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Apparently we live in a world where I have David Mitchell/WILTY dreams and [livejournal.com profile] mcwonthelottery does not. I don't really understand it, but that is a thing that happened last night. I mean, I like David Mitchell and all, I just didn't think my admiration had reached dream level already.

Anyway. The weekend was good! I got to hang out with friends on Saturday, and then yesterday afternoon I watched the EE of Return of the King and ended up drowning in feelings in re: Eowyn, Eowyn/Faramir, and the 4 hobbits, as you do. I'm actually surprised at how little I remembered of the extended scenes - it was sort of like watching the whole thing for the very first time again, which pleased me. I'm also (finally) starting to get excited for the first Hobbit movie to be out. I like to think I can trust Peter Jackson not to fuck it up, but fingers crossed, just in case.

In other news, I like it when I'm able to cross things off my lists.

-write the first Queer Fest fic (posting date: 5/28)
-finish the Suits BBMU story and have it beta read (posting date: 6/5)
-figure out where I'm going to host the BBMU mix (posting date: 6/6)
-write second Queer Fest fic (posting date: 6/10)
-finish the Marvel ladies BBMU story and have it beta read (posting date: 6/11)
-write third Queer Fest fic (posting date: 6/16) / I'm about a third of the way through this one.
-write both ZombiFICation fics and submit to mods before 6/23 / One of these has been submitted already.

The Suits story drove me up a wall towards the end, but it's DONE and mostly ready for posting tomorrow. So now I just have to write the rest of the Marvel ladies AU, figure out what I'm doing for the QF fic due on the 10th, and then I'm...in a good spot for a change. :D

*flop*

I've had the first part of this story in my In Progress folder for months, and I decided yesterday that my reward for finishing the first BBMU would be to work on it. The prompt came off a bingo card, so if you're wondering why the hell I even started writing it in the first place, that would be your answer.

***

There's a thin line of something red slowly seeping through the fabric of Steve's t-shirt. It starts out brilliant scarlet against the white, then darkens into a fine burgundy that makes Tony think of the wine his mother used to pour for special guests on momentous occasions. Transfixed and dazed, he watches the color spread and splinter, forming jagged veins and branches across Steve's side until the in between sections fill out and destroy the whole effect.

"Steve," he says, mouth inexplicably dry, "you should check your stitches."

Steve, who has been hunched over a sketchbook for the last hour or two, jumps at the sound of Tony's voice and sits back up, straightening his spine with an audible crack. He winces and brings a free hand up to press against his wounded side. Tony draws in a ragged breath when Steve lowers the hand again, now damp and red-tinged. Steve seems surprised by the sight.

"Oh, I didn't even realize," he says. He prods at the wound gently once more before standing and tossing his sketchbook down on his seat. "You have a first aid kit somewhere?"

"You should really see a real life doctor," Tony hears himself saying. Steve gives him a look, and he backtracks. "Yeah, there's a kit in the workroom downstairs. Bookcase on the left of the door, top shelf, can't miss it."

"Do you want to supervise, or can I do this on my own?" Steve asks.

Tony coughs. "I - what?"

"It's just," Steve says, and then he stops and sighs. "Nothing, never mind. Top shelf, you said?"

Tony nods, and Steve waves a bloody hand at him as he passes by on his way down to the workroom. Once he's out of sight, Tony sinks down into a nearby chair and tries to remember how to breathe.

***

Steve's wound heals, the stain comes out of the shirt with some extra care and attention, and Tony can't get the image out of his head.

It's not like he can help it, really. Steve has more or less coerced Tony into sparring with him on a regular basis, citing concern over Tony's ability to defend himself without the suit ("I'm working on that," Tony says, but Steve has already walked away, so the point is completely lost), which means there is an awful lot of shirtless, sweaty Steve to see throughout the week. Tony witnesses the line of stitches turn into an angry red slash that quickly fades into pink and then barely-noticeable, until one day Steve takes off his shirt to change and nothing's there.

Tony dreams about it that night.

It's the brawl they'd been in a few weeks ago, only Tony's not in the armor as he remembers. Instead, he's wearing the HYDRA uniform, and there's a knife in his hand, already bloodied. Steve is on the ground by his feet, abdomen exposed where his uniform has been slashed open by a piece of shrapnel, or something, Tony can't remember the specifics. He blinks, and then he's kneeling on the ground, the flat of his knife pressed onto Steve's skin beneath the cut. He reaches out a hand and presses down on the wound with one finger. Steve's pained hiss sends a rush of heat down Tony's spine, blooming into a full-body flush at the sight of Steve's blood on his glove, and Tony can't help himself, so he leans forward and -

- wakes up.

When Steve comes to find him later that day, Tony can't look him in the eye.

...yeah.

Back to work! Fuck Monday!

Date: 2012-06-04 04:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mcwonthelottery.livejournal.com
You should tell me all about your WILTY dreams. Yup.

Date: 2012-06-04 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brilligspoons.livejournal.com
IT WAS SO WEIRD. I was in the audience, and David and Lee were arguing about something to do with pop music? And they just kept going back and forth about whatever song it was, I can't remember now. But every so often the panelists would come into the audience and ask us questions, and I had a conversation with David about museums or sculptures or something.

Date: 2012-06-04 05:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mcwonthelottery.livejournal.com
This is pretty much amazing.

Except there would never be an extended discussion of any kind with David Mitchell about pop music unless it was "Reasons why this shouldn't exist" or "Things I give no fucks about".

But oh man. I love it. This is the best. I will live vicariously through your dreams.

Date: 2012-06-04 05:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brilligspoons.livejournal.com
That's why I thought it was weird, though! Even in my subconscious mind and with limited knowledge of David Mitchell, I knew something was wrong. IDK. I wish I could remember details about our other conversation, though.

Date: 2012-06-04 05:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 1-rhiannon-1.livejournal.com
Hooray for crossing things off your list! I hope Monday is kind to you! :D

Date: 2012-06-04 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brilligspoons.livejournal.com
Monday's been a bit slow, but not too bad! Hope yours was decent!

Date: 2012-06-05 01:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 1-rhiannon-1.livejournal.com
It wasn't too bad at all :D

Date: 2012-06-04 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 80sgirlie.livejournal.com
Does it make me a sick person if I say that I found the Steve/Tony scene oddly erotic and I want more?

*This is me trying to get you to write me fic. Fic that can wait a million years until you're finished everything that is on your list.*

Date: 2012-06-04 10:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brilligspoons.livejournal.com
Nah, man, kinks are kinks. I don't judge. XD

Date: 2012-06-05 01:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bloodred0-4.livejournal.com
Hello again! Sorry I've been so out-of-touch with everything, but I'm happy to hear that you're well (and watching LoTR, excellent choice)! :D

I also noticed that your finished your fic for our BBMU, and I was wondering if you had any details you wanted to share which might help me make a more relevant mix cover for it? Since I'm finally finished with my exams, I figured that I may as well try and whip something up before we post tomorrow. :P

Date: 2012-06-05 01:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bloodred0-4.livejournal.com
Ahaha, just got your email, so you can ignore my last comment unless you have any requests or suggestions you'd like to share! If I finish early enough, I'll send you the cover(s?) for your opinion. :)

Date: 2012-06-05 01:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brilligspoons.livejournal.com
No worries! I don't think I have anything to share. I'm sure whatever cover(s) you come up with will be wonderful!

Question, though: do you know what time you'll be posting tomorrow? I'm going to put it up on AO3 and link that to [livejournal.com profile] hardlyabird, so I want to make sure I do it right before you set the main post up. :) Let me know!

Date: 2012-06-05 02:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bloodred0-4.livejournal.com
I read it and -- gah, just endless squeeing and flailing on my behalf! :D

Um, I'm not really sure. Early evening is looking like the best time for me tomorrow, but I'm open for most of the day, so if you have any conflicts or reqests, please do let me know!

Date: 2012-06-05 02:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brilligspoons.livejournal.com
YAY, glad you liked it! :D :D :D

Hmm, okay! If I posted the story at like 4pm (er, EDT) and sent you the link, would that be cool?

Date: 2012-06-05 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bloodred0-4.livejournal.com
IT WAS AWESOME.

Sure! :)

Date: 2012-06-05 02:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brilligspoons.livejournal.com
Excellent! I will email you the link around then!

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