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17 March 2007 @ 04:49 pm
QaF Fic "Through a Mirror, Darkly" Chapter 4  
Sorry I didn't post last night - I finally took Megan and Griffon to go see 300.

It's always fun watching movies like that when you're sitting next to your 15 year old daughter. 'OMG - that's Faramir and he's so hot here!' 'OMG - that guy is so hot' Yadda Yadda Yadda...

Here ya go!!!

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: 4
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 - however, I do own my Expedition still as I didn't have to bail my cook out of jail! Yay!!!

Author's Note: For the purpose of this story - Justin never went on the trip to Vermont since Mikey was a good friend to BOTH Brian and Justin and convinced Justin to stay and wait for Brian.

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3

"So now that you're partner, Kinney, how are you going to get my job back?"

Brian looked at the man. He didn't need this now. He opened his mouth and let the only words he could think of come out.

"Hello Kip."

"Brian," Kip said with what Brian could only label a 'shit-eating grin.' "So, now that the pleasantries are out of the way, how are you going to get my job back after that asshole Gardner fired me?"

Brian bit his lip. He had to wonder what he had done in some past life to have everything conspire against him in this instant by firstly (and most importantly) taking Justin away, but then to have to add insult onto injury by saddling him with this calculating, talentless asshole.

Now Brian was not a stupid man. He knew that whatever had happened to him that night, that he had to accept all possible scenarios. Nothing would take him by surprise at this point in time.

He couldn't afford it anymore. He needed his wits about him to locate Justin and any obstacle that was thrown his way, such as the one standing in front of him, needed to be dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible.

This was just another surprise hurled at him and it was quite possible it would not be the last.

That didn't mean he had to like it though.

"So, Kip, how is you losing your job at the agency my problem?" Brian asked, trying not to give away the fact that he hadn't worked with the man for over a year and had no idea of their history in that time period.

"Shit Kinney. Are we back to square one here?" Kip asked while crossing his arms over his chest and getting right into Brian's face. "A year ago, I didn't scream 'sexual harassment' and you," Kip punctuated by tapping Brian's chest, "got me a choice position with the company..."

"Yeah, I remember your choice position all too well, flat on your back on my desk," Brian smirked. Brian stepped back from Kip, trying to put enough distance between himself and the repugnant man. "But that was last year, it's Vance's call what he wants to do with you."

"No, no no boss," Kip said and got back into Brian's space, "you see, nothing's changed. I'm still your problem, as you like to call me, until the Statute of Limitations runs out. I can still cry harassment for up to another year. I looked it up. So now that you're partner, you'll need to put in a good word for one of your most dedicated and hard working junior execs, which just happens to be me," Kip said as he pointed to himself with a smug smile on his abhorrent face.

Brian had to wonder why he ever fucked the man.


Brian chuckled. "Do you know what I had to go through to keep my fucking job? You're on your own Kip." Brian turned away to address the gang who had been taking in the events with shocked and worried faces. Kip had come up behind Brian and spun him around.

"Oh, I don't think so, Kinney," Kip said. "How hard could it be? Here's how it would go." Kip started to mimic Brian's voice. "'Oh Vance - a word please - you know, I just can't live without my extremely talented, fiercely loyal junior ad man, Kip. It would be such a waste to let him go. He would be such an asset.' See? Easy."

Brian laughed. "And you want me to say all that with a straight face, do you?" Brian gripped Kip's shoulder while getting into the younger man's face. "Kip, you had a few good ideas but you were no where near ready for the job that I apparently put you in. I'm amazed you never brought down the company. And believe me when I say, that the two times we had sex," and Brian had to hope to God that it had only been the two times in this fucked up version of his life, "is not enough to keep blackmailing me."

Brian had to stop and pause while looking at Kip. The man had gone through with his harassment lawsuit in the life Brian had known all this time. But then he had mysteriously dropped the suit, knowing full well that he had an iron-clad case.

It made him have to clear his mind of all the external distractions going on around him and realize something - something he couldn't believe he hadn't seen before. The sudden realization hit him fast and hard.

Justin must have had a hand in getting Kip to drop the case. That could be the only explanation.

Kip was just about to open his mouth to retort when Brian looked at the man. "Oh, you're still here? Go away," Brian said while shooing the man away with a wave of his hand. "You're not my problem anymore."

"Fuck you Kinney! I'll get you," Kip screamed as he stormed out of Woody's.

Brian yelled back, "You're a shitty ad man with unoriginal ideas! Even your threats are cliche!"

"Briiian," Michael whined. "Are you nuts?"

"Oh what, him?" Brian scoffed. "Like I could give a shit about that right now. I have much bigger problems. I have to go find Justin."

"Who. Is. Justin?" Michael screamed.

"Didn't you hear him the first time?" Ted asked. "He's blond and sweet and he goes up to here," Ted said while placing his hand under his chin.

"And your mother calls him Sunshine because of his smile,"Emmett finished off with a flourish while pointing at Michael. Both Emmett and Ted started laughing.

"Will you guys get serious? Brian just told Kip to fuck off," Michael exclaimed.

"And this is something new for Brian in what way?" Ted asked.

Michael scoffed at the two and then turned to Brian. "Brian, what's happening?"

"The reason Kip has something on me now is because I don't know Justin now," Brian said, more talking to himself than the people standing around him.

"So," Ted said shaking his head, "you don't know who Justin is now?"

"Of course I know who Justin is, I just don't know him now, see?" Brian said as if it was the clearest thing in the world.

"So you know Justin now, but you don't know him now-now?" Ted asked.

"Yes," Brian said. "You got it."

"What did I get?" Ted asked confused.

Emmett leaned in to whisper into Ted's ear, "well, when you get it, could you explain it to me?"

"I knew Justin then, so I know him now, but because I supposedly don't know him now, things have changed," Brian exclaimed.

"Oh," Ted said. "So you know him then-now but not now-now, right?"

"Yes," Brian said excitedly. He had to get the hell out of there.

Brian had always refused to admit how much meeting and getting to know Justin had changed him over the past year and a half. But it had and here was living proof in the form of Kip. Of course, Brian couldn't think of all the other ways Justin had influenced his life.

At least, he wouldn't right at that moment. He really needed to keep a clear head about him and dwelling in how fucked up things were at the moment and talking to his friends was not helping matters at all.

"I have to go and find Justin now."

"Is that then-now or now-now?" Ted asked.

"Theodore!" Brian exclaimed. "Michael, you stay here with Abbott and Costello. I need to do this on my own."

"Brian, what about Kip? He could go after you. Don't you care about your job? You know, you have more to lose now that you've made partner."

Brian looked down at Michael and took him in a close embrace. "Oh Michael...I've already lost more than you'll ever know," Brian whispered close to Michael's ear.

Brian broke off the embrace. "I have to go."

"No Brian," Michael stopped Brian from going by putting his hand on Brian's arm, but Brian tore away and ran out of Woody's.

"Well, he's certainly off in quite a hurry," Emmett said.

Michael looked at the exit and slumped his shoulders in defeat. "He's off to find Justin."

"Oh, do you know Justin now?" Ted asked.

Michael and Emmett looked at Ted while Michael swiped at Ted's shoulder. "Quit it Teddy."

As all three men turned toward their table while laughing, Michael stopped and turned around. He noticed he was not the only one who had been watching as Brian had run out of the bar. Michael saw that Mysterious Marilyn had her eyes on the door Brian had just vacated. She then turned and looked straight at Michael.

Michael gasped as he took in the very pale face and trembling form of the normally stoic Marilyn.

And in the other dimension...

After Brian had had the confrontation with the mysterious blond in his loft, he had driven the Jeep around the block a few times trying to find the kid after he had taken off. He finally decided to give up and just head to Woody's. The lad had said he was going to meet the guys there so at least he knew he hadn't completely lost him.

And if the kid wasn't there, then he would just ask Michael about how to find him.

He'd at least get the kid's name, if Michael even knew that.

And how in the hell did Michael know someone like him? Was he some customer at the comic book store? He certainly didn't look like it. Michael would have had to have met him in the past day or two because he certainly would have known about someone that looked like the kid if Michael had met him before Brian had gone to Chicago.

And speaking of Mikey - he had some serious explaining to do. He needed to find out what he was thinking letting a trick stay at his loft while no one else was there, no matter how sweet and trusting the trick may have looked.

Of course, other adjectives also came to mind when he thought of the blond - delicious, fuckable...

And Brian knew he really didn't need to go there right now as he could feel his erection growing.

And what was with all the stuff - the computer and the art supplies and God knows what else? He would have to ask the kid about that later. But then, what he wanted to do with the boy later had nothing to do with talking. He wanted the kid to be using his mouth for other things.

Brian parked the Jeep and still didn't see a blond head anywhere.

Not that he was looking too hard.

He finally caught sight of the guys who were lined up on the steps. Emmett was wearing that hideous coat thing. Brian ran up to the guys.

"Look who it is," Mikey said in surprise.

"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 hours ago," Brian replied excitedly. "I've got great news!"

Michael took that time to look around Brian as if he was looking for somebody.

"Brian," Michael asked, "isn't Justin with you?"

Brian looked at all three men in confusion. "Who's Justin?"


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Maria: Brian scaredslave_o_spike on March 18th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
Now. Now.

(Tee hee - get it? now-now?)

Anywho - I can't have my readers spontaneously combusting!

More to come tomorrow morning. I would have posted more on this chapter but it would have been too long.

shadownyc: paddies  - 312-Oh shit-animatedshadownyc on March 18th, 2007 12:28 am (UTC)
Every time I read this I get more confused and I absolutely can not figure out how you're going to resolve this insanity. I love it...it's so original!!!
Maria: B/J ILUslave_o_spike on March 18th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
O_o. Please tell me you can follow the two different parallel worlds.

Or do you mean, just confused as to how I will resolve it - only.

Did that make sense? Or am I as confusing as Ted with his now-now?

But hey! You still love it! Thanks!
(no subject) - shadownyc on March 18th, 2007 01:21 am (UTC) (Expand)
Lisabrianswalk on March 18th, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
Oooh, Mysterious Marilyn is freaked. More and more interesting...
Maria: Brian scaredslave_o_spike on March 18th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
Hey if she's freaked - you know it's gonna be bad....

*cue scary music*

Xana: Togethersra_black on March 18th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
Michael gasped as he took in the very pale face and trembling form of the normally stoic Marilyn.

This doesn't bode well. I fear Brian's in for a big shock. Please tell me you didn't kill that universe's Justin. Please, please. The idea of a Prom without Brian is really scaring me. *stares at the warning* *nail biting*

Please update soon. I can't get this fic out of my mind.
Maria: BJ cuddleslave_o_spike on March 18th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
Well - you do realize that the Prom did not have Brian in that alernate world (or I should call it in the parallel non-canon world)?

He never met Justin so he couldn't go.

The rest? You'll have to read...

Glad I've got your interest! Thanks for the fb!
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Maria: BJ copulatingslave_o_spike on March 18th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
Alot of people do - I know.

Some people on my f-list won't even go near it till it's done.

Although, I do have people on my f-list who won't read other people's WIPs but are reading this one because they know I'll finish it.

Glad you liked Marilyn AND my Ted. He's really my favorite charcater to do in fics - it's almost as if I can channel him.

my2catsmy2cats on March 18th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
You are so evil to stop here,lol
Kip is an asshole...no matter what universe.
So,Mysterious Marilyn seems to know something.
This story is getting better with every chapter,you got me hooked.

Waiting for the next update.
Maria: BJ cuddleslave_o_spike on March 18th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
Evil is my middle name - well, no, cuz that would have meant my parents were, like, really strange...

Yep - Kip is an asshole, no matter where in the two universes he may be.

Marilyn is definitely very hip to what's going on here.

Next update should be in the am.

Renaelyxer on March 18th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
*groans* You won't make this easy on me will you? No? Didn't think so, kthnx. More soon, please...purty please with milk, honey, and sugar on top.
Maria: B/J cha cha chaslave_o_spike on March 18th, 2007 04:06 am (UTC)
Throw in cheesecake and you gotta deal! Actually, there will be more in the morning - I had to break this chapter up.

Thank you and stay tuned!
critic75critic75 on March 18th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
I KNEW there was a reason I was OCD about reading this. Chuckled through all the dialog of the Boys, and even saw the light at the end of the tunnel.
I should have had more faith, and realized that regardless of genre, you. are. the. best. writer. ever.
Your #1 Fan
Viscountess Critic the Discombobulated of Great Leering
Maria: BJ cuddleslave_o_spike on March 18th, 2007 04:04 am (UTC)
For some reason - I have this sinking suspicion that signature is an acronym or something.

My brain just hurts though right now (yeah - now-now) from writing this. I love this story so much (it's my baby) but it can be taxing to edit and re-edit sometimes.

I keep finding little typos too here and there and keep going back to fix.

Yes - you know how much I love the dialog amongst the boys - and always keep the faith - I hope I never steer you wrong! Thank you for the great fb as always!
Skywalker's Dream: Frustrationskywalkersdream on March 18th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
YOu are just plain evil. I just figured that out. How can you just stop like that???
Maria: BJ Stayslave_o_spike on March 18th, 2007 04:01 am (UTC)
I know - I am evil.

*shakes head*

After all - I did give people cannibal!Brian.


As I was saying - I decided to cut this chapter into two and will post the other in the morning. I'm going over it one more time. It's a pretty involved chapter.

Thanks for the fb - glad you're reading!
singlewoman: I have yousinglewoman on March 18th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
I like this. I am confused but I like this. But Justin has to come back to the first dimension so that that SOB Kip doesn't do Brian any more harm right?

Hope you update soon.
Maria: Brian scaredslave_o_spike on March 18th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
Well, we'll just have to see what's in store for Kip.

I will probably be updating in the morning.

I hope it's not too confusing - thanks for the fb!

trishwishtrishwish on March 18th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)
OMG, this is torture! You've been so awesome about updating, though, so I can't really complain too much. Not surprisingly, this chapter was GREAT! And now the usual plea.... More, please. KThnx. :P
Maria: BJ copulatingslave_o_spike on March 18th, 2007 03:56 am (UTC)
More tomorrow in the am probably. I had to cut this chapter into two because I didn't want to throw out too much info at once (esp with Ted and his confusion - LOL).

And hey! Thanks!
Hannah: QAF Brian Fascinatingherberta2006 on March 18th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
When I first read the end, I thought that something about Woody's was making everyone go insane. Then I remember that Brian in that universe doesn't know Justin's name. This fic makes my brain hurt, but I can't stop reading!
Maria: BJ cuddleslave_o_spike on March 18th, 2007 03:54 am (UTC)
Yeah - I mean, fic that you have to stop and think about it. LOL!

It would probably play out better in a movie. I always hope people can follow along. I mean, I know they can, but yeah - you have to think about it.

I'm hoping though it flows better (and is less confusing) than the body swap fic where people were sometimes wondering who was really who.

I was originally going to change that last scene, to where Brian entered Woody's and saw the guys and they said different things - but since this is a parallel world, they would probably say the same things.

Hope it gets clearer (but it still seems to be that you can't get enough) and thanks for the great fb! :)
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Maria: B/J cha cha chaslave_o_spike on March 18th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
*points to your icon*

I think that one has hit the nail on the head.

Ted certainly has a way of putting things into perspective, huh?

Things should become clearer but things are going to get a hell of a lot bumpier!

bodleianbodleian on March 18th, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)
I think that I am now on the same page as everyone else - which is great. Poor Brian - i.e. both of them - they must think that they are going crazy. Not to mention, Justin and Kip - who, by the way, I hate in both universes.
Update quickly' please.
Maria: B/J cha cha chaslave_o_spike on March 18th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
Well yeah - they're both going to think they're crazy soon enough but it will come together soon.

And is this quick enough? Chapter 5 is up!

Simonetta: beautiful backsimodabo on March 18th, 2007 10:57 am (UTC)
This is very interesting, but you keep on posting too short chapters, for my taste!!
It going to be fun to see how and if you can get the right Brian and Justin back together and what is going to happen with the other two.
I'll stay in tune for the updates.
Maria: BJ Stayslave_o_spike on March 18th, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you! This chapter was short because it was going to be part of another one but I decided to break them up. Chapter 5 is up now and it's actually pretty long.

And yes, LOTS will haappen before the right boys get together. Just wait and see.