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14 March 2007 @ 11:15 am
QaF Fic "Through a Mirror, Darkly" Chapter 1  
Okay, here's the beginning of that horror story I was talking about. It's not crack. It's angst. That doesn't mean that it's not Brian/Justin and that it won't have a happy ending.

Also, it's not horror as in blood and guts and slasher type horror, but more of a supernatural type horror - Twilight Zone like.

Under the cut is a spoiler warning. If you want to know how bad this is - then read this. If you trust me, then go ahead and read at your own risk.

Have I ever steered you wrong? Okay, I mean, I know I put Sap in the sausage and had Justin eat him - but come on! Did I let Mikey get eaten by the piranha? Oh sure - I still had them take out his spleen, but Cowlip actually did that!

This is about two parallel worlds. One which we know about and another that our Brian has found himself in. There will be a major character death in the other world - actually - there already has been. There is nothing squicky, per se. It's just a dark story. Our boys will still be together in the end and no, they won't be dead but very much alive - this is the best way I can think of to show once and for fucking all how much Brian Kinney wants to be with Justin Taylor. Just trust me but yes, this will get angsty.

Title: Through a Mirror Darkly
Chapter: 1
Pairing: Brian/Justin - duh!
Genre: Angst/Horror
Warnings: Character Death but not what you think.
Summary: Takes a strange turn at the end of Episode 217, when Brian goes to tell Justin about his new partnership.

Disclaimers: I don't own Cowlip or the boys - now in a parallel world....

Brian got off the plane that brought him home to the Pitts, a slight skip in his step and a smirk firmly planted on his face, knowing that he had Vance in a corner and there was nothing his new boss could do about it.

He tried the word 'Partner' out on his lips a few times, ignoring the stares of passersby. He envisioned being introduced to their new clients, Vance no doubt having to choke on the words, 'Yes, and this is my partner, Brian Kinney.'

Brian had to laugh at the ironic turn that line would take when Vance would have to utter those words. Of course he had to laugh again at the sheer audacity of anyone saying the word 'partner' and 'Brian Kinney' in the same sentence. Which of course, brought him back to Justin.

All things led back to Justin.

Brian had known he had been a bit of an asshole to the kid lately. The whole fiasco with the kid's birthday, him pissing on his art, which he still refuses to admit why exactly that bothered him - Brian Kinney really did not do jealousy. But there was something about the fact that when he walked in his loft and found Mikey's hand on Justin, even knowing that nothing could or would have happened, but just knowing that Mikey was getting to share something so intimate with Justin, just...well, it just irked him.

There was a brief moment, very brief, but it was still there, that Brian Kinney, Mr. No Regrets himself, had wished he had never met one Mr. Michael Novotny.

And then the moment was gone and he just felt rage - and how apropros was that - to be pissing on his very image, his very likeness. His alter-ego was aptly named.

So with everything going on, he had decided to get Justin something. A week away in Vermont - no school, no ad campaigns, no guys, no Babylon, no Woodys. It would be ridiculously romantic. Brian cringed when he thought about the term 'ridiculously romantic' and filed it away, in a file that went into a drawer in a cabinet that was locked with ten different locks and the cabinet was encased in cement and left at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

Of course, things not always going quite as he planned, that stupid fucker Marty sold the agency and put Vance in charge, which made it so he had to protect his job and do something drastic because without that job, there would be no nice loft, no nice things in the loft and no school tuition and as much as he was loathe to admit it to anyone, that thought out of everything else just...irked him.

There were always things about Justin that irked him. Things he didn't want to admit. Things that made him wonder what happened to the Brian Kinney he knew before the night Gus was born. Before he met a kid under a streetlight who...

And that's when Brian shut down again and put those feelings in another file in another drawer in another cabinet that was buried somewhere deep and dark, possibly the Mariana Trench.

Brian arrived at Vanguard, relishing with glee what the scenario would be when he confronted Vance with his news.

Brian had walked out of Vanguard with that same skip and smirk again, loving the gobsmacked look on ole Vance's face. He remembered passing Cynthia on his way out as well, the look of triumph and new found respect on her face making Brian smile all the more. There were not many people he could trust in his corporate world, but he knew he could always trust Cynthia. No matter whatever happened, she would be there for him and he would be there for her.

As he reached the loft, he once again imagined all the different scenarios that would materialize in the next few minutes. Only this time they were concerning one blond and were much more satisfying. He thought about what would happen when he wandered into the loft and greeted Justin with his good news - about the kid running and jumping into his arms, planting kisses all over his face. That left a huge smile on his face.

Another scenario showed him coming home to an empty loft because Justin decided that maybe he should go on the trip to Vermont anyway. Although that scenario was probably more likely and left Brian thinking that he could understand the kid for wanting to do that, it still left him with an uneasy feeling in the pit of his stomach.

This of course, caused him to park the Jeep quickly and run up the stairs two at a time, and then pulling the loft door open with a slightly expectant and nervous force.

"Hey Sunshine! Come congratulate me," Brian said as he held the champagne bottle and threw his coat on the couch. "Your partner," Brian said smugly, "just made partner."

That uneasy feeling washed over Brian once again. The diner! He must be at the diner, working, Brian thought. Yeah, that was it.

After Brian had checked the diner and didn't see Justin, he walked over to Woody's and saw the guys. Of course, you couldn't miss them, what with that hideous pink feathery coat Emmett was wearing.

Brian ran up to the guys, bouncing still, not being able to contain his excitement, waiting to see Justin's face when he told him about being made partner.

"Look who it is," Mikey said.

"Oh, hiya stranger," Emmett said while taking his sunglasses off.

"Huh - the face looks familiar," Ted remarked.

"Shut the fuck up," Brian replied.

"Unfortunately the voice sounds the same," Ted responded.

Brian ran up to Mikey and kissed him on the lips.

"When did ya get back?" Mikey asked smiling.

"A few of hours ago," Brian replied excitedly. "Where's Justin?"

Ted looked over at Brian and scoffed.

Emmett looked at Brian questioningly. "Who's Justin?"


I love feedback. Because of the warnings and everything - if you have decided to read - let me know. You don't have to say anything of great importance, just "I'm reading."
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Maria: B/J cha cha chaslave_o_spike on March 14th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)

*points to icon*

critic75critic75 on March 14th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
"I'm reading."
Maria: B/J ILUslave_o_spike on March 14th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
Well, I figured you would. But the two words worry me.

So who are you and what have you done with Joyce?!?!
Rory Haroldforeverfolked on March 14th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
Horrifyingly Beautiful
What an awesome truly genius premise! My mind is just sizzling with the after affects of the last line of this chapter. Oooooh fuck! You must update immediately. Dear God! What do we have to do for an update right away? This was just fantastic, keep it up, please! -Rory
Maria: BJ cuddleslave_o_spike on March 14th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Horrifyingly Beautiful
An update is coming soon. I won't leave anyone hanging for too long.

Genius? I'm not so sure about that, but okay, if you say so.

:) Thanks!
Hannah: QAF Gus Tragicifiedherberta2006 on March 14th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
They forgot Justin?????
Maria: BJ Stayslave_o_spike on March 14th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
Well, not exactly....

Stay tuned!
amtamburoamtamburo on March 14th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
WHAT??? You can't leave this here! ~wanders around room pulling at hair~

More... please?? :) ~begs~
Maria: BJ Guh Showerslave_o_spike on March 14th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
More possibly later tonight - if I can get all my shit done here at home.

*crazy glues hair back in place*
shadownyc: callie89 - Bri-Jus shadownyc on March 14th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
You make me crazy and you totally suck me into your incredible stories. Ahhhhh, now you have to continue posting soon!!!!
Maria: B/J ILUslave_o_spike on March 14th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
More soon! I promise! Really.

Sorry for the sucking in thing - I can't help it!

*shrugs shoulders*

bodleianbodleian on March 14th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
OK - you've got me. Update soon as I want to know more.
Maria: BJ Stayslave_o_spike on March 14th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
Will be updating soon!

trishwishtrishwish on March 14th, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
Tee hee! I love parallel world fics. :) I had a blast writing mine. This one is really good so far. I look forward to more, babe!

Maria: B/J cha cha chaslave_o_spike on March 14th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
Which one is the parallel world fic?

And I hope to be able to keep the tension up!

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Still want him in your pack?_alicesprings on March 14th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
I'll wait til it's finished, darling!
Maria: BJ copulatingslave_o_spike on March 15th, 2007 05:14 am (UTC)
Well, okay...

Chaos..panic..disorder...my work here is done.: Mandy-brian orgasmjillapet on March 14th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)

Maria, WTF, mate? NO JUSTIN?!?!?!?


You know you must write now... right now!
Maria: BJ cuddleslave_o_spike on March 15th, 2007 05:14 am (UTC)
God I love him in that icon.

Of course, I prefer him in overalls...:P

Anywho - I did write now - right now!

Chapter 2 is up Pet!

Thanks! (You know it'll be okay - just keep saying that)
Lisabrianswalk on March 14th, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
Crap. I read the warning by mistake. See? I trusted you, I'm just stoopid.
I'm reading but I need more to read. Now.
Maria: B/J ILUslave_o_spike on March 15th, 2007 05:12 am (UTC)
Oh shit! Sorry about that - it's just that I know what would happen if I didn't post some kind of warning - so I posted a warning to the warning. LOL!

Anywho - you want more now?

You got it - chapter 2 is up!
Alexander: wonderlandashmedai on March 14th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
OMG ... say what?! This is fantastic, I thrive on reading dark, angsty fic - can't wait to read more! Thanks for posting, I'll pounce on the next update. :))
Maria: BJ Stayslave_o_spike on March 15th, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I thrive on reading dark, angsty fic

Then you're gonna love this!

Get ready to pounce - next chapter is up!

And yes, my oldest daughter's name is Alex too. We named her Alexandra but we all call her Alex. Of course, now that she's 18, she likes to pretend that she's all grown up and says she prefers everyone to call her Alexandra.

Nobody does though. :P
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Maria: BJ cuddleslave_o_spike on March 15th, 2007 05:09 am (UTC)
Awwww - why thank you!

Chapter 2 is up btw!
Create Your Reality: fic cliffhangercourt1429 on March 15th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
I am totally reading! *taps foot, looks at watch*
Maria: B/J cha cha chaslave_o_spike on March 15th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
Oh stop tapping and watching that...er...watch. Chapter 2 is up.

And yeah - I think that icon of yours fits me well with the cliffies!

Ilariayoubetterwiseup on March 15th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
*alarm bells ringing all over the place*

what a cliff, Lady...

now, why don't you give us more soon. Very soon.
Maria: BJ cuddleslave_o_spike on March 15th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
Okay - come back off the cliff that I put you on - chapter 2 is up!