That first day, 008 found 002 stretched out on Mr. Kozumi’s deck, one hand up to the sky. “Are you okay?”
"Yeah, just getting used to the light."
A Vespa Scooter
“Jet, a scooter does not have a ‘bitch seat’, and,” Albert said, pinching the bridge of his nose, “even if it did, I wouldn’t ride on one.”
“Can I borrow you notes during lunch?”
Jet dug around in his bag, purposefully bypassing the notebook full of sketches of Professor Heinrich instead of linguistics notes. “Sorry, man, I left them in the dorm.
Wild West AU
Albert leaned against the jail bars, staring at his hungover friend. “Do I want to know what you were doing up the water tower?”
“Al, I don’t even remember what I’m doing in New Mexico.”
On their first date, Junior gave Francoise a small bundle of larkspur. She ran her fingers over delicate blossoms and gave him a teasing smile when she asked, “No roses?”
“I didn’t think we should pretend we would stay with tradition,” Junior told her.
Albert held his head in his hands, listening to the security alarm over his headset. “I said to wait until Joe and Francoise ran the distraction.”
GB’s cheerful, “Not to worry, Albert, this is just a momentary issue,” did nothing assuage Albert’s exasperation.
“Do you ever miss being that age?” GB asks, an edge of wistfulness in his voice as he watches their younger teammates on the beach.
Albert leans against the porch railing next to him, two glasses of wine in his hand. “Not if if meant I had to relearn everything I know now,” he says, his shoulder pressing warmly against GB’s.
There's Not a Word Yet (Soulmate AU)
Jet flinched as Junior gently took his arm, fighting the instinct to pull away, to protect himself. Junior cupped the back of his head for a moment, forcing the younger cyborg to look at him. “You’ll be all right,” he said, and went back to removing the piece of shrapnel bisecting his own name.
“It’s an actor’s sleeve,” GB explained, holding out the bundle of fabric. “We wear them when we’re playing roles that need our name marks covered.”
Slowly, Jet took the sleeve from him, accepting it for the apology it was.
Hilda beckoned Albert to her side, not looking up from the cradle. Albert joined her, carefully dragging his finger down Ivan’s cheek.
“Welcome home, Ivan.”
9x13 - Angst
Before they left Tokyo, Joe stopped by the playground again. He sat on the swingset, turning the wooden rabbit over and over. If he concentrated, he could almost smell fresh bread on the wind.
0010 + and - - Before Black Ghost
“You should’ve packed the spare tire,” his brother sang from where he was stretched out on top of the car.
“Shut up and help me flag down this car.” He stuck his hand out, thumb up, as the black car approached.