Title: Unsheathed Weapons
Notes: For the HodgePodge prompt, "LotR RPS - any actor(s), new weapon". This isn't a drabble; it's in the form 50:40:30:20:10.
Orlando has a stable of tricks: tilting his chin to this angle or that (depending on the position of the camera), flashing bared wrists, the scowl, circumlocution, playing dumb. They are ordinary enough, learned from the old hands on the Rings set, and now deployed against the paparazzi without thought.
Elijah doesn't have tricks so much as another skin he slides into whenever the eye of a camera is on him. It's invisible, seamless, absent one moment, there the next: eyes widening, body language opening up and inviting you in.
Sometimes, Orlando holds up his camera phone just to see it happen. He only takes the pictures because usually Elijah wants to see. Every time, Elijah looks like someone else.
"How do you do it?" Orlando slurs one night. Drunk. "Your face is like a weapon." He touches Elijah's chin.
Elijah's puzzlement is naked; warm and true beneath Orlando's hand.
Title: A Vow
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Notes: For the HodgePodge prompt, "SGA - John and/or Rodney, new job".
They decide to make the best
of a bad job; which
is how Rodney finds himself
married. The ceremony
takes place in Jeannie's
yard, bedecked with late-blooming
flowers, a barbecue, a
dozen guests (mostly
SGC), mounds of food and
John, not wearing dress blues (thus
secret what ifs forever).
The shadow in John's eyes leaves
briefly, when he says,
"I do," solemn and happy,
his mouth like a promise as
they kiss in front of
everyone who matters most
(Ronon and Teyla silent
ghosts on the other side
of a MALP Carter hooked up).
And afterwards, when John's hand
slides into his, John's
smile bright, bright, alive, as though
they chose this, wanted only
each other... Rodney
knows that he will fight for this:
John's happiness is Rodney's
newest job and he'll
cheat the grave before he quits.
There are still heaps of prompts left. Hint hint. *prods you all into writing drabbles for my inter-marking enjoyment*