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Tin Man drabble: Keeper

The first time they made love, it was with a such an edge of desperation and pure, intense lust that they never made it to a bed. Never made it out of their clothes. Cain suspected he had splinters from the hard wood floor but Glitch insisted that he didn't.

It was the night they regained their kingdom and their proper places in the world.

The second time was slower, with the dim light of the pre-dawn hours casting a soft blue glow over Ambrose's bed, but somehow, impossibly, more passionate than the last.

Finally, after hours of soft skin and shuddering sighs and the occasional brush of fingers across metal, they lay tangled and sated among the newly replaced bedding. Cain, sprawled on his back, one hand tucked under his head and the other arm wrapped around Glitch, sighed contentedly.

Glitch was stretched along Wyatt's side, head pillowed on the now undamaged shoulder and the fingers of one hand tracing lazily over flesh and muscle. He was unusually silent, a soft, enigmatic smile just barely gracing his thin lips.

Cain's fingers brushed up and down Glitch's back, one lightly trailing along the prominent ridge of a shoulder bone. He was careful not to get his wandering fingers stuck in Glitch's hair, after that first time.

The motions of Glitch's fingers on Cain's chest became more determined, focused and repetitive. Cain glanced down, wondering if it was possible to have a non-verbal glitch. "What are you doing?" he prompted.

"Writing my name."

Feeling the shape of the letters being formed, Wyatt frowned slightly. "Doesn't feel like 'Glitch.'"

"It's not," Glitch answered, his focus unbroken. As his touch started a new cycle, he spoke the letters out loud. "A..m..b..r..o..s..e."

"Why are you writing your real name on me?" Cain asked, half-amused but also sincerely curious. Glitch hadn't asked him to call him by his proper name; Wyatt wondered if this was Glitch's way of telling him to.

"Because I don't want to forget it again," Glitch replied softly, his hair scratching lightly on Cain's skin as he shifted his head. "If I give it to you, I know where it is. It's yours now, keep it safe for me."

Cain swallowed hard, awed at the responsibility being handed to him with such a simple gesture. He brought his free hand down to touch Glitch's jaw, making the other man look up at him. "Thank you for trusting me," Wyatt whispered, holding his gaze.

Glitch smiled warmly. "You trusted me with your heart. This is all I have to give you in return."

Pulling Glitch close, resting his chin on the warmed metal of the zipper, Cain closed his eyes tight against the unexpected sting. "You have so much more. I just need to help you remember."


( 24 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 29th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
-whimper- That was... was... I have no words. Awesome doesn't do it justice.
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
*hugs* Thank you so much!
Apr. 29th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)
Apr. 30th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)

That was absolutely beautiful.

Wow. I'm speechless, really. Perfection.
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
\o/ Thank you!!
Apr. 30th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
Beautiful! Bravo!
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks, dear!
Apr. 30th, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
UUuhhhhhhh OMG i just died...

*falls off chair*

Apr. 30th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
Hehheheee! I'm honored to have caused such a reaction. *places pillow under you*
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
*Teary eyed and awed into silence*
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
*hands tissue* Thank you so much for the kind thoughts! \o/
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
All I have for you is to show you my wide teary eyes and point to your fic with a somber squeak. So much love.
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
Oh! *hugs* S'okay, that's more than enough! Thank you!!
Apr. 30th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, my goodness, this was SO beautiful! On so many levels. The name, the real name, Glitch wanting to remember it and entrusting it to Cain. *mems reverently*
I also liked the notion of a nonverbal glitch, and "resting his chin on the warmed metal"
Just gorgeous.
Apr. 30th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
*massive hugs* Thankyou thankyou! I never know what's going to come up when I start a drabble (I just open a 'post new comment' window and start typing with no intent in mind)....I'm always thrilled when whatever turns out gets such a wonderful response. :D
May. 1st, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
there... there are no words for this. you've taken everything lovely and just--- it's beautiful. *AWE*
May. 1st, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
\o/ Thank you very much!
May. 3rd, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
This was so sweet.
May. 3rd, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks for reading it! :D
May. 26th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
Wandered in randomly, and am now wandering off again in tears. So quietly, reverently beautiful. *wipes eyes in frustration* Sorry.
May. 27th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
*offers hugs* Awwww, s'okay! It's a happy place! Thank you for the lovely comment, it's very much appreciated!
Sep. 7th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
Fic: Keeper
That is gorgeous.
Sep. 7th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Fic: Keeper
Oh, thank you! :D
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