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Title: there’s a fallow heart and it’s waiting on a sowing hand
Author: Mistress Kat / [livejournal.com profile] kat_lair 
Pairing/Characters: OFC/Pete
Rating: PG
Word count: 299
Disclaimer: See Community Introduction Post
Warnings/enticements: d/s dynamic, see Community Introduction Post for further information
Summary: Pete with his first Mistress. Takes place several years before the 'verse proper.

Author notes: This too is a [livejournal.com profile] help_pakistan ficlet for [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666 and one she was very specifically asked for. She tells me it makes her cry every time, so I'm not sure whether I should consider it a success or apologise... Beta awesomeness by [livejournal.com profile] dreamersdare. Title from Tether by Indigo Girls.

Pete breathes in slowly, holding it for the count of three before exhaling. The house smells of Chinese takeaway, candle wax, and the faint Jasmine of Bea’s perfume. It’s quiet and he can clearly hear the rustle of paper as Bea turns a page in her book. She’d given him the permission to put on the TV or music, but Pete had opted to sit at her feet in silence, content to just be.

It had been one of the hardest lessons to learn, but after a year he can finally settle into stillness that isn’t about waiting for something to happen, it just is. Moments like these are to be valued for their own right; every second and every touch cherished like a gift.

Bea’s hand comes down to caress Pete’s head, fingers carding through his hair absently. He hums and pushes back into the touch, eyelids heavy with pleasure. She strokes the nape of his neck, hooking two fingers under his collar. The gesture is expected and familiar, and, like always, it makes Pete want to turn around and bury his face in Bea’s lap and cling like a lost child, found.

He doesn’t move though, telling himself that it’s fine, it’s okay. Something else Pete has learned this year is that he doesn’t need to hold on so tightly anymore, he can trust Bea not to let go. Gradually, the instinctual flare of panic fades and Pete settles back down, tipping his head sideways to rest it on Bea’s knee.

His Mistress. His. Letting himself believe that he can have this has been another difficult lesson, but it too is taking root with time. Outside, rain drums against the window pane and Pete yawns, snuggling closer, sleepy and safe. This is what happiness must feel like.

Date: 2010-12-09 12:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] weekendgothgirl.livejournal.com
Outside, rain drums against the window pane and Pete yawns, snuggling closer, sleepy and safe. This is what happiness must feel like.
Awww Pete <3

Such a beautiful ficlet


Date: 2010-12-09 11:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] weekendgothgirl.livejournal.com
:D Oh awesome!

Oh can't wait, I like angsty!Pete. He suits Angst :P

Date: 2010-12-09 01:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pushkin666.livejournal.com
I know I'm not supposed to be commenting as we're co-authoring, but I just love this, even though it still makes me cry. Thank you for it.

Date: 2010-12-09 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashes-to-scars3.livejournal.com
I am personally not a big fan of FOB but this is truly heartbreaking. Sorry I have been lurking through the other ficlets and not commenting, but they have made me more excited for this comm than I was before (and that's a lot, trust me XD)
can't wait for more! :)

Date: 2010-12-09 06:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chuckaloonie.livejournal.com
This is equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful. The characterization is just FLAWLESS, and the fact that you nailed it in 300 words? That's talent right there.

Also, this?
he can finally settle into stillness that isn’t about waiting for something to happen, it just is.
This was so true and it said SO MUCH and it was perfection.

I want to give Pete all the hugs in the world. All of them. Jesus. <3

Date: 2010-12-09 08:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] moth2fic.livejournal.com
People have already said it all. It's very sad but sort of happy too. I like the way you pinpoint the stillness and the peace of just being still.

Date: 2010-12-12 09:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dreamersdare.livejournal.com
I am really looking forward to reading the Pete/Patrick interactions in this verse. Pete's settled in this and yet still so freaking vulnerable and he fascinates me.

(And we know how I feel about our 'trick in this one :D)

Date: 2010-12-13 09:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dreamersdare.livejournal.com
I am very much looking forward to it. And I don't doubt you two will have as much fun writing it as I will reading it :)


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