Rain - C/Z, PG-13

Sunday, June 4th, 2017 06:55 pm
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (Default)
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This is another odd little one-off, unconnected to my other C/Z stories. I wrote this while I was feeling sad and despairing, though it is neither of those.



Rain
by Serai


Zeke's mouth left Casey's hot when he pulled away, and his face warm through the runnels of cold rain where his hands framed it as he looked down and laughed. The sudden downpour was nearly loud enough to wash away the sound of his delight, but Casey didn't move even though he froze and drowned in the goddamn rain, because this was all that mattered. This, my fucking lover and his fucking heart, and nothing else. Just that smile and that laugh and that kiss, and these hands clasping, and the sudden surety that there'd be sex very soon, and the feeling of it cementing and becoming life, just plain old ordinary life. And the torrent of rain, and the growing weight of his coat, and the silver running through Zeke's hair and beard, and the cobbles of the street leading to their house by the platz, it was all part of just life.

And if the wound was still there, the scar of having torn away from everything, that was life, too. This is worth it, Zeke had said. He'd taken Casey's hand and squeezed it at the sound of the engines growing louder and that feeling of pushing rush as the plane rose, and they ran. Ran like dogs. No, Casey had told himself, as he still tells himself, you're not running. You're being chased. It still hurt, it always would, but now things were good and hot and Zeke had lost the bitterness and anger he'd carried with him all his life, and what did that mean but that this was worth it, all of it? Maybe it means you never belonged at all, he thinks. Maybe so, but maybe in not belonging there, he'd been led to the place where he did.

The rain came down even harder, and with a barely heard yell, Zeke grabbed his hand and then they were scurrying through the cold and the wet, laughing. A doorway, shelter, arms under jackets, another kiss. Fuck the U.S., Casey thought, as Zeke's breath moved hot over his cheek. Maybe someday they'd be welcome there again, but for now, this was all the home they'd ever need.

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serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (Coexist)
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Get the tissues ready, this one's a waterfall.




Karim Sulayman - I trust you
Meredith Kaufman Younger



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John Cena supports Love Has No Labels



Very Large Dude tells it like it is. Really good summation, charmingly delivered. I give it a 9.


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An early edition. Just because.




Rosalita - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band



Always did love this song. Such lively enthusiasm, such joy. When that long whooooooaaa! happens at the climax, it's so easy to see the scruffy handsome youth running and dropping into a sliding fall on his knees, riffing on his axe all the way, to stop at his lovely lady's feet and shout her name in that adoring chorus.** Along with everything else, Bruce is just so goddamn, achingly, adorably romantic. His love songs are so fucking passionate. How many performers are there anymore who do this sort of thing without a lick of irony or self-awareness? Just all-out, punch-drunk, tell-the-fucking-world LOVE.

Our American Sonic Shakespeare. How lucky we are to have had him, to still have him, setting our lives down in riff and chord, meter and rhyme, thunder and flame. Hail to you, prophet of the street. If you're not the Boss, you're definitely the Bard.


** Bruce has always had a delicious talent for conveying concrete images using the sound of the instruments being played. Every now and then, you can see a picture very clearly in the music. He's great at that kind of punctuation. Artists who can play your brain the way they play a guitar are rare.
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CaseyZeke)
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I thought I'd post the song yesterday's tinyfic came from. :)




The Book of Love - Peter Gabriel



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For those of you getting all gooey-eyed today...





Oh, you're surprised by my attitude? *snark*


Hugs to all, really.

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serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (CZLove)
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I'll be in and out tomorrow, so I'm posting this now. A little Valentine's Day gift for you all. I love you guys... *sniffle*



Answer
by Serai


The breeze off the lake moves through the sycamore's branches, creating flashes of green and gold, flickering and dancing in Casey's eyes. He shifts his head as he lies in the grass, smiling a little as the sunlight plays its games. Tipping his head back, he stretches his spine and then relaxes again. 'Zeke?' he says... )

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GIP

Sunday, February 7th, 2016 02:55 pm
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Saw all the Valentine's icons and realized I should make one. :)

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


Casey's in shock, staring at his lover. Zeke’s face is half obscured by the red kerchief he holds up to it. Red? Or is it blood? That’s blood on his t-shirt, Casey thinks, feeling sick. A drop of it hovers and falls onto the white cotton. Zeke’s face is tear-stained and swollen, but he glares at Casey with barely contained rage.

"Go," he whispers, a half-second before the other voice bellows his name, "ZEKE!" Casey jumps, then looks in panic at the dark eyes that have gone flat and distant. "Now," Zeke says, and pushes the front door shut as quietly as he can... )





This fic leaped at me out of that Flaunt cover.


Chapter 22 of High Contrast
Chapter 23

The lens of love

Saturday, August 15th, 2015 10:51 am
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (Tremble)
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At one of the Youtube videos from the PD Comic Con appearance, I posted this comment in response to someone who said they preferred not seeing the Ethan/Dorian scene continue because SEX EWW and it's-better-implied, yada yada, and then said the Ethan/Brona scene was EWW, and yeah - am I supposed to just listen to that?


Ah, your perspective on sex scenes is rather different from mine... )


It's rather off-the-cuff and may contain some inaccuracies about exact things that happened on the show, but it's how I see it, basically. Because bitch, you do not throw down on my boy. Ever.
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (Tremble)
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Was listening to this song earlier today, and heard it in a whole new way.




Picture in a Frame - Tom Waits

The sun come up, it was blue and gold
The sun come up, it was blue and gold
The sun come up, it was blue and gold
Ever since I put your picture in a frame

I come calling in my Sunday best
I come calling in my Sunday best
I come calling in my Sunday best
Ever since I put your picture in a frame

I'm gonna love you
'til the wheels come off
Oh yeah

I love you baby and I always will
I love you baby and I always will
I love you baby and I always will
Ever since I put your picture in a frame





Those of you who've been squeeing with me over the last couple of days - doesn't this sound like Ethan? (The song, not the voice, obviously.)

Can't you just imagine him lying in bed with Brona while she was dying, murmuring this for a lullabye?
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This is why the term squee was coined.

This. Right here.
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (KittenScratch)
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She was very old, our old dame,
Our cat, 17, Meiko was her name.
On Friday she was not herself at all.
She lay, her face turned to the wall
Silent and subdued
Saturday, she did not touch her food.
On Sunday she paced back and forth
Across the bedroom floor
And did not brush our leg or purr
Or make a sound. We petted her
And she seemed very far away.
We knelt by the bed where she lay
And felt desolate and sad
And told her, Good cat, good cat
And then this delicate creature
Of an affectionate nature
Had to be carried outside
And taken for a short melancholy ride
To the vet's office where with gentle affection
She was given the merciful injection
As we stroked her and said,
"Good cat. Good cat." And she lay down her head
On our lap
And took her nap.

We miss her gentleness and grace,
The little eyes, the solemn face,
The tail flicking where she lay
In a square of sun on a summer day.
It's childish, to feel such grief
For an animal whose life is brief.

And if it is foolish, so it be.
She was good company,
And we miss that gift
Of cat affection while she lived.
Her sweet civility.
A cat has not much utility
But beauty is beauty: that's
Why the Lord created cats.
We miss our cat of 17 years
And if you'll sit down by my side
I'll scratch you up behind your ears
Until you are well satisfied
And then bring you a plate of fish
And figs and dates fresh off the tree
Or any treat that you may wish,
In our old cat's sweet memory.

Lullaby little cat, wherever you're at
May you lie in the sun and be loved by someone
May you curl up and rest, with a quilt for a nest
May you run, may you leap, and be young in your sleep.


-- Garrison Keillor

Poetry, Part 2

Saturday, July 27th, 2013 07:58 pm
serai: A kiss between Casey Connor and Zeke Tyler (Peck)
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Wittenberg
A. C. Chapin


We jumped the bed, and one night broke its frame,
and read our lessons, wept as Thisbe died.
When the gold ran out, you'd shout your name.
and, for the prince, they'd put the debt aside.
We never wasted words except to sing
or cry out loud the sweetest lines of Greek
or shout for more, for more of everything;
when hearts are one, what need have tongues to speak?
When at your father's death you had to leave
-- left a weeping wench, Aristophanes unread --
I tied the mourning band around your sleeve
and knelt to you and bent my common head.
"A prince you came," I said, "a king you go."
You shook your head, "Not so, Horatio."

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