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Title: When Wonderland Shatters - 10 of 14
Author: Surreal
Characters/Pairings: Glitch/Cain, DG, Raw, Azkadellia, Queen, Ahamo, others
Genre: Adventure, romance
Rating: NC-17 (violence, m/m slash)
Disclaimer: The characters and settings belong to L. Frank Baum and the creative minds behind Tin Man. I do not claim to own anything.
Summary: Of all the indicators that their beautiful kingdom had gone to hell, it was the most simple of gestures that told those watching the moment they all had been utterly screwed.



10. A lick and a promise

Cain had known with a staggering certainty that there was no talking Glitch out of what he was doing. He had seen the determination and unbreakable conviction burning in the man’s eyes when Glitch had kissed him, had spoken those words.

Don’t let go of me.

The bonds holding him to the tree had dissolved along with the rest of the shadows as they drew up into Glitch’s body. Cain leapt to his feet but it all happened too fast, he could only watch helplessly as the sword’s long, thin blade entered his lover’s rigid chest and continued out the center of his back.

By the time Wyatt reached him, DG had let go of the sword’s handle and Glitch was collapsing toward the ground.

Cain made it to his side in time to catch Glitch against his chest, raising one arm to curl around narrow shoulders and dropping the other to wrap around Glitch’s waist. He positioned himself carefully to avoid the impaling sword, keeping Glitch’s head tucked against his collar and one bony shoulder digging into his ribcage.

“By the gods,” Wyatt swore, not entirely sure where to put his hands. The ragged, wet cough broke his heart and he pressed his cheek against the top of Glitch’s head, shocked at how hot the zipper was in spite of the cold around them. “Glitch, stay with me, we’re going to get you home. I’ve got you, sweetheart.”

Looking up to see the stricken expression on DG’s face as she stared at Glitch. Her hand, pale and shaking, came up to brush small fingers over Glitch’s cold cheek. “I’m so sorry.”

“DG,” Wyatt hated how fragile his own voice sounded. “Can you send us back?” His hand slipped down to rest on one of Glitch’s thighs, thumb stroking impatiently.

She didn’t answer him right away, a lost expression on her face as she forced her focus away from watching Glitch fight to breathe. “I...I don’t know, it took Raw’s help to get me here to begin with.”

“Try,” Cain pleaded, eyes shining as he fought to keep from losing it. “You have to try.”

DG bit back a sob, her hand pressed firmly to her mouth for a second before dropping back down on top of Glitch’s limp hand. She drew a stuttering breath and closed her eyes. Faint light flickered from their joined hands for a fraction of a moment before fading again.

“I’m not strong enough, I can’t do it alone,” the princess shook her head, dismayed at her own limitations.

Cain tightened his hold ever so slightly and shifted so he was partially sitting on his coat. Something hard pressed against his hip and he froze, realization making him gasp out loud. “DG,” he said anxiously, shifting back up while being careful not to disturb the badly injured man in his arms. “In my coat pocket, left side – get the round metal thing. It’s how Glitch got us here.”

She did as she was told, pulling out the device and looking at it. “I remember this,” she frowned in confusion. She thumbed the latch open, inspecting the empty chamber. “There’s nothing in here.”

Swearing softly, Cain dropped his chin back down onto Glitch’s head. The warmth of the metal had faded slightly. “I forgot it needs that element to work.”

Glitch shifted against him suddenly, drawing a shallow sip of air. His hand came up slowly to touch the handle of the sword still sticking out of him, fingers tapping lightly on the brass cap at the end.

“Don’t touch it,” Cain grabbed the hand and held it in his own. “It’s the only thing keeping you from bleeding to death.”

“No,” Glitch breathed the word. “Inside. Mor’tanium.”

Cain’s eyes grew wide in understanding. The sword was magical, one of Ambrose’s inventions and it used the same element as who knew how many more of the things he had come up with.

“Hold this still, DG,” Wyatt commanded, waiting until she was carefully gripping the part of the handle closest to the blade before he set to work unscrewing the brass endcap with one hand, keeping the other slung around Glitch’s shoulders. When it came loose he slowly slid it out, finding a short glass tube that was blessedly half-filled with sparkling black dust.

Pulling it free, he nodded toward the transfer device. “Take this, pour the powder into the empty dish.”

DG reached for the small container and did as she was instructed, snapping the lid shut when she was done. She pressed the delicate machine into Glitch’s palm, holding it in place with her own hand. “Glitch,” she said softly, ducking her head and looking into half-closed brown eyes. “Time to send us home.”

Cain felt Glitch’s body push against him, a heavy head lolling against his collarbone. He lifted his hand and ran his thumb under his partner’s lower lip, wiping the blood away with a lick and a promise. “There’s a warm bed and most likely a pissed-off viewer waiting for us. Let’s go home.”


Part 11



( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 19th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
Aww, I hope they make it and Glitch can get help... Hey wait? Why can't DG help him now? She's strong enough for that, isn't she? Never mind, I'll shut up now... LOL
May. 19th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
Hehee, good question. I'm going with the established canon, that she can't heal people the way Raw can. The only time we saw someone besides Raw do "healing" it was the Queen, and she was bringing someone back to life who had been killed by magic, which is significantly different than fixing a wound. So - no. :D I've always got an excuse!

May. 19th, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
It may be a mortal wound by a sword, but the sword itself was magic... wouldn't that make a difference? Okay, really shutting up now LOL
May. 19th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
oh, oh, poor Glitch! *shudders*
And then HE'S got to get everybody home? Geez, can't someone else 'drive'?
^^Thanks for getting the next part up so quickly, I was so relieved to see it!
May. 19th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
Hehehe I know, I'm so mean to him! Well, I think it's a joint effort - DG can send them there with her magic, but Glitch is the "map," so to speak. The machine's their GPS. *snicker*
May. 19th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
'peaks out from under covers' Is the dark, bad, evil thingy gone yet? Good :D

Glitch? Note to self: Geniuses should able to come up with better plan to kill bad thing than stabbing oneself in one's chest..... Cain could have come up with that plan!

Ok, kidding done, I love angst/h/c, so I'm really fine with his plan, LOL, does that make me wrong? :D
May. 20th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
*eyes the lump of blanket that is candacestls* It's the best he could come up with at the time. After all, there's a lot he still needs to relearn! :D

And if that makes you wrong, what does that make ME? *scared by the possibilities*
May. 20th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
Aww, a broken Glitch. It was smart of Ambrose to keep some extra dust in his sword. ^^
May. 20th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
*nodnod* He's a smart guy. :)
May. 20th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
So... sleepy... must stay awake... to read update...

Although this whole chapter was worth staying awake for, that last line, especially the and most likely a pissed-off viewer waiting for us. Made it worth it.
May. 20th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
*tucks the sleepy Avari into bed* It makes me giddy to know you stayed awake to read this! :D

Just wait till they get an earful of Raw. *GRIN*
May. 20th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
^_^ Yup I just had to check LJ, it's one of my must check sites these days.

I honestly don't think I can picture Raw giving someone a piece of his mind. It will be entertaining to say the least I'm sure.
May. 20th, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)
Awww. I don't know whether to cry over them, yell at how bad it was to get stabbed, or laugh at them (because I'm sure they'll get it from Raw when they get back, when somethings been done about Glitch-kabob).
May. 20th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
*gapes* Glitch-kabob. I...there are no words. *flails and laughs hysterically*

Oh, you. :D
May. 20th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
Actually I thought of Glitch on a stick!
May. 20th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
My goodness.
If I didn't know better I'd say Glitch had a thing for dramatics. Alas I do know better.
I'm quite positive that once Glitch is better . . . Cain's gonna kill him!
May. 20th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
Well, he did managed to get himself headcased, which is pretty dramatic! I gave it a lot of thought though, wondering how Cain is going to deal with this based on what we know of his character. I hope the next part is true to character (while knowing that this story isn't quite over yet).
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