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there's a river running wild. ([personal profile] shootstars) wrote in [community profile] bakerstreet2017-02-16 12:04 pm

the picture prompt meme



the picture prompt meme

I — Comment with your character.
II — Others will leave a picture (or two, or three...)
III — Reply to them with a setting based on the picture.
IV — Link to any pictures that are NSFW, please.
V — Be aware that this meme will be image-heavy.


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[personal profile] striketwice 2017-02-18 12:17 am (UTC)(link)
[ He makes a show of rolling his eyes, but ultimately he decides it's not an argument worth having. Alec "plans literally everything" Brennan would be wasting his breath trying to explain just why, in the moment, going with the crowd, acting the part of drunk asshole, was a better plan than trying to bust out to Peter "12% of a plan" Quill.

Peter apparently decides to move on as well, and taps a finger on the next tattoo, edging dangerously close to the spot where the red band around Alec's arm lay concealed. ]


That's my taser. The lightning spell.
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[personal profile] nostalgiabomb 2017-02-18 12:57 am (UTC)(link)
[ Some days, Peter thinks he has the memory of where Alec’s red band lies on his arm, thinks he has the memory burned straight into his mind.

But when he focuses, when he really tries to remember where it is, he finds he doesn’t quite recall. Alec had only given Peter a glimpse of it before he hid both of their rings away, had yanked up his sleeve while Peter was in the middle of a near blinding rage, a choking sense of panic, and it sure as hell didn’t help that Peter got fucking trashed almost immediately after that.

He knows it’s on the left arm, but he can never quite remember where it falls. Between the first and second tattoo? Between the second and third? Higher? Lower? Does it overlap with a spell, and he just couldn’t see at the time because of the ink? He knows at least that even invisible as it is, Alec will still feel it when Peter brushes across it.

Firsthand experience, after all.

So as Peter’s tapping on the tattoos, he’s watching Alec’s face, looking for some sort of tell, trying his best to not make it obvious that he’s observing him. Sort of half-listening, because the idea of magic still fascinates him, but the booze means Peter will likely flunk a quiz on this, come tomorrow. When he moves to the next dark band, his fingers ghost across the blank patch of skin, come to rest on the third ring.

Blithely, ]
How ‘bout that one?
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[personal profile] striketwice 2017-02-18 05:52 am (UTC)(link)
[ Looking back on it, he probably should have realized what Peter was up to much sooner, the asshole, but his own mark goes forgotten so much of the time that it doesn't even occur to him until Peter's fingers brush over it.

Peter doesn't have to look hard for a tell, because Alec is in no way subtle about it, caught off guard as he is.

His eyes widen and his pulse jumps as that contact ignites sparks in his chest. Makes him warm and content and sets him ablaze all at once. It's there and gone quickly, and the loss makes him dizzy. He shoots peter a look. ]


You asshole.
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[personal profile] nostalgiabomb 2017-02-18 06:19 am (UTC)(link)
Well, that's uncalled for.

[ With an air of innocence.

But he had seen it, the way Alec's eyes widened, heard that little hitch in his breath. Even felt an echo of it, surging and waning in the span of a second, achingly, maddeningly familiar.

Gotcha, he thinks, making his expression as bland as possible. ]


That's the treatment I get for trying to get to know you better? I thought we were past all this— [ he adopts something of Alec's diction ]I'm a fortress, Quill. The less you know about me, the better bullshit.
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[personal profile] striketwice 2017-02-18 06:31 am (UTC)(link)
[ Alec just. Gives him the flattest look.

Of course. Of course Peter is going to be impossible about the whole thing. Alec wouldn't be surprised if he just kept it up to drive Alec crazy, playing the innocence card the whole time.

(It's payback, to be sure, for the times that Alec has brushed his fingers over that band around Peter's neck, traced it with his tongue and with his teeth.

The memories, and that echo of sparking heat makes something very much like want curl up from his belly, but he tamps it down. Shuts it away. Like hell is he letting Peter win this so easily.) ]


That's not what I meant, and you know it.
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[personal profile] nostalgiabomb 2017-02-18 06:58 am (UTC)(link)
I really don't.

[ That same benign sort of look, and he sips from his drink – some reddish liquor, bittersweet like the cherry-flavored medicine he used to drink as a kid, and strong. It's his third of the evening, and he'll likely go for a fourth, soon enough. ]

You gonna answer my question?

[ A demonstrative tap on the third band from Alec's wrist. ]

Or do you wanna tell me more about this one?

[ And his fingers glide back down to the second tattoo. ]
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[personal profile] striketwice 2017-02-18 07:09 am (UTC)(link)
[ He's ready for it this time, at least, and though the contact still sends sparks though his veins, makes his heart hammer against his ribcage, he does a better job of downplaying it. He sucks in a quick, quiet breath through his nose, tries his best to keep his expression flat. ]

You skipped one, actually.

[ And he sets his drink down to wave his free hand over his other arm, and that red band blinks back into being, bright in contrast to the black bands of his tattoos. If Peter's going to fuck with him, at least let him willfully admit he's fucking with him. No more of this playing innocent crap. ]
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[personal profile] nostalgiabomb 2017-02-18 07:46 am (UTC)(link)
[ Busted.

But rather than look guilty, Peter grins before feigning a look of surprise. ]


When the hell did that get there?

[ The whole soulmate thing grates a little less, these days. The weight of it all is still terrifying, sure, still makes something icy prickle in his lungs, but it doesn't send him into a panicky fit anymore.

Because it has its uses, has its perks, and Peter is willing to admit that. ]


Okay, then. [ And instead of tapping his forefinger against it, Peter rests his hand on Alec's arm, keeping the sleeve tucked away, runs his thumb over the band. ] What's this do?
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[personal profile] striketwice 2017-02-19 04:40 am (UTC)(link)
[ He sees that grin, he sees it and knows exactly what Peter is up to, the asshole.

But Alec has never been one for playing fair, he fights dirty as a rule just because it's always his aim to win and he doesn't care how.

So Peter brushes his thumb over the mark on Alec's arm, and Alec throws the doors wide open. He lets every burst of pleasure, every spark of molten heat flow through their connection uninhibited. He lets Peter feel the slow, smoky curl of want that rises in his chest. ]


I think you know.
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[personal profile] nostalgiabomb 2017-02-19 05:21 am (UTC)(link)
[ He had expected Alec to retaliate, of course. Or just, you know, bitch at him or something. Yank his arm away and tell Peter to fuck off. Throw his drink in Peter's face and tell him to fuck off. Just straight up tell him to fuck off.

Peter hadn't expected him to retaliate like this.

That flood of warmth, the shower of sparks, the dark stirrings of something deep in his gut, and the feel of it all, the onslaught of it, makes Peter suck in a sharp, startled breath.

He should probably be more put out about Alec dropping the barriers on him, should probably back off from the edge of this cliff before they drive each other insane, but instead, Peter just laughs, soft and warm. Maybe it's the booze, or maybe it's the dregs of adrenaline from their earlier getaway, or maybe time and proximity has made this easy, but whatever the case— ]


Yeah, guess I do.

[ And a smile curls Peter's lips. ]

I think that one might be my favorite.
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[personal profile] striketwice 2017-02-19 06:36 am (UTC)(link)
[ They keep walking this line, teetering on this edge, and allowing themselves to get closer and closer to plummeting over. But oddly, it's a line he doesn't mind walking.

He's not sure why, exactly, because there was a time when just looking at that band on his arm would terrify him. It was too big, too unknown, and had lived far too long without depending on others to be tied to someone now.

This could have started better- much better- but Alec finds himself settling nicely into the way they've eased into this. He and Peter fall into bed together a lot these days, though they don't really talk about what that means, and half the time one of them has already gone back to their own bunk by morning. Sometimes, though, they wake tangled together. Sometimes Peter smiles at him, like he is right now, and it makes something in his chest tighten. ]


Oh, you think so? I think you just like getting a rise out of me.
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[personal profile] nostalgiabomb 2017-02-19 09:40 am (UTC)(link)
[ He offers a bright little hum, lifting a shoulder in a shrug. ]

Can you blame me? You make it so easy.

[ Alec is a line of warmth against his side, and Peter keeps his hand just where it is against his arm, though he doesn't stroke along the red ring again. Instead, he finishes off the last of his drink, grimaces at the burn it leaves on the back of his tongue, down his throat. ]

Man, that tastes like shit.

[ He peers at the empty glass mournfully for a second, before depositing it on the table in front of them. ]

I'm gonna get another one. [ Despite his earlier protest. ] You want another anything?
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[personal profile] striketwice 2017-02-19 05:01 pm (UTC)(link)
[ They both get a rise out of each other more often than not, but lately it's much less... genuinely infuriating. They needle each other, get under each other's skin, but there's no actual vitriol to it.

Alec realizes that slamming his barriers down may have been a mistake, because with Peter pressed next to him, his hand on his arm, he's warm and content and that coil of want still twists in his chest, lazily drifting like smoke.

He could put the walls back up- he should- but he can't bring himself to summon up the effort. Instead he turns a little, leaning in to press his lips against Peter's, licking past his lips to taste the alcohol on his tongue. ]


You're right. It does taste like shit.

[ Said with a grimace, though he only barely breaks the kiss to say it, lips still brushing Peter's. ]
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[personal profile] nostalgiabomb 2017-02-19 11:00 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Oh.

Peter inhales sharply, surprised, when Alec kisses him, though he only resists for half a second before relaxing into it. His lips part, letting Alec lick into his mouth, and the brush of their tongues draws a soft, barely voiced exhale from him.

When Alec pulls away, Peter breathes out a laugh. ]


I did try to tell you.

[ It's dangerous, the way they've been teetering like this, not quite giving in, not quite giving up, trying so damn hard to treat this like it's just— fun. It's a whole lot more than that, though, and Peter knows it. Because this thing between them is heavy, bears a significance that Peter can't bring himself to examine too closely, but—

For now. This. This is alright.

Peter returns the favor, kissing Alec, tongue darting over Alec's lower lip, into his mouth. And his thumb brushes lightly across the red band on Alec's forearm. ]
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[personal profile] striketwice 2017-02-20 01:51 am (UTC)(link)
[ He murmurs his approval as Peter kisses him again, his tongue slipping past Alec's lips, bringing that faint bitter taste of alcohol back into his mouth.

Then Peter's thumb brushes over his band, and that coil of want sparks dangerously, nearly igniting as a wave of pleasure rolls through him. He doesn't bother to disguise the way he groans into Peter's mouth, low and breathless. ]


You keep that up and we're gonna have to get out of here.
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[personal profile] nostalgiabomb 2017-02-20 06:24 am (UTC)(link)
[ Peter grins against Alec's lips, drinking in that sound he makes. ]

And that [ dryly, without much conviction ] would surely be a tragedy.

I mean— [ And Peter pulls away, ducking lower to press his lips against Alec's neck, just below his jaw. ] —who'd wanna leave a place as classy as this?
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[personal profile] striketwice 2017-02-20 04:48 pm (UTC)(link)
[ He lets out another little hum, angling his head to give Peter better access to his neck. He's slowly sliding out of control what with the way Peter keeps teasing him, making his heart hammer in his chest and heat spread through his veins. ]

Me. [ A little strained, a little breathless. ] I do.
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[personal profile] nostalgiabomb 2017-02-20 08:39 pm (UTC)(link)
[ He chuckles softly against Alec's neck. ]

Yeah?

[ Low, dark, breathy. He runs his teeth along Alec's pulse point, a light scrape smoothed away by a lick of his tongue, a gentle press of his lips. He pulls away after that, a sharp edge to his smile. ]

And I want another drink.

[ He gives Alec's hand a gentle little pat as he pulls back entirely. ]
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[personal profile] striketwice 2017-02-20 11:40 pm (UTC)(link)
[ He lets out a long sigh as Peter's teeth graze over his neck. His eyes slip shut for a moment as Peter's voice sends a little thrill through him, something like anticipation.

And just like that, it's gone. The sudden loss of contact actually leaves him reeling, the rug pulled out from under him. His eyes fly ope and his gaze snaps you Peter and he glares. ]


I hate you.
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[personal profile] nostalgiabomb 2017-02-20 11:45 pm (UTC)(link)
You're a shitty liar.

[ With Alec's barriers down, he can feel it, the coil of desire, the, the sensation of vertigo after having been dragged up and up and up and left to fall. Peter almost feels bad about it.

Almost.

And he just grins in the face of that glare. ]


You want me to grab you anything? My treat.
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[personal profile] striketwice 2017-02-21 12:48 am (UTC)(link)
Fuck you.

[ It's a little dubious at first whether that's a curse or a thing Alec would like to do or both. He still glares at Peter, of course, and he should raise his walls back up again. He should, but it's proving difficult. Even if Peter's being an asshole, there's something about being connected like this that he craves. His very soul needs it.

It's dangerous, of course, to admit it, but with his defenses already down, it's hard to fight the current.

So he suddenly turns and surges forward, pressing his lips to Peter's again. His free hand instantly comes up to Peter's neck to the band there- camouflaged though it is, he knows right where it is, and he's not at all subtle in the way he slides his hand along it. ]
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[personal profile] nostalgiabomb 2017-02-21 01:12 am (UTC)(link)
[ Curse or no, Peter just laughs again, bright and clearly unconcerned, already starting the awkward shuffle to climb out of the booth.

But Alec catches him first, and the force of it catches him off-guard. He braces a hand behind him on the couch's seat to keep from being bowled over. He laughs again— or at least he starts to, until Alec's fingers brush over the ring around his neck, and the sound melts into a curse, carried on a groan. His arm buckles beneath him, warmth tickling and sparking through his veins, and he grabs hold of Alec's shirt. His fingers twist into the cloth, and he makes a quiet, desperate noise at the back of his throat. ]


Fuck— [ This, bitten out between pressing their lips together. ] —goddamn prick
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[personal profile] striketwice 2017-02-21 01:39 am (UTC)(link)
You started it.

[ He practically growls it, catching Peter's lower lip in his teeth as he does. His thumb grazes over the band on Peter's throat again, slowly, deliberately. ]

You can feel it, right? How much I want you.
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[personal profile] nostalgiabomb 2017-02-21 01:58 am (UTC)(link)
[ He makes another strained sort of noise – ostensibly a yes, but words are kind of difficult to manage, with the way Alec is touching him like that. Steel striking flint, sparks catching on tinder.

And it hardly helps, feeling that coil of want from Alec's end; usually it's so muted, with both of their barriers only slightly parted, now and again, allowing a trickle through. But Alec hasn't put his defenses back up, and Peter can feel it all, writhing and twisting and winding like a snake, growing and building as it feeds into Peter's.

Fuck, it's a lot to process. ]


Alec— [ Barely voiced, thready and tight with need. Peter isn't sure where he was going with that, honestly, not sure if it meant to warn or plead, but it has shades of both. ]
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[personal profile] striketwice 2017-02-21 02:13 am (UTC)(link)
Peter. [ He groans, carried on the waves of his desire swirling together with Peter's, the way the brush of his thumb sends sparks and heat through the other man.

It's dangerously intoxicating, having the doors thrown open like this. He wants more, he wants to feel it all, and he wishes to God that Peter would stop locking him out because the little glimpses he's getting are maddening.

He draws his thumb away from the band around Peter's throat, affords them a moment to breathe, a moment to think, but his eyes remain dark and wanting as he searches Peter's face. ]


Still want that drink?

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