[livejournal.com profile] milliways_bar I don't sleep, I dream

May. 26th, 2006 01:14 pm
bloodyrockgod: (angst by mediocrechick)
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[ooc: Post getting rid of Simon and recovery.]

The funny part is, he knows he should know he's dreaming.

He's walking down the aisle at the church in Manchester, a schoolboy again, an alter boy, and the priest is saying St. Sebastian brought food and comfort to imprisioned Christians during Diocletian's reign . . . and there's a portrait of St. Sebastian, pierced with a hundred arrows, on the wall. Charlie looks away.

Look! the priest orders and his voice sounds like Charlie's father's. You have to look!

Don't want to, Charlie protests but looks anyway, and the portrait is terrifying--the artist took great glee in portraying the saint's pain, and the arrows keep on flying and flying and Charlie exclaims I know that face! and he tries to climb up the wall and the priest--or his father dressed as a priest--says That's what you get, that's what you get, that's what you get over and over--

And then there's no more church and no more priest, but there's still St. Sebastian tied to a tree.

Only it's a tree in the forest of Milliways and it's not the saint, it's Darien, and his blood is silvery as it runs down his skin. And Charlie babbles I'll help you, I'll untie you and Darien whispers save me and the arrows never stop coming, never stop piercing him, and there's so much blood.

And his father says you can't save him, Charlie and Charlie's weeping and his hands are fumbling at the knots and Darien's dying and the arrows never stop.

Give up, Charlie, you've never saved anyone says his father and Charlie shakes him and shakes him and shakes him--only it's not his father anymore, it's Charlie, Charlie with silver eyes--

--and then he's awake.

In Darien's apartment, in his sweatpants, his hands wrapped around the edges of Darien's mirror. His body is dripping with sweat and it takes him a moment to realize that it's only his reflection.

He lets go of the mirror and sinks down to the floor a moment, and wipes his face with shaking hands.

When he's got his breath back he makes his way to Darien's bed and crawls beneath the sheets, wrapping himself around Darien's warm body.

Only after he's checked Darien for wounds can he relax enough to sleep.

Date: 2006-05-27 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] qsilver-lab-rat.livejournal.com
Darien wakes up first, ruffles his hair, ruffles Charlie's hair and starts to get up to take a shower.

Date: 2006-05-27 01:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] qsilver-lab-rat.livejournal.com
Darien looks down, a little concerned, and rests his hand on Charlie's shoulder.

"Babe?"

Date: 2006-05-27 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] qsilver-lab-rat.livejournal.com
Darien is not fooled.

"Hey, wanna take a shower with me?"

He'll let Charlie come to him, though. For a while.

Date: 2006-05-27 01:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] qsilver-lab-rat.livejournal.com
"Like a baby," he answers with a soft smile. "You?"

Date: 2006-05-27 01:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] qsilver-lab-rat.livejournal.com
And Darien just watches him patiently and runs his hands through Charlie's hair. The silence means he isn't buying it. The lack of questions means he's waiting for Charlie to be able to talk about it. The touching is so that Charlie knows he's not pissed.

Date: 2006-05-27 01:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] qsilver-lab-rat.livejournal.com
And he doesn't speak, he just keeps stroking through Charlie's hair.

Date: 2006-05-27 01:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] qsilver-lab-rat.livejournal.com
And he doesn't say anything, just let's Charlie get it out. The only acknowledgement he gives is to lean down and kiss the top of Charlie's head.

Date: 2006-05-27 01:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] qsilver-lab-rat.livejournal.com
And he shakes just a little before leaning down to kiss Charlie again, this time taking his time, letting his nose wander through the soft blonde hair.

"Still here, babe."

Date: 2006-05-27 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] qsilver-lab-rat.livejournal.com
He shrugs.

"You're dating the invisible man, Charlie. Who knows?"

There's a pause as he has nothing to say here, absolutely nothing, but then he breathes in and looks to Charlie.

"Take that shower?"

Date: 2006-05-27 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] qsilver-lab-rat.livejournal.com
He smiles fainly, a little sad, and leads Charlie into the bathroom. The water's quick enough to set and then he's stepping in, pulling the smaller man with him and siddling up close against him from behind with a soft kiss to his shoulder.

Date: 2006-05-27 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] qsilver-lab-rat.livejournal.com
Darien's hands slide up from Charlie's sides and begin to kneed at Charlie's shoulders, kisses added entirely for aesthetic value.

Date: 2006-05-27 02:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] qsilver-lab-rat.livejournal.com
Darien nods, kissing his way down the back of Charlie's neck.

"Need you."

Date: 2006-05-27 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] qsilver-lab-rat.livejournal.com
Darien takes advantage, kissing and stroking and massaging Charlie to the point where he's chuckling a little as he works out the kinks.

"Should've done a bath instead."

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