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Frankie Dalton [AU] ([personal profile] transposition) wrote2015-03-11 08:20 pm

☌ bayside

The sky's starting to lighten-- not the dangerous way, not yet, but enough that he knows he hasn't got much longer before enough light actually creeps over the horizon to burn. He can always feel it, or maybe it's in his head; a faint sting, the way you used to feel when you came in from the cold and the room felt stifling and hot no matter what. But he never gets cold anymore, never gets flushed coming in, so maybe it's just his imagination warning him in before the burning starts.

Either way the dark of his hallway is a relief, and his mind is already drifting as he shuts the door behind him and locks it. There's a bottle of blood waiting; he could sleep without eating, he thinks, but he wants it like a cold beer after a long day. It's getting scarce out there, expensive, but the Army takes care of its own. Still...

He's ruminating on this, pulling the chain of his dogtags over his head-- bat-tags, the guys call them sometimes, a holdover from when all this was novel and the VA was just coming into its own-- when the scent hits him and he stops short, stock-still all of a sudden, feeling every inch a predator. He can't figure it out, but he knows it doesn't belong. It's like... It makes him think of summer, when he was a kid: the sweet hot smell of cut grass and baking cement, the thick gold light of August afternoons. Something is definitely wrong, but whatever it is, it's painfully enticing.

He stuffs the dogtags in a pocket and stalks toward the living room, silent add he can manage, hands curled into fists.
eiremagic: (Eden - Hey wait)

[personal profile] eiremagic 2015-03-12 12:31 am (UTC)(link)
[It took a lot of power to get here.

Eden is exhausted, too exhausted to figure out the virus, to turn her blood into a cure, too exhausted, really, to care. She found herself outside in daylight, in city that looked completely abandoned, and it took nothing - really, nothing - to feel Frankie, to find him.

His pull is undeniable.

She broke into his apartment after the sun had gone down, and pulled blankets out from where she could find them, and passed out. Now, it was starting to get light, and she's managing to wake up from where she's curled up on his sofa.

All she wanted was her husband back. Not that she didn't love Moore. But it was hard, to -

- it was hard.

She doesn't hear him come in, but she can feel him, buzzing under her skin, and she looks up, suddenly.]


Frankie?
good_at_this: (just want your sex)

[personal profile] good_at_this 2015-03-12 12:46 am (UTC)(link)
[There's no mistaking her for anything but a human girl, but it takes him a second nonetheless. That's basically an impossibility, at this point. He knows they're still out there, a few of them-- after all that's what he does, hunts them down for the blood reserves, for the public good-- but they don't move around like this, brazen and alone. Do they?

She knows his name, he realizes belatedly, she said his name.]


How'd you get here?

[he murmurs, something dangerous in his tone, a vicious kind of delight. It might as well be his damn birthday.]
eiremagic: (Eden - auditions for saw)

[personal profile] eiremagic 2015-03-12 12:51 am (UTC)(link)
[She tilts her head a bit - she has enough for this spell, for memory, but it'll take her a minute, and he'll have to taste her blood for it to work, of course, because her magic is never easy.]

Same as you, through the door.

[Sort of. Through being the operative word. She fumbles a bit, undoes her nest of blankets, finds her knife. It's not a big knife - it's only a couple of inches, if anything.]

Fuck, you look like you haven't eaten in a fucking week.

[Not really. He hasn't gotten pointy or creepy yet.]
good_at_this: (gonna love you with my hands tied)

[personal profile] good_at_this 2015-03-12 12:59 am (UTC)(link)
[Convincing him to taste her won't be difficult at all. His eyes are flitting from hers to the smooth expanse of her throat already. It hasn't been so long since he's eaten, but there's a world of difference between blood in bottles and what she's got to offer.

It's almost embarrassing, how badly he wants it; almost like arousal. He takes a slow step closer, wondering if he can stop himself from killing her, if he can find a way to keep her. He should have called her in already but he's just hungry enough to be weak.]


You know my name.

[Small talk. He's curious. Keep her occupied with explaining while he decides how to do this.]
eiremagic: (Eden - look behind me)

[personal profile] eiremagic 2015-03-12 01:01 am (UTC)(link)
[She moves, too, just one step to the side. It's strange how much like arousal it looks like. How much his arousal is familiar to her. How much she misses him.

She has to stay focused.]


Yeah, I know your name.

[She holds her knife up, just slightly.]

You have to wait a minute.
good_at_this: (just got my vamp)

[personal profile] good_at_this 2015-03-12 01:13 am (UTC)(link)
[It's not so different. He hasn't wanted a woman in a long time; and when he did it was a live one, all hitched breath and pounding heart. She'd liked the contrast, the coldness of his touch. Liked it so much she'd left him and died herself, in fact.

She used to feed him, too, like that. It's not a pleasant memory but it twists in him, hard and instinctual, breeding blind and indistinct desire.]


Who sent you?

[Maybe she's poisoned herself, they used to try that. It never really worked right, so he isn't afraid. He's not so important that anyone would try. And fuck, she smells so good. He stands in place and breathes her in, deep huffs like a hunting animal.]
eiremagic: (Eden - hide)

[personal profile] eiremagic 2015-03-12 01:16 am (UTC)(link)
[He keeps breathing, and the spell, it's almost done, she can feel the memories lining her blood. It's a chore to keep her eyes normal, to not let the sid push extra power into her magic, but finally-]

No one.

I-

[She takes the knife, she presses it against her thumb.]

If you attack, I'll fight. If you're gentle, you can have it.
good_at_this: (got no direction)

[personal profile] good_at_this 2015-03-12 01:19 am (UTC)(link)
[He wants to swallow her whole and shove her against the wall and sink into her in every way he can. Fuck. The scent of her is overwhelming, he doesn't understand how the neighbors haven't battered down the doors.]

Why?

[She must have an angle.

She knows his name, she's in his house.]
eiremagic: (Eden - frustration attacks)

[personal profile] eiremagic 2015-03-12 01:21 am (UTC)(link)
[Christ, Frankie.]

Because if I go out there, they'll tear me afuckingpart. And if I'm here with you, you know.

You kept a girl, right?

Once.

[Let him think this is the grapevine, that humans, real ones, that they know.]
good_at_this: (gonna love you with my hands tied)

[personal profile] good_at_this 2015-03-12 01:28 am (UTC)(link)
[That earns a little snort of laughter.]

Since changing went mandatory? I'm not stupid.

[Or crazy. Though it's tempting.]

Trying to get me arrested?

[Without meaning to he licks his lips.]
eiremagic: (Eden - doubts it)

[personal profile] eiremagic 2015-03-12 01:29 am (UTC)(link)
You trying to get me dead?

[Arrested and dead, one is far preferable to the other. She rolls her eyes.]

You want the blood or not, boyo?
good_at_this: (let me see you're mean)

[personal profile] good_at_this 2015-03-12 01:33 am (UTC)(link)
I wanna know what it's gonna cost.

[But yes, he wants it, and he's too convinced of himself to be afraid, so he resumes his slow stalking toward her.]
eiremagic: (Eden - look behind me)

[personal profile] eiremagic 2015-03-12 01:36 am (UTC)(link)
Christ, it'll cost a safe place for me to sleep a few nights, all right? I have too much fucking riding on this, do you want me to go to the next name on me list?

[She knows what people around here will do for blood. To a girl like her. Not that any of them could really hurt her, but still, right now, it's best to play along with this.]

I got your name, Dalton, I got it from a network of people.

I'll leave.

[As if she would. As if she could.]
good_at_this: (i've done this before)

[personal profile] good_at_this 2015-03-12 01:46 am (UTC)(link)
[The people who'd drain her dry aren't the ones she should worry about; it's the respectable citizens who'd turn her in, the few people privy to exactly how many humans are left in the wild, that would do the worst damage.

There's not a chance he'd let her walk out of here. He's halfway tempted to tell her how badly her network fucked up, but why make trouble? Maybe they're not so wrong. He wants to keep her for himself.]


Do it,

[he says sharply, eyes on the knife, just waiting for her to break the skin. She'll have to let it drip, he'll have to restrain himself from licking it clean, if he wants to keep her. Too much risk of infection. She smells like summer and life, did the living always smell like that?]
eiremagic: (Eden - auditions for saw)

[personal profile] eiremagic 2015-03-12 01:50 am (UTC)(link)
[She does.

She cuts her finger, and moves forward, and puts her thumb, bleeding, dripping, over his mouth, far enough away that even if he snapped, she could move back, change the magic to something that would protect her, but no, she wants him, she wants him to remember.

It's hard to be so close to him and not have him touch her, to not have her face in the space between his shoulder and his neck, it's hard not to hold him, because-

-shit, it's been a long time, she's barely holding it together, she's so tired.

But the first drop touches his bottom lip, and then another, and another.]
good_at_this: (take a bite of me)

[personal profile] good_at_this 2015-03-12 02:04 am (UTC)(link)
[If he didn't want so badly to savor the impossibility of warm, fresh blood, he might not be able to hold back; he'd pull her closer and suck at that cut, run his tongue up her thumb to the palm of her hand, sink his eyeteeth into her wrist.

It feels like summer rain falling, hot, dissolving into steam on sunbaked asphalt, and he licks his lips clean, greedy and starved and he shuts his eyes and thinks of the sun bearing down on him.

(The sun bearing down on him while he runs down streets he's never seen to the apartment with the blackout curtains and the guns under the floor and the woman in front of him, the sounds she made when she let him take her up against the wall and she tastes like paradise, she always has, with her dark eyes and the maze of pale lines on her back.)]
eiremagic: (Eden - Hey wait)

[personal profile] eiremagic 2015-03-12 02:07 am (UTC)(link)
[And blood keeps dripping, keeps dripping, until finally she takes a step back. She'll need to have that wound going if this didn't work, if he moves to attack her, so she can leave, fast, and find a place to hide until she can get home and curl up around Moore and cry, and cry, over what she's lost.]

All right?

[She doesn't say his name again. She can't bear it if he doesn't say hers back.]
Edited 2015-03-12 02:07 (UTC)
good_at_this: (i've done this before)

[personal profile] good_at_this 2015-03-12 02:45 am (UTC)(link)
[He remembers the thunderous sound of his heartbeat and how he's going to die and how he didn't, and her stupid post-it note and he knows what she looks like when her eyes go black and he knows how she needs to bleed sometimes and even understands, even as he's completely and totally lost in all this, what it is she's doing to him.

She can't be here. She can't, she shouldn't be here, because for her to be here now means he'll never go and they'll never meet and she'll never come but her she is in front of him and on his tongue.]


I'm gonna marry you,

[he says quietly, incredulously, not like a promise or a joke but a statement of fact. He remembers it. Eden. He sucks at his lower lip, the last of it, can't bear to let a bit of her go to waste.]
eiremagic: (Eden - I've come to loathe)

[personal profile] eiremagic 2015-03-12 02:11 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, fucking-

You remember.

[The relief in her tone is as obvious as the tension that leaves her shoulders, as she sits and presses her hands against her face, careful not to smear any blood on herself. She doesn't know how this is going to work. She wasn't meant to come so soon, but time is a tricky thing to try and manipulate.]

Frankie.

[She reaches into her pocket. She has his ring.]
good_at_this: (just tell me that it's all right)

[personal profile] good_at_this 2015-03-12 02:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Eden.

[The smell of her is still in the air, enticing and oddly comforting, familiar, even though in a way he only just met her. This is overwhelming enough that he's not sure what to do, whether it's safe to touch her, what's real and what isn't. He left, didn't he leave? Home to die. But the City does things like this, maybe it's just a trick.]

How--?
eiremagic: (Eden - I can does magic)

[personal profile] eiremagic 2015-03-12 04:03 pm (UTC)(link)
I burned a lot of magic to find you.

[but she came too soon. She can hear the Sid laughing in her ears. What a sick joke. The portal, Moore had stared at it, had told her not to go, but-]

I'm too early, I fucked it all up.
good_at_this: (tell me something that'll save me)

[personal profile] good_at_this 2015-03-12 07:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Better than too late, I guess.

[Because he's gonna die. Five minutes ago he was immortal. Now it's a foregone conclusion that he'll be ripped to pieces.]

So we're--

[Really here, and now. Home, and he's neither dead nor alive.]

Fuck, [he breathes, overwhelmed, and takes a wavering step toward the sofa.]
eiremagic: (Eden - auditions for saw)

[personal profile] eiremagic 2015-03-12 08:16 pm (UTC)(link)
[She watches him for a moment, doesn't-]

I'm sorry.

[For making him learn all this, in one fell swoop.]
good_at_this: (got no direction)

[personal profile] good_at_this 2015-03-12 08:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Don't be.

[It's better, like this. He's better. It's just a lot to take in. He looks up at her, standing there in the wrong place and time, feeling like the wrong man.]

I won't hurt you.

[stating the obvious, he hopes. He'd really like her closer, while he processes all this. She's a grounding influence.]
eiremagic: (Eden - hide)

[personal profile] eiremagic 2015-03-12 08:50 pm (UTC)(link)
[She looks over at him, and then comes closer, puts the cut in her mouth. When she moves it away, it's gone.

And she presses her fingers into his short hair, and kisses him on the temple, just near his hairline.]


Fuck, I missed you, I missed you.

[She has her face there, and then she kisses him on the mouth, just-]

I love you, all right?

[She wouldn't have done this for anything less than love.]

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