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18 December 2004 @ 10:40 pm
No one stirs, not even the Anonymouse...  

This for corporal_katz 's challenge, which was as follows:

First Line: "What... What are you doing?!"

Scene: In a street

Words: 410

Any fandom is to me the Potterverse, of course. And has anyone ever known me NOT to write Potterfic at the least provocation? Especially when given something to start from. So here goes.

‘What - what are you doing?’

Remus’ voice cracked in horror.

‘What does it look like I’m doing?’ Sirius returned impatiently. He gestured expansively, a movement that took in the rain-sodden street, the passing, half-curious Muggles, the dingy tenements, his stunned friend and himself, kneeling in the gutter on what would turn out to be a season’s worth of wet leaves.

‘I don’t know!’ Remus said, his voice scaling up an octave. ‘But I know, Padfoot, I just know that when you get that Look on your face something terrible is going to happen. Probably to me. It’s better than a crystal ball.’

‘Have you actually seen anything in a crystal ball?’ Sirius demanded, as ever easily sidetracked. ‘All I ever get is a bloody great curtain.’

‘I see the moon,’ Remus replied firmly. ‘As you know, that never bodes well. Now, are you going to tell me why you’re in the gutter? And please don’t tell me you’re looking at the stars. It’s twelve midday. I haven’t had chocolate in five hours and you do not want to make me angry.’

‘Why, Moony,’ Sirius murmured, with a wide smile, ‘I’m proposing to you, of course. Will you marry me?’

For a moment the tension held. The air sang louder than any music Sirius had ever heard, and he held his breath.

Then Remus laughed, almost hysterically, and it was broken. Ruined, rather. Sirius felt rather annoyed.

‘What are you laughing for?’ he wanted to know. ‘Can’t a chap ask a serious question around here?’

This only made Remus laugh harder. Tears began to gather at the corner of his eyes - a place Sirius had often fantasised about kissing, although not for very long, because his mind invariably strayed to more interesting areas - and he clutched at his knees.

The Muggles were openly staring at him now, shaking their large, gold hoop earrings as they muttered behind their hands at each other. Clearly, kneeling in the drain was less unusual around here than was laughing with such abandon. Giving the place a once-over and grimacing, Sirius realised that it was actually pretty logical. Chatham was not the most light-hearted of places, and he wasn’t quite sure why they’d ended up here. (Getting chucked off the Knight Bus for excessively rowdy behaviour was only one of many reasons, the prime one being alcohol.)

‘God, Sirius,’ Remus said, calming down at last, and holding out a hand to help him up. ‘For a minute there, you really had me fooled.’

Sirius took it, feeling the lump of the jeweller’s box in his pocket.

Another time, he promised himself.

...Sorry, coralia13 . But I can't help it if drabbles come into my head as fully-formed R/S slash! And I'm sick to death of writing H/D. So if you really want me to use my powers for good, find me another slash ship to play with! Wah! Want bikkit!

ETA: Okay. I have a sudden, extremely strong urge to write a long and involved and possibly even chaptered epic. Vetinari/Drumknott. While that H/G thing is sitting in my hard drive LOOKING at me. But the V/D... ... ... It's scaring me.
 
 
Current Mood: jubilantjubilant
Current Music: 'Whatshername', Green Day
 
 
 
gabbysun on December 18th, 2004 03:09 pm (UTC)
Personally, I like the slash. xD
. . . OH GOODNESS. This was so excellent.

The second-to-last sentence was magnificent. So hot.


<3!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 18th, 2004 03:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Personally, I like the slash. xD
Muah! Thank you. Very silly though...I hardly think Sirius would propose. Now really.

You probably didn't catch the edit, but...I have a really scary plot bunny for a Vetinari/Drumknott epic. It's scary. HOLD ME?!
Re: Personally, I like the slash. xD - gabbysun on December 18th, 2004 03:41 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Personally, I like the slash. xD - scoradh on December 19th, 2004 09:53 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Personally, I like the slash. xD - gabbysun on December 19th, 2004 01:34 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Personally, I like the slash. xD - scoradh on December 19th, 2004 03:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Personally, I like the slash. xD - gabbysun on December 19th, 2004 08:03 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Personally, I like the slash. xD - scoradh on December 20th, 2004 04:26 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Personally, I like the slash. xD - gabbysun on December 20th, 2004 10:50 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Personally, I like the slash. xD - scoradh on December 20th, 2004 11:12 am (UTC) (Expand)
...: Lizzie // luminousdesirechowburger on December 18th, 2004 04:41 pm (UTC)
Love it! <3 Adorable in a rather sad way...

Vetinari/Drumknott.
That could be... err... interesting *raises eyebrow*
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 19th, 2004 09:53 am (UTC)
Come on, people. The bit in Feet of Clay, when they have that conversation that's stolen from Tolstoy? And Vetinari leans on his arm?

I am alone.
corporal_katz on December 18th, 2004 05:53 pm (UTC)
OMG! You wrote my challenge! :D

That was so utterly delightful and yet subtly heart-breaking, because we all *know* that Sirius won't get "another time". Beautiful. Very well done!

<3<3<3
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 19th, 2004 09:59 am (UTC)
Of course! And any others that come my way (although the Potterverse is my first-choice-verse...)

w00t. Not bad for ten minutes work! I'm glad you liked it xD.
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every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 19th, 2004 12:19 pm (UTC)
Cheers!

OMIGOD. Can you tell me what song/movie the quote in your icon is from? Because I loffs IT greatly, but I have no idea of it's origin!
passionate trousersgalindaupland on December 19th, 2004 01:26 pm (UTC)
It's from Moulin Rouge.
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passionate trousersgalindaupland on December 19th, 2004 01:25 pm (UTC)
Oh so cute and silly! Me likie! Me also sucks at commenting *sigh*
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 19th, 2004 03:24 pm (UTC)
Never mindey. The point is, you enjoyed!
amazing vaguely humanoid armadillopersoncryptid on December 20th, 2004 09:20 am (UTC)
Warning: mini-rant ahead!
That was good. And yes, the last two lines? Brilliance.

I can't see Vetinari/anyone, really. He's just far too much of an intellectual creature. He can feel amusement, annoyance, fondness, interest, sure -- but I find it hard to suspend my disbelief too far beyond that. Vetinari/Drumknott still makes more sense than Vetinari/Vimes, though. WTF is up with that, anyway? O.o

Also, I'm tired of everyone having to be paired up with someone! I mean, some pairings just make sense, but geez. Relationships can be significant even if the participants aren't shagging. I don't mind R/S in itself, for instance, but I do mind how a lot of the R/S supporters seem to think that if they were just friends it would make their relationship less meaningful, Remus's grief over Sirius wouldn't be as poignant and so on. (Yeah, because surely you wouldn't be the least bit sad if you had just lost the last of your childhood friends, and quite possibly your only remaining really close friend? But OMG, how will he ever live without teh mad hot sex!!!!one!) That's pretty damn offensive to me. I love the Shoebox Project not because of the R/S, even if they handle that remarkably well too, but because of pretty much everything else. They've really managed to make Marauders-era Hogwarts come alive. And the friendship matters, goddammit!

I want more genfic. And UST that remains unresolved. Acoz that is strangely hot. ;P

Sorry about the rant; it wasn't directed at you. It's just something that has been annoying me for some time, and it wouldn't let me shut up. So sorry. >_
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 20th, 2004 10:26 am (UTC)
Re: Warning: mini-rant ahead!
I can't see Vetinari/anyone, really. He's just far too much of an intellectual creature.

I actually do heart you on that one! That's why I've never actually written him (and probably never will - certainly not in a romantic pairing, I think). How could he be such an effective ruler if he had a heart? But I think, were it to be anyone, it would be Drumknott. As a friend, even, like you said.

UST is far more interesting than teh hot sex. Because teh hot sex can be applied to anyone and is therefore boring. I don't mind writing R/S as a sort of vague, unrequited thing, but then, I'm always about the dialogue. And teh funneh. And if they were a couple of course they were the greatest of friends first - that's probably WHY so many people want to pair them up.

I want more genfic. And UST that remains unresolved. Acoz that is strangely hot. ;P

Yes, it is. And now you've put the idea in my head, I may well try it out. Well...I suppose Dancing With Angels could be termed unresolevd, because nothing happens. (I'm quite proud of that, actually; coralia13 requested 'NO SLASH GODDAMIT!' and I worked around it).

No fear of you. Rant away. Tis fun!


Re: Warning: mini-rant ahead! - scoradh on December 20th, 2004 10:27 am (UTC) (Expand)
Lord Marmaduke Newbry: yojimbo - 5_ringscatsmeat on December 20th, 2004 04:48 pm (UTC)
Why not Archchancellor Ridcully/Ridcully's brother, whose name has momentarily escaped me?
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 21st, 2004 02:25 pm (UTC)
Hughnon? I suppose that could work, but I don't think my brain could process writing incest. (No fear of reading, mind.)
(no subject) - catsmeat on December 22nd, 2004 03:19 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - scoradh on December 22nd, 2004 05:42 am (UTC) (Expand)
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