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Title: apt pupil
Fandom: Supernatural
Disclaimer: not my characters
Warnings: dark
Pairings: none
Rating: R
Wordcount: 145
Point of view: third
Prompt: SPN, author's choice, The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)

 

Alistair's glee is palpable as Dean makes the first slice. It's shallow and long, all the way down the torso from the base of the throat to the navel. The soul whimpers but doesn't beg. That will come later, Dean knows.

With precise, unhurried motions, Dean peels back the skin. It doesn't look like the musculature he saw when he was alive; he ignores that. He carefully detaches the muscles, placing them to the side. The soul gasps and writhes, sobbing now. Still no begging.

Dean takes a damp cloth and scrubs at the bones revealed, gray instead of white. The soul is close to passing out, so Dean reaches up to pat its face. "If you go away," he tells it gently, "it'll be his turn." He nods his head toward Alistair. "That what you want?"

The soul screams for mercy. Alistair claps his hands.




 

Title: when legends die
Fandom: Supernatural
Disclaimer: not my characters
Warnings: spoilers for season 4
Pairings: none stated
Rating: PGish
Wordcount: 190
Point of view: third
Prompt: Sam/Dean, I am Legend (Richard Matheson)

 

Whispers spread from ocean to ocean, carried on wind and rain, through the dirt, up to the stars. Lucifer's wings block out the sun and lightning flashes as thunder roars, splitting the sky.

Whispers become screams become sobs become silence.

Finally, when Lucifer is weary from war, as his hordes lower their swords and his onetime brothers and sisters collapse on the ground, a man steps forward. The Winchesters are long thought dead and gone, but this human has Sam's eyes and Dean's smirk.

Who are you? the End of All Things asks the soldier, preparing to smite the final man from existence.

Dean Winchester broke the first Seal. His brother broke the last.

The man grins at God’s Adversary, God’s Destroyer, and raises an old gun. He doesn’t speak as he pulls the trigger.

When Lucifer dies, it’s too late for humanity and the angels. And the only human left alive walks through cowering demons and angelic corpses to a gleaming black car that shouldn’t run but does. He plays Metallica so loud the car throbs and drives west, towards a sun that, for some reason, is still around to set.
 



 

Title: quicksilver
Fandom: Star Trek reboot
Disclaimer: not my characters
Warnings: spoilers for film
Pairings: implied Jim/Bones
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 220
Point of view: third
Prompt: Spock/anyone, nerve pinch

 

The second time they fight, it's not fueled by emotions or desperation. It's just sparring, as Jim feels him out.

Jim doesn't remember the move that took him down on the bridge, before Delta Vega and OldSpock telling him how things should be. He doesn't ask what Spock did, and he knows it had to be Spock. So he watches as they spar, studying Spock's moves.

The third and fourth times are the same, but the fifth—well, Jim barely remembers that one, lost in a haze of hallucinogenic pathogens. Spock keeps intercutting with Nero, and he hears people screaming at him to stop, Jim, stop, none of it’s real, stop! But he can’t. He’s trying, but the adrenaline is just too much, and it’s Nero.

He sees the move coming this time, Spock’s hand and Nero’s face, and he dodges. Spock’s usually faster than him, and always stronger, but with the drugs he’s flying, too quick to catch.

Jim!

He knows that voice. Bones. Nero’s got Bones and Jim charges, letting go of all grace and training, running on pure instinct and rage and that damned fucking drug.

Last thing he remembers is Spock’s hand, snaking in even quicker than him.

He wakes up thinking, Damn, I gotta learn that move intermixed with At least there’s no ice this time.
 



 

Title: language of the heart
Fandom: Dark Angel
Disclaimer: not my characters
Warnings: spoilers for the series
Pairings: Max/Alec
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 110
Point of view: third
Prompt: Max/Alec, playing the piano

 

She'll never admit it, but she likes listening to him play. He goes away when he does, somewhere in his mind. Back with Rachel, she thinks. Somewhere that's not cold, fraught with danger, full of death and pain and nightmares.

She wishes she could join him there, but it's not her place. Not after everything she's done, everything she's said.

And then one night, when she's lying on the roof and counting the stars, replaying the music in her mind, he stretches out next to her.

"I could teach you," he says after a while. "If you want."

She smiles, slowly reaching out to cover his fingers with hers. "I'd like that."
 



 

Title: different methods, same hope
Fandom: Batman/Superman
Disclaimer: not my characters
Warnings: none
Pairings: none
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 150
Point of view: third
Prompt: Clark Kent (Superman)/Bruce Wayne (Batman), which is the costume?

 

Clark Kent is Superman. They're the same person, just one is out there saving people. They have the same moral code, the same beliefs, even the same taste in coffee and women.

Bruce Wayne is not Batman. He's charismatic and shallow, a buffoon and so beautiful he gets away with it. Batman, though—Batman is a warrior, dark and dangerous, who does what he feels is right. He is a genius, unhesitating, always ready to fight or die for people he has never met and will most likely never see again.

In the costume or out, Clark Kent is Superman. Once people realize it, they can't believe they ever missed it.

Those closest to Batman realize that Bruce Wayne is no more than a mask, the revenant of a boy who died when he was eight years old, bleeding out onto a dirty street while his parents breathed their last.

Comments

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kc_anathema
Aug. 3rd, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
Love the Batman/Superman one. It's something that annoys me so much in the fanfic I read of Bats. Bruce Wayne is just the mask. He's mentally either the echo of a kid or grim adult, no inbetween. And Clark, yeah, totally the eternal boyscout.
tigriswolf
Aug. 3rd, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading!
dreamlittleyo
Aug. 3rd, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
These are lovely! The Supernatural one especially just takes my breath away. Beautiful!
tigriswolf
Aug. 3rd, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
rubynye
Aug. 3rd, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
Hello, awesome stories! I came for the gorgeously, dynamically written Jim-Spock fight (oh, when he thinks they have *McCoy*, my heart thudded even though you've cleverly indicated it's all in Jim's drugged head) but I read them all, each more astonishing than the last.
tigriswolf
Aug. 3rd, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
cxw1065
Aug. 3rd, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
am wondering how to keep saying thanks, and keep writing, without re-using the same old words. Sadly I don't have your skill, so will have to be repetetive.

thanks, and keep writing
tigriswolf
Aug. 3rd, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
*blushes*

Thank you!
isaacsapphire
Aug. 3rd, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
Love the SPN legend one. Yay demonic nuclear winter and mutually assured destruction and things that won't quite die.
tigriswolf
Aug. 3rd, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading!
lynzibell
Aug. 4th, 2009 04:58 am (UTC)
Loved Dean/Alistar and Superman/Batman ones!! So sad and beautiful.
tigriswolf
Aug. 4th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
layne67
Aug. 4th, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)
The first one is so, so dark. For a moment there I was so afraid that that was Sam being tortured.

Love the second one as well.

The Winchesters are long thought dead and gone, but this human has Sam's eyes and Dean's smirk.

Who was that??!!?? Not Sam or Dean?
tigriswolf
Aug. 4th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
One of their descendants, I think. Or their souls combined.

Thank you for reading!
pixel_0
Aug. 4th, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
I really like the SPN ones. They're both so dark and creepy. I'm particularly fond of the second one with this line: The Winchesters are long thought dead and gone, but this human has Sam's eyes and Dean's smirk. So good. :)
tigriswolf
Aug. 4th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
adafrog
Aug. 4th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
Like the Star Trek one.
tigriswolf
Aug. 4th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading.
mello_mcqueen
Aug. 7th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
I love every last one of these, because for once I know all the fandoms. :D

I especially like the first SPN one, and then Dark Angel. Also, the comparison of Batman/Superman, awesome. Yeah, I loved it.

Star Trek one was a BIT confusing for me I think, but it's alright. Although, I do wanna ask. . .what is Reboot?
tigriswolf
Aug. 8th, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)
Thank you for reading!

Star Trek reboot is the 2009 movie.
mello_mcqueen
Aug. 8th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
I so don't remember that word being anywhere in the title when I saw it in theatres. It's probably like a tacked on fan thing huh? lol
tigriswolf
Aug. 8th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Some people call it ST 2009 or ST: AOS. I go with reboot.
mello_mcqueen
Aug. 8th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
lol I think I like Reboot best too. :)
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tigriswolf
Apr. 22nd, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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