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Dec 15, 2018 6:34 PM
Omegaverse Xan lands on Brian and Jackson
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"...uh-huh. Very nice of her."

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"Given the givens. There's a lot of maneater demons out there. Plus she makes really good dulce de leche."

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"That's just sweetened condensed milk in the microwave," says Brian.

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"Not the way she does it!"

He feels the bloodflow trickle to a stop and carefully removes the sodden paper towel from his nose. "Is there somewhere I can burn this? Or- does your magic not have nasty things people can do to you if they have your blood?"

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"...pretty sure it doesn't have that," Jackson says.

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"Fair enough." He locates an appropriate trash receptacle and disposes of the paper towel.

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Fortunately the workings of trash receptacles in this alternate universe are neither unfamiliar nor arcane. "People would go through your trash looking for blood?" asks Jackson.

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"Not necessarily, but it's best not to tempt fate. And I'm not banking on never making any magic-using enemies, so I want to be in the habit."

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"...weird," says Jackson. "I guess a mage or maybe even a psion could come up with a power that needed somebody's blood to work, I just don't know why they'd bother instead of doing something else."

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"Blood makes things easier. It's got a connection to the person it came from, and you can use that to get to them, no matter what they've put up in the way." He waves a hand. "Again, this is my magic. Yours sounds very tidy, no blood required at all."

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"No blood," agrees Jackson. "I'm on a government contract to do virtualities."

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"What's a virtuality?"

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"It's where new mages and psions go till they can control their magic."

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"Oh. Nice."

He shifts his weight from one foot to the other uncomfortably. "Is there... um. Is there somewhere I can sit down? The magic high is wearing off and I'm kinda dizzy."

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"Oh, yeah, this way," Jackson says, waving him into the adjacent living room.

"Need a hand?" Brian says, offering one.

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"No, no, it's-" Xan stumbles a little. "-okay, yeah. Thanks."

He follows them into the living room and sits down carefully on the floor, hugging his legs in front of him.

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"You can sit on the couch if you want," Brian says. Jackson is on the floor too, kneeling at Brian's knee.

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Xan shrugs. "I like the floor. You guys are a cute couple," he adds.

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"Thanks," says Brian, patting Jackson on the head.

"You look like a dom," says Jackson. "It's weird for doms to sit on the floor. Unless they're from Japan or something."

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"What, that's sub-coded? Ugh, roles."

Xan considers whether the comfort of sitting on the floor is worth the irritation of looking less dominant. Reluctantly, he unfolds himself to sit on the couch.

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"If there weren't enough space it wouldn't mean much," says Brian.

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Xan shrugs.

"How'd you guys meet?" he asks.

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"I was taking a walk and Brian was gardening," Jackson says, "back when I was still dating my awful ex, but I stopped anyway to look at the flowers..."

"And we got to chatting and he'd come by sometimes and I found out how awful his ex was and told him to break up with him," says Brian.

"And I said I didn't know how to do that, like, partly because I was messed up but partly because my ex was awful," says Jackson.

"So I got my sister to pick the locks - she can do that, she's a nurse, they have to get things off people sometimes," says Brian. "And mail stuff back to the awful ex, so Jackson wouldn't have to talk to him again."

"And then - sorry, you asked how we met, not how we got together," says Jackson.

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"Aw, that's nice though," Xan says. "Sounds like you work with each other."

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Jackson giggles. "He was - he was trying not to date because he was like, 'well, it's not reasonable to ask subs I meet for all this stuff I want, that went terribly last time' - and then I was like, no, that's all awesome, collar me yesterday, and he was like, but my therapist says I should work through all this stuff, and I was like, okay, you can do that too, but meanwhile here I am and I will totally do all that stuff. And now he has a different less dumb therapist."

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