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Jul. 3rd, 2006 | 11:53 pm
posted by: mayachain in dry_ice

Title: Silence, or something like it
Author: mayachain (mayachain)
Rating: PG
Pairing: gen, and whatever else we wish to see
Summary: Another retcon... or something. Yes, I live in the past. Mid-X2, during/after the deleted scene


Silence


"You know, you could help," Rogue said. For a moment, St John considered not responding, then he straightened his back, drawing the campfire larger with a slow intake of breath. No-one said 'thanks'. St John resumed brooding and told himself not to listen to his 'friend's' hushed conversation. When he heard footsteps, he did not look up.

A steaming spit with roasted vegetables appeared in his line of vision. Under normal conditions, St John would have loudly voiced his complaint about the lack of bread, ketchup, onions mustard and, indeed, any sign of sausage. Now, he barely offered a glance at the person holding the snack. He wanted to ignore the food like the others had ignored him, but his stomach insistently informed him that he was hungry and there would be serious repercussions if he for some stubborn idiot however justified reason chose not to eat. He pointedly turned away as he took the spit, expecting the other boy to return to his girlfriend now that he'd fulfilled his pyromaniac feeding duty. However, Bobby remained standing there for a moment and then sat down, his hands solidifying the muddy ground.

St John frowned. He had not liked the way his friends had very evidently shut him out, but he wasn't really in the mood for a talking-to about the way he had 'misused' his powers. However, Bobby just sat there, his only movement when he adjusted his hands to keep the ground frozen to avoid damp jeans. After a while, St John felt safe enough to attack a paprika. Bobby still hadn't said a word when he had finished.

St John tried to ignore the silent figure, which was difficult, and tried to concentrate on what was going on around them. Rogue was talking quietly to the German blue guy, and the adults were on the other side of the jet, out of earshot, probably discussing the situation and possibly what to do about him. If they did, it could not be good. At least Scott or Xavier hadn't been on the plane. Part of him wanted to pull out and flick the lighter, to help him calm down and possibly drive Bobby insane, but for a strange reason he kind of liked the absence of clicking sounds at the moment.

"You're scary when you're protective."

Startled, St John glanced at the mutant beside him. His friend had not turned his head, was just staring out into the darkened woods. St John fumbled for the lighter anyway, trying to figure out how to respond. He had imagined a lecture or a continued cold shoulder, not some ambiguously loaded stand-alone statement. But Bobby didn't elaborate further, and after a while, St John found that he didn't need clarification. He idly began throwing the zippo into the air a few inches to catch it again, leaving the lid alone so as not to break the re-settling companionable silence, and while he wanted his lips to smirk, he smiled.





 - I have a strained relationship with that last line.



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ola

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from: ola_sw
date: Jul. 3rd, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
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This was lovely!

I really liked the tension there and John being so selfconscious. Bobby's line is great too.

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Jul. 26th, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC)
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Should've said this a month ago, but thanks!

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train_diskense

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from: train_diskense
date: Jul. 3rd, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
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But I liked the last line. How could you have a strained relationship with it?

This was nice. ^-^

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Jul. 3rd, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC)
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...because it was terrible write! The words just wouldn't fit. This is as close as I get. I'm glad you liked it! Shows the rewrites were worth it... *sighs, then grins*

And thanks!

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sarkywoman

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from: sarkywoman
date: Jul. 4th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
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I like the last line. It says a lot in an action.

The rest is great too. I don't have the deleted scene on my dvd :(

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Jul. 26th, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
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Apologies for not thanking you for your comment before. Been too busy following your fic :)

In case this means you don't know what happens in the deleted scene, it's basically in the first paragraph, only I inserted the footsteps. Bobby and Rogue are struggling to start a fire, and John's sitting with their back to them several feet away.

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sarkywoman

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from: sarkywoman
date: Jul. 26th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)
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Aw, poor John being shut out.

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Jul. 26th, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC)
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Found the image I wanted to send you :)

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sarkywoman

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from: sarkywoman
date: Jul. 28th, 2006 11:45 am (UTC)
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AAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWW!!!!

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Michael

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from: lux_apollo
date: Jul. 4th, 2006 03:45 am (UTC)
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I like the last line. Perhaps it would fight with you less if you broke off the last part about the non-smirky smile as a separate sentence?

*shrugs*

I like the way you constructed this.
It just works well.

Yay for ambiguous statements between friends/lovers/whatever.

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Jul. 26th, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
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Reading wonderful WiPs obliterates my resolve to reply to replies... Gotta fix that...
I tried breaking the sentence in two, but it wouldn't budge. *shrugs too*

Thanks for your review, I'm glad you think it works.

Yay for ambiguous whatevers!

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from: clerical_error
date: Jul. 5th, 2006 08:48 am (UTC)
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This fic makes me feel all fuzzy inside. I love your portayal of the boys, and I could really imagine this taking place.
Nicely done.

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Jul. 26th, 2006 01:11 pm (UTC)
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aaand - nearly a month late: Thanks! The world needs more fuzzy feelings :)

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Trini

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from: trinipedia
date: Dec. 1st, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
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Bobby understands him. I know he does. I've always known. <3

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Dec. 2nd, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC)
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that's what I thought *g*

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