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22 May 2005 @ 06:48 pm
J/V part nine  
It's gorgeous out--I discovered this very late in the day when I pulled myself upright from the couch and went out for pastries. I'd been inside while the gorgeous day was going on, semiconsciously bundled into blankets like a stuffy hedgehog while the TV flickered mutely at me. I've decided that I like season three of Alias after all--maybe even a lot. Which is an about-face from my first aghast reaction. ETA: In canon, by the way, I love Michael/Sydney. They make me so gooey. *het-happy sigh*

Finally I woke up and finished some writing. Yay. But what a waste of a weekend. A weekend that I'd intended for PORN. Or at least the next best thing. Damn it.



IX.

"It's time for us to leave Prague," Jack said. "The CIA will come looking for their missing agent." He dipped a glance down at Vaughn. "I'm surprised they haven't already."

At this point a captured agent would be freaking out. Confused, wondering where his back-up went to, working desperately to hide just how demoralized he was. Vaughn tried to project all these things in the grim, lowered angle of his head.

"But then," Jack went on, "every good strategist knows when to sacrifice a pawn." He carelessly ran his hand over Vaughn's hair under Mislov's interested gaze.

"They'll come for me." Vaughn's voice was tight--had he gotten across a hint of a break? "And they'll take you down when they do."

"Poor thing," Sydney said. She was twirling a cherry around her tongue, cuddled in the circle of Weiss's brotherly arm.

"My plane is waiting." Mislov had his own toy today, a young girl, junkie-chic thin or maybe just a junkie. She lolled against him, eyes bored. "There are some properties in Greece I'd love for you to see."

"Greece!" Weiss's face lit up. "Excellent!"

It would have been nice if the next several hours had blurred together, but each one remained annoyingly distinct. At least Vaughn had on a shirt today. "Come on," he'd said plaintively to Jack. "I look like a plucked chicken. It's embarrassing."

"That's the point."

But Jack had given him a shirt, sort of, a nearly see-through wifebeater that made Vaughn look like the return of disco. He supposed he should be thankful it wasn't a crop-top with fringe and sequins and maybe a Hello Kitty appliqué.

He spent the plane trip mentally translating The Declaration of Independence from English into French, Italian, Spanish, and Russian, and tapping out rude messages in Morse code against Jack's leg when he got bored.

"Don't make me regret uncuffing your hands," Jack leaned down to say softly at twenty-thousand feet, after Vaughn had just tapped out *you are such a dick* with his fingertip on Jack's ankle.

Vaughn looked up, keeping his face open and amiable while he slid a hand up and down Jack's calf. "Am I doing anything you don't like, Mr. Boros?" He turned his head and kissed Jack's knee. Across the aisle Weiss was, by his dumbstruck face, trying to figure out whether Vaughn had gone insane and whether extraction might not be the best course after all.

Jack gave Vaughn a long-suffering look. Vaughn smiled.

He scored that one a victory and it convinced him that a little petty suffering was good for Jack's soul. Besides, maybe a new, more cooperative cover strategy was needed at this point. Bargaining would be expected. During field training, agents were told to take advantage of any angle. In one of his first classroom sessions, the male, ex-Marine Corps instructor had said, "If you can suck cock well, that's a skill you can use. If five minutes of sucking dick gives you five more minutes of life, take it. And for those of you wondering what your fellow agents will be thinking later, I'll tell you. They're going to be thinking, 'Here's someone who lived.' Agents who come home alive are very popular. Strangely enough, people want to work with them."

But if Vaughn had really been abducted, would he ever play along in the hope of gaining some ground? His first instinct was to say, hell, no. But if he was off the grid and it was a vital mission--maybe.

When they reached Mislov's private airfield, on his private island no less, Vaughn's legs were stiff from sitting so long. It felt as if he'd been sprung from a tin can and dumped into the middle of paradise.

"Nice weather," he commented as he squinted across the airstrip at the blue and sun-white vista surrounding them. "How much does a sky like that cost you?"

He swiveled and stepped right into a blow from Jack for the impudence.

"More than you will ever see in your shortening lifetime," Mislov said, while Vaughn's ears continued to ring. For a jackass movie-cliché answer like that, it hardly seemed worth the grief.

"Hardly worth the grief, is it," Jack said sotto voce as they walked toward the waiting Jeeps.

"I'm supposed to be surly," he hissed. "And you could pull your punches."

The look Jack gave him expressed mild amazement at the unprofessional nature of such as a suggestion. Amazing how rarely the guy needed to speak to get his points across.

"I thought we could stay here for the night," Mislov said over his shoulder as the Jeeps snaked down the island road, the wind they made whipping everyone's hair around. "And then take my yacht to the mainland. At a steady cruise, three days. A nice holiday, yes?"

The villa was a villa, as villas went.

"I love it when the bad guys have Jacuzzis," Vaughn said, when they'd been escorted to their suite and left to its comforts. He toed one of the marble taps and then looked over at Jack. "Thanks for ditching the cuffs."

"We're on an island." He didn't even look up from his scanner until a few moments later. The deliberate way he set it on a table and said nothing about the status of his scans made Vaughn's stomach sink. He'd been in shitty situations. Chained hand and foot, left beaten and hungry in stinking cells for days at a time. In the full chronicle of his worst memories, not one involved Jacuzzis. Until maybe now.

"Take off your clothes," Jack said in clipped command, sliding off his own jacket.

"Don't make me do this again." Vaughn pitched his voice for the benefit of whatever monitoring system was there. "Look, I get that you have this bet--if you want me to play along so you can win your big prize, I can do that."

"I'm afraid it's not so easy."

"Okay, look." He moved closer. "If you can just--" He slammed his fist at Jack's throat and hooked a leg to pull him off-balance. They scuffled; he wasn't sure how much Jack was letting him get away with, but Jack had him flattened over the table, one arm twisted up behind his back, before Vaughn even saw the move coming. A real enough defeat. His heart was hammering in his chest. His eyes were level with the AV monitor and he saw the red bar that indicated active surveillance.

"He doesn't have to know," he said, hoping Jack would get the message. No way had Jack come without jamming equipment--in fact, he knew exactly what package of op tech Marshall had issued.

"Shhh." Jack's free hand slid down his back as if he were soothing a horse's flank. "I think you know I can make this good for you."

He was certain that Jack was going to cross the line. He could feel the line blowing away in the sand, erased. Emotions roiling, it was easy to tell himself that it was a betrayal of trust, and to hate Jack for it, even if a small part of his mind knew that Jack only ever did what he thought he had to. The problem was, Jack's logic wasn't Earth logic.

I did trust him, Vaughn realized, anger turning his stomach as Jack let him up. They had taken dangerous risks for reach other--well, for Sydney. He thought they'd had a bond. He should have known better.

"Let's get you cleaned up," Jack said, when they were facing each other again. He tugged Vaughn toward the bath, and Vaughn went, his sudden relief increasing with every step. In the refuge of the shower, Jack slipped a device from his palm onto the tiles, and Vaughn sagged against the wall.

"I thought you were really going to go through with it."

"You don't think much of me, do you, Agent Vaughn."

They mimicked a few positions that might be captured through the blur of the glass, and Vaughn made some unhappy noises, and then they soaped off efficiently without looking each other in the eye. As they exited the shower, Jack said, "You're getting better."

After a long, drawn-out pause of pretense, Vaughn said quietly, "Thank you." The words of a broken man who'd no longer tell his captor to fuck off. He hoped it was convincing. He was tired.
 
 
 
Moral Whiplashbkwyrm on May 23rd, 2005 02:08 am (UTC)
Amazing how rarely the guy needed to speak to get his points across.
Isn't it, though?
And here I thought "Ooooh, sex!" only to be faked out. Vaughn probably looks very, very pretty in a wifebeater.
Today was completely beautiful and I actually left the house. Quite proud of myself. Sorry your porn weekend didn't go as planned. There's always this week.
julia_herejulia_here on May 23rd, 2005 02:50 am (UTC)
{imagine comprehensible feedback expressing admiration and appropriate Vaughn squee-age}

Julia, apparently struck dumb with wonderment, or something
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Anna S.eliade on May 24th, 2005 05:00 am (UTC)
This should, by all rights, be shameless kink, but you manage to infuse it with a wonderful literary quality. It's satisfying to the point of unseemliness to get this kind of kink and this kind of literary quality in one package. And, that's possibly a silly way of phrasing it, but, anyway, you rock.

I think that's a wonderful way of saying it and I'm all blushful. :) Thank you so much! I'm glad you're liking it. It's giving me an unholy glee to write it, even though this is not what I expected to write (first, anyway).
tafkarfanfictafkarfanfic on May 23rd, 2005 04:26 am (UTC)
Wooooooooooow.

"If you can suck cock well, that's a skill you can use. If five minutes of sucking dick gives you five more minutes of life, take it. And for those of you wondering what your fellow agents will be thinking later, I'll tell you. They're going to be thinking, 'Here's someone who lived.' Agents who come home alive are very popular. Strangely enough, people want to work with them."

I love this. Because, you know? It's probably accurate.

He'd been in shitty situations. Chained hand and foot, left beaten and hungry in stinking cells for days at a time. In the full chronicle of his worst memories, not one involved Jacuzzis. Until maybe now.

I really felt for Vaughn here.

"Shhh." Jack's free hand slid down his back as if he were soothing a horse's flank. "I think you know I can make this good for you."

He was certain that Jack was going to cross the line. He could feel the line blowing away in the sand, erased.


Wow. This took my breath away (literally). That last line, the metaphor...it's wonderful.
Anna S.eliade on May 24th, 2005 05:00 am (UTC)
I love this. Because, you know? It's probably accurate.

I love when I totally make something up and it sounds accurate. *grin* Thank you!
kittygoslingp on May 23rd, 2005 04:45 am (UTC)
Wowser. Bad, bad daddy.
Anna S.eliade on May 24th, 2005 05:00 am (UTC)
I offer you the evil. Here, have a plateful of wrong too. *g*
Alizarin_NYCalizarin_nyc on May 23rd, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC)
...and tapping out rude messages in Morse code against Jack's leg when he got bored.

This makes me love Vaughn for some reason.
nestra on May 24th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
As they exited the shower, Jack said, "You're getting better."

After a long, drawn-out pause of pretense, Vaughn said quietly, "Thank you."


Mmmm. Six different conversations held over the space of five words.
Fandom: karass or granfalloon. Discuss.sherrold on May 24th, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC)
Oh god, I thought you'd stopped
but no -- there's more! It's like thinking that someone else finished the bucket of Almond Roca, and then finding another perfect chocolate toffee waiting for you.

I love Vaughn's self-talk throughout this -- his ways of getting himself through things. But mostly I love his attempts to understand Jack -- cycling between frustration and fear, to annoyance and the desire to one-up him, back to fear again (as well it should, of course!)

More, more!
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Chasechase820 on June 2nd, 2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
He spent the plane trip mentally translating The Declaration of Independence from English into French, Italian, Spanish, and Russian, and tapping out rude messages in Morse code against Jack's leg when he got bored.

"Don't make me regret uncuffing your hands," Jack leaned down to say softly at twenty-thousand feet, after Vaughn had just tapped out *you are such a dick* with his fingertip on Jack's ankle.


Hee. And also, *sigh*. I love it when characters have mad language skillz, especially when they employ those skills for extra snarking.

Still really feeling for Jack, here. Why do the world-weary alpha bastards always have my sympathies?

abbyleeabbylee on June 6th, 2005 05:35 am (UTC)
I love the Morse code.
MELODY GLOUCESTER PEGASUS: Connor Revolutionjolielaide on January 17th, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
Perhaps not surprisingly, I'm on a J/V kick these days and so I'm reading the stuff you posted a while ago. I'm completely enthralled-- I think I read some of this when you initially posted it, but I didn't get all the way through for some reason.

It's so, so good-- the complexity of consent, and the layers of deception and denial. I love Vaughn's snarky morse-code tapping and Jack's succinct way of dealing with him. Jack is the ultimate Daddy Top, and Vaughn is the perfect pretty bottom boy. Mmnnnggghhh.

The last lines are great-- Vaughn being more in character than he'd like to be, or than he even realizes. Gah!

You rock, lady.
par avion: alias blankpar_avion on June 6th, 2006 04:38 am (UTC)
Rude messages in morse code!

*loves*