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Jun. 18th, 2006 | 02:15 pm
posted by: mayachain in dry_ice

Title: Silencium
Author:  mayachain (mayachain)
Disclaimer: My brain owns me. Not the characters.
Rating: PG? Do I have to feel bad cause there's no porn?
Summary: You know how the teacher's always take John's lighter? (Like  here or here.) Someone's clued in at last...
Notes: Beware of the fluff. Post X2, [insert how John got back here]. No X3

I owe this fic. Writing it calmed me down and I aced my final oral exam as a result. Still, if it turned out cheesy, I'll shoot myself.

Some serious inspiration is owed to this fic.





Silencium



Every day he vows not to give them a reason to do it. Every day they do something that breaks him down.

They say the clicking sound disturbs the other students (breaks the teacher’s concentration). They say his tiny flames make everyone nervous (now even more than before). They say his control slips when he's (how dare he get) bored and starts daydreaming. They say it’s for his own good. That’s why they always take his lighter in class. Always always always.

* * *

Then one day, Storm is lecturing about the Apartheid regime. It is making him nervous, because while the subject is uncomfortable enough in itself, it makes him think of another racist regime and a strong but strangely thin arm with grey hair and a number on it (that John now can recite in his sleep). When Storm starts about the first student demonstration, his right hand starts the flicking motion on its own.

Storm's white eyes promptly flash at him in warning, but John can’t stop, he just can’t.

To get angry and up, his teacher only needs seconds. He glares at her defiantly and knows full well it won’t make a difference.

She thinks he's mocking her and the event and its victims. If only she knew how serious he's taking it.


Then a cold hand snatches at his zippo-fiddling one. Cold fingers gently pry the lighter out of his hand.

John stares at his roommate in disbelief. In the book of John, this is betrayal; of all people, he hasn’t expected Bobby to betray him (not again). Bobby, who doesn’t seem the least fazed by the hate (and hurt) in the look John gives him.

He isn’t supposed to be raped of his lighter by his boyfriend.

And then he isn’t.

The lighter doesn’t disappear into Bobby’s pocket or to some other far away location. It is pointedly placed on the desk between them, a bit more to Bobby’s side but close enough for John to reach it without a problem. The hatred (hurt) in John’s eyes turns into confusion. Transfixedly, he stares at it, and -

- completely misses the look Bobby's throwing Storm. It is one that is rarely ever seen, because Pyro is dangerous and Bobby is supposed to be the harmless one. You are powerful, I'm your favourite student, I'll ice you if you push me (if you make John leave).

He just notices that Storm resumes lecturing while the zippo is still in his (Bobby's?) possession. The problem is not solved. He won’t grab the lighter now, but his stupid (addicted) hand starts shaking.

That’s when he feels Bobby’s hand in his again, lining up cool with sweaty fingers, stilling the nervous movements and squeezing. Bobby’s thumb on the back of his hand is soothing. There are stunned looks by the other students, but John stopped caring what they think long before he left, and Bobby obviously doesn’t care either as he doesn’t let go until the bell rings.

He lets John scoop up the zippo, and when they get into Scott’s classroom for maths, he changes the seating arrangements so he can sit next to John. When John looks at their re-entangled hands and calls Bobby a girl, Bobby just grins.

* * *

John’s lighter hasn’t been stolen since.


Fin



Now I'm nervous...

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Comments {29}

bow DOWN to shadow walker

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from: shadowalker
date: Jun. 18th, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
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Freakin' adorable.

I can really see John reacting like that aswell. I mean, having a catalyst for his mutation, I think that taking it away would feel like losing a part of yourself.

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Jun. 19th, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I think it would be a very big deal.

adorable = not cheesy = good *is happy*

Thanks!

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from: lux_apollo
date: Jun. 18th, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC)
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Awwww.....

That was sweet. Well done.

I like how your John misses things because he's so intensely concentrating on his lighter and what's going on with the lighter.

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Jun. 19th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
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sweet = not cheesy *dies of relief*
Thanks!

Yes, he gets rather caught up there :-)

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polaris_86

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from: polaris_86
date: Jun. 18th, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC)
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OMG! I love this! *sigh*
Fantastic!

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Jun. 19th, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
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Yay!
*loving outbursts*
Thank you so much!

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train_diskense

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from: train_diskense
date: Jun. 18th, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
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I liked the whole lighter comfort thing.

Finally Bobby gets a clue. Always knew he would. *loves loves loves*


Very well done.

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Jun. 19th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC)
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I got the idea from the fics I rec'd above. My immediate thought was "What'd Bobby do if he found out?" Big w o r d on the finally...

*loves that you loved it*

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sarkywoman

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from: sarkywoman
date: Jun. 18th, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
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Big aww. About time someone clued in on that.

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Jun. 19th, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)
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About bloody time...
And thank you!

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Reno

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from: sadkittengirl
date: Jun. 18th, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
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=^-^= <3

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Jun. 19th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
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*grins*

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from: clerical_error
date: Jun. 18th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
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Wonderful. Nicely paced and I love the last line. xD

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·ɿɾ· Megan

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from: miss_bushido
date: Jun. 18th, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC)
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It looks like John's wearing eyeliner in your icon.

And it looks pretty hot, actually.

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from: clerical_error
date: Jun. 19th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
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It's meant to be. xD I'd tell you where I found it, but I really can't remember. Oo

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Jun. 19th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
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The last line is definately important. Glad you loved it!

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Layton Colt

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from: laytoncolt
date: Jun. 18th, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
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I love this, because I really do believe John plays with his lighter like he does because he can't help himself, not because he's trying to be annoying, though he'll be more than happy to take it another step if he notices it getting on someone's nerves. Heh.

And what I love most about this story is Bobby gets it, and finds a way to help. This is just what I needed right now, what with all of the depressing fics that have been floating around. Thank you for sharing! :-)

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Jun. 19th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
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It's like me and my rings... would you believe one actually flew across the room during the oral exam? *g*

though he'll be more than happy to take it another step if he notices it getting on someone's nerves
Heh indeed!

Glad to help you out! I like reading the angst, but I'm also a sucker for happy endings (when not cheesy), or at least happy moments. So I write them... Thanks for reviewing!

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·ɿɾ· Megan

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from: miss_bushido
date: Jun. 18th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
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I liked that a lot. It was very cute.

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Jun. 19th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

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Sam

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from: suicide_details
date: Jun. 19th, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC)
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Awe. -squishes the boys- Thank you so much for posting this. The story was wonderful. ♥

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Jun. 19th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
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I felt they needed a bit of fluff what with everything else...

Thanks for warming me with your comment!

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Jen

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from: strokeof_genie
date: Jun. 19th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
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That was excellent. I loved the way you kind of wormed your way into John's psyche, and how you characterized everyone. I loved how you made Bobby protective, because that is just adorable. There were a few little typos; The lighter doesn't disappear into Bobby’s pocked, should be pocket, but it's nothing major. I loved this so much. Thank you!

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Jun. 19th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
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re:pocket I missed that? Damn! (fixed)

I'm not sure whether or not Bobby gets in over his head there, but he needs to damn well make an effort :-). Thanks for loving it!

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Capegio

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from: capegio
date: Jun. 20th, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)
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+falls over+ Guh so pretty. And perfect.

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Jun. 20th, 2006 08:56 am (UTC)
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*grins like a maniac and offers you a hand*

Thank you!

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Wren "Elle" Merewode

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from: elle_rahen
date: Jun. 29th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
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I loved it! It's perfect. I am going to save this and read it again and again. I hope you write more with similar characterization and...just...so cute!

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Trini

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from: trinipedia
date: Dec. 1st, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
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YOU are NERVOUS? what are you, crazy?!
this was so tender and intense that I'm still shaking.
write more, girl, please.

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Dec. 2nd, 2008 12:54 pm (UTC)
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I'm not as nervous now as I was two years ago when I'd just started out posting, but I guess it never goes away entirely...
*preens whenever someone likes her writing*

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