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Ficlet: Thereafter (PG13, Marceloverse)

Title: Thereafter
Rating: PG18, just in case.
Characters: Slade, Cain, Shiva.
Summary: Being hard to kill isn't the same as being hard to hurt. But he has experience surviving that, too.
Author Notes: First warning: katarik asked for this. Second warning: it's a Marceloverse fic (which means it makes no sense if you haven't read these).

The world is simpler tonight.

He has always had but two real opponents, and for this night and this room they have declared truce.

Only one woman he has loved, and as of yesterday she is dead.

The hot flesh under his hands makes his chest feel colder, the entwined bodies are a cipher for loneliness, and if there's no such thing as too-rough sex with Cain and Shiva in his bed, no metaphor implied in the drawing of blood...

Slade is a soldier. He will take what he can, and do whatever it takes to survive the night.



( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 31st, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
Just randomly, Nature, the science journal, is starting up its Futures section again. That is, one page (about a thousand words) of science/speculative fiction. I don't know if you're interested, but I love pretty much all of your original fic, even if I'm terrible at giving feedback.

Only pays a token fee, $130/Euro 125/£85, but Nature's a pretty big deal as science journals go.
May. 31st, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's a fantastic -if intimidating- idea. Thanks so much! I'll try to learn to write longer pieces and submit something.

Again, thanks for the fantastic tip!
May. 31st, 2007 11:09 am (UTC)
Oh, man, there are not enough hearts in the world to express how much I love this. ♥

How the fuck do you manage to say so much, so well, with so little? *awe*
May. 31st, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
*beams* It's the fun thing about fanfic - lots of shared background to draw from. *g*
May. 31st, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
Bless you, katarik, bless you.

even if the idea of Shiva having sex with *anyone* makes me queasy
May. 31st, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
even if the idea of Shiva having sex with *anyone* makes me queasy

I know what you mean. It feels... I don't know. Disrespectful?
May. 31st, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
Except when it's Tim! :p

*waves shipper flag*
May. 31st, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
It's different with Tim. It's... *handwaves* training? Something like that. Tim/Dick is Tim's fondest desire and quite against his instincts, while Tim/Shiva is probably an strategic nightmare and yet possibly the sort of situation he is trained to deal with. If this makes any sense.
May. 31st, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
Tim/Dick is right and would be good for the both of them, so Tim would never be able to cope with it, while Tim/Shiva is entirely wrong and fucked up, so he can deal with it no problem? Sounds about right to me. ;)
Jun. 1st, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
Tim/Dick is right and would be good for the both of them, so Tim would never be able to cope with it, while Tim/Shiva is entirely wrong and fucked up, so he can deal with it no problem? *hearts* *hearts* *hearts*
May. 31st, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
That is *exactly* the right word.
May. 31st, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)

Gah. I recoiled from the screen. SLADE. Honey. This is probably not the best way to deal with grief!

*rocks back and forth*
May. 31st, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
Nobody will understand you quite as well as your enemy does, because nobody has the same motivation to.

And it's a good strategic move by Cain and Shiva. An Slade insane with grief would be even more impredictable. Likely to self-destroy, perhaps, but also likely to take them all with him.
May. 31st, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
The thing about this 'verse (which I completely am adoring, thank you for thinking it up!) is that it's as awesome as it is terrifying. For instance, this. Cain/Shiva/Slade, just as fantastically scary and screwed up as it ought to be.
Jun. 1st, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC)
:D Thanks a lot!
May. 31st, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
o.O Threesome of SCARY! *hides from Marceloverse*
Jun. 1st, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC)
The nice thing about the Marceloverse *smiles goofily* is that it'd be very hard to prove that it isn't canon.
Jun. 5th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
. . . my God. I've resisted adding you for the longest time - not because you're a bad writer, but because you're too good, way too good, at scaring the everloving shit out of me with a few well-placed words, and I try to control how scared I am of reading my flist.

However, katarik just wrote an absolutely terrifying Sladefic set in this universe and then helpfully gave me a link to the rest, and so I am here to tell you I have you on my friendslist because her fic was very good and very creepy and so are your entire Marceloverse fics (consider this a blanket "wow, creepy but excellent" for the whole series so far), and you're too good to ignore, even if it would be better for my sanity if I pretended otherwise.
Jun. 6th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
*blushes a lot* Thanks so much!
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