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Fic: Rebuilding Burned Bridges (Part 5/9)

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Mar. 10th, 2008 | 05:21 pm
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posted by: mayachain in dry_ice

Title: Rebuilding Burned Bridges (Part 5/9)
Author: mayachain
Pairing: Bobby/St John
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Years after the events of Alkali Lake and Alcatraz, St John finds that you cannot burn all your bridges without rebuilding some.
Ice cream does your soul good...
Note: I think this is the shortest of them all. Still, it's quite crucial. Progress! Lots and lots of thank yous to inootz for looking everything over for me.

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4


Rebuilding Burned Bridges


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Hey Boss,
what's up, did the soot and ashes manage to kill you? It's 12 o'clock, get on the net! Anyway, just giving you the heads up about last nights protesters. Still on a pretty normal level, zero snapped. Proud of me? I think it's blowing over. No telling what might've happened if whoever had let those kids burn.
I'm off to the lecture. I might give you my notes if you're really nice to me. Oh, and what's with blackmailing my girlfriend to do your shopping?
- Traips


Traipsie,
you're the snap-man.
She's not your girlfriend. Want me to give her a nudge - will that get me your notes?
- 24/7 Bob


*

Bobby's feet are put up on the table, the smallest toe of his left foot preventing the melting of a large pot of ice cream. The two young men are sitting on the couch in comfortable silence, finishing their respective bowls, idly watching commercials with the sound turned off while waiting for the evening news.

Bobby especially finds himself in an unexpectedly good mood. Feet encased in ice without actually freezing the table, he's feeling relaxed, despite his worry about the college's other five mutants depending on him, despite hiding and currently being perched next to his ex-roommate, who happens to be wanted for countless (thirty-five) acts of terrorism. He's pleased with himself; earlier, he sent off a linguistically flawless essay to his professor with 47 hours to spare, and in spite of his not having been able to meet up with the others again, the study group presentation is also ready to launch. He's also relieved; when Stella delivered their groceries for a non-sandwich dinner, she confirmed to him in hushed tones that anti-mutant hostility on campus has not increased in a noteworthy degree, and as a consequence, Amanda for once has managed to keep from flashing green.

All in all, things are going pretty well. Leaned back on the couch, head tilted back, he eyes the pot of ice cream, debating whether or not to get a second helping.

"He said burn them."

The pot of ice cream gets stuck to his foot. A suddenly tense hand pauses in mid-grasp. Dewdrop-blue eyes look up at St John, but St John's head is turned away, eyes fixed on the cap of his fidgety green pen.

"Just… burn them."

The young man's voice is hoarse and monotone. Bobby wishes he knew what to reply, his mind swirling with all the scenarios he's only imagined up to now, suddenly confirmed by those seven words. A grim expression on his face, he frowns at his toes; he doesn't know how to break the silence without saying the wrong thing or stammering. When his brain offers the only option he can think of, he reaches for the remote control and turns off the TV.

Flexing his toes and hoping the other hasn't noticed them frozen to the pot, he takes the empty bowl from St John's lap, refills it generously, and gingerly puts it back. Out of the corner of his eye, Bobby watches St John carefully take one spoonful of nougat. When he sees St John's shoulders relax marginally, Bobby knows his message has been understood, and for this evening, it is enough.

*



Part 6



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from: twighlightr
date: Mar. 10th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
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:( John's angst tears me up, I just want Bobby to comfort him :)
You have me hooked and its brilliant that you update so often :) x

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Mar. 11th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
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John's angst tears me up, I just want Bobby to comfort him
I think he just... did?
They have to be really careful how fast they move here, even if it means to go slower than is maybe strictly necessary. There have been far too many rash decisions and fights in their past, so they'll get to the other type of comforting eventually, but... not yet.

Thanks!

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from: twighlightr
date: Mar. 11th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
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lol you are teasing me :) x

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Profiterole

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from: _profiterole_
date: Mar. 10th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
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Awwwwww~! Ice-cream love! They're so cute. <3

I also like the little things we keep learning about Bobby's friends.

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Mar. 11th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
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Awwwwww~! Ice-cream love! They're so cute. <3
*made me smile*

I also like the little things we keep learning about Bobby's friends.
They'll even appear live... some time.

Thank you!

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ayumie

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from: ayumie
date: Mar. 10th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
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Well, those are pretty memorable first words. Of course, now I'm just waiting for Bobby to say something. Keep up the great work!

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Mar. 11th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

Well, those are pretty memorable first words.
Now imagine the huge and stupid argument if Bobby had pressured him.
I know the progression is slow, but... I felt it had to be.

Part 6 is up!

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lone_zone

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from: lone_zone
date: Mar. 11th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
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yay, the first words spoken great chapter eagerly awaiting more fantastic work :)

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Mar. 11th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

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Viva Hate

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from: mandlebars
date: Mar. 11th, 2008 06:40 am (UTC)
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intuitive understanding <3

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Mar. 11th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
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Yep... and made possible because it was for once quiet enough between them to listen...

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Viva Hate

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from: mandlebars
date: Mar. 11th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
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I love the subtle things. Keep going the way you're going xx

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