Sarah as well, though not nearly as much. Keitaro also rescued her from human traffickers in Thailand.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Keitaro manages to get the better of Motoko during their duel in chapter 21 by mixing up swordplay with hand-to-hand combat, exploiting the fact that Motoko has only been seriously trained in swordsmanship.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Averted. When Keitaro asks why he's being trained to shoot up to three targets, Natsumi and Miyuki explain that if he's faced with four or more gunmen, they'll most likely kill him before he can shoot all of them.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Motoko's skill on swordsmanship and only swordsmanship comes back to bite her when she duels Keitaro.
  • Crossover: A minor one with You're Under Arrest!, with Keitaro having both trained and been romantically involved with Natsumi and Miyuki. An even more minor one with Street Fighter is mentioned in chapter 22.
  • Crouching Scholar Hidden Badass: Keitaro humbly self-identifies as a Todai aspirant, or if he is really down on himself as a Ronin (someone who did not gain admittance to the college/university of their choice, but originally a masterless samurai). But if someone is in serious danger (not himself, mind you), the gloves come off. Just ask the biker gang members who kidnapped Kanako. Or the pirates and human traffickers that had taken Sarah. Or various people in Roanapur. Or to a lesser extent when Naru was kidnapped at knife point by two gang members. Lesser only because no one died in that incident.
  • Cut Himself Shaving: To protect Seta, who was shot by pirates with connections to the Thai police, Keitaro (posing as a Special Branch officer) claims Seta was injured in a motorcycle accident. The attending doctor decides not to argue and changes the medical records to reflect this.
  • The Determinator: Keitaro. Made a promise as a five year old to a little girl who’s face or name you can’t remember to get accepted to the most prestigious and difficult to enter university in the country to reunite with her and live happily ever after? He took the entry exam while concussed from a beating, and is planning to do so again (taking the test, not the concussion). See your little sister being kidnapped by bikers? Charge right after her, smashing your way through goons and going up bare handed against the leader who is armed with a sword cane. The archeological expedition you are on gets raided by pirates, wounding your sensei, killing another member and kidnapping the young daughter of your sensei? Do whatever it takes to get intel from the one pirate you can find to recover her. Finding out that the girl has been shipped off to Roanapur to be sold to the highest bidder? Keitaro Urashima keeps his promises...
  • Dirty Mind-Reading: Motoko has the power to read people's emotional auras. Lustful desire is what she finds the most in men's thoughts.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Motoko is called out on this several times, and the new rules of the inn ban it entirely. Sadly, it doesn't help and she is kicked out.
    • Keitaro then calls out her family for their retribution of kicking her out of the family instead of trying to help her work through her issues.
  • Dynamic Entry: In Ch 15 Motoko attacks Keitaro with a bokken after she thinks that he assaulted Naru. Kanako does one of these by silently running up behind Motoko and side-kicking her along the side of her head with a slippered foot and knocking her out. In Ch 18 it is stated that this was a deliberately non-lethal blow - Kanako could have have struck at the back of Motoko's head with her foot and severed her brain stem from her spinal cord, resulting in a instant One-Hit Kill.
    • Earlier in Ch 15 Haruka jokes that if Kanako knew that Keitaro was being questioned at the police station, Kanako would do a Dynamic Entry through a cinderblock wall to get him out.
  • Evil Weapon: The Juuchi Yasamu (Ten Thousand Cold Nights Sword) aka Hina Demon Blade requires blood every time it's drawn before it can be sheathed. Keitaro also warns Kanako to never cut herself on the blade or she'll risk Demonic Possession.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: When he meets Natsumi and Miyuki in chapter 24, Keitaro, having been told to look out for them because they would be training him for Seta's expedition, briefly does not believe that they are who he was looking for. This is mostly because when Seta told Keitaro where to meet his new trainers, as a joke he only referred to them by their last names, and Keitaro did not realize they were youngish females.
  • Fallen Princess: Motoko is banished from her family and stripped of her status. She is forbidden from practicing her family art, lives in a shoddy apartment, and is forced to work as a waitress in a cosplay-cafe to gain extra income. She slowly grows out of her misandry with the support of her co-workers and the desire not to lose her job.
  • Fatal Flaw: Motoko's self-righteousness, refusal to admit she's wrong and the fact that she's capable of almost anything when upset cause more than one tragedy of impulsiveness.
  • Freudian Excuse: According to chapter 35, at least part of the reason Motoko is so against men and relationships is because she got lousy advice about sex from her great-aunt as a child.
  • Gun Nut:
    • Averted by Keitaro. Although he has been trained to use firearms as part of his job as a security contractor, he simply views them as tools to be used. Gaz has to convince Keitaro to hang on to a blinged-out pistol recovered from a dead dirty cop. Keitaro later uses the pistol and the dead cop's ID to impersonate a Special Branch (i.e. secret police) officer to ease through certain situations. While undercover in Roanapur Keitaro did carry a pistol and knife, but only to not stand out, and to be taken seriously by the criminal element.
    • Invoked by Keitaro's girlfriend Natsumi. Even as a Tokyo police officer she would normally not carry firearms on duty, so she joined the police department Special Unit (SWAT) to get access to them and was sent to the US to train with the Los Angeles Police Department SWAT Unit. Natsumi regularly out-shot experienced SWAT operators and police officers, to the point where she did not have to pay for beers or dinner from all the bets she had won.
  • Heroic Safe Mode: Keitaro goes into a mild form of this during the pirate raid at the excavation site when he has to take out a pirate quietly but messily by cutting his throat, and later when forcing information from a pirate suspect right after Sarah was taken. Once he goes decides to go to Roanapur to rescue Sarah... oh boy.
  • Hidden Depths: In chapter 34, Su surprises everyone when she reveals full knowledge of sex, her mother and older sister having told her about the birds and the bees when she hit puberty at ten. Not only that, but she apparently reads hentai manga (though she doesn't read anything involving tentacles because they're "too icky"). She also helps produce hentai doujinshi manga and finances a vanilla (romantic non-violent) hentai translation group to post said doujinshi online.. with her lunch money.
    • Keitaro, as admitted by the synopsis, is FULL of surprises.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Motoko's All Men Are Perverts mentality is, in part, the reason she ends up evicted from the Hinata House.
  • Honor Before Reason: The Aoyama clan. Rather than try to help Motoko through her problems both before and after she attacked Keitaro with the intent to cause at least great bodily harm, the Elders of the family initially are going to expel her from the clan, prohibit her from using her family name (a VERY big deal in family-centric Japan) and bar her from using the family martial arts. Since this would also mean cutting off all financial support, Motoko would only be able to work in the sex trade. Instead, Big Sister Tsuruko blackmails the Elders to reduce the punishment to a temporary banishment and ban, and will financially support Motoko herself.
  • Humiliation Conga: In chapters 15-22, Motoko is subjected to a particularly brutal one. First, she assaults Keitaro over a misunderstanding (see Out-of-Context Eavesdropping below) only to be K.O.'d by Kanako. Later, at a meeting to discuss her possible eviction, she adamantly refuses to accept responsibility and instead challenges Keitaro to a duel, only to lose her temper after he breaks her weapon and continue to attack even after being disqualified, after which she gets K.O.'d by Keitaro. Afterwards, she is not only evicted from the Hinata House, but her family is so disgusted by her actions that they elect to ban her from using their techniques and banish her from their family completely until they feel she has learned her lesson.
  • Innocent Bigot: Thanks to her aunt, Motoko sincerely believes that sex could never be pleasurable for women and it simply exists to sate men's desires and produce children. Kotoko makes sure she is VERY disabused of that notion.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: After the pirate raid that resulted in Sarah being kidnapped, Keitaro and the rest are stuck on the island for 12 hours because the tide had gone out and their boat was beached above the waterline. By the time Keitaro and Gaz get off the island and to the port their only known suspect was last seen, they are more than a little desperate, as they have anything ranging from four days to four hours to recover Sarah before she is gone forever. When Keitaro finally catches the pirate after a footchase and a hand to hand fight in a shipping container yard, the pirate refuses to answer his questions. Keitaro at first presses against the pirate's previously broken jaw with the flat of a knife blade, and when that does not work, pins the pirate face down to the ground and starts breaking his fingers and grinding the broken pieces together. After a lot of screaming and four broken fingers, the pirate finally gives up the needed information. Once everything is done, Keitaro lets the pirate go...pushing the pirate off a stack of shipping containers to the ground below, to be run over by the wheels of a very large container moving forklift.
  • Killer Rabbit: Motoko begins to see both Keitaro and Kanako as this.
  • Kindness Is Not Weakness: Keitaro is friendly, polite, and a caring big brother figure. He will also beat up, torture, and kill in cold blood as necessary anyone who threatens or harms someone he cares about.
  • Knife Nut: Haruka carries around a butterfly knife that she's quite skilled with. Keitaro is implied to be one when he mentions that he can't twirl a butterfly knife without looking like a thug.
  • Mama Bear: Though not really Keitaro's mother, Haruka nonetheless fits the bill in chapter 6 when a berserk Naru is trying to assault a stunned and disabled Keitaro for accidentally seeing her in her underwear. Haruka, after failing to physically restrain her, threatens her with a butterfly knife and explicitly threatens to use said knife on Naru if she doesn't back off; this shocks Naru out of her rage. Afterwards, Haruka admits to Keitaro that she didn't want to do so, but would have done it to protect him.
  • Mercy Kill: Seta makes Keitaro promise to kill Sarah if he can't rescue her from the slavers.
  • More Dakka: Invoked by the pirates on the raid on the expedition in Thailand, who fire their assault rifles full auto. Averted by Keitaro, Gaz, and Yuri, who as trained shooters limit themselves to aimed single shots and short bursts from their rifles. Also invoked by the low level mooks and goons in Roanapur, who think their weapons have two settings; More Dakka and I Need To Reload. Averted by the really high level bad guy/gal shooters. Massively invoked by both sides during the Great Escape from Roanapur.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Motoko has this initial reaction in chapter 15 when she discovers that she attacked Keitaro over a misunderstanding.
    • Ignored Epiphany: Unfortunately, it devolves into this when, during a meeting to discuss whether or not Motoko will be evicted, Motoko states she does not regret her actions and instead declares that Keitaro is to blame.
  • Names To Run Away From / Meaningful Name: Keitaro uses an alias while in Roanapur, but some other names are hung on him as time goes on.
    • Rock's Evil Twin - Dresses in business attire like Rock, the two are both Japanese and roughly the same age and build, but Keitaro is MUCH more willing to use violence.
    • Ice Man - Keitaro uses ki projection to intimidate people, which feels like a blast of ice cold moist air, which is very disconcerting in tropical Roanapur. If you have ever been in a walk-in freezer or a morgue it is stronger than that.
    • Demonio (Demon in Spanish/Italian) - Keitaro gets his Berserk Button pushed hard by some video clips of Sarah while in Roanapur. It results in Keitaro entering a Tranquil Fury, and going out at night during a tropical storm. He does not know exactly who is holding Sarah so he can not go after them, but he has been having a mini-gang war with a criminal group that keeps trying to kill him. Keitaro goes to their HQ and finishes the war that night. The last bad guy simply says Demonio to the people who found him before dying.
  • Never My Fault:
    • In the opening chapter, Naru calls Keitaro out for knocking out Motoko. However, as Keitaro points out, Motoko was attacking him with the intent to kill and he was only defending himself.
    • After attacking Keitaro over a misunderstanding (see Out-of-Context Eavesdropping below), Motoko adamantly refuses to take responsibility for her own actions and instead blames Keitaro, the victim in the whole situation, for everything, electing to challenge him to an honor duel which ends badly for her.
  • No Sell: Keitaro does this to Motoko's Evil Cutting Blade attack during their duel, pointing out that it only works on those with actual malicious intent.
  • Noodle Incident: The incident in Roanapur is not explained in detail until chapter 32.
  • Nosebleed: Kitsune gets one when Su reveals she read hentai in chapter 34.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Kitsune is dismayed to find out that Keitaro is completely immune to her sexiness and will not suffer her foolishness at all. She quickly shapes up.
  • Oh, Crap: Keitaro has one of these when he realizes that one of the pirates that kidnapped Sarah was the local teen that had previous gotten her drunk and tried to take her before Keitaro caught up with them and broke the local's jaw with a punch. In Keitaro's mind this means that the pirate raid taking place may very well be revenge for the broken jaw, resulting in Sarah being deliberately targeted and Seta and Yuri being seriously wounded, fatally in Yuri's case.
  • Older and Wiser: The author has aged up the younger members of the cast; Motoko is now seventeen, Su and Shinobu are fourteen, and Sarah is also fourteen.
  • Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: Motoko overhears Kitsune talking on the phone with Haruka about how Keitaro saved Naru from getting kidnapped at knife-point by a gang, and Keitaro is currently with the police talking it over. Having only heard Kitsune's side of the conversation, and already fully prepared to believe the worst in Keitaro as it is, Motoko automatically assumes that Keitaro had assaulted Naru and attacks him with her sword when he returns to the Hinata House, only to get T.K.O.'d by Kanako in retaliation. When Motoko comes to the next morning, she meets her sister Tsuruko, who wastes no time in chewing her out for jumping to conclusions so quickly based on what little information she heard, let alone not bothering to check with Kitsune.
  • Photographic Memory: In chapter 37, Nyamo was able to memorize the sixteen digit security code of Su's lab after seeing Su type it in only once.
  • Police Brutality: As detailed in chapter 23, Keitaro saved Kanako from being kidnapped and nearly sold into sex slavery, killing one of her captors in the process. Because of this, and also because Kanako had been drugged and was in no shape to verify what had happened, Keitaro was arrested as a criminal suspect, with the two arresting officers variously accusing him of either being a rival gang member or simply a crazed martial artist, before the lead investigator brutally beat him when he got tired of Keitaro's denials. When Hina got wind of it, she quickly went down to the station with a very senior police official, threw the senior cop across the room and knocked him out, and pulled Keitaro out of the station; the more violent of the two who beat him was promptly dismissed, while the other was permanently demoted to traffic cop.
  • Polyamory: Keitaro, Miyuki, and Natsumi. Notably, Miyuki and Natsumi were already romantically involved when they fell in love with Keitaro and Keitaro loves the both of them equally.
  • Reluctant Warrior: Keitaro will usually duck, dodge and deflect at first if he is attacked. He will only immediately use crippling or potentially lethal attacks and/or weapons if someone else is in overwhelming danger. Averted during his time in Thailand and Roanapur when deadly weapons (guns and knives) are involved.
  • Sex God: A minor version but Keitaro does a good enough job his first time that Miyuki and Natsumi's neighbors chip in to buy them a gift certificate to a love hotel so the three don't keep them up again.
  • Shout-Out:
    • At the end of chapter 25, Keitaro defeats Motoko using the Hadoken.
    • In chapter 34, Su refers to sex as "snu-snu."
    • In chapter 41, in order to jump a 25 meter gap between stacked cargo containers while in a foot pursuit of a pirate, Keitaro risks burning out his chi system and/or killing himself and uses shunpo.
  • Sleeping with the Boss: Motoko gets sexually and romantically involved with her boss, Kotoko.
  • Smoking Is Not Cool: Keitaro disapproves of Haruka's smoking, but doesn't really make a big deal out of it.
  • Thicker Than Water: The Urashima family is very big on protecting it's own. Besides Haruka threatening Naru with a butterfly knife, Keitaro killed a thug protecting Kanako. Likewise, one of their family style's "ranks" (though noted to not be a reward or an honor) is allotted only to Urashima who have killed to protect a family member.
    • Because of this mentality, Keitaro is incensed when he finds out Motoko's punishment includes banishment from her family until she gets better on her own, instead of her family trying to help her work through her issues.
  • A Threesome Is Hot: Keitaro loses his virginity in a three-way with Miyuki and Natsumi.
  • Token Yuri Girls: Motoko and Kotoko as of chapter 36.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Following on from the Out-of-Context Eavesdropping example above, if Motoko had simply double-checked what she had overheard from Kitsune, or if she had simply been a little less willing to automatically believe the worst in Keitaro, she would still be living in the Hinata House and wouldn't have been banished from her family.
  • Trouser Space: Motoko attempts this but fails given that she was trying to hide a sword down her pant leg.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Naru is strong enough to punch through solid wood without hurting herself but only knows how to punch.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer: In chapter 9, Keitaro remarks to himself that this is part of Naru's problem: having been only taught how to punch and hit correctly when threatened, Naru has grown to respond to all threats, no matter how small, with violence.
  • Wretched Hive - Roanapur is a Vice City run by the four largest criminal organizations located there - the Russian Mafiya Hotel Moscow, the Chinese 14K Triad, the Sicilian Mafia and the Colombian Medellin Cartel.
    • Phuket, Thailand is known for it's entertainment district. And yes, the name is pronounced the way it looks like and describes it's view toward life.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Su of all people says this about Naru and Motoko. In Motoko's case, it really does help.