A/N: I have two different ideas on how Balthier's sleeping habits actually are. First, he's a paranoid, light sleeper holding onto his gun under his pillow. Constantly having nightmares and the such. The other one is that he loves his beauty sleep, the type he is in this story. He is not much of a morning person and will sleep well into the afternoon. I think Balthier's more of the prior type, but for this story I'm doing the lazy, sleepyhead type. So please bear with me. I'm also putting him as this type of sleeper because unless he's immune to it, Balthier has a far higher chance of being inflicted with sleep than my other characters. It'll miss everyone but him.
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If there was one thing everybody about the Strahl hated was a certain sky pirate's sleeping habits.
Vaan and Penelo were always up early to go about their business in Rabanastre. Penelo had to work for Migelo's early in the morning and performing odd jobs. Vaan took care of the other orphans in Lowtown and ran around town pickpocketing and doing the tasks the old Bangaa forced on him.
Fran, being a Viera, rarely ever needed to sleep, needing only an hour or two at the most. She was almost always walking about the Strahl, working in the engine room, or painting in her room, a hobby she had recently taken up.
Ashe was rather irritable in the mornings, but she had been waken up so early to prepare for her royal duties, waking early had become an unwanted habit of hers. She knew how to get dressed, fix her hair and light makeup in under ten minutes, the time cut down to three minutes since traveling across Ivalice and no longer wearing her intricate dresses.
Basch had always been a light sleeper since his twin brother Noah had always caused mischief and liked to pull pranks on him. Becoming a knight, it was an extremely useful trait to have. A sleeping soldier would be quickly killed if there was an ambush.
Balthier could never say he was a light sleeper. There had been a time when the pirate had slept well into the afternoon and hadn't stirred even when a very angry Ashe had screamed in his ear. He was wide awake and useful when flying the airship, but there was a high chance of narcolepsy claiming him anytime else. He had trouble keeping himself awake at any sleep spell, no matter how small and waking him was a task nobody really wanted to do, since it was practically impossible.
And unfortunately today, that daunting task of trying bringing the pirate back to life had fallen onto Vaan. Sure, Vaan loved Balthier deeply, but he loathed the task. The nights when they slept together, Vaan would sometimes leave their room in the morning, not even bothering to attempt. He'd try and leave that to someone else.
"Balthier," Vaan started out, shaking the man gently by the shoulders. He knew the method never worked, but he did it just in case, filled with false hope. He sighed when nothing happened. All he managed to do was get some drool on the back of his hand. Balthier was a refined, suave man when he was awake, but when he slept he was so undignified. You could hardly tell they were the same person.
"WAKE UP!" he then screamed into the pirate's ear. Balthier groaned and flopped onto his stomach, burying his face in his overplush pillow. Since the man had probably a dozen on his bed, Vaan grabbed one of many and started beating Balthier over the head with one. It was to soft to even make him stir, but it was one way to deal with frustrations.
"Is he still not awake?" Vaan turned back to Fran, who had managed to silently sneak into the room without his prior notice. Vaan shook his head and sighed. He hated doing this.
"Esuna won't work since it's not a spell. And I know ninety percent of what I have planned won't do. It's like trying to wake up a rock. Any ideas?"
"We could throw him off the ships and see if he awakes when the wolves come for a treat," Fran suggested, earning a shocked expression from Vaan before the boy burst into laughter. "I was not joking. I did it once a few years back. He woke up."
Balthier awoke later that day in the Estersands, surrounded by desert wolves and sharpie cat face as Fran, Vaan and the others watched amused from the inside of the Strahl.
A/N: Okay, maybe that was a bit extreme just to wake him, but I really wanted to do that. XD. Besides, there was no other choice.
Fran: He has been like this as long as I have known him. I eventually needed a way to wake him up.
Balthier: But really now, Fran. Did you have to doodle on my face?
Balthier and Fran: Thank you for reading.
Balthier: Now do be a dear and review.
Fran: Another chapter will be out soon, but it will come quicker with your cooperation.
Masaki:Thank you again!