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Pairing: Connor/Wes, post Home (A:ts S4 finale)
Rating: R-ish (non-explicit smut)
Disclaimer: Joss, not I.
Thanks to: thamiris, for the title and reacting with complete wonderfulness -- and citations! -- to the insane girl who e-mailed her out of the blue with "You're the lusty word-goddess; is there a term for this?" zortified and wolfling for moral support and warm, tasty cookie-wolflings.

Summary: Wesley thinks too much.


Parapraxis


Something's... not quite right. He detests such verbal imprecision, but it sits on the tip of Wesley's tongue, a teasingly forgotten word. Irritating trick of the mind.

It's not this place, though like some demonic ice cream parlour, there's a thousand flavours of not quite right at Wolfram and Hart. Nor is it Angel's hand on his shoulder, heavy with a respect that Wesley remembers aching for, but never having earned. It's not even the dark blade of Lilah Morgan's gaze, though when he returns it, Wesley feels himself glance off whatever it is he can't reach, clattering painfully to the ground.

Lorne says Wesley needs to get out more. Find a life, beyond his distant, guiltily happy friends, magically-stocked office, blank vellum pages just waiting for him to ask any question he can imagine except the one he can't define. Chance would be a fine thing, but it's enough to drive him out looking. For a life, a word... something.

*****

Barnes and Noble was Wesley's idea of a pick-up joint, Gunn used to joke. Now, bookstores, cafes, sunlit places -- they're as empty of what he needs as those volumes of tabula rasa on his desk. Dark, cool bars, instead, not too grotty, not too clean. They pull at him with that same familiarity that tugs Lilah's smile down at one corner, but the people he meets there have far fewer strings attached.

This bar isn't new, tonight, nor the guitarist lounging by the door. Sans instrument, but Wesley heard him play House of the Rising Sun one night, naked in the darkness of a kitchen-sink apartment. Only once; never again. That would be too much like...something. A life, perhaps, which isn't the answer, anyway.

At the end of the bar, though. Someone Wesley's never seen, and he knows that with a clarity as difficult to explain as the reason he can't stop staring. Sandy-haired, thin. So young that the nervous drop of the boy's eyes, the sudden brave grin, make Wesley raise an eyebrow.

But there's only cola in the glass he carries over, and the bartender gives the shrug of the bored and legally careless, as the stranger slips onto the stool next to Wesley. The boy's not here for the beer, and he's old enough for whatever else he's seeking -- if only just.

"You're... far from home," Wesley offers. Jeans, sweatshirt, reasonably faded, but he is, still. The longish hair smells of sweet conditioner; the shirt's been pressed.

"Me?" A laugh of surprise, as he points his glass at Wesley.

Wesley inclines his head, smiles. "You have me there. But I've lived here for...well, it certainly seems like a long time."

The returning grin is less nervous. "Know what you mean. Feels like I've been here forever; can't wait to leave for college in the fall." Grey-blue eyes shift, shutter. "I'm...David." Wesley can hear the lie, but it's not a malicious one, and he lets it rest.

"Wesley." Anyone who'd care where he might be, would know, and that's not paranoia. He looks again at the boy, and sees, feels, the nervous energy, thrumming through him. Racing for something: college, the future, a life. "And yet you're here? Surely a university town would be..."

"What, safer?" There's the chafing of an overprotected child in his voice. "Maybe. I'm just..." He shakes his head, and hair falls in his eyes. "I've got a girlfriend. I love her."

Wesley laughs, then nods. "Of course you do." Suspicious glance, but Wesley is sincere, if older than he's ever felt before.

"Notre Dame. She's going too. So... I don't know. Something's just. Missing, you know?"

The laugh he wants to laugh would scare the boy away, which might be best, but Wesley holds it down. "I think I might."

*****

Another beer, and Wesley knows the favourite band. The dog's name, how many sisters. Another, and he stops caring what sort of picture they paint, as they slip out the door.

Motel, for he's not stupid. Nice one, for he's neither skint, nor rude. Long fingers play gingerly over his face, scrape against his stubble. Lips, hot and hungry at his throat, and suddenly Wesley's the young one, foolish and eager as this nameless boy.

His own fingers lose themselves in hanging hair, pull their bodies closer, faster against each other. It seems for a moment that they won't even reach the bed, won't get their clothes off, but Wesley's not that young. Fumbling with buttons, fumbling in pockets, and then there's just them on the sheets.

Skin against skin, L.A. in summer, air conditioning on high, still slick with sweat. Sliding over each other, reaching, almost catching.

It's different, this. These hands on him, unsure around his aching length. For once, it's not just Wesley desperate to find, to catch.... something. They roll and tumble, lost against each other, the friction of leg and hip and stomach. Wesley breathing harder, sucking lungfuls of something he's almost, almost got the word for.

Almost. Something. What? He knows, he should know, the word, the thing, right... right there. He reaches, as his body stiffens, jerks, orgasm unwinding within him.

Faster and faster, and there, behind his eyes, shut tight. The body in his arms. Thin. Small. Wiry. Soft. Musk. Powder. Lullaby notes in his mouth. Hot blade slick, easy at his throat, pillow in Angel's heavy hands. Bitter whiskey, another body above him, her eyes black with need. Cradle song again, an infant in his arms.

Wesley drops his head, chin on the boy's shoulder. Eyes wide, and a choke that would be a sob, if he had the breath for it. Of course. A trick of the mind. Tip of his tongue.

"Connor," he says softly, when he can.

"Mhmm..." is the sleepy reply. "Who?"

Wesley closes his eyes and blesses small mercies. He rests his hand on Connor's head. "Nothing. Someone I used to know."

An hour later, a mile away, Angel is speed-dial one.

~~end~~


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piedmargaret

2003-06-10 11:16 am (UTC) (Link)

As I suspected it would be, this was lovely :-) And boy, would I like to hear that telephone call.

mpoetess

2003-06-11 06:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you, nice (evil sucky clever) lady!

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Re: Oh, but, wow

mpoetess

2003-06-11 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)

No phone call! Nyah! (No, seriously, I haven't a clue what Wes would say -- this is kind of like the Choose Your Own Adventure part of the story.)

Smooch.

thebratqueen

2003-06-10 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

That's some nice ficc'ing there boys.

mpoetess

2003-06-11 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you. I'll tell the boys you said so. ;-)

cosmic

2003-06-10 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh oh oh oh. Oh..

Gods, that was. Beyond gorgeous. Perfection.

And I could see the end coming, from the orgasm and the memories and Wesley's "Nothing. Someone I used to know." but it still made me cry. You made me cry, damn you! =)

mpoetess

2003-06-11 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Sorry!! Thank you!

doyle_sb4

2003-06-10 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Allow me to prostrate myself in worship. :worships:

I loved this. I've been dying for Connor/Wesley smut for the past year.

Lullaby notes in his mouth. Hot blade slick, easy at his throat, pillow in Angel's heavy hands. Bitter whiskey, another body above him, her eyes black with need. Cradle song again, an infant in his arms.

One of my favourite parts (the detail about the guitar player was one of the others, as was the last line).

mpoetess

2003-06-11 06:48 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay! Thank you -- I'm so glad you liked it. I've never written Connor before in my life, and granted this wasn't Connor-as-we-know-him so much as Connor-as-he-could've been, but still, I was definitely shaky on whether it would work out.

witling

2003-06-10 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Damn. That's just...lovely. And messed-up. And...what's the word for lovely-and-messed-up? Oh, yeah. Guh.

mpoetess

2003-06-11 07:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

what's the word for lovely-and-messed-up?

Wesley?

thenyxie

2003-06-10 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Wow. Beautiful. Haunting. Gorgeous. The beginning is pure poetry, and the end, which it seems should somehow disturb me, doesn't, because it's fragile, lovely, heartfelt and sweet.

Wonderfully done.

mpoetess

2003-06-11 07:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you! (Sob. I failed in my task of disturbing you...)

nakedwesley

2003-06-10 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Wesley closes his eyes and blesses small mercies.

Oh, oh, oh. *sigh* Beautiful. What a perfect build up to the moment of realization, and the way it mirrors Wesley's orgasm. I also like the Lilah bits. Too cool!

mpoetess

2003-06-11 07:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you! I also like the Lilah bits.

I think this was the "throw in every possible Wes pairing ever" story. I didn't quite manage Faith, and the Fred part got cut (there used to be a line about "He wonders if this is how Fred felt when she was the *only* one who knew the truth, but he doesn't ask") for space, but Lilah, Angel and possibly Gunn still managed to find their way in. Even Lorne, if you really stretch it.

girlwithjournal

2003-06-10 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Wonderful and chilling. And kinky in all the right ways. ;-)

mpoetess

2003-06-11 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you. (Kinky in all the right ways? But there was no live chicken!)

ladycat777

2003-06-10 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

You find that perfect pitch that's one step above aching, letting you actually read the story instead of just feeling the pain. Love how they're both so lost and how this almost finds it. Almost. Because it's not really what they're looking for, either of them. And you made me actually like Connor!

And yeah, wanna hear that phone call.

mpoetess

2003-06-11 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)

*smooch* Thank you!

No phone call. Nyah!

circe_tigana

2003-06-10 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

I loved the subtleties in this. Disturbing. Bang on.

Very well done!

mpoetess

2003-06-11 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

db2305

2003-06-11 12:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Very subtle and disturbing! Perfect Wesley.

mpoetess

2003-06-11 07:19 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you! Glad I could..er... disturb you. Yay!

onetwomany

2003-06-11 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Hot damn. Great Wes, and a lovely job with a pairing that I would never really have even considered.

mpoetess

2003-06-11 07:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Thanks! Connor/Wes, I've seen and thought about, but god knows Connor/Wes set *after* "Home" filled me with "Aggggh? Help!" dread!

whimsicalnotion

2003-06-11 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)

That was wonderfully written. It must be great foreplay because now I have a disturbing yen for more explicit Wes/Connor smut.

Lovely; what are the chances of you writing more of this?. I know you must get asked that all the time, but it's a time and place I'd love to visit if you ever wrote about it again.

mpoetess

2003-06-11 07:21 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you.

And snerk. No phone call! No! No! No sequels! No! No! Sequels are the tool of Satan!

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girlfromsouth

2003-06-11 07:47 am (UTC) (Link)

I gotta admit.... I thought Connor/Wes, *what*??, when I saw the pairing.

But, damn, you made a believer out of me. Whewww! Just... wonderfully good, disturbing and sad. And just pitch perfect Wesley.

Happy sigh.

mpoetess

2003-06-11 08:07 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you! Yeah, it's a bit of a weird pairing, but it's certainly rife with possibility for fucked-up-ed-ness. Whee! Dysfunction!

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