MacchinaPart 1: SapienteA Sai-focused prequel to Hikaru no JoeSummary:
"Sapiente is growing desperate. Angelo believes him to be a figment of his broken mind and pays him as little attention as possible. Why was he given this second chance to complete his work, only to be bound to an engineer who has no interest in coffee, or him? Was this punishment for what he had done?"
Pairing: Sai/Angelo (original character)Rating: Teen and UpGenre: Coffeeshop AUWord Count: 4,505Warnings: See aboveRead it on AO3
Wow, this Sai-focused prequel sure took a long time and got way longer than I expected! It's a big change in tone and focus from the Hikaru no Joe
AU series so far, but it does directly relate to the main story.
You can also read this as a stand-alone, as long as you're okay with Sai being the ghost of an 18th century Italian barista, but it works best read after at least chapter 3 of Hikaru no Joe. Just please be aware that this story isn't as fluffy as the Hikaru-focused main story and it touches on some serious themes. Please see this end note
if you want further (somewhat spoiler-y) information about potential triggers.
When I set out to explore Sai's back-story and to create an original character, a quasi-Honinbo Shuusaku, for my barista AU, I had no idea that it would turn out to be longer than the main story. I hope it works for you! Part II will be posted next week.