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Ficlet: Focal (DCU, PG13)

Title: Focal
Rating: PG13
Fandom: DCU
Summary: Slade is the best because he was taught by the best.
Author Notes: Dedicated to katarik.


He has been a soldier all of his life. Not always an obedient soldier -he can still remember his mother's sighs- but a good one. He knew where the enemy was, he made damn sure the enemy didn't know where he was, and he hit them as hard as he could before that changed.

That's how he had been taught. That's how he had survived.

That's what Adeline had mocked.

Circles, she had said, and then she had shown him how it was done, jumping in the middle of a fight, living inside it. He thinks that's when he fell in love with her.

Now it's his turn. He's fighting four men in unarmed combat, weaving between them instead of getting out and hunting them one by one as he would have. She's watching them from a side of the training ground. Perimeter awareness, she had said. Letting his focus be the entirety of the battle, not a single enemy.

Adeline takes a knife out of a pocket and sends it flying towards his left calf. He catches it in mid-air and uses it to disable his opponents.

She nods, and he knows she's pleased with his ability to perceive beyond the immediate focus of his attention.

As if he could be focusing on anything but her.

The four men in the border of his awareness renew their attack.

.finis.

Comments

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rubynye
Feb. 8th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
*perfect*. :D
__marcelo
Feb. 8th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
:D Thanks!
caiusmajor
Feb. 8th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
ADELINE. Awesome. I like this a lot.
__marcelo
Feb. 8th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
*g* Adeline makes everything awesome.
darkdanc3r
Feb. 8th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
Oh purr... I liked this... the way it at first makes it sound as if he's focused on his opponents, when all the while he only has eyes for Addie, and his opponents are peripherals
__marcelo
Feb. 8th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
*grins* Glad you liked it!
katarik
Feb. 8th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
As if he could be focusing on anything but her.

*SIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGH*

Today is good. Yes. Because I have perfect Slade and perfect Adeline and oh oh oh OTP YAYES LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE.

*loves on them and also on you*

__marcelo
Feb. 8th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
:D In my mind's eye, just outside that icon's frame there's a boat sinking slowly, smoke rising from the bomb they planted in it.
katarik
Feb. 8th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
Ahahahahahahaha YES.

*draws shiny sparkly armed hearts around them*
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__marcelo
Feb. 8th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
*g* Thanks!
cmshaw
Feb. 8th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
oh, slade! you are awesome, but that is perhaps not what you were supposed to be learning. :)

The four men in the border of his awareness renew their attack.

heh.
__marcelo
Feb. 9th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)
oh, slade! you are awesome, but that is perhaps not what you were supposed to be learning. :)

Adeline would kick his ass for this, except that she happens to be the most dangerous potential enemy in range anyway... *g*
brown_betty
Feb. 9th, 2007 01:41 am (UTC)
Mmm, nice, the sort of sexy that a well honed knife has, understated, element, and efficient.
__marcelo
Feb. 9th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
*g* Thanks! That's Sladely praise, thanks.
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__marcelo
Feb. 9th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
Thanks a lot!
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__marcelo
Feb. 9th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
Thanks!
sockich
Feb. 9th, 2007 07:26 am (UTC)
As if he could be focusing on anything but her.

*happy sigh* So totally an OTP of awesome. ♥
__marcelo
Feb. 9th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
*g* They aren, aren't they?
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