serai: Casey Connor (Casey)
My first post at DW! Hello!

This is for [personal profile] addie71, on the occasion of her birthday. (The title is a prompt from a drabble box, and will probably change eventually.)


Casey kept his gaze down as his feet crunched through the light snow, his breath puffing crystalline, and smiled to himself at the sound of Mother's engine as the GTO roared off into the night. The taste of Zeke's mouth, with that dusty tobacco tang, was still on his, and he'd almost reached the back gate when he looked up and stopped with a painful start - Claire Stanton leaned against the jamb of the back fence gate, smoking a cigarette. A wicked smile curled her lips as she looked past him at the receding taillights, and then down at his flushed face. She'd always reminded him of Shelley Winters, especially in that Lolita movie. Maybe that was the reason he'd never trusted her - she had an air of knowing everyone's secrets that put him on edge.

And with that knowing look, she pushed away from the gate and leaned her face towards his. Feeling a thread of panic, Casey almost pulled back, but Claire only sniffed lightly at his hair and neck, then straightened up, looking like a cat with a canary under its paw.

"Casey," she purred, shaking her head. Then she took a long drag off her cigarette and leaning in again, blew the smoke in a thin stream over the front of his shirt and up over his hair. Straightening up, her smile was softer.

"Lucky for you I decided I needed a smoke," she said. She took his chin lightly in her hand, and Casey had to clamp down to keep from trembling. She moved her thumb gently near his lips. "So," she said, and a dark grey roar filled his head at her next question, "is he a good kisser?"

Oh god, oh fuck me, his brain stammered and stuck there, fear chittering like an insect behind his eyes. He managed to stay still, he didn't know how but he did. He could feel his skin burning, but the air was biting cold so maybe that wasn't so suspicious. More it was that look in her eye, like she knew exactly what was going on. Goddammit, Connor, he thought desperately, you had one job to do.

He opened his mouth, not knowing what he could say. Not like this, he thinks, terrified at the humiliation of being exposed by his mother's friend ten feet from the kitchen door. But Claire gave a little laugh, let go of his chin, and instead stroked his hair from his forehead with her fingertips.

"My brother fell in love when he was seventeen," she whispered. "He had to leave town because of it. I haven't seen him in twenty years." She smiled sadly and touched the tip of his nose. "Your secret's safe with me, Casey."

Rigid from the effort of keeping calm, he let out a long breath and closed his eyes. "Thank you," he murmured, opening his eyes, and suddenly he was sorry he ever mistrusted this woman, with her candy-hard shell that turned out to hide a butter-soft heart. Just like Shelley Winters. "Claire, I -" he began, but she shook her head and shushed him.

"I just hope he treats you right," she said. "Go on inside now." Casey ducked his head and walked into the yard, headed for the back door, "and Casey?" he stopped.

A huff as she blew smoke out. "You let me know if he doesn't." Casey held his breath, thrown off for a moment by the feel of someone he hardly even knew having his back. After a moment, he nodded, and went inside.

Chapter 43 of High Contrast

serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CaseyZeke)

Merry Christmas, everyone!

This is for [ profile] aliensouldream, who requested Christmas fics. Didn't think I'd make it, but I did!

Prompt: It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!



The glass of his bedroom window is frosty, and it bites Casey's skin where he leans his forehead. It's supposed to snow again tomorrow. Claire Stanton's cackle comes echoing up the hallway stairs outside his room, and Casey closes his eyes. Man, he hates that woman. Why do his parents keep inviting her every year? He closes his eyes, wishing... )


Chapter 42 of High Contrast

serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CaseyZeke)

by Serai

Zeke's laugh is low and hungry as he catches Casey by the waist when he slumps against the door. "Whoa there," he murmurs, smiling into the damp of Casey's hair. He runs his lips over along overheated skin. Casey's gasping, and Zeke sees him wince with a strangled little noise. "You okay?" he whispers.

Casey nods. "Just gimme a sec." Zeke nuzzles him and waits until he's got his breath back. Casey opens his eyes and turns to him, and Zeke feels his blood throbbing. Because now that he's come, Casey's apprehensive again... )

Chapter 41 of High Contrast


August - C/Z, NC-17

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 02:59 pm
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CaseyZeke)

by Serai

In the darkest hour of the night, Zeke wakes with a start from a dream where he was standing at the mouth of a dark tunnel, unwilling to enter but knowing it would swallow him whether he did or not. Now he blinks into the darkness, disoriented, but his racing heart calms when he feels the warm body in his arms. The smell of the bed, bitter from their repeated bouts of fucking, makes him smile - until he remembers... )

Chapter 40 of High Contrast
Chapter 41
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CaseyZeke)
For [ profile] mews1945, on her birthday. I hope you're having a lovely day, sweetie. Feel better!

NOTE: This is NOT the end of the story. Really. Keep that in mind.

That said, enjoy!

by Serai

Outside the penthouse windows, the blizzard still rages. Nine hours it's been, and the weather reports all say it'll be going for another three days at least. From this high up, Lake Shore Drive is invisible, but the orange glow of the streetlamps far below echoes up through the storm, turning it into a gently flickering, flashing blanket of gold that renders Lake Michigan invisible, just a barely sensed expanse of emptiness beyond the chaos. Zeke sits against the headboard of his bed, watching the wild movements of wind and snow, and for the first time in ten years, he wishes he had a cigarette... )

Chapter 39 of High Contrast
Chapter 40


Saturday - C/Z, R

Thursday, May 26th, 2016 10:39 pm
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CaseyZeke)
Yay, got it done!

So, this is for [ profile] addie71, on the occasion of her birthday. I hope it was a lovely day, sweetheart!

by Serai

Saturday has been Zeke's processing day since he first started cooking and selling scat. He spends a few hours in the boathouse, usually in the afternoon, emptying the end receptacle of his rig, grinding the contents to a fine powder, and then packaging it using the big boxes of cheap Bics he picks up at the Walmart on 8th Street. When that's done and he has his weekly inventory ready, he spends some time cleaning the rig piece by piece, unplugging or unscrewing each component and washing it with care. The whole thing has to be spotless for the next batch, because Zeke doesn't hold with impurities in his product. Sure, it's a shit excuse for a drug, but it's well-made shit, and that's what his customers expect. Not that they'd know the difference, but he has his pride.

He's gotten a late start today, though, and he's still finishing up lunch when the doorbell rings... )

Chapter 37 of High Contrast
Chapter 38

Snake - C/Z, R

Saturday, May 14th, 2016 10:14 pm
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CaseyZeke)
No, this isn't the one I was talking about the other day. That one's still cooking.

Warning: this one gets into a dark place. So be prepared.


Casey stands at the kitchen window, looking out into the night. The moonlight washes the branches of the oak at the boathouse's door, flickering in the leaves. It pours through the glass, lighting the pale tiles. The moon's face looks down at him, with that expression that he's always wished was gentle concern, as if there were someone watching over him. He knows it's not so, but he wishes it were... )

Chapter 36 of High Contrast
Chapter 37
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CaseyZeke)
I thought I'd post the song yesterday's tinyfic came from. :)

The Book of Love - Peter Gabriel

serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CaseyZeke)
A 3-sentence fic off [ profile] naemi's prompt: book. I've changed it from the original crack.

The Book of Love

Casey reads carefully, every word clear, while Zeke's voice runs with abandon over the lines, expression intense but skipping words and phrases here and there, changing the meaning while keeping the heart.

When Casey sings, it's like a shy angel opening to the sun, but Zeke sings with a dark, husky tone, pain hiding in the verses, hope drowned in the chorus.

Casey's gift is graven in light and shadow, the only thing that endures, while Zeke's gift is written in lines of fire, a brand that fades from Casey's skin without his touch.


Dawn - C/Z, R

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 08:11 am
serai: Casey Connor (Casey)
Off [ profile] naemi's prompt: morning sex. Thanks, girl!


He arches his back and moans, the sizzling rush of water pounding his skin, hands gripping his hips, holding him steady as the sweet, rich madness of orgasm barrels down on him. Words echo in his ears (love you, love you so much) and he cries out, wet soft lips warm mouth sucking him, pushing him up, up into the light, endless light, brilliant pulsing in time with his slamming heartbeat and and and...

Even as it fades, Casey reaches out for it, trying desperately to catch hold, drag it back, stay in that light forever, but it's gone, gone...gone, leaving him gasping and cold in the rising dawn, the sound of the California surf sighing softly through the window, and his arms tremble as they close around the space where once a lover lay warm in his arms.

Chapter 35 of High Contrast
Chapter 36
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CaseyZeke)


Jim lies in his bunk, hands behind his head, listening to his cellmate jerk off in the dark. The kid keeps his movements slow and his breath tightly controlled, but there's nothing wrong with Jim's hearing, and the final, choked whisper (casey), a rare nugget of information, makes him smile. He adds "heartbroken" to the list after "smart" and "ruthless", decides it's a promising mix for a con man, and makes up his mind to offer Zeke a job.


Midnight - C/Z

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 08:19 pm
serai: (Zeke)
I asked for a prompt to get the taste of angst out of my mouth. [ profile] danae_b thought "taste" would be a good prompt. I thought so too.



Zeke stands with his head pressed against the kitchen cabinet, looking down at the glass of water on the counter, the glass of water he can't drink. He rubs his eyes. How many times has he stood here, like this - up against the counter, looking down? His throat closes. Right now the moonlight is shining through the glass, making a faint shadow on the grey tile. Ripples mar the surface as first one droplet hits, then another.

He's tired of this. He wants to sleep straight through the night. He wants to go out to the lake. He wants to look at things in the moonlight. He wants to be what he once was. At least that was known, he understood its contours. He knew the map, but now the terrain has changed. Hours and days and weeks pile up before him, and the color is bled out of his life the way the moon has bled it out of his kitchen.

He wants his mind back. He wants his body back. He wants himself back.

He thinks about making scat. He thinks about the gun. He thinks about Casey's skin, and how his mouth tasted of water, and he's only just now realized it.

Chapter 34 of High Contrast
Chapter 35


Thursday, January 21st, 2016 01:39 pm
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CaseyZeke)
Still amused to see that Erik, that little fic I wrote a couple of months back which is really just a bit of connective tissue binding one chapter to another, is up to 225 hits, over FIVE times as much as the next most-hit of my Z/C output. No kudos, of course. I wouldn't expect any, since it's not really a story, just a bit of opinion from an outlying character.

But even with me posting a disclaimer at the TOP of the fic saying it's just a chapter and won't make sense unless you read at least some of the rest - even with that, people still don't seem interested in what that little bit is a part of. They read it, but then they don't read anything else, so I wonder what they think of the thing.

I'd really love to know where they're finding it, or who's passing the link around. It's not that it's not explicit, and it's not that it has no relationship listed - I have others parts of the story like that, but they don't get even a portion as many hits as that one has. Curioser and curioser.

serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CaseyZeke)
I've hung onto this for a while, but now seems like a good time to post it. Enjoy this little burst of heat! Blessed Solstice to all!

This is the next step in the boys' first time together. When we last left them, they were in the GTO, having just made each other crazy behind a gas station...

by Serai

Casey backs up against the door as Zeke leans into him. He’s still hot and shaky from the ride over, from the dirty little interlude behind the gas station, but even so, he’s on guard as well. He can’t completely trust this guy, not yet. Still, here he is, overshadowed by that long, sinuous body and hot, amused look. The soft lips graze his...

Chapter 33 of High Contrast.


Thursday, December 10th, 2015 11:01 am
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (Yule Frodo)
Oy, I'm SO crap at doing things in plenty of time...

Nevertheless, I'm getting to the holiday stuff, so if anyone would like a card, please leave a screened comment with your address, or you can PM me with it. I'll get them in the mail this week.

In other news... )

Mouse - Z/C, PG-13

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 11:02 am
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CaseyZeke)
by Serai

Casey jumped as Zeke's hand slapped the door of his open locker. "Casey," he said, his voice lowering into that tone, the one that made anyone around him tense up a notch. The one that said the claws were out, and Zeke was going to scratch somebody... )

Chapter 32 of High Contrast
Chapter 33'.
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CaseyZeke)
I think popping out those little 3-sentence squibs may be having an effect. Late last night, this showed up. Written in response to [ profile] naemi's prompt: mesmerizing

by Serai

Casey looks down at Zeke, and bites his lip at the sight of that body doubled underneath him, all that hard strength opened willingly for him. Zeke's skin shines with the sweat breaking out over his body, luscious and brightening in the slowly rising dawn. The dark golden eyes are staring out blindly... )

Chapter 31 of High Contrast
Chapter 32


Chasm - Z/C, NC-17

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 07:51 pm
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CaseyZeke)
by Serai

Zeke leans his head against the tiles of the handicapped stall. He got rid of Erik and Ted as quickly as possible, and then slipped in here to try and deal with what he's just seen. The cold tiles feel good in a distant way, as his mind reels and heart pounds...

Part 30 of High Contrast



Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 11:45 am
serai: (Zeke)
LOL. Remember those?

Thought my boy deserved his own icon. That photo has become my Official Mental Portrait of him, so it seemed obvious.

Also, came up with this banner for my series:

Click to see the pretty )


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