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14 June 2006 @ 07:19 am
Queer as Folk Standalone Ficlet  
Bad news: So, my dryer gave up the ghost on Thursday night and I've been at the laundromat practically every night since (5 kids, a sister-in-law, my hubby and me - do you know how many clothes and towels that generates in a single week?).

Good news: We bought a dryer the same night...

Bad news: but hubby decided to completely gut the utility room so it matches the kitchen.

Good news: It, well, it'll match the kitchen.

Even Better news: I have loads (no pun intended) of time to write fiction at the laundromat. Best 2 hours of writing time in my day.

This standalone is a slight departure from how I write. It's actually *gasp* serious.


Title: At Night, When the Real Monsters Come Out
Pairing: B/J
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: None
Timeline: Late Season 1
Summary: There's a few reasons why Vic likes the wee hours of the morning. His POV.
Disclaimers: I don't own Cowlip or the boys. I do own a new front loading dryer though!

NOTE: I once read a story on BJfic.net by Tinkabelle entitled Night Intrusions. In the story, she has Brian visiting Justin in the early morning at Debbie's house (coming through his window). I always thought that that would be something Brian would have done at least once. This story takes the idea that he did and that the walls are pretty thin.







Vic liked this time of the night. It's when the real monsters come out.

That, at least, is what his grandfather told him when he was a child. Monsters that made the Universal monsters tame in comparison. Forget the Wolfman, the Mummy and Dracula. Real monsters were hideous, his grandfather would say. Vic would sometimes stay up in his bed until 2:00 in the morning, hiding under the covers with a flashlight, trembling with anticipation until they would come only to fall asleep before he could catch just a glimpse. Creatures possibly as fantastical as the demons in the Cthulhu Mythos that he had been reading about in books given to him by his best friend. Vic would devour page after page until his father would find the books and throw them away saying he shouldn't be filling his head with such nonsense.

Of course, it was years later when he found out what his Grandfather had actually meant. In his translation, which was spotty at best, he didn't mean monsters but demons, real demons. And it wasn't demons as in creatures, but as in all the hidden fears and anxieties kept under lock and key during the day within a person, only to be let out late at night when they thought no one else was looking.

In was even more years later that Vic realized that these same demons that came out at night were far more terrifying than anything HP Lovecraft could ever conjure up. These were real fears and trepidations.

This was the time Vic could reflect on everything without interruption or distractions. He could mull over things like a nephew who was in love with a man who he could never have. That someday, Michael would have to grow up, and that the good Doctor, as much as Vic admired him, was not what Michael needed. Or he could reflect on the fact that his sister was working herself into an early grave despite his best intentions and something had to be done about it but he was powerless to stop her. Or he could just reflect on his worst inner demon - the one that was very tangible. The one that might take him away from his loved ones without so much as a thought for what he would be leaving behind.

Most people didn't like this time of night because that was when their worst fears would surface laying them completely vulnerable - exposed for all to see. All walls temporarily down.

Vic liked this time of night because he never felt as alive as he did when he laid bare without his shields. It was his proof that he was still here.

There was another reason he liked this time of night. It had been happening more and more as of recently. He could hear the sound of the jeep outside and any minute he would hear the unmistakable sound of the...

tap, tap, tap

"Justin! Justin!"

"Brian?"

Vic always had to laugh at this part. After all this time, who else would be knocking at his window?

"Open the window. It's fucking freezing out here."

The opening of the sash could be heard.

"Brian what are you doing here? It's...3:15."

This was another thing Vic privately laughed at - Justin always asking Brian what he was doing here at this time of night, and the inevitable answer always being because Brian was bored or because the blowjobs weren't up to par at Babylon or...

"I was bored. This guy was giving me a blowjob in the backroom and I think I fell asleep."

...or both.

"You want me to take care of that for you? I promise you won't fall asleep." Vic could almost see the way Justin was teasing Brian.

He could almost make out Brian's lip-bite as an answer.

"What do you think?"

Vic imagined Brian was pulling Justin to him right now, there would be kissing and then Justin would go down on him.

About ten minutes later, not that Vic was counting, he could hear the groans and Brian's tempo increasing and then the finale.

The sound of bed linen rustling - Brian must be arranging himself on the bed, laying Justin across his chest. He'd noticed them do this on the couch quite a few times when they thought no one was looking.

This was the part Vic liked waiting for. Not the sounds of sexual ecstasy being achieved, although that was a nice side benefit, but this, after that.

"How's school?"

"Okay."

"1500 on your SATs? I know you must have done phenomenal on the verbal. And all you can say is 'okay?'"

"It's alright."

"Ah, we've moved to 'alright.' We might get into 'fine' if we keep going."

Vic didn't hear any reply from the normally verbose teenager.

"Justin? Really, how's it going? Is it...is it that kid? Is he still bothering you?"

"You mean Chris?"

"Yeah."

"He pushed me up against the wall the other day. Really, Brian it's okay. Nothing happened."

Vic could almost see the worried expression on Brian's face.

"Shit! I knew the night you outed that fuck...fuck!"

"Brian, seriously, it'll be okay. He can't do anything to me. Really."

Vic wasn't so sure about that.

"God - I should have stopped you when you were outing Chris. I shouldn't have stood there. I knew he would make trouble for you. You told everyone, including his friends, that you gave him a hand-job. He's probably..."

"Brian. Sssh. It's okay."

"Stop saying that. You don't know that. Guys like him are unpredictable. I should have done something."

"You're always saying 'fuck em - who cares what they think - we are who we are.' I just did what I thought you would do."

"Yeah, I know....I wish I never told you all that crap."

Vic could hear Brian's footsteps. Brian was no doubt rubbing the back of his head while pacing the room.

"You shouldn't always listen to everything I say."

"Brian? Are you, Mr. 'No Regrets' actually regretting this? I can't believe it!"

Vic could probably bet the house the kid was standing there with his arms across his chest.

"I do regret some things, Justin. We all do."

Vic figured Brian would conveniently forget he ever had this conversation with Justin tomorrow. Justin would pretend it never happened so Brian could save face.

"I better go."

Vic could hear a few kisses being exchanged, the sash being thrown open and Brian climbing out of the window.

"Justin, be careful, okay?"

"Okay, Brian."

Vic liked this time of night. It's when the real Brian Kinney comes out.



-fin-


Feedback is Welcome
 
 
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Still want him in your pack?: yes please by ? help me out_alicesprings on June 14th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
Awwwwwwww. Write more serious stuff ok? &heats; ♥ ♥
Maria: B/J cha cha chaslave_o_spike on June 14th, 2006 02:56 pm (UTC)
It's funny but the little lines don't show up as hearts on my LJ but they do in my mail. Weird.

I'll write alittle balance of both.

BTW - I noticed you had a problem getting updates a few days ago. Did you actually see Chap 7 of my series, 'Tea with the Munchers?'
(no subject) - _alicesprings on June 15th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
Still want him in your pack?: sunshine by paddies_alicesprings on June 14th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
eek!
Still want him in your pack?: evil twink glare by weirdqafan_alicesprings on June 14th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, and congrats on the new dryer. I will stop spamming you now.
Still want him in your pack?: sunshine by paddies_alicesprings on June 16th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
Or maybe not.

I just read it again. And liked it even more this time!

This was my favourite bit. Made me laugh;

tap, tap, tap

"Justin! Justin!"

"Brian?"

Vic always had to laugh at this part. After all this time, who else would be knocking at his window?

"Open the window. It's fucking freezing out here."

The opening of the sash could be heard.

"Brian what are you doing here? It's...3:15."

This was another thing Vic privately laughed at - Justin always asking Brian what he was doing here at this time of night, and the inevitable answer always being because Brian was bored or because the blowjobs weren't up to par at Babylon or...

"I was bored. This guy was giving me a blowjob in the backroom and I think I fell asleep."

...or both.


Sweet! xoxo
(no subject) - slave_o_spike on June 16th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC) (Expand)
My Flame Burns Bright: In your dreamssuch_a_steph on June 14th, 2006 02:52 pm (UTC)
This was great! And it's nice to have the outsiders perspective. Now go do some more laundry ;)
Maria: BJ copulatingslave_o_spike on June 14th, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks - I like the outsider's perspective on their relationship the best (except for Mikey's because we all know how he felt).

And I'm pretty much done with the laundry for now, thank you very much.
FanSeefansee on June 14th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
The Real Brian
Yummy.

FanSee, off to see Rufus at Carnegie Hall.
Maria: BJ Guh Showerslave_o_spike on June 15th, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
Re: The Real Brian
Yummy.

Now Brian didn't eat Justin. Thanks for the fb.

Oh and, lucky you!
Chaos..panic..disorder...my work here is done.: Frenchingjillapet on June 14th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
Oh Maria, this was great! I love the last line, and how Vic could picture their actions in his mind.

Keep writing more serious stuff....but don't stop the cannibal fic. I need my daily dose of crack!fic, and you are my favorite dealer!
Maria: Buffy Angel was this big...slave_o_spike on June 15th, 2006 12:44 am (UTC)
I'm still dealing out the crack (fic that is). In fact the next chapter will be oh-so-sinister (cue spooky music)...

And yeah, Vic could picture their actions in his mind (he might have fantasized about them several times :P).

Thanks for the fb
zoshazosha2003 on June 14th, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC)
really sweet ... so you're good at sweet too huh?

I liked it ... any more news from Arsenic central (uh - I mean Mel & Linds happy home)?
Maria: Neil Mysterious Skinslave_o_spike on June 15th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
I can do sweet (wait till you see what the clan eats for dessert!)

And the next chapter will be...ahem....enlightening.
Alix Strangeagneson9 on June 14th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
Invisible like Ted -- once more.
Maria: Chicken Little dancingslave_o_spike on June 15th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
...I see you....
Gondor's Finest Brothers: 208 brian listensfaramir_boromir on June 14th, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
One of those points of view we never hear from, but should: Vic. His take on their relationship as an older gay man is endearing. You've done well!
Maria: B/J cha cha chaslave_o_spike on June 15th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
I've seen Vic in fandom but not very much and they sometimes use him incorrectly. It's such a waste since he wasn't used very much on the show and you can be very liberal with him in fanfic.

Thank you for the fb - I'm glad I got his POV across so well.
Loisllvoncan on June 14th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
Yup!! I could so see this happening too. Great little story
Maria: Justin condomslave_o_spike on June 15th, 2006 12:50 am (UTC)
I want to see this happening! LOL

Thanks for the fb.
Crazy Kari: I'd do it for a hundred too.hpdmslashlp on June 14th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
aww. I love Vic.
Maria: B/Jslave_o_spike on June 15th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
Me too. I wanted to give him what the show refused to - some character.

Thanks.
(no subject) - hpdmslashlp on June 15th, 2006 03:19 am (UTC) (Expand)
Notincinreader1 on June 14th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
Lovely
Really enjoyed this. Unusual premise for a story. Thanks for posting. Sherrie
Maria: Justin gets caughtslave_o_spike on June 15th, 2006 12:53 am (UTC)
Re: Lovely
Unusual premise for a story.

Well, I'm kind of like that. If you saw my current WIP, you'd think this was positively normal.

Thank you for the fb - glad you enjoyed.
A fan: Lucy2justinlovesart on June 14th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
Loved it: Brian all worried about Justin and Vic's insight. Vic is so underused in fiction. Thank you for bringing him back to life for a little while.
Maria: BJ copulatingslave_o_spike on June 15th, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)
I thought Vic was underused to. I said to someone above that you have a great resource here to write fic using someone with experience and you could be very creative with him as he was so underused on the show too.

Thank you
theiax on June 14th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)
What a lovely story. Really nice idea, the real, caring, Brian Kinney when nobody else is around to see. Thank you.
Maria: B/J cha cha chaslave_o_spike on June 15th, 2006 12:56 am (UTC)
I always thought Brian was in there somewhere but he couldn't exactly show anyone.

Thanks
Wrenwren_kt7oz on June 14th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
I liked this a lot.

I miss Vic. It was nice to have him back for a while.

And I liked the glimpse of the "real Brian" too.

Very nice.
Maria: BJ Sex Take 2slave_o_spike on June 15th, 2006 12:57 am (UTC)
I missed Vic in S5 too. "Real Brian" has always been fun to write for me.

Thanks for the fb